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New Hero for Epic Games' Paragon announced

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A new hero is coming to Epic Games' free-to-play MOBA, Paragon.

That new hero is Shinbi, a pop star who has the ability to summon wolves when she's performing on-stage, as well as when she's in battle. Is that what the kids are into these days?

Shinbi will be available Tuesday, February 21st.

You can watch the announcement trailer here.

And here is an overview trailer of Shinbi and her abilities:

 

Gen 2 has come to Pokemon GO - and yes, there's a naming trick

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I told myself I wasn't going to get sucked back in, I really did. But hey - Gen 2 Pokemon have finally arrived in Pokemon GO, and I'm weak-willed. So here I am.

There are a bunch of new Pokemon in this generation from the Johto region; you might recognize the starters Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Chikorita among the ranks. There's absolutely no way I'm going to catalog all of them here (there are like 80) but there are two that the GO community has locked onto with laser sights: Espeon and Umbreon.

You might remember that prior to this update, Eevee could evolve into one of three Pokemon: Flareon, Vaporeon, and Jolteon. Niantic, in their infinite glory, decided to continue the naming trick, which means that if you give your Eevee a specific name then it will evolve accordingly (though it only works once).

I'm putting this in its own paragraph because it's, in my opinion, the most important part of the update. If you want an Espeon, nickname your chosen Eevee "Sakura." If you want an Umbreon, nickname your chosen Eevee "Tamao." (These are nods to two trainers in the actual anime, one of whom owned an Umbreon and the other of whom owned an Espeon.)

If you're interested in the other features of this update, here they are:

  • Pokemon can now be either male or female (is Niantic leading up to breeding? Can't wait to see)
  • New encounter mechanics
  • Poke Ball and Berry selection options have been altered
  • Two new Berries: Pinap Berries and Nanab Berries
  • New avatar outfit and accessory options
  • New nighttime map and encounter music
  • You now get bonus Candies for catching evolved Pokémon
  • Connection stability for Apple Watch
  • Bug fixes - you know, the usual

The update is live now, so go check it out - and if you log on before February 28, upgrades to Pokemon storage are 50% off. You're going to need more space, after all.

Mafia III's first DLC gets a developer diary video

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Mafia III will be getting its first DLC, the racing-heavy Faster, Baby! on March 28th. It will see players visiting a new area, a small town on the outskirts of main city New Bordeaux, as well as a new supporting character, Roxy Laveau.

In the leadup to the DLC's release, developers Hangar 13 have released a video discussing some of the details of what you can expect. You can watch it for yourself below.

The Elder Scrolls Online housing update has reached consoles

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A big player housing update was announced for The Elder Scrolls Online a few months ago, featuring extremely customizable player homes for each race and faction. It launched on PC two weeks ago, and now has finally arrived on the Xbox One and PS4 as well.

The update comes with a hefty list of patch notes as well, which you can read on the Elder Scrolls forum here.

You can watch the trailer for the player houses below.

WWE 2K17's final DLC pack, the Hall of Fame Showcase, arrives next week

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WWE 2K17's season of DLC has come to an end and the last piece of content will drop next week on February 21st. 

The Hall of Fame showcase will let WWE fans play some historic matches from wrestling history. Of course with these matches comes a plethora of new wrestlers and arenas that will be added to the game. 

Here are the playable matches in the Hall of Fame Showcase. 

  • Michael "PS" Hayes & Buddy Rodgers vs. Kerry & Kevin Von Erich
  • Diamond Dallas Page & Cactus Jack vs. Michael "PS" Hayes & Jimmy Garvin 
  • Sting vs. Ric Flair
  • Sting vs. Bret Hart
  • Jacqueline vs. Ivory
  • Big Boss Man vs. The Big Show
  • (dream match)Papa Shango vs. The Godfather 

The Hall of Fame Showcase will be free to all season pass holders. Non season pass holders can pick it up for $9.99

Cities: Skylines Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 Spring 2017

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Paradox Interactive, developer of Cities: Skylines, announced today that the game will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in the Spring of 2017.

Both editions will include the After Dark expansion pack, which includes tourism and nightlife aspects. 

Here's the trailer:

Here's a Nintendo Switch unboxing video.

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The Nintendo Switch is only a few weeks away, but a lucky SOB has gotten his hands on one early. Neogaf user hiphoptherobot has already gotten his Nintendo Switch sent to him by a company which he doesn't want to name. With good reason because I assume Nintendo isn't too happy about this. 

