Surviving The Aftermath has arrived on Steam after a year of Epic exclusivity

1 hour 18 minutes ago

There’s nothing like a spot of cheery post-apocalyptic city building to keep you going in this fine year we call 2020. After a year of Epic exclusivity, Surviving The Aftermath has arrived in early access on Steam. It’s one of those strategy and management games where you can build a colony for some apocalypse survivors to hang out in, with the ultimate goal of restoring some civilisation to the doomed world. So, you know, good practice for the years to come.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Monster Train now has mod support, and modders have already made a whole new faction

1 hour ago

A Monster Train screenshot showing the Arcadians, a new faction from a player-made mod.

Deck-building roguelikelike Monster Train last night officially launched its mod support, after a short beta, opening it up to all sorts of player-made newness. Possibilities include new cards, new monsters, new looks, and so on, and I see some folks have already made a whole new playable faction. After seeing how much Slay The Spire mods shook up that other card-slinging dungeon-crawl, I’m dead keen to see what happens here. I’m already digging that fan-made faction, the floor-shifting Arcadians.

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Alice O'Connor

Black Ops Cold War had the most downloaded Call of Duty beta ever

1 hour 33 minutes ago

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta was the most downloaded in franchise history, Activision has said.

Activision did not reveal how many downloads it saw, but we do know it beats out the previous record holder, the beta for Infinity Ward's 2019 first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

It perhaps doesn't come as much of a surprise to learn Black Ops Cold War is the biggest Call of Duty beta ever, given it launched at the tail end of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's life and so had an enormous install base to appeal to.

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Pokémon Go adds new evolution mechanic for leek-wielding Sirfetch'd

1 hour 36 minutes ago

Pokémon Go has today added several of the latest creatures available in Pokémon Sword and Shield, to celebrate the release of the latter's Crown Tundra expansion.

Sirfetch'd, the Galarian evolution of leek-wielding duck Farfetch'd, is available now. It also comes with a new evolution mechanic - where you must complete a set task while the creature is your buddy.

To evolve Sirfetch'd, you'll need to have a Galarian Fafetch'd as your buddy and then make 10 excellent throws. Its evolution option will then unlock.

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Over 300m people have downloaded Call of Duty: Mobile

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Over 300 million people have downloaded Call of Duty: Mobile, Activision has announced.

Millions of people play Call of Duty: Mobile every month, Matt Lewis, general manager of Call of Duty: Mobile said in a video statement released to coincide with the game's first birthday.

Call of Duty: Mobile is a free-to-play shooter developed by TiMi Studios (a subsidiary of Tencent Games) and published by Activision for Android and iOS.

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Kentucky Route Zero's magical realism hides the raw economic realities of abandoned towns

2 hours 30 minutes ago

A while back, the BBC did a series on the trains that travel across the hills of India. These were services built during British rule, engines still humming along thanks to sheer determination. The last episode visited Shimla, the summer capital of British India, including the Chapslee Estate. It had turned into a small hotel, where the now-deceased Kanwar Singh spoke fondly of its charms. He described his services not as a business selling accommodation or food, but selling an "ambience" of a previous age.

Kentucky Route Zero, a point-and-click adventure that was a decade in the making and that released its final episode in January this year, seems to provide a similar type of ambience, one not based explicitly in time. The story follows Conway, an antiques delivery driver making his final stop, searching for the mysterious eponymous highway in a world drenched with magical-realism.

You might have conjured up images of hillbillies and farming knowing the game is based in Kentucky. But this couldn't be further from the truth, with designer Jake Elliot, along with Tamas Kemenczy and musician Ben Babbitt, speaking of diverse literature, plays and films, such as the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, all of which provided sources of creative inspiration. "We have a story of somebody making a delivery," Elliot says during a group video call with me, Kemenczy and Babbitt, "But of course it's run through with the emotional realities of why they're doing it and what it means for them. That's how I'd experience it."

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Here's a fresh look at all-new PS5 Spider-Man Miles Morales gameplay

3 hours 30 minutes ago

It's hard to believe, but next-gen is mere weeks away - and we just got a fresh look at one of the standout PlayStation 5 launch games, with Aoife seeing some 25 minutes of new Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales gameplay (look, can we just call it Spider-Man Miles Morales from here on out?)

There's plenty to dissect, and a neat introduction to a story that takes place a short while after the events of Insomniac's 2018 Marvel's Spider-Man (or Spider-Man, to you and me) as well as giving us a glimpse of the East Harlem district that Miles calls home. Needless to say, it's some impressive looking stuff.

Aoife also spoke to creative director Brian Horton to find out more, and to see where Insomniac took inspiration from Marvel's long-running comic series - and also where it chose to go its own way with some well-known characters.

