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What To Expect In World Of Warcraft's Big Tomb Of Sargeras Update

World of Warcraft gets one of its biggest updates yet on Tuesday, as the Legion expansion’s demon war reaches a fever pitch. Update 7.2 gives players a chance to take the battle directly to the demons’ front door, when they aren’t busy learning to fly, battling through the pet dungeon or engaging in new PVP brawls. Advertisement The key focus of the Tomb of Sargeras update is the Broken Shore zone, the scene of the devastating events that launched the Legion expansion pack, leaving both the Alliance and Horde under new leadership. Now players get a chance to strike back. It begins with a multi-stage Assault on Broken Shore event, which leads to players establishing a base on the Isle. Players will be able to continue their Class quests in the Broken Shore zone as they farm war supplies to construct benefit-giving buildings. Some demons will drop beacons that summon waves of attackers, leading to a raid boss encounter. Players will also gain access to the Cathedral of Eternal Night dungeon, where I am guessing it’s always pretty dark? Sure. Advertisement Meanwhile, in the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Show Us Your Keyboard

I swear the color scheme is just a coincidence. While all of us at Kotaku are big fans of typing, a handful of us have started taking our love of keyboards to the next level. There’s nothing like a good mechanical keyboard, especially when you take extra steps to make it your very own. I’ll show you what I’m typing on if you show me yours. Advertisement I’ve been covering keyboards for Kotaku for years now, but it’s only recently that I’ve been introduced to the wonderful world of customization. I blame Chris Person, who was parading a sexy set of pastel keycaps around the office when I was visiting our New York headquarters earlier this year. Between that, with Gita Jackson’s recent acquisition of a lovely pink Filco keyboard (which is perpetually out of stock) and a visit to Reddit’s Mechanical Keyboard community, I was hooked. Acting on a suggestion from some folks on the Reddit board, I pulled the trigger on a Unicomp Ultra Classic, the spiritual successor to IBM’s famed Model M keyboard. Like the original Model M, the Ultra Classic utilizes a unique READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Battle.net Launcher Is Just The Blizzard Launcher Now

Last year Blizzard announced it was doing away with the name Battle.net. The latest game launcher update puts that plan into effect, replacing the Battle.net branding and asking players to “Log in to Blizzard.” Advertisement While the Battle.net website is still functioning (don’t want to lose that sweet domain name), the game launcher from which players access World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch is now just the Blizzard launcher. Battle.net launched in 1996 as a free online multiplayer service to connect players of the original Diablo. From there it slowly evolved into an online hub for all of Blizzard’s games, achieving its final form in 2013. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Nier: Automata's Most Human Character Is An Alien Machine

Nier: Automata is a game that explores the meaning and consequence of being human, despite not featuring a single actual human in its primary narrative. In a world populated by machines, one mechanical being, village leader Pascal, strides closest to humanity, and pays a steep price. Advertisement Automata takes place on a future Earth where a seemingly endless battle is playing out between the invading alien machines that forced humankind to flee the planet and the android warriors the humans left behind to clean up the mess. 2B and 9S, a pair of androids designed to resemble incredibly attractive members of our species, find themselves on the planet’s ravaged surface with a wealth of rusted mechanical monsters to destroy. At the onset of Nier: Automata the androids’ world is black and white, at times literally so. Machines are mindless things that must be destroyed for the glory of humanity, and that is all. Despite the verdant greenery choking the ruined buildings they see upon arriving on Earth as the game picks up speed and despite 9S’ divergent curiosity, that prime directive remains firmly in place until READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The New Power Rangers Game Isn't Half Bad

With a new chapter in the Power Rangers saga unfolding in theaters across the country this weekend, Saban and Lionsgate have teamed with mobile developer nWay to release Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, a real-time mobile fighting game featuring heroes and villains from throughout series history. Advertisement Legacy Wars is a little bit Marvel: Contest of Champions and mixed with some Rock, Paper, Scissors. Players form teams of Power Rangers characters (one leader and two assists) in order to do battle with other players’ teams in order to battle their way to the top of their league’s leaderboards. This is all due to some plot by Rita Repulsa to pit Rangers from throughout history against each other, cause she’s petty like that. Check out the video below for a look at the game in action. Battling is by far the best part of Legacy Wars, which is fortunate considering its focus on fighting. Finger swipes move players backwards and forwards on the fighting plane as a power meter fills. Each leader character has a series of attacks they can employ in battle, from special melee moves to ranged projectiles. Winning READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hyperkin X91 Retro Controller Review: Past Imperfect

