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This Twin Peaks Collection Deal Has Everything You Need To Enjoy The Entire Series And More (US)

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 02:48

Twin Peaks is one of our favourite shows here at GameSpot. We've produced videos on Twin Peaks fan theories and how the series influenced Link's Awakening, in addition to the real-life murder that inspired the show. It would be an understatement to say we're excited for the upcoming From Z to A collection, which collects every episode of the TV series, Fire Walk With Me, and The Missing Pieces, in addition to a bunch of bonus content and 4K versions of the pilot episode and season three's Part 8. The collection normally costs $156 USD, but Amazon currently has it discounted to $133.

Twin Peaks: From Z to A

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From Z to A is scheduled for release on December 10, and thanks to Amazon's pre-order policy, you'll pay whatever the cheapest price was before it's sent for delivery. That means if it gets any cheaper between now and then, you'll get an even better deal, but if the price rises after you pre-order, you'll retain the $133 price.

The collection also includes a special feature called Behind The Curtain, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the third season; two new interviews with Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Harry Goaz (Andy Brennan), and Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Brennan); unedited performances from Season 3's Roadhouse; and more.

Lastly, the collection comes in a cube with a handful of cards that depict scenes from Season 3, an acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Agent Cooper, and a numbered certificate. There are only 25,000 copies of this collection, so if you're interested, act sooner rather than later.

My Hero One's Justice 2 Announced With A New Trailer

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 02:35

After last week's Gematsu report, publisher Bandai Namco has officially announced the new My Hero Academia game. My Hero One's Justice 2 is headed to Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime next year, and we finally got a first-glimpse with a new teaser trailer.

The trailer, above, is incredibly short and features no in-game footage, but it does provide insight on what MHA fans can expect when My Hero One's Justice 2 lands in the West in 2020. Izuku "Deku" Midoriya and newcomer Kai "Overhaul" Chisaki, who debuted toward the end of My Hero Academia's third season, are heard bickering back and forth in the way heroes and villains do. It's unclear what story My Hero One's Justice 2 will tell, but it's said to be a follow-up to last year's My Hero One's Justice.

There isn't a lot of information available about My Hero One's Justice 2 as of yet. However, we did learn the game will reportedly add new characters, like the aforementioned Overhaul, and "significantly upgrade" various Quirk abilities.

My Hero Academia Season 4 is slated to air this October. Funimation announced that the new MHA season will stream on its website and Hulu, while FunimationNow debuts a SimulDub. Further, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, the second MHA film following 2018's My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, is scheduled to release on December 20 in Japan. There's no confirmation on a Western release date yet.

Stranger Things Season 4 Video Teases A New Setting

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 02:04

Time to head back to the Upside Down, as fans are getting their first info on Stranger Things Season 4. A new teaser trailer has been released for the hit Netflix series, and it doesn't give a release date or any real information, but it's pretty exciting that we know the next season is eventually coming.

The teaser starts with the iconic theme music and the show's logo. A large "4" appears behind it, before the image breaks up. The logo then appears in a spooky wood, with vines climbing up it, and some creepy sounds on the soundtrack. Then a bell tolls ominously and the words "we're not in Hawkins anymore" appear. Check it out below:

We’re not in Hawkins Anymore pic.twitter.com/HMIWzeF0iF

— NX (@NXOnNetflix) September 30, 2019

Stranger Things Season 3 was released in July this year, and ended with the gang splitting up, as Will and his family moving away. The teaser suggests that the next season won't all take place in Hawkins, the town that has been the setting for the past three seasons. Although creators Matt and Ross Duffer have previously spoken about their plans for further seasons of the show, this is the first official confirmation that Season 4 is happening.

Netflix also announced that the Duffer brothers have signed a multi-year film and series deal with the streaming giant. In a statement, Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said: "We're thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love. We can't wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down."

For more, check out GameSpot's review of Stranger Things Season 3, plus our guide to all the Season 3 Easter Eggs.

Ubisoft Opens New Studio In Vietnam

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 01:36

Ubisoft has opened a new studio in Da Nang, Vietnam, to bolster its mobile development efforts in Asia. The new studio will focus on games using HTML5 for social media platforms, as well as collaborating with other studios working on their own mobile games. The company plans to recruit roughly 100 employees to work at the Da Nang studio over the next three years.

