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Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” Ubisoft’s most recent entry in the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise, features a dramatic departure from the series’ established gameplay formula. With a large open world filled with an abundance of side missions and secrets to discover and a greater focus on combat, this version of “Assassin’s Creed” has more in common with modern action-RPGs like “Far Cry 5” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn” than it does with any of its predecessors.

Maybe that’s why it has cemented itself as my favorite “Assassin’s Creed” game of all-time.

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Crucible Chronicles — Getting competitive

Being a true account of the author’s trials and travails in Destiny 2 PvP

Vol. 5

What do I really want out of Destiny 2, or any game, for that matter? Well, there’s immersiveness; I want it to feel as real as possible. And I like a certain atmosphere. (Dark sci-fi with a touch of mysticism? Check.) But at the heart of it, I like playing real-time action games against other human players. In other words, I like to compete.

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‘Fallout 76’: More hands-on impressions

You can accomplish a lot of things in three hours. Experiencing everything a “Fallout” game has to offer isn’t one of them. Yet last week at The Greenbrier resort, during a special hands-on event hosted by Bethesda, three hours is all the time I got to spend poking around the virtual West Virginia landscape in “Fallout 76,” by far the most ambitious title to ever bear the “Fallout” name.

The limited playtime prevented me from exploring much of the map, which is four-times larger than “Fallout 4,” or from partaking in player-vs.-player combat. While my team did encounter other groups of human players in our travels, we did so before reaching Level 5, which is a prerequisite for engaging in PvP. I also barely scratched the surface of base building, which plays a much larger role in “Fallout 76” after being introduced in “Fallout 4.”

A full recap of my “Fallout 76” adventures can be found here, but I wanted to share a few additional thoughts that didn’t quite make it into that piece:

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Review: ‘The Golf Club 2019’

Despite what happened at the Ryder Cup over the weekend, this has been a great year to be a golf fan. From the return of Tiger Woods to dramatic finishes at the majors, 2018 has seen a little bit of everything on the links. Not to be overlooked is the return of the PGA Tour to the video game landscape in “The Golf Club 2019.” While the finished product may not be as fleshed out as what players came to expect during EA Sports’ time producing golf games, the inclusion of the PGA Tour license establishes a solid foundation for future versions.

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Being a true account of the author’s trials and travails in Destiny 2 PvP

Vol. 4

Alright, let’s talk some PvP! I now present to you some of my favorite rolls I’ve gotten so far, and what I believe makes them so good in the Crucible.

Bad Reputation: 600 rpm energy smg with dusk dot d1 or king dot d2 sights; ricochet rounds or armor-piercing rounds; zen moment; and kill clip. Handling masterwork.

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Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. dates announced

Fans looking forward to exploring the wild, wonderful post-apocalyptic hills of West Virginia will get their first opportunity to go hands-on with “Fallout 76” next month, as Bethesda announced Thursday that the Break-it Early Test Application (B.E.T.A.) will launch Tuesday, Oct. 23 for Xbox One users. Players on PlayStation 4 and PC will gain access one week later, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Also Thursday, Bethesda released the game’s opening cinematic, which begins with the series’ familiar reminder that war never changes. You can view the video above.

“Fallout 76” is scheduled to launch Nov. 14 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.  For more information on the B.E.T.A., including what to expect and how to gain access, click here.

Being a true account of the author’s trials and travails in Destiny 2 PvP

Vol. 3

Let’s start with a very quick recap of my Forsaken review: It’s awesome. I never played Destiny 1, but even many people who did are saying this is the franchise’s best DLC ever (yes, even better than The Taken King).

However, no game is perfect, and I do have some criticisms of Forsaken. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

In this entry I’ll focus on the burdensome nature of the infusion system. It’s clearly designed to slow progression, but instead of acting like a throttle, it more often functions like a tourniquet, as the requirements to infuse gear are onerous.

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Review: ‘NASCAR Heat 3’

When you think of team sports, NASCAR probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But while the driver may be the face of the franchise, getting all of the TV time and sponsorship deals, there’s a reason they are quick to acknowledge the “boys back at the shop” when they celebrate in Victory Lane — there is a small army of engineers, fabricators and engine builders who put in hours of thankless work in order to give the driver a car capable of winning on Sundays.

In “NASCAR Heat 3,” the latest offering from Monster Games and 704 Games, the idea of racing as a team sport is explored in the revamped Career Mode.

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Crucible Chronicles — A Forsaken review

Being a true account of the author’s trials and travails in Destiny 2 PvP

Vol. 2

Destiny 2: Forsaken went live roughly a week ago, and I’ve been playing through it. Having finished the campaign on two characters and made it to the Dreaming City, the new endgame destination, I now feel qualified to write a review. But be advised: I’m disorganized, and this is a blog (as in, not part of my actual job here), so be ready for it to be a little scattershot. Just sayin’.

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Review: ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’

The evolution of Lara Croft is now complete. A journey that began with 2013’s “Tomb Raider” reboot reaches a satisfying and emotionally charged conclusion in “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” the final installment of a trilogy designed to bring one of gaming’s most storied franchises — and most iconic characters — into the modern age.

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