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Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows Of New York Visual Novel Will Ask You To Solve An Unsolvable Crime

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:28

Vampire: the Masquerade - Shadows of New York is the second Vampire: The Masquerade visual novel, following on from 2019's Coteries of New York, and it's coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC soon. Developer Draw Distance has released some new details about the game, giving us some insight into what to expect and what it'll do differently from its predecessor.

Players will be cast as Julia, a member of the Lasombra vampire clan, and part of the Camarilla faction. She's looking for a way to rise up the ranks in vampire society, and finds it when the Anarch Baron of New York reaches his "final death"--which plunges Julia into trying to solve a crime that the game's Steam page describes as "unsolvable".

The game will feature two different endings depending on the choices the player makes, and is promising a "more personal, and darker story" than what Coteries offered. It will also feature more illustrations than that game did, complete with animations. The soundtrack is being composed by the Polish artist Resina.

Shadows of New York is a standalone game, although there is some crossover with characters from the previous game. The press release specifically mentions Agathon, D'Angelo, Hope, and Tamika returning, along with Sheriff Qadir Al-Asmai.

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PGA Tour 2K21: Here Are All 15 Real-Life Courses

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:16

2K's soon-to-release golf game, PGA Tour 2K21, will feature a total of 15 real-life courses, and now all of them have been confirmed.

The list includes some very famous real-world courses, including TPC Scottsdale, which is the site of the fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open every year. TPC River Highlands is also on the list, and it's one of the more popular courses among golfers. Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California is also included in PGA Tour 2K21, alongside TPC Boston, TPC Deere Run, and TPC Louisiana, among others. You can see the full list below.

Developer HB Studios worked with Terra Imaging to create the courses and make them as true-to-life as possible. HB Studios had access to drone footage and other datapoints that helped the studio create courses that are accurate "down to one centimetre of accuracy," 2K said.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update Finally Adds Save Backups, Live Now

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:15

UPDATE: Update 1.4.0 is available now, meaning that all the content mentioned below is now available in the game. If the update does not download automatically, press "+" on the game icon from your Switch menu and pick "software update", then "Via the Internet".

Upon starting up the game, you'll find two letters in your inbox with attachments--one from Nintendo with a fireworks-show wall, and one from Luna with Luna's Bed. This is the bed you'll be able to access dreams from. At long last, you'll be able to back up your island in case something happens to your Switch. That hard work will not be wasted.

Happy dreaming.

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Cuphead--Xbox Congratulates PS4 Owners On Getting This Former Exclusive

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:46

Cuphead, the former Xbox One/PC exclusive that eventually came to Switch, is now available for PS4, too. It's a day we never thought would come--partly because developer StudioMDHR explicitly said that the game would never come to PS4--and eyes have been on Xbox to see how they'd react.

As it turns off, Xbox--or, at least, the team running the Xbox Twitter account--couldn't be happier for PS4 owners who finally get to experience this great game. In a tweet replying to the news, Xbox told PS4 fans that they're "gonna love this." You can see it below.

Raising a cup to our friends on PS4, you're gonna love this one! pic.twitter.com/Hbj4r8IG1e

— Xbox (@Xbox) July 28, 2020

Of course, it's entirely possible that there's a more cynical reasoning behind this--it's unclear what the exact deal is between Microsoft and the developer on this game, and it's possible that Microsoft will make some money from the sale of Cuphead on PS4. But it's also in line with the Xbox brand's more magnanimous approach to gaming lately, with Phil Spencer saying that the company is less focused on selling systems for the Xbox Series X.

Cuphead has long been one of the few Xbox exclusives--or games associated with Xbox, at least--not available on Xbox Game Pass, which is looking like a major part of Xbox's strategy going forward, even if it's not a huge money maker yet.

Cuphead has DLC on the horizon, called The Last Course. It'll come to all versions of Cuphead.

Suikoden Follow-Up Eiyuden Chronicle Is So Popular It Crashed Kickstarter

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:12

Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes recently hit Kickstarter, and it looks extremely promising--it's the spirtual successor to Suikoden, which is a beloved series. Not surprisingly, the campaign achieved its initial goal within hours, hitting the console release stretch goal very fast. In fact, it's been such a huge success that Kickstarter is struggling to keep up.

In the latest update on the game's Kickstarter page, developer Rabbit & Bear Studios has celebrated the game's success, which has been strong enough to cause page crashes. "The first 24 hours of our campaign have been pretty crazy," the post reads. "Many of you probably noticed that during the opening hours of the campaign, Kickstarter crashed multiple times."

