Halo characters are coming to Gears 5

Gears 5 will get a Halo: Reach character pack when it launches Sept. 10, Microsoft announced today, giving players two Spartans to fight alongside new heroes like Kait Diaz and veterans like Marcus Fenix.

The Halo: Reach character pack, announced at Gamescom 2019 today, will deliver Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 as playable fighters. Each character will have their own Ultimate abilities for Gears 5’s Horde mode, and they’ll be playable in other modes, like Escape. They will also get a spread of Reach-themed cosmetics, including a Noble Team weapon set, banner, blood spray and mark, plus a Noble Team skin for Jack.

The character pack is part of all Gears 5 Ultimate Edition purchases, and is also included with Gears 5 for those who get it from an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Gears 5 launches on that service for Windows PC and Xbox One on Sept. 6, ahead of the global release date.

Additionally, players can grab some more multiplayer cosmetics thanks to the clothing line collaboration with A Bathing Ape announced back at E3. A purchase of any item from the “AAPE Capsule Collection” nets the buyer a Black Camo Lancer weapon skin, a Red Camo banner, plus a Moonface mark and Moonface Bloodspray exclusive to the line.

A separate in-game collection, called AAPE x Gears, will be available for purchase online beginning Aug. 30, and it includes a Kait character skin in a blue camo hoodie, the Black Camo weapon set, and other cosmetics.

Source: Polygon.com

Gears 5’s Horde mode revealed at Gamescom

Gears 5 will bring back Horde mode, the wave-based cooperative survival mode that’s been a hallmark of the third-person shooter series since Gears of War 2. This time, developer The Coalition is mixing things up with new gameplay features like Ultimate abilities and per-game player progression.

Ultimates will give each playable-character their own special powers, and include abilities like the option to call in an airstrike, to see through walls, or to cloak yourself to hide from Locust enemies. Players will also have the option of playing as Jack, the Jack-of-All-Trades Robot that can hover around the map, heal allies, and repair. A new gameplay trailer for Gears 5’s Horde mode, above, shows off those Ultimate abilities and more.

The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson said that Ultimates will change how people play Horde mode. Over time, the developer plans to add new playable characters, each with their own Ultimate abilities, that will change the metagame.

Other changes coming in Gears 5’s Horde mode include “taps,” described as energy geysers that will appear around the map on every 10th wave. Players will need to capture those taps, which will force teams to spread out and play much more aggressively than they have in the past.

Players will also be able to upgrade the card-based perks and abilities of each character over the course of each game of Horde, which The Coalition believes will lead to character-specific builds and fresh gameplay experiences game-to-game.

And this time, power, the currency of Gears of War’s Horde mode, will be equally distributed among players when they pick it up during games. Bosses and minibosses will also display health bars, which will change how players approach certain fights.

Gears 5 is coming to Windows PC and Xbox One on Sept. 10.

Source: Polygon.com

Bungie shows off Destiny 2’s final blows at Inside Xbox

At the Inside Xbox show for GamesCom 2019, Bungie showed off Finishing Moves in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep — new executions players can perform on low health enemies.

These Finishing Moves are fashion first, with players showing off their class’ unique playstyle. Each player will get their class specific Finishing Move for free. But Bungie previously announced that players can purchase additional Finishing Moves at the Eververse store.

Finishing Moves do look cool, but showing off isn’t the only reason to use them. At GamesCom, Bungie revealed new in-game benefits to executing an enemy. Fans can unlock mods for their armor that impact their Finishing Moves.

At GamesCom 2019, Bungie gave the example of mod that guarantees heavy ammunition each time you use a Finishing Move. But these mods come at a cost. For example the heavy ammo finisher costs half of player’s Super meter to execute. Players will need to make those kinds of decisions mid-game later this fall.

Bungie will release Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on Oct. 1. The Google Stadia version of Destiny 2 will come later this year.

Source: Polygon.com

Perfect game lets you raise dogs and date cuties

Sometimes, the stars align and produce something that is Extremely My Shit. Best Friend Forever is a dating and dog raising sim where you raise a furry friend while pursuing love interests, “though not necessarily at the same time,” the official game page warns. (Note that it’s hosted on a .dog URL — amazing.)

As someone who used to be obsessed with Nintendogs and also likes cuties, it’s definitely up my alley. It helps that Best Friend Forever has a very good trailer that highlights the game’s sense of humor.

