Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time Stories Plays like Batman Meets Quantum Leap

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I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite things in the entire world.  A game that implements mystery solving, combat with big consequences, adventures throughout alternate histories and worlds, and an enigmatic universe filled with lore and supernatural intervention to take you and a group of friends on vastly different experiences that you’ll likely never forget.

This game is called Time Stories, and its nine and a half diverse scenarios have taken me all throughout human history – eight and a half of which arrived as expansions after the base set launched in 2015. Four years later, its latest expansion, Madame, is closing out the current iteration of the game, with the following expansions ushering it into entirely new territory. I’ll get to my impressions of Madame later on, but let’s start with what Time Stories actually is first.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/30/time-stories-plays-like-batman-meets-quantum-leap

People Are Dissecting Details From Leaked Borderlands 3 Footage

A 26-second long clip of what appears to be Borderlands 3 has been discovered by eagle-eyed gamers on Twitch.

User vestan uploaded the clip to ResetEra, and it has since done the rounds on various other forums. Allegedly the footage was found on a Gearbox Twitch channel that was testing Borderlands 3’s new Echocast feature, and re-uploaded after the original video was taken down.

The clip itself features very little in terms of traditional gameplay, but what it does show informs us of several new details. The UI shows off the fact that weapons now have multiple firing modes that can be swapped between using the d-pad. In the case of the gun being used in the clip, that relates to rate of fire, but a weapon found in a chest can change between fire and radiation elements. Radiation is a new element, and could possibly replace the previous games’ slag.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/30/people-are-dissecting-details-from-leaked-borderlands-3-footage

Red Dead Online Open Target Races Now Available for Xbox One

Xbox One users are now able to play Open Target Races in Red Dead Online, along with receiving exclusive bonuses for the week.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/30/red-dead-online-open-target-races-now-available-for-xbox-one

Monday, April 29, 2019

Best PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro Deals and Bundles This Week

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If you're interested in buying a PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro, you've come to the right place. We've clicked through all the retailers that sell PlayStation consoles and compiled a list of the best deals available right now. And if you're new to the PS4 platform or would like some additional information about PlayStation services and accessories, we have you covered there too, along with other buying information you might find useful.

One thing to keep in mind: since the PS4 is the best-selling game console this generation, retailers don't have much incentive to offer discounts. So while the PS4 deals we've found can save you a few bucks, the savings usually aren't that big outside of Black Friday.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/29/best-ps4-slim-and-ps4-pro-deals-and-bundles

The Latest Days Gone Update Addresses Audio Bugs, Save Issues, and More

Here are the full patch notes for Days Gone Update 1.05.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/29/the-latest-days-gone-update-addresses-audio-bugs-save-issues-and-more

Mortal Kombat 11: Don't Miss These Krypt Key Item Locations

Unlock even more areas of Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt with the locations of these Key Items.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/29/mortal-kombat-11-dont-miss-these-krypt-key-item-locations

How to Get 2,150 Apex Legends Coins for 99p

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With the number of players jumping into Apex Legends sky-rocketing, it's only natural demand for new skins and unlockables to increase. It's possible to earn new cosmetics simply by playing, but purchasing Apex Legends coins is a fast-track way to getting extras (although you're not guaranteed to get what you want).

Apex Legends coins are only used to unlock cosmetics, characters and weapons - they do not provide any actual advantage in the game, so it's not 'pay-to-play' via the currency,

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/29/buy-apex-legends-coins-cheap

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 ReMIND DLC Reportedly Announced

Shortly after the release of Kingdom Hearts 3's first free DLC, word of paid DLC has come from a recent Kingdom Hearts concert in Tokyo, Japan.

Twitter user YanilynGaming reportedly attended the concert and confirmed that Kingdom Hearts franchise director confirmed a bit of paid, and free DLC, on the way. The paid DLC is known as Kingdom Hearts 3 ReMIND. According to Yanilyn, the paid aspect will include an additional scenario known as ReMIND, as well as a "Limit Episode + Boss," a new Secret Episode plus a boss, and an English voiceover option for the Japanese version of the game.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/27/kingdom-hearts-3-remind-dlc-announced

How to Complete the Avengers: Endgame Challenges in Fortnite

Get control of Thanos and deal damage using the mythical Avengers weapons in Fortnite's Endgame challenges.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/27/fortnite-endgame-challenges

Mortal Kombat 11 Krypt: How to Unlock Everything

Our guide to the Krypt and its many secrets comes equipped with maps, secrets, and key items listed in every nook and cranny.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/27/mortal-kombat-11-krypt-how-to-unlock-everything

Up at Noon: Avengers: Endgame Bathroom Hacks, DC Villain Movies and Mortal Kombat Klassic

Up at Noon is back with some relaxed, goofy, informative (?) weekend content on IGN as the second episode of our newly rebooted weekly comedy variety show is here to make your Saturdays suck less!


This week on the show!

Mortal Kombat 11: How to Farm Soul Fragments

Find out how to best accumulate the Soul Fragment currency to get lots of treasures in Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/27/mortal-kombat-11-how-to-farm-soul-fragments

Get Every SteamWorld Treasure Chest with These Maps

We've found every chest and marked them on maps for you to find.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/27/get-every-steamworld-treasure-chest-with-these-maps

Friday, April 26, 2019

Why Hearthstone Esports Was Overhauled for 2019

Hearthstone’s World Championship is happening in Taipei right now (you can watch the stream here), with the 16 best players in the world competing for their share of a USD $1 million prize pool. It would be a gripping tournament for that reason alone, but it’s a notable event on a number of other levels too. This tournament is the swansong for the Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT), which has been replaced by Masters and Grandmasters, as well as for the Conquest format, which has been replaced by Specialist, where players bring a single class to tournaments. They’re seismic shifts, and the landscape for the rest of 2019 looks completely different to anything we’ve seen before.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/25/why-hearthstone-esports-was-overhauled-for-2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Days Gone: Best Skills to Get First

We think these nine skills are essential to making your life easier in Days Gone.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/25/days-gone-best-skills-to-get-first

Persona 5 Scramble Announced for Switch and PS4

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, a musou spinoff of the mainline Persona series, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Announced during the Persona Super Live 2019 concert via a brief Japanese trailer, Persona 5 Scramble is being created as a collaboration between Atlus and Koei Tecmo’s Omega Force team, known for its work on the Dynasty Warriors series. According to Persona Central, it’s being labeled as the first action RPG in the Persona series.

