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First 4 Figures' Gravelord Nito statue has a cloak made of a hair and that just seems right

6 hours 18 minutes ago

As far as expensive-as-hell gaming statues go, First 4 Figures' take on Gravelord Nito from Dark Souls speaks to me strictly on a window-shopping level. But I love him. I love him and his "faux hair cloak."

Folks, this 27" tall statue costs $700 – and that's the early bird price, without shipping.

If you can swing it, good for you. Discounted pre-orders are open until February 3 with an expected ship date of Q1 2022. Your Dark Souls collection – which I assume you have, because who would start collecting merch with such a high-effort statue – will be all the more imposing with Nito standing tall.

For the rest of us, hey, at least he's fun to look at. It's tough to appreciate the big lug when skeletons are nipping at your heels and you really don't want to make the trek through the Tomb of Giants again.

I'll continue to appreciate First 4 Figures from a distance... with my credit card locked up tight.

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Jordan Devore

Resident Evil Village is out May 7 and that includes PS4 and Xbox One

7 hours 7 minutes ago

During this afternoon's Resident Evil showcase event, Capcom announced a May 7, 2021 worldwide release for Resident Evil Village. That includes not just PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, but also the getting-on-in-years PS4 and Xbox One. Capcom "worked hard" to pull off the simultaneous launch.

If you're picking up the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions, you'll be able to upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S equivalent at no extra cost. A PS5-exclusive combat-free demo, Maiden, is coming today, followed by a new, "separate" demo that's hitting "all platforms" later "this spring."

"Maiden was originally designed as a visual demo that would allow you to explore the inside of Dimitrescu Castle, but it evolved to include a short story and puzzle solving," said producer Peter Fabiano. "Maiden is not the name of any person, but instead it symbolizes the protagonist, a girl who's trapped in Dimitrescu Castle." Standalone but related demos are one of my favorite parts of this series.

I'm stoked to pick up where the insanity of Resident Evil 7 left off, but with even more strangeness.

As for the new packed-in multiplayer game, Re:Verse, it's going to face an uphill battle based on the chaotic PvP footage that aired today. Jack Baker versus Leon Kennedy versus Hunk versus Nemesis in the Raccoon City Police Station sounds entertaining on paper, but making that work in practice – especially when fans would prefer Mercenaries as a side activity? – yeah, that's a hard sell. Again.

Author
Jordan Devore

Resident Evil Showcase on January 21 will include new Village trailer and mystery beta news

7 hours 33 minutes ago

[Update: The Resident Evil showcase event is starting soon.]

Capcom has announced that it will broadcast a special "Resident Evil Showcase" live stream on January 21. The stream will feature a new trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil Village, as well as brand new gameplay footage, and "much more" pertaining to the Resident Evil franchise.

Perhaps most intriguingly, Capcom is for applicants who wish to be included in a closed beta for a mystery title that celebrates "the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil." The beta will run from January 28-30 on PS4 and Xbox One. If you are over 18, have a Capcom ID, and have said ID linked to the Resident Evil Ambassador Program, then you can throw your name in the (giant society queen's) hat over on the official Resident Evil website.

Resident Evil Village launches later in 2021 for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X.

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Chris Moyse

Ninjala celebrates six million global downloads

7 hours 48 minutes ago

It has to be said that GungHo Online's arena shooter Ninjala didn't quite take the world by storm as the developer had perhaps hoped, but that doesn't mean that the vibrant multiplayer title hasn't won over its fair share of fans. In fact, GungHo just announced a milestone of six million total downloads, garnered over the seven months since the game's release.

Available as a free-to-play title for Nintendo Switch, Ninjala combines chaotic melee combat with acrobatic parlour-style stage traversal, as players battle it out in a number of modes to take their team to victory. Inevitably drawing comparisons with Nintendo's own multiplayer battler, Splatoon, Ninjala has not seen quite the same level of success, but has found favor with some fans due to its lighthearted action and emphasis on customization.

The five million download milestone was achieved back in October 2020, so another million players have jumped into Ninjala's sticky world over the winter period. GungHo Online has more updates planned for the title throughout 2021, so it would appear that – for now at least – Ninjala's bubble hasn't burst.

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Chris Moyse

Stardock's 4X space strategy game Galactic Civilizations III is free this week

8 hours 18 minutes ago

If you're looking to become embroiled in a complex galactic power struggle late into the night, then you may want to nab Galactic Civilizations III, a sci-fi 4X game from Stardock, while it's free to keep.

The Epic Games Store is giving out this 2015 PC game until January 28, 2021. It's the base edition – normally $40 – so you're not getting Galactic Civilizations III's (numerous) DLC packs or expansions.

The next freebie on the Epic Store, Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition, will be up from January 28 to February 4. One of our readers, Nior, shared an excellent write-up about this "cultural metroidvania."

