Another third-party Switch game causes uproar

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Another third-party Switch game causes uproar

Lego City Undercover is the next major third-party port heading to Nintendo Switch, but early copies are already turning some console owners off of the game. It turns out that even physical versions of the Switch remaster require a hefty, internet-enabled data download.

Although Lego City Undercover isn’t due at retail until April 4, some stores already have it in stock. One retail-working Reddit user whose store now has copies noticed that the game case indicates that an internet connection is required, even to play the cartridge.

The next Valkyria game comes to PlayStation and Xbox in June

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The next Valkyria game comes to PlayStation and Xbox in June

Sega is bringing Valkyria Revolution, an action-oriented spinoff of the company’s Valkyria Chronicles tactical role-playing games, to North America on June 27, the publisher announced today. Players in Europe will get the game June 30.

Valkyria Revolution will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One, though only on the PS4 and Xbox One versions will get physical releases. Vita owners will have to settle for a digital copy of the game. Sega has priced Valkyria Revolution at $39.99 across the board.

Mass Effect: Andromeda reveals that the all-female asari ... aren’t

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Mass Effect: Andromeda reveals that the all-female asari ... aren’t

The asari are possibly the most infamous alien race to appear in the Mass Effect series. And in an era where simply having a sex scene in a video game could get it on Fox News, a romance between a female Commander Shepard and an asari character was famously Mass Effect’s only same-gender romance option.

You see, though the asari are a parthenogenetically reproducing race with only one biological sex, they essentially look like blue human women with fancy head-tentacles — and they’re all female. At least, until now.

Fire Emblem Heroes’ April update adds a huge quality-of-life change

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Fire Emblem Heroes’ April update adds a huge quality-of-life change

Fire Emblem Heroes is getting a series of big updates next month, but there’s a clear stand-out victor in the lineup. The mobile game’s Japanese Twitter account teased that the game’s stamina cap will go way up in April, increasing from 50 to 99.

That’s a huge win for anyone who’s spent more time waiting for the stamina gauge to fill back up than actually playing Fire Emblem Heroes. Players need stamina in order to complete story missions and training quests, with higher-leveled maps costing way more energy. Refilling that gauge typically means one of two things: waiting around a long, long time for it to refuel on its own, or using a limited-supply item that refills it automatically.

Xbox One exec on rocky launch: 'You have to earn fans'

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Xbox One exec on rocky launch: 'You have to earn fans'

In the run-up to the Xbox One's 2013 launch, Yusuf Mehdi, then the chief marketing officer for Xbox, summoned tremendous gamer outrage when he suggested to advertising colleagues that the Kinect sensor could analyze user behavior to help them place ads. In a post published on LinkedIn on Saturday, Mehdi spoke of the lessons he and Microsoft's Xbox division learned in that beleaguered launch year, and the realization that companies might stock showcase events with cheering fans, but they have to earn them in real life.

Mehdi, now the vice president over Microsoft's Windows and Devices group, is giving advice to executives of similar rank at other companies. Still, it reveals how the gamer revolt against the Xbox One didn't simply change a product offering, it altered how Xbox marketers would approach them in the years to come. In video gaming, where any big name's messaging is viewed as monolithic and unaccountable, this is a meaningful deference, however Mehdi is describing it.

PS4 Pro will finally support 4K video files in Media Player app

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PS4 Pro will finally support 4K video files in Media Player app

Four and a half months after the debut of the PlayStation 4 Pro, the 4K-capable console will finally gain support for playback of 4K video files.

Sony is updating the PS4’s built-in Media Player app today with this feature, the company announced in a PlayStation Blog post. The update will allow owners of a PS4 Pro and a 4K television to play 4K-resolution MP4 files — not MKV or other formats — in the app, whether the videos are saved on a USB stick or streamed from a home server. (Unlike on the PlayStation 3, it’s not possible to copy files directly to the PS4’s internal hard drive.)

Destiny 2 officially announced

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Destiny 2 officially announced

Destiny 2 is the title of the first full sequel to Destiny, developer Bungie and publisher Activision announced today.

The news came by way of Destiny’s official Twitter account, which simply posted an image of the sequel’s logo.

Final Fantasy 15’s chapter tweak adds some political color

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Final Fantasy 15’s chapter tweak adds some political color

Players have already sped through “Chapter 13, Verse 2,” as Square Enix has dubbed its new, long-awaited patch for Final Fantasy 15’s most contentious section. The update didn’t just add more story and less tedium to the chapter, however — it’s also got a little joke that’s sure to catch American players off-guard.

Watch the scene above to hear Noctcis’ bro Ignis say something nightly news-watchers have been hearing a lot lately.

Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey gives cult hit new life on 3DS

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Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey gives cult hit new life on 3DS

Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey is heading to Nintendo 3DS later this fall, Atlus announced this weekend. It’s an enhanced version of the 2009 Nintendo DS game Strange Journey, which won cult acclaim with series fans.

The trailer above teases the improvements to come when Deep Strange Journey is out later this year. These include visual and artistic improvements, like voice acting, cutscenes and more animation, as well as quality-of-life changes for the dungeon-crawling role-playing game.