Doom Eternal Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Doom Eternal RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 20 Bethesda Games Headed to Game Pass for Console and PC https://www.gameskinny.com/v0u1y/20-bethesda-games-headed-to-game-pass-for-console-and-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/v0u1y/20-bethesda-games-headed-to-game-pass-for-console-and-pc Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:37:15 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Twenty Bethesda games are coming to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC on March 12. Microsoft announced the new Game Pass games following the official finalization of its Bethesda acquisition.

Most of the included games will release on console, PC, and xCloud, though a few are console only. Here are all the Bethesda games coming to both versions of Game Pass and xCloud.

  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom (1993)
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Doom Eternal
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Evil Within
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Prey
  • Rage 2
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are only on console and PC, while The Elder Scrolls Online is only on console and xCloud. Fallout: New Vegas is only on console.

Microsoft also said "a handful" of these games will take advantage of Xbox Series X|S backward enhancement and feature improved FPS. More details will be available on that in the near future.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

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The Best PS4 Shooters to Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/afr22/the-best-ps4-shooters-to-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/afr22/the-best-ps4-shooters-to-play-on-ps5 Wed, 30 Dec 2020 11:56:15 -0500 JosephYaden

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Apex Legends

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The discussion around Apex Legends was incredible when it stealth launched in the winter of 2019. There was no marketing or hype -- it just randomly came out for free and exploded in popularity.

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This battle royale takes a wonderful cast of characters (much like Overwatch) and mixes in the multiplayer survival elements popularized by Fortnite or PUBG. Though, Apex Legends is arguably a step up, thanks to its fluid gameplay. Sliding, jumping, running, and shooting just feels on point, making it tough to stop playing.

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Each character has their own backstory and they all look, play, and feel different from one another, which is one of the games greatest strengths. Since Apex Legends is free, there's no excuse to skip this one. 

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The PS4 is home to a slew of excellent shooters that are absolutely worth your time -- but these are some of the best you can currently play on PS5. There are lots to look forward to that will launch for PS5 in the future, but in the meantime, you've got plenty to hold you over. Let us know some of your favorites in the comments below.

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Far Cry 3 Classic Edition

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All of the Far Cry games are good, but something about Far Cry 3 has stuck with us more than the rest. Maybe it's because of the exotic island on which the game takes place, or the satisfying FPS gameplay. Or perhaps it has to do with the game's iconic villain, Vaas. 

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Whatever the reason, there's a lot to love in Far Cry 3. Nowadays, open worlds are a dime a dozen, but in 2012 when this game debuted, it was a novel experience to see one as well done as this one. And sure, it's technically an Xbox 360/PS3 game, but the Classic Edition released for PS4 recently, featuring minor enhancements. 

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It has smart upgrade systems, tons to do, and a gameplay loop that makes it hard to put down. The other entries are definitely worth checking out, too, but Far Cry 3 is on a league of its own. 

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Wolfenstein: The New Order is absolutely fascinating. Its alternate version of history is unsettling, the narrative and performances from its characters are exceptional, and the fantastic FPS gameplay ties everything together.

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This game could have been bad, but MachineGames did a smart thing by doubling down on the story elements with The New Order, offering tense, and dramatic moments from beginning to end. 

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And of course, it's wildly cathartic to mow down Nazis in the most brutal way possible: dual-wielding two massive machine guns to ensure they're taken out effectively. Or perhaps you'd rather use a rocket launcher. Either way, The New Order gives you plenty of toys at your disposal. It's worth checking out its sequel, The New Colossus, too! 

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Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

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Since the release of the original Resident Evil in 1996, each game has always been presented from a third-person perspective. That's why it was such a shock when it was announced that Resident Evil 7 Biohazard would be featured in first-person. And, to be frank, it's exactly the refresh the series needed at the time.

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The first-person perspective made it feel scarier and much more personal. And with the shift away from traditional zombies introduced in the past, RE7 was a welcome change of pace that oddly enough felt more Resident Evil than many of the entries we got on the Xbox 360/PS4.

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While this game is certainly a survival-horror game first, it has its action oriented shooter moments, as well. 

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Metro Exodus

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It's a shame Metro Exodus doesn't get talked about more because it's truly great. The best way to describe it is like a healthy mix of Fallout (with more polish) and Far Cry, with survival-horror elements.

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It features an engaging story, an open world to explore, and all the crafting and weapon upgrading you could want. But the horror elements are what really draws us in — with a slew of tense moments that you can only overcome if you conserve ammo and supplies.

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There are stealth mechanics, various branching story paths, and lots of upgrades to unlock, all tied together with a fantastic, but gloomy narrative. The entire Metro series, and Exodus in particular deserves more love.

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DOOM Eternal

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While many games on this list are complex, DOOM Eternal shines because of its simplicity, at least from a moment-to-moment gameplay perspective. Sure, it's got a slew of upgrade systems, but when it comes to the way it plays, understanding DOOM Eternal is simple enough.

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And running around obliterating demons never felt so good and is made even better with all the new weapons and gadgets you have at your disposal. Particularly the grappling hook, which implements a layer of verticality not present in the 2016 predecessor. 

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DOOM Eternal builds upon the foundation set by 2016's DOOM reboot and both are absolutely worth checking out, especially due to their metal soundtracks. 

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Call of Duty: Warzone

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Video games are built on iteration and Call of Duty: Warzone wears its inspirations on its sleeve. That isn't a knock as it builds upon other popular battle royale games and improves upon them,offering an intense and complex tactical FPS. 

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It almost feels like Rainbow Six at times, wherein you must be deliberate with your decisions as you try and survive against over 100 other players. The unpredictable nature of the way each match plays out leads to some action-packed moments that feel like once in a lifetime situations.

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And all of that is nicely held together with that beloved Call of Duty gameplay, which even after nearly 20 years remains unmatched in the shooter space. Warzone isn't the first battle royale game, but it's certainly one of the best. 

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Overwatch

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Hero shooters had certainly been around for a while when Overwatch debuted in 2016, but this game absolutely nailed the formula thanks to the fun balanced FPS gameplay and wonderful cast of characters.

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Considering Overwatch is a live service game, it's important that its developer, Blizzard, has kept up with it and offered plenty of updates and in-game events to ensure it feels fresh. That's exactly what the team at Blizzard has done and their work should be commended.

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But aside from the fun gameplay, this game wouldn't be as successful without its diverse, robust cast of characters. 32 in all, each one feels unique from a narrative perspective as well as in the way they play, giving you plenty of reasons to stick around and try all of them out.

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Titanfall 2

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It seems like the Titanfall series has been forgotten about, but that doesn't mean we can't jump back into the second entry in the series. Titanfall 2 is a game that extrapolated on the original in more ways than one, featuring a fully fleshed single-player campaign and a return to the beloved online multiplayer popularized by the first game.

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One of the most memorable things about Titanfall 2 is its fast, frenetic gameplay — which often allows you to run along walls and chain together moves that make you feel superhuman at times. 

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It's a game that suffered from launching too close to other shooters in 2016 and as a result, underperformed in EA's eyes. That does not mean you should skip out on it, because it's one of the most unique shooters in years.

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Battlefield 1

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There are a few different Battlefield games to check out on PS4 and all of them are — at the very least — good (including Battlefield Hardline). But out of all the entries on PS4, we like Battlefield 1 the best.

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It takes place during WWI and has a new take on the single-player campaign. The story mode is comprised of shorter "vignettes" with different characters rather than one over arching story with a single hero.

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That, combined with the fantastic online multiplayer mode makes for action packed moments that hit hard -- whether you're a support player or someone who likes to be on the offense more. Battlefield 1 is Dice at the top of its game and we can't wait to see what the team does next.

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As the launch lineup for any console tends to be, the PlayStation 5 doesn't have a ton of games just yet. Full on PS5 games will be coming, but for now you can bolster your collection with a variety of fantastic PlayStation 4 titles.

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The great thing is that most of your PS4 games work on PS5, thanks to backwards compatibility. That means you can pick right where you left off on your favorite PS4 shooters with little to no issues on PS5.

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Thanks to the PS5's backwards compatibility feature, you can play any PlayStation 4 title on the platform with no hurdles at all. Anything you played on your PS4 can be brought to the PS5 with no issues at all, and the same can be said for anything you haven't played yet.

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Let's take a look at some of the best PS4 shooters you can play on your PS5 right now.

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The Best Xbox RPGs You Can Play on Xbox Series X|S https://www.gameskinny.com/ivvjm/the-best-xbox-rpgs-you-can-play-on-xbox-series-xs https://www.gameskinny.com/ivvjm/the-best-xbox-rpgs-you-can-play-on-xbox-series-xs Mon, 28 Dec 2020 10:43:31 -0500 George Yang

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Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2

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This cowboy epic is some of the best storytelling to come out of games in recent memory. Red Dead Redemption 2 is hailed as one of the best games of the last generation, and through the Series X hardware, boasts some technical improvements including faster loading times.

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In Red Dead Redemption 2, you follow the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. As the age of cowboys and the Wild West decline, Arthur must come to terms with where he's at in the world. The game explores themes such as mortality, friendship, and loyalty. It's a must play title for any gamer.

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The first Red Dead Redemption on Xbox 360 is also playable on Series X|S through backwards compatibility as well! It's also important to note that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the first game, despite having the number 2 in the title.

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Are there any other RPGs you think should be included in this list? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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Dead Space 1, 2, and 3

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One of the most iconic horror franchises of all time, all three Dead Space games can be played on Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility. Not many other games match Dead Space's incredibly creepy atmosphere, frightening enemies, and fascinating lore.

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As Isaac, you explore the futuristic 23rd century when Earth's natural resources have mostly dried up. When scientists discover an alien artifact called the Marker, they think that it could sustain Earth with unlimited energy. But little do they know, something more sinister is afoot.

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The Dead Space series is absolutely fantastic, and it's a shame that there aren't any signs of a new entry coming at all. However, the three games are available to play and are regularly on sale for cheap.

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BioShock: The Collection

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Three fantastic games in one package, BioShock: The Collection offers some great first-person shooter combat with fantastic narratives to boot. BioShock 1 and 2 take place in the underwater city of Rapture, while BioShock Infinite's setting in the floating city of Columbia.

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You can enjoy the BioShock series either through the remastered collection mentioned above, or if you have the original copies on Xbox 360, they are also playable on Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

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This is one of the best open world games of all time, and it's basically on every modern platform available. As the Dragonborn, you are on your quest to destroy Alduin The World Eater. You can customize your own character and explore Skyrim. Enhance your skills, engage in combat, and take on quests throughout the world. Truly, the world is at your fingertips here.

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In the off chance you haven't played Skyrim yet, it is available on Xbox Game Pass. Or maybe you want to go back to playing this game again. It's really that good.

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Code Vein

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This game is aptly described as "anime Dark Souls" and it's easy to see why. Code Vein's gameplay is inspired by it, and it's gritty atmosphere certainly reminds someone of the Dark Souls series.

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However, it definitely has some things that make it stand out. Firstly, it has it's own anime aesthetic, complete with a more vampiric inspiration rather than a gothic look. Secondly, it's storytelling is much more in line with a typical JRPG, with exposition everywhere. Whereas in Dark Souls, the storytelling is much more environmental.

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Either way, if you like anime and Dark Souls, give this a shot. Given that both categories have fans with specific tastes, Code Vein may not resonate with everyone, but with it recently being added to Game Pass, there's no harm in checking it out.

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Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3

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This is one of the best trilogies of all time. Spanning three games, Mass Effect provides an epic space-faring adventure to take down the Reapers, an ancient alien race that's bent on destroying all life in the universe.

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As Commander Shepard, you'll recruit many different characters throughout the three games, and you'll come to love each and every one of them. Even starting from the first game, the choices you make have ramifications on playthroughs of Mass Effect 2 and 3.

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The game has been approved through each subsequent title, and the cast of characters remain solid throughout. Luckily, all three titles are playable via backwards compatibility on modern Xbox consoles. Additionally, a remaster of the trilogy, called Mass Effect Legendary Edition, is scheduled to release in 2021. 

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If you don't want to wait, the trilogy was also made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers recently through Microsoft's partnership with EA Play. 

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Blue Dragon

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This is another one of Xbox 360's JRPG exclusives. Blue Dragon's art style is very reminiscent of Dragon Quest's, and offers similar turn-based gameplay. 

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Blue Dragon follows Shu and his friends, Jiro, Kluke, Zola, and Marumaro. With the evil ruler Nene watching over the Gran Kingdom, it's up to Shu and his comrades to find a way to take him down.

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Like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon is another great Japanese title that deserves another chance. Fans and newcomers can still enjoy the game on modern Xbox consoles through its fantastic backwards compatibility function.

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Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Can Xbox's most iconic franchise be considered an RPG? Well, you certainly play the role of Master Chief, as he goes around shooting aliens. Spanning multiple entries, Halo is the definitive franchise that people think of when they think of Xbox, so it'd be remiss not to include it on this list.

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Halo is a pioneer of first person-shooter gunplay on consoles, and it's memorable stories, characters, and multiplayer make it one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming history.

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While Halo 5's story got a mixed reception, its multiplayer is still incredibly fun. If you're itching for the classic Halo games, they're available through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The first four games, in addition to Reach and ODST, are included in this single package. Overall, there are seven incredible Halo titles available on Xbox Game Pass while we wait for the release of Halo Infinite in 2021.

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Lost Odyssey

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Speaking of JRPGs, the Xbox 360 had several exclusive ones, including the excellent Lost Odyssey. This turn-based game follows Kaim as he navigates the world going through a magical industrial revolution. There are several nations at war with each other, and Kaim's journey will have him crossing paths with many different characters that join him.

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Lost Odyssey has been loved by many fans. While it looks like we won't be seeing a sequel to this game any time soon, it is playable on modern Xbox consoles through backwards compatibility.

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Control

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Remedy's latest game is a mindbending, gravity-defying adventure. Take control of Jesse Faden as she explores the Oldest House in search of her brother and uncover its dark secrets within. Filled with paranormal creatures called the Hiss, Jesse must face them while using her abnormal powers such as telekinesis and levitation.

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Control is certainly an interesting premise, and it's third-person combat is definitely fun as you go around picking up objects to throw at enemies. The lore is fascinating as well as you learn more about the Oldest House.

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The regular version of Control is available on Xbox Game Pass. There are also two DLC story expansions: The Foundation and AWE. If you end up enjoying Control, definitely consider purchasing the extra content!

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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One of the studios that Microsoft purchased back in 2018 was Ninja Theory, the team behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The narrative revolves around Senua, and delves into themes like psychological horror and is a metaphor of psychosis. While the combat isn't anything to write home about, the dread filled atmosphere really sells the game.

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And yes, you're seeing a PlayStation trailer on an Xbox article! This is most likely the first, last, and only time players will see Senua on a PlayStation platform.

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Microsoft announced a sequel, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, back in 2019 for Xbox Series X|S. You can play Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on Xbox Game Pass while waiting for the future sequel!

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Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition

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Let's be honest, Xbox hasn't really been known for Japanese games. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't any on the platform. Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition is one of the very few titles in the Tales series that is available on Xbox. You play as Yuri Lowell, who ventures out in the world of Terca Lumireis as he explores the world, gains new companions, and eventually saves the planet.

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Tales of Vesperia was actually an Xbox 360 exclusive in the west back in 2008. An updated version of the game was released, but never made its way outside of Japan until it was ported to modern consoles in 2019.

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This is a classic JRPG through and through. With its exciting real-time combat and fun cast of characters, Vesperia is a grand adventure. It's also available on Xbox Game Pass!

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Gears 5

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The latest entry in the fantastic Gears series, Gears 5 made some fresh changes to the formula by adding open world sections, as well as providing us with a new perspective and story focusing on Kat Diaz. The game is a complete package: smooth third person shooting gameplay, a fantastic narrative-driven campaign, and robust multiplayer modes.

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Now, Gears 5 has received some additional single-player story content in the form of Hivebusters. The new Xbox hardware also boosts the game's framerates and visuals, and Hivebusters is a great way to get back into the title. As with all of Microsoft's first party titles, Gears 5 is available on Game Pass.

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Fallout 3 & 4

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Speaking of Bethesda, another one of its iconic franchises is Fallout. In Fallout 4, explore Boston, Massachusetts in a post-apocalyptic setting called "The Commonwealth", set 10 years after the events of Fallout 3.

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You play as the "Sole Survivor" who has been frozen and asleep in Vault 111. You search for missing son after seeing your spouse killed, and The Commonwealth has many places for you to explore and quests to take on. You can manage settlements and craft items to help you along your journey.

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Fallout 4 was available on Game Pass in the past, but has since left the subscription service. Hopefully, along with 2016's DOOM, Fallout 4 could also be added back sometime in the future. Fallout 3 is backwards compatible with modern Xbox consoles, so that's a great title to play as well.

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DOOM Eternal/DOOM (2016)

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Microsoft dropped the incredible news earlier this year that it would be acquiring Zenimax Media, which also includes developer Bethesda. The studio's biggest release this year, Doom Eternal, also launched on Xbox Game Pass only several months later.

