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  3. Mafia III: Definitive Edition, the newly released version of Mafia III that includes all of the game's DLC, seems to include a new asset within it. Files have been discovered within the game that show off a map of Berlin, and although it's missing textures, the full town map seems to be in there. On YouTube, Sliderv2 has posted a video (as seen on Resetera) exploring the map as Mafia III protagonist Lincoln Clay, showing it from both the air and ground. While the video does not explain how the map was accessed, it lines up with earlier reports about a cancelled game by developer Hanger 13. A 2018 report on Kotaku about the developer outlined their plans for a new game, Rhapsody, which would be an 80s-set spy game that saw you playing a Russian Jew out for revenge for the murder of their parents. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. EA Sports and the NFL are going to extend their deal to keep making more Madden games for years to come. That's according to a report from Sports Business Daily and information from Albert Breer of MMBQ (see the tweet below). They both say the NFL owners will vote this week to give EA exclusive rights to making simulation football games through the 2025 season. According to the reports, the new deal could extend to the 2026 NFL season if the game series reaches "certain revenue goals." The deal between EA and the NFL will also reportedly give the game developer non-exclusive rights to arcade-style NFL games in addition to "embedded companion apps/modes." EA's deal with the NFL is currently set to expire at the end of the 2021 season. This new deal comes not long after the NFL and Take-Two reached their own deal for non-simulation NFL games. 2K's first new NFL game under its own contract won't be released for some time. EA remains the only company that can develop officially licensed simulation football games. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. Minecraft Dungeons is a brand new spin-off from blockbuster crafting game Minecraft, but it's pretty different to its source material. What I mean is, even if you're a huge fan of Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons might not necessarily be what you're expecting--instead of mining blocks, chopping down trees, and building all kinds of creative structures like you would in a building game like Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons is an action role-playing game. For those less acquainted with the genre, that means it involves the hacking and slashing of a lot of monsters and other bad things, taking inspiration from a variety of classic titles like the illustrious Diablo series. Minecraft Dungeons tells the story of a bad guy called the Arch-Illager, who was ostracized by a group of mean Villagers because he looked a bit different to them--sort of like what happened to Shriek in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Anyway, he ended up becoming quite powerful, which radically accentuated the chip on his shoulder and made him reckon it was a good idea to set loads of villages on fire. Naturally, Minecraft Dungeons is all about your quest to stop him. Once you're up to speed, consider reading about our essential tips and tricks for playing Minecraft Dungeons, and keep an eye out for more nitty-gritty guides coming soon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. Minecraft Dungeons is the latest adventure from Minecraft creator Mojang, and introduces a new spin on the classic Minecraft formula. Instead of tasking you with crafting structures from a variety of block types in first person, it asks you to roam a variety of dungeons in third-person view, defeating enemies along the way in order to reach the nefarious Arch-Illager’s castle and take him down once and for all. Although Minecraft Dungeons is not the most difficult game, there are definitely some things you should take on board before booting it up--especially so if you’re a Minecraft fan who hasn’t got a lot of experience with dungeon-crawlers. Luckily, we’ve compiled a handy, spoiler-free guide for you to bring you up to speed while you’re waiting for Minecraft Dungeons to install. In this guide, you'll find the essential tips and tricks that we gleaned from our time playing the game. Once you think you've got a handle on the basics, stay tuned for more guides focussed on things like how the enchantment system works in Minecraft Dungeons. If this is the first you've heard about the Minecraft spinoff game and you have unanswered questions, consider reading our article that collates everything you need to know about Minecraft Dungeons. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. Shirley Curry, also known to the internet as Skyrim Grandma, announced earlier this month that she would be cutting back on her famous streams of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim because of comments that she's received on her videos. After gaining an enthusiastic following in the streaming community for her passion for the game and becoming a world record holder as the world's oldest professional streamer, she's now taking a break from the activity. Curry, who may be featured as an NPC in future Skyrim games, has been an avid player of the title since 2007 according to this article from Senior Planet. While her YouTube channel, active since 2011, was originally just for Curry to interact with other fans of Elder Scrolls V, she began to stream herself playing the game in 2015. However, she became famous almost overnight in late 2015 when she was featured on Reddit, and it's been stardom ever since. Being a popular streamer isn't just a walk in the park, though. With some streamers being subjected to so much visibility and scrutiny to rival that of Hollywood celebrities, being in the public eye as a content creator can be exhausting. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Like Assassin's Creed Odyssey before it, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will allow players to choose to play as a male or female version of the main character, Eivor. In a new video, narrative director Darby McDevitt says you'll get a full story now matter which you choose to play as. "We want our character, Eivor, to exist in a coherent space and have a coherent personality," McDevitt said. "So that by the time you get to the end of our game no matter which little paths you've taken through our game, you always feel that Eivor was Eivor." "Whether you choose male or female, and both options are valid in our game, you will always feel that Eivor is coherent and complete," he added. "And I think the result will speak for itself. There's a lot of cool mystery and intrigue around the character Eivor, and we can't wait for you to dive into that mystery." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall has received another update, adding Jaime Lannister and Melisandre the red priestess to the mobile adventure RPG. While the setting of Beyond the Wall serves as a prequel to the events of the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's acclaimed series, the addition of Jaime and Melisandre comes with content specific to both characters' involvement in iconic skirmishes like the Battle of Winterfell. Players of Behaviour Interactive's Game of Thrones mobile endeavour can look forward to all-new story content for Jaime and Melisandre. If you fancy playing as the illustrious Westerlanders Commander then you'll be able to re-live the Battle of Goldroad, where the Lannister armies took on the Targaryen dragons and the Dothraki. If you want to pursue a path that's a little frostier, then playing as the Great Priestess of R'hllor from Assai will give you the opportunity to head to the far reaches of the North. Should you choose to play as Melisandre, you'll be able to take part in the Battle of Winterfell, fighting your way through a key event from the series Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. XCOM 2 Collection is coming to Switch on May 29, alongside the Borderlands Legendary Collection and BioShock: The Collection. While the latter two are collecting games from the Xbox 360 and PS3, XCOM 2 started life as a PC exclusive before eventually coming to PS4 and Xbox One. In a new interview, port studio Virtuos has talked about how they brought the game to Nintendo's system--and what they think is possible on the system. Talking to Nintendo Life, Virtuos senior producer Zhang Chengwei has spoken about the process of bringing the game, complete with all its DLC, to Switch. According to Chengwei, they "developed a clever general-purpose rendering library that allows XCOM 2 to be rendered directly on the Switch without changing the original rendering module from Unreal Engine 3," which helped to deal with the Switch's reduced memory (4GB--the PC version requires 7GB). "I’d say that we spent half a year just to optimise the memory, and we used many methods throughout this period, including using more efficient formats for files, removing needless memory usage, and even modifying and optimising the original console's memory system," he says. Virtuos also developed the Switch port of Bioshock: The Collection, as well as the upcoming Switch port of The Outer Worlds, and Chengwei talks generally about their processes. He outlines what he calls "Virtuos' Solution," which involves discussing expectations with publishers and figuring out what to prioritize. "We propose the best solutions for how to fully use the Switch’s best features and really make the game shine, not just as a game, but specifically as a Switch game," he says. "Off the back of our work on Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Dark Souls: Remastered, The Outer Worlds and the coming XCOM 2, we now have no doubt that Switch adaptations can be worked for games on any of the current generation of consoles," he says. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Chris Evans' portrayal of Steve Rogers in the Captain America series is the role he is most famous for, but he almost did not take it. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter as part of their Award Chatter podcast, Evans has opened up about his casting in the role, why he almost rejected it, and what convinced him to take up the shield. Evans recalls playing a superhero, Johnny Storm, in Sony's Fantastic Four movies in 2005 and 2007. As the sequel released, though, he started to suffer from severe anxiety, as he felt that the better movies he was starring in (like Danny Boyle's Sunshine) were flying under the radar. When he experienced panic attacks on the set of 2010's Puncture, he started to worry that acting might not be for him. When Marvel Studios contacted him about testing for the part of Steve Rogers, and potentially locking into a nine-film deal if he did well, Evans initially declined to come in and test for the part. "My suffering would be my own," he recalls thinking, worrying that his anxiety would grow worse. Although he was offered a modified deal, involving fewer films and more money if he came in for a screen test, Evans continued to turn it down, worrying that the pressure of fame would get the better of him. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. Following their release on the Epic Games Store, Quantic Dream's best known games--including Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human--are headed to Steam very soon. The games will be released on Valve's digital storefront on June 18, Quantic Dream has announced. If you're interested in the games but not sure you want to buy them, each game has a free demo available on Steam right now. Quantic Dream Games On Steam Heavy Rain Free Demo Beyond: Two Souls Free Demo Detroit: Become Human Free Demo Quantic Dream originally released these games as exclusives for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 but the French studio was never owned by Sony. The company is now developing multiplatform games and is seeking to also become a "boutique publisher." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. A new firmware update for Nintendo Switch has arrived. Version 10.0.3. is out now, and it's not a very notable or substantial update. The patch notes are one line long. The update provides, "General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience." Developing... View the full article
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  15. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone's Season 3 Battle Pass is nearly finished. The Battle Pass is in its final week, so now is your last chance to progress through the pass to unlock everything. As usual, you can earn new tiers in the Season 3 Battle Pass through gameplay alone, or you can spend real money to buy tiers. Alternatively, you can buy the entire Battle Pass--containing all 100 tiers--for $10 USD. The Battle Pass includes a new Operator, Alex, along with all kinds of extras such as cosmetics, weapon blueprints, double XP tokens, and more. The Battle Pass applies to both Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone, because the two titles share progression. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  16. He walked all over it with his dirty boots! Over the crisp, white sheets of my bed that I had just made!

  17. Free-to-play games can live or die by the quality of their cosmetic content, and Riot's new shooter Valorant is no exception. In a recent blog post, the team behind Valorant revealed how it develops the game's premium skins. According to the post, the process begins with a brainstorming process to determine the fantasy and genre that the weapon skin promotes, from sci-fi to high fantasy. However, the team sticks to a number of core rules, chief among them that the skin's unique visual effects and animations are only seen by its owner in first-person. The developers also take great care to ensure that the outline and shape of the specific weapon is still recognizable, for the sake of fair competition. Since the skins in Valorant have unique animations for headshots and reloads, playtesters sample the skins in order to make sure that they aren't too distracting for the user. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  18. The Last of Us Part II will be the focus of Sony's next State of Play stream, scheduled to take place this Wednesday May 27 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 10 PM CEST. The stream will feature a deep-dive on gameplay mechanics seen in previous showings of the sequel, with Naughty Dog vice president and The Last of Us Part II co-director Neil Druckmann narrating the footage. Although a lot of the stream will give context to gameplay that's already been shown, there will be around eight minutes of gameplay for a brand-new area of the game, too. The State of Play stream is expected to be around 20 minutes long in total, similar to the most recent stream for Sony's other upcoming PS4 exclusive, Ghost of Tsushima. And in case you were wondering, Sony makes it very clear in the announcement of this State of Play that there will be no mention of the PlayStation 5. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. The Division 2 will undergo a short maintenance on Tuesday, May 26, starting at 12:30 AM PT / 3:30 AM ET. It's expected to last for three hours. According to the patch notes, this tiny update will stomp out some of the game's bugs, including a mission-breaking issue and one that prevented players from earning progress on Global Event challenges. In other Division 2 news, Ubisoft recently released the delayed Update 9.1. That patch focused on overhauling the game's NPCs, which the developer deemed too powerful in certain situations. The game's upcoming Title Update 10 is now live on The Division 2's Public Test Server, but only on PC. This new update will make several big changes to the game, including buffing most of the game's weapons and adjusting the drop-rate for high-tier loot to make the game's stouter difficulties more rewarding. The Division 2 Patch Notes Fixed an issue that prevented players in a group from earning progress on Global Event Challenges from their allies for some challenges. Fixed an issue that caused the doors during "Break Through the Black Tusk Forces" to not open during the DARPA Research Lab Main Mission. Fixed an issue that caused Burn and Bleed status effect icons to not be displayed above NPCs. This needs to be verified during the maintenance and we will keep you updated tomorrow. View the full article
  20. Premier League football club Manchester United has filed a lawsuit against Sega and Sports Interactive, the publisher and developer respectively of Football Manager. The football club is unhappy with how its name, badge, and overall trademark has been used in the game without its consent, despite appearing in Football Manager for decades. According to The Guardian, Manchester United's attorney is also seeking to add player-made mods to the lawsuit, in light of how it claims Sega and Sports Interactive encourage players to use them to recreate clubs in the game. In a counterargument, Sega claimed that the lawsuit by Manchester United intends to “prevent legitimate competition in the video games field by preventing parties not licensed by the claimant from using the name of the Manchester United football team within such games". It also argues the validity of a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the use of the name "Manchester United" in any context without the authority of the trademark holder. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. Breaking from longstanding tradition, the next round of PlayStation Plus freebies will begin before the new month even starts. PS4 users will be able to grab one of June's free games, Call of Duty: WWII, starting tomorrow, May 26. The second freebie will be announced later this week, and we imagine it will go live on June 2, the first Tuesday of the month. Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: WWII originally released in 2017 and brought the series back to its original World War II-era setting for the first time since World at War in 2008. Call of Duty: WWII is particularly known for having a strong single-player campaign, which clocks in around six hours. The online servers are still live, and while they aren't extremely active, you can expect the player count to tick up since far more people will have access to it on PS4. In addition to the campaign and traditional multiplayer playlists, WWII also has a fun narrative-focused War mode with unique maps and lengthy attack/defend objectives. The strong package earned the first-person shooter a 9/10 in our Call of Duty: WWII review. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  22. For nearly 20 years, Frogwares has been the premier developer of games based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Following the release of 2019's The Sinking City, an open-world adventure game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, the developer jumped straight to work on its follow-up--this time bringing their most well-known character back to his roots in a large setting to explore. In an exclusive with GameSpot, the developers at Frogwares have revealed that is developing and self-publishing Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, a prequel that will focus on the early exploits of the gentleman sleuth. Set for release in 2021 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and next-gen consoles, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One takes cues from The Sinking City, bringing players into an explorable open-world city filled with characters to meet, disguises to wear, and mysteries to solve. Set in the early years of the detective's career, the game casts you as a 21-year-old Sherlock Holmes who returns to his Mediterranean island hometown following his mother's death. After reacquainting himself with the island, his family manor, and the enigmatic companion Jonathan--who is definitely not Watson--he'll discover that the town has got some secrets, and he'll use his budding yet still brilliant detective skills to uncover a larger conspiracy at work. Before the reveal, I spoke with Frogwares producer and community manager Sergey Oganesyan and lead feature designer Yaroslav Martyniuk about what's to come in the next Sherlock Holmes game. As a prequel, Chapter One is set many years before the detective's other cases in games like Crime and Punishment and The Devil's Daughter. Similar to Batman: Year One, Chapter One reframes the early years of the detective and his world, doubling as a prequel to the narrative arc from Frogwares' previous Sherlock games, and a gateway for newcomers to jump into the series. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, an updated version of one of the best RPGs for the Wii, releases on Nintendo Switch this Friday, May 29. Whether you're planning on diving in for the first time or revisiting the modern classic in its updated form, you should take a look at the pre-order deal at Amazon. Right now, you can pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition for $49.94, which is a savings of $10. See at Amazon This is the same price Walmart was selling the Definitive Edition for, but Walmart is currently sold out. Amazon already sold out of its Xenoblade pre-orders at this price earlier today, so there's a good chance this offer won't be available for long. If you already placed your pre-order at Amazon at the full $60 price, you'll get the discount thanks to Amazon's pre-order price guarantee. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, the 2019 fighting game featuring the sentai warriors from the hit series, is expanding with three new characters. A third season of DLC has been announced with a trailer, and while only two fighters have been properly announced, it's pretty clear who the third one will be. The trailer below shows off Robert “RJ” James and Lauren Shiba, but the comments below the video have uniformly identified the third character, shown in silhouette, as Scorpina, a long-time villain in the Power Rangers mythos. The first content from this pass should drop towards the end of June, and in addition to the three extra fighters, anyone who buys it will also receive a new Phantom Beast King character skin for Dai Shi and a Samurai Megazord ultra. This follows several other updates and DLC packs for the game. In February, the game received online lobbies, and previous DLC fighters have included Lord Zedd and Eric Myers. As of March, Battle for the Grid was available through Xbox Game Pass. It's also on Switch, PS4, and PC. View the full article
  25. In 2019, the head of Bayonetta developer Platinum Games, Atsushi Inaba, said he was not all that impressed by the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. He said they offered "more of the same," and those comments led to some debate and discussion. Inaba has now clarified his comments, telling Video Games Chronicle that his original words led to "a little bit of backlash" and the perception that he was a snob. Inaba now says he's excited by the fact that the new consoles will allow developers to "do more" as it relates to graphics and technology. However, he stands by his estimation that the leap from the PS4/Xbox One era to the PS5/Xbox Series X era won't be as dramatic as the shift that occurred years ago during previous console transitions. "If you think back to the generation between Super Nintendo and PlayStation, and how we went from pixel art to 3D polygons… nobody could have ever imagined that a few years prior," Inaba said. "When that stuff started coming out people were just blown away: they weren't ready for it, they weren't anticipating it… it was just so new." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  26. LittleBigPlanet developers Media Molecule released their latest game Dreams for the PS4 in February, and now they're looking for help to refine the game's VR features, Video Games Chronicle reported. The testing positions are open to European players, and while the company hasn’t specified what it's looking for in a tester, the application form asks about location, availability, previous testing experiences, and which devices you have available. Testers will have to sign an NDA if accepted for the two-week process, which involved a preliminary briefing, two weeks of reporting based on short periods of gameplay, and a debrief session. Participants will be paid £200 (around $250 US) at the end of the testing period. Applications are now open for the limited positions here. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  27. The evidence that 2020's Call of Duty game is a Black Ops title continues to mount. It's now been discovered that the battle royale game Warzone was recently updated with another Black Ops easter egg. In one of the map's buildings, an RCXD--which is a popular killstreak from the Black Ops series--can be clearly seen sitting on a table. You can check out some images in the embedded tweet below. This follows from the recent discovery that Warzone's Bunkers can now be opened, and at least one of them contains another Black Ops-related tease. Bunker 11 was discovered to contain a nuclear warhead. Sources told Video Games Chronicle that this very warhead will be used in the game to change the map and give it a Cold War theme as a tease for the new mainline release. Players have also discovered a Cold War-era spyplane in Warzone by glitching through walls. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  28. Minecraft Dungeons joins re-releases of some cult classics and heavy-hitter Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition on this week's new Nintendo Switch eshop finds. While we've been waiting eagerly for this remaster of one of Monolith Soft's greats, there's also plenty of other indie titles to keep you occupied. New Nintendo Switch Releases This Week 26 May Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Minecraft Dungeons 27 May Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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