Monday, December 11, 2017

News:: A Way Out will only require one purchase for online co-op

After Josef Fares' stellar drunken rant at the Game Awards last week, I didn't think there was going to be any piece of news on the upcoming A Way Out that would get me more excited than that. I already thought Fares was pretty damn dedicated when we first saw the game at E3, but now I'm convinced this man just wants people to play this game.

 

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News:: Watch Ignis strut his stuff in his Final Fantasy XV DLC, as one of the last major releases this year

Gladio and Ignis share dad roles for the Final Fantasy XV party, and that's pretty evident in the latter's latest DLC trailer. Episode Ignis, still set to debut on December 13, will close out the major parts of the season pass as Square Enix continues to work on other elements like multiplayer and campaign updates.

This most recent video will give you a quick look at Ignis' playstyle, which includes magic, traversal abilities, and most importantly -- quick cooking in a pinch. For those of you who never picked up XV -- when the PC/GOTY editions roll out, you all are going to have a lot to play.

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News:: Nominees for Destructoid's Best PS4 Game of 2017

This has been a great year for video games in general, and a particularly excellent year for Sony as a platform holder. Keeping up with notable PlayStation 4 releases throughout 2017 was no small feat thanks in large part to Japan. Even now, in mid-December, I'm struggling to catch back up.

A whole new audience of players learned how draining it feels to become emotionally invested in characters penned by Yoko Taro. Nioh filled the Souls-sized hole in our hearts with yokai. The latest Persona made it to the West. Somehow, Gravity Rush got a full-fledged sequel. And, as if that weren't enough, this was the year I finally fell in love with the enthralling criminal world of Yakuza.

Now all that's left is to take those experiences and whittle them away until only one remains...

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News:: PEGI listing suggests a Western release for the Detective Pikachu 3DS game

With all the commotion over who would voice Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu movie, I had forgotten there was a 3DS game that only saw a release in Japan. It's rushing back to me now, though. Ah yes.

Based on a recent PEGI listing for Detective Pikachu, it would seem the mystery-solving 3DS title is moving toward a release in Europe (and the rest of the world). The ratings board has a placeholder launch date, so the timing is still up in the air, but the 3DS will stick around for a while yet.

If you've never really paid much attention to Detective Pikachu, just skip to any old spot in this playthrough of the first case and hear the iconic Pokémon chat away. It's...surprising.

I'll be curious to see how the localization goes for this one.

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News:: This short Grand Theft Auto Online community documentary shows how the game is still thriving

Noclip has been low key making some great documentaries recently, including my favorite, the redemption story of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The channel's latest centers around a tight-knit Grand Theft Auto Online community called Hillbilly Agenda, which consists of all sorts of players with different backgrounds, who meet up in person and form a family of sorts.

When Warren "KnoxNerd" Scott came back from the navy, he put his passion for gaming to good use and created a 3,000 square foot gaming location. From there he started playing Red Dead Redemption online and learned about "crews" from family members, before eventually getting into Grand Theft Auto Online and creating his own crew.

He also hosts a giant soiree for his GTA crew Hillbilly Agenda, in Knoxville, Tennessee each year via his friend's gigantic house. This short forty minute video is worth watching as it perfectly encapsulates the phenomenon and the benefits of online communities.

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News:: Fighting EX Layer's beta is now available for download on PS4

The beta for Arika's "mysterious fighting game", which we now know as Fighting EX Layer, is available to download on PS4 from the PlayStation Store. The beta is open to all PlayStation Plus members.

The demo features six characters from the upcoming one-one-one scrapper: Kairi, Garuda, Allen Snider, Shirase, Darun Mister and the one and only Skullomania. As is often the case for fighting game betas, the only modes available are training mode and online battles against other opponents, hence the need for the Plus account.

The beta is currently scheduled to run for two weeks, that's a real chunk o' time to get to grips with Arika's return to the fighting game forum. The studio will be using this time to test online connectivity and to gather fan feedback on the intriguing new contender.

Fighting EX Layer launches in 2018.

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News:: Watching 1v1s in League of Legends, especially when they involve Faker, is a treat

I've heard the phrase "that's it, 1v1, heads-up!" so many times when it comes to video games, mostly with the Halo series. You don't normally think that it's a thing for professional League of Legends players, but there actually is a duel mode in place. Two people pick Champions, play on the ARAM one-lane map, and battle it out for first to 100 minions, first kill, or first tower destruction (the main difference is that you can recall, unlike ARAM).

That very style of match happened last weekend with pros Faker and VVvert during the 2017 All-Star Event, with the former displaying an extreme level of dominance that some players have refereed to as BMing (bad manners). Just several minions away from a win, Faker dives VVert's tower with Nasus (VVert was playing Varus), and makes him the 100th minion.

