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The New PS5 Model Isn't Worse Even With Its Smaller Cooler, Reports Say

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Sony's new version of the PS5, which comes with a new screw for its stand and weighs about two-thirds of a pound lighter, isn't actually worse than its launch version, according to extensive testing done by Digital Foundry and Gamer's Nexus. That's in spite of claims from YouTuber Austin Evans, who showed that the weight shed off in the new PS5 model came almost entirely from the console's cooling element.

Naturally, the result of reducing the overall size of a console's cooling element will cause it to run a bit hotter, and for what it's worth, the new version of the PS5 does, albeit just slightly. The difference, which amounts to a couple of degrees Celsius, is the same that a PC enthusiast would see switching from one CPU cooler to another. In the tech world, this kind of change in temperature for consumer electronics is called negligible.

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Otto Kratky

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard Has Some Nasty Graphical Bugs On Xbox Right Now

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The Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer beta's second weekend has begun, but it's not going over so well for some Xbox players. People have reported serious-looking graphical bugs on Xbox that are so severe they are impacting gameplay.

Sledgehammer Games is aware of the problem and is currently "investigating this issue." You can see some examples of the graphical bugs below; as you'll see, they can be very extreme in nature.

Vanguard Beta Graphical Bugs On Xbox

The Modern Warzone account posted a video of a horrible graphics bug that pretty much completely overwhelms the screen and renders the game unplayable. A video from user Unleashion showcases a less extreme but still nasty graphical bug that interrupts gameplay in a meaningful way. Videos from other uses show off similarly problematic graphical bugs. You can see some examples below.

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Eddie Makuch

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Alan Wake Remastered Preorders Are Live

1 day 1 hour ago

Remedy Entertainment showed off gameplay footage of the upcoming remaster of its cult classic Alan Wake during the latest PlayStation Showcase. Alan Wake Remastered releases on October 5 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, and preorders are live now.

Alan Wake Remastered has a free upgrade from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S. The remaster only includes the base game, not the post-launch spin-off Alan Wake's American Nightmare. The remaster will, however, have the two story expansions: The Signal and The Writer. Also, the remaster only costs $30.

It's worth noting that Alan Wake Remastered won't have the advertisements for real-life brands like Energizer and Verizon seen in the original. The random product placements will be replaced with fictional branding.

Alan Wake Remastered preorder bonuses

No preorder bonuses are available for Alan Wake Remastered.

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Here Are The Changes In Call Of Duty: Vanguard's Second Beta

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Call of Duty: Vanguard's second multiplayer beta weekend is now live, bringing PlayStation, Xbox, and PC users together for a weekend of crossplay. In today's blog post, developer Sledgehammer Games revealed some changes made with this second multiplayer beta test.

Fixes For Weekend 2

Last weekend's Vanguard beta let players get a taste of some of the guns, maps, and modes set to be featured in Call of Duty's return to World War II, but there were some concerns of visibility and audio issues. Today, Sledgehammer Games announced one of the visibility issues has been temporarily addressed, which is the distortion that affects the line of sight when players fire their weapons.

Sledgehammer explains, "Distortion has been turned off globally to improve visibility when Aiming Down Sights. Since we've disabled distortion globally, this will also affect the appearance of fire and explosions throughout the Beta and reduce overall visual fidelity. This change is a temporary solve to mitigate visibility issues so players can focus on gameplay."

In terms of audio issues, Sledgehammer says the audio team is aware of volume and mixing issues and bugs thanks to player feedback. It is working to have everything balanced for launch.

A change was also made to the Armor Field Upgrade to keep it from being such an overpowered option. The recharge rate was increased from a fast to slow recharge. The armor health was drastically reduced from 150HP to 50HP.

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S.E. Doster

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New Overwatch 2 Details Coming As Part Of The Overwatch League Grand Finals

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New details on Overwatch 2 are on the horizon, with the game set to make a special appearance during the Overwatch League Grand Finals on September 25. There will be looks at reworked heroes as well as a special Overwatch 2 exhibition match.

