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Arms Brings Motion-Controlled Boxing To Nintendo Switch This Spring

It's not quite Punch-Out!!, but one of the first-announced games for the Nintendo Switch certainly channels its spirit, albeit with a long-range twist.

Arms is a fighting game played on a small three-dimensional field. Holding the Switch Joycon controllers in a thumbs-up position, players make punching motions with their hands to throw punches at each other from a distance. Each character's arms stretch to hit opponents from afar, similar to Dhalsim in Street Fighter. You can thrust the controller forward to do a straight, or twist it sideways to do a hook, which will catch opponents on the move more easily.

The game looks to offer much more mobility than Nintendo's last boxing title (the subgame in Wii Sports), however. Players can move by titling the Joycons, dash around the map and guard at will, and press the Joycon's shoulder buttons to jump.

Arms also looks to feature several character with different movesets. Along with Spring Man and Ribbon Girl, the game's first trailer showed off a few other characters, including a woman in a yellow mech suit. Each character also looks to have a special attack, which look to vary between characters. Spring Man's for example, launched a volley of blows in short succession.

You'll be able to play the game solo against computer opponents, split-screen using two sets of Joycons, and using two Switch consoles locally. Arms is set to release this Spring.

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Mod Brings Multiplayer To Just Cause 3′s Chaotic Open World

Just Cause 3 is best known for giving players the ability to rambunctiously cause havoc and destruction in its large sandbox world. Now, thanks to a multiplayer mod that recently released, you can go on a rampage with a group of friends.

The mod, titled JC3:MP, can hold up to 100 players on its servers, so that you can explore Medici cooperatively with friends, or go against them competitively in races and deathmatches. On the mod's official website, the team describes the multiplayer addition as such: "Our modification opens the door to incredible multiplayer possibilities including racing, deathmatch, skydiving, roleplaying or free-roam."

Last month, JC3:MP was released as a beta, and you can view the trailer for it below. It is now available in full for download via the modder's website. While this is the official release, some bugs are still in the process of being fixed.

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Just Cause 2 also received a multiplayer mod by an entirely different group of modders, who were also planning to make a multiplayer rendition for Just Cause 3. However, after the lead creator Cameron Foote was hired by developer Avalanche Studios to work on the Just Cause series itself, this modder group canceled the project.

JC3:MP is created by Nanos GbR, and while it is not available on Steam Workshop at this time, you can download the PC mod here. You can also check out our glowing review for Just Cause 3.

[Source: PC Gamer]

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Artist Brings The Last Guardian’s Trico To Life In 3D Chalk Art

The Last Guardian's nine year long development has finally come to an end, and it released last week after much anticipation. Starring a young boy and his beastly pet Trico, The Last Guardian has become subject to a 3D chalk drawing tribute.

The artwork is created by artist Chris Carlson from the YouTube channel Awe Me. Check out the stunning artwork of Trico below.

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You can read our review of The Last Guardian by heading here, as well as read about six ways this game borrows elements from its predecessors.

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Free Doom Update Brings New Multiplayer & SnapMap Features

Bethesda has announced a free update (update 5) for Doom available now, and it features a new competitive mode, bots, and SnapMap features.

Check out the update's full details below (text from Bethesda), and also be on the lookout for double multiplayer XP starting tonight through 12 p.m ET on December 12.

Finally, Bethesda has announced that Bloodfall – the third and final DLC featuring three maps – is releasing on December 15.

Multiplayer

  • Infernal Run – A new competitive game mode where teams fight for control of the ball and score in the opponent's goal.
  • Bots – Available on original multiplayer maps in Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch game modes.
  • Multiplayer rank now extends to Echelon 11 – Once you reach the new highest ranking, you'll unlock the signature Doom Marine Armor (Praetor Suit).

SnapMap

  • Play as the Doom Marine in the Doom Marine Armor (Praetor Suit).
  • More elements from the campaign, allowing you to play and create even more campaign-like experiences.
  • Lazarus Lab themed modules and props. 

