May 2020

The Mandalorian: The History of the Darksaber Explained

8 months 4 weeks ago
Warning: this article contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian's story so far, through the Season 2 finale.  [poilib element="accentDivider"] The Mandalorian Season 1 introduced a weapon with a major legacy in the Star Wars universe. The Darksaber returned in the hands of Moff Gideon in the Season 1 finale, with Season 2 subsequently introducing one of the Darksaber's previous owners in the form of Katee Sackhoff's Bo-Katan Kryze. And with the darksaber now in the hands of Mando himself following the Mandalorian Season 2 finale, it's safe to say this blade will continue to play a big part in the series. If you're confused as to why everyone seems so fixated on a black lightsaber, fear not. Here's everything you need to know about the Darksaber and how it ties the series back to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

What is the Darksaber in The Mandalorian?

The Darksaber is unique among all the lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. It has a flat, katana-like blade rather than the traditional saber shape. It emits a peculiar, low hum. Even its color is unlike any other - deep black with a bright white halo. The Darksaber is one of the most important artifacts in Mandalorian culture. It was created by an ancient warrior named Tarre Vizsla, the first (and as far as we currently know, only) Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi Order.
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Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Here's What Comes in Each Edition

10 months 1 week ago
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is slated to launch on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on November 10 (see it at Amazon). The next-gen console upgrade is free to all owners, and will be available for Xbox Series X|S when the game launches, and for PS5 when the console launches on November 12. Like its many predecessors, it's an action-RPG set in Japan's criminal underworld. It that follows a low-ranking gang member named Ichiban Kasuga, a new protagonist for the series, who is released to find that his clan has been destroyed. As you can probably imagine, it's time for revenge. The game has a revamped combat system compared to previous entries. You control a team this time around, with turn-based beat-'em-up combat. It also offers 19 unique jobs to take on and 50 side quests, that will surely range from the serious to the downright ridiculous. Fans of the series would have it no other way.
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Chris Reed

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Every Game Confirmed for the PS5

11 months ago
Final Fantasy 16, Devil May Cry 5's Special Edition, and more join the ever increasing list of games coming to the PlayStation 5.
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Brendan Graeber

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2020 Video Game Release Schedule

11 months 3 weeks ago

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2020, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

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Game Informer Staff

Here's The Not-E3 2020 Press Conference Schedule

1 year ago

Just because E3 2020 is canceled doesn’t mean everything developers were going to show there has suddenly disappeared. While no digital version of E3 is in the works, other companies and organizations have stepped up with their own virtual events to deliver news on their latest plans and upcoming games.

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Ethan Gach

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Out Friday: Preorder Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Here

1 year ago
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC tomorrow on September 4. Developed by Vicarious Visions, the same company behind Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, it's a remastered bundle of the first two games in the series. Like the Crash remasters, THPS 1+2 will keep the bones of the original games but will feature a full HD visual upgrade and other modern trappings. It will even have certain moves that weren't available in the originals, like reverts. You can check out our Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 review for more details (spoilers, it got 9/10). You can secure a preorder now at a handful of retailers. It comes in several editions and includes two different preorder bonuses, one for one for digital copies, and one for physical copies purchased from GameStop.
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Chris Reed

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Gaming's 2020 Digital Event Schedule

1 year 1 month ago

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added.


June 9

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET
What It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

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Brian Shea

Out Next Week: Paper Mario: The Origami King Is Up for Preorder

1 year 2 months ago
Paper Mario: The Origami King will arrive exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 17. A new entry in the Mushroom Kingdom-set RPG series, it features the traditional flat paper versions of Mario and friends, as well as new origami characters and powers. Nintendo games don't generally get fancy special editions or preorder bonuses, and Paper Mario: The Origami King is no different. Even so, you can preorder the standard edition now.

