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Rocket League update brings Steam cross-network play

Rocket League has become the first Xbox One title to support cross-network play with a Steam PC game. …


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Bandai Namco Brings Pac-Man 256 To Consoles and PC

If you missed the latest mobile Pac-Man adventure, you'll have a chance to play this Summer on consoles and Steam. The endless maze runner Pac-Man 256 will debut on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this June.

Pac-Man 256 debuted on mobile phones and tablets last August, bringing the classic gameplay and mazes to an all new platform. To celebrate the birthday of the titular hero, Bandai Namco announced today that the mobile game developed by Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets will finally be headed to consoles and PC this summer.

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The game launches on June 21 with all the
features from the original mobile release as well as a brand-new local
multiplayer mode for up to four players. Players will have to work
together to conquer the ghostly enemies from the original 1980 arcade
game.

The gameplay of Pac-Man 256 was inspired by the glitched final level in the original arcade version that would bring up a kill-screen ending the player's progress. There are plenty of Pac-Dots and Power Pellets to be consumed, and each run-through of the course will unlock new power-ups and abilities.

Additionally, in-app purchases like the Coin Doubler on the mobile version of the game will be discounted from May 19 to May 27 in celebration of Pac-Man's birthday.

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Chromie Brings Heroes Of The Storm’s First Dragon To The Fight Today

Heroes of the Storm is getting its first gnome and its first dragon today. Chromie is available in the Nexus, and you can check her out in her own trailer.

Chromie a long-range fighter, and most certainly a glass cannon. She has an edge due to her Timewalker trait, which gives her talents a level earlier than other heroes.

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Learn more about Chromie and check out her alternate skins in the trailer above. You also have Medivh to look forward to in the Nexus. Read up on him in our previous coverage.

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Mod Brings Dark Souls III Into The First-Person

Modder Zulliethewitch recently released a mod for Dark Souls III that let's you see From Software's oppressive world from a whole new angle.

The mod lets you play Dark Souls III from the first-person perspective, which frankly, sounds terrifying. I struggle as it is to see behind my back when the camera follows from a comfortable distance behind me. The video showing off the game comes from YouTube channel  Iron Pineapple, and you can check it out below.

You can grab the PC mod, which comes with the requisite, "install at your own risk" warning, by heading here.

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For our review of Dark Souls III, head here. For our full playthrough of Dark Souls III, check out our Chronicles video series here.

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Halo 5: Guardians Free Memories Of Reach Update Brings New Mode, Map & More

Sometime this month, Halo developer 343 Industries will release Halo 5: Guardian's latest free update, Memories of Reach. The update includes a new arena map, multiplayer game, weapons, and much more.

The multiplayer game Infection is a 12-player, round-based mode that starts out with one infected player who must convert the others by taking them out. We'll have more on Infection here at Game Informer later today, so please check back.

Meanwhile, the map – Statis – is a mid-sized asymmetrical map that 343 says it will detail more in this week's livestream on Wednesday, May 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Pacific on Twitch and the Halo Channel.

Memories of Reach also contains matchmaking improvements, new REQ items, balancing updates, and more.

For a complete rundown of the update, check out Halo Waypoint.

[Source: 343 Industries]

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Elite Dangerous: Horizons Expansion Brings Planetary Landings, Loot, More

Elite Dangerous developer Frontier Developments has announced that the Horizons expansion, which arrived on PC late last year, is coming to Xbox One. Horizons adds a variety of new features, including planetary landings, multicrew co-op, loot, and more.

Elite Dangerous: Horizons on Xbox One will include the 2.0: Planetary Landings content as well as the upcoming 2.1: The Engineers. It's set to hit the console sometime in the second quarter of the year.

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Borderlands Film Brings On Section 6 Writer Aaron Berg

Aaron Berg, the writer behind Section 6, has been hired to write the script for the announced Borderlands movie. The film adaptation, which was announced by Lionsgate last August, is said to be an "edgy, R-rated take on the material."

The film is being produced by father-son duo Avi and Ari Arad, who have worked on such comic book film adaptations as Iron Man, Spider-Man, and X-Men, experience that could help them with adapting a stylized property such as Borderlands.

