Gears 5 Next-Gen Update Let's Players Recast Marcus Fenix As Batista

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Gears 5 Next-Gen Update Let's Players Recast Marcus Fenix As Batista

The Coalition announced a slew of big changes coming to Gears 5 when it arrives on Xbox Series X. On top of performance enhancements and new modes, the campaign gets a lot more animalistic with the inclusion of ex-WWE world champ and guardian of the galaxy, Dave Bautista.

After appearing as a multiplayer skin in the original version, players can now swap Marcus Fenix with Big Dave for the entire campaign. More than just a palette swap, Bautista even recorded new dialogue for the story. It should be stressed again that Bautista is not replacing Marcus Fenix in the campaign permanently. The switch is 100% optional. 

The news should serve as a fun treat to Dave’s fanbase, as well as the big guy himself. The actor lobbied hard on social media last summer to portray Marcus Fenix in a Gears of War film, garnering a groundswell of support. That didn’t pan out (unfortunately) but this is arguably better. At least he gets to be Fenix in the medium the character originated from. 

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Brings Nerfs For Falling Guillotine, Ruinous Effigy, And More

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light Brings Nerfs For Falling Guillotine, Ruinous Effigy, And More

The Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion is almost here and a ton of changes are making their way into the Bungie shooter to make room. From vaulted content to new stories, there's a lot of shakeups happening soon and unfortunately, that means nerfs. The Falling Guillotine sword is among the weapons getting nerfed with a new update dropping soon. Here's what you need to know about what's getting nerfed in Destiny 2. 

Mountaintop, Falling Guillotine, and Ruinous Effigy are getting that nerf action and as a big fan of the very powerful sword, I'm a little sad. But changes, they are necessary, so here's what you need to know about how these three weapons are getting nerfed down, and which ones are just going through a few little evolutionary changes: 

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Apex Legends Comes To Steam In November Alongside Season 7, Switch Version Delayed

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Apex Legends Comes To Steam In November Alongside Season 7, Switch Version Delayed

During this summer’s EA Play event, EA announced that Apex Legends was headed to Steam and Nintendo Switch, the latter of which this fall. Well, developer Respawn has some good news and some bad news. On the positive side, Apex Legends arrives on Steam next month. Bad news: the Switch version has been delayed out of 2020. 

In a blog post, Respawn updated fans on what’s going on in the world of Apex Legends. The game officially arrives on Steam November 4. If that’s not exciting enough, that just happens to be the same day that the still-mysterious Season 7 will go live. But wait, there’s more! Origin players will also have their account progression and unlocks carried over the Steam version. That bit is unsurprising given how EA partnered with Valve almost a year ago to bring their titles to Steam. That’s an awesome gesture nonetheless.   

Horror Game Visage Releases On October 30

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Horror Game Visage Releases On October 30

Horror game Visage has been in early access for a long time. Now, it's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 30 — just a week away! Hell, we talked about the first pieces of the game years ago around this time. You can check out that video right here, though lots has happened since then!

Visage is an atmospheric trek through a haunted house that tasks the player with discovering the tragic circumstances around each family member, for a total of four "tales". In early access, two tales were available, this 1.0 release brings the total to four with around fifteen hours of content.

If the rest of the game is like Lucy's Early Access tale, brace yourself for some serious scares and challenges as you struggle to keep the lights on and your sanity stable. While the game was previously playable on PC in the Steam Early Access program, this full release is also coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

New Assassin's Creed Valhalla Manga Announced As A Vinland Saga Crossover

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New Assassin's Creed Valhalla Manga Announced As A Vinland Saga Crossover

Assassin's Creed is officially returning back to the world of manga following Awakening with a special crossover between Valhalla and Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be crossing over into the Vinland Saga universe with a special manga that will blend the best of both worlds. 

For those not familiar with Vinland Saga, it is a historical anime and manga series from Makoto Yukimura that had a stellar first season debut back in 2019. The story follows Young Thorfinn, a boy that grew up on stories of old sailors that went on limitless adventures in an effort to reach the legendary location of Vinland. As the war between England and the Danes grows more dangerous, and the Viking mercenaries grow more ruthless, Thorfinn takes revenge into his own hands to avenge his murdered father. 

With the Viking tie-in being a major focus, the Vikings of Valhalla come into play. The news was revealed via Ubisoft Japan, alongside a sneak peek at some of the pages from the short story: 

Rapper Travis Scott Named Newest Official PlayStation Strategic Creative Partner

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Rapper Travis Scott Named Newest Official PlayStation Strategic Creative Partner

Rapper Travis Scott dominated Fortnite earlier this year with an in-game concert, now he's bleeding over into a larger gaming pool by becoming PlayStation's latest strategic creative partner. 

