PAX West And PAX Australia Combine For A Digital Event

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PAX West And PAX Australia Combine For A Digital Event

The Penny Arcade Expo is a destination for gamers of all types each year, with its many conventions such as PAX West, PAX East, Aus, South, and Unplugged.

With COVID-19's unflinching presence in 2020, many large conventions and events have been moved to the online stage instead of a physical one. Today, PAX announced that PAX West (previously known as PAX Prime) and PAX Aus would be combining for a 9-day digital event in September.

Mark your calendars for PAX Online, September 12-20! In stark contrast to the standard events, getting badges for this will be cheap and easy - free, in fact! Everyone is welcome.

Lego Reveals Full Super Mario Product Line

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Lego Reveals Full Super Mario Product Line

Lego has finally pulled back the curtains on the full Super Mario collection of products. To this point, we've only seen a select few products that will be a part of the line that launches on August 1, but the assortment is so much bigger than just those initial announcements. In addition to being able to build a course for Mario to run, jump, and twirl through, builders can also construct Mario's house, a castle for Bowser, and collect a wide range of recognizable characters from the Super Mario Bros. franchise.

Today's full-line reveal brings the total number of sets to choose from and collect to 16. The sets range from individual power ups to equip to Mario to full castles and fortresses starring the likes of King Boo, Koopa Troopa, Bowser, and more. Check out the full gallery below to see the entire line.

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Get A Little Taste Of Obsidian's Grounded In New Demo

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Get A Little Taste Of Obsidian's Grounded In New Demo

We've been pretty excited about Obsidian's upcoming survival game Grounded – enough that we put it on our cover. We were able to play the game for several hours, getting a sense of how its micro-scaled setup affects building, combat, and more. If you're curious about the game, starting today you'll be able to check it out for yourself on Xbox One and PC.

The 30-minute demo doesn't include multiplayer, but it should give you plenty of time to figure out exactly what the developers are aiming for. It's available for registered Xbox Insiders as well as those of you who are participating in the Steam Game Festival. The demo is available from today until June 22.

Grounded's Game Preview and early access versions will launch next month, on July 28. 

Square Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts Rhythm Game

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Square Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts Rhythm Game

Music is an integral part of the Kingdom Hearts series, thanks to acclaimed composer Yoko Shimomura. Today, Square Enix announced it's making its hallmark tunes the star attraction in a new rhythm game called Melody of Memory.

The Japanese announcement trailer, which you can see below, shows our beloved heroes Sora, Donald, and Goofy fighting to the melodies with popular Disney characters like Aladdin and Hercules. We also see the gummi ship and a boss battle against Xemnas. Get ready to sync your attacks to the beat! 

Melody of Memory is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch later this year worldwide.

The Story Of Seasons: Friends Of Mineral Town Remake Is Coming To PC And Switch

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The Story Of Seasons: Friends Of Mineral Town Remake Is Coming To PC And Switch

This past weekend, Xseed made a big announcement for fans of the Story of Seasons series, best known as Bokujo Monogatari in Japan. For the first time, the franchise will hit PC, and it's all happening next month with a remake of the 2003 Gameboy Advance game, Friends of Mineral Town. 

The remake goes beyond graphical enhancements and new character designs, with Xseed promising updated systems and a completely new translation. Expect all the farming standbys that we all can't seem to get enough of: taking care of livestock, watering plants, and adopting pets. You choose from one of four characters to embody as you find your way to success on the farm and in the land of love. You can watch the trailer below for more details. 

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town launches on July 14 for both PC and Nintendo Switch. 

Mei Comes To Heroes of the Storm

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Mei Comes To Heroes of the Storm

PTR patch notes for Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm went live today, revealing that Overwatch hero Mei is on her way to do battle alongside the denizens of Diablo, the warriors of Warcraft, and many other Blizzard legends.

Overwatch has brought a handful of heroes to the field in previous releases, so Mei coming over isn't entirely unexpected.

Mei can throw blinding snowballs, create blizzards, and slide on ice! With her ultimate ability, she can create a massive rolling snowball to roll up and stun enemy heroes or create a huge ice wall.

Take Your First Look At Star Wars: Squadrons

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Take Your First Look At Star Wars: Squadrons

Star Wars fans have long wanted another X-Wing game, and developer Motive Studios may be answering that call with Star Wars: Squadrons, a new dogfighting game that puts you in the cockpit of an X-Wing or TIE Fighter. Star Wars: Squadrons will release on October 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Origin) with cross-platform support. The PlayStation 4 and PC versions can also be played in VR.

Set after the Battle of Endor, Star Wars: Squadrons features both a multiplayer component and a single-player campaign. For the campaign, Motive is creating a new story that unfolds from the perspective of what the studio calls "two  customizable pilots," one for the Republic's Vanguard Squadron and another for the Empire's Titan Squadron. The wingmates at your side are original characters. We don't know who they are yet, but it appears you can get your first look at them in the screenshots below. Motive is also teasing cameos from known characters.

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New Trailer Re-Introduces Mafia For Its Definitive Edition

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New Trailer Re-Introduces Mafia For Its Definitive Edition

Definitive editions for Mafia II and III have already been released, but the make-over for the original isn't out until August 28 (PlayStation 4/Xbox One). A look at the remake's new story trailer introducing protagonist Tommy Angelo shows why Mafia: Definitive Edition might be taking longer to come out than the others.

The original came out in 2002, and the story trailer clearly shows the difference the update makes in the game's cinematics in particular, having gone from the PlayStation 2/Xbox era to today's systems.

For more on the Mafia Definitive series, check out this primer for Everything You Need To Know about the series.

Spy Thriller Operation: Tango Is All About Cooperative Play

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Spy Thriller Operation: Tango Is All About Cooperative Play

Developer Clever Play wants you and your friend to team up as an agent and a hacker to save the world from evil forces in a spy thriller called Operation: Tango, slated to release in 2021 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

With both the hacker and agent working remotely on problems that help aid each other, communication between the two players is key, so much so that a microphone is required to play the game. In a post on PlayStation Blog, Clever Plays' game director Mattieu Bégin outlines just how wildly different both player roles are, saying "creating Operation: Tango has been like building two games in one, crafting a deep experience and robust gameplay for an agent who is physically within each location as well as for a hacker who has access to the far reaches of a digital infrastructure, unique to the network at each location."

Operation: Tango pushes players to infiltrate enemy strongholds, hack computers, break into secured rooms, and navigate areas filled with enemies and turrets. Many of the solutions push players to solve puzzles. Clever Plays is hoping to keep the puzzles fresh as the game progresses.

Fortnite's End Of Season Event Happens Today

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Fortnite's End Of Season Event Happens Today

Fortnite has become known for hosting massive in-game events and huge seasonal shifts as part of its game-as-service structure, whether that's blowing up the entire world, unveiling an upcoming movie trailer, or playing host to real-world musical talent.

Today at 2 PM EST, the latest in-game seasonal end event is slated to occur, a mysterious device ready to activate. What will happen when it does? The only way to find out is to log in and participate/witness things live!

Check out our review for Fortnite here.