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.: Dead Space is the best damn horror game Capcom never made
We originally published this celebration of Dead Space back in September 2016 - but with the sad news that EA has shut down Visceral Games, we thought it'd be fitting to resurface this ode to one of Visceral's best.
.: Inktober's a fountain of stuPENdous video game fan art - here are some of our favorites
Inktober began in 2009 as one artist's attempt to improve his inking skills through a month of daily illustrations.
.: Activision says it's not using a system it patented to push microtransactions via matchmaking
A system patented by Activision could use a player's matchmaking experience to help drive microtransactions, Rolling Stone's Glixel reports.
.: How to get to Canada in South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Who doesn't want to go to Canada, land of maple syrup, hockey, and friendly neighbors with flapping heads? Well, you can go there in South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
.: The best cheap PS4 and PS4 Pro bundle deals in October 2017
Looking to buy a PS4? We've got you covered with this up-to-date buyer's guide that covers all versions of the hardware, including the PS4 Pro, along with the best bundle deals available in the US and the UK.
.: This PUBG clone with a Terminator 2 license from China looks alright, actually
So maybe Playerunknown's Battlegrounds doesn't inherently lend itself to the concept of a clone paired up with the license for a 26-year-old action movie.
.: Here's what happens if you try to cheat in South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Trying to skip to the good part of South Park: The Fractured But Whole? Not so fast, buddy! The game will call you out with a jab at coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, as well as their quarterback Tom Brady.
.: Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be Xbox One X Enhanced in 2018 (but still no Halo 6 news)
343 Industries Bonnie Ross has confirmed Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be Xbox One X enhanced.
.: The best upcoming Xbox One games for 2017, 2018 and beyond
South Park, The Evil Within and Shadow of War have all just been released into the wild, so what's the next best Xbox One game to look forward to? There are two big Xbox One games on the horizon: Assassin's Creed Origins and Wolfenstein 2, both of which come out on the same day.
.: The best cheap Wii U bundle deals in October 2017
The Wii U is still one of the most innovative games consoles around today, and it's chock full of classic Nintendo charm.
.: Assassin's Creed Origins gets its own ultra-rare Yeezys and you can win a pair
Ubisoft is really going all out on rare Assassin's Creed Origins merch, huh? First there was the $59k headphones, and now an exclusive.
.: Visceral Games, the studio behind Dead Space and an upcoming Star Wars game, has been closed by EA
EA is shutting down Visceral Games. The studio, which began as EA Redwood Shores in 1998 and changed ....
.: Super Mario Odyssey - Release date, trailer, hands-on gameplay preview, and everything we know
Fast facts Super Mario Odyssey release date: October 27, 2017 Format: Nintendo Switch Developer: Nintendo Price: $59.
.: Xbox One X: pre-orders, price, release date, and everything you need to know
Fast Facts Xbox One X release date: November 7, 2017Price: $499 / £449 Less than a month to go until Xbox One X - formerly known as Project Scorpio - hits shelves.
.: How to find Mr. Hankey in South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Mr. Hankey is one of South Park's oldest and most beloved characters. The talking pile of f ....
.: Destiny 2’s enemies are heavily inspired by real ancient civilisations and hold clues to future DLC
The names of each enemy species’ classes, whether it’s Acolytes or Vandals, refer to real-life ancient civilizations that tell us a lot about how Destiny 2’s aliens see themselves..
.: Destiny 2 on PC: When to pre-load, when it goes live, and a shiny 4K launch trailer
Good news, everyone! No, sorry, Destiny 2's PC version is still about a week away.
.: Destiny 2 treasure chests Oct 17-24: Here's where Cayde-6's loot is on Titan
Watch video guides for every chest.
.: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus launch trailer finally answers that pesky "where's Hitler?" question
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus isn't coming out until October 27, but you won't have to wait a moment longer to watch the launch trailer.
.: Watch Assassin's Creed Origins' Bayek solve a brutal murder mystery
If you have a secret penchant for solving mysterious crimes like Sherlock Holmes - yes, Crimes and Punishments is one of the best Sunday afternoon games of all time - then Assassin's Creed Origins has some Ancient Egyptian-flavoured murder just for you.
.: N4G: news feed
N4G: news feed.
.: Dark Horse Reveals The Art Of Overwatch Book -
This looks like an interesting read as they always do great stuff at Dark Horse.   Dark Horse has announced The Art of Overwatch book which gives fans of the game new artwork and concepts to enjoy..
.: Activision Researched Using Matchmaking Tricks to Sell In-Game Items
Activision was granted a patent this month for a system it uses to convince people in multiplayer games to purchase items for a game through microtransactions..
.: PS Vita Exclusive Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Announced for the West
Idea Factory International announced they will be localizing Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms for PlayStation Vita, releasing Spring 2018 in North America and Europe..
.: Ancient Amuletor for PSVR Getting New DLC With New Hero, Maps, and Boss Battle
Time of Virtual Realitys Ancient Amuletor is set to receive a new batch of DLC thatll bring with it some new additions to the game. .
.: Killing Floor 2s Halloween Event is Now Live
Things are getting a little spooky in Killing Floor 2 just in time for Halloween..
.: ARMS update out now (version 3.2.0), full patch notes
Big update introduced for ARMS featuring badges, recent replays, and more. .
.: 19 Artistic Photos of Horizon Zero Dawn
Photos taken from Horizon Zero Dawn by me. No photoshop used, only game's own effects. .
.: Retro Review: GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64)
Nostalgia is a bit of a double-edged sword. Ive often gone back to play games I remember playing when I was younger and enjoying. Several times, my experience now differs greatly from what I remember. It happened when I replayed Sonic Adventure for a previous Retro Review, and it happened again with GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64. Unlike Sonic Adventure, however, GoldenEye 007 is not an unmitigated tire fire now. Its still a very fun game today. .
.: Starborne: The Multiplayer Strategy Game Where Games Can Last Six Months | Raging Gazebo
Starborne is a multiplayer 4X strategy game from several EVE Online developers. This game has been confirmed to be free-to-play and will be massively multiplayer. It already sounds to be a very ambitious title then but thats not everything. Actions in this game take real-time. So this game will literally take months to complete a game..
.: Proven Gamer: Golf Story Review
A Whole in One Golf Story is one of those games that makes very little sense on paper. Trying to explain the premise is not an easy task, but it only takes a few moments with the game to realize just how special this game really is. It is a fantastic blend of RPG games.
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.: See Every South Park: Fractured But Whole Ultimate Power Here

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. One element of the game's turn-based combat are Ultimate powers, which are devastating moves that deal a huge amount of damage. You strategically use them in battle to get the upper hand when you need it the most.

There are 10 classes in The Fractured But Whole and each has an Ultimate ability. You can watch our new video above to see all of them in action. This being a South Park game, some are extremely over-the-top and silly. For example, Fastpass zips around the world at lightning speed before crushing his enemy, while Stan's involves a guinea pig. Kick back and watch the video above to see all of them. Get ready to laugh.

Like its predecessor, The Stick of Truth, Fractured but Whole puts players in the role of the New Kid, who moves into South Park and joins a superhero team with Cartman and other South Park mainstays.

GameSpot's Fractured But Whole review scored the game an 8/10. Reviewer Miguel Concepcion said, "It's an accomplishment that this game will wholly entertain devoted fans while delivering a heap of jokes that won't fly over the heads of casual viewers."

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.: Destiny 2 PC Preload Now Available, Here's How To Do It

Ahead of Destiny 2's release for PC next week, you can now start pre-loading the shooter. As announced previously, pre-loading started on October 18.

Destiny 2's PC version is available only on Blizzard's Battle.net platform, not Steam or other digital stores. You can buy the game right here and start pre-loading right away. Of course, Destiny 2's servers don't go live until 10 AM PT on October 24, but pre-loading ensures that you can start playing right away come launch.

The game supports 4K resolution, uncapped frame rates, and custom key mapping. PC players can also adjust the field of view and use up to three monitors. There are also quite a few settings to play around with, including anti-aliasing, foliage detail distance, film grain, wind impulse, and motion blur, among many other things.

GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know about Destiny 2 PC. In that feature, we cover things like the game's minimum requirements and recommended specs, along with the control setup and more. You can also watch Destiny 2's PC launch trailer here.

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.: Destiny 2 Down Tomorrow, Here's How Long

Bungie has announced the next round of server maintenance for Destiny 2. The servers will be down on Thursday, October 19, for a period of four hours.

A post on Bungie's website explains that the downtime will begin at 8 AM PT tomorrow, at which time you won't be able to log in. At 9 AM PT, everyone who is still in an activity will be booted to the title screen. The maintenance is scheduled to end at 12 PM PT.

As always, things could change as it relates to the specific timing of the downtime. It could be shorter. It could be longer. As part of this maintenance, you will be prompted to download update 1.0.3.5.

In other news about Destiny 2, the game's new Prestige difficulty for the Leviathan raid went live earlier this week. Of course, someone beat it very quickly. Additionally, people who pre-ordered Destiny 2's PC version can start pre-loading right now. The game launches for PC on October 24 through Blizzard's Battle.net app--you can watch the PC version's launch trailer here.

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.: Big Nintendo Switch Update Arrives, Adds Nice New Features

A big new update for the Nintendo Switch is out now. Update 4.0.0 adds a number of notable and welcome features, perhaps the biggest of which are video capture support and the ability to transfer data to a new system. It's a big update.

With the update applied, you can hold down the Capture button and this will record the previous 30 seconds, saving to your album. You can then edit your video and share it to Facebook and Twitter. Supported games include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, and Splatoon 2. This feature is not working yet for Mario Kart 8. An message in the Switch's news channel says the feature is supported at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version 1.3.0, but the current version is 1.2.1. So it sounds like the feature will be unlocked later in the racing game. Nintendo also says "many more games" will add support for video capture in the future.

