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Reader Discussion – What Game Has The Best Ending Ever?

As a writer, I know endings are difficult to put together. As a gamer, I don't always feel satisfied with how games wrap up their plots, and when I come across an especially satisfying conclusion, it sticks with me. The Last of Us was one of those games: It tied together its narrative threads neatly, and was filled with fitting dramatic emotion. 

Some video games excel not just at storytelling, but in particular excel at creating endings that are near perfect. It's a rare occurrence, but when it happens, it's incredibly memorable. What game do you think has a great ending? Or in contrast, which game do you think has the worst?

Let us know in the comments!

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 10:30 am

Did You Know Gaming Takes A Look At The History And Design Of The Game Boy Advance

YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming, best known for its insightful videos about gaming trivia, recently released a new video that looks specifically at the Game Boy Advance's design and creation. Some interesting tidbits include how it was originally supposed to have cellphone connectivity and how Nintendo strived for backwards compatibility despite hurdles.

Announced in 1999 and originally codenamed Project Atlantis, the Game Boy Advance launched in 2001. Originally, Nintendo ambitiously wanted it to be like a handheld Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and early dev kits show a SNES controller attached to circuit boards. The team also experimented with cellphone connectivity, which they hoped would allow users to play multiplayer games, enter chatrooms, and read emails on the system.

These ideas didn't come to fruition, but other innovations did. The team faced issues when wanting to incorporate backwards compatibility to the system, and research and engineering general manager Satoru Okada finally found a solution.

The video also looks at some peculiar but fascinating add-ons that were sold separately. For example, the GlucoBoy accessory could be used with the Game Boy Advance, which gave incentive to young gamers battling diabetes to check their glucose levels. Each time they took a measurement, the GlucoBoy would reward them with points that could be used to buy in-game content or unlock other games on the Game Boy Advance.

Another concept was a DVD player that can play Game Boy Advance games. Because it was a specialty item, it was only sold at car dealerships. Watch the video below to learn more.  

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering TingleSuper Smash Bros.Deus ExShadow of the ColossusElder Scrolls IV: OblivionSuper Mario GalaxyDark SoulsMetal Gear Solid 3Super Mario RPGMetal Gear Solid 2Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainWarioConker's Bad Fur DayBatman: Arkham Asylum, the history of the Wii UNESPlayStation 2Nintendo 64, the 3DSDS, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 9:00 am

Westworld's Season Two Gets Its First Trailer At Comic-Con

Westworld, a drama about a Wild West theme park filled with A.I. where guests fulfill their dreams, was a big hit when it debuted late last year on HBO. At Comic-Con, we got a glimpse of what to expect for the next season with a new trailer.

The teaser shows that an android uprising is far from over, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) riding a horse while shooting a shotgun ferociously. Robots are continuing to seek truth and take matters into their own hands. Polygon reports that the cast and crew are only "a single week into shooting on the new season."

View the trailer below.

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For more on Westworld, read about how the show was inspired by video games such as BioShock and Red Dead Redemption. We also discussed why a Westworld game should happen.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 7:30 am

Star Trek: Discovery's Gripping New Trailer Shows Crew At War With Klingons

CBS' Star Trek: Discovery is nearly here, and the newest trailer shown off at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is one of the best trailers to hit yet for the upcoming TV series. It gives us a better look at the new and diverse crew, where Starfleet Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in the midst of a conflict with the Klingon Empire.

The show also stars Chris Obi who plays Klingon captain T'Kuvma, as well as Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, and Doug Jones. You can watch the trailer for yourself below.

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Star Trek: Discovery has seen its share of troubles with production, with the loss of showrunner Bryan Fuller and several delays, though this trailer shows promise. The show premieres this fall on September 24 first on CBS All Access. The show will also be streamed on Netflix with each episode appearing 24 hours after their debut on CBS.

For more on Star Trek, read our review of Ubisoft's VR title Star Trek: Bridge Crew by heading here.

Posted on 24 July 2017 | 4:22 am

Release Date, First Trailer For Ready Player One Film Revealed

This year's San Diego Comic-Con has given us our first look at Ready Player One, the upcoming film based on Ernest Cline's book of the same name.

The trailer covers most of the beats we're familiar with: a secret-filled world of virtual reality, Tron-like motorcycles, Back To The Future's DeLorean, Or Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Kreuger, and more 80s nerdy references.

