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Fortnite's Free PUBG-Like Battle Royale Mode Launching Very Soon

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:56

Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is becoming a free to play experience, developer Epic Games has announced. The 100-player PvP mode's setup is roughly similar to that of the uber-popular PC shooter Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. There is one map. And the last player standing wins. A big difference from Battlegrounds is that players are dropped into the world from a "battle bus" in the sky instead of an airplane as in Battlegrounds.

The Battle Royale mode will be free on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 starting on September 26. After launch, Epic will offer cosmetic items to buy with real money but the game will never sell items that impact gameplay or give some players a leg up on the competition.

In other Fortnite news, the game's PvE campaign, called "Save the World," is getting "lots of great updates" in the future, including a "Block Party" mode and Halloween-themed content in October. The Fortnite base game is still in paid Early Access, but it's going free-to-play next year.

For more on Fortnite Battle Royale, you can check out the gameplay trailer above and this FAQ on Epic's website.

Recently, Fortnite was in the news because the developers apparently accidentally turned on cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This support was swiftly removed, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he wished Epic kept it live.

Look At Xbox One X Consoles Coming Off The Production Line

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:31

With the Xbox One X launch coming up soon, consoles are starting to come off the production line, apparently. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently tweeted a picture of Microsoft Devices corporate VP Panos Panay at a manufacturing facility in Suzhou that shows consoles coming off the line. It's a big moment in the production of a console.

Spencer added that things are "looking good" for the Xbox One X ahead of its release in November. The console launches on November 7, priced at $500 in the US.

Great to have @panos_panay and team in the factory checking ship ready Xbox One X’s coming off the line. Looking good for November 7th.

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 20, 2017

In other news about the Xbox One X, pre-orders for the standard edition opened today. For lots more, be sure to check out GameSpot's in-depth guide where you can learn where and how you can pre-order the super-powerful console right now.

Additionally, Microsoft has announced that the list of Xbox One X "enhanced" games has grown to 130. You can see a rundown of all the titles here.

And in general Xbox news, Spencer has been promoted and now he has a role on Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team.

Destiny 2 Weapons Hint At Next Week's "Faction Rally"

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:25

Destiny 2 continues to add more content weeks after launch. According to the official Bungie schedule, something called Faction Rally begins Tuesday, September 26--but even though it hasn't arrived yet, Guardians can get their hands on faction-branded weapons right now.

Factions in Destiny 1 are in-game groups with which you can form alliances, increase your reputation through certain activities, and redeem faction-specific rewards. Though it's not clear what exactly Destiny 2's Faction Rally will consist of, the three Crucible factions--Dead Orbit, New Monarchy, and Future War Cult--have already made minor appearances on some weapons in the game.

If you look closely, you'll see each faction's logo on the above weapons. The Number's Future War Cult symbol is the most obvious at first glance, while The Sentencer IV's New Monarchy logo and Dire Promise's Dead Orbit logo are on the butts of those weapons.

These logos can also be found on the Faction Rally portion of the schedule, which means it's safe to assume that they'll be returning from Destiny 1 in some form.

Around the GameSpot office, we found each of these weapons in Cayde's stashes. It's not yet clear if they can be acquired elsewhere or what other weapons there may be.

For more on Destiny 2, be sure to check out our Destiny 2 guides and walkthroughs roundup. You can also read our full review.

Nintendo Switch Version Of Final Fantasy 15 "Under Investigation," Square Enix Says

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:38

With Final Fantasy XV coming soon to PC, and a chibi Pocket Version on the way to mobile devices, the only major platform the acclaimed RPG has yet to arrive on is Nintendo Switch. However, it appears Square Enix is certainly looking to bring the game to Nintendo's console as well.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said his team was running tests into whether a Switch port would be feasible. "We're actually doing very specific technical investigations into what's possible at the moment," Tabata said. "[W]e've completed those tests and have worked out where the ground lies. We're currently in the middle of the discussion and debate about what we should be doing, and how to realise that on the Switch."

While Switch may not be as powerful as PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, that doesn't necessarily preclude it from receiving a port of Final Fantasy XV. "[O]ne thing we value is to optimise the way the game plays and the experience for the individual hardware it's on rather than a one-size fits all approach," Tabata said. "We can't currently announce anything--we haven't come to a full decision on the best way to do it yet. We're having very open, frank discussions with Nintendo at the moment about what they think is the best thing to do."

A number of high-profile ports have been announced for Switch recently. During last week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, Bethesda announced it is bringing both Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to the console. Rockstar's detective game, L.A. Noire, is also coming to Switch this November.

