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  2. Ubisoft's next open-world hacking game, Watch Dogs: Legion, features a lengthy campaign that takes you across the different boroughs of London. In the third game of the franchise focusing on the exploits of the secretive hacker collective DedSec, we see the group expand by bringing in everyday citizens in the fight to save England's capital city from an authoritarian regime--and there's certainly a lot of ground to cover. We can confirm that the main campaign takes about 25 hours to complete from start to finish. This playtime also includes the main story missions and the many recruitment assignments and side-objectives you pick up along the way. It can be a bit tricky to determine how long it would take to complete all the core content for completionists, including all the data pick-ups, side-missions, and other areas of note. What's special about this game is that it has an infinite number of playable characters, who offer you new missions that are randomly generated, so there's no true way to exhaust all the game's content. In GameSpot's full review, editor Alessandro Fillari gave the game an 8/10. In the review, he stated that Ubisoft's next game is a fun and novel installment that builds upon the franchise's core hacking and social engineering gameplay. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Ark: Survival Evolved is getting an update for Xbox Series X, and the difference is huge. The game, which has always been at its best on PC, is doing some serious catching up on the next-gen Xbox. In a new trailer, Ark is showing off Xbox update v802.9, which will release on October 28. If you play the game on Series X following the console's November 10 launch, you'll be able to experience the game in 4K, with vastly improved details, a higher framerate, and numerous other improvements. Check out the trailer for the dinosaur-survival game on Xbox Series X below--it's a major improvement. Ark is available on Xbox Game Pass, so if you're a subscriber, it could be worth a download on your new system. This trailer is specific to the Xbox Series X version, so it's unclear if the game will receive the same treatment on PlayStation 5. 4K resolution is just one of many changes coming. Here's the full list of enhancements coming in the update: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Microsoft has said again that it has no plans to bring the full version of Halo 5: Guardians to PC. Community manager John Junyszek confirmed this during a fifth anniversary livestream event for Halo 5, where he also reminded fans that Halo 5 is already sort-of on PC through the free Halo 5: Forge client. This lets players create their own maps and modes, while it also supports Custom Games with friends. There is also a Custom Games browser, but full matchmaking support and the campaign, of course, are not included in the package. The full version of Halo 5 isn't scheduled to come to PC, nor is Microsoft planning to add the game to The Master Chief Collection on PC or Xbox, Junyszek said. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. While Genshin Impact impressed fans early on with its Breath Of The Wild-like open world, those who have reached endgame are now expressing frustration with its more gacha-heavy features. One of these, the time-limiting “Original Resin” counter, is getting a rework, but some still aren’t happy. Genshin Impact’s resin functions as a timer, as is typical for gacha games, forcing players to either wait to resume play or spend money to continue straight away. With its release on PC and consoles, however, resin feels like more of an imposition on Genshin Impact players who often aren’t used to this kind of function. As it currently works, players can hold a maximum of 120 resin, which can be spent on collecting loot from boss battles, domains, and ley line battles. Once spent, the resin slowly re-accumulates at a rate of one every eight minutes, for a total of 180 per day. Resin stops accumulating once it hits the 120 cap, however, so players who only log in once per day won't be able to use the full 180. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. With the RTX 3080 as the introduction to Nvidia's new generation of video cards, we saw what the next wave of high-end cards is capable of. Relatively speaking, the RTX 3080 offers an intriguing value proposition for enthusiast-level performance at $700 USD MSRP (if you can even find one), outclassing any video card that came before it. But not everyone needs or wants to go for the high-end and, as is tradition, Nvidia likes to roll out lower-spec SKUs over time--so now, we have the RTX 3070, which is a truly impressive card in its own right. Nvidia has touted the RTX 3070 as performing around the same as the RTX 2080 Ti, which was last generation's top-tier consumer-level video card. And that's largely true based on our results. The RTX 3070 carries a $500 MSRP, which is less than half of what a 2080 Ti goes for, so to get that type of performance at a much more approachable price makes high-end PC gaming less of a pipe dream. Especially when factoring in the growing popularity of RTX ray tracing capabilities and the increasing usage of DLSS as a great alternative to antialiasing, the RTX 3070 makes a strong case for those who are still holding out with GTX 10-series (or older) cards. For the purposes of this review, Nvidia provided the Founder's Edition of the RTX 3070--keep in mind that board partners' performance and pricing can vary. We followed a similar structure to our RTX 3080 review to keep a consistent comparison between the other Nvidia cards included in our tests, but focused our analysis on how the 3070 fares against the 2080 Ti, given Nvidia's claims of how the 3070 stacks against it. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. Dave Kosak, the principle narrative designer for Blizzard's Hearthstone, has left the developer. Kosak worked at Blizzard for 12 years, but has now said his goodbyes. "After 12 remarkable years and countless adventures, I am moving on from Blizzard Entertainment," Kosak said in a short Twitter thread. "I will very much miss all of my Blizzard colleagues." He went on to reminiscence about his time at the company, and promise fans that further updates were coming to Hearthstone. The game recently received a new expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. No Man's Sky has released a new update for Halloween, and it adds numerous new cosmetic items to the game to celebrate the season. It'll also enhance the wrecks from the Desolation update with new materials, and bring a few other changes to the space-faring game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The new update notes explain that you can now find Tainted Metal and Quicksilver on abandoned freighters, so it's worth visiting them and dealing with the alien menaces within to get your hands on some. Watch out, though--the aliens have been mutating, and are stronger than ever. Tainted Metal can be traded to a scrap dealer for new base decorations and customization options, the wildest of which is the "Horrific Flesh-Helmet". That's the in-game name for the item you see below. It's...well, it's a horrific flesh-helmet. The mouth moves. It's a lot. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Stories Untold, an anthology of four horror-tinged narrative games, has surprise-launched on PS4 and Xbox One. The title, which released on PC back in 2017 before coming to Switch earlier this year, is now available for new audiences to check out. The four smaller games included are: The House Abandon The Lab Conduct The Station Process The Last Session As a remake of an earlier title, The House Abandon is the most well-known game in the collection--a metatextual text adventure with a cool, dark twist. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Like Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision's Call of Duty Mobile is getting in the spooky spirit with its own Halloween events. The game's Halloween events are available right now, and they seem pretty great. First off, a new game mode called "Pumpkin Confirmed" is available. This is the standard Kill Confirmed mode, but the twist is that players must collect jack-o-lanterns instead of dog tags. An eerie new map variant, Halloween Standoff, has also been added to the mix for the event. Finally, zombies are coming to the battle royale mode on October 30 to mix up the gameplay in a scary way. You can check out a teaser for the Halloween events below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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  12. Mobile developer King has announced Crash Bandicoot: On The Run!, a new mobile runner starring the freshly-revitalized Crash Bandicoot. Hot off the heels of Crash Bandicoot 4, this new title will look a lot like a classic Crash title, but Crash will run automatically and you'll control him with swipes. Crash will have to deal with various enemies who try to impede him, including Neo Cortex, Nina, and Fake Crash (who looks a lot less funky than he did in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped). There will be levels based on the Crash Bandicoot platformer series, and it seems like this won't be an infinite runner, so you can reach the end of levels. The game will have crafting and base-building elements, so you can work towards goals outside of the levels. What exactly these systems will look like is unclear, however. There are also unlockable challenge runs that can be found by heading down hidden paths. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Microsoft's new gaming strategy isn't focused on Xbox hardware alone. Microsoft is releasing its games on PC, too, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now reiterated Microsoft's stance on bringing its first-party games to PC and explained why the company isn't focused on one platform in particular. Spencer told GameReactor, "If we are shipping a first-party game, it's coming to PC. If we are shipping a first-party game on PC it's coming to Steam and our own store." This is a big change for Microsoft, as the company did not previously release all of its games across console and PC. Microsoft was criticized in the past for its stance on PC gaming, and Spencer acknowledged that this criticism was valid. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. 2K Sports has released a new gameplay trailer for NBA 2K21 that showcases the professional basketball game's next-gen edition, and, generally speaking, it looks very, very good. In the video, executive producer Erick Boenisch and gameplay director Mike Wang show off NBA 2K21's PS5 edition and provide commentary for a game between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans. The first thing you'll notice in the video is how NBA 2K21 loads into a game almost instantly--this is made possible by the SSDs in the new consoles. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Xbox is doing great heading into the launch of the Xbox Series X and S consoles in November. Microsoft announced its earnings for the July-September period, and Xbox was a bright spot. Gaming revenue rose year-over-year by $550 million, or 22 percent, due in part to increased spending on games and services. The content and services department of Xbox specifically saw its revenue rise by 30 percent, which works out to a whopping $649 million increase. This growth was driven in part by third-party games, Microsoft said, though it did not mention any by name. As a platform-holder, Microsoft gets a 30% cut of every game sold on Xbox, and with games overall flourishing right now during COVID-19, Microsoft is making big profits. The growth was also fueled by an increase in Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, along with first-party game sales. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  16. The Division 2 servers are back online on PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One following a three-hour maintenance period. In that downtime, developer Massive Entertainment deployed a new update that wraps up the Last Resort event. The full patch notes are outlined below. The Last Resort was a limited-time event that included 29 pieces of unlockable apparel like shirts and pants for The Division 2 players. It was available to all players who own the Warlords of New York expansion and have completed the New York campaign. The update concludes the Last Resort event and makes all those cosmetics purchasable with premium credits. The update also addresses some gameplay issues. This includes ironing out Delta-01 errors when loading certain characters and fixing suicide drones that wouldn't target player skills. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. Sony might have caught everyone off-guard when the company decided to open preorders for the PlayStation 5 not long after revealing its November 12 release date, but that hasn't stopped demand from eclipsing that of the PlayStation 4 during its preorder period. Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has stated in an interview with Reuters that demand for that PlayStation 5 has outstripped the company's supply capability at launch, but that the number of orders already placed far exceeds that of the first few months of the PlayStation 4. In just 12 hours, Sony sold more PS5 consoles than in the first 12 weeks of PS4 preorder sales in the United States. Finding a preorder for a PS5 is difficult now, and Ryan says that Sony is trying its best to ensure additional stock for the upcoming holiday season. But Ryan warns that it will likely remain challenging to find a PS5 if you don't already have one ordered. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  18. Four or five years ago, Dark Souls modding was in its infancy, with any modification requiring the use of hex editors and dodgy mod tools to implement. However, the modding community has come a long way in just a few short years, with 2019's Daughters of Ash representing almost a total overhaul of the game, complete with new bosses and restored content cut from the original game. Now, the developers behind many of the most notable Dark Souls mods are teaming up to create what modder Grimrukh calls a "direct sequel" to Dark Souls 1, and it will feature a Bloodborne-style rally system. Titled Dark Souls: Nightfall, the project would represent the most ambitious mod for Dark Souls ever, including an entirely remixed world map, an overhauled combat system based on the QuickSouls combat mod, and brand-new NPCs with voice acting. As the above tweet shows, modders like Meowmaritus are using complex code to implement a Bloodborne-esque rally system in the creaky Dark Souls 1 engine--when you take a hit, attacking your opponent will give you some of your health back. It's still unclear when Dark Souls: Nightfall will come out, though Grimrukh did say that it's been in development for much of 2020. However, given that huge mod projects tend to take years to come out, it's best to wait and see on this one. While we haven't seen much in the way of a new Souls game recently, the Demon's Souls PS5 remaster is on its way, and we've got all the info on it. View the full article
