Lupin III: The First's Director on Bringing an Anime Icon to 3D (and Having Him Fight Nazis)

15 hours 37 minutes ago

Lupin III: The First is finally coming to Western shores, giving fans outside of Japan the chance to officially see the beloved thief complete his greatest heist yet: stealing our hearts and minds as he takes the leap to sumptuous 3D animation. But it’s not the only major first that, well, The First has for Monkey…

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No, this Mortal Engines-themed Planet Coaster build won't eat your rides

16 hours 4 minutes ago

Alright, listen. The 2018 Mortal Engines adaptation might’ve been largely forgettable, but it did a damn fine job of bringing the book series’ ridiculous towns-turned-monster-trucks to life. Now, one Planet Coaster architect has crafted their own version of London-Upon-Wheels, wrapping their fantasy amusement park around a multi-tiered truck of a city. It’s just a shame there’s no way it’ll ever move. Unfortunately, Planet Coaster just wasn’t built for that.

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Natalie Clayton

Valkyria Chronicles 3’s Riela Getting New Figure Reproducing VC Duel’s Illustration

16 hours 7 minutes ago

The Valkyria Chronicles series certainly holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers, so its heroines continue to get occasional figures.

This time around it’s Phat!’s turn to present a brand new figure portraying Valkyria Chronicles 3’s heroine Riela Marcellis.

You can find it available for pre-order on Ami Ami or Good Smile’s North American store for 13,500 yen ($129) or $155.99 respectively.

The release window is November 2021 for Japan and December 2021 for North America. You have plenty of time to save for this one.

Interestingly, this is another figure inspired by the illustrations that created by Character Designer Raita Honjou for the mobile and browser game Valkyria Chronicles DUEL. While the game itself ended its service in 2015, the art was so appreciated by the fans that it’s still getting figures.

More examples are Valkyria Chronicles’ beloved antagonist Selvaria Bles and Juliana Everhart from Valkyria Chronicles 2.

The prototype was sculped by Yadokari in 1/7 scale, and painted by Sakura.

You can check out what she looks like in the gallery below, alongside the illustration that inspired the figure.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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

16 hours 34 minutes ago

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

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

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Liana Ruppert

AOC’s Among Us Stream Reactions Are Being Turned Into a Meme and It’s Great

16 hours 43 minutes ago

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, otherwise known as AOC, held her first-ever Twitch stream the other night to encourage viewers to vote in the upcoming election in the United States.

AOC teamed up with some popular Twitch streamers and played one of the most talked-about games on social media right now, Among Us. The stream was viewed over five million times at the time of writing and AOC has already managed to obtain over 560,000 followers on the platform.

And if you know about Among Us, then you’re aware that there is one imposter chosen before each round begins and everyone has to find out who the killer is. And of course, AOC ended up being the imposter on her first round, resulting in some hilarious reactions.

And now people have taken AOC’s reactions from the stream and placed it over a variety of video games, such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Street Fighter, and even Smash Bros.

It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen today. Here are all of the videos that I could scrounge up from Twitter. Please enjoy!

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Greysun Morales

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Dog-sledding drama The Red Lantern is out now

17 hours 2 minutes ago

Have I mentioned I used to work with sled dogs? While it’s only the most interesting thing I’ve done in the last ten years, I reckon I’ve bored the ears off everyone I know gabbing about it ever since. The Red Lantern, then, is a game for the part of me that’s desperate to pack on fifteen layers and get back into the snow with a band of huskies, riding off into the Alaskan sunset of an Epic Games Store release today.

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Natalie Clayton

Here’s Why a Live-Action Mass Effect Movie Won’t Work, But A TV Show Could

17 hours 24 minutes ago

It feels like every month we're learning of a different game being flipped into some form of TV show or movie. From animated takes to live-action adaptations, gaming has never had a bigger spotlight on it than it does right now. In light of the recent onslaught of game adaptation news and years of talks about an alleged Mass Effect vision, here's why we don't need the beloved BioWare RPG series to leave the scope of gaming. 

As someone who has a whopping 30 playthroughs of the original Mass Effect trilogy and every collectible you can imagine, believe me when I say I always want more Mass Effect. That being said, looking at the patterns of previous adaptations and what it looks like the coming years will be like, I just don't think Mass Effect has any shot at survival, at least in this particular medium. Especially if that vision is meant to be a re-telling of the initial Mass Effect trilogy. Why, you may ask? Let's break it down. 

