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Darksiders III Finally Gets Abyssal Armor In New DLC Set

If you're a fan of Darksiders as a series, you may remember getting access to the Abyssal Armor for both War and Death in their respective Darksiders games. For the two previous horsemen, the armor set was the strongest in the game, and was meant for a reward for dedicated players. Oddly, it was missing from Darksiders III despite series tradition, though that has been rectified for owners of the latest DLC.

The Keepers of the Void DLC, which released today, has Fury exploring a repository of items kept by Darksiders' Vulgrim. You can check out the trailer below.

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The Abyssal armor, as mentioned, can also be found within the DLC. It's a little curious that an item that was just in the previous two games is locked behind DLC in this one, but maybe Fury just has to work harder for it. This DLC add-on seems more gameplay-focused than story-oriented, so keep that in mind as you go in.

Darksiders III is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 1:24 am

Nintendo Deletes Popular Super Mario Maker 2 Level For Vague Reasoning

When Super Mario Maker 2 released, a lot of creators used their knowledge of the first game or even years of Super Mario romhacking to jump right in to creating tough levels for the game. These are frequently known as "Kaizo" levels, derived from an early Super Mario World romhack though literally just meaning "restructured." One of the most famous players and creators of Kaizo games is GrandPOOBear, a play on the title of Grand Poobah and Winnie the Pooh, who is a popular Twitch streamer and often runs games at events like Games Done Quick. GrandPOOBear got big into Super Mario Maker 2 since its release and uploaded one of the community's best known Kaizo levels until it was deleted this morning.

Kaizo levels, in this case one titled "Pile of Poo: Kai-Zero G," tend to rely heavily on dizzying degrees of execution and exploiting the game's mechanics to make it through, like using two different turtle shells to jump up to areas that Mario normally should not be able to reach. Some players really get into these types of levels, which are generally auto-sorted into "Super Expert" paths within Super Mario Maker 2 and unlikely to be found accidentally. When GrandPOOBear woke up this morning, he found that the level had been deleted. When he questioned Nintendo, they only told him that the level was inappropriate, and threatened that further violations would result in a total ban.

He also claims that he has spoken with Nintendo customer service representatives that insist the problem is not the word "Poo" in the level's title. GrandPOOBear explains that Nintendo themselves use the word for names, such as in the SNES title Earthbound, and points to previous levels that have the word in it with no problem. 

This is not the first time GrandPOOBear has run into this problem, as Nintendo deleted his entire suite of levels in the original Super Mario Maker on the Wii U. Once a level has been deleted by Nintendo, it is flagged and cannot be reuploaded. GrandPOOBear had to tug at strings at Nintendo for some time before they eventually admitted they had no idea why the levels were deleted and allowed him to reupload them.

While Nintendo seems a lot more stern with this deletion, it also reinforces the feeling among the Super Mario Maker 2 community that the Japanese publisher could upend the entire game on a whim. The lack of explanation for the deletion of a popular course, which is certainly not the first popular course to be deleted even a few weeks into the game's life, is not especially surprising given Nintendo's trademark silence, but makes people feel uneasy about uploading levels to the servers at all. There's no telling why or when Nintendo might delete your course or whether it is even decided by a human or triggered by an auto-moderation software after enough reports.

It is especially grating for the community when there is no formula for having your levels discovered. On the Wii U, Nintendo deleted levels that did not get played enough, meaning children or people without big social media followings would have little opportunity to have their levels played and would thus get bumped from the servers. The lack of a coherent policy for deletion — whether for reasons of rule violations or virtual dilapidation — still hangs over the game as frustratingly as it did its predecessor.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 12:50 am

Final DLC For Assassin's Creed Odyssey Out Today

A while back, Ubisoft detailed their plan for Assassin's Creed Odyssey's expansion plans in the form of various story arcs and missions. The idea was that the game would get more longevity out of making different arcs rather than one large story expansion, and has had varying degrees of success with it. That all comes to an end today with the final episode of Fate of Atlantis arc, which itself is the last planned and announced expansion for Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

You can check the trailer for the DLC out below.

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Ubisoft has confirmed there won't be a new Assassin's Creed game in 2019, which means that work is already probably going on for an Assassin's Creed in 2020 or the year after. In that sense, it makes sense that the DLC episodes are ending now as production hypothetically ramps up on something else in the near future.

For now, though, you can engage with the final bit of DLC for the game now. Assassin's Creed Odyssey is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 10:30 pm

Overwatch Summer Games 2019 Kick Off

Blizzard has once again brought back their yearly summer games event for Overwatch, which focuses on both beach time and fun and Lucioball in different measures. This year tends to focus a bit more on the sports side of things, but there's some Torbjorn swimsuit action for everyone in there, too.

Check out the trailer below.

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There will also be exclusive sprays, icons, and skins tied to the weekly events. During certain timeframes, you have to accomplish certain achievements, like say winning nine games between July 16 and July 22 to win an American flag Reaper skin. You can take a look at the events and all the costumes on the event page here.

Overwatch's Summer Games 2019 will run from today, July 16, through August 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Don't get left out in the cold and miss the skin you had your eyes on.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 6:55 pm

Thor Ragnarok Director Returning For Fourth Movie

There's a very easy argument to be made that 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, the somewhat 1980s-aesthetic mishmash of Hulk and Thor stories, is the best superhero movie of the modern era. Part of its critical acclaim is that director Taika Waititi put his own personal touch on the movie as a more humorous bend on an action spin. Now it seems Waititi is returning for the fourth movie.

At least, that's what The Hollywood Reporter is reporting today, saying Waititi has been freed from his previous commitments and thus has time to make a new Thor movie. While Waititi was previously attached to a live action western adaptation of the manga Akira, the movie now appears to be in flux, giving him the opportunity to pursue other projects and perhaps return to Akira after.

Marvel has not done much to detail their plans for further Marvel Cinematic Universe movies after this month's release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, so presumably this is one part of them getting all their ducks in a row for a public timeline reveal of their next steps. 

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 6:25 pm

See Mysterio In Action In Marvel Strike Force

FoxNext's mobile game continues to grow its massive roster of collectible Marvel characters. We already knew Mysterio was coming to Marvel Strike Force, but details were scarce outside of a teaser gameplay video from the initial Sinister Six announcement last month.

This time, FoxNext went into detail on what players can expect when they unlock Mysterio. His basic ability, The Ol' One-Two, does significant damage to a single target, while clearing up to three positive effects from them. Master of Illusion, Mysterio's special ability, blinds its target and gains assists from allies, with an added ability block effect when used on a City Hero. Mysterio's ultimate ability, Smoke and Mirrors, sees the deceptive villain growing massive in size and delivering heavy damage and a heal block status ailment to all enemies. Meanwhile, Mysterio's passive ability applies deflect to himself and all Sinister Six allies, gives focus to himself and Spider-Verse allies, and summons powerful mirror versions of himself when he dies.

You can see all of these abilities (minus his passive effects) below.

