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Is Anyone Really Surprised Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Been Delayed to 2018?

Late last year, RockStar Games announced Red Dead Redemption 2. At the time, the company stated the game would be released in the fall of 2017. Anyone who knows the history of RockStar’s releases knows the company often delays their titles. It should come as no surprise then that Red Dead Redemption 2 will not be coming to consoles this holiday. “Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set to launch Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One,” said RockStar on its website. “This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.” The company went on to say: “We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer.” RockStar is in an enviable position. Unlike a lot of other developers, the company can take as much time as it needs READ FULL STORY…

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8Bitdo Wireless Controllers Are Now Compatible with Nintendo Switch

It is only a matter of time before the Nintendo Switch gets a Virtual Console store. When that happens, users will finally get to play classic NES and SNES titles. The Switch’s Joy-con and Pro controllers will suffice, but they won’t offer the same feel of those systems’ classic controllers. Thankfully, Switch owners will have the option to play with old-school Nintendo controllers when the Virtual Console launches. Our friends over at 8Bitdo have announced that all of their wireless Nintendo controllers are compatible with Switch. All that’s required is a simple firmware update for the controllers. Though 8Bitdo’s controllers are now Switch compatible, there are some important things to be aware of. The controllers do not support HD rumble, six-axis, motion control or amiibo functionality. Due to the limited amount of buttons on some controllers, some titles may be unplayable. The NES30 Pro and FC30 Pro controllers will have fully mapped button sets for the system. It’s safe to assume the Virtual Console will have NES and SNES games, but it’s possible that — much like with the Wii U — the virtual store will also have Nintendo 64 games. 8Bitdo offers the wireless N64 READ FULL STORY AT…

Destiny 2 is Everything the First Game Should Have Been

During an event today in Los Angeles, Bungie gave us all a first look at gameplay from Destiny 2. The hour-long presentation focused on the game’s multiplayer modes, and most importantly, its brand-new single player campaign. Destiny 2 will have players new and old start from scratch. As they progress through the game, they will become more powerful and regain what was lost. Loss is one of the central focuses of the campaign. Players will not only lose their powers but their city. This is all due to the new baddie, Commander Ghaul, and his Red Legion. The game will have new PVP modes, strikes, and a new raid. It will also have three weapon slots instead of two. This will allow players a higher degree of customization with their load outs. Each of the three available player types will have new classes. These include the Dawnblade for Warlocks, a Captain America-esque shield for Titans, and the Arcslider electric staff for Hunters. And there will, of course, be new guns to shoot aliens in the face with. [embedded content] Users will face off against the aforementioned aliens on Earth, IO, Titan, and Nessus. Destiny players will be happy to know…

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Latest Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Trailer Spotlights the Game’s Beautiful New Locales

The summer months are usually dry when it comes to major game releases. Thankfully, we’ll be spared the annual drought this year thanks to Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Warner Bros. has released some impressive looking trailers in the last few weeks that highlight certain aspects of the upcoming title. They’re keeping that party going today with a new video that focuses on the various locations players will visit. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor took place exclusively within the lands of Mordor. Shadow of War goes beyond the dark lands to include places like the Island of Nurn, Cirith Ungol, Gorgoroth and more. The original game featured a massive open world, but this one promises to be even larger thanks to the additional environments. As you can see from the trailer below, Shadow of War‘s new environments are exceptionally realized. Who could’ve thought such nightmarish locations could look so beautiful? [embedded content] The franchise’s innovative Nemesis system is back with some improvements. Instead of only being able to control a handful of orcs at a time, you’ll now be able to subjugate an entire army of them. This will no doubt be useful when facing off against READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Create Your Own Awful Furry Friend in Sonic Forces

The upcoming Sonic Forces will let players create their own unique custom characters. This is something that could either be a big boon for the series or a (hilarious) disaster in the making. Players will be able to select from seven different animal species. These include hedgehogs (naturally), bears, birds, cats, dogs, and wolves. Another neat thing is that your custom character will pop up during Sonic Forces‘ main storyline. It’s not clear how involved they will be, but expect them to at least appear during cutscenes. Each one of these critters has their own set of moves and gadgets. You can see a bit of how customization works in the trailer below. [embedded content] Sega also released a short gameplay trailer featuring a custom character. Like Sonic Generations, Sonic Forces will have 2D sections. They still contain 3D graphics, but they’re presented from a two-dimensional perspective. You can see some of that action right below. [embedded content] Custom character options are a big deal these days so having the feature in Sonic Forces should go over well. I can totally see people creating some truly cool or grotesque characters with this tool. Based on the first READ FULL STORY…