The other major new feature in the 4.0 update is the ability to transfer user and save data to another Switch. You must have the 4.0 update to do this. And it sounds like this is a permanent migration, so be aware of that. "Once the process is complete, the user information, the associated save data, and the software purchased with the user account that is transferred will no longer be available on the source console," reads a line from Nintendo's explanation. Complete instructions on how to perform the data transfer can be found here on Nintendo's Support site.

Additionally, today's Switch update adds a number of new user icons for Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, giving users even more customisation options. Another new feature is the ability to pre-buy and pre-load "certain games" from the eShop. This follows a previous update that added a new eShop tab for games that are on sale.

The new Switch 4.0 update also gives the News feed a new look and a new feature that removes a particular channel's content from the feed when you unfollow the channel. Another nice, behind-the-scenes feature in this update is "Match Version with Local Users." As its name suggests, this feature updates everyone's games to their latest versions, which sounds handy for people who multiple profiles installed on one system.

Finally, the patch makes a change to wireless connectivity. Networks that use TKIP security will now show up as grayed-out instead of being totally hidden.

Nintendo Switch 4.0.0 Update

Patch notes posted by Nintendo

Added the following system functionality

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

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.: Shadow Of War Dominates The Australia/New Zealand Sales Charts

The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) today released the latest sales physical game sales charts for Australia and New Zealand. For the week ended October 15, the No. 1 best-seller in both regions is no surprise: Middle-earth: Shadow of War. It topped the all-platforms charts in both countries, while it was also No. 1 on the console-specific charts for every platform it was released on.

In Australia, the top five best-sellers on the all-platforms chart was rounded out by FIFA 18, The Evil Within 2, NBA 2K18, and WWE 2K18, in that order. In New Zealand, the top five in order also included FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, Destiny 2, and WWE 2K18.

There are no big surprises on the charts this week, though the continued strong performance of Rockstar's juggernaut Grand Theft Auto V is impressive. It was No. 7 on the all-platforms chart in Australia and New Zealand, some four years after release. Also notable is that The Evil Within 2 didn't have the opening Bethesda might have wanted, landing at No. 3 in Australia and No. 9 in New Zealand.

You can see the full all-platforms charts and console-specific charts below for Australia and New Zealand. As usual, they cover physical game sales only, this time for the week ended October 15. Another thing to note is that the group that puts together these lists, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, does not release specific sales numbers.

Australia

All Platforms

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. FIFA 18
  3. The Evil Within 2
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. WWE 2K18
  6. Forza Motorsport 7
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Destiny 2
  9. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  10. Ghost Recon Wildlands

PlayStation 4

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. FIFA 18
  3. The Evil Within 2
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. WWE 2K18
  6. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Destiny 2
  9. Project Cars 2
  10. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Xbox One

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. FIFA 18
  3. Forza Motorsport 7
  4. The Evil Within 2
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. WWE 2K18
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. Destiny 2
  9. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

Wii U

  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Minecraft
  3. Lego Dimensions
  4. Cars 3: Driven to Win
  5. Just Dance 2017
  6. Skylanders Imaginators
  7. Super Mario 3D World
  8. Mario Kart 8
  9. Pokken Tournament
  10. Mario Party 10

PlayStation Vita

  1. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
  2. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
  3. Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
  4. Borderlands 2
  5. God Wars: Future Past
  6. Invizimals: The Resistance
  7. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  8. Looney Tunes Galactic Sports
  9. Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy
  10. Uncharted: Golden Abyss

3DS

  1. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
  2. Monster Hunter: Generations
  3. Layton's Mystery Journey Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy
  4. Pokemon Sun
  5. Pokemon Moon
  6. Mario Kart 7
  7. Yo-Kai Watch: Psychic Specters
  8. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  9. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
  10. Monster Hunter Stories

Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Pokken Tournament DX
  5. Splatoon 2
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Lego Worlds
  8. Rayman Legends
  9. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
  10. Arms

PC

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. The Sims 4
  3. The Evil Within 2
  4. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  5. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  6. Overwatch
  7. The Sims 4 City Living
  8. Total War: Warhammer II
  9. The Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff/Vampires/Backyard Stuff Bundle
  10. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

New Zealand:

All Platforms

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. FIFA 18
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Destiny 2
  5. WWE 2K18
  6. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  9. The Evil Within 2
  10. Assassin's Creed The Ezio Trilogy

PlayStation 4

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. FIFA 18
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  5. Destiny 2
  6. WWE 2K18
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Trilogy
  9. The Evil Within 2
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Xbox One

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. FIFA 18
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Forza Motorsport 7 Destiny 2
  5. Rainbow Six Siege
  6. WWE 2K18
  7. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  8. Forza Horizon 3
  9. Grand Theft Auto V

Wii U

  1. Disney Infinity 3.0
  2. Disney Infinity 2.0
  3. Mario Party 10
  4. Skylanders Swap Force
  5. Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
  6. Mass effect 3
  7. Splatoon
  8. Art Academy Atelier
  9. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  10. Hyrule Warriors

PlayStation Vita

  1. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  2. The Lego Movie Video Game
  3. Arcana Heart 3: I Love Max!!!!
  4. Army Corps of Hell
  5. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  6. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  7. Lego The Hobbit
  8. Minecraft
  9. Phineas & Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz
  10. Rayman Legends

3DS

  1. Pokemon Sun
  2. Pokemon Moon
  3. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
  4. Monster Hunter Stories
  5. Layton's Mystery Journey Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy
  6. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  7. Pokemon Omega Ruby
  8. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
  9. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  10. Mario Kart 7

Nintendo Switch

  1. Rayman Legends
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Mario Kart 8
  4. Pokken Tournament DX
  5. Splatoon 2
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  8. Arms
  9. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
  10. Lego Worlds

PC

  1. The Sims 4
  2. The Sims 4 City Living
  3. The Sims 4 Get To Work
  4. TItanfall 2
  5. Battlefield
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. The Division
  8. Mad Max
  9. Total War Warhammer
  10. Fallout 3
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.: Call Of Duty: WW2 Edited In Australia Over Implied Sexual Assault Scene

Call of Duty: World War II has been modified in Australia over a scene that implies sexual assault. According to Australia's Classification Board, the original version of the game featured "a reference to sexual violence that is justified by context," though it was not shown and the game did not encourage it, Kotaku reported. The scene has been modified, though right now it's unclear if this change is for Australia only.

Spoilers about the scene follow below.

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"In one section of the game, the player controls Rosseau, a female spy, as she infiltrates a German building. While inside, she witnesses a woman as she is dragged by a Nazi soldier into a closet, against her will, screaming, "You're all pigs!" Rosseau opens the closet door, as the soldier says, "Leave. This is none of your business." The player is then given the option to kill the soldier or leave.

If the player chooses to leave, the player closes the door, as the soldier is heard unziping his fly and viewed advancing towards the woman. She screams, "Ah! Get away from me!" as Rosseau leaves. It is implied that the soldier is going to sexually assault the woman, but at no time is the assault depicted."

The Classification Board rated the game R18+ with this scene included. Activision re-submitted the game with a modified scene, and the Board kept the R18+ rating. The changes included the female prisoner wearing pants and a top instead of a skirt and a top. Additionally, the audio that implied the soldier was unzipping his pants is removed.

It's not clear right now if this modification is only for the Australian version of Call of Duty: WWII or if it will apply to versions of the game sold elsewhere in the world. We've contacted Activision in an attempt to get more details and will update this post with anything we may hear back.

Call of Duty: WWII launches on November 3 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In other news, developer Sledgehammer Games recently announced a new mode called Gridiron, where you'll carry and throw a leather football to suit WWII's 1940s setting.

For more on the upcoming shooter, check out our in-depth feature exploring the real-life inspirations behind Call of Duty: WWII. We don't yet know what will follow it, but one analyst has already predicted Black Ops 4 will come out in 2018.

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.: Xbox Exec Responds To Claims That Microsoft Has Too Few Exclusives This Year

Xbox Studios general manager Shannon Loftis is "a little bit confused" over the claims that the Xbox One's holiday 2017 lineup of exclusive is on the weak side. Speaking to Game Informer, Loftis said Microsoft has "really good lineup" of exclusives this year. She mentioned titles like PUBG, which will launch on Xbox One before any other console, as well as titles like Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky's Tale, and Cuphead. You need to have an Xbox One (or a PC) to play any of those games this year.

"In terms of exclusives, I've heard that rumor and I'm a little bit confused because we have a really good lineup this holiday," Loftis said. "We've got the most popular game on the planet in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds--the Xbox console is going to be the only place where you can play that. We also have Forza Motorsport 7, which every single year reinvents the racing genre and basically owns racing in the video games industry."

Super Lucky's Tale
Super Lucky's Tale

Loftis went on to point out that already released Xbox One exclusives are getting updates for the Xbox One X, including Halo 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo Wars 2, Dead Rising 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Gears of War 4, among others.

Looking to 2018, some of Microsoft's big-name Xbox One exclusives include Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2. "I think it's pretty good--there's a huge amount of experiences for people to have," Loftis said. Crackdown 3 was originally scheduled to launch this year before being delayed to 2018.

Asked if the lineup of Xbox One X-enhanced titles is strong enough to launch a new system with, Loftis again pointed out that the lineup is "incredibly strong," when you consider that more than 100 titles are getting updated for the new console.

"I think it's an incredibly strong lineup, especially when you take into account the fact that all of the 100 plus enhancements that we've already seen are free to gamers that already own the games, and the backward compatibility program, the continuing exclusives, and the fact that all the blockbusters, like Destiny [2] and Star Wars Battlefront II, are just going to run way better on Xbox One."

The full interview is fascinating and in-depth. You can read it here. The Xbox One X launches on November 7, priced at $500 in the US. Keep checking back with GameSpot to learn more about the mega-powerful system in the weeks ahead.

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.: Mini Centipede Arcade Machine Hits Kickstarter Goal In One Day

The crowdfunded RepliCade X Centipede went live on Kickstarter on October 17 and hit its campaign goal of $50,000 in just over 24 hours. It's a 12-inch tall, 1/6th-scale arcade cabinet that plays Centipede using the original arcade ROM and it's officially licensed by Atari. GameSpot was able to take part in an early demonstration with a preview unit.

