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  • Guild Wars 2:
    The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of January 23

    Find out when we'll be hosting your favorite streamers!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 04:02 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Community Showcase Live: January 2017

    Tune in this Wednesday for Community Showcase Live!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 04:01 PM

  • RIFT:
    RIFT INTREPID STREAM – Gyel Fortress: Jan 20, 3:30 PM PST

    Gyel Fortress is a dungeon originally released with Nightmare Tide. RIFT Devs are working on the Intrepid version for release in February. Let’s talk about what it takes to make a...Read More
    Posted: Jan. 18 @ 03:47 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Homestead Launch Dates

    Move-in day is coming! We're excited to announce that Homestead, our next update featuring player housing, will launch on PC/Mac on Monday, February 6, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Tuesday, February 21.
    Posted: Jan. 18 @ 11:22 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Game Update Notes - January 17, 2017

    Last Post: Jan 17, 2017 16:59 01/17/2017 – January 17th Release NotesLunar New Year Come celebrate the year of the rooster in Divinity's Reach! Lunar New Year festivities have returned with the strong and trustworthy rooster. Collect and open lucky envelopes to earn essences of luck, delicious foods, fireworks, valuable items, and a chance to find the new Lucky Great Rooster Lantern backpacks. Speak to Phaedra in the Crown Pavilion to purchase very valuable Divine Lucky Envelopes. Trade extra essences of luck to Fion in your guild hall to purchase Red Lantern decorations. Red Lanterns can be used by scribes to craft six additional festive decorations. Bash and kick your way to victory in the Dragon Ball arena! Speak to Finolla in the Crown Pavilion to enter the arena and prove your mettle. Win rounds to earn Tokens of the Dragon Ball Champion, which can be used to purchase extra Divine Lucky Envelopes. BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORENew Items and Promotions A new Celestial Rooster Harvesting Tool is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 1,000 gems. A new Solar and Lunar Dye Kit containing six exclusive colors is now available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems. For a limited time, the Imperial Outfit is 20% off, found in the Style category of the Gem Store. The Red Envelope Mail Carrier is 20% off in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for one week.Improvements For a limited time, the Miniature Ram, Mini Tiger, Mini Puppy, Mini Golden Pig, and Mini Red Panda are available for 1 Black Lion Miniature Claim Ticket each from the Black Lion Miniature Claim Ticket vendor. Many Merry Minis is no longer available at the Black Lion Miniature Claim Ticket vendor. The Black Lion Chest has been updated to the Lunar New Year Chest and can be previewed for a full list of its contents....
    Posted: Jan. 17 @ 08:59 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Open Up a Solar and Lunar Dye Kit and Lunar New Year Chest Today!

    New year, new inventory.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 16 @ 04:02 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Happy Lunar New Year!

    The Age of the Rooster begins.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 16 @ 04:01 PM

  • RIFT:
    Fae Yule Snobuild WINNERS!

    As Fae Yule comes to a close again, we want to thank all of the entrants in our Fae Yule Snobuild Contest – the judges had a really hard time...Read More
    Posted: Jan. 16 @ 01:08 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of January 16

    Find out when we'll be hosting your favorite streamers!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 12 @ 04:01 PM

  • RIFT:
    RIFT Livestream Jan 13: The Balancing Act

    What is balance, anyway? Who decides what abilities get buffed, nerfed and tweaked? How do they make the call? This week, we explore the philosophy, methodology and processes employed by...Read More
    Posted: Jan. 11 @ 04:11 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Tyrian Travels: Chapter Six

    Vikki gets caught in a trap.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 11 @ 04:01 PM

  • RIFT:
    $99 PATRON SALE EXTENDED TO JAN 18th!

    When Archonix is away on holiday, the Boglings get busy. This time, they’ve decided to rig the Patron sale to go on for an extra week, to allow even more...Read More
    Posted: Jan. 11 @ 01:17 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Game Update Notes - January 10, 2017

    Last Post: Jan 10, 2017 17:01 01/10/2017 – January 10th Release NotesWintersdayThe festivities have ended. Join us again next year!BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORENew Items and Promotions Three additional shared inventory slots may now be purchased from the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 700 gems each, or purchase all three for 1,890 gems. Each account can purchase up to 16 shared inventory slots at this time. This limit is not affected by the shared inventory slot provided with the Level-80 Boost. The Bank Job Package containing 5 Black Lion Chest Keys, a Total Makeover Kit, a transmutation charge, a Bank Tab Expansion, and a Revive Orb is available for a limited time in the Services category of the Gem Store for 1,200 gems. Limit one per account. The Arctic Explorer Outfit is available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 700 gems. The Black Lion Chest “Delete” confirmation has been removed.
    Posted: Jan. 10 @ 09:01 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Expand Your Shared Inventory Slots Today!

