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Outer Wilds Releases At The End Of This Month

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:15
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive Developer: Mobius Digital Rating: Rating Pending Platform: PC

Ever since Annapurna Interactive announced Outer Wilds, an adventure title that charts a middle path between Majora's Mask and No Man's Sky, we have been eagerly awaiting the chance to take the full game for a spin. It seems we'll get out chance sooner than we thought, as Outer Wilds releases in just ten days, May 30, on Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store.

The game is about all about exploring a pre-designed galaxy with planets that take different shapes, forms, and environments. As an alien explorer, the protagonist is eager to get off his small backwater rock and explore the galaxy in a spacecraft, but space is as dangerous as it is vast. We have played the game at a number of events over the last year and it always manages to surprise us and pique our curiosity.

You can check out the launch trailer below.

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Annapurna Interactive is releasing Outer Wilds as a console exclusive on Xbox One and a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store, though it will eventually filter out to other storefronts. On the Xbox One, it will be a day-one Game Pass title, so subscribers to Microsoft's game download service can start playing it for no extra cost on that first day. 

Hopefully you do not get caught in a time loop between now and May 30.

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Your Marvel Comics Reading List Ahead Of Ultimate Alliance 3

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Team Ninja Release: July 19, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: Switch

For many fans, part of the fun of the previous Marvel Ultimate Alliance games is seeing all the character cameos, in-jokes, and other nods to the expanded Marvel fiction. From what we’ve seen of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, that kind of encyclopedic knowledge of the fiction certainly isn’t necessary to have a good time. But, if you’d like to tap into that part of the experience, your go-to source is a deep dive into the backlog of the many comic stories referenced within the game.

We asked Marvel to help us curate a list that would help you do exactly that. Rather than trying to add in our two cents, we’d like to let Marvel’s team speak for themselves to introduce their suggested reading list.

But before we pass the baton to their prepared written thoughts on the subject, it’s worth sharing that all of the titles below can be tracked down through your local comic shop, often in either single issue or trade paperback format. In addition, you can find any and all of these entries available as digital comics, or you can purchase a subscription to Marvel Unlimited; that app is available on the App Store and Google Play, and opens up access to over 25,000 comics for a regular monthly subscription fee.

Here’s what Marvel Games VP and creative director Bill Rosemann had to share to introduce the reading list. “Just as the huge roster of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order unites characters from across our sprawling universe, the game’s story similarly assembles and remixes awesome scenes, locations, and moments from throughout Marvel’s 80 years of storytelling. Packed with Easter Eggs and character rich dialogue, the swiftly moving story is both accessible to new fans and deeply rewarding for longtime True Believers. But if you want to earn bragging rights by dropping Marvel knowledge on fans and noobs alike, may we humbly suggest you dive into our Recommended Reading List (selected by game writer Marc Sumerak and arranged in suggested devouring order by Yours Truly)? From the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen to the gleaming spires of Asgard, these classic tales by Marvel’s best creators will make you feel worthy enough to lift Mjolnir itself!“

And here’s the full reading list, as written and summarized by Marc Sumerak:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, & Paul Pelletier

In the wake of Annihilation, a team of unlikely heroes unites to protect the cosmos.

SPIDER-VERSE
by Dan Slott, Olivier Coipel & Giuseppe Canumcoli

Spider-Men (and Women) from every alternate Earth join forces to save all of reality.

DEFENDERS
by Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez

To keep the streets of Manhattan safe, Marvel's street-level heroes must band together to become a new force for justice.

DAREDEVIL SHADOWLAND
by Andy Diggle & Billy Tan

When Daredevil turns to the dark side, his fellow heroes must return him to the light.

AVENGERS
by Kurt Busiek & George Perez

The Avengers must shut down their android arch-nemesis, Ultron, and his army of mechanical soldiers.

UNCANNY X-FORCE
by Rick Remender & Jerome Opena

Wolverine assembles an elite team of X-Men willing to do whatever it takes to save mutantkind.

DOCTOR STRANGE
by Donny Cates, Nick Spencer & Rod Reis

A new group of Midnight Sons must rise to stop a literal Hell-on-Earth scenario.

INHUMANS
by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee

Explore the wonders of Attilan with Marvel's most mysterious royal family.

BLACK PANTHER
by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze  

A new age is dawning in Wakanda, and the Panther must find his place in it.

