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Limited-Edition God Of War PS5 Controller Is Available To Preorder

19 hours 20 min ago

If you're a big God of War fan, now's your chance to secure a cool controller to use to play God of War: Ragnarok on November 9. The God of War-themed limited-edition DualSense controller is available to preorder now for $75. Multiple retailers have opened preorders, but a couple have already sold out. PlayStation Direct is still taking preorders--at least for now. We'll continue to update this article as more retailers start taking orders on the limited-edition PS5 controller.

God of War: Ragnarok DualSense controller

The limited-edition DualSense controller was revealed earlier this month alongside a new gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated action game. It's the first special-edition PS5 controller PlayStation has made so far.

With an icy blue and white color scheme, the controller really stands out and fits with the vibe of Midgard, the setting of the reboot series. You'll notice that the touchpad features blue graphics of a bear and wolf. The bear represents Kratos, while the wolf stands in for his son, Atreus.

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Fortnite Ranger Shotgun Unvaulted: Where To Get It

19 hours 22 min ago

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 has been keeping folks busy for over a week now, and it's finally time to dig into what the first of many updates has to offer. And the answer is--well, not a whole lot. In addition to Boogie Bombs landing back in the vault, the only notable addition in this update is the unvaulting of the Ranger Shotgun. Read on to find out where you can grab one and why you should use it.

Where to find a Ranger Shotgun and how it works

First introduced in Chapter 3 Season 2, the Ranger Shotgun quickly became a favorite due to its extended range and high damage capabilities. After being vaulted for only a season, it's back for now and can be found on the ground or in chests and supply drops.

The Ranger Shotgun is a single-shot firearm with a tight spread and one of the highest ranges in the shotgun class. It uses shotgun ammo, of course, and comes in Common (329 DPS), Uncommon (345 DPS), Rare (364), Epic (383), and Legendary (402 DPS) versions.

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Xbox Launches Video Series Aimed At Supporting Black Youth Interested In Gaming Industry Careers

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 23:31

Xbox has launched a new project aimed at supporting Black youth who are interested in getting into the gaming industry.

Late last week Xbox shared an Xbox Wire blog post announcing "Project Amplify," a new video series from the gaming company that features Black members of the company in a variety of roles, sharing their experiences in the games industry, and offering advice on how young Black voices can work towards a career in the industry.

The series features 14 Black team members, including head of ecosystem Sarah Bond, who you may have seen at previous press conferences. The creation of the series follows a recent study from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Connect that was commissioned by Microsoft which found that out of 200 respondents, about "95% of college students and alumni from HBCUs across the country shared that they have interest in a career in the gaming industry."

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Today's Wordle Answer (#464) - September 27, 2022

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 23:23

It's Tuesday, September 27 and we're back with another edition of our Wordle guides. For the past week or so, the Wordle gods have not been too forgiving to the player base, giving players some difficult words to guess. Unfortunately for those who don't enjoy these types of Wordles, today's answer has continued to follow that trend. It's another difficult answer, and that means that players everywhere will need a little nudge in the right direction. Luckily, most players should at least know this particular word, which should give them an edge when attempting to guess what it is.

If you haven't started the Wordle yet, you can check out our list of recommended starting words to give yourself an advantage before you've begun. However, if you're already a few guesses deep, then you might be searching for a lifeline. Luckily, we're here to provide just that. Below, players will see two hints for today's Wordle in addition to the full answer. If players don't want to be spoiled, they should avoid reading past the hints, as that's where the full answer will be located.

Today's Wordle Answer - September 27, 2022

We'll begin with two hints that directly relate to the Wordle answer, but won't immediately give the word away.

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Moonbreaker Lore Showcase: How To Watch And Start Time

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 23:09

Moonbreaker was one of the coolest announcements to come out of Gamescom over the summer, combining turn-based strategy gameplay with a miniatures aesthetic that should feel right at home for D&D and Warhammer players. It also has quite the science-fiction lore behind it, and today's Moonbreaker Lore Showcase, presented by GameSpot, will give you the rundown. Here's how you can tune in to watch the show, which just so happens to feature legendary author Brandon Sanderson.

How to watch the Moonbreaker Lore Showcase

The Moonbreaker Lore Showcase will air on Brandon Sanderson's YouTube channel as well as the official Moonbreaker Twitch channel at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET today, September 27. You can also watch it right on the GameSpot YouTube channel.

