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Fortnite Players Are Tired Of Season 4's Extra-Long Grind

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 04:38

Fortnite's Season 4 is much meatier than previous seasons. The Marvel-character-filled battle pass has 220 tiers with special rewards that players are trying to unlock by grinding hours of the battle royale.

"I just hit 145 and may call it quits at 180," said Redditor Jester0745. "It’s getting tiresome playing strictly to get punches done."

New battle pass pages with additional rewards unlock once players reach tier 100. All the Marvel skins have additional styles, including silver, gold, and rainbow variants, that unlock every five levels. This season is ending on (or around) November 22 so players need to level up two and a half times per day to reach the top. That's not an easy task, even as Epic Games extended this season beyond the usual ten weeks.

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Destiny 2: Where Is Xur This Week? Exotic Items / Location Guide (Oct. 16-20)

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 04:04

The Festival of the Lost continues as we near the end of Destiny 2's Season of Arrivals and quickly approach the Beyond Light expansion. If you're working your way through the Haunted Forest, it's a great time to grab new exotics from our favorite weekend vendor, Xur. Head to Io, to the Giant Scar area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering The Queenbreaker. Hunters can pick up the Lucky Raspberry chest armor; for Titans, there's the Dunemarchers leg armor; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Getaway Artist gauntlets.

Xur LocationXur hangs out in a cave on the north end of Giant's Scar, near where Taken enemies spawn.

Use the Giant's Scar transmat zone on Io to get to Xur fast. Hop on your sparrow and head through the archway ahead, then turn toward the north end of the area. Hug the cliff wall on your left until you find a cave; inside, in the shadows, Xur awaits.

Xur Exotic Items

The Queenbreaker, Xur's weapon this week, is a solid heavy choice in both Gambit and Crucible, although its heyday passed a few seasons ago. Still, it's pretty good for vaporizing Guardians, provided you can snag some heavy ammo for it. But if you're not a fan of his other options, Xur also sells an Exotic engram that will decrypt into an Exotic you don't already own. He also has the Five of Swords challenge card, which lets you enable modifiers for Nightfall Strikes.

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New Ninja Battle Royale Game Looks Very Cool, Beta Sign-Ups Now Live

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 03:37

We haven't heard much about Naraka: Bladepoint since its announcement back at last year's Game Awards, but you might be able to give the extremely Sekiro-looking battle royale title a shot next month. Chinese developer 24 Entertainment just started allowing players to sign up for an upcoming closed beta on its website, which is due to kick off on November 3.

If you're unfamiliar, Naraka is a 60-player battle royale game set in feudal Japan. You choose from one of six player characters to join the fray, each with a different fighting style, wielding a sword for combat and a highly versatile grappling hook for getting around. The idea is that if you can see a point, you can climb to it in one way or another, and battles are as much about zipping around for positioning as they are about close-range sword duels.

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You'll Need To Beat Spider-Man On PS4 If You Want This Miles Morales Minifigure

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 03:09

Marvel and Lego have teamed up for a Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales sweepstakes. Anyone who beats Marvel's Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 has a chance to enter to win a limited-edition Lego Miles Morales minifigurine.

The sweepstakes runs until November 5, with interested participants having until October 29 to enter. It's open to legal residents of the 50 United States aged 13 years and older. All you need to do is beat Marvel's Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 and earn the "End Game" Trophy, which is done by completing Act 3.

Once you do that, you can head over to the PlayStation website. Within the Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales game section, you'll click the opt-in button after signing in with your PlayStation Network ID. And that's it. You're entered for a chance to win.

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Robert Downey Jr. Shares How Uncomfortable The Original Iron Man Suit Was

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 02:42

In a new clip for Season 3 of Netflix's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, the veteran late-night host asks Robert Downey Jr. about his time playing Iron Man. Specifically, Letterman is curious to hear about the Iron Man helmet: "When that thing clamps onto your head, is that thing really there? Or is it not really there?" The answer might surprise you--check out the full clip below.

Downey recalls those early, still somewhat uncertain days of comic-book movies--the first Iron Man was released in 2008, still a full year before Marvel Entertainment was acquired by The Walt Disney Company. As such, Downey tells Letterman, "Initially, everything was really there. They wanted to spend as little as they could on CG replacement, so I remember this helmet went on… and it slammed closed, and I couldn't see anything, and then these LED lights went on and it was like The Manchurian Candidate… I was absolutely blinded."

