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This Ghost Of Tsushima Remake In Dreams Looks Unbelievable

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 06:39

Ghost of Tsushima, the open-world samurai game in development for PlayStation 4 by the Infamous studio Sucker Punch Productions, still doesn't have a release date. So eager fans have taken to the game creation toolkit Dreams to recreate Ghost of Tsushima's stunning E3 2018 gameplay reveal--and it's quite uncanny.

The resemblance basically mirrors that of the E3 2018 demo. Minus a few complex animations, an obvious dip in visual fidelity, and a subtraction in on-screen enemy numbers, the Dreams recreation recaptures Ghost of Tsushima's gameplay reveal with precision. It even features that really cool iaijutsu (quick-draw) strike, which is pretty much a flashy, one-hit-kill swipe with a katana directly from its sheath. Check it out below.

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— Marco (@MarcoAnFeIo) February 21, 2020

After a few years in Early Access, Dreams is finally available to the public--and what players have come up with has been bonkers. The Dreams subreddit is filled with all sorts of creations, from vertical slices of games to funny memes and everything in between. Developer Media Molecule has confirmed that it's "all-in" on Dreams, meaning more features are likely incoming. This also means we won't see another LittleBigPlanet.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Likely To End In Late April

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 06:13

Fortnite just began Chapter 2 Season 2, a new update themed after espionage between dueling spy agencies. That means a new battle pass and rewards to earn, but just how long you have to complete it is open to speculation. Based on an in-game message, the end of the season appears to be coming in late April.

GamesRadar reports that an in-game message on the refund policy suggests the end-date will be on or around April 30. That date is a Thursday, and the big seasonal updates tend to come on Thursdays. That would also make the current season ten weeks, which is the usual length for a Fortnite season.

According to the files, Chapter 2 Season 2 ends on Thursday, April 30.

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— Fortnite News (@FortniteBR) February 20, 2020

This may be subject to change, however. The first season of Chapter 2 was expected to end in late January, which would be 10 weeks after kicking off in October. That date was delayed, however, giving players almost an entire extra month in the prior season. It released on February 20. Epic has not explained the reason behind the delay, so it could always happen again.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dakka Squadron Takes The Series To The Skies

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 05:32

Between Total War: Warhammer, Space Hulk: Tactics, Warhammer: End Time - Vermintide, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine--among dozens and dozens of others--the Warhammer franchise has touched pretty much every genre imaginable. Up until this point, however, there haven't been any flight sims.

Warhammer 40,000: Dakka Squadron, announced today by developer Phosphor Games, fills that gap. From the name alone, die-hard Warhammer fans will know the game focuses on Orks, the hilarious green-skinned-maniacs who love warfare more than any other faction in the Warhammer universe.

Players will be able to choose from one of five Ork Clans in Dakka Squadron: Blood Axes, Goffs, Bad Moons, Death Skullz, and Evil Sunz. Each faction has their own unique traits and abilities, taking to the skies in Dakkajets, Blitza-Bommas, and Burna-Bommas.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Spawn Action Figure Coming Next Month

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 05:26

While we're still waiting for Spawn to come to Mortal Kombat 11, artist and creator of the fictional superhero Todd McFarlane has provided a first-look at what Spawn will look like in the fighting game.

The Spawn Mortal Kombat action figurine is a very detailed 7-inch model "designed with 22 points of ultra-articulation and can achieve full range posing," McFarlane said on Twitter. It's coming from McFarlane Toys and will be available sometime this March, probably tying in with Spawn's March 17 release in Mortal Kombat 11 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One.

Though no retail stores have been confirmed to carry it, the Spawn action figure will retail for $20 USD and you can check out some images below.

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Marvel's Avengers Game Funko Pops Revealed--See All Of Them Here

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 04:11

Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, the Marvel's Avengers game from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics is getting a lineup of Funko Pops. Revealed during Toy Fair 2020, the new Pops join an exceedingly massive collection (more than 600) of Marvel-themed vinyl Pops. There are 11 new Pops in all--Thor, Captain America, Kamala Khan, Black Widow, and more--including four that are exclusive to certain retailers. Each Pop is based off of their look in the upcoming PS4, Xbox One, and PC game that was recently pushed back to September 4.

