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  2. Sure, you could play an actual Batman game but wouldn't you rather see a Batman who could join the Brotherhood instead? Batman Day has arrived and instead of the usual "here are the Batman games you should scope out" piece, we decided to dive back into the world of mods since that's been an area of interest lately. From the Dark Knight taking over the Wasteland in Fallout to Batman hyut-ing his way through Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, here are our top picks for getting that sweet, sweet justice on. Batman in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Surprisingly enough, Breath of the Wild actually has some pretty awesome mods out there, though most of them are jokes like Shrek taking over as Ganon. Still, today is an appropriate day to celebrate one Legend of Zelda mod in particular, one created by YouTuber 'WilianZilv. Not only does this mod let you become Batman, but it also gives you a Bat Glider and the Batarang to replace the Lizal Boomerang. Don't lie, you know this is dope: Click here to watch embedded media You can learn more about this mod right here. Fallout: New Vegas This Batman Fallout: New Vegas mod just isn't about the caped crusader, it also offers other retextures such as Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and even Green Lantern. This mod is super easy to implement, as long as you're on PC. You can download this creation right here. There is also a highly recommended Knightmare Batman mod for Fallout 4 if kicking the crap out of the Brotherhood is more your style. Doom II Batman Doom is a total conversion mod that was created by ACE Team Software. It's been a huge hit since 1999, and for good reason. It comes bringing with the ability to play as Batman himself while hunting different villains throughout Gotham City. This mod is far more detailed than it appears at first glance and has gone through several versions to make sure it's perfect. To try out the new levels and take on Doom II in a different way, you're going to want to learn more right here. The Sims This Sims mod was created back in 2009, but there are a ton of mods for the latest entry into the Sims franchise. Most of them are Batman-themed shirts and small tweaks, no full-on suit that actually functions (at least that I've found and tested), but this one has been a faithful one to me for years. Since this mod requires a ton of different meshes in order to work, as seen with the various textures and shading in the image below, there are a few more complicated steps to making this function. Luckily, the mod creator offered some stellar walkthrough advice over on the Mod the Sims forums. Learn more. Grand Theft Auto V This pick isn't just one mod, but numerous ways to bring Gotham into a new world. From Injustice 2's Harley Quinn to various Batman-inspired vehicles, there are tons to choose from when taking to Los Santos. There are several high-resolution Batman armor mods as well, in addition to heaven adding a little Batman vs. Superman flair for those that fancy that particular experience. Click here to watch embedded media Prepare for the rabbit hole, because this library has a ton of options to choose from right here. Skyrim Come on, did you really expect us to leave Skyrim off of a modding list? Be real, Bethesda may have a reputation for some buggier experiences, but they've been a treasure trove of inspiration for those that love to mod. My favorite Gotham-esque mod for Tamriel is the 'Batman in Skyrim' experience that adds Batman himself, two new player homes based off of the comics, a new race, Batman armor, new enemies, new NPCs, new spells, and a new mount. This is easily my favorite and a really easy one to add to your game. Download here. Honorary mention If fighting games are your style, there is a pretty nifty Batman mod right here for Street Fighter x Tekken, but be warned: this is the one mod I haven't tested out yet personally. If you want to play an actual Batman game with extra flair, the Batman: Arkham City Nexus community is really solid with a ton of options to choose from. There is also this hilarious Batman fusion mod with Vegeta in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2! You can check out the video below and download this little gem here to get started. Click here to watch embedded media And those are some Batman mods that I've tested out myself that I can't recommend enough to ring in this celebratory occasion! Think I missed a good one? Have a game you'd like a recommendation for to bring in those Gotham vibes? Drop a comment in the section below and tell us what you think! View the full article
  3. Pirate's Day Celebration - September 19 Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Hoist sail and make way for Booty Bay because Pirate’s Day begins September 19! Bring Your Sea Shanty to Booty Bay Pirates have taken over the goblin town of Booty Bay and Captain DeMeza is recruiting any scurvy dog she can into her buccaneer ranks. Visit her or her henchmen in the capital cities if the pirate’s life is for you! Feeling out of place in Booty Bay without a proper costume? Don’t worry. /Dance one little jig with the Dread Captain DeMeza and she’ll be impressed enough to press you into her crew and outfit you properly. If you get attached to your new look, you can do the quest You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat!! Succeed, and you’ll get an Emergency Pirate Outfit (or five) for when Pirate’s Day is but a distant memory and your inner pirate is clawing to get out. What good is a pirate without an avian companion on their shoulder? Captain DeMeza (for the exchange of a few shiny coins) can help you call forth a temporary companion named Petey to take with you wherever you sail. From time to time the captain will shout for a brave party to take on a terror of the deeps–an elite shark known as Ol' Eary. Make sure you have a hearty crew with you or you could become just so much chum in the waters of the bay. Join the Beach Party Once you and your crew have helped the captain handle Ol’Eary, you can celebrate with the crew at a little beach party just south of Booty Bay. Those with the Feat of Strength "Advast Ye, Admiral" can also purchase a toy from Edward Techt–the Jolly Roger to show off their dedication to the cause. If you’re really feeling generous, you can also purchase a Big Bag of Booty from Captain DeMeza and spread the wealth around to all your pirate pals in a burst of glittery glory. View the full article
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  5. Mount Voting Closed - The Wandering Ancient Wins Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of players around the world who voted in polls over the last two weeks, we now know which of the proposed mounts you most want to ride in 2021. The winner is: The Wandering Ancient A large and leafy mount, the Wandering Ancient invites you to climb aboard and grab ahold of its branches as you embark on a lumbering expedition. Our designers will now work on bringing this mount to life, so that all players who purchase Shadowlands will receive it. And again, thank you for voting! View the full article
  6. Announcing a higher tier of Community Awards, new Points Shop features, and items available now on Steam. New Community Awards help you show your appreciation with an even bigger tip to the recipient. Use the Steam Points you earn by shopping on Steam to give the latest Awards: Treasure (recipient gets 200 points) Mad Scientist (for user-generated content) (recipient gets 200 points) Mind Blown (recipient gets 400 points) Golden Unicorn (recipient gets 800 points)The recipient can in turn spend those points in the Steam Points Shop, or award a post to brighten someone else's day. New FeaturesThe Points Shop is enhanced with new features, including: A new, tabbed selection window for sending chat emoticons, animated stickers, and chat effects Points Shop item previews on participating games' store pages A weekly email roll-up to Community Award recipients A Steam profile avatar cropping tool, right in the avatar uploaderBTW: The Points Shop also represents a new way to get Trading Card items such as emoticons and profile backgrounds – you can now exchange points for them. New Game-Themed ItemsAlso debuting in the Points Shop: Control animated backgrounds Death Stranding backgrounds and emoticons Hades stickers, backgrounds, and emoticons Astroneer stickers Monster Prom stickers Dying Light stickers Mortal Kombat animated stickers Beat Saber animated stickers Risk of Rain 2 animated stickers, animated avatars, background, and a magma worm frame DOTA 2 Aghanim's Labyrinth-themed avatar frame What's Hot in the Points ShopThe Debut Collection Golden Profile is the most popular item in the shop as of this writing. Grab it before September 22nd at 10am Pacific, when it will vanish from the shop to make way for a new golden profile headed to Steam. Animated avatar frames and the Black Hole animated profile background are also favorites among the Community, while our most popular sticker is this little clucker from CS:GO! Since the Steam Points Shop opened almost three months ago, more than 10 million people have exchanged Steam Points for game-themed items to animate their Steam presence and chat sessions. Check out the thousands of Points Shop items available now, such as animated stickers and chat effects, profile backgrounds, mini-profile backgrounds, avatars, avatar frames, and Community Awards. View the full article
