Pokemon Masters EX Adds Red & Snorlax and Blue (Classic) & Aerodactyl

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Developer DeNa is preparing to launch a new content update to its popular Pokemon Masters EX, which adds Kanto region Pokemon sync pairs Red and Snorlax, as well as Blue and Aerodactyl.

Red & Snorlax are a Normal and Fighting-type sync pair that can Dynamax, which is the ability for a Pokémon to drastically increase its size during battle and receive a boost to their power. Red & Snorlax can unleash one of two max moves: G-Max Replenish provides supporting effects while Max Knuckle deals major damage to a single opponent. Red & Snorlax can be added to players’ teams via the Red Poké Fair Scout, available from now until Oct. 29 at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time.  

Blue (Classic) & Aerodactyl are a Rock-type sync pair that has the power to mega-evolve into Mega Aerodactyl after using their sync move. This sync pair’s moves and passive skills change after mega-evolving, allowing them to use the powerful attack Double-Edge without taking any recoil damage. Blue (Classic) & Aerodactyl will be available to add to players’ teams via the Blue Poké Fair Scout, available from Sept. 17 at 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time until Oct. 29 at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time. 

A new trailer offers a first glimpse at the sync pairs in action, as well as alluding to future story beats making their way to the game moving forward:

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Most Of Gran Turismo 7 Is Online-Only

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Gran Turismo 7's new campaign mode, and most of the game in general, will require an internet connection to play.

The news comes from a new interview with Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi via Eurogamer, in which Yamauchi clarified that the majority of Gran Turismo 7's modes, including campaign and the new GT Cafe mode, will be online-only.

"The requirement for the online connection isn't specific to the Cafe per se," Yamauchi said. "It's just to prevent cheating overall from people trying to modify the save data, so that's the reason for the online connection."

Yamauchi goes on to clarify that the online connection requirement for campaign will function similarly to that of Gran Turismo Sport, and that the only mode that will not require an online connection will be the game's arcade mode, as it doesn't use save data.

Other details revealed by Yamauchi in the interview include the fact that the game's weather will be running in real time and will affect everything from the humidity in the air to road surface temperatures. Damage models for vehicles will be similar to that of Gran Turismo Sport (but improved) and that when it comes to PlayStation VR support, the team is "not at a state where we can talk about it yet."

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Cameron Koch

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FIFA 22 Has Loot Boxes Again, But This Time You Can Preview What's In Them

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FIFA 22 will once again feature loot boxes, but Electronic Arts is making a change to how they work so people have better insight into the odds of unlocking a particular card. The game's Ultimate Team mode will use "preview packs," which the developer tested in FIFA 21. As reported by Eurogamer, the preview packs allows players to get a glimpse at what's in a particular pack before spending real money or in-game currency.

A post on EA's website explains how this works. "Preview Packs are a pack type that allow you to see all the specific Items contained within. Once you have seen what is in the pack, you can choose to buy the pack, with either FUT Coins or FIFA Points," EA said.

Here is what will be available at launch:

  • The Premium Gold Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.
  • The Premium Silver Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.

EA makes a gigantic amount of money from the Ultimate Team modes in its sports games, and FIFA is a particularly large success story for the company in this respect. Commenting on the preview pack trials for FIFA 21, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said this actually led to an increase in engagement and revenue.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War September 16 Patch Notes Detail Fixes For Zombies

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The weekly update has arrived to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and the September 16 patch notes include some stability fixes for Zombies, but it's a pretty quiet update for multiplayer as Season 5 starts to wind down.

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Black Ops Cold War's featured playlists for multiplayer will include Nuketown 12v12, which is a moshpit of respawn modes with the chaos of double the players. Last week's Zoo 24/7 and Demolition playlists remain for another week.

Gunfight Blueprints is also in rotation this week, and Double Agent has replaced One in the Chamber as the newest mode in the Party Game playlist.

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Today's update for Zombies brings stability fixes related to Trials, joining matches in progress, the Black Chest world event in Outbreak, and enemies using projectiles on vehicles. The item rarity of the LT53 Kazimir equipment has been changed from rare to epic, which is going to help let players better identify the equipment, as previously it was hard to distinguish the LT53 Kazimir from frag grenades and decoys.

