Resident Evil 2 remake demo coming Jan. 11, lasts only 30 minutes

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Resident Evil 2 remake demo coming Jan. 11, lasts only 30 minutes

Capcom will give survival horror fans a brief taste of the Resident Evil 2 remake later this week with a limited-time demo — very limited, in fact, at just 30 minutes.

Resident Evil 2’s “1-Shot Demo” will be available for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One from Jan. 11-31. Players will have just a half hour to complete the demo. If they do finish their specific mission objective, they can continue to replay the demo until the 30-minute mark is reached.

Metro Exodus Xbox One X bundle includes the entire trilogy

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Metro Exodus Xbox One X bundle includes the entire trilogy

Today Deep Silver and Microsoft announced a Metro Exodus-themed Xbox One X bundle for $499.99, launching day-and-date with the upcoming game. The 1 TB console will include a digital version of 4A game’s latest post-apocalyptic, open-world, survival horror game, as well as the high-definition remasters of its predecessors, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.

The announcement was also accompanied by a new story trailer, the game’s first. Players take the role of the same character in all three Metro games, a member of the Spartan Order named Artyom. Today’s trailer, however, is told from a very different perspective: that of Anna, Artyom’s wife.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: what to watch on the third day

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: what to watch on the third day

The third day of Awesome Games Done Quick (noon today until noon Wednesday) will see 21 events, 13 of them featuring a speedrunner currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the event. It’s an exciting third day of the fastest week in video gaming, which kicked off Sunday in Rockville, Maryland. You can watch all of the action live, right here.

Below are the games featuring world-record holders (according to speedrun.com) scheduled to appear over the next 24 hours (all times ET).

Dragon’s Dogma heads to Switch in April

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Dragon’s Dogma heads to Switch in April

Capcom is bringing Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, the 2013 Western role-playing game-inspired action game, to Nintendo Switch on April 23. The Switch version will cost $29.99.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for Switch will include all previously released content and DLC. Capcom promises a “revamped user interface” that will offer improved screen visibility on Switch, hopefully making the game’s UI readable while playing in portable or tabletop mode.

Fortnite’s last content update before the next patch brings new silenced sniper rifle

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Fortnite’s last content update before the next patch brings new silenced sniper rifle

Over the holidays, Epic has been releasing content updates rather than full patches, which means that additions to Fortnite have been slightly smaller. But in order to send v7.10 off in style, Epic included quite a few changes in this week’s final content update.

While the new sniper rifle is likely to be the first thing players notice about the update, it is also accompanied by a few other weapon changes as well. Epic is removing all other versions of the burst rifle — the common, uncommon and rare varieties — along with the six shooter. Meanwhile, the dual pistols have returned to the game.

Facebook rejects Gris ad for ‘sexually suggestive’ content

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Facebook rejects Gris ad for ‘sexually suggestive’ content

Nomada Studio’s lovely Nintendo Switch and Windows PC game Gris is artwork in motion — an interactive mood board, or a canvas awash in watercolors that convey a deep, trenchant melancholy. It’s the last game that anyone with a strong aesthetic eye would expect to offend, but publisher Devolver Digital says Gris has done just that. Facebook passed on a trailer the company requested to run on the platform over what it called “sexually suggestive” imagery, a decision that Devolver says is “really stupid.”

“Facebook rejected a GRIS launch trailer ad for this ‘sexually suggestive’ scene so this year is going great so far,” reads a tweet on the official Devolver Digital account from this afternoon. The attached image is of a statue of a woman, her body obscured by shadows and darkened shades of blue. There appears to be no nudity, as nothing beyond her shoulders is visible; the rest of her torso takes on the look of a tower. This figure features prominently throughout the game, and even in differently colored settings, the amount of her body that’s visible remains the same.

HTC unveils Vive Cosmos stand-alone VR headset, designed for ease of use

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HTC unveils Vive Cosmos stand-alone VR headset, designed for ease of use

After it unveiled a new business-class virtual reality headset, HTC also revealed first details on its new consumer model. Called the HTC Vive Cosmos, the stand-alone device was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and appears to be HTC’s answer to the Oculus Quest stand-alone headset.

Perhaps the biggest impediment to consumer adoption of VR headsets is the stuff you need to attach to them, namely a beefy gaming PC or a PlayStation 4. That’s what makes stand-alone VR headsets so compelling.

Nintendo Switch and 3DS games now sold on Humble store

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Nintendo Switch and 3DS games now sold on Humble store

Nintendo Switch and 3DS owners have a new option for buying their games: the Humble store. The company behind the Humble Bundle, which donates a portion of (most) purchases to charity, is now selling Nintendo games, expansions, season passes and Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions through its web store.

Humble is selling new and recent Switch releases like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Let’s Go!, Super Mario Party, and Mario Tennis Aces, alongside bestsellers The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey. On 3DS, Humble offers a long list of classics, including most of the mainline Pokémon role-playing games and NES titles like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.

Blizzard quietly confirms another LGBTQ Overwatch hero

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Blizzard quietly confirms another LGBTQ Overwatch hero

In a new short story titled “Bastet,” Blizzard Entertainment confirms that Soldier: 76 (aka Jack Morrison) is the second LGBTQ character in the Overwatch universe.

Former sniper Ana comes across a wounded Soldier: 76 in the streets of Cairo, and takes him back to her hideout. It’s the first time they’ve been reunited since the explosion rocked the Overwatch headquarters in Switzerland — neither of them knew the other one was alive for sure until now. She catches a glimpse of him going through a few photos, and sees an old one of him with a dark-haired man named Vincent.

God of War art director redesigns the Smash Bros. Ultimate roster

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God of War art director redesigns the Smash Bros. Ultimate roster

Raf Grassetti is the art director for last year’s God of War, but he’s much more than the artist behind the game’s scarred and battle-worn characters. His Instagram and Twitter show that the artist he’s a huge fan of numerous other franchises, too. And his latest love is for Super Smash Bros., an obsession that has led him to kick off a series of Instagram posts sharing his favorite Smash fighters, reimagined.

We’ll be upfront: Grassetti is wildly talented, as the majority of his work shows. And several of his Super Smash Bros. portraits are also wonderful. Metroid’s Samus Aran looks great, for starters; it’s a svelte, statuesque impression of the powerful bounty hunter.