Those humble origins in Iron Man makes it all the more impressive that the many comic-book movies that followed eventually resulted in Avengers: Endgame becoming the top-grossing movie of all time (if you take reported revenue numbers at face value). Earlier this year, Downey said he has no plans or desire to play Iron Man again.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Has Gone Gold

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 02:40

Assassin's Creed Valhalla has reached a new milestone in its development lifecycle, as Ubisoft's latest game in the long-running series of historical assassins has gone gold. Scheduled for a November release date, Ubisoft took to Twitter to reveal the news and uploaded an image of a pair of Viking axes resting on an ornate engraving of the word "gold."

In the gaming industry, going gold means that the base game is ready to be pressed onto a disc and shipped out to stores across the globe. A studio will then spend the remaining time between then and the launch of the game ironing out any lingering bugs and preparing a day-one patch. It also means that a game is likely to meet its release date deadline and no more delays are expected.

Officially revealed on April 30 in a livestream event, the development of Assassin's Creed Valhalla wasn't all smooth sailing. Creative director Ashraf Ismail stepped down from his role amid allegations of misconduct, while Ubisoft also faced accusations of fostering a toxic workplace environment.

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Art Book And Prequel Novel Available To Preorder

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 02:02

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is one of the biggest holiday games, so naturally there's some merch you can preorder in addition to the game. Titan Books is publishing an official art book and prequel novel, both of which can be preordered at Amazon right now. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - The Art of the Game releases November 17, while Miles Morales - Wings of Fury arrives November 10.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - The Art of the Game $40

The 192-page hardcover art book is filled with concept art from Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It's available to preorder for $40 at Amazon. Art books regularly receive pretty nice discounts ahead of their release. If you order now, you'll get the book for the lowest price offered up until launch thanks to Amazon's preorder price guarantee.

See at Amazon Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury $14.40 (was $16)

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury is the official prequel novel for the upcoming PS5/PS4 game. Wings of Fury follows Miles as he's learning to be Spider-Man. The story will see Miles go up against Vulture in an adventure that will lead up to the start of the game.

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales releases November 12 as a PS5 launch title. It will also be available on PS4. If you're picking up a PS5, you may want to opt for the Ultimate edition, which comes with a remastered version of Marvel's Spider-Man. For details on bonuses and more, make sure to check out our Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales preorder guide.

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The Analogue Duo Is A New 1080p Retro Console For TurboGrafx And PC Engine Fans

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 02:00

Retro-console maker Analogue has made some great FPGA-based consoles over the past three years, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. The company has revealed the Analogue Duo, its take on the classic NEC console, the TurboDuo (or PC Duo Engine R in Japan and France). The original console let you play both HuCard and CD-ROM games, and Analogue plans to release a console that does that and more.

The Analogue Duo releases in 2021 and is the company's first console with a disc drive. It's compatible with almost every NEC game format, including TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx HuCards as well as TurboGrafx, PC Engine, and Super Arcade CD-ROMs.

Analogue Duo

$200

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Wonder Woman 1984's Christmas Release Might Be Uncertain, To No One's Surprise

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 01:57

What a difference a week can make. Whereas just a handful of days ago director Patty Jenkins was holding firm on her hopes that Wonder Woman 1984 would open in theaters on Christmas rather than streaming services--its sixth release date, half coming before COVID-19--she is now immediately acknowledging how unpredictable everything is during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking with Variety, Wonder Woman 1984's Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian) said, "As far as movie releases are concerned, and the tremendous way that the industry is having to improvise around these circumstances, nothing is surprising. We're all getting used to things shifting day-to-day, hour-to-hour, you know? That's what we're all dealing with."

Jenkins, in the same story, also spoke about the lack of control she is feeling about the movie, which was originally supposed to be released November 1, 2019.

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The Mandalorian Movie Is A Possibility, Star Wars Showrunner Says

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 01:49

Following the release of five Star Wars movies in just four years, things have now slowed down for the franchise. There's no news of another movie, and production is yet to start on the upcoming Obi-Wan and Cassian Andor shows. Luckily, fans have the second season of the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian to look forward to next month. Now star Pedro Pascal and showrunner Jon Favreau have spoken about the future of the series, and whether we will ever see a big-screen version.

