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  2. One of the legends you're tasked with investigating in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC revolves around a brand-new Legendary Pokemon named Calyrex. In ages past, Calyrex was worshipped by the denizens of the Crown Tundra as a king. Over time, however, people's belief in the Pokemon faded, and its powers waned in turn. It falls to you to help restore Calyrex's power, and one of the ways to do that is by reuniting it with its steed. Crown Tundra spoilers follow. Shortly after you meet Calyrex, the Legendary Pokemon asks for your help in locating its loyal steed. As it turns out, this steed is one of two alternate Legendary horse Pokemon: the Ice type Glastrier or the Ghost type Spectrier. Much in the way you could choose which Urshifu your Kubfu evolves into in the Isle of Armor expansion, which steed Calyrex rides is entirely up to you. However, you can only choose one of them, and your choice is permanent, so you'll need to think carefully before you make your decision. How To Choose A Steed After you complete the introductory Dynamax Adventure and earn Dynite Ore, you'll be able to purchase a bag of carrot seeds from the farmer in Freezington, the small village located near the Crown Tundra station. These seeds can be used to grow either an Iceroot Carrot or a Shaderoot Carrot, which in turn will determine which of the two steeds you summon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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  4. Arcades have changed dramatically over the last few decades, both in their prevalence and the games within, but their existence goes back much further than that. In the documentary series Arcade Dreams, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Rock Steady Media aims to show how the industry evolved from simple mechanical amusements to advanced video games and VR. "Starting with the mechanical penny arcades of the early 1900s, the documentary series chronicles the evolution of arcade gaming from mechanical marvels through to classic cabinets, crazy rides, and the ultra-immersive VR experiences of today," the creators said in a press release. Though not expected until 2022, director Zach Weddington and his team have already captured hundreds of hours of footage spanning several decades of arcade games, and the series will feature interviews with arcade legends like Gary Stern of Stern Pinball and Eugene Jarvis. Jarvis practically invented the twin-stick shooter with classics like Robotron 2084 and Smash TV. His company Raw Thrills is also responsible for countless modern arcade cabinets. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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  6. Since its release in 2013, the PlayStation 4 has been a force on the gaming landscape, and across the last seven years, it's been clear that Sony and its gaming machine took the lead against the competition. Sony's lead with the PS4 started with some missteps by its major rival, Microsoft, with the Xbox One. But it wasn't just a few key flubs from the competition at launch that propelled the PS4. Sony's console has become well-known for killer exclusives, and for a long portion of the generation, was the premiere home for big-hype indie games, as well. Sony also managed to make some moves in the hardware department--while not all of its ideas have defined the industry, its contribution to the mainstreaming of virtual reality had a big effect on the way the last few years have played out. With the PS4, Sony developed a clear vision for its gaming machine, and while it tried out a variety of ideas along the way, it never wavered from making sure its system was a place to easily play and share great games. Though it didn't have to fight through the same rough public relations issues as its competition, Sony learned lessons from its own missteps with the PS3 and is carrying those lessons through to its next-generation console. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. With Halloween nearly here, Epic Games has infused Fortnite with plenty of spooky flavor. Fortnitemares events task you with completing several season challenges. Some of these are simple challenges you should be able to complete very quickly, while others may require a little more direction and patience. Completing these challenges will award you with additional experience points that you'll need for the Season 4 battle pass. This season has seen a lot of different challenges, and there is a fairly sizable time commitment to complete everything. Below, we've rounded up Fortnitemares challenges you might need help with, as well as how to complete them. There are maps for when to need to reach a certain point--in some cases, it's multiple locations--and we'll let you know what goodies you can get for completing them. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. In September 2011, British broadcast station ITV ran a historical documentary called Gaddafi and the IRA. Included in the documentary was footage that purported to show a 1988 attack in which the Irish Republican Army shot down a British helicopter, using weaponry purchased from former Libyan prime minister Muammar al-Gaddafi. But it was revealed shortly afterward that the footage ITV used was not of a real conflict--it had been sourced from popular PC military simulation game Arma II. If you skip to 00:36 in the above video, you'll see a sequence in which anti-aircraft heavy artillery is used to take down a helicopter. "With Gaddafi's heavy machine guns, it was possible to shoot down a helicopter, as the terrorist's own footage of 1988 shows," explains the narrator. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. If you have an Oculus VR headset and were thinking about deleting your Facebook account in order to go off the social media grid, you may want to reconsider. If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased. You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all. Because of this connection, you must keep that account to have access to the purchases you've made. You don't necessarily have to link a Facebook account yet on the older Oculus devices, including the first Quest, but as UploadVR pointed out, support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023 and then all users will need Facebook. If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. However, this can be reversed by reactivating it, while the deletion method does not have an "undo." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a Game of the Year Edition, and unlike many similar releases, this one is free for existing players and is for a game that actually earned game of the year awards. You only have a few more days to wait until you can play it, and a new trailer shows off the One-Armed Wolf as he clashes with dangerous enemies. On October 28 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice players will be able to download a free update that unlocks the Game of the Year Edition content. This includes previously promised boss challenge modes as well as player records and extra skins. There are actually two different boss challenges included in the update. Reflection of Strength allows you to replay one of your favorite boss fights again, and it's a feature that we'd like to see in From Software's other games instead of having to completely replay a game. Gauntlet of Strength is more of a boss rush mode, pitting you against one boss after another without any extra lives. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. When the Xbox Series X was first announced, the memes began almost immediately. Its design resembles a PC tower, or at least that appears to be Microsoft's goal, but it also looks like a refrigerator. The company has fully leaned into the joke, however, and presented Snoop Dogg with a working Xbox Series X fridge. In a video deleted from Snoop Dogg's Instagram but saved by deals guru Wario64 on Twitter, the rapper showed off the fridge's design. It features a glowing Xbox logo that looks like the power button on the real console. Inside, Xbox stocked it with an Xbox Series X cake for his birthday, which was earlier this week. There is also gin and juice, for obvious reasons, and even some Xbox necklaces. We’re going to assume that unlike the actual console, you can't turn the fridge on its side--at least not without spilling everything inside. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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  13. Genshin Impact has undoubtedly had an eventful first month of operation, with millions of players globally jumping into the world of Teyvat. With the passage of time comes the first change of the promo banner for Wishes and an introduction of a new five-star character, Klee. Klee is the featured character on this new promo banner, titled Sparkling Steps. Though you may have already been introduced to Klee and her abilities in the quest "The Mystery of the Girl in Red's Treasure," this is the first chance you have to recruit her permanently. The odds haven't changed for Sparkling Steps compared to the previous banner--your chances of a 5-star roll are still quite low at 0.6%. But, as with the previous banner, if you do roll a 5-Star character, there is a 50% chance of it being Klee. The "Pity Roll" mechanics also come into play here, so if you really want Klee, you can pour all of your resources into Wishing multiple times to have a better chance. (Also, if you didn't roll a 5-star unit on the last promo banner featuring Venti, the accumulated rolls from that banner will carry over onto this one, making a Pity Roll easier to trip.) Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. I usually try to hop on Among Us once a week to link up with my friends back home and get rowdy either trying to get away with virtual murder or ratting each other out. But they like to keep things spicy. So, they put together a sort of alternate game mode by customizing the in-game rules and getting us to follow certain gameplay etiquette. And with the vewy scawy Halloween season right around the corner, this makeshift game mode is quite fitting and helps freshen up the traditional paces of Among Us. Basically, think Dead By Daylight, or any similar game, but in Among Us. Here's the setup: you have one imposter and nine (or however many) crewmates, but the imposter announces who they are right at the beginning of the match. The imposter counts to 10 while the crewmates scramble to get out of sight, complete tasks, hide, and make mad dashes to dodge the imposter once they start hunting down the crew--there's no voting phase necessary, just survival. What makes this style of play work is the tweaking of the custom rules. Here, you'll want to have the imposter's kill cooldown timer set to the lowest possible (10 seconds) so they can really act like a serial killer. However, you'll have to limit their vision range as low as possible (0.25x) to make it challenging for them to actually find crewmates. To make things a lot more thrilling, we set all players' movement speed higher (at least 2x, but 3x works too). Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Electronic Arts has provided an update on Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, confirming when the battle royale launches on both platforms. Apex Legends hits Steam on November 4. Origin players can switch back and forth between that and Steam, letting you transfer all progress and unlocks between the two. Meanwhile, Steam players will get free Half-Life and Portal gun charms for logging in during Season 7. The new Apex Legends season also starts on November 4, the same day the game hits Steam. EA said the Nintendo Switch port of Apex Legends has been delayed to 2021. An exact release date or window has yet to be announced. Game director Chad Grenier said the "unexpected new challenges" of this year impacted the game's development on Switch. Whenever the game drops on the console-handheld hybrid, it will come with "full feature parity with the other versions of the game," including cross-platform support and the latest seasonal content. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  16. The hit game Among Us has been hit with a hack that both advertises a streaming channel and sends a political message. The studio InnerSloth was forced to issue a hasty patch in response to the hacks. The hack would spam text chat messages advertising a streamer and threatening to damage your phone if you don't subscribe. It ended with a "TRUMP 2020" message. The hack became widespread rather quickly, with some players estimating it had afflicted hundreds or even thousands of matches. InnerSloth issued a statement via Twitter saying it was "super duper aware" of the issue. It announced an emergency server update and encouraged players to stick to private games in the meantime. Programmer Forest Willard later explained that the update had taken some time so as to avoid false positives, to prevent the game from wrongly identifying a hack. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. Back in August, I had the chance to play Little Nightmares II, and in my preview I talked about the uneasy trust between main characters Mono and Six. I theorized it could present a new kind of fear for the series--if you can't fully trust your partner, then you're never really safe. But having now gotten a chance to play another preview of Little Nightmares II, I'm beginning to wonder exactly how much Mono and Six's partnership factors into the game. The new demo takes place in the Hospital environment, which seems to pop up much further into the game than the Forest area seen in the first demo--Six has her trademark yellow raincoat in the Hospital, something she didn't have prior to Mono meeting her in the Forest. Both Mono and Six need to go down an elevator, but it doesn't have power. A nearby panel reveals that they'll need to find two batteries. I can't go through the door on the left because it needs one battery to open, but the door on the right is already ajar. My path is clear. After going down a hallway, Six hoists Mono into the next room. And just like that, she's cut off from me. I can't bring her with me and must face the future horror alone. I was very surprised. The earlier demo contained puzzles and a chase sequence where Mono and Six needed to work together in order to ultimately get away from this freaky Hunter, which seemed to imply that Little Nightmares II would solely focus on brand-new "co-op" puzzles, ones where you had to figure out what both you and your NPC partner had to do in order to solve them. But in this recent demo, I was largely solo. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  18. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will offer an exclusive Zombie mode to PS4 and PS5 players for one year. Called Zombies Onslaught, the new two-player co-op features waves of increasingly difficult zombie hordes spawning and attacking. The goal is to kill the undead and survive. According to PlayStation's blog, the Zombie Onslaught mode will deploy you and another player to locations from various multiplayer maps. Players will have the same custom loadouts as they do in traditional Zombies and Multiplayer modes. When arriving on the map, the players' range of movements will be restricted to a smaller area by a Dark Aether orb. Zombies will then start spawning and attacking, and each subsequent wave of the undead will be harder to kill. After defeating enough zombies, the Orb will shift locations. If you're inside the Orb, you will be protected from Dark Aether damage. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. On this week's episode of GameSpot After Dark, Jake, Lucy, and Kallie are joined by MinnMax co-host Suriel Vazquez. As always, the crew talks about what they've been playing (or doing in general), and this week includes some rather timely and spooky picks: early-access ghost-hunting game Phasmophobia and Frictional Games' horror followup Amnesia: Rebirth. Suriel also shares his passion for Hades, which he reviewed for GameSpot. The crew then discusses the news from the week--in this case, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's debut Twitch stream designed to get out the vote. They talk about what made it such a compelling stream and their appreciation for Ocasio-Cortez's genuine approach to political outreach. In far more controversial news, we also got a first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. Does the After Dark crew care at all? That's for us to know and for you to find out. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. God of War 3 Remastered and God of War (2018) appear to have received PS5 support-related updates, according to Lance McDonald, a Bloodborne and PT hacker/modder. Exactly what's in the update is unknown, commented McDonald, but both games "will likely benefit from PS5 boost mode." Final Fantasy 7 Remake also received a patch that could potentially be a PS5 support-related update. However, due to patch notes' vague nature, we're not quite sure what's actually included in the update. In a reply to someone who queried if there will be any difference in playing God of War 3 Remastered and God of War on PS4 with the new updates, McDonald stated he doesn't know and recommends players download the new patches and try it for themselves. McDonald added in another tweet that God of War (2018) on PS5 is likely to hit 60 FPS, since the frame rate is already uncapped. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons aren't cheap, but the company will at least make individual Joy-Con controllers a little more affordable. Previously $50, individual left and right Joy-Cons now cost $40 each. That brings them in line with Joy-Con two-packs, which get you both controllers for $80. This price cut will go into effect on November 9, so you may want to hold off on any Joy-Con purchases until then. Nintendo of America announced the news on Twitter, stating that you can get either the left Joy-Con in Neon Blue or the right Joy-Con in Neon Red. Nintendo didn't mention anything about its grey Joy-Cons, which are still listed as $50 on its website--it's unclear if grey is being discontinued. Thankfully, you can frequently get Joy-Cons at below their list price, thanks to frequent discounts on Amazon and Walmart. Right now, Amazon and Walmart have Joy-Con two-packs on for $69, down from their regular price of $80. Some colours aren't in stock, but you can reserve them now by placing an order. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  22. Developer Sucker Punch Productions has released patch 1.13 for Ghost of Tsushima on PlayStation 4. You can find the update's full patch notes outlined down below. Patch 1.13 resolves issues with the Legends and New Game+ modes. In Legends, the update irons out a bug that causes players to get stuck in the mode's tutorial. Meanwhile, in New Game+, patch 1.13 fixes a bug that prevented the Platinum Trophy armor dye from appearing. Elsewhere, the update fixes general problems with PlayStation Network functionality, such as ironing out frequent error message pop-ups and adding support for a "Players Met" notification. It also fixes "various bugs and crashes," but these weren't specified. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. The debate surrounding whether video game streamers should pay royalties to respective developers and publishers has been around for the better half of a decade. Comments made by a creative director at one of Google Stadia's in-house studios has reignited the argument, forcing Google to distance itself from the remarks. Alex Hutchinson, creative director at the Montreal Studio of Stadia Games and Entertainment, posted a thread of tweets breaking down his views surrounding streamers and whether business licenses for games should be introduced. Hutchinson believes that streamers generate revenue from games they've either obtained for free or very little money, motivating his stance that content creators owe game developers a cut. Hutchinson's views didn't go down well, with several critics taking shots at the Google Stadia employee. Google eventually released its own statement on the matter, distancing itself from Hutchinson's remarks. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. If you're having issues getting your games or apps to launch on Xbox One or PC, you aren't alone. Microsoft is encountering issues with Xbox Live across both platforms, and it's looking into the issue. This story is developing ... View the full article
  25. The details about the Beyond Light expansion coming to Destiny 2 are starting to pour out at a faster clip. You've still got some time to take advantage of the Festival of the Lost and Xur's Exotic offerings, however. Head to the EDZ, to the Winding Cove area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering Cerberus+1. Hunters can pick up the Lucky Pants leg armor; for Titans, there's the Heart of Innermost Light chest armor; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Felwinter's Helm helmet. View the full article
  26. The PlayStation 5 comes in a sleek duotone design with white fins jutting up from the black center. Sony hasn't officially announced any plans for other colors or faceplate designs, but a third party has already started selling preorders for a handful of other faceplate colors and patterns. The site Platestation 5 is offering five faceplate designs: cherry red, indigo blue, chromatic, jungle camo, and a limited-edition matte black. Each is priced at $40, including the limited-edition version, and the site says it's aiming to ship within two weeks of the PS5 launch to assure they arrive close to your new console. Be advised, we haven't sampled these faceplates ourselves, so we can't vouch for their quality or fit. If you want to take a gamble, though, read up on the store refund policy just in case. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  27. In addition to streaming for your phones, tablets, and (eventually) your PC and Xbox consoles, Microsoft could be offering a dedicated streaming stick that comes free with a Game Pass subscription. All you would need is a TV and a controller to start playing your favorite Xbox games. Speaking to Stratechery (via The Verge), head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn't outright confirm such a device is coming, but he very heavily hinted at it. "You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gives you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying a controller," Spencer said. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  28. Developer Insomniac Games has opened up about some of the enhancements Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will see on PlayStation 5 thanks to the improved hardware. In an interview with Game Informer, Insomniac discussed the ways the game takes advantage of the PlayStation 5. The first being no loading screens, with creative director Brian Horton saying that "if you die or if you fast travel there are near-instant loads." Horton went on to add that the game "just fades down and then fades up," stating Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales has a seamless world with no loading thanks to the next-gen system's SSD. Three other areas deal with performance. Specifically, graphical fidelity in the game world is higher, character performances will seem more believable, and action is smoother and more explosive. Art director Gavin Golden touched on all three topics, saying ray tracing, 4D model scans, and improved particle systems and simulations allow the game to be more immersive. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  29. Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion is now live, and Pokemon Go is celebrating the DLC's release with some new content. Developer Niantic has announced that a few new Galarian Pokemon are now available in the game for a limited time, as are new Crown Tundra-inspired avatar items. As previously teased, Galarian Ponyta has been added to Pokemon Go. You'll be able to encounter the new Galarian form in Raid Battles, and if you have enough Ponyta Candy stored up, you can evolve it into Galarian Rapidash. Galarian Farfetch'd is also appearing once again in the wild, and now you're able to evolve it into Sirfetch'd. Unlike most other Pokemon, however, Galarian Farfetch'd doesn't evolve via Candy; rather, you need to make 10 Excellent throws while Galarian Farfetch'd is set as your Buddy in order for it to evolve. These throws don't need to be made consecutively, so your count won't reset if you miss or swap Buddy Pokemon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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