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Gotham Knights Trailer Showcases High-End Visual Features On PC

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 23:00

We're less than a month away from Gotham Knights, and WB Montreal is using the time it has left to showcase the game's visual features for those who will play on PC. From ray tracing and 4K to ultrawide mode and ultra-high framerate options, the PC version of the open-world action-RPG may wind up the prettiest and smoothest version of them all when it arrives in October.

Check out the trailer for yourself. Even if you won't be playing on PC, it might be fun getting another look at the game if you're excited to put on one of the story's four heroic masks.

Gotham Knights arrives during a busy October but is expected to be one of the biggest games of the month. Though Batman is allegedly not playable in the game, it does seem to take some cues, both visual and narrative, from the Batman Arkham series, though WB has made it clear that 2023's Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League is the next DC Comics-based game to actually share a story universe with Rocksteady's revered Arkham games. Gotham Knights is, thus, a sort of reset that imagines a post-Batman Gotham where the Court of Owls has emerged from the shadows to disrupt the city's already-hanging-by-a-thread civility.

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MultiVersus 1.03 Patch Adds Rick Sanchez, Makes Shaggy Free For All New Players

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 22:52

Warner Bros. and Player First Games have revealed the MultiVersus Version 1.03 patch notes, which marks the addition of portal-hopping genius Rick Sanchez to the game's playable roster. The update releases today, September 27, at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

Rick joins after being confirmed for the game during San Diego Comic-Con along with his grandson Morty Smith, who is already available in-game. Rick will use his trademark portal technology in battle, as well as a Meeseeks box to summon helpers and a fart bomb that will send enemies into the sky.

Tomorrow's itinerary:
- Maintenance Mode initiates sequence at 9:00am PT.
- Stream Rick-tastic goodness at 9:30am PT on our Twitch.
- Rick enters the #MultiVersus dimension at 10am PT.
- Proceed imminent Rick domination.

— MultiVersus (@multiversus) September 27, 2022

The MultiVersus 1.03 patch will increase the amount of experience needed to level up a single character between levels 3 and 15, as the developers found that "players could get to level 15 of the mastery track too quickly." The patch also makes Shaggy free to everyone who completes the in-game tutorial, replacing the previous free character, Wonder Woman, who can now be purchased with in-game gold or Gleamium--the game's premium currency.

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Free Fire Tales' Next Episode Double Trouble Is Out Now

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 18:25

Garena Free Fire has released its latest video in the Free Fire Tales animated series. The short, called Double Trouble, introduces new character Tatsuya Garcia, the brother of Shirou Garcia, following the two on their adventures working for Dasha in the city of Griza.

The video's accompanying event, Double Trouble, debuts in game on October 1, when all players will be able to unlock Tatsuya for free, and join the brothers' adventures in game. Players will take on Tatsuya's role in the game event, and compete against Shirou. The event will also include an accompanying web event called Griza Fighter, where players will work through a gauntlet of villains to reach the final boss.

Tatsuya is live in the game now as of Free Fire's latest update, which also added free plays for the game's customizable Craftland mode, and a new Droid Apocalypse template for the mode.

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Madden Dev Warns Hurricane Ian Could Delay Game Content

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 17:58

Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team's regular weekly schedule has come with an unusual warning this week, as Florida braces for the arrival of Hurricane Ian. EA Tiburon, which is based in Orlando, has anticipated potential disruptions to its usual content schedule as Florida enters a state of emergency.

The weekly schedule for Madden Ultimate Team content looks pretty similar to its usual weekly announcement, with new content drops planned for AKA, Team of the Week, Gridiron Guardians, Team Diamonds, and Legends. The Good Morning Madden stream is also planned for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Content is subject to change or experience delays due to Hurricane Ian.

Any and all updates or changes will be noted here or @MaddenNFLDirect.

— Madden Ultimate Team (@EASPORTS_MUT) September 26, 2022

More unusually, the schedule comes with a warning that "content is subject to change or experience delays due to Hurricane Ian." No delays or changes have currently been confirmed, but it's not surprising the studio is being wary, with Ian expected to heavily impact the state including disruptions to power supply and other services.

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Final Fantasy Tactics Content Is Coming To Brave Exvius

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 07:36

Square Enix is having a month-long celebration for its mobile game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. As a part of the celebration, there'll be special missions, log-in bonuses, and a collaboration with Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Players who participate and complete the special event will be rewarded with Visiore based on the amount of Visiore they spend. They'll also be eligible for triple the number of Fragments of Thought for all elements for completing the anniversary campaign. Players will also be able to perform ten free summons a day for the next month.

Players will also receive in-game prizes whenever Brave Exvius reaches a specific amount of followers on its social media accounts.

