Thursday, January 31, 2019

Another Rumor Suggests a Smaller, Portable-Focused Nintendo Switch Coming in 2019

A new report suggests that a smaller version of Nintendo Switch will be released in 2019 which will cost less, but remove features to focus on portability as a result.

The report comes from Nikkei (via Gematsu) and says this move comes after Nintendo lowered its sales targets for the year from 20 million Switch units to 17 million, and is looking to launch this portable version early in order to expand its user base. Nikkei claims that Nintendo has told multiple suppliers and developers about the plans to release this smaller Switch. The rumor states this version of Switch will be made with playing outdoors in mind.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PlayStation Plus Free Games for February Announced

Sony has announced the free games coming to PlayStation Plus in February 2019, and they include For Honor, Hitman: The Complete First Season, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Announced through the PlayStation Blog, PS Plus users will also be getting a massive boost in cloud storage for game saves and character profiles, increasing from 10GB to 100GB.

The free games will become available starting February 5 and include Ubisoft’s action game For Honor and IO Interactive’s stealth compilation Hitman: The Complete First Season, which includes seven episodes and bonus content. Both games will be available to download for free until March 5.

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Every Disney World in Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3 includes eight Disney worlds — three returning (though two in a different form) and five franchises completely new to the Kingdom Hearts series.

Below, we break down each of those worlds, including the general story of each one. Be sure to check out the gallery below for world art and in-game screenshots from each location, or read on for info on each.

And, if you haven't, be sure to read our Kingdom Hearts 3 review and watch the Kingdom Hearts series' story told in, roughly, five minutes, as well as our breakdown of almost every major Disney character in Kingdom Hearts 3.

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37 of the Biggest Video Game Anniversaries in 2019

Video games are still a relatively new form of entertainment. But while games don't have the long history of other mediums, there are a number of them that are getting up there and deserve to be remembered for helping to guide the future of the art form.

With a big side of nostalgia we're remembering those games that celebrate major milestones this year: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and yes, even 40 years old now. While we can't include them all, here are just some the biggest anniversary milestones in video gaming we can celebrate in 2019!

10 Years Old

Street Fighter 4

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Christine Love on Creating Visual Novels and Inclusivity in Games

Episode 3 of Humans Who Make Games features Christine Love, the writer and developer behind popular indie games such as Digital: A Love Story, Analogue: A Hate Story, and Ladykiller in a Bind.

Adam Conover, the host of Humans Who Make Games chatted with Love about everything from how she dropped out of college to pursue Analogue: A Hate Story to incorporating queer relationships into games.

Listen to Humans Who Make Games Episode 3.

Love's only formal programming training was at a two-week long summer camp with five other kids in a basement, as she felt more connected to writing before combining the two later on.

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Exploring Rage 2’s Wasteland of Opportunity

Up until now exposures to Rage 2 have been fairly linear affairs; the barren open world expanse of Avalanche Studios and id’s post-apocalyptic shooter sequel has remained strictly off limits in favour of highlighting the game’s overhauled and overcharged combat system. For my latest hands-on with the game I wasn’t quite given the keys to the kingdom, but I was handed the keys to a rusted out bucket of bolts generously referred to as a ‘car’ and allowed to tour a small section of Rage 2’s map.

My first stop was a return to the city of Wellspring. The ramshackle sprawl of neon and rust from the original game was begging to be reexamined, but since my time with the game was limited I decided to hustle past the bulletin boards covered in job contracts, and various other NPC quest-givers, and instead trigger the main story mission. Wellspring mayor, Loosum Hagar, was locked in a power struggle with an entitled twerp named Klegg Clayton (the wealthy offspring of Mayor Clayton from the original), and I was charged with sneaking into Clayton’s high-rise office in order to plant a bug on his computer. In order to gain access to his domain, I had to first build up my celebrity status by becoming a reality TV star in a manner so ruthless it would make a Kardashian wince.

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Wargroove Review

Someone at Chucklefish clearly got tired of waiting for Nintendo to bring back Advance Wars, because Wargroove’s turn-based tactics combat is as close to a modern, fantasy-themed revival as you’ll find. But this isn’t a game that relies only on its gorgeous pixel-art nostalgia to win your love: Wargroove is a challenging and extremely fun tactics game, with great multiplayer options and a level editor strong enough to make an entire tactics game of your own.

Instead of controlling a party of bespoke heroes like in a Fire Emblem game, Wargroove gives you a unique commander and has you summon waves of disposable units mid-battle. Obviously you’ll still want to play smart and keep your troops alive, but removing that fear of losing someone with a name and a face to perma-death or having to worry about getting your favorite characters kills to level them up makes for a lighter and snappier tactical flavor.

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Sony Reportedly Shifting First Party Development Focus onto PS5

Sony is apparently having its first-party studios focus on PlayStation 5 game development, but we may not see the fruits of that labour for some time.

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad – who has previously reported inside information ahead of official confirmation – took to ResetEra to explain that, "in general, most of the focus for Sony

is on PS5 right now. It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we'll hear some whispers come out of GDC."

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Smash Bros. Ultimate: Last Chance to Get Piranha Plant for Free

The first DLC fighter is now available in Smash Bros. Ultimate, see how you can claim Piranha Plant for free before time runs out.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3: All Lucky Emblems in Twilight Town, Olympus

Find every Mickey Symbol in the first two worlds of Kingdom Hearts 3 - Olympus and Twilight Town.

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Quantic Dream Teams Up With NetEase Games

Chinese giant NetEase has acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream, the developer behind Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain.

The official announcement states that this is to “...further the development and distribution of global online games. Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently under the direction of industry veterans David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumi√®re... This strategic investment aims to support the studio’s vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company, and to develop advanced technologies and games for the future."

How the “global online” aspect of this statement applies to Quantic Dream is currently unknown, as while its games have incorporated some online social elements in the past (such as showing how many players chose specific decisions in Detroit) they are largely offline, story-based, single-player experiences.

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Resident Evil 2 Ships 3 Million Copies in a Week

Resident Evil 2 has shipped over 3 million copies worldwide, across PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

In a press release today, Capcom announced that their remake of the fan favourite game, has shipped over 3 million in its first 7 days on sale.

While it’s worth noting that “shipped” doesn’t always mean sold, this is still a notable achievement after just a week of being available, especially in January.

The original Resident Evil 2 went on to sell nearly 5 million units after its release in 1998, but with such a successful first week, the current iteration may still go on to surpass that.

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15 Essential Kingdom Hearts 3 Tips - Beginning Choices and More

Here are some basic tips and strategies to help you get started in Kingdom Hearts 3.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 Walkthrough: Get Every Treasure Chest in Olympus

Don't miss a single treasure chest in Olympus by following along our walkthrough.

