Eurogamer.net Latest Articles Feed/feedThis is a feed of the latest articles from Eurogamer.net.en-gbMon, 15 Aug 2022 15:49:31 +0000The Pokémon Company International pledges global donations to organisations supporting children/the-pokemon-company-international-pledges-global-donations-to-organisations-supporting-childrenLiv NganMon, 15 Aug 2022 15:49:31 +0000/the-pokemon-company-international-pledges-global-donations-to-organisations-supporting-childrenCharityThe Pokemon CompanyIndustry

The Pokémon Company International has announced its commitment to global organisations in support of children and minority groups.

A subsidiary of The Pokémon Company, The Pokémon Company International is responsible for the Pokémon brand in all regions other than Asia.

As the Pokémon series has hit 25 years since its first game was released (Pokémon Red and Blue in 1996), the company has pledged to donate at least $25 million over five years to organisations across the world dedicated to "improving the lives of children and supporting social equity".

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FIFA 23 transforms footballers into Marvel superheroes for Ultimate Team/fifa-23-transforms-footballers-into-marvel-superheroes-for-ultimate-teamWesley Yin-PooleMon, 15 Aug 2022 15:45:06 +0000/fifa-23-transforms-footballers-into-marvel-superheroes-for-ultimate-teamMarvelXbox OneFIFA 23SportsXbox Series X/SPS5EA SportsfifaPS4Nintendo SwitchPC

Here's an odd crossover: FIFA and Marvel.

EA has announced a collaboration with Marvel that reimagines some of the most famous footballers of yesteryear as superheroes.

Ex-footballers such as USA stalwart Landon Donovan, legendary Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho and all-conquering Man City midfielder Yaya Touré have unique illustrated designs that replace real-world player photos in FIFA 23's Ultimate Team mode.

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DF Direct Weekly talks Spider-Man PC reviewing and PC gaming in an energy crisis/df-direct-weekly-talks-spider-man-pc-reviewing-and-pc-gaming-in-an-energy-crisisRichard LeadbetterMon, 15 Aug 2022 14:57:00 +0000/df-direct-weekly-talks-spider-man-pc-reviewing-and-pc-gaming-in-an-energy-crisisDigital Foundry

Welcome the latest edition of DF Direct Weekly - Digital Foundry's regular show on the latest gaming and technology news. Perhaps not surprisingly, the lion's share of our news discussion this week concerns the release of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC. We've discussed the various trials we had in delivering our coverage - not least the arrival of a major (and welcome!) patch on embargo day. However, in this week's show, we talk about our discussions with Nixxes, remaining performance hurdles and the title's remarkable CPU burden, especially with ray tracing enabled.

However, we also spend a fair amount of time talking about the rising cost of gaming - or more specifically, the huge increases in energy costs. In the UK at least, we're looking at a potentially gigantic and disastrous increase in the cost of electricity in October - and the recent news on next-gen GPUs raising their TDPs has got a lot of people concerned. First of all, I do think that the biggest TDP increases will be found on the more expensive GPUs, but ultimately, perhaps we should be looking at the energy savings brought about by frame-rate limiters.

As we discuss in this week's show, you never really fully utilise a CPU - you buy a more expensive processor to mitigate against the worst case scenarios... so why not adopt the same strategy with a GPU too? I'm perfectly happy to play most triple-A fare at 90-100fps, effectively a 10-11ms render time per frame. Beyond that, my perception barely sees much difference - but the energy cost in running a GPU unlocked is significantly higher. So setting an arbitrary frame-rate cap that sits at the sweet spot of the game you're playing seems like a good idea to me, the idea being that your extra GPU performance is only deployed where needed in the service of a consistent experience. It'll be interesting to see if Nvidia, AMD or Intel consider some kind of energy efficiency mode - but of course, using DLSS or FSR 2.0 is also a big energy saver too.

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Squirrel with a Gun promises a squirrel with a gun/squirrel-with-a-gun-promises-a-squirrel-with-a-gunLiv NganMon, 15 Aug 2022 14:47:20 +0000/squirrel-with-a-gun-promises-a-squirrel-with-a-gunCoffee Stain StudiosSurvival & CraftingGoat Simulator 3StealthComedyPlatformerOpen WorldAction AdventureSandboxPC

If there's anything that Bad puns and video games since 1999. have taught us over the past decade, it's that people want to play as animals. More specifically, we want to play as annoying little critters and get away with all sorts of things that real human life does not look kindly upon.

Thankfully, indie developers have been paying attention to the success seen by previous Bad puns and video games since 1999. like Goat Simulator and Untitled Goose Game.

Assignment understood. And I say that with confidence, and I'm about to show you why.

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New God of War Ragnarök trailer will get you up to speed on the story so far/new-god-of-war-ragnarok-trailer-will-get-you-up-to-speed-on-the-story-so-farVictoria KennedyMon, 15 Aug 2022 14:15:28 +0000/new-god-of-war-ragnarok-trailer-will-get-you-up-to-speed-on-the-story-so-farSonyGod of War RagnarokAction AdventurePS5PS4Sony Santa Monica

PlayStation has unveiled a new trailer ahead of God of War Ragnarök's release.

This trailer, titled Myths of Midgard, offers a brief summary of 2018's God of War epic. It stars Felicia Day, as she narrates the story of Kratos and Atreus so far. There are also little 'cameos' from know-it-all Mimir throughout the retelling, which is full of some really gorgeous artwork.

You can check it out for yourself below.

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New Lord of the Rings game on the way from Private Division and Weta/new-lord-of-the-rings-game-on-the-way-from-private-division-and-wetaEd NightingaleMon, 15 Aug 2022 14:12:52 +0000/new-lord-of-the-rings-game-on-the-way-from-private-division-and-wetaWeta DigitalPrivate Division

A new Lord of the Rings game will be published by Private Division in collaboration with Weta Workshop.

Details on the game itself are unknown, though it will be set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels.

Private Division is part of Take-Two Interactive and has previously published the likes of Kerbal Space Program, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, and Obsidian's The Outer Worlds. It's also set to publish new Bad puns and video games since 1999. from Ori and the Blind Forest's Moon Studios, OlliOlli creators Roll7, and Armello developer League of Geeks.

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Dedicated Zelda: Breath of the Wild player shares impressive Yiga Clan discovery/dedicated-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-player-shares-impressive-yiga-clan-discoveryVictoria KennedyMon, 15 Aug 2022 13:24:27 +0000/dedicated-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-player-shares-impressive-yiga-clan-discoveryThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild SequelAction AdventureNintendoThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch

One extremely dedicated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player has gone the extra mile, and unearthed a little known exploit of the game's Yiga Clan.

So, it turns out that those 'travellers' that litter Hyrule, but are in fact members of the Yiga Clan in disguise, are actually "evil twins" of other inhabitants found across the map.

As documented by justlookingfordragon on Reddit, the 'disguises' used by the Yiga are "1:1 clones of other, properly named NPCs that exist somewhere" in the game's world.

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Affogato makes the case for more witches owning coffee shops/affogato-makes-the-case-for-more-witches-owning-coffee-shops-1Christian DonlanMon, 15 Aug 2022 13:00:00 +0000/affogato-makes-the-case-for-more-witches-owning-coffee-shops-1StrategyPCRPG

I learned about Affogato in a PR email I didn't read properly, and I thought it was about running a coffee shop. It is, sort of. You run a coffee shop, handle the grinds and the brewing and the little shakers of sugar. But you're also a witch. And you can dive inside the minds of your customers and solve problems by fighting cleverly framed battles. So you run a coffee shop and then some.

The coffee shop stuff inevitably reminds me of Coffee Talk, and Affogato has captured the same evening setting, sparkling with all its urban promise. It's fun trying to make drinks properly, remembering the differences between them and mastering the intricacies of seasoning.

But the game properly comes alive in the battles. Affogato calls this system a sort of reverse tower-defense, and it calls to mind another reverse tower-defense game that I haven't thought about in years: Anomaly: Warzone Earth. In Anomaly, you lead a convoy through a city laced with turrets and enemy rockets. Affogato zooms in a little: you play cards to place units upon a track that threads through a bunch of baddies. They attack you automatically and you attack them automatically. Early on - I've only played the demo - it's all about picking the route and defending yourself.

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Iconic Wii Sports Mii Matt joins Switch Sports/iconic-wii-sports-mii-matt-joins-switch-sportsVictoria KennedyMon, 15 Aug 2022 12:34:58 +0000/iconic-wii-sports-mii-matt-joins-switch-sportsSportsNintendo Switch SportsKids & FamilyNintendoNintendo Switch

Matt, one of the most famous faces from Nintendo Wii Sports era, is now available in Switch Sports for those that are looking to up their game.

"Interested in a tougher challenge in #NintendoSwitchSports," asked Nintendo. "Try entering ZR + R + A or ZL + L + → on the difficulty select screen."

This text in itself wasn't enough to set the internet ablaze. However, the picture accompanying the news was. Why? Because it showed Matt with his new 'legend' title brandishing a baton ready to take on players (thanks, IGN).

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FaZe Clan's Nickmercs promotes maskless event in wake of TwitchCon San Diego's mask mandate/faze-clans-nickmercs-promotes-maskless-event-in-wake-of-twitchcon-san-diegos-mask-mandateEd NightingaleMon, 15 Aug 2022 11:40:04 +0000/faze-clans-nickmercs-promotes-maskless-event-in-wake-of-twitchcon-san-diegos-mask-mandateTwitch

Last week Twitch updated its policy for its TwichCon San Diego event, making masks a requirement while indoors as well as proof of vaccination or a negative covid test.

Many potential attendees were put off by the lack of safety measures, but following the policy update others are now refusing to attend due to the mask requirement.

FaZe Clan is organising its own event in San Diego at the same time, and its co-owner Nickmercs has stated masks won't be required.

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Spider-Man Remastered mods let you play as Miles Morales, Stan Lee and more/spider-man-remastered-mods-let-you-play-as-miles-morales-stan-lee-and-moreLiv NganMon, 15 Aug 2022 11:29:20 +0000/spider-man-remastered-mods-let-you-play-as-miles-morales-stan-lee-and-moreSony Interactive EntertainmentAction AdventureMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredInsomniac Bad puns and video games since 1999.PS5PS4PC

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered released three days ago on PC, and modders have been hard at work over the weekend.

There are already several mods which reshade the game, like this one from BadRusMan that emulates a more cinematic style, or overhaul the visuals, like this noir mod by ManWithAPlan.

There's also a mod which disables the HUD and enemy outlines, by Mixerced, if you want to remove the interface whilst you play.

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God of War Ragnarök leak reveals Odin concept art/god-of-war-ragnarok-leak-reveals-odin-concept-artVictoria KennedyMon, 15 Aug 2022 11:18:19 +0000/god-of-war-ragnarok-leak-reveals-odin-concept-artSonyGod of War RagnarokAction AdventurePS5PS4Sony Santa Monica

Ahead of its November release, a new image showing off concept art for Odin from God of War Ragnarök made its way online over the weekend.

This leak came from industry insider AestheticGamer, also known as Dusk Golem.

"I'm just holding onto a bunch of misc God of War Ragnarok things right now, decided to only post concept art of Odin. All I'm going to post, and yes, Odin looks a lot different than I imagined too," they wrote before sharing the image and wishing everyone a good day.

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Cyberpunk 2077 mod replicates Johnny Silverhand's TTRPG look/cyberpunk-2077-mod-replicates-johnny-silverhands-ttrpg-lookEd NightingaleMon, 15 Aug 2022 10:39:11 +0000/cyberpunk-2077-mod-replicates-johnny-silverhands-ttrpg-lookXbox OneXbox Series X/SCyberpunk 2077RPGPS5PS4PC

A new mod for Cyberpunk 2077 allows players to change the design of Johnny Silverhand to match his appearance in the original TTRPG.

Project 2020 from modder ErebusEquity, available on Nexus Mods, includes tabletop appearances, original looks, and multiple face swap and hair swap options, as spotted by TheGamer.

Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the Cyberpunk 2020 TTRPG from 1988, but has Silverhand played by Keanu Reeves in a central role to the plot.

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MultiVersus leak reveals Gremlin antagonist Stripe is coming to brawl/multiversus-leak-reveals-gremlin-antagonist-stripe-is-coming-to-brawlVictoria KennedyMon, 15 Aug 2022 10:31:19 +0000/multiversus-leak-reveals-gremlin-antagonist-stripe-is-coming-to-brawlXbox OnePartyXbox Series X/SFightingMultiVersusPS5PS4Warner Bros.PC

A new leak for Warner Bros.' brawler MultiVersus has revealed that both Stripe from Gremlins and DC's Black Adam will be joining the battle roster.

As revealed by _FireMonkey on Twitter, the twosome can be seen in the game's season one startup screen, which Warner Bros. set live a little too early. The company had originally said that upcoming fighters would be teased in MultiVersus' start up screen, but unfortunately the developer jumped the gun a bit on that one.

The duo will join the likes of current characters such as Bugs Bunny, Batman and Arya Stark. Meanwhile, Morty of Rick and Morty fame will be joining the fray on 23rd August.

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Spider-Man Remastered second biggest launch for PlayStation Studios on PC/spider-man-remastered-second-biggest-launch-for-playstation-studios-on-pcEd NightingaleMon, 15 Aug 2022 10:03:23 +0000/spider-man-remastered-second-biggest-launch-for-playstation-studios-on-pcCult of the LambManagementAction AdventureMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredRoguelikePC

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is off to a great start on PC, but Cult of the Lamb isn't far behind.

Insomniac's PlayStation exclusive released last week on PC and it already has the second highest concurrent peak on Steam for PlayStation Studios, behind God of War.

Its all-time peak is 66,436 players, behind God of War's 73,529, making it the second biggest launch for the studio on PC. It's currently the number one top selling game on Steam.

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PS4 sold "twice as many" units as Xbox One, new court papers show/ps4-sold-twice-as-many-units-as-xbox-one-new-court-papers-showVikki BlakeSun, 14 Aug 2022 16:30:29 +0000/ps4-sold-twice-as-many-units-as-xbox-one-new-court-papers-showsalesXbox OneSonyconsole salesPlayStationXboxPS4console warsIndustryMicrosoft

New court documents have confirmed that Sony's PS4 console sold "twice as many" units as Microsoft's Xbox One during last-gen's "console wars".

Confirmation comes via Brazilian court papers wherein Microsoft is defending its acquisition of Activision Blizzard in front of the Brazilian competition authority, CADE.

As spotted by GameLuster and translated via Google Translate - so bear with me; this may not be a 100 per cent word-for-word translation - page 17/18 (paragraph 46) of Microsoft's own published court papers state that "Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed [sic] base, having sold more than twice as many Xbox [One units] in the last generation".

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If you've been offered a Lil Gator Game beta code, it's probably fake/if-youve-been-offered-a-lil-gator-beta-code-its-probably-fakeVikki BlakeSun, 14 Aug 2022 15:39:37 +0000/if-youve-been-offered-a-lil-gator-beta-code-its-probably-fakePlaytonic FriendsbetaKids & FamilyscamPCfake

Playtonic and developer MegaWobble have reached out to fans of its upcoming Lil Gator Game to warn them that any emails purporting to be offering beta testing are a "scam".

"It has come to our attention that someone is offering beta testing for Lil Gator Game," publisher Playtonic tweeted over the weekend. "We can confirm this is a SCAM and not from Playtonic or Lil Gator Game.

"If we were offering this to our communities we would announce it on our Twitter and not via any other channels," the tweet added.

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This Better Call Saul Gameboy fan game is the best thing we'll never play/this-better-call-saul-gameboy-fan-game-is-the-best-thing-well-never-playVikki BlakeSun, 14 Aug 2022 15:20:12 +0000/this-better-call-saul-gameboy-fan-game-is-the-best-thing-well-never-playBreaking BadNintendo Game Boyfan Bad puns and video games since 1999.gameboy jam

Three fans, led by Lumpy Touch, have taken Better Call Saul and Gameboy'd it.

A three-minute teaser - which includes light spoilers for S1E9, S5E8, and S6E5, so be warned - lovingly recreates Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's Breaking Bad spin-off as a monochrome Gameboy game, complete with plenty of fan service touches, including one of the scariest things I've ever seen: a happy Mike.

The demake includes character options - which ranks your three playable characters Jimmy, Kim, and Mike by their Guts, Hustle, Authority, and Lawyer traits as well as unique passive skills - cut-scenes, and even a fab chip-tune version of the theme track. The slightly spoilerific gameplay we see plays on some of the scenarios Jimmy's found himself in over the years and I really, really want to play it.

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Apple Silicon Face-Off: M1 Ultra and M1 Max take on high-end PC juggernauts/digitalfoundry-2022-apple-silicon-face-off-m1-ultra-and-m1-max-take-on-high-end-pc-hardwareOliver MackenzieSun, 14 Aug 2022 14:32:31 +0000/digitalfoundry-2022-apple-silicon-face-off-m1-ultra-and-m1-max-take-on-high-end-pc-hardwareMacPC

It's high time Digital Foundry took a look at Apple Silicon and today we're going to be looking at the higher-end chips in the line-up. Our focus is on the monster that is the M1 Ultra, found within the latest Apple Mac Studio, but we're also going to be checking out the MacBook Pro's M1 Max. It's the M1 Ultra that truly commands our attention though: this system-on-chip represents the highest end computer processor Apple has designed to date, with the firm claiming it should be as fast as a high-end Windows desktop. Packing 20 CPU cores, a 21 teraflop GPU, and 800GB/s of memory bandwidth, it certainly seems like it could be - but how does it measure up in real-world testing and how well does it game?

The M1 and M2 lines are the culmination of a long journey that has seen the firm transition away from SoCs based on third party design and IP, moving all chip design in-house to the furthest extent realistically possible. Apple designs its own GPUs, its own CPUs, and handles SoC design and integration. This results in tremendous control over processor design - the kind of control you would need to scale a phone processor up for high-end desktops.

Which brings us to the M1 Ultra. Since 2020, Apple has been moving its Mac desktops and notebooks away from Intel CPUs and AMD GPUs and over to its in-house SOCs, taking the same fundamental tech from iPhones and integrating it into computers. Apple started with lower-end and lower-power form factors, but finally came around to high-end desktops with the release of the Ultra a few months ago. The M1 Ultra isn't really its own unique chip, however. It's actually two M1 Max SoCs connected over a high-bandwidth 2.5TB/s interposer. To the operating system and the user it seems like one monolithic chip with 1 CPU and GPU, but in reality this is two chips linked through a first-of-its-kind interconnect with the performance to support a dual-chip GPU and CPU.

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Another unannounced Avatar game has popped up online/another-unannounced-avatar-game-has-popped-up-onlineVikki BlakeSun, 14 Aug 2022 13:32:26 +0000/another-unannounced-avatar-game-has-popped-up-onlineavatarAnimeunannounced gameNickelodeonPS5leakAmazonPS4

It looks like another Avatar game - this one called Avatar The Last Airbender: Quest for Balance - is on the way.

This is a different Avatar game from Ubisoft's recently delayed Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and also different from Avatar: Generations, which was announced earlier this week and is, confusingly, also seemingly based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

As spotted by VGC, the unannounced PS4 game has popped up on Amazon Japan with a mid-November release date, but interestingly, it's listed as an import from North America, suggesting it's a Western release.

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Here's Genshin Impact's 3.0 update release date/heres-genshin-impacts-30-update-release-dateVikki BlakeSun, 14 Aug 2022 13:04:22 +0000/heres-genshin-impacts-30-update-release-dateFree-to-playHoYoVerseupdateRPGAction Adventurerelease dateGenshin ImpactiOSPS5PS4freePCAndroid

A new livestream has revealed more about Genshin Impact's upcoming 3.0 update, The Morn a Thousand Rose Brings.

Along with a lengthy new teaser video - which you can see below - we learned that 3.0, entitled The Morn a Thousand Rose Brings, is all set to release on 24th August, 2022.

As Jessica recently summarised for us, 3.0 brings the Sumeru region to the game, the Dendro element, continues the main storyline, and will introduce lots of new characters. We now know these include four-star Electro Dori, along with upcoming additions five-star Dendro Tighnari and Collei, the latter of which - who is a four-star Dendro specialist - can be added for free via the Graven Innocence event. Zhongli is making a return, along with Ganyu and Kokomi, all of whom are five-star.

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Ghost of Tsushima movie will be "a complete Japanese cast, in Japanese"/ghost-of-tsushima-movie-will-be-a-complete-japanese-cast-in-japaneseVikki BlakeSun, 14 Aug 2022 12:36:37 +0000/ghost-of-tsushima-movie-will-be-a-complete-japanese-cast-in-japanesejapanRPGAction AdventureFilm & TVGhost Of TsushimaMoviesSucker Punch

Director Chad Stahelski has confirmed that his movie adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima will be "a complete Japanese cast, in Japanese".

Speaking to Collider, Stahelski said that while it may "scare the shit out of most people", Sony is "on board with backing [him] on that" and "Western audiences in general are getting more and more used to [reading subtitles]".

"Honestly, it's probably the same things that would scare the shit out of most people. It's a fantasy period piece," he said. "It's done with reverence to Akira Kurosawa, who's probably in the top five biggest influences of my life as far as film goes. It's a chance to push technology and people in a story that's timeless. It's your typical mythological story of good versus evil, finding a man, watching him change the world or the world changes him. It's all the Joseph Campbell stuff that you'd love in a story. You put that in with, obviously, so I'm told I have a bit of a Samurai fetish, which is probably true from Manga and anime and stuff.

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The person responsible for adding - and removing - PT from the PSN store speaks for the first time/the-person-responsible-for-adding-and-removing-pt-from-the-psn-store-speaks-for-the-first-timeVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 16:11:17 +0000/the-person-responsible-for-adding-and-removing-pt-from-the-psn-store-speaks-for-the-first-timeFree-to-playHorrorP.T.KonamianniversarySilent HillSonyPS4Industry

The person responsible for putting PT onto the Sony storefront - as well as having to take it back off again - has spoken about the situation for the first time.

Pearl L., who was Konami's first-party lead at the time, took to Twitter to talk candidly - and diplomatically - about the time the free-to-play Silent Hills teaser was controversially pulled from the Sony store eight years ago yesterday (12th August).

"Fun fact: since I was the first-party lead at the time at Konami, I helped get this product set up on the storefronts, fake publisher and everything," they tweeted (thanks, VGC).

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Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi leaves after 27 years to join NetEase/capcom-producer-hiroyuki-kobayashi-leaves-after-27-years-to-join-neteaseVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 15:43:28 +0000/capcom-producer-hiroyuki-kobayashi-leaves-after-27-years-to-join-neteaseDragon's DogmaResident EvilNeteaseJobsDino CrisisCapcomproductionDevil May Cry

Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi has parted ways with Capcom after 27 years.

Whilst Kobayashi left Capcom on 1st March 2022, he chose 12th August - his 50th birthday - to make the announcement that he had left the famed Japanese company to take up another producer position at NetEase.

"Today, 12th August, is my 50th birthday," Kobayashi's statement begins. "As such, I would like to share something very special with everyone: After serving 27 years with gratitude, I have departed from Capcom on 1st March and will be officially joining NetEase as a producer.

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Nintendo won't increase the price of Nintendo Switch "at this point"/nintendo-wont-increase-the-price-of-nintendo-switch-at-this-pointVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 15:23:36 +0000/nintendo-wont-increase-the-price-of-nintendo-switch-at-this-pointsalesshuntaro furukawasemiconductor shortageFinancial resultsNintendoNintendo SwitchIndustry

Nintendo has confirmed that it has no plans to increase the price of its Nintendo Switch console.

Despite a drop in sales of around 23 per cent year-on-year - chiefly due to the tech industry's ongoing shortage of semiconductor parts stifling manufacturing - Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa told Nikkei that Nintendo wanted to "avoid pricing people out".

