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Love Lucy's unique pistol from Amazon's Fallout TV show? There's already a cool mod that adds it to Fallout 4

3 days 16 hours ago

Odds are if you're a Fallout fan, you've either already blazed through Amazon's Fallout TV show, or are dilligently working your way through the episodes when life allows. No matter how far you are in, one of the things you'll definitely seen is the cool tranqiliser pistol being wielded by Lucy. If you a big fan of it, a new Fallout 4 mod is definitely for you.

If you're somehow out of the loop, Lucy is the show's vault dweller, and, from the moment she starts facing the terrors of the wasteland, she's got a dart gun at her side, which obviously comes in quite handy at times. The weapon's very futuristic-looking design definitely caught the attention of one veteran modder, who's been working on bringing it to The Commonwealth for a little while now.

The modder in question is Neeher, whom we spoke to about his work on the upcoming Fallout: London earlier this year. This TV show gun is a standalone work from him, dubbed the 'Select Blaster', to bring it in line with a lot of Neeher's other Fallout 4 weapon mods.

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Mark Warren

Naraka: Bladepoint's Season 12 Potential revamp streamlines the game for new players without dumbing it down before new character arrival

3 days 17 hours ago

Season 12 of Naraka: Bladepoint is now live, bringing with it a new timed event, game mode, new progression system, and eventually a new character, Lyam Liu.

The new Naraka season is called “Tenacity”, and looks to offer a good mix of casual whimsy and competitive-focused changes to shake up the ranked meta, while also streamlining some long-standing pain-points to make things less daunting for new players and less time consuming for regulars.

First up, to celebrate the Songkran water festival, players can soak each other with water guns in true Thai New Year fashion, as the Swarm weapon turns into “Hydro-Swarm”. Completing the event will give players access to water fight themed legendary display emotes and runs until April 24.

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James Billcliffe

UPDATE: Fallout 4's next-gen update will affect Fallout: London, the massive mod's release has had to be pushed back again

3 days 17 hours ago

So, we finally got news of Fallout 4's long-awaited next-gen update yesterday, following plenty of silence on the subject from Bethesda. Since it's set to drop on April 25, just two days after Fallout: London's release on April 23, one of the big questions right away was how the update might affect the massive mod. Well, the good news is, it looks like Team FOLON already has a plan.

If you're unfamiliar with Fallout: London, it's a full conversion mod for Fallout 4 that's set to let us explore a post-apocalytic version of the English capital, complete with fresh factions and quests, later this month. We've been getting regular updates from the team behind it over the past couple of years, including one as part of modding showcase C3 back in February - which actually saw Team FOLON acknowledge that a situation exactly like this with the next-gen update could well come to pass.

Since it now has, Fallout: London's project lead, Dean 'Prilladog' Carter, has put out a statement via the mod's Discord server, outlining what the group's plan of action is. "As some of you may have noticed, Bethesda is scheduled to release an update to Fallout 4 just two days after our intended release date," he wrote, "We are actively monitoring the situation closely.

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Mark Warren

Yup, Fallout is the final push that video game adaptations needed to become Hollywood's next big thing

4 days 9 hours ago

With comic book projects self-regulating and becoming just another genre (with some exceptions), monster brawls becoming a thing in the West, and star-studded originals regaining lost ground, the post-pandemic Hollywood landscape, both in theaters and on TV, looks nothing like the pre-2020 tug-of-war. There's always a big thing, however, and now, after Fallout's success, it's all but confirmed that video game adaptations are next in line.

Fallout is just the last big hit in a short but remarkable line of good endings that include Illumination's Super Mario Bros. Movie, HBO's The Last of Us (now shooting season 2), Peacock's Twisted Metal (also renewed), and Five Nights at Freddy's (getting a second movie), among others. Even if critics don't always agree with audiences and we still have middling stuff like the Halo show, there's been a previously unseen upwards trajectory as of late, and we can't deny the signs anymore. This is what Hollywood will be chasing next.

Part of what's making these adaptations work better now than in the past is a more hands-on approach from games publishers and studios. Long gone are the days of just giving a juicy IP away and letting the highest bidder go wild with it, though stuff like Uncharted made us frankly wonder whether Sony truly understands what made the famous video game franchise so appealing in the first place.

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Fran Ruiz

Wahey, Fallout 4's next-gen update is finally set to arrive later this month

4 days 10 hours ago

Boo! After eons of silence, Bethesda has finally provided us with an update on Fallout 4's long-awaited next-gen update. It's coming later this month on April 25, an it's got some stuff in it, which I'll explain below.

As outlined in a new blog post, the update is actually coming as serveal versions, all aimed at different platforms. So, wherever you're playing Fallout 4, you should be in line to benefit from your own bunch of tweaks, as well as some free Creation Club goodies. Though, sadly, the update's timing means it'll land pretty close to Fallout: London's release on April 23, so we'll have to see if that has any repercussions for the massive mod.

