Sunday, December 30, 2018
Arcades may have died out in much of the world, but in Japan, arcades are still a huge part of gaming culture. One of my favourites is Game Center Mikado in Tokyo – it’s a great place to dive into legendary fighting games and retro classics in a relaxed atmosphere.
Mikado is a couple of stops from Shinjuku in Takadanobaba, a district that’s famous for being the place that Osamu Tezuka chose for his iconic character Astro Boy to be “born.” JR trains play the theme song when they stop at this station, and there are a couple of large murals of Tezuka’s work outside the station.
Game Center Mikado is just around the corner, on an unassuming alley that runs along the train line. This two storey arcade has been one of the central locations for Tokyo’s fighting game scene for more than a decade (it was opened in 2006 but has been in its current location since 2009), playing host to regular tournaments and known for high level play. It’s also – unlike the many Taito Game Stations and Club SEGAs around the country - privately owned.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Friday, December 28, 2018
Stories do not happen in a vacuum. A story’s setting can be as much of a character as the actual characters inhabiting it, reflecting both them and the thematic elements of the plot. This is true of games, books, and movies—in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, for instance, a great and mighty evil renders the land of Mordor into, quite literally, a festering, pulsating, and decaying wasteland that is inhabited by orcs and other beings who personify the very evil that corrupts the once bucolic realm of Mordor.
There’s perhaps no better representation of this than Batman: Arkham Knight. The character, layout, and visual starkness of Gotham City act as a malleable mirror to Batman’s psyche within the Arkham-verse. The story sunk its bat-fangs into me but Gotham, the city itself, is what truly stands out as both the home and the harbinger of the dichotomy of good/evil that brings the city to grimy, pulsating life.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
In the world of video games, especially with massive companies like 2K Sports and EA, it’s incredibly rare to hear a developer admit they “immediately regretted” jumping from one company to the next. That’s just what happened on this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, where editor Ryan McCaffrey spoke with NBA 2K gameplay director Mike Wang.
Wang accepted a position at NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts just as NBA 2K6 was wrapping up development. Wang stayed on through NBA 2K7 and 2K8 before making the decision to jump ship to 2K Sports’ biggest rival, EA’s NBA Live, which was trailing behind 2K in critical reception at the time. It wasn’t simply a matter of money, though. Wang’s reasoning was practically Machiavellian.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Though Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are a bit simplified compared to their competitively viable counterparts, they still left players with plenty of questions. Some abilities are easy to miss, version differences aren't exactly advertised on the box, and how are you supposed to know where to go to catch 'em all? Here are the most popular tips, lists, guides and tutorials Pokemon: Let's Go players searched for and the in-depth answers to go with them.
Watch its unimaginably long credit roll and you’ll spot a number of researchers whose roles were dedicated to making sure Red Dead Redemption 2 reflected a historical reality. Outside of the simulation genre, video games tends to play very fast and loose with history, but Rockstar Games has goes above and beyond in every effort to make the world seem deeply believable while functioning within the parameters of an open world entertainment experience. This dedication realism exercised by Rockstar is commendable, but the team also clearly understood that pure, unadulterated retellings of real-world events and frontier life also wouldn’t perfectly serve their creative purposes.
It’s the stuff of internet fantasy: NBA 2K gameplay director Mike Wang began his adult life as a terribly unsure college student worrying over what he would do for the rest of his career. In the meantime, he regularly posted on the Operation Sports forums, freely offering his “advice” (or just gripes) to anyone who would listen.
Through a series of incredibly fortunate favors and meetings, Wang eventually found himself at the offices of NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts. What awaited him was a team of developers that amusingly recognized his username from the forums.
Excellent games and unbelievable moments were everywhere in a gaming year that started strong and never let up. Enduring franchises delivered on their long-awaited promises, surprise independent gems blew us away, and masterpieces wowed us with moments that won’t soon be forgotten!
As another incredible year in gaming comes to a close, join us in looking back at those epic moments that helped to make 2018 an astonishing year for everyone. BUT BE WARNED, there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for some of the the biggest and best games of the year, so come back later if you’re not ready. For everyone else, let’s go down the the list of the most epic gaming moments of 2018!
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Insomniac saved the best for last: Spider-Man: Silver Lining is what I wanted the first two chapters of The City That Never Sleeps DLC to be. Great character work across the board is not only fun in the moment but raises intriguing, farther-reaching implications for the story. And with diverse missions and a clear sense of resolution, this is just a much more satisfying day in the very dangerous life of Spider-Man.
Silver Lining’s story will only run you about an hour and a half at most, but its missions are some of the most varied of the three DLCs thus far, and all were a joy to play. Silver Sable’s return is a treat. I found her to be a bit forgettable in the main campaign, but with her dual desires to retrieve her gear from Hammerhead and work toward helping her home country, Insomniac has done a nice job of adding depth to her. Voice actor Nichole Elise’s strong performance proves less is more, as Sable can often say as much with an outreached hand as Spider-Man can in several puns – which she, amusingly, has very little patience for. The interplay between the two is a highlight of not just Silver Lining but of the entire City That Never Sleeps DLC trilogy.
Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon Go, have released a brief teaser for its upcoming game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. While at first the footage might seem a bit random and out of place, there are a few hints it might give about exactly what this magical mobile game has in store.
The official Wizards Unite Twitter account posted the teaser (which can be seen below), along with a caption reading: "Several riderless broomsticks were spotted flying off erratically in the Muggle world. Stay alert for any other cases of unexplained magical activity and sign up for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force!"
Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry is pretty busy in the Aquaman movie. In addition to battling his jealous brother Orm -- a.k.a. Ocean Master -- for control of the Atlantean throne, Aquaman will also be battling Black Manta, an armored sea pirate harboring a particularly nasty grudge.
But just who is Black Manta? Here's everything you need to know about Black Manta, why he hates Aquaman so much and why he has one of the more convoluted origin stories in the DC Universe.
Watch the video above to hear from director James Wan why he went full comic book with the film!
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Announced by Bandai Namco US' Twitter, Deku will be arriving with his Detroit Smash Super Move that was performed by him and All Might using the One For All Quirk.
Deku is the protagonist of My Hero Academia, an anime that will be receiving its fourth season in October 2019 and which also had a movie released in theaters, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, earlier this year.
It looks like For Honor and Assassin’s Creed, two properties from Ubisoft, will receive some sort of crossover that will be announced tomorrow.
Teased on the official For Honor Twitter account, a brief video with the caption “Nothing is true, everything is permitted” was shared, which is the Creed’s maxim itself. The video also features visuals that directly reference the Animus from Assassin’s creed, as well as the Animus logo from the fictional Abstergo Industries and various logos from For Honor. The video ends with the message “Full reveal on Dec. 20 at 12 PM EST on The Warrior’s Den livestream!"
Epic Games and The Fortnite Team have launched Retail Row, the official Fortnite merchandise store.
Named after a current location on Fortnite's map, the Retail Row store offers fans of Epic Game's battle royale shirts, a hoodie, and even a Durr Burger Onesie.
The aforementioned Durr Burger Onesie costs $70 USD and is available for pre-order now with a shipping date of late January 2019.
The Skull Trooper Pullover Hoodie costs $60 USD and will ship the week of January 21.
The graphic t-shirts, which ship as early as this month and continue on through January, cost $25 and feature the Durr Burger, DJ Yonder, and much more.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The next generation family of Xbox consoles reportedly have two codenames: Anaconda and Lockhart.
As reported by Windows Central, the two separate Xbox SKUs will theoretically act like the current Xbox One S and Xbox One X do now: Lockhart is rumored to be a more affordable, baseline model that makes the technology accessible to a larger group of consumers while Anaconda is a beefed up version that will cost more for fans willing to shell out the money for more power. Both are expected to be released by holiday 2020.
While the report suggests Lockhart could be comparable to (or a bit more powerful than) the current power of the Xbox One X, Anaconda would be much more powerful, providing a “cutting-edge console gaming experience.” Rumors also indicate that Microsoft is “exploring technology to dramatically reduce loading times,” possibly including a faster SSD hard drive. The Anaconda could also potentially act as a dev kit.
DC Comics has officially given us our first look at the Arkham Knight in Detective Comics #1000.
Reported by CBR, this marks the Arkham Knight’s latest foray into the world of comics after being introduced as the titular antagonist in Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight. The first image of the Detective Comics version of the character differs a bit from his initial portrayal, featuring larger shoulder pads, an augmented chest emblem and what appears to be an overall lower-tech suit.
Legendary Pokemon Heatran is coming to Pokemon Go.
As announced on Pokemon Go’s official Twitter account, Heatran will come to Raid Battles today at 1:00 PM Pacific Time and wil remain in the game until January 15 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time.
Another year, another slate of jaw-dropping twists across all of pop culture. As IGN looks back at the year that was, we can't help but celebrate some of our favorite unexpected developments in many of our favorite games, movies, TV shows, and comics in 2018.
Continue reading or swipe through the below slideshow to see our picks for the best plot twists of the year -- though, as the title promises, a whole year's worth of spoilers are below, so read on at your own risk.
(This post contains spoilers for The Haunting of Hill House, The Americans, Suspiria, God of War, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Red Dead Redemption 2, Searching, Far Cry 5, Hereditary, Avengers: Infinity War, This Is Us, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jane the Virgin, Westworld, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Bodyguard, and The Good Place.)
Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This week we've gathered the hosts of all the IGN podcasts to debate which platform had the best year. Watch the video above or download the podcast below.
