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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way

Almost every game these days have an online element to them, either really playing with others online in a massive persistent world or simply going into one-off skirmishes. Some gamers, however, have a deep love for keeping things single. Such gamers might find solace and joy in the announcement of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first time in over 15 years that the franchise is getting a non-multiplayer, totally single-player game. That is, if developers Piranha Games successfully launches it in 2018.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft was perhaps not intended to be many things when it was first conceived and created. It wasn't intended to be an educational tool, much less a tool for education artificial intelligence. It was certainly not intended, at least at first, to be used on smartphones. And yet, Minecraft now does all that and, in fact, the Pocket Edition just celebrated its fifth year of existence last month. As both a congratulations and a gift to faithful mobile crafters, Mojang, now under the auspices of Microsoft, is teasing what is soon to come: the big version one-point-oh. Also known as, "get your butt kicked by the Ender Dragon".

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New Zelda: Breath of the Wild vids finally tease Zelda

New Zelda: Breath of the Wild vids finally tease Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is one of the oddest named video games in history. Although Zelda does play a critical role in the game's world, she isn't exactly the hero(ine) of the stories. That privilege belongs to the (almost always) silent Link. Of course, she's part and parcel of every Zelda game, and though we haven't seen her yet, we presume she's also in the upcoming Breath of the Wild. At The Game Awards, Nintendo finally gives us a glimpse of the princess. Somewhat.

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Kojima’s creepy Death Stranding adds Mads Mikkelsen to cast

Kojima’s creepy Death Stranding adds Mads Mikkelsen to cast

When you're a famed game designer forever frustrated by having a horror title pulled out from under your feet, you might be forgiven for putting somewhat disturbing teasers of a game still shrouded in mystery. Yes, we are talking about Hideo Kojima's so far bizarre trailers for his upcoming title, Death Stranding. At The Game Awards, where he finally received an industry award without Konami's legal antics, Kojima reveals the game's second trailer, which explicitly names Mads Mikkelsen but implicitly includes Guillermo del Toro.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series revealed

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series revealed

What do The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Batman, and Guardians of the Galaxy have in common? Aside from being hit titles in the entertainment market, that is. As of today, all four of the above have a Telltale Game to their name. Or at least soon all four will. At The Game Awards, famed game makers Telltale Games and the comic book giant Marvel announced a collaboration that no one except them saw coming: a game based on a once obscure superhero team that has unexpectedly taken the box office by storm.

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Minecraft introduces flying Elytras, cartoon textures

Minecraft introduces flying Elytras, cartoon textures

Holiday season isn’t just shopping season. It’s also gaming season. Which is why game makers usually go all out during this time to ensnare bored or willing victims into their choice of escape from reality. And nothing says “escape from reality” more than Minecraft. Appropriately, Mojang has just announced some holiday treats for everyone, both on consoles and mobile, though not everyone is getting the exact same gifts. Console gamers will have adventures and misadventures in the air, while those on mobile can make goofy faces instead.

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Pokemon Go Nearby testing expands, Ditto sighted and caught

Pokemon Go Nearby testing expands, Ditto sighted and caught

It’s been a pretty busy month for Niantic Labs and it’s really no mystery. The holiday and travel season is upon us, which makes it a lucrative opportunity to get Pokemon Go up to snuff ASAP. Quickly following its rebalancing update that nudged CPs a bit, Niantic has announced that the “Nearby” feature it has been testing can now be tested in more locations around the world. But perhaps more exciting is the still not officially announced addition of Ditto to the first gen Pokemon Go roster.

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Star Wars Clue board game puts players on the Death Star

Star Wars Clue board game puts players on the Death Star

There’s no shortage of classic board games rehashed with more modern features and themed boards — the electronic bank card Monopoly is one example, as is the recently unveiled Skyrim Monopoly version. The latest classic game to be offered with a special theme is "Clue," the sleuthing game that, in this case, puts players on a 2-storey Death Star. The new game, simply called "Star Wars Edition," is available now from Hasbro.

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The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

Before mobile gaming was a thing, before even smartphones were a thing, gamers have been playing on the Internet in what was commonly regarded as MMORPGs, short for the wordy Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Lineage, and more filled gaming news and chats, The advent of mobile devices, as well as the rise of MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), have mostly pushed MMORPGs to the sidelines.

As smartphones become more powerful, Internet access move ubiquitous, and mobile users mode engaged, MMORPGs have started to make a comeback, but on a smaller screen and with somewhat fewer controls. Here are our top picks for this year’s best MMORPGs, with some dating back even older, proving their massively multiplayer appeal.

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Google Halloween Doodle pits wizard cat against ghosts

Google Halloween Doodle pits wizard cat against ghosts

Google Doodles started out as artistic ways to celebrate certain occasions and birthdays. But as web technologies advanced, some doodles turned into interactive content, a.k.a. games. This Halloween, Google deigned to inject some cuteness into the usually scary but sometimes fun celebration, by making a game that tasked a wizard cat into vanquishing ghastly foes. All by waving its wand, which means swiping with your mouse or, better yet, with your fingers on a screen.

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Skyrim Monopoly is franchise’s latest themed game set

Skyrim Monopoly is franchise’s latest themed game set

There's no shortage of themed Monopoly boards and game sets, and newest among them is the officially licensed Skyrim Monopoly. The game, as its name suggests, is themed after the popular video game Skyrim. The Monopoly game pulls content, including artwork, from the video game, and is available to preorder now ahead of its March 2017 release date.

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Dragon Quest Builders, the Minecraft JRPG, is now in the US

Dragon Quest Builders, the Minecraft JRPG, is now in the US

Let’s face it. These days, any blocky, voxel-based, sandbox game is going to be compared with Minecraft, whether that comparison is warranted or not. And in some cases, it is very much warranted and Dragon Quest Builders might be one of those. That said, this odd new member of the famed Dragon Quest series could very well still sell, because it offers one thing that Minecraft, at least the vanilla one, doesn’t: a checklist of things to do and foes to vanquish.

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