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Field Report: Marvel Heroes

Field Report: Marvel Heroes

Marvel Heroes has landed with a slew of expectations. Beyond carrying the Hulk-sized weight of being the first major MMO based on the Marvel license, it's also being followed closely by many Diablo fans, because of David Brevik's close involvement in the project. Marvel Heroes doesn't quite come off as a completely superheroic experience, but its engaging story and satisfying combat system does make it worth assembling for.

Read more: User-friendly neighborhood MMO

"My buddy picked up cyclops from pyro last night as we were playing."
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Field Report: Dead Space 3 'Awakened' DLC

Field Report: Dead Space 3 'Awakened' DLC

Field Reports provide our first-hand experience with the latest games and expansion packs.


The dead don't stay dead in the Dead Space series. One of Dead Space 3's biggest problems was that its story stopped taking itself seriously in the last act and did double backflips over the pink megalodon in the room. Defying all logic, characters returned from the dead or survived impossible circumstances afforded by plot-holes big enough to pilot a deep-space mining frigate through. Before the final boss fight, supporting character and co-op buddy Sergeant John Carver unceremoniously exits stage-right to somewhere and isn't heard from again. Did he die? Who knows. The stinger at the end of the credits is a distress call from protagonist Isaac Clarke after he somehow survives floating in space with no helmet or air supply. That Awakened, the first downloadable add-on mission, is an epilogue to the main game's story only reinforces this disregard for plausibility. Narratively, it takes this deceit and runs.

Read more: Some SPOILERS ahead »

"Have to agree with this review. Completely enjoyed the crafting engine added to DS3, but not if ..."
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Field Report: Mass Effect 3 'Citadel' DLC

Field Report: Mass Effect 3 'Citadel' DLC

Field Reports provide our first-hand experience with the latest games and expansion packs.


The past year's been tumultuous for Commander Shepard and the crew of the SR2 Normandy. With this last Mass Effect 3 downloadable content pack, "Citadel," the current Mass Effect saga comes to a close, giving the heroes we've grown to love some much deserved rest and relaxation. Like the add-on missions before it, Citadel takes place an undefined time before the assault on The Illusive Man's base. The key difference between this mission and the preceding add-on packs is it doesn't feel at all like something left on the cutting room floor, it's miles above Mass Effect 2's lauded "Lair of the Shadow Broker" and every other piece of downloadable content released before it.

Read more: A suitable farewell »

"Personally my "head cannon" is that the events in this DLC are an epilogue that take place after ..."
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Field Report: Skyrim 'Dragonborn' - an expansion in every sense

Field Report: Skyrim 'Dragonborn' - an expansion in every sense

When I initially played the previous downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, nothing seemed amiss. The handful of new areas and pieces of loot littered around the familiar landscape were what I had come to expect from DLC. But now that I've played the "Dragonborn" expansion, the others simply pale in comparison. It's more ambitious, more thematically relevant, and a perfect example of Bethesda's promise to take its time with fully-featured content.

Read more: Dovahkiin vs Dovahkiin »

"Was probably impossible to expand the world due to consoles, they had huge problems with the PS3 ..."
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Field Report: Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC

Field Report: Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC

Throughout my return to this den of inequities, I couldn't shake the feeling as I played through Mass Effect 3's new Omega DLC that what I was doing didn't matter. I've already saved the universe and dealt with the consequences of all that entails, so everything on the spire-like trading hub of Omega felt superfluous. It seems the designers felt the same way, too, because anything new was either negated by the time I reached the anticlimactic final showdown or wasn't very important to begin with. I leveled up a few times and maxed out my sticky grenade skill by mission's end, but because I have no intention of returning to Earth again with this save file, having asari crime boss Aria T'loak's war assets at my disposal didn't mean all that much.

Read more: A showcase for Aria, for better or worse »

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Field Report: Mass Effect PS3

Field Report: Mass Effect PS3

Today, PS3 owners will be able to get their hands on a long-awaited port: the original Mass Effect. After years of being exclusive to Xbox 360 and PC, the port can be purchased as part of the Mass Effect Trilogy at retail, or as a standalone $15 download on the PlayStation Store.

We had a quick test of the retail version of the game, just to see how the Edge of Reality-developed port stands up.

Read more: 3GB installation, but faster load times »

"or you could just watch the whole thing on youtube. GOTP plays like a movie anyway. Grab some ..."
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Field Report: XCOM Enemy Unknown - Slingshot

Field Report: XCOM Enemy Unknown - Slingshot

You'll have to start a brand new campaign to access any of the new content for XCOM: Enemy Unknown's "Slingshot" add-on. Considering how great the core game is, that's not really a bad thing. Unlike other DLC expansions, Slingshot is integrated into the campaign, with Council missions triggering at key moments in the story.

It's clear that XCOM's first add-on was designed to address some of the cosmetic complaints fans had about the original game. Although the threat is global, and the game takes you to places around the world, you never feel like you leave the good ol' US of A in the game. Whether you're in Mumbai, Johannesburg, or Shanghai, you always feel like you're in some generic middle American suburb.

