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    Telltales games begins liquidating their assets as part of the formal closing process.

    Telltale Closing Steam
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 15, 2018

    Telltale Games is officially closing following a series of layoffs and other closure-related controversies. 

    GameDaily has spoken to Sherwood Partners, the company handling the liquidation of Telltale's assets, and company co-founder Martin Pichinson confirmed that Telltale is currently in a process known as assignment proceedings. This process is described as being similar to bankruptcy but is intended to be much more expedient. The fact that Telltale is going through this process may also indicate that they are able to settle their debts outside of the bankruptcy process. 

    "A company can go out of business without going bankrupt," says attorney and Odin Law & Media founder Brandon Huffman in an interview with GameDaily. "All that means is that they were able to find someone to give them enough money for assets to pay any creditors or they had the money on hand."

    It also sounds like all former Telltale employees will lose all of their COBRA health insurance benefits starting on November 30, 2018. On top of that, it was previously revealed that the 250 Telltale employees laid-off in September were not going to receive severance pay and that they would only be able to keep their company-offered benefits for a very brief amount of time. 

    While there are still some unanswered questions regarding the specifics of the ongoing liquidation process, we do know that some Telltale Games have already been removed from Steam. A quick look at the still-available Telltale Collection shows that titles like Batman, Tales From the Borderlands, and The Wolf Among Us are still available, but games like Back to the Future and Monkey Island are no longer available via that website and other online retail outlets. We also cannot find a listing for Telltale's The Walking Deadseries outside of a demo for the final season. 

    The good news for Walking Dead fans is that Robert Kirkman's Skybound has taken ownership of Telltales The Walking Dead series and plan to complete the final season. However, it's not clear whether that will affect the availability of the previous seasons. 

    We've shared some thoughts on the innovations and false promises of Telltale's games of the past, but now seems like the appropriate time to say that we will miss some of the things that Telltale strived to achieve even if we won't necessarily miss what the company became towards the end. On that same note, we hope that this incident will be a wake-up call to other video game studios as it relates to how they compensate/treat their employees as well as the downsides of trying to grow too big, too fast. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    Is Nintendo working on an N64 Classic? Will they make N64 games available for the Nintendo Switch?

    Nintendo N64 Classic Rumors
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 15, 2018

    Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime recently sat down with Kotaku to talk about a variety of topics. Among the many interesting things he shared is a temporary answer to the question: "Will we get a Nintendo 64 Classic?"

    “We were clear when we did the first two Classic series that, for us, these were limited time opportunities that were a way for us as a business to bridge from the conclusion of Wii U as a hardware system to the launch of Nintendo Switch,” said Fils-Aime. "So while consumers may have been anticipating something, we view these as limited time opportunities. We’ve also now been very clear that as the consumer looks forward to engaging with our classic content that is going to happen more and more with the subscription service."

    Fils-Aime clarified that he will not rule out the possibility of releasing an N64 Classic but that it is not on Nintendo's "planning horizon."

    You may have noticed that Fils-Aime mentioned the subscription service as a way for players to play some classic Nintendo titles. At the moment, though, the subscription service only offers a limited selection of NES games. Does that mean that Nintendo will eventually offer classic Nintendo titles from other systems via the service?

    “We’ll see what comes next,” said Fils-Aime in regards to the possibility of non-NES games being added to the Switch Online's retro games library. "As you have already pointed out, we haven’t even made the full library of NES games available yet. So this content has to be optimized for the Switch environment. That’s something we’re working very hard to do. Like you, I look forward to playing Metroid through the Nintendo Switch Online service and we’ll be continuing to release content that way.”

    The biggest takeaway from this interview seems to be that Nintendo is having more conversations about the possibility of expanding the library of the Nintendo Switch Online service than they are about the release of an N64 Classic. While that doesn't mean we won't get an N64 Classic (or that we'll get non-NES games via Switch Online anytime soon), it does mean that you should expect to see Nintendo continue to expand Switch Online's offerings (perhaps even through the release of more special editions of NES games). 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    The Army is hoping to appeal to a younger generation by getting into eSports.

    esports united states army
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 15, 2018

    The United States Army is expanding their interest in eSports

    A Staff Sergeant named Ryan Meaux recently announced via Reddit that the US Army will support an eSports team comprised of Army soldiers. This team will travel to various gaming competitions in order to "create awareness about the army and the opportunities it provides." They will also reportedly assist with the development and testing of various software. 

    As you've probably guessed, this move is largely designed as a recruiting tool aimed at younger people. The army apparently wants to make soldiers more visible and relatable to today's youth." and believe that they may be able to accomplish that via this enhanced eSports initiative. They've even provided an online form for civilians interested in participating in this program, but we'd strongly advise reading it thoroughly and reaching out to ask a lot of questions regarding what exactly you're getting into before you think about submitting it. 

    There's no word on which competitions this Army team will be participating in first, but we expect to hear more about their plans in the near future. 

    This is hardly the first time that the Army (and other branches of the United States Military) have used video games as a way of reaching out to young gamers. The Army has funded a series of video games/recruiting tools (the America's Army series) that have been around for years now. They've also previously hosted some internal eSports events and have supported initiatives like Operation Supply Drop that are designed to give active soldiers access to video games and other technological entertainment. 

    Still, it's going to be interesting to see what the reaction to this new initiative is among members of the eSports community and just how aggressively the Army plans on pushing recruiting via this new initiative. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    For the November early edition of G! News, we we cover the latest film, TV, and gaming news, plus a chat with author Steve Nedvidek.

    Feature Michael AhrDave Vitagliano
    Nov 16, 2018

    G! News, our Den of Geek podcast, continues with the first half of November 2018. Twice a month, the hosts pull some of the more discussable topics from the recent goings-on in movies, television, comics, and gaming to add their own commentary while directing listeners to where they can read more about the entertainment news they talk about.

    This edition of the podcast addresses the full spectrum of Den of Geek's pop culture coverage, from games to movies, television, books, and even music! We begin the discussion with a deep dive into the importance of The Beatle's Revolution 9 to set the tone.

    Then it's on to Star Trek where we share our glee at the return of Jean-Luc Picard, and we check in with the Arrowverse for the upcoming Elseworlds crossover event. Add to that a breakdown of the Warcraft 3: Reforged announcement, a quick look at some upcoming Christmas movies, and a review of Widows to wrap up the discussion.

    Last is our interview with the co-author of The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Steve Nedvidek, to talk about the diesel-punk superheroes in his graphic novel series.

    The Den of Geek Podcast releases new episodes twice a month to take the latest entertainment news to the next level and to give listeners a different way to find their favorite stories on Den of Geek. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or your app of choice! Or simply listen below!

    Michael Ahr is a writer, reviewer, and podcaster here at Den of Geek; you can check out his work here or follow him on Twitter. Dave Vitagliano has been writing and podcasting about science fiction television since 2012. You can read more of his work here. He presently hosts Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast and The Den of Geek Podcast.


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    Sony and the PlayStation are skipping E3 for the first time in the event's history.

    Sony PlayStation E3 2019
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 16, 2018

    In a somewhat surprising move, Sony has announced that they are skipping E3 2019. 

    "As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community," said Sony in a statement to Game Informer. "PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019."

    Sony also stated that they are exploring "new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans."

    The idea of Sony not being at E3 is certainly odd. Not only is the first E3 ever that they will not attend, but Sony is responsible for some of the greatest highlights in the show's history. Indeed, their recent press conferences have generally been seen as the gold standard of E3 presentations. Of course, not everyone was on-board with their elaborate (but tedious) multi-stage set-up at E3 2018

    Interestingly, that presentation may have been the key factor in Sony's decision to skip E3 2019. It was clear that Sony was thinking beyond the limits of the E3 event and perhaps even beyond the limits of their own shows (remember that they've canceled this year's PlayStation Experience event). Of course, that does raise some questions regarding what Sony will replace these events with. The obvious answer is that they will run a single event that may even run against (or around the same time of) E3. We'd be shocked if Sony skips events altogether. 

    However, we wouldn't be shocked if Sony goes the Nintendo route and starts hosting Direct-style announcements online. Not only are such announcements cheaper and arguably further reaching, but they have the added benefit of being extremely controlled. In other words, they're free of any live presentation errors. It's also possible that this decision has something to do with them wanting to have as much control over the PS5's reveal as possible. 

    It's also worth noting that Microsoft has taken this opportunity to announce they will still host an E3 2019 conference. Suffice to say, they'll be drawing a lot of extra attention at next year's show. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    The Game Awards 2018 nominees have been revealed. Which games will go home with awards? Here are our predictions...

    Game Awards 2018 Winners
    Feature Matthew Byrd
    Nov 16, 2018

    The 2018 Game Awards nominees have been revealed, which must mean that its time to pit some of the best titles of the year against each other and wildly speculate regarding which games will win it all. 

    In recent years, The Game Awards have served as an increasingly respected way to gauge what most gamers consider to be the best games of the year. While it's still a little lacking when it comes to giving a variety of titles the attention they deserve, there's no denying that every nominee is a game that is worth playing. 

    This year, we have a brilliant reboot that redefines the action-adventure epic, an open-world masterpiece eight years in the making, a masterful interpretation of one of the greatest superheroes of all-time, a little indie platformer that could, and many more great titles facing-off for the right to be named the best in their class.

    At the risk of spoiling the fun, we think that you'll hear the following names called when The Game Awards 2018 winners are revealed on Dec. 6. 

    GAME OF THE YEAR

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Review

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

    Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

    God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

    What Will Win: Red Dead Redemption 2

    You get the feeling this race really comes down to Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War.

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the odd game out, Monster Hunter: World just doesn’t have the reach, Spider-Man falls just short, and Celesteis probably still a bit too obscure/low-budget for this kind of show.

    Red Dead Redemption 2’s insane momentum will probably carry it to victory, but don’t be surprised to see God of War take it. Regardless, both games are exceptional examples of modern Triple-A design.

    BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)

    Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

    Fortnite (Epic Games)

    Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

    What Will Win: Fortnite

    Call of Duy: Black Ops 4 is fantastic, Destiny 2: Forsaken has kept that game relevant, and Monster Hunter: World is fascinating, but Fortnite is the winner here.

    Even if you don’t play Fortnite, you cannot deny its success nor can you deny the incredible level of support Epic has shown towards it. Fortnite is a constantly evolving game that sets a new standard in terms of developer response and risk in a "games as service" title.

    BEST FAMILY GAME

    Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)

    Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

    Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games / Team 17)

    Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)

    Super Mario Party (NDCube / Nintendo)

    What Will Win: Super Mario Party

    This isn’t a particularly close fight, but Overcooked 2 and Super Mario Party both make strong cases for themselves. Starlink is just okay, Mario Tennis Aces is burdened with some questionable design decisions, and the Labo is too niche and limited.

    We’re giving the nod to Super Mario Party. It’s a brilliant return to form for the up and down series that is a bit bolder and more robust than the incredible - but familiar - Overcooked 2. Super Mario Partyis easy to love, fairly ambitious for what it is, and a whole lot of fun with friends and family.

    BEST FIGHTING GAME

    BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)

    Dragon Ball FighterZ(Arc System Works / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

    Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

    Street Fighter V Arcade(Dimps / Capcom)

    What Will Win: Dragon Ball FighterZ

    This lineup isn’t quite as slim as it may initially appear to be. Soul Calibur VIis phenomenal, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is highly underrated, and Street Fighter V Arcade did a lot to fix the missteps of the original release.

