The Evil Within II Halloween Update Adds New Difficulty, Cheats

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The Evil Within II Halloween Update Adds New Difficulty, Cheats

 Last year's The Evil Within II got a new update just in time for Halloween, letting you make the game as easy or difficult as you want.

Version 1.05 of The Evil Within II adds "New features for Bethesda.Net members," and some bug fixes. That sounds vague at first, but Gearnuke reports the features include a new Akumu (English: "Nightmare") difficulty, as well as the option to turn on infinite stamina, super strength, and invincibility. The Evil Within II can be severely punishing at first, so the cheats may help you get over the initial hump while you get your bearings, and veteran players who love the game's weighty combat can get a new kick out of a higher difficulty.

For more on The Evil Within II, check out our review.

Former Runic, Gearbox Developers Form Monster Squad Games, Working On Co-op Action Game

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Former Runic, Gearbox Developers Form Monster Squad Games, Working On Co-op Action Game

 Eight former developers from the likes of Runic Games (Torchlight, Hob) and Gearbox Software have spun off to form Monster Squad games, and are working on a gameplay-focused co-op game.

PC Gamer has the lowdown on the studio's announcement. According to them, the studio's Monster Squad's first project will be "a co-op game with a mixture of shooting and melee combat against AI opponents," with loot, and likely will not have a competitive aspect. Although the background of the studio's member suggests the game may be an isometric or first-person game, the studio stated the perspective would be "something new" for them, which could mean a third-person action game.

The team is also focusing heavily on gameplay, and wants to development to be a dialogue with the community, which is why the studio plans to throw the game into an early access period. "It's really motivating to make something and then put it in front of players right away,"  Monster Squad co-founder John Dunbar told PC Gamer. "You find out what works, what doesn't work, and what's missing really fast, and if you put things out right after making them then the community can be a real part of the conversation about what the game is going to be.”

Former Runic, Gearbox Developers Form Monster Squad Games, Working On Co-op Action Game

about X hours ago from
Former Runic, Gearbox Developers Form Monster Squad Games, Working On Co-op Action Game

 Eight former developers from the likes of Runic Games (Torchlight, Hob) and Gearbox Software have spun off to form Monster Squad games, and are working on a gameplay-focused co-op game.

PC Gamer has the lowdown on the studio's announcement. According to them, the studio's Monster Squad's first project will be "a co-op game with a mixture of shooting and melee combat against AI opponents," with loot, and likely will not have a competitive aspect. Although the background of the studio's member suggests the game may be an isometric or first-person game, the studio stated the perspective would be "something new" for them, which could mean a third-person action game.

The team is also focusing heavily on gameplay, and wants to development to be a dialogue with the community, which is why the studio plans to throw the game into an early access period. "It's really motivating to make something and then put it in front of players right away,"  Monster Squad co-founder John Dunbar told PC Gamer. "You find out what works, what doesn't work, and what's missing really fast, and if you put things out right after making them then the community can be a real part of the conversation about what the game is going to be.”

Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

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Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

The next big Destiny 2: Forsaken update, 2.0.5, arrives next Tuesday, bringing with it some big quality-of-life improvements and a new questline for getting your friends to play the game.

The most important change the update makes is to how exotic weapons and armor will drop. Exotics are currently hyper-rare in Forsaken (far moreso than they were in vanilla Destiny 2), and players would often get the same exotics, often from year one, multiple times. This won't be the case come October 30, when the update hits.

While Bungie had previously announced this change, it detailed how the change would work this week. "When you’re receiving an exotic, we will take into account all exotics you’ve found, and weight them against Exotics you have yet to acquire; this lowers the chances of receiving Exotics you already own," Bungie says on its official blog. Armor pieces will be more much more common, too, since they have random rolls (making duplicates useful), and exotics received from quests are no longer in the pool of loot you can get from an exotic engram.

Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

about X hours ago from
Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

The next big Destiny 2: Forsaken update, 2.0.5, arrives next Tuesday, bringing with it some big quality-of-life improvements and a new questline for getting your friends to play the game.

The most important change the update makes is to how exotic weapons and armor will drop. Exotics are currently hyper-rare in Forsaken (far moreso than they were in vanilla Destiny 2), and players would often get the same exotics, often from year one, multiple times. This won't be the case come October 30, when the update hits.

While Bungie had previously announced this change, it detailed how the change would work this week. "When you’re receiving an exotic, we will take into account all exotics you’ve found, and weight them against Exotics you have yet to acquire; this lowers the chances of receiving Exotics you already own," Bungie says on its official blog. Armor pieces will be more much more common, too, since they have random rolls (making duplicates useful), and exotics received from quests are no longer in the pool of loot you can get from an exotic engram.

What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

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What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

Everyone in the general gaming world may be playing/talking about Red Dead in some way or another, but esports chugs along unabated. Check out some major events for mainstays and newcomers alike this weekend.

As part of this year's Twitchcon, Games Done Quick is hosting a shorter speedrunning marathon called GDQ Express, featuring two more days of fun speedrunning action. Check out runs for Titanfall 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Epicenter major concludes this weekend, with the group stage over and only a handful of teams left in the playoffs. (Stream / Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

Everyone in the general gaming world may be playing/talking about Red Dead in some way or another, but esports chugs along unabated. Check out some major events for mainstays and newcomers alike this weekend.

As part of this year's Twitchcon, Games Done Quick is hosting a shorter speedrunning marathon called GDQ Express, featuring two more days of fun speedrunning action. Check out runs for Titanfall 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Epicenter major concludes this weekend, with the group stage over and only a handful of teams left in the playoffs. (Stream / Schedule)

NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

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NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

Bandai Namco has announced that everyone's favorite android who kills lots of other robots but ends feeling kind of bad about it, 2B, is coming to their weapons-based fighter.

The company dropped a trailer featuring NieR: Automata's 2B (a Square Enix crossover character) as she encounters Ivy in the far-off future, then facing off against various characters. She looks to have a number of air combos and a dodge, similar to what she used in NieR:Automata. Accompanying her release will be new parts for the character creation tool, new music, and weapons. You can watch the trailer below.

Bandai Namco stated the character is "Coming Soon," and will be part of the game's Season Pass, along with Tira and two other characters.

NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

about X hours ago from
NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

Bandai Namco has announced that everyone's favorite android who kills lots of other robots but ends feeling kind of bad about it, 2B, is coming to their weapons-based fighter.

The company dropped a trailer featuring NieR: Automata's 2B (a Square Enix crossover character) as she encounters Ivy in the far-off future, then facing off against various characters. She looks to have a number of air combos and a dodge, similar to what she used in NieR:Automata. Accompanying her release will be new parts for the character creation tool, new music, and weapons. You can watch the trailer below.

Weekend Warrior – That One With The Horses

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Weekend Warrior – That One With The Horses

Here we are again. Another week down, another weekend to look forward to. Big surprise, most of us will be playing Red Dead. If you’re doing something extraordinary like cooking for yourself, or not playing Red Dead Redemption 2, let us know in the comments below. Or if you’re playing Red Dead Redemption 2, well, we’d still like to know about it.

Brian Shea (@brianpshea) - I just wrapped up the main story of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey after 43 hours. I don’t really want to do any more side missions right now, but I feel like I have some unfinished business with a certain cult, so I’m going to be hunting the members of that organization down. After I wrap up that endeavor, it’s time to start the horse boys game.

Jeff Cork (@gijeff) - Here comes something that will blow your mind: I’m going to play Red Dead Redemption II this weekend. I’ll do my best to try out stuff in the game that other people in this roundup aren’t doing, just to make it interesting, though. And I might play a few rounds of Overwatch, too. Ta dah!