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In addition to this information about his abilities, we've also learned that Mysterio is a part of the Sinister Six in Marvel Strike Force, meaning he has strong synergies with the other members – Green Goblin, Rhino, Shocker, and Vulture – that have been added so far. This is best demonstrated in his passive ability, which buffs Sinister Six and Spider-Verse allies, as well as his special ability, which furthers the Sinister Six team's strengths over City Hero characters.

You can see a fully populated team of five Sinister Six members obliterate a City Hero team of the Defenders and Punisher below.

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We still don't know when Mysterio is hitting Marvel Strike Force, but it could still be a ways off. The Rhino event campaign is wrapping up today, and we likely still have a Vulture event prior to Mysterio joining. FoxNext has also teased both Cyclops and Agent Coulson for future inclusion, so it's anyone's guess when the Spider-Verse trickster will join the roster. Thankfully, Marvel Strike Force provides plenty to do with its current roster, so the wait won't be completely insufferable.

For more on Marvel Strike Force, check out our interview with FoxNext's VP on the game's first year and the road ahead.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 6:00 pm

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Resident Evil 4, And More Coming To Xbox Game Pass In July

Resident Evil 4

Coming to Xbox Game Pass in the month of July is Resident Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, For the King, Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition, Night Call, and The Banner Saga 3. In addition, all Xbox Game Pass holders are going to get the chance to play test the multiplayer for Gears 5 beginning Friday, July 19.

Resident Evil 4 Play as Leon S. Kennedy and save the U.S. President's daughter in the horror classic that is Resident Evil 4. Fight off an evil cult along with waves of parasite infected villagers.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — Upon release, The Phantom Pain was critically acclaimed and instantly deemed a strong installment into the series. Play as Big Boss in an open world in one of Game Informer's highly praised games.

For the King — For the King offers an RPG tabletop experience mixed with roguelike elements. Whether you want to play by yourself or with others, For the King offers a challenging adventure for your character to embark on.

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition — You now get the chance to play the classic arcade fighting game in 60 fps with Xbox Game Pass. It is going to feature all 26 characters from all three seasons.

Night Call — In this narrative driven game, play as a cab driver working the nights in Paris. In order to find the serial killer that left you for dead, speak with your passengers in order to find the truth.

The Banner Saga 3 — The world is crumbling and darkness is drawing near. In this epic conclusion to the saga series, you are going to guide your heroes to face their toughest challenge yet. 

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 5:50 pm

Rage 2 Gets New Modes And Other Improvements In Upcoming Update

Whatever else you may say about Rage 2, being able to take a shotgun into the desert and make short work of hordes of enemies is a pretty fun endeavor. But when you beat the game, there's not a whole lot else to do, and those shotgun fantasies fall by the wayside. Not so, with a new update that adds things like Ironman Mode, Ultra-Nightmare Difficulty, and New Game Plus mode.

The news comes from the Bethesda Rage 2 account, which also lists off a few quality of life updates, but is otherwise somewhat scant on details.

Update 2 is coming July 25 with 3 new ways to play: New Game +, Ironman Mode, and Ultra-Nightmare difficulty.

Plus fixes and quality of life improvements, such as an added flashlight, skippable Ark tutorials, and more! 💖

— RAGE 2 (@rage) July 16, 2019

The July 25 update dovetails nicely with the still-undated Rage 2 DLC, titled Rise of the Ghosts, which should come later this year. You can read our review of Rage 2 right here and read Javy Gwaltney's opinion about Rage 2 being at its best when it channels contemporary Bethesda title Dishonored.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 5:40 pm

Super Monkey Ball Is Coming To Modern Consoles... But It's A Remake Of Banana Blitz

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It's been a good while since we've had a Monkey Ball game, and even longer since we've had one that most people liked. After a long wait, we're finally getting another release, but it's a remake of a game people weren't too fond of.

Fans fell in love with the series for its colorful world and characters, zany music – and most importantly – its short, high-quality levels in which players tilt the entire stage for encapsulated monkeys to roll around on. As the series progressed, however, Monkey Ball shifted further away from this initial formula, adding puzzle components, minigames, and motion controls that usually took away more than they added.

Banana Blitz wasn't as loathed by fans as some other entries in the series, but it nonetheless was a bit deflating, especially with the Wii's motion controls for the game leaving a bit to be desired. As Game Informer stated in the review, "Ultimately I came the realization that, at the end of the day, I would have been happier playing this game with a conventional analog stick."

Although Sega hasn't yet announced how you'll control these monkeys this time around, we'd have to imagine the game would adopt a more traditional control scheme to fit with modern consoles' controllers. 

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD launches October 29 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A PC version is coming at a later date.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 4:59 pm

Sony Is Bringing Loot Boxes To San Diego Comic Con

Blind-box collectibles are all the rage these days, but Sony isn't even giving people a hint of what they might get in the boxes offered at San Diego Comic Con. Today on PlayStation Blog, Sony revealed it is bringing five different colored PlayStation-themed Mystery Boxes to the show, which can only be purchased at the PlayStation Gear Store (booth #121) between next Wednesday and Sunday.

Each colored box retails for a whopping $60 and holds five limited-edition PlayStation items. Could these items be t-shirts, keychains, plush toys? We have no idea. Sony is only saying that the total value in each box is $90. You get a $30 discount on...well...we have no idea.

Each day of the show introduces a new colored box, and Sony says you "have a chance to collect a total of 25 limited edition items." These unknown things will be rare, as only 500 or less of each have been manufactured.

If you want to go stand in line to spend money on unknown goods, you know where to do it.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 4:38 pm

Resident Evil 5 And 6 Are Coming To Switch This October

Capcom's long-running survival horror series isn't done infesting the Nintendo Switch just yet. Ports of the co-op-focused Resident Evil 5 and 6 are slated to release on October 29. Switch players are slowly getting the chance to experience the core series. Capcom has so far released Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 for Nintendo's handheld/console hybrid. Both Resident Evil Revelations titles are also available.

Resident Evil 5 originally released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009, and received a glowing 9.5 out of 10 review from Game Informer's Joe Juba, who exclaimed "Resident Evil 5 succeeds in staying close to what gamers loved about the last title, but it also takes risks that pay off in unexpected ways. Co-op changes your approach to survival horror, and the masterful pacing ensures you never take your eye off the action."

Resident Evil 6 released in 2012 for the same systems, but was a step down from its predecessor, netting an 8.75 out of 10 review from Game Informer' s Tim Turi. "Over the years, the tone of the Resident Evil series has morphed from a George Romero horror flick to Michael Bay summer blockbuster. That metamorphosis into insane action is front and center in Resident Evil 6, and bringing a buddy along for the chaos is great fun," Turi wrote. "The game’s minor flaws don’t hold back the decadent experience from being an unhinged, flaming rollercoaster ride."

