The Art of Halo Infinite: Exclusive Cover Reveal

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Update: Alongside the standard hardcover edition of The Art of Halo Infinite, Dark Horse Books will also be releasing a Deluxe Edition version. The Deluxe Edition features an exclusive cover by Halo Infinite art director Sparth and a slipcase inspired by Master Chief's Mjolnir armor. The set also comes with a portfolio of several art prints showcasing the wide vistas of the Halo station.

Check out The Art of Halo Infinite Deluxe Edition below:

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The Deluxe Edition is priced at $79.99 and will be available for preorder through Dark Horse Direct, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores and comic shops. Both versions are currently slated for release on December 14, 2021, a week after the game arrives on the Xbox and PC.

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Halo Infinite is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious and graphically impressive games in the series. And if you want an insider look at the characters, worlds and technology of the game, Dark Horse Comics has you covered with The Art of Halo Infinite.

IGN can exclusively debut the cover to The Art of Halo Infinite, created by the game's art director Sparth. Check it out below:

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This new Doom mod will let you send Thatcher back to Hell

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Next week, reviled former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher will rise from her grave to bring Hell back to Earth, and only one space marine can stop her. Announced today, Thatcher's Techbase is an upcoming mod for classic Doom which ventures in the tenth circle of Hell (aka the United Kingdom) to battle the demonic forces of the Iron Lady. Modding politicians into games is a vintage jape but Thatcher's Techbase makes a real effort with custom art, its own campaign, music from Paradise Killer's composer, and apparently even the voice behind Demeter and Persephone in Hades. Watch this trailer.

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Alice O'Connor

Age Of Empires 4 Invites Everyone To This Weekend's Stress Test

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Microsoft's next stress test for Age of Empires 4, in which it sees just how many people it can throw at the game before breaking it, finally has a date. From 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on September 17 and until September 20, you'll be able to grab the game from its Steam page or the Xbox Insider app.

Provided that your PC can meet the moderate minimum requirements for the real-time strategy title, the goal behind this weekend's test is to ensure that matchmaking, lobbies, and additional systems can hold up when the full game launches.

Age of Empires 4 will automatically check your PC to see if it can handle its visuals, and will assign graphics settings based on what it finds. Much like last week's stress test, the content on offer will include a tutorial mission, AI skirmishes, and a chance to throw down with real people in multiplayer.

Other changes from last month's closed beta are various bug fixes, more balancing of the English and Chinese civilizations, and changes to camera distance, as the maximum distance that the camera can zoom out has been tweaked to provide more visibility.

There won't be any Non-Disclosure Agreements to adhere to either so that fans are able to invite and play with their friends without needing to follow extra steps to do so.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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God of War Ragnarok's Thor Is The Peak Of Male Performance, Powerlifting Champion Says

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God of War: Ragnarok includes a new mythological character, Thor, who is played by Sons of Anarchy's Ryan Hurst and sports a different look compared to Chris Hemsworth's MCU version. Some corners of the internet and social media took issue with Thor's look in Ragnarok. British powerlifting champion Darren McCormac has now shared his insights on Thor's appearance in Ragnarok, saying Thor's bulk is indicative of his super-strength.

"Like it or not, God of War's Thor is the peak of male performance," McCormac told The Sixth Axis. "As a strength athlete, there is a correlation between bulk and strength. In powerlifting, the most competitive classes are the under 100kg and under 110kg--guys who are lifting multiple times their own bodyweight. They won't be tall, they'll be bulky."

"Not all these guys will have abs, far from it," he added. "They'll have a layer of lard over it, a power belly. Any old fool can get abs--yes I am looking at you, Mr. Hemsworth--but a power belly and big traps (the muscles either side of your neck) are the sign of a bloody strong man."

There are some exceptions, but in general, the competitors in the World's Strongest Man competitions are usually "brick houses with power bellies." This helps give them a strong center of gravity, McCormac said.

Ragnarok is in development at Sony Santa Monica and is slated for release in 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. It picks up after the events of 2018's God of War and, in addition to Thor, brings in new characters like Odin, Angrboða, and Tyr.

