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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…

Possible leaked Mario + Rabbids asset is horrifying

The image you see below is one part rumor another part horrifying. According to Twitter user Stonepa11, this is part of what Kotaku saw earlier that helped them further confirm the game’s existence.We’re stuck between questioning the validity of this rumor and recoiling at the horror that is a Rabbid dressed as Princess Peach. The image does line up pretty nicely with what we already know about the game though. We know there are eight characters (four Super Mario characters, and four Rabbids dressed as those Super Mario characters), and the cast uses various types of weaponry to combat whatever threat exists. So, this could be real.For anyone who wants to read more about the rumored Mario + Rabbids game, we have an article with an extensive amount of details here.[via Twitter] READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Here’s every ARMS control scheme

Ahead of this weekend’s play test, where many will get their first opportunity to try out the game’s physical controls as opposed to motion control, Nintendo has released images of every control scheme for ARMS.We talked about this a few weeks ago, but it seems like this will be a much more difficult game if you’re not using motion controls. The prime reasons being that guard is mapped to the left analog stick and you can curve your punches one way while moving in another direction, something that’s bound to be important in the more tense moments.Fortunately, if you still don’t want to use motion controls, you have plenty of options like dual Joy-Cons, single Joy-Cons, handheld mode, or Pro Controller. What option will you be using?[via NeoGAF, Twitter, 2]  READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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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…

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Tom Holland Will Play Young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted Movie

Image: Holland as he appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Nathan Drake as a child in Uncharted 4. Credit: Sony Pictures/Sony Computer Entertainment Sony’s long-in-gestation adaptation of the smash hit video game series Uncharted has apparently gone under a major reworking. It’s now a prequel series set before the events of the games, and its hero Nathan Drake will be a youngster played by Spider-Man himself. Deadline reports that Shawn Levy’s film—itself a retooling of initial plans for an adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Indiana Jones-esque action series—will now take inspiration from flashback sequences shown in the third game of the series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, which showed the young Nathan Drake meeting his future partner-in-crime Victor “Sully” Sullivan for the first time. Young Nate as he appeared in the PS3 video game Uncharted 3. The website claims the vast retooling of plans for the film came when Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman saw a new cut of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which has lead to not only Uncharted getting a new re-write—with Sony allegedly currently hunting for a new writer to re-do Joe Carnahan’s cript—but also Homecoming star Tom Holland coming on board to play the young Drake. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Call of Duty World War 2 coming to Switch?

The upcoming Call of Duty World War 2 could be headed to the Switch, according several rumors. First off is the apparent addition of an option to link a Nintendo account to Call of Duty’s online system.The option to link a Nintendo account was removed for the previous game in the series, but has been added as shown in the image below:That’s not all: another source (a Tweet which has since been removed) said that Activision has contracted a subsidiary studio to handle the Switch port of the upcoming WW2 shooter.And that studio is apparently Beenox in Canada, who recently handled the remaster of the original Modern Warfare game, and who previously did ports of Black Ops 3 to Xbox 360 and PS3.Recently, the studio Tweeted a picture with members of the Canadian Army, suggesting that they are working on some sort of war game.And let’s not forget the fine print that was displayed in the reveal trailer of the game, as pointed out by a Twitter user:Right now this is just a rumor, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Activision pulled the trigger and took a chance on the Switch with its biggest franchise.Hopefully we’ll have some news about…

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Arms, Splatoon, and Nintendo’s New Love of Lore

While other video game developers are happy to explain their lore in depth (or sell it to you in cash-in novels) Nintendo prefers to let fans try and piece together the weird bread crumbs. After decades of trying to determine a definitive timeline for The Legend of Zelda, 2011’s Skyward Sword introduced an origin story along with the revelation that three valid timelines exist. But the next console game, Breath of the Wild, immediately threw that out the window by not obviously fitting in any timeline (despite our prior speculation). Meanwhile, Super Mario Odyssey has the plumber hanging out with real human beings in New Donk City, raising all sorts of questions about the deeply strange Mario mythology. The real answer, eloquently explained by Mark Brown, is that Nintendo’s play-first design philosophy leads to delightfully offbeat presentation chiefly designed to highlight game mechanics, not story. Pikmin are like ants because that makes the real-time strategy more approachable. You fly underneath arches in Star Fox, so you play as a fox because of the Shinto connections. [embedded content] Older Nintendo franchises have been around long enough for us to just accept their insane gameplay-driven stories because that’s how things READ FULL…

