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  • Review: Commandos 2 - HD Remaster - A Shoddy Update Plagued With Both New And Old Annoyances
    on December 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    An in-fuhrer-ating remaster of an age-old classic.2001 really is beginning to feel like quite a long time ago indeed and Commandos 2, which originally released way back in September of that year is, it has to be said, now showing its age in many ways. Pyro Studios real-time tactics effort is undoubtedly something of a classic of the genre, for sure; a deep and strategic affair that's got buckets of atmosphere and throws players into a series of enormously challenging missions across Nazi-occupied Europe. However, it's also a game whose systems feel rather antiquated in The Year of Our Lord 2020 – a feeling which is exacerbated by a lazy HD remaster that does the bare minimum while introducing plenty of new problems of its own.For players who've already experienced the delights of the Commandos series back in the day, there's still plenty of fun to be had reliving past glories and digging into levels you'll have spent a ton of time figuring out all those years ago here, but this is an experience that's badly hampered by controls that have been poorly implemented and don't even get close to matching the comfort of a mouse and keyboard. Player movement, camera actions and object interactions in this console version are a supremely niggly, often hugely frustrating affair that lead to numerous unnecessary deaths and the constant alerting of throngs of enemy guards.Read the full article on nintendolife.com

  • Japanese Charts: Konami's Momotaro Dentetsu Railroads Hyrule Warriors For A Second Week
    on December 4, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Switch remains king in the Land of the Rising Sun.Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the period 23rd - 29th of November, and not much has changed at the top, with the railroad-themed Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! remaining in first place while Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is still in second.However, both titles saw their weekly sales drop by quite some margin; Momotaro Dentetsu dropped from 345,697 to 126,729 while Age of Calamity's figures plunged from 173,215 last week to 40,667.Read the full article on nintendolife.com

  • Random: Pokémon's Latest ASMR Video Features Pikachu "Romping" Around A Room
    on December 4, 2020 at 10:45 am

    "Earphones are recommended for optimal effect".Remember earlier this year, when The Pokémon Company jumped aboard the ASMR train with a video which aimed at "those who have always wondered how Grimer sounds when it moves"? Well, we're getting another helping of relaxing audio goodness thanks to arguably the most famous Pokémon of all."Here’s our ASMR offering that will have you spend a lazy sunny afternoon with the playful Pikachu romping around the room," reads the video's description – and it's pretty much spot-on. In the 15-minute clip, Pikachu potters about for your aural delectation.Read the full article on nintendolife.com

  • Persona 5 Strikers Is Coming To Western Switch Consoles In February 2021
    on December 4, 2020 at 9:45 am

    The wait is almost over.Atlus has revealed the western release date for Persona 5 Strikers via an unlisted YouTube video, which has now been removed.The game will come to Switch, PS4 and PC on February 23rd, 2021.Read the full article on nintendolife.com

  • The Gorgeous Animal Crossing Switch Is Back In Stock At Nintendo's UK Store
    on December 4, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Quick! Hot-tail it before they're gone!The Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Switch (as pictured above in all its glory) has been a particularly hot product since it went on sale alongside the game back in March this year. It's been tough to get your hands on them, through, with restocks popping up sporadically in different territories throughout 2020. Today it's the UK's turn!Available for pre-order right now, a selection of Animal Crossing console bundles including this lovely livery is available from the official Nintendo UK Store — check out the options below. If you've been longing to get your mitts on this, supply is limited so we'd head over to the website sooner rather than later.Read the full article on nintendolife.com

  • Dauntless Goes Open World Today
    by Daniel Tack on December 3, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    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 interesting discoveries. Want to wander around the Hunting Grounds in style? Gliders are now available for use, giving you a highly efficient and fun way to zip around the new areas. In addition to the Hunting Grounds, the Dauntless Reforged update also adds new progression systems via the Slayer's Path, a giant tree of unlocks that a player can branch out in many directions to gain new skills, bonuses, and abilities. There are also new ways to reforge and enhance weapons for permanent power boosts, letting you specialize in your favorites with big improvements. Of course, it's not a free-to-play game-as-a-service update without a battle pass, so a new one of those is available to kick things off as well, offering a stylish Frostwarden set for savvy players. Dauntless is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC. Cross-play is available across all platforms. Check out the launch trailer below! Click here to watch embedded media  