For next-gen consoles, that's PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, the update will include native applications for those devices, plus "performance mode and Quality mode settings, as well as stability improvements and fixes." Those on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will just get "stability improvements, login and quest fixes".

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Mark Warren

Stellar Blade’s combat takes a lot from Sekiro, so why does it feel different?

4 days 10 hours ago

I know exactly what you’re thinking after reading this headline. Why would you go into one game expecting it to play like some other one you like? After all, it doesn’t make sense to burden it with the expectations we have from playing another, especially if it never explicitly positioned itself as a spiritual successor or anything.

Something about Stellar Blade - the upcoming PS5 action RPG from developer Shift Up, however, always gave me Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice vibes, and I’d wager it has a lot to do with its parry-heavy combat. So I couldn’t help but get into the Stellar Blade demo with that mindset.

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Sherif Saed

Is an Elder Scrolls TV show going to follow Fallout? Bethesda doesn't seem to be in any rush

4 days 11 hours ago

Amazon's Fallout TV Show is here now, but before it was, the show had a swanky Hollywood premiere that I'm sure my invite for got lost in the post. At that premiere, snazzily dressed Todd Howard said some things, and some of these things were about the potential idea of an Elder Scrolls adaptation. When it comes to such a thing, it sounds like Howard's plan is - simply put - to keep on being picky.

Yup, picky, but in what should be a good way. After all, if someone's going to turn the Lusty Argonian Maid into the blockbuster hit of summer 2034, we need to make sure they understand what the political climate of Morrowind was like when Crassius Curio wrote the damn thing.

Speaking to IGN on the red carpet, Howard was asked about the idea of other Bethesda IPs potentially getting the adaptation treatment, be that a TV show like Fallout or something else. "I don't know. There's nothing in the works," the BGS big cheese said.

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Mark Warren

Helldivers 2 just got new ship modules and one will, er, let you pay a lot to teach your crew to pack boxes

4 days 14 hours ago

Hola Helldivers 2 people. Arrowhead's just dropped some nice new ship module upgrades for you to contemplate purchasing and ultimately chicken out because you're too stingy. Seriously, these are aimed at hardened vets looking to take their craft to the next level, so you'll have to fork over a lot in order to...erm...make your crew expert box packers.

If you're out of the loop, today's the day that the Democratic Detonation Warbond actually arrives in-game to help you continue to battle the automaton invasion force, provided you can avoid accidentally blowing yourself up with the new crossbow. Alongside that, these ship upgrades have arrived, and they're just like taking a trip to space IKEA (other furniture shops are available).

As announced by community manager Baskinator on game's official Discord server, these modules are a part of the Super Destroyer Fleet Upgrade that's just been deployed, which lets you grab some level four revamps for the different sections of your ship. As you might expect given they're level four, they do slightly more than just add some of those throws and blankets that your mum likes to the sofas and cost a fair amount.

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Mark Warren

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 locked in at Universal, will likely dominate Halloween 2025 regardless of quality

4 days 14 hours ago

Blumhouse Productions is rather busy at the moment and looking at the future with big bets such as a new Blair Witch movie and Todd McFarlane's long-in-the-works Spawn reboot. Now, it's got another surefire winner on its hands: Five Nights at Freddy's 2.

In year full so far of surprising horror movie news, this is perhaps the least shocking, as the first Five Nights at Freddy's massively overperformed late last year, earning almost $300 million worldwide (a number that, for reference, the latest theatrical Marvel Studios production didn't even begin to sniff at) on a small $20 million budget. That's the power of Blumhouse's magic, combined with an extremely faithful fanbase.

The announcement (via Variety) of FNAF 2 arriving in late 2025 was one of the biggest reveals that happened during Universal Pictures' CinemaCon 2024 event, where no further release date, plot, or cast details were shared. However, writer-director Emma Tammi has been expected to return for a while, should she accept the mission. "I’m dying to get back on set. Emma Tammi, our director, was fantastic, and it was such a fun world to play in. I’m excited to see what they are doing next," star Josh Hutcherson said earlier this year.

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Fran Ruiz

From Barbie Land to Landlord: Margot Robbie doubles down on recognizable IPs and sets her sights on Monopoly

4 days 15 hours ago

Look, Barbie was great and all, but maybe we made a mistake giving it so much of our hard-earned money. After Mattel unleashed IP hell, actor-producer Margot Robbie has been on a rampage, first securing an adaptation of The Sims (probably a good fit) and now turning her sights to... Monopoly, which sounds like a much harder sell in today's climate.

