Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Wrapping The Week Up With Another Among Us Stream

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history earlier this year with a record-breaking stream of Among Us, and now she's gearing up for another round. This time, AOC will play in a stream organized by Jagmeet Singh, leader of the Canadian New Democratic Party.

Singh tweeted out news of the stream, which is set to happen on Friday, November 27 at 4PM PT (7PM ET). Streamers Ryan Letourneau and Hasanabi will also be taking part.

You can digitally RSVP for the stream through the New Democratic Party's site, and receive a notification when the stream is set to begin. It hasn't yet been announced whether the stream will be raising funds or raising awareness for any organization or cause, but it seems likely.

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James O'Connor

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Pirate RPG Greedfall Will Get A PS5/Xbox Series X Update With New Content

3 days 13 hours ago

Greedfall has been a big success, and now developer Spiders is looking to upgrade the game for the next generation of consoles. Greedfall will receive an update for PS5 and Xbox Series X, complete with new content.

In a tweet, the official Greedfall account announced that the game is coming to next-gen after selling over 1 million copies. This is a major milestone for the game, which has been so successful that it greatly boosted publisher Focus Interactive's profits.

The game, a pirate-centric action RPG, is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The developer previously made The Technomancer.

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James O'Connor

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Samsung's 240Hz Odyssey G7 monitor returns for another epic Black Friday deal

3 days 13 hours ago

A photo of the Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitor.

The Samsung Odyssey G7 was one of the standout Prime Day deals in the UK last month, but this incredible 2560×1440, 240Hz gaming screen has returned for another round of [cms-block] deals goodness. Now down to just £430 for the 27in model and £500 for its larger 32in sibling, these savings of £120 and £130 apiece aren’t to be missed if you’re after one of the best [cms-block] of the year.

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Katharine Castle

Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Is On Sale For Black Friday 2020

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Black Friday 2020 has brought plenty of deals on games that released within the past month or so, including Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Gears Tactics. But the latest Black Friday deal we've stumbled across is on a game that launched just last week. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is available at Ebay for $50, which is a nice $10 savings off the price of the brand-new Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a spinoff prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It tells the story 100 years prior to the events of Breath of the Wild, chronicling the Great Calamity that leads to the prolonged period of darkness and ruin across Hyrule.

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Steven Petite

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Call of Duty: Die Maschine Zombies Easter Egg Walkthrough

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Whether it's turning on the power, building the Pack-A-Punch machine, or finding and upgrading all four Wonder Weapons, let IGN guide you through the Die Maschine Zombies Easter Egg in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
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Fuser Is The Escape I’ve Needed In 2020

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For decades now, Harmonix has brought a very particular set of skills to the gaming audience – finding ways to share the joy of music-making with players, even if those players have never picked up the instrument(s) in question. Time and again, the studio manages to find the thrill and wonder inherent to a particular corner of the musical world, and translate that into something approachable and fun. With Fuser, the developers behind Amplitude, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central have zeroed in on the festival dance music scene. I’ve never spun records as a DJ. I’ve never even attended a big outdoor music festival. And yet Fuser is everything I want as an escape from the doldrum and frustration of 2020, offering one of the most creative and technically remarkable opportunities for musical expression I’ve encountered in a game.

As Brian Shea writes about in his enthusiastic review for Fuser, this new music game offers a number of different ways to interact with the music, from a tutorial-focused campaign that shows you the ropes, to freestyle mix creation, to social tools for sharing and enjoying music with others. Any way you choose to approach it, the takeaway is the same – Fuser is a music-mixing and creation tool masquerading as a video game. And its ability to sweep me away into the fun of toe-tapping tunes remixed in new ways is especially invigorating.

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Matt Miller

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Writer David S. Goyer Talks About Giving Players Choices

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David S. Goyer has been attached to some major films over the last 20 years--including the Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v Superman, and Terminator: Dark Fate--but in games, he's best known for his work on the Call of Duty: Black Ops series. Goyer has story credits on Black Ops and Black Ops II, and he was brought back for Black Ops Cold War, the latest game in the series. Now, in an interview on the official Call of Duty blog, Goyer has explained some of the philosophy behind his work on the series.