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Undoubtedly one of the most ambitious games of 2020, the sequel to 2016's DOOM is one hell of a time. Play as the Doomslayer as he rips through demonic hordes of enemies.

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While the 2016 game left the Xbox Game Pass service a while ago, hopefully the new acquisition means that it could come back sometime in the future. If you've already played it, now is a great time to try it out on Microsoft's game subscription service.

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Over the past few years, Microsoft has made Xbox the best place to play in terms of backwards compatibility. During the middle of last generation, Xbox put more effort into that initiative, allowing us to play new games while also being able to enjoy old favorites without always having to bring out an older console. Thus, many classic Xbox 360 and even original Xbox titles are playable on the new Xbox Series X|S.

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Many of these games include RPGs, and with Microsoft's other programs such as Xbox Game Pass, you can enjoy many of them for a low monthly price. This is by no means a complete list, but these are 15 great RPGs you can play on Xbox.

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Essential PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 Games for the 2020 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/l3xox/essential-playstation-5-playstation-4-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/l3xox/essential-playstation-5-playstation-4-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:56:29 -0500 GS_Staff

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

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ESRB: M
Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners brings surviving the zombie apocalypse to PSVR, letting you chop, bash, and shoot your way through the backdrop of the familiar universe of The Walking Dead like nothing else.

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This one's a bit of a bonus, as it does require PSVR to play on either the PS4 or PS5 (where the PS5 even requires an extra PSVR adapter to get up and running). But the hoops you may have to jump through are worth it. Saints and Sinners is flexible, fast-paced, and packed with content. You can read more about Saints & Sinners in our review, where we said, "The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a can't-miss addition to the wild west of VR."

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GameSkinny is a part of the Amazon Affiliate program and may make some commissions from qualifying purchases.

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*Jonathan Moore and Ashley Shankle contributed to this list. 

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Persona 5 Royal*

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ESRB: M
Price: $29.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Many once claimed that Persona 5 was the best JRPG offering on the PlayStation 4, then Persona 5 Royal came by and blew the original version out of the water with loads of new content.

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Persona 5 Royal improves on the original game in almost every way, with new characters and locations, an entirely new grappling hook ability, and an extended story. This is the perfect addition to any JRPG fan's collection, on PS5 or otherwise.

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Our review of the game lathered it in praise, saying "even if you've played Persona 5 countless times already, there's still enough difference in how things play out and how you can control your experience that it's definitely worth playing at least once."

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*Note that Persona 5 is one of the complimentary games in the PS Plus Collection on PlayStation 5, meaning you can give the original a go before making an investment here. 

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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A tactical RPG with its roots in classic Japanese sci-fi, mech, and kaiju tropes, there's not much else like 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. It's in part because of the game's adventure-game-style storytelling, but mostly pushed along by its gorgeous visuals that are a signature of developer Vanillaware.

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This is a great buy for mech and kaiju fans, in particular, or fans of Vanillaware's Odin Sphere or Dragon's Crown. Our review said 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim "mixes smart design with superb storytelling, then slathers the whole package in gorgeous style."

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon*

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat; *PS5 version releases 3/2/2021), PS4
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A new Yakuza title leading into the new generation of consoles, Yakuza: Like a Dragon finally shelves the series' main character Kazuma Kiryu for some new blood and a much-bigger setting  there's more to do in this game than you might expect.

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Though the PlayStation 5 version of this game doesn't launch until March of next year, those who have the PlayStation 4 version of the game and Sony's new console will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free, whether they have the physical or digital version of the game. However, PS4 saves will not transfer over to the PS5. 

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Our 10/10 review of Yakuza: Like a Dragon praised the game for its "new turn-based combat system," job system, and world. In short, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is "legitimately one of the best modern role-playing games there is."

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Final Fantasy 7 has held a place in the heart of the industry at large since its release in the late '90s, and no one knew how 2020's remake of the classic would turn out. Luckily, Final Fantasy 7 Remake turned out pretty darn good, though it's only one part of a multi-chapter release.

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Whether you played the original PlayStation version or are totally new to it and its story, FF7 Remake is a worthwhile play. Our review rated it a full 10 out of 10, saying it "faithfully updates Midgar and the original’s enigmatic cast of antiheroes for a new generation, masterfully weaving its own grand tale in the process."

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Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

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ESRB: M
Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5
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The Devil May Cry series came into its own on the PlayStation 2 and thrived with Devil May Cry 4 on the PS4 and Xbox 360, but its return with Devil May Cry 5 ended up producing perhaps the best game in the series despite the gap between it and its predecessor.

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More stylish and faster-paced than ever, DMC5:SE is nothing but an improvement over the regular ol' PS4 version. Making use of the now-current-gen tech, the game can be cranked up to 120fps on the PS5, and it features a new Turbo Mode, which increases the overall game speed by 20%.

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That's not to mention fan-favorite Vergil is now playable in this version. DMC5:SE isn't just style, it's a whole lot of substance, too.

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Our review said that "Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes a great game even better with a new character, new modes, and overhauled visuals for next-gen consoles."

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Team Sonic Racing

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ESRB: E
Price: $29.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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There aren't a ton of kart racing titles available these days, but Team Sonic Racing does more than enough to scratch the itch on PS4 and PS5. Plus, you know: Gotta go fast!

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This racer features a wealth of tracks on top of a vehicle customization system and a heavy emphasis on teamplay, something the genre needs more of. It's the perfect game for those looking for some fun co op play, especially if they can't get their hands on Mario Kart. 

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Our review said that Team Sonic Racing "is different from its predecessors, but this is a fresh evolution of the series that surprises and exhilarates in a brand new way."

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Resident Evil 3

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ESRB: M
Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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One of the more notable PS4 games on this list, Resident Evil 3 remake is a well-crafted reimagining of the original PlayStation game of the same name. And of course, it's backwards compatible with the PS5, making it a must-play for those that haven't already taken the plunge into this version of Raccoon City.

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Resident Evil 3 is fast-paced, albeit a little short, and developed with multiple runs in mind, which is perfect for the horror fan with an optimization itch to scratch.

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Our Resident Evil 3 review granted this remake a well-deserved 8, saying that while it "falls short of the Resident Evil 2 standard," it makes "shooting and dodging both feel good," and it has "some truly memorable and scary scenes." 

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Doom Eternal

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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The Doom series has been around the block a few times, but much like Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Doom Eternal may very well be the best recent entry in the classic and beloved series. 

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Doom Eternal is a smooth, ultra-violent romp through Hell on Earth, taking some of the best parts of 2016's Doom and making them better. The Ancient Gods single-player expansion adds even more locales and demons to shoot your way through while thickening the game's narrative in substantial ways.

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Our 9/10 review of Doom Eternal praised the game for its "gory and satisfying guns, fantastic progression systems, well-designed battle scenarios, amazing visuals, and satisfying world-building." 

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The PlayStation 4 version of the first-person shooter will receive a free upgrade to a more graphically-intense iteration early next year, meaning there's no reason not to pick up the last-gen version now for your PS4 (or PS5) on the cheap. 

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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While 2017's very good Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brought the first three adventures of Sony's mascot to the PlayStation 4, fans understandably wanted more. Enter 2020's Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, the first mainline title in the storied series since 2008's Mind Over Mutant

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In a nutshell, Crash 4 is mostly more Crash. The platformer stays mostly true to its roots, featuring well-designed levels and challenging but fun platforming. The game's graphical improvements and world deserve special attention, as do the additions on different "playstyles" and a time trial mode, among other things. 

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There's lots to do in Crash Bandicoot 4, and it marks a triumphant return to form for the legendary marsupial. Our review said that it can be "frustrating" at times, but overall, it "is a big step in the right direction" for the series. 

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99 (PS5), $49.99 (PS4)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Get it on: Amazon (physical), PS Store (digital)

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the 12th mainline entry in Ubisoft's long-running action-adventure series.

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After 2017's Origins took players to ancient Egypt and 2018's Odessey visited ancient Greece, Valhalla puts players closer to the medieval time period of the very first game — about 300 years before the Third Crusade — setting the narrative during the Viking expansion into Anglo-Saxon England.

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Valhalla is may be the most varied of the titles in the series yet, offering loads of content, including flyts (what amount to Viking rap battles), as well as the return of systems such as settlements. And the writing is the best it's ever been. 

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We gave Assassin's Creed Valhalla an 8 in our review, saying, "Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds its world around a familiar formula, but with a compelling story and plenty of things to do, it's a game series fans will find inviting."

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Dreams

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ESRB: E
Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Dreams takes the creative nature of LittleBigPlanet and amplifies it to extreme levels. Essentially a video game/experience creation app, Dreams allows players to make nearly anything they could imagine, from full racing games to short films. 

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By now, there are thousands of different dreams to check out in the game (and we've collected a few of the best early ones here). Half of the fun is seeing what others in the community have created, experiencing their creations, and sharing those creations with other players. The other half is crafting experiences yourself, which Dreams makes a breeze. 

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For those looking to learn how to make video games or animated shorts, there's no substitute for Dreams, at least on the PlayStation platform.

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We called Dreams a "Pandora's toybox" in our review, praising it for understanding its strengths and playing directly into them: "Dreams knows exactly where its sweet spot is. It's a place where creators and users can explore and experience one another's unbridled creativity. It's where ideas can be quickly and intuitively drafted and communicated in real-time, and where unfinished creations can live on and continue to grow as others come along and 'remix' them."

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Ghost of Tsushima

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, the same studio behind the Infamous and Sly Cooper franchises, Ghost of Tsushima is a third-person action-adventure game set during the 1274 Mongol invasion of Tsushima Island. 

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Playing as Jin Sakai, players work to repel the invaders across dozens of missions and a 20-hour campaign. Combat varies between patient stealth and ranged attacks as the Ghost or methodical yet powerful swordfights as the Samurai. 

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Ghost's realized world deserves special mention, showcasing the power still left in the PlayStation 4. On PS5, the game can take advantage of boost mode, running at a steady 4K 60fps. 

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In our review of Ghost of Tsushima, we said, "does a lot of things right. Its got fun combat, a wonderfully designed world, and top-notch sound design. Neither the story nor the characters moved me in any real way, even though I could tell both were trying."

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The Last of Us 2

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Aside from CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 and, perhaps, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2 was undeniably 2020's most anticipated game. As the follow up to one of Sony's most successful and enduring titles, TLoU2 had a lot to live up to. 

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Coming in at around 30 hours, TLoU2's campaign is as much a tour de force as it is divisive. Talking about any portion of it here could likely spoil the whole experience for those that have yet to play it, but it's a story that sticks with players whether they like it or not. 

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Combat is improved and more creative than the original, and aside from Ghost of Tsushima and Demon's Souls, it's the best looking game on either the PS4 or PS5. 

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It's not perfect, as we said in our review: "The Last of Us 2 does so many things right, from its engaging story beats to its eye-catching level design. But at the same time, there are more than a few things that Naughty Dog could've, and possibly should've, handled differently." 

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But it's an essential experience that no Sony fan should miss. 

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5, PS4
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Sackboy: A Big Adventure marks the return of one of Sony's most adorable mascots, this time in an incredibly fun and essential 3D platforming game (LittleBigPlanet is technically 2.5D). 

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The charming narrative of SABA takes Sackboy to five worlds and a multitude of unique and varied stages full of secrets. A time-trial mode extends playtime, and all of Sackboy: A Big Adventure can be played in local co op (online co op is coming later in 2020, but was not available at launch). 

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Our praise-filled review said that, "with an A-list cast, superb visuals, and some strong co-op gameplay, Sackboy: A Big Adventure successfully proves that Sackboy can thrive without LittleBigPlanet’s creation mechanics, all while still paying homage to his roots. It’s genuinely wonderful to see this PS3 icon return once more, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him."

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Demon's Souls

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ESRB: M
Price: $69.99
Platforms: PS5
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The game that essentially started the Soulsborne RPG subgenre, Demon's Souls is a remaster (almost remake) of the first Souls title from the PlayStation 3.

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It stays as true to the original as it can, making dramatic improvements to the game's visuals (as expected) and sound design. It also makes understanding some of the game's muddier elements — such as World and Character Tendency — a bit easier. 

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Still, the Souls games aren't for the faint of heart, and Demon's Souls is no different, challenging players every step of the way in a fashion similar to its spiritual successors: Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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Despite being a faithful remaster of a 2009 title, Demon's Souls continues to stand tall. Our 9/10 review has this soul-crushing masterpiece regaining its rightful position in the Soulseborne pantheon, saying, "Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience."

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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ESRB: T
Price: $49.99
Platforms: PS5, PS4
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Following in the footsteps of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man on the PS4, Spider-Man: Miles Morales lets a fantastic new Spidey take the spotlight as New York's primary webslinger. Though the main campaign only comes in at around seven hours — a runtime similar to that of Uncharted: Lost Legacy — it's a gripping and action-packed adventure. 

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales essentially improves upon everything from the 2018 title, which you can read more about in our review, where we said, "it's better than its predecessor in almost every way," and that "the combat, streamlined UI, story, and overall game length is damn near perfect."

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Those who pick up the game's Ultimate Edition on PS5 (either physically or digitally) will also get Marvel's Spider-Man remastered. Those who pick up the standard edition of Miles Morales can upgrade to the Ultimate Edition in the game's main menu for $20. 

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The PS4 version of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales can be upgraded to the PS5 version for free. 

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What gamer doesn't want to add some new games to their collection over the holidays? Especially so soon after a new console launches, as is the case with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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Luckily, there's only one next-gen exclusive across both platforms: Bluepoint's Demon's Souls remaster for the PS5. Even Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is available on both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Other games, such as Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales are available on both the PS4 and PS5.  

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In this list, then, we'll be putting the spotlight on some of the best buys for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 this 2020 holiday season.

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Doom Eternal Coming to Nintendo Switch in December https://www.gameskinny.com/p440i/doom-eternal-coming-to-nintendo-switch-in-december https://www.gameskinny.com/p440i/doom-eternal-coming-to-nintendo-switch-in-december Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:10:25 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Doom Eternal released for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia back in March to much fanfare. Though not perfect and persnickety in places, it's a giblet-filled FPS that does well iterating on the mechanics of its forbear, 2016's Doom, while remaining true to the series' core formula. 

Now, after months of waiting, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to get in on the demon-slaying action when the game releases digitally for the platform on December 8. There will not be a physical release for the system (yet), though those who purchase the game before December 22 will receive a copy of Doom 64 and the Rip and Tear Pack. 

That pack includes, per the game's Steam page: 

  • DOOT Revenant Skin, a premium player demon skin for use in BATTLEMODE
  • Cultist Base Master Level, a remixed version of the campaign level with new challenges, combat encounters, and surprises
  • Throwback Shotgun Weapon Skin, bring Doom's classic shotgun to bear on Doom Eternal's demon hordes

Both Doom 64 and the R&T Pack typically retail for $4.99.  

Additionally, Doom Eternal on the Nintendo Switch will make use of the system's gyroscopic controls for motion aiming. Of course, the game can be played more traditionally with the Joy-Cons or a Switch Pro Controller. 

Being able to take Doom Eternal with you wherever you go is a tantalizing prospect. Alongside the console's already stellar lineup, Doom Eternal is yet another selling-point for those (like me) who've yet to pick up the system.

Unfortunately, the game's first campaign DLC, The Ancient Gods, will be releasing at a later, still unspecified date. 

For more on Doom Eternal, consider checking out our review of the PC version here, where David Jagneaux said: "Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years."

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GameSkinny's Best Games of 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/is88r/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/is88r/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 09:00:02 -0500 GS_Staff

To look back on the year that was in video games, we've collected our highest-reviewed games of 2020 into a "best of" list. We're a small staff at GameSkinny, so going the traditional "staff voting route" doesn't really make a whole lot of sense for us. The most democratic way to make a list like this is to include any game with a score of "8" or higher. So that's what we've done. 

This list will not include DLCs (such as The Foundation or AWE for Control), expansions (such as Destiny 2 Beyond Light), or hardware reviews. It will contain ports and remakes of games. 

Here are our best games of 2020, starting with a real good one and getting better from there. 

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Vanillaware
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim mixes smart design with superb storytelling, then slathers the whole package in gorgeous style. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim spins a web of mystery around you, then chuckles smugly as you think you've found your way out only to realize you're in the middle of a maze.

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A Fold Apart

Publisher: Lightning Rod Games
Developer: Lightning Rod Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: A Fold Apart is about hope and how love can get us through even the toughest of times. In that way, it's timeless. 

The game is so incredibly charming and so accurately depicts the rigors and pleasures of being in love that I can't help but adore it. The first title from Lightning Rod Games isn't perfect by definition, but even with a few tiny blemishes, it's only a fold apart. 

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Amnesia: Rebirth

Publisher: Frictional Games
Developer: Frictional Games
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though its scares don't reach the heights of the original, Amnesia: Rebirth remains a must-play horror game for delivering a story more akin to a brilliant novel.