Despite the fact that Faker's team lost the last world championship, he's still at the top of his game. You can watch the full encounter below, starting at the 7:02:00 mark (with the match ending near 7:09:24).

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News:: Win a Star Wars: The Last Jedi prize pack... and also the box office numbers

It's the week before Star Wars and that means no movie is really dumb enough to open up over the past weekend just to have its second week box office destroyed by everyone seeing Star Wars. As such the box office sucked and there's nothing much to talk about so I'm going to give away this Star Wars: The Last Jedi prize pack we've got instead.

Included in the pack are two Fandango cash vouchers to see the film (worth $21 each, which should get you into the movie in most formats), a cinch bag for carrying stuff that needs to be cinched, a t-shirt for when you need to go out in public, some temporary tattoos for when you want to temporarily be a bad ass, and a mini-poster for when you want a poster but you don't want to to be too big. You'll get all these things mailed to you nice and quick when you win

Just think some day, in the distant future, when you're dead and your great grandkids are unpacking your attic they'll stumble across a sheet of unused The Last Jedi tattoos. A rarity to be sure, and a boon to collectors. They'll sell them for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, and buy a small business with the money. In turn they'll turn that business into a global corporation that controls everything, and your last name will become synonymous with success. All this because you entered this contest. 

But how to win. How to win indeed. I... ummm... I don't know. Contests are hard, especially for the fate of humanity's corporate future. 

Leave a comment about any of the movies that are not Star Wars in the top ten. We'll select a winner this afternoon and have an email out to you soon. Good luck!

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News:: Xbox One can now stream YouTube video in 4K

The Xbox One X and S both allow you to watch 4K video, but the consoles didn't have a way to watch YouTube in 4K. That is, until now. This week, Microsoft is rolling out an app for both versions of the Xbox One console that provides support for 4K videos at up to 60 fps -- but not HDR.

Via: The Verge

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News:: Doom VFR makes me sick

I like to gush about how good I think Doom 2016 is. Some naysayers on the sidelines like to point out its flaws, and I respect that; nothing is perfect, and I could write a doctorate on the fundamental differences between new and old Doom and why I still believe the original is a superior game. But sitting down with a remake/sequel/whatever decades after the original came out and saying aloud, “holy shit, they didn’t fuck this up” is as remarkable achievement as any, and I’ll be playing it long after people have forgotten it exists - if the developers let us forget, since it will likely be re-released eight hundred times, a trend which is already apparently beginning.

Being a bit of a VR advocate and loving Doom meant I was pretty excited to see how Doom VFR would turn out. So it’s utterly disappointing to me that I have to be writing this now with borderline annoyed negativity, because for me personally, Doom VFR is a let down. There may be a decent experience there. It might be as good a transition to VR as is possible. But for the first time ever playing a game on the HTC Vive, I experienced all of the negative effects people complain about - including crippling, shock-like nausea which cut my total play time down to under a single miserable, unplayable hour.

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News:: Japan's Splafest results will keep you warm this winter

Although Pearl walked away with a Euro victory this weekend, her Off the Hook collaborator Marina took the glory in Japan, winning their latest Splatfest, held on Nintendo's Splatoon 2.

It was is probably the crappiest Splatfest topic to date. The Uni-Qlo branded theme saw Pearl's inner-wear take on Marina's Outer-Wear to determine which is the best Winter clothing. Terrible. Even the girls weren't feeling it, look at their DEAD EYES in the header image.

In the end, Outer-Wear took the 2 - 1 victory, with people deciding, funnily enough, that it is important to wear a coat during Winter. It was a much closer affair than the recent Films vs Books battle, with Outer-Wear taking just 57% of the vote and 51% of the Team Play score.

The next continent to go to war in the popular arena-shooter will be North America, whose battle of Socks vs Sweaters takes place Friday December 15 from 21:00 PT.

Splatoon 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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News:: The best gifts for a console gamer

Don't worry, we're not out to start a console war in our comments: If you're in the market for a new games system, the Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch and 2DS XL all made it into our holiday gift guide, for different reasons. Once you figure out which platform is best for your intended, we have a wide assortment of games and accessories, from a 400GB microSDXC card to a custom Xbox controller to the PlayStation Gold wireless headset, among other things. Find all that and more in our gift guide at the link below.

Source: Engadget Holiday Gift Guide 2017



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News:: The Attack on Titan studio is helping with the new Pokemon movie, which has a slightly different art style

Pokemon just hosted its 20th feature film, which are still big hits in Japan and are all eventually localized for the west. The latest was "I Choose You!" a re-imagining of the original partnership between Ash and Pikachu, sans Brock and Misty.