Reflecting on the first two Black Ops games, Goyer said that he had been excited to move into games when he was invited to do a script polish for the original. "I think the game was about two thirds of the way finished at that point, and I punched up the script and I made some other suggestions," he recalls. "It was fascinating for me--it was just a different medium in the way that you convey exposition is entirely different."

After that, he was asked to be involved in Black Ops II "from the ground up," and he was able to get some interesting storytelling choices through. "I love the idea that there are multiple endings that can be achieved, depending on the moral choices that I make throughout the game," "he says. It was something that I was really pleased to see that Treyarch and Raven were continuing on with this new game. I liked the idea that actions have consequences."

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James O'Connor

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We Answer Your Nintendo Questions! - NVC 536

3 days 15 hours ago
Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat! This week, join Janet Garcia, Brian Altano, Tom R. Marks, and Brendan Graeber for a super-sized edition of Question Block. We answer tons of your Nintendo questions, and some non-Nintendo questions! Will the "R." in Tom R. Marks finally be revealed? You can only find out right here on NVC. Timecodes!
  • 00:00:00 Welcome!
  • 00:01:57 Super quick news
  • 00:03:03 Mega Question Block!
  • 00:48:50 Out this week
  • 00:53:03 What we're playing
  • 00:59:06 What we're thankful for

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You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at nvc@ign.com and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We're all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community.

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Video Game Remakes Are Better Than Film Remakes

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In 2019, Disney debuted four remakes of beloved cartoon classics: Aladdin, Dumbo, The Lion King, and Lady and The Tramp. Reviews for all four films were mixed, but largely ranged from “Meh, it’s okay” to “Why was this necessary?” That same year, Capcom remade one of the most beloved entries in its long-running survival horror series and got the opposite response. Resident Evil 2 reviews were effusive, and fans declared it one of the standout titles of the year. It's a fascinating tale of two cities, but the remakes of 2019 are just a microcosm of a larger trend: Video game remakes are better than film remakes.

The movie industry loves to remake old properties. The video game industry (increasingly) does too. But there is a big difference between how the two entertainment fields manage their properties, because every time the movie industry announces a remake we collectively groan. When a video game developer announces a remake of a beloved classic, we’re ready to party.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes Hollywood gets it right, but for every Invisible Man (2020), I feel like we get several films like Total Recall (2012), Point Break (2015), Ben-Hur (2016), and The Mummy (2017) which completely fall flat and fail to capture the magic that made their original films special. Why does this happen? What makes video game remakes so exciting and film remakes so excruciating?

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Ben Reeves

Nicalis issue DMCA takedowns against Cave Story fangame

3 days 15 hours ago

A fan-made enhanced edition of Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya’s seminal indie platformer Cave Story has been slapped with a DMCA takedown. Publishers Nicalis have accused Cave Story Engine 2 of using code stolen from the original game’s source – code that they, as developers of Cave Story +, own. But while fears that the publisher planned to wipe all free versions of the game off the internet for good seem to have been misplaced, contention remains over whether Nicalis actually owns the rights to code used by the now-shutted fan game.

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Natalie Clayton

NBA 2K21’s The W Shows The Power Of Women In Sports

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Whether it’s the cutting-edge graphics, continually evolving gameplay, or always-contentious microtransactions, the NBA 2K series fosters plenty of passionate (and heated) discussions. That’s to be expected when you’re at the top of the sports genre, helping set standards and drive innovation. That’s why it’s important for fans and critics to voice concerns over missteps, but it’s also just as important to celebrate the victories (which I do in my full NBA 2K21 review here). One thing I’m sad more people aren’t talking about is a new feature for the new-gen versions called “The W,” which allows you to can create your own WNBA MyPlayer for the first time and build your own path to stardom by playing for one of the league’s 12 teams. Playing WNBA games isn’t new for the series, but centering an entire experience around it is the biggest push and commitment we’ve seen from a mainstream team sports game to represent female athletes and their experience. And that’s a pretty big deal.

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Kimberley Wallace

Save $400 on Lenovo's superb Legion 5 gaming laptops

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Earlier in the week, we highlighted a great [cms-block] here in the UK for the Lenovo Legion 5, which packed an RTX 2060 graphics chip for just £950. Now, we can do the same for our pals in the US, as Walmart have some great discounts on Lenovo’s top notch gaming laptop, beating prices at both Newegg and Best Buy.

