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Overwatch Introduces Lego-Themed Event Today

Beginning today and running through September 30, Overwatch players can unlock a Lego-inspired skin for Bastion by simply netting nine wins in any mode. The appropriately named Bastion Brick Challenge brings 12 different rewards in total that are handed out for every three wins. Win your first three games and you'll earn two new Bastion player icons. Win three more and you'll get two new Bastion sprays. Win another three and you'll unlock the legendary Brick Bastion skin.

You can also earn more Bastion goodies by watching participating Twitch broadcasters. Spend two hours on Overwatch Twitch streams and you'll get another spray. At the four hour mark you'll earn another two sprays, and if you spend six hours in streams you'll get two player icons and two additional sprays.

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Posted on 17 September 2019 | 6:00 pm

Rockstar Games Is The Latest Company To Put Out Its Own PC Game Launcher

In recent years, several companies have tried their hands at creating their own PC game launchers. While Steam and Battle.net remain mainstay launchers, the Epic Games Store has most recently made waves in the space. Rockstar Games is the latest company to jump in with the hopes of becoming the one stop for all your Grand Theft Auto, Bully, L.A. Noire, and Max Payne 3 needs.

The Rockstar Games Launcher offers all the features of a standard PC game launcher, including cloud saves, the ability to shop for new games, and automatic updates. Right now the store consists of Grand Theft Auto V (and associated Shark Card transactions), L.A. Noire: Complete Edition, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Max Payne 3: Complete Edition, and Bully: Scholarship Edition.

If you want to download the Rockstar Games Launcher, you can head here. Doing so will get you a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If you already had copies of Grand Theft Auto V or Max Payne 3 installed on your PC, you will use the Rockstar Games Launcher to access them after you install it. All of your existing data should transfer in.

Now we just need to play the waiting game for when Rockstar announces it'll finally bring its best game to the platform and storefront, right? I mean, it's a crime that Table Tennis is nowhere to be found.

Posted on 17 September 2019 | 4:42 pm

You Can Now Buy The Official Wireless SNES Controller For Switch

Hot on the heels of the release of Super Nintendo games on Nintendo Switch Online, subscribers looking for a more authentic experience can now purchase wireless Super NES controllers for use with Nintendo's current hybrid system.

To order, you must login with your Nintendo Switch Online account, then enter your information. Each Nintendo Switch Online account can order up to four SNES controllers. The controller comes with USB cable, but can also be charged using the Switch's AC adapter.

If you're interested in purchasing a controller (or four), head to the official Nintendo site. Each controller costs $30 plus shipping and tax.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 10:25 pm

Welcome The Fall 2019 Game Informer Interns

It's time to fall in love again – with our Fall 2019 internship crew! You'll be seeing these bylines a lot on the site over the coming months, so we want to introduce you to our new intern crew. They'll be covering news, gamer culture, and more as they build up their portfolios. These young writers come from a variety of places across the country, but they all have one thing in common: video games. We'll let them introduce themselves.

Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76) – I was in first grade when I first discovered the Game Boy Color. All the “cool” kids had one and I was so curious about what a Pikachu was or why a plumber would jump on turtles. I knew I needed one of my own but unfortunately, that was never going to happen in my house. I felt like Ralphie from A Christmas Story; always begging for the handheld but constantly being shut down with tales of how it would destroy my still-growing brain. The no’s kept coming but just when all hope was lost, my best friend’s mom swooped in and convinced my parents that playing Pokémon wouldn’t, in fact, transform me into a ne'er-do-well hellbent on never going outside. The day was won, the Game Boy was mine and my life-long passion for gaming had officially begun.

As my handhelds became consoles and my interest in games grew from a fun hobby to a full-blown passion, I discovered a local publication that happened to cover video games: Game Informer. The covers were always exciting, but what I loved most about the publication was that it was headquartered in Minneapolis, right in my backyard. It sounds cliché but seeing that a magazine from Minnesota could be a large player in a global market inspired me and confirmed that even I could be a part of an industry I loved so much. Without Game Informer, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I’m beyond thrilled that I finally get to join the magazine that started it all for me.

As a gamer, I have tastes all over the board, but I have a special place in my heart for Super Mario World, Mass Effect 2, Halo 3, and BioShock. When I finally put the controller down and go outside, I love going to movies, exploring the Twin Cities amazing brewery and food scene, and hopeless cheering for the Timberwolves and Vikings as they rip my heart to shreds year after year.

Nick Straub (@Ncstraub) – Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved video games. I remember coming home from preschool, seeking out my bro, and sitting on his lap to play Dark Forces (yes, my first game was a shooter … I was corrupted at a young age). The faithful recreation of Star Wars – combined with the familial bonding – made a lasting impression. From then on, I could not get enough. I’d await the next Star Wars shooter or educational Putt-Putt game with masochistic excitement. When Mysteries of the Sith came out I forsook going to the bathroom (my poor bladder) to stand in the driveway until my brother returned from the mall. Once I saw the Rancor on the cover, I knew it was worth it.  

Eventually, I found myself not just enjoying games but learning from them too. Games became a spiritual exercise. My first, and greatest love, was Shadow of the Colossus. The brutal tactics, sincere emotion, and wistful world captivated me: playing a video game became more than fun escapism. I found myself thinking about God, my relation to the world, and the consequences of my own actions. Is it worth destroying that which engenders awe to save someone I love? Such questions had never entered my mind before, or at least not in such a visceral way. This contemplation propelled me to explore and question – eventually leading me to a degree in philosophy.

Gaming changed my life and opened me up to the expansive world both around and inside me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to intern at Game Informer. As one of the first intuitions to recognize the need to write about games, it is a titan in gaming journalism. I look forward to beginning a career in the industry that has given me so much. Whether it be the sublime gameplay of Bayonetta or the humanity of Red Dead Redemption I am eager to write and discuss about the eclectic medium that has moved so many of us.


Please welcome these great dudes, so they know how you feel.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 8:30 pm

Likes In Death Stranding Are 'Unconditional Love,' Not Currency

During the 50-minute presentation for Death Stranding at Tokyo Game Show, director Hideo Kojima explained that part of the game's innovative social system involves giving "likes" to other players' objects in the world. But what players can do with those likes wasn't exactly clear, so we asked Kojima to elaborate during our interview.

The answer is surprisingly simple: You can't really do anything with them. They function primarily to send a positive and supportive message out into the bleak world of Death Stranding. Kojima's response (in part) was:

At the beginning, the Asian staff said, “Hey, Hideo, no one will ever understand this. Maybe Japanese might.” I said, “That’s why I want people to do it in the game.” So all these staff members said to me, “We have to give them kudos or points or whatever,” but that would be like a normal game – any other game. So I said, “Giving ‘likes’ is giving unconditional love.”

For more on that subject and other Death Stranding info, be sure to read our full interview with Hideo Kojima.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 3:00 pm

Gen 5 Pokémon Begin Appearing In Pokémon Go Today

Several new Pokémon are set to join the world of Pokémon Go beginning today. 11 months to the day after Pokémon from Gen 4's Sinnoh region began appearing in the game, monsters from Gen 5's Unova region will make their debut.

