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PS5 DualSense Edge Review - Go Pro

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:45

With the DualSense Edge, Sony is the last of the big three platform holders to bring a pro controller to the market. Nintendo has one for Switch, Xbox's Elites are in their second iteration, and both of these exist alongside a plethora of third-party devices from Astro, Turtle Beach, and Scuf, among others. PlayStation's offering arrives in a packed marketplace, but the years of sitting on the sidelines may have worked to Sony's advantage.

The DualSense Edge incorporates years of learnings from its competitors to present something that ticks all the right boxes for a good high-end video game controller and even improves the user experience in some key ways. The end result is a pro controller that is iterative, but also looks and feels premium while bringing a customizability to the PlayStation gaming experience that hasn't existed before. The question is whether that is enough to justify the $200 price tag for you, and whether its limited battery life will suffice for your needs.

At first blush, there's not a lot that distinguishes the Edge from the standard DualSense visually. From certain angles, it looks like the same controller, and so very easily fits into the PlayStation 5's white-on-black with blue light trimming aesthetic. If you're not a fan of that, there's little you can do about it short of getting a skin.

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Redfall Release Date Confirmed For May 2, As Lots Of New Gameplay Footage Debuts

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:43

As part of the Xbox Developer Direct event today, Microsoft showcased Arkane's new vampire-hunting FPS, Redfall, and announced its release date.

Redfall will launch on May 2, 2023, which is the date that leaked a while ago. Redfall was originally set for release in 2022 before it got pushed to 2023 alongside Starfield.

As for the new gameplay footage, Arkane treated fans to a new look at the island of Redfall, Massachusetts, the fictional setting for the game. The new gameplay video showed off the fire station, which is a safe haven where players can take on new quests.

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YouTuber Seemingly Restores Abridged Half-Life 1 Campaign From Valve Leak

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:23

Video game leaks are nothing new, but they occasionally produce cut content or developmental tools that are of interest to enthusiasts. Now, a YouTuber has apparently restored an "abridged" version of Half-Life 1's campaign that was created by Valve during the game's original development.

The maps that make up this mini-campaign were first discovered in a leak back in the early 2000s, but modders didn't have the raw files required to restore them to full playability. The recent Valve "gigaleak" apparently included those files, which led leaker and YouTuber Tyler McVicker to fix the files and post a playthrough to his channel.

As described above, the campaign is indeed many of the most memorable parts of Half-Life distilled to a half-hour of gameplay, including the survival-horror of its early hours, gunfights with Marines, the tail end of the famous "Surface Tension" sequence, and ending at the flooded Lambda labs.

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Minecraft Legends And Its Massive Multiplayer Sieges Release In April

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:16

Minecraft Legends looks to deviate heavily from the original game's formula with a focus on strategy, and Mojang showed it off at the first Xbox Developer Direct on January 23. The presentation gave us a look at the competitive multiplayer mode, and as you can see, you'll be battling instead of building (mostly) in Minecraft Legends.

Minecraft Legends will allow you to form alliances with returning Minecraft creatures as well as new ones. The cross-play multiplayer experience, which was made in conjunction with Blackbird Interactive, forces you to share your army and resources with the rest of the team. This means cooperation is key to winning, as everyone trying to do the same thing will end in failure. Just like in the campaign (and the original Minecraft), the map is procedurally generated, resulting in a different experience every time you play. Piglins will also be there to attack both teams, so you can't focus entirely on the other team.

There is plenty of building to be done in Minecraft Legends, too. With the enemy planning an attack on your base, it's up to you to stack your defensives and make something as formidable as possible. This includes walls, gates, towers, and an upgrade station. It's up to you how to draw it up, and you can also place traps to slow down unsuspecting players who manage to get inside.

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Evil Within, Ghostwire Dev Reveals New Game Hi-Fi Rush, And It's Out Now

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 07:07

Tango Gameworks, the studio founded by Resident Evil veteran Shinji Mikami and known for The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo, has announced its next game. Revealed during the Xbox Developer Direct event, the game is called Hi-Fi Rush and it's out now.

A rhythm action game, Hi-Fi Rush has players performing moves to add layers to the music. The more you flow with the beat, the better you can perform abilities. Everything syncs up with the music as you play. The game is unlikely anything Tango has made before, and studio head Shinji Mikami said he was keen to try something new for the team's next game.

Anyone interested in Hi-Fi Rush doesn't have to wait to play the game, as the game is out now on Xbox Series X|S through Game Pass and on PC.

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Avatar: The Way Of Water Passes $600 Million In The US, Climbs To No. 5 All Time Worldwide

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:42

Avatar: The Way of Water continues to make a splash at the box office. The sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time has now passed $600 million at the domestic office and is on pace to surpass Avengers: Infinity War today, January 25, to become the No. 5 highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide.

