Aggregator

Binging Amazon's Fallout TV Show tonight? You can spice that up by playing wasteland cliche bingo

5 days 10 hours ago

Eek, it's just a matter of hours until Amazon's Fallout TV Show drops later today! If you're planning on watching it right away, first of all, I hope you're not at work tomorrow if you're in the UK, give that it drops at 2AM our time, and second, thanks to a member of the Fallout community, you can even play a fun little game while you binge.

Yep, we all know people like you and me who play the video games have incredibly short attention spans, so someone's nicely designed a very fitting way to keep our eyes glued to the screen, even if Walton Goggins is incapable of reaching out and dragging our faces close to the TV (I assume).

Say hello to the spoiler-free Fallout TV bingo cards Fallout content creator and streamer JessicaStar has put together. There are ten of them, and they're all chock full of classic Fallout cliches and situations the denizens of the wasteland just can't seem to avoid getting into.

Read more

Mark Warren

The Fallout TV show treads the best path a video game adaptation can take

5 days 13 hours ago

Video game adaptations are now, officially, big business. It’s been hit-or-miss for years, to be fair - for every Detective Pikachu there’s an Assassin’s Creed, just as in the 90s Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Bros released practically side-by-side.

But the ratio of good-to-bad is shifting; more and more creative houses ‘get it’, and are treating gaming properties with the respect they so richly deserve. It’s a good time to be a fan of video games who is also interested in seeing their favorite characters and worlds replicated in other mediums.

Let’s cut to the chase. The Fallout TV show is really rather good. It does the two things that it needs to do incredibly well; be satisfying to fans of the games with knowledge of Fallout’s world and lore, and stands alone perfectly well as its own self-enclosed story - a perfect first introduction for Fallout fans.

Read more

Alex Donaldson

Destiny 2's Final Shape is set to include a new class which lets you achieve "Transcendence" and, er, lob some special grenades

5 days 14 hours ago

Hello there, Destiny 2 people. Bungie's just dropped a huge update on its plans for the game's much-hyped next big expansion, the Final Shape, and there's a lot of stuff to unpack. For example, there's a new sublclass, Prismatic, which looks like it'll basically let you revamp how all of the game's existing classes play, as well as, er, achieve the enlightement required to lob some new grenades.

Given the news that came out about Bungie late last year and the delay Destiny 2’s The Final Shape was hit with as part of all of that, it's fair to say the expansion's got a fair amount riding on it. So, what's the plan? Well, casually letting you achieve "Transcendence" for one.

If you missed the big gameplay preview coving both stuff that'll be included in The Final Shape and the two month-long Into the Light update that kicked off in the game yesterday, arguably the biggest highight was the former's Prismatic subclass. What is it? Well, as Bugie desribes it: "For the first time, Guardians who harness Prismatic will be able to mix and match Arc, Solar, Void, Stasis, and Strand—combining them to unlock new potential in power and customization."

Read more

Mark Warren

Good news, Haikyu fans: the series' latest movie finally has an international release date

5 days 15 hours ago

If you're a Haikyu fan that's been eagerly awaiting an international release for The Dumpster Battle, you'll be happy to hear Crunchyroll has finally confirmed one.

Fans of the volleyball sports anime Haikyu in Japan were able to watch the latest film back in February, but up until now there's been no word of an international release. Yesterday, though, Crunchyroll announced various dates for when you can expect to watch the film in different territories, with the film finally releasing in the UK and the US on May 31. On the same date it will also be available in Canada, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden. It'll actually be out a day early in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, and several more, but in other countries like Turkey and Germany it'll be out a bit later.

Here's the full list of dates and regions for those of you hoping to check out the film in your home country:

Read more

Oisin Kuhnke

Helldivers 2's reward system will be overhauled soon, but some players’ automaton battle plans really aren’t that medal worthy

5 days 15 hours ago

As we all know, the main reason you go to war - in real life or in Helldivers 2 - isn't because you actually believe in the cause, it's because you're hoping to bag a nice medal and a pat on the head from some commander after watching your mates die. Thankfully, due to some recent issues with medals in Arrowhead's online shooter, it looks like the entire system that brings such rewards to you will be getting an overhaul soon.

If you're out of the loop, when it's come to folks actually getting the medals they've earned by fighting valiantly in major orders and not just goofing around having snowball fights, there's sometimes been a bit of a delay in that actually happening. The game's developers, though, look to have a plan to sort it permanently.

Taking to the game's official Discord server, community manager Twinbeard provided an update for those still yet to recieve some of their spoils from recent campaigns. "Medals for two of the latest three major orders have now been shipped," the write, adding that the last batches should drop some time today, April 10.

