Ancient Mummies Exhumed, Forced to Chaperone School Field Trip

7 hours 56 minutes ago

Mummies aren’t scary. In fact, they’re some of the least scary monsters around, thanks to becoming generic CG action flick villains in movies like The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy (2017). But the decline of the creatures in pop culture began earlier than that, thanks to a TV series titled Mummies Alive, one of the more…

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This 32GB Corsair RAM deal is cheaper than Amazon right now

7 hours 56 minutes ago

A photo of Corsair's Vengeance RGB Pro RAM

32GB of RAM is more than what most gaming PCs really need these days, but if you’re determined to future-proof your PC or have your eye on playing hardcore simulation games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator on max settings (and fancy some added RGB lighting to spice things up a bit), then you can currently get a 32GB kit of Corsair’s Vengeance RGB Pro RAM for £120 over at Aria PC. That’s £5 cheaper than what you’ll find over on Amazon UK at the moment, too.

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Katharine Castle

Rune 2 lawsuit now going after Bethesda and ZeniMax too

8 hours 3 minutes ago

Vikings out sailing their boat in Rune II: Decapitation Edition.

Bethesda and ZeniMax intentionally sabotaged Rune 2 by secretly snapping up its developers days before launch, the game’s publishers have claimed in a lawsuit. The Viking fantasy action-RPG launched in November 2019 then, the very next day, developers Human Head announced they were shutting down but their employees had been hired for a new Bethesda studio. This was quite a surprise, even to the publishers who had been relying on Human Head to support the game after launch. They sued to regain control of the game’s code and continue updating it, and now are going after Bethesda and Zenimax too.

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Alice O'Connor

Borderlands 3 Designer's Cut New Skill Trees Revealed

8 hours 13 minutes ago
2K has revealed two new Skill Trees coming as part of Borderlands 3’s Designer’s Cut, which is coming as part of the game’s second season pass this November. The two new skill trees are for Vault Hunters Amara and FL4K. The first, for Amara, is the Enlightened Force skill tree, which allows you to build Amara around cryo elemental effects and freezing enemies. The tree’s passives help maximise elemental damage and show enemies down, while the Phaseflare action skill summons an orb of elemental energy that can be controlled and directed towards enemies. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/08/08/borderlands-3-fl4k-character-trailer-the-hunt"] For FL4K, the Designer’s Cut adds the Trapper skill tree, which provides shield and critical hit bonuses for the character’s pet. The tree’s action skill is Gravity Snare, which periodically lifts enemies into the air, interrupts their attacks, and then slams them into the ground for damage. Both skill trees are now available to view and customise on the Borderlands 3 website - check out the Amara and FL4K ones here - which allows you to see all the branches and what individual skills can provide. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=top-10-borderlands-dlc-of-all-time&captions=true"] These skill trees are part of the Designer’s Cut, which releases on November 10, and can be bought individually or as part of Season Pass 2, which also includes the Director’s Cut DLC that will release in Spring 2021.
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Matt Purslow

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Humankind Gets April 2021 Release Window for PC, Mac, and Google Stadia; Digital Deluxe Edition Revealed

8 hours 22 minutes ago

Today Sega and Amplitude narrowed down the release window of their upcoming 4X game Humankind.

The release window is now pegged as April 2021 with pre-purchases starting today on PC, Mac, and Google Stadia.

We also get a new trailer which you can watch below.

We also learn that a free 100-turn OpenDev gameplay scenario will be available starting today exclusively on Google Stadia and until October 28.

A digital deluxe edition is also on the menu, including the following:

  • HUMANKIND Digital Game – HUMANKIND base game
  • In-Game Notre-Dame Pack 
    • Notre-Dame Wonder – to be built in game
    • Notre-Dame Narrative Events – Adds Narrative Events themed around Wonders such as Notre-Dame
    • Victor Hugo Avatar Set – Adds Victor Hugo Set to customize your Avatar
    • “Inspirational” Avatar Personality – Adds the “Inspirational” Personality to customize your Avatar
  • Official Digital Soundtrack – All HUMANKIND tracks created by Arnaud Roy (previously known as FlybyNo) in .mp3 format
  • Unit & Tech Tree .pdf – An at-a-glance view of the full Unit & Tech Trees of the game

Those who pre-purchase the game will receive the following:

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Devolver Digital Buys Serious Sam Developer Croteam

