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Valorant Agent Astra Comes To Game Alongside Battle Pass On March 2

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 03:00

Riot Games has revealed a new agent for Valorant, Astra, who will be able to cause chaos with astronomy-themed attacks and a powerful Gravity Well ability. The agent, originally from Ghana, acts as a controller in matches and should help to keep the other team from making coordinated strikes. She'll be live in the game on March 2.

One of the most unique aspects of Astra is her ability to soar above the map in order to get a better perspective, though you'll be leaving her actual, physical body at risk of being attacked while you do so. Using her Astral Form, she's able to place down stars that can then be turned into a Nebula, powerful Nova Pulse, or a Gravity Well that traps and damages those caught inside.

A new battle pass is also on the way, giving you more cosmetic unlockables for Valorant's characters. It costs 1,000 VP, with the paid track giving you a Prism III Axe melee, Cavalier Vandal, Cavalier Operator, Make Some Noise spray, and Versus // Sova + Cypher card. A few freebies are available, too, including a Prism III Classic pistol and a Dumpster Fire spray.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Is Getting A Board Game

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 01:22

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been ported to just about everything at this point, including Nintendo Switch and even Amazon Alexa. But Modiphius Entertainment sees one more platform it can be on: cardboard. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Board Game is in the works, and it appears the company will be seeking crowdfunding to make it possible.

In a listing on the crowdfunding site Gamefound, Modiphius described The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Board Game as an "epic cooperative board game" that will be playable by one to four players. It's honestly baffling that it took this long for a Skyrim board game to be made at all.

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E3 2021 In-Person Event Canceled, Tourism Board Says

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 00:02

It's news that isn't particularly shocking, but it was all but inevitable. E3 2021 has been canceled as an in-person event, with the Board of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development Commissioners planning some sort of digital replacement to be broadcast from the city.

The news, shared by VGC and available as part of an 84-page presentation on the city's official website, lists E3 2021 as a "canceled live event in 2021," with potential broadcast options at LA Live and/or the Los Angeles Convention Center. The same update says the city is still working on the license for the next two years' conferences.

We did already know that the ESA was considering doing a very different sort of E3 for 2021, per a statement it gave to GameSpot earlier this month. The organization said it was "transforming the E3 experience for 2021" and added that it would share details on publishers' involvement in the event soon.

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Snyder Cut Of Justice League Is Getting Multiple Versions

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 06:32

Fans of Justice League are in for a treat as Zack Snyder's cut of the movie will be getting multiple releases. During IGN's Fan Fest, the director revealed a black and white edition will be coming to HBO Max, along with multiple versions for IMAX theaters.

Coming to the streaming service on March 18 will be the color version of the movie, but shortly after, you'll be able to watch the movie in black and white. "There is Zack Snyder's Justice League "Justice is Gray" edition, which is the black and white version, which I'm a huge advocate of and huge admirer of," the director explained. "For me, it's my favorite version of the movie. I understand that people want to see it in color, and that's great, and I really want them to enjoy it in color. But for me, the ultimate version is the black and white IMAX version of the movie, which is sort of the penultimate ridiculous movie that shouldn't exist at its highest most fetishistic level, and I really, really love that.

"And of course, the black and white version of Justice League will be released on HBO Max, at some point after release, I believe, and you'll be able to see that somehow on, I don't know how you're gonna get to it but that's the plan."

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Zack Snyder Explains Why Joker Is In His Justice League Movie

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 06:26

One of the most surprising revelations about Zack Snyder's director's cut of Justice League is that the film will feature the return of the Joker, as portrayed by Jared Leto--who reprises his role from the Suicide Squad movie. For those wondering how this came about, Snyder gave some context during IGN's Fan Fest.

As revealed in a trailer for Justice League, Joker appears in Batman's Knightmare vision of a post-apocalyptic world that was first seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. How that fits into this movie and whether it's actually a version of the future or merely a dream remains to be seen, though it could have something to do with the cliffhanger that will end the Snyder Cut. Regardless, that setting was too tempting for Snyder to not include Joker.

"You'd always wanted [Joker] to be in the Knightmare reality," he explained. "And so it was a great opportunity. And when I talked to Jared and he was interested in doing it, I just felt like, 'Okay, this feels like a thing. I can't pass up.'"

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Zack Snyder's Justice League Ends On A Cliffhanger

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 06:02

Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League arrives on HBO Max on March 18. The director revealed that the finale of the movie is open-ended. During IGN's Fan Fest, Snyder said multiple times that his cut of the movie ends on a "massive cliffhanger."

