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Cyberpunk 2077: When Is Multiplayer Coming?

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 00:51

Cyberpunk 2077 has been available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC since December 2020, offering the full single-player Night City experience with Keanu Reeves, tons of side missions, and nearly as many bugs. Despite the game's rough edges, it's a fascinating look at the future, and CD Projekt Red has promised there will also be a Cyberpunk multiplayer experience eventually. But just when will we be able to play this, and what will it include?

When is Cyberpunk 2077 getting multiplayer?

If you were hoping to play a Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer experience soon, then we have some bad news for you: The experience likely isn't going to release until at least 2022. Though it's already playable at CD Projekt Red, significant development time remains on the project and it's being developed separately from the main game. Despite this, it will be available for free to anyone who bought Cyberpunk 2077.

Prior to Cyberpunk 2077's release, CD Projekt Red said that news on the multiplayer component would come in the first quarter of 2021. Given the problems the game has had since launch and the development timeline for other elements, such as post-launch DLC, this could also be the case for any announcements. With all eyes on the studio, it won't want to look like it's already thinking about future content if what's already there isn't working properly.

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The Best Things About Persona 5 Strikers: Music, Menus, Makoto, And More

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 06:30

The Persona train isn't stopping anytime soon with the upcoming Persona 5 Strikers launching next month. After getting hands-on with the game, I'm mostly impressed with its shift to Warriors-style action combat and happy to be with its familiar cast of characters again for a new journey. In my Persona 5 Strikers preview, I detailed the new storyline, quirks of the revamped battle system, and the ways in which it's a lighter approach to the original game.

However, I still need room to highlight the little things that I love about the game so far--from the incredible music and flashy menus to great subtle characterizations and cutscenes. These elements have helped elevate the experience beyond a mere hack-and-slash adaptation thus far, and also remind us why we love the original game to begin with. If you want a detailed breakdown of the game’s early-goings, be sure to watch our in-depth discussion below.

New Music Worthy Of Praise

I feel like I've written about Persona soundtracks and the work of Atlus' sound team many times already, but Persona 5 Strikers gives me plenty of reasons to do it again. With folks like Atsushi Kitajoh and Gota Masuoka working with the acid jazz and hard rock foundation set by Shoji Meguro, we have more songs to jam out to.

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Nintendo Switch Accounted For Nearly All Consoles Sold In Japan Last Year

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 02:37

The Nintendo Switch remains an extremely hot console--figuratively, of course--nearly four years after its launch, and this is especially true in Japan. The console appears to have accounted for a remarkable 87% of all consoles sold in the country during 2020, even with the launch of two newer systems at the end of the year.

According to Famitsu and shared via GamesIndustry.biz, about 6.85 million consoles were sold in Japan during the year--that's all game consoles put together. Of those, 5.9 million were either the Nintendo Switch or the Switch Lite, while the PS4 and PS5 combined to sell about 798,000 units. This leaves very little room for other consoles to reach that 6.85 million number, and with the Xbox brand not having much weight in Japan, that's to be expected.

Of course, new systems have been extremely limited due to supply shortages and the effects of the pandemic, as well. As they become more widely available in 2021, the Nintendo dominance in Japan would get slightly less ridiculous.

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Hitman 2 PC Owners Can't Play Levels In Hitman 3 For Free, But That Could Change

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 00:54

Hitman 3 is offering players the chance to play the entire "World of Assassination" trilogy within one game client, with levels from the first two games available for import. This content is free to those who bought the console games, but it's going to cost you if you plan to play on PC. Luckily, that cost isn't that high.

In the game's official pre-launch guide, IO Interactive explained the game's Access Pass system, which is what will give you free access to previous Hitman games' content if you own them. On PlayStation and Xbox, this is possible by going into the in-game store for Hitman 2 and claiming the Access Pass, which also means you won't have to keep the disc in your system to use this content with Hitman 3. Progress can also be carried over from those games if you don't want to start from scratch.

