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Gears 5 Next-Gen Update Let's Players Recast Marcus Fenix As Batista

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The Coalition announced a slew of big changes coming to Gears 5 when it arrives on Xbox Series X. On top of performance enhancements and new modes, the campaign gets a lot more animalistic with the inclusion of ex-WWE world champ and guardian of the galaxy, Dave Bautista.

After appearing as a multiplayer skin in the original version, players can now swap Marcus Fenix with Big Dave for the entire campaign. More than just a palette swap, Bautista even recorded new dialogue for the story. It should be stressed again that Bautista is not replacing Marcus Fenix in the campaign permanently. The switch is 100% optional. 

The news should serve as a fun treat to Dave’s fanbase, as well as the big guy himself. The actor lobbied hard on social media last summer to portray Marcus Fenix in a Gears of War film, garnering a groundswell of support. That didn’t pan out (unfortunately) but this is arguably better. At least he gets to be Fenix in the medium the character originated from. 

A new Game + brings new difficulty modes, character/weapon skins, additional achievements. For next-gen versions, look forward to 60 fps cutscenes and a 120 fps Versus mode. That’s on top of the 4K HDR, faster load times, and instant resume perks highlighted in earlier announcements. Combine all of this with an upcoming story expansion slated for fall, and Gears 5 has a busy holiday season ahead.

For more on Gears 5, check out Andrew Reiner’s positive review of the base game. Now that Xbox Series X is around the corner why not read our recent hands-on impressions to get ready? 

Are you excited to replay Gears 5 as Drax the Destroyer himself? Tell us what you think in the comments!

[Source: IGN]

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 12:32 am

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Brings Nerfs For Falling Guillotine, Ruinous Effigy, And More

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The Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion is almost here and a ton of changes are making their way into the Bungie shooter to make room. From vaulted content to new stories, there's a lot of shakeups happening soon and unfortunately, that means nerfs. The Falling Guillotine sword is among the weapons getting nerfed with a new update dropping soon. Here's what you need to know about what's getting nerfed in Destiny 2. 

Mountaintop, Falling Guillotine, and Ruinous Effigy are getting that nerf action and as a big fan of the very powerful sword, I'm a little sad. But changes, they are necessary, so here's what you need to know about how these three weapons are getting nerfed down, and which ones are just going through a few little evolutionary changes: 

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Falling Guillotine 

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Jade Rabbit

To read the full list of changes, including perks, how Hand Canons are evolving, and more, you can check out the latest Bungie Blog post right here. As for the next phase of the Destiny 2 adventure, Beyond Light launches on November 10th. 

Are you excited for Destiny 2: Beyond Light and all of the weapon changes coming with it? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:50 pm

Apex Legends Comes To Steam In November Alongside Season 7, Switch Version Delayed

During this summer’s EA Play event, EA announced that Apex Legends was headed to Steam and Nintendo Switch, the latter of which this fall. Well, developer Respawn has some good news and some bad news. On the positive side, Apex Legends arrives on Steam next month. Bad news: the Switch version has been delayed out of 2020. 

In a blog post, Respawn updated fans on what’s going on in the world of Apex Legends. The game officially arrives on Steam November 4. If that’s not exciting enough, that just happens to be the same day that the still-mysterious Season 7 will go live. But wait, there’s more! Origin players will also have their account progression and unlocks carried over the Steam version. That bit is unsurprising given how EA partnered with Valve almost a year ago to bring their titles to Steam. That’s an awesome gesture nonetheless.   

Meanwhile, Switch owners will unfortunately have to wait until 2021 to enjoy Apex Legends on-the-go. Respawn didn’t specify an exact date, but explained that 2020’s challenges have made developing games harder than ever. They simply don’t want to rush out a bad product. The studio also reiterated that the Switch version will have full feature parity with the other versions, including cross-play and all released seasonal content. That’s a tough pill to swallow, but as Shigeru Miyamoto famously said “A delayed game…” eh, you know that quote by now. 

It’s worth noting that November 4 also brings the release of the suped-up Apex Legends Champion Edition. The enhanced bundle is primed to get newcomers up to speed with veteran players in terms of content. Don’t forget that the game’s big Halloween Event is in full swing right now too. 

Are you looking forward to playing Apex Legends on Steam? Are you bummed out about the Switch delay? Let us know how you feel in the comments!
 

[Source: Apex Legends]

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:39 pm

Horror Game Visage Releases On October 30

Horror game Visage has been in early access for a long time. Now, it's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 30 — just a week away! Hell, we talked about the first pieces of the game years ago around this time. You can check out that video right here, though lots has happened since then!

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Visage is an atmospheric trek through a haunted house that tasks the player with discovering the tragic circumstances around each family member, for a total of four "tales". In early access, two tales were available, this 1.0 release brings the total to four with around fifteen hours of content.

If the rest of the game is like Lucy's Early Access tale, brace yourself for some serious scares and challenges as you struggle to keep the lights on and your sanity stable. While the game was previously playable on PC in the Steam Early Access program, this full release is also coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Be prepared to wander in the dark as the game taps into classic haunted house fare and then gets absolutely absurd as you enter the darkest recesses of the mind. Sounds pretty wild doesn't it? Yeah. Well, we can't wait to give it a try either, just in time for Halloween! Check out the new release date trailer right here, and a much older gameplay trailer as well. The gameplay trailer gives a much better idea of what kind of terrifying things to expect!

You can check out more about the announcement at the official Kickstarter page.

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Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:02 pm

New Assassin's Creed Valhalla Manga Announced As A Vinland Saga Crossover

Assassin's Creed is officially returning back to the world of manga following Awakening with a special crossover between Valhalla and Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be crossing over into the Vinland Saga universe with a special manga that will blend the best of both worlds. 

For those not familiar with Vinland Saga, it is a historical anime and manga series from Makoto Yukimura that had a stellar first season debut back in 2019. The story follows Young Thorfinn, a boy that grew up on stories of old sailors that went on limitless adventures in an effort to reach the legendary location of Vinland. As the war between England and the Danes grows more dangerous, and the Viking mercenaries grow more ruthless, Thorfinn takes revenge into his own hands to avenge his murdered father. 

With the Viking tie-in being a major focus, the Vikings of Valhalla come into play. The news was revealed via Ubisoft Japan, alongside a sneak peek at some of the pages from the short story: 

『アサシン クリード ヴァルハラ』×『ヴィンランド・サガ』コラボの幸村先生描きおろしの番外編ショートコミックはもうご覧になりましたか?#LikeAViking #ヴィンランドサガ #ACヴァルハラ #ヴァイキング

コラボ漫画はこちら→https://t.co/tQrKjp2usM pic.twitter.com/GodhmST1dY

— UBISOFT_JAPAN (@UBISOFT_JAPAN) October 23, 2020

It will be interesting to see how much these two tales intersect and who all from the Ubisoft game will be featured in the short story. While we await season two news of the hit anime, this is a neat little way to celebrate both fandoms in a unique and surprising way. 

Don't want to wait for Assassin's Creed manga goodness? You can check out Assassin's Creed: Awakening from Titan Books right here to pass the time. 


Thoughts on the Assassin's Creed Valhalla x Vinland Saga crossover manga? If you could blend any game with a popular anime, what would it be outside of the hodgepodge that is Jump Force? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below and tell us what you think! 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:01 pm

Rapper Travis Scott Named Newest Official PlayStation Strategic Creative Partner

Rapper Travis Scott dominated Fortnite earlier this year with an in-game concert, now he's bleeding over into a larger gaming pool by becoming PlayStation's latest strategic creative partner. 

As revealed in the latest PlayStation Blog post, Senior Vice President of PlayStation Worldwide Marketing Eric Lempel revealed their collaboration with Scott. "Through our mutual passion for gaming and creativity, we plan on collaborating with Travis and his Cactus Jack brand to produce innovative projects that we hope will delight our collective fans." 

The PlayStation team says they chose Scott because he is "constantly surprising" and "incredibly innovative," which is something they are looking for when going into a new generation of gaming. 

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The rapper has a long history with PlayStation as a fan, making the collaboration an exciting one for Sony as they move full steam ahead. The performer also shared a few words about the collaboration, saying: "I’m really looking forward to being able to showcase everything that Cactus Jack has worked on with Sony and the PlayStation team. Most importantly I’m excited to see how the PlayStation fans and family respond, and I look forward to running some games with everybody very soon!"

Both Microsoft and Sony are preparing for the next generation to launch here next month with updated technology, new games to experience, and two very wildly different marketing strategies regarding their ecosystems. It will be interesting to see what Scott's influence will be in the larger scheme of things for PlayStation as they focus on making their own ecosystem more independent and guarded from other platforms. 


What do you think about the collaboration between Travis Scott and Sony as the latest PlayStation strategic creative partner? What are you hoping to see come out of this pairing going forward? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below and tell us what you are most exciting for when the PlayStation 5 launches on November 12. 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 8:43 pm

You Can Pet The Dogs In The Red Lantern And Make Sure They Don't Die

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The Red Lantern is available now on Nintendo Switch and this story-driven rogue-lite adventure features all of the best puppers in one game. That being said, the most important question in any title is can we protect those goodest of good boys and can we pet them? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes. 

The Red Lantern is a gorgeous indie title that allows players to explore an incredibly dynamic world that evolves as the story progresses. With over 100 different encounters thanks to the choice-driven narrative, the story is tailored and stunning and encourages rewards through exploration. 

More importantly, it features cute dogs; eight different pups, to be exact. Just like with any game that features adorable companions, the question immediately comes to mind concerning the safety of these fictitious animals. I'll admit, I'm a complete wimp when it comes to any kind of animal in a game getting hurt even knowing it's not real. While playing for our full review coming later, I was terrified of that first moment when a puppers dies. When it happened, I cried. I'm not ashamed to admit that. I'm not necessarily proud, but I'm not ashamed of it. Luckily, that pain was shortlived because there is a way to prevent those deaths from happening in between giving all of the pets and cuddles.

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In the main menu, select options. From there, you'll see a simple toggle that always keeps the in-game furry companions alive and well, as seen in the two screenshots above. This is a nice additional feature considering the game centers around these particular friends. In Red Lantern, players will have a team of sled dogs that will help guide them when lost in the wilderness. It's a game about survival in a world that is constantly changing and new dangers are everpresent. Survive and make it home while protecting those canine mush balls. 

Given that this is a survival game, some may call toggling this option on cheating. Honestly? I don't care. If you get squeamish, even while knowing it's not real, then toggle that option on and enjoy the game. It's a stunning adventure and the pacing is phenomenal; don't miss out just because you think using a feature the developers give you is 'cheating' the experience. Games are meant to be enjoyed, so enjoy them.

The Red Lantern is available now on Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 7:15 pm

Check Out 14 Minutes of Unsettling Scorn Gameplay

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Scorn left many gamers scratching their heads when its mysterious (and, frankly, gross) trailer dropped during Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase back in May. Developer Ebb Software gave intrigued gamers a good look at the game’s H.R. Giger-style world and the horrors it contains. 

