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Assassin's Creed Valhalla – Release Date, Story, And Everything Else We Know

17 hours 35 minutes ago

As we're less than a month away from the release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, we've decided to compile everything we know about the game. So if you're looking to educate yourself on the next entry in one of Ubisoft's flagship series, you've come to the right place.

The 12th mainline game in the franchise, Assassin's Creed Valhalla continues the story of Layla Hassan, first introduced as the new modern day protagonist of the franchise in 2017's Assassin's Creed Origins. We still don't know what the modern day storyline for Valhalla is yet, only that it follows the fairly elaborate series of events that occurred during the The Fate of Atlantis DLC expansion.

In Origins, Layla relived the life of Egyptians Bayek and Aya, the latter of whom became the first Mentor of the Hidden Ones, the precursors to the Assassin Brotherhood. Layla's story continued in 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, where she relived the life of Kassandra/Alexios, a mercenary in Ancient Greece whose powerful bloodline lives on in their descendants, most notably Aya. Now, in Valhalla, Layla will relive the life of Eivor, a Viking looking for a new home.

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Fortnite Steamy Stacks Guide: Where To Find All The Floating Rings (Week 9)

18 hours 24 minutes ago

Fortnite's Week 9 challenges include a familiar task. You'll need to find five floating rings while fending off enemies at Steamy Stacks. This guide will give you the location of all five rings to help you complete the challenge with ease.

Where Are All Five Floating Rings At Steamy Stacks?

The rings are located both inside and on top of several buildings. It's good to try and land at Steamy Stacks when the bus route is farther away from the named location. That way fewer players will show up to interrupt your ring hunting. You can find the exact locations for all floating rings in the map below.

Floating Rings At Steamy Stacks

This challenge will probably take most players a full match. The rings take some time to collect, so it'll be difficult to try and do anything else once it's complete. Here are the specific locations of all five rings.

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Aron Garst

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Ghost Of Tsushima: Legends Raid Release Date And Requirements Confirmed

18 hours 54 minutes ago

Developer Sucker Punch Productions has revealed that the first raid for Ghost of Tsushima's new Legends multiplayer mode kicks off on October 30 for PlayStation 4.

The raid, titled The Tale of Iyo, is a three-chapter mission that puts players directly into the heart of Iyo's realm. Players need a minimum Ki level of 100 and a full team of four Ghosts to tackle the raid. Sucker Punch recommends players finish Legends' story and survival missions on higher difficulties in order to obtain better gear. Doing so will get players raid-ready.

An exact start time for The Tale of Iyo has not been confirmed as of yet. Sucker Punch said it will provide more details on its official Twitter account closer to the launch of the raid.

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Jeremy Winslow

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Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- October 18-24, 2020

19 hours 25 minutes ago

Halloween is getting closer, which means it's time for New Releases to get a little spooky. This week, you can run from monsters in Amnesia: Rebirth or face them head-on in the first part of Doom Eternal's The Ancient Gods DLC. You can also take a few runs at rogue-lite The Red Lantern or try the game that started it all with the re-release of Rogue. Finally, Transformers: Battlegrounds rolls out this week, too.

Amnesia: Rebirth -- October 20

Available on: PS4, PC

This new spin on the Amnesia games is set in the Algerian desert, where you'll have to run from the series' trademark monsters, solve puzzles, and figure out why the desert residents have disappeared. Rebirth is also more about the theme of survival, according to developer Frictional Games. Expect a mix of wide-open and claustrophobic spaces as you try to survive.

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Tony Wilson

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Fortnite: How To Find The Highest And Lowest Point (Week 9)

19 hours 34 minutes ago

Fortnite's Week 9 challenges have arrived. One will have you trekking to two remote locations on the map while you find and dance at the highest and lowest points on the map. This guide will show you how to find those points so you can complete the challenge with ease.

Where Are The Highest And Lowest Points On The Map?

The highest and lowest points are on the opposite sides of the map. The lowest point is at Coral Castle near the center of the named location in the B2 tile of the map. It's located in one of the temples, and you'll need to party submerge yourself in the water while you dance in order to complete this part of the challenge.