INFINITY GAUNTLET
by Jim Starlin, George Perez, & Ron Lim

 

The legendary battle between Thanos and all of Marvel's mightiest heroes!

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
by Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley

The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy team up to defeat Thanos once again.

NEW AVENGERS
by Jonathan Hickman & Steve Epting

Marvel's heroes form a secret alliance to prevent the end of all that is.

INFINITY
by Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena & Dustin Weaver

The mad titan Thanos makes his world-shattering return, in a galactic war that will be fought both on Earth and in deep space, with our heroes caught between both battles!

THE BLACK ORDER
by Derek Landy & Philip Tan

Thanos's own ultimate alliance takes the spotlight in a tale of death and deceit.

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Exclusive Hawkeye Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Team Ninja Release: July 19, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: Switch

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at one of Marvel's expert bowman: Hawkeye.

Alias: Clint Barton Comic Debut

Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964)

Bio

Raised by an abusive father, Clint Barton eventually ran away from home and joined a traveling circus where he learned how to be swordsman and trick bowman. After a short stint as a star carnival attraction, Barton was inspired to fight crime after seeing Iron Man in action. As Hawkeye, Barton eventually join both the East Coast and West Coast branches of The Avengers, and even took a turn leading the team.

Powers

Master archer; peak human conditioning; excellence eyesight; what else do you want?

Game Abilities

Exploding Arrows: Clint shoots several explosive arrows into the air that then rain down on the enemies and deal fire damage. Players can hold the attack button to aim.

Shock Value: Clint fires electric arrows in front of him dealing extra shock damage to characters in a row.

Scattershot: Clint shoots a barrage of explosive arrows at nearby enemies.

Piercing Shot: Clint's arrows pierce enemies in front of him. Players can hold the attack button to aim and hidden the attack area.

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Playstyle

Hawkeye is all about flexibility in combat. His specialty is ranged combat thanks to his arsenal off arrows. Hawkeye isn’t considered one of the most powerful avengers, but he’s pretty equally skilled in most things. He can hit his targets from across the battlefield, attack enemies in a line, rain down fire from the sky.

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Mojang Unearths A Bit More Info

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:01

Publisher: Microsoft Developer: Mojang Release: 2019 Platform: PC

Mojang revealed a new Minecraft spinoff at last year’s Minecon event, then seemingly took it back underground. Minecraft: Dungeons seemed like an interesting idea, with teams of four battling monsters in classic dungeon-crawler style adventures, but since that announcement we’ve heard virtually nothing else about the project. Fortunately, that’s about to change. Mojang is ready to share more information about Minecraft: Dungeons, and we were able to sit down with executive producer David Nisshagen in Mojang’s Stockholm studio and pick his brain for details.

Development on Minecraft: Dungeons began about three years ago, when an internal team of a few developers was working on a small single-player campaign. As it turned out, the team thought they were onto something fun, so they expanded its scope to include up to four players. That doesn’t mean you have to party up when you want to play, however. Solo players can venture out against the evil Arch-Illager and his monsters, and friends can drop in and out – with difficulty adjusting accordingly.
Players aren’t locked into particular combat roles, even though archetypical styles such as mages, rangers, and melee attackers are present. Rather than having innate skills and abilities, players can change their role every time they don a new piece of gear. Put on heavy armor, Nisshagen says, and you’re a tank. Or put on something lighter, and you’re faster and might excel with ranged weapons. “It’s like, do you want that cool thing? Go find it and wear it or wield it,” he says.

Minecraft: Dungeons is focusing on action and adventure, so players aren’t going to be building or mining as they quest. Other elements are drawn from the main series, when appropriate, such as enchanting. Originally, Nisshagen says the team experimented with having players use the system that’s in the base game, but it proved to be unwieldy and complicated for the faster pace they were aiming for. They’ve come up with a compromise that gives players agency over how enchantments fit within their playstyle without grinding things to a halt with excessive menu manipulation.

“Think of it like this: A sword drops. The sword has a couple of different enchantments options,” Nisshagen explains. “You pick one of them and enchant it with that. The next sword drops. It has the same look and feel and combat animations and all of that stuff, but it has different randomized enchantments attached to it. One of them can be super powerful for area of effect attacks. The other could be, I don’t know, poisons enemy over time. Even if it’s the same base item, they have vastly different properties on them.” Players can also purchase weapons and gear with emeralds they pick up from defeated foes. Some items grant defensive abilities for the whole team, too, such as healing auras that protect party members – provided they stay within range of their friends. 