    Still, you can’t deny Dragon Ball Fighter Z is one of the smoothest, most beautiful, and deepest mainstream fighting games in years. Even if you’re not a fan of the Dragon Ball property, this game’s incredible looks, speed, and modes will likely hook you.

    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

    Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

    Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

    Into the Breach (Subset Games)

    Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)

    The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)

    What Will Win: Celeste

    Wow, this is a stacked category. The only “problem” with this category is that Celeste is almost guaranteed to win. It was the only indie title also nominated for game of the year, it’s an industry favorite, and it’s a downright brilliant platformer that is one of the best-made indie titles we’ve seen in a long time.

    Still, every game on this list deserves to win. Into the Breach is a near-perfect strategy game, Return of the Obra Dinn is one of the most intelligent games available, The Messenger is a glorious throwback to 8-bit action, and Dead Cells ranks among the best roguelikes ever. Play all of these games.

    BEST ACTION GAME

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)

    Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

    Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

    Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

    Mega Man 11 (Capcom)

    What Will Win: Dead Cells

    We’re really going out on a limb with this guess as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 probably has a much better chance of winning. However, Dead Cells has maintained momentum throughout the year and only became more popular when it was released on Switch. It just might have enough to steal this one.

    As for the rest, Destiny 2 is carrying too much controversial baggage, Far Cry 5 is good, but not great, and Mega Man 11 is honestly a little disappointing in terms of how it evolves the franchise for the modern age.

    BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME

    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix / Square Enix)

    Monster Hunter: World(Capcom)

    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom(Level 5 / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

    Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment / Versus Evil)

    What Will Win: Monster Hunter: World

    This category is honestly a bit weaker than it has been in the past. The only game that doesn’t really feel like it’s in the race is Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (which was good but didn’t really generate a lot of buzz). Dragon Quest XI is also a bit of a long shot even though it was rather well-received.

    Of the remaining three titles, we tend to think it’s between Monster Hunter: World and Octopath Traveler. Monster Hunter: Worldis an epic continuation of the franchise that has attracted a ton of new fans (while managing to please old ones) so it will likely get the nod. Don’t be surprised to see Octopath Traveler (or, to a lesser extent, Pillars of Eternity II) steal it, though.

    BEST ACTION-ADVENTURE GAME

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

    God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    Marvel’s Spider-Man(Insomniac Games / SIE)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

    What Will Win: God of War

    Any category with God of War and RDR 2 is going to be tough to call. In the end, we’re going to say that God of War’s slightly more traditional take on the action-adventure concept probably puts it over the top.

    God of War improves upon the formula used by Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Spider-Man, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider is just the worst game on this list. Red Dead Redemption 2 could end up stealing this award, but it feels like God of War’s to lose.

    BEST SCORE/MUSIC

    Celeste (Lena Raine)

    God of War (Bear McCreary)

    Marvel’s Spider-Man (John Paesano)

    Ni No Kuni II (Joe Hisaishi)

    Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson)

    What Will Win: Celeste

    This is maybe the hardest category to accurately guess. We think that Marvel’s Spider-Man is kind of the odd man out as its audio track is made better by sound design rather than just the soundtrack itself. As we mentioned before, Ni No Kuni II probably isn’t really in the race due mostly to popularity reasons.

    Of the games that are left, we’re going to go with Celeste. It’s a haunting, beautiful, unique, and gameplay appropriate score that is oozing with personality and combines the best of modern and retro. God of Warmight win if this goes the epic soundtrack route, and Red Dead Redemption 2’s strange minimalist Western soundtrack and incredible vocal tracks might just end up putting it over the top. It’s a three-game race.

    BEST ONGOING GAME

    Destiny 2(Bungie / Activision)

    Fortnite (Epic Games)

    No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

    Overwatch (Blizzard)

    Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege(Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

    What Will Win: Fortnite

    Our hearts go out to Rainbow Six Siege (which has quietly been one of the best multiplayer games of the last few years), but this is Fortnite’s award to lose. That’s not to say it’s undeserved. Epic has done a great job of updating and perfecting the wildly popular battle royale title.

    Overwatch hasn’t received nearly as many updates, Destiny 2 remains controversial even among its own fanbase, No Man’s Sky isn’t quite there yet, and Siege probably just misses out on the award (even if it is a possible dark horse candidate). 

    BEST NARRATIVE

    Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)

    God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

    Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

    What Will Win: God of War

    Honestly, this competition isn’t as close as it seems. RDR2’s story kind of falls apart towards the end, Marvel’s Spider-Man’s story is perhaps a bit too familiar, Life is Strange 2 doesn't even feature a complete story, and Detroit: Become Human’s story is very good, but again, perhaps a bit cliche in spots.

    God of War’s story is a bit too drawn out, but also features some truly incredible narrative moments as well as an all-time great cast of characters and a fascinating backdrop. It’s the clear winner here.

    BEST GAME DIRECTION

    A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / EA)

    Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)

    God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

    What Will Win: God of War

    Honestly, this award should probably go to A Way Out. It’s the only game on this list that we would argue is entirely reliant on the director’s vision. A Way Out features some of the most impressive and intelligent co-op gameplay that we’ve ever seen, and we have a hard time imagining the game working as well as it does if it were put in the hands of any other director.

    With that out of the way, we really can’t fault anyone who votes for God of War. Director Cory Barlog poured his heart and soul into this re-imagining of the franchise. While his dedication doesn’t always manifest itself through innovative gameplay, it’s still an award-worthy effort.

    BEST ART DIRECTION

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

    God of War(Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

    Return of Obra Din (3909 LLC)

    What Will Win: Octopath Traveler

    We’re not entirely sure that AC, RDR 2, and God of War belong on this list over some indie candidates, but such as it is, we give the nod to Octopath Traveler.

    Return of the Obra Dinn’s retro visuals are an essential part of the game’s overall package, but Octopath Traveler features a stunning combination of classic JRPG aesthetics and modern lighting that instantly captures your attention.

    BEST AUDIO DESIGN

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4(Treyarch Studios / Activision)

    Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)

    God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

    What Will Win: Red Dead Redemption 2

    To be honest, we don’t think that God of War really stands out in this category (outside of its soundtrack, which is honored elsewhere). Marvel’s Spider-Man is actually a bit underrated in this department, but that sadly means that it might not get the votes. Forza Horizon 4 is good, but not mind-blowing.

    That leaves Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and RDR 2. Black Ops 4 is a tad more reliant on the quality of its sound design, but RDR 2 is just so rich in terms of how it utilizes a variety of complex sounds to sell its magnificent open world.

    BEST PERFORMANCE

    Spider Man PS4 DLC

    Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human

    Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War

    Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2

    Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

    Who Will Win: Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker

    We have this as Spider-Man’s only win of the night, but it’s a well-deserved one. Yuri Lowenthal turns in a brilliant take on a version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker that we rarely get to see (experienced, but wavering). It’s even more impressive when you consider that Tom Holland elevated expectations for this role not long ago.

    Christopher Judge as Kratos could end up being the somewhat surprising winner of this group, but we still think Spider-Man takes this.

    GAMES FOR IMPACT

    11-11 Memories Retold (Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

    Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

    Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

    Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

    The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (White Owls / Arc System Works)

    What Will Win - Life is Strange 2: Episode 1

    Celeste is the best game on this list, but in terms of the spirit of the award, we think that Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 ends up winning. It’s the most socially aggressive game on this list and has some name value to boot. We’d honestly be shocked if this award goes any other way (with the possible exception of Celeste taking it based on the overall quality of the game).

    BEST MOBILE GAME

    Donut County(Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)

    Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

    Fortnite (Epic Games)

    PUBG MOBILE (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)

    Reigns: Game of Thrones(Nerial / Developer Digital)

    What Will Win: Donut County

    This is actually a very tough category to predict. Fortnitecould certainly walk away with this award, but we think this is where Fortnite fatigue kicks in. Florence would be a real candidate if awards were purely decided by critics, but it probably doesn’t have the fan support.

    That leaves Donut County which is a fun, smart, and reasonably popular mobile title that doesn’t feel like a mobile title. Again, though, don’t be surprised if Fortnite takes it.

    BEST VR/AR Game

    ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / SIE)

    Beat Saber (Beat Games)

    Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / SIE)

    Moss (Polyarc Games)

    Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance, Inc)

    What Will Win: Beat Saber

    Realistically, this is a two horse race between Tetris Effect and Beat Saber. While Tetris Effect is a downright brilliant game that ranks among the year’s most entertaining experiences, it’s not a game that is entirely dependent on VR.

    As such, we think this award goes to Beat Saber and its hypotonic rhythm gameplay. Beat Saber utilizes VR in a way that is both comfortingly familiar yet advanced enough to clearly serve as a harbinger of the future of this genre and the technological medium.

    BEST STRATEGY GAME

    BATTLETECH (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive

    Frostpunk (11 bit studios)

    Into the Breach (Subset Games)

    The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)

    Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)

    What Will Win: Into the Breach

    The strategy genre isn’t quite as popular/robust as it once was, but this is a pretty solid overall list of candidates. In the end, though, Into the Breach wins this one in what might be a landslide.

    Not only is it arguably simply the best strategy game of the year (even if it's closer to Chess than StarCraft), but it’s the only game on this list that doesn’t come with a “but” attached to it when you’re trying to dissect its overall merit.

    BEST SPORTS/RACING

    FIFA 19(EA Vancouver / EA Sports)

    Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)

    Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)

    NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)

    What Will Win: Forza Horizon 4

    Here’s another category that is largely going to be determined by baggage. NBA 2K19 and FIFA have the microtransaction stigma, Mario Tennis Aces launched with controversy due to its lack of modes/options, and Pro Evolution is made by Konami.

    That leaves us with Forza Horizon 4. The process of elimination aside, Forza Horizon 4 is just a great game. It’s honestly one of the year’s best titles. Its stunning visuals, rich content, and rock solid racing gameplay make it one of the best sports/racing games in recent memory.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive is finally coming to the PC.

    Sunset Overdrive PC
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 16, 2018

    Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac's Xbox One title that has quickly become a cult classic, is coming to the PC. 

    While there's been no shortage of rumors regarding Sunset Overdrivecoming to the PC, Insomniac has finally released a launch trailer for the PC version of the game that confirms its existence. Still, we're waiting to hear a few more details about this version of the game. While it appears that this is a fairly straight port of the title, it's possible that the PC version will feature a few visual upgrades. It's also possible that this version of the game will include all previously released Sunset Overdrive DLC, but that has not been confirmed at this time. 

    What has been confirmed is that Sunset Overdrive will be released for PC today, November 16th. We know the game will be available via the Microsoft Store, but there seems to be some debate regarding whether or not it will be launched on Steam. Keep an eye on both sites just in case.

    We can also tell you that you may not have played Sunset Overdrive when it was released on the Xbox One, but you should absolutely take this opportunity to play it now. 

    Sunset Overdrive is a bizarre open-world action title that involves a very dangerous energy drink, some outlandish characters, and a plethora of over-the-top weapons. Mostly, though, it features a fascinating navigation system that sees players bounce around various structures and grind rails to get around the game's fairly sizeable map. Indeed, Sunset Overdrive can be thought of as a kind of prototype for Insomniac's recent Spider-Man game

    Comparisons aside, only Sunset Overdrive is Sunset Overdrive. It's a fun and genuinely funny title that takes a little while to get going and sometimes struggles under the weight of its own ambition but absolutely deserves to be played by any fans of Insomniac or the genre. With any luck, this release will be a success and we'll finally get that sequel

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    Castlevania executive producer is working on a Devil May Cry animated series!

