Thumper Coming To Xbox One August 18

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Thumper Coming To Xbox One August 18

"Rhythm-Violence" game Thumper is making its way to Xbox One on August 18, with Xbox One X enhancements in the fall.

The Xbox One version takes advantage of the controller's impulse triggers to vibrate your fingers along with the beat. Xbox One X owners will be able to play the game in native 4K, as well.

Thumper released on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation VR on October, with a Switch version following in May. You can check out our review of Thumper here.

More Free Overwatch Loot Boxes Coming To Twitch Prime Members

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More Free Overwatch Loot Boxes Coming To Twitch Prime Members

Starting next week, Twitch Prime members will receive five free Overwatch loot boxes. 

If you're a Twitch Prime member from August 10 to September 10, you can get a redeemable code for your in-game rewards here. Twitch Prime members can also expect five more loot boxes this October.  Note, these are not seasonal event loot boxes, even though the upcoming Summer Games 2017 event starts August 8.

Anticipate less duplicates, as Blizzard has updated the loot box system to "dramatically" reduce the amount of repeat cosmetics.

UPDATE: Voltron LEGOs Are Official Thanks To Fan Demand

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UPDATE: Voltron LEGOs Are Official Thanks To Fan Demand

Update: The Voltron LEGOs have officially been confirmed and are moving into development for 2018. We're updating with the fan model photos here, which you can also find on LEGO's announcement post.

Since 2011, Lego has been turning the best fan-made creations into official sets that hit retail shelves. The first Minecraft, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, The Big Bang Theory, Wall E, and Doctor Who sets were all fan-made. Thousands of sets flood the Lego Ideas website each year, and hundreds receive great fan support, but only a select few make it through Lego's review process and onto retail shelves.

Lego is currently evaluating 12 different sets, including one based on the 1999 Warner Bros film The Iron Giant, and another for the popular 1980s and Netflix animated series Voltron. The Iron Giant set consists of 2,023 Lego pieces, and would come with five minifigures. The Voltron set doesn't list the number of pieces, but it can be broken down and reassembled as five individual lions. In robot form, Voltron stands in at 16" and weighs 1kg.

The Evil Within 2 Expands On Player Choice And Freedom

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The Evil Within 2 Expands On Player Choice And Freedom

Bethesda has put up a blog post explaining how The Evil Within 2 will make good on promises made by the first game with regard to customization and player freedom.

In the original game, players were ostensibly given carte blanche to handle situations in any way they saw fit. Unfortunately, most levels were tackled in roughly the same way, not leaving much variance in play style. According to Bethesda, this takes a notable turn in the sequel, allowing players options for how they fight enemies, whether to fight or flee, whether the player wants to use traps as a primary method of defense, and more. 

A full list of changes can be found on Bethesda's blog. The Evil Within 2 is scheduled to be released on Friday October 13 this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Horror luminary and director of the first game, Shinji Mikami, is executive producing this time around, with John Johnas taking the director role after making the previous game's two expansions.

Guile From Street Fighter Is Selling Hair Gel

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Guile From Street Fighter Is Selling Hair Gel

Do you ever wonder how Guile styles his glorious America-defending hair? Turns out he's actually eager to tell you.

J-Gel, a Japanese cosmetic company, has revealed that Street Fighter's Guile is their animated spokesman for their line of hair gel. On the J-Gel website, Guile proclaims that the Ultra-Hard J-Gel is his partner from now on. A single tear probably rolls down Nash's cheek.

Guile insists that disheveled hair is connected to losing your composure and not being cool, which can be interpreted as shade thrown at his brother-in-law Ken. Stop giving Ryu all your money, Ken, you have a daughter.

WNBA Makes Video Game Debut With NBA Live 18

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WNBA Makes Video Game Debut With NBA Live 18

Today EA Sports announced its basketball franchise is expanding into the women’s league. NBA Live 18 will be the first game to feature WNBA teams and players.

EA Sports took the same approach to adding the WNBA as they do with every professional league, motion capturing players like 2017 first overall pick Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars and adding facial scans for high profile players like Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Diana Taurasi, and others. EA says the “teams and player skills have been specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league.”

Though producer Mike Mahar says EA Sports hopes to expand the WNBA presence into other modes like The One and dynasty in future years, for Live 18 users can only access the rosters via Play Now or online versus. When I asked him if WNBA players were at least coming to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 18, Mahar said, “Potentially. I don’t want to give away any surprises for the full launch of the game.”

Conan Exiles Gets Big Update Next Week As Xbox One Version Goes Live

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Conan Exiles Gets Big Update Next Week As Xbox One Version Goes Live

Funcom teased its upcoming Conan Exiles expansion a few months back during E3, but today it released an in-depth walkthrough of what adventurers can expect from The Frozen North. In short, it's getting a massive new landmass, a host of new items and activities, and plenty of creatures and factions that would like nothing more than to see your blood paint the snow red.

The free expansion is set for an August 16 release, which is when the game's Xbox One Game Preview goes live. Both PC and Xbox One players will be able to explore the new biome, which Funcom says makes the game's world 70-percent larger.

The addition of the harsh new northern environment means players will have to contend with climate-related conditions such as frostbite. Don't think that you can avoid that element by sticking to the desert, either. While you probably won't be in danger of losing your fingers and toes to the cold, you'll want to wear cooler clothing to avoid heatstroke.

Harmonix Announces Rock Band 4 Season Spotlight Pass

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Harmonix Announces Rock Band 4 Season Spotlight Pass

Not content to let Rock Band DLC get lost in the conversation, Harmonix has announced a new kind of season path for Rock Band 4.

The Spotlight Pass, a monthly pass for a fee of $13.49, entitles purchasers to permanently own whatever songs are featured in a week's Rivals Mode challenge. With two songs in each battle, that means a total of eight songs per month. Harmonix clarified that these are all completely new songs and are not ones from the Rewind category.

The season pass only lasts for Season 2 of Spotlight, which ends on October 17, 2017. It will be available for purchase on August 24 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Did You Know Gaming Takes A Look At The Latest Doom

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Did You Know Gaming Takes A Look At The Latest Doom

Fans of Doom have explored every inch of the game in search of tiny dolls and flashback portals, but there are still a few places the average player probably hasn't scratched yet. From audio design information to Bloodborne inspiration, there is a lot in this video that might surprise you about the fast-paced action FPS.

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Don't forget to check out our review of Doom and to give the multiplayer a try now that all the DLC has been made free.

Take Two Staggering NBA 2K18 On Switch With Digital Version Releasing Earlier

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Take Two Staggering NBA 2K18 On Switch With Digital Version Releasing Earlier

In its financial results for this quarter, Take Two released a schedule of currently announced games as they relate to its financials. Curiously, the schedule makes a distinction between the digital version of NBA 2K18 on the Switch and the physical version that comes out at an unspecified later date in the fall.

The digital version launches alongside the Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, and 360 versions on September 19, 2017. The physical edition for the Switch alone is simply listed as "Fall 2017." All other consoles will be available in both digital and physical versions on the September date.

It is unclear why Take Two is staggering the release like this, though it is likely a problem with Switch cart production. It has been long thought that Switch carts are the reason certain games end up more expensive on the system, so this might be Take Two waiting to see consumer response before committing to physical production.