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The Week In Games: Outta This World

The Outer Worlds comes out this week. For many fans, this is the true follow-up to Fallout New Vegas they’ve been waiting for. But it isn’t the only big and exciting game coming out this week. Get ready folks, it’s a busy week!

I have constantly mixed up The Outer Worlds and Outer Wilds when talking about these games with other writers at Kotaku. It doesn’t help that they are both games set in space and both are part of Xbox Game Pass. One day my brain will get this figured out, but for now, I have to double-check if I’m referencing the right game every time I write about it.

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As mentioned earlier, this is a busy week with games for everyone across all platforms. The Outer Worlds comes out this week, of course, but we also get some other big games. For wrestling fans, WWE 2K20 comes out this week. (Though that game sounds like a mess this year.) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes out this week too, with PS4 and Xbox One cross-play available right at launch. Wild! And for fans of remakes of old games, MediEvil comes out this week too for PS4.

And still, other stuff is coming out this week! Check out the list below:

Monday, October 21

  • Eastshade | PS4, Xbox One
  • Monaco: Complete Edition | Switch
  • The Forgettable Dungeon | PC
  • Mystery At Stonyford Bridge | PC
  • Mahjong Royal Towers | PC
  • ED-IT | PC
  • Return Of The Zombie King | PC
  • Zyxia: Neon Termination | PC

Tuesday, October 22

  • Street Outlaws: The List | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Beholder 2 | PS4
  • Mary Skelter 2 | Switch
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III | PS4
  • WWE 2K20 | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers | PS4, Switch
  • Raging Loop | PS4, Switch
  • Skulllgirls 2nd Encore | Switch
  • Moons Of Madness | PC
  • Spin Rhythm XD | PC, Mac
  • Day And Night | Switch
  • Tangle Tower | Switch
  • The Park | Switch
  • PBA Pro Bowling | Switch
  • Knight Swap | PC, Mac
  • Flatland Vol.1 | PC
  • Outscape | PC

Wednesday, October 23

  • Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient | PC
  • Dredgers | PC
  • Norman’s Night In | PC
  • Dungeon Explorer | PC
  • House Of 1000 Doors: The Palm Of Zoroaster | PC

Thursday, October 24

  • Dark Devotion | PS4, Switch
  • Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Ghost Blade HD | Switch
  • Door Kickers: Action Squad | PS4
  • Lethis – Path Of Progress | Switch
  • Creepy Brawlers | Switch
  • OxLOGIC PUZZLE 1000! | Switch
  • Haunted Halloween 95 | Switch
  • Dark Veer | Switch
  • Anthill | Switch
  • Winter Sports Games | Switch
  • Vortex Attack EX | Switch
  • Rise Of The Slime | PC
  • Potion Paws | PC, Mac
  • Alpha | PC

Friday, October 25

  • Pixel Gladiator | Xbox One, Switch
  • Into The Dead 2 | Switch
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • The Outer Worlds | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • MediEvil | PS4
  • Soul Searching | Switch
  • Pizza Bar Tycoon | Switch
  • Ultra Off-Road 2019: Alaska | Switch
  • Let’s Sing Country | Switch
  • It Will Find You | PC
  • Space Road | PC
  • Survival Vacancy | PC, Mac
  • Coloring Game: Pixel | PC

Saturday, October 26

  • Daylife In Japan – Pixel Art Jigsaw Puzzle | PC

Sunday, October 27

  • Space Space | PC
  • Il Sole e la Luna 2 | PC

Source: Kotaku.com

Rejoice, For Crusader Kings III Cometh

Crusader Kings II, one of the greatest strategy (and family murder plot) games of all time is finally getting a sequel, publishers Paradox announced today.

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I’ve gone on at length on this website about how special CKII is, but the fact is, despite getting a ton of important expansions as recently as earlier this year, the base game itself is over seven years old, and for all its depth and intrigue has started to look like ass.

Crusader Kings III, then, is obviously trying to keep everything that made CKII special, while at the same time making the whole experience not just prettier, but easier to use as well. Graphical improvements are obvious in these screenshots, with nice touches like including individual character designs in their own story development screens (above), but more importantly you’ll also notice that the menu system—taking cues from Imperator—has been pared right back, with a lot of the stuff previously out there, in your face and terrifying to new players now tucked away, to be accessed only when needed.

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Most interesting, though, and I’m sure of most relief to curious onlookers previously put off by CKII’s density, is the promise of a new intro framed as “Guided advice to help newcomers navigate a rich medieval world. In-game suggestions tip you off to paths you might not have considered.”

Crusader Kings III is coming next year to Steam and Xbox Game Pass.

