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Gears 5 Will Add New Game+ And An Identity Swap For Marcus

Gears 5 is getting a next-gen upgrade, and it'll launch alongside a big new update, bringing new content to the game on all systems (including Xbox One). It'll feature a New Game+ mode, and--strangely--the option to switch Marcus Fenix with actor Dave Bautista for the entire campaign.

IGN reports that on November 10, this update will not only unlock the next-gen version for current owners and Game Pass subscribers, but it'll also add these new features.

New Game+ will introduce the following changes:

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Source: Gears 5 Will Add New Game+ And An Identity Swap For Marcus

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Halo Infinite: Microsoft Responds To Microtransaction Concerns Regarding New "Coating" System

Developer 343 Industries recently announced that weapon, vehicle, and player skins in Halo Infinite will be called "coatings," and immediately, people expressed concerns about microtransactions.

Community manager John Junyszek has now responded. Writing on Twitter, he said that while Halo Infinite will have a microtransaction store, it won't be the only way to get the game's customization items, which go beyond coatings.

This Halo Infinite coating is exclusive to GameStop

"There will be all kinds customization items (including coatings) that can be earned in-game and earned as special rewards," Junyszek said. "Will there be purchases? Sure. Is that the only way? Absolutely not."

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Source: Halo Infinite: Microsoft Responds To Microtransaction Concerns Regarding New "Coating" System

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The Last Of Us Remastered Now Loads Extremely Fast On PS4

One of the big selling points of Sony's PlayStation 5 has been the ultra-fast loading from the system's SSD, which means that games will load extremely fast. However, some new patches for old games have shown that incredibly fast load times are now possible in some PS4 titles, too--even without an SSD.

VGC has reported that several older Sony titles have received updates recently, likely to prepare them for backwards compatibility, and at least one of them seems to have drastically cut down its load times in the process.

In the video below from ElAnalistaDeBits, you can see a before-and-after comparison of The Last Of Us Remastered loading on PS4, before and after the patch. It shows that the initial 90-second load has now been cut down to just under 14 seconds. Reloading a save file can take over 2 minutes in the pre-patch version, but now loads seem to hover at around the same 14-second point.

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Source: The Last Of Us Remastered Now Loads Extremely Fast On PS4

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Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 25-31, 2020

This is the last episode of New Releases before Halloween, which means it's time to get spooky as we take a look at the week's biggest games. If you like traditional horror, you can check out The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope. Meanwhile, Watch Dogs: Legion offers a dystopian take on near-future London. You can go further into the future with Ghostrunner, or take it back to the '80s with Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues. Finally, Nintendo Switch owners can get their hands on Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

Ghostrunner -- October 27

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Ghostrunner is set in a post-apocalyptic future where you'll have to scale the ever-changing Dharma Tower. It's a first-person game, so you'll be all up in your enemies' faces as you run along walls, dodge bullets, and slice up bad guys with your cyber katana. The game will be on PS5 and Series X/S as well, so you can claim a free next-gen upgrade if you pick it up this week.

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Source: Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 25-31, 2020

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Dev Behind Shark Simulator Maneater Says Xbox Series X's SSD Is Very Impressive

Among the 30+ games that will be optimized for Xbox Series X at launch is the million-seller Maneater, which is basically a Jaws simulator where you are a shark and you try to do as much damage as possible.

David Amata, a product director at developer Tripwire Interactive, spoke to Xbox Wire about the benefits of the extra horsepower in the console. Amata said the speed of the Series X's SSD, in particular, has impressed him.

"The speed of the SSD inside the Xbox Series X cannot be understated," Amata said. "It has allowed us the freedom to make the world of Maneater even more visually impressive, helped us cut down on load times, and even helped to increase the draw distance."

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Source: Dev Behind Shark Simulator Maneater Says Xbox Series X's SSD Is Very Impressive

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Fortnite Adds Ghostbusters Items Just In Time For Halloween

Like many other games, Epic's battle royale game Fortnite is celebrating Halloween with some spooky DLC. Available now in the game's item store are a series of outfits and other items inspired by the iconic movie Ghostbusters.

You can see a selection of these items in the image below--they include outfits for your character and special gliders and axes themed around the famous movie series. As with Fortnite's other special items, these will likely only be available for a limited time.

This isn't the only way that Fortnite is celebrating Halloween. The game is currently hosting a "Fortnitemares" event that offers numerous challenges to complete to earn special rewards. For lots more, check out GameSpot's guide for how to complete the challenges.

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Source: Fortnite Adds Ghostbusters Items Just In Time For Halloween

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Pokemon Crown Tundra Regi Guide: How To Catch Regieleki And Regidrago

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC sends you on an expedition around the titular arctic region to investigate a number of Pokemon legends, including one revolving around the Legendary giants Registeel, Regirock, and Regice. You'll need to catch all three of them before you can encounter the DLC's two new Regis, Regieleki and Regidrago, but they're all sealed away in shrines scattered around the Crown Tundra. Here's what you'll need to do to enter the shrines and catch the Regis.

How To Get Registeel

The first shrine you'll likely come across houses Registeel. The Steel type's shrine is located in the Giant's Bed just outside of Freezington, making it hard to miss.

Before you can enter the shrine, you'll need to open the door by cracking the following riddle: "Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel." Although this hint is quite vague, all you need to do to open the door is whistle by pressing the left stick in. Note that you can't be riding your bike when you attempt to open the door, as pressing the stick in that situation will cause you to ring its bell rather than whistle, which won't work.

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Source: Pokemon Crown Tundra Regi Guide: How To Catch Regieleki And Regidrago

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Pokemon Crown Tundra Calyrex Steed Guide: Which Steed Is Better?

One of the legends you're tasked with investigating in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC revolves around a brand-new Legendary Pokemon named Calyrex. In ages past, Calyrex was worshipped by the denizens of the Crown Tundra as a king. Over time, however, people's belief in the Pokemon faded, and its powers waned in turn. It falls to you to help restore Calyrex's power, and one of the ways to do that is by reuniting it with its steed. Crown Tundra spoilers follow.

Shortly after you meet Calyrex, the Legendary Pokemon asks for your help in locating its loyal steed. As it turns out, this steed is one of two alternate Legendary horse Pokemon: the Ice type Glastrier or the Ghost type Spectrier. Much in the way you could choose which Urshifu your Kubfu evolves into in the Isle of Armor expansion, which steed Calyrex rides is entirely up to you. However, you can only choose one of them, and your choice is permanent, so you'll need to think carefully before you make your decision.

How To Choose A Steed

After you complete the introductory Dynamax Adventure and earn Dynite Ore, you'll be able to purchase a bag of carrot seeds from the farmer in Freezington, the small village located near the Crown Tundra station. These seeds can be used to grow either an Iceroot Carrot or a Shaderoot Carrot, which in turn will determine which of the two steeds you summon.

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Source: Pokemon Crown Tundra Calyrex Steed Guide: Which Steed Is Better?

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Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

When the Xbox Series X was first announced, the memes began almost immediately. Its design resembles a PC tower, or at least that appears to be Microsoft's goal, but it also looks like a refrigerator. The company has fully leaned into the joke, however, and presented Snoop Dogg with a working Xbox Series X fridge.

In a video deleted from Snoop Dogg's Instagram but saved by deals guru Wario64 on Twitter, the rapper showed off the fridge's design. It features a glowing Xbox logo that looks like the power button on the real console. Inside, Xbox stocked it with an Xbox Series X cake for his birthday, which was earlier this week. There is also gin and juice, for obvious reasons, and even some Xbox necklaces.

We’re going to assume that unlike the actual console, you can't turn the fridge on its side--at least not without spilling everything inside. It probably also has significantly fewer teraflops.

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Source: Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

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The Last of Us Remastered Load Times Have Been Reduced by Over 70% on PS4

The Last of Us Remastered's latest patch on PS4 has improved load times by up to 70%.
Source: The Last of Us Remastered Load Times Have Been Reduced by Over 70% on PS4

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Documentary Arcade Dreams Will Explore Over 100 Years Of Gaming History

Arcades have changed dramatically over the last few decades, both in their prevalence and the games within, but their existence goes back much further than that. In the documentary series Arcade Dreams, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Rock Steady Media aims to show how the industry evolved from simple mechanical amusements to advanced video games and VR.

"Starting with the mechanical penny arcades of the early 1900s, the documentary series chronicles the evolution of arcade gaming from mechanical marvels through to classic cabinets, crazy rides, and the ultra-immersive VR experiences of today," the creators said in a press release.

Though not expected until 2022, director Zach Weddington and his team have already captured hundreds of hours of footage spanning several decades of arcade games, and the series will feature interviews with arcade legends like Gary Stern of Stern Pinball and Eugene Jarvis. Jarvis practically invented the twin-stick shooter with classics like Robotron 2084 and Smash TV. His company Raw Thrills is also responsible for countless modern arcade cabinets.

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Source: Documentary Arcade Dreams Will Explore Over 100 Years Of Gaming History

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Don't Delete Facebook Or You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

If you have an Oculus VR headset and were thinking about deleting your Facebook account in order to go off the social media grid, you may want to reconsider. If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased. You won't be able to get them back if you make a new account, either.

You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all. Because of this connection, you must keep that account to have access to the purchases you've made. You don't necessarily have to link a Facebook account yet on the older Oculus devices, including the first Quest, but as UploadVR pointed out, support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023 and then all users will need Facebook.

If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. However, this can be reversed by reactivating it, while the deletion method does not have an "undo." If you make a new account, you'll have to purchase all that content again.

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Source: Don't Delete Facebook Or You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

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Sekiro Game Of The Year Edition Trailer Shows Off The Maddening Bosses

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a Game of the Year Edition, and unlike many similar releases, this one is free for existing players and is for a game that actually earned game of the year awards. You only have a few more days to wait until you can play it, and a new trailer shows off the One-Armed Wolf as he clashes with dangerous enemies.

On October 28 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice players will be able to download a free update that unlocks the Game of the Year Edition content. This includes previously promised boss challenge modes as well as player records and extra skins.

There are actually two different boss challenges included in the update. Reflection of Strength allows you to replay one of your favorite boss fights again, and it's a feature that we'd like to see in From Software's other games instead of having to completely replay a game. Gauntlet of Strength is more of a boss rush mode, pitting you against one boss after another without any extra lives. With the difficulty of some of Sekiro's bosses, particularly near the end of the game, completing that challenge will be incredibly impressive. Of course, someone will probably do them all in a row without taking a hit.

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Sekiro Game Of The Year Edition Trailer Shows Off The Maddening Bosses

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Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

When the Xbox Series X was first announced, the memes began almost immediately. Its design resembles a PC tower, or at least that appears to be Microsoft's goal, but it also looks like a refrigerator. The company has fully leaned into the joke, however, and presented Snoop Dogg with a working Xbox Series X fridge.

In a video deleted from Snoop Dogg's Instagram but saved by deals guru Wario64 on Twitter, the rapper showed off the fridge's design. It features a glowing Xbox logo that looks like the power button on the real console. Inside, Xbox stocked it with an Xbox Series X cake for his birthday, which was earlier this week. There is also gin and juice, for obvious reasons, and even some Xbox necklaces.

We’re going to assume that unlike the actual console, you can't turn the fridge on its side--at least not without spilling everything inside. It probably also has significantly fewer teraflops.

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

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GameSpot News / GSN - Among Us Hack Spams Trump 2020 Message
« on: October 25, 2020, 02:48:39 PM »
Among Us Hack Spams Trump 2020 Message

The hit game Among Us has been hit with a hack that both advertises a streaming channel and sends a political message. The studio InnerSloth was forced to issue a hasty patch in response to the hacks.

The hack would spam text chat messages advertising a streamer and threatening to damage your phone if you don't subscribe. It ended with a "TRUMP 2020" message. The hack became widespread rather quickly, with some players estimating it had afflicted hundreds or even thousands of matches.

InnerSloth issued a statement via Twitter saying it was "super duper aware" of the issue. It announced an emergency server update and encouraged players to stick to private games in the meantime. Programmer Forest Willard later explained that the update had taken some time so as to avoid false positives, to prevent the game from wrongly identifying a hack. Most players are, of course, playing the game the way it's meant to be played.

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Source: Among Us Hack Spams Trump 2020 Message

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PS5 Launch Games - Specs and Resolutions

See which games you'll be able to play the day you get your PlayStation 5 - including first and third party games, as well as the PlayStation Plus Collection.
Source: PS5 Launch Games - Specs and Resolutions

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Atari Hotel's Concept Art Shows Off a Futuristic, Cyberpunk-Style Hotel

Concept art for the upcoming Atari Hotels have been released, and they show off a video game-inspired, cyberpunk-style hotel that looks pulled out of the future.
Source: Atari Hotel's Concept Art Shows Off a Futuristic, Cyberpunk-Style Hotel

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Delete Facebook And You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

If you have an Oculus VR headset and were thinking about deleting your Facebook account in order to go off the social media grid, you may want to reconsider. If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased. You won't be able to get them back if you make a new account, either.

You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all. Because of this connection, you must keep that account to have access to the purchases you've made. You don't necessarily have to link a Facebook account yet on the older Oculus devices, including the first Quest, but as UploadVR pointed out, support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023 and then all users will need Facebook.

If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. However, this can be reversed by reactivating it, while the deletion method does not have an "undo." If you make a new account, you'll have to purchase all that content again.

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Source: Delete Facebook And You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

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Pokemon DLC: Before You Plant those Carrot Seeds, Read This

See the difference between Glastrier and Spectrier, and where to plant the carrot seeds to summon each.
Source: Pokemon DLC: Before You Plant those Carrot Seeds, Read This

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Fortnite Fortnitemares Challenges: Become A Shadow, Ride A Witch Broom, And More

With Halloween nearly here, Epic Games has infused Fortnite with plenty of spooky flavor. Fortnitemares events task you with completing several season challenges. Some of these are simple challenges you should be able to complete very quickly, while others may require a little more direction and patience.

Completing these challenges will award you with additional experience points that you'll need for the Season 4 battle pass. This season has seen a lot of different challenges, and there is a fairly sizable time commitment to complete everything.

The Season 4 content is not available on iOS devices because of Epic Games' ongoing lawsuit with Apple. The trial isn't scheduled to begin until well into 2021, so you will be waiting a while if that's your only platform for Fortnite.

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Source: Fortnite Fortnitemares Challenges: Become A Shadow, Ride A Witch Broom, And More

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Delete Facebook And You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

If you have an Oculus VR headset and were thinking about deleting your Facebook account in order to go off the social media grid, you may want to reconsider. If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased.

You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all. Because of this connection, you must keep that account to have access to the purchases you've made. You don't necessarily have to link a Facebook account yet on the older Oculus devices, including the first Quest, but as UploadVR pointed out, support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023 and then all users will need Facebook.

If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. However, this can be reversed by reactivating it, while the deletion method does not have an "undo." If you make a new account, you'll have to purchase all that content again.

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Delete Facebook And You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

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Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

When the Xbox Series X was first announced, the memes began almost immediately. Its design resembles a PC tower, or at least that appears to be Microsoft's goal, but it also looks like a refrigerator. The company has fully leaned into the joke, however, and presented Snoop Dogg with a working Xbox Series X fridge.

In a video deleted from Snoop Dogg's Instagram but saved by deals guru Wario64 on Twitter, the rapper showed off the fridge's design. It features a glowing Xbox logo that looks like the power button on the real console. Inside, Xbox stocked it with an Xbox Series X cake for his birthday, which was earlier this week. There is also gin and juice, for obvious reasons, and even some Xbox necklaces.

We’re going to assume that unlike the actual console, you can't turn the fridge on its side--at least not without spilling everything inside.

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

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Genshin Impact: Find Treasure and Collectibles With Our Interactive Map

Find hidden chests, rare currency, new shrines and more with our interactive map for Genshin Impact.
Source: Genshin Impact: Find Treasure and Collectibles With Our Interactive Map

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Phasmophobia: How to Identify Every Ghost

Don't get spooked - learn how to identify each creepy ghost and survive the hauntings in Phasmophobia.
Source: Phasmophobia: How to Identify Every Ghost

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You Will Lose All Your Oculus Games If You Delete Your Facebook Account

If you delete or deactivate your Facebook account that has been linked with an Oculus account, you will lose access to your games, purchases, and progress.
Source: You Will Lose All Your Oculus Games If You Delete Your Facebook Account

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Microsoft Sent Snoop Dogg an Xbox Series X Fridge for His Birthday

Microsoft has sent Snoop Dogg an Xbox Series X-shaped fridge for his birthday, fully embracing the joke that happened around the reveal of Microsoft's next-gen system.
Source: Microsoft Sent Snoop Dogg an Xbox Series X Fridge for His Birthday

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Xbox Series X List of Launch Games - Resolutions and Framerates

See a list of every game you can play on the Xbox Series X when it launches on November 10th.
Source: Xbox Series X List of Launch Games - Resolutions and Framerates

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Apex Legends' Switch Version Delayed to 2021

Apex Legends has been delayed on Nintendo Switch to 2021, as the team need a bit more time to "do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve."
Source: Apex Legends' Switch Version Delayed to 2021

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PlayStation 4 Commanded The Generation With Exclusives

Since its release in 2013, the PlayStation 4 has been a force on the gaming landscape, and across the last seven years, it's been clear that Sony and its gaming machine took the lead against the competition.

Sony's lead with the PS4 started with some missteps by its major rival, Microsoft, with the Xbox One. But it wasn't just a few key flubs from the competition at launch that propelled the PS4. Sony's console has become well-known for killer exclusives, and for a long portion of the generation, was the premiere home for big-hype indie games, as well. Sony also managed to make some moves in the hardware department--while not all of its ideas have defined the industry, its contribution to the mainstreaming of virtual reality had a big effect on the way the last few years have played out.

With the PS4, Sony developed a clear vision for its gaming machine, and while it tried out a variety of ideas along the way, it never wavered from making sure its system was a place to easily play and share great games. Though it didn't have to fight through the same rough public relations issues as its competition, Sony learned lessons from its own missteps with the PS3 and is carrying those lessons through to its next-generation console.

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Source: PlayStation 4 Commanded The Generation With Exclusives

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Fortnite Fortnitemares Challenges: Become A Shadow, Ride A Witch Broom, And More

With Halloween nearly here, Epic Games has infused Fortnite with plenty of spooky flavor. Fortnitemares events task you with completing several season challenges. Some of these are simple challenges you should be able to complete very quickly, while others may require a little more direction and patience.

Completing these challenges will award you with additional experience points that you'll need for the Season 4 battle pass. This season has seen a lot of different challenges, and there is a fairly sizable time commitment to complete everything.

Below, we've rounded up Fortnitemares challenges you might need help with, as well as how to complete them. There are maps for when to need to reach a certain point--in some cases, it's multiple locations--and we'll let you know what goodies you can get for completing them.

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Source: Fortnite Fortnitemares Challenges: Become A Shadow, Ride A Witch Broom, And More

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Arma 2 Footage Was Once Used In An IRA Documentary - And It's Still Being Used Today

In September 2011, British broadcast station ITV ran a historical documentary called Gaddafi and the IRA. Included in the documentary was footage that purported to show a 1988 attack in which the Irish Republican Army shot down a British helicopter, using weaponry purchased from former Libyan prime minister Muammar al-Gaddafi. But it was revealed shortly afterward that the footage ITV used was not of a real conflict--it had been sourced from popular PC military simulation game Arma II.

If you skip to 00:36 in the above video, you'll see a sequence in which anti-aircraft heavy artillery is used to take down a helicopter. "With Gaddafi's heavy machine guns, it was possible to shoot down a helicopter, as the terrorist's own footage of 1988 shows," explains the narrator.

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Source: Arma 2 Footage Was Once Used In An IRA Documentary - And It's Still Being Used Today

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Delete Facebook And You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

If you have an Oculus VR headset and were thinking about deleting your Facebook account in order to go off the social media grid, you may want to reconsider. If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased.

You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all. Because of this connection, you must keep that account to have access to the purchases you've made. You don't necessarily have to link a Facebook account yet on the older Oculus devices, including the first Quest, but as UploadVR pointed out, support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023 and then all users will need Facebook.

If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. However, this can be reversed by reactivating it, while the deletion method does not have an "undo."

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Delete Facebook And You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

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Sekiro Game Of The Year Edition Trailer Shows Off The Maddening Bosses

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a Game of the Year Edition, and unlike many similar releases, this one is free for existing players and is for a game that actually earned game of the year awards. You only have a few more days to wait until you can play it, and a new trailer shows off the One-Armed Wolf as he clashes with dangerous enemies.

On October 28 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice players will be able to download a free update that unlocks the Game of the Year Edition content. This includes previously promised boss challenge modes as well as player records and extra skins.

There are actually two different boss challenges included in the update. Reflection of Strength allows you to replay one of your favorite boss fights again, and it's a feature that we'd like to see in From Software's other games instead of having to completely replay a game. Gauntlet of Strength is more of a boss rush mode, pitting you against one boss after another without any extra lives. With the difficulty of some of Sekiro's bosses, particularly near the end of the game, completing that challenge will be incredibly impressive. Of course, someone will probably do them all in a row without taking a hit.

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Sekiro Game Of The Year Edition Trailer Shows Off The Maddening Bosses

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AOC's Massive Twitch Stream Has Even Greater Implications for US Politics

Opinion: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' first Twitch stream suggests a brighter future for video games and government.
Source: AOC's Massive Twitch Stream Has Even Greater Implications for US Politics

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Halo Movie: Guillermo del Toro Apparently Wanted Master Chief to Have an Evil Twin

According to a Halo: Combat Evolved developer, Guillermo del Toro wanted a pretty unexpected twist in his take on a Halo movie.
Source: Halo Movie: Guillermo del Toro Apparently Wanted Master Chief to Have an Evil Twin

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Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

When the Xbox Series X was first announced, the memes began almost immediately. Its design resembles a PC tower, or at least that appears to be Microsoft's goal, but it also looks like a refrigerator. The company has fully leaned into the joke, however, and presented Snoop Dogg with a working Xbox Series X fridge.

In a video deleted from Snoop Dogg's Instagram but saved by deals guru Wario64 on Twitter, the rapper showed off the fridge's design. It features a glowing Xbox logo that looks like the power button on the real console. Inside, Xbox stocked it with an Xbox Series X cake for his birthday, which was earlier this week. There is also gin and juice, for obvious reasons, and even some Xbox necklaces.

We’re going to assume that unlike the actual console, you can't turn the fridge on its side--at least not without spilling everything inside.

Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Snoop Dogg Has An Xbox Series X Fridge Loaded With Gin And Juice

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - This Week on Xbox: October 23, 2020
« on: October 24, 2020, 01:38:02 AM »
This Week on Xbox: October 23, 2020

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you […]
Source: This Week on Xbox: October 23, 2020

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Every Amnesia: Rebirth Puzzle Solution

Stuck on a puzzle? Get a little extra help with these puzzle guides.
Source: Every Amnesia: Rebirth Puzzle Solution

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GameSpot News / GSN - Is Genshin Impact's Klee Worth Your Time And Money?
« on: October 23, 2020, 07:43:01 PM »
Is Genshin Impact's Klee Worth Your Time And Money?

Genshin Impact has undoubtedly had an eventful first month of operation, with millions of players globally jumping into the world of Teyvat. With the passage of time comes the first change of the promo banner for Wishes and an introduction of a new five-star character, Klee.

Klee is the featured character on this new promo banner, titled Sparkling Steps. Though you may have already been introduced to Klee and her abilities in the quest "The Mystery of the Girl in Red's Treasure," this is the first chance you have to recruit her permanently.

The odds haven't changed for Sparkling Steps compared to the previous banner--your chances of a 5-star roll are still quite low at 0.6%. But, as with the previous banner, if you do roll a 5-Star character, there is a 50% chance of it being Klee. The "Pity Roll" mechanics also come into play here, so if you really want Klee, you can pour all of your resources into Wishing multiple times to have a better chance. (Also, if you didn't roll a 5-star unit on the last promo banner featuring Venti, the accumulated rolls from that banner will carry over onto this one, making a Pity Roll easier to trip.)

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Source: Is Genshin Impact's Klee Worth Your Time And Money?

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GameSpot News / GSN - How To Play Among Us As A Horror Game
« on: October 23, 2020, 07:43:01 PM »
How To Play Among Us As A Horror Game

I usually try to hop on Among Us once a week to link up with my friends back home and get rowdy either trying to get away with virtual murder or ratting each other out. But they like to keep things spicy. So, they put together a sort of alternate game mode by customizing the in-game rules and getting us to follow certain gameplay etiquette. And with the vewy scawy Halloween season right around the corner, this makeshift game mode is quite fitting and helps freshen up the traditional paces of Among Us.

Basically, think Dead By Daylight, or any similar game, but in Among Us. Here's the setup: you have one imposter and nine (or however many) crewmates, but the imposter announces who they are right at the beginning of the match. The imposter counts to 10 while the crewmates scramble to get out of sight, complete tasks, hide, and make mad dashes to dodge the imposter once they start hunting down the crew--there's no voting phase necessary, just survival.

What makes this style of play work is the tweaking of the custom rules. Here, you'll want to have the imposter's kill cooldown timer set to the lowest possible (10 seconds) so they can really act like a serial killer. However, you'll have to limit their vision range as low as possible (0.25x) to make it challenging for them to actually find crewmates. To make things a lot more thrilling, we set all players' movement speed higher (at least 2x, but 3x works too).

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Source: How To Play Among Us As A Horror Game

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Apex Legends On Switch Delayed To 2021, Steam Version Launches Next Month

Electronic Arts has provided an update on Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, confirming when the battle royale launches on both platforms.

Apex Legends hits Steam on November 4. Origin players can switch back and forth between that and Steam, letting you transfer all progress and unlocks between the two. Meanwhile, Steam players will get free Half-Life and Portal gun charms for logging in during Season 7. The new Apex Legends season also starts on November 4, the same day the game hits Steam.

EA said the Nintendo Switch port of Apex Legends has been delayed to 2021. An exact release date or window has yet to be announced. Game director Chad Grenier said the "unexpected new challenges" of this year impacted the game's development on Switch. Whenever the game drops on the console-handheld hybrid, it will come with "full feature parity with the other versions of the game," including cross-platform support and the latest seasonal content.

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Source: Apex Legends On Switch Delayed To 2021, Steam Version Launches Next Month

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GameSpot News / GSN - Among Us Hack Spams Trump 2020 Message
« on: October 23, 2020, 07:43:01 PM »
Among Us Hack Spams Trump 2020 Message

The hit game Among Us has been hit with a hack that both advertises a streaming channel and sends a political message. The studio InnerSloth was forced to issue a hasty patch in response to the hacks.

The hack would spam text chat messages advertising a streamer and threatening to damage your phone if you don't subscribe. It ended with a "TRUMP 2020" message. The hack became widespread rather quickly, with some players estimating it had afflicted hundreds or even thousands of matches.

InnerSloth issued a statement via Twitter saying it was "super duper aware" of the issue. It announced an emergency server update and encouraged players to stick to private games in the meantime. Programmer Forest Willard later explained that the update had taken some time so as to avoid false positives, to prevent the game from wrongly identifying a hack.

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Source: Among Us Hack Spams Trump 2020 Message

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Little Nightmares 2 Brings Back Six, But It Doesn't Always Put Her To Good Use

Back in August, I had the chance to play Little Nightmares II, and in my preview I talked about the uneasy trust between main characters Mono and Six. I theorized it could present a new kind of fear for the series--if you can't fully trust your partner, then you're never really safe. But having now gotten a chance to play another preview of Little Nightmares II, I'm beginning to wonder exactly how much Mono and Six's partnership factors into the game.

The new demo takes place in the Hospital environment, which seems to pop up much further into the game than the Forest area seen in the first demo--Six has her trademark yellow raincoat in the Hospital, something she didn't have prior to Mono meeting her in the Forest. Both Mono and Six need to go down an elevator, but it doesn't have power. A nearby panel reveals that they'll need to find two batteries. I can't go through the door on the left because it needs one battery to open, but the door on the right is already ajar. My path is clear.

After going down a hallway, Six hoists Mono into the next room. And just like that, she's cut off from me. I can't bring her with me and must face the future horror alone. I was very surprised. The earlier demo contained puzzles and a chase sequence where Mono and Six needed to work together in order to ultimately get away from this freaky Hunter, which seemed to imply that Little Nightmares II would solely focus on brand-new "co-op" puzzles, ones where you had to figure out what both you and your NPC partner had to do in order to solve them. But in this recent demo, I was largely solo.

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Source: Little Nightmares 2 Brings Back Six, But It Doesn't Always Put Her To Good Use

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PS4 And PS5 Get Exclusive Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies Mode

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will offer an exclusive Zombie mode to PS4 and PS5 players for one year. Called Zombies Onslaught, the new two-player co-op features waves of increasingly difficult zombie hordes spawning and attacking. The goal is to kill the undead and survive.

According to PlayStation's blog, the Zombie Onslaught mode will deploy you and another player to locations from various multiplayer maps. Players will have the same custom loadouts as they do in traditional Zombies and Multiplayer modes.

When arriving on the map, the players' range of movements will be restricted to a smaller area by a Dark Aether orb. Zombies will then start spawning and attacking, and each subsequent wave of the undead will be harder to kill. After defeating enough zombies, the Orb will shift locations. If you're inside the Orb, you will be protected from Dark Aether damage.

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Source: PS4 And PS5 Get Exclusive Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies Mode

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GameSpot After Dark Ep. 64: Phasmophobia Mania Feat. Suriel Vazquez

On this week's episode of GameSpot After Dark, Jake, Lucy, and Kallie are joined by MinnMax co-host Suriel Vazquez. As always, the crew talks about what they've been playing (or doing in general), and this week includes some rather timely and spooky picks: early-access ghost-hunting game Phasmophobia and Frictional Games' horror followup Amnesia: Rebirth. Suriel also shares his passion for Hades, which he reviewed for GameSpot.

The crew then discusses the news from the week--in this case, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's debut Twitch stream designed to get out the vote. They talk about what made it such a compelling stream and their appreciation for Ocasio-Cortez's genuine approach to political outreach.

In far more controversial news, we also got a first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. Does the After Dark crew care at all? That's for us to know and for you to find out.

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Source: GameSpot After Dark Ep. 64: Phasmophobia Mania Feat. Suriel Vazquez

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New God Of War, GoW 3 Updates Add PS5 Support, According To Modder

God of War 3 Remastered and God of War (2018) appear to have received PS5 support-related updates, according to Lance McDonald, a Bloodborne and PT hacker/modder.

Exactly what's in the update is unknown, commented McDonald, but both games "will likely benefit from PS5 boost mode." Final Fantasy 7 Remake also received a patch that could potentially be a PS5 support-related update. However, due to patch notes' vague nature, we're not quite sure what's actually included in the update.

In a reply to someone who queried if there will be any difference in playing God of War 3 Remastered and God of War on PS4 with the new updates, McDonald stated he doesn't know and recommends players download the new patches and try it for themselves. McDonald added in another tweet that God of War (2018) on PS5 is likely to hit 60 FPS, since the frame rate is already uncapped.

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Source: New God Of War, GoW 3 Updates Add PS5 Support, According To Modder

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Nintendo Joy-Cons To Receive Permanent Price Cut Soon

Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons aren't cheap, but the company will at least make individual Joy-Con controllers a little more affordable. Previously $50, individual left and right Joy-Cons now cost $40 each. That brings them in line with Joy-Con two-packs, which get you both controllers for $80. This price cut will go into effect on November 9, so you may want to hold off on any Joy-Con purchases until then.

Nintendo of America announced the news on Twitter, stating that you can get either the left Joy-Con in Neon Blue or the right Joy-Con in Neon Red. Nintendo didn't mention anything about its grey Joy-Cons, which are still listed as $50 on its website--it's unclear if grey is being discontinued.

Thankfully, you can frequently get Joy-Cons at below their list price, thanks to frequent discounts on Amazon and Walmart. Right now, Amazon and Walmart have Joy-Con two-packs on for $69, down from their regular price of $80. Some colours aren't in stock, but you can reserve them now by placing an order.

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Source: Nintendo Joy-Cons To Receive Permanent Price Cut Soon

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GameSpot News / GSN - Ghost Of Tsushima Patch 1.13 Is Now Live
« on: October 23, 2020, 07:43:01 PM »
Ghost Of Tsushima Patch 1.13 Is Now Live

Developer Sucker Punch Productions has released patch 1.13 for Ghost of Tsushima on PlayStation 4. You can find the update's full patch notes outlined down below.

Patch 1.13 resolves issues with the Legends and New Game+ modes. In Legends, the update irons out a bug that causes players to get stuck in the mode's tutorial. Meanwhile, in New Game+, patch 1.13 fixes a bug that prevented the Platinum Trophy armor dye from appearing.

Elsewhere, the update fixes general problems with PlayStation Network functionality, such as ironing out frequent error message pop-ups and adding support for a "Players Met" notification. It also fixes "various bugs and crashes," but these weren't specified.

