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Pixelkin’s E3 2018 Complete Coverage

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Electronic Arts

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EA Play 2018: Command & Conquer: Rivals is an RTS Mobile Game

How the mighty have fallen. Command & Conquer, once one of the biggest names in PC strategy games, has been rebooted as a mobile PvP game. Command & Conquer: Rivals…Read More

 

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EA Play 2018: Sea of Solitude is the Latest EA Originals Indie

During EA Play 2018, we were introduced to German indie studio Jo-Mei, who is working with EA under their EA Originals label. Jo-Mei’s Creative Director, Cornelia Geppert, introduced her studio’s…Read More

 

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EA Play 2018: BioWare Action-RPG Anthem Arriving Early Next Year

During the EA Play 2018 Press Conference, Electronic Arts and BioWare announced an official release date for their upcoming Destiny-like cooperative action game Anthem. Unfortunately it’s not coming this year….Read More

 

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EA Play 2018: Get Double the Yarny in Unravel Two, Out Today

It’s become tradition in every E3 for one company to announce a new game, only to immediately follow up with the game’s release. This year the honor goes to Unravel…Read More

 

Xbox

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Xbox E3 2018: Capcom Reveals Devil May Cry 5

Over-the-top action series Devil May Cry hasn’t had a main entry in a decade. Series director Hideaka Itsuno proudly took the stage during the Xbox E3 2018 conference to announce…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Microsoft Acquires Five Big-Name Studios

It’s always fun to see new game trailers, but perhaps one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 press conference was the acquisition…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Microsoft Announces Gears 5, Gears Pop!, and Gears Tactics

Rod Fergusson, head of The Coalition, took the stage during the Xbox E3 2018 press conference to reveal three new games in the Gears of War franchise. All three games…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Watch the World Premiere Trailer for Halo Infinite

Kicking off the Xbox E3 2018 press conference was the big reveal of Halo Infinite, the latest game in one of Microsoft’s most popular franchises, developed by in-house studio 343…Read More

 

Bethesda

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Bethesda E3 2018: Teases for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda Game Studios isn’t normally a company to tease out games early. They enjoy waiting until a game is out that year before they even announce it, as evidenced recently…Read More

 

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Bethesda E3 2018: Elder Scrolls: Blades is a Free Mobile Game

The next game in The Elder Scrolls series is probably not the one you were hoping for, but it does look nice. During the Bethesda E3 2018 press conference they…Read More

 

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Bethesda E3 2018: Fallout 76 has Online Multiplayer, Coming Nov.

The highlight of Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference was Fallout 76. Thanks to a big leak leading up to E3, the game had already been announced. But now we know…Read More

 

Square Enix

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Kingdom Hearts III launching January 29, New Frozen Trailer

A bit ahead of E3 2018 at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour, Square Enix revealed the official release date for Kingdom Hearts III: January 29, 2019. It’s coming to…Read More

 

Ubisoft

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Ubisoft E3 2018: Incredible New Trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2

One of Ubisoft’s biggest trailers during last year’s E3 show was the first cinematic trailer for action-adventure-RPG Beyond Good & Evil 2. The highly anticipated prequel made another big splash…Read More

 

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Ubisoft E3 2018: Play as Alexios or Kassandra in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

For the first time in the series, players will be able to choose to play as either a male or female character right from the start of Assassins’s Creed Odyssey….Read More

 

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Ubisoft E3 2018: Fox McCloud Joins Starlink: Battle for Atlas

During the Ubisoft E3 2018 press conference, Ubisoft showed off more footage of their unique spaceship-based toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas. But the biggest announcement was the inclusion of…Read More

 

PlayStation

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PlayStation E3 2018: Death Stranding Is Still Super Weird

Hideo Kojima’s post-Konami, post-Metal Gear Solid project Death Stranding remains as enigmatic as ever, despite seeing a bit of gameplay during the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference. This new fourth…Read More

 

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PlayStation E3 2018: The Pirates of the Caribbean Join Kingdom Hearts III

We went years without so much as a peep about Kingdom Hearts III. Now that the release date is in sight (January 29), Square Enix is unleashing a barrage of…Read More

 

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PlayStation E3 2018: Don’t Miss The Kiss from The Last of Us Part II

We already knew about The Last of Us Part II thanks to last E3’s trailer and the PlayStation Experience announcement from 2016. At this year’s PlayStation E3 2018 conference, we…Read More

 

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PlayStation E3 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Man Reveals All the Villains

During the PlayStation E3 2018 conference a lengthy gameplay demo was shown for Marvel’s Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games. The demo centered around an explosive prison breakout, featuring many of…Read More

 

Nintendo

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Nintendo Direct E3 2018: All the News and Trailers

As always, Nintendo eschewed a live press conference in favor of their pre-recorded Nintendo Direct videos. Obviously the Nintendo Switch remains the primary focus. As expected, Super Smash Bros. was…Read More

 

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Bethesda E3 2018: Elder Scrolls: Blades is a Free Mobile Game

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The next game in The Elder Scrolls series is probably not the one you were hoping for, but it does look nice. During the Bethesda E3 2018 press conference they announced The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a free-to-play RPG designed for mobile devices. It’s out this fall.

Unlike fellow mobile spin-off Fallout Shelter, Elder Scrolls: Blades appears to be an actual Elder Scrolls game, with first-person dungeon crawling, touch-screen controls, real-time battles, and beautiful graphics. Blades will be playable in both landscape mode and portrait mode on mobile phones and tablets.

