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  1. Game developers have to put out patches in order to fix bugs, and with patches, come patch notes. This string of descriptions updates the user on what has been fixed, and while there may be exciting fixes for gamers, patch notes can be a bit dull. Recently, Valorant released a new patch, and in its notes was a wrestling reference. No, it wasn't a straight-up sentence saying, "Hulkamania is coming for you, brother!" Most casual wrestling fans may even miss this entirely. "You can also surrender sooner now, for when it feels like your opponent has a 141 2/3% chance of winning," the patch notes state. If you thought it was annoying when people talk about giving it 110%, how do you feel about 31 2/3% more added to that? Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. Sony adds new games to its PlayStation Now streaming service every month, and July is no different. This time, we have only three new games--compared to as much as 11 in previous months--but three of them are relatively big names. First, we have Watch Dogs 2, the highly-regarded hack-'em-up that lets you manipulate traffic lights and pilot RC cars all over San Francisco. Second, there's Street Fighter V, the latest entry in the genre-defining fighting game series. Third is Hello Neighbor, a stealth-horror game about sneaking into your strange neighbor's house. Sony has been expanding its PS Now offerings in recent months, as Microsoft's similar Xbox Game Service continues to grow. PS Now is a similar subscription model that allows you to stream or download games, which makes the games also playable on PC. It comes in at $10 a month. PS Now is not to be confused with PlayStation Plus, a monthly subscription that allows players to utilize online multiplayer, which also comes with several free games per month. The free PS Plus games for July are Rise of the Tomb Raider, NBA 2K20, and the acclaimed narrative game Erica. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Valorant just introduced competitive play back into the game with their 1.02 patch last week, and Riot has already rolled out a new update for the game. Patch 1.03 takes particular aim at the Guardian rifle, reducing its fire rate to be less useful in close-range situations, but increasing its penetration power to make it more viable as a long-range weapon. Its price was also decreased to 2500 credits from 2700. The other changes to the game are relatively minor, but worth noting. Players will now be able to surrender during unranked matches with only 80% of their team (i.e. four out of five) voting yes. Competitive surrenders still require a unanimous vote, however. The patch also adds a new orb to the popular Spike Rush mode, which releases two wolves to track down your nearest enemies. Valorant's Twitter account seemed to tease a new set of skins today. While it's impossible to know for sure, given this image's dragon-esque appearance, it may correspond to the Dragon Collection, which was revealed in name only as part of a substantial leak of new skins several months ago. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. 2K Games has announced a delay to the upcoming Mafia: Definitive Edition remaster, shifting its release date by almost a month. Rather than the previously announced August 28, the game will now come on September 25. Developer Hangar 13 also announced that it will show off an extended gameplay session on July 22, to help whet your whistle while you wait the extra month. The statement from 2K and Hangar 13 cites the ongoing coronavirus, though it doesn't specify if the pandemic has impacted development due to remote work, distribution, or both. It does say that "finalizing everything in time for [the August] launch date has become increasingly challenging due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. After announcing a palm-sized Game Gear earlier this year, Sega has revealed another miniature console set to launch in Japan, this time with over 30 arcade games. The Astro City Mini Arcade cabinet is exactly what the name suggests. You'll get a lovely green and white arcade cabinet that can fit on a shelf, equipped with a single joystick and six buttons. The console also features a display, but you'll still need to power it via micro USB (there's no internal battery for portable play). You can also connect it to a larger display via HDMI, with two more USB ports for additional controllers that will be sold separately. The Astro City will come pre-loaded with 36 Sega arcade games, including Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, and Altered Beast. You can find the currently announced games below: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. GameSpot can exclusively reveal that Novaquark's sci-fi MMO Dual Universe will get an Epic Games Store beta on August 27. You can head over to the game's official website to sign-up for the beta; it's worth pointing out that right