'Sekiro' takes the 'Dark Souls' formula to ancient Japan

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'Sekiro' takes the 'Dark Souls' formula to ancient Japan

Woven in with Activision's anticipated E3 lineup of Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, there's the latest game from the studio behind Dark Souls. Indeed, FromSoftware's knack for creating dark and brooding gamescapes is on display once more in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but this time that trademark look is applied to the stunning visuals of 1500s Sengoku Japan. It's not history retold, but instead a reimagined story set in that time. And based on the small piece of gameplay I've seen, FromSoftware has created quite the action-packed work of art.

'Fortnite' for Switch thankfully includes native voice chat

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'Fortnite' for Switch thankfully includes native voice chat

The newly released Fortnite for Switch includes a pleasant surprise: there's built-in voice chat. Where Splatoon 2 forces you to use Nintendo's not-so-elegant Switch Online mobile app for voice, Epic Games has confirmed that you can plug any old headset into the console's headphone jack to coordinate with your Fortnite squad. The feature isn't active as we write this, but it should turn on as of June 14th.

'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' is a refinement of a classic formula

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'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' is a refinement of a classic formula

It's December 1999. I'm sitting in my best friend's smoke-filled bedroom, frantically mashing the buttons of an N64 controller and having the time of my life. Six months later, I'm in the same smokey hovel, but now I'm deftly dodging attacks, timing blocks and dancing between the platforms of Planet Zebes. And I'm still having the time of my life. This has been the core appeal of the Super Smash Bros. (SSB) series since day one: No matter your skill level or play style, get together with a bunch of friends, and you're going to have a lot of fun. Put in the time to master the game, though, and you'll find a rewarding and deep fighter.

Audeze’s ambitious Mobius is more than a gaming headset

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Audeze’s ambitious Mobius is more than a gaming headset

Tucked inside an unassuming office park just south of LA, there's a modest factory where some of the best audiophile-grade headphones are assembled on a daily basis. Audeze has built its reputation on planar magnetic technology, drivers that produce a more natural sound thanks to better frequency response and super thin components. During my visit, the company was making its final preparations to launch Mobius, a gaming headset that packs in audiophile sound and 3D audio to create a more immersive experience, especially for gamers.

Watch Nintendo's E3 presentation in under 9 minutes

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Watch Nintendo's E3 presentation in under 9 minutes

As is tradition, Nintendo didn't take the stage at E3 and opted instead to show a pre-recorded Direct video, which showed plenty of teased and some never-before-seen Switch games. The presentation kicked off with a peek at the mech game Daemon X Machina, followed by looks at Super Mario Party, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Fortnite (which launches on the console today), Overcooked 2, Hollow Knight, Octopath Traveler and plenty more. The second half was entirely given over to an in-depth look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which will have every character that previously appeared in the franchise (and more! Today's reveals: Inkling and Ridley). Phew! But don't worry about information overload -- just watch our video to see the best of what Nintendo showed off today in less than nine minutes.

'Fortnite' for Switch doesn't support PlayStation-linked accounts

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'Fortnite' for Switch doesn't support PlayStation-linked accounts

If you're like many gamers, you rushed to download Fortnite for Switch as soon as it came out -- finally, console-quality battle royale on the road! You may be in for a crushing disappointment if you play on PS4, though. Players have discovered that the Switch version of Fortnite dosn't let you sign in with an Epic Games account linked to PSN, while Switch-first players can't sign in to the PS4 version. Sony's ban on cross-console play appears to be the likely reason, but it's particularly irksome here as this doesn't involve gameplay -- Sony won't even let you carry progress over to a competing product.

Microsoft's next Xbox will reportedly launch in 2020

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Microsoft's next Xbox will reportedly launch in 2020

Microsoft was quick to acknowledge that it was designing new Xbox hardware at its E3 presentation, but when will you see that hardware? It might be sooner than you think. Thurrott sources have claimed that the next-gen Xbox, nicknamed Scarlett, should launch sometime in 2020 (if history is any indication, likely November). There are no technical details, but it's descrimed as a "family of devices." Like the Xbox One, then, you can expect to see derivatives.

'Metro: Exodus' treads a fine line between strategy and busy work

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'Metro: Exodus' treads a fine line between strategy and busy work

This year's E3 has already given us a glimpse of a wide spectrum of games, from upcoming installments in classic multiplayer franchises to new and interesting, story-driven titles. Metro: Exodus, the third game in the post-apocalyptic Metro saga, falls very much into the latter camp. Studio 4A Games announced the title at E3 2017, but all we've really heard since is that the release window has been pushed from later this year to early next. With development nearing completion, though, 4A Games is today spilling the beans on what we can expect from Metro: Exodus, both in terms of storyline and the nitty gritty of gameplay mechanics.

'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' will support Gamecube controllers

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'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' will support Gamecube controllers

The full reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch capped off Nintendo's pre-recorded Direct presentation for E3. The first teaser for the game dropped back in March, a year after the new console released. While fans have been pumped for the next game in the venerable franchise, so has the pro community -- and their prayers have been answered, as the game will support the much-preferred Gamecube controller.