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Eddie Makuch

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The Pulse Midnight Black Wireless Headset Won't Match Your PS5, But It Still Looks Cool

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Sony has unveiled a new edition of the PS5's Pulse 3D wireless headset: Midnight Black. If that sounds familiar, it's because Midnight Black was also used with the new DualSense colors that launched this summer. Though the Midnight Black headset won't match your PS5--breaking the perfect symmetry between console, controller, and headset--it will of course match the Midnight Black DualSense (if you've picked one of those up). The Pulse 3D Midnight Black edition releases October 22, and it's available to preorder now for $100.

The arrival of the Pulse 3D Midnight Black edition means that two of the three DualSense color options now have matching headsets. Now we can only hope that PlayStation releases a Cosmic Red Pulse 3D to match the coolest DualSense controller color scheme.

Stock has stabilized on most PS5 accessories, but if you're interested in the Midnight Black Pulse headset, it'd be smart to order as soon as possible. With the holiday season around the corner, it's certainly possible that some of the most popular PS5 accessories will be a bit of a challenge to find. Of course, the PS5 itself is still dealing with shortages, so make sure to check out our PS5 restock tracker if you're still on the hunt for a console.

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Steven Petite

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Your Nintendo Switch Can Now Be Paired With Bluetooth Audio Devices

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The highly requested feature is finally here. Yesterday, Nintendo released a firmware update that enabled Bluetooth connectivity for the four-year-old Switch. There are restrictions, of course, but now the portable experience has been made even better. Sure, the Switch has a headphone jack but, if you’re like me, you’re probably tired of those pesky wires getting tangled up while on the go. Those issues are now a thing of the past.

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Jason Guisao

I Am Fish Review

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I Am Fish is without a doubt the weirdest game I’ve played this year and appears to have been made by insane people. In other words, I really enjoyed it. It’s an intentionally frustrating physics-based platformer and a literal fish-out-of-water story that challenges you to overcome ridiculous obstacles. Escaping captivity is not always as fair or forgiving as I’d hoped and sometimes can be downright infuriating, but overcoming its preposterous challenges is frequently a thing of beauty. As a glutton for punishment, I found I Am Fish to be a challenging, entertaining ride that had me laughing, cursing at seagulls, and occasionally sobbing uncontrollably on the carpet as I had to restart a section yet again.

This is a bizarre, over-the-top tale of a quartet of fish who eat sentient bread (which you might remember from I Am Bread) which awakens human-like sentience and intelligence in them. Naturally, they use this to wreak havoc on their human overlords and absolutely destroy entire towns, like a nihilistic retelling of Finding Nemo. It’s truly one of the weirdest premises I’ve ever beheld and it kept me laughing and shaking my head in disbelief the whole way through – around 10 hours.

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Dan Stapleton

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I Am Fish review: a physics platformer with sole

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Like a splash of cold water to the face, I Am Fish is a wonderfully refreshing physics platformer. This isn't a grim tale wrapped in layers of metaphor, or a walking simulator that guides you slowly through a field of feelings. Here, you are simply a fish. The bowl is your prison. The ocean is your freedom. Now imagine Ian Mckellen with the same gravitas as he had playing Gandalf in Lord Of The Rings, except with a farmer's cap on. He is peering into your googly, goldfish eyes. In a west country accent, he bellows, "Swim, you fool!"

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Ed Thorn

Send Margaret Thatcher Back To Hell In This Free Game

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Video games have long pitted people against some of the greatest horrors ever devised by mortal imagination, ranging from biblical big bads such as the devil to more realistic foes such as a cybernetically-enhanced Adolf Hitler, but even they pale in comparison to the true evil of a British prime minister brought back from the dead.

Thatcher's Techbase is that game, as you'll explore the tenth circle of Hell--the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland--to put an end to Margaret Thatcher's latest reign of darkness.

The best part is that the game is entirely free, and also features a soundtrack by Barry "Epoch" Topping, the composer of soundtracks for games such as Paradise Killer and Jack B. Nimble. The nightmare fuel brainchild of Jim Purvis, Thatcher's Techbase can be downloaded from this website and features five levels of difficulty, as well as support for co-op and deathmatch play.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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This weekend's Age of Empires 4 technical stress test open to all

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This weekend's Age of Empires 4 technical stress test is open to all.