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Mortal Kombat 11 was officially revealed during the 2018 Game Awards with a gore-filled trailer. The release date for Mortal Kombat 11 is April 23, 2019, so there's plenty of time for NetherRealm Studios to tease more characters, more editions, and other Mortal Kombat 11 extras and surprises.
With Mortal Kombat 11 only having just been announced, so far there are only 2 different versions available: the Mortal Kombat 11 standard edition, and the Mortal Kombat 11 premium edition. Right now, both versions of Mortal Kombat 11 are available for preorder.
It's been a strong year for console exclusives, with each console having at least one genuine smash hit to proudly lead it into the next. Still, it's fun to compare what Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft had to offer gamers that they could proudly say were exclusive to their platforms...so we've done just that in the slideshow below.
Media Molecule has confirmed the Dreams beta for PS4 is finally launching this week, though the general public won't have access to it this year.
After teasing the announcement yesterday, the Dreams creator beta will launch on Wednesday, Dec. 19, Media Molecule announced in a livestream today. The beta, which will not support the full game's PSVR functionality, runs through Jan. 21, and anyone who has been following Media Molecule's newsletter should receive an invitation to it. The general public will not be able to sign up for the beta until after the new year, and invitations for the public will begin to go out the week of Jan. 8.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has, in the U.S., sold over 3 million units since it launched on December 7 and the Nintendo Switch has officially become the fastest-selling console of this current generation through 21 months.
According to Nintendo's internal sales data and The NPD Group, these milestones point to the continued success of the Nintendo Switch in the U.S., which now has over 8.7 million units sold since its launch in March of 2017.
Through November of this year, Nintendo has also been the overall top-selling software publisher in the U.S., an accomplishment that doesn't even take into consideration Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was already crowned the best pre-selling Smash Bros. and Nintendo Switch title, it has now become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch and Smash Bros. game of all time.
Monday, December 17, 2018
The next Shadowverse expansion – Altersphere – will be upon us soon, and it’s one of my favourite themes yet. The set-up – as you can see in the trailer below – is that a being from another dimension is invading the world and twisting familiar characters into unfamiliar forms.
It’s a neat idea, and Cygames is clearly having fun bringing back fan favourite legendary characters in entirely new forms - and with different class alignments. Take Demonlord Eachtar, the incredibly strong Shadowcraft legendary from Tempest of the Gods. He’s returned as Holylord Eachtar, a Havencraft legendary minion. He still has the same play point cost and stat line, and still gives allied followers +2/+0 and Rush. He even still uses shadows (i.e. allied followers that have died) but instead of summoning zombies, summons Holy Cavaliers.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated to version 1.2.0 and it brings with it online connection stability in Battle Arenas, character adjustments, Pikachu/Eevee Spirits for players of Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and/or Let's Go, Eevee!, and more.
Announced by Nintendo Versus, in addition to the online connection stability, version 1.2.0 also contains "matchmaking improvements to further prioritize Preferred Rules in Quickplay."
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 holiday event in Blackout and the Winter Calling event in Zombies officially begins today for PlayStation 4 players.
Referenced on the official Black Ops 4 Reddit, both seasonal events kicked off today on PS4, and will reportedly come next week for Xbox One and PC players. In Blackout, snowballs, holiday lighting and decorations, and holiday-themed supply stashes are available for some festive flavor.
Blizzard Entertainment announced Thursday their decision to pull back further development on the multiplayer game, Heroes of the Storm.
In a blog post, Blizzard President, J. Allen Brack and Chief Development Officer, Ray Gresko commented on all the new projects they have in the works and why these changes are being made.
"We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects."
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
What does it take to make a great run-based game? Tight combat, of course. A variety of mix-and-match abilities that interact in interesting ways, certainly. Procedurally generated levels are nice. Progression and other systems that help each new run stay fun for hours and hours are definitely essential. Hades, an isometric beat-em-up from developer Supergiant Games, offers all these things even in its early access launch state, and sets its sights even higher. By blending the layered, mechanically meaningful storytelling elements of its last game, Pyre, with the addictive, almost endlessly replayable structures of games like Rogue Legacy and Dead Cells, Supergiant appears to be on its way to making a “rogue-lite” the likes of which we’ve rarely seen.
Five years after Valve’s last major game, the legendary developer proves it still knows how to make amazing things. As a Dota 2-themed digital card game, Artifact may not be what people were expecting, but it does exactly what Valve is known for: it’s something different and exciting within an established genre, housed in the most detailed and polished package possible.
Artifact sets itself apart from so many other card games that find their roots in Magic: The Gathering – a game that Artifact’s designer, Richard Garfield, created in 1993 – by splitting the playing field into three lanes and having you pick five persistent Heroes for your deck that get stronger and respawn throughout the match. While playing cards and dealing damage might be familiar to Hearthstone or Magic fans, the way Artifact makes you think about that is fundamentally different.
