Battlefield 5: Firestorm Battle Royale Gameplay Revealed

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Battle royale games are all the rage right now, with stalwarts like PUBG and Fortnite being joined by up-and-coming whipper-snappers like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout and Respawn's free-to-play Apex Legends. Now, DICE is getting involved with Firestorm, a free update to Battlefield V, and the first gameplay from the mode has finally been revealed.

In the video above you can see an entire match in Squads mode, culminating in a win for team GameSpot. Matches begin much like other games in the genre, with each player dropping from the sky. They then progress like you'd expect, with squads scavenging for weapons and supplies while battling to be the last team standing. Action takes place on Halvøy, which DICE says is the biggest map ever in a Battlefield game. It's estimated to be 10 times larger than Battlefield V's largest map, Hamada.

DICE has certainly put their stamp on the genre, with vehicular combat a much bigger part of Firestorm than similar games' versions of battle royale. The company also highlights destruction, which it says will mitigate camping due to the possibility of the structure you're hiding in being blown up. You'll be able to play as any of your soldiers from the standard multiplayer modes; although their class-specific abilities won't be available, their customized look will be.

Mortal Kombat 11 Confirms Kotal Kahn Is Playable

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Mortal Kombat 11's roster continues to grow. This week, NetherRealm confirmed that Kotal Kahn, the Emperor of Outworld, is a playable character. Unfortunately for Kotal fans, though, his reveal trailer inflicts some serious pain on the character.

The trailer focuses on a fight between Kotal and Jacqui Briggs, another returning character from MKX. And while we get to see some brutal Kotal transformations, it's Jacqui's moves that are really given the spotlight. We see her fatal blow and Fatality, leaving poor Kotal a bit beside himself. This is not how the reveal trailers usually go, so we expect to see Kotal's own moves detailed sometime later.

Mortal Kombat 11 just ran a very limited online stress test, in preparation for its open beta later this month. That one will run from March 28 through 31, and feature Scorpion, Skarlet, Jade, Kabal, and Baraka. It's open to anyone who pre-ordered on Xbox One or PS4. Putting your money down early on any platform will net you Shao Kahn as a playable character.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review In Progress

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review In Progress

While Bloodborne tweaked the combat dynamics of Dark Souls to encourage aggression, Sekiro rewrites the rules of engagement. The building blocks of its combat are recognisable, but this only serves to lure Soulsborne veterans into a false sense of security. Sekiro's combat is incredibly demanding, asking you to study your opponent, find the perfect moment to engage, and execute a split-second follow-up that, if done right, will end the battle in a matter of moments--or if done wrong will end you just as fast.

This might sound akin to what every other From Software game asks of you, but Sekiro pushes these demands further than Dark Souls and Bloodborne ever did. Over the years, From Software fans have become accustomed to the language of Soulsborne games; we recognise scenarios and are wise to the tricks, we can identify viable strategies more quickly, and since the skills are transferable, we can execute these strategies with a measure of confidence. But Sekiro challenges this expertise. It invites you to try and then shows you how little you're actually capable of. Sekiro is affirmation that From Software hasn't lost its bite; that its games can make you feel vulnerable and strike fear in a way few others can. It's a heart-pounding, palm-sweating, and nerve-wracking gameplay experience that instills tension the likes of which I haven't felt since first playing Demon's Souls.

John Wick: Chapter 3's New Trailer Is Here, And It Looks Incredible

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The new trailer for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is here. The third movie in the hit action series opens in May and stars Keanu Reeves as the reluctant hitman Wick, with Ian McShane and Lawrence Fishburne also returning from the previous movies.

In the new movie, John Wick is on the run after killing a fellow hitman on the neutral ground of the Continental hotel. Seemingly every assassin in the world is after him and the movie looks set to deliver a series of insane action sequences as they try to kill him. We see several new characters, including Halle Berry's uneasy ally Sofia, who appears to have a past history with Wick, and Anjelica Huston's sinister Director. Check it out above.

This trailer follows the series of characters posters that were also released this week. The cast also includes Lance Reddick, Jason Mantzoukas, and Mark Dacascos, and is directed by by Chad Stahelski, who helmed 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2 and co-directed the first movie. It releases on May 17.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review Roundup

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From Software's latest game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is nearly here. Its March 22 release date is just around the corner, and reviews are starting to go live across the web. So what do the critics think of the highly anticipated follow-up to Bloodborne and the Souls series?

GameSpot's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review-in-progress awarded the game a 9/10, with critic Tamoor Hussain calling the stealth-action title "an experience that is as challenging as it is gratifying"--it is a From Software game, after all.

For more on the critical consensus of Sekiro, check out the selection of reviews below. Alternatively, take a look at GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

God Of War Wins Game Of The Year At GDC Awards

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Sony's PS4 exclusive action game God of War has won yet another Game of the Year award. Tonight at the Game Developers Choice Awards, Sony's PS4 game went home with the top prize. This is just the latest win for God of War, as it also won Game of the Year at December's The Game Awards and in February at the DICE Awards.

Other winners tonight included Celeste for Best Audio, Into the Breach for Best Design, and Red Dead Redemption 2 for Best Technology. Australian developer Mountains won Best Debut for Florence; that game also Best Mobile Game. Amy Hennig, an industry veteran who directed Uncharted, took home the Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can see a full rundown of the categories and winners at the bottom of this post.

Avengers: Endgame Synopsis Points To An Epic Conclusion 22 Films In The Making

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Marvel Studios has released what looks like the official plot synopsis for Avengers: Endgame. It doesn't contain any spoilers or surprises if you've seen Infinity War. Instead, it focuses on hyping up a dramatic conclusion to a story that's been 22 films in the making.

The synopsis comes from Marvel's official website, which people recently discovered was updated to include the following description for Endgame:

"The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame.