Sonic 3D Blast Gets A Fan Patch From Founder Of Traveler's Tales

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Sonic 3D Blast Gets A Fan Patch From Founder Of Traveler's Tales

The 1996 Genesis release of Sonic 3D Blast, the isometric Sonic game that didn't really set the world on fire, has gotten a director's cut patch from the game's original lead programmer and founder of Traveler's Tales, the company now best known for LEGO games.

Jon Burton, who founded Traveler's Tales in 1989 and still works there, worked on Sonic 3D Blast in 1996. The isometric platformer had the misfortune of coming out shortly after Super Mario 64 and not really being what people expected from Sonic in 3D. Burton had always wanted to fix the game, but never got the chance.

“Because Sonic 3D is part of the Sonic legacy, and Sonic has had a mixed legacy, I’d like to address, where I can, my part in that,” Burton told Gamesbeat. “If I can make Sonic 3D a bit more acceptable to the Sonic fanbase with a few days of my time, then great, why not try it?”

Tencent Brings PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds To China, Promises Changes To Better Reflect Chinese Values

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Tencent Brings PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds To China, Promises Changes To Better Reflect Chinese Values

Tecent and PUBG Corp., a corporation spun out of Battlegrounds publisher Bluehole to better control the direction of the game, have announced that Tencent will be exclusively bringing the game to China, and making changes to make the game a better fit for the market.

The announcement made today finally brings Battlegrounds to one of the biggest potential markets in the world, and is the culmination of months of rumored talks. Tencent are also the majority owner of Epic Games, who have seen success with their own Battlegrounds variant in their recently released Fortnite.

In the statement, Tencent also clarified that the game would not release in China completely identically to other versions. In a statement translated by Reuters, the mega-corporation said "[Tencent] will make adjustment to content ... and make sure they accord with socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture and moral rules."

December Xbox Games With Gold Revealed, Including Vermintide, Back To The Future, Child Of Eden, And Marlow Briggs

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December Xbox Games With Gold Revealed, Including Vermintide, Back To The Future, Child Of Eden, And Marlow Briggs

Microsoft has unveiled the list of games that will be free for Xbox Live Gold members for the month of December, including Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, Telltale's Back to the Future, Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Child of Eden, and Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death.

Telltale's Back to the Future is one of their first games in their current template, while Child of Eden is notable for for Mizuguchi's on-stage E3 demo for the game using Kinect (though the full game has a controller option).

You can download any of these games during the window allowed and can keep them as long as you're subscribed to Xbox Live Gold.

First Image From Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Shows Chris Pratt And A Baby Raptor

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First Image From Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Shows Chris Pratt And A Baby Raptor

The first official footage of the Jurassic World sequel has come out and shows Chris Pratt, the protagonist of the first movie, petting a newborn baby raptor.

The footage was tweeted out by Colin Trevorrow, who co-wrote and directed the first movie and co-wrote and is executive producing Fallen Kingdom. Trevorrow tweeted "From our Jurassic family to yours" alongside the new footage. Trevorrow is most recently known for splitting with Disney and Lucasfilm as director of Star Wars Episode IX.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.

Outrage & Action Spread To Another EA Title With #FixFIFA

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Outrage & Action Spread To Another EA Title With #FixFIFA

Electronic Arts' Star Wars Battlefront II (click for Reiner's review) recently sparked outrage and a rush of activism due to the game's loot crates and overall structure. Loot crates, which can be purchased with real money (via in-game crystals), are the only way to get game-changing Star Cards, thus creating a pay-to-win situation. Although at the time of this writing EA has turned off the game's microtransaction component, the company has promised that they will be back after unspecified changes are made to the game.

The Battlefront community (centering on Reddit) is buoyed by its initial success, but fixing the game's microtransactions and the way they shape the game's structure as a whole remains the ultimate end goal. Their efforts have emboldened another community – for FIFA – which is rallying around the #FixFIFA hashtag to agitate for the benefit of the soccer franchise.

Need For Speed Payback Undergoing Further Changes

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Need For Speed Payback Undergoing Further Changes

Need for Speed Payback developer Ghost Games has already been tweaking the game to respond to user-criticism regarding the game's grind, bugs, and other complaints (check out Miller's review for more info), and now it says further changes are in store.

In a blog post, the dev says an upcoming patch is the latest improvement to the game aimed at basically giving players higher-quality speed cards at a faster rate to aid progression.

Here are the patch contents with text straight from EA:

Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster Recreated In Super Mario Odyssey

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster Recreated In Super Mario Odyssey

Photo modes in video games are great at showing off the beauty of open worlds and catching awesome action shots, but they can also be used to recreate images from other places, as one Reddit user has done in Super Mario Odyssey.

User MarianneThornberry used photo mode to recreate a poster from Spider-Man: Homecoming. The original poster has Spider-Man laying down in front of the New York City skyline, while the recreation puts Mario in similarly colored clothing, laying down with the New Donk City skyline in the background. The Mario photo even imitates the text from the original poster. The largest omission from the  recreation is Avengers Tower, which obviously, but unfortunately, doesn’t exist in the Mario universe.

With photo modes becoming increasingly popular in video games, we’re bound to see even more creative uses of the feature going forward. If you’ve been using photo modes in games recently, what creative ideas have you come up with? Let me know in the comments below.

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer "Tempt" Appears

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

A quick Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer appears just before everyone prepares to go home for Thanksgiving, giving us all something to be thankful for.

The trailer, titled Tempt, centers around the Jedi in the movie and their temptation to the dark side.

Check out the trailer below. We're down to just a few weeks until the movie releases on December 15.

Bloodborne Enemy Found After Only Being Seen In Pre-Release Footage

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Bloodborne Enemy Found After Only Being Seen In Pre-Release Footage

At PlayStation Experience 2014, footage of Bloodborne showed off an enemy known as the flaming Undead Giant who was not seen in the final game. For years, fans thought the enemy was simply cut content, until some players traversing through the game's chalice dungeons noticed it.

The enemy, which was a variation of the Undead Giant but, well, flaming, was first seen during a stage demo controlled by Bloodborne director and FROM president Hidetaka Miyazaki. Like the Undead Giant most players pursuing the Platinum trophy will see along the way, the flaming giant was meant to be a chalice dungeon enemy.

After three years, no one had reported ever seeing the enemy, and the community for these games generally communicates new information reliably. It was eventually discovered by KolbrotKommander, part of the Reddit Tomb Prospectors who run through Chalice Dungeons repeatedly. Fellow prospector MorosNyx then told the reddit and internet at large that the enemy could be found in a Depth 4 Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice dungeon.