Halo: Reach coming to The Master Chief Collection

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Halo: Reach coming to The Master Chief Collection

343 Industries is bringing Halo: Reach, Bungie’s 2010 prequel to the original Halo: Combat Evolved, to Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this year.

Microsoft and 343 announced the add-on to The Master Chief Collection during an episode of Inside Xbox on Tuesday. The Xbox One game already packs in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 as part of 343’s ambitious compilation. Halo: Reach has been a long-standing request from Halo fans.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will launch on Windows PC later this year, developer 343 Industries announced. After years of console exclusivity, the franchise compilation will be available to purchase from both the Microsoft Store and Steam.

Don’t expect the entire Master Chief Collection to arrive all at once, though. 343 Industries plans to release each game in chronological order: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. PC fans will be able to buy them on an individual basis as the developer works toward completing the full set.

Anthem players have found a scaling bug that rewards removing gear

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Anthem players have found a scaling bug that rewards removing gear

Anthem is a loot shooter; that means that its primary functions should enable the player to shoot things and, in turn, earn loot. That process has been a little rockier than BioWare intended. The process of equipping weapons requires load screens and menus, and last week, players discovered that a level 1 rifle was the most powerful weapon in the game. Now, it appears that if removing support items makes players significantly stronger.

A brief explanation is that removing your support items increases your damage, because the most recent patch scales damage based off your average item level. Removing low level items doesn’t make the slot a zero; it removes that slot from the average calculation altogether. That means that, unless you have a full set of end game gear, it’s mathematically more powerful to just abandon the low-level items that would drag your average down. You will do as much damage as you would if you were decked out in the best gear around.

Gearbox teases Borderlands 3 reveal at PAX East

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Gearbox teases Borderlands 3 reveal at PAX East

Gearbox Software is teasing the reveal of its next game, the long-awaited Borderlands 3, for PAX East. On Twitter, the developer posted an image of a freeway exit sign with a date, March 28, and a location: Boston, MA. The exit number on that sign is 3.

It’s a none-too-subtle hint that PAX East 2019 will be where Gearbox finally shows off Borderlands 3. The publisher is holding its regularly scheduled PAX theater presentation on Thursday, March 28, at 2 p.m. ET, where it promises “never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises.”

The hardest Mario game of the year is unlike anything you’ve seen before

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The hardest Mario game of the year is unlike anything you’ve seen before

Beating a Mario game is one thing — countless number of people have cleared an entry in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Surviving a player-created Mario hack, though? Good luck surviving the literal first second, never mind crossing the end of the introductory level. Dying hundreds of times in a row is a part of the experience.

“Kaizo” Mario games are made to test even diehard Mario experts with precise jumping challenges where a misjudged pixel can mean the difference between life and death. The first Kaizo game, colloquially known as “Asshole Mario,” was released 2007 by a Japanese ROM hacker known as T. Takemoto. The hellish creation was a cheeky gift — the literal translation of the game’s title comes out to “Making my friend play through my Mario hack.” What Takemoto didn’t know then is that this sadistic offering would spawn an entire genre of trap-filled video games that have been watched millions of times on video sites like YouTube. It’s possible Takemoto still doesn’t know what he started. Nobody knows what’s happened to him since Kaizo exploded on the internet.

God’s Trigger is a cheesy B-movie blast of a shooter

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God’s Trigger is a cheesy B-movie blast of a shooter

It’s difficult to emphasize just how cheesy God’s Trigger, a top-down shooter, gets during my time with the preview. If God’s Trigger were food, it would be a plate full of nachos ordered from a bar at 3 a.m. If God’s Trigger were a person, it would be someone whose favorite book is the movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The heroes speak entirely in quips, I hunt down a demon in guise of a movie star who has a host of stunt devils, and the action is quick, brutal, and theatrical.

God’s Trigger stars Harry and Judy, an angel and demon, respectively, who murder their way through a ridiculous world. Their motivations essentially begin and end at “Earth-ending apocalypses are bad”, and since one is on the way, they decide it’s easier to team up than tackle the Four Horsemen apart. I can freely switch between Harry and Judy, or I can play local co-op with my husband where we each take control of one character. It’s a two-player take on Hotline Miami, and it works despite the chaos on-screen.

Fortnite patch v8.2 adds new hamster ball vehicle

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Fortnite patch v8.2 adds new hamster ball vehicle

The first big patch for Fortnite season 8 is here, complete with a giant rolling hamster ball as a new vehicle. The Baller may be the game’s most strangest and goofiest vehicles yet, but it seems like it might be a lot of fun.

The Baller lets one player drive around, grappling to things with the suction cup gun mounted to the front. The Baller can boost just like the hoverboard and quad, but with the addition of the suction cup becomes one of the game’s most mobile vehicles. Players inside the Baller can’t be shot, but it only has 300 health.

Fortnite patch v8.10 adds new hamster ball vehicle

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Fortnite patch v8.10 adds new hamster ball vehicle

The first big patch for Fortnite season 8 is here, complete with a giant rolling hamster ball as a new vehicle. The Baller may be the game’s most strangest and goofiest vehicles yet, but it seems like it might be a lot of fun.

The Baller lets one player drive around, grappling to things with the suction cup gun mounted to the front. The Baller can boost just like the hoverboard and quad, but with the addition of the suction cup becomes one of the game’s most mobile vehicles. Players inside the Baller can’t be shot, but it only has 300 health.

Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma is becoming an anime series at Netflix

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Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma is becoming an anime series at Netflix

On Tuesday, Netflix announced a slate of original anime series coming to the streaming platform, including an unexpected surprise: a new anime series based on Capcom’s action-RPG game Dragon’s Dogma.

Netflix’s Dragon’s Dogma series being developed by animation studio Sublimation Inc., a company that specializes in 3D CGI animation and is embarking on its first original projects. According to an official description of the anime series:

The Art of Super Mario Odyssey comes stateside in October

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The Art of Super Mario Odyssey comes stateside in October

Super Mario Odyssey is a big, beautiful game, and the artwork that fueled its creation was collected in a book last year titled The Art of Super Mario Odyssey. That art book was published in Japan this past September, and later this year, publisher Dark Horse will bring a localized edition of the book to North America.

Dark Horse’s release of The Art of Super Mario Odyssey will be a 368-page hardcover book full of “concept art, preliminary sketches, and notes from the development team, plus insight into some early ideas that didn’t make it into the game itself,” according to a release from the publisher. The art book will also contain screenshots and marketing materials from Super Mario Odyssey.