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Death’s Gambit: Afterlife Releases This Month For Switch & PC

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Fans of 2D Metroidvania have a major treat to look forward to at the end of this month as developer White Rabbit’s acclaimed title Death’s Gambit is set for a re-release that includes an enormous update. First announced back in June, it’s called Afterlife, and it’s locked in for both PC and Nintendo Switch for Sept. 30, while a PS4 version will come later this year.

For those not aware, Afterlife is a major expansion that revamps the game from the ground up, including system tweaks, quality of life changes, new levels, bosses, weapons, and more. It is free for current owners of the game.

You can check out a full overview trailer of all the new features below, and below that is a brand new trailer that celebrates the announcement of its release date.

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Alex Gibson

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Deathloop Players All Agree: The Dedicated Kick Button Rules

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There I was, creeping along a cliff on the outside of a big castle-like structure when I saw a single enemy, completely alone. He was standing on the edge of the cliff with his back to me. This setup ranked high on my “kickable moment meter,” a situation which routinely leads to disappointment. How often have games…

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Zack Zwiezen

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No More Heroes 3 Tips And Boss Fight Guides

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No More Heroes 3 once again puts you into the stylish boots of Travis Touchdown. The punk rock series that started on the Wii has gotten its third and apparently final planned entry, wrapping up the story of Travis' quest to be the universe's greatest assassin. True to type, NMH3 presents a gauntlet of crazy bosses to fight your way through to prove you're the best.

And as a series of boss fights, this game packs plenty of surprises. Lots of the bosses have some kind of unique twist, whether in the story or mechanics. For that reason, we recommend not checking out one of the boss strategies until you've actually seen the boss for yourself, so you have that context going in. You've been warned! Below you'll find links to guides for each of the bosses, along with more general tips on how to get started. For more, check out our No More Heroes 3 review.

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Steve Watts

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Nintendo Is Making A New Switch Controller, According To FCC Filing

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Nintendo is apparently working on yet another controller for the Switch, but details on the new peripheral are about as sparse as they can get. The new controller was revealed in an FCC filing (originally spotted by VGC) from Nintendo, which is simply titled "game controller."

The only information that can currently be found in the filing is that the controller will be wireless, connecting to the Switch via Bluetooth. Everything else about the controller, including its schematics, user manual, and block diagram, has been made confidential at the request of Nintendo.

In a letter to the FCC requesting confidentiality on these parts of the controller, a representative for the company wrote, "The application contains technical information which we deem to be trade secrets and proprietary. If made public, the information might be used to the disadvantage of the applicant in the marketplace."

However, the FCC filing also shows that these confidential documents will be released to the public in exactly six months, meaning an announcement could come within the next year.

It's important to note that this new peripheral likely won't be a replacement for Nintendo's Joy-cons, but rather another wireless alternative to the troubled controller. After being out for nearly four years, issues with Joy-con drift, in which one of the controller's joysticks inputs a direction without being touched by the user, are still present. The issue was so prevalent that Nintendo's president, Shuntaro Furukawa issued an apology for the defect last year.

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How to overclock your GPU

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Learning how to overclock your GPU sounds like it should be one of gaming PC ownership’s essential skills, like knowing how to clean your PC or how to check CPU temperature. And why not? Coaxing extra performance out of a component will get you more frames-per-second at no additional charge, and you can do it with just about every gaming card under the sun. Even the best graphics cards that come with factory overclocks will leave headroom for additional gains to unlock yourself.

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James Archer

Rainbow Six Extraction Gets New Trailer Introducing Doc

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Today Ubisoft released a new trailer of its upcoming co-op squad-based shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, introducing one of its operators.

Specifically, we take a look at French operator Gustave “Doc” Kateb, and we hear about the role that he’ll take on in Rainbow Six Extraction. It’s really self-explanatory, of course. Doc does exactly what it says on the tin.

You can check him out below.