As part of the Overwatch League Grand Finals preshow and halftime event, Blizzard will put a spotlight on hero reworks for Bastion and Sombra, while also breaking down Bastion's new look and how it fits into the developer's philosophy behind designing the sequel.

The first-ever Overwatch 2 exhibition match will feature various pro Overwatch League players taking the game for a spin, and should give fans their best look yet at the game in action. The finals and exhibition match will be livestreamed via YouTube.

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Most Of Gran Turismo 7 Is Online-Only

1 day 2 hours ago

Gran Turismo 7's new campaign mode, and most of the game in general, will require an internet connection to play.

The news comes from a new interview with Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi via Eurogamer, in which Yamauchi clarified that the majority of Gran Turismo 7's modes, including campaign and the new GT Cafe mode, will be online-only.

"The requirement for the online connection isn't specific to the Cafe per se," Yamauchi said. "It's just to prevent cheating overall from people trying to modify the save data, so that's the reason for the online connection."

Yamauchi goes on to clarify that the online connection requirement for campaign will function similarly to that of Gran Turismo Sport, and that the only mode that will not require an online connection will be the game's arcade mode, as it doesn't use save data.

Other details revealed by Yamauchi in the interview include the fact that the game's weather will be running in real time and will affect everything from the humidity in the air to road surface temperatures. Damage models for vehicles will be similar to that of Gran Turismo Sport (but improved) and that when it comes to PlayStation VR support, the team is "not at a state where we can talk about it yet."

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FIFA 22 Has Loot Boxes Again, But This Time You Can Preview What's In Them

1 day 2 hours ago

FIFA 22 will once again feature loot boxes, but Electronic Arts is making a change to how they work so people have better insight into the odds of unlocking a particular card. The game's Ultimate Team mode will use "preview packs," which the developer tested in FIFA 21. As reported by Eurogamer, the preview packs allows players to get a glimpse at what's in a particular pack before spending real money or in-game currency.

A post on EA's website explains how this works. "Preview Packs are a pack type that allow you to see all the specific Items contained within. Once you have seen what is in the pack, you can choose to buy the pack, with either FUT Coins or FIFA Points," EA said.

Here is what will be available at launch:

  • The Premium Gold Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.
  • The Premium Silver Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.

EA makes a gigantic amount of money from the Ultimate Team modes in its sports games, and FIFA is a particularly large success story for the company in this respect. Commenting on the preview pack trials for FIFA 21, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said this actually led to an increase in engagement and revenue.

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Eddie Makuch

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War September 16 Patch Notes Detail Fixes For Zombies

1 day 2 hours ago

The weekly update has arrived to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and the September 16 patch notes include some stability fixes for Zombies, but it's a pretty quiet update for multiplayer as Season 5 starts to wind down.

MP Weekly Playlists

Black Ops Cold War's featured playlists for multiplayer will include Nuketown 12v12, which is a moshpit of respawn modes with the chaos of double the players. Last week's Zoo 24/7 and Demolition playlists remain for another week.

Gunfight Blueprints is also in rotation this week, and Double Agent has replaced One in the Chamber as the newest mode in the Party Game playlist.

Zombies

Today's update for Zombies brings stability fixes related to Trials, joining matches in progress, the Black Chest world event in Outbreak, and enemies using projectiles on vehicles. The item rarity of the LT53 Kazimir equipment has been changed from rare to epic, which is going to help let players better identify the equipment, as previously it was hard to distinguish the LT53 Kazimir from frag grenades and decoys.

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No More Heroes 3 Tips And Boss Fight Guides

1 day 2 hours ago

No More Heroes 3 once again puts you into the stylish boots of Travis Touchdown. The punk rock series that started on the Wii has gotten its third and apparently final planned entry, wrapping up the story of Travis' quest to be the universe's greatest assassin. True to type, NMH3 presents a gauntlet of crazy bosses to fight your way through to prove you're the best.

And as a series of boss fights, this game packs plenty of surprises. Lots of the bosses have some kind of unique twist, whether in the story or mechanics. For that reason, we recommend not checking out one of the boss strategies until you've actually seen the boss for yourself, so you have that context going in. You've been warned! Below you'll find links to guides for each of the bosses, along with more general tips on how to get started. For more, check out our No More Heroes 3 review.

