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  1. Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle for Atlas launched this week, marking a surprising return to the toys-to-life genre that burned out last year. But unlike games like Skylanders or Disney Infinity, you don’t actually need Starlink’s physical toys to play it -- in fact, it’s way better (and cheaper) to skip them entirely. That’s right, not only can you play the game without having a ship strapped to your controller, the digital versions of Starlink come with more ships, pilots, and guns than the physical versions do at a lower overall price. You can watch our review of Starlink below, and see a breakdown of its different options after that. Continue reading… View the full article
  2. Starlink: Battle for Atlas feels like it’s trying to crash a party that’s already packed up and moved on. Toys-to-life games like Disney Infinity, Skylanders, and LEGO Dimensions all dominated the toy sections three years ago, but that time has come and gone. That’s not to say that Starlink: Battle for Atlas isn’t good, because it’s a surprisingly rich and ambitious exploration and combat-focused, story-driven experience. But the “toys” part comes off as a little unnecessary, especially when Starlink rewards digital players more than physical ones. Starlink: is a story of space exploration with a ragtag crew of characters who all bring unique personalities and skills to the table. At the very least, Ubisoft has done a good job of establishing the admittedly generic “Starlink” brand into one I wouldn’t mind seeing more of in future games. Cutscenes are well produced and engaging, feeling a little like watching the latest Netflix Original Animated Series play out. Continue reading… View the full article
  3. Square Enix debuted nine new Kingdom Hearts 3 screenshots, and three character renders, highlighting the returning cast from Kingdom Hearts 2's Twilight Town. Previously glimpsed in trailers already, the screenshots, which you can check out in the gallery below, show off Hayden, Pence, and Olette and highlight areas like Ansem's lab, the Old Mansion, and more. Of course, these characters first debuted in Kingdom Hearts 2, during that sequel's introductory sequence featuring Sora's Nobody, Roxas. While we really haven't seen much of Roxas himself in the glimpses of Kingdom Hearts 3 so far, he's clearly an integral part of the plot, given the frequent mentions of him in past trailers. Continue reading… View the full article
  4. You can breathe underwater by finding this Legendary Weapon in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. View the full article
  5. Hello Call of Duty fans! This year we're trying something new: because Black Ops 4's modes are so different, we're reviewing them separately, followed by our overall review and score. This part covers Multiplayer – be sure to check out the others next. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Review Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Review Continue reading… View the full article
  6. Ladies and Gentlemen, this week's episode is a blast from the past. Craig Harris, former NVC host and IGN editor returns to talk about his review of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. We're also giving you a quick update on some light Nintendo news and then we're taking a look at Craig's list of the best Gameboy Advance games. Trust me, we argue about it A LOT. Take a look at our list here: Remember, you can watch NVC here on IGN on Thursdays at 3pm PT. Catch the video and audio 24 hours later on our YouTube channel (subscribe and hit that bell! It gives fairies wings!) or listen to it on your commute in audio format. If you enjoy the show, share it with other Nintendo fans, leave us a comment, and give us a thumbs up or leave us a review! If you prefer audio over video, please subscribe to NVC on iTunes or your podcast service of choice. Continue reading… View the full article
  7. Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive filed a court case that resulted in a police search of two Australian residences connected to individuals allegedly responsible for creating and selling a popular cheat for Grand Theft Auto 5. Originally reported by Torrent Freak (via Kotaku Australia), the Federal Court of Australia issued a search warrant (which can be found here) for two Melbourne residences in September linked with the creation and distribution of the “Infamous” set of cheats for GTA 5. Those involved have been restrained from “developing, distributing or selling" these cheats, and can suffer prison time if they don’t comply. Continue reading… View the full article
  8. The monumental highs of victory and crushing lows of narrowly losing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout are experiences I've had in other battle royale games before, but the road to these memorable moments highlight a significant leap in gameplay fidelity and polish for the genre. Call of Duty’s responsive and forgiving gunplay, nimble movement, and creative but practical equipment fit beautifully into the trendy last man standing format. It’s not just a one-way street though, as the dynamic battle royale setting provides some much-needed variance and consequence to Call of Duty’s at times superficial combat loop. I did experience and see others have some technical issues that warrant concern, but when it’s running smoothly, Blackout is nothing short of the most enjoyable battle royale I’ve played to date. Continue reading… View the full article
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reportedly had more active players in its first three days than Call of Duty: WW2 or Black Ops 3, with sales reportedly surpassing $500 million worldwide. According to a press release from Activision, the combined number of Black Ops 4 players across its three modes (competitive multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout) has surpassed that of Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s single player, multiplayer and Zombies modes. Black Ops 4 has also reportedly set franchise records for most combined players, average hours played and total number of hours played on the current generation of consoles in its first three days. It also received a series record high of Twitch viewers for a Call of Duty opening weekend. Continue reading… View the full article