To bolster the effort, Ubisoft is in discussion with institutions and universities in and around Vietnam. This joins the company's existing studios in China and India. It is also starting its recruitment drive to begin operations within a few weeks.

"Da Nang is a vibrant city which offers great quality of life and promising opportunities thanks to its fast-growing tech ecosystem," said new studio manager Aurélien Palasse, in the announcement. "With this opening, Ubisoft will benefit from the local expertise pool while welcoming international new talents in the region to enhance its creative strength and meet the increasing demand for mobile gaming."

While Ubisoft is most known for its big-budget PC and console games franchises, the company has a tendency to diversify and quickly experiment with new technologies like the upcoming Google Stadia. Currently the company is preparing to launch Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the first new game to be included in its new Uplay+ subscription service.

Bungie Will Release A New Non-Destiny Game By 2025

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 01:23

With Destiny 2's Shadowkeep expansion launching this week and years of content for the game already mapped out, it's clear the MMO shooter franchise is very much the backbone of Bungie's plans moving forward. However, it appears the studio's ambitions are not just limited to Destiny--Bungie is also looking to release at least one other IP in the next several years.

In an interview with IGN, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons discussed the developer's plans to become one of the industry's "best entertainment companies" by 2025, and part of that vision involves not just continuing to redefine Destiny 2, but also establishing other franchises.

"So, by 2025 we have a pretty specific path to make sure we transform Destiny and that we have other franchises within the marketplace," Parsons said. "We need to build our publishing group, but part of our vision is also to become a multi-franchise entertainment company."

Parsons didn't share any details about Bungie's potential non-Destiny franchise(s), but the studio has planned to branch out from the MMO series for some time now. In 2018, Bungie received $100 million from Chinese internet giant NetEase, part of which would help it establish one or more separate internal teams beyond the one currently working on Destiny.

In the meantime, Bungie continues to make big changes to Destiny. The studio is releasing a free-to-play version of the game called New Light, while the aforementioned Shadowkeep expansion arrives tomorrow, October 1. Ahead of Shadowkeep's release, Destiny 2 has gone offline until the expansion launches at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. You can read more in our Destiny 2: Shadowkeep pre-order guide.

Kingsman Prequel Movie Gets High-Octane New Trailer That Reveals Origins Of The Spy Organization

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 14:16

A new trailer for the Kingsman prequel, The King's Man, has arrived--and it's excellent. The movie tells the origin story of the secret spy agency from the 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service and its 2017 sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Ralph Fiennes plays the agency's founder and Harris Dickinson portrays his protege. Fiennes' character explains in the trailer that the service service group is the first independent intelligence agency, and it's capable of moving more swiftly than governments. "While governments wait for orders, our people take action," he says.

"As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King's Man," reads a line from the movie's description.

The movie also features Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn, who made the previous Kingsman movies. As it is a prequel, the stars of the earlier films--including Colin Firth and Taron Egerton--do not appear in The King's Man.

The entire film series is based on the "Secret Service" comic franchise created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. The King's Man comes to theatres in February 2020.

How Many Copies Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, And Other Ubisoft Games Have Sold

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:55

Ubisoft is one of the biggest video game publishers in the business. It owns some of the industry's biggest franchises, including Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, and Far Cry. But just how big are those series? The company has now updated its Facts & Figures page with new numbers that speak to the enormity of Ubisoft's biggest properties.

As spotted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, Ubisoft's numbers show the latest sales figures through June 2019. While they may be a bit out of date by now, they still speak to the size and scale of Ubisoft's most prominent franchises.

