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Civilization 6's Platinum Edition Is Stupid Cheap Today

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 01:25

If you're looking for a super addictive game to sink hours and hours into, Civilization VI is a solid choice. Even better: It's never been cheaper to dive into this acclaimed strategy title, thanks to a limited-time Steam deal at PC store Newegg that's ending soon, like in a matter of hours. Until around 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET today, you can grab Civilization VI's Platinum Edition for just $23. We're talking about a $120 edition that includes the base game, two major expansions, and six DLC packs for a fraction of the price--and it's currently full price on Steam.

To get this price, be sure to use promo code CVLZTN6PT at checkout. The Platinum Edition is already discounted to $28, a fantastic price on its own, but the promo code slashes another five bucks off. If you already own the base game, the Gathering Storm and Rise and Fall expansions are also on sale separately. After purchasing, you'll receive your Steam code via email within one hour.

Civ VI: Platinum Edition

$23 (was $120) with promo code CVLZTN6PT

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Civ VI: Gathering Storm

$11.19 (was $40)

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Civ VI: Rise and Fall

$8.39 (was $30)

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Ghost Of Tsushima Receives High Praise From Yakuza's Toshihiro Nagoshi

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 01:12

Sega's executive director on the Yakuza series of games, Toshihiro Nagoshi, was recently asked about his thoughts on Ghost of Tsushima, and he had plenty of warm words for everyone involved in the production of the Sucker Punch developed game. "To be honest, we [Japan] were beaten. Yeah, of course, we're losing. Honestly, I think that's a game that should be made in Japan," Nagoshi said in a Sega live stream (via Hachima).

"Foreigners who tickle the fancy of Japanese people more than Japanese people are…rather amazing, no? There's like a notion that Westerners don't understand things (about Japan), but that hypothesis itself is mistaken."

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Netflix Releases Uncut Gems Supercut Of Every F-Bomb

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 00:55

Adam Sandler's semi-jokey aggressive lobbying in 2019 to win a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Uncut Gems as Howard Ratner, a gambling-addicted jeweler, may have proved fruitless in the end--but that hasn't stopped Netflix, who recently launched the movie in May on its platform, from celebrating his performance.

The Safdie Brothers' crime-thriller-comedy, which earned $50 million and is A24's highest grossing title to date, has gone down in history as having the fourth most F-bombs in movie history, and Netflix has just tweeted a four-minute compilation of every time those bombs were dropped. Maybe this is how he wins?

UNCUT GEMS has the 4th most F-bombs in movie history, and yes before you ask, here's all 560 of them

— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) July 28, 2020

Cutting this together couldn't have been quick: There's a total of 560 F-bombs. This supercut is a both a testament to and a not-subtle clue about how relentlessly intense the film is. But with 560 F-bombs, that count places it behind Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (569 uses), the F-bomb documentary Fuck (857 uses), and the Canadian movie Swearnet: The Movie (935 uses).

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Steam Deal: Get RE3 And Other Resident Evil Games For A Great Price (Ends Soon)

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 00:39

While we see deals on the Resident Evil franchise somewhat regularly for consoles, finding good Steam discounts on RE games like the recent remakes, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 2, is less common. If you've been hoping to add these games to your Steam library, now's a great time, as PC store Newegg is offering some fantastic prices on Steam codes for RE2, RE3, RE7, and even RE0 today. All of these games are currently full price on Steam. Here's the catch: You've got just hours to take advantage of the discounts on RE3, RE2, and RE7 as they end around 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET today (it's not clear when the RE0 discount will end). You can check out the Resident Evil deals and their prices below.

Resident Evil 3

$40 (was $60)

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Resident Evil 2

$20 (was $40)

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Resident Evil 7

$9.89 (was $30)

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Resident Evil 0

$5 (was $20)

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Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 are remakes of the classic PlayStation games. Released just one year apart, RE2 follows Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they attempt to escape Raccoon City on the night of the outbreak, while RE3 follows S.T.A.R.S. agent Jill Valentine, who is being pursued relentlessly by a giant monster named Nemesis.

