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Luigi's Mansion 3 has a spooky Halloween debut, October 31

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 20 mins ago

The news is finally out and Nintendo Switch fans can rejoice as the release date for Luigi's Mansion 3 has finally been officially revealed and solidified.



We have been waiting around for the release date of Luigi's Mansion 3 for quite some time now, during that time we heard that the ghost cataching in the game is as satisfying as wet towel cracking. We then saw the released box art for the title that showcased both Luigi and Gooigi in glorious HD.


As the rumors suggested, Nintendo will be releasing Luigi's Mansion 3 on this years Halloween, October 31st. Quite a fitting date wouldn't you say? Luigi's Mansion 3 will be exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch. If you haven't seen gameplay of the title yet, check out this link here.

PUBG's backstory is a Lex Luthor puppetmaster fantasy dream

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 20 mins ago

Since the release of PUBG, there has been many iterations of the Battle Royale genre that have made improvements that PUBG just couldn't keep up with. So to even the playing field, PUBG Corp have decided to give some unnecessary backstory to the title.



Above we have the Season 4 Cinematic Trailer that introduces us to a young boy who was the sole survivor of a war on Erangel. After the desolation of his town and the people he loves, the boy grows into a mastermind puppet master who flies in contests to compete in his life and death competition for his pure amusement.


Some people could argue that this is hardly what PUBG needs to survive against the other Battle Royale titles such as Apex Legends or Fortnite. Instead, the developers should be concentrating on smoothing out the gameplay to create a more rich and rewarding experience that keeps players on their servers.

Valve changed Half-Life because GoldenEye 007 was SO good

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 50 mins ago

I still remember that Christmas morning opening up a magazine about the Nintendo 64 and feeling that 'what is this meant to be' type of present, to my parents handing me another box and inside of it was GoldenEye 007.



It was at that moment I realized my parents had to have gotten me the new Nintendo 64 console at the time, and after ripping that wrapping paper and box to pieces, my brother and I were playing GoldenEye 007 on our brand new Nintendo 64 console. It was one of the best first-person shooters of its time, and Rare at its best on the N64.


GoldenEye 007 producer Martin Hollis explained in 2004 about the AI in the game: "The important thing is to show the player the AI. There's no point having sophisticated AI that the player doesn't notice. The game mechanics have to showcase the AI. The level setup has to showcase the AI. And it all has to make an actual difference to gameplay".

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Shadowkeep may be Destiny 2's last expansion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 13 mins ago

Bungie is far from done with Destiny 2. There's still lots of things to do from tweaks and balances to implement and the free-to-play New Light version to the dearth of seasonal updates planned alongside Shadowkeep. But insofar as expansions, there's evidence that Shadowkeep could be Destiny 2's last.




Destiny 2 is getting many changes in September. Shadowkeep, the new moon-based expansion, will drop alongside a free-to-play Destiny 2 version that comes packed with cross-saves. But Shadowkeep won't be a huge paradigm-shifter like Forsaken. In fact it could be the last major expansion the game sees. There's a few reasons for this: the way Bungie talks about Shadowkeep, how the studio is gearing up for more MMO-style RPG progression, and its past cadence of expansion releases.


Bungie says Shadowkeep is a new beginning. It's the inception of a new bold vision for Destiny, and represents the first major content drop free of Activision's meddling.

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Nintendo called out on cheap Switch controllers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 8 mins ago

The Switch's JoyCon controllers are cheaply made and break easily, and fans are fed up.




There's a reason why Nintendo makes a profit on every Switch sold: the device is relatively cheap to make, and if you've ever held one, you can definitely see where they saved cash. Way back in my 2017 Nintendo Switch review I noticed how flimsy the system felt. The JoyCons in particular felt (and still feel) rather weak and janky, as if they'd malfunction quickly after heavy use.


Now thousands of gamers are complaining about JoyCon issues. Extended use is causing the wiggly and cheap analog sticks to drift in-game, which significantly disrupts play as gamers have to fight the controller and try to compensate for the wonky sticks. After all the first rule of playing a game is actually being able to control it.

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New Switch refresh has 9 hours battery life, same specs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 2 mins ago

Today Nintendo's Japanese site revealed a new Switch model that improves battery life by almost 40% over the current version, but the specs are the same.




On the heels of announcing a new $199 handheld-only Switch Lite, the regular Switch is getting a mid-cycle refresh that likely uses the same chip. But don't expect the fabled Switch Pro with beefier performance. This new model is not an iterative upgrade like the PS4 Pro with extra horsepower. It's basically like a PS4 Slim with small tweaks to improve thermals and quality of life. Nintendo only really upgraded the internal battery to make the console last up to 9 hours in Handheld Mode (which is pretty impressive). According to past Wall Street Journal reports, Nintendo also might've tacked on an OLED screen for good measure.


Nintendo is vague with exact technical details (they always are), but we expect the new Switch HAC-001(-01) model uses a shrunken 16nm Tegra X1 chip for boosted efficiency across the board. This means the new model should not only be more power efficient, but could be quieter and cooler when docked to avoid the annoying console heat warping.

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Gamestop to transform stores into retro arcades

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 56 mins ago

In a bid to save its ailing retail business, Gamestop wants to make its stores more friendly for actual gaming sessions.




Gamestop needs a win right now. The company recently suffered a huge $500 million loss driven by low game and hardware sales. To halt the coffin nails, Gamestop announced that it's signed a partnership with turnaround experts R/GA to dramatically rebrand its stores into actual hangouts for gamers. This includes retro arcade-style setups where you can try out games before you buy and even competitive tournaments--possibly even LAN matches.


Essentially Gamestop wants to turn into an early 2000's gaming cafe that also sells games.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC 'Hero' to drop this Summer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Nintendo has released a brand new 'Fan-Favorites & Newest Releases' game compilation trailer that showcases what is to be expected to launch on Nintendo Switch this Summer.



The above video has been released onto the official Nintendo YouTube Channel and details what is in the pipeline to be launch on the Switch this Summer. While there is many great titles in the video, one in particular is the in the spotlight, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighter.


Dragon Quest's 'Hero' was announced to be the next DLC fighter to be invited to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While fans wait for an official announcement this above trailer has subtly suggested that 'Hero' will be arriving this Summer, as the video title boldly states "Summer" in the headline.

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NVIDIA recommends RTX 2080 for ray tracing in Control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

Control isn't far away with its release on August 27, and now we're hearing more about the RTX side of Remedy Entertainment's latest and greatest game.



NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card owners will be able to enjoy real-time ray tracing in Control, which in my hands-on time with it during E3 2019 blowing me away when RTX is turned on. According to the listing for Control on the Epic Games Store you'll need an RTX 2060 at a minimum to play with ray tracing, while Remedy recommends an RTX 2080 if you want RTX on.

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uPlay+ is transformative for Ubisoft's digital business

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Ubisoft's new uPlay+ subscription is a tactical move that fits perfectly with its service-oriented business. Here's how uPlay+ will help transform and solidify Ubisoft as a digital-focused publisher.




Ubisoft has made a radical transformation over the last few years. All of its games are now sprawling, evolving experiences focused around engagement, live content, and microtransactions, creating a business that continually makes money long after its games are sold. Last fiscal year, Ubisoft raked in $1.56 billion from digital, or about 68.8% of its total yearly earnings, and $721 million from microtransactions.


Infusing live services into all of its biggest games (even singleplayer titles like Assassin's Creed are now hybridized into live games) was just the beginning. Now with uPlay+, we're seeing the real fruits of Ubisoft's plans.

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