As for technical specifications, the bite-sized cabinet is built with wood housing and uses proprietary hardware to run the ROM. For the display, the RepliCade has a 3.5-inch LCD screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio in portrait orientation. As for controls, the trackball and fire button are scaled down too, but function similarly to the original cabinet. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery that charges through a micro USB port. All the visual features are translated as well, like the laminated vinyl artwork on the cabinet's sides and the LED backlit logo above the screen.

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New Wave Toys founder Shilo Prychak stated that the RepliCade machines are intended to be functional collectors items produced in limited quantities. He also plans to expand the collection of RepliCade machines for other retro arcade games beyond Centipede. And although the goal is to stick with the 1/6th scale, other games may require a larger dimensions to be properly played.

New Wave Toys plans to ship out the RepliCade X Centipede in April 2018, and while different pledge tiers offer the machine for varying prices, it carries a $160 USD MSRP.

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.: Gran Turismo Sport's $46,600 Version; Dragon Ball FighterZ Release Date! - GS News

GameSpot News with Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd—well, just Dan Crowd today I guess—brings you the video game news that matters. At least, for the previous 24 hour period. What happened today?

Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Two More Characters To The Roster

Dragon Ball FighterZ continues to bring all your favourite Dragon Ball Z characters, along with some of the ones you hate, to its flashy, 2D fighting circus act. Two more characters were announced today, could they be your favourites? (It’s unlikely). More importantly, a Japanese release date was also announced, meaning the Western one won’t be far behind it.

Xbox One X Patches For Halo: MCC And Halo Wars 2 Confirmed

The Halos you love are about to get better. Well, marginally. A couple of Xbox One X patches were confirmed for the Master Chief Collection and Halo Wars 2, with an aim to bring significant visual upgrades to the game. But that’s not all! 343 talked about some of their plans to modernised a bunch of Halo’s systems in the future. Halo will NEVER DIE.

Ridiculous PS4 Gran Turismo Sport Bundle Comes With An Actual Car

Alright, well this is silly. Everyone knows that collectors editions of games can get a little out of hand with outrageous statutes and replica items, but Gran Turismo took things way too far. As what we can only assume was a huge publicity stunt, Sony were offering a bundle that featured an actual, real-life car.

And that’s it for today’s news! As Dan said in the video, Thursday and Friday’s news will be handled by some very special guests, so be sure to give them a warm welcome and we’ll see you on Monday!

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.: Riverdale's Season 2 Ratings Surge Thanks To Netflix

With a number of new shows premiering, the biggest victory of the fall TV season may actually be the return of a series on The CW. After ending its first season with rather mediocre ratings, Riverdale returned on October 11 to quite a surprise--a much larger audience.

When it comes to live ratings, the new season of the series based on Archie Comics premiered to a 60% larger audience than the series debut did early in 2017. With 2.3 million live viewers, it fell just under The Flash--2.8 million viewers--when it comes to being the highest-rated show of the week on The CW. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the good news doesn't stop there. The show's live-plus-3 ratings--which include viewing via DVR up to three days later-- jumped to 3.3 million total viewers.

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What prompted the major uptick in audience? There's a number of possibilities, whether it was episodes being available on The CW's app, reruns airing over the summer, or even the show having a strong presence at San Diego Comic-Con. That said, the answer to Riverdale's audience mystery should be obvious: Netflix.

Prior to last season, The CW signed a deal with Netflix. It would see next-day episodes of their shows removed from Hulu, but in return, entire seasons would be added to Netflix's streaming library one week after the season finale. And as THR reports, Riverdale was an extremely popular streaming choice over the summer, especially with younger audiences.

That should explain why the show's teen audience jumped 400% with the Season 2 premiere. It also explains how the premiere of the new season is already the CW app's most streamed episode ever.

Whether it can retain that audience is the next hurdle for Riverdale to face. In its second episode of the season, The Flash lost 10% of its live viewership with only 2.5 million viewers tuning in. Will Riverdale face the same fate or will it actually rally to a bigger audience?

Only time will tell. Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on The CW.

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.: Free Shadow Of War DLC Adds More Endgame Content, But No Release Date Yet

Some gameplay structure spoilers about Middle-earth: Shadow of War follow below, though no specific plot details are discussed.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War developer Monolith is beefing up the Lord of the Rings game's endgame content. At the end of the main game, you are attacked by orcs who are attempting to reclaim the fortresses you took earlier in the story as part of a system called Shadow Wars. Presently, this battle comes to an end, but the game's first expansion--The Slaughter Tribe--will make these encounters endless.

The infinite Shadow War mode is free for everyone, but the Slaughter Tribe expansion costs money. All of this was confirmed during a livestream event this week, as reported by Eurogamer. There is no release date yet for the Slaughter Tribe expansion.

GameSpot's Shadow of War review scored the game a 7/10. Reviewer Justin Haywald specifically called out the endgame as a low point. But overall, Haywald said Shadow of War is a "fun experience with brilliant moments that provide fascinating insight into some of the untold stories of Middle-earth. I just wish it had known when to stop."

Shadow of War is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more, check out GameSpot's guide that covers seven advanced tips and tricks to help you dominate Mordor.

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.: Dishonored 5th Anniversary PS4/Xbox One Console And Prize Pack Giveaway

In honor of Dishonored's 5th anniversary, we teamed up with Bethesda to give away five (5) Dishonored Prize Packs for free which include:

Two (2) of the five winners will receive a Prize Pack, plus either one of these Dishonored 5th Anniversary custom skinned consoles:

Competition ends Saturday, October 21st at 5:00PM PT. Entry is open to United States residents only, void where prohibited.

Enter below (the additional entries are optional to increase your chances of winning):

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.: Game Of Thrones Star Kit Harington Is Looking Forward To Series Ending

It's been a long journey, but Game of Thrones is coming to a close. As the cast of the HBO series prepares to begin shooting their final episodes, Kit Harington is already looking forward to life after the series.

Speaking with Digital Spy, the man who plays Jon Snow admits, "Thrones is coming to the end at the right time for me, and everyone involved in it." While the end is certainly sad news for fans that have come to love the characters that inhabit Westeros, production on the series is no easy task.

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"There's a lot of things you can't do. I'm looking forward to finishing, and eight years is the right amount of time," Harington says. "I wouldn't want it to go on any longer than it has. I have other ideas I'd like to look at producing." The producing side includes the upcoming BBC drama Gunpowder, which he produces and stars in.

It's not just producing that has the actor excited, though. Rather, the opportunity to explore opportunities that the show's busy schedule would otherwise keep him from being able to commit to. "It will be liberating, just the thought of having a whole year free," he says. "You shoot for six months, but half of the projects you might want to do will have started shooting before that six months is over."

Still, while he may find the impending end of the series liberating, he's not taking the Game of Thrones experience for granted. Even now, this early in production of the final season, emotions are setting in. "I was exchanging emails with David [Benioff] Dan [Weiss] last night and we were all getting very soppy and emotional with each other," the actor says of the Thrones showrunners.

As for the show's fans, the end of Game of Thrones doesn't necessarily mean the end of that universe on HBO. There are currently five different spinoff pilot scripts in development at the network.

The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere either in late 2018 or early 2019.

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.: Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Story Trailer Coming Tomorrow, Watch A Teaser Now

2015's Star Wars: Battlefront did not include a single-player campaign, something that some fans--including actor John Boyega--were none too pleased about. The sequel, which is due out in November, has a single-player campaign, and very soon we will see more of it. A new story trailer is coming tomorrow, October 19, but you can see a teaser right now. The brief video was released in the newest episode of The Star Wars Show, and you can see the clip starting at 2:40.

The video shows main character Iden Versio trapped on a Rebel ship. Her trusty robot pal breaks her bonds, setting her free. We also get a glimpse of her attitude, as she mocks her rebel captors with a salute as she escapes their clutches. Check it out:

Versio is the leader of Inferno Squad, an Imperial group that was established to prevent the destruction of the second Death Star. We know that she fails this task, as the moon-sized battle station was ultimately destroyed. The game is set in the 30-year period between Return of the Jedi and leading up to The Force Awakens.

We played a very small portion of Battlefront 2's campaign at E3, and you can read our thoughts here. The game's all-new story is being written by Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams and former games media journalist Mitch Dyer. The campaign is being developed by one of EA's newest studios, Motive, in Canada.

In addition to the campaign, Battlefront II of course has its trademark multiplayer mode, developed by DICE. The Starfighter Assault and Arcade modes are developed by Criterion.

Battlefront 2 launches on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Whereas the 2015 game charged players for extra maps, Battlefront 2 will offer this content for free. There are loot boxes and other forms of microtransactions, some of which have proven controversial already.

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.: EA Revamping Star Wars Single-Player Game, Shutting Down Dead Space Dev Visceral

Electronic Arts has announced some major news regarding one of its most anticipated upcoming games, as well as one of its oldest studios. EA revealed it will shut down Visceral Games, the studio responsible for the Dead Space series, among many other titles. Additionally, the single-player Star Wars game it had been working on will be overhauled and moved to a different EA studio, leaving a major name's future uncertain with the company.

"Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe," said Patrick Soderlund, executive VP of EA worldwide studios, in a post on EA's website. "In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design."

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The untitled project will now be developed by EA Vancouver, which had already been working on the game. Soderlund says it will "maintain the stunning visuals, authenticity in the Star Wars universe, and focus on bringing a Star Wars story to life. Importantly, we are shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore."

However, as an unfortunate side effect of this change, Soderlund said EA "will be ramping down and closing" Visceral. It doesn't sound as if its entire staff will be laid off, as EA is "the midst of shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams at EA." But this still marks the end for Visceral as we know it.

