Pokémon Quest: everything we know

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Pokémon Quest: everything we know

Pokémon Quest is the newest Pokémon title and a deviation from the previous games. Reminiscent of Pokémon Rumble and Minecraft, Quest takes the player to the blocky Tumblecube Island, where “Pokéxels” — voxel versions of our favorite Pokémon — roam freely.

Here’s everything we know about the latest Pokémon adventure.

Here’s everyone playing in Epic’s major Fortnite E3 tournament

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Here’s everyone playing in Epic’s major Fortnite E3 tournament

Epic Games is hosting the first official Fortnite Battle Royale tournament at this year’s E3, and the event is going to have quite the guest list.

The tournament, which is being called the 2018 Fortnite Pro-Am, will pair 50 pro players, streamers or YouTube personalities with 50 celebrities. All 50 duos will compete against one another. Each team is competing for bragging rights, but also on behalf of the charity of their choice. The tournament’s charity prize pool is $3 million. The winners will split $1 million between the charities of their choice while the rest of the pool will go to charities chosen by other top finishers.

The Crew 2 is a ton of fun once you pretend it’s IRL Mario Kart

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The Crew 2 is a ton of fun once you pretend it’s IRL Mario Kart

The Crew 2s closed beta is available this weekend and with it, gobs of videos and streams. Having played a few hours (and watched a couple more), I recommend you find a way to try the game for yourself, rather than make any purchasing decisions off gameplay footage alone. That’s because the game, an improvement on its predecessor in nearly every way, looks different than it feels. And it feels very good.

It looks like a glossy, arcade-sim racing hybrid, similar to Microsoft’s Forza Horizon series. The reflection on the cars, the way city lights flicker in the distance like lightning bugs, the churn of water beneath a boat’s prop: The artists display an admirable, if not ill-advised obsession with detail. This is on trend with the portfolio of Ubisoft, a publisher that has become exceptionally talented at creating massive (genuinely massive, not marketing-speak massive) open worlds that paradoxically retain visual realism alongside scope. Assassin’s Creed Origins, Steep, Far Cry 5; No matter the franchise, the genre or the tone, the machine — and it is a machine — produces this same sort of exterior. It’s beautiful, no doubt, but in some cases not in line with what’s happening under the hood.

Destiny 2’s reworked Faction Rallies event returns next week

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Destiny 2’s reworked Faction Rallies event returns next week

Faction Rallies was removed from Destiny 2s rotating events list in March. It’ll make its triumphant return on June 5 shortly after Bungie finishes its livestream reveal for the game’s second year of content. This new Faction Rallies event will still involve pledging yourself to one of Destiny’s three factions — New Monarchy, Dead Orbit and Future War Cult — but players can earn better rewards through more interesting gameplay.

In the latest edition of This Week at Bungie, community manager dmg04 detailed the upcoming Faction Rallies changes. Players can only pledge to a single faction per account now, rather than pledging individually based on each character. If you want loot from all three factions, don’t worry too much; Bungie announced that it will host three Faction Rallies this season (before old rewards cycle out in favor of new ones).

It took me 17 years to play Halo — and now I love it

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It took me 17 years to play Halo — and now I love it

“I will never play Halo.”

I made this promise to myself when I was 16, during my junior year of high school, with my face buried in my desk during another useless school newspaper meeting. I’d already written my column, and had finished the editing and layout. I was the only person done on time, and it was because of Halo.

This new noise-canceling headset could be just the thing for pro players and streamers

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This new noise-canceling headset could be just the thing for pro players and streamers

Active noise-canceling technology is a staple of the modern headset market. You’ll find a bunch of different options for sale from multiple manufacturers, many of them completely wireless. They’re especially popular with frequent fliers, since they do a good job of drowning out engine noise. But the technology has been slow to catch on among gamers.

A new company, called Victrix Pro, aims to change that. I’ve spent the last few weeks demoing its first offering, called the Victrix Pro AF ANC, and I’m pretty impressed.

A game about the child of a Nazi interrogates the complexities of bullying

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A game about the child of a Nazi interrogates the complexities of bullying

Earlier this month, Electronic Arts announced one of the most anticipated games of the year: Battlefield 5, a shooter that, at least in its trailer, focuses on the glory and adrenaline of World War II. My Child Lebensborn, out now for Android and iOS, is more interested in the consequences. It’s the tale of a child, born during the war, and suffering from the pain of its legacy.

Set in Norway in the early 1950s, the game tells the story of seven-year-old Karin and their adoptive parent. Gender is optional for both characters, but I played as mother and daughter. As Karin’s mom, it’s my job to make sure the child is fed, clothed, entertained and protected. This takes place through a simple budget management system, in which I balance my meager post-war income and my time as a single parent, against Karin’s needs.

A lovely PS4 theme celebrates Pride Month

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A lovely PS4 theme celebrates Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month kicks off June 1 — which means it’s running right now until the end of the month. And while there are plenty of ways to celebrate for the next 30 days, Sony has a very sweet, unassuming gift to PlayStation 4 owners who want to show their pride for as long as they want, whenever they want.

A free PS4 theme called “For All the Players” is now available on the PlayStation Store — a quiet release that Sony merely calls “a special theme.” The theme’s aesthetic is rainbow-themed, appropriately, transforming all menu icons into far more colorful versions of themselves. There’s also a big, rainbow-colored signal boost of the DualShock-inspired PlayStation logo toward the top of the screen, and a reminder that the theme honors “all the players” at the bottom.

Epic is bringing competitive play back with Blitz Showdown

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Epic is bringing competitive play back with Blitz Showdown

Epic Games has announced that it is bringing back Fortnite’s competitive mode — originally called Solo Showdown — with a new version called Blitz Showdown.

As the name suggests, this new version of the Showdown limited-time mode will use the rules from Fortnite’s Blitz mode, meaning there’s more loot and weapons as well as faster material-gathering than the standard mode. Also changing this time around are the circles and storms. Players will be able to see where exactly the zone will start each game, but the storms in this mode will move significantly faster — and do more damage — than they do in other modes.

Speedrunner breaks 5-minute barrier in Super Mario Bros. — using one hand

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Speedrunner breaks 5-minute barrier in Super Mario Bros. — using one hand

Kosmic, the all-star speedrunner held Super Mario Bros. Any% record until another top-flight speedrunner, somewes, took it from him six days ago (more on that in a moment). Kosmic has a new pursuit for now: the Super Mario Bros. Any% record, one-handed.

Kosmic made the first sub-five minute run of the speedrunning mainstay, using just one hand, on Monday. He already held first place in the category, one of 40 category extensions recognized by Speedrun.com, but it’s the 4:59.823 that makes it impressive.