The lengthy demo (an expanded version of a level shown in 2017 now running on Xbox Series X) takes players on a methodical trek through one of Scorn’s labyrinthine levels. One of the main visual takeaways is that everything has a bio-mechanical feel. Pulsating roots of flesh cover the metallic walls and gadgets feel as alive as the player. Even your weapon is just a shell covering a network of living muscle. At one point, the character impales a creature by firing a retractable rod from their gun’s barrel–reminiscent of the Xenomorph’s second mouth in Alien. Gross as the weapons are, you’ll need them to battle all manner of disturbing creatures, best described as “fleshy, toothy, whatchamacallits”.  

Ebb unveiled Scorn back in 2016 and describes it as an “atmospheric first-person horror adventure game”. The game features non-linear exploration across its interconnected halls. As shown in the trailer, areas feature their own unique puzzles as well. As players explore they’ll unlock new skills and weapons that are sure to be just as...unpleasant looking as the arsenal showcased in the video. Sure, the new trailer may not have been the most action-packed look at the game. However, it does a good job emphasizing the unsettling atmosphere and creepy imagery. 

We’ll have to wait a while longer to see what other horrors Scorn has in store for players. Ebb plans to launch the game for Xbox Series X and PC sometime in 2021. In the meantime, check out what’s coming to Xbox Series X on launch day and impressions of the console in action

How does Scorn look to be shaping up? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 6:50 pm

Nintendo Will Begin Selling Individual Joy-Cons

Buying new Joy-Cons, even just one of them has always been a steep investment since you could only buy them in pairs at $79.99. That will finally change, over 3 years after the Switch’s launch. Nintendo announced that individual Joy-Cons will be available for purchase in the very near future.  

Beginning November 9, Nintendo will offer the Neon Red and Blue controllers separately for a still-relatively expensive $39.99. Unfortunately, the colors remain locked to specific orientations. By that I mean you can only get Red left Joy-Cons and Blue right ones. While that’s been the standard layout since launch, it would have been nice to have the colors on the opposite side. That way pairs of Red/Blue Joy-Cons can be made more easily. On the bright side, my Switch can finally rock a pair of Grey/Red controllers. Yes, I’m weird – speaking of which, hopefully, Nintendo will offer single packs of the more exotic controller colors sooner than later. 

Starting on 11/9, single #NintendoSwitch Joy-Con controllers will be available for purchase for $39.99. Choose from the left Joy-Con controller in Neon Blue, and the right Joy-Con controller in Neon Red. pic.twitter.com/wXW8BEssS7

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 23, 2020

Nintendo’s Joy-Con issues, particularly with controller drift, and more specifically on the left Joy-Con, are well documented and still very much an issue. Class-action lawsuits continue to be levied against the publisher by angry Switch owners even after it began offering free repairs last year. Saving $30 bucks to only replace the offending Joy-Con instead of getting saddled with an extra one certainly helps. God help them if they still haven't fixed the issue, though. If I were a betting man...I would suggest holding on to those receipts. Just in case. 

It’s good timing too given that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Pikmin 3 Deluxe are just around the corner. The money saved by replacing that one problematic controller can go towards buying one of those instead. Or you would wait weeks for Nintendo to fix it for free. Up to you. 

Are you excited to finally purchase a single Joy-Con? Let us know down in the comments! 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:47 pm

Gears 5 Story DLC Coming In December

Gears 5 is getting story-based DLC called "Hivebusters" sometime in December, developer The Coalition recently told IGNWhile no specific release date was given, Zoe Curnoe, the principle lead producer on Gears 5, did tell the outlet the DLC will focus on the Hivebusters squad, who made their first appearance in the Gears of War: Hivebusters comic series in May 2019, and in Gears 5 last September in the cooperative game mode Escape. Hivebusters will be released on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. 

"All I can say is December and the title is Hivebusters, so it might give you a little hint as to what that content might contain," Curnoe told IGN. "That'll be available on the new consoles as well, so it'll be optimized for those two."

According to The Coalition, Hivebusters will take players between three and four hours to complete. The studio also pointed out that it's the first piece of Gears content "reviewed, tuned, and polished" during development for the Xbox Series X/S, rather than upgraded after the fact. 

"So the things that we're doing with global illumination and constant mapping I think are a good example, and we've made sure that the content is really set up to take advantage of that," Mike Rayner, The Coalition's studio technical director, told IGN. "The ultra-res textures are now there and we can kind of tune them and make sure that they really show up in 4K resolution with the additional memory we have on these consoles and the ability to stream them in super fast."

As IGN points out, the announcement of Hivebusters actually deviates from The Coalition's original plan to not develop any story DLC for Gears 5, but Rayner told the outlet fan requests made the studio reconsider its stance. 

More information about Hivebusters, including the DLC's price, is expected to be revealed in early December. 

Back in July, Microsoft revealed Gears 5 would receive an optimization upgrade for the Xbox Series X/S, bringing with it 4K HDR visuals, reduced load times, and instant resume. For more on Gears 5, check out our review, where we said the game delivered "some of the series' best firefights."

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:45 pm

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught Mode Revealed, PS Exclusive For One Year

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is almost here and Activision is sharing yet another mode for players to enjoy with Zombies Onslaught. Zombies is a Black Ops staple and that legacy continues on with Cold War. That being said, we've got some good news and some bad news about this particular mode. 

It should be of no surprise to anyone given previous PlayStation exclusive deals regarding the Call of Duty franchise, but the new Zombies Onslaught mode will be a timed exclusive for PlayStation players. This particular gameplay experience will be dropping on other platforms after November 1 of next year as well as next gen consoles. 

Lead writer for Activision Editorial James Mattone took to the PlayStation Blog to detail the new mode while showing off a nifty new trailer showing off what it will offer Call of Duty players: 

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Onslaught is a two-person Zombies experience that is meant to be fast-paced and absolutely brutal. So, like pretty much every other Zombies mode, just with fewer people. According to Mattone, "In Zombies Onslaught, you and one other Operator will deploy to one of several locations derived from various Multiplayer maps with your custom loadouts. These are the very same loadouts you’ll carry into traditional Zombies and Multiplayer, complete with your preferred primary weapon, whether it be an LMG, heavy-hitting sniper rifle, or other fully kitted-out tools for zombie destruction."

Once players drop in, that's where the fun truly starts. the Dark Aether Orb will basically trap players into a confined area to pit them against constant waves of the undead. In order to power the Orb, players have to kill as many zombies as they possibly can. Kill enough, and the Orb will move on and players can move with it in order to avoid external damage from the Dark Aether. 

Duck and roll, panic, shoot, repeat; that's the name of the Onslaught mode. With various zombie types included in the waves of enemies, including Elite foes, you don't really win, you just do a little better each time. 

Mattone also added a little more about ranking, saying: "For the sake of scoring, Elites should be your primary target, as you’ll receive either a Bronze, Silver, or Gold ranking based on the number of Elites you and your partner can defeat. By achieving a specific rank, you will unlock useful rewards for use across Zombies and Multiplayer. Each season, new maps and rewards will be introduced for PS4 and PS5 players."

For PC and Xbox players, it does stink that this mode won't be available for an entire year post-launch, but at least it's not a permanent exclusive? Bright side, maybe? 

As for the game itself, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War debuts on November 13. Are you excited for the latest iteration of Black Ops? What do you think about Onslaught? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:21 pm

Fallout 76 Is Finally Adding The Brotherhood Of Steel

Ad victoriam, Fallout 76 players, because Bethesda is finally adding the Brotherhood of Steel into the online Fallout experience. While the launch was beyond rough for this game, the last several major content drops have seemingly done a 180 for those that gave it a chance. Now, Fallout 76 feels like a true Fallout game and that's going to feel even more apparent with the arrival of the Brotherhood. 

While we can't (Paladin) Danse if we want to because we left that friend behind, we can at least enjoy the fact that the Brotherhood of Steel is making its long-awaited return. Bethesda has released a new video to mimic a recruitment advert for the Brotherhood for Steel. Why hunt Mothman and blast off nukes when you can join a tech cult instead? 

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In the beginning, Bethesda did some ret-con with the lore which was meant to setup that the Brotherhood wouldn't fit in with Fallout 76's timeline, despite the in-game clues that seemingly referenced this faction. That changed several hundred updates ago, and now they are back in full force. 

It wouldn't be the Brotherhood if they weren't packing a whole lot of heat, which is what the teaser for their arrival shows off. Bethesda is keeping details pretty mum at this time, but the company did confirm that this particular faction will be officially added before the end of the year. 

Haven't checked Fallout 76 out yet because of that launch reception? This weekend is a good chance because it's a free-to-play weekend. Join in, blow some stuff up, betray your friends: go ham. 


What do you think about the Brotherhood of Steel finally making its arrival into Fallout 76? Have you given this online game another go after perceptions surrounding it made a turn for the positive? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 5:14 pm

Hearthstone's Madness At The Darkmoon Faire Is Coming In November

Hearthstone's next big expansion is Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, and it's scheduled to arrive on November 17. The set features old gods doing all kinds of evil cosmic horror things admidst the colorful carnival backdrop of the Darkmoon Faire. If you've ever played World of Warcraft, chances are you've hit up the Faire before in a quest to score some cool tickets, yummy treats, or to play some of those fun carnival games. Here in Hearthstone, the Faire is loaded with new toys to play with!

Giant old god cards are back, with fresh styles and abilities. N'zoth, C'thun, Y'shaarj and more are going to be spreading their cosmic corruption all over the denizens of Azeroth as they attempt to enjoy giant turkey legs and flagons of ale at the Faire. These old gods are expensive to cast and come with flashy skills, but the corruption mechanic may be the most interesting thing about the expansion.

Many card games turn into a pursuit of "playing on curve" in order to have an efficient deck. That is, playing a one-cost card on turn one, a two-cost card on turn two, etc, in order to stay ahead of the game and your opponent. Corruption cards reward you for holding on to spells and maybe playing them later than curve allows, as you need to play a higher-casting cost card in order to trigger the corrupted effect. On some cards, this is just a stat boost, on others it has more significant effects. Either way, you're hopefully going to have more decisions to make during a game instead of just plopping everything down by the numbers.

Check out a sweet presentation about what's coming in Madness at the Darkmoon Faire right here.

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In addition to the new expansion, a new mode was announced and also launched in early access. Duels! Hearthstone Duels is like they took the dungeon crawling roguelike experiences that they've been creating for single-player adventures over the last few years and set it loose in a PVP competitive format. I spoke highly of these dungeon romps back when they first started to show up, and that praise is likely to extend to this format.

In Duels, everyone gets to be broken and overpowered, but it's about who can come up with something more busted over the course of a run. With 15 of your own cards, special heroes, wild abilities, powerful passives, and incredible treasures, Duels is a mode with a ton of creativity and chance as you build your strategy over the course of multiple games. Early Access is available for a "pre-season" trial for those that preorder Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, but the mode will be available for all at no cost on November 12. Check out more on Duels below!

