What the Honk DICE Awards? | Final Checkpoint Ep. 24

2 years 4 months ago
This week, Joel and Ben discuss the winners from the 2019 DICE Awards. Ben shares his thoughts on Untitled Goose Game’s surprising victories, and Joel doesn’t quite understand the impact of Geoff Keighley dropping out of E3 2020. They also discuss games they are playing including Bleeding Edge‘s beta, The Division 2, Bloodborne, and Dreams. …

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Joel Ramirez

Biomutant won't commit to a release date, but it's doing fine

2 years 4 months ago

Biomutant is one of the more out-there mainstream-facing games I've seen in the last few years, and ever since playing a brief preview build, I've wanted to know more. The open-world action-RPG blends a lot of different styles and influences in a way that's messy, and textured, but still undeniably fun.

I'm not the only one who's curious to know what's up with Biomutant. It's been unusually quiet, which tends to spur a sense of dread. The developer, Experiment 101, recently broke its silence.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the studio said it knows fans are getting antsy – and to hold tight. "We are doing everything we can to make this the best game all of us have ever worked on," the post said.

"We can only hope for your continued support and patience as we complete the final stages of its development. As some of you might understand or know, the work involved in finishing a game is long, challenging, and unpredictable. The sheer magnitude, size, and length of Biomutant adds to said effort."

"We will reveal the release date as soon as everyone at our studio feels confident about hitting that date and that the game is ready for it," the developer continued. "Again, thank you for your understanding and for your continued support and enthusiasm for our game."

If everything comes together like I hope it will, I think Biomutant is going to catch people off-guard.

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Jordan Devore

Morgana Gives Us a Quick Persona 5 Royal Crash Course in New Trailer

2 years 4 months ago

The ATLUS West YouTube channel just dropped a new English trailer for Persona 5 Royal, and in it, Morgana gives us a few details on a number of new and returning features that players can expect to see this time around.

Morgana is joined by new Phantom Thief, Kasumi, as he gives her (and the audience) a crash course on what’s to come. He covers a number of topics as the trailer shows them off in-game, including the following:

  • What is a Persona?
  • New foes/New Persona
  • What does a Phantom Thief do? 
  • New puzzles in Palaces
  • Grappling hook feature
  • Jose/Mementos 
  • New confidants/Maruki 
  • New locations: Kichijoji
  • Thieves Den

Some of what Morgana explains in the trailer will be old news to those who already completed Persona 5, but the new confidants, locations, and activities are a few of the major differences found in Royal.

Jose is a new character who provides additional activities for the Phantom Thieves in Mementos, while Dr. Maruki is a new staff member and confidant at Shujin Academy that needs help with his research. That sounds pretty similar to Dr. Takemi’s situation, but we’ll have to wait to see more.

As for new locations, both Kichijoji and the Thieves Den were on display in this detailed Persona 5 Royal trailer. Kichijoji is a large area that contains enough activities, both day and night, for Morgana to even let you stay up late to experience them all. Thank goodness.

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Ethan Anderson

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PUBG has a new Team Deathmatch mode now

2 years 4 months ago

The latest Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds patch went live today, introducing a classic Team Deathmatch game mode. It’s being added as part of a new Arcade section in the game, which will start introducing more varied ways to play PUBG aside from the usual battle royale stuff. There’s some updates to that battle royale stuff too, though, including a few alterations to the new map Karakin, as well as some changes to how grenades and throwables work.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Yakuza 0, Two Point Hospital, and more next up on Xbox Game Pass for PC

2 years 4 months ago

Microsoft’s subscription-based stable of games just keeps growing like some cursed alien creature in a sci-fi show. It won’t stop till its giant, gelatinous self fills every corner of the ship, captain! Microsoft are adding five more games to the Xbox Game Pass on PC in the near future. Yakuza 0 and Two Point Hospital are on deck along with Wasteland Remastered, Reigns: Game Of Thrones, and Indivisible.