While little is known about the game, the trailer clearly shows Persona 5 Scramble as a musou game, where Joker fights against large hordes of enemies all at once. The game currently has no official release date, though an official website has gone live.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/25/persona-5-scramble-announced-for-switch-and-ps4

Days Gone Review

Days Gone kicks off relatively simply: you play as a biker riding through an open-world zombie post-apocalypse, seeking answers around his dead wife and smashing enemy faces in with crunchy, weighty melee weapons. Sometimes, there are spectacular hordes of them. So far, so straightforward. Yet through its 60-odd-hour ride, Days Gone loses its focus with repetitive missions, a meandering and thematically unsatisfying storyline, and an excess of bugs and busywork. When you slow down for a minute or two, these issues combine with a dreary, uninteresting open world and add up to an uneven and mostly toothless zombie experience.

For a gruff biker dude traveling through a zombie-infested (okay, they’re technically virus-infected humans called Freakers, but functionally the same thing) Oregon, Deacon St. John is an endearingly gentle and sweet-natured protagonist. His gruff charm and unassuming ‘I ain’t no leader’ demeanor is mostly well voiced by Sam Witwer (AKA Darth Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars), aside from moments where he inexplicably yells during stealth missions and an occasional tendency to over-act in more frantic sequences.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/25/days-gone-review

Fortnite X Avengers: Endgame Event Goes Live Today

Epic Games has announced Fortnite: Endgame, the Avengers crossover event that launches today.

After days of teasing, a new trailer shows Thanos and his army of Chitauri walking across the Fortnite map, before a team of Fortnite characters turn up and take out one of the Titan’s troops with Captain America’s shield. The squad can be seen wielding Hawkeye’s bow, Thor’s Stormbreaker axe, and Iron Man’s repulsor gauntlets.

The update’s patch notes describes the event as a fight against Thanos and his army, who are tracking down the six Infinity Stones. Players are divided into two teams - Team Thanos and Team Heroes - and the mode supports respawning until specific conditions are met.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/25/fortnite-x-avengers-endgame-crossover-event-goes-live-today

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mario Kart Tour Closed Beta Announced for Android

Nintendo is now accepting applications for the closed beta test of Mario Kart Tour on Android devices ahead of its release this Summer.

Android owners can sign up for the Mario Kart Tour closed beta by clicking here between April 23 and May 7 at 7:59pm PT/10:59pm ET. Nintendo does warn, however, that the number of participants will be limited and the lucky few may be chosen randomly if too many people sign up.

The closed beta is currently scheduled to run in Japan and the U.S. from May 22, 2019 through June 4, 2019 and Nintendo cautions these dates may change without any warning.

As of this writing, there is no word on if or when an iOS closed beta may happen, but fans can rest easy knowing the full game will arrive those devices.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/mario-kart-tour-closed-beta-announced-for-android

Imperator: Rome Review

Tackling the tumultuous years of the Roman Republic’s rise to power in a grand strategy game is no easy task, but Imperator: Rome proves Paradox is definitely up to it. This is a game built on columns of interesting internal politics, a fun and involved warfare system, and an enormous and detailed map stretching from Ireland to India with strategic elements that make previous Paradox games look downright archaic. I can’t give nearly as much praise to the interface or the mechanics for tribal nations, unfortunately, but Imperator still may set a new standard for historical grand strategy.

Imperator’s real-time historical sandbox gameplay is probably most comparable to Europa Universalis 4 at its heart, but it weaves in strong ideas from many of Paradox’s other games as well: population units from Victoria, characters and traits from Crusader Kings, and army automation from Hearts of Iron. There is a lot to keep track of, even for a Paradox game, to the point where it can feel a bit messy. But Crusader Kings 2 remains my favorite strategy game ever partly because it's messy; Imperator feels like a return to a messier age of Paradox games, which is honestly refreshing in a way – except that the interface doesn't keep up with the times.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/imperator-rome-review

Guessing the PS5's Price


On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano and (temporarily by) Seth Macy to discuss more PS5 news, Kingdom Hearts 3's Critical Mode update, March NPD results, and more.

Jonathon is also joined mid-episode by Camouflaj's Ryan Payton to discuss the making of Marvel's Iron Man VR.


  • 2:20 - News Crunch
  • 47:50 - Marvel's Iron Man VR Interview with Ryan Payton
  • 1:08:15 - NPD March Results!
  • 1:14:51 - Memory Card
  • 1:18:20 - What We're Playing/Outro

Download or listen to the show on these platforms:

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/guessing-the-ps5s-price-beyond-episode-588

Mortal Kombat 11 Has a Really Cool Story Mode

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game podcast. This week we're discussing Mortal Kombat 11, Square Enix's hot new E3 slot, Castlevania, and more. Watch the video above or hit the link below to your favorite podcast service.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/game-scoop-527-mortal-kombat-11-has-a-really-cool-story-mode

Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date Announced

Nintendo has announced the release date for Super Mario Maker 2.

The follow-up to 2015's Super Mario Maker will launch on June 28th, 2019 on Nintendo Switch. The information came by way of a post on Nintendo America's official Twitter account.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/super-mario-maker-2-release-date-announced

The 11 Worst Mortal Kombat Characters of All Time

Some amazing characters have appeared in the MK universe over the years... these are not them.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/the-11-worst-mortal-kombat-characters-of-all-time

The Next Call of Duty May Have Just Been Revealed in the Strangest Way

Several NFL and college football players attended a private Activision event to test out the new Call of Duty, and may have revealed the title of the 2019 game.

The event, which has been attached to the hashtag on social media as #CallofDutyPartner, shows various 2019 NFL draft prospects such as WR Riley Ridley and WR N'Keal Harry, along with NFL players from the Tennessee Titans, including WR Tajae Sharpe and CB Logan Ryan, attending the event.

A video was uploaded to Reddit from one of the players' Instagrams, and was slowed down with subtitles added, that may have shared the newest title while playing the upcoming game.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/the-next-call-of-duty-may-have-just-been-revealed-in-the-strangest-way

Blizzard Announces New Workshop Mode for Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the Workshop for Overwatch, a mode that expands customization features available to players in the game browser.

Announced through the official Overwatch website, the Workshop is a "simplified game scripting system that expands the customization features available in the Game Browser.” The Workshop is available through Overwatch’s public test region (PTR) server.

On top of already established Overwatch game modes, players can create a script and add rules and unique play conditions to their games. These rules can be applied to movement speed, abilities, damage and healing mechanics, displaying text under certain conditions and more. One specific theoretical mode described was Molten Floor, where a hero will catch fire if they’re on the ground, necessitating players to frequently jump and look for objects to move across.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/blizzard-announces-new-workshop-mode-for-overwatch

Days Gone Free DLC Confirmed, New Difficulty Mode Coming in June

With Days Gone only being a couple days away, Bend Studio has begun talking about the free DLC that will give players a new difficulty mode, new challenges, and much more this June.

Announced on the PlayStation Blog, game director Jeff Ross explains that this DLC will include the 'Survival' difficulty mode that will challenge Days Gone players with "increased difficulty settings, no fast travel or Survival Vision, and an immersive HUD that removes maps and indicators from the gameplay screen."

