Simulation Genre RSS Feed | Simulation on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Square Enix Sparks Crisis Core Remake Rumors with New Ever Crisis Trademark Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:50:05 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is probably a long way off still, but a new trademark suggests Square Enix may be working on a new Crisis Core game.

Gematsu first reported Square Enix trademarked the terms "Ever Crisis" and "The First Soldier" in Japan earlier in January, along with the Shinra logo. On its own, that shouldn't raise many eyebrows even with the Crisis Core and Sephiroth connotations. Companies trademark things all the time, many of which never see the light of day.

However, Square Enix trademarked the same term in Europe and Canada recently, making it a bit less likely these "Ever Crisis" trademarks are some kind of pipe dream that'll never make it out of research and development.

Whether it means Ever Crisis is a Crisis Core remake that frees the game from the PlayStation Portable (yes, please), or Square Enix is planning on Zack and Aerith figurines and a Sephiroth plushie (also acceptable) remains to be seen.

Crisis Core is essentially a mainline Final Fantasy game instead of a spinoff, as Final Fantasy 7 relies heavily on Crisis Core. Final Fantasy 7 Remake does as well and also monkeys around with the story quite a bit, so a new Crisis Core game tying in with that isn't entirely out of the realms of possibility.

[Source: Gematsu]

Hitman 3 Carry Over: How to Import Content from Hitman and Hitman 2 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:18:16 -0500 Mark Delaney

Just as you could move all your Hitman (2016) content, including unlocked items, levels, and costumes, into Hitman 2Hitman 3 carry over allows players to once more bring forward Agent 47's past exploits, turning Hitman 3 into the series' greatest hub of content ever.

The process for importing your Hitman and Hitman 2 content into Hitman 3 is relatively simple, but not without a few bumps in the road, some of which will be resolved in the days ahead. For now, here's what you need to know about how to move Hitman and Hitman 2 content into Hitman 3.

Hitman 3 Carry Over Guide

Importing Hitman and Hitman 2 Content to Hitman 3

The first thing you'll need to know is this: you must carry forward content across the same ecosystem, so if you bought Hitman and/or Hitman 2 on Xbox, you can't acquire the free upgrades on PlayStation 4 or PS5.

They do, however, transfer across generations. So, for example, I was able to move my Hitman career from Xbox One to Xbox Series X.

How to Carry Over Hitman (2016) Content

If you already own Hitman (2016) either as a total package or each of its episodic levels individually, you'll be able to unlock it all for Hitman 3 by:

  • Going to the in-game store
  • Claiming the Hitman GOTY Access Pack

This includes the entire first game, including the Patient Zero DLC campaign, which is included even if you didn't buy it before, so enjoy the potentially new content.

How to Carry Over Hitman 2 Content

Once you've carried forward everything from the first game, you can do the same for Hitman 2, by:

  • Claiming either the Hitman 2 Standard or Hitman 2 Expansion Access Passes

You can do this whether you own the earlier games physically or digitally, but it should be noted that players who own the games physically need to take an additional step.

  • First, load Hitman 2 and ensure you've already carried forward your content from the first game into that one.
    • If you haven't, it'll be in the store menu just like Hitman 3. Claim it there within Hitman 2 and also claim the Hitman 3 Access Passes as they apply to you, including again the first game, second game, and expansion for the second game.

Once claimed there, you won't need your discs for Hitman or Hitman 2 anymore.

Head back to Hitman 3 and complete the above steps, claiming the Hitman 3 Access Passes for the earlier games. This will bring all levels and content from the earlier games into this week's new release, making Hitman 3 a hub of more than 20 locations and levels.

Importing Hitman 2 Save Data Into Hitman 3

Unlike Hitman (2016), players can also move forward their specific Hitman 2 save data, immediately unlocking not just the levels and pre-order costumes, but all their previous unlocks like challenges, weapons, and even achievements or trophies, which will instantly unlock wherever you've earned them before.

When you first boot up Hitman 3, you'll be prompted to perform this one-time transfer. It's optional, but please note that should you elect to do it later, it will erase your Hitman 3 save data and make you start anew there.

This wouldn't be a big problem, except at the time of writing (and frankly during my entire review time with the game), this transfer tool has been broken. Agreeing to perform the transfer is meant to take you to a website, but the site fails to load currently, and we aren't yet sure when it will be fixed.

As soon as IO Interactive has their save data transfer website up and running, we'll update this guide with additional steps, but for now, we haven't yet seen what else this process has in store. It sounds as though it will be nice and easy once the site is working, at least.

In the meantime, you'll want to decide if it's worth waiting to bring forward your Hitman 2 save data or just start fresh when you replay those levels like everyone will need to with Hitman (2016) anyway.

Transferring Hitman Content from Steam to Epic Games Store

Because Hitman 3 is an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC, IO Interactive previously stated that transferring earlier content from Steam to EGS would be difficult if not impossible, and decided to offer players a heavily discounted Access Pass for the previous games as a solution.

But this didn't sit well with players, causing IO to rethink its plans. This week, the studio revealed Steam players will not have to buy anything on EGS they already own on Steam, but cautioned that the solution for this still evades them presently. 

In short, if you're playing on Epic Games Store after playing previously on Steam, you'll need to be patient if you want to unlock previously purchased content for free. Like above, we'll update this guide once IO reveals how they plan to rectify this issue.