Visceral has been around for the better part of two decades, starting out life as EA's Redwood Shores studio. Its name was changed to Visceral in 2009 following the release of the first Dead Space in 2008. (Subsequently, general manager Glen Schofield and COO Michael Condrey left for Activision, where they remain as the leaders of Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games.) Its catalog of games is extensive, covering everything from Tiger Woods golfing games to Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. It also developed a number of licensed games, including those based on Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, and James Bond (such as the surprisingly good Everything or Nothing). With the Dead Space series seemingly put on ice, Visceral has spent its recent years working on Battlefield DLC and the spin-off Battlefield Hardline. An ex-Visceral staffer has subsequently spoken out about the performance of Dead Space 2 and EA's expectations for it.

Due to the changes the game is undergoing, it has been delayed. It had been due out in EA's 2019 fiscal year, which runs from April 2018 through March 2019. Soderlund said, "We're now looking at a new timeframe that we will announce in the future." He also added, "We look forward to answering more of your questions, and sharing more on our plans and timeline for this new Star Wars experience, in the months to come."

The Star Wars game Visceral had in development was being headed up by Uncharted veteran Amy Hennig. When she spoke about it last year, she said it may be "spiritually similar" to Uncharted but that it will also be its own thing. It's unclear how or if she is still involved.

Update: It seems Hennig may no longer be involved with the project. Contacted for comment about her status, an EA spokesperson told GameSpot, "[W]e're in discussions with Amy about her next move." It declined to share any additional information beyond that.

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.: PS4, PS3, And Vita Halloween Sale Going On Now On PSN In Europe

A new sale is now underway on the PlayStation Store in Europe. Like the Sale of the Dead promotion that began this week in the US, this one offers a wide range of discounts on many PS4, PS3, and Vita horror games leading up to Halloween.

The European Halloween sale includes many of the same titles that are currently on sale in the US PlayStation Store. PS4 owners can find deals on a number of Resident Evil games, including Resident Evil 7 (£25), the Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 Bundle (£16), Resident Evil 4 (£9), and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (£8). In addition to that, Alien: Isolation is on sale for £5.79, while the acclaimed survival horror game Soma is available for £6.49. Other notable PS4 discounts include:

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On PS3, players can find discounts on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (£4), Catherine (£4), Demon's Souls (£4), Killer Is Dead (£3.29), and Devil May Cry HD Collection (£3.29). Those with a Vita can pick up Corpse Party: Blood Drive (£6.49), Yomawari: Night Alone (£7), and Toukiden: The Age of Demons (£7) and its sequel Toukiden 2 (£19).

Many of these deals will be available until November 1. You can find the full list of discounts on the PlayStation Store.

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.: Disturbing It Deleted Scene Contained A Gruesome Pennywise Moment

There's no denying that Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) did some truly terrible things in It, as a means of taunting the children of Derry. Whether it was ripping off one child's arm with his teeth, soaking a bathroom with fresh blood, or even making a young boy relive the moment his parents died in a fire.

Still, while it may be hard to believe, there were much more graphic plans in the works for the dancing clown. In an interview with the Throwing Shade podcast, actor Timothy Simons reveals a disturbing scene that didn't end up in the final cut of the movie. While Simons isn't a member of the It ensemble, he did audition for the role of Pennywise, before Skarsgard was ultimately cast.

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In his interview, the actor claims one particularly gruesome moment in the film was set to feature Pennywise eating a baby in front of its mother as part of his origin. "It was [Pennywise] way back at the beginning of Derry, convincing a woman to give him her baby to eat," the actor says. "It was scary. The thing that was scariest about it was that it was very direct. It was, 'If you don't do this, these are the things that I'm going to do.' And they were all terrible."

Bryan Safi, one of the co-hosts of the podcast, also auditioned for the role and still has the script--a piece of which he shares in the interview. The words largely match up with a scene depicting these very events that was earlier posted on Reddit. In the scene, Pennywise demands the woman's baby under threat of killing her other children and husband if she doesn't hand him over. You can see the scene in its entirety below.

While the scene never made it into the completed film, it shows that at some point the creative team behind It was interested in exploring more of the character's history. With a second film already in the works, it's entirely possible this moment--or one close to it--could appear in the future. Then again, it could also stay out of the franchise altogether, much like the controversial group scene from the book that producers decided not to include.

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.: Stranger Things 2 Tweets May Have Spoiled Major Twist

The following contains potential Stranger Things 2 spoilers.

With a little over a week before the arrival of Stranger Things 2 on Netflix, has the series given away a major spoiler on social media? It's entirely possible thanks to the show's social strategy heading into the new episodes.

Since the beginning of October, the show's official Twitter account has been sharing tiny spoilers with specific fans online, ranging from Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-executive producer Megan Ganz. On the surface, the spoilers give away practically nothing.

For the most part, they cover territory that's already been revealed in the trailers. Noah Schnapp poses the question, "You can take Will out of the Upside Down, but can you take the Upside Down out of Will?" Clearly, you can't. That's been a focal point for just about everything seen from Season 2 thus far. Meanwhile, Joe Keery suggests his character--Steve--will spend time with someone younger. Given the final trailer for the season showed him hanging out with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), that's an easy leap to make.

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This is where things get interesting, though. In a quick video, Caleb McLaughlin teases, "Lucas may find his own Eleven." That could mean many things. The likeliest option is that he gets a crush on a girl, much like his friend Mike (Finn Wolfhard) did on Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in Season 1. What if it means something more, though?

A very interesting video features one of the Duffer brothers--who co-created the series--simply holding up eight fingers. While for most shows, the number eight wouldn't mean much, this is a series where a main character's name is a number. Could there be another child with mental powers about to be unleashed on Hawkins--one literally named Eight?

While that may seen like a bit of a leap, it should be noted that shortly after the video of the Duffer brothers was tweeted out, it was quickly deleted from Twitter. Perhaps Netflix realized they were simply giving too much away before the show's premiere.

The mystery surrounding Stranger Things 2 is only growing deeper. With the possibility of another child that survived the experiments performed at Hawkins Laboratory being introduced, this could be exactly what the gang needs to combat the viciousness being let loose by the Upside Down.

Stranger Things 2 premieres October 27 on Netflix.

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.: Someone Already Beat Destiny 2's Harder Prestige Mode Leviathan Raid

Not much more than an hour after it first went live in Destiny 2 on PS4 and Xbox One, the Prestige version of Leviathan--effectively the Raid's hard mode--has already been beaten. Bungie has confirmed that at least one team has already emerged victorious.

Clan Redeem was the world's first team to complete the Raid; according to a tweet from Bungie, it beat the next-fastest team by only four minutes. Among the rewards that have been handed out for completing the Raid are a weapon ornament for Legend of Acrius (the Raid's Exotic shotgun) and a blue emblem. There wasn't an aura, but that may be due to teams skipping the chest to race toward completing the Raid. Bungie had previously suggested the Prestige Raid's reward would be cosmetic in nature, rather than items that would increase players' Power level.

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While the title of world's first has already been taken, the Prestige Raid will remain in-game for everyone to try their hand at. Prior to release, Bungie did not specify what would be different except to say there would be some "minimal" mechanical changes. Players are still able to revive each other (though a revive token system remains in place), and minor tweaks have been made to the various encounters to make them more difficult.

This Prestige Raid was supposed to arrive last week alongside the now-concluded Iron Banner. However, Bungie discovered an exploit that negated the Raid's difficulty. As a result, the Prestige Raid was delayed to work on a fix. That still isn't ready, but rather than delay it further, Bungie will monitor the Raid to detect teams that make use of the exploit. Meanwhile, the latest Nightfall Strike has been replaced due to a bug.

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.: Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Two More Characters To The Roster

The Dragon Ball FighterZ roster continues to grow. Another pair of playable characters were revealed for the Dragon Ball fighting game in the latest issue of V-Jump magazine (via Gematsu), along with some details on the game's story mode.

The two new characters joining the roster are Nappa and Captain Ginyu, two of the earliest villains Goku and friends faced in Dragon Ball Z. Nappa can summon Saibamen during battle and fire a powerful beam blast from his mouth. Captain Ginyu, meanwhile, can call in the Ginyu Force and use his signature Body Change ability to swap characters and HP with his opponent.

The new issue of V-Jump also shared some more details about the game's original story mode, which features the new character Android 21 and a resurrected Android 16. According to Gematsu, an event during the story causes the Z-Fighters to "fall one by one." It seems that players will be "linked" to different characters during different points in the story; during the Android chapter, players will be linked to Android 18, while the Enemy Warriors chapter links them with Frieza.

Players will advance through the story mode by battling opponents, and V-Jump says you'll be able to freely focus on where you want to focus on earning experience points, rescuing allies, learning skills, and more. In addition to that, players will be able to "deepen bonds" with characters, which will give you the chance to overhear private conversations.

Dragon Ball FighterZ launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Japan on February 1. The North American release presumably won't be too far behind; the game is slated to arrive in the region in "early 2018." Players who pre-order the physical version will unlock Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta early as a bonus. You can see all of the confirmed Dragon Ball FighterZ characters so far.

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.: Pokemon Go Leak Further Points To Generation 3 Pokemon, Halloween Event

While we still don't have any official details on what to expect from Pokemon Go's upcoming Halloween event, there's now more evidence that it'll introduce a couple of new Pokemon. The iOS App Store inadvertently shared an image presumably for the event that features some Ghost-type Pokemon, including a couple that aren't currently available in the game.

The new image (via Eurogamer) shows four Ghost Pokemon, most notably the Generation 3 monsters Duskull and Sableye. This certainly lends more weight to the recent datamine that suggests certain Gen 3 Pokemon would be added soon to the popular AR game. The image also features a Pikachu wearing a witch's hat, which will likely only be available to catch during the Halloween event. You can see it below.

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Sableye and Duskull also appear in an image that was unearthed by the aforementioned datamine, which features Gengar standing atop a spooky hill along with other Gen 3 Ghost Pokemon: Shuppet, Banette, and Dusclops. The image also shows a Trainer wearing a hat that resembles the Sun/Moon Ghost Pokemon Mimikyu. Additionally, sound files for all Pokemon species up to #386 (the Legendary Pokemon Deoxys) and Halloween music (including the Lavender Town theme) were found in the game.