Epic Games announced today that it will be offering cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite to all developers for free.
Announced through the Unreal Engine website, these services have been “battle tested” by 200,000,000 players across seven platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. In the roadmap posted, the services will be free for all developers, are open to all engines, platforms and stores, and developers can "choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others” as desired.
At The Game Awards last week, Nintendo made a splash with some of the biggest surprises of the night, including Persona 5’s Joker joining Smash Bros. Ultimate and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 coming exclusively to Switch.
But some of the biggest multiplatform games receiving honors that night like Red Dead Redemption 2 or Assassin’s Creed Odyssey aren’t available on Nintendo's console.
Following the show, I spoke to Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime about Switch's third party gaps, which he attributes to the Switch’s relatively recent launch compared to other platforms.
For those who have purchased Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, you may want to check your email as your DLC code for Piranha Plant may be there waiting.
Owners of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and those who purchase a copy by January 31, 2019, will be rewarded with an unexpected brand-new fighter, Piranha Plant, in February of next year.
However, you will need to redeem a code that Nintendo will send to the email linked to your Nintendo Account to receive the new character. The problem? The email's subject line doesn't indicate a code is inside and simply says "Thanks for your purchase of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game."
With Treyarch's release of Operation Absolute Zero for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, dozens of changes have come to the game, with some new, familiar voices to the Zombies mode as well.
Helena Bonham Carter plays as Madame Mirela, Game of Thrones' Charles Dance plays the Butler, Godfrey, and Metal Gear Solid's Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Blessed voices Gideon Jones and “The Brigadier."
The new Zombies Experience, Dead of the Night, takes place in 1912 with players stepping into new characters during an evening at a luxurious estate, owned by the relic-hunter, Alistair Rhodes.
The Overwatch League has announced its 2019 schedule, which includes away games and a $5 million prize pool.
The Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign and Los Angeles Valiant will all be hosting games in their home cities — a marked change from OWL's first season, when every regular season game was played at Blizzard's Burbank Arena. Tickets for those away games will be available at a later date.
OWL has upped its prize pool from $3.5 million in 2018 to $5 million for the 2019 season. The winner of the overall 2019 season will win $1.1 million, with the runner-up team walking away with $600,000, with decreasing amounts for lower-ranked teams.
Street Fighter 5’s optional in-game advertisements are now live, and fans are angry, saddened and in some cases just bewildered by Capcom’s implementation.
Announced by Capcom last week, there are three forms the ads can take: “Ad Style” costumes with content pertaining to Capcom costumes, tournaments or the Capcom Pro Tour slapped on a character’s clothing or model, loading ads that appear in the versus screen prior to battles, and stage ads with the advertisements appearing on the floor or background of a stage. Though similar implementations have been done before, Street Fighter 5’s use of ads is particularly jarring.
In case you haven't been paying attention, the biggest gift-giving day of the entire year is less than two weeks away. That means if you've been putting off shopping, you're running out of time. Fast. Not to try to make you panic or anything, but I wouldn't put it off much longer.
One of the hottest gifts this holiday season is the Nintendo Switch. That's probably no surprise. Beloved television personality Ellen DeGeneres put the Nintendo Switch on her list of "15 must-haves" for the holidays, and she is an influencer. Her words rattle the retail world to its very core.
Considering just how massive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is, it's not a surprise players already have dozens of burning questions. We've compiled the most common inquiries by looking through a combination of searches, comments, and our very own page traffic. Here are the most wanted answers to questions Smash Bros. Ultimate players are asking, complete with explanations and links to detailed guides.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was in development for more than half a decade because it was finally released back in October, and actor Gabriel Sloyer went into the project unaware he was even working on the game.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Sloyer – who portrays outlaw Javier Escuella in the game – said it was only in "the first couple of months" that he had worked out exactly who he was playing.
"We knew because of the boots, and because of the language
Bethesda has irked PC players with the new 21:9 resolution support in Fallout 76's latest patch.
This week's Fallout 76 patch saw a number of changes roll out for the game, including adding ultrawide screen resolution support. However, players on Reddit have discovered that the new ultrawide mode appears to be nothing more than a modification to the INI file, meaning that 16:9 aspect ratio has been stretched to meet the wider resolution, rather than being a true 21:9 display.
The result is that, while the game appears to render correctly in 21:9, the UI doesn't adjust accordingly, stretching unnaturally.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is getting in the holiday spirit with the free Green Army Men Christmas Special update launching on Steam on December 11.
Tripwire Interactive has announced a Christmas-themed map as well as a seasonal helmet for all Rising Storm 2: Vietnam players. From tomorrow through the first week of January 2019, players will be able to take part in 64-player matches and assume the role of miniature toy soldiers that are gunning to control fortresses spread across a home decked to the brim with holiday decorations.