The film will hit theaters on March 30, 2018. You can watch the full trailer below.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 1:15 pm

Stranger Things 2 Trailer Teases More Monsters, Mysteries, And 80s

Since Netflix announced a second season of Stranger things last year, fans have been waiting for any other kind of tease for new episodes. This weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, we finally got our first look.

The trailer below doubles down on the vibe of the original: Mostly replicating the look and feel of classic 80s films, and throwing in some surreal and horror elements into the mix. The trailer hints at a few plot elements of the upcoming season, but doesn't spoil too much. 

As previously announced, the season will also be hitting a few days early, on October 27 rather than Halloween.

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Posted on 23 July 2017 | 12:15 pm

Pokémon Go Currently Unplayable For Many At Fest

Update 2: Niantic has increased the range of Pokémon Go Fest to a two-mile radius around the festival grounds. Players are now able to connect to the game to catch Unown, and collect rare eggs from Pokéstops. Rather than having people come together to celebrate the game, the messaging is now to disperse. Players who registered their accounts for Pokémon Go Fest (which requires a code) now have until Monday to reap the fruits from the event.

Update: Players have begun expressing their frustration with the game at the fest itself, as you can see below. Niantic's John Hanke took to the stage to boos as he greeted players and outlined the day's activities, as the game is still suffering major issues.

Original Story: Pokémon Go Fest kicked off at 10 a.m. CT in Chicago's Grant Park. An estimated 20,000 Pokémon Go players are expected for a day of festivities, egg hatching, and the chance of unearthing the game's first Legendary Pokémon. The Fest is running into one huge problem at the moment, and it isn't the good chance of rain. Pokémon Go is currently unplayable for most players.

I arrived at Grant Park at 9 a.m., and was able to spin just one Pokéstop. I talked to dozens of people either playing Pokémon Go, or attempting to, and they are all having issues. Grant Park's numerous Pokéstops are lit up like Christmas Trees, and Unown is spawning, but few people can catch anything before the app crashes. I haven't been able to keep it open for more than 15 seconds at a time, and other players (including my wife) are running into the exact same issue. AT&T users are apparently faring the worst, while Sprint has the best performance, which is still hardly playable. I even logged onto the press wi-fi at the event, and the app won't launch. It's getting crushed by players.

Perhaps Niantic is tinkering with the app in the area, leading to performance issues, but even the additional cell coverage from providers isn't enough for the influx of players. Let's hope Niantic gets their Psyducks in a row quickly, or this could get ugly. The fate of a Legendary Pokémon is at stake, after all.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 11:11 am

Capcom Reveals How To Unlock Shin Akuma In Ultra Street Fighter II

During their panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom revealed a secret character hidden within Ultra Street Fighter II: Shin Akuma.

In order to unlock the character, players must enter a series of inputs in the character select screen:

  1. Choose Ryu, highlight color 1, then press cancel.
  2. Choose Ken, highlight color 9, then press cancel.
  3. Choose Sagat, highlight color 8, then press cancel.
  4. Choose M. Bison, highlight color 7, then press cancel.
  5. Highlight the random select, then press L and R simultaneously.

Players will have to input the code every time they want to play as Shin Akuma (the character is not unlocked after the code is entered. This is a callback to the arcade days of Street Fighter II, when players had to input special codes in order to unlock Akuma, or the old version of characters Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

Shin Akuma, as the name implies, is souped-up version of Akuma with different color variations. He throws two air fireballs instead of one, and all of his special moves deal higher damage. The heavy version of his Shakunetsu Hadoken, for example, deals 75 damage (the same as his Raging Demon super move). He seems to have similar health to Akuma, making him fragile but still incredibly overpowered.

 

Our Take
This is a pretty neat Easter egg, but I would have preferred not to have to input the code every time I want to play as him. Oh well.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 11:09 am

Niantic Offering Pokémon Go Fest Attendees Refunds, $100 Of In-Game Coins

Update: Pokémon Go Fest attendees will also receive the first Legendary Pokémon, Lugia. The rare beast will be added to all accounts that were registered for today's festival.

After a rocky morning at this year's Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago (players were unable to connect to the game and catch new Pokémon at only location in the world they were currently available), Niantic has announced it is offering all attendees an apology, a refund, and $100 of in-game coins.