Final Fantasy XV releases for PC in early 2018, while the Pocket Edition will launch as ten separate episodes later this year, the first of which will be free to download. Before then, the game's multiplayer expansion, Comrades, releases for PS4 and Xbox One on October 31. Its next DLC chapter, Episode Ignis, is slated to arrive this December. You can read our recent interview with Tabata here.

Horror Anthology Channel Zero And The Challenge Of Hunting Down Creepypastas

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:15

SyFy's Channel Zero has a fantastic premise: It adapts creepypastas--viral scary stories from all corners of the internet--into 6-episode seasons of prestige horror TV. That leaves the show's creator, Nick Antosca, with the fascinating task of hunting down those creepypastas' authors so he can get permission to use the source material.

Channel Zero's first season, which aired last year, adapted the 2009 creepypasta "Candle Cove" by author and webcartoonist Kris Straub. Season 2, which premieres tonight, tackles writer Brian Russell's "NoEnd House." In both cases, the authors weren't hard to find, but Antosca told GameSpot that that isn't always the case--especially where Channel Zero Season 3 and Season 4 are concerned.

"Part of what's important to me on this whole process of adapting creepypastas is giving the authors of the original creepypasta their due," he said. "In the case of Candle Cove and No-End House, those authors are actually pretty well known. Kris Straub is a successful cartoonist. Brian Russell's name is right on the story, and Brian Russell, interestly enough, works on the Exorcist TV show on Fox. So he's around LA."

"Without giving away the stories that we're using for installments three and four, those authors were a little bit harder to track down," he continued. "In one case, I just did a bunch of internet research myself. In another case, we had a researcher on the show do some tracking, and we found them and reached out to them. And as you might imagine, they're pretty excited to be contacted about this. So we option the story and try to keep them in the loop."

Creepypastas have traditionally appeared on message boards and forums ("NoEnd House" was first published on 4chan), often from anonymous users or users with cryptic pen names, and throughout the internet's history they've gained traction with dedicated creepypasta readers and casual web browsers alike. Adapting them for television presents unique challenges that Antosca, a horror author and TV writer himself, is uniquely qualified to tackle.

"I've been reading these stories for many years. I have been, at various points in my life, an insomniac, and you stay up late at night going down Wikipedia rabbit holes," he said. "I don't purport to say these are canonical versions of the Creepypastas. Obviously we take the original, we adapt elements of it, we use the original premise, and then we invent and put our own stamp on it. The way I look at it is each season of Channel Zero is like a nightmare that you have after reading the story it's based on. It's our fan fiction of the original creepypasta."

The original "NoEnd House" story is about a haunted house whose every room is scarier than the last. Its popularity comes largely from the twist: Even when you think you've escaped the house, you're actually still inside. Tonight's Channel Zero: No-End House premiere, "This Isn't Real," follows main characters Margot (Amy Forsyth), Jules (Aisha Dee), Seth (Jeff Ward), and J.D. (Seamus Patterson) on their journey through the house. The rest of the season will cover what happens after they leave it.

"What was exciting to me about 'NoEnd House' was it has this great baked-in horror premise of the haunted house and each room is scarier than the last. But the key thing that made me want to adapt it was this idea of you think you're out of the house, and then you start to question whether what you perceive to be reality is, in fact, the last room of the house," Antosca said. "The feeling of powerlessness and confusion and uncertainty that would come from questioning your own reality seemed like an interesting analog for the experience of a young person trying to find themselves and facing a lot of uncertainty and pain in their life."

So what does the future hold for SyFy's elegant horror anthology show? What about Channel Zero Seasons 3 and 4? The show is already renewed for those third and fourth seasons, but Antosca has yet to reveal which creepypastas they'll be about. He did provide some hints, though.

"We haven't tried too hard to adapt stories where we can't identify the author," he said. "If we have a bunch more seasons--which like, who knows?--I feel like at some point we might try. We might call up the legal department and be like 'How do we adapt 'Russian Sleep Experiment' if we can't find the author? And I don't know if there's a way to do that."

Luckily, "the community of creepypasta fans has been pretty supportive and excited about the show," he added. "I hope that they dig No-End House."

Channel Zero Season 2: No-End House airs Wednesdays on SyFy starting tonight, Sept. 20.

Get A Great Xbox One S Bundle With Destiny 2 And Battlefield 1 For $240

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:34

If you missed out on today's wave of pre-orders for Xbox One X or are just in the market for a new Xbox One S, there's a great option to choose from. On Ebay, top-rated dealer antonline is offering a bundle that includes the console and a great pair of games (via Wario64).