Rainbow Six Extraction is coming to PS5, Xbox SeriesX|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia in January 2022. You can check out the trailer introducing the worldthe previous gameplay trailerplenty of screenshots, and the gameplay and cinematic reveal from E3.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Valheim has added a hot tub for Vikings to unwind

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Trying to survive in purgatory isn't easy, having to hunt and build and craft everything you need to slay mighty mythical beasts. Thankfully, the Vikings of Valheim can now relax with their pals in a hot tub, one of many fancy household items added in the 'Home & Hearth' early access update today. Sure sure it brings new weapons and new creatures and balance changes and things too, but: hot tub!

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Alice O'Connor

BitCraft, A New MMORPG Sandbox Title, Comes To PC

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A new kind of MMORPG is setting its sights on players as BitCraft makes its way to PC as a new sandbox game. Developer Clockwork Labs announced this new game where players will create a community where they can build their own village from scratch as they mine for resources and expand their territory.

In a new trailer shared on its official YouTube page, Clockwork Labs is envisioning BitCraft as a sandbox MMORPG that encourages players to explore, farm, hunt, craft, and combat in the wilderness as they build their own community. Players take on a role of a mystical being in the middle of nowhere as they start to build their own shelter to survive.

BitCraft mixes different genres like survival, RPG, city simulation, and strategy to create a unique experience for fans of sandbox-like titles. Players can work together to fight and survive the wilderness as well as create towns and cities. It’s even possible to unite these cities to build an empire that can stretch across the sea or even an entire continent. 

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EA sticks with loot boxes for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, but adds preview packs

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team features the mode's long-standing and controversial loot boxes, EA has confirmed.

However, EA will use the preview packs it trialed towards the end of FIFA 21's life.

In June, under increasing pressure from governments, children's welfare groups and gambling charities, EA added the ability to see what's inside FIFA 21 loot boxes before you buy them.

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Wesley Yin-Poole

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BloodRayne: ReVamped And BloodRayne 2: ReVamped Coming To Consoles This Fall

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Ziggurat Interactive announced BloodRayne: ReVamped and BloodRayne 2: ReVamped for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. These are enhanced editions of the first two original games for console players.

The games follow Rayne, a half-vampire who travels the world in order to foil Nazi plans, battle supernatural threats, and discover more about her vampire heritage. The feedback for the enhanced PC versions of the two games released last year, titled BloodRayne: Terminal Cut and BloodRayne 2: Terminal Cut, was well-received.

"Fans of the series are asking for us to bring BloodRayne to more platforms, and we are happy to give console players the update they have been asking for with these ReVamped editions," says Ziggurat SVP of business development Michael Devine.

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Get 3 Months Of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate For $28

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Xbox Game Pass is one of the best subscription services out there for games, and a new offer lets you grab an Ultimate membership for a nice discount.

Eneba is offering a three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership for only $28 (down from $45). Head to Eneba (via Slickdeals) and enter the discount code GAMEPASSULTI to see the lower price in your cart. You will receive a code that can be used anywhere Xbox is supported. There is no word on how long the offer will last, so if you're interested, you may want to act quickly.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the beefier version of Game Pass that gets you the full library of Game Pass titles as well as access to Xbox Cloud Gaming and Xbox Live Gold. Subscriptions normally cost $15 for a single month. New subscribers, however, can get their first month for $1.

In other news, Microsoft just announced 13 more games are coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, including eight new releases. Additionally, Xbox Cloud Gaming is expanding with new ways to stream titles in the Game Pass catalog.

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Microids to Produce Two New Titles from Taito’s Famous Franchises in 2022

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Today, Microids announced the signing of a brand new agreement with prestigious Japanese video game company Taito to produce two new titles based on Taito’s famous franchises. This news came by way of a press release that also revealed that both games are already in production and are expected to launch in 2022.

Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard and President and Representative Director of Taito Corporation Katsuhiko Iwaki each had the following to say regarding the partnership:

“Microids international development strategy is going strong and we are proud to collaborate with Taito. We are delighted the Japanese giant fully entrusted us with the development of these titles” says Stéphane Longeard, CEO of Microids. “We cannot wait to unveil the two projects we’re working on and we strongly believe they will surprise a lot of people!” 

“We have full confidence in Microids capability to revive two of our licenses through the titles they will offer in the coming months. Gamers will be amazed to experience these games come back on today’s consoles” said Mr. Katsuhiko Iwaki, President and Representative Director of Taito Corporation. 

