Mobile gaming is about to invade the PC ecosystem, as Google Play Games has begun registrations in three Asian countries for a Google Play Games on PC beta test today.
Players in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan can sign up for a chance to participate in the limited beta test of Google Play Games" new platform, though the dates and times of the test have not yet been announced. Google has announced a few games that will be part of the limited beta however, with the list including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Summoners War, State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration, and Three Kingdoms Tactics.
The Fortnite Item Shop has been renewed for another day of digital goods for sale, with new crossovers debuting yet again. This time, however, you won"t see any new skins, but there are a few new songs to go along with the upcoming Tones And I Soundwave Series event. Here"s a look at those new toe-tappers and everything else in the Fortnite Item Shop for January 20, 2022.
The full range of Tones And I songs includes two tracks with accompanying dance moves. You can grab the Dance Monkey emote and the Cloudy Day lobby track for 300 and 200 V-Bucks respectively.
Elsewhere in the Item Shop, the music festival continues, with a huge offering of past licensed music emotes, including Gangnam Style, Say So, Don"t Start Now, and Bim Bam Boom. All of these are part of the Fortnite Icon Series emote collection, which grows at a pace of about one new emote every month, if not faster.
Adult Swim has finally dropped the first official trailer for its Shenmue anime, a co-production with Crunchyroll. According to a release, Shenmue the Animation will premiere on both Crunchyroll and Adult Swim on February 5 at 9:30 PM PT.
An official synopsis for the series--which will be immediately familiar to fans of the cult-hit game trilogy--describes Shenmue the Animation as follows: «1986, Yokosuka. Ryo Hazuki has trained to master the Hazuki Style Jujitsu under his strict father in the Hazuki Dojo from his childhood. However, one day a mysterious man named Lan Di murders his father and takes the „mirror“ his father was protecting. Ryo is determined to find the truth behind his father"s murder, but soon finds himself getting stuck in a war between the underground organizations… Traveling from Yokosuka to Hong Kong, Ryo"s long journey begins!» Check out the trailer below.
The release also includes detailed information on some of the characters and voice actors:
Monster Hunter Rise launched on PC last week, becoming the second mainline Monster Hunter game available on the platform(in the West, anyway). Rise is the latest installment in the franchise since Monster Hunter World and its Iceborne expansion finally took the series from a niche Japanese action-RPG to a worldwide hit. Longtime fans of the series undoubtedly have a soft spot for every Monster Hunter game, but we"ve decided to rank the mainline series from worst to best.
For many players, Monster Hunter is one now a «forever game» akin to Pokémon, Destiny, or Final Fantasy XIV. The kind of game you could easily put hundreds--even thousands--of hours into(speaking from personal experience) and boasting a vibrant community of die-hard fans all over the world. Monster Hunter has been around since 2004, but since most players outside Japan jumped on at World, there are likely many fans curious about the Monster Hunter games that came before it.
In celebration of Rise"s arrival on PC, let"s take a trip back to revisit some of the more niche entries in the mainline series. Spoiler: The best Monster Hunter game is probably the one you think it is. Keep in mind that we"re only featuring mainline games that released in North America and Europe, and we"ve excluded spin-offs such as Monster Hunter Stories. Also, it"s a great time to dive into Monster Hunter Rise on PC or Switch ahead of the big Sunbreak expansion that releases this summer.
The arrival of February might mean Valentine"s Day for some, but for Shudder, it"s another business-as-usual month of bringing in great new movie exclusives, great TV shows, and classic catalog horror.
Shudder"s latest batch of new movies kicks off on February 1 with Censor, the well-received 2021 movie about a British film censor linking a disturbing horror movie to her own sister"s mysterious disappearance. According to an official synopsis, Enid «sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister"s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.»
