Hideo Kojima Answers Our Questions About Death Stranding

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Hideo Kojima Answers Our Questions About Death Stranding

The last week has been a busy one for Hideo Kojima. Even with Death Stranding in the final stretch approaching release, the legendary creator took the stage at Tokyo Game Show for two separate live presentations showing off his unique and difficult-to-explain project. While we learned a lot from watching those demonstrations, they also raised many questions about how Death Stranding works and what it tries to convey. What is the goal behind the asynchronous multiplayer? What do "likes" do? How has the game changed since its inception? To get the answers to these questions and more, we visited the Kojima Productions studio in Tokyo for an interview with Hideo Kojima himself. 

Of all the new features that you revealed at the first TGS live show, what was the one you were most excited to finally talk about?

Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

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Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

Funko pumps out Pop! figures at an alarming rate, and even had one ready for Ashe when she was announced as a new Overwatch character at last year's Blizz Con. In addition to creating a figure for almost every Overwatch hero, Funko has created a variety of retailer exclusive versions that show off different skins. You'll even find some that are themed to Halloween and Christmas.

Ana (Amazon Exclusive)

Brigitte (San Diego Comic Con/Blizzard Store Exclusive)

Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

about X hours ago from
Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

Funko pumps out Pop! figures at an alarming rate, and even had one ready for Ashe when she was announced as a new Overwatch character at last year's Blizz Con. In addition to creating a figure for almost every Overwatch hero, Funko has created a variety of retailer exclusive versions that show off different skins. You'll even find some that are themed to Halloween and Christmas.

Ana (Amazon Exclusive)

Brigitte (San Diego Comic Con/Blizzard Store Exclusive)

Sega Genesis Mini Review

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Sega Genesis Mini Review

At one point in the 1990s, the Genesis seemed like it could help Sega overtake Nintendo and claim the video game throne. While the SNES ultimately prevailed in the 16-bit battle, Sega’s beloved console has retained a dedicated following over the years. Though many iterations of iconic Genesis games have been rereleased in the past few decades, most ports were imperfect, and didn’t captured the fun and delight of playing the originals. For the Genesis Mini, Sega worked with the developer behind the lauded Sega Ages ports, and this partnership delivers the classic experience the Genesis deserves.

Following the examples of the miniature consoles from Nintendo and Sony, the Genesis Mini sports the appearance of a smaller Genesis and crams a ton of the platform’s most classic, iconic, and popular titles into it. Each game allows you to set three restore points, so you can save different states as you play. You’re able to choose from different backgrounds and screen filters, and can sort the massive library of 42 games by name, release date, or number of players.

Sega Genesis Mini Review

about X hours ago from
Sega Genesis Mini Review

At one point in the 1990s, the Genesis seemed like it could help Sega overtake Nintendo and claim the video game throne. While the SNES ultimately prevailed in the 16-bit battle, Sega’s beloved console has retained a dedicated following over the years. Though many iterations of iconic Genesis games have been rereleased in the past few decades, most ports were imperfect, and didn’t captured the fun and delight of playing the originals. For the Genesis Mini, Sega worked with the developer behind the lauded Sega Ages ports, and this partnership delivers the classic experience the Genesis deserves.

Following the examples of the miniature consoles from Nintendo and Sony, the Genesis Mini sports the appearance of a smaller Genesis and crams a ton of the platform’s most classic, iconic, and popular titles into it. Each game allows you to set three restore points, so you can save different states as you play. You’re able to choose from different backgrounds and screen filters, and can sort the massive library of 42 games by name, release date, or number of players.

Revisiting Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe With A Shadowbringers-Inspired Feast

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Revisiting Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe With A Shadowbringers-Inspired Feast

This isn't our first trip to Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe in Akihabara, but our last visit was five years ago. A lot has changed since then, for both the cafe and game, making us eager to revisit, especially with the new menu items crafted in the image of Shadowbringers. Since this was our second visit, we wanted to go all-out and order up quite an impressive feast, complete with drinks and dessert.  

This first gallery showcases our feast in all its glory. We got everything from an Aramigo beef bowl to our very own potion drink. 

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Revisiting Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe With A Shadowbringers-Inspired Feast

about X hours ago from
Revisiting Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe With A Shadowbringers-Inspired Feast

This isn't our first trip to Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea Cafe in Akihabara, but our last visit was five years ago. A lot has changed since then, for both the cafe and game, making us eager to revisit, especially with the new menu items crafted in the image of Shadowbringers. Since this was our second visit, we wanted to go all-out and order up quite an impressive feast, complete with drinks and dessert.  

This first gallery showcases our feast in all its glory. We got everything from an Aramigo beef bowl to our very own potion drink. 

Click image thumbnails to view larger version

Top Of The Table – Game Of Thrones: Oathbreaker

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Top Of The Table – Game Of Thrones: Oathbreaker

The concluding season of Game of Thrones is now behind us. And if you watched, you’re sure to have an opinion about how it all turned out. Dire Wolf Digital’s recent release of Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker gives you the chance to see it all play out again, almost certainly with a new ending, but with your gathered friends cast in the roles of the conniving lords and ladies of Westeros, along with all the lying, backstabbing, and trickery you’d expect.

Oathbreaker is a social deduction game built to be played by five to eight players. The high player count means that it’s best suited for a larger get-together, perhaps as the main course in a board game night of other fun but lighter party games. An individual round plays out in around 45 minutes (presuming you don’t get too bogged down in discussions about who is a traitor), but I suspect many play groups will recognize the potential inherent to multiple playthroughs in succession, letting the winners of one session dictate the power structure of the subsequent attempt to control the fate of Westeros.

Top Of The Table – Game Of Thrones: Oathbreaker

about X hours ago from
Top Of The Table – Game Of Thrones: Oathbreaker

The concluding season of Game of Thrones is now behind us. And if you watched, you’re sure to have an opinion about how it all turned out. Dire Wolf Digital’s recent release of Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker gives you the chance to see it all play out again, almost certainly with a new ending, but with your gathered friends cast in the roles of the conniving lords and ladies of Westeros, along with all the lying, backstabbing, and trickery you’d expect.

Oathbreaker is a social deduction game built to be played by five to eight players. The high player count means that it’s best suited for a larger get-together, perhaps as the main course in a board game night of other fun but lighter party games. An individual round plays out in around 45 minutes (presuming you don’t get too bogged down in discussions about who is a traitor), but I suspect many play groups will recognize the potential inherent to multiple playthroughs in succession, letting the winners of one session dictate the power structure of the subsequent attempt to control the fate of Westeros.

Where's Our Greedfall Review?

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Where's Our Greedfall Review?

Greedfall releases tomorrow for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. I've managed to log a considerable amount of time into this sprawling fantasy RPG, but still need to devote more hours to finish the campaign and also experiment with player-choice outcomes and variations. What I've played thus far has been both fun and fascinating, but also a little rough around the edges.

As action packed as Greedfall's trailers have been, many of the quests consist of walking around a somewhat small (but open) city space to communicate with various people. The writing and quest lines are quite good, but they're delivered through emotionless talking heads and sometimes drag on a little too long or require backtracking a fair distance to a communicate with a person again. In most of these quests, however, the player has a say in how things unfold, whether it's through simple black and white "kill them" or "let them live" decisions, or making talent rolls to determine a variety of things like bending someone's will or terrifying them into retreating.