"We're not considering [a price increase] at this point, for two reasons," Furukawa said (thanks, NME). "In order to offer unique entertainment to a wide range of customers, we want to avoid pricing people out. Our competition is the variety of entertainment in the world, and we always think about pricing in terms of the value of the fun we offer.

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Phasmophobia players want smaller maps/phasmophobia-players-want-smaller-mapsVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 15:02:42 +0000/phasmophobia-players-want-smaller-mapsHorrorPhasmophobiamapsKinetic Bad puns and video games since 1999.RedditIndieUpdatesPC

It looks like a lot of Phasmophobia players hope to see smaller maps in upcoming updates.

In a poll in the game's subreddit community and spotted by PCGN, players were invited to vote on the next map they would like to see join the Phasmophobia rotation. Options include a circus/carnival, mall/movie theatre, manufacturing plant, office park/corporate building, and a small town square.

Whilst thousands of players have voted on their preference, some took to the comments to talk about the size those hypothetical maps could be, and posited that smaller maps were important, too.

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Diablo Immortal players are reporting a new bug that is "reducing XP for everyone"/diablo-immortal-players-are-reporting-a-new-bug-that-is-reducing-xp-for-everyoneVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 14:08:30 +0000/diablo-immortal-players-are-reporting-a-new-bug-that-is-reducing-xp-for-everyoneFree-to-playMMOBlizzardRPGRedditBugsMobileDiablo Immortal

Diablo Immortal players are reporting a new bug that is "reducing XP for everyone".

A thread on the game's subreddit community - complete with examples and screenshots - is claiming that "there’s a bug that reduces the XP earned on a significant portion of kills and XP globes".

"We don’t fully understand why or when it will happen," explains u/staplepies (thanks, NME), who's one of five players "looking at this on and off for the last month or so".

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Tiny Tina's Wonderlands' Shattering Spectreglass DLC "expands the endgame experience"/tiny-tinas-wonderlands-shattering-spectreglass-dlc-expands-the-endgame-experienceVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 11:58:39 +0000/tiny-tinas-wonderlands-shattering-spectreglass-dlc-expands-the-endgame-experienceXbox OneXbox Series X/SDLC2KFPS/ShooterAction AdventureRPGannouncementVideoTiny Tina's WonderlandsGearbox SoftwarePS5PS4PC

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands' fourth DLC chapter, Shattering Spectreglass, is out now, "expanding the endgame experience" with a new class, better character creation options, a new boss, and "incredible loot".

Available for no extra cost for those who already own the season pass - and to buy separately for those who don't - Shattering Spectreglass ushers in the all-new Blightcaller class which "allows players to harness the noxious essence of swamps with potent precision, alongside new ways to customise your Fatemaker, including an all-new voice".

"Shattering Spectreglass begins in Dreamveil Overlook, where players will face Vesper’s most personal Mirror of Mystery yet," 2K explains. "Shattering Spectreglass offers a window into Vesper's memories, which are plagued by visions of Redmourne the Trivern, a mighty beast that can grow multiple heads and feeds on fear, siphoning his power from lost souls. Bringing down this winged behemoth once and for all is the only way to help Vesper escape her past."

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There's a new South Park game on the way/theres-a-new-south-park-game-on-the-wayVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 11:10:18 +0000/theres-a-new-south-park-game-on-the-waySouth ParkTHQ NordicTHQreveal

THQ Nordic rounded out its 2022 Showcase by teasing a new South Park game.

"As of today, THQ Nordic (HandyBad puns and video games since 1999. not included) has 43 Bad puns and video games since 1999. in development. Thereof 26 still unannounced AFTER this showcase," the broadcast confirmed at the end of the presentation. "Thank you for watching."

Moments later, though, the 26 is crossed out, and the text fades to the South Park Digital Studios logo - head to 55min and 11secs on the video below to see for yourself:

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NBA 2K23 reveals more about its upcoming mode The Jordan Challenge/nba-2k23-reveals-more-about-its-upcoming-mode-the-jordan-challenge-1Vikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 10:42:39 +0000/nba-2k23-reveals-more-about-its-upcoming-mode-the-jordan-challenge-1Xbox OneMichael JordanXbox Series X/SSports2KVisual ConceptsVideoNBA 2K23PS5PS4UpdatesNintendo SwitchPC

NBA 2K23 is inviting you to "experience Michael Jordan's most iconic moments" in its upcoming Jordan Challenge mode.

The game mode will include 15 "playable moments from Jordan's career that let players relive his legacy from the early days as a college sensation, to his game-winning shot in the 1998 NBA Finals".

Each challenge will include a pre-game interview with a "luminary who was part of what made every game special" and a new presentation package that recreates how the Bad puns and video games since 1999. would've looked as they were originally broadcast in the 80s and 90s.

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PUBG: Battlegrounds boasts 80,000 more daily players since going free-to-play/pubg-battlegrounds-boasts-80000-more-daily-players-since-going-free-to-playVikki BlakeSat, 13 Aug 2022 10:11:21 +0000/pubg-battlegrounds-boasts-80000-more-daily-players-since-going-free-to-playFree-to-playPlayerunknown's BattlegroundsXbox OneKraftonPUBG: New StateXbox Series X/Splayer-unknowns-battlegroundsFPS/ShooterPS5Financial resultsBattle RoyaleiOSMobilePS4PCIndustryAndroid

PUBG: Battlegrounds has clocked up 80,000 new players daily since going free-to-play earlier this year.

Confirming the new figures in its latest financial report, developer/publisher Krafton confirmed that net profit for the company was up 37 per cent when compared with the same quarter last year, even though both operating profit and revenue were down by 6.9 per cent and 7.8 per cent respectively.

94 per cent of the battle royale's revenue is generated outside of South Korea, where the game is made.

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Here's everything shown during tonight's THQ Nordic showcase/heres-everything-shown-during-tonights-thq-nordic-showcaseMatt WalesFri, 12 Aug 2022 21:24:47 +0000/heres-everything-shown-during-tonights-thq-nordic-showcaseSpace For SaleXbox OneXbox Series X/SGothic RemakeDestroy All Humans! 2 - ReprobedAlone in the DarkWreckreactionOutcast 2: A New BeginningPS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPCJagged Alliance 3

The all-consuming IP hoover that is THQ Nordic has done a showcase! Mixing a nostalgia-baiting slate of 90s revivals with some intriguing newcomers, it was a surprisingly busy one too. So if you missed it and find yourself eager for updates on previously announced titles like Outcast 2, Jagged Alliance 3, and Gothic, plus some big new reveals - most notably the return of Alone in the Dark - read on.

Alone in the Dark

As rumoured, the grandaddy of survival horror is back in what THQ Nordic and developer Pieces Interactive is calling a "reimagining" of the 1992 original. It's being written and directed by Mikael Hedberg, who wrote the stunning Soma at Frictional Bad puns and video games since 1999., and is coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC at a later date. We've got a little more on this promising project elsewhere.

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Dangerous Driving dev's Wreckreation is an open-world racer with a DIY focus/dangerous-driving-devs-wreckreation-is-an-open-world-racer-with-a-diy-focusMatt WalesFri, 12 Aug 2022 19:48:25 +0000/dangerous-driving-devs-wreckreation-is-an-open-world-racer-with-a-diy-focusDriving/RacingOpen WorldWreckreactionPC

UK developer Three Fields Entertainment - the studio behind the likes of Dangerous Golf and Dangerous Driving - has unveiled Wreckreation, a new custom-content-focused open-world racer coming to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox next year.

Three Fields - a studio founded by a small group of ex-Criterion developers - describes Wreckreation as a game of high-speed racing, crashing, stunts, and exploration, all of which unfolds across a 400-square-mile map. That map is designed to represent an entire (fictitious) American state split into four areas, albeit one predominantly themed around woodland, grassland, and sandy beaches.

As to how players approach the challenges within Wreckreation's world, the idea is that it's entirely up to them, with Three Fields saying it wants to encourage a more freeform style of fun as players explore the world in search of races, short cuts, and challenges.

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Become a galactic property magnate in cute management game Space for Sale/become-a-galactic-property-magnate-in-hands-on-management-game-space-for-saleMatt WalesFri, 12 Aug 2022 19:32:00 +0000/become-a-galactic-property-magnate-in-hands-on-management-game-space-for-salePC

Mirage Game Studios - the developer behind well-received factory sim Little Big Workshop - has shared a first look at its adorable galactic property magnate game Space for Sale, which is due to launch on PC at a currently undisclosed date.

Space for Sale casts players in the role of a cute astronaut that's just bought an entire galaxy on the cheap, with the aim of turning it into a dream destination for alien homeseekers across the cosmos. To reach that goal, players must scour the galaxy's procedural planets in search of the perfect spot to fulfil their clients' sometimes eccentric needs.

Although Space for Sale's basic concept sounds very management sim, Mirage says the game's sandbox-style gameplay is more of a "hands-on experience" than that might suggest, with players needing to explore each planet in person as they hunt down the ideal location to drop a plot, construct buildings, collect resources, scan items, and so on.

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Survival horror classic Alone in the Dark is being 'reimagined' by Soma writer/survival-horror-classic-alone-in-the-dark-is-back-and-being-reimagined-by-soma-writerMatt WalesFri, 12 Aug 2022 19:30:00 +0000/survival-horror-classic-alone-in-the-dark-is-back-and-being-reimagined-by-soma-writerPS5Xbox Series X/SHorrorPC

THQ Nordic is 'reimagining' survival horror classic Alone in the Dark, with Soma and Amnesia: The Dark Descent writer Mikael Hedberg at the helm.

Alone in the Dark, for those too young to remember, is widely considered to be the granddaddy of the survival horror genre, with the 1992 original pioneering the fixed-camera spook-house formula that would go on to influence the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill.

THQ Nordic's reimagined version of Alone in the Dark - which is being handled by Swedish developer Pieces Interactive - takes the basic premise of the 1992 original, in which private detective Edward Carnby helps Emily Hartwood investigate her uncle's suicide at the gloomy Derceto Mansion, and shakes it up a little for modern audiences.

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Marvel's Spider-Man PC - a patch or two away from perfection/digitalfoundry-2022-marvels-spider-man-pc-tech-reviewAlex BattagliaFri, 12 Aug 2022 15:05:08 +0000/digitalfoundry-2022-marvels-spider-man-pc-tech-reviewPS5PCDigital FoundryAction Adventure

Developer Nixxes patched Marvel's Spider-Man a couple of hours before embargo on Wednesday, setting back our PC tech review, but the update was worth it and while a little more polish is required to get the game fully into shape, the release you'll be playing today definitely hits the spot. We've already covered the PC version in broad brush strokes, but today we can get a little more granular and offer up our optimised settings for delivering the best balance between performance and fidelity.

Let's quickly recap on what we've already discussed - and it's mostly great stuff. First of all, I like the graphics configuration menu that appears before you run the game - it's a Nixxes (and IO Interactive!) hallmark that gives you an instant 'at a glance' look at the options available and allows for friction-free settings changes outside of the game. Those settings include fully realised support for practically any aspect ratio, plus configurable field of view. Not only that, but the game's full-screen support includes actual exclusive full-screen, allowing for resolutions and refresh rates outside of the desktop options - a rare thing in PC gaming today.

Also impressive is how the in-game options menu actually works. Pause the game at any time and any tweaks you make are instantly deployed, allowing you to see the changes you've made in real-time. In a world where some problematic PC titles don't do this and can even require you to restart the game, this is excellent. On paper, all of the things I've praised here should be standard and second nature to PC developers but unfortunately that's not the case. Where Nixxes excels is where ports like Elden Ring, Final Fantasy VII or Halo Infinite flounder, sometimes spectacularly so.

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Final Fantasy 14's Buried Memory Patch 6.2 has a release date/final-fantasy-14s-buried-memory-patch-62-has-a-release-dateEd NightingaleFri, 12 Aug 2022 14:42:19 +0000/final-fantasy-14s-buried-memory-patch-62-has-a-release-dateMMOFinal Fantasy 14: EndwalkerJRPGPS5PS4PCSquare Enix

Patch 6.2 for Final Fantasy 14 - named Buried Memory - will release on 23rd August.