Via Variety, we learned on April 10 that Robbie's production company LuckyChap will be producing "a live-action feature film based on the ubiquitous real estate-inspired board game" alongside Lionsgate. Hasbro Entertainment, of course, will be involved in the adaptation effort.

The idea of an adaptation of Monopoly has been floating around for a while now if you can remember, and in late 2023, Lionsgate extended its development rights to the board game with its purchase of eOne (previously owned by Hasbro). To the surprise of no one, Monopoly remains one of the world's most popular board games, receiving countless iterations over the years, spin-off products, merchandising, and highly successful video games such as Monopoly Go! on mobile. In fact, Monopoly has been around since 1935, which is a shocking fact for anyone who's not really into board game history.

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Fran Ruiz

Dead Space appears to be dead... again

4 days 15 hours ago

Brace yourself. Dead Space, well, it appears to be dead again. Yep, EA's reportedly put the series "on hold" for the second time, though, it does at least seem like some ideas for a new entry were briefly considered early last year, though none of them were actually given permission to become a thing.

This news follows a chain of events which began with Giant Bomb's Jeff Grubb reporting that a Dead Space 2 remake was in development, before being canceled. EA quickly responded to that, sending a statement to IGN which said "We don't normally comment on rumours, but there is no validity to this story." Now, following some digging, it seems that the remake was one of a couple of ideas that were briefly explored, before EA opted to put the series on pause.

That last part's according to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, who's reported that EA elected to put Dead Space back on hiatus "as early as last spring", with any desires from developers to make a new entry apparently being "derailed after sales of the remake missed the company’s expectations".

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Mark Warren

A new Blair Witch movie is coming, because it's easy horror money waiting to be made

4 days 16 hours ago

Blumhouse is one of the busiest Hollywood studios at the moment, and it all comes down to its approach to keeping budgets under control and always being open to surprising collaborations. This has allowed the studio to reimagine a number of iconic horror properties, and The Blair Witch series might be next in line.

On April 10, it was announced that Blumhouse and Lionsgate would team up to make a new Blair Witch movie, the first since 2016's follow-up directed by Godzilla x Kong's Adam Wingard. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it marks the beginning of "a multifilm deal between the studios that will see Blumhouse reimagine horror classics from Lionsgate."

The news arrives after Imaginary (released in early March), a collaboration with Lionsgate, made $38 million worldwide on a measly production budget of around $10 million and far less spent on marketing. Lionsgate has also been looking to make easy money out of reasonably budgeted movies, whether they're action, horror, or something else, so this new alliance makes sense for both parties.

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Fran Ruiz

Mega spoiler warning, Amazon's Fallout TV Show rather unsubtly teases a potential setting for season two

4 days 17 hours ago

Warning: Major spoilers for the first series of Amazon's Fallout TV Show lie ahead.

Ok, so, Amazon's Fallout TV Show is finally here, having dropped either on the evening on April 10, or in the middle of the night early on April 11, depending on where you live. Since all of the episodes dropped at once, as modern series are often wont to do, some people have naturally binged all the way through it, or at least a good way through it.

As those who've made it all the way through to the finale, likely with bags under their eyes, have discovered, the show ends with a bit of set up for a potential season two, with a certain location being the big thing that you'll probably get pretty excited about.

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Mark Warren

28 Years Later hasn't even been shot yet, but Candyman's Nia DaCosta is already circling its follow-up

4 days 17 hours ago

One of the most unexpected new big-screen projects announced in 2024 (and there have been quite a few so far) is 28 Years Later, the long-awaited follow-up to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. Original screenwriter Alex Garland and director Danny Boyle are back on board, but surprise, surprise: They have plans for an entire trilogy of sequels, and Nia DaCosta (Candyman sequel) is circling the second one.

Yes, it's way better to introduce the filmmaker as Candyman's Nia DaCosta rather than The Marvels' Nia DaCosta, since, uh, Marvel Studios' latest movie wasn't very good and cratered incredibly hard at the box office. On top of script-related issues, the director's touch was nowhere to be seen in the final movie, so we're willing to chalk it up to the studio's recent struggles and mismanagement. Also: her Candyman sequel/reboot of sorts rocked.

Deadline shared this news on April 10, and while her recruitment sounds very likely, a deal hasn't been closed yet. But you know, this is just the usual, frail Hollywood process of onboarding hot talent. As for the question of why Sony Pictures is already looking at a helmer for the second movie, it's all about lining up DaCosta's vision with Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's as early in the process as possible so they don't end up with a Star Wars sequels situation. Smart move.

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Fran Ruiz

Darkest Dungeon 2 expands its realm with free standalone mode Kingdoms later this year

5 days 6 hours ago

Red Hook Studios has announced a new standalone game mode for Darkest Dungeon 2 called Kingdoms, and it's out later this year.

