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Ghost Of Tsushima Has A Great Take On "Press F To Pay Respects"

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 05:00

Sometimes, video games help you to lose yourself in their worlds and stories, using the power of interactivity to bring you into the life of a character and to provide you with the opportunity to experience at least some version of their emotions. And sometimes, you get "Press F to Pay Respects."

If you're somehow not familiar with a video game joke that became a pretty widespread meme, the "Press F" moment came about in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Early in the story, tragedy strikes, and the protagonist character attends a friend's funeral. As the scene plays out, Advanced Warfare throws some interactivity your way to add some gravitas, prompting you to hit a button to enable your character to express their grief. If you're playing on PC, the default key for honoring the dead in this case is "F."

It's not even Call of Duty's fault--lots of games have had very similar moments with very similar prompts, or have allowed you to do dumb video game things at the exact wrong times--but the instance in Advanced Warfare just feels particularly goofy, probably because it appears in such a high-profile game. Here you are at a digital funeral for a fictional character in what the game hopes is an emotional, poignant moment, but a passing attempt at adding some interactivity to the scene actually works to completely undermine it. "Press F to Pay Respects" does nothing but scream at you that you're playing a video game, and that the video game is ham-fistedly trying to get you involved in something so quintessentially human as mourning, and failing at it. It's a glaring reminder that a lot of AAA games just don't have a good idea of how to make it feel natural to interact with the world in a way that's not about killing stuff.

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Umbrella Academy Season 2: Ending Explained

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 05:00

The Hargreeves family just can't seem to catch a break. This season saw them thrown from one apocalyptic event right into another--this time back in the 1960s. If you're wondering exactly how they got there, you may want to check out our Season 1 refresher (don't worry, we only covered the absolute need-to-know points, like the time travel). Hopefully if you're here, however, you're already up to speed on the first season and, ideally, finished with Season 2, but left wondering what any of this means.

We're going to try and make sense of that ending cliffhanger--but first, this ought to go without saying, but there are massive spoilers from all of Umbrella Academy from here on out. Proceed with caution, because unlike Five you won't have the ability to blink back in time to a point where you haven't spoiled the show for yourself.

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Pokemon Go August 2020 Community Day: Shiny Magikarp, Start Times, Event Move, And More

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 04:30

August is almost here, and one of the first events Pokemon Go players have to look forward to is August's Community Day. This month's event takes place next Saturday, August 8, and as usual, it'll give players everywhere a chance to catch a Shiny Pokemon, learn a special event-exclusive move, and more. To help you prepare, we've rounded up everything you need to know about August's Community Day below.

August's Featured Pokemon: MagikarpThe majestic Magikarp

This month's featured Pokemon is an unexpected choice: Magikarp, the notoriously useless fish Pokemon. All throughout August's Community Day, Magikarp will appear in the wild much more often than normal, and you'll have a greater chance to encounter a Shiny Magikarp during the event.

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I Like How Star Renegades Uses Relationships To Influence Decision-Making

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 04:00

Star Renegades' calling card is its reactive turn-based combat, which encourages the strategic use of well-timed interrupts and counters to paralyze your opponents' defenses and overwhelm them with powerful combo attacks. It's a battle system that I love but don't often see in many games--there's a more approachable version in Child of Light and a tactical variation in Othercide, but that's all that I've experienced so far.

Star Renegades' spin on the formula adds an interesting relationship-focused twist, both in terms of the friendships and connections between the characters in your party, as well as your squads' relationship to enemies they've fought before. Your squad can grow stronger through their deepening connection to each other, and just as easily, your squad's actions will have an impact on the makeup of the opposing army you face.

In Star Renegades, you oversee the members of an elite squad that's a part of a rebellion against a technologically advanced alien army that's controlled by an AI only referred to as Mother. You can only commit to a certain number of actions before your squad has to rest for the day, and while camping out for the night, each character can do something for themselves or someone else--choosing to do the latter will deepen the relationship between the two characters. Squadmates can become close acquaintances before becoming friends and then eventually something more.

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Dauntless Clear Skies Update Makes Its Hub World More Interesting

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 03:56

Dauntless, the free-to-play monster hunting action game by Pheonix Labs, is getting a new update today that revamps the game's hub city and one of its core weapons trees. The free update, Clear Skies, is out now on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Ramsgate, the social hub city at the center of the game, is being completely reworked in Dauntless' Clear Skies update. The update is mostly cosmetic; you'll hear new soundscapes around different areas of the city, while also offering new points of interest that you can interact with to further explore the lore of the Shattered Isles. Players can also challenge each other to a footrace mini-game across the city, as a small side distraction.

For more effective hunting, the sword has been completely reworked to introduce three core facets to its mechanics. At the core is a new Valour system. Core combos will generate Valour, while more powerful Valour combos will spend what you've generated. Special attacks work outside of Valour, but will be tied to a separate special meter. Pheonix Labs hopes this will give swords more adaptability to attack ranges in use.

