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Review: ‘The Evil Within 2’

Way back in 2014, “Resident Evil” director Shinji Mikami and his Tango Gameworks studio set the bar for modern survival-horror games with “The Evil Within.” Now three years later, Tango has delivered a sequel that maintains the creepy vibe of Mikami’s vision while offering more of what made the original game such an unforgettable experience.

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“Animal Crossing” fans rejoice: Nintendo’s next foray into mobile gaming — “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” — is set to launch next month.

During a Nintendo Direct presentation Wednesday, Nintendo unveiled the first details about “Pocket Camp,” which will be free to download for Apple and Android users. In “Pocket Camp,” players will be responsible for designing and customizing a campsite that your friends and familiar “Animal Crossing” residents can visit.

Crafting will play a big role in “Pocket Camp” as you’ll be able to collect resources in order to build furniture and accessories to further personalize your site. You can even build amenities, larger-than-life attractions that are sure to be the envy of all your furry friends. Many of the traditional “Animal Crossing” activities will also be available, including collecting bugs, planting trees and flowers, and of course, fishing.

Seasonal events are expected to return, bringing exclusive items to collect. Of course, you can also spend real money to purchase Leaf Tickets, which can be used to obtain items more quickly.

While I’ve never been a big fan of mobile gaming — that includes the “Pokemon Go!” craze, which I avoided at all costs — I am really looking forward to revisiting the “Animal Crossing” universe, even if it is only on my phone.

I’m not ashamed to say that “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is one of my most-anticipated games of the fall release season. The original “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes” remains one of my favorite games of last generation and is hands-down the title my kids and I spent the most time playing together.

And “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” looks like the bigger, better sequel we’ve been waiting on for years.

In addition to unveiling a new story trailer recently at New York Comic Con, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced what players can expect in the way of DLC and the obligatory Season Pass.

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The next entry in EA’s action driving franchise, “Need for Speed: Payback,” is racing toward retail, and today the publisher unveiled the game’s official story trailer. You can take it for a test drive above.

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for “Need for Speed” as the early iterations on PC were some of the first racing games I ever played. Though the series has hit a few potholes over the years, “Payback” has certainly piqued my interest.

“Need for Speed: Payback” launches Nov. 10 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

To celebrate Friday’s release of “The Evil Within 2,” publisher Bethesda has released a new launch trailer, which you can view above.

“The Evil Within 2” continues the story of detective Sebastian Castellanos as he braves unspeakable horrors in search of his daughter, Lily. The original game, directed by Shinji Mikami of “Resident Evil” fame, helped usher in a new era of survival-horror games and the sequel looks every bit as terrifying.

Fittingly, “The Evil Within 2” arrives on Friday the 13th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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(Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “Batman: The Enemy Within.”)

Much of the momentum that “Batman: The Enemy Within” built with the cliffhanger conclusion to its premiere episode was surprisingly squandered in Episode 2, “The Pact.”

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Review: ‘NBA 2K18’

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As the start of the 2017-18 NBA season approaches, there are plenty of question marks around the league.

How will Kyrie Irving fare in Boston?

Can the Cavaliers remain dominant in the Eastern Conference without Irving?

Will the Big 3 of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony be enough to lift Oklahoma City into contention in the Western Conference?

Is this the year New Orleans or Minnesota take the next step and challenge for playoff berths?

Despite the unknowns, there are a couple of sure things this season — LeBron James is the best player in the league, the road to the NBA championship goes through Golden State and “NBA 2K18” is the best basketball sim on the market.

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As we inch closer to the launch of “WWE 2K18,” 2K continues to release new information about the game.

In the video above, you can check out the all-new Road to Glory mode, in which you take your created MyPLAYER character and compete online against other players to rank up and earn spots on virtual pay-per-views. It looks like a cool addition to the standard MyCAREER mode and could be the series’ answer to The Neighborhood found in “NBA 2K18.”

2K also offered a look at what players can expect in Universe Mode this year. In a new developer diary blog post on the game’s official website, designer Cristo Kyriazis talks about the big additions to the mode, including an overhaul of the rivalry mechanic, a more flexible event scheduling system and the introduction of Power Rankings. If, like myself, you enjoy spending hours booking your own custom WWE from within Universe Mode, there are some nuggets mentioned here to get genuinely excited about.

Thankfully we won’t have to wait much longer to experience “WWE 2K18” for ourselves. The game launches Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Xbox and PS4 players who purchase the deluxe addition get access to the game four days early, Oct. 13.

We’re only days away from the release of one of the year’s most anticipated games, “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.”

While those who played through the original “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” will no doubt feel right at home slaying orcs in visceral third-person combat, exploring the vast open world of Mordor and making friends — or enemies — through the Nemesis System, “Shadow of War” could prove a bit intimidating at first for new players.

For those first-time players, or anyone just seeking a refresher on what to expect in “Shadow of War,” Bruz the Chopper is here to help. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a “Shadow of War” 101 trailer in which the colorful orc gives players a look back at the original game and provides a peek at what to expect in the sequel. You can check it out above.

“Middle-earth: Shadow of War” launches Oct. 10 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Review: ‘Destiny 2’

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As a solo player in a multiplayer world, it can often be difficult to find enjoyment in games that, frankly, weren’t created with me in mind.

The original “Destiny” is one such example of this, an online shared-world shooter that served up its best content to players who teamed together while offering only an uninteresting and brief campaign to those seeking a more solitary experience.

The fact that the game was developed by Bungie — a studio which made its name by creating a shooter franchise, “Halo,” that successfully appealed to both solo players and multiplayer fans, alike — made the shortcomings of “Destiny” all the more glaring. I wasn’t looking for a “Halo” clone, but I was hoping for a game I could enjoy without the need to team up with a bunch of random players.

And that’s exactly what Bungie delivered this time around with “Destiny 2.”

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