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Source: Ghost Of Tsushima Patch 1.13 Is Now Live

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Should Streamers Pay Game Developers? Google Responds After Stadia Dev Resurfaces The Debate

The debate surrounding whether video game streamers should pay royalties to respective developers and publishers has been around for the better half of a decade. Comments made by a creative director at one of Google Stadia's in-house studios has reignited the argument, forcing Google to distance itself from the remarks.

Alex Hutchinson, creative director at the Montreal Studio of Stadia Games and Entertainment, posted a thread of tweets breaking down his views surrounding streamers and whether business licenses for games should be introduced. Hutchinson believes that streamers generate revenue from games they've either obtained for free or very little money, motivating his stance that content creators owe game developers a cut.

Hutchinson's views didn't go down well, with several critics taking shots at the Google Stadia employee. Google eventually released its own statement on the matter, distancing itself from Hutchinson's remarks.

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Source: Should Streamers Pay Game Developers? Google Responds After Stadia Dev Resurfaces The Debate

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Xbox Users Are Having Issues Launching Games, Microsoft Says [Update]

[Update: Microsoft says you should now be able to launch your games without issue.]

If you're having issues getting your games or apps to launch on Xbox One or PC, you aren't alone. Microsoft is encountering issues with Xbox Live across both platforms, and it's looking into the issue.

The problem doesn't appear to extend to other Xbox Live services, including online gameplay. You shouldn't have any issue playing a multiplayer title, provided you can get your game to load, but there isn't a timetable for when the issues will be fixed.

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Source: Xbox Users Are Having Issues Launching Games, Microsoft Says [Update]

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A Walk Over the Pumpkin Patch: How Pumpkin Jack the Game Came About

A long time ago I was looking for a game to play. Something colorful offering a great single-player experience. After a long time of searching I couldn’t find what I was looking for. 3D combat platformers were my favorite genre during my childhood days, but unfortunately this kind of genre was pretty scarce on PC. […]
Source: A Walk Over the Pumpkin Patch: How Pumpkin Jack the Game Came About

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Among Us Spam Attack Bombards Players With Pro-Trump Message

Among Us is under attack from a spam attack that promotes the hacker's YouTube channel and Trump.
Source: Among Us Spam Attack Bombards Players With Pro-Trump Message

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What Were the Big Advancements of This Console Gen?

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This…
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PS5: Third-Party Company Already Selling Custom Faceplates

PlateStation 5 is selling unofficial PS5 faceplates, and they will allow you to change your white PS5 to either Cherry Red, Chromatic, Indigo Blue, Jungle Camo, or Limited Edition V1 Matte Black.
Source: PS5: Third-Party Company Already Selling Custom Faceplates

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Xbox Users Are Having Issues Launching Games, Microsoft Says

If you're having issues getting your games or apps to launch on Xbox One or PC, you aren't alone. Microsoft is encountering issues with Xbox Live across both platforms, and it's looking into the issue.

The problem doesn't appear to extend to other Xbox Live services, including online gameplay. You shouldn't have any issue playing a multiplayer title, provided you can get your game to load, but there isn't a timetable for when the issues will be fixed.

If you visit the official Microsoft support page, you can sign up for notifications about exactly when the problem is resolved.

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Source: Xbox Users Are Having Issues Launching Games, Microsoft Says

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Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (Oct. 23-27)

The details about the Beyond Light expansion coming to Destiny 2 are starting to pour out at a faster clip. You've still got some time to take advantage of the Festival of the Lost and Xur's Exotic offerings, however. Head to the EDZ, to the Winding Cove area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering Cerberus+1. Hunters can pick up the Lucky Pants leg armor; for Titans, there's the Heart of Innermost Light chest armor; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Felwinter's Helm helmet.

Xur Location

You'll have to climb the cliff wall (or find a convenient passage through a cave) to reach Xur in Winding Cove.

Spawn in at the Winding Cove transmat zone in the EDZ and head north to find Xur. Hit the northern side of the zone and scale the rock wall until you reach a crashed Fallen dropship. You'll find Xur standing beside it, surveying the area.

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Source: Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (Oct. 23-27)

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Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

Halloween is getting closer, which means it's time for New Releases to get a little spooky. This week, you can run from monsters in Amnesia: Rebirth or face them head-on in the first part of Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods DLC. You can also take a few runs at rogue-lite The Red Lantern or try the game that started it all with the re-release of Rogue. Finally, Transformers: Battlegrounds rolls out this week, too.

Amnesia: Rebirth -- October 20

Available on: PS4, PC

This new spin on the Amnesia games is set in the Algerian desert, where you'll have to run from the series' trademark monsters, solve puzzles, and figure out why the desert residents have disappeared. Rebirth is also more about the theme of survival, according to developer Frictional Games. Expect a mix of wide-open and claustrophobic spaces as you try to survive.

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Source: Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

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PS5 Third-Party Face Plates Are Already Available To Preorder

The PlayStation 5 comes in a sleek duotone design with white fins jutting up from the black center. Sony hasn't officially announced any plans for other colors or faceplate designs, but a third party has already started selling preorders for a handful of other faceplate colors and patterns.

The site Platestation 5 is offering five faceplate designs: cherry red, indigo blue, chromatic, jungle camo, and a limited-edition matte black. Each is priced at $40, including the limited-edition version, and the site says it's aiming to ship within two weeks of the PS5 launch to assure they arrive close to your new console.

Be advised, we haven't sampled these faceplates ourselves, so we can't vouch for their quality or fit. If you want to take a gamble, though, read up on the store refund policy just in case.

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Source: PS5 Third-Party Face Plates Are Already Available To Preorder

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Xbox Could Offer Streaming Stick For Game Pass Subscribers

In addition to streaming for your phones, tablets, and (eventually) your PC and Xbox consoles, Microsoft could be offering a dedicated streaming stick that comes free with a Game Pass subscription. All you would need is a TV and a controller to start playing your favorite Xbox games.

Speaking to Stratechery (via The Verge), head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn't outright confirm such a device is coming, but he very heavily hinted at it.

"You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gives you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying a controller," Spencer said.

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Source: Xbox Could Offer Streaming Stick For Game Pass Subscribers

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 Enhancements Detailed

Developer Insomniac Games has opened up about some of the enhancements Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will see on PlayStation 5 thanks to the improved hardware.

In an interview with Game Informer, Insomniac discussed the ways the game takes advantage of the PlayStation 5. The first being no loading screens, with creative director Brian Horton saying that "if you die or if you fast travel there are near-instant loads." Horton went on to add that the game "just fades down and then fades up," stating Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales has a seamless world with no loading thanks to the next-gen system's SSD.

Three other areas deal with performance. Specifically, graphical fidelity in the game world is higher, character performances will seem more believable, and action is smoother and more explosive. Art director Gavin Golden touched on all three topics, saying ray tracing, 4D model scans, and improved particle systems and simulations allow the game to be more immersive.

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Source: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 Enhancements Detailed

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Pokemon Go Celebrates Crown Tundra's Release With New Galarian Pokemon And Outfits

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion is now live, and Pokemon Go is celebrating the DLC's release with some new content. Developer Niantic has announced that a few new Galarian Pokemon are now available in the game for a limited time, as are new Crown Tundra-inspired avatar items.

As previously teased, Galarian Ponyta has been added to Pokemon Go. You'll be able to encounter the new Galarian form in Raid Battles, and if you have enough Ponyta Candy stored up, you can evolve it into Galarian Rapidash.

Galarian Farfetch'd is also appearing once again in the wild, and now you're able to evolve it into Sirfetch'd. Unlike most other Pokemon, however, Galarian Farfetch'd doesn't evolve via Candy; rather, you need to make 10 Excellent throws while Galarian Farfetch'd is set as your Buddy in order for it to evolve. These throws don't need to be made consecutively, so your count won't reset if you miss or swap Buddy Pokemon.

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Source: Pokemon Go Celebrates Crown Tundra's Release With New Galarian Pokemon And Outfits

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GameSpot News / GSN - We Have The PS5, And Here's The Box
« on: October 23, 2020, 02:04:02 PM »
We Have The PS5, And Here's The Box

Like pretty much every other game console ever made, the PS5 comes in a cardboard box. But just what does that box look like? It's a question that was keeping us up at night, and we now have the answer. Behold, in all its blue and white glory: the PS5 box!

PS5 box

The system comes with the following:

  • PS5 console
  • DualSense controller
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable
  • Stand
  • USB cable
  • Manuals and other printed materials

It's a little surprising to see such a no-frills design when we consider the PS5 itself, which has a unique curved design and large panels on either side. Sony may have felt it could speak for itself without a ton of other images or screenshots on the box.

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Source: We Have The PS5, And Here's The Box

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How To Access The Crown Tundra DLC In Pokemon Sword And Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion has finally arrived. Like The Isle of Armor expansion, this DLC introduces a wealth of additional Pokemon and content to the games, including a brand-new area to explore: the eponymous Crown Tundra, an arctic region featuring its own storyline, cast, and wild Pokemon to catch.

As was the case with the Isle of Armor, the Crown Tundra is separate from Galar proper. You don't need to clear the main storyline in Sword and Shield to be able to access it, but you will need to speak to a certain character to reach the new area and content. Here's how to access the Crown Tundra.

How To Access The Crown Tundra

If you already own the Pokemon Sword or Shield Expansion Pass, fire up your copy of the game after installing the latest update and you'll see a notification that you've received the Crown Pass. As you had to do to access the Isle of Armor, you'll need to return to Wedgehurst Station and show the Crown Pass to the attendant near the gate to take a train to the Crown Tundra. Once you've visited the tundra the first time, you'll be able to fast travel back to it from anywhere in Galar.

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Source: How To Access The Crown Tundra DLC In Pokemon Sword And Shield

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These Metal Gear Solid Air Jordans Are One Of A Kind

Metal Gear Solid left behind a lasting impression on many people who experienced the game when it first launched in 1998. Hideo Kojima's critically acclaimed game has been celebrated since then with official merchandise and fan art, and now a stylish pair of Air Jordans are part of that long list of tributes.

Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts commissioned artist Bud Sanfillipo to customize a pair of shoes to celebrate Metal Gear Solid's 22nd Anniversary. Sanfillipo was tasked with recreating the signature art style of series artist Yoji Shinkawa.

The end result is a pair of shoes that would leave any Genome soldier curious about who was leaving behind a stylish pair of footprints.

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Source: These Metal Gear Solid Air Jordans Are One Of A Kind

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Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Delayed Following Technical Issues

The remastered Blade Runner adventure game was previously scheduled to release later this year, but with "later this year" quickly coming, developer Nightdive Studios isn't ready to launch the game. In fact, it has run into technical issues that have delayed it to an unspecified future date.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Nightdive CEO Steven Kick blamed the delay on problems related to "old technology" and said the studio has not been able to locate the original source code or assets for the game. The source code was apparently lost decades ago after original studio Westwood was purchased by EA, and Nightdive has the more difficult task of reverse-engineering code in order to get Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition remastered.

To get the game running on all platforms, Nightdive is using its own engine and with code work apparently nearing completion, most efforts are on visual updates now. Kick added in the interview that the frame rate will likely be lowered to 30 FPS with a film grain placed over it in order to better achieve a cinematic style. Given the neo-noir nature of the original movie, this makes sense.

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Source: Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Delayed Following Technical Issues

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Fortnite Champ Bugha And Five Below Release New Line Of Gaming Gear

Gaming is expensive, whether you play on PC or are looking to pick up one of the new consoles this holiday season. Especially for kids without a source of income, it can make you feel left out of the fun, but Five Below and Fortnite champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf have partnered on a new line of products that aim to help fix that.

Seven exclusive gaming items are now available in over 1,000 stores as well as the Five Below website. They include:

  • LED gaming headset with boom mic
  • LED gaming headset stand with USB ports
  • LED gaming keyboard
  • LED gaming microphone
  • LED gaming mouse
  • LED gaming mousepad
  • LED gaming speakers & subwoofer set

That is a lot of LED. Despite the name of the store, these items aren't actually $5 each. No, you'll be paying the high, high price of $10 for them. For that little cash, you're not going to get the same quality as you would from brands like Razer or Logitech, but it's still everything you need to get started with playing games on a PC--minus the actual PC and games--and you'll be able to chat with your friends while doing it.

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Source: Fortnite Champ Bugha And Five Below Release New Line Of Gaming Gear

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Inside Xbox Series X Optimized: Maneater
« on: October 23, 2020, 02:04:01 PM »
Inside Xbox Series X Optimized: Maneater

One of the biggest benefits of all that power is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X, both for new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X development environment as well as previously […]
Source: Inside Xbox Series X Optimized: Maneater

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Next Week on Xbox: October 27 to 30
« on: October 23, 2020, 02:04:01 PM »
Next Week on Xbox: October 27 to 30

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console and PC. Get more details on these games below and click on […]
Source: Next Week on Xbox: October 27 to 30

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - IGN Has a PS5
« on: October 23, 2020, 02:04:00 PM »
IGN Has a PS5

Check out our look at the PS5's box to see how its size compares to a Nintendo Switch, a banana, and a cat. Seriously.
Source: IGN Has a PS5

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Gears 5 Series X Update Brings New Game+, More Batista

You can give Marcus a Batista makeover with this big Gears 5 content update.
Source: Gears 5 Series X Update Brings New Game+, More Batista

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Gears 5 Story DLC Is Coming Later This Year

It's looking like Team Scorpio is going to get some time in the spotlight.
Source: Gears 5 Story DLC Is Coming Later This Year

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The Most Terrifying Scares in Video Games

There are a lot of genuinely terrifying moments in video games - these are our picks for the ten best.
Source: The Most Terrifying Scares in Video Games

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Nintendo to Cut Price of Single Joy-Con Controllers

Nintendo has permanently reduced the price of a single Joy-Con in the US from $49.99 to $39.99.
Source: Nintendo to Cut Price of Single Joy-Con Controllers

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Phil Spencer Hints at Xbox Game Pass 'Streaming Sticks' for Your TV

The head of Xbox has discussed the idea of including Game Pass streaming sticks as part of your subscription.
Source: Phil Spencer Hints at Xbox Game Pass 'Streaming Sticks' for Your TV

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IGN UK Podcast #562: Juicy Tsushima Legends

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, The Haunting of Verdansk, Taskmaster and Dune.
Source: IGN UK Podcast #562: Juicy Tsushima Legends

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Flight Simulator Files Suggest Microsoft Has Discussed VR on Xbox Series X & S

Files found in the PC release of Microsoft Flight Simulator that bear the codename Scarlett suggest that Microsoft has discussed the VR potential of the Xbox Series X and S.
Source: Flight Simulator Files Suggest Microsoft Has Discussed VR on Xbox Series X & S

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Actor Heard About His Spin-Off at the Launch of Spider-Man PS4

Actor Nadji Jeter has revealed the story behind when he first heard that he was going to lead Insomniac's next Spider-Man game as Miles Morales.
Source: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Actor Heard About His Spin-Off at the Launch of Spider-Man PS4

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Battlefield 5 Definitive Edition Out Now, Here's Everything It Includes

After two years, EA is winding down development on Battlefield V and focusing on the next-gen Battlefield game coming in 2021. For those who never played Battlefield V, EA has released a Definitive Edition of the game that comes with everything from the past two years.

Included in the $50 USD Definitive Edition for PS4, Xbox One, and PC is the base game and lots and lots of extras, including every weapon, vehicle, and gadget, along with all of the Elite characters. Numerous cosmetics are also included with the Definitive Edition, including outfits and weapon skins, as well as vehicle "dressings." You can see a full rundown of the Definitive Edition content below, as written by EA.

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Unlike previous Battlefield games, all of the post-release maps for Battlefield V were free as part of EA's strategy to keep the playerbase connected, so all DLC maps are also included with the Definitive Edition.

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Source: Battlefield 5 Definitive Edition Out Now, Here's Everything It Includes

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Battlefield 5 Free DLC For Halloween Revealed, And It's Easy To Get

Like other games, Battlefield V is giving out a series of freebies to celebrate Halloween.

Everyone who simply logs into the game on any platform can claim a new "Dead of Night" Panzer IV skin for the tank. Additionally, the "Splattered" skin for the Sturmgewehr 1-5, Tromboncino, KE7, and the Gewehr M95/30 weapons is being given away for everyone. As its name suggests, this weapon skin is meant to look like splattered blood to help people get into the spooky Halloween theme.

In other news about Battlefield V, EA Play Pro subscribers have been automatically upgraded to the Definitive Edition of the game, which includes all of the DLC released over the past two years.

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Source: Battlefield 5 Free DLC For Halloween Revealed, And It's Easy To Get

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GTA 5 Online's Halloween Series Offers Horror-Themed Rewards And Discounts

Grand Theft Auto V's Online mode now has updated with its latest list of discounts and bonuses, and this time they're Halloween-themed. The Halloween Bunker Series will hand out triple rewards all week, as are freemode events. These bonuses will last until October 28.

The Bunker Series involves three Slasher maps, set in a bunker, silo, and at The Diamond, and each one will offer triple GTA$ and RP this week. There are also doubled rewards in the following adversary modes:

  • Beast vs. Slasher
  • Come Out to Play  Condemned
  • Lost vs. Damned
  • Slasher
  • Slashers

On top of all of that, Nightclubs have triple-boosted daily income this week, making it a great time to build up some cash reserves. Nightclub properties are discounted by 40%, while upgrades and modifications are 30% off, so it's a good week to grow your empire.

This week's clothing freebies are a bit more exciting than usual, too--there's an Orange Dot Tech Mask and a Lemon Sports Tracksuit, which looks a bit like the iconic Bruce Lee tracksuit (and even more like the tracksuit from Kill Bill, since the stripes are on the arms rather than the body--but, of course, it all comes back to Lee).

Look good for free this week.

The Annis S80RR is the free car up for grabs in the Diamond Casino & Resort this week, which is a sleek sportscar that you can nab if you're lucky. The discounted vehicles this week are all horror-themed, so if you want to drive something spooky, it's a good week for it.

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Source: GTA 5 Online's Halloween Series Offers Horror-Themed Rewards And Discounts

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Former Obsidian And Telltale Devs Release Trailer For New Game

Developer Crispy Creative has released a new trailer for its first new IP, A Long Journey to an Uncertain End. Composed of a team that features former Obsidian and Telltale developers, Crispy Creative seems to be leaning into its strengths with this first title--A Long Journey to an Uncertain End is a story-driven space opera with management simulator elements.

In A Long Journey, you're a sentient spaceship, making you both the captain and the primary means of transportation for your crew. You're on the run, trying to remain one step ahead of the abusive ex that's trying to track you down. To do that, you'll need money, which means travelling around the galaxy to complete odd jobs.

As seen in the announcement trailer for A Long Journey, embedded above, taking a job doesn't guarantee success. You recruit your crew, each of whom brings their own distinct personality and set of skills to the table. But that means that when it's time for a job, you have to try and pick the most suitable folks for the task with who you have available. If things don't pan out, you'll have to rely on favors you've established or simply book it to the next gig. Regardless, your actions have consequences--even your crew can be affected by your decisions.

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Source: Former Obsidian And Telltale Devs Release Trailer For New Game

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Developer Digital Has Acquired Serious Sam Developer Croteam

Serious Sam 4 developer Croteam has worked with publisher Devolver Digital so many times, they've decided to make their relationship official. That's the vibe, at least, in Devolver's announcement that the company has acquired Croteam, ensuring that they'll continue releasing games together in the future.

"Devolver has acquired Croteam...or maybe Croteam has acquired Devolver...who could really know at this point in the relationship," the announcement reads (for the record, it's definitely the first one). "What’s certain is that our future together is ultra exciting with new projects like The Talos Principle 2, more Serious Sam games, and original IP from Croteam and the Croteam Incubator studios."

This also serves as a soft confirmation that there'll be more Serious Sam games before 4, although this was never really in doubt. The game released in September for PC and Stadia, and received a 7/10 in GameSpot's review.

The studio's next game will likely be The Talos Principle 2, first announced in 2016. Croteam previously told PC Gamer that the game is currently in the works, and that it will be the studio's focus now that Serious Sam 4 is available.


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How to Start the Pokemon Crown Tundra DLC

Here's how to access The Crown Tundra DLC in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - I Am Dead Grenkins Locations
« on: October 23, 2020, 05:45:28 AM »
I Am Dead Grenkins Locations

Don't miss a single collectible in I Am Dead.
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What The Golf? Comes To Steam With Surprise Level Editor

What the Golf?, Triband's hilarious anti-golf game, is now available on Steam, and it comes with a cool new feature. For the first time, players will be able to craft their own unique courses for the game.

The level editor is a surprise addition, and it's in a permanent state of "early access alpha beta preview," Triband designer and co-founder Tim Garbos said in a statement sent to press. The editor has been added because the team's inbox is full of level ideas sent in by players.

What the Golf? is $20 on Steam, but has a 30% launch week discount.

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Halo 5 Is Not Getting A Dedicated Xbox Series X Upgrade, But It Will Have Faster Load Times

Microsoft has confirmed that it has no plans to release a dedicated optimization update for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox Series X/S as it's doing for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

While there won't be the same 120fps/4K optimizations for Halo 5 on the next-gen consoles, Halo 5 will enjoy faster load times and higher resolutions overall thanks to the power of the new machines.

"While Halo 5 is not getting the same optimizations for Xbox Series X and Series S as MCC, owners of the next-gen hardware are still going to see the benefits of faster load times and consistently higher resolution gameplay," Microsoft said in a blog post. "We're excited for you all to jump on and give it a go with that extra power!"

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Spellbreak Adds A New Mode And Prologue Chapter In Major Update

Spellbreak has received a major new update, adding the game's first new mode and a prologue chapter to the free-to-play magic-based battle royale. The Prologue: The Gathering Storm update is now available on PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

The new mode is called Clash, and it's a 9-on-9 team deathmatch mode where each team is simply aiming for the highest kill count. It's described as "low on stress, but high on fun", with a heavy combat focus. Each side has three squads of three players, and you can still gather gear and level up skills across a match as you can in Battle Royale.

The circle is still present, and it will lead players around the map to keep the battle tight, while also ensuring that players are funneled into areas that suit this sort of gameplay. Upon being defeated and "exiled," players will get to keep their gear and levels, but will also drop equipment that can be looted by the other team (or their own team members, if they manage to finish off whoever took you down).

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New Halo Infinite Multiplayer Images Released For Weapon, Vehicle, And Soldier Skins

Microsoft has shared some new images and details about Halo Infinite, including new customization information surrounding the game's "coating" system.

Coating is Microsoft's terminology for weapon, character, and vehicle skins for Halo Infinite. A coating is a seven-layer shader that can feature different colors, materials, and patterns across seven channels, Microsoft said in a blog post.

The Red Shift armor is exclusive to GameStop

The first of these, the Monarch multiplayer coating, was announced as an exclusive for people who enjoy sugary snacks. The next one, Red Shift, is exclusive to GameStop customers.

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Super Meat Boy Forever: Hours Of New Footage Emerges, Featuring Many, Many Deaths

It had been a while since we've seen anything out of Team Meat about the upcoming Super Meat Boy sequel, Super Meat Boy Forever, but that's now changed. Lead developer Tommy Refenes recently streamed over 10 hours of gameplay from the game's current build, and it involves a lot of bloody deaths.

The game, which we last covered in 2018, has been in the works ever since, and it's looking pretty good--and challenging. While Refenes points out some areas that are still too easy for his liking, including the first boss fight, in other sections he dies plenty.

This aforementioned boss fight also shows off a cutscene featuring Meat Boy and Bandage Girl's kid, named Nugget. The kid is cute, as far as lumps of meat go.

You can watch the game in action below. This stream is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the original game's release on Xbox 360.


It was originally announced that Super Meat Boy Forever would arrive first on Switch, but the press release sent to GameSpot just says that the game will come to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC "when it's ready."

Thanks to a semi-random generation system, Super Meat Boy contains thousands of levels--but which ones you face will change each time you play. This means that no two playthroughs will be the same, and it's expected that players can run through the entire campaign several times before encountering a new one.


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Watch Dogs Legion Promo "Hacks" The Box Art Of Other Ubisoft Games

Watch Dogs: Legion is releasing very soon, and to promote the game, Ubisoft has updated some the company's previous big games with "hacked" box art.

The new box art for back catalog games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, Far Cry 5, and Ghost Recon Wildlands shows characters from those games wearing the pig mask from Legion. It's a very clever piece of marketing, and you can see a selection of the new box arts in the Twitter post below.

Watch Dogs Legion releases on October 29 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It's also coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S when those systems release in November. The game will be the first to take advantage of Ubisoft's new cross-progression platform, Ubisoft Connect.

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Xbox Streaming Service xCloud Adds Touch Controls For 10 More Games

Microsoft's xCloud game streaming service allows users to play titles with either a wireless controller or through touch controls. However, the platform launched with touch controls only available for Minecraft Dungeons, but now a handful more titles are supported.

Microsoft has now confirmed 10 more titles available on the service that now support touch controls, including Dead Cells, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and Killer Instinct.

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You can see the full list below.

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Xbox Series X And S Boxes Are Showing Up In The Wild

With the launch of the Xbox Series X and S consoles now just a few weeks away, units are apparently getting prepared to ship globally, and as such, images of them in the wild have begun to appear.

Here is a photo of the Xbox Series X and S retail boxes in the wild. The full context of the pictures is unclear, but the photos appear to be taken from inside a warehouse of some kind.

Given the logistics required to get potentially millions of consoles to retailers around the world for launch, it makes sense that these photos have emerged. We would expect more to come soon.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War Beta Was The Most Downloaded In Franchise History

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta has come to a close after a short extension on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. And it seems a lot of people played it.

The Call of Duty Twitter account said Black Ops Cold War's beta was the most downloaded in franchise history. There are no statistics to corroborate this. The statement also echoes what publisher Activision said in 2019 about Modern Warfare's beta being the "biggest ever in franchise history."

Activision recently detailed Black Ops Cold War's new 40-player game mode called Fireteam. It puts four teams of 10 against each other to complete objectives and engage in skirmishes. Upon death, players can respawn on a teammate, parachute into the map, or spawn in the seat of a teammate's car. This makes it sound reminiscent of the Battlefield 1 mode Conquest.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Phasmophobia Guide: General Ghost Hunting Tips
« on: October 22, 2020, 08:58:23 PM »
Phasmophobia Guide: General Ghost Hunting Tips

Phasmophobia is one of the latest breakout games on Twitch and for good reason. This thrilling early access horror game puts you and up to three other players in the role of paranormal investigators, equipping you with an arsenal of ghost-hunting items and letting you loose in a haunted location. Your goal is to monitor supernatural activity and gather up essential evidence to aid in identifying the ghost before it kills everyone.

But that's easier said than done.. While understanding what each tool in your ghost hunting arsenal does is important, you'll also have to consider other key factors and behaviors to follow as you explore and try to work out the ghost's identity. Below, we've detailed some essential ghost-hunting tips to help you survive a job.

Keeping In Communication

First, we highly recommend using in-game voice chat once you and your team have found your footing. Discord is nice when you're first starting, but it can make things a bit too easy and far less terrifying. The game does some fun stuff with audio implementation that makes the experience more immersive and tense.

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Pokemon Go November 2020 Events: New Legendary Raids, Togetic Breakthrough Reward, And More

November is only a few days away, and Pokemon Go developer Niantic has outlined a number of events for the popular mobile game next month. The studio is hosting a variety of activities over the next few weeks, from new Pokemon Spotlight Hours to a new Limited Research event and more. You can catch up on all the biggest Pokemon Go events happening in November 2020 below.

November Research Breakthrough Encounter: Togetic

As usual, Niantic is rolling out a new batch of Field Research tasks and rewards on the first of the month, and they coincide with a new Research Breakthrough encounter. Each time players achieve a Research Breakthrough in November 2020, they'll earn a chance to catch the Fairy Pokemon Togetic.

Legendary Raids

A few more Legendary Pokemon will also return to Raids throughout November 2020. Following Darkrai's departure on November 5, Niantic teases that "a familiar Pokemon" will reappear as a Raid boss, and subsequent weeks will bring back Terrakion, Cobalion, Virizion, and more. You can see the full Legendary Raid schedule for November 2020 below:

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Apex Legends Fight Or Fright: Every New Halloween-Themed Skin

The Apex Legends Fight or Fright event is back. The Halloween-themed event brings back the Shadow Games (Revenant's twisted version of the Apex Games), but instead of Shadowfall, this year's limited-time event is Shadow Royale. Fight or Fright also adds a few rare, epic, and legendary skins--some that you can only buy and others that you can earn.

If you missed out on securing the Fight or Fright skins from last year, a few have come back. For a limited time, you can spend Apex Coins to get Bloodhound's legendary Protector of the Patch, Crypto's legendary Deadly Byte, Caustic's legendary The Last Laugh, Mirage's legendary Old Town, and Lifeline's epic Green Widow.

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There are some new skins too. With Apex Coins, you can buy recolored variants of Bloodhound, Crypto, and Caustic's legendary skins--respectively named Wicked Harvest, Midnight Cipher, and Sweet Dreams. Loba is also getting a Halloween-themed skin this year, the epic Banshee Queen.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gets Its First PS4 Patch
« on: October 22, 2020, 08:58:22 PM »
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gets Its First PS4 Patch

It feels like a lifetime ago when Final Fantasy VII Remake dropped on PlayStation 4 in April 2020. Now, seven months after launch, Square Enix has released the first patch for the action-RPG--and it doesn't do much according to the patch notes

To be more specific, update version 1.01 simply "fixed various bugs." That's the one and only line of patch notes you can see when viewing the game's update history on PlayStation 4. Square Enix has not expanded on what the "various bugs" are. And both the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Square Enix Twitter accounts have not publicly mentioned this update.

According to Push Square, the update fixes game crashes, addresses freezing and frame rate drops, irons out stuttering and lag, and implements performance and stability improvements. But again, neither the developer nor publisher has said what update version 1.01 does.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Best Nintendo Switch eShop Game Deals This Week
« on: October 22, 2020, 08:58:22 PM »
Best Nintendo Switch eShop Game Deals This Week

The Nintendo Switch only has a couple more major releases this year with Pikmin 3 Deluxe launching at the end of the month and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity arriving November 20. If you've gotten your fill of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and are looking for something to play, there are tons of great deals on the Nintendo Switch eShop this week, including Warner Bros. and Ubisoft publisher sales as well as a Mega Man franchise sale.

Ubisoft's sale runs until October 29 and features discounts on a handful of notable games. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is down to $15, while the Gold edition with all of the DLC is only $20. Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection and Assassin's Creed III Remastered are discounted to $20 each. Turn-based RPG fans can snag South Park: The Stick of Truth for $12 and The Fractured but Whole for $15. Arguably the best deal in the Ubisoft sale is on the stellar platformer Rayman Legends Definitive edition, which is discounted to just $10.

Outside of Mortal Kombat 11 for $20, the Warner Bros. Halloween Sale is focused on family-friendly titles. Scribblenauts Mega Pack--a great compilation for kids who are in the early stages of reading--is on sale for $10. There are also a bunch of discounts on Lego games, which are ideal for couch co-op. Lego City Undercover is $9, Lego Harry Potter Collection is $12.49, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is $9. The Warner Bros. Halloween Sale is live until November 2.

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Mortal Shell Gets Additional Free Content To Celebrate Halloween

It's the season to be spooky, with Halloween just over a week away and every game under the sun getting in on the pumpkin-filled action. Recently released Souls-like Mortal Shell is no different, offering you a lot of free content for returning to its dreary world.

If you were a fan of Gorf when playing through Mortal Shell initially, you're in luck. The enigmatic character has a new small quest waiting for players as part of Mortal Shell's Rotten Autumn update, which is out now. Complete the quest and you'll be rewarded with ten additional skins that you can apply to any shells you use throughout the game's campaign.

You can show off the new skins with the new photo mode that has been added to the game, too, which will include a suite of editing options according to developer Cold Symmetry. In addition to that, you can also download a new soundtrack to switch up the ambiance to each of the game's boss fights. That download is separate to the Autumn update but will be free to all players as well.

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Ghostrunner Launches October 27 on Xbox One with Smart Delivery Support for Xbox Series X|S in 2021

Get ready! Owners of the Xbox One version of Ghostrunner will receive a free upgrade to the next-generation version on Xbox Series X|S when it releases in 2021 thanks to Smart Delivery! Pre-order today on Xbox One before Tuesday, October 27 to take advantage of limited-time discounts and exclusive swords! Ghostrunner is a game all […]
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Second Extinction Early Access Review

A solid foundation for a frantic dinosaur-hunting co-op shooter with plenty of teeth.
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Nintendo Switch's Sales Record and Fire Emblem's Surprise Localization - NVC 531

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Nintendo Switch sales headline this week's episode of Nintendo Voice Chat.
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Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Raid Requirements, New Weekly Challenges Announced

Sucker Punch Productions has revealed the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima: Legends raid requirements and new weekly challenges.
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Soccer Player Got PS5 Early, Or At Least The Controller

If you've managed to secure an order for a PlayStation 5 you still have a few more weeks to wait for the next generation of gaming from Sony. But if you happened to be a famous soccer player, you could have your hands on it right now.