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Aron Garst

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Immortals Fenyx Rising Explores The Greek Gods As If They Were A Family On Reality TV

19 hours 35 minutes ago

Following my four-hour hands-on preview with the game, I was a bit surprised to see just how narrative-driven Immortals Fenyx Rising is. The opening hours of the game set up a young hero striving to find their worth in their older brother's shadow, four siblings stripped of their individuality, and two father figures sitting down to see how the whole story will play out. Like narrative director Jeffrey Yohalem told me, "This game is about a family."

This is why Immortals largely focuses on Zues, Aphrodite, Athena, Ares, Hermes, and Hephaestus--the six represent a single family unit within the much larger Greek pantheon. "All of [them] are the direct family members of Zeus except for Aphrodite, but she's a daughter-in-law and kind of an adopted daughter," Yohalem said. "For me, this encapsulated that idea of family, with Zeus as the head."

It's not unheard of for video games to use the drama-filled mythology of the Greek gods to explore themes of familial bonds--Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Hades, among others, have done it before. But you're usually a member of that Greek family in those games. Immortals puts you into the role of an outsider, Fenyx, who is there to help talk the gods through their subconscious desires and unspoken issues to grow stronger as a family.

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Jordan Ramée

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Borderlands 3: New Moze And Zane 4th Skill Tree Abilities Revealed

19 hours 35 minutes ago

Borderlands 3 will see the beginning of its second year of content with the Designer's Cut update on November 10. The release of this new update will also coincide with the launch of the Xbox Series X|S, and the next-gen version of Gearbox Software's looter-shooter will also be available as a launch title. In addition to the new Arms Race mode, another big highlight for the upcoming content drop are the new skill trees for each of the vault hunters, which will add new twists to their existing playstyles.

GameSpot recently got hands-on time with a pre-release build of the Designer's Cut, and we spent some time experimenting with the new loadouts for the vault hunters. In addition to that, we also got some hands-on time with Mayhem level 11, the new level for the end-game content that removes the bonus modifiers at the cost of lower drop rates. Previously, we showed off the new skill with Amara and Fl4k. For the former, she wields the new Phaseflare skill that summons a giant orb of elemental energy, while the later gets a new gravity trap and pet loader bot.

Now, we're finally ready to show off some gameplay for Zane and Moze. We took the time to dive into their new skill-trees and action abilities, so here's a quick rundown of some of their unique skills and how things are different with both characters.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising Shares More With Assassin's Creed Than You Think

19 hours 35 minutes ago

Following a four-hour hands-on session with Immortals Fenyx Rising, I had the chance to talk to narrative director Jeffrey Yohalem about the game. During the interview, I learned that the inspiration for Immortals' story is similar to that of the Assassin's Creed franchise--it's a fictional "what if" narrative designed to fill in a gap of history.

"There was this lost great poem called the Titanomachy, which is the history of the Titans against the Greek gods," Yohalem said. "So we do have one version of that story, which is loosely based on existing texts. But there's this missing epic poem that's hinted at in a bunch of other texts, and no one knows what the contents of it were. So the idea is that the story of Fenyx is that poem."

Immortals' similarities to Assassin's Creed shouldn't come as too much of a surprise--developer Ubisoft Quebec has ties to the franchise. The studio is responsible for developing expansions for Assassin's Creed III and IV: Black Flag, as well as taking the helm on Syndicate and Odyssey.

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Jordan Ramée

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Immortals Fenyx Rising: Vaults, Puzzles, And Narrative Progression Details

19 hours 35 minutes ago

Following a delay, Gods & Monsters was renamed Immortals Fenyx Rising and revealed again during the September 2020 Ubisoft Forward. Comparisons were immediately made to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild--especially in regards to Immortals' self-contained, puzzle-focused Vaults, which operate similarly to Breath of the Wild's Shrines. However, whereas most of Breath of the Wild's Shrines are optional ways of improving your stamina and health, Immortals' Vaults do occasionally tie into the game's story.

In Immortals, protagonist Fenyx must save the Golden Isle from Typhon, one of the Titans imprisoned by Zeus, who has escaped his capture and defeated the Greek pantheon of gods, stripping Zeus of his lightning and Aphrodite, Ares, Hephestus, and Athena of their essence. Following the prologue, your first goal in the game is to reunite the family of gods with their respective essences, allowing them to aid you in your fight against Typhon. You can also discover pieces of Zeus's lightning in Vaults scattered throughout the map--collecting them allows you to increase Fenyx's stamina.

