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The Last of Us HBO series pilot to be directed by Beanpole’s Kantemir Balagov

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 16 January 2021 16:55 GMT A new director has been pegged for HBO’s The Last of Us series.Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot for HBO’s adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Back in March 2020, it was announced the Naughty Dog developed title was getting its own HBO series and was being helmed by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and executive produced and written by Neil Druckmann. It was initially thought Chernobyl director Johan Renck would direct, but due to a scheduling conflict, Renck has bowed out.Balagov made his debut as…

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Here are some of the best runs from Awesome Games Done Quick 2021

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 is over now, and as ever, the seven-day speedrunning marathon introduced us to some legendary moments.AGDQ 2021 is the second-highest earning marathon in the event’s colorful history, raising an impressive $2,758,847 in donations from the game-playing public for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. That means this year’s charity donation is second only to AGDQ 2020.In case you couldn’t keep up with the breakneck speed of the proceedings (and who could blame you?) we’ve collected some of the most notable runs from this year for you below, so you can enjoy all the skills on show in…

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Techland says it will share “exciting news” on Dying Light 2 “soon”

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 9 January 2021 18:06 GMT Dying Light 2 developer Techland has promised it will share some “exciting news” on the game “soon.”News of a forthcoming Dying Light 2 announcement was shared in a statement regarding the departure of narrative designer Paweł Selinger, who announced this week he was departing the company after 22 years (thanks, RPS).“Paweł Selinger, who has been the Narration Designer for the last two years, decided at the end of 2020 to end his cooperation with Techland and to pursue his further career elsewhere,” reads the statement. “Paweł spent most of his professional life…

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New Returnal gameplay footage, DualSense features revealed

Housemarque recently showed off new Returnal footage of its PS5 exclusive during the latest HouseCast.While the HouseCast shows off new Retruanl gameplay, one of the largest takeaways from the cast is how it makes use of DualSense’s adaptive triggers.In the game, using the L2 button, if you pull it halfway down, it will aim the sights. But pulling it all the way will make the weapon go into an alt-fire mode. As with other PS5 games, the game also takes advantage of 3D audio and haptic feedback.The cast is around nine and a half minutes long, so grab a cup of…

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Real-time snow added to Microsoft Flight Simulator

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 14:49 GMT Just in time for the winter season in the northern hemisphere, snow has arrived in Microsoft Flight Simulator.The latest update has arrived in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it brings snow to the simulation title.You can see the new real-time weather shown off in a short video.Most recently, VR support was added to the game, allowing you to use a variety of VR hardware, including Windows Mixed Reality headsets, as well as headsets from Oculus, Valve, and HTC.Microsoft Flight Simulator launched for PC in August of last year. In our review, we said…

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Check out 14-minutes of psychological horror title The Medium

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 15:19 GMT Bloober Team has released a video providing an extended look at gameplay from its upcoming psychological horror title The Medium.The 14-minute video showcases the different perspectives, environments, and powers players will experience when The Medium is released later this month.In it, you will see medium Marianne explore the real and spirit world both alternatively and simultaneously, featuring a split-screen dual reality gameplay system where you will play in two locations at the same time.A third of the action in the game takes place in the real world, a third in the…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield’s charming new trailer explores the natural history of Galar

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 24 December 2020 11:43 GMT In case you need a reason to go back to Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar region a year after it was originally available, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are giving you inspiration.A new Pokemon Sword and Shield video has been released in an attempt to get more people to visit the latest area on the Pokemon map: the Galar region.The new video, which has a decidedly David Attenborough feel to it, focuses mostly on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra – two new areas introduced to the game over…

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Gearbox settles Duke Nukem music lawsuit with Bobby Prince

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 15:41 GMT Gearbox has resolved yet another load of legal drama related to the shooter series.Gearbox Software has settled a legal dispute with Duke Nukem 3D composer Bobby Prince.In a press release, the studio said that it had settled the matter, but didn’t go into any detail about what this involved.This follows Prince filing a lawsuit against Gearbox in 2019 over the studio using his music “without obtaining a license” for the 2016 release, Duke Nukem 3D World Tour. Earlier this year, Gearbox – who bought the Duke Nukem IP from Apogee Software…