Because the PC version of Hitman 3 is only going to be available on the Epic Games Store at launch--a place Hitman 2 is not available--you cannot get the Access Pass for free. However, it will be available for 80% off during the first two weeks the game is available. The content from the 2016 Hitman is available to anyone who buys Hitman 3 on the Epic Games Store within the first 10 days. Anyone who redeemed the first game when it was free earlier on Epic Games Store will also get access to it in Hitman 3 for free on PC, even if it's past that window.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Report Unrealistic Expectations From Studio Heads

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 00:28

In the wake of the tumultuous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, several CD Projekt Red employees have spoken out about the game's development and how it could have been released in such a rough, unfinished state. The problems appear to stem not only from unrealistic development expectations, but also a marketing campaign that seemed destined to over-promise on the final product.

Speaking to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, an anonymous member of the Cyberpunk 2077 development team said a major issue stemmed from the game's engine being created simultaneously with the game. They likened it to putting down tracks in front of a moving train to keep it from crashing, instead of building the track first. The game's development didn't begin in earnest until around 2016, despite being announced several years earlier, as most of CD Projekt Red continued work on The Witcher 3. The Witcher 3 is also getting a free next-gen upgrade for those who own the game on Xbox One and PS4, potentially pulling developers away from Cyberpunk.

The game's state at launch would have been derided no matter what fans' expectations were--a game crashing over and over again and simply not working properly will do that--but matters weren't helped by its marketing and E3 debut. The demonstration we saw at E3 2018 contained material that wouldn't be released in the final game, with the release date announced at the same time seen as unreasonable, according to the report. The anonymous employees who spoke to Bloomberg said they felt 2022 would be a more reasonable release window. For his part, studio head Adam Badowski disputed that these views represented most employees, but didn't provide anyone who contrasted with this opinion.

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Netflix Top 10 For This Week: Killers, Queens, and Cobra Kai

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 13:19

We rung in the Netflix New Year with Cobra Kai Season 3, and we're still basking in the glow of the Christmas Sweater Karate Invasion. Netflix has lots of other shows to watch, though, even if we'd kind of rather just wait for Cobra Kai Season 4.

Speaking of 4, that's where the continuing adventures of jump-kicking teenagers rests on this week's list of most-viewed Netflix content.

The list starts with service's hit original series The Queen's Gambit in the tenth spot, almost two months after release, and goes from there, covering genres from kids shows to documentaries, finishing out with true crime documentary Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, which details the story of Los Angeles serial killer Richard Ramirez. Keep in mind that as you look through this list that Netflix considers anything over two minutes a "view."

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Best Gaming Chair For 2021: Top Chairs For PC And Console Gaming

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 10:44

Best overall gaming chair

Secretlab Omega/Titan Series

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Best lumbar support

Razer Iskur

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Best office chair for gaming

Respawn Specter

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Best gaming recliner

Homall Gaming Recliner

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Best gaming bean bag

Moon Pod

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A gaming chair is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your setup. Gaming chairs are specifically made for comfort, with an ergonomic shape designed to help reduce stress on your body while sitting for long durations. While there are plenty of gaming chairs out there across a huge range of price points, the best gaming chair will feature a great blend of comfort, looks, and durability. We've compiled a list of the best gaming chairs that fit these requirements, from PC gaming chairs to office chairs and more.

Nowadays, the most popular gaming chair style is the desk chair that often resembles a race car seat. As such, our list includes a handful of those types of gaming chairs, each of which offers its own benefits. But gaming chairs come in all shapes and sizes, so we've also included a few options that work well if you're not planning to game at your desk. Though none of these chairs are outlandishly expensive, most of them are $300 or more. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, make sure to check out our guide to the best budget gaming chairs. For more essential gaming equipment for your setup, we have roundups of the best gaming desks, best gaming headsets, and the best capture cards for streaming on Twitch and YouTube.

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Huge Fallout: New Vegas The Frontier PC Mod Now Live

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 09:36

After toiling in development for over seven years, the self-proclaimed "largest modification ever released for Fallout: New Vegas" is now live on PC, and it adds a bevy of new content.