The original trailer showed subterranean dungeons, but Nisshagen says the game takes advantage of the variety Minecraft is known for. “There are some levels or some biomes that are on the surface that are more open and sprawling.” I wasn’t able to completely pin him down on the overall structure of the game, but he said players could go back and explore areas that they’d already visited, and that there’s something similar to a hub world.

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Levels are procedurally generated, which made me wonder if players would be able to share particularly interesting world-generation seeds with friends, as in Minecraft or The Binding of Isaac. He said that there are some passionate speedrunners on the team, and they recognize the importance of being able to have some kind of even playing field to accommodate that playstyle. He said he couldn’t make any promises, but it’s something they’re considering.

Even without the building, Minecraft: Dungeons manages to capture the silly essence of what makes traditional Minecraft such a joy to explore. In addition to battling familiar monsters like skeletons and spiders, Nisshagen says players will get to see some all-new mobs as well. It didn’t look particularly threatening, but one little guy seems like he’s going to both delight and frustrate players: an adorable little key, who jogs away when he spies the heroes coming. You have to hit him a few times before you can pick him up, which looks like a task that’s going to be easier said than done.

We’ll know just how fast that little guy can run later this year, when Minecraft: Dungeons comes to PC.

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Exclusive Wolverine Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Team Ninja Release: July 19, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: Switch

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at one of Marvel's biggest heroes: Wolverine.

Alias: James “Logan” Howlett Comic Debut

The Incredible Hulk #180-181 (October 1974)

Bio

Oh boy, this is complicated, but we’ll do our best. Raised in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, sometime between 1882 and 1885, Logan was the illegitimate son of a wealthy plantation owner and a grounds-keeper. Logan spent most of his childhood in a sickly state, until his mutant powers activated during puberty. Later, he enlisted in the military and spent years wandering the globe before he was kidnapped by the Weapon X Program, which encased his skeleton with unbreakable Adamantium. Logan eventually breaks free and finds a family in the X-Men.

Powers

Regenerative healing factor; superhuman strength, stamina, and reflexes; heightened senses; retractable claws

Game Abilities

Claw Strike: Wolverine slashes forcefully with both sets of claws, then finishes with one last big slash.

Adamantium Assault: Wolverine jumps and performs a spinning uppercut that draws enemies closer and slices them to pieces.

Berserker Barrage: Wolverine jumps forward while spinning and slashing at anything in his way. Players can hold the attack button to aim this attack.

Primal Rage: Wolverine get angry. His attack power increase for a short time and he glows with rage.

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Playstyle

Wolverine has a lot of health and durability as well as a natural healing ability that makes him an ideal tank. He loves to mix it up close range, but he also has a few moves that allow him to dart across the battlefield. This knucklehead is great for managing large groups of enemies and giving other players some room to breathe.

Come back throughout the month, because we'll have more exclusive features and character profiles on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Click the banner below to visit our hub. 

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Exclusive Spider-Gwen Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Team Ninja Release: July 19, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: Switch

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at one of the Spider-Verses most colorful characters: Spider-Gwen.

Alias: Gwen Stacy Comic Debut

Edge of Spider-Verse #2 (September 2014)

Bio

Born into an alternate reality, Gwen Stacy was actually bitten by the genetically-engineered spider that bite Peter Parker in the main Marvel timeline. Gwen used her newfound arachnid-like super-powers to start a career as a crimefighter, and the press quickly dubbed her Spider-Woman. In a tragic twist, Peter Parker was desperate to gain special-powers, much like his idol Spider-Woman, so he performed experiments on himself that turned him into a Lizard-like monster. Gwen was forced into a fight with Peter who accidentally died in the process.

Powers

Superhuman strength, speed, and stamina; wall-crawling; spider-sense; skilled fighter.

Game Abilities

Swing time: Gwen shoots a string of web into the air, then uses the momentum for a swing attack in the area. You can tap the attack button to lengthen the attack.

Legit Beatdown: Gwen creates a giant ball of web and swings it around her head in a circle, hitting enemies in an area.

Catchy Attack Name: Gwen releases multiple we blasts in front of her. You can tap the attack button to produce more webbing.

