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  1. Blizzard announced a new character for Overwatch today, the healing sniper Ana. She isn't in the main game yet, but you can try her out in the Overwatch Public Test Realm on PC. You can watch us play as her, but more importantly, you can see all of her skins and weapons below. The most impressive is probably the rare one above, which looks like it wouldn't look out of place in Destiny. Check out the rest along with official screenshots in the mini-gallery below. And if you can't get enough, here are all the weapons. You can check out more of GameSpot's Overwatch coverage through the links below. Don't Save Your Overwatch Loot Boxes to Get Items for the New Character Overwatch to Limit Teams to One of Each Character in Competitive Mode Patch Notes Reveal Changes to Mercy, Zenyatta, D.Va, and More Competitive Play Beginner's Guide Overwatch Review Source: GameSpot
  2. Full match on the Public Test Realm with Overwatch's newest support hero, Ana Source: GameSpot
  3. Check out this kill streak by Overwatch's newest support hero, Ana, on the Public Test Realm. Source: GameSpot
  4. Not long after it arrived on PC, the console versions of Smite have received the 3.12 patch that kicks off this year's Summer of Smite event. As with the PC version, this update is enormous. It introduces a new character, Erlang Shen, a Warrior who has a dog companion and can transform into different animals. It also concludes the last event, Viking Invasion, and begins the Summer of Smite. This will bring new items over the next two months, with any purchases earning you a bonus chest roll. Among the initial slate of items are some new skins, including an absolutely fantastic lobster Khepri skin that will be available soon. You can see it in the gallery below. Most notable in this update is what's happening on the item and character side. Two new items are added, the first of which is Ritual Dagger. Among other things, this provides cooldown reduction, movement speed, and an increase to the duration of Relic effects. Emperor's Armor is the other new item, and it gives health, physical protection, and an aura that either increases or decreases the attack speed of nearby structures (depending on whether it's your team's or the enemy's). There are also two new Relics. Phantom lets players move through players and player-made objects for five seconds, and also does away with the movement penalty from performing basic attacks. Thorns reflects back 40 percent of the damage you take (before any of it is mitigated) back to the damage-dealer. Existing items and Relics are changed as well, with the most significant development being the removal of Golden Bow (and, by extension, Throwing Dagger). It's proven to be far too effective, letting Hunters dominate lanes. On the character side, quite a few characters have been buffed: Anubis, Aphrodite, Fafnir, Guan Yu, Hel, and Odin are all the beneficiaries of various improvements. Several characters get new passives, including Ne Zha, Vulcan, Odin, Aphrodite, and Guan Yu, while Arachne's Web ability is now a projectile. You can see the full patch notes here. Source: GameSpot
  5. Hearthstone has introduced a new Recruit-a-Friend feature that can help get friends who don't play much Hearthstone--or haven't at all--back into the game. And if you're the one to invite them, then you could earn a free Shaman hero and some packs. All you have to do to get some free stuff is share your recruitment link, which you can get from here after logging into Battle.net. After using your link, your friends will receive a welcoming message that says they'll earn a free pack of cards once they've created an account and played through the introductory missions. Once they do this, you'll get your reward. The first recruit earns you Morgl the Oracle, a new Shaman hero, while the next four recruits will each get you a Classic card pack. However, it's worth noting that for the recruit to be eligible they can't have any classes already at level 20. You can learn more at Blizzard's website. Hearthstone's latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, released back in April. It introduced the C'Thun card, which can be buffed by other Old Gods cards at any time--even if it's not in your hand. You can see all 134 Old Gods cards right here. Source: GameSpot
  6. The action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service proved to be one of the biggest movies of 2015, and inevitably a sequel is on the way. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is now shooting, with Matthew Vaughn once again directing and several of the cast returning. The latest behind-the-scenes image confirms that Colin Firth will be back as veteran spy Harry Hart, despite seemingly being killed off in the first movie. Check it out below, courtesy of actor Pedro Pascal's Instagram account: Firth's return was teased on a poster back in April, but this is the first official confirmation. The movie will see Taron Egerton play young spy Gary "Eggsy" Unwin once more, with Mark Strong and Edward Holcroft also set to return. The impressive supporting cast also includes Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Vinnie Jones, and Elton John. Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits cinemas on 16 June, 2017. Source: GameSpot