Source: Kotaku.com

Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville Has So Many Great Ways To Play

There’s always something to do in Neighborville, the suburban wonderland that serves as the setting for the latest game in Popcap’s Plants Vs. Zombies third-person shooter spinoff. No matter which side of the conflict I choose, or what sort of competitive, co-op, or solo battle I dive into, the game never fails to put a smile on my face.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One following a four-week preview period for purchasers of the “founder’s pack.” It’s the third family-friendly third-person shooter from EA and developer Popcap Games. Neighborville abandons the punny “Garden Warfare” name of its two predecessors, which is good, as this is no Call of Duty parody. It’s a cartoony shooter with a focus on community and good-natured fun. The social hub, where plant and zombie players can fight and fool around between battles, is a literal carnival, with rides and everything. At the moment it’s Halloween themed. Who decorated it? I try not to think about it.

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The competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes are standard shooter fare with lush, vibrant Plants Vs. Zombies flair. I can fight for my life against other players. I can capture points and escort the payload. I can join a team of plants or zombies and fight against waves of computer-controlled enemies. It’s stuff I can do in other shooters, only instead of dark and gritty, it’s bright and fluffy. The silly setting and colorful combatants transform traditional third-person battles into ridiculous spectacles. Googly-eyed undead are pelted by corn kernels, peas, and seeds. Vibrant plant soldiers are mowed down by crackling electricity, hastily cobbled-together turrets, and other weapons of weird science.

There’s a solid third-person shooter under these layers of absurdity. Firing weapons is tactile and satisfying. Each of the ten characters on either side of the conflict has their own unique playstyle based on their special abilities and classification—attack, defend, or support. When the Sunflower is healing, the tank-like Citron is defending, and a couple of Peashooters are laying down heavy fire during a major multiplayer confrontation, it’s a beautiful, ridiculous thing. Plus it’s hard to get angry when your foes are so goofy.

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The colorful cartoon maps are the ultimate 3D realization of the PVZ style established back in 2009 with the original 2D tower defense game. Each stage oozes goofy character, hand-waving (or frond-waving) that distracts from the grim idea that the plants and zombies are fighting on battlefields abandoned by humans following some sort of undead apocalypse.

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I love this wacky animated fantasy world, which is why my favorite modes in Battle for Neighborville are the ones that let me relax and explore at my own pace. The social region, Giddy Park, is a place where players can meet up, spend in-game coins on cosmetic rewards, promote their characters when they reach new levels, or jump into the park proper for informal skirmishes with the enemy team. It would be the perfect place to advertise microtransactions, what with the giant “Mr. Reward-O-Tron 9000” gachapon machine front-and-center, but Battle for Neighborville doesn’t have any microtransactions. It’s not that kind of game. Rewards are bought with in-game currency, which can only be earned in-game. Sorry, big spenders.

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It is the kind of online shooter that also makes sure solo players have plenty to do. Both factions have two adventure zones, where solo players can play through a quest-based storyline or explore freely. Enemy encounters randomly occur as players explore, keeping the tension mildly high, but as every character in Neighborville enjoys unlimited sprinting, escape is always only a button away.

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These adventure zones are where I go to chill. More importantly, they are where I send my children when they get the urge to play. My eight-year-old son Archer can wander about the Western-themed Mount Steep for hours, dying and respawning, jumping off cliffs and giggling. Basically all the things he does when he logs into my Overwatch account on the Xbox One, only without doing horrible things like ruining my profile by goofing around or playing as Hanzo.

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Even better, should we ever have two Xbox One controllers not under the couch at the same time, the entire game can be played in local or online splitscreen on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. What the world needs now is sweet, sweet couch co-op.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Welcome to Neighborville is literally fun for my entire family. I love to play. My kids love to play. My wife loves to … well, watch us play because she gets motion sickness from third and first-person shooters. She at least thinks the plants and zombies are super-cute, as do I. It’s the sort of game that makes me happy every time I boot it up.

Source: Kotaku.com

League Of Legends’ Creators Also Making An Animated Series, Card Game, Fighting Game And Shooter

In addition to the announcement that a version of the main game itself is coming to consoles and phones, Riot have also tonight said that there are a bunch of League of Legends spin-offs in the works, along with an animated series.

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First, the card game. It’s called Legends of Runeterra, and is a free-to-play strategy card game, ala Hearthstone. It’ll be out in 2020 on PC and mobile.

Next, the fighting game, which is currently called Project L, and is very early in development.

The shooter is called (for now) Project A, and is described as “a stylish, competitive, character-based tactical shooter for PC”. Unlike a lot of the other stuff shown off today it’s not based on the League of Legends universe. Here’s some early footage:

And finally, the animated series, due next year and called Arcane. It looks pretty good!

Source: Kotaku.com

2500 Classic MS-DOS Games Are Now Free To Play

Remember, the Internet Archive is useful for more than just seeing how embarrassing your old Kotaku posts were. It’s also home to a ton of classic PC games, and 2500 new ones have just been added to the site’s catalogue.

