Octopath Traveler’s extreme Middle English is stumping players

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Octopath Traveler’s extreme Middle English is stumping players

Fans seem to really dig the classic-style JRPG Octopath Traveler thus far, but the Nintendo Switch exclusive is not without its faults. One of the most perplexing is the game’s English localization, which gives one character a manner of speaking so absurd, players worldwide are having trouble making sense of it.

The huntress H’aanit is one of Octopath Traveler’s eight playable characters, any of whom you can choose to check out in the beginning of the game. (You can unlock the other seven later on.) H’aanit seems like a good choice if you’re a fan of bow-and-arrow combat. But if you couldn’t make it through a single Shakespeare play in school, you might find parsing the dialogue in H’aanit’s storyline a big challenge. She speaks in an extreme version of Middle English that reads almost as parody.

No Man’s Sky Next trailer shows off multiplayer, space fleets and more

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No Man’s Sky Next trailer shows off multiplayer, space fleets and more

Hello Games will release a major update for No Man’s Sky next week that it calls No Man’s Sky “Next.” The Next iteration of the game will add a host of new features, including a “full multiplayer experience” that lets players team up with friends and interact with random space travelers; the option to play in first- or third-person view; and the ability to command fleets of ships as you explore the universe.

A new trailer for No Man’s Sky Next shows off those new features and more, including a massive boost to the game’s visual presentation. Compared to the No Man’s Sky’s debut trailer — today’s Next trailer is a nearly shot-by-shot recreation our first look at the game from 2013 — the game’s worlds and space settings look far more rich and detailed.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War dumps loot crates, adds gameplay improvements

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War dumps loot crates, adds gameplay improvements

A free update for Middle-earth: Shadow of War removes controversial real-money microtransactions from that game. Today’s update, which was announced in April, also adds a significant number of additional improvements to gameplay.

Shadow of War’s real-money marketplace allowed players to purchase high-level Orc followers via War Chests. Those followers could improve the capabilities of a player’s army as a whole. In our review, Polygon criticized the feature as an unwelcome distraction from Shadow of War’s end-game content. The title was one of many swept up in a wave of consumer outrage over loot boxes in full-priced video games last year.

Pokémon Go Fest 2018 ran without a hitch, unlike last year

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Pokémon Go Fest 2018 ran without a hitch, unlike last year

It’s fair to call 2017’s Pokémon Go Fest a total failure. The inaugural,outdoor event was plagued by connection errors, bad weather, angry fans, and a whole lot of nothing — and it was all streamed live around the world.

It was a learning experience for developer Niantic, clearly. This year’s Pokémon Go Fest showed that the developer has not only done major work to improve the game over the last year, but it’s learned a lot about how to put on an event, too. Pokémon Go Fest 2018 wasn’t without its own faults, but it was a heck of a lot more fun than any of us survivors from last year expected.

PUBG for Xbox One update adds new gun and new car, changes weapon balance

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PUBG for Xbox One update adds new gun and new car, changes weapon balance

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has just received its latest update for the Xbox One version of the game, which brings changes that Windows PC players have been enjoying for months to console. The patch is roughly equivalent to Update 12, which was released for PC back in April and re-balanced the game’s weapons.

This is far and away the biggest patch that the console version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has ever received. With smaller changes like recoil pattern adjustments, new types of scopes, new explosion patterns for grenades and adjustable red dot reticles, there are a ton of small changes in this patch. While some of these changes are small and won’t take much getting used to, there are a few tweaks to the game that are worth getting into specifics on.

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest shows off the kookiest and greatest Labo projects

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Nintendo Labo Creators Contest shows off the kookiest and greatest Labo projects

The winners of the first Nintendo Labo Creators Contest have been announced — and the creations are just as creative and kooky as you’d expect.

Released in April, the cardboard Nintendo Labo kits are Do-It-Yourself projects that encourage players to get hands on and build accessories for Nintendo Switch. The accessories are then attached to the Switch and Joy-Con controllers to play specific software. The different projects have been dubbed Toy-Cons by Nintendo and range from piano sets to robot suits, and from houses to fishing rods.

World of Warcraft’s pre-Battle for Azeroth patch: 7 things to know

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World of Warcraft’s pre-Battle for Azeroth patch: 7 things to know

Patch 8.0, more commonly known as the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, will finally hit World of Warcraft live servers on July 17. Pre-expansion patches are always some of the most exciting in the game; not only do they drastically change up the classes, they give players a chance to quest their way up to the events of the expansion.

The Battle for Azeroth pre-patch brings more changes than usual. With the removal of the Legion Artifact traits, many of the classes have been drastically overhauled. Each class has been more or less overhauled will play identically to how they will on day one of Battle for Azeroth, which launches on Aug. 14. The only thing players won’t have to play around with yet is the Heart of Azeroth necklace and the Azerite gear traits that come with it.

Pokémon Go’s least popular team is no longer the game’s punching bag

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Pokémon Go’s least popular team is no longer the game’s punching bag

When Pokémon Go first launched, players quickly found their in-game punching bag. Leader Spark of yellow-colored Team Instinct, one of three teams that players must pledge allegiance to, was seen as the dopey kid brother to Team Mystic and Team Valor’s strong, intimidating heads. What started as teasing of Team Instinct became bullying, as players who identified with Spark’s group often got shut out of gym battles and other features.

Two years later, that no longer seems to be the case — at least, based on what I saw at this year’s Pokémon Go Fest. The event brought back last year’s team-themed lounges as part of its decor, each one bearing the color and insignia of the game’s squads. You could go hang in any lounge you wanted, but why would you do that when you can hang out with your own crew?

Monster Hunter: World comes to Final Fantasy 14 on Aug. 7

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Monster Hunter: World comes to Final Fantasy 14 on Aug. 7

Capcom and Square Enix are bringing the worlds of Final Fantasy 14 and Monster Hunter: World together this summer, with monsters, characters and items crossing over between games. Last week, Capcom detailed when and how Final Fantasy will come to the latest entry in the Monster Hunter franchise — now it’s Square Enix’s turn.

Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood players will get access to Monster Hunter: World-inspired content on Aug. 7, when the legendary monster Rathalos invades the Final Fantasy MMO. Players will be able to take on Rathalos in a trial named “The Great Hunt,” which will come in normal (for up to eight players) and extreme (just four players) versions.