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The Red Dead Redemption II Launch Trailer Is Here, In All Its Western Glory

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The Red Dead Redemption II Launch Trailer Is Here, In All Its Western Glory

Rockstar Games

The Red Dead Redemption II Launch Trailer Is Here, In All Its Western Glory

Currently, Red Dead Redemption sits as our number two greatest game of all time, so there’s more than a little chomping at the bit in the lead up to the release of its prequel, Red Dead Redemption II, on October 26. To help tide things over—or perhaps to refocus attention away from questions about Rockstar’s “100-hour-week” labor practices—there’s a new minute-long trailer designed to sell the game’s cinematic and western bona fides.

The Official Battlefield V Story Trailer Showcases a World at War

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The Official Battlefield V Story Trailer Showcases a World at War

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The Official Battlefield V Story Trailer Showcases a World at War

In our review of 2016’s Battlefield 1, we were impressed with the Battlefield series’s renewed focus on character, noting that the game’s War Stories mode offers a wide variety of personal, well, war stories, from “the wearisome recollections of a grizzled Australian commander desperate to keep his idealistic, hero-worshipping aide alive…to the woes of a mountaineering member of the Italian Arditi trying to reach his brother’s infantry unit.”

War-Torn Survival Action Shooter Left Alive Gets “State of the World” Trailer

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War-Torn Survival Action Shooter Left Alive Gets Announcement Trailer

Square Enix

War-Torn Survival Action Shooter Left Alive Gets Announcement Trailer

“Humanity has learned nothing from its mistakes,” announces Left Alive. It’s practically a grim assessment of America in 2018, though the game takes place in the ruins of a proxy war fought in December 2127. Politics being as they are, while this might not be the game that enthusiasts of the tactical RPG Front Mission were expecting—the two share the same fictional universe—survival action shooter Left Alive may be the game they deserve.

Square Enix to Release a “Previously On” Compilation Before Kingdom Hearts III

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Square Enix to Release a “Previously On” Compilation Before Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix

Square Enix to Release a “Previously On” Compilation Before Kingdom Hearts III

When it comes to all things Kingdom Hearts, our feelings toward the franchise are torn between intense cynicism—darkness, if you will—and unabashed joy. True to form, Square Enix’s announcement today of Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far falls somewhere between those two extremes.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Gets a 20-Minute Gameplay Video

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Gets a 20-Minute Gameplay Video

Funcom

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Gets a 20-Minute Gameplay Video

From the moment the Oslo-based developer and publisher Funcom first teased Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden with a cinematic trailer back in February, we’ve been looking forward to seeing the game in action. It’s one thing to be charmed by a trailer in which an anthropomorphized duck with duct tape patching up its bill looks hungrily at a scavenged can of ham before shamefully putting it back down upon meeting the eyes of its pistol-packing porcine companion; it’s another to be charmed by the actual gameplay.

Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

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Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

Rockstar Games

Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

Four years ago—which can seem like a lifetime in the world of video games—Slant Magazine published its list of the 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time. Today, we have updated our list, the result of much back and forth among the site’s current game contributors. We feel that the differences between the old and new lists say as much about where the site’s game section is today as they do about where the medium of video games has come since our original list was published on June 9, 2014.

For the sake of posterity, we are presenting below the introduction, by Calum Marsh, to our original list, followed by the 100 tittles that made that list.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Gets a “New Assignment” from Ubisoft

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Gets a “New Assignment” from Ubisoft

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Gets a “New Assignment” from Ubisoft

We sometimes like to think that studios listen to our pain. From our review of last year’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands: “The game is at its best when it’s focused on the minutia and gameplay of a scenario within the larger world it depicts: a showdown atop the middle of a dam; a bloody ascent through the winding scaffolding that surrounds a mausoleum that’s in the process of being completed; the tricky infiltration of a well-guarded cathedral. They say that freedom isn’t free, and the price of this open-world game is all the unmemorable filler that players must experience in order to enjoy such truly unforgettable encounters.”

Perhaps, then, the new major update for the game, which will be available on next-gen platforms and Windows PC tomorrow, will offer us not only more freedom than there is in dominos, but more impeccable sights to be hold.

Review: Microsoft’s Xbox One X

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Review: Microsoft’s Xbox One X

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Review: Microsoft’s Xbox One X

The future is sitting on my shelf right now. This premium console, sporting a highly advanced processor, can play games from across three generations of consoles. It also includes a drive for a brand new home-media disc format for watching movies and playing games at a higher resolution than we’ve ever seen. Yes, the PlayStation 3 was a special system all right, but it was one that was fraught with risk factors—from its exorbitant price to its betting the farm on A/V standards that only a fraction of its audience has adopted yet—and it’s bizarre to watch Microsoft attempt all those same gambles in 2017 with the Xbox One X, considering how it turned out for Sony in 2006.

Creeping Through Egypt Previewing Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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Creeping Through Egypt: Assassin’s Creed: Origins Hands-On Preview

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Creeping Through Egypt: Assassin’s Creed: Origins Hands-On Preview

For the first time since 2007, I had to learn how to play Assassin’s Creed. Sure, each game in the series since the premiere of the first title has brought its own tweaks, changes, and the occasional new control scheme. Black Flag’s ship-to-ship combat injected some fresh blood into the world. Assassin’s Creed: Origins, on the other hand, makes Assassin’s Creed feel like a completely new series for the first time in 10 years.

Ezio Auditore, Assassin’s Creed’s best, most charismatic protagonist to this day, carried this series on his shoulders through sheer force of charisma for three games. Afterward, even when the series was at its best (Black Flag, Rogue, Syndicate), there was always a hint of stagnation at its heart. The locales changed, and characters were fresh and exciting, but you still mostly traversed every world, made every kill, and played every side mission exactly the same. Origins, on the other hand, feels like an entirely different game.

Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Origins and Confirms October Release

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Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Origins and Confirms October Release

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Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Origins and Confirms October Release

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is often full of surprises. But it’s not uncommon for news to come to us from the frontlines that confirms countless rumors we’ve heard leading up to the event. Case in point: Few were probably taken aback when, today, Ubisoft announced the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Origins, which has been in development for the last four years. The game, according to the team at Ubisoft Montreal, crafts a new beginning for this popular franchise.