On February 14, a pair of horror movies striking quite different tones will come to Shudder. Corporate Animals stars Demi Moore as a delusional CEO who takes her staff on a «disastrous» team-building retreat led by an overeager guide played by Ed Helms. Also hitting the platform that day is XX, an all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four stories written and directed by «fiercely talented» women: Annie Clark(St. Vincent), Karyn Kusama(The Invitation), Roxanne Benjamin(Body at Brighton Rock), and Jovanka Vuckovic(Riot Girls), featuring a cast that includes Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool, and Christina Kirk.
Киноискусство — страшная сила! Фильм «Чемпион мира» в глазах поколения NEXT
В последних числах декабря на телеэкраны страны вышел суперблокбастер о шахматах «Чемпион мира», повествующий о противоборстве двенадцатого чемпиона Анатолия Карпова со своим историческим соперником «невозвращенцем» Виктором Корчным. Мнения зрителей и экспертов разделились: кто-то счел фильм шедевральным, иные критиковали исторические несостыковки, слабую режиссерскую работу, излишнюю «верную идеологическую выдержанность» и явный перекос симпатий в пользу одного из участников матча.
A hotfix for Halo Infinite meant to fix ongoing matchmaking issues for the game"s Big Team Battle mode is now live, but looks to have only brought «minor improvements.»
Big Team Battle has been largely unplayable since late December, with many players unable to load into matches. The issue is worse for larger groups. Developer 343 Industries announced prior to the holidays that a fix for the issue likely wouldn"t come until the new year, but it seems like this fix isn"t quite what was needed.
Well, damn… today"s BTB hotfix does not appear to be the outcome we expected. There are minor improvements, but overall matchmaking issues are still occurring. Thanks to the folks who have been working hard and we"re sorry this didn"t quite get the job done. Work continues. https://t.co/lKiFibBDtT
Halo community director Brian Jarrard stated on Twitter that the team is «sorry this didn"t quite get the job done» and that «work continues» on the issue. Jarrard also stated that the team is investigating temporarily removing Big Team Battle-focused challenges until the matchmaking issues plaguing the mode are resolved.
With Fortnite, almost everything leaks, but not usually at such a rate as we"ve been seeing lately. A trio of high-profile crossovers appear set to come to Fortnite, with at least some of them arriving perhaps as soon as this week. The leaks credibly point to Marvel"s Green Goblin and Hawkeye, as well as Riot"s Arcane, all arriving in the Item Shop this month. Here"s a breakdown of each leaked crossover.
Fortnite Vi Skin — Arcane crossover returns
late last year, Fortnite"s Jinx skin marked the debut of a Riot Games character appearing in a non-Riot game, and now we"re already getting another character from the Riot and Netflix production, Arcane. This time, it looks like Vi will be joining the fray, according to credible leaks that have gone so far as to show off the character in-game.
Vi is Jinx"s sister on the breakout Netflix animated series, Arcane, which takes place in the world of League of Legends. There"s no known release date yet, but these sort of in-game leaks typically imply an imminent release--within the next week or two at most.
Parasite director Bong Joon Ho is teaming up with Batman actor Robert Pattinson for a new sci-fi film coming from Warner Bros., according to Deadline. The movie is based on the upcoming novel Mickey7 from writer Edward Ashton, and it tells the story of a man sent to an ice world who can clone himself.
Pattinson plays Mickey7, an «expendable employee» who takes on risky jobs knowing he might die on the ice world of Niflheim. That"s OK because Mickey7 can clone himself and retain most of his memories. However, after Mickey7 goes out on a job and is presumed dead, he returns to base to find a new clone, Mickey8, in his place, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bong is writing, directing, and producing the Mickey7 movie. Bong won Best Director for Parasite, which also won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.
Amazon Games" MMORPG New World won"t see any major content releases in February, with the team instead looking to focus on delivering as many bug fixes as possible.
The news comes via a New World developer update video, in which different members of the development team discuss a variety of topics, ranging from soon-to-be-added systems like mutators to various technical issues the team is looking to address.
Bug fixes are currently a big priority for Amazon, which is why the game"s February update won"t include any new content.