Disappearing Act: Gwen warps into the air above enemies and then slams to the ground unleashing a devastating shockwave. Players can hold the attack button to aim.

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Playstyle

Like Miles Morales, Gwen is really good and getting out of danger quickly. She has a lot of strong ranged attacked and allow her to play defensively. A lot of her abilities are area attacks, so she’s great and slowly chipping away and large groups of enemies. Her disappearing Action move allows her to warp above enemies, so she can quickly dodge some of the most deadly attacks. Like the rest of the Spider-Family, she can swing across the environment with her webs.

Come back throughout the month, because we'll have more exclusive features and character profiles on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Click the banner below to visit our hub. 

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Free Pokémon Beat 'Em Up Mobile Title Released

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:41

A new, free Pokémon mobile title has unexpectedly materialized called Pokémon Rumble Rush.

The game is available for Android and iOS smartphones today, and players will discover and explore islands containing numerous Pokémon to defeat, collect, and power up. Each island has its own Super Boss, and combing the islands nets rewards such as a hidden stage and Legendary and Mythical Pokémon.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Trailer Has A Dark, Mysterious Tone

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:17
Publisher: Niantic Labs Developer: Niantic Inc. Release: 2019 Platform: iOS, Android

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for its Niantic-developed, location-based Harry Potter game, Wizards Unite. The trailer itself doesn't offer a whole lot of new information, but it certainly sells the fantasy.

It might just be because I watched Pokémon Detective Pikachu last weekend, but this gives me some Pokémon Detective Pikachu vibes - something about the whole "what if this fantastical thing invaded our world?" premise, I think. That said, the tone of this trailer is rather different. The collision between muggles and wizards isn't a happy one in this trailer, which sees plenty of magical goings-on being captured by humans (who normally can't see this kind of stuff as it happens because of magic).

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Of course, with Wizards Unite being a location-based game similar to Pokémon Go, the premise of the trailer makes sense, even if it don't see the game in action. If you want more details about how the game actually, check out our preview from earlier this year

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New, Exclusive Gameplay For Man Of Medan

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:00

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Publisher: Bandai Namco Developer: Supermassive Games Release: 2019 Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Since Until Dawn in 2015, Supermassive has become known for creative, unsettling narratives with impressive visual fidelity and surprising depth in how player choice could impact the outcome of the story. In this exclusive video, we see how Supermassive's next game lives up to the hype with the first entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Man of Medan.

Enjoy the video above! Man Of Medan releases this summer on PS4, Xbox One and PC. For more on the game, read Kim's preview here.

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Exclusive Spider-Man Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Team Ninja Release: July 19, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: Switch

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 of the playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at Marvel's newest Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Alias: Miles Morales Comic Debut

Ultimate Fallout #4 (August 2011)

Bio

Miles originally comes from an alternate reality. While visiting his uncle (who just happens to be a notorious super villain with the alias Prowler), Miles was bitten by a genetically enhanced spider similar to the spider that gave Peter Parker his powers, and Miles gains his own set of spider-powers. When Peter Parker (as Spider-Man) dies in a battle with the Green Goblin, Miles assumes the mantle of Spider-Man.

Powers

Superhuman strength, speed, and stamina; wall-crawling; near-invisibility camouflage; spider-sense; bio-electrokinetic shock

Game Abilities

Web Shooter: Miles releases multiple web blasts in front of him. Players can tap the attack button to produce more web attacks.

Surprise Strike: Miles turns invisible then closes in on enemies to strike with a burst of electricity.

Venom Strike: Miles drives both fists into the ground and releases a large sphere of electric energy in an area attack.

High Voltage Lines: Miles shoots a barrage of electrified webs at groups of enemies in front of him.

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Playstyle

Miles is a very acrobatic character. Most of his powers center on his ability to unleash electrical attacks, which stun or paralyze foes. As an agile hero, Miles can quickly dart across the battlefield and help offer support wherever it's needed. Like the rest of the Spider-Family, Miles can swing across the environment with his webs.

Come back throughout the month, because we'll have more exclusive features and character profiles on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Click the banner below to visit our hub. 

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Samurai Shodown Has A PS4 And Xbox One Release Date

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:39
Publisher: SNK Developer: SNK Release: June 27, 2019 Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

SNK has announced the release date for the return of the long-dormant Samurai Shodown series: June 25 - on PS4 and Xbox One, anyway.