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Steve Watts

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Nintendo Is Making A New Switch Controller, According To FCC Filing

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Nintendo is apparently working on yet another controller for the Switch, but details on the new peripheral are about as sparse as they can get. The new controller was revealed in an FCC filing (originally spotted by VGC) from Nintendo, which is simply titled "game controller."

The only information that can currently be found in the filing is that the controller will be wireless, connecting to the Switch via Bluetooth. Everything else about the controller, including its schematics, user manual, and block diagram, has been made confidential at the request of Nintendo.

In a letter to the FCC requesting confidentiality on these parts of the controller, a representative for the company wrote, "The application contains technical information which we deem to be trade secrets and proprietary. If made public, the information might be used to the disadvantage of the applicant in the marketplace."

However, the FCC filing also shows that these confidential documents will be released to the public in exactly six months, meaning an announcement could come within the next year.

It's important to note that this new peripheral likely won't be a replacement for Nintendo's Joy-cons, but rather another wireless alternative to the troubled controller. After being out for nearly four years, issues with Joy-con drift, in which one of the controller's joysticks inputs a direction without being touched by the user, are still present. The issue was so prevalent that Nintendo's president, Shuntaro Furukawa issued an apology for the defect last year.

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Otto Kratky

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BloodRayne: ReVamped And BloodRayne 2: ReVamped Coming To Consoles This Fall

1 day 3 hours ago

Ziggurat Interactive announced BloodRayne: ReVamped and BloodRayne 2: ReVamped for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. These are enhanced editions of the first two original games for console players.

The games follow Rayne, a half-vampire who travels the world in order to foil Nazi plans, battle supernatural threats, and discover more about her vampire heritage. The feedback for the enhanced PC versions of the two games released last year, titled BloodRayne: Terminal Cut and BloodRayne 2: Terminal Cut, was well-received.

"Fans of the series are asking for us to bring BloodRayne to more platforms, and we are happy to give console players the update they have been asking for with these ReVamped editions," says Ziggurat SVP of business development Michael Devine.

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Get 3 Months Of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate For $28

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Xbox Game Pass is one of the best subscription services out there for games, and a new offer lets you grab an Ultimate membership for a nice discount.

Eneba is offering a three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership for only $28 (down from $45). Head to Eneba (via Slickdeals) and enter the discount code GAMEPASSULTI to see the lower price in your cart. You will receive a code that can be used anywhere Xbox is supported. There is no word on how long the offer will last, so if you're interested, you may want to act quickly.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the beefier version of Game Pass that gets you the full library of Game Pass titles as well as access to Xbox Cloud Gaming and Xbox Live Gold. Subscriptions normally cost $15 for a single month. New subscribers, however, can get their first month for $1.

In other news, Microsoft just announced 13 more games are coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, including eight new releases. Additionally, Xbox Cloud Gaming is expanding with new ways to stream titles in the Game Pass catalog.

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Review Roundup For Lost Judgment

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After releasing Yakuza: Like a Dragon last year, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios is back with another trip to Yokohama in the form of Lost Judgment. A sequel to 2018's Judgment, the legal suspense game stars detective Takayuki Yagami once again as he finds himself caught up in the middle of a murder mystery.

Ahead of its release on September 24, reviews have gone live for the game from several outlets, with most writers praising Lost Judgment's lengthy story, gameplay improvements, and brutally effective combat.

While the sequel is an improvement when compared to the original, it has been noted that it doesn't venture far enough into the elements that make it stand apart from the regular Yakuza series of games.

"It's hard not to feel disappointed that you still feel like a passenger when it breaks away from the Yakuza mould," critic Richard Wakeling wrote in GameSpot's Lost Judgment review. "If this is indeed our last time with Yagami and co., then it's one to cherish. There will just always be a nagging feeling that this was a missed opportunity to do something truly special."

