Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Update Is Now Live

8 months ago

The second season of Fortnite Chapter 2 has officially begun. Following a string of teasers, developer Epic Games has rolled out Fortnite's big Season 2 update on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile, bringing a wealth of new content, changes, skins, and more to the hit battle royale shooter. Epic has not released the Season 2 patch notes itself, but players are working together to assemble their own.

As the studio had been teasing, Chapter 2 Season 2 has a spy theme. The island has been taken over by two warring covert factions known as Ghost and Shadow. You'll be able to side with one of the two when completing weekly Battle Pass challenges, which will determine the upgrade style for that character. There's also Deadpool for some reason.

To go along with the spy theme, a number of new points of interest have been added to the map. Among these are enemy bases. These are heavily guarded, but if you can infiltrate them and defeat the leader within, you'll be able to snag "unique and powerful weapons."

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It looks like Hostel director Eli Roth will be making the Borderlands film

8 months ago

The long-forgotten Borderlands film might actually be making some headway, as Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted that Eli Roth has joined the team to direct it. Roth is known for making a fair few horror flicks (as well as that one weird family film where Jack Black plays a warlock that saves the world), so, yeah, no idea what his link is with Borderlands really.

Pitchford deleted the tweet announcing all the new film stuff this almost immediately – but the internet never forgets, Randy.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Borderlands movie gets a second wind as Eli Roth is set to direct

8 months ago

Borderlands is a popular video game franchise because of all the video game things it does well. It's an excellent shooter, it scratches a cooperative social itch, and it overwhelms players with a staggering amount of loot. The things it struggles with -- story, dialogue, anything that isn't shooting -- are the exact reasons it'd be a tough adaption to anything outside of an interactive medium. Yet, Borderlands is being turned into a movie anyway.

Lionsgate has announced that it's moving forward with a Borderlands film that has Eli Roth attached as the director. Roth (Hostel, Thanksgiving) says "I look forward to bringing my own energy, ideas, and vision to the wild, fun, and endlessly creative world of the game. Randy Pitchford and everyone at Gearbox have been incredibly supportive of my ideas -- it really feels like a perfect storm of creators coming together. We are out to make a new classic, one which the fans of the game will love, but also one which will find new audiences globally." Pitchford is attached as an executive producer.

Even though Lionsgate hasn't talked about the story of the Borderlands movie, each game generally tells the same narrative: A group of Vault Hunters try their damnedest to open a Vault on Pandora (and beyond). It feels all but assured that the film will follow that same formula.

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Brett Makedonski

Fortnite Season 2 Patch Notes Are MIA, But Fans Create Unofficial List

8 months ago

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is live now for everyone across all platforms, bringing with it new locations to explore, a new spy-themed skins, and even Deadpool. But what gameplay tweaks and fixes are included in the large patch, update 12.0?

That's a little harder to discern, given that Epic Games has stopped releasing official patch notes for the Battle Royale portion of Fortnite for some time now. Thanks to the collective efforts of players on the official subreddit (and graciously collected by The Ace) we have some indication of what weapons have been vaulted, what bugs have been squashed, and what new gameplay mechanics have been introduced in Chapter 2, Season 2.

A large part of this new season are five new points of interest around the map, each of which feature NPCs defending rare weapons for you to collect. Additionally, you can now creep around the map Solid Snake style in a cardboard box, use dumpsters and toilets to teleport around the map, and throw consumable items like bandages to teammates around you.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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Stock Up on Animal Crossing Amiibo Ahead of New Horizons

8 months ago
Nintendo has confirmed Animal Crossing: New Horizons will support Amiibo figures and Amiibo cards from the Animal Crossing series. Scan an Amiibo, and you'll invite that character to your island. But since Amiibo and inventory issues tend to go hand-in-hand, you might want to pick up any figures you want sooner rather than later. That way you can get them at regular price instead of inflated third-party prices. Below, you'll find some of the Animal Crossing Amiibo that are available now at Amazon. Also check out our Animal Crossing hands-on preview for details about the game's first 30 minutes.