The goal of this new mode was to immerse players even further and really "ratchet up the tension to make this the definitive survival experience."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/days-gone-free-dlc-confirmed-new-difficulty-mode-coming-in-june

World War Z Review

Some of my favorite gaming moments stem from co-op sessions with friends, and the chaos that can ensue when all your careful plans start to go awry. World War Z is a competent but basic shooter that seems designed to foster those sorts of memorable moments, and that is surely its greatest strength. It’s a good venue for a group of four friends to get together, topple massive zombie hordes, maybe save a few survivors here and there, and laugh about it when the results roll in. There’s nothing revolutionary or even that remarkable about World War Z, but the formula it follows is proven to be fun.

Comparisons between World War Z and the Left 4 Dead series are more than justified – unavoidable, even, as Valve’s decade-old series is still revered today for its fast-paced action and ability to throw dozens of raving zombies at you at once. Ever since, there’s been a certain set of guidelines one looks for when dealing with co-op zombie shooters. World War Z neatly checks every box on that list while upping the amount of zombies that can be on screen at a time considerably.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/world-war-z-review-4

Someone Beat Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Using Donkey Kong Bongos

While most have a hard enough time getting through Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice with a standard controller, one daring individual managed to beat the game using Donkey Kong Bongos.

ATwerkinYoshi, known for using bizarre controllers in his gaming runs, posted a video of him beating Sekiro's final boss using two sets of DK Bongos on Reddit. His DK Bongo run reportedly took 10 hours, with 131 total resurrections and 31 deaths at the hands of the game’s final boss.

At the beginning of this rhythmic run, ATWerkinYoshi posted a series of images on Imgur showing his DK Bongo Sekiro setup. He modified the bongos to work with the game, with one pair largely acting as his directional inputs and the other mostly used for attacks and parrying. He had to sacrifice camera controls in order to make the setup work, which he claims made seeing above or below him difficult. Considering he managed to beat the entire game this way, it appears to have paid off.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/someone-beat-sekiro-shadows-die-twice-using-donkey-kong-bongos

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Coming to PC Next Week

Ubisoft announced today that Starlink: Battle for Atlas’ anticipated Crimson Moon update will go live on April 30, alongside a surprise PC release on the same day and previously announced paid DLC for new Star Fox content on the Nintendo Switch version.

The Crimson Moon update will add new pilots, ships, weapons, and story missions to Starlink. It will also include a new coliseum combat mode with rankings and leaderboards, and as well new one and two-player racing tracks. More information can be found here, including details on paint jobs for your ships.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/starlink-battle-for-atlas-getting-pc-release-new-star-fox-content-next-week

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Thinblood Disciplines Revealed

Paradox Interactive has revealed more information about the background and disciplines for Thinbloods in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, which the player will begin the game as.

Thinbloods are a second-class group of vampires who have abilities that are weaker than the "great clans." Though players will begin as a newly embraced Thinblood, they will eventually have the choice to join one of these five "full-blooded Kindred clans.

Paradox has released an animated trailer that you can see below that gives a glimpse of some of the lore and powers the Thinbloods possess, with further clans being revealed in the coming weeks.

Thinbloods may be a recent and weaker strain of vampires, but Seattle's leadership has been "uncharacteristically tolerant" of them. Seattle recently became under Camarilla control, and while Thinbloods still have the opportunity to "navigate their way into the higher circles of vampire society," they are rarely shown the same level of respect as the full-blood clan members.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodline-2-thinblood-background-and-disciplines-revealed

Cheaper Nintendo Switch to Launch by June, According to Report

Update 4/24: A new report indicates that Nintendo will launch a new, cheaper version of Nintendo Switch by the end of June, with a “modest” upgrade to the existing model allegedly coming later this year.

In a financial report by Bloomberg, a small excerpt suggests the cheaper Switch model is coming very soon. An outright "more powerful version” is allegedly not in the works, though details on this claim are sparse. Whether this alludes to a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X-like hardware boost, or simply a series of hardware redesigns akin to the DS Lite remains to be seen. The report is based on claims from two unnamed sources.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/nintendo-set-to-release-two-new-switch-models

Fortnite Devs Working 70-Hours Weeks According to New Report

Staff at Epic Games are working in a state of constant crunch in order to maintain Fortnite and its games-as-a-service structure, according to a new report.

A lengthy feature from Polygon, based on interviews with several sources from within the company, explains how all departments - from production to customer service - have been trapped in a seemingly endless work cycle since the battle royale become the world’s most popular game.

“I work an average 70 hours a week,” one source revealed. “There’s probably at least 50 or even 100 other people at Epic working those hours. I know people who pull 100-hour weeks.”

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/fortnite-developers-at-epic-games-are-working-70-hour-weeks-claims-new-report

How Healthy is Hearthstone Right Now According to Blizzard?

On the eve of Hearthstone’s World Championship – and a mere two weeks after the release of Rise of Shadows and the Standard rotation – I caught up with Lead Final Designer Dean Ayala to chat about how the current meta looks from Team 5’s perspective, the discussion around Elysiana, the rise of Nomi Priest and whether Darkest Hour is a problem in Wild.

IGN: Let’s start off focusing on Standard. How has the launch been from your perspective? Are things as expected? How’s the meta looking?

Dean Ayala: In terms of the decks that people are playing, I’d say that we’re very happy. I mean, rotation always carries with it a lot of change; there are very few decks that aren’t affected by three expansions going away and another one coming in. So there’s very few decks that didn’t change very much. Hunter has a deck that’s maybe the closest to what it was, but even that, there’s ten cards missing.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/24/dean-ayala-on-how-hearthstones-current-meta-is-shaping-up

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dragon's Dogma Classes Tips and Builds

Everything you need to know about classes in Dragon's Dogma on the Nintendo Switch.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/dragons-dogma-classes-tips-and-builds

Minecraft's Biggest Update, Village & Pillage, Out Today

Minecraft's biggest update, Village & Pillage, is now available and brings with it Pillagers and their Beasts, over 10 new Villagers, and even a Crossbow.

Available on PC, Xbox One, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch with the Bedrock Edition and on PC with the Java Edition, the list of additions is substantial and includes everything from a new Wandering Trader to Raids with these new Pillagers to to Villager Trading to bug fixes and so much more.

Another bit of exciting news for those playing the Java Edition is that Pandas are finally available after being only available on the Bedrock Edition since last December.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/minecrafts-biggest-update-village-pillage-out-today

The Division 2 the Best-Selling Game of March 2019

Last month's NPD (National Purchase Diary) report was released today, highlighting the top-selling games of March 2019 and the year so far.