    News John Saavedra
    Nov 17, 2018

    Castlevania executive producer Adi Shankar is working on a new Devil May Cry animated series, according to IGN. While Shankar revealed very little about the series during an interview with the outlet, he did confirm that Devil May Cry will join Castlevania in his "bootleg multiverse."

    Shankar didn't share what network or streaming service will be airing the show nor did he name any collaborators on the project. At the moment, all we know is that Shankar acquired the rights to adapt Devil May Cry"so the jabronis in Hollywood don’t fuck this one up, too." 

    The producer tweeted a picture regarding the announcement captioned, "Open for business."

    Shankar has a pretty busy slate ahead in terms of video game adaptations. On top of Castlevania, which was recently renewed for a third season after an entertaining second season, Shankar has also been tapped to produce an Assassin's Creed animated series and rumors have also tied him to a potential Legend of Zeldaseries in a partnership with Nintendo. 

    The success of Netflix's Castlevania series has turned Shankar into the go-to guy for video game adaptations. Calling Shankar's work on Konami's vampire drama a major achievement is not hyperbole. He's succeeded where so many big-name filmmakers have failed, capturing what makes the classic series so iconic in visceral detail. Shankar's Castlevania, which he created with the help of writer Warren Ellis and director Sam Deats, plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy about love lost, a cursed legacy, and a battle between good and evil that isn't as black and white as it might seem. The first season is indeed remarkable

    Devil May Cry is the latest in a series of adaptations based on properties owned by Capcom. A Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) starring Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) is currently in production but has yet to set a release date. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the team behind Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, are also working on a Mega Man live-action movie. A Resident Evil reboot from James Wan (Aquaman) and Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat) is also in the works. 

    John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9


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    Riot Games and Marvel are teaming up to tell the origin of one of the game's heroes.

    League of Legends Marvel Ashe
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 19, 2018

    Marvel and Riot Games are teaming up to tell the origin story ofLeague of Legends hero, Ashe. 

    The two companies confirmed the release of League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother, a new comic devoted to telling the origin of Ashe. The comic will be written by Riot Games' Odin Austin Shafer and most of the art will be handled by Nina Vakueva (a freelancer who has worked on projects like Heavy Vinyl). The story is expected to be released sometime during May 2019. 

    League of Legends fans are already pointing out that Ashe is a fairly interesting choice for this new venture. Even though the character has been around for quite some time and has been featured prominently in some marketing material, there are still a lot of questions regarding the specifics of her backstory. What we do know is that Ashe is a bow master, a princess, and a descendant of three legendary sisters. While she is beloved by her tribe, there are many who have attempted to have her killed over the years. 

    The upcoming comic will almost certainly expand upon that story a little more and shed some light on the specifics of her relationship with hostile tribes and her own people. However, all of that information is a bit speculative as Marvel and Riot have yet to share any substantial information regarding the game's plot beyond the basics they included with the confirmation of this comic's existence. 

    It sounds like the plan is for this to be the first in a series of League of Legends comics published by Marvel, but that could all, of course, depend on the success and reception of this initial outing. It would be hard to imagine the two sides not continuing to work together if Ashe's story proves to be a hit, but you can never be sure when it comes to such major companies working together. 

    So far as that goes, it seems Riot is at least excited by the possibility of expanding League of Legends' universe via such collaborations. The company's head of creative development, Greg Street, noted that he sees "similarities between the League of Legends Universe and the Marvel Universe."

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    Everything you need to know about Darksiders 3, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 19, 2018

    Darksiders 3  will cast players into the role of a mage named Fury who uses a whip and magical abilities to fight various forms of evil. Fury is a member of the franchise's Four Horsemen and is described as "unpredictable and enigmatic." The first two Darksiders games featured two other members of the mythical Four Horsemen (War and Death), so this character description does seem to fit the design of the series. 

    The sequel is an "open-ended, living, free-form game" that will require players to use Fury's skills in order to defeat the seven deadly sins. The product description and various screenshots also make note of the game's retention of the franchise's signature art style. 

    The history of the Darksiders franchise has always been fascinating from a development perspective. It was originally conceived by THQ as a hack-and-slash action/adventure title with gothic horror elements. The second game expanded upon many of the elements the first title established but mostly served to give players more of the same. 

    Both Darksiders games received a good deal of acclaim from those who played them but were always seen as fundamentally flawed experiences that exhibited more potential than they realized. When THQ shut down, Darksiders was still seen as one of their most valuable former properties. That's hardly a surprise given just how much the franchise's fans love these games. 

    With the franchise now in the hands of THQ Nordic, it will be interesting to see if they are able to fully realize the potential of the game's formula. 

    Here's everything else we know about Darksiders 3:

    Darksiders 3 News

    It's been quite some time since we last heard an update on Darksiders 3, but that silence has been broken with the release of the game's official into. Check it out below: 

    Darksiders 3 Release Date

    Darksiders 3 will be released on Nov. 27, 2018. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, and PC. 

    Darksiders 3 Trailer

    Darksiders 3 is officially coming! Here's the first trailer for the game:


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    What we know about Star Citizen, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News Matthew ByrdJohn Saavedra
    Nov 19, 2018

    Star Citizen could very well be the space simulator to end all space simulators - if it ever actually comes out. The game has been in development at Cloud Imperium Games, founded by Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts, since it was successfully crowdfunded in 2012. Boasting an enormous massive multiplayer universe, elements of space trading, first-person shooter combat, Star Citizen is one of the most ambitious video games ever put into development. 

    Several delays and an engine change later, the game is still in early Alpha state with no solid release date. Still, we've seen plenty of the game through trailers and gameplay videos.

    There is still hope, though. Star Citizen continues to be developed by a large staff of talented creators who seem determined to produce the game that was promised at some point in the future. When, exactly, that future may come is just a matter of debate. 

    Here's the latest from Star Citizen:

    Star Citizen News

    Star Citizen has passed the $200 million funding mark according to the (mostly) real-time funding tracker on the project's website.

    The influx of cash that pushed the project over the top seems to be related to the recent announcement of a Star Citizen free week that will allow players everywhere to try the existing build of the game. That week will allow players to explore the game's first explorable planet, Hurston. During this time, players will be able to enjoy a rotating series of ships. 

    Humorously (if perhaps darkly so), the game's stretch goals only account for $65,000,000 in funding. We suppose the stretch goal at this point is actually getting to experience a cohesive and semi-complete version of the originally announced project. 

    Star Citizen Release Date

    While Star Citizen's roughly playable builds regularly receive some kind of update, there's no word on when the game will be released. It's quite possible that Star Citizen's development team will release an Early Access model for the game that will continuously be updated for the foreseeable future. In any case, we'll be sure to update you as information regarding the game's fully-playable builds becomes available.

    Star Citizen Trailer

    There's a new trailer for Star Citizen's Squadron 42 campaign that features the voice acting talents of Gary Oldman, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Andy Serkis, Gillian Anderson, and more. You know, we're starting to think the Star Citizen crowdfunding scam (sorry...campaign) was started so that the devs could meet some of their favorite actors. 

    The latest trailer for Star Citizen is designed to show off the game's upcoming Alpha 3.2 release. That doesn't bring the game any closer to its full release, but it does mean you get to watch yet another trailer for the timeshare of video games. 

    Slowly but surely, Cloud Imperium is revealing more about Star Citizen's single-player campaign. This new look at Squadron 42 takes us to a dangerous gas cloud called "The Coil." Check out the video below:

    And here are two more Squadron 42 trailers. This first one features a new look at Mark Hamill in the game:

    And here's over an hour of gameplay:

    During the CitizenCon 2947 livestream broadcast, Star Citizen designer Chris Roberts took the stage to present a video that shows off the massive size of the game's worlds. 

    The footage specifically focuses on the ArcCorp planet which has been shown before, but never quite like this. Roberts described the planet's vast cityscape as "Blade Runner esque," which certainly does help capture the spirit suggested by the city's spewing flame towers and jam-packed structures. Impressively, Roberts also suggests that everything in the city can be interacted with by the player in some way. There aren't any instances of painted features designed to make the cities look larger than they are. 

    Roberts described that particular planet as being similar to Star Wars' Coruscant, but also showcased another planet that seems to have been decimated at one point or at least hasn't been fully terraformed as of yet. 

    The team certainly seems to be aiming for a shocking amount of variety in regards to the design of every major planet. That isn't to say that there won't be largely barren planets, but rather that they hope to make each new planet feel like a discovery. 

    Thanks to this gameplay video update on Star Citizen's development, we do know that the game's first-person combat is coming along nicely. 

    The purpose of this video, besides showing off the kind of stunning visuals millions and millions of crowdfunded dollars will buy you, is to showcase the progress that Star Citizen's Vision Stabilization engine has made. In short, this improved engine allows for developer Cloud Imperium Games to implement tighter and less visually jarring first-person combat. Previously, some of the game's early users had reported that the character motions dictated by these mechanics were far too loose and had a tendency to generate a floaty sensation. 

    Currently on version 3.0, the most recent build of Star Citizen arguably stole the show at Gamescom with this nearly 52-minute long gameplay video that takes on the daunting task of trying to explain the almost incomprehensible scale of the game. 

    Not to beat the No Man's Sky horse to death, but one of the most impressive things about this demo in comparison to other titles in this genre is how substantial the universe feels. While certain elements of the experience don't feel nearly as important as the presenter hopes they might come across as ("The elevators in this game really move! *clap, clap, clap*), Star Citizen's developers seems to understand that pretty environments and theoretically infinite content will not get you far if there is not a solid core of gameplay at the center of it all. Watching the demo players navigate a character to a new planet, accept a mission, and carry it out isn't mind-blowing on paper. But, in the context of the full scope of this creation, it does show that there's a promising traditional game at the heart of the title. 

    We still eagerly await the day that all questions about Star Citizen will be answered by the retail release of the game itself, but, until then, it's nice to know that it's still capable of wowing people. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9


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    The Half Life Black Mesa remake is nearing completion. Here's the trailer for the final Xen levels.

    Half Life Black Mesa Xen
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 19, 2018

    In celebration of Half-Life's 20th anniversary, the creator of the Black Mesa mod has released a new trailer for the final part of the project, the Xen levels. 

    This trailer grants us a remarkably thorough look at the Xen content (at least compared to updates we've seen in the past). What's immediately clear from this footage is that the visual scope of this project is significantly larger than what has previously been anticipated. The first part of the Black Mesa mod looked good, but it's clear that this part of the mod will take advantage of not only modern technology but the varied landscape of the Xen area itself. The result is something rather remarkable. 

    Half-Life's final levels (which occur on Xen) have proven to be especially tricky for Black Mesa's developer, Crowbar Collective. In a 2016 update, Crowbar noted that the final area of the game required significantly more work to remake than any other section of the 1998 classic. 

    "We want to do Xen the justice it deserves, and have it be the definitive climax to the Half-Life 1 story. To do this we have completely redesigned and expanded the Xen levels to what we think Valve would have done without the limitations of the time," said Steam user Adam-Bomb regarding the struggles to remake the final section of Half-Life

    For those who don't know, Xen is the alien world that players are transported to at the end of the original Half-Life. When Black Mesa was first released in 2012, this final portion of the original game was not included. It's no mystery why the Xen levels are taking so long to remake. Xen is the rather infamous low-point of the original version of Half-Life. Its collection of jump puzzles and generic world design compromised nearly every element of Half-Life that made it a true classic.

