Sunday, 13 September 2020

Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Red Patriot Trailer Shows Off New Enemy and More Updates

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During the UbiFoward event, we got a new trailer for the upcoming Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Red PatriotThe Return of the Bodarks. It shows off quite a bit of story, as players must stop a rogue Major Pyotr Bukharov and his group the Raven's Rock. You can watch said trailer below:

In Episode 3 you'll have to face one of the Ghost's biggest threats: the Russian separatist group Raven's Rock and their agents, the Bodarks. Players will have access to a new class, a new PVP map, and more. And as a bonus you can play the first two missions for free.

Red Patriot will be releasing on September 15th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC; you can pick up a copy of the game on Amazon. Be sure to read our review of the game here if you're on the fence about getting the main game. For first time players you can read our class guide and figure out which of the four classes is best for you, or check out our rundown of five useful tips for surviving your first playthrough.

The previous update for Ghost Recon Breakpoint released back in July drops AI teammates as an option for solo players. Anyone jumping into the game alone can decide with a simple menu option to add or remove the AI teammates at any time, so you can choose to go rogue or build a squad at will. Also included in the update were more Ghost War PvP content and some quality of life improvements.

A previous March update let players can fight alongside Sam Fisher in a brand new adventure to stop "The Strategist," who has been kidnapping military specialists all over the world. The first mission of the Ghost Recon Breakpoint update Deep State is free, but you need the Year 1 Pass to play it in its entirety. Additionally, the new Engineer and Echelon classes was introduced and made free for everyone.

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The Crew 2: Year 3 Trailer Introduces Updates Via New Season System and More

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During Ubisoft's UbiForward presentation, we got a look at new update system that will be implemented for The Crew 2, starting with Year 3. According to the trailer below each of these seasons will drop new content for the game every four months, with every season being split into two different episodes. There's also a bit of a story teaser featured in said trailer:

The Crew 2's new system will start November 2020 with the introduction of MotorFlix, a new TV show company that will hire you for your driving skills. Nothing else has been revealed about MotorFlix, but I imagine new info coming out as we get closer to the The Crew 2: Year 3 launch.

The UbiFoward event also revealed several other surprise announcements. One of them included the triumphant return of the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World video game that was released for the Xbox Arcade and then delisted in 2014. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Complete Edition is releasing this holiday season on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and PC via UPlay.

The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake was also revealed and launches on January 21st on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. This was quite the happy announcement for fans of the franchise, as it's been essentially dormant since 2010 (barring the occasional mobile game and Prince cameo).

Watch Dogs: Legion also received some love, as Ubisoft and rapper Stormzy announced their collaboration for a brand new music video titled "Rainfall," which will be part of a special mission available at launch. The collab is meant to reflect the diversity of the upcoming title's latest locale of London.

Ahead of the UbiForward event, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot addressed some of the many controversies the company has encountered in the last few months and gave some plans for meaningful action. Guillemot stated that the company will commit to putting together a million-dollar fund for its graduate program. This will focus on providing opportunities for underrepresented groups including women and people of color. The company is also making a donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, though the amount has not been specified.

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The Last of Us Part II Meets Studio Ghibli in This Stunning Fanart

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The Last of Us Part II is regarded as a masterpiece by both critics and players and has inspired plenty of creative content by talented fans. One such fan, who goes by Mincho, has created a beautiful mashup of scenes from the game in Studio Ghibli's iconic artstyle. You can check out the artwork below:

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Mincho's Instagram page can be found here, where they post even more of their gorgeous fanart of other popular media. There's plenty of other lovely fan creations to look at as well such as Joel and Ellie recreated as an Ukiyo-e Style painting, this cosplay depicting a heartbroken and exhausted Ellie, fan art poster showcasing Ellie's evolution, or this amazing mural of Abby appropriately painted beside a gym.

Recently Keith Paciello, the studio animator for the game, went into great detail about the process behind its realistic facial animation. For even more insight into the developmental process behind The Last of Us Part II sound designer Beau Anthony Jimenez took to Twitter to detail the process behind voicing the various Infected enemy types, as well as crediting the talented voice actors who gave performances for them.

Some recently released numbers demonstrate the sheer amount of manpower needed to bring such an ambitious game to fruition. Naughty Dog's final tally was 2332 people total to develop the game, which includes 2169 developers credited and 163 extra "thanks" to help with The Last of Us Part II. 14 outsourced studios, two of them devoted to sound design and mixing with the other 12 dealing with art direction.

