The Division 2 Promo Delivers Unsubtle Political Satire

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The Division 2 revolves around a weaponized super-virus that has wreaked havoc on the social order, first starting in New York and then migrating to the United States capitol Washington DC in the sequel. The themes and setting would seem to lend themselves to political commentary, and the latest bit of promotional world-building lays it on thick.

A tweet from the official account shows a fictionalized letter from the state department of Mexico, responding to the "deteriorating situation" in the US. It cites instability due to people fleeing to Mexico from the United States, and announces that it is closing the border. To that end, it says the Mexican government has fully funded a border wall and has dispatched troops for security in the meantime.

The letter mentions the titular Division agents at the very end. In the fiction of the game, you play as one of these agents--an elite cabal who live ordinary lives throughout the country until activated to deal with acute domestic threats. But it says despite their efforts, Mexico has "lost both faith and confidence in the ability of the United States government."

Diablo Available For Purchase Through GOG

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Blizzard will be rereleasing classic games from its library through a partnership with GOG, the companies have announced. The first release is 1996's Diablo, the loot-based action RPG that began a franchise and changed the role-playing landscape.

Diablo is now available through GOG.com for $10. Purchasing it gives you access to one of two versions of the game: the original, which runs at 20 FPS SVGA and handles matchmaking through a classic version of Battle.net; or an updated Windows 10 compatible version with bug fixes.

Blizzard and GOG say they plan to collaborate to bring more games from Blizzard's back-catalog to the service as well. Planned re-releases include Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft 2. Release dates and pricing for these games wasn't announced.

Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo Through GOG, Out Now

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Blizzard will be re-releasing classic games from its library through a partnership with GOG, the companies have announced. The first release is 1996's Diablo, the loot-based action RPG that began a franchise and changed the role-playing landscape.

Diablo is now available through GOG.com for $10. Purchasing it gives you access to one of two versions of the game: the original, which runs at 20 FPS SVGA and handles matchmaking through a classic version of Battle.net; or an updated Windows 10 compatible version with bug fixes.

Blizzard and GOG say they plan to collaborate to bring more games from Blizzard's back-catalog to the service as well. Planned re-releases include Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft 2. Release dates and pricing for these games wasn't announced.

PS4 Update Adds Remote Play For iOS; Here Are All The Changes

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PS4 Update Adds Remote Play For iOS; Here Are All The Changes

The latest PlayStation 4 system software update is available now, and it adds a pretty cool feature: iOS users can now use their iPhones or iPads to play PS4 games using Remote Play.

Version 6.50 is a mandatory 442 MB download. It enables Remote Play for iOS devices, though you'll also need to download the PS4 Remote Play app from the Apple App Store. The app itself is compatible with the vast majority of PS4 games, with virtual buttons and sticks appearing on the iOS device screen, though you may find a bluetooth gamepad allows greater control.

Elsewhere the 6.50 update, which was previously available in beta, introduces the ability to remap the X and circle buttons for some territories, but otherwise the patch changes very little.

Nintendo Switch VR Headset Launches Soon As A New Labo Kit

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Nintendo Switch VR Headset Launches Soon As A New Labo Kit

Nintendo has revealed its latest Labo set, the VR Kit, which turns the Switch into a virtual reality headset. The new Toy-Con--as Labo kits are called--launches on April 12, and includes new minigames as well as additional physical cardboard to make the VR headset.

Nintendo says the new kit "encourages passing around Toy-Con creations among a group of people so everyone in the room can easily join in on the fun." The company continues: "To help encourage this social gameplay, players simply slip the Nintendo Switch console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles and hold it up to their eyes to explore numerous games and experiences--no head-strap needed."

