Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition: One Retailer Still Has Stock

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Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020. The game, made by the creators of the Witcher series, is a gritty open-world shooter set in the futuristic Night City. Developer CD Projekt Red says Cyberpunk 2077’s cybernetic body modification lets you outfit your character with a wide array of skills that lead to a variety of play styles. It will even feature… Keanu Reeves.

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‘Pico Pico Love Touch’ Tests the Connection Between You & Your Partner

Pico Pico Love Touch tests how well you and your partner can communicate or feel out a situation without words, hitting buttons without tripping over one another.

It’s a pretty straightforward setup, offering you nine different buttons you can touch. Four of these will light up at a time, and two players must lay their hands on all of the buttons to pass to the next round. This happens in a hurry, so you’ll need to be quick.

The tricky part of this is that you aren’t given enough time to mess around telling the other player which buttons you intend to push. Sometimes the buttons will light up in natural pairs, but often, they’ll be in awkward positions and you and your partner will simply have to know where you want to place your hands. So, you soon find yourself wordlessly communicating with your partner about where you’ll go, feeling each other out and finding the spot you can both place your hands.

So, while Pico Pico Love Touch sounds deceptively simple on the surface, there is actually a complex interpersonal game going on between you and the other player. You need to learn each other’s cues and body language if …read more


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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne PS4 Beta Dates Announced

Monster Hunter World’s massive upcoming Iceborne expansion is still three months away, but PlayStation 4 players will be able to jump into an open beta to test it out as early as next week.

The first beta will be exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers and take place from June 21 to June 24, starting and ending at 3am PDT/11am BST. All PS4 players will then be able to join in a second beta the following week from June 28 to July 1. Better still, you won’t need to own Monster Hunter World to join in on the beta, and preloading will be available in the days leading up to each.

The content in the beta sounds nearly identical to what we played of Iceborne at E3. It will give players access to the three quests: an intro-level Great Jagras fight, and then two harder quests in the new Hoarfrost Reach area against either the all-new Banbaro or the returning Tigrex.

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After Debuting in Japan a While Ago on iOS and Android, It Looks like ‘Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box’ Is Finally Being Localised

Soon after the original game in the Professor Layton franchise hit iOS and Android in Japan, fans were wondering if a localisation was even possible. Nintendo handled the localisation and distribution back in the Nintendo DS days but thankfully, the App Store Twitter account teased an English release which finally happened. Level-5 announced a port of the second Layton game in the franchise for iOS and Android. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box was released as Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box in Europe and Australia on Nintendo DS and it looks like we are finally seeing a localisation on mobile going by a Tweet from Level-5’s Layton Series account.

After teasing announcements for Anime Expo 2019, Level-5 Tweeted an image from Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. It is likely a localisation announcement for the mobile port. Anime Expo 2019 takes place from July 4th until July 7th in LA. Level-5 will likely have more news about their other properties like The Snack World and Yo-Kai Watch 4 at the event as well. Check out the original DS release English website here.

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Details on Gears 5 Escape Mode’s Story and New Characters

Gears 5’s Escape is the newest game mode in the franchise, and it comes with a whole new story. Three new characters are on a suicide mission to help rid Swarm hives from Sera, and though their story doesn’t directly impact the mode, it is an interesting bit of worldbuilding that enriches the Gears universe further.

Lahni, Keegan, and Mac are Hivebusters. As we see in Escape’s gameplay, their mission is to get caught by Snatchers to infiltrate the heart of a hive, plant a venom bomb, then escape as the hive dies. Though there are some in-game details about the Hivebuster, including banter between them while you’re playing through Escape, the best way to learn about their story is through the new Gears of War: Hivebusters comic.

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If You Missed Cyberpunk’s E3 2019 Booth Check Out The Sci-Fi Dive Bar Now

Last year, Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 demo had us visit (IRL) a hip nightclub overlooking Night City. This year, it takes us down into a grungy underground dive covered wall-to-wall with awesome references to CD Projekt Red’s dystopian future.

The nightclub appears to be called Totentanz, German for “The Dance of Death”, and features posters from all sorts of live performances, plus a guitar “once owned” by the man himself, Johnny Silverhand.

Check out the club in the slideshow above, and get all the new gameplay details from this year’s E3 demo right here.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga May Add Grunting Voice Work

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga may offer players the option to use a classic ‘grunting’ voice track instead of full voice acting.

Over the past few days, fans of LEGO Star Wars have been tweeting that they would like to see grunts in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the upcoming entry in the long-running series from TT Games. In the replies to a recent tweet from the developer, many have been expressing their wish that the game would use the grunts, grumbling, and other sounds to represent characters talking, as they did in the original games, rather than full voice acting.

At E3 2019, IGN spoke to TT Games’s Head of Design Arthur Parsons, who said that the classic grunts may not be out of the question: “At the minute the plan is that the game is fully voiced, But we are talking to the team about having an additional mode for grunts.”

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Control Lets You Bend Reality In The Weirdest Ways

Thanks to our cover story on Control from earlier this year, we’ve already learned a lot (and shared it all with you) about Remedy’s upcoming supernatural action adventure game. At E3, we had the chance to step into the bizarre world once again and play Control for nearly an hour.

Control’s premise is enticingly weird. You play as Jesse Faden, a young woman who hopes to find answers about her mysterious supernatural powers by visiting the Oldest House, the home of a paranormal investigative branch called the Federal Bureau of Control. The demo sees Jesse investigating the maintenance sector of the Bureau, fighting off new types of the Hiss (the dangerous and ghostly entity that has possessed much of the staff), meeting new personalities, and binding to abilities such as Evade and Shield.

Combat feels smooth, dynamic, and similar to what we experienced during the cover story trip (if anything, it’s more polished now). The big difference is that in this demo I had fewer abilities because it takes place earlier in the game. At first, I could only use melee, launch (it lets you push/pull objects or people in midair), and two forms of my …read more


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Shenmue 3 Feels More like a Video Game Than Its Predecessors

I found a cozy little shop at the outskirts of Bailu, the rural Chinese village Shenmue III starts off at. In front of the entrance were two capsule toy machines, and maps that indicate where to find medicinal herbs could be obtained from a small table next to it. As Ryo Hazuki, I pick up one of the maps and then bent down in front of the capsule toy machines, just like I did for the first time nearly 20 years ago.

Ryo puts the toys in his magical pockets that can hold anything from stone mirrors to living ducks, and heads into the store. Before approaching the store clerk, I decide to take my time and first have a look around. Like in the previous entries, Ryo can freely explore these environments, open drawers and pick up random objects that have no importance to the main story. Objects Ryo can interact with are now highlighted with small circles, a convenience that Shenmue purists will probably find unnecessary.

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Dr. Mario World Gets a Release Date

Nintendo has announced that Dr. Mario World, the developer’s next mobile game, will be released on July 10.

In Dr. Mario World players have to eliminate viruses by matching capsules with viruses of the same colour. Alongside Mario, players will also be able to call on Dr. Peach, Dr. Bowser, Dr. Toad and a variety of other characters in order to draw on a variety of antiviral skills.

Accompanying the main Stage Mode is a Versus Mode, where players can go head-to-head online.

Dr. Mario World is described as “free-to-start”, and the initial launch contains over 200 stages, with additional stages, worlds, and doctors due to be added later. The game launches on iOS and Android on July 10, and pre-registration is available now for eager fans.

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