Bloodborne Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Bloodborne RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Elden Ring Gameplay Trailer Revealed at Summer Game Fest, Gets 2022 Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/vtgu1/elden-ring-gameplay-trailer-revealed-at-summer-game-fest-gets-2022-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/vtgu1/elden-ring-gameplay-trailer-revealed-at-summer-game-fest-gets-2022-release-date Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:23:44 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Praise the sun; the day has finally arrived. After years of waiting, FromSoftware fans got their first real look at the developer's upcoming action RPG, Elden Ring, during the first day of the Summer Game Fest. In addition, the Elden Ring release date was also revealed. The game will launch on January 21, 2022, for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. 

Publisher Bandai Namco released a nearly 3-minute long gameplay trailer, seen below, that showcases a dark world full of swords and sorcery known as the Lands Between.

The trailer shows the game in action and provided the first few morsels of story, highlighting the journey of "a lowly Tarnished" searching for the titular elden ring. Of course, fire, light, and darkness also play key roles, all three of which have been long staples of FromSoftware titles. 

Much of what's shown will certainly be familiar to Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne fans. While the world looks much more open than anything found in those games — Bandai Namco said that it "features vast, fantastical landscapes and shadowy, complex dungeons that are connected seamlessly" — combat bears a striking resemblance to previous From games, something sure to excite fans.

The trailer also shows players working with and against each other a la other games in the larger Souls-verse.

We know from the publisher that there will be several different biomes in Elden Ring, at the very least, according to a provided fact sheet. Those include "grassy plains, suffocating swamps, spiraling mountains, and foreboding castles..." Aside from that, a subsequent blog post confirmed that the game will have a day/night cycle and some type of weather system. 

Perhaps most apparent to Souls fans is the inclusion of a horse. It's been rumored that Elden Ring would include mounts of some type, but the gameplay trailer confirmed that. The mount is not only used for travel or traversal, either. The trailer does hint that it can be used in combat as well, attacking enemies and bosses from horseback. 

The fact sheet shared by Bandai Namco following the reveal also confirmed that Elden Ring will have a free upgrade from PS4 to PS5, and that Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S will use SmartDelivery. 

Elden Ring was announced at E3 2019, but following that reveal, both From Software and Bandai Namco went silent. As a joint venture between Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, the project immediately gained widespread attention.

Having a penchant for digging into deep, often oblique lore, some Souls fans turned Elden Ring fans even began writing their own narrative, creating their own art, and making a concept game

Now, it seems, barring any hiccups, the wait for the official game is almost over. Stay tuned for more on Elden Ring as we learn it. 

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8 PS4 Games That Need an FPS Update on PS5 Yesterday https://www.gameskinny.com/r2zv9/8-ps4-games-that-need-an-fps-update-on-ps5-yesterday https://www.gameskinny.com/r2zv9/8-ps4-games-that-need-an-fps-update-on-ps5-yesterday Fri, 09 Apr 2021 17:12:24 -0400 David Carcasole

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Death Stranding
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Hideo Kojima's latest epic is certainly controversial, but it cannot be denied that Death Stranding is a beautiful and, at times, horrific experience. Though it originally released on PS4, its subsequent PC release showed how incredible it can be when rendered at such high fidelity. 

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Unlike many of the games on this list, Death Stranding needs an upgrade to 4K/60fps not for its moment-to-moment gameplay, but for the world and story built around it. So much of why Death Stranding works relies on unperturbed immersion, and being able to experience its environmental storytelling in the finest detail — without losing any performance  is key to the experience. 

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So there you have it: eight PS4 games that so desperately need a 4K/60fps patch to take full advantage of the PS5's hardware.

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What games did we miss? What would you have included? Which game from the list would you be most excited for if a patch was announced? Let us know in the comments down below! 

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Horizon: Zero Dawn
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Guerilla Games' smash-hit has struck a chord with more than 10 million fans (at the very least) since it released on the PS4 in 2017. Many, including myself, immediately connected with Aloy, her resolve, and her adventure. Plus it's cool to take down giant robot creatures with a bow and arrow. 

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With the sequel on the horizon (pun intended), the recent release of Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC, and Sony giving away the PS4 version via the Play At Home program in mid-April, a PS5 upgrade is sure to release soon, right?

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In any case, like many others on this list, we already know how good the game would look and feel with a 4K/60fps upgrade thanks to the PC version, so it's time for the PS5 to come up to par with it. 

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Gravity Rush 2
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Why Gravity Rush 2 doesn't already hit 60fps on PS4 is another headscratcher. The remaster of the PS Vita classic, and this game's predecessor, Gravity Rush, runs at the incredibly smooth frame rate on Sony's last-gen system, so having the sequel being locked to 30fps feels quite anti-climactic.

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It felt that way when the game released in 2017, and it still feels that way today. Hopefully, we can see this addition for Gravity Rush 2, but the recent departures from SIE Japan put the prospect of such a patch in jeopardy.

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Batman: Return to Arkham 
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Unlike Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, where the series' early entries run at 60fps, the Batman Arkham series is a bit different: only the latest release, Batman Arkham Knight, runs at 60fps on PS5.

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Before Insomniac's fantastic Spider-Man and Miles Morales, Batman Arkham ruled the roost, setting the stage for all of the superhero games to follow. So it goes without question that the remaster of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is far overdue.

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The Last Of Us 2
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Once again the latest in a hit Naughty Dog series is left behind without a PS5 patch. A full 4K 60fps patch for The Last Of Us 2 would make a great game even better.

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Just as The Last Of Us was remastered and released for PS4 (and seems to be getting a full-on remake), it is very likely the same will happen here, where a remaster of The Last Of Us 2 is quietly being worked on, opening the door to more than just a frame rate and resolution boost.

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The Last of Us 2 already looks great on PS5 via backwards compatibility but imagine how faster load times, increased frames, and ray-tracing could affect the feel of Ellie's adventure.

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The Last Guardian 
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The Last Guardian is an interesting case because there is already a way to play it at 4K 60fps on PS5. The only catch is that fans must already own a physical copy of the game on PS4 and most importantly, do not update it to the latest patch.

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Running the game unpatched on PS5 allows fans to experience The Last Guardian precisely the way it really should be experienced. It's unfortunate, though, that there is no official way to play the game this way, especially because it is also part of the PlayStation Plus Collection on PlayStation 5. 

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This one hurts a little bit more because those who own the digital version of the game can't roll the game's patches back. 

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
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This is another one that feels like it should have been done a long time ago. The Uncharted series is one of PlayStation's most beloved franchises, and the incredibly impressive cinematic gameplay deserves to be experienced at a locked 60. 

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What's most baffling about A Thief's End, however, is that the original three Uncharted games already run at 60fps in the Uncharted Collection. It feels odd to think of the performance discrepancy if fans play the series chronologically on their PS5.

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Bloodborne
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You had to know this would be at the top. There truly is no other game that deserves, nay, demands, to be upgraded for PS5 with a 4K 60fps patch. I, like so many others, have gotten the Bloodborne platinum and spent many hours more just mainly mucking about in Yharnham.

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But it is absolutely heartbreaking to play it on PS5 because what we know the performance could be.

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The fast-paced, push-forward combat in Bloodborne makes it exactly the kind of game set to take advantage of a locked, high frame rate, yet it still runs at 30fps on the PS5.

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You may have missed it, but Insomniac's reboot of the classic Ratchet and Clank series, which released in 2016, has just recently received a PS5 update that lets the game run at a buttery-smooth 60fps at 4K. The update makes a world of difference when it comes to gameplay, and as a long-time fan of the series, it is lovely to see how much care and love Insomniac continues to put into this series.

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What's more interesting than Ratchet and Clank getting such an upgrade was what Digital Foundry found after performing a deep dive into the patch. They found that while the patch itself was developed in March 2021, it's built on a legacy SDK model.

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This is significant because if Ratchet and Clank can be upgraded through a patch based on an old build, the potential for other PS4 to receive the same treatment is a lot higher now. 

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With that in mind, what other games desperately need to have that same switch flicked? Here are eight that should receive a PS5 upgrade sooner instead of later.

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The 15 Best PS4 RPGs You Can Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/4e040/the-15-best-ps4-rpgs-you-can-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/4e040/the-15-best-ps4-rpgs-you-can-play-on-ps5 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:38:55 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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There’s Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom if you can’t get enough of Level-5’s world. This one follows Ding Dong Dell prince Evan as he struggles to regain his sense of self following a bloody coup.

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Fortunately for him, and us, he meets a charming band of misfits along the way, as well as a gaggle of Higgeldies, giving the sequel as much charm and character as the first Ni No Kuni. There’s even a robust kingdom-building simulator and some extra DLC to round out the experience.

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That's it for our list of the best RPGs playable on PlayStation 5 right now. In the coming months and years, the PS5 will naturally get its own hefty library of top-notch RPGs. For now, we hope these are enough to tide you over until then and offer a chance to fall in love with a world you've never experienced before.

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What RPGs would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments below! 

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch returned to PlayStation 4 in remastered form with updated visuals, which is really just a good excuse to dive into Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s heartwarming (and breaking) masterpiece again.

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Young hero Oliver travels to another world to save someone dear to him and mends the shattered hearts of those he meets on the way. It’s part Pokemon, with little familiars you “catch” and train, part action RPG, all wrapped in a package that’s like you’re playing a classic anime series. There's even more where that came from too.

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Monster Hunter: World

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The original Monster Hunter: World is also free in the PS Plus Collection, making it easier than ever to get into Capcom’s long-running franchise. World redefined Monster Hunter by smoothing over the edges and making it more accessible in a number of ways, from seamless world design to easier tracking.

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There’s still plenty of challenge on offer from World’s biggest and baddest monsters, though. You’ll need to keep up with your gear — with the help of MonHun’s adorable Palicoes of course — back at the gorgeous base camp/city if you want a shot at the Elder Dragon causing so much chaos in the world.

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Once you’ve done all that, the fun is only just beginning. Monster Hunter: World Iceborne adds new regions, monsters, and gear plus a series of new events. Even better, Capcom’s making these events available again for those who missed them before thanks to a new rotating cycle, so everyone can join in the fun.

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Bloodborne

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Sure, Demons’ Souls is great (it really is), but have you played Bloodborne? If not, now’s your chance to get it for free with the PS Plus Collection. While the power of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t boost Bloodborne to 60fps, it’s still a remarkable game.

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Set in the gothic city of Yharnam that’s just oozing atmosphere from every flying buttress, you play as a fighter injected with special blood by the city’s ruling organization, the Healing Church. It’s supposed to offer protection against a plague turning everyone into monsters, but surprise! It doesn’t.

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Now you have to kill them in spectacular style while hunting for a cure. It’s Dark Souls-adjacent, but fast-paced and exhilarating in both visual design and action.

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The Outer Worlds

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If you really like the idea of a futuristic RPG where your choices (kind of) matter, give Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds a chance. You play as a human taken out of cryogenic stasis to investigate what happened at the Halcyon colony, a corporate-owned space experiment with no end of shady deals attached to it. But you’re free to do… whatever really.

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Be a good person, be a stooge, take the middle road, and whatever you choose, watch as your actions shape the lives of everyone around you and determine what ending you get. It's more Fallout-esque than what Obsidian has developed in a little while, but that's definitely not a bad thing.

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The Outer Worlds doesn’t re-shape the genre, but it’s a solid first-person sci-fi RPG with equally solid DLC.

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Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon

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Yakuza 7 is a reboot of sorts following a new character in a new gameplay style. This time, you play as optimist Ichiban Kasuga on his quest to bring some semblance of order to an unjust world. “Quest” is key here because Ichiban sees his world through the lens of his favorite series, Dragon Quest.

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That means turn-based battles, job classes, and plenty of retro RPG references mixed in. It takes the series’ usual heartfelt story and dials it up to 12 with some surprisingly on-point observations about society.

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Really, both Yakuza games are some of the best RPGs on PlayStation 5, so you can't go wrong either way.

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Yakuza 0

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There’s so much Yakuza to choose from on PlayStation 4, but your best bet for getting started is Yakuza 0. Yakuza 0 is where it all begins, hence the 0. It’s the height of the bubble economy in 1980s Japan, and you play as newbie yakuza Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.

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While the story is good, as ever it’s the side stories and characters that steal the show, with some of the best writing and wackiest scenarios in gaming. It’s also one of the most refined combat systems in the series. If you want to jump into the latest Yakuza, though, check out the next entry.

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NieR: Automata

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If you like it when stories mercilessly toy with your brain, then go play NieR: Automata immediately. This bizarre and wonderful game brings together the best parts of Yoko Taro’s scenario writing and Platinum’s peerless action combat for an experience that really is like no other.

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In this post-apocalyptic world, where Shakespeare-spewing technology ran humans off the planet, you play (mostly) as 2B. You’re a robot fighter created by the human resistance to destroy the invading menace in action that switches seamlessly between fast-paced 3D fighting and top-down bullet hell across the game’s gorgeous environments.

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Once you’re done — you’re not done. You have to beat NieR: Automata several times to get the full story. And don't fret if you think you have to play the upcoming NieR: Replicant to understand it either. The two are completely separate stories.

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Tales of Berseria

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We’ll have to wait a while yet for more Tales of Arise news, but meanwhile, there’s Tales of Berseria to hold you over on PlayStation 5. While it’s designed as a prequel to the somewhat contentious Tales of Zestiria, Berseria works perfectly well as a standalone game and shakes up the series’ usual storytelling style.

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Gone are the obviously good heroes with primarily good motives. In their place is a ragtag bunch of ne’er-do-wells seeking their own ends. Their motives don’t always align, but they share one thing in common: an unquenchable desire for vengeance.

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Berseria feels like a culmination of the series’ combo-based fighting begun with Xillia, with fast-paced battles that require much more than just mashing buttons until you win. It’s a solid package and one that’s frequently on sale too.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1-4

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Why settle for one RPG when you can buy and play a four-part series on the same system? As of 2020, PlayStation 4 has all four Trails of Cold Steel games, and if you’re looking for an epic RPG saga like few others, these are definitely worth checking out.

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Despite sitting mid-way in the overall Trails series, Cold Steel tells its own story, one of warfare and political intrigue in the aggressively expansionist Erebonian Empire. You play as Rean Schwarzer, son of a minor noble and new student at Thors Military Academy. All is not well in the empire, however, and as Erebonia gradually spreads its influence over the continent, its dark history repeats itself and threatens to consume the entire world.