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This Incredible 4K TV Is Discounted And Ready For PS5 And Xbox Series X

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 03:41

The TCL 8 Series is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy, and right now, you can snag it for an incredible price. The 75-inch TCL 4K TV is only $1,500, down from its regular price of $3,000. Not only does it have a fantastic picture, it also boasts a number of key features that make it perfect for the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X. The 4K TV comes with free shipping and can arrive as early as August 5 if you order today.

This TCL 4K TV features a 120Hz refresh rate, which means it's capable of taking full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Both Sony and Microsoft have announced that the consoles will support 4K at 120Hz. It's unclear how many games will actually be able to hit 120 FPS at native 4K, but with developers being able to target lower resolutions to reach those high frame rates, you'll be ready for any situation.

TCL 75-inch 8 series 4K TV $1,500 (was $3,000) See at Best Buy

As is the case with most 4K TVs, the TLC 8 Series boasts HDR support and smart features like streaming and voice control. HDR stands for high-dynamic range, which means you'll see brighter and more realistic colours. As for the TV's streaming services, you'll find Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ as well as Apple TV+ and Google Play.

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RE3 For $30, Horizon For $45, And More Great Steam Deals This Weekend

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 03:27

It's the last weekend for Green Man Gaming's massive summer sale, and the PC games store is going out with a bang. For the next few days, GMG is offering a promo code that gets you an additional 10% off the games in its sale. The promo code to use at checkout is WEEKEND, and it drops the price on some games, including Resident Evil 3, to the lowest we've seen.

Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 3 is down to $34.16 at Green Man Gaming, but the promo code drops your price to $30.77, which is the cheapest we've seen this game since it launched in April. If you held off on playing it back then, RE3 is more than worth it at nearly 50% off. Many other Capcom games are on sale as well--you can grab Monster Hunter World for $15.47, the Mega Man X Legacy Collections 1 and 2 for $15.30, and the Devil May Cry HD Collection for $15.14.

You can also take advantage of the weekend promo code to nab some recent Steam launches for a bit cheaper. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition releases on Steam in just one week, and you can save $5 on your pre-order by using the promo code at GMG (we don't expect Steam will discount Horizon anytime soon). You can also get Death Stranding, which launched on Steam in June, for $43.20.

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Sea Of Thieves Gets Fiery New Foes In Latest Update

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 03:13

Sea of Thieves' July update, Ashen Winds, is live now, bringing a new permanent enemy to the high seas. Captain Flameheart has gained the knowledge to transform some of his followers into the four Ashen Lords: fiery foes powered by the Ashen curse.

The new Ashen Lords can spit fire at their enemies, but more importantly, their skulls can be used as fire-blasting weapons once they've been defeated. However, the skulls can also be turned into the Order of Souls for a reward.

The update brings Ashen pets to the emporium alongside new emotes and a kraken cat outfit for your four-legged friend. There is also a sale on Rare-inspired ship bundles, featuring designs based on games like Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata, and Perfect Dark.

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Destiny 2: Where Is Xur Today? Location And Exotic Items Guide (July 31-Aug. 4)

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 03:04

Moments of Triumph are well underway at this point in Destiny 2, and we'll soon see the start of the summer's Solstice of Heroes event. As always, it's a good time to stock up on Exotics you're missing from your collection by visiting Xur. Here's where you can find him and what Exotics Xur is selling this week.

Head to the EDZ to find Xur this week, in the Winding Cove area. For his weapon, Xur is offering Telesto. Hunters can pick up the Aeon Swift gauntlets; for Titans, there's the Lion Rampant leg armor; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Ophidian Aspect gauntlets.

Xur Location

Spawn in at the Winding Cove transmat zone and hop on your sparrow heading north. You'll need to climb the cliff face on the northern side of the area; look for a convenient cave that will provide a path to the top. Xur is standing beside a crashed Fallen dropship overlooking the area.

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Nioh 2 Free Update And Paid Tengu's Disciple DLC Now Available

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 02:40

Developer Team Ninja has released a new update for Nioh 2, Update Version 1.11, on PlayStation 4. Along with the free update--the lengthy patch notes are outlined below--is the release of the game's first paid DLC, The Tengu's Disciple.

Part of Nioh 2's $20 USD Season Pass, The Tengu's Disciple takes you to the wartorn coastal region of Yashima, where you travel back in time to meet various characters during the Heian period (794-1185). In other to play The Tengu's Disciple, though, you must finish Nioh 2's entire 50-plus-hour campaign.

The DLC introduces several new missions across its campaign, a brand-new weapon, more difficulty settings, extra armor and skills, and more. The Tengu's Disciple is the first of three major expansions for Nioh 2, and it can be purchased individually for $10 USD from the PlayStation Store. The other two pieces of DLC have not been dated yet.

