How Destiny 2: Forsaken's Outlaws Breathe New Life Into Its Worlds

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How Destiny 2: Forsaken's Outlaws Breathe New Life Into Its Worlds

Right now, Destiny 2’s destinations feel like beautiful but uncoordinated spaces. Drop onto any of the available planets (or moon) to complete the weekly Flashpoint milestone, and you’re left to run a handful of public events (or kill defenders and conquerors, on Mercury) to fill up a meter and get your Powerful Engram for the week. Meanwhile Lost Sectors, miniature dungeons tucked away in various corners of Destiny 2’s worlds, offer little reward for their completion, as do patrols.

Bungie hopes to alleviate these issues with Forsaken by incorporating more activities into the Flashpoint milestone, as well as giving players new targets to chase (or more accurately, hunt). While Bungie is still working on the specific details of these changes, their current state should offer a glimpse into how different your experience on Destiny 2's many beautiful locales might change once Forsaken hits this September.

The week Forsaken launches, players will find the Flashpoint milestone works a little differently. Rather than simply wait for the distinct blue icon to start filling with orange on their map as they hop between public events, players will also be able to venture into Lost Sectors and complete patrols while they wait to earn completion percentage for the Flashpoint milestone.

New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

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New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

Defiance is back, baby! The open-world shooter from 2013 makes its return on current-gen console and PC today, in a shiny new free-to-play format. Reiner took Ben Hanson and me on a trip down memory lane – and also introduced us to his amazingly named (and coiffed) hero. 

Check out our episode below to see one of the game's Arkfall events, a little exploration, and a quick runthrough of the game's store. It's free to play, after all, so of course there's one of those. Defiance 2050 is out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

Defiance is back, baby! The open-world shooter from 2013 makes its return on current-gen console and PC today, in a shiny new free-to-play format. Reiner took Ben Hanson and me on a trip down memory lane – and also introduced us to his amazingly named (and coiffed) hero. 

Check out our episode below to see one of the game's Arkfall events, a little exploration, and a quick runthrough of the game's store. It's free to play, after all, so of course there's one of those. Defiance 2050 is out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

Defiance is back, baby! The open-world shooter from 2013 makes its return on current-gen console and PC today, in a shiny new free-to-play format. Reiner took Ben Hanson and me on a trip down memory lane – and also introduced us to his amazingly named (and coiffed) hero. 

Check out our episode below to see one of the game's Arkfall events, a little exploration, and a quick runthrough of the game's store. It's free to play, after all, so of course there's one of those. Defiance 2050 is out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

New Gameplay Today – Sonic Mania Plus

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New Gameplay Today – Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus is out in exactly one week. What's Sonic Mania Plus? Why, it's Sonic Mania... but Plus. Look, it's complicated. Fortunately, Sonic maniac Brian Shea works here, so he could walk me and Ben Hanson through what you get with this enhanced edition of the game.

The biggest draw is the new Encore mode, in which Sonic teams up with some noteworthy friends (and a couple of nobodies), who act as his in-game lives. When a hero dies, another will jump in to take their place – unless they're the last one in line. In that case, well, I don't even want to talk about what happens next. Probably because I don't really know. Game over screen, possibly?

Anyway, Shea does a much better job of explaining it all and showing off the game, which is why he's on this NGT episode. Sonic Mania Plus is coming out July 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows PC.

New Gameplay Today – Sonic Mania Plus

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus is out in exactly one week. What's Sonic Mania Plus? Why, it's Sonic Mania... but Plus. Look, it's complicated. Fortunately, Sonic maniac Brian Shea works here, so he could walk me and Ben Hanson through what you get with this enhanced edition of the game.

The biggest draw is the new Encore mode, in which Sonic teams up with some noteworthy friends (and a couple of nobodies), who act as his in-game lives. When a hero dies, another will jump in to take their place – unless they're the last one in line. In that case, well, I don't even want to talk about what happens next. Probably because I don't really know. Game over screen, possibly?

Anyway, Shea does a much better job of explaining it all and showing off the game, which is why he's on this NGT episode. Sonic Mania Plus is coming out July 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows PC.