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Like all Trails games, Cold Steel uses a unique combat system where placement and stat augmentations matter more than most RPGs, and the worldbuilding is unparalleled, with countless side stories developing alongside the main plot.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

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Maybe you played Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age already, but if you haven’t played DQ XI Definitive Edition yet, you haven’t experienced the game at its best. You get new story chapters for every protagonist plus new story segments where the party travels to the worlds of previous Dragon Quest games to resolve issues popping up there.

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It’s the ultimate series tribute, and the scenarios are designed so well, they’re enjoyable even if you haven’t played every game before. You can also play the entire game in 16-bit style 2D if that’s your thing.

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If you’ve never played Dragon Quest XI before, then get ready for one of the best RPGs of the generation. The story starts out basic before turning in on itself and making you question the nature of heroism and goodness, making it bolder than previous DQ games. And in true series fashion, XI has a sizeable cast of outrageous and fantastically well-written characters to fall in love with.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition

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CD Projekt RED kinda sorta shafted reviewers and consumers alike with Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles, there’s no denying that. But rejoice, ye lovers of massive RPGs, because there’s another option in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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If you’ve yet to play this hulking behemoth of a game, the PlayStation 5 is one of the best ways to experience it. Apart from faster load times taking the sting out of fast travel, there’s a next-gen upgrade in the works giving it some extra visual polish.

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The Witcher 3’s vast, open-world houses secrets galore if you feel like finding them. The combat might be stilted, and your choices don’t matter near as much as in Divinity. But the story is pure candy for lovers of high fantasy. Geralt’s world and those who inhabit it gradually absorb you the more you play, and the complete edition boasts two of the finest expansions in RPGs.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition

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Saying Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a modern Baldur’s Gate is true, but this rich, unique gem of a game is far from derivative. There’s a core story in DoS 2, and it’s a good one with plenty of fantasy flair, treachery, and surprise murders. The real narrative is the one you make along the way, though, and that’s not just a meme thing to say.

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DoS 2 is the Romancing SaGa of Western RPGs in that so many choices you make shape the game in ways you don’t always see right away.

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A seemingly offhand response to a Seer has you fight her to the death, where you could have just chatted. Your bloodthirsty elf friend wants to kill the slave trader for obvious reasons, yet you need him alive for info… It’s utterly engaging with a complex, yet rewarding combat system and some gorgeous visuals on PlayStation 5.  

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Persona 5/Persona 5 Royal

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You’ve got two options for Persona 5 on PlayStation 5, and both are easily some of the best RPGs available for the system.

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PS Plus subscribers get the original Persona 5 for absolutely freesies through the PS Plus Collection. The original Phantom Thieves saga and all the intertwining character stories that made it a top RPG on the PS4 still hold up now, along with the series’ trademark Persona fusion system and the countless customization options that entails. It’s all wrapped in the most stylish package in gaming too.

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But if you’re fine with spending a bit of extra dosh, then go for Royal. It augments the original’s winning system with a wagonload of quality of life upgrades, new Confidants to hang out with, more battle options, and an entire new semester carrying the story to a surprising and touching conclusion.

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Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition

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Final Fantasy fans have no shortage of options on PlayStation 5, from the ambitious Final Fantasy 7 Remake to the magnificent Final Fantasy 14. But you’ve just spent hundreds of dollars on a new console, and if you’re looking for the best value for your money, the PS Plus Collection on PS5 brings you Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition for no extra charge (you do have to subscribe to PS Plus to get it). 

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FF15 is a twist on the series’ usual, with a dudebro car adventure taking place in the middle of the franchise's standard political dramas.

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We’d be lying if we said it was flawless, with its too-simple combat and somewhat disjointed story. However, the Royal Edition goes a long way in making FF15 feel whole with all the additional story episodes giving new life to the world of Eos. Then there’s the food. Just look at the food!

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The PlayStation 5 is here, hooray! And out of its launch lineup, there's only one RPG: Demon's Souls. It's an incredible RPG, sure, but outside of that, it's a bleak slate often par for the course with new consoles.

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Fortunately, while we wait for Final Fantasy XVI, Tales of Arise, and whatever else might be in store, the PlayStation 5 is still in a pretty good position for RPGs thanks to backwards compatibility with PS4 games.

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Some of the best RPGs are free with the PS Plus Collection, some are expansions of older games, but they’re all top in the genre and definitely some of the most noteworthy PS4 RPGs you can play on the PS5 right now.

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Uncharted, Bloodborne, and Persona 5 PC Ports are Not Happening https://www.gameskinny.com/x44wd/uncharted-bloodborne-and-persona-5-pc-ports-are-not-happening https://www.gameskinny.com/x44wd/uncharted-bloodborne-and-persona-5-pc-ports-are-not-happening Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:40:12 -0400 Josh Broadwell

You might have heard we're getting Bloodborne on PC, along with Days Gone and even the longed-for Persona 5 Royal PC port, among others. Sony and Atlus say those Amazon France listings allegedly leaking these ports are dead wrong, though.

The original news came from Twitter users Nibel and Wario64, who both picked up on a number of Amazon France listings for PS4 properties heading to PC, including the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection and Gran Turismo. After learning Death Stranding is coming to PC and Horizon: Zero Dawn is also headed to PC, these listings were believable.

However, Sony told outlets like Polygon and GameSpot these have nothing to do with official Sony announcements or plans.

"The listings are not accurate," Sony told Polygon. "We have made no announcements to bring these games to PC."

Atlus told GameSpot, "That listing is an error and we’re looking into having it taken down and how it happened."

Amazon France also has a posting for Super Mario Odyssey for PC now, and there's pretty much no chance of that being true. So while it's possible the aforementioned Sony and Atlus title could make their way to PC at some point in the future, every possible sign points to this current set of listings as being false. 

We're rather inclined to agree with NPD market analyst Mat Piscatella's take on this.

You can check out the full Polygon and GameSpot stories on their respective sites. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 4 news as it develops.

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Best Buy's Scary Games Sale Has Frights, Dark (Empty) Knights, and a Scared Green Plumber https://www.gameskinny.com/jtgaa/best-buys-scary-games-sale-has-frights-dark-empty-knights-and-a-scared-green-plumber https://www.gameskinny.com/jtgaa/best-buys-scary-games-sale-has-frights-dark-empty-knights-and-a-scared-green-plumber Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:34:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Best Buy is running a limited-time Halloween sale as part of its weekly bundle of deals. There's a fair bit on offer here, from this year's frightening favorites to the tried-and-true horror staples of days gone by.

Here's a bit of what you can expect from the Scary Games sale, including Resident Evil 2, Hollow Knight, Bloodborne, Luigi's Mansion, Dead by Daylight, and dozens more. 

Here are some of the highlights.

Best Buy Halloween Sale Highlights

Game Sales Price
Resident Evil 2 — Standard Edition (PS4 and XB1) $24.99
Undertale (Switch)  $24.99
Resident Evil Origins Collection (Switch) $29.99
Devil May Cry 5 Standard Edition (PS4 and XB1)  $24.99
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (PS4 and XB1) $4.99
Hollow Knight (Switch)  $29.99
Luigi's Mansion (3DS) $29.99
Bloodborne (PS4) $16.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PS4 and XB1)  $29.99
The Sinking City (PS4)  $49.99
A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS4 and XB1) $42.99
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
 $24.99
Dead by Daylight: Definitive Edition (Switch) $29.99
Call of Cthulu (PS4)  $24.99
We Happy Few (PS4 and XB1) $14.99

 

That's but a sampling of the close to 50 games included in the sale. You can check out the full list here, and if that's not enough Halloween for your video game, be sure to take a gander at our games with Halloween events list as well. 

If you're a PlayStation player, be sure to check out PlayStation's Halloween sale, which is full of devilishly good deals. 

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The Spooktacular List of Games with Halloween Events 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/dnx32/the-spooktacular-list-of-games-with-halloween-events-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/dnx32/the-spooktacular-list-of-games-with-halloween-events-2019 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:56:55 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Ark: Survival Evolved

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Running from October 22 to November 5 on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Ark's Halloween event is scarier than a velociraptor opening a door. Fear Evolved 3 brings a ton of ghoulish surprises to the survival game, including pumpkins, skeletal dinos, and more. 

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There are "new items to collect, cool skin costumes to try out, and a Blood Moon casting a pale shadow over it all." Players will be treated with increased XP, harvesting, and breeding rates. Here's a list of everything you can expect: 

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  • New cosmetic items: Jack O' Lantern Mask, Hockey Mask, Headless Neck Stump, Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy and event-themed undergarments (tops and bottoms)
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  • New emotes: Panic, Spooky Dance and Zombie
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  • Event-themed wild dinosaur spawns
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  • Randomly spawning gravestones, scarecrows and pumpkin patches
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  • A candy corn-themed supply drop brings an abundance of useful Halloween treats for players, surprises like berries, cooked meats, heal brews, veggie cakes, consumable buffing soups, dino Halloween candy and dino skins from past Halloween events.
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  • The environment and trees to be Halloween themed
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Two Point Hospital

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Not to be outdone by Tropico 6, Two Point Hospital also has a Halloween event going on right now. Of course, the hospital sim was already kinda' spooky with ghosts floating about, but things are even more terrifying with the "boo-tiful update."

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From now until November 1, players can decorate hospitals with Halloween bits and bobs, listening to scary music over the hospital PA, and duck boisterous bats in the hallways. 

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Certain illnesses will even get Halloween-themed updates, such as Lightheadedness getting renamed Firghtheadedness, with patients sprouting pumpkins for heads instead of lightbulbs. 

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those who don't already own the game can grab it for 66% off on Steam until November 1. 

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Tropico 6

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Even city-builder Tropico 6 is getting in on the Halloween festivities. From now until November 7, players will see new content updates bringing Autumn foliage, pumpkins, Halloween palace decorations, and a themed main menu to the game. 

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The update is live across all platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. El Presidente is in the spirit. 

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Elder Scrolls Blades

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The Elder Scrolls Blades is celebrating the spooky season with the Witches Festival. New quests have been added to the game alongside a spell overhaul, new Nightmare Town, and brand-new decorations. 

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The 1.4 update includes myriad fixes to combat, weapons, armor, items, and more. It even squashes a few pesky bugs. But(!), it doesn't squash spiders, which feature heavily in because Halloween. 

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Creatures lurk in dark caves and mysteriously abandoned villages dot the land. Are you brave enough to venture out into the land of the living dead? 

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Mortal Kombat 11

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Fighting game fans can celebrate Halloween with one of the most macabre fighting games around: Mortal Kombat

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The free Halloween-themed event starts on October 25 and runs through November 1. There will be four new boss fights, all with spoopy modifiers such as witches and bats and pumpkins. There are even new terrifying Brutalities to be had. 

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The Masquerade Skin pack will retail for $5.99 and include skins for Jade, Kabal, and Liu Kang. 

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Hitman 2 Halloween Escalation Contract

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Hitman 2 is even getting in on the Halloween shenanigans with a special, Halloween-themed Escalation Contract. This new contract is included as part of October's free content update for those who downloaded the Hitman 2 Starter Pack, and it takes place in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

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Along with the obligatory skeletons, pumpkins, and other spooky accouterments, the Contract includes special rewards for those who manage to survive the horror-filled wasteland that awaits them: the Tactical Wetsuit and Bat Shuriken.

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The Contract is live now, and you can check out the event's official trailer here.

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Gears 5: Pumpkin Ball and More

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Gears 5 is bringing Pumpkin Ball back for Halloween this year, which is basically a pumpkin version of dodgeball, and it's also giving you the chance to earn a special Frankenstein skin by winning 13 matches of Pumpkin Ball before the event ends on November 4.

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This isn't your typical game of dodge, er, Pumpkin Ball, though. Players automatically revive unless you target specific, zombie-like weak points, including the head or the universal weakness to massive explosions.

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The event started on October 22, with more planned sometime this week as well, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

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Elder Scrolls Online: The Witches Festival

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The Witches Festival returns once more in Elder Scrolls Online, bringing with it a gaggle of ghoulish goodies for your Halloween pleasure. The event starts October 24 at 10am EST and ends November 4 at the same time.

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One way to get the party started is earning tons more XP, and to do that, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown store then use the Whistle you get as a reward.

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The Witches Festival has plenty more on offer as well, including Festival-themed collectibles and costumes, Dremora Plunder Skulls (complete with new items) earned through defeating special bosses once per day, and the Glenmoril Armor set.

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See the set in all its glory, and find out all the details about The Witches Festival here.

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Mario Kart Tour Halloween Event

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Mario Kart Tour is joining in the spooky fun this season, with some sort of Halloween event centered around a Luigi's Mansion course. The official tweet announcing the event only said we can get tricks and treats out of it.

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Sort of unrelated to the event, but not really because it is Luigi's Mansion after all, is the announcement that Luigi is coming to Mario Kart Tour as of now. (Apparently, he lost his keys and couldn't get there when the game first launched).

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Much to Luigi's undoubted dismay, the Halloween event is adding King Boo as a playable character too.

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Don't Starve: Hallowed Nights 2019

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Klei Entertainment's lovable death simulator Don't Starve Together's Halloween 2019 event is the return of Hallowed Nights, starting October 24. The Klei blog post announcing the event's return said it'll largely include the same things as last year, with a few new treats and tricks.

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That means Candy items, Halloween Decorations, and Trinkets you can give to the Pig King for Candy. Candy is good in Don't Starve, because unlike other food items, it never spoils.

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Last year's Hallowed Nights also introduced the Mad Science Lab, where you could engineer a number of potions with a variety of positive effects — but at the expense of your sanity.

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Though not technically part of Hallowed Nights, October 24 is when we'll see Wurt the Merm make her debut in Don't Starve as well.

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Dragalia Lost: Halloween Fantasia 2

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Dragalia Lost's popular Halloween Fantasia event returns as the game's big Spooktober event, bringing with it new items, quests, and summons. It all kicks off at 2am October 18.

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First is the Trick or Treasure! Facility Event, which introduces Nightmare difficulty, new items to obtain, and more. It's accompanied by a new set of Daily and Live Endeavors that'll run through October 31 as well.

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Thanks to Perfectly-Nintendo distilling the patch notes, we also know the special Halloween Fantasia summoning event will include the following:

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  • Halloween Lowen (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Odetta (Adventurer)
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and a few more, all of which will be available until the end of Halloween.

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Sea of Thieves: Fort of the Damned

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Things are taking a decidedly spooky turn for Xbox One and Windows 10 players this month in Sea of Thieves. The game's monthly content update this time around is, naturally, Halloween related, and it's no barebones update either.

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Old Boot Fort has been overrun by the forces of evil, turning it into the Fort of the Damned, managed by the Shadow of Fate Skeletons.