    While it's not clear how much this update will fix the area's gameplay woes, it has been made clear that Xen will be significantly expanded (it's believed to take hours to complete whereas the original version of the finale could be finished in under an hour) and that it will be strikingly beautiful. At present, Xen is expected to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2019. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    Everything you need to know about The Sinking City, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more.

    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 20, 2018

    The Sinking City takes place in the fictional city of Oakmont, Massachusetts during the 1920s. Lovecraftian deities have wreaked havoc on the area and have left the town of Oakmont largely underwater. Despite the inconvenience - and the sudden presence of fish people who roam the city - some human citizens remain trying to make the best of a bad situation. You play as a private investigator who soon finds himself caught up in a web of conspiracies.

    The Lovecraftian elements of Sinking City are obvious and entirely unabashed. While few Lovecraftian creatures have been name-dropped thus far, the game's monsters are most certainly inspired by both Lovecraft and the creations of H.R. Giger. Additionally, there seems to be an insanity mechanic in place which can affect how the player's character sees the world. Anyone familiar with the GameCube classic Eternal Darkness should have an idea of how sanity can affect the game's world.

    While the Lovecraftian elements of the game are deeply embedded into its every dark corner, The Sinking City is actually more of a defective title in the style of L.A. Noire. That means that players will often receive requests and assignments that require them to investigate, interview, and ultimately solve the case. Unlike L.A. Noire, there are very few objective markers in the game or other clear points of direction. Instead, you'll be required to pick up on context clues and certain pieces of dialogue in order to understand where you should go next in the process of your investigation.

    Further Reading: 5 Essential H.P. Lovecraft Stories

    Put it all together and you've got a taut mystery thriller bolstered by certain horror elements that compliment the underlying noir story quite well. If that sounds too much like we're describing a particularly fine wine, just imagine a scarier version of L.A. Noire with tighter gameplay and you'll know why we're so excited about this one.

    Here's what we know about The Sinking City

    The Sinking City Release Date

    The Sinking City is currently set to release on March 21, 2019, for PC. 

    Read the latest Den of Geek Special Edition Magazine Here!

    The Sinking City Trailers

    The Sinking City is a detective story at heart. Here's a look at some investigation gameplay:

    And here's another look:

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    This next one features a few brief glimpses at the title's mysterious gameplay. Check it out:

    Here's everything else that's been released so far:

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    Everything you need to know about the Monster Hunter movie, including latest news, release date, cast, and more!

    Monster Hunter World
    News Ryan Lambie
    Nov 20, 2018

    British director Paul W.S. Anderson turned the hit video game franchise Resident Evil into a long-running film series in the early 2000s, and he's set to do the same thing again with another property owned by Japanese publisher Capcom.

    As its name implies, Monster Hunter is a sprawling fantasy game that involves protecting townsfolk from marauding creatures. It's logical fodder, then, for an energetic special effects movie - something Anderson's traded in for several years now. Variety reports that, like the last of the Resident Evil adaptations, Anderson's Monster Hunter is filming in South Africa, with the budget set at a fairly moderate $60 million. 

    The project is funded by a coalition of companies, including Constantin Films and a couple of outfits in China and Japan. Unsurprisingly, it'll be the first in a series of movies if it's a success.

    The Resident Evil franchise was never what you'd call a critical darling, but it spawned no fewer than seven movies and made well over a billion dollars globally - not bad, when you consider that the whole series was shot for less than $300 million, which is about the going rate for a major summer superhero flick these days.

    While it's not quite as colossal on these shores as Resident EvilMonster Hunter is a huge deal in Japan. Since its inception in 2004, the action RPG series has spawned no fewer than five spin-offs across a range of platforms, and numerous spin-offs, which range from quick-fix smartphone games to the MMORPG, Monster Hunter Frontier Online.

    Here's everything we know about the Monster Hunter movie:

    Monster Hunter Release Date

    No release date has been set for the Monster Hunter movie. We'll update this piece when we hear official word from Screen Gems. 

    Monster Hunter Movie Story

    The Monster Huntermovie "tells the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land. Along the way, viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral," according to the official synopsis from the publisher.

    Further Reading: Resident Evil Movie Reboot Details

    Monster Hunter Cast

    The Monster Hunter movie stars Milla Jovovich - the Resident Evil actress who also happens to be Anderson's wife. She plays Captain Natalie Artemis, a ranger and monster hunter, according to Jovovich, who posted a picture of herself in more traditional Monster Hunter armor:

    The cast also includes Tony Jaa (Furious 7), Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. (Ant-Man), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Meagan Good (Venom). 

    We also have our first look at Diego Boneta (Before I Fall) in the movie:

    Further Reading: Monster Hunter World Is the Best-selling Capcom Game Ever


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    Former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw reveals what the Half-Life 3 story might have been about if it'd ever seen the light of day.

    Half-Life 3 Story
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 20, 2018

    In 2017, former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw broke the internet when he updated his blog with a mysterious letter that appeared to contain the plot summary for his version of Half-Life 3. The post immediately caught the attention of a legion of Half-Life fans who deciphered the false names and hidden messages used in the original post and determined that it revealed plot details about the Half-Life sequel that never arrived. A translation of the text that inserts all the proper character, location, and occurrence names into the summary can be found here.

    Fans have matched certain plot elements detailed in the summary to previously "leaked" concept art for an unreleased Half-Life game. Mentions of an arctic fortress and a downed helicopter in the summary have made appearances in leaked concept art in the past. 

    So what is the plot all about? Well, following the death of Eli Vance in Episode 2, Gordon Freeman, Alyx Vance, and a band of allies agree they need to trek to the Arctic in order to locate a research vessel called the Borealis. Alyx and Gordon believe that the vessel should be destroyed before it falls into the hands of the Combine. Others think it might still be used to turn the tide of battle. 

    Along the way, their helicopter is taken down by unknown forces believed to be Combine-related. Soon thereafter, they discover that the Borealis has seemingly become unstuck from time. It appears at random and the Combine have set up facilities in this area to study where it may appear next. After agreeing to board the ship whenever they get the chance, Alyx and Gordon are captured by Dr. Breen's henchmen. Shortly after, Alyx and Gordon meet up with Judith Mossman, who convinces the group that she is not a traitor and joins forces with them. 

    What happens next is quite fascinating. After using Mossman's support to board the Borealis, the group discovers that a study into portal-related technology appears to be to blame for the vessel's predicament. It was meant to be sent to the Arctic via a portal when the Combine invaded, but a misunderstanding of the technology meant that it ended up floating through time and space. At one point, Gordon even references being able to see Aperture Science from the ship as time changes around them. 

    The finale sees Judith and Alyx argue over whether the ship should be destroyed. Alyx shoots Judith and convinces Gordon to turn the ship into a time-traveling bomb that they'll use to make a suicide run and destroy the Combine's ability to hop between worlds. 

    Just then, the G-Man appears and seems to speak to Alyx as if they knew each other from the past. She walks away from the explosion with him. Gordon, meanwhile, is able to catch just a glimpse of the vastness of the Combine war machine - he realizes they will never have the strength to defeat them outright - before he's rescued by the Vortigaunts. He regrets the futility of his actions and hopes that the player will find what is left of the resistance and find "the appropriate course of action."

    As we've previously noted, Laidlaw admitted to having previously created a draft of the Half-Life 3 story but stated that he was unsure what remained of it at Valve. The fact he released this summary seems to indicate that he may have learned further information regarding Valve's plans with the plot. That would fall in line with reports that have emerged for the past few years regarding why Valve will never make Half-Life 3

    As Laidlaw warned, this version of the story does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. While he stated on Twitter that Valve might want to explore this world again in order to explain things like the relationship between the G-Man and Alyx, we still encourage you to not get your hopes up and instead take whatever comfort you can find from knowing the end of the proposed original Gordon Freeman saga.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    By merging elements classic and new, Pokémon Let's Go cooks up a fresh iteration of the classic RPG that players should love.

    ReviewAaron Potter
    Nov 21, 2018

    Release Date: November 16, 2018
    Platform: Switch
    Developer: Game Freak
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Genre: RPG

    When Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! were initially revealed for the Nintendo Switch, it wouldn’t be remiss to describe some people’s responses as emotional. After all, these two new entries aren’t totally new in essence, but rather fully remade versions of the original Game Boy titles, which many look back on and remember so fondly.

    Remasters and remakes of games might be a common occurrence these days, but in doing so, you’re always at risk of tampering with (or dare we say tainting) what made the classic version so special. Still, it’s with this in mind that we’re pleased to report that both iterations of Pokémon Let’s Go easily avoid this, maintaining the essence of what originally made “catching them all” so addictive – albeit with a few slight overhauls to make the process less daunting for newcomers.

    Being a remake of the 20-year-old Pokémon Yellow, the story Let’s Go sets you on shouldn't surprise anyone with even the faintest familiarity with the series. Cast in the role of a budding Pokémon Trainer within a world full of collectible critters, you'll make your way through the classic region of Kanto, battling and catching the loveable pocket monsters to become the very best.

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    Doing so is made much more engaging this time around, however, not least due to the 21st-century coat of paint applied. Pokémon games have always looked good and pushed the power of the mobile hardware they’re running on, but this particular upgrade to full 3D visuals does a great job of envisioning areas and monsters just how you imagined them as a kid. Walking through such iconic locales as Victory Road and Lavender Town in colorful HD will no doubt give veteran players a good hit in the nostalgic feels.

    Those looking for the perfect entry point into the franchise are in luck, too. You see, much of the remit that developer GameFreak seems to have had with Pokémon Let’s Go comes down to one word: simplification. Quite clearly looking to capitalize on the continuing success ofPokémon in its mobile iteration, Pokémon Go,Let's Go represents a mixture of classic and modern elements. There are multiple ways this new approach impacts the format. For one, the need to battle Pokémon in the wild is entirely done away with, instead replaced with motion-based catching mechanics.

    Much like how Pokémon Go has you raise your smartphone up in the real world to track a Pokémon, hurling Pokéball after Pokéball in the hope of a catch, Pokémon Let’s Go challenges you to aim your throws precisely in the center. As you do so, a colored circle will constantly shrink – the smaller the circle, the more likely you’ll catch the Pokémon.

    While definitely much more approachable than having you engage in Pokémon’s traditional rock, paper, scissors-eqsue battle system, transplanting Pokémon Go’s catching system into this new title soon grows tiresome. This is especially the case when you do everything perfectly and are greeted with an “Excellent!” message as your Pokéball clamps down, only to discover that the Pokémon you’re trying to collect isn’t having any of it and bursts back out.

    Further Reading: Everything You Need to Know About the Detective Pikachu Movie

    Thankfully, the tedium that comes from catching can at least be offset by breaking off a Joy-Con from your Nintendo Switch, and timing your swings exactly. However, those not wanting to punch a fellow commuter on the bus each morning can rest easy, as Pokémon Let’s Go works perfectly fine with the gyroscope motion while in handheld mode. Because of this emphasis on tracking rather than battling (outside of NPC trainers, of course), Pokéballs, health potions, and berries you can use to calm down any wild Pokémon are now much more precious a commodity. This is where the slight move to accessibility can be appreciated and is best felt, as it lessens the importance of currency which felt quite redundant in previous games.

