• Bloodstained Bug Prevents Progress, Players May Need To Restart

    With the new release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, fans have been eager to delve deep into the new Metroidvania made by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi. Unfortunately for some of those fans, however, a nasty glitch may have turned their playthrough into a nightmare scenario, though a recent patch hopefully fixes it for new players. The bug goes like this: as you journey through the game, you occasionally come across treasure chests. These chests sometimes include items you might need for progression, as you do in a Metroidvania game. If you have been affected by the bug, some of these chests will be open already and their items inaccessible, preventing you from making progress. If you have been hit with this bug already, there's nothing you can do, your save file is already forfeit. "We investigated a number of options to address this issue and each fix requires a new game to be started. Despite our efforts to provide a fix that preserves pre-1.02 progress, this is the best solution to avoid future issues," publisher 505 Games said in a statement. "Xbox One players will also be affected by this when the 1.02 patch is delivered next week. Switch players who have a physical copy should download the 1.02 patch before playing." So, download the patch, then restart your save. It's a nasty solution, though one I imagine they had no choice but to use. Switch owners are only affected with this insofar as they will need to download the patch if they buy the physical cart, but if you own the Xbox One or PS4 versions and haven't started yet, download the patch first and then start. You also might not be affected by the bug, but it could theoretically be better to start over now than run into it much later down the line. Bloodstained is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is releasing on Switch on June 25. […]

  • Here's What The Witcher 3 Looks Like On The Switch

    Announced at E3 2019, the hit role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be coming to Nintendo Switch sometime this year. The port of the game's Complete Edition, which includes all downloadable content and expansions, should keep Nintendo fans busy for a long time to come.  With the Switch offering significantly less powerful hardware than its console competitors, many wonder how the game will look on the smaller screen. A new batch of screenshots gives us an idea of what to expect, and you can check it out for yourself in the gallery below. Click image thumbnails to view larger version                                                                                                               For more on The Witcher 3, check out our review.   [Source: Nintendo […]

  • EA Tries To Rename Lootboxes Under Government Scrutiny

    As more and more governments are taking a closer look at lootboxes and whether they are a predatory practice akin to gambling, EA has found itself on the defensive. Its newest tactic: Call them something else and declare that gamers love them, actually. While testifying in front of the United Kingdom’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on immersive and addictive technologies, EA’s vice president of legal Kerry Hopkins offered up a novel defense of the microtransaction-driven lootboxes and card packs that many of its games contain. “Well first, we don’t call them lootboxes, we look at them as surprise mechanics,” Hopkins asserted. “If you go to…a store that sells a lot of toys, and you do a search for surprise toys, what you’ll find is that this is something people enjoy, they enjoy surprises.” Hopkins goes on to compare its “surprise mechanics” to toys like Hatchimals and LOL Surprise, before stating that EA does believe their approach “...is actually quite ethical and quite fun, [and] enjoyable to people.” Twitter user Nibellion pulled out the most relevant portion of testimony, which you can see for yourself: https://twitter.com/nibellion/status/1141386232347410432 While children may indeed enjoy Hatchimals, gamers savaged Battlefront II for its implementation of lootboxes, and EA’s original defense of them became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.  [Source: Parliamentlive.tv via PCGamesN] If any governments want to ban blind-bag "surprise toys" in addition to lootboxes, they have my full support. Also, instead of basing your business decisions on the whims of children, maybe listen to the overwhelming complaints of your actual consumers?&nbs […]

  • Avengers: Endgame Is Coming Back To Theaters, With 'New Surprises' After The Credits

    Avengers: Endgame had over three hours of character payoff, high-energy battles, and the conclusion of a 22-film narrative arc. But some people were still disappointed that the movie didn't have Marvel's signature post-credits scene, subtly referencing the first Iron Man with a brief audio cue at the very end. Now, however, the Russo brothers are inserting a new post-credits scene into the film. While we don't know all the details, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview with Screen Rant that there will be "a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises." If we had to guess, that tribute will likely be to the legendary Marvel Comics chief Stan Lee, who passed away last year. Because what audiences need more in Avengers: Endgame is more crying. As to what the deleted scene and surprises are, we'll just have to find out. The film will be back in theaters next weekend, shortly before the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home on July 2, which follows the events of Endgame. For more on Avengers: Endgame, check out our spoiler discussion or read Crystal Dynamic's comments on the eerie similarities between the movie and their upcoming Avengers game. […]

  • Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Coming This Friday

    Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the latest game from Niantic Labs, is coming to mobile devices this Friday. As it did before with Pokémon Go, Niantic's AR game puts a layer of gameplay over real-world locations – only this time, it's all about magic instead of pocket-sized monsters. IP aside, another key difference between Wizards Unite and its Pokémon predecessor is its inclusion of a narrative. We don't know how deep it runs at this point, but it appears to be more involved than engaging in the treadmill of catching them all. You'll be able to download Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on iOS and Android devices in North America starting June 21. For more info on the game, take a look at Imran's hands-on preview. […]

  • Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night's Release Trailer Features Shovel Knight, Teases Child Of Light Crossover

    Click here to watch embedded media With today's launch of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, 505 Games released a new trailer showing off the game, along with some more details and hints on the game's DLC. The trailer boasts robust crafting and character customization options and retro-styled challenges, along with 13 upcoming pieces of DLC, all of which will be free. Among these features are a classic mode, new game +, boss-rush mode, a roguelike dungeon, speedrun mode, three new characters, co-op, versus mode, online play, a "nightmare" difficulty, plus more. The trailer goes on to show an uncomfortably beefed-up Shovel Knight mode in the game, using his signature shovel to metaphorically dig his enemies' graves. Perhaps most intriguingly, however, a very familiar tune plays after the screen fades to black. The melody is unmistakably from Child of Light, but what exactly this means beyond a hinted crossover with the game is unclear. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with the Switch version launching next week on June 25. For more on the game, read about the game's full DLC plans, or look at our preview on one of its upcoming characters! […]

  • Destiny 2's Stadia Playerbase Is Separate From PC, Bungie Confirms

    Update: Destiny 2 general manager Mark Noseworthy has tweeted an update on the topic of cross-play. While there's no "policy or technological barrier" preventing them from merging the two platforms' playerbases (and including every other Destiny 2 platform while they're at it) according to Noseworthy, Bungie is focused on implementing cross-save for now, but would love to add cross-play in the future. https://twitter.com/knowsworthy/status/1140046722590076929 Original Story: In its latest "This Week at Bungie" blog post, the Destiny 2 developer posted a short FAQ answering a number of questions players had about the game's move from Battle.net to Steam, the game coming to Stadia, and the new cross-save feature, clarifying some key points about what players can expect on September 17 when these features hit alongside the newly-announced Shadowkeep expansion. For many, the most important question answered is how the new Stadia version of the game will (or in this case, won't) work with other platforms. Bungie has confirmed the Stadia version of the game will have its own playerbase and will not share players with the PC. To be clear, the Stadia version will still support cross-save, which means players will still be able to log into the Stadia version with their now-universal Destiny 2 account and earn more gear and power for their character. But though many expected the Stadia and PC versions of the game to have the same playerbase, Stadia and PC players won't be able to play with each other. Another important thing to consider: expansions. The new free-to-play version of Destiny 2, New Light, will let players explore every current locale the game has to offer, hop into all the matchmade multiplayer playlists, and access some of the regular updates to the game for free. However, the Forsaken campaign, exotic quests, and post year-one raids will have to be purchased. What's more, expansion content will have to purchased individually for each version, which is a bummer for cross-players and raises at least one question: Once you get an exotic quest, will you be able to complete it on a platform on which you don't have the expansion content? You won't be able to merge accounts on different platforms, either, so if you've played the game on multiple platforms, you may have to choose one account to play on going forward. However, for those moving from Battle.net to Steam, there will a one-time transfer option to take everything with you as you start playing on Steam. There are still more questions to answer, and Bungie will continue updating this new FAQ throughout the next few months. If you have questions about what's going on this fall, check out the full FAQ. […]

