Pac-Man Works Better As A Battle Royale Than Super Mario Bros.

Within one week of pulling the plug on Super Mario Bros. 35, Nintendo announced another battle royale-style game: Pac-Man 99, a 99-player take on Bandai Namco’s arcade classic. As it did with Super Mario Bros. and Tetris before it, developer Arika has taken a well-known retro game and added a competitive twist to it–and even from just a few rounds with the title, it’s immediately clear that Pac-Man is better suited to the battle royale format than Super Mario Bros. was.

The reason comes down to the game’s immediacy. Given its roots in the arcade (where a developer’s primary concern was to wring as many quarters as possible out of a patron’s pockets), Pac-Man is about reflex. Super Mario Bros. also requires dexterity, of course, but it was designed for a home console. As such, it’s a grander, more methodical sort of game, featuring larger stages that are rife with

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Arma 3 Is Getting An Expansive Vietnam Campaign DLC

Of the many military sims that are available to gamers, the Arma series probably takes its source material most seriously. Now, a third-party developer is using the game’s suite of tools to create S.O.G. Prairie Fire, a serious and realistic recreation of the Vietnam war.

The expansion is being built by developers Savage Game Design within Arma 3, as reported by Kotaku, and is basically its own complete game. The DLC will launch complete with a narrated single-player campaign, new single-player and multiplayer scenarios, and a multiplayer co-op campaign.

The crowning glory of S.O.G. Prairie Fire is the Cam Lao Nam Terrain, a 300 kmĀ² open-world battlefield designed to represent the Vietnam War’s entire Area of Operations. The game will also seek to recreate the unique weapons, uniforms, and other equipment of the various combatants involved in the Vietnam war.

Developer Savage Game Design says it developed the game in

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Walking Dead Mobile Game Gets A Release Date And New Info

The Walking Dead: Survivors is a new mobile survival game based on the popular franchise, which sees players gathering resources and recruiting Survivors to help fortify their stronghold. Announced earlier this year, players won’t have to wait too long to get into Survivors, with the game releasing on April 12.

While The Walking Dead exploded in popularity thanks to AMC’s 10-season TV show, the new mobile game is based on the original comics rather than the TV adaptation. Developer Elex has announced that the pre-registration period for the game has nevertheless been a successful one, with over 1.5 million players registering interest across iOS and Android.

The titular Survivors are key to the game, with the player encountering and recruiting various characters from the comics who will help fortify their defenses. While the developer has promised that over 80 Survivors will eventually be present in the game, it’s unclear how

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DayZ Creator’s New Survival Game Releases Faux-Documentary Trailer

Icarus is an upcoming survival game from DayZ creator Dean Hall’s Rocketwerkz studio. The sci-fi game is set on the titular planet Icarus, where a plan to terraform a “second Earth” went horribly wrong. Now, an extensive trailer from Rocketwerks takes the form of an in-universe documentary, explaining more about the Icarus project, and what went wrong in the early days of the project.

The trailer mixes live action with game footage–and due to Rocketwerks being headquartered in New Zealand, you’ll hear a few Kiwi accents in its seven-minute runtime. The documentary is titled Icarus: No Rescue, and while the live action segments may not filter through to the actual gameplay, it’s a novel way to introduce the game’s concept.

When players get stuck into Icarus, it’ll play like any other survival game, but with one big difference. Icarus is a session-based survival game, meaning players will be dropped onto

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Ghostrunner Is Ridiculously Cheap On Switch Right Now

Ghostrunner is a challenge and stylish cyberpunk-style action game, and it released for Nintendo Switch shortly after its launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Now, the Switch version is available at a ludicrously cheap price, and there has never been a better time to snag it.

Normally $30, the Nintendo Switch version of Ghostrunner is on sale right now for just $7.50 on the eShop. Given how new the game is, the price was enough to make us do a double-take.

It can be completed in around 10 hours or so if you’re playing at a normal pace, though it’s also a great option for speedrunning because of its fast-moving action and difficulty. If you are hit by anything in the game, you’re dead, and the majority of enemies also die in one hit. This makes every battle play out like a dangerous dance, as you need to plan

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