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Among Us

Publisher: Innersloth
Developer: Innersloth
Platforms: PC, Switch, Mobile
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Flaws aside, Among Us is a clever game that deserves its time in the spotlight. It works a surprisingly complex concept into a simple and accessible package where matches are quick, fun, usually hilarious, and sometimes even intense.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: The latest Animal Crossing is also the best, full of life, charm, and near-endless ways to make your very own island paradise.

New Horizons is bursting with personality and charm, with opportunities to create something new and completely you. It's compelling and also one of the most chilled out games you'll ever play. In short, there's nothing quite like Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds its world around a familiar formula, but with a compelling story and plenty of things to do, it's a game series fans will find inviting.

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Astro's Playroom

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team ASOBII
Platforms: PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Astro's Playroom proves that the DualSense's haptics and adaptive triggers are for real — and that Astro Bot could have a very bright future on PlayStation 5. Though it's short and may lack enemy variety, Astro's Playroom makes up for it in character and heart. 

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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Atelier Ayesha DX is a solid entry starting off the Dusk trilogy, with compelling crafting and gameplay loops, as well as plenty of loveable characters. Overall, Atelier Ayesha DX is a great entry in the series whether you're new to it or just finding it now. 

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Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Atelier Escha & Logy DX refines the formula Ayesha laid out and other new features that make it not just the best in the Dusk trilogy, but one of the best Atelier games in general. All in all, Atelier Escha & Logy DX is easily the best entry in the Dusk trilogy  With refined mechanics, better combat, and seriously compelling crafting systems, it even stands among the top entries in the Atelier series on the whole.

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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though Atelier Shallie falls short in some ways, it's still a solid package with compelling crafting and combat systems. Atelier Shallie is the weakest part of the Dusk trilogy. It's ambitious in doing away with the time system and trying for a more flexible approach. But there's just not enough worthwhile content to make the freedom and flexibility a satisfying trade-off for the systems it does away with, and it doesn't make good use of its own strengths.

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AO Tennis 2

Publisher: Big Ant Studios
Developer: Big Ant Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: AO Tennis 2 feels like a sports sim built first and foremost to correct its predecessor's mistakes, and that's a directive that pays off for tennis fans. Not without issues, AO Tennis 2 is my pick for the best tennis game on the market today. There's obvious room to grow, but this has quickly become Big Ant's best series in their ever-expanding catalog of sports titles.

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Before We Leave

Publisher: Balancing Monkey Games
Developer: Balancing Monkey Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Before We Leave is a relaxing take on the post-apocalypse and city building, with enough benefits to overcome its hiccups.

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Bloodroots

Publisher: Paper Cult
Developer: Paper Cult
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Bloodroots is a high-speed slash-and-bash extravaganza that always makes you want to beat "just one more level." A good game can be really fun when things are going well and you feel skilled and empowered. A great game remains fun when you feel like a useless idiot who can't do anything right. Bloodroots is a great game. 

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Blood Rage

Publisher: Asmodee
Developer: Exozet Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a strong port of the popular tabletop game that's challenging for both newcomers and veterans alike. Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a really strong port of a popular tabletop game. 

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Battletoads

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Rare
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Battletoads returns after 26 years, and it's a love letter to gaming past and present. The urgency at which it propels you through its runtime is both a blessing and a curse, as it’s hard to put down but ultimately a short affair. 

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BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Publisher: Awe Interactive
Developer: Awe Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a challenging rhythm shooter that’s difficult to master but highly satisfying. It's not a forgiving experience, and though it's difficult to master, BPM proves surprisingly easy to pick up and play. 

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Publisher: ININ Games
Developer: Taito
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is, for the most part, exactly what fans would have hoped for. It’s a modern classic that keeps all the charm we loved about the original 80s game. There’s a significant graphics improvement of course, but the gameplay itself is largely identical.

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Cake Bash

Publisher: High Tea Frog
Developer: Coatsink
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: There’s a lot to love about Cake Bash, and High Tea Frog has made an excellent party game for their debut title. With a variety of entertaining games, some lively stages, and good replayability, it’s a fun experience, especially with friends. We only wish there was more of it on offer. Though some minigames feel a little finicky, it’s otherwise a sweet treat all around.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is full of content that series fans will enjoy and offers a few unexpected surprises along the way. The vast amount of content at launch is enough to draw players in, while the promise of more will keep players around. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Beenox
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is a mostly commanding return of the game's classic single-player, though not without a few hiccups. It is a functionally updated retelling of a story millions know and played in their formative years. The characters and politics are somehow as relevant today as they were back when the game first released, and it still sounds, plays, and looks better than most shooters on the market.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Tamsoft
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is legitimately the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League. The simple, easy truth here is that if you're craving an arcade soccer game, you really should buy Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions. 

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Carrion

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Carrion is a beautifully orchestrated symphony of blood, guts, and dismembered limbs. While Carrion won't win any awards, it plays out much like a late Friday night feature, full of gruesome horror and satisfying effects. More importantly, it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Ultimately, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time had a lot riding on it. Being the sequel to a 22-year-old game likely presented Toys for Bob with some developmental challenges, but the development team nailed nearly everything about this sequel. The Crash series has seen its fair share of mediocre (or even bad) entries, but Crash 4 is a big step in the right direction, and the future of the series couldn't be more exciting. 

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Crusader Kings 3

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Crusader Kings 3 is the best looking and most accessible the series has ever been. If you've always been intrigued by the idea of Crusader Kings but bounced off of it, Crusader Kings 3 is the best way to get started. 

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Deliver Us the Moon

Publisher: Wired Productions
Developer: KeokeN Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: A narrative journey through space so intriguing and full of compelling puzzles that it easily papers over some minor cracks in execution and major leaps it asks the player to make.

Just as the interesting minutiae of the plot are enough to overcome some of the issues I had with the macro-level concept, the overall experience was more than enough to make up for having one or two bouts of irritation.

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Demon's Souls

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Bluepoint Games
Platforms: PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience. This remaster stands as a shining example of how transformative reimaginings can be, and how, with loving dedication, a remaster can be just as revolutionary and memorable as its source material.

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Desperados 3

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Mimimi Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Desperados 3 is a much-belated sequel that strikes the right balance between classic gameplay mechanics and modern sensibilities. It's a welcome return for the series. Mimimi Games has proven once again that they know the genre, as both Desperados 3 and Shadow Tactics demonstrate.

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Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes a great game even better with a new character, new modes, and overhauled visuals for next-gen consoles. Devil May Cry 5 may not have a whole lot that's truly new to offer, but what it does add and change manages to elevate an already excellent action game into the upper echelon of the entire genre.

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Dirt 5

Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dirt 5 continues Codemaster's tradition of creating some of the finest racing games around that have neither the words "Gran," "Forza," or "Speed" in the title.

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Disgaea 4 Complete+

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Disgaea 4 Complete+ is the definitive version of the game, with upgrades galore, tons of content to get lost in, and one of the strongest casts in the series. Disgaea 4 Complete+ is one of the stronger entries in the series, with its outlandish cast and relevant, if loose, story.

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Doom Eternal

Publisher: Bethesda 
Developer: id Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years. From the moment you kill your first enemy with the starting shotgun to when you revel in the explosion of blood from your final enemy, Doom Eternal is a nearly non-stop thrill ride that exceeds almost every expectation.

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Dragon's Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition makes one of the most joyous and downright wonderful gaming experiences of all time even better. The Definitive Edition of Dragon Quest XI is the perfect salve. It's a game unashamed to be a video game, and it's one that embraces its roots in a charming, beautiful way. It's unashamedly jolly and light, but most importantly, it's comforting.

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Dreams

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: On one hand, Dreams is a bottomless bag filled with toys, vignettes, and indie games. On the other, Dreams is a must-own for anyone who's ever been curious about game design. Dreams is the best platform for anybody who loves playing tons of indie games, or who would like to make one themselves, or even just those who'd like to network into a game development community.

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Fall Guys

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Despite unbalanced team-match dynamics and pesky server issues (which the developers are ironing out) sometimes interfering with the fun, the simple approach of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout makes these negatives seem meaningless in the long run. This is not only the game we want in 2020 — but it's the game we need. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a comfort blanket that provides some warm, friendly fun with friends.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake 

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Final Fantasy 7 Remake faithfully updates Midgar and the original’s enigmatic cast of antiheroes for a new generation, masterfully weaving its own grand tale in the process. In fact, it could be the best Final Fantasy game I've ever played — period.

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Fort Triumph

Publisher: All In! Games
Developer: CookieByte Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fort Triumph expertly blends genres into a strategy experience that's infinitely fun and endlessly charming. Fort Triumph is just a lot of fun, and the charm oozes from every arrow wound, spell singe, and sword strike, making it a very easy recommendation indeed. 

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Fuser

Publisher: NCSOFT
Developer: Harmonix
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: FUSER would be an incredibly special game if it came out last year. But now, in late 2020, it almost seems necessary. This game is already something very, very special, and it's only going to get better as the community grows. After all, it's always better to make music with friends.

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Gears Tactics

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: The Coalition
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Gears Tactics takes the intense third-person action of the console game into the realm of PC-centric turn-based tactical strategy. Thanks to intuitive controls, Gears Tactics is easy to get into even for players who have never played a turn-based tactical squad game before. It’s just a shame there’s not more here.

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Get Packed

Publisher: Coatsink
Developer: Moonshine Studios
Platforms: Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Get Packed is strangely not the only indie co-op arcade game about moving furniture to launch recently, but it ends up standing out with its own kind of hilarious chaos. Get Packed is playable for up to four players in local or online play and across several modes, including a campaign, versus, and destruction. Whichever you choose, the colorful and bubbly characters and levels you've come to expect from games like this are back once more.

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Ghost of Tsushima

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sucker Punch
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Ghost of Tsushima offers an amazing open-world experience and satisfying combat, only mildly held back by its writing and characters. Ghost of Tsushima does a lot of things right. Its got fun combat, a wonderfully designed world, and top-notch sound design. Neither the story nor the characters moved me in any real way, even though I could tell both were trying.

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Ghostrunner

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: One More Level
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: In Ghostrunner, a single slash divides life and death. It's fast, frenetic, and, even in the face of its weaker moments, endlessly satisfying. Ghostrunner offers satisfying combat in a well-constructed, beautiful cyberpunk world. You will feel more and more powerful as the game moves on, and moving through the world is always a wonderful experience.

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Hades

Publisher: Supergiant Games
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Hades is everything great about the roguelite genre all but perfected. Few games aim as high, and fewer still reach their goals. Hades does, exceeding even the loftiest expectations.

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Half-Life: Alyx

Publisher: Valve
Developer: Valve
Platforms: PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: While the "VR-only" part may alienate many current PC gamers, it's a triumph that a VR title as excellent as Alyx exists at all.

The release of a VR game like Half-Life: Alyx is a momentous occasion. Not only is this one of the very first AAA VR games to break the bubble, but it's also a revival of one of the most beloved game franchises on the planet, following up on a nearly 13-year hiatus that left us all on a very inconvenient cliffhanger.

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Huntdown

Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Developer: Easy Trigger Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Huntdown is a throwback run and gun shooter that cares about style and rewards precision. Huntdown understands the genre and its influences, and it carves its own path. It's short enough that you can play through it in a single sitting, taking four to six hours, depending on the difficulty you choose. 

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Omega Force
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a heck of a Warriors game and a fantastic love letter to Breath of the Wild and Zelda in general. Maybe Age of Calamity is a stop-gap to tide fans over until Breath of the Wild 2, but no effort was spared in making it a quality game.

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Iron Harvest

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: King Art Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Iron Harvest leverages its unique setting and strong design into an impressive and memorable RTS. If you're looking for a strong, single-player RTS with a unique world to explore, Iron Harvest is a perfect option. 

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Immortals Fenyx Rising

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer:  Ubisoft Quebec
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna
Rating: 8/10

What we said: It may look like a Breath of the Wild clone, but Immortals Fenyx Rising has a lot of unique charm that makes it a must-play for fans of the genre. Immortals Fenyx Rising has undeniable charm. Your mileage may vary, but don't sleep on this one. It's worth the adventure.

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Journey to the Savage Planet

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Typhoon Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Journey to the Savage Planet is a satirical and colorful Metroidvania that survives its corny jokes thanks to fun traversal and worthwhile exploration. With an intriguing world and creature design, the right amount of retro principles, and a surprisingly long post-credits tail worth chasing, Journey to the Savage Planet is a light-hearted, charming debut from a promising new studio.

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Melody of Memory is a nostalgic, rhythmic celebration of Kingdom Hearts that fans of the series and the genre will adore. Drawing upon a rich soundtrack that ranges from original songs to Disney hits, there’s a lot to love in this new spin-off, but don’t expect any major story developments.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Kaiko
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning changes little from its original release because it doesn't need to. This is immediately one of the best RPGs you can play this entire generation.

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Kunai

Publisher: The Arcade Crew
Developer: TurtleBlaze
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Classic components come together to form a stellar slashing platformer, with the titular kunai providing a particularly high note.

Metroidvania games remain a popular niche in the gaming community with good reason, and KUNAI is a worthwhile addition to the genre. It's easy to pick up and get going, but it provides enough escalation as you progress to keep you interested as you move from sector to sector, picking up new toys and perks along the way.

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Maneater

Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Maneater's deep combat and deeper oceans provide just the type of blissful escapism we need right now. Even if it wasn’t on your radar at all, Maneater is a title that will gobble you up for a few hours of blissful escapism. 

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer:  Insomniac Games
Platforms: PS4, PS5
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Insomniac wanted to please Miles Morales fans with their latest Spider-Man adventure. The result is a damn near perfect action-adventure game. It’s also close to being perfect when it comes to representation. Black and brown people fill out most of the roles and do so with gusto. Their performances, at times, eclipsing what came before. I’m thoroughly pleased with what Insomniac has accomplished.

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Magic: ManaStrike

Publisher: Netmarble
Developer: Netmarble
Platforms: Android
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Magic: ManaStrike is a very familiar strategy game that includes some classic characters to make for an all-around fun time. There is a constant stream of rewards for those who don't want to spend money, too, so you never feel hamstrung for not wanting to buy in-game items. It's fun and has enough depth to make for some interesting strategies, the more you play. 

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Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is an excellent little package that is sure to please fans both old and new.

Overall, you'd be hard-pressed to beat the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. All of the games are enjoyable, the new features make them far easier to consume for modern players, and the love to the series spills out of every frame. It's just a very good collection of very good games, even if the title is utterly absurd. 

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Metro Redux 

Publisher: Koch Media
Developer:  4A Games
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Metro Redux arrives on the Nintendo Switch with a bombastic statement: absolutely nobody's safe from Switch-ification. 

Metro Redux on Switch feels like one of those rare Switch games that shouldn't exist. I mean that in a very, very good way. I also mean it in the sense that, thematically and technically, it doesn't seem like it would be a great natural fit for Nintendo's portable gaming console.

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MLB The Show 20

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE San Diego
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: MLB The Show 20 doesn't rewrite the script, but its numerous tweaks to gameplay, modes, and options makes it the best baseball game around. MLB The Show 20 still feels like the most complete baseball title available — comfortably so, in fact. But it doesn't feel like a significant evolution over last year's entry in the series. 

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Mortal Shell

Publisher: Playstack
Developer: Cold Symmetry 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Far from being a pretender, Mortal Shell is a sometimes exceptional entry to the genre. Its stumbles are noticeable only because there is so much to enjoy.

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Moving Out

Publisher: Team17
Developer:  SMG Studio
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Moving Out's familiar brand of local-multiplayer party-game fun lets everyone join in on the fun, laughter, and cursing. Whatever your preference is, Moving Out certainly provides the same flavor of co-operative tension and burst-out-loud laughter as Overcooked. 

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Murder by Numbers

Publisher: The Irregular Corporation
Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Murder by Numbers is an exquisite detective puzzler with wonderful writing, gorgeous graphics, and masterful music. The comparisons to the Phoenix Wright series are instantly evident. Not only do the visuals share the same motif of hand-drawn 2D sprites, speech boxes, and thick lines, but the gameplay is very similar, too. 

The soundtrack is lively, bouncy, and upbeat. It's inspirational and uplifting when the moment is happy, it's imposing and harsh when the pressure is on, and it's cold and gloomy when the protagonist doubts themselves. 

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My Hero One's Justice 2

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Byking 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: My Hero One's Justice 2 is a lot like the original, with a few minor adjustments that might entice you to enter the arena once again. Make no mistake, My Hero One's Justice 2 is a good, fun arena brawler on its own merits. Taken on its own, the game really does provide an amazing adaptation of the My Hero Academia franchise.

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NHL 21

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Vancouver
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: NHL 21 provides more of the same, and with the uncertainty of the real world season, even less of what few changes fans come to expect of yearly releases.

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Nioh 2

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team Ninja
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Nioh 2 takes everything great about the first game and dials it up. Despite a few returning gremlins, this is an instant hit for fans of the series. Nioh 2 is essentially more Nioh, but better. Fans of the series will find plenty to enjoy here, and newcomers won't feel like they had to play the first game to appreciate what it has to offer.