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  8. Click here to watch embedded media With the rampant rumors and leaks pointing to a Mass Effect Trilogy remaster, longtime fans could finally have their chance to play a more optimized Mass Effect experience on modern consoles. Being a massive Mass Effect fan myself, I've had more than a few people reach out wondering if the alleged remaster would be a good reason to jump into the franchise for the first time. My answer? Heck-to-the-YES, here's why. A little backstory: I've been gaming for over 30 years and enjoy all sorts of genres and tales. From full-fledged single-player narratives to just shooting a few rounds in Battlefield, gaming is my life and I've experienced some amazing adventures out there. That being said, no franchise has made quite the impact on me that the Mass Effect series has and a big part of that is due to the incredible craftsmanship of the story and Commander Shepard's legacy. For those that may not know, the Mass Effect trilogy begins with the player becoming Commander Shepard, an N7 operative that joins the Normandy in the year 2183. Aliens, interstellar travel, and turian booty is all around you (kidding on that last part, sorta) but it's not your average space adventure. While there are guns and combat, that's not the main focus of the Mass Effect tale. The story that follows Shepard's journey is powerful, unique, and at times gut-wrenching. As a note before we continue, I'll be referring to Shepard as "their" since players can choose to play a male or female version. I am using "their" to encompass both options. As Shepard, you will begin as XO to none other than a man named David Anderson, the Normandy's CO. Anderson becomes like a father figure to Shepard, though eventually events lead to Shepard taking the Normandy's helm. The first game is also about uncovering an ancient threat, a threat not even fully realized until the end of the first title's story. The first entry is all about setting up the universe, making you care about it and feel like it's a part of your actual reality. Because the first Mass Effect is more about setting up the world than being the end-all-be-all of the game series, the pacing is a little slow to start but once it picks up? It really picks up. The pacing disruption is also a world-building hurtle, and not something that impacts the second and third games. The first game leads into the second where we know who the threat is, but the right people aren't taking it seriously. Politics (shocker) stand in the way of public safety as Shepard goes through an entire world shift from being poster child of the Alliance, the human's interstellar military, to being a part of a human terrorist organization due to unforeseen circumstances (we won't say why, major spoiler). Without giving too much away, the organization in question is called Cerberus, and it's an organization we first learn about in the first game as players uncover sordid experiments underneath this particular banner. Throughout the course of the three games, we learn more and more about Cerberus and where they fit into the galaxy, and those horrifying details create a uniquely heartbreaking narrative divide for our protagonist and those closest to them. In a massive fight against an ancient race known as the Reapers, a sentient machine race that wipes out millions of lives on a cyclic schedule, Shepard builds their team across all three games with characters that are so vastly different from one another and begin to feel like actual family. To me, what makes this story so special is the characters themselves. Throughout 30 years of gaming, I've become so attached to thousands of characters, all with something special to add to any gaming adventure. That being said, there is something about the progression of getting to know Mass Effect NPCs that feels organic, real, and not unlike how we build friendships and romantic relationships in real life. They are special in a way that even as a writer I'm not sure I could convey properly. Don't judge, but I have 30 playthroughs of this trilogy. It's my comfort game. When life gets to be too much, I dive back into the world of Mass Effect. It's my security blanket. But even with so many runs through the story, it still makes me bawl like a baby and I feel like I've been punched in the gut when I have to say goodbye again when the end credits roll. A lot of that is just how incredible it is, and another part is though the ending is honed into three clear directions, your choices do really matter in ways many don't even realise throughout the course of the trilogy. No other game has done this to me and while it's not necessarily like that for everyone for a variety of reasons, it is a testament to the special magic that this BioWare story has. A part of this attachment is the writing itself. Dialogue feels natural and engaging. There are squabbles, there is the process of having to win someone over, and these characters go to hell and back with each other. That sort of shared experience creates bonds in any situation, and that connection is conveyed expertly with the narrative structure and the in-game mechanics. As someone who was active duty, there were real-life situations I went through with people that couldn't stand me, and vice versa. Those situations we endured together though? That forged a bond that transcended previous perceptions. That same transformative relationship building is very much evident in the Mass Effect trilogy, and something that can be felt on a universal scale no matter each player's IRL journies. Through loyalty missions that dig deep into these characters' pasts to dialogue options that shape the way these characters see the player within this world, every action feels meaningful and impactful, which is a large part why Mass Effect is so incredibly immersive. These characters matter. They matter to Shepard and they matter to you. The combat mechanics are also nothing to scoff at, though boy did the first game's weaponry age poorly. Throughout the progression of the series, real evolution can be seen both narratively, mechanically, and graphically. With the alleged remaster coming, all of that can be experienced once more but with improved visuals. Another reason why you should play the trilogy if it is remastered is that it will likely include all DLC. While DLC is usually optional fun, Mass Effect has always felt like it was core chunks of the game missing if you didn't buy them. I couldn't imagine playing the third game without meeting the creators of the Reapers face-to-face with the Leviathan DLC, or dirty dancing with Jack while Vega and the biotics have a muscle contest with the Citadel DLC. The extended stories are all vastly unique to each other, and many of them are vital pieces to a much bigger picture. If included in the alleged remaster, this is a great way to see the franchise through a new lense previously locked behind a paywall. The bottom line, and I know this article was a little vaguer than it maybe should have been, is that the Mass Effect Trilogy is a gem. I've tried to keep this as vague as possible since this article is geared to newcomers to the series, and I don't want to spoil key points of the story. If you haven't dived in yet, you are really missing out on a phenomenal ride that is on a pedastool few games reach. If the rumors are true, the remaster will be releasing next month, and if that happens? You know where to find me. I've got tips, I've got recommendations, I've got insanely annoying pterodactyl screeches (as my author bio suggests). Hit me up, let's fan out! You can also check out the latest episode of Replay where we talk about all things Mass Effect 2, that's the video at the top of the article! View the full article
  9. Earlier this week, PlayStation 5 preorders went live ahead of schedule, shortly after a new showcase confirmed the new system's release date and price. Unfortunately, the process from there hasn't been the smoothest; many Amazon customers are reporting some potentially bad news concerning their orders. With false checkouts, timed-out websites, and server overloads, the chaotic preorder process has many worried that their secured systems might not be as secure as they thought. For those that preordered through Amazon, the online store has been sending out mass emails to those who pre-purchased, saying the high demand for PS5 means the systems may not arrive on launch day. Our own Daniel Tack is among those that received the email, as seen below: The email above states that some may not receive their preordered unit by the promised launch day "due to high demand." Though not the type of email one wants to see, the retailer did add that they will "make every effort to get the item to you as soon as possible once released." Next-gen launches are rarely as smooth as people would like, and the preorders for the PS5 did go up ahead of schedule. With the surprise early access for preordering the new console, paired with the usual excitement associated with new launches, system errors and demand issues are almost always expected. The preorders went live in a stuttered fashion, first appearing on Walmart's website only to be taken down and back up in quick succession. Once live for good, the stock availability fluctuated wildly until eventually inventory was depleted. Target and Best Buy's preorders were also quick to sell out as more and more gamers tried to secure their console's purchase. While currently the emails are specific to Amazon, it wouldn't be surprising if other retailers experienced similar issues. If you secured your preorder, we recommend keeping track of that order number and your email to stay up-to-date on any issues that could potentially arise. Over the last 24 hours, Sony has been shooting out queue assignments for their own preorder allocation. With the next generation boasting impressive hardware, and as more launch titles are being confirmed, it's easy to see why so many are excited to get their hands on the next-gen consoles on day one. For those hoping to score an Xbox Series X/S, those preorders go live on September 22nd. You can learn more about that with our previous coverage here. View the full article
  10. Click here to watch embedded media Few games truly take player choice to heart and implement it in meaningful ways. With its multitude of branching paths, loyalty missions, and an ending that lived and died on the choices you made before, 2010's Mass Effect 2 set the gold standard for allowing players to create their own story for Commander Shepard and their crew. On top of the gripping narrative, Bioware's beloved sequel also improved upon the rough edges of the original and created one of the best sci-fi games of all time. Join Andrew Reiner, Dan Tack, myself, and our newest member of the team, Liana Ruppert, as we gush about Mass Effect 2 and discuss where we want to see the series go next. We had to prerecord this week's show, but we'll be back in seven days with another fun episode! If you can't get enough of our live shows, remember to subscribe on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook to get notified when we go live each week! View the full article
