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    Fox Marvel Movies Will Be Overseen By Cinematic Universe Boss Kevin Feige

    By GameInformer,

    In news that surprises no one but is still good to confirm, the old guard behind Fox's current superhero movies like X-Men and Deadpool will have to start answering to Marvel Cinematic Universe boss Kevin Feige now that Fox Studios belongs to Disney.

    The news comes The Hollywood Reporter's interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger. Iger is short and to the point on the subject, merely saying that it makes sense to meld Fox's superheroes with the ones Disney already owns.

    "I think it only makes sense," Iger said when asked if Marvel will absorb those franchises. "I want to be careful here because of what's been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn't be two Marvels."

    This doesn't necessarily mean that they will be joining the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, just supervised by the same person. Fox's movies have had success with R-ratings, something Disney is seemingly unwilling to do with their superhero movies. When Iger was asked if this means Deadpool might be joining the Avengers, he replied "Kevin's got a lot of ideas. I'm not suggesting that's one of them. But who knows?"

    What do you think? Should the Fox movies join the rest of the MCU or run separately as a more adult brand?

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    PlayStation Vita Production To End In 2019 With No Successor Planned

    By GameInformer,

    When the PlayStation Vita launched in 2012, it already had a roller coaster year behind it. The system seemed poised to take on Nintendo's iron grip on the handheld market, which had been showing cracks with the Nintendo 3DS, by aggressively pricing it identically to its competition and promising an OLED screen and PlayStation 3-caliber graphics. 

    Now, six years later, Sony has announced that Vita production is ending and that there are no plans for a successor in place, effectively ending Sony's nearly 15 year presence in the handheld market.

    In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, the new PlayStation vice president Hiroyuki Oda made the pronouncement that the Vita, which had already stopped shipping units to the west, would cease production for Japan as well next year. Sony had already announced that they would stop including Vita titles in the monthly PlayStation Plus offerings by March.

    Oda did clarify that there is no successor planned right this second, but did not necessarily commit to the idea that there will never be one. For right now, though, Sony's only platform is the PlayStation 4.

    [Source: Famitsu]

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    Trials Rising Is Ridiculous Globe-Trotting Fun

    By GameInformer,

    Trials Rising's has a deceptively simple goal: race a motorcycle to the end of the track as fast as you can. This is easier said than done, since each course invents increasingly creative ways to smear you across the pavement. Luckily, crashing is almost as fun as sailing past the checkered finish-line. Ubisoft's latest entry in the Trials series is fast-paced, over-the-top, and fun as hell.

    I recently played the closed beta and, while features like the Store and Track Editor were unavailable, I had access to nineteen different tracks mostly scattered across North America and Europe. It is the first main entry in the Trials series since 2014, and Ubisoft’s decision to work with the community pays off with a tutorial system that quickly gets newcomers up to speed while still engaging long-time fans.

    Right on Track

    Trials Rising’s early levels are set in North America and feature big jumps in Yellowstone National Park, an out-of-control Midwestern theme park, and firework-enhanced antics in New York. Unlocking new courses and continents, hinges on increasing your rider's fame. You accomplish this by finishing races under time to earn medals or by completing sponsor contracts, like doing multiple flips before crossing the finish line. After amassing enough fame and dominating a multi-course stadium race, European tracks appear. Scrambling over teetering rocks in the UK and catapulting through the wonderfully titled “I Fell Tower” course in France, while marked as a medium challenge in-game, are absurdly entertaining servings of humble pie.

    Don't be fooled by the simple starting contracts. Your first sponsor sets goals like “finish a race” or “beat an opponent,” but the challenges soon escalate to “travel 10 meters on your front wheel without crashing more than once.” You can make life easier for yourself if you pick the right bike for the job. There are four bike types: Squid, an all-around competent bike; Rhino, a heavier and more powerful machine; Mantis, a lightweight speedster great for tricks; and Tandem, a wacky new co-op option for when playing solo is just too easy. That’s right, Trials Rising has introduced a bike that lets two players control one vehicle. One player alone will not be able to reach top speed or fully maneuver; only both players working simultaneously can finish a race.

    For the first time, Trials Rising includes human ghost players and has implemented them as part of the cross-platform functionality. You can’t directly play with friends on different consoles, but you can watch players from Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC run through the same course. You may find a faster path or uncover strategies to deal with punishing obstacles by studying their choices. If you want to make your own discoveries, you can turn the ghost feature off in the options menu.


    Relearn the Laws of Physics

    Crossing the finish-line requires a deft touch. If you are too fast, you might overshoot your landing, and if you lean too far forward you might flip the bike head over wheels. Luckily, I found crashing to be nearly as enjoyable as a perfect run. The ragdoll physics and unusual tracks are humorous bedfellows. Watching my rider’s limp body rocket down an unbelievably sheer drop, smearing her face across a wooden plank, and summarily flopping off the course’s edge was one of my favorite moments. Prepare to crash. A lot. Thankfully, Trials Rising mitigates frustration with generously placed check points. The clock keeps ticking, though, so it's better to be cautious in timed races. Fun as eating dirt might be, that first smooth run is undeniably satisfying, and returning fans can expect the same solid gameplay they have come to love.