  10. A number of independently owned video game stores aren’t expecting to receive copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 until November. As reported by Kotaku, various independent game retailers, as well as the gaming rental service GameFly, don’t believe they will get copies of the game on its release date of October 26 like major retailers including GameStop, Best Buy and more are expected to receive. Instead, many are expecting copies to arrive a week or so later. These retailers aren’t entirely sure why this is happening, though issues of supply constraints, as well as a fears of mom-and-pop stores potentially breaking the game’s street date, were both touched on by shop owners. Some stores have noted that there’s a possibility that they could receive Xbox One copies of the game on time, though the probability that many independent retailers won’t get any copies of the game within its first week of release is reportedly high. Continue reading… View the full article
  11. Things I Learned From Mario’s Butt: A Series of Gaming Butt Critiques is an upcoming 160-page illustrated coffee table book that’s currently being funded on Unbound. The bulbous book is written by Kotaku’s Laura Kate Dale and includes full-color illustrations from Zack Flavin. The hardbound homage to digital derrieres is set to include insights into the rear ends of Luigi, Solid Snake, Cortana, Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask, Miranda from Mass Effect and much, much more. It is planned to include 55 original illustrations alongside 40,000 words about gaming’s most prominent posteriors. Credit: Laura Kate Dale, Zack Flavin Continue reading… View the full article
  12. If you’re one of the many jumping into Dark Souls for the first time on the Nintendo Switch, you’re in for a treat! As we covered in our Dark Souls Remastered on Switch review, the remastered version is the ideal way to play. But as you know, this series has earned a reputation for being hard for a reason. This is where we come in! Here are some of the best tips to help new Dark Souls players ease into the dangerous and exciting world of Lordran. Don’t Worry About Classes Continue reading… View the full article
  13. Four Xbox 360 era Valve games are now enhanced on Xbox One X. Microsoft announced Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2 have all received Xbox One X enhancements, including higher resolution. Technically, it's more than four games, since The Orange Box includes Half-Life 2, both expansion episodes for HL2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Portal: Still Alive released after The Orange Box and contained additional content. The new additions bring the total number of Xbox 360 games upscaled fro Xbox One X to 21. So far, the collection includes many of the 360's standout games such as Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Portal 2, and Halo 3. Each enhanced 360 game in the program boasts a better resolution and nine times the pixels. Continue reading… View the full article
  14. In a series of tweets this morning, DICE detailed Battlefield 5's campaign, dubbed War Stories, which drops players into France, England, and Norway to fight for the Allied Forces during World War II. In the War Story "Tirailleur," players will take on the role of a French colonial soldier from Africa to fight for the liberation of France, a country he's never seen and which doesn't accept him. "This is the untold story of forgotten soldiers fighting on a forgotten front," tweeted DICE. "Under No Flag" gives a criminal a second chance to redeem himself after getting out of a London jail. Players will fight alongside a Special Boat Section unit and do "whatever it takes to get the job done." Continue reading… View the full article
  15. The popular Max Payne action games have almost always been revered for their blend of hardboiled crime drama and slow-motion, guns blazing shooting. When it came time for a fledgling Remedy Entertainment to pitch publisher and producer Scott Miller on their next game, a top-down version of Max Payne was only one of three possible ways the company might have gone. Miller and Remedy's other two options included a 3D racing game to follow up on their debut Death Rally, and a conceptual real-time strategy game set in space a la Homeworld. Having learned a lesson about character-driven franchises with Duke Nukem Forever, Scott Miller was excited to turn Max Payne into something that he thought could last for a decade. Miller joined this month's episode of IGN Unfiltered to talk about behind-the-scenes details of Max Payne and more, including the changes Remedy made that had fans scratching their heads, but have become normalized in the modern era. Continue reading… View the full article
  16. Dark Souls Remastered has, after a lengthy delay, finally arrived on Nintendo Switch. While this is really a technical and graphical polishing of the original – there’s no major new gameplay content – the Switch’s handheld mode adds an absorbing new dimension to what is, for me at least, a very familiar experience. But it also did something I wasn’t expecting: it made the return to Lordran feel oddly new. If you don’t know much about Dark Souls, here’s what IGN said when it first came to consoles... “...if you're interested in the limits of the video game form – to see just how focused, how pure and how uncompromising in its vision a game can be – Dark Souls is unmissable. If you take the time get into Dark Souls' mindset, to begin to understand the twisted way in which it operates and taste the rewards behind its cruellest challenges, this is one of the most thrilling, most fascinating and most completely absorbing experiences in gaming.” – Keza MacDonald Continue reading… View the full article
  17. Update 10/18/18: Added gallery with additional tweets from Rockstar employees. Please note that these tweets only come from those currently at the studio. Following controversy surrounding Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser's comments on 100-hour work weeks during the development of Red Dead Redemption 2, the studio has seemingly given its employees the opportunity to speak openly about working conditions. Experiences from several current Rockstar employees lined up with Houser's second statement, in which he claimed that only he and a select portion of the writing team "crunched" to this degree during certain points in the game's development. Continue reading… View the full article