The Switch port of Resident Evil 5 comes packaged with the Lost Nightmares and Desperate Escape story expansions, versus mode, No Mercy mode, and all of the figures and costumes. It also delivers Mercenaries United, which combines Mercenaries and Mercenaries Reunion modes. Resident Evil 6 also includes all of the DLC for free, along with two costumes for each character that players originally had to unlock through

Here's hoping Capcom has plans to port the rest of the Resident Evil games to the Switch in the near future.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 4:17 pm

Ubisoft Reveals Full Lineup Of Games Coming To Uplay+

One of the big beats of Ubisoft's E3 press conference this year was the reveal of Uplay+, a subscription service that launches on September 3rd for PC (and later on Stadia) that gives players access to the publisher's catalog of titles. Though pricing details were revealed, Ubisoft has remained mum on the full lineup of titles coming to the service.  Today, the company revealed specifics.

Ubisoft says more than 100 titles will be available on Uplay+, from old classics like Beyond Good & Evil and various Assassin's Creed titles to streaming sensation Rainbow Six Siege. Even upcoming games like Watch Dogs Legion and Ghost Recon Breakpoint are coming. Furthermore, 40 of these titles available to subscribers will be the premium edition instead of the standard release. This makes a huge difference in the case of something like Rainbow Six Siege because it means subscribers get access to all 48 Operators in the game out of the gate.

You can read the full list of titles coming to UPlay+ right here:

As you can probably see, the list is pretty comprehensive when it comes to offering up the publisher's library (sans a few games like HAWX). Uplay+ will cost $14.99 per month. Those who sign up for the service before August 15 will get access to a trial period that runs from September 3 to 30.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 3:58 pm

Netflix Reveals First Glimpse Of The Witcher's Roach

Netflix has revealed the first look of Geralt's horse, Roach, from its upcoming adaptation of The Witcher. If you were worried that Hollywood would replace his trusty steed with a boat, tentacled monster, or animated cartoon, don't worry – it's a horse. 

More specifically, it's a brown horse. With some white around the nose part of its face. Maybe it has white parts by its hooves, too? We'll have to wait to find out. And that's about all I have say about Roach for now.

Look for the Witcher (and more Roach!) later this year on Netflix. And if you haven't seen them already, you can take a look at some of the cast members and the poster over here.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 3:02 pm

Tetris Effect Coming To PC Next Week

Tetris Effect was one of the best games of last year, according to you dear readers. At release, the game was exclusive to PlayStation 4 and, thus, the PlayStation VR for all its virtual reality functionality. Tetris fans have long been asking when the game might come to other platforms and, at least as far as PC goes, that question can finally be answered. Tetris Effect is landing on PC via the Epic Games Store on July 23.

The PC version of Tetris Effect will support 4K resolution, graphical options that weren't present on the PlayStation 4, support for VR headsets like Vive and Rift, uncapped framerate, and more. Check out the PC announce trailer below.

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The VR aspect will also have things like adjustable particle size and volume, texture filtering, and other options that Enhance Games will detail later. 

For those who have never played Tetris Effect, it is a primarily audio-visual Tetris experience rather than one focused on modes for hardcore Tetris players. This isn't exactly Tetris: The Grand Master series, it is more of a chill experience by and large but is mostly meant to make you feel something while playing Tetris. How successful it is at that can vary, but now PC players can give this a shot to see.

Tetris Effect releases on PC on July 23. No word has been said about any other possible platforms.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 2:59 pm

PES 2020 Adds Exclusive Juventus License

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EA Sports has a long history of signing exclusivity deals for its sports franchises. The publisher infamously signed an exclusive agreement with the NFL, killing the upstart NFL 2K franchise and securing the professional football domain for Madden. EA's FIFA series has also operated with the same edict, signing exclusive deals to prevent La Liga, Bundesliga, Premier League, and most recently the Champions League from officially appearing in the rival PES soccer game. Now, Konami has signed a big exclusive of its own. 

Today the Japanese publisher revealed an exclusive agreement to be the exclusive video game partner to Juventus FC, the storied Italian club with 35 Serie A titles, two Champions League titles, and a Netflix show to its name. The club joins Barcelona FC, Bayern Munchen, and Manchester United as clubs with official license deals with PES. The length of the deal is unknown.

FIFA 20 won't have the Juventus shield and kit in the game, but EA still has the license for all of its players, who will appear across all the game modes. Juventus will be replaced in Serie A by the fictitious Piedmonte Calcio side.

[Source: Konami]

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 1:10 pm

This Devil May Cry 5 Kylo Ren Conversion Mod Just Does What We Were All Thinking Anyway

There are two types of people in the world: those who immediately recognized V from Devil May Cry 5 as Kylo Ren from Star Wars and those who saw it after being told. While Capcom denied any sort of influence from actor Adam Driver, thankfully mods are here to just fully complete the thought for us.

This video, which does contain some spoilers from DMC5, is a suite of cutscenes from the games modded to replace V's outfit with one that more closely resembles Ren's, complete with a cross-shaped lightsaber instead of his cane. Granted, it doesn't act exactly like a lightsaber, considering V/Ren grabs it by the light part and points it around, maybe that still somewhat fits with the Sith's masochistic and self-abusive personality.

Check out the video below.

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I'd be into a late-trilogy twist of Kylo Ren revealing he can shoot animals out of his lightsaber, honestly. It wouldn't be that much weirder than Ewoks.

Devil May Cry 5 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 1:45 am

Evo 2019 Entrant Numbers Break Records For Smash Bros. And Have A Strong Showing For Samurai Shodown

Evolution is the biggest fighting game tournament in the world and draws crowds both to the desert heats of a Vegas summer and online via streaming. Once the tournament organizers announce which games will be played at Evo, they throw open the doors to entrants, and the numbers can often tell us a lot about how competitively viable a game is, or at least how the community seems to feel about it.

Joey Cuellar, known in the fighting game community as Mr. Wizard, tweeted out the numbers for the various games last night.

Evo 2019 Final Numbers!
Smash Ultimate - 3492
Street Fighter V - 1929
Tekken 7 - 1885
Samurai Shodown - 1719
Mortal Kombat 11 - 1567
Unist - 1156
DragonBall FighterZ - 1191
Soul Calibur 6 - 742
BlazBlue:CTB - 640#Evo2019

— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) July 15, 2019

Smash Bros. Ultimate did particularly well this year, likely owing to there no longer being a split between the latest Super Smash Bros. game and also Super Smash Bros. Melee. It's also likely that Ultimate is just considered more viable than Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was, and that more people have Switches to play the new game and want to join.

Samurai Shodown also did surprisingly well, as SNK fighters tend not to bring huge numbers in U.S. tournaments. At the time of its announcement for Evo, the game hadn't released or even had a date, but you can read our still recent review here

Dragon Ball FighterZ saw the most precipitous drop from last year, going from above Street Fighter V's numbers to now quite a bit below it. The new numbers likely speak to the community's frustration with the staleness of the game's scene since last year's showing.

UNIST, or Under Night In-birth Exe: Late[st], did surprisingly well for a dark horse choice. Anime fighting game fans have long-clamored to get representation on the show's major docket, and seem to have come out in droves to prove that choice correct.

