Minecraft Partner Program Creates Breath Of The Wild's Hyrule Castle

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Minecraft Partner Program Creates Breath Of The Wild's Hyrule Castle

If you've ever explored Hyrule Castle in Breath of the Wild, you might have wondered what the building looked like before Calamity Ganon destroyed it so thoroughly. There was some hope that some of the game's DLC would be able to show what it looked like, but the DLC came and went without it.

Now, some Minecraft builders have recreated what they believed it to look like in the block-building game.

Users from a Minecraft Partners Program team, an official partner of Microsoft, used promotional footage of Breath of the Wild to try and piece together what the castle would have looked like inside before Ganon. It took thirteen people about two months to recreate the castle brick-by-brick in Minecraft.

Sekiro Gets A Patch Tonight That Calms That Bull

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Sekiro Gets A Patch Tonight That Calms That Bull

If you're one of the many still working your way through Sekiro, From Software's recently-released ninja action game, there might be some respite coming for you soon. An update scheduled to go live tonight will make a few changes in the game and attempt to make it easier for players to diversify the way they fight enemies by using more shinobi tools.

To begin with, the Blazing Bull has been toned down in the new update. The midboss, who appears shortly after the game's first real boss, ended up being a real wall for a lot of players. Up to that point, most enemies you fight are some manner of pragmatic human that acts with some rationality, while the Bull kind of stomps your face in with reckless abandon. The bull's posture and vitality have been "slightly" reduced, so it's not a walk in the park now, but it's a bit more manageable.

The bulk of the other changes are centered around the shinobi prosthetic. Seemingly From has gotten feedback of players not using ninja tools because they're afraid they'll run out of spirit emblems, so a number of tools have been made more efficient. You'll be spending fewer spirit emblems to use them, because From Software really wants you to use them.

Chrono Trigger Voted Best Video Game Of Outgoing Era In Japan

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Chrono Trigger Voted Best Video Game Of Outgoing Era In Japan

Japan's era calendar system is a little difficult to understand, but basically there are periods of years that are designated as eras by Japanese officials and often based on emperors. This is all a gross oversimplification and is not to be used as a source in anyone's book reports. The current era of Japan, the Heisei period, is scheduled to end in just a few days on April 30 after beginning in 1989.

Accordingly, Japanese magazine Famitsu ran a poll with 7000 voters to determine the best game of the Heisei era. Obviously such a poll, despite the massive amount of time it covers, would likely skew to more recent and popular games. While that's true, one game still managed to stand above the rest: Chrono Trigger.

The historically popular RPG was released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo as part of a dream team collaboration between some of the genre's biggest names. The development staff included Hironobu Sakaguchi, Akira Toriyama, Yuji Horii, Nobuo Uematsu, and staff that would go on to craft a number of other beloved RPGs afterward. It is commonly brought up as one of the best RPGs of all time — heck, we put it at number 3.

NetherRealm Studios Plans To Adjust Balance And Rewards In Mortal Kombat 11

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NetherRealm Studios Plans To Adjust Balance And Rewards In Mortal Kombat 11

With Mortal Kombat 11's review embargo ending today, some fans have been expressing concern over the single-player's progression toward rewards. Getting cosmetic items in the game is said to be difficult with the current ratio of time to rewards, as you will seemingly not get enough currency in-game to spend on anything worthwhile. We took a look at the game's monetization earlier today.

In today's Kombat Kast, NetherRealm Studios has noted this problem and say they plan to fix it.

The change will come from a behind-the-scenes tweak that the studio can do in the background, adjusting values of what you get, rather than in a full patch. A patch requires a much bigger list of tasks bundled together, so you won't seen an update notification fixing the values, it will just be different one day.

Spectator Throws A Dead Crab At Top Super Smash Bros. Player

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Spectator Throws A Dead Crab At Top Super Smash Bros. Player

Imagine this: you are one of the most prominent Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world. You're on stage, playing your heart out against another one of the most prominent Melee players in the world, and you ultimately attain victory. Then you almost get hit with a crab out of nowhere.

That's exactly what happened to Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma during a match last night at fighting game event Pulse. DeBiedma, who represents the esports organization Team Liquid, was squaring off against Joseph “Mango” Marquez, who represents Cloud9. Ultimately, DeBiedma was able to climb his way up from the loser's bracket and clinch victory in the grand finals from Marquez in a tense match.

That's when a crab flew past him.

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.