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Original ‘Oceanhorn’ Updated with Improvements for Newest iOS Devices

For the past few years it seems like the focus of discussion has been around Oceanhorn 2, as it should since it’s the sequel to one of mobile’s best action adventure games. Now with Oceanhorn 2 out in the world as part of Apple Arcade, developer Cornfox has gone back and released an update for the original Oceanhorn ($7.99) today which adds improvements for the latest Apple devices. It’s funny because ever since its original launch way back in the fall of 2013, Cornfox has always been on the cutting edge of new hardware and software features from Apple and Oceanhorn was frequently updated to take advantage of them. Often this was right on the very day a new device or software feature would launch! It was sort of like Oceanhorn became this graphical benchmark app for anything new from Apple.

They haven’t quite kept that sort of pace in recent years, because they’ve been busy with the sequel, but they have always managed to update the game for major things like the full screen of the iPhone X and later devices. Today is the first update in nearly two years though …read more

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U.S. Congress Members Send Letter to Blizzard Over ‘Concern’ for Recent Actions

Five bipartisan members of the United States Congress have sent Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to reconsider the company’s punishment of Ng Wai ‘Blitzchung’ Chung for speaking out in support of the protests in Hong Kong.

United States Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) have signed a joint letter addressed to Robert Kotick specifically regarding Blizzard’s recent actions towards Chung.

“We write to express our deep concern about Activision Blizzard’s decision to make player Ng Way Chung forfeit prize money and ban him from participating in tournaments for a year after he voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The decision is particularly concerning in light of the Chinese government’s growing appetite for pressuring American businesses to help stifle free speech.”

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Pokemon With Max IVs Can Appear in Sword and Shield’s Wild Area

Pokemon min-maxers, rejoice! You’ll be able to find Pokemon with maximum IV values in the wild in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

In a recent Sword and Shield preview, Eurogamer discovered Pokemon with faint yellow auras wandering around the world. Similar to the glowing red and blue auras Pokemon in Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee could appear with, Pokemon with glowing yellow auras are special.

Check out our own preview of the first 90 minutes of Pokemon Sword and Shield below.

Instead of being larger or smaller than your average Pokemon, those with yellow auras have several IVs with maximum values (the maximum IV for each stat is 31). “They have Egg Moves rather than regular ones, too,” Eurogamer said, “It could potentially make looking for competitively viable Pokemon far easier.” Eurogamer also confirmed that flavor text which pops up at the beginning of the battle will indicate the extent of their strength, likely meaning how many perfect stats the Pokemon has.

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Apple Arcade: ‘The Pinball Wizard’ Review – A Marriage of Pinball and Dungeon Crawling that Needs Just a Bit More

Every so often, a video game developer decides to mix pinball with some other genre, franchise, or twist that turns the idea on its head. It’s a long-standing tradition that includes games like Sonic Spinball and Metroid Prime Pinball, and it dates as far back as the 1970s with Namco’s Gee Bee.

While this sometimes results in amazing games, like the 2018 Yoku’s Island Express, most examples end up as mediocre mash-ups that only gain attention if they’re tied to some beloved character.

The Pinball Wizard (), a mash-up of pinball and dungeon crawling, doesn’t have the luxury of a recognizable franchise tied to its name. However, while it doesn’t achieve the heights of some of the better pinball mashups, it does provide an entertaining, if imperfect, bit of amusement.

The game has a solid foundation and developer Frosty Pop deserves applause for bringing it to fruition in a way that feels intuitive and satisfying. The basics don’t take long to figure out: knock a wizard around using pinball paddles, hit enemies to hurt them, avoid enemy attacks, gather treasure, and find the key on each level to open the door to the next one. Rinse and repeat until you reach the …read more

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Borderlands 3’s Latest Hotfix Adjusts Legendary Guns, Grenades, and More

Borderlands 3’s latest hotfix has adjusted legendary gear across all manufacturers after Gearbox discovered “that some pieces of Legendary gear were greatly outperforming others and felt they were limiting builds instead of increasing them.”

