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  • Fortnite Reload Launch Trailer

    Fortnite Reload is a fast-paced, high-action game that is all about carrying the squad to Victory. If you’re eliminated you’ll have the chance to rift back into gameplay over the course of the match until the reboot timer expires. Either your entire squad is wiped and it’s onto the next match or you find yourself at the top taking out all rifted, rebooted, and reloaded enemies to claim a Victory Royale.

  • Multiple Versions Of The Watchmen Comic Are Steeply Discounted Right Now

    Watchmen is getting an animated adaptation later this year, and several versions of the iconic comic are now on sale ahead of its release. Everything from the Watchmen paperback edition to the premium Absolute Watchmen hardcover is on sale, making this a great time to catch up on the action. Several versions of the story have been published over the years--so if you need help sifting through all the current deals, here's a look at the six best Watchmen deals (as well as a deal on Before Watchmen, the popular prequel). Watchmen (Paperback) $14 (was $25) This 414-page graphic novel is arguably the best (and cheapest) way to catch up on the action ahead of the animated movie. It's on sale for $14 (was $25), which is is one of the better prices for the book this year, so be sure to check it out while you can. See at Amazon Watchmen (Hardcover) $19 (was $40) If you want something a bit flashier for your bookshelf, consider stepping up to this hardcover edition. You can get it for just $19 when clipping the coupon code before adding it to your shopping cart, making it just $5 more expensive than the paperback version--though it looks much more premium despite the minor price difference. See at Amazon Watchmen: Pocket-Sized Edition (Paperback) $10 This is the DC Compact Comics edition, meaning it's much smaller than the traditional paperback and hardcover copies listed above. But if you need something tiny to pack in your backpack or suitcase, this might be a solid choice. It's $10 at Amazon. See at Amazon Absolute Watchmen (Hardcover) $80 (was $140) The Absolute Watchmen edition is seeing a generous price cut to just $80 (normally $140) right now at Amazon. This is the most premium version of the book available, clocking in at 464 pages, and makes for a great addition to any bookcase or home theater. See at Amazon Watchmen Noir (Hardcover) $30 (was $40) Watchmen Noir is the same story as the above versions, but presented in black and white. If you prefer the gritty look of pencils and ink over the vibrant colors of the other editions, this is the book for you. It's available at Amazon for just $30 (normally $40) See at Amazon Watchmen Companion (Hardcover) $18 (was $40) The Watchmen Companion hardcover book is 280 pages long and collects "long-out-of-print" material based on the iconic comic series. It's a great way to dive deeper into the world of Watchmen ahead of the upcoming animated adaptation. See at Amazon Before Watchmen $3+ Before Watchmen is a prequel series that recounts the events leading up to the Watchmen, offering backstory on the superheroe team from the original comic. There are multiple books in the series, and they're available in paperback or for Kindle. And if you want to pull together all four entries in one tidy collection, consider picking up the giant 997-page Before Watchmen Omnibus, which is just $67 (down from $125). See all entries at Amazon See Omnibus at Amazon Whichever version of the classic comic you grab, you'll be able to catch up on the story before the new, two-part Watchmen animated adaptation releases later this year. Part One is set to premiere on August 13, and Part Two is planned for later in 2025. In the meantime, if you're looking for even more DC comics to read, be sure to check out the upcoming DC Finest Collections that are up for preorder, as well as our round-up of all the best Batman graphic novels to read in 2024.Best Gaming & Tech Deals This Week Lord Of The Rings 4K Blu-Ray Steelbook Collection Is Back In Print, Preorders Live At Amazon Official Xbox Controllers Get Significant Discounts At Amazon And Walmart Get Ready For Zelda: Echoes Of Wisdom With This Great Link's Awakening Deal + Show More Best Gaming & Tech Deals This Week Links (2) Save Big On Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers At Amazon And Walmart Inside Out 2 Fans Should Check Out The New Lego Mood Cube Set

