Contest: Win Little Nightmares on XB1!

I did a little math, and based on the number of giveaways I have in my queue I calculated it’d be roughly 2046 before I gave them all away if I stuck to Thursdays only, sooo… it’s a contest on a Tuesday!

That’s right, we’re teaming up with the good people over at Bandai-Namco to offer you a chance to win Little Nightmares on Xbox One!

HOW TO ENTER
To enter, simply tell us what gives you nightmares and include your @Twitter handle. And that’s it!

Sample Comment
My daughter dating
@BabeGetMyShotgun

THE FINE PRINT
Winners will be selected on Tuesday, May 16th. All entries must be submitted by 4 PM EST/1 PM PST on Tuesday. Please note that although anyone can enter you must be following me on Twitter to win.

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DLC Review: The Only Traitor (The Final Station)

That’s a sweet ass Mustang.

By: Brian Gunn

The Final Station launched last year and quietly earned itself a cult audience for its bizarre world and engaging survival gameplay. With The Only Traitor, developers Do My Best have invited players back to answer some questions the main game didn’t clear up.

While the core gameplay is largely the same in The Only Traitor, much of the story context has changed. Players control a new main character telling a parallel story, and this time it’s one with a set personality that actually speaks. Although he’s another unnamed soul, he’s a bit of belligerent loner, one that’s not afraid to get his hands dirty or leave an ally behind.

This time around the goals are a little on the vague side, with the lead simply seeking shelter for the majority of the story.  There’s no train to manage this time, with the game instead providing players with a car that can contain only a single passenger.

Passengers can provide free healing after a level as well as craft items for you, with each character offering varying strengths and weaknesses in regards to how they handle the task. Survival mechanics have more or less been stripped out as you no longer have to manage their food

I found this to be a bit of a drawback really. A lot of the core game’s design is built around those survival mechanics, with extra exploration required if you wanted to heal and feed everyone, and even then there was a decent chance you couldn’t save them all.

Now players are tasked with finding an item of food, water, and gas in every level, and braving extra encounters might only get you a few extra bullets or vendor junk.

While exploring these levels is a bit less compelling, mechanically they’ve improved a decent amount. Our new hero is more melee focused and thus can handle the standard enemies quite easily. To balance this out bullets are scarcer and new enemy types are introduced, such as one that spits out venom that would be extremely hard to deal with at close range.

While you can usually find a new passenger in a level, this is kind of a disappointing mechanic. There are no real repercussions to ditching one, not even an exchange between them and the player.

Each stage has a transitory stage that lets them tell their story, so if you want to learn more secrets of the world, you might want to bring along your former boss that managed an emergency shelter to pry information out of him.

The new lead being an actual character rather than a mute player avatar helps give context to the world, and you’ll find a few answers to some of the game’s mysteries, though it raises a few of its own as well.

OVERALL (4/5)

The Only Traitor is an interesting tale that most fans of The Final Station are likely to enjoy. It doesn’t do too much to shake up the formula or provide many new types of challenges, but the new perspective on the game’s world is worth the visit.

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Throwback Thursday: Win Steep on PS4, XB1 or UPlay!

With the temperatures starting to climb upward and the onset of summer not too far in the future we thought we’d bid adieu to winter by teaming up with the folks over at Ubisoft to give you a chance to win Steep on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or UPlay!

HOW TO ENTER
To enter, simply post your @Twitter handle and include your platform of choice (XB1, PS4 or UPlay). Yep, that’s it!

THE FINE PRINT
Winners will be selected on Friday, May 12th. All entries must be submitted by 4 PM EST/1 PM PST on Friday. Please note that although anyone can enter you must be following me on Twitter to win.

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Throwback Thursday: Win RBI Baseball 17 on XB1 or PS4!

Baseball is back! And along with it comes the crack of the virtual bat and imaginary scent of fresh-cut grass in RBI Baseball 17 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4! So to celebrate we’re teaming up with MLB to give you a chance to win a free copy!

HOW TO ENTER
To enter, simply let us know what team is going to win the World Series this season in the comments section below. Please include your platform of choice (XB1 or PS4) along with your @Twitter handle.

Sample Comment
Padres
@IMCompletelyDelusional
PS4

THE FINE PRINT
Winners will be selected on Friday, April 14th. All entries must be submitted by 8 PM EST/5 PM PST on Friday. Please note that although anyone can enter you must be following me on Twitter to win.

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Throwback Thursday: Win How to Survive 2 on XB1 or PS4!

This week we’re reconnecting with our friends over at 505 Games to give you a chance to win a copy of its recent release, How to Survive 2, on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One! So let’s get winning!

HOW TO ENTER
To enter, simply let us know what item(s) you’d need to survive a zombie outbreak in the comments section below. Please include your platform of choice (XB1 or PS4) along with your @Twitter handle.

Sample Comment
Mt. Dew, Combos & a shotgun
@CholesterolWillKillMeB4Zombiez
XB1

THE FINE PRINT
Winners will be selected on Friday, March 24th. All entries must be submitted by 8 PM EST/5 PM PST on Friday. Please note that although anyone can enter you must be following me on Twitter to win.

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