The numbers and other statistics are as follows:

  • Assassin's Creed: 140 million+ copies sold; 95 million unique players
  • Rayman: 40+ different game releases on 20+ different platforms
  • Far Cry: 50 million+ copies sold since Far Cry 2; 79 million Far Cry game sessions played since Far Cry 5
  • Just Dance: 70 million+ copies sold; 120 million+ players; 2.5 billion+ songs played; 80 billion kilocalories burned
  • Rabbids: 20 million+ copies sold
  • For Honor: More than 21 million players worldwide
  • Ghost Recon: 30 million players since 2001; 10 million players for Ghost Recon: Wildlands alone
  • The Division: 20 million players; fastest-selling new IP for Ubisoft ever
  • The Crew: 21 million players since 2016
  • Rainbow Six Siege: 50 million players
  • Splinter Cell: 30 million+ copies sold
  • Steep: More than 1.2 billion kilometres of trail covered; 5.6 billion jumps
  • Watch Dogs: 36 million+ unique players

Ubisoft's next big game is Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which launches on October 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For lots more on that game, check out GameSpot's breakdown of pre-loading, file sizes, server start times, and more.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint: Pre-Load, File Size, Server Start Times, And More

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:18

The next Ghost Recon game, Breakpoint, is almost here. The Tom Clancy game launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 4. Ahead of that, Ubisoft has detailed a number of important launch details covering pre-loading, early access, file sizes, server start times, and more.

Early Access (Digital):

Everyone who pre-ordered Breakpoint or buys the Gold Edition of the game can start playing on October 1, which is three days before the public release on October 4.

Pre-Load (Digital):

Xbox One -- Pre-loading in all regions is available now, for all versions of the game.

PS4 -- Pre-loading begins from midnight local time on September 29 for Gold Edition. Pre-loading for the Standard version starts midnight local time on October 1.

Uplay PC -- Pre-loading is available now.

Epic Games Store -- Pre-loading is available now.

File Sizes (Digital):

Xbox One: Pre-load 40.1GB; Day 1 patch 13.5 GB

PS4: Pre-loading 47.3GB; Day 1 patch 10 GB

Uplay PC + Epic Games Store: Pre-load 41.36GB; no Day 1 patch because pre-load includes it

Those who download Breakpoint on PS4 or Xbox One after launch will instead see a single download size that is larger as it combines the pre-load file size and the Day 1 patch. Another note to be aware of is those who buy a physical copy of Breakpoint must download the Day 1 patch to start playing.

Server Start Times:

Online servers go live September 30 at 11 AM UTC. Take a look at the chart above to find out when the game's servers go live in your part of the world.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint's release on October 4 is just the beginning for the military shooter. Ubisoft is planning to support the game for a long time after release with lots of new content, including the franchise's first raid and much more.

Batwoman Actress Ruby Rose Recalls Emergency Surgery -- "I Couldn't Feel My Arms"

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:14

Australian actress Ruby Rose, who plays Batwoman on the new CW show premiering soon, has revealed she had emergency surgery earlier this year to save her from potential paralysis.

In a post on Instagram, Rose said doctors informed her she needed surgery to repair two herniated discs that she suffered from performing stunts. It was a very serious situation, as Rose said, "I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed."

You can watch the graphic surgery video here on Instagram. Rose spoke about why she had her procedure filmed. "To anyone asking why I let them video it.. Did you not watch that Greys Anatomy episode where they left a towel in a patient?? Also I wanted to see what happens when we go under," she said.

Rose reportedly had the surgery some time ago. She said she was informed "a couple of months ago" that she needed the surgery. People started noticing a scar on her neck that resembled a Pez dispenser, and she wanted to let fans know what it was all about.

"I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn't feel my arms," she said.

Rose went on to thank her doctor for the surgery, which was a success and will allow her to "keep working and doing what I love."

"I am forever in your debt," she wrote to her medical team.

Batwoman premieres Sunday, October 6 on CW.

Breaking Bad Movie Will Feature A Character Who Died On The Show

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 10:33

The new Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, will reportedly feature 10 or more familiar characters. The story focuses on what happens to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) immediately after the events of Breaking Bad, but what other characters are returning? One more can now be added to the list.

Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, told ET Canada that he'll appear in El Camino. "Yes. They'll hit me in the head for saying this, but yes, why not? How hard can they hit me? None of those guys hit very hard anyway," Banks said.

People are speculating that the two figures here are Jesse and Mike

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) murdered Mike in the Breaking Bad Season 5 episode "Say My Name," so fans are wondering how Ehrmantraut might come back for El Camino. One possibility is that this may happen in a flashback scene.