The map will let players take cover behind building blocks, use toy helicopters to access high ground, and utilize race car tracks to reach other areas. A free seasonal M1 helmet and various holiday-themed achievements will become available as well.
One of the best ways to explore Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's gargantuan roster is Smash Down mode. The mode pits players in a series of matches, but whenever a character is used, they are eliminated from the roster in the subsequent games.
We're going through the entire roster of 74 characters live tomorrow, December 11 on IGN Plays Live. Catch the action from 1-3pm PT/4-6pm ET/9-11pm UK (Wednesday, December 12 from 6-8am AET).
Stow any concerns you had of GTA Online updates drying up after the arrival of Red Dead Redemption II: Rockstar has confirmed the next big update for GTA Online is called Arena War, and it’s arriving tomorrow.
Revealed via the Rockstar Newswire, the publisher describes Arena War as the place where “ruthless gladiatorial combat meets the bleeding-edge of vehicular modification technology in one spectacular – and highly combustible – competition.”
It appears Arena War will have a career path of its own, and players will be able to earn points within Arena Mode to rank up and acquire more mental, Mad Max-style weaponised vehicles.
With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Sometimes it seems like Spider-Man is the loneliest and unluckiest hero in the entire Marvel Universe. But as it turns out, he's far from the only wall-crawling hero out there. The Marvel multiverse is full of like-minded do-gooders who use their spider-powers to defend innocent lives. And when those heroes come together, the Spider-Verse is born.
And now, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hitting theaters, what better time to delve into the history of the Spider-Verse? The film stars the voice talents of Shameik Moore (as Spider-Man/Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (as Peter Parker), Hailee Steinfeld (as Gwen Stacy), Mahershala Ali (as Miles' uncle Aaron), Brian Tyree Henry (as Miles’ father Jefferson), Luna Lauren Velez (as Miles’ mother Rio), Lily Tomlin (as Aunt May), and Liev Schreiber (as The Kingpin).
Thursday night’s Game Awards offered much in the way of glitz, glam, and game teasers -- including an exclusive look at the fourth installment of BioWare’s blockbuster Dragon Age series. BioWare has been known to offer painstaking amounts of detail in their promo art which, if deciphered correctly, has the potential to unlock oodles of secrets about Thedas, character backstory, lore and more. Remember Inquisition’s character tarot cards?
Sure, maybe we didn’t get anything quite as lush as extensive character art, but Dragon Age fans are hungry. So we’ll take a 60 second trailer.
Even if those 60-seconds are sparse in some ways, they are rich in others. Sure, four seconds are devoted to BioWare’s logo, ten of them are a hashtag, and thirty seconds are spent in a slow pan over an ancient cursed idol... But those remaining sixteen seconds? Hoo boy. We’re graced with a real doozy of a promo image, coupled with a voiceover from a Dragon Age I major character. Does any of this give a clue into Dragon Age 4? Who is the Dread Wolf and why are they rising? What does it all mean?
12/10/2018 Update: This article was originally published in May, 2018, but has been updated. A Monster Hunter: World expansion called Iceborne has been revealed, and with it, a teaser of a what we assume to be a returning monster from previous generations: the Nargacuga. Check out this slideshow for more monsters we'd like to see from past generations, and the reveal trailer for the expansion below.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World has been out for nearly a year now, and hunters may have gotten their fill of the elegant Legiana or the feisty Odogaron. With the influx of new players to the series, there are certain beasties that we think are a rite of passage for any experienced hunter.
Stardew Valley's 1.3 Multiplayer Update will be coming to Nintendo Switch on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Announced Monday by developer ConcernedApe on Stardew Valley's Developer Blog, the update will be available in North American, European, and Japanese Nintendo eShop markets.
Stardew Valley's multiplayer mode first launched on PC, Mac and Linux in August after a beta period that began last April.
With Operation Absolute Zero, Treyarch is bringing new content to all three modes of Black ops 4, including the Blackout map getting some free frosty changes, starting tomorrow.
Announced by Treyarch, the update will hit the PlayStation 4 on December 11, and soon after on PC and Xbox One. The battle royale mode Blackout will be receiving a winter flavor, with snowy additions changing foliage and softening the lighting. New smoke trails will be used to better indicate where players are dropping, and more subtle changes will be coming to Nuketown Island, Hydro Dam and Factory.
Mortal Kombat 11 was officially revealed during the 2018 Game Awards with a gore-filled trailer. The release date for Mortal Kombat 11 is April 23, 2019, so there's plenty of time for NetherRealm Studios to tease more characters, more editions, and other Mortal Kombat 11 extras and surprises.
With Mortal Kombat 11 only having just been announced, so far there are only 2 different versions available: the Mortal Kombat 11 standard edition, and the Mortal Kombat 11 premium edition.
South Korea’s National Assembly recently passed an amendment that can result in players caught boosting in online games getting charged with a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of up to $18,000.