This would mark the second Halloween event Niantic has run for Pokemon Go since the game first released in summer 2016. During last year's event, spooky Pokemon like Gastly, Haunter, Drowzee, and others would spawn more frequently, and players got increased candy bonuses for every Pokemon they caught. You can see our roundup of all the games holding Halloween events this month.

A couple of other events are going on now in Pokemon Go. Until October 25, players can share the best AR photos they take in-game for a chance to win cool prizes. The Legendary dogs Entei, Raikou, and Suicune are also available in new regions through October 31.

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.: Destiny 2 Leviathan Prestige Raid Is Now Live On PS4 And Xbox One [Update: Already Beaten]

The race is officially underway, as the delayed Leviathan Prestige Raid is now live in Destiny 2. Bungie has rolled out the harder version of the Raid, and Fireteams are now competing to become the first to conquer the challenge. [Update: Impressively, teams have already completed the Prestige Raid.]

Going in, Bungie has not detailed exactly what's different. "Mechanical changes to the encounters are minimal, but they are there," it said recently. Based on early reports, players can expect to encounter eight dogs rather than six, and there may be an additional Psion to kill in the Gauntlet. Revive tokens are still active, meaning teams will need to coordinate who handles resurrecting each other. Additionally, the process of running in The Gauntlet is different, as there are only three orbs inside, rather than four. We'll report back as more changes are uncovered.

Bungie has warned players that it does "not expect everyone to be successful in completing this activity," as it's intended to be a real challenge. The developer described it as a "more punishing sandbox," but it's not intended to raise your Power level. Instead, players can expect "unique rewards to help you shine."

The Prestige version of the Leviathan Raid was intended to launch last week alongside the now-concluded Iron Banner. Due to an exploit that allows its challenge to be circumvented, Bungie decided to delay the Prestige Raid to work on a fix. That solution is not yet ready, but rather than delay it further, Bungie will monitor the Raid to detect teams that make use of the exploit. Meanwhile, the latest Nightfall Strike has been replaced due to a bug.

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.: Fire Emblem Warriors DLC And Season Pack Further Detailed For Switch And 3DS

The next big Nintendo Switch game, Fire Emblem Warriors, launches later this week, and like many other titles nowadays, it'll receive a slate of additional downloadable content following its release. Nintendo has now shared some more details on what kind of content fans will get with Fire Emblem Warriors' various DLC.

Last month, Nintendo revealed that three DLC packs will be released for Fire Emblem Warriors in late 2017 and early 2018. The first will launch in December and is based on Fire Emblem Fates; the second will follow in February and is themed after Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon; the final DLC pack will arrive in March 2018 and is inspired by Fire Emblem Awakening. According to the official Fire Emblem Warriors website, each pack will consist of the following items:

Each DLC pack will retail individually for $9/£8.09. Nintendo will also offer a season pass that includes all three for a discounted $20/£18. Players who purchase the season pass will receive a bridal costume for Lucina as a bonus. In addition to that, Nintendo also announced a Japanese voice pack will be released alongside the game as a free download.

Fire Emblem Warriors launches for Nintendo Switch and New 3DS on Friday, October 20. That same day, Nintendo will release two new Amiibo figures of Chrom and Tiki, which will give players the items Chrom's Training Sword and Tiki's Tear when scanned in the game for the first time. You can learn more about the title in GameSpot's Fire Emblem Warriors review.

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.: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Adding Two Movie Characters As DLC

The latest issue of Japanese magazine V-Jump brought a lot of news for Dragon Ball fans. On top of announcing that Nappa and Captain Ginyu will be playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ, the magazine revealed that a new pair of characters will be on the way to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 as DLC.

According to V-Jump (via Siliconera), the newest characters to join the Xenoverse 2 roster will be Android 13 and Tapion. Both of the warriors hail from different Dragon Ball Z movies. Android 13 is the title villain in the film Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, while Tapion is the legendary hero who appears in Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon. Both will be released as paid DLC, though the magazine didn't specify a release date or pricing details.

In addition to Android 13 and Tapion, Bandai Namco will release a slate of new costumes for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. The Universe 2 and Universe 11 battle outfits will come to the game as paid DLC. There will also be a new Hero Colosseum facility that introduces additional story content and allows players to battle each other using figures. Gematsu reports the Hero Colosseum will be a free addition to the game.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game also recently released for Nintendo Switch. The Switch version allows two players to play together using a single Joy-Con each and lets you use gestures to perform signature Dragon Ball attacks. You can read more about the title in GameSpot's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 review.

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.: BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket And In-Game Freebies Giveaway

We teamed up with Blizzard to give away ten (10) BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Tickets that include in-game freebies! Entry is open Worldwide. Yup, you read that correctly... WORLDWIDE. Competition ends Monday, October 23rd at 12:00PM PT and ten winners will be contacted via email. Scroll down to enter below.

The Virtual Ticket let's you stream BlizzCon 2017 from the comfort of your own couch, live and in high definition. You’ll get coverage of both days of the show, including panels, contests, interviews, the closing ceremony, and more, along with some in-game goodies. This year's BlizzCon takes place November 3rd & 4th.

The in-game freebies you get include:

Enter below (the additional entries are optional to increase your chances of winning):

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.: New On Netflix In October 2017: Stranger Things 2 Release, More Movies And TV Shows

Netflix's lineup of new content for October 2017 has been announced, and it's a good month to subscribe if you're a fan of horror movies or Stranger Things. The list consists of all of the new movies, TV shows, and original series launching through the month, as well as everything that's leaving--most of which is already gone now that we're halfway through October.

Stranger Things 2, as Season 2 is called, arrives on Netflix on October 27. That gives you some time to catch up on the first season, or you can get a refresher with our guide to everything you need to know before Stranger Things 2. You can also get an idea of what to expect as a video has revealed most of Stranger Things 2's episode titles.

With Halloween coming up, there are some scary movies to watch, like Cult of Chucky. Alternatively, you can watch something a bit lighter, with new comedies including Tommy Boy and Talladega Nights. If you're outside the US, you now have access to the early episodes of Riverdale: Season 2.

A heads up, all seasons of 30 Rock have left Netflix as of October 1, so your chance to easily get your Tina Fey fix has passed--unless you subscribe to Hulu, which added it to start October. Check out the full list below, or check out our lists of what's new on Hulu in October and what's new on Amazon in October. Bear in mind, this month sees an increase in subscription prices for many Netflix customers in the US.

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.: Stranger Things 2 Video Explains What Happened To Eleven After Season 1 Finale

If you thought the final trailer would be your last look at Stranger Things 2 before its release, you were incorrect. A clip from the new season has debuted, after first being revealed at London Comic Con, which focuses on what happened to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in the aftermath of Season 1.

When the first year of Stranger Things came to an end, the status of Eleven was left up in the air. After using her psychokinetic powers to defeat the Demogorgon, she simply disappeared. While Hopper (David Harbour) was seen leaving Eggo waffles in an outdoor lockbox, presumably for her, the character was not seen again.

In the new clip though, it's confirmed that she has been in the Upside Down, looking for a way out. When she finally finds a portal back to her world, Eleven uses those same powers to make the gateway big enough for her to fit through. She then breaks through the slimy barrier between the two worlds, finding herself back in Hawkins Middle School--the location of the battle that ended the first season.

As fans have seen in the trailers though, she won't be the only entity from the Upside Down invading the world. After being rescued from the dimension in Season 1, Will (Noah Schnapp) is shown as haunted by visions of a shadow monster from the Upside Down, which is making its way into his reality. Those visions only grow stronger as the kids and adults of Hawkins are once again forced to defend the world from supernatural forces.

Luckily, with Eleven back in the picture, they've got a secret weapon to help fight anything that comes their way.

Stranger Things 2 premieres on Netflix on October 27.

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.: Destiny 2 Replaces New Nightfall Strike After Issues Emerge

Update: Bungie has replaced this week's Nightfall Strike due to issues players were experiencing with Exodus Crash. For the remainder of the week, you can try your hand at the Nightfall version of Pyramidion. Along with that change, there are also new modifiers in place: Timewarp: Zero Hour (which prevents you from extending the time limit) and Torrent (increasing the rate at which your skills recharge).

Original Story: Every seven days, Destiny 2's weekly reset changes a bunch of variables within the game, from the activities on offer to the rewards available to the items on sale in shops. This week's Nightfall Strike, Exodus Crash, is set in Arcadian Valley, while Eververse have some new gear on offer.

Two modifiers are active in Exodus Crash this week, one of which again offers a way to earn additional time. Timewarp: Rings presents a set of large white circles throughout the mission for you to jump through; each one provides an additional 30 seconds of time to finish the Strike. The other modifier, Prism, rotates through each of the three elements, with the chosen element doing additional damage (and the others doing less than usual). Following the release of a Destiny 2 update last month, this now functions correctly, as the message indicating the chosen element no longer lasts for just a brief moment. Additionally, an on-screen effect helps to highlight when the element changes from one to the next.

In terms of Challenges, Speed of Dark is active as always, which requires you to finish the Strike with at least five minutes remaining. Unbroken tasks you with completing the Strike with fewer than three deaths. And finally, Faster Than Lightning asks your Fireteam to kill nine Shanks with melee attacks before defeating Thaviks.

Exodus Crash in Arcadian Valley has a recommended Power level of at least 240. If you haven't made it to that point, you may want to consider waiting until after you've raised your Power level before grabbing the Nightfall reward, which is Powerful gear. This Nightfall will be available until Destiny 2's next weekly reset, which occurs at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 10 AM BST / 8 PM AET on Tuesday, October 24.

Away from the Nightfall Strike, you can grab a new bundle from Eververse. Costing 2000 Silver, the legendary Golden Sevens bundle contains seven bright Engrams, seven shaders, 500 Bright Dust, and a unique Nothing Gold ship. Take a look at the ship for yourself below. [Update: It appears this bundle is no longer for sale on the Eververse store.]