Along with the release date announcement, SNK released a new trailer breaking down the game, including the new Dojo mode. The mode learns from your actions as you play offline and creates a "ghost" of your actions, letting you play against yourself, or download other players' ghosts. You can see a quick breakdown of the mode below.

The game is also headed to Switch and PC, but that won't happen until an unannounced later date.

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The Division 2's First Raid Begins This Thursday

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:00

Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Massive Release: March 15, 2019 Rating: Not rated Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Ever since the release of The Division 2, players have been clambering for true raid content. Ubisoft has responded, and the first fruits of that labor are rolling out later this week. “Operation Dark Hours” releases this Thursday, May 16, beginning at 9:00 am Pacific, on all available platforms.

The raid is built as an eight-person activity, and details provided by Ubisoft make it clear that only the most experienced characters are going to be ready to face the challenges within; you need to have reached World Tier 5 and defeated Tidal Basin.

The Dark Hours raid takes you through the Washington National Airport, in order to halt the incoming flow of Black Tusk soldiers and supplies. Finish off the raid, and you can expect new gear including an exclusive exotic weapon.

Following in the footsteps of other MMOs and loot-focused shooters, Ubisoft also plans to acknowledge the team that snags the world-first completion. If your team wins that honor, your team photo and names to go up in the in-game White House for other players to see. If your team misses that honor, but still manages to complete the raid by May 23, you’ll get a commemorative arm patch. If you’re late to the party, but your team eventually finishes the raid at some point, you’ll get a dedicated clan banner and a trophy for your clan space.  

If you’re not planning on taking a shot at world-first, but you’d like to watch the action unfold, you can follow along with the action on Twitch beginning at 9:00 am Pacific on May 16.

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Exclusive Ms. Marvel Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Team Ninja Release: July 19, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: Switch

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at one of Marvel's newest heroes: Ms. Marvel.

Alias: Kamala Khan Comic Debut

Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013)

Bio

A descendant of Pakistani immigrants, Kamala gained her powers while walking home one night from a party. Kamala encountered a cloud of Terrigen Mists – a mutagenic substance that awakens latent inhuman powers. After rousing from stasis, Kamala discovered that she had an unparalleled ability to stretch and shape her body, so she assumed the alias of one of her favorite super heroes and started fighting crime as Ms. Marvel.

Powers

Elongation of limbs, size alteration, accelerated healing, and the ability to alter physical appearance (including hair and clothing).

Game Abilities

Super Face Kick: You guessed it. Ms. Marvel performs a giant lunging kick with an enlarged foot.

Giant Foot Spinny Thing: Ms. Marvel performs a tornado kick with an enlarged foot. You can press the attack button repeatedly to spin longer.

Sweet Combo Attack: Ms. Marvel unleashes a flurry of punches, finishing with an uppercut. You can tap the attack button to continue the beatdown.

Embiggen: Ms. Marvel enlarges both fists and uses them like a hammer to smash enemies in front of her.

See some of her moves in action in the gameplay video below.

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Playstyle

Ms. Marvel is really good at mid-to-close-range attacks and an excellent all-around fighter. She can dart in and out of the action quickly, and her big attacks pack a punch. She also has a lot of area-of-effect moves to help clean up enemy fodder. Thanks to her stretchy powers, Ms. Marvel is incredibly durable and hard to kill.

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Dauntless Sets Release Date For Next Week

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:57

Publisher: Phoenix Labs Developer: Phoenix Labs Release: May 24, 2018 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: PC

Phoenix Labs today revealed a release date for Dauntless, its monster-hunting cooperative action game. Players can dig in and try the full game on May 21 on their preference of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or on PC through the Epic Games Store.

While this signifies the game moving from beta to full release, the team has already been releasing regular content updates for some time, so this release will accompany Hunt Pass Season 5, which is called Hidden Blades.

One of the biggest things players can expect to find is a rework of the existing campaign, which aims to improve crafting, questing, as well as better details at the end of a hunt to indicate how you’ve progressed.

Whether you’re a seasoned Dauntless hunter, or you’re ready to kill some behemoths for the first time, you can learn more about Dauntless’ launch at the game’s official blog. You can also check out our initial review from last year. 

