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GTA 5 Online Secret Mission Unlocks When You Get Really, Really Drunk

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 03:41

Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online have lots of secrets to discover, and now dedicated fans have found yet another one of them. The new Diamond Casino update for GTA Online contains a special mission that is apparently only accessible by getting really, really drunk.

As explained by Kotaku, here's how it works: First, you must own a penthouse in the Diamond Casino because that's how you get the ability to play story missions through the update. After you've done that, visit the public bar or your own penthouse bar and starting knocking back shots of Macbeth Whisky. The goal here is to get so wasted that you black out and wake up somewhere else.

You can wake up in all manner of different places, so the trick with this Easter Egg seems to be to simply keep destroying your character's liver with booze until you trigger the mission. Try enough times and you may eventually wake up outside, far away from the Casino, with paramedics tending to you after your big night of partying.

The casino manager calls you and asks, "So, how's the hangover?" In your drunken stupor you borrowed a Pisswasser beer truck and the manager, Ms. Baker, says she'll be more forgiving if you bring it back to her at the Casino. She also cracks a joke about how you were such a drunken jerk without ever saying a word, which is a reference to how GTA Online characters do not speak.

Complete the mission and Ms. Baker says to you, "Congratulations. Your damage limitation skills are second to none."

The reward for completing the mission is the ability to take on more missions. Check out the video above from YouTube user Ice InfluX to see the secret mission in action. A second secret Casino mission was also discovered, and--you guessed it--it also involves getting sloshed.

GTA Online's Diamond Casino update launched at the end of July, and it's proven to be wildly popular. After the update was released, GTA Online had its most players ever, which is a remarkable achievement given that the game was released in 2013.

Microsoft's Gamescom Inside Xbox Press Conference Start Time; Watch Here

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 03:16

Gamescom, Europe's biggest video game convention, is almost here. Publishers are lining up to present their wares. Microsoft, Google, and Nintendo will all be presenting with livestreams and new trailers going out to everyone who couldn't make it to Cologne, Germany. To see everything that Microsoft has up its sleeve, bookmark this page and check back right here at showtime.

This year, host Geoff Keighley will formally kick off the Gamescom festivities with a presentation called Gamescom: Opening Night Live. That event promises announcements from major publishers and indies alike, new game footage, and special guests. Before that happens, though, both Google and Microsoft will make their own announcements with a new Stadia Connect stream and an Inside Xbox presentation.

Microsoft promises that its Inside Xbox stream will include almost a dozen new trailers and other "big news" about its upcoming games. That will include a new look at Gears 5's Horde Mode, and the company may also give more details on the planned tech test to drop sometime in October.

Check below for the Inside Xbox start time and plan your watching accordingly, and be sure to look at our full schedule of Gamescom press conferences for more.

Inside Xbox Press Conference Livestream Start Time - August 19
  • 9 AM PT
  • 12 PM ET
  • 4 PM GMT
  • 2 AM AEST (August 20)

Pokemon Go Water Festival Event Returning With Two New Shiny Pokemon This Month

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 03:07

Pokemon Go's upcoming Suicune Raid Day isn't the only event players have to look forward to this month. Developer Niantic has announced it is bringing back the Water Festival for a limited beginning next week, giving players a chance to encounter more Water-types and even catch a couple of new Shiny Pokemon.

The Water Festival kicks off at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST on August 23 and runs until August 30. During that time, Water Pokemon such as Wooper, Wailmer, Magikarp, and others will appear in the wild much more frequently than normal, regardless of where you live. If you happen to be near a body of water, you'll find increased spawns of the following Pokemon:

  • Wartortle
  • Poliwhirl
  • Seaking
  • Lapras
  • Qwilfish
  • Mantine
  • Lotad
  • Feebas
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Finneon

In addition to increased spawns, Water-types will hatch from Eggs more often during the Water Festival, and some monsters such as Blastoise, Vaporeon, and Lapras will appear as Raid bosses. If you're lucky, you'll also have a chance to encounter Shiny versions of Carvanha and Barboach during the event.

