The 5 best new mobile games

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The 5 best new mobile games

Need something fresh and fun to play on your smartphone or tablet? February brought plenty of stellar stuff across both iOS and Android, including one-handed vampiric roguelike Immortal Rogue and the solemn yet beautiful The Stillness of the Wind. Whether you’re up for a quick fix or want a game that you can sit with for a while, our February picks can fit the bill.

Read on for a look at five of February’s most enticing mobile releases, and be sure to loop back on January’s lineup for a few additional recent recommendations.

Destiny 2 is getting more direct money cosmetic purchases in Season of the Drifter

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Destiny 2 is getting more direct money cosmetic purchases in Season of the Drifter

Bungie is removing one way to get Destiny 2’s cosmetic items, and adding more options to directly purchase what players want.

In their latest blog post, This Week at Bungie, the studio behind Destiny 2 revealed some changes to their cosmetic loot system. Players will have more control over how to get the items they want next season, but collecting all the Eververse items will be harder without spending real money.

Destiny 2’s power weapons are getting more powerful in Season of the Drifter

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Destiny 2’s power weapons are getting more powerful in Season of the Drifter

In its latest blog post, This Week at Bungie, the studio outlined some changes headed to Destiny 2’s power slots in Season of the Drifter.

Destiny players have relied on Exotic power weapons for months, leaving their kinetic and energy Exotics to rot in the vault. Players have been rotating Sleeper Simulant, Whisper of the Worm and Thunderlord in and out of their power slots, ignoring non-Exotic power weapons.

Enderal: Forgotten Stories mods Skyrim into a completely new challenge

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Enderal: Forgotten Stories mods Skyrim into a completely new challenge

When the remastered version of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim landed in 2016, I jumped in with both feet. Same with the version made for virtual reality that arrived in 2017. Each time, my journey through the homeland of the Nords ended abruptly. I traipsed through the same starting villages and towns that I had explored back in 2011, then up the mountain to the first big dungeon, only to walk away bored each time.

This time around, a free total conversion mod has me completely hooked. It’s called Enderal: Forgotten Stories, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in an Elder Scrolls game in years. That’s because it looks and plays very differently from a traditional Elder Scrolls game.

Art Sqool took me back to real-life art school

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Art Sqool took me back to real-life art school

When I first loaded up Art Sqool, a quirky art game on Mac and Windows PC from indie designer Julian Glander, I would’ve never guessed that it’d have a profoundly emotional impact on me. However, its lax approach to making art reminded me of one of the biggest – and most unexpected – lessons I learned as a student in real-life art school, changing my whole approach to making art.

In Art Sqool, I take on the role of Froshmin, a plucky little student making art for Professor Qwertz, an “advanced neural network” trained to judge my art based on criteria like composition and approach. As I stroll through Art Sqool’s vaporwave-esque world of soft pastels, rotund hills, and wiggly bits, the professor assigns me one of 200 drawing prompts. It’s up to me, the artist, to interpret the Professor’s assignments and create works inspired by my own life experiences and the environment, using any drawing tools I find in the world.

April’s Humble Bundle will include Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Northgard, and Absolver

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April’s Humble Bundle will include Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Northgard, and Absolver

Today, Humble announced three of the titles that will be available in April’s monthly bundle of PC games. They are Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, a turn-based tactical adventure game, based on the tabletop roleplaying game Mutant: Year Zero; indie strategy game Northgard; and multiplayer fighting game Absolver.

Humble Monthly is a rotating bundle of surprise PC games, available for a $12/month subscription. Humble promises that the total combined MSRP of this month’s bundle will be at least $100 — it usually includes between eight and ten games. The games revealed today are available to download now, with the rest of the bundle unlocking when orders close at 1 p.m. ET on April 5.

The Sims 4: StrangerVille is rich with potential, but ultimately feels empty

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The Sims 4: StrangerVille is rich with potential, but ultimately feels empty

When Maxis announced the newest Sims 4 game pack, it immediately piqued my interest. Called StrangerVille, the game pack would focus on unraveling the mysteries behind a new neighborhood — the rural desert town of StrangerVille — and unlike some of the previous game packs, looked to be story-based.

The mysterious desert town, combined with a distinct narrative element, made me specifically think of The Sims 2 games — but not the traditional PC games. Instead, StrangerVille reminded me of The Sims 2 for PSP. While The Sims 2 PC games had always been subtle in their storytelling, the PSP game went full-on RPG. Both versions of the Sims 2 contain a rural desert neighborhood, Strangetown — also full of unexplained, bizarre happenings.

Apex Legends leaked a year ago, but no one believed it

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Apex Legends leaked a year ago, but no one believed it

Have you ever heard the tale of Cassandra, the oracle who kept revealing true prophecies, only to have no one believe her? That story’s been updated for a modern age, with Reddit user hiticonic taking on that tragic role. Hiticonic shared the map of Apex Legends eleven months in advance of the game’s official reveal, and he was greeted with scorn and boos for his efforts.

Alleged Minimap for Rumored Titanfall Battle Royal game,” hiticonic’s thread on the Titanfall subreddit from last April, contained an image of a map for what would later be revealed as Kings Canyon. The user added no context, however, and received few responses in return.

The trailer for Pokémon’s first CG movie looks nothing like the anime you remember

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The trailer for Pokémon’s first CG movie looks nothing like the anime you remember

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is the next film in the franchise, and with it comes a new era for the Pokémon anime. Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, and everyone else we remember from way back when are stepping into a third, computer-generated dimension. And they look very weird.

A 30-second teaser for the upcoming movie, which premieres in Japan this summer, is here for the rest of us to gaze at in equal parts horror, equal parts regret. For lo, this is not our beautiful Pokémon anime. Instead, the video suggests a remake of Pokémon: The First Movie, released in 1999, which tells Mewtwo’s origin story and also features Ash dying for a hot sec.

Dialga is the star of March’s Pokémon Go raids

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Dialga is the star of March’s Pokémon Go raids

As Palkia exits the stage, Dialga takes its place as the legendary Raid boss Pokémon in Pokémon Go. The legendary cover star of Pokémon Diamond will be available starting March 1 at 4 p.m. ET until March 28 at 4 p.m. ET.

Dialga is a steel- and dragon-type Pokémon, which means you’ll want to whip out your strongest fighting and ground types to counter it. If you caught a Groudon back in January, this is your chance to show it off.