Read more

Mark Warren

HBO can't find its footing with Game of Thrones as another spin-off gets canned

5 days 16 hours ago

Oh dear, another Game of Thrones spin-off is no longer in development at HBO, this time the one set to focus on Jon Snow.

With Game of Thrones having been as successful as it was, it's no surprise that HBO would want to capitalise on that as much as possible. Unfortunately for the network, it's only actually managed to get one show off the ground so far, House of the Dragon, whose second season is due out this summer. And now, in an interview with Screen Rant, Jon Snow actor Kit Harington has confirmed that the sequel series starring his character is no longer in the works. "I hadn't really ever spoken about it, because it was in development," Harington said.

"I didn't want it leaked out that it was being developed, and I didn't want the thing to happen where people kind of start theorising, getting either excited about it or hating the idea of it, when it may never happen. Because in development, you look at every angle, and you see whether it's worth it.

Read more

Oisin Kuhnke

Helldivers 2's intro just got a new behind the scenes look, and yes, there's a goofy close up of the guy screaming as his family gets murdered

5 days 16 hours ago

Ok, so, you know that bit in Helldivers 2's now iconic intro cinematic where one minute, everything's fine, and the next some poor man's screaming because a Terminid is killing his family right in from of him? Well, thanks to a new behind-the-scenes video from the company that made the sequence, you can now enjoy a hilarious ultra close up of the mo-cap for that scene.

Yes, it's a weekday and we're casually reccomending that you take time out of your day, minutes of your life that you'll never get back, to watch a man scream into a camera while dressed in the slightly silly clothing that a lot of modern games, films, and shows require. Look, it's a bit funny, ok? I promise.

To see this bit of screaming, you'll need to check out a new behind-the-scenes video that Goodbye Kansas Studios, the Swedish VFX studio that worked on the game's intro alongside Arrowhead, has just put out. It's not too long, but offers some interesting glimpses at the motion capture and modelling that went into bringing the intro to life in a fashion that's not just people in funny suits running around with gun props.

Read more

Mark Warren

The first Joker 2 trailer looks surprisingly good, but it still won't admit if it's a musical or not

5 days 17 hours ago

After a long wait, the first trailer for Joker 2, aka Joker: Folie à Deux, is here, and honestly, it doesn't look half bad.

One of the biggest questions surrounding Joker 2 is whether it's a musical or not. Supposedly, it isn't one, but the film's first trailer released yesterday at CinemaCon and I'm having a hard time believing that. In the trailer, we finally get a look at Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in action, though with the trailer only being a couple of minutes long, it's hard to get a good read on what her performance will be like. Though, the little we do see of her performance is looking good so far, something that isn't exactly surprising for the talented actor.

Director Todd Phillips did appear at CinemaCon to discuss the film, where he shared that the original intention was to only do the one Joker film, but while talking to lead actor Joaquin Phoenix, the two spoke of doing another "because it was so fun and we liked the character of Arthur and Joker so much." Then, the pandemic happened, and the two brought up the idea again, "and now we're here."

Read more

Oisin Kuhnke

Dead Space directors land on Battlefield: Motive Studios joins DICE, Criterion, and Ripple Effect for future games

6 days 5 hours ago

All good things come to an end, so the saying goes, and such is the case with Battlefield 2042.

Today, Electronic Arts announced DICE will not release future content for the game beyond Season 7, released last month. Titled Turning Point, the season arrived with a new urban map set in Chile, several weapons, and a new gadget, along with a revamped map based on the Stadium location from Hourglass, two themed events, and a new weapon and vehicle to come.

According to the announcement, DICE is looking to the future of the series by shifting its focus and resources to what comes next. When Season 7 concludes, the studio will continue to support the game with new in-game challenges, events, modes, and ongoing maintenance but will move away from delivering official seasons.

Read more

Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

Mark your calendars, scoundrels! Ubisoft's open-world Star Wars Outlaws sets course for a late August release on consoles and PC

6 days 9 hours ago

Ubisoft has announced the release date for Star Wars Outlaws, the upcoming open-world game from Massive Entertainment.

Alongside the release date, a trailer featuring a new look at the game is available.

Despite Ubisoft keeping the release window close to its chest for many months, we knew the game was set to release this year, thanks to Disney’s loose lips. Today though, after Ubisoft Japan's YouTube premiere page for the game one upped Disney and posted an August 30 release date for the title a bit early (thanks, Gematsu), Ubisoft went ahead and released the trailer and news on the date.

Read more

Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

Indie fishing horror Dredge is next up for the movie adaptation treatment

6 days 10 hours ago

The latest video game to join the plethora of film adaptations is indie fishing horror sim Dredge, of all games.