On August 28, Niantic is bringing the Legendary lake trio--Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie--back for a special Raid hour. Each of the Legendary Pokemon will appear in five-star Raids in their respective regions from 6-7 PM local time. As a reminder, Azelf is currently exclusive to the Americas and Greenland; Mesprit is available in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; and Uxie is only appearing in the Asia-Pacific region.

Finally, you'll receive twice the normal amount of Candy for hatching Pokemon during the Water Festival, and the distance it takes to earn Buddy Candy will be cut in half if your Buddy Pokemon is a Water-type. You can read more details about the event on the official Pokemon Go website.

In the meantime, Niantic is bringing the Legendary Water Pokemon Suicune back for a special Raid Day on August 17. The developer has also shared the first details for Pokemon Go's September Community Day. That event is set for Sunday, September 15, and will feature Turtwig, one of the three starters from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.

How Ark: Survival Evolved Became A Big Success Without Loot Boxes Or Skins

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 03:00

Studio Wildcard's dinosaur game Ark: Survival Evolved is one of gaming's biggest success stories in recent years. By the developer's latest count, it's sold 16 million copies across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with ten million more installs on mobile where it's free.

Part of what makes the game's ongoing success so noteworthy is that the title does not offer loot boxes or skins, instead opting to sell big, premium expansions that help the game enjoy sustained revenue that funds future development.

Studio Wildcard co-founder Jesse Rapczak told that Ark enjoys a "sustainable revenue model" by way of launching one or two major "premium updates" each year.

"We don't sell skins, we don't sell upgrade packs," he said. "But Ark is an online game with official servers and a lot of costs to keep the game running. It's important to us to always be bringing in new players, and part of that is creating new content for the existing ones so they bring in their friends."

Ark has welcomed three expansions to date: Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction. The next big one is called Genesis, and it will be released in two parts starting in Fall 2020.

Rapczak said he feels "a little bit justified" about the decision to release premium expansions instead of chasing microtransactions like many other big games do. "It feels good when people want to pay for what you're creating, rather than them feeling like they're getting nickeled, dimed and swindled a little, which is I think what happens when you have loot boxes and tack on those mechanics to something they've already paid for," he said.

Free-to-play mechanics in full-price games can be problematic and challenging--for players and the developer alike, Rapczak said.

"If players have already paid for the game and you're adding on these sorts of free-to-play mechanics, it's kind of annoying," he said. "And you're also doubling your work, because you have to make sure the base game is great enough that people want to spend money on it, and then you also have to figure out how to entice them to spend further money on the game. I guess that's why the big companies like EA, Ubisoft and whoever are willing to tackle that, but there's been a lot of issues with that. For indies and medium-sized companies, it's not the thing to try and pursue."

Microtransaction systems, while controversial, can be big business. For example, NBA 2K19 was sharply criticized for its use of microtransactions, but the game went on to become the best-selling NBA 2K game ever, with its microtransaction revenue rising 140%. Just recently, Destiny 2 developer Bungie explained how microtransactions are good for the game.

Wargroove Physical Version Headed To PS4, Switch

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 02:58

Earlier this year, developer Chucklefish served up its own take on Nintendo's Advance Wars with Wargroove. After sitting on the market for half a year, the critically-acclaimed tactics game will see a physical Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 release later this fall.

Publisher Sold Out is teaming up with Chucklefish on a retail package called the Wargroove Deluxe Edition, which includes a variety of goodies. For $30 USD / $44 AUD / £25 GBP on PS4 or $40 USD / $59 AUD / £33 GBP on Switch, the Deluxe Edition comes bundled with a physical copy of Wargroove, a download of the game's official soundtrack, a sticker pack, a poster map of the game's world, a strategy manual with unit stats and tips (in a bunch of different languages), and a reversible coversheet.

No definitive release date has been provided, but Chucklefish has assured that a date will be "revealed once we're further along in manufacturing." According to Chucklefish, Wargroove Deluxe Edition is expected to hit "good ol' brick and mortar stores later this fall," though no specific stores have been named.

In our Wargroove review, we said, "Chucklefish could have offered up a prettied-up take on Advance Wars with online multiplayer and called it a day. Instead, it's made meaningful improvements that make this both a satisfying answer to starved Advance Wars fans' wishes and a genuinely great experience on its own merits."