  7. Microsoft's huge Xbox Ultimate Game Sale is over, but that doesn't mean there aren't more deals to be had on Xbox Live. Major Nelson has now revealed this week's lineup of deals, and while they may not be as extensive as the Ultimate sale, there are some solid offers. On Xbox One, you get can Need for Speed for $13.20 (it's also free for EA Access members), while Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is available for just $15. Another deal is for the Killer Instinct character Maya; you can now buy her for only $1. Switching to Xbox 360, Worms is marked down to $1.24, while Worms: Ultimate Mayhem can be had for $2.50. Other offers include Metal Slug 3 for $5 and The King of Fighters XIII for $15. Below is a complete rundown of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals, all of which require an Xbox Live Gold membership. Xbox One Weekly Deals (through July 18): Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition -- $15 Flockers -- $6.25 Gems of War -- Free Ghostbusters Ultimate Game and Movie Bundle -- $58.50 Killer Instinct Maya -- $1 Need for Speed -- $13.20 Need for Speed Deluxe Edition -- $14.85 Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition -- $9.90 Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut -- $3.30 Super Toy Cars -- $6.70 The Living Dungeon -- $7.50 Xbox 360 Weekly Deals (through July 18): Blood of the Werewolf -- $1.74 Garou Mark of the Wolves -- $5 King of Fighters Sky Stage -- $5 Metal Slug 3 -- $5 Metal Slug XX -- $7.50 Neogeo Battle Coliseum -- $5 Samurai Shodown II -- $5 Samurai Shodown SEN -- $10 The King of Fighters 2002 Ultimate Match -- $5 The King of Fighters XIII -- $15 Worms -- $1.24 Worms: Ultimate Mayhem -- $2.50 Source: GameSpot
  8. Monster Hunter Generations can be a tough game to love. It isn't going to treat you nice--if you're having trouble with a battle, no hint screen pops up pointing out the obvious tells you may have missed. The creatures have no large, glowing "hit me here" emblems like in most other action-adventure games. You learn--sometimes through repetition, often through failure--how to deftly use your weapons. You have to watch your prey carefully, plan out an attack, and when the beast starts to limp, then you go in for the kill. When you , it's almost always because you were too greedy, you rushed headlong into battle instead of being patient, biding your time. This is the flow that Monster Hunter Generations captures so perfectly, and which lies at the heart of why Monster Hunter is such a consistently well-regarded series. Last year's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate added a couple of new weapons, as well as the ability to attack from above and mount your prey. Monster Hunter Generations retains 4 Ultimate's additions and takes them even further with new Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts. For a newcomer who might just be getting their head around which weapon they should use, there's an intimidating amount of new info at the outset of the game, but the Hunter Arts in particular open up combos and attack possibilities that make playing the game easier than ever before. Doling out damage in combat builds up various Hunter Arts meters that have a wide range of helpful effects, from an automatic combo that deals major damage to a stamina boost that can help you escape dangerous situations. The new Hunting Styles determine how many of those Hunting Arts you're able to equip and also affect the combos you're able to pull off. The Guild Style is the closest to the standard Monster Hunter experience for people who don't like change. The Aerial Style lets you jump, making the relatively new mounting mechanic even easier to pull off. Striker Style sacrifices some combos in order to use more Hunter Arts. And the Adept Style is an advanced setup that allows players who are able to dodge and guard with expert timing to hit for additional damage. The additions don't decrease the game's difficulty, but they do provide new ways to approach combat and allow even novices to wreak havoc on the battlefield. Unfortunately, the game does a terrible job of explaining how most things work, including the new Styles and Arts. Tutorials are text heavy affairs and even within tutorial missions, you're frequently told to consult your Hunter's Notes (basically an in-game manual) for more information. To get an education on how to play Monster Hunter at the skill level required to tackle the game's tougher beasts requires finding an experienced friend or going to YouTube videos for practical advice. But a great way to jump into the game for newcomers, and to breath new life into the experience for veterans, is by playing as the cat-like Prowler. The game's feline companions have become more and more involved with the main game over the years, but in Generations, you can actively take on the role of a cat you recruit. The rules for cats are different from the regular hunters'. You can't use items--instead, cats are able to perform actions like fishing and mining without wasting any consumables. You have nine lives, giving you a few more opportunities to during a fight. And the cats have a whole slew of different abilities that they can learn by leveling up. The Prowlers aren't quite as hardy as the main hunter, but the focus on faster action, being able to gather resources without using items, and their unique combat abilities make them a great way to change up both the single- and multiplayer campaigns. Gameplay-wise, the Prowlers are fairly self-explanatory, but the customization, abilities, and leveling system is very different and much more complicated than the standard hunter. Like with most things in Monster Hunter, either trial-and-error or online guides are a much better way to figure out how things work than wading through the frequently sparse in-game explanations. Otherwise, Generations hews closely to 4 Ultimate: the musical score is great and worth wearing headphones to fully appreciate. The excellent online multiplayer system, despite the lack of