October 2018

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Ireland Backs Down from Labeling Loot Boxes as Gambling

Ever since 2017’s Star Wars: Battlefront II loot box fiasco, an increasing number of governments have at least considered classifying video game loot boxes as a form of gambling. Despite recent indications to the contrary, however, Ireland is now shying away from labeling them as such.

Irish Legal News reports that Ireland Department of Justice Minister of State David Stanton told the Irish Senate last week that the department, “does not have a role to regulate game developers on how their games work nor, in the offering of in-game purchases.”

Ireland was one of 15 governments earlier this month that signed a declaration from the Gaming Regulators European Forum that described loot boxes as, “blurring of lines between gaming and gambling.”

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Fortnite Parody Featured on Last Weekend’s SNL With Adam Driver

Adam Driver returned to host Saturday Night Live over the weekend, which saw Fortnite bleed over into the mainstream in a live-action parody.

Driver’s character, WillamMcTavish1972, joins Pete Davidson’s Splodeboy and Kyle Mooney’s Doomsnake in Battle Royale, with the sole aim of honing his Fortnite skills to be better than his son’s stepdad.

The gameplay portion of the skit is live-action, with the characters being played by Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, and Mikey Day. Day spends most of his time running into a wall as Mr. McTavish struggles to get to grips with the game’s basic controls.

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Fist Of The North Star: Lost Paradise Review – Be The Tough Boy

“You are already dead” is a familiar refrain from Fist of the North Star’s protagonist, Kenshiro–often said after he effortlessly pokes the death-triggering pressure point of a hulking bandit. It’s a hokey yet empowering catchphrase delivered with infectious confidence. Even more satisfying is what follows, as Kenshiro’s foe implodes into a bloody mess–a gruesome punishment dealt upon those who harm the innocent. This classic power fantasy has captured the imaginations of anime and manga fans for decades, pulling in countless people with its over-the-top martial arts justice. It’s a quality that the Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5Gallery image 6Gallery image 7Gallery image 8Gallery image 9Gallery image 10

Lost Paradise decidedly crafts its own take on the series’ characters and events, telling a story set …read more

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Rockstar releases second Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer

We are less than a month away from the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to one of the most popular games of the PS3/Xbox era. Red Dead Redemption launched in 2010, meaning that fans of the franchise have waited for almost a decade to continue their adventure through the early American frontier.

Today, Rockstar Games has released a little over 4 minutes of gameplay footage, showing off a special glimpse of first-person mode. Usually a third-person game, Rockstar has let slip that the next game will have a first-person mode for folks who want to fully immerse.

Watch Gameplay Video Part 2: https://t.co/ZlRCx5DyC7

Red Dead Redemption 2: Coming October 26, 2018.

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— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 1, 2018

Part of the draw to RDR comes from the beauty of its open world experience. With RDR2, Rockstar has challenged itself to make everything bigger, better, and more dynamic. In this trailer, the company shows off small but significant details like the dynamic weather (see Arthur Morgan’s frosty breath in the snow) and also gives us a deeper look at important game mechanics like Dead Eye.

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FIFA 19 Review – The Beautiful Game

With new Kick Off modes and some welcome on-pitch enhancements, as well as the ever-engaging Ultimate Team and now the Champions League license, Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5Gallery image 6Gallery image 7Gallery image 8Gallery image 9Gallery image 10

FIFA 19 includes new tactical options for wannabe managers to fiddle with, such as how many players you want to commit at corner kicks and whether you want your full-backs to over- or under-lap. These are undoubtedly welcome, and tactical changes in your defensive technique–press after possession loss, constant pressure, and drop off are among five options on that front–make a tangible impact in-game, allowing you to further tailor your play style.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review

Ironically for a game set in ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything but Spartan. This epic-scale action-roleplaying game shines as a grand adventure through a magnificent and beautiful open world on a scale we’ve rarely seen. With so few compromises between quantity and quality, Odyssey vaults over its predecessors to become the most impressive game in the history of the series.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey begins more than 2,400 years ago at the onset of the Peloponnesian war: a decades-long struggle between Athens and Sparta for dominion over the ancient Greek world. It’s a fitting period to explore that’s rife with social and political intrigue, full-scale warfare on land and sea, and a tangible air of myth and legend. And after an astonishing 60-plus hours of galloping, sailing, and slicing through that historical-fiction sandbox, it’s easy to see why it was worth fighting so hard over.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review – Wonder And Glory

The soft reboot that was

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In your trek through the Greek mainland and the islands of the Mediterranean sea, you come across diverse locales that showcase lush environments that pay tribute to the old gods, while rubbing shoulders with the many historical figures of the era looking to make their impression in Greek society. The amount of detail packed into each location is impressive, tied together by an active and dynamic ecosystem where local wildlife and civilians keep their territory. But as you dive further, you’ll see the many hardships and realities of life in Ancient …read more

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Hands-On With the First Four Chapters of Call of Cthulhu

Call of Cthulhu, Cyanide Studios’ RPG investigation game based on the pen and paper game of the same name, based on the HP Lovecraft short story of the same name, aims to emulate the rules of the former and the mood of the latter. Its first four chapters make good on the promise of an atmospheric, slow-moving horror experience that feels rooted in Lovecraft’s world, but I’m still wondering just how much your decision making affects its outcomes.

Call of Cthulhu puts you in the shoes of private investigator Edward Pierce, a grizzled veteran hustling for a struggling business out of his lived-in New England office in 1919. I really loved the attention to detail here: old leather-bound books, yellowed newspaper clippings and dim lighting made me want to settle down in Pierce’s office with a cracked glass of whiskey, which is, incidentally, what Pierce does a lot.

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