This latest hotfix also addressed an issue where “some of the damage output of Legendary gear limited the growth in combat engagements for the future so

tuned everything to an acceptable median.”

Each weapon manufacturer had at least one legendary gun adjusted, and we’ve included all the changes in the gallery below.

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘A Hat in Time’, ‘Return of the Obra Dinn’, ‘Ring Fit Adventure’, and Today’s Other New Releases, Sales on ‘Arcade Archives’ and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for October 18th, 2019. I had hoped to do more than just the new release summaries and sales lists today, but the eShop had to go and drop fifteen new games and more than a hundred new sales, so that put an end to that. But hey, it’s not so bad. You’ve got summaries to read for all of the many new releases, and a real mighty list of sales to comb through. Not the worst way to slide into the weekend, I’d say. Let’s check it all out!

New Releases

Ring Fit Adventure ($79.99)

SwitchArcade Highlight!

If there’s one good thing that came out of the Wii U face-planting, it’s that Nintendo has been careful to take a new approach when it reintroduces old successes. Wii Fit was a massive success back in the day, but a new approach was clearly needed if Nintendo wanted to go back to that well. And so we end up with Ring Fit Adventure, a fantasy adventure where you defeat a body-building dragon and his followers by doing exercises with a flexible ring peripheral. See, the fun thing about covering Nintendo is that sometimes you get to write …read more

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IGN’s Top 100 Video Games of All Time: Why We Made The Changes We Made

We recently refreshed our list on one of the most difficult debates in gaming — the 100 best games of all time. You’ll notice that we already outlined some of the rationales behind the changes we made in the list itself, but we wanted to dive in deeper to address your inevitable questions as much as possible.

IGN’s 100 Best Games of All Time: Biggest Changes

Here’s a quick rundown of our biggest changes made for the 2019 edition of this list:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was bumped out of the top 10
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was added to the top 10
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‘Gunship Battle: Total Warfare’ Introduces Server Invasion – Defend or Attack in this Cross-Server Squabble

Joycity is introducing a brand new server-versus-server event to Gunship Battle: Total Warfare (Free). The Asian publisher has been busy testing the tournament across 12 servers within its popular warfare game, and refining it based on player feedback. With the next Gunship Battle update, you’ll be able to test out the new and improved Server Invasion for yourself.

So, what’s it all about? Server Invasion gathers 100 of the top players in each server together – designating 20 as attackers, and 85 as defenders. The 20 attacking players will be transported into a rival server, whilst the 85 will defend against a rival server’s 20 invading players. Whether you’re playing offensively or defensively, the aim of the game is the same — score more points than the other server to win. Whilst only the top players in each server are eligible to participate, rewards are given out to all players within a winning server, encouraging server-wide camaraderie.

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‘Stigmatized Property | 事故物件’ Explores Haunted Apartments in Japan

The place is dirt cheap, though. Yeah, you have to share it with some bleeding apparitions, but how else are you supposed to save money these days?

Stigmatized Property | 事故物件 lets you find some affordable living arrangements for yourself, although they happen to be mildly infested with the dead. You’ll be exploring one such spooky apartment complex in Japan as you work on settling into the place. Feel free to have a look around and try to figure out what’s all going on, here. Although maybe you’ll just want to park yourself in your bed at night and stare at the wall. Maybe you’ll avoid your spectral roommates that way.

Stigmatized Property | 事故物件 offers a touch of classic horror movie feel with its VHS-like filter, making the environments and events feel more surreal and otherworldly. More likely, they feel like someone’s lost home videos, and we all know how well you make out when you’re filming yourself doing anything in a horror movie or game. Although why you’re cheaping out on your apartment when you can afford a camcorder during the VHS era is beyond me.

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IGN Readers Want God of War 2 More Than Any Other PlayStation Sequel

We’re coming up on the end of a console generation, but that won’t stop all of us from hoping against hope that we get a sequel to some of our favorite game franchises in the world. Where else to look but PlayStation’s legacy of exclusives? We asked IGN readers what completely unannounced sequel they want most, and 22,134 of you answered. Which game won out in the end? Let’s dig into the results.

God of War 2 – 27.2%

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