The update will add a fresh batch of story missions, as well as a farming sim mode called Island Sanctuary.

An epic new trailer for the patch includes plenty of gameplay (and Endwalker story spoilers) from across the update, and some cute dancing Loporrits - moon bunnies for the uninitiated.

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Master Chief beats down thugs in Yakuza 0 mod/master-chief-beats-down-thugs-in-yakuza-0-modLiv NganFri, 12 Aug 2022 14:34:56 +0000/master-chief-beats-down-thugs-in-yakuza-0-modHalo 3SEGAFPS/ShooterAction AdventureBungieHalo: InfinitePC

Play as Master Chief in Yakuza 0 thanks to the power of modder Kashiiera.

The mod, uploaded earlier this week, replaces usual protagonist Kiryu Kazuma with Halo's poster boy Master Chief. Specifically his incarnation in Halo 3.

Kashiiera is primarily a Halo modder as it's their favourite franchise, but they also love Yakuza and so worked hard to project Master Chief's model correctly onto Kiryu's to keep him looking as natural as possible.

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Blinnk and the Vacuum of Space is a VR adventure designed for autistic players/blinnk-and-the-vacuum-of-space-is-a-vr-adventure-designed-for-autistic-playersVictoria KennedyFri, 12 Aug 2022 14:25:33 +0000/blinnk-and-the-vacuum-of-space-is-a-vr-adventure-designed-for-autistic-playersBlinnk and the vacuum of spaceKids & Family

An upcoming VR game from Changingday is specifically designed for autistic players, and will allow users to "play at their own pace" while "[supporting] them through everyday experiences".

Blinnk and the Vacuum of Space starts off on the first day of your new job at Norp Corp. However, your new boss, a certain Mister Norp, is a hungry chap, with only one demand. You must bring him "the greatest sandwich in the galaxy".

This may all sound easy enough, I mean how hard can bread and filling be? Well, it turns out it can be a lot harder than you may expect, especially when robot companion Blinnk is involved.

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Capcom announces two livestreams for Tokyo Bad puns and video games since 1999. Show 2022/capcom-announces-two-livestreams-for-tokyo-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-show-2022Ed NightingaleFri, 12 Aug 2022 13:58:26 +0000/capcom-announces-two-livestreams-for-tokyo-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-show-2022Xbox Series X/SMonster Hunter Rise: SunbreakFightingExoprimalStreet Fighter 6PS5CapcomPC

Capcom has announced it will have two livestream presentations as part of Tokyo Bad puns and video games since 1999. Show this year.

The first will be on 15th September (3pm UK time) and will include "all the latest Capcom news in our pre-recorded stream".

The second will follow on 16th September and focus solely on Street Fighter 6.

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Arcade Paradise review: wash clothes and play Bad puns and video games since 1999. in this feat of grime-caked memory/arcade-paradise-review-wash-clothes-and-play-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-in-this-feat-of-grime-caked-memoryChristian DonlanFri, 12 Aug 2022 13:21:50 +0000/arcade-paradise-review-wash-clothes-and-play-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-in-this-feat-of-grime-caked-memoryXbox OneXbox Series X/SComedyArcadeArcade ParadiseManagementPS5PS4EducationalNintendo SwitchPC

Let me keep this brief, as I have a wash on - a wash full of briefs! Arcade Paradise is a game about running a laundrette - at first it is anyway. It's one of those jobs a lot of us start out in even if you don't, as is the case here, have a family in the laundrette biz. You run the laundrette, day by day, bussing in and out. You collect trash, you wash and fold clothes, you unclog the toilet and empty the coin hopper in the tokens machine. You put the laundrette's income in the safe and you chat to your friends on a messenger app accessed via the 56k set-up in the back office.

But in another back room there are arcade Bad puns and video games since 1999. - cabinets with playable Bad puns and video games since 1999.! It's like opening a door and finding that aliens have landed. You can play these Bad puns and video games since 1999. - play clever spins on match-three, on Mr Driller, on plenty of others - but you can also earn money from them too. You can collect the money in their coin hoppers and whack that in the safe. And what if all this money you're collecting, what if you used it to expand? To buy new cabinets, to create more room to store them in? Onwards.

So Arcade Paradise moves on, in step with the rolling Katamari of commerce and capitalism. More, brighter, shinier. But also quicker, more efficient. More free time in the day is opened up by the right upgrades, so that the time, along with the money, can be reinvested.

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Destiny 2 getting weapon balance changes, as Lord of Wolves gets nerfed/destiny-2-getting-weapon-balance-changes-as-lord-of-wolves-gets-nerfedVictoria KennedyFri, 12 Aug 2022 12:25:01 +0000/destiny-2-getting-weapon-balance-changes-as-lord-of-wolves-gets-nerfedDestiny 2FPS/ShooterBungiePS4PC

Bungie has detailed some of the changes that are coming to Destiny 2.

In its weekly blog post, or TWAB, the company explained some of the weapon balance changes players can expect, which includes buffing some of the game's under-utilised weapon archetypes.

For example, lightweight bows will get faster draw times as well as an increased "perfect draw" window to make things a bit easier for players.

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Unity wins contract with IT company that support US government/unity-wins-contract-with-it-company-that-support-us-governmentLiv NganFri, 12 Aug 2022 12:12:20 +0000/unity-wins-contract-with-it-company-that-support-us-governmentUnityIndustry

Unity, known for its popular game engine, revealed it has signed an "exciting three-year multi-million dollar contract" with CACI International in its latest financial results.

CACI International, for context, is an IT company which provides technology to various US federal and state government agencies.

Marc Whitten, senior vice president at Unity and general manager of Unity Create, explained Unity's role in the contract as "defining human machine interfaces or HMI for aerospace applications and beyond" in the company's follow-up earnings call, as reported by Bloomberg.

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Arcade Paradise is something special, and so much more/arcade-paradise-is-something-special-and-so-much-moreRobert PurcheseFri, 12 Aug 2022 12:10:12 +0000/arcade-paradise-is-something-special-and-so-much-moreCult of the LambArcade ParadiseTwo Point CampusWeekly show

It's another Monday so it's another Weekly - the show that recaps and discusses last week on Eurogamer for you. And remember, premium supporters of Eurogamer get these episodes every Friday, whereas everyone else listens from Monday.

Today, news reporter Ed Nightingale talks about running a university of his own in Two-Point Campus, which he really liked. And we hear from Christian Donlan about a game I've been really looking forward to, Cult of the Lamb. Spoiler: it's good.

But Christian is more excited about the game he's just reviewed - a game called Arcade Paradise. It's a game about running a laundrette but also an arcade within it, which, with time and careful management, will grow into the main attraction. It's a game about Bad puns and video games since 1999., about the memory of Bad puns and video games since 1999., and a game about doing the mundane to enable the passions of your life. To hear Donlan talk about it, Arcade Paradise could be something very special indeed.

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Cheat maker fires back at Bungie after Destiny 2 copyright infringement case/cheat-maker-fires-back-at-bungie-after-destiny-2-copyright-infringement-caseEd NightingaleFri, 12 Aug 2022 11:31:36 +0000/cheat-maker-fires-back-at-bungie-after-destiny-2-copyright-infringement-casePCPS4Destiny 2FPS/Shooter

Destiny 2 cheat maker AimJunkies has fired back at Bungie, issuing subpoenas to obtain information to back up that its work isn't copyright infringement.

Earlier this year, Bungie alleged copyright infringement and breach of contract against AimJunkies for its Destiny 2 "hacks", but the court dismissed much of the case.

Bungie was allowed more time to reinstate its case and a few weeks later alleged that AimJunkies had reverse-engineered and copied the software code for Destiny 2.

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The video game mop-up: solution to all of life's problems/the-video-game-mop-up-solution-to-all-of-lifes-problemsChris TapsellFri, 12 Aug 2022 11:00:00 +0000/the-video-game-mop-up-solution-to-all-of-lifes-problemsFantasyOpen WorldRPGKids & FamilyPokémon Sword and ShieldNintendo SwitchScience Fiction

Recently I have been in one of those periods where no video game will do, where I have chased a game - a something - across download libraries and subscription catalogues and a couple of cupboard drawers in vain, a quest across gaming's ribcage and shoulder blades for some roaming, ineffable itch that I cannot scratch. I suspect I'm not alone in this one, though, so if you ever find yourself in the same spot, may I suggest: the mop-up.

The mop-up has many forms. For me, somewhat uncreatively, it's the task of completing a "living 'dex" in Pokémon - catching one of every Pokémon ever released and storing them all, in order, in one place, including all the many different forms and stages of each evolution. This makes it a bit more long-winded than completing a regular regional or national Pokédex, because you couldn't just catch, say, one Abra and then evolve it into Kadabra, then Alakazam, crossing off all three at once - you need one of each in your possession simultaneously.

The challenge is really besides the point, though. A good mop-up, I reckon, will always have a few common elements. One is that it happens, by definition, at the end of a game you've broadly completed - think finishing sidequests, bumping off the last surviving enemies on a given list, wiping the final factions off a map, et cetera.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Shoothouse inspired map detailed in new video/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2-shoothouse-inspired-map-detailed-in-new-videoVictoria KennedyFri, 12 Aug 2022 10:59:11 +0000/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2-shoothouse-inspired-map-detailed-in-new-videoCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)ActivisionXbox OneXbox Series X/SFPS/ShooterPS5PS4PC

Infinity Ward, the team behind Modern Warfare 2, has given us all a little peek at a new map that is coming to the game.

The map, which is called Farm 18, was inspired by Modern Warefare's Shoothouse map.

"We tried to think of hidden training facilities, but it is also in an industrial cement factory," explained Geoff Smith, the director of multiplayer map design on Modern Warfare 2.

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A mobile Avatar: The Last Airbender game is on the way/a-mobile-avatar-the-last-airbender-game-is-on-the-wayLiv NganFri, 12 Aug 2022 10:29:41 +0000/a-mobile-avatar-the-last-airbender-game-is-on-the-waySquare Enix London MobileNavigator Bad puns and video games since 1999.Open WorldRPGAction AdventureAvatar: GenerationsiOSAndroid

A new Avatar game has been announced. No, not that one. This is Avatar: Generations, based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Your release date got pushed back? That's rough, buddy.)

The game is being developed by Square Enix London Mobile in partnership with Navigator Bad puns and video games since 1999., and is described as a "free-to-play, RPG adventure".

At release, the game will follow the main gang (Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Suki, Zuko, Appa and Momo) across the storyline of the series. New stories are promised too, as well as "fan-favourite locations, stories, and events in an open world". Subsequent updates will feature other minor characters from The Last Airbender such as Avatar Kyoshi, as well as characters and storylines from Avatar: The Legend of Korra.

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Splatoon 2 players will receive bonuses for transferring save data to Splatoon 3/splatoon-2-players-will-receive-bonuses-for-transferring-save-data-to-splatoon-3Ed NightingaleFri, 12 Aug 2022 10:13:03 +0000/splatoon-2-players-will-receive-bonuses-for-transferring-save-data-to-splatoon-3Splatoon 3Nintendo SwitchFPS/ShooterNintendo

Splatoon 2 players will be given bonuses when transferring save data to Splatoon 3.

Nintendo's Splatoon 3 Direct earlier this week detailed what's new in the game, but a note on the official website states that save data can be transferred and players will receive in-game rewards for doing so.

Apparently "five out of five Squid Research Lab scientists recommend transferring data from Splatoon 2 if you have it". So that's that.

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MultiVersus Season One gets new release date/multiversus-season-one-gets-new-release-dateVictoria KennedyFri, 12 Aug 2022 09:57:16 +0000/multiversus-season-one-gets-new-release-dateXbox OnePartyXbox Series X/SFightingKids & FamilyMultiVersusPS5PS4PC

Following its recent delay, a new release date for Warner Bros.' Smash-like brawler MultiVersus' first season has been announced.