Anyways, hiphoptherobot was kind enough to put together an unboxing video of the new console and you can see the unboxing courtesy of floko.tv

 

 

 

The illustrators from The Witcher 3 are also doing Torment: Tides of Numenera

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The guy that illustrated videos for Torment: Tides of Numenera? Yeah, he's my favorite illustrator right now. His name is Grzesiek Przybys. If you, too, were from Wroclaw, Poland, then you might be able to pronounce his name. But I cannot.

Przybys, along with his brother, founded Division48, an animation, concept art, and illustration studio. They worked on the Might and Magic X Legacy intro, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt recap video, and, yes, the Torment: Tides of Numenera story trailer. I speculated these all came from the same guy—or at least the same animation studio. They're some of the finest examples of living 2D animation I've seen in all video gaming. While done in a different style, Division48 also did the remarkable intro to Dying Light.

Przybyz (maybe it's pronounced something like "precipice"?) recently published some stills from his most recent work in Tides of Numenera. It's good stuff. Look over more of his work at ArtStation. I only wish I'd run across these videos in-game as I review Tides of Numenera. I hope they're in there.

Torment: Tides of Numenera launches on February 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Look for our review that day.

There's a scary black metal singer in this Witcher YouTube concert

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So, I grew up in marching band, dabbled in a jazz outfit, and have attended many an orchestral concert. But I've never seen anything put together quite like this. This is a full performance of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's original soundtrack. It also contains music from the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions.

And it's super scary. Listen to the sample below. Tell me you don't have immediate and disturbing visions of the Sisters of the Wood or, at the very least, an overly chatty noonwraith. The inclusion of a black metal singer (is singer the right word?) just turned this lovely ensemble of stringed and folk instruments into nightmare fuel. I'd love to make fun of black metal as the Christian music of Hell, but nah, this sampling just keeps getting scarier and scarier the more I listen to it. Geralt would be unfazed but, you know, that's only because he's Geralt the Unfazed.

The Witcher 3 soundtrack has been available in many shapes and forms since its launch. Here it is on Spotify. Here it is on YouTube. In-store copies came with the CD, and don't even think about buying The Witcher 3 on GOG unless you want all the soundtracks plus a billion other goodies. So it's saying something to charge $9.99 for a two-hour concert of The Witcher 3 music on YouTube Red. I'd love to see it. It was performed live during the Film Music Festival 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

If you're still wondering why The Witcher 3 is still beloved, then read our reviews of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [GN score 9.8 out of 10], Hearts of Stone [9 out of 10], and Blood and Wine [9.8 out of 10]. The Witcher 3 replaced Half-Life 2 as Editor-in-Chief Chuck Husemann's favorite game of all time.

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Redeemer baptizes bad guys in a bloodbath

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Sometimes all it takes is a little lite irony to make a thing interesting. Or to at least make you look at a thing from a new perspective. That's why Redeemer catches my eye. First off, you've got a monk. But he's a monk that's built like God of War. When he narrates his problems, he sounds real mean, too. And once you get to the part where he's pumping a shotgun and spreading people's innards around the room, then you know you're not dealing with your average everyday monk. You know, the average everyday monks we all interact with on a daily basis.

Sure, this game hasn't invented the concept of a fighting monk. But I'm not sure I've seen one this bloody in awhile.

Life comes at you fast. Unless you manage to go into hiding, like this guy has. Running from his past, but never able to get his past out of his head. It seems like his old runnin' and gunnin' days are too post-traumatically embedded into his broken, violent psyche. And then, one day, his old mercenary buddies show up at the temple. It sounds like they're there to collect on some kind of debt. And that's when it's No More Mr. Nice Monk time.

Redeemer then redeems himself in a bloodbath of punching, hammering, neck snapping, and gun blasting. This isn't a long trailer—it even takes a minute to get past his inner monologue—but it's unexpectedly relentless once the bashing begins. And if you click on the images below the trailer, you'll notice that the guy is wearing Chuck Taylor All-Stars. I've always knows those Converse high tops to be uniform issue for guitarists. Redeemer might be using them here to attest to the merc-monk's ex-rock n' roll lifestyle, or maybe monks have shifted from wearing sandals to wearing Chucks. Who knows? Like I hinted, it's not like I get to interact with monks on an everyday basis.

Redeemer's top-down beat 'em up action is coming to Steam in Spring 2017.