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Two New Fantastic Four-Themed Suits Added to Marvel's Spider-Man

Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4 is getting two Fantastic Four-themed suits today in its latest patch - the Bombastic Bag-Man Suit and Future Foundation Suit.

Announced by the PlayStation Blog, Marvel and Insomniac are celebrating Spider-Man's connection with the Fantastic Four that dates all the way back to 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #1, where "our rookie wall crawler tried to join the team - only to end up fighting them!"

The first suit is the Bombastic Bag-Man Suit that is pulled from Amazing Spider-Man #258. In that issue, Spider-Man arrived at the Fantastic Four's headquarters wearing an alien symbiote costume that would later become Venom.

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Complete Guide to Far Cry: New Dawn's Preorder Bonuses and Collector's Editions

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Far Cry 5 went out with a bang, but it turns out the story doesn't end there. Far Cry: New Dawn, which is set to launch on February 15, brings players back to Hope County, Montana 17 years after the events of the previous game. And if you know where that one left off, you might be surprised to see just how colorful the world of New Dawn is.

If you’re looking to preorder Far Cry: New Dawn, you’ll want to know what comes in each edition, where you can buy it, how much it costs, and what preorder bonuses you can get. We have you covered on all accounts below.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Dragon Ball FighterZ: Four Characters Revealed So Far for Second Season

Dragon Ball FighterZ will be receiving six new characters in its FighterZ Pass 2, and four have just been revealed.

Following the Red Bull Final Summoning Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament, it was confirmed that Jiren, Videl, Dragon Ball Super's Broly, and Gogeta (SSGSS) will be joining the fight in the near future.

Those who purchase this second FighterZ pass will be able to play as Videl and Jiren on Thursday, January 31. As for Broly and Gogeta, they are said to be "coming soon."

Dragon Ball Game - Project Z Action RPG Announced for 2019

Dragon Ball Game - Project Z, an action RPG that looks to follow the story of Goku and Dragon Ball Z, is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Announced during the Red Bull Final Summoning Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament, Dragon Ball Game - Project Z will see players "discover the story of the mysterious Dragon Balls," and "join Goku and fellow warriors in the neverending search for the ultimate fight."

Resident Evil 2: All Safe and Lock Combinations

Find out where codes are to unlock essential gear or open locks out of sequence in Resident Evil 2 Remake.

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Resident Evil 2: Don't Miss Key Items With These Full Maps

Find out where special items and ammo are stashed in Resident Evil 2 Remake with these comprehensive maps.

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How to Complete Fortnite's Ice Storm Challenges

Here's how to identify the different Ice Brutes in Fortnite, including the glowing Elite Members and the elusive Gold Ice Brutes.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Nintendo President: Switch Successor, Price Cut Not Currently Being Considered

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has gone on record saying that a price cut and successor to Switch are not currently being considered.

This news came from an interview with Japanese newspaper The Sankei News (via a translation from Nintendo Everything). In the translation, in response to a question on how Nintendo will reach its 20 million unit sales goal within the fiscal year, Furukawa states "It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement. So, we will maintain this goal. Nintendo Switch is our primary sales objective, and we are not considering a successor or a price cut at this time."

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Red Dead Online: Free Gold and Gun Rush Fixes in Latest Update

Rockstar announced today an update for Red Dead Online aimed at addressing some matchmaking issues in the recently-added Gun Rush mode, as well as promising more free Gold Bars to players along with other upcoming changes to the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Gun Rush, a more traditional Battle-Royale-style game mode than the "Make it Count" mode that first launched in RDOnline's Showdown Series', is supposed to host up to 32 players per match - but many players have been game lobbies with half of that or less. "We identified a few matchmaking issues that we are continually working to address," reads the post on Rockstar's Newswire. "We’ve since added some minor improvements that should help generate fuller lobbies and we will add more fixes in upcoming title updates. Gun Rush is best experienced with as many competitors as possible, so if you had any issues with smaller lobbies last week, we strongly encourage you to give it another go this weekend as we are already regularly seeing much fuller matches on both PS4 and Xbox One."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/25/red-dead-online-free-gold-and-gun-rush-fixes-in-latest-update

Metroid Prime 4 Development Restarting From the Beginning

Metroid Prime 4's development is restarting from the beginning with the help of Retro Studios, developers of the original Metroid Prime games.

Announced by Nintendo, the decision was made because this fourth entry "has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series."

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Does Anthem Still Feel Like a BioWare Game?

BioWare has shown a whole heck of a lot of Anthem gameplay in the last few months. We’ve had massive IGN First features on it (all of which you can find here) and the developer has done its own weekly livestreams showing off combat, customization, and more. But through all of that, there have still been persistent questions about how putting a BioWare story into a living, shared-world shooter will play out. Most importantly, will Anthem feel like a BioWare game, or is it something entirely new?

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Cyberpunk 2077 Head Writer Joins Blizzard

Sebastian Stepien, who was the head writer for Cyberpunk 2077 and one of three creative directors for The Witcher 3 at CD Projekt Red, has joined Blizzard Entertainment.

As reported by PC Gamer, Stepien's LinkedIn profile confirms that he is now a creative director at Blizzard after working at CD Projekt RED since 2006.

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For Honor: Every Black Prior Execution and Emote

The first season For Honor's third year, Year of the Harbinger, is coming soon to season pass holders on January 31 and bringing with it a new hero – the Black Prior – while everyone else will get their hands on the new hero when it hits consoles and PC on on February 7.

In addition to the hero updates for the Shugoki, Warlord, and Peacekeeper, year 3 season 1 will bring with it a new Dominion map, Harbor, which will be accessible to all players on January 31 for free. Harbor is a port town on the shores of Lake Eitrivatnen, a strategic location that the new Black Priors once held alongside the Knights against all enemies.

You can check out more on the Black Prior and follow the official Ubisoft Warrior’s Den livestream starting right now.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Leak May Mean an End for Square Enix's Worldwide Retail Releases

Kingdom Hearts series director, Tetsuya Nomura, says that he is "reconsidering" simultaneous worldwide releases for his games.

Last month, four copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 were sold ahead of the game's release, and despite the damage control and efforts from the community to shut down any leaks before they became widespread, the experience has given Tetsuya Nomura second thoughts about how to handle the launch of his games going forward.

"Because of what happened, the risks for a simultaneous worldwide release are high, for any games that I work on henceforth, currently I cannot help but reconsider a simultaneous worldwide release for at the very least the retail package version," he said in an interview with Famitsu, via Kotaku.

