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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' review: Don't you like feeling special?

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When I was a teenager, a few friends and I regularly ditched our extracurriculars to wander through the woods behind our school. As far as woods go, they were pretty pathetic—we were in an industrial part of New Jersey, right off a highway that reeked of exhaust and diesel fumes. (Ah, the Garden State.) Nature wasn’t welcome there—but the trees grew in spite of this.

One time, we found a train engine, long abandoned and left to rust. It was the coolest thing—we stepped into the old locomotive, full of dirt and dead leaves, wondering what it was doing there and who left it behind. We were going to make it our hangout. When we came back the next week, it was gone.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a fantasy game, one without trains or highways or high schools. Instead, it has mages and knights and, yes, dragons. One of the major hurdles of enjoying a good fantasy game is the idea that those things must appeal to you. This isn’t true; you just have to be the kind of person who loves the idea of walking into the woods and finding something mysterious, something with a story behind it—one you might never even know. READ FULL STORY

Here's your first gameplay footage from 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End'

The opening keynote for Sony’s first-ever Playstation Experience convention began in a pretty big way—with a fifteen-minute gameplay demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.  READ FULL STORY

See 'Mario Maker,' 'Metal Gear Online,' and other sneak peaks from The Game Awards

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Video games do not yet have an equivalent to industry awards ceremonies like the Emmys or the Oscars, but they’re getting there. There are two kinds of awards given in the biz—the quieter sort from trade conventions like the Game Developers Conference, and the splashier kind that vies for a more mainstream audience. Last night’s The Game Awards falls in the latter category.

While plenty of games were celebrated, The Game Awards had a strange preoccupation with pulling double duty as a press conference for a slew of games that will come out over the next year. While it’s a puzzling distraction from the games the show is ostensibly celebrating, they often manage to include some interesting reveals. Here are the best sneak peeks:

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Meet Mike Bithell, the man who's reinventing Robin Hood

Mike Bithell is a guy who is famous for getting people to draw fan art about a blue square. Actually, Mike Bithell is a guy who has gotten a number of people to have very strong feelings about colored rectangles. He did this by making a video game. READ FULL STORY

'Thomas Was Alone' is now on almost every device. You should play it.

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Let’s start with that title. It’s unusual, isn’t it? Thomas Was Alone. It’s evocative and mysterious and a little bit sad. Like a lushly illustrated picture book or animated short preceding a Pixar film, it conveys a sort of somber simplicity that aims straight for your heart. It demands that you feel something. Not many video games do that.

Thomas Was Alone is one of the most moving games I’ve ever played.  Stick around. Let me tell you about it.

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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' gets advanced zombies in new trailer

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a game where you shoot things and use jetpacks in the future. It’s pretty great, mostly because of the jetpacks. However, Call of Duty games are also known to occasionally dabble in zombies, because zombies are popular and fun to shoot. So naturally, zombies are going to be added to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare via paid DLC packs. READ FULL STORY

Cult hit 'Dark Souls II' is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One

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It’s easy to pass on From Software’s Souls franchise, mostly because there’s one thing that dominates all conversation about it: They’re stupid, hard games. But that’s not really fair—they’re not so much hard as they are dense; every encounter is thrilling, every step forward is earned; you have to learn the game, as opposed to just getting through it. That’s why they’re so loved by those who play them—they’re intricate puzzles to play and make sense of, where failure is expected and learned from.

If you’ve never played any of them, now’s the time—publisher Namco Bandai has announced that last year’s Dark Souls II is getting an updated re-release for Spring 2015.

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Scammers con Wal-Mart into selling $97 Playstation 4s

For some people, price tags are more suggestions than definitive statements of cost, an agreed upon place from which bargaining can begin. The period of time we call The Holidays—where we, as a nation, are encouraged to spend as much money as we can to prove to our friends and families that we still love them—is an absolute field day for such people. Since everyone is spending money, every retailer naturally wants most of that money to go to them, and will employ just about any tactic to convince you to send your hard-earned money-dollars their way. One of the biggest weapons in the retailer arsenal is the price-matching guarantee.

It can, however, backfire.

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Why you should play 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

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Probably the worst thing about Dragon Age: Inquisition is that it’s called Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s just not a very sexy title. Then again, neither is Game of Thrones—and that turned out pretty well.

Do you like Game of Thrones? If you do, you should play Dragon Age. Even if you don’t like Game of Thrones, you should probably play Dragon Age—it’s one of the best games of the year, and definitely a standout in this crowded holiday season. But you should know a few things first.

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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' review: Everything's better with jetpacks.

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If Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were an OK Cupid profile, it would be the kind you gently mock for its cartoonishly mainstream interests—of course that guy’s favorite movie is Fight Club. Call of Duty is the hacky sack of video games, the Dave Matthews Band of First-Person Shooters; a salmon-colored shorts wearing, moccasin-shod, Keystone Light beer of an entertainment franchise.

But then one night, you’d be sorta bored… and to be honest, Call of Duty is kind of cute when it’s not wearing sweats. And hey, Call of Duty is also self-aware and can carry a conversation really well. Like, you guys wouldn’t believe it, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is actually kind of thoughtful. Hey, did you hear? Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is moving in next week. You all should come hang out with us.

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