    Sharing is caring.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 09 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of January 9

    Find out when we'll be hosting your favorite streamers!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 05 @ 04:01 PM

  • RIFT:
    Fortress Siegestream – January 6, 2017 – 3:30 PM PST (11:30 PM GMT)

    The long-awaited Fortress Siege is already on PTS and we want your help in testing it! We’re serving this Siege up with a side order of LFR – the Looking...Read More
    Posted: Jan. 04 @ 03:14 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Crown Store Showcase: January 4th, 2017

    New supplies are on their way to the ESO Crown Store! Tamriel's tailors and barbers will do their very best to give you a fashionable start to the New Year. The latest shipment includes two Redguard costumes from the “Tailored in Tamriel" series, a lot of classy hair styles, and an adorable new pet. Each month, we'll receive new offers of Crown Store items, so keep your eyes open for future previews!
    Posted: Jan. 04 @ 12:28 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Ember Bay Changes

    Last Post: Jan 03, 2017 20:34 We have disabled content involving Rurik’s Engagement Ring until an exploit related to that item has been addressed.
    Posted: Jan. 03 @ 12:34 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Happy Holidays

    We'll see you in the new year!Read More
    Posted: Dec. 22 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    That’s a Wrap on 2016!

    As we near the end of 2016, Game Director Matt Firor looks back on everything we've accomplished this year for ESO.
    Posted: Dec. 22 @ 12:04 AM

  • RIFT:
    RIFT WINTER SALE

    Hold on to your festive hats, this sale is bringing in HUGE savings for RIFT fans! Essentials Edition, 25% off! Starfall Prophecy (Standard/Deluxe and Upgrade) 25% off! RIFT Credit sale bonuses!...Read More
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 03:54 PM

  • RIFT:
    Elfink & Dwarf Fae Yulestream – Dec 16/23 3:30pm PST

    Twas the night before the night before Christmas, And all through the house, Not a dev was seen stirring, Not even a…  WAIT, who broke into the mead cellar? Elfink...Read More
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 03:22 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Original and Current Ghostbusters Teaming Up in New Comic

    The new IDW comic from Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado is launching this coming March.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 01:24 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Pick up a key for Cloud Pirates’ third closed beta and jump in right now

    Dirigibles! Explosions! Christmas! One of these things just doesn’t fit in here! Yep, it’s time for another round of Cloud Pirates closed beta right through the holidays. My.com announced earlier this week that the Allods Online-inspired MOBA will run its third beta event starting Wednesday, December 21st, which is… today. Guess who has keys to get you in? Click the Mo button below (and [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 01:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Supergirl Lives in Season 2 Midseason Premiere Trailer

    The trailer includes one big nod to Kevin Smith's never-produced Superman Lives script.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 12:37 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Australian Animals That Won't Kill You, Ranked