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The New True Sequel, 20 Years Later

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:00

Publisher: Oddworld Inhabitants Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants Release: 2020 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: PC

A brand new entry in the long-running Oddworld series, Soulstorm is an ambitious game in its own right. But the story of how it came to be, and how it fits into Oddworld's 20-year-plus continuity, is just as compelling.

Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna founded Oddworld Inhabitants back in 1994, with the goal of melding a new generation of gameplay with Hollywood moviemaking flair. The company’s first release, Abe’s Oddysee, presented an unlikely hero confronting a seemingly impossible life of slavery and degradation. Originally planned as a quintology that would tell one massive story about Abe’s unlikely journey, the vagaries of game development, time constraints, and publisher demands took the Oddworld games down a far different route. Several of the subsequent games further fleshed out an already intriguing fiction, but they also moved away from the series' original vision.

In 2014, Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty revitalized the original Abe’s Oddysee with modern graphics and gameplay, but hewed closely to the original design and script, setting a new starting point for the storytelling. But that’s where the familiarity ends; subsequent games in the series are planned to represent the original vision for the quintology through new installments, and an increasingly interwoven fiction about Abe’s rise to confront tyranny. The first game representing that new path forward is Soulstorm.

I saw an extensive demo of the project in action, and it’s fascinating to observe the ways it uses the launchpad of Oddysee to take Abe in new directions. Coining the perspective “2.9D,” Soulstorm sees its characters running and jumping along 2D planes in 3D environments. The planes rotate and turn as you run along them, and other 2D planes are visible in the background and foreground. Binocular emplacements allow you to look across the way to guard stations and workers that need rescuing, and plan your route to reach them. Other sections see you on a moving platform being hauled into the background, and you must dodge enemy projectiles as you pass each enemy station. The effect is that of a 2D action/platformer, but with depth and action unfolding in the locations viewable in the distance.

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Soulstorm focuses on replayability through a wallet economy, crafting, and the return of the quarma system. You must gather moolah to purchase new crafting materials to make everything from a rubber-band bouncing ball to a flamethrower. Completing good deeds awards ch’i charms, which let you gain consumable powers to aid in your efforts to save the poor Mudokon workers, like temporary bullet shields or antidotes to heal the sick. A global quarma system tracks how many Mudokons you save or allow to be killed, as well as how many enemy Sligs you take out in the process. Kill a bad guy to save yourself, and you lose some quarma, but cruelly kill a helpless and bound enemy, and the hit to your quarma is much bigger.

Every level has a leaderboard, along with a global leaderboard for the whole game. In addition to quarma, players unlock badges for a variety of other tasks in each level, including finding secret areas, unlocking lockers (often from pickpocketing Slig guards), and burning flammable objects along the way. The goal is to create an experience that speedy players could complete in 12 to 15 hours, but that dedicated enthusiasts and leaderboard chasers could invest 100 hours to master each location.

Through it all, you’re following a cinematic story about Abe’s strange rise to Messianic status among his people, as more and more followers are willing to run along behind him into the mortal danger of machine gun fire, speeding trains, and unsafe industrial machinery. More followers give Abe increased mystical ability for possessing others, which in turn opens up new avenues for exploration. The number of followers can eventually balloon to as many as 300 on screen at once, communicating that this is much more than a solitary journey for Abe; this is about the survival of his species.

It’s thrilling to see this new and alternate path forward for the Oddworld fiction finally taking shape after all these years. I’ve yet to play or get a feel for the platforming and action in what appeared to be some especially frenetic scenes of escape, but I’m excited we finally have a new adventure for one of my favorite video game heroes.

Oddworld: Soulstorm is headed toward release on unannounced consoles and PC sometime in 2020. Check out the new trailer below.

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Will Borrow From Dishonored's Open-Ended Structure

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 19:00
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Developer: Machine Games Release: July 26, 2019 Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the next game in the venerated Nazi-killing game from Bethesda and MachineGames, though this one is getting a little help from other Bethesda studio Arkane games. Arkane is likely best known for their Dishonored series, the stealth action semi-open world games, and they seem to be bringing some of that know-how to Wolfenstein.

In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, Youngblood's executive producer Jerk Gustafsson talked a little bit about the more non-linear structure they're aiming for with the new game.

“I think players will see a lot of similarities to level design in the Dishonored games, so in that sense it can be a little bit different as an experience but it can be for the benefit of the game, especially when it comes to finding different ways of approaching a combat scenario or a mission in general," Gustafsson said.