Topping the charts this past March was Tom Clancy's The Division 2 as the best-selling game across all platforms, and the sixth largest launch month for a Ubisoft release. The runner-up for the top spot went to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, with MLB '19: The Show and Devil May Cry 5 trailing behind it in third and fourth place.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/best-selling-games-march-2019

Super Mario Maker 2 Preorder Guide for Nintendo Switch

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Super Mario Maker 2 is heading to Nintendo Switch on an undisclosed date in June 2019. We don't have a ton of information about this follow-up to the Wii U original, but it doesn't look like a major departure for the series. It lets you create, upload, and download side-scrolling levels made in the art style of games like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo hasn't announced many new features, but the trailer includes new things like a night theme, the moving sun enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3, and the ability to create slopes.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/super-mario-maker-2-release-date-preorder-guide

The Force Seems Strong With Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Our Xbox crew gives our impressions of the just-released Mortal Kombat 11, discusses Respawn's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and why we're optimistic about it, speculates on the motive behind the return of a Call of Duty co-creator after a six-year retirement, and more! Plus: how much next-gen will Microsoft talk at E3?

Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or click here to grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. For more awesome content, check out this month's episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a rare, in-depth interview with Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot as he discusses the company's past, present, and next-gen future (yes, including Splinter Cell and its Xbox-centric history!).

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/the-force-seems-strong-with-star-wars-jedi-fallen-order-a-unlocked-390

What We Want From the Next Fortnite/Avengers Crossover

Yesterday, Epic teased a new crossover event between Fortnite and Avengers: Endgame. We got another hint today featuring Thor's Stormbreaker axe, indicating that we'll likely be getting weapon and gear packs that are based on famous items from the MCU.

While that in and of itself sounds like a cool addition, it got us thinking about what else we might want to see in Fortnite's next Avengers invasion.

The Infinity Snap

A hero-based squad mode where each player selects one MCU superhero and they either become that hero or gain that hero's power(s) and abilities to use during the game. The first half of the match would be more of a scavenger hunt, as the Infinity Guantlet is hidden somewhere on the map - when equipped, the player who found it can snap to kill half of the players, greatly reducing the number of enemy combatants. But it's got to be an even half, meaning two players from each team - including their own.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/what-we-want-from-the-next-fortniteavengers-crossover

Bloodborne: The Board Game Hits Kickstarter Goal in Under 20 Minutes

Bloodborne: The Board Game, which is based on the PlayStation 4 title by FromSoftware, has reached its Kickstarter goal of $200,000 in less than 20 minutes.

As of this writing, the Kickstarter is currently sitting at $588,317 with 21 days to go in its campaign. Considering it is already successfully funded - in 17 minutes to be exact - those who back this project can expect to receive the game around May 2020.

Designed by Michael Shinall and Eric M. Lang, Bloodborne: The Board Game will allow one to four Hunters (players) the chance to explore Yharnam in a whole new way, although still with the same terrors, beasts, monsters, and more of the PS4 title, including the Cleric Beast, Vicar Amelia, Father Gascoigne and the Blood-Starved Beast.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/bloodborne-the-board-game-hits-kickstarter-goal-in-under-20-minutes

Tamarin: Adorable Adventure Game From Classic Rare Devs Announced

Independent developer Chameleon Games, filled with veterans from Rare’s "golden era" of game development, is announcing Tamarin, a third-person, action-adventure game featuring an agile monkey set in Nordic scenery.

Tamarin is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and PC this summer, and “channels the energy of 3D platformer classics and explorative Metroidvania shooters.” The game revolves around pollution and destruction from ever-expanding insects that forces the monkey to fight for his family’s survival.

Described as an interconnected 3D world with primate platforming and bug-splattering shooter action, Tamarin lets players journey into northern wilderness through forests, fjords and mountains. Players will encounter mysterious electrical fireflies, a secret underground world of dancing ants, innocent birds that need rescuing and more in an attempt to restore the tamarins’ once idyllic natural habitat.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/tamarin-adorable-adventure-game-from-rare-veterans-announced

The Elder Scrolls: Blades Early Access Review

If you listed out everything that Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series is best known for, you’d probably include things like an open world, freeform character development, hundreds of NPCs with interesting backstories, and the freedom to go anywhere and do anything at any time. The Elder Scrolls: Blades unfortunately has none of those things. It’s a decent mobile RPG, but not a very good Elder Scrolls game, and it’s loaded with obtrusive microtransactions.

Blades feels like a collection of typical mobile game mechanics with a shallow coating of Elder Scrolls paint. It’s got the signature beauty in its world design and at first glance could be mistaken for sections in Oblivion or even Skyrim, but it lacks any of the depth that made those games so special.

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Mortal Kombat 11: How to Perform a Mercy Finisher

Looking to spare or humiliate your opponent in Mortal Kombat 11? See how to perform a Mercy and keep the fight going.

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25% Off Weapons at Fences in Red Dead Online This Week

Red Dead Online will offer 25% off weapons at all fences this week, along with the discount on horse care items and all saddles.

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Mortal Kombat 11: Improvements 'Koming' to Towers of Time and Krypt Rewards

Following complaints of the "super hard Towers of Time" and "rewards/economy" issues of the Krypt in Mortal Kombat 11, Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios have reassured its fans that fixes will be arriving in the near future.

Ed Boon took to Twitter with a "MK11 PSA" to let fans of Mortal Kombat 11 know that NetherRealm has heard their complaints regarding the Krypt and Towers of Time and is "hoping/expecting" that fixes to these game modes will be arriving in a time frame that is "more like HOURS than days."

In our review of Mortal Kombat 11, we praised the game but said that the Towers of Time are where MK11's "biggest problems lie," with some fights being "actively un-fun to play" due to certain modifiers that make challenges more frustrating than fun.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/mortal-kombat-11-improvements-koming-to-towers-of-time-and-krypt-rewards

Spider-Man PS4 Had to Unmake Its Manhattan Open-World to Keep Running

In the opening sequence of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4, Insomniac Games had to come up with some creative solutions to make Fiske Tower bigger on the inside than it was on the outside.

Revealed during Insomniac’s GDC 2019 tech postmortem and subsequently posted on Twitter, Insomniac senior engine programmer Elan Ruskin shared a video showing how the developer managed to fit a larger interior inside of a smaller exterior while keeping all of Manhattan intact.

As it turns out, they didn’t.

Anthem Update 1.1.0 Finally Lets You Change Gear Mid-Mission

Anthem Update 1.1.0 is now live, bringing with it the ability to change gear mid-mission, select contracts from the start of an expedition screen and more.

Revealed through official BioWare patch notes, Anthem players can now access the Forge during missions, strongholds and freeplay, meaning you no longer have to return to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay to change gear. Additionally, players no longer need to return to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay to select contracts or launch a new mission: these can now be done from the start and end of the expedition screen, respectively.

