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Legendary aims to develop Life Is Strange as a live-action series

Square Enix and developer Dontnod Entertainment have inked a deal with Legendary to develop a live-action series based on Dontnod’s award-winning 2015 game Life Is Strange. …


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Pokémon Go Player Claims He Hit Level Cap Using Bot

Pokémon Go player Ra1nDr0pz has laid claim to being the first player in the world to hit the game's level 40 cap. Up until now the feat has seemed impossible, given how slow leveling is.

And, as it turns out, the accomplishment very well might be out of reach right now. Ra1nDr0pz, who goes by the name Problemz on Reddit, posted an image of his achievement on the forum (which you can see below), but later revealed he cheated and used a bot to max out his character level. He's asked Niantic to delete his account, and said he didn't partake in any gym battles, saying "I dont want to take anyone of the fun out of this game.
If you do PVP (no matter which game) play legit or don't play."

If this level 40 claim is true, Problemz says players need to farm five million experience points to move from level 39 to 40. Progression from level zero to 40 requires players earn 20 million XP. This mirrors data mined information we reported on over the weekend.

Using the bot, Problemz says he was earning 280,000 XP an hour, on average. He used a total of 131 Lucky Eggs to double the XP during the leveling process.

Problemz refuses to sell the account, despite numerous people asking if they could purchase it from him. He also won't reveal any details about the bot he used. The images above and below are from Problemz account, and show just how big his Pokémon got at the end of his play time.

 

Our Take
Given how greatly the XP increases for each level in Pokémon Go, Niantic
clearly envisions players sticking with this game for years. Will it have the content to back it up? That's the big question on everyone's mind, and the radio silence on updates from Ninantic at this point are worrying, although the trailer makes it look like we will at least get trading and some form of a raid in the future.

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[Update] NBA 2K17 Gets U.S. Men’s Basketball Teams

Update: 2K has informed us that while Charles Barkley is indeed included in the 1992 Dream Team deal, he will not be appearing in any other historic teams he's played on.

Original Story: NBA 2K17 is not only getting the 2016 Men's USA Basketball team, but also the famed 1992 USA Dream Team featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.

As part of the deal, USA basketball and famed Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will also be in the game, and is featured in a new tutorial mode. A bigger plus for players is that fact that the Dream Team is the full roster – including Charles Barkley.

To get Sir Charles and the rest of the Dream Team – as well as a USA Basketball MyPlayer jersey – you have to pre-order the title.

Further details such as the length of the partnership and the modes involved were not announced.

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Our Take
With the inclusion of Barkley, we wonder if this paves the way for his historic Suns and 76ers teams to be in the game as well.

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Charity Partners Announced For QuakeCon 2016

The annual celebration of id Software's franchises and PC gaming, QuakeCon, is coming to Dallas, Texas next week. This year, QuakeCon is partnering with a number of charities in hopes to give back to the community.

Acting as North America's largest LAN party, the festival starts on August 4 and runs through August 7. id Software and Bethesda Softworks promise to reveal more details about some of their upcoming games at the event as well as hosting competitive tournaments. The national and local charities that will be present at QuakeCon include the American Red Cross, 1Up On Cancer, Dallas Pets Alive, and Extra Life.

American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on-site, that participants can register for online ahead of the event. Donors will receive a limited edition Bethesda T-shirt based on the design from this year's E3 presentation, seen below.

Dallas Pets Alive will also have a presence at QuakeCon, accepting donations and bringing pets that visitors can adopt. The local charity will be holding raffles all weekend long for signed merchandise and a custom Vault-Tech themed Xbox One system.

Extra Life and 1UP On Cancer are both gaming-based fundraising groups that will be present and raising awareness and money during the weekend. The full schedule of panels and events for QuakeCon 2016 was recently revealed, which you can see here.

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Go Behind The Scenes With Dead Rising 4′s New Trailer

In promotion of its upcoming game, Dead Rising 4, Capcom Vancouver recently gave a quick peek behind the curtain. Judging from this trailer, Dead Rising 4 will be the most gory and over the top of in the series yet, with gruesome new enemies and clever weapons.

