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.: The best gaming PCs to buy (May 2018)
We round up some of the finest gaming PCs you can buy today .
.: Best deals on Xbox One controllers (May 2018)
Get a new Xbox One controller for less with these deals on the official models and essential accessories.
.: Lion Rampant, Dragon's Shadow, Sunbracers and other Destiny 2 Exotic armors are changing soon
New perks coming your way.
.: The 25 best free games to play right now
We're living in a renaissance of entertainment options right now and the best free games are emerging like never before.
.: Mario Tennis Aces Pre-launch Online Tournament
A brand new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch: Mario Tennis Aces!.
.: The NES Classic Mini is back in stock now, just in time for a last minute pre-order
Christmas has come early for Nintendo fans, as the Nes Mini has made a surprise reappearance.
.: The 10 best zombie games you can play right now
It's way more than just zombie shooters (but also zombie shooters).
.: Best PS4 steering wheel you can buy (May 2018)
Best PS4 steering wheel you can buy (May 2018).
.: E3 2018 games: Battlefield 5 multiplayer, Cyberpunk 2077, and more to look forward to
All the confirmed E3 2018 games and more coming in June.
.: The 30 best PS4 games
The best PS4 games for your console - from God of War to Detroit: Become Human... and everything in between.
.: Death Stranding - Everything you need to know about Hideo Kojima's mysterious game
With a new trailer due at E3 2018 in June, here's all the confirmed details so far - plus the latest release date, gameplay and cast rumors.
.: Detroit: Become Human ending discussion - what happens when you finish the game
We discuss the endings and big talking points that we have after finishing the entirety of the game.
.: Best gaming keyboards for PC (May 2018)
We review the best gaming keyboards and bring you the cheapest deals on them.
.: Fortnite Blockbuster Challenges reward guide
Where to find your bonus Blockbuster Challenge rewards after completing all of the weekly challenges.
.: Battlefield 5 releasing in October 2018, is called Battlefield V. Here's all we know
Battlefield 5 has multiplayer, co-op, and single player, full customisation, and is releasing in October.
.: 25 best RPGs to play right now (and inevitably over-invest emotionally in)
Wave goodbye to the real world with the best RPGs around right now. .
.: The best upcoming Xbox One games for 2018 and beyond
The best upcoming games to Xbox One for this year.
.: PUBG on Xbox One gets Miramar map, five months after its PC debut
Hope you like sniping.
.: I can't stop watching the most entrancingly boring games on Twitch and YouTube
Forget kills, excitable commentary, and last-ditch victories - watching mundane gameplay streams is where it's at.
.: Forget Steam Sales, this new Spring Cleaning event rewards you for playing games you already have
Steam's take on Spring Cleaning is friendly to your wallet in more ways than one.
.: N4G: news feed
N4G: news feed.
.: Complete Guide to Battlefield 5 Preorder Bonuses
What bonuses come with Battlefield 5 preorders, as well which retailers have what extras to entice you to preorder..
.: Five Games Perfect for the Inevitable Nintendo 64 Mini
The system can't miss out on these gems. .
.: Miramar has finally been released for PUBG on Xbox One
Six months after its initial release and after almost a month on the Xbox One test server Miramar, the second map for PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, has finally been released for the Xbox One version of the game..
.: Black Clover: Quartet Knights for PS4 and PC Reveals Story Mode and New Screenshots
Black Clover: Quartet Knights introduces its story mode and one of the characters that will appear in the narrative, the young Yami..
.: Answering Days Gone's Lingering Questions
Watch or listen to Sony Bend give new details on the game based on dozens of great questions from the community..
.: Mega Man X Legacy Comes With New Mode, Armor
According to this week's issue of Famitsu, the upcoming Mega Man X compilation will be coming with some new content in the form of a new gameplay mode called X Challenge, which comes with its own fancy armor based on the Ultimate Armor from X4..
.: 5 Things VR Needs To Be The Future Of Gaming
VR offers the potential for more immersive experiences.  Sadly, it has some way to go before it becomes essential..
.: Why You Should Play Oxenfree From Your Backlog
BacklogCritic: "Oxenfree, the debut game by Night School Studio, delivers an enchanting coming-of-age tale mixed with supernatural sci-fi. Relatable characters and an elegantly simple dialogue choice system combined with a captivating art style and soundtrack make this an essential indie game.".
.: Omensight Review | BacklogCritic
BacklogCritic: "Omensight has a lot going for it, with an in-depth storyline, and some just plain fun hack-and-slashing to go along with it, but the repetitive nature of the time traveling combined with some seriously lacking mystery solving does bring it down a few pegs. Thankfully, a moderately priced release will do it some favours when it comes to winning over the general masses.".
.: Detroit: Become Human - Fortress of Solitude Review
Choices matter in Quantic Dream's thrilling melodrama Detroit: Become Human, a game about machines demanding equal rights in the near future..
.: www.GameInformer.com
The award-winning website of Game Informer, The World's #1 Video Game Magazine featuring news, preview, and review coverage of Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, 3DS, DS, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR, virtual reality, iOS, Android, Flash, and Next Generation console games both online and in print.
.: Mega Man X-Inspired Rogue-Lite 20XX Coming To Consoles

