October 2019

The Witcher Reading Guide: How to Prepare for Netflix’s Series

With production on Netflix’s The Witcher now wrapped, it’s only a matter of time before this wild world of wonder and weirdness hits the small screen. However, executive producer and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich’s adaptation of this beloved fantasy world isn’t tied to the massively successful Witcher game franchise developed by CD Projekt Red and which established its significance in the zeitgeist. Instead, the Netflix show is based on the books by author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Sapkowski has published eight Witcher books since he started writing the series back in the mid-’80s when the illustrious Polish author first submitted Wiedzmín — “The Witcher” — to fantasy magazine Fantastyka.

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Disco Elysium Headed To Consoles in 2020

The popular detective RPG Disco Elysium is headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2020, according to developers ZA/UM.

Inspired by tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons, Disco Elysium puts you in the shoes of a nameless detective, allowing you to craft your backstory that influences your narrative and decisions throughout going forward.

In a message to USgamer, Robert Kurvitz, designer and writer on Disco Elysium said, “

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IGP First Look – ‘Song of Horror’

An author’s house is a bit of an unsettling mess in this week’s IGP First look at the chilling, atmospheric Song of Horror. Mind the black goo! It stains something fierce.

Song of Horror gives you a handful of protagonists to choose form, each with their own abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and takes on events. I chose the poor handywoman, Alina, as she seemed the most unlikely to stick around and endure any spooky shenanigans. She’s nothing if not determined to do her job, though, and so we pressed onward into a pitch-black house filled with weird voices and monstrous presences.

The game creates an unsettling atmosphere quickly, the house feeling instantly oppressive in the dark. Clever use of sound, some sharp scares, and a handful of tense run-ins with a presence you cannot see help keep that tension on. Many horror titles that use puzzles and confounding environments don’t manage pacing very well, but the folks behind Song of Horror have a very good feel for when you might let your guard down, often catching me just as I started to feel too safe.

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Huge “Hallowed Knights” Expansion for ‘Blackmoor 2’ Adds Six New Stages and New Character Jon Jacob

Just about a year ago, developer Four Fats released the sequel to one of my all-time favorite games when they unleashed Blackmoor 2 (Free) on an unsuspecting world. It’s an action platformer with really fun combat mechanics, a campaign that continues the story from the first game, a full-blown dungeon editor where you can create and share your own dungeon designs, and super fun cooperative online multiplayer modes. And of course, being that this is a Four Fats game, there was a huge cast of colorful characters which are all not-so-subtle callbacks to various video game and pop culture characters. I was a massive fanboy of the original Blackmoor, and since the sequel seemed to be bigger and better in every way, I had no problem choosing it as the Game of the Week when it released.

Then back in April, Four Fats released a huge update for Blackmoor 2 that built on the fact that it had such fun combat mechanics and a big roster of characters. It added a 1-on-1 versus mode called Super Pub Fighter which was a massive homage to Super Street Fighter II Turbo and let …read more


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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Switch Performance Patch Now Available

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s long-awaited Nintendo Switch Graphics and Performance Update is now live and focuses on four areas of improvement; Input Lag, Visual Quality, Crashes, and Load Times.

The version 1.03 update that brings all these improvements was detailed on Bloodstained’s forums and is in response to the serious frame rate and optimization problems that appear on Switch, but not on the other platforms.

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Every Call of Duty Single-Player Campaign, Ranked

Call of Duty is still going strong 16 years later with its latest iteration, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While the franchise is known primarily for its fast-paced, twitchy multiplayer combat, each COD (with the exception of last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4) has also included a robust single-player campaign that explores boots on the ground combat and the harsh realities of war.

While early entries focused primarily on WWII combat, Call of Duty has taken on many other popular time periods since, including the Vietnam War and Cold War eras, as well as fictional wars in the future. But which Call of Duty campaign reigns supreme? Check out our gallery below.

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‘Old School RuneScape’ Mobile Celebrates First Anniversary and 8 Million Installs with Virtual In-Game Cake

As someone who didn’t really follow the RuneScape scene, I really loved the idea of Old School RuneScape when I learned about it after it was announced as coming to mobile a couple of years ago. RuneScape proper is a desktop MMORPG that’s been running for almost two decades now, and in fact it is getting a fully-featured mobile port in the very near future. However, when people have played a game for that many years, it’s hard to get fully behind all the changes and advancements that come during its lifespan. Many players preferred the “old school” RuneScape experience that existed in the earlier years of the game’s life, and so in 2013 developer Jagex responded to those fans by releasing a game literally called Old School RuneScape. It released more or less as a version of RuneScape as it existed in 2007, and while it’s still received updates and new content over the years these are largely driven by player demand based on in-game polls. Old School RuneScape feels like the epitome of fan service, and about a year ago it was brought to mobile in all its old school glory. To celebrate this first anniversary …read more


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Every IGN PlayStation First-Party Exclusive Review

Throughout the PlayStation 4 generation, Sony has been commended for its well-produced, story-driven exclusives such as first-party standouts like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. But the company’s history of developing high-quality games extends back to its original PlayStation days beginning in 1994, when many Sony-owned studios and franchises were still in their infancies — Studio Japan’s Ape Escape and Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo, for example. With another massive console exclusive on the horizon in Death Stranding, we’re looking back at all 227 IGN reviews of PlayStation games developed by Sony’s first-party studios*. Some are masterpieces, some are amazing, and some are… not so great.

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Donkey Kong and Diddy Join Dr. Mario World, Officially Earn PhDs

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have battled, raced, adventured, eaten bananas, played sports, and they even participated in the Olympics. Now, they have officially earned their PhDs and are allowed to practice medicine…well…at least in Dr. Mario World as they are both now playable characters.

As reported by Eurogamer, both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have been added to the roster of available doctors in Dr. Mario World for iOS and Android alongisde four new assistants: Boo, Scuttlebug, Goomrat, and Wiggler.

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Disgaea 4 Complete+’ and ‘Atelier Ryza’ Reviews, ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for October 31st, 2019. It’s Halloween, so I am of course offering up two reviews of fluffy, silly RPGs. We’ve also got summaries of all of today’s many new releases, including the excellent Luigi’s Mansion 3. Finally, we’ve got the usual list of sales information that is here to threaten your wallet and maybe your heart? Probably just the wallet, though. But enough talk, friends. Let’s have it!

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Disgaea 4 Complete+ ($49.99)

I have to admit that I’m now a little bit puzzled as to NIS’s strategy with releasing Disgaea games on the Switch. I get that Disgaea 5 was kind of a Hail Mary to test the Switch market, and when that sold well beyond expectations, it made sense to head back to the first game and release Disgaea 1 Complete on the platform. So you would think the second game would be next. But no, we’re heading to the fourth game. Well, it doesn’t matter that much, I suppose. Disgaea 4 stands on its own quite well. The original PlayStation 3 version of the game had some issues that saw it receive a cooler reception than previous games, but this Switch …read more