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Not for Broadcast

Publisher: TinyBuild Games
Developer: NotGames
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Who knew that overseeing a bunch of media personalities who say so little by saying so much could be so fun? Not For Broadcast is excellently paced. As soon as you pull up behind the switchboard, you're presented with a smorgasbord of screens, buttons, and switches. While it would be easy to overwhelm new players with options, the game takes it slow.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is not only one of the best One Piece games but possibly one of the best Musou games around. When you throw in the ability to grind out your skill trees and chase ever more impressive kill counts, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a game with an incredible level of replayability.

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One Step From Eden

Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Thomas Moon Kang
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: One Step From Eden is a fantastic rogue-like deck-building game that is a few small tweaks away from perfection. Like most roguelites, One Step From Eden is brimming with replay value but can easily be played in short stints, too; each run takes 30-60 minutes to complete — or, more often, 5-10 minutes to lose.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps 

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Moon Studios
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is another triumph return for the series — a beautiful game with only the smallest blemishes to its luster. If you want to play a beautiful, often difficult Metroidvania with some of the most satisfying combat and traversal mechanics the genre has to offer, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will give you plenty to be excited about.

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Othercide

Publisher: 
Developer: 
Initial Release Date: 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Othercide is a modern gothic take on turn-based tactics. It's stylish, difficult, and a solid addition to the genre. If you want a tough take on turn-based tactics, Othercide is a great pick-up. If you've tried the genre before and bounced off because of the gameplay, it isn't going to change your mind.

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Orcs Must Die 3

Publisher: Google
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Platforms: Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though its name offers no way around it, the creative ways you dispatch foes makes Orcs Must Die 3 perhaps the most addictive Stadia exclusive to date.

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Orwell's Animal Farm

Publisher: The Dairymen
Developer: Nerial 
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Orwell's Animal Farm faithfully recreates and even reinvents the classic allegory at a time when it's never been more relevant for some players. There's absolutely an audience for this game, and if you find yourself in it, Orwell's Animal Farm is a timely, effective reimagining of one of the last century's most notable allegories.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Despite a combat system that gets old quickly, Paper Mario: The Origami King's writing, puzzles, and worldbuilding make it the best entry since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Persona 5 Royal

Publisher: Atlus USA
Developer:  P-Studio
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Persona 5 Royal improves on the original in almost countless ways, big and small, to deliver a top-notch RPG for new and old fans alike. If you haven't played Persona 5 countless times, you're in for a real treat. Persona 5 Royal is easily the best Persona game yet and one of the best RPGs available right now.

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Pikmin 3

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Eighting 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the best the series has to offer, a showcase of creative design and smart strategy. It's one of the most enjoyable experiences on the Switch.

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Pumpkin Jack

Publisher: Headup
Developer: Nicolas Meyssonnier
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: With levels reminiscent of beloved 3D platformers and an irresistible audiovisual experience, playing Pumpkin Jack this Halloween is exciting and youthful like trick-or-treaters finding the house giving out full-size candy bars.

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Rune Factory 4 Special

Publisher: XSEED
Developer: Neverland
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Rune Factory 4 is an abundant RPG, full of fun characters, things to do, and a compelling network of interlocking systems. While Rune Factory 4 might not reach the epic heights of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or Dragon Quest 11 S, and as a simulator, it might get overlooked for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, Rune Factory 4 manages to be something else entirely and manages it very well.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Resident Evil 3 is a decent horror-action game that falls short of the Resident Evil 2 standard. To be fair, though, RE3 is trying some new things. It's much more of a straightforward action game than RE2, keeping a lot of the trappings of survival horror while emphasizing RE4-style shoot-'em-up gameplay. 

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Robotics;Notes ELITE & DaSH

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Developer: Mages Inc.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Robotics;Notes ELITE & DaSH give fans lighthearted adventures with the Robot Research Club in the Science Adventure universe. Fans of the Science Adventure series, and visual novels in general, will enjoy Robotics;Notes ELITE. While it doesn’t quite reach the incredibly soaring highs of Steins;Gate, it is more enjoyable than the underwhelming Chaos;Head.

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sumo Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: After a six-year absence, PlayStation’s knitted icon returns in stunning form in one of the year's best platformers. With an A-list cast, superb visuals, and some strong co-op gameplay, Sackboy: A Big Adventure successfully proves that Sackboy can thrive without LittleBigPlanet’s creation mechanics, all while still paying homage to his roots.

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Publisher: XSEED
Developer: Edelweiss
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a bold genre fusion that pays off with superb farming and combat systems plus a cast of characters you'll remember for a long time to come. It might ask you to take it on its own terms from time to time, but that's a small price to pay when the experience is this rewarding and unique.

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Sakura Wars

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA 
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Sakura Wars' unique LIPS system, thoroughly charming cast of characters, and great writing more than make up for its less than stellar combatIt's a strong reboot, and one I truly hope heralds an encore for the series. There's nothing else quite like Sakura Wars, and that's a compliment.

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Samurai Shodown

Publisher: SNK
Developer: SNK
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: 2019's Samurai Shodown is finally available for the Switch, bringing one of the foundational Japanese fighting games to a brand-new audience. Samurai Shodown has managed to make the trip to the Switch without sacrificing more than a little bit of graphical fidelity. 

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Sayonara Wild Hearts

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Developer: Simogo 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: In its one-hour runtime, Sayonara Wild Hearts transcends video games and becomes not just a playable pop album, but a hypnotic self-help soundtrack. It's an endorphin factory. Sayonara Wild Hearts is more than a game for me. It's a catharsis vessel. It's a story of self-love. It's a reminder that some things break but that doesn't make us broken. It was once a dream and now forever a memory. It's transcendent and undying, but, of course, it is. Wild Hearts Never Die. 

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Serious Sam 4

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Croteam 
Platforms: PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Serious Sam 4 is a delightfully old-school first-person shooter that doesn't bring a ton of new stuff to the table but still hits all the right notes. Serious Sam 4 is a strong, polished, old-school shooter. The massive, open-air firefights are a fairly unique element to first-person shooters, and panicked kiting of hundreds of enemies is the name of the game.

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Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Publisher: WayForward
Developer: WayForward
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a welcome return of a now-classic platforming series. Shantae has been weaving her magic for nearly 20 years and still feels distinctive amidst the sea of other platformers. Her latest romp might not feel quite as fresh as Half-Genie Hero, but it’s still a worthwhile, highly entertaining adventure.

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Spiritfarer

Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Spiritfarer is a finely crafted piece of artistic commentary on what it means to let go, and it's far and away one of the best games to come out of 2020.

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Star Wars Squadrons

Publisher: Motive Studios
Developer: EA
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Star Wars Squadrons is an instant classic and an ode to the space combat sims that came before it. Squadrons does a lot of things right. And it's the closest thing to a new X-Wing or Tie Fighter we're going to get. Though it's a stand-alone game, it's also a fantastic complement to Battlefront 2's starfighter assault mode, giving aces new and old two very good options to choose from. 

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Stories Untold

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: No Code
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Stories Untold is a boundlessly smart and stylish adventure game that both celebrates the past while changing the future. Stories Untold is a unique adventure game smothered in atmosphere. Switch players will have to contend with the port's less-than-ideal UI, but provided they can get over that relatively small hump, the rest of the game is an unsettling, intelligent, fourth-wall-breaking success.

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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Marvelous Interactive
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might not re-invent the wheel, but it's an excellent reminder why the formula the original helped create is so beloved and long-lasting.

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Streets of Rage 4

Publisher: Dotemu
Developer: Dotemu
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Streets of Rage 4 is a surprisingly decent return to form for a franchise that's been collecting dust for over 25 years. It plays a bit of a trick on you if you’re a fan of this sort of game, where you fall into your old patterns almost immediately, but the game is built to smack you down if you do. Instead, it’s got a simple combat system with some real depth to it, and which only gets more fun as you add players in co-op.

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Surgeon Simulator 2

Publisher: Bossa Studios
Developer: Bossa Studios
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: While some sequels fail to build upon the entries that came before them, turning into bloated, convoluted messes, Surgeon Simulator 2 reshapes the original idea into something entirely new. 

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Little effort was put into modernizing Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and somehow, that's still more than enough. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a satisfying gift for the series' 35th anniversary.

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Super Mega Baseball 3

Publisher: Metalhead Software
Developer: Metalhead Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Super Mega Baseball has never been given the accolades it's deserved, but this is the year baseball fans will finally notice this all-star. Don't let a lack of MLB licensing turn you away. This is a serious baseball sim in every way except for the silly naming conventions of its athletes.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Trails of Cold Steel 4 brings the Cold Steel series to a spectacular conclusion with some of the best storytelling in the genre and improvements to every gameplay system.

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The Last of Us 2

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog 
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Last of Us 2 is an emotional rollercoaster that doesn't always hit the mark with what it tries to pull off. It does, however, provide enough amazing highs to outweigh its unfortunate lows.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Publisher: Skydance Interactive
Developer: Skydance Interactive 
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners would be a great game even if it wasn't in VR. Suffice it to say Saints & Sinners definitely suffers from some modern-day VR problems, but it's still a great sign of the immersive and exciting things to come.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 makes good on its promise of revitalizing a legendary franchise, but it's modern twists aren't all clean landed.

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Vitamin Connection

Publisher: WayForward
Developer: WayForward
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Vitamin Connection is one of the best games on Switch. It's extremely fun, creative, and great with a friend. An easy pill to swallow. To bring this love-letter in disguise to a close: Vitamin Connection is a game that everybody should play. 

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Void Terrarium

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: There's a lot to love about Void Terrarium, with its touching story and unique approach to the mystery dungeon genre, even if does occasionally frustrate. Void Terrarium is special for how it balances challenge and accessibility to create its own unique identity, a balancing act many other games struggle with. If you're new to the genre, it's a great place to start.

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Wasteland 3

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: InXile Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Wasteland 3 invokes feelings of classic RPGs such as Fallout and manages to nail the feel and tone perfectly in a modernized setting. While the game often falls into some of the genre's more vexing traps, such as percentage damage idiosyncrasies and lackluster character models, it’s hard to deny its engaging power. 

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Watch Dogs: Legion

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Watch Dogs: Legion throws out a decade of Ubisoft's cluttered-map open worlds in favor of exciting systems that deliver unique emergent moments consistently. Watch Dogs: Legion drastically revises the Ubisoft open-world blueprint it has leaned on for over a decade. 

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Wintermoor Tactics Club

Publisher: Versus Evil
Developer: EVC
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The indie strategy game Wintermoor Tactics Club is one of the better children's books I've ever played. Kids will love it, but adults may find it too simple. Really, the highest recommendation I can make for Wintermoor Tactics Club is that it’s a funny, weirdly true-feeling interactive children’s book, with just enough tactical action to keep you interested throughout.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition makes one of the best RPGs even better, despite not spreading its improvements evenly over the whole package.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Yakuza: Like A Dragon isn't just a great Yakuza title — it's legitimately one of the best modern role-playing games there is. Yakuza: Like A Dragon is an uplifting and hopeful story told with heart, supported by satisfying RPG gameplay and a host of entertaining side-missions and minigames. 

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Ys Origin

Publisher: Dotemu
Developer: Dotemu 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ys Origin on Switch is one of the most focused, fluid, and exhilarating action RPGs around. Read our review to see why it absolutely should be on your radar.

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Publisher: Rebellion 
Developer: Rebellion
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ever wanted to dodge zombie sharks while on a quest to destroy the undead animated by evil wizard-Hitler? Well, it doesn't get much better than Zombie Army 4. The game's shooting mechanics, its level design, and its ranking system come together in a much more satisfying way [than the core Sniper Elite series]. 

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That's it for our list of the best games of 2020. What were your favorite games? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Torchlight 3 Halloween — Gears 'N' Goblins Update

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The Torchlight 3 Halloween update brings the pets along for the ride. Players can rescue three new Halloween-themed pets from bosses and dungeons: the Midnight Cat, Spooky Retriever, and Dragonling Spirt. Each with a special skill that summons skeletons in battle, but the pets are only available until December.

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Aside from battle-pups, the update introduces the Ancient Ember gear set and two new skills along with it, plus new fort decorations and two new weapons: Sword of the Lost and Lightning Baller mace.

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And that's it for now! Feel free to bookmark this page for more Halloween event updates throughout October! If you found this list frightfully delightful, please consider sharing it! 

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker Halloween: Haunted Frontier

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker's Halloween event is Haunted Frontier, full of spooky haunted ships that put your bravery — and desire for salvage — to the test.

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The update, which is live now on Steam, turns any ship into a potential ghost ship. Things start deteriorating as you gather materials and fend off rogue AI nodes. Lights flicker on and off. Air gets sucked out of the room. And somewhere deep in the ship, unsettling sounds can be heard...

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Should you make it out alive, you can show off your hard-earned rewards with new stickers and badges.

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Hunt: Showdown Halloween Event

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Hunt: Showdown has its first-ever Halloween event on now until November 4, with a gourd-full of ghoulish events and treats to earn.

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Players earn Event Points for special equipment and other items by doing the following:

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  • Destroying pumpkins scattered through the world 
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  • Investigating a Halloween-themed Clue or Rift 
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  • Destroying pumpkins mounted on scarecrows 
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There's only so many Event Points you can earn each day, but using the special Halloween item Wormseed Shot increases the points earned by 25%.

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1,000 Event Points are needed for all the event's special gear. Any points earned over that will be converted into Blood Bonds once the event ends.

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Minecraft Halloween in the Minecraft Marketplace

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Minecraft Halloween celebrations run through November 2, with frights aplenty in the Minecraft Marketplace. Mojang's got Halloween-themed maps and items in store there, plus Halloween Collections to choose from in the Character Creator and Marketplace.

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Until November 2, you can grab a free Halloween skin pack and Halloween character creation item for free. These will still be available to get after November 2, but they won't be free then.

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[Source: Mojang]

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Fire Emblem Heroes Halloween  Special Heroes (Dragons Harvest)

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Fire Emblem Heroes' Halloween event runs through November 7 at 7:59 p.m. EST and offers a chance to summon four new Halloween-themed units:

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  • Autumn Trickster Xane (Mystery of the Emblem)
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  • Harvest Goldoan Dheginsea (Radiant Dawn)
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  • Harmonic Hope Ninian and Tiki duo unit (Binding Blade and Shadow Dragon)
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As always, the seasonal Fire Emblem Heroes' units come with a new Paralogue event, Dragons Harvest.

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No Man's Sky Halloween Update

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Head back to the outer reaches of the galaxy to find some new loot in the No Man's Sky Halloween update. Brave explorers can scour Desolation's wrecked vessels again to find a new item, Tainted Metal, and have a chance to snag some Quicksilver. But it comes at a cost. The freighters are full of new treats and a security system gone haywire.

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Trade Tainted Metal with the Scrap Dealer to get new base decorations and additional customization options, or you can stockpile it to exchange for the Horrific Flesh-Helmet.

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Scrap Dealers also have Orange Pustules and Detoxified Slimes for infesting and purifying bases.

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[Source: Hello Games]

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PixARK Halloween

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PixARK Halloween brings a spooky makeover to the survival game from now until November 2, with costumes and treats galore.

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Things kick off at the main menu, which is getting a Halloween re-skin. The main attraction is the Pumpkin Soul Reaper though.

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When you defeat the Pumpkin Soul Reaper, it might drop:

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  • Pumpkin Seed
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  • Magic Broom
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  • Flying Firework
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  • Clown Costume
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The Firework and Broomstick only last seven days, but you have a slight chance of getting a permanent one from defeating Ancient Wyvern King, Beach Bully, and Aurora Butterfly King enemies.

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Then there's candy grenades, Halloween decorations, a creepy scarecrow costume, and plenty of events to make the most out of the season.

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[Source: Steam Community]

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Apex Legends Halloween: Fight or Fright 2020

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Apex Legends' Halloween Fight or Fright event is back with Shadow Royale and more from now until November 3.

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Shadow Royale sees night fall on Kings Canyon and its trio matches. When a Legend falls, they're reborn in Shadow form with a thirst for vengeance.

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This year's event sees several all-new skins plus re-imagined versions of last year's, including Sweet Dreams Caustic and Wicked Harvest Bloodhound. Skins from last year are available on rotation in the in-game store as part of bundle offers or special offers.

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There's a set of exclusive rewards in the event's Prize Track too with skins, charms, and more.

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[Source: EA]

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War of The Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Halloween Special

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War of the Visions is celebrating Halloween with two featured UR summons and a bucketful of rewards. Players can summon UR Little Leela and UR Rairyuu from now until November 10, both in Halloween attire with appropriate skills to match.

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The Halloween Special also includes a Rewards From the Producer reward period from now until November 10. It features:

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  • 2,000 Visiore
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  • 20,000,000 Gil
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  • 1 Rainbow Fragment of Thought
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  • 3 Rainbow Vision Sphere
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  • 50 Adamantite (Large)
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  • 50 Burst Pot
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  • 50 Armor Pot
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In a separate update, new players who start the game get a 7-day free summon period where a UR summon is guaranteed.