20XX, a platformer rogue-lite that draws heavily from Capcom's Mega Man X series, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch this July.

The platformer launched on Steam Early Access in 2014 and has since been built upon by developers at BatteryStaple and Fire Hose Games. 20XX hit version 1.0 late last year and the focus has been getting the game on to consoles since then. The title takes Mega Man X's platforming gameplay and inserts it into pre-designed chunks that are stitched together, similar to something like Rogue Legacy.

For Mega Man X fans, it's a fun little title that puts a new spin on that game's formula. You can check out a trailer of the game below.

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The DLC of the PC version, a distinct playable character known as Hawk, will be included within the console release. The console versions will also support two-player co-op in both local and online forms when it releases on July 10.

 

Our Take
I enjoyed this game on PC, but never got much chance to play it co-op. Hopefully there'll be more players with a console release.

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.: Hacking Is Starting To Affect Online Switch Games

A few weeks ago, Switch hacking was blown wide open by a hardware exploit that allowed players to modify code on the console. As a consequence, some players are now employing cheating measures in competitive games.

Today, a number of videos and tweets have been going up of cheaters taking part in Splatoon 2, modifying weapons in a way that makes them overpowered and throws the balance out of whack. In this clip below, a player has massively updated the fire rate of a weapon that is meant to fire slow, powerful blasts to resemble hidden, non-competitive weapons used in modes like Salmon Run.

There are also videos of hackers changing parameters for, as an example, eliminating the charge time on sniper rifles so they fire like machine guns, or turning completely invisible and invulnerable. While there are reports of Nintendo banning users with modified firmware from online access, it seems the process is not 100%. 

It is worth noting that, to report players, you need to use the Nintendo Online App, access Splatnet, and report the player you think was cheating.

With games like Super Smash Bros. coming this year, hopefully Nintendo manages to sort this out before it becomes too great a problem.

 

Our Take
It's not a good look as Nintendo is trying to convince people to pay for online play access, so hopefully they can stop hackers with a secure method before too long. Splatoon 2 is great fun but that experience isn't hard to ruin.

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.: The Division Film Director David Leitch Discusses The Video Game Movie Stigma

Deadpool 2 and John Wick director David Leitch was recently announced as the director for a film based on Ubisoft's The Division. In an interview with Collider, he shared more information about the upcoming film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and what he has to say is promising. The film is still looking for writers and a script is in development, but Leitch seems positive about moving forward alongside the producers with the movie. 

"We’re all fired up to do it, but it’s just getting on the same page… It could be [in the immediate future]. I like the idea of working with Jake and Jessica and that’s really interesting to me, so who wouldn’t want to aggressively move forward and find a point of view on it and dig in? So it could be, I hope so."

Leitch is also unconcerned with the idea of working on a video game movie and the possible issues that entails. Needless to say, he doesn't believe in a video game movie curse. 

"I mean yes and no. They’re two different experiences. Obviously the video game you’re telling your own story and it’s so active, and cinema is all about one person’s point of view guiding a story, you’re telling a story. I think sometimes those things are in conflict, but on a project like The Division again it’s like there’s these bigger themes in there that you can pull one out and attach some great characters to and you can have a compelling story, and also given the trappings of the world that people love, I think you can deliver a good movie.”

The Division is still a ways away, as it sits behind Leitch's many other projects that are up and coming such as his current television work. His enthusiasm towards the project is a good sign for fans of the series, and it indicates that it is probably the next film on his list. For more from Leith, head to Collider for additional quotes.

[Source: Collider]

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.: Fortnite's Limited Time Jetpack Event Disabled Shortly After Launch

Epic Games disabled Fortnite's Close Encounters event about an hour after it launched. Epic announced the event's shutdown via Fortnite's official Twitter.

Epic did not specify the issue, but according to Polygon, players on the game's subreddit reported various issues with the mode.

In the Close Encounter event, jetpacks spawn frequently in chests and supply drops, and shotguns are the only weapons that spawn.

