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The Tears Of The Kingdom Link Figma Figure Looks Awesome

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 02:07

At long last, a Figma figure of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is on the way. Figma toys are some of the best when it comes to striking a pose, as they have an incredible range of articulation, plenty of accessories, and fantastic detail. Legend of Zelda fans can choose from two Link figures to add to their collection, as the standard version and the DX edition are both up for preorder.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Link Figma figure

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Both figures feature the same overall design--a colorful and sharp sculpt from the talented hands of Shinji Koshinuma at Max Factory--and you can essentially make Link do any pose you want thanks to the wealth of joints on this figure. Want him to glide around your room, kneel on a rock to survey the land around him, or have him swing the Master Sword around to clear the space around him? You can do just that and more with this Figma figure.

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Final Fantasy XIV On Xbox Gets Its Own Currency And Requires Game Pass Core

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 01:59

Square Enix has released some new details regarding Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox Series X|S, including introducing a brand-new type of premium currency called FFXIV Coins.

It appears that FFXIV Coins are exclusive to the Xbox version of the game as they need to be purchased from the Microsoft Store, and all in-game payments will be handled using those coins. Square Enix also specified that when playing on other platforms, additional payment methods will be offered.

It's already known that an Xbox Game Pass subscription (Core or Ultimate) is required to play Final Fantasy XIV, but Square Enix reiterated that it is not a title in the service's library. However, the Final Fantasy XIV Starter Edition, which includes the base game, A Realm Reborn, and its two expansions--Heavensward and Stormblood--will be a free perk for Ultimate subscribers until April 19.

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Fallout TV Show Clip Shows Lucy Having A Showdown With The Ghoul

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 01:45

The next big video game adaptation is Prime Video's Fallout TV series, and now a new clip from it has arrived. The scene shows Lucy (Ella Purnell) having a tense moment with The Ghoul (Walton Goggins) and she finds herself in need of help. And wouldn't you know it but someone from the Brotherhood of Steel, Maximus (Aaron Moten), shows up just in time to help Lucy out of the pickle.

The Fallout series picks up 200 years after the events of a nuclear apocalypse, with Lucy and others emerging from Vault 33 and into a scary new world. These vault-dwellers are "shocked to discover an incredibly complex, gleefully weird, and highly violent universe waiting for them."

Moises Arias, Kyle MacLachlan, Sarita Choudhury, Michael Emerson, Leslie Uggams, Frances Turner, Dave Register, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton, Rodrigo Luzzi, Annabel O'Hagan, and Xelia Mendes-Jones also appear in the Fallout series.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Says "It Would Be An Honor" To Play Batman

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 01:45

He's been the prince of Persia and Mysterio, but could Jake Gyllenhaal be the next Batman? Well, the Road House star seems open to the idea of portraying Bruce Wayne, at the very least.

ScreenRant asked Gyllenhaal about his interest in playing Batman after watching him in the Road House remake. He began his response noting it's a "classic" role that's been portrayed by "other incredible actors." The actor then ended with: "But of course. It would be an honor, always."

Robert Pattinson is currently the man behind the cowl and will reprise the role in The Batman 2, which was recently delayed to 2026. However, this franchise from director Matt Reeves is not the main canon for the DC film universe going forward and instead part of DC Elseworlds. It was previously reported that The Flash director Andy Muschietti is set to helm The Brave and the Bold for DC Studios. This will introduce the new Batman for a DC reset that begins theatrically next year with Superman from writer-director James Gunn.

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion Is Only $20, But It's Selling Out Fast

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 01:44

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth just launched a few weeks ago, but if you're itching for more action, you might want to check out a great discount on Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion. Usually listed for $50, the popular game is just $20 right now. You'll need to move fast to cash in on the offer, however, as the game has already sold out at Amazon and Target--and the PS5 version is now sold out everywhere.

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You're still able to snag an Xbox Series X and PS4 copy of Crisis Core, and since the PS4 version comes with a PS5 upgrade, you're really not missing out on anything except for the case art. It's highly probable these versions sell out by the end of the week, as this is the best price we've ever seen for the game.

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Riven Returns In 2024 With Updated Visuals, New Puzzles, And VR Support

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 01:00

In 1993, Cyan Worlds released Myst, one of the most influential puzzle games ever made, and followed it up with Riven a few years later. Following Myst's remake treatment in 2020/2021, the team has announced that Riven will make its way back to consoles, PC, and VR platforms later this year.