That's all you need to know about transferring and claiming Hitman and Hitman 2 content via the Hitman 3 carry over feature. For more tips and help, be sure to stay tuned, and if you're just starting out in the game, consider heading over to this tips and tricks guide that teaches you about shortcuts and so much more. 

PlayStation Games Under Sale Discounts Very Good Games Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:04:15 -0500 Josh Broadwell

PlayStation's New Year sale might be over, but never fear deal hunters: another sale has taken its place. PlayStation's Games Under sale is live now through February 3, with deals on a huge range of games of all kinds, including Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Death Stranding, and more.

As Sony continues to take notes from Steam by holding sale after sale, it's likely this there will be even more deals on the horizon if you don't find something that suites your fancy here. 

PlayStation Games Under Sale

Game Sales Price Original Price
  Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition  $19.99  $49.99
  Assassin's Creed Odyssey  $14.99  $59.99
  Death Stranding  $19.99  $39.99
  Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered $13.99  $49.99
  LittleBigPlanet 3  $9.99  $19.99
  Monster Hunter: World Iceborne  $19.79  $29.99
  Dead By Daylight Special Edition  $14.99  $29.99
  Yakuza 0 $4.99  $19.99
  L.A. Noir  $19.99  $39.99
  Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY Edition  $9.99  $39.99
  Bloodborne  $12.99  $19.99
  Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Gold Edition  $19.99  $39.99
  Team Sonic Racing  $17.99  $29.99
  Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Deluxe Edition  $11.99  $79.99
  Overcooked: Gourmet Edition  $7.99  $19.99
  Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory  $14.99  $59.99
  Alien Isolation  $5.99  $29.99
  Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus  $11.99  $39.99
  Metro Exodus Gold Edition  $19.49  $64.99
  Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Edition  $9.99  $19.99


Here's the full list. And while we wait on Returnal as the first big PlayStation 5 exclusive of 2021, don't forget all these are playable on the PS5 via backwards compatibility. Stay tuned for more. 

Princess Connect! Re:Dive Reroll Tier List Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:58:10 -0500 Sergey_3847

Princess Connect! Re:Dive has finally made its way onto mobile devices outside of Japan, but your wait might not be over yet if you're aiming for optimal party compositions rather than using your favorite characters. If you're doing that, you're going to want to reroll for top tier characters and that in itself can be a time-consuming process.

In this guide we're going to go over some of the best heroes to get in your first few pulls, giving you an advantage in earlier content and ensuring your party comps are viable later on.

Damage-oriented characters are usually positioned in the front, with support heroes mainly in the back. Don't ignore those that go in the middle, though, as they can influence the flow of battle just as much as anyone else.

S-Tier Units

  • Type: Physical
  • Position: Front

Nobody does as much damage as Makoto in Clan Battles, especially if combined with Christina and Mimi. The power that these three units generate is enough to take out any guild boss in Arena.

Her debuff abilities are extremely useful. Brave Howling, which reduces the physical defense of a single target in front, is not to be trifled with.

Her Summer variant she has the Aqua Crossing skill, which not only increases her own physical damage, but also reduces the physical defenses of her enemies.

  • Type: Magical
  • Position: Back

Maho is the best supporter in the game. This makes her especially useful in the PvP and Story modes.

Her Fairytale Garden ability is a most valuable tool, as it increases the magical attack, physical damage, and TP of all allies. On top of that, she is a healer that applies Darkness status effect on a second enemy at the front, blinding the target to make it harder for them to hit the party.

A-Tier Units

  • Type: Physical
  • Position: Front

Shizuru is like Makoto and Maho combined, but with a barrier ability that absorbs a lot of damage, and thus makes her less vulnerable to damage.

With the help of her Protection skill she can use the same barrier on all her allies, and with the help of Saint Heal she can restore HP to a target ally.

This unique set of abilities makes her a great character for both Clan Battle and Story modes.

  • Type: Magical
  • Position: Back

While Maho is great for magical support role in PvP, Hatsune is the best magical DPS unit in the mode.

Her magic is specifically designed to deal with heavy physical enemies. That's why all her abilities focus on physical DPS units.

The Star Light skill not only punishes the enemy with the highest physical attack using a powerful surge of magical damage, but also stuns them for a short period of time.

While her Shooting Star ability works like an AoE that deals damage to all enemy units, but as you may have already guessed, it deals more damage to the physical enemies.

B-Tier Units

  • Type: Physical
  • Position: Middle

Saren performs universally well in all game modes. However, since she is a midliner, she depends strongly on the units surrounding her. If the flanks are weak, then Saren will be weak as well, so surround her with strong front and back units.

Her most useful ability is Elegance Yell, which restores TP of the closest ally. This is an essential skill, which can help completely turn the tide of battle in dire situations.

  • Type: Physical
  • Position: Middle

Monika is entirely situational, but when she fits her role, she is one of the best characters you can reroll.

Her Flugel Yell ability increases the physical and magical attack of her allies, and boosts their speed of movement. This is a really good skill to have in both PvP and Story modes.

Her Lightning Flash skill is a physical AoE that is excellent in PvP mode, and her stun ability called Musket Shot can be well utilized in Clan Battles.

  • Type: Magical
  • Position: Middle

Here is one of the strongest magical AoE units in the game. But there is one huge drawback that prevents Anna from being a top-tier character: Final Aurora ability decreases her physical and magical defenses, as she uses her magical AoE attack.

On the other hand, you could use her HP instead of defenses to activate a powerful magical blow to all enemies using her Ascent to Heaven skill. In that case her HP drops well below 10%.