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PUBG Lite Open Beta Kicks Off Today

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a free-to-play Lite version for low spec machines.

PUBG announced that its 'Lite' version is for players "who were previously unable to access the game due to the specification requirements." The open beta began today, with the devs promising exclusive content and quality of life features for PUBG Lite.

Unlike the standard version of the game, PUBG Lite will be free-to-play for its lifetime. You can check out the minimum and recommended specs below.

pub lite specs

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Review

Some of my fondest childhood gaming memories are of being wowed by the first Kingdom Hearts and its recreation of Disney worlds I knew from my favorite animated movies and shows. But even viewed through the rose-tinted glasses of 17 years worth of nostalgia, those memories pale in comparison to Kingdom Hearts 3’s colorful, varied combat and huge, lovingly detailed levels. Square Enix’s long-awaited conclusion to its beloved action-RPG trilogy is so satisfying in its gameplay evolutions that it makes me feel like a kid again, even if its story resolutions don’t think far outside the toy box.

This new set of movie-quality Disney worlds are almost all delights to explore. The sheer amount of treasures to collect and hidden Mickey emblems to discover really highlights the scale and detail of each world. They also introduce some fun gameplay options, including the chance to control toy mechs and even pilot your own ship on the high seas.

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Fortnite: Search Between Mysterious Hatch, Giant Rock Lady, and Precarious Flatbed Challenge

The eighth week of Season 7 is here and we have a map for the search between a mysterious hatch, a giant rock lady, and a precarious flatbed.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bethesda and Ubisoft Poke Fun at Rage 2, Far Cry: New Dawn Similarities

Bethesda and Ubisoft had a little fun today on Twitter while promoting their games, Rage 2 and Far Cry: New Dawn.

It all began when the Rage twitter account tweeted an image that clearly imitates Far Cry: New Dawn, which had previews drop today, and features the text "Rage 2: Newer Dawn." It also teased that Rage 2 will be getting similar coverage next week.

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The Hong Kong Massacre Review

The Hong Kong Massacre is Hotline Miami meets Max Payne on the set of a John Woo movie, and for the most part it’s every bit as violent and thrilling as that combination sounds. While the minimalist story presentation and some repeated environments and boss fights expose its slightly limited scope, The Hong Kong Massacre consistently delivers a brutal ballet of ballistics that remains gripping from the first shot fired to the last enemy downed.

There’s some semblance of hard-boiled plot backboning the experience – you play an ex-cop out for revenge after his partner was killed by triad gangsters – but it mostly serves as a vehicle for your violent shootouts. It’s told through a series of disjointed cinematics and bar room conversations, with each of the 35 levels serving as a flashback to prior events. The storytelling may be sub-standard, but the shooting is so electrifying and addictive that the only plot you really need concern yourself with is the plot you’ll bury each of your enemies in at the dead triad cemetery.

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Who Are Geras and Kronika in Mortal Kombat 11?

The first eight characters in Mortal Kombat 11 have been officially confirmed, plus a few others that we can pretty safely reserve a space on the character select screen for. And while the current roster is mostly made up of familiar faces, there are two mysterious characters that are brand new to the series. One, Geras, is a confirmed playable character, but the other, named Kronika, has only been seen in cinematic trailers. To learn more about these two newcomers, we went straight to the source, the godfather of Kombat, Ed Boon.

“Kronika is the boss of bosses. All the Mortal Kombat events that have happened, since MK1, she’s the one kind of architecting everything that’s happened,” said Boon. “Everything that’s happened has occurred according to her plan, with the goal of having Shinnok be the final victor.”

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At the Gates Review

Imagine sitting down in a concept car that has all kinds of awesome extras and amenities - things you’ve wished cars had for ages! But then you try to take it for a spin and a lot of the basic stuff that your beat-up sedan back home can do fine seem to be a challenge for this flashy wonder. Things like… brakes. That’s what At the Gates is to the 4X genre. Conceptually, there are so many reasons to be excited about it, but once you start playing it falls apart pretty fast.

Coming from Jon Shafer, the lead designer of Civilization 5, Sid Meier’s storied series is the closest point of comparison for this hand-drawn, turn-based trek through the early 400s CE. But where recent Civ entries have stuck a bit too close to familiar design space, At the Gates holds no cow sacred – and that’s the best thing about it.

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Resident Evil 2 Scared Us, and We Loved It

Beyond and welcome to another episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Beyond!

On this week's episode, Lucy O'Brien and Brian Altano join host Jonathon Dornbush to discuss Resident Evil 2 from both returning and new players' perspectives. The trio discusses how it holds up, if the modern improvements work well, and in general where the RE series goes from here.

Then, Andrew Goldfarb jumps in to discuss Dreams' current closed beta and what we've seen about it, Brian discusses his PAX South experience with Days Gone, and the trio takes part in a Trophy Test about Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus.

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Rainbow Six Siege: Extended First Look at Documentary on World's Top Players

We are proud to present an exclusive extended first look at To Win it All: The Road to the Six Invitational, an esports documentary that follows three of the top Rainbow Six Siege players in the world.

To Win it All: The Road to the Six Invitational follows Troy "Canadian" Jaroslawski (Evil Geniuses), Leo "ziG" Duarte (Team Liquid), and Niclas "Pengu" Mouritzen (G2 Esports) as they "try to balance their lives, relationships, and training all while chasing a chance to compete in the Six Invitational and win a life-changing over $1MM prize pool."

Here is our exclusive first look at the documentary and an extended introduction to Troy, Leo, and Niclas as they prepare for The Six Invitational.

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Complete Guide to Crackdown 3's Preorder Bonuses

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Fans have waited for years, but it’s finally upon us: Crackdown 3 is set to release on February 15. One of the biggest Xbox One console exclusives for 2019, Crackdown 3 is an open-world action game that pits your super-powered agent against a terrorist group called Terra Nova.

As in previous installments, the campaign finds your agent powering up until you can throw cars through the air and leap up tall buildings in a single bound. But the biggest addition comes in the cloud-powered multiplayer, where you can bring down entire skyscrapers as you hunt for enemies.

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The Best Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters, According to Pros

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for over a month now, and as the first couple of tournaments come and go, giving the best players a stage to showcase what their characters can do, the meta of the game is starting to take shape.

We all no doubt have our own convictions on what characters are the best, likely shaped by who the last characters were to 3 stock us online, but we wanted to find out what the pros think.

Just getting into Smash? Here are our picks for starting fighters:

So, we picked the brains of five professional Smash Brothers Ultimate players – ZeRo, Mew2King, Hungrybox, JTails, and DaBuz – to find out their thoughts on the current state of competitive Smash Ultimate.