The Riven remake is "built from the ground up" in Unreal Engine 5 by the game's original development team. Along with graphical updates and reworked gameplay, Riven will include extra puzzles, an expanded 3D world that can be fully explored, and updated storylines that expand on the narrative of the original release.

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This Riven revision was originally called Riven: New Discoveries From the Lost D’ni Empire when it was first announced in November 2022. The name has been changed to simply "Riven," but the team has confirmed that this is in fact the same project and not a new endeavor.

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WoW Plunderstorm, Blizzard's Take on Battle Royale, Makes Traditional MMO Gameplay Walk The Plank

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 01:00

World of Warcraft's mysterious next content update is a secret no longer: Patch 10.2.6 is live today and introduces a new, limited-time battle royale game mode called Plunderstorm to Blizzard's MMO, one that is unlike anything the game has done before.

Though the pirate-themed Plunderstorm is played within WoW, it shares little in common with the game players have come to know and love over the years. There are no auto-attacks or classes. Rather than having dozens of abilities, as WoW players are accustomed to, players in Plunderstorm will have a maximum of six. As such, players will leave their previously created characters at the door and create new ones just for Plunderstorm, which will run for six weeks starting today.

The MMO's latest expansion, Dragonflight, isn't required to play the game mode. Instead, anyone with a WoW subscription can play, including those who currently spend their time playing WoW Classic rather than the modern version of the game.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Diablo 4, Hot Wheels, And More This Month

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 00:58

The next wave of Game Pass titles has been officially confirmed, and starting today, subscribers can explore their interstellar homestead in Lightyear Frontier on Xbox Series X|S, PC, and cloud-compatible devices. The other big release joining Lightyear Frontier is MLB The Show 24, this year's entry in the long-running baseball simulator series from San Diego Studios. For the first time in the series history, MLB The Show 24 allows players to create and play as a woman, and also includes new additions to its historical showcase mode.

On March 20, horror fans can experience the choose-your-own-demise of The Quarry, a blood-drenched homage to slasher flicks from the '80s starring nine teenage counselors who are in for a really bad final night of summer camp. Anyone looking to fight back against monsters can check out Evil West on March 21, a fun vampire-slaying title in which you can punch the supernatural into giblets with your overpowered arsenal. Terra Invicta will be available on PC via the Xbox Preview program through Game Pass, giving fans of tactical games an early look at a grand sci-fi experience from the creators of Long War.

Easily the biggest release of the month is Diablo 4, as Blizzard's action-RPG will be available from March 28 on console and PC. In case you missed it when it launched last year, Diablo 4 is a dark return to the grim roots of the franchise, and players can hop right into the new content from Season of the Construct when it arrives. Two more games will be available that same day, as the month closes out with fun racing Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged and narrative adventure Open Roads.

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Game Pass Removes These Three Games Very Soon

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 00:50

Along with all the games coming to Game Pass in March, a few more titles are getting booted from the library. Microsoft has announced the second wave of removals from Game Pass this month, and there are three titles saying goodbye to the subscription catalog.

Headed out the door on March 31 are Hot Wheels Unleashed, Infinite Guitars, and MLB The Show 23. For fans of the professional baseball series, there is some good news, as MLB The Show 24--the newest entry in the franchise--comes to Game Pass today, March 19. Additionally, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 is coming on March 28, so fans of that series can get the newest game, too.

If you want to keep playing any or all of these games, subscribers can buy them outright at a 20% discount, which is a silver lining. Progress and achievements stay with your account, too.

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Steam Sees Numbers Go Up, Breaking User Record Again

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 00:21

One might wonder if Valve's favorite song is Higher by Creed, because Steam continues to see concurrent users go up this year. VGC reports that the PC storefront saw over 36.3 million players at the same time this past Sunday, per SteamDB.

That's a new Steam concurrent user record--one that has been broken over and over in 2024. For instance, a new high mark was apparently set last week at roughly 35 million players. In January, Steam kept getting bigger, too, with the record then being notched at 33.6 million people. So when Valve asks, "Can you take me higher?" the answer seems to be an emphatic yes from consumers.

At the time of publication, Counter-Strike 2 has the most concurrent players at 1.3 million. Earlier this year, Palworld surpassed 2 million concurrent players on Steam, becoming only the second game ever to break that milestone. It's a feat that Counter-Strike 2 (and Global Offensive) has never reached.