According to Niantic, Pokémon originally discovered in Black and White will start appearing at 1 p.m. Pacific today. The list of creatures appearing in the wild includes Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Patrat, Lillipup, Pidove, and Blitzle. Additionally, the Pokémon will hatch from the following eggs:

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Lillipup, Patrat, and Klink will be available to battle and catch in Raids. While Niantic hasn't confirmed that all of the Pokémon added to the eggs will be appearing in the wild, it did confirm Klink will not spawn in the wild for the time being; you can only obtain Klink through eggs and Raids. For collectors of shiny Pokémon, Patrat, Lillipup, and Klink have shiny forms to hunt down.

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As with all new generations, regional exclusives exist in Gen 5. Pansage is only available in Asia, Pansear is exclusive to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India, and Panpour can only be caught in the Americas and Greenland. On top of that, Heatmor will be obtainable in the Western hemisphere, while Durant will be exclusive to the Eastern hemisphere.

Pokémon Go is also introducing the Unova Stone, which allows certain Pokémon, like Lampent, to evolve. You collect Unova Stones through completing research tasks.

The Pokémon that debuted in Black and White are set to appear in Pokémon Go beginning at 1 p.m. PDT today.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 1:54 pm

Days Gone Gets New Game Plus Today

Remember Days Gone? Sony Bend's open-world zombie game released this April, and is pretty darn good, but hasn't been talked about much in the months that followed, especially for a Sony exclusive. From the lack of chatter, I'm guessing most of you haven't finished it yet, but if you have, and you enjoyed it, Sony Bend today added New Game Plus, giving you good reason to jump back in.

Days Gone's version of New Game Plus allows the player to begin the adventure again with almost everything they unlocked in the first playthrough, including bike upgrades, collectibles, encampment trust, and more. This update also brings two new difficulty modes: Hard II and Survival II. Even if you haven't finished the game yet, you can select these difficulties from the outset of play.

Sony Bend rounded out this update with new trophies, one of which pertains to a new weapon from a character that mostly resides in shadows. If you've played Days Gone, we'd love to hear what you thought of it. And if you haven't played it, what turned you away?

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 2:18 am

Tokyo Game Show Gallery: Sights From The Show Floor

We're in Japan for the annual Tokyo Game Show, in case you couldn't tell by our stories, pictures, and videos focused on Japanese games. And while those titles are definitely the stars of the show, another joy of attending TGS is seeing what heights the spectacle can reach. 

During our time between appointments, we snapped some pictures so you can feel like you're right here on the show floor with us. Some of the highlights include a giant Rabite, merchandise for sale at the Kojima Productions shop, and some impressive statues at the Atlus/Sega booth. So flip through the galleries below and please do not mock our photography skills. 

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Posted on 12 September 2019 | 2:15 pm

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Launches In January And Includes The Buu Saga

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an open-world action/RPG that lets fans explore the world of Dragon Ball Z while surrounded by familiar characters and events. We've known the Frieza saga would be included since the initial announcement, but then Bandai Namco revealed that the Cell saga would also be covered. As the 2019 Tokyo Game Show gets underway, the company has even more surprises in store, including more content, a firm release date, and details about special editions.

First and foremost is the fact that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot launches on January 17, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In addition to the Frieza and Cell story arcs, the game also includes the Buu saga, giving players the opportunity to relive plenty of classic material with a modern twist. 

Bandai Namco also announced a few incentives to preorder the game; fans who secure their copy in advance gain access to a special sub-quest, an in-game cooking item, and the ability to play content involing the new character Bonyu before it normally opens during the course of the adventure. 

When you do buy the game, you have a few options to choose from. If you want more than the base game, you can opt for a deluxe edition that also includes the season pass (the details of which are still vague) and a deluxe cooking item. An ultimate edition includes includes the base game, season pass, a different "ultimate" cooking item, a music compilation, and a unique aerial vehicle to use in-game called the Tao Pai Pai Pillar. Lastly, a collector's edition comes with the base game, as well as a diorama, art book, and steel case.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot seems to have plenty for fans to look forward to, and we wouldn't be surprised to see even more reveals leading up to the January release. In the meantime, if you'd rather look back than look ahead, check out our 2018 GOTY (Goku of the Year) awards.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 1:00 am

Control May Cross Over With Alan Wake In Upcoming DLC

Fans have been asking Remedy Games to bring back Alan Wake, and that may be happening, just not as its own game. Remedy today announced a content roadmap for its latest game Control, and the last item teased is a paid expansion called "AWE," and within it we see a familiar flashlight, along with the letters "A" and "W," which stand for you-know-what.

According to Remedy, AWE explores a new section of the Oldest House, called the Investigations Sector. Here, Jesse will be tasked to examine and interact with Altered World Events. Nice try in hiding Alan Wake there, Remedy, but we clearly see what you are doing with the "A" and "W."

AWE doesn't hit until the middle of 2020, but players can expect a photo mode this fall, and a new game mode called Expeditions in December. In Expeditions, Jesse helps security chief Arish "explore the mysterious Formation and its strange surroundings." This mode features some of the Oldest House's most difficult challenges. Remedy says players will need the best gear and abilities to stand a chance. This. Sounds. Awesome.

In early 2020, the first paid expansion dubbed The Foundation hits. This add-on tells the history of the Oldest House. Remedy hints at this DLC delivering crazy visuals with the line "Expect things to get weird."

Many of you are still going through Control, and for those of us who have finished it, it's nice to know that more content is on the way. It's one of my favorite games of 2019, and I'm glad we're getting additional content for it, including what appears to be a tie-in to the late, great Alan Wake.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 9:43 pm

Nioh 2 Tokyo Game Show Trailer Leaks

A Nioh 2 trailer from the ongoing Tokyo Game Show has allegedly leaked, featured at Boss Fight Database. It's Nioh, so of course the trailer features samurai, spirits, demons, and swordplay.

Some terrifying new enemies are shown, as well as our hero laying down some big demon dunks. An early 2020 release window is shown at the end of the trailer, so we'll be finding gear and leveling up in no time as we dodge giant monster moves. Check out the trailer below!

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Posted on 11 September 2019 | 8:23 pm

Final Fantasy VII Remake Trailer Shows Off The Turks

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Today at Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake highlighting Avalanche's struggle against Shinra, as well as glimpses of the much-anticipated title's gameplay.

The trailer introduces Shinra operatives The Turks, as well as minigames, darts, playable Tifa, and the Shiva and Ifrit summons.

Square Enix also release new artwork for the game featuring a familiar pose...

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 2:57 pm

Apple Arcade Launches Next Week For $5 A Month

During today's Apple presentation, the company further pulled back the curtains on Apple Arcade, its previously announced premium mobile game subscription service. Announced in March, Apple Arcade grants users access to over 100 full, exclusive titles playable across iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Apple TV.

In addition to giving some details about some of the games coming to the platform, Apple also gave pricing and release information. The service is set to launch on September 19 alongside iOS 13. It will come to iPadOS and tvOS on September 30, and finally arrive on MacOS Catalina in October.

A single subscription of $4.99 per month allows you to play offline and share your subscription with up to five other family members at no additional cost. In the coming weeks, Apple promises more than 100 titles on the service, with more to come every month. The games on Apple Arcade are the full versions of the games with no ads, additional microtransactions, or in-game purchases. Some games will also support DualShock 4, Xbox wireless controllers, and MFi controllers via Bluetooth in addition to touch controls and Siri Remote.

The games list features several exclusive titles you can only play through Apple Arcade. You can see a list of some of the initial games below.

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For Apple customers who want to try out Apple Arcade before signing up for a subscription, Apple is offering a free one-month trial. Once that trial period expires, Apple Arcade will be available for $4.99 a month.

