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Here, a little bit of a breather from gaming, as we take a glimpse at Gimli's online shopping woes.

AT COMIC: Gimli Calls Rivendell Support

"You lost it again. - optimus slime"5


Yeah, how are you doing, folks? My weekend is looking pretty work-oriented, as I dive deep into the challenging missions of XCOM 2 and indeed the Hitman beta, which I'm gonna start playing tonight (hoping that one's gonna be fun).

So, what are you guys doing, gaming? Watching TV shows? Movies? Or basically just hanging out with family and friends (actual and imaginary)? 

"Evenin' - Doomsday."11


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Last month, developer Scott Cawthon pulled Five Nights at Freddy's World, an action-RPG based upon his point-and-click horror adventure, from Steam due to bad game quality. He apologized for rushing the game, pulled it from Steam, and told everyone who bought it they could have refunds no matter when they purchased it. As he promised, the game is back and it's 100% free at Gamejolt.

Cawthon did more than just fix the problems with the game; he overhauled the overworld and has added "many new features." He's also promised more updates in the future. That's one way to apologize to your friends for a rushed production.

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PC gaming had its own debut E3 event last year to quite the critical and consumer success, and now it will return for E3 2016.

Once again, hosted by PC Gamer, they will broadcast the event live from Los Angeles. They do not have a list of participants yet, but they say they will announce them soon.

"With the help of all the feedback and support everyone gave the event in 2015, we’re looking forward to bringing you an even better show than last year," PC Gamer wrote on their announcement post. In 2015 it was really important to us to get a big variety of participants on stage to help convey the spectrum of exciting stuff happening on PC, but an inevitable effect of that was that we ran quite long. This year's show will be more focused, but packed with tons of new announcements and exclusive reveals."

Save the date for Monday, June 13, 2016 at noon PST. They'll be taking up the slot EA has left behind.

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2016 may as well be the year of the Warhammer, as so many Warhammer strategy games are set to release over the next 10 months. One that is scheduled for March is Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, a space ship RTS set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Check out some of the insane space battles with Chaos ships below.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is already available for preorder in the Steam Store, although no specific release date in March has been set.

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Ubisoft released their third quarter financial statement this week, and within their forecast for 2016-2017, they dropped that Watch Dogs 2 is indeed a thing that will happen during the 2016 fiscal year. They also mentioned that they expect South Park The Fractured But Whole to release in this time as well. 

"In 2016-17 the Company expects to achieve sales of around €1,700 million, non-IFRS operating income of approximately €230 million and strong free cash flow generation," their forecast statement read. "Ubisoft will launch a very high-quality line-up, including For Honor, South Park the Fractured but Whole, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildLands, the next installment of Watchdogs, and a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services. Growth also will be driven by further increases in revenues for the digital segment and the back catalog."

In other words, their goal is to release the second Watch Dogs (as well as South Park) before April 2017, the start of the next fiscal year. Obviously, things can always change during development.

Watch Dogs 2 was always hinted at and rumored to be in development, but the publisher has never confirmed its existence until this financial report. Most likely we can expect Watch Dogs 2 to release in the traditional time frame for Assassin's Creed, some time this Fall 2016.

"Because Watch Dogs 1 was such an awesome game. Yawn. - Whisky"3


The Hitman beta kicks off today, which will include the Prologue of the first episode and a few training missions to get players off on the right assassinating foot. The Prologue tells Agent 47's backstory when he first joined the ICA. The Prologue will also be included with the first episode when it releases in March.

The only way to receive guaranteed access to the beta is to preorder the game digitally on the PSN or preorder the Collector's Edition. The beta starts today on the PlayStation 4 and will run until Valentine's Day. The PC beta will start on February 19th.

The first episode of Hitman will release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 11, 2016.

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We've seen so many magnificent examples of game box art over the years, but in this era of digital delivery and online purchasing, how many publishers / distributors really give a rats ass about it these days? Well, judging from some other examples, not so much.