Following a closed beta, the upcoming strategy game goes live for all this Friday, 17th September at 6pm UK time until Monday, 20th September at 6pm.

The idea is to scale test the game's servers and systems with as many players as possible ahead of the 28th October release date.

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Wesley Yin-Poole

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Rocksmith+ Delayed To 2022, As Ubisoft Details Feedback From The Beta

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Ubisoft's new guitar game, Rocksmith+, has been delayed to next year. The publisher has confirmed that the game will now launch at some undetermined point in 2022.

"We've mapped out the work we'd like to prioritize following your feedback and decided to push the release of Rocksmith+ to 2022," Ubisoft said in a blog post. "We understand that this delay is disappointing. Our decision stems from a commitment to quality first, and a desire to meet the high expectations of our community and ourselves. Every Rocksmith+ player deserves to easily find the music you care about, to feel a sense of growth and mastery over your instrument, and to trust that the notes you play are heard fairly and accurately."

Rocksmith+ is designed as a live service game that gets new updates constantly, and this requires the studio to "think long term," Ubisoft said. The studio said it is mindful of the work-life balance for its employees, too. "A healthy team means a healthy product built to last for many years to come. Thank you all for your patience and for your understanding while we put in the extra time," Ubisoft said.

A beta for Rocksmith+ took place earlier this year and wrapped up in July. The blog post runs through many of the key pieces of feedback from the beta, and you can read it here.

"Quality is paramount for us. We thank you for your understanding as we work toward making Rocksmith+ the best experience it can be," Ubisoft said.

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Eddie Makuch

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Splitgate To Have "Historic" Launch With Many New Features Planned Thanks To $100 Million Investment

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The developer of the popular "Halo meets Portal" multiplayer shooter Splitgate is staying independent and has raised $100 million in funding to help support its ambitions.

CEO Ian Proulx said in a statement that, "I am happy to confirm that we are NOT selling our company to one of the big guys."

Instead, 1047 Games will stay independent and continue to be a "community-first" game developer. The $100 million in funding will help 1047 Games stay on that path and grow.

With the injection of cash, 1047 Games plans to hire "a lot" more developers, and this will in turn help the team deliver more and better updates to Splitgate, including new features based on feedback from the community. This will also help the studio fix bugs faster and support a wider base of players overall.

"Everything is now on the table, and the scope of what we can achieve just got 10X bigger!" Proulx said.

The focus over the coming months will be to grow the studio to become a team on a AAA scale. But Proulx said the studio will do its best to "[stay] true to our roots as an indie team that prioritizes our community."

"When Splitgate comes out of beta and launches 1.0, it will be a truly historic launch beyond anything we previous could have dreamed of," Proulx said.

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Eddie Makuch

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Best Deathloop weapons: every weapon in Deathloop explained

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How many weapons are there in Deathloop and how do you get the best ones? Deathloop is about two assassins locked in a time-looping duel to the death, so naturally, there are weapons aplenty in this game. Thanks to the titular loop, you aren't always going to be able to hang on to every weapon you pick up, so knowing where and how to get your favourite weapons back is going to be important.

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Rebecca Jones

Call Of Duty: Warzone Patch Notes Preview Includes Weapon And Attachment Changes

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Call of Duty: Warzone is getting a big new update today, September 15, and it will add a handful of balance changes for weapons and attachments, while it also delivers a series of bug fixes. You can see the patch notes below.

The AK-47 from Black Ops Cold War has its gun kick adjusted, while the FARA 83 sees its maximum and minimum damage values decreased. The Krig 6 gets a slight nerf with new increased recoil and a decrease to the neck multiplayer values. The QBZ-83, meanwhile, sees its recoil increased, while it will also have recoil dampening added in the update.

