September 2018




Dragon Ball FighterZ Review: The Fast And The Furious

Despite the countless Dragon Ball games that have appeared since the manga debuted in the mid-’80s, the series has never needed them to sustain its popularity. Most are forgettable, some are good, and even fewer are truly great. Thanks to developer Arc System Works’ particular talents, Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of the great ones, if not the best yet. Even if you think Dragon Ball is old hat, and even if you’re intimidated by fighting games, there’s a good chance you’ll be drawn into the explosive action and personalities that expertly evoke the anime’s infectious spirit.

Arc’s prowess for making 3D assets look like 2D cel animation is as strong as ever, and its artists display a clear understanding of Dragon Ball’s characteristic details. The screen is constantly filled with saturated colors and special effects, and super attacks are framed in a way that pull you out of the fight and into a momentary state of awe. Whether still or in motion, FighterZ’s art looks like Dragon Ball at its very best, adhering closely to the standards set by the series creator, Akira Toriyama. And no matter how you may have watched the show, the option to choose …read more


Minecraft: Dungeons Announced for PC

Minecraft: Dungeons, a brand new game set in the world of Minecraft, is coming to PC in 2019, Mojang announced today during Minecon Earth 2018.

Being developed internally by a “small and dedicated team” within Mojang, the developer describes Minecraft: Dungeons as an “action-adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers.” It’ll support up to four players and feature various new weapons, items, and mobs, as well as a variety of environments to explore and an overarching quest that’ll see players face off against an enemy called the Arch-Illager.

“When I think of Minecraft I think about it as a multiverse,” Jens Bergensten, lead developer at Mojang told IGN. “Dungeons is essentially one Minecraft world with specific areas to go to, specific quests, and specific monsters. That said there are of course procedural elements to the game.”

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Minecraft Village and Pillage Update Announced

Minecraft’s next big update, which will add Pillagers and over 10 new Villagers, is coming in 2019, Mojang announced today during Minecon Earth 2018.

Appropriately titled Village and Pillage, the update introduces Pillagers, an unfriendly group of characters equipped with dangerous Beasts. Players will have the ability to defend villages from Pillager attacks.

The update will also bring eleven new Villagers to the world of Minecraft, including the Librarian, Butcher, Cleric Cartographer, Leatherworker, Fletcher, Shepherd, Farmer, Fisher, Armorer, Toolsmith, and Weaponsmith. Each new Villager will have unique design variations depending on which biome they’re found in.

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Is PlayStation Taking Notes from Xbox Game Pass?

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With the recent announcement that PlayStation Now will allow for players to download and play PS4 and PS2 games offline from Sony’s subscription streaming service, the crew of IGN’s weekly PlayStation show Beyond dug into the topic.

Watch the video above to see Jonathon Dornbush, Brian Altano, and Max Scoville discuss whether PlayStation Now’s new capabilities are taking a note out of Xbox’s Game Pass system, and whether we could see the service be combined with PlayStation Plus in the future.

In its original announcement, Sony did note that users will need to connect their PS4’s to the internet every few days to verify their PS Now subscription to play downloaded titles, but an always-on, super-fast internet connection won’t be necessary for this verification.

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Every Amiibo Figure Ever

Amiibo may not be the wild craze they were when they first released, but they are still some of the best official Nintendo figurines you can find. As of publish, 175 official Amiibo have been made or announced, though that number comes with some caveats.

Here’s gallery of every single Amiibo figurine released or announced, sorted by game series. There are a whole lot in there, so be sure to use the arrow keys for quicker browsing if you are viewing on the desktop site:

Now, let’s get a few things straight: We aren’t counting the Animal Crossing Amiibo cards. There are A LOT of those, but 2D cards don’t really feel like they qualify as full-on Amiibo. (Though we did include the cereal box Amiibo, that’s 3D, right?) Additionally, there are four figurines from the Skylanders games, but they actually do double as official Amiibo. Additionally, the Mr. Game & Watch Amiibo has four interchangeable poses sold in a bundle with only one base, technically making it a single Amiibo.

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Why the PS4 Spider-Man Deserves His Own Comic

Marvel Comics released Spider-Geddon #0 this week. While that comic serves as a direct lead-in to the upcoming Spider-Geddon crossover, that’s by no means the only selling point. Spider-Geddon #0 is notable for serving as the comic book debut of the Peter Parker of Marvel’s Spider-Man video game on PS4. And if this issue accomplished anything, it’s showing how much potential this version of Spidey has for his own ongoing comic book series.

Warning: spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 ahead!

It’s easy to dismiss the need for a Spider-Man comic set in this game’s version of the Marvel universe. Marvel has an overabundance of Spider-Man comics as it is, with books spotlighting the classic Peter Parker as well as offshoot characters like Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Spider and Venom. There’s even an alternate universe version of Spidey in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows. Is Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man truly different enough to stand out when you cut the gameplay out of the equation and focus solely on story?

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