    The way you’re able to traverse this time around has also been livened up for Pokémon Let’s Go. In a nice nod to Pokémon Yellow, the deluxe version to originals Red and Blue, your choice of either Let’s Go Eevee! or Let’s Go Pikachu! will determine which of the titular two will accompany you on your journey. In addition to Pikachu or Eevee, however, you can have any other of the original 150 also follow you around. This means there’s a constant desire to see how each one will move and look when selected – whether it’s how you grapple onto a waddling Snorlax or fly overhead on the back of a Charizard. It’s in subtle details like this where Let’s Go engrosses you more than any other Pokémon game before it, bringing the relationship between you and your pocket companions a little closer.

    The last major change to mention is all the added customization. As part of the increased Go-ness of this game, you’re now able to dress, take care of, and improve the mood of your respective titular Pokémon. Doing so has the chance to affect how they perform when engaged in trainer-to-trainer battles, often times leading to Pikachu/Eevee gaining a sudden ounce of gusto when on the brink of fainting. Pokémon Go was all about community and respecting others upon release, so it’s nice to see that GameFreak has found a way to make you do the same, and reward it in a more traditional format. It’s also cool to dress your Pikachu or Eevee like a sailor, just saying!

    Further Reading: How the World Became Obsessed with Pokémon

    While long-timePokémon fans had a right to be reasonably critical about the Switch’s first entry being slightly tweaked to appeal to newcomers, Let’s Gomanages to perfectly tread a line between the classic series elements people love and new features that refine the experience. This isn’t a misjudged spin-off, but a fully-fledged Pokémon game. And there’s nothing quite like seeing what were once merely pixels fully reimagined and updated for a new generation of players. The catching mechanics may cause a slight annoyance, but never has the act of collecting the original 150 Pokémon been so approachable and fun.

    Pokémon Let’s Gois available now for the Nintendo Switch.

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    Civilization 6's Gathering Storm expansion will force you to consider the implications of your environmental decisions.

    Civilization 6 Gathering Storm
    News Matthew Byrd
    Nov 21, 2018

    The next Civilization VI expansion, Gathering Storm, will mix things up a bit by focusing on climate change. 

    In Gathering Storm, global warming will be a persistent threat that players must account for when making certain actions. For instance, you might be forced to rely on oil and coal for a time as you advance your civilization, but continuing to do so when better options are available (or failing to achieve better options in a timely manner) may result in global warming levels rising. 

    As the global warming level threat rises, you may have to deal with a series of consequences. For instance, you may see water levels rise (which, over time, can consume seaside tiles and anything you may have built on them) and the melting of polar ice caps can cause trouble for anything you may have built near affected areas. Furthermore, you will eventually have to deal with a World Council who may diplomatically punish countries that are putting other nations at risk through pollution. The World Council also must be considered when making non-environmental decisions. 

    According to Civilization producer Dennis Shirk, the decision to add these features isn't based on current events but rather the team's desire to expand the series' gameplay in a way that accounts for global scientific concerns. 

    "No, I don't think that's about making a political statement," said Shirk in an interview with Eurogamer. "We just like to have our gameplay reflect current science." Lead designer Ed Beach added to that by stating that "we can take the common wisdom of the vast majority of the science community and embed that in the game and that becomes something really interesting for players to be able to engage with."

    On top of all this, players will now have to account for natural disasters like volcano eruptions, blizzards, floods, and other extreme conditions that are based on timing and location. We're getting a Sim City vibe from this feature and the way it sounds like such events can ruin your grand plans.  Fortunately, players will be able to control how frequent these otherwise mostly random occurrences are.

    All of this sounds pretty fascinating (and will certainly help expand the intrigue of Civilization's diplomatic path to victories). All the same, there's still quite a bit we'd like to hear about Gathering Storm's other features ahead of its currently scheduled February 14, 2019 release date. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014


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    2019 could be the biggest year for video games yet. Here are the 30 games we're most looking forward to next year!

    Best Video Games 2019
    Feature Matthew Byrd
    Nov 21, 2018

    Get ready, because 2019 is shaping up to be a special year for video games. While it's always possible for a year to take us by surprise in regards to how great it is for gaming or how bad it ends up being, you can generally tell when you're going to have a marquee year.

    In the case of the formidable 2019, we get the feeling that it might be the last full year of the current console generation. Considering that the final years of consoles are often their best, there's plenty of reason to believe that 2019 is going to be the final, victorious bow for this generation's best developers. 

    Besides, a quick look at the best video games coming out in 2019 reveals a variety of titles that rank near the top of our most-anticipated games. From beloved RPG developers branching out into online shooters to the return of one of the greatest horror games ever made, 2019 is loaded with the kind of games that make you grateful to be a gamer. 

    First, though, we must share a brief explanation of our choices. While we're just as excited as you are about games like Ghosts of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, Halo Infinite, and The Last of Us Part 2 -- and fully believe that they will rank amongst the year's best video games -- there is currently no confirmation that those games will be released in 2019. As such, we are limiting this list to games that are currently scheduled for a 2019 release date. 

    With that out of the way, let's take a look at the best video games of 2019:

    Anthem

    February 22 | BioWare | PS4, XBO, PC

    BioWare’s Anthem is the studio’s most talked about game in years, even if it’s not always being talked about for the reasons that BioWare and EA would like. Questions of microtransactions and originality still surround this title a year after it was first announced. 

    Yes,Anthem is certainly a departure for the house that RPGs built, but everything that developer BioWare has shown of this Destiny-like online experience suggests that this online multiplayer experience is exactly what they needed to get back on track. Can this online shooter learn from the mistakes of its predecessors and deliver the ultimate sci-fi shared world experience?

    Buy Anthem

    Battletoads

    TBA | Rare | XBO

    We were starting to think that we’d never get another Battletoads game given that it’s been over 20 years since we’ve last received a proper Battletoads title, but Rare is returning to the franchise that most people remember as one of the hardest games on the NES.

    This new Battletoads might feature a slightly different art style and other modern improvements, but we fully expect it to be largely familiar to fans who have been waiting years for another co-op brawler from this beloved, and undeniably bizarre, series.

    Buy Battletoads

    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

    TBA | ArtPlay & DICO | PS4, XBO, Switch, PC

    Since its Kickstarter debut, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's name has come second to that of its creator, Koji Igarashi. Many of you may remember Igarashi as the director of the revolutionary Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and his return with a game that is very much in the spirit of his classic Castlevania tiles has been anticipated by genre fans for many years. 

    While we have some concerns regarding the possibility that Ritual of the Night ends up being the next Mighty No. 9, the quality of this team's side project - the 2D action/adventure title Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - leads us to believe that these guys know what makes this genre tick and may be prepared to deliver something special. 

    Buy Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

    Crackdown 3

    February 22 | Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, Ruffian Games, Cloudgine | XBO, PC

    It's been almost eight years since we last heard from the Crackdown series. There was a time when Microsoft's hidden gem open-world title provided a breath of fresh air to the subgenre. Its outlandish, superhero-like gameplay afforded players the chance to just go wild in a metro setting. The open-world genre -- and the world at large -- has changed quite a bit, though.

    In order for Crackdown 3 to make the same impact that Crackdown protagonists make when they jump off the city's highest buildings and crash onto the streets below, it's going to have to invoke the casual gameplay of the first two Crackdown games while finding a way to advance the game's style just enough to make us feel that old joy of galivanting around a superhero sandbox.

    Buy Crackdown 3

    Code Vein

    TBA | Bandai Namco | PS4, XBO

    In a world without Dark Souls and Bloodborne (at least for the foreseeable future), the time is now for an outsider to ascend the throne and rule the kingdom that FromSoftware's titles helped establish. To that end, it's entirely possible that Code Vein may just become the next big game in this genre.

    Code Vein is easily described as "anime Dark Souls." It's an over-the-top action-RPG that emphasizes an intricate combat system, character builds, and a sometimes punishing level of difficulty. It also adds a sometimes over-the-top style that is a far cry from Dark Souls' muted tones and grim atmosphere but just might be enough to help put this game over-the-top. 

    Buy Code Vein

    Control

    TBA | Remedy Entertainment | PS4, XBO, PC

    Developer Remedy Entertainment remains one of the most exciting developers in gaming. What separates Remedy is the personality they infuse in their projects. There's never been a pedestrian Remedy game, even if some of those games missed the mark in terms of their overall execution. 

    From what we've seen of Control, we have no doubts that it will be full of Remedy's trademark personality. It's a bizarre psychological action title with supernatural elements that looks wonderfully eerie and exciting. Even better, Remedy has promised that this game will be slightly more open than their previous very linear titles. We'll see whether or not that allows them to expand their creative borders. 

    Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

    February | Studio MDHR | XBO, PC

    We’d have a hard time arguing with anyone who calls Cuphead the Xbox One’s best exclusive title. Studio MDHR may have had to delay the game a few times, but the final product proved to be a gorgeous nod to both the era of 2D action titles and those classic animated adventures of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

    We won’t have to wait nearly as long for our next taste of Cuphead. The Delicious Last Course may end up being the only Cuphead DLC release, but this massive second helping of Cuphead action should be enough to satisfy fans of the base game. With an entire new island to explore and more incredible bosses to fight, The Delicious Last Course should prove to be a must-have.

    Buy Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

    Days Gone

    April 26 | SIE Bend Studio | PS4

    Days Gone remains the anomaly of what could be the PlayStation’s 4 final lineup of exclusive games. This post-apocalyptic open-world game has been shown at several Sony events in the past, but delays have pushed the game into the realm of doubt in the minds of some Sony fans.

    Despite those delays, Days Gone remains a promising experience. The star of this game seems to be its truly hostile open-world, which features all manner of monsters and men trying to end your already troubled existence. Days Gone may have slipped from the 2018 release schedule, but don’t let it fall off your radar.

    Buy Days Gone

    Dead or Alive 6

    February 15 | Team Ninja | PS4, XBO, PC

    The Dead or Alive series has long existed in this strange plane of popularity and respect. Dating back to the brilliant Dead or Alive 2, the franchise has been seen as an often fun, sometimes brilliant, sometimes sloppy, and usually beautiful experience. Yet, it's never really received the respect that series like Street Fighter and Tekken typically garner. 

    By slightly maturing the series' gameplay and themes, Dead or Alive 6 is hoping to elevate the franchise to that level. Dead or Alive 6 is a little more grown-up and slightly more complicated, but it still retains many of the key elements that have kept fans devoted to the Dead or Alive series for all these years.

    Buy Dead or Alive 6

    Devil May Cry 5

    March 8 | Capcom | PS4, XBO, PC

    The Devil May Cry series is generally regarded as one of the godfathers of the 3D action genre, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve gotten a new game from the franchise. Even Ninja Theory’s brilliant re-imagining of the Devil May Cry concept wasn’t enough to satisfy the series’ hardcore fans.

    Devil May Cry marks the franchise’s return to Capcom and, hopefully, a return to form for a series that was once known for its brutal difficulty and absurd cinematic set pieces. The action genre has evolved quite a bit since Capcom last delivered a proper Devil May Crygame, but we have the feeling this franchise is ready to reclaim the genre throne.

    Buy Devil May Cry 5

    Gears 5

    TBA | Coalition | XBO, PC

    Gears of War 4 was a fascinating turning point for the Xbox exclusive franchise. While the game retread the same pure shooter grounds that its predecessors once walked, it also planted seeds for a deeper, more personal story than we’re used to seeing from Gears of War games.