After all, the full-length trailer for El Camino showed two figures that look like Jesse and Mike--standing by a river that looks similar to the one where Walt killed Mike. It's also possible that this is Walt and Mike standing side by side, but it's hard to say for sure who they are given the silhouettes and clothes are not completely consistent with Breaking Bad.

The two cars in the background appear to be Mike's Chrysler New Yorker and Jesse's red Toyota Tercel, which lends to the suggestion that this scene shows Mike and Jesse, though this is only speculation.

As for the other returning characters in El Camino, trailers have already confirmed that Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), Badger (Matt Jones), and Joe (Larry Hankin) will come back, in addition to Jesse (Aaron Paul) in the leading role.

A rumored casting sheet for El Camino mentioned that the following characters would return: Mike, Skinny Pete, Badger, Ed, Mrs. Pinkman, Kenny, and Jane. The sheet also said Walter White will return with Bryan Cranston reprising his iconic role.

According to a report, one of the returning characters is so secretive that the producers flew them to set on a private jet to avoid detection. If Walter White is indeed coming back, he would certainly fit the bill of a massive surprise cameo that the producers would want to keep a secret.

El Camino comes to Netflix and select theatres on October 11.

New Breaking Bad Movie Teaser Trailer Shows Another Returning Character

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 10:06

The Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, is almost here. As such, Netflix is making sure everyone on the planet is aware of that. Following the full-length trailer, Netflix has now released a more intimate, character-focused teaser video that shines a little more light on the mysterious movie.

The new "Go For Joe" teaser video re-introduces viewers to Old Joe from the salvage yard. As viewers may recall, Joe helped Walter and Jesse out of tight spots numerous times over the course of Breaking Bad with his own crooked manoeuvrings. In El Camino, Jesse is on the run, and it appears Jesse will turn to Joe for some help yet again.

Actor Larry Hankin (Escape From Alcatraz, Friends) is back as Joe, and he receives a heavy phone call. After picking up with his trademark and exuberant, "Go for Joe," his demeanour immediately changes when he realizes he is speaking to, presumably, Albuquerque's most wanted man, Jesse Pinkman. "Yeah, I know who this is. At this point, who doesn't? Joe says with a sigh.

This is only speculation, but this teaser (which was already glimpsed in an earlier trailer) might suggest that Jesse is looking for Joe's help again with what he does best: making stuff disappear. Given that the El Camino that Jesse owns ties him to all number of crimes, it might be that Jesse is looking for Joe's help to destroy his vehicle.

Joe already destroyed the RV owned by Jesse and Walt that doubled as their meth lab. Additionally, he helped Jesse and Walt with the magnet and battery situation to destroy a laptop inside the police station. Additionally, it is presumed that Joe crumpled the Mike Ehrmantraut's car.

El Camino will apparently feature 10 or more familiar Breaking Bad characters. These will include Jesse (Aaron Paul), Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), Badger (Matt Jones), and Joe (Larry Hankin). Additionally, Jonathan Banks recently confirmed that Mike Ehrmantraut will come back as well, presumably in a flashback. One of the returning characters is so secretive that the producers flew them to set on a private jet to avoid detection.

El Camino comes to Netflix and select theatres on October 11.

Joker Movie Director Responds To Criticisms -- "Outrage Is A Commodity"

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 09:40

One of 2019's most anticipated films, Joker, opens in the cinemas this week behind great reviews, bad reviews, controversy, and more. Director Todd Phillips has now weighed in, again, on the discourse surrounding the movie. He told The Wrap that he's been surprised to see the reaction to Joker coming across in some circles as negative. The discourse surrounding Joker has some people talking about and confronting big issues like gun violence and more.

"I'm surprised… Isn't it good to have these discussions? Isn't it good to have these discussions about these movies, about violence? Why is that a bad thing if the movie does lead to a discourse about it?" Phillips said. The director went on to talk about why he thinks people are eager to pile on to Joker.

"I think it's because outrage is a commodity," he said. "I think it's something that has been a commodity for a while. What's outstanding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. It's really been eye opening for me."

Phillips went on to say that he didn't make Joker to "push buttons" or to glorify Arthur Fleck's murderous actions. The idea from the start, which he shared with star Joaquin Phoenix, was to make Joker a "real movie" with the guise of a comic book movie. That pitch, and a relatively small budget ($55 million) helped Warner Bros. agree to make the movie.

