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Destiny 2 Review Roundup

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:54

It's been two weeks now since Destiny 2 released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We offered our preliminary thoughts on Bungie's new shooter in our Destiny 2 review-in-progress, and since then we've been sharing our impressions of the game as more of its features became available in our Destiny 2 review diary. Now that we've had more time with it, we've posted our final verdict on the game in our full Destiny 2 review, with critic Kallie Plagge calling it "a significant improvement over the original and a better experience for more than just the most hardcore players."

Other outlets have similarly been wrapping up their Destiny 2 reviews with final scores, and most seem to agree that the game is a welcome improvement over the original Destiny. We've collected a sample of Destiny 2 reviews from other websites below. For a wider look at what critics are saying about the game, be sure to visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Destiny 2
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release: September 6 (PS4/Xbox One), October 24 (PC)
  • Price: $60/£50
GameSpot -- 8/10

"In true Destiny fashion, if you do something once, you'll probably end up doing it many more times. The difference with Destiny 2 is in the variety and accessibility of what's available, which cuts down on a lot of the frustration associated with grinding. And even after you've leveled up, there's still more you can do, from keeping up with daily and weekly challenges to just hanging out with friends. It's a much stronger foundation than the original had and one that's enough on its own to keep people coming back week after week." -- Kallie Plagge [Full review]

IGN -- 8.5/10

"Destiny 2 is a blast out of the gate thanks to its excellent co-op shooter gameplay and strong storytelling in the campaign. Not all the features I'd expected to find are here, but it does deliver the same kind of highly social gameplay and rewarding, loot-driven progression that helped the original keep me hooked for hundreds of hours. The main concerns right now are a few bugs and lack of event options, but I'll definitely be sticking around to see this big, action-packed universe develop over time." -- Destin Legarie [Full review]

Eurogamer -- Recommended

"I just can't get past the feeling this sequel is a hugely successful refresh, but doesn't realise Destiny's potential. It is as good a quality of life upgrade as Bungie could be expected to deliver, with almost every change unequivocally for the better. But where is the new class of Guardian? Where is the new alien race? Where are the six-player Fireteam patrols? Perhaps we'll have to wait for an expansion or--gulp!--Destiny 3 for Bungie's Halo killer to achieve true greatness. See you in another thousand hours." -- Wesley Yin-Poole [Full review]

Game Informer -- 9/10

"A veteran player of any game is likely to home in on criticisms, and there's a danger of getting lost in the weeds, which would be a mistake. Destiny 2 is a massive and rewarding game that offers the potential for hundreds of hours of fun and discovery with friends. Quibbles aside, Bungie has crafted a fantastic follow-up to a wildly popular formula, and one that no other developer has come close to equaling in sophistication. Many of the streamlining choices welcome a new crop of Guardians into the mix, but also make this new game more playable and understandable for even returning players. As I settle in for what I hope to be another several years of adventures, I hope Bungie can nail the elusive balance between depth and accessibility." -- Matt Miller [Full review]

EGM -- 8/10

"Destiny 2's launch came with the fanfare and excitement expected around a highly anticipated game, but looking under the surface doesn't make it feel like the sequel everyone deserved. In turn, Destiny 2 isn't a failure but more of a nicely updated version of the last game, and fans of Bungie will most likely love every minute of it. But it's hard to know how the game will fair against other popular shooters of today, where players are now used to more in-depth customization and varied gameplay options. I enjoyed my time as a Guardian, but it's difficult to see a reason to return to something that's all about epic exploration and sci-fi operatics that isn't pushing its own genre forward in some way." -- Evan Slead [Full review]

GamesRadar+ -- 5/5

"This isn't Destiny. This is something new. Something bigger, cleverer, richer, and much, much better. It's the idea of Destiny evolved and elevated into something it has never been before. It's Destiny set free. It's Destiny democratised. It's Destiny really allowed to live. I said at the end of my review of the first game that I was leaving a point off the score to leave space for the game's potential to grow and improve. This time round, there's no need. Destiny 2 is already much more than we ever imagined it would be." -- David Houghton [Full review]

Grab Free Copy Of A Classic PC Platformer For A Limited Time

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:49

Whether you played the classic PlayStation game or just want to try out a piece of puzzle-platformer history, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee for PC is free today on GOG, Steam, and Humble Bundle. The game was the first in the Oddworld series, and introduced the character of Abe. It came out 20 years ago today.