  • Grab Some All-Time Great PC Games For Cheap During GOG's Summer Sale

    The GOG Summer Sale is now live, offering huge discounts on hundreds of PC games. Like all GOG sales, there are deals on titles from throughout the platform's history, from time-tested classics up to the latest new releases--and in some cases, you can pick up some all-time amazing games for just a couple dollars. See all deals at GOG For example, you can snag the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II, which are available for just $5 and $3, respectively. Normally, both classic CRPGs go for $20, so these are pretty steep discounts. If that isn't enough to sate your CRPG thirst, you can also grab Divinity: Original Sin 2 for $13.49 (normally $45), Dragon Age: Origins for $3.19 (normally $20), or Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Obsidian Edition for $15 (was $60).Some other low-priced deals include Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair: Deluxe Edition for $4.75 (normally $48), SteamWorld Heist for $1.49 (was $15), and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Digital Deluxe Edition for $6.74 (was $45). The are also a few multi-game collections on super-sale, including the Yakuza Complete Series bundle that includes seven games--Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Kiwami 2, the remastered versions of Yakuza 3 through 5, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life--all for just $50.39, which is over 50% off the collection's usual $112 price. There's also the Metro Franchise Bundle that includes all four games in the atmospheric FPS series for just $9.51 (normally $60).Continue Reading at GameSpot

  • Luigi's Mansion 2 Preorders For Nintendo Switch Live At Best Buy And GameStop

    Preorder Luigi's Mansion 2 HD $60 Preorder at Best Buy Preorder at GameStop Preorder at Target First launched on Nintendo 3DS, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is making the jump to Nintendo Switch on June 27. The Switch version, dubbed Luigi's Mansion 2 HD, enhances the charming adventure with refreshed graphics and quality-of-life gameplay updates that bring the game closer to its sequel, Luigi's Mansion 3, while keeping the 3DS original's content intact--including all the same puzzles, enemies, and even the ScareScraper multiplayer mode. Preorders for Luigi's Mansion 2 HD are available now. Preorder Luigi's Mansion 2 HD $60 Like most Nintendo games, only one version of Luigi's Mansion 2 HD for Switch is up for grabs, and there are no preorder bonuses included. It simply includes the base game with no additional goodies. Nevertheless, you can preorder physical copies of Luigi's Mansion 2 for $60 online at Best Buy, GameStop, and Target. Walmart also has preorder copies available, but only in-store. Digital preorders are also available. Preorder at Best Buy Preorder at GameStop Preorder at Target Our Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon review gave the original game solid marks for its charming characters and atmospheric levels, though its lack of checkpoints and difficulty spikes made the adventure more challenging than expected. However, thanks to the Switch version's graphical and gameplay tweaks, Luigi's Mansion 2 HD looks to be the ideal way to experience Luigi's second ghost-hunting adventure in 2024.Of course, Luigi's Mansion 2 isn't the only game in the series available on Nintendo Switch. Luigi's Mansion 3 launched for the system back in 2019, and is considered by many the best game in the series. If you haven't played Luigi's Mansion 3 yet either, you can grab the physical edition at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, or Target.Continue Reading at GameSpot

  • Ymir Finger Ruins Guide - Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree

    A few NPCs in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree ask you to complete tasks for them. One that's fairly strange is a wizard in a cathedral, whose errands lead you to some unnerving locations. Here's our guide on how to complete the Ymir Finger Ruins quest in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree. Likewise, please be reminded that this article contains spoilers.How to complete the Ymir Finger Ruins quest in Elden Ring: Shadow of the ErdtreeThe Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Finger Ruins and Ymir quest chain has numerous steps, and it's important that you avoid making mistakes while undertaking these tasks. You'll also end up heading to various regions. We have a DLC world map guide to help you with various areas in this new realm.Important: There's an important action related to the Belurat Tower of Shadow (major spoilers). This part of the campaign counts as a point of no return, causing some NPCs to disappear and quests to end prematurely. We recommend finishing this quest chain before making that crucial decision. Map: Where to find Ymir and the Cathedral of Manus MetyrTo find Ymir in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, you have to make your way to the Cathedral of Manus Metyr in the Scadu Altus zone. Here's a quick summary:Defeat the boss in Castle Ensis and head to Moorth Ruins to the east. There's a collapsed building that you can enter, and there are ledges that will break your fall as you drop down.Climb the ladder to reach Bonny Village. Then, continue along the bridges and road leading to the northeast.At the Church District Highroad waypoint, turn south to arrive at the Cathedral of Manus Metyr. Ymir's spells and the Hole-Laden NecklaceApproach Ymir, who's sitting on his throne, and he tells you to complete some errands for him. These involve activating the Finger Ruins by using the Hole-Laden Necklace, a quest item that he provides you with. He also gives you a Ruins Map, which has a clue pertaining to the first Finger Ruins that you have to visit.Note that Ymir also sells some DLC spells, including Glintstone Nail, Glintstone Nails, and Fleeting Microcosm. The next two spells become available upon completion of his tasks. Map: Finger Ruins of RhiaThe map above shows that route that leads to the Finger Ruins of Rhia. Make sure you know the way or are ready to head to Cerulean Coast in the southern portion of the map. From Cerulean Coast to the Finger Ruins of RhiaTo complete this step of the Ymir Finger Ruins quest in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, you must follow the road that leads south from the Cerulean Coast Site of Grace.Go past the dragon overworld boss and look for a marker that has the region map. Then, look to your left. You should see a narrow path next to a fallen mausoleum. Proceed through the path and the beach, which has a bunch of Creepy Hands enemies. Finger Ruins of Rhia rewardsPast the beach, there's another Site of Grace. Beyond it is the Finger Ruins of Rhia. Watch out for the Creepy Hands, as well as the Paralyzing Pointers--they look like pointer/index fingers, and they can paralyze you from a mile away.At the center of the region is a curious-looking rock. Interact with it and use the Hole-Laden Necklace to receive the Crimson Seed Talisman +1. It's a new DLC talisman that increases the HP you restore when using flasks.When you return to Ymir, he also gives you the following:Beloved Stardust (talisman) - Shortens casting speed for sorcery and incantations by the utmost, but increases damage taken.Another Ruins Map - This time, you have to go to the northeast. Map: Finger Ruins of Dheo and Rabbath's RiseThe next step if you want to finish the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Finger Ruins quest for Ymir is to head all the way to the northeast, which is actually a secret zone. You can learn more about this place in our Scaduview/Hinterlands guide.As an aside, you might want to visit the Shaman Village later on. There's a hidden path that leads to the top of Rabbath Rise, and it's an important location to check out once you've concluded the quest chain. Finger Ruins of Dheo rewardsAnyway, assuming you've gained access to the northeastern region of the map, it's time to head to the center of the Finger Ruins of Dheo.Again, use the Hole-laden Necklace when interacting with the giant rock. This nets you the Cerulean Seed Talisman +1, which increases the amount of FP you restore when consuming a flask. Sidetracked: Swordhand of Night JolanBefore we continue with the rest of the steps regarding the Ymir Finger Ruins quest in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, we want to discuss a certain NPC. You've probably noticed a woman clad in pure-black armor who's just chilling in the Cathedral of Manus Metyr. She's Night Jolan, Ymir's personal bodyguard. Be sure to talk to her and exhaust all dialogue. Important: Ymir's throneIf you've already obtained the reward from the Finger Ruins of Dheo, then it's time to return to the Cathedral of Manus Metyr. Ymir will now sell the awesome Fleeting Microcosm spell. Likewise, he'll give you the third ruins map... which surprisingly looks like the layout of the cathedral.To access this secret area, simply pass the time via a Site of Grace until it's evening. Doing so causes Ymir to disappear from his throne. When you interact with the throne, it will move to reveal a hidden ladder.Note: We've noticed that Ymir can also disappear before completing the task at the Finger Ruins of Dheo. If you interact with the throne too early, it might break the quest. Finger Ruins of Miyr and Night AnnaClimb down the ladder and you'll find yourself in an underground chamber called the Finger Ruins of Miyr (an anagram of Ymir). You'll also get attacked by Night Anna. Defeating her nets you the Claws of Night weapon.Note that Night Anna still attacked us even though we've interacted with her puppet in Rabbath Rise. As of the time of this writing, we can't confirm if there's a way to prevent her from being hostile. Metyr Mother of Fingers boss fightNow, it's time to use the Hole-laden Necklace on the large rock in the ruins beneath the cathedral. This transports you to a faraway zone, which looks a bit like the arena where you fought Astel Naturalborn of the Void or the Elden Beast in the base game.Apart from wide area-of-effect explosions and black hole bombardments, Metyr also summons Creepy Hands to annoy you to no end. If you want to learn about the rewards, you can check our boss Remembrances guide. Battles and rewards: Swordhand Night Jolan and YmirAfter defeating Metyr, return to the cathedral and attempt to interact with the throne once more. Doing this will cause Night Jolan to invade.Once she's defeated, Ymir will appear and attack you. He casts a few Glintstone-type spells, and summons several Creepy Hands. Likewise, he can teleport or encase himself in stone to avoid damage. Beating him nets you the following:Ymir's Bell Bearing - Exchange this at Roundtable Hold so you can purchase the spells that Ymir was selling beforehand.Complete High Priest armor setMaternal Staff weapon - Has Str E, Int D, and Arc C scaling; has Str 7, Int 11, and Arc 16 requirements.Cherished Fingers spell - Go to the graveyard outside the cathedral to pick up this spell.The Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Ymir Finger Ruins quest is concluded, but there are more rewards to obtain. We detail these in the next sections. The Iris of Grace and Iris of OccultationAfter the battle against Ymir, you'll notice Jolan slumped by the pillar in the cathedral. If you want to earn rewards, you must obtain the Iris of Grace and Iris of Occultation in Shadow Keep.If you give her the Iris of Grace, you'll receive the Swordhand of Night Jolan summon.If you give her the Iris of Occultation, you'll receive the Sword of Night katana.On paper, the Sword of Night seems cool. However, the summon actually leads to a certain upgrade, which you can acquire in the Shaman Village/Rabbath Rise.Note: The Iris of Grace or Iris of Occultation can also be given to Fireknight Queelign in Shadow Keep. Sidetracked: Shaman Village to Rabbath RiseRemember what we mentioned about the Shaman Village in Scaduview/Hinterlands? Well, if you check the cliffside area at the back, you'll notice ledges that allow you to head further down. Scale the cliffs carefully until you're close enough to Rabbath Rise. Use Torrent to double jump and you should reach the topmost floor. Sidetracked: Puppet of Anna and the secret summonInside the chamber, you'll see a Puppet of Anna (the same Anna that you fought in the underground Finger Ruins). Interact with the puppet. If you have the Swordhand of Night Jolan summon, it will be upgraded into the Jolan and Anna summon. Basically, you can call on both warrior sisters to help you in battle!That does it for our guide on how to complete the Ymir Finger Ruins quest in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree. Don't forget that you must complete all the steps before you unseal the Belurat Tower of Shadow. Apart from this, there are other NPC quests involving Leda and Thiollier.Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree takes you to the Realm of Shadow where you have to search for Miquella the Empyrean. If you're looking for more tips and tactics, you can head over to our guides hub.