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Posted on 23 October 2020 | 4:45 pm

Joel Voice Actor Troy Baker Wants In On The Last Of Us TV Show, But Not As The Lead

The Last of Us is one of the many videogames getting a TV series adaptation and it looks like the man behind Joel himself is wanting in on that action. Voice actor Troy Baker, who voices the lead in the first Naughty Dog game, has expressed interest in being a part of the upcoming The Last of Us TV series under one condition: he doesn't play Joel. 

In a recent episode of the podcast 'Relater in Real Time,' Baker expressed his interested in the Last of Us TV show following a discussion about the upcoming Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland as a much younger Nathan Drake. The interest in the show came from the question as to whether or not he would ever be interested in becoming the voice of Joel once more for the games. While Baker didn't seem interested in that notion, he did add that he would be interested in playing a small role in the upcoming show adaptation. More than that, he said "I wanna be blown up by Joel," which, would of course, put a damper on playing Joel himelf. But who knows, there have been weirder plotlines (looking at you, Lost). 

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While Baker expressed his interest in a smaller role as to not overshadow the new cast, it does kind of make me want to see him be included. Not only as a fun additional nod to the games, but Baker's repertoire in live-action movies is pretty small and in the Phoenix Rising movie, poor dude got ripped to shreds by aliens

As for the Last of Us TV series itself, creative director Neil Druckmann will be working alongside Chernobyl's Craig Mazin to bring this story to life based off of the first game in the series. "Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus," Mazin mentioned in a previous interview. "Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I'm so honored to do it in partnership with Neil."

"From the first time I sat down to talk with Craig I was equally blown away by his approach to narrative and his love and deep understanding of The Last of Us," added. We don't have all of the details regarding the upcoming show, very little is actually known about the narrative direction and creative liberties, but we do know that it adapt the first game and will "enhance" what fans loved about their entry into this world. 

It will be interesting to see if Baker gets his wish and how the Last of Us TV series will progress. We don't have a release date at this time, but our vote is let the man have a part! 

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 4:38 pm

Lawsuit Claims Bethesda Purposefully Sabotaged Rune 2 In Favor Of The Elder Scrolls

Bethesda is now being sued for allegedly sabotaging Rune 2 in an effort to protect The Elder Scrolls franchise. This information comes on the heels of a lawsuit last year where Rune 2's publisher, Ragnarok Games, sued Human Head Studios, the developer for the game, for deliberately ruining Rune 2's launch by failure to transfer source code to continue support for the game after the studio all by left the title out to dry on launch day. Now, that lawsuit has grown even more complicated as it now includes Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax. 

The day that Rune 2 launched, Human Head Studios announced that it was shutting down for good. This was a move that surprised players and while the publisher promised continued support, this ultimately led to a very dark path for the game. While the publisher went after the developer studio first, now they are citing that ZeniMax and Bethesda Softworks tried to sabotage the launch further by reforming the dissociated studio under the Bethesda umbrella to form Roadhouse. The publisher wasn't aware of these moves, and that restructuring blindsided the company as the news made headlines. 

Ragnarok Games now cites that ZeniMax worked alongside Human Head prior to launch in order to sabotage day one of Rune 2's release. The lawsuit alleges that ZeniMax explicitly told the former Human Head devs not to share the coding for the game with their former publisher, including assets and source code that could help support Rune 2 post-launch. While the case is pending, it looks like Ragnarok is painting the picture that ZeniMax offered a buyout to Human Head and part of that negotiation was to deliberately sabotage the entire launch.

The suit claims that Rune 2 was seen as a viable competitor for Skyrim, which the publisher alleges is the reason behind ZeniMax's poaching of Human Head and the care of the Rune sequel. Currently, Ragnarok is looking to cash out with a one million dollar compensation deal from ZeniMax in addition to any other fees acquired.  

What do you think about the claims against ZeniMax regarding Rune 2? Viable, or a far reach? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below. 

[Source: PCGamer]

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 7:18 pm

Kojima Is Working On A New Game

Hideo Kojima's creative storytelling and revolutionary game design makes him one of the most beloved and well-known auteurs in the industry. His most recent IP, Death Stranding, showcased undead monsters and mailman-simulation mechanics in a divided, rainy America. Today, Kojima Productions announced that it's working on a new project. 

#KojimaProductions confirms a new project is in development and is looking to hire the best-in-class talent to work out of our Tokyo studio. For more information on the openings and requirements, please visit our website at https://t.co/jeTGnnwLAW pic.twitter.com/StLOrxTlhg

— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) October 22, 2020

The the tweet above confirms that Kojima Productions is hiring "best-in-class talent" to work on its next title. The posted job listing includes writing, art, and programming positions with an emphasis on Japanese fluency. In the past, Kojima mentioned a willingness to create a sequel to Death Stranding. But who knows what imaginative plans he has in store?


What game do you think Kojima Productions is working on? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: GamesRadar]

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 6:00 pm

Detroit: Become Human Collector's Edition For PC Revealed, Limited-Time Only

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Detroit: Become Human challenged players to dive into an existential narrative about what it means to be human in a world that seems to be losing its humanity by the day. To celebrate the PC version of the game, Quantic is offering a limited-edition collector's edition for Detroit fans to enjoy. 

The new Detroit: Become Human collector's edition is limited to just 2,500 units, which makes it very limited in quantity. It offers a Kara statue as well as pins themed after the game and a CyberLife ID card with a game code attached. 

You can see the full glory of the new collector's edition in the video at the top of the article with a first glance look below: 

The statue itself stands just over 10.5 inches tall on a base that is illuminated by LED right lights. With over five million units sold worldwide, this is just another excuse for those that haven't jumped in yet to do so and experience this game for themselves. 

The Detroit: Become Human collector's edition runs for $349.99 and is available in the Quantic Dream Shop as well as selected retailers worldwide. 

The game itself was met with mixed reviews with some calling the gameplay experience revolutionary while others weren't as impressed. It's a slow-pace adventure, definitely not one for action junkies, but it is an experience rife with choices, consequence, and learning human nature with all of its ugly parts. 

"Detroit made me think about topics I've avoided about humanity and our future, and that's a good thing," said our own Kimberly Wallance in her review of Detroit: Become Human for Game Informer. "These are hard issues to explore, and I'm glad Quantic Dream took on the challenge knowing it could result in failure. Detroit both succeeds and stumbles in that area. Its biggest assets are the relationship building and expansive branching paths. I keep coming back to explore its variations. Not only are they fascinating, but I cared about where I left these characters. The overall message about technology and our future lingers long after the credits roll, making me wonder how I'll handle my relationship with technology as it takes us to new places. "

What do you think about the Detroit: Become Human collector's edition for PC? Have you played the game yet, what did you think? Sound off with those existential thoughts in the section below, we'd love to hear what you thought of it! 

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 4:40 pm

UFC 4 Adding Brock Lesnar And Various Halloween-Themed Cosmetics

EA Vancouver has announced that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is joining the roster of fighters in EA Sports UFC 4. The popular crossover star enters the Octagon alongside two current top contenders. On top of that, players can grab several Halloween-themed in-game vanity items to equip to their created fighters.

In addition to Lesnar, who is free for a limited time beginning today, UFC 4 is also adding two contenders via a free roster update. Jennifer Maia is coming off a major win over Joanne Calderwood in August, and is set to fight UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko for the title in November. The undefeated Askar Askarov is currently ranked #3 in the men's flyweight rankings after beating top contenders Tim Elliott and Alexandre Pantoja earlier this year. You can see the ratings for all three of these fighters below.

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Those who care more about their own created fighters than the licensed athletes can look forward to an avalanche of cosmetic vanity items to equip to their created fighters to get them into the frightful mood of the season. Included in the Halloween vanity items, which will drop on October 22 and October 29, are a skeleton vanity set, skulls and roses shorts, and costumes featuring a deranged clown, a mummy, a demented pumpkin, a werewolf, a zombie, and what may or may not be Jason Vorhees. 

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Brock Lesnar will be offered for free through the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store through October 30. Lesnar is free on Xbox One right now. He'll be free on the PlayStation Store beginning at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Starting Saturday, October 31, Lesnar will cost $2.50, so make sure you grab him prior to this window expiring. For more on UFC 4, check out our review.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 4:00 pm

Rambo Spills First Blood In Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Gameplay Reveal

Many an eyebrow was raised at the reveal of John Rambo in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, but the tortured war veteran looks right at home on his new battlefield. A new gameplay trailer shows how MK's latest guest fighter employs his guerrilla tactics to his fantastical adversaries. 

Action-fans were first introduced to Rambo in the 1982 classic First Blood. Besides being a brutal action flick, the film explored the troubling reality of veteran post-traumatic stress and the challenges they face re-assimilating into the society. Its acclaim and popularity spawned a huge media franchise and numerous sequels, including 2019's Rambo: Last Blood. While it's unlikely Rambo will deliver an emotional monologue about his horrific service in Vietnam and move Scorpion to tears, it's exciting to see what he brings to the table in Mortal Kombat regardless. 

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Armed with his signature combat knife, bow, and, of course, machine gun, Rambo is clearly a force to be reckoned with. Seeing how Netherrealm incorporated Rambo's penchant for stealthy traps shows the same attention to detail paid to previous guest characters. To that end, Slyvester Stallone reprising the role serves as the cherry on top of this blood-topped sundae. It should be hilarious hearing Sly rage about Outworld and ninjas from Hell. While it is a little strange to see Rambo throwing kicks, at least his Fatality feels fitting. Plus there's just no beating that signature battle cry. 

For more on what's coming to Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, check out Rain's gameplay trailer as well as its limited Sub-Zero themed Kolletor's Edition. The DLC pack and full game arrives November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, and PC with free upgrades to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Seriex X/S versions. 

How does Rambo measure up? Are you excited to hear Sylvester Stallone tackle the character one more time? Let us know in the comments! 

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 3:52 pm

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & Blade Of Light Is Finally Getting Localized For Nintendo Switch

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30 years later, Nintendo is finally bringing the original Fire Emblem adventure over to the US and onto Nintendo Switches everywhere. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & Blade of Light is officially making its way to the US for a limited time this November. 

In the video at the top of the article, Nintendo shared the announcement as a "first for Fire Emblem fans." This is the first time that fans will be able to see the original Fire Emblem experience completely localized and it's arriving just in time for the holidays. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & Blade of Light arrives on Switch on December 4, but only for a limited time. It will be arriving in the Nintendo eShop as a digital purchase and will remain there until March 31, 2021. 

There is good news, though! Special Editions of this game have also been announced for those that love tangible games to add to their libraries. The 30th Anniversary Edition is $49.99 and according to Nintendo, "This collector’s edition of the game will include a nostalgic, stylized physical NES box and a replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve that transports owners to the era of the original game’s release. The collector’s edition also includes a colorful, 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book and a game download code. It will be accompanied by an NES instruction manual, newly localized from the original Famicom release, along with a fold-out world map and a Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible. With this rich package packed with exclusive items, fans can finally play the original Fire Emblem game as it was always intended: with power!"