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This fort can be activated as long as the requirements are met, and it brings with it new Voyages, new Contracts from Duke, and some big rewards. More importantly, these additions aren't just for October; they'll continue on as a permanent part of the game.

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There'll also be new arena rules, new items and pets from the Emporium, and even a new way to play Shanties. The full details are here.

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Fallout '76 Mischief Night

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Fallout '76's Halloween event this year is Mischief Night, letting you take full advantage of the day to wreak utter havoc on Whitespring. Mischief Night kicks off at noon EST on October 26 and runs until the same time on November 5, and it begins "every hour, on the hour." It's a public event, which means free fast travel too.

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You'll start off at the Mischief Pyre near the Springhouse Gazebo, and after hearing about the rogue Eyebot JES-2R's dark plans, you're in for a quick tour of the resort area.

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From there, you can destroy property and vehicles, vandalize buildings, risk getting tricked at one of the treat bowls, and basically do whatever your little black heart desires — as long as the Whitespring Elite Security Force doesn't catch you.

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Complete JES-2R's missions to earn rewards, and wearing or crafting your own costume helps further your progress towards unlockables.

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Check out the full details here.

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For Honor's Otherworld 2019 Event

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For the past two years, Ubisoft's For Honor has hosted an event centering around the Otherworld concept, with plenty of spooky challenges, quests, special rewards, Halloween versions of familiar characters, and of course, loads of lootable gear.

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The event usually runs well beyond Halloween too. As yet, like with many others, there aren't any concrete details about For Honor's Halloween event, but we'll update as soon as we find out more.

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Hearthstone Hallow's End: Doom in the Tomb

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Blizzard finally lifted the lid on Hearthstone's Hallow's End 2019 event. This year's special Halloween event is Doom in the Tomb; it starts October 8 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT and runs for three weeks until October 30 at 9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT.

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As always, there'll be unique Tavern Brawls with rewards for completing missions under a certain time, plus trials in the Haunted Temple for both good and E.V.I.L. to overcome. Naturally, the Headless Horseman will be making his appearance as well.

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Some of the Tomb's treasures might seem familiar to longtime players as well, with classic cards like the Druid, Imp Gang Boss, and Imp Burglard making a return.

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There's a lot more involved, and you can read about it plus all the rewards on offer here.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Dark Arts Month

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While Harry Potter: Wizards Unite might not generate quite the same levels of interest as Niantic's other AR mobile game, it's still got plenty to offer for Dark Arts month.

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Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 1: October 8-14

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October Community Day: October 19

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Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 2: October 22-28

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  • A new sinister quest featuring the Brilliant Sirius Black and a Dementor
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Exclusive Halloween Quest: October 31

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More details will be announced on the game's Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the month.

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Those are most of the games hosting Halloween events this year. Be sure to bookmark this article and check back throughout the month for updates and new games. 

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Killing Floor 2: Grim Treatments

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Tripwire Studios' Killing Floor 2 Halloween event is already underway, with the launch of Grim Treatments earlier this month.

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Grim Treatment is a free update that brings in a variety of Halloween Zeds, up to their ears (or whatevers) in blood and gore, a brand-new map in the form of Ashwood Asylum, special cosmetic items, and Nuked Objective Mode.

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Nuked has special quests and cutscenes, but the main objective centers around the attempt to rescue a small child in the aftermath of nuclear fallout, and of course, there are plenty of Zeds trying to stop you.

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League of Legends The Harrowing 2019

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The Harrowing is basically an institution in League of Legends. It's a yearly fright-fest that ties in with the game's lore, focusing on the Black Mist and, well, death. Because it's Halloween.

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The big draw in The Harrowing tends to be the special Champion skins on offer, plus various ranks of gear, and plenty of other additions to get you in the Halloween spirit.

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So far, there's absolutely nothing about this year's Harrowing, but since we're well into October now, that'll likely change soon.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween Event

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There will, in fact, be a Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween event this year. Shared on EA Star Wars' official Twitter account, the event will begin on October 23 and end on October 31. 

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The event might not feature ghouls and ghosts, but it will allow players to earn 2X experience for the entire period. That includes all game modes. 

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The event will center around the Ewok hunt on Endor, which, unsurprisingly, will be at night. 

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It's worth mentioning that Battlefront 2 will have events the entire month of October, even though there is only one Halloween-themed event. 

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  • October 4-6: Battle Point Event
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  • October 11-18: Community Quests
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  • October 18-20: Battle Point Event
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Dead by Daylight Withering Blight Event

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This year's Dead by Daylight Hallowed Blight event, called Withering Blight, was leaked during the Stranger Things event over the summer. That said, only the existence of the Halloween event was leaked. Since then, we've learned a little bit more. 

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The event will run from October 22 to November 1. Not only will it bring "spooky decorations" to the world of Dead by Daylight, but items from Halloweens past, including: 

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  • The Pustula Petals offering
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Per the game's official blog: 

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You can find these limited-time items scattered throughout newly generated Bloodwebs and in chests for the duration of the event. You will keep any leftover items and be able to use them year round, but be warned: Any unused Pustula Petals will stay in your inventory, but will not be useable after the event period. 

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Following feedback from the Hallowed Blight event last year, Pustula Petals will instead create a pair of event Hooks and Generators for each Offering used. Survivors who burn one of these Offerings will receive bonus Bloodpoints whenever an event Generator is powered, and Killers receive a bonus each time a Survivor is hooked on a special event Hook. If you don’t burn an Offering, you’ll still receive some bonus Bloodpoints, but not as many as those who do. 

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The event will also bring new challenges and rewards to Dead by Daylight. Putrid Serum will be a new currency for the event, which can be used to acquire cosmetics. Though there are a finite number of these items in the event, finding them all will net you "six hallowed cosmetics."

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Last year's event featured an adrenaline-filled rush to gather antitoxins to fend off an army of mutated creatures bent on destroying everything in sight, plus the slightly less tense inclusion of new items and gear.

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Rainbow Six Siege Halloween Event

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Last year, Ubisoft treated us to the Mad House Halloween event in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and while the company's been silent so far about this year's Halloween event, a set of rather frightening looking skins was recently leaked.

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obutu3_ posted a video on YouTube showing off new skins for Doc, Ela, and Vigil, among others, all of which are pretty obviously meant for Halloween.

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If it's anything like last year, expect to see plenty of Halloween decorations around the Rainbow Six Siege world and, hopefully, see the previous year's skins available again as well.

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Call of Duty Halloween 2019

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Just like we can count on a new Call of Duty game every year, we can count on a Call of Duty Halloween event, too. Only — Activision hasn't announced one yet.

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Last year's was all about Black Ops, and the year before focused on Infinite Warfare. This year saw Call of Duty Mobile finally launch, so it's possible any new event could center around that since Modern Warfare won't release until October 25. Of course, we could also see something in Black Ops 4 ... 

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Either way, these usually involve the same thing: new skins, stickers, and gear, all won through reaching specific tier levels and completing certain missions.

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Stay tuned for more.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Halloween Event

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Harry Potter and Halloween are perfect matches for each other, not least because something interesting — or deadly — always happens on Halloween.

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Hogwarts Mystery will be no different this year. The game's official Twitter account teased the game's Dark Arts Month earlier this month on Twitter.

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We know what's going on with Wizards Unite, but we're still in the dark about Hogwarts

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PUBG Mobile and The Walking Dead

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PUBG Mobile is getting its own Halloween crossover event with The Walking Dead in the form of daily boardgame missions.

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Players can log in every day to complete special The Walking Dead-themed missions to unlock a special version of Daryl Dixon's motorcycle, plus enter for a chance to win a new iPhone 11.

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More details about the events and giveaways are going to be shared on Twitter through the month.

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PUBG Halloween 2019

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a special set of Halloween skins this year. They're pretty much what you'd expect from Halloween costumes, too, ranging from The Wizard of Oz-themed Kansas and Scarecrow sets to pirate gear, and more, though the, er, happy Lion costume has received some changes since it first launched.

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These costumes will all be sold individually and can be bought as sets for a discount.

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Crash Team Racing Halloween Grand Prix

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Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has made a name for itself by offering regular Grand Prix events, and it's a theme Beenox is continuing with a special Halloween-themed event: the Nitro-Fueld Spooky Grand Prix.

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Top on the list is the return of Nina Cortex as a new playable character, complete with new karts and a brand-new track. There'll be missions and challenges to complete, tiered rewards to earn, skins, items, and lots more.

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The Spooky Grand Prix kicked off on October 4 and runs through November 3, and you can find out all the specifics here.

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MapleStory Hallowkitty Event

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MapleStory's usual Hallowkitty event is back in full force this year as part of the Fabled Melody content update, but it won't start until October 23 at 7 p.m. EST.

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It's a big event, too. There's a disco-themed set of Halloween items to purchase:

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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Ghost: 1,500 Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Mummy: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Frankenstein: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Vampire: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Skull: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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And there are plenty of disco activities, too, with stat growth rewards for hanging out and greeting friends, plus costumes you can earn.

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Finally, there is a Halloween-themed monster hunt event, complete with daily missions and plenty of rewards. You can check out the full details here.

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Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2019

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Festival of the Lost is back once more as Destiny 2's Halloween event in 2019. What's more, New Light players — those playing the new free-to-play Destiny 2 version —can take part in Festival of the Lost, so long as their power level is at least 770.

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As always, Eva Levante is your host, and she brings with her all manner of Halloween decorations and costumes. And candy. Lots of candy, which you'll earn and can use towards rewards like the Braytech Werewolf Legendary Auto Rifle.

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Weapons will serve you well in the Forest trials, 15 minutes of terror fighting against monsters galore, but there's plenty of Halloween customization for those who just want to make some haunting memories for the future too.

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You can see all the details here.

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Borderlands 3: Bloody Harvest

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Borderlands 3's Halloween event is part of a brand-new content update, and, as always, it's called Bloody Harvest. Bloody Harvest starts October 24 and lets you take on haunted enemies, challenge a new boss, earn rewards by completing challenges, and, of course, don new skins for your Vault Hunters. What kind of Halloween would it be without dressing up, after all?

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You can see the full details in the event's announcement video below.

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Overwatch Halloween Terror 2019

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Now that it's actually begun, Blizzard released details about this year's Overwatch Halloween event. Dr Junkenstein makes his return, changing all the heroes into spooky Halloween versions of their usual selves and bringing along new weekly challenges as well as the usual Junkenstein's Revenge seasonal brawl.

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Here are the full details:

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  • Weekly Challenges are back for Halloween Terror, allowing you to unlock limited-time rewards by winning nine games.
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  • Emotes
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  • Player Icons
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  • Sprays
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5 Legendary Skins 

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  • Pharoah Ana
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  • Warlock Ashe
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  • Demon Orisa
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  • Will-o’-Wisp
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3 Epic Skins

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  • Vampire Baptiste
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Final Fantasy XIV: All Saints' Wake 2019

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All Saints' Wake returns for Final Fantasy XIV's Halloween 2019 event, and yes, the spoopy Moogle carriage is included.

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If you're looking for some Final Fantasy Halloween fun, head to Gridania Woods from October 17 to November 1 to check out the Continental Circus and its special Ahriman attraction, which is something you'll have to see to believe, or so they say.

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As always, there's a bevy of in-game items to earn during the event, but here are some of the highlights:

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    Circus Resonator mount - this unique voidsent was bred by the Continental Circus

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    Pumpkin Carriage - embrace the spirit of the season with this spooky - but regal - outdoor furnishing item

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    Fantastical All Saints’ Wake Advertisement - a notice that will be a welcome reminder about this year’s spooktacular event.

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If you didn't get around to last year's event, you'll get the chance to purchase some of the special themed items you missed out on.

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The full announcement is here.

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Rocket League Haunted Hallows

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Psyonix has revealed new information regarding Rocket League's Halloween 2019 event. This year, things get a little peculiar with the game's Stranger Things crossover during the Haunted Hallows event. 

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The Farmstead map gets transformed into the Upside-Down, reminiscent of the opening portions from Stranger Things Season 2. The map is now steeped in red with the Mind Flayer lurking in the background. 

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The event runs from October 14 to November 11. During that time, players can earn unique toppers, banners, titles, decals, avatar borders and more. These fiendish flourishes will be available for a certain number of Candy Corn, which players can earn by playing matches. 

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There are even golden pumpkins that hold special surprises. 

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Pokemon GO Halloween 2019

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Pokemon GO's 2019 Halloween event kicks off soon, on October 17 at 4pm EST/1pm PST and runs through November 1 at the same time.

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The first big feature of the event is adding Darkrai to five-star raid events, which you can find out more about here

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There's going to be more Shadow Pokemon at your local PokeStop. Specifically, you'll have a chance to see

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  • Weedle
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  • Kakuna
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  • Beedrill
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  • Electabuzz
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  • Magmar
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  • Lapras
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  • Mareep
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  • Seedot
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  • Nuzleaf
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  • Sableye
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  • Trapinch
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  • Cacnea
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  • Duskull
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If you're not quite sure what to do with these Shadow Pokemon once you catch them, check out our Shadow Pokemon and Purifying guide.

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Additionally, Yamask will make its debut, along with its shiny variant (if you're lucky), amidst a slew of other Ghost types that will be more common, like Gastly and Murkrow.

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Other Pokemon, including Cubone, Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, might appear in raid battles donning special Halloween costumes.

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And on top of that, there's a range of Halloween-themed avatar items is coming to the Style Shop, including a Pikachu onesie, Litwick cap, and Mimikyu bag.

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You can see the full details here.

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Apex Legends Fight or Fright

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Respawn Entertainment will be adding a bevy of Halloween goodies and tweaks to Apex Legends with the first ever Fight or Fright event, starting October 15 and running through until November 5.

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Fight or Fright introduces new cosmetic items for weapons and Legends, some of which can be obtained through completing special, limited-time challenge missions.

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King's Canyon is getting a spooky, night-themed makeover, but it's the new mode Shadowfall that brings the biggest change.

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Legends who fall in battle will be reborn as zombies and receive new abilities, like a vicious melee attack and, in true Titanfall fashion, the ability to run up walls.

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Once the field only has 10 living Legends left, the game changes to an escape mode. It's a race for the 10 Legends to make it to the evacuation ship while the undead zombie Legends do all they can to stop the evacuation from happening.

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You can head over here to check out the full details and get a glimpse at some of the skins.

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Fortnite Halloween 2019

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Epic Games hasn't yet announced any Halloween events for Fortnite, but fans are expecting something soon. Expectations were heightened when Twitter user HYPEX posted information gleaned from datamining, reportedly showing at least part of the Halloween skins that might be added to Fortnite sometime this month. 