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Plenty more has likely changed for the week, with previous resets offering new Milestones, Challenges, and treasure maps to buy from Cayde. Sadly, the weekly reset also means last week's Iron Banner event is now over. However another event, the Leviathan Prestige Raid, goes live tomorrow, October 18, after it was delayed last week.

We're still digging deep into Destiny 2, but there are some basic things you should know (and habits from the first Destiny you might need to break). Those include not waiting to decrypt Engrams and saving some of your Upgrade Points. You can check out more in our Destiny 2 beginner's guide or our roundup of Destiny 2 guides, tips, and tricks.

In other Destiny 2 news, Bungie has removed the Monty Python-inspired, high-kicking walk emote. Although the developer hasn't officially said why this has been removed, it may have something to do with the emote letting players get into some walled-off, unfinished areas.

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.: Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park has once again returned to video game platforms with a successful mix of RPG systems infused with South Park’s unmistakable character. The Fractured But Whole sees the kids go on another adventure, but things have changed a little since The Stick of Truth. Not only are they into superheroes now, but there's a new combat system to get your head around, along with a few other mechanical changes.

If you’re eager to go into this 20+ hour journey well-prepared, then the above video is for you. Jess McDonell will guide you through some need-to-know information regarding puzzles, character classes, and useful consumable items. If you're already making your way through the game, be sure to comment with any other tips you might have found!

If you’re curious about The Fractured But Whole, but haven’t pulled the trigger, be sure to check our review. Miguel Concepcion says that “The Fractured But Whole can be appreciated as a standalone adventure, accessible to those who've fallen off the TV series over a decade ago”. If you’re already on the train, then find out all the details about the upcoming story DLC!

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.: The Switch Version Of Resident Evil Revelations Has Exclusive Retro Minigames

Capcom announced that two minigames are coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch version of Resident Evil Revelations Collection, including a reskin of Ghouls n' Ghosts starring secret best Resident Evil character Barry Burton.

The other minigame, Ghost Ship, challenges what seems to be a very pixelated Jill Valentine to shoot pink oozes and that woman who doesn't know how to wear a wetsuit aboard the ship in Resident Evil Revelations. The two minigames reflect off their respective games, Ghost Ship for the first game, and Ghouls n' Homunculi for Barry's adventure to rescue his daughter in Revelations 2.

The strange new additions also feed back into the games' Raid modes, letting you earn BP and other bonuses to take into your BOW-killing extra modes.

Check out the two separate trailers for the minigames below. Resident Evil Revelations Collection releases on November 28 on the Nintendo Switch, containing both games. While available at retail, only the first game is on the Switch cart due to size restrictions, with the second game being a download from the eShop for owners.

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.: Nintendo Switch Firmware 4.00 Out, Includes Video Capture And Profile Transfer

Nintendo has just released their version 4.00 firmware, which finally makes good on their promises for (admittedly limited) video capture.

Video capture works on only select games, currently only compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. It is unknown if the limitations are due to the type of game or publisher restrictions, as is the case on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For an example of a game not working with video capture, we tried Sonic Mania, though that title's issues with the Home and Capture buttons has always been complicated and it freely supports video and streaming on other systems.

For better or worse, it looks like video capture must be enabled by the software creator.

Video capture is enabled by holding down the capture button and can only capture the last 30 seconds. Clips can be edited and posted to Facebook or Twitter.

The other major aspect of the firmware is the ability to transfer your profiles and saves to another Switch. This lets you transfer save files and profiles, so your Nintendo account, to another Switch. This is not cloud saving or multiple profile use, it is transferring from one Switch in your possession to another Switch in your possession. It will not help if, for example, your Switch is lost. It will help if your kids are getting their own Switches and you want to move their profile over there so they stop saving over your Zelda progress.

There are also minor additions, like Mario Odyssey profile images, pre-orders for the eShop, and stability updates.

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.: Reader Discussion – Have You Ever Had A Gaming-Related Dream?

Last night, after I clocked out here, I started playing Shadow of War. And while I took a break for dinner, and to tweet some observations about the game (someone please explain why Talion and the spider have so much sexual tension, it is weirding me out), I pretty much played the game for hours before I ended up going to bed.

And then, of course, I had a dream about it. That happens whenever I binge on a game.

In the dream, I was leaping across rooftops and stabbing orcs left and right. I am not sure I said more than one word in the entire dream, but dream me still had more personality than Talion. And I got nowhere close to flirting with a spider.

I distinctly remember dreams in the past about nearly every game I have binged on. Rayman, Transistor, Mario, it happens pretty often whenever most of my day is taken up by some form of media. So, readers, I am turning that question to you. Tell us about your safe for work gaming-related dreams. Were you the hero or along for the ride? Were you even in it at all or just observing?

Let us know below in the comments!

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.: Watch This Mario 64 Retrospective To See How Mario First Went 3D

With Super Mario Odyssey right around the corner, it is easy to forget that Mario's first foray into 3D was over twenty years ago at this point. Jeremy Parish, formerly of both 1Up and USGamer, has started a video series examining the N64 and focusing on its launch title, Super Mario 64.

The video covers the decisions that Nintendo's designers made when creating the game and gives context to understand why those decisions were considered revolutionary at the time. When Super Mario 64 was released, many famously called it the greatest game of all time, with creators like Valve's Gabe Newell citing it as the most influential game he can think of.

I remember being ten years old and begging my mom to take me to Target because I had heard through the message boards that there was a demo, and she finally relented one night after work. She took my brother and I there are nearly ten at night, me clad in pajamas, as I desperately tried to wrap my mind around the N64 controller and why Mario wasn't moving with the D-Pad.

Check out the videos below. Whether you remember the game like it was yesterday or started gaming well after, it is a nice watch right before the newest Mario to claim influence from the game comes out. You can also check our Replay of Super Mario 64 from six years ago.

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.: Rumor: Ni No Kuni 2 Coming To Xbox One

IGN Spain is reporting on a rumor that Ni No Kuni 2, the gorgeous RPG from Level-5, will be coming to the Xbox One.

The report follows up a store listing for the game on Xbox One, which was dismissed as a mistake. According to the IGN report, however, the game is going to come out on Microsoft's console in the west, albeit only digitally.

It would be one of the first major coups for the console, as they have had a tough time getting ports of Japanese games, with some publishers of those games saying Microsoft does not support them. If the rumor is correct and Ni No Kuni 2 is coming to the system digitally, that would solve the issue NISA has brought up about minimum print runs, and also might explain why the game would be digital only. Historically, splits of JRPG sales between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One do not favor the Xbox.

If the game is coming to Xbox One, Xbox One X enhancements might also be possible.

Check out our latest preview for Ni No Kuni 2 from Tokyo Game Show last month. At the moment, Ni No Kuni 2 is scheduled for PlayStation 4 and PC on January 19.

[Source: IGN Spain]

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.: New Extra Credits Video Explores How To Spot, Avoid Time Sink Traps

Everyone's had that moment where they've forgone sleep to play a little bit longer.

Either to unlock the next loot crate with a few more matches in Overwatch or to get that next level up in an MMORPG, most every player has that moment where they keep playing longer then they planned to. Sometimes it's for the best and helps us achieve our goals or see the next crucial cutscene, but other times it's due to design choices made to keep you playing nonstop, leading to less enjoyment with the game overall.

Luckily, the crew over at Extra Credits has released a new video laying out how to spot and avoid time sink traps like these, and keep our gaming experiences more enjoyable. The team regularly makes other videos on a variety of topics related to gaming, so be sure to check out some of their other great videos.

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.: InXile Entertainment Switches Its Tune And Is Now Exploring Options On The Switch

If you were worried the Switch doesn't have enough role-playing games, Nintendo is looking out for you. inXile Entertainment, a developer known for its old-school approach to RPGs like Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera, just got approved to develop for the Switch, according to a tweet from founder Brian Fargo.

We are now approved Nintendo Switch Developers.... stay tuned for future news. We are fans of the Switch and our devs are exploring ideas.

— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) October 18, 2017

The team is now "exploring ideas" on Nintendo's console, a pretty radical change from the company's stance earlier this year. In an interview on US Gamer's podcast, Fargo denied that Tides of Numenera would make it to the Switch. "I like Nintendo, but that's not going to happen on that machine," Fargo said. "Plus that's not the audience. Can you imagine a Nintendo game with a million words?"

Apparently he can. It's unclear whether this announcement means inXile is developing new games for the console or working to port over games like Tides of Numenera. Some games have found a second life on the Switch and judging by the number of ports coming to the Switch recently, it's possible Switch owners could find ports for inXile's recent RPG releases.

 

Our Take:
With Skyrim coming to Switch later this year and quirky RPGs like Golf Story taking the console by storm, it's understandable why Fargo and inXile might change their tune.  A rich, detailed world like the one in Tides of Numenera, which is already close to the experience of reading a good book, is one I'd love to sit back and enjoy in bed or on my TV. 

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.: You Can Now Transfer Your Minecraft Save From Wii U To Switch

Not a lot of games sold great on the Wii U, but Minecraft is one of the few that did, and Nintendo wants to help those players move their save file over to the Switch version.

Nintendo announced that Wii U-to-Switch save transfer is now available for people with both versions of the game. First, make sure your Wii U is updated and connected to the internet. Then do the same for the Switch, making sure both games are installed.

Once you launch the Wii U version, make sure you're online, select your save file, and then hit Transfer to Switch. From there, you follow the prompts on your Switch and you should be good to go!

Minecraft came out on the Switch earlier this year, with Microsoft announcing that version's inclusion in the "Better Together" update. This allows the Switch version to crossplay with all other versions of the game, except for PlayStation 4 and Vita. The Better Together update is live on Xbox One, Mobile, and PC, but will roll out for the Switch later this year.

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.: NISA President Says Microsoft Is Not Very Supportive Of Japanese Games

The president of Nippon Ichi America, Takuro Yamashita, told MCV that he does not believe Microsoft is very supportive of Japanese games in a candid interview with the outlet.