He went on to explain that the non-linear structure the game is now built around made penning a narrative a bit more difficult, which means that story content is on the lower side compared to other Wolfenstein games. That said, the overall gameplay time will be longer with fewer cutscenes.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on July 26.

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Granblue Fantasy Versus Introduces New Character Ladiva

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 21:55
Publisher: Cygames Developer: Arc System Works Release: 2019 Platform: PlayStation 4

Granblue Fantasy Versus, the newest fighting game from Arc System Works, has been steadily adding new characters since the game's announcement. Now Cygames and ArcSys have announced the newest character, the out-of-left field wrestler Ladiva joins the roster.

The newest trailer for Granblue Fantasy Versus shows off all the introduced characters so far and ends with Ladiva showing off her wrestling moves. Check out the trailer below.

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Granblue Fantasy Versus is scheduled to release in 2019 on PlayStation 4.

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Be A Sugar Glider In Away: Survival Series

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 01:55
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Developer: Breaking Walls Release: 2020 Platform: PlayStation 4

Another new announcement at today's State of Play livestream, Away: The Survival Series puts you in the shoes (so to speak) of a sugar glider making their way in the animal kingdom. While sugar gliders are adorable, those adorability isn't going to save you from other animals, so interacting with the rest of the world in a way where you do not die is paramount.

Check out the trailer for the game below.

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The game is set in the distant future and is intended to feel like the player is stepping into a wildlife documentary rather than just playing a game set in nature. On the PlayStation blog, director Laurent Bernier explained how much detail they are really going into in order to create the best possible natural world.

"In order to feel truly immersed in nature, we set out to create a visually stunning world filled with colorful, vibrant environments. Given the Sugar Glider’s small size, we made sure every plant, leaf, and blade of grass was accounted for, and this attention to detail pays off when you navigate the wide variety of landscapes in Away."

Away was not given a release date, but one would presume it isn't coming until 2020. The game has only been announced for the PlayStation 4.

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Predator: Hunting Grounds Coming From Illfonic And Sony

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 01:25
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Developer: IllFonic Release: 2020 Platform: PlayStation 4

During today's State of Play show, Sony revealed a new game from Worldwide Studios, the PlayStation's publishing arm. Those who have been hoping for a game that lets them live out their fantasies of becoming the Predator, the universe's apex hunter, might finally be in luck with Predator: Hunting Grounds, coming from developer illfonic.

You can see the first teaser trailer for the game below.

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The short trailer just shows a group of soldiers pacing around a jungle when an invisible creature, obviously a Predator, standing on a tree above them. During the State of Play itself, the narration afterward explained that the title is an asymmetric multiplayer shooter, implying something similar to Evolve or Dead by Daylight where one player takes control of the stronger unit while every other player is a weaker but more numerous unit, like the soldier.

On the PlayStation Blog, illFonic gave a few more details beyond what was in the video, confirming that idea.

"One group of players will control members of an elite Fireteam who pack state-of-the-art conventional firepower, from shotguns and SMGs to sniper rifles and more," the blog reads. "Meanwhile, one player will control the Predator: a stealthy, acrobatic killing machine bristling with exotic alien technology such as the infamous Plasmacaster. As the Fireteam attempt to carry out paramilitary missions – annihilating bad guys and recovering important items – the Predator will be closing in, using its advanced vision mode to track and ambush its prey."

Predatory: Hunting Grounds will release on PlayStation 4 in 2020.

 

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MediEvil PS4 Remake Gets New Trailer And October Release Date

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 00:15
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Developer: Other Ocean Interactive Release: October 25, 2019 Platform: PlayStation 4

Back when Sony last held the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California, the company decided to ease back on the announcement-packed conference and go for something a little more subdued. They still did end up announcing a new game, though, in the form of a remake of the 1998 action game MediEvil. Since then, Sony has been fairly quiet about the title, though we got our reintroduction to it with a story trailer today, as well as a release date for October 25.

You can see the first story trailer, which sets up the concept of the game and shows gameplay, below.

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It definitely still retains all the things that people remember about the PlayStation classic. While I never got into the series myself, I know a lot of people who swear by Sir Daniel Fortesque as one of their favorite characters from the classic PlayStation era. 

You can see why for yourself when MediEvil releases on PlayStation 4 on October 25, just in time for Halloween.

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