Rage 2 feels like a mixtape of Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein and Elder Scrolls

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Rage 2 feels like a mixtape of Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein and Elder Scrolls

Rage 2 is the closest I’ve seen to a publisher creating a mixtape of its entire portfolio. While the first-person shooter shares the name of its critically maligned predecessor, 2011’s Rage, the demo at E3 2018 displayed a game that has more in common with all of its other siblings in the Bethesda stable.

Created in part by id Software, Rage 2 has movement and gunplay that handles like the Dallas-based developer’s 2016 reboot of Doom. At least it feels that way until — time and time again — you come across unsuspecting enemies. Though Rage 2 is by no means a stealth game, the freedom to unleash fury on foes who didn’t know I was there reminded me of the stealthy bits of MachineGames’ reboot of Wolfenstein.

Hands-on with Anthem’s ‘50 billionth control scheme’

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Hands-on with Anthem’s ‘50 billionth control scheme’

To my mind, that’s among the most important things to know about it, at least until the developer is ready to talk more about other things. Because in the absence of other details, BioWare is presenting Anthem as a shooter.

BioWare isn’t a developer known for its shooters. Yes, its games have had a lot of shooting. At least as far back as the first Mass Effect, they blurred the line between RPGs and shooter. But since E3 2017, BioWare has been selling Anthem differently. It’s emphasizing combat, not role-playing. And if combat isn’t a solid foundation, then Anthem could crumble.

Ninja and Marshmello win Epic’s E3 2018 Fortnite Pro Am

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Ninja and Marshmello win Epic’s E3 2018 Fortnite Pro Am

The first ever Epic Games Fortnite Pro-Am has come to an end and crowned its first champions: pro streamer Ninja and musician Marshmello.

The tournament, hosted in Los Angeles at the Banc of California Stadium during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, teamed 50 pro Fortnite players and streamers up with 50 celebrities, setting them against each other for their share of a $3 million charity prize pool as well as the Golden Pickaxe trophy.

Nioh 2 will add character customization, ‘more satisfying deaths’

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Nioh 2 will add character customization, ‘more satisfying deaths’

Koei Tecmo teased the existence of Nioh 2 during Sony’s E3 2018 PlayStation showcase, but didn’t offer many details on what to expect for the hardcore action RPG. Now we know a little bit more about the sequel to Nioh, thanks to an interview with developer Team Ninja during today’s PlayStation Live From E3 stream.

Fumihiko Yasuda, director of the original Nioh, said at E3 today that he wants to create a “proper evolution” but “not [a] dramatic change” for Nioh 2. Though the first title was well-received, he said through a translator, there were certain things Team Ninja couldn’t accomplish during Nioh’s development. Yasuda hopes to fix that.

Fortnite hits 125 million players in less than a year, says Epic Games

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Fortnite hits 125 million players in less than a year, says Epic Games

Fortnite is one of the biggest games on the planet, and Epic reportedly has the numbers to prove it.

The publisher announced on Tuesday that Fortnite has 125 million players, which makes it bigger than massive MOBA titles like League of Legends. Fortnite first launched in July 2017, making that 125 million player record something that occurred in less than a year. To compare, Riot boasted 100 million monthly players log into League of Legends monthly back in 2016, with 27 million of those players logging in daily.

Epic announces the 2019 Fortnite World Cup event

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Epic announces the 2019 Fortnite World Cup event

Epic Games’ plans for the upcoming year of Fortnite competitive play will all culminate in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, the company announced today during its Fortnite Pro-Am tournament at E3 2018.

Epic said it will use its $100 million esports investment to help sponsor tournaments throughout the 2018-19 season of play. The events will include online tournaments, community-run competitions and official competitive events.

Cyberpunk 2077 first details from CD Projekt Red

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Cyberpunk 2077 first details from CD Projekt Red

Days after releasing an extended trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 at Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference, developer CD Projekt Red has started talking about what kind of game it’s making. Cyberpunk 2077, in the studio’s own words, is “an open world, narrative-driven role-playing game” played in the first-person perspective.

Players will assume the role of V, a “hired gun on the rise” in Cyberpunk’s violent metropolis, Night City. CD Projekt Red promises a “robust character creator” that will let players choose their gender, appearance, class and background — choices that may influence how Cyberpunk 2077 plays out.

Watch 10 minutes from Spider-Man’s thrilling E3 2018 gameplay demo

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Watch 10 minutes from Spider-Man’s thrilling E3 2018 gameplay demo

Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man already seems like one of the highlights of E3 2018, having made a splash when it closed out Sony’s press briefing. The PlayStation 4 exclusive is playable at E3, and Sony has posted a 10-minute gameplay video taken from the build at the company’s booth on the E3 show floor.

The video is comprised of multiple clips showing off different elements of Spider-Man, starting with a segment that’s nothing but Spidey web-swinging around Manhattan. The controls are very simple — you hold R2 to swing, and then let go to detach and fly through the air. You can also press X to jump off a web line, which will propel Spider-Man forward and help him build speed as he’s swinging. As you swing around the city, you’ll see small circular reticles pop up in the environment. These icons signify spots where Spidey can “perch,” which works by pressing R2 and L2 together.

Destiny 2 Year One gear will be useful in Forsaken, Bungie says

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Destiny 2 Year One gear will be useful in Forsaken, Bungie says

At E3 2018, Bungie confirmed that players will be able to bring their current legendaries into the Destiny 2: Forsaken, the game’s new expansion this September. While we know that the grind will still be worthwhile this summer, Cotton didn’t explain how legendaries will carry over in his interview with PC Gamer.

“You’ll be able to bring your Year One stuff forward with you,” Destiny 2 game director Steve Cotton told PC Gamer. “If you own Forsaken you’ll be able to bring it up to the same [level].”