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Resident Evil 7 Biohazard’s Collector’s Edition Includes Tiny House, USB Finger

Over the years, collector's editions have been responsible for a number of a strange gaming tchotchkes. Thanks to the newly-unveiled Resident Evil 7 Biohazard collector's edition, you can add a house to the list.

Technically, the house is a music box, and it plays a sample of the song "Go Tell Aunt Rhody," a cover of which is the game's main theme. The house stands 8 inches tall and includes flashing LED lights.

Along with the house music box and the actual game, the collector's edition (which is only available through GameStop), also includes:

  • Dummy Finger 4G USB Drive
  • Exclusive Metal Case
  • VHS Tape Box
  • Exclusive Lithograph
  • Creepy Note

The whole thing retails for $ 179.99.

[Source: GameStop]

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Our Take
The house is a nice little curio, I guess, but for $ 180? No thanks. 

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House Of The Dying Sun Review – Short, Sweet, And Somewhat Sentimental

While the space flight simulation genre continues to find support and solace in what promises to be a new era of multi-faceted offerings with games like Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen, sometimes you just want that feeling of dogfighting in your local arcade cockpit with a slice of pizza dripping onto your shirt as you blast an enemy starfighter to smithereens, watching the pixels burst. House of the Dying Sun taps into a lost era of starfighting simulation, successfully evoking the feeling of a classic space shooter like X-Wing, TIE Fighter, or Starlancer. If you’re looking for a story, forget it; it’s as cliché and barebones as they come. If you’re looking for tight gameplay, great music, and intense dogfighting, you’ve come to the right place.

A minimalistic story could be a serious detriment to other games, but the focus is clear here: Gameplay and space combat take center stage. Arcade-style movement with the ability to drift and brake on a dime after boosting to dodge a locked-on enemy combatant is satisfying, and you don’t need a HOTAS setup to enjoy it either – the core mouse and keyboard controls work great. 

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With an upgradable arsenal of autocannons, heavy weapons, and sleek maneuvering around asteroids and other craft, you unleash hell on the enemies of the Emperor. The concept is simple and so are the missions, tasking the player to destroy enemy ships, defend allied assets, or run escort duty. Dogfighting in your craft with enemy fighters zipping around asteroids is intense fun, and missions are a quick restart if you run into an errant piece of space debris. The constant pace of combat is immersive and exciting, with the threat of enemy reinforcements always moments away, forcing you to complete your task and warp away before more difficult opponents join the fray.

It takes a a few mid-tier missions to really get the hang of ship control, assigning your other pilots tasks while shooting around the sky, and hopping into your allied vessels when your first option is turned into scrap, but the challenge summons a nostalgic feeling I enjoyed, though there’s little variety in mission structure or tasks.

The core game and missions can be completed in just a few hours, but many additional unlocks and challenges can keep the journey through space rolling for those seriously looking for more. Short length is not necessarily a negative point to a game, but it’s a noticeable detriment here, offering a tiny taste of what a full-fledged title could be within the same framework and strong mechanics.

Within the brief campaign, content offerings are sparse and consist mainly of tougher difficulty encounters or a challenge mode – simple, barebones stuff with graphics that don’t really live up to today’s standards. While the visuals are functional and crisp, they don’t need to be as blast-from-the-past as the rest of the title.

House of the Dying Sun is light on content offerings and depth, but big on giving players a modern day chance to experience the great gameplay that defined classic space shooters of an era long past.

Dogfighting In VR
House of the Dying Sun’s lightweight graphics and laser-focus on crisp combat lend themselves admirably to a VR experience. If you have either a Rift or Vive, those should be your first choice for hopping into the pilot’s seat.

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New Jersey Man Sues Niantic Because Kids Are Asking To Catch Pokémon Near His House

For those of us playing Pokémon Go, living right next to a Pokéstop or gym might be a dream come true. But for those untouched by the craze who find themselves in that situation, it may be less appealing.

Jeffrey Marder of West Orange, New Jersey, is pursuing a class action lawsuit against Niantic Labs. His complaint doesn't specifically state that his house is labeled in the game as either, though. Regardless, should the class action be certified, it would include any property owner whose land is listed as Pokéstop or gym. It would also cover those whose property abuts land listed as one of those.

In his filing, Marder says that multiple people have knocked on his door asking to catch Pokémon in his back yard. "Plaintiff discovered as much when, during the week of Pokémon Go’s release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand," the complaint reads. "At least five individuals knocked on Plaintiff’s door and asked for access to Plaintiff’s backyard in order to “catch” Pokémon that the game had placed at Plaintiff’s residence in West Orange, New Jersey—without Plaintiff’s permission."