Me? I'm just getting a kick out of this screenshot that reminds me of Escharum from Halo Infinite.

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Jordan Devore

Former EA and Xbox exec Peter Moore joins Unity Technologies

8 hours 48 minutes ago

Former Electronic Arts and Xbox executive Peter Moore announced that he has accepted a new role in Unity Technologies, the developer behind the prolific and widely used Unity multimedia toolsets. Moore will take the role of SVP and GM of Sports and Live Entertainment.

Speaking on Twitter, Moore said that he was "Delighted to be reunited with so many industry friends" before noting that he would be getting straight to work on some non-descript "cool stuff." Moore has been a long-time sports fan, and in fact left the gaming industry in 2017 in order to become CEO of his favorite football team, Liverpool FC.

Moore's resume has seen the 66-year-old rub shoulders with some of the video game industry's biggest companies. A former President of Sega of America, VP of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft Xbox, head of the sports division and Chief Competition Officer at Electronic Arts, Moore has enjoyed a varied and very successful career and – supposedly – has the tattoos to prove it.

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Chris Moyse

It's time to call dibs on the best Destruction AllStars characters

9 hours 18 minutes ago

I'd be lying if I said I've been using my PS5 a ton lately. I'm firmly in a "post-launch funk" after playing most of the games I wanted to check out while I wait for price drops for the question marks. I like this console, especially now that it's in a more stable place, but I'm ready for that next new thing. For many PlayStation Plus members, myself included, it's probably going to be Destruction AllStars next month.

Assuming this hero-based vehicular combat game resonates with the PS5 audience, I mean.

We'd be having a very different discussion about Destruction AllStars if it were still a $70 game (as was once the plan), but as a PlayStation Plus perk, it should stand a chance of catching on, at least for a couple of months. As I said, I'm in a position to want to play something new on PS5, and it doesn't necessarily have to be in my wheelhouse so long as it feels fresh. The Fury Road spikes help, I'll admit.

Author
Jordan Devore

Atomic Heart is a harsh tale of a Soviet robot revolution

9 hours 48 minutes ago

Alternate timelines are a staple of the RPG genre, offering up worlds and situations that verge just on the precipice of believably. The latest example of such fiction can be found in Atomic Heart – a first-person action RPG currently in development at Russian studio Mundfish.

Atomic Heart is the story of the rise of both Soviet Russia and the technological revolution. The country has amassed an army of robotic servants, holograms, and drones, successfully hitting the zenith of manufacture way ahead of its own timeline. Of course, as is often the case with such stories, something has seemingly gone very wrong with these impressive mechanical marvels, which spells trouble for our protagonist, a KGB officer currently locked down in one of the union's most prolific factories.

The video below offers a brief glimpse at Atomic Heart's steampunk-horror style. Produced in coordination with NVIDIA GeForce, the short preview shows off the visual effects that will bring Mundfish's world to life, spotlighting the title's ray-tracing and DLSS effects, as powered by the GeForce RTX card. It looks pretty snazzy, and with its intriguing setting and bleak storyline, Atomic Heart might prove a sleeper hit well worth keeping an eye on

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Chris Moyse

Nintendo Download: Cyber Shadow

10 hours 18 minutes ago

The day has come for Yacht Club Games to further test their mettle with publishing, as Cyber Shadow is right on the horizon. It's due out on January 26 on Switch, and will focus on retro-centric combat and platforming through the lens of a cyber ninja.

But before that happens, Hitman 3 - Cloud Version is out now, allowing Switch users to experience the end of the modern Hitman trilogy. A bunch of other games are out in the next week or so too, as the Nintendo eShop is hitting its stride again after a low key holiday break.

We're back on that "20-30 weekly eShop" decree again, as there's over 40 games flooding the marketplace just this week alone.

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Chris Carter

GAME responds to PlayStation 5 scalper concerns

10 hours 48 minutes ago

One continuing headache for video game buyers remains the ready shortage of next-gen platforms PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Both Sony and Microsoft's highly sought-after consoles continue to pop up at online retailers, only to sell out in scant minutes, inevitably leaving customers disappointed and frustrated.

Adding fury to mix, however, is the addition of "scalpers," individuals or groups who purchase multiple consoles en masse, before immediately offering them for re-sale, often at hugely inflated prices. While scalping has been prevalent in retail for decades, modern technology has made the practice more difficult to combat than ever before, due to the creation of bot software that carries out the sales process automatically.

Early this week, UK retailer GAME took stock of its latest batch of PS5 consoles, all of which – naturally – sold out in double-quick time. Soon afterward, a scalper firm took to Twitter to claim that it had successfully acquired over 2000 consoles from the sale, via the use of its bot software. Other Twitter users also claimed of having bagged multiple PS5 units, most with a flammable, antagonistic attitude that makes the claims harder to believe.