“The Fire Emblem series has grown into a saga enjoyed by fans for its strategic gameplay and memorable characters,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Nintendo Switch owners can now experience the game that started it all with enhanced features that make this timeless adventure available to everyone.”

While not an announcement any expected, especially with next gen on the horizon so future titles are a major focus, this is a welcome addition to the Nintendo library, especially so for hardcore Fire Emblem fans on the west. 

What do you think about the localization of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 3:46 pm

First Look At Tom Holland As Nathan Drake In Uncharted Movie, Nolan North-Approved

The Uncharted movie featuring a much younger Nathan Drake as played by Tom Holland has been a whirlwind of a deal. From going through numerous directors to a few delays, production has finally hit a smooth spot and it looks like Drake himself approves after voice actor Nolan North posted about his set visit. Holland also shared our first look at him as Drake. 

North, who plays many roles in the gaming world, but especially that of Nathan Drake, took to Twitter to share our first onset image of the Uncharted movie. "Like looking into a mirror," North captions. "Proud to have Tom Holland continuing the Drake legacy! Absolutely smashing it!" 

Like looking into a mirror! Proud to have @TomHolland1996 continuing the Drake legacy! Absolutely smashing it!
Thanks for the set visit!!@unchartedmovie pic.twitter.com/sfiFYUJVyH

— Nolan North (@nolan_north) October 22, 2020

The three images are our first look at the Uncharted movie set, including North meeting with Holland himself. While not a trailer like many are hoping for to get a taste for how Holland plays a young adult version of Nathan Drake, it is a neat little sneak peek nonetheless. 

Shortly after North's post, Holland himself took to Twitter to share our first look at the young actor in full costume: 

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It’s nice to meet you, I’m Nate. #uncharted

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For those that may be unaware of the Nathan Drake movie, the film will follow a tale of a much younger Drake, a version of this iconic character we've seen a few times throughout the game franchise. Holland will be taking the lead role alongside Mark Walhberg, who is taking the role of a younger Sully. 

It will be interesting to see how it all comes together. Despite the public outcry against the Holland casting, he does look exactly like the teenager Drake we've seen in the games. Whether he can channel the explorer's attitude remains to be seen, but it has potential! '

The Uncharted movie is launching in theaters in March 2021 pending no further delays. 

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 2:56 pm

PS5 Will Have Apple TV, Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Twitch, And More Available On Launch Day

While there be launch games for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, the lineup is still pretty paltry (which wasn't unexpected). That being said, launch games, backwards compatibility, and entertainment apps work together to make sure that new console owners have something to enjoy, and that includes apps like Apple TV being available on launch day on the PS5. 

Sony's Head of Global Partner Development and Relations Phil Rosenberg took to the official PlayStation Blog to discuss which entertainment apps would be available on launch day. In addition to the below apps, he also confirmed that Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Peacock, Hulu, and others would be joining the lineup at a different date: 

Apple TV

Disney+

Netflix

Spotify

Twitch

YouTube

With the Media Space feature in the PS5 UI, users won't need to download any of these apps, they will already be available in the Media Space. This makes it easy to swap between gaming and watching and anything else PS5 owners want to do. 

PlayStation 5 arrives on November 12. Are you excited for more than just gaming on the PS5? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Posted on 22 October 2020 | 2:34 pm

NBA 2K21 Kicks Off New Ratings Reveal With LeBron James As Highest-Rated Player

NBA 2K21 is putting on a show, revealing over 25 player ratings alongside exclusive NBA player reaction videos to their marks throughout the day. 

The man at the top of the ratings needs no introduction: LeBron James. As the first big reveal of the day, the NBA Finals MVP gets a 98 rating, making him the highest-rated player in the game. A tough act to follow, 2K Games and Visual Concepts also revealed the ratings of his fellow Los Angeles Lakers championship starting squad: Anthony Davis (96), Danny Green (76), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (76) and Alex Caruso (75). 

Keep checking 2K's Twitter throughout the day to see more ratings, which I'm sure we'll all agree on and not have any arguments about at all. 

The ratings will be reflected in both the current-gen and new-gen versions of NBA 2K21. The game launches November 10 on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 on November 12.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 2:00 pm

2020 Halloween Gaming Events To Enjoy This Month

It's October, which means fun Halloween gaming events to enjoy. From shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch to more niche games like a/review/among-us/among-us-review-better-late-than-never and Pokemon GO; here are some of the biggest gaming events to enjoy for Halloween 2020. 

Borderlands 3 | Bloody Harvest 

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The Bloody Harvest event is back for Borderlands 3 players, but don't expect too much to be different from last year's event. Meet up with Maurice in Sanctuary III, get as much Hecktoplasm as you can get your hands on, and kill Captain Haunt in Heck (yes, Heck). Just like last time, there will be specific challenges to complete to unlock timed-loot. Another bright side to this year's event is that Gearbox listened to fans, and made the necessary adjustments to make the challenges more of an enjoyable experience and less of a grind. 

This event is available now and runs until November 5. 

 

Overwatch | Halloween Terror

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Junkenstein's Revenge returns with three weeks of tasks to complete to earn exclusive new skins for select heroes while also getting a chance to unlock previous years' cosmetics. Whether you want to just play Arcade or QuickPlay for the weekly drops or want to take part in the various Junkenstein's Revenge modes, the annual Halloween event returns with not much different, but at least the skins look dope. 

This event is available now and runs until November 3. 

 

Destiny 2 | Festival of the Lost

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Festival of the Lost is nothing new but it is my personal favorite out of all of the Destiny 2 events. With Halloween-themed rewards and new activities, it's a fun reason to dive in and celebrate all things spooky while doing the normal grind. 

Missed out on last year's event? No worries, you can still unlock the older masks repping some of our favorite faces in-game while also earning new designs as well. For those that want more weapons, the Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story are both making their triumphant return as well, though with updated perks. 

It is in the Haunted Forest that players must make their way through hordes of nightmares for a chance at sweet, sweet Halloween-themed gear and cosmetics. Another thing to note? If you have friends that play, you will want to group with them for communication. The Haunted Forest is procedurally generated with various branches of the forest itself to clear of nightmares. The more areas cleared means better rewards, so sync up with fellow guardians you can talk to in order to take more tactical approach at the treat portion of in-game trick-or-treating. 

This event is available now and runs until November 3. 

 

Among Us 

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While no new maps, the returning indie Among Us did add some festive Halloween cosmetic items, for free, while also adding spooky decorations to the in-game areas. Unlike the other Halloween events, this doesn't really have an end time and seems to really just be a cosmetic addition above all else. 

 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 

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New recipes and new decorations are available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch players for new ways to perfect that island of your dreams. Collectible recipes are hidden all over as well as new ways to add personal flair with new eye colors and face pains. 

You can also buy candy from Nook's Cranny to give out to the various villagers in your island for special access to certain themed recipes, as well as tell-tale Halloween additions seen with certain villager appearances. 

This event is available now and runs until October 31. 

 

Team Fortress 2 | Scream Fortress XII

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Team Fortress 2 is the gift that keeps on giving no matter how long it has been out. With its 13th annual event, Scream Fortress is back with the new Megalo, Bloodwater, Hassle Castle, and Moldergrove maps as well as new themed cosmetic items to unlock. 

Soul Gargoyles are also back with specific tasks for you to take on while playing the game, which is a perfect excuse to jump back into this Valve favorite. 

This event is available now and runs until November 7. 

 

World of Warcraft | Hallow's End

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The annual WoW Halloween event is back for everybody's chance to earn that mount once more. With the pre-patch for Shadowlands out and the adjustment period beginning, an old favorite is returning with Hallow's End. 

Trick or treat, confront the Headless Horseman; the usual. With numerous costume sets to earn with Tricky Treats and new pets on the line, there are a few good reasons to jump in! 

This event is available now and runs until November 1. 

 

Guild Wars 2 | Shadow of the Mad King

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Halloween invades Tyria once more with the Mad Realm as we try, and fail, to escape the Labyrinthine Horror. Massive jumping puzzles from the Mad King, the return of Lunatic Inquisition, and more are back in the MMORPG from ArenaNet. 

Personally, I love this event. It's the only time each year that I'll load up my toon and dive back into Guild Wars. After the event rolls, I'm back on that Destiny 2 grind. 

This event is available now and runs until November 3.

 

Apex Legends | Fight or Fright Event

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"Just in time for Halloween, we're returning to the spooky, alternate dimension where Revenant runs the Apex Gamespost about the new mode. "Shadow Royale starts like any other trios match, but when you die you will be raised from the dead in a powerful "Shadow Form" to exact vengeance on your killers and help carry your squad to victory. Armed with a brutal melee attack, enhanced mobility and blistering speed, you will terrorize other squads and protect your own with infinite Shadow lives until your living teammates are eliminated or you emerge victorious as the last living squad."

And let's not forget the most important thing about this event: it's bringing back wallrunning from Titanfall. Whether this mechanic will be added as a permanent addition down the line remains to be seen, but Shadows having this ability at least means we can enjoy for a small amount of time. Anything for Halloween! 

This event starts on October 22 and runs until November 3. 

 

Pokemon GO 

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Players will be tasked with catching a variety of Ghost-type Pokemon while also getting an exclusive costumed Gengar and Sableye. The spawn rate of ghost types will increase exponentially for this specific event.

To get the themed Gengar, you'll need to participate in Pokemon GO raids. For the Sableye with the cute little Litwick hat, they will be found just by playing the game organically out in the wild. Or, you can just hatch a bunch of eggs.

There will be Pokemon GO Special Research for this Halloween event called A Spooky Message Unmasked once more. This is where you'll be able to get your hands on the Galarian Yamask by helping out Professor Willow during his investigations. Players will also be given the opportunity to nab a Spiritbomb as an added treat, with a Shiny version also available. 

This event starts on October 23 and runs until November 3. 

 

Fortnite | Fortnitemares

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Fortnitemares will feature Midas' Revenge this year with Vanquish challenges to liven up that undead lifestyle a bit. Take a ride over to Ghoulish Isles, join up for a Halloween party, or follow in the footsteps of Shadow Midas and his henchman to haunt all of your foes in-game. 

Nitemare Royale is also a second shot at victory. Once eliminated in Battle Royale, you'll be able to take out survivors as a Shadow with special otherworldly abilities. 

This event goes live on October 21 and runs until November 3. 

 

Call of Duty: Warzone | The Haunting of Verdansk

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The Haunting of Verdansk event brings both Jigsaw from the Saw movies and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre into the fold while also offering a ton of other Halloween-themed cosmetic items to unlock

“As Halloween draws near, a squad of operators drops in for what seems to be a normal infiltration into Verdansk, though there’s been back-channel chatter about some unexplained and odd occurrences across the remote areas of the map," reads the latest blog post about the seasonal event. "Operators have been briefed about reports concerning a serial killer who wears his victim’s faces on his own. There’s scattered intel about strange sounds emanating from various locations within the warzone; and not least the piercing, creepy laugher of a ventriloquist doll.

“It isn’t long before hell breaks loose: One by one, the squad is brutally picked off until there is just one survivor, who after a confrontation with Verdansk’s own urban legend, vows to return under the cover of night and avenge his brothers in arms.”