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Majora’s Mask Fan Video Brings To Life Skull Kid’s Origin Story In Stunning Detail

Majora's Mask is one of the darker titles in the Legend of Zelda series, and both its magic and chilling tone are perfectly captured in this fan-made short film. In the video, titled "Terrible Fate," you're treated to Skull Kid's ominous origin story.

The video was created by Ember Lab, a team of artists that develop VFX, animation, and games. Outside of Zelda titles, the crew is inspired by films from Hayao Miyazaki and Pixar. The attention to detail in the short movie below is outstanding, check it out below for yourself.

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For more fan-made things related to Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, check out this real-life Deku mask and this beautiful HD fan trailer.

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Voice actors’ union strike brings 250+ picketers to EA’s front door

Deadline reports roughly 250 people showed up at Electronic Arts’ Playa Vista, CA office to protest in person after U.S. actors guild SAG-AFTRA went on strike against EA and 10 other game companies Friday. …


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Live-Action Trailer Brings Dishonored 2′s Action To Life

Last night, people who tuned into The Walking Dead's season premiere got a look at a new Dishonored 2 commercial, which reimagined the game in live action. Today, Bethesda has released an extended version of the ad.

Take a look at the clip below to see Corvo and Emily confront Delilah and her guards, as well as some shots of what it might all look like if the game took place in the physical world. Most notably, everyone has smaller hands.

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Dishonored 2 is set for a November 11 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For more on Dishonored 2, visit our hub.

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Pokémon Go Update Brings More Stability To Pokémon Go Plus

Niantic recently released an update (1.7.1 on iOS, 0.37.1 on Android) for Pokémon Go. Albeit being a smaller update, it nonetheless adds some improvements, mostly related to Pokémon Go Plus.

The wearable accessory that notifies you of nearby Pokémon and PokéStops became available as of last week. However, some users had problems pairing their device to the game, while others were receiving errors related to the device without actually owning one. This update aims to fix those issues.

You can read the patch notes below:

  • Pokémon GO Plus stability improvement
  • Added quick help when first connected to Pokémon GO Plus
  • Minor text fixes

You can read about the previous update, which introduced the Pokémon buddy system, here.

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Sneaky Zebra’s Prop Wars Brings All Your Favorite Franchises Together

Sometimes you don't have to go to the movies to watch larger-than-life characters fight each other in an impressive special-effects spectacle. YouTube channel Sneaky Zebra has just uploaded Prop Wars: Prop Harder, a short film that uses the weapons of tons of beloved movies and television shows.

The comedic duo of Nick Acott and Gary Scullion have made a name for themselves by traveling to numerous conventions and highlighting the best cosplayers in their short films. Prop Wars was a video first released in 2013, and the new sequel ups the geek-culture ante in every way imaginable. It features a great deal of replicas from well-known series, complete with music cues and sound effects. Check out Prop Wars: Prop Harder for yourself below.

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Recently, Sneaky Zebra showed off the best cosplay of San Diego Comic-Con 2016. They've also covered events like WonderCon and Blizzcon.

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Report: Xbox One S Brings Slight Performance Boost Over Launch Units

Microsoft's Xbox One S is out today in its Launch Edition configuration, which gets you the 2 TB version of the hardware for about $ 300. As we wrote in our review, it adds some bells and whistles for people who have taken the 4K plunge, but it looks as though it might come with some bonuses where it counts: games. According to an in-depth hardware analysis from Digital Foundry, players may see some performance boosts on the new hardware.

We've known all along that the revised hardware has a slightly faster GPU clock speed, but Microsoft has gone out of its way to say that it wouldn't affect gaming at all. Thanks to Digital Foundry's benchmarking, however, we have some real-world examples of how that's not exactly true. The results varied depending on where the bottlenecks were. In games that were particularly CPU intensive, the increased GPU horsepower did little, if anything. In some cases, such as Project Cars, it resulted in a maximum increase of 9 FPS.

The entire breakdown is interesting, and well worth the read. The short version is that it's far from a framerate panacea, but it does help out in some games. Not bad.

[Source: Digital Foundry]

 

Our Take
I just bought a gaming PC, so the Xbox One S isn't even on my radar at this point. It's nice to see that some games can get a nice boost with the hardware. I suppose this is the part where I snicker at 30 FPS gaming. 

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