Once you use this ability, she can't fight anymore for a certain amount of time. That's why she has to be either healed by Shizuru or protected by her barrier.

These are the best units to reroll in Princess Connect! Re:Dive. If you enjoyed reading this guide, then consider giving it a share.

Hitman 3 Tips and Tricks Guide: Become a Master Assassin Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:26:36 -0500 Mark Delaney

January 20, 2021, is a very important date for which countless people have spent years agonizingly waiting. It's the Hitman 3 release date of course! We've already poured over 30 hours into IO Interactive's latest stealth sandbox and we've loved what we played, as you can read more about in our Hitman 3 review. If you're ready to jump into the game yourself and experience the final arc of the barcoded assassin, don't go without our tips and tricks for Hitman 3.

Whether you're new to the Hitman series or returning to a personal favorite assassin franchise, we've got you covered with a help guide that looks at what's new, what's to know, and where to go, all while giving you tips on how to best navigate the game.

Hitman 3 Tips and Tricks

Look for Shortcuts

Among the new features to the trilogy introduced in Hitman 3 are shortcuts. These doors and ladders reward exploration by giving players much swifter routes to use on subsequent playthroughs.

If you find a yellow door locked on one side, it means getting to the other hard-to-reach side allows you to unlock it forever, no matter how many times you replay the level.

Similarly, locked yellow ladders can be made available for later provided you have a crowbar. Find these shortcuts and give yourself the upper hand next time you go in for the kill. 

Blend in to Stay Incognito

The Hitman disguise system is built to be complex yet understood pretty easily. One of its greatest assets to players looking to stay stealthy is the blending system. It can be used in two ways.

Depending on your disguise, you'll find different interactable points on every map where you can blend in with those around you, like cooking in the kitchen when you're dressed as a cook. Using these points is critical when there's an NPC nearby who would otherwise see past your disguise (indicated by a white circle above their heads).

Additionally, you can blend with any crowd no matter your disguise, which is a great way to lose someone tailing you.

Replay Hitman 3 Missions for Abundant Unlockables

Longtime Hitman fans know the six Hitman 3 levels at launch can be beaten in just a few hours if they're rushed through, but that wouldn't be doing the game or series any justice. Hitman is built to last, with dozens of challenges to beat, secrets to uncover, and rewards to earn on every mission.

Achieving a Mastery (Level 20) will take several playthroughs of any mission, and along the way, you'll earn lots of new ways to approach subsequent missions.

New starting locations, new disguises to begin with, and even new tools of the trade are all up for grabs to the most patient and practiced assassins. It pays to be exhaustive in your efforts. With this Grim Reaper, you really reap what you sow. 

Sometimes a Weapon is Better Used as a Distraction...

You'd be forgiven for thinking every painful item in your inventory is best used as they appear built for, but remember that Hitman is a series that wants you to play creatively. Rather than use that pistol or blade to take out a target, you can use them and illegal weapons like them to distract people.

Often, your targets are huddled by bodyguards, but when they come upon such objects left on the ground by the player, they break from their routines and routes to dispose of the risk.

This can often give you the brief moment you need to strike. The best assassins will even hide the bodies in a nearby trunk or closet. No need to leave your calling card; Agent 47 takes more pride in his work than that.

...And Sometimes a Muffin is Better Used as a Weapon

Another of the series' long-standing attributes is its dark humor. Agent 47's puns in his limited speaking time, or the odd items and dialogue you can happen upon in each level, make Hitman a game sometimes as comical as it is insidious. In the best example, pay attention to your available items in any level.

Yes, guns, knives, crowbars, and other obvious weapons are often numerous, but you can also dispatch enemies with snowglobes, toilets, and even pastries, as seen above just moments before the party host takes a blueberry muffin to the face.

It also pays to understand how different melee items work, as they're broken into sharp, blunt, and distraction objects. Sharp objects are lethal, while blunt objects will only knock people out. This is useful if you're trying not to kill anyone but your targets.  

Eavesdrop and Explore for Hints

The World of Assassination Trilogy introduced Mission Stories, which act as guided hands through a level's best bits for the players who want the assists. But whether you take those invitations or not, there is always a lot more to discover through exploration.

One of the best kills in the game's Dubai level involves an exploding golf ball, and the game is happy to bury its existence away from anyone but the most investigative players.

Exploring can also allow you to eavesdrop on conversations in which you might gain a keycode, a crucial item's location, or the whereabouts of your targets and how to infiltrate their safe zones.

The sprint button, when played well, is seldom used in Hitman. More often, it's about hiding in plain sight, gaining access to off-limits areas, and pulling the proverbial strings of those around you.

Save Often, Very Often

Perhaps the most important rule of all when it comes to Hitman is to save often. Have you done something of some importance? Save your game. About to try something ridiculous or risky? Save your game.

On the lower two Hitman 3 difficulties, you can save as many times as your heart desires, so there's no penalty for playing it safe. The Rube Goldbergian design of each level means sometimes there are unintended consequences for your misdeeds, so the safest way around these is to ensure you can revert back to a more discreet time.

It's also a great way to earn XP fast, as you keep the XP earned when you re-load. Any challenges completed beforehand remain that way, so a very patient and wise player could even sweep up a level with one long, convoluted, save-heavy session. 

That's it for our Hitman 3 tips and tricks help guide. With that information in your dossier, you're ready to begin making the most of Agent 47's latest set of missions, whether you want to use stealth or not. Hitman 3 is out now on PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia.  