As revealed in the latest PlayStation Blog post, Senior Vice President of PlayStation Worldwide Marketing Eric Lempel revealed their collaboration with Scott. "Through our mutual passion for gaming and creativity, we plan on collaborating with Travis and his Cactus Jack brand to produce innovative projects that we hope will delight our collective fans." 

The PlayStation team says they chose Scott because he is "constantly surprising" and "incredibly innovative," which is something they are looking for when going into a new generation of gaming. 

You Can Pet The Dogs In The Red Lantern And Make Sure They Don't Die

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You Can Pet The Dogs In The Red Lantern And Make Sure They Don't Die

The Red Lantern is available now on Nintendo Switch and this story-driven rogue-lite adventure features all of the best puppers in one game. That being said, the most important question in any title is can we protect those goodest of good boys and can we pet them? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes. 

The Red Lantern is a gorgeous indie title that allows players to explore an incredibly dynamic world that evolves as the story progresses. With over 100 different encounters thanks to the choice-driven narrative, the story is tailored and stunning and encourages rewards through exploration. 

More importantly, it features cute dogs; eight different pups, to be exact. Just like with any game that features adorable companions, the question immediately comes to mind concerning the safety of these fictitious animals. I'll admit, I'm a complete wimp when it comes to any kind of animal in a game getting hurt even knowing it's not real. While playing for our full review coming later, I was terrified of that first moment when a puppers dies. When it happened, I cried. I'm not ashamed to admit that. I'm not necessarily proud, but I'm not ashamed of it. Luckily, that pain was shortlived because there is a way to prevent those deaths from happening in between giving all of the pets and cuddles.

Check Out 14 Minutes of Unsettling Scorn Gameplay

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Check Out 14 Minutes of Unsettling Scorn Gameplay

Scorn left many gamers scratching their heads when its mysterious (and, frankly, gross) trailer dropped during Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase back in May. Developer Ebb Software gave intrigued gamers a good look at the game’s H.R. Giger-style world and the horrors it contains. 

The lengthy demo (an expanded version of a level shown in 2017 now running on Xbox Series X) takes players on a methodical trek through one of Scorn’s labyrinthine levels. One of the main visual takeaways is that everything has a bio-mechanical feel. Pulsating roots of flesh cover the metallic walls and gadgets feel as alive as the player. Even your weapon is just a shell covering a network of living muscle. At one point, the character impales a creature by firing a retractable rod from their gun’s barrel–reminiscent of the Xenomorph’s second mouth in Alien. Gross as the weapons are, you’ll need them to battle all manner of disturbing creatures, best described as “fleshy, toothy, whatchamacallits”.  

Nintendo Will Begin Selling Individual Joy-Cons

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Nintendo Will Begin Selling Individual Joy-Cons

Buying new Joy-Cons, even just one of them has always been a steep investment since you could only buy them in pairs at $79.99. That will finally change, over 3 years after the Switch’s launch. Nintendo announced that individual Joy-Cons will be available for purchase in the very near future.  

Beginning November 9, Nintendo will offer the Neon Red and Blue controllers separately for a still-relatively expensive $39.99. Unfortunately, the colors remain locked to specific orientations. By that I mean you can only get Red left Joy-Cons and Blue right ones. While that’s been the standard layout since launch, it would have been nice to have the colors on the opposite side. That way pairs of Red/Blue Joy-Cons can be made more easily. On the bright side, my Switch can finally rock a pair of Grey/Red controllers. Yes, I’m weird – speaking of which, hopefully, Nintendo will offer single packs of the more exotic controller colors sooner than later. 

Starting on 11/9, single #NintendoSwitch Joy-Con controllers will be available for purchase for $39.99. Choose from the left Joy-Con controller in Neon Blue, and the right Joy-Con controller in Neon Red. pic.twitter.com/wXW8BEssS7

Gears 5 Story DLC Coming In December

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Gears 5 Story DLC Coming In December

Gears 5 is getting story-based DLC called "Hivebusters" sometime in December, developer The Coalition recently told IGNWhile no specific release date was given, Zoe Curnoe, the principle lead producer on Gears 5, did tell the outlet the DLC will focus on the Hivebusters squad, who made their first appearance in the Gears of War: Hivebusters comic series in May 2019, and in Gears 5 last September in the cooperative game mode Escape. Hivebusters will be released on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. 

"All I can say is December and the title is Hivebusters, so it might give you a little hint as to what that content might contain," Curnoe told IGN. "That'll be available on the new consoles as well, so it'll be optimized for those two."

According to The Coalition, Hivebusters will take players between three and four hours to complete. The studio also pointed out that it's the first piece of Gears content "reviewed, tuned, and polished" during development for the Xbox Series X/S, rather than upgraded after the fact.