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Review: ‘Layers of Fear’

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When it comes to horror games, I have no problem dealing with hordes of zombies or twisted creatures ripped straight from someone’s nightmares. It’s the unseen terrors, those things that go bump in the night and lurk in the dark corners of the mind, that make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

And that’s exactly the kind of horror you’ll find in “Layers of Fear,” the recent release from independent development studio Bloober Team.

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Unboxing the March Loot Crate

Today we’re taking a look at our first-ever Loot Crate!

For the unfamiliar, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box full of exclusive themed goodies to your door. T-shirts, action figures, comics and collectibles are just a few of the things that have been known to pop up in previous Loot Crates.

A look at the contents of the March 2016 Loot Crate.

Our box, the March 2016 “Versus” edition, contained a 4.5-inch vinyl Alien vs. Predator figure, a sweet reversible Daredevil/Punisher beanie, a Batman vs. Superman wallet, a Spock vs. Spock T-shirt and a cool Harley Quinn comic. We also got an exclusive Alien vs. Predator Loot Pin.

As my first experience with Loot Crate, I have to say I’m impressed. Everything included in the box was high-quality and I especially liked the Daredevil/Punisher beanie, though I’m pretty sure I’ll be sharing that with my kids. Speaking of which, be sure to check out the video above to see Nick and Logan unboxing the Loot Crate and giving their take on its contents.

For more information on Loot Crate, visit their website at www.lootcrate.com.

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In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Hello Games’ Managing Director Sean Murray announced that “No Man’s Sky” will launch June 21 on PS4 and PC.

After wowing gamers at last year’s E3, the ambitious “No Man’s Sky” has flown relatively under the radar, with little information leaking out about the game.

That changed this week as sites such as IGN and Giant Bomb revealed their hands-on impressions. While I’m still not quite sure exactly what kind of game “No Man’s Sky” actually is, I do know that I can’t wait to play it. Thankfully the wait is almost over.

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Fans of “Star Wars Battlefront” can look forward to exploring two new locations in the upcoming “Outer Rim” expansion, announced today by EA on the game’s official website.

The two new settings are Sullest, an industrial hub surrounded by lava flows, and Jabba the Hut’s palace on Tatooine. Two new heroes are also being added to the mix, Greedo and Nien Nunb. New weapons and Star Cards are also being introduced. A new game mode, Extraction, is also included. In Extraction, the Rebel team looks to successfully deliver a valuable shipment to their transport ship while the Empire tries to stop them.

The “Outer Rim” expansion is included as part of the game’s season pass. No release date has been announced.

Publisher Square-Enix and developer Io-Interactive today have given gamers a fresh look at “Hitman” with the season premiere trailer.

With the first episode launching in just over a week, the new trailer highlights several locations from both the prologue and the first two episodes. A total of six episodes are planned for 2016, with the first arriving March 11.

The recently conducted beta showcased much-improved visuals and the return of the classic open-ended “Hitman” gameplay that has made the series such a success with players. The beta was a welcome return for Agent 47 and certainly whet my appetite for the full version.

“Hitman” is releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. For more information on the game, visit the official “Hitman” website.

‘Uncharted 4’ delayed

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PlayStation 4 owners will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on Nathan Drake’s latest adventure.

SCEA President Shawn Layden announced Tuesday on the PlayStation Blog that “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” will now release two weeks later than expected. Layden says the delay is to allow for additional manufacturing time, which makes sense considering “Uncharted 4” is likely to be one of the hottest-selling PS4 titles of the year.

“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” will now launch May 10.

In related news, an open multiplayer beta for “Uncharted 4” will run March 4-6.

One week before it descends upon retailers everywhere, Ubisoft today released the launch trailer for its upcoming RPG shooter, “The Division.”

After spending hours upon hours exploring a post-apocalyptic New York City in the public beta, I can safely say that “The Division” has become my most anticipated game of early 2016. The cover-based shooting is spot-on, the RPG elements are addictive and the Player-vs.-Player action found in the Dark Zone is totally unpredictable. If the beta is indicative of what awaits in the finished product, this could be a serious Game of the Year contender.

“The Division” is set to launch March 8 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Telltale Games has already shown it knows how to tell a compelling original story within Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” universe. But what about crafting a game around a well-established and beloved character?

If the debut episode of “The Walking Dead: Michonne” is any indication, the developer is up to the challenge.

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