Assassin's Creed: Origins was a Valentine's gift for GrrlGotGame. What can I say, she loves to kill stuff (in games). And the Assassin's Creed series is one of her favorites, especially the Ezio saga. And this one has the best rep since Ezio hung up his wrist-mounted shivs.

After she was through with the start of the game, I gave it a go. Here you'll get the basics of combat, how to find your way out of the stupid opening cave (eventually), where to invert aiming, your first stealth slayings, and an eagle's flight:

 

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I'm starting to become a wee bit Internet famous for my adoration of Artifex Mundi hidden object games. So when I saw that Nightmares From The Deep 3: Davy Jones joined the console lineup today, I dove right in.

Here's the first 30 minutes (don't worry if you haven't played prior games in the series - there are no significant spoilers):

 

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Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the first-person shooter/slasher originally built on the 3D Realms Duke Nukem engine with a new story and a modern engine and sensibilities.

Not to say it's not still highly offensive, not to mention bloody as hell (hence the age gating). I've been meaning to pick it up for some time - so when it showed up in the Games with Gold lineup, I readily grabbed my katana and started hacking away:

 

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I dabbled in the Sea of Thieves technical alpha but this was my first earnest attempt to play the game. Alas, I didn't find my first mission (a freebie I picked up from a merchant I sailed to find) until near the end. And I didn't see where to activate it - right behind the map table - until just after I cut the feed.

No worries, I was at time and that may be worth a second 30-minute-or-so stream tomorrow. For now, learn the basics of sailing a ship solo, slay a few skeletons (which appear to only spawn at night), nab a powder keg, get chomped by a shark, and - amazingly - not run into any other players (I kept expecting them to surface and slay me PUBG-style - better luck next time, you scurvy seadogs!):

 

So I decided to go after that mission I found at the end of my first expedition. But activating it didn't add it to my ship's map, so I wasn't sure where to go. I set sail anyway, heading northwest toward the corner of the map (which seemed to be what the map fragment was telling me). I never did reach it as my ship spontaneously sank. I swam to the surface and found a mer-person, who teleported me to a nearby isle and resurrected my skiff. I forgot that weapons were mapped to Y so I ran away from enemies and located a captain's chest. I hauled it into a nearby outpost (as opening it is apparently not a thing) and was able to trade it for some gold. Phew! I can see why you are better of with a crew as navigating while sailing is a challenge. But I do enjoy exploration, so I'll likely keep at it:

 

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Seasons After Fall is visually amazing.The painterly art style alone is worth a look. Gameplay is a bit predictable, which for a puzzle platformer is a good sign that you can probably figure everything out and finish it.

I don't know - I'm just 30 minutes in, but so far so good. There's not a lot of time spent figuring things out. It's mostly running and jumping and interacting with the weather change dynamic - plus watching the occasional cut scene:

 

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Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator doesn't look like much of a game, and in fact I grappled for more than a day on whether to pick it up when it dropped below $3.

The reviews are surprisingly positive. The game, laced with many Monty Python references, throws a bunch of random phrases and words at you and your opponent. Most are shared - this took me a few matches to figure out, which is why I didn't do better. You construct insults which, when grammatically correct and press on an opponent's sore spot, will earn you massive takedown points:

 

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Nevermind is a mess-with-your-head kind of game. On PC and Mac, it's designed to work with a biofeedback accessory to determine when you are stressed, and ups the ante accordingly.

On Xbox One, you're off the hook as there is no compatible hardware (yet) to determine when you're freaking out - but there's still stuff in there to make you jump out of your skin. The tutorial mission, aimed at easing you into exploring some screwed up psyches, is still pretty intense in spots - though I did think it was judging how fast I reacted so I tried to slow my pace a bit. Turns out I need not have bothered.

As you'll see, it's just getting interesting when I cut the feed about 32 minutes in:

 

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Tacoma is basically Gone Home - in spaaace. You arrive on a space station to find everyone missing, and therein a mystery to unravel. You're aided by augmented reality (AR) that lets you view recent interactions between the crew members and unlock sometimes very corrupted bits of data containing clues to their relationships and what happened. There are also AR kitties to find hidden away in the memory logs, if you like that sort of thing.

Watch the start of the game and see how the mechanics work (don't worry, it doesn't spoil much story - there's still plenty to find):

 

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I played Broken Age on Steam back when it first came out, and loved it - but never quite finished it. I played the girl's story in full, and was glad that I starting with her as it made guessing how it would intersect with the boy's tale quite the mind game.

