More blood for the Blood God!

Screeching gears, rhythmic boot steps, and the soft crunch of fresh snow. These were the first notes of my invasion. I sought the Dwarfen capital of Karak Varn. The Dwarfs, hardy and resilient though they may be, were a thorn for my new allies, the green-skinned Orcs and goblins. I held my siege for weeks, and while my foes’ numbers dwindled, mine grew. After each clash, I wrenched the newly dead from the earth and added them to my fiendish, Vampire hordes. Siege engines ready, and carried yon by fresh Dwarfen zombies, I steeled my undead warriors for the final assault.

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Off the Shoulder of Orion

Serenity and wonder fill my ears when I first open Stellaris. Pulling from the same lived-in future aesthetic of games like Mass Effect, Stellaris opens with an invitation. It wants you to explore, it wants you learn, to unearth secrets your galaxy has held for millennia. As I do, astral outlines and nebulae dot my galactic map. Carved out into large chunks are the cosmos’ remaining empires. The Kalaxenen Order. The Sibulan Core Worlds. The Bruggan Consciousness. And my own nascent superpower–the Reaper Commonwealth.

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If you’re going to see one movie based on a gaming franchise this year…it probably shouldn’t be this one.

The Angry Birds movie is not funny. It maintains a frantic pace, and it never lets up from desperately wanting you to laugh–there’s hardly a second that goes by without some form of over-the-top slapstick, clumsy pun, or ineffective background visual gag. The themes and juvenile humor are clearly aimed at a very young audience, but some jokes are a little too edgy to recommend for the very young, while none of the ideas have enough bite to register as subversive satire. Angry Birds is instead, an unintentional copy of the mobile game it’s based on: a short, forgettable time-waster.

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Below you can find news and features on Blizzard’s upcoming multiplayer shooter.

With the launch of Overwatch upon us, we’ve rounded up our essential news and features to help give you a quick rundown on the much-anticipated multiplayer shooter. From our in-depth video series where we interview Blizzard to our multiple pieces covering our thoughts and impressions on the game; here’s everything you need to know.

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Return to Arkham.

After a string of leaks, Warner Bros. today officially announced that remastered versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The games arrive on July 26 through the Batman: Return to Arkham bundle, which will cost $50/€50/£40.

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"World of Wonder."

During the Final Fantasy XV Uncovered event in March, Square Enix premiered a “World of Wonder” trailer for the game that showed off its towns, cities, caves, buildings, and other environments. Now, that video has been published online and in full quality. Check it out below.

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Amber waves of pain.

Somewhere within Homefront: The Revolution–beneath the choppy framerate, the hackneyed narrative, and the half-explored mechanics that are hastily introduced then forgotten just as quickly–exists a solid, cinematic shooter. All the ingredients are there. It casts players as American resistance fighters–outmanned and outgunned, but resourceful and resilient–which naturally paves the way for both novel gameplay and daring political themes. Unfortunately, Homefront doesn’t quite deliver on either one.

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With great power there must also come great responsibility.

Dishonored 2 begins 15 years after Emily Kaldwin is crowned Empress of Dunwall, as she flees the city after her claim to the throne is challenged by an otherworldly usurper. The sequel begins and, we’re told, ends, in Dunwall, but the chapters in between take place in Karnaca. There Emily and Corvo–both playable characters in the sequel–seek to bring down those backing Dunwall’s new ruler.

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Can this $600 graphics card really outperform two GTX 980s in SLI? We put the new hardware to the test across 1080P, 1440P, 4K, and VR benchmarks.

The GeForce GTX 1080 was one of the worst kept secrets in graphics hardware. While many leaked images hinted at the new card’s arrival, it still came as a surprise when manufacturer Nvidia announced that the GTX 1080 would not only be faster than the $1,000 Titan X, but apparently faster than two GTX 980s in SLI.

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