Taito is best known for Space Invaders and other arcade hits. The news that they are working together with Microids shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as the publisher recently revealed they were working on a sequel Flashback, another classic title.

Be sure to check back to stay tuned for more updates on which two games Microids and Taito will be working together on, as they stated there will be new information coming soon.

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Review Roundup For Lost Judgment

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After releasing Yakuza: Like a Dragon last year, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios is back with another trip to Yokohama in the form of Lost Judgment. A sequel to 2018's Judgment, the legal suspense game stars detective Takayuki Yagami once again as he finds himself caught up in the middle of a murder mystery.

Ahead of its release on September 24, reviews have gone live for the game from several outlets, with most writers praising Lost Judgment's lengthy story, gameplay improvements, and brutally effective combat.

While the sequel is an improvement when compared to the original, it has been noted that it doesn't venture far enough into the elements that make it stand apart from the regular Yakuza series of games.

"It's hard not to feel disappointed that you still feel like a passenger when it breaks away from the Yakuza mould," critic Richard Wakeling wrote in GameSpot's Lost Judgment review. "If this is indeed our last time with Yagami and co., then it's one to cherish. There will just always be a nagging feeling that this was a missed opportunity to do something truly special."

We've compiled some more reviews from around the industry below, and for an even more detailed look, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Mysterious new Nintendo Switch controller listed

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Nintendo has filed a new FCC application to launch a new type of controller for Nintendo Switch.

The filing popped up today, and was first spotted by Twitter user SamusHunter2. It specifically notes the product is a "game controller" with the Nintendo Switch "HAC" peripheral prefix.

Details are scarce, as the rest of the listing is being deliberately obscured until Nintendo officially announces the product, or for up to 180 days (which would take us to March next year).

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Bloodshore Is An Interactive Battle Royale Film Coming In November

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The battle royale is all the rage in shooters and it has now invaded the FMV space. Meet Bloodshore, an upcoming interactive movie from the makers of The Complex that lets players steer a cinematic tale of colorful combatants fighting to survive a televised deathmatch.

You control a washed-up actor named Nick who competes in the latest season of Kill/Stream. This barbaric yet popular reality show takes place on The Island, a battlefield hosting a deathmatch between a range of personalities, from entertainers to inmates. Winning the game rewards a hefty cash prize, one that could be the answer to all of Nick’s financial and personal woes. 

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Winning is easier said than done because you'll have to outlast 50 combatants vying for the same prize. Surviving means having to form alliances with some of these killers (would-be or otherwise), but who do you team up with and who do snuff out? That's up to you to decide, and your choices create branching paths that lead to multiple endings. Playthroughs take between 60-90 minutes to complete, and Bloodshore features 8 hours of footage. 

Sure, Bloodshore looks undeniably cheesy, but if you’re an FMV fan or just looking to enjoy a novel method of absorbing a dumb action flick, you can pick it up this November on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Switch, PC, iOS, and Android. 

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Marcus Stewart

Lost Judgment Is Getting Its Own Soba Noodles in Japan

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Today Sega announced a new collaboration to promote Lost Judgment in Japan.

The collaboration will launch on September 24 with the popular Nadai Fuji Soba chain of standing soba and udon restaurants Nadai Fuji Soba.

Until October 15, a collaboration menu featuring a bowl of spicy soba with meat, miso, and chili pepper will be available for 560 yen (just north of $5) at the chain’s restaurant. The menu is described as “recommended by Masaharu Kaito”

You can see what it looks like below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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The Best Tales Of Arise Character Is This Cat

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The Tales series of RPGs has long been known for starring a compelling cast of main characters. In that regard, the latest entry, last week’s Tales of Arise, doesn’t disappoint. All six party members are deeply fleshed-out, fascinating people. And like those of every previous entry, they’re all also flawed.

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Ari Notis

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The Yervha: how to beat Deathloop's fiendish trivia machine

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What are the correct answers to the Yervha's questions in Deathloop? The Yervha, a.k.a. Queen of Riddles, is a trivia machine in Deathloop. If you can answer all 10 of its questions correctly you'll win a prize! A very modest prize, but a prize nonetheless. And who doesn't love a good trivia challenge? You certainly seem to, since you're here!

