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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Feb 27, 2019. 12 comments

Not Everything About The Open-World Lego Movie 2 Game Is Awesome

Not Everything About The Open-World Lego Movie 2 Game Is Awesome

Anyone who’s played a movie-based Lego video game is familiar with the formula. A film’s tale is retold in a series of story missions, packed with bricks to break and characters to collect. At first, I was disappointed that The Lego Movie 2 Video Game did not follow that formula. But eventually, I came around on it.

Released on February 26 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Switch, The Lego...

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Kate Gray Kate Gray Jan 05, 2019. 20 comments

Warner Bros. Pulls LEGO Lord of the Rings Games From Steam, Doesn't Say Why

Warner Bros. Pulls LEGO Lord of the Rings Games From Steam, Doesn't Say Why

Bad news for fans of LEGO, Lord of the Rings, and buying things: Warner Bros. has taken The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit away from us—possibly forever.

The saga seemingly began when the two games were free on the Humble Store last month, sparking debate over whether new games were on the horizon—or perhaps just a finished version of The Hobbit, which only covered the first two Hobbit...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Oct 02, 2018. 22 comments

Leaked Video Seems To Show Open-World Harry Potter Game

Leaked Video Seems To Show Open-World Harry Potter Game

A video, leaked this morning by a Reddit user who says they captured it from a focus group, shows an apparent big-budget Harry Potter game that looks fantastic.

Publisher Warner Bros. has yanked the video from YouTube, but you can watch a mirror here. The footage shows, among other things: Wizards in Hogwarts academy casting spells, alchemical experiments, owls and magical beasts, and even a...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 20, 2018. 22 comments

Shadow of War Is Now Microtransaction-Free

<i>Shadow of War</i> Is Now Microtransaction-Free

Middle-earth: Shadow of War came out on October 10, 2017. Two hundred eighty days later, it is now free of all microtransactions. It’s a drastic change and yet another sign that 2017 was a turning point for the video game industry’s brief obsession with loot boxes.

Today, Warner Bros. patched Shadow of War to remove the game’s paid currency, putting an end to a confusing microtransaction...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 25, 2018. 20 comments

Bethesda Sues Makers Of Westworld Game, Saying It Uses Fallout Shelter's Code

Bethesda Sues Makers Of <i>Westworld</i> Game, Saying It Uses <i>Fallout Shelter</i>'s Code

Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive over the new Westworld video game which it claims copies parts of 2015’s Fallout Shelter, according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for Maryland.

The lawsuit was filed June 21 and seeks to have money for damages awarded and for Warner Bros. to stop selling the game.

“The Westworld game is a blatant rip-off of Fallout...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jun 09, 2018. 18 comments

Hitman 2 Is Coming Out This November

<i>Hitman 2</i> Is Coming Out This November

WB Games and IO Interactive announced Hitman 2 during a livestream today. The game brings back Agent 47 for new missions where a conspicuous bald chef takes the place of Steve, who stepped around the corner for a smoke break.

Hitman 2 will feature locations like rainforests and a racetrack in Miami, which seem like very nice places to assassinate someone. Agent 47 will try to hunt down the...

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Patrick Klepek Patrick Klepek Mar 27, 2018. 20 comments

Arkham Knight PC Patch Briefly Appears, And Early Reports Are Promising

<i>Arkham Knight</i> PC Patch Briefly Appears, And Early Reports Are Promising

Warner Bros. has been cagey about Batman: Arkham Knight’s long-promised PC patch, but a beta version accidentally went live for some folks today—and they’re reporting good news.

This is a pretty confusing saga, so bear with me. When players cried foul at the game’s technical incompetence on PC , Warner Bros. stopped selling the game. They promised a major patch would bring the game up to...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Feb 18, 2018. 24 comments

How Western Animation Has Changed

How Western Animation Has Changed

In the past, Kotaku has shown how Japanese animation has changed (here and here ). But we haven’t really had a look at how Western animation designs have evolved over the years. So let’s do that.

A while ago, animator Harry Partridge drew this wonderful and fascinating comparison. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look:

And what it would be like if the two styles were mixed:

The full...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 15, 2017. 18 comments

FTC Slams Warner Bros. For 'Failing To Adequately Disclose' Sponsored Gameplay Videos

FTC Slams Warner Bros. For 'Failing To Adequately Disclose' Sponsored Gameplay Videos

The Federal Trade Commission came out hard against Warner Bros. today, banning the game publisher from misrepresenting sponsored content as part of a settlement that will force WB to offer clearer disclosure practices in their marketing campaigns.

Under new rules laid out by the FTC today, Warner Bros. will have to monitor the YouTubers who work with them on marketing campaigns, ensuring that...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 15, 2017. 12 comments

Sonic The Hedgehog And Fantastic Beasts Headline Lego Dimensions' Wave Seven

<i>Sonic The Hedgehog </i>And<i> Fantastic Beasts </i>Headline<i> Lego Dimensions' </i>Wave Seven

This evening at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. revealed the six game packs in Lego Dimensions’ seventh wave of content, including a level pack inspired by classic Sonic the Hedgehog, Marceline the Vampire Queen and a new Lego gateway build.

While Skylanders continues its yearly releases and Disney Infinity ends, Lego Dimensions continues to build on the excellent base it released in 2015,

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Oct 12, 2017. 24 comments

Fall Loot Box Glut Leads To Widespread Alarm

Fall Loot Box Glut Leads To Widespread Alarm

Few things in video games are as addictive as the dopamine rush of randomized loot. And, when it’s tied to real money, few things make people as angry. As we enter the year’s busiest game season, it’s fair to wonder: Do we have a loot box epidemic?

It started with Shadow of War, which gave YouTubers two months worth of rage material when its developers announced in August that the game would...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 01, 2017. 18 comments

LEGO Avengers Introduces... Iron Stan

<i>LEGO Avengers</i> Introduces... Iron Stan

There’s more to the LEGO Avengers video game than the two blockbuster movies. During a Comic-Con panel earlier today Stan “The Man” Lee took to the stage to introduce his two cameo characters as well as a few surprise guests.

That’s right, famous creator Stan Lee doesn’t just get a homage to Iron Man’s old fashioned original suit. He also gets... the Stan Buster.

Note the pencil. It’s used...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 29, 2017. 24 comments

Batman: Arkham Knight Gets Re-Released On PC October 28

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> Gets Re-Released On PC October 28

Four months after being pulled from sale due to poor performance, bugs and various other inadequacies, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight goes back on sale next week, along with all the DLC early PC players have missed.

Warner Bros. promised the end of this month , and here we are. The game goes back on sale at 1 PM Eastern next Wednesday the company said in a statement on Steam,...

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Chris Suellentrop Chris Suellentrop Sep 19, 2017. 22 comments

I Can't Stop Collecting Stuff in Video Games

I Can't Stop Collecting Stuff in Video Games

Here’s something I wish more game designers understood: If you put an interaction in your game, I am going to interact with it. Anytime a game responds to its players, the rats—or at least this rat—are going to press the lever for more cocaine pellets. Jenova Chen, during a talk about the design of Journey a couple years ago at the Game Developers Conference, put it this way: “If you give me...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 16, 2017. 19 comments

Batman: Arkham Knight PC DLC Delayed Until The Game Is Fixed

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight </i>PC DLC Delayed Until The Game Is Fixed

Batman: Arkham Knight players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One get their first taste of post-release downloadable content this week with Batgirl: A Matter of Family . Those still playing the PC version will not, and for good reason.

After all, it would be silly to release downloadable content for a version of the gamethat isn’t being sold at the moment , right? Despitereportedly having had...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 16, 2017. 10 comments

Lego Dimensions' Second Year Ends Well

<i>Lego Dimensions' </i>Second Year Ends Well

This weeks marks the release of the final wave of toys in Lego Dimensions year two, possibly the final wave ever. If the game’s going out, adding Teen Titans, Powerpuff Girls and Beetlejuice to the mix in one fell swoop is a heck of a way to go.

It’s been a pretty good second year for Lego Dimensions, adding in a slew of licensed bricky fun to the most playable of the toys-to-life games....

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 07, 2017. 15 comments

Arkham Knight PC's Next Big Patch Slated For Sometime Next Month

<i>Arkham Knight</i> PC's Next Big Patch Slated For Sometime Next Month

Amidst chatter that the troubled PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight wouldn’t be fixed until this fall, Warner Bros. has announced that a patch addressing a large portion of its to-do list of fixes is “targeted” for release in August. Yay.

The statement, which actually does nothing to disprove that a fall date for the PC version of the game to be officially fixed, reads as follows:

As an...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 03, 2017. 20 comments

Shadow Of War Producer Memorialized In DLC

<i>Shadow Of War</i> Producer Memorialized In DLC

On March 3rd, Monolith executive producer Michael Forgey died of cancer. The staff at Monolith announced yesterday that they will memorialize Forgey as a downloadable comrade in the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Forgey will appear in the game as Forthog Orc-Slayer, a powerful orc hunter who will randomly arrive to aid the player and kill foes with a single swipe of his mighty axe....

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Patricia Hernandez Patricia Hernandez Aug 28, 2017. 23 comments

Mortal Kombat X Is Adding Four Classic Fatalities For Free

<i>Mortal Kombat X</i> Is Adding Four Classic Fatalities For Free

Feeling nostalgic for old-school Mortal Kombat? You’re in luck.

Today, Mortal Kombat X releases its “Klassic Fatality Pack” for all players, free of charge. The pack includes classic fatalities for characters such as Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya, and Johnny Cage. You can see all of these in action in this video by Synn:

Sure, none of these are elaborate as the newer fatalities developed...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 26, 2017. 11 comments

All I Know About Fantastic Beasts I Learned From Lego Dimensions

All I Know About <i>Fantastic Beasts</i> I Learned From <i>Lego Dimensions</i>

I have not read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter supplemental, nor have I seen the recently-released movie based on Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. I’ve just played through the Lego Dimensions’ story pack of the film. It’s fun, if a bit disjointed.

Watch me play through the first chapter of the story, in which Newt ransacks a bank in search of a mischievous critter, in the video...

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