This event is available now and runs until November 3. 

 

Dead by Daylight | The Eternal Blight 

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The Entity's Realm gets even more macabre with themed hooks and generators alike to bring in that Halloween spirit. The returning event brings back Pustula Flowers to the Fog with special themed loot for you to earn and love. 

New Halloween-themed challenges are here in Tome V: Unleashed with more ways to harvest Pustula Flowers for specific rewards while uncovering a spooky new story. The first universal killer add-on is also available with Blighted Serum, which is available to all Killer through the Bloood web. 

This event is available now and runs until November 4. 

 

Killing Floor 2 | Infernal Insurrection

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Halloween-themed Zeds, more loot, new weapons, an d a brand new King's Cross railway-inspired map? Say it ain't so. The gates of Hell slipped back open once more for a new map called Hellmark Station. Inspired by the King's Cross railway station, demonic Zed are ready to tear you limb from limb if you don't get to them first. 

New HRG weapons are also available with the Scorcher and Arc Generator in addition to a plethora of themed cosmetics to earn.

This event is available now until November 10. 


More Halloween gaming events are on the way that have yet to be announced. We'll update this list as soon as those become available! Feel free to drop any that we may have missed in the comment section below, or just rave about which one you're excited for the most. 

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 7:41 pm

Darkest Dungeon II Coming To Early Access On Epic Games Store In 2021

Red Hook Studios announced today that Darkest Dungeon II is coming to Early Access on PC via the Epic Games Store in 2021. While that's a fairly vague window, it's some significant news for the title we haven't heard a whole lot about since its initial tease. While we only have the EGS announcement for now, the original title came to almost every platform imaginable after its initial release, so hopefully this one eventually makes its way to console as well. I really enjoyed the first game because I got to use the word aphotic in a review, and I didn't think I'd ever have the chance to do that.

If that wasn't enough, aspiring dungeon crawlers are treated to a new trailer featuring many of our favorite characters from Darkest Dungeon, highlighting the franchise's signature, striking art style. You can check out the trailer below! Get yourself a glimmer of hope, because if it's anything like the first game, we're in for some serious punishment — and epic triumph in the face of defeat!

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Posted on 21 October 2020 | 4:37 pm

New Daily Bugle Shows Off More Of The Suits In Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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A new Daily Bugle has arrived and this time, we're thinking Spider-Man, but make it fashion. The latest promotional piece for Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is all about the suits, which is a feature of the game that has longtime Spidey fans and newcomers alike excited. 

One feature that was highly beloved from Marvel's Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 was hunting down all of the various Spidey suits hidden within the in-game world. With Miles comes a new opportunity for returning some of our favorite suits from the comics and it looks like he's got a style in Insomniac's take that will rival that of our Peter Parker. 

Miles has an incredible story in the comics and seeing him in action front and center with the upcoming gaming experience is incredible. With various suits coming in that we've yet to see, Insomniac did confirm a few of the fashion-forward looks including the Crimson Cowl Suit with a few modern upgrades and the popular T.R.A.C.K suit that allows Spider-Man to "swing through the city without breaking a sweat."

The newest issue of the Daily Bugle goes perfeclty with our November magazine cover with Miles himself front and center! With the digital issue now available and the magazine itself shipping out, we're making sure you can never have too much Spidey. 

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales officially swings into action as a PlayStation 5 launch title on November 12. It will also be available for PlayStation 4 for those not quite ready to dive all in with the next generation. 


Thoughts on the latest Daily Bugle and our cover reveal? Shout out those Miles Morales hopes and dreams in the comment section below, including what other suits you'd like to see make their way into the game! 

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 3:57 pm

Get The Scoop On New-Gen NBA 2K21 MyPlayer, A.I. Improvements

2K Sports has provided a bevy of information up to this point on the new-gen offering on the court, and the last bit of information comes courtesy of a Courtside Report covering everything MyPlayer and a slew of A.I. improvements. So what’s new with the build-a-star mode?

Customization at the forefront is 2K’s goal, and first on the chopping block are presets for each kind of player. Now you have full control over every statistic, though there are still limitations based on your height, weight, and point cap. You won’t be able to max out every individual stat, but you’ll be able to better craft a baller that matches your unique playstyle.

There are also a bevy of new badges, many reimagined from the ground-up for new-gen. Whether you want to be a standing dunk specialist in traffic or a player who shoots from well beyond the arc and sinks deep threes, there's something for everyone. Visual Concepts shared this list as a sampling of the new or revised badges available:

If you want to know what’s on the outs, here's what didn’t make the cut, either because they no longer fit or were made redundant: Consistent Finisher, Contact Finisher, Cross-Key Scorer, Fancy Footwork, Fastbreak Finisher, Deep Hooks, Pick & Roller, Relentless Finisher, Showtime, Deep Fades, Flexible Release, Hot Start, Pick & Popper, Pump Fake Maestro, Range Extender, Quick Draw, Steady Shooter, Pass Fake Maestro, Flashy Passer, Lob City Passer, Lightning Reflexes, and Moving Truck.

Takeovers, abilities you can gain when you get hot and, well, take over games, are back in new-gen, but they’ve evolved from eight archetype-based takeovers into twenty-four separate abilities. You can do things like See The Future and know where missed shots are going to land or have Limitless Range and make shots from your team’s logo at half court. You’ll be provided with the ability to set a multi-tier primary and secondary Takeover once you’ve completed your vitals and stats.  If you wait for your takeover meter to reach both the primary and secondary, you’ll be provided with a longer, more powerful boost with both abilities.

All of this comes alongside many A.I. improvements - from improving player switching off the ball to enhancing the logic for A.I. defenders to get into position and take charges head-on.  The biggest improvement on the offensive side of the ball is called Next-Gen Game Planning. You can plan your team to target only the best players with things like Pick and Rolls through the On The Fly Coaching panel (OTFC). The Adaptive Coaching Engine takes it from there and sets up the plans to match the strategy you’ve called out.

You can read the full Courtside report here.

Excited for all of these enhancements? NBA 2K21 hits the new-gen courts on launch day for each new console - November 10 for the Xbox Series X/S and November 12 for the PlayStation 5 in North America.

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 2:00 pm

2K Responds To NBA 2K21 Unskippable In-Game Ad Backlash

Earlier this week, 2K was in the hot seat once more when NBA 2K21 players noticed unskippable ads that prevented them from making changes while in the lobby. Now, the publisher is responding to the negative feedback by saying the placement was not intented and that it will be "fixed" soon. 

2K took to the game's official Twitter account to thank players for their feedback with the following statement attached: "As many are aware, in recent years ads have been integrated in 2KTV segments. Yesterday's 2KTV ad placement impacted our players' experience in a way we didn't intend, as these ads are not meant to run as part of the pre-game introduction. This will be fixed in future episodes, thanks for your continued feedback."

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— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) October 20, 2020

This isn't the first time that unskippable ads were an issue in the NBA 2K series and the fact that it happened again is what had many players upset. The interference with in-game selection also caused frustration, on top of the notion of ads for a game that costs $60 at retail; $70 if buying for next gen. 

It looks like 2K isn't planning on removing the ads entirely, instead simply moving them around. It will be interesting to see what the response will be from fans regarding the statement and at which point these monetary decisions will impact the number of sales seen within this franchise. 

What do you think about the unskippable NBA 2K21 ads and the responding backlash? Do you think 2K's response is appropritate, or not enough given past history? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below and tell us what you think. 

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 9:26 am

Insomniac Games Showcases Characters From Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Today on Twitter, Insomniac Games dropped a Daily Bugle's worth of information on the cast of Marvel's New York in the upcoming Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. These mini-profiles give us some insight into a number of characters, including Miles. Are you going to sign up for the Danikast?

 

 

Daily Bugle Now wants to introduce you to the next generation of Marvel’s New Yorkers. Check them out! #MilesMoralesPS5 #BeGreater #BeYourself pic.twitter.com/KUofuC6Hw5

— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) October 20, 2020

Perhaps some of these characters could be surprise super allies... or perhaps the opposite. Who knows, anything can — and often does — happen in superhero land!

For much, much more on Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales check out our extensive cover story, videos, and other assorted content offerings.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 11:40 pm

AOC Twitch Stream Rounds Up Top Streamers For Among Us Sus Fest

New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, AKA AOC, put out a blast earlier this week seeing if anyone was interested in an Among Us stream on Twitch. The response was overwhelming, so it's no surprise that the stream is a go and will be a sus-filled event with the goal of empowering United States citizens to go out and vote ahead of November's election. 

On October 19, AOC put out a call to arms for gamers to see who would be interested in streaming the popular indie game with her to raise voter awareness. Streamers like Pokimane and Hasanabi quickly swarmed to the post for a chance to complete daily tasks. 

Join me, @pokimanelol, @hasanthehun, & more on Twitch TONIGHT as we help folks make a voting plan at https://t.co/TskRLfhCt3 and officially declare orange sus on Among Us 🍊

Tune in 9pm tonight at https://t.co/nZap5fuerN https://t.co/HeKMeDDjXf

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 20, 2020

While the full lineup of who will be joining her has yet to be revealed outside of the aforementioned Twitch superstars, AOC promises an interesting stream to get young voters hype. This isn't the first time the representative has sparked conversation in the gaming community. AOC hasn't been shy about her love of Riot's League of Legends, she's even joked that this particular community has hardened her skin to "political trolls." 

"Politics in gaming" argument aside, Twitch has become a platform for more than just your everyday gamer. Joe Biden is taking to the gaming community with his foray into the world of Animal Crossing and even President Donald Trump started up his own channel on the streaming network, though not for anything to do with videogames. 


What do you think about the AOC Among Us stream on Twitch to get people voting? Will you be tuning in at 9 PM ET tonight? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! Just ... keep it civil, please. 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 9:43 pm

New Character Klee Arrives In Genshin Impact Today

Ready to gamble on gacha for a new character? The first new playable character coming to Genshin Impact, the 5-star Klee, arrives today as the star of a new banner. That means you can have a great shot at acquiring this tiny character that makes huge explosions, if you have a big stack of Primogems saved up or the willingness to open your wallet.

A story quest at AR32 lets you try out the character, but a new trial to test out Klee will also be available to see if you want to spend your hard earned currency (in-game or otherwise) on trying to pick up this Pyro character.

While many of us are running Xiangling for our spicy fire character and the elite few running Diluc, Klee may give the current pyro all-stars a challenge. Klee features a skillset that embraces all kinds of explosions, and like many other characters in Genshin Impact, combining her skills with other characters and abilities can yield surprising and powerful results. 

Klee's banner also features a drop rate increase for some 4-star characters that you might be interested in picking up constellations for during this event. Check out our guide to gacha, constellations, and much more right here. I think Klee looks like a cool powerful AOE fire character, but I'm saving my Primogems for the next region. Yeah, I'm aware that it might be a while. When gacha banners are involved, it pays to save!

Want to know more about Klee? Check out the trailer below!