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 7:44 pm

The Scariest Part Of P.T. Was Just Revealed Through A Hack

Remember P.T.? Some people call it the best demo ever created. Others will even go as far to say it was one of the scariest games ever made. Konami and directors Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro created P.T. as a way to lure people in to wanting a new Silent Hill game. As the demo concludes, players learn that P.T. simply meant "Playable Teaser," and the tease was actually for a new title called Silent Hills.

As promising as this new direction looked, it's dead in the water, and P.T. can no longer be downloaded. Lance McDonald, who is one of the lucky people to still have P.T. on his PlayStation 4 five years after it was removed, just made a startling discovering in the game. McDonald, who runs a Patreon that explores "video game hacking, modding, and exploration videos," hacked P.T. to show players what happens when the camera faces in different directions as the scares are unfolding.

On Twitter, McDonald wrote "In P.T., it's common to hear noises as if Lisa is right behind you, or see weird shadows moving around in front of you, but when you turn around, there's nothing there. I hacked the game to allow the player to see behind."

It turns out Lisa, the scary demon in the game, is always behind the player, and worse, she actually latches onto the player after they discover the flashlight. You can see the horror she brings in the video below:

She actually attaches to the player's back as soon as you get the flashlight, here, I demonstrate how you can see some strange shadows. I then lock the camera in place and walk forward, showing how she's always there... following you... pic.twitter.com/zarhwjNmZz

— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) September 9, 2019

Kojima retweeted McDonald's discovery, which makes it seem like Lisa always being there was a story decision that players eventually would have discovered. Even after altering the flow of the game, McDonald says it's still terrifying. "The number of times Lisa has grabbed me and scared the absolute s--- out of my while trying to test patches is exhausting," he wrote. "I never get used to it."

She actually attaches to the player's back as soon as you get the flashlight, here, I demonstrate how you can see some strange shadows. I then lock the camera in place and walk forward, showing how she's always there... following you... pic.twitter.com/zarhwjNmZz

— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) September 9, 2019

The sad reality of game development is some games get canceled, but few ever make it as far as P.T. did in the public eye before getting the axe. What could have been. What could have been...

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 4:19 pm

KFC Is Making A Game Where You Can Date Colonel Sanders – No, This Isn't A Joke

Brace yourself: KFC is making a game called I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin' Good Dating Simulator. The Steam product listing for this unexpected release calls it the "most delicious dating simulator ever created," and your goal is to "win the heart of the most famous chicken salesman."

You assume the role of a young culinary student who apparently has eyes for Sanders. As you cook up what we presume is mostly chicken recipes, you'll make "life-changing decisions that will affect your chances of friendship and love." Along with Sanders, you'll confront other characters including a dog, and, well, what may be one of the best lists of features ever:

Who doesn't want to play through this? Seriously. As silly as this game sounds, I love the sense of humor KFC and developer Psyop are going for. Right now, I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin' Good Dating Simulator just has a "coming soon" release date and it's only listed as PC, but we may learn more as additional information is delivered. For now, check out the trailer:

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Posted on 10 September 2019 | 2:50 pm

Take A Look At Kingdom Hearts III's "Re Mind" DLC Coming This Winter

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Kingdom Hearts III was one of the first great titles to hit in 2019, and there's a chance it could make a big splash again at the end of the year. Today Square Enix released a trailer for Kingdom Hearts III's Re Mind DLC, which is tentatively slated for a "winter" release. The footage shows Sora in various boss battles, and conversing with Namine and Chirithy. Organization III involvement is also everywhere.

This trailer was created for Tokyo Game Show, which implies we may see more of this game in action when the expo begins on September 12. Square has stated that the DLC takes players to familiar realms where new bosses reside. Victory will also net Sora new Keyblades.

Posted on 9 September 2019 | 9:31 pm

Capcom's Project Resistance Trailer Teases A Resident Evil Tyrant

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Capcom has put up a Project Resistance trailer on the company's official Resident Evil YouTube channel, promising that more info on the co-op-focused game is coming soon.

The trailer shows off a group of four kids squaring off against a licker and other series' staples unleashed by an unseen puppet master in a control room. It ends with the person donning some cyber-gloves to take control of a fearsome Tyrant – a steep challenge for the four-player party for sure.

Project Resistance will be shown off at Capcom's Tokyo Game Show booth later this week, when the company will likely reveal its full name and more details.

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Posted on 9 September 2019 | 4:48 pm

2019 Video Game Release Schedule

2019 Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2019, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

January

The Eternal Castle Remastered (PC) – Bury Me, My Love (Switch, PC, iOS, Android) – New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (3DS) – Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Vane (PlayStation 4) – Feudal Alloy (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) – Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch) – Hong Kong Massacre (PlayStation 4, PC) – At The Gates (PC, Mac) – Slay The Spire (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Life Is Strange 2: Episode 2 – Rules (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Kingdom Hearts III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Subnautica: Below Zero (PC) – Praey for the Gods (PC) – Sunless Skies (PC) –
Metro Exodus

February

Wargroove (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Apex Legends (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS) – Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs (Rift, Vive) – God Eater 3 (PlayStation 4, PC) – Tetris 99 (Switch) – Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (PC) – Crackdown 3 (Xbox One, PC) – Far Cry New Dawn (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Jump Force (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Metro Exodus (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Farm Together (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Anthem (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Dirt Rally 2.0 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – The Lego Movie 2 Videogame (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Trials Rising (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – Ape Out (Switch, PC) – Deltarune (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Space Engineers (Xbox One) –
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

March

Dead Or Alive 6 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (PC) – Black Desert (Xbox One) – Left Alive (PlayStation 4, PC) – R.B.I. Baseball 19 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – The Occupation (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Audica (PC) – Devil May Cry 5 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (3DS) – Factory Town (PC, Mac) – Hypnospace Outlaw (PC) – Outlaws of the Old West (PC) – The Caligula Effect: Overdose (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Baba Is You (Switch, PC, Mac) – One Piece: World Seeker (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – The Division 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Generation Zero (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – MLB The Show 19 (PlayStation 4) – Outward: The Adventurer Life Sim (Xbox One) – Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – The Elder Scrolls: Blades (PC, iOS, Android) – The Walking Dead: The Final Season (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Risk of Rain 2 (PC) – The World Next Door (Switch, PC, Mac) – Operencia: The Stolen Sun (Xbox One, PC) – Tropico 6 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch) –
Days Gone

April

Mechstermination Force (Switch) – Photographs (PC, iOS, Android) – Supraland (PC) – Dangerous Driving (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Vacation Simulator (PlayStation VR, PC) – Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (PlayStation 4, PC) – Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain (PlayStation 4) – Nintendo Labo VR Kit (Switch) – Forza Street (PC) – Anno 1800 (PC) – Dreams (PlayStation 4) – Heaven's Vault (PlayStation 4, PC) – My Time At Portia (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – World War Z (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Katana Zero (Switch, PC) – Mortal Kombat 11 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (Switch) – Yuppie Psycho (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! (Switch) – Days Gone (PlayStation 4) – Mordhau (PC) – Fade to Silence (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Rage 2