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From October 28 through Halloween, players can take advantage of 6-UR Guaranteed Step Up 10x Summon, which guarantees:

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  • one UR unit or vision card on step 1
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  • two UR units/vision cards on step 2
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  • three UR units/vision cards on step 3
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There's also a  5-step 10x Summon which guarantees a MR+ unit or vision card on steps 1-4 and UR “Exorcists” on step 5.

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And there's even more, from daily login bonuses and Halloween Challenge Missions to a spoopy new Halloween-themed game icon.

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GTA Online Halloween Bunker Series

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GTA Online has a bunker full of frightful delights this Halloween. Halloween Bunker Series features triple RP and GTA$ plus three Slasher maps: the depths of the bunker, the silo, and The Diamond.

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Taking part in the Halloween Adversary modes such as Beast Vs. Slasher and Come Out To Play doubles your RP and GTA$.

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The peyote plants are back, in keeping with the spooky season, though Rockstar isn't saying what they'll transform you into yet. Nightclub income rates are going up as part of the event, and there'll be an influx of Freemode Events with triple payouts through October 28.

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[Source: Rockstar Games]

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Mortal Shell Halloween: Rotten Autumn

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Mortal Shell's first content update just so happens to be a Halloween update called Rotten Autumn.

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After downloading the update, speak with Gorf to unlock a new mini-quest. Completing it earns you new shades to deck out your Shell with. And you can show the world just how you spruced up your Shell with Mortal Shell's brand-new photo mode.

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There's also a separate download alongside Rotten Autumn that adds a new soundtrack for boss fights, courtesy of Rotting Christ.

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Those who haven't jumped into Mortal Shell yet can do so with a limited-time 20% discount for the digital version on PS4 and PC. That same discount isn't live for Xbox players yet, but it will be come October 27. 

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Mortal Shell's physical version releases November 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the U.S., then on October 23 for PlayStation 4 and PC (case containing a key) in Europe and October 30 for Xbox One in Europe.

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Fortnite Halloween — Fortnitemares 2020

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King Midas is back from the great beyond in Fortnite's Fortnitemares 2020 event from now until November 3, and he's giving you the chance to wreak havoc on friend and foe alike.

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When you're eliminated in a Solo, Duos or Squads match, you get the chance to return as a Shadow in Nitemare Royal. Attack surviving players from the shadows and even possess vehicles to bring their game to an end.

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That's the trick side of things, but the island has plenty of treats in store too. You can get your hands on the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher, Fiend Hunter Crossbow, a special Midas invention, and of course, candy.

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There's a suite of Fortnitemares challenges where you can unlock costumes and weapon skins such as the Smash-O'-Lantern Pickaxe and Midas' Shadow Wrap.

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Finally, on Halloween night (October 31) at 9 p.m. EST, award-winning reggae singer J Balvin kicks off the Afterlife Party at the Party Royale Main Stage.

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[Source: Epic Games]

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PUBG Mobile Infection Mode

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PUBG Mobile's Infection Mode is back from the dead from now until November 9, with new content, themes, costumes, and plenty of zombies.

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Infection Mode's classic combat returns, pitting a team of Defenders against a team of Zombies in an all-or-nothing fight. Zombies — sporting Halloween masks, if you so choose —  can only use melee attacks, but fallen Defenders transform into Zombies with chances for form shifts and stat buffs.

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If it all gets too much for the Defenders, they transform into Vanquishers when their team is down to three members. Foes they vanquish can't be resurrected.

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These hellish fights unfold across maps decked out with pumpkins, gravestones, and other seasonal paraphernalia. More costumes and decorations are planned before the end of the event.

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World of Tanks Halloween — Burning Games

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Free-to-play war game World of Tanks is hosting the Burning Games Halloween event until October in partnership with Korn and their new video for "Finally Free." It's a chance for Tier V and higher vehicles to complete challenges and earn special items and take part in the new Wasteland map.

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In World of Tanks Wasteland, tanks start with 1 HP and have to attack others to replenish it. Players can attack allies to restore teammates' health, and respawning increases the tank's overall power.

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From October 16 through October 31, players can join The Way of the Raider 60-stage event to earn XP, camo, and the two new tanks featured in Korn's music video.

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Finally, from October 24 through October 31, World of Tanks brings back Mad Games, a limited-time chance to outfit your tanks with the wildest abilities possible.

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Red Dead Online: The Halloween Pass

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It's spooky time at the Red Dead Online corral, with the game's first-ever Halloween Pass. Now through November 16, players can get their hands on wagon-loads of Red Dead Online Halloween rewards, ranging from weapons and costumes to decorations for the tavern. Everything acquired during the event lasts after it ends.

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The Halloween Pass is available in the progress menu or the Wheeler, Rawson & Co selection.

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Pokemon GO Halloween 2020

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Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 runs from October 23 at 9 p.m. EST through November 3 at the same time and offers the first chance to get your hands on Galarian Yamask among other things.

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Completing the Halloween Special Research "A Spooky Message Unmasked" gets you one step closer to finding both Galarian Yamask and Spiritomb. Other Field Research tasks will also center around Halloween themes during the event.

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Ghost-type Pokemon will be more common in the wild, in Raids, and in Eggs. You might even find a costumed Gengar in Raids or hatch a Sableye in costume if you're lucky.

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Talking of Raids, Darkrai takes center stage for five-star Raids, but there's more Halloween Raid goodness in store.

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On October 31 from 11 a.m. local time through 5 p.m. local time, there's a higher chance Alolan Marowak will show up in Raids.

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There's a special Halloween Cup from October 26 at 4 p.m. EST through the end of the event where only Poison, Dark, Bug, Ghost, and Fairy Pokemon can compete, and they have to have less than 1,500 CP.

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It just wouldn't be Halloween without costumes. Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 amps up the costume game with a Gengar onesie, Sableye goggles, Pikachu mask, and more, along with bundles in the in-game shop.

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Finally, there's an all-new event on October 26, the Catch Mastery event, which we cover in more detail elsewhere.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Darkness Rising 2020

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite is back for 2020 and, like its Pokemon counterpart, you can play it safely from home.

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This year, Darkness Rising revolves around weekly events where completing tasks — brewing potions, collecting notes, and the like — earns you rewards such as extra XP, Portkeys, and books.

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The ultimate goal is finding the Dark Witch, masquerading as a Brilliant Oddity. Other oddities abound, too, including Brilliant Witch, Brilliant Dark Wizard, and Brilliant Giant Stone Hand.

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Dreams Halloween

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If you're looking for a more atmospheric experience, Dreams' Halloween event, All Hallows' Dreams, may be for you. The whole thing is user-generated, like the rest of Dreams, and All Hallows' Dreams pops up at the top of the world list when you boot the game up.

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Choosing it takes you to a dream world with different scary mansions to explore.

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Some are reportedly very scary indeed, though they have their biggest frights confined to the upper floors. Others are just fun, creepy haunted houses to explore, complete with pumpkins carved by other Dreams players and a costume zone.

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Call of Duty Halloween 2020 — Haunting of Verdansk

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Call of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare share a Halloween event in 2020: Haunting of Verdansk. The event runs from October 20 through November 3. It's a multi-pronged event featuring crossovers with SAW and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but some of it does come at a cost.

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If you want the film crossover treats, you'll have to shell out for the SAW and Chainsaw Massacre bundles, both of which include skins, items, and weapons inspired by their respective franchises.

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Activision promised more Halloween-themed bundles for the in-game store, including the new Dr. Karlov bundle focused on regional Verdansk folklore and a Grim Reaper bundle.

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In addition to Trick or Treat crates with Halloween items galore, Haunting of Verdansk adds night modes to event maps, zombie battle royale, scavenger hunts, and much, much more.

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[Source: Call of Duty]

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Minecraft Dungeons Spooky Fall Halloween Event

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Spooky Fall is coming to Minecraft Dungeons from October 26 until November 3 with challenges and rewards galore.

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Seasonal Trials are summoning up ghoulish mobs for players to take on. If that weren't spoopy enough, the event turns down the lights with Night Mode — but only until the event ends.

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Completing the Season Trials earns exclusive seasonal weapons and gear, whether Night Mode is enabled or not.

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Elder Scrolls Online Halloween — Witches Festival 2021

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Elder Scrolls Online's annual Halloween Witches Festival is back once more with double XP and plenty of treats to go around. ESO's 2020 Witches Festival runs from October 22 at 10 a.m. EST through November 3 at the same time.

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If this is your first time taking part, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown Store and earn the Witchmother's Whistle item. If you already have it, just select it from your collections to get started.

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Using the Whistle kicks off a two-hour period of bonus XP, but there's a lot more.

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Players can earn new mementos, furnishings, and Dremora and Hollowjack-themed items through Plunder Skulls earned in battle.

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Bosses drop Dremora Plunder Skulls with extra goods, including treasure maps and pages for the Grave Digger weapon style.

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There's the final evolution of the Indrik, a costume gala, grab bags, deals, and more. Check out the full details on the ESO event site.

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Overwatch Junkenstein 2020

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Overwatch's Halloween Terror 2020 event, aka Junkenstein 2020, is live now through November 3, bringing the Junkenstein's Revenge Brawl back alongside new skins and more.

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Baptiste and Ashe are added to the brawl mix as playable characters this year, and there are weekly challenges to take on to earn new skins.

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These are the new Legendary skins for the Halloween Terror 2020 event:

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  • Karasu-Tengu (Genji)
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  • Dai-Tengu (Hanzo)
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  • Werewolf (Winsto)
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  • Flying Dutchman (Sigma)
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  • Shin-Ryeong (D.Va)
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That's in addition to three new Epic skins:

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  • Fantasma (Sombra)
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  • Stone (Brigitte)
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  • Ragdoll (Echo)
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Here' the schedule of events.

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October 13-20

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  • Vengeful Ghost — get chased by ghosts
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  • Frenzied Stampede — chase down fast-moving zomnics
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October 20-27

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  • Volatile Zomnics — zomnics explode when you get close
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  • Three They Were — take on missions with just three characters
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October 27-November 3

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  • Mystery Swap — heroes get randomly changed
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  • Shocking Surprise — shock tires spawn from defeated enemies
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Overcooked! 2  Moon Harvest Festival

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Overcooked! 2's Halloween celebration isn't technically Halloween-themed. It's in honor of harvest and autumn celebrations throughout eastern Asia, but it's fall-ish, so it works.

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Better yet, it's a free update with no end time, and the content will appear in Overcooked! All You Can Eat for next-gen consoles.

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Overcooked! 2's Moon Harvest Festival introduces new kitchens themed around water and lily pad obstacles. There are five new levels total, plus three succulent-looking mooncakes to add to the menu.

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Doom Eternal Halloween 2020

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Doom Eternal's Halloween 2020 event is pretty straightforward. Until October 29, log in every day, complete campaign missions to earn XP, play Battlemode, and complete weekly challenges to unlock skins. Challenges refresh every Thursday.

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These Doom Eternal skins include:

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  • Cultist Marauder
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[Source: Bethesda]

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Dragalia Lost — Postmortem Panic

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Dragalia Lost's Halloween event for 2020 is Postmortem Panic, a series of increasingly difficult challenges with a slew of rewards. It's live from October 12 at 2 a.m. through October 19 at the same time, but the event rewards can be claimed until October 26 at 1:59 a.m.

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Postmortem Panic divides its missions by difficulty. Completing all the challenges at one tier earns battle charts and stratagems for unlocking the next level of quest.

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Some of these are special dragon battle challenges, pitting adventurers against the toughest of foes like Astral High Mercury.

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Victory earns wind and water tomes to unlock new skills for certain characters, while completing quests earns primal crystals used for treasure trading.

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[Source: Nintendo of America]

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Splatoon 2 Halloween Splatfest — Splatoween

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Splatoon 2 is hosting a Halloween Splatfest called Splatoween, where the Tricks face off against the Treats. The special Splatfest kicks off on October 30 at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST and runs through November 1 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST.

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During the event, players can get their tentacles on some Halloween Splatoon 2 gear, including:

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  • Hockey Mask
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  • Anglerfish Mask
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These will be available via a Switch News article, so make sure you're signed up to get Splatoon 2 news on your Switch system. 

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Star Citizen: Alpha 3.11 High Impact and Halloween

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Star Citizen's Alpha 3.11 update includes a bounty of additions, and among them is Star Citizen's first-ever Halloween event. It kicked off earlier this month and runs through Halloween on October 31.

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During the event, players can earn Halloween helmets and a special Day of the Vara Cutlass skin. There's a cosplay competition and even a pumpkin carving contest with plenty of "sweet prizes" in store for those who take part.

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Borderlands 3 Halloween — Bloody Harvest Returns

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Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest Halloween event is back for October 2020. The ghoulish festivities run through November 5, and it's easier than ever to get your hands on some sweet, ghastly gear.

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To kick things off, head to Sanctuary III, and speak with Maurice. Maurice tasks you with collecting Hecktoplasm from haunted enemies, easily spotted by their ghostly green glow.

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Defeating haunted enemies spawns specters you'll need to defeat as well, and that's when you finally get ahold of Hecktoplasm.

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After collecting enough of Hecktoplasm, Maurice opens the gate to Heck, where you can chat with Captain Haunt to access a number of quests, through which you'll earn Bloody Harvest items and cosmetics.

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This year, the Bloody Harvest quests are less demanding than before, making it easier to get loot.

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  • 8 challenges completed  "Message from Beyond" ECHO Device skin
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  • 12 challenges completed  "Haunted Look" shared Vault Hunter skin
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  • 15 challenges completed  "Porphyrophobia" weapon skin
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Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2020

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Destiny 2 brings back the Festival of the Lost and the Haunted Forest for 2020, with new weapons, triumphs, armor sets, and cosmetics for Exotics to celebrate the spookiest season of the year. Festival of the Lost 2020 is free for all Destiny 2 players and runs from October 6 through November 3. 

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Festival of the Lost 2020 adds new perk rolls for the Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story, plus new sets for a few classes:

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  • Titan — Promethean Set
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On the official Festival of the Lost blog post, Bungie provided more information on the Halloween event. The Spider is a new NPC that gives players Cipher Decoders that unlock special chests at the end of The Haunted Forest. The chests are worth pursuing because they contain Legendary items specific to the Festival of the Lost. 

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Rounding things out, there are new Sparrow skins available, as well as festival masks and vanity items for various armor sets, including broomsticks and witch hats. 

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Resident Evil Resistance October Update

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Resident Evil Resistance has a big October update in store, which is basically a Halloween update without actually being called a Halloween update.

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Jill Valentine joins the ranks of the Survivors, with powerful weapons and her characteristic dodge mechanic from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake. And as is only fitting, Nemesis itself is a playable Mastermind for the first time. Players control Nemesis through playing as Nicholai, another new Mastermind.

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The Prison is a new map added in RE Resistance's October update, and the Uptown Raccoon City and Bemusement Park maps get a remix with new layouts.

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Finally is a slew of new costumes and weapon skins, Survivors' perks and customizable abilities, and Mastermind traps.

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[Source: Capcom]

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Grounded October Update

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Grounded’s October update adds ziplines and more to the survival game, including some Halloween-themed items. The initial announcement is relatively light on details, but players can expect decorations, recreational items, and doodads to use with friends. These include harvestable Candy Corn and a new landmark in the Frankenline, which is described as "a creepy discarded Etch-a-Sketch you can actually draw on."

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Aside from washing The Backyard in a spooky glow, the October update for Grounded does a lot on the backend as well, including fixing a handful of bugs, fine-tuning combat, and unlocking new perks. You can see the full patch notes here

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Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath  All Hallows' Eve

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Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath is getting some Halloween goodness with the All Hallows’ Eve character skin pack. It’s available now and is free for Aftermath owners. Those who haven’t upgraded to Aftermath yet would need to purchase the expansion, which also unlocks the Summer Heat and Femme Fatale packs from earlier in 2020. 

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Mortal Kombat 11’s All Hallows’ Eve skin pack trailer highlighted three of the included skins. One is the “Blizzard King” outfit for Sub-Zero, and then there’s the part-werewolf part-school spirit “Beast Within” skin for Johnny Cage. Then there’ “Bad Medicine” for D’Vorah, turning the Kytinn fighter into a spidery nurse from hell. 

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It’s not certain if Warner Bros. is adding anything else to Mortal Kombat 11’s Halloween event, but we’ll update if something new turns up.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Halloween

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The Halloween fun isn’t limited to New Horizons, as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp celebrates spooky season in its own way. The 2020 Pocket Camp Halloween event features a number of special activities with ghoulish treats on offer for those who complete certain goals.

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Jack comes around and demands sweet treats. Hand over bat-themed lollipops to get bat furniture as a reward, and plant pumpkins during the month’s Garden Event to nab hatbats. Jack offers exclusive items such as mystical pumpkins in return.

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Taking part in the October Fishing Tourney nets some goodies as well, with potion-themed furniture on offer every time players reach a size goal with the fish they catch.