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Have You Played… Old Gods Rising?

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A screenshot from Old Gods Rising showing a creepy memorial to some construction workers who died in an accident decades before. It is a statue of a small, angelic looking girl, but weathered and a bit mossy.

Old Gods Rising

came out relatively recently, but I’m asking if you have played it because I think more people should.

It’s a first person exploration game with a few puzzles, where you play as a disgraced TV historian (as in, historian who had a TV show not a historian specialising in TV) who has been called to serve as the expert on a film set. The filming is taking place at a small and obscure UK university. Except when you turn up, the place is deserted. The director calls you on a long range walkie talkie and directs you around to look at a few locations, while claiming to be stuck at a farm location nearby. And needles to say, some strange things are afoot.

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Alice Bell

Epic Games Store Offers Two Free Games Alongside Halloween Sale

8 hours 24 minutes ago

The Epic Games Store is giving away another two free PC games this week and has kicked off its Halloween sale with discounts up to 75% off.

The two free games, as announced last week, are Double Fine’s turn-based RPG Costume Quest 2 and first-person psychological horror game Layers of Fear 2. Both have a focus in either the spirit of Halloween or horror in general for the upcoming spooky holiday.

The two games are available to claim for free from the Epic Games Store beginning today until Thursday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. ET. Epic Games announced the next two free games available after will be first-person horror game Blair Witch and Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, both still keeping with the theme of the supernatural in the spirit of Halloween.

The company also began its Halloween Sale 2020 for the store with 144 titles on sale. Some of the standout titles with discounts include Death Stranding, Red Dead Redemption 2, Borderlands 3, Hades, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Mafia: Trilogy, which contains all three definitive editions of the Mafia franchise with all downloadable content.

The Halloween Sale 2020 begins today until Nov. 5. Those who saved their $10 off Epic coupons from the Epic MEGA Sale or by downloading Rocket League can still use those coupons on discounted games starting at $14.99 or higher.

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Tom Meyer

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Bringing The Hero To Life In Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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While Marvel's Spider-Man brought Yuri Lowenthal into the spotlight for his brilliant work as Peter Parker, it's now time for another web-slinger's to shine. That's where actor Nadji Jeter comes into play. After voicing the character in not only Marvel's Spider-Man but the Disney XD TV show as well, Nadji knows the importance of the character and what it takes to bring him to life for his own game.

Join us as we sit down with the voice behind Miles Morales and discuss his preparation for the role, how they were able to complete production during quarantine, and what it means to be playing such an iconic character as his star continues to rise in pop culture.

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Alex Stadnik

Second Extinction Early Access Review

11 hours 25 minutes ago

Historically, splicing dino-DNA with different species has gone terribly for everyone involved, but in this case merging it with the frantic intensity of Left 4 Dead’s co-op and setting it on a vast, open world-style map has worked out nicely thus far. Second Extinction, by Generation Zero creators Systemic Reaction, is a simple concept that I might’ve doodled on my homework in junior high school, but it relies on the speed and polish of its action and the variety of its mutant enemies to stand out. For a co-op focused shooter that just hit Early Access with a planned several months of runway left before full launch, it’s off to a strong start.

The premise here is that mutated dinosaurs are taking over the planet and it’s somehow up to you and up to two friends to massacre them and “reclaim Earth” before it’s too late. That’s about it; there isn’t much of an overarching plot here in the sense of overt exposition. Instead, the evolution of the world is the story, conveyed by way of a more organic and emergent format with its singular big, connected world map.

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When you choose a mission you also choose a drop point that determines where you start – though at the moment, that always means “icy tundra.” Once you’ve arrived you’re free to explore and do whatever you want – including optional side objectives or even going into neighboring zones in search of higher-value targets or to pursue a distant optional mission. It’s typically up to you to decide if you want to go after better rewards in more dangerous areas or play it safe and progress more slowly.

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David Jagneaux

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The Importance Of Exclusives Is Fading

12 hours 20 minutes ago

When I was younger, exclusive games were the sole factor I considered when purchasing a new console. I loved my NES, but when it came time to upgrade to the 16-bit era, I switched teams to the Genesis for one reason: Taz-Mania. Even though a game with the same name appeared on SNES (a practice that wasn’t unheard of in that era), the Genesis version – a 2D platformer – is the one I wanted to play. I don’t know what to tell you, except that I was a very cool kid who loved Taz. Unfortunately, Taz-Mania was actually not good, so I jumped ship again; I traded in my Genesis months later so I could a play Final Fantasy II on SNES.