Changes are also coming to the OTs 9, the TEC-9, the Light Machine Gun Alpha, and the Tactical Rifle Charlie. In terms of changes to attachments, the 18" Rapid Fire sees its fire rate increased from 5% to 6% and the 17" Titanium from 7% to 8%. Changes to the M16 attachment are also planned.

You can see a rundown of the changes below, including commentary from the developers at Raven. The full patch notes can be seen on Raven's website under the September 15 update.

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Eddie Makuch

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No Nintendo Switch Price Cut For The US

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Nintendo has cut the price of the Nintendo Switch in Europe, but the same discount will not be offered in the United States. A spokesperson told Axios' Stephen Totilo that the price cut was specifically for Europe, and there are no plans--at least not right now--to offer a similar price drop for the US.

"The trade price adjustment is for the European region only. There are no plans to change the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for any Nintendo Switch model in the U.S," Nintendo said.

A price cut on the Switch also went into effect in Canada, but no such discount will be available for US shoppers. The console will still be sold for $300.

Explaining the price cut for Europe, Nintendo said the decision came down to currency exchange rates and the forthcoming launch of the Switch OLED model in October.

It's not tough to see why Nintendo isn't discounting the Switch in the US. Just this week, the NPD Group reported that the Switch was once again the best-selling console in the US during August, outpacing sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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Eddie Makuch

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Death Trash and others want to know how the sausage is made

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“What’s with all the meat everywhere, anyway?” my Death Trash alter ego Mildred asks. “It’s just there. Grows.” the meat merchant replies. “Maybe we’re living on a planet full of flesh and right now we’re standing on a crust of stone and dirt. So, do you want a piece of meat now?” I really don’t. But Mildred does. After all, this mystery meat is the main healing item in the game. It’s what keeps you and the world around you alive. It’s harvested from the ground like precious stones, the literal blood flowing in this grotesque world’s barebones economy, eaten raw and served in meat bars.

But where does the meat come from? Whence the amorphous flesh blobs and pools of blood? From another planet, another dimension? There are no animals in this strange ecosystem apart from Fleshworms. The strange meat seems to be linked to another mystery, the advent of the flesh titans (which are exactly what the name suggests). Soon we discover that we are able to commune with the meat and, through it, speak to a enigmatic being called The Oracle. The meat is a kind of universal consciousness, a flesh and blood information highway, into which those who are attuned to it can plug in. Whether the meat and the flesh titans are good or bad for humanity is up for debate, and there are factions that deify and others that hate them, vying for power. The clot thickens.

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Andreas Inderwildi

Nintendo has no plans for Switch price drop outside Europe

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Nintendo won't extend its European Switch price cut to the US, the company has confirmed to Axios Gaming.

On Monday, Nintendo reduced the price of the original Nintendo Switch by £20, down to £259 in the UK and €269 in mainland Europe.

In a statement to Eurogamer at the time, Nintendo UK said the change was "due to currency exchange rates" as well as the impending 8th October arrival of the Switch's new OLED model.

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Tom Phillips

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Sonic's iconic Green Hill Zone soundtrack finally has lyrics

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The original composer of Sonic the Hedgehog's Green Hill Zone soundtrack has released a new version of the legendary theme with lyrics.

Masato Nakamura roped in his J-pop group Dreams Come True to help write the new version and star in its video, in celebration of Sonic's 30th anniversary (thanks, VGC).

Titled "Tsugino Seno! De - On The Green Hill", the video below includes numerous visual nods to Sega's mascot, while Nakamura himself plays bass. Appropriately, the lyrics speak of running through forests and over green hills, which is also what the video is all about:

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Tom Phillips

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Boyfriend Dungeon broke my heart, and I'm glad it did

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Kitfox’s recently released dating sim Boyfriend Dungeon has a novel premise. In Boyfriend Dungeon you date sword people: humans who transform into weapons that you can take dungeon crawling. And no, not sex dungeons. Classic video game dungeons with loot and monsters. On paper, Boyfriend Dungeon sounds like the best six-ish hours you could have in a game, combining the endorphin rush of monster-slaying with a cast of hotties that’ll make your heart flutter. Sounds like a great time… except one of these hotties slid a sword right through my heart.

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Kaan Serin