Preorder Paper Mario: The Origami King

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Steam Summer Sale 2020 Is Live With Deals On Skyrim, Terraria, GTA 5, And More

1 year 2 months ago

Summer is always a busy time for deals, and while huge sales from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation have already ended, one of the season's biggest gaming sales just launched. Every June, Steam users look forward to an absolute truckload of PC games going on sale as part of the platform's annual Summer Sale, and the time has finally come: Steam Summer Sale 2020 is live now, as predicted by a developer at SteamDB back in May. The sale includes major discounts on a ton of great games, from Rainbow Six Siege and Disco Elysium to Skyrim, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grand Theft Auto V, and Terraria.

Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times

Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off today, June 25, and will run until July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.

Steam Summer Sale 2020's best deals

As usual, literally thousands of games are seeing major markdowns across nearly every genre, from first-person shooters and action-adventure games to city-building games, horror games, and more. See our full roundup of Steam Summer Sale 2020's best game deals for our recommendations on what to grab.

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Star Wars Episode I: Racer remaster gets another delay on Switch and PS4

1 year 3 months ago

UPDATE 16/6/20: After a couple of delays, Star Wars Episode I: Racer is finally due for launch on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 next week, on Tuesday 23rd June.

"ATTN Star Wars Episode l: Racer Fans!!! We are slated to release on both Nintendo Switch and PS4 on 23rd June," developer Aspyr told Nintendo Life today. "Thank you for your continued support, .gifs, and kind comments as we've worked on this release. We'll see you on the racetracks."

ORIGINAL STORY 11/5/20: Aspyr Media's PlayStation 4 and Switch remaster of Star Wars Episode I: Racer has been delayed again, this time with no new launch date given.

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Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- June 2020

1 year 3 months ago

This episode of New Releases is taking an overall look at June, and the new month is bookended by free-to-play games. Riot Games' Valorant is leaving beta for its full release as the month begins, and the cartoony Ninjala arrives as the month wraps up. June also brings us two major remasters: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated and the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection. Last but certainly not least, the long-anticipated Last of Us Part 2 is finally launching soon.

Valorant -- June 2

Available on: PC

The beta is over by the time you're reading this, but Valorant will be free-to-play for everyone soon. The team shooter pits attackers and defenders each other in a series of rounds, and each characters' unique abilities can totally turn the tide of battle. It's also important to note that ranks will reset for the full launch, so any beta progress you might have won't carry over.

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Read Our The Last of Us Part 2 Review Tonight!

1 year 3 months ago
No more delays! At long last, we're playing The Last of Us Part 2, and we'll post our review – written by our own Jonathon Dornbushtonight, on Friday, June 12, at 12:01AM Pacific Time. That's almost a full week before it the whole world gets to play on Friday, June 19 (or Thursday, June 18, depending on where you are/how late you like to stay up) – you'll have plenty of time to read, watch, and make your informed decision about if and when to jump in yourself. As you can see from the slideshow below, there's good reason to be excited whenever Naughty Dog releases a new game. Between the Uncharted series and the original The Last of Us (among others!) it's earned a reputation as one of the crown jewels of Sony's first-party development studios. We're hoping that hot streak continues with The Last of Us Part 2, and that one of the last big games of the generation sends the PS4 out with a bang! [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-naughty-dog-game-review&captions=true"] [poilib element="poll" parameters="id=7935511d-84f7-4e7c-85e7-44741a360b47"]
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This $180 5TB Hard Drive Is Down To $100 Ahead Of The Last Of Us Part 2

1 year 3 months ago

Games are getting bigger and bigger these days, from Final Fantasy VII Remake with its two Blu-ray discs of data to Call of Duty Modern Warfare's whopping 175GB file size. Naughty Dog's highly anticipated The Last of Us Part 2 will soon join the ranks of these massive games, as its file size is well over 100GB; in fact, it's the largest PlayStation exclusive released to date, according to GamesRadar, surpassing the file sizes of God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more. With The Last of Us Part 2 and other big games like Cyberpunk 2077 releasing this year, it's a good idea to invest in an external hard drive that can instantly expand your PS4's storage capacity, and luckily, there's a great deal on one of our favorite game drives right now.