Of course Naughty Dog's development process hasn't been controversy free, as the studio has been in the hotseat for quite some time concerning its own issues with the unfortunately common industry "crunch." According to Neil Druckmann in an interview concerning the practice: "We don't try to babysit people. We draw people who want to tell these stories and who want to leave a mark on the industry. And they're gonna work very hard to do it. We need to put some guardrails [in] so they don't injure themselves, but I don't think we could prevent them from working hard and still make the kind of games we make."

For any newcomers to the franchise, or those who haven't played Part II yet, Features Editor put together a guide of everything you need to know about The Last of Us. And you can check out our review from Features Editor Ryan Meitzler, who absolutely adored the game.

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Hasbro and Avalon Hill Appear to be Teasing a HeroQuest Revival

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Old-school board gaming fans will fondly remember HeroQuest as a fun take on a Dungeons & Dragons-lite game from Milton Bradley. In many ways, the game set the table for games like Descent and even Gloomhaven. There were dungeon-crawlers before HeroQuest, but its influence is still massive on the board gaming community. And now, things appear to be heating up for a revival from Hasbro and Avalon Hill. The duo posted a new countdown website that culminates on September 22.

This is quite the turn for a franchise long left dormant. Earlier this year, Restoration Games filed a trademark for HeroQuest: Legacies, which suggested something might be up. After all, Restoration is all about taking great old games and modernizing them. They've already had massive success with games like Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar and Return to Dark Tower.

However, this new development doesn't seem to have Restoration's name on it. Hasbro just took over management of Avalon Hill from Wizard of the Coast earlier this week. This appears to be the first game from the new partnership. Avalon Hill does have some solid experience adapting old games. Just look at how much they've done with Betrayal at House on the Hill over the years.

Regardless of who's working on this new HeroQuest project, I think it's safe to get excited. The game has so much history behind it and routinely shows up on most-requested remake lists. We'll know more very soon. Make sure to check back on September 22 and see what's happening with HeroQuest.

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Take A Look at Hyrule Castle 100 Years Before Breath of the Wild

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With maybe one of the biggest surprises of the year, Nintendo announced last week Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a musou game that takes placed 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild. With the latest 3D Zelda title being my favorite game of all time, I can't wait to see what the world looks like before the calamity took place. With that said, we now have a glimpse at what Hyrule Castle looks like in the upcoming game.

Over on twitter, @zelda_musou posted a picture of what the iconic castle looks like. You can take a look at the attached picture below.

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I have to say, it looks incredible. I hope that we get to fight our way through massive waves of bokoblins and other enemies as we make our way toward the main chamber of the castle.

One thing that has me so excited for this game even though I never played the first Hyrule Warriors is that the game looks just like Breath of the Wild. That game has my favorite overworld of any game. Now we might get to explore what it looked like before the calamity took place? Sign me up. Hyrule in Breath of the Wild had some fantastic environmental storytelling and a game that will connect the narrative with the environment has me enthralled. I know that this won't be an open exploration game, but I am just happy to exist in that overworld again.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is set to release on November 20 for Nintendo Switch.

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Take a Look at the Combat Trailer for Godfall

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Over on the game's Youtube channel, we got a glimpse at a new combat trailer for the upcoming PC and PS5 launch title Godfall.

The trailer showed off the arsenal of moves and weapons that can be used in the game along with a variety of different enemies and bosses players can look forward to battling. Plus the game is a looker so make sure to enable 4k in the settings to get the best resolution possible. You can take a look at the trailer for yourself in the video below.

Godfall sure looks like a video game. I can't be the only one who hasn't been grabbed whatsoever by what has been shown so far. Still, the game looks like a pretty run of the mill action game. I haven't seen anything so far to separate itself from the pack. Sure, the graphics look fantastic, but it is a PS5 launch title. It should look good. Hopefully, Godfall has a bit more to show that can hook some players before launch. If not, it will probably be exactly what we would expect from a launch title.

I might be totally wrong though. There could be Godfall fanatics all across the world. So what do you think? Am I just being too harsh and will you be picking the game up with a PS5 at launch? Let me know down in the comment section below.

Godfall is set to release this Holiday for PS5 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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Risk of Rain 2 Will Move to Big Expansions After Final Content Update

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Risk of Rain 2 is an unquestionable hit. The 3D rogue-like from Hopoo Games released last month to solid sales and great reviews. But the party doesn't stop here. Hopoo announced recently that they'll be dropping one last content update before moving on to bigger paid expansions. That's not all though. The team has quite a few plans for expanding the game and player base.

That's right Stadia fans, Risk of Rain 2 is coming to your console soon. It will also include a new bonus map called Sundered Grove. This serves as an alternate to the fourth-stage map and was created by Hopoo's latest partner Ghostpunch. Sundered Grove will come to other platforms at a later date.

Hopoo also wants to improve tools for modders in Risk of Rain 2. They don't have an exact plan to share with players just yet, but it's actively being worked on. That's an important step that's going to make tons in the community very happy.