  11. Some games are ambitious, with mechanics and systems we haven’t seen before. Some games are massive, offering expansive and dense worlds ripe for exploration. Some games are complex, delving into mature themes involving violence, authority, and sexuality. And then there’s Cyberpunk 2077, which aims to be all of those things. It is one of the most overwhelming and intricate open-world games we’ve played; after multiple Game Informer editors spent hours charting their own course through the urban sprawl of Night City, everyone had different experiences to share. But it was easy to agree on one thing: This game is enormous in every sense of the word. Inspired by and rooted in the world of a long-established tabletop role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2077 catapults players into a lurid future. People dramatically modify and augment their bodies as a matter of course, and enter virtual mindscapes to chase fleeting thrills. Megacorps hold vast power, scheming and killing with impunity. And in the underbelly of this bleak dystopia, outlaw edgerunners chart their own paths beyond the reach of the grasping corporations, leveraging underground connections, insane tech implants, and earned street cred to shape their own destinies. You are V – one of these enigmatic cyberpunks – and you’ve got a lot of options in front of you. Read more... View the full article
  12. Click to watch embedded media Everything we've seen so far of Cyberpunk 2077 has been nothing short of stunning but those breathtaking graphics have had many PC players worried that their rigs might not be able to take the heat. Luckily, the entry point for PC gamers is much lower than originally anticipated as CD Projekt RED confirms the Cyberpunk 2077 PC requirements, both minimum and recommended. During the studio's most recent Night City Wire showcase, they confirmed the specs that PC players can look forward to: The minimum system requirement set with the NVIDIA GTX 790 or the Radeon RX 470 is a surprise, but not an unwelcome one. Obviously players will want to shoot for the recommended settings if possible if they want to experience the highest quality of Cyberpunk, but knowing that the minimum specs are a little more in reach means good things for fans ready to jump in. With a game this massive, seeing the storage space required is also not surprising. CDPR has mentioned previously that this is a living, breathing city. Night City and its surrounding areas are massive and with completely interactive environments. A game of that scale will always require some hefty storage requirements. We'll be able to see exactly how this game performs when Cyberpunk 2077 launches on November 19, 2020 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. View the full article
  13. PlayStation 5 will offer backwards compatibility but unlike the Xbox Series X, their library will not span across generations. It was previously touched on that the PlayStation 5 would only go as far back as PS4, a point that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan drove home during a recent interview. Speaking with Famitsu, Ryan clarified that the PlayStation 5 will offer backwards compatibility but the focus on that will be for the PS4 generation, not the eras before that. The reasoning for this, according to Ryan, is that the focus for developing the PS5 remained on its new technologies, especially concerning the system's SSD. It was because of this primary objective that Sony says it couldn't make older titles fully functional on the newest console. According to the CEO, "We keep in mind the engineering specialized for the PS5, as we produced the device. In the midst of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4. While implementing that, we also focused our efforts on taking in the high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time. So, unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the implementation of such compatibilities." While this isn't the first time we've heard about the limited backwards compatibility, with the first time being back in August due to a Sony Austrialian support site, this statement does clarify confusion regarding what will be available for PS5 players when looking back at previous generations. Xbox's own backwards compatibility currently features Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, though the latter is a much smaller list due to optimization constraints. [Source: Famitsu via Siliconera] View the full article
  14. Bloober Team has announced that Observer: System Redux will be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on day one. This updated version of the acclaimed cyberpunk thriller adds new content, including three new major missions, updated character models, and new locations. Additionally, the next-gen hardware enables 4K resolution, upgraded textures, new animations, models, and effects. The visuals also now benefit from ray-tracing and HDR lighting. The game will cost $30, a priority for Bloober Team. "We know next-gen pricing is a major concern for our fans and we feel that releasing all the new content and upgrades in Observer: System Redux at the same cost as the original Observer is a great way to stay close with our community," CEO Piotr Babineo said in a press release. We liked Observer when it launched in 2017, giving it a 9 out of 10 in our review, saying, "Observer is simply the best of both worlds and is a must-play for anyone who considers themselves a fan of either sci-fi or horror." Observer: System Redux hits Xbox Series X/S and PC on November 10, then PlayStation 5 on November 12. View the full article
  15. Humble Bundle is a great way to buy the games you love while also helping out a variety of charites out there to do some good in the world. Their latest bundle is one that we all need more of. For those not on Twitter, there is an account called @YouCanPettheDog that tells gamers online which games let you ... well, pet the dog. It also features other animals as well, which makes it incredibly wholesome, and Humble is taking that love for animals a step further by helping them in real life! The Humble "You Can Pet the Dog" bundle offers a plethora of games that let players interact with the goodest of good boys while donating a portion of the proceeds to various animal charities. The latest bundle is available to buy now and will run until October 1st. From horror games like Blair Witch that has cute little floofers in them, to more family-friendly games like Scribblenauts Unlimited, there are quite a few different options to choose from. Here's what you need to know: $1 unlock bundle Scribblenauts Unlimited Beyond Eyes Dog Sled Saga Bulb Boy More than the average $4.71 bundle Shenmue 1 & II Where the Water Tastes Like Wine Death's Gambit $12 bundle Blair Witch Bonuses BulbBoy Soundtrack Dog Sled Saga Soundtrack The charities that a portion of the proceeds go to include Sweet Farm, The Humane Society of the United States, and Best Friends Animal Society. New to Humble Bundle? How it works is that the buyer can actually pick the price. Pay what you want above a certain minimum, as seen above. The higher the amount pledge, the more reward tiers can be unlocked. Even better? Buyers can also choose how much of their purchase goes to the charity of their choice and how much goes to the game devs, and to Humble itself. All sales are digital and can be used personally or gifted to someone else. So do some good, pet those dogs, and get some solid gametime in while you do it! Click here to get started! View the full article
  16. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot has new DLC coming out here soon and with it comes Golden Frieza. Golden Frieza is this character's most powerful form and we've got a sneak peek at this OP evolution thanks to the latest issue of V-Jump. A scan of the most recent of V-Jump magazine not only shows off Golden Frieza, but also the return of Ginyu Force and the Super Saiyan Blue forms for Vegeta and Goku. DBZ: KAKAROT - Proper & Full V Jump Scans! pic.twitter.com/OYahgDTugX — Dragon Ball Hype. (@DbsHype) September 17, 2020 Golden Frieza, according to the scans above, comes with the second part of the game's first DLC: New Power Awakens. The first part made its debut back in April of this year and focused heavily on the Dragon Ball film Battle of Gods. The second part of the DLC will touch on Dragon Ball Z: Ressurrection F, which explains Golden Frieza's appearance in Kakarot. DBZ: Kakarot V Jump Leaks. SSB Vegeta and Goku, new skills! (Thanks to: @DB_KR0914) pic.twitter.com/uBCZBH4B9Z — Dragon Ball Hype. (@DbsHype) August 19, 2020 The same account that shared the first screen also showed off another image of the latest issue, this time showing off the previously confirmed Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta and Goku forms. We don't have a release date for when the second part of the Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot DLC arrives, but we do know that is slated for sometime later this year. View the full article
  17. Click to watch embedded media Monster Hunter had an awesome news week with both Monster Hunter: Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2 being revealed. Nintendo is making that news even sweeter with the reveal of three new Amiibo coming at the beginning of next year, including an adorable little Palico! Nintendo revealed the three new Amiibo figures that are going to be coming out March 26, 2021. The three latest additions include a Palamute figure, a Magnamalo, and a smiling Palico: Each figure will unlock a special armor set in Monster Hunter: Rise. No word on if these will also impact Monster Hunter Stories 2 at this time, but even if it's just for Rise, that Palico one is too cute to pass up! Amiibo first crashed onto the scene back in 2014 and there was a whirlwind period where they were so hard to get, so exclusive, that it was a madhouse just to try to land that coveted figure. Since that period, however, Nintendo has been much more on top of supply and demand, making collecting these little cuties back on hobby level and not frustrated obsession. The Monster Hunter Amiibo line debuts March 26, 2021. Are you planning on scooping one up? All three? Sound off in the comment section below! View the full article
  18. Game designer Michel Ancel, known for his work on Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman, has announced that he is retiring from the game industry after a career spanning more than 30 years. Instead of creating virtual worlds, he is going to focus on the real world, devoting time to a wildlife sanctuary. Ancel made the announcement on Instagram, assuring fans that his two current projects – Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Wild – will continue going forward. "Many of you might want to know what will happen to Wild and BGE2. No worries, since many months now the teams are autonomous and the projects are going super well," Ancel writes. "Beautiful things to be seen soon." Ubisoft posted an update of its own regarding Beyond Good & Evil 2, saying kind things about Ancel and pointing out that the team behind the game is currently hiring. The post also says that the current goal is to show more of Beyond Good & Evil 2 in action sometime in 2021. View the full article