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Officially Announced

Warner Bros and TT Games have officially announced Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. A full trailer will be released next week, but today, we’re treated to a nice little teaser. If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, then you’ll know what the teaser is paying homage to. [embedded content] Kang the Conqueror will be the main villain of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. Players will fight the time travelling villain on his home base of Chronopolis. From this central area, they will travel to lands like Ancient Egypt, the Old West, Planet Hulk, and New York City in 2099. It will feature characters like Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and Carnage. Since this is a Lego game, the characters I just named are no doubt just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Lego game will also have a four-player multiplayer mode. Here, players can either compete against each other in a “battling mode” or cooperate in order to finish objectives. Since it centers around time travel, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will have branching story lines and the ability to change the timeline within the game. The press…

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Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Kicks Ass on Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch lacks modern fighting games like Street Fighter V and Injustice 2. However, it more than makes up for this deficit with an impressive collection of classic fighters. Samurai Shodown IV, King of Fighters ‘98, and Garou Mark of the Wolves (among others) help make Switch the go-to system for fans of old-school fighting games. That list is about to become even more prestigious when Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is released late next week. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (which I’ll refer to as USFII from this point onward) is an update of 2008’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD. Unlike Street Fighter V at launch, USFII is packed with a great variety of modes. Users can now play the entire game with the original sprites and music — something that was sorely lacking with the 2008 release. There are even some Switch-exclusive modes. Though some modes are better than others, all of them help make USFII a feature-rich fighting game. As a lifelong fan of the Street Fighter franchise, I was curious to see how this game would play on Switch. I honestly expected USFII to be all but unplayable with READ…

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PaRappa and Gitaroo Man Creators Team Up for New Story-Driven Rhythm Game

Last month saw the release of a remastered edition of PaRappa the Rapper on the PlayStation 4. The rhythm genre, a genre the stylish cult classic PaRappa started, is all but extinct these days, so the game was a nice change of pace (pun intended) from what was out there. Thanks to an upcoming project from two giants of Japanese rhythm games, the genre may be getting another spark of life. No plastic instruments needed (we hope). Project Rap Rabbit (as it is currently being called) is a collaboration project between creators Masaya Matsuura and Keiichi Yano and their respective studios, NanaOn-Sha and iNiS. The former is responsible for PaRappa the Rapper while the latter has brought us Gitaroo Man and Ouendan (Elite Beat Agents in America). Like PaRappa the Rapper and Elite Beat Agents, this will be a story-based rhythm game. The quality may not end up being anything Oscar-worthy, but the fact it’ll have a story is appreciated. There isn’t much in the way of information about Project Rap Rabbit at this time, but there is a neat teaser video to check out. [embedded content] Based on the trailer, it appears that the game takes READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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This Super Famicom Nintendo Switch Skin is a Work of Art

Unless it has the neon colored joy-con controllers, the Nintendo Switch is a boring console to look at. Yes, most consoles are also black bricks, but there is really nothing special about the Switch’s default design. One clever Switch owner didn’t want to settle for that and gave their system one of hell of a makeover. Prepare yourselves to see a true masterpiece, my friends. A user by the name of Clown TV from South Korean website Ruliweb has made a thing of beauty. He created skins that make the Switch resemble the old-school Super Famicom (the Japanese SNES). He even went so far as to create skins for the Switch dock. I’ve seen a lot of custom console skins in my day but this is one of the best. Seriously, I want to contact this person to see if they can send me a pack or two of these Super Famicom Switch skins. This is simply stunning. [embedded content] As you can see from the video above, applying the skins takes some skill. You know putting skins on a system is serious when you need to use a blow drier. It is unclear how READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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More People Want a Nintendo Switch Than a PS4 Pro or Scorpio

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio represent the peak of modern console technology. Power doesn’t mean everything, however, as the two systems’ raw horse power doesn’t appear to make them more desirable. According to a recent survey, folks in the United States are more interested in the comparatively weaker console/handheld hybrid Nintendo Switch. According to the Nielsen Games 360 Report, 16 percent of gamers aged 13 and above said they would buy a Nintendo Switch. 15 percent said they would buy a PlayStation 4 Pro, while 13 percent said they wanted a Scorpio. These percentages come from a pool of over 2,000 participants. For non-gamers, 12 percent want a Switch, 11 percent a PS4 Pro, and 9 percent a Scorpio (a system, we should note, has yet to be fully unveiled). Things are a bit different when participants were asked about their interest for the standard PS4 and Xbox One. 21 percent of gamers and 15 percent of general audiences want to buy a standard PS4. 17 percent of gamers and 12 percent of non-gamers desired an Xbox One. General audiences seem to have the same level of interest for Xbox One and Switch. READ FULL STORY…

