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From shoutcasting to Twitch streaming, the realm of esports is a competitive battleground for content creators the world over. So it doesn’t hurt to have a little help now and again. On episode three of Shout! eSports, join host Jess Brohard as she gives you her tips on how to get a great streaming setup that works for you!

Creating content directly off your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X is an option, but creators will find they can only do so much when it comes to customization of overlays and settings.

That’s why we recommend going the PC route for people who have the budget. Using the flexibility of broadcasting software such as OBS or Streamlabs will assist in making your content feel personalized and genuine to who you are, which is more important than your setup in general.

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The Game Awards kick off next week and with it comes the celebration of our favorite titles of the year as well as a few surprises for fans to enjoy. Geoff Keighley has been dropping teaser after teaser, including the confirmation that we’ll be getting a new look at Dragon Age 4 from BioWare following an extensive concept art reveal earlier this year. 

While we don’t know what the reveal will be; a new trailer, an update from the studio itself following the news of Mark Darrah and Casey Hudson’s departure, or more concept art — we do, at least, know that something is on the way. 

The teaser dropped on Dragon Age Day, December 4, following BioWare’s release of a few short stories teasing … Read the rest

Months ago, Capcom announced Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s final content update with plans to permanently reintroduce all event quests and rotate hub-specific festivals every two weeks. That update, entitled 15.10, dropped today in advance of Monster Hunter Rise’s 2021 release. So, while everyone is gearing up to clear any limited-time modes they might’ve missed over the years, I’ll be in my element: Alone; among the rustling forests, echoing canyons, and frozen prairies of the New World.


Monster Hunter: World was an unexpected gift from my best friend. He’d been playing Capcom’s famed action/RPG franchise for as long as I could remember. I wasn’t particularly impressed by his explanations of the series’ age-old gameplay loop. Even so, I spent half of Monster Hunter: World’s launch day tinkering with its character creator. Soon, my avatar “Spider Face ” was born, and together we spent hundreds of hours conducting field research Read the rest

Dauntless lets you roam around islands hunting down behemoths and using parts of them to craft new and exciting weaponry. The free-to-play game has been around for quite some time (we reviewed it all the way back in early access, much has changed since then) and today Dauntless adds an open world experience to the game with the launch of Dauntless Reforged. 18 different open world islands are added to the mix where players can hunt a plethora of different beasts, find treasures, and more.

Previously, island hunts would task players with hunting down a behemoth and completing a mission in a task structure of sorts. Today, players can engage with The Hunting Grounds in order to explore, hunt, and collect in a variety of environments that are designed to offer variance, replayability, and surprise. Along the way you can find treasure, take on multiple behemoths, and uncover other … Read the rest

Prior to the last-gen launch of Madden NFL 21, EA Sports announced that those who purchased the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One would be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version for free thanks to its Dual Entitlement system. The new-gen version is set to launch on Friday, December 4. However, EA Sports has announced that those who are upgrading from the last-gen version will have access to the new-gen version today, a day earlier than expected.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news for those upgrading from PS4 to PS5: The online will not work at launch. According to EA Tiburon, the development team discovered a previously unknown issue with the PS5 version of Madden NFL 21 late in the final testing phase. The issue only occurs when the PS5 version is connected to the EA servers, so until the fix (which the team … Read the rest

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 ended with Galactus being defeated and Agent Jonesy waking up, and now? The world of Battle Royale is different once more. Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 5 kicks off bringing everyone’s cutest little guy back into the spotlight with The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda (or Grogu, if you want to abandon the cute nickname). 

Epic Games calls season 5 “zero point” and it means the few rules this universe has are officially out of the window. Across different realities, hunters are called to fight against a looming threat called “the loop.” From manga characters that look like they’ve literally just popped out of an anime, to a weird pancake lookin’ thing, take a look at a few of the screenshots in the slideshow below for a closer look at the new season: 

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Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release:

November 23, 2020

Reviewed on: PC

Compared to the lifespan of most games, World of Warcraft is ancient – but it’s hardly a relic. Even today, Blizzard’s MMORPG continues to keep the content flowing for players old and new. Shadowlands is the eighth expansion, and this journey through the afterlife comes with fresh features alongside systems that will be extremely familiar to veterans of the game. At the core, Shadowlands succeeds with powerful world-building fantasy, player identity, and bold gameplay elements.

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Shadowlands’ premise is simple and straightforward. You invade the many realms of the afterlife to foil the plans of a mysterious arch-enemy called the Jailer. He is exceptionally boring as a villain right now, and takes a backseat to the true all-stars of the afterlife: the four distinct factions that the player explores and eventually aligns … Read the rest

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers a stunning open-world for players to live out those Viking fantasies in. It even houses some pretty stellar references, including a Dungeons & Dragons game. That being said, there is one aspect that is far from beauty and grace, and it’s these children that OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEIR FACE?! 

Look, we’re not here to judge. All children are beautiful in the eyes of yada yada yada, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these kids have officially out-uglied the boat people of Marvel’s Spider-Man when it first launched on the PS4. 

One Reddit user made a horrifying compilation showing off some of the best (?) of the best (again, ?) and really, this is not the content we should be sharing with you but we’re doing it anyway. Sorry: 

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In a year defined by ample hardships, video games have been a routine escape for many of us. Luckily, we saw the release of several incredible games, including Hades, The Last of Us Part II, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and much more. However, with so many sizable game releases, some of the year’s most interesting experiences likely flew under your radar.

Without further ado, here are 5 hidden gem games you missed in 2020. 

Risk of Rain 2

Risk of Rain 2 is a roguelike third-person shooter wherein teams of up to 4 travel from dimension to dimension to explore space and time. Players slowly build up their stats and abilities each run by obliterating waves of alien enemies and subsequently collecting randomized loot.

Thanks to the abundant offerings of its item system, Risk of Rain 2 facilitates a power fantasy that would be considered broken in other games. Read the rest

On the PlayStation 5, you can swing around a lovingly recreated New York City as Spider-Man, zipping around at 60 frames-per-second or in 4K resolution. You can listen to the explosions in Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War surround you in 3D audio. You can marvel at the way giant AAA games load in a matter of two or three seconds, wondering how you ever dealt with load times in the past, disgusted by the mere thought. 

Also, you can put this cute little robot named Astro in a spaceship, and when you do that, you have to zip him in there. Here’s the best part, though: When you zip him up, the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5 rumbles, and it feels like a real zipper! That’s next-gen gaming, baby. That’s the reason I spent $500 on this big ugly box in the middle of a pandemic … Read the rest