New Gameplay Today – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

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New Gameplay Today – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

If you need to know anything about Kyle Hilliard, it's that he's the biggest Animal Crossing fan in our office. When Animal Crossing Pocket Camp was released this morning, he was the first one to download the app. How could we resist tapping into that enthusiasm? Well, we couldn't. Leo and I roped Kyle into taking us on a virtual tour of his campsite, and it went really, really well.

Don't let the fact that we called it everything but Animal Crossing Pocket Camp fool you – Kyle absolutely lives and breathes this franchise! Watch our latest episode of New Gameplay Today to see Kyle and I guide Leo through the character-creator before skipping to Kyle's personal campsite. He builds a fence! He picks pears! He accidentally incurs a massive debt (not real money, don't worry)! It's all here for your viewing pleasure.

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The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of How Sonic 2 Became Sega’s Ace In The Hole

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The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of How Sonic 2 Became Sega’s Ace In The Hole

Despite an avalanche of entries since its original release in 1991, many still consider Sonic the Hedgehog 2 the pinnacle of the series. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was showered with praise upon release in 1992 and surprisingly, that sterling reputation hasn't faded 25 years later. We asked the people behind the game's success to share how Sonic's second outing became one of Sega's driving forces in its fight against Nintendo.

Coming off of the massive success of the Japan-developed Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega relocated development efforts for the sequel to the newly founded Sega Technical Institute in the U.S. Sega tapped Mark Cerny to lead the STI, who has since gone on to help create other mascots like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. Key members of the original development team, such as series creator Yuji Naka, moved stateside to work on the sequel to Genesis' flagship title.

"The development team moved to San Francisco when developing Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and we were able to recognize the great [power] of our title in the U.S. and hear opinions from children," Naka says. "I think it was good influence for the development team."

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars Battlefront II, Solo, Justice League, Superman

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars Battlefront II, Solo, Justice League, Superman

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller apparently hold no grudges against Disney and Lucasfilm for being jettisoned as directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story. According to Vulture, Miller and Lord discussed leaving the Star Wars universe behind during a panel for their Clone High animated series. They seem completely comfortable with what happened.
“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said. “We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it. We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”

New Gameplay Today – Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' Mercury Activities

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New Gameplay Today – Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' Mercury Activities

Destiny 2's public events are a fun way to break up the game's action while you're out and about, Guardian-ing it up. With the upcoming Curse of Osiris expansion, those events are getting more involved. Don't believe me? Check out our latest episode of NGT and watch as Suriel Vasquez walks Leo and me through one of those events on Mercury, and also explore the world in general.

The same basic structure is in place – be at the right place at the right time, when a countdown begins – the actual tasks are a bit more complicated and ambitious. In this particular event, you'll get to see how you're not necessarily rooted to one general location, as you have to move through a fair amount of real estate to complete the task. 

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RPG Grind Time – My Coolest and Dorkiest Final Fantasy XV Comrades Snapshots

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RPG Grind Time – My Coolest and Dorkiest Final Fantasy XV Comrades Snapshots

Last Wednesday, the multiplayer expansion for Final Fantasy XV called Comrades launched. It made me put this column on hold, so I could you provide you with detailed impressions as quickly as possible. If you want to know what to expect from Comrades, you can find my thoughts right here. Spoiler alert: I'm having a lot more fun with it than I anticipated. I've reveled in creating my own avatar, buying new weapons and clothing, and beating the hell out of iconic monsters from the series, from Malboros to Treants. One feature I'm happy Square Enix brought over from the main game is Prompto's fun photography. After every mission, I go check my photos to see my character's skills in action – for better or worse. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to save some of my best and worst moments in picture form, allowing you more of a glimpse into my journey. Consider this a Grind Time bonus for waiting for my impressions. 

This is my avatar. Honestly, nothing feels more awesome than transporting a version of yourself into a Final Fantasy game.

To get my bearings, I had to practice on a giant Cactuar dummy. I've never felt so cool.

Should You Play Final Fantasy XV's Multiplayer Expansion Comrades?

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Should You Play Final Fantasy XV's Multiplayer Expansion Comrades?

After getting a delay, Final Fantasy XV’s multiplayer expansion Comrades finally launched last week. The long-awaited mode is included for those who purchased Final Fantasy XV's season pass, or can be purchased separately for $19.99. For a little context, Comrades allows you to create your own avatar and be a member of the Kingsglaive, the Lucian royal family's special forces unit. The expansion covers the missing 10 years of time near the end of the main story, so I recommend you play through Final Fantasy XV before touching it. However, if you don’t care about the story, you can still enjoy this new mode. After playing close to 20 hours of Comrades, I’ve learned the ins and outs pretty well. Here are my extensive impressions, which should help you decide if Comrades is a good fit for you.

The Sports Desk – The Beginning Of The End Of This Generation

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The Sports Desk – The Beginning Of The End Of This Generation

The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro are both out, but this is not the beginning of the next generation of home systems from Sony or Microsoft. Instead, we're four years into the life of the PS4 and Xbox One, meaning we're only halfway there. Sports franchises should be on the ascent, but instead it feels like we're adrift. Modes have stagnated, fanbases have become jaded, and although many sports series offer a solid gameplay experience, I get the feeling this generation of sports titles has already plateaued.

Companies have settled into the practice of focusing on post-launch monetization whether that's Ultimate Team, MyPlayer, MyClub, Diamond Dynasty or whatever. Along with this is the rise of the esports scene through online and in-person competitions. While these forms have indeed given players a reason to return to these titles after the initial release luster has worn off – and brought extra revenue – I think they've made the publishers comfortable with the status quo. New systems are always a convenient jumping-off point for new innovations, but if that point is three to four years away, sports fans can't afford to just coast there.

New Gameplay Today – Battle Chef Brigade

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New Gameplay Today – Battle Chef Brigade

Trinket Games' new PC and Switch game Battle Chef Brigade is a bizarre gumbo of Iron Chef-style cooking, combined with stylish-action combat, match-three puzzling, and a shake or two of Harry Potter. Sounds crazy, right? You're not wrong! Join Leo Vader and me as Reiner takes us on a tour of this oddball experience.

Surprisingly enough, the ingredients seem to blend together nicely. At least, Reiner seems to be in love with it during his early hours with the game.Check out our latest episode of New Gameplay Today and see for yourself if this is a dish you'd be... willing to... eat? Look, I think I've gotten enough mileage out of this cooking thing, all right?

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Watch Us Discuss Wolfenstein II's Most Unforgettable Moments

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Watch Us Discuss Wolfenstein II's Most Unforgettable Moments

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has proven to be one of the most powerful and divisive, games of the year thanks to its balance of somber and zany. In this episode of Spoiled, myself and fellow editors Matt Bertz, Kimberely Wallace, and Suriel Vazquez talk about what we thought of the game's heaviest moments, its gunplay, and how everything comes together in this Nazi-killing machine with a heart of gold.

Obviously there are heavy spoilers head for this discussion, as we chat about the entire game, so don't watch if you haven't finished it or care about having the game spoiled for you.

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