Obsidian's Grounded Coming To Xbox Game Preview And Steam Early Access In July

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Obsidian's Grounded Coming To Xbox Game Preview And Steam Early Access In July

Grounded, the next title from Obsidian Entertainment, is coming to the Xbox Game Preview program and Steam Early Access starting July 28. Not only that, but those who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass get access to the title through the Xbox Game Preview program.

Grounded is a survival game that appears to draw heavy inspiration from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! You're a suburban kid who wakes up one day and realizes you've shrunk to the size of an ant. You join up to three friends to explore and survive in a surprisingly treacherous landscape. To do this, you need to juke killer ants, flying insects, and spiders while gathering supplies to craft and build.

The full version is expected to launch at some point in 2020. For more on Grounded, check out our preview.

A First Look At The PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller

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A First Look At The PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller

Sony has introduced its PlayStation 5 DualSense wireless controller. It's an evolution on the classic PlayStation controller form we've seen over previous generations, with some new features.

The controller is slightly lighter, and Hideaki Nishino, Sony senior vice president, platform planning and management, says the company wanted to "maintain a strong battery life" for the rechargeable controller.

"Based on our discussions with developers," Nishino said, "we concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games." Accordingly, the controller uses haptic feedback and has trigger tension. Overall, the angle of the hand triggers and the grip of the controller is different from previous ones. Nishino says the company tested the controller's ergonomics with players of varying hand sizes, and wanted it to "feel smaller than it really looks."

Play Borderlands 3... For Science!

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Play Borderlands 3... For Science!

You can play a game within a game starting today. Inside Borderlands 3, there is a new experience - Borderlands Science. Essentially, what this does is let you play a game and it helps out science. At the same time!

Specifically, playing the game helps out researchers putting together actual scientific applications by utilizing date harnessed from mapping microbes. Pretty wild, hunh? The experience is rooted within gut microbes and DNA and all kinds of cool stuff. What it all amounts to is that you're playing a game and solving puzzles, which helps map the human gut microbiome. Oh, and you also earn rewards for Borderlands 3 by playing/contributing!

Lego Super Mario Starter Set & Expansions Detailed

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Lego Super Mario Starter Set & Expansions Detailed

Experience Mario in a new way this August – Lego and Nintendo have announced details about the Lego Super Mario line, including starter and expansion sets (all available on August 1st). The Adventures with Mario starter set can be pre-ordered on the Lego website now for $59.99.

The re-configurable starter set features extra functionality including Mario's ability to collect virtual coins, emit sounds and make facial expressions, and more.

The starter set connects to sold-separately expansions, including the Piranha Plant Power Slide ($29.99) and Bowser's Castle Boss Battle ($99.99) sets. According to Lego, the starter set is required to "unlock" the expansions.

Giant Mechs Come To No Man's Sky

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Giant Mechs Come To No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky has continued to update post release with numerous patches and content drops. Starting today, the Exo Mech Update allows players to pilot the Minotaur Exocraft (a suit/exocraft hybrid) complete with shields and defenses to handle hostile environments. Plow through extreme temperatures, radiation, and more.

You have a jetpack on your craft as well, allowing you to blast through the air at high speeds. Along with the mech, there are a multitude of other tweaks in this update as well, you can check them out at the official site here. Oh, and check out this spiffy new trailer showcasing the new mechs!

Chrono Trigger Composer Contributing To Sea Of Stars Soundtrack

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Chrono Trigger Composer Contributing To Sea Of Stars Soundtrack

Announced last month by The Messenger developer Sabotage, Sea of Stars draws heavy inspiration from retro role-playing games like Illusion of Gaia and Breath of Fire. However, perhaps the biggest inspiration for the studio in creating Sea of Stars is Chrono Trigger. Now, that DNA is even more ingrained, as the legendary composer behind Chrono Trigger, Yasunori Mitsuda, is contributing music to the soundtrack, joining Sea of Stars and The Messenger composer Eric W. Brown.

"Without knowing exactly why, 'I want to write music for this game' was the feeling I had while seeing it convey the nostalgic golden age of the '90s," Mitsuda said in a press release. "Although there are still many games being released with this classic style, I don't think players are satisfied with just nostalgia. As seen in their previous game, by adding new systems and ideas to classic formulas, Sabotage Studios breathes fresh, new air into their work."

Call of Duty League Takes Competition Online

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Call of Duty League Takes Competition Online

The Call of Duty League has shifted away from live events (as has the majority of the world) as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the competitive league is planning to carry on, but with a focus and shift toward a completely online production. Players can tune in to watch all the action beginning April 10 at https://www.youtube.com/CODLeague.

Esports events draw huge crowds and ignite local gaming communities, so we'll have to see how Call of Duty League (and many other big esports-oriented titles) adapts to our rapidly changing world..

Saints Row: The Third Getting Giant Remastered Edition

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Saints Row: The Third Getting Giant Remastered Edition

Gamers looking for an irreverent and fun open-world experience can look forward to Saints Row: The Third Remastered on May 22 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC) – nine years after the original came out on last-gen consoles.

The Remaster naturally upgrades the look of the entire title to current-gen standards, but it also goes a step further to deliver that same touch (courtesy of developer Sperasoft) to all of the game's extra content. This means Remastered contains all of the title's expansion packs as well as other pieces of DLC.

For more on the game, check out our review of the original.

Here Are The New Release Dates For The Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

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Here Are The New Release Dates For The Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

As the COVID-19 pandemic pushes into spring, some of the biggest movies and games that were slated to release in the next couple of months are being pushed back. Yesterday brought the indefinite delays of The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR, and Disney today announced a shift for roughly a dozen films, many of which are the next entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Widow, which was originally going to release next month on May 1, has been delayed until November 6. This was the release date Disney had set for The Eternals, which is now slated for February 12, 2021. Following that, Disney has announced Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is coming on May 7, 2021, followed by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on November 5, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 18, 2022, Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022, and Captain Marvel 2 on July 8, 2022.

Disney is also delaying Indiana Jones 5 over a full year from July 9, 2021 to July 29, 2022.

PVP Is Coming To Darkest Dungeon

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PVP Is Coming To Darkest Dungeon

While traveling through the Darkest Dungeon and its last several DLC packs is keeping us plenty busy until we hear more about Darkest Dungeon 2, Red Hook is giving players PVP for the first time in the dark gothic roguelike RPG.

In the Butcher's Circus, you can pit a team of 4 adventurers against other teams and see who rises to the top. All the action takes place in a special area, and you won't be putting your campaign groups at risk - you'll have different tools to build your player-vs-player pro team.

We weren't joking - The Butcher's Circus is coming in May!
Play intense PVP arena battles against your friends and enemies alike. Pick your party & loadout, and let the games begin!

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