Watch 30 minutes of Wolfenstein 2 gameplay

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Watch 30 minutes of Wolfenstein 2 gameplay

This new gameplay video for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus takes place in the ruined streets and buildings of New Orleans, during an alternative history in which the Nazis won World War 2 and conquered the United States.

Our hero B.J. Blazkowicz infiltrates the city in order to link up with some resistance fighters holed up in an abandoned bank. During cutscenes, we get to see more of B.J’s personality and his relationships with various allies, as well as his hostility to a Marxist fighter, who he must befriend.

Breath of the Wild mods let you play as Waluigi, Woody and more

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Breath of the Wild mods let you play as Waluigi, Woody and more

Now that there’s a way to get The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild working through PC emulators, you bet that modders are adding all sorts of weird things to the game. We’ve already seen a Link skin that makes him look like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hero Carl Johnson — but if you think the buck stops there, you are very, very wrong.

It’s strange to see C.J. running around Hyrule, but is it as strange as seeing Waluigi assume the role of Link? You tell us.

What’s in the Ataribox console

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What’s in the Ataribox console

Atari’s new console will be a Linux-powered game device that plays classic Atari retro games and new titles, as well as “a full PC experience for the TV,” its creators said in an update about the Ataribox.

According to a newsletter from Atari, the Ataribox will be powered by “an AMD customized processor, with Radeon Graphics technology.” The console will run Linux with a “customized, easy-to-use user interface” that will include video games as well as streaming services, multimedia, web browsing and more. The developers promise “tons” of classic Atari games will be pre-loaded on the device.

Voice actors, video game makers reach agreement to end strike

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Voice actors, video game makers reach agreement to end strike

Video game voice actors represented by Hollywood’s biggest acting union have reached a deal to end an 11-month boycott against game companies, paving the way for the actors to return to gaming roles with an agreement that makes progress on the benefits they sought.

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) reached a “tentative agreement” on early Saturday morning with the 11 video game companies that it had been striking against, SAG-AFTRA announced today. Affected publishers include industry heavyweights like Activision, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. SAG-AFTRA’s strike also involves third-party companies such as Blindlight and VoiceWorks Productions, which provide voice acting and other services for game developers.

Destiny 2 servers down for maintenance and patch (update)

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Destiny 2 servers down for maintenance and patch (update)

Update 3 (4 p.m. ET): Maintenance on Destiny 2’s servers is still underway, but Bungie has released patch notes for the version 1.0.3 update. This patch prepares the game for the Faction Rallies event that is scheduled to debut tomorrow, Sept. 26.

The v1.0.3 patch also fixes a number of annoying issues, such as a bug that prevented some players from receiving weekly clan engrams, and another problem in which some people weren’t getting clan XP for doing Public Events. In addition, Bungie has reduced the amount of Crucible matches necessary to complete the “Call to Arms” weekly milestone. Check out Bungie’s full patch notes for more.

The Mummy Demastered takes the word ‘Metroidvania’ one step further

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The Mummy Demastered takes the word ‘Metroidvania’ one step further

The word “Metroidvania” came into being to describe, very specifically, a subset of games in Konami’s Castlevania series that adopted a nonlinear, exploratory format reminiscent of Nintendo’s Super Metroid. Over time, its meaning expanded through use and misuse into a catch-all term that covers any platform action game with an emphasis on discovery and character growth, and a complex enough world to require auto-mapping. Linguistic prescriptivists may hate it, but “Metroidvania” does precisely what all good words should: It conveys a concept quickly, efficiently and clearly.

Yet it’s only now, more than a decade after “Metroidvania” entered the mainstream gaming lexicon, that someone has finally created the first game to truly embrace the full scope of the word: WayForward’s The Mummy Demastered.

Studio behind Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture mothballs operations

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Studio behind Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture mothballs operations

The Chinese Room, makers of Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture in 2015, has mothballed its operations, according to its directors.

Dan Pinchbeck, in a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, described himself and co-director Jessica Curry as burnt out. The Chinese Room became well known for 2012’s Dear Esther, followed that in 2013 with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (a sequel to 2010’s Amnesia: The Dark Descent) and then, almost immediately, began work on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. That game won three British Academy Games Awards (and was nominated for seven more).

Dragon Ball FighterZ gives series’ punching bag Yamcha a fighting chance

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Dragon Ball FighterZ gives series’ punching bag Yamcha a fighting chance

Dragon Ball has always been about a bunch of super powerful dudes, with one glaring exception: Yamcha. The wannabe playboy has been a laughingstock among fans since the show’s earliest days, with his frequent losses and deaths the stuff of memes. But upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ looks to redeem Yamcha once and for all, based on new gameplay footage.

The trailer above shows Yamcha pulverizing Tien Shinhan, another member of Goku’s crew who’s generally known to be way more powerful than Yamcha could ever dream of being. It’s ... kind of an unbelievable sight, as both the Bandai Namco Twitter account and its followers acknowledged.

Sonic Forces’ Custom Hero mode might not be the wish fulfillment you want

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Sonic Forces’ Custom Hero mode might not be the wish fulfillment you want

For many fans, the big sell of Sonic Forces is that you can create your own original, playable character. But don’t read too much into this — Custom Hero mode isn’t exactly an in-depth, fan art-inspired mode so much as one using parts from the existing Sonic Forces universe, according to the game’s developers.

“It’s not gonna be as in depth as Fallout or some of those other extremely complex creation mechanics,” producer Shun Nakamura told Polygon about the character creator during a pre-Tokyo Game Show event. “What we had in mind when we were making the whole create a character scenario was, out of all the people being depicted in this world, you can choose those characters that populate the world.

FIFA 18’s hero is also a Coca-Cola pitchman in real life

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FIFA 18’s hero is also a Coca-Cola pitchman in real life

There’s a scene in FIFA 18’s story mode that still got me even though I knew what was coming, even though it telegraphs its schmaltzy appeal, even though I can see in my mind the corporate conference room where the idea was born. Alex Hunter, the game’s hero, lands a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, and so they shoot an advertisement.

The producer sets up the scene. Alex has had a tough game. He’s heard the booing and rejection of the crowd (part of the setup to The Journey: Hunter Returns). He wants to get the hell out of there. And then here comes the Coca-Cola kid again with a red and white can to make it all better.