Green Hell Gets Free Update, Spirits of Amazonia Part One, on January 28 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:05:47 -0500 GS_Staff

Creepy Jar's open-world survival game Green Hell is getting a new prequel update on January 28. Called Spirits of Amazonia Part One, the free update acts as a prequel to the events of the base game. 

As expected, key story details are scant, but Creepy Jar released a trailer for the Spirits of Amazonia that gives a little more insight into what fans can expect later this month. 

Creepy Jar says that the update will include four new Legendary Quests full of puzzles, as well as the addition of a new map, a new mushroom type, a poisonous tree, and a new craftable building item, the balcony.

Spirits of Amazonia will have three parts when all is said and done. According to Creepy Jar's Green Hell roadmap, Part One is arriving almost in the middle of its "Winter" release window. Part Two and Part Three are due sometime this spring and summer. 

There's currently no word on how long the first part of the free update will be. 

Green Hell released in Steam Early Access back in 2018 before hitting 1.0 in the latter portion of 2019. It's currently available on PC and Nintendo Switch. VR support for the game is coming in 2021, though there is no firm window as of this writing. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports are due in early 2021 according to the roadmap. Stay tuned. 

Zombie Army 4: Dead War Season 2 Culminates in Dead Zeppelin Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:13:10 -0500 GS_Staff

Rebellion continues to support the scary-good Zombie Army 4: Dead War a year after its release with brand new content that includes outfits, weapons, weapon skins, and charms. As the last bit of DLC before running roughshod into Season 3 sometime this year, the latest drop finishes up the Death from Above storyline that began back in October with the release of Damnation Valley. 

Titled Dead Zeppelin, this new campaign mission tasks players with storming a zeppelin factory full of undead and sending them back to Hell before they bring about the demise of humanity. You know, just another day at the office for Zombie Hunters Inc.

Alongside the Dead Zeppelin campaign mission, Rebellion said the last Season 2 content drop includes: 

  • Night Ops Jun Outfit
  • Toxic Hazard Weapon Skins
  • Black Ice Weapon Skins
  • Horror Charms Pack
  • Buckets Headgear Pack
  • 7.65mm Polizeipistole Pistol Bundle
  • Nagant M1895 Pistol Bundle

Rebellion released a trailer that gives a gory look at the mission and what players can expect once they infiltrate the factory and eventually get airborne. Season Pass 2 can be purchased for $34.99, though everything in Season 2 can be snagged separately, including each of the three missions (Damnation Valley, Alpine Blitz, and Dead Zeppelin) for $6.99 apiece. 

All of this comes after the horde of content released in Season 1, which included the three-part Hell Cult campaign. 

We had a blast with Zombie Army 4 last year, calling it "one of the best L4D-style co-op shooters to arrive in quite some time" in our review. Season 3 of Zombie Army 4 is currently in the works, but Rebellion haven't yet released any further details on when it will arrive or what it will include. Stay tuned. 

Modus Games Unveils Cris Tales Special Collector's Edition Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:38:46 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Dreams Uncorporated and Modus Games might have delayed Cris Tales until sometime in 2021, but there's still some good news in store. Modus announced a Cris Tales special collector's edition for $99.99 that's stuffed full of extras, including avatars, art prints, and an adorable plushie.

Here's everything that comes with it:

  • Collector’s box
  • An adorable Matias plush
  • Lithographic art prints
  • 3 character stickers
  • Set of 4 enamel character pins
  • A 60-page artbook
  • 4 desktop wallpaper downloads
  • 8 phone wallpaper downloads
  • 10 character avatars

Modus will make the Cris Tales special edition available on every platform. It takes advantage of Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X|S, and naturally, the PC version is digital-only. 

While Cris Tales doesn't have a firm release date yet, the special edition is available for pre-order now exclusively from Maximum Games.

Cris Tales leans on the likes of Chrono Trigger with time travel a central part of the narrative but also puts it to use in other ways, including quests and combat. A brief taste of that is on offer in the Cris Tales demo on Steam, PS4 and PS5, Switch, and the Microsoft Store.

Balan Wonderworld Demo Arrives Next Week Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:14:19 -0500 Henry Stockdale

We’ve been quite intrigued by Balan Wonderworld since its initial announcement. Developed by Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, this new 3D platformer takes us to a world of theatre, where you’ll look to restore balance within the human heart. Published by Square Enix, it’s been confirmed that a demo will arrive on January 28. 

The demo will release on PC (Steam), PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Better yet, it can be fully experienced in local co-op, alongside a single-player component. 

Of Balan Wonderworld’s 12 different magical worlds, the upcoming demo features three, taking us to unique settings between the hearts of different humans. World 1 will feature two acts and a boss battle, while World 4 and World 6 only include their respective first acts. 

Speaking previously about the upcoming adventure game, Naka gave us a more in-depth look at its characters, offering profiles for sibling protagonists Leo and Emma. If you’re curious to learn more about this world before the demo drops, it’s worth taking a look. We’ll keep you up to speed at GameSkinny as more news comes in about this intriguing platformer.

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Confirmed for Nintendo Switch Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:32:24 -0500 Henry Stockdale

THQ Nordic has been reviving old franchises across the board, and you may recall last year saw the release of action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. A remaster of 2012's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, we thought it still held up brilliantly, giving it a 9/10, for "fantastic fast-paced combat" and an "engrossing story about defying Fate," so it’s quite pleasing to see it’s now coming to Nintendo Switch.

Announced today via a press release, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is set to launch on March 16, and THQ Nordic said this about the release "from the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston": 

Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.