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You probably shouldn’t say ‘simp’, ‘incel’ or ‘virgin’ on Twitch anymore

Twitch is updating its hateful conduct and harassment policy soon and as part of the new measures, users are going to be discouraged from using the words ‘simp’, ‘incel’, and ‘virgin’.Last week, Twitch announced widespread changes to its policies around harassment and hateful conduct that will be coming into place on January 22, 2021.As per the streaming platform “women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and people of color” are frequently harassed on the site, and now bold new measures are being put in place to better safeguard the community and create a more positive, productive space.The new guidelines,…

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Just Cause: Mobile is a free to play action-shooter set in the Just Cause universe

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 12 December 2020 17:57 GMT A game set in the Just Cause universe is coming to mobile.Square Enix has announced Just Cause: Mobile, a free to play action-shooter set in the Just Cause universe and designed exclusively for mobile platforms.Expanding the series’ universe, the game features both single-player and multiplayer experiences, with plenty of grappling, gliding, and shooting in top-down gameplay.In the game, you will be able to team up with others online and complete competitive multiplayer and co-operative missions to get gear and upgrades to help tackle your foes during solo-play.You will be able to…

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A Demon’s Souls streamer has beaten the Flamelurker with a dance pad

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 6 December 2020 13:59 GMT A streamer has managed to vanquish one of Demon’s Souls PS5’s hardest bosses, the Flamelurker, with a dance pad instead of a DualSense.Beating a boss in Demon’s Souls (or any Souls-like game, for that matter) is always a rewarding feeling… but vanquishing a tricky foe with a dance pad? Well, that’s another feat altogether.YouTuber and Twitch streamer Luality has managed to overcome the Flamelurker using only a dance pad, putting down the DualSense in order to off the boss with nothing more than impressive footwork and impeccable timing (thanks, PushSquare).The video above shows…

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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond trailer brings impressive VR multiplayer action

By Patrick Dane, Saturday, 5 December 2020 15:19 GMT Medal of Honor has returned, now in virtual reality.A new trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond brings impressive VR multiplayer action to Oculus, Vive and Valve Index headsets.Respawn Entertainment’s VR shooter has been quietly building behind the scenes. The game pops up from time to time and often looks pretty impressive.We’ve seen a story trailer recently for the game that looks genuinely interesting, but for there to be a AAA VR multiplayer game with an engaged community – that could really push the form forward in a considerable way.Well,…

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Xbox holiday commercial stars cute dogs, oh and Master Chief

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:11 GMT Microsoft has released its holiday commercial, and it’s rather cute.The commercial shows a dog being ignored by the family as it busies itself with Halo, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Minecraft, and Microsoft Teams.Sad about being ignored, the poor doggie falls asleep and starts dreaming of playing around in Minecraft, flying a plane, and going on Teams call with other pups.There is more to it, so watch it for yourself. And stop playing once in while to pay attention to your pet.

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Red Dead Online players can now acquire the Prestigious Bounty Hunter License

The Prestigious Bounty Hunter License is now available in Red Dead Online.Red Dead Online, which is now a standalone game, has a Prestigious Bounty Hunter License available.It has added 10 new Ranks of progression on top of the 20 from the Bounty Hunter Role Ranks with high-level items and skills to acquire. You can also expect new weapon variants and horses, Infamous Bounty targets on the Bounty Boards, and more. You can purchase it from any Bounty Board and if you reach Bounty Hunter Rank 30, you’ll continue to accumulate Bounty Hunter XP. This can be traded or RDO$ and…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator sets sights on Great Britain with its next big update

And Ireland could be getting a fresh lick of paint soon, too.Developer Asobo Studio has revealed that it’s going to be tweaking Great Britain in the hugely popular Microsoft Flight Simulator.In a Twitch stream, developer Asobo laid out its roadmap for future updates. Great Britain is next on the list, and it’s going to receive a lick of fresh paint in January.The studio has said that it has an entirely new set of data to make England, Wales and Scotland in the simulator giant. Asobo doesn’t have map information for Northern Ireland, yet, so despite it being called a “United…