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Chris Moyse

Is your uncle in this old Nintendo of America HQ video?

11 hours 18 minutes ago

"My uncle works for Nintendo" is one of the funniest things I heard growing up, alongside of "my significant other lives in Canada/is somewhere else." But in this video, someone's uncle might show up!

Shared recently by the YouTube channel btm0815ma, the 20 minutes of raw footage provides a walkthrough of the Nintendo of America headquarters in Redmond, Washington in June of 1990. Note: it is raw, free of edits and flashy visuals most documentaries are known for.

Refreshingly, it shows the rottenness of a typical workday, along with some of the flashes of fun found in working for Nintendo. The part pretty much everyone wants to see is 14:00 in, where it centers on the playtester room. It's just a giant place full of guys and gals playing NES games: a wild sight! You also get some insight into the hardware manufacturing process with a look at Nintendo's assembly lines.

For me, the best part is near the beginning; when a presenter says their lines and flourishes the button of the script, then continues to stare blankly into the camera waiting for a cut.

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Chris Carter

Super Danganronpa 2 mystery maze event sounds scary in more ways than one

11 hours 48 minutes ago

As we enter 2021, the 10th anniversary celebrations for Kazutaka Kodaka's bizarre series Danganronpa look set to continue. The latest festivities seeing the arrival of a "mystery maze," which is scheduled to open in Shibuya, Japan from January 22.

As reported by Famitsu, Super Danganronpa 2 The Mystery Maze will offer Danganronpa fans the opportunity to dash through a real-life labyrinth of sorts, gathering clues and solving puzzles whilst staying one step ahead of the evil machinations of killer plushie Monokuma. For an entrance fee of ¥2,750 ($25 USD), each attendee will receive a selection of exclusive merchandise, along with the priceless life experience of having survived one of Monokuma's death traps.

Speaking of which, I don't want to be a party pooper, but I'm not entirely sure a public maze event is quite the "day out" in these legitimately frightening COVID-19 times. It seems that the organizers are aware of this – at least to some degree – as they are restricting ticket sales, and will decide on the participants by lottery should there be too many applicants.

Tellingly, the organizers have also reserved the right to postpone or outright cancel Super Danganronpa 2 The Mystery Maze at a moment's notice... Maybe make that moment "right now"? It's honestly pretty baffling that they're holding this event in the first place.

Author
Chris Moyse

This group made themed instruction manuals for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and I'd buy them in a heartbeat

12 hours 18 minutes ago

I understand companies not wanting to flood packaging with physical instruction manuals a lot of people will never use or read.

But...I want them, and frequently seek them out. Nosey Tengu and a team of creatives heeded that call for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and made their own "Garreg Mach Monastery-approved" booklet. Yep, I want it. As folks who have played Three Houses know, the intricacies run deep both mechanically and thematically, which is why these themed books (one for each house) fit so well.

Nosey Tengu says that the booklets are "meant to serve as an introduction to the game's setting and characters," and are "very light on spoilers." It even has commissioned art! A reminder: a bunch of people worked on this, and you can find the thread to the credits below. You can also support Nosey Tengu's efforts here.

Nosey Tengu [Twitter]

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Chris Carter

Capcom sales on a roll thanks to Monster Hunter and Resident Evil

12 hours 48 minutes ago

It has been a very successful few years for Capcom. So much so, that the Japanese developer/publisher has actually gone ahead and raised its revenue forecasts for the year, such is the company's confidence that its good fortunes are set to continue into 2021.

Capcom now predicts that it will rake in somewhere in the region of ¥92 billion (roughly $890 million USD) in net sales, which is a forecast increase of 8.2% on its previous prediction of ¥85 billion (or $792 million USD). In addition, Capcom has raised its operating income forecast to ¥30.5 billion ($294 million) and its standard income to ¥30 billion ($290 million). Big bucks, I'm sure you'll agree.

The publisher's success has come from a string of smash hits released over the previous few years. The launch of Monster Hunter World in 2019 - now Capcom's best-selling release ever - kicked off the party, followed by solid global sales on Devil May Cry V, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and remakes of PlayStation classics Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.

Author
Chris Moyse

This Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod tricks out Link's house

13 hours 18 minutes ago

Remember when Bilbo returned to The Shire and had to reclaim his own stuff? Well, if he had video game/anime amnesia, he probably wouldn't have been as pissed off about it.

It's safe to say that in pretty much any game, having a humble yet functional abode is extremely important to me. In Elder Scrolls and Fallout games I'm very careful when choosing my home, but in Breath of the Wild, you only get one real choice: the house in Hateno village.

As we know from various lore bits, the Hateno house likely belongs to Link, decades before the events of the game. Well, famed Zelda modder Waikuteru is at it again, as they've whipped up a mod that upgrades that very house.