Evo 2019 takes place August 2 - 4 in Las Vegas.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 1:10 am

2K Sports Reveals Ratings For The Best Players In NBA 2K20

After a good week of teasing player ratings, Visual Concepts finally revealed the overalls for the top 20 players in NBA 2K20 to kick off the 2019-2020 season.  

The biggest surprise may be who is sits atop the ratings right now. After an injury-plagued season where the Los Angeles Lakers failed to make the playoffs and many speculated that LeBron James is slowing down, the 34-year old superstar fended off current NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and season MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to claim the top slot in the ratings. Freshly minted Laker Anthony Davis, who also graces the cover of NBA 2K20, landed in the seventh spot. 






























































































































In addition, Visual Concepts also revealed the top five rookie ratings for players joining The Association this season. Duke prodigy and number one overall pick Zion Williamson was a shoo-in for the top overall slot, but it's interesting to see where he lands in the context of other draft classes. His 81 overall rating is the highest since John Wall received the same rating for NBA 2K11. 




































There you have it. What do you think of the ratings? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 12:45 am

8BitDo Reveals Pro Version Of SNES Controller

8BitDo specializes in the retro controller business, faithfully recreating old controllers like the SNES, Genesis, and Saturn for people to play retro games, but with added things like triggers or analog sticks. Last year, the company announced a Pro version of their SNES controller, but has gone quiet about it since then. Today, it was re-revealed, with software that seems to differentiate it from other controllers 8BitDo has put out.

Similar to accessories like the Xbox Elite controller, the SN30 Pro+ allows adjustment of various aspects of the controller like tension of the analog stick, trigger distance, vibration intensity, and more. Unlike the Elite controller, it does this all solely through new software included with the controller. Called the "Ultimate Software," 8BitDo suggests that it can adjust every single facet of the controller aside from just physical shape.

While the controller is intended to function with PC, Android phones, Raspberry Pi, and the Switch, there's no native support for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While adapters for these consoles might soon exist, it is likely that players who want to dive that deep into customization enough to buy an adapter already have options for controllers that do similar things.

The SN30 Pro+ is scheduled to release on August 7, so if you're still playing Super Mario Maker 2 and are annoyed by the Pro Controller or Joycon D-pads, this option might be a good one to check out.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 11:50 pm

Enjoy The Trailer For Doom: Annihilation, A New Doom Movie

Doom was really good when it released in 2016! Doom Eternal looks so far to be a really good game aiming to release later this year! You might think this means there's a renaissance of Doom as a property that extends to all things with that name. Universal Studios seems to be testing that theory with the latest trailer for Doom: Annihilation, coming straight to blu-ray this October.

You can see the trailer below.

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A few months back, the Bethesda Twitter account acknowledged that the movie existed, but stated that they have no involvement with it at all. It is curious how that all works, though I imagine it is a tangled mess of licenses and the previous movie existing before Bethesda got their hands on Doom.

If you are interested in this movie, you can pick it up on blu-ray when it releases on October 1. Doom Eternal, meanwhile, releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, and PC on November 22.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 10:25 pm

Hasbro Unveils Stupidly Huge Transformers Figure

If you've wished you could have a two-foot tall transformer with over 50 points of articulation, then Hasbro has the toy for you. Transformers: War for Cybertron Unicron could be the biggest Transformers toy ever – if its crowd-funding goal is met.

This towering figure transforms between a planet and the Lord of Chaos, reaching 30 inches in diameter in planet mode. This breaks the previous record of the Transformers: Fortress Maximus figure in 2016.

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In order for Hasbro to make the figure available, however, it must reach 8,000 backers by August 31. With the figure costing $574.99, that's a lot to ask, but we'll see if Transformers fans are hungry enough for the Lord of Chaos to empty their wallets for it.

[Source: Hasbro Pulse via Transformers World 2005]

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 8:34 pm

Overwatch's New Anti-Cheating Detection Shuts Entire Matches Down

Cheating is kind of a problem in almost every online game with competition, but it can be especially grating in Overwatch. Players who are trying to do their placement or competitive matches will sometimes notice people cheating and report it, but the match still goes on the record regardless of what the report says. In the newest developer update, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan explains that their new automatic anti-cheat system should shut this down by shutting the match down.

Now being tested in the Playable Test Realm servers, the new anti-cheat system will end a game once it detects cheats from a player. In theory, this should stop players from wasting time in a game where the result has been tainted by a cheater and having something on their record that wasn't fair.

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Anyone who is caught cheating will face, according to Kaplan, "very harsh punishments." It is not detailed exactly what these punishments are, but presumably they will include banning, either temporarily or permanently.

This is an interesting method of dealing with cheaters and their ability to affect games rather than strictly dealing with the source problem of banning cheaters in the first place. It's also fairly different from Apex Legends' solution, also revealed a few days ago, to only make cheaters play against each other.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 8:10 pm

Madden NFL 20 Player Ratings Again Stirring Debate

It's the NFL off-season, so what better way to get excited for the season than speculation and conjecture on how our favorite players are going to perform in Madden 20 (out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 2nd). The complete player ratings for the game are out now, including the four elite players of the rarified 99 Club – Aaron Donald, Deandre Hopkins, Khalil Mack, and Bobby Wagner.

The game's official site has a handy menu you can filter to see players on each team and by position. Right now it reflects the players at launch, but this will be updated as the season progresses. Needless to say, not everyone agrees with what they are rated.

Your favorite @NFL players talk Madden Ratings 😁

Click to see all of the #Madden20 Player Ratings:

— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 15, 2019

Madden fans and NFL players alike always have something to say about the game's ratings, but this reveal is also notable within the context that Madden 20 is stretching player ratings. EA Tiburon says the goal is to not only differentiate the league's stars, but also provide a wider spread of "starter-quality" players and a larger drop-off between starters and backups.

Do you agree that Aaron Rodgers isn't a top-five QB? A.J. Green is currently outside the WR top 10, but will he rise after returning from last year's injury? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 5:45 pm

God Of War's Baldur To Be Immortalized In $1,200 Statue

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When we reflect on 2018's God of War, we often focus on Kratos' transformation as a character and his son Atreus. Not enough credit is given to their adversary Baldur. The son of Odin was a thorn in Kratos' side for most of this game, and is rightfully getting his own high-end statue. Surrounded by brood warriors, Baldur is ready to give Kratos a pummeling. A second statue with Kratos and Atreus will be released at a later date, and yes, it connects with Baldur to create a stunning battle scene.

Baldur and the brood he rides upon stand in at 24.5 inches in height and will retail $1,199.99. Prime 1 hopes to ship the statue between July and November 2020. Two versions of the statue will be available: a standard edition and an EX version that comes with a God of War logo stand.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 5:11 pm

The Division 2 Fans Asked If They Want A Story-Driven Offshoot

Julian Gerighty, creative director for The Division 2 by Ubisoft, appears open to the idea of a story-driven spin-off to the squad-based online shooter. 