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Lauren Morton

Wolcen best builds: skills and gear to equip

2 years 4 months ago

So you’ve played a little bit of Wolcen and are now staring into the abyss that is the skill tree. Where do you even start? Luckily, there are some builds out there for new players looking for a bit of direction that cater to all types. From bloodthirsty warriors that spin axes repeatedly, to mages that want to see things explode. We’ve got a collection of the best builds right here for you to use, including one that we’ve found to be very handy indeed that we made.

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Dave Irwin

Persona 5 Scramble gets set for launch with new trailer

2 years 4 months ago

It's been at least six or so days since I got to write about a Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers video, and frankly, I was starting to get cold sweats. Fortunately, Atlus has come through with what is the musou-like's third official trailer - provided you don't can't the intro movie, character trailers, Morgana Reports, and live streams.

The trailer blends both cinematic and gameplay footage from the new adventure, which is just one day away from being in the hands of Japanese audiences. This video mostly focuses on new characters Sophia and Zenkichi Hasegawa and, while they've all been presented out of context, appears to be a little spoilery for my tastes, Atlus has never been one for "less is more" when it comes to any element of the Persona franchise.

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Chris Moyse

Slay the Spire is just £7.50 in the latest Humble Digital Tabletop Bundle

2 years 4 months ago

Humble has launched a new Digital Tabletop Bundle featuring some terrific board and card game inspired hits such as Slay the Spire, Armello and Reigns.

As with every other Humble Bundle, you can start off by paying just £1 to get access to everything in the first tier. This time around, that's conniving money-making strategy game Gremlins Inc, as well as the pair of kingdom ruling sims for the Tinder generation in Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty.

At that price? Swipe right, indeed.

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Homeworld 3 studio are also making a game about breaking spaceships down for scrap

2 years 4 months ago

Blackbird Interactive, the makers of Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak and the upcoming Homeworld 3, today announced another game they have on the go. Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a first-person salvager that will send us into spaceships to carve them up so we can sell the parts for scrap. I thought it sounded like nice, careful, methodical destruction until I saw hazards like fires, engine cores, and our old friend, explosive decompression. Have a look in the announcement trailer below.

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Alice O'Connor

Final Fantasy VII Remake DLC Summons Showcased in New Videos

2 years 4 months ago

One week ago, Square Enix teased the Final Fantasy VII Remake’s first three summons: Chocobo Chick, Carbuncle, and Cactuar. None of these summons appeared in the original game, even though the latter two are iconic to the Final Fantasy franchise. Now, Square Enix is ready to reveal what these creatures are made of, as well as use them as pre-order bonuses.

The Square Enix Twitter account was recently updated with short snippets of each summon and their abilities. Also, turns out each creature is a piece of DLC.

The first summon, the Chocobo Chick, just floats around, occasionally summoning lightning and creating explosions.

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Aaron Greenbaum

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Fortnite's new season will bring welcome Team Rumble changes

2 years 4 months ago

Team Rumble, Fortnite's fun 20-vs-20 mode, will get some welcome changes from tomorrow's Chapter 2 Season 2 release.

The big one is the removal of gliders as a standalone item, in favour of them simply being a free Team Rumble ability.

Making them an item - one which took up a valuable item slot - was Epic's solution to providing the ability in Team Rumble but not in other modes - and it has never sat well with fans.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Story Mode Trailer Is The Most Epic Thing You’ll See Today

2 years 4 months ago

Today Bandai Namco released a new trailer of its upcoming anime soccer game Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions.

The trailer showcases the Tsubasa Episode mode, which is basically the story mode of the game. 

This mode includes the middle school arc from the original anime, featuring some of the most iconic matches that have basically forged the childhood of many in my generation. 

Depending on the score and on what’s going on during a match, certain cutscenes may trigger, some reproducing the original story, while other completely original.

We also see many familiar characters and their special shoots. Basically, this is as epic as it can be.

You can watch it below.

You may not be familiar with the franchise, as its popularity varies a lot from region to region. 

While in North America the original Captain Tsubasa anime never rose to similar prominence, I don’t think I’m exaggerating by arguing that in many European and Latin American countries (and of course, Japan) almost every kid grown up in the past forty years knows about it. 