Here's what it adds:

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Chris Carter

Limbo developer Playdead acquiring staff for its new sci-fi adventure

13 hours 48 minutes ago

Playdead, the esoteric indie developer behind creepy puzzle-platformers Limbo and Inside are currently looking for staff to work with the studio on a new, still unannounced project.

As spotted by @MauroNL3, Playdead is advertising vacancies for what seems to be a full development team, including coders, designers, and artists, as well as a technical director. While the new game is still not titled, the job listing describes a third-person science-fiction adventure, set in a remote corner of the universe. The technical director role asks for an individual with "open world, AAA, or other related experience." Curiouser and curiouser. At least we have several new pieces of concept art to peruse.

Also of note from the individual job descriptions: "Our approach to development does not include crunching towards arbitrary deadlines - instead, we particularly look for talented people who enjoy managing their own schedule and thrive on working within a friendly, collaborative environment."

Limbo (2010) and Inside (2016) both saw critical and commercial success thanks to their creepy and nightmarish atmosphere, simple but hooking gameplay, and eccentric and mysterious characters and worlds. While we know nothing specific of this new project, logic dictates that Playdead will continue with the style that brought them to the dance. It’s been a while, but hopefully we'll be hearing more about this venture soon.

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Chris Moyse

European Commission fines Valve, Capcom, Zenimax and others $9.4 million in antitrust ruling

14 hours 18 minutes ago

Following investigation by the European Commission, a selection of publishers have been hit with a combined €7.8 million EUR (or roughly $9.4 million USD) fine following accusations of geo-blocking practices.

In an official ruling by the Commission, it was decided Capcom, Bandai Namco, ZeniMax, Koch Media, Focus Home Interactive, and Steam owner Valve had breached antitrust laws by region-locking Steam activation keys for over 100 titles between the years of 2010 and 2015. The titles in question were rendered unusable outside of Czechia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, thus breaching the commission's "Single-Market" policies.

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Chris Moyse

Oh my God we're getting a Puzzle Quest 3

15 hours 18 minutes ago

"You are victorious!"

I've heard those words a thousand times over the course of my multiple Puzzle Quest playthroughs. It all started back in March of 2007, and has, sporadically, continued to this day. While hope was lost for a while that the series would continue in earnest, a 2019 Switch port (with some new content) hinted that one day, we could see it return. That day has come.

Announced by way of publisher 505 Games, who acquired developer Infinity Plus Two (formerly known as Infinite Interactive, the original creator of Puzzle Quest), Puzzle Quest 3 is coming "later this year" on PC and mobile devices, with "additional platforms to be announced."

Note that the game is free-to-play, but monetization details haven't been announced yet. Amazingly, the game takes place "500 years after the original Puzzle Quest" (lore continuation?!), and involves "a 3D game world."

Just don't screw up the monetization and we're here for it.

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Chris Carter

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town's expansion pass will bring back some familiar faces

16 hours 18 minutes ago

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bokujo Monogatari/Story of Seasons franchise, and Marvelous is doing what it can to keep players hooked to its upcoming release throughout 2021. The next entry in the series, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, is slated for release in the west this March. Starting in April, players will be able to download DLC expansions that will add new locations and scenarios to the game, as well as some returning faces.

The expansion pass will include five parts, with one part to release each month from April through August. Included in this DLC are:

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CJ Andriessen

New Pokemon Snap debuts Japanese TV commercial

19 hours 18 minutes ago

Shutterbugs waiting on the return of Pokemon Snap might enjoy this blink-and-you'll-miss-it TV commercial for the upcoming Nintendo Switch release, which has started airing on Japanese television.

The typically enthusiastic short stars young actor Kokoro Tarada and YouTuber Fuwa-Chan as the duo prepare to enter the world of "Pokemon Ecology", both dressed to the nines as old-school explorers and ready to get snap-happy on the wide variety of Pokemon that await within. Brief gameplay footage then gives us a sneak peek at all our favorite characters, including Pikachu... Apple Burner... LongBeak... and... Butterfly.

You can check out the commercial below, courtesy of NintendoEverything.

New Pokemon Snap launches on Nintendo Switch April 30. Pith helmet not required.

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Chris Moyse

Contest: Win Tremors on Blu-ray, courtesy of Arrow Video

1 day 4 hours ago

In today's contest you can win a Blu-ray copy of Tremors from Arrow Video!

Usually I introduce this kind of stuff and try to take it seriously. You can probably find LOTS of evidence to the contrary, but shut up I don't care. I'm a Professional Internet Writer, damn it, DAD! I mean, readers!

Ahem. So today we're giving away Arrow Video's release of Tremors on Blu-ray, and instead of wasting your time telling you what the movie's about (it's a comedy/horror film where giant underground worms terrorize a small Nevada town) I'm going to waste your time telling you about why I chose this movie.