And before you ask — yes, you can pet the dog. “You are obligated to,” the trailer says. Dogs have stats, such as manners and smarts, which you’ll have to manage. The folks you date also come with their own pals, so you’re probably going to see your furever friends interact with each other. There’s even an endless sandbox mode where you can just have fun with your dog, if that’s what you’re into.

Best Friend Forever is slated to release for Steam, Itch.io, and Nintendo Switch on Valentine’s Day 2020.

Source: Polygon.com

NBA 2K20’s star-studded story mode features Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson

The NBA 2K franchise has been so huge for this entire decade that it’s earned the cachet for publisher 2K Sports to bring in top-tier talent from the worlds of film (Spike Lee, Michael B. Jordan) and television (the NBA on TNT studio hosts). This year, the publisher is once again putting that prestige to work in the MyCareer mode in NBA 2K20, with an array of Hollywood stars appearing in the story.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, is an incredible flex from 2K Sports. Dubbed “When the Lights Are Brightest,” the trailer features a bevy of well-known actors, media personalities, and athletes. The list includes Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw) as a basketball coach, Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin) as the player character’s adviser, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) as an agent, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White (Family Matters).

Also featured in the story are LeBron James and his longtime business manager, Maverick Carter. SpringHill Entertainment, the media production company they founded in 2015, has produced films and television shows and is working with NBA 2K20 developer Visual Concepts on the MyCareer mode.

The NBA 2K20 demo, which will go live at 3:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 21, will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Progress will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One; the demo will be available on all platforms except PC.

Source: Polygon.com

Watch Gamescom 2019’s big opening live event here

Gamescom 2019 kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in Cologne, Germany, but before that massive gaming event begins, a pre-show livestream called Gamescom Opening Night Live will deliver big reveals.

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Gamescom Opening Night Live will feature new previews of AAA games like Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Gamescom Opening Night Live will begin at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, and will be streamed live on YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, Twitter, and Facebook. The show is expected to run approximately two hours.

In addition to a new look at Death Stranding and a “special announcement” for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Gamescom Opening Night Live will also feature updates and new game reveals from publishers such as 2K, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bungie, Capcom, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Private Division, Sega, Square Enix, Sony Interactive Entertainment, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft, and Xbox Game Studios.

Source: Polygon.com

Cross play is coming to PUBG on consoles

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting cross-platform play on consoles, the game’s developer, PUBG Corp., announced during the Inside Xbox Gamescom presentation on Monday.

There weren’t many details given during the presentation about the new feature, but the developers mentioned at the feature would would pit Xbox One players against PlayStation 4 players. It’s unclear right now if that means that players on the two platforms can create squads together and play in the same group or if the cross play will be limited to competition only.

PC was noticeably absent from the presentation, which likely means that it won’t be included in PUBG Corp.’s cross play plans. In a game like PUBG where aim is critical to success, it’s no surprise that pitting console and PC players against one another wouldn’t be particularly fair. Also absent from the discussion was PUBG Mobile. While a game like Fortnite has unified versions across all platform’s PUBG’s mobile version is entirely different than consoles or PC, so it’s unlikely that it will be included in the cross-platform play either.

The announcement came alongside the game’s season 4 trailer which showed off some of the updates that are headed to the console version of the game. These include the new season 4 Survivor Pass, and the 100-plus rewards that come with it, as well as the new visual update for the Erangel map.

According to developers, the goal is to have PUBG cross-platform play available for testing on the PUBG Test Servers by late September and available for all players on live servers in early October.

Source: Polygon.com

Captain Marvel is losing her powers in the luxury of her own Batcave

Avengers tower — currently standing in the donated body of a dead Celestial — is nifty, but every Avenger needs their own home base. In this week’s Captain Marvel, we got a look at the inner sanctum of Carol Danvers, complete with the traditional giant computer bank, underwater entrance, and glass tubes full of old costumes.

So at least if her powers are going haywire, the public has turned against her, and the Air Force stripped her of rank for being half-alien, she has a place to get away from it all. The current Captain Marvel ongoing from expert writer Kelly Thompson does not lack for drama, but it doesn’t let anyone forget that Carol has a lot of cool and helpful friends at all levels of the Marvel Universe, from Jessica Jones and Spider-Woman to Iron Man himself.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. Let’s get started with the best new comics of the week.


Captain Marvel #9

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Rhodey Rhodes/War Machine, and Tony Stark/Iron Man recover from battle with a giant monster, and discuss the mysterious new superheroine on the scene in Captain Marvel #9, Marvel Comics (2019). Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero/Marvel Comics

Right when Carol’s powers have started to fail and her public image has taken a hit, a brand new superheroine keep showing up at all of her battles and upstaging her. COINCIDENCE?

