Monster Hunter Stories Now Out On Mobile Devices

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Monster Hunter Stories Now Out On Mobile Devices

Monster Hunter Stories, the 3DS RPG that released last year on Nintendo's older handheld, has gotten an abrupt port to mobile devices today. You can check out a trailer for the Monster Hunter spinoff below.

Monster Hunter Stories was part of an intended multimedia effort to get younger kids into the famously complex Monster Hunter series. The game was paired with an anime series that ultimately didn't take off and the game did not do terribly well, either, though we liked the 3DS game quite a bit.

The game is $19.99 on mobile devices and Capcom advertises that is the only price you have to pay for the game.

Venom, Mystique, And Ultron Join Marvel Strike Force Roster Alongside Big 2.0 Update

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Venom, Mystique, And Ultron Join Marvel Strike Force Roster Alongside Big 2.0 Update

FoxNext's character-collection game based in the Marvel universe received a big 2.0 update today. In addition to several new features and some new objectives to earn rewards, three marquee characters are joining the roster.

Venom headlines the additions as the character's film starring Tom Hardy nears release. Players can earn Venom by completing event campaign missions and new Alpha Strike raids, which come in three difficulties and require players to use the Cosmic, Global, and City heroes on their teams. In addition to Venom, players will also soon be able to recruit Mystique and Ultron. Ultron previously appeared as a CPU-controlled enemy, but this is the first time players will be able to recruit him.

With more characters from the X-Men side of the universe coming into play, a new Mutant origin trait has been added to the game. This allows for characters who possess this trait to play off one another and equip new Mutant gear. Announced characters affected by this new trait include Cable, Deadpool, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique.

Mouse And Keyboard Support Coming To Xbox One

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Mouse And Keyboard Support Coming To Xbox One

Microsoft has announced it is finally rolling out support for an input method that's been somewhat contentious on console: the mouse and keyboard.

Announced during today's episode of Microsoft's Inside Xbox show, the previously rumored feature will be rolling out to a limited number of Xbox Insider users "in the coming weeks." Most keyboards and mice that use USB (wired or wireless) should work, though Microsoft is partnering with Razer on keyboard and mouse method made specifically for the Xbox One.

I know what you're thinking: Won't users who use this option, which tends to be faster and more precise than a controller, have an advantage over controller users? They would, but only if the developer chooses to enable the feature. "It’s important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers’ discretion. For all other titles, nothing changes," says Jason Ronald, director of program management at Xbox. "Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games." So if a developer thinks introducing the mouse and keyboard into their game would ruin it, it doesn't have to.

October's Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Overcooked, Hitman: Blood Money

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October's Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Overcooked, Hitman: Blood Money

The lineup for next month's Games With Gold has been revealed. Major Nelson tweeted out that players with Xbox Live Gold can look forward to downloading titles like Overcooked and Hitman: Blood Money. The other two free games in the lineup include Victor Vran and Stuntman: Ignition. 

Major Nelson also tweeted out the new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass next month, which include Wolfenstein: The New Order and Forza Horizon 4 when it's released on October 2. 

October's Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Overcooked and Hitman: Blood Money

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October's Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Overcooked and Hitman: Blood Money

The lineup for next month's Games With Gold has been revealed. Major Nelson tweeted out that players with Xbox Live Gold can look forward to downloading titles like Overcooked and Hitman: Blood Money. The other two free games in the lineup include Victor Vran and Stuntman: Ignition. 

Major Nelson also tweeted out the new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass next month, which include Wolfenstein: The New Order and Forza Horizon 4 when it's released on October 2. 

Xbox 360 Is Still The Most-Used Controller On Steam, Switch Pro Surprisingly Popular

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Xbox 360 Is Still The Most-Used Controller On Steam, Switch Pro Surprisingly Popular

Valve has released data surveying all the kinds of controllers players hook up while playing games on Steam, how long and often they use them, and what they use those controllers with. While some of the results are no-brainers, there are several surprises worth digging into.

It should come as no surprise that the Xbox 360 controller remains the most popular controller for Steam users, with 27.2 Million users using it to play all kinds of games on Steam. Although it's several years old at this point, the two new controllers offer more or less the same functionality, and the differences some of the new options might offer (like the Dualshock 4 and Switch Pro Controller's gyro sensors) going mostly unused in PC games. It's dominating as the most widely-compatible controller, too, thanks to ubiquity of Xinput, the driver most games use to recognize the controller.