That's the case for Polish international and Bayern Munich player Robert Lewandowski, who has shared a

showing himself kicking back with a DualSense controller. The PS5 isn't shown in either shot in the post, but a close-up of the controller makes it look like the real deal. And with just a handful of weeks until launch, it's easy to assume he's just been lucky enough to get some early access.

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Even though Sony has not sent consoles to journalists yet, Microsoft sent numerous Xbox Series X consoles to media outlets nearly a full month ago. It's given us a comprehensive look at the console ahead of its launch next month--our final Xbox Series X preview provides a look at load times, backwards compatibility, and more.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla – Release Date, Story, And Everything Else We Know

As we're less than a month away from the release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, we've decided to compile everything we know about the game. So if you're looking to educate yourself on the next entry in one of Ubisoft's flagship series, you've come to the right place.

The 12th mainline game in the franchise, Assassin's Creed Valhalla continues the story of Layla Hassan, first introduced as the new modern day protagonist of the franchise in 2017's Assassin's Creed Origins. We still don't know what the modern day storyline for Valhalla is yet, only that it follows the fairly elaborate series of events that occurred during the The Fate of Atlantis DLC expansion.

In Origins, Layla relived the life of Egyptians Bayek and Aya, the latter of whom became the first Mentor of the Hidden Ones, the precursors to the Assassin Brotherhood. Layla's story continued in 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, where she relived the life of Kassandra/Alexios, a mercenary in Ancient Greece whose powerful bloodline lives on in their descendants, most notably Aya. Now, in Valhalla, Layla will relive the life of Eivor, a Viking looking for a new home.

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Cyberpunk Slasher Ghostrunner Has A Free Next-Gen Upgrade

Developer One More Level has confirmed that its upcoming cyberpunk action-adventure game Ghostrunner will launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X as a free upgrade for those who own the current-gen version of the game on either console when it launches on October 27.

The only stipulation to gain access to the next-gen version of Ghostrunner is to buy the game digitally. If players purchase Ghostrunner on the Microsoft or PlayStation stores, they can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series S/X version at no extra cost. Though the next-gen consoles drop this November, the next-gen version of Ghostrunner won't be available until 2021. An exact release date for these upgrades has not been announced as of yet.

Ghostrunner is available for preorder right now on most platforms like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as PC via the Epic Games Store, GOG, and Steam. The game is also on sale on these platforms for 10-20% off until October 26 and those who preorder get two exclusive katana.

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Fortnite Steamy Stacks Guide: Where To Find All The Floating Rings (Week 9)

Fortnite's Week 9 challenges include a familiar task. You'll need to find five floating rings while fending off enemies at Steamy Stacks. This guide will give you the location of all five rings to help you complete the challenge with ease.

Where Are All Five Floating Rings At Steamy Stacks?

The rings are located both inside and on top of several buildings. It's good to try and land at Steamy Stacks when the bus route is farther away from the named location. That way fewer players will show up to interrupt your ring hunting. You can find the exact locations for all floating rings in the map below.

Floating Rings At Steamy Stacks

This challenge will probably take most players a full match. The rings take some time to collect, so it'll be difficult to try and do anything else once it's complete. Here are the specific locations of all five rings.

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Ghost Of Tsushima: Legends Raid Release Date And Requirements Confirmed

Developer Sucker Punch Productions has revealed that the first raid for Ghost of Tsushima's new Legends multiplayer mode kicks off on October 30 for PlayStation 4.

The raid, titled The Tale of Iyo, is a three-chapter mission that puts players directly into the heart of Iyo's realm. Players need a minimum Ki level of 100 and a full team of four Ghosts to tackle the raid. Sucker Punch recommends players finish Legends' story and survival missions on higher difficulties in order to obtain better gear. Doing so will get players raid-ready.

An exact start time for The Tale of Iyo has not been confirmed as of yet. Sucker Punch said it will provide more details on its official Twitter account closer to the launch of the raid.

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Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

Halloween is getting closer, which means it's time for New Releases to get a little spooky. This week, you can run from monsters in Amnesia: Rebirth or face them head-on in the first part of Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods DLC. You can also take a few runs at rogue-lite The Red Lantern or try the game that started it all with the re-release of Rogue. Finally, Transformers: Battlegrounds rolls out this week, too.

Amnesia: Rebirth -- October 20

Available on: PS4, PC

This new spin on the Amnesia games is set in the Algerian desert, where you'll have to run from the series' trademark monsters, solve puzzles, and figure out why the desert residents have disappeared. Rebirth is also more about the theme of survival, according to developer Frictional Games. Expect a mix of wide-open and claustrophobic spaces as you try to survive.

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Source: Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

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Fortnite: How To Find The Highest And Lowest Point (Week 9)

Fortnite's Week 9 challenges have arrived. One will have you trekking to two remote locations on the map while you find and dance at the highest and lowest points on the map. This guide will show you how to find those points so you can complete the challenge with ease.

Where Are The Highest And Lowest Points On The Map?

The highest and lowest points are on the opposite sides of the map. The lowest point is at Coral Castle near the center of the named location in the B2 tile of the map. It's located in one of the temples, and you'll need to party submerge yourself in the water while you dance in order to complete this part of the challenge.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising Shares More With Assassin's Creed Than You Think

Following a four-hour hands-on session with Immortals Fenyx Rising, I had the chance to talk to narrative director Jeffrey Yohalem about the game. During the interview, I learned that the inspiration for Immortals' story is similar to that of the Assassin's Creed franchise--it's a fictional "what if" narrative designed to fill in a gap of history.

"There was this lost great poem called the Titanomachy, which is the history of the Titans against the Greek gods," Yohalem said. "So we do have one version of that story, which is loosely based on existing texts. But there's this missing epic poem that's hinted at in a bunch of other texts, and no one knows what the contents of it were. So the idea is that the story of Fenyx is that poem."

Immortals' similarities to Assassin's Creed shouldn't come as too much of a surprise--developer Ubisoft Quebec has ties to the franchise. The studio is responsible for developing expansions for Assassin's Creed III and IV: Black Flag, as well as taking the helm on Syndicate and Odyssey.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising Explores The Greek Gods As If They Were A Family On Reality TV

Following my four-hour hands-on preview with the game, I was a bit surprised to see just how narrative-driven Immortals Fenyx Rising is. The opening hours of the game set up a young hero striving to find their worth in their older brother's shadow, four siblings stripped of their individuality, and two father figures sitting down to see how the whole story will play out. Like narrative director Jeffrey Yohalem told me, "This game is about a family."

This is why Immortals largely focuses on Zues, Aphrodite, Athena, Ares, Hermes, and Hephaestus--the six represent a single family unit within the much larger Greek pantheon. "All of [them] are the direct family members of Zeus except for Aphrodite, but she's a daughter-in-law and kind of an adopted daughter," Yohalem said. "For me, this encapsulated that idea of family, with Zeus as the head."

It's not unheard of for video games to use the drama-filled mythology of the Greek gods to explore themes of familial bonds--Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Hades, among others, have done it before. But you're usually a member of that Greek family in those games. Immortals puts you into the role of an outsider, Fenyx, who is there to help talk the gods through their subconscious desires and unspoken issues to grow stronger as a family.

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Borderlands 3: New Moze And Zane 4th Skill Tree Abilities Revealed

Borderlands 3 will see the beginning of its second year of content with the Designer's Cut update on November 10. The release of this new update will also coincide with the launch of the Xbox Series X|S, and the next-gen version of Gearbox Software's looter-shooter will also be available as a launch title. In addition to the new Arms Race mode, another big highlight for the upcoming content drop are the new skill trees for each of the vault hunters, which will add new twists to their existing playstyles.

GameSpot recently got hands-on time with a pre-release build of the Designer's Cut, and we spent some time experimenting with the new loadouts for the vault hunters. In addition to that, we also got some hands-on time with Mayhem level 11, the new level for the end-game content that removes the bonus modifiers at the cost of lower drop rates. Previously, we showed off the new skill with Amara and Fl4k. For the former, she wields the new Phaseflare skill that summons a giant orb of elemental energy, while the later gets a new gravity trap and pet loader bot.

Now, we're finally ready to show off some gameplay for Zane and Moze. We took the time to dive into their new skill-trees and action abilities, so here's a quick rundown of some of their unique skills and how things are different with both characters.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising: Vaults, Puzzles, And Narrative Progression Details

Following a delay, Gods & Monsters was renamed Immortals Fenyx Rising and revealed again during the September 2020 Ubisoft Forward. Comparisons were immediately made to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild--especially in regards to Immortals' self-contained, puzzle-focused Vaults, which operate similarly to Breath of the Wild's Shrines. However, whereas most of Breath of the Wild's Shrines are optional ways of improving your stamina and health, Immortals' Vaults do occasionally tie into the game's story.

In Immortals, protagonist Fenyx must save the Golden Isle from Typhon, one of the Titans imprisoned by Zeus, who has escaped his capture and defeated the Greek pantheon of gods, stripping Zeus of his lightning and Aphrodite, Ares, Hephestus, and Athena of their essence. Following the prologue, your first goal in the game is to reunite the family of gods with their respective essences, allowing them to aid you in your fight against Typhon. You can also discover pieces of Zeus's lightning in Vaults scattered throughout the map--collecting them allows you to increase Fenyx's stamina.

I recently had the chance to play through the opening four hours of Immortals Fenyx Rising, which allowed me to see the prologue and almost the entirety of the story arc for reuniting Aphrodite with her essence. At least in these first four hours, Immortals has a real forward momentum to its plot. Following the acquisition of Fenyx's initial powers and weapons, you glide from the prologue area into the main crux of the game and are heavily encouraged to make your way to the Hall of the Gods, the hub. From there, the story opens up; though, landmarks and Vault placements seem to guide Fenyx towards helping Aphrodite first. After my hands-on, I sat down with narrative director Jeffrey Yohalem and associate game director Julien Galloudec to talk about Immortals Fenyx Rising's Vaults and puzzles, and how the game handles progression.

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Guilty Gear Strive PS4 To PS5 Free Upgrade And Cross-Play Features Confirmed

Guilty Gear Strive will support cross-play between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 when it launches in 2021. If you're planning to purchase the game on PS4 and can only upgrade to a PS5 console at some other point in the future, there's more good news, as you'll be able to receive the PS5 version for free.

This applies to the PlayStation Store digital version as well, but the retail physical edition won't receive a free upgrade on the PS5 Digital Edition console due to the obvious lack of a disc drive on that console.

Developer Arc System Works also had several other answers to provide in its latest FAQ. For the upgrade from PS4 to PS5, the developer said that the game content would remain the same but that load times and resolution will be improved on the newer Sony console. The PS4 version of Guilty Gear Strive will also be playable through backwards compatibility on PS5, albeit with a resolution capped to 1080p.

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Hearthstone Brings Back The Old Gods In "Madness At The Darkmoon Faire"

Hearthstone's next expansion will bring back a fan-favorite foursome of larger-than-life cards, alongside a new keyword and a new game mode. The Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion is themed around a creepy carnival, and to match the occasion, the set will mark the return of the Old Gods--albeit with different effects than we saw in the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion.

As before, the Old Gods are powerful 10-Mana Legendary minions with game-changing effects that encourage you to build a deck around their central mechanics. C'Thun, N'Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y'Shaarj are all neutral minions, so you'll be able to fit them into any type of deck. New Old God Artifact cards will also bring back the flavor of the original Old Gods.

A new Corrupt mechanic is coming into play in the Darkmoon Faire as well. Cards with the new keyword get a powerful upgrade if you play a higher-cost card while they're in your hand.

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Hearthstone's New Game Mode Is A Mash-Up Of Dungeon Run And Arena

Hearthstone is getting another new mode, starting today. The Duels mode takes the popular Dungeon Run solo adventures and takes it into multiplayer, including a prize structure similar to the Arena mode. The new mode officially launches in November alongside the upcoming expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. But if you preorder the expansion, you can start playing Duels today.

Duels will feature ten heroes to select, representing the ten standard Hearthstone classes. But like in Dungeon Run, these heroes will have upgraded powers that would easily be considered overpowered in standard play. When you start a Duels run, you'll build a deck of 15 cards from your own collection, and then add more cards from buckets that are offered between matches. You'll also sometimes earn a Treasure which, like the Hero Powers themselves, are well past the normal Hearthstone power level.

The card pool for Duels will alternate between seasons, featuring a collection of previous and recent expansions. The first is themed after a mage competition at Scholomance Academy, so it will feature the card pools from Scholomance, Curse of Naxxramas, One Night in Karazhan, and the Classic and Basic sets.

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Hearthstone's Revamped Rewards System Introduces Battle Pass

Blizzard has announced a new Hearthstone expansion and game mode--Madness at the Darkmoon Faire and Duels, respectively--but another big change is coming to the game alongside both of those: a completely revamped progression system. The new rewards system follows a model familiar from other free-to-play games with battle passes. Players will earn rewards along a progression track, with an additional tier of rewards available by purchasing a seasonal Tavern Pass.

Once the new reward system is implemented, players will complete the standard Daily Quests along with new Weekly Quests, and earn new Achievements for completing in-game accomplishments. Future expansions and big updates will add new Achievements to the pool.

All of that will help you earn experience to progress you down a Reward Track. The 50-level track will grant gold, card packs, and cosmetic items, and you'll be able to net bonus rewards with an optional Tavern Pass.

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Celebrate the Joy of Chaos with Risk of Rain 2’s Free Content Update and New Low Price

One year, four free content updates, and over three million players later, Risk of Rain 2 has expanded significantly since it first arrived. New characters brought new ways to fight through the hordes of frenzied monsters standing between you and your escape from a chaotic alien planet. New loot added new mechanics, stacking with abilities […]
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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Secret Neighbor’s Major Halloween Update
« on: October 22, 2020, 03:07:37 PM »
Secret Neighbor’s Major Halloween Update

If you’re new to Secret Neighbor, welcome to an ever-growing and constantly updated multiplayer social horror game. Communicate and cooperate with other players to sneak into the creepy basement and learn your Neighbor’s dark secrets. The twist? Someone in your group is the Neighbor in disguise, so trust no one! This Fall, as usual on […]
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Watch Dogs: Legion Hacks the Microsoft Store to Save London

London is in a bit of a jam. Corrupt private military, authoritarian government, and an underground crime syndicate are preying on the vulnerable… alright, maybe a bit more than a jam. The city is on the brink of collapse and Londoners need your help before the city goes to hell — are you ready to […]
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Manifold Garden Receives Free Xbox Series X|S Enhancement on November 10 with Smart Delivery

I’m incredibly excited to announce that Manifold Garden will receive a next-gen upgrade on Xbox Series X|S on November 10 when the consoles launch. Better yet, the upgrade is free to existing owners of the Xbox One version of the game through Smart Delivery. That means if you buy the game once, you get an […]
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Free Play Days – Fallout 76, UFC 4, and Destroy All Humans!

Embark on a new quest for the Overseer, submit your opponent in the cage, and take a giant step on mankind, all in this weekend’s Free Play Days. Fallout 76, UFC 4, and Destroy All Humans! are available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, October 22 at […]
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Xbox Touch Controls on Mobile Come to More Games, Giving You More Ways to Play

At Xbox we believe this era is all about the player, you are the future of gaming. We listen to what you – players, game developers, and content creators – tell us you want and based on your feedback, we’re building a future where you and your friends can play the most immersive and interactive […]
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Out Next Week: Pikmin 3 Deluxe Is Up for Preorder

Everything you need to know to preorder Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch.
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Xbox Brazil Host Firing Unrelated to Her Getting Death Threats, Microsoft Says

A host for Xbox Brazil received months of harassment and death threats from the community. When she was let go, Microsoft says the decision was unrelated to the harassment.
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GTA Online: Jump Into the Halloween Bunker Series for Triple Rewards, and More

Score special Halloween-themed bonuses and discounts this week in Grand Theft Online.
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Godfall Devs on Loot, Progression, and Making 'The Tinkerer's Dream'

However you choose to play, Counterplay is hoping to make a loot system that respects your time, lets you experiment with new builds easily, and always look cool while playing.
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Borderlands 3 Designer's Cut DLC Moze and Zane Skill Trees Revealed

Gearbox has revealed the Designer's Cut skill trees for Borderlands 3's Moze and Zane.
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Hearthstone Gets a New Game Mode and The Old Gods Return!

Duels combines Dungeon Run-style deckbuilding with PVP competition.
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Ghostrunner Coming to PS5 and Xbox Series in 2021, With Free Upgrade

PS4 and Xbox One owners of Ghostrunner will get a free upgrade to the next-gen version of the game next year.
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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light Coming to Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light - the first Fire Emblem game from 1990 - will be released on the Nintendo Switch on December 4, 2020, and will be fully localized for the first time.
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PS5 to Launch with Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube

The PS5 will launch with Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube, and other apps like Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, and Peacock will come in the future.
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The Falconeer on Xbox Series X: Hands-On at 120fps

Calling all fans of Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge...
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Kojima Productions Has Started Its Next Game, And It's Hiring

A little less than a year since the release of the wildly ambitious Death Stranding, Kojima Productions has confirmed its next game has entered development. In traditional Hideo Kojima fashion, however, we're being kept in the dark about exactly what it is.

In a statement to GameSpot, Kojima Productions didn't mention if the project had any connections to Death Stranding or would be something completely different. It's currently recruiting for roles in its Tokyo studio across several different departments, including game programming, sound design, art, game design, production, projection management, writing, and localization. Applicants must be able to speak and write Japanese fluently for the roles.

Hideo Kojima isn't exactly known for brevity--in development time or the length of his games--so it's likely it will be several years before we actually get to play the studio's next game. Death Stranding released late last year after being announced more than three years earlier. Its development came after Hideo Kojima's acrimonious split with Konami. Though Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain released during this time, his other project, Silent Hills, was canceled.

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Bethesda Sued for $100 Million After 'Intentional Sabotage' of Rune 2 to Protect The Elder Scrolls

Bethesda and ZeniMax Media have been added to a lawsuit concerning the alleged 'intentional sabotage' of Ragnarok Game's Rune 2.
Source: Bethesda Sued for $100 Million After 'Intentional Sabotage' of Rune 2 to Protect The Elder Scrolls

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Patches Out Minecraft Steve's Unintentionally NSFW Victory Pose

Nintendo has patched out a previously provocative pose introduced in the Minecraft Steve Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC.
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Kojima Productions Confirms It's Working on a New Game

Kojima Productions has confirmed that it's working on a new project, and is hiring "best-in-class talent" for its Tokyo studio.
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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Has "Near-Instant" Loading Times On Xbox Series X

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is among the 30+ launch titles for the Xbox Series X, and now the developer has shed a little more light on how the game performs on Microsoft's next-gen console.

Chief producer Masayoshi Yokoyama spoke to Xbox Wire about how the game leverages the power of the console, and Yokoyama is particularly looking forward to players experiencing the dramatically faster load times. Yokoyama said the load times are "nearly instantaneous."

"I was personally most excited about the reduction in loading times due to the SSD, it's nearly instantaneous; there's not even time to read the loading screen tips!" Yokoyama said.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Makes A Very Important Change To Minecraft's Steve

The new 9.0.1 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has officially gone live, and it contains an important fix for Steve from Minecraft.

Although the patch notes make no mention of it, for an obvious reason, the patch appears to have made a change to Steve's win screen. If you know, you know, and we don't need to lay it out any more than that

In addition to that change, the 9.0.1 update makes several other updates to Steve/Alex to fix a series of issues related to clipping through the landscape and other oddities. You can see the full patch notes below, as shared by Nintendo on its website.

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GameSpot News / GSN - AOC Streaming Among Us Works Because It's Genuine
« on: October 22, 2020, 01:41:14 AM »
AOC Streaming Among Us Works Because It's Genuine

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her Twitch debut streaming Among Us the other night with big-name streamers like Hasan Piker, Pokimane, Dr. Lupo, Jacksepticeye, and Hbomberguy, as well as her colleague, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. It's made headlines across gaming and non-gaming media, so you're probably familiar with what went down already, given the widespread coverage. I was one of the over 400,000 people watching Ocasio-Cortez's personal stream, enjoying the hell out of her and others legitimately having a good time in-game. Count me in the crowd of "never stan a politician" for simply taking part in a common hobby, but for AOC, the context is quite different.

Before I became an editor and video host here at GameSpot, I worked in politics--behind the scenes, managing campaigns in California, local, and statewide--and often managed the public-facing content of our clients and candidates on the internet. At the time, we were a young agency with a certain tech savvy that many of our clients did not have (they'd tend to be a generation or two apart from us). We'd ask for personal details that could connect them to their constituencies; photos, stories, interests, and experiences that we could share in blogs, official sites, tweets, and posts on various platforms. These would be delivered in addition to communicating actual policy visions.

Despite this, much of what I did felt so buttoned-up. Maybe it's because I was still green in that line of work and playing it safe. But when watchful endorsers and backers can lash out at the littlest thing you say that might be off-kilter, and with the resulting internal concern that could cause, creating online content was a tedious process that would have to go through more hoops than necessary. All I wanted to do was reach potential voters in a casual manner. So, the thought popped into my head while watching AOC's stream: What if my breakthrough as a political consultant was to get clients to stream? (And I thought of what kind of new hell that could spawn for the rest of us.)

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GameSpot News / GSN - Phasmophobia Item Guide: What Every Item Does
« on: October 22, 2020, 01:41:14 AM »
Phasmophobia Item Guide: What Every Item Does

Phasmophobia, the early access horror game, has taken Twitch and social media by storm. For the uninitiated, Phasmophobia's goal is simple, though achieving it is a little tricky. You, either alone or with a group of friends, play a ghost hunter investigating a spooky, dimly-lit location and trying to determine which type of ghost is haunting the place. As you explore the area, you will need to use various tools to gather evidence before the ghost kills you and your friends.

Aside from the ghosts, the most terrifying thing about Phasmophobia in its current state is the lackluster tutorial. It teaches you the basics for a few investigation tools, but it leaves a lot for you to figure out on your own. So to help you in your efforts to track down the whereabouts and identify apparitions, I've detailed below everything you need to know about tools available to you in Phasmophobia, as well as general tips to keep you alive.

The Objective

Your job is to figure out what kind of ghost you're up against. To do that, you first need to identify which part of the building the ghost is haunting, and then you need to find three separate pieces of hard evidence to log in your journal. Once you've discovered three clues, you can identify the ghost in your journal and promptly get out. The evidence options are:

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List of New Pokemon in Crown Tundra Sword and Shield DLC

See every new and newly returning Pokemon available in Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion.
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Find Plenty of Matches in Amnesia: Rebirth with this Walkthrough

Plus, we have every puzzle solution.
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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Main Theme Music Revealed; Jack Wall Returns

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has brought back Black Ops composer Jack Wall to do the music once again. Developer Treyarch has confirmed Wall's involvement in the game, and also released the main theme music, which is meant to reflect the '80s and the Cold War period.

Wall told SPIN that he used a number of soft synth instruments to create a "dark, shadowy" feel that felt appropriate to the time period.

"I wanted to create something for the main menu that immediately said very clearly 'Cold War': Reagan, Brezhnev, Soviet choir," Wall said. "I wrote a distinctly 'of the era' Soviet-sounding theme, mixing Soviet choir and orchestra with dark synths. Making music and sounds from the '80s--[using instruments like] Moog Modular, Minimoog, and CS80, as well as other soft synths--to give it that dark, shadowy Black Ops feel in the time of larger-than-life Cold War political figures like Reagan and Brezhnev."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Roblox Passes $2 Billion On Mobile Alone
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:30:08 PM »
Roblox Passes $2 Billion On Mobile Alone

The MMO Roblox is performing phenomenally well on mobile. According to Sensor Tower's estimates, the game has now crossed $2 billion in lifetime revenue globally across iOS and Android.

Like other games, Roblox's mobile edition saw its microtransaction revenue surge during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, May 2020 was the game's biggest month ever, with $113 million in spending.

The US is by far the biggest market for Roblox, accounting for $1.3 billion in lifetime revenue. The UK is No. 2 with $161 million, while Canada comes in third with $81 million, according to Sensor Tower.

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Gears 5 Input Lag Is Dramatically Improved On Xbox Series X

In addition to support for 120fps, Gears 5 on Xbox Series X boasts a dramatic improvement for input latency. The developer announced on Twitter that input latency--which is the amount of time it takes when you trigger an action to when it completes--has been improved by 36% for the campaign and 57% for multiplayer.

According to Microsoft, this results in a "profoundly more responsive experience." We'll have to wait until we get our hands on the game to understand what this feels like, but it definitely looks like a nice upgrade.

As you can see in the charts below, Gears 5 multiplayer on Xbox Series X at 120fps has an average input latency of 37 milliseconds, compared to 85 milliseconds for Xbox One X at 60fps.

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Ubisoft Connect Wants To Make Cross-Progression A Standard Moving Forward

Ubisoft is making a big change to its main player services, Uplay and the Ubisoft Club. Going forward, they will live under the Ubisoft Connect umbrella, which is an ambitious platform from the French games publisher that aims to help players stay connected via things like cross-progression and cross-platform support.

Ubisoft Connect will debut on October 29 with the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion. Players who have a Ubisoft account can "play, progress, and stay in touch with friends anywhere."

Ubisoft said the new Connect service will "make cross-platform features a standard moving forward." This kicks off with Legion later this month, while games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Riders Republic will also support "full cross-progression," Ubisoft said.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Fortnite Ghost Rider Skin Confirmed In New Leak
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:30:07 PM »
Fortnite Ghost Rider Skin Confirmed In New Leak

Fortnite is getting a Ghost Rider skin soon, according to data miners. Ghost Rider-related achievements, among other pieces of evidence, have been found within the game's files. Fortnite leaker Hypex tweeted about a new Ghost Rider achievement where players have to drive a vehicle as Ghost Rider.

Fortnite's Season 4 is full of Marvel heroes. Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, She-Hulk, Mystique, Storm, Groot, and Dr. Doom are available as part of the battle pass. Several of these heroes can also be found roaming the map during games, and you can kill them to gain their powers. Daredevil is currently in the item shop after being released as part of a special Marvel Knockout tournament.

Ghost Rider, played by Nicolas Cage on the silver screen, could be added in a similar tournament. Epic said that there would be three more tournaments, including a grand finale on November 22, that would feature other heroes. We don't know who those heroes will be, though. We do know that data miners have also find evidence that Venom, the fan-favorite villain from Spider-Man, will also be coming to Fortnite.

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Call Of Duty: The Haunting Of Verdansk Brings Tension Back To Warzone

We were soaring towards Quarry alongside two other teams. I knew we'd have a better chance at taking them out if we landed together towards the back of the location--where we could loot before fighting. Our boots hit the ground and my two teammates, one picking up a molotov cocktail on the way there, ran towards the hum of the chest we could hear inside a nearby building.

"Holy crap! What the hell!?" one of my teammates spouted as he was greeted by a jump scare after opening the chest. He backtracked and threw the molotov cocktail, lighting our other teammate on fire. "Oh s*** man, I'm sorry."

Call of Duty: Warzone's The Haunting of Verdansk event provides dozens of moments like this. The limited-time event that runs through November 3 brings back the same tension that first made battle royales a sensation in 2017. It turns Warzone upside down with creepy environmental changes, a haunted Easter egg hunt with numerous rewards, and two modes that are surprisingly terrifying.

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Pixelated Roguelike ScourgeBringer Is Now On Game Pass For PC And Xbox One

This year has seen some great roguelikes, including Supergiant Games' popular Hades, Spelunky 2, and Bloodroots. And another one, ScourgeBringer, is now available on Game Pass.

ScourgeBringer, developed by NeuroVoider creators Flying Oak Games, is a fast-paced free-moving roguelike platformer that's sort of like a crossover between Celeste and Dead Cells. You play as Kyhra, the deadliest warrior of her clan, as you battle tough enemies and even tougher bosses to uncover the truth of what sent the world into the post-apocalypse. ScourgeBringer is available on PC and Xbox One. It can also be played on Xbox Series S/X when the next-gen consoles launch on November 10 for $300 and $500, respectively.

For those who would rather own the game outright, ScourgeBringer is available to purchase for $17 USD on the Microsoft and Steam stores. The game is currently on sale on Steam for $14.44 until October 28. Check out the PC system requirements for ScourgeBringer below.

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You Can Play As Luigi In Super Mario Bros. 35 After All

Super Mario Bros. 35--a multiplayer battle royale take on the original Super Mario Bros.--is one of the strangest games Nintendo has released in a long time, and it's garnered quite a bit of attention recently. Now, some clever players have discovered that you can play as Luigi in the game, just like in the original Super Mario Bros., though they haven't quite agreed on how to unlock him.

The original Reddit post claimed that you had to reach Star Rank, which is progress level 100 in the game, before you could play as Luigi. Follow-up posts and replies from fans seem to indicate that you have to complete every stage in the game at least once, including the final Bowser in 8-4. It's unclear if Star Rank is also required. Players simply hold L during the matchmaking process, and they'll play as Luigi instead of Mario.

This isn't the first time that fans have tried to find Luigi in a Mario game. For many years, a rumor circulated that Luigi was playable in Super Mario 64, which was seemingly bolstered by a blocky texture on a fountain in the castle courtyard that supposedly read "L is Real 2401." Earlier this year, hackers discovered Luigi in the game's source code following a massive leak, finally confirming that he was indeed hiding in the game all along.

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Darkest Dungeon 2 Coming To Epic Games Store in 2021

Being terrorized in an underground reliquary might not sound fun to everyone, but the stout RPG Darkest Dungeon has managed to garner a lot of players since its release in 2016. Now, after a barrage of DLC packs, developer Red Hook--note the Lovecraft reference--have announced that Darkest Dungeon 2 will be available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021.

Based on the trailer, players can expect a lot more in the way of darkness and plenty of dungeons in the sequel. Several of the pre-release materials reference your party of characters going on a "journey" rather than staying in one location, as they did in the first game. When Darkest Dungeon 2 was revealed in February 2019, the developer also noted that the team has increased from five to 14 in order to increase the game's scale and quality.

In GameSpot's Darkest Dungeon review, critic Daniel Starkey called the game an expertly-balanced take on the roguelike genre.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Pokemon Go Is Adding Galarian Ponyta Soon
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:30:07 PM »
Pokemon Go Is Adding Galarian Ponyta Soon

Galarian Yamask is making its Pokemon Go debut later this week as part of the game's Halloween 2020 event, but it appears it isn't the only new Galarian form being introduced soon. Developer Niantic shared new images on Twitter today teasing the arrival of Galarian Ponyta.

The first image, which you can see below, shows Galarian Ponyta's distinctive pastel mane peeking out from behind a tree. A follow-up tweet, meanwhile, shows the Pokemon's tail, further confirming that the monster in question is indeed Galarian Ponyta.

Niantic hasn't announced when Galarian Ponyta will actually be available in Pokemon Go, but the autumn foliage in the teaser images suggests it'll arrive sometime soon.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift Gameplay Reveal Set For This Thursday

Verizon has announced that it will hold a League of Legends: Wild Rift livestream on October 22 from 6:30 - 8 PM PT / 9:30 - 11:00 PM ET in collaboration with Apple and Riot Games. The broadcast will provide the first look at the mobile League of Legends spin-off, which goes into open beta across most of the Asian Pacific on October 27 for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

The broadcast goes live on Twitch Rivals and Verizon's official Twitter account. It includes celebrities and pro streamers, like singer-songwriter Chrissy Costanza and FaZe Clan co-owner FaZe Apex, playing against each other to showcase the capabilities of 5G mobile gaming on the newly announced iPhones. There are no prizes on the line: They are just coming together to play League of Legends: Wild Rift, which drops in North America in Spring 2021.

Riot Games unveiled a brief teaser of Wild Rift gameplay during Apple's iPhone event earlier this month, where the product company unveiled the new iPhone 12 lineup. The studio confirmed that the League of Legends mobile title will take advantage of iPhone 12's A14 chip. This new processor, coupled with 5G network speeds, should make League of Legends: Wild Rift feel reminiscent of its PC counterpart while providing console-quality responsiveness.

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Features A Hooded Crimson Cowl Costume

We've already seen a couple of alternative costumes for Miles Morales ahead of his debut in Spider-Man: Miles Morales (even one including an adorable cat). But in a new tease for the PlayStation 5 title, Miles' is sporting a new look that features a cowl.

Insomniac Games has released an excerpt from the in-game version of the Daily Bugle, with a piece focused on two new styles that Miles has been seen sporting around the city. The first should be familiar, with the T.R.A.C.K suit being one of the first alternative costumes revealed. But the second is entirely new, with Miles donning a hood in the Crimson Cowl costume.

In 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man, each costume featured unique abilities that could be used in combat. It's not clear yet what abilities might be attributed to each of Miles' outfits, but it's presumably going to follow the same formula. Abilities could also be used with other costumes once unlocked, letting you look your best while fighting your best at the same time.

