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You Can Now Use PayPal On The Nintendo Eshop

Owners of the Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and Wii U can now pay for their digital purchases on those consoles with PayPal as an option.

PayPal and Nintendo announced the additional option rolling out to various regions today, though not all PayPal accounts will work with all regions, despite the eShop being region free.

To use PayPal, users link their account when purchasing something on the eShop. The change has been a long time coming for Nintendo console owners and suggests Nintendo is at least looking to modernize payment options of their digital stores.

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:52 am

Release Date & Trailer For The Crew 2

Ubisoft has given us a more firm date for The Crew 2. The multi-vehicle racer featuring planes, cars, and boats, comes out on March 16 (PS4/Pro, Xbox One/One X, and PC)

Furthermore, three new racing disciplines have been added: Drift racing, Alpha Grand Prix (single-seater racing), and motocross.

When the game comes out in March you can pick up two versions apart from the standard form:

The Crew 2 Deluxe Edition ($69.99) features (text from Ubisoft):

The Gold Edition includes ($99.99 for the digital edition/$109.99 for physical version):

Also, if you pre-order the game gets you the Legendary Motors Pack, and if you pre-order the Gold Edition you'll get to play the game three days early.

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Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:26 am

Harley Quinn Debuts In Second Episode Of Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within

Telltale today announced that the second episode of its sophomore season of Batman introduces the ever-popular character Harley Quinn. In addition, Telltale gave a late September release date for the episode.

The character comes just as the storyline surrounding Joker, aka "John Doe," is kicking into gear. Telltale says it worked hard to craft an interpretation of the character that introduces new elements while keeping the core, essential parts of her intact. Telltale also teases "intriguing" power dynamics between Harley and Joker.

Batman: The Enemy Within – The Pact launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android on September 26. You can see additional images from the upcoming episode below.

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:19 am

SNES Classic Shows Off Rewind Feature

Nintendo's SNES Classic is going back in time, and we're not just talking about the unit's games. A rewind feature lets you replay tricky sections.

As you can see in the video below, all it takes is a button press to rewind a section of the game, and Nintendo says the amount of time you travel back depends on the title itself. Some can go back minutes while others 40 seconds, depending on what suits the game.

For much more on the SNES Classic, check out our hands-on impressions of the console as well as Star Fox 2.

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Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:46 am

Arms Gets A New Character

At Gamescom today Nintendo announced that Arms is getting a new character – Lola Pop.

She's a clown who can inflate her body like a balloon for defensive options, and you can see her in action in the new trailer below.

Lola Pop is part of the game's next free update, version 3, which Nintendo says is coming "soon."

In the meantime, you can try out the game this weekend, from Friday, August 25 (8 AM PT) through Sunday, August 27 (2 PM PT), by downloading the free Arms Global Testpunch from the Nintendo eShop.

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[Source: Nintendo]

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:25 am

Rogue Trooper Redux Trailer Gives You Seven Reasons To Visit Nu-Earth

Rebellion's Rogue Trooper Redux is set to update the 2006 third-person shooter in multiple ways. The independent developer wants you to know several reasons you should consider visiting (or revisiting) the science-fiction setting of Nu-Earth.

In the trailer below, Rebellion gives you seven reasons why Rogue Trooper Redux is the best way to experience the shooter.

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Rogue Trooper Redux releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 17, and Switch shortly thereafter, and costs $24.99.

 

Our Take
While the game has obviously aged in the 11 years since it originally launched, the case is made that this is the best way to play the title if you've never experienced Rogue Trooper.

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:00 am

Splatoon 2 To Receive New Salmon Run Stage Today, Nintendo Reveals New Bubbly Weapon

Nintendo revealed a plethora of new updates coming to Splatoon 2 with a Gamescom trailer. The biggest bit of news is that a new stage will be added to the game's Salmon Run mode called The Lost Outpost and that map will go live today.

A new map called Manta Maria will also be added to the game on August 26 while a new weapon set featuring The Bubble Blower will be available on September 1.

