Super Replay – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Super Replay – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Look at me: I am the captain now.

After watching Dan Tack wipe the floor with Bloodborne in our last Super Replay, it’s time that I, Marcus Stewart, do the same with its successor, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Released in 2019 to critical acclaim, this tough-as-nails ninja epic flipped the FromSoftware formula on its head with a combat and parry system that promotes pure skill and aggression. The game’s memorable bosses can’t be felled by simply grinding and out-leveling them. You have to out-finesse them. It’s a challenging game, but at 2 p.m. CT, I’ll be tackling Sekiro in its entirety in a quest for redemption. 

As much as I enjoyed Sekiro I never finished the game after I hit a wall whose name rhymes with “Lardian Grape”. After suffering defeat after defeat I walked away for over a year and decided to travel the globe in search of enlightenment. I scaled mountains, meditated under waterfalls, and trained under the tutelage of Tibetan monks: all to acquire the mental and physical skills necessary to beat Sekiro once and for all. 

Rainbow Six Extraction Delayed To 2022

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Rainbow Six Extraction Delayed To 2022

In October 2020, Rainbow Six Extraction (originally called Rainbow Six Quarantine) was pushed back due to COVID-19. Now the upcoming co-op experience is getting a new release window alongside the new name by being hit one with more pushback. Ubisoft has confirmed that Rainbow Six Extraction is delayed until 2022. 

The Ubisoft Extraction team took to the studio's blog to update fans on the game's current status. The studio wants to make sure that the unique features in the game are all working the way Ubisoft intends, with the goal of delivering a near-perfect online experience for those eager to drop into Extraction. For the full statement: "Our ambition with Rainbow Six Extraction is to deliver a full-fledged AAA experience that changes the way you play and think about cooperative games. With unique features like Missing In Action or The Sprawl, every mission is set to be a tense and challenging experience in which you’ll lead the elite operators of Rainbow Six in a fight against a lethal and evolving alien threat."

The Ramp Offers A Minimalist, Relaxing Approach To Skateboard Games

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The Ramp Offers A Minimalist, Relaxing Approach To Skateboard Games

Despite what many skateboarding games would have you believe, the real-life sport isn’t all about collecting floating letters, racking up points with an invisible combo system, or leaping over rings of fire and other absurd stunts. It’s just about going with the flow and enjoying the ride. The Ramp, a new skateboarding title coming this August, offers a no frills take on the genre that focuses on the inherent purity and fun that comes from simply skateboarding. 

The Ramp is described as a “digital skateboarding toy” by creator and sole developer Paul "Hyperparadise" Schnepf. Hop on your board and pull off tricks while relaxing to a laid-back soundtrack and an overall chill atmosphere. There’s nothing to unlock, you aren’t being scored, and, believe it or not, you don’t kill anything (except maybe any stress you’re carrying). Just mellow out and enjoy the calming art direction and smooth animations. Hyperparadise describes The Ramp's gameplay as easy to grasp but difficult to master, and the game features four levels: a half-pipe, an empty pool, a skate bowl, and, per the title, a towering ramp. 

If The Ramp sounds like the perfect compliment to the more challenge-based skateboarding games you’re playing, you can pick it up on Steam when it launches August 3 for $5.99.

The Last Of Us TV Series Adds Three New Cast Members, Including Tommy's Voice Actor

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The Last Of Us TV Series Adds Three New Cast Members, Including Tommy's Voice Actor

More faces are joining HBO's The Last of Us TV series, this time with the inclusion of a brand new character that we can only assume is meant to help bridge the gap between the adaptation and the first game of the Naughty Dog franchise. Joining Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) are Jeffrey Pierce (Castle Rock and the Last of Us video games), Murray Bartlett (Nashville), and Con O'Neill (Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King).

The confirmation of the latest casting news comes via Deadline for the HBO TV take that is set to take place within the timeline of the first game. Kantemir Balagov is scheduled to direct the pilot episode for the co-production between PlayStation Productions, Sony Pictures Television, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog itself. The Last of Us TV series also has two new directors with Jasmila Žbanić (Aida) and Ali Abbasi (Border), which were both revealed back in May. The pair joins Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin as the team works alongside Naughty Dog for creative direction. 

Path Of Exile: Expedition Hits Next Week Alongside Battle Royale

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Path Of Exile: Expedition Hits Next Week Alongside Battle Royale

The next Path of Exile expansion, Expedition, is hitting next Friday on July 23 alongside Path of Exile: Royale. That’s right, the mode that was once an April Fool’s joke made reality is getting a lot more attention and real resources. While the new goodies drop on July 23 for PC, console players on Xbox and PlayStation will have to wait until July 28 for the drop. Oh, and if you’re a long-time Path of Exile player, there’s something else that will really excite you about this update - an overhaul to the flask system.

First, Expedition tasks players with negotiating with the mysterious Kalguur. Players discover numerous hidden artifacts that they must return to their Kalguur owners for big rewards. Through clever use of explosives, players carve out a strategic path to unearth these lost treasures. Of course, you’re going to have to fight plenty of nasty foes along the way. You can trade these resources with new vendors that let you haggle for bargains and deals.