May

Giga Wrecker Alt. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Shakedown: Hawaii (PlayStation 4, Switch, PlayStation Vita, 3DS, PC) – Astrologaster (PC, iOS) – Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 – Wastelands (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – A Plague Tale: Innocence (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Rage 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Castlevania Anniversary Collection (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Everybody's Golf VR (PlayStation 4) – Observation (PlayStation 4, PC) – Team Sonic Racing (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Vader Immortal (Rift) – Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) – Blood & Truth (PlayStation VR) – Kids (PC) – Layers of Fear 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Void Bastards (Xbox One, PC) – Conan: Unconquered (PC) – Gato Roboto (Switch, PC) – Outer Wilds (PC) – Trover Saves The Universe (PlayStation VR, Rift, Vive, PlayStation 4, PC) –
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

June

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (3DS) – The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Warhammer Chaosbane (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Barotrauma (PC, Mac) – Realm Royale (PlayStation 4, PC) – Hell Let Loose (PC) – Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Devolver Bootleg (PC) – Contra Anniversary Collection (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the Necrodancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda (Switch) – Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – They Are Billions (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – 198X (PC) – My Friend Pedro (PC) – Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (iOS, Android) – Judgment (PlayStation 4) – Samurai Shodown (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – The Sinking City (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – F1 2019 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) –
Fire Emblem: Three Houses

July

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (PlayStation 4, PC, Mac) – Stranger Things 3: The Game (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Teppen (iOS, Android) – Sea of Solitude (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Dr. Mario World (iOS, Android) – SolSeraph (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Blazing Chrome (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Griftlands (PC) – Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PlayStation 4, Switch) – Streets of Rogue (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – It's Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile (iOS, Android) – Gloomhaven (PC) – Sky: Children Of The Light (iOS) – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Switch) – Elsinore (PC) – Fantasy Strike (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Fantasy Strike (PlayStation 4, PC) – Picross Lord Of The Nazarick (Switch) – Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – Kill la Kill – IF (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) –
Control

August

Madden NFL 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – The Church In The Darkness (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) – Age of Wonders: Planetfall (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Metal Wolf Chaos XD (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Necrobarista (PC) – RWBY: Crystal Quest (iOS, Android) – Ion Fury (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Grandia HD Collection (Switch) – Rad (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Remnant: From The Ashes (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – The Yakuza Remastered Collection (PlayStation 4) – Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy Of The Duelist (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Gears Pop! (iOS, Android) – Life Is Strange 2: Episode 4 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Oninaki (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Puyo Puyo (Switch) – Space Harrier (Switch) – Telling Lies (PC, iOS) – Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (PC) – Control (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Knights and Bikes (PlayStation 4, PC) – The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Wreckfest (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Pokémon Masters (iOS, Android) – Astral Chain (Switch) – Blair Witch (Xbox One, PC) – The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Gears 5

September

Catherine: Full Body (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Warsaw (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – River City Girls (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Creature in the Well (Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – NBA 2K20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – eFootball PES 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Gears 5 (Xbox One, PC) – GreedFall (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Borderlands 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Daemon X Machina (Switch) – NASCAR Heat 4 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – NHL 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – AI: The Somnium Files (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son (PlayStation VR, Rift, Vive) – Overland (Switch, PC, Mac) – Sayonara Wild Hearts (PlayStation 4, Switch) – Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Rain of Reflections (PC) – The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch) – The Sojourn (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Untitled Goose Game (PC) – Game Of Thrones Beyond The Wall (iOS, Android) – Cat Quest II (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Contra: Rogue Corps (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – The Surge 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Mario Kart Tour (iOS, Android) – Code Vein (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Dragon Quest XI S (Switch) – FIFA 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
The Outer Worlds

October

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Ghost Recon Breakpoint (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Concrete Genie (PlayStation VR, PlayStation 4) – Indivisible (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Switch, PC) – Grid (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Killer Queen Black (Switch, PC) – Children Of Morta (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition (Switch) – Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition (PlayStation 4, PC) – Lovecraft Tales: The Whisperer in the Darkness (PC) – Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) – The Legend of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III (PlayStation 4) – WWE 2K20 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – MediEvil (PlayStation 4) – The Outer Worlds (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Harvest Moon: Mad Dash (PlayStation 4, Switch) – Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch) – Moons of Madness (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Pokémon Sword and Shield

November

Just Dance 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Wii, Stadia) – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) – Planet Zoo (PC) – Death Stranding (PlayStation 4) – Disney Tsum Tsum Festival (Switch) – Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition (Switch) – Need For Speed Heat (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch) – Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (PC) – Jumanji: The Video Game (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Pokémon Shield (Switch) – Pokémon Sword (Switch) – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Shenmue III (PlayStation 4, PC) – Doom Eternal (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Life is Strange 2

December

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 5 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (PC) –

 

To Be Announced

Afterparty (PC) Asgard's Wrath (PC) Battletoads (Xbox One) Bayonetta 3 (Switch) Biomutant (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Black Future '88 (Switch, PC) Boneworks (PC) CastleStorm II (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Cat Lady (PC) Commander Keen (iOS, Android) Creaks (PC) Darksiders Genesis (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) Drifters (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) GTFO (PC) Hollow Knight: Silksong (Switch, PC) Hytale (PC, Mac) Inmost (Switch, PC) Lonely Mountains: Downhill (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) Maneater (PC) Marvel's Iron Man VR (PlayStation VR) Mineko's Night Market (Switch, PC, Mac) Narcos: Rise of the Cartels (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Switch) Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Shantae and the Seven Sirens (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS) Space Channel 5 VR (PlayStation VR, PC) Still There (Switch, PC) Stormland (Rift) Tamarin (PlayStation 4, PC) The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) The Endless Mission (PC) Tom Clancy's Elite Squad (iOS, Android) Treachery in Beatdown City (Switch, PC) Valfaris (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Warcraft III: Reforged (PC)

Posted on 8 September 2019 | 4:00 pm

Death Stranding To Feature "Very Easy Mode" Designed For Movie Fans

Death Stranding's November 8 release date draws near, and while we still don't have a clear idea of what to expect from the gameplay, director Hideo Kojima is saying everyone should be able to complete it. Kojima took to Twitter to reveal Death Stranding will launch with a "Very Easy Mode," which is designed for people who may not be well versed in games.

Normally there’s only Easy Mode, but we added Very Easy Mode for movie fans since we have real actors like Norman, Mads, Lea starred in. Even Yano-san who never completed the 1st stage of PAC-MAN, was able to complete the game on Very Easy Mode 👍🌈🦀😅 https://t.co/fMZmuZltZw

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 6, 2019

Kojima is likely right in his assumption that notable actors like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Léa Seydoux may draw in some movie fans who may not be up to speed on the latest in games. On top of that, Very Easy Mode will be a great introduction point for people who are jumping into games for the first time. We'll likely have to wait for the game's launch to learn how Very Easy Mode changes the gameplay and difficulty. Now will there be a Very Easy Mode for figuring out the story?

Posted on 8 September 2019 | 3:02 pm

A Flashy New Video Shows Off The Awesome Unlockable Suits In Spider-Man

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Yes, we know Spider-Man released a long time ago, but this new video reminds us of why it was great. And if you are pressed for time, it will also only steal a minute out of your day. While short in length, it manages to pack in a lot of content, primarily the many suits Peter Parker can wear through this PlayStation 4 adventure.

If you want to know more about each of these suits, James Stevenson, Insomniac Games' community director, wrote up a summary for each one on PlayStation Blog. For the Velocity Suit, which debuted in the game and is now the focus of its own comic series, Stevenson says it was "originally designed by legendary Marvel artist and illustrator Adi Granov, who’s known for his Iron Man illustrations. Some angular cuts were added to define the form of the suit and help to introduce a bit of an Iron Man flare to the look. But, the overall goal during the construction of the suit was to stay as true as possible to the original concept."