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GameSpot News / GSN - The Best Moments From AOC's Among Us Stream
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:30:07 PM »
The Best Moments From AOC's Among Us Stream

When congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first announced her interest in streaming Among Us "to get out the vote," she was met with a barrage of popular livestreamers and other influencers eager to play alongside her. When that stream finally went live on the evening of October 20, more than 430,000 viewers tuned in on Twitch to watch. The stream ran for 3.5 hours and featured an all-star lineup of guests, including streamers Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Harris "Hbomberguy" Brewis, Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Seán "Jacksepticeye" McLoughlin, Charles "Cr1TiKaL" White, Jeremy "Disguised Toast" Wang, Benjamin "DrLupo" Lupo, and fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

If you weren't able to tune in, here were some of the best moments from the AOC stream, as documented by amused viewers on social media.

AOC killing Pokimane

"I can't kill Poki, she's so nice. I can't do that—okay, I think I have to do it." - AOC

AOC ruthlessly taking out Pokimane in the security room after a brief—very brief—moment of hesitation, and then immediately getting caught by Myth.

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Source: The Best Moments From AOC's Among Us Stream

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Rainbow Six Siege Update 3.3 Now Live On PS4, Full Patch Notes Revealed

After taking the servers down for a brief 30-minute maintenance period, Ubisoft has deployed a new update for Rainbow Six Siege on PlayStation 4, with PC getting it later this week and Xbox One receiving it next week. The full patch notes for Update 3.3 are outlined below.

The update tweaks the game's Operators in several ways,, like reducing the number of explosive ticks in Ace's Selma Aqua Breacher, decreasing Glaz's vision recovery and movement penalization, and giving the ITA12S shotgun to Frost as a secondary weapon. There are also balance adjustments in Update 3.3, including changing ballistic shields so they are affected by guard breaks and increasing the maximum range damage for both the ACS12 and TCSG12 shotguns.

Elsewhere, the patch addresses some gameplay issues, such as improving the chat filter feedback system and deactivating the ban ticker for custom games. Furthermore, Update 3.3 makes a number of bug fixes. Defenders should no longer spawn on top of each other when on the second floor of the master bedroom on Chalet. Lighting problems on the first floor of the bar in Chalet have been ironed out, and minor map asset issues should be fixed now.

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Source: Rainbow Six Siege Update 3.3 Now Live On PS4, Full Patch Notes Revealed

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Fortnite Fortnitemares Witch's Broom Guide: How To Travel 100 Meters By Broom

Fortnite's Halloween event brings a new item that'll help players soar around the map: the witch's broom. One of the Fortnitemares challenges tasks you with traveling 100 meters while on it. This guide will show you how to find a witch's broom and complete the challenge quickly.

Where Can You Find A Witch's Broom?

Witch's brooms are located at one of several shacks spread across the map. You'll find the brooms in a barrel, similar to how fishing poles are stored, near these shacks. Break the barrel and grab a broom. Here's a map with several shack locations. As you can see, they're scattered all over. This should help stop you from running into too many enemies:

Fortnite Witch Shack Locations

The challenge is incredibly easy to complete once you have the broom. The broom lets you soar across the map; it's basically a re-skin of the Silver Surfer ability. You'll be able to fly 100 meters with one use. All you need to do is use it as you would any other item.

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Source: Fortnite Fortnitemares Witch's Broom Guide: How To Travel 100 Meters By Broom

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Celebrate Halloween in Dead by Daylight
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:30:06 PM »
Celebrate Halloween in Dead by Daylight

Let’s celebrate Halloween and much more in the latest update for Dead by Daylight! Players and fans will be happy to know that a whole lot is coming down the pipeline in Dead by Daylight this October. The Archives – Tome 5: Unleashed A new Archive entry has arrived. Dead by Daylight’s latest addition to […]
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Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: The Ultimate Puzzle Match is Coming to Xbox Series X|S on December 8

Puzzle game fans, get ready to spin, drop, and strategize your way to victory in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, coming to Xbox Series X|S on December 8. Whether you’re already a Puyo Puyo pro, a Tetris master, or brand new to either series, this ultimate match of puzzle legends delivers unique spins through a ton […]
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Get Shadowy Vengeance in Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

You ever wanna get revenge on that enemy who eliminated you? In Fortnitemares 2020, running from October 21 to November 3 in Fortnite on Xbox One, now you can — thanks to the help of someone looking for their own revenge… Join Shadow Midas in the battle against Island survivors. After being eliminated in Solo, […]
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - PS5's Launch Lineup and UI Reveal
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:30:05 PM »
PS5's Launch Lineup and UI Reveal

IGN's weekly PlayStation show discusses the latest PS5 and PS4 news, including the launch lineup, the PS5 UI, and more.
Source: PS5's Launch Lineup and UI Reveal

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Watch Dogs: Legion Is $49.94 on Console, Includes Free Next-Gen Upgrade

Everything you need to know to preorder Watch Dogs: Legion.
Source: Watch Dogs: Legion Is $49.94 on Console, Includes Free Next-Gen Upgrade

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How to Complete the Latest Fortnitemares Challenges

Whether it's eating candy, finding a Witch Broom, defeating Shadow Midas, or unlocking the challenge rewards, we have you covered in our detailed guide for the toughest challenges in Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge.
Source: How to Complete the Latest Fortnitemares Challenges

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AOC's Massive Twitch Stream Has Even Greater Implications for US Politics

Opinion: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' first Twitch stream suggests a brighter future for video games and government.
Source: AOC's Massive Twitch Stream Has Even Greater Implications for US Politics

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How to Play as Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 35

Here's how to play as Luigi.
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Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales: New Crimson Cowl Suit Revealed

Insomniac Games has revealed a new suit for Miles in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Source: Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales: New Crimson Cowl Suit Revealed

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Tell Us: What Nintendo Franchise Could Make an Awesome AR Game?

We want to know what IP Nintendo should turn into an AR experience next. Submit a response, and you could appear on Nintendo Voice Chat!
Source: Tell Us: What Nintendo Franchise Could Make an Awesome AR Game?

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Pokemon Sword & Shield's Legendary Birds Will Roam Like Gold & Silver's Legendary Dogs

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion's legendary Galarian trio of birds will roam the map like Pokemon Gold and Silver's legendary dogs.
Source: Pokemon Sword & Shield's Legendary Birds Will Roam Like Gold & Silver's Legendary Dogs

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NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series and PS5 to Add 'Next-Gen AI' and New MyPlayer Options

2K has detailed what players can expect from AI and MyPlayer customization in next-gen versions of NBA 2K21.
Source: NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series and PS5 to Add 'Next-Gen AI' and New MyPlayer Options

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Borderlands 3 Designer's Cut New Skill Trees Revealed

Borderlands 3's upcoming Designer's Cut DLC will add new skill trees for Amara and FL4K.
Source: Borderlands 3 Designer's Cut New Skill Trees Revealed

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Devolver Digital Buys Serious Sam Developer Croteam

Devolver Digital has acquired Croteam, the studio behind Serious Sam and The Talos Principle.
Source: Devolver Digital Buys Serious Sam Developer Croteam

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Ubisoft Connect Is a Next-Gen Uplay With Cross-Progression and Digital Rewards

Ubisoft Connect is Ubisoft's latest universal interface to connect players with friends, track progression, and earn rewards.
Source: Ubisoft Connect Is a Next-Gen Uplay With Cross-Progression and Digital Rewards

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Humankind Will be Released in April 2021

Humankind, a new strategy game will be released in April 2021. A free demo is available now on Google Stadia.
Source: Humankind Will be Released in April 2021

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Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace Hits Consoles, PC in 2021

The newly retitled game is set in the Arkham Horror universe and will hit consoles and PC next year.
Source: Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace Hits Consoles, PC in 2021

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Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge Coming to Oculus Quest in November

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge will arrive exclusively for Oculus Quest in November, and a new trailer has shown us what we'll be doing in the VR game.
Source: Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge Coming to Oculus Quest in November

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2K Apologizes, Sort Of, For NBA 2K21's In-Game Commercials

A recent NBA 2K21 update added an unwanted feature to the game--unskippable ads for the Oculus Quest 2--placing them on loading screens as players waited for matches to begin. Many saw this as a greedy move on publisher 2K Games' part, but the company has offered an apology.

In a post on the official NBA2K Twitter account, the company said it has put advertisements into its 2KTV segments before, but they weren't intended to be part of the pre-game introduction. That will be fixed with newer episodes and it should make them less invasive.

As you can see if you check the replies from players, the apology wasn't universally accepted.

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Source: 2K Apologizes, Sort Of, For NBA 2K21's In-Game Commercials

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Pokemon Sword And Shield: How Catching Legendaries Works In The Crown Tundra DLC

The Crown Tundra, the second DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield, comes out on October 22. The DLC adds a new area to explore as well as more story elements and a heavy focus on Legendary Pokemon. This includes Galarian forms of Kanto's Legendary birds--Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres--as well as new Regis, a deer with a massive head named Calyrex, and basically every single Legendary Pokemon in the history of the series.

We recently saw half an hour of footage from The Crown Tundra, including hints about the story and a more in-depth look at the new Dynamax Adventures mode. Most of the Legendary Pokemon introduced to Sword and Shield through The Crown Tundra are found in this raid mode, while the Galarian birds and Calyrex seem to be tied to storylines instead. Here's everything we learned about the Legendaries and how you can get them.

Dynamax Adventures and Legendary Pokemon

As was previously revealed, the main way to catch Legendary Pokemon in The Crown Tundra is through the new Dynamax Adventures feature. During a Dynamax Adventure, you team up with up to three other players (or NPCs) to "enter" a Max Raid lair and battle a series of Pokemon before finally facing a Legendary. However, you aren't actually going into the lair the way you would a cave in previous Pokemon games; it's more of an overall map of the lair with branching pathways, and you can see what lies ahead. The strategy is in planning out which way you'll go so you can survive long enough to face the Legendary Pokemon at the end.

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Source: Pokemon Sword And Shield: How Catching Legendaries Works In The Crown Tundra DLC

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Fortnite Update Cuts Down File Size By More Than Half

We've heard news of games' file sizes ballooning over the last few years due to constant updates and additions, but Epic Games is taking Fortnite in the opposite direction—at least on PC. The game's latest update makes massive optimization changes to the game, resulting in a much smaller footprint.

The full patch size is about 27GB on PC (ours was actually a little smaller) but despite the hefty download, it reduces the file size by about 60GB once it's fully installed. Epic Games said this will also allow for smaller download sizes on future updates and will also improve loading performance.

For context, we checked our own file size, and the game took up almost 90GB on PC prior to this patch. After the patch, it weighed in at 26.88GB. The wizardry at play here is rather stunning, especially as so many other games are seeing such bloat. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has grown so large on PC that certain storage devices can't even hold the game when it's the only thing installed.

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Source: Fortnite Update Cuts Down File Size By More Than Half

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GameSpot News / GSN - Amazon Luna Invites Have Started Going Out
« on: October 21, 2020, 10:19:28 AM »
Amazon Luna Invites Have Started Going Out

As of today, Amazon's Luna cloud gaming service is in operation, if only for a select group of users. People who signed up for the service's early access period have started receiving invitations to join, which includes signing up for a $6 monthly subscription as well as an invite to buy Amazon's $50 Luna Controller.

Amazon is the latest big company to get in on cloud gaming, with others including Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Sony already in on the action. Announced just under a month ago, invites have started going out to people in the US who signed up for early access--which you can still do here if you're curious.

Users who sign up for the early access program will get a 7-day free trial, after which they'll have to pay a beta price of $6 per month, which will presumably increase when Luna+ enters full release. Amazon also sent out a link to the Luna Controller, which currently can only be bought by people signed up for Luna+. The controller also has an early access discount, currently retailing at $50 while its full price will eventually increase to $70.

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Source: Amazon Luna Invites Have Started Going Out

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GameSpot News / GSN - Amnesia: Rebirth Review Roundup
« on: October 21, 2020, 10:19:28 AM »
Amnesia: Rebirth Review Roundup

Ten years after Amnesia: The Dark Descent set the template for indie horror, Swedish developer Frictional Games has released a direct sequel, Amnesia: Rebirth. After spin-off Machine For Pigs didn't quite satisfy fans of the original, reviews suggest Rebirth may be just what they were looking for.

Overall, critics were impressed by Frictional's story-heavy approach with Amnesia: Rebirth, including GameSpot's own 8/10 review. "With Amnesia: Rebirth, it feels like Frictional has fully refined its particular approach to horror," wrote reviewer Phil Hornshaw. "You're trapped in a deadly, smothering world, struggling against your character's limitations and even her perceptions. Rebirth is Frictional's best game yet, marrying a deep, mysterious story to the signature mechanics the developer has been refining over the course of 13 years of horror games"

We've collected some more reviews below, with other critics who got their hands on the game ahead of its October 20 release generally agreeing that the protagonist Tasi Trianon's story is gripping and involving, even if Frictional sacrificed some of the fear factor in service of the narrative focus. Critics generally praised the game's refinement of mechanics that have come to be standard in Frictional's horror games, though some were disappointed that new mechanics weren't fully realized and could feel stale by endgame. Others warned that the game's point-and-click mechanics could feel fiddly and imprecise on the PS4. For more reviews, check out the pieces that have been collected by our sister site Metacritic.

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Source: Amnesia: Rebirth Review Roundup

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AOC's Among Us Livestream Was One Of The Biggest Twitch Streams Ever

On Tuesday night, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed the video game Among Us with popular streamers including, Pokimane, HasanAbi, Jacksepticeye, and DrLupo, as well as fellow US House Representative Ilhan Omar. The three-hour stream was a massive success, pulling in some huge viewership numbers as the politician encouraged viewers to get out and vote.

AOC's livestream alone reached a peak of over 430,000 concurrent viewers, which on its own makes it close to the biggest Twitch livestream in history. Combining that with the streaming figures for Pokimane, HasanAbi, Jacksepticeye, Moist, and DrLupo's brodacsts, the number climbs significantly higher, likely topping 700,000.

For comparison, the Ninja/Drake livestream of Fortnite in 2018 reached more than 600,000 concurrent viewers to set a new record for the streaming platform.

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Source: AOC's Among Us Livestream Was One Of The Biggest Twitch Streams Ever

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Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC Is The Best Way to Build a Competitive Teams

Our hands-off preview of Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra reveals promising new elements and more to do if you're already invested.
Source: Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC Is The Best Way to Build a Competitive Teams

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Xbox Series X Listed at £2449 in the UK... Wait What?

Currys PC World, a major retailer in the UK, has had the Xbox Series X listed at £2449 for a few weeks. But why?
Source: Xbox Series X Listed at £2449 in the UK... Wait What?

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Fortnite's Latest Patch Makes it Over 60GB Smaller on PC

Fortnite just got a lot smaller on PC thanks to an optimization update pushed by Epic.
Source: Fortnite's Latest Patch Makes it Over 60GB Smaller on PC

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Xbox Seemingly Announcing Digital Xbox Series Launch Events

What appear to be digital launch events for the Xbox Series X are being revealed by Microsoft's regional Xbox teams.
Source: Xbox Seemingly Announcing Digital Xbox Series Launch Events

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Review in Progress: Beta Impressions

Postive steps have been made in the Multiplayer Beta, but Cold War is shaping up to be a divisive entry into the series for fans of Call of Duty.
Source: CoD: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Review in Progress: Beta Impressions

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GameSpot News / GSN - EA Is Being Sued In Canada Over Loot Boxes
« on: October 21, 2020, 02:11:44 AM »
EA Is Being Sued In Canada Over Loot Boxes

A class action lawsuit has been brought against EA Games in Canada, with the plaintiffs essentially arguing that the games giant is profiting off an illegal gambling business by selling randomized loot boxes for cash. It's remarkably similar to a suit filed against EA in California this August, which alleged that FIFA's Ultimate Team mode is essentially gambling.

The Canadian suit was first spotted in a Vancouver "who's getting sued" column by The Patch Notes, a game industry-focused law blog. The Patch Notes has found and uploaded the full Notice of Civil Claim, which contains the full details on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is being brought against EA by two individuals who describe themselves as customers of EA. One is described to have purchased loot boxes for EA's Madden NFL games, while the other bought loot boxes for various NHL games. As a class action lawsuit, however, the action is being brought against EA on behalf of everyone who purchased loot boxes in any of EA's games since 2008--which may mean a hefty payout on EA's part if the suit is successful.

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Source: EA Is Being Sued In Canada Over Loot Boxes

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Now Has Cross-Save Between Switch And PC

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales has received an update on Switch, and it's added a major new feature. Update 1.0.2 features minor stability and bug fixes, but the main change is the addition of cross-save support with the PC version of the game.

This extends to the Steam and GOG versions, so you can swap your saves back and forth and take your adventure on the go. This is a feature not available in the PS4 and Xbox One versions--one also available in the Switch version of The Witcher 3.

Speaking of the Switch version of The Witcher 3, it's also received an update. Here's what it adds:

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Source: Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Now Has Cross-Save Between Switch And PC

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Lord Of The Rings Online Releases The War Of The Three Peaks Expansion

Despite being well over a decade old, Middle-earth MMO Lord Of The Rings Online is still adding new content, progressing its post-War Of The Ring story through the Fourth Age. The next story to be told after the fall of Sauron is the War of the Three Peaks, with the Dwarf Prince Durin marching to reclaim the mountain stronghold of Gundabad.

The new expansion brings a new six-person Instance called Shakalush, the Stair Battle, as well as a new raid called Amdân Dammul, the Bloody Threshold. The War of the Three Peaks also introduces Missions, a new style of repeatable Instance for one or two players to grind for loot and other bonuses.

Fans of Middle-earth's cinematic adaptions may know Gundabad from Peter Jackson's 2014 film The Battle of the Five Armies, which saw Legolas and Tauriel storming the orc stronghold. The War of the Three Peaks' main antagonist is an Orc named Gorgar the Ruthless, who is the son of the Hobbit trilogy antagonist Bolg--though don't expect too much of a tie-in, as Lord of the Rings Online is based on the books, not the movies.

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Source: Lord Of The Rings Online Releases The War Of The Three Peaks Expansion

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Players Can Redeem New Character In Mobile Game Right Now

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta has come to a close, and everyone who took part is getting a freebie for Call of Duty Mobile. Activision is giving everyone who played the beta a code to unlock the Black Ops Cold War character Russell Adler as a playable character for Call of Duty Mobile.

Codes to redeem the character are going out now, so check your email associated with Call of Duty. From there, you can follow the "redeem now" button and then enter your ID details and the code to unlock Adler. Once claimed, the reward will appear in your in-game mailbox inside Call of Duty Mobile.

Adler in Black Ops Cold War

Adler is available for both the standard multiplayer and battle royale. A new character to the Call of Duty universe, Adler is a mysterious CIA operative who lives in the shadows and is capable of "switching between disarming charisma and emotionless brutality in an instant," according to Activision.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Players Can Redeem New Character In Mobile Game Right Now

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AOC's Among Us Livestream Was One Of The Biggest Twitch Streams Ever

Earlier on Tuesday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed the video game Among Us with popular streamers Pokimane, HasanAbi, Jacksepticeye, and others, and the stream pulled in some big numbers.

AOC's livestream alone reached a peak of around 430,000 concurrent viewers, which makes it close to the biggest Twitch livestream in history. Combining that with the streaming figures for Pokimane, HasanAbi, Jacksepticeye, Moist, and Dr Lupo, the number climbs significantly higher. Another US representative, Ilhan Omar, took part in the livestream event as well.

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Source: AOC's Among Us Livestream Was One Of The Biggest Twitch Streams Ever

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A Sucker Punch Job Listing May Hint at a Ghost of Tsushima Sequel

A narrative writer job listing for Sucker Punch may hint that a sequel of new experience for Ghost of Tsushima may be in the works.
Source: A Sucker Punch Job Listing May Hint at a Ghost of Tsushima Sequel

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NBA 2K21 Ads Were 'Not Meant to Run' in Pre-Game and Will Be Fixed

NBA 2K21's unskippable ads were "not meant to run as part of the pre-game introduction" and this issue "will be fixed in future episodes."
Source: NBA 2K21 Ads Were 'Not Meant to Run' in Pre-Game and Will Be Fixed

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Xbox Series X Launch Lineup Reactions

Say hi to special guest Cam 'The Cinephile Guy' Hawkins!
Source: Xbox Series X Launch Lineup Reactions

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' First Twitch Stream Peaked at Over 430,000 Viewers

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined Twitch and streamed her first game - Among Us - to an audience that peaked at over 430,000.
Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' First Twitch Stream Peaked at Over 430,000 Viewers

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Control: Ultimate Edition On Xbox Requires A One-Time Online Connection--Here's Why

Control: Ultimate Edition is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but Xbox players are finding that the game requires a one-time connection to the internet to activate. While it's not unusual for a new game to require updates, patches, or downloads, Control: Ultimate Edition is a collection of already released material--and the PS4 version can be played offline.

505 Games has cleared this up on their support website, explaining that the Xbox One disc for Control: Ultimate Edition does not contain the full game, because it could not fit on a single disc.

"We have used Xbox intelligent delivery to provide some content on the disc and the rest via download," the page explains. "On PlayStation 4, this isn't the case as Control Ultimate Edition fits on a single disc, due to compression and other variables."

Intelligent delivery is an Xbox system that allows players to only install the parts of a game that they want. You're prompted to download the rest of Control after reaching the maintenance elevator near the game's opening.

However, while the Xbox version will only need to go online once, TheGamer reports that this download also performs a one-time DRM check. This will not happen in the PS4 version.

The Ultimate Edition of Control is the only one that will give you access to a free next-gen upgrade. 505 Games has previously said that it was not possible to upgrade players who bought Control and the DLC separately--however, an incident where Xbox One players were briefly upgraded to the Ultimate Edition has given us reason to be skeptical.

Control: Ultimate Edition features both DLC packs for the game, The Foundation and AWE.


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GameSpot News / GSN - Halo 4 PC Beta Test Invites Going Out Right Now
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:01:34 PM »
Halo 4 PC Beta Test Invites Going Out Right Now

Following a small delay, the first public beta test for Halo 4 through The Master Chief Collection is beginning now. Invitations are going out now, community manager John Junyszek said on Twitter by way of emojis.

Microsoft uses the term "flight" for its beta tests, which explains the airplane emoji in the tweet.

Unlike previous Halo beta tests, every eligible Halo Insider member is being invited into the Halo 4 test. If you didn't get an invite right away, keep checking your email, as invites are rolling out in waves. This beta test includes portions of both the campaign and multiplayer.

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Source: Halo 4 PC Beta Test Invites Going Out Right Now

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light - Release Date, Exotics, Content Vault, And Everything Else We Know

Bungie has confirmed it: You don't need to gear up for a new Destiny game. Instead, the developer is going to continue to support Destiny 2 into the foreseeable future, meaning that most of the things you've acquired, from premium cosmetics to hard-to-earn weaponry, will stay with you in Destiny for years to come. But although we won't be seeing Destiny reset with a new game the way it did with Destiny 2, it is about to get a substantial shakeup. The next big expansion for Destiny 2 is Beyond Light, and it's going to create some major changes when it arrives.

Beyond Light will majorly alter Destiny 2 as we know it. It marks the return of some big pieces of Destiny 1 content, including the Vault of Glass raid--but several locations and pieces of content that have been part of Destiny 2 since its release are being removed. Beyond Light will also change the onboarding experience for new players and is bringing the game to the next generation of game consoles.

We've run down all the details that are available about Beyond Light so far so you can see exactly what's ahead for the next chapter of Destiny 2.

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Source: Destiny 2: Beyond Light - Release Date, Exotics, Content Vault, And Everything Else We Know

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Fallout 76 Is Free To Play This Week, And Heavily Discounted

In the world of Fallout, October 23 marks the day that the bombs first fell. While that might seem like an odd anniversary to celebrate, Fallout 76 is doing just that with a free-to-play week, which is active from now until October 26.

You can currently play the full game--including the Wastelanders and Nuclear Winter expansions--for free on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Any players who enjoy their time in the wastelands and decide to keep going after this week will find that their progress carries over, and the game is discounted by 60% until October 27. The exact price will vary depending on your region.

What's the crossover between Fallout and Dr. Strangelove fans?

There are some other discounts running in-game during this event, so all players can pick up Atom Packs at a discount:

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Source: Fallout 76 Is Free To Play This Week, And Heavily Discounted

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PGA Tour 2K21 Adds Pumpkin Head Costume DLC, Banana Putters, And More

One of the issues some people have with golf is that it's too serious and stuffy. Well, that is certainly not the case with the latest DLC pack for PGA Tour 2K21.

Several new customization items are available in the game right now, including a Halloween-themed pumpkin hat that looks completely absurd. There are other wacky items, too, including oversized hats and putters made to look like a banana, taco, and hot dog. Check out the video below to see more of what's included in the new update for PGA Tour 2K21.

These items can be used to deck out your custom player in the MyPlayer mode. You purchase them with virtual currency (VC), which is unlocked through gameplay or by spending real money.

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Source: PGA Tour 2K21 Adds Pumpkin Head Costume DLC, Banana Putters, And More

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Twitch Streamers Are Getting DMCA Takedown Notices Again

Following the wave of Twitch's July DMCA takedown notifications, many streamers on the platform have received another round of emails warning them of copyright infringement on their channel. Instead of issuing account strikes, Twitch automatically deleted the content flagged. The platform went on to state that this is a one-time warning and advises users learn copyright laws.

In other words, recipients of the email did not receive any long-term penalty--a strike--on their channel. Twitch also did not let users file counterclaims, which apparently is a policy that Twitch will keep going forward. In a tweet, the platform stated that it will continue to automatically delete any clips that contain copyrighted music without attaching strikes to accounts.

The situation is a little confusing, since if this email is a "one-time warning," what will Twitch be doing differently moving forward? If Twitch keeps its current policy of automatically deleting clips/VODs with copyrighted music, it appears that you probably won't get your channel closed if you have copyrighted music in past clips and VODs. (Though to be on the safe side, Twitch advises you to delete any clips you think might contain copyrighted material.) Your livestreams, however, could still be flagged with DMCA takedown notifications.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Best Fortnite Gifts For Christmas 2020
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:01:34 PM »
Best Fortnite Gifts For Christmas 2020

Even though Fortnite is no longer the flashy new gaming trend, it remains one of the most popular games in the world. To call Fortnite a phenomenon would be something of an understatement; it has become a gaming staple much like Super Mario was when Nintendo's plumber dominated the conversation in the late '80s and early '90s. For that reason, if you have kids on your shopping list this holiday season, it's a pretty safe bet that at least one of them is a Fortnite fanatic.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play game, so all you need to start playing is a console, PC, or smartphone--though recent legal battles between Apple/Google and Epic Games have threatened Fortnite's playability on mobile devices. But even though the battle royale game is ostensibly free, there are plenty of Fortnite gifts that are sure to make fans happy this holiday season. From safe bets like in-game currency to action figures and Funko Pops to gaming chairs and board games, our Fortnite gift guide covers a lot of ground to help you pick out the best gift possible.

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Here's How To Upgrade Mortal Kombat 11 On Next-Gen Consoles For Free

Developer NetherRealm Studios has previously confirmed that Mortal Kombat 11 will be getting a free next-gen upgrade when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S drop in November. Now, the studio has divulged how players can upgrade their fighting game at no extra cost.

The news comes during a

, during which members of the development team broke down MK11's newest fighter Rain. Toward the end of the broadcast, NetherRealm discussed the ways players can upgrade Mortal Kombat 11 to the next-gen version.

One way is by already owning or purchasing Mortal Kombat 11 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Doing so grants you access to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S version. Another way for those who already own the base MK11 game is to preorder Kombat Pack 2, an add-on that includes Mileena, Rain, and Rambo, as well as skins for Noob Saibot, Liu Kang, and Skarlet.

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Fantastic xCloud Mobile Controller Is On Sale For A Great Price

Microsoft's Xbox cloud gaming service (Project xCloud) is currently available on Android devices, and one of the best controllers you can get is currently discounted. The Razer Kishi turns your Android phone into a handheld gaming device, complete with analog sticks, triggers, and more. Right now, the Razer Kishi is $80 at Amazon, down from its regular price of $100.

The Razer Kishi is compatible with all Xbox games including genres like racing games that specifically require analog triggers and first-person shooters that require clickable sticks. It fits most Android devices, thanks to its flexible yet secure design and connects via USB-C. Connecting a device to the Kishi occupies its USB-C port, though you can still charge it through the controller's own port--just plug in your charger.

Xbox cloud gaming is now available to all Game Pass Ultimate users. There are more than 170 games available on xCloud, including Doom Eternal, Resident Evil 7, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and right now, sign-ups for Ultimate are very cheap. You can currently get your first month of Game Pass Ultimate for $1.

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Xbox Series X: Best Solution For Storage Expansion (SSD, Expansion Card, Or Hard Drive)

The Xbox Series X's 1TB internal SSD is really fast, loading up some games in a matter of seconds--I tested this out in several games in my full console preview and got impressive results. But with 802GB actually free to use on the internal drive, you can fill it up quickly with the size of games today (and don't forget the Xbox Series S only comes with a 512GB drive). So, what are some good solutions to expand your storage on the new Xbox consoles and how do they perform in comparison?

I used three different drives for the purposes of my tests: the 1TB Seagate SSD expansion card, a Samsung T5 portable SSD (500GB), and a Western Digital My Passport external hard drive (4TB). This covers the different tiers of storage options available for the Xbox Series systems. To test and compare speeds, I used Final Fantasy XV and The Outer Worlds for transferring whole games and recording load times. You can check the results in the video and text below.

1TB Seagate Expansion Card

Let's start with the proprietary Seagate 1TB expansion card, built specifically for the Series X and Series S. This is the drive that plugs directly into the back of the console. You just insert it, and it's immediately ready to use.

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Fortnite Players Taking A Break From Fighting To Trick-Or-Treat

Fortnite players are ready for Halloween. A few risky players have gone trick-or-treating by ringing doorbells at random houses across the map, hoping they won't get shot at once the door opens.

Two players rolled up to one house, built walls around them for protection, and then decorated their little enclosure with spider and spider web sprays in the clip above. They knocked on the door, emoted, and waited for the door to open. The player inside the house greeted the players with healing items.

"It's great knowing that there are still players who want to have fun instead of killing you on the spot," said Redditor ghosty300. Halloween has flooded the battle royale genre this week. Halloween decorations and limited time modes have popped up in Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone. It's rumored that a Fortnitemares update, that will bring special challenges and modes, will come to Fortnite on October 21.

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Pokemon Home Going Down For Maintenance Ahead Of Crown Tundra's Release

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC is almost here. The expansion goes live on Thursday, October 22, and ahead of its release, the Pokemon Home service will temporarily go down for maintenance as it receives its own corresponding update.

According to an in-app notification, the maintenance period will begin on October 22 at 11 PM UTC (4 PM PT / 7 PM ET) and is expected to run until 4 AM UTC on October 23 (9 PM PT on October 22). The service will be inaccessible on both Switch and mobile during the entire maintenance period.

The Pokemon Company hasn't shared any further details on what changes the Pokemon Home update will bring, but it is presumably making the storage service compatible with the new monsters coming in the Crown Tundra expansion. The notification notes that players will be required to update the app to version 1.3.0 to continue using it after maintenance concludes.

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Destiny 2 Update Patches Festival Of The Lost's Loot Issue

Destiny 2's Festival of the Lost has been tweaked this year to dish out a lot of extra loot. A new system requires you to earn special keys to unlock additional treasure in the Haunted Forest, but since the Festival's start, the loot coming out of the Haunted Forest has been a bit lackluster, dropping at the lowest possible Power level of 750. Bungie rolled out a new update to correct the problem via the October 20 weekly reset.

Hotfix 2.9.2.2 has extremely thin patch notes, making only two small but meaningful changes to the game. First, the patch alters the Haunted Forest loot that comes out of the caches you receive at the end of a run so that they'll drop loot at the proper levels. That should mean that legendary weapons and armor you earn from the activity will come out close to your Power level, all the way up to the Power cap of 1050. No more near-worthless 750 drops that you'll immediately delete--although if you're already over the 1050 cap, the loot still won't help you get any closer to the hard Power cap for the season of 1060.

The update also makes another small tweak to the recently released Interference mission that caps off the story of the Season of Arrivals. Apparently, voiceover was missing during the Interference mission featuring the boss enemy Nokris for Guardians playing in Korean. Hotfix 2.9.2.2 replaces it, which should make the story make a little more sense for players trying to experience it in that language.

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Ex-Blizzard Employees Form New Studio To Make Real-Time Strategy Games

Founded by ex-Blizzard employees Tim Morten and Tim Campbell, Frost Giant is a new company devoted to revitalizing the real-time strategy genre. Their goal, as the company's Twitter bio states, is to make the next great PC real-time strategy game.

Both Morten and Campbell have past experience in creating real-time strategy games. According to Gamesindustry.biz, Morten spent six years at Blizzard and was the production lead on Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void. Campbell worked at Blizzard in the early 2000s and was the campaign lead designer for the Warcraft 3 expansion The Frozen Throne.

