Google’s Halloween Doodle is a competitive multiplayer game

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Google’s Halloween Doodle is a competitive multiplayer game

The latest Google Doodle, the company’s stylized redesigns of the Google logo for its homepage, is a competitive multiplayer game. Titled The Great Ghoul Duel, it’s a capture-the-flag-style battle between eight players, and you can try it out in your browser.

The Great Ghoul Duel has players compete as two teams of four, each tasked with collecting spirit flames scattered around the map and returning them to their home base. Players can steal flames from their opponents if they haven’t been banked yet, and players who bring home a large number of flames will be granted power-ups like speed boost, magnetism and night vision. Matches are quick, lasting only two minutes. It’s simple, but stylish and fun.

Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack tucked away a new D’Angelo song

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Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack tucked away a new D’Angelo song

Red Dead Redemption had an impressive soundtrack — we’re still fans of the theme “Compass” by Jamie Lidell — and Red Dead Redemption 2 is no different. Rockstar already confirmed that artists like Arca and a member of Queens of the Stone Age contributed to the tracklist, but there’s at least one more musician who has snuck into the game without prior notice.

That would be D’Angelo, whose Black Messiah was one of the best albums of 2014. His career spans more than two decades, although he’s as well known for his incisive R&B as his infrequent output. The song that shows up in Red Dead Redemption 2, “May I? Standing Unshaken — Oh Traveller Have a Seat,” is his first new release since Black Messiah.

It director to helm Warner Bros.’ Attack on Titan movie

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It director to helm Warner Bros.’ Attack on Titan movie

Andy Muschietti, the director of last summer’s box office smash It, will direct a feature film version of Attack on Titan, one of Japan’s most popular manga and anime series, Variety reported on Monday night.

The series follows a group of teenagers desperately trying to defend their walled city from a killer race of giants who want to eat the city’s inhabitants. Attack on Titan is written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The series is massively popular in Japan, with the second highest manga sales in the country for the first half of 2018. In fact, the series proved so popular that in 2015 Japanese production company Toho Pictures released its own live-action version, though reception was mostly mixed.

Kids-vs-monsters survival horror game The Blackout Club hits Early Access today

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Kids-vs-monsters survival horror game The Blackout Club hits Early Access today

The Blackout Club, a co-operative survival horror game by indie studio Question, launches in Early Access today on Windows PC via Steam.

With elements reminiscent of Stranger Things and kids-versus-monsters movies, The Blackout Club players team up to investigate a friend’s sudden disappearance and uncover a larger, darker truth about their small Appalachian town.

Does Red Dead Redemption 2 contain a hidden reference to developers’ crunch?

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Does Red Dead Redemption 2 contain a hidden reference to developers’ crunch?

Thanks to a flurry of recent media reports, Red Dead Redemption 2 maker Rockstar Games has gained notoriety in a very unflattering light: the company’s culture of crunch during the development of its biggest games, including the massive new open-world Western and its 2010 predecessor. Now it appears that the developers who labored to produce Red Dead Redemption 2 may have snuck a reference to their working conditions into the game.

Arthur Morgan, the game’s protagonist, starts out with a six-shooter known as the Cattleman Revolver. He later gains the ability to dual-wield sidearms such as revolvers and sawed-off shotguns. At that point, the player can visit a gunsmith and buy a second Cattleman Revolver to give Arthur twice the stopping power. While browsing the gunsmith’s catalog — which is a literal book that Arthur flips through — Reddit user obZenDF noticed that the page advertising the Cattleman Revolver had some interesting wording, considering the stories we’ve been reading about Rockstar.

5 reasons why the PlayStation Classic is missing classic PlayStation games

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5 reasons why the PlayStation Classic is missing classic PlayStation games

Today, Sony revealed the complete lineup of games included in the PlayStation Classic. The 20-game collection has been met with a lukewarm reception. Where Nintendo’s recent plug-and-play retro consoles include best sellers, critical darlings and cult classics, Sony’s hardware has many glaring software omissions.

Sony was perhaps doomed from the start in curating a perfect lineup for the PlayStation Classic. Let’s walk through a few potential reasons why the PlayStation Classic is missing so many of the console’s standout games.

Warhammer 40K’s Ork refresh includes a weaponized food truck

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Warhammer 40K’s Ork refresh includes a weaponized food truck

Games Workshop launched the eighth edition of its flagship Warhammer 40,000 tabletop miniatures game just last year. Since then, the U.K.-based game developer and manufacturer has introduced a taller, more expressive version of the iconic Space Marine, and a slimmed-down version of the famously expensive wargame called Kill Team. Now GW is celebrating “Orktober,” and taking the opportunity to lift the veil off a revamp of another famous faction, the green-skinned Orks.

Orks in 40K are a curious bunch. They’re known for their ability to reproduce quickly, and armies often focus on fielding massive numbers to win the day. But Orks are also known for their technical ingenuity, repurposing scrap that they find all over the galaxy to concoct fast and often unpredictable war machines.

Tetris Effect is loaded with game modes designed to keep you coming back

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Tetris Effect is loaded with game modes designed to keep you coming back

Enhance Games’ stylish, trippy take on Tetris will come with a wide variety of modes tailored to appeal to your play style and mood, and those modes are designed to keep players coming back to Tetris Effect for weeks and months after the game launches.

The puzzle game’s main “campaign” mode, known as Journey Mode, will send players on a trip through 27 levels, each with their own musical and visual themes. Each level is crafted to tell a story and let players feel different emotions as they play, vice president of production Mark MacDonald said during a hands-on gameplay preview. Levels in Journey Mode will take players from the deserts of Egypt to the solitary darkness of the Moon, while others venture deep into the sea to let players swim with dolphins as they line up puzzle pieces.

Fallout 76 isn’t coming to Nintendo Switch

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Fallout 76 isn’t coming to Nintendo Switch

Bethesda has been a champion of the Nintendo Switch during the system’s early life, porting games like Skyrim, Doom and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus to Nintendo’s hybrid console and portable. These are the sorts of M-rated action and role-playing games that Nintendo isn’t supplying for its own system, giving Bethesda a competitive advantage on a system that might be scaring off other third-party publishers.

“I enjoy us being seen as the third-party leader in terms of supporting Switch,” Bethesda’s Pete Hines said during PAX Australia, as reported by GameSpot. “People go, ‘Hey, you’ve got a lot more stuff [on Switch] than this publisher or that publisher.’ That’s what I want Bethesda to be known as. We’re guys who will take some risks.”