Where Is Xur Today? Destiny 2 Exotic Weapon And Armor Location (August 16-20)

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 02:44

It's been a big week for Destiny 2. A livestream and a series of big blog posts from director Luke Smith have given new details about the changes coming from Shadowkeep. Now weekend vendor Xur is giving us something else to care about: For the first time, Xur is offering an Exotic that's newer than the set dropped in the Forsaken expansion. You've got the weekend to grab Stronghold, an Exotic from the Season of the Drifter, if you haven't gotten it from a random drop while playing.

Where Is Xur?

Xur has come to Titan for his weekly excursion through the solar system. Land at the transmat zone on The Rig and then head north toward the Hive-corrupted area at the top of the map. Look for Xur in a low building to your left, near the edge of the platform.

What Is Xur Selling?

As most players know by now, Xur brings four main items to sell each weekend: an Exotic weapon and three pieces of Exotic armor, one specific to each character class. If you need something Xur isn't carrying, you can also buy a Fated Engram, which will guarantee you an Exotic you don't already have--but only from the first year of Destiny 2 content or Forsaken. It's also a much more expensive item, so be warned. Anything that has come from the Annual Pass expansions over the last year won't be in the Fated Engram pool, so make sure you know what you need before you buy. You can also grab a Five of Swords card, which lets you adjust Nightfall runs for higher scores, and an Invitation of the Nine from the Season of the Drifter if you haven't completed them all yet.

  • Telesto (Exotic grenade launcher) -- 29 Legendary Shards
  • Aeon Swift (Exotic Hunter gauntlets) -- 23 Legendary Shards
  • Verity's Brow (Exotic Warlock helmet) -- 23 Legendary Shards
  • Stronghold (Exotic Titan gauntlets) -- 23 Legendary Shards

Xur's weapon this week is a fusion rifle everyone should have: Telesto. The energy the gun fires sticks to enemies and objects, only to explode slightly later. It's great for catching people unawares in the Crucible, and it's often a great weapon to bring to bear in PvE activities, as well.

Aeon Swift

Hunters have what is probably the best roll of the weekend, but with the weakest Exotic. Aeon Swift offers ability energy to your teammates when you use your Dodge ability, and the bonus energy is higher if they're also wearing Aeon Exotics. Unfortunately, not many people do--but if you've got a Fireteam that wants to support each other, this Aeon's Enhanced Hand Cannon Loader roll is a strong perk to bring along.


  • Slot 1: Impact Induction, Enhanced Hand Cannon Loader, Machine Gun Loader
  • Slot 2: Rocket Launcher Scavenger, Special Ammo Finder
Verity's Brow

Xur's offering for Warlocks also allows you to support your teammates. The Verity's Brow helmet increases your grenade recharge rate when you get Energy weapon kills. If allies are nearby when you snag those kills, they get a grenade recharge rate boost, too.


  • Slot 1: Scout Rifle Targeting, Heavy Lifting, Energy Weapon Targeting
  • Slot 2: Fusion Rifle Reserves, Grenade Launcher Reserves

Titans are the lucky ones yet again this week. For the first time, Xur is offering an Exotic from a season in the Annual Pass--the Season of the Drifter, to be exact. Up until now, he's only offered things from Year One or the Forsaken expansion. Stronghold is all about using swords: It allows you to guard with a sword indefinitely without using sword ammo, and lets you move faster while guarding. Any shots you block immediately after you raise your guard will also heal you.


  • Slot 1: Sidearm Loader, Light Arms Loader, Rifle Loader
  • Slot 2: Linear Fusion Rifle Scavenger, Shotgun Scavenger

A Hat In Time Nintendo Switch Release Date Announced Alongside Physical Edition

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 02:32

The indie platformer A Hat In Time released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2017, but now the game is preparing for renewed life with its Nintendo Switch debut. The throwback to classic 3D platformers will be available on October 18 for $40, and pre-orders for the physical copy are now available through Amazon.