All of that said, the expansion packs are the big news here. It's also a decision that makes a ton of sense. Development isn't free or easy, so providing a way for players to support post-launch work is smart. Plus, Hopoo has plans to hire a few more developers. This should help pay for that, while also getting new content to players.

Risk of Rain 2 is available now on PC. It's also on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One via early access. The 1.0 update should be coming to consoles soon. Potentially in time with that Stadia release.

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Charles Barkley Explains Why He isn't in NBA 2K

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The NBA 2K series has always done an incredible job of trying to include classic teams and classic players in the games. I just picked up a sweet deal on 2k20 for Switch and started my own team. I was able to pick up Michael Jordan, Pau Gasol, Andre Kirilenko, and even our hometown hero Sean Elliott. It is pretty cool I am able to play with this collection of classic players. However, you may notice that there is some notable hall of fame players missing from the roster. Recently, Charles Barkley opened up on why he hasn't been included in the NBA 2K Franchise.

Barkley stated that it is really less about him being in the game and more about wanting to help out players older than him that never had the opportunity to make the type of money he and others made in their careers. He wants 2K to pay those retired players a million dollars a year to use their likeness. He stated that every year players are paid "chump change" for their appearances and that he gets a call every year asking if he has changed his mind. The interview can be viewed in the video below.

Barkley has a great point. In today's NBA, players will be set for life after their careers are over because the salary cap has skyrocketed. But those players from the '60s and '70s never made that type of money or even had the opportunity to do so. NBA 2K made over $1 billion in revenue just last year so the Hall of Famer might have a point.

NBA 2k21 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. The next-gen upgrade of the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X will cost you an extra 10 bucks totaling $69.99. If you hope on getting a "free" upgrade to the next-gen version when you pick up a new console, make sure to go with the $99.99 "Mamba Forever Edition" on current systems.

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Tales of Crestoria Reveals New Video for English Users, Features Special Message From Lead VAs

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The Tales of Crestoria Japanese voice actors for lead characters Kanata and Misella shared a special message to the English version users, as they discussed their favorite scenes from the game in a brand new video. While some of it was shown in a previous video on August 29th, there's plenty more content here which you can watch below:

Kohei Amasaki, the voice of Kanata, starts off with him dramatically reading a line from the game before breaking out into a happy greeting. The rest of the eight minute video is just as hilarious and definitely worth a watch whether you're a fan or not (though fans will find plenty of side jokes to crack up at).

Tales of Crestoria also received a gorgeous new short animation trailer titled The Wake of Sin. The popular mobile game features past protagonists from the franchise and is divided into four parts: Main Story, Side Stories, Character Episodes, and Face Chat. You can check out this hilarious skit done by the three main characters: Kanata, Misella, and Vicious. The illustration of the SSR Memoria Stone for Aegis, one of the party members, was revealed as well.

The Tales of series is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The next console game, Tales of Arise, was scheduled to launch in 2020 but was delayed most likely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there is hope as the title was rated in both Brazil and Australia recently, hinting at a possible earlier release date.

The most recent console release for the series, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition which came out for every major current-gen system, is the subject of the free wallpaper above. The title launched earlier this year and, going by our very own DualShockers review, still holds up as one of the best entries in the series.

You can also check out our handy guide, featuring plenty of tricks and tips to help get you started on the game. And of any of this peaks your interest, you can pick up the game for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, or PC.

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Borderlands 3 Is Coming to Next-Gen, New DLC Coming This Year

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Borderlands 3 just released its fourth content pack with Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck. It seems like another solid entry for Gearbox's baby. However, that content drip is far from over. At their PAX Online panel today, the team pulled back the curtain on several new updates for the game. Most excitingly, the game is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X with a free update for people who own the game on current-gen consoles. This version will support 4K 60FPS in single-player and have the option to play up to four players via split-screen. An awesome addition if you can get four people together for some couch co-op. That's not the only good news though.

Current-gen versions of Borderlands 3 are also getting an update to add vertical split-screen in co-op. There's also another DLC pack on the horizon. Details are still relatively scarce; however, we do know that each Vault Hunter is getting a fourth skill tree to work with. In the stream, Gearbox only gave us a look at FL4K, but we should be seeing more soon.

On top of all that, it sounds like Gearbox might have some plans for cross-play in the near future. They didn't go into it much today but are saying we'll hear more about it next year. All told, it's quite the exciting day for Borderlands 3 fans. We're only two days removed from Krieg's DLC dropping and there's already tons to look forward to.

Borderlands 3 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game will come to PS5 and Xbox Series X at a later date. If you want to watch the show in full, check it out below.

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