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Akinta Is New State Mobile's Newest Map

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 06:48

Krafton Inc has announced the September update for its mobile game New State Mobile is now live. The latest update introduces a new map, skins, guns, and more.

Players can now load into the new map Akinta, a small 4x4km map with a futuristic setting. The map can host up to 64 players at once, and each round can last up to 15 minutes. The map also utilizes the maglev tram, a new traveling mechanic that will take players to the center of the map.

McLaren Automotive will also collaborate with New State as part of the September update. New content includes an outfit, helmet, backpack, gloves, hat, sneakers, mask, and patch.Players will also be able to participate in a new limited-time event where they can unlock the McLaren 720S upon completion. The skin will come in the following colors:

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Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 PS5 Bundle Announced, Preorders Are Live

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 06:26

PlayStation has quietly unveiled a new PS5 bundle. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 bundle releases October 28 and is available to preorder now. The new bundle comes with a digital voucher for Modern Warfare 2's Cross-Gen bundle. Though you'll have to wait a month to get your PS5, this is a good way to secure a PlayStation 5 just in time for the latest Call of Duty.

Preorder bundle at PS Direct

The Modern Warfare 2 bundle is available exclusively at PlayStation Direct. At this time, only a standard disc-based PS5 bundle is available.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II PS5 bundle

It will set you back slightly more cash than the Horizon Forbidden West bundle at $560. The Horizon bundle costs $550, and that bundle was also available with the PS5 Digital for $450. That said, you're still saving 10 bucks versus buying the console and game separately.

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Why Marvel Didn't Recast Chadwick Boseman's T'challa

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 06:22

In an interview with Empire, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained the decision to not recast T'Challa in the MCU. Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020, two years after Black Panther's release.

"It just felt like it was much too soon to recast," Feige said. "Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there's a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan [Coogler, director] poured that into the story."

Feige also added that internally there were many conversations that were "entirely" about, "'What do we do next?' And how could the legacy of Chadwick--and what he had done to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, aspirational, iconic ideas--continue?" Empire and other publications are interpreting this comment to mean possibly, someday, Marvel will recast Boseman's role.

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New On Peacock In October 2022: Halloween Ends, Back To The Future Trilogy, And Galaxy Quest

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 05:55

Peacock is getting even bigger in October, with more new movies and TV shows to watch--including original content. October means Halloween, which means plenty of horror is being added to the mix--but if that's not your thing, there's also plenty of variety.

On October 14, Halloween Ends will be hitting Peacock and also theaters. The conclusion to the Halloween franchise features Jamie Lee Curtis returning to play Laurie Strode--the role that made her a story 40 years ago--and she says the film will be a "fitting conclusion" to the franchise's legacy. All that's really known about the film's plot comes via its synopsis, which reads in part: "Four years after the events of last year's Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn't been seen since his last brutal rampage… when a young man, Corey Cunningham, is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can't control, once and for all."

Otherwise, among the classic content joining Peacock that's most definitely not horror but certainly worth your time, the Back to the Future trilogy, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, Galaxy Quest, and the full Godfather trilogy are all coming to the streaming service on October 1. Though these are all classics today, Galaxy Quest may still be something of a sleeper hit. The 1999 sci-fi comedy is a parody and homage to classic sci-fi films and series, and teams Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell as the reunited cast of a fictional sci-fi show--who winds up being drawn into a real interstellar conflict by aliens who thought the show was an accurate documentary. It's great fun--and might also inspire some costume ideas.

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EA And Omega Force's Wild Hearts Being Revealed Wednesday

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 05:41

Electronic Arts and Dynasty Warriors studio Omega Force will be revealing the debut trailer for Wild Hearts, an action-oriented hunting game taking place in feudal Japan, on September 28 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET.

On YouTube, the trailer’s description reads, “Prepare for an epic adventure set in a fantasy world inspired by feudal Japan. Developed by Omega Force, the Japanese studio behind Dynasty Warriors, in partnership with Electronic Arts.” Wild Hunt is part of the EA Originals banner, which also includes games like It Takes Two, A Way Out, and Unravel.

This collaboration was first announced earlier this month as “the next great hunting game.” Omega Force and parent company Koei Tecmo have already created a monster-hunting game franchise set in Japan called Toukiden, so there was some speculation that this new game could be Toukiden 3. However, it’s now confirmed that it is an entirely new IP, Wild Hearts.