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Anime Classic Ghost In The Shell Comes To 4K Ultra HD

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 00:31

Twenty-five years after its original debut, the landmark cyberpunk anime Ghost In The Shell will be getting a 4K Ultra HD release on September 8. Widely considered one of anime's most beloved films--whose fans include James Cameron (The Terminator) and The Wachowskis (The Matrix)--the 1995 movie based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Shirow Masamune is set in the now, not-so-distant 2029.

In the movie, a female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of "The Puppet Master," a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, Kusanagi embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

This new release of director Mamoru Oshii's film comes with a full-length audio commentary with Mary Claypool (animation writer and English language scriptwriter), Eric Calderon (animation producer and writer), Richard Epcar (voice of Batou), and Charles Solomon (animation historian and critic). There will also be two all-new bonus featurettes--one on the film's science-fiction view of the future, and another on Ghost In The Shell's art and architecture. Additional archival features, including the original theatrical trailer and a featurette with the production report, will be on the disc.

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Pixar Releases Early Details On New Film Luca

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 00:01

Pixar has released new details about its next original movie, Luca, which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 18, 2021. The movie's director, Enrico Casarosa (Incredibles 2, Up) issued a joint statement through Disney about the film after word leaked online that the company filed a trademark application for the title.

"This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it's set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca," Casarosa said in the statement. "So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca."

Further details about Luca, aside from the fact that it's being produced by Andrea Warren, are still scarce.

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Lego NES Review: Bricked Consoles Can Be Wonderful, Actually

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 23:58

Nearly 35 years after its release in the US, the Nintendo Entertainment System remains an integral part of video game history and one of the most iconic consoles ever made. As such, it's understandable that many have immense nostalgia for the system that rejuvenated the slumping gaming industry. Nostalgia fuels Lego's Nintendo Entertainment System set, one of the most impressive Lego kits ever produced. Days removed from building the Lego NES, I still find myself in awe that this kit exists. Ridiculously cool, extremely solid, and ingenious in its design, the Lego NES is a triumph in just about every respect.

The Nintendo Entertainment System is one of Lego's more advanced builds, coming in at 2,646 pieces, and it has an age recommendation of 18 or older. While I think it's certainly possible for kids to help build the Lego NES, it's an exceedingly detailed process that would probably be hard to follow if they were flying solo.

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System

As with all big Lego kits, the box contains numbered bags with all of the bricks you'll need for each differentiated section. In the Lego NES' case, there are 21 different mini-builds, and some come with multiple bags of bricks. Inside the box, you'll also find two instruction books--these weighty tomes cannot be called booklets--each of which are more than 200 pages. One book covers the console, controller, and NES cartridge, while the other focuses on the CRT TV.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Let Its Stars Pretend They Were Superman

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 22:58

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater made its PlayStation debut more than 20 years ago, and for skateboarding legends such as Rodney Mullen and Chad Muska, they can still recall just how influential the Neversoft game series was on their careers at the time.

"They had to put me on top of a van because it was so intense," Rodney Mullen said to The Verge about the fan response that he received after appearing in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. "It was a sea of people — around me. And although I had a strong name from all of those years prior, this was unlike anything I had ever seen. That was my first taste of it, and it just went on. I could not believe the exposure the game gave to me."

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The Epic Games Store Introduces Its First Achievements

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 22:18

Slowly but surely, the Epic Games Store is attaining feature parity with its direct competitors. Achievement support is on the way next, and an early form of the feature has already been implemented in one game.

There is now a notification and pop-out menu that appears when you unlock achievements in Ark: Survival Evolved. Epic says this is an early version of the feature that will change and evolve over time before eventually making its way into other games. For now, achievements will be tracked in the background while Epic fine-tunes the interface.

Certain games on the Epic Games Store may begin to display achievements as you unlock them.

This is an early version of the feature and you can expect to see changes & adjustments.

We'll have more info to share on achievements in the future, so stay tuned!

— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) July 29, 2020

The fledgeling storefront has introduced a number of new features this year, such as wishlists, download throttling, self-service refunds, and support for more currencies. Mod support, gifting, and additional social features top the list of upcoming additions.

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Steam Adds Another Restriction To Prevent The Use Of VPNs For Cheaper Games

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 22:14

Steam has put another restriction in place to prevent users from continuing to take advantage of the platform's regional pricing system. Typically, games are cheaper in countries with lower incomes, leading to some users utilising VPNs in order to hide their actual location and purchase games at a significant discount.