GOG had hinted something big was coming today. Yesterday, it said anyone visiting the site would received something "absolutely, definitely, positively special." Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee will be available for free on all of the sites until September 21.

The game revolves around Abe, as he learns his boss, Molluck the Glukkon, plans to turn him and his fellow Mudokons into Tasty Treats as part of a last-ditch effort to rescue Molluck's failing meat-packing empire. The game was a combo of classic platforming, puzzle-solving, and a fair dose of weird and wacky humor.

The game was redone and re-released in 2014 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. Check out some of the remastered gameplay above.

Getting Abe's Oddysee for free is just one of many great deals on right now at GOG. The DRM-free PC online store has is offering discounts on more than 200 games as part of its The Big Deal promotion, with some games as much as 90% off.

Overwatch Update Adds Junkertown Map On PC, PS4, And Xbox One; Full Patch Notes Released

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:36

A major update for Overwatch is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It introduces a new map to the game and implements the substantial character balance changes that have been in testing in recent weeks.

The new map is Junkertown, which has been available on the Public Test Realm since August. It's an Escort map set in Australia, and it was first introduced with a cinematic short featuring Junkrat and Roadhog. It was also the source for some consternation among Australians, as it featured a sign using the expression "take out," rather than the Australian term "take away." Blizzard later apologized and amended the sign.

Also new in this update are the revamped versions of D.Va and Mercy. D.Va gains a new ability and has her Defense Matrix ability nerfed, while Mercy's Ultimate is replaced altogether, although she receives a new revive ability that can be used on a single teammate. You can read more about all of Overwatch's new balance changes here.

Outside of the balance changes and bug fixes, there are some other minor but welcome improvements. For instance, rather than seeing a skull that indicates where a teammate was killed, you'll now see a portrait of that character. Additionally, players who "purposefully" kill themselves won't be able to respawn as a new hero in Mystery Heroes mode, and they'll lose progress toward their Ultimate and have anything they've placed on the map (like sentries or turrets) despawned.

The update is out now on all platforms. You can check out the full patch notes here.

First WWE 2K18 Gameplay Footage Showcased In New Trailer

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 04:26

2K Sports is continuing its steady stream of WWE 2K18 reveals. Today, the publisher released a new trailer for the game, showcasing the first footage of this year's wrestling title in action.

While the video doesn't divulge any new details about WWE 2K18, it does provide an extended look at some of the WWE Superstars and Legends from the full WWE 2K18 roster, including AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and the Undertaker. The trailer shows them and many other wrestlers performing their signature entrances and fighting in various types of matches. You can watch the full video at the top of this story.

2K recently revealed more details about WWE 2K18's expanded MyCareer mode. In this installment, players can follow one of two career paths; being a Company Man aligns you with GMs, while becoming a Fan Favorite earns you the respect of your fellow Superstars and may even reward you with your own customized championship. Additionally, this year's MyCareer mode boasts an improved promo generator, as well as a free-roaming backstage area.

WWE 2K18 releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 17, with a Nintendo Switch version following sometime this fall. Those who reserve the game will receive WWE Legend Kurt Angle as a free bonus, while pre-ordering the Deluxe edition allows you to play the game four days early, on October 13.

Fantastic Destiny 2 Deal Gets You The Game, Xbox One Controller, And More For $70

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 04:09

If you're considering picking up Destiny 2 for Xbox One, there's an excellent deal you can take advantage of right now. For not much more than the cost of the game itself, you can land yourself a pair of nice bonuses.

Over on Ebay (via Wario64), highly rated seller antonline is offering a $70 bundle that consists of three items: a physical copy of Destiny 2, a white Xbox One controller, and a Play & Charge kit. These are all new and in the box. The controller and charge kit (which includes a rechargeable battery pack and a charging cable) often sell for $60-$70 alone even when discounted. Considering Destiny 2 has only been out for two weeks and hasn't been discounted yet, this is at least $100 in stuff you're getting.