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There’s obviously a load of crap among that number, but there are also some damn fine games included, like Alone in the Dark, the PC port of the original Wipeout, Night Trap, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Loom, International Sensible Soccer, The Elder Scrolls: Redguard, Cannon Fodder, B-17 Flying Fortress, Descent and the first two Ultima Underworld games.

That’s some good stuff, and it’s all free to play right on the site, no download needed. You just head here, click on a game and get started, it runs through Dosbox right in the browser.

Via CNET.

Source: Kotaku.com

Shadow Of Tomb Raider Isn’t Getting A New Tomb, But Will Soon Be Free Of Unpopular Outfit Restrictions

There’s nothing like the announcement of a “definitive edition” of a game to wring some answers out of a game studio and their marketing team. And so, with the announcement of Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for November 5, we finally can stop wondering about two important Tomb Raider things.

1. Is there going to be a surprise eighth bonus tomb?

No, though it does sound like one had been considered. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was released last September alongside the promise of seven more bonus tombs (each with an accompanying sidequest) for people who bought the season pass. Back in April of this year, the in-game menu that listed these bonus tombs started listing an eighth one as “coming soon.” No one associated with the game would ever say why. (We kept asking.)

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Today’s Definitive Edition announcement mentioned that the new release of the game will include “all seven post-launch DLC.” So, what was up with that eighth listing?

“With the release of our Season Pass’s final DLC ‘The Path Home’, the team wanted to explore the potential for additional content for our community,” a rep for the game told Kotaku today. “After careful consideration, the team chose to create the Definitive Edition outfit ‘Croft Fitness’ which will be available November 5th, 2019.”

No new tomb, but a new outfit instead. That’s not what the hardcore fans were hoping for, but at least everyone now knows. And it’s not like those seven other tombs didn’t amount to anything. Many of them were pretty cool.

2. Is the game ever going to lighten up with its clothing restrictions?

Yes. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is full of outfits for Lara Croft to wear. Some are the kind of hiking and hunting outfits you might expect to see on an athletic and deadly British treasure hunter. Others are tribal outfits meant to reflect the kinds of clothes that would be fashionable in the remote Mayan city that serves as the hub for a lot of the game. There are three dozen outfits in the game, only a third of them tribal, but players can only put Lara in the tribal outfits when she is in the game’s massive hub, but not when she’s in any other areas. This restriction has frustrated many players. After all, if you go through the trouble to unlock a new outfit in a game, it can be annoying to not be allowed to wear it, even in a game that stresses realism and cultural immersion as much as possible. Fans have repeatedly asked for this to be patched out.

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That restriction will be loosened for the Definitive Edition. “Players who have completed the game can choose to turn off outfit restrictions in the main game hub,” a rep said today. Anyone playing the game from the start will be forced to adhere to the old restrictions in their initial play-through but will then have more freedom in the endgame.

Changes made for the Definitive Edition will also be offered as part of a free update for Shadow of the Tomb Raider owners who bought the season pass. Those who have the game but don’t have the pass will be able to buy an upgrade to the full edition. It’s unclear if regular Shadow owners will get that outfit restriction change. We’re asking. Update – 6:00pm: A rep for the game confirms that everyone who has the game will get this change.

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And with that, one of gaming’s great 2019 mysteries is put to rest.

Source: Kotaku.com

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Has Got Sonic In It

When the HD version of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz hits PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One on October 29, Sonic the Hedgehog is coming with, transforming bananas into golden rings on every stage he plays.

Sonic brings his signature speed and signature bling to the upcoming monkey business as an unlockable hidden character. Selecting Sonic turns the collectible bananas on every stage into rings, complete with classic ring-grabbing sound effects. He pretty much turns Super Monkey Ball into a glorified Sonic mini-game. The nerve of this guy.

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Not to be undone, AiAi and his friends get new unlockable costumes in the HD remaster, with outfits for every monkey on staff. Good for them.

Source: Kotaku.com

Saints Row 2’s Source Code Has Been Rediscovered, So The PC Version Will Live Again

Volition’s classic Saints Row 2 has been almost unplayable on PC for years after the game’s source code went missing and it turned into a bug-riddled mess. Good news today for anyone who still wants to play it, though: The code has been found, and Volition is working on getting a Steam version released.

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The company announced the discovery in a livestream earlier today, saying that a two-person team is getting put to work rebuilding Saints Row 2 from scratch so that it’ll run on more modern systems/hardware configurations. This new version will run on Steam, not Gamespy (if you’d forgotten about Gamespy, it’s OK; this is a 2008 game ported to PC in 2009). It will also bring with it the game’s formerly console-exclusive DLC.

Ever since the game’s lack of updates basically killed it off, the only way to play Saints Row 2 (and its online modes) has been through the hard work of modders, who managed to get around Volition’s absence to varying degrees of success.

