October 2017

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‘South Park: Phone Destroyer’ to Destroy All Phones November 9th

South Park: Phone Destroyer, the collectible card game based on the irreverent animated show, has been in soft launch for quite some time now, but on November 9th it will destroy every iOS and Android device worldwide. The (as to be expected) inappropriate card game lets you play with new and twisted versions of iconic characters, like Cyborg Kenny, Stan of Many Moons, and others, much more inappropriate characters. As in every card game like this one, you collect various cards that you then put together into the best deck you can. And then you go ahead and try and beat everyone around you.

In South Park: Phone Destroyer you can play in real-time PVP battles but also through a single player story written in collaboration with South Park Digital studios. And you can fully customize your player as well. Players in our forums have been enjoying the soft-launched version and say the monetization model is pretty generous with no timers. Now you only have to wait until November 9th to play the game. And to kill Kenny, of course.

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The Promising ‘Strain Tactics’, by ‘Autumn Dynasty’ Devs, Releases November 2nd

Strain Tactics, the real-time-with-pause tactical game by the developers behind Autumn Dynasty, is about to rappel onto your devices November 2nd, and it looks like it’s going to be a fun one, provided the controls work well. In Strain Tactics, you control a squad of soldiers whose job is to save the earth from an alien infestation; no pressure. You build and command a team of 1 to 5 members, picked from over 80 playable characters with unique personalities and traits. This team drops in the middle of a map, and then you can either position it and watch it perform as it watching an RTS, or you can go in and take care of every little detail and every tactical move.

There’s a lot going on in this game. In addition to picking who you want on your team, you get to pick what weapons they’ll bring along. There are over 150 unique items and weapons, so there’s plenty of customization to be had. The game comes with over 30 maps, a ton of different missions, and much, much more. The game will be a premium app for …read more


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Eve: Valkyrie on Hold as CCP Takes Break from VR Market

The team behind Eve Online has put the development of its VR space combat game Eve: Valkyrie on hold.

In an interview with the Iceland Monitor (via Polygon) CEO of CCP Hilmar Veigar Pétursson explains that Eve: Valkyrie will be put “on the shelf” while the company steps out of the VR market for two or three years.

Pétursson indicated this was a direct response to how VR has been received commercially, but also said, “We have been front and center in the second wave of VR,” adding, “Our belief in the long-term transformative power of the technology remains strong.”

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PlayStation 4 Worldwide Shipments Reach 67.5 Million

Sony has revealed that 67.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been shipped as of September 30 this year.

Financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 reveal that Sony Interactive Entertainment sent 4.2 million units to retailers this quarter bringing up the lifetime total to 67.5 million units shipped.

These numbers result in the company raising its predictions to meet 79 million units shipped by March 2018.

Sony’s game and network services which encompass PlayStation and PlayStation Network have also seen an increase in revenue and operating income across the board.

Sony recently held its media showcase at Paris Games week. You can find all the news and trailers from the event in our wrap up and check out 14 new PS4 and PSVR announcements Sony made over the course of Paris Games week.

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Persona Series Tops 8.5 Million Units Sold

The Persona series has reached a new sales milestone. According to SEGA’s 2017 annual report, the franchise has now topped 8.5 million units sold (packaged and digital total) across 13 total editions. The series first launched back in 1996.

Meanwhile, the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, which first launched in 1987 (and which the Persona series spun off from), sits at approximately 7.2 million units sold across 28 total editions. The Yakuza games have sold 10.5 million units across 75 total editions. The first game was released back in 2005.

For more on Persona, be sure to read IGN’s glowing review of Persona 5, which we scored a 9.7. Also check out what might be next for Persona 5 developer Atlus and read about the upcoming Persona 5 anime TV series.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Trek, Stargate, Godzilla

The second season of Stranger Things is damn good – even better than the first. Outside of a meandering seventh episode, I loved the sense of discovery that was sewn into each character and plot line, never once feeling like the show was running in circles or retreating to familiar territory covered in the first season. This is a show that dares to take chances, and doesn’t race toward a conclusion. The creators clearly have a vision for where this thing is going next, and has appropriately paced the narrative to get there.