Welcomely, the new release date is actually really soon. In fact, it is as soon as 15th August.

This also means that Morty will soon be joining the fray. His arrival to the game will be a little after season one's debut, with the new fighter now coming on 23rd August.

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What we've been playing/what-weve-been-playing-71Eurogamer staffFri, 12 Aug 2022 08:28:03 +0000/what-weve-been-playing-71Xbox OneXbox Series X/SDonut CountyPuzzleArcadeFPS/ShooterAction AdventurePS5PCSandboxIndiewhat we've been playingNintendo SwitchPS4Among UsScience FictionBlockbusterDestiny 2

Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a little bit about some of the Bad puns and video games since 1999. we've found ourselves playing over the last few days. This time: donuts, imps, and stealth Destiny.

If you fancy catching up on some of the older editions of What We've Been Playing, here's our archive.

Donut County is a game about controlling a sink hole. You move around encouraging parts of the landscape to fall into it, and over time the hole gets bigger so you can encourage bigger things to fall into it.

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Dino park sim Parkasaurus goes aquatic today with new Sea Monsters DLC/dino-park-management-sim-parkasaurus-goes-aquatic-today-with-new-sea-monsters-dlcMatt WalesThu, 11 Aug 2022 23:50:12 +0000/dino-park-management-sim-parkasaurus-goes-aquatic-today-with-new-sea-monsters-dlcParkasaurusPCSimulation

WashBear Studio's charming, thoroughly enjoyable dinosaur park management sim Parkasaurus is looking to wow guests with a whole new, decidedly more acquatic, selection of exhibits from today, 11th August, with the arrival of its new Sea Monsters DLC on PC.

Building on Parkasaurus' core management action - which takes obvious inspiration from the likes of Theme Park and DinoPark Tycoon - the new Sea Monsters DLC introduces 11 aquatic reptiles and fish, as well as corresponding flooded enclosures, for players to install on their quest to create the ultimate dino-flavoured tourist attraction.

If you're looking for specifics, those new dinos are Elasmosaurus, Plesiosaurus, Mosasaurus, Atopodentatus, Sarcosuchus, Archelon, Dunkleosteus, Liopleurodon, Ichthyosaurus, Placodus, and Megalodon. But Sea Monsters also introduces three new campaign missions, three new biomes, and 20+ exhibit items and hats - all of which will cost £5.19/$6.99 USD on Steam.

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Play football and save the world in Not Tonight dev's adventure RPG Soccer Story/play-football-and-save-the-world-in-not-tonight-devs-adventure-rpg-soccer-storyMatt WalesThu, 11 Aug 2022 21:26:07 +0000/play-football-and-save-the-world-in-not-tonight-devs-adventure-rpg-soccer-storyXbox OneXbox Series X/SSportsSoccer StoryRPGPS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPC

If plain old football doesn't quite do it for you, but your interest is piqued when I say football but melded to a silly, sprawling action-RPG, then allow me to introduce you to Soccer Story from publisher No More Robots and Not Tonight developer PanicBarn, coming to Steam, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and Game Pass "soon".

Soccer Story (which, despite the name and similar premise, is unrelated to developer Sidebar Bad puns and video games since 1999.' magnificent Golf Story) is a single-player "physics-based" adventure in which players must quest, puzzle, and sport their way to restoring football - and, thus, peace and harmony - in a world where it's been banned.

Soccer Story promises an adventure packed with "quirky characters, quests, rogue refs, and wack soccer-adjacent sports", where every problem - from solving puzzles to finding secrets - can be overcome with the help of your magic football.

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Metal Slug Tactics delayed into next year/metal-slug-tactics-delayed-into-next-yearMatt WalesThu, 11 Aug 2022 19:52:30 +0000/metal-slug-tactics-delayed-into-next-yearStrategyMetal Slug TacticsNintendo SwitchPC

Metal Slug Tactics, developer Leikir Studio's turn-based tactical twist on SNK's classic run-and-gun series, has been delayed and is now due to release on PC and Switch sometime next year.

Announced last June, Metal Slug Tactics reunites familiar faces Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma as they lead the Peregrine Falcon Squad onto a different kind of battlefield, where the series' classic side-scrolling action makes way for "dynamic, strategic combat" on a grid-based map.

Skill trees, perks, and a "super attack-fueling" adrenaline system have all been been promised upon Metal Slug Tactics' arrival, which was originally expected to occur at some point this year.

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Ex-BioWare boss' Victorian fantasy adventure Nightingale delayed to 2023/ex-bioware-boss-victorian-fantasy-adventure-nightingale-delayed-into-next-yearMatt WalesThu, 11 Aug 2022 18:56:08 +0000/ex-bioware-boss-victorian-fantasy-adventure-nightingale-delayed-into-next-yearSurvival & CraftingOpen WorldNightingalePC

Inflexion Bad puns and video games since 1999., the studio founded by former BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn, has announced a delay for its Victorian fantasy adventure Nightingale, with the game now expected to enter early access some time next year.

Nightingale, described as a "shared world survival crafting game", was initially announced a few years back, but got its first proper unveiling at last year's The Game Awards. Its reveal was accompanied by an eye-catching trailer in which well-dressed ladies and gents travelled through portals to strange new worlds, full of wonderfully unsettling eldritch creatures.

Inflexion was initially aiming to launch Nightingale into early access at some point this year, but the developer has now revised that plan, pushing the game's early access release back into the "first half of 2023".

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Are Sony and Microsoft's squabbles over Call of Duty just business as usual?/are-sony-and-microsofts-squabbles-over-call-of-duty-just-business-as-usualTom PhillipsThu, 11 Aug 2022 16:34:24 +0000/are-sony-and-microsofts-squabbles-over-call-of-duty-just-business-as-usualCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)Xbox OneXbox Series X/SFPS/ShooterNewscastPlayStationNintendo SwitchXboxCall of Duty: Warzone 2.0PS5PS4Activision BlizzardPC

This week on the Eurogamer Newscast, we discuss the ongoing fallout from Microsoft and Sony's squabbling over Activision Blizzard and it's blockbuster franchise Call of Duty.

If you've been living under a rock for the last six months, this all stems from Microsoft's intent to buy Activision for 68.7bn, which Sony isn't too happy about. Recently we've heard arguments from Sony offering some of its views on the deal - that it would be bad news for PlayStation, essentially - and now Microsoft itself has hit back.

Microsoft has reiterated that it does not want to make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive - for now, at least - and even said it would be an unprofitable move if it did so. Even more remarkably, it has also hit out at Sony for suggesting the Microsoft-Activision deal would stifle competition - and claimed PlayStation itself pays out money to block Bad puns and video games since 1999. coming to Xbox Game Pass.

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Splatoon 3 idols Deep Cut are the internet's new faves/splatoon-3-idols-deep-cut-are-the-internets-new-favesLiv NganThu, 11 Aug 2022 15:59:56 +0000/splatoon-3-idols-deep-cut-are-the-internets-new-favesSplatoon 3Nintendo SwitchFPS/ShooterNintendo

Yesterday's Nintendo Direct featured all things Splatoon 3, and had plenty for returning players and newcomers to get excited about.

People are especially hyped for Deep Cut, the new idol group that'll act as hosts throughout the game.

Comprised of members Shiver, Frye and Big Man, Nintendo showed off one of Deep Cut's performances for Splatfest celebrations.

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Fortnite begins teasing big Dragon Ball crossover/fortnite-begins-teasing-big-dragon-ball-crossoverTom PhillipsThu, 11 Aug 2022 15:28:01 +0000/fortnite-begins-teasing-big-dragon-ball-crossoverEpic Bad puns and video games since 1999.Xbox OneXbox Series X/SFortniteFPS/ShooterBattle RoyaleiOSPS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPCAndroid

The world of Dragon Ball is coming to Fortnite, because of course it is.

Fans poking around in Fortnite's game files have known this crossover was coming for some time. Today, Epic Bad puns and video games since 1999. - fresh from its two-week summer break - began teasing the collaboration.

Fortnite's Dragon Ball event is expected to be a big one, with numerous characters coming to the game as skins, alongside weeks of tie-in challenges.

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EA sticks with controversial loot boxes for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team/ea-sticks-with-controversial-loot-boxes-for-fifa-23-ultimate-teamWesley Yin-PooleThu, 11 Aug 2022 15:00:00 +0000/ea-sticks-with-controversial-loot-boxes-for-fifa-23-ultimate-teamXbox OneXbox Series X/SFIFA 23SportsPS5EA SportsfifaPS4Nintendo SwitchPC

EA has confirmed it's sticking with loot boxes for FIFA 23's Ultimate Team mode, after the company was effectively given the green light by the UK government's recent decision not to legislate the controversial in-game monetisation system.

In a statement issued to Eurogamer, EA echoed many of its recent comments on Ultimate Team's card packs, which have come under fire from children's groups and researchers in recent years for their links to gambling, and from players for enabling pay-to-win in competitive modes.

"We wholeheartedly believe that Ultimate Team and FUT Packs, which have been part of the game for more than a decade, are a part of FIFA that players love - fans love that the game reflects the real-world excitement and strategy of building and managing a squad. Giving players the choice to spend if they want to is fair," EA's statement reads.

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Apex Legends' new season hits all-time Steam peak player count/apex-legends-new-season-hits-all-time-steam-peak-player-countVictoria KennedyThu, 11 Aug 2022 14:57:56 +0000/apex-legends-new-season-hits-all-time-steam-peak-player-countApex LegendsXbox OneXbox Series X/SRespawn EntertainmentFPS/ShooterPS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPC

Following the launch of Season 14, which is known as Hunted, Apex Legends has seen a new peak player count on Steam.

In fact, over 500,000 concurrent players joined in with Respawn's battle-royale, following the season's release on Tuesday.

This is a first for the shooter, Twitter account AlphaINTEL noted.

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Street Fighter 6 soundtrack heavily influenced by hip-hop culture/street-fighter-6-soundtrack-heavily-influenced-by-hip-hop-cultureEd NightingaleThu, 11 Aug 2022 14:53:09 +0000/street-fighter-6-soundtrack-heavily-influenced-by-hip-hop-cultureXbox Series X/SFightingStreet Fighter 6PS5CapcomPC

Players can expect plenty of hip-hop in the Street Fighter 6 soundtrack as the game modernises the series, while honouring the past.

In an interview with Spin, producer Shuhei Matsumoto and lead composer Yoshiya Terayama discussed the musical influences on the next game.

"Street Fighter 6 is very respectful of past works, such as the original Street Fighter and Street Fighter 2. We are taking on new challenges while honouring that foundation. Also, you can definitely expect hip hop. We put a lot of effort into how it sounds," said Matsumoto.

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Nintendo hit by new worker complaint in US/nintendo-hit-by-new-worker-complaint-in-usTom PhillipsThu, 11 Aug 2022 14:36:33 +0000/nintendo-hit-by-new-worker-complaint-in-usNintendo SwitchNintendo

Nintendo has been hit by a fresh worker complaint in the US, which a report suggests is due to the company's response to labour activism.

Both Nintendo of America and Aston Carter, a company Nintendo uses to recruit workers, have been referred to the National Labor Relations Board over the matter, which alleges that a worker suffered over the company's "coercive rules".

The complaint was first reported by Axios, which stated that allegations of this nature typically relate to cases where a worker claims a company has interfered with their right to unionise or discuss working conditions.

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Trans Twitch streamer arrested by police and "terrorised" after swatting incident/trans-twitch-streamer-arrested-by-police-and-terrorised-after-swatting-incidentEd NightingaleThu, 11 Aug 2022 14:23:29 +0000/trans-twitch-streamer-arrested-by-police-and-terrorised-after-swatting-incidentTwitch

UPDATE 12/08/22: Clara "Keffals" Sorrenti is no longer a suspect in this police investigation.

The streamer tweeted the news, stating: "I talked to the Chief of Police of London Police Services and I am no longer a suspect in the investigation. They are now acknowledging this situation as swatting."