8 hours 22 minutes ago
Devolver Digital has purchased Serious Sam developer Croteam. Devolver Digital announced today that, having worked together for over a decade, the decision has been made to bring the two companies together, with Devolver joking in its announcement blog post that they had decided to get married. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=serious-sam-4-screenshots&captions=true"] "Croteam and Devolver Digital have been dating for so long that we decided to go ahead and just get married," the blog post reads. Despite the acquisition, Devolver says Croteam will maintain "total creative freedom," although Devolver still plans to keep making "dumb recommendations that Croteam just ignores." The announcement came with a summary of the relationship between Devolver and Croteam. Croteam began nearly 30 years ago as a group of childhood friends in a small garage in Zagreb, Croatia. The studio "was built around creative experimentation, pushing technical boundaries, and a trust in one another that would span decades." Croteam started with soccer games before putting together a demo that eventually became the first Serious Sam. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/09/23/the-first-13-minutes-of-serious-sam-4"] The team struggled to find a publisher for the demo, and subsequent game, but one publisher bit: Gathering of Developers. "That support blossomed into friendship and respect which would eventually reconnect Croteam with some of the Gathering of Developers team when they later helped found Devolver Digital," according to the blog post. "A decade ago, Devolver Digital was just getting started and looking for its first project to partner on in the emerging digital distribution world. Similarly, Croteam was on the search for a partner it could trust to help them bring their beloved franchise back to prominence with the upcoming Serious Sam 3.
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Wesley LeBlanc

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Try your hand guiding Humankind in a new demo for the Civ-like strategy game

8 hours 23 minutes ago

Amplitude Studios’ strategy game Humankind is offering a playable peek at their vision for the next era of civilisation ’em ups. The strategy romp has a new trailer out along with a free demo that you can play in your browser so you can decide for yourself if it’ll take the strategy crown. Sega announced today that they’re planning Humankind’s launch for sometime in April 2021.

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Lauren Morton

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

8 hours 25 minutes ago
Ubisoft has announced Ubisoft Connect, a new player service that combines and expands upon its two existing digital services: Uplay and Ubisoft Club. Players will be able to track their progress in any Ubisoft game while earning exclusive rewards through its loyalty program. Ubisoft Connect is a new “universal interface” that will be available on all platforms and work with all Ubisoft games starting with Watch Dogs: Legion. With a single button press, players will be able to pull up a refreshed in-game overlay on PC and consoles that features all your standard overlay toolkits. Track your activity, see which friends are online, and check in on a game’s community. Ubisoft Connect will also provide “Smart Intel” which is a feature that delivers gameplay tips and videos based on a player’s game activities. Not unlike the new game help feature in the PS5 UI. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=ubisoft-connect-screenshots&captions=true"] Also included is a points-based rewards service where players can tackle time-limited and community challenges to earn rewards, and then exchange the earned points for exclusive digital goods. These can be cosmetics like skins or weapons or also XP buffs. Ubisoft tells IGN that the rewards program is massively popular in live-service games like Rainbow Six: Siege, but the rewards experience will be brought to single-player affairs like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and more.
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Matt T.M. Kim

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Humankind Will be Released in April 2021

8 hours 25 minutes ago
Humankind, the upcoming 4x strategy game, will be released in April 2021. Stadia players will be able to play a free 100-turn gameplay scenario right now to try out Amplitude Studios’ upcoming game. In Humankind, players will lead a civilization through six major eras of human history. Through every era, players will select one of ten civilization types based on historical societies and choose how that society will grow and evolve. Amplitude says there can be a million different civilization patterns players can develop based on the choices players make. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=humankind-pre-order-screenshots&captions=true"] To celebrate the launch window announcement, Amplitude has released an early access version of Humankind on Stadia through a new OpenDev Beta scenario. This will let players try out the first 100 turns of a Humankind run for free. Pre-orders for Humankind begin today and players can get the digital deluxe edition which includes: Humankind, the in-game Notre-Dame Pack, Official Digital Soundtrack, and PDF of the Unit & Tech Tree. Furthermore, pre-purchasing Humankind will net players a Boudicca Avatar Set, Player Profile Pre-Purchase Decoration, and Player Profile Symbol Set. Check out our interview with the Humankind development team from IGN's Summer of Gaming below. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/18/how-humankind-differs-from-other-4x-games"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.
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Matt T.M. Kim