You can watch the trailer for all the new upcoming content here:

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For more on Splatoon 2, be sure to check out our review.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 8:23 pm

Inkopolis In Splatoon 2 Is Drowning Out Hate With Trans-Positivity

In Splatoon 2, if you have a finger, you have a megaphone.

In the central hub area of the game, players are sprinkled in from all regions to show off their fresh styles and equipment. Players can also choose to add a small little picture, aided by the Switch touchscreen, about whatever is on their mind, as long as it's not lewd or harassing. Most people use this space for memes, funny jokes, cute pictures of dogs, whatever. It is, theoretically, what the internet would be like if everyone were nice.

Recently, Splatoon's Inkopolis has become about the topic of trans men and women. It started off small, with a few messages of trans positivity, celebrating that people are people and a game like Splatoon can reinforce that. Predictably, this also lead to people stating the opposite, often in harassing and aggressive ways complaining that mentioning trans pride is inappropriate, sometimes with slurs slipping through. While a lot of the counter-messages were quickly deleted, many still filtered in, leading to an actual turf war within the streets of Inkopolis.

"I think I'm done with this community," said one Splatoon 2 player. "I enjoyed Splatoon 2, but there are too many people who think I'm not a person that my enthusiasm has kind of fallen out."

It is decidedly difficult to change the culture of a game, but despite the hate, Splatoon 2 players have been trying to drown it out with positivity.

I CAN'T DRAW
Trans squids
are squids too
STOP SPREADING HATE

People aren't politics!
Nor are LBGT people "inappropriate!"
Let squids be proud!

Help make Splatoon a safe
space for LBGTQ players!
Report all anti-LBGTQ posts
as Harmful/Bullying!
Thanks!

PUBLIC SQUID ANNOUNCEMENT
YOU CAN JUST BE A GIRL
OR BOY
OR NEITHER
OR ANYTHING

After checking Inkopolis off and on for a few hours, it seems like the positive messages are far more prevalent than any other kind. Splatoon is no stranger to trends, as the game is designed to get people talking about events, preferences, and make dumb jokes about sequels to PlayStation 4 launch games before moving on to new jokes, like any kind of social media. This may be the first time Splatoon's community is using that ability to reinforce a message of positivity to steer messaging away from hate.

 

Our Take
It won't last forever, but in this one moment, Splatoon's community is using the game's tools to have their own pride parade and state that they won't be driven off by an increasingly irrelevant voice.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 2:04 pm

Overwatch Team Internally Testing Big Changes To D.Va

Today on the Overwatch forums on Battle.net, Blizzard principal designer Geoff Goodman discussed some of the changes that Blizzard has been tinkering with for its popular tank character, D.Va. Goodman appeared in a thread titled "D.Va Rework ideas thread" where several community members were discussing how they'd propose Blizzard shuffle things up with the mech-based character.

Goodman began by saying that the team has been working on changes internally for a while now, before outlining what some of the proposed alterations are. You can see the changes in his words below:

Goodman continued, saying that D.Va's damage-dealing capability comes at the cost of her Defense Matrix, which blocks all incoming projectiles and bullets. However, Goodman indicates that the Defense Matrix ability is still incredibly powerful, but that players need to be more judicious with its use, as the up-time of the ability is so significantly decreased. He also explains that the Micro Missiles combined with her ability to fire while boosting gives her more options against more heroes. Goodman specifically names Pharah as a hero that this new ability suite is effective against.

These are just proposed changes, and that when these changes make it to players, they could be different. No ETA was given on when any such changes could be implemented, but Goodman says he hopes that Blizzard can get a new PTR up soon for PC players to check out these changes for themselves.