We present to you ActionTrip's of the Worst Video Game Box Art. Here's a quick snip:

I went down that rabbit hole of the Internet to find some of the worst video game box art, and I spent most of my afternoon laughing at what I found. Most of the ugly box art I remember, and some I've never heard of. And some are the products of just horrible game ideas. If the game idea is terrible, like a bad joke that turned real terrible, how could box art possibly do it justice?

Hats off to our Keri, the Collector's Edition Queen, and resident feature Wizard (shut up, Keri, you are, cuz I'm the leader and I say you are).

"For a second there I thought you was talking about your face. - im_stardust"6



These stats are kind of mind-blowing. Firaxis and 2K have present the world with the frightening statistic, showing off just how many people are enthusiastically kicking alien but these days.

According to their data, as featured in the XCOM 2 Global Overview stats page, over 4.4 million missions were successfully completed by XCOM forces all over the world. Amazingly 67,349,101 enemies have been killed by players (and counting), but 5,152,477 million XCOM troops have perished in their fight against the alien invaders.

We're also fighting the fight, but due to a certain number of issues and other things, we urge you to wait for our review of XCOM 2 before going out there against alien scum!

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Hey, folks. Now as you probably know by now, we are updating the ActionTrip YouTube channel as much as we can, so in addition to our weekly vidcasts, we are posting gameplay videos. This week Keri spent some time playing Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia. Have a looksy below:

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Okay, so this time it's not EA being just the usual 'EA' bearing the cross of shame while everyone's tossing rotten banana peels in their face. This time, they are actually keeping an eye on the community. As a matter of fact, I have to admit EA has been doing quite good on the PR front and in user feedback. It's not much, but hell it's better than it used to be.

Hm, you still fucked up Star Wars Battlefront!

Anyway, today EA has confirmed that the PC version of their racer, Need for Speed, is going to hit stores on March 17, 2016 (check out the new trailer here). Here's the word:

We’re incredibly proud of how good Need for Speed looks visually, a sentiment we know many of you share, and we’re excited to show you the game running at a higher frame rate. Seeing is believing so we’re hoping when you see and play Need for Speed running with an unlocked framerate and at a 4k resolution you’ll be just as excited as we are.

The extra development time has allowed us to create the definitive NFS PC experience. One of the burning topics of discussion amongst our Community has been the inclusion of Manual Transmission - we can now confirm this will be in the game when Need for Speed launches on PC.

With the release on PC we're also adding steering wheel support for a selection of wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec. As with Manual Transmission this is a decision taken based purely on Community feedback. We’re dedicated to bringing you the best Need for Speed experience possible and your feedback has been playing a huge role in that.

When Need for Speed launches on PC it will also contain all the improvements and tweaks we’ve made up to now, including both the Icons and Legends updates from day one. The Showcase update is currently scheduled to arrive on PC shortly after launch.

And here are some PC screenshots for ya:

"And since it's EA, it will still probably suck. - DRAVNT"1


Morning, folks. For the past week I've been coming up with various comic ideas. So far I've had another idea about XCOM, one idea about The Division and, for some bizarre reason, an idea about a comic featuring Gimli. After much pondering, I have decided that the Gimli idea is without a doubt the cuttest and funniest of them all. So, this week, just for kicks, we'll be having a Lord of the Rings themed comic. Maybe it's time to take a break from gaming. After all, we've already had a delicious little XCOM comic and I'm keeping The Division comic on ice for you guys.

As always thanks for sticking with us and be back tomorrow to enjoy another Saturday comic on ActionTrip.

p.s. Oh, by the way, Keri has made a delightful feature for you guys -- 40 of the Worst Video Game Box Art -- posted in light of our recent Box Art themed podcast, which you alsomight enjoy if you've missed it.

"Here's one for y'all!!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!! https://gfycat.com/MassiveAjarGarpike - DRAVNT"13


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