Madden 21 and FIFA 21 to Get PS5 and Xbox Series Versions in December

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Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 will be released as next-gen versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on December 4. The new versions of the games will, according to a press release, add "blazing fast load times, the most realistic, fluid player movement ever in EA SPORTS titles, authentic game day experiences inside stadiums and new player detail unlocked by deferred rendering and lighting." The PS5 versions will also add haptic feedback using the DualSense controller. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/07/20/madden-21-review"] It's unclear if these are the only new features in each game. Previously, EA has made clear that it won't be using Xbox's Smart Delivery upgrade scheme because Madden 21 will "include new features unavailable to the prior generation." As previously confirmed, owners of Madden 21 and FIFA 21 on PS4 or Xbox One will receive a free upgrade to the respective next-gen versions through EA's Dual Entitlement scheme. Those who own disc versions of the games will need to contact EA to get an upgrade code, but the publisher has not yet explained the process for that. Current-gen versions of both games should run as backwards compatible titles on both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S between the launch of next-gen consoles and that December release date. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/06/fifa-21-review"] In Madden 21, progress and content in Ultimate Team, The Yard and both Franchise modes wil carry over between curtrent and next gen. In FIFA 21, Ultimate Team and Volta will carry over. As previously confirmed, FIFA save data from Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode and Pro Clubs won't transfer. This year hasn't been a banner year for EA's flagship sports games.
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Review: Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra

19 hours 19 minutes ago

The last time we checked in with Pokemon Sword and Shield, it was hosting its first major DLC: The Isle of Armor.

It was small, but it wasn't bad! The new locale was a breath of fresh air, especially given that Game Freak was doubling down on the Wild Area mechanic, allowing the entire DLC to make use of the feature.

But given Sword and Shield's latent shortcomings, it wasn't enough for everyone. The Crown Tundra aims to turn that all around as the second half of the season pass.

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Chris Carter

Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements: minimum and recommended PC specs revealed

19 hours 34 minutes ago

Learn the minimum and recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements below.Cyberpunk 2077

is one of the most impressive-looking games we’ve ever seen, from a standpoint of pure visual fidelity. We’ve caught many glimpses of a neon-drenched and rain-splattered Night City by now, and it all looks absolutely gorgeous – but what kind of machine will you need in order to make the game look this good while you’re playing it? Below we’ve outlined both the minimum and recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements, along with what we expect will be needed to support ray-tracing in Cyberpunk 2077.

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Ollie Toms

Free Update To Super Mario 3D All-Stars Adds Inverted Camera Options

19 hours 45 minutes ago

Over a month after Super Mario 3D All-Stars was released for the Switch, Nintendo of America has announced on Twitter that a free update will be coming to the game on Nov. 16. It will add an inverted camera setting for all three games in the collection.

This is great news for anyone who prefers using an inverted camera for controls. If you’re unsure what inverted camera means, this new setting gives you the option to flip the controls on a horizontal or vertical axis.

It’s worth noting that in the original release of Super Mario Sunshine, inverted controls were the standard. This was changed in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars release of the game last month.

For players who prefer inverted camera controls as the norm, it was frustrating that none of the games in Super Mario 3D All-Stars included the option to change it at its launch. We mentioned the lack of control options in our review, citing it as one of the negatives of the game.

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Rebecca Stone

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Destiny 2 is jettisoning content soon, but this YouTuber preserved it for everyone

19 hours 49 minutes ago

We're getting down to the wire when it comes to Destiny 2's "vaulted" content. Look, I sort of get it. Bungie doesn't want the game to be overly bloated to the point where it requires an unwieldy amount of storage space on consoles. But...that's sort of the game you made when you introduced more and more live service elements to Destiny?

Whatever your opinion on the matter might be, it's happening, but one YouTuber is vowing to preserve that removed content (which will allegedly be cycled back in eventually) in the form of Destiny: The Series videos. While it isn't exactly playable, content creator Jabonte is chronicling the portions of the game that will be gone by the time the next expansion hits: complete with rundowns of their loadouts (down to the armor piece).

Each "episode" is around 15-30 minutes long, allowing players to conveniently catch up on story elements once the narratives are missing. On their YouTube channel, they pretty much have it all covered, hitting the "Red War" chapter from 1.0, through Curse of Osiris, into Warmind, Forsaken, and Shadowkeep.

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Chris Carter

Here's How We've Set Up Our PS5s

20 hours 4 minutes ago

Roughly two weeks from now, the PlayStation 5 will be out in the wild. First (officially) revealed in June, Sony’s next-gen console promises the de rigueur next-gen improvements: shinier graphics, faster performance, killer exclusives, all that jazz. But when the curtain was pulled back, the general consensus seemed…

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Dirt Rally 2.0 Celebrates 9 Million Players With a Special Infographic

20 hours 9 minutes ago

Codemasters is today celebrating a new milestone for its critically acclaimed rally game Dirt Rally 2.0, which has recently surpassed 9 million players since launch, with an infographic that details some interesting facts and figures.

