Fortnite Teases A More Extensive Collaboration With Avengers

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Fortnite Teases A More Extensive Collaboration With Avengers

A few weeks ago, dataminers discovered a reference to Thanos in the game's update files, strongly suggesting a return of the Thanos mode in Fortnite Battle Royale that had appeared a year prior. That mode was made fairly quickly due to an unlikely mutual fandom between Epic Games and the Avengers: Infinity War directors, the Russo brothers, but it looks like an extra year has given Epic time to do the collaboration justice.

A new tease on the Fortnite Twitter account isn't being subtle about the fact that Avengers content is coming to Fortnite and likely soon. The tweet simply reads "Whatever it takes," followed by the date for Avengers: Endgame's theatrical release, and the hashtag "#FortniteXAvengers" at the end.

While definitely expository, the tweet doesn't give us a whole lot of information, as is typical of Epic's Fortnite teases. The shield in the picture is obviously Captain America's, so there will probably be Avengers-themed items in the mix this time around. Will you be able to don the Iron Man suit? Can you swing around buildings like Spider-Man? Will you have to gather infinity stones? There's a lot of different possibilities.

What You Can And Can't Do In Mortal Kombat 11 Offline

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What You Can And Can't Do In Mortal Kombat 11 Offline

Mortal Kombat 11 hits stores tomorrow, but there are still a few lingering questions you may have about the game, even after our own podcast hoping to answer some of them. One topic we touched on in that podcast was what the game would let you do offline. Designer Derek Kirtzic answered that question fairly well, but we wanted to give you a full rundown of what to expect if you plan to play the game without an internet connection.

Let's start with the obvious: You can't play against people online in any way, or run A.I. character battles, which have you duking out with other people's A.I. character teams.

It's outside of that where things get complicated. Mortal Kombat 11 relies heavily on pinging its online servers after almost everything you do, and many of its biggest modes rely on it to even work. Pretty much everything you do gives you one of four currencies (koins, soul fragments, hearts, or time crystals), and all of that info is mostly kept server-side (more on that in a bit). So when you play offline, your profile is reset to level zero, and you won't have access to any currency you've accrued previously as well as the daily challenges that can be useful for accruing currency. You can still look at your profile stats, though, so that's nice.

Kingdom Hearts III's Critical Mode Arrives Tomorrow

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Kingdom Hearts III's Critical Mode Arrives Tomorrow

During this year's GDC,  Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tai Yasue announced that Kingdom Hearts III's anticipated Critical Mode update would be arriving "very soon." It appears that very soon is nowish.

Series creator Tetsuya Nomura announced on Twitter today that the update, free for all owners of Kingdom Hearts III, is arriving tomorrow on April 23:

Greetings, it’s been a while since I last posted. Spring is here, and I hope everyone is doing well. #KingdomHearts III's long-awaited Critical Mode is available as a free update tomorrow (PT).
We’ve changed things up from the previous games, so I hope you enjoy - Nomura pic.twitter.com/Npz8FeKmCK

Where's Our Mortal Kombat 11 Review?

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Where's Our Mortal Kombat 11 Review?

Mortal Kombat 11 is awesome. Many of you probably already made this conclusion after playing the beta, but my praise extends far beyond the combat to the depth of unlockables, single-player story (which is ridiculous in the best ways), and, well, everything. NetherRealm Studios continues to find new ways to breathe life into this long-running fighting franchise, and this sequel is easily one of the series' best.

If I love it so much, why don't I have a review yet? Two aspects of the game still need to be tested. While I was able to connect with other critics for two online matches, most of my attempts to play online didn't go anywhere. I'll need to test this aspect of the game once it's officially out in the wild. 

I also need to see what content is currently hidden from me in the in-game store. I've earned a specific currency to burn, but have yet to find out what it is for. 

2019 Video Game Release Schedule

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2019 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2019, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

New additions or changes to the list will be in bold.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

2019 Video Game Release Schedule

about X hours ago from
2019 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2019, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

New additions or changes to the list will be in bold.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

A Bloodborne Board Game Hits Kickstarter This Tuesday

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A Bloodborne Board Game Hits Kickstarter This Tuesday

On April 23, tabletop game maker CMON (Cool Mini or Not) will launch a Kickstarter campaign for a new Bloodborne experience. This tile-based board game is CMON's second venture with Bloodborne. The first was a tactical card game designed for three to five players. Following the card game's successful launch, CMON released an expansion called The Hunter's Nightmare

The trailer below walks you through the key beats of the board game, showing how players explore the city of Yharnam cooperatively, revealing a tile with each turn. Missions are tied to specific tiles, as are monsters which are summoned. The game appears to come with a number of plastic miniatures for the Hunter and various critters to battle.

If funded, Bloodborne: The Board Game will join Dark Souls: The Board Game, which was created by Steamforged Games, a studio that is again tapping the video game space for a Devil May Cry 5 board game.

'True Detective Pikachu' Parody Trailer Is Certainly Something

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'True Detective Pikachu' Parody Trailer Is Certainly Something

If you thought the trailers for Detective Pikachu didn't feature enough existential angst you're kind of a weirdo, but at least there's a trailer that should be more your style.

Youtube channel Sam and Bill Comedy in association with Bad Duck Media have produced a real trailer for a fake TV show that would turn the lovable electric rodent into a Rustin Cohle-type resembling something out of the Soulcalibur VI character creator. It's pretty well done, and while the visage of Pikachu as a real person will haunt my dreams long after my soul has departed from my body, I kind of want to see more this particular fever dream. Make it happen, HBO and The Pokémon Company!

Half-Life 2 Mobility Mod Basically Turns It Into Titanfall 2

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Half-Life 2 Mobility Mod Basically Turns It Into Titanfall 2

Need another reason to play through Half-Life 2? What if it was basically Titanfall 2?

The Half-Life 2 Mobility Mod adds a number of movement options to the game that make its gameplay resemble Titanfall 2. The mod lets you double-jump, power slide, wall-run, and climb ledges. The mod also adds a short tutorial and mini-campaign, new airboat rockets, a button to quickly throw grenades (instead of having to manually swap to them), and a few cheat modes as well.

The mod has been out since the middle of last year, but received a big version-two update this week. This new version makes the mod simpler to install (letting you install it for Half-Life 2 and its two episodes instead of having to do it individually), adds a new dedicated crowbar key, flying attack, and refines the existing movement options. Also, "destroying an APC ejects the driver up into the air." 

Reader Discussion – What's The Nicest Game-Related Thing Someone Has Done For You?

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Reader Discussion – What's The Nicest Game-Related Thing Someone Has Done For You?

Multiplayer gaming tends to fall under two categories: cooperative and competitive. While competition gets a ton of the spotlight through tournaments and esports events, cooperation and working together to make the world a better place (usually one with fewer zombies) by being nice to each other doesn't.

So we want to know: What was the nicest game-related thing someone has done for you? Mine happened a while ago, but I'll never forget it. It happened to be pretty late during my first Evo tournament back in 2016, and one of the tournament setups for Guilty Gear: Xrd was free. I hadn't played the game much before and I needed to place to sit down for a moment, so I figured hey, why not start play some?

After a few rounds against the AI, a couple came up and asked through a few gestures (they were Japanese and didn't know English) if I would play against them. I tried to make it very clear that I was not in any way good, and that I'd be willing to let them use the setup to play against each other, but they wanted to play me. After a couple of rounds it became clear I wasn't very good, but they actually, again mostly through gestures, took an hour of their time to show me how to do some of the character Potemkin's trickier moves, and I eventually got a round off one of them. It is, to this day, the nicest game-related thing someone has done for me.