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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier 2 hours 4 minutes ago. 1 comments

'Jedi Master' Should Really Be The Easiest Difficulty Setting

'Jedi Master' Should Really Be The Easiest Difficulty Setting

You know what video games have gotten all wrong? Difficulty setting names. This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.

This week we take a deep dive into Jedi Fallen Order, the great new Star Wars single-player action-adventure game from Respawn. We talk about its influences, its difficulty, and whether Uncharted and Metroid can really harmonize. Then we get into Half-Life VR and the tepid...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson 3 hours 53 minutes ago. 7 comments

Pokémon Jobs Are Kind Of Messed Up

Pokémon Jobs Are Kind Of Messed Up

There is so much dumb bullshit in the Pokémon universe that is not explained and will never be explaned. What’s it like inside a Poké Ball? Do people eat Pokémon? These are questions that, when we have asked the developers, they have been unable to answer. Not helping are a new addition to Sword and Shield, Poké Jobs.

Mechanically, Poké Jobs are just a good way to level up Pokémon if you...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach yesterday at 05:10. 1 comments

Borderlands 3 Update Finally Makes Menus Less Sluggish

Borderlands 3 Update Finally Makes Menus Less Sluggish

Borderlands 3 got a big update today that, among a bunch of other additions, makes the game’s menus system less hellishly slow.

When Gearbox’s loot shooter came out in September, it had a lot of performance issues . Split-screen was a mess, the frame-rate frequently dropped, the inventory system would occasionally eat people’s gear, and most surprisingly, the menus felt really, really laggy....

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach yesterday at 02:30. 2 comments

Mario Kart Tour’s Winter Update Is A Bust

Mario Kart Tour’s Winter Update Is A Bust

Mario Kart Tour’s big winter update went live yesterday and it feels underwhelming, making me question whether or not it’s really worth it to keep subscribing to the game’s $5 monthly subscription.

The game’s Winter Tour is meant to be a festive bit of seasonal fun to close out the year. It sports Mario in a Santa costume as one of the new drivers you can get, adds a giant Christmas tree to...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson yesterday at 02:00.

The Sims 4's New College Expansion Is As Stressful And Gratifying As The Real Thing

The Sims 4's New College Expansion Is As Stressful And Gratifying As The Real Thing

Addison, the Sim I made to check out the latest college-themed Sims 4 expansion, has had a very bad week. She’s a Fine Arts major, taking a class about video games as an elective. Her schedule, as such, was a complete mess. Monday and Wednesday she had three classes, with barely any room in between to breathe, let alone eat. Her fun meter on those days was perpetually low. She was pulling...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson yesterday at 01:00. 2 comments

Half-Life: Alyx Takes Place Between Half-Life 1 And Half-Life 2

Half-Life: Alyx Takes Place Between Half-Life 1 And Half-Life 2
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Half-Life: Alyx, you might be dismayed to learn, is definitely not Half-Life 3. But it is a new “full-length” Half-Life game, Valve said today, and it’ll be out in March.

In a press release, Valve said the game—first announced earlier this week to surprise, confusion, and memes from fans...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra yesterday . 1 comments

I'm Not A Top-Tier MMO Raider But I Love Watching Them Stream

I'm Not A Top-Tier MMO Raider But I Love Watching Them Stream
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2019 is the year of the online RPG, at least for me. Whether that’s the countless hours I’ve spent in Final Fantasy XIV or my curious wandering through WoW Classic , digital worlds have offered me grand adventures and dear friends. But a few experiences are still out of my...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 21, 2019 at 05:35. 1 comments

Microsoft xCloud Feels Like A Diet Video Game Streaming Service

Microsoft xCloud Feels Like A Diet Video Game Streaming Service

When Microsoft’s video game streaming service, Project xCloud, began its beta last month, there were only four games available to test. Now there are over 50. I spent a day taking the service on the road with me to see how it’s working.

Currently, the service streams games from Microsoft’s servers to a smartphone or tablet and requires a bluetooth controller, Xbox One or otherwise, to start...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Nov 21, 2019 at 01:30.

Epic Finally Releases Fortnite Patch Notes

Epic Finally Releases Fortnite Patch Notes

Today, developer Epic published some details about what’s contained in Fortnite’s latest 11.20 patch. Epic calls the notes a “battle royale update” rather than the usual “patch notes,” which have been notably absent since the game’s Chapter 2 started in mid-October.

The notes for patch 11.20 are sparse compared to past seasons’ patches. Daily challenges are back, and you can search your locker...

Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 21, 2019 at 00:30. 1 comments

The Bug Pokémon Snom Is Actually Incredibly Violent

The Bug Pokémon Snom Is Actually Incredibly Violent

Snom, a precious Bug/Ice type Pokémon that’s new to the series with Sword and Shield, appears unassuming at first glance. At least until you see the Twitter account dedicated to exposing his inner thoughts.

