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  1. The Hearthstone World Championship Finals are happening right now in Amsterdam (you can watch them here), with 16 of the best players competing for the chance to become World Champion. It’s the first time the finals have taken place away from BlizzCon, with a massive event all their own, and it’s a reflection of just how focused Blizzard is on making Hearthstone a huge deal in the world of esports. To that end, these finals are the culmination of a year that saw the esports side of Hearthstone take a huge leap forward, with tournaments on the road to Amsterdam taking place all over the world, from the Bahamas to Shanghai. 2017 also introduced new Blizzard run series’ like the Hearthstone Global Games (HGG): a nation-based team competition unlike anything the game had seen before. Continue reading… View the full article
  2. By evoking one of StarCraft’s most memorable Terran-vs-Zerg missions, the Early Access version of They Are Billions has caught onto a great idea: it’s a simple but high-stakes real-time strategy game of survival against an overwhelming, intensifying horde. With a randomized map throwing your plans into uncertainty and no ability to save and reload when things go wrong, every game is a tense turtling battle. Survival is the only way to play right now, though having played it extensively I’d be surprised if the eventual campaign on developer Numantian Games’ roadmap ends up being anything more than a tutorial for this centerpiece mode. It starts you in a dire situation: your mission-critical town center and a handful of units are completely surrounded by a horrifying number of shambling zombies. The early stages are a desperate race to build up your fledgling colony’s population while scouting the immediate surroundings, then clear and wall in as much territory as you can. Continue reading… View the full article
  3. Nintendo's Labo announcement yesterday came as a surprise to everyone, but the fact that its kits were made of cardboard was one of the funnier and unexpected parts for me. So, armed with nothing but a box, some tape, and an expensive gaming console, I set out to make my own cardboard Labo RC Car. I didn't just want to make one, I wanted to make one that works. You can see my semi-successful creation in action in the video above. I went through the announcement trailer (which you can watch below) and pulled out any images of the official RC car, and then tried to replicate it from those. To get it to vibrate I used the "Find Controller" option in the Switch menu, which lets you vibrate specific Joy-Con if you've lost them or can't tell which is which. Continue reading… View the full article
  4. The NPD Group released its report for December 2017, with overall spending on gaming up 10% over the same period last year. The top-selling game for the month, by revenue, was Call of Duty: WWII. Call of Duty also took the title of the best-selling game of 2017. According to NPD, this is the eighth consecutive December in which a Call of Duty game came in at the top of sales. Call of Duty and Destiny were the top 2 selling games for last year. Nintendo was the overall leader in consumer spending for the month, with Activision Blizzard topping the same category for the year. Continue reading… View the full article
  5. The tension before you breach a room in Rainbow Six Siege is often palpable. I’ll place a charge on one door while our sniper Glaz watches the windows from outside, and then wait for our teammate playing Dokkaebi to distract the enemies with a phone call before blowing it wide open. Coordination is key, and working together to get the most out of each our Operators’ abilities can be even more valuable as landing a good headshot – though the headshots definitely help. Siege has come a long way since it launched two years ago (read our original Rainbow Six Siege review). A steady stream of new maps, operators, and cosmetic items - along with a heaping helping of bug fixes, balance changes, and stability improvements - have slowly transformed it into a much deeper competitive game, even if there are some growing pains that come along with that. Siege has always been a fun and challenging FPS, but as it enters its third year it has gained a pull that’s become hard to resist. Continue reading… View the full article
  6. See what new monster you can hunt, and when the beta starts. Get ready, it's very soon. View the full article
  7. Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This week we're discussing Nintendo Labo, Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition, a new Alien game, and more. Watch the video above or download the podcast below. Download Game Scoop! Episode 467 Or subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode. Subscribe to the Game Scoop! YouTube channel and never miss a video. View the full article
  8. In the wake of Fortnite's incredible success, Epic Games has moved some members from the Paragon team over to work on its popular sandbox survival game. In a post on Reddit, Epic addressed the future of Paragon, explaining that while support for the title will continue, the studio is scaling back its focus on the free-to-play MOBA in favor of increasing its focus on Fortnite. "Progress has been slower lately for two reasons: First, the team's time is split between immediate improvements and longer-term efforts, so there's less visible progress," the studio explained. "Second, a number of Paragon team members jumped onto Fortnite to help sustain the game as it has grown far larger than anything in Epic's past." Continue reading… View the full article
  9. After eight years as Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg will depart the company in March, the publisher confirmed to IGN today. An Activision representative provided the following statement to IGN: After serving for eight years as the CEO of Activision, Eric Hirshberg has decided to leave the company at the conclusion of his contract on March 31st, 2018. Eric has had a great run, has delivered many historic successes and is departing on a high note after a great year in 2017. As of December 21, 2017, Call of Duty®: WWII and Destiny 2 were the #1 and #2 top-selling console games of 2017 in North America, based on revenue. Additionally, Call of Duty was the top video game franchise for the ninth year in a row in North America, and eight of the last nine years globally, based on revenue. Continue reading… View the full article