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #47

“It’s not your job to solve everyone else’s issues, and it’s not your responsibility to fix everyone, even if you could. But you can be kind.” says a surprisingly poignant recap page in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #47, Marvel Comics (2019). Ryan North/Marvel Comics

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has kicked off its final arc, before the series concludes with issue #50 in November, and it just goes to show how much of a loss that’ll be, what with how good this book can be even on the recap page.

Event Leviathan #3

Superman hovers majestically in front of a bright gleam of sunlight as he points at the assembled might of his foes and says “Miss Waller? Are these men bothering you?” to Amanda “The Wall” Waller, in Event Leviathan #3, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev/DC Comics

Event Leviathan continues to be quite good, if a little slow, but there’s something so perfect about Amanda Waller sass-backing the assembled might of Leviathan only to turn around to find Superman saying “Miss Waller? Are these men bothering you?” and pointing like a dad.

And like, you know he’s a little bit aware of the joke, but also he’s not joking about how much he wants to thrash their whole deal.

Silver Surfer Black #3

A double-page spread of epic proportions as the Silver Surfer has a nightmare of when Galactus arrived to consume his world — but this time instead of Galactus, the massive alien destroyer is the Silver Surfer himself, from Silver Surfer Black #3, Marvel Donny Cates, Tradd Moore/Marvel Comics

You’d think there would only be so many times I could just slap a big page spread from Silver Surfer Black in here and scream about how great Tradd Moore and Dave Stewart are, and yet. LOOK AT THIS.

Gogor #4

Our hero, Armano, teams up with Rumsel the talking frog to disguise himself as a frog man in Gogor #4, Image Comics (2019). Ken Garin/Image Comics

Gogor! Our hero is wearing a frog as a hat to infiltrate a city of animal people! Gogor!

The White Trees #1

Characters in The White Trees ride to the rescue of their children, confused as to how two of them seem to have become romantically entwined, in The White Trees #1, Image Comics (2019). Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka/Image Comics

The White Trees is a much anticipated collaboration between writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Kris Anka, with a story they have openly described as a “hot fantasy” with “everything: action, suspense, romance, Daddies.”

It’s about some hot dad adventurers coming out of retirement to rescue their kids, and it’s spicy. Beautifully illustrated, intriguing characters and concept, and definitely NSFW.

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Xbox One controllers get two new looks this fall

Two new controller styles are coming to Xbox One: Sport Blue and Night Ops Camo. They’ll cost $69.99 each and launch Sept. 17 and Oct. 8, respectively.

Sport Blue joins the Sport Red and Sport White controllers already out, completing the sporty tri-color trifecta. It also features a rubberized grip for better feel and control. The remainder of the chassis features a metallic D-pad and metallic accents.

The Night Ops Camo controller is, as its name suggests, a camouflage pattern that harkens back to 1980s and 1990s utilities, as opposed to the digital camo look of today. Fittingly, this puppy sports an etched trigger grip for extra discipline there. It also has a metallic gold D-pad.

Source: Polygon.com

Where to pre-order the Sega Genesis Mini

The Sega Genesis Mini, Sega’s latest retro mini console, is set to launch in one month, on Sept. 19. Pre-orders are currently available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart, for $79.99.

This isn’t Sega’s first foray into the nostalgia-fueled mini console market; the company previously worked with cheap hardware manufacturer AtGames on licensed throwbacks. However, once the NES Classic and SNES Classic hit shelves, those AtGames plug-and-play systems couldn’t compete with the carefully considered design of Nintendo’s classic consoles.

The retro mini console market is currently dominated by Nintendo. The NES Classic and SNES Classic were massive hits when they launched and sold out on subsequent restocks. Currently third-party resellers are listing Nintendo’s classic editions for as much as $120 — up to a 50% markup. Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation Classic was a disappointment, with a bare bones interface, decidedly-not-classic game selection, and $100 price point.

Now that Sega has brought production in-house for the Sega Genesis Mini, our initial impressions suggest that it could finally be giving Nintendo a run for its money. The hardware feels authentic, down to (non-functioning) cartridge ports and volume dial. The games selection is impressive, with 42 titles ranging from beloved must-haves like Sonic the Hedgehog to overlooked gems like Contra: Hard Corps.

From our pre-review, timed to the Sega Genesis’ 30th anniversary: “[Sega has] made a best-in-class retro console with excellent games, excellent emulation, original controllers, and a price tag that seems fair.”

Source: Polygon.com

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