No word on a release date yet.

What happened to the source code?

Volition didn’t handle Saints Row 2’s PC port directly, instead that job was done by a team from CD Projekt Red. When THQ went bust in 2012, Volition thought “the source code was lost in the bankruptcy auction”. Seven years later, though, it’s back.

Source: Kotaku.com

The extensive patch notes for The Division 2's big Title Update 6 have been posted by publisher

The extensive patch notes for The Division 2‘s big Title Update 6 have been posted by publisher Ubisoft. Overhauls to the game’s loot system are a big part of it, but this is also kind of exciting: “Added the option to add a dye to all armor pieces.” At last! The updates hit the game on Tuesday.

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Source: Kotaku.com

The Week In Games: Play The Witcher 3 Anywhere You Want

The Witcher 3 comes to the Nintendo Switch this week, and Geralt is ready to go on dark RPG adventures with you on the subway, in an airplane, or even in a bathroom. What a world we live in.

I can’t imagine The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt on Switch will be the best way to play the game, but I have to give credit to the developers. Being able to even get that thing running on a Switch is impressive. Sure it might look like a bit rough and blurry, but they did it. Congrats!

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Beyond The Witcher 3 hitting Switch this week, some other games are releasing, too. Not a busy week, for the most part. A small break before more games hit later this month. Overwatch also makes the jump to Switch this week and The Outer Wilds heads to PS4. There’s an Ice Age game coming out that looks like something you would play on PS2 back in the early 2000s. I’m…intrigued by that game.

Other stuff is coming out this week! Check out the list below:

Monday, October 14

  • Golf98 | PC
  • >Connect | PC, Mac
  • Yorg.io 3 | PC
  • The Quarry | PC
  • Detective Solitaire Butler Story | PC, Mac
  • Tank Impact | PC
  • Blood Runner | PC

Tuesday, October 15

  • The Fisherman – Fishing Planet | PS4, Xbox One
  • Children Of Morta | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Earth Defense Force Iron Rain | PC
  • Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Planescape: Torment/ Icewind Dale: Enhanced Editions | PS4, Xbox One, Switch 
  • Outbuddies | PC
  • Overwatch | Switch
  • Outer Wilds | PS4
  • The Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition Pack | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Grandia HD Remaster | PC
  • The Witcher 3 | Switch
  • Disco Elysium | PC
  • The Eyes Of Ara | Switch
  • The Ninja Saviors: Return Of The Warriors | Switch
  • Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition | Switch
  • Billy Bomber | Switch
  • Morels: The Hunt | PC
  • Supesu 2 | PC
  • Galaxium | PC, Mac
  • Rebel Inc: Escalation | PC
  • Smile To Fly | PC
  • Active Neurons – Puzzle Game | PC, Mac
  • Cryptofall: Investor Simulator | PC, Mac
  • Sole | PC, Mac

Wednesday, October 16

  • Chernobylite | PC
  • Little Town Hero | Switch
  • Musasabi | PC
  • Ping Redux | PC, Mac
  • Shockrods | PC
  • Planet Destroyer | PC
  • ZHED – Puzzle Game | PC, Mac

Thursday, October 17

  • Felix The Reaper | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac
  • Kine | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Monkey King: Hero Is Back | PS4, PC
  • Stranded Sails: Explorers Of The Cursed Islands | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Stela | Xbox One
  • Little Big Workshop | PC
  • The Beast Inside | PC
  • Sea Salt | Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Demon Pit | PC
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes | PS4, PC
  • Summer Sweetheart | Switch
  • Domiverse | Switch
  • Rabi-Rabi | Switch
  • Battle Planet – Judgement Day | Switch, PC
  • Sublevel Zero Redux | Switch
  • SEGA AGES Ichidant-R | Switch
  • SEGA AGES Columns II | Switch
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 6 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac
  • Where The Bees Make Honey | Switch
  • Minature – The Story Puzzle | Switch
  • Dark Miasma | PC, Mac
  • Rising Hell | PC
  • Cat Lady | PC
  • Six Ages: Ride Like The Wind | PC, Mac
  • Little Big Workshop | PC, Mac

Friday, October 18

  • Pig Eat Ball | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition | Switch, PC
  • Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Return Of The Obra Dinn | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • A Hat In Time | Switch
  • Driven Out | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • AeternoBlade II | Xbox One
  • Megaquarium | Xbox One, Switch
  • Infliction | PC
  • Ring Fit Adventure | Switch
  • ZikSquare | Switch
  • Safari Pinball | Switch
  • StarBlox Inc. | Switch
  • Worbital | Switch
  • Medieval – Embers Of War | PC
  • Moo Moo Move | PC
  • Find The Treasure | PC, Mac

Source: Kotaku.com