Battleborn brings in microtransactions tomorrow

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Battleborn brings in microtransactions tomorrow

Buy a taunt for $1.99, a skin for about $4.99

Battleborn, the hero-shooter from Gearbox that launched at the beginning of May, will introduce microtransactions tomorrow. The game will also begin selling virtual currency in lots ranging from $1.99 to $49.99.

The currency, "platinum," will be used to acquire skins and character taunts at first, though Gearbox may open up the microtransaction catalog later to allow purchase of extra loadouts or boost a user's XP.

Monster Hunter Generations demo hits 3DS eShop on June 30, see the E3 trailer

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Monster Hunter Generations demo hits 3DS eShop on June 30, see the E3 trailer

The hunt is on

Monster Hunter Generations publisher Capcom will release a demo for the action game June 30 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, but there are a couple of ways to get it early, the company announced today.

The demo will offer three beasts of varying difficulty levels to take down: Great Maccao, Malfestio and Nargacuga. One to four people can play the demo, and Capcom is encouraging folks to team up with their friends.

Microsoft's Phantom Dust re-release announcement was a surprise — even to Phil Spencer

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Microsoft's Phantom Dust re-release announcement was a surprise — even to Phil Spencer

After the troubled development history of Microsoft's first stab at a Phantom Dust reboot, it seemed like it'd be a while before we heard the name Phantom Dust from Microsoft again. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft Studios head of first-party publishing Shannon Loftis surprised fans of the cult classic when she announced the original game is being re-released in 2017 with improved online functionality for Xbox One and PC.

In an interview with Polygon's Arthur Gies, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that news of the re-released version of the action-card game was not just a surprise for fans — it was also a surprise for him.

Spencer: (excitedly) "Did you see? Did you see [Phantom Dust]?"

Mario Party Star Rush launches in November on 3DS

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Mario Party Star Rush launches in November on 3DS

It's party time

The newest Mario Party game making its way to the 3DS, Mario Party Star Rush, will be available to play on Nov. 4 on the 3DS, Nintendo announced today during a livestream at E3.

Mario Party Star Rush allows up to four people to play simultaneously without having to rely on the turn-based move mechanic. Players will also have the opportunity to team up with two to four Mushroom Kingdom characters that participate in different events and help win different mini-games and challenges.

What it's like being Batman in virtual reality

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What it's like being Batman in virtual reality

Put on the bat-eared cowl

The first part of Batman Arkham VR is the best kind of VR experience. At E3 2016, I became Batman. Yes, the Batman — the one I picture in my head when I think about the Dark Knight, the one from developer Rocksteady Studios' Arkham series. That experience reminded me what I love about VR ... and also what I don't love. Here's how it happened.

I was talking to Alfred (he's my butler and kind of my substitute father — long story — and a little taller than I expected, standing there in front of me), and he was all like, "Something's wrong, Master Bruce," so I tapped a few keys on a piano, which opened up this portal, and I descended into a secret room under my house, which is a mansion (I'm super rich BTW). As I descended in my very expensive secret elevator, a machine appeared from the darkness around me, so I hit some buttons, and there was a batsuit, so I put it on because when you see a batsuit, you wear that batsuit. At that point I was mostly dressed, so I used my hands and picked up a cowl (it's got bat ears, and it hides most of my face from the bad guys) and pulled it over my head. Then I looked in a mirror that the machine was kind enough to extend from its metal arms, and saw Batman staring back at me.

God of War is the story of a dad who can't stop screwing up

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God of War is the story of a dad who can't stop screwing up

Sony Santa Monica makes Kratos come to terms with his own terrible choices

If you watched the debut of Sony's new God of War earlier this week, you've probably already formed a fairly strong image of what the game is like. For example, you'll know that it stars a big, muscly bearded character who appears to be Kratos, the recognizable protagonist from the series' past. And you'll know that Kratos appears to be caring for a young child.

During a demo of the game at E3 2016, God of War creative director Cory Barlog confirmed that the young boy in the game is Kratos' son. And yes, that is the same Kratos from the previous half-dozen games in the series, although he is now voiced by Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge instead of T.C. Carson. Despite the clean naming convention, God of War is a continuation of the series' story, and it takes place after the events of God of War 3.

Ever Oasis is Nintendo's newest game, for the 3DS

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Ever Oasis is Nintendo's newest game, for the 3DS

Action-Adventure RPG coming from studio behind Zelda 3DS titles

Nintendo today announced Ever Oasis, an entirely new franchise for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is an action-adventure role-playing game in which the protagonist brings life to a desert environment.

The hero may be male or female, and is named Tethu.