GAME INDUSTRY

  • IO Interactive's mission to speed up game development | GI Sprint

    When Ulas Karademir last worked at IO Interactive, it was a Square Enix-owned, Danish game developer that made Hitman.He left in 2014, and has since held numerous senior roles at Unity, before joining Crytek co-founder Cevat Yerli to build an engine for distributed development (RealityOS).Now he's back at IO as the firm's chief technology officer, and he's walked into a very different company. It's now independent, with studios in Malmo, Barcelona, Istanbul, Brighton and Copenhagen, and working on numerous projects, including Hitman, a fantasy game and a James Bond title. Read more

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  • In the Switch's eighth year, Nintendo can still surprise | Opinion

    It's almost a truism at this point, but there is arguably no company in the games industry that protects its secrecy quite as closely or as well as Nintendo.Its tight control over information about its upcoming products rarely slips, and any third-party studio that has ever worked on a Nintendo property can vouch for how seriously the company takes information control and leak prevention.The results are hard to disagree with; it's striking that the Nintendo Direct showcase which just wrapped up the nebulous (but very enjoyable) not-E3 season was filled with major reveals about which we had had no prior inkling. Read more

  • Xbox's Matt Booty suggests leadership change was a factor in Tango Gameworks closure

    Xbox executive Matt Booty has offered more insight into the platform holder's decision to close Tango Gameworks, suggesting the studio's recent change of leadership was a key factor.Speaking on Variety's Strictly Business podcast, spotted by Eurogamer, the head of Xbox Game Studios was asked whether Microsoft sought another buyer before closing the Japan-based developer.Booty declined to share the "nitty gritty details" out of respect for the people affected by the studio's closure, but did note that "a lot of work went into delivering Hi-Fi Rush," which he described as a "great game" that "did well for us." Read more

  • Nintendo Direct and the year ahead | GI Microcast

    You can now download or watch the latest episode of the GI Microcast, which covers (among other things) the latest Nintendo Direct. We discuss the line-up shown with new Mario, Zelda and Metroid titles on display, and ponder what this says about the Switch's final year before its successor arrives. We also look at the untapped potential for the Metroid franchise. From there, we weigh up the showcases from each of the platform holders and the implications for those businesses as well as the wider market. And, inevitably, the conversation turns to ongoing turbulence felt across the industry, and when we might start to see signs of recovery in the wake of various layoffs and studio closures. Read more

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