A Hat In Time ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, promising a "3D collect-a-thon platformer" in the vein of Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64. The Nintendo Switch version is coming later than the others, but given that it's an homage to the classics of Nintendo platforms, fans may have been waiting for the Switch version.

The game received generally positive reviews on GameSpot sister site Metacritic, including good marks from GameSpot's A Hat In Time review. Kallie Plagge said that the first world was uninspired, but after that the game came into its own with charming, low-impact exploration and doodad-collecting.

"A Hat in Time is slow to start, but it's brimming with the charm and collectible-finding joy of classic 3D platformers," she wrote. "Collectibles are both fun to find and help guide you to the game's best secrets, and seeing everything there is to see is its own reward. The platforming isn't particularly challenging, nor does it do anything especially new, but A Hat in Time's cleverly themed worlds and witty quips lend it a more contemporary feel that's just right for satisfying a 3D platforming craving."

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Elvis Is A Secret Agent Who Works For A Government Spy Group In New Netflix Show

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 02:27

In addition to the Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler, there is a new, wackier-sounding project in the works inspired by the King of Rock and Roll. Netflix has announced a new show, Agent King, which is described as an "adult animated comedy" in which Elvis becomes recruited by a secret government program to take down the forces of evil. The public is none the wiser, as the legendary performer continues to wow crowds of adoring fans while saving the world.

Agent King is produced by King's ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who is also the chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises. Singer John Eddie is also involved with the project, which is being produced by the Sony Pictures Animation (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs).

Thrilled to partner with @netflix on adult action/comedy series Agent King, in which Elvis Presley is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to battle the forces that threaten the country he loves - all while holding down his day job as the King of Rock and Roll!

— Sony Pictures Animation (@SonyAnimation) August 16, 2019

Mike Arnold--who wrote for Archer--is the showrunner, writer, and executive producer on Agent King. Famous menswear designer John Varvatos will create the model for Elvis' entire wardrobe for Agent King.

Netflix officially announced Agent King today, August 16, which is the 42nd anniversary of Elvis' death in 1977.

"From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that," Priscilla Presley said in a statement (via Deadline). "My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven't seen before."

There is no word yet on when Agent King will premiere or who will voice Elvis in the series.

As for the Elvis biopic, it opens in theatres on October 1, 2021; Tom Hanks also stars as Elvis' longtime manager Col. Tom Parker in the film that's directed by Baz Luhrmann.

There Won't Be Any Loot Boxes in Need For Speed Heat

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 02:14

Need for Speed Heat was announced earlier this week alongside a trailer and November 8 release date. EA has wasted little time in reaffirming that loot boxes won't be a part of the upcoming title.

That's according to EA community lead Ben Walke. In reply to a user on Reddit, Walke said, "There are no loot boxes in NFS Heat and there won't be." Instead, EA plans on monetizing the driving game with car packs and a time-saver pack. "We plan to have post-launch paid-DLC in the form of car packs," Walke replied to another Reddit user. "Later this year we'll introduce a time-save pack, which will show all collectables on the map. That's it."

It's a notable shift for EA, following in the wake of separate controversies surrounding the inclusion of loot boxes in games like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Need for Speed Payback. It comes at a time when loot boxes are facing increased scrutiny from both players and even certain governments, with many likening the practice to gambling. US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a bill that would ban the practice. This follows countries like Belgium and the Netherlands forbidding their sale.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo recently announced they're working on new policies that would require publishers to disclose the rarity rates for items in purchased loot boxes on their platforms. "I run community for Star Wars, Battlefield and NFS, so not my first rodeo," Walke said in another Reddit post.

"Coming into the reveal one of the things we agreed we would detail is the monetisation options, no loot boxes, car packs etc. No scape goat here."

Her Story Follow-Up Telling Lies Has A Release Date, New Trailer

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 02:00

The bigger, more involved follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2015 FMV game Her Story is coming in hot. All we've known for a while about when you could play the Annapurna-published Telling Lies was that it was coming in 2019. Turns out, that's extremely soon, with the game dropping on August 23 on Steam, Mac, and iOS.