As pointed out by Alexander Lee for The Washington Post, RTS games have been comparatively overshadowed by the current era of first-person shooters, battle royale games, and multiplayer arena battles that dominate both esport circuits and public attention. RTS games established the very first esport competitions, and titles like StarCraft exploded into international popularity, especially in South Korea, in the late '90s to early 2000s. Even though RTS games still command a lot of attention in certain parts of the world, their popularity feels relatively static in growth.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Among Us Players Are Playing As Security Guards
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:01:33 PM »
Among Us Players Are Playing As Security Guards

Among Us players are always on the lookout for impostors. Some take the game so seriously that they've started to role-play as security guards, watching over other players while they finish tasks and use the security cameras.

"You gotta love randoms," said Redditor Supermav27 about a random player who protected him as he monitored the in-game camera feeds. "This dude just guarded the doorway while I watched cameras the whole game."

Among Us security guards Credit: supermav27

A lot of players have started to take on security guard duties. They change their in-game name, buy the police officer skin, and then go to work. Sometimes they even ignore their duties when they're an impostor.

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Cuddle Up and Get Ready for the ID@Xbox Cozy Game Sale

There has been a lot of internal debate here at Team ID@Xbox about what constitutes a “cozy game.” A game that you can play with your kids or friends? A game that has a feel-good aesthetic, mechanic, or story line? A game that just puts a smile on your face? The answer is yes, to […]
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HyperBrawl Tournament: The Multiplayer Sports Brawler is Available Now on Xbox One

Hey HyperBrawlers, I’m Scott Swarbrick, Designer at Milky Tea Studios, and I’m here to provide you with some pro tips, directly from the development team, to help you secure those epic wins in HyperBrawl Tournament, coming to Xbox One on October 20. HyperBrawl Tournament is a fast-paced 2v2 sports-brawler that offers 1-4 player local or […]
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Inside Xbox Series X Optimized: Yakuza: Like a Dragon

When it launches on November 10, Xbox Series X will be the most powerful console the world has ever seen. One of the biggest benefits of all that power is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of […]
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Rocket League’s Haunted Hallows Limited Time Event Celebrates Ghostbusters

Get your Proton Packs ready, because Rocket League is bringing Ghostbusters to this year’s Haunted Hallows event! Starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT (4 p.m. UTC), complete Event Challenges to unlock items inspired by the iconic comedy, and enjoy spooky Limited Time Modes! Once Haunted Hallows is live, the Event Challenges will be available to […]
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Preorder Assassin's Creed Valhalla for $49.94, With Free Next-Gen Upgrade

Everything you need to know about preorder bonuses and what comes in each edition of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
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Black Ops Cold War: Everything We Know About Call of Duty 2020

From its release date and game modes to its PS5 and Xbox Series X features, we've gathered all the available intel on Black Ops Cold War.
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RDO: Jump Into the Halloween Pass, New Dead of Night Mode This Week

This week in Red Dead Online, jump into the brand new Dead of Night mode and fight off other players... and hordes of The Dead...
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GameSpot News / GSN - Doom Eternal DLC Is Out, Check Out The Trailer
« on: October 20, 2020, 01:40:33 PM »
Doom Eternal DLC Is Out, Check Out The Trailer

The Doom Slayer has already dethroned and killed most of the chthonic gods of his realm, but his path of destruction will now continue regardless. Doom Eternal's new DLC--the Ancient Gods: Part One--is out, and it features a mix of the usual sci-fi tech-base levels that fans have come to expect, as well as some outlandish Amid Evil-esque environments.

If you missed the story developments so far in Eternal, it boils down to this: after slaying both the resurrected Icon of Sin and the matriarch of the Maykrs, the forces of Hell have now overrun the realm of the Maykrs. In order to fill that power vacuum, the Doom Slayer returns to Urdak to finish the fight.

As its title implies, this is the first of a two-part DLC, and

. It also introduces three new Support Runes to help you survive the carnage, as well as several new skins for the Doom Slayer. The gold plated Maykr skin requires you to beat the new campaign on Ultra-Nightmare, so good luck with that. The DLC costs $20, or $30 for the Year One Pass.

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Pokemon Go Is Holding An Exclusive Event For Verizon Users

Pokemon Go developer Niantic recently announced it is teaming up with GrubHub to hold a special event for GrubHub+ members in November, but that's not the only exclusive event happening next month. Niantic is also partnering with Verizon for another Special Weekend, and it'll likewise feature exclusive Research tasks, Pokemon spawns, and more.

The Verizon Special Weekend event takes place on November 7. To participate, you'll need to be a Verizon user and claim a virtual ticket through the Verizon Up app. Tickets are limited to one per Pokemon Go account and will be available up until the event begins.

The Special Weekend runs from 11 AM to 2 PM local time. Throughout the event, participants will be able to complete exclusive Timed Research tasks and earn various rewards, including Charizard Mega Energy and encounters with certain Pokemon such as Chansey, Absol, Bronzor, and Gible. The following Pokemon will also appear when you use an Incense during the event:

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GameSpot News / GSN - Snag This Classic Strategy Game For Free At GOG
« on: October 20, 2020, 01:40:33 PM »
Snag This Classic Strategy Game For Free At GOG

PC games store GOG gives out free games regularly on its homepage, and the next freebie available for shoppers is Paradox Interactive's grand strategy game Europa Universalis II. To claim the game, simply head over to GOG's homepage and click the "Get it free" button on the banner at the top of the page. The game will immediately be added to your GOG account, and you can download and start playing the DRM-free copy right away. The giveaway is only running for a few days, ending October 24 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET, so claim it now or whenever you have a chance.

Spanning the years 1419 through 1820, Europa Universalis II casts you as the leader of a country fighting for dominance. You'll command everything from military and political alliances to scientific development and exploration of the New World, and you'll also interact with true historical events and people like Joan of Arc and Napoleon. Europa Universalis II also features expanded systems for diplomacy and trade, including the ability to demand gold, provinces, or diplomatic agreements as a result of peace, and its new tutorial makes the game far more approachable than its predecessor. The game received an 8.5/10 in GameSpot's Europa Universalis II review.

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New Demos Let You Try Immortals: Fenyx Rising And 64-Player Pac-Man Stadia Game For Limited Time

Google has announced that all Stadia users will get access to a handful of demos over the course of this week, including Ubisoft's upcoming action-adventure game Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

Over the next three days--October 20, 21, and 22--Google will update the list of available demos Stadia players can check out. The demos themselves will be live for one full week.

The demos Stadia players can check out include Humankind, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle. Mega Tunnel Battle's demo is available to play now, while Humankind goes live on October 21 and Immortals: Fenyx Rising drops on October 22. Immortals: Fenyx Rising, previously called Gods and Monsters, is an open-world action-adventure game set against the backdrop of Greek mythology. It, along with Genshin Impact, have garnered a lot of comparisons to Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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Borderlands 3: Here's An Early Look At Amara And Fl4k's New Skills In The Designer's Cut Update

On November 10, Borderlands 3 will see the beginning of its Year 2 content with the Designer's Cut update. In addition to the new Arms Race mode, another big highlight from this new content drop are the new skill trees for each of the vault hunters, allowing them to use additional action skills and buffs to alter their playstyles even more.

GameSpot had the chance to get some early hands-on time with the Designer's Cut, and we spent some time experimenting with the new builds for the vault hunters. Throughout this week, we'll be sharing details and gameplay showcasing the new skills vault hunters can utilize in combat. Starting off with Amara and Fl4k, we have new gameplay and a more detailed breakdown of their new skills below.

We've spent some time playing both characters and fleshed out their respective skill trees, so here's a quick rundown of some of their new abilities and how they can alter Amara and Fl4k.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC Roadmap Announced, Here's What's Coming

Like the Assassin's Creed games that came before it, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is getting a heap of post-launch DLC, some of which is free, and other parts are included with a $40 season pass.

The season pass includes two major expansions, as well as a special quest themed around Beowulf. The Legend of Beowulf quest focuses on the hero Beowulf, leading up to players uncovering the "monstrous truth" behind the character. This quest will be available on launch day for season pass owners, but Ubisoft did not say when or if the quest will be made available to everyone else.

DLC 1: Wrath of the Druids

The first of the expansions is titled Wrath of the Druids, and it's scheduled for release in Spring 2021. "In this new adventure, players will journey to Ireland and unravel the mysteries of an ancient and mysterious druidic cult, tracking and discovering their members," reads a line from the description. "Diving into Gaelic myths and folklores, they’ll need to fight their way through haunted forests and dazzling landscapes while gaining influence among Gaelic kings."

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Apex Legends Halloween Event Coming Soon, Teases Wallrunning

Apex Legends' inaugural Halloween event Fight or Fright was a big success last year, particularly its zombie-themed limited-time mode Shadowfall, which turned killed players into zombie-like Shadows. This year, Fight or Fright is back from October 22 to November 3, and it's got a new Shadow-themed mode that changes things up significantly.

While we don't have all the details on this new mode as of yet, the trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse of it in action. Titled Shadow Royale, it appears to be a squads mode where dead players become Shadows as long as one of their teammates remains alive in their Legend form. It also appears that Shadows have the ability to wall-run Titanfall-style, a feature that fans have loudly requested since the launch of Apex.

According to the event trailer, Fight or Fright 2020 will bring the loot from last year's event back into the fold, with recolored versions to enhance their spookiness. Fans have also noticed that the map appears to be the night-time version of King's Canyon from last year, and from the trailer, it looks like Skull Town may be back for the moment.

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Red Dead Online Celebrates The Spooky Season With A Halloween Pass

Like many games with an online component, Red Dead Redemption 2 is also preparing to celebrate Halloween. After a new October event that appears to be taking some inspiration from Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare was leaked earlier in the year, developer Rockstar Games has confirmed the existence of the Halloween Pass for Red Dead Online.

It'll cost players 15 gold bars to purchase, or if you haven't been saving your gold while exploring the old frontier, you can also pay $10 USD for 25 pieces of the in-game currency.

The Halloween Pass has 20 levels of rewards that can be unlocked through experience points gains, and each earned rank will give players items such as the skeletal Zavala machete, painted ram horse masks, and mystical variations of full weapons.

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Apple Is Removing App That Allowed Google Stadia Streaming On iOS

The situation for games streaming on Apple devices is dire. Whether you're an iPhone or iPad owner, there are currently no official ways to stream games with Google Stadia or Microsoft's Xbox Game Streaming. And very soon, the one unofficial way will be forced off the App Store.

Stadium is a third-party application that allowed streaming from Google Stadia on iOS devices by providing a web-based bridge between the service and your device. Essentially, Stadium was just a new web browser that was able to reliably run Stadia games, while supporting Bluetooth controllers connected to your iOS device. It turns out that last feature is part of the reason why Apple is kicking the app off its App Store, which isn't surprising to its developer.

Zachary Knox, the developer of Stadium, explained in a Reddit post that the app utilized extensions that allowed controllers to communicate with Apple's internal WebKit API (the backbone of all browsers on iOS). This is in violation of Apple's rules, which were cited as the reason for the app's removal. The functionality of the app, which allows game streaming despite Apple's own reservations over native streaming apps, was not mentioned.

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Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

Halloween is getting closer, which means it's time for New Releases to get a little spooky. This week, you can run from monsters in Amnesia: Rebirth or face them head-on in the first part of Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods DLC. You can also take a few runs at rogue-lite The Red Lantern or try the game that started it all with the re-release of Rogue. Finally, Transformers: Battlegrounds rolls out this week, too.

Amnesia: Rebirth -- October 20

Available on: PS4, PC

This new spin on the Amnesia games is set in the Algerian desert, where you'll have to run from the series' trademark monsters, solve puzzles, and figure out why the desert residents have disappeared. Rebirth is also more about the theme of survival, according to developer Frictional Games. Expect a mix of wide-open and claustrophobic spaces as you try to survive.

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light Story Trailer Reveals The Power Of The Darkness

Destiny 2: Beyond Light will add plenty of new content to developer Bungie's sandbox, with one of the primary draws being the ability to finally wield the power of the Darkness. While Guardians can harness Stasis energies to wreak havoc on their enemies, they won't be the only life-forms capable of doing so.

A new story trailer for the expansion has revealed that a gathering of Fallen has also been gifted with those dark powers.

Bungie has also posted character descriptions on its site, detailing the enemies and allies who you'll encounter, such as the new Fallen Kell Eramis, her lieutenants, and a few other familiar faces.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Getting Optimizations For Xbox Series X And Series S

With the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S just around the corner, Microsoft is continually adding to its growing list of exclusives that will be enhanced for its new consoles. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be included, too, with support for 120 FPS and up to 4K.

The collection will receive an update on November 17 (a week after the console launch) that will optimize the entire catalogue of Halo classics for the capabilities of the new consoles. That means 120 FPS support in both the campaigns and multiplayer, as well as up to 4K support and additional split-screen optimizations on the Xbox Series X, although the tweet makes has mention of the capabilities of the Series S version of the game. The update will be free, of course, as Microsoft includes it in its Smart Delivery program. The game is also included in Xbox Game Pass on console and PC, as well as Xbox Game Streaming on Android.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a staggering assortment of Halo titles, including the original Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4. It does not include Halo 5: Guardians, and Microsoft is adamant it won't be added in the future.

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Best Buy Sale Discounts Amazon Devices To Prime Day Prices

While Best Buy continues to roll out early Black Friday deals, the retailer is also hosting a 60-hour promotion focused on Amazon-branded devices, including the Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Fire TVs. If you missed out on picking up these devices during Prime Day, you're in luck, as Best Buy is selling many of them at Prime Day prices. We've rounded up the best deals below, but you should know that more deals will be added to the sale tomorrow. The Amazon Savings Event runs until October 22 at 10 PM PT / 1 AM ET.

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Trailer Shows Off Next-Gen Advanced Crustacean AI

Yakuza: Like A Dragon marks a milestone for Sega's long-running sandbox RPG, as this will be the first entry in the main series that arrives on next-gen consoles as a launch game. (Spin-off Yakuza: Ishin was a PS4 launch game in Japan.)

Featuring a variety of graphical enhancements on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the latest Yakuza game starring new protagonist Kasuga Ichiban also has a few other next-gen features that sets it apart from other next-gen launch games.

All of these can be seen in the trailer above, which features advanced crustacean AI, optimized protagonist optimism, and a slightly disturbing glimpse into the game's immersive role-playing.

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Xbox iPhone And iPad App Updates Let You Play Remotely

Microsoft has issued an update to its Xbox apps on iPhone and iPad, which enables remote play to stream games from a local Xbox One console to your mobile device. The feature supports Xbox One and will support Xbox Series X and Series S games, but doesn't work with backward compatibility for Xbox 360 or original Xbox.

This is similar to PS4 remote play on iOS, which was added via the PS4 Remote Play app last year. That's a separate app entirely, while the Xbox remote play functionality is folded directly into the main Xbox app.

This is distinct from Microsoft's xCloud streaming service, which is now offered as part of Xbox Game Pass. That feature streams games directly to your device from cloud servers. Microsoft has had some trouble getting that functionality on iOS due to Apple's policies, but the company is reportedly planning to bring the functionality through a browser app. That's also the method being used by its competitor game streaming service, Amazon Luna.

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Talking Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires with Producer Akihiro Suzuki

Needless to say, Dynasty Warriors Producer Akihiro Suzuki knows a thing or two about the Three Kingdoms. He’s been working on the Dynasty Warriors series since the historically-based franchise’s birth, helping grow the 1 vs. 1,000 game into a global brand, while helping celebrate the original game’s 20th anniversary at TGS with the surprise news […]
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Your War Continues… Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One is Here

The universe stands at the brink of destruction and the only savior up to the task carries a double-barrel shotgun and a whole lotta contempt for demons. Become the legendary Doom Slayer and strike fear into the ranks of Hell itself in Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One, now available on Xbox One! […]
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC Will Take You to Ireland and Paris

Ubisoft has detailed the post-launch plans for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, including two paid for expansions and four seasons of free updates.
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Get a 4K/120FPS Xbox Series X/S Upgrade

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will become fully optimized for the Xbox Series X/S on November 17, and it will support 120FPS and Split-screen improvements, and up to 4K on Series X.
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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Has Lost Its Senior Narrative Designer

Cara Ellison, the senior narrative designer for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, has moved on from the project. In a statement given to PC Gamer, publisher Paradox Interactive has confirmed that Ellison is no longer involved with the game.

"We can confirm that Cara Ellison has decided to leave Hardsuit Labs and is no longer working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2," the statement reads. "Cara brought fresh ideas to the project and many of her contributions will be present in the game launching next year."

Ellison has secured a new position--she's now a Senior Narrative Designer at League of Geeks, the Australian developer of Armello. The studio's next game remains a secret, but it will be published by Private Division.

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Phasmophobia Hackers Are Terrorizing Streamers With Jump Scares

Ghost-hunting game Phasmophobia has become a surprise hit since it launched in early access, especially among Twitch streamers who are getting into the spirit of Halloween. Unfortunately, the game appears to be plagued by hackers, with some now appearing to target the lobbies of players who are live on stream.

As a PVE game, Phasmophobia hasn't implemented anti-cheat, but some players are calling for it to be added to cut down on hackers who are making the game unenjoyable for others. At its most innocent, hacks can be used to increase the number of players allowed to join a lobby for those who want to play with more than three other people, but the hacking tools are also being used for harassment. A Google search currently turns up numerous YouTube videos and forums providing guides on how to hack the game.

Multiple Twitch streamers have had their private lobbies raided by hackers, who then spawn ghosts into the lobby screen to inflict jump scares on streamers enjoying a moment of rest. While the game is a horror game designed to cause a scare or two, these kinds of unexpected scares are more confronting, and can cause genuine distress for the players experiencing them.

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Genshin Impact's Newest Playable Character Is Explosives Expert Klee

Although Genshin Impact borrows a lot from Nintendo's Breath Of The Wild for its open world, it's also a gacha game--which means new characters will be inbound fairly regularly. The next event banner character Klee may not be new to the game, but she's about to be summonable for the first time.

Now that Venti's banner event has ended, pyro expert Klee will be the next character you'll have an increased chance of pulling from event wishes. You'd have to spend some serious money to guarantee a Klee pull, but free-to-play players will also have a higher chance of snagging her during the event.

Klee, of course, isn't new to the game in general. She resides in "solitary confinement" in the Knights of Favonius headquarters, where a knight named Wood stands guard in front of a locked door. Klee also has a story quest available from Adventure Rank 32 where players can learn a little more about the pint-sized explosives expert.

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PT Can't Be Redownloaded on PS5, But There's Still Hope for Backwards Compatibility

Konami's confirmed that you can't download PT on PS5, even if you own it - but there may be other means of moving it from your PS4 to the new console.
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Phasmophobia Devs Working on Fix for Hackers Spawning in Even More Jump Scares

Kinetic Games are working on a fix to stop Phasmophobia hackers from ruining games with extra jump scares and other unwanted changes.
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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Loses Another Senior Developer

Another senior developer has left the Bloodlines 2 project following the departure of the game's narrative lead and creative director.
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Spoiler-Free Guide to Amnesia: Rebirth

If you're looking for hints rather than a full answer to what you need to do next, use this spoiler-free guide.
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Cliff Bleszinski Reflects On Studio Closure And Which Games Are Inspiring Him Right Now

Lawbreakers, the first game from Gears of War director Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions, struggled to make an impact in the hero shooter market--so much so that the studio eventually closed, having only released one other game, the Early Access Radical Heights. Now Bleszinski, who retired from games and has been working in the world of theatre as a producer, is writing a book about his life--and it's leading to some reflection.

In a

, Bleszinski says that as he works through the section of his book about forming his own studio, it's bringing up some feelings for him. "In spite of it being difficult, in a way, it's therapeutic," he says. "The first two years were a blast but the tail end was extremely difficult on everyone and I've had more than enough time to reflect on my time running that studio."

"We should have started with a small, indie game FIRST before trying to make the shooter we ultimately did," he reflects, before digging into the specific issues Lawbreakers faced. Bleszinski has previously lamented how it was a mistake to release Lawbreakers on PS4 rather than Xbox One, which he reiterated in this post. "I already had a core base of fans on Xbox," he writes.

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GameSpot News / GSN - The XIII Remake Has Been Delayed On Switch
« on: October 19, 2020, 11:51:48 PM »
The XIII Remake Has Been Delayed On Switch

The XIII remake due on November 10 has been delayed for one system--the Nintendo Switch. Publisher Microids has announced the delay, explaining that the game will now release in 2021.

A specific date or time frame within 2021 has not been nailed down.

This news has been announced alongside the release of a new trailer, which focuses on the game's weapons. If you've played the original release, you'll recognize these guns--but they look better than ever now.

XIII is based on a Belgian comic series. You play as an amnesiac killer, who awakens on a beach and discovers that they're being chased by the FBI for the assassination of the US president. The original game was published by Ubisoft for PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC in 2003.

This is not the first major 2020 shooter to be delayed on Nintendo's console--a Switch version of Doom Eternal still has not been released.


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Call Of Duty Mobile Dev On First-Year Achievements, Impact Of COVID-19, And More

After some smaller releases like Call of Duty Heroes, Activision made a big push to make Call of Duty Mobile the definitive Call of Duty experience on mobile--and it seems to have worked. Released in October 2019, the game has been a huge success, driven in part by its ever-expanding lineup of content.

The game, which is developed by TiMi Studios in China, has reached more than 300 million downloads worldwide and has expanded its content significantly. The game launched with 11 multiplayer maps, and it now has 23; it had one multiplayer mode at release, and now has 27. Some of the other first-year stats include the battle royale map increasing in size by about 50%, while there are now a whopping 182 playable characters in the game.

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GameSpot recently had the chance to speak with Call of Duty Mobile GM Matt Lewis about the first year of Call of Duty Mobile. In the interview, Lewis spoke about the game's first-year achievements, how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted development, what's being done to combat cheaters, and lots more. Lewis did not, however, confirm any plans to bring back Zombies, a fan-favorite mode that was removed earlier this year.

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Rocket League Haunted Hallows Event Will Deliver Ghostbusters-Themed Items

As Halloween approaches, live games are breaking out their spooky costumes and livery--but Rocket League will pay homage to a comedy classic rather than haunting your game with ghouls and zombies. The Haunted Hallows event begins on October 20, and it'll bring numerous Ghostbusters items to the game.

By completing Event Challenges, which will run until November 2, players of the game--which recently went free-to-play--can unlock 10 unique Ghostbusters items.

Here are the items you can unlock:

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World's Most Expensive Ramen Created To Promote Yakuza: Like A Dragon

To promote the upcoming western release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Sega's Australian distribution partner Five Star Games has created what it's calling the "world's most expensive bowl of ramen."

Five Star worked with the Sydney-based ramen favorite Gumshara for this unique promo. The bowl of ramen is filled with lobster, pork, and noodles, and it carries an estimated value of $400 AUD ($282 USD).

Oh my

This special edition bowl is called the "Rags to Riches" ramen, and it's meant to symbolize Yakuza protagonist Ichiban Kasuga's story in Like a Dragon.

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GameSpot News / GSN - New Sims 4 Snowy Escape Expansion Pack Announced
« on: October 19, 2020, 11:51:47 PM »
New Sims 4 Snowy Escape Expansion Pack Announced

The Sims 4 confirmed on Twitter that the tenth expansion pack, Snowy Escape, will arrive soon. A trailer with more details will premiere on October 20 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

We'll have to wait until the trailer officially streams to know what's in the pack. But from the vague winter-themed teaser image, fans suspect that the Snowy Escape expansion will include an East Asian location. Whether the pack is a living world or vacation world is also unknown at this time.

Responding to fans' speculations, The Sims 4 global community manager also clarified that owning a Seasons expansion pack will not be necessary to purchase the Snowy Escape pack.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat Will Stream With DrLupo On Twitch

In a rather unexpected crossover, Borat Sagdiyev--a satirical and fictional character created and played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen--will be streaming with DrLupo on Twitch on October 20 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. The livestream will premiere on DrLupo's Twitch channel.

Borat is a fictional Kazakh journalist and rose to fame as the protagonist of a 2006 mockumentary comedy film titled Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. In it, Cohen takes on the role of Borat and interfaces with real-life Americans who believe he is actually a foreigner. Because Borat is a satirical figure who says intentionally vulgar statements and gleefully touches on social taboos, many of the movie's scenes are shocking, hilarious, and unintentionally expose a lot of things about American culture and politics.

To give you an idea of Cohen's content, the comedian

and successfully convinced a Georgian politician to bare his butt and say unsavory racist statements. He also
on a waterboarding kit.

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Source: Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat Will Stream With DrLupo On Twitch

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Pokemon Go Removes Mega Venusaur From Raids Later This Week

Mega Venusaur was one of the first three Mega Raid bosses to appear in Pokemon Go after developer Niantic introduced Mega Evolutions to the game, but it won't be around for much longer. The studio has announced that Mega Venusaur will be leaving Raid battles this Friday, October 23 (when Pokemon Go's Halloween 2020 event kicks off), but you'll have other ways to earn Venusaur Mega Energy after it's gone.

Following Mega Venusaur's departure, Niantic says you'll be able to receive Venusaur Mega Energy as a reward for completing certain Field Research tasks. The studio also teases that it will hold an event next month that will feature exclusive Timed Research tasks, and completing these will likewise net you Venusaur Mega Energy.

Other changes to Mega Evolutions are also coming in November. You'll be able to earn Mega Energy by walking with your Buddy Pokemon if you've Mega Evolved a Pokemon in its line. You can also earn extra Candy when you have a Mega-Evolved Pokemon and catch another monster that has the same type as it. This extra Candy bonus will extend to any Raid boss you catch as well, regardless of its type. You can read more on the official Pokemon Go website.

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GameSpot News / GSN - AOC Wants To Play Among Us To Get Out The Vote
« on: October 19, 2020, 11:51:47 PM »
AOC Wants To Play Among Us To Get Out The Vote

Update: Shortly after announcing her interest in playing Among Us with streamers on Twitch, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she was setting up her channel. It's not clear when she will go live with the game, but if you're interesting in tuning in, you can follow her on Twitch.

According to her original tweets, Ocasio-Cortez has expressed an interest in using the live stream to encourage more people to vote.

Original story follows...

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Fallout 4 Modders Mark New Vegas Anniversary With New Video

Fallout: New Vegas was released 10 years ago--on October 19, 2010--and to mark the occasion a group of Fallout 4 modders aiming to recreate the classic has released a new trailer of their progress. The Fallout 4: New Vegas project uses the Fallout 4 creation engine tools, with some impressive results.

The new video is just under two minutes, but in it you get a broad look at the world of New Vegas as reimagined with the prettier sheen of Fallout 4. It's especially impressive when you consider that Fallout 4 took place in and around Boston, far from the dusty and mountainous desert depicted in New Vegas.

The Fallout 4: New Vegas team has been dropping comparison screenshots on its Facebook page. The mod group hasn't given a release date or details.

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Voting Rights Group More Than A Vote Wants NBA 2K Players To Cast Their Ballot

Election season is in full swing, and different organizations are ramping up their efforts to get people to vote on election day, November 3. One voting rights group, More Than A Vote, has created a campaign in NBA 2K21. It's different from the typical cable network spot and is ostensibly an attempt to reach out to where millennial and Gen Z voters are.

More Than A Vote will release episodes on 2KTV--the in-game NBA 2K show--highlighting the personal voting experience of well-known sports-affiliated people, as well as the historical context of why voting is important. 2KTV can also be watched on its official YouTube channel. The show covers everything NBA 2K, including a teaser of NBA 2K21's next-generation console gameplay, as well as interviews and gaming tips.

In the first episode, ESPN analyst Maria Taylor will talk about her experience witnessing voter suppression. According to Axios, the second episode will have Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young citing his experience as an 18-year-old in the last presidential election. "This time I understand what's at stake," says Young.

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Source: Voting Rights Group More Than A Vote Wants NBA 2K Players To Cast Their Ballot

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Pokemon Sword And Shield: New Details On Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Mode Revealed

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion launches later this week, and new details about the DLC continue to trickle in ahead of its release. We learned some more tidbits about the expansion's new Dynamax Adventures feature during a recent episode of Japanese show Pokenchi, including how Legendary Pokemon encounters will work.

Dynamax Adventures lets up to four players cooperatively explore Pokemon Raid dens together. As Serebii reports, players will battle three Dynamax Pokemon successively while exploring a Raid den. After each battle, you'll get to choose which route to take through the den, which will determine which Pokemon you battle along the way. Any HP or PP you lose during a battle will also carry forward, but you'll have the opportunity to heal your Pokemon by encountering certain characters or finding berries as you explore.

If you successfully defeat all three Dynamax Pokemon, you'll encounter a Legendary Pokemon at the end of the den. These Legendaries will have a 100% catch rate, meaning you're guaranteed to capture the Pokemon if you can successfully defeat them. Pokenchi also confirms that you can only catch each Legendary Pokemon once.

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Source: Pokemon Sword And Shield: New Details On Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Mode Revealed

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Haunting Of Verdansk: Zombies, Jigsaw, Night Map, More

Call of Duty: Warzone's limited-time The Haunting of Verdansk event hits tomorrow and runs through November 3. It includes a nighttime version of Verdansk in some modes, a Zombie Royale mode where dead players have to kill to revive themselves, and a trick-or-treat reward system with special blueprints and cosmetics.

Activision and Infinity Ward released a trailer today that shows off many of the new costumes, game modes, and new elements coming with The Haunting of Verdansk. Characters from both Saw and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are featured predominantly as both Leatherface and Billy the Puppet skins are coming to the in-game store.

One of the biggest changes is a new nighttime variant for Verdansk. Certain game modes, like trios, will be available to play at night. Activision highlighted some of the environmental changes that will come alongside the mode.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Warzone Haunting Of Verdansk: Zombies, Jigsaw, Night Map, More

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Celebrate Fallout 76’s Bombs Drop Day with a Free Play Week, Sales, and In-Game Events!

It’s that time again! Time to remember the day the bombs dropped in Fallout, and what better way to do that with a host of Fallout 76 events. From October 20 through October 26, celebrate Bombs Drop Day with a Free Play Week on Xbox, game sales, the first-ever discounts for Atoms packs, in-game events […]
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PlayStation Releases Free Black Lives Matter Theme for PS4

PlayStation released a free Black Lives Matter theme for PS4 and it's available now.
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Nvidia Reflex and a 360hz Monitor Are a Powerful Combination

Nvidia's new Reflex Latency Analyzer is built into select new 360hz monitors and we got to put it to the test. Here are our benchmarks for Apex, Fortnite, Valorant, Call of Duty Warzone, and Destiny 2.
Source: Nvidia Reflex and a 360hz Monitor Are a Powerful Combination

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Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Are Back Down to $49.94

Everything you need to know to preorder Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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Call of Duty Warzone Adds Leatherface and Saw's Billy With The Haunting of Verdansk

The Haunting of Verdansk brings Halloween-themed skins, game modes, and more to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.
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How to Unlock Everything in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Here's how to unlock everything in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
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New Pokemon Sword And Shield: Crown Tundra Dynamax Adventures Details Revealed

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion launches later this week, and new details about the DLC continue to trickle in ahead of its release. We learned some more tidbits about the expansion's new Dynamax Adventures feature during a recent episode of Japanese show Pokenchi, including how Legendary Pokemon encounters will work.

Dynamax Adventures lets up to four players cooperatively explore Pokemon Raid dens together. As Serebii reports, players will battle three Dynamax Pokemon successively while exploring a Raid den. After each battle, you'll get to choose which route to take through the den, which will determine which Pokemon you battle along the way. Any HP or PP you lose during a battle will also carry forward, but you'll have the opportunity to heal your Pokemon by encountering certain characters or finding berries as you explore.

If you successfully defeat all three Dynamax Pokemon, you'll encounter a Legendary Pokemon at the end of the den. These Legendaries will have a 100% catch rate, meaning you're guaranteed to capture the Pokemon if you can successfully defeat them. Pokenchi also confirms that you can only catch each Legendary Pokemon once.

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Source: New Pokemon Sword And Shield: Crown Tundra Dynamax Adventures Details Revealed

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Watch Dogs: Legion takes series to new heights with Play as Anyone feature

Watch Dogs: Legion is the latest and biggest entry in the series, taking you to the streets of London as criminal organizations have overtaken the city. Following the spirit of the previous two games, it’s your task to hack your way through the enemy forces and regain control. Only this time, you won’t be alone -- anyone in the city can join your revolution thanks to the Play as Anyone feature.

Play as Anyone is an ambitious, never-seen-before premise. As part of DedSec, you’re tasked to recruit citizens to stir up the underground resistance and begin causing a ruckus. The intriguing twist is that everyone has the potential to help support the cause and make these changes happen. There’s no such thing as non-playable characters. Anyone from punks and street artists to grandparents have their own array of abilities to offer.

The secret hacking collective of DedSec has always been a varied and interesting crew, but for the first time, you’re in control of choosing the new candidates that will set out to make history, inspiring others to do the same and becoming stronger together. Each potential recruit carries a personal backstory, as well as unique perks and gadgets, and it’s your mission to convince them that they can be a part of your movement by listening to their problems and letting DedSec handle the rest.