  • Overwatch's Limited-Time Baptiste Event Starts Today

    Overwatch players recently got a chance to learn more about Baptiste through a short story, and today the company has revealed that we'll be able to earn a host of in-game goodies for the combat medic through a limited-time Baptiste Reunion Challenge. From today through July 1, players can earn a player icon, epic Battle Medic Baptiste skin, and a slew of sprays by winning matches in quick play, competitive, or arcade.  In addition to the goods you can unlock by playing, you can earn more sprays by watching participating Twitch streamers in two-hour increments, topping off at six total hours. Click here to watch embedded media If you're not into Baptiste (or even if you are, really), today also marks the release of Overwatch's new Replays feature on all platforms. Here, you can watch previous matches from a variety of different perspectives. It's a great way to gloat or critique your own performance, depending on how well you fared in any given game. Click image thumbnails to view larger version                                                                                                             &nbs […]

  • The Division 2 Adds The 'Gunner' Specialization In Today's Update

    Click here to watch embedded media In today's update for Tom Clancy's The Division 2, players can gain access to the new "gunner" specialization, which comes with the new rapid-fire minigun, the "banshee" skill, and the riot-foam grenade. The minigun gives players a temporary boost in defense when in use, while raining down bullets upon targets for a short period of time. The "banshee" signature skill causes confusion for enemies – even when under cover – and the riot-foam grenade temporarily immobilizes opponents, leaving them open to attacks. The specialization is free, but those without the year one pass will need to complete five in-game challenges to unlock it. Those with the pass will have instant access to the specialization, but can still complete the challenges for additional cosmetic items. The Division 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and is coming to Google Stadia. For more on the game's future, catch up on where it's headed next, or read our review! […]

  • Jurassic World Evolution: Claire's Sanctuary Story DLC Is Available Now

    Click here to watch embedded media Ever wonder what life could have been like if humans were there to save the dinosaurs from extinction? Well, we probably wouldn't have been very effective at it back then, due to the lack of technology and all. But Frontier is here to help us save the day with their new DLC Claire's Sanctuary. Currently available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, you get the chance to save these glorious creatures. Those of us that went to E3 this year became extremely hyped for the new Planet Zoo game coming out and playing this is more than we could have asked for during our wait. The DLC will feature new dinosaurs, gameplay mechanics, missions, and a full story featuring the voice acting of Bryce Dallas Howard herself. The game has grown so much with all the DLC released for it, and the developers don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. For more on Jurassic World Evolution, check out Daniel Tack's review here. […]

  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Beta Coming To PS4 On Friday

    June 21 marks the official start of summer, but it also offers PlayStation 4 owners something significantly cooler. Starting this Friday, Capcom is releasing a limited-time beta for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Hunters who are able to successfully complete its three quests can unlock special item packs when the expansion is officially released. The beta is available to PlayStation Plus subscribers starting at 3 a.m. on June 21 through Monday at 3 a.m. Pacific. Another beta is available to all PS4 owners a week later, from June 28 through July 1. The beta includes hunts against Great Jagras, the all-new Banbaro, and returning monster Tigrex. For more on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, check out our New Gameplay Today. […]

  • Red Dead Online Rolls Out The Discounts

    It's showdown time if you want to pick up Red Dead Online rank bonuses for ranks 10 and 20. Players have until June 24 to reach these milestones in order to pick up the requisite rank care packages that include everything from fire arrows to Jolly Jack's chewing tobacco and assorted big-game meat (see below). Elsewhere in Red Dead online, Rockstar has set up new additions for the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue (Lightfoot Pants, Austin Boots, Charro Jacket, and more), and a 30-percent XP and RDO$ boosts for playing an Elimination series playlist, with 60x high-velocity ammo for all the gun classes if you win a match. Finally, the discounts continue with all tonics at 25 percent off this week. Rank 10 Bonus Care Package 20x Small Game Arrows 20x Fire Arrows  20x Poison Arrows  5x Predator Bait  5x Herbivore Bait Rank 20 Bonus Care Package 3x Minty Big Game Meat 3x Oregano Big Game Meat 3x Thyme Big Game Meat 10x Baked Beans  10x Corned Beef 10x Canned Salmon  5x Jolly Jack's 5x Cocaine Gum 5x Moonshine  5x Gin  5x Guarma Rum  5x Fine Brandy [Source: Rockstar Games […]