The actual reasoning gets into a little bit of minutiae, as Yamashita's reasoning has more to do with Microsoft's requirements for publishing on the Xbox. He explains that Microsoft requires a minimum order for publishing on their systems. For niche games, like the kind Nippon Ichi specializes in, the minimum is way above what they expect to sell.

Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo also agreed, but explained that the Xbox's mindshare, or lack thereof, in Japan is the largest determining factor for their decision not to support the system.

Microsoft's relationship with Japan and Japanese developers has always been a strange one. The original Xbox failed to make much of a dent in the Japanese market, as the PlayStation 2 was the undisputed market leader and whatever scraps remained in the market were taken up by the Gameboy Advance and to some extent the Gamecube. Microsoft made a stronger attempt with the Xbox 360 by courting developers and paying for major JRPGs like Tales of Vesperia, Blue Dragon, and Lost Odyssey. It is strange to think about now, but there was a time where the idea of Devil May Cry or a new Final Fantasy on the Xbox was considered unfathomable.

This also did not do much and the Xbox 360 was barely a blip on the radar in Japan once again. This lead to confusing marketing strategies from Microsoft's Japan team, including partnering with Japanese pornography actresses to position games like Gears of War and Dead Rising alongside pornographic films as things only for adults.

The chicken-and-egg scenario of how and why Japan did not care about the Xbox brand lead Microsoft to simply give up on the region with the Xbox One. The system launch treated Japan as a Tier 2 region, which made a lot of business sense but also made for bad optics to Japanese developers, and Microsoft stopped making deals with Japanese developers and publishers. After the high-profile cancellation of Scalebound, and Microsoft's seeming blitheness about it, a lot of trust in Microsoft has eroded from both developers and fans of Japanese games.

Fans particularly took notice this year when many high-profile Japanese PS4 games were exclusive to that console but didn't show any sign of even entertaining Xbox One versions. Games like Yakuza, Persona, Nier, and Ni-Oh completely skipped the Xbox One, despite some of them having PC versions released or announced.

Xbox head Phil Spencer recently tweeted about going to Japan to meet with partners, indicating an intention to take the region's games seriously. It remains to be seen how Microsoft will work with Japanese publishers in the future, but smaller ones appear to need more proof of support and enthusiasm before getting on board.

[Source: MCVUK]

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.: Update: Valve Reveals More Details For Its Team Fortress 2 Jungle-Themed Update

Update: Valve has updated its rollout with info on War Paint, essentially shaders for your weapons and gear, as well as other cosmetics you can read about here.

Team Fortress 2 just hit the big 10 last week and Valve is celebrating with a large update finds our team of rogues, murderers, and ne'er-do-wells in a jungle occupied with...well, something. You can watch the entertaining reveal for the update right here and find out for yourself here:

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The pack includes an official map by Valve, some community maps, and [redacted]-focused emotes so far. Valve will be revealing more of what's in the update in the days to come, as the company is rolling out details over the next five days. No release date has been given for the pack yet.

You can keep an eye on the information being dropped about the update here.

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.: New ARMS Update Adds Replays, Badges, And A Secret Boss

The newest ARMS update is live and, while it does not have any new playable characters like the last update, it does add a boss fight that hearkens back to the days of discovering Akuma in Street Fighter.

The version 3.2 update video from the Nintendo World Championships last week teased a metallic Springman-like character, but didn't give many more details beyond that. Fan speculation ranged from the character being a Springman skin to a new mode which makes all the characters into robot versions of themselves, but the truth seems to be somewhere in the middle.

No official notes have been released on how to access the character now known as Springtron, but players were quick to figure it out after the patch went live early this morning. To fight Springtron, players must go through the game's Grand Prix mode without losing, though there is disagreement on whether you can lose a round and still gain access to the robot nemesis. Right before you fight the game's final boss, Max Brass, Springtron will challenge the player to a new fight. The new and difficult penultimate boss can disable your fighter's arms temporarily with a huge shockwave, making you helpless if you get caught in it.

At the moment, there is no way to play as Springtron and he has no unique stage or music, indicating that he is likely not intended to be playable.

The update also includes Badges, essentially an achievement system that marks milestones like winning Grand Prix for the first time. Additionally, savable replays have been added to the game, but the replays are tied to the game's current balance. That means, much like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, updating the game makes the replay unusable.

Finally, the update has a number of technical fighting patch notes, including speed buffs for most of the characters. The full patch notes can be found here.

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.: Hori Unveils Officially Licensed Mini PS4 Controller Aimed At "Younger Gamers"

Today, Hori, maker of video game accessories, unveiled its latest: a miniature wired controller meant for younger players. According to Hori, the Mini Wired Gamepad is 40 percent smaller than the DualShock 4.

Hori notes the controller will lack several of the DualShock 4's capabilities, including in-controller speakers and the light bard. The Mini Wired Gamepad will be launch this holiday and will cost $30.

For more info on the controller, you can check out the reveal post here.

 

Our Take
At Game Informer, we're always excited for features and devices that offer more accessibility to players, so this controller sounds pretty great.

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.: Star Ocean 4K and Full HD Remaster Launches Worldwide This November

Edge Maverick and the gang make their debut on current gen consoles later this month, according to a new announcement by Square Enix.

Priced at $20.99 on PlayStation Plus and Steam, the 4K remaster of the fourth game in the Star Ocean series is set to release simultaneously in the Americas, Europe and Japan on November 28. Those who preorder on PlayStation Plus will receive an exclusive PlayStation theme and 12 avatars, while those who preorder through Steam will get an exclusive downloadable mini soundtrack. Those who purchase the game before December 12 on either platform can get the game with a discount of 10 percent. The release also marks the first time the game has come to PC, with full keyboard support during gameplay.

Developed by tri-Ace, the game originally released February 29, 2009 on Xbox 360 and February 9, 2010 on PlayStation 3. Set before any other entry in the series, players guide Edge Maverick and his friends as they make their way across the galaxy in search of a new home for humanity. Fast paced combat, friendship building and corny dialogue ensue.

Players can dive back into the interstellar adventure when it releases on PlayStation 4 and PC next month.

[Source: Gematsu]

 

Our Take
Star Ocean: The Last Hope was a solid title with a fun combat system. If tri-Ace has polished the systems to match the new graphical fidelity, it could be a fun return to the game's world.

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.: Rumor: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hugh Jackman Being Considered For Detective Pikachu Movie

Last year, Legendary Films revealed that it was fast-tracking an adaptation of Detective Pikachu into production. If the rumor mill is to be believed, it appears that movie might finally be starting to come together, with a couple of surprising names being attached to the project.

YouTube channel The Hashtag Show says it has received word of the names that the creative talent behind the film has been considering. Among the names listed are Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson, Zach Galifianakis, and even Mark Wahlberg. It's worth nothing that the show doesn't provide any support or evidence for this list of names, so take this all with a grain of salt. Still, it's fun to imagine The Rock himself voicing Pikachu, no?

For more on Pokémon, be sure to check out Andrew Reiner's recent opinion piece on how he hopes the series changes for Switch.

[Source: The Hashtag Show]

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.: Monument Valley 2 Comes To Android In November

Need a break from all the massive open worlds and competitive shooters? Developer ustwogames announced that Monument Valley 2, the short but sweet M.C. Escher-esque puzzle game, comes to Android on November 6. This mindbending puzzle game has been out on iOS for a few months, but this is the perfect chance for Android owners to enjoy Monument Valley 2's peaceful soundtrack, inspired puzzles, and beautiful art design.

For our full thoughts on how this quirky puzzler panned out, click here.

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.: Nappa And Captain Ginyu Confirmed For Dragon Ball FighterZ

The new issue of Japanese magazine V-Jump divulges the Japanese release date of Dragon Ball FighterZ (February 1 in that country), and also reveals two new playable characters: Nappa and Captain Ginyu .

Nappa can summon Saibamen and has the Kapa Meteor special attack, and Captain Ginyu can call on The Ginyu Force. The Captain's Meteor special lets him swap characters and health with his opponent.

For more on the game, check out our cover story in the latest issue (#295), as well as a plethora of info in our story hub which you can access by clicking on the banner below.

[Source: V-Jump via Siliconera]

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.: Overwatch Update Brings Changes To Mercy, Lucio

A new day, a new patch for Overwatch. This time Lucio, Mercy, and Zenyatta are the ones receiving tweaks. Lucio's speed after a wall run has been boosted by 65 percent while the Cultist variation of Zenyatta has received a few new voice lines.

However, the biggest changes are, once again, for everyone's favorite flying medic. Here's the full log:

Mercy

    Guardian Angel
        Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
        Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated

Valkyrie

        No longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown
        Now gives players a bonus resurrection charge

Developer Comments: Valkyrie no longer resets or reduces Resurrect’s cooldown. Instead, it now provides an extra 'charge,' allowing you to revive an ally even if it is still on cooldown. If the bonus charge hasn’t been spent when Valkyrie ends, it will be removed.

This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.

However, this still reduces the overall number of Resurrects that Mercy can provide, since Valkyrie no longer reduces its cooldown.

For more on Overwatch, be sure to check out our review.

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.: Halo: Master Chief Collection Getting Updates, Xbox One X Enhancements, And Fixes In 2018

The Halo Twitter announced today that the maligned Halo: Master Chief Collection is getting updates, Xbox One X enhancements, and much-needed fixes coming next year.

While the account did not elaborate on what those updates would entail, the game suffered from significant issues with its matchmaking from day one of its release in 2014. After months of attempted fixes, apologies, and free additions of Halo 3: ODST to the mix for existing owners, it seemed like Microsoft had forgotten all about fixing the game.

The Master Chief Collection included Halo: Anniversary Collection, the at-the-time new Halo Anniversary Collection 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 3: ODST added later. Halo 4's DLC was also later ported to the collection.

Beyond the date of 2018, nothing else is really known about the timing of updates and fixes, though it is easy to assume it will come alongside the Xbox One X enhancements.