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GameStop To Close Stores Thanksgiving Day, Offer Black Friday Deals Early

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, GameStop is following the lead of other major retailers, including Walmart and Target, by announcing its stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. Since 2017, GameStop has opened around 3 or 4 PM in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day to allow shoppers to start their Black Friday shopping early, so this announcement marks a return to GameStop's older practice of closing on the US holiday.

While you'll be able to shop in stores on Wednesday and Friday that week as usual, you'll also find Black Friday deals online and on GameStop's new mobile app. GameStop has not revealed when its Black Friday 2020 deals will start rolling out, but it did say in a press release that its biggest deals of the season will be available "earlier than ever before." That messaging is in line with what we're seeing at other retailers, with Best Buy offering Black Friday prices right now and Target confirming its Black Friday deals will begin November 1. GameStop will host more pre-Black Friday sales than usual leading up to the holiday weekend, so expect to see deals throughout the month of November, if not even earlier.

In addition to the Ship From Store option, you'll be able to order online and pick up your order in person during the busy Black Friday season. Same-day delivery will also be available "in select areas" for the first time this year.

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Source: GameStop To Close Stores Thanksgiving Day, Offer Black Friday Deals Early

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Haunting Of Verdansk Brings Night Map, Zombies, And More

Call of Duty: Warzone's limited-time The Haunting of Verdansk event hits tomorrow and runs through November 3. It includes a nighttime version of Verdansk in some modes, a Zombie Royale mode where dead players have to kill to revive themselves, and a trick-or-treat reward system with special blueprints and cosmetics.

Activision and Infinity Ward released a trailer today that shows off many of the new costumes, game modes, and new elements coming with The Haunting of Verdansk. Characters from both Saw and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are featured predominantly as both Leatherface and Billy the Puppet skins are coming to the in-game store.

One of the biggest changes is a new nighttime variant for Verdansk. Certain game modes, like trios, will be available to play at night. Activision highlighted some of the environmental changes that will come alongside the mode.

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Escape From Tarkov Update 12.8 Is Here: Full Patch Notes

Escape From Tarkov patch 12.8 is now live following last week's delay. Like the last major update, there is no wipe associated with 12.8. The update size appears to be about 675 MB, which is smaller than July's update, but the changes are still significant. The addition of a heavy bleeding status effect is particularly important to note, but 12.8 also adds the compass, a handful of new weapons and skills, and more. You can read the full patch notes below or over on the Escape From Tarkov news blog.

The new heavy bleeding status effect will require its own special item, the newly added esmarch tourniquet, to remedy individually, though some medical kits will also be able to cure it. Unlike the normal bleeding status, heavy bleeding will leave a trail of blood that other players can see.

Also new in patch 12.8 is the compass, which players can equip in the new unlootable slot, a quick drop hotkey for backpacks, new equipment and weapons (including the M45A1 pistol, KS-23 shotgun, RFB rifle, and several new mods), new skills (crafting and hideout management), and tons of balance and quality of life adjustments.

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GameSpot News / GSN - P.T. Can't Be Downloaded On PS5, Konami Confirms
« on: October 19, 2020, 02:52:51 PM »
P.T. Can't Be Downloaded On PS5, Konami Confirms

Hideo Kojima's Silent Hill reboot Silent Hills will never see the light of day--at least not in the manner he originally envisioned--but the demo P.T. lives on in the hard drives of horror fans everywhere. Unfortunately, however, that's where it's going to stay. As confirmed by GamesRadar, the "playable teaser" will not be backwards compatible on the PS5 in any form.

In an email to GamesRadar, Konami said that "the content will not be available on the PS Store, so users won’t be able to re-download the content through the backwards compatibility feature to the PS5."

Generally considered one of the most influential horror games of the 2010's--despite its short length and relative unavailability, due to its removal from the PlayStation Store in 2015--P.T. continues to be the subject of analysis and study. Back in 2019, prolific hacker Lance McDonald discovered that Lisa is behind you through the entirety of the game, and McDonald managed to step into the abandoned town itself in a follow-up video. Fans continue to hope for a Silent Hill reboot, though Konami denied the swirling rumors of such a move back in March.


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Pokemon Go Halloween 2020 Event Detailed: Shiny Spiritomb, Mega Gengar, Galarian Yamask, And More

Niantic has already held many October events in Pokemon Go this month, but the biggest is still yet to come. The game's annual Halloween celebration returns starting October 23, and now Niantic has revealed more details on what this year's event will entail.

The Halloween event kicks off at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET on Friday and runs until the same time on November 3. Throughout the event, Ghost-type Pokemon will appear more often in the wild, Raid Battles, and eggs. A handful of new Pokemon will also make their debut during the event, including costumed version of Gengar and Sableye, as well as Galarian Yamask. Unlike the standard Yamask, which normally evolves into Cofagrigus, Galarain Yamask evolves into Runerigus, making this your first chance to get one of those in Pokemon Go.

On top of the increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic will roll out a new Halloween-themed Special Research questline during the event. Completing this will lead to an encounter with the Ghost/Dark Pokemon Spiritomb, and there's a chance it could be Shiny. Players who completed the Mega Buddy Challenge Timed Research will also get to take part in event-exclusive Timed Research and earn Gengar Mega Energy, which will give you a chance to Mega Evolve the Ghost Pokemon.

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Destructive Heist Thriller Teardown Coming To Steam Later This Month

If you're looking for a unique take on the concept of a physics sandbox on PC, there's a game coming to Steam soon that might interest you. Teardown certainly looks the part of a Minecraft-inspired building game--all blocky voxels and carefully-crafted environments--but it's actually much more about kicking over the digital Legos instead of building them up.

The developer of Teardown describes it as a heist game where you use a variety of tools and techniques to break into heavily-fortified compounds and get away before you're caught. Players can use speedboats, construction equipment, explosives, or even lightning to breach perimeters and tear an escape route through the environment.

According to the game's official website, Teardown will come to Steam on October 29 in Early Access. The game requires a fairly beefy PC to run at a high frame rate due to its reliance on physics simulation, and it will cost $20. The developer says that the price will not change even as the game proceeds into full release. The studio estimates that the game will take at least one year in Early Access, though it will ultimately depend on fan feedback. Teardown will also include a sandbox mode and robust modding support, though not in its original Early Access release.

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Source: Destructive Heist Thriller Teardown Coming To Steam Later This Month

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GameSpot News / GSN - Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Extended
« on: October 19, 2020, 02:52:51 PM »
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Extended

The second beta weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been extended until October 20. All attachments are currently unlocked, and players can receive double XP. The game's beta weekend opened on October 15 and was originally scheduled to end on October 19. Players now have another 24 hours to test the beta content and see what the official release of Black Ops Cold War might look and feel like.

The beta is open to all players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Players will need Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One and a Battle.net account on PC.

The Black Ops Cold War beta provides a variety of multiplayer modes with crossplay functionality and a progression system to unlock weapons, equipment, and more. A few of the multiplayer modes are Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed, and Control. Another mode, Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, features 10 four-player teams and a game objective that requires teams to collect uranium in order to destroy parts of the map with extending radiation zones. There are 12v12 games also, like Combined Arms: Assault and Domination, that task opposing teams with a fight over capturing zones and objectives.

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Fall Guys' New Slime Survivor Playlist Is Absolute Madness

Fall Guys got a new limited-time playlist over the weekend. It's called "Slime Survivors" and only features levels where you can fall into the gross pink goo, removing team games, tail tag, and Fall mountain from the rotation. The playlist is absolute madness, resulting in accounts from players who say they've played Slime Climb three times in a row.

The playlist includes all survival rounds, including Perfect Match, Jump Club, Slime Climb, Rollout, and Block Party in the lead up to one of two finale modes: Jump Showdown and Hex-A-Gone. Rounds like Rollout and Block Party, which are normally low-stress, get a lot more hectic with a full lobby of 60 players.

Mediatonic added this new playlist after players complained that the studio's previous limited-time playlist, "The Gauntlet," only had Fall Mountain as a finale. The UK-based studio is using these limited-time playlists to experiment and figure out a way to remove team games, which many players believe to be unfair, from some modes.

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Source: Fall Guys' New Slime Survivor Playlist Is Absolute Madness

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Represent Solidarity With This Free Black Lives Matter PS4 Theme

PlayStation has released a brand-new PlayStation 4 theme that's styled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The theme is black-and-gold, with "Black Lives Matter" written in black inside gold lines and a raised Black fist sitting to the right of the text. The icons take on a gold coloring, while the rest of the theme is a stark black. The black-and-gold colorway is what the movement defaults to.

You can download the Black Lives Matter Theme from the PlayStation Store for free. For the uninitiated, PlayStation 4 themes can be changed from the system's Settings menu. Once there, scroll down to and select Themes. Any theme you have collected from either buying or downloading will be stored here, and they can be changed whenever you want.

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The Division 2 Patch Notes Revamp The Summit, Adjust Time-To-Kill

The latest patch for The Division 2 is live, and it makes some big changes to a certain game mode, The Summit. Title Update 11.1 also brings some much-requested quality-of-life adjustments, including decreased time-to-kill and shotgun damage in PvP, and giving players a higher chance to receive targeted loot.

The Summit challenges players to battle their way to the stop of a 100-story skyscraper in Manhattan, with the level of opposition increasing with every floor. First introduced in the significant expansion Warlords of New York, this patch overhauls many aspects of the game mode, allowing players to choose their preferred difficulty and Directives when they first enter the Summit. Directives can be personalized on a per-player basis, meaning that four teammates can each choose a different set. Previously, Directives were only available on certain floors within the Summit.

Players have their progress saved more frequently throughout the mode, instead of the previous checkpoint system. The Summit also takes advantage of the changes to Directives that the patch brings: they will now increase the chances for targeted loot to drop, as well as giving the players XP.

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New Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Trailer Shows Off Big Korok Boy Hestu

Nintendo has shared another brief new trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the upcoming Dynasty Warriors-style prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This video gives us another look at the mischievous Koroks, who we recently learned would be up to their usual tricks in this prequel.

Like in Breath of the Wild, the Koroks will be hiding out in various places around the world map, and you'll be able to run around and find them in between battling hordes of Ganon's minions. The trailer also confirms that Hestu, the larger dancing Korok who expanded your inventory slots in Breath of the Wild, will be returning in Age of Calamity as well. You can watch the video below.

Nintendo has been sharing a variety of trailers for Age of Calamity since the game was first unveiled last month. Previous videos have given us looks at other returning characters, such as Impa and younger versions of BOTW inventors Robbie and Purah. The most recent trailer focused on the villainous Yiga clan and teased a new shadowy threat behind them.

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Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

Halloween is getting closer, which means it's time for New Releases to get a little spooky. This week, you can run from monsters in Amnesia: Rebirth or face them head-on in the first part of Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods DLC. You can also take a few runs at rogue-lite The Red Lantern or try the game that started it all with the re-release of Rogue. Finally, Transformers: Battlegrounds rolls out this week, too.

Amnesia: Rebirth -- October 20

Available on: PS4, PC

This new spin on the Amnesia games is set in the Algerian desert, where you'll have to run from the series' trademark monsters, solve puzzles, and figure out why the desert residents have disappeared. Rebirth is also more about the theme of survival, according to developer Frictional Games. Expect a mix of wide-open and claustrophobic spaces as you try to survive.

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Source: Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

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The Outer Worlds Switch Update Improves The Game's Graphics

When The Outer Worlds was released on Nintendo Switch on June 5, many critics at the time noted that a number of technical sacrifices were made to ensure Obsidian's RPG would run on the console. Developer Virtuos was in charge of that port and the end result was a game that featured muddy textures and a sub-par frame rate.

This version of The Outer Worlds hasn't been left to fend for itself though, as the game's official Twitter account has confirmed that a new patch will be released this week ahead of an upcoming sale on the Nintendo Switch on October 22.

While details are slim as to what changes players can expect to see exactly, two new screenshot comparisons for the patched version of the game revealed more detailed skies, extra trees, additional objects that weren't present in the previous version, and more complex buildings will be added to the various planets that can be explored in the Halcyon colony.

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Delta (2010.201015-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Delta ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha (2011.201016-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the […]
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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Apocalypse Plus Coming to Minecraft Dungeons!
« on: October 19, 2020, 02:52:49 PM »
Apocalypse Plus Coming to Minecraft Dungeons!


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Big Day for Indian Culture – Raji: An Ancient Epic Available Now

We are happy to announce that our award-winning action-adventure Raji: An Ancient Epic is available now on Xbox One! Our game is steeped in ancient Indian folklore, artwork, and music. Players immerse themselves in the story of a young girl who has been tasked by the gods to battle a demonic invasion and save her […]
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9 Things to Expect in Solasta: Crown of the Magister's Early Access Launch

Solasta: Crown of the Magister is heading to early access, so here's what to expect when Tactical Adventures' lofty RPG arrives before it's totally finished.
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Watch Dogs Legion: Aiden Pearce Playable in Main Campaign, and Customisable

Ubisoft has rewritten parts of Watch Dogs: Legion's main single player campaign specifically so that you can play as (a fully customisable) Aiden Pearce throughout it.
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GameSpot News / GSN - Warframe's Halloween Event Is Now Live
« on: October 19, 2020, 09:53:08 AM »
Warframe's Halloween Event Is Now Live

Warframe's Nights of Naberus event has launched, introducing a chilling new story and, of course, a bunch of limited-time spooky items for players to get their hands on in time for Halloween.

Nights of Naberus piggybacks off of Hearts of Deimos, Warframe's latest big expansion. Though Hearts of Deimos is already spooky enough to constitute a Halloween theme on its own, the Nights of Naberus event really ups the ante, dressing Daughter up in a ghoulish new costume as the vendor for the event's themed store.

The Whispering Naberus Mobile is the main new item added, which is available in exchange for Mother Tokens. The mobile unlocks a chilling story narrated by Grandmother about the ancient origins of the Orokin's Naberus festival. You can also unlock Glyphs, Emblems, Skins, and Blueprints from Daughter's store until the event ends on November 9.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Rickrolls Would-Be Dataminers

With Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in cross-platform open beta now, it's inevitable that dataminers will be in the game's files, trying to find more juicy secrets and exploits before the game's release on November 13. It seems the dataminers have been anticipated by developer Treyarch, however, with a number of the game's files leading to rickrolls, as picked up by Dexerto.

A screenshot of the game's .exe file shows a number of bit.ly links disguising rickrolls--a link to the YouTube video of Rick Astley's 1987 classic Never Gonna Give You Up, for those of you who somehow don't know what a rickroll is.

Dataminers have led to a number of high-profile leaks related to the Call of Duty franchise this year, which is even trickier for the developers to dodge when dealing with cross-promotion in already-released games like COD's battle royale Warzone. This discovery shows someone is at least having fun trying to deter dataminers, with the links attached to popular configs like god mode or a season 1 test.

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A Total War Saga: Troy Will Add Photo Mode And Artemis This Week

A Total War Saga: Troy will receive a major update on October 22, and it'll add a new god and a photo mode to the game. This free update will expand the game out a bit, and let you capture some of the imagery of the Trojan War that the game conjures.

If you've been playing Hades (or you're simply a fan of the Greek classics), you'll recognise Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. Artemis will be added to the game's Divine Will system, and each faction will have access to her temple building chain. Pray to Artemis and you can unlock a light archer unit, and new missions are being added as well

A new Epic Agent is being added, too--Orion, who is available at the highest worship tier. He's an incredible hunter, with the abilities Sudden Ambush (which gives guaranteed kills on enemy heroes) and Foe Tracking (which lets you track enemy heroes across the map).

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GameSpot News / GSN - Fall Guys Dev Wants To Know Which Rounds You Hate
« on: October 19, 2020, 09:53:08 AM »
Fall Guys Dev Wants To Know Which Rounds You Hate

Is there one Fall Guys round you really just can't stand? Let developer Mediatonic know about it and maybe you'll never have to play it again. Fall Guys has opened up a new survey about the game's various rounds and match variants so players can help shape what gets added in future updates.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is almost two weeks into its second season, with the medieval-themed season arriving with four new (or partly new) levels. The new survey asks how many new rounds players expect with each season--suggesting some players may have wanted more than four out of season two.

Mediatonic has also shared a feedback survey asking about themes and seasons, if that's another area you have strong opinions about.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Rainbow Six Siege Confirmed For Xbox Game Pass
« on: October 19, 2020, 09:53:08 AM »
Rainbow Six Siege Confirmed For Xbox Game Pass

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Rainbow Six Siege is coming to Xbox Game Pass. It'll be available on both Xbox One and Android (as a streaming game for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers), but not PC. It releases on October 22.

Original story: One of the biggest multiplayer shooters of the generation could be coming to Xbox Game Pass, if the service's official Twitter account is hinting at what we think it is. Rainbow Six Siege has millions of players, and it looks like some more Xbox players are going to get access for free.

A post on the Xbox Game Pass Twitter features no text, but instead an image of a massive six-band rainbow and a siege weapon placed outside a castle. That could be a big coincidence, but it almost certainly means the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass. Because Ubisoft is supporting free next-gen upgrades for Rainbow Six Siege and several other recent games, you'll likely be able to play the Xbox Series X and Series S version on the new systems, too.

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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for Console & Android: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Hey, Operators, new step in your preparation phase: rebuild your “to play” gaming list because Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is coming to Console with Xbox Game Pass and cloud gaming on Android devices with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on October 22. This highly competitive PVP game is going to give your map memorization skills […]
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Amnesia: Rebirth Review
« on: October 19, 2020, 09:53:07 AM »
Amnesia: Rebirth Review

Rebirth is bold survival horror, and anything but forgettable.
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PlayStation 'Looking Into' Negative Feedback on PS4 Party Changes

Sony has responded to the negative feedback from fans over the changes made to the party chat system as part of the PS4's 8.00 system update.
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NBA 2K21 Quietly Adds Unskippable Ads Into Loading Screens

In-game ads have begun appearing in NBA 2K21's current-gen release, a month after launch.
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Sony Will Update The PS5's Fan Based On Game Data

PS5 engineer Yasuhiro Ootori has said that Sony will update the console's fan based on the effects upcoming games have on the PS5's APU.
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Every Flashback Tape Location in Crash Bandicoot 4

Don't miss a single tape with this guide.
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Spelunky 2's First Area Is Now a Bit Easier

Spelunky 2's latest patch has made its first area a bit easier, which will hopefully help some players get in to the game we gave a 10/10.
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Spelunky 2 Has Been Patched To Make The First Area Slightly Easier

Spelunky 2 is meant to be a huge challenge, but many players have felt that the first area is a little too difficult, even compared to later parts. The development team addressed this point in a recent Steam update, and now a new patch has arrived to soften the first area, Dwelling, a bit.

"We know Dwelling is causing players frustration and I think there's some fair criticism there, so we're testing some changes to the spawn rates of enemies and traps, particularly in 1-1 and 1-2," the update reads. "Some tweaks to 1-4 should make it more interesting, as well! Look for those changes to arrive in a patch some time soon." That patch has now arrived, along with some changes to spawn rates.

Spelunky 2 Patch 1.12.1e is mostly a list of fixes, but two changes stand out if you're struggling with this first area. In this patch, the developer has "tuned monsters spawn chances in Dwelling" and "added more room variety in the last Dwelling level." Hopefully this means fewer moles, although it's worth remembering that you don't need to kill everything.

Of course, Spelunky 2 is difficult by design, and you're still likely to struggle: check out GameSpot's beginner's guide if you're struggling.

Here are the complete patch notes for Spelunky 2's latest update, which contains many changes.

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New Halo Book Has "Connective Tissues" To Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite doesn't release until 2021, and its story remains largely a mystery, but we may soon learn a little more about the narrative. The new book Halo: Shadows of Reach, which releases on October 20, will provide some "connective tissues" that link to the new game.

Author Troy Denning said in an interview with 343 Industries that the new book will "whet the appetite" for Halo Infinite, and he was keen to join the project from the very beginning.

"When Ed [Schlesinger, Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books] asked me to write the book, the first thing he mentioned was that it would be a Blue Team novel with connective tissues related to the Master Chief's role in Halo Infinite--and I was sold," he said. "I just love the Halo universe and characters, so writing a novel that moves the timeline forward–and helps whet the appetite for Infinite–is definitely something I was interested in."

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Master Chief Voice Actor Reads An Excerpt From New Halo Novel, Listen Here

While we have to wait a while longer for Halo Infinite, Microsoft is releasing a new Halo novel very soon, and the company is promoting it with a special excerpt read by none other than the voice of Master Chief, Steve Downes. You can listen to Downes' famous voice read about seven minutes of Halo: Shadows of Reach in the video below.

The book was written by Troy Denning, who has written numerous Halo novels before this, in addition to books in the Star Wars, Planescape, and Forgotten Realms franchises. The story focuses on Master Chief as he takes part in a "covert insertion" on the planet of Reach alongside his Spartan II soldiers.

The full audiobook version of Shadows of Reach is narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins. The book is scheduled to release on October 20, and you can get it through Audible, Google Play, and other digital bookstores.

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NBA 2K21 Has Added Unskippable Ads Despite Being A Full-Price Game

NBA 2K21 has added a new feature--video ads that cannot be skipped. Stevivor is reporting that the game now features ads that will play between matches, and which you cannot skip through. These ads are for the Oculus Quest 2, and they've been spotted in the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.

This is a tactic we're used to seeing in free-to-play titles, but NBA 2K21 is a full-priced title: and depending on which version you bought, it can cost up to $100.

Here's a video recorded by Stevivor of one of the ads playing in the game's MyTEAM mode, which has now entered Season 2.

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Source: NBA 2K21 Has Added Unskippable Ads Despite Being A Full-Price Game

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Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-14, 2020

Halloween is getting closer, which means it's time for New Releases to get a little spooky. This week, you can run from monsters in Amnesia: Rebirth or face them head-on in the first part of Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods DLC. You can also take a few runs at rogue-lite The Red Lantern or try the game that started it all with the re-release of Rogue. Finally, Transformers: Battlegrounds rolls out this week, too.

Amnesia: Rebirth -- October 20

Available on: PS4, PC

This new spin on the Amnesia games is set in the Algerian desert, where you'll have to run from the series' trademark monsters, solve puzzles, and figure out why the desert residents have disappeared. Rebirth is also more about the theme of survival, according to developer Frictional Games. Expect a mix of wide-open and claustrophobic spaces as you try to survive.

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Source: Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-14, 2020

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Starcraft 2 Content Updates Have Ended So Blizzard Can Focus On The Franchise's Future

Starcraft II is over a decade old now, having launched its first installment, Wings of Liberty, in July 2010. Now, Blizzard has given an update on the game's on-going development, and has announced that big content drops for the game have come to an end--from now on, patches will focus on balance and fixes.

In a Blizzard news post, executive producer Rob Bridenbecker writes that the big update from earlier this year, which celebrated the game's anniversary, will be the last of its kind. "We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft II in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most," Bridenbecker says.

"What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward," he continues. "On that last note, we’re not planning a Q4 balance update given that we did one a few months ago, but as always, we do plan to continue doing them as needed in the future."

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Halo 4 PC Beta Test Delayed Slightly, Here's What You Need To Know

The first public beta test for Halo 4 on PC through The Master Chief Collection was scheduled to take place last week, but Microsoft chose to delay it due to a "blocker" issue. Thankfully, this problem is expected to be sorted out in short order, and beta invitations should begin going out soon.

"Unfortunately, we're not quite ready yet," Halo's community director, Brian Jarrard, wrote on the Halo forums. "As of this writing, the team has one remaining blocker to address before we can progress the build to Ring 3 and send out Halo Insider invites. We're close and, assuming this blocker can get resolved quickly without any further issues, we’re hoping to kick things off next week."

A "blocker" is a bug that is "severe" enough to stop the beta test from working as intended, developer 343 says. When this bug for Halo 4 is fixed, the team will get the client ready for testers. That being said, the beta version of Halo 4 may still contain bugs, since it is a work-in-progress version of the game, just not bugs that are as critical in nature.

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Fallout Miami Development Progresses, Despite The Pandemic

Fallout Miami is one of the most ambitious game mod projects ever, taking players away from the New England setting of Fallout 4 itself and placing them in a "post-nuclear vacation wasteland." It has been in the works for several years, and in a new update post, the developers shared what they've been working on since the pandemic began.

Pre-production for the mod's main quest has been finished, with the team now moving on to writing as well as quest implementation. Fallout Miami will be around the size and scope of an official Fallout expansion when it releases, with side quests and new characters to meet as well as factions to encounter.

Those factions include a group that makes use of coconut shells for their masks, giving them a more menacing look than what you might expect from a coconut shell. 3D models for this unannounced faction are nearly complete, and they should be fully revealed soon. You can see a glimpse of some of the new characters and artwork in the video above.

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Rainbow Six Siege Seemingly Teased For Xbox Game Pass

One of the biggest multiplayer shooters of the generation could be coming to Xbox Game Pass, if the service's official Twitter account is hinting at what we think it is. Rainbow Six Siege has millions of players, and it looks like some more Xbox players are going to get access for free.

A post on the Xbox Game Pass Twitter features no text, but instead an image of a massive six-band rainbow and a siege weapon placed outside a castle. That could be a big coincidence, but it almost certainly means the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass. Because Ubisoft is supporting free next-gen upgrades for Rainbow Six Siege and several other recent games, you'll likely be able to play the Xbox Series X and Series S version on the new systems, too.

Microsoft is no stranger to silly teases for new Xbox Game Pass additions. It did something similar with Doom Eternal just as Microsoft purchased Bethesda. In that case, it was with a hidden "The Slayer is Coming" message hidden in the copy of an email.

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Get This Yakuza And Streets Of Rage Crossover For Free Before It's Gone

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is set to release next month on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC, and SEGA has created something we didn't know we needed to hold us off. Streets of Kamurocho combines the Yakuza series' classic flavor and characters with Streets of Rage 2 to create the ultimate mashup. The best part? It's free, but you don't have much time to grab it.

Only available until tomorrow, October 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, Streets of Kamurocho takes the characters Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima--the stars of most of the series' games—and tosses them into Kamurocho for a Streets of Rage brawl-fest.

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An Undertale Fan Is Turning The Soundtrack Into A Ska Album

Jeremy Hunter has been performing incredible covers of popular songs reimagined as third-wave ska tunes for the last few years, and we've seen several video game references and nods on their YouTube channel Skatune Network. Hunter's latest project is a full covers album devoted to Toby Fox's Undertale, and the first song is available for all checkered Vans-wearing, upbeat-loving Undertale fans everywhere.

Skatune Network's new album cover art

Featuring 10 reimagined versions of tracks from Undertale, the record is called "Despite Everything, It's Still You," and includes a number of collaborations. Patrick from the J-Music Ensemble, which combines J-pop with jazz, is among the musicians Hunter brought on to complete the project.

The first single from the record is "Determination," which charges forward from the first beat with a bouncy mix of brass, bass licks, and drums. Hunter plays most of the instruments on the song, with Max Boiko of the VGM Collective playing trumpet and Elwood Bond behind the drums. Boiko even adds a little jazzy flair with a trumpet solo, backed up by Hunter's tenor saxophone. More videos are expected over the next few weeks. You'll likely be able to pick up (pick it up pick it up) the record a short time later.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Lightsaber Will Soon Be At Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge includes an area called Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities where you can create your own lightsaber based on one from the films, and the Disney attraction is expanding to video games, as well. In 2021, you'll be able to purchase Cal Kestis' lightsaber from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Artwork for Cal Kestis' lightsaber

The first video game lightsaber to be available at Galaxy's Edge, Cal Kestis' lightsaber was damaged late in the game's storyline, and it appears the version available for purchase will reflect this. It will be joined by Count Dooku's curved fencing-style saber this fall, and you'll also get to customize sabers with Ahsoka Tano's hilts and blades from The Clone Wars series.

What's interesting about the Cal Kestis saber is that it wasn't limited to a set design. As you progress through the Fallen Order story and collect more items and unlockables, you can change nearly everything on the lightsaber. This includes the hilt as well as the color itself, and this can be swapped at will to change things up. Of course, in Star Wars lore, this isn't actually possible, as the color is tied to the crystal placed inside. You can even switch between having it work as a standard saber, a Maul-style double-bladed saber, or a split saber for dual-wielding. The different configurations suit certain enemies better. Some of the colors available are also pretty rare, including multiple shades of blue. These don't have any effect on damage or performance.

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The Oregon Trail Documentary Examines Legendary Game's Origins

The best day in elementary school was when your whole class went into the computer lab and instead of using some boring science or math program, you got to play The Oregon Trail. The educational game has seen many iterations and has been around for decades, and MinnMax founder (and former Game Informer video producer) Ben Hanson has produced a documentary examining its unusual origins. You can watch the entire thing right here.

Trailheads: The Oregon Trail is a free YouTube documentary that examines the game's Minnesota roots, including how it was initially created in college by the three-person team of Bill Heinemann, Paul Dillenberger, and Don Rawitsch and donated to the state's MECC organization.

You've almost certainly played some version of The Oregon Trail if you live in the United States, as it has been a staple in schools for years and dates back in one form or another to 1971. It gained particular popularity on the Apple II computer and you can even get a handheld version that resembles that computer. It's the full version of the game, too, with hunting and other mini-games left intact. Be careful, or you'll die of dysentary.

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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Chemistry System Explained

Figure out how to achieve 100 Chemistry in Ultimate Team with our guide to the many facets of the stat-boosting system.
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How to Make Coins And Save Your Points in FIFA 21

Make sense of the economy in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team with our point-saving, coin-earning strategy guide.
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Stardew Valley to Get Splitscreen Co-Op in Upcoming Version 1.5 Update

Stardew Valley will be adding splitscreen co-op in its upcoming version 1.5 update.
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Rainbow Six Siege May Be Coming to Xbox Game Pass

A medieval-looking image could be teasing that Rainbow Six Siege may soon be headed to Xbox Game Pass.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Animal Crossing: It's Turnip Time
« on: October 18, 2020, 10:10:45 PM »
Animal Crossing: It's Turnip Time

Stop. Turnip time in ACNH.
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Get This Yakuza And Streets Of Rage Crossover For Free Before It's Gone

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is set to release next month on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC, and SEGA has created something we didn't know we needed to hold us off. Streets of Kamurocho combines the Yakuza series' classic flavor and characters with Streets of Rage 2 to create the ultimate mashup. The best part? It's free, but you don't have much time to grab it.

Only available until tomorrow, October 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, Streets of Kamurocho takes the characters Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima--the stars of most of the series' games—and tosses them into Kamurocho for a Streets of Rage brawl-fest.

The gameplay is virtually identical to Streets of Rage 2, with the characters punching enemies several times in a row until they're sent flying. Weapons like swords are available, as well, and you might find special items if you bust open the trash cans scattered across the street.

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Genshin Impact: Elemental Weakness Chart and Combos

Exploit enemy weaknesses and create masterful elemental combos in Genshin Impact.
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An Undertale Fan Is Turning The Soundtrack Into A Ska Album

Jeremy Hunter has been performing incredible covers of popular songs reimagined as third-wave ska tunes for the last few years, and we've seen several video game references and nods on their YouTube channel Skatune Network. Hunter's latest project is a full covers album devoted to Toby Fox's Undertale, and the first song is available for all checkered Vans-wearing, upbeat-loving Undertale fans everywhere.

Skatune Network's new album cover art

Featuring 10 reimagined versions of tracks from Undertale, the record is called "Despite Everything, It's Still You," and includes a number of collaborations. Patrick from the J-Music Ensemble, which combines J-pop with jazz, is among the musicians Hunter brought on to complete the project.

The first single from the record is "Determination," which charges forward from the first beat with a bouncy mix of brass, bass licks, and drums. Hunter plays most of the instruments on the song, with Max Boiko of the VGM Collective playing trumpet and Elwood Bond behind the drums. Boiko even adds a little jazzy flair with a trumpet solo, backed up by Hunter's tenor saxophone.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Hades Changes What It Means To Be A Roguelike
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:37:00 PM »
Hades Changes What It Means To Be A Roguelike

Megaera, one of Hades' earliest bosses, stood before me for the first time. I had done a handful of runs through the underworldly roguelike but had never made it far. I was determined to change that with this run. I used all of my focus to dash, dodge, and dance around her until both our health bars were nearly depleted. I made one final swing to finish her off. Finally, I had won.

The high of victory wouldn't last long though--I died shortly after that boss fight and returned to the House of Hades. But I was surprised to find Megaera waiting for me in the lounge.

"The next time we fight, you better finish me off," she said in an encounter I hadn't experienced before. I'd run into similar situations in other roguelikes, where I fought a new boss in Slay the Spire or Dead Cells, but had never been rewarded for failing.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Lightsaber Will Soon Be At Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge includes an area called Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities where you can create your own lightsaber based on one from the films, and the Disney attraction is expanding to video games, as well. In 2021, you'll be able to purchase Cal Kestis' lightsaber from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Artwork for Cal Kestis' lightsaber

The first video game lightsaber to be available at Galaxy's Edge, Cal Kestis' lightsaber was damaged late in the game's storyline, and it appears the version available for purchase will reflect this. It will be joined by Count Dooku's curved fencing-style saber this fall, and you'll also get to customize sabers with Ahsoka Tano's hilts and blades from The Clone Wars series.