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I Played Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Now I Am a Splendid Otaku God

8 months ago

今日はみんなさん!私は日本語の先生です。一生に勉強しませんか。

Oh, my apologies… I forgot that not everyone is fluent in Nihongo, a gift that only master otaku like myself have been bestowed. As such, I’ll do my best to accommodate to your primitive English vernacular; a bastard language where bear is both a verb and a noun, while bare is an adjective, and occasionally, also a verb.

The cause of this newfound sagacity to the tongue of the gods is the month I have spent with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore on the Nintendo Switch, a game that is more Japanese than a katana-wielding sumo riding atop a Kawasaki with a mouthful of sushi.

Let’s put it this way; there is literally an option whether or not you want a particular character to wear glasses throughout the game. Moreover, not only is it a choice you can make, it’s one of those things you’ll agonize over, irrationally fearful that the wrong answer will somehow have a negative impact on your experience, even if it is merely aesthetically.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons' save transfer option isn't getting any less confusing

8 months ago

During a Q&A section in today's Animal Crossing Direct, Nintendo again attempted to clear up the confusion surrounding your inability to transfer the game's save files from one Switch to another.

In short, you still can't. As in other Animal Crossing games, individual consoles host a single, shared settlement - a place which contains the houses of all local players. Likely because of this, New Horizons is one of several Switch games which do not support the Switch Online subscription's Cloud Backup option.

But what about if you upgrade your Switch to a shiny new model? What if your Switch is stolen and needs to be replaced?

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Deadpool Skin Is Fortnite Season 2's Secret Unlock, But You Can't Get It Yet

8 months ago

Fry up some chimichangas and knock down that fourth wall, because Deadpool is coming to Fortnite as part of the new Chapter 2, Season 2 update. The Merc with a Mouth is the latest Marvel character to come to the game, though he will probably not be as devastating as Thanos.

Deadpool was revealed in the game's Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 2 Battle Pass trailer, popping onto the screen in his usual goofy fashion. He's also seen bathing in a pile of V-Bucks; the Battle Pass still costs 950 V-Bucks or about $9.50. Fully leveling up the Battle Pass will earn you a total of 1,500 V-Bucks, which should more than cover the cost of Season 3's Battle Pass.

The latest update also added weekly challenges from Deadpool, including one to find a letter he sent to Epic Games. It's fitting with the character's self-aware persona, as he has routinely referenced when he was in a comic book or movie before.

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The Best GameCube Games, Ranked

8 months ago
The GameCube was discontinued in 2007, but that hasn’t stopped fans from obsessively searching for the best games in the system, whether to warm their sense of nostalgia or find a library to play on emulators. So, here you have it - the best GameCube games of all time, as voted by IGN’s staff. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=top-25-nintendo-gamecube-games&captions=true"] Click through the gallery above or scroll down for the full list!

25. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Told over the span of over 2000 years, Eternal Darkness features a woman named Alex trying to uncover the truth about her grandfather’s mysterious murder. What follows is a series of flashbacks, that each explores different events that have occurred in the house over the last couple of centuries. It’s incredible to relive these moments and see the house evolve over time; Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem was an inspiration to games like What Remains of Edith Finch.

24. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games!

If you haven't played a WarioWare game before, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games! is a great place to start. The basic premise is that Wario, in his newly-defined role as cheeseball game-making antagonist, has created over 200 "microgames" that you have to learn and master in just a few seconds each. They are thrown at you in quick, randomized succession, and range from cool NES Zelda and Mario-inspired challenges to goofy anime jokes -- and there's a *lot* of nose-picking. Sometimes dismissed as a port of WarioWare from the Game Boy Advance to the GameCube, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games! added one very important element: fun multiplayer. It's the best multiplayer the WarioWare series has to offer to-date, with the Wii version, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, a clear runner up.

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Cyberpunk 2077 will be streamable with GeForce Now on day one

8 months ago

Here's a cool thing: If you're getting Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam, you'll also be able to play the game on launch day with Nvidia's GeForce Now. The service has free and paid options, and lets players stream supported titles to "nearly any laptop, desktop, Mac, Shield TV, or Android mobile device."

Nvidia didn't have much else to add – reminder: Cyberpunk 2077 was recently delayed and it's not coming until September 17 – but $4.99-per-month Founder players can benefit from RTX. The game will be "fully optimized and instantly available, even on your Mac laptop," according to Nvidia.