Free shipping is available, but we don't know how long this promotion will stick around for. If you're interested, you should act quickly. If you're wondering whether or not the game is worth picking up, you can check out our Destiny 2 review. In it, Kallie Plagge states, "It's a much stronger foundation than the original had and one that's enough on its own to keep people coming back week after week."

After 14 Years, Jean Grey Returns To Marvel Comics

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:41

Death isn't forever in comics. In 2003, Jean Grey died during an iconic run on New X-Men by acclaimed writer Grant Morrison. Since then, that version of Grey has been dead, but this December, Grey will return in the five-issue miniseries Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey.

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

The new story written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Leinil Yu will follow--you guessed it--the resurrection of one of the original five X-Men: "Strange events are no surprise to the X-Men," reads the official synopsis from Marvel. "But when events start occurring that are more specific and stranger than usual, the group is forced to confront the truth: could Jean be alive after all? And how will this Jean Grey deal with a world that is now so different from the one she left years ago?"

The story is still a pretty big mystery at the moment, but the upcoming months in the current X-Men titles should shed some light on what's coming ahead. "This is very cool mystery building to a mind-warping climax," said senior editor Mark Paniccia. "And it has plenty of what you’d expect from an X-Men epic of this magnitude. Action, romance, sacrifice, lots of X-Men, and five great artists."

In addition to Yu, the series will feature five artists taking on the story. It has yet to be revealed how that is going to come into play, whether each issue will be an individual artist or all five will be featured in each issue.

Jean Grey does currently exist in the Marvel universe, as a version of her from the past has been living in the present for the past few years. However, the teenage Jean Grey doesn't have the experience, memories, or the connection to the Phoenix Force of her future counterpart.

It will be extremely interesting to see these two characters meet and find out how the adult Jean Grey reacts to her younger counterpart, the deaths of Cyclops and Wolverine, and an older Logan from a parallel world currently on the X-Men. Again, this mutant team is no stranger to the strange.

Phoenix Resurrection will hit stores on December 27, and interestingly enough, Phoenix will be returning to comics 11 months before the big screen adaptation of the legendary story The Dark Phoenix Saga. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to release on November 2, 2018.

Free Forza 7 Demo Out Now On PC And Xbox One

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:26

Ahead of its upcoming release, Microsoft has released a free demo for Forza Motorsport 7. As previously detailed, it provides three different "experiences" and is available for everyone on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

You're fairly restricted in terms of what you can do in the demo--you can't choose which specific vehicle you drive where--but there is some variety in the options presented. Players can drive the cover car, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, on the Jebel Hafeet Pass; the Mercedes Tankpool on the Mugello circuit; or the Nissan Nismo GT-4 LM on Nurburgring.

Beyond checking out those specific races, you'll also be able to play with various assists that are available to players. More importantly, PC players can see how well the game runs on their rig, with a benchmark mode helping to determine its exact performance. Forza 7's minimum and recommended specs were announced previously, but that's not a full replacement for simply trying a game for yourself.

The Forza 7 demo is now live on both platforms. Forza 7 has a release date of October 3, although as is the case with an increasing number of games, it's not quite that simple: Pre-ordering the Ultimate Edition will allow you to start playing on September 29. You can check out the new launch trailer above.

$300 PlayStation VR Deal Now Available

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:23

If you've been wanting a PlayStation VR but the price has kept you from buying, Amazon has a deal for you. For a limited time, you can get nearly $100 off the price of a PS VR + Camera bundle with a special discount code.

The regular cost of buying the bundle at Amazon is $398.09, but if you type in the code PSVRSAVE you can get it for just $300. The code was tweeted by Wario64.

Most other retailers are selling the bundle for $400, so the Amazon offer does look like a good deal. It's not clear when the code will expire, so you better act fast if you're interested. Last month, Sony effectively cut the cost of the PS VR when it started selling the system exclusively with the required camera. The bundle cost the same as the previous price for the PS VR standalone headset, which you could purchase without the camera. As Sony put it, players now effectively get the camera for free.

Sony's PlayStation VR aims to be cheaper than its PC competitors, but it's still an expensive purchase, especially given you already need a PlayStation 4 in order to play. During Sony's press conference at the Tokyo Game Show earlier today, the company unveiled several of the new PS VR games coming to the system. You can watch the press conference in full here, and check out a full list of all the games and their trailers here.

