Tropico 6 gets ready for consoles with Xbox Game Preview release

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Tropico 6 gets ready for consoles with Xbox Game Preview release

Tropico 6, the city/nation-builder which launched on PC back in March, is encroaching on consoles with an Xbox Game Preview version available now. Three months into the new game’s lifespan, developers are comfortable that the changes they’ve introduced are stable and play well with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 27.

Tropico 6 gathered mostly positive reviews even if it’s largely seen as a safely played follow-up, either refining or resurrecting elements that worked in the past. That obscures some of the new under-the-hood systems actually at work in the game — most notably the “fully simulated” lives of the populace, which took an extra two months of development to get right.

Why The Avengers video game has the same superheroes as the movie

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Why The Avengers video game has the same superheroes as the movie

The Avengers video game was one of the most anticipated announcements ahead of E3 2019. But reactions to the reveal trailer have been mixed. Marvel’s Avengers’ superheroes look like knockoff versions of the original films’ stars. Or just their stunt doubles.

We’ve now had a chance to see a full demonstration of the game and can confirm the characters look better in action. But why did the game hew so closely to the films in the first place? We spoke with Crystal Dynamics’ senior brand director Rich Briggs to learn more.

New Switch Joy-Con replacements will give you that extra wide grip

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New Switch Joy-Con replacements will give you that extra wide grip

Hardware maker Hori will release a pair of Joy-Con replacement controllers for Nintendo Switch later this year that will offer players a big honkin’ wide version of the console when played in portable mode. Called the Grip Controllers, Hori’s Joy-Con replacements will be released this fall alongside mech action game Daemon X Machina (hence the branded X button on the right controller).

Hori’s Grip Controller has a few nice perks: a cross pad-style directional pad, extra large analog controllers, and turbo buttons that fire five, 10, or 20 times per second. The third-party controllers look suited for Nintendo Switch owners with big hands who want to play shooters or other action-focused games on the go.

The new game from Journey’s dev is like a theme park made by Pixar

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The new game from Journey’s dev is like a theme park made by Pixar

It has been nearly seven years since thatgamecompany released Journey. Though we haven’t seen a new game in the interim, the studio has been plenty busy. Since 2012, it has won countless awards, finished its contract with Sony, raised millions of dollars in venture capital, parted with some of its original team members, and spent a considerable amount of energy creating a worthy follow-up to one of the most critically successful games of all time.

That follow-up is called Sky: Children of the Light, and it will be released for mobile devices this fall. I had a chance to demo the game and speak with studio co-founder Jenova Chen in a small, behind-closed-doors both on the show floor of E3 2019. Together, we took a tour of a mobile game he compares to a theme park.

Breath of the Wild fans are rehydrating Ganondorf’s mummy to make him hot

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Breath of the Wild fans are rehydrating Ganondorf’s mummy to make him hot

If you’ve watched the teaser for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, then you’ve probably noticed that Ganondorf is looking kinda busted these days. But if you ask a Zelda fan, the problem is that Ganondorf just hasn’t had enough water. So, they’re drawing fan art of Ganondorf that speculates on what he might look like if he were fully restored.

Spoiler: Fans are making Ganondorf hot. A large part of it has to do with the fact he has long, luscious hair even in his mummified form, so it’s easy to imagine the baddy as attractive. But also, it helps that Ganondorf’s mummy seems to play up his Gerudo origins, which makes way for some nice outfits.

Carrion is a monstrous, slinky game of evil Metroidvania

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Carrion is a monstrous, slinky game of evil Metroidvania

One of the highlights from Devolver Digital’s anarchic E3 presentation was a first trailer for Carrion from Phobia Game Studio. It’s a 2D Metroidvania world of tunnels, doors, traps and levers, with the twist that I play as the monster.

I spent some hands-on time with Carrion earlier today, and came away impressed not just with how the game looks, but how it feels. I am the monster, slinking and oozing through tunnels and vents, and I find that it’s very much to my liking.

When the power went out at E3, Nintendo was prepared

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When the power went out at E3, Nintendo was prepared

On Wednesday, the power briefly went out at the Los Angeles Convention Center, sending E3 2019 into a brief moment of darkness. While the outage only lasted a few minutes, television monitors and internet routers went down, an obvious snag for the video game expo. But Nintendo was prepared in a delightful way when that interruption knocked its Treehouse Live stream offline for a few minutes.

Error, the villager from Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, picked up the slack and did his duty as a referential technical difficulties screen. It was a nice touch, and we’re glad Error’s still getting work.

Breath of the Wild’s sequel may solve a big mystery in the first game

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Breath of the Wild’s sequel may solve a big mystery in the first game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel got a vague mood-setting teaser at E3, so naturally, fans are doing their best to decipher what the follow-up will be about. There are theories about playable characters, potential new abilities, and even the inevitable villain. But one of the most interesting conversations revolves around the Zonai, a mysterious tribe whose work is visible all around Hyrule.

Hyrule, as we know, is home to a number of ruins that point toward the existence of ancient peoples. The one we know most about has to be the Sheikah, advanced peoples who built much of the tech you interact with in Breath of the Wild (runes, your motorcycle).

Machoke is terrifying in Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Machoke is terrifying in Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, trainers will encounter Pokémon as they explore the Galar region and its “wild area.” Similar to Pokémon Let’s Go’s encounters, players will be able to pick and choose which Pokémon they’ll battle with in the field. In some cases, those Pokémon will be visible, but sometimes they’ll be random. Players will also have the option to creep up on timid Pokémon that might run away, or whistle at them to grab their attention.

And sometimes, an angry Machoke will simply chase your ass down in the most terrifying Pokémon encounter yet.

Stranger Things RPG to arrive on mobile in 2020

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Stranger Things RPG to arrive on mobile in 2020

Netflix announced a third Stranger Things game at the streaming company’s E3 Coliseum panel on Wednesday. The untitled adaptation will be the third mobile game tied to the show, after this summer’s Stranger Things 3: The Game, and comes from the Helsinki-based studio Next Games.

The game will be a location-based puzzle RPG, rendered in a “’80s retro, Saturday-morning-cartoon style,” according to Chris Lee, director of interactive games at Netflix. Sounding a bit like Pokémon Go meets Stranger Things, the game will center around exploring and battling the Upside Down with other players using location-based mechanics and Google Maps integration.