The idea started when TT Games level director Tim Spencer tagged Gerighty on Spencer's Twitter thoughts how he'd love a story-driven offshoot for the series.

I love the idea of a single player narrative driven spin off of @TheDivisionGame. Focusing on an agent trying to get home to their family after being sent to NYC, during the SHD blackout from the fall of DC. TLOU x Division. @jgerighty

— Tim Spencer (@ThatThereTim) July 13, 2019

Gerighty was intrigued enough by the idea that he asked his own followers what they thought of the idea – one that Gerighty has concluded they aren't "violently against."


— Julian Gerighty (@jgerighty) July 13, 2019

Of course, Gerighty's comments shouldn't be taken as the final word. Not only is he just one person on the team and in the company, but in the not-so-distant-past Gerighty has proven he runs his Twitter account with a sense of humor, joking that a new Splinter Cell was in the works.

How about you? Do you want a narrative-driven spin-off for The Division?

[Source: PC Gamer]

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 2:50 pm

Devotion Developers Say No Plans To Re-Release The Game Soon

A frontrunner for one of 2019's strangest (and saddest) stories is the saga of Devotion. A first-person psychological horror game from Taiwan, Devotion gained a lot of anticipation and praise for its quality approach to creating an immersive, scary experience. However, shortly after its release, players discovered a Winnie The Pooh meme within the game that poked fun at Chinese president Xi Jinping. Shortly after, the game was delisted from Steam, and to make matters worse, developer Red Candle Games lost its business license in China.

Since the delisting, Red Candle Games has remained silent on whether the game would be coming back to Steam and what the future of the company looked like. Today, the company released a statement about Devotion's future. For those who were hoping for a speedy return for this scarefest, the news is not rosy. After a few passages offering an apology for the meme incident, Red Candle explicitly says that the company's co-founders have "reached a unanimous decision to not re-release Devotion in the near term."

The door isn't shut completely though. Red Candle goes on to say, "If in the future, the public is willing to view the game rationally and allow us an opportunity to rebuild trust with our players, Red Candle would consider re-releasing Devotion." 

You can read the statement in full right here:

Greetings, we are Red Candle Games from Taiwan. To all of our players, industry and media friends, we would like to provide an update on ‘Devotion’.

— redcandlegames (@redcandlegames) July 15, 2019
 It's unfortunate that such a promising game has basically been made nonexistent in any marketable way because of political tensions and censorship over a dig.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 1:55 pm

Here's An Inside Look At PUBG's Anti-Cheat Efforts

 Like many high-profile multiplayer games, cheating can become problematic and rampant. Recently, PUBG's developers released a video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at what the team does to discourage and decrease cheating.

Some of these efforts including aggressive approaches, like pursuing the help of law enforcement to track down and arrest those who make hacking tools themselves. The video, however, mostly touches upon internal tools that PUBG's Anti-Cheat Unit puts to use.

Watch the video below to find out how this is done.

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For more on cheating in video games, you can read about how Respawn has banned over 770,000 cheaters to date in Apex Legends.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 9:47 pm

This Fan-Made HD Remaster For Resident Evil 3 Is Impressive

We've seen remasters and remakes in the past few years for certain Resident Evil entries, like Resident Evil 1 and 2, but if you've been itching for an HD remaster of 3, a dedicated fan and modder has made a solution for you.

Modder Mathieu Philippe has built Resident Evil 3: Seamless HD Project, a mod for the original Resident Evil 3 on GameCube that brings upscaled, edited, and restored graphics to the game.

This adds a sharper detail to all the environments, character models, menu screens, and more. You can watch a 10-minute preview below of how this all looks in-game.

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You can click here to read the full details of the mod as well as download it.

Read our review of the Resident Evil 2 remake that came out earlier this year by heading here.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 7:11 pm

Dauntless Receives Pirate-Themed Update Next Week

The free-to-play multiplayer monster hunting game Dauntless is receiving its first major update in just a couple days, titled Fortune and Glory.

The update brings new challenges called Trials, two new Hunt Passes, an in-game store called Lady Luck's Shop, and pirate gear. Trials will have players go head-to-head against bosses that have different modifiers and you will earn Steel Marks (a new currency) for completing them. A new "Dauntless" difficulty will award Gilded Marks instead, which is a rarer currency that allows you to buy more uncommon and unique cosmetic items.

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This update also kicks off a new season called High Skies which comes with two Hunt Passes. Fortune and Glory officially launches on July 16.

Dauntless is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. It officially released on May 21, and accumulated a player base of 6 million in its first week and has now reached over 12 million players.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 5:42 pm

Ubisoft Invites Fans To Create Music For Watch Dogs Legion

Ubisoft is partnering with HitRecord, a creative collaboration platform headed by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to invite fans to create their own custom music for Watch Dogs Legion.

HitRecord lets users upload user-created content like short films and music, and then other community members can remix it or collaborate with the original artist to make something new.

Ubisoft is looking for songs that fit into genres like rock, hip-hop, electronica, pop, metal, and punk. 10 original songs will be chosen, and $2,000 will be payed out to all involved contributors. If you're interested in competing, head here.

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This isn't the first time Ubisoft has partnered with HitRecord. Last year, Ubisoft announced that it would do the same for Beyond Good & Evil 2. For that particular project, fans were invited to create user-created content like artwork and music that could be featured in the final game.

Despite the enthusiasm from both Ubisoft and HitRecord, there's been some backlash about the project from game developers who call this type of collaboration "speculative work." This term is used when someone works for free in hopes of getting paid for it, but without any guarantee. Some find this potentially exploitative, since it Ubisoft and HitRecord are only paying winning contributors.

For example, developers like Mike Bithell (John Wick Hex, Thomas Was Alone) and co-creator of indie studio Vlambeer Rami Ismail took to Twitter to voice their concerns.

This sucks. Pay people for their labour. Stop exploiting fans and hobbyists, while devaluing the work of those with the gall to actually expect consistent payment for work done. Do better Ubi, we're counting on you. #nospec

— Mike Bithell (@mikeBithell) July 13, 2019

I am still not a fan of what read as "spec work under a proprietary open non-exclusive license" model, & prefer the "pay someone to browse SoundCloud to find cool music for which you then talk to the creator & pay them too".

— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) July 13, 2019

Watch Dogs Legion releases March 6, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PS4. Read about why this could be the most promising Watch Dogs yet by heading here.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 4:28 pm

Reader Discussion – Which Games Have You Bought Battle Passes For?

Battle passes have become all the rage in multiplayer games. Most online competitive releases have them, and while the feature set and quality varies from game to game, most have one thing in common: Making an initial purchase, then leveling up by playing to unlock rewards you've ostensibly already payed for. On some occasions, you even have to pay extra once you have them. The whole thing is s clever way to squeeze more money out of dedicated players (you're already going to play you're passionate about. Why not pony up some cash and earn a few rewards for your "effort?"). But we want to know: How many of these things have you bought? Be honest.