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Jordan Ramée

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Guilty Gear Strive PS4 To PS5 Free Upgrade And Cross-Play Features Confirmed

20 hours 13 minutes ago

Guilty Gear Strive will support cross-play between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 when it launches in 2021. If you're planning to purchase the game on PS4 and can only upgrade to a PS5 console at some other point in the future, there's more good news, as you'll be able to receive the PS5 version for free.

This applies to the PlayStation Store digital version as well, but the retail physical edition won't receive a free upgrade on the PS5 Digital Edition console due to the obvious lack of a disc drive on that console.

Developer Arc System Works also had several other answers to provide in its latest FAQ. For the upgrade from PS4 to PS5, the developer said that the game content would remain the same but that load times and resolution will be improved on the newer Sony console. The PS4 version of Guilty Gear Strive will also be playable through backwards compatibility on PS5, albeit with a resolution capped to 1080p.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Hearthstone's Revamped Rewards System Introduces Battle Pass

20 hours 20 minutes ago

Blizzard has announced a new Hearthstone expansion and game mode--Madness at the Darkmoon Faire and Duels, respectively--but another big change is coming to the game alongside both of those: a completely revamped progression system. The new rewards system follows a model familiar from other free-to-play games with battle passes. Players will earn rewards along a progression track, with an additional tier of rewards available by purchasing a seasonal Tavern Pass.

Once the new reward system is implemented, players will complete the standard Daily Quests along with new Weekly Quests, and earn new Achievements for completing in-game accomplishments. Future expansions and big updates will add new Achievements to the pool.

All of that will help you earn experience to progress you down a Reward Track. The 50-level track will grant gold, card packs, and cosmetic items, and you'll be able to net bonus rewards with an optional Tavern Pass.

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Steve Watts

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Hearthstone Brings Back The Old Gods In "Madness At The Darkmoon Faire"

20 hours 20 minutes ago

Hearthstone's next expansion will bring back a fan-favorite foursome of larger-than-life cards, alongside a new keyword and a new game mode. The Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion is themed around a creepy carnival, and to match the occasion, the set will mark the return of the Old Gods--albeit with different effects than we saw in the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion.

As before, the Old Gods are powerful 10-Mana Legendary minions with game-changing effects that encourage you to build a deck around their central mechanics. C'Thun, N'Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y'Shaarj are all neutral minions, so you'll be able to fit them into any type of deck. New Old God Artifact cards will also bring back the flavor of the original Old Gods.

A new Corrupt mechanic is coming into play in the Darkmoon Faire as well. Cards with the new keyword get a powerful upgrade if you play a higher-cost card while they're in your hand.

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Inside Hearthstone's Darkmoon Faire, New Duels Mode, And Revamped Rewards

20 hours 20 minutes ago

Though Blizzard has long supported Hearthstone with regular expansions, new game modes, and quality-of-life improvements, the coming weeks will bring all three at once. The new expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, brings back the fan-favorite Old Gods--huge minions with wild game-changing effects. A new game mode, called Duels, brings the popular Dungeon Run mechanics into multiplayer. And these big new additions are coming alongside a completely revamped progression system, which will let you earn seasonal rewards across all the different modes. We've also seen the first batch of new cards coming to Darkmoon Faire, so check out our gallery of all the Darkmoon Faire cards we've seen so far.

I played an early session of the new Duels mode, which like Dungeon Run makes you feel severely OP. I also spoke with game director Ben Lee, Darkmoon Faire set lead John McIntyre, designer Liv Breeden, and engineer Sarah Chen about Hearthstone's most ambitious game update in years.

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Steve Watts

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Hearthstone's New Game Mode Is A Mash-Up Of Dungeon Run And Arena

20 hours 20 minutes ago

Hearthstone is getting another new mode, starting today. The Duels mode takes the popular Dungeon Run solo adventures and takes it into multiplayer, including a prize structure similar to the Arena mode. The new mode officially launches in November alongside the upcoming expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. But if you preorder the expansion, you can start playing Duels today.

