Contest: Win a Steam key for Bad Dream: Fever

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Contest: Win a Steam key for Bad Dream: Fever

Don't sleep on this contest: Win a Steam copy of Bad Dream: Fever.

I know Halloween has already came and gone, but that doesn't mean we can't offer up creepy, unsettling, and flat-out weird games whenever the hell we feel like it. I, for one, encourage it.

So come win a free Steam key for a spooky little title called Bad Dream: Fever.

Cross the line in Netflix' Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

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Cross the line in Netflix' Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

Curve Digital has released a teaser trailer for a turn-based strategy title based on Netflix' excellent-but-harsh crime series; Narcos. The video game adaptation of the drug-running show is currently in development for release later next year.Details are scarce on Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, but we do know it's a strategy title, where players can choose to work within the Medellin Cartel in efforts to rise to the very top of the market, or can take command of the DEA in morally-grey efforts to take down the ever-expanding cartels of 1980's Colombia.

No doubt the game will feature all the brutal action and shady dealings of the hit Netflix show, which releases its fourth season this week. Currently in development at Kuju Studios for "PC and consoles", Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2019.

Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo looks emotional, slightly unsettling in latest trailer

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Disney doesn't seem to know how to stop these live-action remakes of their classic animated films, and Dumbo, from Tim Burton, is one of their latest efforts. After an initial teaser showed what the basic premise of the film will be, a full trailer expanded on what we may see from the film's plot and characters. It also reminded us that Danny DeVito is in this thing.

My memory on the original Dumbo film isn't too fresh; I even got into a debate with a friend as we tried to remember whether or not Dumbo talked in that movie. Regardless, I don't remember this many characters in that one. Burton's film has Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a one-armed war veteran who works for circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) and takes care of the magnificent baby elephant. Dumbo's circus antics is enough to attract the attention of entrepreneur V. A. Vandemere (Michael Keaton), who enlists Dumbo for his "Dreamland" venture. You can tell he's evil because he wears a suit.

Fox n Forests scores a limited physical edition for Switch and PS4

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Fox n Forests scores a limited physical edition for Switch and PS4

The pretty solid Fox n Forests will be getting a limited physical edition on PS4 and Switch. Coming from publisher Strictly Limited Games, there will be a standard and collector's edition available for you to display on your shelf.

The standard version will run you 24.99€ on PS4 and 29.99€ on Switch and be limited to 1,700 and 3,000 copies respectively. The collector's package is a bit more expensive will go for 44.99€ on PS4 and 49.99€ on Switch with copies limited to 700 and 1,000 respectively.

Pre-order early-access has been doing well for publishers

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Pre-order early-access has been doing well for publishers

In the past few years, a new trend has started cropping up with pre-order culture. Not only will gamers get "exclusive" items from specific retailers or bonus digital goodies, but people willing to plunk down on pre-orders will receive early access to new games. Just this year, we've seen multiple titles with scattered release dates (which we talked about on Impulse) and it seems that incentive has been paying off.

According to "multiple publishers" that spoke with GamesIndustry.biz, early access pre-orders have been boosting the sales of special editions for games. European retailer GAME even expressed as much, with CEO Martyn Gibbs claiming, "There has been an appetite for those experiences to come a little bit earlier...the trials that we have done, and the ones that we've launched so far this year, have worked really well."

Another unnamed publisher told GamesIndustry that it will "undoubtedly introduce early access versions after our next game. I expect dual release dates will only increase next year." With digital sales increasing each year, it seems only likely that publishers will be going all in on this trend as getting games into customers hands will be simpler.

Review in Progress: Fallout 76

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Review in Progress: Fallout 76

Fallout 76 has a haunting isolation about it. There are no non-playable characters in this game. There are no dialogue choices to make. There's no right or wrong. The towns are all deserted. It's just you, your thoughts, a million miles of West Virginia Wasteland, and a never-ending onslaught of horrifying monsters.

Kind of ironic given that Fallout 76 is the one billed as a social game.

Sony will be skipping E3 for the first time ever in 2019

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Sony will be skipping E3 for the first time ever in 2019

It has been announced that Sony Computer Entertainment and the PlayStation brand will not be at next year's E3 expo, marking the first time in its 24-year history that the giant has no-showed the exhibition.Speaking to Game Informer, Sony laid out the thinking behind the decision. "As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community," said Sony in a statement. "PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

One of the "Big 3" choosing to miss E3 2019 is obviously huge news and just sets the rumour mill turning as to what PlayStation has in store for next year. Obvious signs point to their own press conference elsewhere in the year, perhaps with some new hardware. But this, of course, is purely speculation.

Sony will not be attending E3 2019 [Variety / Game Informer]

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime dashes hopes of an N64 Classic anytime soon

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Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime dashes hopes of an N64 Classic anytime soon

For the past two holiday seasons, Nintendo has released mini variants of the NES and SNES consoles. Along with being a pretty faithful replication of the gray boxes, they included pre-packed games that were curated to perfectly tickle your nostalgia bone. They were love letters to an era when Nintendo dominated the market.

Many people were expecting an N64 Classic for 2018, but that seems to be off the table. Speaking with Kotaku about the Switch's online service and Smash Ultimate's roster, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said, "I would not ever rule something out, but what I can tell you is certainly that's [N64 Classic] not in our planning horizon."

Going deeper, Fils-Aime stated, "We were clear when we did the first two Classic series that, for us, these were limited time opportunities that were a way for us as a business to bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch...We've also now been very clear that as the consumer looks forward to engaging with our classic content that is going to happen more and more with the subscription service."

Minds blown as Japan chooses LESS chocolate in Splatoon 2 splatfest

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Minds blown as Japan chooses LESS chocolate in Splatoon 2 splatfest

Last weekend, the Japanese Splatoon community went to battle in their latest splatfest, held on Nintendo's messy Switch shooter, Splatoon 2. This particular fight was sponsored by Glico's foodstuff Pocky, the brand of cookie your anime-loving pal eats in a desperate attempt to be one step closer to Japan.The line was drawn between two types of Pocky stick, "Regular Pocky" vs "Extremely Thin Pocky". No contest, right? So imagine the implosion that took place in my tiny mind when Marina's Team Extremely Thin Pocky took the 2-1 victory. This means that the majority thought having LESS biscuit and chocolate was the better option!!

Marina's team took both the public vote - by 57% - and Regular Play, with Pearl's Team Regular Pocky pulling back a point on Challenge Play. I've seen some bizarre results in my time reporting on these splatfests, but choosing the lesser option of a tasty treat takes the cake... or biscuit.

Splatoon 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch.

Bad Boys 3 is most likely called Bad Boys for Lif3

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Bad Boys 3 is most likely called Bad Boys for Lif3

There's a third Bad Boys movie coming. If you didn't know that then you can read all about it here, with the only update being that Martin Lawerence has confirmed that he is returning alongside with Will Smith.

Instead of filling you in on any other old details I'm going to devote the rest of this piece to allowing the most wonderful movie title in history to breathe a bit.

Bad Boys for Lif3