Snyder spoke additionally about the original Justice League, which was going to be two have more films. "No, [The Snyder Cut] doesn't really encompass any of the additional movies, other than little, I mean it hints at a potential other worlds," explained Snyder. "I plant the seeds, as I wanted to of what would come in the you know later films."

Originally, the sequel to the theatrically-released Justice League would have taken the team to the Knightmare future where we briefly saw Batman. "The next movie--if there ever was one and doesn't seem like there ever will be--but if there was, it would exist, primarily in that world with them trying to set it right," Snyder explained.

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New Snyder Cut Justice League Clip Is Stuffed With Easter Eggs

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 05:50

It won't be long before fans will finally be able to watch Zack Snyder's director's cut of Justice League on HBO Max when it releases on March 18. Until then, though, you have to sustain on trailers and clips released in anticipation of the film--including the newest one released during IGN's Fan Fest.

The clip, which doesn't actually feature any of the actors from Justice League, was something Snyder was working on before he originally left the film. The director explained that he didn't know if it would be used as an opening credits sequence or promotional material released ahead of the film.

In it, a Mother Box is shown, documenting the history of the DC universe's superheroes. And while it looks impressive, it's going to be something fans are going to want to study closely. "There's a million Easter eggs in it," Snyder teased during the panel.

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Valorant's Latest Agent Astra Shown Off In First Trailer

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 05:26

Hero shooter Valorant is getting a little bit bigger with the introduction of its next character. Astra was revealed with a new trailer on February 27, and she looks unlike anything else in the game to date.

In the trailer, we see Astra use some purple space-like fields placed on the ground, and she soon pops up into the air before sucking a few enemies into a gravity device that resembles Zarya's ultimate ability in Overwatch.

We see a big purple bubble seem to envelop the map at one point, so it's possible other players will be alerted when Astra is using a particular move. She seems designed to give the other team fits, breaking up formations and making it easier for others to go in for the kill. When players get trapped by her gravity move, for instance, another player fires a few shots at the sitting ducks to take them out.

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The 3DS Games That Actually Utilized 3D Well

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 05:00

The 3DS was mostly sunset shortly after the Nintendo Switch began gaining traction. In numerous ways, the Switch is a far superior piece of gaming hardware, with a capacitive screen instead of a resistive one, along with more obvious improvements like the higher processing power and visual resolution. But the 3DS' namesake--its glasses-free 3D technology--hasn't been utilized by other traditional systems, and it remains one of the most underappreciated and underused features in gaming history.

Consumers didn't universally accept the feature, and many actually turned down the slider on the 3DS. Nintendo eventually even released its 2DS lineup that omitted the feature entirely, but many games were better with it enabled. In fact, a few of them used it so well that it makes 3D sorely missed on the Switch. These games didn't rely on 3D as a gimmick but instead included it to add a greater sense of space and texture to the world. In the best cases, the 3D even made the game more fun to play, and it's no surprise that Nintendo developed most of those examples in-house earlier on in the handheld's lifespan.

It's a shame that Nintendo stopped emphasizing 3DS' stereoscopic 3D functionality because it was notably unique and awe-inspiring, following closely in step with the company's always forward-thinking philosophy to expand the way we think about and play games. With that said, we've compiled the games that made the best use of 3D to commemorate the 3DS' 10th anniversary. Below we discuss why they're still worth picking up or digging out of storage if you've retired the system in favor of the latest offerings.

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StreetPass, Nintendo 3DS' Best Feature, Deserves A Successor

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 04:00

In most ways, the now 10-year-old 3DS was an oddity--the next evolution of the equally strange Nintendo DS, and with a trendy 3D hook to boot. While glasses-free 3D was the marquee feature, riding the wave of renewed popularity from 3D films like Avatar, the real killer app was StreetPass. Serving as both enticement to tote your portable system around with you and a bulwark against the encroaching threat of mobile games, StreetPass is a social feature that no other gaming system has ever replicated as successfully, not even Nintendo has done something like it again.

With StreetPass, leaving your 3DS on in sleep mode and taking it with you would ping other 3DS owners doing the same thing, transferring your Mii to their Mii Plaza and vice-versa. This encouraged real-world exploration, especially in more densely-populated urban areas, because you would come home to a Mii Plaza bursting with new friends. It made 3DS owners part of their own little secret club, frequently and anonymously giving each other a handshake.

Sometimes you might recognize someone with wild hair or a very identifiable set of glasses from your bus ride. Checking your Mii Plaza when you got home was a sweet way of realizing that stranger was, in their own way, a kindred spirit. It was an inclusive sense of belonging to the society of "gamers." The concept was said to have originated from meeting fellow dog owners while walking your own canine companion, an activity oriented around getting to know your community.