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Bethesda Squashes Rumours of Fallout 76 Going Free-to-Play

Retail copies of Fallout 76 are not being pulled in preparation for the game going free-to-play.

Rumours began circulating following a video from YouTuber TheQuartering who presented a number of instances of the Standard Edition of Fallout being unavailable on Australian retailer EB Games' website and having notably low stock on Amazon.com.

In the video, he speculates that the game could be going free-to-play, with the video description reading, "Someone reached out to me from EB Games in Australia and mentioned the game was likely to go free to play."

After gathering momentum on Reddit, one player asked the developer outright on Twitter about this rumour, saying they would want a refund if the there was any truth to claims.

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From Glass to Last Airbender: Ranking M. Night Shyamalan's Movies

When he burst onto the scene with The Sixth Sense in 1999, M. Night Shyamalan was widely regarded as one of the most promising new directors in Hollywood. But his career since has had more than its share of ups and downs, resulting in successes like Unbreakable and critical and commercial duds like The Happening.

Having made a self-funded resurgence - a trail that began by taking out a $5 million dollar loan to make 2015's The Visit and then using The Visit's profits to make another low-budget scare-fest, 2016's Split - Shyamalan is now back on top, so to speak. He's still making quaint films when compared to the MCU blockbusters, for example, as his latest film, Glass, only came with a $20 million price tag,

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/23/ranking-m-night-shyamalans-movies-worst-to-best

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Announced for Nintendo Switch

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, a roleplaying card game, was announced during Nintendo's Indie Highlight presentation today.

SteamWorld Quest, the fifth SteamWorld title by Image & Form Games, allows you to lead a party into battle while crafting a deck with over 100 unique punch-cards in a hand-drawn world that combines fantasy and steampunk.

Take a party of three into turn-based battles with such cards as Kilovolt, Ice Shard, Dragon's Roar, Hot Iron, Burning Desire, and many more.

SteamWorld Quest will be Image & Form's next title following SteamWorld Dig 2, which was released in 2017. In our review, we said "SteamWorld Dig 2 retains the core gameplay loop of digging for riches, but layers in stronger RPG elements."

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Far Cry: New Dawn Gets RPG Update, Goes Beyond Hope County

Since it’s reveal at The Game Awards 2018, we’ve already learned a fair bit about the post-nuclear-fallout superbloomed world of Far Cry New Dawn, including an exclusive look as part of December’s IGN First. Recently, though, we got to sit down and roam around on our own for a few hours, and it’s clear that while this is still very much a Far Cry game, it’s trying to live up to its resurgent title.

All of the staples from Far Cry 5 are still here - taking down outposts, a co-op friendly campaign, recruiting allies (one of whom is an adorable dog, Timber, that can ride in your motorcycle’s sidecar, making this a strong contender for my GotY already), but Ubisoft is also trying to keep its apparent 2018 resolution to change up their formulas - or at least mix and match them in new ways.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/23/far-cry-new-dawn-gameplay-details-preview

Farming Simulator Joins the World of Esports With Its Own League

Giants Software have announced a "full-fledged eSports league" for Farming Simulator in Europe with a total prize pool of 250.000€.

The new league will be held in the new Farming Simulator 19 and will feature 10 tournaments across Europe. The events have progressed from bale stacking we saw in last year's Farming Simulator Championship to a competitive 3 vs 3 mode.

The 250.000€ prize pool will be made up of "big prizes" for each of the 10 tournaments, and 100.000€ in prizes at the finals.

"Competitive farming is something people enjoy for years now, but it hasn’t been done in eSports so far," said Christian Ammann, Giants Software CEO and eSports division manager, via Gamasutra.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/23/farming-simulator-joins-the-world-of-esports-with-its-own-league

Overwatch's Year of the Pig Skins Revealed

Overwatch's Lunar New Year event returns tomorrow, January 24, and the game's official Twitter account has shared some of the upcoming Legendary Hero skins.

Reaper, Hanzo, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, and Zenyatta's Year of the Pig skins have been showcased on Twitter, while we got a closer look at Tracer, Orisa, and Brigitte's event skins over on the Overwatch Korea YouTube channel.

The theme appears to be mainly focused on figures from Chinese history (mostly generals) that also appear in the historical novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/23/overwatchs-year-of-the-pig-skins-revealed

All 9 Games Featured in the Nintendo Indie Highlights Presentation

Today's Nintendo Indie Highlights presentation showcased newly announced titles, like SteamWorld Quest, and gave new details on previously announced titles, like Wargroove's release date.

We've made a rundown of each of the nine games discussed below, and we hope you enjoy a look at some of the games headed to Nintendo Switch in 2019!

Release: February 1, 2019 (Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC), with PS4 arriving shortly after.

Wargroove, which was announced back in 2017, received a new cinematic trailer and a release date of February 1, 2019. Wargroove is a turn-based tactics/strategy title that is inspired by such titles as Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. It includes over 50 hours of single player content and allows players to create and share their own maps, campaigns and stories.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Resident Evil 2 Original Avatars Will Be Coming to the Game in March

Resident Evil 2 players will be able to use classic skins from the original 1998 game, in the remake at launch if they pick up special promotional items, according to a sighting on ResetEra.

The news was announced at a Resident Evil 2 Launch party event, stating that it is part of a special Japanese promotion.

A PSN points card was seen that will unlock the original Claire and Leon skins for free. The skins will reportedly be available for everyone on March 22, however, it is unclear if this promotion is limited to Japan, or if it will come to other regions post-launch.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/22/resident-evil-2-original-avatars-will-be-coming-to-the-game-in-march

New Far Cry New Dawn Gameplay Details

A few new gameplay details for Far Cry New Dawn have been revealed by Ubisoft through a brief Q&A video on Twitter.

When responding to the question “What game mechanics changed over Far Cry 5?” creative director Jean-Sebastien Decant touched on three subjects: weapon crafting, the home base and the outpost escalation system.

Anthem: Everything We Learned After 20 Hours of Gameplay

Anthem is just around the corner and all month long we’ve been covering it as part of IGN First. For our big deep dive this month, we got the opportunity to go to BioWare and play over 20 hours of Anthem in a work-in-progress state.