voice chat, provides stable connections whether you're online or in the same room as your friends. Generations even tries to make the game's primary systems easier to access. The multiplayer arena has a staging area with all of the amenities you'll find in town: tweak your character, upgrade your armor, fill up on a stat-boosting meal. The hunter area is so friendly that in some ways, it makes exploring the game's towns feel almost unnecessary. Each town is full of visual personality and offers new quests to collect from the townsfolk, but those quests could just as easily be collected elsewhere. Admittedly, it would be annoying to constantly check the stock of each town individually for new items or needlessly go back and forth between towns to get to the actual game of hunting. But, outside of the nostalgia elicited by character cameos from previous Monster Hunter games, you're not given any compelling reason to explore or visit the different locations. It's easier to hang out in the main hub since that's where you have to go to group up with other people anyway. But spending any amount of time there highlights Generations’ bigger issue: there's no good reason the game should separate its single-player and multiplayer content. Calling them that is a bit misleading. To clarify, the main game, with separate towns and NPCs, is only available offline and as a single-player experience. The mostly nonexistent story about powerful monsters sits far on the periphery of the game. But the Hub area, where you can group up with other players or take on challenges on your own, offers up the mostly the same quests with mostly the same rewards but minus the story. Essentially, to get the full game experience, you have to play through almost every quest twice, but you can only increase your publicly displayed Hunter Rank by playing in the Hub. The same problem existed in 4 Ultimate, but that game got away with it to a degree by giving you an evolving town and a more cohesive narrative to explore in single-player. In Generations, there isn't enough of a divide between playing with friends and playing on your own to make the separation feel like anything more than artificial padding. But none of Monster Hunter weaknesses are able to drag down the core experience. That artificial padding forces you to fight the same monsters over and over again, but that's something you'll want to do anyway to complete the best sets of armor and just better at the game. Monster Hunter Generations' tutorials are obtuse, and you can only learn where to find some rare items by dumb luck or by looking them up in a guide. But the combat system still offers the same deep rewards it always has. Monster Hunter Generations still feels like a niche, punishing game that bears more in common with Dark Souls than an adventure game you'd typically find on 3DS. But that punishment never feels arbitrary. After dozens of hours I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of this adventure--there are other weapons and Hunter Art combinations I want to try, and of course, there are many more monsters to hunt. With Monster Hunter you get out what you put into the game, and Monster Hunter Generations is a game that compels me to put in more of my time. Source: GameSpot
  9. After dominating Earth, could Pokemon Go take over space? Not so fast. NASA has now come forward to say that while astronauts aboard the International Space Station do have smartphones, they aren't for personal use. Also, the devices don't have internet access, so it would be impossible to play. "Unfortunately, it is not possible for the astronauts to play," a NASA representative told The Verge. "While there is a small number of smartphones available on the space station, the crew uses them for science activities, but not for personal use. The smartphones and other mobile devices on station (tablets) also do not have internet connectivity." There is some kind of a NASA-Pokemon connection, however. A number of Pokemon, including Krabby and Rattata, have been spotted at The Kennedy Space Center in Houston, Texas. Additionally, it's been discovered that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is also a gym. Playing @PokemonGoHub? @SpaceCenterHou has 18 @Pokemon stops you can get during your visit! https://t.co/9cRytwp0gb pic.twitter.com/Vjmn4zJDLE — SpaceCenterHou (@SpaceCenterHou) July 11, 2016 In other recent Pokemon Go news, a report said the free game has already pulled in $14 million from its various microtransactions. Additionally, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church has recruited Jigglypuff in wake of trolling. For lots more on Pokemon Go, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on Pokemon Go. Source: GameSpot
  10. Microsoft engineer Mike Ybarra has provided some additional insight into why the company is releasing a new, more powerful console, Project Scorpio, alongside the existing Xbox One. In an interview with The Guardian, Ybarra said Microsoft's efforts have been inspired by the smartphone business model. "In the phone market, people are more used to upgrading fast and wanting the latest of everything," he said. "But with phones, your new apps had better work on that phone and the next one. According to what they're telling us, the consumer expectation is: games and apps had better work even if I upgrade. "We're looking at the console business and asking how do we provide that choice to users? It resonates with them because other devices are doing that." Another major point of focus for Microsoft going forward is compatibility between Xbox One, the slimmed-down Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio. In previous generations, when new hardware came out, if often meant your games and accessories were rendered useless. No more. "Compatibility has always been the thing that makes console generations define themselves: when you leave one and got to the next, you give up your games, you usually give up the hardware or throw it in a closet--that's what we want to remove," Ybarra explained. "We're focusing more on how do we deliver gaming in a boundless way to our players. We announced three platforms--today's Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Scorpio. We're giving gamers the choice to say, 'I want to invest in these particular games and this particular hardware, and I want those to work going forward, I don't want to have to worry about giving that up.'" Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis added that "many" developers are already making games with an eye toward support for Scorpio down the road. "Taking advantage of dynamic scaling and things like that, a game they make for Xbox One today will run beautifully on S and run beautifully and look better on Scorpio," she said. For its part, Sony has confirmed it's making a more powerful PlayStation 4 (and maybe a slimmed-down PS4), which could go on sale this year. Project Scorpio, meanwhile, isn't slated to arrive until holiday 2017. Xbox boss Phil Spencer reiterated that Microsoft could have launched a more powerful Xbox One this year, but decided against it. "We had the ability to look at doing an interim console this year if we wanted to," he said. "We thought about that. But we didn't think we could deliver, with the silicon that's out there, a true 4K gaming six-teraflop machine this year. So we decided to wait until we hit the real spec that people were asking for." Sony has also talked about how the Neo is coming in response to the "upgrade cadence" for smartphones and PCs. "The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs," PlayStation president Andrew House said of this new strategy to offer a more powerful version of the same system. The full Guardian story is a fascinating read, stuffed with great quotes and insight. Go read it here. Source: GameSpot
  11. Pokemon Go, the new mobile game that seemingly everyone is playing, presents players with two ways to log in. One of those options, signing in with Google, gives the game unrestricted access to your account when playing on iOS. This was discovered by player Adam Reeve, who shared his findings on Tumblr. Typically when logging in to a service with your Google account, you're informed about what part of your account it will have access to. Go doesn't tell you, which prompted Reeve to seek out an answer. The Google permissions page (view yours here) states Go "has full access to your Google account." (This appears to only be true for those on iOS, but not Android.) That means it can read and send email as you, access your photos, and so on. For me personally, the only other app with those permissions is Google Chrome; things like OS X, Outlook, YouTube, and PlayStation Network are all restricted to less. Now, this isn't to say Pokemon Go developer Niantic (which was originally a startup within Google) has any intention of emailing your mom unsavory pictures or anything of the sort. But this does present a potential security risk. Just as importantly, it's likely something the vast majority of users are unaware of. We've followed up with Go's developer to find out if it plans to adjust how the game handles Google permissions. If you wish to revoke Go's access to your account, you can do so from the same permissions page mentioned above. This may prevent you from playing, however. The alternative to logging in with a Google account is a Pokemon.com account (referred to as a Pokemon Trainer Club account). However, if you don't already have one of these, you're out of luck--the demand for Go forced registrations to be temporarily suspended. Another option for those concerned about their privacy is to simply create a new Google account, and use that to log in. At least in its first week, Pokemon Go is a veritable sensation, providing a major boost for Nintendo and convincing fans to spend hundreds of dollars on a $35 accessory. Source: GameSpot
  12. Following a report of armed robbers targeting Pokemon Go players, developer Niantic Labs has urged users to be "safe and alert" while playing the game. Unlike most mobile games, Pokemon Go encourages players to travel out in the real world, oftentimes to places they've never been before, in an attempt to find and catch creatures. In a statement to VentureBeat, the developer said it is aware of "some incidents" related to Pokemon Go, though it did not name any outright. When traveling to unfamiliar places to find elusive Pokemon, players should be aware of their surroundings, it added. "We encourage all people playing Pokemon Go to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places," Niantic explained. "Please remember to be safe and alert at all times." This is always good advice. Also, don't drive and play Pokemon Go at the same time. The official Pokemon Go terms of service also include a passage about playing safely. "During game play, please be aware of your surroundings and play safely," reads a line from the document. "You agree that your use of the App and play of the game is at your own risk, and it is your responsibility to maintain such health, liability, hazard, personal injury, medical, life, and other insurance policies as you deem reasonably necessary for any injuries that you may incur while using the Services." On Sunday, July 10, authorities in Missouri said armed robbers targeted Pokemon Go players. We don't have all the details yet, but it's possible that thieves are using items that make Pokemon more likely appear in a specific area--called Lures--to attract potential victims. In other news about Pokemon Go, the game's release has been a big boon for Nintendo's share price, while Niantic Labs has teased what features are coming next. For lots more on Pokemon Go, check out the stories below: Pokemon Go: All the Known Issues Pokemon Go: Everything You Need to Know All the Pokemon Go News From Around the World Source: GameSpot