You would think that with a concept like "fishing game but there's Eldritch horrors" that it might not have made too many waves (pun intended), but you'd be wrong, as Dredge managed to sell one million copies only six months after it launched. And now, that's resulted in a live-action film adaptation coming as a partnership between developer Black Salt Games and production company Story Kitchen. You might not have heard of Story Kitchen, but you certainly will have heard of some of the films its co-founder Dmitri Johnson has been involved in.

Johnson served as a co-producer on both of the Sonic the Hedgehog films, as well as the upcoming third one. Dredge is just the latest video game adaptation added to Story Kitchen's slate, too, as it's also working on adaptations of We Happy Few, Tomb Raider, Disco Elysium, It Takes Two, Life is Strange, and even more than that. Dredge's official logline for the film reads "Think 'The Sixth Sense' on the water. A grounded atmospheric cosmic horror blend of HP Lovecraft and Ernest Hemingway."

Read more

Oisin Kuhnke

Witchfire's Ghost Galleon update is here: Brace yourself for souls-style classes, more calamities, and the power of Gnosis

6 days 10 hours ago

The Astronauts have released the first feature content update for its dark fantasy first-person shooter Witchfire, currently in Early Access on the Epic Games Store.

Featuring a host of new content, including player classes, foes, new events, weapons, and spells the Ghost Galleon update also comes with a shop vendor offering interesting items.

Originally set to release last week, the update’s name refers to a Calamity event, which is a spectral ship filled with the demonic underlings of the Witch.

Read more

Stephany Nunneley-Jackson

Snyder Cut 2? The Justice League director thinks he can "fix" his widely panned Sucker Punch

6 days 11 hours ago

He's trying to do it again, folks: Zack Snyder wants another shot at his generally poorly received 2011 film Sucker Punch.

Whenever people talk about Sucker Punch, the only thing people ever really mention is how bad it is. I've never actually seen the film, but my general consensus of it is that it's an occasionally cool-looking but dull film void of any character or engaging plot. Overall it doesn't sound like a film that could be fixed with a re-edit, but Snyder thinks otherwise. The Justice League and Dawn of the Dead director recently spoke with Empire in a big new interview, and he was asked if there were any of his movies he'd want to change anything about, but the only one that came up was Sucker Punch.

"The only movie I would change is Sucker Punch, because it never really got finished correctly," Snyder said. "Even the director’s cut is not really the correct cut. It’s really just an extended version. If I had the chance, I would fix that movie." Snyder seemingly didn't elaborate how he would fix it, but there's apparently more of the film never released that would allow him to do so. "I have the footage already shot: they just have to let me put it together. We ask every now and then. We have to ask again. I think there has to be a window when no-one’s got the movie."

Read more

Oisin Kuhnke

Children of the Sun review - A moody, emotive sniper-puzzle shooter dripping with style

6 days 11 hours ago

The description of Children of the Sun tells you everything that you need to know without telling you much at all. You are THE GIRL, an ex-member of THE CULT who once promised you a simpler life. Instead, they made your life hell. Now, you’re hunting down members of THE CULT, exterminating each and every one of them using your mind-bending abilities, as you attempt to reach THE LEADER.

But what exactly is this cult all about? How did they ruin THE GIRL’s life, and what are they capable of? Well, the answers are not handed to you on a silver platter, but instead drip-fed to you by some beautifully illustrated cutscenes and a detailed, moody environment that the game places THE GIRL in. This is something you’ll get up close and personal with in this sniper-puzzle shooter, where time slows as you realign your bullet, giving you plenty of time to soak in the surroundings as you plan your next move. All-in-all, however, a lot of THE GIRL’s story is open to interpretation.

There’s one thing we can all agree on, though: she's out for revenge.

Read more

Kelsey Raynor

New DLC-sized Starfield mod lets you build giant mechs and transforms outposts into a "space colonization" sim

6 days 12 hours ago

After years of Starfield players lusting after the idea of actually being able to do something with mechs in the game aside from staring at the broken ones that dot a lot of the ruins in the Settled Systems, a new mod will finally let you build some of your own. It does far more than that though, seeking to totally overhaul the game's entire outpost system.

Yup, just as we're all up to our knees in Fallout TV Show hype and busy checking out the array of other cool stuff that's happening in that Bethesda franchise's community this month, a modder has quietly decided to put out what's certainly the most ambitious mod for the game I've seen this year. You just never know what people are cooking, I guess.

The mod in question (thanks, IGN), is TankGirl444's 'TGs Galactic Colonies Expanse'. What does it do? Well, I'll let them explain.

Read more

Mark Warren

The best FREE games we'd love to PAY FOR – SUBS ONLY

6 days 13 hours ago

Welcome to the inaugural SUBS ONLY edition of VG247's Best Games Ever Podcast! Generally speaking, we're aiming to keep the main show to a slim half our of panel show delight, while this special extended edition will be around an hour, containing a special extra segment and some general Inside Baseball sort of noodling and arguing. The real stuff that Proper Fans love to get a piece of.