I continued shifting my loyalty like this for years, chasing Final Fantasy, Mass Effect, Metroid, and Metal Gear – whatever system had the exclusive lineup that excited me most. Even after I started buying multiple consoles, my most-played system of each generation usually boiled down to which one had the most exclusive titles I enjoyed. But as we move forward in a new generation, it’s becoming clearer to me that the role of exclusive games is getting smaller and smaller. I’m not saying they don’t (or won't) continue to exist, but they are no longer the only important differentiating factor between systems.

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Joe Juba

Review: Pumpkin Jack

12 hours 29 minutes ago

Holloween. Ichabod Lame. Pumpkin spice blahtte.

These are all subheaders I was itching to use in the event that Pumpkin Jack turned out bad. Unfortunate for my anticipatory pun production, Pumpkin Jack isn't bad. It's not great, but it's definitely more treats than tricks.

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Brett Makedonski

Changes Coming To Pokemon Go Raids, Research, & More This November

13 hours 6 minutes ago

The start of October feels like it was just a week ago and earlier today Niantic already revealed their plans for Pokemon GO this November. The three biggest bits of information they announced were for Research Breakthroughs, Legendary raids, and Spotlight Hours.

Once the clock hits 1 PM PT on Nov. 1, Togetic will be taking the place of Shedinja as the weekly Research Breakthrough Pokemon during. Togetic is a Flying/Fairy-type Pokemon that evolves into the powerful Togekiss. The evolved form is very popular in PvP and PvE modes.

The Day of the Dead event is also set to start on the same day that Togetic takes over in the Research Breakthrough.

Two days later, the first Pokemon Spotlight Hour of November will take place. Every Tuesday of the month from 6 PM until 7 PM local time, a specific Pokemon will be featured more prominently in the wild. There will also be a special bonus applied during that time. Check the table below for more details.

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Omar Banat

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Nintendo Switch's Sales Record and Fire Emblem's Surprise Localization - NVC 531

13 hours 30 minutes ago
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light -- the original Fire Emblem -- is getting a surprise translated release on Nintendo Switch this December. Join Casey DeFreitas, Peer Schneider, Brian Altano, and Tom Marks as they react to the announcement. Plus, the Nintendo Switch hits a new milestone, as the best-selling console in the U.S. for 22 months in a row. Stick around for discussions on Nintendo's AR experiments, Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC, Stardew Valley's split-screen multiplayer mode, and more. Timecodes!
  • 00:00:00 Welcome!
  • 00:01:45 A new, old Fire Emblem on Switch
  • 00:10:45 Nintendo Switch sales record
  • 00:19:02 What's next for Nintendo AR games?
  • 00:37:47 More news!
  • 00:53:14 Games out this week
  • 00:58:50 What we're playing
  • 01:04:03 Question Block!

Games out this week:

  • ScourgeBringer, $16.99
  • Torchlight 3, $39.99
  • GONNER 2, $12.99
  • Disc Room, $15
  • The Red Lantern, $25

NVC is available on your preferred platform!

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Logan Plant

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10 Long-Lost PlayStation Franchises That Need a PS5 Revival

13 hours 30 minutes ago

Parasite Eve

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Starting off with Parasite Eve, this is a PlayStation franchise that ended too soon. As a sequel to the novel of the same name, Parasite Eve touts three games. Though, technically The 3rd Birthday, its last entry, has very little ties to the original games.

A survival horror series, Parasite Eve centers around a woman named Aya as she struggles to save the world from the titular Eve. With survival horror-esque elements, this series takes you on a wild ride.

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Nelia-Sol White

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The Art Of Hades

13 hours 30 minutes ago

Ah, this is exciting. Welcome to The Art of Hades, a look at the work that went into what’s easily one of the best-looking video games of 2020.

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Luke Plunkett

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Pokemon Go Day of the Dead Event Will Feature Ghosts & Goodies

14 hours 4 minutes ago

Earlier this month, Niantic revealed all the details about their Halloween event. And earlier today, they announced a bunch of details on the Day of the Dead-themed event in Pokemon GO.

If you love the Halloween event every year and can’t get enough Ghost-type Pokemon, then this is the perfect continuation of that. It’s technically a different event that runs from Nov. 1 at 11 AM until Nov. 2 at 11:59 PM local time.

The Day of the Dead and Halloween events will both see a surge in Ghost-types like Duskull and Litwick appearing in the wild. However, Cubone, Sunflora, Roselia, and Cacnea will also be more common during this time as well. But it looks like there won’t be any changes to eggs or raids.

If you want to get even more Ghost-types, then you can use an Incense to attract more of the following Pokemon: Gastly, Misdreavus, Absol, Shuppet, Duskull, Drifloon, and Litwick.

You’ll even have a chance of encountering shiny versions of Marowak, Alolan Marowak, Murkrow, and Duskull by completing certain Field Research Tasks.