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Posted on 20 October 2020 | 8:50 pm

Fallout 4: New Vegas Overhaul Mod Debuts Remarkable New Trailer

Fallout 4: New Vegas is another total conversion mod led by an impassioned team that aims to give fans of the Wastleland a more modernized New Vegas experience. This fan-driven project brings the best of what we loved about Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas and brings it wholly into the world of the more upgraded Fallout 4.

Like Skyblivion, which we also talked about today, this is another one of those mod projects I've been covering in media since it began. It's one I have shared across many sites and will continue to do so until its full launch and beyond. The dedication the team has to this total conversion project is admirable and the amount of details that this crew is pouring into it means nothing but good things for those that loved New Vegas.

The team behind Fallout 4: New Vegas just uploaded a new video to celebrate New Vegas' 10-year anniversary that shares a comparison look between the original New Vegas and their remake of a sorts: 

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For those that are just now coming into knowledge about this project, Fallout 4: New Vegas is a total conversion mod that has been in development for years. With this mod having been approved by the Bethesda team, this passionate group of fans have made sure that they approached this venture legally, carefully, and with all of the love that they have for this franchise. 

The team has always done well with frequent updates on development, even with small updates regarding upgraded mechanics or even a new retexture. This mod blends the best of both worlds with New Vegas inside of Fallout 4. We've been following our friends on this endeavor for years, and this undertaking continues to impress with each released update. This team of talented modders have done a fantastic job at keeping those interested in this ambitious project tuned into its progress. 

While this project is exciting and looks like it's making incredible progress, it is still without a release date for PC players. With more work to be done, hopefully, we will have a release window soon. 

To learn even more about the road so far for Fallout 4: New Vegas, you can check out this team's official website right here! You can also learn more about mods with another entry into our Mod Corner segment with this creepy Fallout New Vegas experience that transforms the game into a horror title. 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 8:05 pm

New Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Video Shares Wholesome Texts Between Miles And Peter Parker

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is shaping up to be one of the most popular titles on Sony's current as well as next-gen console. Like many of you web-slinger fanatics out there, we're ready to get our hands on the highly-anticipated game next month.

In line with a bevy of Miles Morales-focused tweets that have been uploaded over the past few weeks, Insomniac Games dropped a new trailer earlier today. Even though it doesn't have the bombastic action that we're used to seeing in a majority of the previously released cinematics, the trailer focuses on a heart-warming text thread between Peter Parker and Miles while also illuminating some narrative beats. You can check out the tweet/trailer below. 

"There's no 'right way' to be a hero." Peter and Miles share words of encouragement (and a few laughs) in this personal exchange between the two Spider-Men. #MilesMoralesPS5 #BeGreater #BeYourself pic.twitter.com/BeR2bMtOMJ

— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) October 20, 2020

Ultimately, Miles and Peter talk about spider-suit pizza stains, the stresses of living a double-life, cool photoshoot poses, and the looming threat of the Roxxon Energy Corporation – the latter topic will definitely play a bigger role in the game itself. 

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales launches on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on November 12. Check out all of our exclusive coverage on Miles' abilities, battles, and Spider-Cat(?!) as we prepare for the exciting November release.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 7:51 pm

Red Dead Online Halloween Event Lets Loose Zombies

Red Dead Online is the latest game to get into the Halloween spirit, so naturally, that means that zombies are crashing the party. From new horse masks to a Zavala machete, things are getting spookier over in the good 'ol Wild West. 

 The new update adds a new Halloween Pass that allows for unique items to equip for 20 ranks. From Halloween-inspired costumes to chilling new weapon looks, there are a few ways to celebrate this festive October holiday. 

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For Naturalists, the Halloween event gives a chance to hunt down the Nightwalker Panther as well as the albino Ghost Panther as well. 

A new mode is also added with the Halloween update and brings with it zombies. Called Dead of Night, the new mode is a 4v4 deathmatch game type that will task cowboys to fight and survive against waves of zombies. But it wouldn't be PvP if it was just against zombies; players will also have to survive against the opposing team as well. 

For those that want to opt into the Halloween Pass purchasable upgrade, here is what is included in that bundle that is available now until November 16 (courtesy of Rockstar): 

The Red Dead Online Halloween event is available starting today and will run until November 16. What do you think about the latest event and new Pass to arrive in Red Dead Online? Shout out those thoughts in the comment section below loud and proud! 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 7:13 pm

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla's Post-Launch Plans Include Free (And Paid) Additional Content

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla already looks to be a meaty experience, but Ubisoft has laid out its plans to keep would-be raiders engaged for the next year. Big seasonal events will further bolster the Viking experience free of charge, while paying season pass holders will be treated to two major story expansions. 

The first paid content is Wrath of the Druids. Players journey to the scenic hills and haunted woods of Ireland to unravel the mystery of a Celtic druidic cult. Doing so involves discovering and hunting down its members. Players also partake in battles against ring forts and will influence Dublin’s trading system and monarchy. Wrath of Druids launches in spring 2021.

The second expansion, The Siege of Paris, takes players to Frankia in the midst of a pivotal and bloody conflict in Viking history. Players must infiltrate a fortified Paris and form strategic alliances to conquer the city from within its walls. The Siege of Parish arrives in summer 2021.

Additionally, season pass holders have access to The Legend of Beowulf, an exclusive quest that will be available on launch day. 

For everyone else, Ubisoft plans to sprinkle free seasonal events throughout the next year beginning with season one at the end of 2020. A Viking Yule Festival acts as the season’s centerpiece event. River Raids, a new game mode, offers a challenging twist on traditional raiding. Players can also look forward to recruiting Jomsvikings from their friends’ games, an additional settlement area, plus new weapons, abilities, and cosmetic items. 

Ubisoft promised similar content addition for subsequent seasons and revealed the timeline for their arrival. Look for season two to hit spring 2021, season three in the summer, and season four next fall. Lastly, Ubisoft announced that the popular Discovery Tour, the conflict-free, educational world tour, will return to Valhalla sometime in 2021. Considering the success Ubisoft had with its wonderful post-launch support for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, it's good to see that trend continue with the new installment.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches November 10 for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC. It also releases November 12 for PlayStation 5. For a good idea of what to expect, check out our most recent hands-on impressions, plus insight from development team about the game's major pillars.

How appetizing do these post-launch desserts look? Sound off in the comments below!

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 6:12 pm

New Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin Trailer Showcases Fast-Paced Combos and Platforming

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin was originally announced during E3 2017. Now that the launch date of Edelweiss' latest action game is just around the corner, you can catch up on the game's narrative and quirky mechanics in the trailer above.

In Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, you explore a vivid forest and employ hard-hitting combos and well-timed grapples to fell the monsters that roam the landscape. When you're not busy toppling gigantic bosses, you'll be tending your farm alongside a cast of quirky villagers. 

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin comes out for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC on November 10. 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 6:11 pm

Apex Legends Halloween Event Revealed Alongside Wallrunning Tease

It's Halloween (almost), which means even more tricks and treats to enjoy in gaming. With the Apex Legends Fight or Fright event kicking off on October 22, a new video shows off the "spooky" challenges that await players. Even more interesting? There seems to be a wallrunning tease in the trailer as well. 

The returning seasonal event will include a new Shadow-themed mode that will be drastically different from the previously released Shadowfall Halloween mode. While there is still more to learn about the Halloween event, the reveal trailer below teases an epic amount of action for battle royale fans to dive right into. 

Trick-or-treat yourself to the Fight or Fright Event, October 22 - November 3! Partake in a scary new mode, spooky challenges, and devilishly delectable rewards...if you dare. 😈🎃 pic.twitter.com/k5GwRMimAJ

— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) October 20, 2020


While all of that is cool, the most important takeaway from the trailer with the Tilted Shadow Royale addition is that the Shadows seem to have a special ability, an ability players have been asking for since launch given that Apex is a spin from Respawn's Titanfall. That's right, it looks like wallrunning will finally be a thing because that Shadow suspiciously looks like they are doing just that. 

"Just in time for Halloween, we're returning to the spooky, alternate dimension where Revenant runs the Apex Gamespost about the new mode. "Shadow Royale starts like any other trios match, but when you die you will be raised from the dead in a powerful "Shadow Form" to exact vengeance on your killers and help carry your squad to victory. Armed with a brutal melee attack, enhanced mobility and blistering speed, you will terrorize other squads and protect your own with infinite Shadow lives until your living teammates are eliminated or you emerge victorious as the last living squad."

Missed out on last year's Halloween event? Never fear, loot from the past event will be coming back for a second chance at earning it with a few new additions as well. 

Are you excited about the upcoming Apex Legends Halloween event? What part of the Fight or Fright festivities has you the most amped? Shout out with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 4:57 pm

Square Enix Unveils Balan Wonderworld's Opening Movie

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Balan Wonderworld was revealed this summer, and today Square Enix is giving us a new look at the theater-themed adventure. The video above is the opening movie, which highlights all sorts of important elements of the game, including the two main heroes, a wacky impresario, and plenty of cute little animals.

The game is directed by Yuji Naka (of Sonic the Hedgehog fame), and looks like a colorful and whimsical romp that borrows aspects of games like Kingdom Hearts and Nights. To learn more about what to expect from the experience, you can read what Naka himself has to say about the title in this blog post introducing the game. 

If you are eager to see more of Balan Wonderworld beyond the opening movie, you still have a little while to wait; the game is releasing in spring 2021 on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. It is also coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 4:50 pm

Phasmophobia Hackers Are Taking Over Lobbies, Modders Making It Even More Terrifying

Phasmophobia is already a pretty terrifying game that allows gamers to become true ghost hunters and facing them against demons, wraiths, and angry spirits galore. What's making it even scarier though isn't an official update, instead it is the Phasmophobia hackers that are taking over the game. 

The multiplayer lobby is becoming rife with modders that are changing the game experience to make it even more terrifying. As someone who recently streamed this game with Dan Tack on the Game Informer Live show, my screams can attest to how scary this title is, so with modders dropping in their own fear-driven moments? Yeah, my heart ...

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The hacks are being revealed via several streams on Twitch, showing modders that are creeping into lobbies during matchmaking to alter the state of the game. The most common alteration being seen is the number of players in a lobby being raised as well as changes to the monsters themselves. Currently, players will run into only one entity in a match, which is enough. Now modders are changing that up, increasing the spawn rates, increasing the numbers of ghosts, and ramping up the pacing of each round. 

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Other modders are doing oddball additions, like the below Twitter post showing off the dolls that randomly started showing up in the lobby. Not malicious, but still pretty creepy and is only the obvious change. Who knows what other changes were also made: 

A cheater joined us in the room in Phasmophobia a few days ago and summoned all these dolls in the lobby. He did other stuffs too like summoning flashlights or forcing the game's death animation upon us while in the lobby. pic.twitter.com/LPyIPjmxwc

— ChoiCer (@ChoiCerTG) October 15, 2020

Given the co-op nature of Phasmophobia, the game is terrifying and interactive. The use of hacks in unsuspecting lobbies is, to put it bluntly, really crappy. If you want to tweak the game, keep it in groups of your friends. If you don't have friends, play solo. Don't ruin the experience for other players because you're bored or want to break a game. 