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Rebecca Jones

PlayStation 5 CFI-1100 review: better or worse than the launch console?

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There's a new PlayStation 5 model on the market - a CFI-1100 series unit that replaces the launch model CFI-1000. I've already shared early impressions about the machine, finding that in all practical terms, there is no meaningful difference between PS5s old and new. However, questions remain about the decisions made in how Sony has delivered this new rendition of the PlayStation 5 and ultimately, if there really is any genuine difference between them, particularly in terms of longer-term implications. Crucially, if the cooling assembly has been the subject of a cost-reduction strategy, does the machine run hotter, and if it does, to what extent does that actually matter?

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Richard Leadbetter

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EWS podcast episode 156: the best doctors special

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The recording of this episode of The Electronic Wireless Show podcast turned out to be unfortunately cursed with technical issues, which means I am (probably noticeably) tired and grumpy, and don't let Matthew and Nate reproduce their witty banter from the first time we tried to record. No cold open! Still, nothing to cheer me up like some good bedside manner from a doctor. Oh no, it turns out all game doctors are awful!

We discuss our favourite game medical types, and also discuss why doctors in games are so often evil baddies. The saga of Matthew and his teeth continues, as well as envisioning Matthew as a clown who just turns up to your kids birthday party smeared in his wife's lipstick, drinks all your Fanta, and leaves again. Now that's malpractice.

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Alice Bell

Konami selling a £33 eFootball premium player pack you can't use until November

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Konami has begun to unveil how it will monetise the free-to-download eFootball game, including a £33 premium player pack that gives you "chance deal items" you can't claim until November.

The premium player pack, for sale now on the PlayStation Store and Steam, offers six "chance deals" (plus two more if you pre-order).

A chance deal item lets you sign one of 16 featured players with an "exclusive design". These players include Lionel Messi, Neymar, Takefusa Kubo, Ansu Fati, Dayot Upamecano, Marcus Rashford and Jonathan dos Santos.

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Wesley Yin-Poole

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WipEout Rush Brings Card-Based Racing to iOS & Android in 2022

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The high-speed racing series, WipEout, is returning in a reimagined format for iOS and Android in early 2022. In a sharp departure from series tradition, WipEout Rush is bringing card-based racing to mobile devices.

This new entry will feature 60 ships from the original games, and you’ll be able to use them across 12 championship cup races in a comic book-style campaign. Though, instead of racing around and controlling the ships directly, players will be using cards to get from start to finish.

The game also features an original electronica soundtrack from musician Alastair Lyndsay, who has worked on other PlayStation titles including WipEout 2048, Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank (2016), Shadow of the Colossus, and many more.

You can check out the announcement trailer for WipEout Rush from IGN’s YouTube channel below to see some gameplay footage:

It may not be what fans were expecting for a new WipEout game, but we’ll keep you updated on all the WipEout Rush news that comes up as new details get revealed closer to launch.

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Ethan Anderson

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Best Battlefield Games, Ranked: Looking Back On The Series Ahead Of Battlefield 2042

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The Battlefield series has always stood out from its competition because of its enormous battles, whether they be in war-torn Europe during World War 2 or in a crumbling metropolis in the modern day. But despite the games' shared elements, they aren't all created equal. In fact, the quality gap between the very best Battlefield game and the worst is surprisingly large--especially when considering how only a handful of years separated the two. With Battlefield 2042 releasing on November 19, we've ranked the mainline Battlefield games from worst to best.

The Battlefield series is just the latest franchise that we've ranked. Make sure to check out our roundups of the best Far Cry games and best Call of Duty games, too.

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GameSpot Staff

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Tales Of Arise Continues To Soar, Surpasses One Million Copies Sold

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If you haven’t played Tales of Arise and have a fondness for JRPGs, then you need to secure a copy as soon as possible. Besides, over one million other people have already done so. More than that, Tales of Arise is the fastest game in the franchise to surpass one million copies sold - a feat that it wholeheartedly deserves considering its recent critical success. 

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Jason Guisao