For $240, you can pick up a 500 GB Xbox One S, which comes with a physical copy of Destiny 2, a digital code for Battlefield 1, and an additional wireless Xbox One controller. Considering that the standard Battlefield 1 Xbox One S bundle normally retails for $300 and only includes a single controller, this is one of the better deals we've seen recently.

Free shipping is available, but antonline notes that quantities are limited, so if you're interested in picking the bundle up, you should order one soon. Both Destiny 2 and Battlefield 1 have been met with acclaim. In our Destiny 2 review, critic Kallie Plagge said the game has a "much stronger foundation" than the original Destiny and will "keep people coming back week after week." Similarly, in our Battlefield 1 review, critic Miguel Concepcion called the shooter "an outstanding, feature-rich package in both its emotional stories and strong multiplayer."

What's New And Leaving Netflix In October

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 05:55

Stranger Things fans will be delighted, and so will anyone who loves a good scary movie at Halloween. Netflix has released all its new arrivals for October, as well as all the shows and movies that are going away next month.

Stranger Things 2 premieres October 27, giving you just enough time to binge your way through it before Halloween, when it's time to watch some scary movies like Cult of Chucky. For something a little lighter, there are comedies like Tommy Boy, Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, and Talladega Nights.

A heads up, all seasons of 30 Rock are leaving Netflix on October 1, giving you just a little bit longer to get your Tina Fey fix. Check out the full list below.

Arriving on Netflix, October 2017October 1
  • 88 Minutes
  • A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
  • Before Midnight
  • Blood Diamond
  • Boogie Nights
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Cleverman: Season 2
  • Death Sentence
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Eagle vs. Shark
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Generation Iron 2
  • Ghost Patrol
  • I Love You, Man
  • Ice Guardians
  • Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1
  • Made of Honor
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Never Let Me Go
  • No Reservations
  • Penelope
  • PJ Masks: Season 1
  • Set Up
  • The Reaping
  • Tokyo Idols
  • Tommy Boy
  • Vanished
  • Veronica
October 2
  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
  • Sleeping with Other People
October 3
  • 13 Demons
  • Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth (Netflix Original)
  • Cult of Chucky
  • The Survivalist
October 4
  • Raw
October 5
  • Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Schitt's Creek: Season 3
  • The Fosters: Season 5
October 6
  • ID-0: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Skylanders Academy: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Suburra: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix Original)
  • Word Party: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
October 7
  • Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
  • Middle Man
October 10
  • Christina P: Mother Inferior (Netflix Original)
  • The Skyjacker's Tale
October 11
  • Donnie Darko
October 12
  • Fe de etarras (Netflix Original Film)
October 13
  • El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial (Netflix Original)
  • Kingdom of Us (Netflix Original)
  • Mindhunter: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Super Monsters: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • The Babysitter (Netflix Original Film)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix Original Film)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
October 15
  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • LEGO: City: Season 1
  • Money
  • OtherLife
  • She Makes Comics
  • West Coast Customs: Season 6
October 17
  • Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (Netflix Original)
  • Slasher: Guilty Party (Netflix Original)
October 19
  • Wedding Unplanned
October 20
  • 1922 (Netflix Original)
  • Haters Back Off: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • One of Us (Netflix Original)
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story (Netflix Original)
  • Wheelman (Netflix Original Film)
October 23
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • While We're Young
October 24
  • Wanted: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Wanted: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • The Mist: Season 1
October 25
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Final Master
  • La Querida del Centauro: Season 2
October 26
  • Strange Weather
October 27
  • Stranger Things 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Netflix Original)
October 28
  • Pup Star: Better 2Gether
October 30
  • Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States (Netflix Original)
October 31
  • Zumbo's Just Desserts: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Leaving Netflix, September 2017October 1
  • 30 Rock: Seasons 1 - 7
  • A Love in Times of Selfies
  • Across the Universe
  • Barton Fink
  • Bella
  • Big Daddy
  • Carousel
  • Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Crafting a Nation
  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
  • Daddy's Little Girls
  • Dark Was the Night
  • David Attenborough's Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates: Season 1
  • Day of the Kamikaze
  • Death Beach
  • Dowry Law
  • Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief
  • Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1 - 5
  • Happy Feet
  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
  • Hellboy
  • Kagemusha
  • Laura
  • Love Actually
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Seasons 1 - 7
  • Max Dugan Returns
  • Millennium
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mr. 3000
  • Mulholland Dr.
  • My Father the Hero
  • My Name Is Earl: Seasons 1 - 4
  • One Tree Hill: Seasons 1 - 9
  • Patton
  • Picture This
  • Prison Break: Seasons 1 - 4
  • The Bernie Mac Show: Seasons 1 - 5
  • The Shining
  • The Wonder Years: Seasons 1 - 6
  • Titanic
October 19
  • The Cleveland Show: Seasons 1 - 4