Titled The Frontier, the community-created mod brings over 150 new weapons, three main quest lines (each totaling about 15 hours in length), and additional game mechanics such as driving, all set against the snowy backdrop of Portland, Oregon's ruins. The mod and all it's content is available for free for everyone who owns the base Fallout: New Vegas and its DLC.

In addition to the three new quests, the creators of The Frontier said that the mod also packages The New California Republic mission. While it's unclear if this quest is part of the three new missions or an additional one (making four new quests total for Fallout: New Vegas), the developers did confirm that The New California Republic sits at about 35 hours long.

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Who Is That In This WandaVision Behind The Scenes Feature?

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 09:25

The first two episodes of Marvel's WandaVision have landed on Disney+ and Phase 4 has officially begun--but it's really, really weird. The show has pulled no punches in terms of its vintage sitcom aesthetics and flavor, but asked more questions than it's answered. How did Wanda and Vision get here? Where is here? Why are they hopscotching through TV history? And, perhaps most obviously: How is Vision, who we last left dead in Avengers: Infinity War, suddenly alive again?

Theories are already beginning to brew across the internet, but a behind-the-scenes featurette released by Marvel to celebrate the premiere might shed some light on that last question--in the most bizarre way possible.

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Ben Affleck Calls Marvel Boss Kevin Feige "The Greatest Producer"

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 08:59

Ben Affleck, who these days seems to be equally well known for once playing Batman and a man unable to hold his Dunkin' Donuts, wants it to be known that he has nothing but the most enthusiastic praise for Marvel Boss Kevin Feige. Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, the actor who formerly played Batman in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League commended Feige for his ongoing understanding of what audiences want and consistently delivering it.

"F****** Kevin Feige is absolutely; you have to say, the greatest producer, most successful producer who ever lived," Affleck said in the interview, which was transcribed by IGN. "That f***** knows his audience like no producer ever; he's a genius. Kevin is like a ringmaster at the circus; he knows exactly how much to wink at the audience, exactly when to pull at the heartstrings, exactly when to do the effects, how many jokes, what the sensibility, what the tone is."

The timing of Affleck's comment is a nice lift on the debut day of Disney+'s weird, wonderful, and also first MCU show, WandaVision. The Marvel show's commitment to the premise of revisiting classic sitcom settings is endearing and bizarre--and doubles down on everything Affleck says. However, one quirk of his praise is how, noticeably, Affleck doesn't have any current projects--that we know of--in the MCU pipeline.

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HBO's The Last Of Us TV Adaptation Gets A New Director

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 08:56

The Last of Us TV show adaptation being undertaken by HBO lost its original director, Chernobyl's Johan Renck, back in November. Now, though, the series has found someone new to helm the episodes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kantemir Balagov has been hired to direct the series. This will be the first TV series for the Russian director, best known for the 2019 film Beanpole, which earned him some acclaim at the Cannes film festival. Balagov will work with writer and executive producer Craig Mazin, as well as creative director of the game Neil Druckmann, who will also serve as a writer on the show.

One group that is looking forward to Balagov's new role? The Russian government. It posted a message on the official Russia Twitter account, congratulating him on his position and sharing some screenshots from the game. Given the importance of LGBT themes in the series and Russia's history of discrimination against the community, it's a curious post.

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Ethan Hawke Lands A Role On Marvel's Moon Knight

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 08:47

Marvel's Moon Knight TV series on Disney+ is becoming a star-studded affair. Oscar Isaac and May Calamawy were recently announced for the series, and now, Ethan Hawke will join the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And Hawke will be in a dubious role for the upcoming show.

The actor has landed the role as the lead villain in the series. However, the name of the character he is playing is unknown at this time. While Moon Knight's villains range from the brainwashing Crossfire to Vietnam War vet Black Spectre, the hero's greatest villain is Raul Bushman--the former friend of Marc Spector (the man who would become Moon Knight), who went on a killing spree after discovering some gold. While Moon Knight debuted in 1975, the Bushman character debuted in Moon Knight #1 in 1980. At the time of this writing, there's no clear indication of who Hawke will play.

