Hands on with Dark Souls-inspired Code Vein

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Hands on with Dark Souls-inspired Code Vein

Code Vein is an action role-playing game from the director of many of the God Eater games. It’s drawn comparisons with the Dark Souls series, which publisher Bandai Namco handles outside Japan. Most particularly, these comparisons come about because Code Vein focuses on exploration in dank locations, one-on-one combat and frightful bosses.

We spent some time with the game earlier this week, and brought back gameplay footage in the video above. It offers a sense of the game’s pacing and of its aesthetic, which will also draw comparisons with Bloodborne.

Soulcalibur 6 comes out fighting with new ideas

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Soulcalibur 6 comes out fighting with new ideas

Bandai Namco showed us progress on Soulcalibur 6 earlier this week, with some hands-on time at a publicity event in San Francisco.

You can see six of the characters at work in our gameplay capture, including the new guy, an assassin called Grøh, who wields a double-ended sword that he can separate into two weapons. Old favorites Kilik, Xianghua, Mitsurugi and Sophitia are joined by Nightmare, who carries the infamous Soul Edge sword. Soulcalibur 6 takes place in the early years of this series, and so its returning characters glow with a flush of youth.

Sony’s PlayStation Network is down

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Sony’s PlayStation Network is down

The PlayStation Network is currently down, and players online are complaining about the interruption in their service. Sony’s official site is confirming that the account management, gaming and social, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Store and PlayStation Music services are all “experiencing issues” across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation Network has been suffering from outages in the past week, and it doesn’t look like all of the issues have been fixed. The launch of the latest Monster Hunter title and Dragon Ball FighterZ today makes this outage particularly bad timing.

Blizzard is hunting down toxic Overwatch players on YouTube

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Blizzard is hunting down toxic Overwatch players on YouTube

Toxic player behavior in Overwatch’s competitive mode is on the decline, thanks to effort from both Blizzard and players, according to director Jeff Kaplan. Overwatch players have been reporting more bad behavior via in-game tools, but Blizzard is also going after toxic players proactively — specifically that the company is hunting them down on YouTube and taking action against them, even before any player has reported them.

In a developer update video posted yesterday, Kaplan called the fight against toxicity a “major initiative” for the Overwatch team.

Celeste’s Instagram prelude is a stylish, smart tie-in

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Celeste’s Instagram prelude is a stylish, smart tie-in

Punishing platformer Celeste has witty writing and an adorable art style that belies its difficulty. For those who want to pore over both of those parts of the game without suffering through death after death after death, developer Matt Makes Games launched a companion social media feed that celebrates Celeste’s storytelling and artwork combined.

The studio quietly launched an in-character Instagram feed starring Theo, one of the characters players journey with during the game, in April 2017 — or, at least, that’s when Theo’s first post is dated. The collection of photos establishes this selfie-loving hiker and his impending journey to Celeste Mountain, where he eventually meets the protagonist, Madeline.

Destiny 2’s first big update of 2018 looks to fulfill players’ requests

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Destiny 2’s first big update of 2018 looks to fulfill players’ requests

Destiny 2’s January update, the game’s first major patch of 2018, will launch alongside the year’s inaugural Iron Banner week, developer Bungie announced today. The event is one of a few elements of the Destiny experience that Bungie is overhauling this month, with the intent of making good on the studio’s recent promises to respond to fan feedback.

The update, which will bring Destiny 2 to version 1.1.2, is set to be released next Tuesday, Jan. 30. Its most important change, arguably, is that Bungie is revamping the reward system associated with raids and raid lairs. The studio is introducing unique perks to raid armor, perks that only function when you’re on the Leviathan. These special buffs — which are broader (and thus, more useful) than the situational perks that the game currently offers — show up on new legendary mods.

Evo Japan 2018: Where and when to watch

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Evo Japan 2018: Where and when to watch

Preeminent fighting game tournament Evo, aka the Evolution Championship Series, will hold its first major event in Japan this weekend. Evo Japan 2018 will take place Jan. 26-28 at the Sunshine City complex in Tokyo, and you can watch the action live on Twitch.

Evo Japan 2018 starts at 9 a.m. JST on Friday, Jan. 26. (That’s 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 25, for viewers in North America.) Each day of the tournament starts at the same time. Most of the action will be broadcast in English on the official Evo Twitch channel, while a lot of the Street Fighter 5 matches — specifically the early pools and semifinals fights — will be streamed on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. Viewers can also watch Japanese-language streams on the official Evo Japan OpenRec channel.

Is Eve Online buckling under the weight of its massive set-piece battles?

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Is Eve Online buckling under the weight of its massive set-piece battles?

More players showed up to a fight in Eve Online than ever before earlier this week, making the siege at 9-4R the biggest battle in the game’s nearly 15-year history. But the game’s sub-par performance during the engagement has rubbed some in the Eve community the wrong way. Players are voicing their concerns, and asking that changes be made.

More than 6,000 capsuleers, as they’re called in the game’s fiction, showed up to do battle over a massive player-owned structure called a keepstar. As it normally does in these situations, CCP slowed down time to a snail’s pace in order to stabilize the game and make things easier on fleet commanders giving orders to their in-game factions.

Overwatch League pro flips the bird, but is it a violation of the rules?

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Overwatch League pro flips the bird, but is it a violation of the rules?

The mildly offensive actions of a pro Overwatch player has raised questions about player conduct in Blizzard’s new Overwatch League.

Joon-yeong “Profit” Park, a player on London Spitfire, started his appearance in Overwatch League yesterday by giving the middle finger to the camera in front of him. The moment can be seen in the Twitch clip below. It appears that Profit didn’t mean to throw up the finger maliciously. Stylosa, a YouTuber who serves as the team’s “British consultant,” tweeted that Profit was responding to the audio team in the dugout area and forgot the camera feed was live.

One of the rarest Wii U games is coming to Switch

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One of the rarest Wii U games is coming to Switch

One of the rarest and most expensive Wii U games is coming to Nintendo Switch: Hello Kitty Kruisers. For Wii U game collectors, this spring 2018 Switch re-release may drudge up old memories of trying to purchase the elusive title.

Hello Kitty Kruisers is a multiplayer racing game starring Kitty and several of her friends, like My Melody, Badtz-Maru and Keroppi, who drive a variety of karts in a variety of outfits. The whole thing looks very Diddy Kong Racing-esque. Unfortunately, it does not look as cute as it sounds, and I’m a huge Sanrio fan. Those character models just aren’t doing it for me. (Also, where’s Pochacco? Where’s Gudetama?) In fairness, it was originally an iOS game ... but with the Sanrio name comes high expectations.