Metroid Prime 4: What We Want At E3 2018

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Metroid Prime 4: What We Want At E3 2018

Knowing full well that it would leave fans wondering what's to come, Nintendo's E3 2017 reveal that Metroid Prime 4 is in development was short but sweet. All we got was a logo, and Bill Trinen's word that it is due to ship sometime "beyond 2017." We are well into 2018 now and there's still nary a word about what the game will look like, let alone what studio is currently piecing it together. Assuming that Nintendo makes a big show at this year's E3, here's what we hope to find out about the secretive sequel.

All we can say about Metroid Prime 4 with absolute certainty is that it could possibly come out this year or later, and that it will be a Switch game--surprise, surprise! It's also been revealed that Retro Studios, the team behind every other mainline Metroid Prime game to date, will not be developing the fourth entry. Trinen has said that longtime Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe will lead development with a team of talented individuals, but their identity thus far remains a mystery.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: What Is The Card Game Sabacc?

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: What Is The Card Game Sabacc?

You won't find sabacc games in Atlantic City or on the Vegas strip, but in places like Canto Bight and Cloud City, sabacc is the discerning gambler's game of choice. In Solo, the sabacc table is where Han meets Lando, sparking a friendship that lasts for decades, and it's sabacc that they're playing when Han wins the Millennium Falcon, changing the fate of the galaxy forever.

Sabacc is more than just a plot device, however. It has a complete set of rules, numerous variants, and a long and storied history in the Star Wars universe. With a little bit of work, you can even play it yourself.

Sabacc actually predates The Empire Strikes Back, but just barely. While sabacc isn't named in the film itself--When talking to Lando, Han simply says that he won the Falcon "fair and square"--the second draft of Empire's screenplay mentioned that the game is called "sabacca." The Empire Strikes Back's novelization, written by Donald F. Glut, renamed it "sabacc." That's what it's been called ever since.

Detroit: Become Human Review Roundup

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Detroit: Become Human, the latest narrative adventure game from David Cage's studio Quantic Dream, debuts this week. The developer has a history of story-heavy games with mature themes and dramatic cinematography, and Detroit is no exception. Taking place in a near-future setting where androids are treated as second-class citizens, you follow the journeys of three such automatons as they impact the coming revolution.

How does it handle this heady subject matter? Unevenly, judging by the critical response. According to our verdict, the story intertwines gracefully and captures some unforgettable moments, but it appropriates real-life events like the Civil Rights movement clumsily. Our Detroit: Become Human review also concluded that despite being built for multiple playthroughs with branching story paths, going back and seeing another possibility didn't feel fulfilling or worthwhile. Read on for a quick glance at impressions from around the industry, or go to GameSpot's sister site Metacritic for the wider consensus.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: Heavy On The References

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: Heavy On The References

Watching the original Star Wars trilogy, viewers couldn't help but feel like there was a larger galaxy living just off-screen. The things you didn't see--battles, characters, and places only mentioned, never shown--sparked the imaginations of millions. As Star Wars spin-offs, prequels, novels, comics, shows, and games have illuminated more and more corners of that far-away galaxy over the decades, the results have been mixed. Over-explaining things that were only hinted at before can take the mystery away. Solo: A Star Wars Story is no exception to that, but there's good news too: All the references, callbacks, and over-explanations are accompanied by a really fun, solid, and good-looking Star Wars movie.

Solo tells the story of famed space scoundrel Han Solo--and I mean the whole story. It feels like Solo explains or shows every aspect of Han Solo's life that was ever referenced in any previous Star Wars film. This movie covers how Han met Chewie, how he met Lando, how he won the Millennium Falcon, how he completed the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, where he got his iconic blaster, and even how he got his name. If that sounds like a lot of origin to cram into one movie, it's because it is. Did everything we know about Han's backstory really need to take place in a single movie? It makes Solo feel at times like a greatest hits collection of events from the character's life.

Death Stranding: What We Want At E3 2018

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Death Stranding: What We Want At E3 2018

Death Stranding is one of the most exciting upcoming games appearing at E3 2018. The next project from famed developer Hideo Kojima has had us intrigued ever since its provocative E3 2016 reveal trailer. With the game confirmed as one of the four major games Sony intends to primarily focus on during its press conference, our hype and anticipation only continues to build. To prepare you for what's ahead, here's what we know about Death Stranding, as well as what we're hoping to see from it at this year's E3.