What's interesting about the Cal Kestis saber is that it wasn't limited to a set design. As you progress through the Fallen Order story and collect more items and unlockables, you can change nearly everything on the lightsaber. This includes the hilt as well as the color itself, and this can be swapped at will to change things up. Of course, in Star Wars lore, this isn't actually possible, as the color is tied to the crystal placed inside. You can even switch between having it work as a standard saber, a Maul-style double-bladed saber, or a split saber for dual-wielding. The different configurations suit certain enemies better.

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The Oregon Trail Documentary Examines Legendary Game's Origins

The best day in elementary school was when your whole class went into the computer lab and instead of using some boring science or math program, you got to play The Oregon Trail. The educational game has seen many iterations and has been around for decades, and MinnMax founder (and former Game Informer video producer) Ben Hanson has produced a documentary examining its unusual origins. You can watch the entire thing right here.

Trailheads: The Oregon Trail is a free YouTube documentary that examines the game's Minnesota roots, including how it was initially created in college by the three-person team of Bill Heinemann, Paul Dillenberger, and Don Rawitsch and donated to the state's MECC organization.

You've almost certainly played some version of The Oregon Trail if you live in the United States, as it has been a staple in schools for years and dates back in one form or another to 1971. It gained particular popularity on the Apple II computer and you can even get a handheld version that resembles that computer. It's the full version of the game, too, with hunting and other mini-games left intact. Be careful, or you'll die of dysentary.

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Sony Apologizes For PS5 Voice Recording Confusion, Says It's Used For Reporting Harassment

Following the controversy surrounding the PS5's voice chat functionality--and Sony having to clarify that it would not be recording your voice through the console--the company has offered an apology and a better explanation of how chat is going to work on the system.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, SIE VP of Global Consumer Experience Catherine Jensen said that the voice chat recording function will be used for players to report harassment while playing games. The most-recent five minutes of a voice chat will be available to players to record and send to Sony's consumer experience team to make a decision.

The notification players see that lets them know they may be recorded is likely a matter of legality. In certain regions, including some parts of the US, it is illegal to record someone's voice without their consent.

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Joe Biden's Animal Crossing Island Has Ice Cream, Dogs, And Model Trains

The Joe Biden campaign put some serious work into its island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Democratic presidential nominee can be seen walking around his field office, a polling place, and much more in the meticulously designed 'Biden HQ.' He'll shout one of his campaign slogans, "no malarkey" if you speak to his character. And that's a fact, Jack.

"A lot of the residents on the island are dogs, Joe Biden loves dogs," said Kinda Funny's Greg Miller while exploring the island on Twitch. Kinda Funny debuted the town on their stream on October 16 by visiting it with the Dream Suite. Miller was joined by Animal Talking Host Gary Whitta. Whitta expanded into a show called Talk Guys recently, which takes place in the online multiplayer game Fall Guys.

Biden HQ's Polling Place

The island has Joe Biden yard signs, a field office with a basement full of trains (one of Joe Biden's nicknames is 'Amtrak Joe' since he often commuted by train), a polling place with voter information, and an ice cream stand in front of Nook's Cranny. There are a lot of fun spaces on the island, including Joe Biden fliers (made with custom designs) on the ground in places.

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Super Mario Bros. 35: New Limited-Time Event Now Live

Another new Special Battle event is happening right now in Super Mario Bros. 35, the free-to-play multiplayer Mario game for Switch Online subscribers. This event is called the Limited Course Special Battle, and as its name suggests, it restricts the level selection to a handful of specific stages.

During this Special Battle event, players will only play through World 3-1 to 4-4. The latter stage in particular should make this event hectic, as you'll need to follow a specific path through the maze-like castle in order to reach Bowser at the end. This event only runs through the weekend, ending at 11:59 PM PT on October 18 (2:59 AM ET on October 19).

As previously mentioned, Super Mario Bros. 35 is a free download exclusive for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. The game was released as part of Nintendo's Super Mario 35th anniversary celebration, but much like Super Mario 3D All-Stars, it's not a permanent addition to Switch's library; Nintendo says the game will only be available to play until March 31, 2021.

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PS5 vs Xbox Series X Launch Lineup Comparsion

See which games you'll be able to play at launch on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles.
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Destiny 2's PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Upgrades Will Arrive in December 2020

While Destiny 2 will be able to take advantage of faster load time and cross-generation play when PS5 and Xbox Series X/S arrive, the official next-gen upgrade will not arrive until December 2020.
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: Cal Kestis' Lightsaber Headed to Galaxy's Edge

Cal Kestis' lightsaber from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will soon be available at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
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Genshin Impact Microtransactions: What Are Wishes And How Does Gacha Work

So you're interested in trying out Genshin Impact, but there's something you're a bit worried about. While Genshin Impact is a free download, you're told it makes money from something called "gacha." And judging from what you've heard about other free-to-play games, you assume gacha is suffering. You've witnessed tales of woe on social media, of people spending hundreds of dollars in hopes of obtaining rare characters with nothing to show for it. You're afraid of getting sucked into a vortex that invites you in for free but will proceed to empty your wallet and your soul.

Well, there's good news for you--it's very easy to enjoy Genshin Impact and take part in its gacha system without spending much, or anything at all! In fact, this may be one of the best gacha-driven free-to-play games for gamers on a budget. Even if you don't get the luckiest results, you can enjoy exploring and questing through the game for free. To help you figure out how best to spend your resources, we've made a guide explaining Genshin Impact's gacha mechanics and what to look out for. If you've any further questions about how it all works, be sure to leave them in the comments below. Otherwise, be sure to read our full thoughts about the game in our Genshin Impact review.

What is "Gacha"?

Gacha (named after popular toy-dispensing machines) is a popular monetization scheme that's akin to loot boxes and often found in free-to-play games developed in East Asia. In games with a gacha system, the base game is offered as a no-cost download and is playable without spending money. However, you can choose to buy special in-game premium currency and spend it to "roll" for randomized elements that have an effect on gameplay--usually weapons, equippable items, and even playable characters. The system is especially popular in mobile games like Fire Emblem Heroes, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and Fate/Grand Order.

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HDMI 2.1 Explainer: Benefits, Supported Games, And Should I Have It Have For Next-Gen?

With next-gen consoles come new hardware standards. Among the new technical upgrades coming with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S HDMI 2.1 support. But what exactly makes HDMI 2.1 different, and is it worth buying a new TV for? We're here to provide you with answers to those burning questions.

Below, we break down everything you need to know about HDMI 2.1, such as the improvements to color and HDR it offers. As you'd expect, its most significant benefit to gaming is the ability to output 4K at 120fps, so we also touch on some of the titles confirmed to support it. If you're interested in buying a TV with HDMI 2.1, check out our roundup of the best 4K TVs for PS5 and Xbox Series X. Otherwise, read on for everything you need to know or check out the video version of this feature in the player below for a more visual look at what we've detailed.

What Is HDMI 2.1, And What Are Its Benefits?

In short, HDMI 2.1 is the latest version of HDMI that distinguishes itself by being capable of transmitting an impressive bandwidth of 48 Gbps (GigaBits) in the cable. This is a considerable improvement from the previous 2.0 cables, which carry 18 Gbps. In general, bandwidth determines the max amount of data the signal in the cable can send. The higher the resolution and frame rate, the more data is needed.

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Double Fine Brings Classic LucasArts Titles To Xbox Game Pass Later This Month

Quirky developer Double Fine Productions has announced that its classic LucasArts adventure games--Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango--hit Xbox Game Pass on October 29. This is the first time these games launch on Xbox consoles.

The studio took to Twitter to deliver the news. All three adventure games will be available to all Xbox Game Pass members. Double Fine confirmed in a follow-up tweet that each game will be playable on Android devices, Windows 10 PCs, and Xbox consoles (likely meaning the Xbox One and the forthcoming Xbox Series X/S).

Each adventure game originally launched in the '90s, developed and published by LucasArts, a game studio also responsible for Star Wars games like Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: TIE Fighter. After ceasing operation as a developer in April 2013 following an acquisition by Disney in October 2012, Double Fine picked up the games.

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Atari Is Making Cryptocurrency In Addition To New Console

Atari is preparing to launch a new console this fall, but the hardware will come alongside another business venture: a new approach to cryptocurrency. The Atari VCS is aiming to hit in November, and will let players buy wares using new "Atari Tokens."

Bloomberg reports that starting October 29, Bitcoin Exchange will sell $1 million in Atari Tokens for 25 cents apiece. Players will be able to use tokens to buy in-game purchases, and Atari foresees the possibility of using its Tokens currency as an industry standard. It's also said to be working on a gaming stablecoin, which isn't ready to launch yet.

Atari is much smaller than its former self, currently at only around 20 staffers. The console launch and cryptocurrency hook are aimed at bringing back the brand after it emerged from bankruptcy. The strategy will rely on players hungry for nostalgia, as the Atari VCS is looking to introduce reimagined versions of classic Atari games like Missile Command: Recharged. It may be a difficult sell, though, coming in at $390--roughly the price of the all-digital PS5.

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Future Bethesda Titles Don't Need To Be On PS5, Says Xbox's Phil Spencer

Last month Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including Doom, The Elder Scrolls, and Fallout publisher Bethesda. While Microsoft hasn't detailed its release plans for Bethesda titles in the future, Xbox's Phil Spencer says that the price of the deal isn't forcing any decisions.

The acquisition cost Microsoft $7.5 billion and is expected to close soon, but Microsoft has said that existing exclusivity deals for games like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 will not be changed. The future of Bethesda titles is less certain, however, with Microsoft previously stating that it would determine release platforms for games on a "case-by-case" basis.

Spencer, speaking to Kotaku, didn't elaborate on that stance, but did mention that Microsoft has no obligation to release games on platforms it doesn't control for the financial aspect of the deal to make sense.

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Joe Biden's Animal Crossing Island Has Ice Cream, Dogs, And Model Trains

The Joe Biden campaign put some serious work into its island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Democratic presidential nominee can be seen walking around his field office, a polling place, and much more in the meticulously designed 'Biden HQ.' He'll shout one of his campaign slogans, "no malarkey" if you speak to his character.

"A lot of the residents on the island are dogs, Joe Biden loves dogs," said Kinda Funny's Greg Miller while exploring the island on Twitch. Kinda Funny debuted the town on their stream on October 16 by visiting it with the Dream Suite. Miller was joined by Animal Talking Host Gary Whitta.

Biden HQ's Polling Place

The island has Joe Biden yard signs, a field office with a basement full of trains (one of Joe Biden's nicknames is 'Amtrak Joe' since he often commuted by train), a polling place with voter information, and an ice cream stand in front of Nook's Cranny. There are a lot of fun spaces on the island, including Joe Biden fliers (made with custom designs) on the ground in places.

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Last Chance To Claim Escape From Tarkov Gifts And 25% Off Discount

Battlestate Games, the studio behind Escape From Tarkov, is celebrating its birthday this week. As a thank you to its fans, the team has marked down all preorder editions of the game by 25%, but there's not long left to take advantage of it. The sale ends today, October 16 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET. This is also your last chance to claim your free in-game gift bundle—another token of Battlestate's gratitude.

The sale comes ahead of the highly anticipated Escape From Tarkov 12.8 update, which was supposed to go live this week, but had to be delayed last-minute due to "unforeseen bugs" and other issues.

How To Claim Escape From Tarkov Gift

To claim your free Escape From Tarkov gift, head to your Battlestate Games profile, scroll down to where it says "Additional ingame equipment," and click "Receive" on the newest bundle. Don't forget to also claim any leftover gifts you may have missed from prior events.

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Fall Guys Update Will Make It Easier To Play New Medieval Levels

Fall Guys got a number of changes when Season 2 launched earlier in October, some of which weren't received well by the game's community. Mediatonic said that a hotfix would come next week to address some of the complaints, including one change that will increase how often new medieval levels will show up in playlists.

Season 2 introduced several small changes to the battle royale, including new animations and visual effects on games like Hex-A-Gone and Tip Toe, and several bugs that have frustrated players. An unexpected bug made Jump Showdown, one of the game's finale modes, easier by slowing the spinning beam that the player needs to jump over. Several players said that the mode timed out while they were playing, awarding crowns to all players who were still alive. Some players didn't like that because winning isn't enough for them, they want to see others lose, too.

"Jump Showdown speed issues have been fixed," Mediatonic wrote in its Discord server. The studio also said it was making "clarity improvements" to several mini-games. The hotfix will also increase the probability of the new medieval levels (Knight Fever, Hoopsie Legends, Wall Guys, and Egg Siege) showing up after players complained that they weren't seeing them enough.

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Super Mario Bros. 35 Kicks Off A New Limited-Time Event

Another new Special Battle event has begun in Super Mario Bros. 35, the free-to-play multiplayer Mario game for Switch Online subscribers. This event is called the Limited Course Special Battle, and as its name suggests, it restricts the playing field to a handful of specific stages.

During this Special Battle event, players will only play through World 3-1 to 4-4. The latter stage in particular should make this event hectic, as you'll need to follow a specific path through the maze-like castle in order to reach Bowser at the end. This event only runs through the weekend, ending at 11:59 PM PT on October 18 (2:59 AM ET on October 19).

As previously mentioned, Super Mario Bros. 35 is a free download exclusive for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. The game was released as part of Nintendo's Super Mario 35th anniversary celebration, but much like Super Mario 3D All-Stars, it's not a permanent addition to Switch's library; Nintendo says the game will only be available to play until March 31, 2021.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Time-Bending JRPG Cris Tales Delayed To Early 2021
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:25:40 AM »
Time-Bending JRPG Cris Tales Delayed To Early 2021

Co-developers Dreams Uncorporated and Syck have announced that the time-bending JRPG Cris Tales has been delayed from its November 17 release date. The game now launches in early 2021 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. A demo is available on most platforms.

Dreams Uncorporated and Syck CEO Carlos Rocha Silva shared a blog post detailing the rationale for the delay. He said that because the team is essentially animating the character models and environments three times--to represent their past, present, and future--the team needed more time to realize this complex, time-bending narrative.

"We are a very small video game development studio located in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia," Rocha Silva said. "Cris Tales is the biggest project we have ever worked on, and we want to get it right. As you probably know, most areas and people in the game must be created at least three times, if not more to show the different past, present, and futures. So, in a way, it's like developing three different video games at the same time. Three video games that must be impeccable so that we can deliver all the magic we have in our soul to all of you. We want to make sure to earn all the love you've all shown in our events, demos, previews, and so much more."

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GameSpot News / GSN - GameSpot After Dark Ep. 63 - Steve S. Minecraft
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:25:40 AM »
GameSpot After Dark Ep. 63 - Steve S. Minecraft

On this week's episode of GameSpot After Dark, the team welcomes the arrival of legendary hero Steven S. Minecraft of Minecraft fame to Nintendo's hit game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You may know Steven from his resource gathering and block building adventures in Minecraft, or from seeing what looks like his bits on Twitter.

Jake, Lucy, Kallie, and Tamoor also talk about Paradise Killer, Oculus Quest 2, and Rainbow Six: Siege. For the news portion of the podcast, the big topic of discussion is the rumored Mass Effect remaster. You're probably tired of hearing and reading about it at this point, but this time it has appeared on a ratings board, and with N7 Day rapidly approaching, maybe there is hope? Fingers crossed.

Cyberpunk 2077 is the subject of a reader question on why developers and publishers announce games early and what it means when they're delayed. The crew also talks about their dream guests for the podcast and, most importantly, talk about their experiences checking out a beautiful museum dedicated to GameSpot created by community member Daniel Moreno.

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Xbox Series S Expected To Sell More Than Series X, According To Xbox's Phil Spencer

Microsoft is just a few weeks away from launching its two next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S. The two consoles differ significantly in terms of raw graphical power and price, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer expects the least powerful of the two to sell better.

In an interview with Kotaku, Spencer is asked about his thoughts on console sales during the upcoming holiday season. With stock limited and the appetite for new hardware outstripping potential supply, Spencer expects the Xbox Series X to take an early lead. He does not, however, expect that to be the case over the course of the generation.

"I think, over the generation, our expectation would be that price really matters and that you would see the Series S sell more," Spencer stated.

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Fortnite Players Are Tired Of Season 4's Extra-Long Grind

Fortnite's Season 4 is much meatier than previous seasons. The Marvel-character-filled battle pass has 220 tiers with special rewards that players are trying to unlock by grinding hours of the battle royale.

"I just hit 145 and may call it quits at 180," said Redditor Jester0745. "It’s getting tiresome playing strictly to get punches done."

New battle pass pages with additional rewards unlock once players reach tier 100. All the Marvel skins have additional styles, including silver, gold, and rainbow variants, that unlock every five levels. This season is ending on (or around) November 22 so players need to level up two and a half times per day to reach the top. That's not an easy task, even as Epic Games extended this season beyond the usual ten weeks.

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Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (Oct. 16-20)

The Festival of the Lost continues as we near the end of Destiny 2's Season of Arrivals and quickly approach the Beyond Light expansion. If you're working your way through the Haunted Forest, it's a great time to grab new exotics from our favorite weekend vendor, Xur. Head to Io, to the Giant Scar area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering The Queenbreaker. Hunters can pick up the Lucky Raspberry chest armor; for Titans, there's the Dunemarchers leg armor; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Getaway Artist gauntlets.

Xur Location

Xur hangs out in a cave on the north end of Giant's Scar, near where Taken enemies spawn.

Use the Giant's Scar transmat zone on Io to get to Xur fast. Hop on your sparrow and head through the archway ahead, then turn toward the north end of the area. Hug the cliff wall on your left until you find a cave; inside, in the shadows, Xur awaits.

Xur Exotic Items

The Queenbreaker, Xur's weapon this week, is a solid heavy choice in both Gambit and Crucible, although its heyday passed a few seasons ago. Still, it's pretty good for vaporizing Guardians, provided you can snag some heavy ammo for it. But if you're not a fan of his other options, Xur also sells an Exotic engram that will decrypt into an Exotic you don't already own. He also has the Five of Swords challenge card, which lets you enable modifiers for Nightfall Strikes.

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - This Week on Xbox: October 16, 2020
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:25:40 AM »
This Week on Xbox: October 16, 2020

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you […]
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Remembering The Classics: The Xbox Podcast Featuring Tim Schafer

The Legendary Tim Schafer stops by the Xbox Podcast and talks with Major Nelson about the Classic LucasArts Remasters coming to Xbox Game Pass. As part of today’s show, Tim confirmed that the Classic LucasArts Remasters are coming October 29 to Xbox and Windows 10 PC with Xbox Game Pass. Fans will be able to […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta (2010.201015-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Beta ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha (2011.201015-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the […]
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How to Make Your First Mario Kart Live Experience a Smooth One

All your questions answered.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - IGN Prime Free Game: Vola-X
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:25:38 AM »
IGN Prime Free Game: Vola-X

IGN Prime members can now get a copy of the new robot RTS Volta-X free of charge. Your first month of IGN Prime is now free!
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Xbox Game Pass Gets Three Classic Adventure Games

Xbox Game Pass is adding Grim Fandango Remastered, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and Full Throttle Remastered on October 29th.
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PS5 Accessories May Ship Ahead of Console Launch Date

Sony quietly updated the release date of many PS5 accessories to October 30th including the DualSense controller, charging station, Pulse 3D headset, and more, ahead of the PS5 console launch.
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Marvel's Avengers Was September 2020's Best-Selling Game

Marvel's Avengers was the best-selling game of September 2020 along with Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - NHL 21 Review
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:25:38 AM »
NHL 21 Review

Arcade goodies mashed together with legacy issues that span an entire console generation.
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Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Romance Options and Guide

There are a handful of characters you can romance in the early access version of Baldur's Gate 3.
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Game of the Year Watch 2020 Continues!

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This…
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Phil Spencer on Whether Microsoft Needs to Bring Future Bethesda Games to PS5

Xbox's Phil Spencer sat down for an interview to discuss how the company plans to recoup its $7.5B purchase of Bethesda and what the future may hold for multiplatform games.
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New Ninja Battle Royale Game Looks Very Cool, Beta Sign-Ups Now Live

We haven't heard much about Naraka: Bladepoint since its announcement back at last year's Game Awards, but you might be able to give the extremely Sekiro-looking battle royale title a shot next month. Chinese developer 24 Entertainment just started allowing players to sign up for an upcoming closed beta on its website, which is due to kick off on November 3.

If you're unfamiliar, Naraka is a 60-player battle royale game set in feudal Japan. You choose from one of six player characters to join the fray, each with a different fighting style, wielding a sword for combat and a highly versatile grappling hook for getting around. The idea is that if you can see a point, you can climb to it in one way or another, and battles are as much about zipping around for positioning as they are about close-range sword duels.

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Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 11-17, 2020

New Releases highlights some of the hottest video games launching each week, and this episode as a double-dose of trilogies: Torchlight 3 and Cook Serve Delicious 3 both launch soon. You can also drive a mini RC car in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit or pilot a hover car in Cloudpunk. Finally, hockey fans can get their fix with NHL 21.

Torchlight 3 -- October 13

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Once called Torchlight Frontiers, Torchlight 3 is leaving early access for its full release. You can choose from four different classes and explore randomly generated dungeons, where you'll battle bad guys and collect all sorts of loot. Look for a Switch version later this year, too.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Assassin's Creed Valhalla Has Gone Gold
« on: October 16, 2020, 01:05:01 PM »
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Has Gone Gold

Assassin's Creed Valhalla has reached a new milestone in its development lifecycle, as Ubisoft's latest game in the long-running series of historical assassins has gone gold. Scheduled for a November release date, Ubisoft took to Twitter to reveal the news and uploaded an image of a pair of Viking axes resting on an ornate engraving of the word "gold."

In the gaming industry, going gold means that the base game is ready to be pressed onto a disc and shipped out to stores across the globe. A studio will then spend the remaining time between then and the launch of the game ironing out any lingering bugs and preparing a day-one patch. It also means that a game is likely to meet its release date deadline and no more delays are expected.

Officially revealed on April 30 in a livestream event, the development of Assassin's Creed Valhalla wasn't all smooth sailing. Creative director Ashraf Ismail stepped down from his role amid allegations of misconduct, while Ubisoft also faced accusations of fostering a toxic workplace environment.

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Art Book And Prequel Novel Available To Preorder

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is one of the biggest holiday games, so naturally there's some merch you can preorder in addition to the game. Titan Books is publishing an official art book and prequel novel, both of which can be preordered at Amazon right now. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - The Art of the Game releases November 17, while Miles Morales - Wings of Fury arrives November 10.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales releases November 12 as a PS5 launch title. It will also be available on PS4. If you're picking up a PS5, you may want to opt for the Ultimate edition, which comes with a remastered version of Marvel's Spider-Man. For details on bonuses and more, make sure to check out our Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales preorder guide.

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The Analogue Duo Is A New 1080p Retro Console For TurboGrafx And PC Engine Fans

Retro-console maker Analogue has made some great FPGA-based consoles over the past three years, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. The company has revealed the Analogue Duo, its take on the classic NEC console, the TurboDuo (or PC Duo Engine R in Japan and France). The original console let you play both HuCard and CD-ROM games, and Analogue plans to release a console that does that and more.

The Analogue Duo releases in 2021 and is the company's first console with a disc drive. It's compatible with almost every NEC game format, including TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx HuCards as well as TurboGrafx, PC Engine, and Super Arcade CD-ROMs.

Analogue Duo

$200

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Marvel's Avengers First DLC Character Kate Bishop Delayed

Marvel's Avengers is slated to get a growing roster of heroes, but the start of that expansion has been pushed back a bit. The first new character, Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye, will no longer be coming this month.

Crystal Dynamics announced the delay in a blog post detailing various changes to its roadmap. It refers to this as a "slight delay," but didn't give a new release target for the new character.

"Moving forward, we intend to have a fixed, predictable patching cycle to ensure all new content meets both our and your high standards and has time for extensive internal testing," the post reads. "We know fans are hungry for new content, but delivering a fun experience is our priority. With this in mind, we’ve decided to push Kate Bishop’s Operation launch back a bit, out of October. We’re sorry for this slight delay, but we are dedicated as a team to quality first."

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Marvel's Avengers PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Versions Delayed To 2021

Marvel's Avengers has been successful, at least in terms of initial sales, for publisher Square Enix thus far. However, the game has seen its player-counts falling and criticism for bugs and lack of endgame content--and we don't mean the movie. Because developer Crystal Dynamics is working to address the game's issues, the next-gen versions for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5 have been delayed to 2021.

Crystal Dynamics said it wants to deliver a "next-gen experience showcasing all that this game is meant to be" in a blog post announcing the decision. You will still be able to play the PS4 or Xbox One versions on the new systems and can experience better frame rates and faster loading times, and your progress will also carry over. Once the next-gen-specific versions are released, it will be a free upgrade.

Several changes requested by fans are being worked into future updates, as well. These include a ping system, the ability to replay the Reassemble campaign, a high-contrast mode, hero icon visibility adjustments, mission reward clarity, and better enemy attack indicators. PC stability is also being worked on, with GPUs apparently being the source of many crashes thus far.

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Xbox Elite 2 Controller Warranty Extended To A Full Year

Microsoft is significantly extending the warranty for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, in light of some users encountering hardware issues. Microsoft says it's only a "small percentage" of users encountering issues, but has extended the warranty to a full year from the previous 90 days.

According to the Xbox Support site, the warranty extension applies to all Elite 2 controllers shipped since it launched in November 2019. Also, any repairs made outside the previous warranty window will be refunded by October 31, 2020.

The support page doesn't specify what issues prompted the move, other than to say that some have been experiencing "mechanical issues." This follows some mechanical issues with the first Elite controller. Microsoft told Windows Central upon launch that it was aware some users were experiencing issues and were "actively investigating with our engineering teams." This also comes amid a class-action lawsuit regarding drifting joysticks, with an amended complaint filed on October 2.

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Marvel's Avengers Was September's Best-Selling Game In The US

NPD Group has revealed the US sales results for September 2020, which saw another month of growth for the gaming industry. Consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories saw a 10% increase when compared to a year ago, with sales reaching $4.3 billion. Mobile spending, hardware, and accessories also saw growth within the time period.

The top-selling game of the month was Marvel's Avengers from publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics. Launch month dollar sales of Marvel's Avengers were the second-highest for any superhero game in US history, right behind Marvel's Spider-Man.

Marvel's Avengers is so far the seventh-best-selling game of 2020, although it has experienced a significant drop-off in audience numbers since launch, which Square Enix is confident can be reversed with new patches and DLC.

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Five Major Improvements That Come to Life in NHL 21, Available Today on Xbox One

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hoisted the cup, and an unprecedented NHL season has come to a close… but on the virtual ice, the puck is just about to drop — EA Sports NHL 21 launches today on Xbox One! The team at EA Sports is excited to recognize creativity, fearlessness, and innovation across the […]
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A Look at the Visual Style and Animation in 9 Monkeys of Shaolin

Hello everyone! I’m Mikhail and I am the creative director and animator at Sobaka Studio. Our new game 9 Monkeys of Shaolin just released on Xbox One and because of that, I would like to share some interesting details of its development with you! When we successfully launched our first game, Redeemer, we came up […]
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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Next Week on Xbox: October 20 to 23
« on: October 16, 2020, 01:05:00 PM »
Next Week on Xbox: October 20 to 23

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console and PC. Get more details on these games below and click on […]
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PS5's UI: The Five Biggest Gamechangers

Sony's PS5 UI reveal offered plenty of hints about how the interface is a next-gen evolution. Here are our biggest takeaways.
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Ghost of Tsushima: Legends - Multiplayer Was Always a Pillar of the Game

Sucker Punch developers discuss how development on Legends began, and what New Game+ brings for a fresh experience.
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Blizzard Ending StarCraft 2 Content Development

After ten years, Blizzard is ending content development for StarCraft 2.
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Analogue Duo Announced for TurboGrafx-16 Fans Everywhere

The Analogue Duo is a new premium retro hardware that supports NEC games from TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and more.
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Marvel's Avengers DLC and Next-Gen Versions Delayed

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have delayed Marvel's Avengers' first DLC character and next-gen versions.
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IGN UK Podcast #561: Haunted Houses and Red Beef

Phasmophobia, The Haunting of Bly Manor and some tasty new User Interfaces.
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Remothered: Broken Porcelain Review

Remothered: Broken Porcelain is a disappointing survival horror sequel with significant performance issues and story shortcomings.
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PlayStation 5's Biggest UI Changes: How Sony Is Reinventing Its Interface For PS5

For a while, it seemed pretty wild that Sony hadn't revealed the UI of its upcoming PlayStation 5, given that the console's launch is only in a few short weeks. But that has finally changed thanks to a recent State of Play presentation offering a more detailed look at how the console works. Unlike Xbox Series X's UI--which is similar to current-gen Microsoft consoles--the PS5's UI is entirely different from its predecessor.

To help give you an idea of what to expect from the UI of Sony's upcoming next-generation console, we're going over the most significant changes. This includes numerous alterations to how you interact with the console's base functions like screenshot tools and your friends list, what the Create button pops up in the UI, the new navigational system known as Cards, and much more. While what we detail below is based on the recent presentation, we'll, of course, know a lot more once we get a hands-on with the PS5 come November 12.

Regardless, be sure to check back as we detail the latest changes. You can also check out the video version of this feature in the player above for a more visual look at the details we've presented. Otherwise, if all this sells you on Sony's next-generation console, be sure to hop into our PS5 preorder guide.

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GTA 5 Online Is Tripling Power Play Rewards This Week

Grand Theft Auto V Online has announced this week's line-up of bonuses and discounts, and if you want to get a big boost in your RP and GTA$, there are a few playstyles you should focus on this week. The big one is Power Play, which has triple rewards all week.

First up, simply logging in this week will earn you a special "Zit" tee, if you want to serve as a walking billboard for the in-game tech company. It's not the nicest shirt, but hey--it's free.

Log in to claim a free shirt.

This mode, which is a team deathmatch-style mode with wilder weapons and power-ups, will triple all rewards, and it's pretty fun to boot. The End to End Time Trial and Cypress Flats RC Time Trial will also pay out triple this week, and you could potentially earn over GTA$600k if you can hit par on both of them.

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory Demo Available Ahead Of Release Next Month

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is a musical spin-off from the main Kingdom Hearts series, and it's due for release on November 13 for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Now, ahead of that date, a demo has been released for the game--so you can check it out early and see if it's to your taste.

This isn't a traditional Kingdom Hearts experience, and instead plays closer to something like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. It'll feature plenty of Disney songs and characters--the full game will include over 140 songs.

The demo is quite a bit smaller, as you'd expect--it has four field battle music stages and two co-op stages, for a total of six songs. It's free to download.

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Halo MCC Update Adds Foundation For Cross-Gen Play With Series X/S

A new patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection landed this week, and it lays the foundation for cross-generation multiplayer support for Xbox Series X and S when those consoles release in November.

Version 1.1871.0.0 is available now on Xbox One and PC. The update makes "improvements to cross-generation play in advance of the upcoming launch of Xbox Series X and Series S hardware."

This is seemingly the first confirmation that Halo: MCC will have cross-gen support, but it's not much of a surprise given a game like MCC with six different games and numerous modes and playlists needs a big player base to work well. If there was no cross-gen support, it would seemingly be difficult to find matches for Series X and S players with the consoles having just released and not having a built-in audience yet.

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Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Speedrunner Has Beaten The Game In 7 Minutes

Baldur's Gate 3 is available now in Early Access, and one of the game's selling points has been its huge map. The game also features over 45,000 lines of dialog, and it'll reward players who take their time to see everything. However, it's also possible to do the exact opposite and blast through the game as fast as you can--and one player has already racked up a 7 minute completion.

Speedrunner Professor Palmer speeds across the map, skipping every encounter and clicking through cutscenes, and manages to reach the final area thanks to a lucky investigation dice roll on a well leading to the final area.

In an email to Kotaku, Professor Palmer notes that he reached the end "having fought nothing, gained no EXP, still level one." Getting their time down to 7 minutes took over 200 attempts.

You can watch the complete run below and see how they did it.

Of course, this is atypical, and works only for a very specific build. For most players, seven minutes won't be enough time to even read the EULA--which you'll want to do, because it contains a hidden quest.

Developer Larian Studios is watching this Early Access period, and how its being played, closely. The studio recently released a heatmap showing how and where players are dying in-game.


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GameSpot News / GSN - PS5 Does Not Record Your Voice Chats, Sony Confirms
« on: October 16, 2020, 12:36:40 AM »
PS5 Does Not Record Your Voice Chats, Sony Confirms

The recent 8.0.0 update for the PS4 introduced new functionality for voice chats in parties that will go live when the PS5 launches, and pop-ups alerted players can these chats "may be recorded." People naturally became concerned about this, and specifically regarding conspiracy theories about how Sony might be listening in.

