Rollicking beat-’em-up Sifu is a swift answer to all of kung fu’s deepest questions

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Rollicking beat-’em-up Sifu is a swift answer to all of kung fu’s deepest questions

The action in Sifu is a glorious homage to the best of kung fu filmmaking. The blocks, strikes, parries, and throws all look choreographed, with no wasted motion, no spammed punches winging at the air. If the hero knocks out a foe partway through her (or his) combo, they’ll simply continue the next two or three motions on the next stooge nearby, before backflipping over a table or scrambling up a wall to higher ground.

What is most intriguing to me about Sifu, from Absolver developer Sloclap, is the questions it will ask of the player and of the character they inhabit. They’re the kind of big, philosophical questions that martial arts movies aspire to sincerely present, but rarely answer. Sifu, as a piece of martial arts pop culture, could be something a lot deeper than the classics that inspired the game’s developers.

Marvel Unlimited expands with new line of exclusive comics from top creators

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Marvel Unlimited expands with new line of exclusive comics from top creators

Marvel just unrolled a complete revamp of its groundbreaking Marvel Unlimited reading app this morning, but it’s more than just a redesign. The subscription-based Marvel Unlimited service will now host Infinity Comics, an exclusive line of in-continuity Marvel comics series from the company’s top creatives.

27 Infinity Comics are already available on Marvel Unlimited, with plans to release over 100 by the end of 2021, including X-Men Unlimited, Giant-Size Little Marvels, Captain America, It’s Jeff, Black Widow, Amazing Fantasy, Deadpool, Shang-Chi, and Venom/Carnage. Each issue is presented in the vertical scroll form commonplace to comic platforms designed for phones and tablets, and creators on the series include Jonathan Hickman, Declan Shalvey, Skottie Young, Dax Gordine, Alyssa Wong, Nathan Stockman, Kelly Thompson, Gerry Duggan, Lucas Werneck, and Jeffo, according to Marvel’s news release.

Watch Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021

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Watch Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021

PlayStation Showcase 2021 airs this Thursday, Sept. 9, and it promises a 40-minute look at PlayStation 5 games, from both Sony studios and third-party developers, launching this holiday season and later.

The livestream gets started at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT; you can watch all of it via PlayStation’s official YouTube channel right here, or catch it on Twitch.

Louisiana game devs are raising money for Hurricane Ida relief

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Louisiana game devs are raising money for Hurricane Ida relief

A group of game developers has banded together to offer a game bundle on itch.io, with the proceeds going towards relief for people in Louisiana who’ve been impacted by Hurricane Ida. The hurricane was the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the state, and the clean-up is ongoing. This bundle goes for $10 and includes a buffet of indie games. As of this writing, the sale has raised nearly $17,000 — far exceeding its $5000 goal.

The bundle, which contains games from a variety of creators across Louisiana, will support “a few different charities, nonprofits, and boots-on-the-ground organizations across southeast Louisiana that are already making an impact,” according to the description on itch.io. These organizations include Cajun Navy, Bucket Brigade, and the Louisiana SPCA.

Sony buys Firesprite, the studio behind The Playroom

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Sony buys Firesprite, the studio behind The Playroom

Sony has added another developer to its PlayStation Studios lineup. On Wednesday, Sony announced that it has acquired Firesprite, a Liverpool-based studio that has worked with Sony several times in the past.

Several of Firesprite’s members were formerly part of Sony Interactive Entertainment Studio Liverpool, making this a return to Sony for many at the studio. Firesprite was founded in 2012 and has since developed a number of games for Sony’s PlayStation consoles. Firesprite’s previous games include The Playroom and The Playroom VR, Run Sackboy! Run!, as well as the horror game The Persistence.

Fallout 76’s new Worlds put the game in the hands of the fans

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Fallout 76’s new Worlds put the game in the hands of the fans

Fallout Worlds is a much more customizable take on Fallout 76, one that allows players to twist various dials under the hood of the game. Change the weather on a whim, jump off cliff sides, or set up a little township with your pals. These private servers are meant to be the foundation for future updates, and Bethesda is watching to see how players use these tools and what worlds they begin to build.

At its foundation, Worlds provides options that run along a gradient. On one end of the extreme, you have sandbox silliness. Jump super high, walk through the Wasteland while random enemies constantly chase you around, or fire infinite Fat Man nukes at your friends. On the other end of the spectrum are tools to help role-players and hardcore players create a consistent sense of canon for their own community.

Marvel’s Avengers is getting its first raid and Spider-Man before 2022

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Marvel’s Avengers is getting its first raid and Spider-Man before 2022

Marvel’s Avengers is continuing on after its recent War for Wakanda expansion with a new hero and activity type coming later this year. On Wednesday, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics confirmed that Spider-Man will join Marvel’s Avengers alongside the game’s first raid.

A year after launch, players will finally get a raid in Marvel’s Avengers. Players will battle Klaw, the primary villain of War for Wakanda, in a new and unique boss fight. Crystal Dynamics promised that heroes will battle new enemies in the raid and that this is an entirely new activity type — different from the super-hard Omega Level Threat that launched this Summer.

Batman has gone full Webtoon in maybe the best way

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Batman has gone full Webtoon in maybe the best way

DC Comics has announced the first of its new comics series created through the company’s partnership with the popular digital comics platform Webtoon. The first free-to-read episode of Batman: Wayne Family Adventures will be available at 1pm EST on Wednesday.

Drawn by StarBite and written by CRC Payne — with storyboards from Maria Li, backgrounds from Lan Ma, lettering by Kielamel Sibal and colors from C.M. Cameron, Camille Cruz, and Jean Kim — Batman: Wayne Family Adventures is what it says on the tin. The new series will follow Bruce Wayne and the challenges he faces as a father figure to “an endless supply of adopted, fostered, and biological superhero children,” according to the official synopsis.

Call of Duty: Vanguard lets you destroy (and see through) walls in multiplayer

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Call of Duty: Vanguard lets you destroy (and see through) walls in multiplayer

This year’s Call of Duty will introduce new environmental destruction features in multiplayer, developer Sledgehammer Games said during a reveal stream on Tuesday, which will change the layout and flow of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s maps. Players also have another reason to be wary even while they’re behind cover: One of the game’s multiplayer weapon perks will let players see their opponents through walls in certain situations.

In the video reveal for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer, Sledgehammer developers discussed the breadth of competitive modes coming in this year’s game. During one section featuring multiplayer creative director Greg Reisdorf, lead designer Zach Hodson, and associate art director Matt Abbott, the trio discuss the core components of Vanguard’s tactical gameplay: reactive environments, Create-A-Class, weapons, and movement.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s new map will take players to the Pacific

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s new map will take players to the Pacific

Raven Software has released the first new details on Call of Duty: Warzone’s upcoming map, which will be set in the Pacific. The developer revealed the new information, along with a few screenshots, on Tuesday, during Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer reveal stream.

Like everything related to Vanguard, Warzone’s new map will be World War II-themed. The map is set in the Pacific, on an island with dense foliage and a few small towns and cities for players to fight in. Based on the early footage, it seems like the map will be a lot more tropical than Verdansk, and should feature more fighting in the jungles than the more urban settings of previous maps.