    I am Australian. I have noticed online that people who are not Australian seem to work under the assumption that this is an island of death, where every step you take you run the risk of being bitten, stung, impaled or eaten alive by a murderous wild creature. I am here today to tell you that they are only half right.This post originally appeared 2/25/16.Yes, under certain circumstances (and in certain places) there are some animals that you simply do not want to fuck with. Red Back Spiders. Brown Snakes. Anything that lives in the water. But focusing on that half of the narrative means you’re missing out on the other, cooler half of what happens when a continent drifts for millions of years and grows a bunch of its own weird-ass animals.Here, then, are animals that may hurt you, but will not kill you, ranked in order of...I dunno, how badly I want each one as a pet.10. KANGAROOKangaroos are our national icon. They are also shit. The worst. They’re pests. They may look it, but they’re not cuddly. The longer you look at one, the more you start noticing how gross and weird and sinewy their legs are. Like someone stuck a fox onto some giant, raw chicken wings.WILL IT KILL YOU? Not directly. They’ll attack and give you a good punch-up if you annoy them (especially the big Red Kangaroos), but they won’t seek you out to kill you. They do, however, kill people indirectly by jumping out in front of cars at night. Hence their place at #10.9. COCKATOOThey have very cool haircuts. And can talk to humans. Almost the perfect bird.WILL IT KILL YOU? Haha, nope.8. PORT JACKSON SHARKThe waters off the coast of Australia are full of things specifically designed to end your life, but not everything is a killer. The Port Jackson shark, which grows to around 4-5 feet long, generally just chills at the bottom of the ocean, and has one of the most amazing eggs on the planet, which looks like it was laid by an alien that would grow up to destroy Tokyo.WILL IT KILL YOU? The last recorded “attack” by a Port Jackson shark came in 2011. Its teeth didn’t even break the guy’s skin. 7. SUGAR GLIDERThe Sugar Glider is a possum. Now, to Americans, a possum is a shrieking creature from the depths of hell. Australian possums are different. They’re like squirrels, only noisier. And this one can fly! Well, glide. And it’s super cute.WILL IT KILL YOU? With those big soft eyes, maybe.6. QUOKKAA Quokka is what would happen if there was an anime about kangaroos.WILL IT KILL YOU? Why are you even asking this question.5. KOALAKoalas sleep for 18-20 hours a day, every day. They, like almost every other animal on this list, look like Pokemon.WILL IT KILL YOU? No. They will very occasionally attack humans if they feel especially threatened, but with 20 hours of sleep to get through in a day, they can’t be bothered finishing you off then feasting on your bones.4. WEDGE-TAILED EAGLEAs the breeding season approaches, wedge-tailed eagle pairs perch close to each other and preen one another. They also perform dramatic aerobatic display flights together over their territory. Sometimes, the male dives down at breakneck speed towards his partner. As he pulls out of his dive and rises just above her on outstretched wings, she either ignores him or turns over to fly upside down, stretching out her talons. The pair may then perform a loop-the-loop.WILL IT KILL YOU? You? No. Any other living land animal on the Australian continent? Most surely.3. WOMBATIt’s like a mouse, kinda? Only fat, like a pig. And it lives underground. And does square poops (literally). Tamer ones love cuddles. And when attacked, it doesn’t fight back...it runs into its burrow head-first, protecting itself by blocking the hole with its teeth-proof butt. I did not make that last bit up.WILL IT KILL YOU? No.2. PLATYPUSWhat the fuck even is a platypus. When the British first took some back to the Old World, everyone thought they were taking the piss, that it was some elaborate colonial hoax. Nope. We really do have duck rabbits who live in the water and are mammals.WILL IT KILL YOU? No. But it can hurt you. Not with its bill, but with its barbs. Yes, it has barbs (you can see them protruding from their flippers), and they’re venomous. A venomous mammal. Australia.1. TREE KANGAROOLOOK AT THIS THING. I swear this is a real animal, and that this is its actual name. It’s a Pokemon come to life. It’s a kangaroo that lives in trees. It is cute as hell. I want one real bad.WILL IT KILL YOU? Get outta here.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 12:31 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Trove lights up Snowfest, lets players design minigames

    Where are you spending your winter holidays? Trove is making a compelling case that you should hunker down in its pixelated, voxelated world for the duration. The sandbox kicked off Snowfest this week, delivering daily presents to good little boys and girls (and the bad ones too, we suppose). Snowfest also includes holiday lairs, a quest chain that results in [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 12:30 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Gods and Idols: Early Access Thoughts

    Unfinished games are a tough product to evaluate, since obviously, they're still not complete. Gods and Idols is one of those games, but it definitely looks like it's going to be one very unique gaming experience. Continue reading Gods and Idols: Early Access Thoughts.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 12:12 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Our Favorite Things About Overwatch's Big Winter Update

    This week on our semi-regular Overwatch show, Cecilia, Heather, and I discuss the big Winter Wonderland update. Come for a surprisingly heated debate about Roadhog’s holiday skin, and stay for in-depth talk and tips for Mei’s Snowball Offensive and nu-Symmetra. Are you digging the new update? What do you think of Mei’s Snowball Offensive? How about Symmetra? How many times have you opened a winter loot box, not gotten Pharah’s beautiful and perfect winter skin, and said, “That’s it. This time I’m quitting for real. Fuck you forever, Overwatch, but oh hey I just got dropped into another match can’t back out now oh well”?
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 12:10 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    League of Legends, Dungeon Fighter Online top digital sales charts for November

