Warhammer 40K games are a dime a dozen, but Space Hulk: Tactics shines

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Warhammer 40K games are a dime a dozen, but Space Hulk: Tactics shines

At times it feels like video games based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe are a dime a dozen. This year there have been around half a dozen Steam releases alone, and not all of them have been worthwhile. But the latest offering, Cyanide Studio’s Space Hulk: Tactics, is more than competent. It’s a faithful interpretation of the classic standalone tabletop game, and one that’s absolutely jam packed with extras.

Space Hulk originated back in 1989 as a spinoff miniatures skirmish game pitting the most heavily armed Space Marines, known as Terminators, against the vicious alien threat called the Tyranids. In that game’s lore, Terminators are forced to plod down long corridors, often in single-file lines, as wave after wave of fast-moving Tyranids bear down on them from all directions. It’s a tense, asymmetrical affair that can take hours to set up and play. Space Hulk: Tactics can get you up and running in seconds.

Overwatch Halloween Terror event is live, here are all the new skins

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Overwatch Halloween Terror event is live, here are all the new skins

Overwatch’s latest seasonal event, Halloween Terror, returns today. The Halloween-themed event is live now on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, bringing with it the return of Junkenstein’s Revenge and, of course, a fresh batch of skins that make the cast of Overwatch extra spooky.

Blizzard has been rolling out teases of the Halloween Terror 2018 epic and legendary skins over the past week, so we already know what’s dropping today. There’s the previously revealed Enchanted Armor Pharah, Jack-O’-Lantern Wrecking Ball, Undead McCree, Spider Widowmaker, Banshee Moira and Swamp Monster Doomfist. But there’s also Pumpkin Mei, Slasher Soldier: 76 and Junkenstein’s Bride Sombra. You can check out all the new skins, sprays and Pachimari icons in the gallery below.

The Sims 4’s new expansion pack lets your Sims get famous

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The Sims 4’s new expansion pack lets your Sims get famous

Fame is a fickle beast, but The Sims 4 players will be able to pursue that lifestyle in the newest expansion for the game, which Maxis and Electronic Arts announced today.

The Sims 4: Get Famous is incoming as an expansion pack, following the upcoming free patch with the Fashion Influencer career and terrain tools. Get Famous is set to introduce a ton of new features into the world of the Sims, including paparazzi, new careers, the red carpet, tiers of celebrity and the ability to live lavishly with new items for homes.

Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 join Xbox One backward-compatible games library

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Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 join Xbox One backward-compatible games library

Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 have joined the Xbox One’s backward-compatible games library. The Xbox 360 versions of both games, first released in 2011 as part of a remaster collection, are now playable on Xbox One.

Both games are available as a bundle on the Xbox Live Marketplace for $19.99, and have been since 2012. If you haven’t already picked them up for Xbox 360, you can go buy them now and start playing two Metal Gear classics on the more modern Xbox console.

Pokémon Go getting gen 4 Pokémon from Sinnoh region soon

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Pokémon Go getting gen 4 Pokémon from Sinnoh region soon

Your Pokedex in Pokémon Go is about to get much bigger, as creatures from the Sinnoh region make their way to Niantic and The Pokémon Company’s mobile game. A new trailer for Pokémon Go teases the arrival of the first fourth-gen Pokémon, including starter trio Chimchar, Turtwig, Piplup and the legendary Giratina.

Sinnoh-region Pokémon made their series debut in 2006’s Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and they’ve been a long time coming in Pokémon Go. Niantic and The Pokémon Company didn’t provide a specific date for the arrival of Sinnoh-region Pokémon, but their release appears imminent.

After breaking up The Hobbit, Peter Jackson is keeping Mortal Engines as one movie

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After breaking up The Hobbit, Peter Jackson is keeping Mortal Engines as one movie

Peter Jackson’s next project, Mortal Engines, is based on a fantasy book series with a number of sequels and prequels. It’s certainly well-trodden ground for Jackson, who lived and breathed the work of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings for more than a decade. But with The Hobbit films, Jackson saw criticism in deciding to break up the relatively-short children’s book into three massive movies, befuddling some fans and critics.

With Mortal Engines, though, he’s returning to the format that was so successful with The the Rings trilogy: one book for one movie. The first movie in the series will only cover the events of the first book, no more, no less.

Fortnite Battle Royale bundle heads to stores this fall

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Fortnite Battle Royale bundle heads to stores this fall

Fortnite Battle Royale is getting a special physical release next month, Epic Games announced. With publishing partner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s help, a bundle of the game that includes V-bucks, skins and weapons will be available at retail.

The $29.99 set is called the Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle, named after the winter-themed content that comes with it. There’s the Frostbite Outfit, for starters, as well as a glider, pickaxe and “back bling,” each named after some cold weather-related pun. Also included is 1,000 V-Bucks, so that players can go buy more items or the Battle Pass.

Square Enix’s Front Mission spinoff Left Alive coming March 2019

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Square Enix’s Front Mission spinoff Left Alive coming March 2019

Square Enix will release its survival-action shooter set in the Front Mission franchise, Left Alive, on March 5, 2019, the publisher announced today. The game is set for release on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam.

Left Alive is developed by veteran mech specialists Toshifumi Nabeshima, director of FromSoftware’s Chromehounds and the Armored Core series; Yoji Shinkawa, the character designer of the Metal Gear series; and Takayuki Yanase, the mech designer who’s contributed to Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Xenoblade Chronicles X. The game was originally unveiled at Tokyo Game Show 2017, when it was expected to be released sometime in 2018.

Destiny 2’s Black Armory expansion details begin to surface

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Destiny 2’s Black Armory expansion details begin to surface

Destiny 2: Black Armory — the first of three expansions included in the game’s Annual Pass — is set to be released in early December. But details from Black Armory have already started to leak onto Destiny’s subreddit and beyond. While it’s quickly being pulled from their original sources, the information inside sounds very interesting to longtime Destiny fans.

The leaks suggest that the Last Word hand cannon, along with the Icebreaker sniper rifle, will be returning to Destiny 2 with the new expansion. This comes after rumors that Thunderlord — an exotic machine gun from Destiny — will return in either Black Armory or the Festival of the Lost Halloween event.