"I literally described to Joaquin at one point in those three months as like, 'Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film,'" Phillips said. "It wasn't, 'We want to glorify this behavior.' It was literally like, 'Let's make a real movie with a real budget and we'll call it f***ing Joker.' That's what it was."

Earlier this month, the families of victims killed in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theatre shooting reached out to Warner Bros. to ask the film studio to help use their influence to make safer communities with fewer guns. The shooting took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

In response, Warner Bros. said, "Gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families impacted by these tragedies. Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic."

Warner Bros. stands by Joker, and added that it does not endorse violence of any kind.

"Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues," thew statement said. "Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero."

In GameSpot's own Joker review, we noted that "Joker humanizes a murderer in a way that may make the kinds of disenfranchised real-world mass killers we now see regularly salivate--or, in the worst possible scenario, provide them inspiration."

Joker had its Hollywood premiere over the weekend, and Warner Bros. disinivited press and media from print and broadcast. Only photographers were allowed to attend, Variety reported.

"Our red carpet is comprised of photographers only," a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said. "A lot has been said about Joker and we just feel it's time for people to see the film."

Joker premieres October 4.

It Seems Red Dead Redemption 2 Won't Get Single-Player DLC, Just Like GTA 5

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 09:14

Just like Grand Theft Auto V, it appears that Rockstar's newest game, Red Dead Redemption 2, also will not receive any single-player expansions. Lead online producer Katie Pica told VG247 that Rockstar is completely committed to working on Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode.

Pica added that the new Red Dead Online content has single-player sensibilities, but in an online environment. "We're 100% focused on online right now, because like I said, there's just so much to do, and we're just hoping to bring everything that a player can love about single-player into the online world, and fleshed out," Pica said.

Red Dead Redemption 2's latest content release was the massive Frontier Update, which introduced the first of the "Roles" that players can take on in Red Dead Online. The first roles include Bounty Hunter, Trader, and Collector. You can read more about the update in GameSpot's coverage here.

Going back to the VG247 interview, Red Dead Online producer Tarek Hamad said Rockstar as a company remains committed to single-player games. Rockstar is known for its story, and the story modes in GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 were celebrated. "We all love single-player games, and Red Dead Redemption 2's absolutely massive story and equally massive epilogue are hopefully evidence of that," Hamad said.

"The team's ambitions for Red Dead Redemption 2 were sky high in every way, and when we are building worlds of that scale, the single-player experience almost always leads the way," Hamad added. "Our ambitions for our online games are just as high, and with Red Dead Online we are continuing to build and expand to match the world we created for Red Dead Redemption 2's story, not just with the roles but other activities, new random events, characters to meet, new ways to engage with the world and further inhabit your character, as well as trying to improve the overall experience."

Explaining why GTA 5 did not get any single-player DLC, Rockstar issued a similar-sounding statement years ago. "We did not feel single-player expansions were either possible or necessary, but we may well do them for future projects," Rockstar design director Imran Sarwar said.

The new expansions for GTA Online and Red Dead Online are free, but the online modes make money from microtransactions, which can be lucrative.

In other news, Rockstar recently launched its own PC store, which has yet again fuelled the rumours and speculation that Red Dead Redemption 2 may come to PC.

Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- October 2019

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 09:00

A new month is upon us, and October is loaded with shooters. This episode of New Releases takes a look at Destiny 2's newest expansion Shadowkeep, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and the rebooted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Even Obsidian's RPG The Outer Worlds has plenty of weapons to fire. Fortunately, Nintendo Switch owners looking for something more family-friendly can also play Luigi's Mansion 3.

Destiny 2 - Shadowkeep -- October 1

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Shadowkeep is changing everything for Destiny 2. This expansion sends players back to the moon for a new raid called Garden of Salvation, but it also shakes up the game overall. This is the start of Destiny 2's Year 3 of seasonal content, featuring Armor 2.0, which makes all your Guardian's stats truly matter. There are plenty of Exotics to acquire too.