We've compiled some more reviews from around the industry below, and for an even more detailed look, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Best Battlefield Games, Ranked: Looking Back On The Series Ahead Of Battlefield 2042

1 day 4 hours ago

The Battlefield series has always stood out from its competition because of its enormous battles, whether they be in war-torn Europe during World War 2 or in a crumbling metropolis in the modern day. But despite the games' shared elements, they aren't all created equal. In fact, the quality gap between the very best Battlefield game and the worst is surprisingly large--especially when considering how only a handful of years separated the two. With Battlefield 2042 releasing on November 19, we've ranked the mainline Battlefield games from worst to best.

The Battlefield series is just the latest franchise that we've ranked. Make sure to check out our roundups of the best Far Cry games and best Call of Duty games, too.

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GameSpot Staff

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Is GTA 5's PS5/Xbox Series X|S Version A Free Upgrade?

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Rockstar's celebrated open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in March 2022, and many might be wondering if it will be a free upgrade for existing owners or if it won't. We don't have all the answers at this stage, but history and the evidence so far suggests that it will not be a free upgrade.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S represent the third generation of consoles on which GTA V will be available, following the game's debut on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. When GTA V originally expanded to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014--taking advantage of the increased horsepower of those systems to deliver a better experience overall--the game was released as a full-priced standalone title instead of a free upgrade for people who already bought the game originally.

With GTA V continuing to sell exceptionally well--it sold 5 million copies in the April-June quarter, propelling the game to 150 million sold overall--it stands to reason that Rockstar and parent company Take-Two will continue to ride the wave for as long as it makes commercial sense to do so.

While GTA V on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S may not be a free upgrade, Rockstar will release the new GTA Online standalone edition for free on PS5 for the first three months after launch starting in March 2022. The game will presumably be a paid title on Xbox Series X|S, but Rockstar has not yet announced any pricing details. For comparison, Red Dead Online's standalone edition costs $20 USD.

GameSpot has contacted Rockstar Games in an attempt to get more details on the pricing structure for GTA V and GTA Online for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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Deathloop PC Stuttering Issues Are Being Investigated As A Priority

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Deathloop launched this week behind rave reviews, including a 10/10 here at GameSpot, but the game's release hasn't gone over entirely without issue. Some players on PC are reporting "stuttering issues," and the developer is on the case.

Posting on Reddit, a community manager for the game said addressing this issue is a main focus for the team right now. "We are aware of reports that some PC users are experiencing stuttering issues in Deathloop," the community manager said. "We're actively investigating the issue right now as a priority, and will update you with more specific information as soon as possible."

Deathloop's aggregate review score on Steam is labeled as "mixed," due in part to various issues players are reporting. Beyond stuttering, players are reporting crashes and slowdowns, with some putting the blame on the game's anti-piracy software.

Deathloop is the newest game from Arkane, the studio perhaps best known for its work on the Dishonored series that is now owned by Microsoft. The game is exclusive on console to PlayStation 5 due to a previous deal between Bethesda and Sony, and Deathloop won't come to Xbox until September 2022 at the soonest. It is a very weird situation.

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Eddie Makuch

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Pokemon Contest Invites Fans To Create An Official TCG Promo Card

2 days 5 hours ago

Pokemon cards aren't just a hot commodity sought after by collectors; they're also handheld artistic masterpieces. If you ever thought that you could contribute to that collection of fine pocket monster art, then now's your time to show Pokemon's creators what you're capable of.

The Pokemon Company International and Creatures Inc. have announced the Pokemon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022, which will be open to applicants in the US for the first time. As part of Pokemon's 25th-anniversary celebrations, fans have been encouraged to capture "the daily life of Pokemon" as part of the contest theme, with an emphasis on Bulbasaur, Charizard, Pikachu, Arcanine, Galarian Rapidash, Scizor, Greninja, or Cramorant as their chosen subject.

We've entered, but we don't exactly think we'll be chosen for the finals.

Please don't turn this into an NFT.

