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5 Wardrobe Fails In Video Games

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Raffy: Video game characters are usually designed to mimic real life, even when theyre set in fantasy land. But, you gotta admit, most of them are well-dressed except when theyre not.

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These Games Don't Deserve To Be Ignored

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You can point to any number of factors that explain why a critical winner ends up with soft sales and relegation to the bargain bin. Release timing can have a huge impact, especially when you look at recent entries in the Titanfall and Dishonored franchises. Both were launched into a sea of big hitters, and are now left with an uncertain future. Other times it can be over saturation of a particular genre, where something perfectly good like Realm Royale sheds more than 90% of its player base in light of the rampant success of Fortnite, PUBG, and H1Z1.

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Life Is Strange 2 Is An Impressive Big Brother Simulator

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Yesterday, the world got its first look at the new setting and characters of Life is Strange 2. While that initial trailer doesn’t look like too much of departure from what we’ve come to expect from the series, I was able to gleam several new details about the game during a theater presentation for the sequel, which does make some interesting alterations to the formula.
The most significant change Life is Strange 2 makes over its predecessor is that rather than see the outcomes of your decisions manifest in the people in and around Arcadia Bay (the setting of the first Life is Strange), you’ll be taking a road trip. Life is Strange 2 follows Shawn and Daniel Diaz, two brothers who’ve had to run away from home after a mysterious event occurs in their hometown of Seattle, Washington. Taking place three years after the events of the original Life is Strange, the Diaz brothers’ journey has them traveling from Seattle to Mexico, which means we’ll be seeing quite a bit of the American West Coast in Life is Strange 2.
Since many characters may not stick around as you make your way to Mexico, a huge part of the sequel will be the relationship between Shawn and Daniel, which acts as the lightning rod for decision-making this time around. As his older brother, Shawn is shaping what kind of person Daniel will become. 

We saw two short snippets of gameplay during the presentation, taking place in different parts of the game. The first has Shawn and Daniel walking along the side of the road in the middle of a forest in the Pacific Northwest. One change that immediately stands out; running on Unreal Engine 4, the sequel looks markedly better than the original at first glance. The facial animation is also greatly improved, though I did still spot a couple of stiff interactions during our demo.
As the two head down road, Daniel spots a car with its window partially rolled down, and with a Choco Crisp bar on the dashboard. They’re his favorite, and Shawn is left to choose to leave the bar alone or take it as a snack for later. In our demo, Shawn chooses the latter. While it doesn’t have any immediate consequences, we’re told our decision to casually nab candy from an unknown stranger could alter how Daniel behaves down the road.
Not every choice you make is major, however; when Shawn spots a trail blaze indicating a path to the campgrounds, he chooses to teach Daniel about trail blazers. And when Daniel later sees a sign telling the residents of the campgrounds to beware of animals, Shawn chooses to play into that fear rather than assuage his concerns. There’s also a bit of natural conversation along the way; as the two approach the campgrounds, the brothers indulge a Lord of the Rings metaphor for their journey, though they have a quick spat over whether Shawn is Aragorn or Sam in this case (Daniel, of course, is Frodo).

As the two approach a bench at the camp grounds, they begin the contemplate their current situation along with the view (Daniel, who is only nine years old, has never seen the bed of a lake at this angle). While it’s clear the two have left home due to an incident, I begin to suspect Daniel isn’t aware as to what’s going as Shawn is. Daniel knows the reason they left home involves an interaction with a police officer, but when he mentions the brothers’ father, Shawn cuts off the conversation. As the scene pans up and cuts to black to the tune of a melancholy guitar-centric melody, we’re told Jonathan Morali, the composer for the original game, is back for the sequel.
The second scene we see moves us back in time a bit (structurally, not literally), to what we’re told is a truncated version of the game’s opening. Shawn and his friend Lyla mull over how to best text Shawn’s crush, Jenn, as the two prepare for a party going on later that night. Here a few of the quirks from the series re-emerge; while I saw several instances of improved facial acting, a few scenes still felt a little stiff in terms of animation. The dialogue seems much better localized, however, even if the voice acting I heard felt a bit spotty at times. These are teenagers, though, so when Shawn begins to display his interest in Jenn and Lyla replies: “Oh my god, you thirsty b----!” it’s hard not to think it’s what what an actual teenager might say.
After Shawn gets home, we quick meet up with his dad in the garage. Creating diverse characters can be difficult, but Shawn's father stands out as a good representation of someone with a Latino background. He has a noticeable accent, but it isn't so thick as to be tropey, and with the exception of one affectionate use of "Papito" to describe himself when Shawn for a hug, he doesn't interject Spanish into every sentence he can, which is often a crutch for writers trying to make a character "sound" Latino. I don't see too much of myself in him, but as a Latino I grew up around people like him, and I was glad to see him represented in a positive light. 
Kids not getting along with their parents has been a running theme in Life is Strange, but Shawn’s dad seems incredibly supportive from what I've seen. He encourages Shawn to find a way to apply himself in school, though Shawn isn’t sure about which field to apply himself to. Knowing he’ll have to ask sooner or later, Shawn asks his dad for some money so he can stock up on supplies for the party. When his dad inquires about whether or not the money will be used for beer, Shawn decides to be honest, which happens to pay off; happy his son isn’t keeping anything from him (and for doing a great job on the lawn earlier in the day), he decides to give him a whopping $40 after a quick warning telling him that he doesn’t want Shawn entering any cars that night.