You'll be able to add these new Pops to your shelf starting this April, and they are available to pre-order now at Amazon, Walmart, Entertainment Earth, and GameStop. Walmart has the best deals, knocking about $2 off the price of each Pop. Check out all of the Marvel's Avengers Pops below.

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Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Exotic Vendor Location & Items (February 21-25)

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 04:06

There are only a few weeks of Destiny 2's Season of Dawn left to us, which means new content will soon be on the way. That makes this a good opportunity to start messing around with some new Exotics to find new guns and armor builds you might like, especially since Bungie has announced a whole bunch of weapon nerfs coming next season. Xur has arrived in the solar system with another opportunity for you to get the Exotics you're missing--here's where to find him and everything he's carrying.

Xur is located on Earth in the EDZ right now, in Winding Cove. His Exotic weapon this week is The Colony. Hunters can get Raiden Flux chest armor; Titans have the Mask of the Quiet One helmet on offer; and Warlocks can purchase the Crown of Tempests helmet.

Xur Location

You'll find Xur on a cliff in Winding Cove. Drop into the transmat zone and head north to the edge of the area. Climb the cliffside up toward a crashed Fallen dropship--Xur is standing at the edge of the cliff beside it, but watch out for the Fallen hanging out in the area.

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Over 500 PS4 Games Steeply Discounted In New Sale On Japanese Games

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 03:55

The PlayStation Store is offering some fantastic deals this month, including an Essential Picks PS4 sale with nice discounts on some of the system's best games. But fans of JRPGs and other Japanese-developed games will want to check out the latest sale on PSN as well. The annual Big in Japan sale is back with deep discounts on over 500 games and DLC packs from Japanese publishers and developers, and it's live right now until March 6 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. The sale includes not only PS4 games but PS3 and PS Vita titles as well, with high-profile series like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Metal Gear Solid featuring heavily.

Some of the most notable deals include Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience for $10, Judgment for $30, and Kingdom Hearts 3 for $18. Fans of Zero Escape can grab the Nonary Games collection for just $15 and should also snag AI: The Somnium Files on sale for $36. Danganronpa 1+2 Reload is also available for $20, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is discounted to $24.

The Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection is also worth grabbing at $27.50. The bundle includes not only Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, but also Persona 4: Dancing All Night--this collection is the only way to own Persona 4: Dancing on PS4. Quite a few Final Fantasy games see discounts as well, including Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age for $25 and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for $12.50.

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Game Of Thrones Alum Joins Netflix's The Witcher As Season 2 Begins Shooting

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 03:22

The second season of Netflix's The Witcher adaptation has now begun filming in the UK, with the company also sharing a new list of cast members joining the crew. The season will consist of eight episodes and debut in 2021.

The most notable is Kristoger Hivju, the wildling Tormond Giantsbane in Game of Thrones, who will now be portraying Nivellen--a cursed man that transforms into a beast in one of the best short stories from The Last Wish.

Here's the list of new characters cast for Season 2:

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Best Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Deals: 3-Month Subscriptions For $23

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 03:00

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is arguably the best value in gaming. For $15 per month, you get Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, which grants access to hundreds of great Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC games. Right now, you can save a good chunk of change on 3-month subscriptions at numerous major retailers, but Newegg has the best deal, discounting the subscription from $45 to $23 with promo code EMCDFFG23.

If you prefer to shop at Amazon or other retailers, Game Pass Ultimate 3-month subscriptions are on sale for $25.

Best Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Deals

The Xbox Game Pass library is constantly growing with new titles added each month. Earlier in February, Final Fantasy XV and Wolfenstein: Youngblood were added to the service. The library includes an eclectic mix of awesome games, from 2019 hits like Devil May 5, The Outer Worlds, and Outer Wilds to excellent indies like Moonlighter and Yoku's Island Express to classic Xbox 360 titles such as Fallout: New Vegas and Mass Effect. If you're not convinced, check out GameSpot's roundup featuring all of the best games available through Game Pass.

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Nvidia Teases Thousands More Games For GeForce Now As Service Reaches Subscriber Milestone

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 02:45

Nvidia has already reached a milestone with its GeForce Now streaming service, with the company celebrating over 1 million subscribers just a few weeks after its launch.