The event was meant to act as a celebration of Pokémon Go, allowing players to catch Unown (a Pokémon previously unavailable in-game), and later on, the first legendary Pokémon, which had been missing since the game's launch. Now, after a rough morning of disconnects, Niantic took to the event's stage to announce the news that the refunds and in-game currency would be available to all attendees as an apology to fans, and that they will continue to work on the issues. Fellow Game Informer editor Andrew Reiner was on-site to confirm the news.

 

Our Take
This is a bummer. What was supposed to be the start of better things to come for Pokémon Go now looks like a showcase of its worst problems. Hopefully the event recovers from this and attendees are able to have a good time, even if they do get refunds. If the event ends up being a total dud, anyone who paid for airfare and a hotel to attend the event are probably going to be pretty mad.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 11:08 am

Niantic Reveals The First Two Legendary Pokémon

You'll soon have the chance to battle Lugia and Articuno, the first two Legendary beasts that will appear in Pokémon Go. People across the globe will have to keep their eyes peeled for a special Raid battle against Lugia over the weekend. For those unfortunate people that attended today's disastrous Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago, IL, the Legendary Pokémon will automatically be added to their account, as a way of Niantic saying "sorry the game isn't at the Fest."

You won't see Articuno just yet. He's coming to the game soon, thanks to the efforts of team Mystic, which caught the most Pokémon during today's challenge sessions. Niantic did not give a timetable on Articuno's arrival.

The Legendary Pokémon weren't supposed to be unleashed upon the world unless they were defeated at Pokémon Go Fest, but since the game wasn't working for most people, Niantic scrapped those plans, but wisely decided to release all of the planned rewards.

 

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 11:04 am

Netflix's Iron Fist Series Returns For A Second Season

Marvel has announced a second season of its Iron Fist Netflix Series is on the way.

The show, the first season of which met with tepid-to-outright-negative reviews, will be "coming soon," according to Marvel's official Twitter account.

The battle isn't over. 👊 Season 2 of "Marvel's #IronFist" is coming soon. #MarvelSDCC pic.twitter.com/JQsBMmf3MS

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 22, 2017

Though it should be no surprise another season of the show is on the way (especially since the series ties into the upcoming Defenders show), the big question remains: Will the second season turn the ship around and improve the show's reputation?

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 10:13 am

Gundam Versus Open Beta Coming Later This Year

Bandai Namco has announced that an open beta for its latest Gundam game, Gundam Versus, will be available ahead of the game's launch.

The beta's date hasn't been announced, but considering the full game will release on September 29 of this year, it's likely the demo will hit in either early or mid-August. Either way, we shouldn't have to wait long to get some hands-on time with the first Westbound iteration of the cult favorite arcade series.

In the meantime, you can watch a full trailer for the game below.

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Our Take
It's good to see Bandai Namco is letting players try the game before release. Since this is the first time the Gundam Versus series will hit US shores officially, letting players get their hands on it for free and see if it's for them is a good move.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 9:15 am

Street Fighter V Gets A Trio Of Sporting Outfits

After revealing the latest character to join the Street Fighter V roster, Abigail, Capcom has revealed three new sports-themed costumes for Ibuki, Laura, and Rashid.

Rashid and Laura both sport soccer outfits, with knee-high socks and comfy shorts. Meanwhile, Ibuki seems to be a big fan of Volleyball, though . The costumes will be available next Tuesday, July 25, on Steam and The PlayStation Store for $4 each. You can find photos of the two other costumes below.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 5:05 am

What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Dota 2, And Call Of Duty

Evo may have come and gone, but there are several other events to get excited for this Summer. Before the International next month, we have Counter-Strike's PGL Major, The Overwatch World Cup, and Dreamhack Atlanta. Let's get to it!

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PGL Major in Kraków concludes this week. The event's final days are heating up, so make sure to catch one of the biggest tournaments of the year. (Stream / Schedule)

Dreamhack Atlanta will bring together major events for several games (listed below) in the city, so if you're looking for one event to keep an eye on this weekend, this is it. (StreamSchedule)

League of Legends' championship series cointinues unabated this weekend, so make sure to catch the group stages before the playoffs begin in earnest. (Stream and Schedule)

The Overwatch World Cup also continues this week, as teams representing Sweden, Italy, Japan, and more will face off in Sydney, Australia for a spot in the playoffs. (Stream / Schedule)

You can catch the last few matches of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare League, as teams like OpTic, EnVyUs and more face of for the last few spots in the world championships next month. (Stream / Schedule)

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed any events, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover, in the comments below.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 4:00 am

Unown Appearing At Pokémon Go Fest

Leading up to today’s Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park, Niantic teased the possibility of specific Pokémon species migrating to Grant Park for the first time. The image that accompanied the tease was of Heracross, a beast that was only available in Latin America, as well as parts of Florida and Texas.