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Liana Ruppert

D4DJ Groovy Mix Introduces Characters & Street Fighter Collaboration After First Anime Episode

17 hours 37 minutes ago

Today publisher Bushiroad aired several clips introducing the characters of its new mobile rhythm game D4DJ Groovy Mix.

We also get the announcement of a collaboration with the Street Fighter series, which will brings its BGM into the game.

The clips were aired following the first episode of the anime dedicated to the series, tiled D4DJ First Mix.

You can watch them below (the video is already set at the right timestamp). Of course, you can also rewind from the beginning and watch the anime. It’s really cute and upbeat, so it’s worth half a hour of your time.

D4DJ Groovy Mix will release in Japan on October 25 for iOS and Android.

It’s part of a mixed media project by Bushiroad that includes games, anime, and live concert. You may be familiar with Busiroad mostly due to another rhythm mobile game, BanG Dream!.

That being said, English-speaking fans need not worry, as we already know that the game is also coming to the west, even if we’re not yet aware of a specific release date.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Out Next Week: Pikmin 3 Deluxe Is Up for Preorder

17 hours 38 minutes ago
It's almost here: Pikmin 3 Deluxe is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on October 30 (see it on Amazon). It, like other "Deluxe" Switch titles, is a souped-up version of a Wii U game, in this case Pikmin 3. The upcoming Switch version has a handful of new features added to improve the experience, but we'll get to those below. In the meantime, here's where you can preorder it now.

Preorder Pikmin 3 Deluxe

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Torchlight III is now on Nintendo Switch if you're in the mood for a light action-RPG

17 hours 52 minutes ago

Some of you expressed interest in the Nintendo Switch version of Torchlight III in particular, and well, here it is, ready to be downloaded today from the eShop for $40. It's the last port out of the gate.

In terms of Switch-specific features, you can use the touch screen to manage your inventory and the menus, and the exclusive pet is a freaky Ashen Glittersprite. Hey, what have you got against llamas?

Not to tell you how to spend your money, but I'd probably wait for a significant sale unless you're in a ravenous mood for a lighter action-RPG that won't push back too hard or throw complicated loot your way. That lack of complexity was one of my biggest criticisms – Torchlight III feels like a step down from the eight-year-old Torchlight II – and there's just no getting around it. Newer isn't automatically better.

There's always the possibility that Torchlight III can get better over time, but considering it already went through its Early Access phase and the updates didn't turn things around, I'm not optimistic right now.

Frankly, if you're on the fence, I'd give Minecraft Dungeons some serious thought even if you're zero percent invested in the wider Minecraft universe. Semi-related: I miss Gauntlet Dark Legacy so much.

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Jordan Devore

Smartphone Prices Are Out of Control. Here Are the Budget Phones That Don’t Suck, According to Gizmodo

17 hours 52 minutes ago

Today’s flagship phones are impressive, no doubt, and the iPhone 12 may end up being the new king. But have you seen what sub-$500 models can do lately? If you gawk at the grand-plus prices of today’s flagships, you might be surprised at how easy it is to get by with a lower-priced model.

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Whitson Gordon on Roundups, shared by Gabe Carey to Kotaku

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

17 hours 52 minutes ago

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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Jordan Ramée

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Kojima Is Working On A New Game

17 hours 52 minutes ago

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

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

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Jason Guisao

Thanks To My Childhood, I Can't Throw Out My Console Boxes

17 hours 52 minutes ago

My first console was a PlayStation, a gift from my mother’s boyfriend. I don’t remember asking for it; I think it was a gift to curry favor. My mother had an antipathy towards video games that bordered on hostility, so while she didn’t outright ban my sister and me from playing them, it was very clear that the console…

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Ash Parrish

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Xbox Brazil Host Firing Unrelated to Her Getting Death Threats, Microsoft Says

18 hours 9 minutes ago
A video host for Xbox Brazil has parted ways with the company after a months-long harassment campaign from elements of the Brazilian gaming community. However, while the host says this decision was a result of her harassment, a Microsoft spokesperson says the split is “unrelated” to the online attacks directed at her. Isadora Basile announced her new job at Xbox Brazil in September of this year. Since then she has been bombarded by harassment, ranging from accusations that she’s a 'fake gamer' to death and rape threats.
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Matt T.M. Kim

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This Forza Horizon 4 glitch will get you going about 400mph instantly

18 hours 22 minutes ago

The essence of a lot of the Forza Horizon experience is "Go fast, go as fast as possible." That's not always true for racing and its strategic braking and positioning. But, for speed traps, stunt jumps, drag races, etc? Yep, just go really fast.