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

8 hours 25 minutes ago
Asmodee Digital and developer Artefacts Studio have announced Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace, a new game based on the board game series of the same name, will be available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch in 2021 for $19.99. Alongside the new screenshots, which you can see below, Asmodee confirmed the squad-based adventure game is the new name for the previously revealed Mansions of Madness: Mother's Embrace. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=arkham-horror-mothers-embrace-screenshots&captions=true"] The adventure will include exploration, investigation, and squad-based tactical RPG combat with a story set in the Lovecraftian universe. The official plot description reads:
The year is 1926, and a professor of astronomy is found dead in her mansion, the apparent victim of a heinous murder. Players must pick from 12 of the most iconic protagonists from the Arkham Horror universe, each with a unique skill set, and assemble a team of investigators to uncover the secrets behind this mysterious death.
[ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/08/03/arkham-horror-3rd-edition-announcement-trailer-gen-con-2018"] Though based on the Arkham Horror universe, Mother's Embrace endeavors to tell an original story that will feature turn-based combat as players face off with "curious science, living nightmares, and a sinister cult. For more on the Arkham Horror franchise, be sure to check out why we called Arkham Horror: The Card Game one of the best horror board games around. [poilib element="accentDivider"]
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v1.17 Minecraft is getting even more complicated. However: axolotls.

8 hours 25 minutes ago

A cute, blocky axolotl.

So, as you might already know, there is another big Minecraft update on the way – version 1.17, a.k.a “Caves & Cliffs”. As the name suggests, it’s going to be focusing on the underground (with a lesser focus on mountains and such), and that’s welcome news for long-time players. Especially since the Nether, Minecraft’s weirdo hell dimension, got a makeover in version 1.16, it’s become painfully obvious how little the regular underground has changed for very many years.

And as ever, the new feature brush is not being applied lightly – there are going to be 4 new mobs added piecemeal in the months leading up to the presumed full release of the update in mid-2021, as well as somewhere in the region of 30-odd new blocks and their derivatives. And that’s all grand. There’s even an axolotl being added – one of my favourite beasts, and the first amphibian in the game. But thinking about it has made me realise that these big updates are a bit of a double-edged sword, at least for me.

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Nate Crowley

15 Terrifying Video Game Songs To Get You in a Spooky Mood

8 hours 25 minutes ago

If you’ve ever played a horror game, then you know how important music is to the overall experience. Great soundtracks can set the scene, make you feel genuine dread during enemy encounters, or the track can even be a specific character’s theme.

If you’re in the mood to feel scared during the Halloween season, then we have the list just for you. These songs instill a feeling of dread, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and genuine fear.

Witch Nearby – Left 4 Dead

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Left 4 Dead is a game about fighting your way through hordes of zombies, but as soon as you hear the witch theme, you’re going to stop dead in your tracks.

You always know when you’re getting close to the Witch because she lets out this low wailing that sounds like crying. Don’t let her crying fool you, though; she’ll kill you in an instant.

The game music that accompanies her makes the experience all the more dreadful. Imagine church music that’s demonic and sounds like someone is just mashing the same piano key over and over. Just dreadful.

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Sterling Silver

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Minecraft will soon require a Microsoft account

8 hours 26 minutes ago

You're going to be blocked from playing Minecraft if you don't add some security to your account. Minecraft's owner has mandated that a Microsoft account is required for all of Mojang's games.

The reason for the change is mostly focused on security and safety. It'll allow for two-factor authentication, it'll introduce improved parental controls, and it'll enable chat and invitation blocking. Another perk is that all Minecraft PC games will be connected to the same acconut.

This affects all editions of Minecraft, from the original Java Edition to the most current version. Microsoft assures everyone that nothing else will change, though. Microsoft says "You'll also keep your Minecraft Java username, and new players will still get to choose their Minecraft username." Once you've completed the free account migration, you'll receive a cape for your trouble; the cape can be seen in the gallery below.

It's all going down relatively soon. Anyone with a Java or Mojang account will have to make the switch sometime early next year. New players will have to create Microsoft accounts rather than Mojang accounts starting this fall. 

Java Edition is Moving House [Minecraft]

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Humankind now arrives April 2021

8 hours 26 minutes ago

Sega has announced a new April 2021 release window for Humankind, the Civilization-esque strategy in the works at Amplitude Studios.

Humankind was originally due this year but got pushed into 2021 back in June. It'll finally arrive some 10 months later - though there's no exact date as yet.

Sega would, however, like you to know you can pre-order Humankind now and receive a couple of extra cosmetics for doing so. Look for the Digital Deluxe Edition on Steam, Epic Games Store and even Stadia now, where it is 15 per cent off.

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New Daily Bugle Shows Off More Of The Suits In Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

8 hours 28 minutes ago

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A new Daily Bugle has arrived and this time, we're thinking Spider-Man, but make it fashion. The latest promotional piece for Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is all about the suits, which is a feature of the game that has longtime Spidey fans and newcomers alike excited. 