Kingdoms also blends some of the permanence and roster management of the original Darkest Dungeon with the traversal and combat of Darkest Dungeon 2 and finds you racing against the clock to stop a threat from destroying this strange Kingdom made up of a network of safe haven Inns.

You will journey across these lands to gather resources and battle evil incursions, using acquired resources to upgrade heroes and the Inns via extensive upgrade trees. You can also expect to go on unique quests and fight back against three new monster factions: the Coven, Beastmen, and Crimson Courtiers, independently of the game’s original Confessions mode.

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Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

Vampire Survivors teams up with Contra for new DLC and fangs its way onto PlayStation consoles this summer

5 days 7 hours ago

Vampire Survivors has been given a release window for PlayStation 4 and PS5, and alongside the news, it was announced new Contra-themed DLC is on the way for all platforms.

Called Vampire Survivors: Operation Guns, the DLC sees the roguelike join forces with Konami’s iconic Contra series, and embraces the simplicity of classic Contra with build-focused characters. It also comes with large maps, 11 characters, 22 weapons including evolutions, and a difficulty curve combining arcade-hard gameplay with the original Vampire Survivors formula.

In it, you will assemble a squad and arm yourself with an arsenal of arcade weaponry to use against thousands of foes and bosses from the Contra games on stages inspired by the iconic Konami series - in other words, be prepared for bullet-hell.

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Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

The Rogue Prince of Persia parkours into Steam Early Access this May

5 days 7 hours ago

Ubisoft and Evil Empire have announced The Rogue Prince of Persia, a 2D action-platforming rogue-lite game coming to Steam Early Access on May 14.

The game is set in a fictional rendition of Ctesiphon, the capital of the Persian Empire, facing an invasion by the Hun's army of possessed soldiers, led by Hun chief, Nogai.

As the Prince, you are gifted with a mystical bola that resurrects you each time you die. This magical artifact allowed you to take major risks to perfect acrobatics and combat skills in your youth, thus turning you into the formidable warrior you are today.

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Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

PlayStation Plus catalog gets a boost with Animal Well, Dave the Diver, Tales of Kenzera: Zau and three classic titles

5 days 9 hours ago

This month, PlayStation Plus members can dive into the ocean with Dave the Diver and explore mystical realms in Tales of Kenzera: Zau. Plus, more games are coming to PlayStation as part of the PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium Game Catalog.

If you have been eagerly waiting for Dave the Diver to arrive on Plus for PS4 and PS5, you don’t have to wait much longer, as it will arrive on April 16. This casual, single-player adventure RPG features deep-sea exploration and fishing during the day and sushi restaurant management at night.

Join Dave and his quirky friends as they seek to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Blue Hole. In this ever-changing marine cavern, you will use your harpoon and other weapons to catch over 200 kinds of fish and sea creatures. You can also upgrade and forge equipment with collected resources and your sushi restaurant profits to prepare for the dangers that lurk in the unknown.

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Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

Controversial The Crow remake will be flapping into cinemas a bit later than expected

5 days 10 hours ago

The upcoming remake of The Crow has been delayed by a little over a month, so we all have a bit more time to be prepared for its likely controversial reviews.

Lionsgate is set to show off a bunch of its upcoming slate of projects today at CinemaCon, but according to Deadline, there's been a few changes to exactly when some of its films are coming out. One of the most notable, the remake of The Crow directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Bill Skarsgård, has had its release date shifted from June 7 to August 23. That obviously won't change people's opinions of the film when it is released, so it isn't exactly clear why the change has been made.

For those of you that aren't aware, the original 1994 The Crow unfortunately resulted in the death of its lead actor Brandon Lee's death due to an accidental shooting with a prop gun. The film was obviously ultimately finished, using Lee's stunt double as a stand-in for remaining scenes, but understandably left the film with an even sadder undertone than there already was (the main character literally dies and comes back to life as part of the story). This upcoming remake has already proved controversial, as even the original director Alex Proyas doesn't seem very happy about its existence.

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Oisin Kuhnke

If the artist behind Fallout 4's Deathclaws was put in charge of Fallout 5, you'd be fighting a Godzilla-sized Glowing One

5 days 10 hours ago

What would you like to see from Fallout 5? It's a question every Fallout fan has their own answer, or answers in the case of lost of us, to. For ex-Bethesda artist Jonah Lobe, the answer involves something giant and radioactive, which might have made it into Fallout 4, had it not threatened to break the game in more ways than you'd be broken if it stomped on you.

If you're not a religious collector of tidbits about titles in the Fallout series, you might not have heard of the passion project Lobe - who, among plenty of other stuff, produced the designs for iconic enemies like Fallout 4's Deathclaws and Skyrim's Dragons - worked on during the former's development, before having to shelve it. Luckily, it's a pretty easy concept to explain.

What if the wasteland was home to the biggest ghoul you've ever seen?

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Mark Warren