Uncover the secrets of Amalur, from the vibrant city of Rathir to the vast region of Dalentarth to the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns. Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.

Re-Reckoning has hundreds of hours of content, including all three previous DLCs — The Teeth of Naros, Legend of Dead Kel, and Weapons and Armor. A further expansion called Fatesworn is also planned for later this year. 

Re-Reckoning has never been released in handheld form until now, making this quite a tempting proposition. We’ll keep you posted as more news comes in about Kingdoms of Amalur's Switch release and upcoming expansion.

Hideki Kamiya Teases Bayonetta 3 Update for 2021 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:42:21 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Remember Bayonetta 3? Contrary to some beliefs, Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya remembers it too and said he hopes to share more Bayonetta 3 news sometime this year.

Kamiya made the comments during an Arcade Archives stream but didn't say much more about the third installment of Platinum's witchy beat-'em-up game. That makes approximately one new Bayonetta 3 update in a year, though scant as these tidbits have been, at least it means Bayonetta 3 isn't canceled.

Kamiya also teased more announcements from Platinum, announcements that should "bring some hype to this industry." Some of these are reportedly unannounced projects, though it's likely one of Platinum's big projects is the mysterious Project G.G. announced early in 2020.

Bayonetta 3, whenever it does release, seems like it will shake up the witch's story even more than the second game did, with a foe that "stops Bayonetta in her tracks." Either way, Platinum's knack for creating spectacular action games with unforgettable setpieces means we can't wait to learn more — hopefully sometime this century.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

'Beanpole' Director Kantemir Balagov Joins HBO's The Last of Us Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:01:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Kantemir Bagalov, the award-winning Beanpole director, has joined Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin to bring the The Last of Us adaptation to life for PlayStation Productions and HBO. Bagalov will "direct the pilot," according to an exclusive report from the Hollywood Reporter. 

The news comes soon after HBO officially greenlit the series.

Johan Renck (Chernobyl, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) was originally tapped to direct the series, though dropped out after scheduling conflicts arose. Balagov is no stranger to dramatic, moody pieces, two descriptors that certainly fit The Last of Us.

The first part in Naughty Dog's acclaimed action drama follows bereaved father Joel Miller and plucky orphan Ellie as they trek across a United States destroyed by the cordyceps fungus and wracked with deadly factionalism.

Plenty of tense fighting punctuates the game version of Ellie and Joel's journey, and there's no word yet how the series might translate that into cinematics or what additions the story might see. Given filming was originally delayed until The Last of Us 2 released, it's safe to say we'll likely see some changes that help align the original story more closely with its sequel.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Humble Winter Sale Sees Discounts on an Assortment of Great Games Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:39:53 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Humble Winter Sale is still going on through January 28 with even more on sale. This time, there' are steep discounts on major AAA games and indie hits alike, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Hollow Knight, NieR: Automata and more.

Here's a sampling of what the Humble Winter Sale has on offer. 

Humble Winter Sale

Game Sales Price Original Price
 NieR: Automata Game of the YoRha Edition  $19.99  $39.99
  Yakuza: Like A Dragon  $44.99  $59.99
  Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice GOTY Edition  $38.99  $59.99
  The Outer Worlds  $29.99  $59.99
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition  $59.98  $99.98
  Metro Exodus Gold Edition  $29.24  $59.99
  Hollow Knight  $7.49  $14.99
  Persona 4 Golden  $15.99  $19.99
  The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: GOTY Edition  $14.99  $49.99
  Hitman 2 Gold Edition  $29.99  $99.99
  Dirt 5  $41.99  $59.99
  Civilization VI: Platinum Edition  $40.53  $119.22
  Stardew Valley  $13.49 (PC), $10.49 (Switch)  $14.99
Kenshi  $17.98  $29.98
  Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition  $49.99  $99.99
  Rimworld  $31.49  $34.99
  Void Bastards  $11.99  $29.99
  A Hat in Time  $14.99 $29.99

The full list is over on Humble. While the sale officially ends January 28, note some games on offer go back to normal price at different times between now and then.

Samurai Shodown Goes Next-Gen, Launches For Xbox Series X|S in March Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:54:28 -0500 Henry Stockdale

Samurai Shodown made a welcome return in 2019. One of SNK's major fighting series, it was dormant for nearly a decade and even now, this new entry continues receiving regular support. As part of this, SNK have now confirmed a next-generation port for Xbox Series X|S, due to release on March 16.

Originally running at 60fps, the Series X edition of Samurai Shodown will go as high as 120fps, offering a smooth gameplay experience, according to SNK. Furthermore, existing Xbox One owners can upgrade to this enhanced edition for free, thanks to Microsoft's Smart Delivery service. At this time though, there's no sign of an equivalent PS5 version on the way.

There's an age-restricted trailer you can see over on YouTube

A physical edition of Samurai Shodown is planned for Europe and North America on Xbox Series X|S, which features all of the game's Season 1 content at no extra charge.

Adding to this announcement, SNK also confirmed that Season Pass 3 will launch sometime in February ahead of these next-gen editions, offering four new DLC characters. Last week, SNK revealed that two of those will be ChamCham and Hibiki Takane. 

We gave the Switch version of the reboot a strong recommendation back in early 2020, though we criticized some technical aspects such as long loading times. Considering the much higher hardware specifications for both Xbox variants, we're hopeful that these have been addressed, especially considering we had similar issues with the Xbox One version in 2019. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we hear anything further about Samurai Shodown.

Prison Architect's Going Green Expansion Launches January 28 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:42:05 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Prison Architect is growing in more ways than one as the game's second expansion, titled Going Green, brings crops to the renowned management sim.

Prison Architect: Going Green will introduce a number of agriculture-related and eco-friendly features and options for players to tinker with in their prisons, from a new labor type to alternative power sources.

Prisoners or newly-implemented farm workers will be able to work the fields in Going Green, the produce from which can be used to make the prison almost self-sustaining, or it can be shipped out for additional income. Of course, with these new features come new contraband for prisoners to try to use to make trouble.

The new eco-friendly power options aren't just for show, either. Produce excess electricity with the new solar, wind, or hybrid power sources and you'll be able to export it for additional income as well.

Going Green is launching along with a free update titled The Glasshouse, which will add solar lights, recycling options, and some quality of life improvements to the object menu and the demolition tool. Going Green is the star of January 28 launch, but those that don't want to purchase the expansion can enjoy The Glasshouse and its improvements on the same day.

Roblox Science Simulator: How to Enter the Secret Door Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:42:49 -0500 Sergey_3847

Roblox Science Simulator has just received its new Christmas World update not too long ago, but this new world cannot be accessed easily. It's hidden behind a secret door, and this guide will go over how to enter the secret door to Christmas World in Roblox Science Simulator.

The door can be found in the starting area of the game between the Science Shop and the Rebirth area. The door is locked with three keys, which are three artifacts that you must find in order to unlock it.

Roblox Science Simulator: How to Unlock the Secret Door

The three artifacts are well hidden in the starting area, so here are their exact locations.

Roblox Science Simulator Artifact One Location

The green crystal is the easiest one, as it can be seen behind the Science Shop near a large boulder.

Just walk up to the crystal and stand on it for activation. Once this is done you can move to the second one.

Roblox Science Simulator Artifact Two Location

The second one is a lot trickier to get. Follow these steps to get it:

  1. Approach the Frozen Lake in the main area
  2. Locate a large green bottle behind the houses at the lake
  3. Jump on top of the bottle
  4. Use the bottle as a trampoline to jump on top of a snowy hill behind it
  5. Look at the clouds hovering over the mountains

You should see the red crystal on one of the clouds, which you can easily jump over to from the snowy hills.

Roblox Science Simulator Artifact Three Location

The last artifact is hidden behind the snowy hills. Just keep walking up the hills in the opposite direction from the red crystal.

Once you reach the two portals you need to jump over the other side of the hills. The blue star should be visible at the foot of the hills.

Since you can't go back, you need to restart the game at this point, but your artifacts will stay with you.

As soon as you respawn, approach the Secret Door and enter the Christmas World map.

That's all you need to know on how to enter the Secret Door in Roblox Science Simulator. For more Roblox tips and tricks articles, be sure to visit our dedicated hub page.

Hitman 3 Review: A Proper Sendoff to The Professional Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:00:02 -0500 Mark Delaney

The Hitman series is something of a unicorn in video games. Despite being a franchise dating back more than two decades, it's had to take on virtually no imitators in its entire history. There's simply nothing quite like it. 

That leaves the creators at IO Interactive mostly looking inward to challenge themselves to improve the series. In 2016, a soft reboot did just that, delivering the best game in the series to that point. Hitman 2 in 2018 raised that bar even further, refining the signature style and impressive substance of its stealth-action sandbox.

Hitman 3 is IO Interactive at the height of its powers, once more building on the stunning foundation of what's come before while giving fans the proper sendoff Agent 47 deserves. 

Hitman 3 Review: A Proper Sendoff to The Professional

Like its predecessorsHitman 3 is labeled a stealth-action game, but it plays more like a puzzle game. It's a game that asks its players to manipulate the AI in such entertainingly convoluted routes to the bloody finish line that each level ends up feeling like the world's deadliest Rube Goldberg Machine. 

This installment does not revolutionize what has come since 2016, nor should it. Acting as a platform for the entire trilogy, Hitman 3 is refined in appreciable ways, but it primarily serves to show off more of the developer's untouchable level-design talents. For the globetrotting Agent 47 and players alike, each mission is an opportunity to turn over every stone and determine the countless means to his contract killing endgame. 

Hitman 3 puts players atop the world's talent building in Dubai, in a foggy British estate for a Knives Out-like murder mystery, on the neon-soaked streets of Chongqing, China, and more, and like the earlier games in the reboot trilogy, they're nearly all exceptional.

Like a sad clown, each wears a superficial layer that the locals want you to believe, but Agent 47 is always able to look more deeply and find its darker underbelly. The skyscraper in Dubai looks ritzy and extravagant, but behind closed doors, the staffing areas are messy and plain. In Dartmoor, the stunningly built mansion's exterior hides a secret of a family disheveled and tearing at itself. Like Sapienza or Miami or so many more before them, the locations of Hitman 3 are some of the very strongest in all of video games.

The lone exception, acting also as the game's biggest disappointment, is the final level. Without delving too deeply into spoiler territory, suffice it to say the linearity of this area betrays much of what makes Hitman so special, much like parts of Hitman Absolution did in 2012.

From a certain view, this finale is a clever breakdown of Hitman's decades-old design principles, streamlining the hierarchical nature of the game's disguise system down a linear path rather than a sandbox, but because earlier Hitman 3 levels give their own brief linear cinematic sections before opening up to the real sandboxes, I was surprised to see this final mission has no similar devil's playground waiting at its end.

