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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mobile Announced with Pre-Registration

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War mobile, a free-to-play real-time RPG continuing Talion’s journey through Mordor, will feature iconic characters from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Celebrimbor, Eltariel, Gimli, and Boromir and many more fan-favourites. Meet us after the jump for more details.

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Gaming with the Suicide Squad: A Primer

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With the Suicide Squad movie about to open, my mind can’t help but drift back to long ago when I used to dabble in role-playing games, specifically superhero role-playing games. I never played, mind you; I always ran the game as the gamemaster, and one of my favorite tactics was pure Suicide Squad. Come with me and find out how to fine-tune your games and infuriate your players as I discuss Role-Playing and the Suicide Squad.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Dragon Age: Inquisition—Game of the Year Edition

Yeah, I know. It’s last year’s game. The raves, the kudos, they fell on the 2014 side of the calendar. But Dragon Age: Inquisition is big enough to sprawl across more than a single year. Just this October, Bioware released the Game of the Year Edition, with all the downloadable content of the previous twelve months included alongside the original award-winning game. If you’re an RPG fan, or you know somebody who puts on the elf-ears before they sit down to play, this is a huge classic title well worth the time. More than the dungeons and yes, of course, the dragons, Dragon Age: Inquisition is about relationships. Friends, lovers and allies, the game’s at its best when you’re playing these roles. Funny how that works, with surprising charm and depth.

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Destiny: The Taken King — Bungie Sticks the Landing

With The Taken King, Bungie takes Destiny to a fearsome new level

If you haven’t played Destiny, you’ve probably heard someone rave about it. Or bitch about it with irritated intensity. Or both. Bungie’s massively multiplayer online shooter has been getting mixed reviews from the moment it came out a year ago. The game itself is a huge hit, by any measure. It made half a billion dollars in sales when it was released in September, 2014. There’s big-league movies that would kill for that kind of take. As of January this year, the game hit 16 million registered players. Bungie (the originator of the Halo franchise) and Activision have a ten-year plan for Destiny, so this thing is gonna be a big deal in the gaming world for a long time. The Taken King is the first major expansion for Destiny, following on two DLCs earlier this year, The Darkness Below and The House of Wolves. This time around, do they get it right? Your TL/DR is hell yes buy this game! If you want, like, reasons and stuff, join me starside!

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Jim Knipp On… Dungeons and Dragons

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

Sometime around 1980, the twelve-year old version of me happened upon a book with the very promising title of “Monster Manual.”  I had no idea what it was, but the pages were filled with line-drawn pictures of various monsters of myth and history: unicorns and dragons, dinosaurs and something called “Green Slime.”  The book included descriptions of these beasts, and a series of arcane looking numbers and letters labeled ‘Treasure Type,”  “Armor Class,” and most mysteriously “THAC0.”  I wanted to buy that book badly, but I was broke so I did the next best thing.  I convinced my best friend to buy it, and then I borrowed it (for like six months).

...can you blame me? Look how awesome this is!

Can you blame me? Look how awesome this is!

Little did either of us know the decision we made standing in that Waldenbooks aisle would change both of our lives forever.  Find out how after the break…

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – A Grand Theft Auto Retrospective

The first new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series in over 5 years, GTA V, hits shelves on September 17, 2013. One of the most anticipated games in recent memory, it has gamers salivating over speculation, screenshots and videos teasing everything from a new 3-character story arc, beautiful hi-def visuals and a brilliant bustling city to the coveted Shack on the Hill – which (unless the droves of Reddit users have their way and make Rockstar bow to their demands) has still yet to be confirmed to contain anything at all.

So in light of the release of GTA V, let’s look back on the GTA series as a whole, and peel back the layers on one of the most influential, controversial and enduring franchises in video game history.
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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – Final Fantasy Dimensions

There hasn’t really been a game in the last few years that truly recaptures that magic of the old-school Final Fantasy games. Sure, some have tried, but lackluster attempts and even progressive titles from Squeenix have fallen short, leaving FF gamers with a certain emptiness.

While Final Fantasy Dimensions on iOS – Sqaure Enix’s latest entry into the FF series – is a throwback to the old games, is it truly capable of bringing back the true feel of the games of yore? Find out after the jump.

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

I’ve been dying to find something good to play on my Vita. It’s been a while since I’ve bought it, and there really hasn’t been a great RPG created for it, so I went into the PSN to try and find something awesome.

For RPG fans in Japan, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky has a huge following. It is celebrated as one of the great JRPG’s, and rightfully so. It never really made a splash in North America, but it’s a diamond in the rough, and definitely worth the $20 price tag.

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – Platformer, Dungeon Crawler and RPG? It’s Swordigo!

I’ve always been a fan of platformer games. Their simple objective of getting from landing to landing makes for a good time when properly done. That’s why – due to the lack of physical controls on the device – I’ve always thought that finding a really good platformer on the iOS would be a difficult task, so I set about trying a few until I stumbled across a little game called Swordigo.

Great art style makes this game memorable.

Great art style makes this game memorable.

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