One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 drops nutty trailers for Boa Hancock, Dracule Mihawk, Buggy and Emporio Ivankov

1 year 11 months ago

Bandai Namco has returned from its latest soiree across the seven seas, bringing with it treasure in the form of four new trailers, each representing a playable character in the upcoming hack 'n' slash adventure One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4.

Joining the sequel's ever-expanding roster are the stunningly beautiful-but-villainous Boa Hancock, dangerous clown warlord Buggy, Gothic swordsman Dracule Mihawk, and finally androgynous miracle worker Emporio Ivankov, who rounds out this group of scurvy dawgs.

Open your mind and embrace the wackiness below. Character profiles for this quartet, (along with the rest of the revealed roster), are viewable on the official site. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 launches on PS4, PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch March 27.

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Runeterra best decks

1 year 11 months ago

There has been a rather dramatic change in the best Legends of Runeterra decks since the latest patch. Piltover & Zahn decks have shot up in popularity, though many decks do still include Shadow Isles cards that have seen constant play since the first public showing of the game. We’ve updated our Runeterra deck lists to reflect what people are currently playing.

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Dave Irwin

Mobile Monday: Dadish, Pascal's Wager

1 year 11 months ago

Every week, dozens of mobile games are released with little to no fanfare, pushed into a marketplace very few are capable of surviving. I'd like to change that, which is why I'm introducing Mobile Monday. Each week, this feature will focus on a handful of interesting mobile titles that go beyond the usual dreck clogging up the app stores.

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CJ Andriessen

Xbox One owners will be able to eject discs with a controller

1 year 11 months ago

After nearly seven years, the Xbox One is finally getting a function users have clamored for since launch: disc-ejecting with a controller.

By simply highlighting the disc in the main menu of the Xbox One, you'll soon have the ability to eject a disc by pressing X. Right now the feature is live by way of the Xbox Insiders program, but as is typical of these sorts of updates, it'll eventually arrive on other consoles. Astute Xbox fan will recall that the Xbox 360 had the ability to eject discs with a remote too!

It's such a simple thing, but more functionality rules. Consoles aren't as customizable as PCs, so we're completely at the mercy of manufacturers when it comes to esoteric demands like this. And after many years, folks demanded it! While it sounds like a pointless addition, a lot of folks have reported that their disc eject button or their disc tray has failed: now they'll have the chance to properly eject discs.

You can now press X to eject a disc using a controller [Reddit]

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Chris Carter

Kojima Productions Drops Out of GDC Due to Coronavirus

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Kojima Productions, and Hideo Kojinma himself, have become the latest Game Developers Conference dropouts because of concerns around COVID-19 (a.k.a. Coronavirus). In a short post on its English-language website, a spokesperson for the Death Stranding developer wrote: "Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to novel coronavirus. Although much-anticipated, unfortunately this cancellation also includes Hideo Kojima’s session on the 19th and Eric Johnson’s session on the 16th." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/07/the-outer-worlds-switch-version-delayed-due-to-coronavirus"] Kojima was due to present a talk about his design philosophy for Death Stranding at the show, in which the legendary director would "unravel this process through an analysis of the game's concept, theme, storytelling, game mechanics, and development, utilizing the overarching keyword of 'connection' as a framework." It's the latest in a number of developer cancellations for upcoming public shows. PlayStation and Oculus have also pulled out of GDC, while PAX East has also been hit, with PlayStation and Square Enix among those who have changed plans around the event. The mayor of Boston has since publicly called for PlayStation to reconsider its PAX East decision, saying it contributes to harmful stereotypes. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News.
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Torchlight II's new update lets you take a seal into battle

1 year 11 months ago

Arc Games has released a new update for the console edition of dungeon crawler Torchlight II. Along with a run of bugs fixes and stability improvements, the new patch - live in-game right now - adds three fun new pets to accompany you on your journey into the murky depths.

The three new pets are a woolly muskox (apparently an actual, real animal), a surprisingly cheerful-looking reindeer and, my personal favourite, a somewhat out-of-place seal. This menagerie will bravely follow your hero as they hack their way through Torchlight II's teeming sea of monsters, carrying your gear and juicy loot and willing to skip to the local store to sell off some of your unwanted baggage.