    The latest edition of Superdata’s digital games market research is out for November 2016, and while there are no great surprises here, it’s always interesting to see which titles cling to the top 10 in PC sales. League of Legends, Dungeon Fighter Online, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and World of Tanks occupy half of the PC chart, while Destiny hangs on [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 12:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Notoriously Expensive Square Enix Final Fantasy Mobile Games Currently On Sale

    Square Enix has been great about making many of its classic RPGs available on mobile devices, but their prices have always been high, especially when compared to the App and Google Play Store's other offerings. Currently, they are on sale which creates the rare opportunity to get classic RPGs at on your phone at prices a little closer to mobile game prices. Here's the full list of discounts: Final Fantasy - $3.99 Final Fantasy II - $3.99 Final Fantasy III - $6.99 (iPhone/Android) $7.99 (iPad/Google Play/Amazon) Final Fantasy IV - $6.99 (iOS) $7.99 (Google Play/Amazon) Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - $7.99 Final Fantasy V - $7.99 Final Fantasy VI - $7.99 Final FantasyVII - $12.99 Final Fantasy IX - $16.99 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions - $6.99 (iPhone/iPod Touch/Google Play/Amazon) $7.99 (iPad) Final Fantasy Dimensions - $6.99 Chrono Trigger - $4.99 Adventures of Mana - $6.99 Secret of Mana - $3.99 (iOS) / $3.99 (Google Play) Romancing SaGa 2 - $14.99 Chaos Rings III - $9.99 I would recommend grabbing Chrono Trigger.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:40 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Four-year-old War Thunder launches out of open beta

    I know what you’re thinking — didn’t War Thunder launch, like, four years ago? I know we just sang happy birthday back in October. Welcome to the after-effects of the age of soft launches, my friends. Gaijin announced today that War Thunder is finally moving out of open beta. “[U]pdate 1.65 ‘Way of the Samurai’ marks the release of the originally proposed [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Wrestling Wrap Up: SmackDown Shines By Addressing Dean and Renee's Relationship

    Plus, Charlotte bloodies Sasha, Natalya comes clean, New Day drops their titles, Styles kills Ellsworth, and more.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Best Video Game Music Of 2016