I've been content simply keeping up with Dota 2's battle pass, though that's not exactly a cheap option. Valve ups the ante on their battle passes every year, making a higher initial buy-in more enticing (it's a deal on all those battle pass levels you'll have to earn later by playing! How could you pass up a one-time offer to get a bunch of levels up front?) and offering better rewards. Better in this case includes three extravagant cosmetic items that would otherwise cost $35 or so for how much they alter the characters they're attached to. But I can't feel fleeced when I'm spending money to get levels to "earn" those rewards when I'd rather just pay for these items individually. For example, the Axe set you unlock at level 425 is the only item I really want, but I'll have to either grind or spend my way to it and get the Earthshaker and Invoker items (which I don't really want) along the way. Yeah, this is definitely a scheme. But I bought the battle pass, and I'll probably end up with that Axe item.

What about you? Have you managed to avoid the battle pass craze? Or are you knee-deep in one (or multiple) right now? Let us know in the comments.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 10:30 pm

Dota Underlords Gets Its First Free 'Proto Pass' While In Beta

About a month after its initial beta release on Steam, Valve's official take on the auto-battler genre is getting its first battle pass.

The "Proto Pass," is free for all beta participants, though it's likely future iterations of this battle pass will have to be paid for. The pass lets players earn experience from playing games and offer various rewards for leveling up, including new boards to play on, visual flairs for win streaks and respawns, and fireworks going off when you win, among other things. For the full breakdown, check out Valve's official page.

Of course, a large part of the Proto Pass being free is that Valve is looking for feedback on the thing, so you see something you want or would like to tell the company what you think, be sure to send them feedback about it.

But what the heck is an auto-battler, and why should you care about Underlords? You find our explainer here, and watch a video of Valve's game in action below.

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Posted on 13 July 2019 | 7:44 pm

Gearbox Is Teasing A 'Celebration Of Togetherness' For Next Week

Gearbox has posted an open invitation for what it's calling a "Celebration of Togetherness" event for next week, which could be hinting at the announcement of crossplay.

The company posted the announcement with a wedding invitation-like image, announcing the event would be on at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on July 16.

Gearbox CEO also tweet another obscure teaser about the event. "We’d be honored for you to take this moment to celebrate our togetherness and we anticipate that what we have prepared for you can create a shared moment of happiness, joy and wonder," he wrote.

Considering its name and Pitchford's message, it's possible the "event" will include the announcement of crossplay for the RPG shooter. Which would be great news, as it would take a bit of the edge off it being an Epic Games Store exclusive and would hopefully let console and PC players work through Borderlands 3's meaty, 35-hourish campaign together.

If that's not the case, the announcement could be another major feature, which means this is likely worth keeping an eye on. We'll find out next Tuesday.

For more on Borderlands 3, check out our impressions of the game from E3.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 6:34 pm

Bungie Explains How Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's New Finishing Moves Work

One of the many features Bungie highlighted in its recent vi-doc unveiling Destiny 2's Shadowkeep expansion was finishing moves. The company didn't totally explain how these attacks would work then.

Speaking with Polygon recently, however, Destiny 2 general manager Mark Noseworthy and franchise director Luke Smith outlined how the feature will work. “When enemies get below a certain health threshold, they’re going to have an indicator that means they can be finished,” Smith told Polygon. Players will be somewhat exposed during these animations, which can be customized with cosmetic items much like emotes (though Smith notes players will only be able to equip one a time at launch, but multi-equip and a randomizer are in the works for post-launch). 

The reward for pulling these moves off (beyond scoring a quick kill and some energy towards your super ability) can change depending on which mods you have equipped on your armor; Smith cited a mod that would generate ammo for your fireteam whenever you pull off a finisher. This, Smith said, could lead to new approaches to combat as fireteams coordinate which members finish off which enemies when.

The interview mentions the feature is still in development, however, and the intricacies of how it works could change before launch. For more on Shadowkeep, learn more about how the arrival of the expansion also means cross-save across platforms, even though Stadia and PC players will be in their own separate player pools.

[Source: Polygon]

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 5:02 pm

What To Watch This Weekend: Gears 5, Halo 3, And Samurai Shodown

It's playoff weekend baby! We have lots of leagues in that stage today and tomorrow, while fighting game tournaments (which are essentially always in playoff mode) are popping off with Evo just around the corner.

The stage-three playoffs of the Overwatch League are this weekend, and guess what? The Shanghai Dragons are playing today! We also have two more matches tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule)

Gears 5's Eleague event is here, which means hours of high-level play to remind you that oh right, this series has some fun multiplayer! (Stream and Schedule)

If you want to continue reliving your Xbox nostalgia, Red Bull is having a quick two-on-two Halo 3 event. Matches begin tonight at 8:30 p.m. Central Time (Stream)

The League of Legends leagues have a ton of matches lined up across the North American, European, and Korean divisions, so if you're hankering for some league-watchin', watch the leagues! (Stream and Schedule)

Spain's Sonic Boom VI is just one of a handful of fighting game events this week. This is the biggest event, however, for Street Fighter VSamurai ShodownDragon Ball FighterZ, and more. (Streams and Schedule)

A little closer to home is Toronto's Toryuken 8, which has also has Mortal Kombat 11Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], and Soulcalibur VI (Streams and Schedule)

Meanwhile, Tekken 7 has its own dedicated event in Norcal Strongstyle, a three-on-three team event. (Stream and Schedule)

Low Tier City 7 is this week's Super Smash Bros. event, with one-on-one and two-on-two events. There's also some Brawlhalla action going on, too! (Streams and Schedule)

The Heartstone Grandmasters league has also entered its playoff stage, so the matches are sure to get more tense as the weekend goes on. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene is having a major event in Los Angeles this week, with some big-name teams attached to make things interesting. (Stream / Schedule)

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover, in the comments.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 4:00 pm

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Features Same-Sex Romance Options

Nintendo's Fire Emblem series has focused on party relationships for a long time, and romanace is an important part of the experience for many players. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses you can romance both women and men no matter your character's sex.

During a June 12 livestream, Nintendo confirmed that romantic relationships would return to Three Houses but that there would be no offspring mechanic. Some who were disaponted by that news might be interested to learn that same-sex relationships are possible for select characters in the game. However, Nintendo hasn't confirmed who those characters are. Just like real life, love is a bit of a mystery.

Be sure to watch our New Gameplay Today for everything you need to know about Fire Emblem: Three Houses before its release on July 26.

[Source: USGamer]

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 12:22 am

Weekend Warrior – Dragon Quest And Building

It's been a lighter week for game releases, so our editors are taking the time to catch up on a variety of titles. Let us know what you're planning on playing in the comments!

Kyle Hilliard (@kylemhilliard)  I’ve been enjoying Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Bloodstained, so I’ll keep going on both of those. I’m also playing the new Stranger Things game. Outside of games I’ve been enjoying Dead to Me on Netflix and riding my new bike that I got for myself as a late father’s day present. I look very cool in a helmet.