Isaac will be playing Spector/Moon Knight, a vigilante in white who suffers from multiple personalities and mental illness, and may have some sort of connection to Egyptian gods--depending on who is writing the character.

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COVID-Related Delays Didn't Change MCU's Phase 4 Creative Plans

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 08:21

It's a strange time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At long last, the first entry of Phase 4 has arrived, but it's certainly not what was planned. By now, we should have seen the movies Black Widow and Eternals, along with the first season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, those projects have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now it's the Disney+ original series WandaVision, the first Marvel Studios TV show, that's kicking off this chapter of the universe.

Even with the massive release schedule changes, Marvel Studios Kevin Feige says the planned story of Phase 4 remains the same. Speaking at a press conference for WandaVision, Feige said, "Creatively, it didn't reshuffle." However, if necessary, it wouldn't be out of the question. "Part of having a long-lead plan is having the ability and the ideas of how to shuffle, should the need arise," he added.

That said, Feige was quick to note it wasn't smooth sailing for the studio once COVID-19 shut down the entertainment industry. It was just less of a story issue than it was a production one. "I'm not saying we were prepped for a global pandemic. We were not," he said. "But we've always, over the past 12-15 years of Marvel Studios, been able to shuffle around. This required no shuffling whatsoever, in terms of the creative--just in terms of production."

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Royal Rumble 2021: Match Card, How To Watch, And Start Time For The WWE PPV

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 08:20

The first WWE PPV of 2021 is one of the best annual events of the year. It's almost time for the Royal Rumble, where we'll see two bouts featuring 30 superstars all trying to throw each other over the top rope. There will for sure be a few surprises, but it's definitely going to be a different atmosphere as there's still a global pandemic and there won't be an audience in attendance.

This year's Royal Rumble is taking place on Sunday, January 31 in the Thunderdome--which still exists at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. If you want to watch the event yourself, you won't be able to go to Tropicana Field, but you can watch it on your TV.

How to watch:

The best way to check out this year's Royal Rumble is by watching it on the WWE Network. The streaming service costs $10 a month and will allow you to watch the Rumble live. Aside from live events, the WWE Network has huge catalog of episodes of Raw, Smackdown, NXT, WCW Nitro, and even original series.

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Is One Of Many PC Games Getting A Big Discount In Humble's Winter Sale

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 07:58

We thought winter sales were over for PC games, but it looks like Humble isn't quite ready to say goodbye to the season of savings. The PC game retailer has kicked off the latest Humble Winter Sale, discounting hundreds of PC games up to 90% from now until January 28. The sale includes deals on various publisher catalogs, including the likes of Rockstar, 2K, and Sega.

Sega has a number of great discounts that you'll want to take advantage of if you're an RPG fan. Last year's excellent Yakuza: Like A Dragon is only $45. It was one of GameSpot's best games of 2020 and is well worth your time and money. Additionally, beloved JRPG Persona 4 Golden has been cut to $16.

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Fighting Game Community Establishes Code Of Conduct Following Allegations And Controversies

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 07:43

After the wave of sexual harassment allegations that swept through the fighting game community last summer, the FGC has established a new code of conduct to create a more inclusive community for all current and prospective members.

The FGC doesn't have a governing document binding the disparate tournaments together. This new code of conduct, signed by video game attorney and prominent FGC member David "UltraDavid" Graham, is the first to attempt to meet that standard. And the community is encouraging all tournament goers and organizers to adopt the newly written code of conduct.

The guidelines are straightforward, with most violations focused on consent between individuals. Anyone who engages in abusive behavior--such as physical, verbal, emotional, suggested (i.e. making threats or using demeaning language), and the like--will be disciplined, likely in the form of temporary of permanent bans from online and in-person tournaments.