    Gears 5 looks to continue the advancements of the previous title by focusing on a much more intimate story about a band of soldiers trying to complete a mission of revenge and redemption. This game will likely be one of the Xbox One’s final major exclusives, and it could embody the same hope for the future that Microsoft and the Xbox brand have.

    Buy Gears 5

    Kingdom Hearts III

    January 25 | Square Enix Co., Ltd. | PS4

    It hasn't exactly been a long time since we last played a new Kingdom Hearts game -- the series is kind of infamous for its oddly named sequels, prequels spin-offs, and re-releases -- but it has been about 13 years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II. Suffice it to say, that time has only made the game's passionate fanbase even more rabid.

    Fortunately, Kingdom Hearts III is shaping up to be the Kingdom Hearts game that we've all been waiting for. This strikingly beautiful title will not only finally bring classic Disney classics like Toy Storyinto the fold, but it figures to improve the franchise's already great gameplay through the implementation of a better camera and a refined combat system. Dare we say that this game might just live up to the hype?

    Buy Kingdom Hearts III

    Luigi's Mansion 3

    TBA | Next Level Games | Switch

    Truth be told, the Luigi's Mansion franchise has never been perfect. You could argue it's never even really been truly great. Yet, as a GameCube launch title, the original Luigi's Mansion captured that whimsical spirit of fun and creativity that has always seperated Nintendo games from just about everything else on the market.

    What's going to be interesting to see in the case of Luigi's Mansion 3 is whether or not Nintendo has found a way to filter that creativity and fun through a series of equally clever and much-improved gameplay mechanics that allow this title to exist as something more than a generally beloved curiosity. Considering Nintendo's recent success, we're going to guess they hit that mark. 

    Man of Medan

    TBA | Supermassive Games | PS4, XBO, PC

    The PS4 has no shortage of incredible exclusives, but Until Dawn might just be among the console's very best. As a highly-cinematic horror title, Until Dawn took the gameplay and presentation we saw and titles like Heavy Rain and used them to tell a horror story that felt like both a tribute to the genre's '80s glory days and a declaration of how games are capable of scaring us. 

    With Man of Medan, the Until Dawn team returns to tell another (likely very frightening) horror story. This time, though, the story will be presented in an anthology format. We certainly love a good horror anthology film or television show, and we're interested in seeing whether that format helps alleviate some of the final act plot problems that dragged Until Dawn down just slightly. 

    Buy Man of Medan

    Metro Exodus

    February 22 | 4A Games | PS4, XBO, PC

    Those who have played the Metroseries know that it is one of the most atmospheric and clever first-person shooter franchises of the modern era. The problem is that it always feels like not enough people have actually played these incredible games.

    Metro Exodus wants to expand the notoriety of these cult classic games by expanding the Metro world itself. While Metro Exodus isn’t exactly an open-world game, this upcoming shooter will expand the scope of the Metro concept by delivering the largest and most intriguing take on the series' fascinating look at the end of the world.

    Buy Metro Exodus

    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

    January 11 | Nintendo | Switch

    We don't blame you if you call the Nintendo Switch the Nintendo Wii 2.0, but don't assume that is a bad thing. Indeed, one of the Switch's best features is the ways in which it has resurrected some of those incredible Wii U titles that were burdened with the problems of the console itself. 

    While Super Mario 3D World might be the Wii U's best Mario title, it's hard to deny that New Super Mario Bros. U is a definitive franchise experience. This deluxe version of the game will take everything that made the original great, add in a few new features, and bundle it all together in a new package designed for the incredible Nintendo Switch. It's hard to see how this game is anything less than great. 

    Buy New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

    Nioh 2

    TBA | Team Ninja | PS4

    Nioh proved to be one of the most surprising games of 2017. Many worried that the beleaguered Team Ninja was foolishly trying to capitalize on the popularity of Dark Souls and would end up delivering a copycat that took years to make. What we got instead was a confident action-adventure RPG that stood tall on its own merits.

    While we doubt that Nioh 2 will try to reinvent the original, we’ll gladly settle for more of the game’s compelling mythical world, fluid action, and fascinating weapons system. Nioh 2 may not surprise as many people as the original, but it should be just as great as the 2017 sleeper hit.

    Buy Nioh 2

    Rage 2

    June | Avalanche Studios, id Software | PS4, XBO, PC

    We’d be lying if we told you that we spent sleepless hours hoping for the announcement of a new Rage game. The original Rage was a largely forgettable game that capitalized on a largely forgettable era of shooters. It wasn’t the kind of game that people build fan conventions around.

    Rage 2, though, is shaping up to be one of the surprising sequels in recent memory. Granted, that’s because its mere existence is somewhat surprising, but everything we’ve seen of the game thus far suggests that Rage 2 will combine the best of several popular action games to produce something that’s ultimately kind of special.

    Buy Rage 2

    Resident Evil 2 Remake

    January 25 | Capcom | PS4, XBO, PC

    Rumors of a remake of Resident Evil 2 date back to the release of the Resident Evil remake for GameCube. In fact, we’ve heard about this game for so long without actually seeing it that we forgive anyone who started to feel like there was no chance this remake would ever actually be released.

    Against all odds, though, Resident Evil 2 Remake’s debut at E3 2018 managed to meet just about every expectation that we’ve assigned to the project over the years. This 2019 title is a true love letter to the horror classic.

    Buy Resident 2 Remake

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    March 22 | FromSoftware | PS4, XBO, PC

    When FromSoftware suggested that Sekiro would not be like Dark Souls, many fans were skeptical. It looked like Dark Souls, it appeared to be as challenging as Dark Souls, and it was even presented in a very Dark Souls-like way. 

    Yet, there are times when something may walk and quack like a duck but isn't a duck. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice borrows some elements from Dark Souls, but is an entirely new samurai adventure that features a brilliant weapon system as well as an increased emphasis on giving the player a second chance to recover after they have died. Keep an eye on this one if you loved Dark Souls, but don't discount it if you didn't. 

    Buy Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    Session

    TBA | Crea-ture Studios | XBO, PC

    Fans of skateboarding games -- or extreme sports games in general -- haven’t exactly had a lot to be thankful for in recent years. The decline of the mainstream appeal of extreme sports has also led to a decline in the amount of quality extreme sports games on the market.

    That’s a big part of the reason why Session has captured the imagination of many. This modern-day skateboarding game seeks to revive the dual-analog controls of the Skate series while introducing an expanded video capture system that encourages you to raise your notoriety by sharing your best moves with the world.

    Shenmue III

    August 27 | YS Net, Neilo | PS4, PC

    When we first heard that Shenmue was finally receiving the third installment that most gamers thought would never happen...well, there may have been some entirely unprofessional giddy cheers. In the years that have followed that reveal, we've unfortunately not been treated to many updates regarding the game's story, gameplay features, or final visual style.

    Still, we're talking about a sequel to a franchise that was not only revolutionary but has remained in the hearts of many gamers. With any luck, Shenmue III will be the epic tale of kung-fu revenge and bizarre minigames that we've been waiting for.

    Skull and Bones

    TBA | Blue Byte, Ubisoft Chengdu, Ubisoft Singapore | PS4, XBO, PC

    Sea of Thieves gave us a taste of sharing the pirate life with our friends, but it ultimately left us feeling like there were better adventures somewhere out on the high seas. Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones offers an interesting alternative to Rare’s playful pirate adventure.

    If you blend the online elements of Destiny with the pirate lifestyle seen in Black Flag, you’ll get a taste of what Skull and Bones aims to offer. Can it live up to the promise of its pedigree, or will this be another pirate video game that walks the plank after just a few weeks?

    Buy Skull and Bones

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

    TBA | Respawn | PS4, XBO, PC

    Here’s what we know about Jedi Fallen Order. It’s being developed by Respawn (the fine folks responsible for the Titanfallseries), it will take place between Star Wars Episode III and IV, and it is currently set to be released in 2019.

    You might say that’s not enough information to form any kind of opinion on this project, but in a world that is maddeningly devoid of quality Star Wars games, Jedi: Fallen Order has enough going for it to give us hope that this game might actually deliver the kind of Star Wars experience we so desperately crave.

    Buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

    Team Sonic Racing

    May 21 | Sumo Digital | PS4, XBO, PC

    We get it: Sonic Racing games aren't Mario Kart. There are few times when you're playing them as a Mario substitute that you feel like you're getting something that is just as great. However, recent Sonic Racing titles have been closing that gap a bit not by replicating Mario Kart but by emphasizing elements that may not be present in the Mario Kart series. 

    Team Sonic Racing looks to build on all the ways in which this series has evolved. This titles new mechanics, multiplayer modes, team ultimate abilities, and rival feature might just help turn it into something more than the other racing game on the block. 

    Buy Team Sonic Racing

    The Division 2

    March 15 | Massive Entertainment, Red Storm Entertainment, MORE | PS4, XBO, PC

    The original Divisionwas a fascinating online game that came along and briefly captured the imaginations of millions before being buried under some bad design decisions and a frustrating lack of updates. The team behind The Division 2 is well-aware of the original game’s shortcomings. As such, the developers have set out to ensure that this sequel will be bigger, story-driven, and more accommodating to groups of players. Will those changes be enough for The Division 2 to fulfill the original's full potential?

    Buy Tom Clancy's The Division 2

    The Sinking City

    March 21 | Frogwares | PS4, XBO, PC

    While we love a good Lovecraftian story as much as the next person, the fact of the matter is that there are too many Lovecraftian stories in gaming that either misses the mark, feel generic, or are burdened with gameplay that doesn't quite equal the brilliance of the game's atmosphere and plot.

    The Sinking City feels like it could be different. Best described as a version of L.A. Noire that takes place in a Lovecraftian world, The Sinking City sees you play as a private investigator in the flooded city of Oakmont who is tasked with discovering the truth behind mysteries great and small. That emphasis on investigation gameplay (combined with the game's fascinating premise and setting) leads us to believe this could be a Lovecraftian game that gets it right. 

    Trials Rising

    February 12 | Ubisoft, RedLynx | PS4, XBO, PC, Switch

    The Trials franchise is one of those strange series that either leaves no impression on those who play it or instantly converts them into diehard fans. There’s very little middle-ground for this trial-and-error franchise.

    Trials Rising is shaping up to be the first Trials game that openly recognizes that divide. For those who did not fall in love with previous Trials games, Rising offers a tutorial system designed to help you understand how this intentionally frustrating game works. Meanwhile, long-time fans will benefit from the input that some of Trials’ most diehard players shared with the developers when they were designing the game’s courses.

    Buy Trials Rising

    Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    TBA | MachineGames | PS4, XBO, PC

    Wolfenstein II was one of those games that we couldn’t help but fall in love with. Despite its flaws, the game’s story, characters, and outlandish scenarios elevated it to a level that many FPS games can only hope to reach.

    While Youngblood isn’t the direct sequel to Wolfenstein II that we’re waiting for, it is an interesting spin-off that adds co-op action to the incredible alternate history universe of the rebooted Wolfenstein series. We’ll gladly bring a friend along for another trip through developer MachineGames’ epic series.