"With this contest, Trainers will have the unique opportunity of having their Pokemon art be viewed all over the world," said Barry Sams, vice president of the Pokemon TCG at The Pokémon Company International. "I continue to be in awe of the passion, creativity, and diversity of the Pokemon community, and expanding the Pokemon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest to the US will offer exciting new perspectives of the Pokemon we know and love."

The grand prize for the contest is $5,000, and more importantly, their submission will be immortalized as a promo card. Entries will be accepted beginning on October 13, 2021, through January 31, 2022, with winners announced in Summer 2022.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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

2 days 5 hours ago

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

2 days 5 hours ago

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

2 days 5 hours ago

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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Send Margaret Thatcher Back To Hell In This Free Game

2 days 6 hours ago

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

2 days 6 hours ago

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

2 days 6 hours ago

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

2 days 8 hours ago

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

2 days 8 hours ago

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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Destiny 2 Shattered Realm - Forest Of Echoes Ascendant Mysteries Guide

2 days 18 hours ago

The Shattered Realm in Destiny 2's Season of the Lost includes a bunch of hidden secrets, and this week saw the introduction of some new ones: Ascendant Mysteries. While Trivial Mysteries are the simplest puzzles to solve in the Shattered Realm missions, and Enigmatic Mysteries take a little more effort, Ascendant Mysteries are full-on special objectives you'll have to uncover.

The Forest of Echoes, modeled after the EDZ's Trostland location, has two such Ascendant Mysteries hidden in it. Finding them can be tough, and you'll want to be prepared for a fight when you finally uncover them. Here's where you can find both Ascendant Mysteries this week and how to complete them.

This week also saw the addition of the new Exotic trace rifle, Ager's Scepter, to Destiny 2. Check out our Ager's Scepter guide for everything you need to know to snag it.

The Dark Ritual

The first Ascendant Mystery is right near the first beacon you need to align, hidden inside the church. Complete the beacon alignment first, then head out of the front of the church. Look for a marker for Truesight and one for Safe Passage, as you'll need both. Activate the two markers near the statues in front of the church and then turn around and face the building. You should see platforms appear that will lead up toward the church's roof. Follow them and jump on, then head to the back of the church and drop down to where another marker is waiting. Be careful not to fall through the floor here.

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Nintendo Switch 13.0.0 Update Out Now, Adds Bluetooth Output For Audio

2 days 19 hours ago

A new firmware update for the Nintendo Switch has landed, and one of the biggest new additions is support for Bluetooth audio. All types of audio devices--like headphones and speakers--can now be paired with the Switch.

Of note, Bluetooth microphones are not supported, while Nintendo also confirmed that up to two wireless controllers can be connected to the Switch when using Bluetooth. Additionally, Bluetooth audio won't work when the Switch's local wireless communication is running.

The September 14 firmware update also adds an "Update Dock" option under System Settings. This applies to the standard Switch and the upcoming OLED model, Nintendo said.

The update also lets the Switch maintain its internet connection in Sleep mode. "When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode," Nintendo said.

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Eddie Makuch

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Life Is Strange: True Colors Ending Guide - How To Secure The Vote

2 days 19 hours ago

Life is Strange: True Colors has six distinct endings, each of which can also play out in a few different ways depending on several factors. In order to get the best possible ending, protagonist Alex will need to convince the most prominent members of the Haven community that she's a trustworthy person. To do that, you'll have to make several specific choices in all five chapters.

Perhaps this goes without saying, but this guide contains spoilers. If you want to follow a spoiler-free guide of True Colors, you can find that with our Life is Strange: True Colors walkthrough. The walkthrough goes over all five chapters, listing the prominent decisions as they happen so you won't get spoiled for what happens in later chapters.

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Jordan Ramée

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Producer Kenichiro Tsukuda Says He's Going To Make A Daemon X Machina Sequel

2 days 21 hours ago

Marvelous First Studio wants to make a sequel to Daemon X Machina--in fact, producer Kenichiro Tsukuda has all but announced a follow-up to the game. But don't expect it anytime soon.