I've recreated the experience, this time on Xbox One (at this writing it's one sale for a very reasonable $6). I hope to finish both stories this time, and maybe I'll stream the first 30 of the boy's story too - though Vella is a favorite character of mine:

 

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Playdead's Inside is one of the more disturbing games I've played in awhile. I never finished Limbo, a similar puzzle platformer from the same studio. This one is both more accessible and easier to get lost in due to the depth of its dystopian vision. I'm still not sure about the ending though - ick.

On my first play, I couldn't get Mixer to work. But after finishing the ganme, I decided to go again - partly to show off the start of this amazing game and also to collect some of the hidden orbs I missed that unlock Inside's achievements (you can beat the story with zero gamerscore):

 

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Toasting yourself in I Am Bread is a bigger challenge than you'd think. Moving around requires careful control of your corners, and too much time on the floor will make you too disgusting to consume. It's a good thing that I'm not bread in real life, as my career path would be limited.

Watch the tutorial and then see if I can finally toast myself during the first half hour of play:

 

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Another Artifex Mundi game incoming! You know I love me some hidden object but Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery is a little different from the rest.

See how the lists appear in small batches as you find other objects to reveal them. There also seems to be an emphasis on crafting:

 

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So, yeah, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and I aren't the best of pals just yet. Don't get me wrong. it's a fascinating game. I really enjoy watching matches with highly competent players on Mixer. But personaly I prefer fast fluid shooters with tight easy-to-grok controls, like Destiny.

So learn from my cautionary (and no doubt highly amusing) tale of being cannon fodder over a few PUBG matches. Watch how I die struggling to figure out how to load a gun, and then take a good long look at the controls screen so you too won't walk into a gun fight unarmed. Later watch as a I shoot a guy, run out of bullets and watch as he just freezes (probably unarmed and new too). I wander off, find more bullets, and then finish him off. Best I can guess, he either bailed without quitting or was attempting to block me from getting down the stairs thinking I'd remain unarmed.

Newb-ness awaits:

 

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helloneighborAt first glance, Hello Neighbor seems a bit like The Lovely Bones - The Videogame but with a non-threatening Pixar look and feel. And it's out now on PC and Xbox One.

Got a few minutes? Hear all about the game, its genesis, and why it's a favorite of YouTubers.

This is another of our floor interviews from PAX West 2017 (read our full report).

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Additional PAX game interviews are on the way including our show fave Donut County, Battle Chef Brigade, and more.

I'm honestly not sure how I became a Destiny fan. It's not the multiplayer; it's not even the story, really. I guess I just like to shoot stuff, and this one does that pretty damn well.

Here I take on the start of the first expansion for Destiny 2, the Curse of Osiris. If you want to skip all of the prologue, just jump the video to 10 minutes in and you'll see me beat the first objective and then find out where to go for the next mission:

 

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Busy Gamer Nation #261 - SpyParty

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SpyPartyIn SpyParty, you choose a side: spy or sniper. Then it's a battle of wits as one player tries to blend into a crowd of NPCs while the other tries to pick off her adversary before he can complete his objectives.

SpyParty is just one of many gems we found at PAX West 2017 (read our full report).

Got 5 minutes? You can hear all about SpyParty including a pro tip on how to choose your spy. You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Additional PAX game interviews are on the way including our show fave Donut County, Hello Neighbor, Battle Chef Brigade, and more.

Prey, the "not a remake" of an 11-year-old shooter reinvented by the makers of Dishonored, has a strong BioShock meets Portal vibe. Or maybe it's something else, but the game's attempts to gaslight you from the start have instant appeal.

I honestly don't know where this is going but with mods and power trees aplenty to light up, I'm interested to find out:

 

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We LOVED Dishonored. Maybe not a first glance - our first meeting at PAX was confused and fumbled. But GrrlGotGame and I both committed to finishing the game, and we're glad we did. So when the Black Friday sale offered the three games for $40 (the remastered Xbox One edition, which we'll gladly best again, plus Dishonored 2 and the latest Death of the Outsider), we were all in.

The start of Dishonored 2 presents a big choice - will you play dad or daughter? See which I chose and how those first few kills went down (also a quick tutorial if you're in need a moves refresher):

 

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Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is the prequel to Life is Strange. I rather liked the original though haven't finished it yet. This one, so far, is better and shouldn't spoil anything as the events predate the first game.

Episodes 1 and 2 are in now, with the third on the way. In just the first half hour, I get into a late night concert in an abandoned steel mill, deal with some unpleasant hoods, and start piecing together what else happened while confronted by what will no doubt be a lecture from mom:

 

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I love good storytelling, and What Remains Of Edith Finch from our new favorite indie publisher Annapurna Interactive promises this and a lot more.

In the first 30 minutes, you play as a person, a cat chasing a bird across moonlit treetops, a shark rolling down a hill in search of water, and a snake monster who is - in truth - a bit hard to control. It is also - in truth - quite awesome:

 

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