One feature that was highly beloved from Marvel's Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 was hunting down all of the various Spidey suits hidden within the in-game world. With Miles comes a new opportunity for returning some of our favorite suits from the comics and it looks like he's got a style in Insomniac's take that will rival that of our Peter Parker. 

Miles has an incredible story in the comics and seeing him in action front and center with the upcoming gaming experience is incredible. With various suits coming in that we've yet to see, Insomniac did confirm a few of the fashion-forward looks including the Crimson Cowl Suit with a few modern upgrades and the popular T.R.A.C.K suit that allows Spider-Man to "swing through the city without breaking a sweat."

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Liana Ruppert

Slashin' ‘n dashin' roguelite ScourgeBringer left early access today

8 hours 35 minutes ago

The last month or so has been a delightful time for roguelite fans (hello). We recently had the excellent Noita and Hades leave early access, and now the fast-paced action platformer ScourgeBringer has joined them.

Today saw the dashing and blasting and slashing roguelite reach its 1.0 release. As with most games escaping their early access shackles, ScourgeBringer got a big update today, too, adding in a new realm with new bosses and enemies to take on.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 review

8 hours 55 minutes ago

A photo of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 gaming laptop.

When I first saw Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop back in January this year, I was struck by just how ‘normal’ it looked. Sure, it had a mad LED matrix display on the back of its lid, but at a glance, I’d have pegged it as a regular everyday laptop that was only fit to play the smallest of 2D indie games. Instead, it had an RTX 2060 graphics chip and one of AMD’s new Ryzen 7 4800HS processors inside it, giving it some serious gaming chops underneath its (relatively) plain-looking chassis.

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Katharine Castle

All of Ubisoft's games will have cross-platform saves from now on

8 hours 56 minutes ago

Ubisoft's Uplay is going away. Before you start celebrating too vigorously, it's only going away in name. More than a decade after it first showed up alongside Assassin's Creed II, Uplay is being rebranded to something that better suits every company's ambition to curate an ecosystem.

This morning, Ubisoft unveiled the new Ubisoft Connect. It seems to be a lot of what Uplay already was. There's still a rewards program where accomplishing in-game feats earns currency for buying perks. It's still a client for launching PC games. 

However, one big change is that Ubisoft Connect will support cross-platform saves on "as many future titles as possible." Of course, you'll have to buy the games on multiple platforms to make use of this feature. But, picking up an Assassin's Creed on a super sale years down the line might look more attractive when you know that you have a bunch of progression from another platform. Many of Ubisoft's games are padded-out affairs, and the assurance that you're not always starting from scratch is enticing.

There are a few other tweaks to Ubisoft Connect. The UI has changed, probably to look more streamlined and current. Ubisoft has created a cross-platform friends list. There's been an overhaul to the "Sam" AI who doled out game tips; now it's called "Smart Intel" and is supposedly better at its job. (Are any of these video game advice-giving assistants actually good?)

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Brett Makedonski

NBA 2K21 Removes MyPlayer Pie Charts & Adds 24 Takeovers for Next-Gen Versions

9 hours 1 minute ago

2K Sports has slowly been revealing the features that players can expect to see in the next-gen versions of NBA 2K21. Today, they’ve released the third and final next-gen Courtside Report. This one covers a variety of MyPlayer changes coming to NBA 2K21 next month.

The first report focused on shooting, while the second one detailed the movement changes.

Players have been asking for a better character creator for what seems like years now, and 2K seems to have been listening. Today’s Courtside Report covers the following:

  • New MyPlayer Builder
  • No more pie charts
  • Multiple badge changes and additions
  • 24 Takeover abilities

First and foremost, the development team has completely overhauled the MyPlayer creator for the next-gen versions of NBA 2K21. Pie charts have been removed in favor of a more user-controlled builder, as seen below:

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Ethan Anderson

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Watch This Delightful Video of People Singing the Super Mario Bros. Theme Song

9 hours 1 minute ago

Nintendo of America has released a new video to its YouTube channel today that celebrates Super Mario Bros’s ongoing 35th anniversary.

The video, which can be seen below, shows several families attempting to sing along to the iconic game’s theme song, resulting in a delightful and heartfelt montage.

It just goes to show just how memorable the Super Mario Bros. theme song is and how the long-running series has brought friends and families together for over three decades now.

Just last month, Nintendo unexpectedly unveiled their plans as to how the company would be celebrating the big 35. There, they announced a Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, a new Mario Kart game for Switch, a Mario Battle Royale, and plenty of other neat products and collaborations.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is available now for Switch and includes optimized ports of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy in one limited-time collection.