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Google Stadia Reportedly Canceled Hideo Kojima Horror Game

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 02:00

One of the games reportedly canned as Google Stadia struggled to gain traction was from Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima. It appears to have been canceled last year, though the studio is also working on a different game.

According to VGC, a game Hideo Kojima had mentioned getting canceled in 2020 was set to be an episodic horror game released for Stadia. Former studio head at Stadia Jade Raymond had visited Kojima Productions prior to this, but the report says it was Stadia boss Phil Harrison who stopped the project. Prior to working for Google, Harrison had been an executive at both PlayStation and Xbox during some of the brands' lowest points, including the launch of the PS3 and Xbox One.

Kojima is no stranger to having projects canceled. The horror reboot Silent Hills, which he was creating with film director Guillermo del Toro, was canceled by Konami after the high-profile PT was released. Kojima later put del Toro's likeness in Death Stranding, along with planned Silent Hills actor Norman Reedus in the lead role.

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The Sinking City Studio Asks Players Not To Buy Game On Steam

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 00:45

Last summer, horror game The Sinking City was delisted from several stores, including Steam, as developer Frogwares disputed unpaid royalties as well as publishers Bigben and Nacon allegedly demanding it hand over the source code. The game is back on Steam now, but Frogwares says it didn't make the current version and urged players not to buy it.

Writing on its official Twitter account, Frogwares said it doesn't "recommend the purchase of this version" and promised that more news would be coming soon.

Frogwares has not created the version of @thesinkingcity that is today on sale on @Steam. We do not recommend the purchase of this version. More news soon.

— Frogwares (@Frogwares) February 26, 2021

The game is still for sale on the Xbox and PlayStation digital stores, but while its original licensing agreement also included selling the game via the Epic Games Store, it's no longer listed there.

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How To Create A Valheim Dedicated Server, Invite Friends, And Join

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 13:28

Playing Valheim with friends is the premier way to enjoy the viking survival game. To do that, you'll need to either create servers in the game so other players can join you, or join them in their servers. Valheim's menus can be a bit confusing to navigate, though, especially if you don't really know much about local hosting or dedicated servers. And even joining games can be a little wonky, requiring you to use Steam's menus to find servers using IP addresses.

Check out the guide below for everything you need to know to set up your own servers or join someone else's in Valheim. It's also worth noting that if you're looking for new co-op viking friends, you can check the Community server list and join in with other people you don't know--although you should do so at your own risk, since you never know if your new friends might turn out to be griefers. It's also good practice to check for Discord servers to go with your Valheim servers so you can talk to other players.

We've got even more Valheim coverage so be sure to check out our guides for upgrading your Workbench, crafting armor, hunting down Iron, and beating The Elder.

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Valheim Workbench Upgrades - How To Enhance Your Crafting Station To Level 5

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:18

The Workbench in Valheim is more like your crafting workhorse. It's the first crafting table you'll build when you start to establish your viking base, and it remains essential all the way through the game, allowing you to craft key items like arrows and to construct buildings even after you've moved on to higher-level materials. The Workbench is one of the first things you'll craft, but upgrading it will take some work--and unlock some key items you'll need along the way.

Here's everything you need to know to get your Workbench going, including some requirements that might not be obvious right away, what it'll cost to make, and what benefits it'll give you as you explore Valheim.

We've got even more Valheim coverage so be sure to check out our guides for crafting armor, hunting down Iron, and beating The Elder.

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Tom Holland Made Mistakes While Filming Uncharted, He Says

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:12

Looking cool as Spider-Man is one thing--Peter Parker is a dork, and the CGI does a lot of the work for Spidey in costume. But with a character like Nathan Drake, most of that responsibility falls on the actor. Tom Holland plays Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film, and talked in a new interview with GQ about getting distracted by his own coolness.

"As soon as you start worrying about 'Do I look good in this shot?' acting becomes something other than playing a character," Holland explained. "I think there are elements of my performance in Uncharted where I kind of fell under that spell of being 'I want to look good now. I want this to be my cool moment.' I had to play this very tough, very stoic guy--basically, be Mark Wahlberg."

Holland admitted, however, that he hasn't yet seen the finished film, leaving what the lens captured up to our imaginations for the time being.

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Animal Crossing Is Getting Sanrio-Inspired Villagers And Items Next Month

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:40

Sanrio-inspired villagers and items are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the game's March update. Following the update, you'll be able to invite new villagers and order items themed after Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and other Sanrio characters by scanning the Animal Crossing Sanrio Amiibo cards.