The announcement comes with a new trailer, which gives a sense of the creepy voyeuristic nature of the game. If you're not familiar, Telling Lies is about peering into the private video communications of four people, thanks to a stolen database filled with NSA surveillance files. The game stars Logan Marshall-Green (The Invitation, Prometheus), Alexandra Shipp (Dark Phoenix, Love, Simon), Kerry Bishé (Argo, How It Ends), and Angela Sarafyan (Westworld, American Horror Story). Check out the new trailer below.

As the person watching the files, your job is to dig through what are essentially a bunch of recorded Skype calls and solve the mystery what they're about and why they're important. The thing is, you can't watch the videos in chronological order--you can only search through the clips by keyword. That means Telling Lies is mostly about listening and paying attention as you watch the videos to try to glean important information that will take you to your next relevant clip. Each video also only presents you with one side of a conversation, meaning you'll have to listen carefully to intuit what the other person might be saying, so you can track down their video and get the full story.

Of course, the game is called "Telling Lies," so you quickly discover that not everything is as it appears and not everyone can be trusted.

Telling Lies is written and directed by Sam Barlow, who previously made Her Story, a game that with a similar set of mechanics. That game gave you access to a series of police interview tapes featuring a woman, tasking you with figuring out everything about a murder she'd been accused of committing. Where Her Story is a smaller experience that focuses on one room and one person, Telling Lies expands the idea significantly, giving you much more to discover as you learn about more people and how they relate to each other. It also tightens the mechanics of the game, making it easier to scrub through the videos to dissect every second, and allowing you to click on words in the subtitles that appear in each scene to search for new clips.

You can pre-order Telling Lies on PC now for $19.99 or on iOS for $6.99.

Marvel's Eternals Stunning Concept Art Revealed

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 01:52

Eternals was one of Marvel Phase 4 several movies announced at the Marvel Studios panel at last month's San Diego Comic-Con. The film is set to star Angelina Jolie and releases in November 2020. Some early concept art has now been revealed.

The art is by illustrator Rodney Fuentebella and was released as an exclusive poster at SDCC. Fuentebella has now posted the art on instagram--it shows the giant Celestials, who created both the Eternals and the evil Deviants. These otherworldly beings have already featured in the MCU--they appeared briefly during a flashback in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kurt Russell's villainous Ego in the second Guardians movie is a Celestial. But this new image gives them an entirely new and incredibly impressive look. Check it out below:

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Here is the Marvel’s Eternals poster I did for the San Diego Comic-Con 2019. This was an exclusive poster given out on Sunday at the event. I cannot believe I was able to do this poster for @sdcc_2019 !! Thanks to @marvelstudios and @ryan_meinerding_art for letting me paint this poster. Be sure to check this movie when it comes out... we are working really hard on this one too! Enjoy! - @marvel #eternals #marvel #digitalart #digitalpainting #zbrush #photoshop #mcu #exclusive #painting #conceptart @rodneyimages

A post shared by Rodney Fuentebella (@rodneyimages) on Aug 14, 2019 at 9:41am PDT

At the SDCC panel, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige described the tone of Eternals as being "full Jack Kirby," referring to the famed comic book artist/writer's unique and colorful cosmic art style, and Fuentebella's art certainly captures some of this flavor.

Eternals hits theaters on November 6, 2020. It'll be directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me), and the cast features Jolie (in the role of Thena), Kumail Nanjiani (as Kingo Sunen), Salma Hayek (as Ajak, the Eternals' leader), Brian Tyree Henry (as Phastos), Don Lee (as Gilgamesh), Lia McHugh (as Sprite), and Richard Madden (as Ikaris).

The other new Marvel movies that were announced at SDCC are Black Widow, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, Doctor Strange 2: Madness In The Multiverse, Thor: Love And Thunder, and a Blade reboot. New details were also revealed about upcoming Marvel TV shows being made for Disney+, such as Falcon And The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki. For full details, check out GameSpot's guide to all the SDCC Marvel announcements.

Shantae 5 Is Now Shantae And The Seven Sirens: Here Are The First Details

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:21

Shantae 5 is now officially named Shantae and the Seven Sirens. WayForward has revealed some new details about the next Shantae game, and dropped some screens to give fans a taste of the upcoming game's gorgeous visuals. The fifth game in the long-running series was announced back in March, but little information has been available until now.