  • [Update] Madden NFL 21 Next-Gen Upgrade Goes Live A Day Early
    by Brian Shea on December 3, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Update 2: EA Sports has announced that the PlayStation 5 servers are now live. In order to connect to the servers, those who have already downloaded the PS5 version of Madden NFL 21 need to download and install a title update. Update 1 – 12/3/2020 at 9:13 a.m. CT : EA Sports has updated us that the fix for the PlayStation 5 version will likely be implemented prior to the December 4 launch. We have updated the headline accordingly. Original Story – 12/3/2020 at 6 a.m. CT 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 is not currently available, but it can still be downloaded and played offline. 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 has already submitted for testing) is patched into the live game, EA Tiburon is turning off the PS5 version's ability to connect to the EA servers. This bug only affects the PlayStation 5 version as of now, but EA Tiburon cautions that it will be monitoring the Xbox Series X/S version closely to make sure it doesn't also suffer from the same bug. If the issue does end up popping up on the new Xbox version, EA Tiburon might have to temporarily disconnect the online servers for that version as well. For now, the online works as expected on Xbox Series X/S. If you own the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of Madden NFL 21 digitally, you can download your free new-gen version of the game by looking in your library of the new console of the same console family (PS4 owners get a free copy on PS5, while Xbox One owners get a free copy on Xbox Series X/S). If you bought the physical version, you can contact EA Help to validate your purchase and receive your free upgrade from EA Sports. Madden NFL 21 launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 28. It is available to download on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S for those who bought the last-gen version beginning today. Otherwise, it launches on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S tomorrow, December 4. For more on the changes the new-gen version brings over the last-gen version, head here. For more on how Madden NFL 21's Dual Entitlement works, you can head to their FAQs page. For updates on the issue that's affecting the PS5 version, and whether it also affects the Xbox Series X/S version, follow the Madden NFL Twitter account.