October 21
  • Bones: Seasons 5 - 11

October 27

  • Lie to Me: Seasons 2 - 3
  • Louie: Seasons 1 - 5
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
October 29
  • Family Guy: Seasons 9 - 14

Here’s Everything Inside Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite’s Collector’s Edition

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 05:01

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is out now and is available in standard and Deluxe versions, but those who pre-ordered the crossover fighting game had a chance to snag one of Capcom's limited, $200 Collector's Editions. We got our hands on one of the super-premium packages, and you can watch us unbox it in the video above.

The Collector's Edition includes quite a few extras. Along with a copy of the game and its Character Pass, which come in a special steelbook case, the Collector's Edition contains statues of four heroes: Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Chun-Li, and Mega Man X, whose bases can be connected together to form a battle scene. The package also includes a case of light-up Infinity Stones, which don't look quite as good as in the pre-release images. You can take a closer look at each of the items in the photos below.

Reviews for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite have generally been positive. In our review-in-progress, GameSpot's Tamoor Hussain said the game "represents the most significant change to the Marvel Vs. Capcom formula since its creation" and "takes familiar gameplay systems and characters but presents them in an entirely new way."

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game features a large roster of Marvel and Capcom heroes, with six more characters still to come as DLC later this year. Capcom had previously announced Sigma and Black Panther, and this week the publisher confirmed the remaining four fighters. We've put together a glossary of terms for players new to fighting games, as well as guides to learn some top-level strategies and help you defeat Ultron Omega.

Overwatch Razer Gaming Mouse Giveaway

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 05:00

We teamed up with Razer to give away five (5) Overwatch Razer DeathAdder Elite, an eSports gaming mouse. Scroll down to enter below.

Competition ends Sunday, September 24th at 5:00 PM PT. Five (5) winners will be contacted via email. Entry is open to United States residents only, void where prohibited.

Enter below (the additional entries are optional to increase your chances of winning):

Here are the tech specs of the Overwatch Razer DeathAdder Elite:

  • True 16,000 DPI optical sensor
  • Up to 450 IPS /50 g acceleration
  • Razer™ Mechanical Mouse switches
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel
  • 7 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 127 mm / 5 ” (Length) x 73 mm / 2.87 ” (Width) x 43 mm / 1.69 ” (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 96 g / 0.21 lbs

Serious PS4 Bug With New Rainbow Six Siege Update Reported By Players

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 03:24

A new update for Rainbow Six Siege has been released, and players on PlayStation 4 are reporting a variety of problems with it. Some of these are potentially serious enough that you may want to avoid updating or refrain from playing with the update installed until a fix has been released.

There have been numerous reports of the Siege update causing PS4 systems to crash. This seems especially common when inviting players to your party, and Ubisoft has specifically recommended avoiding doing so for the time being. It stated, "We are cooperating with Sony on this issue and would advise you to not use this feature until a resolution is found."

But other players claim that the game is more seriously impacting their systems, yielding an error (CE-36329-3) related to the hard drive being corrupted. Users on Reddit claim that neither deleting the game nor initializing the system resolves the problem. Not everyone seems to be affected, but given the potential severity, it would be safer to avoid the game's update for the time being.

Ubisoft has not announced how soon a fix is coming, but we'll report back as more details are shared. The Xbox One and PC versions of the game appear to be unaffected.

Life Is Strange Dev's Vampyr Delayed Due To "Technical Issue"

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 03:18

Vampyr, the upcoming story-driven action game from Life Is Strange developer Dontnod, has been delayed into "spring 2018." The game was originally scheduled to come out in November 2017 but, in a press release, the studio said a "technical issue" has resulted in the need for extra time.

"Delaying the release of a project you hold dear is always a tough decision," said Oskar Guilbert, chief executive of the studio. "However, we believe that meeting a deadline should never compromise quality. We were still convinced just a few weeks ago that we would be able to release Vampyr this year. Unfortunately, a technical issue--now solved--has set our teams' schedule back at the end of the development.

"This delay allows us enough time for all the polishing and balancing phase, much needed for a game of Vampyr's scope, with its ambitious, semi-open world, its complex narrative and deep RPG mechanics that give players a real impact on the world."