Berg was most recently hired to write the script for G.I. Joe 3 after his work on Section 6. To learn about the most recent (and most story-driven) Borderlands release, head over to our review of the final episode of Tales from the Borderlands.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Unofficial plug-in brings Oculus exclusives to the HTC Vive

With the powers that be engaged in a perpetual tug of war, LibreVR’s Revive plug-in has emerged as an unofficial alternative for Vive owners looking to access Oculus software. …


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Adventure Scents Brings Your Nose Along On A Tabletop Or Video Game Quest

There have long been jokes about developers introducing smells into their games. Sure we’d all want to sniff Gandalf’s pipe smoke, but maybe wafting in Gollum’s pungent stench isn’t the best idea.

A company called Adventure Scents has found a way to give us the aromatic wizard’s tower, city streets after a gunfight, musty libraries, and dank sewers. Each of the many scents the company sells ship in a screw-top container intended to sit nearby while playing table-top or video games. Closing the tin quickly cuts off the odor, working well to isolate the beads that give off the aromas.

Some, like Dank Dungeon and Pool of Acid are a bit sharper. None are so terrible or offensive that I felt sick, but they might make you wrinkle your nose a bit.

Others, like Pirate Ship and Flying Airship capture the atmosphere. The former, described as a combination of wood, gun smoke, and sea air fits well. It has an odor of the open sea (without the fishiness you might expect). Flying Airship has a breezier scent, but both give a good sense of being outdoors.

Ancient Library was probably the most off-putting (even more so than Dank Dungeon and Pool of Acid). It has an extremely musty odor that fits its name. Vampire’s Lair has a pungent, earthy smell with just a hint of sweetness. Some of the success in Adventure Scents concoctions is how foreign the mixtures are.

Field of Battle, which is described as smelling of leather, steel, and blood, is probably a bit mellower than I expected. I kind of imagined a field of dead bodies to be more decay and despair and less “blacksmith wearing cologne.”

Some of these scents really hit home, especially those that confuse the nose creating a sense of displacement. Barren Moon is one of those, described as smelling like “chalky dust and bitter loneliness.” I expected a nose full of grade school chalkboard, but instead the odor is wispy and light, like it’s not entirely there.

There is a gimmicky nature to Adventure Scents. They aren’t going to be for everyone, and you (and your friends if using them for tabletop gaming) will need to suspend your disbelief a bit. For those using these for video games, it’s simply engaging another sense.

I used some while playing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and thought the effect was interesting. I'm more likely to use these for bigger board game parties with mood music and appropriate lighting to help sell the atmosphere, though.

Your mileage is likely going to vary, and you may find the odors a bit too strong. If you stick your nose close, you’re going to be overwhelmed. Instead, it’s best to keep an open tin nearby but not so near that it’s oppressive. 

For those that want to take a bit of their favorite scent with them, Adventure Scents sells lockets designed to hold some of the beads. Depending on the quantity of each you want and your intended use, scents range from $ 5 – $ 15.

You can see the entire range of canisters and packets on Adventure Scents’ website.

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This Mod Brings Fire Emblem Relationship Building To XCOM 2

Can you imagine XCOM 2 as a romance sim? Well, maybe this isn't quite that, but a mod called Squad Cohesion brings elements of Fire Emblem into the world of XCOM 2.

While the mod doesn't bring any Fire Emblem aesthetics to XCOM, what it does instead is introduce relationship building statistics for your squad members. Creator RealityMachinima explains that "this mod puts a dash of Fire Emblem into your XCOM" and it will give "small buffs for squads that trust in each other." Basically, you can play matchmaker or grow friendships between soldiers in your unit, which sounds downright amazing.

Certain actions will increase these relationship stats, such as healing a squad member or carrying them out of battle. While these relationships continue to grow, you'll receive notifications about increased stats. Relationship perks include stat gains towards skills such as aiming, critical hits, hacking, and will. But be careful, because these relationships can crumble, too. If a soldier falls in battle, and another squad member was close to them, the surviving friend might receive the "Shaken" status, which lowers the entire unit's willpower. The closer these two squad members were, the higher the chances are of this occurring.

You can check out the full details of RealityMachina's mod on Steam. For more on XCOM 2 read our review here, as well as read about other neat additions such as turning your soldiers into stormtroopers and downloading a squad unit full of iconic video game characters (and GI staff look-a-likes).

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