The Sunken Cell stronghold is now available to all players who have completed the main story, and three new universal masterwork components have been added: the extended sniper magazine for additional specialized storage for enhanced sniper rifle ammunition, rapid hollow points for additional specialized ammo storage for machine pistols and autocannons, and the extended special arms magazine adds specialized ammo storage for heavy pistols and grenade launchers. All of these increase damage by 30 percent.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/anthem-update-110-finally-lets-you-change-gear-mid-mission

Square Enix Announces Its E3 2019 Press Conference Date, Time

Square Enix has announced its plans for E3 2019 and has revealed that it will be hosting a "special broadcast" on Monday, June 10 at 6pm PT/9pm ET to showcase an "exciting line up of titles."

Square Enix took to Twitter to share the news of how they will be kicking off E3 2019 this year, but didn't give any indication of what exactly they would be showing.

An interesting note, however, is that it is taking the time slot that has been previously held by PlayStation, which follows the news that Sony would not be appearing at E3 this year.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/square-enix-announces-its-e3-2019-press-conference

Rage 2's Killer New Vehicles, Abilities, and Upgrades

April continues to charge forward, which means we’ve got another exclusive look at Rage 2 as part of this month’s IGN First! This time, I sat down with id Software Studio Director Tim Willits as he goes deep into how its skill trees and upgrade systems work. Watch the video above for a first look at all the customization it offers.

If you’re hungry for even more, we’ve got loads of coverage from this month, including 11 minutes of Rage 2 gameplay, a breakdown of the enemy factions you’ll be fighting, and a look at how Rage has evolved since the original. We’ve also got a full Rage 2 preview after spending a few hours in its wasteland that you can watch below.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/rage-2s-killer-new-vehicles-abilities-and-upgrades

SteamWorld Quest Review

Despite being full of cards, SteamWorld Quest doesn’t feel like a card game. As the first RPG in the SteamWorld series (the excellent SteamWorld Dig 2 being the previous entry), it bears far more resemblance to a game like Final Fantasy than Hearthstone or Gwent. Instead of letting its deck-building mechanics take over entirely, they instead give SteamWorld Quest one of the most flexible and fun turn-based RPG combat systems I’ve played with in a long time.

Steam World Quest tells the charming tale of a group of ragtag fantasy robots out to save the world from an evil army, rising to the threat before them despite their inexperience. It’s not exactly a unique premise (except for the robot part, I suppose), but the twists and turns it takes along the way make it stand out in interesting ways, and the big bad behind it all is a compelling one to fight. The story digs into larger themes about heroism and growing up with some nicely written dialogue that’s never long enough to drag the action down, and can even be genuinely funny or touching at times.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/23/steamworld-quest-review

How to Get 2,150 Apex Legends Coins for 99p

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With the number of players jumping into Apex Legends sky-rocketing, it's only natural demand for new skins and unlockables to increase. It's possible to earn new cosmetics simply by playing, but purchasing Apex Legends coins is a fast-track way to getting extras (although you're not guaranteed to get what you want).

Apex Legends coins are only used to unlock cosmetics, characters and weapons - they do not provide any actual advantage in the game, so it's not 'pay-to-play' via the currency,

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Mortal Kombat 11: How Loot Boxes Work in the Krypt

Don't spend your hard-earned Koins, Hearts, and Soul Fragments without learning how the Krypt works in Mortal Kombat 11.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11: List of Fatalities and How to Perform Them

See our list of all the Fatalities you can perform in Mortal Kombat 11 to score maximum carnage.

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Rage 2: All of Our Exclusive Gameplay, Impressions, and More!

April's IGN First game is Rage 2! We're gearing up for the first-person shooter sequel's launch by diving deep into a number of the game's systems and facets ahead of its May 14 release date.

This page will serve as a continually updated hub of everything we're doing all month long. Take a look at the list below and catch up on anything you've missed!

The BFG 9000 Headlines 11 Minutes of New Rage 2 Gameplay

The Hilarious New 'Everything vs. Me' Trailer

Breaking Down Rage 2's Deadly Factions

How Rage Has Evolved

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It's Not Too Late to Preorder Mortal Kombat 11 and Lock In Shao Kahn

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Mortal Kombat 11 was officially revealed during the 2018 Game Awards with a gore-filled trailer, followed by a gameplay reveal January 17. The release date for Mortal Kombat 11 is tomorrow, April 23, 2019, which means you can still take advantage of preorder perks.

Preordering Mortal Kombat 11 gets you access to Shao Kahn, and all the different versions of Mortal Kombat 11 are available for preorder.  You have just one more day to lock in Shao Kahn, so don't delay!

Mortal Kombat 11 Standard Edition

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Update Adds Critical Mode Tomorrow

Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts 3 with a notable omission earlier this year — the more challenging Critical Mode difficulty that longtime fans have loved playing. But now, Kingdom Hearts 3 players will get the chance to do just that this week.

Kingdom Hearts 3 franchise director Tetsuya Nomura announced via a tweet that Kingdom Hearts 3's Critical Mode will arrive on April 23 (PT). Nomura nor Square Enix offered an exact timeframe tomorrow for the Critical Mode update, as well as whether anything additional will be included in the update.

"Greetings, it’s been a while since I last posted," the tweet read. "Spring is here, and I hope everyone is doing well. #KingdomHearts III's long-awaited Critical Mode is available as a free update tomorrow (PT). We’ve changed things up from the previous games, so I hope you enjoy - Nomura"

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/22/kingdom-hearts-3-update-adds-critical-mode-for-free-this-week

Fortnite Teases Another Avengers Crossover

Epic Games is teasing yet another Fortnite and Avengers crossover, scheduled to drop just before Endgame is released later this week.

This news was revealed though the official Fortnite Twitter account with the caption "Whatever it takes. 4.25.19.” Though it’s unclear exactly what the Avengers content is, the tweet is accompanied by the image of a character holding Captain America’s classic vibranium shield. Whatever it is, expect something big to happen on April 25, the day before Endgame comes to theaters in America.

Mortal Kombat 11 Review

When it was first introduced a staggering 27 years ago, Mortal Kombat always had that reputation of being “That fighting game where you rip people’s heads off.” Known more for its gore and violence than its gameplay. Things have changed since then with MK9 and MKX bringing the quality of gameplay up to meet the quality of violence. That upward trend continues with Mortal Kombat 11, which is not only the best Mortal Kombat has ever been, it’s also arguably Netherrealm’s best game yet. This is one of the most fully featured fighting games you can buy, with both single- and multiplayer modes that will last both casual and hardcore audiences a long, long time.