After a long-standing corporate conflict, Kojima parted ways from publisher Konami in July 2015 and reformed his longtime studio Kojima Productions as an independent developer. During the same month, Kojima announced he was collaborating with Sony to create a new PlayStation game. This ultimately turned out to be Death Stranding, which was first shown at Sony's E3 2016 press conference. Two subsequent teasers were shown at The Game Awards 2016 and 2017.

New Pokemon Go Adventure Week Event Begins Today

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Niantic has announced a new event for Pokemon Go. For a limited time, the developer will be hosting Adventure Week, an in-game event that features a variety of bonuses, including extra XP, Candy, and increased Pokemon spawns.

Adventure Week kicks off today, May 24, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Among other things, Niantic says the event will feature "unique" Field Research quests to take on, which will offer "exciting rewards." The developer didn't specify what these rewards will be, but it did mention a possible Raid Battle encounter with Aerodactyl.

Additionally, players will have a much easier time finding Rock-type Pokemon during Adventure Week. Monsters such as Geodude, Lileep, and Nosepass will appear more frequently for the duration of the event. Your Buddy Pokemon will also earn Candy four times faster, while spinning Photo Discs at Gyms and Pokestops during Adventure Week will net you extra XP.

Take A Look Back At E3's History

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E3 may not be the biggest video game trade show in terms of size and attendance, but it is far and away the year's most anticipated. The annual gaming showcase takes place in Los Angeles every June and has been home to some of the biggest and most exciting gaming news, from console reveals to tons of surprise game announcements (not to mention plenty of often-unintentional hilarity).

The Electronic Entertainment Expo has been around for more than two decades now, and in that time it has solidified itself as the preeminent video game trade show. Every major developer and publisher typically reserves its biggest reveals for E3; Sony announced the price and release date of the original PlayStation during the first-ever E3, and Microsoft unveiled its debut home console, the original Xbox, a few years later at the event. E3 is also where Nintendo dropped the very first trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, causing an entire theater to erupt in cheers.

Nintendo's NES Classic Edition Returns To Stores Soon

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If you were not able to grab an NES Classic during the retro console's initial run, the good news is that it'll be back in stock next month. Nintendo has announced that the hard-to-find mini-console will be available again starting on June 29.

The NES Classic ($60), and the more recently released SNES Classic ($80), should remain available to buy through the end of the year, Nintendo added.

#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29! This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year. https://t.co/LclbG5m4ta pic.twitter.com/1PcXBI5qJC

New To Netflix This Week: More Movies, TV Shows, And Originals

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Are you ready to binge? Netflix has what you're looking for this week, thanks to a flurry of new additions that range from movies and comedy specials, to originals and new seasons of TV.

The streaming service's most notable arrival this week is none other than Season 1b of The Toys That Made Us, the documentary series about some of the most beloved toy lines of all time. After putting the spotlight on the histories of Barbie, He-Man, GI Joe, and Star Wars toys in late 2017, there are four more episodes debuting on May 25. The new installments will look at LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek toys.

Additionally, the second season of Shooter premieres on Netflix this week. Among the originals being added are Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2, Trolhunters: Part 3, and comedy specials from Tig Notaro and Steve Martin.

Black Panther Gets Special Xbox One X, But You Probably Can't Have One

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Black Panther Gets Special Xbox One X, But You Probably Can't Have One

Listen up, Black Panther fans. To celebrate the release of Black Panther on digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Marvel has teamed up with Microsoft to create a limited-edition Xbox One X console. The best part? They're giving it away for free. Acquiring one is a long-shot, because only five of these machines exist. But your only chance to get your hands on one is by entering the sweepstakes (US and Canada only). You can enter for a chance to win once each day between now and May 29, 2018.

The machine itself is decked out in patterns of black, gray, and gold, with the faces of Black Panther and Killmonger etched on both the console and the two controllers that come with it. Each console comes with a physical copy of Black Panther in 4K Ultra HD.

Seeing as a standard Xbox One X console only comes with one controller and costs $500, winning this limited-edition one could save you a nice chunk of change. The console can run a growing list of Xbox One X-enhanced games in 4K. It can also make older games that have been updated--like Red Dead Redemption--look incredible. It can also play back 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.