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Wes Tacos

Opera bought the owner of GameMaker for its new gaming division

1 day 6 hours ago

Opera – as in, the people behind that web browser you might've used years ago – is in the gaming industry spotlight this week. The company picked up YoYo Games, the owner of GameMaker Studio 2, for $10 million as it looks to expand its gamer-leaning Opera GX browser and Opera Gaming division.

Come again? If this is the first you're hearing about any of this, same. That browser looks wild.

As a quick refresher, YoYo Games was previously acquired in 2015 for $16.4 million by Playtech, a gambling software company, per GamesIndustry.biz. GameMaker was the basis for some of my favorite indie games including Downwell, Forager, and Nuclear Throne – even Undertale. According to Opera Gaming, the GameMaker engine "achieved 400K new registered creators in 2020." It's still going.

"For over twenty years, the vision behind the GameMaker engine was to not just create more games, but expand development within and beyond the game studio," said YoYo Games general manager Stuart Poole. "We think the transaction with Opera – whose products are known, trusted, and used worldwide by millions of people every month- represents a massive opportunity to accelerate fulfillment of that founding vision, during a period of exceptional growth for both companies."

Author
Jordan Devore

Review: Hitman 3

1 day 7 hours ago

Man I'm glad that IO Interactive was able to bail from a potential destruction of their studio with a buyout. It was really touch and go there for a bit, but they did it, and Hitman (among a few other IPs) came along for the ride.

It would have been a damn shame if Hitman 3 never came to fruition, because it feels like the culmination of everything the recent trilogy has achieved so far.

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Chris Carter

Fall Guys not coming to Xbox Game Pass, says Devolver, despite Instagram comments

1 day 7 hours ago

Devolver Digital has shut down rumors that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is headed to Xbox Game Pass. The publisher made the statement after comments on social media alluded to the arrival of Mediatonic's battle royale title on Microsoft's gaming service.

The confusion began when the official Xbox Game Pass Instagram account responded to a member of the public asking after the popular multiplayer title. "It's coming," noted Xbox Game Pass, complete with an eyes emoji. Devolver Digital, however, was quick to shut down this confirmation, succinctly stating "that's incorrect" when the comment was later referenced on Twitter.

The official Fall Guys Twitter then quickly joined the conversation, categorically stating that there are no plans in the immediate future to add Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout to the Xbox Game Pass service. Inevitably, the original comment on the Xbox Game Pass Instagram has since been deleted.

Fall Guys has continued its crown-grabbing ways as it enters the new year. Currently in its third season, Fall Guys will soon add some new mid-season content, that will freshen up some of the stages and also create the opportunity for some pegwin-dropping shenanigans!

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Chris Moyse

Gabe Newell says it's 'fun to ship games' and Valve 'definitely' has announcements to make

1 day 8 hours ago

In a wide-ranging interview with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, TVNZ's 1 News asked if there were any new Valve games "coming out soon" – to which he laughed and responded, "I'm sure there are."

"Yes, we definitely have games in development that we're going to be announcing," he elaborated, adding that "it's fun to ship games." Newell brought up last year's Half-Life: Alyx, a game that felt like a collective sigh of relief for anxious fans longing for something, anything. "Alyx was great; to be back doing single-player games, that created a lot of momentum inside of the company to do more of that."

On the topic of never-ending calls for Half-Life 3, Portal 3, and the number three in general, Newell said "the nice thing is, by not answering those questions, I avoid the community coming up with new, equally difficult-to-answer questions." (He was also asked about code-name "Citadel," but was coy as usual.)

I feel like we've heard this all before due to the way Valve works on its own time while fans dig for clues before they're finalized, but maybe – just maybe – things are different in a post-Half-Life: Alyx world.

As for Newell, he's residing in New Zealand and hopes to stay "for the foreseeable future." He also spoke about the country, Dota 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Valve Index, and what he's been playing lately.

Author
Jordan Devore

The Captain Toad levels got a co-op boost for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

1 day 8 hours ago

As a fan of the Wii U original, I've gone from vaguely expecting to play Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury "when the time is right" to wanting to play it straight away in February – and feeling good about that choice. I wasn't mentally at that point until we saw what Bowser's Fury entailed and learned there would be co-op (albeit only for two players instead of the main campaign's four-player hijinks).

That's quite the turnaround. And funnily enough, it's a similar trajectory as Pikmin 3 Deluxe – another genuinely excellent Wii U gem that I felt was worth picking up again for its extra multiplayer support.

That said, it looks like Nintendo is going the extra mile with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. As shown in a gameplay clip on Twitter today, the upgraded Switch title will have four-player co-op in the Captain Toad puzzle levels. Remember those? The lines are pretty blurred for me at this point.

