In the eight years since Red Dead Redemption released, players have explored every inch of its grassy plains, desolate deserts, and snow-capped peaks. During a misguided extermination quest, we discovered that the “man-eating” Bigfoot actually eats berries. We uncovered – and maybe even stopped – the cannibal behind a rash of disappearances in Armadillo. We even aided our grave-digging friend, Seth, in finding buried treasure from a bona fide treasure map.
So, how many mysteries could possibly remain in this well-traveled world? Plenty. Red Dead Redemption features events no one speaks of, locations that defy explanation, and people who took secrets to their graves. Though theories and speculation abound, Rockstar has kept some revelations close to its vest.
Which is why, with the release of Red Dead Redemption II next week, we are examining everything we know about the game’s biggest unsolved mysteries. Dead men tell no tales and many things can be lost to history, but maybe the western’s sequel can spin us an illuminating yarn or two.
The monumental highs of victory and crushing lows of narrowly losing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout are experiences I’ve had in other battle royale games before, but the road to these memorable moments highlight a significant leap in gameplay fidelity and polish for the genre. Call of Duty’s responsive and forgiving gunplay, nimble movement, and creative but practical equipment fit beautifully into the trendy last man standing format. It’s not just a one-way street though, as the dynamic battle royale setting provides some much-needed variance and consequence to Call of Duty’s at times superficial combat loop. I did experience and see others have some technical issues that warrant concern, but when it’s running smoothly, Blackout is nothing short of the most enjoyable battle royale I’ve played to date.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the PAKO series from Tree Men Games. The original PAKO – Car Chase Simulator ($1.99) launched quietly back in the summer of 2014 and had you driving a vehicle with the pedal permanently to the metal and no ability to brake. You simply steered left or right avoiding obstacles and trying to outrun an increasingly hostile police pursuit for as long as you possibly could. MANY updates over the years added in new levels, new vehicles, and new features making the original PAKO a full-featured high score chaser.
Then in January of this year Tree Men Games released PAKO 2 ($1.99) which retained the core idea of the original but added a ton of depth by making it all about picking up your criminal buddies and delivering them to safety as a getaway driver. Your passengers have the ability to fire back at the police and you can actually take damage in this game and keep going. PAKO 2 was similar enough that it felt like PAKO but different enough that it didn’t render the first game obsolete, meaning that I now had TWO amazing car chase simulator games to …read more
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reportedly had more active players in its first three days than Call of Duty: WW2 or Black Ops 3, with sales reportedly surpassing $500 million worldwide.
According to a press release from Activision, the combined number of Black Ops 4 players across its three modes (competitive multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout) has surpassed that of Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s single player, multiplayer and Zombies modes.
Black Ops 4 has also reportedly set franchise records for most combined players, average hours played and total number of hours played on the current generation of consoles in its first three days. It also received a series record high of Twitch viewers for a Call of Duty opening weekend.
A number of independently owned video game stores aren’t expecting to receive copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 until November.
As reported by Kotaku, various independent game retailers, as well as the gaming rental service GameFly, don’t believe they will get copies of the game on its release date of October 26 like major retailers including GameStop, Best Buy and more are expected to receive. Instead, many are expecting copies to arrive a week or so later.
These retailers aren’t entirely sure why this is happening, though issues of supply constraints, as well as a fears of mom-and-pop stores potentially breaking the game’s street date, were both touched on by shop owners. Some stores have noted that there’s a possibility that they could receive Xbox One copies of the game on time, though the probability that many independent retailers won’t get any copies of the game within its first week of release is reportedly high.
Multiplayer is the most straightforward of the modes, and Black Ops 4 attempts to be more tactical than previous entries. The wall-running and thrust-jumping of Black Ops 3 is gone, replaced with weighty, grounded movement, and healing is now manual and on a cooldown timer. The combination forces you to be more thoughtful about your positioning, since you can’t just jet and dodge enemy fire until your health regenerates–you need to make sure you have adequate cover and time to heal yourself in your immediate vicinity. This encourages a slightly slower, more cautious pace on an individual level, and it’s refreshing to play it smart instead of just fast. But time-to-kill is still low and respawning still near-instant, ensuring that matches don’t stagnate.
The more tactical feel extends to the Specialists, which build upon those introduced in Black Ops 3. Each has a unique weapon and equipment with a specific combat focus, like area control or high damage output. Each Specialist’s weapon is tied to a longer cooldown and functions as a superpowered attack (or defensive ability, …read more
It can be difficult to review a puzzle game, on mobile, and in 2018, because we are definitely not short of a puzzle game or a thousand on the App Store. You would perhaps be forgiven for thinking that you don’t need to add another to your collection, but I think you might need to make an exception for Pivotol (Free), the latest game to come out of developer Radian Games.
At the surface, Pivotol is just another puzzler that involves matching colors, and that comes across in the screenshots, too. And it’s true, matching colored tiles is absolutely the aim of the game here. Matching any six colored tiles immediately vanquishes them from the screen, just as you’d expect. So that’s it, right? Review over, time to move on.
Well, not entirely. See, Pivotol has something the French like to call “je ne sais quoi.” There’s no direct translation into English, but the gist is that it means there’s something about the game that elevates it. One rough explanation for the French phrase is “something (such as an appealing quality) that cannot be adequately described or expressed,” and that’s probably just about right. Although I think I can put …read more
Things I Learned From Mario’s Butt: A Series of Gaming Butt Critiques is an upcoming 160-page illustrated coffee table book that’s currently being funded on Unbound.
The bulbous book is written by Kotaku’s Laura Kate Dale and includes full-color illustrations from Zack Flavin. The hardbound homage to digital derrieres includes insights into the rear ends of Luigi, Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask, Miranda from Mass Effect and more. It is set to include 55 original illustrations alongside 40,000 words about gaming’s most prominent posteriors.
Credit: Laura Kate Dale, Zack Flavin
If you’re one of the many jumping into Dark Souls for the first time on the Nintendo Switch, you’re in for a treat! As we covered in our Dark Souls Remastered on Switch review, the remastered version is the ideal way to play.
But as you know, this series has earned a reputation for being hard for a reason. This is where we come in!
Here are some of the best tips to help new Dark Souls players ease into the dangerous and exciting world of Lordran.
Don’t Worry About Classes
Four Xbox 360 era Valve games are now enhanced on Xbox One X.
Microsoft announced Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2 have all received Xbox One X enhancements, including higher resolution.
Technically, it’s more than four games, since The Orange Box includes Half-Life 2, both expansion episodes for HL2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Portal: Still Alive released after The Orange Box and contained additional content.
The new additions bring the total number of Xbox 360 games upscaled fro Xbox One X to 21. So far, the collection includes many of the 360’s standout games such as Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Portal 2, and Halo 3. Each enhanced 360 game in the program boasts a better resolution and nine times the pixels.