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Denuvo Developer Says Its New Anti-Piracy Watermark Will Make Leakers "Think Twice"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 00:14

New anti-piracy software has been announced by Denuvo developer Irdeto, giving developers tools to help track down leaks of their games. Called TraceMark for Games, the software was announced at the Game Developers Conference this week and allows for watermarks to to be used within builds of games. Developers can choose to apply visible or invisible watermarks, giving users a "dual approach" to precisely track leaked content back to its source during the pre-release phase of a game's development.

"This capability makes potential leakers think twice, knowing that any unauthorized distribution can be directly linked to them," Irdeto said in a press release, describing the software as a platform-agnostic tool for integration in a game. "The ease of integration into existing development workflows makes this an attractive feature for game developers looking to secure their content without compromising on the player's experience."

Irdeto added that TraceMark includes a self-service detection portal, which is designed to "empower developers and content owners with the ability to independently verify" if watermarks are detected in their work. The company says this detection is possible even when subjected to "robustness attacks" such as changes in luminance, blurring, compression, and cropping to spot or get around watermarks.

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Next James Bond Actor Could Be Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 00:09

One of the most highly coveted roles in all of Hollywood, that of the super-spy James Bond, might be cast soon. A report from The Sun cites sources saying 33-year-old English actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the role of James Bond for Bond 26, and the expectation is that, if Taylor-Johnson agrees, he could sign the deal as soon as this week.

Taylor-Johnson--whose previous credits include Nocturnal Animals, Bullet Train, Kick-Ass, and Avengers: Age of Ultron--was previously believed to have met with series producer Barbara Broccoli and was assumed to be a frontrunner for the part. Taylor-Johnson is set to appear in the title role in Sony's upcoming Kraven the Hunter movie later this year.

"Bond is Aaron's job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back," a source told The Sun. "As far as [production company] Eon is concerned, Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement."

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Fortnite Rise Of Midas Event Adds Free Rewards And Floor Is Lava Mode

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 00:01

One of Fortnite's most-remembered characters returns in today's game update, v29.01. Rise of Midas is a multi-week event that brings with it a ton of free cosmetics, challenges, and a limited-time mode (LTM). Of course, as the name suggests, Midas is back, too.

Fortnite Rise of Midas event

The Rise of Midas event is now live and runs through April 2 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET. During the event, you can play to complete a series of in-game quests that will dole out battle pass XP and several free cosmetic items. The in-game quests will appear across five categories to be rolled out during the event. The first batch, Midas Rises, is out now, with four subsequent batches of challenges hitting the game on March 20, 25, 27, and 28, respectively.

Rise of Midas quest rewards: Cerberus Medallion spray, Rose of Avarice back bling, and Queen in Gold glider

If you complete any six quests, you'll unlock the Cerberus Medallion spray. At 12 completed quests, you'll get the Rose of Avarice back bling. And for doing 18 of these challenges, you'll claim the Queen in Gold glider, as a nod to Marigold, Midas' similarly gilded sibling. Should any of these challenges prove tricky, you can bet we'll have you covered with guides right here on GameSpot.

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Pedro Pascal Says He Owes His Acting Career To Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 23:45

Before he was Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones, Din Djarin on The Mandalorian, or Joel on The Last of Us, Pedro Pascal appeared in one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Eddie in 1999. As it turns out, that episode helped save Pascal's professional acting career.

He told Entertainment Tonight that his "entry level" career in acting before his more recent breakout successes spanned a period of around 15 years. During that time, Pascal said he faced issues paying rent and had "less than $7 in my account." Then a residual check for the popular vampire series appeared in his mailbox and changed everything.

"A residual from Buffy the Vampire Slayer showed up and saved the day and literally is the reason I was able to stay in it and not give up," he said.

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Monopoly Go Devs Spent More On Marketing Than It Cost To Develop The Last Of Us 2

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 19:04

Free-to-play mobile game Monopoly Go has been a surprising success story in the mobile space, coming out as 2023's most successful mobile launch with $1 billion in revenue. Developer Scopely has revealed in an interview that the game has now brought in over $2 billion in its first 10 months--and that the company has spent an eye-watering $500 million on marketing and user acquisition.

Scopely's senior VP of publishing Eric Wood revealed the marketing numbers in an interview with Game File, after Monopoly Go's $2 billion milestone was announced by the CEO earlier this week. To put the $500 million marketing budget in perspective, a poorly redacted document last year leaked a set of budgets for some of PlayStation's biggest AAA titles, which revealed that The Last of Us Part 2 cost $220 million to develop, and Horizon Forbidden West cost $212 million to develop.