Brian Shea (@brianpshea)  I’ve been traveling a bit this week, but now that I’m back home, I’m going to continue my playthrough of Dying Light. However, while I was traveling, I deepened my Mario Maker 2 obsession, so I will probably make a couple more levels over the weekend. I also bought Dragon Quest Builders 2, so I can’t wait to start that.

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) I’ll be grinding daily bounties and triumphs so I can get my Bad Juju and its catalyst. I’ll also hopefully be working through Judgment when I can, though it’s been a slow burn for me thus far.

Jeff Machiafava (@GIJeffM)  What little gaming time I’ve had recently has been devoted to digital board games, but I do hope to get back to Days Gone at some point; the desperate and deadly world gives it a different feel than other open world games, which I dig. I also promised I’d build my wife a table for her houseplants, so I guess that’s kind of like Minecraft? Only with less blocks and more swearing.

Daniel Tack (@dantack) – Griftlands Alpha with some Pão de Queijo!

Blake Woog (@woog_blake) – I'm going to be working in the sun all weekend, except for one break for a petting zoo. In between? Maybe finishing Far Cry 5. Maybe sleep. Who knows. The world is my oyster.

Emma Welch-Murphy (@EmmaMcmurphy) Got a huge freelance article order so I'll be working on that all weekend. In my spare time I'll be watching playthroughs of Jurassic World Evolution and obsessing to see if Ooblets posts anymore game updates.

Joseph Stanichar (@JosephStanichar) – I only have 15 hours of work this weekend compared to the usual 17, so what am I going to do with those two extra hours?! Probably sleep, but maybe watch some more Evangelion, more speedruns from GDQ, or even play some more of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. Fire Emblem: Three Houses cannot come soon enough! And I should really clean my room, yikes!

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 12:00 am

How To Make Backwards Level In Super Mario Maker 2

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There seems to be no shortage of creative ways to build levels in Super Mario Maker 2. YouTuber Ceave Gaming runs down some inventive ways to make sure that players have to run backwards while playing your Mario Makers levels, but this trick only works in the recent release. Can you think of any devious ways to put this trick to use? 

Learn why we're so charmed by Super Mario Maker 2 by reading our review, and be sure to watch us ask legendary developer Takashi Tezuka 48 rapid-fire questions at E3.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 10:55 pm

Get Age Of Wonders III For Free For A Limited Time

Age of Wonders 3 isn't a flawless fantasy RTS (read our review for more), but it's hard to turn down free stuff. In celebration of Triumph Studios' upcoming Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Steam users can download Age of Wonders 3 for free. Anyone who downloads it will also have the opportunity to purchase the Planetfall Premium Edition at a 10-percent discount. This promotion runs from July 11-15, so don't wait too long.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a sci-fi 4X take on the franchise that releases on August 6, so stay tuned for more info there. In the meantime, be sure to grab your free game.

[Source: Steam]

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 10:01 pm

The Coalition Commits To Exclude Depictions Of Smoking From Gears 5

The COG soldiers of Gears of War have one less health risk to worry about now, as all depictions of characters smoking have been removed from the Gears series. Developer The Coalition has decided to not portray characters smoking in any future Gears games, a policy that actually started with Gears of War 4. 

According to Variety, Truth Initiative approached Turner, the esports broadcaster and organizer that owns the exclusive rights to broadcast Gears 5 gameplay, about the depiction of smoking in the series. In turn, Turner approached The Coalition, who agreed to work with the organization. 

"I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking," says The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson, "It’s always been important for me to not use smoking as a narrative device, which is why we made the conscious choice to avoid highlighting or glorifying smoking in Gears 5 and throughout the Gears of War Universe moving forward."

[Source: Variety]

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 9:03 pm

Streets Of Rogue's Launch Trailer Calls You A Monster For Throwing A Toilet At Someone

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We were impressed with the on-the-nose Streets of Rogue when we played it, and now you can play the full game for yourself!

The trailer doesn't beat around the bush with its influences, saying "It's like Nuclear Throne meets Deus Ex, mixed with the anarchy of GTA. Rogue-lite meets immersive sim, and goes completely insane."

We would agree, having called it "a fascinating mess, in the best way possible." Check out our New Gameplay Today video in which we cause as much mayhem as possible.

Streets of Rogue is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 8:27 pm

Free DLC Expansion For The Messenger Is Out Today

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Sabotage's side-scrolling action/platformer's long-awaited DLC is finally here, and it's free. The developers have brought three new levels to the ninja delivery service game, which all take place on a tropical island and include new bosses. The expansion still features the game's time travel mechanics, allowing players to switch between two classic video game styles: 16-bit and 8-bit.

Picnic Panic is out now for Switch and PC. For more information on The Messenger, be sure to check out Suriel's previous coverage of the DLC as well as Brian's review.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 7:45 pm

Red Dead Redemption II Original Soundtrack Is Out Now

The Music of Red Dead Redemption II is out now on all major platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. The album was developed in collaboration with Lakeshore Records and produced by Grammy award winner Daniel Lanois, who has worked on U2's The Joshua Tree album as well as Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind. The soundtrack includes 13 tracks by artists like Daniel Lanois, D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Rhiannon Giddens, and Josh Homme.

The original score composed by Woody Jackson is going to be available later this summer. For more on Red Dead Redemption II, check out Matt's review here.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 7:33 pm

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Gets A Release Date And Full Game Lineup

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Konami announced its upcoming classic console last month, and today's '80s-inspired trailer revealed full details, including the full lineup of games and release date.

We already knew that western audiences would get a different version of the mini console, not just aesthetically, but with a largely different lineup of software. Konami announced today that all versions of the console will contain games from different regions, and that those titles will remain in their native language. With 24 games from the North American Turbographx-16 Mini/European PC Engine Core Graphx Mini, and 26 games from the Japanese PC Engine Mini, this pushes the total up to an impressive 50 games.

Here's the full list of games available in English included in the Turbographx-16 Mini:

And here's the games in Japanese for the PC Engine Mini, that will also be playable on all versions of the new console:

Much like previous classic consoles, Konami's offering will feature quick saves and a variety of display modes, but an add-on "multitap" will allow up to five people to play some games at the same time.

Following Hudson Soft's merge with Konami in 2012, the company has since published Hudson's old software – and now, hardware.

The classic console will launch in all regions on March 19, 2020. The one detail we don't yet know is the price, but with pre-orders going up on July 15 – exclusively on Amazon – we'll likely learn soon.

[Source: Konami]

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 6:27 pm

Marvel's Avengers Comic-Con Presentation Will Not Be Streamed

A few weeks ago, Marvel Games revealed that some upcoming panels for said games would include new content for Avengers, the Square Enix-published action game that received some mixed reception at E3 earlier this year. It was a good chance for a game that still feels shrouded in fog to change some minds, but those minds are going to have to stay clouded for the moment unless they're actually at the panel itself. At the game's first public gameplay reveal in a panel focused solely on the game, there won't be any online streaming available.

