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  1. Halo 3 is remembered fondly by many Halo fans. Originally released in 2007, the game remains a fan-favorite to this day, in part for what is considered by many to be Halo's best multiplayer offering to date. Everyone who enjoys Halo probably has their own story about what Halo 3 meant to them. And this includes developers from 343 Industries, the new stewards of Halo after taking over the franchise from Bungie in 2007. Twenty-two developers from 343 Industries shared with us their memories of Halo 3 and why it was so special to them. Halo 3 represents a bygone era for Halo and FPS games overall. There was no sprinting. No loadouts. No perks. No XP grind. Whereas newer entries in the Halo series--and across the wider industry--have focused on engagement through things like battle passes, microtransactions, and live events, Halo 3 kept you playing because it was damn fun and all your friends were playing it. Plain and simple. No gimmicks. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. Sky: Children Of The Light, the social mobile game by Journey developers Thatgamecompany, has announced reaching a new milestone of 20 million downloads across Android and iOS, almost exactly a year on from launch. Sky launched first to iOS on July 18 last year, and picked up Apple's iPhone Game of the Year award in its first six months. The game later came to Android in April 2020. Thatgamecompany is marking a year of release with a week-long in-game anniversary celebration that started on July 13. The celebration opens up Sky's secret area, The Office, to all players--a zone usually exclusive to players who own the TGC Founders cape or Beta cape. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Popular mobile puzzle game Puzzle & Dragons is getting a fortnight-long crossover with Capcom's Devil May Cry franchise, with the event live now and running until July 26. The crossover features DMC characters including Dante, Nero, Trish, Lady, and more, and they'll help players navigate three all-new DMC-themed dungeons. The crossover, similar to Puzzle & Dragon's Monster Hunter crossover, will see DMC characters available from the Egg Machine, including five 6-star characters and five 5-star characters. All players who log in to the event will get a free pull from the DMC-themed Egg Machine, with additional pulls able to be earned by playing the Devil May Cry Challenge Dungeon. The other event-specific dungeons include the Special Dungeon with five difficulty levels and the 3-player Multiplayer Dungeon. Some of DMC's signature weapons will also be making an appearance, including Dante's sword Rebellion and dual pistols Ebony and Ivory, which will be available as Assist Evolution weapons. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Death Squared, an indie co-op game that launched in 2017 and has had more success on Switch than on other systems, has gone on sale on the Switch Eshop several times since launch. In a new report by Nintendo Life, SMG Studios CEO Ashley Ringrose has discussed how discounts have impacted the games sales, and has drawn an unexpected correlation between the game's availability on another system and its sales on Switch. As you might expect, the game's biggest sales came when the price was discounted by 90%, but big discounts weren't the only sales driver. The game joined Xbox Game Pass in February 2020, and Ringrose attributes this with a rise in Switch sales. Ringrose says that they've seen a slight increase since the game went to Xbox's service, which he think is because, while not everyone has an Xbox, "many people have a friend who does," and have likely discovered it while gaming with them. "You get more coverage and mentions organically now as more people have access to the game," he says. Death Squared is far from the only game to see an increase in sales thanks to Game Pass. Descenders, a mountain bike game, saw a huge spike in sales after going to Xbox Game Pass, which has continued ever since--and as such, the game will remain on the service for a long time. The full article at Nintendo Life is full of great insight from Ringrose. The game has sold over 150,000 copies on Switch, and close to 300,000 overall; Ringrose says that the game will be made free if they reach 250,000 sales on Nintendo's platform. Earlier this year, SMG Studios released Moving Out for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It's also available on Xbox Game Pass. View the full article