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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Fly the TARDIS in this VR Mobile Game

via BBC Since you’re probably not in the running to become the Thirteenth Doctor (or any future incarnation), Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 is as close as you’ll get to piloting the TARDIS. The 360-degree mobile game lets fans navigate the Gallifreyan ship through the depths of the space-time vortex. Visit the BBC Taster site using a smartphone or tablet to get started; or try playing on a PC, but beware that unless you have impeccable hand-eye coordination, you won’t last long. Maneuver your device (or mouse) any which way to shift the screen up, down, forwards, and backward. Just watch out for those pesky meteorites. “The beauty of this game is that you can use your mobile phone to fly the TARDIS wherever you are,” Jo Pearce, creative director for BBC Digital Drama, said in a statement. [embedded content] “We’ve seen a lot of innovation recently in the 360 and virtual reality space, but the majority has focused on ‘experimental’ video-based experiences,” she continued. “This game, however, brings together the worlds of casual, arcade-style gaming and 360/VR to create a fun Doctor Who experience that people can easily pick up and play, wherever they READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Game of the Year: Thumper

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Recently I was shocked when I learned that cult classic dog-rapping game PaRappa the Rapper is, in fact, the first rhythm game. I always assumed the game, with its talking flowers and onion masters, was a purposefully strange reaction to more traditional older rhythm games. But unless you count toys like Simon, the 1996 PlayStation 1 game is considered the first modern rhythm video game. The history of rhythm games is rooted in the weirdness of games like PaRappa and Elite Beat Agents and more esoteric editions of Dance Dance Revolution, not more mainstream hits like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Thumper, this week’s Game of the Year and a great game that…

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Three new ARMS characters leak ahead of Direct

The ARMS-focused Nintendo Direct begins in just under two hours, but Switch-centric news site “Switch Force” leaked a video with three new characters.The characters you see above, from left to right, are Kid Cobra, Twintelle, and Byte & Barq. Of note is the fact that Twintelle doesn’t actually appear to have any ARMS augmentations. Instead, it looks like she fights with her hair!This leak also confirms that ARMS will have 2v2 matches.Since the video was quickly removed, we’ll have to wait until the ARMS Direct at 6pm EST for further information.[via NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda: NBA Playgrounds

If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule. I don’t care about sports at all. I had some fun playing soccer and tennis throughout school, but overall I find sports boring, stagnant, and overly complicated. And I straight up hate the vice grip sporting institutions have on culture. However, I do enjoy games, and if nothing else, sports are made up of some very interesting pure game mechanics. That’s why I enjoy sports video games that don’t care about being stodgy “realistic” simulations and instead take the ideas of sports in wacky, alternative directions. This puts me in the minority, though, since outside of the consistent Mario sports games the once omnipresent arcade sports genre is no longer on fire. That’s why I was so intrigued by NBA Playgrounds. If there were a bunch of…

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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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Ubisoft Confirms New Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and The Crew, For Some Reason

No matter how you pronounce its name, we can all agree that Ubisoft is one of the most prolific AAA video game publishers these days. While rivals like Activision and EA seem to narrow their focus on and a handful of hits, the French video game empire has a relatively wider portfolio. However, that doesn’t mean Ubisoft is above milking the same few cash cows, and thanks to a recent fiscal year earnings report, we now know which virtual teats are about to be squeezed yet again. Ubisoft confirmed that new installments in the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park franchises will all be released before the end of the next fiscal year. We already knew about South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the delayed South Park RPG sequel. However, the rest of these games are theoretically games that have yet to be revealed. [embedded content] We say theoretically because numerous pre-E3 leaks have already told us much of what to expect from the future of these franchises. After a taking a year off to give the awful Michael Fassbender movie time to shine, this year’s Assassin’s Creed will almost surely be READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!