With that knowledge we’ve returned to share what we learned in order to give you a better understanding of what Anthem is going to be like, and how to decipher some of its lesser-known aspects – especially if you intend on spending any time in the upcoming demo. While some of this you may already know if you’ve been following Anthem, some of it you likely don’t, so let’s get into it.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/22/anthem-everything-we-learned-after-20-hours-of-gameplay

Trials Rising Is as Fun as Ever...if You Have a Proper Analog Trigger

Let’s get the not-so-great part out of the way first: Trials Rising, the latest in the delightfully sadistic, physics-fueled motorcycle obstacle course racer, is coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time. That in and of itself is actually good; Trials on the go, yay! (Side note: the mobile version of the series, Trials Frontier, is surprisingly adept from a gameplay perspective.) But playing it with the JoyCon in multiple configurations – first with the JoyCon Grip and then using each JoyCon as its own controller in two-player mode – is far from the ideal Trials experience. Trials is at its best when you can feather a trigger to precisely moderate your gas pedal; the Switch just can’t provide that nearly as effectively as the DualShock 4 or Xbox One controllers can.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/22/trials-rising-hands-on-as-fun-as-everif-you-have-a-proper-analog-trigger

Resident Evil 2 Review

I have fond memories of playing the original Resident Evil 2 in my dorm room at the University of Kansas back in 1998 and thinking the CGI cutscenes looked incredibly realistic. (Oh, 1998 Daemon, you had so much to learn!) Another great gaming recollection of mine is playing the 2002 remake of the first Resident Evil on GameCube with its beautifully updated visuals, completely new areas to explore, and terrifying new enemies. Now, in 2019, Capcom has given me a new experience I’ll remember for a long time: this ground-up remake of Resident Evil 2 is a very fun, very creepy adventure thanks to its completely new and modern graphics, controls, and some smart quality-of-life improvements. It does squander a golden opportunity to make good use of its two playable characters, but I enjoyed nearly every gory minute of my return to Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield’s shoes.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/22/resident-evil-2-review

Monday, January 21, 2019

40 Awesome Fortnite Creative Island Codes You Can Play Right Now

Creators have already crafted incredible worlds using Fortnite Creative and we have a list of 20 island codes you can play right now.

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Did the Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Satisfy Your Bloodlust?

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This week we're discussing Mortal Kombat 11, other upcoming M-rated games, the state of graphics, and more. Watch the video above or download the podcast below.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay Deep Dive With Its Co-Director

In the same way Kingdom Hearts 3’s story looks to meld all the disparate threads from each entry in the series, its gameplay looks to be a similar melting pot of franchise history.

Refining the staples of the series — magic, summons, and good ol’ fashioned Keyblade bashing — while integrating ideas from other entries and throwing in new mechanics, there is A LOT going on in Kingdom Hearts 3’s combat. So much so that we wanted to break down as many of the different pieces as possible. And IGN got the chance to do so with KH3 co-director Tai Yasue.

Read on for Yasue’s thoughts on the many aspects of Kingdom Hearts 3’s gameplay characters can expect to encounter, and be sure to check out IGN's hands-off Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay preview for more.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/21/kingdom-hearts-3-gameplay-deep-dive-with-its-co-director

How Resident Evil 2 Achieves Horror Through Reduction

On January 25, a remake of Capcom’s iconic Resident Evil 2 is set to launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Originally published in 1998, Resident Evil 2 capitalized on the success of the series’ first title and launched to unanimously positive critical reception. This can largely be attributed to the fact that it achieved a unique kind of horror by adhering to principles of reduction: less is more. In a sense, it's particularly fitting that Resi 2 is being remade now because the most recent iteration of the series -- Resident Evil 7 -- achieved success by drawing from what made Resi 2 so good.

These principles can be seen right from the get-go. Resident Evil 2 forces fixed camera angles on the player, withholding information from them and insisting they be courageous enough to transition through the environment with a degree of blindness. Every time you trigger a change in perspective, you forfeit the advantage you gained from the previous one. You could stare at the screen for twenty minutes, but once you turn that corner you’re dropped into uncharted territory. This is always a gamble. Sometimes, you’ll be rewarded with a room full of ammunition; other times, you'll walk right into the not-so-loving-embrace of the walking dead. Could there be a Licker ready to crash through a two-way mirror? Or Mr. X distilling unease as he bursts through a brick wall after you? These awkward angles are not so much the best Capcom could do at a time of technical restriction as they are a product of meticulous horror design. 

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/21/how-resident-evil-2-achieves-horror-through-reduction

Here's How the Anthem Demo Differs From the Main Game

Mark Darrah, executive producer of BioWare’s upcoming Anthem, has given some details on how Anthem’s beta that kicks off later this week will differ from the final game.

In a series of responses on Twitter (via Kotaku), Darrah explained many of these differences. The demo will not place players at the beginning of the game, but at some point in the middle instead. There won’t be tutorials (or at least not like there will be in the main game) or the “pilot picker” - the game’s character creator. The game’s economy and overall balance will reportedly be much different in the final game as well.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/21/heres-how-the-anthem-demo-differs-from-the-main-game

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Every IGN Resident Evil Review

Twenty-two years ago the world first met Jill Valentine, AKA the Master of Unlocking, when Resident Evil made its debut and changed the face of survival horror gaming. Now, finally, in 2019 we're getting the long-awaited sequel, Resident Evil 2, this week! I wonder what took them so... wait, I'm being told there've actually been nine games and a ton of spinoffs, and IGN has reviewed pretty much all of them. (It's a good thing we were founded mere months after the first game came out!)

Here, for the historical record, are all of IGN's Resident Evil reviews, which range from 2016's predictably terrible Umbrella Corps to the series high of the still-revered Resident Evil 4. Now that you know what we thought of them at the time they came out, give us your opinion: Which ones stick out in your mind as the most terrifyingly great and the most terrifyingly worst?

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/20/every-ign-resident-evil-review

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Fortnite's Ice Storm Event Begins After In-Game Event Covers Map in Snow

Another in-game event went live in Fortnite this morning, covering the entire map in snow and kicking off the Ice Storm event.

Earlier this week, a mysterious ice sphere appeared above Polar Peak. A silhouette of the Ice King, the final reward of Season 7's Battle Pass, was visible inside. Television sets across the map began broadcasting a forecast warning with a countdown to today's event.

The event started with ice sphere exploding, fully revealing the Ice King and clearing out any storm effects in the sky. A giant icy figure appeared over the ocean and sent forth a frosty wind across the map. Once the fog settled, the entire map was covered in snow.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/19/fortnites-ice-storm-event-begins-after-in-game-event-covers-map-in-snow

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Punisher Villain Jigsaw Explained

Netflix's The Punisher: Season 1 wrapped up with the badly disfigured Billy Russo -- ex-friend of Frank Castle -- clinging to life in a hospital bed and silently vowing revenge against Castle, locking him in as the villain Jigsaw in Season 2.

And now with Season 2 of the Netflix show debuting, here's everything you need to know about Jigsaw and why he's managed to stay the one recurring thorn in the Punisher's side all these years.