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FF7 Remake Jigsaw Puzzles Are Here To Occupy Your Time

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 02:10

Puzzles have become a popular hobby this year as people look for things to do during the pandemic lockdown. They were even hard to find at one point due to how many people were buying them, so it's a great time for Square Enix to be releasing new official jigsaw puzzles for Final Fantasy VII Remake. Announced earlier this year alongside other FFVII merch, the two FFVII Remake jigsaw puzzles are finally up for pre-order at Amazon.

Two different puzzles are up for grabs, including a 1000-piece option for $25 and a 500-piece option for $20. The puzzles release October 28, according to Amazon. They also come with Amazon's pre-order price guarantee, so if the price drops between when you order and when the item ships, you'll get the lowest price that's been available on Amazon.

FFVII Remake: 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Releases October 28

The 1,000-piece puzzle option shows Cloud on the Hardy Daytona motorcycle and wielding his iconic Buster Sword. When completed, it measures over 2.5 feet wide.

$25 at Amazon FFVII Remake: 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Releases October 28

If you're not ready to commit to a thousand-piece puzzle, there's a smaller option available, and it's a nice callback to the original game. The 500-piece puzzle features the entire cast, including characters who appear later on like Yuffie and Cid, with Midgar shining in the background. It measures over a foot wide when completed.

$20 at Amazon

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Anthem Update Will Change How Loot Works, Here's How

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 02:00

BioWare continues to update, support, and evolve Anthem, the 2019 online looter-shooter published by EA. BioWare Austin studio director Christian Dailey posted a new blog post today that covers the changes coming to Anthem's loot and equipment systems--and they sound quite significant.

For loot, Dailey acknowledged that BioWare "fell short" in creating a loot system for Anthem that was deep and engaging enough. In response, BioWare recognized it needed to basically start over and build a new system "from the ground up."

The new loot system in Anthem aims to "respect your time," "embrace choice," "create a rewarding loot experience," and "keep it accessible and immediate," among others.

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Get The Lord Of The Rings Extended Editions In Digital HD For $7 Each Today

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 01:30

With another weekend of pandemic lockdown ahead of us, you might be wondering what games or movies you'll distract and entertain yourself with this time. Let me introduce you to your weekend plans: The Lord of the Rings extended edition trilogy is discounted to a great price right now on Amazon Prime Video, which is available for all Prime members. Normally $17 each, you can currently own each LOTR film in digital HD for just $7 each. Considering the Blu-ray extended edition box set is currently selling for $55 on Amazon, this is an excellent deal if you've been in the mood for a rewatch.

It's not clear how long this deal will be available, so it's worth taking advantage of ASAP. You can see the discounts on The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King on Prime Video below and add the movies to your Prime Video account now.

See Fellowship of the Ring at Amazon See The Two Towers at Amazon See Return of the King at Amazon

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Hideo Kojima Got Chased By Bees And Fell Out Of A Tree At His First Job

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 01:13

If you're a fan of Hideo Kojima's work--from the famed Metal Gear Solid series to the divisive Death Stranding--you likely know that he's had an interesting career path over the years, particularly when he parted ways with his longtime employer Konami in 2015. However, what you probably don't know is that he held several interesting jobs as a student prior to joining Konami in 1986.

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Chased by bees and falling out of a tree. Today’s #HideoMusings discusses his most memorable jobs before he was a creator. -Aki#HideoKojima#DeathStranding #DeathStrandingPC
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— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) July 30, 2020

According to a recent tweet from Kojima Productions, Kojima worked as a wedding photographer while in university, as well as a live-in gardener during holidays. Kojima says this gig in particular was quite hazardous, as he once got stung by "at least" 10 bees at once, and he came down with a case of lacquer poisoning due to his work there.

When he worked as a gardener, Kojima's boss instructed him never to decline any offer of food or drink from a client, because it would be rude. In one case, Kojima fell from a tree after drinking beer that he was offered, and another time he had to throw away his packed lunch when the client insisted on serving him lunch. Kojima concludes the interview by saying that these student jobs helped him learn the Japanese spirit of hospitality, known as "omotenashi"--which involves prioritizing a guest's needs above your own in every possible situation--which in turn prepared him for his career in games.

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Every Star Wars Film Has The Wrong Title, Here's What They Should Be Named

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 00:35

Hopefully you're sitting down and prepared to have your mind pretty much blown: TikTok account Fake.Disney.Facts has posted a minute-long video that quickly and matter of factly runs down every Star Wars title and explains why they're wrong. That is, not that the titles are bad, but just that every single title itself makes much more sense when applied to a different entry in the series. Check it out--even fairweather Star Wars fans will agree.

Every Star Wars Film has the wrong title.

— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) July 31, 2020

In other Star Wars news, the second season of Disney+'s The Mandalorian is due to release this October, and a third season will also be forthcoming. You can read everything we know so far about the next season of the space western here, including which actors will be returning, what new cast members will be joining the show (like Rosario Dawson), and some insights into who will be directing. This being Star Wars, we don't yet know many plot details about the next chapter of the saga.

Earlier this week, The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. The Mandalorian has also received nominations for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, among others. The full list of all show nominations can be found here.

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Pokemon Go August 2020 Events: Research Breakthrough, Ultra Unlocks, And More

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 00:35

August is just around the corner, and Pokemon Go developer Niantic has a few events lined up for the mobile game next month. On top of the Ultra Unlock events, August 2020 will bring a new Research Breakthrough encounter, Pokemon Spotlight Hours, and more. Here's what's happening in the game next month.

August Research Breakthrough: Scraggy

A new batch of Field Research tasks will go live once August begins, as will a new Research Breakthrough reward. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough in August, you'll encounter the Dark/Fighting Pokemon Scraggy. To achieve a Research Breakthrough, you'll need to collect seven stamps. You'll get one of these for the first Field Research task you complete each day.

August Community DayMagikarp

Pokemon Go's August Community Day is set for Saturday, August 8. This month's featured Pokemon is Magikarp, and it'll be appearing in the wild much more often than usual throughout the event. You'll also have a chance to catch a Shiny Magikarp, and if you can evolve the fish Pokemon into Gyarados up to two hours after the Community Day ends, it'll learn the event-exclusive move Aqua Tail.

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New Battletoads Coming To Xbox One And PC After 26 Year Hiatus

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 00:21

It's been a staggering 26 years since the last Battletoads game, but if you've been itching for its amphibian beat-em-up action you only have a handful of weeks left to wait. Microsoft has announced that Battletoads is launching on August 20.

The action-platformer, developed by Dlala Studios and Sea of Thieves creators Rare, reimagines the classic gameplay formula for a new high-definition age. It retains the same sense of 90s Saturday morning cartoon style, but with sharper hand-drawn art and smoother animations. You can check out some new gameplay in the latest trailer below.

Battletoads sees the return of protagonists Zitz, Rash, and Pimple and their unending feud with The Dark Queen. Gameplay will shift between the expected side-scrolling beat-em-up action and puzzle-focused platforming, including new vehicular sections that play out in 3D too.

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QuakeCon At Home: How To Watch And Full Schedule

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 23:36

Bethesda has revealed its schedule for QuakeCon at Home, this year's replacement to the traditional QuakeCon event. Originally scheduled to take place this year from August 6-9, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the annual live event being cancelled and replaced with a digital alternative that will be held from August 7-9. As expected, QuakeCon at Home will feature panels, tournaments, and presentations on games such as DOOM Eternal, Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls Online and Dishonored.

Some of the highlights for the weekend include the conclusion of the 2019-2020 Quake Pro League season on August 9 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET and a DOOM Eternal panel with creative director Hugo Martin and executive producer Marty Stratton.

Here's the full schedule for the event, which can be viewed from Twitch when it kicks off next week.

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Epic Games Store Finally Adds Mod Support

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 22:44

The Epic Games Store recently began testing achievement functionality by adding an early form of the highly requested feature to Ark: Survival Evolved. Now, the storefront has introduced another important feature in the form of mod support for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.

Much like the Epic Games Store's achievements, this is an early implementation of a feature that will eventually make its way to more games as Epic irons out the kinks. An update has rolled out to support the newly added feature, and there are already numerous mods available to download.

Mod support is now in beta on the Epic Games Store, starting with Mechwarrior 5.

This is an early iteration of the feature, but you can expect to see more titles supported in the future. Keep an eye out!

— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) July 30, 2020

"We are extremely excited to announce that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is the first game to participate in the Beta launch of Epic Games Store Mods," developer Piranha Games said in a statement. "With this release, discovering and installing MW5 Mods made by the amazing modding community will be easier than ever, integrated directly into the existing Epic Games Launcher."

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Football Manager 2021 Delayed Due To COVID-19

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 21:56

Those looking to sink their teeth into another year of the highs and lows of football management are going to need to wait a bit longer. Developer Sports Interactive has confirmed that Football Manager 2021 has been delayed due to the disruptive impact of COVID-19.

"What I can confirm today is that, despite all the problems going on in the world, there will be new Football Manager games released later this year," Studio director Miles Jacobson said in a recent statement. "They will be delivered a little later than we'd originally planned, but they'll have exceptionally strong feature sets… albeit different to those we thought we'd settled on back in January when I completed my 'dream feature set'."

Considering the last five entries in the series have all launched in November, it's a safe bet to assume that this was the original plan before the current situation put paid to that.

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