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Luigi Enters Super Mario Odyssey In Free Competitive Mode This February

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:08

Super Mario Odyssey is getting its first significant post-launch title update next month.The free update adds Luigi's Balloon World, as well as new outfits and snapshot filters.

Luigi's Balloon World is a competitive mode players can access by talking to Luigi. Once you speak to him, you can choose to hide a balloon or find one. If you hide it, you have 30 seconds to find the cleverest spot to stow the balloon in hopes of giving other players a hassle. If you choose to find a balloon, you are given 30 seconds to search for a balloon that another player online has hidden.

The free title update releases in February.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana Coming To Switch This Summer

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:07

Ys VIII, the latest game in the long-running action RPG series from Nihon Falcom, is coming to the Switch this summer, announced in today's Nintendo Direct.

The game released on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 in September of last year. The game had an infamous translation, prompting the head of Nippon Ichi Software America to apologize and promise to begin work on a retranslation of the game. The retranslation was scheduled for release in December, but has been delayed.

Ys is an action RPG series that has long been held as one of the strongest in the genre. Ys VIII also won our award for Best RPG Action Combat System of 2017 and you can read our review of the PlayStation 4 version here.

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Nintendo Serving Up Mario Tennis Aces To Switch This Spring

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:06

During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a new Mario Tennis game: Mario Tennis Aces.

The game comes from Camelot, the longtime developer behind the Mario Tennis franchise, as well as Mario Golf and Mario Sports: Superstars. The title features a story mode, which has various minigames and boss-like battles.

Mario Tennis Aces hits Switch this spring.

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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Hacking And Slashing Its Way To The Switch

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:05

Nintendo has revealed that a version of Hyrule Warriors containing all the characters and stages from both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game will be coming to the Switch.

The Zelda-flavored Dynasty Warriors game was surprisingly popular when it came out on the Wii U in 2014, prompting a 3DS port with some more characters and levels. The Switch version brings together both versions and adds outfits from Breath of the Wild for both Link and Zelda. The game now boasts 29 playable characters, which is sixteen more characters than the game launched with on Wii U.

The Switch port will also have local co-op, which can be done with the joycons.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be releasing on the Switch in Spring.

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Dragon Quest Builders Demo Available On Switch Today

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:04

The Switch port of Dragon Quest Builders, the Dragon Quest-themed take on Minecraft, has a demo available today announced on this morning's Nintendo Direct.

Dragon Quest Builders was announced for the Switch late last year in preparation for the sequel launching on both PlayStation 4 and Switch. The first Builders game was released on PlayStation 4 and Vita in America and PlayStation 3 as well in Japan.

The demo can be downloaded from the eShop and played docked or portably.

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Kirby Star Allies Coming To Switch In March

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:03

The new Kirby game for Switch, which was shown at E3, now has a true title and a release date.

The game is called Kirby Star Allies and it releases on Switch March 16. The game is co-op focused and has new abilities like an artist power and a spider power. Using your powers it tandem with your co-op partners also creates new ways to use abilities.

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Aegislash, Blastoise, And New Support Pokémon Coming To Pokkén On Switch

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:02

Two new DLC waves are in the works for the Switch version of Pokkén Tournament that add new fighters and new support Pokémon.

Wave 1 releases January 31 and it will add Aegislash as a playable fighter and support Pokémon, Mimikyu and Mega Rayquaza.

Wave 2 releases March 23 and will add Blastoise as a playabale fighter and support Pokémon, Mew and Celebi. Both waves of DLC can be purchased immediately. For our review of the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament, head here.

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The World Ends With You: Final Remix Coming To Switch This Year

Game informer - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:01

During this morning's Nintendo Direct, the company announced a Switch port of the cult-classic DS/iOS RPG The World Ends With You

The video shown during the direct lays how the game maps to the single-screen device, both battle system play out at once. The touch-screen functionality is similar to the iOS version, with both combat systems happening on the same screen, though you can simply play with a controller.

The port will also include a new scenario, which will feature the character shown in the teaser image at the end of the iPad version of the game. The port will be available sometime in 2018

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Kingdom Hearts Donald And Goofy Figuarts Shown Off

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:24

It's been quite a while since Kingdom Hearts 3 has been announced, but that won't stop you from getting more Nomura-designed Donald and Goofy into your home.

Released by S.H. Figuarts, the two Donald and Goofy Kingdom Hearts II figures have been shown and opened for preorders The figures have removable weapons, interchangeable hands, optional faces, and more. You can read Bluefin's descriptions below.

Donald - S.H.Figuarts brings you figures from Kingdom Hearts, the smash-hit game series that’s sold more than 20 million copies worldwide! The third release is DONALD from Kingdom Hearts 2. It is highly posable and easy to collect due to its size! Includes a weapon, two optional face expression parts, one optional left hand, two parts of optional right hands.

