So now it has a story, as multiplayer shooters are keen on doing these days. The first of the game’s new trailers runs through the game’s cast, each of them combatants in a fictional murder tournament on the world of Crater. That’s fine – a bit safe, sure, and helps the game fit the fiction more than something like Overwatch. But it’s been done by everyone from Apelegs to Unreal Tournament, and I haven’t seen anyone top Monday Night Combat when it comes to selling the feeling of being trapped within a televised bloodsport. … [Read more...] about Rocket Arena’s first season fires off later this month
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The downside is that there’s an element of stunlock to most attacks, and that can feel very frustrating at first. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where damage is coming from as you get spun around so much, attacks tend to launch people skywards, and of course when you’re highly damaged you suddenly become a tempting target for everyone. The triple jumps and rocket jumps add much z-dimension hopping, but can make the frantic fights disorientating too. One key tip I overlooked for too long was that the dodge button does far more than avoid an incoming attack: it cancels out any stunlock for a vital moment too, and learning to use it effectively is where you begin to step out of beginner territory. Getting used to the characters helps, of course. … [Read more...] about Rocket Arena preview: hands on with the new EA Originals 3v3 arena exploder
Evan Lahti: Tribes' desolate tundra may have sold me on the openness of its environments. In 1998, after playing Quake 2 and Doom and other shooters set mostly inside bases and ceilinged facilities for years, Tribes' box conveyed a multiplayer FPS where you could really feel the wind in your face as you jetpacked over hilltops or hopped into flying vehicles that could seat multiple players. I'd never seen anything like it. In practice, Tribes' intricate bases were a pretty big part of the experience too, but two decades later its box art stands out as one that's honest and representative of its open-air dueling. … [Read more...] about Have you ever bought a game just because of its cover art?
The Event: Abracadabra TV Virtual FestivalThe Date: Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, beginning at 2 p.m. ETThe Artists: Blondish, Diplo, Nahko, Nightmares on Wax, Pablo Fierro and more.The Cause: Bye Bye Plastic FoundationHow to Watch: Via the Abracadabra Twitch page. … [Read more...] about How to Watch All Of the Dance Music Livestreams Happening This Weekend (June 19-21)