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Greysun Morales

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New Genshin Impact Trailer Stars New Character Klee and an Adorable Little Story

9 hours 5 minutes ago

MiHoYo seems to really like to create new trailers showing off Genshin Impact’s new character Klee, and today they released the third.

This time around we don’t really see gameplay. Instead, we’re served a small but cute story showing the interaction between Klee and her mentors.

You can check it out below. if you want to see more of Klee, you can enjoy her first trailer and another that provided a deep dive into her gameplay.

Here’s how MiHoYo describes Klee.

“Knights of Favonius Spark Knight! Forever with a bang and a flash!

—And then disappearing from the stern gaze of Acting Grand Master Jean.

Sure, time in solitary confinement gives lots of time to think about new gunpowder formulas…

But it’d still be better to not be in solitary in the first place.”

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed Among Us on Twitch, and 400k people tuned in

9 hours 23 minutes ago

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to be one of the few politicians to actually understand video games and Twitch - having previously attempted to stop the US Army from using Twitch as a recruitment tool. But yesterday AOC decided to use Twitch as a platform herself, organising a session of Among Us to encourage American citizens to vote in the upcoming presidential election. And it's safe to say the stream went down pretty well.

The stream was organised earlier this week after AOC put out a call for volunteers on Twitter, and she swiftly recruited big names such as Pokimane, Myth, hasanabi and hbomberguy, along with fellow democrat Ilhan Omar (who also has a very nice gaming rig, it turns out). AOC's newly-created Twitch account quickly accrued thousands of followers, and after dealing with some technical difficulties the stream last night peaked at 439k viewers, meaning it ranks within the top 20 biggest streams of all time for concurrent viewers (according to third-party website Twitch Tracker).

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Scorn looks like a nasty slow burn in this Xbox Series X gameplay

9 hours 26 minutes ago

15 seconds into this Xbox Series X gameplay preview for Scorn, I let out a loud "what is that?!"

This goes without saying if you've been following Ebb Software's fleshy horror game over the past four-plus years, but that was far from the only time I reacted vocally to something grotesque. This first-person adventure isn't H.R. Giger-inspired so much as it is a fervent tribute to the late, great artist.

Even though you'll have an eXistenZ-approved gun in Scorn, this is a more methodical, slow-going, exploration-driven experience (at least based on this 13-minute preview from GameSpot). It might not seem super riveting right now, but I'm open to it – and I think it'll feel far better when we're in control and we're the ones risking our necks in this nightmare realm. A guided tour on YouTube isn't the same.

Whether this is your particular brand of horror or not, Scorn is going to be accessible to a big pool of players in the Xbox Game Pass library. The latest word on the PC and console release date? 2021.

Some of these corridors low-key remind me of Prey. I really dug Prey, and I still do.

Scorn looks like a nasty slow burn in this Xbox Series X gameplay screenshot

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Jordan Devore

Fortnite's Halloween update shrank its scary install size by 60GB

9 hours 30 minutes ago

Back when Fortnite first came out in 2018, it had the very polite install size of around 20GB. Having not played it for ages, I had no idea that it’d managed to beef all the way up to 90GB. Thankfully, that’s not the case any longer, though, because today’s update chopped it all down by 60GB. On top of that, it added a load of snazzy new Halloween stuff, too.

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Imogen Beckhelling

New Jump Force DLC Character Hiei & Meruem Get Release Date & Launch Trailer

9 hours 33 minutes ago

Today Bandai Namco announced the release date of the next two DLC characters who will be launched for the fighting action game Jump Force.

Those two characters are Hiei and Meruem respectively from yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter.

We learn that they will release on Oct 23 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in early access for those who have the season pass, while everyone else will be able to purchase them separately on Oct. 27.

The Switch version, which was launched much later, will receive the DLC in early 2021.

You can check both characters out in action below.

The character pass that includes Hiei and Meruem also comes with Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia and two heroes (or villains) from two super-popular manga and anime series, Bleach and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Six months after launch, Final Fantasy 7 Remake got its very first patch

9 hours 48 minutes ago

Final Fantasy 7 Remake owners, take note! More than six months after the game's launch, a patch is slowly being rolled out worldwide (for what it's worth, it is available now on our PlayStation 4).

Why is this notable? Well, this is patch 1.01. Yes, it's the very first patch to be released for the game, more than half a year later.

What does it change? Well, see, this is where I must quell your excitement. Square Enix's notes (spotted by ResetEra) mention only "various bug fixes".

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