[Source: Polygon, Epic Games]

 

Our Take
Fortnite's event is off to a rocky start, but hopefully players will be able to get back to jumping around soon.

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.: The Wolf Among Us Season 2 Launching In 2019

The second season of The Wolf Among Us, Telltale's noir-ish graphic adventure based on the Bill Willingham comic series Fables, will launch in 2019.

Telltale had previously announced the new season of the episodic detective story would land in the latter half of 2018, but now has to put the game off to release next year. The reason, according to Telltale, is because of internal changes within the company.

"This delay comes as the result of a few fundamental changes here at Telltale since we first announced the game last summer," Telltale wrote in a blog post. "Most importantly, we're committed to exploring new ways to tell our stories. Taking this extra time will allow us not only to focus on quality but also to experiment and iterate in order to craft something truly special."

The changes are likely referring to restructuring and layoffs last year that resulted in 25% of the company losing their jobs. Since then, Telltale has been hiring for Unity engineers and developers, suggesting the studio is making a change from the engine it has been using for most of its games in the past.

 

Our Take
The Wolf Among Us is definitely in my top three of Telltale's games, so I have been anticipating this new season more than anything else they've announced. As long as the quality is there, I do not mind a delay in the least.

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.: Madden 19 Release Date, Deluxe Cover Star & Early Features Announced

Madden NFL 19 is now officially slated for release on August 10 (PS4/Xbox One), and today developer EA Tiburon also announced that Terrell Owens is the cover star of the Hall of Fame Edition – which can be played early on August 7 (EA Access members can play starting on August 2 on Xbox One).

In terms of feature details, Madden 19 is advertising motion and animation advances allowing for better ball-carrier responsiveness, including pushing your blockers to avoid running into them and one-cut acceleration.

Connected Franchise mode is linking to a new player progression system built around positional archetypes which are also linked to your team's overall offensive and defensive schemes. Custom draft classes are also being added to CFM, allowing players to mix past and present players in Franchise.

Finally, Madden Ultimate Team is adding MUT Solo Battles which sounds similar to FIFA's Squad Battles where you compete as a single-player against user-teams to climb up the leaderboard and reap rewards along the way. Player upgrading is done through "training tools," which may be a replacement for last year's contentious and costly Power Up system.

If you pre-order the standard edition you get to choose an Elite player and five Gold Team Fantasy Packs, while Hall of Fame Edition pre-orders add an Elite Hall of Fame Legend, a Training Pack, seven Gold packs, and the three-day early access.

 

Our Take 
It's good to see all the major beats of gameplay, CFM, and MUT addressed, and I'm intrigued how deep the team schemes for CFM run. Previous years have had coaching schemes like 3-4 defense vs. 4-3, and players that did or didn't fit into that scheme, so I'm curious how this is different. On the MUT front, I hope player upgrading replaces Power Ups, and it'll be interesting to see if this slows down any harsh thresholds and overall card inflation in the mode.

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.: New Madden & NBA Live Leadership Commit To Gameplay, Live Services

Madden and NBA Live developer EA Tiburon has officially announced a swap of sorts for some of its senior positions. Former Madden senior producer Seann Graddy has become executive producer at NBA Live, and Carlos Guerrero, who was a veteran at Blizzard (including a position as a senior game producer on Overwatch), is now filling Graddy's spot on Madden. Graddy and Guerrero already moved into their new positions earlier this year and are beginning to help shape their respective franchises.

Graddy moved over to NBA at the beginning of the year and before then was looking at who could replace him at the Madden team which Guerrero recently joined at the time. "I sought a guy like Carlos because we wanted to do things differently," says Graddy. "How could [he] make us think differently when we're building a game mechanic on the field or thinking about a new mode or a new way to play inside Ultimate Team?"

Guerrero, with over 20 years experience at Blizzard working on legendary titles like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, didn't outline drastic changes for the Madden franchise, but thought his background at Blizzard – with its strong ties to its games' communities and post-launch support – could help the football series move to "much more of a live service model."

While Madden and NBA Live are currently on different spots along their respective evolutions – the former already settled into this console generation while the latter having just steadied itself with The One career mode after some years in the wilderness – both Guerrero and Graddy stressed that gameplay was the priority for their franchises. Although NBA isn't on the Frostbite engine like Madden, the franchises now share feature-related technology at EA Tiburon which could make the sharing of feature sets easier in the future. This was something that recently-exited Madden creative director Rex Dickson (more on him later) mentioned at E3 in 2017.

Despite the success of NBA Live 18's The One career feature and Madden 18 being more multiplayer orientated, Graddy and Guerrero both say this year's titlesl have something for fans of all of the game's modes. "Madden 19 is a much more balanced offering for Madden where we are giving some love to all our player base," says Guerrero, "because I think that's extremely important."