  5. Call Of Duty: Mobile has launched its new season, The Forge, with a heap of new rewards for both free and premium players. The brand new Juggernaut game mode is also live this week, along with the classic Highrise map from Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The Forge Battle Pass operates the same as previous seasons, with a free and a premium stream. The free stream will unlock the brand new DR-H assault rifle at tier 21, as well as the new Shrapnel perk. The premium stream will unlock new characters including the Wrecker skin for Tank Dempsey at tier 1 and Krueger's Reaper skin at tier 50. The new game mode for COD: Mobile is Juggernaut--a 1v5 mode where a squad of soldiers faces off against the high-tech XS1 Goliath. The asymmetrical multiplayer mode sees one player take control of the overpowered Goliath fighting machine against five other players. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. The Last of Us Part II's lead animator, Jeremy Yates, has shared another neat behind-the-scenes video showcasing how Naughty Dog captured footage of real-world animals for the game. In this newest video, Yates shows off a recording session for the horse sequences. Naughty Dog brought in real horses and built a special stage, featuring a lot of rubber mats, to have the horses run around on. In this video, we see one of the horses vaulting over an obstacle and another galloping through the stage. Take a look for yourself: Another picture shows Ellie actress Ashley Johnson and Dina actress Shannon Woodward riding a horse-shaped rig for additional motion capture. The rig was set up to look like a unicorn. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. It's a big day for Halo fans. 13 years after the release of Halo 3 for Xbox 360 on September 24, 2007, Microsoft has finally brought the game to PC. Additionally, the big Season 2 update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has arrived for both PC and Xbox One. You can get it right now on Steam for $10 USD, or you can buy it through The Master Chief Collection for $40 USD. Halo's community director, Brian Jarrard, said Microsoft released the game and the update a little bit early, so you might experience some issues before the "official" launch on July 14. The big Season 2 update for MCC is 23.4GB on Xbox One, and you can see the complete patch notes below, as posted by Microsoft. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Ninjala released as a Switch exclusive on June 24, and since then a lot of people have downloaded it. The game, which is free-to-play, has been downloaded over 3 million times, developer GungHo Online Entertainment has revealed. To celebrate, every player is being given 100 Jala, the game's currency. As part of the game's launch celebration, every new player who logs in before August 26 will be able to claim these Jala, on top of the other launch benefits previously offered--so if you jump in for the first time today, you'll automatically get 400 Jala. To claim this Jala, you need to load up the game and progress beyond the character creation screen and tutorial. Once you reach the main menu, you can claim it from your in-game mail. 100 Jala can be exchanged for a single gumball, although if you wait and save up, it's likely that more Jala will be handed out as the game continues to amass downloads. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. The Nintendo Switch has received yet another system update, but it's not a big one. This update, 10.1.0, has made a change to the first decimal instead of the second, but that doesn't indicate anything major has changed. As per Nintendo Support, Update 10.1.0's change log contains a single sentence, and it's one that Switch fans are well acquainted with. Here's what it includes: General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience. In June, the Switch received an update that actually identified and solved a specific issue--10.0.4 fixed a serious credit card issue. Update 10.0.0 was the most recent major patch, and it introduced control remapping, easier data transfers, and new user icons. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Civilization VI will expand further on July 23 with the Ethiopia Pack, which is available as part of the New Frontier Pass or can be purchased separately for $5. This pack will introduce Ethiopia as a civilization, along with new buildings and a new district. It will also introduce a new mode, as long as you own the Rise and Fall or Gathering Storm expansions. The new mode is called Secret Societies, and it--as you might expect--adds some secret societies to the game world. Discovering one of these societies will unlock a unique, extra-powerful Governor, whose bonuses do not need to be assigned to a specific city. Once a society is uncovered, the player who found it becomes a member of that society for the rest of the game, and if you form an alliance with a player who is also a member your Alliance Points will accumulate faster, and you'll have better diplomacy options. Conversely, players in other societies are going to be your enemies. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Death Stranding is coming to PC on July 14, and at the time of writing a Steam/Epic Games Store release is just 12 hours away. The PC version is being published by 505 Games, and they've released a launch trailer to go over the improvements coming in the PC version, and to introduce some elements of the game to new players. The trailer mixes together cutscenes and cinematic gameplay footage to capture the game's tone and some of its performances, and it shows off the game at 4K, presented in Ultrawide. It also shows off the game's new Very Hard difficulty setting and Half-Life collaborative items. It's also seems to be more-or-less spoiler free. You can get the PC version of Death Stranding for free with certain Nvidia cards, which is a great deal if you want to upgrade your PC for RTX. If you're not sure if your PC can handle the game, check out the minimum and recommended specs. The PC version will be able to achieve frame rates above 100fps. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. Deadly Premonition 2 is out now for Switch, but some players of the long-anticipated game have found themselves disappointed over one particular aspect of the game--its treatment of a transgender character. Criticisms leveled against the game have pointed out that the game's characters, including the hero Francis, frequently misgender the character, or use their deadname (the name assigned at birth). Because other dialog within the game positions Francis as an ally, and the game does not always explicitly frame these transphobic actions as wrong, many of the director's fans have been disappointed--especially after trans issues were explored with sensitivity in his previous game, The Missing. Now, Swery has taken to Twitter to apologize and to promise that he will edit "that scene," although which scene he specifically means is unclear. "I realized by pointed out from friends, I might have hurt transgender people in my scenario," he writes. "It wasn't intentional. I am really sorry for that." He promises that additional checks will be performed, and asks players not to hate his characters, as any offence caused is his own fault. Deadly Premonition 2 will also hopefully receive a patch to address its appalling frame rate, which is one of the reasons why GameSpot's 5/10 review was less-than-glowing. "Ultimately, Deadly Premonition 2 lacks the emotional resonance found in the first game," reviewer Kurt Indovina wrote. "It's a different brew of coffee from your favorite roaster, but one that's more bitter than you probably hoped for." View the full article
  13. Microsoft has bold plans for its future in gaming. In addition to releasing the Xbox Series X this year, Microsoft is launching its game-streaming service, xCloud, to help reach a much bigger audience than the console market alone. In a new interview with GI.biz, Spencer spoke about this strategy and why it's essential to the company's plans to grow its gaming business in the future. Spencer pointed out that Xbox Live is already in a good place with nearly 100 million monthly players across all platforms--including Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. People who play Minecraft on Nintendo Switch must create an Xbox Live account to play the game on Nintendo's console. PS4 Minecraft players don't need an Xbox Live account, but they must have one to use cross-play. Microsoft is one of the biggest publishers on PS4 thanks to Minecraft. Looking further out, Spencer said xCloud is critical to helping Microsoft reach a wider audience. Simply put, the console market has a ceiling--only so many people can or want to buy a console. With xCloud, Microsoft is bringing Xbox to the billions of mobile devices around the world. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. In June, Microsoft made the surprise announcement that it was closing its streaming service Mixer, with high-profile streamers Ninja and Shroud leaving the platform to go elsewhere. Now, Spencer has spoken more about the decision to close Mixer, saying he has no regrets. "It's obviously a disappointment when you try to grow something to the scale it needs to get to and you don't get there," Spencer told GI.biz. "I don't have regrets. You make decisions with the best information you have at the time, you apply your best effort, and we're in a creative industry. We are in a hits-driven industry." Spencer said he's proud of Microsoft for being a company that is not afraid of trying new things, even when they don't work out. "That is just the art of making video games, and frankly game platforms," he said. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Crysis Remastered is coming to Switch on July 23, and considering that the original 2007 game famously required a very powerful PC to run, many players are curious about how it will translate to Nintendo's hybrid console. Now, a new (very short) gameplay clip gives us some indication of how it will handle. The three-second clip below, recorded directly from a Switch, shows off the Remastered edition's improved environment destruction and vegetation bending. There's a few other details to glean from it too--like the impressive draw distance--but three seconds isn't much to work with. Still, it confirms that the Switch iteration of the game seeks to improve on the 2007 powerhouse, when often Switch ports are more basic. While the Switch version is launching this month, the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 versions have been delayed, and we'll have to wait to see what further tweaks or improvements they introduce. In a follow-up tweet, the official Crysis account has promised that more news on the other versions will be coming soon. This is the first time the Crysis series has appeared on a Nintendo console. The Switch port is being handled by Saber Interactive, the studio behind the console's version of The Witcher 3. Hopefully Crysis Remastered on Switch will be another strong port. View the full article
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