The panel, which is in Hall H at 1:30 p.m. PST and hosted by the game's creative director Shaun Escayg and the voice actors from the reveal video, takes a deeper dive into Marvel's Avengers than we have seen before. It is unknown if the panel will feature entirely new gameplay or the behind-closed-doors presentation from Square Enix's booth at E3. 

While the public could see that presentation by lottery appointment, which seemed to be gameplay of the title's introduction level, there was no filming allowed. A leaked cellphone video eventually got out, but the poor quality and awkward angles did the game no favors. It is a little strange that Square Enix is still shying away from showing the game, but maybe they have an actual blowout planned.

Marvel's Avengers releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC on May 15.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 6:05 pm

Persona 5 Royal Update Trailer Shows Off A New Location And New Tactics

Morgana, the feline friend of the Phantom Thieves, has been releasing consistent update trailers called "Morgana's Report," to Atlus's official YouTube channel. A recently released third report shows off new details about a bunch of new battle techniques and the newest explorable location, Kichijoji.  

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Shown first in the trailer is the full reveals of the team attacks shown in the character trailers that have been released so far. These team attacks, called Show Time, are powerful (and often a bit wacky) combination attacks between two members of your party. The Show Time attacks look amazingly detailed and hilariously brutal, and more are yet to come in further trailers. 

Personas now have different traits, which are characteristics that add buffs to the personas. These traits can be combined and passed on through fusion, which can lead to more customization in creating your ideal persona. Along the lines of customization, accessories can now be used to grant skills to your party members, allowing them to learn attacks they may not learn through regular leveling. The trailer shows how accessories can be used to teach Ann, typically a fire mage, an ice attack. 

Baton passes now have ranks, which means the more you stack the passes, the more powerful they become. If you successfully baton pass to each member of your party in one turn, the last character in line can use any move with no cost to HP or SP. 

The new area, Kichijoji, has a few new places to increase your battle abilities as well as your bonds. Darts, a new activity, can be used to strengthen bonds, but also to increase their maximum SP. Billiards, a second new activity, can increase your technical attack stat. Kichijoji features a jazz club, a temple, and a Rag Shop, where players can exchange armor received in dungeons for other armor. 

Finally, in response to a question from the community, Morgana confirmed that the main story of Persona 5 will remain largely intact, with the expansion simply adding a "new episode" worth of story content.

For more Persona 5 Royal news, stay up to date with our rundown of all of the characters trailers so far. Persona 5 Royal still has no confirmed Western release date outside of the planned 2020 window. 

[Source: Gematsu translation]

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 5:20 pm

The New Mortal Kombat Movie Will Be Rated R And Feature Fatalities

It's been a busy year for Mortal Kombat. Aside the release of enjoyable (if hamstrung) Mortal Kombat 11, news about the upcoming Mortal Kombat film has been slowly ambling out the door. First, the Premier of South Australia (yes, you read that correctly) announced the film was starting production back in May. And this very week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Joe Taslim of The Raid fame would be playing everyone's favorite icy ninja Sub-Zero. Today's update is a big one: The Mortal Kombat film will be rated R and it will feature fatalities.

Though the 1995 Mortal Kombat film is considered to be one of the stronger video game adaptations, both it and its sequel (oof) Mortal Kombat: Annihilation were rated PG-13. One could argue that both films technically did have fatalities, but none of them matched up to the gory spectacle of the games. Screenwriter Greg Russo took to Twitter to announce that the new movie would be going all in on gore:

Since it's already been stated by other members of the team, I'm gonna put this one to bed. MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I'm not gonna say which ones) You'll just have to wait for the movie & see!!! ;)

— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) July 12, 2019
 For more on Mortal Kombat 11, check out detailed breakdown and discussion of Mortal Kombat 11's bonkers story.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 2:03 pm

Alien: Isolation And Total War Developer Appears To Be Working On A Hero-Based Shooter

It's been over four years since Alien: Isolation slithered out of the shadows to deliver a gripping, if flawed, experience of terror. Those who have been hoping for a proper sequel from developer Creative Assembly might want to give up the ghost considering the only true gaming follow-up Isolation has gotten is a Five Nights At Freddy's-like mobile title from FoxtNext called Alien: Blackout. The fact that Creative Assembly appears to be moving on to a hero-based shooter (while FoxNext crafts a new shooter based on the Alien IP with another studio) is also likely another nail in the coffin.

The developer has an official job posting on its site looking for a "Lead Hero Designer" on a new IP. The posting says that the position is for a "ground-breaking" first-person shooter that will feature heroes. We don't know anything else about the game, but it's hardly surprising that Creative Assembly is looking to do a hero-based shooter given the popularity of genre siblings Apex Legends and Overwatch.

For more on Creative Assembly, be sure to check out our review of the developer's latest game, Total War: Three Kingdoms.

[Source: Creative Assembly]

Posted on 11 July 2019 | 10:40 pm

Fans Have Translated The Japanese Exclusive Final Fantasy VII Prequel

In 2004, Square Enix released a prequel to Final Fantasy VII called Before Crisis. If you haven't heard of it, there's a reason why: The mobile title was a Japanese exclusive and has never made its way to North America. However, that hasn't stopped people from doing their best to translate the game into English and make it playable.

A group of fans have spent the last three years porting Before Crisis into the popular developer tool RPG Maker, complete with an English translation. Its legality is dubious, so we're not going to link to the game, but this fan-ported version of Before Crisis is available (for now) and can be played in RPG Maker 2003.

You can watch the original trailer for the game right here:

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For more on Final Fantasy, check out our preview of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake here.

Posted on 11 July 2019 | 9:20 pm

Xenoblade's Developers Pitched An Earthbound Game For GameCube

Earthbound, or Mother 2 as it was known in Japan, was released in 1994. Since then, it has received a sequel (that, much to fans' chagrin, was only released in Japan), become one of the most expensive SNES cartridges for collectors, and been packaged in the SNES Classic. Before all of that, however, it almost received a different sequel from a new developer. 

Inspired by the news of an upcoming book collecting interviews featuring the late president of Nintendo Satoru Iwata, artist and developer Yasuyuki Honne took to Twitter to reminisce over his pitch for a new Earthbound sequel. Honne, who had a hand in games like Chrono Trigger and Xenogears, was asked to pitch a sequel for the Mother franchise to Satoru Iwata and the creator of Earthbound himself, Shigesato Itoi. So, he did what any good designer would do, and he threw together some concept art. 

Honne's concept art, originally produced in 2003 has a distinctly crafty feel, with the characters and menus looking like felt cutouts. This art style meshed well with Nintendo's art direction on Paper Mario, which also saw a sequel come to the GameCube with Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door. 

Though Honne doesn't describe why the game was never picked up, the true Earthbound sequel, Mother 3, was released in Japan just a few years later. He remembers his work on the design fondly, explaining in his tweet, "I never would have thought these pictures would appear in public. My 2003 summer memories." 

[Source: @honnesan via Kotaku

Posted on 11 July 2019 | 9:15 pm