The Way of Water has now reached $602 million in the US and $1.444 billion from international markets for a total of $2.046 billion globally.

#AvatarTheWayOfWater just broke $600M at domestic #boxoffice last night and today it will surpass #AvengersInfinityWar to become the #5 global blockbuster of all-time! Latest update for TUE:
Domestic $2M/$602M
Intl $8.1M/$1.444B
Worldwide $10.1M/$2.046B#Avatar #JamesCameron

— Gitesh Pandya (@GiteshPandya) January 25, 2023

Breaking it down by region, The Way of Water is now the 13th highest-grossing movie of all time in the United States and could pass The Incredibles 2 ($608.6 million) to reach No. 12. Worldwide, The Way of Water ranks fifth, as mentioned, and has a chance of climbing higher to pass Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion) to reach No. 4 in the time ahead.

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Ex-Con Anna Sorokin Gets Reality Show Deal Inside Her Apartment During House Arrest

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:35

Anna Sorokin, who was convicted of swindling Manhattan's elite as the high-flying Anna Delvey, has signed a deal landing her own unscripted reality-TV series while under house arrest, Delvey's Dinner Club. Variety was the first to report about the series coming from Food Network president Courtney White's Butternut production company.

"She'll do it through what's already become one of the hottest tables in town--invitation-only, intimate dinners at her home," reads a press release from Butternut. "There, a Delvey-invited group of actors, musicians, founders, socialites, journalists and other esteemed guests will join her each week around a private-chef catered table replete with candid conversations where no topic is off-limits--including Anna’s experience within the criminal justice system, her strategy to rebuild her image, and her plans for the future"

Sorokin was convicted of grand larceny in 2019, plus a host of other financial crimes, for stealing more than $200,000 from investors and friends. Her wild ascent posing as a fake German heiress and her similarly spectacular fall to prison was dramatized in Netflix's Inventing Anna--which introduced the story to the nation, and also inspired parody sketches on Saturday Night Live. Produced by Shonda Rhimes, the series stars Julia Garner (Ozark) as Sorokin, and Anna Chlumsky (They/Them, The End of the Tour) as Vivian Kent, a journalist covering her improbable but very real story.

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Barbarian Director's Next Movie Revealed, Described As "Multistory Horror Epic"

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:34

After finding huge success with the low-budget horror movie Barbarian in 2022, director Zach Cregger has sold his next movie and the first details about it have come to light.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is called Weapons. Although plot details are under wraps, the site reported that it will be an "interrelated, multistory horror epic" similar in tone to the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson movie Magnolia.

According to the report, Cregger's representation took the script to market on the morning of January 22, and a "brief but intense" bidding war came to bear and wrapped up in under 24 hours. New Line ended up securing the rights to Weapons, paying Cregger a fee in the range of eight figures ($10 million-$99 million) to write and direct, the site's sources said. That fee is more than double the budget of Barbarian ($4.5 million).

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Hulu Fires Justin Roiland From Solar Opposites And Koala Man Following Felony Accusations

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:05

Following news that Adult Swim has cut ties with Justin Roiland following allegations of domestic violence, Hulu has now parted ways with him on Solar Opposites and Koala Man. Variety was first to report.

"We have ended our association with Justin Roiland," 20th Television Animation and Hulu Originals said in a statement. Both Solar Opposites and Koala Man will continue without Roiland's involvement. In October 2022, Hulu renewed Solar Opposites through to Season 5. Season 3 wrapped last summer.

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Chilling And Graphic New Details On Jeremy Renner's Snowplow Accident Revealed In Police Report

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 05:47

Film and TV star Jeremy Renner was crushed underneath his seven-ton snowplow on New Year's Day in a horrible accident that left the actor with 30+ broken bones. New details about the accident have now come to light through a police report about the incident obtained by CNN, and the details are not for the faint of heart.

Renner was at his Tahoe home on New Year's Day when he was alerted that a family member, his nephew, was trapped in the snow. Renner owns a seven-ton Pistenbully snowplow and drove it down a private road to help pull his nephew's truck out of the snow.

But then things went wrong. The snow groomer began to slide, prompting Renner to get out of the vehicle and attempt to stop it--he did not set the emergency brake, however, the report said.

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WoW: Dragonflight Patch 10.0.7 Will Finally Introduce Human And Orc Heritage Armor

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 05:40

Humans and orcs have long been at the center of World of Warcraft, and come Dragonflight's next content patch, players will finally be able to sport unique armor sets invoking the long history of both races in Azeroth.

Patch 10.0.7 will introduce the new Heritage Armor cosmetic sets, something that is already available for many of the game's playable races but has curiously been a long time coming for orcs and humans. Presumably unlocking the set will work similarly to Heritage Armor sets in the past, with players needing to reach exalted reputation with the respective racial faction in order unlock a short quest chain that will ultimately reward the armor set.