"While this isn’t really an announcement, I’d like to make a strong declaration as we end here that we’re going to make a sequel--a ‘2'," Tsukada said during the game's 2nd Anniversary live stream. Tsukuda himself is motivated but said the team at First Studio needs time for testing in order to consider what comes next.

Tsukada said he wants to bring some new employees onboard the studio and since the games industry is always changing as time goes on, he wonders what direction he should take. He's made the declaration for a sequel to Daemon X Machina, but it's going to take some time until it comes out.

In our review of Daemon X Machina, Steve Watts wrote, "The missed potential of the story and minor issues with mech-vs-mech combat and multiplayer loadouts make Daemon X Machina fall just short of its potential, but the foundation is strong. As a total package, it’s on the verge of greatness; it just needed a little more time in the shop tinkering."

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George Yang

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Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed Announced Early By PlayStation

2 days 23 hours ago

Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed has been announced for PlayStation 5. Revealed in a now-deleted tweet by PlayStation, Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed appears to be a remake of the original Destroy All Humans 2, a follow-up to the remake of Destroy All Humans released last year.

The trailer shows off some gameplay of the 1969-based game, including psychedelic hippies and Cold War-era Russian spies. It also shows off a new weapon and a set of goggles that set off a colorful blast around Crypto, forcing people to dance.

The now-deleted PlayStation tweet announcing Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed

The trailer did not include a release window for Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed and the only platform announced was PlayStation 5. THQ Nordic teased the possibility of the remaster earlier this year in a video, where Crypto-137, the protagonist of Destroy All Humans, is interrupted by a clone of himself which fans believed to be Crypto-138, the protagonist of Destroy All Humans 2.

The reveal of Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed comes only a few days before THQ Nordic's digital showcase, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The showcase will be hosted by The Game Awards Geoff Keighley and will feature six game announcements.

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James Carr

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Life Is Strange: True Colors Chapter 5 Guide - Dream Puzzle, Confronting Jed

2 days 23 hours ago

Congrats! You've made it to the end of Life is Strange: True Colors. There aren't many major choices to make in Chapter 5: "Side B" as this chapter delivers on the consequences of your actions. There is, however, one missable choice you'll need to make in order to determine what ending Alex gets. There's an escape room puzzle you have to beat too.

True Colors can end in several different ways and most of those endings are dependent on decisions you made in Chapters 1-4. So if you're unsatisfied with how Alex's journey ends, you'll need to go back and replay the game. Thankfully, True Colors isn't all that long--you can knock out the game in one or two sittings if you want to. You can also replay certain chapters without affecting Alex's story if you want to go back and nab any Achievements/Trophies that you missed.

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Jordan Ramée

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Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One Xbox One And PS4 Versions Delayed

2 days 23 hours ago

The last-gen versions of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One have been delayed, with the Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC versions all still set to launch this fall. Developer Frogwares said the decision to delay the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One came from extensive QA testing of the last-gen versions.

"We understand some players will be upset about this news, but we made the decision with you first in mind. Rest assured, we are not canceling these versions," Frogwares communications manager Sergey Oganesyan said. "We only need more time and a little breathing room for our team to wrap these up properly. We are talking a few weeks at most, but this is still to be seen."

Frogwares plans to reveal the release date for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC versions of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One on Thursday along with a new gameplay deep dive. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One takes place on the fictional island of Cordona, where Sherlock and his friend Jon grew up. They must return to solve the mysterious death of Sherlock's mother.

The gameplay reveal trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One showed off the combat system of the game, with Sherlock using tricks and deception alongside guns. It also showed the investigations system, allowing players to connect different pieces of evidence and don disguises to stealthily uncover more.

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James Carr

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Best GTA Games: Counting Down The Grand Theft Auto Series From Worst To Best

3 days ago

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series is one of most well known and controversial across the gaming landscape. Known for its over-the-top violence and commentary on politics and pop culture, the series has grown and evolved over the years from a top-down 2D game to one of the biggest and most robust experiences that gaming has to offer. With Grand Theft Auto V set for release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in March 2022--following a recent delay out of 2021-- and rumors of Grand Theft Auto 6 after that, we're taking a look back at the series by highlighting the best GTA games. Below, we've ranked the Grand Theft Auto series from worst to best. Let's dig in.