As for potential GOG compatibility with GeForce Now, something a fan asked about on Twitter, we'll see. Nvidia simply said it's "always looking for new ways to support the games you love and play."

The one hurdle holding me back from trying GeForce Now is my monthly data cap, which worries me to no end when it comes to lengthy streaming-based play sessions. Otherwise, I'd be all over it.

I've seen people mention Cyberpunk 2077 as their possible intro to Google Stadia, so this is a big deal.

Cyberpunk 2077 Coming To GeForce Now [Nvidia]

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Jordan Devore

Apex Legends is fixing Bangalore's accidental invisibility bug

8 months ago

There’s nothing quite as unsettling as being shot at in Apex Legends by a character that’s just a gun and a floating head. As someone who plays Mirage, seeing a character essentially steal my abilities is bang out of order. Bangalore-out of order, actually, because she’s the character that whose body was kind of… disappearing when wearing certain skins.

This attempt to usurp Mirage players is nearly over though, as Respawn are working on a fix to make Bangalore fully visible again.

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Imogen Beckhelling

League Of Legends is trying again with stat-tracking Eternals

8 months ago

For wizards who wish to accumulate numbers boasting of their League Of Legends prowess, Riot Games have returned with a second crack at Eternals, the stat-tracking doodads whose planned launch was aborted last year. Similar to Dota 2’s Inscribed Gems and CS’s StatTrak guns, Eternals will track and show off numbers like kills and high-skill plays. It’s a common idea but when Eternals hit the test servers in August 2019, players weren’t best pleased with Riot’s implementation. After taking some time to tinker, Riot this week reproposed Eternals, now looking more interesting stats and no longer costing big chunks of real money.

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Alice O'Connor

Persona 5 Royal offers a Phantom Thief crash course

8 months ago

We are just over a month away from the western release of expanded JRPG Persona 5 Royal. Publisher Atlus has decided to give everyone a quick "crash course" into the weird, colourful, and often scary world of The Phantom Thieves, in a new six-minute trailer offering a summary of the Persona 5 universe.

Narrated by mouthy moggy Morgana and new gal Kasumi Yoshizawa, the video explains the roles of personas, The Phantom Thieves, confidants, and the Metaverse. Our hosts then look at some of Persona 5 Royal's new content, including The Thieves Den, the new grappling hook ability, hot doc Maruki, the mysterious Jose, and the new Kichijoji district.

The fact Morgana can summarise this jive in a six-minute video further begs the question as to why the Persona 5 itself expositions these concepts repeatedly for HOURS UPON HOURS over the course of its mammoth playtime.

Persona 5 Royal launches March 31 on PS4. School's back in session.

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Chris Moyse

Fortnite Season 2: All Battle Pass Skins And Rewards

8 months ago

Fortnite is back with a new season, the first since Chapter 2 began last October. The new Chapter 2 Season 2 (C2S2) update has rolled out on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and mobile devices, offering a new spy theme, map changes, and more. It includes a new Battle Pass as well for 950 V-Bucks (roughly $10 USD), complete with 100 levels of rewards to unlock. Those include weapon skins, emotes, back bling, and character skins, some of which have their own unique challenges to complete.

On the whole, you can collect almost 100 pieces of new gear, and while you're at it, earn up to 1,500 V-Bucks--plenty to buy your way into the next season's Battle Pass. Some standout skins include a musclebound cat named Meowscles, a shape-shifting Maya variation, golden-armed Midas, and others. A trailer for the battle pass also revealed that we can expect to see Deadpool join the lineup this season as the secret unlockable skin, though it's unclear exactly when. Epic likewise hasn't released Season 2 patch notes, but players are working to cobble together their own.

With the spy theme, players are able to pick sides between the Ghost and Shadow factions. Those choices will result in different challenge missions and rewards. The map has also changed to add a luxury yacht, volcano hideout, and mansion.

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Tiger Electronics LCD Games Return With Sonic And More

8 months ago

Tiger Electronics has been defunct for years, but the brand is being revived by Hasbro for a new line of LCD video game systems. For '90s kids with fond experiences with the original systems, it should bring back a rush of memories.

Coming this fall for $15 each, the Tiger Electronics LCD Video Games line will consist of four titles: Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Transformers Generation 2, and Marvel X-Men Project X.