In the countries where it has been airing regularly on TV for decases, Captain Tsubasa is an absolute legend, and likely one of the most well-known and loved anime of all time. 

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Giuseppe Nelva

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World War Z Developer Saber Interactive Acquired By THQ Nordic Parent Company

2 years 4 months ago

Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic, has purchased Saber Interactive – the studio behind World War Z and the Switch port of The Witcher 3.

The deal could hit a maximum of $375 million, and Saber's past success as an independent studio – World War Z sold more than three million units according to Embracer – was one of the reasons Embracer purchased the New Jersey studio.

Embracer founder and CEO Lars Wingefors says that Saber will remain independent, which he notes has been a key ingredient in the developer's story so far. "Their ambitious moves towards self-funding projects in recent years have been particularly impressive," he says.

Tim Willits, former id Software studio director and current CCO of Saber, in a tweet said he is "thrilled" at the move, adding it "puts Saber on a much bigger world stage. Good times ahead."

[Source: Embracer Group, (2)Tim Willits]

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Matthew Kato

It's only the best in the PlayStation Essential Picks sale, allegedly anyway

2 years 4 months ago

There's a lot of quality running rampant through PlayStation latest sale, and that's kind of the idea. The Essential Picks event is supposed to be a sale of games that need to be on your hard drive. Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, inFamous Second Son, The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order -- there's some truly good stuff here.

But, there are also some stinkers that aren't "essential" by any definition of the word. WWE 2K20 is, alphabetically-speaking, the very last game on the list. In terms of merit, it's probably also the very last game on the list. Do not buy the clown show that is WWE 2K20. (Although, at least it works again, unlike January 1 when WWE 2K20 had its own bizarre Y2K scare.)

So, I will let you be the arbiter of quality. You can decide what's essential and what's inferior. Sony is running this PS4 sale until March 3, so you have ample time to figure it out.

Here's everything in the PlayStation Essential Picks Sale:

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Brett Makedonski

EVE Online Players Raise Over $100,000 For Australian Relief Efforts

2 years 4 months ago

A new class of spaceship being destroyed for the first time. A massive free for all brawl in space. Some EVE Online streamers eating incredibly hot chicken wings. These disparate events are some of the things EVE players did to raise money for the game’s recent charity event, PLEX for Good. EVE Online players came…

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Lee Yancy

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Open-World Dangerous Driving Sequel Revealed By Three Fields Entertainment

2 years 4 months ago

A sequel to last year’s Dangerous Driving has been revealed by Three Fields Entertainment, the UK based studio made up of ex-Burnout developers.

Announced in a press-release and reported by Eurogamer, the game is set to release in “Holiday 2020” and will come to Switch this time around, as well as PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Talking about what players can expect from the sequel, Three Fields said:

“Dangerous Driving 2 is the arcade racer for everyone, featuring slick driving that rewards racing fans wanting to test their lightning reflexes at eye watering speeds.

Set within a dynamic open world, players can choose how they want to race, either by competing in a host of thrilling events against AI opponents or going for a cruise in freedrive mode and testing the limits of the game’s emergent crash mechanics with huge multi-vehicle pile-ups.”

Three Fields also noted on their website that it will feature splitscreen multiplayer, which is something we’ve missed from modern racing games, and online will be available day one.

The open-world design is a big change for the series, which focused on crashes and individual events in the first game. In our review, we said that “Dangerous Driving is undeniably fun. Taking out other racers at 200mph always will be insanely enjoyable and Three Fields has taken full advantage of Burnout nostalgia.”

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Tom Hopkins

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FFXIV’s Latest Story Update Gets Hilariously Meta

2 years 4 months ago

One of Final Fantasy XIV‘s biggest problems –or one of the biggest problems for pretty much any modern MMORPG, really– is that its main story constantly tries to sell you on the idea that you’re the main hero, the chosen one. After all, your character is called the Warrior of Light in FFXIV, and you’re seen as the champion of Eorzea.

That whole idea completely falls apart when you load into the game proper and remember, oh right, I’m playing an MMORPG, and this is a game with millions of other players experiencing the same story as you. You see them running around the game world, doing the same quests, saving the same world, and it won’t be long until you start to wonder, “Wait a minute. Wasn’t I supposed to be the chosen one?”