    Buy Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    Yoshi's Crafted World

    TBA | Good-Feel | Switch

    The list of things we don’t know about Yoshi's Crafted World is slightly longer than what we do know about the game. What we can tell you, though, is that Yoshi’s Woolly World was one of the Wii U’s most underrated titles and one of Yoshi’s greatest adventures. The reason that matters is that this upcoming Yoshi title intends to replicate many of the qualities that made Woolly World as great as it was.

    This time around, however, the Woolly World formula is bolstered by the introduction of a new mechanic that allows players to “flip” a stage and open up new paths. It sounds simple, but if the game’s first trailer is any indication, this mechanic will force players to completely reconsider the way that they view the typical 2D platformer level. For those who lament how far Mario has walked away from his platformer roots, Yoshi's Crafted World may just be the classic Nintendo experience you’re looking for.

    Buy Yoshi's Crafted World

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.


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    Here are the best Black Friday deals you absolutely can't miss!

    NewsAdam McDonnell
    Nov 21, 2018

    Black Friday is here, which means that it's time to stock up on the latest and greatest in the gaming world, including current gen consoles, the best games of the year, and tons of accessories. There were so many great games this year that you'll undoubtedly find a whole bunch of deals you won't be able to turn down!

    Den of Geek has compiled a list of the best Black Friday deals of 2018, starting with insane video game deals and all the electronics you need for the ultimate gaming experience. On top of deals, there are also quite a few must-haves on this list:

    Gaming

    Dragon Ball FighterZ - $32.51 (19% off)

    Even if you're not a fan of the popular manga and anime series, Dragon Ball FighterZ is THE best fighting game of the year, with a beautiful 2D art style and explosive martial arts action. Plus there's an insane roster of fighters to choose from. A must-have for any fans of the fighting genre!

    Buy Dragon Ball FighterZ

    NBA 2K19 - $49.95 (17% off)

    NBA 2K celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best in class graphics & gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world “Neighborhood."

    Buy NBA 2K19

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider - $29.99 (50% off)

    Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos. Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems. Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game.

    Buy Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War - $19.85 (8% off)

    Immerse yourself in the epic scale of Middle-Earth as you forge a new ring and siege epic fortresses to face the dark lord and Nazgul. Experience a richer and more personal world full of new enemy types, stronger personalities, and deeper stories - anyone you face can now evolve from a lowly soldier to a mighty overlord. Go behind enemy lines and use strategy, cunning or brute force to conquer Sauron' s fortresses and turn them against him.

    Buy Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Esports Gaming Keyboard - $149.99

    The Razer BlackWidow X Chroma lets you perfectly execute up to ten commands at the same time, every time. The keyboard features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse. Designed specifically for gaming, Razer Mechanical Switches actuate at an optimal distance, giving you speed and responsiveness like never before. With ten key rollover, never miss a single key, or ten for that matter.

    Buy Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Keyboard

    Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Mic - $64.99 (35% off)

    With Logitech's wireless headset, listen and chat up to 12 m from your PC-or pair with your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. 

    Buy Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset

    Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - $68.99 (37% off)

    Rosewill CULLINAN comes with consolidated tempered glass at the front and sides. The optimized desktop case comes with 4 pre-installed fans, including three 120 mm Blue LED fans in the front and one 120mm fan in the rear, which offers excellent airflow. Utilize the space and keep all your cables neatly in place. Make your build stand out from the rest by using the PSU Shroud to hide the PSU cables in one secure place.

    Buy Rosewill Gaming Computer Case

    Electronics

    Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote - $34.99 (30% off)

    Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is a powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming, with more storage for apps and games than any other 4K streaming media stick. Launch and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote, which features new power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.

    Buy Fire TV Stick 4K

    Fire HD 10 Tablet - $99.99 (33% off)

    The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet features a 10.1" 1080p full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more. Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes—at no additional cost.

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    Samsung QN65Q6F Flat 65” QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV - $1,297.99 (41% off)

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    The holiday season is here, and with it, the anxiety that comes with finding the perfect Christmas gift for your geeky friends.

    Star Wars Christmas
    Feature Chris Cummins
    Nov 21, 2018

    We've searched far and wide to bring you the best shopping recommendations! Just a note: Den of Geek may receive a small commission from links on this page. Prices & stockage are accurate as of time of publication. 

    Are you doing last minute online Christmas shopping? Is it finally time to start figuring out who we have to shop for and what to possibly get them? Shopping for a nerdy friend can be a daunting task indeed. So if the thought of Ho-Ho-Ho! has you saying "No! No! No!" we can't blame you.

    But it doesn't have to be that way. What if there was a guide to gifts, a gift guide if you will, that could make it easy to find the perfect present for anyone on your list? Relax, your friends at Den of Geek have got this.

    Here's our 2018 run-down of what nerd-centric items will bring a smile to the face of anyone in your life. Click the links to get taken to where you can buy them. We've saved you a whole bunch of trouble!

    Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy

    Every year is a year to celebrate Star Wars, and 2018 is no different. Delight the Star Wars geek in your life with this beautifully-illustrated book featuring 75 profiles of some of the women from the Star Wars universe, including the films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Characters featured include: Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, and Maz Kanata.

    Each profile includes key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details, which means this is not only good for the Star Wars fan who knows everything about this universe, but for the more casual fan looking to get into the world or even for a future Star Wars fan you are cunningly trying to convert so you can nerd out about Star Wars together. You're welcome.

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    The Making of Planet of the Apes

    Well they did it. They finally did it. No, not blow up the Earth (yet!), but rather Harper Collins has released the definitive book chronicling the creation of one of the best-loved science fiction films of all-time. Written by J.W. Rinzler (whose behind-the-scenes chronicles of the original Star Wars trilogy should earn a place on every self-respecting nerd's bookshelf) The Making of Planet of the Apes charts the difficulties 20th Century Fox had in translating Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel to the big screen and into pop culture infamy through an insanely researched volume that is just as compelling as the feature itself. Our fingers are crossed for future volumes chronicling the saga's various sequels.

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    Spider-Man Classics Face of Venom Hoodie

    For an evil symbiote from outer space, Venom is doing alright for himself. The brain-munching anti-hero had box office success far beyond anyone's dreams, and now he gets to be front and center on this stunning hoodie. Complete with front pocket, this long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt is a 10oz. cotton-poly blend with a 100% cotton face, meaning that it is both comfortable and be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. And no, it won't try to take over your body either. Sorry.

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    S.H.I.E.L.D. iPhone 6/6s Wallet Case

    With the (great) news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be sticking around for at least two more seasons comes a renewed appreciation of Marvel's stalwart TV endeavor. And what's not to love? Agent Coulson and company are among the most captivating comic characters on the small screen. So for the S.H.I.E.L.D. lover in your universe, we recommend this combination of phone case and wallet that looks great, is extremely functional, and let's you carry everything you need at all times. Just don't forget it in any villainous lairs, okay?

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    The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

    We all know that holiday gift-giving tends to be all about the kids in your life. This explorer's guide featuring profiles on countries all around the world is the perfect gift for the child in your life who nerds out about geography and cultures. (We all know one... many of us have been one.)

    Billed as "a thrilling expedition to 100 of the most surprising, mysterious, and weird-but-true places on earth," The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid takes its readers to a 355-foot waterfall in Zambia, to Antarctica's Blood Falls, and through ice caves in Argentina and Austria. You might not be able to actually zipline with your kid through rainforests, but this book is the next best thing until you do get there.

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    The League of Regrettable Sidekicks

    Look, not everyone can be a Robin or Jimmy Olsen. With that in mind comes Jon Morris' The League of Regrettable Sidekicks. Following up his previous works (The League of Regrettable Superheroes and The League of Regrettable Supervillains), this time around Morris sets his comedic sights on second and third tier associates like Thor's pal Volstagg the Voluminous and Little Archie's off-abused pal Little Ambrose. While most of these characters are lovable -- if downright forgotten -- would-be assistants, others are absolute oddballs like Plastic Man's trouble-prone pal Woozy Winks who are captivating footnotes in comic book history.

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    Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down

    If you're anything like everyone else on the planet, then you're desperately awaiting the arrival of more Stranger Things content. This book is not a new season, but it's still pretty darn awesome. The official behind-the-scenes companion to the Netflix show's first two seasons, it includes concept art, original commentary from Matt and Ross Duffer, interviews with the cast, and some of the earliest pitches and story drafts from the show's start. 

    The kicker? It's all delivered in the form of a "used" book, which means the book itself is distressed to look like it has been around for awhile. This may strike you as the most millennial thing yet, but, for me, it makes the book not only a fascinating deep dive into this iconic show, but also a physical object that adds to your bookshelf, coffee table, or wherever else you (or your present-receiver) may want to lay this thing down and wait for friends to excitedly discover it. Oh yeah, and it includes some sneak peaks into season three!

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    Black Panther Wakandan Warriors Graffiti Fabric

    Often times the best gifts are the ones we make ourselves for others. If the Venn diagram of your life includes some overlap between Black Panther and DIY crafting, we recommend you checking out this eye-catching fabric featuring everyone's favorite Wakandan warriors. No, it's not made of vibranium, but rather 100% cotton -- making this fabric perfect for use in quilting, appliqué, and crafts projects. (Available from the Zazzle website in various widths and sizes). Wakanda, and crafting, forever!

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    Black Panther Panther Head Typography Graphic T-Shirt

    Whoa! This 100% cotton T-shirt available in men's sizes from small to 4X features a stylized Black Panther logo that itself looks like a warrior cat. Black Panther was one of the year's best films overall -- and easily one of the greatest comic book movies ever made -- this T-shirt is a way for show to show your love for Wakanda wherever you may roam.

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    The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine

    Be seeing you! Earlier this year, Titan did comic fans and cult TV obsessives a solid by publishing an artist's edition of a failed attempt by Marvel to bring The Prisoner to comic books in the 1970s that featured art by Jack Kirby and Gil Kane. It was a fascinating experiment, and one we wish had come to fruition. Eventually the series -- ostensibly about a secret agent who resigns and subsequently finds himself in the mysterious Village, although it explores much bigger issue -- was given a DC Comics sequel as 1988's The Prisoner: Shattered Visage mini-series. While by no means a failure, the book largely ignored the show's bonkers finale and thus wasn't fully satisfying. The same can't be said of Titan Comics' current The Prisoner series, an audacious contemporary take on the story that succeeds in all the ways that the regrettable AMC remake of a few years back failed. The first four issues of writer Peter Milligan and artist Colin Lorimer new take on the saga are collected in The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine. Having the thankless task of trying to put their own stamp on Patrick McGoohan's allegorical tale, the duo offers up a story rich with interesting new characters and the sort of mindfucks you'd come to expect from The Prisoner. In other words, it's great stuff.

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    The Phantom of Eternia

    For the past decade, a performer in Philadelphia named Carmen Martella III has been hosting a monthly karaoke night/comedy show. While this seems like a fairly ordinary occurance, there is a deliciously nerdy catch--he does so in the guise of an over-the-top spoof of Skeletor. This leads to such madcap fun as the performances being more Gong Show then anything (for example, attempting to sing "My Way" will earn you an instant booting off the stage). Adding to the insanity, 'Skeletor' peppers each event with his own custom song parodies, such as an evil take on Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison" in which he sings the praises of, well, poisioning the audience. One Skeletor Karaoke devotee is Kelly Phillips. Part of the all-girl comic art anthology collective Dirty Diamonds, Phillips is a bona-fide nerd whose Weird Me explores her Weird Al Yankovic fandom. In The Phantom of Eternia, she presents a compelling story about friendship and singing terrible songs in public that will forever change the way you think about both karaoke and Masters of the Universe.

