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The original NES Fire Emblem is coming to Nintendo Switch in December

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is coming to the West for the first time this December via a Nintendo Switch release.This week, Nintendo announced that a special localization of the original Fire Emblem game is set to arrive on the Nintendo Switch in December – some 30 years after its original release in Japan.Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light arrives on Nintendo eShop from December 4, and will set you back $5.99 or your regional equivalent. Get a lesson in #FireEmblem history with the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition. ✅ Replica NES Game Pak art piece…

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Co-op RTS Dwarfheim tunnels its way into Early Access today

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:34 GMT Co-op real-time strategy game Dwarfheim is rolling into Steam Early Access today.This is a multiplayer-centric take on the classic RTS genre that features a number of asymmetric, co-op game modes. Dwarfheim is developed by Norwegian studio Pineleaf, while Merge is handling publishing duties, and was revealed at the PC Gaming Show in June.The title comes to Steam Early Access with a number of different modes. Conquest is a co-op multiplayer game type where players have to work together to destroy their enemies and their Town Hall. Skirmish, meanwhile, can be experienced…

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Dynamax Adventures: the new legendary-catching mode explained

If you want to catch all those legendary Pokemon, one major new piece of content in The Crown Tundra DLC will be vital: Dynamax Adventures.Pokemon Sword and Shield’s expansion pass has a little something for everyone thanks to new storylines and new areas to explore, but make no mistake – in many ways the changes and additions of the two new DLC chapters are squarely focused on the hardcore Pokemon players – giving those who have already conquered the Galar region even more to do in the end-game. The first DLC took players to the Isle of Armor and focused…

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Evil Genius 2 might be arriving 16 years late, but it looks like the sequel I always wanted

As the saying goes – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 2004 was a long time ago – a whopping fifteen years, plus 2020, the year that has felt like a decade. That’s basically twenty-five years (or sixteen, if you’re a stickler for real linear time). In the fast-evolving world of video games such a period has the potential to feel longer still – a game of that age can feel so cripplingly old as to be unplayable. But not Evil Genius.Evil Genius, the dungeon-building management sim that basically casts you as a Roger Moore era Bond villain, holds…

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Crackdown 2 developer, Ruffian Games, has been acquired by Rockstar

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 12 October 2020 20:04 GMT Ruffian Games, the development studio behind Crackdown 2, has been purchased by Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, and is now known as Rockstar Dundee.First reported by TheGamer, Ruffian Games became Rockstar Dundee on October 6 after Take-Two Interactive took ownership of the Scottish studio on October 1.The revelation was initially discovered thanks to a Companies House listing noting that revealed the name change and new ownership. We’re #Hiring! https://t.co/W5YqjZODIJ — Ruffian Games (@RuffianGames) October 11, 2019Despite the acquisition only being formalized now, the two companies have been working together for the past year on “unspecified…

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Ziggurat 2 news, plus some standout Steam Festival demos in our weekly indie news round-up

We return this week with another episode of our hidden indie gems feature, and we picked a great week for to go back to the regular schedule, too.That’s because the autumn edition of The Steam Game Festival kicked off this week. This latest iteration of Steam’s popular demo festival has been live since Wednesday, and will remain so until Tuesday, October 13.The first part of this week’s column will cover new announcements/reveals, whereas the second part is all about Steam Game Festival demos you should check out while you can. We’ll never be able to cover everything (there are hundreds…

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For Honor is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S with 60fps support

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 9 October 2020 11:46 GMT Like Rainbow Six Siege before it, For Honor will not leave its community on current-gen consoles behind.Ubisoft has finally revealed what’s going to happen with For Honor when PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launch in November. The visual quality available today on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will come to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S at their respective launches. This includes 4K resolution (1080p on Series S), improved level of detail, texture filtering, shadow resolution and improved water reflections.All of that will be available at 30fps, but the good news…

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You will be able to randomize your costume in Fall Guys Season 2

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 5 October 2020 14:24 GMT Fall Guys developer Mediatonic is adding the ability for you to randomize your character (read: bean) when Season 2 kicks off later this week.There are a couple of new features coming to the battle royale in its next Season: so far we know about Banner Styles and Nicknames and the ability to fall into matches alongside your team.Mediatonic has also revealed that – after many requests from fans in the game’s official Discord – it will be adding the option for you to randomize your costume once Season 2 kicks off….

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Netflix’s The Witcher Season 3 appears to have already been confirmed

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 4 October 2020 16:06 GMT It looks like we’re definitely going to see The Witcher, Season 3 come to Netflix, even though Season 2 of the show has not yet finished filmingA listing for The Witcher season 3 has seemingly confirmed that Henry Cavill and his co-stars will return to play Geralt and co. once The Witcher Season 2 has wrapped filming.Initially spotted by Redanian Intelligence, a page over on the Writer’s Guild of America West directories makes a reference to  ‘Season 3’ of the immensely popular show, which will apparently once again feature showrunner and creator Lauren S. Hissrich…

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Monster Hunter Iceborne’s final update trailer shows off the legendary dragon Fatalis

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 28 September 2020 11:58 GMT Capcom has released a new trailer for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s final update – Title Update 5 – which will be arriving in-game on September 30 at 5pm PT/8pm ET.The new update is a pretty big one, adding new monsters and new gear sets, too. Amongst the new arrivals are Fatalis, a legendary dragon that was introduced back in the first Monster Hunter game on PS2, and arch-tempered Velkhana.Fatalis comes with two armor sets, and Velkhana comes with one set you can harvest from its hunted body. Good luck if you’re going…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall update adds Halloween event, Pumpkins and more