After a quick visit to Daniel’s room during which he tells us he’s working on secret project, we head to our room to video chat with Lyla. As we prepare our approach on Jenn later this evening (during which, in another bit of quirk writing, Lyla refers to his mother as “The Momster”), Daniel barges in to reveal his secret project; he’s figured out how to make fake blood for corn syrup and food coloring, which goes great with his new zombie mask. After Shawn brushes him off, the two continue their chat, only to be interrupted again when Shawn notices something going on outside and bolts out of the room.
Daniel, pretending to be a zombie, has bumped into an overly-aggressive Brett, getting fake blood smeared on his shirt. When given the choice to back his brother up or begin to question him, Shawn chooses the latter, laying into him about his haphazard wandering. Brett, however, insists on goading Shawn as well, poking him about his absent mother. This prompts Shawn to turn heel and fight Brett. The fight is quick and doesn’t end well: Brett ends up falling on a sharp rock, and he begins to slowly writhe as Shawn and Daniel realize something has gone horribly wrong.

A nearby police officer arrives on the scene, and nervously begins to shout at Shawn and Daniel to lie on the ground. When the brothers’ dad appears to de-escalate the situation, things to continue to spiral out of control. A flurry of shouting, nervous voices, and one gunshot later, and Shawn’s dad is dead.
The scene quickly cuts out and flashes forward. Something else has happened, and now the officer is lying on the ground as well. His squad vehicle is overturned, too, hinting that Shawn might have some sort of supernatural ability similar to Max’s ability to rewind time in the first Life is Strange. As the police arrive on the scene, Shawn and and barely-conscious Daniel depart, revealing the reason why Shawn was so adamant about cutting off the conversation about their father in the initial scene.
These two scenes are only a small part of Life is Strange 2, and many of the most powerful questions about the game can only be answered once we have our hands on the full game come late September. How impactful will all these choices be? If Shawn does indeed have some sort of power, will it tie in gameplay at some point? But even with all these unanswered questions, the improved writing expertly explored bond between two brothers, and the increased nuances with which the two scenes handled most characters shows that the team at Dontnod isn’t just resting on the success of the first Life is Strange, but is actively looking to expand the series’ reach and further improve its reputation as team full of ideas about what kinds of stories video games can handle.

Amazon opens preorders for Xbox One Wireless Controller Phantom Black Special Edition

Added: 21.08.2018 8:31 | 0 views | 0 comments


Amazon has opened preorders for the Phantom Black Special Edition of the Xbox One Wireless Controller. If you are interested, you can reserve Microsoft's limited edition gamepad with this link from the online retailer. You can also check out an image of the Phantom Black design directly below this paragraph (additional photos, including shots of the packaging, can be found in the aforementioned listing). As you can see above, the new variant features a translucent black casing that fads into champagne gold from top to bottom. You can check out Amazon's product description for the Xbox One Wireless Controller Phantom

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5 Wardrobe Fails In Video Games

Added: 21.08.2018 7:23 | 0 views | 0 comments

Raffy: Video game characters are usually designed to mimic real life, even when theyre set in fantasy land. But, you gotta admit, most of them are well-dressed except when theyre not.

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Castlevania spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delayed into 2019

Added: 21.08.2018 1:15 | 0 views | 0 comments


Designer Koji Igarashi has announced that his long-awaited Castlevania spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, will now launch in 2019, and that the planned PlayStation Vita version is no more.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which of Kickstarter funding back in 2015, has never had a set launch date, but its release window has shifted several times now. Initially, Bloodstained was expected to arrive in March 2017, but, prior to its most recent calendar shuffle, was in 2016.
At the time of Bloodstained's initial delay, Igarashi noted development changes were required, otherwise "the game may not end up meeting my quality standards". Now, , the developer has revealed similar reasons for postponing the game's release until 2019, noting that additional time is needed "to raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the Beta Backer Demo".

Castlevania spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delayed into 2019

Added: 21.08.2018 1:15 | 1 views | 0 comments


Designer Koji Igarashi has announced that his long-awaited Castlevania spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, will now launch in 2019, and that the planned PlayStation Vita version is no more.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which of Kickstarter funding back in 2015, has never had a set launch date, but its release window has shifted several times now. Initially, Bloodstained was expected to arrive in March 2017, but, prior to its most recent calendar shuffle, was in 2016.
At the time of Bloodstained's initial delay, Igarashi noted that development changes were required, otherwise "the game may not end up meeting my quality standards". Now, , the developer has revealed similar reasons for postponing the game's release until 2019, noting that additional time is needed "to raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the Beta Backer Demo".

Battlefield 5's Beta Starts Super Soon - IGN Daily Fix

Added: 20.08.2018 23:35 | 0 views | 0 comments

Battlefield V gets a beta date, Sekiro gets a release date, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night gets pushed back AGAIN.

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Why the Spyro Reignited Trilogy Delay Doesn't Worry Us

Added: 20.08.2018 23:16 | 0 views | 0 comments

Jonathon Dornbush and Daemon Hatfield discuss the recent trilogy delay and if it raises any concerns about the three Spyro remakes coming this fall.

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Corsair K68 RBG keyboard review

Added: 20.08.2018 23:02 | 1 views | 0 comments

Come for the reliable Corsair keyboard. Stay for the impervious spillproof design.

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