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HYPEX is a well-known dataminer in the Fortnite community, but as always, it's just a rumor until Epic confirms the information.

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Bloodborne: The Official Return to Yharnam

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Bloodborne's Halloween event is fully organized by the Bloodborne fan community. It's an unofficial official event (just go with it), and rules are determined on the Bloodborne sub-reddit based on which suggestions get the most upvotes.

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Currently, the rules include choosing and creating a specific costume, like the Grim Reaper or Masked Hoonter, and using the invasion and resonance bells as often as possible.

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The event started on October 5 at midnight and runs all the way through November 5. This is still very much an event in the making, so it's bound to change as more rules develop.

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This is Halloween — well, almost.

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This is early October, which means it's time to get ready for all your favorite games to kick off their spooktacular Halloween events.

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From Fortnite and Apex Legends to Call of Duty, Hearthstone, and even Star Wars Battlefront II, there's a lot going on this Halloween.

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We've gathered together a sampling of some of the biggest Halloween events set to start sometime this month. While not every game has begun its festive happenings yet, we will continue updating this piece all month, so check back regularly for more information as it pops up.

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Days of Play Returns in June With Special Edition PS4, Discounted Games https://www.gameskinny.com/e7hm8/days-of-play-returns-in-june-with-special-edition-ps4-discounted-games https://www.gameskinny.com/e7hm8/days-of-play-returns-in-june-with-special-edition-ps4-discounted-games Wed, 29 May 2019 16:41:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony's Days of Play is making a comeback again this year, running from June 7 to June 17 and offering a number of deals and discounts. Oh, and a shiny new, limited edition PlayStation 4 model.

The new PS4 model was initially announced during Sony's second State of Play episode. It sports the usual black color, but with a steel aesthetic plus the classic PlayStation symbols (X, O, Triangle, and Square) embossed in silver on the top. There's a matching two-tone DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to go with it as well.

The system has the standard 1TB hard drive and will retail for $299.99 starting June 7.

The PS4 Pro, controllers, and VR bundles will be getting discounts during the Days of Play 2019 event as well.

The Pro normally costs $399.99, but will sell for $349.99 while the event lasts, and DualShock 4 wireless controllers of all color varieties will be available for $39.99.

VR bundles will go for $249.99. The blog post doesn't mention what bundles will be included, though promotional materials are showing Trover Saves the Universe and Five Nights at Freddy's VR included with the VR headset.

On top of that, some of the PS4's biggest recent hits are getting discounted for Days of Play. The following titles will be available for $19.99:

Some select PlayStation Hits titles will be discounted even further too, to $9.99. The accompanying Days of Play blog post shows The Last of Us, Ratchet and Clank, Bloodborne, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as included titles, but as of yet, there's no official list. Also, despite the blog saying the games are available at that price now, they're still listed for the usual $19.99 on the PSN Store.

There seem to be a few details still missing from the announcement, but with June 7 right around the corner, we'll doubtlessly be getting more information soon.

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Getting Ready to Die, Or Preparing for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice With Dark Souls and Bloodborne https://www.gameskinny.com/higkk/getting-ready-to-die-or-preparing-for-sekiro-shadows-die-twice-with-dark-souls-and-bloodborne https://www.gameskinny.com/higkk/getting-ready-to-die-or-preparing-for-sekiro-shadows-die-twice-with-dark-souls-and-bloodborne Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:18:25 -0400 John Schutt

From Software's "Soulsborne" series is known for many things, but above all, it's known for its brutal difficulty.

They. Will. Kill. You. 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, set to release March 22 and the latest game in the Soulsborne line, will be no different. That means you need to prepare before getting started, and what better way to prepare than by playing the Dark Souls series and the masterpiece that is Bloodborne?

The question, however, is what parts of From's library should you be studying up on? And what should you unlearn if you're a veteran, or try to not learn as a newcomer?

This article answers those questions, looking at the two of the pillars of Sekiro's gameplay: combat, and by extension, boss fights.

Absolute Aggression

Veterans know that the best way to fight in Soulsborne titles is measured aggression with minimum dodging and maximum damage. You want mobility, a keen sense of timing, and an encyclopedic knowledge of your enemy's attacks.

Whether your weapon is a mighty greatsword or the quickest rapier, no opponent poses much of a threat if you know when to strike, how to avoid the counter-attack, and when to back away.

Sekiro turns this tradition on its head. Where once the dodge roll, or just dodging in general, was king, now you want to learn to parry, thanks to the new Posture mechanic.

In essence, both you and your foes have a Posture meter that increases the more damage you take, how many times you block, or on the execution of a perfect parry.

Once this meter is "broken," or filled beyond its boundaries, either you or your enemy can initiate a "deathblow," dealing massive damage. The player just dies, as will most trash mobs. Tougher foes take multiple deathblows, bosses most of all.

All that means you'll be in your enemy's face a lot. You want to parry as many attacks as you can, being sure to dodge the occasional unblockable counter. Gone are the days of holding up a shield and hoping for the best, literally: there are no shields in Sekiro

For these reasons, there are a couple of skills you'll want to practice across the Soulsborne series beforehand.

Parry Timing

Almost every non-boss enemy throughout Dark Souls and Bloodborne can be parried. A few bosses can be parried as well.

Your first order of business is to practice learning the timing of each attack you can parry until it becomes second nature.

The timing you'll learn won't transfer on a one-to-one ratio, as Sekiro is an exceedingly fast game, but the basic skills will. You'll be learning frame windows, attack animation lengths and styles, and most importantly, you'll be working on your reaction time. 

The best Soulsborne players can and will parry everything that comes their way if they're so inclined, and usually on the first or second frame of the parry window. If footage from Sekiro is to be believed, that window is tiny if you want to land a perfect counter.

Probably the best place in the whole series to practice is the Graveyard area near Firelink Shrine in the first Dark Souls. The skeletons there are aggressive, have massive health pools for an early enemy, and their attack variety is broad enough to give almost any non-expert a run for their money.

In Dark Souls 2, make good use of the Pursuer boss. Again, he's really tough for an enemy you fight early in the game, and like the skeletons, he attacks quickly and often enough to get a good sense of when and where to strike.

For Dark Souls 3, any of the humanoid enemies are worth making your practice dummies. Champion Gundyr and Pontiff Sulyvahn are your bosses of choice, for the same reasons outlined above.

Bloodborne doesn't get a mention here, because parries happen at a distance through the gun mechanics.

Optimal Movement

Dodging in a Soulsborne game is more than just rolling at the right time. You need to know attack hitboxes, both their size and their duration, as well as attack speeds and overall frequency. The best players can and have taken out even the toughest enemies without so much as breaking into a sprint.

I'm not talking about learning every boss like the back of your hand. There isn't time. Instead, focus on optimizing your movement as much as you can.

That means you want to do a little moving to avoid an attack as possible.

That big dragon attack? Walk around it.

The gigantic hammer that's going to flatten you? Sidestep it.  

The trash mob swinging at you wildly? Take a few steps back and watch him flail uselessly.

Remember: you will die learning this part. You will die a lot. The knowledge you gain from each death will go a long way toward teaching you how to analyze attacks in the moment.

If you don't have to think about how to avoid damage, it will naturally happen, leaving your mind free to focus on more important things, like landing a parry or getting in the perfect position for a backstab or death from above.

Boss Fights

Everything you learn from the non-boss enemies in a Soulsborne game teaches you something you can use in the level's one or more bosses. They will not, however, teach you how to read, learn, dodge, and ultimately attack a boss. Only actually fighting one will do that.

In Sekiro, the basic formula remains: bait attack, counter or avoid, wait for the gap closure attack, reengage, repeat.

The difference here is, again, posture. In Sekiro, even bosses have it, and like any other enemy in the game, you'll be parrying your head off trying to take down their gauge so you can deliver one of the multiple deathblows necessary to win the day.

As you play previous Soulsborne titles, there are a few things you'll want to practice in preparation for Sekiro. Again, because of the many new mechanics, these skills will not be one-to-one transfers, but you will be better prepared to learn on the fly.

Openers

The start of a boss fight can set the stage for the rest of the engagement, and Soulsborne bosses are no different. In many cases, they will open with a specific attack as well, or be in a specific position that can allow you to take an early advantage.

Your first order of business, then, is not only understanding how these opening attacks function, but how best to exploit them. You'll find the vast majority work as gap closers and end with a swipe of some kind that will take a sizeable chunk of your health with it. 

Using the skills you gained in the above sections, you'll want to both position yourself optimally and be ready to take the first attack into a perfect parry. You'll have taken no damage, and the boss's posture meter will already be far more filled than yours. 

Alternately, you can avoid the attack to give yourself some breathing room in the arena, especially if it's relatively small and the boss has sweeping and long-range attacks.

Because you'll be returning to a boss fight several times, you'll be seeing the openers over and over, so regardless of which Souls-style game you're playing, you'll want to take a different approach to each encounter. Go to the right once, to the left another time, and take the attack head-on another time. 

Different approaches to the opening of a fight will give you a good idea about how you want to approach each one going forward, which might ease the frustration of failure, if only by a little.

The Great Bait

It doesn't matter what game you're playing; if you want a Souls boss to give you a specific attack or a certain pattern, you're going to have to bait it out of them. 

What does that mean? It means you've got to do some action that forces the boss to attack you and then react according to the attack provided. 

There are multiple triggers for an attack, but the biggest three are: being close enough for said attack to land, healing, or being too far away

In any case, baiting is a purely conscious decision because its purpose is to put you in a position to exploit everything you know about the incoming strike. Whether you're parrying it, avoiding it to generate an opening, or just outright dodging it, a great bait enables damage, and usually the big kind.

Practicing your baiting skills is as simple as it is dangerous. Go into a boss fight and try to get it to attack you a certain way. Start up close, then run away, then dodge, then repeat the process until you can't find any other attacks.

If the boss has parry windows, bait those out too. You'll need them in Sekiro.

Healing

Enemies in Sekiro are aggressive, and if the boss arenas are big enough, expect the boss to use every square inch. You will take damage your first run through, and probably the second, third, and 30th as well. That means you'll need to heal at least once, and because healing almost always acts a trigger for an attack, you have to know when and where to do it.

Many Souls-style bosses have big, showy attacks that end in a mild stun state for the boss as they "recover" from the exertion. Those are the first ones you want to learn and bait out. 

The second attack type to be aware of is always the quick one, because what's the use in healing if the next second all that health is gone again. This is a major issue if you're right up in the boss's face, so make special note of whatever super-fast attacks a boss uses. They often don't have much lead-up, and though they don't do a ton of damage, they will interrupt your actions as surely as powerful attacks will.

To practice healing in a boss encounter, I would recommend doing it early and often for your first few attempts, because you'll get answers to pressing questions like: 

  • How does the boss respond to healing? Does he attack, set up for an attack, let it happen, none of the above?
  • Can you consistently bait a big swing that will give you the second you need to heal?
  • How much damage will you take if you're hit in the middle of healing?

You need these answers before you can start strategizing about the fight. Healing in most Souls-like games is incredibly limited, so making the most of them in the fight you mean to win is essential.

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The above strategies are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to learning how to play Sekiro. I haven't even started to cover verticality, traversal, stealth, equipment, and a whole host of other mechanics you'll need to master if you want to survive.

However, because From Software titles like Sekiro are primarily action games focused around combat, knowing how to approach every encounter can be the difference between loving the game and never picking it up again. 

I think you'll want to master Sekiro. I know it'll be worth it.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 22.

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Remembering Bloodborne Ahead of the Blood Moon Halloween Event https://www.gameskinny.com/iwn30/remembering-bloodborne-ahead-of-the-blood-moon-halloween-event https://www.gameskinny.com/iwn30/remembering-bloodborne-ahead-of-the-blood-moon-halloween-event Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:02:52 -0400 William R. Parks

Bloodborne is burning the pages of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and drinking down the ashes mixed in a chalice of blood. It is staring at Francis Bacon's Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X until you enter a frenzy. It is replacing your internal monologue with György Ligeti's Atmosphères and living to see the Sun consume the Earth.

It is is hysteria, mania, paranoia.

It is a nightmare, and one of the most frightening games I can recall.

Earlier this year, the Bloodborne community organized their second Return To Yharnam, an event that encouraged veteran players to create new characters and participate in as much co-op and PvP play as possible.

The Blood Moon, taking place from October 26 to November 1, has a similar goal in mind.

"October is here, and the hunt shall begin once more," a post on Reddit states, "and it is our duty as Hunters to gather and rise against the beasts."

Instructions for participating in The Blood Moon are simple and included in the thread:

- Create a new character
- Co-op at least 3 times before defeating the boss of each area.
- Invade at least 3 times before defeating the boss of each area.
- Always carry your torch to demonstrate you're part of the hunt.

But why is Bloodborne's loyal fan-base so adamant about continually returning to Yharnam?

Let us take a look at what makes this game such a delight.

FromSoftware, the developers of this fantastic game, are known for giving player's fits. As with their Souls series, Bloodborne's gameplay is dementedly challenging and endlessly replayable.

At times, death can feel as commonplace as swinging your Kirkhammer (a sword jammed into a boulder, etched with indecipherable runes), and it is hard to fathom someone who is not heavily vested in video games ever completing it.

In Souls, the difficulty seems to focus especially around boss battles, and it is not uncommon to fight the same one for hours before the demon has been felled. Bloodborne too has some hair-pulling boss battles, but the difficulty of clearing between these bosses is much higher. The beasts are more challenging, their arrangements are more overwhelming, and the environment is more punishing.

This increased and persistent difficulty has the effect of creating a pervasive sense of unease and fear for almost the entirety of a play-through. Not a moment passes where you feel safe in Bloodborne, and my heart is racing every time I play it.

Bloodborne puts you in fight-or-flight mode, but it does not reward indulgence of these primal instincts. To advance in this game, precise execution and wits are required, and that can only come with some stillness.

This push-pull fosters an unnerving discord, priming your psyche for the truly terrifying and exceptional aspects of this game; the elements that keep players coming back to Yharnam over and over: the world FromSoft has created and how they choose to tell their story within it.

Bloodborne's world is an orgy of paranormal horror and gothic grandiosity. The areas are distinct and moody, and you find yourself dying in ruined towns, haunted forests, and beautifully frightening castles.

Not enough good can be said about Bloodborne's level design -- intertwining mazes that continually fold back on themselves as you go deeper and deeper -- and the enemies that populate it are continually surprising.