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint -- October 4

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The follow-up to Ghost Recon Wildlands is much more focused on survival. That's due in part to the fact that your Ghost is infiltrating the island of Auroa alone if you play solo--you've got a handful of drones at your disposal, but no AI teammates. Of course, you can always squad up online with your friends and play co-op too. No matter how you approach it, your goal is to stop rogue Ghost Cole Walker, played by Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, The Walking Dead).

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare -- October 25

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

This isn't a remaster of the 2007 classic--it's a full-on reboot. You'll see familiar characters like Captain Price, but they're part of a totally new campaign that ties in more closely to the game's other co-op and multiplayer modes. Speaking of multiplayer, there's a big emphasis on tactics with this game, including a Realism Mode that shuts off your HUD.

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The Outer Words -- October 25

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

October's other big shooter is an RPG. The Outer Worlds comes from Obsidian, best known nowadays for Fallout: New Vegas, hence all the "Fallout in space" comparisons the game keeps getting. But The Outer Worlds sets itself apart from Fallout by letting you explore multiple planets, each one dominated by mega-corporations. There's also a flaw system, which allows your character to actually develop special perks if they keep injuring themselves in various ways.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 -- October 31

Available on: Switch

Luigi's Mansion 3 drops on Halloween, the perfect time to explore the Last Resort hotel, where each spooky floor has its own theme. You can play solo or team up with a friend in co-op, where the second player controls a gelatinous version of Luigi named Gooigi. There's also competitive multiplayer to enjoy with the returning ScareScraper mode and the new ScreamPark mode.

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October has plenty more games to come. Next week, New Releases will take a look at PS4 exclusive Concrete Genie, the revamped arcade cult classic Killer Queen Black, and more.

Giveaway: Free Tickets To Zombieland: Double Tap (Australia Only)

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 09:00

GameSpot and Sony Pictures are excited to give readers the chance to win tickets to see Zombieland: Double Tap, the anticipated follow-up to the 2009 cult classic.

A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap.

In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

We have 15 in-season double passes to give away to GameSpot readers! To be in the running, all you have to do is fill in the form below, and answer just one simple trivia question. Good luck! Entries close on October 13, 2019.

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The Last Of Us 2 Has A Cool Improvement You Might Not Have Noticed

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 03:00

Naughty Dog has described The Last of Us Part II as one of the most ambitious games it has ever made. One of the major new additions is something that may not be immediately apparent, but will no doubt have a big impact on the game: a new traversal animation system.

Admittedly, "a new traversal animation system" may not sound exciting, but the implications of it certainly do. GameSpot attended a hands-on event for The Last of Us Part II and spoke to co-director Anthony Newman, who highlighted "motion matching" as one of the key new additions to the game.

"It's this technology for characters moving through a space like running, walking, jumping, and that kind of thing," Newman explained. "In all our previous games there's been this really distinct state machine where we say, 'Play a run animation. Then play a turn left animation. Then play a turn right animation.' The way motion matching works is it takes this massive bucket of animation, just hundreds and hundreds of animations, and chops them into little tiny bits. When you define the path that a player or an enemy wants to take, rather than saying, 'Play this and then play that and then play that,' the system actually looks at the bucket of animations, finds the ones that matches the path that you're already taking, and blends them together frame-by-frame."

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The effect of this is, as Naughty Dog says, much smoother, more natural movement to characters. "It's this totally new way of doing traversal," Newman continued. "I think, as you play the game, you must have noticed just how fluid the player feels. With every foot plant, every turn, there's as little blending as possible. That's applied to our NPCs. That's applied to the horses. That's applied to the dogs. We even have these dogs and horses and mocap suits running around getting the data that we needed for this really intricate system."

A new gameplay video for The Last of Us Part II was shown during Sony's recent State of Play event. The video provides fleeting glimpses at some of the action scenes where this kind of movement will become most evident. More importantly, however, the trailer confirmed a release date for The Last of Us Part II.

We also learned that The Last of Us Part II will come on two discs, which is something of a rarity for PlayStation 4 titles. If you splash out for one of the special editions of the game, you'll get a note from co-director Neil Druckmann. You can read the heartfelt message from The Last of Us Part II's director in advance, however.

For more on the game, read our hands-on impressions for The Last of Us Part II.

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