Indeed my top pick is a Core i7 and RTX 2060 model that comes with a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD for $1099 – a saving of $400 overall. Alternatively, you can get the same model but with a 512GB SSD for a little bit less at $999. Either way, you’re getting $400 off their usual prices, and both are great ways of getting all the best bits of the excellent Legion 7i without breaking the bank.

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Katharine Castle

Microsoft Addresses Questions About Certain PS5 Games Outperforming Xbox Series X

3 days 16 hours ago

Both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 are incredibly powerful systems, but that doesn't mean what's out now is what all there is to experience. As more and more games continue to be prepped for this new generation of gaming, some players have noticed notable differences with certain titles and how they perform on the Xbox Series X versus the PS5. 

A few reports about the performance differences between the platforms centers around optimization hiccups resulting from dev kit arrival times. As reported by The Verge, developers were giving PS5 dev kits much sooner than they received Xbox Series X ones, which resulted in a differentiation between the two offered new-gen systems. 

Responding to the growing feedback from players, a Microsoft representative did take a moment to remind Xbox owners that both platforms are still very much in early evolution stages post-launch, and that improvements are always being worked on and looked into. 

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Liana Ruppert

Flight Simulator's next World Update will work its makeover magic on the UK in January

3 days 16 hours ago

Flight Simulator has only just released its latest World Update, this one giving the USA's most iconic landscapes some much-needed attention, but already developer Asobo is talking about its next round of planetary enhancements, confirming it'll be upgrading the UK in January.

In a similar fashion to earlier geographical spruce-ups for the USA and Japan, Asobo's third World Update will aim to create a more accurate rendition of the UK using "awesome" new data and aerial images for England, Scotland and Wales, and with a host of new landmarks.

In total, as revealed in Asobo's latest livestream, the studio is aiming to introduce 50-60 new points of interest, new procedural buildings (including churches), and improvements for a range of existing airports, such as Land's End, Liverpool EGGP, and Manchester Barton. Additionally, players can expect to see new landing challenges and a new flight.

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Update Tackles Stability Issues

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PlayStation fans have been diving into New York once more as Miles Morales, but that doesn't mean that the enjoyable Spider-Man experience couldn't be made a little bit better with a new patch. The latest Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales update is nothing massive, but it does make the game a much more stable ride. 

PlayStation players will see the new update available to download now. According to Insomniac Games, here is what fans can look forward to: 

  • Fixed various issues where the screen could go black while changing Time of Day
  • Fixed an issue where players could not change Suits in Photo Mode
  • Fixed an issue where the weather did not change correctly when selected by the player
  • Improved stability

The stability changes aren't detailed, but the screen going black is an issue we've experienced ourselves. It was nothing major, but on PlayStation 5 with the quick loadtimes, the disruption does break the immersion. Some have reported that the screen never resumes from the black until a restart happens. Personally, the issue corrected itself within just a few short moments. 

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Liana Ruppert

Don't Miss 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim While It's 50% Off At Amazon (PS4/PS5)

3 days 17 hours ago

Black Friday 2020 has brought an onslaught of game deals across PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and while we spend a ton of time talking about the discounts on AAA titles, Black Friday is a great opportunity to pick up some lesser-known games for your winter backlog. One such game is 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, which launched in Japan last year but released worldwide this past September. If you're a fan of narrative-driven games, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a must-play, and it's on sale for 50% off during Black Friday.

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Jenae Sitzes

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Microsoft Working on Why PS5 Outperforms Xbox Series X on Certain Games

3 days 17 hours ago
While Microsoft has been touting that the Xbox Series X is the "world's most powerful console," the PS5 is outperforming it in early game tests, and Microsoft is working on why. As reported by The Verge, Digital Foundry has been analyzing some of the new games across both the PS5 - which is capable of 10.28 teraflops of GPU performance - and Xbox Series X - which is capable of 12 teraflops - and it's not as one-sided as it initially appeared. In Devil May Cry 5, the Xbox Series X has better performance in 4K and ray tracing modes, but the higher frame rate option runs better on PS5, with the frame rate gaps being more than 40fps in some cases. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/05/xbox-series-x-review"] “The dips look really strange to me, and it kind of suggests to me some kind of API limitation on the Xbox side where the GPU is being held back by something,” suggests Digital Foundry editor Richard Leadbetter. Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which has been heavily promoted by Microsoft, also runs a bit smoother on PS5, with the Xbox Series X version showing screen tearing and regular frame rate dips below 60fps. The same story plays out in Dirt 5, where image quality and resolution go in PS5's favor.
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Mudrunner's filthy motoring is free on the Epic Games Store this week

3 days 17 hours ago

Having long-since dropped the “Spintires” part of its name, mucky motorist Mudrunner is now dropping its price tag. Temporarily, at least. Saber Interactive’s trudging off-roader is this week’s free game over on the Epic Games Store, letting you wrestle your jeep of choice through the hostile wilderness all the way ’til next Thursday, at which point it’ll be replaced by indie platformer Cave Story +.