Reddit user CarBoy0001 has figured out how to go faster than anyone else, making him the de facto best Forza Horizon 4 player of all-time. Making use of the game's constantly-running train, he positioned his car on the tracks while wedged against a brick wall. When the train hits him, the physics sort of pinch him against the corner of the wall, sending the car instantly flying and nearly hitting 700KPH. That's about 430MPH, I did the maths for the Americans.

Check out the clip below. (Sorry, you have to click through. There's no way to properly embed reddit clips.)

This Forza Horizon 4 glitch will get you going about 400mph instantly screenshot

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Brett Makedonski

Cozy RPG Ikenfell Uses Cats As Save Points

18 hours 22 minutes ago

Ikenfell, released earlier this month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, is an excellent little RPG that puts a tactical spin on the reflex-based battle mechanics of the Mario franchise’s role-playing spin-offs. It also uses cats as save points which, come on, of course I’m going to write about.

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Ian Walker

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Immortals Fenyx Rising Fets Funny Story Trailer, Gameplay, and Google Stadia Demo

18 hours 34 minutes ago

Today Ubisoft released a few new trailers of the upcoming action-adventure game Immortals Fenyx Rising.

The first trailer focuses on the story, with a rather hilarious translation by Zeus and Prometheus.

The second shows gameplay on the starting island,

The second trailer announces a demo on Google Stadia that is available now and will be playable until Octo 29.

You can check both videos out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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

18 hours 41 minutes ago

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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Aron Garst

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Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Raid Is Coming Very Soon; New Patch Rolling Out Today

18 hours 42 minutes ago

Sucker Punch Productions released a massive new update just last week that added in a cooperative online multiplayer mode called Legends. It’s a completely separate experience from the main story that includes two-player story-based missions and then wave-based horde missions you can play with up to four people –oh, and it’s entirely free for owners of the base game.

The developers over at Sucker Punch Productions published a new blog post that goes over new weekly challenges, Raid mode, and a new patch that’s rolling out today.

Since launching last Friday, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends had more than two million matches played using online matchmaking in the first weekend, according to the team.

Starting on 8 am PT every Friday morning, there will be a new story mission and survival mission with special modifiers that change every week. And then, the teams with the highest scores will be featured on the leaderboards, which can be accessed in-game.

And these won’t be easy to accomplish. The missions are set on the Nightmare difficulty mode, which is the hardest one, but players will be able to obtain max-level gear to help out with the future Raid.

Speaking of Raids, the first one will be available for all players on Oct. 30, and is the “culmination of the story in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, bringing the fight directly to Iyo’s realm.” The Raid is broken up into three chapters and requires a full team of four, and you won’t be able to match up with random players –you’ll need to have your team ready in advance.

Sucker Punch recommends that players finish all story and survival missions (on the hard difficulty) to get the best gear you can get before attempting the super challenging Raid.

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Greysun Morales

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Epic is really getting into the Halloween spirit with these free games

18 hours 52 minutes ago

Epic is doing its part to make sure you're ready for Halloween. Okay, maybe it'd be nice if Epic showed up and decorated your house and stitched your costume together. Maybe placed some candy by your door. But as afar as video games go, Epic has you covered.

Last week, Jordan told you that Costume Quest 2 and Layers of Fear 2 are the next designated Epic Games Store freebies. Now I'm here to tell you it doesn't taper off for Halloween proper. Next week's treats are Blair Witch and Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered

That's a good mix. Layers of Fear 2 and Blair Witch are here for the paralyzing grotesque horror. Costume Quest 2 is something more lighthearted yet Halloween-themed. Ghostbusters is the beloved blockbuster hit. Something for everyone.

You know the score. Pick up Costume Quest 2 and Layers of Fear 2 before October 29. That's when Blair Witch and Ghostbusters take over, just around the corner. Speaking of, don't look just around the corner. There's probably something scary as hell over there.

Costume Quest 2, Layers of Fear 2 [Epic Games Store]

Epic is really getting into the Halloween spirit with these free games screenshot

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Brett Makedonski