As with the original versions, the games feature screens with pre-drawn backgrounds and elements like heroes and bosses that light up to simulate movement. It's not the most advanced system today, but the colorful shells and charming sound effects have a retro appeal.

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Gabe Gurwin

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gets a Ton of Gorgeous New Screenshots and Artwork

8 months ago

Today, Nintendo held a 25-minute-long direct presentation for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a ton of new info was revealed. There are a bunch of new features coming to the Switch-exclusive title and you can read all about that in our previous article.

Shortly after the livestreamed presentation, Nintendo released a bunch of new screenshots and artwork that are just simply gorgeous.

We get to see high-quality photos of some of the villagers, the new Dodo plane, the workbench, how the new houses look on the island, and much much more.

You can view the entire gallery of art and screenshots down below if you’re interested. If you wanted to watch the entire Nintendo Direct again, we’ve also added in the video just in case you couldn’t get enough of the new content.

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Wolcen skill tree: how to upgrade your character

8 months ago

While the skill tree in Wolcen is nowhere near as big as some other action RPGs, it is one of the more interesting to navigate. It allows you to customise your character into the type of character you want them to be. You could be a dedicated warrior that specialises in tanking damage and cleaving through enemy ranks, or a mixture of an assassin class with a bit of poison magic.

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Dave Irwin

You Can Recover Animal Crossing: New Horizons Save Data--But There's A Big Catch

8 months ago

During its Animal Crossing-focused Direct, Nintendo once again confirmed that the upcoming New Horizons will not make use of Nintendo Switch Online's cloud save backup function, but NSO subscribers will have a way to recover their save data should something unfortunate happen to their system. However, this feature comes with one notable caveat.

In fine print during the presentation, Nintendo specifies that you will only be able to recover your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data one time should your Switch get lost or damaged. As previously mentioned, this service will only be offered to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and it won't be available until sometime after the game launches.

This isn't the only unusual save data restriction New Horizons imposes on players. Nintendo recently confirmed that only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console--so if another player who shares your system would like to start their own island, they'll need their own Switch and game. Additionally, you will not be able to transfer your New Horizons save data from one Switch system to another.

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I used blocks from the new Minecraft snapshot to make a fungal horror shrine

8 months ago

Minecraft‘s upcoming 1.16 update is going to give the Nether – the game’s weirdo hell dimension – a long overdue glow-up. As of this month, Mojang have started trickling 1.16 content into the game via weekly ‘snapshot’ builds, which can be played in parallel to your main Minecraft installation. Now there’s a couple of these available, featuring oddball megamushrooms, eerie blue lights and unappealing pig-goblins, I thought I’d load the latest snapshot, and have a play with the new blocks. Here’s what I came up with by playing around in creative mode, using only blocks from Minecraft 1.16.

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Nate Crowley

The Minimalist's Guide to Skincare for Men

8 months ago

As a woman in her thirties, I add steps to my skincare routine the way celebrities get face tattoos—with little consideration before committing to them forever. Oh, this glycolic resurfacing serum infused with protein-rich African meerkat droppings will help those fine lines settling in around my eyes, you say?…

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Jedi: Fallen Order dodged a delay because it needed to hit holiday sales target

8 months ago

Much like Natalie Imbruglia, Respawn Entertainment was torn. The studio knew that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order needed a few more tweaks and some polish, and then it'd be the best it could be. Conversely, the ship date was rapidly approaching and everyone was really against a delay that wasn't 100 percent necessary.

EA had lofty hopes for Jedi: Fallen Order's sales -- between six and eight million copies before the end of the fiscal year, which seemed ambitious for a singleplayer narrative-driven game, even one that carries the Star Wars branding -- and that wouldn't be realistic if it were pushed back to the spring. So, Respawn carried on, launching on-time in November despite technical hiccups.

In a recent interview with USgamer, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella admits that talks of a delay were entertained, saying "Yeah, it was a conversation that we had and we decided that we wanted the game out there, we wanted to get it, you know, being out for the holiday." Apart from holiday sales, Zampella pointed to the launch of Disney+, the Mandalorian series, and the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker as reasons why it made sense to ensure there's a new Star Wars game on shelves.

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Brett Makedonski