The new Toy-Con is available in two configurations: the complete VR Kit set includes the Switch software and materials to build all six Labo VR projects--VR Goggles, Blaster, Camera, Bird, Wind Pedal, and Elephant. The VR Starter Set, meanwhile, includes the Switch software, but only the materials needed to build the VR Goggles and Blaster. Both sets also include a safety cap and screen holder, for people who prefer to play the minigames in traditional 2D. Those who buy the Starter Set can then complete their collection later on by purchasing two expansions--one including the Elephant and Camera, the other including the Wind Pedal and Bird.

Nintendo Switch Gets VR Headset With New Labo Kit

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Nintendo Switch Gets VR Headset With New Labo Kit

Nintendo has revealed its latest Labo set, the VR Kit, which turns the Switch into a virtual reality headset. The new Toy-Con--as Labo kits are called--launches on April 12, and includes new minigames as well as additional physical cardboard to make the VR headset.

Nintendo says the new kit "encourages passing around Toy-Con creations among a group of people so everyone in the room can easily join in on the fun." The company continues: "To help encourage this social gameplay, players simply slip the Nintendo Switch console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles and hold it up to their eyes to explore numerous games and experiences--no head-strap needed."

The new Toy-Con is available in two configurations: the complete VR Kit set includes the Switch software and materials to build all six Labo VR projects--VR Goggles, Blaster, Camera, Bird, Wind Pedal, and Elephant. The VR Starter Set, meanwhile, includes the Switch software, but only the materials needed to build the VR Goggles and Blaster. Both sets also include a safety cap and screen holder, for people who prefer to play the minigames in traditional 2D. Those who buy the Starter Set can then complete their collection later on by purchasing two expansions. Pricing has not been announced for any of the new Labo sets.

Cricket 19 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC

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Cricket 19 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC

Melbourne-based developer Big Ant Studios has announced its next game. "Cricket 19 - The Official Game of the Ashes" is coming later this year to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Developed in conjunction with the official England and Wales Cricket Board, the game promises to be a faithful representation of the cricket series. It'll feature men's and women's teams, as well as all of the host venues that you'd see on TV or in person.

On the gameplay side, Big Ant is also promising "deep enhancements" to the franchise's AI engine that promises to deliver AI players that are "more realistic than ever before."

James Gunn's Superhero Horror Movie Brightburn Gets Scary New Trailer

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Although he's best known for directing--and getting fired from--the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, James Gunn's roots lie in horror. Gunn started as a writer for low budget genre specialists Troma and in 2006 directed the cult horror comedy Slither. Gunn returns to the genre this year with Brightburn, a scary take on the superhero movie that he has written and produced. A new trailer has been released.

The film has essentially the same set-up as the classic Superman story--a couple in a rural town find an alien baby who has crashed to earth and raise him as their own son. But while Clark Kent used his amazing powers for good, this kid sets about causing all sorts of murder and mayhem. It looks weird, scary, and utterly unmissable. Check the trailer out above.

Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks, who also appeared in Slither, plus David Denman (Outcast, Power Rangers) and Matt Jones (Adventure Time). It's directed by David Yarovesky, and the script was written by Gunn with his brother Sean. It releases on May 24.

The Occupation Review - On The Clock

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The Occupation Review - On The Clock

I'm glad I played through The Occupation a second time. My first playthrough did not end well. Yes, I made it to the end, I saw a final cutscene and watched the credits roll, but I wouldn't say I reached the conclusion of the story. In fact, I felt like I'd barely scratched the surface.

After finishing it a second time I had a good handle on the major events of this bureaucratic thriller, but it wasn't until I'd played all the way through for a third time--and replayed individual sections several times over--that I felt confident I understood the motivations of the main characters. Even now, I'm contemplating a fourth go in an effort to figure out the smaller details and fathom just how deep the conspiracy goes.

The Occupation is a story-driven stealth-adventure game that rewards repeat plays even if it can also, at times, feel hostile to the idea of enabling you to delve into its narrative nooks and crannies. It tells a mature, challenging story that is both overtly political and ambiguous enough to leave plenty to interpretation, while its core stealth mechanics deliver a suitably tense experience.