Just as in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there are six Sanrio-inspired villagers in total, one for each of the cards in the Sanrio Amiibo pack. The full list of villagers and the Sanrio character they're themed after is as follows:

  • Hello Kitty - Rilla (gorilla)
  • Pompompurin - Marty (cub)
  • Kiki & Lala - Étoile (sheep)
  • Cinnamoroll - Chai (elephant)
  • My Melody - Chelsea (deer)
  • Kerokerokeroppi - Toby (rabbit)

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From @HelloKitty, My Melody, to Keroppi, get ready to discover new residents, styles & items inspired by adorable @Sanrio friends! The #AnimalCrossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack comes to the US on 3/26, exclusively at @Target! pic.twitter.com/7584E2OL4H

— Isabelle (@animalcrossing) February 25, 2021

You'll also be able to order various furniture and clothing items based on the Sanrio characters, such as a Cinnamoroll couch and a Hello Kitty rug. These items and villagers will all be introduced to the game in the 1.9.0 update, which is slated to release on March 18.

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Ubisoft's Werewolves Within Film Hits Theaters June 25

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:24

Werewolves Within, the film based on Ubisoft's VR game of the same name, is officially heading to theaters June 25 thanks to IFC Films, Ubisoft announced today.

The premise of the movie is much the same as the game it was based on. Werewolves Within is a VR version of a game you've almost definitely played. Mafia or One Night Ultimate Werewolf around a table; Among Us from your phone or computer. One player is a monster, and the other players have to suss out which of their friends is out for blood before time runs out.

The film runs along the same lines: Set in the small town of Beaverfield, a snowstorm traps a group of residents inside a local inn, and its up to the new forest ranger, played by Sam Richardson (Veep) and postal worker Cecily, played Milana Vayntrub (AT&T's Lily, This is Us), have to keep the peace.

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus' Starter Pokemon Have A Hidden Link

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:18

The Pokemon Company recently revealed a brand-new Pokemon game, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2022. As part of that reveal, we got to see the game's three starter Pokemon, all of which hail from different regions--Cyndaquil from Gen 2's Johto, Rowlet from Gen 7's Alola, and Oshawott from Gen 5's Unova.

At first glance, these three Pokemon look like completely random picks, and no core Pokemon game thus far has ever combined starter Pokemon from previous generations in this way. However, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set far in the Sinnoh region's past, and the style of the reveal trailer lends the game a very feudal Japan feel--think shogunates and samurai. The Sinnoh region is based on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, which came under feudal rule during this era of history.

So how do Cyndaquil, Rowlet, and Oshawott fit into that theme? Oshawott is the most obvious: Its final evolution is Samurott, a portmanteau of samurai and otter, and the armor on Samurott's legs is reminiscent of samurai armor. That's as natural a fit for the setting as you can get.

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Nomura Is Handing Over Final Fantasy 7 Remake Co-Director Role

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:14

Along with the reveal of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade's story content and PS5 upgrade, Tetsuya Nomura gave some updates to the development process of FF7 Remake's future. In a translated interview by Famitsu (provided to us by Square Enix), Nomura explained that he's transitioning away from being the co-director of the project, and that Naoki Hamaguchi will now be the sole director moving forward. However, Nomura mentioned that not much will change for him.

When asked about his role as a director and concept designer for the multiple projects in the works, Nomura prefaced, "There have been three Final Fantasy 7-related games announced, but as I mentioned before, I have more projects on my plate at the moment than ever before." He then explained that the foundation has already been established and that he can pass on the role, saying, "For Remake, the core gameplay direction has now been worked out and we can see the points that need improving, so I will hand over directorship to Mr. Hamaguchi (co-director on FF7 Remake) for the next game and continue to be involved in all FF7-related projects, such as the remakes and mobile games, as overall creative director."

If you're wondering how this might affect future entries of FF7 Remake, this move may not make that much of an impact; Nomura stated, "The way I am involved in the development work will basically not change, though."

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New To Peacock In March 2021: WWE Fastlane, The Golden Globes, Leprechaun Movies, And More

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:11

A new month means far too many new things to watch on a variety of streaming services. Peacock, NBCUniversal's service, might be a new entry to the pack but is no slouch when it comes to its massive library. In fact, March will see dozens of new movies, a slew of TV shows, and its first exclusive WWE pay-per-view event become available.

That pay-per-view event, WWE Fastlane, signifies the integration of the WWE Network into Peacock. The move was first announced in January and will see all of the currently available WWE Network content, as well as future original programming and live events, streaming on Peacock. The WWE Network, in turn, will be shuttered. Fastlane is the final stop on the road to Wrestlemania, WWE's biggest annual show of the year--which will also stream exclusively on Peacock. Fastlane streams live on March 21.

Another major event being added to Peacock in March is the 2021 Golden Globe Awards. The show, which will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, presents awards to those who work on both TV and movies. It arrives on the service on March 1.

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