As reported by Inven (via Dot Esports), the law is an amendment to South Korea's Game Industry Promotion Act, which already applied these punishments to crimes related to hacking, the illegal distribution and licensing of games, and more. Boosting occurs when a highly-skilled player in games like Overwatch or League of Legends is paid to artificially boost another player’s ranking by logging onto their account and winning matches for them.
Doom creator John Romero and Romero Games announced Monday on the 25th anniversary of Doom, a free megawad they are releasing for the original Doom, called Sigil.
Sigil is comprised of a total of 18 levels, with nine for single-player and nine for deathmatch that will be released in mid-February 2019. Players must own the original 1993 registered version of Doom to be able to play the new levels.
According to Romero Games, Sigil is the, "spiritual successor to the fourth episode of Doom" and will pick up right where the previous left off.
Two limited edition fan boxes of Sigil created by Limited Run Games will also be available to preorder now up until Dec. 24.
Production on a film adaptation of the novel Metro 2033 has been halted after its screenwriters struggled to move its setting from a post-apocalyptic Moscow to Washington D.C.
The rights to the film have reverted back to author Dmitry Glukhovsky, according to an interview he gave with VG247. MGM had previously acquired film rights back in 2012 and attempted to adapt it with writer F. Scott Frazier, who wrote xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Monster Hunter World has announced a raft of new updates, including a paid expansion pack called Iceborne, and a collaboration with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Iceborne will be available in Autumn 2019, and includes "new quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves and equipment". Its new story will also follow from the main game's conclusion.
Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto explained that Iceborne will be the size of previous "G" or "Ultimate" entries in the series - essentially, it should feel like a whole extra game. Pricing and an exact release date will be announced later.
In a separate update, timed for early 2019, Geralt of Rivia (fully voiced by original voice actor Doug Cockle) will also become available as a playable character (presumably through an in-game Outfit, although that's not confirmed).
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Amid the excitement of the new winter themed skins and icy map updates, Fortnite added a separate mode that elevates the already insanely popular game to a new level of depth. Fortnite Creative is big, ambitious, and inventive in its goal to give creators the tools to build their dream worlds and wildest creations.
When you have something good, make the most of it. That's certainly the mindset behind Epic's consistent updates and patches. Love it or hate it, Fortnite is a finely crafted game with a powerfully impressive engine, no matter your thoughts on the battle royale genre. It's the reason so many players are able to build towering and detailed skyscrapers one minute and an exhilarating race track with jump pads and speed boosts the next. It's the reason Creative mode was introduced.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Fortnite Season 7 is upon us and the giant update patch has added a new snowy section of the map, along with new usable planes and weapon skins.
The southwestern portion of the Fortnite map is now covered in snow. Three new locations dubbed Frosty Flights, Polar Peak, and Happy Hamlet can be found in the new winter themed area. Older areas like Flush Factory and Greasy Grove have undergone major changes. Icy surfaces cause players to slide.
X-4 Stormwing planes are the latest vehicles to join Fortnite, this time allowing you to attack from the skies. Expedition outposts are scattered about the map where players can easily find planes. Other improvements in mobility include the addition of ziplines that allow you to quickly travel to and from higher areas.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
A Bethesda Support glitch has accidentally revealed the personal information, including names, addresses, and phone numbers, of Fallout 76 players submitting help tickets.
IGN's Fortnite Streamer Showdown continues this Thursday, December 6 at 3pm PT/6pm ET.
Tune in live to see Sydnee Goodman pit MsTeamKK against Blessious in a battle on the Fortnite field. This time it’s personal.
By "personal" we just kind of wanted to add weight to this description. Nothing in Streamer Showdown concerns one's private life, relationships, and emotions. In fact, it's pretty tame. Just some harmless fun.
It's that time again. A new season of Fortnite means new features, new mechanics, and of course, a new Battle Pass.
Join us as we take a look at everything new in store for players as Season 7 of Fortnite kicks off. Catch the action live on Thursday, December 6, from 12-2pm PT/3-5pm ET/8-10pm UK (Friday, December 7, from 5-7am AET).
Capybara Games has announced that Below will officially be released for Xbox One and on Steam on December 14, 2018.
Originally revealed at Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference, Below is an action-adventure roguelike that is played from a top-down perspective and focuses heavily on exploration, a tough but fair difficulty, and permadeath.
Announced on Capybara's Twitter, Below will have you taking "a solitary journey through the haunted depths of a forbidden isle."
On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano and Max Scoville to debate what was this year's best PS4 exclusive game. In a year with both Marvel's Spider-Man and God of War, plus great PSVR titles like Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and more, the crew discusses what experience stuck with them most, and what exactly constitutes a "best" game.
Plus, the crew takes a look at December's free PS Plus games, The Game Awards rumors, and a look ahead to what's to come to PlayStation in 2019.