Steam already has multiple restrictions in place to stop this exploit, but now the company has introduced another process with the aim of further deterring those looking to cheat the system. As SteamDB notes, you now need to complete a purchase with a payment method from the country you claim to be located in before Steam will approve a change to your store region. So if you want to purchase a game from Malaysia, for example, you'll first need a Malaysian credit card.

Valve has recently made changing your store country more strict, which requires completing a purchase using a payment method from that country.
This should hinder the ability of using VPNs to buy games cheaper.

— Steam Database (@SteamDB) July 29, 2020

"If you have moved to a new country, or are living abroad for an extended period of time, you can update your Steam country setting when you complete your first purchase using a payment method from that country," Steam's updated policy explains. "If your location differs from your current Steam account store country setting you'll have an option to change your store region while you view your cart or as you complete your purchase."

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A Fix Is Coming For Paper Mario: The Origami King's Game-Breaking Bug

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 20:29

A game-breaking bug is halting players' adventures 20 to 30 hours into Paper Mario: The Origami King. The RPG's driving narrative force revolves around Princess Peach and her castle being held in place by enormous streamers atop a distant mountain. It's up to Mario to rescue the princess from the game's titular villain by travelling to different locations within the Mushroom Kingdom in order to destroy all five streamers.

As YouTube channel Nintendo Unity recently detailed, a game-breaking bug can destroy a players' save file on the fifth and final streamer, leaving those affected by the issue with the option to either delete their save and start again or wait for Nintendo to resolve the bug with a forthcoming patch.

Polygon reached out to Nintendo and were told that the studio is currently working on such a fix. "We are aware of reports about issues affecting some players of Paper Mario: The Origami King," a representative from the company said. "We are working to resolve these issues and plan to address them in a software update. We apologize for any inconvenience."

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update Part 2 Brings Back An Old Glitch As A Permanent Feature

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:11

Animal Crossing: New Horizons update 1.4.0, also known as the Summer Update part 2, is now live, and its headlining features are the additions of the Dream Suite, a new fireworks feature, and the ability to back up your save data. But it's also added back in a feature that has was patched out of the game earlier.

A glitch in earlier versions of the game allowed you to remove the UI when using your Nook Phone to take a photo, letting you get clean footage of your character's movements from a fixed angle. As Polygon notes, this glitch, which was patched out earlier this month, is now back--but this time it's a feature, included on purpose.

As you can see in the tweet below from Animal Crossing World, the game will now let you remove UI elements when taking a photo by clicking the right stick. This isn't possible if you're playing using just the left Joy-Con in horizontal mode, but it's possible in all other control variants.

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Samurai Shodown Is Getting A New Free DLC Character From A Chinese Mobile Game

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:37

Samurai Shodown is getting a new character on August 5, and they'll be completely free. The new fighter is Gongsun Li, a character from the Tencent game Honor of Kings, and they look pretty powerful.

If you've never heard of Honor of Kings, there's a good reason for that--the game has never been released outside of China, where it's massively popular. It's an interesting choice for a free character, and Gongsun Li will be available worldwide.

It's not quite Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but hey, it's free--and she looks like a great character in the video below, with a varied, interesting moveset.

You'll be able to fight as Gongsun Li in the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game. It seems like she'll be available for free indefinitely, too.

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Ghostwire: Tokyo Director Talks About The New PS5 Features

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:18

One of Bethesda's upcoming games is the PlayStation 5 game Ghostwire: Tokyo from developer Tango Gameworks. Game director Kenji Kimura recently spoke about some of the game's PlayStation 5-exclusive features such as its use of the DualSense controller, 3D audio, and more.

Kimura told IGN that it's difficult to explain why Ghostwire's use of the DualSense controller is so special without giving people the opportunity to try it for themselves. Kimura hopes that might be possible before launch, but the best he can do that is tell you why it's going to be great.

"You need to experience it directly because this is very difficult to explain both verbally and in text, but the DualSense haptics and adaptive triggers felt so good that it made us, the developers, say, 'Woah!' because they allowed for us to feel and experience the various actions and attacks like never before," Kimura said.