I suppose if you're trying to put a cap on your trilogy, some bottlenecking toward the final target is needed, and it helps soothe the sting when so many creative ways to play are present in previous levels. With the game's abundant Challenges and Escalation Contracts  increasingly tough missions with strict parameters  replayability is again high for Hitman 3, and now higher than ever if you've been playing the trilogy since its debut.

Players who own or buy access to the earlier games can treat Hitman 3 as the singular hub for all three games, even taking new unlocks from Hitman 3 back into older levels, making it feel like all three games are getting ample post-launch support. 

2016 was not just a rebirth for Hitman's gameplay after the polarizing Absolution, it was also a chance to start anew with Agent 47's story. As the conclusion to a planned trilogy, Hitman 3 achieves its lofty goals of sending Agent 47 into the sunset, if only temporarily. I've enjoyed Hitman all my life, but in Hitman 3 I found I was more drawn to the story than ever before.

From the first scene, where Agent 47 and his accomplice, Gray, are skydiving out of an airplane, Hitman 3 has the same finale feeling as something like The Dark Knight Rises or The Deathly Hallows, a riveting "it all comes down this this" energy. Dripping with style and cinematic flair between its superb levels, Hitman 3 makes clear that IO's next venture as developers of a 007 game has been well-assigned. 

This game is so stylish in such a similar way, where world leaders hold ritzy cocktail parties to disguise their more nefarious plots happening on another floor, that I genuinely wondered if Hitman 3 would reveal itself to actually be a 007 game in some elaborate long con of a lead-in to the studio's next project. IO knows how to set a scene as well as any industry outfit, and on the third go-around with this version of Hitman, everything has come together dazzlingly.

Though you won't find major innovations in Agent 47's toolset, he's got a few more tricks up his sleeve (provided his current disguise uses sleeves). A camera tool allows him to hack into areas otherwise inaccessible and also doubles as a simplistic photo mode for virtual photographers. It's feature-light but this is the best-looking game I've ever played in terms of mood and lighting, so there's still some fun to be had with it.

Additionally, new Shortcuts are built into levels which only open from one hard-to-reach side, but once they're opened, they remain that way for future playthroughs. Like so much else in the series, these don't just encourage exploration, they strongly reward it.

Overall, the game takes only steps forward in terms of gameplay innovations, partly as a means to keep IO's trilogy platform plans possible, but it performs more impressive leaps when it comes to storytelling, all while capping off one of gaming's finest trilogies with one more world tour of impeccable level design.

Hitman 3 Review — The Bottom Line


  • Yet more unrivaled level design
  • A well-told final chapter to a great trilogy
  • Creativity reigns once again
  • Lighting and mood are stunningly realized in each setting


  • Few gameplay innovations
  • A rather linear final level somewhat dampens the sendoff

Hitman 3 feels like the culmination of years of work for IO Interactive. So much has been in flux for this team, from debuting the trilogy episodically to mixed reactions, breaking from Square Enix and going indie, and now landing the 007 license for their next game.

The singular constant in all of that has been Hitman, a series which had never been better than it was in 2016  until it got even better in 2018 and once more in 2021. If this is the end for the barcoded assassin, at least for a while, it's the one the developers, fans, and Agent 47 all deserve.

[Note: IO Interactive provided the copy of Hitman 3 used for this review.]

Stella Arcana Best Class Guide Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:37:04 -0500 Sergey_3847

Stella Arcana is not your usual mobile RPG. It's a game with a completely fresh look at the genre that allows you not only to make teams and fight baddies, but also tame pets, romance other characters, and join guilds. This guide will provide you with a list of the best classes in Stella Arcana.

Obviously, there is no one best class in Stella Arcana, as it all depends on your playstyle. But a careful look at their abilities will give you an idea which of these classes fits your own style the best.

Best Classes in Stella Arcana

Omni Warrior

This is your typical melee DPS class that can also serve as an aggressive tank, which is a neat combination in itself.

Here, you will need to choose which direction you want to take it. If it's tank, then you need to develop the Tenacious skill tree. While Shudder is more important for damage, which is increased by 50%, if you take this route.

Each path will grant you a unique ability. For example, the tank path will give you the War Cry ability, which not only taunts all the surrounding enemies, but also removes Immobilize and Slow status effects from your hero. It also restores your health, although not by much.

The DPS path gives you the Retribution skill, which serves as an AoE, where Omni Warrior jumps and slams the ground with his shield dealing 360% damage to all surrounding enemies.

This kind of flexibility can become really useful in any match-up, and that makes Omni Warrior the clear winner among other classes in Stella Arcana.

Rosen Knight

This is the newest addition to the game. Rosen Knight is an all-round tank hero, who can either be offensive or defensive.

This hero has two paths, one of which is Justice, which is the offensive one. The other is Defend, which is the defensive route. The Justice path gives you 55% damage boost, while the Defend path gives 70% HP boost and 1500% skill power bonus.

His ultimate offensive ability is Charge that makes him plunge into a group of enemies dealing 360% damage and leaving explosives behind that trigger after 3 seconds.

The main defensive ability is Defend, which absorbs 40% of damage targeted at an ally of yours.

This is a truly great character, if you enjoy playing tanky heroes.

Elven Archer

Here is a ranged DPS character that can also serve as an evasive rogue character that has high mobility and speed of movement.

Once again you can choose either of these paths. The ranged DPS one is called Shooter, and the evasive one is called Reflex. The first one grants a straight up damage bonus of 50%, while the second one will provide you with high attack speed and even some HP regeneration.

