It’s been some time since Bungie split from Activision, and the team has spread their wings in terms of what Destiny 2 has to offer. So what’s next? With Beyond Light, the team tried something completely new and despite PvP concerns, the overall reception of how the story has evolved since the Forsaken DLC has been incredibly positive with the community thriving once more. That being said, the work is far from over when taking back the Destiny name since its launch and with two more confirmed expansions on the horizon, it looks like Bungie is almost ready to share what’s next following immense player feedback. 

The launch of Destiny 2 wasn’t the most stellar of launches. Bungie received a seemingly endless wave of backlash due to predatory monetary practices, a perceived lazy endgame design, and a general feeling of disconnection from the community as a whole. At the … Read the rest

Hearthstone is getting a significant update in just a few days with the Darkmoon Races Mini-Set on January 21. Over the past few years, Hearthstone has become not just the core game, but many different experiences under one roof.

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Don’t like Standard and dealing with the metadecks? Hearthstone’s take on auto chess, Battlegrounds, might be a nice escape. Still want the familiarity of cards but with an “every run is different” feel to it? Duels lets you play a roguelike run against other players, a natural progression from the dungeon delves that they were experimenting with a while ago. Arena lets players engage in a small scale format where single-card analysis and synergies can come to life outside of a constructed deck zone. And of course, there are still cozy Tavern Brawls that present strange game modes each week. 

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The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has become one of the messiest to-date, going far beyond simple glitches and game fixes. From hostile work conditions to a lack of any clear planning, the road to launch has been paved with negativity and it looks like the hits will continue as a second class-action lawsuit against CD Projekt Red has been filed. 

In a new report from GamesIndustry.biz, the lawsuit has been filed via the US District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit was confirmed via the Regulatory Announcements portion of the CD Projket Red’s website, citing that the second lawsuit has the same intent as the first one filed earlier this year. The latest announcement reports the filing claims that the game’s launch was misleading to both investors and consumers alike. 

The official notice of the lawuit’s reception is as follows: 

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Hitman 3 launches on January 20, and developer IO Interactive is celebrating the impending release with a brand-new trailer that gives eager fans a glimpse at some of the deadly scenarios that lie ahead. The video (which you can watch above) has its fair share of guns, violence, and death – but maybe not as much as you would expect for a game about a professional killer.

The footage places equal emphasis on the various locations that players will visit in Hitman 3, which makes sense considering how important your surroundings are in this game. Not only does your environment provide an appealing visual backdrop, but it also plays a role in your strategy, including unlocking persistent shortcuts as you play through levels multiple times.

We see several different locations in the trailer, including a country mansion, a towering skyscraper, and more. Because these … Read the rest

Chernobyl’s Johan Renck was initially slated to direct the upcoming The Last of Us TV adaptation for HBO, but scheduling conflicts forced a change of plans. Now a new filmmaker has been nabbed to direct the upcoming project with Beanpole’s Kantemir Balagov stepping up to the plate as director. 

The new director choice has been revealed via The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that the show is back on track. Balagov is a Russian filmmaker that is no stranger to heartfelt drama and his talents have made him the seemingly perfect fit to pilot the upcoming HBO series. 

The Chernobly touch isn’t completely gone with Renck’s exit. Craig Mazin, the series’ creator, is still attached to the upcoming The Last of Us adaptation as a writer and co-executive producer. 

Regarding the TV series itself, the game’s creative director (and now Naughty Dog co-president), Neil Druckmann, has confirmed that he will be … Read the rest

As a black man with a lifelong obsession with games, I’ve either heard or been asked this question many times in my life: What games let you play as black characters? My answer is usually pretty short. Anyone paid attention knows that games have predominantly featured white protagonists for decades. There are plenty of great-looking games on the horizon, but finding titles starring heroes that resemble the people in marginalized communities can be like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s unfortunate because no matter the shape or size of a game, it’s always a powerful feeling to see a character that looks like you. 

So, I’d like to prepare an answer for people who are regularly asked the same question and for those who ask it themselves. I’ve compiled this list of upcoming games featuring protagonists who are black, brown, or just non-white in general. To that end, this … Read the rest

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus, Omega Force
Release:

February 23, 2021

Platform: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC

When Persona 5 launched in 2017, I fell into my new RPG obsession. I loved nearly everything about the journey of the Phantom Thieves, but the characters and the story are what stuck with me long after I wrapped up the more-than-100-hour journey. So when Persona 5 Royal was announced, I couldn’t wait to jump back in and repeat the adventure with new characters, locations, and an additional story arc at the end. However, while I loved Persona 5 Royal (a lot, in fact), it left me wishing for an all-new story with the beloved cast of characters; I wanted to see how their friendships and lives evolved following the wild events of Persona 5. It may not be an RPG like the game it serves as a sequel to, but Persona … Read the rest

Bloober Team knows a thing or two about weaving an incredible horror tale, and that streak continues with the upcoming psychological thriller, The Medium. To celebrate the upcoming launch of this titillating horror adventure, the studio behind the title just revealed a new live-action trailer that offers an eerie new look at the mystery behind it all. 

The Medium is much more than just another scary experience. It’s a game that flirts with psychological warfare, meant to tease the player into a dualistic experience that thrives on uncertainty and a convoluted sense of reality. The live-action trailer goes beyond that, showing off even more disturbing elements to the world that The Medium has to offer: 

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“The Medium is a game with a very strong narrative backbone. The most important thing for me was to understand what the essence of this story is, who its … Read the rest

The Super Mario franchise has lit up our lives for 35 years and to celebrate, a brand new Nintendo Switch console has been revealed. The special Mario Red & Blue edition system comes bearing the usual red and blue color palette for the iconic Nintendo character and will be available to purchase beginning next month. 

Nintendo has confirmed that the new special edition Nintendo Switch system will be available to buy from select retailers only for $299.99. What the new console comes with is the usual fanfare: red Joy-Con controllers with blue straps attached, a blue Joy-Con grip, a Nintendo Switch dock that is also Mario-red, as well as the red matching Switch system itself. Also included is a Mario-fashioned Red & Blue Edition carrying case alongside a screen protector for those that really like to travel hard with their console. 

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Microsoft has revealed a brand new option for Xbox fans looking to scoop up an additional controller for their new-gen consoles. The Pulse Red Xbox Series X controller works both for the X and S and will be launching in China later this month on January 12 with a February 9 release planned for “most Xbox markets.”

“With a vivid, fiery-red topcase and crisp, white backcase, the new Pulse Red controller brings the same energy and equally striking color as the Shock Blue,” Microsoft describes the latest controller in a new blog post. “Matte black triggers, bumpers, and hybrid D-pad reduce slip against sweaty fingers and thumbs for greater control, while a textured dot pattern on the triggers and bumpers to keep your grip locked in. Dynamic Latency Input delivers controller inputs more frequently to your Xbox Series X|S for a more responsive gaming experience and seemingly instantaneous action.”… Read the rest