Duels will feature ten heroes to select, representing the ten standard Hearthstone classes. But like in Dungeon Run, these heroes will have upgraded powers that would easily be considered overpowered in standard play. When you start a Duels run, you'll build a deck of 15 cards from your own collection, and then add more cards from buckets that are offered between matches. You'll also sometimes earn a Treasure which, like the Hero Powers themselves, are well past the normal Hearthstone power level.

The card pool for Duels will alternate between seasons, featuring a collection of previous and recent expansions. The first is themed after a mage competition at Scholomance Academy, so it will feature the card pools from Scholomance, Curse of Naxxramas, One Night in Karazhan, and the Classic and Basic sets.

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Steve Watts

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Uncharted Movie Photo Of Tom Holland's Nathan Drake Revealed

20 hours 40 minutes ago

Uncharted star Tom Holland has just shared a first look at his portrayal of treasure-hunter Nathan Drake via Instagram--check out the image below. His pose is very similar to the cover of Uncharted 3. Hardcore film buffs and PlayStation fans will probably instantly notice that in his portrayal, at least based on this photo, Nathan shirt still doesn't have its iconic French tuck look. Otherwise, his outfit is essentially what we saw from the games, though he does look noticeably younger than he did in even the prequel Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

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David Wolinsky

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Has "Near-Instant" Loading Times On Xbox Series X

1 day 6 hours ago

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is among the 30+ launch titles for the Xbox Series X, and now the developer has shed a little more light on how the game performs on Microsoft's next-gen console.

Chief producer Masayoshi Yokoyama spoke to Xbox Wire about how the game leverages the power of the console, and Yokoyama is particularly looking forward to players experiencing the dramatically faster load times. Yokoyama said the load times are "nearly instantaneous."

"I was personally most excited about the reduction in loading times due to the SSD, it's nearly instantaneous; there's not even time to read the loading screen tips!" Yokoyama said.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Makes A Very Important Change To Minecraft's Steve

1 day 7 hours ago

The new 9.0.1 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has officially gone live, and it contains an important fix for Steve from Minecraft.

Although the patch notes make no mention of it, for an obvious reason, the patch appears to have made a change to Steve's win screen. If you know, you know, and we don't need to lay it out any more than that

In addition to that change, the 9.0.1 update makes several other updates to Steve/Alex to fix a series of issues related to clipping through the landscape and other oddities. You can see the full patch notes below, as shared by Nintendo on its website.

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AOC Streaming Among Us Works Because It's Genuine

1 day 8 hours ago

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her Twitch debut streaming Among Us the other night with big-name streamers like Hasan Piker, Pokimane, Dr. Lupo, Jacksepticeye, and Hbomberguy, as well as her colleague, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. It's made headlines across gaming and non-gaming media, so you're probably familiar with what went down already, given the widespread coverage. I was one of the over 400,000 people watching Ocasio-Cortez's personal stream, enjoying the hell out of her and others legitimately having a good time in-game. Count me in the crowd of "never stan a politician" for simply taking part in a common hobby, but for AOC, the context is quite different.

Before I became an editor and video host here at GameSpot, I worked in politics--behind the scenes, managing campaigns in California, local, and statewide--and often managed the public-facing content of our clients and candidates on the internet. At the time, we were a young agency with a certain tech savvy that many of our clients did not have (they'd tend to be a generation or two apart from us). We'd ask for personal details that could connect them to their constituencies; photos, stories, interests, and experiences that we could share in blogs, official sites, tweets, and posts on various platforms. These would be delivered in addition to communicating actual policy visions.

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Phasmophobia Item Guide: What Every Item Does

1 day 9 hours ago

Phasmophobia, the early access horror game, has taken Twitch and social media by storm. For the uninitiated, Phasmophobia's goal is simple, though achieving it is a little tricky. You, either alone or with a group of friends, play a ghost hunter investigating a spooky, dimly-lit location and trying to determine which type of ghost is haunting the place. As you explore the area, you will need to use various tools to gather evidence before the ghost kills you and your friends.

Aside from the ghosts, the most terrifying thing about Phasmophobia in its current state is the lackluster tutorial. It teaches you the basics for a few investigation tools, but it leaves a lot for you to figure out on your own. So to help you in your efforts to track down the whereabouts and identify apparitions, I've detailed below everything you need to know about tools available to you in Phasmophobia, as well as general tips to keep you alive.

