Indie Megabooth’s 20-minute highlight reel helps you pick your next obsession

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Indie Megabooth’s 20-minute highlight reel helps you pick your next obsession

The Indie Megabooth has grown to become a fixture at the annual PAX conventions all around the United States. But no single Megabooth is quite as mega as the one that gets thrown up at PAX West in Seattle, Washington, each year. After a fairly competitive round of submissions, the team has narrowed the field down to 78 games in total.

Today, the Indie Megabooth crew released a massive, nearly 20-minute-long trailer including clips from every title, including participants in the tabletop category. Whether you’re headed to the convention or not, it’s an excellent sampling of the latest efforts by indie game developers around the world.

Far Cry 5’s final zany adventure finds a way to get zombies into Montana

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Far Cry 5’s final zany adventure finds a way to get zombies into Montana

Far Cry 5’s third and last premium expansion, Dead Living Zombies, will launch Aug. 28, Ubisoft announced today. Dead Living Zombies promises “over-the-top zombie experiences” starring Guy Marvel, the schlocky director who is found filming Blood Dragon 3 in the main game.

Dead Living Zombies is, as you can see in the trailer above, basically a vehicle to introduce undead adversaries into the game’s world of Hope County, Montana — which, in Far Cry 5, was beset by cultists but no actual zombies. Players will take on seven unique film scenarios being pitched by Marvel, so this is an alternate-universe encounter, like the two adventures preceding it. The maps, Ubisoft said, were built in the Far Cry Arcade Editor, which is part of Far Cry Arcade, the custom level-making suite accessed from the main menu.

Bungie to overhaul Destiny 2’s competitive multiplayer, make rare gun more accessible

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Bungie to overhaul Destiny 2’s competitive multiplayer, make rare gun more accessible

After a tumultuous season of competitive PvP, Bungie is overhauling the game mode for Destiny 2: Forsaken. Many of the changes that frustrated players in season 3 — such as the removal of the radar — will be rectified when season 4 launches this September. Bungie has even gone back on its word regarding the exclusivity of the Redrix’s Claymore, although with a minor caveat.

While there are plenty of important changes coming to the PvP systems in Forsaken, senior Crucible designer Kevin Yanes detailed the most important first: Bungie is re-tuning the Competitive mode grind. The weekly reward points will now always apply correctly and give players even more than before, while match-to-match points for both losses and wins will become more player-friendly.

Battlefield 5 developer decodes the recent trailer

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Battlefield 5 developer decodes the recent trailer

Electronic Arts tapped Battlefield writer Jeff Landa to decode this week’s new trailer for Battlefield 5, and in a lengthy blog post, he debriefs fans on four new maps and the game’s elaborate movement system. No new details on the game’s battle royale multiplayer mode were given.

The new trailer, titled “Devastation of Rotterdam,” dropped onto YouTube and social media on Aug. 16, setting the table for what could be news coming from next week’s Gamescom convention in Germany. It’s just over two minutes long but, according to Landa, includes glimpses of four new maps.

Graveyard Keeper is a dark, challenging take on Stardew Valley

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Graveyard Keeper is a dark, challenging take on Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley taught me something I would’ve never known about myself: I like farming sims. I love how they take me to another, more calming place. I appreciate how they combine a relaxing setting with small, fun tasks. But farming sims still feel incomplete — they tend to lack an interesting story to complement all the time I put into them. But Graveyard Keeper, a “medieval cemetery management sim” that has you tending a graveyard, fills in that gap without losing the charm of completing your personal to-do list.

The game’s familiar pixel-art visuals belie a much darker tone than Stardew Valley and the like right from the start. After a short and somewhat dark opening, you’re thrust into a dingy cemetery. Instead of being introduced to plucky townsfolk, you’re greeted by a talking skull, a ghost, a witch-burning inquisitor and several other shady folks. Your new home is a far cry from the idyllic settings of the game’s farming sim brethren — probably because you’re tending to a graveyard, not a homestead. Even compared to Stardew Valley’s magical undertones (and capitalist critique), Graveyard Keeper comes off like a creepy, fantastical outlier within the management sim genre.

Pokémon Go adds Regirock to complete a lackluster legendary Raid trio

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Pokémon Go adds Regirock to complete a lackluster legendary Raid trio

Pokémon Go’s summer of the Regi-trio — Regice, Registeel and Regirock — is coming to a close. Raid Battles featuring Regirock, the rock-type legendary Pokémon native to the Hoenn region, are now in-game through mid-September.

The rock-type (duh) Regirock takes the place of Registeel (a steel-type), the most recent timed-exclusive legendary to post up at gyms worldwide. Neither Registeel nor Regice (guess which type it is?), the first of these legendaries to enter Pokémon Go, drummed up much fanfare. Pokémon Go’s meta doesn’t have much of a need or place for the group, and capturing them in Pokémon Go is less interesting than the challenge to catch them in their debut games.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy delayed to November

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy delayed to November

Activision’s Spyro the Dragon remaster collection needs a little more time to cook. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which was scheduled to hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 21, has been delayed to mid-November, developer Toys for Bob announced this week.

Paul Yan, co-studio head at Toys for Bob, said on the Activision blog that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy needs “more love and care.” Here’s his statement:

Vampyr TV series in the works at Fox

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Vampyr TV series in the works at Fox

Dontnod Entertainment’s Vampyr is being adapted for television by Fox 21, the studio behind series like Sons of Anarchy and Homeland. Joining Fox 21 in the series adaptation are Wonderland Sound & Vision, the production studio founded by Charlie’s Angels director McG, and DJ2 Entertainment, which is co-producing the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

DJ2 Entertainment is also working on another Dontnod project, Life Is Strange, which is also being adapted for television.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 steps up the fan service in a big way

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 steps up the fan service in a big way

Arguably, the best part of the Yakuza franchise isn’t about being a gangster — it lives in every silly, violent and overindulgent thing you can do as a grown man living in Japan. Want to get wasted on 12-year Yamazaki whiskey and sing karaoke for an hour? Do it.

Yakuza Kiwami 2, the upcoming remake of Yakuza 2, promises more of what makes the series so great: creative, over-the-top violence; delicious food options; bizarre substories; and another Majima-centric campaign. Running on the Dragon Engine used in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Kiwami 2 looks richer, more fluid than any other title in the series so far.