[Source: Geoff Goodman on Battle.net]

 

Our Take
As a big D.Va player, I think I'm on-board with these changes. On the one hand, the nerfing of her Defense Matrix means it's less spam-able, which I think is a good thing, while the ability to fire when boosting, and new missiles could make her an even more aggressive character to play. Regardless of my thoughts on the proposed changes, I'm still blown away by how open Blizzard is about any changes made to the game. It shows how in-tune with the community the developer is.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 9:48 am

Age Of Empires IV Announced, Relic Entertainment Developing

Age of Empires, the historical real-time strategy series, has announced a fourth entry in the long-running series. Relic Entertainment, the developer behind several Warhammer 40,000 games, as well as Company of Heroes, is the developer at the helm for the upcoming title.

While no further details were announced, Microsoft did debut a trailer. You can watch that video below.

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Microsoft also announced that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is releasing on October 19, and that Age of Empires II and III will also receive the Definitive Edition treatment in the future.

[Source: Age of Empires]

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 8:37 am

One Defendant In Slenderman-Inspired Stabbing Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge

One of the two teenage girls charged with the 2014 stabbing of a classmate in Wisconsin has pleaded guilty. The girls charged with the attempted murder say they were told to go through with the stabbing of classmate Payton Leutner by Slenderman, a fictional horror character that has been depicted in everything from internet art to video games. The attempted murder was the subject of a 2017 documentary on HBO titled Beware the Slenderman.

Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon. This is a lesser charge when compared to the initial charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. However, the case doesn't end with this plea. Next month, when the trial begins, the discussion will be centered on whether or not Weier is legally responsible for her actions, or if she is mentally unfit. If she is found guilty, she could serve up to 10 years in prison. If she is found not guilty due to mental illness, she could instead be sentenced to three years in a mental hospital.

In her statement, Weier said that she felt that if she didn't go through with the killing of Leutner, that Slenderman would kill her and her family. Weier and co-defendant Morgan Geyser were 12 years old when the attack took place. Geyser has previously pleaded not guilty due to mental disease – a plea Weier also initially entered prior to this new plea.

Weier's trial is set to begin on September 11.

[Source: Associated Press]

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 8:05 am

HTC Vive Price Drops By $200

Just over a month ago, Oculus announced a temporary $200 price cut for its Rift VR headset and an accompanying bundle of accessories. Today, HTC responded by slashing the price on its Vive headset by $200.

The price for the Vive is now set at $599, which includes the VR headset, the two motion-controlled wands, the motion trackers, and a trial subscription to Viveport, a service that curates VR titles and allows you to select and download five VR titles per month.

This news comes as major titles like Fallout 4 VR and Doom VR gear up to release on the platform. For more on HTC Vive, check out our review.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

 

Our Take
One of the biggest barriers of entry for virtual reality since this current wave of technology launched has been the price. The cost of entry, when you combine the hardware with a machine powerful enough to support the headsets and associated software, is still steep, but a couple hundred dollars knocked off certainly helps ease that pain.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 6:51 am

See Rise Of The Tomb Raider's Xbox One X Enhancements Here

Former Xbox One timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider was revealed yesterday to be one of the games that will get an enhancement patch for the Xbox One X. Now, Square-Enix and Microsoft have dropped a trailer detailing those enhancements.

The game will now run in 4K, include HDR for better colors, higher texture resolution, and more.

Check out the trailer below to see what's changing in Lara's 2015 free roaming adventure.

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Posted on 22 August 2017 | 6:11 am

The Punisher Shoots And Smashes In New Trailer For Netflix Series

Netflix's The Defenders team up series may have just debuted this past Friday, but that isn't stopping the streaming service from hyping its next Marvel season. After making his first appearance in Daredevil season 2, The Punisher is branching off to his own series later this year.

The "Demolition" trailer that Netflix released doesn't give us a ton of hints about where this first season might be heading, but it shows Frank Castle doing what he does best: fighting, shooting, and brooding. You can check out the teaser trailer below.

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The Punisher's first season is set to launch on Netflix sometime before the end of 2017.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 5:42 am

Battlefield 1 Getting 5v5 Competitive Mode Called Incursions

Electronic Arts spent a good deal of time talking about the success and future of Battlefield 1. Along with a live playthrough of the new Lupkow Pass map from the forthcoming In the Name of the Tsar expansion pack, EA revealed the game's first competitive mode called Incursion. 

