Sony’s Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro bundle is available for pre-order

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Sony’s Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro bundle is available for pre-order

Sony is releasing a PlayStation 4 Pro bundle that includes Red Dead Redemption 2, just in case you’re excited about the upcoming Rockstar game but have yet to purchase a console on which to play it. Pre-orders for the bundle begin Monday, Sony announced in a PlayStation Blog post; they’re currently available at retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy.

The bundle includes a 1 TB PS4 Pro system, a DualShock 4 wireless controller and a physical disc copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 for $399.99, according to the announcement.

Telltale designer shares a memory of how an office joke got into a game

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Telltale designer shares a memory of how an office joke got into a game

Developers caught up in the shutdown of Telltale Games have been sharing memories over social media this weekend and this one, from Molly Maloney, a designer on Tales from the Borderlands, brought a chuckle that was definitely worthy of the game’s namesake.

Quasi-spoilers for Tales from the Borderlands, Episode 5, I guess.

Here’s Android 17 in solo action in DragonBall FighterZ

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Here’s Android 17 in solo action in DragonBall FighterZ

As mentioned earlier this week, Android 17 is the next fighter coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ. Yesterday, Bandai Namco ran out this trailer from Tokyo Game Show featuring him.

Bandai Namco also confirmed that Android 17 joins the game on Sept. 27 (that’s next Thursday) alongside Cooler, who was announced back in August. The fighters cost $5 a la carte, and are part of the FighterZ Pass that delivers all of the premium DLC.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider mistakenly included an alternate ending

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider mistakenly included an alternate ending

Without its day-one patch, Shadow of the Tomb Raider has a different post-credits cutscene, one that the game’s studio says was mistakenly included in the game.

The discovery comes from the Tomb Raider Forums this week (and also seen by Kotaku on Friday). If you’ve patched the game, you’d never know of this. The person who originally mentioned it in the forums didn’t know what they were looking at, either, and the others didn’t believe them at first.

Clementine’s actor pens note to Walking Dead fans following Telltale’s closure

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Clementine’s actor pens note to Walking Dead fans following Telltale’s closure

Melissa Hutchison, the actor who portrayed Clementine in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series, delivered a message to friends and fans of the game yesterday following Telltale’s abrupt mothballing on Friday. Her message sheds a little more light on the fate of the series, or what she knows of it, at least.

“I, unfortunately, like most of you, do not have the details on how this all came to be and I also do not know the fate of the final season of TWD,” she said. “To my knowledge, they will release Episode 2 and then that will be it. It hurts me that you, the fans, will not get to see Clem’s journey through to the end.”

New Death Stranding trailer introduces Troy Baker and a humongous monster

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New Death Stranding trailer introduces Troy Baker and a humongous monster

Kojima Productions revealed a new trailer and casting information for the studio’s upcoming Sony exclusive, Death Stranding, to a massive crowd at Tokyo Game Show 2018. The trailer, which clocks in at just over a minute, raises more questions than it answers.

Prolific actor Troy Baker will play the role of a mysterious antagonist that wears a golden skull mask and apparently has the power to manipulate the oily ghouls that roam the game’s planet. In the trailer, the character uses the mask to conjure a beast that is Bloodborne-esque. Why is this fellow so angry? How do these deathly spirits merge Voltron-style into hellbeasts? What genre is this game anyway?

Sports’ story mode sequels have a hard act to follow — their own

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Sports’ story mode sequels have a hard act to follow — their own

This is the sixth year of narrative story modes as an annual feature in a sports video game, the second with them prominent in three big titles, and it feels like we’ve hit a turning point. It wouldn’t surprise me to see it end up as a nice idea that has run its course, as opposed to a new expectation of the genre’s biggest names.

I say that after laboring through the third installment of The Journey, the story mode of EA Sports’ FIFA series since 2016. The soccer action is enjoyable enough, but even with three playable characters, none of them have much of an arc or a conflict beyond building up to that big win. The second of four acts in The Journey: Champions positively drags with incremental games and rote skills drills, especially if the user is following the mode’s recommended story path and exploring all three characters’ timelines concurrently.

A never-before-seen Pokémon appeared in Pokémon Go today

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A never-before-seen Pokémon appeared in Pokémon Go today

Something very strange happened in Pokémon Go today at the conclusion of a scheduled community day event: A mysterious, never-before-seen Pokémon spawned in the game, leading to confusion and speculation about what it means for Niantic and The Pokémon Company’s mobile title.

In the Asia-Pacific region, at 3 p.m. in Japan, Pokémon Go’s community day event focused on the Pokémon Chikorita came to an end. Suddenly, the world of Pokémon Go was densely populated with a new type of Pokémon, one that looked like a white Ditto with a hexagonal nut for a head and a single eye at its center. When a player caught the new Pokémon — which appeared with the name “???” and a Combat Power (CP) rating of “???” — it would turn into a Ditto, typically an uncommon, harder-to-find Pokémon.

Watch 12-minutes of gameplay and a boss fight from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Watch 12-minutes of gameplay and a boss fight from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Activision hasn’t held back with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, presenting the game at E3, Gamescom and now Tokyo Game Show. The publisher seems to be targeting Dark Souls fans with gameplay videos that repeatedly and loudly hammer the same key message: this game will be just as challenging, if not more so, than From Software’s other series.

The new footage, published to PlayStation’s YouTube channel, gives an extended look at the Corrupted Monk boss fight, along with some adventuring through the game’s mountainous environment. For me, the highlight of the demo comes around the 7-minute mark, when our hero has to sneak past a snake that’s longer than the average skyscraper. The person controlling the demo seems to think they’ve reached safety in a cave. They have not.