Similar praise can be showered upon Star Trek: Discovery, which was just picked up for a second season. Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg signed on to return, and it sounds like it’s a huge hit for CBS. “In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber
growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first
premium version of this great franchise,” said Marc DeBevoise, president of CBS Interactive. “This series has a remarkable
creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on
the Star Trek legacy.” That’s great news. We need more sci-fi shows that aren’t only found on …read more


Every Transformation In Super Mario Odyssey

There are more than 50 transformations in Super Mario Odyssey. You will get most of them as you play through the game normally, but there are a few off-the-beaten path and optional transformations that are a little bit tougher to find. Below, you will find the full transformation list, along with notes on where to find them. Note that, especially near the end, there are some big SPOILERS for the game’s ending and post-ending content.

If you’re more of a visual learner, we’ve also compiled this list in a form everyone is familiar with – the PokéRap. Leo Vader took the list, made it rhyme (mostly), and set it all to song. Enjoy.

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1. Frog
It’s hard to miss this one. It’s the first transformation you get, and it trains you on the process.

2. Spark Pylon
Another that’s hard to miss. You use it to get from the first world to the second, and you see it a lot in Metro Kingdom.

3. Paragoomba
The easiest place to get the Paragoomba is to return to Cap Kingdom after finishing the game. They are everywhere.

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‘Elder Scrolls: Legends’ ‘Return to Clockwork City’ Expansion Coming Next Month

The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] continues to expand, and this time next month it will get a brand new story expansion called Return to Clockwork City. As you can guess from the title, this expansion brings all kinds of mechanical creations to the game and a locale first introduced in The Elder Scrolls III Tribunal expansion. The Clockwork City was built by the tinkerer god Sotha Sil, but the city later became his tomb. And now the question is, what secrets are hidden there? You’ll be the first mortal to enter the city in centuries, so expect great secrets (and a ton of dust).

The expansion will land November 30th and will bring over 55 new cards that players can collect by playing through 35 story missions. These cards will let you search for lost treasures, construct steam-powered machines, or even go all mad scientist on the world and bring to life mechanical abominations. The new expansion brings new creatures called Fabricants, creatures of flesh and metal, that look fun to play with. There are also new mechanics, Treasure Hunt and Assemble, which you can read about in detail here. I usually enjoy blends of fantasy and steampunk, so …read more


Fright Factor: Rounding Up Today’s Best Horror Games

A modified version of this feature originally appeared in issue #294 of Game Informer magazine.

Halloween is here, which means now is the perfect time to brush up on some horror. Luckily, the past decade delivered a surge of quality spooky games on modern consoles. The genre has gone through ups and downs, but it’s also had its share of novelties. We’ve seen a swelling of combat-free first-person horror experiences, psychological terrors that tackle existential themes, and multiplayer horror influenced by slasher films.

Horror manifests itself in video games in several ways, like limiting players with scarce resources, or frightening them with jump scares. With so many titles to choose from, it can be difficult to know which are worth checking out, so we’ve made a list of recent scary games you won’t regret playing. This roundup will aid you in finding the right game for the perfect occasion, whether you’re looking for a good scare, a thrill ride, or an ominous storyline.

Note: This list pertains exclusively to horror games that are compatible with current generation consoles such as newer titles, HD collections, and remasters.

Jump Scares

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How Nintendo Switch Owners Play the System

Nintendo has revealed how Switch owners are utilizing the hybrid system.

At Nintendo’s recent financial briefing, the company showed that around half of Switch owners use the console in both modes: TV and handheld. But what might be surprising is that more people play the system mainly undocked than hooked up to the big screen.

Nintendo released this graph at a recent financial briefing to highlight how people are utilizing the Switch. (Courtesy of Nintendo)

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