That said, while you may have expected the Xbox One controller to be second (it also uses Xinput and is easier to connect on to a PC), the Dualshock 4 is in second place, with 12.2 million users having hooked one up. This is surprising since Dualshock 4 compatibility is still on a case-by-case basis in many games, though Steam itself does offer standard compatibility with the controller. The Xbox One controller is third, with 11.5 million users. Fourth is the PS3 controller, oddly enough, with 4.1 million users.

Telltale Employees Allege Company Violated Labor Laws In Class-Action Suit

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Telltale Employees Allege Company Violated Labor Laws In Class-Action Suit

Late last week, Telltale Games essentially shut down, laying off the vast majority of their employees with the intention of shutting down completely after fulfilling some contractual obligations. Yesterday afternoon, a former Telltale employee Vernie Roberts, Jr. filed a class-action suit on behalf of himself and fellow employees alleging that the San Rafael-based developer violated labor laws by not aligning to Federal and state laws outlined by the WARN Act, Polygon reports.

When Telltale laid off around 225 of their staff last week, the company did so abruptly, having not given much if any warning to its employees, with reports of some employees having just moved to the Bay Area developer to start work the previous week. Under WARN, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, employers with over one hundred employees are required to give those employees 60 days notification before any mass layoffs or closures. In California, that number lessens to 75 employees, but still has the same 60-day requirement.

Nintendo Switch Online Will Hold Your Cloud Saves For Six Months After Your Membership Expires

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Nintendo Switch Online Will Hold Your Cloud Saves For Six Months After Your Membership Expires

A little while ago, it was discovered that if you unsubscribe from the newly-launched Nintendo Switch Online service, your clouds saves disappear. This made Nintendo's cloud save solution the most stringent, as PS4 cloud saves are kept indefinitely, and Xbox One/Steam have free cloud save storage. While it's still the case Nintendo's online service is lagging behind its competitors, we've recently learned that you do have some time before the saves are gone for good.

IGN reports that Nintendo keeps your cloud saves in storage for 180 days (six months) after your unsubscribe for the service. "If a Nintendo Switch Online membership expires, users won’t be able to access their Save Data Cloud backups," Nintendo said in a statement. "However, Nintendo will allow users who resubscribe within 180 days to access their previous Save Data Cloud backups."

This means that if, for whatever reason, you unsubscribe from the service, you can hold off on re-upping for a while, then come back and keep your saves. Of course, not all games will be compatible with cloud saving, and you won't have access to the NES controller-styled JoyCons while your subscription is lapsed.

Destiny 2's Newest Crucible Mode, Breakthrough, Is Now Live

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Destiny 2's Newest Crucible Mode, Breakthrough, Is Now Live

Back in July, we detailed one of the new Crucible modes Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion would bring with it post-launch: Breakthrough. Although it's centered around capture points, all eyes are on one point at a time, and it's a bit more modal than most Crucible modes, as the objective shifts depending on which team managed to capture the initial point. If that sounds like your thing, you're free to try it right now.

Following this week's update, the mode is currently the featured Crucible playlist, letting players test out the mode for themselves without worrying about other modes turning up instead. Of course, with the weekly reset comes a new weekly that offers powerful-grade gear (which is the only way to up your power level in Destiny 2) for completing five matches, making it even more enticing to knock out a few rounds of the mode this week. 

Anyone is free to access the mode from the playlist, but only those who own Forsaken are able to create private lobbies using the mode. PlayStation 4 players also have access to an exclusive map until Fall of 2019.

Fortnite Season 6 Teasers Coming Out

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Fortnite Season 6 Teasers Coming Out

With Fortnite season 6 rapidly approaching, Epic is ratcheting up the teaser images in anticipation. In addition to the cowboy image above, there appears to be a 1980s-style cyberpunk llama, as well, posted over yesterday. According to Epic, the llama appears to be a DJ.

All great parties need a DJ.
3 days to Season 6. pic.twitter.com/9e9zJkkiio

The run up to season 6 has been Fortnite's strangest yet, with a purple cube appearing around the game's battle royale map. The cube recently dissolved into the lake, making the surface bouncy and flubber-like. With Fortnite seasons usually centering around a theme, it's difficult right now to figure out how the cube, llama, and cowboy all relate.