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The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

It's late in the game and my team is defending the delivery point for the opposing team's payload. Things are hot around the payload, which is where I'm positioned, playing as an old, war-weary solider who's sick of fighting but nevertheless finds himself here. Bullets zoom by as I step out from behind cover, emboldened by my team's success in pushing the other team back. Then I hear it: "it's high noon," and realizing that there's no time to find cover, I accept my fate. Defeated, I decide to switch characters from the grizzled war veteran to the talking gorilla with a jet pack and a Tesla cannon, and it becomes clear that Overwatch is something special.

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Blizzard Black Friday 2016 sale includes Warcraft, Overwatch deals

Blizzard Black Friday 2016 sale includes Warcraft, Overwatch deals

Blizzard has kicked off its Black Friday sale a little early, and most of the company's properties are getting discounts in one way or another. Overwatch, World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, and Heroes of the Storm all feature in this sale. Unfortunately, that means those of you who are looking for deals on Diablo III and Hearthstone aren't going to find any here.

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Free Overwatch weekend kicks off November 18 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Free Overwatch weekend kicks off November 18 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Overwatch will almost certainly go down as one of the best games of the year, but if you've held out thus far, Blizzard is about to give you a chance to see what you've been missing. Blizzard has announced that Overwatch will be free to play across all platforms starting November 18. The promotion will last the entire weekend, wrapping up on November 21.

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Blizzard is recreating the original Diablo inside Diablo 3

Blizzard is recreating the original Diablo inside Diablo 3

Blizzard's BlizzCon is being held this weekend, and the developer has announced that one of its most classic games, the original Diablo, is making a return within the newer Diablo 3. In honor of the original dungeon crawler's 20th anniversary, Blizzard is releasing a new "Darkening of Tristram" update for Diablo 3, allowing players to experience the classic graphics and gameplay, all on the engine of the latest entry.

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Google’s DeepMind aims to teach AI to master StarCraft II

Google’s DeepMind aims to teach AI to master StarCraft II

DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence startup, already developed a bot that could beat humans at the ancient Chinese game of Go, but now it's looking to master a much more modern game. The researchers have just announced a new partnership with game developer Blizzard that will see the pair develop a platform to teach AI how to play StarCraft II, the immensely popular real-time strategy (RTS) title.

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Mean Streets of Gadgetzan revealed as Hearthstone’s next expansion

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan revealed as Hearthstone’s next expansion

With the opening of BlizzCon 2016 comes the announcement of Hearthstone's next expansion. Dubbed Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, players can expect to find more than 100 new cards in this expansion. However, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will bring with it some new mechanics that even Hearthstone veterans may be surprised to see.

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Blizzard finally reveals Sombra, Overwatch’s latest hero

Blizzard finally reveals Sombra, Overwatch’s latest hero

It's been a long time coming, but Blizzard has finally revealed Sombra, who now takes her place as Overwatch's newest character. The long-teased character was revealed today during the first day of BlizzCon 2016. Many suspected the reveal was coming, but it seems like many more were hoping this announcement would happen place sooner.

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Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event kicks off with spooky skins and modes

Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event kicks off with spooky skins and modes

It's time for Overwatch's second seasonal event to begin. Following on the heels of the game's Olympics-themed event, which took place over the summer, Blizzard has crafted a new event called Halloween Terror that kicks off today and runs through November 1. It seems you'll want those three weeks afforded by the event planners over at Blizzard HQ, as this event tosses new loot boxes into the mix.

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Details on Overwatch’s Halloween event, new character leak

Details on Overwatch’s Halloween event, new character leak

Halloween is quickly approaching, and it looks like year's biggest multiplayer shooter — Overwatch — is getting a special event to celebrate the occasion. Listings for items related to a "Halloween Terror event" briefly appeared on the Xbox Live marketplace a bit early, including new Halloween Loot Boxes. A separate set of leaks have also offered a clear look at the new character Sombra, which is expected to debut in the game very soon.

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Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

If you've been playing Blizzard games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, and the recent Overwatch over the years, you know the name Battle.net as being synonymous with the developer's own. First introduced back in 1996 with the debut of the original Diablo, Battle.net was Blizzard's core multiplayer platform used to power every game that followed. But after 20 years of use, Blizzard announced last week that it was putting the name to rest.

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World of Warcraft: Legion pulls in 3.3 million launch day sales

World of Warcraft: Legion pulls in 3.3 million launch day sales

Have you been playing through Legion, World of Warcraft's latest expansion? If so, it would appear you're not alone. Blizzard announced today that Legion managed to sell 3.3 million copies through its August 30 launch day, so it seems many people have been eager to explore what the expansion has to offer. Not bad for a 12 year old game.

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World of Warcraft: Legion companion app arrives for Android and iOS

World of Warcraft: Legion companion app arrives for Android and iOS

Blizzard has announced the launch of the World of Warcraft: Legion companion app, a free offering for WoW Legion players who want to take the game with them wherever they go. “…Even the most stalwart of Azeroth’s defenders can’t be at their computer all the time,” the company explains, and so the app offers several features to fill the void, including things like exploring world quests, training recruits, researching Order Hall upgrades, and more. The app is available now for both iOS and Android.

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