Indie slasher 'Severed' comes to Nintendo Switch

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Indie slasher 'Severed' comes to Nintendo Switch

Drinkbox's critically well-received Severed has been available on a slew of platforms, but the march of time has made it harder to find: the PS Vita and Wii U are clearly on the way out, and not everyone wants to play it on a 3DS or iPhone. You're getting a new choice today, though: Drinkbox has launched Severed on the Nintendo Switch. It's the same game at heart, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The game's blend of touchscreen slashing, role-playing elements and disconcerting story (complete with a distinctive, surreal art style) go a long way.

‘Overwatch’ summer event adds lifeguard McCree and grilldad Soldier 76

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‘Overwatch’ summer event adds lifeguard McCree and grilldad Soldier 76

We knew it was coming, but the return of Overwatch's Summer Games is a welcome change. Like all of the game's seasonal events, this one brings the opportunity to earn skins, poses and other character content. But the second round of this Overwatch mid-summer event brings back another fan favorite from last year's Olympic-themed Summer Games: Lúcioball, the 3v3 soccer mode. Time to put on your skates and hit the field.

Nintendo World Championships return on October 7th

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Nintendo World Championships return on October 7th

You won't have to wait nearly so long for the third Nintendo World Championships as you did for the second. Nintendo has revealed that its third World Championships will take place in New York City on October 7th, 2017. Anyone in the US or Canada can register (it's not really a world tournament, is it?), but you'll have to qualify by playing Mario Kart 7 for the 2DS/3DS at certain Best Buy locations in eight American cities. The first qualifiers start August 19th in New York City and San Jose, while Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas, Seattle and Miami are also on deck.

The real-time motion capture behind ‘Hellblade’

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The real-time motion capture behind ‘Hellblade’

In a makeshift changing room filled with Disney Infinity figures, I strip down to my boxers and pull on a two-part Lycra suit. It feels tight, and the top half shimmies up toward my waistline as soon as I stretch or stand up straight. How anyone is able to act in this thing is a mystery to me. Sheepishly, I gather my belongings and trot back to the motion capture (mocap) studio that sits at the end of Ninja Theory's offices in Cambridge, England. Inside, a couple of engineers scurry about, prepping cameras and cables.

Spotify makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox One

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Spotify makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox One

Well, that didn't take long. Less than a week after members of the Xbox crew were seen spinning tunes from Spotify on the console, the streaming service is making its official debut. Reports last week indicated that the switch would flip before the arrival of the Xbox One X, but it looks like Microsoft wanted to make the leap before summer's end. Despite the long wait, the tie-in between Spotify and Microsoft is rather straightforward. Once you install the Spotify app on your Xbox One and input your account info, you'll be able to soundtrack gaming sessions with the music of your choice.

'Metroid: Samus Returns' plays like a modern classic

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'Metroid: Samus Returns' plays like a modern classic

For a brief moment, a number floating in space overshadowed everything else during Nintendo's E3 digital showcase. The announcement of Metroid Prime 4 heralded the return of a franchise that, with the exception of a single spin-off, had been dormant for seven long years. Less than an hour later, Nintendo dropped another announcement: A remake of the Game Boy's Metroid 2 would be coming to 3DS by the end of the year.

Brain-controlled VR game hints at a hands-free future

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Brain-controlled VR game hints at a hands-free future

We may be a long way off from a Holodeck-like virtual reality where your body is the controller, but Neurable might have the next closest thing. It recently unveiled a prototype peripheral that adds brain control to VR experiences. The device replaces the regular strap on an HTC Vive and uses specific brain signals (event-related potentials, not the EEG patterns you usually see) to trigger actions. In a showcase game, Awakening, you use your mind to escape a lab as if you had telekinetic powers -- you don't have to hold plastic wands as you battle robots and grab objects.