A blog post breaks down the facts:

Distance Travelled

Your millions of Stages, Time Trials and Rallycross events have seen us go quite a long way, over 1.5 billion kilometers (or to put it another way, 981 million miles).

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Astro's Playroom PS5 Hands-On: DualSense Is a Fun Evolution

20 hours 18 minutes ago
One of the most exciting unknowns about the PlayStation 5 is how its next-gen system introduces a surprising revamp of PlayStation’s long-standing controller. The DualSense’s advanced haptics and adaptive triggers are meant to better immerse players in the games the next generation will deliver, but it’s still a question of whether its added tech is a launch gimmick or a more lasting change. Thankfully, Astro’s Playroom is a free pack-in launch game for PS5 meant to showcase what the DualSense can do. And my time with it – I was allowed to preview the Cooling Springs level – certainly hinted at some of the potential for what the new controller can deliver in a surprisingly Nintendo-like way, while also being a joyful PlayStation homage and a fun platformer in its own right. Developed by Team Asobi, the same team behind one of my favorite platformers of the generation and PSVR hall of famer Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Playroom carries over the basics from Astro Bot’s last outing. The little robot has a punch, a charged up tornado spin attack, a jump, and an elongated hover. But otherwise, Asobi shines in building playgrounds to showcase all the little tricks and gadgets newly on offer. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=astros-playroom-ps5-screenshots&captions=true"] Vaguely set in the cooling fan of the PS5, Cooling Springs first throws you into a beachfront area, replete with other bots swimming, learning to surf, and soaking in the rays from inside your PS5.
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Take an Up-Close Look at the PS5 and Its Accessories

20 hours 18 minutes ago
Previously, we could only show you the PS5 retail box, but we're now happy to share an up close look at the PlayStation 5 console itself. Turned off and disconnected from the TV, that is. Watch the video above or check out dozens of photos below of the PS5, including comparisons to a host of other PlayStation consoles, as well as Xbox hardware, a banana, and more: [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=ps5-console-first-look-size-comparison&captions=true"] And while we can't show you the console plugged in just yet, we can offer our first PS5 hands-on experience with Astro's Playroom. Read about how it incorporates the DualSense and offers a bit of what Sony's next-gen console can offer.

PS5 DualSense Unboxing

And if the console unboxing isn't enough for you, we also unboxed some of the launch accessories  for the PS5. Watch the video below to see the DualSense, the PS5 camera, and more unboxed: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/27/ps5-dualsense-controller-unboxing"] Stay tuned to IGN for more coverage leading up to the PS5's launch on Nov. 12 and Nov.
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PS5 Console Preview: An Un-PlayStation Look That's Stark And Striking

20 hours 19 minutes ago

Upon opening the PlayStation 5's box, the first thing that came to mind was that this console is much better looking in person than in its marketing images. This is the first time Sony has delivered something other than a black console at launch since the original PlayStation, and that decision has raised some eyebrows. Of course, it's always hard to tell from white-background retailer images exactly how a console will look in your entertainment center or feel in your hands. Thankfully, the PS5 is a good-looking console, even if its design doesn't scream PlayStation.

The PS5's form factor is made up of three distinct parts: two matte white plates and a glossy black midsection. The black midsection is broken up by vents on both sides for heat dispersion, and the gloss of this entire section looks great next to the matte plates. It's a nice contrast that makes the stark, unique design of the PS5 work. As someone who thought the console looked garish in its product images, it's hard to deny how nice the console looks in person.

Flipping the PS5 over, the black vents comb across the entire back of the midsection. This is also where you'll find HDMI, power, ethernet, and two USB 3.1 ports. The front features a USB 2.0 port as well as a USB-C 3.1 port. It's a little disappointing there isn't an extra USB-C port in the back, but the two USB-A 3.1 ports are going to be great for higher-end accessories that require them.

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PS5 DualSense Has An Easter Egg So Small You Probably Can't Even See It

20 hours 19 minutes ago

The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller packs a host of new features, making it one of the key differentiators for the next generation. But now that we've gotten our hands on it ourselves, we've seen that it also packs an Easter egg that's so small and imperceptible that you probably wouldn't notice it. Just take a look at the grips along the back of the controller.

The back of the PS5 DualShock controller

See that textured surface, ostensibly meant to help your grip during those sweaty-palmed segments in Demon's Souls? AKA all of Demon's Souls? Computer, enhance!