The features of Madden 19 in particular were likely already set in stone when longtime creative director Rex Dickson left the studio earlier this month, but some of Dickson's comments at the time opened the door to speculation. Dickson said that "there is no drama or deeper story" to his departure, but also said that his leaving was "as much for me and my family as it is about giving the team, the community, and the Madden franchise a chance for a new direction."

What is that new direction? "That's something that we're currently working through," said Guerrero, who characterized himself as a "steward" for the franchise, and just one of the team members leading it. "But I'll tell you what is really philosophically important to me: Gameplay at the foundational level is important. Community and visibility into the community is also something that is extremely important to me, so that the community understands our direction and where we're headed."

 

Our Take 
Guerrero's comments about moving Madden to more of a live service model match what EA CEO Andrew Wilson said at the end of last year, broaching the possibility of a non-annual release schedule for sports series like Madden and FIFA.

Until then, I'm interested how someone of Guerrero's impressive background can hopefully make Madden more responsive post-launch with bug fixes, updates, and content. EA has work to do before it can match what Blizzard does in that department with games like Overwatch.

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.: Death Stranding Will Need Global Player Cooperation Says Mads Mikkelsen

Death Stranding actor Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed that Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima's new sci-fi game that continues to baffle at every turn, will require collaboration from players around the world.

While doing the press circuit for his newest movie Arctic, Total Film sat the Rogue One actor down and asked him a little bit about the experience of mocapping a performance and working with Hideo Kojima. After expressing how in awe, and confusion, Mikkelsen was of the project, he let slip a detail about the game.

"The whole concept of playing the game, as I understand," Mikkelsen told Total Film, "needs collaboration from different people from different parts of the world, which is also another level of fantastic-ness."

The game was last shown in a trailer airing at last year's The Game Awards in December and again the following weekend at PSX. It was named as one of the four games Sony is planning to heavily focus on at their E3 press conference this year, which will take place on Monday June 12 at 6:00 PM PT.

[Source: Total Film via GamesRadar]

 

Our Take
It sounds like this is a little more similar to something like Dark Souls messaging, or a realization of what Kojima wanted from P.T., than anything like A Way Out or some sort of forced multiplayer segment.

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.: Report: Disney Moving Forward With Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Movies

Disney has a writer and director for a standalone Boba Fett movie and is pursuing creatives for an Obi-Wan movie.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that James Mangold, director of movies like 3:10 to Yuma and Logan, has been tapped to write and direct a standalone Boba Fett movie. Presumably this is because Disney is looking forward to a successful release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the first movie since the Star Wars acquisition to focus on an existing character's past.

Furthermore, The Hollywood Reporter says that Disney is in negotiations with Stephen Daldry to direct the Obi-Wan movie, though there's currently no script or writers to make one.

A Boba Fett movie would likely explore the bounty hunter's adventures after his childhood appearance in the Star Wars prequels.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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.: The Steam Link Mobile App Has Been Blocked By Apple

Valve has reported that the Steam Link app, which was announced only two weeks ago, has been rejected by Apple and has effectively ended the chances of getting the app on iOS devices

The app was designed to make a mobile device function in the same way as a Steam link, allowing users to stream games over the same WiFi network from their PC running Steam. Valve has stated that the app had already been approved by Apple, but has been retroactively blocked and the appeal denied. 

"On Monday, May 7, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Wednesday, May 9, Valve released news of the app," Valve has said in a press release. "The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team."

Valve appealed to Apple on the basis that many similar streaming programs exists on the App store, but were denied.

"Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release," Valve continued. "The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we're clearly disappointed. But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future."

Apple has reversed decisions about apps before, generally under public pressure, such as reversing decisions on apps denied due to controversial political subject matter. We have reached out to Apple for comment, but did not receive a reply by the time of writing. The Steam Link app is currently available on Android in beta form.

 

Our Take
I'm really curious what the reasoning is for blocking the app, unless Apple just sees it as competition for buying games on their own store, which would explain the "business conflicts" response. If that's the case, that feels like Apple exerting way more oversight than is necessary or wanted by the user base.

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.: Gaming Personality John Bain AKA TotalBiscuit Has Passed Away At 33

John Bain, an internet personality who has gone by the monikers TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, and TotalHalibut, has passed away according to a message from his wife.

Bain's wife, Genna Bain, posted the news today on Twitter, writing "Rest in Peace my Dearest Love, John @Totalbiscuit Bain, July 8, 1984 - May 24, 2018" alongside an image of the Spanish poem Love Constant Beyond Death by Francisco de Quevedo translated into English.

