Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Is Out Today On Switch And PlayStation 4

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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Is Out Today On Switch And PlayStation 4

A new generation of gamers will now understand why Kyle Katarn is beloved when they play one of the best Star Wars games to date. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is out today on PlayStation 4 and Switch for just $9.99. We haven't gotten our hands on this port from Aspyr Media yet, but if it's even close to being true to the original 2002 PC game, look out – you'll have a blast using the force to mess with stormtroopers.

I ranked Jedi Outcast as the third best Star Wars game of all time in my Top 30 list, and can't wait to see what it's like to play this classic game on Switch. Here's the entry from the Top 30:

"After stumbling a bit with the lightsaber gameplay in Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Dark Forces II, Raven came back swinging in Jedi Outcast, a sequel that hones in on the finesse and power of the Jedi craft. Playing as a Jedi is every bit as empowering as it should be. Seeing Kyle transform from a character who would duck behind corners to exchange fire with Stormtroopers in the precursor titles to a full-fledged Jedi who stands unflinchingly in front of any foe to deflect their laser fire and manipulate their minds into lowering their weapons is cool to see, and a rare evolution of a character for a video game.

The Next Fortnite Season Is Adding Bots

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The Next Fortnite Season Is Adding Bots

Competition in Fortnite's Battle Royale mode should be more balanced if Epic Games' latest update (v10.40) is successful in creating fairer matches. Epic is hoping the update matches players with similar skill levels better than it has in the past. The update will slowly be added to different regions.

On top of this, in the next season of Battle Royale, the balancing of skill levels may also mean you square off against bot opponents. Epic is adding A.I. adversaries to help players adjust to the difficulty of play. As a player's skills improve, they'll see fewer bots and more human foes. The bots won't be in competitive playlists.

Both of these changes are things we hope all game developers are considering, as it's never fun to get obliterated repeatedly in games you are just starting to play.

Batman: Arkham Origins Team Teases A Potential Return

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Batman: Arkham Origins Team Teases A Potential Return

Rocksteady Games' Arkham series supposedly concluded with Arkham Knight, but there's always a chance for side stories, prequels, and new beginnings. Developer WB Games Montreal already made one of these things: a prequel game called Arkham Origins. Why not make another?

In celebration of Batman's 80th anniversary, WB Games Montreal released a video of the bat symbol projected on a building. If you don't blink, you'll see symbols appear in this video for just a flash. The tease implies this studio may be working on something new in the Batman universe. Check out the video for yourself in the tweet below:

@WBGamesMTL is proud to celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with rest of the world during #BatmanDay #Batman80 pic.twitter.com/4VGz9kBWxj

Afterparty, The Next Game From The Oxenfree Team, Arrives In October

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Afterparty, The Next Game From The Oxenfree Team, Arrives In October

Afterparty, the next game from Night School Studio, hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One (including Game Pass), and the Epic Games Store (for PC and Mac) on October 29. Night School Studio is the team behind Oxenfree, a story driven adventure filled with choice. Afterparty looks to mix the small moments in life with unspeakable horror just as much, as it takes two best friends into the depths of Hell.

The player determines the actions and thoughts of Lola and Milo. Their task? Out drink the devil to regain life on Earth. Sounds doable, right? Afterparty is choice driven, so you'll encounter a variety of outcomes depending on how you play your cards (and drink your booze). Activities include beer pong and chugging competitions.

Afterparty sounds little more comical than Oxenfree, but still looks just as gorgeous. October 29 can't come soon enough.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Is Getting Paid Multiplayer DLC

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Luigi's Mansion 3 Is Getting Paid Multiplayer DLC

Don't scream over this news, unless of course you are terrified by the demonic ghost shark pictured above. Following the release of Luigi's Mansion 3 on October 31, the game's ScareScraper and ScreamPark multiplayer modes will continued to be supported through paid DLC.

ScareScraper tasks up to eight players to work together to complete objectives on each floor of a towering skyscraper. ScreamPark is another mode supporting eight players (on one Switch system) that sees Team Luigi competing against Team Gooigi in a race to suck up the most ghosts and collect the most coins before time expires. We don't know exactly what the DLC will offer, but the safe assumption is at least new maps.

For more on Luigi's Mansion 3, check out our hands-on preview from PAX West 2019.

New Character Crypto Arrives In Apex Legends Season 3

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New Character Crypto Arrives In Apex Legends Season 3

Look out Bitcoin - there's a new Crypto in town, coming to Apex Legends on October 1st with a whole new season of content. Crypto's spy drones may give his team an edge in battle with tactical initiations and high-tech scouting capabilities. Check out Crypto in the video below.

A new character is always a big deal, but Crypto is just the start of what's in store with the Meltdown Season 3 update. A new battle pass comes with a ton of new unlocks, but there's also a new weapon - the charge rifle. This energy-class weapon is sure to get some attention as it blows up enemies in style. There will be ranks to chase as the new season begins as well for the competitive crowd. 

More information regarding Meltodown is still on the way as we get closer to the October 1st launch day. Check out the official site for ongoing updates.

Reader Discussion – Are You Getting Apple Arcade?

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Reader Discussion – Are You Getting Apple Arcade?

Are subscriptions the future of games? Microsoft is hoping the Xbox Game Pass subscription model is successful, and Apple is entering these waters with the Apple Arcade service, which launched today on iOS. Apple Arcade is just $4.99 a month (with a free trial), and gives players access to more than 100 games. The games can be downloaded on or offline, and the subscription can be shared with up to six family members.

Some of the games available in Apple Arcade at launch are Sayonara Wild Hearts, Lego Brawls, Things That Go Pump, Where Cards Fall, and The Enchanted World.

The questions we need answer to: First, are you going to give Apple Arcade a shot? What are you hoping the service provides from a curation standpoint? Do you think subscriptions are the future of games, much like Disney+ and Netflix are for movies and TV? Most importantly, if you are subscribing, what Apple Arcade games do you recommend people should check out?

Next Week's PlayStation State Of Play Could Bring Another Look At The Last Of Us Part II

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Next Week's PlayStation State Of Play Could Bring Another Look At The Last Of Us Part II

Sony's is lining up this September 24 video stream with a previously announced The Last Of Us Part II media event. Game journalists will get their hands on the game at the event, and I'm guessing we'll see some of what they are playing during Sony's Sate of Play. Sony says this will be a "hefty show" clocking in around 20 minutes with new game reveals and more.

You can tune to the livestream at 1 p.m. pacific / 4 p.m. eastern on , , , and . Game Informer's Ben Reeves will also be reporting from the media event with new details and footage.

Overwatch Introduces Lego-Themed Event Today

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Overwatch Introduces Lego-Themed Event Today

Beginning today and running through September 30, Overwatch players can unlock a Lego-inspired skin for Bastion by simply netting nine wins in any mode. The appropriately named Bastion Brick Challenge brings 12 different rewards in total that are handed out for every three wins. Win your first three games and you'll earn two new Bastion player icons. Win three more and you'll get two new Bastion sprays. Win another three and you'll unlock the legendary Brick Bastion skin.

You can also earn more Bastion goodies by watching participating Twitch broadcasters. Spend two hours on Overwatch Twitch streams and you'll get another spray. At the four hour mark you'll earn another two sprays, and if you spend six hours in streams you'll get two player icons and two additional sprays.