Over the past three decades console game controllers have evolved from utilitarian rectangles to sleek works of ergonomic engineering art. Hyperkin’s retro-styled X91 wired controller for Xbox One and PC is what would have happened if that evolution had taken a less comfortable turn. What It Is The X91 marries the wide, short and shallow form factor of classics like Nintendo’s Super Nintendo game pad with modern advances like analog sticks, duel shoulder buttons, exceedingly bright LEDs and grips. Imagine someone took an Xbox One controller, affixed a wire and then smushed it between their hands as if it were clay. Advertisement Then stop imagining it, because I have a picture. It’s a cool concept, and one that might work fine for someone with small-ish hands. I do not have smallish hands. I have badly-drawn cartoon hands. Advertisement Despite its low profile, Hyperkin has outfitted the X91 with all of the same bits you get on a standard Xbox One controller. Shoulder buttons, triggers, analog sticks, buttons, a directional pad and a stylized X in a circle—if you are looking READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Revival of Dead MMO's Lead Character Is Bittersweet

As if killing off City of Heroes back in 2012 wasn’t bad enough, now NCsoft takes one of the dead superhero MMO’s most beloved characters, Statesman, and pits him against characters from more successful games, less cancelled games as the latest champion in PC MOBA Master X Master. Advertisement Homage is nice. A nod now and then would be great. Making Statesman, once the proud face of City of Heroes, fight in an arena against a collection of original creations and characters from Blade and Soul, WildStar, Guild Wars 2 and Lineage verges on insulting. I’m not saying Master X Master (MXM) isn’t a good game. I’ve not had a chance to play it, so I couldn’t say. It’s just sad to see Statesman alone so far from his Paragon City home. He should be surrounded by colorful player-created characters with horrible names, not fighting for our amusement in some sort of contest of champions. Statesman will be showing off his damage mitigating skills during MXM’s upcoming public closed beta, which runs April 6th through the 27th. Poor guy. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Returns With An Even Longer Name

The best Digimon game in ages is getting a follow-up, because that’s how successful games work. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita in Japan later this year, with a Western release in early 2018. Advertisement Not quite a sequel, Hacker’s Memory is asaid to follow the events of the original Cyber Sleuth game from the perspective of Keisuke Amazawa. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he enters the digital world and joins a group of hackers in order to clear his name, while befriending Digimon and tackling the problems facing the strange dimension. Though it doesn’t look like playing a female protagonist is an option this time around, I am looking forward to more Digimon RPG action with a Persona flair. Advertisement Here’s a very quiet bit of footage released in Japan. Digimon Story: Cyber Slueth – Hacker’s Memory has been announced for European release in early 2018, with Japanese voices and English and German subtitles. A North American release is inevitable. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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World Of Warcraft Demon Knows Damn Well Who Summoned It

World of Warcraft Redditor LawsuitEsq has crafted an eloquent answer to the question Felguard demons have been asking their Warlock masters over and over again since 2007. “Oh, I don’t know Zhevdarr. Take a wild fucking guess who summoned you. Again.”  Advertisement I didn’t dabble much in the Warlock class until last year’s Legion expansion pack, but it doesn’t take long to get tired of the Felguard’s bullshit. When a Warlock summons a demon, they are essentially paired for life. The demon gets a name, and from there on out that’s the demon who arrives when the call is put forth. So yeah, I feel LawsuitEsq’s frustration. “Everyday with this bullshit Zhev. It’s not even everyday it’s every time I fly anywhere. You were just near me, summoned, as usual, and I gave you a cat nap into the Nether realm of forgetfulness apparently and when you pop back out it’s the same question. YES I SUMMONED YOU.” Advertisement Why do Felguards gotta be like that? I like to imagine they’re sort of like Dory from Finding Nemo, and every summon feels like the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Deadpool Shows Off What Hasbro Can Do With 12 Inches