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Netflix Is Opening New Mobile Game Studio

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 05:19

Netflix's push into mobile games has been critically well-received, in part because the streaming giant has made smart partnerships to bring over successful games like Into the Breach and Before Your Eyes, along with original publishing deals for games like Poinpy. But the company is now preparing to take the next step with its own newly built internal studio.

According to the announcement, the new studio will be led by Marko Lastikka, who was previously a general manager at Zynga and EA. This will be Netflix's second studio in Helsinki, but the first that it's starting from scratch, after having acquired Next Games earlier this year. Those two Helsinki developers will join Night School Studio and Boss Fight Entertainment in Netflix's portfolio of game studios.

The announcement also notes that this is an early step and that game development can take years, suggesting it may be a while before we start to see actual products out of the new studio.

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Nier Automata Anime Gets Teaser, Will Descend In January

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 04:04

The Nier Automata anime only got a very brief teaser when it was announced back in February, but this weekend's Aniplex Online Fest gave us a much better look at the project. It's scheduled to arrive in January 2023, and you can check out the introduction below.

"A helix repeating life and death... we are continually imprisoned within it," 2B says in the teaser. This could be a temporary translation of the Japanese dialogue, as it differs a little bit from the opening line in the video game, but the essence remains.

The footage shows 2B, sword in hand, with her trusty pod companion at her side. Some of the locations and even 2B's actions--such as her dramatic sword swipe--seem to be lifted directly from the game, so we could be looking at a straightforward and accurate anime version.

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HoYoverse Is Holding A Live Genshin Impact Concert On October 2

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 03:22

Developer HoYoverse has announced that it will hold a live Genshin Impact concert on October 2, with the event being globally broadcast on the game's official YouTube channel. A collection of Genshin Impact soundtracks will be played by Neon Genesis Evangelion composer Shiro Sagisu and several musicians from around the globe, in their original and adapted forms.

Genshin Impact's music is primarily orchestral, and fans can expect to hear tracks from the Mondstadt, Liyue, Inazuma, and Sumeru regions of the game. Original music will be performed by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Eímear Noone, an Irish conductor who has composition credits in big Blizzard games such as Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Diablo III, and has conducted multiple Legend of Zelda concerts.

"Creating music for Genshin Impact has always been an endless exploration for me and the HoYo-MiX team," music producer Yu-Peng Chen said in a press statement. "In the past year, as Inazuma and Sumeru unfolded, we've strived to enrich the Genshin Impact music with inspirations drawn from all over the world. I'm excited to see how these soundtracks resonate with musicians and players across the world."

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Diego Luna Explains Why Andor Is The Real "Shoots First" Guy In Star Wars

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 02:55

Cassian Andor was introduced six years ago in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and is now the focus of the aptly-titled series Andor on Disney+. In the series, we get Andor's backstory and what led him to the doorstep of the Rebel Alliance, but not everything he does is for the greater good or the most honorable.

Within the first few minutes of meeting Cassian, he kills an informant that was on his side and did the work he set out to do. Mild spoilers ahead, but in the first episode of Andor, Cassian accidentally kills one corporate security member trying to shake him down, but then he very clearly intentionally kills another one who was a witness.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, star Diego Luna goes into depth on where Andor is at the beginning of the series and the correlation to that and Rogue One, as well as Cassian's easy trigger finger.

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Xbox Wireless Controllers Get Big Discounts At Amazon

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 02:30

Xbox controllers are notoriously expensive, costing $60 or more depending on which design you’re considering. That’s not the case today, however, as three models are seeing some of the best price cuts of the year--giving you a chance to score an Xbox Core Wireless Controller for just $45.

Xbox Core Wireless Controller $45+ (was $60)

Amazon is currently discounting the Robot White, Pulse Red, and Shock Blue variants of the Xbox Core Wireless Controller. The standard Robot White is the most affordable, listed for $45, down from $60. If you want something flashier, the Pulse Red is on sale for $49, down from $65, and the Shock Blue is on sale for $48, down from $65. We’re not sure how long the savings will last, so swing by today and check out the promotion while you can.

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Regardless of which color you choose, you’ll get the same ergonomic design, textured grips and triggers, and compatibility with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The gamepads run on two AA batteries (which come included with your purchase) and will get around 40 hours of playtime before needing a new pair. Toss in support for wired USB-C connections, a 3.5mm jack, and a Share button to quickly capture in-game content, and it’s easy to see why the controller is so popular.

As usual, Prime members will get free shipping and free returns on their purchase. If you’re looking to pick up a few new games to test out your new controller, be sure to check out our list of the best Xbox deals available now. Our roundup also includes a few additional accessories that are great companions for the gamepad.

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