New Gameplay Today – Sonic Mania Plus

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus is out in exactly one week. What's Sonic Mania Plus? Why, it's Sonic Mania... but Plus. Look, it's complicated. Fortunately, Sonic maniac Brian Shea works here, so he could walk me and Ben Hanson through what you get with this enhanced edition of the game.

The biggest draw is the new Encore mode, in which Sonic teams up with some noteworthy friends (and a couple of nobodies), who act as his in-game lives. When a hero dies, another will jump in to take their place – unless they're the last one in line. In that case, well, I don't even want to talk about what happens next. Probably because I don't really know. Game over screen, possibly?

Anyway, Shea does a much better job of explaining it all and showing off the game, which is why he's on this NGT episode. Sonic Mania Plus is coming out July 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows PC.

The New Vid Economy: Making A Living From Crowdfunded Game Analysis

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The New Vid Economy: Making A Living From Crowdfunded Game Analysis

Almost four years ago, Mark Brown posted a YouTube video on adaptive soundtracks in games. The piece, snappily edited and confidently narrated, could have stood alone as a neat look behind the curtain at the tricks used by designers when creating a musical score that reacts to the player’s actions. However, the quality of Mark Brown’s first video served a larger purpose: a statement of intent. More than 90 videos and 450,000 subscribers later, Game Maker’s Toolkit has proven itself to be a wide-ranging, insightful, and consistent source of game analysis on YouTube.

From the feeling of Kratos’ axe to the secrets of Resident Evil 4’s difficulty system, Game Maker’s Toolkit has remained one of the most popular game-analysis channels on YouTube. A look into The Legend of Zelda turned into an extensive side-project called “Boss Keys,” which went over virtually every title in the series and developed an intricate mapping system to describe the layout of each dungeon. A deep dive on BioShock’s Fort Frolic became a meditation on what creates effective level design.

Brown’s videos are now his full-time job. But unlike massive streamers such as PewDiePie or Ninja, his subscriber count isn’t what keeps him afloat; instead, about one percent of his viewership provides his income through the crowdfunding site Patreon.

The New Vid Economy: Making A Living From Crowdfunded Game Analysis

about X hours ago from
The New Vid Economy: Making A Living From Crowdfunded Game Analysis

Almost four years ago, Mark Brown posted a YouTube video on adaptive soundtracks in games. The piece, snappily edited and confidently narrated, could have stood alone as a neat look behind the curtain at the tricks used by designers when creating a musical score that reacts to the player’s actions. However, the quality of Mark Brown’s first video served a larger purpose: a statement of intent. More than 90 videos and 450,000 subscribers later, Game Maker’s Toolkit has proven itself to be a wide-ranging, insightful, and consistent source of game analysis on YouTube.

From the feeling of Kratos’ axe to the secrets of Resident Evil 4’s difficulty system, Game Maker’s Toolkit has remained one of the most popular game-analysis channels on YouTube. A look into The Legend of Zelda turned into an extensive side-project called “Boss Keys,” which went over virtually every title in the series and developed an intricate mapping system to describe the layout of each dungeon. A deep dive on BioShock’s Fort Frolic became a meditation on what creates effective level design.

Brown’s videos are now his full-time job. But unlike massive streamers such as PewDiePie or Ninja, his subscriber count isn’t what keeps him afloat; instead, about one percent of his viewership provides his income through the crowdfunding site Patreon.

Everything We Know About NASCAR Heat 3

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Everything We Know About NASCAR Heat 3

The NASCAR season is in full swing, but gamers are already looking to the future – September 7 in particular, when NASCAR Heat 3 comes out (PS4, Xbox One, PC). The game has just been announced, and I got my hands on the title and am heartened by the fact that developer Monster Games is bringing back more depth to the franchise's career mode, a sore point in NASCAR Heat 2.

Based on my time with the game and the recent reveal, here's what we know so far.

NASCAR Heat 2's career mode was more about signing contacts and meeting sponsor objectives than it was about actually building an actual organization. You can still sign contracts with teams in Heat 3, but after earning enough money in the game's early stages you can start one of your own. This, however, is a single-owner/operator company, so unfortunately you won't be signing different drivers for multiple rides.