The Objective

Your job is to figure out what kind of ghost you're up against. To do that, you first need to identify which part of the building the ghost is haunting, and then you need to find three separate pieces of hard evidence to log in your journal. Once you've discovered three clues, you can identify the ghost in your journal and promptly get out. The evidence options are:

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Main Theme Music Revealed; Jack Wall Returns

1 day 10 hours ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has brought back Black Ops composer Jack Wall to do the music once again. Developer Treyarch has confirmed Wall's involvement in the game, and also released the main theme music, which is meant to reflect the '80s and the Cold War period.

Wall told SPIN that he used a number of soft synth instruments to create a "dark, shadowy" feel that felt appropriate to the time period.

"I wanted to create something for the main menu that immediately said very clearly 'Cold War': Reagan, Brezhnev, Soviet choir," Wall said. "I wrote a distinctly 'of the era' Soviet-sounding theme, mixing Soviet choir and orchestra with dark synths. Making music and sounds from the '80s--[using instruments like] Moog Modular, Minimoog, and CS80, as well as other soft synths--to give it that dark, shadowy Black Ops feel in the time of larger-than-life Cold War political figures like Reagan and Brezhnev."

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Eddie Makuch

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Roblox Passes $2 Billion On Mobile Alone

1 day 10 hours ago

The MMO Roblox is performing phenomenally well on mobile. According to Sensor Tower's estimates, the game has now crossed $2 billion in lifetime revenue globally across iOS and Android.

Like other games, Roblox's mobile edition saw its microtransaction revenue surge during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, May 2020 was the game's biggest month ever, with $113 million in spending.

The US is by far the biggest market for Roblox, accounting for $1.3 billion in lifetime revenue. The UK is No. 2 with $161 million, while Canada comes in third with $81 million, according to Sensor Tower.

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Gears 5 Input Lag Is Dramatically Improved On Xbox Series X

1 day 11 hours ago

In addition to support for 120fps, Gears 5 on Xbox Series X boasts a dramatic improvement for input latency. The developer announced on Twitter that input latency--which is the amount of time it takes when you trigger an action to when it completes--has been improved by 36% for the campaign and 57% for multiplayer.

According to Microsoft, this results in a "profoundly more responsive experience." We'll have to wait until we get our hands on the game to understand what this feels like, but it definitely looks like a nice upgrade.

As you can see in the charts below, Gears 5 multiplayer on Xbox Series X at 120fps has an average input latency of 37 milliseconds, compared to 85 milliseconds for Xbox One X at 60fps.

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Ubisoft Connect Wants To Make Cross-Progression A Standard Moving Forward

1 day 12 hours ago

Ubisoft is making a big change to its main player services, Uplay and the Ubisoft Club. Going forward, they will live under the Ubisoft Connect umbrella, which is an ambitious platform from the French games publisher that aims to help players stay connected via things like cross-progression and cross-platform support.

Ubisoft Connect will debut on October 29 with the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion. Players who have a Ubisoft account can "play, progress, and stay in touch with friends anywhere."

Ubisoft said the new Connect service will "make cross-platform features a standard moving forward." This kicks off with Legion later this month, while games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Riders Republic will also support "full cross-progression," Ubisoft said.

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Eddie Makuch

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Fortnite Ghost Rider Skin Confirmed In New Leak

1 day 13 hours ago

Fortnite is getting a Ghost Rider skin soon, according to data miners. Ghost Rider-related achievements, among other pieces of evidence, have been found within the game's files. Fortnite leaker Hypex tweeted about a new Ghost Rider achievement where players have to drive a vehicle as Ghost Rider.

Fortnite's Season 4 is full of Marvel heroes. Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, She-Hulk, Mystique, Storm, Groot, and Dr. Doom are available as part of the battle pass. Several of these heroes can also be found roaming the map during games, and you can kill them to gain their powers. Daredevil is currently in the item shop after being released as part of a special Marvel Knockout tournament.

Ghost Rider, played by Nicolas Cage on the silver screen, could be added in a similar tournament. Epic said that there would be three more tournaments, including a grand finale on November 22, that would feature other heroes. We don't know who those heroes will be, though. We do know that data miners have also find evidence that Venom, the fan-favorite villain from Spider-Man, will also be coming to Fortnite.