Mortal Kombat’s defining quality among 2D fighters is that its combat centers around two punch buttons, two kick buttons, and a block button. This is actually more unique than it sounds. While other 2D fighters typically have some combination of light, medium, and/or heavy attacks, with weaker attacks linking into stronger attacks, Mortal Kombat has no such concept. Instead, MK employs a “dial-a-combo” system that requires knowledge of very specific button combinations in order to build a combo. It’s definitely not a super-accessible combat system for newcomers, but fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 comes with one of the best fighting game tutorials I’ve ever played. It covers everything from basic fundamentals all the way to the most advanced techniques such as frame traps, jailing, and block strings, all while highlighting key concepts and clear instructions on how to implement these techniques.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/22/mortal-kombat-11-review

Sunday, April 21, 2019

How to Defeat Every Cuphead Boss and Master Every Level

Here's how to take on every level and boss Cuphead throws your way.

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Riding With Red Dead Online Role Players Was My Best Ever Multiplayer Experience

The last time I rode into Valentine in Red Dead Online I was shot, tied up, stabbed, and shot again. Some days that’s life in Rockstar’s Wild West wonderland, where the atmosphere’s magnificent but the murder indiscriminate.

I tend to spend most of my time in Red Dead Online alone against the world; hunting, fishing, and simply surviving inside the simulation. Sometimes I can saunter into towns solo without incident but, unfortunately, things regularly go south faster than a stork strapped to a scramjet. That’s the risk you run riding alone.

Today, however, is different. Today, I’m not alone.

“We tend to ride in two-by-two formation just because it makes a bigger impression when we ride into town,” explains DirtyWorka, president of the PS4 charter of the Reaper Lords, a GTA Online MC club that has since mostly migrated to Red Dead Online. “We won’t shoot at anybody unless they raise a weapon in our direction.”

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/21/riding-with-red-dead-online-role-players-was-my-best-ever-multiplayer-experience

Saturday, April 20, 2019

God of War Documentary, Raising Kratos Announced by Sony

On the one-year anniversary of 2018's Game of the Year – God of War – Sony announced an upcoming documentary that follows the creation of the game.

The documentary titled, Raising Kratos, was announced in a trailer featuring game director for God of War, Cory Barlog; the team at Santa Monica Studio; along with the actors who portrayed the main characters in the game, such as Kratos, Atreus, and Freya.

"It’s only fitting on the one-year Anniversary, we’re excited to share this peak behind the curtain of God of War’s very own Santa Monica Studio with a trailer for our upcoming film, Raising Kratos," a post on the PlayStation blog said. "This full-length feature documentary, coming very soon to PlayStation YouTube, is an exploration into the massive undertaking it took to change the course of the God of War franchise."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/20/god-of-war-documentary-raising-kratos-announced-by-sony

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Joker's Final Smash Crashing Some Switches

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's latest DLC character, Joker from Persona 5, is freezing player's Nintendo Switches when they use his Final Smash to end a Classic Mode match.

This issue was confirmed by IGN's own Zachary Ryan, as his Switch froze three times when finishing a Classic Mode match with Joker's Final Smash. There are also many other examples, including a Reddit thread posted by CubingVainGlory, that show the freeze happening.

It appears this glitch is only occurring in Classic Mode and only with Joker, and does not appear to impact any other aspect of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as of this writing.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/20/super-smash-bros-ultimate-jokers-final-smash-crashing-some-switches

Up At Noon: Bad N64 Games On Switch, Suda51's Airplane Poops, and Our Crash Bandicoot Theory

Hey! Here's the very first episode of the all-new, fully-rebooted, flavor-blasted, industrial strength Up At Noon! In case you missed the announcement here along with our totally insane teaser trailer, we've taken some time to retool the show after tons of demand to bring it back. From celebrity and game developer interviews to lists, unboxings, and nonsense, Up at Noon has long been a cornerstone of IGN and we're ecstatic to have it return.

How have we retooled it? Well, this time around we're taking over weekends on IGN, which is probably the best time of the week to actually wake up at noon. We've upped the production value a bunch, too! It's also no longer live, and now exists primarily as a bunch of silly bite-sized segments that will be going up every weekend all across the internet, which we'll also be stitching them together into a proper variety show exclusively on IGN, which is what this is! You'll also be able to watch break-out clips from the show on IGN's YouTube channel every weekend! So grab a huge bowl of sugary cereal (or a healthier breakfast or whatever) and think of it as adult Nickelodeon or a live-action Saturday morning cartoon.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/20/up-at-noon-bad-n64-games-on-switch-suda51s-oldest-teeshirt-and-our-crash-bandicoot-theory

Friday, April 19, 2019

Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster Walkthrough

A complete guide to get through Final Fantasy X-2, now out for the Nintendo Switch!

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Hearthstone: Why Next Week’s World Championship Will Be One of a Kind

Next week, 16 of the best Hearthstone players in the world are heading to Taipei for the Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) Finals. Running from April 25 - 28 (local time), the tournament is the culmination of a full year (and then some) of fierce competition, but it’s going to be so much more than that. This year will be the most unique competition Hearthstone has ever seen, and I absolutely can’t wait.

For a big chunk of the player base, the most exciting part of this year’s World Championship is probably the fact that it’s taking place after the Standard rotation. What does that mean? Well, when the first set of cards in a new calendar year hits the game, three old sets rotate out. This means 135 new cards come in and 400+ old cards go out. It’s a huge shake-up because a lot of the existing strategies rely heavily on those 400+ cards, so are lost altogether or drastically re-worked, while a whole lot of new archetypes emerge. It also means that the new set has a big impact, because it’s a larger percentage of the overall card pool than the expansions later in the year.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/19/hearthstone-why-next-weeks-world-championship-will-be-one-of-a-kind

Top 10 Best-Selling Video Games of All Time

Games have always existed in a numbers-obsessed industry. Sega vs. Nintendo defined a generation in the '90s, while today's more mild console wars and monthly NPD reports keep sales figures at the forefront of games-related discussion. With such a persistent emphasis on performance, one of the industry's biggest questions has always been, What are the best-selling video games of all time?

To answer this question, we set out to compile the most accurate list possible, digging through financial reports, news stories, interviews, and more. The result is the following list of the ten best-selling video games of all time, as of March 2019.

(Notes: We've counted pack-in games toward sales totals, considering all ten games on this list were, at one point, bundled with a console. Free downloads are not counted as sales, therefore excluding games like Fortnite and League of Legends.)

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/19/top-10-best-selling-video-games-of-all-time

Every IGN Mortal Kombat Review

Mortal Kombat has been gruesomely dismembering fighters since 1992 – four years before IGN was around. With the impending launch of Mortal Kombat 11 (which, shockingly, is not actually the 11th Mortal Kombat game) we're looking back over all 30 reviews IGN has published. Interestingly, the series contains such a wide range of games that it's one of the few that's earned almost every score in the book, except the very highest and lowest available.

Which MK games stand out to you as the best and worst?

Dan Stapleton is IGN's Reviews Editor. You can follow him on Twitter to hear gaming rants and lots of random old-school Simpsons references.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/19/every-ign-mortal-kombat-review

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Update: Borderlands Actor Says Gearbox CEO Should Fact Check Tweets

Update 04/18/19: Troy Baker has said that he "would love to come back" to play Rhys in Borderlands 3, and suggested that Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford should "fact-check" his tweets.