The team behind the game is aware of the problem and have offered the advice to run the beta version of Phasmophobia while the game is still in Early Access. While not the end-all-be-all of fixes, that does offer a short term solution to avoiding modders. 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 3:43 pm

Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Launch Trailer Brings The Pain

The first part of the Doom: Eternal Ancient Gods DLC is here and it brings with it an epic new launch trailer to get that new content hype higher than the flames of hell. 

Doom Eternal launched to brilliant praise and has seen several smaller content drops leading up to now, mostly cosmetic options. Now a new adventure arises with the first part of the Ancient Gods DLC as players get ready to go head-to-head in Maykr's realm.

"Your mission is now your own," reads the trailer's official description. "The legions of Hell have razed the heavens, threatening to expand their control across dimensions. Unleash your vengeance and battle back to the Maykr’s realm. Defeat powerful new threats, restore order to the heavens and unearth the corruption that has thrown the universe into chaos."

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With a new story comes new achievements to unlock. Even better for Game Pass owners? The base part of the game is completely free to play for members of the Xbox subscription service. 

As for the new expansion, the slaying of Khan Makyr threw the entire balance of creation off-kilter, meaning that danger looms for all in the wake of this vacuum. As the legions of Hell continue their assault, it is up to players to join up with an old ally in order to save the fate of everyone ... and we do mean everyone. 

Doom Eternal: Ancient Gods part one is now available! Are you going to be dropping in on day one? Thoughts on the latest iteration of Doom? Sound off with those fiery thoughts in the comment section below! 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 3:07 pm

New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Story Trailer Brings Our Boy Variks Back Once More

Another Destiny 2: Beyond Light trailer is here from Bungie and this story-focused video brings back our boy Variks in addition to a new look at Stasis Barons.

In the below trailer, we see Eramis bestowing the new power of Stasis throughout her house as a continuing gift from the Darkness. As a story trailer, fans can get a glimpse at what drives Eramis' actions in relation to the rift spurning off of the Traveler's turned back on the Fallen. 

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Just like in a previous video, Variks is also back, though the last time was just as a narrator. Now no longer a voice, Variks has been captured and is in need of rescue from Eramis, which is where our returning (and beloved) Exo Stranger comes into play. 

For those that didn't play the first Destiny, Variks is a Fallen Vandal that was the sole survivor of the House of Judgement. He's got an interesting history, but his loyalty to Queen Mara Sov was unshakable. That being said, he was responsible for the prison break in Destiny 2: Forsaken, which ended up getting my homie Cayde-6 killed so to say I have a lot of salt over him is a massive understatement. 

"A growing divide echoes in our collective unconscious," reads the latest blog entry to accompany the new video. "Precious gifts bestowed by the Traveler. Unspeakable evil brought forth by the Pyramids. As division spreads and distrust grows between alliances long thought unbreakable, the truths we hold dear will be questioned."

Guardians will be going up against Eramis and her lieutenants Atraks, Kridis, Phylaks, and Praksis. Each figure wields the power of the new subclass, Stasis, while stopping at nothing when it comes to what Eramis wants. 

Destiny 2: Beyond Light arrives on November 10. Are you excited? What did you think about the story reveal trailer? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! And remember: Eyes up, Guardian. 

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 2:49 pm

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Senior Narrative Designer Leaves Game

A few big names have left the Vampire: Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 project, including lead writer Brian Mitsoada and creative director Ka'ai Cluney back in August, now a new name has been added to that list with senior narrative designer Cara Ellison. 

When the first two leads left Hardsuit Labs, the details were missing but it was heavily implied by the departing devs that the parting wasn't sweet sorrow. Upon publisher Paradox Interactive's confirmation that Ellison was also no longer a part of the upcoming Masquerade game, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice that she was swift in removing all mention of the game from her online presence. 

"We can confirm that Cara Ellison has decided to leave Hardsuit Labs and is no longer working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2," a Paradox spokesperson said in a statement to PC Gamer. "Cara brought fresh ideas to the project and many of her contributions will be present in the game launching next year. We thank her for her work on Bloodlines 2 and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors."

While it is odd to effectively scrub the game from existence on her personal presence, it isn't necessarily an uncommon thing for a lead narrative designer to move on to other projects if their part of the work was finished. Does that happen every time? No, but it's not unheard of. That being said, the split between three major developers regarding the creative direction of the game is suspect, especially given the confirmed "sudden termination" of Mitsoada. 

Given that Bloodlines 2 has been pushed back into 2021, however, suggests that the narrative work may not be done. It will be interesting to see the further direction of this game with so many creative leads now no longer a part of the project as a whole.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 2:23 pm

Starfield Utilizes A Completely Overhauled Animation System For Bethesda

Starfield is an enigma wrapped in a mystery revealed by Bethesda and while what we know of the upcoming space adventure is very little, we do know now that it will feature a completely overhauled animation system from the studio. The latest revelation comes on the heels of the confirmation that the company is seeing its largest engine overhaul yet, and it looks like Starfield will be seeing the fruits of many changes in the years ahead. 

The confirmation of the overhauled animation system comes by way of ResetEra after one LinkedIn user spotted a post by Bethesda developer Eric Braun. Braun, who is an animator for the studio, is a Senior Programmer and on the professional network platform, he boasted that he "rewrote the animation system for Starfrield from scratch." 

It looks like this portion of his online post on LinkedIn has since been removed, but the internet is forever and screenshots were quickly captured with the two below: 

🎲 Ya se sabía indirectamente que Starfield llevaba un nuevo sistema animaciones, pero...
🍻 Aquí el Senior que anda con los tobillos entre otras cosas:
🍌Predictive foot ik with bone scaling and retargeting pic.twitter.com/e6QC9KHrKA

— JJ&MrOrange 🍻 🇹🇷 🇰🇵 🇷🇺 🍻 (@JJMrOrange) October 18, 2020

Bethesda has many iconic franchises and with the future of Fallout and Elder Scrolls very much in the spotlight, there is one particular aspect that remains a running joke: graphics, graphics never change. While graphics don't necessarily make the game, the last several launches felt much the same due to the familiar art choice, so seeing an updated animation system would be a welcome change for many. With the new engine paired with a new animation system, the future of Bethesda could be better than ever ... even if there may be a few Xbox exclusives along the way. 

Both Pete Hines and Todd Howard have been very transparent since the reveal that this title is a long ways away and it was only shown off to assuage fan worries that they were abandoning single-player with the reveal of Fallout 76. While we know very little, and that's to be expected with the timeline offered, we do hope to hear at least a little bit about what the new game will have to offer. A skeleton story, a confirmation that it will come out this decade: anything. 

[Source: LinkedIn via Resetera]

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 10:00 pm

Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 Event Details, What You Need To Know To Catch 'Em All

The Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 event is on the horizon and brings with it new spooky-inspired incentives to play. With the new event kicking off later this week, here's what you need to know about catching 'em all while staying Halloween-loyal. 

When does the Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 event start? 

The upcoming event starts on October 23 at 6:00 PM PDT and will run until November 3 at the same time. This is a limited-time-only seasonal event, much like years in the past, so if you want any of the items detailed, you're going to want to make sure you participate during that time duration. 

Players will be tasked with catching a variety of Ghost-type Pokemon while also getting an exclusive costumed Gengar and Sableye. The spawn rate of ghost types will increase exponentially for this specific event.

To get the themed Gengar, you'll need to participate in Pokemon GO raids. For the Sableye with the cute little Litwick hat, they will be found just by playing the game organically out in the wild. Or, you can just hatch a bunch of eggs. 

Galarian Yamask will also be a first-time addition to Pokemon GO with the Halloween event, which means even more pocket monsters to go after for those with those impressively growing pokedexes. 

Just like last year, there will be Pokemon GO Special Research for this Halloween event called A Spooky Message Unmasked. This is where you'll be able to get your hands on the Galarian Yamask by helping out Professor Willow during his investigations. Players will also be given the opportunity to nab a Spiritbomb as an added treat, with a Shiny version also available. 

Pokemon GO trainers can also purchase a few goodies as well with the Boo Bundle, the Pumpkin Pack, and the Creepy Crate boxes with themed loot! 

Keep an eye on Pokemon GO during all days of the Halloween event, because there will be a few other tricks and treats popping up between the start and the end of this particular festivity. 

As for other ways to celebrate: 

Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 event kicks off on October 23. Are you excited? Sound off with your thoughts about the mobile adventure in the comment section below!

[Source: Niantic]

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 7:20 pm

Call Of Duty: Haunting Of Verdansk Event Adds Saw's Jigsaw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre Skins

Darkness falls on the map of Verdansk as the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Halloween event kicks off. With the new update comes two iconic horror characters by way of new skins, including movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw. 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface arrives as well as Jigsaw from the Saw franchise. From new weapons to new moves — even vampire bats — there is a lot to enjoy in the latest Call of Duty for those celebrating Halloween safely from their homes. 

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“As Halloween draws near, a squad of operators drops in for what seems to be a normal infiltration into Verdansk, though there’s been back-channel chatter about some unexplained and odd occurrences across the remote areas of the map," reads the latest blog post about the seasonal event. "Operators have been briefed about reports concerning a serial killer who wears his victim’s faces on his own. There’s scattered intel about strange sounds emanating from various locations within the warzone; and not least the piercing, creepy laugher of a ventriloquist doll.

“It isn’t long before hell breaks loose: One by one, the squad is brutally picked off until there is just one survivor, who after a confrontation with Verdansk’s own urban legend, vows to return under the cover of night and avenge his brothers in arms.”

The Haunting of Verdansk is the latest event with the newly arrive season six of the game and it brings with it a Halloween-inspired Trick or Treat rewards system. Special supply boxes contain spooky new gear and ways to customize, all in the name of adding that personal touch when taking to the event's new modes. Oh, and zombies. Zombies have invaded Warzone. 

The Haunting of Verdansk arrives in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzeon on October 20!

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 6:24 pm

PS5 Fan Will Use Software Updates To Continuously Improve Performance Using Game Data

The cooling fan has been a focal point when talking about Sony's next gen console with the PlayStation 5, and not just because its size is what makes this platform so bulky. But this piece of hardware isn't just a simple addition, it will be supported by software to continue evolving it in a way that benefits PS5 players. 

In a recent interview, Sony's Yasuhiro Ootori opened up about how the fan will utilize game updates to pull data from in order to improve performance over time. Ootori is the mechanical design chief that has led the charge in ensuring that next gen technology is something truly special. He was also the person in the now-viral video of the PS5 system being torn apart and seeing how massive it is in comparison to him as a person. 

In the interview, Ootori revealed that the PS5 fan is controlled by the new system's APU, its Accelerated Processing Unit, and its combined AMD CPU/GPU chip for additional power. The performance seen at launch isn't the end-all-be-all status, it will continuously evolve by collecting data from games that will aim to optimize the fan itself and its interaction with the PS5 as a whole. 

Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X systems are powerful, which is to be expected with any new generational upgrade. That being said, the newly revealed PS5 UI looks beyond incredible, so much so that we broke down some of our favorite features that are total game changers regarding the updated user interface. 

As for when Sony kicks off their entry into the next generation, the PlayStation 5 officially launches on November 12. Are you excited to dive into a new era of gaming? What are you most hyped for? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

[Source: 4Gamer.net via Resetera]

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 3:54 pm

Xbox And Nintendo Have A "Very Good Relationship," But Don't Expect A Ton Of Xbox Ports

In the latter half of this gen, Microsoft has expanded its horizons immensely in preparation for the new generation ahead. With more studio acquisitions and lowering the boundaries between platforms, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been leading a productive charge that aims to make up for the lackluster Xbox One's launch. Regarding Microsoft's relationship with Nintendo, Spencer reiterates that this relationship is "very good," but that doesn't mean expect a total Nintendo/Xbox hybrid. 

In a recent interview, the Xbox boss opened up about their previous talk about adding Xbox titles to the Nintendo library. While this is still something Microsoft is interested in, it's by far not a focus. While more games could be making their way over onto the Switch library, it won't be to a massive number that some may have been hoping for. 

"We have a very good relationship," said Spencer. "I think we see our work very synergistically, in terms of trying to grow the market. And it just makes it easy. Every conversation we have with them has really been easy."

He added that Xbox game launches on the Nintendo Swtich doesn't "feel sustainable" and that while some games could be making their way over, Microsoft still wants a "full Xbox ecosystem somewhere" with their investment in Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and xCloud. 

Speculation on what Nintendo and Microsoft could do together spawned following the pair's "Better Together" update regarding Minecraft, a crossplay initiative that seemingly took a shot at Sony for its firm stance against crossplay. Though Sony eventually game around following this effort, which is good for players excited for this feature, this partnership had many excited for more Xbox games on the hybrid Nintendo platform. 

This interest in the relationship between the two companies continued to spike following Xbox arrives on the Nintendo platform through Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Minecraft and Banjo Kazooie, in addition to the previous talk about Xbox achievements on the Switch itself. 

It's not strange to see Microsoft want to be conservative with where their games land outside of their network, especially since the very nature of their network is pretty inclusive by including PC, mobile (through xCloud), and Xbox systems across generations. One thing is for certain, next gen has a lot of potential to throw some curveballs, it will be interesting to see what all four major platforms do next.

[Source: Kotaku]

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 3:20 pm

Where Cards Fall Is Coming To Switch And PC Early 2021

Where Cards Fall, the narrative puzzler from developer The Game Band, most recently known for its viral hit Blaseball, is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2021, publisher Snowman and The Game Band tell Game Informer in an exclusive interview. The game was originally released exclusively on Apple Arcade back in September 2019.

Upon release, Where Cards Fall was met with warm reception from critics, and also won Best Mobile Game from the 2019 Unity Awards and an Apple Design Award in 2020. In it, players assume the role of a nameless protagonist, navigating them through the highs and lows of growing up, graduating high school, and attending college. The hook of Where Cards Fall is its central puzzle mechanic, which requires the player to construct houses of cards throughout each level in order to navigate its terrain and overcome obstacles. 

Neither Snowman nor The Game Band will divulge specifics around their deal with Apple for Where Cards Fall – nor will they talk how many times the game was downloaded on the service – so we weren't able to learn specifically how their exclusivity deal was structured. In March 2019, however, the game was re-announced as "exclusively" for Apple Arcade (in 2017 it was announced for PC and iOS), but both Snowman and The Game Band agree that a safer way to look at the deal is that it was actually a timed exclusive.

"Apple Arcade, it's what gave our game its start," says Sam Rosenthal, the founder and creative director of The Game Band. "Like, Where Cards Fall would not have existed in its current form without Apple Arcade because of the way that they work, and they've made it public that they do fund the game. So, it allowed us to make the game that we really wanted to make." 

"And the other thing you're kind of fighting against is, if we had launched Where Cards Fall as a mobile game in the paid app store, we would have wanted to charge maybe 20 bucks for it," says Ryan Cash, Snowman founder and CEO. "Because we want people to know that this is a substantial, serious product. However, if you go for $20, you're not going to be able to reach that wide of an audience, because there aren't that many people willing to fork over 20 bucks without trying something. So, Apple Arcade's sort of like the best of both worlds."

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Historically, Snowman has been a mobile-only game publisher, starting in 2015 with its award-winning endless snowboarder Alto's Adventure. However, in 2020, it's begun making the move to other platforms, putting out The Alto Collection, which collects Adventure and its sequel Alto's Odyssey into one package, in August 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and plans to bring it to Switch "soon." Now, it's making the jump with other titles.

That's not to say that bringing Where Cards Fall to other platforms was a post-launch idea. As mentioned, it was originally announced for PC. And before its deal with Apple, it was shown on Switch to some press at shows like GDC. There were always ideas and plans for how Where Cards Fall would work beyond Apple devices. 

That last point is an important one to the teams at The Game Band and Snowman. In our interview, they insist numerous times that the Switch and PC versions of Where Cards Fall are not ports of a mobile game. Their goal is for anyone playing on the new platforms to not be able to tell they're playing a game that originally launched on phones – and a lot of that comes down to the custom controls. 

"It's always going to have unique controls on every platform that fits that platform," says Joel Clark, a game designer and engineer at The Game Band. “I remember, our earliest controller prototypes were some of the most fun things. It didn't make its way into the first release but playing this game on controller feels so good. And it just feels right for this game. It's exciting to see it finally get to have that in this new release."

"It shouldn't feel at all when you're playing it on Switch or PC like this is, you know, a port of a small mobile title," Rosenthal says. "It is just a big, substantial, premium title that will be right at home on all these platforms. So, yes, it happened to start on Apple Arcade, but I think anybody that's playing it for the very first time will be shocked to know that this ever was on mobile in the first place."

Outside of the financial support Apple provided, Rosenthal says he gets the impression that people playing through Apple Arcade likely aren't the average game players on Switch, PC, or other platforms; launching Where Cards Fall on Arcade afforded The Game Band an opportunity to put its game first and foremost in front of a different audience. But he adds he's excited to bring the game to the "connoisseurs of games," as he puts it.

"I think one thing you have with Apple Arcade or the App Store mobile is like, everyone has an iPhone or an iPad or whatever," Cash says. "And so you're kind of reaching everybody. Whereas a place like Steam, you might find a more niche audience who is already looking for something like Where Cards Fall. For a lot of people, they have an iPhone, they see Apple Arcade, they're like, 'This is cool,' but they're not necessarily the kind of person who wants to play, like, a 10 or 20-hour in-depth narrative puzzle game."

Most simply, new platforms mean new players for Where Cards Fall. But 2020 is also a vastly different year for The Game Band than 2019. In July, the developer released Blaseball, a free web-based ARG where players bet on baseball games (it's honestly a little confusing, but Polygon has a great explainer you should check out). It went very viral very quickly and rapidly "took over the internet," as writers like to say, spawning fan art, communities, and its own lore. This success is not lost on The Game Band, and the members of the team we talked to say they hope the success of Blaseball and the new fans the developer has attracted can make their way back to Where Cards Fall. As Rosenthal puts it, the audience it’s reaching with Blaseball is likely a much different audience than that on Apple Arcade. 

"And one thing that we've definitely seen so far with the people that are attracted to the game is [...] a lot of the people that are playing Blaseball also love, like, strange and interesting indie games," Rosenthal says. "So, I think this being on Switch and PC, it seems like that's where our audience for Blaseball naturally goes to discover cool indie games. I think it gives it another chance, a little bit of a second life in a way. And we're excited for that. We do have some tie-ins coming for the two together. That, we'll be doing very, very soon when we announce the new release of the game."  

Snowman and The Game Band aren't ready to announce a specific date yet, but people interested in checking out Where Cards Fall will have a chance to check the game out via a playthrough video on Steam and the Epic Game Store today. The video is narrated by Rosenthal, who walks players through the mechanics of the game and how to play. 

Where Cards Fall will be released on Switch and PC, via Steam and the Epic Game Store, early next year. 

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 3:00 pm

NBA 2K21 Adds Unskippable Ads In-Game, 2K Once More In Hot Seat With Fans

2K is once again in the hot seat after adding unskippable ads in NBA 2K21, a game that retails at full price for $60. The newest addition has been added one month post-lauch during the pre-game loading screen, and many feel this is an inappropriate move given that it is a full price title. 

As reported by Stevivor, the unskippable ads are available across all platforms, which is usually a mechanic added in free-to-play titles as a form of monetization. Given that the monetization from this game comes from its $60 price tag, there is a lot of confusion regarding this addition and why it was added now. 

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In the video above, Stevivor shows off an Oculus Quest 2 advertisement while the match is loading, which means players also can't update, or make changes to, their team team until the ad is done. 

So why are gamers upset? Other than the obvious reason of another cash grab for a $60 game, this isn't the first time 2K has done this and later retracted it due to player backlash. In NBA 2K20, ads were included in the game and the negative feedback was immediate and intense. 

There are many franchises out there that abuse monetization models, including titles like UFC, FIFA, and, yes, NBA. 2K is one of those publishers, much like EA, that seems to constantly be under fire for making these seemingly greedy decisions regarding additional monetization tools. 

Twitter, the game's subreddit, and forums are alight with backlash regarding this happening yet again. Now we just wait to see how 2K responds this time. 


What is your take on the addition of unskippable ads in NBA 2K21? Not a big deal or bad move on 2K's part? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

[Source: Stevivor via Eurogamer]

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 2:37 pm

Rainbow Six Sieges Joins Xbox Game Pass Later This Month

Xbox Game Pass is getting a whole bunch of new additions this month, but Microsoft is sneaking in one more title to that list before October is through. Rainbow Six Siege is officially the latest title to join the Xbox Game Pass lineup, and it's dropping later this month. 

Rainbow Six Siege first launched back in 2015 and since then, has seen numerous updates, new operators, and a ton of content to keep players entertained. This tactical shooter also has a flourishing esports team as well, which makes the Xbox Game Pass addition even better; more ways for curious new players to see if this is the right game for them. 

The latest game to join the lineup arrives on October 22. As noted in our previous coverage, here are a few of the other titles making their way over onto the subscription service: 

What's on the way: 

DLC / Game updates: 

For those that don't already have the Xbox Game Pass, there are two available options to choose from. There is the vanilla Game Pass and then there is the Xbox Game Pass ULtimate. Both are great, with over 100 titles to enjoy at no additional cost outside of the membership itself. Xbox Game Pass is $9.99 a month, whereas Xbox Game Pass Ultimate comes in at $14.99 and includes Xbox Live Gold. It's a great way to try a game at low risk, especially for those titles you're still on the fence about whether or not you'll like it. That way, you won't have to shell out 60 bucks for something you later down the line don't feel was worth it. 

What are your thoughts on the Xbox Game Pass thus far and the addition of Rainbow Six Siege? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 2:18 pm