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Then there’s a fright night gyroidite scavenger hunt, new Happy Home classes and challenges, wall and carpet sets, special cookie items and more. The Pocket Camp Halloween and October events are live now.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Halloween update is available to download for free now, and it’s bringing more than just the Czar of Halloween to the island. 

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Animal Crossing patch 1.5 paves the way for Halloween by adding Candy as an item players can purchase from the Nooklings’ store and pumpkins as growable DIY fodder.

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The patch 1.5 trailer shows players planting, watering, and harvesting at least four different pumpkin varieties and then using them in various Halloween-themed DIY recipes.

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On Halloween night (October 31), Jack himself visits the island. It’s not clear yet what he requires of the player, but all the residents will be lurking about, asking for Candy and showing off their costumes.

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The patch adds new skin tone options for players to look their creepy best as well. We’ll update with more information about what New Horizons Halloween brings to the table as it becomes available.

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Monster Hunter: World Iceborne — Fun Fright Fest

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Capcom’s brewing up a special Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Halloween event called the Fun Fright Fest, part of the hefty Title Update 5. It runs from October 15 at 8 p.m. EST through November 5 at the same time and is exclusive to the expansion.

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The Autumn Harvest Fest is returning to the base Monster Hunter: World game, but Capcom hasn’t said much about it yet.

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Fun Fright Fest (starting at 7:06 in the above trailer) sees the Seliana Gathering Hub decked out with spooky furnishings, and the handler dons a Cute Demoness outfit to celebrate the occasion. There are two special ticket types to collect during the event and trade in for loot: the Fun Fright Ticket and the VIP Fun Fright Ticket. 

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The former get doled out as daily login bonuses for the MHW Halloween event and can be used to craft armor with Decoration slots. Players can exchange the latter for in-game decorations and Layered Armor, but these are only available as random item drops. Both ticket types can be exchanged for Melding Tickets too.

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There’s at least one new set of armor coming to the Fun Fright Fest, Demon Lord Alpha+. Wearing pieces of this armor set increases the chance of getting VIP Fun Fright Tickets.

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Capcom may reveal more about Monster Hunter: World Iceborne’s Fun Fright Fest as the start date approaches, and we’ll update if that happens.

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Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection

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It wouldn’t be Halloween without Killing Floor 2’s annual Halloween celebrations, and 2020 is no different. This year’s Halloween event is Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection, and it brings treats galore, including new weapons, maps, and cosmetics.

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Infernal Insurrection’s new map is Hallmark Station, a twisted take on London’s famous King’s Cross Station. Hallmark Station has been overrun by zeds, of course, and players must team up with fellow mercenaries to take down the demonic threat. Hellmark Station includes Survival, Endless, and Weekly modes.

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Two new HRG weapons make their debut in Killing Floor 2’s Halloween event.

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From now until November 10, Killing Floor 2 is also introducing a number of Halloween events, objectives, bonuses, and cosmetics.

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October 2020 is upon us, which means it's time for scary movies, The Simpsons Tree House of Horror, and Halloween events in all our favorite video games! While we're still on announcements from Overwatch and Apex Legends, games like Killing Floor 2Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and MHW already have their in-game-event plans laid out for the spooky season.

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From new weapons and outfits to new DIY recipes and Palico Halloween costumes, there are plenty of tricks, and even more treats, in store for the witching month. 

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Games that haven't announced Halloween plans yet likely will in the coming weeks, and we'll update this list of Halloween events when that happens. Be sure to bookmark this and check back throughout October!

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Doom Eternal Rips Onto Game Pass for Xbox in October https://www.gameskinny.com/n44kx/doom-eternal-rips-onto-game-pass-for-xbox-in-october https://www.gameskinny.com/n44kx/doom-eternal-rips-onto-game-pass-for-xbox-in-october Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:01:08 -0400 GS_Staff

Following Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda last week, we knew that many of Bethesda's most popular titles would be making their way to Game Pass at some point. It just wasn't clear how soon that would begin to happen. 

Turns out, pretty quickly. 

Doom Eternal, which released earlier this year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One before jumping to Google Stadia, will be heading Game Pass for console on October 1. Bethesda says that the frenetic first-person shooter will be on Game Pass for PC sometime in 2020, though there's no firm date quite yet. 

The sequel to 2016's Doom has sold incredibly well, shifting "3 million digital units" in March, the month of its release, according to SuperData. 

In our review for Doom Eternal, David Jagneaux said: 

Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years.

Aside from Doom, there's no word on when other Bethesda games, such as The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim will come to the service or, in the case of Fallout 4, return. Fallout 4 was removed from Game Pass in April.  

Currently, there are some other Bethesda developed and published titles on Microsoft's subscription service, including Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Fallout 76Rage 2, and Dishonored 2, all of which have been available for some time.

Bethesda recently revealed Doom Eternal's first DLC, called The Ancient Gods, at QuakeCon 2020. Part of the game's $29.99 season pass, The Ancient Gods will see Doomguy take on new demons in brand-new locations. For those not willing to plunk down the money for the season pass, The Ancient Gods will be available separately for $19.99. 

Bethesda has said that fans will not need to own Doom Eternal to play The Ancient Gods, though it does continue the storyline of the game. 

Stay tuned for more on Doom Eternal, The Ancient Gods, and Game Pass. If you're wondering how Microsoft's subscription service differs from the recently-announced PS Plus Collection for the PlayStation 5, we've got you covered here.  

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First Doom Eternal Update Conjures Empowered Demons, XP Event https://www.gameskinny.com/c5dlz/first-doom-eternal-update-conjures-empowered-demons-xp-event https://www.gameskinny.com/c5dlz/first-doom-eternal-update-conjures-empowered-demons-xp-event Fri, 15 May 2020 17:56:32 -0400 Daniel Hollis

The first major update for Doom Eternal is here, bringing a number of new upgrades to both single-player and multiplayer modes, including empowered demons and a limited-time XP event. 

Bethesda Softworks announced that the update is now available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia.

New Features

New to Doom Eternal are Empowered Demons. When a player is killed by a demon in the campaign, there's a chance that the demon might appear in another player's game, bigger and badder. It's up to other players to avenge their ghostly fallen comrades by killing the demon. Their reward? Extra resources and bonus XP. 

On top of that is the new Precious Metals Event, which consists of new weekly challenges, offering the opportunity to earn bonus event XP towards new shiny cosmetics, including the MC Pain Master Collection.

Quality of Life Improvements

Both single-player and Battlemode get quality of life updates, too. According to Bethesda, the idea is to make both more accessible and to address some of the primary issues players have pointed out about the modes. Here's what's been changed, taken from the official blog post on Slayers Club:

Single-player Quality of Life Updates:
  • Reduced damage taken while swimming.
  • Added vertical Dash ability when in water.
  • Moved the Rad Suit in Taras Nabad directly in-front of the water area so the player clearly sees it when entering the arena.
  • Removed all difficulty damage scaling for both Water/Slime.
  • Added Maykr Drone campaign tutorial during first encounter in Urdak.
  • Increased the effectiveness of the Plasma Rifle Microwave Mod damage over time.
  • Added an option for Hold (Default) or Press functionality for Double Dash in the Game tab of the Main Menu Options.
    • Hold allows the player to dash twice by holding the input. Press requires the player to press the input twice.
Battlemode Quality of Life Updates:
  • Batllemode Tutorials are now required for first-time players when entering the mode.
  • Added functionality to take disciplinary action against players who exploit Batllemode by prematurely exiting matches or are abusive on voice chat.
  • Batllemode Death Report Deaths in Batllemode now display a damage report showing players exactly what killed them.
  • New Indicator for Healing Demon Players New FX display under player headers in Batllemode when they are actively healing. This is visible to all players.
  • New Messaging in Batllemode has been added to improve the clarity of server and lobby states
  • New Network Icons in Batllemode will display when network conditions introduce latency or packet loss.

This is the first major update for Doom Eternal, with more expected in the future. Currently, two single-player DLC packs are in the works. There is no confirmed date for either of the upcoming DLC packs as of yet.

Be sure to check our review of Doom Eternal, where we said: "Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years."

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Doom Eternal Tears Into Franchise Sales Record https://www.gameskinny.com/u8qlg/doom-eternal-tears-into-franchise-sales-record https://www.gameskinny.com/u8qlg/doom-eternal-tears-into-franchise-sales-record Wed, 25 Mar 2020 17:58:23 -0400 Jonathan Moore

According to players and critics alike, Doom Eternal is a ripping good time. Currently sitting at an average of 88 on Metacritic across PC, PS4, and Xbox One, id and Bethesda's latest shooter, and the follow-up to Doom (2016), raked in a lot of dough over its release weekend.  

While Bethesda did not share exact sales numbers, the developer and publisher said that Doom Eternal "has quickly broken the franchise record for opening weekend sales, doubling the launch revenue of Doom (2016)."

While some of us (meaning me) took a while to warm to the game, others loved it from the start. In our review of Doom Eternal, David Jagneaux said: 

Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years.

It's going to potentially come off as reductive and simplistic, but Doom Eternal is just really, really good. If you enjoy shooters, want to see demons explode while gushing blood, and can handle yourself in a fast-paced firefight, there should be zero hesitation in your mind about picking up Doom Eternal.

Per multiple sources, including Eurogamer and Bethesda, some 100,000 people played Doom Eternal this past weekend — just on Steam. Currently, the shooter is ranked #21 on Steam Charts, with more than 41,000 concurrent players. Additionally, a total of 4 million hours have already been played on the platform. 

For more on Doom Eternal, be sure to head over to our guides hub and stay tuned for more in the coming days. 

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Doom Eternal Sentinel Battery Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/wgvr4/doom-eternal-sentinel-battery-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/wgvr4/doom-eternal-sentinel-battery-locations Wed, 25 Mar 2020 22:49:13 -0400 John Schutt

Doom Eternal sentinel batteries are some of the most critical collectibles in the game. You need these to unlock all of the doors in the Fortress of Doom and gain access to sealed upgrades and outfits for the Slayer.

You'll run across a few of these batteries in the course of regular play. Still, others hide behind platforming puzzles, challenges, and other hidden crevices throughout Hell and beyond. This guide will tell you where to find each sentinel battery in Doom Eternal

Note: Some images below do not have the batteries in them, but they show where the batteries are. Images were captured post-playthrough, where I collected most of the items in the level beforehand.

Exultia Sentinel Battery Locations

You'll come across the first sentinel battery in the game over the course of finishing the Exultia level. It is just before the transdimensional portal.

Initially, it's locked behind a large gate, and you'll have to go through the level to raise it. Once the gate is out of the way, you can't miss the battery.

Cultist Base Sentinel Battery Locations

Cultist Base Battery 1

The first Battery sits high above the first major combat arena. Clear the area of enemies, then look for a small ledge along the cliffside, near where you entered the area.

Jump to the ledge. Break open the grate, and punch the button behind it to unlock a gate below the main arena (below where the horde of zombies was when you first came into the area). Beyond the gate is a jump pad.

Take the jump pad up, and double-jump/double-dash to the battery's location, nestled in the cliff ahead (shown below).

Cultist Base Battery 2

After grabbing the sentinel battery above and completing the next section that pits you against demons in a long corridor, you'll exit outside and get a Praetor Suit token. Continue down to one of the level's toughest combat arenas (pictured below).

After the fight, go inside the keep and turn left at the intersection and follow the hallway down until you see the battery out in the open.

Cultist Base Battery 3

Shortly after you get the Sentinel Crystal while looking for your Super Shotgun, you'll enter a room with two elevators to your left and right. 

Take the elevator immediately to your left and go down one floor.

Once on the bottom floor, follow the hallway around until you see a Cacodemon float above some yellow-hued boxes. Kill the demon and jump up to the main floor. There are more elevators. Take the one on the left, this time riding up.

Jump on to the next floor and run until you see a large green button in front of a contraption.

Punch the button to release the monkey bar, shoot the other green button across the way, swing through the opening, and dash onto the climbable wall.

From the wall, look left. You should see an elevator with a large armor pickup in it.

Take this final elevator up, run around the corner, and you drop into the battery hallway. Collect the battery to open the gate.

Doom Hunter Base Sentinel Battery Locations

Doom Hunter Base Battery 1

You'll find the first sentinel battery of Doom Hunter Base in the back of the level's first combat arena, hidden, as they tend to be, behind a grate.

From the back of the room, go toward the entrance and look for an opening underneath the center platform about halfway down. There's a breakable vent. 

Break said vent and follow the tunnel, then jump up to the little room with the battery.

DoomHunter Base Battery 2

The second battery in this level is on the critical path. It can be found in the same area as the red key.

Move through the level until you come across a set of bridges and a massive outpost connected by floating, climbable walls and monkey bars. It's high above the snowy mountains below. The start of the area looks like this.

Swing on the monkey bars and jump to the central platform, then head toward the hanging climbable wall. You'll see a dash recharge nearby leading to the outpost. There's an open window in the side you'll want to jump through.

You're in the right place if there are about five zombies shambling about in the room. Turn to your right, and the battery will be staring you in the face.

Super Gore Nest Sentinel Battery Locations

Super Gore Nest Battery 1

The first sentinel battery in the Super Gore Nest is in the first acid area. You'll have the yellow gore key by that point, and you'll be going for the red key. Once you enter the area, you'll see several flaming chains that you'll need to avoid.

Past the fire chains is a pathway up and around, where you'll eventually reach a room with a rotating column in the center. To progress further in the level, you smash through a vent by using the monkey bars attached to the column.

To find your way to the battery, go through the tunnel at the bottom of the chamber instead.

You'll want to refresh your Rad Suit if possible, because you'll quickly take damage getting to the end of the tunnel.

Super Gore Nest Battery 2

It's almost impossible to miss this sentinel battery. It's at the end of a short platforming puzzle.

You'll be in an area with a Buff Totem and lava floors, floating skull platforms, and monkey bars. It's in the center of a huge lava lake surrounded by destroyed buildings. It looks something like this: 

As you make your way through the area, you'll take the monkey bars across to a small section with a moveable block, a short jump, and more floating fiery chains. 

At the end of that path is a climbing wall. Once you reach the top, the battery will be waiting to your left.

Super Gore Nest Battery 3

Once you have the blue key (the last of the three keys), you'll return to the first open area of the level; it's where you had your first big fight.

There's a blue locked door in the center spire, and it hides a jump pad. Near the pad is an easily reached secret (you can't miss it), and to the far right of that is a climbable wall.

Time your jump so you don't hit any of the flying debris, and climb up, then turn left. Turn left again and head down the hall. Turn right at the end of that hallway, and you'll come face to face with a Specter, one of those invisible Pinkie demons. Kill it or dodge around it.

Trudge down the path, and you'll drop down to the battery to the right of the slayer key.

ARC Complex Sentinel Battery Locations

ARC Complex Battery 1

You'll find the first battery close to a Vega Weapon Attachment drone (modbot). It's also close to the slayer key for this mission. The drone in question appears close to the end of the level, in one of the destroyed buildings. It can be seen below: 

Directly across from the drone is a stairwell you can take up and to the left. You'll arrive at a gap made by a broken walkway. Rather than go for the climbable wall, jump straight across the gap and the battery will be on the left.

ARC Complex Battery 2

You'll find the second sentinel battery in the ARC Complex on your way through the level. After firing the first turret at the giant tentacles blocking your way to Samuel Hayden's compound, you'll ride an elevator down.

After getting off the elevator, you'll walk down a hallway until you reach a small office. The battery is inside the office.

ARC Complex Battery 3

The third and final sentinel battery in this level isn't hard to find, but the arena before it will test you. There are plenty of heavy demons, and they come hard and fast. 

Finish the fight and you'll need to find the hole the Cyber Mancubus popped out of to drop into the purple slime tunnel below. From the entrance to the area, turn left and go straight into the corner. The hole should appear. 

Make your way to the end of the tunnel and use the monkey bar in the larger slime chamber to jump to the third battery's platform.

Mars Core Sentinel Battery Locations

Mars Core Battery 1

You'll find the first battery in the area just below the first large combat arena, as you're heading toward the BFG 10,000. 

Clear this arena however you please, then, when the path forward opens, don't go immediately into the green, spinny BFG Core tunnel. Instead, turn around, and there it'll be.

Mars Core Battery 2

This battery is near the end of the level's large platforming area that looks like a huge debris field in space.

As you make your way across the area, you'll eventually come to a small outpost with a tower. You'll then use a jump pad to get to another outpost across from it.

When you reach the other side, you'll need to go through a door on the critical path. Before you enter the door, turn around to find the battery on the roof of the previous outpost. Jump/dash over to get it. 

Mars Core Battery 3

Much like the second Super Gore Nest battery, this one is hard to miss. Once you enter the escape pod and crash land in the core of Mars, the battery will be waiting for you.

Taras Nabad Sentinel Battery Locations

Taras Nabad Sentinel Battery 1

The first well-hidden battery in a few levels is just below your spawn location. You can see it behind a grate not long after you load into the level.