  19. If you're like me, the wait for Dragon Age 4 is pretty unbearable. We have justice that needs to be seen with a certain egg and taking on Tevinter is mighty enticing. While we still have a nice little wait time before we get a DA4 launch date, we figured these Dragon Age mods for Skyrim might help pass the time. Bethesda sure does know how to make moddable games. Both Skyrim and Fallout have arguably the biggest mod libraries out there. With so many, it's easy to find a few Dragon Age-inspired ones that take us back into the world of Thedas while not leaving Tamriel, and here are a few of my personal favorites as a massive PC gamer. Fenris Fenris is the broody elf that escaped slave life in Tevinter and became a loyal follower of Hawke in Dragon Age 2. Though rough at first, he eventually became one of my favorite elves in the entire Dragon Age franchise, which is why this Fenris Follower mod is a must-have in my book. "Fenris, a former slave in Morrowind, served the House Dres for most of his youth. His Dunmer masters forced him to endure a Daedric ritual which resulted in the unique magic markings on his skin. One day he was finally able to escape, and he ended up in Skyrim." Snag this mod here. Alistair Swooping is bad, but more Alistair is definitely not. First introduced as a companion in Dragon Age Origins, he later became the king of Fereldan (depending on your in-game choices and if you've read the comics or not). With a penchant for cheese and licking lamp posts in the winter, this mod is perfect for those that miss this adorable little warden. According to the mod's creator, "For those who wanted to play as Dragon Age: Origins' Alistair Theirin, fret no more! Modeled after the Origins version of Alistair Theirin, I have made a preset for RaceMenu so you can play as your loveable companion!" You can download this mod here. Anders Look, we all had that "dammit, Anders" moment in Dragon Age 2, but let's be real: he was awesome in Dragon Age: Awakening. This mod gives us back our sassy mage, though no Ser Pounce-a-Lot in tow, though this time no political buildings are being blown up. We think. "I love Anders from Dragon Age, so I tried to create a character like him in my Skyrim," said the creator of this particular mod. "The character turned out quite like him, I think. You may find here 2 versions of Anders follower mod and a saved game file with main character of same appearance." Get your Anders on with the mod download right here. Morrigan Morrigan, oh Morrigan. First introduced in Dragon Age Origins and eternal nemesis to Alistair, this character was an freaking icon. With a no-nonsense attitude and a survivor's instinct that you can't help but to admire, Morrigan is a mainstay character that made an incredible return in Dragon Age Inquisition. She's one of my favorites, so bringing her into Tamriel is another must-have. Download this one right here. There are a few others, including Merrill right here, but they aren't quite as solid as the ones previously tested. I absolutely love modding. I love using them and I love creating them, so if you like seeing mod recommendations like this be sure to leave a comment in the section below and tell us what you'd like to see more of! View the full article
  20. TO YEET OR NOT TO YEET, it's not really a question, it's going to happen no matter what. The Big Yeetus is officially here in Fall Guys and this chaotic neutral addition is not only causing mayhem in-game, but is also giving us some hilarious moments from gamers capturing those epic fails. Is this news? No. Is it hilarious and we all deserve a good laugh this 2020? Yes. So without further adieu, here are some of the Yeetiest moments that made us smile: Big Yeetus failed me #PS4sharehttps://t.co/na2oERmkG4 pic.twitter.com/yOkufRnq6M — Mr. Roboto (@Jupaso514) September 15, 2020 This dingus got the big yeetus pic.twitter.com/3tEWLoD8Ms — 8bitElliott (@8bitElliott) September 17, 2020 I could get used to the big yeetus #FallGuyshttps://t.co/BkRNHo6lLD pic.twitter.com/HRyHuxiEAm — Afro Willy (@AfroWillyWill) September 15, 2020 Fall Mountain isn't so easy anymore @RealBigYeetus #BigYeetus #PS4sharehttps://t.co/L2vbL3hZnP pic.twitter.com/kuO8BBBFUU — ChubRockGeek 130 (@ChubRockGeek) September 15, 2020 Big Yeetus hoofed me like a conversion in rugby! #bigyeetus @FallGuysGame pic.twitter.com/HStEaCSVvH — Ben Howard (@comeonyouyellow) September 17, 2020 WHAT ARE THE ODDS @FallGuysGame #bigyeetus #FallGuys pic.twitter.com/QMNeawOj8E — Grim (@Vince_4270) September 15, 2020 There are so many spanning across Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube that are honestly the kind of content we need in 2020. Let's face it, this year has been rough but games like Fall Guys make it a little bit easier and the Big Yeetus? Genius addition to the game. GG, Mediatonic. GG. View the full article
  21. The tensions between the Trump administration and Chinese conglomerate Tencent continue to intensify with the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment's recent prioritization of national security. As per a Bloomberg report, letters from the Committee have been sent to multiple development companies – like Riot Games and Epic Games – inquiring about the management of their U.S.-based consumers' personal data. Last month, President Trump ordered a ban on Tencent's WeChat app. The specifics of the ban as well as the order itself will go into effect on September 20 once the parameters of the restrictions are determined and announced by the Commerce Department. It was initially reported that the video game companies under the Tencent umbrella would not be impacted by the executive orders signed in August, but that appears to have changed in the time since. Only time will tell what kind of impact this has, not only on the games industry, but on American foreign policy as a whole. Tencent holds full ownership of League of Legends and Valorant developer Riot Games, as well as major stakes in Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games, Clash of Clans and Clash Royale developer Supercell, and a 40-percent stake in Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games. Tencent also holds smaller stakes in Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Frontier Developments, and several other prominent developers. [Source: Bloomberg] View the full article
  22. Click here to watch embedded media Sony's pre-order rollout for the PlayStation 5 was a little confusing, to put it lightly, but it looks like pre-ordering the Xbox Series S/X will be a lot easier. In the name of transparency, Microsoft detailed exactly when gamers can pre-order next gen Xbox systems. Here's what you need to know in order to pre-order an Xbox Series X and Series S. When can you pre-order an Xbox Series console? Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Series S kicks off on September 22 at 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT. For those interested in nabbing a system day one, the new consoles will be available at all major retailers including GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Newegg, and more. The Xbox Series X will retail at $499 with the Series S coming in at $299. Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 are already up, though they went live a day early on September 16, which caused a fluster of confusion and frustration for many that were looking to get their pre-order in the moment that option became available. Both systems look incredible and with services and hardware alike making next gen look incredibly appealing, it's easy to see why hype is so high. Which system appeals to you more as your first purchase for next gen, or are you putting down the cash for both at the same time? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer View the full article
  23. Shadowlands Afterlives: Revendreth Shadowlands Beta - Build 9.0.2.35938 A new build is on the way! New Icons Achievement Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Appearances Collections I Live, I Die, I Queue Again (New) Collect any armor set from Shadowlands PvP Season 1. 10 points. Account Wide. Covenant Sanctums Expansion Features All Spirits Great and Small Complete Lia's questline to restore all of the animal spirits to the Queen's Conservatory. 10 points. 15 points.Be Our Guest Host the following guests at your Ember Court. 10 points. 5 points.Dredger Academy Train your Ember Court dredger in the following arts of butlery. 10 points. 5 points.Dredger Style Unlock the following cosmetic options for your Ember Court dredger. 10 points. 5 points.Fashion Abomination (New) Create each of these Fashion Accessories with Abominable Stitching. 10 points.It's a Wrap Contribute 100 Anima-Bound Wraps to Summoner Gerard to help summon Visectus, Specter Of War. 10 points. 5 points.Meditation Master Complete all of Ohm's meditation quests in the Queen's Conservatory and become one with your inner calm. 10 points. 15 points.People Pleaser Help the following guests reach the Elated mood level at your Ember Court. 10 points. 5 points.Spiritual Observations Complete each of Falir's spirit observation quests in the Queen's Conservatory. 10 points. 15 points.The Gang's All Here Build each of the following constructs with Abominable Stitching. 10 points. Reward: Chosen Tauralus Mount. 15 points.The Great Luckydo With Chordy's help, obtain the great Luckydo. 5 points. 10 points.The Party Herald Complete the Ember Court achievements listed below. Title Reward: The Party Herald. 10 points. Account Wide. 5 points. Account Wide.Things To Do When You're Dead Complete the Abominable Stitching achievements listed below. 10 points. Title Reward: Abominable & Reward: Armored Chosen Tauralus Mount. 15 points.Wardrobe Makeover Create each Create 25 of these Fashion Accessories with Abominable Stitching. 5 points. 10 points. Shadowlands Exploration Rainy Day Fund Name changed from "Stygian Supply" to "Rainy Day Fund". Collect 10,000 Stygia. 