You’ll also be able to stock up on Poffins during this event since they’ll be added to the list of GO Battle League rewards. Or you can just get one from the special box that will be released for the Day of the Dead Pokemon GO event. This bunch of items will also feature Incense, Star Pieces, and Remote Raid Passes.

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Omar Banat

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New Microsoft Flight Simulator Trailer Displays The Beauty of North America

14 hours 7 minutes ago

Today Microsoft released a brand new trailer of Microsoft Flight Simulator, part of its “Around the World” tour.

The trailer focusing of showing several locations in North America, including the United States and Canada, displaying the beauty of the landscape and the majesty of the cities.

Speaking of tours around the world, you can also check the thousands of screenshots I took when I flew my own tour.

You can watch it below and enjoy some really beautiful visuals.

Incidentally, recently Microsoft announced that the next free world update will feature the United States (which means that the visuals showcased here will be further improved) following the first that featured Japan. A new patch was released last week.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Raid Requirements, New Weekly Challenges Announced

14 hours 20 minutes ago
Sucker Punch Productions revealed today that the Ghost of Tsushima: Legends raid will be released on October 30 and revealed the requirements players will need to meet to take part in 'The Tale of Iyo'. The studio also announced that starting tomorrow, and every Friday after, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends will feature a two-player story mission and four-player mission survival mission with specific weekly modifiers. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=ghost-of-tsushima-legends-and-version-11-new-game-screenshots&captions=true"] "This is the culmination of the story in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, bringing the fight directly to Iyo's realm," the announcement blog post reads. "This Raid is divided into three chapters and requires a full team of four Ghosts, as well as excellent coordination and communication." The Tale of Iyo raid will not support matchmaking, according to Sucker Punch, so players wishing to participate will need to arrange their raid team ahead of time. It's also recommended that everyone's gear be at KI level 100 as an "absolute minimum." Sucker Punch recommends completing all story missions and replaying story and survival missions on higher difficulties to obtain higher gear before the raid. If players complete all of the new weekly challenges and all bonus objectives, they'll receive max-level gear perfect for the raid. Doing so won't be easy because the weekly challenge missions will be Nightmare difficulty, "intended to put you and your team to the test." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/16/the-first-18-minutes-of-ghost-of-tsushima-legends"] An exact launch time for the raid will be announced closer to its launch on October 30, but weekly challenges will go live every Friday at 8 a.m.
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Wesley LeBlanc

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Last Chance! October 2020’s PlayStation Plus

14 hours 30 minutes ago
With little time left in October, don’t forget to grab these titles before they’re no longer free in the PlayStation Store. Hop in the front seat and get your adrenaline going with one of the widely known racing franchises since 1994. Not good enough for you and need something more in the Halloween spirit? Then …

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Rochellie Fagan

The Epic Games Store is having a grand old halloween sale

14 hours 37 minutes ago

Is there anything scarier than buying products at below the recommended retail price? Almost certainly, which is why I’d hesitate to call the Epic Games Store Halloween Sale particularly spooky. It is, however, taking a massive knife to game prices across the platform, with some pretty hefty discounts of up to 80% going on a number of range of fantastic games until the sale wraps on November 3rd.

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Natalie Clayton

Hearthstone's Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion is out in November

14 hours 56 minutes ago

Blizzard's free-to-play card battler Hearthstone is poised to get a little bit spookier on 17th November when its latest expansion, Madness at Darkmoon Faire, arrives; plus, there's a free new PvP-focussed mode, Hearthstone Duels, launching a week earlier.

Starting with the expansions, Darkmoon Faire whisks players away to the creepy old carnival of the title, where something considerably more sinister than questionable ride safety protocols awaits. It is, you see, the location The Old Gods - timeless beings of fearsome power introduced in the 2016 expansion Whispers of the Old Gods - have chosen for their return to Azeroth.

In practical terms, Darkmoon Faire introduces 135 new cards, bearing "the taint of [The Old Gods'] corruption". That relates to the new Corrupt keyword, which changes its host card into a substantially more powerful version after higher-cost card is played.

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What’s New in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC? Everything You Need to Know

15 hours 11 minutes ago

New Area, Story, & Pokemon

Everything New in the Crown Tundra DLC

Obviously, in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC, you’ll be going to a brand new area in the Galar region. This time you’ll be heading to a snowy mountainous area where you’ll meet up with a fellow named Peony. Peony will set you up on an expedition to explore this frozen land, and also delve deeper into Pokemon Dens. More on that later.

In addition to running around a new snowy wild area, players will be able to capture three genuine new Pokemon never seen before in the game (shown above):

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Ed McGlone

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