In Vampyr, players take control of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a famous surgeon, known for his dedication to saving lives during the Spanish Flu epidemic. However, he returns home from the Great War cursed with vampirism and now must struggle to find his humanity. The game is set in the dark and gritty streets of 1918 London.

Vampyr will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Dontnod also has a Life is Strange sequel in the works.

How The Lego Ninjago Movie 'Gets Away With Murder'

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 03:00

Like its predecessors The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie bursts on all sides with meta references, double entendres, and other self-referential in-jokes that make these movies as entertaining to adults as they are to kids. Obviously, that's no accident. Ninjago's producers, Chris McKay and Dan Lin, told GameSpot that they're happy to "get away with murder" when it comes to these films' humor.

"We want to try to get away with murder as much as we possibly can," McKay said during an interview at the Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, Calif.

The Lego Ninjago Movie is unlike the previous two in that it's based on an existing Lego franchise that already has its own TV show (whereas The Lego Movie was an original story, and Lego Batman was--well, Batman). In this incarnation, the six ninjas at the story's center take on Lord Garmadon (The Leftovers' Justin Theroux), an evil-ish figure bent on domination. The twist: The Ninjas' leader, Lloyd (Dave Franco), is Garmadon's son. The drama as Lloyd's identity is revealed and he and Garmadon deal with their messy family life provides a poignant counter to the series' frenetic, over-the-top humor.

"We take that absurdity and that craziness and that humor, and then we want to surprise you at the end with real emotion," Lin said. "Our goal is to make you cry in these movies."

It's not easy to do both, but that's part of the reason these Lego films have been so successful with critics and fans. As unlikely as it seems, they feel like more than just extended advertisements to sell more Lego toys. According to the producers, that's because they have a vision.

"When I sat down with Dan and [co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord] on the first movie, we talked about, 'What if Henry Selick and Michael Bay were 10-year-old kids and they lived across the street from each other and they were best friends and they made movies together?" McKay said. "There's two different kinds of absurdities: One is taking yourself so crazy serious, and the other is not taking it seriously at all. And I think there's something fun about the combination of that kind of silliness. When you're a kid you play like that, you're not making jokes, but the stuff comes out hilarious because you're taking it so seriously."

"We wanted to make it feel like the inmates are running the asylum, and that the filmmakers are kind of getting away with something," he continued. "That was a running theme through all of the Lego movies, that we always were trying to make it feel like this isn't something that you've seen. Sometimes we throw good taste out the window, and this wouldn't be something that other filmmakers might do; we can get away with things because we are trying to sort of imitate the mind of the way I used to play when I was a kid."

As the Ninjago crew--voiced alongside Franco by Abbi Jacobson, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods--learn more about their powers, the audience gets glimpses of lightning-quick montages filled with flashes from classic martials arts movies. Jackie Chan's Master Wu guides them, while Theroux growls and grumbles hilariously as Garmadon. The animated action is impressive, but it's a live-action cat--named "Meowthra" by her terrified victims--who steals the show when she starts wreaking havoc on this miniature Lego city. The real world affecting the Lego fantasy is one of the most fun recurring gags in these movies.

"We're trying not to make a traditional animated movie," Lin said. "So there's always something crazy going on, whether it's the flashbacks to different martial arts films that you see in the movie, or even the live action cat showing up, there are just some things that we want people watching to go, 'Where'd that come from? That's weird!' The movies are always very funny, but they're always subversive."

"In a fun, family movie way," he added--naturally. The Lego Ninjago Movie hits theaters Sept. 22.

Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Review Roundup

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 02:59

The latest installment in Arkane's acclaimed stealth-action series, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This smaller, standalone adventure takes place several months after the events of last year's Dishonored 2 and looks to tie up the remaining loose ends from its predecessors. This time, players assume the role of former assassin Billie Lurk, who embarks on a quest to reunite with her mentor Daud and ultimately assassinate the titular Outsider.