10 points. Purchase a Mysteriously Thrumming Orb from Ve'nari in The Maw. 10 points. Quests Ramparts Racer Win "It's Raceday in the Ramparts" Race Day in the Ramparts!" World Quest 10 times. 10 points. Torghast Expansion Features Clearing the Fog Return 15 memories to the Runecarver. 15 points.Account Wide.It's Coming Back to Me... Return another memory to the Runecarver. 5 points.Account Wide.Recollection Collection Return 10 memories to the Runecarver. 10 points.Account Wide. Strings Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion CONDUIT_RESET_AVAILABLE - Resets the conduits in this tree. soulbind.CONDUIT_RESET_INSTRUCTION - You may switch paths in the tree at any time at the Forge of Bonds. freely redirect the flow of anima through the Forge of Bonds.COVENANT_SANCTUM_RESERVOIR_INACTIVE (New) - The Sanctum Reservoir is currently inactiveCOVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL1 (New) - The Renown tab displays upcoming rewards earned by increasing Renown with the CovenantCOVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL2 (New) - Increase your Renown by completing special quests for your CovenantCOVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL3 (New) - Milestones are noteworthy rewards of higher valueCOVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL4 (New) - Deposits Anima from your bags directly into the ReservoirCOVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL5 (New) - Click on the different Sanctum Features to browse the available upgradesCOVENANT_SANCTUM_TUTORIAL6 (New) - Increase your Renown with the Covenant for greater upgrade potentialFOLLOWER_ON_MISSION_CANNOT_HEAL (New) - Adventurer is on a missionLEVEL_UP_BG_LINK - |cffFF4E00|Hpvpbgs:|h[Battlegrounds]|h|rLEVEL_UP_LFD_LINK - |cffFF4E00|Hlfd:|h[Dungeon Finder]|h|rLEVEL_UP_TALENTS_LINK - |cffFF4E00|Htalentpane:|h[Talents]|h|rMAP_PIN_INVALID_MAP (New) - You can't place a pin on this map.MYTHIC_PLUS_FIRST_SEASON (New) - The first Shadowlands Mythic dungeon season has begun!MYTHIC_PLUS_MISSING_KEYSTONE_MESSAGE - In Mythic difficulty, each dungeon you complete increases the difficulty and the rewards of the next dungeon.\n\nEach week you will receive a chest with rewards based on the highest Mythic level you completed that week.\n\nTo you'll receive a selection of rewards based on the Mythic dungeons you completed.\n\nTo get started, set your dungeon difficulty to Mythic and complete any max-level dungeon. Shadowlands dungeon.PVP_GEAR_REWARD_BY_NEXT_RANK (New) - Winning in this bracket will increase your Great Vault rewards to item level %d.PVP_GEAR_REWARD_BY_RANK (New) - Winning in this bracket will earn you Great Vault rewards of item level %d.PVP_RANK_1_NEXT_RANK_DESC - Achieve a rating of 1400 or higher to earn:|n- Combatant Title|n- Elite PvP Item Set Appearance: Bracers|n- Elite PvP Item Set Appearance: Belt Belt|n- Elite PvP Item Set Appearance: CloakPVP_RANK_4_NEXT_RANK_DESC - Achieve a rating of 2100 or higher to earn:|n- Duelist Title|n- Elite PvP Item Set Appearance: Cloak|n- Elite PvP Weapon Enchant Prestige Cloak|n- Elite PvP Weapon EnchantRENOWN_REWARD_CAPSTONE_TOOLTIP_DESC - [PH] Contains rewards reserved only for those with high Renown in the Covenant. These rewards will be granted to you to recognize your unwavering commitment to the covenant.RENOWN_REWARD_CAPSTONE_TOOLTIP_DESC2 - [PH] The rewards are: Rewards:RENOWN_REWARD_CAPSTONE_TOOLTIP_TITLE - [PH] Capstone Level Major MilestoneSHADOWLANDS_EXPERIENCE_THREADS_OF_FATE (New) - By choosing the Threads of Fate, you won't be able to play through the normal Shadowlands storyline.|nThis can't be undone.|n Are you sure you want to choose the Threads of Fate?|nType "FATE" into the field to confirmSHADOWLANDS_EXPERIENCE_THREADS_OF_FATE_CONFIRMATION_STRING (New) - FATESOULBIND_RESET_TREE - Reset the conduits on this tree Clear all conduits from this soulbind? You can only do this once a week.SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_513 (New) - You have already built this construct Misc Changes Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Currency Types Debug Redeemed Soul - Name changed from "Willing Soul" to "Redeemed Soul". Shadowlands Renown-Kyrian - It's Renown Max Quantity: 39.Renown-Necrolord - It's Renown Max Quantity: 39.Renown-NightFae - It's Renown Max Quantity: 39.Renown-Venthyr - It's Renown Max Quantity: 39.Reservoir Anima - A measure of the anima your covenant has at its disposal. Factions Shadowlands The Wild Hunt (Paragon) - Called to serve the Winter Queen in times of dire need, the Wild Hunt assembles the finest huntresses and hunters in all of Ardenweald. In the face of drought and peril, the Wild Hunt stands ready to defend the forest. Group Finder Activities Torghast Coldheart Interstitia - 5 players. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Area: Coldheart Interstitia. The Dark Portal > Coldheart Interstitia.Mort'regar - 5 players. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Area: Mort'regar. The Dark Portal > Mort'regar.The Upper Reaches - 5 players. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Area: The Upper Reaches. Dark Portal > The Upper Reaches. Holidays Torghast: Beasts of Prodigum (New) - Beasts of Prodigum have been unleashed upon Torghast, Tower of the Damned!Torghast: Chorus of Dead Souls (New) - Dead souls swarm within Torghast, Tower of the Damned!Torghast: Unbridled Darkness (New) - Unbridled Darkness has been unleashed upon Torghast, Tower of the Damned! Item Name Descriptions Ursoc's Fury Remembered - Name changed from "Ursoc's Lingering Spirit" to "Ursoc's Fury Remembered". Ursoc's Lingering Spirit Ursoc's Fury Remembered LFG Dungeons Dungeons Torghast, Tower of the Damned (New) - Search for Jaina. Map: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Roles: 1-5 damage. Mail Templates #552 - My beautiful $p, I was most pleased to receive your letter, for I have been thinking of you as well. I simply cannot wait to tell you what happened to a certain duke at my latest court. It is positively hilarious. I thought of you immediately when it happened. Until then, The Countess#553 - My beautiful $p, Although I would rather have speak with you in person, I always welcome your messages. I fear I have nothing of particular import to inform you of since we last of which to inform you since last we spoke. It has been positively dull out here in the Redelav District. Perhaps I shall stir up a little excitement... Yours in mischief, The Countess Devilishly yours, The Countess#554 - My beautiful $p, Imagine my joy when I discovered your message amongst the letters Alfryd brought me this morning. It was, of course, the first that I replied to to which I replied. As to your question, I cannot say. I will see what gossip I may uncover amongst the socialites and nobles of the Redelav District in regard to it. Come see me soon and I shall share what I learn. Sincerely, The Countess#558 - Hey $p, Why'd you write us a letter? We're right here in Sinfall. Cudgelface don't read so good. Just stop by and say hi next time. - Rendle#559 - Hey $p, Is this what it feels like be a fancy noble, getting gettin letters all the time? Not sure I like it. Talking's Talkin's easier and I'm a lot better at it. You see the fancy calligraphy I did on your name at the top? Took too long, so I stopped after that. But it looks great, yeah? Anyway, gotta run. How do dem fancy fangs end letters? Probably some big swirly calligraphy, right?#561 - Greetings old friend, I am certain you would be amused to know that your letter surprised me. Quite literally. The stone fiend threw it at me while I was locking one of the crypts up. Ha! That particular messenger must've up one of the crypts. That particular messenger must have had a grudge against me. You never can fully trust a stone fiend. Give them all the orders you want. Stone fiends must obey them Stone fiends must obey our orders, but they are devilishly good at finding loopholes, when they want to. I have ordered my messenger directly to not throw, toss, or lob this letter at you. Hopefully it works. Sincerely, Cryptkeeper Kassir#563 - Greetings old friend, You must forgive my short reply. The Chamberlain's goons thugs have cracked open one of my crypts again! They stole the soul that I was tending to in there, and put a mirror in it and put a mirror in the crypt instead. Do not worry, I did not follow them through it. I know better than to wander into a mirror I do not know the destination of. Sincerely, Cryptkeeper Kassir when I do not know its destination. Sincerely, Cryptkeeper Kassir#564 - If you can read this, you must really be $p. I enchanted the parchment to only reveal my true message reveal my true message only to you. Everyone else will see a drawing of Bwonsamdi's behind! Ha! That's what they deserve for reading someone else's letter... Anyway, I don't really have anything to say, I just really wanted to trick someone into looking at the drawing. Leave it somewhere that the Prince will find it. That'd be hilarious! See you soon, Lady Moonberry#565 - Heya $p, Thanks for the letter. I read it to Lemonseed and the gang and everyone here loved it! They're all so jealous that I get to attend the Ember Court with you. They're all begging me to take them to the next one. What a great opportunity to play some tricks on them all... See? Even when the Ember Court isn't happening, it's still fun! Talk to you soon, Lady Moonberry#568 - To $p, I won't contest the accuracy of your current tally of kills, as reported in your previous letter. But I do find them suspiciously high. I suppose you are the Maw Walker... Still, I enjoy our contests and will attempt to keep up with you. I have recorded 138 one-hundred thirty-eight killing blows since I received your previous letter, and have-- Make that 152 one-hundred fifty-two kills! Sure a few in that last wave were mites, but I can't afford to be picky when you're so far ahead! Beat that, Hunt-Captain Korayn#569 - $p, I received your letter in a rare moment of quiet here at Claw's Edge. The tales of your recent adventures were most welcome, both to me and the few hunters and grovewardens recovering alongside me. I hope you don't mind I shared your stories with them. Your legend is growing faster than you might imagine. There's no doubt that tales of the mighty Maw Walker will be told around Wild Hunt campfires for a long time in Ardenweald. I am proud to be a part of your story. Until we hunt together again, Hunt-Captain Korayn#570 - Dear $p, I hope this letter eventually reaches you. I've learned to be wary of faeries offering to help, but this