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New Gameplay Today – Astro's Playroom On PlayStation 5

20 hours 19 minutes ago

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While some may be focusing their prelaunch hype on titles such as Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales or Demon's Souls when the PlayStation 5 releases on November 12, players lucky enough to get a preorder shouldn't sleep on Astro's Playroom. This adorable platformer makes a strong first impression with its creative worlds, fun platforming, and absolute adoration for everything PlayStation.

Join Jeff Cork, Joe Juba, and me as we not only take you on a wholesome ride through this PlayStation 5 launch title but give you our first impressions on how Astro's Playroom utilizes the new DualSense controller!

Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this first look at some sweet PlayStation 5 gameplay, be sure to check out our PS5 unboxing video and Jeff's thoughts on the upcoming LittleBigPlanet spinoff Sackboy: A Big Adventure!

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Alex Stadnik

PlayStation 5 Unboxing

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The future of gaming draws near as we're less than a month away from the November 12 launch of the PlayStation 5. To celebrate, we got a chance to find out what's inside the box and show off what comes with Sony's next generation console. Join us as we take a look at the new DualSense controller, the versitle console stand, and more in this special unboxing video!

If you enjoyed this look at the PlayStation 5, be sure to check out our episode of New Gameplay Today where we give players a look at Astro's Playroom, one of the first launch titles for the PS5!

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Alex Stadnik

Netflix show Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be part of video game "canon"

20 hours 23 minutes ago

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be a "canon" addition to Capcom's survival horror saga, Netflix has said, while revealing our best look yet at its versions of series protagonists Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy.

The CG-animated series is set to debut on Netflix at some point in 2021, and chronicle a new adventure for the Resident Evil 2 stars.

Floppy-haired Leon looks as dashing as ever in leather, while Claire wears her typical red jacket, most recently seen in last year's great Resident Evil 2 remake.

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Cyberpunk 2077 hit with another small delay, but it'll still launch before the year's over

20 hours 30 minutes ago

Just because a game goes gold doesn't mean it's immune to delays. It's rare, but the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 is an example.

Minutes ago, CD Projekt Red announced that it's delaying Cyberpunk 2077 by three weeks. Originally set to launch on November 19, it's now scheduled for December 10. It'll still be here before the year's out.

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Galloping Ghost Arcade opens GoFundMe to make largest arcade in the world even larger

20 hours 34 minutes ago

As I've recounted here many times before, most of my formative years were spent loitering in the glowing neon paradise that was the arcade. But today, some 30 years later, arcades are very much few and far between, with only a few curators and buildings truly dedicated to the halcyon color and buzzing retro atmosphere of change machines, jingling pockets, and Operation W.O.L.F.

Retro game fans living in or around Brookfield, Il are in luck, however, as the city plays host to The Galloping Ghost Arcade: The Largest Arcade in the World. Keeping the dream alive long after the scene faded into history, The Galloping Ghost hosts over 600 titles from the golden age of the coin-op - all of which available to play, seven days a week, for a modest entrance fee.

For those who grew up around the arcade scene, The Galloping Ghost Arcade is a time capsule of some of the '80s and '90s' most unforgettable titles. For younger video game fans, The Galloping Ghost offers a peek into the past, where arcades were truly considered the place to go if you wanted to experience the best games in existence, before PlayStation came along and ruined the party with its powerful home hardware and catalog of incredible titles.

The short documentary below, by filmmaker Ryan Skyrd, recounts The Galloping Ghost's history, while taking a look at its corridors of cabinets. How many of your favorites are on show?

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Chris Moyse

Cyberpunk 2077 classes: every Lifepath explained

20 hours 45 minutes ago

Learn about all three Lifepaths in our Cyberpunk 2077 classes guide.Cyberpunk 2077

places a great deal of weight on the opportunity to play out V’s story however the player wants. The first major choice you have to make when deciding on the direction of your story is which class, or Lifepath, you should choose: Corpo, Nomad, or Street Kid. This Cyberpunk 2077 classes guide will walk you through each Lifepath, and what changes in your game experience based on this choice.

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Ollie Toms

The PS2 is 20 years old this week and by God it might be the best system ever

20 hours 49 minutes ago

As some of you may know, I've stuck by the PS2 through thick and thin. When I first started my Destructoid profile over a decade ago I noted that the PS2 is probably my favorite console, right alongside of the Dreamcast. When I asked our readers what they thought in 2019, the PS2 won our poll by a landslide.

10 years later and I don't think I've changed my mind. The PS2 officially turns 20 this week in North America: let's remember it together.

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Chris Carter

Rainbow Six Siege's Halloween event turns you into horrific puppets and I hate it

21 hours 1 minute ago

Rainbow Six Siege

‘s Halloween event kicks off today, trapping you in a nightmare where everyone has turned into a respawning puppet. I do not like it one bit. The event is called Sugar Fright, and it plonks players straight into Frost’s fever dream where everything is made of sweets and all your friends look like horrible Muppet Show rejects.