That isn't the case, however. The Ask PlayStation UK account said on Twitter, "We do not record party chats."

The purpose of the recording functionality is to give people the ability to record chats and submit them for a moderation review. The feature is only available on PS5, but the pop-up notification that is appearing now is alerting PS4 users that when they are in a chat with a PS5 player, those recordings can be sent to Sony for moderation review.

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New Korn Music Video Premiering Inside World Of Tanks Blitz As Part Of A Halloween Event

Here's something unexpected: the rock band Korn is teaming up with Wargaming for a Halloween event inside World of Tanks Blitz to premiere the music video for Korn's new song "Finally Free."

This is all happening as part of the new event called "Convergence," which runs from October 16 through October 24. As part of the event, players can unlock pieces of Korn artwork by completing objectives, and the music video itself will premiere in the free-to-play game.

Korn signer Jonathan Davis said in a statement, "I really like World of Tanks Blitz. It's true to the era, there are a lot of great tanks in there, and you don’t just jump in and start shooting. I think there is a connection between rock and video games because video games are intense and rock ’n’ roll music is intense. It seems like they have always gone hand in hand."

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Source: New Korn Music Video Premiering Inside World Of Tanks Blitz As Part Of A Halloween Event

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GameSpot News / GSN - Physical Super Mario Rewards Added To My Nintendo
« on: October 16, 2020, 12:36:40 AM »
Physical Super Mario Rewards Added To My Nintendo

Nintendo is slowly expanding its My Nintendo loyalty program with new rewards. While the program has traditionally only featured digital rewards like wallpapers and select game discounts, Nintendo has been recently adding a handful of physical items to the rewards catalog, including a couple of new ones inspired by Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Five new physical rewards are now available on My Nintendo. First is a set of Mario posters, each one featuring the cover art from the three games included in 3D All-Stars: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. There's also a small Super Mario zipper case to store Switch game cards, Paper Mario origami and postcard sets, and a racer ID to go along with Mario Kart Live.

You can see all the newly added Mario rewards, along with how many points each one costs, below. Physical rewards are typically in limited quantities, however, so if any of these items catch your eye, it's best to jump on them sooner rather than later.

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Pokemon Go Ghost Event Announced, Introduces Mega Gengar

Niantic has announced another new event for Pokemon Go. Ahead of Halloween, the studio is holding a new kind of "Catch Mastery" event on October 25, and it fittingly revolves around Ghost Pokemon.

From 8 AM to 10 PM local time that day, the Ghost-type Pokemon Drifloon will appear in the wild much more frequently than normal, and you'll have a chance to catch a Shiny version. On top of that, Niantic will offer special Timed Research and Field Research tasks during the event. Complete these and you'll receive various rewards, including encounters with other Ghost-type Pokemon as well as Gengar Mega Energy, making this your first chance to Mega Evolve Gengar in the game.

There will be one more bonus to take advantage of during the Catch Mastery event. Each time you catch a Pokemon with a Nice, Great, Excellent, or curveball throw, you'll be rewarded with extra XP. You can read more details about the event on the Pokemon Go website.

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Demon's Souls Remake: Release Date, Story, Preorders, And Everything Else We Know

Since its release back in 2009, Demon's Souls has had a major impact on the gaming industry. Though it's overshadowed by its successor, Dark Souls, and the enormous influence that game and its sequels have had on developers all over the world, much of what made Dark Souls so interesting was first explored and made possible by Demon's Souls. In November, players who missed out on Demon's Souls when it came out on the PlayStation 3 will have a new chance to take a crack at it, with a full remake of the game among the launch titles for Sony's next-generation console.

That means that the new Demon's Souls is fast approaching, so it's time to run down everything we've learned about one of the PlayStation 5's biggest launch titles. Here's what you need to know about the return of the seminal entry in the Soulsborne genre.

Demon's Souls Remake Release Date, Platforms

Demon's Souls is launching alongside the PlayStation 5, which means it'll release on November 12, when the console does. Right now, that's the only platform to expect Demon's Souls on--although there was a brief moment when it looked like we might get Demon's Souls on PC as well. The trailer revealed during a recent PS5 game showcase listed the game for both PS5 and PC, but Sony corrected the record. That might mean a PC version is in the offing sometime in the future, but on November 12, you'll need a PS5 to play the remake.

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Dell's Black Friday Sale Kicks Off Early With Laptop And PC Deals

We just got through Amazon Prime Day 2020, and now we're already starting to see early Black Friday sales go live. Dell is one of the first to kick off their Black Friday sale, discounting a number of its gaming laptops, gaming PC desktops, and gaming monitors. However, there are plenty of options available for those not looking for gaming-focused hardware, including the company's excellent Dell XPS 13 laptop.

Dell's Black Friday sale runs for seven weeks, from now through December 7. You can see the full sale on Dell's website, though we've selected a handful of the best deals and compiled them below.

Dell XPS 13 Touch laptop

Starts at $730

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PS5 Accessories Might Start Shipping Early, Before The Console's Launch

Some PlayStation 5 buyers may soon open their doors to an unexpected surprise--a preordered accessory absent from the next-gen system. Sony's website currently indicates that it plans to ship certain PlayStation 5 accessories early, dating them for October 30.

According to the PlayStation website, the DualSense controller, HD Camera, Media Remote, DualSense Charging Station, and Pulse 3D Wireless Headset all release on October 30. This is two weeks before the PlayStation 5 launches on November 12.

A Twitter user named Mike Y. screenshot an email from PlayStation. The email said the company is excited to ship the accessories early. It's unclear what accessories Mike will receive in the coming weeks, as the email simply says "PS5 Digital."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Pokemon Go Is Partnering With GrubHub For An Event
« on: October 16, 2020, 12:36:39 AM »
Pokemon Go Is Partnering With GrubHub For An Event

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has partnered with GrubHub for an exclusive in-game event. Next month, GrubHub+ members will be able to participate in a Special Weekend event that features exclusive Timed Research tasks, increased spawn rates of certain Pokemon, and more.

To participate in the Special Weekend, you'll need to be a GrubHub+ member and sign up on the Pokemon Go website to receive an event ticket. Niantic says these tickets are limited to one per Pokemon Go account and will be available until October 28, while the event itself takes place on Sunday, November 2, from 11 AM to 2 PM local time.

Throughout the event, you'll be able to complete new Timed Research tasks that net you various rewards, including three Incense, a Star Piece, and 100 Charizard Mega Energy, a new resource that's used to Mega Evolve Pokemon. You'll also be able to encounter the following Pokemon when you use Incense during the event:

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Jackbox Party Pack 7 Is Here To Fuel Your Zoom Parties

Jackbox Party Pack 7 launches today. It's a fantastic way to make Zoom calls with your friends and family less awkward.

Chicago-bases studio Jackbox Games is streaming the new party pack all day to celebrate, letting you tune in to get a peek at what the new games look like before trying them yourself.

Quiplash 3, the follow up to Quiplash and Quiplash 2, brings the battle of funny sayings back with new prompts and finale modes. The pack is available on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $30 and comes with four new party games in addition to Quiplash 3, including:

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PS4 Halloween Sale Is Live Now, Includes Resident Evil 2, Days Gone, And More

With Halloween right around the corner, now's the perfect time to play some unsettling games. If you're a PS4 owner looking to get in the holiday spirit, the PlayStation Store is hosting its annual Halloween Sale right now. Not every game in the sale is a pure horror game, which means you can grab titles like Death Stranding and Days Gone for cheap, too. The Halloween Sale runs until November 3, so you have a few weeks to make your picks. There's also a new Games Under $20 promotion filled with lots of bargains.

There are a handful of solid horror games in the sale. Resident Evil 2's stellar 2019 remake is discounted to $16, Little Nightmares is down to $5, and both Evil Within games are 50% off; the first entry is $10, while The Evil Within 2 is $30. You can also grab the atmospheric first-person shooter Alien: Isolation, and all of its DLC, for only $8.

Other games that somewhat touch on the horror genre are heavily featured in the sale, too. Death Stranding is on sale for $30, Days Gone is down to $20, and Doom Eternal is $30. You can also snag The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Complete edition for $15 and Nioh for $10. Though not a huge discount, it's worth noting that the recently released Souls-like Mortal Shell is on sale for $25.49.

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Source: PS4 Halloween Sale Is Live Now, Includes Resident Evil 2, Days Gone, And More

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Omega (2010.201013-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Omega ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Omega (2010.201013-0000)

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The Beasts Are Unleashed! Monster Tanks Return to World of Tanks This Halloween

It’s that time of year when darkness creeps across the battlefield and a chill wind rattles through our tankers’ Garages. Prepare yourself, all you tankers of the night… Halloween is coming to World of Tanks! If you couldn’t tell, Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. Why? Because every October, we get […]
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Unlocking the Mysteries of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Britain

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been on quite a roll in recent years. Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey were two of the most well-received entries in the franchise’s history, offering up something for new players and AC stalwarts alike. Now, with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the developers at Ubisoft are bringing some of history’s […]
Source: Unlocking the Mysteries of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Britain

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Pre-order Planet Coaster: Console Edition, coming November 10

Hey there, coaster fans! I’m Lloyd Morgan-Moore, Producer on Planet Coaster: Console Edition, and today I want to share a very exciting update. Starting today, you’ll be able to pre-order Planet Coaster: Console Edition which arrives on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X on November 10. Planet Coaster: Console Edition brings the […]
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Physics Puzzler Mørkredd Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass

We’re so excited to announce that Mørkredd, an innovative co-op puzzler, is coming exclusively to Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass this December. Mørkredd is the Norwegian word for fear of the dark, and you’ll have to use light and shadow to solve puzzles in a dark world inspired by long winters and Nordic […]
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Grounded – Optimized Features for Xbox Series X and Series S

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launches in less than a month and the team at Obsidian Entertainment are preparing a special update for Grounded. For existing players or those that are about to take their first thrilling step into the backyard, Grounded will be optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Delta (2010.201013-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Delta ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Delta (2010.201013-0000)

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Call of Duty Beta: 5 Tips from Treyarch for Black Ops Cold War's New Mode

Plus more multiplayer tips for combat and game settings.
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Mario Cafe Opens at Universal Studios Japan

The Mario Cafe has opened at Universal Studios Japan. Check out exclusive photos from the cafe along with Mario merch from Japan.
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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Review

Love it or hate it, this definitive edition is Age of Empires 3 amplified.
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Dissecting Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, Steve in Smash, and More! - NVC 530

Nintendo Voice Chat for the week of October 15th 2020.
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Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset Review

A nice headset for the price, the Kraken Pro V2 succeeds as a step-above entry-level, but doesn't go any further than that.
Source: Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset Review

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Animal Crossing: Get a Tour of Joe Biden's Island This Friday

Kinda Funny co-founder and IGN Alum Greg Miller and screenwriter and Animal Talking's Gary Whitta have partnered with U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign to show off Biden Island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the first time tomorrow, October 16.
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50 Surprising Changes to the Series in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

From new skill trees and abilities to exploration and gear, Assassin's Creed Valhalla's changes to the series may be bigger than you think.
Source: 50 Surprising Changes to the Series in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Review - Minecraft Steve

Minecraft Steve is one of the creative and unique characters Smash Bros. Ultimate has ever seen, but that doesn't always translate to being fun to play.
Source: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Review - Minecraft Steve

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How to Get Into the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta

The Black Ops Cold War beta opens up to more players this weekend.
Source: How to Get Into the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition Has Been Rated in South Korea

A possible Mass Effect Trilogy remaster titled Mass Effect Legendary Edition has been rated in South Korea.
Source: Mass Effect Legendary Edition Has Been Rated in South Korea

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GTA Online: Claim Triple Rewards in Power Play, Time Trials, and More

This week in GTA Online, score massive bonuses in End to End Time Trial, Cypress Flats RC Time Trial, and Power Play, claim Prime Gaming login rewards, and more.
Source: GTA Online: Claim Triple Rewards in Power Play, Time Trials, and More

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Anime Fighting Game Phantom Breaker: Omnia Announced

Phantom Breaker: Omnia officially heads west as Mages cult 2D fighting game receives a major update with new characters and mechanics.
Source: Anime Fighting Game Phantom Breaker: Omnia Announced

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GameSpot News / GSN - Keanu Reeves' Motorcycle Is In Cyberpunk 2077
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:17:59 PM »
Keanu Reeves' Motorcycle Is In Cyberpunk 2077

Keanu Reeves' collaboration with CD Projekt Red on Cyberpunk 2077 continues to get deeper. Not only is he playing the character Johnny Silverhand in the game, but his Arch Motorcycle company has a special ride fully customized for the future.

Based on the Method 143 bike already in the works, the version seen in Cyberpunk 2077 has been augmented significantly. Despite the aesthetic changes, it will still sound like the Method 143 in-game, as the actual motorcycle was recorded. There wasn't a fancy way to do this in a studio, with audio technicians instead just recording the bike speeding down a stretch of road and revving its engine while standing still. These will likely be adjusted slightly in-game, but Arch co-founder Gard Hollinger said he could pick out the sound of the motorcycle if he were blindfolded.

You might be a little more at-risk of an accident in Cyberpunk 2077 while you're driving Keanu's bike, but that sense of danger is part of the appeal. Reeves' character Johnny Silverhand also has his own special Porsche car in the game, with colors to match his robotic arm and Samurai rock band. There are plenty of other cars, as well, including different "junk" or sports variants based on where you find them--and who you take them from.

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Cyberpunk 2077's Custom Porsche Is As Cool As Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves is impossibly cool, and it looks like his Cyberpunk 2077 character Johnny Silverhand will be equally cool. The same goes for his ride: a retro Porsche 911 Turbo customized to match Silverhand himself.

Shown during the recent Night City Wire presentation and based on the 1977 model, which makes the car 100 years old in Cyberpunk 2077's world, the 911 Turbo we'll see Johnny Silverhand drive has been outfitted with futuristic enhancements such as a lidar and electronic mirrors. CD Projekt Red's artists based the main body of the car on four photos, attempting to recreate it as accurately as possible.

Johnny's car features multiple colors to match his backstory and character design, including red for his Samurai band and silver for his robotic arm. It also had green and khaki, as Johnny was in the military at some point in the past.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077's Custom Porsche Is As Cool As Keanu Reeves

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Cyberpunk 2077 Coming To Google Stadia Same-Day As Other Platforms

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 19, but CD Projekt Red has now confirmed one more destination for launch day: the streaming platform Google Stadia. You'll be able to explore Night City just as soon on Stadia as the other major platforms--or possibly a bit faster since you won't have to wait for a download.

Cyberpunk had previously been confirmed for Stadia since 2019, but CDPR hadn't announced a release date. We only knew it would be coming sometime this year. This is the first time we've heard that the Stadia version is coming alongside the other versions.

The release date is coming about a week after the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S. Cyberpunk will be playable on those next-gen platforms, but they'll be the PS4 and Xbox One versions running on the new hardware. Fully upgraded next-gen versions are also in the works, and those upgrades will be free, but they won't be coming until 2021 or later.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Coming To Google Stadia Same-Day As Other Platforms

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Release Date, Story, Preorders, And Everything Else We Know

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is one of the biggest games coming this fall, a spin-off sequel to the incredibly successful 2018 Marvel's Spider-Man from Insomniac. While Miles was a secondary character with some civilian-stealth segments in the previous game, this time he takes center-stage with his own set of Spidey powers, his own suits, and new villains to deal with.

Below you can find everything you need to know about Insomniac's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Be sure to check back often in the weeks ahead as the game's launch approaches, as we'll be updating this feature with all the latest details as they get announced.

Release Date and Versions

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will release for PS4 and PS5 on November 12, right alongside the launch of the PlayStation 5. While it's ostensibly being treated like a PS5 launch title, it's coming to PS4 as well. But don't worry, you can get the PS4 version and be secure in the knowledge that if you upgrade to a PS5 later, you can play that version for free and your save will transfer.

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Source: Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Release Date, Story, Preorders, And Everything Else We Know

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Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 11-17, 2020

New Releases highlights some of the hottest video games launching each week, and this episode as a double-dose of trilogies: Torchlight 3 and Cook Serve Delicious 3 both launch soon. You can also drive a mini RC car in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit or pilot a hover car in Cloudpunk. Finally, hockey fans can get their fix with NHL 21.

Torchlight 3 -- October 13

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Once called Torchlight Frontiers, Torchlight 3 is leaving early access for its full release. You can choose from four different classes and explore randomly generated dungeons, where you'll battle bad guys and collect all sorts of loot. Look for a Switch version later this year, too.

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Source: Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 11-17, 2020

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GameSpot News / GSN - Borderlands 3 Getting Another DLC Season Pass
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:17:59 PM »
Borderlands 3 Getting Another DLC Season Pass

Borderlands 3 wrapped up its season pass with the release of Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, the fourth big expansion for the looter-shooter. But Gearbox isn't done putting out new updates, as the studio has announced another season pass on the way.

According to the announcement, Season Pass 2 will include two more pieces of DLC, the Designer's Cut and Director's Cut. These don't seem to be traditional content expansions, judging by the description of the Designer's Cut. That expansion will introduce a new Skill Tree for each Vault Hunter along with the new standalone mode, Arms Race. Gearbox didn't announce details for the Director's Cut. The season pass will also include new looks for each Vault Hunter, which will be revealed later this month.

Season Pass 2 and the Designer's Cut expansion will be available to purchase on November 10, right alongside the launch of free Xbox Series X/S and PS5 upgrades, but the expansions will be available on all platforms. The Director's Cut is coming next spring. Pricing hasn't been announced for either expansion or the season pass.

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Mortal Kombat 11's Rain Gameplay Trailer Is Wet And Bloody

Mortal Kombat 11's roster will soon increase with a new Kombat Pack that features the fan-requested Mileena and Hollywood movie icon John Rambo, complete with Sly Stallone's actual voice. The third character being added is Edenia's divine protector Rain, who was last playable in Mortal Kombat 9 and skipped out on Mortal Kombat X, save for a brief appearance in that game's campaign.

Developer NetherRealm has released a new trailer for the water-bending ninja, and just like every other character trailer that was released for Mortal Kombat 11, it concludes with a grisly end for Rain'’s victim as one of his two fatalities is shown off:

In the gameplay trailer above, Rain can use a variety of special abilities to not only deal damage but also avoid it. Now wielding water and lightning powers thanks to his demigod blood, Rain can liquefy himself so that attacks pass right through him and he can travel into a water realm by ripping open a rift in the fabric of reality. For a more basic approach, he also has a katar weapon with which he can deal lethal damage to opponents.

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Source: Mortal Kombat 11's Rain Gameplay Trailer Is Wet And Bloody

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PS5 Create Function Has An Automatic Spoiler Warning

Sony has shared more details on the user interface for the PS5, including details on the Create button functionality. You can share clips and screenshots like always, but with the new interface, a shared piece of media can be flagged by developers to include an automatic spoiler warning as well.

As explained in the UI walkthrough video, the PS5 is always capturing recent gameplay, letting you easily create 4K screenshots and clips. You can share your captured media with social media, or with your parties, which have been revised to act more like ongoing clubs. That's where the automated spoiler warning comes in.

If you share a piece of the game that has been flagged by the developers as a potential spoiler and your friend or party member hasn't reached that point in the game, the media will be marked with a spoiler warning. The process seems pretty simple and straightforward, and like the official game help feature, it's opt-in for developers.

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Source: PS5 Create Function Has An Automatic Spoiler Warning

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Destiny 2 PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Upgrades Launch In December

Destiny 2's next major expansion, Beyond Light, is currently scheduled for a November release but it won't be too long before players can experience an enhanced version of the game on next-gen consoles. Developer Bungie has announced that Destiny 2 will officially launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S on 8 December, and just which enhancements each console will receive.

While the PS5 and Xbox Series X will both be capable of running Destiny 2 at a 4K resolution and at 60 FPS, the Xbox Series S will still display the game at 1080p. Microsoft's smaller console will be capable of reaching that resolution at 60 FPS as well and will also benefit from all the other next-gen features that the Xbox Series X and the PS5 will receive.

Bungie says that this is the first time that it has offered a Field of View customization on consoles, and that the aim is to enable a FOV range similar to that on PC.

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Source: Destiny 2 PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Upgrades Launch In December

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PlayStation 5 Builds Game Help Right Into The Interface--For PS Plus Members

With less than a month to go before launch, Sony has shown off the user interface for PlayStation 5. A detailed video walks through the basic interface and its new features, but one of the most eye-catching is what Sony refers to as Official Game Help. The feature will be an exclusive perk for PlayStation Plus users, and optional for developers.

As the video explains, a game help video can be tied to any point in a game through the new Activity card system. The Activity cards let you jump to different points in a game quickly, and if you're struggling with a particular objective you can activate the game help. That will give you tips or show a video of the part you're struggling with, and Sony boasts that you won't need to wade through YouTube videos or read guides that may include spoilers.

Conveniently, the video can be shown in picture-in-picture mode, letting you view the objective as you complete it. The example shown in the video is simply finding a costume piece in Sackboy: A Big Adventure, but it's easy to see how this could be applied to tougher, more involved puzzle segments.

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Source: PlayStation 5 Builds Game Help Right Into The Interface--For PS Plus Members

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GameSpot News / GSN - PS5 UI Finally Unveiled Just Weeks Before Launch
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:17:58 PM »
PS5 UI Finally Unveiled Just Weeks Before Launch

Sony has officially unveiled the PS5's user interface a few weeks before the console is due to arrive. You can check it out in the video below to see how it differs from the PS4's UI and what to expect when you boot up your system for the first time.

Sony says it built the PS5's UI specifically to take advantage of 4K displays, and when you first start it up, you'll see a blinking PlayStation logo and must press the PS button on the DualSense controller to reach the main menu. In this respect, it's very similar to the PS4's UI.

In the demonstration, Sony loads right from rest mode into Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and the console's control center is located across the bottom of the screen. You pull it up by tapping the PS button once.

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Morkredd, An Xbox Exclusive Co-Op Puzzle Game, Comes To Game Pass This Year

The Xbox Series X has scored another Xbox Game Pass title slated to release shortly after launch. Morkredd (stylized Mørkredd), published by Aspyr and developed by Hyper Games (EGGGG: The Platform Puker) is coming to Xbox Game Pass in December.

The game also coming to Xbox One and PC; it's an Xbox console exclusive. This is a two-player puzzle game, with each player controlling one character as the two work together to push an orb through each dark, shadowy level.

Mørkredd means "fear of the dark" in Norwegian, and using light and shadow effectively is essential to progress through the game. The orb is also the only thing keeping you safe, so stray from it and you could be in trouble.

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Source: Morkredd, An Xbox Exclusive Co-Op Puzzle Game, Comes To Game Pass This Year

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Xbox Series X Final Preview: Performance, Storage, SSDs, UI, And More

In my first Xbox Series X preview, I covered backwards compatibility performance, load times, Quick Resume, and some of the physical hardware impressions. I was quite limited in terms of what I was able to work with, but in the past few weeks, I've been able to explore more of the Xbox Series X's capabilities. Since then, those of us with preview units have had access to a few Series X-specific games with next-gen enhancements. We also now have the opportunity to talk in-depth about storage drive options and how well they work, as well as topics like the Xbox UI and some of the system's broader features.

As of now, I'm coming away from the experience more impressed with the practical improvements with loading speeds and overall ease of making the most of my time gaming, though they're not going to hit you with a mind-blowing graphical leap. I dig into all that in this last extensive look at the Xbox Series X before it launches on November 10--keep in mind that this is not a review, but rather a more detailed look at our Xbox Series X preview units.

The First Wave Of Games Optimized For Xbox Series X

So far, I've had access to early builds of a few Series X-specific games such as Yakuza: Like A Dragon and Dirt 5, and the Series X-optimized versions of Gears Tactics and Gears 5--all of which offer their own unique approaches to utilizing next-gen power.

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Source: Xbox Series X Final Preview: Performance, Storage, SSDs, UI, And More

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Arcade1Up Infinity Game Table Is Live On Kickstarter, Features Dozens Of Games

Arcade1Up first tackled home arcade cabinets before revealing its upcoming virtual pinball machines, and now it's entering the world of board games, comic books, and more with the Infinity Game Table. The table allows you to play virtual versions of classic board games including Monopoly, Scrabble, and Operation, and its Kickstarter campaign has begun. In fact, it more than doubled its goal in under an hour.

The Infinity Game Table comes with a sizeable lineup of built-in games, many of which are licensed board games from the likes of Hasbro and Parker Brothers. The full list of free installed games is below:

  • Monopoly
  • Battleship
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Connect 4
  • Operation
  • Trouble
  • Sorry
  • Candyland
  • Simon
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Scrabble
  • Yahtzee
  • Game of Life
  • Chess Classic
  • Wizards Chess
  • Checkers Classic
  • Coloring
  • Puzzles
  • Solitaire
  • Backgammon
  • Blackjack
  • Rummy
  • Othello
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Sudoku
  • Texas Hold 'Em
  • Billiards
  • Golf
  • Dominoes
  • Bowling Mancala

In addition to these games, Kickstarter backers will also receive Ticket to Ride and Pandemic. There will be free comic book access through a Comic Plus account, as well as 500 free coloring books and 300 free puzzles available at launch.

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Source: Arcade1Up Infinity Game Table Is Live On Kickstarter, Features Dozens Of Games

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GameStop Will Get A Share Of Digital Game Sales On Xbox

GameStop is selling digital-only consoles from both Xbox and Sony this year, including the PS5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S. That seems like handing your executioner the gun when so much of your business is based on selling used games, but an apparent agreement to split digital revenue between Microsoft and GameStop could explain the retailer's willingness to support the systems alongside the disc-based Xbox Series X and standard PS5.

The investment advising firm DOMO Capital Management shared on Twitter that GameStop will receive a share of digital revenue for any Xbox system purchased at one of its stores or online. This includes game downloads and other digital content.

Game industry analyst Michael Pachter doesn't expect it to have a substantial impact on GameStop's heath, saying the company would likely get around 10% of digital revenue in these cases. An Xbox All Access subscription, for example, lasts 24 months at $35 per month on Xbox Series X, but this split would only give GameStop about $84 in total over that period. This is speculative, and doesn't necessarily represent the actual revenue split.

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Source: GameStop Will Get A Share Of Digital Game Sales On Xbox

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Minecraft Spooky Season is Here!
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:17:58 PM »
Minecraft Spooky Season is Here!


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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Out Now Worldwide!

Today’s the day! Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is available worldwide with Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Windows 10 and Steam! I’m still amazed that it’s been only three years since we announced the first Definitive Edition of Age of Empires at E3 2017. In that time, and with each […]
Source: Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Out Now Worldwide!

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Free Play Days – Warface: Breakout, The Escapists 2, and AO Tennis 2

Be the ultimate mercenary of tomorrow, plan your great escape, and smash an ace from the baseline all with this weekend’s Free Play Days. Warface: Breakout, The Escapists 2, and AO Tennis 2 are available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, October 15 at 12:01 a.m. PDT […]
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30 Games Fully Optimized on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Launch Day

The launch of a new generation of games is the culmination of epic creative and technical endeavors from developers around the globe, all focused on a single goal: delivering immersive new experiences and rich new worlds to explore. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S day one lineup reflects this incredible ingenuity – bringing you a creative, diverse and deep collection of iconic, inventive, and critically-acclaimed games from amazing creators around the world.    30 Optimized games on day one that look and play best on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S   When you […]
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Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire: Vehicles, Fashions and Stadia Release Date Revealed

The latest episode of Night City Wire revealed Cyberpunk 2077's vehicles, fashion styles, and Stadia release date.
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Night City Wire Episode 4: How to Watch the Cyberpunk 2077 Stream

Episode 4 of CD Projekt Red's Night City Wire is almost here! Find out how to watch the latest livestream.
Source: Night City Wire Episode 4: How to Watch the Cyberpunk 2077 Stream

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PS5 User Interface Officially Revealed By Sony

Sony has revealed how the PlayStation 5's user interface will look when the next-gen console launches later this year.
Source: PS5 User Interface Officially Revealed By Sony

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Xbox Series X: The Final Preview
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:17:57 PM »
Xbox Series X: The Final Preview

Our most comprehensive look yet at Microsoft’s next-gen console.
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Xbox Series X and Series S Launch Lineup Announced

Xbox has announced 30 games will launch alongside the Series X and Series S this November.
Source: Xbox Series X and Series S Launch Lineup Announced

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Ex-Sega Developer Criticizes Release of Golden Axe Prototype Created 'Under Crunch Conditions'

Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype is coming to Steam as part of SEGA's 60th-anniversary celebrations, a move that has surprised and upset one of the original developers of the game.
Source: Ex-Sega Developer Criticizes Release of Golden Axe Prototype Created 'Under Crunch Conditions'

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PS5 Can Record Voice Chats and Report Them to Moderators

A new feature for PS5 will let users record and report voice chats, sending them to Sony moderators.
Source: PS5 Can Record Voice Chats and Report Them to Moderators

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Ghost Of Tsushima: Here's When The Co-Op Update Goes Live And How To Play It

Ghost of Tsushima's huge free Legends update is right around the corner, and it'll add four-player co-op to the game. Update 1.1 hits October 16, and now developer Sucker Punch has revealed exactly when you can try it out, and how to access it in-game.

According to Sucker Punch, the update will start rolling out at 8 AM PT, October 16. They expect the game to be available in all regions, worldwide, within an hour of this time. For some regions, this will be quite late: if you're in the AEST timezone, for instance, it'll arrive at 1 AM on October 17.

Once Update 1.1 has been downloaded, there are two ways to access the Legends co-op mode. You can either talk to a new in-game character, Gyozen, who will be marked on your map, or simply select "Legends" from the main menu.

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Source: Ghost Of Tsushima: Here's When The Co-Op Update Goes Live And How To Play It

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Call Of Duty Mobile Celebrates 1st Anniversary With A Biggest Update Ever

Call of Duty: Mobile released one year ago this day, October 15, and Activision is celebrating by updating the game with a lot of new content and activities.

The Anniversary update is out now on Android and iOS, and Activision says it represents the "biggest injection of content ever" in the game's life.

Included with the update is a brand-new battle royale map called Alcatraz. If the name sounds familiar, it's because it's inspired by the Alcatraz location in Black Ops 4's Blackout mode. The Anniversary update also introduces a new social space called "The Club." As its name suggests, this is a hangout area where players can take part in various mini-games like darts or various arcade games.

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Source: Call Of Duty Mobile Celebrates 1st Anniversary With A Biggest Update Ever

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Sega Celebrates 60 Years With Limited-Time Mash-Ups, Prototypes, And More Incredible Artefacts

Sega is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary by opening up its vault and sharing some interesting internal experiments and homages with its fans. Three new titles have been unveiled, including a prototype for a cancelled Golden Axe reboot, a Yakuza/Streets of Rage 2 mash-up, and an Endless Legend-themed homage to Fantasy Zone.

The three games will each release a day apart, and while none of them are full-blown games, they're interesting freebies. The highlight for many will likely be Streets of Kamurocho, which takes the characters of Yakuza and puts them into the gameplay of Streets of Rage 2. It's adorable.

We've rounded each one up below.

Each game will only be available until October 19 at 10 AM PT, so if you want to check them out, make sure to do so before then.

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Source: Sega Celebrates 60 Years With Limited-Time Mash-Ups, Prototypes, And More Incredible Artefacts

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Get A Free Copy Of Sega Classic Nights Into Dreams On Steam Now

Sega's 1996 Sega Saturn game, NiGHTS Into Dreams, is a well-regarded cult classic that still stands out, in 2020, as a very unique game. If you've never had a chance to play it, Sega's currently giving it away for free, although you'll need to register on their site to claim it.

As part of Sega's on-going 60th anniversary celebrations, registering on the Sega 60th Anniversary website. On the registration screen, you need to pick "Steam" as you preferred system and then log in to your account and give permission--at this point, Nights Into Dreams will be added to your account.

If you pick a different system, you won't get a free game--but you can log out, revisit the link, and you'll be able to do it again. Just make sure you pick Steam.

There's also a huge Sega sale happening on Steam, and you can view some of the hottest offers on the Sega 60 website after registering.

You can also get Sonic 2 for free right now, but you won't need to register for that--you can just claim it from Steam.

GameSpot reviewed the Xbox 360 HD version of NiGHTS Into Dreams, and gave it a 7/10.


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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's New 40-Player Mode Detailed Ahead Of The Beta

Included in the cross-play beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War this coming weekend is a brand-new mode called Fireteam, and Activision has now provided some details about it.

A large-scale mode, Fireteam puts 10 teams of four squads onto the largest maps that Cold War has to offer. In the Dirty Bomb variant that will be featured in the beta, teams must collect and detonate bombs that destroy parts of the map to get the drop on the other teams.

When bombs are detonated, it causes radiation to emerge on the map that makes it dangerous for everyone. "The longer a player hangs onto uranium, the longer radiation sickness sets in. This affects Perk benefits, movement, health regeneration, and ultimately, your Operator’s life," Activision says of the mode.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's New 40-Player Mode Detailed Ahead Of The Beta