one brought a letter from you! Or least a very good imitation of one... Still, I believe think we know each other well enough by now to identify each other from our one another's writing style. As to the content of your letter, I trust you know that my grove is always welcome to you. Many have found peace and safety here after troubles in their past, myself included. Whenever you need respite from the heavy burdens of being the Maw Walker, you will always find it here in Hibernal Hollow. Sincerely, Aliothe#572 - Dear $p, Anima falls like stars in the grove as I write this letter to you. Dazzlewing weaves between them in the sky, giggling. Teendynneetll remains still, but has not yet noticed that a single star has landed on their shoulder. Or perhaps, they do not mind. It is moments like this that make the fighting worthwhile. Remember that as you strive toward your next endeavor. From your previous letter, it sounds like it will be a most worthwhile one. But as you walk your path and embrace your role as Maw Walker, do not forget to rest in the peaceful moments as well. They remind us why we must fight. In rest, Aliothe#573 - Hey $p, I was just trying to wake up Rury when your letter came. Hours of my shouting at him couldn't get him to budge, but the moment he heard you had you'd wrote us a letter, he perked right up. Figures, heh. Anyway,we Anyway, we all like the plan you're thinking of for the next Ember Court. Sounds like it'll be a blast. We're going to get an invitation, I assume. It wouldn't be right to tease us with the details and then not ask us to come... right? Right? Waiting for that invitation, Choofa and the gang#575 - Hey buddy! I gotta say, your letter made me even more excited for the next Ember Court. My hype level is cranked to eleven now! So when's it gonna happen? Slanknen won't stop asking me about it, and Awool's giving me his go-to grumpy stare from across the grove. To be honest, the stare is probably my fault, but Slanknen's curiosity isn't! You gotta give me some details to share with him. Or better yet, swing by Tirna Vaal and bring us our invitation in person! It'd be fun to see you. Keep partying, Choofa#576 - $p, Not sure how long ago your letter arrived. Hopefully recent. Found your letter it under a pile of ingots. It was covered in grease. Only read fourteen words were still legible and none of them in direct sequence. I assume you included some new curio in the package. In which case, I'm certain I've already found it, disassembled it, and reassembled it at least once already. It was no doubt illuminating. Your friend, Mikanikos#578 - $p, Great letter. Diagrams of relics and technology you have encountered recently on your travels are very appreciated. I will memorize them before distributing them to the forgehands for further study and experimentation. If I am not mistaken, one of the designs you sent will make a powerful new hat for Bron. Will try soon. Your friend, Mikanikos P.S. Bron says hello.#579 - To $p, Next time, please warn me before you open your letter with such a hiliarious anecdote You must warn me before opening your letters with amusing anecdotes. I nearly cracked a smile in front of the other polemarches. That said, you are right. It WAS hilarious correct. It was quite entertaining when Theotar did that... thing at the Ember Court. You have some wild friends, $p. I am glad to count myself among them. See you soon, I hope, Polemarch Adrestes By the grace of the Archon, Polemarch Adrestes This letter is and all of its contents are the sole property of the Archon.#580 - To $p, Thank you for taking the time to retrieve obtaining permission from General Draven to send me a thorough copy of the Stone Legion's military regulations and procedures. It was, for me, both an enlightening and rewarding book to read during my off-duty hours. I look forward to discussing it further with the general and the other military leaders at your next Ember Court. Until then, Polemarch Adrestes This letter is and all of its contents are the sole property of the Archon.#581 - To $p, Thank you for your letter. I sat on the edge of Hero's Rest, overlooking Purity's Pinnacle in the distance, as I read it. It was a valuable reminder of the victories we are winning across all of the Shadowlands. We will restore things to their proper order. Even here, as the forsworn assault our temples and attempt to sabotage us from within. We will prevail. We must. In honor, Polemarch Adrestes This letter is and all of its contents are the sole property of the Archon.#582 - $p, Thank you for letter. It was very long. Please be more concise next time. Efficiency is essential to all of life's endeavors. Sika#590 - No time for pleasantries! We have a crisis at the House of Plagues! (Well, another crisis...) Kevin caused it, of course. His constant flaunting of hats and showboating of balancing skills has sent the nearby colossal goos into a rampage! They're stomping right toward us, no doubt tot to smash everything in sight! None of us will survive! As my apprentice you must carry on my work and-- Wait, it appears they turned left. They're heading back out to the leaning tower. They're sitting down. Oh, that's nice. False alarm. Carry on. Your teacher, Plague Deviser Marileth#591 - Got your note, $p. Appreciate the leads on new challengers for the theater of pain. Send 'em my way whenever they're ready. I don't care who they are, where they come from, or where they're going. If they can fight, I want 'em in my arena. Speaking of which, when are you going to come fight again? The fights today have put half the spectators to sleep. - Grandmaster Vole#592 - Keep sending stories like that last the one in your last letter, and you'll be an even bigger legend around here. Overseer Kalvaros has been barking out the story of your battle to rile up the fans waiting below. You should've heard the cheer when he got to the part with your killing blow. Ha! Finish up whatever you're doing and then get over here to fight. The crowd's already chanting your name! - Grandmaster Vole#593 - Look, $p, I'm glad you're doing whatever it is you're doing out there across the Shadowlands, but you've got to get back here to the Theater of Pain. Mistress Dyrax just cleared the entire floor of challengers with five arms tied behind her back. It was incredible! I had Au'larrynar bring in some Azerothian refreshments for you. Rencissa smashed them all because you took so long, but ol' Marcel Mullby's still got plenty of lukewarm tauralus milk. You like that stuff, right? Makes your bones strong! - Grandmaster Vole#594 - To $p, Thank you for sending a report of your recent military endeavors. I know that you are not required to do so, but appreciate your efforts to keep me in the loop as situations develop across the Shadowlands. When you have time, I am interested to discuss your tactics in the last in discussing your unusual tactics in the battle described in your letter. They are unusual, but it sounds like they were effective Strange they may seem, but effective nonetheless. I would like to learn from them. From Maldraxxus, Alexandros Mograine For Maldraxxus, Alexandros Mograine#595 - To $p, As requested, a status report for the Bleak Redoubt. The Undying Army's position here remains strong. Bladeguards hold the north gate and walls, while our summoners work to pull in a powerful ally. The western entrance is our weak spot, but the soldiers there are not giving up. We should be able to hold it. Stitchmaster Rathan is investigating the possibility of establishing a new stitchyard nearby to further fortify our position. From Maldraxxus, Alexandros Mograine For Maldraxxus, Alexandros Mograine#596 - To $p, Your recent letter was a welcome surprise. I have been thinking back to my time on Azeroth more frequently since your arrival. I am sure much has changed, but I wonder what remains the same. I look forward to discussing Azeroth further with you when our campaign is done. I may have a story or two to tell that you'd be interested in as well. Your friend and comrade in arms, Alexandros Mograine#598 - Dear $p, Thank you for passing along that intriguing bit of intelligence in your last letter. Mekkar has filed it away in our records, until the day I have no doubt that it will prove quite useful. In return one day, allow me to return the favor. Anzio The Infallible at the Theater of Pain is anything but his namesake. In fact, I have heard that he is no longer allowed on to the arena floor at all onto the arena floor, because of his frequent errors in battle. Banned by Grandmaster Vole himself. Interesting, no? Always watching, Baroness Vashj#599 - My little $p, You need not waste your time detailing your activities in Maldraxxus to me. Although I appreciate the thoroughness of your recent letter, you may rest assured that if it happened in Maldraxxus, I am already aware of it. Still, it is quite endearing that are you so willing to be open with me about your activities. I suppose we are friends now, are we not? Well, it appears that is one thing happening in Maldraxxus that I did not foresee. Always watching, Baroness Vashj Map Areas Unknown Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria - Name changed from "Castle Nathria" to "Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria".Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria - Name changed from "Castle Nathria" to "Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria".Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria - Name changed from "Castle Nathria" to "Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria".Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria (Scenario) - Name changed from "Castle Nathria (Scenario)" to "Jeff NW Quadrant > Castle Nathria (Scenario)".The Dark Portal > Coldheart Interstitia - Name changed from "Coldheart Interstitia" to "The Dark Portal > Coldheart Interstitia".The Dark Portal > Mort'regar - Name changed from "Mort'regar" to "The Dark Portal > Mort'regar".The Dark Portal > The Runecarver's Oubliette - Name changed from "The Runecarver's Oubliette" to "The Dark Portal > The Runecarver's Oubliette".The Dark Portal > The Runecarver's Oubliette - Name changed from "The Runecarver's Oubliette" to "The Dark Portal > The Runecarver's Oubliette".The Dark Portal > The Upper Reaches - Name changed from "The Upper Reaches" to "The Dark Portal > The Upper Reaches".Transfer Station Ta - Name changed from "Kraznir's Exchange" to "Transfer Station Ta". Map Difficulties Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - 152 - Name changed from "Kalimdor > Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - 152" to "Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - 152".Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - Normal Scenario - Name changed from "Kalimdor > Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - Normal Scenario" to "Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - Normal Scenario". Maps Battle for Azeroth Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test - Name changed from "Kalimdor > Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test" to "Visions of N'Zoth - Orgrimmar - Engineering Test". Shadowlands De Other Side (Ardenweald Campaign) - Directory: 2439. Type: Normal. Time is always 10:00pm. Horde Description: "9.0 Ardenweald Covenant Finale Drust Scenario". Mounts Flying Mounts Duskflutter Ardenmoth - Flying Mount. Duskflutter Ardenmoth. "These ardenmoths prefer the dark and damp forests of northwest Ardenweald, where fungal colonies are perpetually blooming." Source: Vendor: Aithlyn Zone: Ardenweald Faction: The Wild Hunt - Exalted Cost: 30,000 Vendor: Elwyn Zone: Ardenweald Faction: The Wild Hunt - Exalted Cost: 30,000 Ground Mounts Arboreal Gulper - Ground Mount. Arboreal Gulper. "The wood and foliage growing atop the this toad is a natural part of its body, helping it siphon anima from the air to nourish itself." Source: Drop: Humon'gozz Zone: ArdenwealdArmored Bonehoof Tauralus - Ground Mount. Armored Bonehoof Tauralus. "A favored mount of the House of the Chosen, the tauralus only gets more angry and vicious when exposed to battle." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus Drop: Tahonta Covenant: Necrolord Zone: MaldraxxusArmored Chosen Tauralus - Ground Mount. Armored Chosen Tauralus. "The tauralus has two tails, which are both absolutely necessary for whipping away buzzing pests like the bloodlouse." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus Achievement: Things To Do When You're Dead Category: Covenant SanctumsArmored Plaguerot Tauralus - Ground Mount. Armored Plaguerot Tauralus. "When fully armored, a tauralus can take an incredible amount of damage before falling, making it a valuable ally in battle." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus Vendor: Su Zettai Zone: Maldraxxus Cost: 3,000[Spell_AnimaBastion_Orb.BLP]Blisterback Bloodtusk - Name changed from "Umbral Bloodtusk" to "Blisterback Bloodtusk". Ground Mount. Umbral Bloodtusk Blisterback Bloodtusk. "The House of the Chosen train their mounts in all manner of difficult circumstances, so that no matter the battle, they will never falter." Source: Drop: Warbringer Mal'korak Zone: MaldraxxusChosen Tauralus - Ground Mount. Chosen Tauralus. "Even an unarmored tauralus is a valuable ally in battle, its enormous horns capable of piercing even plate armor." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: Maldraxxus Achievement: The Gang's All Here Category: Covenant SanctumsPlaguerot Tauralus - Ground Mount. Plaguerot Tauralus. "The tauralus is considered courageous, though scholars of Maldraxxus have long wondered if thier their lack of fear is simply due to the tiny size of their brains." Source: Covenant: Necrolord Zone: MaldraxxusSinrunner Blanchy - Ground Mount. Sinrunner Blanchy. "In life, Blancy Blanchy appeared to be an affectionate, well-behaved horse of excellent disposition and appetite. What evils must she have committed in secret to have earned her place among the condemned souls of Revendreth?" Source: NPC: Dead Blanchy Location: RevendrethVicious War Spider - Ground Mount. Vicious War Spider. "When being a courageous member of the Horde Alliance doesn't strike the right amount of fear into your opponent, add a giant spider." Source: PvP: Shadowlands: Season 1 Rated Arena and Rated Battleground Season Reward Runeforge Legendary Abilities Duskwalker's Patch - Name changed from "Dustwalker's Patch" to "Duskwalker's Patch".Ursoc's Fury Remembered - Name changed from "Ursoc's Lingering Spirit" to "Ursoc's Fury Remembered". Scenarios The Master of Lies 07: Clear the Menagerie (New) - Crush Denathrius' remaining forces in the Menagerie of the Master.08: The Master - Name changed from "07: The Master" to "08: The Master". Torghast, Tower of the Damned 01: Ascend the Tower (New) - Save souls, seek power, and defeat the Jailer's forces.02: Hurry Up! (New) - Your deaths have attracted the Tarragrue! Get to the next floor before he does! View the full article
  24. Publisher: 2K Games Developer: Visual Concepts Release: September 4, 2020 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC), TBA (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X) Rating: Everyone Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Also on: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Switch, PC Just like the star athletes that adorn its cover every year, NBA 2K has created a strong legacy, launching it to the top of this generation’s sports games. The series has maintained solid gameplay while never forgetting about innovation, and I appreciate the risks Visual Concepts takes even when they don’t completely pay off. NBA 2K has advanced sports storytelling, character customization, and the level of detail we expect from overall presentation. However, once you’re on top, you have to fight to stay there, and a bad season or two can haunt you. The current-gen version of NBA 2K21 is not a bad game, but it does not live up to the legacy Visual Concepts built. While this iteration lacks improvement in most off-the-court situations, the classic gameplay on the court remains a keystone of this entry. I love how players of all different levels can play the NBA 2K series and get as deep into the mechanics as they want and still have success. Every possession becomes about finding the best path to the basket, knowing the right window to pull off the perfect pass, or setting that screen to free up your point guard to drive to the net. It never gets old, especially when you nail that devastating drunk. This year, expect some improvements to the A.I., such as your big man in the paint making a bigger impact on defense. The A.I.’s reaction time could be better; their biggest offender is some late executions when I requested a pass and not recognizing when the window has lapsed. Plus, they still make weird hiccups like backcourt violations for no good reason. Outside of the A.I., Visual Concepts also made a slew of other additions, from new shot types to the inclusion of oversized point guards. But the biggest shift is to the pro stick for dribbling and shooting. Dribbling is more full-featured; jump shots can now only be initiated by moving the right stick down, which provides a wider range of motion for more advanced dribbling moves, which I used to give me more success at beating my man off the dribble. The change that didn’t click with me was the introduction of “pro stick shot aiming,” which eschews the timing meter fans have become accustomed to. Now, a target window resizes based on your player’s skill and a few other factors as they shoot. As a longtime player, I struggled with shifting the stick left or right to hit the target. In the past, the timing meter punished you if you didn’t keep the stick straight when shooting. Now, it’s too easy to accidentally shift the stick a little too far, causing you to miss a wide-open shot. I like that the stick aiming is more challenging and means that I can’t take any shot for granted, but I miss the predictable rhythm of the timing meter. I adapted after a while, but it’s hard to break old habits. You can turn the stick aiming off in the game and go back to the old timing meter, and I’ll admit, once I did, I was much happier. Other than that, the changes across all modes feel limited. If you’re like me and spend most of your time in MyCareer, you can treat yourself to a new cinematic experience to play through as your created character called “The Long Shadow.” This year’s story centers on a young player named Junior, who is living in the shadow of his dad’s career. It’s not as over-the-top and produced as what we saw with Spike Lee and the Frequency Vibrations storyline a few years ago, but it’s a more grounded tale in managing the expectations that come with being a top talent and finding your own place in the game. It isn’t the most memorable plot and takes some predictable turns, especially with a girlfriend storyline, but it does its job at giving you a backstory. As a plus, star acting bolsters its scenes, especially Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) as Junior’s father and Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Lovecraft Country) as an old family friend who becomes your agent. My favorite part was that Visual Concepts brought back the college experience here, giving you 10 officially licensed colleges to pick from, and put great detail into recreating the crowds’ chants and the look and feel of each arena. NBA 2K21 also has a new Beach Neighborhood, where you can take your MyPlayer to do everything from complete in 3v3 streetball or 5v5 ProAM games to shop for the latest apparel. The cool cosmetic items are all overpriced, so I didn’t even bother with making my player look cooler. Worse yet, to be able to stand a chance and not embarrass yourself when competing here, you’re probably going to need to grind in MyCareer to earn VC (2K’s virtual currency) or purchase it to improve your player’s stats. As for the new Neighborhood aesthetic, I like the change of scenery, which was inspired by Southern California's local beach community; it feels inviting and colorful in a time when many of us are stuck indoors. That being said, it is more window dressing than a huge attraction in NBA 2K21, and it’s the area of the game where I’ve experienced the most crashes, especially when traveling between areas. Click image thumbnails to view larger version I was most disappointed in MyGM, where you manage a franchise and make the big decisions when it comes to trading, scouting, and managing prices. This mode is practically identical to last year, and that is not a good thing. The conversation system still drags down the entire experience with pointless blabber about hand soap and waffles. CFOs constantly ask you to raise prices, and coaches demand you make ridiculous trades. You have action points to spend each day, but not enough meaningful things to do with them. The mode also doesn’t focus enough on big events and moments in the season; I should be feeling the stress of making the playoffs or trade