[Source: Halo Official Twitter]

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.: Activision Patent Encourages Microtransaction Spending Through Matchmaking (Update: Activision Responds)

UPDATE: Activision has responded to our request for a comment. An Activision Spokesperson has said "This was an exploratory patent filed in 2015 by an R&D team working independently from our game studios.  It has not been implemented in-game."

The original story is as follows:

Earlier this month, Activision received a patent for matchmaking for a system that "driv[es] microtransactions in multiplayer video games."  The patent was originally filed in May of 2015 but was just approved. The patent dives into the nitty-gritty of this system, which also factors in skill and internet latency when matchmaking. However, things get really interesting when the patent outlines matchmaking based on grouping players who haven't spent money on items with those who have:

For example, in one implementation, the system may include a microtransaction engine that arranges matches to influence game-related purchases. For instance, the microtransaction engine may match a more expert/marquee player with a junior player to encourage the junior player to make game-related purchases of items possessed/used by the marquee player. A junior player may wish to emulate the marquee player by obtaining weapons or other items used by the marquee player....The microtransaction engine may match the junior player with a player that is a highly skilled sniper in the game. In this manner, the junior player may be encouraged to make game-related purchases such as a rifle or other item used by the marquee player.

Using an example that would be right at home in one of Activision's first-person shooters, the patent also details how players who make in-game purchases might be placed in situations that optimize rewarding the player for that purchase:

For example, if the player purchased a particular weapon, the microtransaction engine may match the player in a gameplay session in which the particular weapon is highly effective, giving the player an impression that the particular weapon was a good purchase. This may encourage the player to make future purchases to achieve similar gameplay results.

Activision Blizzard publishes a vast array of popular multiplayer titles like Call of Duty, Destiny, Overwatch, as well as mobile titles like Candy Crush, We reached out to Activision to ask which games use the patent, and haven't received a statement yet. However, Bungie's community director claims this functionality is not in Destiny:

None of this functionality appears in Destiny. https://t.co/IXlR05tZ1c

— DeeJ (@DeeJ_BNG) October 17, 2017

If we hear anything back from Activision or any of the developers of games possibly affected by this patent, we'll update the story.

[Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office via Glixel]

 

Our Take
While there are plenty of opinions and justifications to go around for microtransactions in video games, the system described here borders on insidiousness and game disruption. Skewing matchmaking in the direction of in-game purchases flies in the face of competitive balance, shifting emphasis onto who has fatter wallets instead of skill and experience.  Obviously, we don't have the full story yet but at first glance, this is not a good look for a publisher that continues to endure criticism for its microtransaction-based practices. Still, with Activision-Blizzard's revenue constantly going up largely because of microtransactions, it's hard to see the publisher leaning away from them anytime soon unless gamers stop spending money on them.

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.: Watch The Archive Of Our South Park: The Fractured But Whole Live Stream

Update: Thanks to everyone who tuned in earlier, and check out the archive below to see our journey through South Park and our climactic final battle with Morgan Freeman.

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Original Story: South Park: The Fractured But Whole is out today so we will be streaming the game's opening moments.

Tune in to watch me and intern Keenan McCall play the game, and ask questions about the total experience (or you can read my review here). I was also part of the trip from when we had The Fractured But Whole on our cover so I saw the game being made in person, which should foster even more questions!

We'll be starting the stream at 4 p.m. CT and playing for about an hour. You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch, or you can watch on YouTube by clicking here.

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.: EA Shuts Down Visceral Games (Dead Space, Single-Player Star Wars Project)

EA have announced that they are shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind the entire Dead Space series, Battlefield Hardline, and an upcoming unnamed Star Wars game that had been teased by EA in previous years.

Visceral brought Amy Hennig, most famously known as director of Uncharted 2, on board for the studio's Star Wars game that is now being significantly retooled. As EA's executive vice president Patrick Söderlund implied in a blog post, the game seems to be moving from a self-contained single-player experience to a long-term Games as a Service model.

“In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design.”

Work on the game will slowly wind down at Visceral as EA shutters the studio and will transfer to EA Vancouver, who had already been helping to work on the game. There is no word on how EA plans to proceed with Amy Hennig yet.

As part of this shift, the Star Wars game is also being delayed from 2019 to an undefined date in the future. It is unknown if any of the original teaser or game design will remain.

Electronic Arts have full exclusivity for Star Wars console games, a deal that ensured much of the company would be focusing on the license for the foreseeable future. This continues with the release of Battlefront II on November 17, which is being worked on by studios including EA Motive, DICE, and Criterion. 

 

Our Take
For better or worse, EA are completely moving to a model of Games as a Service, which seemingly does not include studios like Visceral which specialize in story-driven single-player experiences. We are saddened to hear about the studio's closure and hope for the best for everyone affected.

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.: Nintendo Adds Small Update To Switch eShop

The Switch eShop can be, much like the rest of the system's OS, best described as spartan. Yesterday, however, Nintendo quietly added a "Games on Sale" category shop to help mitigate the store's flea market-like organization problems.

Despite the Switch's reputation as a successful platform for indie titles, the eShop itself has gone through very few changes since the console's launch in March. Although developers could put their games on sale by their own will, there was no way to surface that beyond outreach via social media. Now, putting a game on sale changes its categorization so that it will show up in the Games on Sale section.

The category can be found on the left side of the Switch eShop's front page, alongside New Releases and Coming Soon.

This is the first update to the eShop since Nintendo added a Best Sellers list for each region since April 3. In January, an update was promised for Switch owners to use the capture button to record videos before the end of 2017.

 

Our Take
Nintendo usually aims major firmware updates for the fourth quarter of the year, ahead of the holiday rush, so I wonder if this small update portends something bigger in the near future. There is still a long list of things Nintendo should tackle, but this is a good first step.

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.: Speedrunners Work Together To Parkour Through Mirror's Edge

Speedrunning seems like a perfect fit for Mirror's Edge, DICE's fast-paced free running action game, and the Mirror's Edge speedrunning community proved that was the case with a 22 minute, 40 second run of the game.

As reported by Kotaku, this particular playthrough is what's called a segmented speedrun. Disconnected parts of the game are beat as quickly as possible and then strung together as one run, which is a lot of work. This particular speedrun is the result of two years worth of hard work by 11 runners, and it shows. The first couple of minutes are impressive, but it's around the three minute mark that things get weird.

You can watch the full run below, but the runners are clearly using every possible trick to accomplish that 22:40 run time, including breaking out of the level and running on air. 

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[Source: Kotaku]

 

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.: Humble Bundle, Inc. Acquired By IGN (Updated With Comments From Both)

UPDATE: We have received comment from Humble Bundle co-founder John Graham and IGN co-founder Peer Schneider. It clarifies that Humble is still continuing to publish games, which puts IGN in murky ethical territory regarding coverage.

 

“You can expect it to be business as usual, but better," says Graham. "The Humble Bundle our audience knows and loves will continue to operate independently from IGN, with Jeff and I at the helm along with our whole team. When IGN approached us months ago, we were not looking to sell the company, we were just focused on what we’ve always been doing: offering great games for our community while supporting charitable organizations around the world. We made a business we were passionate about without an exit in mind, and we felt like we they and found a partner who understands who we are and what we do."

 

Peer Schneider, who also acts as IGN's chief content officer, explained how IGN plans to handle coverage of games that, essentially, they are now publishing.

 

“We're going to use a two-pronged approach to ensuring editorial integrity when it comes to Humble Bundle. First, we will keep a rigid separation between IGN's editorial team and the Humble Bundle team. Second, we will provide full disclosure whenever IGN creates content about a game, bundle, or subscription created by or funded by Humble Bundle. This is the same effective approach we already use when IGN creates content about the products sold by our advertisers and commerce partners.”

 

It remains to be seen how this will work in practice, but it is interesting to know that IGN does not plan to shy away from covering Humble-published games. IGN review editor Dan Stapleton has already retroactively acknowledged the relationship on Twitter when discussing Humble Bundle's A Hat In Time coverage.

 

The original story is as follows:

Humble Bundle Inc, the company behind the charity game bundles of the same name and the Humble Store for digital game sales, has been acquired by IGN.

Humble is likely best known for the charity indie-packs that were based on a pay-what-you-want model, which allowed consumers to decide what tier they would like to purchase and how to divide it among charitable causes, developers, and Humble itself. IGN is, of course, the media giant behind IGN Networks.

The acquisition is oddly timed, as Humble only recently began publishing games on their own, including the release of A Hat In Time, a 3D platformer somewhat mired in controversy. It is unclear if the IGN purchase will affect the publishing business at all, but Humble Bundle has stated that they are unlikely to make any significant business changes despite the acquisiton

Despite the heavy emphasis on charity, Humble Bundle has always categorized itself as a commercial business instead of a non-profit, so nothing will have to change in that regard. It does bring up questions of how IGN will treat Humble-published games in the future, but that bridge might only be built when it is time to cross it.

We have reached out to Humble Bundle, Inc. for comment but did not receive any response by the time of writing. The story will be updated should we receive significant comment.

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.: Gearbox Software Hiring Writer For AAA FPS RPG Hybrid

The developers of Borderlands are looking for a new writer to work on a game that may be Borderlands 3.

The team recently made a post to their official site offering the job to anyone interested in working on an unannounced project with strong characters and Central narrative thread. Necessary qualifications also include a "strong passion and demonstrable ability for comedic or satiric writing" as well as "demonstrable skill in writing entertaining and engaging dialogue with meaningful character interactions." For the full post, click here.

Recently known for the hero shooter Battleborn and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Gearbox hasn't released anything tied to the Borderlands franchise since the Handsome Collection back in 2015, and the last core entry was Borderlands 2 in 2012. Battleborn has also ended its updates, leaving the company with plenty of time on their hands for a big project.

[Source: PCGamesN]

 

Our Take
Chances are pretty good this could be the official third entry in the series, especially considering the images released of the team's test builds with Unreal Engine 4 using the Borderlands graphic style back in March, but we'll have to wait for more information from the developer to be sure.

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