The post says that "the spirit and love of our fans" caused the crash, and to make up for it, to the Kickstarter campaign has been given an extra day, so there will be more time to pledge towards the project and reach higher stretch goals.

We contacted Kickstarter to confirm that, yes, it was the success of Eiyuden Chronicles that led to this issue.

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Halo Infinite Developer Responds To Criticisms Of The Game

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 09:57

Microsoft has finally showcased Halo Infinite's gameplay, but the reaction has been mixed. Some people criticized the way the game looks, which prompted Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg to point out that the game is a work-in-progress and it will improve in the lead-up to launch.

Now, Halo Infinite's narrative experience director Dan Chosich has commented further on the fan reaction to Halo Infinite. He said on Twitter that he understands what it feels like to be let down after getting hyped about something. He wants fans to know that their concerns are "not falling on deaf ears." The series has been criticized since 343 took over from Bungie, both for what some players think are lackluster campaign modes and multiplayer that seems to lack its own identity.

"I've been in your shoes. I know what it's like to have expectations built + feel let down," Chosich said. "I want you to know your voice matters + is heard. You're not falling on deaf ears. I always want to live up to the legacy that Bungie pioneered. I personally care a lot about honoring that."

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These Mini Sega Consoles Are Perfect For Retro Collectors

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 04:43

Figurines are cool, but figurines playing old Sega consoles are even cooler. Max Factory's FigmaPlus Sega console accessories are now available to pre-order via Good Smile US, and they come with everything you need to get your Figma action figures playing old games. The entire set costs $35, ships January 2021, and comes with a Sega Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, Master System, and Game Gear as well as a game for each and hands that can hold the respective controllers.

Each mini console is based on its Japanese release, so your Genesis is actually a Mega Drive and your Sega Saturn is in grey, black, and blue. Each of the five consoles also comes with a controller and its own game that can be taken out of its case and inserted into the system. These games include Sonic the Hedgehog for the Mega Drive, Virtua Fighter for Saturn, Space Channel 5 for Dreamcast, Alex Kidd in Miracle World for Master System, and Puyo Puyo for Game Gear.

FigmaPlus Sega consoles $35 See at Good Smile US

One thing to note is that the pictures show several different figures playing these consoles on a TV and entertainment center. These don't come with the set, but you can snag the featured set from Hobby Link Japan, a reliable seller of action figures, models, and more.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Player Recreated The Gulag In Fortnite

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 04:15

Fortnite doesn't have a second-chance mechanic in its battle royale mode, so one player added his own version of the Gulag in the game's creative mode. It's just as gross and claustrophobic as it is in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Reddit user and Fortnite designer u/NO-SWEAT-POLICE posted his creation to the Fortnite Creative subreddit, asking players to test the arena out for him. They even included the different variations of the small map.

Fan Made Fortnite Gulag

The Gulag has become a popular addition to the battle royale genre. It gives people one last chance to get back to the action in Verdansk. Players have recreated it in other games, like this Minecraft version, to help simulate the feeling of getting one last chance at survival outside of Call of Duty.

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Massive T-Shirt Sale Features Some Awesome Gaming And Pop Culture Designs For Cheap

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 03:58

Apparel store TeePublic is back with another massive sale this week, offering discounts on its massive collection of T-shirts designed by independent artists. From now through Friday, literally thousands of cool tees are marked down from $20 to just $13. What's great is these T-shirts have a ton of customization options for every design, including background color, male/female styles, and different T-shirt types, including V-necks, heavyweight, and a softer tri-blend (although these types are slightly more expensive than the classic fit). Domestic shipping within the US is $6, while international shipping will cost you $8, so the price will be even more worth it if you pick up a couple of tees.

Last week's face mask sale has continued as well, with basic face masks selling for just 8 bucks each and pleated double-layer ones going for $12--buy four, and you'll get an additional 20% off the price. We rounded up some of our favorite face mask designs last week, but you can also check out the full collection of masks at TeePublic as there are quite simply too many to list here. In the meantime, check out our picks from this week's T-shirt sale below and browse the thousands of T-shirt designs at TeePublic before the sale ends on Friday.

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Secret Animal Crossing Villager Discovered In Nintendo Leak

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 03:21

Animal Crossing has had hundreds of villagers throughout its history, but there can never be enough cute and cuddly creatures in the world. The major Nintendo leak just uncovered a villager that's never been seen before. Meet Cat13.