deadline, and if a big-star player wants to test free agency, it should be a huge beat – not relegated to a measly social media post. The skill tree to unlock abilities like better scouting or more sponsorships feels more compact than last year, but it’s another area where Visual Concepts needs to get more creative and interesting. Unlocking new abilities just doesn’t feel impactful. Similar to MyGM, MyLeague still shines in your ability to customize rules, teams, and rosters to your liking, but it also remains basically unchanged. The WNBA is back here, which I love because Visual Concepts really commits to making the experience feel like a women’s game with a more technical and team-centric style, but sadly you can still only play for a season. MyTeam, where you open packs to create the roster of your dreams, offers a great deal of events, challenges, and rewards to keep you logging in and ensuring your team is in top form. This year it added seasons, which are free and (similar to a battle pass) you get rewards purely through meeting certain gameplay criteria. It also introduced the Exchange, which lets you trade in extra or unused cards for more powerful ones. I like that the Exchange lets you deposit cards you’re not using for something better, but be warned you have to give up a lot to get many of these valuable cards. While this mode is still where players will probably spend the most of their VC, these are at least some steps in letting players earn cards that don’t always require putting down cash. As we approach a new console generation, Visual Concepts is building a version of NBA 2K21 from the ground up for the new systems. As a result, this current-gen NBA 2K21 feels left in the dust. It still offers the strong gameplay the series is known for, but compared to last year, it’s not making many leaps. I know I’ll still play it a good amount until I move on to the new-gen edition, but it’s disappointing that loyal fans playing on current-gen consoles didn’t get more of an upgrade. It still gives you a decent basketball experience, but we’ve come to expect better and more. Score: 7 Summary: The current-gen version of NBA 2K21 is not a bad game, but it does not live up to the legacy Visual Concepts built. Concept: Bring back the fantastic gameplay with a few tweaks, but without making meaningful changes across the various modes to make it stand out from last year’s iteration Graphics: Accurate player models with realistic movements help sell the experience. I noticed fewer graphical hiccups than in previous years Sound: The commentary is still some of the best in sports games, and the crowd reacting to the highs and lows of the on-court action puts you right in the moment. A stellar soundtrack provides great background beats Playability: The new shot aiming has an adjustment period bound to frustrate players, but improved mechanics to dribble off the right stick fare much better Entertainment: NBA 2K21 still delivers the thrill of being on the court and producing spectacular plays, but it lacks innovation and fresh ideas Replay: Moderately High Click to Purchase View the full article
  25. Click here to watch embedded media In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show we talk about a handful of the games we've been playing recently, including: Spelunky 2, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and Avengers. We also go hands-on with Oculus' newest Quest 2 VR headset before breaking down and reacting to Sony's recent PS5 Showcase. Finally, we end the show with another fantastic round of community emails and Meaningless Character Rankings. So please join Jeff Cork, Brian Shea, Jay Guisao, Liana Ruppert, Alex Stadnik, and myself for another wild and ever-entertaining episode! Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below, share the episode if you enjoyed it, and follow me @benjaminreeves to let me know what you think. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, listen on SoundCloud, stream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show. Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their music at their website. To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below. Intro: 00:00:00 Super Mario 3D All-Stars: 00:01:14 Marvel's Avengers Part 1: 00:07:15 Spelunky 2: 00:07:57 Bloodborne: 00:12:08 Marvel's Avengers Part 2: 00:15:05 Oculus Quest 2: 00:18:36 Population: One: 00:22:16 PlayStation 5 Reveal: 00:23:54 Final Fantasy XVI: 00:24:41 Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales: 00:28:09 Hogwarts Legacy: 00:31:07 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: 00:34:12 Resident Evil 8: 00:35:38 Deathloop: 00:36:04 Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition: 00:36:21 Oddworld: Soulstorm: 00:37:23 Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach: 00:37:45 Demon's Souls: 00:39:56 Fortnite: 00:41:15 PlayStation 5 Price Discussion: 00:42:20 PlayStation Plus Collection: 00:43:25 PlayStation 5 Release Date Discussion: 00:45:52 God of War Ragnarok: 00:47:32 Community Emails: 00:50:59 Character Rankings: 01:19:47 View the full article
  26. A few weeks ago, a Ubisoft support page confirmed that PS1, PS2, and PS3 games would not be backwards compatible for PS5. In response to public outcry, the language supporting these claims was swiftly removed from the Ubisoft website. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, however, Sony CEO and President Jim Ryan stated that "99 percent" of PS4 games would be playable on PS5. "The PS4 community will continue to be incredibly important to us for three or four years,” Ryan would later affirm. “Many will transition to PS5, we hope if we do our job well, but tens of millions will still be engaged with the PS4.” Now that the PS5 prices and release dates have been revealed, make sure you get out there and pre-order the console (if and when you can!). Also make sure to check out all the awesome titles that come with the PlayStation Plus Collection. [Source: Washington Post] View the full article
  27. Click here to watch embedded media Sony recently revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection, an excellent service that brings essential PS4 experiences to the PlayStation 5. While there are many similarities to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, there are a few differences to note. While both services offer something different, both are huge wins for gamers, especially going into next gen. The Xbox Game Pass, something that Sony previously competed with thanks to its PlayStation Now service, has been seen as a massive success for Microsoft. While that service has been seen as a little more dated, the newly revealed PlayStation Plus Collection offers something very similar to that of the Game Pass, but don't expect it to be a carbon copy. Key differences between Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus Collection So what are the key differences between the two services? One feature that fans love about the Xbox Game Pass is that the service not only includes previously released games, but also day one additions to the library for first-party exclusives. While Microsoft does not have as many first-party exclusives as Sony does at the moment, the company continues to acquire more studios with the goal of a stronger lineup in the future. The PlayStation Plus Collection will not be offering the same service in terms of day one first-party additions to the Collection library, but that doesn't mean it's not still a good deal. Through the PlayStation Plus Collection, PlayStation 5 players can still enjoy some of the most incredible gaming experiences from the PlayStation 4 era in addition to the backwards compatibility that will include up to 90% percent of the current generation's games. There are a lot of titles, such as God of War, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne, that PS5 gamers can enjoy if they subscribe to the PlayStation Plus Collection service. This is also a great way for Sony to dip its toes further into an expanding network of services, much like Microsoft has been doing for the past two years. Currently, the PlayStation Plus Collection service will offer just under 20 titles at launch. Much like the Xbox Game Pass, more games will be added throughout the course of next gen. Why this is a good move Again, like the Xbox Game Pass, this gives players that are jumping right into purchasing the PlayStation 5 a chance to play some of the best games to come out during the PS4's reign. Improved framerates, better loading times, and optimized resolutions all can be seen when taking advantage of the PlayStation Plus Collection. Another reason why this is a good deal, just like the Xbox Game Pass is for Series X/S owners, is that the price of many games will be inflating to be $69.99. As those prices hike, services like this will ensure that gamers will have plenty of options to choose from when looking to sit down for a good gaming session without totally breaking the bank. With many younger gamers also being introduced to console gaming with the PlayStation 5, this service also gives them a chance to experience first-hand some of the incredible adventures many of us have already enjoyed. Taking to Uncharted for the first time as Nathan Drake, slaying foul beasts with a massive machete in Bloodborne, and even seeing what all the hype is about with the revamped God of War franchise; it's an inclusive way to go into a new generation without leaving the previous one in the dust. Why no first-party day one launches? Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan previously told GameIndustry.biz that while Sony respects what Microsoft is doing, the company isn’t looking to exactly replicate its process. He told the site, Sony is "not going to go down the road of putting new release titles into a subscription model" because in the long run, they do not see that model as "sustainable." Given the massive amount of success the Xbox Game Pass has seen with this model, it's entirely possible Sony may change its tune in the future. For now, however, the two mega companies have wildly different strategies for the future of games. That's not a bad thing. In fact, we broke down the two differening marketing strategies right here for those interested in learning more. To learn more about the PlayStation Plus Collection, you can check out our previous coverage here as well as the reveal trailer at the top of the article. View the full article
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