  18. I’ll be honest: I didn’t care for Battlefield 1’s single-player vignettes – dubbed War Stories. Sure, they were fairly well-received in 2016, but I thought they were too short to convey any sort of real emotion or have any meaningful impact on the player, and instead they fell into stereotypical buckets like “tank level,” “airplane level,” etc. Hats off to Battlefield 5, then, because after playing one full War Story and pieces of a few others (on the PC version), it’s clear that developer DICE also thought that the ceiling on its solo Battlefield campaign was much higher. The tutorial, which I’ve been asked not to spoil, does a good job of setting expectations for what Battlefield V’s solo mode will deliver. It moves briskly and confidently without overstaying its welcome, but what I really want to talk about anyway is the first full mission, Nordlys. Set in the harsh Norweigan winter of 1943 during World War II, it follows the story of two women from the Resistance who uncover a nightmarish plot by the Nazis to fuel an atomic weapons program. The early parts of the mission both support and encourage stealth gameplay, including the stash of a half-dozen knives you carry that can be used to silently take out potentially noisy – and definitely lethal – Axis scumbags. Continue reading… View the full article
  19. Check our locations list and maps for all of the Week 4 Challenges of Season 6, including those for the ringing doorbell and shooting gallery challenges. View the full article
  20. Beautiful, brutal and frequently bizarre, The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer that has cult hero game director Hidetaka Suehiro’s (aka Swery’s) fingerprints smudged all over it. Yet amidst the schizophrenic tonal shifts and fantastical, deathtrap-strewn settings, The Missing manages to tell a surprisingly human story that builds to an emotionally powerful payoff at its conclusion. Its execution may be a little rough around the edges compared to genre champions Limbo and Inside, but it brings plenty of its own unique personality that allows it to shine despite the slight lack of polish. Continue reading… View the full article
  21. BlizzCon 2018 is almost here, but a new post from Blizzard strongly suggests we won't see any new Diablo projects announced. "We’ve seen a lot of rumors flying around about our plans for Diablo at the show," reads a post on the Blizzard forums. "These are very exciting times—we currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can’t wait to tell you all about them . . . when the time is right." The post goes on to say that "good things come to those who wait, but evil things often take longer". While Blizzard may not be ready to share all its projects, the company promised that it does intend to share "some Diablo-related news" at the show. Continue reading… View the full article
  22. Playing through LEGO DC Super-Villains, I couldn’t help but make comparisons to 2016’s Suicide Squad film. Whereas the critically-panned movie favored style over substance, LEGO DC Super-Villains is both stylish and jam-packed full of fun action. With a surprisingly engaging plot,a huge amount of variety, and enjoyable fan service there is a ton to love in Traveller's Tales latest LEGO game. What's more impressive, the longtime developer of LEGO games somehow figured out a way to, for the most part, keep things fresh. Of all mediums out there, comics have always had some of the best villains ever imagined with deep backstories and booming personalities so infectious that they often rival the very heroes they’re meant to foil. There can be no Batman without The Joker and no Superman without Lex Luthor. To carry on this legacy, LEGO DC Super-Villains draws from comics to put you in control of its massive roster of evil-doers from DC’s multi-decade history of fantastic characters. Plus, for the first time ever, LEGO DC Super-Villains sticks your own custom creation at the center of the story. Continue reading… View the full article
  23. A great tabletop campaign requires a special understanding between a dungeon master and their players. The players supply their creativity and enthusiasm, and in return, the DM provides a fun story, fairness, balance, and, perhaps most importantly, a well-designed adventure. Pathfinder: Kingmaker takes as mighty a swing at capturing that tabletop experience as any game I’ve played, mostly delivering on giving you the tools to fulfill the player’s side of that deal. But when it comes to upholding the DM’s end of the bargain, it falls short. Pathfinder: Kingmaker takes the sometimes byzantine rules of its tabletop source material and translates them soundly. It adopts one of Pathfinder’s most treasured Adventure Paths as the central story. Clinging tightly to the source material was a good design decision as it ends up oozing authenticity, which is attractive and exciting in the early hours. Continue reading… View the full article
  24. The inaugural live event for Assassin's Creed Odyssey has been canceled due to technical issues. Live events in Assassin's Creed Odyssey were set to begin October 16, giving players level 30 and above the opportunity to take part in limited time contracts to earn Epic and Legendary rewards. However, Damais the Indifferent, the Epic Mercenary who was to kick off Odyssey's first live event, was nowhere to be found in the game. PSA: This week's live event was canceled - apologies for the inconvenience. Continue reading… View the full article
  25. On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Tina Amini, Brian Altano, and IGN's Homepage Editor Alex Osborn to discuss the recent PS4 message exploit, Spider-Man's upcoming DLC, and PSN ID changes. For the second half of the show, Barrett Courtney comes in to discuss the conversation that arose about Red Dead Redemption 2 and crunch in the gaming industry at large following quotes about 100-hour work weeks at Rockstar, which Rockstar's Dan Houser later clarified were referencing he and his writing team's hours for a few weeks earlier this year. The initial reception of those, though, brought back up the conversation about how crunch affects game developers. Continue reading… View the full article