The subscriber total includes all new users from both the free plan and the Founder's membership, which itself includes a 90-day trial. Nvidia notes that it's important for its premium tier to offer a trial--not only for players, but for developers who might want to see the service in action before deciding on support for it.

Nvidia has had some trouble with that already, with Activision Blizzard yanking support for all of its games shortly after launch (which was due to an apparent misunderstanding). Nvidia notes that it foresees far more games joining the service than leaving, and teases more news on returning titles soon.

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Nintendo Switch Eshop Gets Retro Releases This Week

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 02:19

The Nintendo Switch has added dozens more games on its Eshop again, and this week the standouts are almost all retro favorites. The additions, some of which are coming through next week, include Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection, Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition, and the Double Dragon / Kunio-kun Bundle.

The MMZ/ZX Collection compiles six games that first appeared on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS: Mega Man Zero 1-4, ZX, and ZX Advent. The Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition brings back the stylish demon-slaying action game from the PS2 era, with a few new bells and whistles like local co-op. The Double Dragon and Kunio-kun includes classics like Double Dragon 1-3, along with Kunio-kun games like River City Ransom and Super Dodge Ball, along with several that haven't been released in the US before. Another notable (but not particularly retro) release is One Finger Death Punch 2, the sequel to the stickman brawler.

These also join the free NES and SNES games included in a Switch Online subscription this week--Shadow of the Ninja and Eliminator Boat Duel on NES, and Pop'n TwinBee and Smash Tennis on SNES. The SNES games are rarities since they've never had a US release before.

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Dying Light Is Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 02:11


Dying Light just celebrated its fifth anniversary, and while Dying Light 2 is currently delayed with no release date, players can try the original game out for free on Steam this weekend. If you like what you play, you'll even be able to snag the game for good at a drastically reduced price.

From now until February 23 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, you can play Dying Light with up to three other players, exploring the open-world environment and its parkour-infused gameplay. Dying Light mixes the traversal of something like Mirror's Edge with the first-person zombie-killing action of Techland's previous game, Dead Island, and Kevin VanOrd was fairly pleased with the combination in GameSpot's Dying Light review.

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Animal Crossing Amiibo Are Super Cheap At GameStop Right Now

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 01:54

Animal Crossing Amiibo have been available for pretty low prices for the last few years, but they are bound to creep back up in price as we approach Animal Crossing: New Horizons' March 20 release for Nintendo Switch. Amiibo and Amiibo cards will let you invite characters to your island and partake in photoshoot sessions in the new Photopia mode. Right now, you can grab a handful of Animal Crossing Amiibo for just $5 each at GameStop. You'll probably want to hurry, as some of the steeply discounted Amiibo have sold out within the last day.

Animal Crossing Amiibo

Sure, those six aren't exactly known as the faces of the franchise, but if you're looking to build an Animal Crossing Amiibo collection ahead of New Horizons, this is a cheap way to start. GameStop also has Tom Nook's Amiibo figure discounted to $8. The rest of the Animal Crossing crew can be found at Amazon:

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Rainbow Six Siege Makes Explosions Even Deadlier

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 01:31

Rainbow Six Siege's explosions are about to get a whole lot better, or worse, depending on if you get caught in the blast radius. Walls and barriers will still be your friend, but they might not be enough to say save you from the deadliest grenades.

Beginning with Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Season 1, a new shrapnel system is factored into explosions. Destructible objects will not limit the range of an explosions' damage, and shrapnel hole swill be visible in cover to make it clear where the initial blast came from. This should not only make grenades more effective, but reduce confusion among players.

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Homeworld Dev Has A Cool New Sci-Fi Salvaging Game Coming

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 01:22

Blackbird Interactive, developers behind Homeworld 3 and Deserts of Kharak, have a new intergalactic game forthcoming. Titled Hardspace: Shipbreaker, the game is in first-person and casts the player as a shipbreaker, who apparently has some hefty debt and needs to repay it by scavenging parts off of dead space ships.

Players will get to use a laser cutter and other cool tools to complete the job, with the caveat that electrocution, being blown up, and asphyxiation are all hazards of the occupation. (Resurrection adds more to the debt.)