A statement from police chief Steve Williams further confirms this. "As a result of further investigation, we do not believe that the threatening emails received by City Hall officials originated with Ms. Sorrenti," it reads.

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Forspoken trailer getting rough response online/forspoken-trailer-getting-rough-response-onlineLiv NganThu, 11 Aug 2022 14:06:00 +0000/forspoken-trailer-getting-rough-response-onlineLuminous ProductionsRPGAction AdventureForspokenPS5PCSquare Enix

So let me get this straight. I'm somewhere that's not what I would call the Eurogamer office. I'm seeing my name printed on the site. And... oh yeah I'm writing meme round-ups for Eurogamer. Yeah okay that is something I do now.

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. The latest Forspoken trailer was really asking for it though.

Forspoken last made the headlines when its release date was pushed back from 11th October this year to 24th January 2023. It's back again, though this time for a more light-hearted reason.

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The story of Bad puns and video games since 1999. Workshop and Fighting Fantasy/the-story-of-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-workshop-and-fighting-fantasyRobert PurcheseThu, 11 Aug 2022 13:58:06 +0000/the-story-of-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-workshop-and-fighting-fantasyDeathtrap Dungeon: The Interactive Video AdventureSorcery! Part 3Black & WhiteSorceryTomb RaiderFable AnniversarySorcery! Part 4Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2HitmanOne-to-oneFighting Fantasy

Imagine getting a phone call from a guy called Gary Gygax in America and he's reading a newsletter you wrote for a Bad puns and video games since 1999. business you're running out of a messy flat in London, and he likes it so much he wants to send you a copy of a new game he's working on called Dungeons & Dragons.

You end up loving the game and he likes what you're about, so he grants you exclusive rights to introduce Dungeons & Dragons to the UK, and to Europe, and to sell it there for three years. You can only afford six copies but it doesn't matter: you'll soon be able to afford a lot more.

That's not even the best story my guests have! They've done so much and created so much. That Bad puns and video games since 1999. business they were running? It was only Bad puns and video games since 1999. Workshop, wasn't it - a business that would change the face of tabletop gaming. But, not content with running only that, this pair would work well into their nights to create a series of game books called Fighting Fantasy, making themselves best-selling authors in the process. The series has sold more than 20 million copies today.

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Sony launches PlayStation Bad puns and video games since 1999. for PC page/sony-launches-playstation-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-for-pc-pageVictoria KennedyThu, 11 Aug 2022 13:33:54 +0000/sony-launches-playstation-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-for-pc-pageUncharted: Legacy of Thieves CollectionSony PlayStationMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredDays GonePS5God of WarPS4Horizon: Zero DawnPC

A new page has appeared on PlayStation's website dedicated to its Bad puns and video games since 1999. for PC.

This page, which you can see here, does exactly what is says on the tin.

Here you will find information on all of PlayStation's Bad puns and video games since 1999. that have been introduced to PC, such as Days Gone, God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn - but also details on upcoming releases.

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Kirby's Dream Buffet launches next week via Nintendo Switch eShop/kirbys-dream-buffet-launches-next-week-via-nintendo-switch-eshopTom PhillipsThu, 11 Aug 2022 12:45:01 +0000/kirbys-dream-buffet-launches-next-week-via-nintendo-switch-eshopKirby's Dream BuffetNintendo SwitchPartyNintendo

Kirby's Dream Buffet launches next week, on Wednesday 17th August, priced at £13.49.

As a reminder, this is the all-new downloadable Kirby game set for the Nintendo Switch eShop, which got announced just a month ago.

A spin-off from the pink puffball's regular platforming antics, Dream Buffet sees up to four players roll around levels as different-coloured Kirby characters, gobbling up types of food and sweet treats. Whoever eats the most, wins!

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Call of Duty Xbox exclusivity "wouldn't be profitable", Microsoft says/call-of-duty-xbox-exclusivity-wouldnt-be-profitable-microsoft-saysTom PhillipsThu, 11 Aug 2022 12:42:13 +0000/call-of-duty-xbox-exclusivity-wouldnt-be-profitable-microsoft-says

Making Call of Duty exclusive to Xbox "simply wouldn't be profitable", Microsoft has said.

The claim comes as part of a fresh war of words between Xbox and PlayStation, as Microsoft seeks to finalise its eye-opening $68.7bn buyout of Activision Blizzard.

Specifically, it comes in response to Sony's recent objections to the deal - in which it argued that Call of Duty could not be rivalled, and that the franchise was vitally important to PlayStation as it influenced players' choice of console.

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Splatoon 3's demo brings free Nintendo Switch Online trial with it/splatoon-3s-demo-brings-free-nintendo-switch-online-trial-with-itVictoria KennedyThu, 11 Aug 2022 12:19:17 +0000/splatoon-3s-demo-brings-free-nintendo-switch-online-trial-with-itSplatoon 3Nintendo SwitchNintendo

Along with the upcoming demo for Splatoon 3, Nintendo is also offering Switch users a pretty awesome little perk.

To get access to the demo, you will need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. However, not everyone who has a Switch necessarily wants to subscribe to NSO.

To negate this, Nintendo is offering everyone who downloads the demo a code that will give them a seven day trial of its subscription service.

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Report finds fewer Chinese youth play Bad puns and video games since 1999. following government restrictions/report-finds-fewer-chinese-youth-play-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-following-government-restrictionsEd NightingaleThu, 11 Aug 2022 11:33:10 +0000/report-finds-fewer-chinese-youth-play-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-following-government-restrictions

Following the introduction of government-mandated gaming restrictions, 54 percent of Chinese youth are reportedly playing Bad puns and video games since 1999. within regulated hours.

That's according to a new 2022 China Youth Gamers report from Niko Partners (thanks Bad puns and video games since 1999.Industry.biz).

The study found that 77 percent of youth are at least playing fewer hours per week, even though only 54 percent are within approved hours.

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PowerWash Simulator's speedrunning scene puts both time and water under extreme pressure/powerwash-simulators-speedrunning-scene-puts-both-time-and-water-under-extreme-pressureLiv NganThu, 11 Aug 2022 11:27:44 +0000/powerwash-simulators-speedrunning-scene-puts-both-time-and-water-under-extreme-pressureXbox OneXbox Series X/SFuturLabSimulationPowerWash SimulatorSpeedrunningPC

When PowerWash Simulator came out of Early Access, it became quite a hit amongst the team here at Eurogamer. I was curious to see whether I'd enjoy it too, so I cashed in the free month of Game Pass that came with my new PC to give it a try.

I enjoy it a lot. In the game's career mode, there is no pressure to finish a level quickly or efficiently and that's what I love about it. You can ignore the time and leave the hose running for as long as it takes you, and that's all part of the appeal. Bertie expertly summed it up in his review.: "This is not a game about rushing towards an end," he wrote. "This is a game about the sedate pleasures of repetitive work - a slower game about the satisfaction of a job well done. It's relaxing and calming, and that's a powerful quality."

But this inevitably got me wondering about the other end of the gameplay spectrum in PowerWash Simulator. Speed and efficiency, rather than leisure. True, you can already play the game's time-limited and water-limited modes, but they weren't as extreme as what I was imagining. I'm talking speedwashing. Was there anyone out there playing like that?

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HBO's The Last of Us casts brothers Henry and Sam/hbos-the-last-of-us-casts-brothers-henry-and-samVictoria KennedyThu, 11 Aug 2022 11:17:47 +0000/hbos-the-last-of-us-casts-brothers-henry-and-samThe Last of Us: Part 2SonyThe Last of Us Part 1HBOThe Last of UsPS5PS4Naughty Dog

The actors playing brothers Henry and Sam in HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us have been announced.

IGN has revealed that Henry will be played by Lamar Johnson, while his younger brother Sam will be played by Keivonn Woodard. Johnson's previous credits include Canadian police drama Rookie Blue and Your Honor with Bryan Cranston. Woodard has no previous acting credits.

Along with this news, some upcoming plot elements were also revealed. If you are keen to avoid spoilers, please stop reading here.

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Pokémon Center London timeslot reservations now live/pokemon-center-london-timeslot-reservations-now-liveLiv NganThu, 11 Aug 2022 11:06:43 +0000/pokemon-center-london-timeslot-reservations-now-livePokemon Scarlet and VioletPokemon VioletRPGNintendoNintendo SwitchThe Pokemon CompanyPokemon Scarlet

Reservations to visit London's Pokémon Center pop-up store are now open.

The store will be running alongside the Pokémon World Championships, which is being held at ExCeL London from 17th to 21st August.

Anyone wishing to visit the store can now reserve themselves a timeslot via the appointment manager.

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Midgar feels R.E.A.L. thanks to this new VR mod for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade/midgar-feels-real-thanks-to-this-new-vr-mod-for-final-fantasy-vii-remake-intergradeIan HigtonThu, 11 Aug 2022 11:00:00 +0000/midgar-feels-real-thanks-to-this-new-vr-mod-for-final-fantasy-vii-remake-intergradeFinal Fantasy 7 Remake IntergradeOculus QuestHack & SlashAnimeFantasyRomanceSimulationArcadeOpen WorldFightingRPGAction AdventurePCEroticJRPGScience FictionBlockbusterFinal Fantasy 7 Remake

Flat screen to VR mods are easily the most exciting thing happening in the virtual reality gaming sphere right now and, thanks to a host of talented modders, they just keep on coming!

On this week's VR Corner, you can watch me try out Luke Ross' new R.E.A.L. VR mod for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and it's an absolute treat for the eyes! Honestly, if you though this game looked beautiful in 2D, just you wait until you see it in glorious 6DoF VR. It'll take your breath away!

In the video below, I make my way from the very start of the game, all the way through to the Shinra Reactor boss fight, the ruins of Sector 1, and finally to a meeting with Tifa in the Seventh Heaven bar.

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id Software consolidating Steam Bad puns and video games since 1999. to lessen confusion/id-software-consolidating-steam-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-to-lessen-confusionEd NightingaleThu, 11 Aug 2022 10:59:04 +0000/id-software-consolidating-steam-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-to-lessen-confusionDoom 2Doom 3id SoftwareQuake 3 ArenaDoomFPS/ShooterQuake IIPC

id Software is consolidating its Bad puns and video games since 1999. on Steam to improve the shopping experience.

The news comes from a blog post on Steam that details how its library of Bad puns and video games since 1999. is being simplified under specific titles from 10th August.

"Spanning across multiple decades, id Software's library of work is as vast as it is full of amazing Bad puns and video games since 1999.," reads the post.

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Apex Legends - something's got to give/apex-legends-somethings-got-to-giveVikki BlakeThu, 11 Aug 2022 09:05:08 +0000/apex-legends-somethings-got-to-giveApex LegendsFree-to-playXbox OneXbox Series X/SState of the GameFPS/ShooterPS5Battle RoyaleMobilePS4Science FictionNintendo SwitchPC

My fireteam and I - hitherto committed to PUBG but casually on the lookout for something else, so unhappy were we with the lack of communication, infrequent updates, and all-too-common disconnects - had been on the hunt for a new team-based shooter, and Apex Legends scratched an itch that neither Fortnite nor PUBG could reach. Fun, chaotic, and built on fantastically snappy gunplay, Respawn's surprise battle royale hit the floor running, and we fell for it faster than Bangalore drop, shock and locks. Apex Legends' arrival was smooth, too, immediately feeling polished, and it offered a frantic, pacey twist on the battle royale formula. It became our go-to game, not for a few weeks or months, but for years.

The wheels started to fall off for us when Apex Legends introduced skill-based matchmaking (often shortened to SBMM). Yes, yes, I know it's an unpopular view and something Respawn is unlikely to change, but I loathe SBMM in unranked play. I know it's there to balance out lobbies and make it easier for newbies to get acclimated. But if you're only a little above average in the game - or play with someone who is - your slightly-better-than-average arse is continually up against "Apex Predators" who melt you from across the map should you so much as glance in their direction.