Monster Hunter World Special Editions, Pre-Order Bonuses Announced

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:15

Monster Hunter World launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One globally on January 26, and those interested in picking it up will have a few options to choose from. In addition to the standard release, Capcom announced today that the open-world game will also be available in Digital Deluxe and Collector's Editions.

The Digital Deluxe Edition retails for $70 and comes with a variety of customization options for players to use on their hunters, including a Samurai Set skin, three gestures, two sticker sets, and an additional face paint and hair style option. The PS4 version of the Digital Deluxe Edition also comes with 14 weapon-themed PSN avatars. Capcom says all of the aforementioned items will be available to purchase separately when the game launches.

The Collector's Edition, meanwhile, runs for $150. It contains a physical copy of the game, a voucher for the customization items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, a hardcover art book, a monster statue, and a code for a digital soundtrack, all housed in a collector's box. We'll update this story with a photo of the Collector's Edition when it becomes available.

Players who reserve the game digitally or at retail for either console will also receive the Origin Set Armor and Fair Wind Charm talisman as special pre-order bonuses. Both items "offer improved starting defense and offense stat boosts for the hunter as well as a useful gathering skill." Those who pre-order the game digitally from the PlayStation Store will receive a Monster Hunter PS4 theme. Capcom says the Origin Set Armor and Fair Wind Charm "may be made available through alternative means at a later date."

Monster Hunter World is also coming to PC later next year. Capcom released a new trailer for the game during Sony's Tokyo Games Show, showcasing World's story and some of the new monsters and areas they'll encounter during the adventure, such as the beautiful Coral Highlands.

Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid Shuffles Things Around After The Weekly Reset

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:04

Each weekly reset in Destiny 2 presents you with a slate of new things to do for the week, including another batch of rewards in the Leviathan Raid. In a move that should help to keep it feeling fresh from week to week, the reset also apparently shifts aspects of the Raid around.

The second weekly reset occurred earlier today and introduces this week's Nightfall, Flashpoint, and so on. But this was the first one since the launch of the Leviathan Raid, and we didn't know exactly what to expect. As previously announced, any Raid keys you were hanging onto have been removed from your inventory, so you'll need to reacquire those each week when attempting the Raid.

But more notable is the order of the major encounters throughout the Raid. Calus remains the final boss--and that will presumably always be the case--but the three trials that precede that fight are apparently not locked into a specific setup, according to users on Reddit. Whereas the Raid's first week had you tackle the Royal Pools, Pleasure Gardens, and the Gauntlet in that order, this week presents you with the Pleasure Gardens, then the Gauntlet, and finally the Royal Pools before dealing with Calus.

The specific strategies for dealing with all of this remain unchanged, and you can consult our Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid guide for a walkthrough of everything. But this adjustment to the order has benefits for seemingly everyone. The hardcore crowd that plans to regularly run the Raid gets a slightly different experience from week to week. And more casual players who can't necessarily make it through the entire Raid yet will have an opportunity to figure out how to tackle the Pleasure Gardens this week; last week, they could only do so if they managed to complete the Royal Pools first.

Star Wars Actor Might Have Revealed When The Last Jedi's New Trailer Will Release

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:53

We are now less than three months away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but to date, only one short trailer has appeared. A second trailer is much anticipated by fans, and now Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill may have revealed when they can see it.

Hamill took to Twitter to reply to a fan who asked when he could see the new Last Jedi trailer. The actor initially responded, "It's coming eventually!" But he then added, "Watch Monday Night Football on Monday October 9th--for no reason in particular." Hamill has since deleted the tweet, but you can check out a screenshot of it over at Star Wars News.

Of course, this might not be the trailer that Hamill is referring to--or he could be deliberately trying to throw fans off the scent of when it will really be released. However, Monday Night Football screens on ESPN, which is co-owned by Disney. In addition, the second Force Awakens trailer also debuted on MNF in 2015.

The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. It is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Andy Serkis. While we are yet to see any new footage from the film, there have been a number of vehicles and characters revealed, including these cool First Order vehicles, and this new droid, which resembles an evil BB-8.