The Shooter path has a monstrous unique No Escape ability, which sends out a volley of arrows that each deal 112 points of damage. The Reflex path offers the Phantom Tracker skill that sends up to three arrows hitting three different enemies and ignoring 50% of their defense.

Such a great set of skills cannot be ignored, but of course, it's a slightly more demanding character to master than the Omni Warrior class.

Shadow Assassin

If you like stealthy gameplay, then Shadow Assassin would be the best choice. But he can also serve as a brawler that can soak up a lot of damage.

If you decide on the stealthy approach, then follow the Thorn path. If you want to focus on survivability, then choose Shadow skill tree. The Thorn path will give you a huge damage boost of 60%, while the Shadow one will grant you 15% health regeneration and some damage reduction.

The unique Stealth ability allows you to enter the battlefield in a cloaked mode that last for 8 seconds, and also gives you 200% damage boost that stuns enemies.

The other path's unique skill is Avoidance, which is mostly focused on evasion rate and removes Control and Poison status effects.

Pick this hero only if you can't live without stealthy gameplay in Stella Arcana, as this is the hardest hero to master of them all.

Rune Mage

Mage is primarily focused on casting massive AoE spells, or if needed be, cast spells that remove various status effects.

The offensive path of Rune Mage is called Flame, and the defensive one is the Mystery. In the first case you get 45% damage boost and 10% Fire mastery, while in the second one you get 40% damage bonus and 10% HP regeneration.

Your ultimate ability is the Mana Shackle, which creates a magical circle, where all enemies get 60% movement speed reduction, and take 90% magical damage for 8 seconds.

Your other ultimate skill is Comet, which is an AoE that deals 300% fire damage to all enemies within the striking radius.

Despite all the excellent AoE abilities that Rune Mage has, it has the weakest defense stats, so keep this in mind when choosing to play as one.

Holy Priest

The priest class is similar to mage. It can be either a magical DPS hero, or a support class that heals and resurrects allies.

The DPS path is called Discipline and provides you with 45% increase in damage, as well as 10% boost of light mastery, which is the main source of your damage. The support route is called Healer, which gives 30% HP boost and 30% healing power bonus.

The ultimate DPS skill is Soulfire, which deals 189% damage to a single target each 3 seconds for 15 seconds. The healing ability is called Nature's Rhythm, which fully restores HP of the five surrounding allies.

Since this is the only healer class in the game it would be very useful to have one in your team. But on its own Holy Priest is quite useless.

That's it for the Stellar Arcana's best classes. What are your opinions on the game's class lineup? Let us know in the comments below!

Figment 2 Releases in 2021, Prologue Chapter Out Now Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:51:58 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Figment 2: Creed Valley will release on PC via Steam in 2021, Bedtime Digital announced, and a free prologue chapter is available now on Steam.

Figment 2: Creed Valley sees Dusty back on form as a hero of the mind following events in the original Figment. This time, he's charged with ridding the psyche of the dark shadows that plague it, including evil jesters and rampaging hogs.

While the trailer is short on details, it looks like a good bit of what makes the original Figment special returns in Figment 2, such as singing bosses and Dusty's optimistic companion Piper.

The same goes for Figment 2's mechanics: the puzzle-solving, light platforming, and action-based combat.

One significant difference is how Figment 2 handles its puzzles. This time, Dusty switches the mind between open and closed states to affect the mental environment and solve puzzles. How this works remains to be seen, though Figment 2's prologue promises a glimpse at what makes the game tick.

Sample a Buffet of Horrors with the Little Nightmares 2 Demo, Creepy Gameplay Trailer Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:45:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Little Nightmares 2 is out February 11, but Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One owners can get a taste of the dark puzzler action on offer now thanks to the Little Nightmares 2 demo.

Little Nightmares 2 follows Mono, a young child with a bag on their head, and Six, the raincoat-clad heroine from the first game, as they try to restore order in their dark world. A nearby tower emits a strange signal and transforms everything into nightmarish forms of their true selves.

Though we haven't yet played it ourselves, it looks just as creepy, if not more so, than the original. 

Alongside the demo, a new Little Nightmares 2 trailer gives fans a taste of what's to come, including a Resident Evil 7-style dinner from hell, a child's cafeteria twisted enough to make Dickens' Mr. Bumble quake in fear, and dozens of platforming and puzzle challenges awaiting Mono and Six.

In short, it's even more of what we already love from the original Little Nightmares

Pre orders for last-gen consoles and PC are currently open over on the Bandai Namco store for $29.95. Alongside those, fans can also purchase Little Nightmares 2 apparel (the Pale City and Mono Tees look pretty great if we do say so ourselves), as well as Stay Tuned bundles that include the game, its soundtrack, an artbook and steelbook, and a Mono and Six diorama. Currently, there's a waiting list for each of those bundles. 

Lastly, Bandai Namco is giving away a free Steam code for Little Nightmares until January 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Fans can enter here.

But perhaps even better, Little Nightmare-ites have the opportunity to snag a custom Little Nightmares 2 Switch console, which includes "a custom dock & Joy-Cons," a burlap sack, a Mono patch, a Six patch, a reversible hat, a Stay Tuned bundle, and the game. 

Four Limited Launch Kits are also up for grabs, which includes everything listed above sans the custom Switch console. 

The Little Nightmares 2 demo is out now, while the full game releases February 11 for PC (via Steam), PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with free upgrades on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S coming later in 2021.