Jealous? Me?! You bet I am. It doesn't matter how many hours I sink into Apex or how many rotations I rehearse; I've resigned myself to the fact that I have neither the reflexes nor the dexterity to ever become a trail-blazing Predator. But it's one thing to encounter sweaty players if you're choosing to go against players circa your skill level in Ranked gameplay - quite another if you're playing unranked and chilling with some pals. RNG and good luck have always been a big part of the appeal of battle royales - you win some, you lose some; that's the way it goes - but ranking us in unranked matches can be unnecessarily frustrating. Forcing me into SBMM is not making me a better player; it's just making me not want to play anymore.

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Microsoft claims Sony pays developers "blocking rights" to keep Bad puns and video games since 1999. off Xbox Game Pass/microsoft-claims-sony-pays-developers-blocking-rights-to-keep-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-off-xbox-game-passMatt WalesWed, 10 Aug 2022 21:33:44 +0000/microsoft-claims-sony-pays-developers-blocking-rights-to-keep-Bad puns and video games since 1999.-off-xbox-game-pass

In a lengthy document submitted to the Brazilian government as part of its investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has claimed Sony pays developers "blocking rights" to prevent Bad puns and video games since 1999. from appearing on Xbox Game Pass.

The accusation appears in a 27-page rebuttal of Sony's recent objections to Microsoft's Activision Blizzard buyout, made to Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) as part of its investigation. Much of Sony's argument had focused on Call of Duty - which it claimed had "no rival" and was "so popular that it influences users' choice of console" - with the PlayStation maker suggesting, among other things, that the inclusion of Call of Duty on Microsoft's Game Pass service would hamper its ability to compete.

Microsoft's response is as wide-ranging as Sony's initial objections, touching on everything from the fact it has previously managed to grow Game Pass without Activision Blizzard's titles - suggesting Call of Duty mightn't be quite as "essential" as Sony claims - to a reiteration of its assurances that it won't be making Call of Duty an Xbox console exclusive.

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Norwood Suite dev's surreal dice-chucker Betrayal At Club Low out in September/norwood-suite-devs-surreal-dice-chucker-betrayal-at-club-low-out-in-septemberMatt WalesWed, 10 Aug 2022 18:19:05 +0000/norwood-suite-devs-surreal-dice-chucker-betrayal-at-club-low-out-in-septemberIndiePCBetrayal At Club Low

Betrayal At Club Low - the latest jazz-infused odyssey from The Norwood Suite developer Cosmo D - finally has a release date, and will be swinging open its murderous doors for some woozily surreal adventure on 9th September.

Folding into the broader narrative of Cosmo D's interconnected Off-Peak City Bad puns and video games since 1999. (so far consisting of 2015's Off-Peak, 2017's The Norwood Suite, and its 2020 follow-up Tales from Off-Peak City Vol. 1), Betrayal At Club Low sees players going undercover to attempt a rescue mission of sorts by infiltrating a "deceptively dangerous" nightclub/former coffin factory/"haven for wild-limbed dancing, mind-altering music and shady characters".

While previous Bad puns and video games since 1999. in the series were largely focussed on relaxed roaming and light puzzling as players soaked up their deliciously off-kilter sensibilities, Betrayal at Club Low does things a little differently, drawing inspiration from "short, punchy, independent zine RPGs" in order to evoke the feel of a one-off tabletop session.

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Marvel's Spider-Man PC: why we aren't posting our review today/digitalfoundry-2022-marvels-spider-man-pc-why-we-arent-posting-our-review-todayRichard LeadbetterWed, 10 Aug 2022 16:27:53 +0000/digitalfoundry-2022-marvels-spider-man-pc-why-we-arent-posting-our-review-todayMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredPCDigital FoundryAction Adventure

The embargo for the highly anticipated Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered lifted today and you may be wondering where the Digital Foundry coverage is - we received the game a while back along with most other outlets. Well, the truth is that developer Nixxes is still hard at work with the game, patches are still incoming (the latest arriving a few hours ago) and we're intent on delivering coverage that accurately reflects the state of the game you'll be playing on day oneas best as we can manage. Right now, the port is looking exceptionally impressive in many regards but to briefly sum up, it plays brilliant on higher-end PCs, it also works very nicely on Steam Deck, but we've experienced some problems with low to mid-range GPUs. In fact, the very latest update to the game seeks to address those very issues - with some success.

Taking a more global look at the conversion though, there's much to commend Nixxes' efforts. The game supports all aspects ratios we could test, from the 16:9 of most modern screens to the 21:9 and 32:9 ultra-wide variants, the 16:10 of Steam Deck and even 4:3 for those interested in an old-school CRT experience. On top of this, there's adjustable field of view support too.

Per other Nixxes titles, there's also fullscreen and exclusive fullscreen support - and it is properly implemented with resolutions and refresh rates independent of what the desktop is configured to. It sounds mundane, but these things matter. Of course, unlocked frame-rates are supported, but for those with less capable PCs, the half refresh rate v-sync mode actually works properly with consistent frame-pacing (not on Steam Deck though - use the system level option for that) while dynamic resolution scaling is also implemented, with a configurable frame-rate target. Targeting a locked, consistent 30fps or 60fps experience is made that much easier.

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Long-in-the-works Half-Life 2 VR mod gets public beta next month/long-in-the-works-half-life-2-vr-mod-gets-public-beta-next-monthMatt WalesWed, 10 Aug 2022 16:24:00 +0000/long-in-the-works-half-life-2-vr-mod-gets-public-beta-next-monthHalf-Life: AlyxHalf-Life 2PCFPS/Shooter

A fan-made Half-Life 2 VR mod nearly eight years in the making will finally be getting a public release next month in the form of an open beta.

Eurogamer first reported on the Source VR Mod Team's Half-Life 2: VR mod in 2017, but that version was actually an extension of an earlier mod released for Razer Hydra back in 2013. Some time after the new version's announcement, the project appeared to stall - it entered "its own kind of development hell and was all but abandoned", according to the team's website - but it re-emerged in 2021 and is slowly approaching the finish line.

Half-Life 2: VR - one of several attempts to bring Valve's seminal shooter sequel to virtual reality headsets - promises a range of features, including room scale VR, the ability to manipulate items and weapons directly with your hands, full locomotion, a weapon selection menu inspired by Valve's Half-Life: Alyx, and tweaked vehicle rides intended to help reduce motion sickness.

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Microsoft says Elden Ring, GTA5 Xbox cloud listings due to "bug"/microsoft-says-elden-ring-gta5-xbox-cloud-listings-due-to-bugTom PhillipsWed, 10 Aug 2022 16:03:54 +0000/microsoft-says-elden-ring-gta5-xbox-cloud-listings-due-to-bugGrand Theft Auto VXboxElden Ring

Xbox cloud streaming options advertised for Elden Ring and Grand Theft Auto 5 were a "bug", Microsoft has told Eurogamer.

Last night, fans spotted Bad puns and video games since 1999. such as Soul Hackers 2, GTA5 and Elden Ring were listed with an option to play via cloud streaming. Some speculated this was being rolled out now, in advance of a Bad puns and video games since 1999.com announcement later this month.

But Microsoft has now said that the Bad puns and video games since 1999.' listings - which also flagged them as being part of Xbox Game Pass - were bugged, and that the issue has now been fixed.

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Sony announces August PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium Bad puns and video games since 1999./sony-announces-august-playstation-plus-extra-and-premium-Bad puns and video games since 1999.Ed NightingaleWed, 10 Aug 2022 15:54:47 +0000/sony-announces-august-playstation-plus-extra-and-premium-Bad puns and video games since 1999.Yakuza Kiwami 2Action AdventurePlayStation PlusPlayStationYakuza 0PS5PS4Yakuza KiwamiBugsnax

PlayStation has announced the Bad puns and video games since 1999. coming to its PS Plus subscription service on 16th August.

Last month the company set out a plan to add eight Yakuza Bad puns and video games since 1999. to the service this year - that begins this month with Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 on PS Plus for Premium and Extra subscribers. That's on top of Yakuza: Like A Dragon that's already been added to Essential.

Also coming for Premium and Extra subscribers are Dead by Daylight, Bugsnax, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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The Secret of Monkey Island saw 25% of its dialogue cut before release/the-secret-of-monkey-island-saw-25-of-its-dialogue-cut-before-releaseVictoria KennedyWed, 10 Aug 2022 15:08:11 +0000/the-secret-of-monkey-island-saw-25-of-its-dialogue-cut-before-releasePuzzleTim SchaferAction AdventurePoint and ClickThe Secret of Monkey IslandNintendo SwitchPCReturn to Monkey Island

Technological constraints meant that the original Monkey Island game saw 25 percent of its dialogue text cut before it was released.

Talking to Sony Santa Monica's Alanah Pearce, writer Tim Schafer revealed that The Secret of Monkey Island was originally too long and had to get some heavy editing.

"We were writing on Monkey Island, and we were told 'you guys, we can't go on six floppies. We have to go on five. We have too much text,'" Schafer recalled before remarking how strange that sort of thing is to imagine now.

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Farthest Frontier understands the best moments of city-builders are the beginnings/farthest-frontier-understands-the-best-moments-of-city-builders-are-the-beginningsRobert PurcheseWed, 10 Aug 2022 15:00:00 +0000/farthest-frontier-understands-the-best-moments-of-city-builders-are-the-beginningsGrim DawnFarthest Frontier

To me, the best moments of a city-building game are always the beginnings, when there's nothing but potential ahead of you. Things are manageable, the world is unspoiled, the pace is slow. To me, that's idyllic. And if ever a game understood that, it's Farthest Frontier.

It's a game about a group of working class people fed up with being shat on by the rich, in the big city where they live, so they strike out for the literal farthest frontier to make it on their own. It's that fantasy. The era is the birth of the Industrial Revolution, maybe - it's not explicitly clear. And that's how it begins: a dozen people and a caravan and an endless wilderness around them to tame.

What I love about what comes next is how unhurriedly it happens, and how small-scale it continues to be. Farthest Frontier is not about going from dozens to thousands, from village to sprawling metropolis, and that zooming out you then feel as the person in charge. It's about staying small and staying close to the people you're caring for. It's probably wrong to call it a city-builder at all but rather a town-builder, because even many hours in, from what I've read, settlements are still only a few hundred people big (apparently the game struggles performance-wise past that, but it is Early Access).

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Splatoon 3 gets three-way fights and a demo later this month/splatoon-3-gets-three-way-fights-and-demo-later-this-monthMartin RobinsonWed, 10 Aug 2022 14:20:14 +0000/splatoon-3-gets-three-way-fights-and-demo-later-this-monthSplatoon 3Nintendo Switch

Splatoon 3 just got a serious deep dive thanks to this afternoon's Nintendo Direct, revealing new levels, new weapons and an all-new approach to Splatfests that will introduce three-way fights into the series for the first time.

Three-way fights come as part of the returning Splatfests, with matches during the special timed events being split into two halves, with the first part a traditional 4v4 face-off while the second sees a 4v2v2 fight for territory.

There'll be a chance to sample this particular new flavour of Splatoon during a Splatfest World Premiere that's taking place on 27th August - effectively a free demo where players can sample Splatoon 3 for a limited period, choosing to fight for rock, paper or scissors (it's worth noting that the demo will be playable from 25th August , giving a small window for practice before the Splatfest World Premiere itself).

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A free demo for The DioField Chronicle is out now/a-free-demo-for-the-diofield-chronicle-is-out-nowEd NightingaleWed, 10 Aug 2022 14:03:29 +0000/a-free-demo-for-the-diofield-chronicle-is-out-nowStrategyThe Diofield ChronicleXbox OneXbox Series X/SJRPGPS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPC

A free demo is now available for the next big Square Enix strategy game: The DioField Chronicle.

First announced at the PlayStation State of Play in March, the game is set for release on 22nd September across consoles and PC.

The demo is likewise available on all platforms and includes the game's first chapter, with all progress transferring to the main game once purchased.

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Cult of the Lamb review - a genre mash-up with a lot of ideas/cult-of-the-lamb-review-a-genre-mash-up-with-a-lot-of-ideasChristian DonlanWed, 10 Aug 2022 13:45:55 +0000/cult-of-the-lamb-review-a-genre-mash-up-with-a-lot-of-ideasCult of the LambStrategySurvival & CraftingXbox OneComedyFantasyHack & SlashXbox Series X/SAction AdventureRoguelikePS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPC

Hello! I'm a cult leader these days. Let me tell you what I've just been doing.