10. Grand Theft Auto

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The game that started it all. Grand Theft Auto, which was developed by DMA Design before Rockstar was formed, was released in 1998 for PC. The gameplay involved hijacking cars and zipping around the city, causing as much mayhem as possible and then attempting to escape the law. The game was presented in a top-down perspective, something the series would move away from in later entries. While not exactly fondly remembered by critics, it sold well and its core ideas--being a criminal in an open world with the ability to go anywhere and do anything--proved to be popular with fans.

See our GTA 1 review.

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Eddie Makuch

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War's Zombies Gets Final Map Teasers

3 days ago

Black Ops Cold War's Zombies storyline is set to conclude with a final map in Call of Duty Season 6, and Treyarch tweeted a teaser to reveal the setting and some vague details for this upcoming round-based map.

The tweet shows an image that players will be familiar with if they played the Black Ops Cold War campaign. The large building in the photo is the Soviet military training facility in Ukraine that operators Woods and Bell work to infiltrate in Cold War's Operation Redlight, Greenlight mission.

There is a note scribbled on the picture that says, "Weaver, This is the place. We must make our stand here. -Ravenov."

In addition to revealing this new map location, Treyarch posted two more teasers on social media. Treyarch's Instagram has a similar black and white photo of something that looks like a vault door.

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S.E. Doster

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New Star Wars Hunters Cinematic Trailer Introduces Eight New Characters

3 days ago

A new trailer for Star Wars Hunters--the upcoming multiplayer action game from Zynga--has been released, showcasing eight of the game's playable warriors for the first time.

The cinematic trailer introduces multiple playable characters in the middle of an intense battle. We first see Rieve, an adept lightsaber user and follower of the dark side, taking fire from a Mandalorian called Aran Tal. After a while a Wookiee called Grozz, A Rebel fighter named Zaina, and even some Jawas stacked under one hood all make an appearance on the battlefield.

In all eight characters are shown in the trailer, but we also get a look at the planet Vespaara hosting the battles, including a side view of the full arena map as well as a Hutt Ship hovering overhead. The game's newly revamped website has a profile on all eight of these playable characters, as well as more information about the arena itself.

"Today’s reveal gives viewers their first look at the Arena, a competitive, spectator stadium attracting Hunters from the far reaches of the galaxy to seek their fortunes," President of Publishing at Zynga Bernard Kim said in the official release. "Giving a brief glimpse of the Arena’s high-stakes, team-based action, this trailer showcases just a few of the dynamic characters inspired by the Star Wars galaxy that fans will experience in the game."

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Jason Fanelli

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EA Adds Skate.Reel To Skate And Launches Today

3 days ago

Electronic Arts Electronic Arts has brought back skate.Reel, a website that players could access to upload clips of Skate gameplay for the community to see. The original service was shut down back in 2014.

Now that the new site is back up, players can submit clips, screenshots, and fan art that can then be shared with EA's social channels or on the featured section of the skate.Reel page. In order to do submit an entry, players need an EA account, along with a URL of their creation like a link to a YouTube video. The submission also requires a PSN ID, Xbox Gamertag, or EA ID.

There are also several style options to choose from to indicate what kind of creation the submission is, such as Realistic, Casual, or Offboard. Other well-known Skate community creators including Calplex, Nebula, Skate3Tommy, and KellyLitz have already started sharing content on the new website.

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George Yang

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iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Announced, Have Big Improvements For Games

3 days 1 hour ago

Apple has announced its latest iPhone, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. If you've been paying attention to smartphone upgrades, you'll probably have guessed that all the new features are small--the cameras are better, there's some neat new software tricks, and the screen is slightly brighter. The iPhone 13 is no different, even with its new A15 chip. But it's this chip that could be a big deal for mobile gaming.

With huge games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Mobile, Genshin Impact, and more, mobile gaming requires more power than ever before. Couple this with advancements in game engines, such as Fortnite moving to Unreal Engine 5, and it's simple to understand that smartphones will need to keep up. Apple's silicon has been ahead of the competition for years now, but the A15 makes a big deal about being better for gaming.