In related news, it was announced last week that Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will return to the franchise to direct Episode IX, replacing Colin Trevorrow. The movie has also been delayed by seven months and will now hit theaters on December 20, 2019.

Special Pikachu Giveaway For Pokemon Sun And Moon Begins Today

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:50

Nintendo has begun distributing another free Pokemon for Sun and Moon. Beginning today, players can add a special Pikachu wearing Ash's hat to their teams.

In honor of the series' 20th anniversary film, Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, Nintendo is giving away six different Pikachu, each of which sports one of the caps that Ash wore throughout the anime. Additionally, each Pikachu also comes with a slightly different moveset that reflects the attacks it used at that point in the series.

To get a Pikachu, choose the Mystery Gift option from the games' menu screen and input the code "PIKACHU20" when prompted. You can then pick your Pikachu up from the deliveryman waiting inside any of the games' Pokemon Centers. However, you can only receive one of the six Pikachu, and the one you get depends on when you enter the code. The full distribution schedule is below:

  • September 19-25: Original hat
  • September 26-October 2: Hoenn hat (Ruby/Sapphire)
  • October 3-9: Sinnoh hat (Diamond/Pearl)
  • October 10-16: Unova hat (Black/White)
  • October 17-23: Kalos hat (X/Y)
  • October 24-30: Alola hat (Sun/Moon)

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You will receive a limited theatrical run on November 5-6. You can find your nearest venue and purchase tickets for the film through Fathom Events. Those who attend a showing will also receive a bonus Ash's Pikachu Pokemon TCG card, as well as a special QR code to use in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which release for 3DS on November 17. Scanning the code will get you a different Pikachu wearing the cap that's featured in the movie.

Destiny 2 Nightfall Guide: Exodus Crash Strike And Modifiers Following Weekly Reset

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:29

The latest weekly reset in Destiny 2 has occurred, kicking off the next week of activities in Bungie's recently launched shooter. Among other things, that means the next Nightfall Strike is now available, as are its new modifiers, Challenges, and rewards.

This week's Nightfall is the Exodus Crash Strike. As with all Nightfalls in Destiny 2, it features a time limit, so you won't be able to approach this as you would a Strike in the first game. A total of three modifiers are active this week, one of which again offers a way to earn additional time. Timewarp: Anomalies presents a limited number of objects throughout the mission for you to shoot; each one provides an additional 30 seconds of time to finish the Strike.

The other two modifiers more directly impact combat. Attrition is a new one to Destiny 2 and limits your natural shield and health regeneration. Prism comes back for the third week in a row, only this will be the first time it functions correctly for the duration. During the Strike, Prism rotates through each of the three elements, with the chosen element doing additional damage (and the others doing less than usual). Following the release of the new Destiny 2 update, this now functions correctly, as the message indicating the chosen element no longer lasts for just a brief moment. Additionally, an on-screen effect helps to highlight when the element changes from one to the next.

As for Challenges, there are a total of three. Speed Of Dark asks you to finish the Nightfall with 5 or more minutes remaining, which will likely require taking full advantage of Timewarp: Anomalies. Unbroken requires Fireteams to die less than three times over the course of the Strike. Faster Than Lightning adds an additional wrinkle to the Thaviks fight, tasking Fireteams with killing nine Shanks with melee attacks before finishing off Thaviks.

Completion of the Nightfall rewards players with Powerful Gear rewards. This is one of the few activities to offer those, and they're among the best items you can get your hands on. It's also a reliable way to increase your Power level past 265. If you haven't made it to that point, you may want to consider waiting until after you've raised your Power level before grabbing the Nightfall reward. This Nightfall will be available until the next weekly reset, which occurs at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 10 AM BST on Tuesday, September 25.

If you have not yet unlocked the Nightfall, you'll need to complete two Strikes and approach the suggested Power level of 240 before Zavala will allow you to take part in them. Matchmaking is not available, but with the Guided Games beta underway, players have the opportunity to be matched up with members of a clan for the mission (which requires a Nightfall Ticket). Alternatively, clan members can sign up to serve as guides through the Nightfall (which does not require a Ticket).