  • How To Beat The Corrupted Heroes In Immortals Fenyx Rising
    by Brian Shea on December 3, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    While Immortals Fenyx Rising has several series of difficult boss battles thanks to Mythical Creatures, Tartaros Lieutenants, and more, some of the most intense battles you can find in the game surround the wraiths of the corrupted heroes. These heroes were summoned by the gods to battle the powerful titan Typhon prior to the events of the game, but he was able to corrupt them and force them to fight by his side. Until you defeat them in their Wraith Lairs, weaker versions of these legendary heroes can appear at random on the map while you're trying to do other activities, so it's a good idea to take them out once you feel competent and powerful enough to do so. My tips below give you advice on how to topple these powerful heroes with a pretty baseline set of abilities, but through upgrades, you can make these showdowns much easier. My preferred loadout for these battles was to equip Phospor with the Tarnished skin, which replenishes your health every time his attack lands, and just relentlessly bomb on them with his attack. However, since his attacks use up your stamina, you have to get in and attack with your sword to replenish your stamina quickly while he's lighting them up. The more upgraded Phosphor and your sword are, the better this tactic works, but once I got this down, I combined these skills with the tips listed below to make short work of most of the heroes. Check out my hero-specific tips below, and let us know what tactics you employ in the comments section! Achilles Achilles is the first wraith you encounter during your adventure while on your quest to help Aphrodite, but that doesn't mean he goes down without a fight. However, his pattern is fairly straightforward: He typically throws three parry-able attack sequences before loading up, glowing red, and unleashing an unblockable horizontal swing, followed by an overhead slash. Sometimes he'll throw in an extra one-off unblockable attack, but it's pretty obviously broadcasted, so just be cognizant of whether or not he's glowing red. The best path to victory for me was to not try to actively stun him, but rather to parry the attacks I could, which leaves a small opening for light-attack combos, then build his stun gauge up through well-timed parries. Of course, when he glows red, it's time to put your thumb on the dodge button and try to time it well enough that you slow time for your go-to combo. When you get him down, just unload onto him, but don't get greedy, because he'll pick back up with his relentless attack shortly after standing back up. Keep up the rhythm of parries and dodges and before you know it, you'll deal the final blow to this legendary warrior. The wraith of Atalanta as you encounter her in the world Atalanta The huntress of legend is perhaps the toughest of the corrupted hero battles, mainly thanks to her bear companion. If you're anything like me, your first instinct is to take out the bear, but since the bear is such a tank, I realized that it might just be best to focus all of your attacks on Atalanta herself. She uses a series of different arrows, including a scattershot, a jumping shot, and an unblockable shot. If you get too close, she's not above swinging her bow at you, dealing pretty solid damage. While I mentioned focusing your attacks on Atalanta, you can't completely ignore the bear, since he stays pretty close to her side. Keep swinging on Atalanta, but be mindful of the beefy predator who is never far away; when he comes lunging in, time your dodge or parry right and it'll slow time, giving you extra hits on the primary target. As with other enemies, try to focus on which attacks can be parried to raise the stun meter, and which ones have to be dodged (as indicated by the enemy glowing red before throwing it). With such acrobatic moves and an extra enemy to worry about, Atalanta is difficult, but by learning her pattern and staying aware of her furry friend, she's beatable. Herakles The muscle-bound hero is the most tank-like of the four legendary heroes, but I found him to be the easiest thanks to how often he metaphorically shoots himself in the foot. Not only does he sometimes get his weapon stuck in the ground thanks to his massive swings at you, but he'll even stop to pose or do push-ups, giving you time to attack, potion-up, or apply buffs. For Herakles, I didn't even take the time to learn his pattern; I instead used my speed advantage and his arrogance against him. Get in with some light attacks and parry in the off-chance he throws a blockable attack, but chances are, he'll wind up for something devastating. Once he begins glowing red, dodge your way out of range and begin the process again. As you feel more comfortable with his timing, you can experiment with staying in range longer or mixing in some heavy attacks or abilities that boost his stun meter, but keep at it and he will fall. Odysseus Odysseus is the most intelligent of the legendary heroes, and he shows that with some unique tricks up his sleeve. Most notably, he teleports around the battlefield, appearing all around you to mix in attacks both blockable and unblockable. He can also create clones of himself, but don't worry too much about them; they don't have much health, so they typically go down without a ton of trouble. I kept up a pretty relentless assault on Odysseus once learning his patterns. As with every other hero on this list, be sure to dodge instead of parry when the enemy glows red before he attacks. When he goes into his portals and begins teleporting around you with attacks, the first two are unblockable, while the third is one you can parry. As I mentioned before, the clones don't have much health, but if you let them surround you, it can become problematic, so it's best to dispatch them as they spawn. Odysseus didn't give me much trouble, but if you have difficulty anticipating where he's going to pop up next, he could be a bit of a pain. Just do your best to track him when he goes on the move and remember to dodge the first two – and if you lose count, just dodge all of them. Better safe than sorry! If you're interested in learning more about the latest Ubisoft open-world adventure, be sure to check out our full review here. 