In the iPhone 13, the A15 chip features a 4-core GPU for accelerated gaming performance, with Apple claiming that you can expect up to 30% faster performance in games. The iPhone 13 Pro is a step further, with a 5-core GPU letting you take advantage of the phone's 120Hz True Motion display. Both models feature OLED panels, just like last year, so you don't have to go all in with the Pro for the best-looking display, but that extra horsepower might be useful if you really need all the performance you can get.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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Best Star Wars Games: 10 Must-Play Titles Set In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

3 days 1 hour ago

Star Wars is composed of dozens of different stories, many of which have been told outside of the mainline movies. One of the most prominent sources since the franchise's creation has been video games, with studios reimagining Star Wars' existing stories and characters or creating new ones across dozens of gaming genres, including racing games, shooters, flight simulators, and role-playing games. And though Star Wars games could stand to get a little bit weirder going forward, there have already been plenty of wonderful games that take place in a galaxy far, far away. Below, we've rounded up the 10 best Star Wars games.

As a quick note: These games are not listed in the order of best to worst, or vice versa. We've simply listed them in the order by which they launched, from 1994's TIE Fighter to 2021's Republic Commando Remastered and every game we loved in between. And yes, KOTOR is on the list. You do not have to keep scrolling if you came here just to make sure that we didn't forget to list KOTOR--we got you. And with a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake for PS5/PC in the works at Aspyr, there's never been a better time to look back on the iconic BioWare RPG. We'll be sure to come back and update this list as new Star Wars games are released (assuming they're good enough to knock any of these games off).

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Jordan Ramée

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Bayonetta Creator Says Older Games' Unavailability Is "Holding Game Culture Back"

3 days 1 hour ago

Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya (studio creative director) commented on the frenzy and the sky-high prices attached to certain "vintage" video games, expressing understanding but also pointing out the problems obscenely high prices attached to older games causes--it makes it harder for players to experience classic titles, and this is in his view, "holding game culture back."

In an interview with VGC, Kamiya stated, "As a collector myself, I understand the lure of wanting to have that game in the sealed package," Kamyia stated. "People want the value of that package and not necessarily of the game itself. But as a fan, it's a problem if somebody wants to play a game but they can’t get it because it's being traded in these ridiculous marketplaces."

He continued, "And the responsibility for keeping those games available belongs to the company that owns the IP. If people want to play a classic game and they can't, because it's not available on new platforms and can't be found in its original form either, that's like a threat ... it's holding game culture back. The people who own the rights to these games should be actively making moves to preserve game culture and making games available to everyone who wants to play them."

In the same interview, Kamiya and Platinum Games' Atsushi Inaba (studio head) covered other ground, including the question they both probably expected: Any Bayonetta updates? Short answer: No.

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Jenny Zheng

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Halo Infinite's Warthog Is Real: Here's How It Was Made

3 days 1 hour ago

A real-life Warthog from Halo Infinite made a splash at the world premiere of the Ryan Reynolds video game-themed film Free Guy, and now a new 10-part weekly video series on YouTube will dive deep into the vehicle's creation.

The build comes from Hoonigan Industries, an automotive brand that is no stranger to crafting custom vehicles. The Warthog took hundreds of hours to build over the course of a year, and is capable of reaching a top speed of over 100 mph thanks to a 438ci twin turbo small block Ford V8 engine. The vehicle's body, interior, and accessories were all hand-crafted using high-res images of the Warthog provided by Halo developer 343 Industries.

This real-world Warthog comes with fully functional off-road racing suspension and active 4-wheel steering, meaning it's capable of climbing over rocks and rough terrain just like its in-game counterpart.

In the first first part of the ongoing series, fans get to see the early stages of the Warthog's creation, including a discussion with Halo franchise creative director Frank O'Connor and senior Halo franchise manager Corrine Robinson. Oh, and the builders over at Hoonigan also play a bit of Halo: Combat Evolved for good measure.

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Cameron Koch

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