Playing an MMO like FFXIV requires a certain degree of suspension of disbelief, and if you can do that, the game rewards you with one of the greatest stories we’ve ever seen in the Final Fantasy series.

With the recently released patch 5.2, however, Square Enix takes the story in a slightly unprecedented direction and introduces a new twist that I didn’t see coming.

When the remaining Ascian, Elidibus, finally reveals himself to the Scions, it becomes clear that his plan is to awaken more Warriors of Light in the First. He does this by conjuring a starfall, then using that to trigger the innate Echo within the citizens of the First, allowing them to hear the voice of Hydaelyn so that they can all become Warriors of Light.

Why exactly does Elidibus want to summon more Warriors of Light? Your guess is as good as mine, but the results are pretty amusing nonetheless.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Biomutant confirms it's still alive and kicking

2 years 4 months ago

After a period of relative silence from Experiment 101, the developer has piped up to say Biomutant is still on schedule to launch sometime in 2020 - although, as ever, we still don't have an exact release date.

"We know many of you are wondering if the game is still in development," Experiment 101 said in a statement posted on Twitter. "Let us assure you that we've never been working harder and more focused on it than now!"

The reason for the lack of a set release date, Experiment 101 continued, is simply because the studio doesn't yet feel ready to announce it.

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Biomutant Devs Assures That the Game Is Still in Development and Promises a Release Date as Soon as the Studio Is Ready

2 years 4 months ago

Today, Experiment 101 –the studio behind Biomutant, the upcoming action role-playing game– has released a statement to fans via its Twitter account to state how the development of the game is going. The studio promises that the game is still in development and that a release date will be revealed as soon as “everyone at our studio feels confident.”

You can read the full statement down below from Experiment 101:

We know many of you are wondering if the game is still in development. Let us assure you that we’ve never been working harder and more focused on it than now!

We are doing everything we can to make the best game all of us have ever worked on and that it will be as entertaining and great as we can possibly make it.

We can only hope for your continued support and patience as we complete the final stages of its development. As some of you might understand or know, the work involved in finishing a game is long, challenging and unpredictable. The sheer magnitude, size, and length of Biomutant adds to said effort.

We will reveal the release date as soon as everyone at our studio feels confident about hitting that date and that the game is ready for it. Again, thank you for your understanding and for your continued support and enthusiasm for our game.

From us at Experiment 101.

Biomutant was revealed back in 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One is being published by THQ Nordic, but since its initial unveiling, the studio has been pretty quiet on the title, with Biomutant totally going AWOL in 2019 with no big showing besides a gameplay demo at Gamescom.

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Greysun Morales

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Tiger Electronics handhelds are alive and well in 2020

2 years 4 months ago

Did you ever have one of those old Tiger Electronics LCD handheld games?

I did! I don't know where it came from (a garage sale?), or where it went (another garage sale?), but I had the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 LCD game. It's something I haven't thought about in years, but it's suddenly relevant again. Hasbro is bringing a few of the Tiger handhelds back in 2020 for nostalgia's sake.

The Tiger handhelds will cost $14.99 this fall, and they're currently up for pre-order at GameStop.

I wouldn't necessarily buy one – they were short-lived thrills, even back in the day – but I still appreciate their iconic background art. I asked Chris if he ever owned one, and he came back with a whole list of games that triggered long-lost memories. I forgot just how pervasive these things were!

Tiger's retro LCD handheld games are making a comeback [The Verge]

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Jordan Devore

Alexa, the Kids are Alright – Full Circle Podcast #88

2 years 4 months ago
Welcome Back, everyone! This week we will be talking about Amazon’s new Alexa aimed at kids. Is it fresh, ethical, or even legal? Then the name of the criminal Doctor in My Hero Academia was revealed and caused a bit of controversy. So we go over some of the famous, unknown, and infamous name changes …

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Jared Fradette

“FUCK EPIC GAMES STORE,” declares Google's listing for Steam

2 years 4 months ago

Back in the day, you really had to work hard to pull pranks in Google search results by planting Google Bombs and such. These days, now that the Internet is run by deranged robots made of clouds, it seems Google will happily prank itself. Case in point: today, searching for Steam on Google could return a listing describing Valve’s digital store with the words “FUCK EPIC GAMES STORE” and fragments of broken ASCII art. It doesn’t seem to be the result of a hack, prank, or corporate warfare, just some robot seeing a Steam user’s review of Metro Exodus and thinking “Yeah gwan that’s probably important” in its vaporous little brain.