Goofy - From the popular Kingdom Hearts II series comes S.H.Figuarts Goofy. Designed for fun at an easy to collect price, this action figure takes all sorts of poses! Includes three optional facial expressions, so you can re-create all sorts of scenes! Also includes one pair of optional hands, an optional head, and a stand.

You can see more photos at the source link below.

[Source: ToyArk]

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Cyberpunk 2077 Shows Brief Sign Of Life

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:02

After years of complete silence on the subject, CD Projekt Red, developers of The Witcher series, breathes a little air in a somewhat infuriatingly concise tweet.

Despite not tweeting since December 5, 2013 (on the subject of Cyberpunk's teaser trailer), the twitter account simply said "*beep*."

That's it. Just *beep*.

Cyberpunk 2077 was announced during a livestream in May 2012, well ahead of The Witcher 3's release. The Polish developer stated that the announcement of the game, which was described as a game like The Witcher in a cyberpunk universe, was done mostly to recruit talent and that no work would earnestly start until development ceased on The Witcher 3.

In the likely event that the small tweet means anything, it is possible gears are spinning up to reintroduce the game to the public, now in development. Maybe CDPR is alerting people that it's time to pay attention to Cyberpunk 2077 again.

Or maybe someone thought it would be funny. After all, what is more cyberpunk and dystopian than confusion and anticipation?

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Over 7600 Games Were Released On Steam In 2017

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:44

If it seems to you like Steam has more games than you can keep up with every week, that isn't just your imagination. According to unofficial Steam statistic aggregator Steam Spy, 2017 saw the release of 7,672 games on the digital games service.

The number is notable for a few reasons. The new record is 2,472 more games than released last year, and means that about 40% of the entire Steam library came out last year. And, as the Steam Spy twitter account points out, that works out to about 21 games a day.

Valve has long been troubled with the idea of how and even whether to curate Steam games, choosing instead to rely on Discovery algorithms to help users sort through the massive number of games rather than cull them. What do you think of the game availability on Steam? Is it better to have the variety above all else? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Steam Spy]

 

Our Take
While a huge number, I personally get uneasy at the idea of Valve turning games away because they don't think they belong. Games have gotten banned for spurious reasoning before and I am not sure a more heavy-handed form of that is what's needed. On the other hand...the problem with an overwhelming game library is getting exponentially worse.

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This Resident Evil VII Speedrun Is Entertaining As Hell

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:18

Last night, during Awesome Game Done Quick's Horror Block, speedrunner Carcinogen showed off a Resident Evil 7 speedrun that was charming, entertaining, and even had its own jumpscares.

Carcinogen started the run by saying he'll donate ten dollars to the marathon charity, Prevent Cancer Foundation, for every time he's hit by an enemy and fails to guard. Resident Evil 7 allows you to mostly avoid damage if you guard at the right time, but that's pretty difficult when you're running from every enemy, which gave Carcinogen's bet some weight.

What followed was an informative and often hilarious run, which you can see below. Make sure to pay real close attention at around 1:26:55.

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Take the time to watch the run, unless you don't want to be spoiled for Resident Evil VII. If not, go play that first, and then come back and watch the run. You can check out our review of Resident Evil VII here. You can also check out Carcinogen's Twitch channel here.

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Capcom Explains Reasoning Behind Monster Hunter World PC Delay

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:42

In an interview with GamesRadar, Capcom's Monster Hunter World producer Ryoza Tsujimoto explaining the team's reasoning for such a hefty delay for the PC version.

"For the main Monster Hunter game, this is our first PC title and it's something we want to make sure we get right," Tsujimoto said. "So rather than have it taking up resources during the console development and not it not being able to have our full attention on it. We want to get console out the door and then we're going to take some extra time and try and get the PC version as good as possible.

"There's extra work you need for PC as well. On console you use first party matchmaking, you just kind of plug into it, whether it's PSN or Xbox Live, but on PC we're going to have to work more to get our own matchmaking working. So, hopefully, PC users won't mind waiting a little bit longer for us to bring you a really great optimized PC experience."

Capcom announced recently that Monster Hunter World on PC is targeting Autumn late this year, around eight months after the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases, which are coming out on January 26. All three versions were announced together, though Capcom said they had to pause development of the PC version while they work on the consoles. A final PlayStation 4-exclusive beta runs from January 18 to January 22.

You can check out the latest trailer for the game below.

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[Source: GamesRadar via PCGamer]

 

Our Take
While a delay is forgivable, I really wonder if optimization should take that long. Capcom has delivered a number of good-to-great PC ports in the last few years, so this one feels like they're hitting a reset button on all their experience so far.

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Black Panther Breaks Record For Most Pre-Sale Tickets Of Any Marvel Movie

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:16

The hype is real for Marvel's next MCU movie and now we have the receipts to prove it.

Fandango, the leading and most often only site for buying movie tickets online, has revealed that Black Panther holds the new record for most pre-sale tickets for any Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. The previous record had been held by Captain America: Civil War in May 2016.

