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Talking Tyria With ArenaNet & The Complete Art Of Guild Wars

Talking Tyria With ArenaNet & The Complete Art Of Guild Wars

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2020 has proved to be a momentous year for ArenaNet and Guild Wars. The seminal RPG would eventually cement the Seattle Studio as a major player in the gaming industry turned 15 years old and ArenaNet celebrates its own 20th anniversary this year. While marking this occasion, we got a chance to talk to ArenaNet Art Director Aaron Coberly and skimmed the recent release of The Complete Art of Guild Wars. It seems fitting that the Complete Art Of Guild Wars chronicles the world of Guild Wars from the earliest moments of its conception to the latest Guild Wars 2 updates. The recently released tome comes courtesy of Indigo Boock and is published by Dark Horse Comics. This coffee table sized collection is a beautiful selection of art and concept designs that takes fans into the history o...
The Best PlayStation Games Of All Time

The Best PlayStation Games Of All Time

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It’s been 25 years since the launch of the original PlayStation, and while games have evolved by leaps and bounds in the two and a half decades since, it’s impossible to deny the lasting impact Sony’s flat grey box had on the industry and pop culture at large. From bandicoots to battle-hardened super-soldiers, the PlayStation is single-handedly responsible for some of the most iconic characters and franchises of all time, and while there are so so many to love, we wanted to look back at the very best the console had to offer. These are the greatest PS1 games of all time. Check out the video above for the top 10, and click through the gallery below or scroll down for the full list! The Best PS1 Games Ever 25. PaRappa the Rappa Before Rock Band, before Guitar Hero, even before Dance Dan...
Dark Horse Announces The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Deluxe Edition

Dark Horse Announces The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Deluxe Edition

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Dark Horse Books and Ubisoft today announced The Art of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, an official art book covering the latest and greatest video game in the Assassin's Creed franchise. The nearly 200-page oversized hardcover art book features never-before-seen concept art, production material, creator commentary, and more. Much like the game itself, the upcoming art book does not have a definitive release date, and is instead timed to release around the time that the game does.In addition to the regular version of the art book, Dark Horse Books will also be putting out a Deluxe Edition as well that includes an exclusive cover, decorative slipcase, and lithograph art print. Barring those changes, it does not appear that the actual content of the art book will be different between the two ...
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gets Gorgeous Art Book, Available To Pre-Order Soon

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gets Gorgeous Art Book, Available To Pre-Order Soon

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As is the case with many big budget games nowadays, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will get a hardcover art book published by Dark Horse. Ubisoft has revealed The Art of Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be available this holiday alongside the game. There's even a limited-edition deluxe version of the book, which will be of particular interest to collectors.The Art of Assassin's Creed Valhalla | $40Releases this holidayThe standard edition costs $40 and comes in at 192 pages. According to the listing on Amazon, the art book will give fans a sense of how Ubisoft's art directors created the look of Valhalla, which will take players to the ninth century Viking invasion of England and dive into Norse mythology. The high-quality images will be complemented ...
If role-playing games scare you, ‘Trials of Mana’ is a great primer for beginners

If role-playing games scare you, ‘Trials of Mana’ is a great primer for beginners

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The brilliance of “Trials of Mana” is how it distills several core gameplay features to its truest sense. The “loot grind” to gain more equipment really comes down to comparing smaller and bigger numbers. Sometimes towns really don’t function as much else besides places to stock up on things and maybe get some loose context for the world. Sometimes, a simple classic like “Trials of Mana” is all you really need.This game is mythical. It’s the direct sequel to the Super Nintendo classic “Secret of Mana,” a name whispered with just a little less reverence than one use for “Chrono Trigger” or “Final Fantasy VI.” Known as “Seiken Densetsu 3,” it was only ever released in Japan in 1995, at the tail end of the Super Nintendo console’s life. Despite this lack of attention, Japanese gamers and i...

Scott Pilgrim Video Game Artists Shows Off Concept Art

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With all the talk about possibly re-releasing Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game, some new surprises have been coming out on social media. Aside from the usual fandom over the game and what people would like to see come out of what appears to be a tease from Ubisoft about possibly putting it back out there, we're learning more about the work that went into the game to match it up with the comic book. Jonathan Kim, who is the Senior Animator at Lab Zero Games dropped a bit of an artwork treasure onto the internet on Thursday. On his Tumblr, he made an entire post about the Scott Pilgrim video game that shows off all of the concept art that went into making characters for the game. The work itself covers a few of the Evil Ex's, as well as other characters like Mr. Chau, who only appear...
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Artist Posts Old Concept Art for Delisted Game

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Artist Posts Old Concept Art for Delisted Game

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May 23, 2020 6:07 PM EST Scott Pilgrim vs. The World character designer Jonathan Kim posted more concept art from the game on the heels of possible news of the game's return. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World may still be delisted from any online marketplace but it lives on in the hearts of fans lucky enough to have purchased and played the title. It also lives on in the form of some fantastic concept art, reposted by the character artist Jonathan Kim (@personasama) on their Twitter account: RE: Scott Pilgrim game talk, I have a bunch of concept & production art I made for the game over on my old tumblr here: https://t.co/yT3kLmwtdE I need to update it with more production material before I lose it all 🤔 pic.twitter.com/yUf9NIPrls — Persona 😎 (@personasama) May 21...
UCR ARTS goes virtual | News

UCR ARTS goes virtual | News

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As much of the nation continues to shelter in place and art institutions remain closed due to COVID-19, UCR ARTS is welcoming guests to explore its exhibitions and programming from home with the launch of Virtual UCR ARTS.  Developed in response to the pandemic, the website features immersive virtual tours and images from select exhibitions at UCR ARTS’ California Museum of Photography and Culver Center of the Arts as well as artist interviews, performances, family-friendly art-making activities, and a virtual cinema. More content will be added in the coming weeks and through the duration of the shutdown. “The website started because our existing site doesn’t yet have all the functionalities we need to present content dynamically,” said Nikolay Maslov, UCR ARTS’ curator of film and medi...
What Will Next-Gen Console Games Look Like At Launch?

What Will Next-Gen Console Games Look Like At Launch?

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The next-generation consoles, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, have gamers hyped for stunning new eye candy. That desire was stoked by Epic’s reveal of an Unreal Engine 5 demo that pushes far beyond what’s possible on current hardware. Epic’s demo was only that, however. A demo. It’s unclear when a game might live up to the expectations it sets. In fact, gamers have enjoyed precious few clips of next-gen gameplay. Even events that promised gameplay, like Microsoft’s Xbox Series X First Look, threw out mere scraps. That doesn’t mean we have no clue what next-gen games will look like at launch. The improvements we’ll see in next-gen games at launch are hinted by games you can play right now. Games will finally deliver 4K resolution The PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox ...
Amazon’s first video game ‘Crucible’ not an esports bid. Yet

Amazon’s first video game ‘Crucible’ not an esports bid. Yet

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Amazon is a giant. Of course. And that is why the company is being careful, says the game industry veteran overseeing the launch of the company’s first major video game, to not look as if it is wielding all of its might. “Crucible,” available Wednesday for PCs, is a free-to-play, competitive, team-based online shooter, one that wants to endear itself to players with approachable tweaks to the familiar rather than a full upending of any genre. It’s entering a landscape dominated by the likes of “Fortnite,” “Overwatch” and “Apex Legends,” and intermixes the shooter-based gameplay of the battle royale genre, playing with more strategic, character-leveling elements found in multiplayer online battle arenas such as “League of Legends.” “The kind of game that we’re making is a gamer’s game...