  • Games That Motivate Me To Get Up And Be Better
    by Marcus Stewart on December 3, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants to get off our bums, get things done, and improve ourselves. That inspirational call to action is found in all kinds of places, including video games. If you’re looking for fun forms of encouragement as you begin to draft your New Year’s resolutions, here are some games that inspired me to be better in one way or another.  Yakuza: Like a Dragon Ichiban Kasuga knows how to make lemonade out of Lemon Heads. The dude spends 18 years in prison, and upon his release, he has to deal with the realities of being abandoned and homeless (a subject the game tackles very well). Instead of wasting time moping, though, Ichiban eagerly begins rebuilding his life from scratch, collecting cans for cash and applying for jobs with inspiring persistence. What I love most is that he takes whatever work is available, and doesn’t let pride get in the way. For a guy who once proudly associated with an organized murder gang, Ichiban’s got a great head on his shoulders, and his can-do attitude is infectious.  Animal Crossing: New Horizons Earlier this year, I began my days with Animal Crossing: New Horizons instead of checking my phone. Not only did it put me in a good mood from the get-go, but it also got my creative and productive juices flowing. By the time I finished pulling weeds and sprucing up my house, I was mentally prepared to tackle my real-life to-do list. For any farmers out there, I imagine doing this has a similar appeal to doing chores at the crack of dawn, except much less sweaty. Animal Crossing: New Horizons reminds me that checking off tasks is its own reward.  Shadow of the Colossus Shadow of the Colossus feels like the video game equivalent of the motivational posters that once dominated office break rooms. Pretty picture, big declarative word; you know the ones. Nothing inspires the feeling of “I can conquer anything” like scaling living titans as a comparatively ant-sized person and taking them down. As long as I ignored the melancholy of killing majestic creatures unprovoked, that is. Shadow of the Colossus makes me feel powerful in ways only video games can. If I can topple a flying snake thing, I can handle a long afternoon run.  Celeste Madeline’s climb up Celeste Mountain not only tests my physical fortitude (it’s a tough game) but my mental determination as well. The perilous journey forces the character to, quite literally, confront her inner demons in a way that many of us wish we could. Celeste teaches valuable lessons about coping and accepting the darkness within all of us; by the time I reached the summit, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d conquered a few of my own troubles as well. Celeste serves as a powerful motivator to face my anxieties head-on.  Death Stranding When you strip away the weird ink monsters, dopey dialogue, and absurd narrative, Death Stranding is really about a guy making deliveries – and that’s when the game is at its best. There’s something about the process of accepting jobs, stacking packages in just the right way, plotting routes, and trekking for miles that gets my productivity juices flowing. Much like actual mountain climbing, I feel a genuine sense of accomplishment in successfully reaching an out-of-the-way prepper thanks to my ingenuity and wit. Falling over sucks (especially with BB shrieking in my ear), but the game’s all about dusting yourself off and getting back up no matter the hardships. Keep on keepin’ on.  Ring Fit Adventure Fitness software should always inspire action, but Ring Fit Adventure does an exceptionally good job keeping me off my butt. Not only is it a genuinely fun game to play, but it also does an excellent job keeping me on track. Scheduled alarms ping players when it’s time for a new workout. Encouraging messages and helpful tips go a long way in maintaining my enthusiasm. Plus, the game saves me from stubborn self by regularly offering to raise/lower difficulty in case I plateau or can’t handle the workout.  That’s all from me, but let me know in the comments what games motivate you to be better and why.

  • BioWare's Casey Hudson And Mark Darrah Are Leaving The Studio
    by Liana Ruppert on December 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    EA has confirmed that general manager Casey Hudson and Dragon Age 4 executive producer Mark Darrah are leaving BioWare. While the announcement did come with the assurance that Dragon Age 4, Anthem Next, and the Mass Effect Trilogy Legendary remaster would be unaffected, fans of these iconic franchises have already begun voicing their concerns.  "We strive for all of our studios to be places where talented creative people come to do career-defining work," reads the official announcement on the BioWare Blog. "A dimension of this ambition is that sometimes those people want to try something different. Casey Hudson, GM, BioWare and Mark Darrah, Executive Producer, Dragon Age are two of those people and they have decided to move on from BioWare. "I want to personally thank Casey and Mark for everything they have done for the BioWare community, and particularly for our players. They will always be an essential part of the studio’s history, we appreciate their many contributions, and we look forward to seeing what they’ll each do next. More from Casey here and Mark here." The post continues saying that the team couldn't be "more confident or optimistic" about the future, despite so many key members of these franchises beloved by many departing the company and moving onto other things.  Samantha Ryan, coming from Warner Brothers Games, will continue overseeing the studio's efforts as former Blizzard dev Christian Dailey takes the helm of the Dragon Age series and Dragon Age 4.  Mike Gamble will be leading the charge for the future of Mass Effect, which is a solid reassurance with his incredible history and contributions to the franchise; now more than ever with these two big names departing.  As for who will be replacing Casey Hudson, that search continues with the promise that the company is "already talking to some great people," one who has a "deep love and respect for the studio's heritage" and "embodies the values of this team and who will help carry on the incredible legacy of BioWare."