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Chris Moyse

Surprise! RimWorld launches Royalty DLC

1 year 11 months ago

Here's something to brighten up a reigny Monday morning: RimWorld's free 1.1 update is rolling out to everyone today, and better still, a surprise DLC called Royalty has launched. Don't worry, it's not a battle royale.

The expansion means some rather glamorous figures can grace your space hovel, as the DLC introduces a new "honour-bound culture wield[ing] hyper-advanced technology". Despite their sci-fi capabilities, the Empire still uses a hereditary system of rule, and can bestow royal titles upon your colonists. While this gives colonists psychic powers, they also become rather hoity-toity, demanding luxury bedrooms and beautiful clothes while issuing "wild decrees that must be carried out", and occasionally playing piano, harp and harpsichord. I'm not sure how my flatmates still put up with me.

The bonus for putting up with all this is your colonists gain the psychic power to make enemies vomit en masse... amongst other things. The DLC also introduces high-tech weapons that "speak directly to the wielder through a psychic link", and a selection of body implants. I'll take the nuclear stomach for next time I go to the pub.

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The feature-length Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game documentary premieres next week at a film festival

1 year 11 months ago

Although the brand hasn't been in the greatest shape in the past decade or so (most people point to 2007's Proving Ground as the beginning of the end, though some would say even earlier than that), the name Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is etched in the stars.

It was one of the biggest franchises of all time, and put both Neversoft and Toys for Bob/Vicarious Visions on the map (the latter pair would go on to make tons of cash for a hot minute with the Skylanders series). While 2015's Pro Skater 5 kind of killed off any hope of a resurrection, we can remember the past games for the icons that they were just fine. That includes the lens of an upcoming documentary "Pretending I'm a Superman," a moniker that references the memorable song from the original game's soundtrack: "Superman" by Goldfinger.

The project has actually been in the works for a while, but Tony Hawk himself took to Instagram to announce that the doc will premiere next week at the Mammoth Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, California. Hawk will be there as well as pro skater Rodney Mullen, with a performance by "America's Finest Tony Hawk Cover Band," The Downhill Jam.

Festivities are set to kick off on February 29 at 4:00PM at the festival. Distribution rights for the doc after that haven't been discussed, but you bet your benihana I'm going to be following it closely.

Tony Hawk [Instagram]

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Chris Carter

Team Sonic Racing rockets back into the Top Ten of the UK Charts

1 year 11 months ago

It's been a pretty lucrative fortnight for Sega's famous mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. Not only has the Blue Blur's cinematic endeavour met with resounding success, but said movie also appears to have given his game sales a boost, with Team Sonic Racing leaping up the UK Charts from number 22 to number seven in a single bound.

And that's not the only Sega success story this week, as the publisher's Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle has also come shooting into the Top Ten, thanks to a recent physical release for the double-pack, allowing new fans to experience these frenzied action-adventures for perhaps the first time.

These are, however, the only notable moves in a continually stagnant UK Charts, with neither release coming close to shoving Electronic Arts' FIFA 20 from its seemingly cemented number-one spot. The football sim is followed by mainstays such as Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto V, and the Nintendo Switch edition of Minecraft.

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Chris Moyse

Best gaming mouse 2020: top wireless and wired mice

1 year 11 months ago

Your gaming mouse is one of the most personal bits of kit in your entire PC, which makes it all the more difficult to find a good replacement for your favourite mouse when it eventually gives up the ghost. Whether it’s an old model you can’t find anymore or a mouse with a particular combination of buttons, finding your new bestest best gaming mouse can be tricky.

To help you in your quest, I’ve rounded up all the best gaming mice I’ve tested at RPS. Below, you’ll find all my best gaming mouse recommendations for 2020, including my top best cheap gaming mouse right up to the best wireless gaming mouse money can buy. I’ve also included my top gaming mouse recommendations for left-handed mouse users, plus my favourite lightweight gaming mouse and my best pick for those after something a bit heftier. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a best gaming mouse pick for you.

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Katharine Castle

Runeterra vault: how to get XP quickly

1 year 11 months ago

Your card selection in Legends of Runeterra might be somewhat limited to start off with. In order to get more cards, you’ll either need to buy stuff from the store, or gain as much XP as possible. There are both weekly vaults and reward tracks that contain a bunch of free cards that you can use to build decks.