Mindflayers with tentacled-heads; eldritch horrors with uncountable eyes, fanged mouths, and spectral songs; hideously deformed trolls and giants; mangled humanoids, naked, rolling with huge hammers.

Every element feels in perfect harmony and in service of terror, and, more impressively, everything you encounter is drenched in lore. To become truly intimate with Yharnam is the path to understanding Bloodborne's story.

In Bloodborne, very few narrative points are made exceptionally clear, and, as with the gameplay, FromSoft is not holding anyone's hand when it comes to understanding more.

The game's cinematics are captivating but pose more questions than answers, and its dialogue is often so cryptic that it approaches nonsensical. You know that something horrifying is happening all around you, you just do not not know precisely what.

However, the game's story is not illogical or impenetrable, just buried beneath the surface -- in the descriptions of items or the set pieces themselves. FromSoft lets the game's world tell its story, and full comprehension is possible through scouring every inch of it.

The stories that can be extracted from the subtlest of Bloodborne's details are simply astounding and leave me in awe of what FromSoft has built. There is a real world in Yharnam, with a history that goes way back.

The difference between this world and the others that many games so meticulously craft is that Bloodborne does not seem to care if you are aware of its depth or not.

No endless exposition or recapitulation indicates that this world was created for you or your character, and you can float (incessantly die) right through it happily (with a great deal of pain and tears) without giving the game's narrative a second thought.

Yharnam feels as though it exists independently of, and without any interest in, your presence in it.

And herein lies what is so special about Bloodborne: you choose your level of interest, and the game delivers an exceptional experience regardless of your choice.

If you choose to focus your play-through only on game mechanics -- the wonderful combat, weapons, and character progression -- it will be wonderfully rewarding. And if you choose to invest more, Bloodborne will continue to open and reveal itself to you.

It is safe to say that many that will be returning for The Blood Moon have pulled back the curtain and seen the true evil at the center Yharnam.

And perhaps once you have seen it, you can no longer look away.

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How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Will Stand Out From Dark Souls https://www.gameskinny.com/txw1h/how-sekiro-shadows-die-twice-will-stand-out-from-dark-souls https://www.gameskinny.com/txw1h/how-sekiro-shadows-die-twice-will-stand-out-from-dark-souls Sat, 16 Jun 2018 12:13:08 -0400 Zack Palm

To everyone's delight, FromSoftware had a great presence at E3 this year. They had the opportunity to highlight their upcoming samurai game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice at the event with a trailer filled with some crazy gameplay and more details about the game's story.

You may immediately believe this new intellectual property will operate on the same level that Bloodborne did where it will move, fight, and pretty much feel just like Dark Souls, except with a unique skin over it. This was not the case! Here's how FromSoftware have taken certain steps to ensure the game feels like Dark Souls, but comes up with plenty of its own flavors, too.

If you haven't already checked out the trailer FromSoftware released at E3, here it is:

The Impressive Color Palette

If a person whose played Dark Souls before was asked what notable features about the game stood out to them, the vibrant colors would not be one of them. FromSoftware always had a distinctly drab and somber tone to their environment, making it seem as if it were a far-away myth retold by one generation to the next.

The environments in Sekiro are filled with dynamic hues and enticing details. While you're wandering around, taking in the beautiful environments FromSoftware are known for, you won't think you accidentally slide the shadow meter further down than you should have. There's a pop in the graphics you normally wouldn't find in a Souls game.

Not only that, there's still the noticeable grotesque nature of art in Sekiro that sends a shiver up your spine when you see it. Plenty of what's in Sekiro gets grounded in realism, so the art team had to work in these believable metrics. If they went too far in the supernatural direction, then you might get bumped out of the experience, thinking you're playing Dark Souls in a far-off fantasy land.

But, as the trailer shows, the team was able to add in a certain layer of grime to make the characters and bosses seem as if they were once alive during this time of 16th century Japan. Though their exceptional characteristics were fantasized to seem as if they were taken from myths.

For example, in the trailer there's a moment where the main character walks up a burning environment to a small group of people waiting for him to approach. A big guy approaches the main character, likely the leader of the small entourage. He's not at the small level of disgusting as the Asylum Demon, but his overall size and dirty attire make him look opposing. 

Originally, Dark Souls took its inspiration from a mixture of horror and fantasy lore, whereas this game leans much more on the depiction of ancient Japanese culture. Because of this dramatic influence shift, it makes sense the art team felt they needed to take a step back. FromSoftware have taken a different approach to how this game looks, and it certainly reflects the unique setting they've chosen for Sekiro. 

You Play As A Named Character!

This aspect definitely sets it apart from Dark Souls and Bloodbourne. Normally, you'd find yourself beginning your long journey at a character selection screen where you get to choose all of the unique physical features of your character before you cover them all up in armor. This time around the main protagonist in this story comes with a name, an ambition, and a known history.

Though FromSoftware have not given up too much about this main protagonist, we know his name is Sekiro and he is a shinobi warrior. He was tasked with guarding a lord, but a rival samurai attacked them. The rival samurai was able to kidnap the lord and defeat Sekiro in combat. Sekiro lost his left arm during this fight. Following the battle, he rises from the near-death experience to continue on his journey to rescue his lord from this samurai, while also seeking out revenge.

 

That's not a whole lot of information to go on. But, that's still more than most would receive from a description of Dark Souls! This already makes the game stand out. It's only naturally we'll learn more about the main character as we progress through his story.

A Lot Of Gameplay Differences

The diverse game mechanics in this game have not been utilized in other FromSoftware projects. This section alone deserves its own article, but we'll keep to the highlights!

The most noteworthy change involves Sekiro's prosthetic left arm and the grappling hook attached to it. You can use this grappling hook to climb up the side of buildings, granting you the ability to use the vertical environment to your advantage. While the grappling remains a constant part of the game, you can switch out a variety of different weapons attached to the prosthetic limb to vary your attack style.

For example, you can have an axe attached to it to use as a heavy strike to shatter an enemy's shield. If you need additional light, you can place a torch here while still wielding your katana in your right arm.

This idea of a versatile prosthetic left arm likely originated from the success of Bloodborne's key mechanic where players would have a gun in their left hand to use as a parry. How many different weapons you can place in the prosthetic left arm remains unknown, however, the cover art does feature Sekiro with a flamethrower on his left wrist, so look forward to that!

A unique aspect to this game lies in using Sekiro's arm to scale buildings, which you can do to reliably sneak up on your enemies. That's right: stealth. FromSoftware have included stealth and you can use it to your advantage. Take your time scouting out enemy patrols and thin their numbers before taking on a much larger group. What sort of benefit or difficulty this new mechanic has remains unknown, but the fact they're including it shows how far off from the Dark Souls reservation the developers have gone.

Death Becomes a Strategy

Death works substantially differently. When you died in Dark Souls you'd find yourself stripped of all your souls and you return to the last bonfire you rested at. This served as a great risk-reward balance in the game where you had to stop yourself from continuing on and decide it was a good idea to go back to level up; everyone whose ever played a Dark Souls game can tell you a story where they lost thousands of souls to a simple minion because they weren't paying attention.

Rather than teleporting back to a checkpoint or losing all of your currency, when Sekiro falls to an enemy the screen goes black and white. A red Japanese character gets displayed in the middle of the screen and the word "Death" in English goes underneath it. You can clearly see the enemies beginning to pull away from where Sekiro fell and then, after a little bit of time, he stands back up. From there he continue the fighting as if nothing ever happened.

This unique execution of death was crafted by the developers to encourage players to sometimes feel they had to choose when to call it quits and perish at the hands of their enemies. If a player planned it correctly enough, they could die off to the side of the map and then use their new starting position to take out a handful of minions before continuing the boss fight.

Though, not everything was revealed at E3. The developers do not want you to always use the death strategy over and over again. FromSoftware still have more to show of the death mechanic, and what they have yet to show will place a careful balance on how many times you can die in Sekiro. The developers teased death in Sekiro would hold the same amount of tension as a death you'd experience during a Dark Souls run.

This Is Not A RPG

Though you're not going through a character selection screen, you'd expect to have a leveling up system to give Sekiro some stat boosts to craft him to fit your game style.

Wrong again.

You don't get to level up in this game. You don't get to choose what stats to boost up. And you can't stay in an area to farm enemies for souls so you can level up to prepare for the next boss fight.

What stands in its place? So far, FromSoftware have been keeping it tight-lipped on to what to expect in this game. And that's okay! We have plenty of time to until the game's release.

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Right now FromSoftware only want to give gamers a taste of what their next game will look like. We may learn more about specific features in this game as we approach Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's release date, which is in early 2019.

For more information about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, keep it here at GameSkinny.

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9 Awesome Video Game Collector's Editions https://www.gameskinny.com/fcuhb/9-awesome-video-game-collectors-editions https://www.gameskinny.com/fcuhb/9-awesome-video-game-collectors-editions Tue, 22 May 2018 11:19:03 -0400 Edgar Wulf

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Collector's Edition
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This edition of A Link Between Worlds was only ever released for the GAME chain of stores, a retailer in the UK, whose branding also appears on the box. There wasn't much to it -- a download code for Link's Awakening DX and a humongous A0 poster (shipped separately) featuring the Master Sword. However, it also included a small treasure chest which played the signature treasure sound upon being opened and, as an additional bonus, stored up to five 3DS game cartridges.

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Featured here are editions which, for various reasons, did not make it onto the main list:

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Okami HD The Mankaiouka-Dama Limited Edition was released exclusively in Japan through the e-capcom store in limited quantities. It included a fluorescent phone strap and a snow globe displaying Amaterasu, the game's protagonist, under a beautiful cherry blossom tree.

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Undertale Collector's Edition, released exclusively on fangamer.com, included the game's soundtrack across two CDs, the game's sheet music, a colorful storybook, and a gorgeous, gold-plated music locket.

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Do you own any of these editions? Know of any rare and unique collector's editions which deserve some publicity? Leave a comment below, and as always, for everything cool, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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Wizard's Edition
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the charming RPG by Studio Ghibli and Level-5, received two versions of the Wizard's Edition. With downloadable golden skins for familiars, a cute Drippy plush toy, and a replica of The Wizard's Companion found in the game, the EU version was slightly surpassed by the U.S. version, which also included five artwork cards, a soundtrack CD, and a collectible coin featuring the game's main protagonist, Oliver.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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Collector's Edition
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, made by Platinum Games, was not only a spectacular spin-off to the Metal Gear series, it also received an equally spectacular Collector's Edition in the United States. In addition to a steelbook case and a soundtrack CD, it contained a plasma lamp featuring part of Raiden's katana on display, which lit up in glorious color.

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Little Big Planet 2

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Collector's Edition
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Little Big Planet 2, much like its predecessor, is oozing with charm, and its U.S. Collector's Edition reflects that. While somewhat sparse on contents, it's the quality which counts. Along with some downloadable costumes of familiar characters from other franchises and a cute Sackboy plush toy, this edition also included cardboard bookends, themed after the game, to display your collection of games in style.

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Gal Gun: Double Peace

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Mr. Happiness Edition
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At first glance, there is nothing significant about Gal Gun's Mr. Happiness Edition -- some DLC costumes, a soundtrack CD, and a wall scroll featuring two girls. It also included a pair of panties. Some developers seem to have a thing for underwear, though fret not, it's actually just a microfiber cloth for cleaning the screen of your device. Which is still weird considering the main objective of the game is to rub girls. Oh, Japan....

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Catherine

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Catherine is a bizarre game, and its Deluxe Edition, released in North America, is even more so. While some of its contents were pretty mundane -- an artbook, a soundtrack CD, a t-shirt -- it also included a pillowcase featuring Catherine, one of the game's main heroines. To top it off there, was also a pair of oversized polka-dot boxer shorts, with everything neatly packaged in a Stray Sheep Pizza box, a bar/pizzeria which is featured in the game.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Regardless of what you may think about the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops III had probably one of the coolest editions ever made. The Juggernog Edition featured things like coasters, a season pass, a steelbook case, some art cards, and a digital soundtrack along with some downloadable content. It also included a fully functional mini-fridge which stored up to 12 cans of Mountain Dew (or beer, for those of age).

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Bully

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Special Edition
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One of the more popular titles by Rockstar Games, and perhaps the most elusive edition on this list, Bully, released in 2006, received a Special Edition that is almost unattainable today. The outer box was themed after a school locker which, because the game takes place in a school environment, is very fitting. This edition included a Rockstar Games-branded sticker, a comic book based on the game, and an inflatable dodgeball.

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Bloodborne

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Bloodborne, a spiritual successor to Dark Souls, which, in turn, is a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, received a Europe-only Nightmare Edition. The set included a steelbook case, a digital soundtrack, a notebook, an artbook, and a bell trinket along with some downloadable content. Its main highlight, however, was a set of quill and ink, with an ink vessel resembling a skull. All of it was packaged in a tin case disguised as a row of books, which made for an impressive piece of decor.

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Collector's editions, limited editions, special editions -- however developers decide to name them, these editions, along with the game itself, are usually bundled with one or several collectible items, ranging from posters and stickers to hardcover artbooks and elaborate figurines. Such bundles have existed for a long time, but they became especially prominent during the seventh console generation, when, for most major releases, it was almost an unwritten rule to provide a limited edition alongside the standalone game.

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This list features 9 such editions and was compiled using one simple criterion:

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A regular figurine, no matter how well made, will not cut it for this list. Editions such as Saints Row IV's "The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition" or Grid 2's Mono Edition were not considered due to their ridiculous nature and price, and Steel Batallion, while impressive in its own right, was not classified as a collector's edition. With that aside, click over to the next page to view 9 awesome collector's editions in alphabetical order (by game title).

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(The image at the top here is of the Gold Edition of Superbeat Xonic: Limited Edition for the PlayStation Vita; there's only one in existence!)

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Why Dark Souls Is Still So Good, Six Years Later https://www.gameskinny.com/wnyc6/why-dark-souls-is-still-so-good-six-years-later https://www.gameskinny.com/wnyc6/why-dark-souls-is-still-so-good-six-years-later Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Colin "Ghost Panda" Mieczkowski

The Dark Souls series has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. It has wowed gamers with its unique worlds, intense boss battles, mysterious lore, and classic level-to-level gameplay. 

What's more, it has opened the door for some great sequels and inspired games of today like Nioh and Nier: Automata. Bloodborne, a spinoff game made by Dark Souls creators FromSoftware has also become an all-time great in its own right. 

