Watch Us Live Stream Super Mario Odyssey Later Today

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Watch Us Live Stream Super Mario Odyssey Later Today

Super Mario Odyssey releases tomorrow and it's a really good game. You can read our review here. Ahead of the release, we will be streaming the opening two hours of the game.

We'll be starting the stream at 3 p.m. CT and playing for about two hours. We won't discuss late-game revelations or surprise transformations and will generally do our best to avoid spoilers outside of what is shown during the game's opening hours. Believe us when we say there is plenty to see after the game's opening hours – we promise.

You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch, or you can watch on YouTube by clicking here.

Check Out The L.A. Noire Remaster In 4K Trailer

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Check Out The L.A. Noire Remaster In 4K Trailer

Rockstar's updated L.A. Noire release features enhanced visuals and platform-specific gameplay tweaks, depending on whether you're playing on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or Vive. While we can't exactly communicate how the various versions will play at this moment, Rockstar has released a new trailer that shows how the game has made the transition from last-gen hardware.

If you've played the original release, you aren't going to see anything particularly new, but it's a nice new look at a great game. You can see the trailer, in all of its 4K glory here.

Fortnite Gets Major Update & Halloween Content

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Fortnite Gets Major Update & Halloween Content

Fortnite's Fortnitemares update – coming on October 26 – includes Halloween-themed changes as well as improvements to the game's PvE and PvP modes.

Players can revisit original Save the World mode (PvE) missions and see new Halloween-themed changes, and/or enjoy the improvements to Battle Royale (PvP) such as leaderboards, character customization, character leveling via Seasons, team voice chat (PS4/Xbox One), and much more.

For the full rundown of the update – including global quality-of-life improvements and balancing tweaks – check out the full notes here.

Reader Discussion – How Are You Prioritizing Your Friday?

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Reader Discussion – How Are You Prioritizing Your Friday?

This Friday, October 27, is kind of screwed up.

Not only are Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Assassin's Creed Origins coming out, but it is also the launch of Stranger Things season 2 and the day iPhone X goes up for preorder. That is a lot of things, not to mention the games coming out just after like Call of Duty: World War II or the Xbox One X itself.

There are only so many hours in the day.

Hanzo And Genji Nendoroid Figures Announced

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Hanzo And Genji Nendoroid Figures Announced

Blizzard tweeted links to Nendoroid figures for Hanzo and Genji, Overwatch's warring Shimada Bros. characters.

The figures, which are meant to be posed and come with little platforms and accessories to help emphasize that point, are well-known by fandoms of all stripes. Nendoroids have produced adorable little figures from Mario to Solid Snake to My Hero Academia protagonist Deku. Previous Overwatch Nendoroids include Mercy, Mei, and Tracer, so the Shimadas make numbers four and five in the series.

The figures run about $50 a pop, but they're generally of fantastic quality, so fans looking to appreciate Hanzo without being a Hanzo main should definitely consider it.

ID@Xbox Program Passes $500,000,000 In Sales

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ID@Xbox Program Passes $500,000,000 In Sales

A tweet by ID@Xbox confirmed today that sales from games by independent developers have crossed the $500,000,000 threshold since the program started in 2014.

The program is a suite intended to supply developers with everything they need to publish on the Xbox One in exchange for partnering with Microsoft. It gives two free devkits, free access to Unity, waiver of any updating fees, and more to ensure indie developers don't endure a financial burden while publishing on the Xbox One. Some notable ID@Xbox partners are Double Fine, Capybera, WayForward, and plenty others.

The milestone marking for their sales is an important PR-facing announcement, as Microsoft's reputation among indie developers has not been kind to the manufacturer. But as surprisingly huge successes like Cuphead by StudioMDHR show, there is money to be made with the program, and Microsoft desperately wants to get that message out.

THQ Nordic Kind Of Vaguely Announces DeBlob On PS4 And Xbox One

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THQ Nordic Kind Of Vaguely Announces DeBlob On PS4 And Xbox One

Somewhat bafflingly, THQ Nordic has announced a modern console port of 2008's puzzle platformer deBlob releasing on November 14.

The announcement, which came in a three-pronged approach of a trailer, a tweet, and a press release with no one piece actually containing all the information, had been long-rumored as THQ Nordic has made it a habit to re-release games from the now-defunct publisher whose namesake they purchased.

The trailer is a somewhat messily edited combination of quotes and feature text, set against bouncy music and what appears to be cuts of someone just playing the game normally. It also runs at about half the framerate of the original game, though it is possible that may be due to odd video production issues.

Bungie And Players Disagree About Destiny 2 PC Bans

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Bungie And Players Disagree About Destiny 2 PC Bans

As Destiny 2 launched on PC this week, the first release in the series on PC after skipping the platform with Destiny 1, fans were mostly happy about it. A few players, however, reported that using any sort of overlay like framecounters or streaming enhancements leads to a ban. Bungie disagrees.

As the first non-Blizzard game on Battle.net, Destiny 2 is in some uncharted waters with regard to security. On the game's subreddit, some players immediately expressed skepticism about the game's anti-cheat capabilities due to Battle.net's use, citing Overwatch's manual ban system as a reason why. Once bans on Destiny 2 started rolling out, however, players started pointing out a commonality among what they viewed as unfair bans: third party overlays.

These are used by players for any number of reasons. Some use it to access their chat programs rather than just talking to their Battle.net list. Some use it for streaming purposes, or to make sure they're maintaining a consistent framerate. By its definition, overlays inject code into the game, which can sometimes cause false flags when a game is checking its integrity against cheats.

Sonic Forces Demo Up On Japanese Switch Eshop

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Sonic Forces Demo Up On Japanese Switch Eshop

Sonic Forces, the newest 3D Sonic game from Sonic Team, has a demo on the Japanese eShop, which can be accessed by any region.

The demo is incredibly curiously set with a one-minute timer, only allowing sixty seconds to play. Players have three levels to choose from - a boss battle as Classic Sonic, Green Hill Zone as Modern Sonic, and Space Port as the Avatar. It is very difficult to get a beat on how it plays with the timer, but players are already trying to see how far they can get in the game's harsh time limit.

You need to log into the Switch using a Japanese profile, which is as simple as signing up on the Switch and choosing Japan as your region if you haven't already. The Switch version seems to run at 720p and 30 frames per second regardless of whether or not it is docked, so this one might be better played in handheld mode.

Eve Online's Lifeblood Expansion Brings Big Changes

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Eve Online's Lifeblood Expansion Brings Big Changes

Eve Online’s recent Lifeblood expansion promises to make changes to features that make up the very foundation of the game. Best of all, the expansion is free.

The expansion brings with it a new way to mine resources in space; the new Upwell Refinery allows players to knock off large chunks of moons, which can then be blasted apart to create a new asteroid field that’s ready to mine. Be careful when mining, however, because pirate factions have set up forward operating bases that will test players with fleet-sized challenges.

The empires need pilots to load their freighters with ore while fighting off attacking pirates in the new Resource Wars. Player alliances also need to change their mining tactics as the expansion included a redistribution of moon materials throughout the universe.