In Rainbow Six Extraction, a great number of Operators from Rainbow Six Siege have been called upon to form REACT, the only team equipped to deal with the Archaean threat. But some Operators are better equipped than others. While most of the game"s customizable characters come over from Siege with all of their abilities and gear intact, a few have seen minor tweaks to suit the PvE setting. Collectively, this means the meta of Extraction will prove to be different from its sibling game in the long run. Out of the gate, here are the five best Operators in Rainbow Six Extraction, according to the GameSpot team that spent many hours fighting for our lives.
Of all the healers in Extraction, Finka is the best one, and for a few reasons. Right away, her Adrenal Surge ability allows you to revive teammates instantly and without even needing to be near them. This is a crucial skill for when you"re learning the ropes of each difficulty level, and it can be the determining factor between extraction and capture. If you use her surge when everyone is standing, the squad receives a temporary health boost instead. At level five, Finka can also self-revive by notching kills. Each Archean killed restores five HP and if you restore her health all the way, she gets back on her feet. Bring Finka on an Incursion when you know things will get tense.
Vigil is the stealthiest character in the game, and like most on this list, he"s available right away as one of the game"s introductory nine Operators. His ERC-8 Disruptor gives him a brief moment of invisibility and silent movement, but it tends to be just long enough to sneak up on an Elite for a takedown, or you slink out of a sticky situation so you can be the one in your group left standing and giving you all a shot at a successful extraction. His skill tree eventually makes him much faster, with a shorter cooldown on his Disruptor, and even the ability to make allies go invisible too. He"s well worth getting to level 10.
Despite Microsoft"s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard, members of the Activision Blizzard King Workers Alliance are still dead set on improving the company as a whole for all of its workers. In a Twitter thread, the group simply stated «The news of Activision acquisition by Microsoft is surprising, but does not change the goals of the ABK Workers Alliance.»
The ABK Workers Alliance has been a prominent voice for workers" rights within Activision Blizzard since sexual misconduct allegations began plaguing the company. This past November, amidst the Wall Street Journal report that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew of sexual misconduct allegations and withheld them from the company"s board of directors, the group organized a sizable walkout. «We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO,» the group said at the time.
The news of Activision"s acquisition by Microsoft is surprising, but does not change the goals of the ABK Worker"s Alliance.(1/6)
Currently, the group"s message is the same. «We called for the removal of Bobby Kotick as CEO in November for shielding abusers and he still remains CEO as of this writing,» said the group. ABK Workers Alliance also cited the ongoing strike at another Activision studio, Raven Software, where QA staff has walked out in response to a mass layoff of other QA staffers.
Following Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki"s spotlight, the Fortnite Soundwave series has named its second act: Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I. The Soundwave Series: Tones And I interactive event will be free for all Fortnite players beginning January 21 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET.
Tones and I"s event will see her performing music from her debut album Welcome To The Madhouse, with players traveling through rooms themed around the songs she"s performing. Those who finish the event will receive a free Soundwave Series — Tones and I spray, while the Item Shop will feature two Tones and I items: a lobby track for her song «Cloudy Day» and a «Dance Monkey» themed emote.
Players interested in walking through the event can search for it using the in-game Island code 5462-3620-7544. The show will run nonstop for 72 hours, ending January 24 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET, so you won"t need to be available at any specific time in order to check it out.
Activision has delayed the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific"s Season 2. The new season is now scheduled to go live on Monday, February 14, which is Valentine"s Day if that matters. The new season was previously slated to begin on February 2.
In a blog post, Activision said it"s spending the additional development time to release more updates and optimizations to Vanguard, Warzone Pacific, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare 2019 to get those games into better shape.
«We feel your frustrations and hear you loud and clear,» Activision said. «To date, we"ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done. Upcoming implementations will address several concerns raised by the community and other quality-of-life improvements. Adjusting the core gameplay loop, mechanics, and balance is a continuing and important focus. Fixes will apply to your platform of choice--two generations of consoles and PC--as well as gameplay in general across all five systems.»