now, Dual Universe is alpha testing, with players able to join simply by purchasing a key for $60, $120, or $180. Pledging money to Dual Universe at one of the three specified prices nets you a variety of goodies ranging from guaranteed alpha and beta access with multiple keys (depending on tier), pets, in-game items such as outfits, and more. You can check out a new trailer below. Alongside announcing the EGS beta that will take place this August, Novaquark shared a cinematic trailer for Dual Universe. The trailer, below, details the game's lore. You play as a pioneer lucky enough to be drafted to restart humanity after Earth was deemed inhospitable and destroyed by a neutron star. Now you go around fulfilling the Rebirth Project, an effort to rebuild human civilization in a new solar system. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. When the apocalypse comes, it may be due to zombies, demons and ghosts attacking New York City, or alien invaders that can be hacked by Jeff Goldblum's Mac computer: any one of those three scenarios. However, we're all going to have to learn how to survive in the futuristic wasteland, and GameSpot's sister site CNET has a new series diving into the world of post-humanity survival. Hacking the Apocalypse is a six-episode series that has debuted on CNET's YouTube, and three episodes are already available to watch. Below, you'll find the second episode for the series where CNET's Claire Reilly checks out a super-fancy underground bunker, complete with a classroom, library, and ridiculously large pool. So $1.5 million is a pretty steep price if you want to live in an underground bunker, but there are other ways you can smarten-up to prepare yourself for the end of civilization. Below, you find the topics and release dates for upcoming episodes--and it's pretty wild that the first episode was about pandemics, with much of the episode filmed just months before the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Experiment 101's upcoming action-RPG Biomutant doesn't have a release date yet, but we recently learned that it's nearing completion. If you're looking forward to the post-apocalyptic game filled with kung fu adept cats, Amazon has an enticing pre-order offer for PS4. Biomutant's $120 Collector's edition is currently slashed to $60 on PS4, which is the same price as the standard edition. Biomutant Collector's edition for PS4 is $60 right now See at Amazon Biomutant's Collector's edition comes with a statue of the game's cat hero, a fabric poster, and the official soundtrack. If you were planning on pre-ordering the game on PS4 anyway, now's your chance to nab these goodies while paying the standard edition price. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Ahead of Ubisoft Forward this coming Sunday, Watch Dogs Legion PS4 pre-orders have received a startling discount at Amazon. Normally priced at $60, Watch Dogs Legion is currently on sale for $40 at Amazon; unfortunately, the discount is only available for the PS4 version of the game, and Xbox One copies are still $60. Amazon doesn't charge you for a pre-order until the item actually ships, so if you're interested in owning the game on PlayStation, we'd recommend grabbing it at this price ASAP. You'll be able to cancel at any time until right before the item ships. See Watch Dogs Legion at Amazon Watch Dogs Legion is the third game in the Watch Dogs series. The game is set in post-Brexit London, and once again, you play as a hacker. This time, however, you can recruit any non-player character to carry out your mission, each of whom has unique traits and abilities that can aid your cause. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. A new batch of Xbox One digital deals is live at the Xbox Store. This week, Microsoft is hosting two sales, an EA publisher sale and Couch Co-op sale. The former features deals on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Battlefield 5, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, and more, while the latter includes discounts on a wide range of games, from retro compilations to fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11 and Tekken 7. This week's Xbox Live deals are good through July 13. The EA publisher sale includes both recent AAA hits and older titles for seriously low prices. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is down to $30, which is pretty close to the best price we've seen for the engaging 2019 action-adventure. The fun multiplayer shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is at a new low price of $16, as is Madden NFL 20 at just $12. Older EA shooters can be snagged for cheap, including Battlefield 5 for $12 and Titanfall 2's Ultimate edition for $4.49. Meanwhile, one of the best racing games on Xbox One, Burnout Paradise Remastered, is down to only $5. And for a real bargain, check out The BioWare Bundle, which includes Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda for $12. The Couch Co-op sale has an eclectic mix of titles, many of which can be enjoyed with friends and family or solo. For those chasing nostalgia, Sega Genesis Classics is discounted to $12, while Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle (which includes seven classics) and Contra Anniversary Collection are $10 each. Numerous fighting games have received steep discounts, too, including Injustice 2 ($10), Dragon Ball FighterZ ($15), SoulCalibur VI ($15), and Jump Force ($19.79). Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning is getting a remastered version, and publisher THQ Nordic has now announced a release date and some new details about the so-called "Re-Reckoning." It's coming on September 8, 2020 to PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and a new expansion is coming next year. The release date announcement came alongside a trailer for the Fatesworn expansion, to come in 2021. The trailer doesn't shed much detail on the new content, simply showing a hero fighting off a horde of monsters. THQ Nordic also announced the various purchase options for Re-Reckoning. The standard edition will be $40 / £35, while a "Fate Edition" that includes the upcoming expansion will be $55 / £48. There's no word yet on what the Fatesworn expansion will cost as a standalone purchase. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. 2007's Halo 3 is regarded by many Halo fans to be among the very best Halo games, but to date it's only ever been available on console. That's changing very soon. 343 Industries has announced that Halo 3 will release on PC through The Master Chief Collection on July 14. The game will go live at 10 AM PT that day. The announcement of the release date comes after 343 wrapped up a closed beta test for Halo 3 on PC, which is in keeping with the schedule of beta-testing each entry in the MCC before releasing them. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Epic Games' free-to-play MOBA Paragon never quite found the stability it needed to become successful, shutting its doors in early 2018 after being live for less than two years. Meanwhile, another Epic title, Fortnite, was flourishing--and its huge success ultimately meant that the company had little reason to keep Paragon alive. Shortly after the game shut down, Epic announced it would be releasing millions of dollars worth of Paragon assets to Unreal Engine 4 developers, and now that generosity is coming to fruition. At least four new MOBAs are now being developed with Paragon's official assets, PC Gamer has reported. The games include OverPrime, CORE, Predecessor and Fault, with many of them nearing a soft launch in beta or alpha phases. Despite the overall decline of the MOBA genre, each of the new games is looking to bring something different into the mix--even while using the same game's assets. You can see what the different games have done with the same asset sets in the trailers below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II features a neat, and fairly sophisticated, mini-game of sorts that lets you play music on an acoustic guitar. Numerous different chords and strumming patterns are possible, and this has led to some wonderful videos of covers of famous songs popping up online. Now, Blink 182's own Mark Hoppus has gotten involved. During a recent Twitch livestream on his account, Hoppus covered his own song, "Dammit," using the Last of Us 2's in-game guitar. It's a four-chord song, so it translates quite well in the game as an acoustic version of one of the band's most famous tunes. It's a delight to watch Hoppus in this video, even if he forgets the words at one point. You can buy a replica of the guitar from The Last of Us 2, but at $2,300 it's not cheap. Sony partnered with guitar company Taylor for the custom acoustic guitar based on Ellie's guitar from the game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Video game industry veteran Martin O'Donnell, who composed the music for Halo and was on Bungie's board of directors, has spoken very openly about the deal Bungie made with Activision and how it all fell apart. The long and short of it is that O'Donnell had a bad feeling about the deal for the Destiny series from the very beginning, but the whole story is like something out of a movie. Speaking to YouTuber HiddenXperia, O'Donnell first clarified that it was Bungie's seven members of the board of directors that collectively made the decision to work with Activision. O'Donnell was a member, so he acknowledged his part in the decision. O'Donnell also continues to hold stock in Bungie. Discussing the origins of the deal, O'Donnell said he has misgivings right away. "We knew it was a risk right from the get-go," he said. "It turned out to be exactly as bad as we thought it was going to be. Everybody who no longer works for Bungie is going to say, 'Yeah, it was bad from the start.'" Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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