But what is it about the first Dark Souls that still makes it such a great game almost a decade later? There a few reasons, so grab your swords, spears, and catalysts, and follow me as we explore this dark, magical world once again. 

Variety of Locations

 As you progress through Dark Souls, you see a lot of the usual sights of castles, knights, and dragons, but then things really start to change. These changes take effect when you enter the Darkroot Garden, one of the more beautiful and serene areas in the game.  

There, you take on several odd enemies, and once you're done with the main garden, you can head down the basin of the garden. In this location, you'll take on a hydra, which is a dragon with multiple heads.  

These two locations are when you really start to see the game change from your classic castle and knights tale into a world of total fantasy. From the garden, you never know what to expect the rest of the way because the locations vary so much. 

There are some creepy, dark places, but then there are beautiful places such as Anor Londo, the Painted World of Ariamis and Ash Lake. The way the game plays with your psyche is unreal. 

Just when you think you're in a safe, cozy spot, the game will take you to a dark and eerie place. Just remember to cherish every bonfire, as there aren't as many as in later installments of Dark Souls.  

The Difficulty of the Game 

The difficulty of the Dark Souls series became a trademark and was what helped make it so famous and successful. Obviously, as players began to get more comfortable with the game, they started to puff out their chests, and their heads blew up like hot-air balloons. 

That being said, at the time when it came out, the difficulty was unique. To state the obvious, the enemies could hit you very hard, and they were very intelligent with their movements. 

Nice job dodging that one enemy, but wait, he's going to change his attack pattern mid-movement to still hit you anyway. Not only that, your souls and humanities you earn will be gone after you die. 

You can still get your stuff back, but you shall be escorted back to your nearest bonfire first, good sir or madam. This means that you could be a world away from where you died, depending on how far you got. 

And finally, you won't be able to unlock the ability to warp between bonfires until later on in the game. This means that, if you have to go back to a certain area, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way: making the trek. 

Welcome to Dark Souls

The Classic Style of Gameplay 

One of the things that made Dark Souls so different from other games was the classic level-to-level gameplay. It took what you knew from old arcade games and brought it into a new generation of gaming. 

Go to level, beat level, defeat boss, move on to next location. It's one of the things you'll notice immediately when playing the series for the first time, and it's a concept we're all familiar with.  

It's almost like time travel. The differences obviously are the graphics, difficult enemies, specialized combat, and a lot more "Ahh!" and "Whoa!" 

So it's a game that old-school and current gamers can easily admire. I shall give you a blank piece a paper so you can write your love letter to FromSoftware. 

The Fascinating, Hidden Lore

The lore of Dark Souls has become a widely discussed topic amongst the dark fantasy gaming community. The fact that the game doesn't hold your hand through the "story" is one of the things that makes it awesome. 

They want you to figure out the story yourself. This is where the numerous items, armor, and weapons help immensely at piecing together the lore, bit by bit. 

Sure, you can always pull up YouTube videos and Reddit posts, but the descriptions of the various items can give you an ah-ha moment. It's great if you truly want to put the pieces of the puzzle together yourself. 

The game does an excellent job of giving you the tools to learn the story without them having to tell you the lore themselves. Much like a game like Journey, Dark Souls forever changed the way we view video game storytelling. 

The Online Experience

There is no game that has an online experience quite like Dark Souls. The game does an amazing job of incorporating other players' experience into your story mode without ruining it. 

Seeing messages on the ground written by other players gives you a great deal of guidance and is a great idea. Of course, you'll have some pranksters that will leave misleading messages. One example would be a message saying "jump" near a ledge (no, I did not write that message, and no, I did not jump). 

Also, when leaving messages down for others, it's always fun to see how many plus or negative ratings you get per message. The messages you could write weren't as detailed as they are in Dark Souls 3, but it was the introduction of a neat idea. 

Of course, there are the good old summon signs. You know that claustrophobic feeling you get when you realize that you can't defeat a boss and you're trapped, unable to advance the game?  

Well, have no fear, fellow undead is here. Having other players to help you get through certain areas helps to heal the massive wound you received after dying so much. This also keeps your sanity in check.  

Of course, you have to watch out for invaders if you haven't beaten the area boss yet. These dudes or dudettes will make your experience a pain if you aren't a skilled player yet. 

Overall, though, what makes the online gameplay for Dark Souls cool is that it merges both online and story into one lane. You're going to journey alone, but in reality, you aren't alone, as messages and jolly cooperators are there to help.  

Plus, it's just fun to play alongside other players. After beating the area boss, I always enjoy trying to help others in need. 

Once the boss is finished off, you will be rolling solo again just like that, and you can progress your story. The only downside is that if there is a certain enemy or mini-boss that you still want to beat, you will not be able to summon help because the area boss was beaten. 

Playing the role of helper is also an amazing way to rack up your souls. Keep fighting alongside fellow players, and you'll be leveling up in no time, as each boss rewards you handsomely. 

If you're a PvP player, then just keep those eyeballs glued to the ground for red summon signs. Be prepared for an epic duel. 

As a whole, the online rocks, and it changes the way we view a "story mode." 

The Epic Boss Battles 

 

This sorta goes back to the classic gameplay concept of boss-to-boss, and Dark Souls nails it. Certainly, Ornstein & Smough is a battle that comes to mind a lot, and they instantly became all-time great bosses.  

All of that hard work trying to reach Anor Londo ... you finally make it, and you were not disappointed by the epic boss battle (well, disappointed at the many times you died, but other than that, totally cool). 

The battle with Sif (pictured) is one of the more visually stunning boss battles ever. Not to mention that Sif is just one of the coolest bosses ever. A giant wolf wielding a sword? Epic.  

Overall, though, the game is littered with amazing and difficult bosses. Each one also fits perfectly into its respective area. 

When you enter into each area after figuring out the game's pattern, you might ask yourself, "I wonder who the boss is that protects this land?" Crossbreed Priscilla (pictured at the beginning of the article) is a great example of fitting into the area. 

Her all-white robe, hair, tail, as well as her mystique, plant her beautifully on the snowy canvas of the Painted World of Ariamis. Entering the painting, you knew the boss battle was going to be of "magical" proportions. 

The amazing thing is that each boss is so different from each other. It's almost as if you're playing two or maybe three separate games. Just when you think you know the type of boss you're about to battle, guess again. Some bosses might make you say, "OK, he/she isn't so bad," while others will make you scream out profanities. 

The boss battles are the juice in Dark Souls, and the reward for beating each one is always a treat. Not only are you advancing in the game, but you can also rock their gear and use their weapons. 

The game has taken the meaning of "boss" to a whole new level. Being a golf geek, I like to use this analogy: you can either "lay up" and play it safe by summoning a fellow chosen undead, or you can go for the target and take the boss head-on by yourself. 

The choice is yours, but don't be afraid to summon someone, as "jolly cooperation" is one of the pleasures of Dark Souls. 

The Introduction of Bonfires 

Ahh yes, one of the most iconic checkpoints in video game history, the first installment of Dark Souls introduced us to the bonfire. After so many intense battles, pressure moments, and deaths (especially falling off ledges), the bonfire was there to help us relieve stress and dry off our sweaty palms. 

When our gear and weapons were exhausted after being used so many times, we could rely on the bonfire to repair our stuff. When things needed upgrading, the burning coiled sword was there as well.  

In short, there may be nothing more iconic in Dark Souls than the bonfire, and it would always come through in the clutch in time of need (unless you're in New Londo Ruins -- then you're screwed).

Conclusion

Although we have seen the releases of Dark Souls 2 and 3, as well as Bloodborne, it's always fun to revisit the first game. It was an introduction to a brand-new way to play an RPG game, and it still keeps players coming back again and again.  

Some players may have worked backwards, and they're currently experiencing the joys of Dark Souls 1 for the first time. There's no doubt that they will get hooked like returning players. 

The game's design, combat, visually unique locations, and boss battles made it a special game. Who knows, some time down the road, we may be discussing how incredible Bloodborne was. 

But certainly, the first time that players complete Dark Souls may be an experience they never forget. 

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Bloodborne Comic Series 'The Death of Sleep' to release in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/oyw76/bloodborne-comic-series-the-death-of-sleep-to-release-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/oyw76/bloodborne-comic-series-the-death-of-sleep-to-release-in-2018 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:25:56 -0400 Erroll Maas

Titan Comics, known for their comic series based on video games such as Dishonored, Assassin's Creed, and Wolfenstein 2, has revealed that they have a comic based on From Software's PlayStation 4 exclusive game, Bloodborne,  titled The Death of Sleep, releasing in February 2018.

The art for the comic is being created by Piotr Kowalski, who also drew for the Dark Souls comic series and the Wolfenstein 2 tie-in comic, and the story is being written by Alex Kot.

The comic will see a nameless hunter arrive in Yharnam to slay the grotesque creatures which plague it. It is currently unknown if the comic will follow the story of the game or take place at a different time, but in the press release writer Alex Kot stated:

“There will be mystery, the weird, the eerie, the horrific and the bloody – and there will be an undercurrent of decaying romanticism (…) Ascend with us, Hunters old and new. And do remember: one has to seek Paleblood to transcend the hunt.”

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep will release in February 2018. The video game, Bloodborne, is available on PlayStation 4.

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E3 2017: Sony Predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/kiwd8/e3-2017-sony-predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/kiwd8/e3-2017-sony-predictions Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:22:58 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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That's it for our Sony E3 2017 predictions, as well as all of the E3 predictions for this year!

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It's going to be an amazing show this year for Sony, and that would be the case even if no new games were revealed. With Spider-Man, God of War, Days Gone, Ni no Kuni, and Uncharted, Sony could easily walk away on Monday, once again the winners of E3!

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What do you want to see Sony reveal at E3? Do you agree or disagree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments and, as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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God of War

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Last year at E3, Sony opened the show with the reboot of God of War. The new, story-driven, character-focused, beautiful God of War stole the show and completely reinvented the series.

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The game looked phenomenal and we haven't seen a single glimpse of it since. Throw in the massive wall mural Sony had painted for E3, and it seems God of War will be the focal point of Sony's conference. I expect another lengthy gameplay section, followed by a release date to close out E3 2017 for Sony.

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The return of Kratos is going to be a very big deal and what better way to end proceedings than by telling us when we'll get to play it.

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Star Wars Battlefront II/Destiny 2/Call of Duty WII

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Sony has done a fantastic job this generation in partnering with third-party developers, particularly Activision and EA. Every year Call of Duty and Destiny make an appearance on Sony's E3 stage, and this year will be no different.

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As well as the Activision titles, Star Wars Battlefront II is sure to make an appearance on Sony's stage, with a likely announcement for exclusive and timed DLC.

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The outlier here is Red Dead Redemption II. Sony also has a marketing partnership with Rockstar when it comes to the western sequel, so there is a possibility that we see a new trailer at E3. Rockstar generally don't appear at E3 but GTA V remastered was announced on Sony's stage at E3 2014, so an appearance isn't out of the question. Also, when the game was delayed Rockstar said we would see more soon, and E3 seems perfect.

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A trailer for Red Dead Redemption II could win E3 for Sony by itself!

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Sucker Punch

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Sucker Punch is one of Sony's very best studios, responsible for both the Sly Cooper franchise, and the inFamous franchise.

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inFamous: Second Son launched in 2014 for PS4 and was a great game, quite underrated actually. That was three years ago and it's quite likely we'll see what the studio has been hard at work on. At E3 2015, Shuhei Yoshida said he had played a working build of Sucker Punch's next game and the team was rumoured to be working on Spider-Man last year, although that turned out to be untrue.

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The team are almost certainly working on a new game though, nothing related to inFamous, but we know absolutely nothing more right now. I think there is a strong chance we see what the new game is and it could very well steal the show!

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PlayStation VR

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This here will be a very unpredictable section of Sony's conference. It's absolutely certain that PS VR will be shown in some capacity, but it's unclear how much time is spent on it.

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PS VR has sold over a million units, which puts it vastly ahead of all other VR competition. Sony may want to give the system a new push, especially since Farpoint just released, or the company may let the hardware continue to sell without a ton of marketing.

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Regardless, we're liable to see a handful of new VR games revealed at E3. I expect two or three to get full trailers, and then a quick sizzle reel for 10 or so upcoming titles. We may also hear about a bundle for the hardware, so if you've been waiting to purchase, wait just a little longer!

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone expansion for Uncharted IV: A Thief's End, and it releases this August.

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The expansion is said to be between 4 and 12 hours long, which makes it the longest DLC Naughty Dog has ever made, and, for all intents and purposes, a new Uncharted game!

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There's not much to say here, but the game launches in two months so it's fairly obvious we will get a new trailer or gameplay clip to wet our appetites and remind us the game is coming soon!

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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One of Sony's most under-the-radar games is Ni no Kuni II, a sequel to the incredible JRPG from 2011. There has been multiple games in the series but it was 2011's Wrath of the White Witch that really turned heads.

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For years, I along with countless others, cried out for a big open-world Pokemon game. Well, Ni no Kuni gave me everything I ever wanted from that; a stunning world filled with unique creatures to battle and capture, and a heart-breaking story. It's a game that slowly but surely gathered a big following through word of mouth and became a real cult hit.

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The sequel Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was announced for PS4 back in 2015. Last year at E3 we got a nice long look at the game and it looks really far along into development, which means I wouldn't be at all surprised to get another trailer, accompanied by a release date for either this year or early next.

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Days Gone

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After many years of curiosity regarding what Sony Bend were up to over there in Oregon, the company finally revealed its baby to the public last E3, and that was Days Gone.

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Now, a lot of people walked away from last year's E3 thinking Days Gone didn't look special. They said it was "just another zombie game", or a "crappy The Last of Us", but that couldn't be further from the truth. It seems everyone forgot about the fantastic story trailer that played for Days Gone in the middle of Sony's conference - which depicted a biker gang following the outbreak of a virus. The main character wasn't a by-the-numbers gruff hero, he was an emotional, broken man who longed for the days when he used to be with his lover.

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Days Gone isn't just another zombie game, it's a really nuanced, fun zombie game with a huge, beautiful open world, deep characters, and a fascinating story. It's the zombie game people have wanted and waited for for years and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people both at this year's E3 and when it releases, which should be fairly soon.

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Bloodborne II

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It's no secret that Sony really regretted letting Demon Souls go as an exclusive game. The company simply didn't see the potential in what would become Dark Souls. This was rectified when the company announced Bloodborne at E3 in 2014, a game that went on to sell millions of copies.

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The game was a critical and commercial darling and a sequel is inevitable. Now, given that it was only released in 2015, it may be too soon for a sequel but From Software are really good at quick turnarounds and I wouldn't be surprised to see a trailer for a sequel with no release date.  As they say in the sister series, "Prepare to Die".