Following on from Pitchford's claims that Baker turned down the part of Rhys in the upcoming game, Troy Baker has clarified his position in an interview with OnlySP: “I said I would love to come back,” he said. “They

said I’m not coming back.”

“Their timeline tells an interesting story," he adds, in reference to comments from Gearbox. "I think it’s interesting that Randy Pitchford tweeted out that I turned it down, and then he said he heard that I turned it down. I would fact check before I tweeted out to the internet.”

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/18/borderlands-3-troy-baker-not-returning-as-tales-from-the-borderlands-rhys

Katana Zero Review

Taking more than a few cues from Hotline Miami, Katana Zero is a blisteringly fast slash-em-up with action that’s an absolute adrenaline rush. Which is appropriate because it’s largely about a neo-noir-inspired samurai who sticks a bunch of needles in his body.

It wears its inspirations on the sleeves of its kimono, but Katana Zero refines the tried and true one-hit-kill formula in a manner that makes it feels fresh, exciting, and innovative in surprising ways.

Katana Zero puts you in control of a nameless samurai assassin with the power to manipulate time and see into the future. In an extremely clever and fun framing of the action, every level is contextualized as being the planning of an assassination. So, instead of your character dying, you’re told “No… That won’t work,” as your precognition rewinds to the start (complete with old-timey VCR effect), giving you a chance to find a solution that doesn’t end in your death. Every level even ends with a security camera recording of what “actually” happened, which serves not only as a way to see your moment of triumph played back, but also to subvert expectations in interesting ways later on.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/18/katana-zero-review

Fortnite: World Cup Creative Announced by Epic Games

Epic Games has added a new event to the $100 million prize pool Fortnite World Cup event – Fortnite: World Cup Creative, which will run specifically from April 29 to June 7.

The World Cup Creative will consist of five showcase events and five different trials – all from community creators. Each event will focus on a new Creative game, with fifteen participants then being selected to compete in the Creative competition at the Fortnite World Cup Finals.


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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/18/fortnite-world-cup-creative-announced-by-epic-games

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Coming to Genesis Mini

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UPDATE: Sega released the names of 10 more games, bringing the confirmed Sega Genesis Mini games list to 20 titles.

Sega is joining the retro mini-console wars with its own Sega Genesis Mini, with a September 19 release date and a $79.99 price tag. The good news is you can preorder the Sega Genesis Mini right now, and it looks like this will be closer to Nintendo's offerings with the NES and Super NES Classics than Sony's misstep with the PlayStation Classic.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/18/sega-genesis-mini-release-date-preorder-games

Fortnite Week 8 Challenges: Telephone and Treasure Map Location

The eighth week of Season 8 is here and we the locations of the telephones and treasure map.

source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/18/fortnite-week-8-challenges-telephone-and-puzzle-locations-treasure-map-signpost-season-8

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Nintendo eShop Down After Release of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo Switch eShop is down and experiencing issues following the release of Joker from Persona 5 and the Version 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo took to Twitter to ensure fans that it is working hard to resolve any issues so everyone has a chance to play as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first DLC character, Joker.


Joker, the Challenger Pack 1, and Version 3.0 were both revealed to be released today just yesterday. In addition to Joker, the Challenger Pack 1 also includes a stage based on Persona 5's Mementos location and music from the Persona 5 series.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/17/nintendo-switch-eshop-down-following-release-of-joker-and-version-30-in-super-smash-bros-ultimate

Overwatch: New Event Seems to Tease Next Hero

Overwatch's new Storm Rising PvE event begins with a fantastic cutscene, but ends with a more enigmatic one, which may be teasing the game's next playable character.

Warning: If you haven't played Overwatch's Storm Rising event and want to save the surprise for yourself, go no further.

After finishing the Storm Rising mode, you'll be treated to a small clip of Mercy, Tracer, Winston and Genji capturing their target, Maximilien. After Maximilien asks what Overwatch wants from him, Mercy answers with "an introduction".

The scene changes to the game's Temple of Anubis setting, and we're shown Doomfist as he attempts to ask someone to join forces with the Talon organisation.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/17/overwatch-new-event-seems-to-tease-next-hero

PS5 Price Will Be 'Appealing to Gamers in Light of its Advanced Features'

PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny has addressed the price of the upcoming console, while not actually saying what it will be.

Wired writer Peter Rubin dropped a quote from Cerny, which wasn't used in the magazine's reveal feature yesterday, on Twitter.

Rubin asked Cerny whether the PS5 would be set around the launch price range of recent consoles. Cerny's answer was a little enigmatic: "I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP

that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/17/ps5-price-will-be-appealing-to-gamers-in-light-of-its-advanced-feature-set

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Release Date Announced

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Marvel has announced that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will release on July 19, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

We heard about a summer 2019 release window for The Black Order in February's Nintendo Direct, but the date is now confirmed.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/marvel-ultimate-alliance-3-the-black-order-release-date-announced

Rage 2: How Rage Has Evolved

Rage 2 can sometimes look like an entirely different game from its predecessor on the surface, but so much of this sequel’s gameplay, world, and structure is grounded in the original Rage – just improved and transformed into something new. We spoke to id Software’s Tim Willits about how Rage has evolved in the last eight years, watch the video above to hear him talk about its improved tech, lighter attitude, and how everything go so dang pink.

In case you didn’t notice, Rage 2 is our IGN First for April, which means we’re taking a deep look at it all month long. You can watch 11 minutes of Rage 2 gameplay we exclusively debuted last week below, as well as a breakdown of the factions shown in its latest trailer here. You can find all of our IGN First coverage of Rage 2 on this page, and be sure to check back for even more over the coming weeks!

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/rage-2-how-rage-has-evolved-a-ign-first

Cancelled Aliens RPG Was Like a 'Terrifying' Mass Effect

Chris Avellone shares the details on Obsidian's cancelled RPG, Aliens: Crucible, which got as far as a "really cool" prototype.

Speaking to VG24/7 about his time at Obsidian and the cancelled Aliens RPG, Avellone said a "rough comparison" of the gameplay would be "basically Mass Effect but more terrifying."

He added that the studio's relationship with Sega deteriorated to the point that eventually the title was cancelled.

“We wanted to make it. But by that point Sega, I think, was… the publisher/management relations had gotten to a point where they were just tired of dealing with

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/cancelled-aliens-rpg-was-like-a-terrifying-mass-effect

Opinion: PS5 Sounds Like a PS4 Deluxe, Because That's What People Actually Want

Indulge me with a thought experiment. You are a very successful orange salesman. You spent several harvests picking the best elements of different oranges, cross-breeding them and discovering an orange that almost everyone loves, while not breaking the bank on your end. Let’s say you end up selling, I don’t know, 90 million oranges. Impressive!