- Intro - 00:00
- What is the Best PS4 Game of 2018? - 1:06
- December PS Plus Free Games - 15:39
The Game Awards are right around the corner - here's how to watch them - and while the awards serve as a celebration of 2018, fans are are also tuning in for delectable hints of the games arriving in 2019 and beyond. There's still a lot of secrecy surrounding them, but we do have some idea of the surprises in store. Check out the confirmed, and basically confirmed, games that we'll see at The Game Awards in the slideshow below.
We can definitely expect more announcements, however, so check out 5 predictions of what else we'll see.
Constantin Film has hired 47 Meters Down director, Johannes Roberts, to write and direct the Resident Evil reboot, sources told Variety.
We found out last year that the Resident Evil film franchise would be getting a reboot, with a total of six films set to be in the line up.
Aquaman's James Wan will be producing the first reboot, who is known for his success in the horror genre with Annabelle and Lights Out.
Season 7 of Fortnite is set to launch tomorrow and Epic has detailed the release date and time for the start of downtime.
Season 6 will conclude at 1am PT on December 6 and downtime for the 7.00 patch will begin immediately after. Patch notes detailing any new weapons, map changes, or gameplay alterations will be released by Epic as soon as downtime begins.
In past seasons, downtime between updates lasted about an hour, but updates between seasons are typically longer.
Any replays saved before the update will be rendered useless after downtime concludes. Unlockable styles for outfits from the Season 6 Battle Pass can still be unlocked in Season 7 as long as the base skins were unlocked prior to the new season.
It looks like Ubisoft is about to announce the 11th Far Cry game since the series began 14 years ago, and this one looks to be taking aim at Bethesda's post-apocalyptic wheelhouse by possibly launching around the same time as Rage 2 (and not long after Fallout 76 cratered). Just like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon followed Far Cry 3 and Far Cry Primal followed Far Cry 4, this followup is coming hot on the heels of Far Cry 5, which came out only nine months ago. That's a whole lot of Far Cry in not a lot of time, but based on the series' mostly consistent quality, that's hard to complain about.
As you refresh your memory by scrolling through our history of IGN's Far Cry reviews, let us know which cries stand out in your mind as the farthest.
As 2018 winds down, we're looking ahead to 2019 and some of the games we'll be keeping our eyes on – and think you should too. Keep checking back on this page all month long, as we'll be debuting new videos and features almost every weekday in December.
Happy Holidays, we hope you enjoy this special edition of IGN First, and look for our January IGN First to kick off on Monday, January 7!
The Game Awards airs live on Thursday, December 6 (watch it live on IGN starting at 6pm PT/9pm ET). Over the years, host and executive producer Geoff Keighley has built the event into not only a celebration of the gaming year coming to a close but a look ahead at the one to come. With that, we’ve got a few predictions on what announcements may be in store for us at the last major gaming event of 2018.
Yeah, Reggie just downplayed anything happening anytime soon with Nintendo’s third pillar. But the fact of the matter is that they’ve probably got something to show by now, even if it’s just a CG trailer. And Keighley has a knack of getting major exclusives out of Nintendo. Look no further than 2014, when he scored a video of Miyamoto running around Hyrule from a Nintendo conference room. As someone who does this for a living, I can assure you, getting that is no easy task. Or take last year, when Zelda’s Master Cycle was revealed at The Game Awards. Point is, I think Reggie is playing coy, and Metroid is coming out to play – in some form – at this year’s event.
Ubisoft has teased what seems to be a new Far Cry game, possibly set after the events of Far Cry 5.
A teaser video (below) shows a nuclear blast going off behind what looks very much like a landscape from Far Cry 5's Hope County setting, before a buzzsaw blade is repurposed for a crossbow-like a weapon.
Aside from what seems to be a lusher post-apocalyptic setting than we're used to (well, apart from Rage 2, that is), the only other bit of information available now is that the game's listed for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
It's not totally clear if this is a spin-off, sequel, or otherwise, but Ubisoft has made clear that this is a new game entirely, rather than DLC.
Black Friday gave us one of the best PlayStation 4 deals by way of the PS4 Slim 1TB Spider-Man bundle. For only $199, you got the console and one of the best PS4 exclusives of 2018. Unfortunately, like all good things, it came to an end. In fact, it came to an end extremely fast, with retailers selling out of stock minutes after posting it for sale.
Sony's console dominance this generation means great deals on PS4 are few and far between. The Black Friday bundle wasn't just the best PS4 deal ever, it was one of the best deals of Black Friday 2018, period. While the splendor of that PS4 Slim sale is behind us, there are still ways to save on PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. These are the best PS4 deals happening right now.
Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. features dozens of characters from our favorite video game franchises beating the crap out of each other, but which fighter is the best? While you could just look at which fighters win the most competitive tournaments and call it a day, we say there’s more to it than that. We’re also looking at what each character brings to the game that’s special, how well they replicate their signature elements, and, very importantly, how much fun they are to play.