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Galaxy Quest 2: Tim Allen Gives An Update On The Script

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 07:20

1999's sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, which is a spoof of Star Trek and sci-fi tropes in general, is a cult classic and fans want to see a sequel. Actor Tim Allen, who starred in the movie as ship captain Peter Quincy Taggart, has now provided an update on how it's coming along.

Speaking to EW, Allen said the writers came up with a "fabulous" script, but it will need to be changed following the death of Alan Rickman, who played the Spock-like Dr. Lazarus. The story for the sequel was all about Lazarus and Taggart, so the idea will need to be rebooted.

"[The script] had a hiccup because the wonderful Alan Rickman passed. So it all got very sad and dark because [the script] was all about [Lazarus] and Taggart. It was all about their story. It doesn't mean they can't reboot the idea, and the underlying story was hysterical and fun."

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An Animal Crossing ColourPop Makeup Collab Is On The Way, And It Looks Incredible

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 06:45

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was undoubtedly one of the biggest game launches of last year, and its popularity isn't slowing down in 2021. To the joy of makeup-wearing Animal Crossing fans everywhere, Nintendo has announced an Animal Crossing: New Horizons collaboration with cosmetics brand ColourPop, and the collection looks as adorable as you'd expect. The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection launches Thursday, January 28 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and you can sign up to be notified at ColourPop.

The Animal Crossing ColourPop collection appears to include four different eyeshadow palettes, each with four different shades inspired by characters from the game. There's an Isabelle palette with warm pink and yellow shades; a cool purple palette inspired by the Able sisters; a silvery green palette featuring the Nooks; and a brown neutrals palette that's a nod to Blathers and Celeste. The shade names are all references to the game as well, like "Resident Rep," "Meteor Shower," and "Water Landing."

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop line launches on January 28.

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Apex Legends Kings Canyon Map Returns Alongside The Mirage Voyage

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 06:41

Respawn has snuck Kings Canyon back into Apex Legends for a limited time. And that's not all either, Apex Legends' original map seems to be the new home for The Mirage Voyage, which has parked in the empty crater where Skull Town used to be. If you want to see for yourself, you'll have to act fast--Kings Canyon will only remain in the rotation until January 21.

Kings Canyon was removed from Apex Legends' map rotation at the start of Season 7: Ascension, replaced by the battle royale's third map, Olympus. Season 7 saw the removal of The Mirage Voyage from World's Edge as well, the first town takeover to seemingly be removed from the game. Now we know better--it wasn't removed, it was just moved.

Be sure to aim carefully--unlike when it was on World's Edge, there's nothing beneath The Mirage Voyage while it's parked at Kings Canyon.

If you go into the cabin of The Mirage Voyage, you can find a new audio recording from Mirage's mom. It's...a very sad message to listen to--it's clear her mind is beginning to go. However, if you listen to the whole message, there are a few cool lore tidbits. The biggest of which is that Mirage's uncle is Droz, a Titan Pilot you meet in Titanfall 2. Initially a part of the 6-4 (the game's best Faction), Droz goes on to partner up with Davis to found The Last Resort--both Pilots work with you in Titanfall 2's Frontier Defense mode.

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The Mandalorian: Bill Burr Discusses His Star Wars Character's Boston Accent

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 06:27

Comedian and actor Bill Burr has a role on the Star War TV show The Mandalorian as Mayfeld, a character who--like Burr himself--speaks with a Boston accent. Some part of the Star Wars community has raised some concerns about this.

Burr defended this character's Boston accent in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. Burr said people don't seem to care that Han Solo can communicate with Chewbacca or that C-3PO has an English accent, so it's not much concern that Mayfeld has a Boston accent.

"What about English? Doesn't that look weird if you went to a galaxy far, far away and you get off, and somebody's like, 'Hey, how's it going?' And you totally understand them?" Burr said. "What about the fact that Han Solo is talking to a bigfoot? He's talking bigfoot, Han Solo's speaking English. They never break character. How about C-3PO with an English accent, that was OK?"

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