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ThatGameCompany

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It's been five long years since ThatGameCompany released the seminal Journey. Expectations for the company's next game have been astronomical and the guys and gals have definitely taken their time in crafting an experience.

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The studio has started teasing the game since last year and have said it will be a story about "giving", as well as showing children and candles. That's about all we know but the game is scheduled for release this year, so the time to show it is nigh.

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Spider-Man

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One of Sony's biggest announcements last year was an exclusive Spider-Man game being made by Insomniac Games. That's a massive deal but it might not seem like that just yet. For so many years we got mediocre Spider-Man games from Activision, games that were rushed out to fit a specific release date. Now though, we're getting a Spider-Man game from one of the best developers in the industry, a team who is getting as much time as they need to make it, and it's exclusive to the PS4.

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Marvel has hit the reset button on the video games department and Spider-Man is the first real showing of that. So this could easily be the start of something special, akin to Arkham Asylum, that spawns an entire universe of amazing superhero games. There's a lot riding on this Spider-Man game but I expect a gameplay demo at E3 to seriously blow some minds!

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Well, we've reached the end of our 2017 E3 Predictions but we've saved the biggest for last. All bias and fanboyism aside, Sony has owned E3 every single year since the PS4 emerged in 2013. The company has been on a hot streak like nothing ever seen in the industry before.

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This year Sony has a lot more of their cards already on the deck, so it might not be a hugely surprising show like the past two years. That's not to say it won't be an exciting show, on the contrary it will be a fascinating one! Last year Sony revealed Resident Evil 7, Days Gone, Spider-Man, God of War, and lots more. And this year, we're set to see a lot more of these titles and possibly get some release dates.

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Of course, there will definitely be a couple of surprises as well. So, for the last time this year, get hyped!! 

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What Could Miyazaki Be Working on Now? https://www.gameskinny.com/705a8/what-could-miyazaki-be-working-on-now https://www.gameskinny.com/705a8/what-could-miyazaki-be-working-on-now Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:33:30 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

Hidetaka Miyazaki, primarily known as the mastermind behind the Souls franchise, is moving on. At least, that’s what people have assumed as the irrefutably brutal series has seemingly come to an end. But for many, the question is what will Miyazaki and his team at From Software work on next?

Before receiving any concrete conformation, there has been speculation of whether Miyazaki will go back to the Armored Core series, originally conceptualized in 1997. And it appears that this pondering has been met with actual confirmation -- straight from the horse’s mouth.

In an interview with IGN at Tokyo Game Show last year, Miyazaki delved further into what life after Dark Souls would be like, alluding to a few titles that are being worked on. One of these is a new Armored Core game. While not going into much detail, Miyazaki simply stated, “Yeah, we’re already working on Armored Core.”

In the same interview, a couple of new IPs were hinted at, but at this stage, Miyazaki was not ready to talk about the ins and outs of these titles:

“So there are several titles that we are currently working on [...] Some of those are dark fantasy, some of those could be a mech [game] - that's one thing. The second thing is that one of the new titles I've been working on will probably comply with the expectations from the fans in straightforward manner.

“The last thing is that another title will probably be a little bit weird. When we actually announce the title, probably fans will react with 'oh, what the hell is this very weird game that Miyazaki has created?’”

What that last game could be is quite literally anyone’s guess. However, what these words definitely confirm is that new content for Dark Souls, or even Bloodborne for that matter, is not in the pipeline. Due to the recent release of “The Ringed City” in Dark Souls III, the Souls series has been a hot topic in the industry this week. So Miyazaki took to Twitter to reaffirm previous statements -- that were then generously translated by user BlackKite.

Thanks to the various Tweets and interviews that have been conducted, Miyazaki’s plan for the future looks to be a busy, yet intriguing one. When series such as the Souls series make such a great impact among gamers, it can be difficult for us as fans to let go. It can also be difficult for developers to completely pull themselves away when moving to a different project.

While Armored Core has already created its own identity through past titles, it is worth speculating whether Miyazaki’s more recent work will influence titles that are to come. With Deck13’s Lords of the Fallen, which was heavily inspired by the Souls series, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to say that From Software’s next slew of games will still retain some of the charm created through this series.

Hardcore Souls fans are undyingly loyal to the franchise, so many will be eagerly waiting in anticipation for what From Software can come up with next.

What do you think Miyazaki will pull out of the bag first? Sound off in the comments!

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Five Souls Bosses "The Ringed City" Needs to Beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

The Souls series is almost at an end. Since 2009 many of us have been subjected to death, death, and more death -- before embracing victory over the games’ gruelling bosses.

The second and final DLC of Dark Souls III is almost upon us, and after that, these landmark titles will be put to rest. With that in mind, “The Ringed City” needs to deliver something remarkable to end the series on a high. Most importantly, the bosses need to be fantastically brutal battles that will bring all of our skills (and patience) to their breaking point. To remind ourselves of what’s so great about this aspect of the series, we are going to take a look at a boss in Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls III and Bloodborne that have us gripping the controller for dear life.

Old King Allant

Old King Allant, Demon's Souls

The often-forgotten predecessor of Dark Souls and Bloodborne harbours a final fight that requires precision timing and avoidance of an extremely deadly attack. The false king himself, a diabolical demon in disguise, will spare no expense in slicing you to pieces with his razor-sharp sword. His astute yet oddly creepy stance will keep anyone on edge, but the main reason to watch out for this one is because of an attack that has never been seen again in a Souls title.

If you’re unlucky enough, Allant will impale you and literally suck out your soul level, physically diminishing you of your strength. It’s a dastardly punishment for players but what it does is make this boss stand out as one of the first of the series to really hammer in the nature of the entire series.

Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough

Dragonslayer Ornstein, Executioner Smough, Dark Souls

The gruesome twosome, the deadly duo, fatty and beanpole; whatever you want to name these characters, they will always remain as one of the most iconic and toughest bosses in Souls history. The knights of Gwyn and guardians of Gwynevere perfectly complement each other, requiring you be agile and fast against Ornstein, but extremely hardy and defensive against Smough.

If fighting against the two isn’t tricky enough, vanquishing an empowered Ornstein or Smough, due to the death of the other, is no easy task. Each of them will combine their own powers with that of their fallen comrade and become an entirely new boss all on their own, which makes for a test of endurance amongst much else. Once you enter the city of Anor Londo, be ready for lightning bolts, hammers to the face and merciless butt slams.

Fume Knight

Fume Knight, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls 2, Raime

The release of Dark Souls II saw a lot of criticism from fans, as it apparently didn’t possess the charm of the previous game. However, with the release of the DLC, players got their wish. The Fume Knight, also known as Raime, is a formidable foe. Wielding a longsword in one hand and humongous greatsword in the other, he will demand precise timing in order to even land a hit. If you unfortunately manage to be on the receiving end of any of these swords, you will seriously pay the price.

What the Fume Knight does more so than many other bosses in the series is force you learn the patterns of his attacks inside and out. Only after the quadrillionth attempt was I able to destroy him, but because of the never-ending deaths, the satisfaction gained from finally seeing him fall to his knees was something that will never be forgotten.

Ludwig the Accursed/Ludwig the Holy Blade

This monstrosity appears as a repulsive beast in his first phase, and he has the strength to match. His aggression persists throughout this part of the fight and as you struggle for a second of respite, he will scream and squeal at you as he bashes his deformed body into your face.

This intricately designed yet hideously vile form doesn’t last, though, as the second phase brings forth Ludwig’s true nature. With his Moonlight Greatsword in hand, Ludwig the Holy Blade grasps onto the tiny fragments of humanity he has left to destroy you. The glorious beams of light that radiate from the sword can sometimes feel impossible to dodge, but the game brilliantly causes the entire fight to be a dance between hunter and beast, as you whittle down the health of this tough yet undeniably enjoyable boss.

Nameless King

Nameless King, Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls III

The final game of the series didn’t shy away from memorable bosses either, far from it. The Nameless King, although optional, is a boss that every player of Dark Souls III will want to experience. Flying in on a giant storm drake, the odds immediately look bleak, but with perseverance the drake will fall and an even tougher fight will begin.

Fighting the Nameless King one-on-one is easily one of the most difficult challenges that Dark Souls III presents, but nonetheless it is hard to deny how fantastic the battle is. Rolling through his swipes, lunges and strikes looks brilliant but mastering this won’t come quickly. Due to his surprisingly large health pool, the Nameless King will require plenty of concentration before finally accepting defeat and bequeathing his soul to you.

As a fan of the series, how did you fare against each of these bosses? Are there any others that particularly stand out to you? Let’s hope “The Ringed City” will end this legendary franchise on a high and have us fighting some awe-inspiring bosses.

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There's No Way Nioh Isn't Going to Get a Sequel, Right? https://www.gameskinny.com/snabk/theres-no-way-nioh-isnt-going-to-get-a-sequel-right https://www.gameskinny.com/snabk/theres-no-way-nioh-isnt-going-to-get-a-sequel-right Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Nioh has seen great success, both critically and commercially, since its release a little less than a month ago -- having already sold over a million copies. This game takes a lot of inspiration from other titles in the genre, but it adds enough of its own identity to stand just as tall as franchises like the Souls/Bloodborne series.

It seems like with all the hype surrounding the game and the glowing reviews that have come out since its launch, Nioh has secured enough interest to warrant a sequel. Team Ninja hasn't confirmed anything of the sort yet, but it's hard to deny that the game could easily spark a long-running franchise to fill the Souls void. 

But will it actually happen? Let's speculate!

A Brief History of Nioh

There was a time when Team Ninja was the gold standard for all other developers in the action/adventure genre, thanks to its Ninja Gaiden series. The games had their own trademark style and identity combined with a beautifully fluid -- yet punishingly deep -- combat system. Much like Nioh does now.

From 2005 onwards, there was a sudden uptick in the popularity of action/adventure titles like the God Of War series, Heavenly Sword, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. However, these games were far easier and more accessible to regular players than Team Ninja's Ninja Gaiden. And that pushed the developers to try and widen the franchise's appeal in the mainstream and align it more with Westernized titles -- which of course went against its own distinct style.

As a result, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z were a great disappointment to fans and critics alike. Nioh's creative director Tom Lee even admitted that the change in direction and focus caused the team to feel as if they'd lost their way.

Then sudden rise in popularity of exceptionally difficult games, like the Souls series, offered Team Ninja a chance to reclaim what made their games so distinctive. And TN's new project Nioh was the perfect way to get the team back on track.

Nioh started its development cycle as a film project known as Oni, and was set to be made by the legendary Seven Samurai director Akira Kurosawa. Then in 2005, Koei Tecmo co-founder Kou Sibusawa announced the adaptation of the script as an RPG.

The game saw many different forms over development, and at one time was in the style of Koei's own Warriors series. But it wasn't until Team Ninja was brought to work on the game's combat in 2010 -- and eventually took over full developmental responsibilities in 2012 -- that they truly put their own stamp on it.

Dropping The Ball

As a result of Team Ninja's involvement, Nioh has become one of the contenders for 2017's 'game of the year' in what is already becoming a landmark year for gaming greatness. It's worth mentioning, though, that the game's commercial success and widespread attention was no doubt helped by Sony's involvement in publishing the game as a first-party exclusive in the West.

Many may remember back in 2009 when Sony refused to publish From Software's Demon's Souls in the West, assuming that it didn't have Western appeal and that it wasn't very good. Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida admitted in an interview with Gameinformer in his own words:

"This is crap. This is an unbelievably bad game. So I put it aside.

Luckily third party publishers, Atlus in North America and Namco in Europe, [saw its potential] and it really became a great hit outside of Japan.

We definitely dropped the ball from a publishing standpoint, including the studio management side. We were not able to see the value of the product we were making."

Demon's Souls eventually went on to be a critical success, and a cult hit which was spiritually succeeded by the more commercially successful Dark Souls series and Bloodborne (another Sony exclusive).

Learning From The Past

Learning from his own admitted mistakes, one could safely assume that Shuhei Yoshida must have noticed that Nioh would not only appeal to fans of the Souls series, but also potentially fill a gap left open by From Software since the revelation that they would be moving away from the Souls series.

As if determined not to let history repeat itself, Yoshida went as far as announcing Nioh as his most anticipated game of 2017. He even made the game one of the technical showpieces of Sony's new hardware -- the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Capitalizing On The Future 

Thankfully for Sony, Koei Tecmo, and Team Ninja, the promotion and hard work on Nioh paid off, and the game has gone on to sell very well. There was no sacrifice of difficulty, and definitely no pandering to a Western audience. And instead of being known as a straight up Souls clone, it added as much to the genre as it borrowed, while maintaining a distinctive personality of its own.

With this success in mind, it would be safe to assume that Koei Tecmo -- being a publisher renowned for releasing sequels -- would want to capitalize on the games success for the future. And Sony probably will too. 

In an interview with Destructoid, Nioh's director Fumihiko Yasuda seemed very open to the possibilities of a sequel sometime down the line, stating:

"With the same concept of samurai action, time and protagonists in future titles may change, but we will remain steadfast in creating solid action games for a worldwide audience."

So it seems very plausible that there could be a sequel to this Samurai action RPG in the future, but with a different protagonist and time period. The game's mystical and supernatural themes -- plus its focus on authentic Japanese time periods and historical figures -- could expand the story even further in a similar way to the Assassins Creed series. For now and the near future though, the developers are focusing on expanding this game with DLC and updates.

Would you like to see a sequel or successor to Nioh? What do you think it would look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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A Man Can Dream: 5 Games Perfect for the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/r4bug/a-man-can-dream-5-games-perfect-for-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/r4bug/a-man-can-dream-5-games-perfect-for-the-nintendo-switch Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:01 -0500 Eric Adams

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So there you have it, my 5 games that will probably never come to the Switch. Would they be great on the system? Absolutely, but that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t make the decisions around here so bully. Sure, some have a better chance than others but you should take all of these as a dream scenario rather than a realistic one.

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The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3rd, 2017. What games would you like to see come to the latest console by Nintendo? Let me know in the comments below!

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Dead By Daylight

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Here we have the ultimate reach. I don’t think Dead By Daylight has a chance to come to PS4 and Xbox One, much less the Nintendo Switch, but the title of the article is A MAN CAN DREAM! Dead By Daylight is literally the game that was made for the Switch. Think about it, local multiplayer allows for up to 8 people to connect online. If that isn’t what Dead By Daylight was made for then I’m at a loss for words.