The game has been unveiled on Wayforward's website. It will send Shantae and her friends to a tropical island, where they'll meet several other half-genies. Of course, things won't go smoothly, and the eponymous half-genie will find herself tussling with numerous enemies. Some first-look screenshots are below.

The game promises to feature all new dance abilities and Fusion Magic, as well as a nonlinear world to explore. There will also be a collectible card system, which will let players change Shantae's abilities. The game will support 4K resolution on systems that can handle it, and will feature numerous minigames, hidden secrets, and "gorgeously animated TV-style cutscenes."

Shantae and the Seven Sirens is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Apple Arcade, and a release date has not been announced yet - it's not clear whether it will release in 2019 or not. The last game in the series was 2016's Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. In his 8/10 review, Jason D'Aprile called the game "a delightful experience".

Loot Crate, The Curated Pop Culture Subscription Service, Has Filed For Bankruptcy

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:16

Loot Crate, the subscription service that sends its subscribers curated boxes every month full of items relating to various pop culture franchises, has filed for bankruptcy and let go much of its work force. Although the website and store is still up, Loot Box is now on the market for acquisition. It is expected to finalise a sale within the next 45 days.

As Gizmodo reports, last month the company let go 150 of its warehouse workers, and dozens of other workers have been let go this week. Loot Crate has received a commitment from Money Chest LLC for more funding of up to $10 million, which will allow the company to keep operating for now. According to the press release the company put out about their situation, "employees and customers should not notice any difference in operations as a result of the filing or during the sale process except for the better."

However, some customers have reported not receiving new boxes from Loot Crate for months - responses to the company's tweet about their bankruptcy point towards customers who are as many as seven boxes behind on their subscriptions. Former senior community manager Shawnee Hale has tweeted out that those let go did not receive severance pay, either.

They were laid-off with no severance and no warning while #LootCrate released a press released that they were filing for bankruptcy while also insisting the employees would be fine. If any of you have any openings for AMAZING brand managers, designers, project managers [pt2]

— Godzilla's Mom (@AgentShawnee) August 13, 2019

Whether Loot Crate will be able to continue operating into the future, and how it will fulfill its existing obligations to subscribers, remains unclear. According to the LA Times, they currently owe about $20 million worth of unshipped crates.

Apex Legends Players Are Dominating Solos Mode By Teaming Up

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:18

The new Solos mode in Apex Legends is a free-for-all, every-person-for-themselves affair, where there can be only one winner.

The new mode, which launched alongside the Iron Crown event, is a traditional battle royale set-up, where 60 players are dropped onto the map and only one ultimately survives. Everyone is in it for themselves in this mode -- at least in theory. As it turns out, many people are teaming up before the match has started, making pacts to work together to make it to the final circle.

Posts on Reddit (like this one) point towards an issue with players teaming up, giving them a huge advantage over players who are legitimately playing solo. As Eurogamer discovered, queuing up at the same time as a friend so as to end up in the same Solos round is not difficult - they were able to do it four times out of five.

Solos mode is intended as a limited-time event, but the game is also in hot water with fans for some expensive weapons that have been introduced for the Iron Crown event - the Raven's Crown axe will cost you the equivalent of $170, according to Kotaku. Because of this, a lot of Apex Legends fans are unhappy with the game this week.

Whether or not restrictions will be introduced for Solos, or matchmaking will be changed, remains to be seen. You can track the changes being made to Apex Legends through the game's public Trello board.

'SUPERHOT Presents', A New Indie Fund, Is Assisting With Two Very Interesting Australian Indie Games

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:15

SUPERHOT studio has announced 'SUPERHOT Presents', a new fund aimed at helping independent developers make and release small, unusual games. According to the announcement, the team wanted to assist in the creation of other people's games, and to start off with they've signed on to assist with two games that are nothing like their own output. The games in question are the Frog Detective series, developed by Grace Bruxner and her new studio Worm Club, and Knuckle Sandwich, developed by Andrew Brophy. Both games are being developed in Australia.