If you enjoyed Spider-Man, Stevenson offers a fun read and informative read. Put your eyeballs on it.

Posted on 6 September 2019 | 8:52 pm

Celeste's Free "Chapter 9" DLC Arrives On September 9

Late last year, Matt Thorson, one of the creators of Celeste, took to Twitter to thank fans for helping Celeste reach 500,000 copies in sales, and also said that he and his team were "working on some farewell Celeste levels." He also added that they are "very hard."

Those levels are actually a part of a ninth chapter called Farewell. Players who jump back into this difficult (and excellent) platformer will be greeted by over 100 levels and new story material. The DLC, which is coming to PlayStation 4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One, is being released by Thorson's new company Extremely OK Games. Former publisher Matt Makes Games Inc. is a thing of the past. The name change reflects Thorson no longer making games by himself.

Farewell also brings over 40 minutes of new music from Lena Raine, and a variety of new mechanics and items to discover. You can't just jump into this new chapter – you'll need to complete chapter 8 first.

Posted on 6 September 2019 | 2:21 pm

Days Gone Is Getting New Game Plus And Two Additional Difficulty Modes

Are you ready to get on your bike for another deadly trek through the Pacific Northwest? Days Gone is getting a New Game Plus mode next week, where you can play through the journey again with everything you've already unlocked, from skills to credits.

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But that's not all. If you're feeling up to a challenge, you can also explore two new difficulty settings - Hard II and Survival II. You can play NG+ on any difficulty level so these new difficulty modes are not exclusive to NG+ and can be played by new players or saves. New trophies are available in these modes.

Check out our review for Days Gone here, and get ready to ride or die (probably die a lot if you are on one of the new difficulties) next week! Read more at the official post on the PlayStation Blog.

Posted on 5 September 2019 | 8:41 pm

Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Closed Beta Is Available Now

Ghost Recon Breakpoint doesn't release for about a month, but select players, can jump into Ubisoft's tactical co-op shooter right now. Customers who have a beta key (through pre-ordering the game or being Uplay+ members, for example) can play through September 9.

Remember that the game isn't quite finished yet, so what you experience may be different from the final product. Ubisoft has posted a list of known issues to clarify the areas that are receiving attention. 

Ghost Recon Breakpoint launches on October 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more on the game, read the cover story in our latest issue.

Posted on 5 September 2019 | 8:40 pm

Check Out The Future Of Gaming Visuals In This Luminous Productions Tech Demo

In a tech demo demonstration video, Luminous Productions in partnership with NVIDIA, shows off what we can expect from the future of video games. The video is short but captivating, showing off ray tracing powered by a single GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Titled "Back Stage" there's some lighting, facial, glow, and makeup elements you won't want to miss. It's always interesting to look back on old games from the SNES and PS1 era and see how far we've come - but it's equally compelling to take a glimpse at where we're going.

Check out Back Stage below!

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Posted on 5 September 2019 | 8:06 pm

Red Dead Online's Frontier Pursuits (And More) Coming September 10

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Earlier this year, Rockstar Games outlined a vision for the future of Red Dead Online, and one part of that vision includes different frontier pursuits. These roles give players different activities to engage to help them stay immersed in the game's living Old West landscape. You can get an idea of what to expect in the trailer above.

We've already run through the concepts driving the first three roles to be added: bounty hunter, trader, and collector. But as a general overview, completing the dedicated tasks for each role earns experience that  allows you to rank up in the profession. As you progress, you learn new skills and gain unique items and clothing.

Beyond these additions, Rockstar is also make a variety of other tweaks in the latest update. This includes more responsive controls for movement and combat, new challenges, and new dynamic events occurring within the open world. 

The company is implementing the limited-time Wheeler, Rawson & Co Club. This promotion runs from September 10 to November 18, and it allows players to automatically unlock certain rewards as they gain XP. The Outlaw Pass is also launching on September 10 at a cost of 35 gold bars, giving players access to an even broader range of rewards, including clothing, campsite adornments, bonus cash, and more.

So, if you haven't seen all the improvements and new features that have been added to Red Dead Online since launch, this new update should be enough to get you back in the saddle. 

 

Posted on 5 September 2019 | 6:05 pm

Jedi Knight Ports Are Coming To Switch And PlayStation 4

Lucasfilm and Aspyr are bringing the Jedi Knight series back from the dead. On September 24, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast will be ported to Switch and PlayStation 4. The story-based campaign takes place eight years after the events of Return of the Jedi. For anyone who has played this game, it'll be good to see Kyle Katarn in action again. Does this mean he's a part of Star Wars' canon now?

In 2020, the sequel Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy will be released for these same systems, and the fun multiplayer component will also be included. The Switch versions for both games will feature gyro aiming support.

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 11:44 pm

20 Super Nintendo Games Are Coming To Switch Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to play 20 different Super Nintendo games. Some of these games will offer the ability to rewind gameplay to potentially undo a death, as well as cooperative play for both online and local. If you really get into these titles, you can purchase a Super Nintendo controller for Switch for $29.99. The games are:

Brawl Brothers
Breath of Fire
Demon's Crest
F-ZERO
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Pilotwings
Star Fox
Stunt Race FX
Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Metroid
Super Puyo Puyo 2
Super Soccer
Super Tennis
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 11:21 pm

Deadly Premonition Is Getting A Sequel For Switch

During today's Nintendo Direct, the most unexpected announcement was Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise. Rising Star Games is bringing this cult-classic series back in what appears to be a direct sequel ... kind of.

Part of the game is set in Boston in 2019 following FBI director Aaliyah Davis, who opens up an old serial killer case. Her pursuit of this killer also opens a door that leads 14 years into the past to New Orleans and a familiar face: FBI agent Francis York Morgan, the protagonist from the first game. The past and present will collide into what Rising Star Games calls a "winding path" that could be filled with madness or truth.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise arrives at an unspecified date in 2020.

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 11:02 pm

Banjo And Kazooie Arrive In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Today! Terry Bogard Is Next

If you love Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you may want to charge up your Switch's batteries immediately. DLC fighters Banjo and Kazooie will be available for download at some point today. These beloved platforming stars have long been requested by fans, but seemed like longshots given Banjo-Kazooie is a property owned by Microsoft. You know, the Xbox company.

Turns out Microsoft doesn't care what systems its games go on (kidding?), and fans got exactly what they wanted. Banjo and Kazooie began their careers on the Nintendo 64, and it's nice to see them back in the fold, even if it is in cameo roles.

Nintendo also announced Terry Bogard from SNK's Fatal Fury fighting game series will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in November. He isn't as well known as most of the characters, but he's been around since 1991 and is good fun to play in the Fatal Fury games. He deserves to be on this stage.

Nintendo concluded its Smash Bros. segment during today's Direct with the reveal that more DLC fighters will be coming once the Fighter Pass is filled. The pass still has one unannounced character in it. Here's hoping Nintendo keeps the fighter announcements coming for years to come. Let's get that roster up to 100.

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 10:35 pm

Overwatch Is Coming To Nintendo Switch On October 15

The rumors are true! Blizzard's popular competitive shooter is heading to Nintendo's hybrid system on October 15. No specific details for the Switch version were given during the Nintendo Direct, but one screen did say "new ways to play," which could just mean you can play it mobile or on your TV, or perhaps some exclusive features are being added to this upcoming version.