Black Panther had the misfortune of being the movie before MCU mega-event Avengers: Infinity War, which made many assume excitement for it would be subdued in Avengers' shadow, but it doesn't seem like that will be the case. You can see the latest trailer for the movie below, which comes out in theaters on February 16.

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Darkest Dungeon Comes To Nintendo Switch On January 18

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:05

Earlier this year, it was announced that Darkest Dungeon would make its way to the Switch. Today, Red Hook Studios revealed the release date: January 18.

This hard-as-nails RPG will be available on the Nintendo eShop for $24.99. Alongside its release, both DLCs The Crimson Court and The Shieldbreaker will also be available for purchase. The Crimson Court will cost $9.99, whereas The Shieldbreaker will be priced $3.99.

Nintendo Switch release date announced!

January 18thhttps://t.co/sRIayOrKCR pic.twitter.com/f1YJLHL92K

— Darkest Dungeon (@DarkestDungeon) January 10, 2018

Red Hook Studios notes that this version supports touch controls and that the upcoming DLC, The Color of Madness, will also head to Switch eventually. As for Android users, the studio mentioned that they have no current plans to port the game to that platform.

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Creative Assembly Announces Total War: Three Kingdoms With Cinematic Teaser

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:52

Though Creative Assembly has put a lot of focus on its Warhammer games in recent years, the studio revealed last year that a more historical title was being developed. Today, that new game has been revealed, and it's titled Total War: Three Kingdoms.

This history-based strategy game takes you to China in the year 190 CE. Details are still slim, but you can watch the cinematic trailer that released today below.

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Total War: Three Kingdoms is expected to release in the fall for PC. For more on Total War, read our review of Warhammer II by heading here.

 

Our Take
It's refreshing to see Creative Assembly move away from all the Warhammer games and to go back to their historically-based fare for the next major entry in the series. Even though details are slim, this setting holds promise.

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Krypton Trailer Looks At The Legacy Of Superman's Family

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:24

Syfy's Superman prequel, called Krypton, has a new trailer today. Taking place before the homeworld is destroyed, Krypton centers around Superman's grandfather, Seg-El, who attempts to bring back honor to the House of El.

It's a short teaser, where we see a mysterious man hand Seg-El the Superman cape and tell him that his grandson will be a legend. It also sounds like there's some sort of time travel twist to the story.

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Krypton debuts on Syfy as of March 21. You can check out our previous coverage here.

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Pokémon Go Dropping Support For Older Apple iOS Devices

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:40

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has announced an update at the end of February which phases out support for Apple devices unable to upgrade to the phone's iOS 11 operating system.

This affects iPhones/Pads from 2013 and older, and you can check if you're in the clear at this support page.

The company says the change "is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices." Recently the game added AR+ functionality for iOS 11 devices.

If you're still able to play the game, don't miss this extensive guide to its legendary raids and much more.

[Source: Niantic]

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Overwatch League

Game informer - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:00

Yesterday, Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League, the final word in competitive Overwatch, is partnering with Twitch for the biggest tournament ever. Here you can find all the details you need for catching every moment of the Overwatch League.

Watching The Games

There's a few different streaming options for watching the Overwatch League matches. Blizzard has formed an exclusive partnership with Twitch, which is likely where most people will watch it. You can also catch matches on MLG.com, and on OverwatchLeague.com. All three of these options, even the Overwatch League website, has iOS and Android apps that you can use if you don't have access to a computer but are out and about with your phone or tablet. The Overwatch client itself can also be used to watch episodes.

Twitch Overwatch League
MLG
Overwatch League

Teams

Twelve teams are competing across two divisions and are mostly regional, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding a team to cheer for based on geography alone.

Atlantic Division 
Boston Uprising (Bostona, MA)
Florida Mayhem (Florida)
Houston Outlaws (Houston, TX)
London Spitfire (London)
New York Excelsior (New York City, NY)
Philadelphia Fusion (Philadelphia, PA)

Pacific Division 
Dallas Fuel (Dallas, TX)
Los Angeles Gladiators (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles Valiant (Los Angeles, CA)
San Francisco Shock (San Francisco, CA)
Seoul Dynasty (Seoul)
Shanghai Dragons (Shanghai)

Schedule

The full schedule for all four weeks can be found here. Below is the listing for the games of the opening day, January 10.

(Times are approximate)

4:00 PM PST: San Francisco Shock vs. Los Angeles Valiant
6:00 PM PST: Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
8:00 PM PST: Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty

Overwatch League Skins

If you have a favorite team, or just want to show regional pride, Blizzard is selling Overwatch League tokens which are then used to pay for Overwatch character colors representing each team. You get one color for one character free if you log in before February 21, but you are free to buy currency if you want to buy them all. This can be done through the Overwatch client. Hope your favorite team has good colors!

That's the basics! Which team are you rooting for?

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Zero Punctuation: Okami HD

Escapist :video games feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:50

This week, Yahtzee reviews Okami HD

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