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The 2020 Emmy Awards Will Be A Virtual Ceremony, And Here's What They're Planning

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:05

The 2020 Emmy nominees have been announced, with Watchmen emerging as the frontrunner and Netflix chalking up the most nominations, but 2020 is not an ordinary year, and the ceremony will not be ordinary either. With much of the US still in lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Emmy ceremony will be a digital event, with no big gathering.

Variety has gotten hold of a letter sent out to the acting nominees, and it details how the digital ceremony will happen this year. The letter, which is co-signed by host Jimmy Kimmel and several producers, outlines what is expected from nominees on the night, and how they'll be working to ensure that the September 20 ceremony is still worthwhile.

"As you’ve probably guessed, we’re not going to be asking you to come to the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA," the letter reads. "This year, it’s still going to be TV industry’s biggest night out… but we’ll come to you!"

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See Brendan Gleeson As Donald Trump In First Trailer For New TV Series

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:11

Showtime has published the first trailer for its political limited series The Comey Rule, showing Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump and Jeff Daniels as former FBI director James Comey.

As you can see in the trailer, Gleeson looks and sounds the part of the President of the United States, while Daniels looks convincing as well.

The miniseries is based on Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, as well as "more than a year of additional interviews" with key subjects. Showtime, who shares a parent company in ViacomCBS with GameSpot, describes the show as an "immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath."

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Resident Evil 3 And Resistance Are Getting Paid Unlockables And Costume DLC Soon

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:43

Resident Evil 3 is getting new DLC for both its single-player campaign and its multiplayer Resident Evil Resistance mode, although one pack is more substantial than the other. In August, you'll be able to purchase two new costumes for the cast of Resistance, and a code to unlock everything in the campaign.

The Resistance DLC is the more exciting of the two, because it lets you dress up the whole game's cast in the outfits from Resident Evil 2. You'll be able to dress them up as either Claire Redfield, with her red jacket, or Leon Kennedy with his STARS outfit.

Unfortunately, you can't just play as Leon and Claire, but this is the next best thing.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Looks To Make A Once-Obtuse Game Accessible

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:00

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a cult classic, but it was infamously obtuse. It required such a specialized combination of hardware that building a full squad required a hefty investment from each player. For the Remastered version, coming next month to PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices, Square Enix is taking a remarkably more accessible approach, even by modern standards.

The original Crystal Chronicles was built around multiplayer. Though you could complete it as a single-player experience, the story centered around a caravan protected by a band of warriors from different magical races, each with their own combat specialty. But that multiplayer relied on a GameCube link cable, connected to up to four GameBoy Advance systems. The conceit allowed each player to have their own personalized menu, but the requirement made the sticker price remarkably high. If your friends didn't happen to already own a GBA, they needed to buy one to join in.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered, on the other hand, looks to make a full 180 on that barrier-laden design philosophy. The advent of connected consoles and smartphones makes it easy for players to connect and retain their own individual menus like any other online game. Rather than lock players into a single console with a very narrow control scheme, it features cross-play so that players can join up regardless of platform preference.

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STALKER 2 Could Offer Frame Rates Of Up To 120FPS On Xbox Series X

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:03

STALKER 2 is coming to Xbox Series X in 2021 as a console exclusive, and it's aiming to do things that would not be possible on current console hardware. According to the game's Xbox store page, it's going to aim for a very high frame rate.

The page promises that STALKER 2, which will skip Xbox One, was designed to take advantage of the Series X. The text on the page hints at what's possible on the system, and specifically mentions a 120 FPS goal.

"Games built using the Xbox Series X development kit are designed to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Xbox Series X," the page reads. "They will showcase unparalleled load-times, visuals, responsiveness, and frame rates up to 120 FPS."

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Star Wars: Solo Director Confirms No Plans For A Sequel

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:32

Star Wars: A Solo Story director Ron Howard has confirmed there are no plans for a sequel, while he also cleared up some confusion about his potential involvement in The Phantom Menace.

Appearing on the Radio Andy show, Howard bluntly said, "There is no sequel planned now" for Solo.

He also reflected on his journey with the movie. Less than a year before release, Howard was brought in to direct Solo after Disney fired the original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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