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  1. Unlike the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S launched without any console exclusives, and it won't have any by the time 2020 ends. But all of that changes starting in 2021, as Xbox is scheduled to see a few console exclusives release on its next-gen hardware. Below, we detail all of the console exclusives currently scheduled to release for Xbox Series X|S. That does mean that you'll find these games on PC as well, but you won't on other consoles (or at least, not at their launch). As such, we've left off certain high-tier names like Halo: Infinite, which is only launching on Xbox in terms of consoles, but it's releasing for both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. No cross-generation titles here folks, we're only looking at games that are exclusively releasing for the new console generation. Avowed From developer Obsidian Entertainment, Avowed is a single-player RPG set in the same universe as Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian has described Avowed as an "epic, first-person" experience, but we don't know much beyond that. The game doesn't even have a release date yet. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. As we predicted in last year's round-up for the most anticipated games of 2020, this year turned out to be an eventful time thanks to the launch of new hardware and some high-profile releases from developers like Nintendo, CD Projekt Red, Valve Software. Still, there were plenty of surprises in store for us throughout this year, and now that we're now at its end, it's time we look ahead to the games that will likely shape the year of gaming in 2021, which includes some titles that were supposed to release this year. For our end of 2020 coverage, we want to look ahead to 2021 and its slate of games. Along with shouting out some games that you may already have on your radar, we also want to highlight others that may have gone dark for some time. These games include spotlights on games like Elden Ring, Dying Light 2, and Starfield. In addition to those games, we also include ones that have recently been revealed in 2020, planned to launch in 2021. Cyberpunk 2077 (Next-Gen) -- TBD 2021 / PS5, Xbox Series X/S While players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One will have collectively sunk thousands of hours into CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 by the end of this year, console players will have to wait till early 2021 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S editions of the game. There's already a lot of anticipation for the open-world sci-fi action-RPG, and with the release of the new editions of the game, players will be able to dive into the game looking even better with 4K and 60 frames-per-second. From the few gameplay videos we've seen, the now current-gen editions boast some significant visual and performance upgrades, and it might even entice veteran players to start a brand new adventure. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. CD Projekt Red's highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 may take up more storage space than originally thought, as it's been revealed that the game has a 43GB update around launch. According to GamesRadar+, YouTuber DreamcastGuy--one of the many who has a copy of the game in their hands ahead of Cyberpunk 2077's December 10 launch--shared a screenshot on Twitter highlighting the update's download size. The screenshot shows a 43.5GB update. CDPR public relations manager Fabian Mario Döhla replied to DreamcastGuy's tweet, saying it's an update but not the one that's planned to drop on the day the game comes out. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Two of this year's biggest surprises might not be directly trying to take each other out, but in this Star Wars Battlefront II mod, it's all about the intergalactic struggle between Fall Guys and Among Us. The mod transforms the Rebel Alliance fighters with the colorful bean bodies of the contestants from Fall Guys, while the Imperial forces are all replaced with stretched out and frankly uncomfortable models from Among Us. You can see the forces waging war in the gameplay below, which somehow works despite the clashing art styles. The mod was seemingly commissioned by YouTuber ToastedShoes (and developed by NoTengoTortuga) who showcased the gameplay above nearly a month ago. The mod wasn't public then, but you can grab it from Nexus Mods now. It's two separate downloads for each of the teams, and you will need an additional Fall Guys Hero Overhaul mod to get those characters working. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. On this week's episode of GameSpot After Dark Jake and Kallie are away, which means the Yakuza fans are out to play. Specifically, Lucy, Michael, Jean-Luc, and Tamoor sit down to have a nice long chat about Yakuza: Like A Dragon, an exciting new entry for the beloved franchise that does a few new things. Of course, longtime listeners might point out that we talk about Yakuza a whole bunch regardless of whether Jake and Kallie are on and, to those people we say, yes, but this time we're talking for an extra long time about Yakuza, because it's one of the major releases for Xbox Series X and S, and because it's just a fantastic game. But, alongside that, we've also got a bit of chat on Final Fantasy XIV (we can't have Michael Higham on and not talk about that game--it's basically the GameSpot law at this point.) We also cover the recent mumblings about a battle royale mode for Halo Infinite and the rather bombastic end to the latest Fortnite event. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has insisted that Japan remains incredibly important to the company, slamming reports suggesting otherwise as "inaccurate". Ryan, speaking to Edge (via GamesRadar) in its latest December issue, stresses that PlayStation has not been as excited to work with Japanese developers for some years. The executive was also quick to point out the many Japanese-produced titles that appeared on the two PS5 streams ahead of the console's launch. "In our two launch shows – which featured a reasonable amount of games, but not a huge number of games – there were eight Japanese-developed titles there, many of which are the subject of collaboration and partnership between PlayStation and the Japanese publishing community," Ryan explained. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. Oscar Isaac, most well-known for his role as Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars trilogy, has been tapped to star as Solid Snake in Sony's Metal Gear Solid movie, Deadline reports. This story is developing... View the full article
  8. The Deep Stone Crypt has been purged in Destiny 2's new expansion, Beyond Light, changing Europa and bringing new challenges. Next week marks the return of the Iron Banner, so deck yourself out with some good Crucible Exotics with the help of weekend vendor Xur. Head to The EDZ, to the Winding Cove area, to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering The Wardcliff Coil. Hunters can pick up the Graviton Forfeit helmet; for Titans, there's the Citan's Ramparts gauntlets; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Verity's Brow helmet. View the full article
  9. Pokemon Go players will soon have a chance to get their hands on another Shiny Mythical Pokemon. To celebrate the upcoming Western release of the latest Pokemon movie, Secrets of the Jungle, Niantic is introducing Shiny Celebi to the mobile game later this month. Beginning Monday, December 14, players will be able to take part in a new Special Research story inspired by the Pokemon film. This Research line will only be available in the game for a limited time and culminates in an encounter with Shiny Celebi. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Though originally scheduled to arrive on December 10, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone will now get Season One content on December 16. The new season will be the largest free content drop in any Black Ops game, and there will be plenty of new goodies to try out across both titles. Black Ops Cold War will be getting a ton of new multiplayer content, including new maps, the Gunfight mode from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and the Fireteam map Raid--it's based on the Black Ops 2 map of the same name, despite Black Ops Cold War being set several decades before that game. Zombies mode gets in on the fun, as well, with more modes and challenges, and a seasonal prestige system that is cross-title. This means your progress will likely carry over into the next Call of Duty game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Persona 5 Strikers, the Dynasty Warriors-style spin-off of the acclaimed JRPG, is launching in the West nearly a full year after the game’s Japanese debut, according to a leaked trailer. The gameplay trailer, which was posted and quickly taken down by developer Atlus, reveals that the musou action title will launch on February 23. Strikers had already been announced for PS4 and Nintendo Switch, but the trailer also reveals that the game will be coming to Steam at launch, too. Atlus previously launched Persona 4 Golden on Steam earlier this year. Persona 5 Scramble was released in Japan in early 2020, with the game name tweaked for the Western release. It takes place six months after the events of Persona 5, with the game’s heroes reuniting in Tokyo for summer break before having to take up their identities as the Phantom Thieves once more. The English cast has returned for Strikers, so prepare to be reacquainted with some familiar voices. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. Veteran video game developer Keiichiro Toyama has left Sony to create a new development company called Bokeh Game Studio. Toyama is best known as the director of Silent Hill and the Gravity Rush games and will be joined by fellow Gravity Rush developer Junya Okara. Kazunonu Sato, who worked on Puppeteer and The Last Guardian, has also joined up with Bokeh Studio and plans to create games alongside his fellow professionals that rekindle the joy for the medium. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Earlier leaks made it all but official, but Epic Games has officially confirmed the big news: God of War's Kratos is the latest character making their way to Fortnite. You can purchase his outfit now in the game's item shop, and it's based on his iconic look from the 2018 game. Kratos' outfit can be purchased on its own, and you can also get the Oathbreaker set from the item shop. This set contains a Guardian Shield glider along with a Leviathan Axe pickaxe--complete with the first-ever pickaxe emote--and Mimir back bling, If you've played the game, you know Mimir's severed head is still very capable of talking. Because of the series' PlayStation exclusivity, PS5 Fortnite players get a special bonus with Kratos. After you purchase the base outfit and play one match on the system, you will also receive an Armored Kratos skin. This armor was only available to Kratos in God of War after he completed some of its toughest optional challenges. A sequel to that game, God of War: Ragnarok, is currently in development. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. Developer King has confirmed that the endless runner Crash Bandicoot: On The Run will get a brand-new Time Trials game mode when it officially launches on Android and iOS next year. Time Trials lets players select any level to complete in the fastest time possible. There are three different times to compete against, with special relics unlocked after each clearing. King is also added Team Runs to Crash Bandicoot: On The Run's asynchronous online multiplayer. After securing five power gems, which are rewarded after defeating bosses, players can go online with a team of up to 30 members to challenge other global teams. Once a Team Run has been selected, three members from three different teams will race together to see who gets the furthest. The longer players run, the more Crash Points their teams earn. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Destiny 2's toughest multiplayer challenge, the Trials of Osiris, has been disabled for more than a month. Bungie says it has found the issue that led it to cancel Trials soon after the release of the Beyond Light expansion, and we now have a date for when we can expect Trials to return: December 18. Bungie released the date on Twitter alongside its This Week at Bungie blog post. The fix for the issue is coming in a future update--but since Bungie didn't identify it as part of a hotfix coming to the game on December 8, we can probably expect the patch with the weekly reset on December 15. Trials of Osiris is the peak player-vs.-player challenge that Destiny 2 offers, with loot rewards to match. Available only on weekends, it requires players in teams of three to take on other teams in a series of elimination matches. The goal is to win seven matches in a row without losing any, which is known as "flawless." Starting with Beyond Light, teams that can manage a flawless Trials run can win special Adept weapons, which offer stat boosts that aren't available anywhere else in the game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  16. The Prophecy dungeon launched in Destiny 2 back in June, adding another inventive, high-level activity to the game that wasn't one of its six-player raids. But when the Beyond Light expansion was released, a whole slate of Destiny 2 content was removed from the game, with no information as to when (or if) it might return. Prophecy wasn't quite in the same boat as destinations like Mars, Mercury, Titan, Io, and the Leviathan--Bungie always said it would come back after Beyond Light's release--but we didn't know exactly when, until now. Bungie included an update on Prophecy's return in its latest This Week at Bungie blog post. We now know that Prophecy will be back in the game very soon: December 8. That's the date of the game's next weekly reset, which will see a new patch, Update 3.0.1, that fixes some issues and adds a few extra elements along with Prophecy. Those extra goodies are the next-generation upgrades that Destiny 2 will receive for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S players. Right now, the game is available on both platforms, but only as the backwards compatible version for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The update coming to Destiny 2 on December 8 upgrades the game for next-gen players, amping up framerates to 60 fps, offering 4k resolutions, and speeding up load times. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. Prominent figures at BioWare, Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah, have announced plans to leave the critically acclaimed studio effective immediately. According to farewell posts from both developers, Darrah and Hudson are retiring from BioWare in order for a new generation of developers to fill their shoes. This story is developing... View the full article
  18. Pokemon Go is closing out the year with a variety of December events, including another Community Day weekend celebration. The two-day event takes place on December 12 and 13, and it brings back all the previous featured Pokemon not only from this past year, but from 2019 as well. To get you up to speed on the big event, we've rounded up everything you need to know about December's Community Day weekend below. December's Featured Pokemon As has become tradition at this point, December's Community Day brings back all the featured Pokemon from every Community Day this past year. Throughout both days of the event, the following Pokemon--and their Shiny forms--will appear in the wild much more often than normal: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. Phantasy Star Online 2 is getting a significant update next week that will usher in the next chapter of the MMORPG's storyline. Beyond new story content, Episode 6 will include Phantom and Etoile classes to check out and will raise the level cap to 95. All of the Episode 6 content releases on December 9 for free. Episode 6's story picks up after the alternate dimension Omega was able to get rid of the gigantic black hole. The victory doesn't last long as the ARKS find a new foe in the form of the Goddess of Annihilation Shiva, who declares war upon the entire universe. It's now up to players to go up against her fleets of spaceships in what Sega is calling "the most massive battle in the history of ARKS." Players will be able to take the battle to Shiva while playing as two new classes. The Phantom class uses rods, katanas, and assault rifles to damage enemies and are able to modify their Photon Arts by using weapon actions. Meanwhile, the Etoile class specializes in support and melee combat. Wielding blades and wands, these defensive-minded characters are able to restore party members' HP and PP during combat. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. Call of Duty: Warzone player Garry2206 was running to pick up a contract in lumberyard when he turned a corner and was blinded by the bright lights that lined the building in front of him. He could barely see the enemy in his peripheral. He was gunned down a few moments later. "Christmas came early in lumberyard," they wrote on Reddit after getting killed. The lights were actually caused by a rendering bug and not anything related to old Saint Nick, but it's pushed players to imagine what Verdansk would look like during the holidays. Infinity Ward and Raven Software went all out with jump scares, special skins, and a night time mode for Warzone's Halloween event, The Haunting of Verdansk. Players are hoping for something similar in December. They're asking Santa for a new limited-time mode, special Elf cosmetics, and even a candy cane melee weapon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. The latest Call of Duty game, Black Ops Cold War, released a couple of weeks ago on November 13, but if you've yet to pick up the first-person shooter, you can now buy a physical copy for 10 bucks less than its list price at Walmart. The retailer announced a new promo on the game that offers the PS5/Xbox Series X versions for $59.94 (was $70) and PS4/Xbox One versions for $49.94 (was $60). This is a "new everyday low price" with no specific end date, so it's effectively a price drop on the brand-new game. Though not a huge discount, this Walmart price drop is still notable for the new COD game, as it's full-priced for all versions at many other stores, like Best Buy and GameStop. It appears that Amazon is now price-matching the Xbox prices at Walmart--the Xbox Series X standard edition is on sale for $59.94, while the Xbox One version is down to $49.94, though note that the latter does not ship until January 8, 2021. The PlayStation versions are sold out at Amazon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  22. With everyone spending more time at home lately, it's not a bad idea to invest in a quality desk chair. And if you also happen to game rather extensively, a dedicated gaming chair is the ideal choice. Secretlab is arguably the most well-known gaming chair manufacturer, but its chairs can also be quite pricey. Right now, you can save a decent chunk of change on Secretlab's 2020 lineup of chairs during its Christmas sale. The vast majority of Secretlab's Prime 2.0 PU leather and SoftWeave fabric models are on sale for $40 off. If you opt for the more expensive NAPA leather, you'll save $100 on your order. You'll want to double-check the shipping date if you are in fact buying the chair as a Christmas gift. Most of the chairs, including standard Omega and Titan models, won't ship until after the holidays--Secretlab is experiencing understandable delays due to the pandemic. We've rounded up some of our favorite Secretlab gaming chairs featured in the sale. It's worth noting that Secretlab has two different sizes when it comes to chairs: Omega and Titan. Omega chairs are designed for people 5'11" tall and under 240 pounds, while Titan chairs are designed for taller people thanks to a larger backrest. Secretlab's Christmas sale runs all the way up to December 25, so you have some time to take advantage of these discounts. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. The festive season has commenced, and if you're dreading hearing Mariah Carey's annual Christmas jingle again, then perhaps a more gamer-orientated album will be more to your liking. Available right now, A Merry Hyrule Christmas is a Zelda tribute album that blends some of the classic tracks from the Nintendo series with traditional Christmas songs. Produced by Eric Bucholz and the Seattle-based game music group Materia Collective, the album combines these tracks with orchestral and rock stylings. "A Merry Hyrule Christmas is the first album to combine music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with classic holiday tunes of various genres," Eric Buchholz said. "My goal was to create an album of videogame music that could blend in seamlessly with classic holiday tunes." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. 2K has released a new update for the current-gen version of NBA 2K21. It's light on content and fixes, but adds a seasonal flavour to the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. New seasonal decorations and themed courts are now available as the winter holiday arrives at 2K Beach. In terms of fixes, MyCourt's Limitless free throw drill is now set to use the 2K camera setting in MyCareer. Online VS--the difficulty used in MyTeam Unlimited and Limited--has also been added to Play With Friends Games in MyTeam. Here are the full patch notes: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  25. If you weren't able to pick up the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle during Black Friday, there's a new bundle at Walmart that's definitely worth checking out. Walmart has a Nintendo Switch bundle that comes with an officially licensed carrying case and a 12-month subscription to Nintendo Switch Online for $299, which is typically the price of the console on its own. As far as we can tell, the bundle is only available to purchase in stores--though you can purchase online for in-store pickup. At this time, the bundle appears to be a Walmart exclusive. It seems as if most Walmart stores have this Nintendo Switch bundle in stock right now. It's unclear if it's a holiday bundle or if it will be readily available at Walmart for the foreseeable future. Walmart's website automatically tells you if stores near you have the bundle in stock, but you can also check Brickseek to get a better idea of how many bundles your local stores have available. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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