Reviews for the game are now available online, and critics seem to agree that Death of the Outsider is another well-made, if not particularly revolutionary, addition to the Dishonored series. We've collected a sample of reviews below; for a broader look at what critics are saying about Death of the Outsider, be sure to visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release: September 15
  • Price: $30/£20
GameSpot -- 8/10

"Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider is a solid, inventive, yet somewhat subdued capper to the stories from the previous Dishonored games. While the smaller scope can be felt throughout, the approach to allowing players to express themselves as a master assassin is just as strong as ever. It's uncertain where the series can go from here, but this stand-alone release proves that Dishonored is still a remarkably designed stealth-action game with much potential, that offers players the chance to be creative in ways they'd least expect." -- Alessandro Fillari [Full review]

IGN -- 8.4/10

"In general, Death of the Outsider feels like an extension of Dishonored 2, which it pretty much is despite being sold as a standalone game instead of an expansion. It doesn't mess up what made its predecessor great, and thankfully ran significantly better on PC at launch for me (I maxed it out on a GTX 1070, and it still ran great on a GTX 970), but it also ends up being a flatter version of an incredible game." -- Tom Marks [Full review]

Polygon -- 8/10

"Death of the Outsider offers a standard take on the Dishonored formula, tracking closely to its admirable ethos of freedom and choice in a world of subtleties and illusions. It's a decent finale with a solid central character. But it makes little attempt to try anything new, a sign that all the best ideas are likely going into whatever comes next." -- Colin Campbell [Full review]

Eurogamer -- Recommended

"The trading of fixed upgrades for the flexibility of bone charms, streamlined energy system and dialing-back of Chaos/Order seem a foundation worthy of a grander tale, one that tugs a little harder on some of the dangling threads here--Billie's ability to listen to rats, for example, a promising rewrite of the Heart of Dunwall narrative mechanic that never really goes anywhere, or the mournful profundities of Dishonored's whales, which are referenced but not dwelt upon in the final area. There have been far, far worse finales, though, and erasing the god whose mystical gifts create the framework for a game of this sort is quite the way to drop the curtain. If only every series could meet its end so boldly, not simply raging against the dying of the light but taking a knife to its own shadow." -- Edwin Evans-Thirlwell [Full review]

Game Informer -- 8.5/10

"Death of the Outsider ultimately emerges as a strong chapter in one of the best modern action/RPG series thanks to gameplay refinements and dedication to its dark fiction. This standalone expansion doesn't revolutionize the series but instead does something more important, navigating the familiar to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion." -- Javy Gwaltney [Full review]

Need For Speed Payback PC System Requirements And Recommended Specs Announced

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:10

EA's next entry in the Need for Speed series releases fairly soon and will be available on both consoles and PC. Those looking to play Need for Speed Payback on their computer now have an idea of how well their rig will hold up, as EA and developer Ghost Games have announced the minimum requirements and recommended specs for the upcoming racing game.

The minimum specs are not especially demanding, calling for an Intel i3 6300 or AMD FX 8150, 6 GB of RAM, and a GTX 750 Ti or Radeon HD 7850. It's important to note, however, that this is what's outlined for those looking to achieve a 720p, 30 FPS experience at Low settings, which is obviously not what many PC owners are hoping for.

Similarly, the recommended specs are only for playing at 1080p and 60 FPS at High settings; those seeking a higher framerate or resolution will have to guess at what kind of hardware they'll need for now. The 1080p/60 FPS setup recommends an i5 4690K or AMD FX 8350, 8 GB of RAM, and a GTX 1060 or RX 480. If you have even better hardware, you may be able to run the game at 4K, as seen in the new gameplay video above.

The full Payback system specs follow below. Payback's release date is set for November 10, and the game looks to provide a more story-based, almost Fast and Furious-esque experience than past games. It also features a heavy emphasis on customization.

Need for Speed Payback PC SpecsMinimum Requirements (for 720p30 at low settings)
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • CPU: Intel i3 6300 @ 3.8GHz or AMD FX 8150 @ 3.6GHz with 4 hardware threads
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Disc Drive: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • Hard Drive: 30GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti, AMD Radeon HD 7850, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 2GB of memory
  • DirectX: 11-compatible video card or equivalent
  • Input: Dual analog controller
  • Online Connection Requirements: 192 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Recommended Requirements (for 1080p60 at high settings)
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • CPU: Intel i5 4690K @ 3.5GHz or AMD FX 8350 @ 4.0GHz with 4 hardware threads
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Disc Drive: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • Hard Drive: 30GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 4GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 4GB of memory
  • DirectX: 11-compatible video card or equivalent
  • Input: Dual analog controller
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Marvel's The Punisher: Watch The Dark, Violent First Trailer

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:05

The first trailer for The Punisher is here. Netflix's latest Marvel show sees Jon Bernthal reprise his role from Daredevil as vigilante anti-hero Frank Castle, and this first trailer suggests that the show is going to be every bit as violent as fans of the character have been hoping for. Netflix is still holding back on a release date, but fans of Metallica will enjoy the trailer's clever use of their classic song One. Check it out above.