Note that this ranking includes only characters that have appeared as fighters up until Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Once we've spent some time with Ultimate and we've seen all of the DLC characters it has to offer, we'll revisit this ranking.
Epic is set to launch Fortnite Create on December 6, a brand new mode allowing you to customize your own private island which can be saved and used at any time.
Launching the new mode will set players up with their own island where games can be designed, race tracks can be crafted, and battles against your friends can be customized to your liking. Whatever is built and placed will be saved and can later be returned to after shutting off the mode.
While Creative sounds a lot like the already available Playground mode, its biggest difference is the blank canvas that is your private island. Objects like trees, cars, and even entire buildings can be placed to create your own environments. Any weapon or consumable can be spawned and up to 16 players can enter your island.
PC players can log into PUBG during December's seasonal event to get kitted out like Rudolph.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' PC players can nab themselves the Festive Beanie with Pom Pom along with a Red Nose by logging into the game during the seasonal event this month. You'll be given the items to wear for the rest of December, but if you'd like to carry them over and give them a permanent home in your inventory, you can.
"Place in the top 10 of any map or non-custom game mode ten times during the event and you’ll get permanent versions to wear all year round," reads the update.
The PlayStation Classic could have had a very different line-up, if a purported datamine of the console is to be believed.
Posted on GitHub, the code dump shows differences between the core PCSX PlayStation emulator and a custom version of that emulator, seemingly the one being used in the micro-console (the PlayStation Classic uses a port of the PCSX emulator to run its games).
If legitimate, those differences include a list of 36 games not included on the release version of the PlayStation Classic, which appear to have been tested for the micro-console, but not included.
Here's that list in full:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Though BioWare has plans to announce something Dragon Age-related this month, it appears the next Dragon Age game is still at least a few years away from being released.
Reported by VentureBeat, sources familiar with BioWare claim that the game is still in the early stages of development, saying that the studio and EA have yet to decide on a name for the upcoming title. However, it appears a final name could be decided on prior to a possible reveal at The Game Awards on Thursday.
The game was reportedly put in stasis as BioWare had allegedly shelved the game momentarily to focus on Anthem. However, official comments from the studio indicate that BioWare actively has teams working on both Dragon Age and Mass Effect games alongside Anthem.
2019's Captain Marvel movie will include several firsts for the MCU, like being set in the '90s and featuring a two-eyed Nick Fury. Perhaps the most notable new development, however, is the inclusion of the Skrulls as the main villains of the film. One Avenger against an entire cosmic empire? We like those odds.
Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) will play the Skrull leader, Talos, in the highly anticipated Brie Larson film. But who are the Skrulls, and why do they have such a bone to pick with Captain Marvel? Let's break down everything you need to know about this troublesome group of Marvel aliens. (Also be sure to read about how Marvel Studios can even use the Skrulls, who were long believed to fall under 20th Century Fox's domain as far as their film rights.)
Rockstar Games has clarified earlier comments that some Red Dead Online progress from the beta might not carry over to the final game, saying there are not any plans to reset rank or stats progression.
Rockstar said the following in an official comment: "We appreciate all the continued feedback we are receiving on the Red Dead Online Beta. For players concerned about the potential for progress and stat resets, we currently do not have any plans to reset them as part of the Beta’s rollout. We are currently still working on game stability and economy balancing for an update that we hope to release later this week. Please stay tuned for more news to come."
This follows a previous blogpost from Rockstar, where the studio said “As with many betas for large scale online experiences such as this, there is always the chance that we may need to implement rank or other stat resets in case of issues.” It’s possible this initial comment was made to safeguard against backlash in case of any technical issues that could take place between now and when the game exits beta. The newer comment suggests a reset won’t happen, though it’s not absolutely certain.
If a pair of fuzzy dice and a brief note are anything to go off of, it appears CTR: Crash Team Racing is primed for a reveal at The Game Awards.
IGN received a large, orange pair of fuzzy dice (reminiscent of Crash himself) in the mail, along with a note that reads: "Sliding into the Game Awards on 12/6... - Anonymous.” One of the die only has a six on it, while the other has the standard one-six. Combined, it adds up to a six and a 21, perhaps hinting at a Friday, June 21 (6/21) release date.
Naughty Dog has confirmed that it will not be sharing anything new from The Last of Us Part 2 at The Game Awards 2018 on Thursday.
Revealed in a tweet, the developer says it is hard at work on the game, and will be showing off more “when the time is right.” The last time Naughty Dog gave us a look at the game was at E3 back in June.
We’re looking forward to celebrating a year of incredible games at #TheGameAwards this Thursday, however, we won’t have anything new to share from The Last of Us Part II. We’re hard at work and looking forward to revealing more when the time is right! pic.twitter.com/6iP1AA8ncT