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Call Of Duty: The Haunting Of Verdansk Brings Tension Back To Warzone

1 day 14 hours ago

We were soaring towards Quarry alongside two other teams. I knew we'd have a better chance at taking them out if we landed together towards the back of the location--where we could loot before fighting. Our boots hit the ground and my two teammates, one picking up a molotov cocktail on the way there, ran towards the hum of the chest we could hear inside a nearby building.

"Holy crap! What the hell!?" one of my teammates spouted as he was greeted by a jump scare after opening the chest. He backtracked and threw the molotov cocktail, lighting our other teammate on fire. "Oh s*** man, I'm sorry."

Call of Duty: Warzone's The Haunting of Verdansk event provides dozens of moments like this. The limited-time event that runs through November 3 brings back the same tension that first made battle royales a sensation in 2017. It turns Warzone upside down with creepy environmental changes, a haunted Easter egg hunt with numerous rewards, and two modes that are surprisingly terrifying.

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Pixelated Roguelike ScourgeBringer Is Now On Game Pass For PC And Xbox One

1 day 14 hours ago

This year has seen some great roguelikes, including Supergiant Games' popular Hades, Spelunky 2, and Bloodroots. And another one, ScourgeBringer, is now available on Game Pass.

ScourgeBringer, developed by NeuroVoider creators Flying Oak Games, is a fast-paced free-moving roguelike platformer that's sort of like a crossover between Celeste and Dead Cells. You play as Kyhra, the deadliest warrior of her clan, as you battle tough enemies and even tougher bosses to uncover the truth of what sent the world into the post-apocalypse. ScourgeBringer is available on PC and Xbox One. It can also be played on Xbox Series S/X when the next-gen consoles launch on November 10 for $300 and $500, respectively.

For those who would rather own the game outright, ScourgeBringer is available to purchase for $17 USD on the Microsoft and Steam stores. The game is currently on sale on Steam for $14.44 until October 28. Check out the PC system requirements for ScourgeBringer below.

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You Can Play As Luigi In Super Mario Bros. 35 After All

1 day 14 hours ago

Super Mario Bros. 35--a multiplayer battle royale take on the original Super Mario Bros.--is one of the strangest games Nintendo has released in a long time, and it's garnered quite a bit of attention recently. Now, some clever players have discovered that you can play as Luigi in the game, just like in the original Super Mario Bros., though they haven't quite agreed on how to unlock him.

The original Reddit post claimed that you had to reach Star Rank, which is progress level 100 in the game, before you could play as Luigi. Follow-up posts and replies from fans seem to indicate that you have to complete every stage in the game at least once, including the final Bowser in 8-4. It's unclear if Star Rank is also required. Players simply hold L during the matchmaking process, and they'll play as Luigi instead of Mario.

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Darkest Dungeon 2 Coming To Epic Games Store in 2021

1 day 15 hours ago

Being terrorized in an underground reliquary might not sound fun to everyone, but the stout RPG Darkest Dungeon has managed to garner a lot of players since its release in 2016. Now, after a barrage of DLC packs, developer Red Hook--note the Lovecraft reference--have announced that Darkest Dungeon 2 will be available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021.

Based on the trailer, players can expect a lot more in the way of darkness and plenty of dungeons in the sequel. Several of the pre-release materials reference your party of characters going on a "journey" rather than staying in one location, as they did in the first game. When Darkest Dungeon 2 was revealed in February 2019, the developer also noted that the team has increased from five to 14 in order to increase the game's scale and quality.

In GameSpot's Darkest Dungeon review, critic Daniel Starkey called the game an expertly-balanced take on the roguelike genre.

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Steven T. Wright

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Pokemon Go Is Adding Galarian Ponyta Soon

1 day 15 hours ago

Galarian Yamask is making its Pokemon Go debut later this week as part of the game's Halloween 2020 event, but it appears it isn't the only new Galarian form being introduced soon. Developer Niantic shared new images on Twitter today teasing the arrival of Galarian Ponyta.

The first image, which you can see below, shows Galarian Ponyta's distinctive pastel mane peeking out from behind a tree. A follow-up tweet, meanwhile, shows the Pokemon's tail, further confirming that the monster in question is indeed Galarian Ponyta.