If you're looking to get a taste of the gameplay, Hardspace: Shipbreaker will be available through Steam's Early Access sometime this summer at a currently unknown price. The Early Access version will include Act 1 of the campaign, which will require around 15-plus hours of gameplay to complete, and a "freeform sandbox mode" that allows for hundreds of more hours of gameplay. Players will have the choice of two types of spaceships to scavenge from and lots of salvaging tools and suit parts that they can upgrade. The total debt to pay back in the campaign will be 999,999,999 credits.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars' Bad Batch Are Just The Ninja Turtles

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 19:01

It may have taken six years to happen, but Star Wars: The Clone Wars is finally back for its seventh and final season. As the show's creative team begins wrapping up a story that first began with the 2008 animated film, a new group of heroes is joining the foray for this Disney+ original series.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Season 7 premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, entitled "The Bad Batch." If you haven't watched the episode yet, look away now.

Early in the episode, a new group of "defective clones" are introduced. They call themselves the Bad Batch and are essentially soldiers for hire when there is a mission that might be harder to pull off. What's interesting about the Bad Batch, though, is who they resemble. It might not be easy to see at the beginning, but once it's explained that these particular clones have "desirable mutations," it becomes clear.

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The Office's John Krasinski Has A Marvel Hero He'd Love To Portray

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 15:07

John Krasinski, who despite all of his career advancements will always be Jim from The Office to us, has never been in a Marvel movie. Although he auditioned for Captain America (a role that went to Chris Evans), Krasinski now has his eyes on a different Marvel hero--Mr Fantastic, the leader of the Fantastic Four.

Talking to Total Film magazine (via Gamesradar) ahead of the release of A Quiet Place Part 2, which Krasinski directed, the actor talked about wanting to take on the role of Mr Fantastic. The Fantastic Four can now be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Disney's purchase of Fox.

"I would love to be in the Marvel universe," he said. "I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done...I have no idea what [Marvel] are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it."

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Sales Of Friends On DVD And Digital Spike After The Show Leaves Netflix

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:09

Friends, one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, left Netflix at the end of 2019, and until it reappears on HBO Max in May it's currently unavailable on any streaming services in the US. Because of this, fans are turning to DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital releases to get their hands on the show, and sales have gone way up.

According to a report on Variety, sale of Friends on disc and digital have "roughly tripled" since the show disappeared from Netflix. According to Rosemary Markson, senior vice president of TV marketing at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, it has been the "top-selling catalog-TV franchise in home entertainment" since the beginning of 2020.

The show's portal on the Warner Bros website directs potential customers towards stores where they can potentially buy the series, which debuted almost 26 years ago. Friends: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray sells for $115 on Amazon.

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League Of Legends Dev May Need To Pay Much More To Settle Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 12:53

In December, it was reported that League of Legends developer Riot Games would pay $10 million to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit. However, this settlement total was later thought to be many millions lower than what it should have been, and now it's been withdrawn by the legal team representing the staffers who filed the lawsuit in the first place.

A new team of lawyers hired by the former female employees of Riot Games withdrew the proposed settlement of $10 million, saying it was the result of "alleged mistakes and improprieties by prior class counsel," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The members of the class action group have now hired women's rights attorney Genie Harrison and employment lawyer Joseph Lovretovich to take over for the previous counsel.

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See How Star Wars: The Mandalorian Used Fortnite Engine's Tech To Film The TV Show

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 12:46

The new Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian, makes use of a variety of special effects that Lucasfilm created in partnership with iconic effects studio Industrial Light and Magic and Fortnite studio Epic Games. A new behind-the-scenes video showcases the fascinating technology that was used to bring The Mandalorian's sets to life.

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau says the technology, which uses Epic's Unreal Engine to project scenes onto LED screens surrounding the physical set, will impact and influence how TV shows and movies are made in the future. In the video, it's not hard to see why.

With LED screens in the background projecting anything imaginable, the actors on set can physically point at things and actually see what they're looking it. Not only that, but this technology allowed the producers to have sunrises and sunsets that could last all day. They could also literally move mountains in the background because they're digital. This opens up incredible new possibilities for digital filmmaking."

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