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Natalie Clayton

Monster Hunter Rise Video & Artwork Shows Palamute, Palico, & Hunter Armor

3 days 17 hours ago

Capcom has is continuing to release new concept artwork and assets of its upcoming Monster Hunter game Monster Hunter Rise.

This time around we get to take a look at artwork showcasing the Kamura armor for the hunters and their friends Palamute and Palico.

Speaking of Palamute, we also get a video showcasing some of the armor designs that the faithful buddy will be able to wear in the game.

You can check out all the assets below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Hades' Chef Offers Special Happy Thanksgiving Message For Fans

3 days 18 hours ago

It's Thanksgiving in the US and Supergiant Games is wishing fans a happy holiday with the head chef from Hades himself. Is this news? No, but it's pretty obvious that we here at Game Informer have been mildly obsessed with game, and this was too cute not to share. 

The studio took to Twitter to wish a happy holiday to fans by saying, "The Head Chef of the House of Hades got wind of something called a 'Thanksgiving' today, time to break out the fancy cutlery." 

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Liana Ruppert

GI Show – Why We Can't Stop Playing Destiny 2, Call of Duty: Cold War, and Demon's Souls

3 days 18 hours ago

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On this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we discuss a handful of the games we've been playing recently, including Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Kentucky Route ZeroDemon's Souls, and Pumpkin Jack. Then, we interview Josh Tsui, the director of the documentary Insert Coin, which chronicles the success of Midway during its arcade heyday, which saw the release of games like Narc, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and Smash TV. It's a full show, but we make time for another fantastic round of community emails in there somewhere. So please join Blake Hester, Liana Ruppert, Alex Stadnik, and myself for another wild and ever-entertaining episode!

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Ben Reeves

Genshin Impact Gets New Video Showing How Liyue Was Inspired by Huanglong

3 days 18 hours ago

Today MiHoYo released a new video about its popular action RPG Genshin Impact focusing on another of its sources of inspiration.

This time around we get another behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the gorgeous environments of Liyue, and more specifically of the Luha Pool, which is inspired by Huanglong in China.

Speaking of Liyue, recently we got another behind-the-scene video showcasing the creation of its music alongside the whole soundtrack, which was released alongside the music created for Mondstadt.

One more video explained how the Jueyun Karst was inspired by China’s Zhangjiajie’s karst.

You can check the new video out below. Incidentally, make sure that subtitles are active since the audio is in Chinese.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Microsoft Flight Simulator's next update plots a course for the UK

3 days 18 hours ago

See that blurry coastal mess up there? That’s North Berwick, my one-time childhood home and the first stop in my jaunt across Microsoft Flight Simulator‘s painstakingly thorough recreation of planet Earth. It’s been done dirty, I reckon, but that may be about to change. The next World Update for Asobo’s jet-setter is heading to the UK, sprucing up ol’ Britannia with improved landmarks, landscape resolution and plenty of sightseeing spots sometime next January.

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Natalie Clayton

Pokemon Gets Even More “Poke-Lid” Manholes in Japan and It’s Magikarp’s Turn to Shine

3 days 18 hours ago

Pokemon is ever popular in Japan, so much that cities install special manhole covers called “Poke-Lids” portraying pokemon that represent them.

This time around, it’s time for the city of Ojiya in the central prefecture of Niigata to get its own fancy manholes, and it’s the underrated Magikarp to get its turn under the spotlight.

Four different Poke-Lids featuring the clumsy but adorable fish-pokemon have been installed in Ojiya, which is known as the birthplace of the Nishikigoi variety of Koi carps. This is even more appropriate if you think that Magikarp is basically a big, goofy Koi and is known as Koiking in Japan.