Jigsaw Explained: The Basics

Given that the Punisher's entire modus operandi is killing criminals in brutal and spectacular fashion, it makes sense that his rogues gallery is pretty small compared to the likes of Spider-Man or Iron Man. Yet somehow, Billy Russo has managed to survive one encounter after another with Frank Castle, repeatedly cheating death and returning to exact vengeance on his most hated enemy once again.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/18/marvels-the-punishers-ending-explained-who-is-season-2s-villain

Fortnite Secret Skirmish Competition Announced

Epic Games has announced a special Fortnite invitational competition for next month.

The two day event, featuring $500,000 in prize money, is taking place at an as of yet undisclosed location on February 14 and 15, and will be streamed on the game's "official channels."

Competitors will include the top players from previous Open Fortnite competitions, but that's all of the info the studio is divulging for now.

"You can expect the same high-powered matches as TwitchCon and PAX, but also expect us to explore additional… operations…during the two days of competition," Epic teased in the announcement.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/18/fortnite-secret-skirmish-competition-announced

Ubisoft Apologizes to Players for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Controversy

Spoilers for Assassin's Creed Odyssey and its DLC to follow.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Creative Director Jonathan Dumont says players' response to the Shadow Heritage DLC has been a "learning experience" for the developer.

The ending of Legacy of the Blade's second installment sees the player funneled into a heterosexual relationship resulting in a baby, regardless of their actions and choices in the main game, or its DLC.

Ubisoft's initial response was to assure players that the third episode would explore "the motivation behind this relationship," adding that it is part of a "set story."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/18/ubisoft-apologizes-to-players-for-assassins-creed-odyssey-dlc-controversy

Someone Made Tanks and Planes Appear in Pirate Game, Atlas

Grapeshot Games' nautical MMO was invaded by tanks, planes, and whales after an admin account was "compromised."

One player, BurkeBlack, was streaming with some friends and whales just started appearing, causing him to exclaim, "there are whales everywhere!"

Jatheish Karunakaran, lead community manager and live producer, stressed that the breach wasn't due to a "hack, third party program, or exploit." In the official announcement (via Rock, Paper, Shotgun), Karunakaran explained that an "admin's Steam account was compromised" to "cause some devastation" over on the North American PvP servers.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/18/someone-made-tanks-and-planes-appear-in-pirate-game-atlas

Bungie Director Addresses the Future of Destiny

Destiny franchise director, Luke Smith, has made clear that Bungie's future lies with the sci-fi shooter series.

Following Bungie's split from its publisher, Smith has posted on the company website, thanking Activision and other development partners for their help on the series so far, before detailing the short and long-term plans for the series.

In the short term, Bungie's "continuing to build the content we’ve promised for the Annual Pass." Smith acknowledges criticism of the last expansion's high Power requirement, going on to say, "we want to find the line between new content that many players can play, and aspirational content for players to progress toward. We're exploring improvements to catch-up mechanics for players in upcoming seasons."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/18/bungie-director-addresses-the-future-of-destiny

Thursday, January 17, 2019

PlayStation Boss, Spider-Man PS4 Director Join DICE 2019 Speaker Lineup

PlayStation's Shawn Layden and Insomniac Games' Bryan Intihar have joined the roster of DICE 2019 speakers.

According to the 2019 Dice Summit website, Layden will open the conference with a keynote presentation, and Intihar will join Insomniac CEO Ted Price for an in-depth conversation on the development of Marvel's Spider-Man. The DICE 2019 Summit takes place Feb. 11-13 at the Aria Resort and Hotel in Las Vegas.

Acting President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Stanley Pierre-Louis, will give a talk on "What the WHO has wrong about video games." Although the DICE Summit site does not explicitly detail the contents of his talk, it could refer to the World Health Organization's recent addition of "gaming disorder" to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/17/playstation-boss-spider-man-ps4-director-join-dice-2019-speaker-lineup

The Division 2: Dark Zones and PVP Detailed

Ubisoft has detailed how Dark Zones and PvP will work in The Division 2.

Announced through Ubisoft’s official website, the Dark Zone is back - except this time, there are three distinct Dark Zones. In them, players will begin hunting enemy factions in unique neighborhoods of Washington, DC. However, players can go rogue and turn on their teammates in order to secure some powerful loot, should they choose to do so.

You can go rogue by breaking into locked chests or stealing the entirety of a Dark Zone drop, though this will reveal an indicator to former teammates that you’ve gone rogue, and you will be susceptible to their attacks. You can take out another player and become a “Disavowed Rogue,” making your red rogue icon more visible to other players. Keep killing fellow agents, and you’ll go "Manhunt Rogue," which alerts all players to your presence, and a major bounty will be put on your head.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/17/the-division-2-dark-zones-and-pvp-detailed

Here's Mortal Kombat's Entire Story...So Far

Fighting games are not typically known for their stories, but Mortal Kombat is an exception. The series has been going on for nearly 27 years now, spanning 10 mainline games, three spin-offs, and a plethora of ports. That’s a lot of plot to break down, so get comfy.

Defender of the Realms 

First, we need to understand the MK universe, which is made up primarily of realms. Realms are like planets, only instead of all existing in the same space, they each exist in their own separate dimension. There are a total of eight realms, but to keep things simple, we're going to focus on the four most notable ones, which are:

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/17/heres-mortal-kombats-entire-storyso-far

7 Important Changes Coming to The Division 2

I played a lot of The Division when it came out. Going by its record-breaking sales numbers, you probably did too.I got close to level cap, spent a bunch of time in the Dark Zone – getting screwed over, and occasionally, screwing over others – and had a brilliant time. Then I stopped and never went back.

The Division was a huge success for Ubisoft – it broke a company sales record – but that drop-off is something the sequel wants to address. Its developer, Massive Entertainment, wants more people to be playing The Division 2 for longer, and to achieve that the team is Sweden is making a host of changes – some big, some subtle – to the sequel.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/17/7-important-changes-coming-to-the-division-2

Death Stranding: Kojima Shows Off 2 Hours of the Game Privately

Someone outside of Kojima Productions finally knows what Death Stranding actually is. Sadly, it's not us.

Hideo Kojima has shown off the first two hours of gameplay to developers at Horizon: Zero Dawn studio, Guerrilla Games.

However, don't take that to mean it's ready for the rest of us yet – Kojima Productions head of marketing and communications, Aki Saito makes clear that the game isn't yet complete:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Up for Preorder: King K Rool, Piranha Plant, Ice Climber, and Shovel Knight Amiibo

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Just when I thought I was out of the amiibo game, Nintendo pulled me back. The newer amiibo are so much more detailed, and delightful, than the original releases, and they're perfect collectibles for any video game fan. I don't have all of them, but I do have a substantial, and growing, collection. If you're like me, you struggle with amiibo addiction, but also, you still give in to it.