Jump down on the platform and cross to the other side. There's a ledge you can drop down to that hides a breakable wall.

Beyond this wall is a short hallway leading to the first battery.

Taras Nabad Sentinel Battery 2

From tricky to downright insidious, the second battery is behind a gate you can only open with a hidden button. To make matters worse, the arena you're in marks the first instance of the Archvile in the campaign, and getting past that one could take a few tries.

To find the button that unlocks the gate protecting the pattery, you'll need to climb the stairs at the back of the arena and head to the right of the statue. There will be a smaller, breakable statue kneeling in the wall to your left you can punch.

Punch the statue, and you'll reveal the button. Press the button and a second pair of gates will open behind you. You'll need to head into the newly opened room, climb up a wall, and jump-punch a giant weight down from its chain.

Once the weight falls through the floor, all you need to do is jump down to collect the battery. It will look like this once you're done:

Taras Nabad Sentinel Battery 3

If the first two Taras Nabad batteries took a little brainpower, the third and final one takes almost none. All you have to do is make it to the area where you recover your Crucible from the Titan corpse, then look at the wall opposite the corpse. The battery lives in the back corner.

Once you collect the last battery from Taras Nabad, you'll have almost every sentinel battery in the game. You'll almost be free to unlock every door in the Fortress of Doom, deck yourself in some sweet looking armor, and fully upgrade everything in your arsenal.

But there's another way to pick up a few more sentinel batteries. 

There is One Battery Per Set of Level Challenges

One of the primary ways you'll collect sentinel batteries is through the completion of Doom challenges, first introduced in the Cultist Base level. You need to complete all three challenges per level to acquire the battery, and while many challenges are easy enough to finish, some take a little forethought. 

As soon as you enter any level following the Cultist Base, open your menu and tab over to the "Challenges" section. Complete the challenges as the requirements become available. 

You do not have to complete all challenges in one playthrough of a level. You can go back through Mission Select and finish whatever challenges you missed — even after the campaign. 

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We've still got more Doom Eternal coverage coming, so stick around. Check out the other Doom content we've got in the meantime.

 

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Doom Eternal Battlemode Slayer Tips and Tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/b0tf6/doom-eternal-battlemode-slayer-tips-and-tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/b0tf6/doom-eternal-battlemode-slayer-tips-and-tricks Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:47:08 -0400 John Schutt

The Doom Eternal Battlemode is id Software's take on asymmetric multiplayer, pitting a single, fully-kitted Doom Slayer against two player-controlled demons. It's as fast and frenetic as the single-player campaign with the added complication of pitting humans against other humans.

The same strategies you developed taking on Hell in the campaign won't necessarily work here, because this time, your foes can learn, adapt, and alter their play in response to your own.

Battlemode is a real rush for this reason, so let's break down how you can master the two sides at war here: Slayer vs. Demons.

Doom Battlemode Slayer Tips

There's an adage about typical multiplayer games with a single player component: don't play the campaign to prepare for MP. I think Doom Eternal throws that adage out the window, at least for the Slayer component.

Tip 1: Play the Entire Campaign Before Entering Battlemode

In the campaign, the Slayer has access to every weapon mod, from the under-barrel grenade launcher to the tracking rockets, scoped heavy rifle, and everything in between. You need to know what weapons work best for you, their intricacies and excentricities, and how you can apply them against all demon types.

Secondly, you fight every demon type in Battlemode. The heavy hitters — Archvile, Pain Elemental, Revenant, Mancubus, and Maurader — are all player-controlled, but you'll run into plenty of other mob demons, as well. Players can summon AI-controlled Hellknights, Arachnotrons, Prowlers, and more, and in the later rounds, you might even see a Baron of Hell.

The trash mobs are plentiful as well, but you need to know their attack patterns and pathfinding, or you'll lose track of the easy prey and fall victim to the much more dangerous enemies hunting you.

The most important lesson you'll learn in the single-player mode as you prepare for Battle mode is just how fast you need to think. Doom Eternal might start slow, but as it ramps up, you quickly acclimate to the sheer breathlessness of the gameplay. 

Or should I say, you acclimate to the speed or you fail. If you put in the hours learning how Eternal wants you to play it, you'll be in a much better place when you enter Battlemode.

Tip 2: Prioritize Your Targets

Every demon has their strengths and weaknesses, and you would do well to go through the tutorials and learn what they can each do. You can learn how much health each has, how fast they move, and what kind of playstyle they're best at.

You don't have to play the demons to know which one you'll usually want to take out first. In the lobby before each match, you'll learn what you'll be facing, and it's at this point that you should decide who dies first.

Here's how I organize my target list:

  1. Slayer denial and control: any demon who can dictate how the Slayer moves as opposed to the other way around, mostly Archvile and Marauder.
  2. Time wasters: demons who keep the Slayer's attention long enough for heavier hitters to get in and deal real damage, mostly Revenant and Pain Elemental.
  3. Straight DPS: demons who specialize in raw damage first and foremost, usually the Mancubus.

Note that I used the words "mostly" and "usually" here. As players sink their teeth into the demon of their choice, where said demons fall in my list can vary. For the average demon player, however, I think this is where things stand.

Your goal as a Slayer should be to effectively remove the more important targets from the equation first. You don't necessarily need to kill them, but you do need to make sure they won't bother you. If you feel confident about taking out the other demon quickly once your main target's dead, then, by all means, kill away. 

Whether you kill one to scare the other or bring both down to near death, your focus should still remain on the primary threat. You might have to adjust that designation mid-game if one demon player is miles better than the other, but again, this demon tier list is probably your best guide.

Tip 3: Go Fast

I know this sounds obvious, but "going fast" is more than just dashing and jumping and killing. It's also about precision and damage control. It's about understanding the flow of the arena, the speed of your opponents vs. your own, how quickly your weapon projectile travels vs. how much damage it does, and so much more. 

Boiling down the best speedy strats will ultimately depend on how you play, but my primary ones are to master the quick swap and maximize your weapon switch speed in combat. The two might sound similar, but they are quite different.

Quick Swap: As simple a mechanic as it sounds, Quick Swap lets you quickly change between two weapons with a single button press, bypassing the weapon wheel and number keys (on PC) entirely. There are numerous benefits to this, not the least of which is decreasing the downtime between firing each weapon.

For instance, you can swap to the Super Shotgun, blast something close, then instantly switch to the Balista for a second close-range blast. The same thinking applies to the other weapons in your arsenal.

Master the quick swap with the weapons of your choice, and you will be killing demons faster than you can imagine.

Weapon Switch: In Battlemode, ammo is at an even higher premium than it is in the campaign, and unless you're on top of your ammo count at all times, your weapons of choice will run dry. This time, though, the demons can block your ability to restock, and without bullets, all you can do is lose.

That means you need to be able to accurately switch weapons quickly, so you don't end up with a rocket to the face or a shotgun when you needed a rifle.

Beyond telling you that you need to learn this skill, there isn't much I can do to teach you to do it effectively. It's something I recommend you practice and practice often. This tip relies entirely on your abilities.

 

Those are my top tips for Battlemode in Doom Eternal, and they should apply for every match you play, regardless of demon team composition. I'll be covering universal demon strategies next, so stay tuned for that article soon.

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Doom Eternal Guide: How to Find Every Slayer Key https://www.gameskinny.com/wud8j/doom-eternal-guide-how-to-find-every-slayer-key https://www.gameskinny.com/wud8j/doom-eternal-guide-how-to-find-every-slayer-key Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:51:06 -0400 John Schutt

Doom Eternal Slayer Gates are challenge arenas in many of the game's levels, and they aren't for the faint of heart. Just opening them usually requires at least a little outside of the box thinking, as you'll need a Slayer Key to unlock the purple-shining doors of death in the first place. 

Slayer Keys almost always live close by their gates, and while you'll see them on the map once you get close enough, actually reaching them can be tricky. 

This guide will tell you where to find each Slayer Key and how to reach them. This isn't a guide for the Slayer Gate arenas themselves. That's a whole other article.

Exultia Slayer Key

The first Slayer Key you encounter lives near the end of the Exulta mission, the game's second. After traversing the area with the sinking platforms and swirling fire chains and taking out the two Cacodemons, you'll enter a small room with a few Gargoyles and a Dash Recharge Orb near the ceiling.

Hop onto the ledge at the far end of the room and turn around. You should see something along these lines:

Jump and dash across the gap. Grab on to the ledge beyond and look down and slightly left. You'll see the Slayer Key on the platform just below you. The Gate is nestled in the wall nearby.

Cultist Base Slayer Key

Another Slayer Key at the end of a level, you'll find the one in Cultist Base behind some bars in the room with the giant crucified demon. Getting to this key is a little bit of a puzzler if you don't know what you're looking for — in this case, a sort of hidden climbing wall.

Look to the left of the crucified demon, then look at the lower wall below you. 

Jump down and clamber on, then do a full 180. You'll see a set of monkey bars leading into a hallway, going under the platform you just jumped off of.

The monkey bars will allow you to jump to another climbable wall, where you'll turn to the right to see a longer hallway and a dash charge.

Climb up the wall at the hallway's end, turn around one last time. Jump up to the room across from the climbing wall, and you'll see the key. Note: don't knock down the block that opens the center area. It will bar the Slayer Gate itself, and you'll have to reload your checkpoint and do everything again. 

Super Gore Nest Slayer Key

Reaching the Slayer Key in the Super Gore Nest level requires you to have all three Gore Keys: Yellow, Red, and Blue. You'll retrieve them over the course of play, and you'll likely do the same for the Slayer Key.

Once you have the Blue Key (the last of the three), you'll quickly return to the first open area of the level; it's where you had your first big fight. There's a blue locked door in the center spire, and it hides a jump pad. Near the pad is an easily reached secret (you can't miss it), and to the far right of that is a climbable wall.

Time your jump so you don't hit any of the flying debris, and climb up, then turn left. Turn left again and go down the hall. Turn right at the end of that hallway, and you'll come face to face with a Specter, one of those invisible Pinkie demons. Kill it or dodge around it.

Trudge down the path, and you'll drop down to the key. Jump out of the window and stay to the right of the area below to find the Slayer Gate. 

ARC Complex Slayer Key

More climbable wall searching is in your future in the ARC Complex mission. In this level, the key is close to a Vega Weapon Attachment drone (modbot), again near the mission's end. The drone in question appears deep in the level, in one of the final destroyed buildings. It can be seen below: 

Directly across from the drone is a stairwell you can take up and to the left. You'll arrive at a gap made by a broken walkway. You can jump across for a pair of regular secrets, or you can look to your right for the climbable wall.

Attach yourself to the wall and turn around. You should be able to see the key just waiting for a quick double jump-dash combo.

Mars Core Slayer Key

One of the easier keys to come across, grabbing the Mars Core Slayer Key is located deep in the level, once you reach Mars itself. You'll have passed through an arena with a Buff Totem and reentered the main facility. You're looking for the section with the massive amount of tentacle holes and a button near a terminal.

Once pressed, the wall you can see in the window will move back, revealing two breakable vents on the left and the right. For a secret, smash the vent on the left. For the key, go right.

Beyond this vent is a very red hallway with the key floating at its end.

Taras Nabad Slayer Key

Probably the easiest Slayer Key to find in the game, you'll find Taras Nabad's just waiting for you after a single left turn near the level's end. No jumping puzzles, no crazy hunting for climbable walls. Just there, in the regular course of play plus a couple turns.

After you leave the chamber where you lower the water twice and jump on the big box, you'll enter a series of sluice tunnels. Continue through them until you come to your objective marker at a T intersection. 

Turn left, then at the end of the hall, do so again. The key will await you, with the Gate sitting just around the corner.

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That's every Slayer Key in Doom Eternal, from beginning to end. The Slayer Gate arenas they unlock are another matter entirely, but that's a story for another time. As always, we've got more Doom Eternal guides coming, so stay tuned.

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Doom Eternal Marauder Tips: How to Beat This Tough Enemy https://www.gameskinny.com/i3rms/doom-eternal-marauder-tips-how-to-beat-this-tough-enemy https://www.gameskinny.com/i3rms/doom-eternal-marauder-tips-how-to-beat-this-tough-enemy Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:02:48 -0400 John Schutt

The instant he's introduced in Doom Eternal, the Marauder quickly becomes one of the toughest and, sometimes, most annoying enemies in the game. The Marauder is more than tough enough on his own, but he's got a few tools that only make fighting him harder. Luckily, we've got tips on how to beat him. 

There's a reason you meet him one-on-one in your first encounter. Any other enemies of note would only make that initial fight impossible. You'll need to learn the Marauder's kit inside and out, because he'll have help at later points. Yep, he becomes a regular enemy later in the Doom Eternal campaign.  

Don't worry, though. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to take down every Marauder you meet in Hell and beyond, including secret encounters and Slayer Gates. 

How to Beat the Marauder in Doom Eternal

A Marauder exits a portal in Doom Eternal.

Marauders are deadly in any situation, and until you understand how they work, you'll have no way to beat them. Put shortly, a Marauder can:

  • Block all attacks with their shield
  • Cannot be damaged by the BFG
  • Move as quickly as the Slayer himself
  • Do heavy damage at close- and long-range
  • Summon a stupid dog that just gets in the way
  • Take more hits than you'd expect

From point-blank range, you might need eight to 10 Super Shotgun blasts to take down a Marauder, and I think that's being generous. As much as he moves and as much as he blocks, even that number is likely to grow. If you don't hit the Marauder with the center of the reticle, it may take more shots. 

The only reliable way to damage Marauders is to counter them the instant their eyes flash green. You'll have a little less than a second to react, so no matter what difficulty you're playing on, you need to be fast. 

Oh, and I know I mentioned it above, but do not use the BFG-9000 on the Marauder. It will do nothing but waste precious ammo. Instead, if you find yourself facing him before expected, use the BFG to clear the room of secondary enemies. 

Tips on Fighting the Marauder

The Marauder enemy can be tough to beat, especially in your first encounter in the campaign.

The Marauder has a small selection of attacks:

  • An ax swing
  • A close-range shotgun blast
  • A blade beam for longer ranges
  • A summon, which conjures his idiot dog

Your first order of business in any Marauder encounter is to clear the arena of all other enemies except trash mobs. You'll need those for health, armor, and ammo. They will continuously spawn, of course, but having several ready to go at the start will be a big help.

Second, kill the dog whenever it spawns. It might be nothing but a distraction, but that's the threat it poses. You cannot afford to be distracted against the Marauder. A single shotgun blast or a few well-placed Heavy Rifle bullets will put the dog down, but be aware: its hitbox can be wonky, and it sometimes takes more damage than you'd think.

Now it's just you and the ax-crazy demon guy.

The in-game tip says, "Keep him at mid-range," but in my experience, you have less leeway than that. Mid-range is about three or four steps. Closer nets you a shotgun to the face, any farther and the Marauder will start spamming blade beams.

The Best Marauder Strategy

The Marauder wields an Argent battle axe, a shotgun, and summons a vicious dog.

Here's how to consistently take down the Marauder.

  • With a clear, dogless area, switch to your Super Shotgun and Ballista
  • Maneuver until the Marauder is about four steps away, and his eyes flash green.
  • Hit him once with the Shotgun, quick-swap to the Ballista and hit him again, then switch back for a third shot.
  • Back up until he recovers from the stagger, then close the distance, but only so much. You don't want a shotgun blast. Instead, get back in that mid-range and his eyes should flash green again. Blast him.
  • Repeat this process three or four times, and he'll die.

You're baiting attacks until you can strike, then putting yourself in the most advantageous position to repeat the process.

It looks easy written here, but it takes tight timing and a general understanding of the hitboxes for each of the Marauder's attacks. Once you get the basics down, however, this beast won't be a problem, even on higher difficulties. 

Just don't die. You know. Easy.

That's it for our guide on general Marauder tips for Doom Eternal. Be sure to check out our review. The game is quite good.

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Doom Eternal Review: Ripping and Tearing Never Felt So Good https://www.gameskinny.com/m79xm/doom-eternal-review-ripping-and-tearing-never-felt-so-good https://www.gameskinny.com/m79xm/doom-eternal-review-ripping-and-tearing-never-felt-so-good Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:00:01 -0400 David Jagneaux

Doom Eternal is the perfect example of a game that firmly delivers on its promises and exceeds expectations in all the best ways. When you see a trailer or screenshot for Doom Eternal, it's usually dripping with blood, covered in gore, and full of brutality. That's exactly what you get when you play Doom Eternal for yourself.

It seems like all too often developers add monotony, backtracking, and tedious moments to pad out a game's length or entice microtransactions, so it's refreshing to sit down with a beefy and satisfying single-player shooter that's nothing more than a non-stop thrill-ride of death and violence. 

We need more games like Doom Eternal.

Doom Eternal Review: Ripping And Tearing Has Never Felt So Good

From the opening moments in Doom Eternal, you're made to feel like a complete and total badass. During the intro cutscene, the narrating voice explains that only one thing has been sent to quell the forces of Hell and push back the tide of the apocalypse: You.