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Imogen Beckhelling

(Update) It looks like we're getting a Sonic double-pack on Switch because why not

21 hours 4 minutes ago

[Update: After sitting on the listings for two months, Sega has finally confirmed the double-packs officially. They are: Team Sonic Racing + Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces + Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. They're out today for $39.99 each and you can find images for them below.]

Sega loves to bundle all their games together from time to time: bonus points of a bunch of Sonic titles are headlining it!

While I miss the days of rampant economical collections (sometimes we still get them!), double-packs are alive and well, as evidenced by a new Amazon listing from Sega. Simply titled Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack, the Switch bundle is a physical release for both of the aforementioned games in one SKU. The retail price? $39.99.

As a note: this isn't a horrible deal, especially for hardcore collectors. Sonic Mania and Team Sonic Racing will run you around $35 each for new physical copies on Switch. Digitally, Sonic Mania is $19.99 on the eShop, with Team Sonic Racing clocking in at $39.99. At the worst, this bundle could drive the physical prices down for each game. We've reached out to Sega to see exactly what version of Sonic Mania is included here.

Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack [Amazon] Thanks Jeff!

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Chris Carter

Baby Yoda is coming to your Star Wars: Squadrons dashboard

21 hours 10 minutes ago

The Baby Yoda figurine in Star Wars: Squadrons.

Baby Yoda, the Yoda that’s also a baby, is coming to Star Wars: Squadrons as part of a new set of decorative ship bits. New Republic pilots will be able to have the breakout star from Disney’s Galaxy High School Musical sitting on their dashboard, though it’s only a model – he won’t be fiddling with your radio. EA have said they’ve no plans for post-launch content and it seems this is just a cheeky bonus to market season two of the Disney+ show.

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Alice O'Connor

See for yourself what that $70 price tag for NBA 2K next-gen gets you

21 hours 19 minutes ago

So I missed my prediction of Lakers in five: but in six still isn't half bad.

Now that the NBA playoffs have ended and we're waiting on an announcement for when the 2021 season will begin, all eyes are on NBA 2K21; which came out last month on previous generation consoles and added in unskippable ads after launch. In a little over two weeks the next-gen versions are on the way with a $70 price tag: one of the first-ever announcements before Sony followed suit.

So what is that extra $10 buying you? According to 2K Sports, it's a version of the game built for next-gen systems. While we'll be the judge of that when it actually hits, the publisher is sharing a video that goes over more details of the next-gen experience beyond the fidelity enhancements.

2K Sports is boasting quicker load times due to the SSD, "next-gen movement advances," "150 AI-powered characters" in the lower bowl of the arena for enhanced crowd reactions, and a "dynamic rail cam" that helps center on said visual upgrades. The roughly four-minute video below with director Mike Wang's commentary will give you a quick rundown. Although we've had brief looks in the past with quick cuts, this is one of the only times we've gotten raw unedited gameplay.

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Chris Carter

Doom scrolling: The scariest horror stories on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

21 hours 19 minutes ago

Anyone with any sense knows that the last thing you should be doing in 2020 is posting. How is one to resist smashing that blue button, though, when one of the breakouts of Sundance 2020 was a stylish midnight movie adapted from a viral Twitter thread? Social media is a nightmare, sure, but it’s also a stage with…

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars to Finally Add Inverted Camera Controls

21 hours 23 minutes ago
The Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection will add inverted camera controls in a future update coming in November, following fan complaints. Confirmed in a tweet from the Nintendo of Europe Twitter account, we see pictures of the inverted camera options in the settings menu for Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Update Ver.1.1.0 will be added on November 17, and includes options to invert the camera both in third- and first-person modes separately. Inverted camera controls have been requested by fans ever since the game launched without them, so this is a welcome addition for Nintendo fans. For more on Super Mario 3D All-Stars, check out our analysis of all three ports to see how they hold up against the original games. If you're playing through Super Mario 64, here's a guide to every secret star in the castle, so you can achieve the full set.

The Super Mario 3D All-Stars Collection is available as part of a limited physical release and digitally on Nintendo Switch until March 2021, after which it will be removed from the eShop.

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Pokémon Go cans plans to revamp free premium currency system

21 hours 37 minutes ago

Pokémon Go maker Niantic has abandoned its plans to change how players earn the game's premium PokéCoin currency, after nearly six months of tinkering.

Australian fans were treated as guinea pigs for the trial, begun back in May this year, which replaced a portion of the PokéCoins earned in-game through gym control with tasks for completing other in-game activities.

The rejig was meant to offer alternative routes to gaining the game's coveted daily helping of coins (which otherwise need to be bought with real-world money), potentially benefiting players without regularly turned over gyms nearby.

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