Valve Announces Their Handheld Steam Deck, Preorders Start Tomorrow

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Valve Announces Their Handheld Steam Deck, Preorders Start Tomorrow

Valve has been quiet on their hardware front for a while. That is until they announced the first big competitor to Nintendo’s Switch. This December, Valve will be releasing their very own handheld PC they’re calling the Steam Deck.

In a press release sent to Game Informer, Valve describes some of the hardware included in their mobile gaming device, saying: “Steam Deck is a powerful all-in-one portable PC. With a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD, Steam Deck is comparable to a gaming laptop with the ability to run the latest AAA games. Your Steam library will be on Deck to play games wherever and whenever you want. Steam Deck is also an open PC, adding the ability to install any software or connect with any hardware.” 

This new processor co-developed by AMD and is optimized for handheld using AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture, and sports 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The Steam Deck will be available with 64GB, 256GB, or 512gb of onboard storage, which can be added onto with micro-SD cards.

God of War’s Kratos Voices Black Panther In Marvel’s Avengers New DLC

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God of War’s Kratos Voices Black Panther In Marvel’s Avengers New DLC

God of War (2018’s) star, Christopher Judge, is back for more video game shenanigans, except this time he won’t be bellowing “BOY!” from the top of his lungs over and over again. This time Kratos’ phenomenal voice actor will be bringing his talents to Marvel’s Avengers as the King of Wakanda in the game’s upcoming summer DLC package. However, in a short interview with Entertainment Weekly, Judge talked about how his version of Black Panther will be respectfully different from the late Chadwick Boseman’s everlasting portrayal.

"I turned it down straight away," Judge said. "There's many Black Panthers, but I really didn't believe that anyone should ever do T'Challa again. The actual talks proceeded and, basically, I wound up doing it because my mother and my children said if I didn't do it, they would disown me." In a similar vein, narrative consultant Even Narcisse and narrative lead Hannah MacLeod doubled down on Judge’s sentiments; Black Panther, as a character, is also in a completely different headspace from the depiction that we’ve become accustomed to in the movie and the Rise of the Black Panther comic. 

5 Best Video Game Lo-fi Channels To Listen To For Ultimate Relaxation

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5 Best Video Game Lo-fi Channels To Listen To For Ultimate Relaxation

Lo-fi isn't really new, but it has seen a surge in popularity over the past year. This genre of music is one designed to make you relax and chill out, which is great because life is hard and things are chaotic. Like, all of the time. Certain Lo-fi tracks are even designed to help you focus. Whether during work or getting some studying time in, this particular musical style is a godsend. Since we're Game Informer and we like to inform you about games, we decided to inform you about some game Lo-fi tracks this time to offer up a little peace to share with our community. 

So, without further ado, here are the 5 best video game Lo-fi channels to listen to for ultimate relaxation that I use on the regular. 

Pokémon Go Fest Is This Weekend: Here's How To Get Started And What To Expect

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Pokémon Go Fest Is This Weekend: Here's How To Get Started And What To Expect

Niantic's annual Pokémon Go Fest kicks off on Saturday and runs through the weekend, giving trainers two full days of questing and catching. Similar to last year's Pokémon Go Fest, this one is worldwide – meaning you can be a part of it from anywhere. The fun begins at 10 a.m. in whatever timezone you are in and runs until 6 p.m. each evening.

You'll need to purchase a ticket to enter the event, take on its new quests, and catch the rare Pokémon that are around for just two days. Tickets are usually $14.99 but have been slashed down to $4.99 this year. You can get your ticket from Pokémon Go's shop.

Niantic says trainers will be able to catch over 75 species of Pokémon. Most will be found in the wild and will appear within their appropriate habitats that cycle every hour. The habitats featured this year are jungle, desert, mountain, ocean beach, and cave. In the jungle, you'll find Pokémon like Scyther and Froakie, whereas the cave will hold Deino and Roggenrola. Shiny Pokémon will also be in great abundance, and a special research task concludes with an encounter against a mythical Pokémon, which will likely be making its debut in Go. Some of the shiny Pokémon you should be on the lookout for are Unown F, Sawk, Audino, and Tympole.

Nintendo Switch OLED Pre-Orders Go Live Today

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Nintendo Switch OLED Pre-Orders Go Live Today

Following numerous Nintendo Switch 2 and Nintendo Switch Pro rumors, the Big N finally revealed the next step for its hybrid console with the OLED model. Announced earlier this month, the specs weren't exactly what Nintendo fans were expecting, but there are still upgrades to be found. Oddly enough, the Switch OLED model also gives the platform direct ethernet connectivity, which is a first for the platform. Interested? Pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED system are set to go live today. 

Nintendo tweeted out the confirmation that pre-orders will be going live on July 15, 2021, at the retailers that fans can find the new units at. Pre-orders aren't live yet, but they are going to be available at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET. You can chose the white set or the neon blue/red set that Switch players are already familiar with. Retailers that will be offering the new systems include stores like Best Buy, Target, GameStop, Walmart, Nintendo, Amazon, and more. Basically, all major retailers, which hopefully makes the purchasing process smooth for gamers looking to score the OLED.