Rumors of the Switch port first arrived in late August when an Overwatch-themed Switch carrying case appeared on Amazon. It was quickly removed, leading many to believe the port would be announced soon. That ended up being the case. Good sleuthing, internet!

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 10:23 pm

The Ghost Recon Breakpoint Digital Issue Is Now Live

If you're a digital subscriber to our magazine, you can now learn all about Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live on web browsers, iPad/iPhone and Android devices to subscribers. Individual issue will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Google Play, Kindle, and Nook.

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Posted on 4 September 2019 | 5:30 pm

The First Issue Of The Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Comic Series Is Out Today

The game doesn't hit until November, but you can get your first taste of this new Star Wars tale today. Penned by Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men) with art from Paolo Villanelli (Vader: Dark Visions), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple gives us a look at Padawan Cere Junda's life before going into hiding on Bracca and meeting Cal Kestis, the protagonist of the game.

In this story, Cere is sent with her master Eno Cordova to a temple on Ontotho, which ends up being far more dangerous than they anticipated. The temple holds secrets, one of which has become a point of interest for the Empire and one of its Inquisitors, the Second Sister we'll see in the game. In the comic, she says "I have heard rumors of an unusual foe" on Ontotho. Could this planet be a location we travel to in the game? What about this foe? We'll find out when the game hits.

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 5:24 pm

October Cover Revealed – Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ubisoft made big strides with the release of Ghost Recon Wildlands back in 2017, and the new Ghost Recon Breakpoint is hoping to continue that forward momentum, while simultaneously striking off into new territory. By embracing a fictional setting (a mysterious archipelago in the South Pacific), Breakpoint takes the Ghosts across a wide swath of fascinating destinations, from underground cave networks and lost ancient ruins to snowy regions and rainforests. Canny human enemies are only part of the fight, as Breakpoint also investigates the potential of confronting new varieties of high-tech drones, leading to some truly harried combats. In our October 2019 issue, we take a deep dive into Ubisoft's soon-to-release game to get the scoop on exploration, narrative, PvP, and more.

Plenty of other games and topics get time in the spotlight this month. Competitive players should check out our report from the annual Evo fighting-game tournament, and history aficionados can read our six-page feature about how Frank Cifaldi and his Video Game History Foundation are preserving industry information and artifacts. We also have previews for big upcoming titles like Death Stranding and Marvel's Avengers.

Print subscribers can expect their issues to begin arriving in the coming weeks. The digital edition of this issue launches today for PC/MaciOS, and Google Play. You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on Nook and Kindle later this week. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here, or to create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here.

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 5:00 pm

CD Projekt Red Confirms Multiplayer Is Coming To Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 pits players against a world of criminality and technology, but they won't necessarily be on their own for long. Developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed that multiplayer is coming to the game in a post-launch update.

The studio tweeted the confirmation, saying that it's coming along with several free DLC updates. There's no firm timeline at this point, nor any word on what multiplayer will entail. In July, a Polish news source reported that the studio was working on several Cyberpunk-related projects, including what was then called a multiplayer spinoff

https://twitter.com/cdprojektred/status/1169158028010119170

For more on the game, take a look at a recent 14-minute video from the game. Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16.

Posted on 4 September 2019 | 3:58 pm

PAX Indie Spotlight - The Vale

AT PAX there are always a handful of titles that stand out for being incredibly outside-of-the-box in their design and execution. This year, that short list includes The Vale, which is a game you can't see at all. Developed by Falling Squirrel, the team consulted with The Canadian National Institute for the Blind and have created something quite unlike the vast majority of games out there. In The Vale, you're playing through a story-driven RPG. Plenty of those out there right? Well, in this game, there are no visuals at all. You're playing on sound alone!

While The Vale is obviously a massive boon for the blind, as few games are crafted with visually impaired people in mind, it's an experience for everyone - learning to experience a game without any visual queues at all is a strange feeling for sure, but it's also really immersive. Utilizing binaural audio technology and haptic controller feedback, you must learn and adapt to what's happening around you without the power of sight. This makes things like combat, item acquisition, and exploration quite unlike anything you've probably played before. While it doesn't do the experience justice, check out this video for a sense of what The Vale is like.

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 The Vale is expected to release in early 2020.

Posted on 2 September 2019 | 8:53 pm

PAX Indie Spotlight - Creature in the Well

Creature in the Well could probably thrive on its visual aesthetic alone, but instead a rather interesting choice of genre blending takes the center stage. From Flight School Studio, this title at PAX West 2019 was getting a lot of attention, and for with good reason. It's got that Zelda-style adventure dungeon crawl vibe going, but it's all done in the context of pinball, Breakout, and Arkanoid. It's real hard to explain how that looks with words, so check out this video first - 

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Your goal is to power back on an ancient weather device at the bottom of a network of dungeons in which the titular creature resides. To do so, you have a bunch of different weapons at your disposal to help solve puzzles and challenges. In a traditional adventure game an upgraded sword might come with more power or some kind of elemental damage - here, you may find a weapon that shoots out more projectiles to help trigger buttons or smash faraway blocks.

Maybe you find something that slows down time to help launch perfectly placed shots. Or something that lets you get some aiming assistance to make long-range bank shots. There are a bunch of tools to find and master as you travel down the well and find what lurks below, including a wealth of secrets for adventurers that pay extra attention to detail.

Genre alchemy is always in full swing at PAX, but this particular concoction is particularly compelling. If this sounds intriguing to you, you don't have to wait long - Creature in the Well is coming to Xbox One, Switch, and PC on September 6. That's real soon!

Posted on 1 September 2019 | 10:51 pm

PAX Indie Spotlight - World of Horror

The corridors and walkways of PAX never have any shortage of pixelated homages to the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, but seeing a 1-bit title is rare. Developer Panastaz and publisher Ysbryd Games are attempting to capture Lovecraftian lore and the works of Junji Ito in World of Horror.

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The story begins as many horror tales do - in a small Japanese town, things start... happening. Changing. With zero reliance on jump scares (as that would be pretty hard to do with the 1-bit aesthetic in the first place), World of Horror is all about setting the mood instead, with grim atmosphere and disturbing events. Combat is turn-based, and the title is a roguelike, so you're encouraged to try different approaches to surviving the encroaching madness from playthrough to playthrough.

At shows like PAX, everyone is trying to capture "the look" so you can stand out in a sea of amazing indie games. World of Horror's strange 1-bit curiosities excel at snagging the eye of the passing crowds, and horror experiences are generally difficult to relay on a loud, incredibly busy show floor. The fact that World of Horror somehow managed to do that as the hordes consumed convention center pizza and trampled by with swag bags laden with merch is a testimony to its potential - and I can't wait to check out more when it launches on PC this year.

Posted on 1 September 2019 | 7:21 pm

PAX Indie Spotlight - The Riftbreaker

It's fairly common while roaming the hallways of PAX to witness all manner of genre mashups, but Exor Studios' The Riftbreaker impressively stacks a huge number of game types under one sleek roof. It's part real-time-strategy base building, part survival, part tower defense, and somehow, part action RPG. As a badass in a mech suit, you leave your base to take on hordes of enemies to gather resources and loot, which you feed back into your base to unlock new research options and more powerful static defenses.