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Alice O'Connor

Upgrade your PS4 or Xbox One with a massive 5TB external drive for £100

2 years 4 months ago

With even the biggest Xbox and PS4 consoles offering only 1TB of built-in storage, and many editions offering far less, picking up an external hard drive can be a cheap way to keep all of your games installed and updated. One great option for this is the WD P10 Game Drive, which is on special offer today at Amazon. Right now, you can pick up this well-reviewed 5TB drive for £100, which is £25 less than its usual price and the cheapest we've ever seen this drive.

With 5TB of space on tap, you'll have enough space to keep around 125 modern AAA games installed simultaneously, if you assume a figure of around 36GB for each title.

There are plenty of external drives on the market, but the P10 is definitely worth a look considering that it's very competitive on price - the cheapest we normally see generic 5TB external drives is around £95 - and the P10 offers a few unique features that make it ideal for storing your game installs.

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Emperor Velo is back for the final Crash Team Racing Grand Prix

2 years 4 months ago

Beenox is capping off Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled with one final event – the Gasmoxia Grand Prix – on February 20, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. Pacific. If you've only dabbled in these high-stakes online events over the last eight months, it'll be tough to show up now and compete against battle-hardened players who never put the game down. That said, you might want to log in to try some newly-added time trials.

The Gasmoxia Grand Prix includes a new track (Drive-Thru Danger), another playable character (Emperor Velo), and three new karts (the Void Manta, Velo Chopper, and Galactic Cruiser), along with Pit Stop cosmetic items like Space Spyro and Astronaut Kong. Here's the full reward rundown:

Gasmoxia Grand Prix rewards

As for time trials, there's a couple of things to note.

Every track will have a Nitros Oxide and Emperor Velo time trial to beat, and once the Gasmoxia Grand Prix wraps up, the developers at Beenox plan to post their personal bests. That's when things really get scary. If you manage to outpace Nitros and Velo, you'll earn champion decals for your trouble.

Beenox also confirmed that Gasmoxia is the "final opportunity" to unlock the Champion Kart. As usual, the kart is given to players in the top five percent of the Grand Prix leaderboards. It's now or never.

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Jordan Devore

Latest No Man's Sky Update Lets Players Grow Living Spaceships

2 years 4 months ago

The first free No Man’s Sky update of 2020 is here, giving players an all-new way to explore the universe. The “Living Ship” update gives players the ability to discover, nurture, and eventually fly their own procedurally generated living vessels, navigating the spaceways inside unique sentient creatures. It doesn’t…

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Mike Fahey

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Latest Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Tease Points to Agent Meowsicles & a Midas Touch

2 years 4 months ago

The teaser train just won’t stop ahead of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2’s release tomorrow, with Epic Games releasing yet another tweet, this time confirming the involvement of Agent Mewosicles in the new season, as well as a Midas Touch… or an emphasis on gold.

The tweet, which can be seen below, has a number of things to note. The first is the obvious ‘Nine Lives’ on the right of the image.

This is likely in relation to the Agent Meowsicles character that was seemingly hinted at in datamined files a few weeks ago. There’s a possibility that Agent Meowskers is going to be a new skin in the current season, but the character may have a larger part to play in the story that remains to be seen.

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Chris Jecks

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The Best AirPods Tips and Tricks to Boost Your Listening

2 years 4 months ago

The Apple AirPods and their successors have been huge hits for Apple—but are you making the most out of your pair? We present to you some of the tricks and features you might not have come across yet—from using your AirPods as a remote listening system to sharing audio between two pairs of earbuds, here’s how to make…

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