Battlefield 1 is known for its epic 64-player matches, but Incursion scales down to just 5v5. Vehicles are still a part of the mix, as are classes, but the battles are shorter and more intimate. Electronic Arts said it has been testing this mode for a while, and players will be able to get their hands on it in a closed alpha in September.

Players in the alpha can choose from eight different kits: Trench Surgeon, Control Leader, AT Assault, Battle Mechanic, Shock Assault, Proximity Recon, Raid Leader, and Motor Support. Ranking up brings rewards like improved weapons and abilities. The alpha will take place on a modified version of the Giant Shadow map.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 5:42 am

Fe Is Coming To Nintendo Switch And Other Platforms Early 2018

Fe, originally shown at E3 2015, re-emerged on EA's stage at Gamescom with a new trailer and a new platform: Nintendo Switch.

The new trailer offers some more information about the game's plot and gameplay and licenses a familiar Of Monster and Men song. The game's protagonist can communicate with other creatures in its world to work with them and rid darkness from its home.

The game is coming to to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC early 2018.

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Posted on 22 August 2017 | 5:14 am

First Details For Star Wars Battlefront II's Space Combat

Electronic Arts' Gamescom press briefing kicked off today with a lengthy look at Star Wars Battlefront II's new Starfighter Assault mode. As the name implies, this mode is dedicated to space combat, but unlike the first Battlefront game, the scope isn't limited to X-Wings dog fighting against TIE Fighters.

Starfighter Assault's matches unfold in three parts, beginning with the Rebel Alliance needing to take down two Imperial Cruisers that are protecting a space station. Specific parts of the Cruisers need to be destroyed to knock them out of battle. Players on the Imperial side must protect them as best they can.

If the Rebels succeed, they must tunnel into the base to take out its shield protectors. Y-Wings and A-Wings race into innards of the space station, which offers little room for maneuvering. When the shield protectors are destroyed, the Rebels move on to the final phase of the fight – disabling the power couplings to reveal the space station's core.

In this particular demo, the Rebels succeed, largely thanks to the hero ships that enter the battle. We saw Poe Dameron's Black One X-Wing Fighter provide plenty of cover fighter against TIE Fighters and TIE Bombers, and the Millennium Falcon draw the fire of Darth Maul's Scimitar (which can cloak) and Boba Fett's Slave One.

When the core is exposed, one shot ends the fight; a moment captured with explosions and Star Destroyers scrambling helplessly in space.

Like all things we are seeing from Star Wars Battlefront II, space combat looks to be far deeper and more hectic than expected. We'll hopefully get our hands on it in the days ahead at Gamescom.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 5:13 am

New Overwatch Map Junkertown Announced

At Gamescom 2017, Blizzard showcased a new escort map - Junkertown! Former home to the colorful duo of Roadhog and Junkrat, the escort map is the picture of a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque paradise for players to brawl in. Will you be able to move the payload of bombs and cash through the city?

Check out more in Blizzard's new trailer for the map reveal and the map preview, both featured below!

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Posted on 22 August 2017 | 4:57 am

New Need For Speed Payback Trailer Unveils The BMW M5

On the stage of EA's Gamescom 2017 press conference, the company unveiled a new BMW, the M5, and revealed it will be playable in the game.

You can check out the trailer below which highlights the car, the return of cops, and new enemy vehicle capable of crushing everything in its path.

Need for Speed Payback releases November 10.

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Posted on 22 August 2017 | 4:57 am

Watch Yoda Pilot A Starfighter In New Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer

We finally get confirmation that Star Wars: Battlefront II's ship-to-ship combat is making an expanded appearance in this fall's sequel.

Ahead of Gamescom, EA has released a new trailer of the Starfighter Assault mode, which lets players take the helm of various Star Wars ships and let loose the dogs of war across environments from all three cinematic eras. Whether you want to pilot an A-Wing, TIE Interceptor, or a traditional X-Wing, Starfighter Assault mode has you covered.

