Splatoon 2 update coming this week raises level cap, adds stages

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Splatoon 2 update coming this week raises level cap, adds stages

Splatoon 2 is getting a significant update on Thursday, Nov. 23 that will eventually add five new stages, new gear and a raise in the level cap, plus additional amiibo functionality and more.

The update is free. The newest battle stage, called MakoMart, will join the game on Nov. 24. Three more — Shellendorf Institute, plus the return of Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall from the original Splatoonwill arrive soon.

Need For Speed Payback’s progression tweaked in response to criticism

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Need For Speed Payback’s progression tweaked in response to criticism

Need For Speed Payback, whose progression system was criticized in the game’s reviews, has had its in-game payouts adjusted in response to that feedback. Developer Ghost Games says more changes are on the way.

The REP (an indication of a driver’s experience level) and Bank (in-game currency to unlock parts and upgrades) will be increased for all events throughout the game, Ghost Games said on the Need For Speed subreddit.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition trailer teases some sweet new moves

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Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition trailer teases some sweet new moves

When Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition hits PlayStation 4 and Windows PC next year, the update will include new moves — specifically new V-Trigger attacks — for every character. But that’s not all that’s coming in Capcom’s update for Street Fighter 5, as illustrated by a new teaser trailer for Arcade Edition.

In addition to new V-Triggers, new combo extenders, mix ups and abilities will be added for characters like Ken, Guile, Birdie, Menat, R. Mika, Ibuki and others.

Pokémon Go’s next event could help you finally finish your Pokédex

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Pokémon Go’s next event could help you finally finish your Pokédex

Niantic has launched a worldwide challenge for Pokémon Go players to encourage them to get out their and catch ‘em all — and take home an enticing reward or two in the process. From Nov. 20-26, the Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge will encourage players to travel beyond their usual training grounds so that they can collectively grab more billions of Pokémon.

Seriously: billions. Niantic is keeping count of how many Pokémon are caught until Nov. 26, with certain milestones unlocking a new tier of prizes. The developer will dole out the first set of rewards once trainers cross the 500 million-mark, unlocking double experience points and a six-hour timer on Pokémon-alluring incense.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 returns the series to its tactical roots in 2018

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 returns the series to its tactical roots in 2018

Sega revealed that Valkyria Chronicles 4 is in the works as part of a special presentation tonight. The game will launch sometime next year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as Nintendo Switch — bringing the tactics-based role-playing game franchise to a Nintendo console for the first time.

A lengthy story trailer attached to the Valkyria Project video update shows a familiar art style and setting. Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place during the “Second Europan War,” an event that takes place in its unique version of the 1930s. Players will assume the roles of Federation soldiers on the frontlines, ready to defeat the Imperial army. Threats extend beyond other forces, though; there’s also a legendary snowfall that complicates things.

Subscriptions for sports games? Ultimate teams stand in the way

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Subscriptions for sports games? Ultimate teams stand in the way

Last week, Electronic Arts’ chief executive raised some eyebrows when he said he was open to the idea of a subscription-based model for the publisher’s biggest sports titles, like the Madden NFL and FIFA series. Andrew Wilson was also the boss for EA Sports before he ascended to the company’s top seat in 2013, and he comes from a development background, so even if his comments were non-committal, they can’t be taken lightly.

Sports video gamers have wondered about an MMO-like release structure for their favorite series for as long as I’ve written about them. A persistent game, as opposed to an annual release model, would certainly be friendlier to a player — even if a subscription ran $59.99 or slightly higher each year. If rosters are updated weekly in Madden NFL mid-season, and gameplay balances are served monthly in FIFA, why wouldn’t a publisher apply that kind of development agility — short-cutting all kinds of distribution costs, too — to a sports franchise?

Watch day two of IEM Oakland’s PUBG invitational here

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Watch day two of IEM Oakland’s PUBG invitational here

The first day of the Intel Extreme Masters Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds Invitational is in the books, and after a great day of unpredictable games, Sunday’s conclusion is setting up to be even better.

The surprises started early on Saturday when the first game of the day went to the open qualifier team, Digital Chaos. DC’s win was followed, in game two, by a win for Cloud9, with Method taking game three and TSM taking the final game of the day.

Watch Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Faze Clan in the IEM Oakland CS:GO Finals here

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Watch Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Faze Clan in the IEM Oakland CS:GO Finals here

After one thrilling upset, and one complete mismatch, the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland Counter Strike: Global Offensive semifinals have come to a close. The winners, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Faze Clan, will meet in the Finals on Sunday for the tournament’s $125,000 grand prize.

The Finals kick off at 4:15 p.m. ET. You can watch the best-of-three series here, via Twitch.

Hitman’s Elusive Targets have returned

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Hitman’s Elusive Targets have returned

The Elusive Target was Hitman’s distinguishing trait: A contract would enter the game, be available for a limited time, and the player got only one crack at them. Make the hit, miss it, or miss the window in which it was offered, and the whole show was over.

Elusive Targets are back for an encore in Hitman, beginning on Friday with The Forger, a replay of the first target. This coincides with the Game of the Year Edition that launched on Nov. 7 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.