Since these films are still doing insanely well The Pokemon Company is going to keep making them, and the next one is gearing up for a release next year. OLM will still handle the bulk of the work, but Wit Studio (famous for Attack on Titan) will also play a role in its creation. A short teaser recently aired in Japan to introduce us to the the art style.

The new untitled Pokemon movie will debut on July 13, 2018 in Japan.

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News:: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead gets new info, character reveal trailer

This past weekend, Overkill Software held a livestream reveal event for its long coming Walking Dead game. The game will follow the template of previous Overkill games, PAYDAY, and be a four player cooperative shooter. You'll obviously be facing off against zombies instead of police and the game takes place in a post apocalyptic Washing D.C.

Taking a cue from Borderlands, there will be four selectable characters with different skill trees and abilities to use. The first character, Aidan, was given a cinematic trailer that barely shows off anything about him. If nothing else, it does give us a glimpse of how D.C. might look in the final version.

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News:: Ataribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details

Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to snag one at a discounted price. No, there still isn't a firm release date for the console (last we heard was "late spring 2018"), or word on its included games. So, you know, proceed at your own risk regardless of how cool those design prototypes might look.



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News:: Call of Duty: WWII holds firm at the top of the UK Charts

With Christmas shopping well underway, the UK charts is getting quite the weekly shake-up, even if the top slots do appear to be permanent fixtures.

Activision's military shooter Call of Duty: WWII remains firmly in the number slot, still backed up by FIFA 18 and Star Wars: Battlefront II, which has climbed a slot from last week. In good news for Nintendo, Super Mario Odyssey has also stepped up another couple of slots, just pipping Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Origins.

As we approach the latter part of the Top Ten, we see the terrible WWE 2K18 make an appearance, probably due to its recent Switch port, which is supposedly a mess. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 has also re-entered the Top Ten, LEGO games being a popular seller most yuletide seasons.

Further down the charts, re-entries have been made by multiple Minecraft titles, as well as DOOM, Prey and even Mario Kart 7. Zelda: Breath of the Wild also received a huge boost in sales, moving up from number 29 to number 17.

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News:: 2018 Golden Globe nominees announced

It's the end of the year, snow is beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter, and the entertainment awards season is starting to heat up. Early this morning the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced by Kristen Bell.

Not really too many surprises on the TV end, although it looks like some notable Netflix movie releases might have gotten a bit of a snub. The Golden Globes award winners will be broadcast on January 7th at 8:00 PM EST on NBC and will be hosted by Seth Myers.

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News:: Review in Progress: Okami HD

Truth be told, I've never beaten Okami. I've played it twice over in the past, first on the Nintendo Wii and got about halfway through the game, around that same time though, I got a PlayStation 3 and simply never found myself returning to finish it. Then with the PlayStation Network release in 2012, the same result ensued; I got about halfway through it and ended up getting distracted by another game altogether, never finding myself coming back to it.

Perhaps third time's a charm?

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News:: 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' adds gardening to its list of chores

Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That's been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it's getting tedious, know that there's an update coming soon that'll add some variety to the mix. Next month, you'll be able to start crafting clothes like shirts, pants and shoes. Players will also gain access to a garden. As you might expect, the garden is where you can plant flowers, and you can even water friends' flower beds for them.

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News:: Follow these instructions to make your own papercraft Cappy

Nintendo have released a fun little project that you can do whilst your sat at your desk today, in lieu of any actual work, because that stuff's for chumps. By printing out the sheet below and using just a little glue finger-power, you can make your own papercraft Cappy, star of Super Mario Odyssey.

Now, you'll probably need a little skill, and the ability to not start tearing things up when they frustrate you, but once you've gotten your part sheet printed out (A4 size is suggested), then you can follow the steps listed in this Siliconera article to fold Mario's iconic cap into shape. Kids, be sure to get Mom's permission before using scissors.

Once completed, you can sit Cappy on your desk and feel proud of your daily out. But seriously, if you give this a go, be sure to send us a picture of your finished work in the comments. Good luck.

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News:: Ready Player One's second trailer is sort of a letdown, hints at cliches and creative license gone wrong

Did she just say "Welcome to the rebellion, Wade?" [Punctuation mine.] Massive eye rolls. Lowering expectations. And was that a boardroom scene? Did no one learn from Iron Fist?!? No, no showing Chucky did not make up for that.

What's more fun than the second trailer for Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg? Why this shiny new poster they also just released which has the internet rolling on the floor from too many LOLs; what is going on with Wade Watts' one leg? The jokes begin here, but please feel free to carry them on in the comments.

Ready Player One tries to prove March is not a dull month when it bows 3.30.18.