  10. Dragon Ball Fighterz includes special iconic easter egg scenes from the anime, watch every intro and finisher we've found so far. View the full article
  11. Nintendo celebrated the holiday season by coming in with the top sales numbers for the month of December. According to Nintendo, reporting numbers from analysts The NPD Group, Nintendo Switch moved 1.5 million units in the month of December, making it the top-selling console in the United States once again. At the beginning of the month, Nintendo announced the Switch was the fastest-selling console in US history, selling 4.8 million units since its introduction in March 2017. The success of Switch seems to have bled over to Nintendo 3DS, with Nintendo reporting it sold 750,000 units in the month, a "27 percent increase over the same period a year ago." Continue reading… View the full article
  12. Nintendo surprised and delighted us this week with Nintendo Labo, its build-it-yourself cardboard kits that are part game, part engineering, and pure Nintendo weirdness... but in a good way. Nintendo Labo was announced on January 17, and shows Nintendo is reaching back to its toy-making days and bringing them to the modern era by way of the Nintendo Switch. Somehow Nintendo has taken cardboard boxes and applied outside-of-the-box thinking. There are two different Toy-Con Labo kits announced so far, - the Variety Kit and Robot Kit - and they're numbered, which suggests Nintendo has designs to release more of these crazy papercraft creations in the future. Continue reading… View the full article
  13. The beta for Metal Gear Survive begins today. Konami announced the dates for the beta back in December, and reconfirmed today it will be available from now until January 21 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The beta includes two maps with three missions for co-op mode. Players participating in the beta will earn bonus in-game items, which will be unlocked for the full game. The items include a FOX HOUND name plate, a Metal Gear Rex head accessory, and a bandanna accessory. Metal Gear Survive picks up where Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes left off, following a group of soldiers who were pulled through a wormhole and end up in a hostile world fighting for their own survival. Players will develop a camp, build weapons and structures, and forage for food as deadly creatures lurk around every corner. Continue reading… View the full article
  14. Life is Strange: Before the Storm is getting physical editions on March 6. The game will receive two different physical editions, the Standard Edition and the Vinyl Edition. Both editions are available for pre-order on the Square Enix Store. The Standard Edition is available for PS4 and Xbox One, costs $30 USD, and includes every episode of Before the Storm, as well as the special bonus episode "Farewell." It also includes a digital download for Episode 1 of the first season of Life is Strange. It also comes with three outfits for Chloe and a Mixtape Mode, which allows players to use the game's licensed soundtrack to create their own playlists to use while watching a cinematic scene from the game. Continue reading… View the full article
  15. The Pokemon Company is celebrating 2018 in a legendary way with promotions across its popular creature-collecting franchise, including a free Legendary Pokemon each month for Pokemon Sun/Moon and Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon players. Starting in February and running until November, players will get a different Legendary Pokemon, distributed though on of the brand's partners. Here's the breakdown of which Legendaries will be available free each month: February: Dialga or Palkia March: Regigigas or Heatran April: Raikou or Entei May: Xerneas or Yveltal June: Zygarde (with three distinct Formes) Continue reading… View the full article
  16. We're officially half way through the month of January with no slowdown of game releases in sight. So IGN has gathered a list of the latest eShop releases of the week for Nintendo Switch and 3DS in North America. InnerSpace InnerSpace is an exploration flying game set in the Inverse, a world of inside-out planets where gravity pulls outward instead of in. In the final days of the Inverse, you must help the Archaeologist recover the last remaining memories before they are lost forever. Soar through ancient skies and abandoned oceans to discover the lost history of this fading realm. Darkest Dungeon Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You'll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system. Continue reading… View the full article
  17. Hunt: Showdown - the new bounty hunting game from Crysis developer Crytek - has opened registrations for a closed Alpha testing phase, which will begin on January 31. A "select group" of gamers will be chosen from the sign-up list and are promised the opportunity to play the game regularly as part of the test group, helping the development team to test "gameplay, balancing and backend functionality", while also providing their own feedback on the game's progress. During the Alpha phase, players are promised that "new weapons, equipment, traits and ranks" will be continuously released and tested, so there should be plenty to keep Alpha testers occupied. Hunt: Showdown describes itself as a "competitive multiplayer bounty hunting game" that utilises both PvP and PvE elements - during each match, up to 10 players, working either singly or in pairs, are tasked with taking down gruesome monsters and collecting a bounty - at which point they become the target and the attention of every other player turns towards attempting to claim the bounty for their own. Continue reading… View the full article