Wow. Uh. Big discovery here? I found an unused villager in Animal Crossing! Say hello to CAT13! pic.twitter.com/GGrZmOKGmm

— TV | Dreamers Dev (@lombTV) July 27, 2020

Discovered by Matthew Lombardo (Twitter user lombTV), Cat13 was found in the files of the major leak. They include various models for the furry villager that display different emotions the NPC showcases in-game. Lombardo also tweeted out a photo of what the villager would look like you encountered them in your town.

Here's CAT13 in-game! Nicknamed Catty since we don't have a proper name for her. pic.twitter.com/r9ReaU34AL

— TV | Dreamers Dev (@lombTV) July 28, 2020

Lombardo found Cat13's files, along with files of other characters, in a folder named "OLD_NPC." He believes they are from an early prototype of the original Animal Crossing game--a prototype that didn't look anything like the game that launched in 2001. It had dungeons instead of forests.

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Marvel's Avengers Beta Will Give Fortnite Rewards

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 03:18

The latest War Table stream for Marvel's Avengers went into more detail about features like challenge rooms, Warzones, and the first post-launch character. But the studio saved one more surprise for the very end--a partnership with Epic Games to bring more Avengers gear to Fortnite.

By participating in the Avengers beta, you can get a Hulk Smashers Pickaxe weapon, which makes your hands look like the Hulk's giant green meatpaws. The item comes with an alternate Hulkbuster style, which is modeled after Iron Man's huge suit meant to neutralize any out-of-control Hulk moments.

To pick up the items, you'll need to complete three HARM challenges on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One during the beta periods. You'll need to make sure your Epic Games and Square Enix accounts are both linked to your console. Epic also noted in the announcement that the items will be available for purchase at a later date.

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Marvel's Avengers War Table Livestream Confirms Hawkeye Is The First DLC Character

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 03:04

Developer Crystal Dynamics revealed Marvel's Avengers' first post-launch DLC character during the second War Table livestream, and the character's identity may not surprise you all that much.

It turns out that Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, will join the game's roster sometime after launch. An exact release date has not been confirmed, but it seems Hawkeye is getting added the Marvel's Avengers because of the fans.

"You asked for him and we're thrilled to bring him to you," the studio said. "When we started working on Hawkeye the first thing we did was find the best comics and pull ideas that would fit into our post-A-Day universe. One of our favorite runs is writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja's 'My Life as a Weapon' and we've taken some exciting ideas from it."

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Marvel's Avengers War Table Livestream Details Challenge Room Content

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 02:37

During Marvel's Avengers' second War Table livestream, we learned about some of the activities you can participate in during the upcoming betas. One of these activities is the HARM challenge rooms.

These Holographic Augmented Reality Machine rooms are virtual training simulators that let you battle waves of increasingly difficult enemies by yourself, with companion AI, or with four other real players. When the beta goes live this August, you can choose from Iron Man, Kamala Khan, Black Widow, and The Hulk and take them through these challenge rooms to test your teamwork and earn various nameplates that will carry over to the main game. There will be four challenge rooms available in the beta, with more appearing in the full game.

Developer Crystal Dynamics also touched on other Marvel's Avengers aspects during the War Table livestream. The studio shared details on the cooperative Warzone missions, a look at the campaign content, and more.

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Avengers War Table Stream Outlines Warzones

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 02:36

During an Avengers War Table stream, developer Crystal Dynamics shared more details on its co-op Warzones, along with its challenge room content.

The stream showed Hulk and Ms. Marvel on a mission to a war bunker. The studio explained that these can last from 10 minutes to two hours, and Drop Zone encounters are meant to be quick experiences. The stream also teased that Iron Man's Ultimate is the Hulkbuster, and it will be available in the beta. Other playable heroes in the beta include Kamala Khan, Hulk, and Black Widow.

Warzones are co-op missions that can be played with human teammates or AI companions, and you'll always be making progress with your heroes. These repeatable missions will be grounded in the storyline so you'll also be making progress in the fight against AIM.

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This Nintendo Switch Accessories Bundle Comes With Everything You Need For Under $50

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 02:01

From carrying cases and screen protectors to grips and charge stations, there are a myriad of Nintendo Switch accessories that both enhance your playing experience and keep your hybrid console safe. If you're new to the Switch or looking to purchase a great gift, Orzly has an absolutely wild Switch Accessories Bundle that comes with practically everything you could possibly need. Already reasonably priced, Orzly's bundle is on sale for more than $20 off at Amazon today only (July 29).

You have two color options for the set, and the price difference is substantial. The black bundle is normally $60 and on sale for $46.74, while the red/blue bundle--which matches neon red/blue Joy-Con color scheme--is on sale for $59.49, down from $70.