  13. The mobile game Pokemon Go challenges players to embark into the real world in search of creatures and gyms where they can do battle. Gyms are found at a number of places, including churches. Now, it's been discovered that the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas is among them. Via Reddit user ProtoSori As USA Today reports, Pokemon Go players have claimed the gym and are trolling the controversial, anti-LGBT church. Some have given their Pokemon, including Clefairy (above), names such as "LOVEISLOVE" and "STOP HATE!" The church responded with a tweet featuring an image of popular Pokemon Jigglypuff, whom they recruited in an effort to "deal with the sodomite loveislove Clefairy." As you can see, Jigglypuff is holding a sign that reads, "Repent or perish." @stephmsolis We recruited Jigglypuff to deal with the sodomite loveislove Clefairy for us: https://t.co/HyQvNAx90A — Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) July 11, 2016 Regarding its use of the Pokemon imagery, Westboro Baptist Church elder Steve Drain told USA Today, "We try to speak whatever language is being spoken." "Pokemon Go and sin no more. That's what the lord Jesus Christ said," he added. As for the Westboro Baptist Church being taken over (in the game) by Pokemon Go players, Drain didn't seem fazed. "This little church, as despised and vilified as we are, the location of this church will be memorialized throughout eternity," he said. For lots more on Pokemon Go, check out the stories below: Pokemon Go: All the Known Issues Pokemon Go: Everything You Need to Know All the Pokemon Go News From Around the World Source: GameSpot
  14. Pokemon Go started to roll out last week, and with it finally making it way to the hands of people all over the world, there have been some interesting and humorous stories popping up. Some of the stories have come from warnings from the police, Nintendo's financial success, and even a picture of a man catching Pokemon while his wife gives birth. We've collected all of these stories and compiled them below. News From Around the World Armed Robbers Target Pokemon Go Players, Police Say Don't Play Pokemon Go While Driving a Car, State Says Cops Offer Good Advice to Pokemon Go Players Here's What We Know About That Pokemon Go Story Making the Rounds Pokemon Go Player Catches Pidgey as Wife Gives Birth Westboro Baptist Church Recruits Jigglypuff in Wake of Trolling Pokemon Go Dev to Players: Be "Safe and Alert" Pokemon Go Is Lighting Up the Music World, See Top-Streamed Spotify Songs Here Pokemon Go Players in Rural Areas Upset Over Lack of Gyms and PokeStops About the Game Pokemon Go Has Unrestricted Access to Your Google Account on iOS Pokemon Go: Everything You Need to Know New Features Detailed; Here's What Updates Will Have All the Known Issues Here International Rollout Paused as Servers Suffer Issues Devs Still Exploring Multiplayer, Say Players Will Shape The Game Sold-Out $35 Pokemon Go Accessory Being Sold for Over $100 on eBay Financial News Pokemon Go Launch Lifts Nintendo Shares to Highest in Two Months Pokemon Go Reportedly Bigger Than Tinder in US, Helps Nintendo Shares Rise Dramatically Pokemon Go Launch Adds $9 Billion to Nintendo's Market Cap, International Release Coming Soon Videos Explore Your Town and Catch Pokemon! Ponyta and Rattata Loose in San Francisco Pokemon Go Beta: What Worked and What Didn't? Source: GameSpot
  15. Pokemon Go lets you battle for Gyms, collect Poke Balls, and catch the pocket monsters themselves. However, if you don't live in a city, it could prove difficult to have much fun with it at all. Reddit user XplayGamesPL posted on the Pokemon Go subreddit, saying that his 1,000-person town has only two PokeStops and no Gyms. They started a Facebook group to raise awareness, which prompted another player to start a petition. "Without the ability to submit new requests for landmarks, players in geographically-isolated regions or even places where no one HAPPENED to play Ingress have a limited or essentially nonexistent Pokemon Go experience," the petition reads. "There should be a system to submit requests for PokeStops and Gyms, even if it takes a while to get them approved--even if the only requirement is that there isn't another one RIGHT next to it." Some Reddit users have noted that Pokemon Go's data comes from Niantic's previous geolocation game, Ingress. Some of the information from that game hasn't been processed into Pokemon Go yet; when it does get processed, players might notice PokeStops and Gyms that weren't there previously. We have no way of knowing if this is what's happening to XplayGamesPL or other players, however. We contacted Pokemon Go PR and asked if this was a case of unprocessed data or if Niantic had other plans in the works. Unfortunately, they had no information to share on the topic at this time. In other Pokemon Go-related news, players have been trolling the Westboro Baptist Church by taking over the Gym that's stationed there and using love-inspired names for their Pokemon. For more, you can check out all the Pokemon Go stories from around the world with GameSpot's news round-up here. Source: GameSpot

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