  18. Destiny 2 has once again come under fire for a perceived lack of transparency, after it emerged that Rally Tokens - the currency through which players can increase their standing in their chosen faction - have been capped in a recent update without telling players. Additionally, Bungie confirmed that Faction Rally weapons' absence from loot boxes isn't a bug - these weapons will become available "over the course of the season". In a post, Bungie explains that the throttle on Rally Tokens was implemented as part of the game's December 12 update; the original intent was to address an exploit where players were able to earn up to 500 tokens an hour by looting chests in quick succession. As it stands now, any player who opens more than two chests in a ten-minute period will not receive any additional rewards for the next ten minutes. Continue reading… View the full article
  19. If a series of European store listings are to be believed, it would seem another last-gen game is heading for an updated version, with THQ Nordic's 2009 third-person shooter Red Faction: Guerrilla reportedly gearing up for a re-release on PS4 and Xbox One. As reported on Gematsu, various GameStop stores in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark are listing the game as an upcoming release, although no specific date is listed. The news wouldn't come as too much of a stretch; both the original Red Faction and its sequel have both been ported to PS4 previously. It remains to be seen whether this rumoured release is a port or a remake. Continue reading… View the full article
  20. AO Tennis claims to be ‘the most advanced tennis game ever produced,’ but it’s clear that its lofty ambition far exceeds its ability to execute. Certainly AO Tennis is not even up to the standard of the Top Spin or Virtua Tennis games released an entire console generation ago, and is about as absent-minded, half-hearted, and personality free as a birthday card from Bernard Tomic. AO Tennis has a handful of fresh ideas but they’re far from fully formed and never really adequately explained thanks to the complete absence of any in-game tutorials. For example, you’re given the option of using the right thumbstick to both serve and play your shots with, but I soon discovered that the former is limited only to flat serves and the latter automatically decides the shot type for you. If you want to deliberately impart slice on a serve or put topspin on a forehand you’re forced to revert to the classic face button setup anyway, which meant that I soon ditched the half-baked thumbstick controls and never went back. Continue reading… View the full article
  21. The most recent Hearthstone expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, has been in the wild for a while now, and the power level of the meta has never felt this high, with a deck needing incredibly powerful tools and strategies to be viable. At the same time, however, there’s no one deck dominating the game, and several classes have a number of archetypes they can play. So, just how healthy is Hearthstone right now? And what was the thinking behind the design of some of strongest cards and combos from the last set? I caught up with senior designers Peter Whalen and Mike Donais to find out. IGN: The power level in Hearthstone right now is pretty crazy. Is that solely because it’s the largest pool of cards in the game to date or is it also a reflection of conscious design decisions you guys have made? Continue reading… View the full article
  22. Nintendo has revealed Nintendo Labo, a new line of build-it-yourself experiences that will be compatible with Nintendo Switch and will launch on April 20 in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and April 27 in Europe. Starting with cardboard kits, players will be able to build creations that can then be connected to Switch and interact with specific software. According to Nintendo, Labo kits will include modular cardboard sheets "specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch" that can be crafted into creations Nintendo is calling Toy-Con. "For example, you can make a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical arrangements to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted," Nintendo explains in the announcement. "As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and plays each note through the console’s built-in speakers. Budding musicians can also experiment with their own musical creations." Continue reading… View the full article
  23. Sea of Thieves is launching on Xbox One and PC on March 20, 2018, and looks like it might finally deliver the co-op swashbuckling life we've always wanted from a video game. Made by Rare, this shared-world pirate game lets you and your friends explore tropical islands and plunder all the treasure you can find. If you're interested in picking up Sea of Thieves, you’ll want to know which retailers have the best price, how much they’re charging, what preorder bonuses are available, and what's up with any special tie-in merch. We have all the information you need below, so keep reading. While Microsoft isn’t offering any special or collector’s editions of Sea of Thieves, there is a limited edition Sea of Thieves Xbox wireless controller available. It’s sold separately from the game and comes out early February 13, 2018. Continue reading… View the full article
  24. Housemarque, the studio behind indie hits Resogun and Super Stardust, is working on an unannounced PC project. The team is currently in need of game testers for an upcoming title, and the game is confirmed to be early in development according to a news update on the Nex Machina page on Steam. The post includes an application form for potential game testers. If accepted, testers will need to sign a non-disclosure agreement, after which point they will receive more information about the game, and their role in any upcoming tests. Housemarque cautions applicants to "expect something other than an arcade game." Continue reading… View the full article
  25. A God of War collector's edition dubbed the Stone Mason edition, has been revealed, which contains a statue, carvings, and more. GameStop revealed the Stone Mason Edition of upcoming PS4-exclusive God of War, which includes a host of physical and digital content, and is currently available to preorder. The God of War Stone Mason Edition Continue reading… View the full article