What's unclear is why anyone would need to enter a specific area to catch a Pokémon that already appeared on the map. Once the icon is visible, users need only tap on it to enter the Pokéball minigame to collect the creature.

The complaint also attempts to leverage tweets from a homeowner named Boon Sheridan, who tweeted about his house (a former church) being listed as a gym. When contacted by ABC News, Sheridan said that it was "barely a nuisance" and that he was "shocked by being named in someone's lawsuit, because I had no problem with it." 

Marder's court filing also points out that sensitive locations, like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, included in-game locations. Niantic has taken steps to remove those Pokéstops and Gyms. It also has been handling requests for removal, like one filed by Sheridan, quickly. He told ABC that it took only 48 hours to have the gym removed from his house.

We've reached out to Niantic for comment. We'll update should we receive a response.

[Source: United States District Court, Northern California]

 

Our Take
I find it suspicious that the filing doesn't specifically state that Marder's home is located within the activation radius of a gym or Pokéstop. The facts also don't seem to quite line up, though while Pokévision was operational, it's possible that users knew there was a Pokémon, but couldn't get close enough to activate it. This complaint could just be poorly worded by someone with no understanding of the game, but as it stands, it seems suspicious.

Pokemon Go Class Action Privacy Suit by Michael Futter on Scribd

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EA Origin Offers Up Nox ‘On The House’

EA is offering up a new On the House game. You can download it entirely free via the Origin app on PC.

The latest giveaway is Westwood Studios’ Nox. Released in 2000, Nox is an action-RPG in which the protagonist is sucked through his television into the eponymous land.

It features three classes, each with their own storyline. You can download it via Origin here.

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We Played Betrayal At House On The Hill’s Huge (But Affordable) Widow’s Walk Expansion

If you’ve ever seen pictures of my board game closet, it’s filled with complex games with fiddly rules and attractive miniatures. There was a time I didn’t know about this vast world of board games, though. I owe my passion for them to one game: Betrayal at House on the Hill.

After playing it for the first time with wide eyes at what a tabletop game could be, I immediately purchased it for myself. That game has been the one I use to ease friends into the board gaming scene.

Its cooperative playstyle, horror atmosphere, and accessible rules make it easy to grasp. The sudden and inevitable betrayal of one or more of your comrades makes it thrilling.

For those who haven’t played Betrayal, the concept is simple. You explore rooms by walking through doors, drawing tiles, placing them, and then following the instructions on them. Certain tiles have an “omen” icon, and each time one of those cards is drawn, you are more likely to trigger the second phase of the game, the Haunt.

At this point, the betrayer is identified and must read privately from a book containing one-half of a number of scenarios. The heroes then huddle, reading their half. Both sides keep their win conditions secret, though as play unfolds you can start to uncover how the other side operates.

The haunts come with unique rules and challenges, drastically changing the experience from game to game. The result is something with extensive (though not infinite) replay value. There are 50 haunts in the main game, and the fun is not knowing how they work.

A new expansion, titled Widow’s Walk, will be out on October 14. It brings 20 new rooms, 30 new cards, a variety of tokens, and 50 more haunts written in part by celebrity contributors. These include Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins, Borderlands writer Mikey Neumann, and Max Temkin and Eli Halpern of Cards Against Humanity.

Widow's Walk adds new ways to move about the mansion, rooms that offer one-time benefits, and haunts that refresh the game for the first time in 12 years. It will be priced at $ 25, though you need the core game in order to make use of it.

The new haunt we played (which I won’t spoil), split the party in two. The betrayer and one other person drafted teams of three, making the fight more than the typical one-versus-many.

With a release due this October (just in time for Halloween), there’s good reason to return to Betrayal at House on the Hill or visit for the first time. It isn’t a perfect game, but regardless of its stumbles, its accessibility and straightforward rules make it a great one to have on hand for parties that might not include those familiar with tabletop.

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Rocket League Slams It Down Next Month In Free Dunk House Update

Earlier this month, Rocket League developer Psyonix teased a new basketball mode or map for its car-soccer game. While not many details were made available from the tease, Psyonix has pulled the curtains back on a few new pieces of information regarding the addition.

The mode (or at least the map housed in the mode) is called Dunk House, and it is currently set to launch this April according to a tweet sent by the official Rocket League Twitter account. In a response to a question from a Twitter user, the Rocket League account also confirmed that the map/mode will be a free update. You can view the tweet, as well as a GIF of Dunk House in action below.

Rocket League released on PlayStation 4 and PC last year to widespread critical acclaim. The game launched on Xbox One earlier this year and featured cross-platform play.

[Source: Rocket League on Twitter]

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