The Fall update will be coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons soon, so let’s take a look at what’s being added. From September 30, you’ll be able to enjoy the new Fall update. You’ll be able to grow Pumpkins in preparation for Halloween as well as use them for spooky new projects, and a bunch of Halloween Costumes will be coming to the Able Sisters’ store. You can also use your Nook Miles to buy body paint and coloured eye contacts to make yourself look extra scary, as well as learn DIY Halloween costumes from your islanders. Jack, the “czar…

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Pokemon Masters interview: looking back on the first year of another huge mobile spin-off

There aren’t many video game franchises out there that can support multiple huge mobile games – but Pokemon is one of them. While Pokemon Go was the game that caused a huge splash and made waves in news headlines, others are highly successful nevertheless, including Pokemon Masters, which last month hit its first anniversary since launch.Pokemon Masters has something of a different focus to most Pokemon titles. While the critters that you bond and battle with are key, it also features an all-star cast of Pokemon Trainers and Masters from around the Pokemon series, pulling inspiration for those characters from…

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God of War sequel confirmed for PS5, due 2021

By Matt Martin, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 22:17 GMT Sony’s big PlayStation 5 Showcase ended with a big surprise: a teaser for a God of War sequel, going by the name Ragnarok.There’s not a lot to go with apart from Kratos’ gravelly tones, some runes and a few atmospheric lines. “The time grows near” says the bald grumpy fella. There’s a bit of chanting. “You must prepare yourself”. How they going to drop God Of War 2 on us as well?!! pic.twitter.com/4LOaYCn6f6 — TwoSixNine (@TwoSixNine) September 16, 2020He’s not wrong. Be prepared for God of War Ragnarok to arrive sometime…

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Zero-G FPS Boundary is getting a ray tracing benchmark

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 13:22 GMT Boundary is doing something you don’t see many games do these days.Boundary, the zero-G FPS from indie developer Surgical Scalpels, will be offering a benchmark tool beginning September 24. The free benchmark is designed to test the ray tracing capabilities of your PC.The developer reckons the game’s real-time visual quality pushes the envelope when ray tracing is involved. It’s not exactly clear which elements of the scene are ray traced, but the developer mentioned reflections among the supported features.Boundary has always looked impressive, and ray tracing support will make it look…

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Marvel’s Avengers: Where to find all the Ms Marvel Comic Books

Whether you enjoy the films or the comics in real life, there are a bunch of cool Marvel comics to hunt down in Marvel’s Avengers. Alongside the likes of Thor and Black Widow, Kamala Khan AKA Ms Marvel gets her own comic book line in Marvel’s Avengers. Collecting comic books is quite a time-consuming activity, but you’ll be boosting your stats along the way, so it’s a worthwhile endeavour.There are five Ms Marvel comic books to collect during the main campaign, so let’s take a look at where to find them. If you’re just getting started with Marvel’s Avengers, check…

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Here’s Doom Eternal running at 4K 120fps on an RTX 3080

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 4 September 2020 12:53 GMT Nvidia’s RTX 3080 is easily beating the 2080 Ti in Doom Eternal.Hot on the heels of the RTX 3000 series reveal, Nvidia has released a five-minute gameplay demo of Doom Eternal running on a single RTX 3080.All graphics settings have been maxed out, and the game is rendering at a native 4K resolution. The video makes it a point to compare the FPS readings of the 3080 with those produced by the RTX 2080 Ti – the current king of GPU performance. The 3080 is almost always 50% faster, allowing Doom…

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PvPvE shooter Scavengers gets a new gameplay trailer and technical test

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 3 September 2020 16:58 GMT Scavengers, the upcoming PvPvE shooter from Midwinter Entertainment, will host a technical playtest this month.Midwinter Entertainment has released a new gameplay trailer for free-to-play strategic shooter Scavengers. You can now also register for the upcoming technical playtest weekend.If you participate in the playtest weekend, you will get a first look at new character designs, as well as newly revealed gameplay features that include large-scale PvEvP battles.These battles feature hundreds of advanced AI enemies and creatures across an expanded 9km2 map.The playtest will take place on the weekend of September 18-20 and…

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Hello Games’ next project is as big and ambitious as No Man’s Sky

Hello Games is looking to the future.Although Hello Games continues to support No Man’s Sky, having recently shipped the Desolation update, the developer is secretly busy with more than the space-faring adventure. Hello Games just released The Last Campfire, but even that was a side-project, in the works by a small team within studio. Hello Games’ actual next, big project is one Sean Murray confirmed for the first time.In an interview with Polygon, Murray said that the team is now 26 strong. Three of them made The Last Campfire, and some continue to work on No Man’s Sky.Everyone else, however,…

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Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing dev Vlambeer is shutting down

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 12:30 GMT Vlambeer’s ten-year run is ending.Vlambeer, the two-person development team behind many indie hits on PC and mobile, is closing shop. The developer announced the news this week on Twitter, on the studio’s tenth anniversary no less.“We had a beautiful run, made incredible games, and worked with amazing people, but it is time for new things,” the developer said.“It’s not a sad day for us, but the happy conclusion to a whirlwind decade filled with screenshake. It feels like we’ve achieved what we set out to do – as a studio, as…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has ray tracing

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 20:51 GMT Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will feature ray tracing and you can see it in action n the latest trailer.Ray tracing for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was announced during Nvidia’s presentation today where it revealed the new 3000 series of graphics cards.The trailer was made exclusively for Nvidia, so it shows scenes not included in the previous trailers.Earlier this week, the beta date for the game leaked. It’s set to kick off on October 8 PS4 players, followed by other platforms at a later date.The game will…