The Artistic Process Behind Death Stranding

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The Artistic Process Behind Death Stranding

Death Stranding is a game unlike any other, and an important part of its unique atmosphere is the evocative (and sometimes haunting) visual design. Yoji Shinkawa is responsible for many of the game’s most striking images; he served as Death Stranding’s art director, though he is also known for his iconic designs in the Metal Gear Solid series. From memorable characters to impressive mecha, he has a distinct style that is immediately recognizable. To mark Death Stranding’s recent release on PC, we asked Shinkawa some of our biggest questions about creating the visual identity of this strange-yet-compelling world. 

How did the visual design process for Death Stranding begin?

Yoji Shinkawa: Well usually, there is the plot or the idea from Mr. [Hideo] Kojima, and I work to expand ideas off that through the background, story, and world image. For Death Stranding, the setting was based on an image of Iceland, with its great nature, so the background image for that was actually set.

What You Should Prioritize In Ghost Of Tsushima

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What You Should Prioritize In Ghost Of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is an adventure that gives players the freedom to explore a striking and stylish open world. Having a variety of activities and interlocking systems is a key part to keeping the adventure feeling fresh in the long term. However, when you’re just starting out, all of those options make it tricky to know the best ways to focus your efforts. Which items are worth collecting? What are the must-have skills? Those answers can vary depending on how you want to play, but that can take time to figure out. Fortunately, we have some spoiler-free suggestions for the sure-fire quests, items, and skills you can prioritize when you’re first starting out.  

What You Should Prioritize In Ghost Of Tsushima

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What You Should Prioritize In Ghost Of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is an adventure that gives players the freedom to explore a striking and stylish open world. Having a variety of activities and interlocking systems is a key part to keeping the adventure feeling fresh in the long term. However, when you’re just starting out, all of those options make it tricky to know the best ways to focus your efforts. Which items are worth collecting? What are the must-have skills? Those answers can vary depending on how you want to play, but that can take time to figure out. Fortunately, we have some spoiler-free suggestions for the sure-fire quests, items, and skills you can prioritize when you’re first starting out.  

The Top 5 Hottest Springs In Ghost Of Tsushima

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The Top 5 Hottest Springs In Ghost Of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is available today, and it is wonderful. Your time on the island of Tsushima is punctuated by many activities, from saving farmsteads to composing haiku. However, at the end of a long samurai day, nothing hits the spot like a soak in a hot spring. You find many such springs as you explore, and players are already debating which ones are the best. Which has the best view? The most steam? The coolest tree? However, don't get too lost in details; the defining characteristic of a hot spring is its hotness, and we're ranking the five hottest right here and right now.

The Top 5 Hottest Springs In Ghost Of Tsushima

about X hours ago from
The Top 5 Hottest Springs In Ghost Of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is available today, and it is wonderful. Your time on the island of Tsushima is punctuated by many activities, from saving farmsteads to composing haiku. However, at the end of a long samurai day, nothing hits the spot like a soak in a hot spring. You find many such springs as you explore, and players are already debating which ones are the best. Which has the best view? The most steam? The coolest tree? However, don't get too lost in details; the defining characteristic of a hot spring is its hotness, and we're ranking the five hottest right here and right now.

Jurassic World Evolution Has Some Of The Coolest Mods

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Jurassic World Evolution Has Some Of The Coolest Mods

Jurassic World Evolution's PC community has taken on the role of John Hammond to bring extinct dinosaurs species back to the world. Some modders are also playing the role of Dr. Henry Wu to create new dinosaur hybrids (like the wild Ultimasaurus pictured above).

In the two years since launch, Jurassic World Evolution has developed a nice modding scene with fans exploring a variety of ideas, from park upgrades and foliage to dinosaur skins and hybrids.

Nexus Mods has done a fine job of collecting and curating the fan-made content. Below is a gallery of some of the coolest fan-made creations that I stumbled up:

Jurassic World Evolution Has Some Of The Coolest Mods

about X hours ago from
Jurassic World Evolution Has Some Of The Coolest Mods

Jurassic World Evolution's PC community has taken on the role of John Hammond to bring extinct dinosaurs species back to the world. Some modders are also playing the role of Dr. Henry Wu to create new dinosaur hybrids (like the wild Ultimasaurus pictured above).

In the two years since launch, Jurassic World Evolution has developed a nice modding scene with fans exploring a variety of ideas, from park upgrades and foliage to dinosaur skins and hybrids.

Nexus Mods has done a fine job of collecting and curating the fan-made content. Below is a gallery of some of the coolest fan-made creations that I stumbled up:

New Gameplay Today Live - Ooblets

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New Gameplay Today Live - Ooblets

What do you get when you take a farming sim game and cross it with a creature collecting game, then add just a dash of card-based dancing "combat"? You get freaking Ooblets, man. These crazy little creatures will help you build your farm and a new life out there in... Oobland, or whatever the town is called. People speak in strange phrases. You have dance off competitions with Ooblets and their owners.

You coax wild Ooblets to squirt out seeds at you so you can plant them and make your own empire of these little things. It would be terrifying if it wasn't so cute. You can join Dan Tack today at 2 PM CT as he attempts to set up a farm worth living in and tries to make the most powerful of all dancing Ooblets join him for his road to tournament champion.

Ooblets is available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store and Xbox One.

New Gameplay Today Live - Ooblets

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today Live - Ooblets

What do you get when you take a farming sim game and cross it with a creature collecting game, then add just a dash of card-based dancing "combat"? You get freaking Ooblets, man. These crazy little creatures will help you build your farm and a new life out there in... Oobland, or whatever the town is called. People speak in strange phrases. You have dance off competitions with Ooblets and their owners.

You coax wild Ooblets to squirt out seeds at you so you can plant them and make your own empire of these little things. It would be terrifying if it wasn't so cute. You can join Dan Tack today at 2 PM CT as he attempts to set up a farm worth living in and tries to make the most powerful of all dancing Ooblets join him for his road to tournament champion.

Ooblets is available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store and Xbox One.

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Ghost Of Tsushima

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Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Ghost Of Tsushima

Players everywhere are sharpening their swords and getting ready to dive into Ghost of Tsushima (read our review). While part of the fun of the game is soaking up the atmosphere and discovering things for yourself, there are some questions you will want to know the answers to sooner rather than later. After spending many hours with the game, I’ve compiled some spoiler-free advice that should clear up any early confusion and help you get started.

The whole game is not like the first hour. Ghost of Tsushima’s opening does not showcase the elements that make the rest of the game interesting. It almost has a “Let’s just get this over with” quality, introducing the story, characters, and mechanics in a concentrated, linear chunk. While that doesn’t help the game put its best foot forward, it also gets most of the structured hand-holding out of the way early. After the introductory sequence, you are free to roam the world, discover its secrets, and build your legend – and those goals are what Ghost of Tsushima is really about.