First Look:
Orcs + Humans Heritage Armor - coming with 10.0.7

— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) January 25, 2023

The human set looks to take inspiration from the armor of fallen Alliance king Varian Wrynn, with a large shoulder piece depicting an eagle (or maybe a gryphon). The orc armor, on the other hand, features plenty of spikes and skulls, as is fitting for the race that founded the Horde. In a forum post, Blizzard confirmed that there will be additional variations for each armor set that will be revealed at a later date.

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Medics Called In For Netflix's Squid Game Reality Show

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 05:10

Medics were reportedly called to the set of Squid Game: The Challenge after several contestants claimed they'd suffered severe injuries due to competing in cold temperatures.

On Wednesday--via Variety--the British tabloid The Sun spoke to several people who were eliminated from the reality show and who spoke on their experience filming during a cold snap in the UK. Filming began on Monday, with sources telling the tabloid that while recording the first game, Red Light, Green Light, the temperatures were as low as -3C.

"Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold," one source said. "You could hear someone yell 'medic' and the crew would rush on. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes."

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Twitch Is Improving Pre-Roll Ads, Analytics, And More

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 04:14

Streaming platform Twitch has revealed its 2023 features roadmap, which includes changes to pre-roll adverts, new chat engagement tools, and more options to help users better manage their brand deals. Changing pre-roll ads to be less annoying is easily one of the biggest changes on the horizon, provided that Twitch members can commit to running three minutes of ads every hour, according to chief product officer Tom Verrilli and chief monetization officer Mike Minton.

"Running three minutes of ads per hour in any way will disable all pre-rolls--they no longer have to be split into 90-second ads every 30 minutes," Verrilli and Minto explained in an open letter. "We’re applying our Picture-by-Picture experience to the majority of pre-rolls that viewers do see."

For mid-roll ads, Twitch is also experimenting with tools to let users know that the stream they're watching is about to take an ad break. Verrilli and Minton explained that Twitch might even add a snooze option for these promotions. For streamers looking to make their sponsorship deals stand out, Twitch is also working on special assets that will be field-tested by a select few streamers first, in an effort to make these deals feel more "effective and authentic" on the platform.

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Story Of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Gets June Release Date In Charming Trailer

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:58

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, the next game in the long-running farming sim series, finally has a release date: June 27, 2023. The trailer announcing the date shows off the series' modern artstyle in a striking papercraft trailer that reflects the game's main conceit of following your character's life from beginning to end.

The trailer's animation is achieved thanks to a pair of hands pulling tabs on an intricate series of paper images. The effect is unlike anything you'll see in a traditional video game trailer, and it suits the bucolic and nostalgic tone of the Story of Seasons series. Unlike previous entries in the series, A Wonderful Life sees the player age as the years pass, and their children grow into adulthood.

This new version of A Wonderful Life is a remake of the early 2000's GameCube and PlayStation 2 Harvest Moon game of the same subtitle. The Story of Seasons series was published under the name Harvest Moon in English-speaking territories until 2014, when former publisher Natsume began to create its own series of Harvest Moon games. A Wonderful Life is widely considered to be one of the best entries in the series, along with Friends of Mineral Town, which was remade under the Story of Seasons name back in 2021.

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Fish-Controlled Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Stream Ends In Credit Card Fraud

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:29

YouTube streamer Mutekimaru Channel was forced to take care of some seriously fishy business last week when his streaming partners--a tank full of minnows--decided to use his credit card to make a few purchases while playing Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Yes, you read that correctly.

The "fishing scam" was first reported by SoraNews24, who explained how the whole ordeal took place. You see, over the past few years, the streamer behind Mutekimaru Channel has made a name for themselves with their fish-controlled streams. The streams work thanks to a rig Mutekimaru Channel developed that monitors where the fish are swimming and assigns each section of the tank with a corresponding button. So, as the fish swim, they also "play" the game.

During a recent Pokemon stream, however, things got out of hand when the game suddenly crashed while the streamer was out of the house, leaving the scheming sea-farers with complete access to his Switch. Though only one fish is generally permitted to be on stream at a time, it didn't take long for a few friends swim over to the play area and join the aquatic Pokemon enthusiast to engage in some light, accidental credit card fraud.

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Forza Motorsport Shows Off Car Fidelity, Damage, And Kyalami Grand Prix

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:24

Forza Motorsport is gearing up for release this year, bringing the series back to its competitive roots after the most recent open-world and more arcade-style Horizon game. We got a fresh look at Forza Motorsport during Microsoft's Developer Direct presentation, which had promised extended gameplay of several games on the Xbox slate.