I woke early and cooked some food that gave everyone diarrhea. Then I gave a quick sermon to cheer everyone up. I planted some seeds so I could make some more food that gives everyone diarrhea, disappeared for a bit to play a dice game, donated some mushrooms to an old pal in the woods, and caught up on my fishing before heading over to the Gold Guy. I bought some Tarot cards that were going cheap, one of which promises a lovely health boost whenever it gets dealt. I went on a mission and murdered a lot of nasty things in the woods, harvesting resources and whatnot as I went. I killed a boss, working my way up through a sort of watery forest to the next mega boss. Back to the camp after that to clean up all that diarrhea, build a few beds because my followers are sulking, water and fertilise some seeds, knock up a scarecrow so birds don't eat my seeds, make myself a nice new fleece with lovely perks and then catch the rising sun and do it all over again. I'm tempted, you know, to take up smelting.

Cult of the Lamb is a management game and an action roguelite in which you play an evil sheep. It's astonishingly systems-heavy. You can build dozens of structures to look after your flock, and your flock can grumble and sicken and die and preach behind your back in dozens of ways. You're always after new cult members, each with their own quirks, and you're always after the resources to keep everyone happy, because happy cultists in turn give you the resources to make them even happier - and grow more powerful when you set out on action roguelite runs, working your way through minor bosses to middle-management bosses and then hopefully whoever's at the top.

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Xbox announces Bad puns and video games since 1999.com 2022 line-up/xbox-announces-Bad puns and video games since 1999.com-2022-line-upTom PhillipsWed, 10 Aug 2022 13:25:17 +0000/xbox-announces-Bad puns and video games since 1999.com-2022-line-upXbox Series X/SXbox OneXbox

Microsoft has detailed the line-up of Xbox titles it's bringing to Bad puns and video games since 1999.com in a couple of weeks, including Obsidian exclusive Pentiment, Age of Empires 4, Flight Sim and Grounded.

As a reminder, Microsoft is one of the few companies committed to Bad puns and video games since 1999.com this year - and the only platform holder. Both Sony and Nintendo are sitting out the show's big in-person return, alongside Activision Blizzard and Take-Two.

Ubisoft, Bandai Namco and Embracer are among those also in attendance, though Assassin's Creed fans are expecting all of Ubisoft's big reveals to actually take place online, via a special event due in September.

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Pokémon Go's ticketed global summer finale detailed/pokemon-gos-ticketed-global-summer-finale-detailedTom PhillipsWed, 10 Aug 2022 12:57:09 +0000/pokemon-gos-ticketed-global-summer-finale-detailedRPGPokémon GoiOSAndroid

The big summer finale to Pokémon Go's season of Go Fest events has been detailed in full.

Due to take place on Saturday 27th August, this full-day event will cap off the game's introduction of Ultra Beasts and (hopefully) see its hunky Professor Willow return after being left dramatically MIA.

The event has plenty for those playing free, or extras for those with a ticket. These premium bits are also included as part of the earlier Global Go Fest weekend back in June - so if you played that, you're covered.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 cut campaign detailed in huge cache of documents/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-cut-campaign-detailed-in-huge-cache-of-documentsTom PhillipsWed, 10 Aug 2022 11:15:57 +0000/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-cut-campaign-detailed-in-huge-cache-of-documentsActivisionTreyarchXbox OneXbox Series X/SFPS/ShooterPS5PS4Call of Duty: Black Ops 4PC

An enormous cache of cut content from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been posted online, detailing developer Treyarch's early plans for a campaign mode.

Gameplay details, screenshots and design documentation are all included in a post on the infamous GamingLeaksAndRumours reddit by user Purpletoaster20, who states that it is the culmination of "months of research and discussion" with those who knew about the mode before it was ditched.

The post also comes ahead of a 30-minute video on the mode, which the user says they intend to post online next week.

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Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles anime to debut at Pokémon World Championships/pokemon-the-arceus-chronicles-anime-to-debut-at-pokemon-world-championshipsEd NightingaleWed, 10 Aug 2022 11:11:16 +0000/pokemon-the-arceus-chronicles-anime-to-debut-at-pokemon-world-championshipsThe Pokemon Company

The Pokémon anime special The Arceus Chronicles is set to receive its English language debut at the Pokémon World Championships in London on 19th August.

Following on from the success of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the anime sees Ash and co defeating the remnants of Team Galactic after receiving a message from the Mythical Pokémon Arceus.

It also features a topless Brock, if that's your thing.

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Here's what's coming to Temtem version 1.0/heres-whats-coming-to-temtem-version-10Ed NightingaleWed, 10 Aug 2022 10:32:10 +0000/heres-whats-coming-to-temtem-version-10Xbox Series X/SMMOTemtemPS5Nintendo SwitchPC

A new trailer has been released for monster catcher-battler Temtem that shows off new content coming in its Version 1.0 launch.

That's set for 6th September across Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (via Steam).

The big new addition is Tamer's Paradise, a brand new island coming to the game's Airborne Archipelago. Check it out below.

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Overwatch loot boxes will be withdrawn from sale at the end of the month/overwatch-loot-boxes-will-be-withdrawn-from-sale-at-the-end-of-the-monthTom PhillipsWed, 10 Aug 2022 09:57:57 +0000/overwatch-loot-boxes-will-be-withdrawn-from-sale-at-the-end-of-the-monthXbox OneXbox Series X/SOverwatchFPS/ShooterPS5PS4Nintendo SwitchPC

Blizzard has announced an end date for the sale of Overwatch loot boxes - after one final in-game loot box event to sell lots of them beforehand.

The option to buy loot boxes will be removed from Overwatch at the end of the game's current Anniversary Remix event, which wraps up on 30th August.

In a blog post on the event, Blizzard noted that its loot boxes have a chance to contain rare items from previous Anniversary and seasonal events, and told fans not to "wait too long to snag those skins you've been eyeing for the past year".

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First footage of Resident Evil's Wesker in Dead by Daylight public test/first-footage-of-resident-evils-wesker-in-dead-by-daylight-public-testEd NightingaleWed, 10 Aug 2022 09:54:42 +0000/first-footage-of-resident-evils-wesker-in-dead-by-daylight-public-testXbox OneHorrorDead by DaylightResident Evil 5PS4Nintendo SwitchPC

The next chapter coming to Dead by Daylight, Project W, is a second dose of Resident Evil that adds Wesker as a new Killer.

Yesterday he was added to the Public Test Build of the game, giving us a first look at his arsenal of abilities.

It seems Behaviour hasn't hit a bum note with this one.

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Someone should make a game about: pop band fight clubs/someone-should-make-a-game-about-pop-band-fight-clubsAlexis OngWed, 10 Aug 2022 08:59:30 +0000/someone-should-make-a-game-about-pop-band-fight-clubsSomeone should make a game aboutComedyHistoricalFighting

Hello! Welcome back to a stray installment of our occasional series, Someone Should Make a Game About. This week Alexis looks at the glory days of pop.

“Imagine [Jedward] coming up against All the Things She Said - it’s like David vs. Goliath if David lost,” -- Cian Maher

In the third year of the pandemic, I hit upon, quite arguably, the greatest idea I’ve had in my life: a fantasy fighting league made up of your favorite 90s/00s pop bands. I’m not talking about a DDR-style or rhythm game that involves matching beats – I’m talking about a Blaseball-style league where you can draft t.A.t.U. to beat the living heck out of prime-era PJ and Duncan with power combos-based music video choreography. No, really, think about it, then think about it some more.

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Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak getting four new monsters and more tomorrow/monster-hunter-rise-sunbreak-getting-four-new-monsters-and-more-tomorrowMatt WalesTue, 09 Aug 2022 19:52:18 +0000/monster-hunter-rise-sunbreak-getting-four-new-monsters-and-more-tomorrowMonster Hunter Rise: SunbreakRPGMonster Hunter RiseAction AdventureNintendo SwitchPC

One month after the release of Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, Capcom has detailed the expansion's first free post-launch update, which arrives tomorrow, 10th August, bringing a heap of new additions - including four new monsters - for hardened hunters.

We already knew the Seething Bazelguese and Lucent Nargacuga would be arriving as part of Sunbreak's first post-launch update, but Capcom has now revealed two more additions in the form of the Silver Rathalos and Gold Rathian, with all four becoming available at Master Rank 10.

The Lucent Nargacuga, which returns to the series for the first time since making its unforgettable debut in Monster Hunter Ultimate 3, can reflect the moonlight to turn invisible, and is found in the new Forlorn Arena - a reinterpretation of its original moonlit home.

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MultiVersus has already welcomed 10m players to the brawl/mulitversus-has-already-welcomed-10m-players-to-the-brawlVictoria KennedyTue, 09 Aug 2022 15:48:19 +0000/mulitversus-has-already-welcomed-10m-players-to-the-brawlComedyArcadeFightingMultiVersusWarner Bros.PC

Its beta may have only gone live recently, but Warner Bros' MultiVersus brawler is bringing in some impressive numbers.

In fact, at the time of writing, 10,292,969 players have already flocked to the IP riddled smash fest (via tracker.gg).

Meanwhile, there are currently 42,133 players thrashing and crashing their way through the game on Steam.

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$17.5bn Unity acquisition proposed by gaming software company AppLovin/175bn-unity-acquisition-proposed-by-gaming-software-company-applovinVictoria KennedyTue, 09 Aug 2022 15:10:06 +0000/175bn-unity-acquisition-proposed-by-gaming-software-company-applovinXbox OneXbox Series X/SUnityPS5MobilePS4PCAppLovin

UPDATE 15/08/22: Unity has rejected the offer from AppLovin, that saw the gaming software company seek to aquire Unity in a $17.54bn all-stock deal.

Per Bad puns and video games since 1999.Industry.biz, Unity's board of directors decided to reject AppLovin's offer in order to go ahead with a previously announced deal with IronSource. Here, the board stated that AppLovin's proposal was "not in the best interests of Unity shareholders."

Meanwhile, on the IronSource deal, Unity CEO John Riccitiello said: "The board continues to believe that the IronSource transaction is compelling and will deliver an opportunity to generate long-term value through the creation of a unique end-to-end platform that allows creators to develop, publish, run, monetise, and grow live Bad puns and video games since 1999. and real-time 3D content seamlessly."

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Streamer plays Final Fantasy 14 with an actual book and pencil/streamer-plays-final-fantasy-14-with-an-actual-book-and-pencilEd NightingaleTue, 09 Aug 2022 14:10:57 +0000/streamer-plays-final-fantasy-14-with-an-actual-book-and-pencilMMOFinal Fantasy 14: EndwalkerJRPGPS5PS4PC

Not content with playing through Elden Ring with a banana (no, really), streamer Super Louis 64 has now been playing Final Fantasy 14 using an actual book and pencil.

The streamer played as the book-wielding Scholar healer, complete with a matching graduation gown.

Spells are cast by literally scribbling in a giant book. Fantasy becomes reality!

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Battalion developer Bulkhead says Square Enix partnership has "formally ended"/battalion-developer-bulkhead-says-square-enix-partnership-has-reached-an-endTom PhillipsTue, 09 Aug 2022 14:10:51 +0000/battalion-developer-bulkhead-says-square-enix-partnership-has-reached-an-endXbox OneXbox Series X/SBulkhead InteractiveFPS/ShooterPS5Battalion 1944PS4PCSquare Enix

Bulkhead, the Derby-based developer of old-school WW2 shooter Battalion 1944, has announced a "formal end" to its relationship with Square Enix.

The Final Fantasy publisher purchased a 20 percent stake of Bulkhead back in 2018, and announced plans for a fresh project at the studio.

Today also brings a long-awaited update on Battalion itself, which will get an "overhauled, final update" and name change to Battalion: Legacy on 16th August, when it will also be made available for free via Steam.

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