Niantic hasn't announced when Galarian Ponyta will actually be available in Pokemon Go, but the autumn foliage in the teaser images suggests it'll arrive sometime soon.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift Gameplay Reveal Set For This Thursday

1 day 16 hours ago

Verizon has announced that it will hold a League of Legends: Wild Rift livestream on October 22 from 6:30 - 8 PM PT / 9:30 - 11:00 PM ET in collaboration with Apple and Riot Games. The broadcast will provide the first look at the mobile League of Legends spin-off, which goes into open beta across most of the Asian Pacific on October 27 for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

The broadcast goes live on Twitch Rivals and Verizon's official Twitter account. It includes celebrities and pro streamers, like singer-songwriter Chrissy Costanza and FaZe Clan co-owner FaZe Apex, playing against each other to showcase the capabilities of 5G mobile gaming on the newly announced iPhones. There are no prizes on the line: They are just coming together to play League of Legends: Wild Rift, which drops in North America in Spring 2021.

Riot Games unveiled a brief teaser of Wild Rift gameplay during Apple's iPhone event earlier this month, where the product company unveiled the new iPhone 12 lineup. The studio confirmed that the League of Legends mobile title will take advantage of iPhone 12's A14 chip. This new processor, coupled with 5G network speeds, should make League of Legends: Wild Rift feel reminiscent of its PC counterpart while providing console-quality responsiveness.

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Jeremy Winslow

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Amazon Luna Invites Have Started Going Out

2 days 5 hours ago

As of today, Amazon's Luna cloud gaming service is in operation, if only for a select group of users. People who signed up for the service's early access period have started receiving invitations to join, which includes signing up for a $6 monthly subscription as well as an invite to buy Amazon's $50 Luna Controller.

Amazon is the latest big company to get in on cloud gaming, with others including Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Sony already in on the action. Announced just under a month ago, invites have started going out to people in the US who signed up for early access--which you can still do here if you're curious.

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EA Is Being Sued In Canada Over Loot Boxes

2 days 6 hours ago

A class action lawsuit has been brought against EA Games in Canada, with the plaintiffs essentially arguing that the games giant is profiting off an illegal gambling business by selling randomized loot boxes for cash. It's remarkably similar to a suit filed against EA in California this August, which alleged that FIFA's Ultimate Team mode is essentially gambling.

The Canadian suit was first spotted in a Vancouver "who's getting sued" column by The Patch Notes, a game industry-focused law blog. The Patch Notes has found and uploaded the full Notice of Civil Claim, which contains the full details on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is being brought against EA by two individuals who describe themselves as customers of EA. One is described to have purchased loot boxes for EA's Madden NFL games, while the other bought loot boxes for various NHL games. As a class action lawsuit, however, the action is being brought against EA on behalf of everyone who purchased loot boxes in any of EA's games since 2008--which may mean a hefty payout on EA's part if the suit is successful.

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Now Has Cross-Save Between Switch And PC

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales has received an update on Switch, and it's added a major new feature. Update 1.0.2 features minor stability and bug fixes, but the main change is the addition of cross-save support with the PC version of the game.

This extends to the Steam and GOG versions, so you can swap your saves back and forth and take your adventure on the go. This is a feature not available in the PS4 and Xbox One versions--one also available in the Switch version of The Witcher 3.

Speaking of the Switch version of The Witcher 3, it's also received an update. Here's what it adds:

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Players Can Redeem New Character In Mobile Game Right Now

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta has come to a close, and everyone who took part is getting a freebie for Call of Duty Mobile. Activision is giving everyone who played the beta a code to unlock the Black Ops Cold War character Russell Adler as a playable character for Call of Duty Mobile.

Codes to redeem the character are going out now, so check your email associated with Call of Duty. From there, you can follow the "redeem now" button and then enter your ID details and the code to unlock Adler. Once claimed, the reward will appear in your in-game mailbox inside Call of Duty Mobile.

Adler in Black Ops Cold War

Adler is available for both the standard multiplayer and battle royale. A new character to the Call of Duty universe, Adler is a mysterious CIA operative who lives in the shadows and is capable of "switching between disarming charisma and emotionless brutality in an instant," according to Activision.