    2016 was a great year for video games, and an even better year for video game music. It was also a diverse year, with a mix of Norse folk music, spy movie histrionics, ambient soundscapes and extremely heavy metal. As with past years (see: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) I’ve polled our staff to come up with a list of our favorite video game soundtracks from the year. They’re below, in alphabetical order. Most of these albums are available on various streaming services and popular stores like iTunes and Amazon, though when possible, I’ve included links to Bandcamp/direct store pages.Crank up the volume and listen along.The Banner Saga 2Composer: Austin WintoryThe Banner Saga 2 had to capture a very specific tone: The cold, mournful air of a fractured world. To that end, composer Austin Wintory assembled a worthy successor to his soundtrack to the first game, featuring vocal work from well-regarded YouTubers Peter Hollens and Malukah along with the Icelandic band Árstíðir, heard above on “Our Steps, to the Night.” (Wintory’s ABZU score was also lovely, but we figured we’d just include one of his games on this list.) [Bandcamp]Civilization VIComposers: Christopher Tin, Geoff KnorrI have a soft spot for Civilization intro cinematics. They’ve got their particular aesthetic down to a science—the glory of man and progress, the slow move toward a better world—and they always make me smile. Geoff Knorr’s fine, ever-evolving score will keep you company as you play Civilization VI, and Christopher Tin’s “Sogno di Volare (The Dream of Flight)” makes for a perfect introduction to the main menu. I got unexpectedly emotional the first time I fired up this game, and may or may not have just left the menu music running through my headphones for an hour while I did other things.DOOMComposer: Mick GordonI don’t really know how to talk about Mick Gordon’s DOOM soundtrack, mostly because it speaks for itself so forcefully and convincingly. It’s really good? It rocks harder than maybe any video game soundtrack I’ve ever heard? It’s a perfect accompaniment to the game, and sounds like what would happen if DoomGuy himself were somehow converted into music? All of those things, I guess. This soundtrack rules. [Composer’s site]Final Fantasy XVComposer: Yoko ShimomuraIt wouldn’t be a Final Fantasy game if it didn’t have a fantastic soundtrack, and Yoko Shimomura’s work on Final Fantasy XV continues the tradition. Not only did Shimomura come up with some terrific battle music, she and the rest of the music team skillfully implemented a huge amount of layered, interactive background music. Walk into a shop and the score will grow subtly more complex; walk back outside and it’ll seamlessly thin back out. The music expands and contracts in harmony with your surroundings, almost like it’s breathing.HitmanComposers: Niels Bye Nielsen, additional composing by Bjarke NiemanNo, the new Hitman score was not composed by beloved series composer Jesper Kyd. However, Niels Bye Nielsen’s grandiose, spy-movie-influenced score wound up redefining what I thought a Hitman game should sound like. The music is fine on its own, striking an enjoyable balance between Henry Mancini and Harold Faltermeyer. But it really comes to life as it’s implemented in the game. The score swells and tapers off to accompany your undercover exploits, imbuing every action with just the right degree of drama. Few video game moments this year were more satisfying than casually strolling toward a Hitman exit point as the “mission complete” music swells, secure in the knowledge that you are the baddest baldheaded mother out there.Hyper Light DrifterComposer: DisasterpieceDisasterpiece has always managed to find an interesting mix of tones and moods within his usual blend of synths and retro sounds, and his Hyper Light Drifter soundtrack was no exception. The best tracks slowly pulse and build on themselves, faint echoes from a land you will never fully understand. [Bandcamp]I Am SetsunaComposer: Tomoki MiyoshiI Am Setsuna is a back-to-basics JRPG that combines several familiar elements into a finished product more fresh than it first seems. Much of the game’s distinct identity comes from Tomoki Miyoshi’s musical score, a collection of piano compositions that expertly channel legendary composer Joe Hisaishi to establish the game’s mournful, elegiac tone. If a video game soundtrack is only going to feature a single primary instrument, piano is probably a pretty good one to go with.InsideComposer: Martin Stig AndersenInside is the rare game where the musical score is inextricable from the overall soundscape. (The Portal games are similar in this regard.) It makes sense that the game’s composer and sound designer are the same person: a maniac named Martin Stig Andersen, who passed some of the game’s audio through a human skull in order to get the tones he wanted. It’s difficult to demonstrate just how effective Inside’s music is to people who haven’t played it, but the “Soundwave” sequence in the video above captures one of my favorite musical moments. Andersen’s music tends to creep up on you, like the hum of a fluorescent light that gradually reveals hidden harmonic layers. If you didn’t play this game while wearing headphones, you missed out.The Last GuardianComposer: Takeshi FurukawaTakeshi Furukawa’s score for The Last Guardian wasn’t quite what I was expecting. More than anything else it channels mid-90s Thomas Newman, evoking a luminous sense of lost majesty and, at the fringes, danger. The full soundtrack contains more good pieces than I could hope to share here, but the very first one does a good job of setting the tone. When the strings come in at 0:45, you can almost see the rolling fields outside Shawshank State Penitentiary.OverwatchComposers: Derek Duke, Neal Acree, Sam Cardon, Cris VelascoSo much modern superhero music is intentionally flavorless, designed to keep out of the way while the heroes are talking. How lucky for us that Blizzard put together a team of composers—including studio stalwarts Derek Duke and Neal Acree—to write some actual heroic anthems for the heroes of Overwatch. Their main theme will probably be stuck in my head for the rest of my life (go get it, french horns!), but special recognition should also go to the “Play of the Game” theme. I could put that music behind literally any random video currently on my phone and it’d be hilarious. [Blizzard]Rose of WinterComposer: Toby FoxI was fully charmed by this straightforward and earnest visual novel, which I played a little while back on my colleague Gita Jackson’s recommendation. Much of my charmed-ness was due to the disarming musical score, which I shouldn’t have been surprised to find was composed by Undertale maestro Toby Fox. Rose of Winter’s music provides a perfect platform for following along with the stories of Rosemary, Crow, and the rest.Samorost 3Composer: FloexAmanita games always have special soundtracks, but even judged by that standard, Floex (AKA Tomáš Dvo?ák)’s score for Samorost 3 stands on its own. It’s a brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of tones and notions, continually shifting in and out of focus. It also features an inordinate amount of clarinet in the lead voice—certainly one of the straightest paths to my heart. (Next game to feature lush saxophone quartet arrangements wins Kotaku’s GOTY 2017.) Not only is Floex’s music good on its own, many of the game’s puzzles revolve around music and incorporate the score in clever ways. [Bandcamp]Stardew ValleyComposer: Eric BaroneStardew Valley is yet another game made by a single person who wrote, designed and programmed the game in addition to composing a really good soundtrack. My favorite track will always be “Summer,” if only for the ways it twists and shifts from beginning to end. So many peppy ideas in a three-and-a-half-minute chunk of music. [Soundcloud]Thumper Composer: Brian GibsonIt’s difficult to grasp the effect of Thumper’s music simply by listening to it—you gotta play this one. Though a synthesis of fine-tuned controls, consistent feedback and aggressive visual design, this self-proclaimed “rhythm violence” game puts you inside its soundtrack to an occasionally distressing degree. Gibson’s beats charge forward like a demon train, but I’m struck by how shifting and stuttering they can also be. Each level’s time signature broadly corresponds with its level number, but the grooves themselves often defy quantifiable meter, tripping over their own downbeats to impart a feeling of gaping impact. I’ve never played—or heard—anything quite like it. [Bandcamp]VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender ActionComposer: GaroadVA-11 Hall-A goes for a specific tone that you might not guess from the “Waifu Bartending” descriptor. It’s arch and gently self-mocking, fully aware of its own tendencies toward absurdity. Garoad’s kicky soundtrack perfectly complements this half-serious cyber-tone, with spaced out synths and shimmery techno tracks tailor made for a lost night of drinking and sharing your deepest secrets. [Bandcamp]Watch Dogs 2Composer: Hudson MohawkeIt wasn’t until I sat down and listened to Hudson Mohawke’s Watch Dogs 2 soundtrack on its own that I realized just how good it is. What could’ve been another dubsteppy, maximum effort video game soundtrack is instead a fleet, undulating mixture of oddball sounds and styles. Jeering choirs, mournful handclaps and soulful piano leads mix with a tinfoil tornado of crackles, crunches and bleeps. A distinct and unusually artful soundtrack. [Bleep Store]And there you have ‘em: our picks for the best video game soundtracks of 2016. Share your own picks in the comments below.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Gravity Rush 2 Demo Coming to PS4 Tomorrow

