Red Dead Redemption II Has A Companion App

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Red Dead Redemption II Has A Companion App

Rockstar has revealed that, in addition to playing Red Dead Redemption II on your big screen, you can also add a few inches to your screen by looking at a smaller screen sometimes. With the Red Dead companion app, the old west is at your fingertips.

In fairness to Red Dead, and putting aside well-warranted cynicism from years of companion apps, this one doesn't look too bad. The app, available on iOS and Android, lets you make waypoints directly from your phone for you to follow in the game. That means that the app has a complete map of the old west on it, which is thematically consistent, because companion apps also feel like they're from a bygone era.

Way more importantly, though, the app lets you move all the heads-up display (HUD) elements onto your phone, so you can play the game HUD-free if you so choose. I'm a big fan of getting rid of HUDs for open world games, so this is pretty cool. 

Red Dead Redemption II Has A Companion App

about X hours ago from
Red Dead Redemption II Has A Companion App

Rockstar has revealed that, in addition to playing Red Dead Redemption II on your big screen, you can also add a few inches to your screen by looking at a smaller screen sometimes. With the Red Dead companion app, the old west is at your fingertips.

In fairness to Red Dead, and putting aside well-warranted cynicism from years of companion apps, this one doesn't look too bad. The app, available on iOS and Android, lets you make waypoints directly from your phone for you to follow in the game. That means that the app has a complete map of the old west on it, which is thematically consistent, because companion apps also feel like they're from a bygone era.

Way more importantly, though, the app lets you move all the heads-up display (HUD) elements onto your phone, so you can play the game HUD-free if you so choose. I'm a big fan of getting rid of HUDs for open world games, so this is pretty cool. 

The Fallout 76 Beta Has Begun On Xbox One

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The Fallout 76 Beta Has Begun On Xbox One

For those who pre-ordered Fallout 76 and have access to the closed beta test, your time to shine is coming up soon, as the Fallout 76 multiplayer beta launches at 4:00 p.m. PDT, i.e. now.

Here's a quick cheat-sheet for your region:

Other platforms will get access in a week with their pre-order codes, but Xbox One owners get to try out the game earlier today. Yesterday, Bethesda warned of "spectacular" bugs and performance issues in the beta and asked for both understanding and a heads up.

The Fallout 76 Beta Has Begun On Xbox One

about X hours ago from
The Fallout 76 Beta Has Begun On Xbox One

For those who pre-ordered Fallout 76 and have access to the closed beta test, your time to shine is coming up soon, as the Fallout 76 multiplayer beta launches at 4:00 p.m. PDT, i.e. now.

Here's a quick cheat-sheet for your region:

Other platforms will get access in a week with their pre-order codes, but Xbox One owners get to try out the game earlier today. Yesterday, Bethesda warned of "spectacular" bugs and performance issues in the beta and asked for both understanding and a heads up.

Spider-Man Crawls To The Top Of September U.S. Game Sales, With Assassins And Tomb Raiders Climbing Up Behind

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Spider-Man Crawls To The Top Of September U.S. Game Sales, With Assassins And Tomb Raiders Climbing Up Behind

For the month of September, the National Purchase Diary (NPD) has assembled a list of the best selling retail and in most cases digital sales for video games. September was a doozy of a month, seeing major releases like Marvel's Spider-Man, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more.

In terms of software, Spider-Man swings high above the competition. Sony had previously put the game at 3.3 million copies sold worldwide within three days of release. Extrapolating that out to the U.S.'s usual percentage and assuming the game just didn't stop selling, it is probably around two million in the U.S. for the month of September, though I am sure Sony will be along shortly to give more concrete numbers. The NPD group does say the game is the third best selling title of 2018 already.

Marvel's Spider-Man's launch month sales are 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of every other Spider-Man game since the NPD first started tracking retail sales in 1995.

Spider-Man Crawls To The Top Of September U.S. Game Sales, With Assassins And Tomb Raiders Climbing Up Behind

about X hours ago from
Spider-Man Crawls To The Top Of September U.S. Game Sales, With Assassins And Tomb Raiders Climbing Up Behind

For the month of September, the National Purchase Diary (NPD) has assembled a list of the best selling retail and in most cases digital sales for video games. September was a doozy of a month, seeing major releases like Marvel's Spider-Man, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more.