    Gear Crates and In-Game Currency

    At this stage, earning medals and accomplishing sponsor goals nets players both trials coins and experience points that increase fame. Trials Rising celebrates each new fame level by doling out gear crates full of cosmetic-only rewards. Trials coins are spent on things like victory animations and re-rolling a bad gear crate. The price to re-roll goes up every time, so you might want to use this feature sparingly. Ubisoft clarified here that players can also purchase acorns, a different in-game currency not shown in the beta, using real money.

    New Game, New You

    On top of the typical character creation choices like gender, voice type, and skin tone – I went with a cotton candy blue – Trials Rising offers additional creative freedom over your rider's look. Feel free to swap out accessories, helmets, jackets, shirts, gloves, bottoms, and footwear to reflect your personality. Change each item’s color or attach stickers – which you can also customize by adjusting their size, location, and hue. The result is a truly unique look. I went down the rabbit hole creating a rider that looked like a Rebel Alliance pilot. When that didn’t go well, I pivoted to an overall zebra aesthetic.

    Trials Rising doesn’t take itself too seriously, as evidenced by the gorilla suit and cowboy attire available in the gold edition pre-order. This new addition to the series will be a delight to new fans and rise to the expectations of old ones wanting a fresh take on the traditional Trials experience.  If you want a game stuffed with personality and addictive challenges, Trials Rising is coming out February 12, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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    GI Show – Red Dead Redemption 2, PlayStation Classic, Spider-Man Game Club Part 2

    By GameInformer,

    Game Informer's Ben Hanson, Jeff Cork, and Matt Bertz share gameplay impressions of playing Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2. Brian Shea and Matt Bertz also talk about playing NHL 19 and the excellent NBA 2K19. Then we dive back in time and talk about the announcement of the PlayStation Classic and playing old NES games through the Nintendo Switch Online. We also cover the latest Nintendo Direct featuring Luigi's Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing and Valkyria Chronicles 4. After some great community emails, we dive in deep on the middle section of Insomniac's Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 with our GI Game Club.

    You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten to episode 416 on SoundCloud, or download the MP3 by clicking here. Also, be sure to send your questions to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show.

    To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below...

    2:00 - Red Dead Redemption 2
    17:40 - Goodbye Dead Rising's Capcom Vancouver
    20:15 - NBA 2K19
    33:45 - NHL 19
    36:09 - PlayStation Classic
    47:25 - Nintendo Switch Online
    57:15 - Luigi's Mansion 3
    1:00:45 - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
    1:03:10 - Game Freak's Town
    1:05:30 - Final Fantasy on Switch
    1:07:18 - Animal Crossing on Switch
    1:11:45 - Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Torna: The Golden Country
    1:17:05 - Valkyria Chronicles 4
    1:21:30 - Community emails
    1:55:55 - Spider-Man GI Game Club Part 2

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    Cary Fukunaga Named Next James Bond Director

    By GameInformer,

    Producers of the next 007 film just announced that Cary Fukunaga will be directing Daniel Craig in the next installment of the James Bond franchise. Credited with directing such renowned projects as the critically-acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, first season of True Detective and upcoming Netflix series Maniac, Fukunaga becomes the first American-born director to helm a Bond film.

    Fukunaga’s choice as director comes after director Danny Boyle dropped out of the project in August over creative differences.

    The 25th film in the legendary series, (currently dubbed Bond 25) this will be the final installment to star Daniel Craig as the suave, British spy based on Craig's existing contract. Bond 25 is set to release February 14, 2020 with filming beginning this March.

    [Source: Deadline]

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    Yakuza Online Trailers Show Off New Series Protagonist

    By GameInformer,

    The Yakuza studio, known primarily but not solely for the Yakuza series of games, made it very clear that Yakuza 6 would be Kazuma Kiryu's last rodeo as a series protagonist. Last year, Sega revealed that Kasuga Ichiban, a wild-haired man with inverted colors to Kiryu, would be taking his place and would have his first introduction in an upcoming mobile game and PC game titled Yakuza Online, though details were scant. 

    At TGS, Sega finally elucidated a little on both the man who would replace Kiryu and the game that introduces him, giving us the first trailer of Yakuza Online. The first, a gameplay trailer, gives a little bit of Kasuga's backstory as he is being arrested and imprisoned for a crime that he didn't commit, which is familiar backstory to fans of the series. After getting out of jail, Kasuga discovers that the Omi Alliance has taken over Kamurocho and the Tojo Clan has basically been stomped out thanks to growing corruption in the police force and the lack of a certain Tojo problem solver. A former Tojo man himself, Kasuga is shocked to discover that the people he took the fall for all betrayed the Tojo and joined the Omi.

    It also shows the various types of gameplay for the game. The title is a free-to-play gacha-style game focusing on random drops, but some degree of Yakuza's storytelling and mechanics like talking to hostesses will be present. The game also features canon and non-canon guest appearances from the series.

    In addition to that gameplay trailer, Sega also produced an obviously Japanese-language special video showing Kasuga and some of those guest characters. Don't worry too much about how all of this fits into the timeline or where idol Haruka learned to fight, it's all in good fun. The lone exception appears to be Akiyama, who seems to actually be a part of Kasuga's story.

    There's no word yet on whether Yakuza Online will becoming to the west in any form. Presumably Sega is not going to completely ignore giving Kasuga his backstory when Yakuza 7 eventually rolls around for people who didn't play the mobile game.

    The Yakuza studio also recently announced another game, titled Project Judge, that is very similar to the Yakuza series. That game is indeed coming west and should keep fans satiated until the next Yakuza game is ready for primetime. 

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