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News:: The Morning After: Monday, December 11th 2017

Welcome to your Monday morning news missive. An anniversary Street Fighter game that crams in 12 (vaguely) different titles, a hacked way of cranking up the sound quality on your cheap Google Home Mini and Welcome To Night Vale gets its own TV show. It's a good start.



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Sunday, December 10, 2017

News:: Street Fighter V's season three sees a bunch of returning veterans

The Arcade Edition re-release of Street Fighter V is coming out next month and to hype everyone up, Capcom has unveiled the entirety of Season Three's cast. Sakura will be the first new character to join the fray, but she'll be followed by returning veterans Blanka, Cody and Sagat. The two new characters, Falke and G, have only been given names and a portrait. I'm curious to see what they are about (and if G will transform into Q, given their single letter names).

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News:: 'Evil Within 2' trial gives you a taste of surreal survival horror

Free trials (aka demos) are good ways to get a feel for a game before you buy, but they could be particularly helpful for The Evil Within 2. How are you going to wrap your head around Shinji Mikami's surreal survival horror game based on second-hand info? You don't have to. Bethesda has released a free trial of Evil Within 2 for PS4, Xbox One and Windows PCs. The sample lets you experience a few chapters of detective Sebastian Castellanos' bid to rescue his daughter, including some open world experiences and character customization. Any progress you make can transfer to the full game if you decide to splurge.

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News:: 'Street Fighter' anthology brings online play to classic brawlers

The original Street Fighter turned 30 this year, and Capcom is marking it in style... if a little late. It's releasing a Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection in May 2018 that not only bundles many of the pre-3D titles (ranging from the first game through III 3rd Strike), but adds online multiplayer. Fire up II, II Turbo, Alpha 3 or III 3rd Strike and you won't have to gather rivals in the same room to show off your Ryu or Sakura skills.

Via: Kotaku

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News:: Splatoon 2's Films vs Books Euro Splatfest cuts to credits

This weekend saw Europe battle on Nintendo's Splatoon 2 over their latest Splatfest, pitting Pearl's love of movies against Marina's love of booky-wooks.

Wow. I didn't see it being this one-sided. Films took a 2 - 1 victory over the printed word, taking a huge seventy six percent of the votes, and just nudging out the Team Play category. I'll have to do some research, like a writer, but this might be the most one-sided vote yet... Hang on... Ok, this ties with the Cake vs Ice-Cream vote, which went 76% Ice-Cream.

Once again we were treated to some lovely art for this event. Pearl broke my heart a little, not only choosing to watch a film in shit-filtered 3D, but also eating popcorn and therefore annoying fellow cinema-goers. Maybe eat before you go? It's only two hours at best. Can you go without? You can probably go without. How about have dinner? All that said, if she loves movies so much, I bet it's her own home cinema setup. What a doll.

Marina has a cactus on a shelf.

Splatoon 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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News:: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection has 12 games, a Switch version, and the best Street Fighter - Alpha 3

So uh, this is a random surprise. Capcom just announced the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. It arrives in May 2018, and will include Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. That's 12 games at a $39.99 pricepoint.

According to Capcom four games will feature online play (Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike) -- which will have CPU battling sequences while you wait for people to fight. Lobbies support four players and there will be ranked matches and global leaderboards. A museum mode and music player are confirmed, too, as is a physical version for consoles.

Yeah, so Alpha 3 is in this, that's enough for me to get it physically to ensure I always have it on a modern platform.

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News:: 'MechWarrior 5' will revolve around co-op and user mods

Piranha Games is starting to open up on what MechWarrior 5: Mercernaries will entail after a year of teasing, and it's good news if you don't always want to play alone. The robot battler should launch in December 2018 with co-op play as a central feature -- up to four players can take on the game's central campaign. Your friends stand in for the AI teammates in your unit, which could be helpful when you absolutely need someone watching your back.

Via: PC Gamer

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News:: Clam Blitz and balance changes hitting Splatoon 2 this week

This week will see the new mode, Clam Blitz, join the ranked playlist on Nintendo's arena-shooter Splatoon 2. The mode was first revealed in a trailer last month.

The new mode sees teams race to collect clams, naturally, before depositing them back at their home point. Once a set amount of clams have been gathered, a Power Clam (Folks, I just report it) will attack the enemy base. The game continues until one bas has been destroyed. Splatting opponents will obviously make them drop their clams, which sounds like a worrying euphemism.

In addition to the new mode, a host of tweaks are being made to Splatoon's weaponry, as well as the implementation of a few bug fixes. Clam Blitz and the balance update go live December 12. The huge list of patch notes can be found right here.

Splatoon 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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