In terms of software, Spider-Man swings high above the competition. Sony had previously put the game at 3.3 million copies sold worldwide within three days of release. Extrapolating that out to the U.S.'s usual percentage and assuming the game just didn't stop selling, it is probably around two million in the U.S. for the month of September, though I am sure Sony will be along shortly to give more concrete numbers. The NPD group does say the game is the third best selling title of 2018 already.

Marvel's Spider-Man's launch month sales are 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of every other Spider-Man game since the NPD first started tracking retail sales in 1995.

No New Overwatch Map At Blizzcon, Overwatch World Cup Viewer Coming Soon

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No New Overwatch Map At Blizzcon, Overwatch World Cup Viewer Coming Soon

In the newest Overwatch developer video, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan is extremely eager to talk about the newest spectating feature for the Overwatch World Cup, which takes place at Blizzcon soon.

The new spectating mode, which can only be done through Battle.net at the moment, allows spectators to buzz around the game as a camera and get a lot more information than they might on a stream focusing on a single person, including status effects happening to players. The Overwatch World Cup takes place at Blizzcon starting on November 2, so Blizzard is going into beta on PC soon.

The standard method of streaming the game through Twitch and other services will still be available, so you do not have to use Battle.net.

No New Overwatch Map At Blizzcon, Overwatch World Cup Viewer Coming Soon

about X hours ago from
No New Overwatch Map At Blizzcon, Overwatch World Cup Viewer Coming Soon

In the newest Overwatch developer video, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan is extremely eager to talk about the newest spectating feature for the Overwatch World Cup, which takes place at Blizzcon soon.

The new spectating mode, which can only be done through Battle.net at the moment, allows spectators to buzz around the game as a camera and get a lot more information than they might on a stream focusing on a single person, including status effects happening to players. The Overwatch World Cup takes place at Blizzcon starting on November 2, so Blizzard is going into beta on PC soon.

The standard method of streaming the game through Twitch and other services will still be available, so you do not have to use Battle.net.

Pokémon Go Halloween Event Is Legendarily Spooky

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Pokémon Go Halloween Event Is Legendarily Spooky

When your license has a character-type dedicated solely to Ghosts, it would be really strange if you didn't take part in Halloween festivities. Niantic is making sure to answer the call with a new Halloween event for Pokémon Go, which can earn you a legendary Pokémon and new fourth-generation Pokémon to catch.

The legendary for the event is Giratina, a Ghost/Dragon Pokémon that emblazoned the cover of Pokémon Platinum back in 2009. The legendary dragon who you might best remember for being a menace in the most recent Super Smash Bros. is available during raid battles until November 20, at which point it fades into the ether.

Non-legendary Pokémon for this event focuses on Ghost- and Dark-types including Stunky and one of my personal favorites Drifloon, couched around a story event of strange occurrences happening at Professor Willow's lab. Seriously, just look at Drifloon's Pokédex entry.

Pokémon Go Halloween Event Is Legendarily Spooky

about X hours ago from
Pokémon Go Halloween Event Is Legendarily Spooky

When your license has a character-type dedicated solely to Ghosts, it would be really strange if you didn't take part in Halloween festivities. Niantic is making sure to answer the call with a new Halloween event for Pokémon Go, which can earn you a legendary Pokémon and new fourth-generation Pokémon to catch.

The legendary for the event is Giratina, a Ghost/Dragon Pokémon that emblazoned the cover of Pokémon Platinum back in 2009. The legendary dragon who you might best remember for being a menace in the most recent Super Smash Bros. is available during raid battles until November 20, at which point it fades into the ether.

Non-legendary Pokémon for this event focuses on Ghost- and Dark-types including Stunky and one of my personal favorites Drifloon, couched around a story event of strange occurrences happening at Professor Willow's lab. Seriously, just look at Drifloon's Pokédex entry.