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Deciding whether you need to be back home helping defend from behind walls or roaming the world in search of rare monsters and upgrades is something that needs to be balanced, or you'll watch your base burn and lose the game. Combat is fast and fluid as you rip through swarms with continually upgraded and customized gear.

The end goal is to survive long enough to research and construct a transporter back to Earth - but that's no easy task. Integrated streaming features allow viewers to help players by providing them extra resources - or sending dire environmental disasters or enemy waves. 

Exor Studios is planning to release The Riftbreaker on Steam, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2020.

 

Posted on 1 September 2019 | 1:49 am

PAX Indie Spotlight - Destiny's Sword

At PAX West 2019, I checked out an incredibly ambitious tactical MMO experience from 2Dogs Games, Destiny's Sword. Destiny's Sword features real-time, squad-based tactical combat with tons of customization, but the most interesting aspect of the game is its MMO nature - up to 32 people can be involved in a single battle, each with their own squads. There are plenty of tactical games out there that are content to be "XCOMlikes" but Destiny's Sword is trying something different born from that same tactical DNA.

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From your command center and base of operations, you can form squads, equipping your ranks with gear, abilities, and more. Sometimes your squad members will need extensive healing after a mission, and they can die permanently - and often will. Even if your character's don't die, their time with you is still limited, as after a certain number of missions they will retire from service. Managing your characters is a game in itself, and it includes emotional aspects. Destiny's Sword features a system where you have extensive conversations with your characters, from mundane queries like how their day was to the loss of loved ones, battlefield trauma, or addiction. Forging relationships with your crew is important, and your choices can convey a host of emotional responses from love to terror - and that translates to some of their performance on the battlefield. 

The battlefield itself is real time, but it's essentially cleverly disguised turn-based fare based on cooldowns and abilities. Your characters fire automatically, but all of your big plays come from skill cards that you can time for powerful heals, burst damage, or other crucial battlefield effects. The weather and battlefield conditions must also be taken into account, certain characters may fight better in the dark, or you may want to bring electrical weapons into play if you're expecting rain for shocking results.

You have a slew of activities to chose from for planning out your progress. Destiny's Sword comes with a full-on campaign, standard missions you can tackle, boss battles that you can take on with other players for valuable loot, and even a giant faction-based PVP war that you can join in on. Whatever you choose to engage in, you'll probably end up with some fallen soldiers, some emotionally-scarred crew, some loot, and many more options and decisions to make from your command center. It's a tactical game with what essentially boils down to a MMORPG loop, which is fairly rare and more than a little enticing. I'm eager to start building the perfect team when Destiny's Sword goes into open beta on PC next year.

Posted on 31 August 2019 | 9:38 pm

PAX Indie Spotlight - MageQuit

Bowlcut Studios combines spell-drafting and frenetic spell slinging in MageQuit. At PAX West 2019, the mage mayhem is out in full force. MageQuit fields 2-10 (free-for-all or teams) wizards in a player-vs-player brawl (online or local!), and the more players you add to the mix the more chaotic each match is.

While plenty of games feature spells and player-vs-player chaos, MageQuit uses the spell draft to make matches interesting. Before a round begins, you pick spells and abilities from a pool to arm yourselves for the next round. Wind, earth, fire, and other powerful elemental magics are available for draft. As wizards accumulate kills and wins (the last wizard or team standing wins a round), their beards grow. This is a cool flavor thing, but it also comes with some serious game implications - at the end of 9 rounds, the wizard or team with the longest beard wins. As beards grow, there's sort of a soft balance to, as the longer your beard is, the later you get to pick in the draft phase. So if you're on a major winning streak, you're probably not going to have first crack at powerful and sought-after spells.

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Aiming your spells is everything, and learning how each spell fires off and its cooldowns is essential. Once you grasp the basics, you can start getting fancy and "curving" spells where they can blast out at irregular angles and catch enemies unprepared to avoid them. Aiming and targeting curved spells is definitely a challenge, so it's best to get acquainted with the wizard basics first.

MageQuit reminds me of those Warcraft III custom maps where you'd have wizards crafting and using spells in a giant FFA, and while it remains to be seen if these beards have what it takes to last in a world inundated with PVP titles, the MageQuit action at PAX has me looking forward to seeing what's next for the blasty casters.

MageQuit is currently available via Steam Early Access.

Posted on 31 August 2019 | 9:04 pm

PAX Indie Spotlight - Roundguard

If you took the classic casual game Peggle and doused it in Dungeons & Dragons, that's the core philosophy behind Roundguard. At PAX West 2019, Roundguard's playful artstyle caught my eye during a trek through the massive Indie Megabooth - but the gameplay kept me around.

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Wonderbelly Games is hoping to achieve something special here by bringing two rather disparate genres together. Combining the pachinko-esque pinball bounces and bloops with all kinds of RPG elements may seem like a strange mix, but it's pretty wondrous alchemy when it comes together. As a warrior, rogue, or wizard, the trek through Castle Springbottom is a tough one. Loot, items, randomized dungeons, quests, special abilities, and all those great things fit into a map where you can select your path and perils as you work toward the big boss.

While there is permadeath and you only have one life, your achievements and acquisitions during a run can be beneficial toward your subsequent attempts to traverse the deadly castle by giving you special gear that can give you a massive boost in power. 

This uncommon pairing of genres looks extremely promising, and I can't wait to give it a whirl when it arrives early next year.

Posted on 31 August 2019 | 8:37 pm

Guild Wars 2 Gets A Giant Content Chunk With The Icebrood Saga

Today at PAX West 2019, Arenanet announced a giant new block of content that is available free for previous owners of the Path of Fire or Heart of Thorns expansions, The Icebrood Saga. Beginning today, Heart of Thorns is now also free for all Guild Wars 2 players.

One of the major new additions is Strike missions, 10-person boss encounters that tap into the feel of both raids and metagame living world content. New masteries keyed into the flavor and feel of the Spirits of the Wild and Norn deities also flesh out the new offerings.

The new content begins on September 17th, but like many previous living world additions will continue to receive new additions during the extensive course of its run.

 

 

Posted on 30 August 2019 | 11:38 pm

Hitman Is One Of The Free Titles You'll Get With Xbox Games With Gold Next Month

Xbox One players, starting on September 1 and running until the end of the month, if you have a Gold subscription you can download Hitman: The Complete First Season for free. That's right, you can sneak around and poison people for no charge whatsoever.

On September 16, Total Mayhem Games' snowy cooperative puzzle game We Were Here can also be downloaded on Xbox One for free until October 15.

If you are feeling a bit more retro (or only have an Xbox 360), Earth Defense Force 2025 can be downloaded for free from September 1 to 15, as can Tekken Tag Tournament 2 between September 16 and 30.

You can see all of these games in action in the trailer below:

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Posted on 30 August 2019 | 6:50 pm

Yacht Club Games Announces Shovel Knight Dig

Shovel Knight is a series that keeps on giving in ways we wouldn't expect. The newest entry in the Shovel Knight series appears to favor the shovel more than the knight, but looks like it's going to be good fun and every bit as challenging as the core game.

Co-developed by Nitrome and Yacht Club Games, Shovel Knight Dig sees our beloved horned hero in pursuit of his stolen loot, this time tunneling to the depths of his world to get it back. The game appears to draw inspiration from the likes of Mr. Driller and Dig Dug, and, well, everything with digging, yet still has that unique Shovel Knight charm for combat and bossses.

