Sonic Mania Vinyl Album Announced

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SEGA and Data Discs have announced a special Sonic Mania vinyl album.

According to Data Discs' product page, pre-orders will go live mid-July. The album, which is listed for £19.99 (roughly $25 USD) and will release "soon," will feature select music from composer Tee Lopes and come packaged in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve with UV spot varnish.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Dragon Ball Z has had a ton of fighting games over the years of varying degrees of quality, but none have ever made us more excited than Dragon Ball FighterZ. Visually, it’s pretty easy to see why, but there’s more to this game than meets the eye, which is why we’re here to break down everything you need to know about Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Nex Machina Review

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When a top-down shooter like Nex Machina comes along, I’m reminded that even in this age of procedural open worlds and emergent storytelling, you don’t need a lot of buzzwords to have a good time. Its five stages of simple, fast, sometimes frantic bot-blasting can be daunting to the unprepared. But when I got a good run going, the responsive controls and exciting, sci-fi graphics made my frustrations with its sometimes nasty death penalty worth it.

Each stage is divided up into rooms where you have to defeat several waves of robotic enemies, optionally saving defenseless humans to increase your score, before proceeding to the next. The baddies are both visually interesting and clever in their design, and every world introduces new ones so the combat never feels repetitive. Like in one of developer Housemarque’s previous games, Resogun, saving the human hostages adds a sense of urgency and encourages you to take risks and get aggressive.

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Mario Kart, Evangelion Featured in Japan VR Arcade

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Bandai Namco has revealed details on VR Zone Shinjuku, which it’s billing as “Japan’s largest VR entertainment facility” and “the flagship location for the next-generation of entertainment.” VR Zone Shinjuku is set to open on July 14 in Tokyo, with reservations available now on its official site.

VR Zone Shinjuku will include 15 VR experiences including Dragon Ball VR: “Master the Kamehameha,” Evangelion VR: “The Throne of Souls,” Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix VR, and more.

Bandai Namco also described other VR experiences not based on franchises, including “exploring a fantasy world on a winged bicycle, a horror-filled dinosaur survival run, and much more.”

NVC Says Farewell to Jose

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It's with heavy heart that Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's weekly talk show for all things Nintendo, bids farewell to our friend and coworker, Jose Otero. Jose joined the NVC cast in July 2013 and has helped grow the show to become one of the most popular gaming podcasts around.

In today's episode, the team of Jose, Peer, Brian, and Zach follows up on the two biggest Nintendo topics at E3: Super Mario Odyssey and the Metroid announcements, grades Nintendo's Spotlight event and overall showing, and sends off Jose in style.

Modern Warfare Remastered Standalone Release Confirmed

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Following recent leaks, Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available as a standalone release for PS4 next week, with "other platforms to follow."

The game, which was previously only available with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare special editions, can be purchased both physically and digitally on June 27 for $40 USD. Along with the full campaign, it will include its original 16 base maps.

In celebration of Modern Warfare Remastered's standalone launch, players will able to compete in a five-week seasonal event called Call of Duty "Days of Summer" on June 27. The community celebration will include XP events, in-game giveaways, a new summer-themed map for Modern Warfare Remastered, new gear, and more.

What to Expect at the Final Fantasy 14 Trials of Bahamut Escape Game

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What to Expect at the Final Fantasy 14 Trials of Bahamut Escape Game

The Final Fantasy XIV Real Escape Game US tour kicked off at the end of E3 in Los Angeles, in parallel with the new FFXIV Online expansion, Stormblood. If you attempted to save Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda real escape game, you'll be somewhat familiar with how Trials of Bahamut will play out, as both were created by escape room designers SCRAP. Here's what you should know if you're thinking of queueing up for this real-life challenge.

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Rockstar Comments on GTA 5 Single-Player Mods

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Rockstar issued a statement on its support page regarding single-player mods for Grand Theft Auto V. Recently, Rockstar's parent company Take-Two recently issued cease-and-desist letters to some GTA V modding tool makers.

However, Take-Two now says it "generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games," as long as the mods are for single-player, non-commercial use, and don't infringe on "the intellectual property rights of third parties."

Take-Two will still seek out mods in violation of those conditions, with particular note made in regards to mods designed for "multiplayer or online services."

13 Awesome Games You Missed at E3 2017

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E3 2017 has come and gone, leaving us with a lot of awesome games to look forward to for the next year — well, realistically, for the next few years. But not all of those games got time on the big stage during press conferences or even a spot on the show floor.