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A few weeks back, we wrote about Telltale's substantial layoffs and promise to focus on fewer, better quality games. We haven't heard much about Telltale's future since then, but a recent interview by Telltale's new CEO, Pete Hawley, points to the kind of changes we might see down the line. Hawley first talked about the adverse effect Telltale's multitude of projects had on the games' quality and innovation, and how players (correctly) felt that games had become predictable. He feels that Telltale moved away from the "magic" of season one of The Walking Dead [Free] by moving toward pure narrative and letting go of some of the interactivity and engagement of that original game. The real sense of consequences isn't there anymore in the way it was in The Walking Dead...

After digging a little deeper into obscurities for the last couple of releases, SEGA has gone back to one of their tried and true 16-bit franchises for the latest addition to the SEGA Forever line-up. The Streets of Rage series has lain dormant for a very long time now, but in its heyday, it was one of SEGA's most successful action brands. To this day, I still consider Streets of Rage 2 to be one of the very best side-scrolling beat-em-ups ever made. But we're not here to talk about the sequel. Well, not yet anyway. No, today we're looking at the original Streets of Rage [Free], a game that may be lesser than its follow-up but still packs a pretty solid punch. Happily, SEGA has given the game the finest treatment we've seen for a new SEGA Forever release yet...




Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called "Cards Coming to Life," is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It's actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale's art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that's saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is...

The collectible card game Shadowverse [Free] continues to grow, and soon we will see the game's seventh expansion called Chronogenesis, coming December 28th. This huge set will add 138 cards to the game, which is much more than what we got from expansions in the past. The reason this expansion is larger is that it brings to the game an all new class called Portalcraft, the eighth of the game. So, the developers decided to add a ton of Portalcraft cards at once to bring the class into a playable state, able to compete with other ones. Portalcraft cards will add enchanted lifeforms and peculiar beings to the game (artifacts and puppets for instance), and their key distinction from other classes is the Resonance mechanic. Cards played with Resonate can activate special abilities and effects when there's an even number of cards in your deck. You can read more about Portalcraft here...

Kobolds & Catacombs, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is finally live in NA and EU everyone, so go start opening decks and buildings decks. You will venture into a huge underground world that Kobolds have mindlessly carved over thousands of years. Treasures await you but so do all kinds of monsters, perils, and construction that isn't up to code. Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's seventh expansion, adds 135 new collectible cards to the mix, all revolving around those silly Kobolds and their candles. The expansion adds a new keyword, Recruit, which summons a random minion from your deck and will be fun to play around with. We are also getting Spellstones, spells that can be upgraded if the player fulfills specific conditions, and, for the first time, Legendary Weapons...

Critical Ops [Free] has solidified itself as the "Counter Strike" of mobile since its release in October 2016. It has continued to foster an extremely loyal fan-base while bolstering a respectable eSports scene. There seems to be tournaments around every corner, as well as several other opportunities for competitive mobile gamers to challenge (or flaunt) their skills against other players. However, one of the common complaints seen/heard within the Critical Ops community is the game's small number of maps. Luckily, a new update has emerged today that brings a whole new map, friend chat, tutorial changes, spawn changes, and crosshair fixes to the game...

HQ Live Trivia Game Show [Free] continues to grow at a rapid pace, so rapid actually that the developers are struggling to improve the huge lag that has been frustrating players. Still, the iOS app has seen a 100 times increase in players over the last month or so, so it makes sense that the developers' next step is to bring the game over to Android. And it looks like the Android version is coming before Christmas. The developers tweeted that HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming the Android way, and since you don't stuff stockings after Christmas, the app should be dropping within the next two weeks and a bit...

It's almost time for Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone [Free] players, and the patch that prepares the ground for the expansion has just gone live. While you won't really say any changes right now, you can get excited about all the new cards and the Dungeon Run mode. The new patch notes give us a taste of the new quests we are getting in the game. For instance, we are getting a repeating daily quest called Spelunker that gives you a 1 Classic card pack for defeating 5 Dungeon Run encounters, an incentive for people to play Dungeon Run for more than just fun. The update also adds a reconnect countdown when your opponent disconnects, a useful feature for mobile...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to grow in fun ways, and the game's next update will change things up considerably. First of all, 50 more Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to catch, with even more Hoenn region Pokemon arriving in the coming weeks. Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and many more are running around the world waiting to be caught (kind of sad, isn't it when you think about it?). Even more interestingly, the new update adds dynamic weather that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at, and this dynamic weather is more than just cosmetic...

Blizzard has been diversifying its Hearthstone [Free] pre-expansion push in all kinds of interesting ways, and after giving us things like the Critical Role episode the other day, today it's putting on a Kobolds & Catacombs Escape Room live event starring some popular personalities like Trump and Day9. The participants will have to escape a custom-made Kobolds & Catacombs if they are to claim King Togwaggle's gold. I'm very curious to see how Blizzard went about designing the various puzzles that will try and stop the team from busting out in time to get their hands on the gold. I expect fun shenanigans in this novel idea...

If you're looking for a collectible card game that offers something different from games like Hearthstone and Magic, you might want to check out Runewards [Free], which has just released worldwide (outside China, though). Runewards takes inspiration from Gwent, the PC-only card game inspired by the Witcher 3, and by doing so offers a fresh take on mobile card games. The basic idea behind Runewards is you play against your opponent in a best of three matches, and your goal is to have more points than your opponent at the end of each round. Even if the game was just about that, it would be different enough from other card games to warrant your attention...

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals, Dungeon Run, The Darkness, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #119

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last Touchstone Tavern prior to Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs release. Finally, we're only a few days away from a ton of cool cards joining the game, and I (and many others) can't wait to start building all sorts of fun and silly decks (and, occasionally, some strong ones). As you would expect, last week's news was all about the expansion and the many new card reveals, but there were also some other fun happenings (like the Critical Role episode). Also, only a few days left before we get the Dungeon Run mode, the new single-player mode that will give players even more to do in-game. Overall, the upcoming expansion appears to have awoken the community from its relatively slumber, and that can only mean good things for the game.It's a good time to be a Hearthstone player...

Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs expansion is almost upon us (3 days from release at this point), so most of its cards have already been revealed. However, there's plenty of them we still haven't seen. That's being remedied as we speak. Game Director Ben Brode and streamer Day9 are currently livestreaming a ton of card reveals in a marathon stream, so if you want to see more Kobolds & Catacombs cards in action (they are running all kinds of crazy Kobolds decks), watch the stream embedded below. If you're the kind of a person who prefers surprises, then avoid the stream because you only have to have patience for a few more days until the expansion is revealed...

Amazon’s been going pretty deep into gaming over the last few years be it through mobile or pc games. This weekend saw Amazon’s Champions of Fire take place in New York City. Unlike other esports events, this one was focussed on casual games and aimed to make competitive gaming more accessible overall. Yassuo was crowned champion at the event. He went home with a large portion of the $50,000 prizepool for the event. Watch a trailer for the event below:..

If you're a fan of Clash Royale [Free], eSports, or just like in your spare time to watch people play games, you should tune into the Clash Royale Crown Championship, taking place this Sunday, December 3rd, in London. This is the conclusion of Clash Royale's first-ever official global esports competition, so it should showcase the best players in the world. You can of course watch the stream live on the various streaming services, as long as you don't mind waking up at 5am ET (if you live in the US) that is. We will have boots on the ground during the event, so expect much more coverage during the weekend...

HQ Trivia [Free], the live quiz game by the co-creator of Vine, continues to grow like crazy. When I first started playing the game only a few weeks back, I had to compete with around 20 thousand other players; just the other day, I had to do so against over 200 thousand players, a pretty explosive growth for a game that has used no advertising other than word-of-mouth and the clever referral system (you get extra lives for getting other players to sign up). In an interview on 9to5Mac, Rus Yusupov, co-founder of HQ Trivia, talked about how they made the game captivating and how the design gets players more into the game...

Mobius Final Fantasy [Free] will have Cloud Strife join as the second Ultimate Hero. There will be new storylines from the Final Fantasy franchise and the Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration returns this month for Mobius Final Fantasy The storylines allow players to team up with Cloud to explore a Mako Reactor. The return of the Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration comes soon after the game had Lightning joined as the first Ultimate Hero. Watch a trailer for Cloud Strife in Mobius Final Fantasy below:..

Over the last 7 days, Pokemon GO [Free] players managed to catch 3.36 billion Pokemon, beating the 3 billion Global Catch Challenge goal by some margin (not that I had any doubt they would manage that). The global event saw players try and grab as many Pokemon as they can to unlock all kinds of rewards, including some legendaries, and I'm sure that most Pokemon GO players had a blast over the past week. Apparently, players from more than 140 countries participated in the challenge, which is pretty crazy if you think about it. Grabbing those 3 billion Pokemon unlocked Ho-Oh in Legendary Raid Battles at Gyms near you, so make sure to grab that one before it leaves us on December 12th...

This is a very pleasant surprise for anyone who likes Hearthstone [Free] and all those Critical Role faithful: the two will come together tomorrow, November 30th, for what should be a great stream. If you don't know what Critical Role is, it's a web series by a group of voice actors led by Matthew Mercer, who have been doing Dungeons & Dragons campaigns for Greek & Sundry and have acquired quite the following. And for good reason, too, because their adventures are peppered with hilarity. The cast includes Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, and others, and some of the guest stars have included Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Chris Hardwick, Patrick Rothfuss, and Joe Manganiello...

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