John Bain was a prominent gaming critic and consumer advocate, known primarily as a fierce opponent of unethical behavior in the gaming industry. The candid commentator had over two million subscribers on YouTube for his videos that covered a variety of subjects from lootboxes, to early looks at indie games, to broadcasts of games like Starcraft 2 and Planetside 2. The "WTF Is...?" series, first looks at new video games, is often credited by indie developers for helping to jumpstart interest in their games that were otherwise not covered by other YouTubers or outlets.

In his role as consumer advocate, Bain broke the news that Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was being given to YouTube vloggers for more positive reactions before it was given to traditional gaming media. He made videos pointing out that this flew in the face of Federal Trade Commission rules that required paid promotional deals to be declared and disclosed. Bain was also key to exposing a promotional deal between Gearbox and online retailer G2A, bringing up the store's spotty consumer reputation as a reason Gearbox should reconsider its deal.

Bain was the recipient of the fan-voted Trending Game of the Year Award at The Game Awards 2014.

Earlier that year, Bain became involved with the Gamergate controversy, declaring himself a member of the movement and speaking about Feminist Frequency video essayist Anita Sarkeesian. He had initially stated that death threats against Sarkeesian weren't credible because she had not been killed, which he later said he regretted.

That same year, Bain was diagnosed with precancerous masses in his bowel. By 2018, the cancer had advanced to a terminal stage, forcing him into retirement as a critic as he rested at home with his family. His retirement announcement came just over a month ago.

Our deepest condolences go to John Bain's friends and family.

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.: Dark Souls Remastered On PC Already Falling Victim To Infamous Hackers

Dark Souls Remastered released slightly early on Steam last night, letting preorders or new buyers go ahead and start playing the newly updated and remastered version of FROM Software's action-adventure game. Just as quickly, however, cheaters entered the game to troll other users and this time there may not be as many options to protect yourself.

Once a player escapes from the Undead Asylum and ventures into Lordran, they can start using humanity to call other players for help, with the trade off of allowing human invaders to enter your game. In a normal game, losing an invasion to a human opponent meant a loss of progress or, at worst, a loss of souls. With users like infamous Dark Souls hacker Malcolm Reynolds, however, players have much more to lose.

Reynolds, who is purportedly going by a pseudonym named after the Firefly protagonist, is likely well known to anyone in the Souls community or watches Souls streams. He claimed that, through modifying code, he could invade players in Dark Souls III and hit them with a weapon that would get them banned from the game's PVP content. As soon as Dark Souls Remastered went live, so did Reynolds on his Twitch channel.

Using the code modifications he boasts about, Reynolds made it so he can invade early game players and inflict status ailments like Curse and Egghead. In Dark Souls, Curse kills your character and then halves your HP until you can get it healed from a NPC in New Londo, which most new players won't know anything about. Egghead implants a parasitic egg into the player's head, which prevents the player from wearing helmets and has a tapeworm-like quality of stealing half the player's souls. Both ailments can massively harm a player's early game and aren't really meant to be introduced or cured until later in the game.

Reynolds would joke during his stream that players were better off starting over, effectively making his attacks progression blockers.

This isn't new to Dark Souls Remastered specifically, but the community has tried to find ways to work around it. In Demon's Souls, a weapon called the Scraping Spear would destroy armor and was a favorite of trollish invaders, so the community developed strategies to avoid it, the most popular being just killing yourself in the game and hoping it did not ruin your world tendency too bad. For the original PC version of Dark Souls, a mod called PVP Watchdog that would warn players if they were playing against a hacking player, giving people the opportunity to just hurl themselves off a ledge and not deal with it.

Unfortunately, PVP Watchdog does not work on Dark Souls Remastered and the creators have no intention of updating it to work. In a post on reddit, the program's creator eur0pa explained why Watchdog won't be returning to the Remastered game.

"It's been 6 years since Dark Souls came out, there have been 4 games on different engines, all of them sharing the same flaws, plagued with the same amount of cheaters and script kiddies, and all of them pulling off the same destructive actions: it's time FromSoft fixed their own games without relying on the efforts of the community," eur0pa explained. "Besides, the presence of their in-house 'anti-tampering' solution has proven, over the years, how any third-party approach only nets innocent players softbans and troubles. Any tool I could come up with would only get you flagged."

That means players who have something designed to tell them if someone is cheating get picked as cheaters by the game's ambling but heavy-handed anti-cheating process. It does also pick up actual cheaters, but like Reynolds, most can either work around it or don't care.