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Dave Irwin

Temtem list: what's in the Saipark

1 year 11 months ago

With around 80 currently known Temtem, you’ll want to keep track of where to find them. To help with your hunt, Crema have introduced a new feature called the “Saipark”, a place where rare Temtem occasionally turn up for you to catch, though which ones turn up change on a weekly basis. Since there are a lot of Temtem, not just the ones in the park, it can be handy to have a reference to where they are located.

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Dave Irwin

Our favourite gaming keyboard is real cheap again

1 year 11 months ago

This time last month, my best gaming keyboard champion, the Fnatic Streak had its price chopped in half. It sold out almost instantly, but the good news is that it’s now back in stock at the lovely reduced price of £75 for the Cherry MX Brown version and £85 for the Cherry MX Red model, saving you around a third off its usual price of £120.

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Katharine Castle

Platinum says Bayonetta 3 development is still going 'smoothly,' but in the meantime there's more to glean from the 2017 teaser

1 year 11 months ago

Every few months, Platinum producer/director Hideki Kamiya pops in to say "everything is fine with Bayonetta 3 guys!"

It's been like clockwork since the reveal roughly three years ago, but it's nice to check in officially every now and then to ensure that the project still exists, and to have something to point to when people say "what's the deal with Bayonetta," hopefully with their best Jerry Seinfeld impression.

This time Kamiya is checking in with Famitsu alongside of Platinum head producer Atsushi Inaba. The gist? Development is still going "smoothly," but it seems as if fans haven't uncovered everything in the rather lengthy teaser trailer that debuted many moons ago. According to Kamiya, there's actually more hidden info than people initially gave it credit for. You can find that trailer in the gallery below.

All of the rumors have pointed at Bayonetta 3 doing something markedly different compared to the original two entries, so the extended development time makes sense. That's especially the case if the open world reports are true. Bayonetta has developed a reputation as one of the greatest action franchises of all time: take as long as you need to ensure that the third iteration honors that legacy, Platinum.

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(Update) Streets of Rage 4 playable at PAX East, reveals fifth character Floyd, launches this spring

1 year 11 months ago

[Update: DotEmu has released the new trailer for Streets of Rage 4, starring cybernetic new character Floyd Iraia. In addition to this reveal, the publisher announced the game will launch this spring and feature both online multiplayer for two players, or offline co-op for four.]

DotEmu, the publisher for upcoming brawler Streets of Rage 4, has announced its intention to drop a new update on the title this week. Fans can expect the reveal of the sequel's fifth playable character, and possibly a "little surprise" as well. The news will likely come out of this week's PAX East trade show, where SoR 4 will also be playable.

The current quartet of vigilantes waiting to lay waste to the scum of the streets consists of original Streets of Rage stars Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, and Adam Hunter, rounded out with Adam's hard-rocking daughter Cherry. The identity of the fifth hero is teased by a silhouette in the game's splash art.

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Chris Moyse

Phil Spencer shares more details on what to expect from the Xbox Series X

1 year 11 months ago

The next generation of gaming is nearly here. For some, that means excitement, launch parties, and endless gaming marathons. For others, it's a serious case of FOMO as they roll their eyes at the prospect of spending over $1000 on two new consoles at once (or in some cases, roughly $500-$600 on just one of them).

But alas the next gen is coming, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer is sharing a bit more info on the Xbox Series X in one very simple breakdown article. Some of it was previously confirmed, but here are the big takeaways that Spencer wants to share, mostly in the form of stats thrown at you: 12 teraflops (the main event), variable rate shading, hardware accelerated DirectX Raytracing, quick resume for multiple games and smart delivery.

So let's break that down. That "12 teraflops" stat is in relation to the GPU, which is "eight times" as powerful as the Xbox One and two times that of the Xbox One X, which is already the most powerful console around. Variable rate shading (or VRS for short) basically translates to higher frame rates and resolution through some visual magic. DirectX Raytracing, a tech buzz word I'm sure you've heard a lot of recently, essentially relates to enhanced in-game lighting effects and physics systems. Quick resume is just like it sounds: you can instantly return to suspended games sans loading screens. Smart delivery is basically a way to more accurately show consumers which version of a game they're buying (older gen or newer gen), which can double as cross-buy.

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Chris Carter

Pokemon Go is throwing a big event in Philadelphia later this year

1 year 11 months ago

Pokemon Go is still making tons of cash, which means developer Niantic, and Nintendo (which is part of The Pokemon Company) are still supporting it. While previous early Niantic events have been disastrous, the company is still hosting them, and without the critical mass of players involved, the outages are less frequent.

