After finally getting faces, Pokemon Go's Team Leaders now actually have something to do with the addition of a "Pokémon Appraisal" feature.
Alongside minor fixes, Android version 0.35.0 and iOS version 1.5.0 of the mobile sensation adds a feature useful for those aiming to intensively train their best Pokemon.
Pokemon Appraisal sees your chosen Team's leader hinting at (but, crucially, not explicitly showing) the potential attack and defense of a chosen monster, letting players know which are best suited to further leveling.
Like the core Pokemon games, each individual Pokemon has a set of hidden attributes that determine their stat ceiling. An initially strong capture may be capped far earlier than a seemingly weaker one, and Appraisal lets players who want to take on tougher gyms prioritise their best Pokemon.
A new Dualshock 4 that features a lightbar across the top of the touchpad will apparently accompany the PS4 Slim.
With Sony's smaller console variant seemingly ending up in the hands of consumers far earlier than planned, unboxings have popped up (and been subsequently pulled down), apparently revealing a new controller to go with the new hardware.
Some reports suggest that the new Dualshock also features a grey D-Pad, sticks and face and shoulder buttons. Twitter user shortman82 - whose PS4 Slim was photographed yesterday - explains that it looks as though the new touchpad lightbar uses the existing internal LED:
Hideo Kojima's no stranger to a celebrity cast, and so it is that we may be seeing Hannibal and Casino Royale actor Mads Mikkelsen show up in the mysterious Death Stranding. But this is no regular announcement...
The clues begin with a tweet from Kojima, featuring what appears to be simply an actor in a motion capture rig:
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) August 21, 2016
But NeoGAF user Sn4ke_911 saw more to it than that. Somehow, he stumbled across an Instagram post from jmerskine1, posted on the same day, which seemed to show the Danish antagonist specialist wearing a familiar orange-and-grey hoodie:
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Use code TDX-KTRP to pre-order 2 games for £70: An amazing offer that Tesco have put together, even without using their discount code! However, 2 games for £70 effectively means you are pre-ordering an A-list game for just £35. Now that E3 and Gamescom 2016 have come and gone, you should have a clear indication of what games you want for the rest of the year. Currently, 62 games are included in this offer and they consist of A-list titles such as FIFA 17, Battlefield 1, Mafia III, The Last Guardian and many more highly anticipated upcoming games!
Since Gamescom 2016 opened its doors last week in Cologne, Germany, we've been asking all of you to vote for the best game at the show.
After 30,000 votes, we are pleased to announce your winner is...
It comes to no surprise that the latest and highly-anticipated installment in the long-running Final Fantasy series won, amassing 14% of the public vote, beating off stiff competition from other big names on the show floor.
During the opening hours of Final Fantasy XIII, I put the controller down and vowed never to play another Final Fantasy again. I’d loved every installment since VII, and at 26, I suddenly felt too old, too tired, to embark on what would surely be another 100-hour-plus adventure in another world with an angst-ridden story and, in this instance, an unexpected linearity that made my first few hours feel like something akin to being shoved down a really boring slide.
But Final Fantasy XV is something else. Its first few hours, at least, are fun. They suggest an explosion of ideas, a mishmash of cultures peppered with extraordinary detail and hilariously 'millennial' chutzpah from its quartet of characters.
How bad could it be? Such was the question I asked myself as the Ubisoft representative handed me a controller, slipped one of the publisher’s proprietary Nosulus Rift headsets snugly over my face and appraised me with an ominously mischievous smirk. I was at a Ubisoft showcase on the eve of Gamescom 2016, and I was about to play a fifteen minute demo of South Park: The Fractured but Whole. The same demo had previously been shown to IGN two months prior at E3, but this was the first time it would be experienced with the ability to smell certain elements within the game’s small town setting.
Xbox Australia has announced the 'Xbox Onesie,' literally an Xbox-branded onesie for adult-sized people.
A press release this morning confirms that Xbox Australia is planning to sell a onesie designed for adults to wear, presumably while playing games or doing other Xbox-related activities.
“Set to delight fashionistas and entertainment fans alike,” the press release enthused, “the limited edition Xbox Onesie has been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s biggest film, TV, gaming, and sports fans.”
The top-selling game for the month of July was Grand Theft Auto V.
The top-selling console for July, as reported last week, was Nintendo's 3DS family of systems, helped along by both the release of Monster Hunter: Generations and renewed interest in Pokemon thanks to Pokemon Go.
Microsoft issued its own statement at the start of the month congratulating itself for taking the top-spot in console sales. However, a Microsoft representative told us the Xbox One was July's "best-selling gen eight console." It's an important distinction, because it puts the Xbox One ahead its primary competitor, the PS4, but behind the earlier-gen 3DS.
Having trouble deciding which comic books to buy? Every week, we showcase our top recommendations, from brand new comics that anyone can enjoy to long-running series that have a pivotal issue coming up.
Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what you’ll be picking up this week!
By writer Christopher Priest & artist Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz | DC Comics
Do you ever love a character and wish they’d just get a really sick comic book that encapsulates everything that makes them awesome and provides an introspective, chilling, and brutal reading experience? Well we've already read this first issue and recommend you check out Deathstroke’s new comic series, because Christopher Priest knows a thing or two about making comics and is using that knowhow to craft what’s already looking like the definitive Deathstroke story that honors the character and proves to you that, yes, he is as awesome as you think he is and now everyone else knows, too.
Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously confirmed that several scenes were cut from their latest MCU film, and according to the Cap 3 novelization, one of these scenes may have shed a bit more light on the backstory of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.
Warning: Captain America: Civil War spoilers ahead.
According to ComicBook.com, the movie's novelization includes a conversation between Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rogers, during which Romanoff discusses her traumatic experience in Russia when she was a young girl. There's no official word on where exactly this conversation would have appeared in the film, though fan speculation suggests it took place during Peggy Carter's funeral.
Narrative-driven space adventure Event
will be released September 14 on PC and Mac through Steam and the Humble Store.
The release date announcement was accompanied by five new screenshots, showing off the game's setting, an uninhabited spacecraft called Nautilus, as well as a look at the sense of humor of your sole companion, a lonely AI named Kaizen.
Developed by Ocelot Society, the game tasks players with speaking to Kaizen while exploring the spacecraft and solving hacking puzzles throughout the environment. Players will also venture outside the ship for spacewalks.
Inspired by sci-fi epics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Event
focuses on the main character's relationship with Kaizen, who is capable of delivering over two million procedurally generated lines of dialogue. While attempting to appease the eccentric AI, you'll also be moving toward your ultimate goal: returning to Earth while simultaneously discovering the history of its fractured society that was left behind.
A lot of news came out of this year's Gamescom: delays, gameplay reveals, new game announcements, and more. But what were the top stories of the show?
Below, we've compiled 11 of the most popular news and videos from Gamescom 2016, as determined by IGN traffic.
Check it out, and don't forget to let us know what your favorite story was from Gamescom down in the comments!
Overwatch got two new reveals during Gamescom last week. A new map called Eichenwalde was revealed, slated to launch in September. Eichenwalde is an Assault/Escort hybrid map set in a medieval German castle and the surrounding town, a rural countryside that was once the site of a deadly battle between the Omnics and the Crusaders.