    A Gravity Rush 2 demo will hit PS4s tomorrow ahead of the game's January release.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:21 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    - Heavy Gear Assault - Early Access Key Steam Giveaway

    MMORPG.com has been given a limited number of Steam early access keys for Heavy Gear Assault. Get your key now while supplies last!
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:14 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    How Rocket League's lag stacks up against other online games

    An analysis from Battle(non)sense takes a look under the hood to see how Rocket League's netcode minimizes lag in fast-paced, competitive online gameplay. ...
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 11:12 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Expanse: Season 2 Poster Revealed

    Things are looking dangerous in space when the Syfy series returns this February.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:59 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elsword - All-New Character, Ain, And What He's All About

    Hey MMORPG! GM's Moshup and Fenix here with the lowdown on the launch of Elsword's all new character Ain; going live today!
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:58 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Stream Team: There’s a new emperor in town in SWTOR

    What’s done is done. And there’s no going back. Massively OP’s Larry is helping guide MJ’s Chiss Agent through the first chapters of SWTOR’s KOTFE, but the viewers are making all the important decisions — and the decisions will be remembered! The first doozy resulted in MJ being dragged off for her own execution. What will happen next? Tune in [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:55 AM

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    You can e-mail us tips at tips@kotaku.com or send them directly to any of our writers.

    You can e-mail us tips at tips@kotaku.com or send them directly to any of our writers. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook. You can even subscribe to our new, daily newsletter. We have a YouTube page, too. You can subscribe to our podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on iTunes. For a list of all Kotaku subsites, click the dropdown menu on the top left of the page.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:55 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Daily Deals: Major Anime Discounts and Digital Game Deals

    For one day only, Amazon is discounting some of the best anime series of all time including Cowboy Bebop and Evangelion.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:51 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Rare SNES Title Castlevania Dracula X Coming To 3DS Virtual Console