Scopely co-CEO Javier Ferreira delved a little deeper into where that marketing spend went in his blog post, revealing that Monopoly Go's marketing team created localized marketing for every region where the game was available. "Our marketing team was a fierce advocate for taking a hyperlocal approach," Ferreira said. "In turn, much of our upfront marketing investment went to developing individualized creative that reflected the language and culture of every country where the game is available."

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Steam Families Is A New And Improved Version Of Steam Family Sharing

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 17:09

Valve has announced Steam Families, a new Steam feature that wraps up the pre-existing Steam Family Sharing and Steam Family View, as well as some brand-new family features. The new feature allows Steam users to create a family of up to six household members in order to share games and implement content controls.

Users can create a family and invite up to five other members, who can be assigned as either an adult or a child. All users in the family will have their games shared in a family library, which works similarly to Steam's old Family Sharing feature.

Anyone in the family will be able to play any game in the library provided someone else isn't playing it already. If two people want to play the same game at the same time, then two members of the family have to own a copy of the game. When playing shared games, each member will have their own save games, unlock Steam achievements for their own account, and have access to workshop files.

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Sand Land Demo Out Now, Unlocks Rewards For The Full Game

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 10:25

A Sand Land demo is now available on PC, PS5, PS4, and Xbox Series X|S ahead of the game's launch at the end of April. The reveal came via a new trailer you can watch below.

Although the 56-second-long trailer doesn't give too much info away, it does tease some of the game's action featuring the series' signature vehicles like Battle Tanks, Battle Armors, and motorcycles.

Publisher Bandai Namco revealed that those who play the demo will receive 30 B-grade steel and 30 B-grade bolts when the full game launches. These in-game items can be used to enhance vehicles whenever players visit Spino.

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How To Save $100 On Samsung's Upcoming TVs, Projectors, And Soundbars

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 10:08

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled its lineup of new TVs and audio devices launching in 2024, including the next Neo QLED 4K and 8K TVs, a new 8K projector, two new sound bars, and more. Preorders for all the new devices will be available soon, and Samsung its giving customers $100 off their orders ahead of time. All you have to do to get this special promo is sign up to receive preorder notifications for the upcoming products on Samsung's online store by March 21. Signing up also enters you in for a chance to win a free second-gen Samsung Freestyle portable projector.

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The $100 credit can be applied to one of the new devices during checkout once the preorder period begins on March 21. The credit must be used before the preorder window closes on April 10. Samsung's preorder credit deal is limited to US customers 18 years of age or older, and signups require your name, email, and phone number.

Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV 2024 model

As for the new devices you can use the $100 preorder credit on, the most notable are this year's Neo QLED 8K and 4K TV models that feature AI-powered upscaling and motion enhancements, and run on Samsung's new 2024 Tizen smart TV OS. Multiple size options will be available, starting at 43 inches and going up to 98 inches.

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TMNT: Mutants Unleashed Preorders Come With A Bunch Of Free Extras At Walmart

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 10:00
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed is an upcoming 3D brawler set in the same universe as the 2023 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. It lets you dive into the gritty streets of New York as one of the four turtles as you fight off a new enemy that's threatening the city. Local co-op is also supported, allowing you and a buddy to fight side by side as you unravel the latest TMNT mystery.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed doesn't have an official release date beyond Q4 2024, but preorders are already open. Here's a look at all available editions and preorder bonuses up for grabs.

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There are no universal preorder bonuses for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed. However, Walmart has an exclusive edition that comes with a steelbook, pin set, art book, and keychain--all for the same price as the standard edition.

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Zack Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead Has One Of The Greatest Openings In Horror History

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 09:32

The 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, written by James Gunn and directed by Zack Snyder (in his directorial debut!), celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. Both critically praised and commercially successful at the time of its release, the film, along with 28 Days Later, helped popularize the concept of sprinting zombies over their shambling, slouching, Romero-made counterparts. They created panic and urgency, and they made for an opening sequence that was worth the price of admission by itself.

Like many great horror films, Dawn of the Dead doesn't start with horror. Our main character, Ana, is a nurse, and she's wrapping up a long shift at the hospital. What's great about this opening sequence--of her talking with co-workers and killing time--is how mundane it is. This is not load-bearing dialogue, and the actors don't deliver it theatrically, as if to imply narrative stakes. We know that Ana is about to have the worst day of her life. But she doesn't know that. Nothing feels urgent or pressing, because from her perspective, it isn't.

She doesn't know it's the last time she's going to see her co-worker, or the neighborhood girl, or her husband. Even the shower sex between them, tastefully filmed behind the steaming glass, feels domestic and perfunctory.

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