Beverly Hills Cop 4 Is Still Happening, Big Star Names Being Considered

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:25

In June last year, it was revealed that a new sequel to the classic '80s action comedy Beverly Hills Cop was in development, but there has been little news since. However, it has now been confirmed that the project is still in the works, with a couple of potential big star names under consideration.

Original star Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are overseeing Beverly Hills Cop 4, and last year selected rising Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to helm the movie. El Arbi and Fallah appeared recently on a Dutch TV show and confirmed that things were moving forward with its development.

As reported by JoBlo, the pair stated that they are still working on the script, and that it would be shot in Detroit on a relatively modest $50 million budget. They also revealed the plot would center upon the relationship between Murphy's Axel Foley, who is now a veteran LA cop, and a tough, younger officer from Detroit. Although the movie is not at the casting stage yet, El Arbi and Fallah mentioned Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum as possible names to play the younger cop.

Beverly Hills Cop 4 was originally announced in the mid-90s, and then again a decade later, with Rush Hour's Brett Ratner initially lined up to direct. The most recent attempt to revitalise the action comedy franchise was for television. A pilot focusing on Murphy's character's son was produced for CBS in 2013, but the network chose not to pick up the show.

The original Beverly Hills Cop was released in 1984, and it was the most successful movie of that year. It was followed by two sequels in 1987 and 1994.

Jumanji Reboot Star The Rock Posts New Teaser Trailer

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:19

The upcoming adventure comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a reboot of the classic '90s movie Jumanji, and it releases in December. A new trailer arrives this week, but ahead of that, star Dwayne Johnson has posted a short teaser. Check it out below:

A lil' teaser before our worldwide trailer debut this WEDNESDAY. The game continues, but this time it plays YOU. If you're down, then just get on my back.. #JUMANJI

A post shared by therock (@therock) on Sep 18, 2017 at 6:42am PDT

The first trailer was released in June. The movie also stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, and centers upon a quartet of high school kids who find themselves drawn into the Jumanji game while in detention. The teens have to clean out the school's basement as their punishment and while doing so they find an old video game console that has a game called Jumanji on it. The game pulls them into an amazing jungle world, with Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan playing the kids' in-game avatars.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is directed by Jake Kasdan, the son of legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. It hits theaters on December 20, 2017.

In a recent interview with Deadline, Kasdan explained that the movie is not a remake of the original film. "Jumanji is the kind of movie that I think people shouldn't out-and-out remake," he said. "To me, a big part of its power is in the unique elements of its original execution. Within that, I think there's this central idea and mythology that's mysterious, but powerful, and commands a powerful part of the imagination.

"I was a fan of the original movie, and I felt like this [movie] really honored it, and included a lot of the stuff that I loved about the original movie, but did it in a really new way."

The 1995 original Jumanji starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, and Bradley Pierce. It is based on the novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.

All The New PS4 And PSVR Trailers From PlayStation's TGS 2017 Conference

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:55

During its PlayStation press conference at Tokyo Game Show 2017, Sony showed off a number of trailers for upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games. These range from games that we already knew were on the way, like Detroit: Become Human and Monster Hunter: World, to new surprises such as Left Alive, a Square Enix game that Metal Gear character artist Yoji Shinkawa is working on.

If you missed the event or simply want to rewatch the best bits, we've rounded-up all the trailers from the press conference and stuck them in a list below. Some of the links will take you directly to a video while others will be to stories that have the trailer, but also offer more information such as new gameplay details, release dates, or preorder bonuses.

Big news from TGS 2017 includes an Earth Defense Force 5 release date in Japan and Final Fantasy IX's release on PlayStation 4 today. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more from Sony's TGS briefing and the show overall in the days ahead.

Monster Hunter: World Release Date Announced

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:50

Capcom has finally revealed Monster Hunter: World's PS4 and Xbox One release date. The open-world game will launch worldwide on January 26, 2018. "A PC release will follow at a later date," Capcom has said in a press release. The company announced the news at Sony's Tokyo Game Show conference, alongside a new trailer and a collector's edition that includes a special art box, a copy of the game's soundtrack, and a physical action figure of a new monster called Nergigante.

In addition, Capcom and Sony revealed a special Liolaeus Edition PS4 Pro, decorated with some gorgeous Monster Hunter: World art. That PS4 model launches in Japan on December 7, though it has not yet been confirmed for a worldwide release.