Bernthal is joined by his Daredevil co-star Deborah Ann Woll, playing Karen Page. The Punisher also stars Curtis Hoyle, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, David Lieberman, Michael Nathanson, Sam Stein, and Jaime Ray Newman.

Bernthal is the fourth actor to play the Punisher, following Dolph Lungren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson in the three previous movie versions. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bernthal confirmed that the new show would be the darkest Marvel series so far.

"This season is much darker as it goes, it gets darker and darker and more visceral," he said. "The show takes you on this journey of Frank becoming more and more human again and then shutting off and shutting off and going back to what works for him, and the place where he kind of belongs, and I think that's a place of solitude and of darkness and destruction. It's going to get into as dark and as brutal a place as you've ever seen in the Marvel world, I can promise you that."

Bernthal also spoke about playing a character that is both a ruthless killer and a hero that the audience is supposed to side with. "I think there's a bit of Frank in all of us," he revealed. "We all go through bouts of darkness and regret and shame, and we mess up and we make mistakes, so I think to really zero in on that and to dig into that wound is what makes him interesting."

Pokemon Go's Next In-Game Event Begins This Week, Here Are The Details

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:52

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced the next in-game event for the popular mobile title. On September 22, the developer is kicking off the Equinox event, which will run for a little over a week and give players the chance to net extra items and other bonuses.

Beginning this Friday at 1 PM PT/4 PM ET, Pokemon Go players will be able to earn double Stardust for catching Pokemon and hatching eggs. You'll also earn triple the amount of XP as normal by registering a new Pokemon in your Pokedex, and PokeStops and Gyms will dole out special 2 km eggs that may hatch into Chansey, Mareep, Larvitar, and other rare Pokemon. To help players, Niantic is also offering "special boxes" from Pokemon Go's in-game shop that contain items like Lucky Eggs, Lure Modules, and new Super Incubators, which hatch eggs 1.5 times faster than a regular Incubator.

The Equinox event runs until 1 PM PT/4 PM ET on October 2. Players also have until September 30 to catch one of the three Legendary dogs--Entei, Raikou, and Suicune--before they move on to a different part of the world. Each Legendary Pokemon is available in a certain region until the end of the month: the Electric-type Raikou is in the Americas; the Fire-type Entei is in Europe and Africa; and the Water-type Suicune is in the Asia-Pacific region. Players across Europe also still have a chance to attend the live Safari Zone events that take place at select Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.

Pokemon Go's latest update rolled out earlier this week, though it it was a fairly minor one, primarily addressing certain bugs. It also included a free, in-game t-shirt for players' avatars to promote the Global Goals initiative.

HBO's Watchmen TV Show Is Underway, Lost Co-Creator Confirms

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:37

Back in June, it was reported that Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof was working on a TV adaptation of the classic DC graphic novel Watchmen for HBO. Lindelof has now revealed that things are definitely happening with the show via an Instagram post. It simply says "Day One" and shows the base of a retirement trophy given to the character of Night Owl in the comic book. Check it out below:

Day One.

A post shared by Damon (@damonlindelof) on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:49am PDT

No further details about the Watchmen TV show have been revealed, and there has been no official HBO statement. It isn't even clear at what stage the development of the show is at, although the scripts on the table in the background of the image imply that a read-through is about to take place.

Lindelof's acclaimed drama The Leftovers was also screened on HBO, and it concluded its third and final season this past summer. His other writing credits include Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness, and he was the co-creator and joint-showrunner of Lost.

Watchmen was first published by DC in 1986 as a 12-part limited series. It was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and is widely considered to be one of the greatest comic books ever released. It helped usher in a new, more mature approach to mainstream superhero comics, and in 2005, it was featured on Time's list of 100 greatest novels of the 20th century.

A film version was in the works for many years, and 12 Monkeys director Terry Gilliam was attached at one stage. In 2009, Zack Snyder directed a Watchmen movie, which was a modest success, making $185 million at the worldwide box office.

Final Fantasy 15's Online Multiplayer DLC Given Release Date

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:24

Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer expansion will be available to play from October 31, Square Enix has announced. Titled Comrades, the update will allow players to "create their own avatar and join up with three friends to take on epic quests and battles."

In order to play Comrades, you'll need to own Final Fantasy XV and purchase the expansion. For those that own the season pass, Comrades will be available at no additional cost. Of course, an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription is required to play the multiplayer component of the game.

Comrades casts players as members of the Kingsglaive. If you haven't finished Final Fantasy XV you may want to skip reading this next bit. It is set after chapter 13, during which Noctis disappears for a period of time. The Kingsglaive are tasked with finding out more about his mysterious vanishing act.