Yacht Club says that the levels use "proprietary generation techniques for infinite replayability," meaning no two playthroughs will be the same. Yacht Club also says Shovel Knight Dig has been in development for over a year and still has plenty of time left in the cooker before release. You can see what Yacht Club and Nitrome are cooking up in the trailer below:

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Posted on 29 August 2019 | 1:22 am

Spider-Man: Game Of The Year Edition Announced And Released

The PS4-exclusive Spider-Man was a big success right away, and its sales kept climbing until it became the most successful superhero game ever. Though some PS4 owners still haven't played Insomniac's masterpiece, that number is about to get even smaller thanks to the new Spider-Man: Game of the Year Edition.

Celebrating the game's one-year anniversary (coming up on September 7), Sony revealed the new version today, which contains the full base game and a voucher for the three-episode DLC for $40. To see one episode of the DLC in action, check out the video below.

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But the news doesn't stop with the Game of the Year Edition's announcement; it is also available right now, both online and in game retailers. So if you've been waiting to jump in, that can end today for a reasonable price.

For a serious look at Spider-Man, check out our review. For a less serious look, check out the cover of this year's Game Infarcer.

Posted on 28 August 2019 | 7:40 pm

Infinity Ward Was Divided Over Modern Warfare 2's Infamous 'No Russian' Mission

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 upped the ante in myriad ways, but the scene that stuck with many players (and certainly got its fair share of media coverage) was the controversial No Russian mission. In the stage, players control undercover CIA agent Joseph Allen on a mission to infiltrate a Russian terrorist cell. Unfortunately, part of that requires him to do the unthinkable: shoot up an airport full of innocent civilians. The scene is difficult to play through, and critics and fans alike have questioned whether the sequence is truly necessary to get the point across.

While speaking with Infinity Ward, the team let us know that the division over that scene was not limited to outsiders. “No Russian polarized this studio,” art lead Joel Emslie says. “There was a side of the studio that felt that it should be played from the perspective of a security guard that got caught up in it, then there was the other side that liked the way it was going. I remember doing all the civilians for No Russian, and I just wouldn’t … there was a point in time where we were discussing how gory we would get with the people who were getting hit. I pulled back, and I said, ‘You don’t need it. People are getting tagged and their squibs are going off; it’s all good.’”

Emslie eventually made the civilian kills feature more gore after showing it to his wife, who was adamant it was needed. “My wife looked at it and she’s all like, ‘Where’s all the blood and guts?’ and I’m like, ‘We didn’t need to do it,’” he says. “She called me out. She calls me on my bulls---. It’s pretty funny. She looks at things in a different lens. She’s a lawyer. She doesn’t mess around, but she’s a good gut check on stuff.”

Other members of Infinity Ward also looked at ways to make it feel less awful for players. In a 2012 interview, former Infinity Ward designer Mohammad Alavi said the massacre originally ended after the player killed the group just outside of the elevator at the beginning of the mission before jumping forward to a firefight, but it felt too gimmicky with the sequence flirting with doing something raw and uncomfortable, then shying away.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Based on what we've seen and learned about the campaign in 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it's almost a certainty we'll have some intense and potentially controversial scenes to play through. However, the campaign directors don't seem to think it'll be one or two particular scenes that will stick out over the rest of the pack.

“People ask us that internally over and over. They’re like, ‘Where’s your blankety blank scene?’,” campaign gameplay director Jacob Minkoff says. “There are so many of those at this point that people have stopped asking that question.”

“The answer is it’s the whole game,” studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki says. “I could come up with a list of like eight different things that it could be. Who knows what it will be.”

“I suspect there will be a number of different moments and people will call out their different favorite moments,” Minkoff says. “In the same way that in Modern Warfare 1, people called out the nuke and the aftermath sequence where you crawl out of the helicopter, or they called out the AC-130, or Crew Expendable, or All Ghillied Up. There were a bunch of those, and I feel very confident that we have a bunch of those.”

We'll find out if what Minkoff and Kurosaki believe about the intense scenes scattered throughout the campaign holds up when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25.

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Posted on 28 August 2019 | 4:00 pm

Telltale Games Returning

A new company comprised of game industry veterans called LCG Entertainment has purchased the assets of Telltale Games and is reviving the label and its properties.

According to Polygon, LCG is headed by Jamie Ottilie (CEO of mobile developer Galaxy Pest Control) and Brian Waddle (marketing for Havok game engine), who has the back catalog rights to Telltale licensed properties Batman and The Wolf Among Us as well as original title Puzzle Agent.

"This is a viable business that went away due to market conditions and some scale choices [Telltale's previous management] made," said Ottilie. "I like games that tell stories and I think our industry should have a company that specializes in narrative-driven games."

The new Telltale won't be able to continue with the game that put the original Telltale on the map – The Walking Dead – since it is owned by Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment, who publishes The Walking Dead comic.

Currently the rights to other licenses the original Telltale owned such as Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Minecraft, and Borderlands are unknown.

Ottilie says that the company will "probably keep the concept of episodes" for its games "but with different pacing," adding that he likes the idea of binging content.

Furthermore, he says that the company will offer some freelance roles to previous Telltale employees with the possibility of full-time roles.

For more on the company and how it got to its current state, read about The Rise and Fall of Telltale Games.

[Source: Polygon]

Posted on 28 August 2019 | 1:24 pm

Warhammer Odyssey Brings A Mobile MMORPG To The Old World

The Warhammer IP has been tapped for no shortage of games, with multiple Warhammer titles hitting each year on all manner of platforms with all kinds of genres. Today, Virtual Realms and Games Workshop announced a new free-to-play Warhammer title coming to mobile devices - Warhammer Odyssey.

In it, players take control of classic Warhammer archetypes like Slayers, Archemages, and Witch Hunters through environments like Drakwald Forest and The Wasteland. Three races and six classes let players customize their options in the Old World. Each class archetype comes with different skills and abilities, whether that's smashing skulls or slinging spells, so each race/class combo brings something new to a mercenary company.

The game is "coming soon" and users can pre-register here. Episodic content is expected to roll out post-launch with activities for players to engage in, similar to a standard MMO.

Posted on 28 August 2019 | 12:20 am

Ninja Announces Partnership With Adidas

Popular streamer Tyler Blevins (aka Ninja) has signed a partnership with shoe and athletic apparel company Adidas. Ninja is the first pro gamer to sign with the brand, as his list of partnerships continues to grow.

This has been a big month for Ninja, as earlier this month he announced an exclusive streaming deal with Mixer. His book, Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming, also released in August. The partnership with Adidas looks to be a part of a larger commitment the brand recently made to catering more to video game culture.

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Posted on 27 August 2019 | 8:46 pm

World of Warcraft Classic Launch Plagued By Login Queues

Wow Classic hit last night, and some of the most populated servers were hit with extremely lengthy login queues. With over 1.1 million watching on Twitch, the game from 2004 is generating a ton of interest - and with that, many frustrated players trying to login. While this is hardly unusual for a MMORPG launch, it's interesting that these issues can arise for a game that ostensibly launched for the first time well over a decade ago.

While these issues generally dissipate in the days following launch, many players were unable to login to play on servers they had planned to play on with friends, with queues that featured wait times of six hours or more. Servers without queue times (or low queue times) are available for those that just want to get in and start slaying kobolds, but may cause complications for groups of players that have already committed to playing on certain realms to meet up with old friends or rivals. 

Posted on 27 August 2019 | 7:09 pm