Heracross is one of the common creatures found at Pokémon Go Fest, but isn’t the only new face in this area. We are also seeing mass migrations of Unown, the rarest Pokémon currently in the game.

These regional-based Pokémon will only be available in Grant Park for today, and will likely retreat to their rare status when the event ends. I'm currently in Grant Park for the Fest, but I have not seen Unown yet, mostly because Pokémon Go has been unplayable. The app won't stay open for more than 15 seconds before crashing. I have been able to spin just one stop, and haven't been able to catch anything. People in the fest are not happy at the moment. Here's hoping Niantic figures out a solution soon.

Posted on 23 July 2017 | 3:04 am

Weekend Warrior – The Game Informer Boy Band Has Its First Hit Single

If you've been following Weekend Warrior, then you know that a couple weeks ago we started a boy band, The Persona 5. After long nights of arguing and practicing, we've finally found our niche: parodies of The Weeknd.

Today's release of Splatoon 2 gave us the inspiration for our first fire single, Squidboy. Make sure to check us out on SoundCloud, like, share, and subscribe.

"Every day a salmon try to test me, ah
 Every day a salmon try to end me, ah
 Swim off in my squid form quickly, ah
 Backpack overweight with them power eggs, ah...

 I'm a motherf***in' Squidboy"

Joe Juba (@Joejuba) – I know everyone else played it months ago, but I finally started Horizon Zero Dawn, and I'm going to keep moving through that this weekend. It combines my favorite parts of many great games; it's got a little bit of Metal Gear Solid V, Mass Effect, and Assassin's Creed going on. My only complaint is that the tasks are starting to feel a bit repetitive, so it might just be time to mainline the story and be done with it. 

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I have made my way through Splatoon’s single-player, but unsurprisingly the pre-release game didn’t have a lot of people playing online, so I look forward to getting into some matches. Otherwise it’s one of those cool let’s get the house clean weekends. I look forward to folding lots of shirts and towels. If anyone is free to babysit, I would also like to see The Big Sick, so let me know if you’re free.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – Oh man, the weekend?! This weekend I’m going to relax on a lake… but the debate is whether or not to buy Splatoon 2 to play while out there. It’s a tough call, but I might just stick with my playthrough of Pokemon Black and White. Have a good weekend!

Jared Koncsol (@JaredKoncsol) – This weekend, I'll be headed out to Applebee's as a part of the intern super-secret project. On Sunday, I'm going to my first Twins game since I've been here. I also just played the MGSV prologue last night and so I need to find out why flaming Deadpool riding a Rapidash just chased me and John Marston through a forest.

Craig Taylor (@CraigTaylor0805) – Funny story, so I decided to try out Lego Pirates of the Caribbean because it's free right now on Xbox Live, and the very first achievement you unlock is 12 gamerscore. And the complementing achievement to get it back to even is for collecting 888,888,888 studs. Very cute. So I'll be playing Lego Pirates against my will so I can restore order. I'll also probably try the Destiny 2 beta

Doug DeLong (@DeLongDoug) – I'm gonna keep on truckin' through my Steam backlog and play Old Man's Journey and Hyper Light Drifter this weekend. I'll also try to squeeze in some time to play What Remains of Edith Finch. 

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 12:00 pm

New Injustice 2 DLC Trailer Shows Starfire In Action

Previously announced as a downloadable character for Injustice 2, today NetherRealm gave us new footage of the heroine Starfire joining the superhero fray. 

Starfire's costume is more in line with her Red Hood and the Outlaws era than her Teen Titans turn. Watcher her deadly energy beams and supernova super attacks right here:

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Starfire joins the roster of superheroes and villains this August. Owners of the $20 Fighters Pack I will likely get to take her on the battlefield first.

If you're a fighting game/comic book fan and haven't played Injustice 2 yet, you should. Our own Andrew Reiner gave the game an 9.0 out of 10, saying "Injustice 2 is a huge game, offering a lengthy story-based campaign, a great fighting experience, and a nearly endless supply of notable loot."