I have a soft spot for bug type Pokémon. They fit naturally into the series’ themes of evolution, and they manage to transform a creepy creature into something much cuter. Snom is the best...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 21, 2019 . 1 comments

Let Me Tell You About A Very Specific Death Stranding Problem That Only I Have

Let Me Tell You About A Very Specific Death Stranding Problem That Only I Have
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I’m loving Death Stranding so far, but I’m having an unusual problem with it: Heartman sounds exactly like James Kennedy from Vanderpump Rules to me. I can’t unhear it.

In case you were not aware, Vanderpump Rules is a show about horrible people being horrible. Lisa Vanderpump is...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 20, 2019 at 23:00. 16 comments

Some People Who Pre-Ordered Stadia Say They Still Can’t Access It [Update]

Some People Who Pre-Ordered Stadia Say They Still Can’t Access It [Update]

In June, Google made an enticing offer for its new streaming service, Stadia—anyone who pre-ordered the Founder’s Edition would be able to lock in the usernames of their choice before anyone else could. Now, however, some people who pre-ordered the service say they haven’t even gotten in. Instead, they still find themselves waiting for an email from Google with their login information a day...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 20, 2019 at 21:30. 1 comments

EA Scares Origin Users Into Thinking They're Hacked For No Reason

EA Scares Origin Users Into Thinking They're Hacked For No Reason

This morning at around 3am, jolted awake by an antsy newborn, I rolled over to check my email and was alarmed to see a message from EA with the subject: “You’ve redeemed an Origin Access Membership Code.” Goddamnit, I thought. Did someone hack me? Turns out it was just EA starting off everyone’s day with a nice little scare.

Ironically, this email came as the result of an EA initiative to...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 20, 2019 at 08:30. 11 comments

Activision Blizzard's CEO Doesn't Think Its Games Should Be Political

Activision Blizzard's CEO Doesn't Think Its Games Should Be Political

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick doesn’t think his companies’ games should be used as platforms for sharing political views. He said as much an interview appearance on CNBC earlier today.

“We’re not the operator of the world’s town halls,” Kotick, who in 2017 made 28.6 million running the video game company behind Call of Duty and Diablo, told CNBC anchor Becky Quick. “We’re the operator...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 20, 2019 at 06:00. 1 comments

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

You win some, you lose some. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. Long have these sorts of aphorisms existed in the cultural lexicon. Now, thanks to popular streamer Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, we’ve got a new one: Sometimes you catch the shiny Pokémon as part of two streams that last a total of 15 hours, sometimes you give your streaming audience $5,000.

Earlier this...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 20, 2019 at 01:00.

The Internet Reacts To The Announcement Of A New Half-Life Game

The Internet Reacts To The Announcement Of A New Half-Life Game

It is 2019. Valve just announced a new Half-Life game . All bets are off now. Quit your job. Buy a lottery ticket. Fail to win the lottery. Buy several more lottery tickets. Fail again. Give up. Sell your car so you can make rent. Go online. Find out that the new Half-Life is a VR game. Compose an irate tweet about how you can’t afford it. Live your dreams.

Half-Life: Alyx, announced...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 19, 2019 at 06:00. 12 comments

Upcoming Undertale Live Show Will Let Audiences Choose The Outcome

Upcoming Undertale Live Show Will Let Audiences Choose The Outcome

Many games have multiple branching paths where players decide who lives and who dies, indie role-playing game mega-hit Undertale chief among them. Very few (possibly zero?) concerts can boast the same thing. Undertale Live, then, will be a unique experience pretty much no matter how it pans out.

Undertale Live is, first and foremost, a concert, but it’s also more, billing itself as a “meeting...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 19, 2019 at 04:00. 16 comments

In The Era Of 'Live' Games Like Fortnite And Overwatch, Sequels Are Changing

In The Era Of 'Live' Games Like Fortnite And Overwatch, Sequels Are Changing

There was a time when a sequel meant something. I don’t mean that in a wistful, “back in my day” sort of way. I mean that it largely meant one thing: A separate, new game with a shiny “2” somewhere in its title. Then expansions blurred the line, and patches blurred it even more. Now a new generation of sequels is stomping the line clean out of existence.

In the past month, we’ve seen three...

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Nov 19, 2019 at 03:00.

Minecraft Dungeons Is The Kiddie Diablo

Minecraft Dungeons Is The Kiddie Diablo

Blizzard hasn’t tried to hide the fact that it’s going very, very dark on Diablo 4. In the game’s announcement trailer, shown at BlizzCon earlier this month, a trio of adventurers were eviscerated, their insides woven into a hideous flesh cape to be worn by the demon Lilith. Minecraft Dungeons doesn’t go quite so hard on the human-entrails-as-fashion vibe, but it’s got almost everything else...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 19, 2019 at 01:00. 24 comments

How To Kill Jedi: Fallen Order's Oggdo Bogdo More Easily

How To Kill Jedi: Fallen Order's Oggdo Bogdo More Easily

The key to beating one of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s earliest optional boss fights is to start it off with a jump attack. If that attack connects successfully, you’re golden. If not, you’re in for a world of pain.

Oggdo Bogdo is a giant black alien toad on the first planet you go to in Fallen Order, so named because one of Respawn’s designers liked the sound of those two words rhyming. As...

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