 

Our Take
It's a shame that this is already happening, but eur0pa isn't wrong that FROM Software has been making these online portions for a decade now and still haven't found a solution to cheating. On the plus side, Dark Souls really doesn't have a reason to go human unless you need to summon help, but it really sucks for those that do.

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.: Nintendo Selling Cheaper, Dock-Free Switch In Japan

If you're in need of a Switch but only as a handheld without the frivolities of a dock, HDMI cable, or, uh, a charging cable, then Nintendo has you covered in Japan.

Advertised as a second Switch for existing owners, the dock-free version comes with the Switch unit, two neon Joycons, and two joycon straps. What this means is, if you bought the dock-less Switch, there would be no way out of the box to obviously dock it to a TV, but also no way to charge it. This in itself is not super rare, as Nintendo has released consoles and handhelds without AC cables before in Japan (and recently internationally).

Nintendo seems keen in the Japanese page to point out that the Switch is meant for people who already own a unit, lest you think it subverts the company's marketing as a system that can be played on your TV or outside. The peripheral-lite version of the Switch will run you ¥24,980 or about $229. If you got this package and decided you wanted a dock, HDMI, and charging cable after, going from Nintendo of America store listings, it would be about $89.99 extra, not really saving you that much money to go piecemeal.

For those interested and in Japan, though, a cheaper Switch is indeed an option. Just make sure you know for sure any charging cable you use is certified to work and not damage your Switch.

 

Our Take
With Smash Bros. coming this year and rumors of Pokemon on the way, I kind of wonder if this is Nintendo stripping out whatever they can to get the system cheaper to help make multiple Switches more attractive to families that, say, have multiple children.

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.: Street Fighter's Crash Course Continues With A Retrospective On The Alpha Series

Ahead of the May 29 release of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Capcom is releasing a series of videos delving into the history of the fighting game series. Their most recent is on the Street Fighter Alpha series, a stylish and slightly exaggerated departure from the core games' more grounded roots. 

The video discusses Alpha's anime inspirations and more accessible systems, as well as its trademark curios. For instance, Alpha I had a hidden co-op mode for friends to take on M. Bison together, and III included a bizarrely titled "-ism" system for complete character customization.

Along with the first video on Street Fighter I and II, Capcom has put together a compelling story on how its fighting series cemented itself as a cultural touchstone. 

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Edition drops May 29 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch) and includes 12 titles total, including all of the Alpha games covered. 

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.: Far Cry 5 Hours Of Darkness DLC Gets Trailer & Release Date

Hope County's Wendell "Red" Redler was in the s--- in Vietnam, and you can relive some of his adventures in the DLC Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness on June 5 across all platforms. 

The DLC is free for season pass and gold edition owners ($11.99 as standalone), and is playable both solo and co-op. After you rescue some squad mates and kill some enemy soldiers, two new modes open up – Survivor mode (which challenges you to complete the DLC a second time with a limited loadout) and Action Movie mode (which has a more generous loadout).

Even if you don't get the DLC, all Far Cry 5 players can use Vietnam-themed assets in their game (including the Vietnam map builders update) on May 24.

Finally, Ubisoft has roughly dated Far Cry 5's two other DLC installments – Lost on Mars and Dead Living Zombies – for July and August, respectively. Like Hours of Darkness, these additions will also include new assets.

For more on the main game, check out Jeff Cork's review.

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[Source: Ubisoft] 

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.: The Sims 4 Reveals New Expansion Seasons

EA and Maxis have announced a new expansion for The Sims 4, appropriately titled The Sims 4 Seasons, launching next month on PC and Mac.

Much like the similarly titled expansion for the previous game, the new update adds seasons to the game with each one having unique traits and features. The Spring season brings sun and rain in equal measures, people pull out the kiddie pools in Summer, the leaves change colors in the Fall, and Winter is time for snowmen without people needing to ask you if you want to build one through your door. 

Each season also has its own holidays, like ringing in the new year in winter or celebrate a Valentine's Day analogue called Love Day. New activities, like floral arranging, help pave the way for a botany career path that examines, studies, and make groundbreaking discovery in the, uh, field of plant study.

The expansion arrives on June 22 for PC and Mac copies of The Sims 4.

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.: Battlefield 1943 Storms Onto Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Hot on the heels of our first major look at Battlefield V, Battlefield 1943 is giving Xbox One players the chance to return to World War II early. 

A more stylized take on the series' signature battles, Battlefield 1943 is multiplayer-only and condenses options down to three classes and four maps. Additionally, the game focuses on just two modes, Conquest and Air superiority.