Now to the hard part: when it comes to the next generation of oranges after this success, are you going to: a) sell an orange that iterates slightly on the success of your last orange, but keeps its core appeal (I promise I didn’t start this analogy to get to this pun, it’s an accident, I’m so sorry) or, b) decide you sell aeroplanes now, and hope all your happy orange punters want to become pilots all of a sudden, for absolutely no reason.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/opinion-ps5-sounds-like-a-ps4-deluxe-because-thats-what-people-actually-want

Xbox Announces E3 2019 Briefing Date and Time

Microsoft has announced the date and time for its Xbox E3 2019 Briefing.

The conference will once again be held at the Microsoft Theatre in LA in the traditional slot of the Sunday before the main E3 event. You’ll be able to watch online on June 9 at 1pm PDT (9pm UK, 6am AEST) via YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Mixer.

Judgment: Sega Reveals Replacement Character Model After Drugs Scandal

Sega has revealed the new model for Judgment character Kyohei Hamura after the game's original Hamura actor, Pierre Taki, was indicted for cocaine use.

The change is a fairly subtle one. The new Hamura is an original model, not based on a scan of an actor, and the character's movements and lip-sync remain the same.

You can see both versions in our comparison video below:

Yakuza Studio head Toshihiro Nagoshi previously explained how much had to be altered to remove Taki's likeness from the game:

“First of all we had to replace the character model and re-record all of the dialogue. But replacing the character model is only the start: We had to change all of the pre-rendered cut scenes Hamura appeared in; also, his face appears on some of the evidence that you present on your smartphone, so we had to replace those textures; and some trophies had to be changed too.”

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/judgment-sega-reveals-replacement-character-model-after-drugs-scandal

Sony Reveals Next-Gen PlayStation Details

PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny has shown off some of the internal components of the next-generation PlayStation - which he is currently not calling PS5 -  which will include a high-spec solid state drive and a GPU capable of supporting ray tracing.

In a meeting with Wired, Cerny explained that the console would definitely not be released in 2019, and demonstrated why this is a true next-generation machine, rather than a PS4 upgrade in the vein of the PS4 Pro.

Cerny explained that the console's CPU is a variant of the AMD Ryzen third generation, and that its GPU is a custom version of Radeon's Navi line. That GPU is capable of ray tracing, a high-performance imaging technique with some incredible results.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/sony-reveals-next-gen-playstation-details

Here's How Zelda: Breath of the Wild Works in VR

Following the reveal that Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting Nintendo Labo VR support, Nintendo has detailed exactly how BOTW will work when the free VR update arrives on April 26, 2019.

Breath of the Wild's technical director Takuhiro Dohta posted a blog post that details exactly what fans can expect when they put their Nintendo Switch into the Labo Toy-Con VR googles and jump into our game of the year for 2017.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/16/heres-how-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-works-in-vr

Monday, April 15, 2019

12 Tips and Tricks to Succeed in The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Looking to change your character, upgrade your town, and survive the dungeons in The Elder Scrolls: Blades? We've got tips to get you started.

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Nintendo Labo VR Kit Review

It’s easy to scoff at the Labo VR Kit’s simple cardboard headset and collection of ridiculous add-ons as little more than Google’s Cardboard with Nintendo branding, but this kit is a surprisingly solid and in-depth introduction to the world of VR. While the display resolution and framerate fall far below the average dedicated VR headset and many of the associated games are extremely simple novelties, there are enough weird and whimsical games and tools included to provide a unique and (mostly) enjoyable experience when used in short bursts. The Virtual Boy 2, this isn’t.

Like Nintendo’s previous Labo kits, the initial focus of Labo VR is on cardboard construction and customization. And while interlocking large cardboard sections or putting the finishing touches on a project can be highly satisfying, the sluggishly paced instruction videos and countless steps involved can quickly turn the building aspect of Labo VR into a chore. The Labo accessories you’re prompted to build are sturdy and well engineered, but you’ll likely never come away from putting one together with the hope that your build time had last longer.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/15/nintendo-labo-vr-kit-review

How Palpatine, Darth Maul and Vader Dominated Star Wars Celebration

As much as fans love their noble Jedi and plucky rebels, Star Wars Celebration 2019 showcased how much power the Dark Side still holds over fans and filmmakers alike, as it was the bad guys who stole the show this year.

When fans finally got their first look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, there was genuine surprise and excitement when the trailer ended with the familiar cackle of the (presumably) long dead Emperor Palpatine.

This revelation, in turn, triggered a deluge of speculation and theories about how Palpatine could return. We won’t know what the truth of it all is, of course, until Episode IX opens in December, but the apparent return of Darth Sidious will surely remain a hotly anticipated and ravenously searched topic until then.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/15/how-palpatine-darth-maul-and-vader-dominated-star-wars-celebration

Jared Leto's Spider-Man Movie Morbius Explained

Update: Jared Leto has shared the first on-set photo from his Marvel/Sony movie Morbius. Read on for a breakdown of the Spider-Man spin-off character!

Most of the time, vampires are the villains in Hollywood movies. They're portrayed as soulless bloodsuckers who pose an existential threat to all humanity. But sometimes even a vampire can be a hero. That's the case with Morbius, a Marvel hero who's set to be portrayed by Jared Leto in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man spin-off movie.

To help prep for this new addition to Sony's growing Spider-Man cinematic universe, here's everything you need to know about the man they call "The Living Vampire."

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/15/morbius-movie-explained-who-is-jared-letos-spider-man-spin-off-character

Twitch Temporarily Bans White Streamer After Apex Legends Cosplay

Lithuanian streamer Karina "Karupups" Martsinkevich has been temporarily banned from Twitch following cosplaying as Apex Legends' Lifeline and using blackface makeup.

As reported by Kotaku, Martsinkevich was streaming herself preparing her Lifeline cosplay in Twitch's "Just Chatting" section when, after she dyed her hair and dressed to mimic the Apex Legends character, she applied a dark foundation to her face that caused Twitch to take the stream down even before she could finish her cosplay prep.

Martsinkevich took to YouTube to announce her 30-day suspension and explain that she was banned for "engaging in hateful conduct against a person or group of people.” However, she claims she "just wanted to be similar to Lifeline from Apex...it wasn’t meant to have

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/15/twitch-temporarily-bans-white-streamer-after-apex-legends-cosplay

Disc-less Xbox One S Info Leaked

New images have surfaced following the reports of the Maverick – a disc-less Xbox One S – that has been rumored to be releasing this spring from Microsoft.

As reported by Thurrott and found by Winfuture.de, alleged images of the new, all-digital console have surfaced online, showing a near-identical console to the Xbox One S, but with no disc-loading slot on the front.

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source http://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/15/disc-less-xbox-one-s-info-leaked