Author
Jordan Devore

Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition will add remaining expansion packs on consoles

1 day 9 hours ago

The console editions of Two Point Studios' Two Point Hospital are set to be brought up to speed in the coming months, with the arrival and several paid expansions and content packs, previously made available on the PC edition of the lighthearted medical management sim.

Launching March 5, both the Off the Grid and Close Encounters expansions will be available to purchase on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The former features a green ecology theme, while the latter deals with an alien invasion in sleepy Two Point County. Both expansions feature a glut of new locations, illnesses, equipment and music, and Tannoy audio.

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Chris Moyse

Here's the latest news on the big February Final Fantasy XIV reveal stream

1 day 9 hours ago

Square Enix has shifted some things around a bit, rolling several breakout streams into one big one.

That date is steadily approaching, as February 5 is nearly here, which will present the "Announcement Showcase" that the publisher is making a big deal about. It'll be broadcast on YouTube, Niconicolive, and Twitch at 5:30PM PT, and will contain "live interpretation from Japanese to English." So it's not going to be one of those "wait for a translator on Twitter to give us the details after the stream" kind of events.

Now there's a lot of things that Square Enix could share here, but the big speculative stuff is definitely a potential PS5 port and expansion reveal. The latter is pretty much certain, barring any major delays due to the events of the past year; while the former was only vaguely hinted at in the past, at best.

It should be a pretty good time, especially given how lore-heavy and full of Easter eggs these things can be. The game's producer Yoshi P strikes a great balance between mechanics and fluff for these things, so it'll likely appeal to both casual and hardcore fans; just as past streams have.

Watch the Announcement Showcase on Friday, February 5! [FFXIV]

Here's the latest news on the big February Final Fantasy XIV reveal stream screenshot

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Chris Carter

Mobile gaming saw a record rise in new players in 2020

1 day 10 hours ago

Earlier in the week, we reported on how gaming raked in record numbers in revenue across 2020, in part due to the launch of new platforms PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and in part due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which kept many across the globe indoors and under lockdown legislation.

In news that will likely come of no surprise, mobile gaming was one of the most lucrative and active fields of the medium. A collaborative report between the number-crunchers at The NPD Group and Sensor Tower reveals that of the 303.7 million mobile users in the U.S. and Canada, a huge 238.7 million recognize themselves as "mobile gamers".

This is an increase of 12% on the same statistics gathered in 2019, with previous reports seeing only a single-digit year-on-year raise in "mobile gamers". Play time has also increased, with many mobile players estimating an increase of around two hoursgaming  per week, clocking in an average of eight hours of play time over 2019's six hours.

"Mobile is the most popular platform in the video game industry, with wide and increasing appeal across all age groups," said NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella. "Its strength comes not only from its accessibility and availability but also from the incredible diversity in mobile titles available. From evergreen properties such as Candy Crush Saga, Pokémon Go, and Clash of Clans, to newer hits like Call of Duty: Mobile, and Among Us, mobile gaming's growth is certain to continue well into the future."

Author
Chris Moyse

Pokemon Snap on Switch is 6.8 GB, will have some form of online play

1 day 10 hours ago

The other day, we got an actual release date for New Pokémon Snap, and I couldn't be happier that it's basically on the horizon. The original game still absolutely slaps, so I hope this new iteration delivers even a fraction of that feel-good fun.

In the meantime, we can look to the future, as Nintendo has unveiled several details about this upcoming version. As expected it's going to be a full $59.99 release, but now we know that it'll clock in at 6.8 GB in size. Here's the curious part though: the listing also notes that it will have "online play" of some sort, as well as cloud save support.

Will it be in the form of innocent "picture uploading and liking," perhaps? Like a sort of pseudo-social network? Or will it feature a legit online play component? Time will tell, but we know that there's going to be a lot of Pokémon news coming this year in honor of the 25th anniversary.

New Pokémon Snap [Nintendo]

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Chris Carter

The latest major update for Horizon Zero Dawn PC will be one of its last

1 day 11 hours ago

Guerrilla Games has launched a major update for the PC edition of Horizon Zero Dawn. Version 1.10, which is live in-game right now, brings a variety of graphical improvements, performance tweaks, and bug fixes to Aloy's mechanized world of adventure.

In doing so, Guerrilla Games took time to note that Version 1.10 will be one of the last major updates to Horizon's PC port, as the team will now be shifting its priorities toward sequel Horizon Forbidden West, revealed during Sony's PlayStation 5 2020 event and currently in production for PS4 and PS5, with an eye to release at some point later in 2021.

"As our team continues development on our upcoming title Horizon Forbidden West, we are shifting to less frequent updates for Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC after this patch," said the developer. "Please note that we will continue to monitor our community spaces as always! We want to thank you all for your continued support and for sending in your crash reports over the past months. The information we received through your reports was invaluable to further investigate and help fix some of the trickier issues that we fixed in Patch 1.10."

