Take a closer look at Pokémon Sun and Moon's new monsters

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Take a closer look at Pokémon Sun and Moon's new monsters

We offer our thoughts on Gen 7's first additions

Five more Pokémon have joined the series' cast of 722, thanks to this morning's reveal of Pokémon Sun and Moon's starters and, more mysteriously, the legendaries on the boxes' covers. Stateside, we got a trailer that briefly showed off the fire, water and grass-types that trainers will have to choose from on Nov. 18, when the Nintendo 3DS games launch. (Japanese fans were treated to an even longer look at the Generation 7 Pokémon titles.)

Picking a starter Pokémon might be the most important decision a trainer makes in-game. But how does one choose? Helpfully, The Pokémon Company has since updated the games' website with deeper descriptions of the three newbies. With the increased information, we're here to help players start building their team of Pokémon so they can be ready when the games arrive, five months from now.

Mass Effect: Andromeda now set for early 2017 launch

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Mass Effect: Andromeda now set for early 2017 launch

A few months longer

The release of Mass Effect: Andromeda has been pushed back a bit — the game is now scheduled to be available in "early 2017," developer BioWare announced today.

"As we've been playing the game at the studio recently, it's showing us that we're taking the game in the right direction," said Aaryn Flynn, general manager of BioWare, in a post on the Mass Effect website. "But we also know we need the right amount of time to make sure we deliver everything the game can be and should be — that's our commitment from all of us to all of you. Because of that, Mass Effect: Andromeda will now ship in early 2017."

Stellaris becomes Paradox Interactive's fastest seller ever, one day after launch

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Stellaris becomes Paradox Interactive's fastest seller ever, one day after launch

The company celebrates record-breaking release day

Spacefaring strategy game Stellaris launched on Steam yesterday, and publisher Paradox Interactive — best known for popular titles like the Hearts of Iron series and last year's Cities: Skylines — is already hailing its launch as the company's biggest ever. In a press release, Paradox described Stellaris as its fastest selling game ever, among other accolades.

In its first day of sale, Stellaris moved more than 200,000 units, Paradox said. That's more than any other Paradox title, including games like the Magicka series and the role-playing game Pillars of Eternity.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine details revealed

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The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine details revealed

The time has come to say farewell to Geralt of Rivia, silver-haired sorcerer, warrior and traveling star of The Witcher series of games, at least for now.

The fantasy, combat, role-playing trilogy, first launched in 2007, comes to an end with a new addendum to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a slice of DLC called Blood and Wine, due out on May 31.

It's the second expansion for The Witcher 3, following Hearts of Stone, released in October 2015. But while that addition ran for around 10 hours, this one has a bigger narrative element and a longer running time (between 20 and 30 hours) as well as some gameplay changes.

Amazon launches Video Direct for creators, looking to take on YouTube

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Amazon launches Video Direct for creators, looking to take on YouTube

Amazon wants to be the one stop for video

Amazon has launched a new distribution service called Video Direct, which allows video creators to upload and share their work directly with Prime subscribers.

There are four different sharing options for creators to choose from on the new platform The basic model allows them to upload their videos and share them for free across Video to Prime users. These videos won't be monetized, but will provide creators with the biggest possible audience. The second option is to offer the video as a one-time rental option. If these don't appeal to creators, a third, ad-based option will allow the videos to be accessible to anyone, but it's the fourth option that is the most interesting.

Meet Pokémon Sun and Moon's starters in new trailer before November's launch

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Meet Pokémon Sun and Moon's starters in new trailer before November's launch

Your first look at the new games

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will launch Nov. 18, The Pokémon Company confirmed. After series producer Junichi Masuda teased the news late last week, the studio debuted the trailer above — which also gives a first look at gameplay and its starter Pokémon through the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

The three starter Pokémon keep to the usual grass, fire and water-type trio. This time around, trainers will have a choice between Rowlet, a grass/flying-type owl, Litten, a fiery kitten and Popplio, a water-type seal.

Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2 are coming to Steam this week

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Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2 are coming to Steam this week

Tidus to laugh up a storm on PC for the first time

Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy 10-2 are out on Windows PC this week, according to a retail listing for the games on Steam. A bundle containing high-definition remasters of both PlayStation 2 games will be available this Thursday, May 12.

The official Final Fantasy Twitter account confirmed the ports earlier today, after the store page went live on Steam hours earlier. This Thursday's release marks the classic game and its direct sequel's — a first for the Final Fantasy franchise — PC debuts.

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is heading to smartphones out West

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Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is heading to smartphones out West

An original RPG adventure for smartphones

Western fans can get their hands on Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, a role-playing game for iOS and Android devices, later this spring. The teaser trailer above announced that the spinoff is now open for pre-registration, with an English-language release coming soon.

Square Enix released Brave Exvius in Japan last October. While it bears the Final Fantasy name, the game borrows its gameplay from the mobile RPG series Brave Frontier, thanks to developer A-Lim. It uses that game's touchscreen battle system, which has players swiping in different directions to unleash special attacks.

Nvida's new card news means price drops for its best ones. Compare them here.

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Nvida's new card news means price drops for its best ones. Compare them here.

Last week, Nvidia announced a new, powerful graphics card, the GTX 1080 built on the new Pascal architecture.

Not surprisingly, over the weekend we started to see price drops hitting the GTX 980 TI card, the current not-insanely-priced front-runner for Nvidia's available line of cards.

I've dropped a comparison chart below so you can see how the GTX 970, GTX 980 TI, GTX Titan X and now the GTX 1080 compare. The 1080 isn't due out for another few weeks, so we haven't had a chance to dig into retail benchmarks. That means for now you're going to have to either wait for the 1080 to come out on May 27 and tests to hit or take a slightly informed leap of faith.