Check out the footage below and let us know what ship battles from the series you're most hoping for.

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Posted on 22 August 2017 | 4:36 am

Horizon Zero Dawn Introducing Easier Difficulty For Story-Focused Players

Guerilla Games has announced that as a part of its 1.32 update for Horizon Zero Dawn, it is introducing an easier difficulty for players who want to just experience the story. The mode comes on the heels of the 1.30 update, which added the "Ultra Hard" setting.

The new difficulty setting, appropriately called "Story," is meant to let players experience Aloy's tale and explore the open world without fear of difficult battles. Selecting "Story" difficulty buffs the player damage while reducing the damage Aloy takes, making encounters much easier.

For our review of Horizon Zero Dawn, head here. If you're looking for more Horizon Zero Dawn story content that goes beyond new difficulty settings, you'll have to wait until November 7 when The Frozen Wilds expansion launches.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
Horizon Zero Dawn is an awesome game that features a compelling science-fiction story and a fun open world to explore. While some hardcore fans will inevitably bemoan this addition, it's a 100-percent optional mode that will do nothing besides allow more players to enjoy those aforementioned elements.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 4:22 am

PSA: EA's Gamescom Presentation Begins Soon

This week is Gamescom, meaning industry professionals from all over the world are in Cologne, Germany to cover the latest news from the biggest developers and publishers. Electronic Arts is set to host its Gamescom media briefing at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/9:30 a.m. Pacific.

While we don't know exactly what EA is showing off on-stage, its Gamescom schedule leans heavily on content from Star Wars: Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Battlefield 1: In the name of the Tsar, and Need for Speed Payback, so it's likely those games will see significant stage time. We're unsure of what other announcements or surprises will be brought on stage, but we don't have long to wait.

To tune into the livestream, head to EA's Twitch page. If you can't watch, you can be sure to catch all the biggest news here on GameInformer.com.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 4:04 am

BioShock Gets 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of a game that some consider one of the greatest of all time, 2K has announced a special U.S.-only BioShock 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition for PS4 and Xbox One. 

The limited edition package features BioShock: The Collection as well as a nice-looking Big Daddy/Little Sister statue for $199.99. The Collector's Edition is exclusive to GameStop and the 2K store [Full Disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop], and pre-orders have begun. It releases on November 14.

For more info on BioShock: The Collection – which 2K has put on sale – check out our impressions.

[Source: 2K Games]

 

 

Our Take
This edition celebrates the anniversary, but I'm not sure $200 is worth it. If you're fan-enough to get the statue, you probably already bought the collection, so that seems a bit spendy just for a statue.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 2:59 am

Fear Effect Reinvented For 2018

Square Enix and French developer Sushee are bringing back the Fear Effect franchise via a remake of the original title called Fear Effect Reinvented. The game is scheduled to come out in 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

More than just a re-release of the game with HD graphics, as the name suggests, Reinvented aims to create a Fear Effect experience that is up-to-date with modern titles. "We won't be making a simple remake," creative director Thibaut Romaggi told gamesindustry.biz. "We want to stay as close as possible to the original, but important aspects of the game will evolve." For instance, better controls is one of the aspects that the developer says it'll include.

Sushee's first experience with the property was via the more strategy-based Fear Effect Sedna brought to life through Kickstarter and the Square Enix Collective indie program.

For more on Fear Effect Reinvented, check out the full gamesindustry.biz story.

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[Source: gamesindustry.biz]

 

 

Our Take
I can understand Square Enix being cautious, but given that the company already seems to know that Fear Effect is a viable franchise, I would have rather they commissioned a full-on new title from Sushee.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 2:32 am

Final Fantasy XV Coming To PC

Today Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC in "early 2018."

The Windows Edition of the game features a collaboration with Nvidia to give the game real-time graphics effects like self-shadowing, as well as capture and share tools via in-game photography tools. it also comes with with all the post-release content from the console edition.

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You can read our review of Final Fantasy XV here.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 1:42 am