The newest event on the block was expanded upon this past weekend: a Safari Zone celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It'll take place in Fairmount Park from Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10 of this year, and will feature the following Pokemon: "Voltorb (including a shiny), Alolan Sandshrew, Unown P, Bronzor, Rufflet, and more."

Tickets are on sale now and will run you $12 for the standard admission and $18 for early access (two hours early). Naturally, since this is a mobile game, there's also yet another add-on, or, real-life DLC, to buy. It's called the Explorer Pass, and will run you $8: you can find details on that below.

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Nioh 2 Reveals Cutscene Featuring Azai Nagamasa & Brutal Single-Player & Multiplayer PS4 Gameplay

1 year 11 months ago

Today Koei Tecmo hosted a fan event in Tokyo in which new gameplay of the upcoming souls-like action RPG Niho 2 was showcased.

As an appetizer to the gameplay, producer Fumihiko Yasuda introduced a short cutscene featuring the entrance of Azai Nagamasa. 

Then we moved on to some single-player gameplay, but since it was too challenging for one player, there was a switch to the game’s three-player multiplayer. 

Funnily one of the characters had the pre-set look reproducing the likeness of Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida.

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World of Horror is a brilliantly grim horror RPG

1 year 11 months ago

On paper, there's nothing I should like about World of Horror.

There's a cluttered screen, for starters, and an artificially retro aesthetic that I've seen once too many times before. It's intimidating and brutally unforgiving, plus it also boasts my favourite unfavourite thing, RNG - dumb luck, in other words. I've died many, many times in gross - and grossly-unfair - battles, and as it's only out in early access, it's unpolished and teeth-clenchingly unstable, too.

So why am I still here, at 2 am, carefully working my way through this latest mystery, the Macabre Memoir of Morbid Mermaids, in the hope of finally - finally! - reaching its grim climax?

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Have You Played… Grow Home?

1 year 11 months ago

Grow Home is probably one of the sweetest games of all time. It tells the story of a small botanical utility droid called BUD who’s been tasked by his MOM (also his mothership) to go down to a newly discovered planet, grow a big plant and harvest some seeds to bring back home with him. It’s lovely, and it makes you a lovelier person for having played it, I promise.

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Katharine Castle

(Update) Pour one out for Pokemon Global Link for Sun and Moon, which are being shut down in early 2020

1 year 11 months ago

[Update: This is the last day to grab the promo Munna. After tonight (roughly 7PM ET), the service will be shut down forever!]

Make way for the new generation.

As 2016's Sun and Moon simmer, Sword and Shield are thriving on a brand new platform. The Switch is now the new lead for the Pokemon series, and thus some housekeeping initiatives are being enacted to help that transition. One of the casualties is the Pokemon Global Link service, which was active for nine years through multiple generations of the series.

To make way for Pokemon Home, Global Link is being deactivated on February 24, 2020, at which point Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will cease to offer PGL services. If you want you can log in and grab a unique Munna; a direct lore shoutout to Generation V's Fennel, the in-game originator of the PGL concept.

A few takeaways here. Only hardcore fans will likely lament the loss of PGL (which involved online competitions), as other online services will remain intact. Another thing to unpack? We have a potential release window for Pokemon Home now of late February or early March 2020. That's entirely speculative, but lines up with previous post-launch deployments for prior generations and gives fans something else to chew on as PGL is jettisoned.

Pokemon Global Link [Pokemon]

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Chris Carter

Kojima Productions is also pulling out of GDC

1 year 11 months ago

As concerns heighten due to the expansion of the coronavirus, yet another outfit has pulled out of another major trade show.

While Sony and Oculus (Facebook) have already announced their intentions of skipping GDC, Kojima Productions has revealed that it too will be missing the event. The message is fairly brief, but notes: "Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to coronavirus. Although much-anticipated, unfortunately this cancellation also includes Hideo Kojima’s session on the 19th and Eric Johnson’s session on the 16th."

That wasn't just a nominal panel: but two panels, one of which was hosted by Kojima himself. It seems as if the prevailing mentality for eastern developers is to avoid exposure at major events: last week we said the recent pullouts wouldn't be the last, and it seems as if they are cascading as we speak.