In an interview with Variety, Pascal admitted that while the show's stunning visuals would look great at the theater, he was cautious about changing what makes The Mandalorian so good. "I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big screen experience," he said. "But it seems to work so well [on TV] that also I'm not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know? I mean, I certainly know that the challenge can be met. It's not like these people don't have the experience. If anybody can do it, they can!"

Favreau stated that the media landscape has shifted so much that the difference between movies and streaming was no longer an obvious one. "The line is blurring now," he said. "Things that you would have only seen in the movie theater, you're seeing on streaming, and I think it could go the other way as well. We're definitely open to [a movie], and excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility--because there's no rulebook now."

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Marvel's Avengers First DLC Character Kate Bishop Delayed

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 01:45

Marvel's Avengers is slated to get a growing roster of heroes, but the start of that expansion has been pushed back a bit. The first new character, Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye, will no longer be coming this month.

Crystal Dynamics announced the delay in a blog post detailing various changes to its roadmap. It refers to this as a "slight delay," but didn't give a new release target for the new character.

"Moving forward, we intend to have a fixed, predictable patching cycle to ensure all new content meets both our and your high standards and has time for extensive internal testing," the post reads. "We know fans are hungry for new content, but delivering a fun experience is our priority. With this in mind, we’ve decided to push Kate Bishop’s Operation launch back a bit, out of October. We’re sorry for this slight delay, but we are dedicated as a team to quality first."

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Marvel's Avengers PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Versions Delayed To 2021

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 01:34

Marvel's Avengers has been successful, at least in terms of initial sales, for publisher Square Enix thus far. However, the game has seen its player-counts falling and criticism for bugs and lack of endgame content--and we don't mean the movie. Because developer Crystal Dynamics is working to address the game's issues, the next-gen versions for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5 have been delayed to 2021.

Crystal Dynamics said it wants to deliver a "next-gen experience showcasing all that this game is meant to be" in a blog post announcing the decision. You will still be able to play the PS4 or Xbox One versions on the new systems and can experience better frame rates and faster loading times, and your progress will also carry over. Once the next-gen-specific versions are released, it will be a free upgrade.

Several changes requested by fans are being worked into future updates, as well. These include a ping system, the ability to replay the Reassemble campaign, a high-contrast mode, hero icon visibility adjustments, mission reward clarity, and better enemy attack indicators. PC stability is also being worked on, with GPUs apparently being the source of many crashes thus far.

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Xbox Elite 2 Controller Warranty Extended To A Full Year

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 00:50

Microsoft is significantly extending the warranty for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, in light of some users encountering hardware issues. Microsoft says it's only a "small percentage" of users encountering issues, but has extended the warranty to a full year from the previous 90 days.

According to the Xbox Support site, the warranty extension applies to all Elite 2 controllers shipped since it launched in November 2019. Also, any repairs made outside the previous warranty window will be refunded by October 31, 2020.

The support page doesn't specify what issues prompted the move, other than to say that some have been experiencing "mechanical issues." This follows some mechanical issues with the first Elite controller. Microsoft told Windows Central upon launch that it was aware some users were experiencing issues and were "actively investigating with our engineering teams." This also comes amid a class-action lawsuit regarding drifting joysticks, with an amended complaint filed on October 2.

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Marvel's Avengers Was September's Best-Selling Game In The US

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 00:43

NPD Group has revealed the US sales results for September 2020, which saw another month of growth for the gaming industry. Consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories saw a 10% increase when compared to a year ago, with sales reaching $4.3 billion. Mobile spending, hardware, and accessories also saw growth within the time period.

The top-selling game of the month was Marvel's Avengers from publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics. Launch month dollar sales of Marvel's Avengers were the second-highest for any superhero game in US history, right behind Marvel's Spider-Man.

Marvel's Avengers is so far the seventh-best-selling game of 2020, although it has experienced a significant drop-off in audience numbers since launch, which Square Enix is confident can be reversed with new patches and DLC.

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Evangelion: The Final Rebuild Movie Has Been Dated In Japan

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 14:25

After an extremely long wait, the final "Rebuild of Evangelion" film has finally landed a release date in Japanese cinemas. Crunchyroll is reporting that Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time will release on January 23, 2021, bringing an end to the long-running anime series.

The original series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, ran from 1995 until 1996 in Japan, and was followed by the (extremely grim) feature-length End of Evangelion in 1997. It was later followed up by the Rebuild series, which 3.0+1.0 is the final entry in. The movie is written and chiefly directed by series creator Hideki Anno.