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AOC's Among Us Livestream Was One Of The Biggest Twitch Streams Ever

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Earlier on Tuesday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed the video game Among Us with popular streamers Pokimane, HasanAbi, Jacksepticeye, and others, and the stream pulled in some big numbers.

AOC's livestream alone reached a peak of around 430,000 concurrent viewers, which makes it close to the biggest Twitch livestream in history. Combining that with the streaming figures for Pokimane, HasanAbi, Jacksepticeye, Moist, and Dr Lupo, the number climbs significantly higher. Another US representative, Ilhan Omar, took part in the livestream event as well.

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PGA Tour 2K21 Adds Pumpkin Head Costume DLC, Banana Putters, And More

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One of the issues some people have with golf is that it's too serious and stuffy. Well, that is certainly not the case with the latest DLC pack for PGA Tour 2K21.

Several new customization items are available in the game right now, including a Halloween-themed pumpkin hat that looks completely absurd. There are other wacky items, too, including oversized hats and putters made to look like a banana, taco, and hot dog. Check out the video below to see more of what's included in the new update for PGA Tour 2K21.

These items can be used to deck out your custom player in the MyPlayer mode. You purchase them with virtual currency (VC), which is unlocked through gameplay or by spending real money.

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Best Fortnite Gifts For Christmas 2020

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Even though Fortnite is no longer the flashy new gaming trend, it remains one of the most popular games in the world. To call Fortnite a phenomenon would be something of an understatement; it has become a gaming staple much like Super Mario was when Nintendo's plumber dominated the conversation in the late '80s and early '90s. For that reason, if you have kids on your shopping list this holiday season, it's a pretty safe bet that at least one of them is a Fortnite fanatic.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play game, so all you need to start playing is a console, PC, or smartphone--though recent legal battles between Apple/Google and Epic Games have threatened Fortnite's playability on mobile devices. But even though the battle royale game is ostensibly free, there are plenty of Fortnite gifts that are sure to make fans happy this holiday season. From safe bets like in-game currency to action figures and Funko Pops to gaming chairs and board games, our Fortnite gift guide covers a lot of ground to help you pick out the best gift possible.

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Here's How To Upgrade Mortal Kombat 11 On Next-Gen Consoles For Free

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Developer NetherRealm Studios has previously confirmed that Mortal Kombat 11 will be getting a free next-gen upgrade when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S drop in November. Now, the studio has divulged how players can upgrade their fighting game at no extra cost.

The news comes during a recent Kombat Kast, during which members of the development team broke down MK11's newest fighter Rain. Toward the end of the broadcast, NetherRealm discussed the ways players can upgrade Mortal Kombat 11 to the next-gen version.

One way is by already owning or purchasing Mortal Kombat 11 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Doing so grants you access to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S version. Another way for those who already own the base MK11 game is to preorder Kombat Pack 2, an add-on that includes Mileena, Rain, and Rambo, as well as skins for Noob Saibot, Liu Kang, and Skarlet.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Rickrolls Would-Be Dataminers

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With Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in cross-platform open beta now, it's inevitable that dataminers will be in the game's files, trying to find more juicy secrets and exploits before the game's release on November 13. It seems the dataminers have been anticipated by developer Treyarch, however, with a number of the game's files leading to rickrolls, as picked up by Dexerto.

A screenshot of the game's .exe file shows a number of bit.ly links disguising rickrolls--a link to the YouTube video of Rick Astley's 1987 classic Never Gonna Give You Up, for those of you who somehow don't know what a rickroll is.

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A Total War Saga: Troy Will Add Photo Mode And Artemis This Week

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A Total War Saga: Troy will receive a major update on October 22, and it'll add a new god and a photo mode to the game. This free update will expand the game out a bit, and let you capture some of the imagery of the Trojan War that the game conjures.

If you've been playing Hades (or you're simply a fan of the Greek classics), you'll recognise Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. Artemis will be added to the game's Divine Will system, and each faction will have access to her temple building chain. Pray to Artemis and you can unlock a light archer unit, and new missions are being added as well

A new Epic Agent is being added, too--Orion, who is available at the highest worship tier. He's an incredible hunter, with the abilities Sudden Ambush (which gives guaranteed kills on enemy heroes) and Foe Tracking (which lets you track enemy heroes across the map).

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