You can check out what they look like in the gallery below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Sega Genesis Mini Gets Black Friday Price Drop At Amazon

3 days 18 hours ago

Black Friday has no shortage of current-gen game deals, but if you're craving a retro gaming experience, the Sega Genesis Mini is a great option. Loaded with 42 games, it's currently available for $50 at Amazon during the store's Black Friday sale. This isn't the lowest price we've ever seen it at, but it's still a solid purchase if you want to relive the classic Sega games of your childhood. The Sega Genesis Mini comes preloaded with 42 iconic games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Castlevania: Bloodlines, and it also includes two wired controllers--everything you need comes in the box.

On the plug 'n play console, you'll find an impressive greatest hits collection from the Genesis library. Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim, Contra: Hard Corps, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Golden Axe, and Ecco the Dolphin still hold up quite well, and if you feel like something different you can try the underrated Eternal Warriors fighting game, the fast-paced action of Gunstar Heroes, or the classic RPG Shining Force.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Fortnite Recreates 100 Thieves Cash App Compound In-Game

3 days 19 hours ago

Fortnite and esports team 100 Thieves have come together to create an in-game version of the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound.

Located in Fortnite Creative's Welcome Hub, the Compound offers players four themed quests tied to 100 Thieves' members, including Nadeshot, CouRage, Valkyrae, and BrookeAB. Upon completion, players can explore new areas of the Compound and find other surprises.

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Jenny Zheng

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Epic Games Store Offers MudRunner Free for Limited Time

3 days 19 hours ago

The Epic Games Store is giving away another free game from its PC marketplace and launcher as part of its ongoing promotion to offer free games weekly.

As announced last week, MudRunner is the free game available this week. The 2017 off-roading simulation game offers 19 all-terrain vehicles for players to drive across uneven Siberian landscapes and complete deliveries or other tasks with only a map and compass.

MudRunner can be claimed for free from the Epic Games Store beginning today until Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. ET. Players can also grab three free downloadable packs for the game that adds new vehicles and maps: The Ridge, The Valley, and Old-timers DLC.

The game has a paid expansion, American Wilds, that is currently discounted for $4.99 during the Epic Games Store’s Black Friday sale. The sale runs until Dec. 3 and offers discounts on games such as Watch Dogs: Legion, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Star Wars: Squadrons, Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and MudRunner sequel SnowRunner.

Epic Games also announced the free game next week will Cave Story+, the enhanced PC version of the indie platforming classic made by the one-man team Studio Pixel.

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The Inventory’s Holiday 2020 Wishlist: All the Stuff You Should Buy Us This Year

3 days 19 hours ago

2020 is a weird year to give gifts and expect anything in return. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force—evidently fuller force than before—many businesses have closed either temporarily or for good, and as a result, unemployment has skyrocketed and the economy has taken a turn for the worse. This holiday, I…

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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Our Sequel Wishlist

3 days 19 hours ago

The success of Final Fantasy VII Remake hinged on one central question: Would Square Enix be able to respect the classic 1997 original while also creating a modern RPG that was good on its own merits? When the game released earlier this year, fans learned that the answer to that question was a resounding “yes.” The years of anticipation paid off, and the end result was a memorable journey that artfully mixed old and new. But with that matter settled, a new question has arisen: Can Square Enix do it again?

While the first game was undoubtedly a complete experience, much of the original story remains to be told. The second installment of the Final Fantasy VII remake is already in production, and the development team is undoubtedly weighing how to approach this next chapter. As much as I personally enjoyed this year’s release, the formula still has room for change and improvement. With that in mind, here’s my wishlist for what I’d like to see in the sequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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Joe Juba

Best Black Friday SSD And HDD Hard Drive Deals

3 days 19 hours ago

With new consoles out this fall, it's the perfect time to pick up an external hard drive to store your games on. Black Friday 2020 has a selection of excellent SSD and HDD deals on some of the best ones, too, making it easy to save some money on extra storage. Amazon and Best Buy have some particularly great Black Friday deals, including discounts on Samsung's popular T5 and T7 portable SSDs as well as the ultra-fast Seagate FireCuda gaming SSD. While SSDs are fast, they don't have as much storage, so there are also several great HDD options, including the 5TB WD Black game drive and an assortment of Seagate external drives.

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Mat Paget

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