A new trailer has also surfaced, which you can watch below (and, if you're anything like me, get a bit emotional about). The trailer debuted ahead of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train in Japanese cinemas.

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PlayStation 5's Biggest UI Changes: How Sony Is Reinventing Its Interface For PS5

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 13:23

For a while, it seemed pretty wild that Sony hadn't revealed the UI of its upcoming PlayStation 5, given that the console's launch is only in a few short weeks. But that has finally changed thanks to a recent State of Play presentation offering a more detailed look at how the console works. Unlike Xbox Series X's UI--which is similar to current-gen Microsoft consoles--the PS5's UI is entirely different from its predecessor.

To help give you an idea of what to expect from the UI of Sony's upcoming next-generation console, we're going over the most significant changes. This includes numerous alterations to how you interact with the console's base functions like screenshot tools and your friends list, what the Create button pops up in the UI, the new navigational system known as Cards, and much more. While what we detail below is based on the recent presentation, we'll, of course, know a lot more once we get a hands-on with the PS5 come November 12.

Regardless, be sure to check back as we detail the latest changes. You can also check out the video version of this feature in the player above for a more visual look at the details we've presented. Otherwise, if all this sells you on Sony's next-generation console, be sure to hop into our PS5 preorder guide.

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Disney+ Updates Disclaimers About Negative Depictions, Linking To "Stories Matter" Site

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:13

When Disney+ launched, several movies carried a disclaimer admitting to outdated depictions of certain cultures and people, with many of the company's older films featuring content that has not held up well in 2020. Now, the advisory messages have been updated, and Disney has established a new website to better address this material.

As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the disclaimers before movies like Peter Pan, The Aristocats, Dumbo, and Swiss Family Robinson now point towards Disney's "Stories Matter" page, which was created in collaboration with a third-party advisory council. The site directly addresses some of the issues in these films.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures," the page says. "Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all. We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we're committed to giving voice to their stories as well."

The page goes into detail about what, specifically, is wrong with these films, with the examples on the page right now focusing on racist depictions within these four films.

Here's the full disclaimer leading into the link:

"This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.

Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe."

In the past, Disney+ has altered and edited some content on its service--most notably, covering up a butt in Splash with weird CGI hair. Pixar's next film, Soul, will release onto Disney+ on Christmas day.

GTA 5 Online Is Tripling Power Play Rewards This Week

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:38

Grand Theft Auto V Online has announced this week's line-up of bonuses and discounts, and if you want to get a big boost in your RP and GTA$, there are a few playstyles you should focus on this week. The big one is Power Play, which has triple rewards all week.

First up, simply logging in this week will earn you a special "Zit" tee, if you want to serve as a walking billboard for the in-game tech company. It's not the nicest shirt, but hey--it's free.

Log in to claim a free shirt.

This mode, which is a team deathmatch-style mode with wilder weapons and power-ups, will triple all rewards, and it's pretty fun to boot. The End to End Time Trial and Cypress Flats RC Time Trial will also pay out triple this week, and you could potentially earn over GTA$600k if you can hit par on both of them.

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory Demo Available Ahead Of Release Next Month

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:11

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is a musical spin-off from the main Kingdom Hearts series, and it's due for release on November 13 for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Now, ahead of that date, a demo has been released for the game--so you can check it out early and see if it's to your taste.

This isn't a traditional Kingdom Hearts experience, and instead plays closer to something like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. It'll feature plenty of Disney songs and characters--the full game will include over 140 songs.

The demo is quite a bit smaller, as you'd expect--it has four field battle music stages and two co-op stages, for a total of six songs. It's free to download.

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Halo MCC Update Adds Foundation For Cross-Gen Play With Series X/S

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:07

A new patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection landed this week, and it lays the foundation for cross-generation multiplayer support for Xbox Series X and S when those consoles release in November.

Version 1.1871.0.0 is available now on Xbox One and PC. The update makes "improvements to cross-generation play in advance of the upcoming launch of Xbox Series X and Series S hardware."

This is seemingly the first confirmation that Halo: MCC will have cross-gen support, but it's not much of a surprise given a game like MCC with six different games and numerous modes and playlists needs a big player base to work well. If there was no cross-gen support, it would seemingly be difficult to find matches for Series X and S players with the consoles having just released and not having a built-in audience yet.

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