Firstly, thank you so much for subscribing. It's no secret that the media landscape in general is a difficult one right now, particularly in the games industry, and so direct support from readers/listeners/viewers is a vital part of the mix that keeps publications like ours going. As this is your special subscriber content, I'd love to know from you what it is you'd like us to use it for. As well as extending our panel show podcast, would you like us to add more general gaming discussion? Get an insight into the industry side of things from our perspective? If anything comes to mind, please let us know in the comments! For now, please enjoy the first Extended Edition VG247 Best Games Ever Podcast via the handy methods listed below.

Inspired by the recent free drop of current viral sensation Content Warning – a co-op survival “shooter” about making spooky FauxTube videos with three of your mates – this week’s Best Games Ever podcast is all about freebies that we’d happily pay for.

Read more

Jim Trinca

The best FREE games we'd love to PAY FOR – The Best Games Ever Podcast episode 94

6 days 13 hours ago

Inspired by the recent free drop of current viral sensation Content Warning – a co-op survival “shooter” about making spooky FauxTube videos with three of your mates – this week’s Best Games Ever podcast is all about freebies that we’d happily pay for.

It’s a happy coincidence that this topic coincides with the launch of our extended podcast: a paid version of the show which includes an extra segment where you get to heart the host’s pick, and its subsequent demolishing by the rest of the panel. To paraphrase one recent YouTube commenter, “so this is the idiot whose opinions you plan to monetise?”. Well, yes, but the point is that they get kicked around like a sheep’s bladder, so I’m actually nobly offering myself up as the waste organ in question. For more information on how to become a paid VG247 subscriber, which comes with other benefits such as silky-smooth ad-free browsing, check out our Support Us page.

Anyway, some rules for this episode are: we’re talking about actual free games. Not free-to-play games that aren’t actually free once you factor in the entire economic model. So free as in beer, not free as in The NHS. Also, stealing doesn’t count, Connor.

Read more

Jim Trinca

Don’t worry, your precious Helldivers 2 platinum trophy is now achievable again after all - probably

6 days 14 hours ago

Hold on to your Space Earth military helmet, Helldivers 2's automatons have just returned, you know, literally a day or so after they were soundly defeated and believed to be eradicated by players. Sadly, that doesn't look to be the case, as the bots have just launched a fresh assault on a bunch of planets.

If you're out of the hoop, here's a quick rundown of what's been happening in Helldivers lately: players fight automatons, automatons get defeated, arrowhead says automatons are gone forever, no one believes that - especially since it means game's PS5 platinum trophy would seemigly be unearnable going forwards, players fight bugs, players get close to defeating bugs, automatons return. Now, I'm gonna remember to take a breath.

The return of the automatons was announced via the game's official Twitter account. "Somehow, the Automatons returned," Arrowhead wrote, not doubt via a social media manager laughing at their own Star Wars reference.

Read more

Mark Warren

It's not just you: Monster Hunter Now is a bit broken for everyone after the latest update

6 days 14 hours ago

If you're trying to play Monster Hunter Now today, you may have noticed a pretty big issue for a title that revovles around you going out into the world and slaying massive beasts: there are no monsters on the map.

I figured this out for myself at 6am this morning in London, and other players over on the Monster Hunter Now subreddit have also registered their annoyance at a bug that's preventing monsters from spawning on the overworld map.

If you're reading this, then you're probably looking for a fix, right? Well, there's a little bad news for you: restarting the device and/or re-installing the app does not fix this issue – it's tied more to something on developer Niantic's end, and was caused by a bug in the most recent update.

Read more

Dom Peppiatt

Wahey, Helldivers 2's latest patch fixes pesky mid-mission crashes - and snowball fights are allowed again

6 days 15 hours ago

Helldivers 2 has just gotten another fresh patch, and I'm delighted to report that one of its fixes finally means crash-free snowball fights are back on the menu! Oh, and it should also rectify a bunch of other pesky freezes that've been frustratigly griding the action to a halt mid-operation for a lot of players.

Yup, even though there's probably something bad about to happen now that the galaxy's free from the threat of the automatons - a victory that's temporarily made the game un-platinumable - everything's right with the world now. For the first time in just under two weeks, you should be able to lob a snowball at your mate without worrying that doing so might cause your game to crash.

As recently teased via the game's Discord server, patch 01.000.202 for Helldivers 2 is mainly focused on stopping the game from crashing in a number of different situations. The instances that'd been causing the most ire in the community were those that had been happening either " during extraction [from a mission] and right after it", but you'll be glad to know that those and a host of other mid-mission crashes should hopefully now be a thing of the past.

Read more

Mark Warren