Next Destiny 2 update to revive scout rifles, exotics

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Next Destiny 2 update to revive scout rifles, exotics

Since the launch of Destiny 2, there’s one type of weapon that’s had a tough time keeping up with the rest of the pack: the lowly scout rifle. Once a major player in the meta of the first Destiny, scout rifles have slowly been relegated to near-worthless, thanks to various nerfs. A forthcoming patch for Destiny 2 (version 2.1.4), planned for release on Jan. 29, is expected to revive long-ranged pea shooters to their former glory.

In this week’s entry of This Week at Bungie, designer Victor Anderson shed some light on the plans for scout rifles, along with several other archetypes that have either over or underperformed.

The Power Rangers are getting their own fighting game

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The Power Rangers are getting their own fighting game

The original Power Rangers TV show debuted back in 1993, and in the 25 years since, the series has never really gone away, putting out at least one new season every year. Now, developer nWay bringing that history into one fighting game called Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid.

Battle for the Grid is a team-based fighting game that will feature both heroes and villains from Power Rangers canon. While we don’t know exactly which characters will appear in the final game yet, nWay has announced four characters so far: Jason, the Red Ranger from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series; Tommy, the original Green Ranger; Lord Drakkon, Tommy’s evil alter-ego; and Gia Moran, the Yellow Ranger from the Super Mega Force TV series. The game’s website also seems to have spots for 11 other unannounced characters. A press release from nWay also mentions “Lord Drakkon Evo II and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pink Ranger character skins,” which may either be skins for existing fighters or unique characters themselves. The game will also have a season pass which will contain three additional fighters.

Kingdom Hearts 3’s theme song, ‘Face My Fears,’ is a total bop

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Kingdom Hearts 3’s theme song, ‘Face My Fears,’ is a total bop

The full-length version of “Face My Fears,” the opening theme song to Kingdom Hearts 3, is now available to stream — and it does a great job of further whetting our appetite for the game. Japanese mega-star Utada Hikaru returns to perform, and she’s joined by American mega-star Skrillex this time for the fitting saga-capper.

Say what you will about the pairing, but Skrillex has actually been the man behind some other Very Good Songs. We’re not here to talk about (or pass judgment on) Justin Bieber’s life choices, but his Skrillex collab “What Do You Mean?” is undeniably earworm-y pop. So it’s not actually a surprise that Skrillex would do the same for Utada, who has been attached to the Kingdom Hearts series since day one.

Katana Zero fixed my biggest problem with John Wick’s gunfights

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Katana Zero fixed my biggest problem with John Wick’s gunfights

Askiisoft has been developing Katana Zero, a garish, violent, 2D action game, for a very long time. But maybe the team saw what was coming in the future, and wanted to make sure they executed every step of the game’s release perfectly. I had to learn to do the same thing when I played a recent preview version.

Katana Zero presents time and perception as malleable objects, which is almost a cliché for hyper-violent action games at this point. But Askiisoft created a combat system that puts me in a comfortable rhythm of attempt, failure, and iteration that keeps everything moving while also explaining why my character is unstoppable. Enemy placement and action that might be unfair in any other game turns into opportunities for study and adaptation.

Mortal Kombat 11: everything we know

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Mortal Kombat 11: everything we know

NetherRealm Studios revealed new details on Mortal Kombat 11 during a live event in Los Angeles Thursday, offering fans a first look at gameplay, a roster of new and returning characters, and changes coming to the series’ well-worn fighting systems.

Here’s a rundown of what NetherRealm and series co-creator Ed Boon announced (and teased) for MK11.

The Textorcist is a bullet-hell-meets-typing game

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The Textorcist is a bullet-hell-meets-typing game

When I hear the word “exorcism,” I think of head-twisting girls with the uncanny ability to crawl on walls and ceilings. I picture old, wrinkled men in robes frantically reciting Latin at a blistering pace while the possessed thrash in their beds and foam at the mouth. Seeing previews for The Exorcist as a child scarred me, and I haven’t been able to return to many horror movies since. Fortunately, that’s not the case with MorbidWare’s upcoming game The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia.

Priest Ray Bibbia has all he needs: a bible, a dinky computer, and a lot of nerve. Follow him around town and rid seedy places of demonic presences. The Textorcist plays like a typical overhead bullet hell game — with the exception of actual weapons on your part. Are you a good multitasker? You better be.

Mortal Kombat 11’s Sonya Blade to be voiced by Ronda Rousey

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Mortal Kombat 11’s Sonya Blade to be voiced by Ronda Rousey

At the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal, NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon revealed that Ronda Rousey will be voicing one of Mortal Kombat’s original fighters: Sonya Blade.

In a short documentary-style video (above), Rousey revealed that she’s been a longtime Mortal Kombat fan and has tried to emulate Blade throughout her life and career. Considering her history as the first woman UFC champion and her recent move to the WWE, we’d say she’s emulated Sonya pretty successfully. She later appeared on stage at the reveal event to talk about her new role in front of the live audience.

First Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay trailer looks great, disgusting

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First Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay trailer looks great, disgusting

NetherRealm Studios gave Mortal Kombat fans their first look at gameplay from its next fighting game, Mortal Kombat 11, during a reveal event in Los Angeles on Thursday. The trailer showcases a new level of graphic violence, as well as a peek at the customization and fighting variations coming to the game.

Mortal Kombat 11’s debut gameplay trailer also confirms part of the game’s roster, which includes some obvious candidates like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, and Raiden. Also returning are Skarlet and Baraka, who will be joined by a newcomer known as Geras in MK11.

God game Crest combines divine intervention with free will

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God game Crest combines divine intervention with free will

I am God; I have seen worlds shape around me, and primal beings that resemble my form emerge from the dirt. I control these lives. When I give them commands, they listen. When I tell them to migrate, they pack up and head toward precious metals and form new civilizations. When they die, I sit by their side and they thank me for their lives. It’s good to be God.

There’s just a few problems. My civilizations are young, and I only have so much influence with which to command them. One newly founded city has grown rich off minerals and precious stones, but their wealth has led them to become insular. They do not want to bear children, and they chase gold and gems beneath the earth. An original city, ancient in comparison, withers; the people are starving. In order for both cities to survive, I must use their faith in me to solve two very different sets of problems.

Detective Pikachu toys, trading cards show new sides of the live-action Pokémon

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Detective Pikachu toys, trading cards show new sides of the live-action Pokémon

The Pokémon Company is preparing big time for the arrival of Detective Pikachu, the series’ first-ever Hollywood movie. Next on the hype-cycle list is a whole slew of merchandise, from T-shirts to toys — and even official trading cards with art on these new takes on classic Pokémon.

Most notable is the card for Detective Pikachu himself, of course. Say what you will about how fuzzy he is; the image on his special card is very cute.