The Motorsport sub-series has always been known for its authenticity, so unsurprisingly the presentation focused mostly on how realistic this racing game will be to the real thing. The team boasted that the physics system is more detailed than ever, with damage and dirt gathering in unique ways on each car and based on how you've driven it. The audio gets an upgrade too, as modifications will impact the audio. And of course it will look better than ever, with new materials and shaders, and the paints measured using a spectrophotometer to make sure the light reflections look right.

You'll be racing along a variety of tracks as well. Microsoft says there are more than 20 environments with multiple track layouts. For the first time those environments will include the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. The 4.5km track will be the first time South Africa is represented in the Motorsport series.

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Respawn Unveils $170 Peacekeeper Skin, And Players Are Furious

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:17

Apex Legends' new Celestial Sunrise Collection Event launched on Tuesday, marking the third Collection Event of the season, but the new event has been met with far less fanfare than the two events that preceded it, mainly due to an unexpected change to the standard Collection Event formula. December's Wintertide Collection Event and the recent Spellbound Collection Event, and all previous Collection Events have had something Celestial Sunrise lacks: the Mythic-tier Heirloom Weapon or Prestige Skin players normally earn by unlocking all 24 Collection Event cosmetics. Instead, players who shell out the $170 USD required to unlock the entire Celestial Sunrise collection will receive a Legendary-tier Peacekeeper skin.

The skin in question is called Jadeite Retribution, and despite its hefty pricetag, players who have unlocked it are overwhelmingly disappointed. Celestial Sunrise is the first Collection Event in Apex Legends history to lack a Mythic-tier reward for players who purchase the full collection. Worse, the weapon skin itself is a recolor of two previously-released Peacekeeper skins players could unlock by completing the Season 3 battle pass.

The Jadeite Retribution skin isn't entirely charmless, of course. It's a reactive weapon skin, meaning its appearance changes as players rack up kill during each match. But this is nothing new to any Apex player who has ever completed a battle pass, as two Legendary-tier reactive skins are always included in each season's battle pass. The fact that players can get their hands on said reactive skins every season just by purchasing a $9.50 USD battle pass seems to be the root of the outrage.

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Hogwarts Legacy Features More Than 100 Side Quests

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:04

Avalanche Software isn't just boasting about the number of side quests in Hogwarts Legacy--there are over 100--but also how they affect the game's story. "Everything is interconnected," according to Moira Squier, who's the narrative director and advanced game writer on the RPG.

Squier opened up about Hogwarts Legacy to GamesRadar and how the RPG offers ways for players to create their own narratives within. "The main storyline is complicated and engaging and involves a variety of different characters and viewpoints," Squier said. "But by giving the player choice moments throughout the game, we allow them to tell their own version of that epic story."

It's also up to players on how they tackle these side quests. Apparently, Hogwarts Legacy gives players freedom in picking and choosing these activities outside their classes. "The order in which the player chooses to complete these quests will impact their story and game." said Squier.

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Disney Dreamlight Valley Adds Multiplayer, New Characters, And A Lot More In 2023

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:00

Disney Dreamlight Valley (DDV) has been Gameloft's most successful launch ever, and the team feels like it's just getting started. As a farming life sim that combines elements of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing with an original Disney story involving virtually limitless IP, the formula seemed ready-made to be a hit. But the live-service world means changes and additions are expected often, and Gameloft has now laid out its 2023 roadmap.

It features new characters, new Realms, and a lot more, all of which is detailed below. Perhaps most excitingly, multiplayer is on the docket for this year. GameSpot recently caught up with lead producer Manea Castet and marketing lead Claire Llewellyn to discuss the game's massive first few months and the many plans for the road ahead. We also tried once again to get them to speak to the possibility of Marvel and Star Wars characters arriving in the valley.

"The journey has been amazing so far, above any expectation we had, to be honest," Castet told me. "This is the biggest launch we've ever had," Llewellyn added in no uncertain terms. Gameloft has historically been known for mobile games, and it's likely you've played some of its games before. Working on massive IP like Lego, Disney, and Sonic, Gameloft established itself as creators of console-quality mobile games, which Castet said made the transition to Disney Dreamlight Valley and its simultaneous launch on all console and PC platforms the next logical step.

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Bella Ramsey Says The Last Of Us Season 2 Is "Pretty Likely"

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 02:53

HBO's The Last of Us is one of the network's most popular shows ever, but it has yet to be confirmed for a second season. Star Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie in the video game adaptation, said in an interview that she thinks a second season is "pretty likely" under certain circumstances.

Speaking to the BBC, Ramsey said, "If people keep watching, I think [a second season] is pretty likely. It's down to the guys at HBO."

She made it clear, though, "There's nothing confirmed yet, so we'll have to wait and see."

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