So far one game has been released in the Frog Detective series, 'The Haunted Island'. SUPERHOT studio has this to say of the game: "It’s simple. It’s perfect. We love how wholesome and warm and funny it is, we enjoy the game, we like the team, so we offered to help." The trailer, below, should give you some idea of the game's tone. A sequel, Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard, is currently in the works.

Knuckle Sandwich is developer Andrew Brophy's RPG "about a boy looking for work in a new city," styled after old Game Boy Advance titles. It's a weird, distinctive title, and it features both a missing persons mystery and a cult, according to its Steam page. The game is, according to Brophy, reaching the final stages of development, although a release date has not yet been set.

SUPERHOT is not becoming a publisher, but instead wants to help indie developers who "just need some finishing (or starting) funds," along with some mentoring and advice. Assistance will be offered by the four "businessy types" SUPERHOT studio currently employs, alongside the funds offered.

SUPERHOT studios is more famous for the game that the studio was named after. In his 8/10 review of the game back in 2016, Peter Brown praised the game's storytelling: "while the core gameplay didn't evolve drastically, the story that drives it did, taking me along for a ride that I never saw coming.

Fortnite Added The Controversial B.R.U.T.E. Mechs To Help Players Who Were Struggling To Earn Eliminations

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:12

A new post on Fortnite's website, credited to 'The Fortnite Team', explains why the B.R.U.T.E. mechs were added to the game and the impact they've had so far.

The post acknowledges that the mechs have been controversial, but explains that they were added because one of the goals of Fortnite is "to bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win." The random nature of the mechs, which could give any player a massive unexpected advantage, gives less-experienced players a greater chance of racking up eliminations, or even a Victory Royale. "Right now, we know there are players out there who have never had that opportunity," the post says. They also want to provide "spectacle and entertainment", which means trying new things and introducing interesting wrinkles.

The post also contains two charts, showing how many eliminations B.R.U.T.E. mechs are typically racking up during a match, both as a number and then as a percentage of total kills.

These two charts show that the mechs, while significant, are not necessarily dominant in an average match of the game. "B.R.U.T.E. encounters should feel like a unique engagement and not be the dominant experience during a game," the post says. The B.R.U.T.E. was adjusted slightly in update 10.10, and now has an aiming laser so other players can see where they are pointing. They've also been tweaked to spawn less often in competitive Arena modes, hence the much lower percentages we see in the charts above.

Fortnite's tenth season is likely to run until early October.

Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair Is Releasing In October

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:27

Playtonic has, in its own cheeky way, announced a release window for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, the upcoming second game in the series.

The game will release in October, although a specific day within October has not been clarified. The news came via a video tweeted out by the official Playtonic Twitter account, along with the caption "Good things are coming in October..." In a follow-up tweet, the developer said that the music in the original video was from a new Grant Kirkhope track that will be released in full next week.

Good things are coming in October...

— Playtonic (@PlaytonicGames) August 15, 2019

The new game, announced in June, is a 2.5D platformer created by many of the key talents who were behind the original Donkey Kong Country. It'll mix platforming and puzzles, and a sidescrolling platforming sections with a 3D top-down overworld. If it's anything like the original Yooka-Laylee, it'll be full of retro throwbacks. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

In her 6/10 review of the original Yooka-Laylee, Kallie Plagge said that "despite attempts at modernizing the formula, its style of gameplay is still outdated, and it doesn’t stay challenging or interesting for long as a result."

These All-In-One Gaming PCs Are Up To $1,000 Off (US)

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:05

All-in-one gaming desktops offer convenience and ease when it comes to stepping into the PC gaming world, but they often come with a steep price tag. If you've been looking for a good sale, then Corsair's latest on its refurbished, all-in-one PCs is worth taking a look at. The PC parts manufacturer has a slew of refurbished PCs that are up to $1,000 cheaper than their brand-new counterparts.

The selection of refurbished PCs includes a GTX 1070, 1080, or 1080 Ti graphics card and come loaded with an i7-8700k, i7-7700k, or i7-7700 CPU. On top of that, they all come equipped with DDR4 RAM, in addition to an SSD and HDD of varying sizes depending on the model. You can take a look at the case each model comes with below.

