The Division 2’s Warlords of New York: Is it worth going back to hunt Aaron Keener?

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The Division 2’s Warlords of New York: Is it worth going back to hunt Aaron Keener?

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 got its first premium expansion, Warlords of New York, earlier this week. Players go back to the Big Apple, scene of 2016’s original The Division, to hunt down rogue agent Aaron Keener, going through four of his lieutenants first. Polygon’s Charlie Hall and I are several hours into it, each, and we both agree that Warlords feels very familiar for those with a lot of time sunk into the game.

I’m inclined to view that as a positive reminder; Charlie is a bit more restless, however. Neither of us are really sure that Keener will actually get got, as this is the type of franchise that needs an uber-malevolence driving the bigger picture, always throwing some new crisis for the heroes to handle.

See how the Resident Evil 3 remake compares to the PlayStation original

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See how the Resident Evil 3 remake compares to the PlayStation original

Capcom is going to take some liberties with the gameplay of the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis for this year’s remake. Of course, it’s also going to give it a complete visual overhaul, à la 2019’s Resident Evil 2 remake. In a new video from the PlayStation YouTube channel featuring Capcom producer Peter Fabiano, it becomes clear just how stark the differences will be in the reimagined Resident Evil 3.

The video includes footage of the 1999 Resident Evil 3, with its pre-rendered backgrounds and tight corridors, and the 2020 Resident Evil 3, which is full of big open environments and a much deadlier Nemesis. If you haven’t played the original RE3 in a while — it’s been about 20 years for me — it’s a good reminder of the PlayStation game’s innovations and changes to the Resident Evil formula. Many of those — like explosive red barrels and action moves like Jill’s dodge — will carry over to the remake.

Rare Nintendo Play Station sold at auction for more than $300,000

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Rare Nintendo Play Station sold at auction for more than $300,000

There’s one known Nintendo Play Station out in the world, and now it’s got a new owner, who offered $300,000 for the device. With the buyer’s premium, it’ll cost $360,000. Interested parties have been bidding online since February.

Collectors expected the console to sell for a lot more than $300,000. In 2019, Diebold told Kotaku he’d turned down more than a million dollars from a person in Norway who wanted to buy the console. But on Friday, only a single bid was made, upping the price to $300,000.

Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge is adding a dolphin a mech suit

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Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge is adding a dolphin a mech suit

Bleeding Edge, the new multiplayer combat game on the way from Ninja Theory, announced a new fighter on Friday, and it isn’t exactly who you would expect to join up. Rather than the normal gun or sword-toting humans, the game’s new character is a dolphin who drives a mech suit. His name is Mekko.

Mekko was used in horrible genetic experiments before the Bleeding Edge broke him out of captivity. While Mekko’s past has given him a distrust of humanity, Bleeding Edge taught him that not all humans are bad and now he fights alongside them in his giant death-bringing mech suit.

Oh great, even Resident Evil 3’s safe rooms are no longer safe from the Nemesis

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Oh great, even Resident Evil 3’s safe rooms are no longer safe from the Nemesis

Wonderful. Perfect. Great news! As if the NemesisResident Evil 3’s big bad monster — wasn’t terrifying enough, he’s going to be even more deadly in the 2020 remake.

The words “safe room” imply and area that offers some form of sanctuary. You know, an enclosed space where you’re safe from the terrifying things outside in Resident Evil 3’s world. There are rules about these things, you see — in Resident Evil 2, Mr. X couldn’t chase you into the safe room. As you would expect, there you were safe. Apparently, Capcom’s breaking its own rules in the Resident Evil 3 remake. The safe room, you see, is no longer safe.

Man beats Breath of the Wild without walking

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Man beats Breath of the Wild without walking

Folks have already cleared The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a naked Link, or by only using silly items like tree branches. Now we can add another absurd achievement to the mix: Here’s somebody beating Breath of the Wild without ever making Link walk or run.

Pointcrow accomplishes this feat because, as it turns out, Link still has plenty of movement options. He can hop and backflip, for instance, and while this is useful, it also means that something as simple as opening the first chest takes several more moments than it usually would. And, of course, we’re not counting the couple of times that Link walks in a cutscene, because Pointcrow has no control over that.

Magic: The Gathering’s Secret Lair reopens with 5 gorgeous cards

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Magic: The Gathering’s Secret Lair reopens with 5 gorgeous cards

Wizards of the Coast is opening its Secret Lair once more, printing five alternate art cards in celebration of International Women’s Day. Reprints include Captain Sisay, Meren of Clan Nel Toth, Narset, Enlightened Master, Oona, Queen of the Fae, and Saskia the Unyielding, plus a sleeve for Magic: The Gathering Arena. Each set will cost $49.99, and will only be available for a single day.

Making this Secret Lair Drop even more fun, for every set purchased Wizards will donate $25 to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Konami delays Turbografx-16 mini due to coronavirus impact

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Konami delays Turbografx-16 mini due to coronavirus impact

Konami will not meet its March 19 release date for the TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine mini retro consoles, the company announced Friday. Manufacturing and shipping in Chinese facilities have been affected by the global novel coronavirus outbreak.

“We deeply apologize to our customers for the significant inconvenience, and we humbly ask for your understanding and patience while we keep our close attention on the situation,” a Konami representative said in a statement emailed to Polygon. “We are investing all of our efforts to deliver the TurboGrafx-16 mini as soon as possible, and will provide further details on the deliver timing once confirmed.”

Pokémon Sword and Shield now have a Great Ball Guy

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Pokémon Sword and Shield now have a Great Ball Guy

Pokémon Sword and Shield will be holding an online double battle competition from April 10-12 where participants can earn points to qualify for the World Championships. But, more importantly, anyone who enters will get a digital t-shirt which depicts something we’ve never seen before.

So we know that Ball Guy, our friend and ally, exists. But here’s a new development: There’s also a Great Ball Guy, as you can see from this shirt. I need an explanation.

You can pet the dog in The Division 2’s first expansion, Warlords of New York

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You can pet the dog in The Division 2’s first expansion, Warlords of New York

The latest AAA video game to support pet petting is Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, whose new Warlords of New York expansion adds a good boy mascot to the new hub world in Lower Manhattan. This is a long overdue feature inclusion, as in the year since the main game launched animal lovers have only been able to shoot stray dogs, which no one likes to do as they never attack or bother anyone.

Warlords of New York is way more animal friendly than the Washington, D.C. campaign (or the first The Division from 2016). In fact, one of the first safe houses players may unlock is literally a shelter for puppies and kitties displaced by the Green Poison bioattack. It’s on the way to The Tombs and the boss fight with Theo Parnell, one of the rogue agents players have to hunt down and blow away.