You play as a member of the Blades, the ancient order of the Emperor’s elite agents. You’ve been forced into exile, returning home to find your town destroyed. The main game tasks you with rebuilding your town.

Aside from the main campaign, Blades will feature two more modes. The Arena lets you battle other players in a real-time PvP setting. The Abyss is a replayable roguelike mode that challenges you to get as far as possible in a neverending dungeon that gets progressively more difficult.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades will arrive this fall. It will also come out for VR, PC, and consoles, and feature cross-play. You can sign up at the main website for a chance to play early and receive exclusive equipment.

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Jurassic World Alive is a Better AR Game than Pokémon GO

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I love Pokémon GO. I fell in love with the brilliant concept of hunting Pokémon in the real world and forgave the horrendous networking issues along with everyone else when it launched two years ago.

Jurassic World Alive borrows much of the basic gameplay and mechanics of Pokémon GO, using dinosaurs in place of Pokémon. Even if you’re not a big dino-fan, Jurassic World Alive improves upon Pokémon GO in several key areas, making it the AR game I’m more likely to play when I’m out.

Bingo, Dino DNA

Inn Jurassic World Alive you are a member of the Dinosaur Protection Group. Your mission is to save dinosaurs by, uh, shooting them with tranquilizer darts, creating genetic hybrids, and battling other dinosaurs. Who knew prehistoric conservation could be so much fun?

jurassic world aliveJust as in Pokémon GO, your primary job is to collect creatures on an augmented reality map, localized to your current location. Dinosaurs and Pit Stops are scattered around the world, the latter giving you darts to capture dinosaurs and gold for upgrading them.

When you find a dinosaur you enter a timed mini-game. The dinosaur runs around as your flying drone attempts to fire tranq darts from above. A crosshair reappears in different places on your target as you hit the marks, upping the challenge. It makes capturing the dinosaurs far more engaging and less frustrating than flinging a bunch of poké balls.

The other key difference is that you never capture a single dinosaur. Instead you collect a number of DNA points, depending on how well you hit the crosshairs. A direct bullseye will net over 10 DNA per shot, while a grazing shot gives half of that. If you miss the crosshair you’ll receive none at all.

Since each capture session is timed, you can only get a limited amount of DNA from each dinosaur. This provides a welcome incentive to capture duplicates dinos.

Gather a certain amount of DNA and you can create that dinosaur. Rarer, stronger dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurs Rex require much more DNA. Each dinosaur can also be leveled up by collecting additional DNA, with upgrades granting more health and stronger attacks. You’ll definitely want stronger dinos because the turn-based combat is legitimately fun.

We Need More Teeth

Combat in Jurassic World Alive isn’t limited to Gyms as in Pokémon GO. You simply select the Battle button from the menu and match up with a similar rank opponent. You can bring up to four dinosaurs on your battle team, with the goal of defeating three of your opponent’s dinosaurs before they do the same to you.

Battles are intuitive and fun. Unlike the constant clicking chaos of Pokémon GO, combat in Alive is entirely turn-based. Each dinosaur has two to three moves you can choose from. Most include secondary effects like slowing down an opponent, or adding a protective shield for your next turn. Passive abilities include armor that reduces damage, or automatically counter-attacking after receiving damage.

jurassic world aliveThere’s enough variety in the starting common dinosaurs that I’ve already been adjusting my team several times over as I find the right mix. The Velociraptor, one of the easiest dinosaurs to level up in the beginning, hits extremely hard with an ability that does an additional x2 damage. It has very little health, however, making it good for a strong opening attack that I immediately switch out with something beefier, like the Euoplocephalus.

While many of the abilities are outlandish and very video gamey (like the aforementioned shield, which literally looks like a sci-fi hologram in front of the dinosaur) I appreciate that most of the dinosaurs are drawn from real world creatures. Each stat sheet includes a nice little About This Creature section, featuring a few sentences of science facts. Euoplocephalus, for example, means ‘well-armed head.’ It’s not exactly National Geographic but it’s nice to see some effort made to create some educational content in a game about collecting and battling dinosaurs.

In another improvement, the Supply Drops, Jurassic World Alive’s equivalent of Poké Stops, are much more frequent and accessible. This makes a huge difference to folks living in more rural areas, where the dearth of Poké Stops makes Pokémon GO almost unplayable. A free incubator is also given every six hours, which always includes a pack of 20 darts, no matter where you are.

You can purchase additional incubators (essentially loot boxes), gold, and darts with cash, and cash can be acquired with real money purchases. But it never pushes them on you, and I haven’t felt the need to spend any real money despite devoting quite a few hours into my new dino collecting hobby.

If I have one complaint, it takes a long time to level. Like Pokémon GO, your character also levels up. Reaching higher levels spawns better and rarer dinosaurs in the wild. The leveling feels painfully slow, even early on, limiting you to seeing the same few dinosaurs everywhere.

As it cross its two year anniversary Pokémon GO’s star-studded status has faded from the public view. Pokémon remains a stellar franchise and finding Pokémon in an AR game is still very enjoyable. I have no doubt that the upcoming Switch tie-ins, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, will spark a wave of new interest.

I love Pokémon and Pokémon GO, but Jurassic World Alive does a better job of everything Pokémon GO does. At this point I have fully switched over from Gotta Catch ‘Em all into humming that classic John Williams theme.