We're still waiting on availability for the Super Smash Bros. versions of Pichu, Daisy, Ken, Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont, Chrom, and Dark Samus. The first wave of new amiibo, including Inkling Girl, Wolf, and Ridley, came out at the start of December. If you didn't grab them, or the Octoling 3-pack, there's still hope. The Octoling 3-pack is on Amazon and GameStop. You can also find Ridley in-stock at Amazon and GameStop. The Inkling Girl Smash Bros. amiibo is at GameStop, and you can grab the Wolf amiibo at Best Buy.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/up-for-preorder-king-k-rool-piranha-plant-ice-climber-and-shovel-knight-amiibo

Fortnite Made the Most Annual Revenue of Any Game in History Last Year

Fortnite made a whopping $2.4 billion in revenue last year and now holds the record for the most annual revenue of any video game in history, according to SuperData's Year in Review - and that's not including figures from Android or its PvE mode, Save the World.

SuperData also reports that 34% of all US players "regularly" bought Battle Passes, contributing to last year's impressive figures.

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Every Star Wars Game EA Has Released...and Canceled

Electronic Arts has had a somewhat tumultuous relationship with Star Wars since it acquired the franchise's exclusive game license in 2013. At the time, EA announced three of its top studios — DICE, Visceral Games, and BioWare — would be developing games set in a galaxy far, far away. Nearly six years, a studio closure, and a handful of canceled projects later, DICE is the only EA studio to have put out a AAA Star Wars game, leading many fans to question the publisher's plans for the franchise.

Now, following yesterday's reported cancellation of EA Vancouver's open-world game, we've decided to look back and compile a complete list of EA's Star Wars projects, including games that've been released, games that've been canceled, and those that are still in development.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/every-star-wars-game-ea-has-releasedand-canceled

Super Meat Boy Creator's Personal Approach to Game Design

Welcome to Humans Who Make Games, a new podcast hosted by comedian Adam Conover that takes a deep dive into some of the most beloved games today with the brilliant designers behind them.

On the first episode, Conover chats with Edmund McMillen—the mind behind indie hits like Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac—about how he got started making games, the origin of his signature gruesome aesthetic, and the very personal approach he takes to designing games.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/super-meat-boy-creators-personal-approach-to-game-design-a-humans-who-make-games-episode-1

The Division 2: Ubisoft Announces Private Beta Dates

Ubisoft has announced that the private beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will begin in early February.

The beta will last from February 7-10. Players can gain access to the beta by pre-ordering the game or by registering for limited spaces through The Division’s website. While details weren’t given, the beta will allow for players to “Experience the dangers of post-pandemic Washington, DC."

A new story trailer was also released by Ubisoft today, which begins with the lines: “After we survived the initial attack in New York, our capitol needed us. But with the country slipping into civil war, who can we trust?” It goes on to describe that those left by the beginning of The Division 2 survived the viral outbreak that crippled America, but the struggle is far from over.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/the-division-2-ubisoft-announces-private-beta-dates

Tokyo Disney Hotel Getting Kingdom Hearts Rooms, With Keyblade Keys

Kingdom Hearts themed hotel rooms are set to open up in Japan's Tokyo Disney Resort starting in March of 2019.

The Disney Ambassador Hotel in Tokyo Disney Resort is making over a number of its rooms with a Kingdom Hearts theme, and guests will be given special room keys in the shape of Sora's Keyblade to get in and out. Kotaku reports that upon checking out, visitors will be given two sets of Keyblade keys and Kingdom Hearts postcards as a memento of their stay.

The key comes in a presentation box and unlocks the rooms that contain headboards, tables, and artwork all featuring characters and themes from the series.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/tokyo-disney-hotel-getting-kingdom-hearts-rooms-with-keyblade-keys

Will Metro Exodus Finally Take Metro Mainstream?

When IGN last checked in with Artyom’s latest post-apocalyptic adventure Metro Exodus at E3, we were less than impressed with the technical issues that plagued our time with it and, a month before release, there are still a few signs that things aren’t totally okay. A few crashes, a few hard locks and a moment where it tried to load a save file from a totally different sequence can be put down to the fact the game was running on developmental kits, but some other bits and pieces indicated that perhaps this isn’t going to be the big breakout title for the Metro series.

There’s some really aggressive motion blur on the console version (which in this build, couldn’t be turned off) which makes turning a bit headache inducing. Guns feel heavy, movement feels awkward and bullets feel ineffective, but all of that is entirely by design. Survival in the Metro world isn’t supposed to be a walk in the park. Even with thumbstick sensitivity ramped all the way up to the top of the sliders, it still feels like Artyom is covered in a nuclear treacle. When being pursued by some ghouls through a warehouse, climbing scaffold in an attempt to get to the safety of the rooftops, I fell off a couple of times because I couldn’t turn fast enough or with enough precision. And, although a stealthy approach is recommended, I found it way too easy to rush down a pack of bandits and use the melee kill attack right in front of them, because the AI just didn’t cope with the rush-in strategy!

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/metro-exodus-new-hands-on-will-exodus-finally-take-metro-mainstream

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review

I felt a rush of excitement every time I booted up a new game in the Death Drive Mk II. The fictitious game console essentially acts as the level select in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and I was always curious to see what developer Grasshopper Manufacture had cooked up next. But after watching each of its seven games’ charmingly nonsensical opening cutscenes, the ensuing action rarely surprised and too frequently turned tedious.There are moments where renowned designer Suda51’s brilliant touch is on display, but this cobbled together collection of disjointed parts never quite hits its stride.

In typical Suda51 fashion, Travis Strikes Again has an off the wall story. Taking place years after the events of the first game, Travis has moved to a camper in the woods to spend his days playing the Death Drive Mk II, an elusive and dangerous system with a dark backstory. Travis’ retirement gets interrupted by the father of Bad Girl, one of the assassins Travis killed in the original, before both are absorbed into the Death Drive itself.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/16/travis-strikes-again-no-more-heroes-review

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fortnite: Orange Shirt Kid's Mom Joins Ranks of People Suing Epic Over Dances

Rachel McCumbers, the mother of a young Fortnite player who submitted a dance for Epic's Boogie Down competition last year, is now suing the developer for including her son's dance in the game.

