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  1. Earth Defense Force: World Brothers, the latest title in the save-the-world-from-giant-bugs series, is coming to the West on Nintendo Switch and PS4 early next year, GameSpot can exclusively reveal. It features a voxel art style that's a big departure from the series' usual bleak and foreboding visuals. D3 Publisher, which co-develops and publishes the series with Sandlot, XSEED Games, and several other studios, said that the change in style is meant to help their developers create a "fun and casual EDF to enjoy while [fans] wait for the next series title." You can check out a new trailer below. "We will continue to do our best to make this series constantly evolve for players," said Earth Defense Force: World Brothers producer Nobuyuki Okajima. "However, doing so gives our dev teams tremendous pressure, leading us to longer development cycles for each title." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. Infinity Ward, developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, has removed an in-game gesture that has been culturally associated to white supremacy. The OK gesture has been replaced with a new one called Crush during the game's latest mid-season patch. Although not specifically mentioned in the patch notes, players quickly discovered the change (spotted by Eurogamer) given that the gesture has been widely used for humiliating opponents unfortunate enough to be the final kills in multiplayer matches. The gesture was originally co-opted in an attempt to fool the public over its importance as a hate symbol. Since then, however, the gesture has had its meaning warped, so much so that the Anti-Defamation League now recognizes it as an "expression of white supremacy." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Ys Origin, the classic action-RPG, is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Publisher Dotemu announced that the game would be available on the Nintendo eshop and physically through Limited Run Games. Ys Origin follows knight Yunica Tovah and mage Hugo Fact searching for the goddesses that abandoned them. The game features combo-focused, arcade-paced combat with platforming and puzzle-solving. It was recently announced that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox would be coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021, as well as PS4 and PC. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Yacht Club Games, the developer behind the Shovel Knight series, is working on some unannounced games, and new listings for hires suggest that at least one game in production will be a 3D title. This is significant, as not only is the developer known for their 2D retro-style games, but they also have three new 2D games confirmed to be in the works. Known 2D projects currently on the slate at Yacht Club Games include Shovel Knight Dig, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, and Cyber Shadow. Now, in a listing on Gamasutra, the developer is seeking a mid-senior gameplay programmer to work on a new, 3D-focused team. "Yacht Club Games is working on a new 3D project and is building out our 3D team (and custom engine) to complement our existing 2D team," the listing reads. The candidate must be experienced with C and C++ programming languages for 2D and 3D development, and must possess "strong 3D maths skills." The job page does not give any further insights into the specifics of what the game will be about, how it will play, or what genre it will fit into. Shovel Knight has previously appeared as a 3D model in Yooka-Laylee as a cameo, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an assist trophy. It's likely that Shovel Knight will return for a sequel one day, but that's not necessarily what this is. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. Activision has announced what's coming to Call of Duty: Mobile this week, and it includes a classic map, a new charity DLC offering, and more. First, the map Highrise is headed to the mobile game this week. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Highrise was originally featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The map is set on top of a skyscraper, and you need to watch where you walk, as you can fall to your death. The fan-favorite Highrise map is headed to CoD: MobileAlso new in Call of Duty: Mobile this week is the latest Call of Duty Endowment pack. The "Freedom Pack," as it's called, comes with a series of red, white, and blue items, including a parachute and wingsuit. It also includes a blueprint for the M16 weapon with a red, white, and blue color scheme. As usual, 100 percent of proceeds will go to the Call of Duty Endowment, which helps military veterans find new careers in their civilian lives. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. The long-running MX vs ATV series, which started with 2005's MX vs ATV Unleashed, is coming to Switch for the first time. MX vs ATV All Out has been announced for Switch, with a release date set for September 1. The game, which released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018, features supercross, overcross, waypoint, and freestyle competition modes. You can race on bikes, ATVs, and UTVs acrosss multiple events, and customize both your rider and your vehicle. The game will feature both 8-player online races and 2-player split-screen. Unfortunately, MX vs ATV All Out did not review particularly well on release--whether this Switch version will be an improvement remains to be seen. This will be only the third game in the series to release on a Nintendo console; MX vs ATV Untamed released on Nintendo DS and Wii, while MX vs ATV Reflect made its way to DS too. The Switch recently received another major racing port with Burnout Paradise Remastered, which marked the game's debut on a Nintendo console. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  22. Stardew Valley's 1.5 update will add a "significant new piece of end-game content" plus other new additions as well. In a tweet, developer Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe, teased the update that was previously announced when the 1.4 update was released. The tease shows Willy's shack with a new back door, that wasn't previously there. Where the door leads and if it's connected to the end-game content is unknown, but Barone said he has hit some good milestones on the update, but no release window has been given. Like previous updates, the new content will be free for all players. Update 1.5 might also include bananas, which will be added as a new growable fruit after winning a Twitter poll. Barone has previously said he is working on other projects, but doesn't want anyone getting too excited just yet. The Stardew developer said that he wants to explore projects that allow him to be creative and isn't trying to make the next indie smash hit. Stardew Valley has sold over 10 million copies as of January, 2020. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. It's a new week, and that means Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone are being updated once more with new playlists and more microtransaction bundles. Activision provided an overview of the week's new updates in a blog post, and we're highlighting the most notable parts in this post. New Modes And Playlists Starting with the new modes, Gunfight Tournaments makes its way back into rotation this week. In this mode, teams of two players each try to win four games before losing one to claim victory. Even if you're knocked out, you'll still earn XP and other rewards. The Realism Gun Game mode is also set to return this week. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. Part one of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' summer update has arrived, and it's brought a brand-new special visitor: Gullivarrr! Although it's just Gulliver doing pirate cosplay, he offers a different set of prizes than when he visits as regular Gulliver--and while Gullivarrr also requires your help getting back to his (pirate) ship, helping him works differently, too. It's less confusing than it sounds! Gullivarrr is a separate visitor from Gulliver, and according to dataminer Ninji, you can get both of them in the same week--just not on consecutive days. Gullivarrr's appearance is random, but you do need to have purchased a wet suit (from Nook's Cranny or via Nook Shopping) before he'll visit. Drink good soda responsibly, I guess.When And Where Does Gullivarrr Show Up? Gullivarrr is one of the random visitors in New Horizons, which means he can show up on any given weekday. You can see our Animal Crossing special visitors guide for more details about visiting NPCs and their prerequisites. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  25. Another new Legendary Pokemon is making its debut in Pokemon Go very soon. Kyurem, the Legendary Dragon/Ice type from Pokemon Black and White, arrives in Raid Battles starting July 7, making this your first chance to catch it in Niantic's Pokemon mobile game. If you're looking to add one to your collection, we've rounded up some tips and other details you need to know to help you battle and catch Kyurem. Kyurem Raid Hours Kyurem will appear in Gyms around the world as a five-star Raid boss beginning at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on July 7. As usual, Kyurem Raids won't follow a set schedule, so they can happen at any time, but you'll receive a notification in the game when one is about to begin nearby. For a guaranteed chance to face the new Legendary, Niantic will host a Kyurem Raid Hour event every Wednesday evening while the Pokemon is in the game. During these Raid Hours, nearly every Gym in your vicinity will host a Kyurem Raid from 6 to 7 PM local time, all but ensuring you'll be able to challenge the Legendary Pokemon. The first Kyurem Raid Hour will take place on Wednesday, July 8, and we'll update this guide with the rest of the Raid Hour schedule when Niantic confirms other dates. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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