Orzly Nintendo Switch Accessories Bundle

Each bundle comes with the same 12 products:

  • Nintendo Switch carrying case: has an eight-card inlay and mesh accessories pouch for Joy-Con and cables
  • Nintendo Switch comfort grip: makes playing the Switch in handheld mode more comfortable for some, especially those with larger hands
  • Charging station: has spots for both a Pro controller and pair of Joy-Con
  • Two Joy-Con racing wheels: great for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Two Joy-Con grips: add handles to the otherwise uncomfortable single Joy-Con control scheme for multiplayer
  • Two tempered glass screen protectors
  • Plastic game cartridge case
  • Play stand for tabletop mode
  • Earbuds
  • Thumbstick covers and extenders
  • USB-C cable
  • Two styluses
$46.74 at Amazon (Black) $59.49 at Amazon (Red/Blue)

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More Xbox Series X News Is Coming In August

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 01:51

Xbox head Phil Spencer says that more news on the next big Xbox event " should " be coming in August, after speaking to iJustine's Same Brain podcast. Discussing the backwards compatibility work currently being done for the Xbox Series X, Spencer confirmed that the event (which may also reveal Xbox Series X pricing and an official launch date) is coming.

"I am encouraged to be able to talk more about [Microsoft's Xbox plans]…should be August. I think August we'll have more to say," Spencer said.

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Cineworld Openly Skeptical Of Universal-AMC's On-Demand Movie Deal

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:56

As the movie industry as a whole continues to navigate what a path to re-opening looks like in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld, the world's second largest cinema chain has issued a response to AMC Theaters and Universal reaching a compromise between theatrical and home digital releases of new movies: "We do not see any business sense in this model."

That quote comes from a longer series of statements Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger gave to Deadline, further elaborating that: "While we don’t know the full details and we are always analyzing any move in the industry, we will analyze it. People need to be aware that the first big movie from Universal is coming only in six months so there is no pressure here… But we clearly see this as a wrong move at the wrong time. Clearly we are not changing our policy with regards to showing only movies that are respecting the theatrical window."

It should be noted that the compromise between AMC Theaters and Universal has not yet borne out any specific details of what their deal entails, and for how long--all that's known as of this writing is that the movie-theater chains are working together. It's still unknown how other theaters and movie studios could fit into this developing scenario in the future.

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Sekiro Update Will Let You Fight Your Favorite Bosses Over And Over

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:41

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, winner of the 2019 Game Awards and our own Game of the Year award, is receiving a new update. This update will bring multiple changes to the game, including a boss rush mode where you can take on previous foes called Gauntlet of Strength/Reflection of Strength. Based on information on the Sekiro website, the update is expected to release on PC, Xbox One and PS4 in late October.

A new free update for Sekiro has been announced
- Reflection of Strength / Gauntlet of Strength (boss rush mode)
- Change form (3 new forms/outfits)
- Remnants ("Send a recording of your actions to the worlds of other shinobi.")https://t.co/jigUo7mXqo pic.twitter.com/XwV9S6XMPJ

— Nibel (@Nibellion) July 29, 2020

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Get $100 Xbox Store Credit For $90 And Save Even More On Games, Subscriptions

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:37

While weekly sales discount a variety of Xbox One games on the Xbox Store, it's not often you can save on gift cards. One of the Newegg's daily deals does just that, offering a $100 Xbox Store gift card for $90. It's only available today (July 29), so make sure you snag this deal while you can.

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Newegg is limiting the deal to two per customer, so if you want, you can get $200 worth of Xbox cash for $180. Codes are emailed to you after purchase, which you can then plug in at the Xbox Store to fill your wallet. While $10 off may not sound like much--especially when you still have to spend $90 right now--it's a great deal to take advantage of if you buy most of your games digitally. The gift card can also be used to re-up your Xbox Live Gold subscription or subscribe to Game Pass, which opens up a library filled with hundreds of Xbox One games to play.

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PS5's "Blitz-Fast" Load Times Let Hitman 3 Encourage Even More Experimentation

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:35

Hitman III was announced a month ago during Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal event, and it looks like business as usual for Agent 47 as he travels the world and hunts down new targets. Hitman players are no strangers to maps that require several runs so that they can familiarize themselves with every nuance of the levels that their targets inhabit, but Hitman III may be focusing on trial and error more than ever thanks to consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and its SSD technology that allows for "blitz-fast" load times.

"Hitman III is going to mark yet another big leap forward for our technology, driven and inspired by the capabilities of the PlayStation 5," Game Director Mattias Engström said to PlayStation Official Magazine via WCCFTech.

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