The WD 5TB Easystore portable external hard drive is on sale for $80 off at Best Buy right now, selling for $100 instead of its usual $180. This gets you WD's biggest hard drive with 5TB of extra game storage for just five bucks more than the 4TB version is selling for right now.

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Announcing The Escapist Indie Showcase, premiering on June 11

1 year 3 months ago

Dtoid sister site, The Escapist, is proud to announce that they’ve partnered with GOG.com to host their very first Indie Showcase event from June 11-14, 2020.

This completely digital event will begin on June 11 with a "direct"-style showcase on YouTube, where they'll be showing off over 70 different indie games from developers all around the world. The showcase will include new reveals and lots of gameplay, and even had developers create short little developer diaries so you could meet the passionate people behind the games you'll be playing.

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Wes Tacos

Here’s Every Confirmed PS5 Game So Far

1 year 3 months ago

Sony is gearing up to release its next-gen console during the holiday season of 2020. The PS5 will feature tons of improvements over its predecessor such as a brand-new controller, faster loading speeds, upgraded graphics, and more. But what about the games? Here are all of the confirmed PS5 games that we know about so far.

Every Confirmed PS5 Game So Far

Chivalry 2

Deep Silver and Torn Banner Studios have recently announced that the first-person multiplayer medieval action game, Chivalry 2, will be coming to next-gen consoles.

Fortnite

Epic Games recently announced that it will be bringing the uber-popular free-to-play battle royale game to PS5 and Xbox Series X as a launch title.

Warframe

Warframe, the popular free-to-play third-person shooter from Digital Extremes, is confirmed to be headed into the next-generation, which of course includes the PS5. You can expect to see it on the new consoles at or shortly after launch.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla marks the latest entry in Ubisoft’s, now, action-RPG franchise. There’s Vikings, longships, and lots of blood, which you should expect from an AC game. This one will be coming out holiday 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, and PC.

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Last Day For Epic's Mega Sale: Steep Discounts, $10 Off Any $15+ Game, And More

1 year 3 months ago

The Epic Games Store's Mega Sale has been going on since May 14, but not much time is left to take advantage of its deals, as the sale ends tomorrow, June 11. The annual Epic Mega Sale has offered four weeks of game deals and a free mystery game every Thursday.

Epic kicked off the Mega Sale in a big way last month by offering Grand Theft Auto 5 for free, followed by Civilization VI and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The current freebie is Overcooked, and one more free game will be revealed tomorrow morning as the sale ends. Normally, we know what next week's freebie will be, but during the sale, Epic has kept each week's free game a mystery. We're keeping track of every Epic free game (past and current), so check out our guide for more info.

Of course, the Mega Sale is bringing a slew of discounts on Epic's biggest games, including Control for $30, Borderlands 3 for $30, and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $48. You can also snag Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $39--buying from Epic also gets you a free Stormtrooper outfit in Fortnite--and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Game of the Year Edition for $15.

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Jenae Sitzes

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The Best Pre-Built Gaming PCs To Buy (June 2020): Desktops For Many Price Ranges

1 year 3 months ago

Building your own PC requires patience, confidence, and time not everyone can afford. Picking out parts that are compatible with each other is a much easier task than it used to be, but if anything goes wrong it's up to you to figure out what the problem is. However, there's a great option out there for those that want to join the PC gaming world but aren't necessarily ready to build their own gaming PC. Pre-built gaming PCs skip the build step entirely, but even with these already-built rigs, you need to know what you're looking for. We've made it easy by selecting a variety of the best pre-built gaming PCs that are in stock and worth your money.

Pre-built gaming PCs have come a long way over the last couple of years, and while some are still more expensive than the sum of their parts, they're a convenient and great option for PC gaming. There are also a wide range of prices, much like PC parts themselves. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, then there are plenty with more modest specs to choose from. There are also pre-built gaming PCs that can rock high settings--and yes, your bank account, too.