Don’t Expect a New Mass Effect Game Any Time Soon

If you were expecting a quick follow up to Mass Effect Andromeda, you’re going to have to wait longer than expected. Kotaku is reporting that sources close to Bioware have informed them that the Mass Effect series will be put on hold for an indeterminate amount of time. Furthermore, Bioware Montreal — the studio behind the beleaguered game — has been significantly downsized. Mass Effect Andromeda faced a number of issues during the majority of its development cycle. The final product reflected this, with the game containing a slew of bugs, sub-par facial animations, and less-than-stellar writing. Though it sold well when it launched, Mass Effect Andromedawas the lowest selling entry in the franchise. Due to all of this, it isn’t surprising that Bioware has decided to put the franchise on ice for the time being. [embedded content] At the moment, Bioware is focusing its efforts on a new IP. This project — code-named Dylan — is being headed up by Bioware’s main studio in Edmonton. Members from Bioware Montreal will also help with the development of this title. Other Montreal devs have been assigned to EA Motive to work on the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II. As of now,…

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You Can Now Store Credit Card Information on Nintendo Switch

Since launch, Nintendo Switch users have had to enter their credit card information each time they visited the eShop. This was annoying considering how every online shop on the internet stores a user’s info. Nintendo has finally brought the Switch eShop to 2017 standards as it will now store a user’s credit card info. The credit card information is stored on one’s Switch and not on Nintendo’s servers. The information is encrypted and can be password protected. If there are multiple users in a home, this protection will help to keep them from using each others’ accounts without permission. All of these measures will help protect folks’ credit card info in case Nintendo’s servers are ever hacked. The company surely doesn’t want to experience what Sony did back in 2011 when the PlayStation Network was hacked. The eShops on Wii U and 3DS stored a person’s information, so it is unclear why it took so long for the shop on Switch to do the same. It’s possible that Nintendo just wanted to be absolutely sure that customers’ private info wasn’t compromised. Whatever the case may be, users should be glad they’ll now have less information to input READ FULL STORY…

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Speedrunner Finishes Prey in Less Than 20 Minutes

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Less than a week after its release, a speedrunner has blasted through Prey in less than 20 minutes. The game wasn’t meant to be finished so quickly, but that didn’t stop speedrunner DraQu from accomplishing what shouldn’t be possible. DraQu finished the game in 45 minutes over the weekend and knocked it down to the current 20 minutes. He was able to do this thanks to the in-game GLOO gun. This weapon allows players to create artificial bridges to reach inaccessible areas. He used it to get to places he isn’t actually supposed to be able to so early in the game. Without exploiting this technique, none of this would be possible. Below are the 20 minute and 45-minute runs. As you would expect, there are spoilers contained in both videos so watch at your discretion. [embedded content] [embedded content] In a way, this can be considered a double speedrun. Not only was DraQu able to finish Prey in 20 minutes, but he did so only three days after the game’s release. There will surely be others that will attempt to top this speedrun, but DraQu READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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The Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Has Been Fully Restored

Nintendo and Sony have been rivals in the video game industry for over two decades. This wasn’t always the case, however. In the early 90’s, the two were working on a Super Nintendo that could play CD-Rom games. This deal never came to fruition, leading Sony to go off and create the PlayStation. The “Nintendo PlayStation” was all but a myth until 2015, when a prototype device was discovered. This system was able to play Super Nintendo games via the cartridge slot. Unfortunately, it could not run any CD-Roms. Modder Ben Heckendorn recently released a video where he demonstrates how he got the system to play CD-Roms. He was able to do this by replacing capacitors and making other modifications. Even he was surprised when he finally got it working. [embedded content] Though the Nintendo PlayStation can play CDs, running CD-Roms isn’t as straight forward. Since the machine never made it past the prototype stage, there weren’t any games actually made for it. This isn’t to say that companies weren’t developing titles for the console. However, like the device itself, these games were never completed. When the Nintendo PlayStation’s specs were released last year, a READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!