This doesn't necessarily mean that Horizon Zero Dawn on PC will not receive further improvements - and lord knows it needed them at its less-than-stellar launch - but clearly Guerrilla are essentially done getting the desktop edition up to scratch, and will now be focusing development on Aloy's next jaunt into the mechanical wilderness.

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Chris Moyse

The Mario 35 event, which grants 350 Platinum Points for little effort, is live

1 day 11 hours ago

Super Mario Bros. 35 is still trucking, inching closer to its expiration date. But before then, Nintendo has a quick little event in store for us.

The challenge? Kill 3.5 million Bowsers from 11PM PT on January 18 through 10:59PM PT on January 25. Or more simply, you only need to kill one Bowser to net a potential reward of 350 Platinum Points (which can be used on physical or digital goods at My Nintendo).

You can defeat your Bowser through the standard mode or the new event; which I'd highly recommend as it's catered around finding Bowser quicker. I ran the event several times, and since you start with a Fire Flower, you can take out Bowser fairly quickly if you run across one (whether it's in a castle level or via someone sending it your way as a hazard).

Just to be sure I ran a few courses and took out around five Bowsers over the course of roughly 10 minutes. It's easy! If you have Switch Online you have Mario 35, so you may as well dive in, get it done, and (probably) reap the 350 platinum benefit.

Since these events can be a little finicky sometimes in terms of timelines, we've provided the official documentation below just in case. Make a reminder to do it! It's one of the simplest ways to get platinum yet, that you can use on stuff like this.

Take on Bowser and earn 350 Platinum Points in the Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge [My Nintendo]

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Chris Carter

PC specs offer large hopes that small rigs will run The Medium

1 day 12 hours ago

We are just a week out from the launch of Bloober Team's latest chilling horror jaunt, The Medium, which will launch on Xbox Series X and PC January 28. For those of you gaming on the latter platform, at least one impending fear can be put to rest, as the developer has released the rig requirements need to guide Marianne through her waking nightmare.

It's a relatively complex state of affairs, as the visual guide below mostly caters for 30FPS running at 1080p and above. So if you want the silky smoothness of 60FPS, and really want to rally up the resolution, then be sure to add a little extra juice to the statistics listed. For the most part, many modern rigs will run The Medium at low-to-mid settings, but given the action-RPG is visual heavy, with emphasis on atmosphere and effects, top-tier might be the way to go. The Medium doesn't require, but recommends that players use an SSD.

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Chris Moyse

Even The Predator is in Fortnite now, here's how to unlock him

1 day 12 hours ago

We knew The Predator was coming because of a few recent quests; and because nearly all Fornite info can be datamined, we knew it was coming on January 20.

This past week Epic invited players to locate a crashed ship in an area that was rife with the creature's classic clicking sounds. Amid rewards of a very Predator persuasion, it was obvious that the character was coming at some point. Now we know exactly what he looks like in-game thanks to a new blog post and a trailer, which you can catch below.

Having the prerequisites done for some time, I updated Fortnite and jumped in to see what the rest of the hubbub involved.

The Predator is part of the battle pass (so you'll need that), and all you need to do to unlock him is take him out in Sneaky Stronghold in battle royale (he's typically in the northwest corner near his ship).

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Chris Carter

Star Fox and Tingle designer Takaya Imamura leaves Nintendo after three decades of service

1 day 13 hours ago

As of tomorrow, there will be one less legend at the hallowed halls of Nintendo. Takaya Imamura, who worked as a prolific designer, producer, and director for the developer, will leave the company today after 32 long years of service.

"Today is my last day coming to work," Imamura said this morning on Facebook (as translated by Gematsu) "I took a selfie with the empty office building. It feels pretty sad to think about not coming here anymore… Hats off to myself for 32 years of hard work!"

I'm sure any Nintendo devotee would gladly join Imamura in his self-congratulatory wishes. The 54-year-old joined Nintendo back in 1989 as a graphic artist, designing the vehicles and pilots for anti-gravity racer F-Zero, including Captain Falcon. But perhaps Imamura's lasting legacy will be his work on the Star Fox franchise, as he is responsible for the design of its lead hero, Fox McCloud, alongside numerous other characters.

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Chris Moyse

Immortals Fenyx Rising is seemingly getting a demo, and it's a perfect 'try before you buy' game

1 day 14 hours ago

Immortals Fenyx Rising came out over a month ago and I still see people on the fence, or stewing about whether or not to pick it up. A demo would help!

Doubly so for Immortals, which for some has scratched an open world itch that has been lingering for a long while; or for same, fails to sate that same need due to an over-reliance on standard Ubisoft open world tropes. The choice is yours! The truth may lie somewhere in the middle.

So about that demo: the Twitter account PSN releases scrapped the PSN, and found that a demo (with a legit ID) was coming to the European digital marketplace via PS4. Now Ubisoft could easily roll this demo out to the PS5, or platforms outside of Sony's purview. If that's the case, there's going to be a lot of happy people pretty soon! This game practically begs for a demo run.