This mode was tested via a closed beta in early August. It allowed players to create and customize their own avatar and take on quests with up to three others. The full version will have a greater variety of new weapons, attack patterns, sigils, quests, and more.

The next announced story-focused Final Fantasy XV DLC is Episode Ignis and is scheduled to arrive this December. A PlayStation VR fishing game called Monsters of the Deep is also on the way, while the previously announced Prompto-focused VR shooting game has been canceled.

We Played Mario Odyssey For An Hour, And It’s Still Wonderful

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:00

If you're a hardcore fan of early Mario games, Super Mario Odyssey has a variety of 2D platforming challenges to complete; and if you loved Super Mario Galaxy or even Sunshine, this new adventures' mechanics and concepts represent those games' most iconic elements. In short, Nintendo's upcoming Odyssey has something for everybody. In many ways, it feels like a collection of Mario's best offerings, but it's also a fundamentally new experience that welcomes you to explore and experiment with the new tools and adventures it provides.

During a recent Odyssey demo, I got to play two levels: the Luncheon Kingdom and the Seaside Kingdom. Both were visually distinct, exuding a vibrant and charming aesthetic. From the hard-candy surfaces that comprise the Luncheon Kingdom to the clear ocean waters of the Seaside Kingdom, it was difficult to not be enamored by the splendor of it all.

With Mario's diverse repertoire of jumps and maneuvers, navigating these areas was a joy. Wall jumps, long jumps, and rolls are simple to pull off, but like past 3D Mario games, they demand a high level of skill and precision in order to utilize to the fullest of their capability. The sense of control you have over Mario's moves and the way they empower you when correctly executed feels satisfying. Moving and jumping feels just as fine-tuned as in Odyssey's predecessors--if not more so.

Amidst the beautiful locales and the minutiae of Mario's acrobatic jumps, there are a variety of activities to get wrapped up in. Possessing enemies with Mario's Cap paves the way for a multitude of different adventures. One moment I'm darting across pink lava as a giant Fire collecting a string of music notes, the next I'm smashing up cheese rocks as a frying-pan-wielding Hammer Bro to reveal Moon shards. This variety is commonplace; I'd often run towards an area expecting to do one thing, but end up doing something completely different. Odyssey's unexpected adventures keep me guessing, even in platforming sections that feel familiar or reminiscent of past games.

Like Breath of the Wild, there's a deep emphasis in Odyssey on charting your own unique experiences. While you're not given the same level of freedom as in Zelda, the sense of awe and wonder you feel as you explore remains the same. The open areas you traverse and the colorful characters you meet drive this feeling forward; the residents include a pompous Octoguy sitting atop an ornate glass tower, a mustachioed snail with a seashell necklace, and a living fork wearing a chef hat cooking stew. In every new activity or personality, there is always something to latch onto. And with the game's photo mode, there are an abundance of moments worth documenting.

In the two stages I played, Odyssey's fine-tuned mechanics and vibrant aesthetic already make it an enjoyable Mario experience. But to find out whether or not the full game can maintain that sense of wonder, I'll have to wait until October 27th when it launches on Switch.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 4 Trailer Promises Intergalactic War

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:58

Voltron: Legendary Defender is Netflix's update of the classic animated sci-fi show Voltron, and the fourth season hits the streaming service next month. A first trailer has been released, and it shows our five heroes gathering more allies to the Voltron Coalition to fight against Prince Lotor and the evil Galra empire. Check the trailer out at Entertainment Weekly.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 4 premieres in its entirety on October 13. Ahead of that it will feature at New York Comic-Con, which runs from October 7-11. The show's cast once again includes former Walking Dead star Steven Yuen, alongside Josh Keaton, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine, and Kimberly Brooks.

In an interview with EW, joint-showrunner Joaquim Dos Santos spoke about the raised stakes for the characters in Season 4. "At the beginning, it was literally just the five paladins and Allura and Coran soloing this entire thing, [but] we've been building outwards," he said. "Now, it's growing and it's kind of getting to this fever pitch. This whole time Lotor is forwarding his plans. So, we're sort of seeing the next evolution of the series where the legend of Voltron has gone out into the universe now and it's amassing an army, a coalition against Lotor."

Voltron: Legendary Defender was the first show released following the deal struck between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation late in 2015. The original Voltron was a Japanese and American co-production that ran for three seasons between 1984 and 1986. The show was created from two Japanese shows--Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV--with new dialogue and storylines created for the American market. It proved hugely popular, spawning spinoff shows, comic books, and video games.