    One of the Super Nintendo's hardest-to-find games is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow. According to the website pricecharting.com, copies of Castlevania Dracula X go anywhere from as low as $125 to $972 for brand new sealed copies. It's a game I called out as needing to be on Nintendo's Virtual Console back in 2014 in this feature tracking which rare games had finally made it to the platform, and it thankfully did later come to Wii U. The game will be available on 3DS tomorrow for $7.99. Additionally, Mario Party 2 will also be available on the Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow. [Source: Nintendo]   Our TakeI'm a big fan of the Virtual Console in general, though its transfer from Wii to Wii U has left much to be desired. What I would like – and I know this is a lot to as from Nintendo – is that for the Switch, I can just bring all the Virtual Console games I have already purchased over to the new platform. I don't want to buy Mega Man X for the millionth time.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:45 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Best of 2016: No Man's Sky, day-one patches, and the outdated idea of 'going gold'

    Vlambeer's Rami Ismail wants to talk about day one patches -- and no, this isn't just about No Man's Sky. ...
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:43 AM

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    The Internet Reacts To Tracer And Her Girlfriend

    Yesterday, Blizzard released an Overwatch comic for the winter holidays that revealed something important about the character Tracer: she doesn’t need to wear her chronal accelerator at all times! Oh, also she has a girlfriend.If you haven’t read the comic, here’s a brief recap:If you’re still not getting it, Tumblr user greatlordfluffernutter has written a helpful explainer.Most fans are pretty cool with this reveal, but there are a few holdouts that seem either in denial or upset.But for the most part, the internet is completely overjoyed.Despite everything, one thing remains true about Overwatch:
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:33 AM

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    Multiplayer sci-fi sandbox Hellion demos survival gameplay ahead of January early access

    Back in November, we reported on the rollout of Hellion, a PvP-centric multiplayer sci-fi survival sandbox aiming for a Jaunary early access launch. Today, indie studio Zero Gravity has put out a new trailer for the game, which is apparently still on track, this one showcasing the survival elements in play in the gameworld. As we’ve written before, in addition [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:30 AM

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    Here's the lineup of games playable at GDC 2017's Alt.Ctrl.GDC showcase!

    Game Developers Conference 2017 organizers have once again selected 20 great, one-of-a-kind games for next year's alt.ctrl.GDC, an on-site playable exhibit of alternative control schemes and games. ...
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:00 AM

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    Please Help Me Assemble This Star Wars: Rogue One Model Kit

    Inspired by the space battles of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I’ve decided to take a stab at model building. And though Bandai Hobby’s Red Squadron X-Wing Starfighter set is a simple snap and sticker affair, I’m really worried about screwing it up. Got any pointers? The folks at Bluefin started bringing over Bandai Hobby’s Rogue One kits over from Japan earlier this month, beginning with this combo 1/72 and 1/144 scale X-Wing set. I’ve been eyeing Bandai’s Dragonball Z stuff for ages, but imagining my large hands applying tiny stickers and fiddling with delicate parts gave me pause. If the Star Wars set goes well enough, they’re next. But for now I need to make this: Look like this:My biological father was big into putting together model planes and cars while I was growing up, spending hours assembling, gluing, sanding and painting. I came away from that experience having learned two things. First, simply snapping out and assembling the pieces from the starter models he would buy me resulted in a finished product that looked horrible, especially compared to his work. That, and accidentally breaking one of your father’s finished models was a very, very bad idea. And so I look to the model building gurus in the Toy Time audience for aid. How should I go about trimming the bits? How can my sausage-like fingers properly place delicate decals? What sort of equipment should I be using? Let me know in the comments, and next week we’ll see how well I put your knowledge to use.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:00 AM

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    Star Wars: The Old Republic - BioWare?s Ben Irving on SWTOR?s 5th Anniversary and Future Plans

    We sat down with Star Wars: The Old Republic producer Ben Irving to discuss the game's fifth anniversary festivities, Knights of the Eternal Throne, and the game's future.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:00 AM

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    Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR’s 2016 Report Card

    It’s that time of year again where we reflect on the year gone by and consider Star Wars: The Old Republic as a whole. Pretty much since the game launched five years ago, I’ve calculated my judgment for the game not as a single score but as a group of scores based on the taxonomy created by Dr. Richard Bartle [...]This article was published by the word-wranglers at Massively Overpowered. Please review our terms of use for feeds.
    Posted: Dec. 21 @ 10:00 AM

 
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