'Vintage' amiibo are coming back to stores, so grab ‘em while you still can

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'Vintage' amiibo are coming back to stores, so grab ‘em while you still can

Rare finds like Lucina are up for pre-order

Though Nintendo launched its amiibo line of figures barely two years ago, certain rare toys in the collection are now "vintage." Thankfully for collectors, Best Buy is bringing these old-school, hard-to-find figures back in stock for a limited time later this month.

Starting Oct. 14, Nintendo fans can again find Lucina, Gold Mario, Pit, Samus, Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog in retail and online. Pre-orders are available now for all six figures, each of which are among the most notoriously tough amiibo to track down.

Final Fantasy 15’s death magic is extremely, unsurprisingly disturbing

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Final Fantasy 15’s death magic is extremely, unsurprisingly disturbing

What do you expect for a spell called “death”

Final Fantasy 15 made an appearance at this weekend’s TwitchCon 2016 event, and Square Enix debuted footage of one of the deadliest types of magic in the game. As lead hero Prince Noctis, players can wield the death spell, a classic move that looks especially insidious in the gameplay above.

There are several reasons for why Final Fantasy 15’s death magic is so unsettling. For one, it’s literal death magic. Although Noctis has several high-powered maneuvers in his arsenal, when the player has to resort to this attack, it shows that they mean business. In this case, "business" is squeezing the utter life out of enemies as their bodies disintegrate and they eventually implode.

Resident Evil 7, Batman Arkham VR set to be PlayStation VR timed exclusives

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Resident Evil 7, Batman Arkham VR set to be PlayStation VR timed exclusives

But that doesn’t mean they’re coming to other headsets

Both the VR-compatible Resident Evil 7 biohazard and Batman Arkham VR will be exclusively available on PlayStation VR — at least, for a limited time. An ad on the Facebook page for PlayStation Europe suggests that both games will have timed platform exclusivity for up to a year.

Resident Evil 7, according to PlayStation’s post, will remain a PlayStation VR exclusive throughout 2017. When reached for comment, a representative for Capcom confirmed that the game would only be available for the headset at launch in January, with no plans to bring it to other platforms for the time being.

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 beefs up with NHL licensing

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Franchise Hockey Manager 3 beefs up with NHL licensing

All 30 teams, all the postseason awards, and the Stanley Cup come to the game

Having landed full licensing for its baseball management simulation, Out of the Park Developments has secured an NHL license for its Franchise Hockey Manager series, beginning with the newest edition of the game launching in two weeks.

With an NHL license, Franchise Hockey Manager 3 will feature the real clubs, logos, uniforms, team nicknames, Stanley Cup playoffs and imagery, and all of the league's postseason awards. Previously, Franchise Hockey Manager had no licensing and such features were generically described.

Archer’s 10th season will be its last

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Archer’s 10th season will be its last

Season 8 on track to premiere in January

Adam Reed, creator and writer of Archer, says the cartoon series will end with its 10th season.

In a recent episode of Murmur, a podcast from the Modern School of Film, Reed was asked by host Robert Milazzo about the future of the program. After a discussion of the enduring appeal — and questionable quality — of The Simpsons earlier in the program, host Milazzo asked Reed as gently as he could about the future of Archer.

Twitch will now let you upload pre-recorded videos

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Twitch will now let you upload pre-recorded videos

The biggest livestreaming platform eyes video-on-demand

Twitch is primarily known as the premier place to watch livestreamed gameplay, but the company is ready to diversify. Users can now opt into an open beta that will let them upload videos to the platform, the company announced, giving them a new set of options for sharing their content with viewers.

"When you upload a video, you don’t have to be on your toes, live on-stream," the company explained in a blog post. "Anyone can record and edit full game playthroughs, step-by-step tutorials, highlight reels, montages, or any other videos that now have a home on Twitch."

Pro Call of Duty player Phillip Klemenov killed in car wreck

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Pro Call of Duty player Phillip Klemenov killed in car wreck

Single-car accident claims H2K Gaming pro, one other

The professional gamer Phillip "Phizzurp" Klemenov died early Sunday morning of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Aurora, Colo. Klemenov, who played and streamed Call of Duty competitively, was 23 years old.

Klemenov's partner, Adrianna Lemuss, broke the news of Klemenov's death, reports The Daily Dot. Lemuss was in the car with Klemenov. A third passenger was also killed in the single-car accident.

Skylanders Imaginators will let you 3D print your hero creations

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Skylanders Imaginators will let you 3D print your hero creations

Buy custom t-shirts and cards too

Skylanders Imaginators will allow players to both create their own digital heroes and store them in plastic crystals or print them out and have the plastic-dome ensconced hero sent to their homes.

Activision teamed up with 3D printing company Shapeways to offer a limited run of custom-printed Skylander heroes. If players don’t want to spend the $50 for a 3D, color printing of their creation, there’s also the option to buy a custom $25 shirt or a $15 Imaginator card.

Black Ops 3's last DLC pack comes to PC, Xbox One this week

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Black Ops 3's last DLC pack comes to PC, Xbox One this week

Four maps and the final chapter of the zombie mode included

The final DLC pack for 2015's Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will launch for Windows PC and Xbox One on Thursday, following a month of exclusivity on PlayStation 4.

Salvation, as the package is titled, delivers four maps: Citadel, Micro, Outlaw and Rupture. Citadel is set in the ruins of a castle; Micro (pictured above) is a miniaturized army-man battlefield set on a picnic table; Outlaw is a western-themed take on the Standoff map from Black Ops 2 and Rupture is Call of Duty: World at War's Outskirts map reimagined as a high-tech facility.

Modern Warfare Remastered requires Infinite Warfare disc insert, says fine print

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Modern Warfare Remastered requires Infinite Warfare disc insert, says fine print

Thwarts any plan of keeping the remaster but re-selling or trading in a physical copy

Activision is coupling Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare with Modern Warfare Remastered and for obvious reasons: Make any enthusiasm for a landmark game on new hardware also work for the latest entry in a storyline facing more skepticism than hype. Now CoD watchdog Charlie Intel has more information on just how tight that bundling will be.

Call of Duty's official website now lists this fine print: "Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game download (game disc must be inserted to play Modern Warfare Remastered)." Charlie Intel says the language is new.