Avatar: The Last Airbender Comes To Smite

Avatar: The Last Airbender comes to Smite. During today’s Summer Game Fest showcase, Smite announced they’re adding Avatar: The Last Airbender skins to their upcoming battle pass. Players will be able to select Aang, Zuko, and Korra skins for Merlin, Susano, and Skadi respectively.

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Min Min From Arms Will Be The Next Smash Bros. Fighter

We knew the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter would be a character from ARMS. We just didn’t know who. Today, while broadcasting from his home, Masahiro Sakurai announced the new fighter for Nintendo’s crowd-pleasing crossover fighting game: Min Min.

The Last Of Us Part 2: The Kotaku Review

Everything in The Last of Us 2 takes work. Every weapon reload, killing blow, and crafted item takes time and button presses. At times the game is painfully slow; even in the most action-packed sections you put in effort to move things forward. You’re paid for this work in a…

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Depixelising Video Game Characters Creates Monsters

A new digital tool built to depixelise photos sounds scary and bad. Another way to remove privacy from the world. But this tool is also being used for a sillier and not terrible purpose: Depixelising old game characters. The results are… nevermind, this is also a terrible use of this…

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Tips For Playing The Last Of Us Part 2

It’s been seven years and an entire console generation, but we finally have another Last of Us game. Out today for PlayStation 4, The Last of Us Part 2 plays much like the first game: tight, third-person action set in open-ended levels with a heavy focus on stealth. Much like…

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Players Wonder Where Fortnite’s Cop Cars Went

Fortnite’s Chapter 2, Season 3 brought a lot of changes to the map, notably dunking most of it underwater. Developer Epic has hinted that the water will recede, and the season trailer showed characters driving vehicles, which hopefully means we’ll be able to ride more than just boats and sharks…

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The Best Assassin’s Creed Game Is Free This Weekend

Ever wanted to scale the Pyramid of Khufu? How about the Great Sphinx of Giza? The Lighthouse of Alexandria? Well, you’re in luck: This weekend, Assassin’s Creed Origins is totally free-to-play on UPlay. If you missed it the first time around, now’s your chance to play the best Assassin’s Creed.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Will Support The PS5 From Day One

Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be launching in September, and chances are it might be released after the next-gen consoles. But in a good bit of news for PlayStation fans at least, CD Projekt Red confirmed the game will be playable “from the get go” on the PlayStation 5. Cyberpunk 2077 was…

Everything EA Announced At EA Play Live 2020

It’s been a good year for EA so far: Battlefront 2 reputation did a 180, the Command & Conquer remaster was a huge success, and Apex Legends continues to motor along. And over 45 minutes, EA announced a string of updates about their existing live service games, showed fresh gameplay from Star Wars: Squadrons, and even had…

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Elgato’s Making Damn Fine Streaming Mics Now

Continuing its transformation from game capture hardware maker to all-round streamer gear shop, Elgato today launches a pair of condenser microphones. The Wave:1 and Wave:3 are packed with impressive hardware and features any broadcaster can appreciate. I’ve been fiddling with the Wave:3 for several days, and I am incredibly impressed.

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PlayStation Has A Ton Of Bargains Under $20

Titanfall 2. Far Cry 3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Dishonored. Pillars of Eternity. Yoku’s Island Express. Gorogoa. A Jagged Alliance game. There’s tons of bargains on the PlayStation Store right now, and they’re all going for less than $20.

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The Future Of The Video Game Labour Movement

When I left the gaming labour group Game Workers Unite International in late 2019, I had sent them a letter that criticised how they handled racism, power, and transparency. After two years of intense burnout and unsupportive leadership, I never intended to involve myself with the labour movement again.

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One Week Later, The Bugsnax Song Is Still Looping In My Brain

I’ve had the theme song from Bugsnax stuck in my head since last Thursday’s PlayStation 5 reveal. Its name is never far from my lips and is often the answer I give to completely unrelated questions. My brain’s default resting state has been set to Bugsnax. Is that bad? It…

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That All-Black Pikachu Probably Wasn’t Hinting At Anything

In addition to the surprise reveal of New Pokémon Snap, this morning’s Pokémon broadcast also included an intriguing cameo from an all-black Pikachu plush, which hung out in the background while company president Tsunekazu Ishihara presented on stream. But don’t get too excited; it seems this was just an opportunity…