Xbox One's backwards compatibility often offers substantial upgrades in resolution or frame rate; the appeal of playing an old favorite in a new way might be enough to bring players back into the brawl.

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.: Slash Some Notes As Darth Maul In Beat Saber

Beat Saber, a sort of Guitar Hero-meets-Jedi VR game has captured our attention recently, but YouTuber ragesaq is taking things to a new (and possibly more evil) level. 

With the shockingly simple idea of connecting the two controllers – electrical tape or PVC pipe are common suggestions – Beat Saber's two swords turn into one long, double blade. In tightly coordinated routines that resemble a combination of EDM dance and the Star Wars kid, ragesaq has hacked and slashed his way through dozens of the game's custom tracks. 

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.: Miramar Map Comes To PUBG On Xbox One Today

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a little bigger today on Xbox One. The Miramar map, which has been available on PC since December, is coming to the console version of the game. 

The map has a desert theme, with rocky hills, canyons, and towns to navigate – and to hunt down your fellow players. The update also includes several new weapons, including the R45 revolver, a Win94 rifle, and a sawed-off shotgun. There are also a pair of new vehicles, including a van that seats six, and an offroad truck.

To see the PC version of the map, take a look at our episode of New Gameplay Today that focused on that very location.

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.: Tekken 7 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Free DLC

Anniversaries tend to sneak up on you, so mark May 31st on your calendar because it's the one-year anniversary of Tekken 7. To celebrate, Bandai Namco is giving away a host of free DLC content across all of the game's platforms.

Here's what you can look forward to (text from Bandai Namco):

  • Story Mode Costume Set

    • Blood Vengeance Outfit

    • Final Battle Outfit

    • The Evil Eye

    • Vagabond

  • Aura Set

    • Arm Aura

    • Leg Aura

  • Female Hairstyle Set

    • Wave Ponytail

    • Bob Hairstyle

  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling Set

    • T-shirt (BULLET CLUB x Heihachi)

    • T-shirt (Kazuchika Okada x King)

    • T-shirt (Kenny Omega x Bryan)

    • Hiroshi Tanahashi x Lars costume, health gauge, panel, and plate

  • Kuma and Panda Set

    • Assorted costumes for both characters

  • Metallic Item Set (Silver)

    • Assorted silver accessory items for characters

[Source: Bandai Namco

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.: Runescape Classic Servers Shutting Down After Seventeen Years

Ever since its launch in 2001, the proto-MMORPG Runescape has been a cornerstone of a lot of formative gaming moments. Sadly, that all ends this August as the servers are finally going offline.

Runescape was developed by Jagex in the early 2000s and is likely familiar to people who read magazines like Next-Generation or, well, Game Informer back in the day. The online PC game introduced a generation to what might be possible with online interaction in the future and shaped a lot of what the modern game industry takes for granted.

It is not like the game has been continuously supported for the last two decades, though. Jagex stopped supporting the game years ago, which has lead to the title running wild with bugs, bots, and cheaters. The developers feel this has gone too far and become game-breaking and need to put the game out of its misery.

"We've not fully supported RuneScape Classic for years, so why are we suddenly seeing it as a problem now?" Jagex wrote in a blog post. "The truth is that bots and lack of community safety tools are serious problems, however, we also feel that we can no longer offer long term service reliability due to the growing risk of unrecoverable game breaking bugs. The number of bugs is getting worse, and we're gradually seeing the game breaking. It's important to highlight that these are bugs which we can't fix due to the unsupported nature of the game."

The servers will shut down on 12:00 AM PT August 6.

 

Our Take
It's a shame, but I was a little surprised it was still running. Seventeen years is a pretty good run.

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.: We Happy Few Refused Classification In Australia, Developer Responds

We Happy Few, the fascist nightmare about oppressive drugs and the oppressors who distribute them, has been refused classification in Australia, leaving the developers baffled about what to do next.

The game appeared on Australia's ratings board's website yesterday, stating that the title was refused classification. This effectively means that the game can't be sold in Australia, which is especially an issue since the game was crowdfunded. It isn't clear why the game was denied classification, but the website states that the rating is reserved for games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

We Happy Few is about a dystopian society where people take a drug called Joy to distract themselves from the horrors of society, but the drug use also mollifies people. Drug use has prevented some games from classification in the past, with Fallout 3 being the most notable example, where the Med-X item had to be renamed from Morphine due to the Australian ratings board's ban on the use of real drugs. Joy, however, isn't real, and it is impossible to know what the issue is without the board releasing a statement.

Developers Compulsion have released a statement also expressing confusion and asking backers not to seek refunds quite yet.