My photoshoot of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends 12-inch Deadpool figure might have gotten away from me, but the point stands—Hasbro has really gotten a handle on 12-inch figures. Advertisement During the heyday of my Marvel action figure collecting it wasn’t Hasbro making Wolverine, Iron Man and Thor action figures, but rather ToyBiz, progenitors of the Marvel Legends line. Prior to the detailed Legends line, ToyBiz did a line of passable Marvel Universe toys. That line included a series of 10 inch figures that were very, very bad. “Kill me” So when I think of a large Marvel Comics action figure on store shelves, I imagine something horrible like this or Hasbro’s Titan Heroes line. Kids’ stuff. Advertisement This is not kids’ stuff. Well, depending on your kids. 6-inch Legends Deadpool just kind of showed up. He brought his taco. Hasbro kicked off its 12-inch Marvel Legends line last year, debuting Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man at Toy Fair 2016. Instead of the barely-articulated, sparingly-detailed abominations of the past, these figures were premium collector material, packed with extra heads, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Tips For Playing Bit City

Tiny Tower creator Nimblebit released its latest game last week, town-building clickfest Bit City. Its simple-yet-satisfying tap-to-build action has already earned it a spot on iTunes’ Top Free Apps list. Here are some tips to help your tiny city planning sessions go smoothly. Advertisement Bit City is a clicker game masquerading as a city simulator. Players develop plots of land to earn money to develop more plots of land. They buy upgrades in order to make buildings more profitable, then use that money to buy more upgrades. They purchase cars, planes and boats to generate more money, which can then be used to purchase more cars, planes and boats. It’s a cycle that plays through on a series of progressively larger game maps, and it’s very hard to put down. I wasn’t originally planning a tips post for Bit City, but spending the majority of the weekend battling a fever and obsessively pawing at an iPad screen changes a person. Having gone through seven of eight city builds and restarted via the Prestige System once, I’ve gained some insight into how to make Bit City really click. Don’t Buy In-Game READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Monopoly Trades Three Classic Game Tokens For A Penguin, Ducky And T-Rex

Apparently Monopoly players really like birds and tiny, comically-pinwheeling forearms. The results of January’s Monopoly Token Madness fan vote are in. Three new game pieces will be included in the next generation of the classic board game this fall, at the cost of a trio of tokens that have been with the game since the very beginning. Advertisement According to Hasbro, fans across 146 countries cast over 4.3 million votes during the event, which pitted the eight current Monopoly tokens against 56 newcomers. Potential additions included new and updated vehicles, modern-day luxury items, a series of emojis and a whole lot of animals. The first classic casualty, the thimble, was announced during the 2017 New York Toy Fair. That 1937 original has been joined by its fellow founding tokens, the wheelbarrow and the shoe, casualties of a fan base with a thing for beasts and birds. Now the top hat, race car and battleship are all that remains of the original lineup, along with 1942’s Scottie dog and 2013’s unspecified cat. Stay silver, my friends. While I’m sad to see the three originals retire, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Apple’s is showcasing a ton of cool indie games in iTunes.

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There's Never Been A Puzzle RPG Quite Like Ticket To Earth

One of my favorite genre hybrids just got a huge kick in the pants, courtesy of Robot Circus’ Ticket to Earth. It combines tile matching and strategic positioning in a way I’ve never seen. Advertisement Available today for iOS and coming soon to PC, Ticket To Earth is an evolutionary leap forward in the puzzle/RPG hybrid genre. Instead of the puzzle being where the action is and the various characters and enemies little more than portraits framing the board, Ticket to Earth hero Rose fights atop the board, running along the paths traced by the player as they connect colored squares. As she travels the board, two actions per turn, Rose gains attack power for each space she walks, using it to take out the robotic, human and mutant enemies she encounters. The four colors represent disciplines Rose has access to, each assigned its own special skill that charges as she treads on the corresponding hue. Fill a discipline’s power meter and Rose can unleash a special attack, damaging foes and manipulating the board with her special skills. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!