This isn't a last-minute decision either, but a calculated one. GDC doesn't start until March 16.

Kojima Productions [Twitter]

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Chris Carter

They Made Sounds For Halo 3 By Smashing Xboxes With A Hammer

1 year 11 months ago

Video game composer Martin O'Donnell has shared another behind-the-scenes video from his time at Bungie working on the Halo series. This latest one focused on the music and audio from 2007's Halo 3, and it follows an earlier video that showed Steve Vai's incredible recording of the rockin' Halo 2 theme music.

In this unearthed video, we see and learn a lot of things, including the fact that a number of Halo 3's sounds came from dropping, scraping, and smashing an original Xbox with a hammer. There are a lot of other interesting insights and fun facts in the video. For instance, one of the sound designers recorded audio for soldiers walking through the beach by capturing his own footsteps on a beach in Mexico when he was on vacation.

Check out the full video below; it's well worth a watch for Halo fans. The Xbox-smashing bit starts at around 1:05.

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Samurai Shodown Director Would Love To Reboot Another Big SNK Franchise

1 year 11 months ago

Samurai Shodown releases for Nintendo Switch releases on February 25, 2020, bringing the well-received fighting game reboot to Switch. Samurai Shodown has been praised as a high-quality entry in the long-running series, and now that it's done, director Nobuyuki Kuroki might be able to set his sights on another SNK series.

Talking to Nintendo Life about the impending Switch release, Kuroki revealed that the game he'd most like to bring back. "Personally, I wish that we can revive Garou: Mark of the Wolves," he told the site.

Garou, which launched in 1999 for the Dreamcast, is also technically the most recent entry in the Fatal Fury series, is a beloved game. The PC, PS4, and Vita versions recently received a substantial netcode update, which made them easier to play online without issue.

There's absolutely no confirmation that the game will actually return, though, and it's clear from the interview that this is Kuroki's desire rather than something that is in active development. SNK Corporation is currently working on another fighting game in a long-running series, with King of Fighters XV due to release in 2020 for PS4.

The second season of Samurai Shodown's DLC will start on February 26 with new fighter Mina Majikina.

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Resident Evil 3 leaked screens reveal the twisted horrors of Raccoon City

1 year 11 months ago

A gallery of screenshots from Capcom's upcoming Resident Evil 3 has leaked onto ResetEra. It is believed that the glut of images taken from the anticipated remake were expected to feature in a preview planned for later this week.

The images - watermarked by French website GamerGen - feature a slew of characters, locations and monsters that Jill and friends will encounter in this revamped take on the 1999 PlayStation classic. The new pics give us a good look at some truly nauseating boss types, including a sinewy Drain Deimos, and, of course, Ms. Valentine's ultimate nemesis... erm... Nemesis.

Aside from the main story campaign, the screens also feature Resident Evil 3's multiplayer component, Resistance, and show a young man and woman picking their way through locations such as a diner, a doughnut shop, and a casino. The gallery is rounded out with various concept art images of Jill, Carlos, Nemesis and other in-game assets.

You can check out the full gallery over at ResetEra or here at Imgur. Obviously expect minor spoilers/reveals.

Resident Evil 3
launches on PS4, PC and Xbox One April 3.

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Ruiner Is Bringing Wild Top-Down Action To Switch Soon

1 year 11 months ago

Ruiner, a top-down cyberpunk action game that debuted on PC, PS4, and Xbox One back in 2017, is coming to Switch. The news, announced by the game's official Twitter account, will please the game's fans who have evidently been asking for a Switch port.

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Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Gamer Diary - Ai: The Somnium File

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Narelle Ho Sang on Talk Amongst Yourselves, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

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Rainbow Six Siege, Now Four Years Old, Breaks Its Own Concurrent Player Record On Steam

1 year 11 months ago

Rainbow Six Siege, which launched in December 2015, has been supported with new DLC operators and maps ever since, allowing the game to grow over time. Now, an industry analyst has pegged the game as an amazing example of the benefits of long-term success as it hits a new major milestone.

Benji-Sales, who analyzes trends within the industry, has discovered and announced that Rainbow Six: Siege recently had its best day ever for concurrent players on Steam, with 180,000 players logging into the game at the same time. That figure does not account for players on Uplay or consoles, which means that the actual figure of online players would have been much higher.

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James O'Connor

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