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 8:54 am

.hack//G.U. Last Recode Gets Physical Release On PlayStation 4

When we wrote up a list of PS2 RPG HD Collections we'd like to see back in 2014, we mentioned that we'd be excited if the .hack//G.U. trilogy got remastered. Now it's actually happening. Today Bandai Namco announced .hack//G.U. Last Recode is getting a physical release on PlayStation 4.

The .hack//G.U. Last Recode collection includes Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption. Each version comes with 1080p visuals, 16:9 widescreen format, and 60 frames per second. The trilogy also includes gameplay balance changes and additional features that will be announced at a later date. Look for the title later this year on PS4 and Steam.

 

Our Take:
It's shaping up to be a good year for PS2 RPG fans. Final Fantasy XII was also on that list, and it got a great remaster just a couple weeks ago. Coincidence? I think not!

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 8:15 am

Sine Mora EX Comes To PS4, Xbox One and PC This August, Switch Later

An enhanced version of the original Sine Mora, Sine Mora EX, is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC August 8, with a Switch version coming later this summer.

A Grasshopper Manufacture title from the 360/PS3 era, Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot'em up with an emphasis on time. It offers a fully-voiced single-player/cooperative story mode, and an arcade mode. Along with improved visuals, the EX version also includes three new versus modes: Race, Tanks, and Dodgeball.

For more on Sine Mora EX, check out the trailer below.

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Our Take
Along with the news earlier this week that Patapon is getting a current-gen re-release, I expect this trend of bringing back older PSN and Xbox Live titles is going to continue for the foreseeable future.

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 7:32 am

Day of Infamy Gets Free Dunkirk Content In Honor Of Christopher Nolan's Latest Film

Best known for its tactics focused shooter Insurgency, developer New World Interactive also created a WWII-based PC shooter called Day of Infamy. Today the studio announced a free Dunkirk DLC inspired by Christopher Nolan's latest film opening in American theaters today. 

The DLC pack includes a map of the Dunkirk evacuation as well as the Battle of Breville. “Our Dunkirk map offers a unique gameplay perspective by inverting the flow of battle so it ends on the beach instead of starting there,” creative director Andrew Spearin explained in a blog post.

For those unfamiliar with the battle, the Miracle at Dunkirk was the evacuation of Allied forces from mainland Europe after the Battle of France left many British, French, Belgian, and Canadian troops cut off from supply lines. With German bombers targeting the military watercrafts, many soldiers were escorted using fishing boats, yachts, and other civilian ships.

 

Our Take
Hitching their game to a major box office release from one of the world's preeminent directors is a smart move by New World Interactive. 

 

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 7:04 am

Techland Releases A Video Detailing Dying Light's Year Of Free DLC

Last month, Techland announced that it would be creating 10 pieces of free DLC for Dying Light over the next 12 months, and today the studio released a video that gives some more detail on the new offerings.

Over the course of the next year, you can expect "new, challenging enemies, more in-game events, new mysteries to solve, and much, much more." The new content will be available on all available platforms free of charge.

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The first content drop, DLC #0, is coming soon.

 

Our Take:
It's nice to see Techland continuing to support its game almost three years after release. We really enjoyed playing Dying Light and its DLC, so these new additions are certainly welcome.

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 6:35 am

Chapter Three Of The Half-Life Comic Series Is Now Available

In notable ironic fashion, chapter three of the Half-Life comic series, The Pit, has just released on Steam.

Beginning as an unlicensed fan project in 2014, the Half-Life comic series A Place in the West is the closest thing we've seen to a sequel after nearly a decade of waiting for another game. Last year, Valve granted the creators an official license, with chapter one releasing in September as a strictly fan-made project.

The comic series revolves around three characters and their exploits in the dangerous and mysterious city known as New Franklin. Chapter three introduces Kal's Pit, a bloody gladiatorial ring where the citizens of New Franklin use captured aliens for sport until an accident throws everyone into disarray.

Check out the trailer below.

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All three chapters of A Place in the West are currently available on Steam. Chapter one is being offered for free, while chapters two and three are available for $1.99 each.

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 5:08 am

Prise De Tahure Map, Premium Trials Now Live In Battlefield 1

Last night, DICE and EA turned the switch on the latest Battlefield 1 update, which delivers a new map and the introduction of the Premium Trials program. 