One of the key points in this new trailer is the announcement of two new enemy types: the freshly infected and the evo. The freshly infected are newly-turned zombies that transform before players' eyes, attacking frantically and aggressively. The evo are stronger zombies, able to jump at players over long distances and dodge attacks. Also in this new trailer are some looks at combat, story, and lots of zombies.

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Dead Rising 4 was announced at Microsoft's E3 press conference earlier this year. It is expected to release on December 6 as a timed-exclusive to the Xbox One and PC. Check out our hands-on preview from the show for more information. If you're dying for more Dead Rising, Capcom recently confirmed Dead Rising 1 and 2 would be coming to current-gen consoles.

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Pre-Orders Now Available For Yakuza 0 On PS4

The origin story to Sega's long-running crime drama series Yakuza is now available to pre-order on PlayStation 4 in the US and Europe.

It was confirmed in a western trailer that Yakuza 0 would be getting an European release back in March. Although the game was released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan in March 2015, the iteration for the US and Europe is only on the PlayStation 4 system.

The game itself follows Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima (before he's known as the Mad Dog of Shimano) as they chase the almighty Yen and investigate the events surrounding the "the Vacant Lot" incident that is causing a power struggle with all the evil organizations across Japan.    

Yakuza 0 will be released both digitally and physically on January 24. For more Yakuza 0 check out a few new screenshots below, or its E3 2016 trailer that showed off some chair-throwing, head-smashing fighting mechanics.      

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Life Is Strange Is Getting A Live-Action Series

Legendary Digital Studios announced it is partnering with both Square Enix and dj2 Entertainment to adapt Life Is Strange into a live-action digital series. It is being co-produced by Dmitri Johnson and Dan
Jevons, who both recently produced the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog film coming from Sony.

Senior vice president of development at Legendary, Greg Sielgel, announced the project today via press release, saying the game "lends itself perfectly
to live-action imaginings." 
Square Enix's VP of brand and
European marketing, Jon Brooke, shared excitement for the project, saying the publisher is excited to "realize a new version of [game locations] Arcadia Bay and Blackwell Academy." The three companies – Square Enix, dj2, and Legendary – are currently meeting with potential writers for the series. No director has been announced. 

It was recently announced that Life Is Strange's first episode will be free indefinitely. We recently noted Life Is Strange's soundtrack in our feature looking the best uses of licensed songs in video games.

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Apple iPads make a brief surge in 2016 third-quarter report

Apple’s numbers remain steady as iPad revenues move upward for the first time in a while thanks to the launch of the iPad Pro. …


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Microsoft Releasing Madden 17, Halo Collection Bundles For Xbox One S

Microsoft is launching its incremental upgrade to the Xbox One, the Xbox One S, next month. In addition to giving players support for 4K resolution and a new controller, prospective players can grab the console in one of two newly revealed bundles: a Madden NFL 17 bundle, and one that includes the Halo 5: Guardians and the Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The Madden NFL 17 bundle includes the console with a 1TB hard drive and controller, a copy of the game, seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs, and a free month of the EA Access service. If you preorder the $ 349 bundle, you can get a promo code good for 20-percent off your next order at NFLShop.com.

Halo players have a couple of options: They can opt for a 1TB version of the bundle for $ 349, or a 500GB version that's priced at $ 299. Both include the console and controller, and copies of Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Both bundles will be available August 23. If you'd like to learn more about the Xbox One S, take a look at our detailed rundown.

 

Our Take
Considering these are the list prices for the bare-bones Xbox One S, these bundles seem like a no-brainer. Even if you're upgrading from an original Xbox One and have already picked up the Halo games, you can give the extras to a buddy and play co-op. 

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Test Chamber – We Threw Away Our Joy Pills To Play We Happy Few

We Happy Few received an early access release today, so we decided to take the unfinished game for a spin and see if it makes us want to take joy pills.

Jeff Cork and I show off a little bit of the prologue that was shown off at E3, but then jump right into the action. For many, the game is likely not what they will expect. The game's opening implies a narrative-driven experience in a strange world recalling games like BioShock, but it's actually a survival game with roguelike and procedural level generation. For some of our early impressions, and a glance at the gameplay, check out the video below.

For our E3 impressions of the game, head here.

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