Read more: Unambitious and lacking in content »

"I just want to make sure I read this correctly: $7 is expensive? Apparently they're not paying ..."
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Field Report: Guild Wars 2

Field Report: Guild Wars 2

When I first encountered Guild Wars, it was creating a reputation for itself as one of the main alternatives to World of Warcraft, offering a similar experience without the crippling monthly fee. Guild Wars 2 represents a major step forward for NCsoft and ArenaNet, completely stepping out of WoW's shadow and firmly planting itself as the new standard for MMORPG's.

GW2's story has plenty to offer both longtime GW veterans and newcomers. Set a thousand years after the events of the first GW, the land of Tyria is under siege by hellish dragons and their army of undead minions. To save the continent, multiple races must band together to overcome the common threat. The story introduces new narrative elements, while also building on much of the lore from the first game and its expansions.

Read more: An involved personal story »

"How does picking up WoW cold compare to picking up GW2 cold? I played WoW for 2 months several ..."
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Field Report: Team Fortress 2 'Mann vs. Machine'

Field Report: Team Fortress 2 'Mann vs. Machine'

After nearly five years of fighting over control points and briefcases of intelligence, the mercs of Team Fortress 2 have a new challenge before them--mechanical monstrosities looking to destroy any and all things bearing Mann Co.'s name. TF2's new Mann vs. Machine mode introduces co-op for the first time, bringing up to six players together to fight back the soulless automatons. To do my part in the fight, I jumped into Shacknews community member re-verse's server to fight alongside fellow Shackers against the robotic menace.

Read more: Relearn what you knew in multiplayer »

"Use the server browser and filter by mvm, it shouldnt take you more than a few minutes to find a ..."
- SurgioClemente    See all 30 comments


Field Report: The Secret World

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Field Report: The Secret World

Age of Conan developer Funcom has jumped back into the MMO space with The Secret World, a story of underground cabals exploring a cavalcade of urban legends and mythical creatures. With a near-endless well of supernatural lore to draw inspiration from, this MMO is filled with a variety of story-based content, most of which I enjoyed. However, I have reservations as to whether this game can sustain a monthly subscription model.

The Secret World's story has three underground factions vying for global domination: the Illuminati, the Templars, and the Dragon. Their goal is to explore legendary parts of the world and find the source of a rising evil. These three secret societies are immensely powerful and decidedly sinister with no traditional "white hat" do-gooders to be found. Any good deeds performed in this game are purely a means to an end.

Read more: Variety and freedom »

"I use a G13 and move with the thumb stick while looking with the mouse. Enemies are auto ..."
- Duma    See all 14 comments


Field Report: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Dawnguard'

Field Report: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Dawnguard'

Bethesda Softworks had a generally good track record with its Fallout 3 downloadable content packs, but stated up-front that it wanted more meat to its content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This set some weighty expectations, but at double the price tag, "Dawnguard" feels like much more than double the content of Fallout's DLC packs.

Read more: An expansive expansion »

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Field Report: Batman Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge

Field Report: Batman Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge

Note: This review includes spoilers from Batman: Arkham City.

Harley Quinn's Revenge is everything Batman fans have been waiting for from Arkham City DLC. This isn't a collection of costumes or challenge maps, but a honest-to-goodness expansion of the campaign. With voice acting, to boot. Taking place immediately after the events of the main story of Arkham City, it places you in the shoes of both Batman and Robin--an enticing proposition that should make the $10 asking price "worth it."

Read more: Not as polished as Arkham City »

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Field Report: Starhawk

Field Report: Starhawk

Warhawk managed to garner a dedicated fan base with its unique blend of on-foot, vehicular, and air combat. Five years later, LightBox Interactive has prepared a spiritual successor with Starhawk. Retaining many of the gameplay elements of Warhawk, LightBox expanded upon the formula, adding not only space combat, but a RTS-inspired "Build and Battle" mechanic that allows players to dynamically drop gameplay-changing cargo from the sky.

It's clear that Starhawk will live and die by its multiplayer. However, unlike its predecessor, Starhawk also offers a single-player campaign--one that players will not want to miss.

Read more: The blueprints for fun battles are definitely there »

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition field report

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition field report

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings received a wave of goodwill last year from critics and fans alike. It was even dubbed our Shacknews 2011 Game of the Year. By the time the buzz hit a fever pitch, a console version had already been announced, and so I waited. Months later, the Xbox 360 version has been released, and I was as curious as anyone to see how it withstood the lofty expectations set by the accolades -- including our own.

Read more: Console port shows its PC roots »

"The first time I played, I immediately discovered how broken Quen was on Hard difficulty. This ..."
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Field Report: Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Sazh: Heads or Tails' DLC

Field Report: Final Fantasy XIII-2 'Sazh: Heads or Tails' DLC

Square Enix left dangling plot threads at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and has promised more story through downloadable episodes. Sazh: Heads or Tails, on sale now for $4.99 (400 MSP) is the first such piece of DLC. It holds the dubious honor of being not only our first glimpse at Square Enix's content plans for this game, but its first tentative step into delivering story episodes as DLC in the main Final Fantasy series.

The story, however, is barely present at all. Minor spoilers follow.

Read more: Casino action instead of real action »

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Top Games

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  2. Resistance 3
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  4. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  5. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
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  9. DayZ
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  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
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  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us