The centerpiece of the update is the Prise De Tahure map, a night skirmish set in a French countryside town that focuses on close-quarters combat. The map is now available to Premium subscribers as well as owners of the They Shall Not Pass map pack. 

The update also kicks off the Premium Trials program. From now until July 27, all Battlefield 1 owners can play all the Premium Pass maps for free. This new access comes with a price – you don't accrue XP and can't spawn in vehicles unless you're a Premium member.

The 4GB patch also has several fixes outlined below:

Maps and modes

Other fixes

Premium

Rent a Server Program

UI

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 4:35 am

Ghost Recon Wildlands' Free PvP Mode Coming This Fall

Ubisoft has outlined the first details about Ghost Recon Wildland's upcoming PvP update, which is coming later this summer as part of a free update. In a new video, lead game designer Lucian Istrate breaks down what players can expect to see from the new 4v4 deathmatch mode.

Players can choose from six different classes, each of which has its own loadout and way of engaging their opponents. You can snipe enemies from a distance, help your teammates by marking enemies with your drone, focus on direct attacks, and more. As you can see in the video below, players who are accustomed to hanging back in the shadows and hunting their opponents need to keep in mind that they're also being hunted.

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In other Wildland news, Title Update 6 is coming to the game today. As with most updates, it addresses bugs and other glitches. The big takeaway with this update, however, is the focus on revamping the game's helicopter controls. Choppers have different flight characteristics depending on their size, rocket choppers can lock onto targets, and the in-flight HUDs display more information. You can check out the complete patch notes here, and see how the helicopters handle – and explode – in the video below.

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Our Take
The goofy helicopter controls have been one of my only major complaints about Wildlands, and I'm excited to check out the new whirlybirds this weekend. That's what grizzled operator types call those things, right?

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 3:09 am

2K Sports Reveals NBA 2K18 Soundtrack

We're still waiting for hard details on the game, but in the news vacuum 2K Sports continues to drop ancillary tidbits about NBA 2K18. Today the publisher revealed the collection of songs featured in the game's soundtrack. 

Last year's list was curated by Grimes, Imagine Dragons, and Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib. This year's version has no celebrated creators to credit, and quite frankly is all over the place. It spans from modern giants like Kendrick Lamar and Anderson.Paak to 80s rockers Def Lepard and long forgotten '90s pop icons C+C Music Factory. Check out the full list here:

Feel So Good - Mase
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
Jungle    - X Ambassadors feat. Jamie N Commons
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
Shook Ones Pt. II - Mobb Deep
Sirius - The Alan Parsons Project
So Fresh, So Clean - OutKast
The Walker - Fitz & The Tantrums
The Zoo - Scorpions
They Reminisce Over You - Pete Rock & C.L.Smooth
Victory  - Puff Daddy feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
93' Til Infinity - Souls Of Mischief
All Of Me - Big Gigantic feat. Logic & ROZES
Am I Wrong - Anderson .Paak feat. ScHoolboy Q
Birdwatching - The Shelters
Can't Have - Pitbull feat. Steven A. Clark & Ape Drums
Comin Out Strong - Future feat. The Weeknd
Conrad Tokyo - A Tribe Called Quest
Deep End (Tarro Remix)  - THEY.
Do What I Want - Lil U** Vert
Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time - Panic! At The Disco
HTP - Vintage Lee
Humble - Kendrick Lamar
Know The Ledge - Eric B. & Rakim
Let It Fly - Johnny Stephene
Living Like Khaled - Cousin Stizz
Nas Is Like - Nas
No Lie - Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa
Portland - Drake ft. Quavo & Travis Scott
Shock Horror - Shy Luv
Slam - Onyx
Stand Back - PnB Rock / A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Victory - Joey Bad
Wasatch Front - Dame D.O.L.L.A.\
Wrote My Way Out - Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
Hush - Linda Lind
Aurora - RL Grime            
1984 - Salmo
4 Vérités - Take A Mic
Chantaje - Shakira feat. Maluma
CULT - Emiskilla
Feel It - GTA & What So Not feat. Tunji Ige
Fever - Roosevelt
Human (Rudimental Remix)Rag' n' Bone Man feat.Rudimental
Tokyo Drift - Woodie Smalls
U Don't - Double K 

To get yourself into the mood to play some hoops, you can listen to the soundtrack on Spotify right now. 

Posted on 22 July 2017 | 2:16 am