It's a powerful moment as the Doom Slayer turns towards the camera, begins to walk away, and pumps his shotgun with one hand in perfect rhythm with the heavy metal soundtrack. It's just campy enough to be cool and not cringey. Thankfully, that tone remains throughout the entire game.

In Doom Eternal you spend a lot of time blasting demons, obviously. You're given a shotgun at the very start, but soon after that you get the assault rifle and various other weapons as well. 

To this day my favorite weapon in Doom Eternal is still the Super Shotgun. The very same shotgun I gushed about for four paragraphs in my E3 2019 preview? Yeah, that one. You get it around three hours into Doom Eternal, and it was my favorite gun until the very end.

You see, what makes the Super Shotgun so special isn't just that it's a better and more powerful version of your Shotgun (which it is), but it's also got a grappling hook attached to the front. This means you can use it to not only pull yourself towards enemies to finish them off with a blast but also to pull yourself towards platforms during jumping and platforming segments.

It's incredibly liberating and dramatically expands the possibilities in both exploration and combat. 

But even if your arsenal doesn't keep you from dying, Doom Eternal does something interesting, and it's one of my favorite bits of the game. If you play online, the game tracks your death, along with everyone else's. When something kills you, there is a chance that creature is now more powerful in another person's game, which they're notified about.

It's a great communal system that rewards playing well by marking more challenging enemies.

The whole game is just a damn good time. Every single explosion of blood, punch, flamethrower belch, and grenade blast feels engineered to send a jolt of dopamine straight to your brain.

Nailing Progression

And the secret to why those jolts of dopamine don't progressively wear off as you play is how expertly the progression mechanics are mixed with almost perfect pacing.

For starters, each weapon can have different mods applied to it that add new functionality, such as turning your assault rifle into a scoped sniper or giving your shotgun grenades. After that, you can upgrade the mods and augments to make them even more powerful. On top of that, you've got suit upgrades for permanent stat boosts and there are also other tokens to redeem for new bonuses and upgrades.

There are lots of paths to improvement. It feels never-ending. 

Just as you start to gel with a new weapon or new ability, you'll find something fresh to tinker with. Hats off to the QA team and whoever worked on game balance and pacing, because it feels almost perfect.

Some of the work done here breaks down a bit with how linear long stretches of the game end up feeling, not to mention some difficulty spikes that can really slam you hard in some fights. It's not uncommon to get bogged down in a big arena fight, needing to die and retry the same fight a dozen or so times.

It's a bit of a double-edged sword. One of my main gripes with Doom (2016) is that many of the levels just feel too large and are unnecessarily laid out as multi-floor mazes. DOOM Eternal fixes that by focusing on mostly linear levels with short environmental puzzle breaks sprinkled in to space things out.

But the result is that sometimes it feels like all you're doing is fighting waves of enemies through mostly straight-forward levels. It wasn't often, but every now and then, I had to step back and take a break because it would start to feel a bit repetitive.

Doom Eternal Review  The Bottom Line

Pros:
  • Gory and satisfying guns
  • Fantastic progression systems
  • Well-designed battle scenarios
  • Amazing visuals
  • Satisfying world-building to further establish the Doom Slayer
Cons:
  • Can feel overly linear at times
  • Some difficulty spikes

Reviewing a game like Doom Eternal is sometimes a tricky proposition. I had already played about an hour of it back at E3 2019 and then another three hours of it at a press event last month. I had a very clear idea of what I'd be getting before even sitting down to officially play it for review.

Sometimes that results in a feeling of having already seen the best bits and forcing myself to sludge through it again before hitting something new. Not this time. Doom Eternal is the kind of game that you start to play and a few minutes later, you realize you're smiling from ear to ear. Maybe it's all of the gratuitous violence or bloody imagery of demons getting their skulls bashed in, but Bethesda and id have a truly special understanding of what makes a game feel good to play. 

From the moment you kill your first enemy with the starting shotgun to when you revel in the explosion of blood from your final enemy, Doom Eternal is a nearly non-stop thrill ride that exceeds almost every expectation. It's easily one of the very best single-player shooter campaigns I've ever had the pleasure of playing. 

It's going to potentially come off as reductive and simplistic, but Doom Eternal is just really, really good. If you enjoy shooters, want to see demons explode while gushing blood, and can handle yourself in a fast-paced firefight, there should be zero hesitation in your mind about picking up Doom Eternal.

[Note: A copy of Doom Eternal was provided by Bethesda for the purpose of this review. The multiplayer offering was not available prior to launch to test for this review.]

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Doom Eternal Launch Trailer: Fast, Furious, and Knee Deep in the Dead https://www.gameskinny.com/jnyjf/doom-eternal-launch-trailer-fast-furious-and-knee-deep-in-the-dead https://www.gameskinny.com/jnyjf/doom-eternal-launch-trailer-fast-furious-and-knee-deep-in-the-dead Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:23:31 -0400 GS_Staff

Doom Eternal releases in a little more than a week. March 20, to be exact. In an effort to turn up the hype surrounding the game as if Doom Eternal wasn't one of the most-anticipated games of 2020 already Bethesda and id Software dropped the game's launch trailer just a tad early. 

It's peak Doom, with the Doom Slayer mercing demons and Hellspawn right and left. The BFG 9000 makes an early appearance, as does The Crucible and The Marauder. Aside from other pretty devastating weaponry, the trailer also shows off more of Doom's signature glory kills, as well as a few never-before-seen levels. 

It's not the most action-packed footage we've seen (our 15 minutes of hands-on footage takes the cake there), but it's certainly more on-brand than the game's recent TV spot. Don't take our word for it, though. Check the trailer at the top of this article for yourself. 

After spending three hours with Doom Eternal at a recent preview event, David Jagneaux said, "Playing through the main story from start to finish looks like it will be a beefy undertaking in and of itself, but when you add in all of the upgrades and side content and extra challenges, it's completely bewildering — and I mean that in the best way possible."

Launching March 20 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia, Doom Eternal is currently up for pre-order. Luckily, both Bethesda and id Software have chosen not to load the game down with microtransactions, so there's no pay-to-win mechanics or battle passes here. 

Those playing Doom Eternal on PC will need a beefy rig to play the game on Ultra-Nightmare at 2160p 60FPS, though the specs for 2K and 1080p are more reasonable. All players, including those on console and PC, will be required to download a launch-day patch

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Doom Eternal, including our official review, in the coming days. 

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Doom Eternal Will Get a Small Day One Patch https://www.gameskinny.com/6lshp/doom-eternal-will-get-a-small-day-one-patch https://www.gameskinny.com/6lshp/doom-eternal-will-get-a-small-day-one-patch Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:04:14 -0400 GS_Staff

As with most games these days, Doom Eternal will get a Day One patch. Luckily, id Software and Bethesda have managed to keep it relatively small, with the update coming in at around 5.1GB. 

While it may be frustrating for some players, especially those that already have to download the base game, Doom Eternal's Day One patch pales in comparison to some recent behemoths. The Division 2 had a 48+GB patch at launch, while The Outer Worlds on Xbox One had a 32GB launch-day update (it was a "mere" 18GB on the PlayStation 4).   

According to reports, it appears Doom Eternal's 5.1GB is of similar size, if not the same, across all platforms. 

id and Bethesda recently released the first-person shooter's PC requirements on its Steam page before removing them for unknown reasons. The specs can be seen over here

Doom Eternal is set to release on the PC (Steam and Bethesda.net), PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on March 20. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will come sometime in the future. Bethesda has not shared a release window for that version of the game. 

We've been able to play Doom Eternal twice already, and we've come away surprised and excited each time. After playing it at E3 2019, David Jagneaux said it was "It was suffocating and incredibly anxiety-inducing," but that he loved it. After playing the first three hours of the game, he said " it's clear that this is going to be even bloodier and better than 2016's reboot."

The sequel to Doom 2016 is currently available for pre-order

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Doom Eternal PC System Requirements Revealed [Updated] https://www.gameskinny.com/2cwoo/doom-eternal-pc-system-requirements-revealed-updated https://www.gameskinny.com/2cwoo/doom-eternal-pc-system-requirements-revealed-updated Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:03:44 -0400 GS_Staff

Doom Eternal's minimum and recommended PC specs have been revealed by Bethesda via a post on the Slayers Club. The specifications can be seen below and outline what players can expect for running the game at 1080p 60FPS (minimum), 1440p 60FPS (recommended), and 2160p 60FPS (ultra-nightmare)

With the latter requiring an i9-9900K or better or an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or better, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080Ti (11GB), chances are most won't be running the game at 4K, let alone 2160p 60FPS, on the game's highest settings. 

Here's the full rundown of the specs on the game's Steam page: 

Minimum PC Specs for Doom Eternal

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7/64-Bit Windows 10
  • Processor:  Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB), GTX 1060 (6GB), GTX 1650 (4GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)/RX 470 (4GB)
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: (1080p / 60 FPS / Low Quality Settings)

Recommended PC Specs for Doom Eternal

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K or better, or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB), RTX 2060 (8GB) or AMD Radeon RX Vega56 (8GB)
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: (1440p / 60 FPS / High Quality Settings)

Ultra-Nightmare Settings for Doom Eternal

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K or better, or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or better
  • Memory: 16GB System RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11GB)
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Doom Eternal is set to release for the PC (Steam and Bethesda.net), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia on March 20. There will be a Nintendo Switch version of the game, but it will release sometime in the future. 

The game is set to receive a Day One patch, though it won't be very big

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Doom Eternal in the coming weeks, including our review of the first-person shooter. 

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Doom Eternal Pre-Order Editions and Bonuses Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/i7fjw/doom-eternal-pre-order-editions-and-bonuses-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/i7fjw/doom-eternal-pre-order-editions-and-bonuses-guide Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:12:24 -0500 Ty Arthur

Ready for the return of the Slayer next month? Doom Eternal officially drops for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Google Stadia on March 20  which means there's still time to secure your pre-orders and get some pre-order swag.

This sequel to the ultra fast-paced Doom reboot is thankfully ditching microtransactions and will include an unexpected classic title as a free bonus game with all pre-orders.

Let's take a look at what physical and digital editions are available, as well as what extra goodies are up for grabs when you buy Doom Eternal for PC or consoles.

Doom Eternal Pre-Order Bonuses

Physical editions of Doom Eternal are available through major retailers, while digital versions of Doom Eternal are up for grabs via console stores, as well as both Steam and the Bethesda.net launcher for PC.

Regardless of platform or edition, all Doom Eternal pre-orders include the free Doom 64 digital download updated to work on modern platforms. This will be the first time the long-lost Doom 64 has seen a legitimate release since hitting the Nintendo 64 back in 1997.

Pre-orders also feature the Rip & Tear bonus pack on PC and console, which includes:

  • Doom Revenant Skin
  • Throwback Shotgun Weapon Skin
  • Cultist Base Master Level

GameStop was previously advertising a collectible tin available for in-store pick up with pre-orders. All such promotional imagery for that deal has now been removed from the pre-order pages, so it appears to be gone. You'll probably have to hit up eBay if you still want to grab one.

Doom Eternal Standard Edition

In addition to the base game, the Standard Edition includes all of the pre-order bonuses above, regardless of which console or PC launcher you use.

Most sites are selling Doom Eternal for the standard price of $59.99, but we've found a few ways to get a better deal. Unfortunately, your options are a bit limited at the moment compared to other major pre-orders.

Right now, only Walmart and Amazon are offering a reduced price for pre-ordering Doom Eternal:

  • Amazon $49.94
  • Walmart $49.94 (must add to cart to see price)

Other retailers are offering the game at full price:

Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition

The upgraded Deluxe Edition is currently $89.99 on all platforms and includes the base Doom Eternal game, all of the Standard Edition pre-order bonuses above, and these extras:

  • Year-One DLC Pass with two campaign add-ons
  • Demonic Slayer Skin
  • Classic Weapon Sound Pack

In essence, you are buying all of the DLC ahead of time by going the Deluxe Edition route. You can pre-order it at these retailers:

Doom Eternal Collector's Edition

Want more physical goodies than the Deluxe Edition offers? The Doom Eternal Collector's Edition is the way to go, although it will set you back $199.99.

This version is only available as a physical copy and is currently only up for grabs through select retailers in very limited quantities:

It is currently out of stock at Target and Walmart. 

Aside from the Deluxe Edition content and all of the previous pre-order bonuses, here's what you get with the Collector's Edition:

  • Deluxe Edition copy of Doom Eternal in an exclusive Steelbook case custom-designed by graphic designer and illustrator Gabz in collaboration with Mondo
  • A full-sized, wearable Doom Slayer Helmet replica
  • A playable cassette tape, plus download codes for lossless digital copies of Mick Gordon’s Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal original soundtracks
  • A physical Doom Lore Book with custom artwork by id Software
  • 11” x 17” Lithograph of “The Gift of Argent Power” painting

If you're planning on being the Slayer for Halloween or doing some Doom cosplay, this is clearly the edition to buy.

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What edition are you planning on picking up, and are you going the PC or console route for this highly-anticipated follow up to the 2016 Doom reboot? Sound off in the comments below.

Want to know what else is in store for the upcoming FPS? Be sure to check out the killer gameplay video showing off Doom Eternal's new weapons mod system, as well as our exclusive 15-minutes of brutal hands-on footage from earlier this year.

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Doom Eternal Pre-Order Editions and Bonuses Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/i7fjw/doom-eternal-pre-order-editions-and-bonuses-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/i7fjw/doom-eternal-pre-order-editions-and-bonuses-guide Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:12:24 -0500 Ty Arthur

Ready for the return of the Slayer next month? Doom Eternal officially drops for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Google Stadia on March 20  which means there's still time to secure your pre-orders and get some pre-order swag.

This sequel to the ultra fast-paced Doom reboot is thankfully ditching microtransactions and will include an unexpected classic title as a free bonus game with all pre-orders.

Let's take a look at what physical and digital editions are available, as well as what extra goodies are up for grabs when you buy Doom Eternal for PC or consoles.

Doom Eternal Pre-Order Bonuses

Physical editions of Doom Eternal are available through major retailers, while digital versions of Doom Eternal are up for grabs via console stores, as well as both Steam and the Bethesda.net launcher for PC.

Regardless of platform or edition, all Doom Eternal pre-orders include the free Doom 64 digital download updated to work on modern platforms. This will be the first time the long-lost Doom 64 has seen a legitimate release since hitting the Nintendo 64 back in 1997.

Pre-orders also feature the Rip & Tear bonus pack on PC and console, which includes:

  • Doom Revenant Skin
  • Throwback Shotgun Weapon Skin
  • Cultist Base Master Level

GameStop was previously advertising a collectible tin available for in-store pick up with pre-orders. All such promotional imagery for that deal has now been removed from the pre-order pages, so it appears to be gone. You'll probably have to hit up eBay if you still want to grab one.

Doom Eternal Standard Edition

In addition to the base game, the Standard Edition includes all of the pre-order bonuses above, regardless of which console or PC launcher you use.

Most sites are selling Doom Eternal for the standard price of $59.99, but we've found a few ways to get a better deal. Unfortunately, your options are a bit limited at the moment compared to other major pre-orders.

Right now, only Walmart and Amazon are offering a reduced price for pre-ordering Doom Eternal:

  • Amazon $49.94
  • Walmart $49.94 (must add to cart to see price)

Other retailers are offering the game at full price:

Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition

The upgraded Deluxe Edition is currently $89.99 on all platforms and includes the base Doom Eternal game, all of the Standard Edition pre-order bonuses above, and these extras:

  • Year-One DLC Pass with two campaign add-ons
  • Demonic Slayer Skin
  • Classic Weapon Sound Pack

In essence, you are buying all of the DLC ahead of time by going the Deluxe Edition route. You can pre-order it at these retailers:

Doom Eternal Collector's Edition

Want more physical goodies than the Deluxe Edition offers? The Doom Eternal Collector's Edition is the way to go, although it will set you back $199.99.

This version is only available as a physical copy and is currently only up for grabs through select retailers in very limited quantities:

It is currently out of stock at Target and Walmart. 

Aside from the Deluxe Edition content and all of the previous pre-order bonuses, here's what you get with the Collector's Edition:

  • Deluxe Edition copy of Doom Eternal in an exclusive Steelbook case custom-designed by graphic designer and illustrator Gabz in collaboration with Mondo
  • A full-sized, wearable Doom Slayer Helmet replica
  • A playable cassette tape, plus download codes for lossless digital copies of Mick Gordon’s Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal original soundtracks
  • A physical Doom Lore Book with custom artwork by id Software
  • 11” x 17” Lithograph of “The Gift of Argent Power” painting

If you're planning on being the Slayer for Halloween or doing some Doom cosplay, this is clearly the edition to buy.

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What edition are you planning on picking up, and are you going the PC or console route for this highly-anticipated follow up to the 2016 Doom reboot? Sound off in the comments below.

Want to know what else is in store for the upcoming FPS? Be sure to check out the killer gameplay video showing off Doom Eternal's new weapons mod system, as well as our exclusive 15-minutes of brutal hands-on footage from earlier this year.

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