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Big PS4 Games On Sale For PlayStation's Days Of Play 2020: Persona 5 Royal, MLB The Show 20, And More

1 year 3 months ago

PlayStation's Days of Play sale, an annual event that normally runs during E3, has returned this month with deals on PS4 exclusives and more. Unlike recent years, however, Days of Play doesn't feature PS4 consoles or PSVR hardware, which feels a tad strange considering the PS5 arrives later this year. That said, Days of Play is still offering great discounts on exclusive games, including MLB The Show 20, Nioh 2, Dreams, and more. Days of Play is live now until June 17, and major retailers are joining in on the fun as usual.

Below, we've rounded up the available PS4 deals in this year's Days of Play Sale and where you can buy them. You can also get 20% off full-priced merchandise from the PlayStation Gear Store during the sale by using promo code DAYSOFPLAY2020.

Participating retailers

As they do every year, multiple major retailers are offering PS4 deals as part of the Days of Play sale in addition to PSN and the PlayStation Gear Store. You can check out the sale page for your preferred retailer below. For the most part, deals are identical from store to store, although some deals are sold out or unavailable at certain retailers.

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PS5 Games Will Cost More To Make Than PS4 Games Have, PlayStation CEO Says

1 year 3 months ago

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are set to release this year, kicking off the next generation of consoles, and our first look at what the PS5 will be capable of came from a demonstration of Unreal Engine 5. But producing such highly detailed graphics will not come cheap, and could lead to an increase in the development cost of AAA games.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has talked to gamesindustry.biz about the cost of creating a game that will look like the Unreal Engine 5 reveal video, "Lumen in the Land of Nanite" (see our breakdown below), will cost a lot.

"I think, to the extent that the technology enables the graphics side of it to become more interesting and life-like, [the games] will become slightly more human intensive and capital intensive to produce," Ryan told the site, noting that there will "probably will be an increase in development budgets." However, he doesn't expect these changes to be too extreme. "We don't see it as being a massive increase," he says.

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The Last Of Us Part 2 PS4 Pre-Order Guide: Ellie Edition In Stock At Best Buy

1 year 3 months ago

The Last of Us Part 2 is easily one of our most anticipated games of 2020, and we finally have a set release date for it following the game's most recent delay. Once planned to release May 29, The Last of Us Part 2 will now release on June 19 for PS4. That means less than two weeks remain until fans can finally experience the rest of Ellie and Joel's story.

Logistical issues and the ability to ensure a simultaneous global launch were reasons for the latest delay, said developer Naughty Dog in a tweet on April 2. The new June date is possible due to "an ease in the global distribution environment," according to a PlayStation blog post. If you had digitally pre-ordered The Last of Us Part 2 before April 2, you should have received an automatic refund--people were notified via email. That means you'll need to pre-order your copy again to ensure you get the pre-order bonuses and have the game ready to go on June 19.

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Jenae Sitzes

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Xbox Free Games With Gold (June 2020)

1 year 3 months ago

With June in full swing, you can of course claim another round of Games with Gold freebies. Four more games are free in June for Xbox Live Gold subscribers--the lineup includes two Xbox One titles, one Xbox 360 game, and an original Xbox game that has a looming remake. As always, the freebies for Xbox 360 and original Xbox are backward compatible, and the first free games are available to claim now.

For starters, you can grab Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Xbox One. The Metroidvania from WayForward originally released in 2014 and stars a half-genie who wards off the invasion of her homeland by running, jumping, and whacking enemies with both her hair and items acquired along the way.

Original Xbox game Destroy All Humans is free now until June 15, which is interesting considering the Destroy All Humans remake is set to launch in July. The open-world action game has become a cult classic in recent years, so you can play the original before diving into the updated version this summer.

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Steven Petite

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