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As for the price range, the most expensive PC comes in at $2,200 USD, down from $3,000, while the least expensive is down to $1,300 from $1,800. You can see a breakdown of their specs at the bottom of this article or check out Corsair's website for all of the refurbished, all-in-one PCs.

The desktops in this sale are only available for shipping within the United States. Standard shipping comes free with any of these PCs, while express will cost a little extra.

Corsair One Elite - $2,200 ($3,000)

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  • CPU: i7-8700k
  • GPU: GTX 1080 Ti
  • Memory: 32 GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • Storage: 480 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD
Corsair One - $1,300 ($1,800)

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  • CPU: i7-7700
  • GPU: GTX 1070
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM
  • Storage: 240 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD

Fortnite Cube Memorial Locations Guide (Season 10 Challenge)

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:45

Epic has rolled out a new set of Season X challenges for Fortnite: Battle Royale. This week's batch of tasks is called Worlds Collide, a reference to Season 5's tagline, and many of the challenges revolve around elements from that season, such as the infamous purple cube known affectionately by the community as Kevin. The cube has returned--sort of--in one of this week's tasks, which asks you to visit a cube memorial in the desert or by a lake. Here's where to find one and how to complete the challenge.

Where Are The Cube Memorial Locations?

There are two memorials to Kevin the cube around the island, both in places the cube visited when it first appeared on the island back in Season 5. The first can be found on a plateau to the southwest of Paradise Palms, where it originally materialized, while the second is located near Loot Lake, which the cube infamously plunged into and transformed at the end of Season 5. We've marked down both cube memorial locations on the map below.

How To Complete The Challenge

Once you know where the cube memorials are located, you only need to visit one of them in order to complete the challenge, so pick your preferred spot and glide there at the beginning of a match for the quickest results. However, if you're hoping to clear the Prestige version of this challenge, you'll need to visit both memorials within a single match. Your best bet for that is to start at the desert; if you're lucky, an ATK will spawn nearby, allowing you to make your way to the other memorial quickly.

You can watch us complete the standard version of the challenge in the video above. You can also find other tips and guides for this season's trickier missions in our Fortnite Season X challenges roundup. We'll continue to update that list as the season progresses, so be sure to check back for our latest Fortnite coverage.

Fortnite Season X Coverage

Fortnite Rift Zone Locations: Where To Visit Rift Zones Guide (Season 10 Challenge)

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:05

A new batch of Season X challenges has arrived in Fortnite: Battle Royale. This week's set is dubbed Worlds Collide, a callback to the tagline of Season 5, and its tasks fittingly revolve around objects from that season, such as rifts. One of the challenges asks you to visit a Rift Zone. If you're not sure where those can be found, we've put together this map and guide to help you out.

Where Are The Rift Zone Locations?

Rift Zones were one of the new environmental features introduced at the start of Season X, and they're capable of transforming an area of the island--as we saw earlier this week, when a Rift Zone reverted Mega Mall to Retail Row following the game's 10.10 update. There are only two Rift Zones thus far--one at the aforementioned Retail Row, the other at Tilted Town--although more may crop up as the season progresses. In the meantime, you can see where all of the current Rift Zones are located on the map below.

How To Complete The Challenge

Once you know where the Rift Zones are located, this challenge is simply a matter of going to that area. You only need to visit one of the zones to complete the task, so pick an area, then glide there at the start of a match to clear the challenge. You can watch us do the mission in the video at the top of this guide.

It's important to note that this challenge is unrelated to another one from the Worlds Collide set that asks you to use a Rift. To complete that one, you'll need to find a Rift and activate it to warp to a different part of the map. There are several of those scattered around the island; we've jotted down their locations below.

  • On a hill east of Pleasant Park, near the Durr Burger head
  • In the middle of Loot Lake
  • On an icy island in the southwestern corner of the map
  • East of the Viking Village, just north of the frozen lake
  • Just north of Paradise Palms

Be sure to also check out our full Fortnite Season X challenges roundup, which we'll continue to update as this season progresses with additional tips and guides for Fortnite's trickier missions.

Fortnite Season X Coverage