Orange Shirt Kid, as he became known on the internet, didn't actually win the contest, but placed 23rd in the list of runner-ups. However, his video garnered over one million views and a petition soon popped up requesting that Epic crown him the winner instead.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/15/fortnite-orange-shirt-kids-mom-joins-ranks-of-people-suing-epic-over-dances

Complete Guide to Kingdom Hearts 3 Preorder Bonuses

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After what seems like an eternity, the release date for Kingdom Hearts III is nearly upon us. There are several different versions of Kingdom Hearts III to chose from when considering your preorder needs. If you're hoping to get your hands on one of the limited edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro consoles announced back at E3, the bad news is they're all gone.

In fact, preorders for the Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro came and went within a matter of hours. The GameStop-exclusive console sold out soon after it was made available, but  there are still plenty of other ways to get your hands on the game itself, including special editions and preorder bonuses.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/15/kingdom-hearts-3-release-date-collectors-edition

Jurassic World Evolution Sells 2 Million Copies

Jurassic World Evolution is Frontier Development's "biggest launch to date."

Frontier has announced that Jurassic World Evolution has sold two million copies since its release in July 2018, making it the studio's biggest launch so far.

Planet Coaster, launched in November 2016, has also hit the two million mark. The company's third self-published title, Elite Dangerous, which had a staggered release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, has sold over three million copies.

"We are very pleased with the success of Jurassic World Evolution, which has been our biggest launch to date," said CEO David Braben, via GamesIndustry.biz. "Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster also continue to perform well, as our strategy of supporting, nurturing and enhancing each of our game franchises continues to deliver."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/15/jurassic-world-evolution-sells-2-million-copies

Monday, January 14, 2019

Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC – Legacy of the First Blade: Shadow Heritage Review

The second episode of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Legacy of the First Blade DLC, Shadow Heritage faithfully follows the formula Ubisoft laid out in Episode 1: Hunted. Fortunately, that formula works just as well this time around, drip-feeding us small doses of faction backstory, while focusing on the drama of its characters. With another branch of cultists to track down and murder, a couple of new tricks of the trade to put to use, and some well-delivered moments between characters, Shadow Heritage is yet another good 3-5 hour serving of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Shadow Heritage picks up shortly after the events of Hunted, and you’re once again working with the mysterious character from Assassin’s Brotherhood lore. This time around there’s less historical backstory to enjoy, with the focus shifting toward the current machinations of the Order of the Ancients in their pursuit of Alexios or Kassandra. Like Hunted, this episode doesn’t add much to Odyssey’s now-defined gameplay recipe: help the people of Greece in exchange for clues, track down targets, and kill cultists. But it still works.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/14/assassins-creed-odyssey-dlc-a-legacy-of-the-first-blade-shadow-heritage-review

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Zelda: Yiga Clan Hideout Walkthrough

Find out how to navigate the Yiga Clan Hideout without getting spotted in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/13/zelda-yiga-clan-hideout-walkthrough

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Interactive Map

See the entirety of Greece and exactly where to find everything you'd need, like Ainigmata Ostraka and tombs.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/13/assassins-creed-odyssey-interactive-map-2

The Early Days of Blizzard With Co-Founder Allen Adham

It’s been an interesting time for Blizzard of late. 2018 was particularly turbulent, with a lot of changes within the company, from the departure of long-running president and co-founder Mike Morhaime, through to shake-ups on other teams, such as major turnover on Hearthstone’s Team 5. Even BlizzCon, usually a celebration of all things Blizzard, turned toxic after the ill-advised BlizzCon reveal of Diablo Immortal. And then, to close out the year, there was the announcement that development on Heroes of the Storm would be scaled back and its esports program axed.

Of course, the year held plenty of highlights for the company too. There was the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, which drew a wide range of viewers and fan support from across the globe, while World of Warcraft received a brand-new expansion in the form of Battle for Azeroth, among many other updates to the studio’s stable of titles.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/13/the-early-days-of-blizzard-with-co-founder-allen-adham

Just Cause 4: All Ancient Statue Locations

We've tracked down every one of these collectible relics so that you don't have to.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/13/just-cause-4-all-ancient-statue-locations

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 Speedrun Marathon Raises $2.39 Million for Charity

Awesome Games Done Quick, a charitable annual speedrunning marathon, closed its 2019 event raising a total of $2,394,668 for Prevent Cancer Foundation.

The event, held in Rockville, Maryland from January 6–13, saw over 2,200 attendees and was broadcast on Twitch with 219,240 peak concurrent viewers. With this latest haul, Games Done Quick has raised over $19 million for charities around the world, including Doctors Without Borders, Organization for Autism Research, and CARE. This year’s charity, Prevent Cancer Foundation, is among the leading US health organizations devoted to the early detection and prevention of cancer.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/13/awesome-games-done-quick-2019-speedrun-marathon-raises-239-million-for-charity

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Resident Evil 2 Starts 2019 on a High Note

2019 is kicking off with a few tentpole releases in January alone, including the remake of Resident Evil 2.

On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush, along with Lucy O"Brien and Brian Altano, break down why they're excited for the remake of the PlayStation classic horror experience. Watch the clip above to see the trio discuss the remake as fans of the series and as relative newcomers to this particular entry.

If you enjoyed that discussion, be sure to check out this week's full episode of Beyond, in which we discuss whether we want the PS5 soon, and tune in every Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT for new episodes of Beyond.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/12/resident-evil-2-starts-2019-on-a-high-note

Zelda BotW: How to Find the Master Sword

See how to navigate the Lost Woods, and just how early you can obtain the legendary blade in Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/12/zelda-botw-how-to-find-the-master-sword

Pokemon Let's Go: Where to Find Green

See where to go to continue your adventure after defeating the Elite Four in Pokemon: Let's Go.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/12/pokemon-lets-go-where-to-find-green

Friday, January 11, 2019

Alien: Blackout Is Both Fun AND Microtransaction-Free

On the news that the next video game set in the Alien universe was to be on mobile devices, there was some understandable vocal disappointment. We haven’t had an Alien game since 2014’s (divisive) Alien: Isolation, and that game was good enough to leave fans hungry for more of that idiosyncratic cat-and-mouse tension. The good news is, then, that Alien: Blackout is going all in on delivering that tension; albeit on smaller platforms and on a smaller scale.

Set between Alien: Isolation and 1986’s Aliens – it’s not a direct sequel to Isolation but it does take place some time after it – FoxNext and D3 Go!’s Alien: Blackout sees Amanda Ripley on a broken space station, once again isolated, with a stalking xenomorph on board. A small crew of four with a broken ship stumble across the station, and essentially it’s up to Amanda to keep them and herself alive, from the confines of a security terminal with a limited power supply, across seven levels. She’s also doing it all against an eight-minute timer; once the clock runs out, so does your power. Blackout.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/11/alien-blackout-hands-on-dont-panic-a-its-fun