  19. Sony's PlayStation division is considering the possibility of mergers and acquisitions as it looks ahead to the future of PlayStation 5. The comment came from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who hinted at the strategy as one way Sony could grow its first-party studio output. Ryan told Reuters that the company plans to grow its studios organically, but added that "where we can bolster our in-house capability with selective M&A [mergers and acquisitions] that might be possible." In the same interview, Ryan said that the company is seeing "very considerable" demand, but is aiming to get enough stock on store shelves to meet that demand. He said that it's possible that some people who want to buy on launch day won't be able to find it. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. One More Level and Slipgate Ironworks' fast-paced, cyberpunk first-person parkour slasher Ghostrunner is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. With the game's one-hit-kill mechanic, those interested in Ghostrunner may be curious about what some reviewers are saying about the dystopian adventure. Read on to find out what critics think of Ghostrunner. Most reviews land on the same consensus: Ghostrunner is a thrill to play. The game's fast-paced mechanics, mixed with the breakneck pace of combat and platforming, make Ghostrunner an edge-of-your-seat experience with a relatively brisk six-hour campaign. It's also a game critics say speedrunners will enjoy--and not just because "runner" is in its name. In our own Ghostrunner review, we scored it a 7/10. Critic Mike Epstein called the game "exhilarating," saying Ghostrunner is a "high-risk, high-reward" experience. We've compiled reviews down below to give you a glimpse of what critics think. And head over to GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more reviews of Ghostrunner on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. This is not looking cool, Joker. The beloved Persona series has received many spinoffs over the years, from fighting games to dance-offs, and many fans expressed excitement for the musou-style follow-up Persona 5 Scramble. However, there's a new wrinkle: Publisher Koei Tecmo released its new financial results recently, and a Western localization of Scramble isn't mentioned at all. A previous financial report from Koei Tecmo mentioned a Persona 5 Scramble back in July. However, as spotted by Siliconera, that report has now been replaced with a revised version that removes any mention of such a release. This latest financial information indicates that the company is focusing on its other major musou spin-off, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which will receive a simultaneous worldwide release on November 20. It's unclear if this means that Persona 5 Scramble's Western release will be delayed or outright cancelled. Considering the outsized popularity of Persona 5, it would seem hard to believe that the game won't make its way to North America and Europe, but stranger things have happened. (I guess you could say we never saw it coming.) Scramble may come out under the title Persona 5 Strikers in English-speaking territories, based on a Sega trademark filing. The game is expected to come to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. View the full article
  22. CD Projekt Red has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed by 21 days and will now launch on December 10. It was originally set for release on November 19 but, according to a statement from studio execs Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski, shipping the game on PS4, Xbox One, PC, alongside next-gen versions for Xbox Series X, PS5, PC, and Stadia has been a challenge, especially under work from home conditions. "Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly," the statement continues. "We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do. The pair also clarified that recent news that the game had gone gold doesn't mean work on the game was complete, as the team is able to continue refining the experience, and the time the studio had allotted to doing this post-certification work is what was miscalculated, resulting in the delay. You can read the full statement from Badowski and Iwinski below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. Ubisoft is making some big changes to its Uplay subscription service, starting with the name. Uplay+ will now be called Ubisoft+, and the company is also partnering with the Google Stadia and Amazon Luna streaming services to expand the ways you can access Ubisoft+. Like Uplay+, the newly dubbed Ubisoft+ will cost $15 per month. And like its predecessor, it will still include premium editions (when applicable) of new releases--including this year's Ubisoft lineup of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, and Immortals: Fenyx Rising. Aside from the name-change, the major new feature is making it available on streaming services. It will be available in beta on Amazon Luna starting on November 10. It will also be coming to Stadia by the end of the year, without a Stadia Pro subscription requirement. Ubisoft says its streaming options will allow you to access your saves cross-platform, so you'll be able to access your games in a standard downloadable form or through the streaming services. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. Developer Easy Day Studios has announced that more content is coming to Skater XL this holiday on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An exact release date has not been confirmed. The update will add more community-created content, such as customization items and locations. While the studio has not specified everything that is coming to Skater XL in the update, an announcement video highlights some of the new additions. There will be new skateboard decks, grip tape, clothing, accessories, and a few more places--like an indoor park--to skate. Easy Day Studios said more details about the update are "coming soon." In the meantime, check out the announcement trailer below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  25. Super Mario 3D All-Stars might feature two beloved classics featuring everyone's favorite Italian plumber--as well as Super Mario Sunshine--but the collection has attracted controversy since its announcement. Now, Nintendo has announced that players will have the option of inverting camera controls in all three of the collection's games, Super Mario 64, Galaxy, and Sunshine starting on November 16. Inverted camera controls weren't included in any of the original versions of the games, but have become a standard option in many 3D games since their release. Since Super Mario 3D All-Stars was ostensibly intended as an updated collection of these games, the lack of customizable camera controls was noticeable. Many players have complained about grappling with the primitive camera controls of Super Mario 64 in particular, which were designed prior to the advent of stick-based camera control. Poor Lakitu. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also garnered criticism for Nintendo's decision to make the game only available for digital purchase through March 31, 2021, as well as the lack of extra features compared to simply playing the games in a high-end PC emulator. The lack of Super Mario Galaxy 2 was also noted. While most agree that these are great games that stand the test of time, compared to flashier remakes like the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, it becomes apparent that Nintendo isn't necessarily interested in updating the look of these games to take advantage of newer hardware. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  26. Rainbow Six Siege has received more than its fair share of creative or downright strange limited-time modes over the years, and this year's Halloween event is no different. Unlike 2019's Halloween event, Doktor's Curse, which featured heavy horror themes, 2020's event focuses on the sugary side of the holiday--to disturbing ends. The mode is called Sugar Fright, and it challenges players to collect candy for their team, either the Tricksters or the Treaters. As the below trailer shows, you aren't controlling the operators you're used to--instead, each player pilots a creepy puppet version of a familiar operator. Eliminating your fellow puppets causes them to drop candy, and whichever team collects the most candy wins. Between the dead-eyed operators and the bright wash of colors, it sort of resembles a horror movie directed by Wes Anderson. In a novel move for Siege, players in Sugar Fright will respawn after being downed, even within the same round. In order to accommodate for this change, Ubisoft announced that leaving the event early will create a 30 minute leave penalty for ranked and unranked playlists, even if you leave during the match summary. This mode apparently also takes place entirely in the candy-addled mind of Siege operator Frost. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  27. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is getting another guest costume on November 3, and this one's a famous, beloved screen monster. Godzilla is coming to the game for Godzilla Day (also November 3, the release date of the 1954 original), a day dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Japan's favorite kaiju. The costume will cost 10 crowns, so you'll either want to have some saved up or earn a few before then if you're a fan of the series. It's a cartoonier take on the character, as befitting the game--a version of Godzilla that served as a grim reminder of the cost of nuclear warfare might not have suited Fall Guys, as great as those movies are. You can check out the costume below before deciding if you want to buy it once it's available. The Fall Guys Godzilla costume.Lora Cohn, managing director of Toho International, said in a press release that the company is "thrilled to collaborate with Mediatonic" on this use of their character. "Now, players will get to celebrate Godzilla Day in such a unique way by putting on the Godzilla suit and stomping their way to victory!" Jeff Tanton, vice president of creative at Mediatonic, also believes that Godzilla is a natural fit for the game. "There are many parallels to be drawn between the mighty Godzilla and an average Fall Guy: they are both fiercely competitive, they battle on an international stage with incredibly high stakes, they always get back up after being knocked down, and according to worrying reports from our social media channels, they are both much taller than you'd expect." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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