"As many of you may know by now, yesterday the Australian Classification Board chose not to classify We Happy Few, effectively banning We Happy Few from sale in Australia," Compulsion wrote in a blog post. "We are looking into it, and have asked for more information on the decision. To our Australian fans, we share your frustration. We will work with the ACB on the classification. If the government maintains its stance, we will make sure that you can get a refund, and we will work directly with affected Kickstarter backers to figure something out. We would appreciate if you give us a little bit of time to appeal the decision before making a call."

Compulsion also slyly took an implied shot at the banning with a reminder of the game's themes being somewhat ironic to this decision.

"We Happy Few is set in a dystopian society, and the first scene consists of the player character redacting material that could cause offense to 'society at large', as part of his job as a government 'archivist'. It’s a society that is forcing its citizens to take Joy, and the whole point of the game is to reject this programming and fight back. In this context, our game’s overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, or Terry Gilliam's Brazil."

The game was originally scheduled for release in April, but was delayed into the summer for fine-tuning. The title is being published by Gearbox for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Our Take
This is certainly odd, but I think the thing I find most odd is the board not effectively communicating their issues with the developers. You would think that would be part of the board's function.

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.: PlayStation Boss Says Sony Portable Gaming Could Return

John Kodera, the new chief of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has been speaking his mind about the future of the PlayStation brand and has mentioned what he thinks of Sony and portable gaming.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Kodera broke with his predecessor Andrew House on the subject of portable gaming like the PlayStation Portable and the Vita, which House has said he believed to be limited globally. Kodera disagreed and wasn't sure that abandoning the idea is a final decision for Sony.

“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable,” Kodera said at a roundtable interview on Wednesday in Tokyo according to Bloomberg. “We want to think about many options.”

Rumors have been circulating about a Sony-made hybrid of a console and a handheld a la Nintendo's Switch, though they appear to be mostly more in wishes than evidence that Sony is planning such a thing. Kodera himself avoided relating his comments to the Switch, but when considering how Sony has felt about the success of the Vita, it is likely that a dockable handheld is not far from his mind.

Sony established an internal initiative for mobile games two years ago called ForwardWorks, though it has yet to deliver the company any major hits.

[Source: Bloomberg]

 

Our Take
House was pretty firm in his belief that the Vita and the decline of the 3DS compared to the DS meant that portable gaming was dead outside of Japan, but Kodera is seemingly a lot more open to it. I think another device like the Vita is probably not going to do well, but I would be interested to see how they're observing global trends and what they would build in line with that.

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.: Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS Demo Out On PS4

Konami has somewhat of a spotty history with HD remasters, so ZOE fans unsure about the newest update have a demo to take for a spin.

The Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS demo takes advantage of all permutations of your PlayStation 4 hardware. On the PS4 Pro, you can play the demo at 4K. With the PSVR, you can obviously play the game's hopefully gentle VR mode. Both versions allow you to play with something called Pro controls, which allow you to have even more control over Jehuty and is designed for veterans.

The demo also has a training zone that you might want to spend some time in before heading out there. ZOE2 is hard to get the hang of and is designed to have a slow ramp from a very simple mech to basically being a god in mech form, so it doesn't demo extremely well. 

Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS releases on PlayStation 4 and PC on September 4.

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.: Update: Leisure Suit Larry Wet Dreams Don't Dry Confirmed

Update: Assemble Entertainment has confirmed that Leisure Suit Larry is returning with the weirdly titled Wet Dreams Don't Die, which appears to be targeting the niche Swery 65 game Dark Dreams Don't Die for parody, for some reason.

The game superficially brings Larry into the modern age of smartphones with dating app "Timber" and photo social network "Insta-Crap." Millennials!

Leisure Suit Larry's steam page lists a Q4 release date for this year, so the game is likely very close to done.

The original story is as follows:

If, after the string of mediocre-to-bad "recent" Leisure Suit Larry games, you're still hoping the character gets brought back, you may be in luck.

Steam currently has a listing for a new game in the series, which is titled "Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Die," on its store for the $30. Normally this would be confirmation of a game's existence, but there are few details here that means fans should take this news with a grain of salt. The genre, developer, and developer aren't listed, and there are no images of the game shown on the page.

We do get a release date, however: Oct. 24, 2018. Which is strange, since the date is usually the last thing we know about a game. In case that listing gets taken down at some point, here's a screenshot of the page.

The last game in the series was the 2013 remake of the original game, which didn't exactly wow our own Jeff Cork. Whether this new entry some sort of anthology, collection, or a new game remains to be seen, but it's also likely this is some sort of glitch or a Kevin's Back Jack debacle.

 

Our Take
Sure?

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