Those that preorder Monster Hunter: World digitally or at select retailers will receive "special pre-order bonuses, including the Origin Set Armor and the Fair Wind Charm talisman." These offer "improved starting defense and offense stat boosts for the hunter as well as a useful gathering skill." All PSN preorders will include a custom PS4 theme.

Capcom has said "the Origin Set armor and Fair Wind Charm talisman may be made available through alternative means at a later date."

Monster Hunter: World was first unveiled at Sony's E3 2017 press conference with a reveal trailer. Like the recent 3DS installments, players can scale walls and leap onto monsters to attack them. The trailer also showcased many new elements, such as a weapon that resembles a machine gun and a grappling hook that allows you to swing. Players also now have the ability to fire off flares.

The game's console release date has now been revealed, but we still don't know when it will come to PC--it's definitely coming, but Capcom has only said it will be after the PS4 and Xbox One versions launch. For more on Monster Hunter: World, check why we think it's a big change for the Monster Hunter series or take a look at 13 minutes of dual blade and heavy bowgun gameplay.

Metal Gear Artist Working On Left Alive, A New Square Enix Game

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:45

Square Enix has announced a new game called Left Alive, and it has some big-name talent behind it. Revealed during the PlayStation Tokyo Game Show briefing, Left Alive is...well, it's hard to know right now. But while details on the game are a mystery, we do know that Metal Gear veteran Yoji Shinkawa is working on the project. His artwork can be seen in the teaser above and is also featured below.

Shinji Hashimoto, who has worked on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises, is producing Left Alive, while Toshifumi Nabeshima, director of the Armored Core series, and Takayuki Yanase, mech designer on Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and Xenoblade Chronicles X are also involved.

Based on a teaser trailer, it looks like Left Alive takes place in a world ravaged by some horrible catastrophe. The game is due out in 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC. We'll report back with more details as they're made available.

Other news from TGS 2017 is that Earth Defense Force 5 has a release date in Japan and Final Fantasy IX is coming to PlayStation 4. We also learned that Konami's classic Zone of the Enders is getting a virtual reality version.

Keep checking back with GameSpot for more from Sony's TGS briefing and the show overall in the days ahead.

Zone Of The Enders VR Announced, Includes "Enhanced Graphics"

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:42

A virtual reality version of Konami's Zone of the Enders is on the way. Announced during Sony's Tokyo Game Show briefing, Zone of the Enders VR will have "enhanced graphics" and support for 4K resolution. It also has new sound design, including "next-gen surround sound." Overall, Konami describes it as a way to "relive the odyssey from a new perspective." Players can also look forward to "brand new features," though they were not detailed.

Zone of the Enders VR will be out in Spring 2018 on PlayStation VR. It's being developed by Japanese gaming giant Cygames. Here is a trailer:

Other news from TGS 2017 is that Earth Defense Force 5 has a release date in Japan and Final Fantasy IX is coming to PlayStation 4. Keep checking back for more.

Final Fantasy 9 Announced For PS4, Launching Today In Japan

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:27

[UPDATE] The reports were right. During Sony's Tokyo Game Show briefing today, Square Enix officially confirmed that Final Fantasy IX is coming to PS4 in Japan. And better yet--it's launching today in Japan. No word yet about other regions, but we'll report back with new details as we get them.

The original story is below.

It looks the PlayStation 4 is going to add a classic Square Enix RPG soon. Gematsu noticed that The Pan European Gaming Information board (PEGI) recently rated Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX for PS4. This could signal an official announcement to come soon, though this has not happened yet.

For what it's worth, Final Fantasy IX has not been rated for PS4 by the Entertainment Software Rating Board in North America. That being said, it's not uncommon for ratings to go live on one database before another, so it may just be a matter of time.

Final Fantasy IX debuted in 2000 for the original PlayStation. The game was re-released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PSP through the PlayStation Network in 2010. In 2016, Square Enix brought it to PC and mobile devices, and it looks like PS4 is the game's next stop.

If the listing is legitimate, it would follow than an official announcement of Final Fantasy IX for PS4--and potentially other platforms--could come soon. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

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