PSN releases [Twitter]

Immortals Fenyx Rising is seemingly getting a demo, and it's a perfect 'try before you buy' game screenshot

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Chris Carter

Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2 mockup is Lizardcube's stylish imagining of an SNK classic

1 day 15 hours ago

To this day, SNK's 1999 release Garou: Mark of the Wolves stands as one of the greatest fighting games ever made, period. Launched amidst a run of fairly interchangeable King of Fighters releases, the ninth - and to date final - episode in the Fatal Fury saga remains etched in the annals of video game history.

So it's no wonder that since its genre-shaking release, fight fans have been calling for a sequel, or even just a remaster, which will allow new generations of players to feast upon the luscious visuals, beautiful animation, cool sounds, and deep, satisfying gameplay that sees Terry Bogard, B. Jenet, Tizoc and Hotaru throwing fists in the climax of South Town's battle for dominance.

Lizardcube, the retro-lovin' studio responsible for throwbacks such as Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap and last year's amazing Streets of Rage 4 clearly hold Garou in similarly high regard, releasing this stunning mockup, which hypothetically imagines what could be should its talented team of artists and designers be let loose on the Fatal Fury universe. The image features Garou's baggy-jacketed protagonist Rock Howard, preparing to throw down with "Boss Fur" against a typically detailed SNK-style backdrop.

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Chris Moyse

Job listings hint at unannounced project from God of War developer

1 day 16 hours ago

Despite already being hard at work on the sequel to 2018 smash hit God of War, Sony Santa Monica appears to be gathering staff to work with the company on a mystery second project.

A vacancy listed on both the studio's official website and Twitter reveals an opening at the studio for a full-time art director, which the vacancy specifically notes is for an "unannounced new title." Other vacancies aligned with this title include open roles for lead writers, gameplay designers, and coders.

"Game studio making game" news, right? Sure, I hear you. But given Sony Santa Monica's pedigree – and the stunning success of God of War on both a technical and commercial level – it's exciting to hear that the talented studio has an all-new title in the works, hopefully one that will capture the incredible visual design, immersive narrative, and arresting gameplay of Kratos' and Atreus' epic adventure.

Job ad suggests Sony's God of War studio is working on a second project [VGC]

Job listings hint at unannounced project from God of War developer screenshot

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Chris Moyse

Corpse Party remake will launch in Japan next month on PS4 and Switch

1 day 19 hours ago

Mages has offered a Japanese release date for its super-gross remake Corpse Party Blood Covered... Repeated Fear. The grisly horror adventure will launch digitally on PS4 and Nintendo Switch on February 28, though a western localization is still yet to be announced.

Corpse Party Blood Covered... Repeated Fear is a remake of the similarly titled 2015 Nintendo 3DS release – which itself is a remaster of the original Corpse Party. The new edition of the horror classic has been entirely rebuilt upon a new engine, adding extra chapters and newly recorded voiceover work for some of the game's previously silent characters.

For those of a delicate disposition, the Corpse Party series is a multimedia franchise that began way back in 1996. Typically, the series games, manga, and anime tell miserable stories of death and dismay as hapless schoolgirls fall foul of haunted houses and deranged killers, often coming to particularly brutal and sticky ends. A series yet to acknowledge the concept of "less is more," Corpse Party has built a devoted following with its tales of torment.

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Chris Moyse

Donkey Kong Country artist Kevin Bayliss pulled out old character sketches for a show and tell

2 days 5 hours ago

Aside from my normal rotation of gaming-adjacent YouTube subs that I keep tabs on a few times a week, lately, my feed has been full of anything but modern video games – hardware mods, console restorations, little-known tidbits about my favorite series, wacky lists, and everything in between.

It's entirely on-brand that I'd come across a video from former Rare artist Kev Bayliss covering his original Donkey Kong Country sketches – including the iconic Animal Buddies – from 1993.

These are some of the "original scribbles which were used as a basis for us to model our 3D graphics for Donkey Kong Country," he said. "There's not a lot here, really – it's just a lot of scribbles – and as I say, they're very crude, but it was all we needed back in the day before we began modeling our characters."

"We just needed a couple of sketches so that we could refer to them and say 'Yeah, we want a frog,' and then we'd probably consult our natural history books or whatever we had on our desks way before the internet, and we'd look at all the finer details."

"If you were to present this as concept art nowadays people would just laugh at you," Bayliss added.

I particularly love the scratched-out names that weren't used (Rambi the Rhino is presented here as "Rhidocerus") and the "meaner," more Battletoads-esque variations that were considered. He also showed off a "Slippas" snake enemy that could stun the Kongs and an early look at the Kremlings.

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Jordan Devore