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Imagine you and some friends hanging out in a dark room playing Dead By Daylight on your own Switch. While the killer of the group is certainly having fun, the others can all freak out together so it’s great! I know it isn’t likely at all, but this game would be endlessly fun on the Switch.

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Edit: Dead By Daylight will be hitting PS4 and Xbox One in 2017...SO THINGS CAN HAPPEN PEOPLE!

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Fallout

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Chances of getting Switched: 50 percent
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I will be supporting Skyrim for the Switch by purchasing the game. I want Skyrim to do well for one reason, show Bethesda that your titles will sell well on the Switch. I am glad that the Switch has a game as big as Skyrim even if it is a port of a 5-year-old game. It’s still a big deal and Nintendo should treat it as such.

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The Fallout series is incredibly popular and, like the Dark Souls series, would be perfect on the go. If Bethesda sees potential gain and profits from Skyrim selling well on the console, then they will return to do business with Nintendo. If Skyrim does well, then Fallout on the Switch will be a possibility.

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Dark Souls 3 (or any Souls game for that matter)

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Chances of getting Switched: 25 percent
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It has been confirmed that Nintendo has a large list of developers helping them create content for the Switch. Among that list is From Software, the company responsible for the Dark Souls series of games. When the list of developers was revealed, all players of the Dark Souls Franchise revealed at the possible thought of Dark Souls on the go.

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Now, it’s important to note that developer support for the WiiU faded once the system launched and some may be cautious about that happening to the Switch. The Nintendo Switch will go over way better with the public than the WiiU did, but enough to merit a Dark Souls port? I don’t think so. Would love to see it happening but don’t get your hopes up.

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Final Fantasy XV

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Chances of getting Switched: 30 percent
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Other than Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata saying that he would like to make games for the Switch, there’s not much to go on here. There were some rumors for a remaster of a past game for the system, but we’ll believe it when we see it. There are also plenty of other Square Enix games slated for release for Switch this coming year, so it's not like the two companies are unfamiliar with one another. Reading what the director of the game had to say, it certainly seems as if it can be done then it will be done.

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However, Final Fantasy XV is a very demanding game in terms of graphics and it remains to be seen if the Switch can handle such a game. If Skyrim is coming, then a game like this surely seems possible. Right?

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Rocket League

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Chances of getting Switched: 50 percent
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Let’s start with THE perfect game for the Switch. Rocket league has been a major hit ever since it launched in the July of 2015. It has only grown bigger and bigger over time, and developer Psyonix has really created one of the best sports games ever with one of the quirkiest of ideas. So, since Rocket League spans across Xbox One, PS4, and PC, is there a chance it comes to Nintendo’s latest console?

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Since Rocket League is on 3 platforms, the hope is that it can come to a 4th. However, Nintendo needs to show it can handle online multiplayer with more stability than it has in the past. Fans of Nintendo don’t want a watered down Rocket League, they want the real thing. If it is at all possible and Nintendo creates a stable online service with the ability to play games such as Rocket League, then it will happen.

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Nintendo, having recently unveiled the Nintendo Switch launch details, has started to fill out the slate of games that will release in the first year. There are plenty of big games coming such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at launch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition in April, Splatoon 2 coming this summer and Super Mario Odyssey coming during the holiday season.

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However excited people may be, they will always look at the games list and think about that one game that they would love to see come to the Switch. While most of the games people are hoping for are extremely unlikely, some have a much better chance than others.

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Passive and Unpredictable Creatures and Monsters In Horror Games https://www.gameskinny.com/p8wp5/passive-and-unpredictable-creatures-and-monsters-in-horror-games https://www.gameskinny.com/p8wp5/passive-and-unpredictable-creatures-and-monsters-in-horror-games Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:19:36 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

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When horror games add in enemies and NPC's that may or may not potentially harm your character it can add an another way to misdirect the player adding a layer of psychological horror.

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Adding a feeling of unsurety to the players sense of vulnerability and helplessness can truly add to the immersion and add to the claustrophobic nature of the surrounding atmosphere.

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Ultimately what makes an effective horror game is the feeling of helplessness, it's unpredictability and the ability to scare you effectively if you're unsure in what to expect from characters/enemies and sometimes the environment around you as seen in Layers of Fear.

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Layers Of Fear - The Mansion
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Layers of Fear is a game that mixes psychological, mind-bending scares with some well-timed jump scares. It's true horror's power lies is in its ability to trick your senses, and in this sense, the mansion itself comes to life. It actively works against you and at times, it lulls you into a false sense of security -- which it exploits to the fullest as the game goes on.

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There are so many ways the house itself acts to deter your senses from the renaissance era paintings' changing expressions and the vanishing doorways. The Mansion could be the most elusive and certainly the most original NPC on this list.

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Outlast - The Inmates
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I found Outlast to be one of the most intense and scariest videogames I've ever played.  For my money it combines everything a horror game needs and I don't scare or jump easily when I play horror games. 

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The truly disturbing atmosphere is only matched by the even more disturbed inmates, who will either chase you down and kill you if you don't run and hide or they are going about their own business doing something either weird or vile.

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You'll never feel safe when you approach an inmate as you're afraid that they'll stop whatever they are doing and turn their attention to you.  It's very unnerving and will keep you on the edge of your seat every time you're in their presence.

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Condemned: Criminal Origins - Mannequins.
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Xbox 360 launch title Condemned has a thick and dense atmosphere and the aggressive and unpredictable villains work in harmony to provide us with a very creepy game, add in the stalking mannequins and the developers Monolith just about gave me a nervous breakdown.

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On the surface you'll come across what looks like harmless but creepy looking mannequins none of which attack you on first your approach turn around and you'll find that some of them have moved.  This is a memorable part of an already scary game and what makes this so effective is you never know what is harmless and what isn't, unless you catch it moving.

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Dead Space - Tortured Souls
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There's a lot of things that Dead Space get right as a survival horror, from the isolated atmosphere to the fantastic sound design. 

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Two aspects of horror that Dead Space certainly nails for me is the fear of the unknown and the jump scares, the game manages to do a good job of combining the two without falling into the predictable 'closet monster' territory.

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No more is this evident when you come across one of the various tortured souls.  They are totally harmless but absolutely add another layer of creepiness and the occasional jump.  Especially the ones that were stuck to the walls like in the above image. These grotesque things reminded me of both Hellraiser and Event Horizon which were no doubt heavy influences for Dead Space.

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Dying Light - Passive Zombies 
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You will be surprised to find that the majority of the massive crowds of zombies in Dying Light are quite passive in the early stages of the game which helpfully allows you to traverse the open world with relative ease although they'll still try and take a bite out of you if you get too close.  At least until you're introduced to the more aggressive and ferocious Zombies later on in the game.

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What adds to the general tension when you're working your way through the hordes is often hidden in amongst the crowds of passive zombies are the aggressive ones who will run, climb and hunt you down from the second they see you. I found this added a sense of panic and dread as there will be times you'll have no where to run. 

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Forbidden Siren series - The Failed Shibito
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The Shibito in Siren: Blood Curse are reanimated corpses and look like zombies, but unlike zombies, they display a level of intelligence and operate day to day tasks as if they are on some kind of autopilot. 

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Not all of these creatures have fully succumbed to the the evil in the village. The Failed Shibitos are the villagers who refused to submerge in the red water and are rotten beyond recognition. What's more, most of the Shibito are absolutely harmless to the player. 

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Another harmless and very unnerving Shibito is found alone in SirenBlood Curse it's a massive abomination of mutated head that screams it's completely harmless -- but totally horrifying.

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Amnesia: The Failed Experiments
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Going back to what I said in regard to fear being in some of the things you can't see, The Failed Experiments lend themselves well to this aspect of terror.

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Invisible to the naked eye aside from the electrical currents seen in the water, the Failed Experiments lurk at the edge of the shadows. Upon first introduction, these mobs won't attack you -- as long as you stay away from the water.  When you begin to get close, though, your lantern will start to flicker like the other creatures in the game, adding an extra sense of creepiness to the encounters.

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SOMA - The Proxy
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The Proxy in SOMA are mutated and bloated masses of veins, a typically terrifying sight to behold.

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The Proxy are completely blind and reliant on sound, so they won't attack you on sight. You're safe from a distance as they can't see you but they can react to smaller things click of your flashlight. If they hear you, they'll start sprinting at you with ferocity. 

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I love survival horror games. Ever since I first played Resident Evil on the original PlayStation, survival horror games have been a staple of my gaming diet. And what makes an effective and successful survival horror game for me is not so much the jump scares sprinkled throughout each game, but more so the way developers use disempowerment, tension, uncertainty and fear of the unknown to provide thrills and chills.

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An aspect of this psychology that some videogames successfully implement is occasionally what you can see in as much as what you can't. For example beings, creatures or monsters that can at first appear harmless or dead (but are actually dangerous) help add to the fear factor and overall creepiness of a game.

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Here I have compiled a list of passive and unpredictable creatures and monsters that I have had both the pleasure and misfortune to encounter in some of the horror games I've played.

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Please be aware there are quite a lot of spoilers in this list.

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Nioh is Almost Here, Will it Really be Able to fill the Dark Souls Gap? https://www.gameskinny.com/vnsns/nioh-is-almost-here-will-it-really-be-able-to-fill-the-dark-souls-gap https://www.gameskinny.com/vnsns/nioh-is-almost-here-will-it-really-be-able-to-fill-the-dark-souls-gap Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

Last year, the Dark Souls series saw its end, much to the chagrin of many gamers. A series of games that went outside of what was the mainstream at the time, the Souls series helped redefine the modern RPG, and in an industry that was dominated by the fast-paced first-person shooter, Dark Souls was able to show us that a game about slowing down and thinking your way through your problems was something that gamers were very willing to support.

With its end though, we were left with a void.

Some games have tried to capture the essence of Dark Souls, but no game has been able to do exactly what Dark Souls was able to accomplish... until now. Enter Nioh.

Nioh is an RPG developed by Team Ninja that takes place in a fictionalized version of the Sengoku period of Japan. The game follows a sailor named William who is pursuing an enemy and finds himself in Japan. He is enlisted by Hattori Hanzo to defeat the supernatural forces that have begun to cause problems in the area.

After watching a fair bit of gameplay, it is very clear that Team Ninja had the Souls series in the front of their minds while developing this game. There are so many aspects of the game that just feel like they came straight from those games and on top of that, it's clear that they have added new mechanics to the tried and true formula that will feel more than familiar to Dark Souls fans.

The Basics

From the very start, there are some core things that Souls players will recognize about this game. The bonfires of Dark Souls have turned into shrines in Nioh. At these shrines you are able to heal yourself and level up, but each time you do this, the game respawns all of the enemies in the area -- just like in Dark Souls.

On top of all of this, Nioh adds some new capabilities to the mix. From any shrine, you are able to change out something called a guardian spirit, which imbues William with strength and other buffs. You are also able to collect smaller tree spirits that give you even more benefits.

Shrines are also where you are able to summon other players for co-op play. Finally, you are able to change out your ninjutsu and onmyo magic from the shrines, giving you other unique benefits.

The leveling system is also very reminiscent of Dark Souls, where each time you buy a level with Nioh's equivalent of souls (called amrita), you get one point in a selected skill and the price of the next upgrade costs more.

There is a co-op summoning system similar to the From Software series, too, one where you can summon other players into your game to help you fight through whatever level you happen to be on at the time. From what it looks like, there is currently no way to choose who you summon into the game, but that may change before the final release.

As well as summoning help into the game, there is a semi-PVP element here, too. Just like Dark Souls, you will find the locations of where other players have died in a level. But unlike the Souls series, where you can only watch a short spectral version of a character dying, you can actually summon a computer controlled version of that character in order to fight it. Defeating this Revenant, as they are called, will net you one piece of the equipment that that fallen player was wearing at the time of their death.

Combat

Combat looks like it would be right at home in the Souls series. You will have to think through your actions before making them. If you just run into combat expecting to slash your way out, you will definitely be punished for it.

As for actually being in combat, things will feel pretty familiar to Souls fans as well. You don't have a shield, but you will be able to block with whatever weapon you have. You have a strong and light attack, but on top of that, Nioh adds in a stance system for every weapon. You have an option between a high stance which deals the most damage but your movements are much slower, a low stance where you move much faster but your attacks only do chip.

You have an option between a high stance, which deals the most damage but slows you down, a low stance, where you move much faster but your attacks only do chip-damage, and a mid-stance between the two.

You have access to a handful of melee weapon types such as katanas and spears, as well as a few ranged weapons like bows, guns, and cannons. You can have one short melee weapon, one long melee weapon, and a couple of ranged weapons equipped at a time. Now I'm not sure if this affects your equip load, but I would be willing to bet that it will.

Level Design

When I think of a Dark Souls or Demon's Souls level, I imagine a decently sized level with a great mix of large open areas that are ripe with enemies and tight corridors perfect for ambushes. Not only do the levels in Nioh have this, they loop back on themselves to give a player working through them a good stretch of challenge as they fight through the enemies contained within it.

Just as the player is really starting to feel the weight of making it through the level, they stumble upon a shortcut that will lead them back to that precious bonfire or lantern. If there isn't a short cut, they may find a brand new bonfire or lantern waiting for them.

On top of this, From Software levels are also some of the most gorgeous locations I've ever visited in video games. The thought of coming out of the Catacombs of Carthus to see the shining Irithyll of the Boreal Valley in Dark Souls III still gives me chills to think about.

These ideas seem to have carried into Nioh.

From the gameplay I've seen, the levels all feel like they took many pages from the Dark Souls design philosophy.

There are doors that can't be opened from the side on which you find them. There are ladders that have to be kicked down before being used. On top of that, I've even seen some clever shortcuts that fit pretty well in the level. I saw someone have to kick a large bucket of water off of a roof to put out a fire that was blocking his path up the hill to the next location. I felt that was a nice touch.

Enemy placement also seems to be something that a Dark Souls fan will find familiar. Ambushes are exactly where you would expect them to be and they seem to be challenging enough to make them feel at home.

If you've been missing the Dark Souls experience and can't wait any longer for From Software to announce Demon's Souls 2, Nioh looks to be the game for you. The combat is just as slow, methodical, and punishing as any From Software title. The levels are just as deep and engaging and the game does plenty to add new mechanics for us all to explore. I am truly excited to see where Nioh takes us.

And for those of you thinking that they want to give this game a shot before it comes out this February, they are doing a "Last Chance Beta" this weekend. Give it a shot and see if it's for you!

What do you think? Have you been missing Dark Souls? Let us know in the comments!

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