    Buy The Phantom of Eternia 

    Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction

    Tor.com celebrates its tenth anniversary with this anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror from its first ten years as one of the go-to places for speculative fiction shorts. Edited by Irene Gallo and including work from some of speculative fiction's most exciting writers, such as N.K. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, Kameron Hurley, and Jeff VanderMeer (to mention a very few), this is the kind of present that can be savored over the course of many reading sessions. It's the perfect gift for the person in your life who is really up on their speculative fiction or for that literary friend you're trying to get into speculative fiction.

    Read Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction 

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    Avengers Black Widow Icon Car Floor Mat

    Look, unless you have Tony Stark money, chances are you aren't tooling around in a Quinjet. Still, there's no reason why your vehicle can't have some Avengers swagger. Enter this set of front and rear car mats (one of each included) that are made with a polyester surface and a non-skid Durgan backing, and feature Black Widow iconography. Having these in your car won't make you as cool as Natasha, but it's a solid first step...

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    8Bit Iron Man Attack - Armor Up! Small Messenger Bag

    We spent enough time in our youth playing the old Avengers arcade game that we can appreciate a retro-themed messenger bag like the one you see right here. Water resistant, lightweight, and including a quick-adjust shoulder strap, this bag is ideal for your trip to the Avengers Mansion or just to carry your stuff to work. Regardless of where you're going with this, you'll show off your love for both Iron Man and the glory days of 8-bit gaming by carrying this bag around.

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    Chilling Adventures in Sorcery

    Long before Archie's current horror renaissance, the publisher originally dipped its toes in the genre with the short-lived 1970s comic Chilling Adventures in Sorcery. For the first two issues, the title was narrated by Sabrina the Teenage Witch and featured spooky stories done in the typical house style. From the third issue onwards, the book was issued through Archie's Red Circle imprint, Sabrina was jettisoned, and art was handled by the likes of Gray Morrow. This revamped work was just as compelling as the earlier weirdo dark Archie-style stories, and more than holds its own with classic horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Witching Hour. With Chilling Adventures of Sabrina once again stirring a cauldron of interest in spooky Archie tales, this book should be an in-demand item this holiday season...even if Halloween is long gone.

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    A History of Video Games in 64 Objects

    We're getting to a place in the evolution of the video game where its history is valued, which means wonderful potential gifts like this one: A History of Video Games in 64 Objects. Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects, this book attempts to chronicle the history of video games so far, from Pong to first-person shooters, as told through the stories of some of the medium's most important objects.

    Each object is paired with an in-depth essay outlining its significance in the history of gaming. Objects featured include: The Oregon Trail, the Atari 2600, and a World of Warcraft server blade. If you're based in New York City, pair this gift with a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image's sports video games exhibit. If you're not in New York City, no pairing needed!

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    The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Volume Three

    There's all different kinds of nerds out there, and the history nerd is a special variety. This third volume of Christmas ghost stories from the Victorian era is the perfect gift for that person in your life who thinks learning and indulging in cultures past is just the coolest thing ever. Apparently, following the success of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Christmas ghost stories became all the rage in Victorian newspapers and magazines. Some of these stories have never been reprinted since... until now. The collection features 20 stories, and will make any holiday gathering just a little bit creepier.

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    The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Leguin

    We lost Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the greatest speculative fiction writers of all time, this year, but we didn't lose her stories. Her legacy lives on in the many classics she left behind, including her beloved Earthsea series. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of A Wizard of Earthsea's release, this complete illustrated edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles includes over 50 illustrations done by Charles Vess and selected by Le Guin.

    In addition to the main books in the series, The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition includes early short stories, Le Guin's "Earthsea Revisioned" Oxford lecture, and a new Earthsea story. If that wasn't enough, the book also includes a foreword by Le Guin herself. This is the perfect gift for fans of Earthsea and Le Guin or for friends who have yet to venture into this magical world.

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    Marvel Emoji Characters Grid Pattern Yoga Mat

    Back in the 1970s, The Mighty Marvel Comics Strength and Fitness Book had everyone from Ghost Rider to J. Jonah Jameson sharing exercise tips. While that book is sadly long out of print, we can't help but feel that its spiritual successor is this yoga mat emblazoned with emojis representing all aspects of life in the Marvel Universe. Staying healthy and being nerdy? That's a win/win right there. Measures 72" x 24", 0.25" thick.

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket & Groot Pattern Leggings

    It tickles us to no end that the limb-obsessed Rocket Raccoon is one of two characters (the other being Groot) featured on these Guardians of the Galaxy-themed leggings. Both stylish and super comfy, these custom made leggings are available in women's sizes from XS to XL.

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    DC Universe: 10th Anniversary Collection

    Although DC's live-action films have been struggling, everyone seems to overlook how the majority of the company's animated films have been truly great. Yes, there is the occasional clunker like Batman: The Killing Joke (ugh), but have you seen Justice League: The New Frontier or Batman: Year One? These efforts are fantastic adaptations of the source material and entertaining in their own right, and they are just the tip of the iceberg. This expansive 32-disc collector's set features 30 DC animated films, tons of special features, collectible packaging, an adult coloring book, and exclusive coins. Marvel may have the box office tied up, but when it comes to animated films they can't hold a candle to DC these days.

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    The James Bond Collection

    We hope you'll forgive us for saying so, but this Blu-ray collection of all of the official James Bond films -- from Dr. No to Spectre -- packed with mind-blowing special features has us both shaken AND stirred.

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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Yeah, we fully admit that this one is the most obvious of choices, Avengers: Infinity War. Since you are reading this very website, you know our feelings on this flick. It's definitely a great gift idea, but you just have to make sure whomever you are planning on getting this for doesn't already have it. Because if that person is anything like us, they got this baby the second it hit stores.

    Buy Avengers: Infinity War

    Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete Season One

    Would you like a jelly baby? This stunning Blu-ray set collects the entire 12th season of Doctor Who...which just so happened to be Tom Baker's first year in the role. Out of the gate, Baker's Doctor is one full of wonder and mischief and he remains a joy to watch all these years later. The five serials that make up this season -- "Robot,""The Ark in Space,""The Sontaran Experiment,""Genesis of the Daleks" (widely considered to be the definitive Classic Who story), and "Revenge of the Cyberman" -- are solid, making this not only a great gift for Whovians, but a perfect entry point into the series for the unitiated as well.

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    Doctor Who: Peter Davison: Complete Season One

    Then again, if you prefer your Doctor wearing celery as opposed to excessively large scarfs, Peter Davison's first year as the Timelord may be more to your liking.

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    The Punisher Painted Skull Logo iPhone XS Max Case

    If the action stylings of Frank Castle are more to your liking, might we recommend this Punisher iPhone XS Max case? Featuring the iconic painted Punisher skull logo, this case is as visually strong as it is durable. Slim, lightweight and featuring a glossy finish (and including a design feature that lets you charge your phone without removing the case), this is one gift idea that no one will want to punish you for getting them!

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    Kawaii Avengers In Colorful Blocks Barely There iPhone 6 Case

    We know that the Avengers are the Earth's mightiest heroes, but if this colorful CaseMate Barely There phone case is anything to go by, they are the most huggable too! As impact resistant as it is cute, this case is compatible with the iPhone 6/6s with 4.7 inch screen.


    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Special Edition

    Don't panic, as the 1981 television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is finally on Blu-ray. Forget the problematic 2005 film adaptation, this is Douglas Adams' hilarious space saga as it was meant to be seen. Featuring several cast members from the original radio series (including Simon Jones as the bewildered Arthur Dent and a scenery-chewing Mark Wing Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox) and, for their day, impressive special effects, this six-episode program takes viewers from the destruction of Earth to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and back again. This newly remastered version means that the series has never looked or sounded as good, and the special features from the DVD release -- including a touching tribute to Douglas Adams -- have been ported over alongside new exclusive features. A true intergalactic hitchhiker will always know where his or her towel is, but this Blu-ray shouldn't be far behind either.

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    Basket Case

    It was a tough call, but our pick for this year's best horror Blu-ray is Basket Case. Director Frank Henenlotter's 1982 low-budget gorefest about two formerly conjoined twins -- one of whom is horribly deformed and lives in the titular basket -- who get revenge against those who performed the operation that separated them has had a fascinating journey in its 36-year-existence. Originally a staple on the New York City midnight movie circuit, the film found a larger audience thanks to VHS rentals and cable TV airings. Due to the film's tongue-in-cheek humor and how it serves as an inadvertent document of a sleazy NYC that no longer exists, recent years have seen Basket Case getting a critical re-evaluation. (Indeed, the stunning 4K restoration featured on this disc was created by the Museum of Modern Art, proof that this film has made the big time). So, what's in the basket? One of the sickest, funniest, and downright lovable horror films ever made.

    Buy Basket Case


    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    To be perfectly clear: By no means do we think that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is anything more or less than the goofiest entry in this long in the dino tooth franchise. That said, you almost certainly have a relative or an office Pollyanna or some sort of obilgatory holiday bullshit where you are going to require an inexpensive and inoffensive gift. And that's where this Blu-ray comes in. See, everybody's happy. Well, this is 2018, so not really, but you get the idea.

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    Black Panther

    We are seriously considering buying like 20 copies of this and giving it to everyone on our shopping list, just because it's that good. Consider this movie the anti-Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a blockbuster with heart, endlessly complex characters,  and social relevance. If the dino-flick is our suggestion for something to buy for people you must shop for, then Black Panther is a film for people in your life that you cherish and want the best for.

    Buy Black Panther


    Thor: Ragnarok

    If anyone is out there grumbling "boy, this guide sure does have a lot of Marvel movies in it," well, then so does life. Just deal. But you know what there's still not nearly enough of in this damaged and dying world of ours? Jeff Motherfucking Goldblum. So you're goddamn right we are going to suggest this flick, which features the man's most hyperkinetic and amazing performance since Vibes, to buy for someone. Hell, we wish there were a Jeff Goldblum cinematic universe, so someone get on that.

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    Soulcalibur VI

    We still think that Soulcalibur sounds like the name of a failed Sting musical, yet Bandai's enduring franchise remains one of the hottest titles of this holiday season. This time around, the game returns to the 16th century with ramped up action, characters, of course the inventive fighting moves that the series is known for.

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    Lego DC Super Villains

    Seeing how we live in an age where the bad guys always win, you might as well have some fun with it. That's the unspoken subtext of Lego DC Super Villains, a multi-platform game that puts The Joker, Darkseid, et al front and center. With both a story mode and an open world mode, the title allows players to create their own villainous character to frolic in the enthralling playground that is the DC Legoverse.

    Buy Lego DC Super Villains


    Just Dance 2019

    The popular dancing game features contemporary hits from artists like Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, and G.G. Allin. Okay, we're lying about the last one. Nevertheless, this is the sort of video game that encourges movement, teaches rhythm and lets you exercise while having fun. Includes a free one-month trial to Just Dance Unlimited, which gives players access to more than 400 songs.

    Buy Just Dance 2019

    DC Primal Age Batman

    From the Things We Didn't Realize We Needed In Our Lives department comes Funko's DC Primal Age line. Mixing DC heroes and villains with a Masters of the Universe aesthetic is such an inspired idea, we are shocked that these haven't hit the market sooner. The line also includes stylized takes on Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Scarecrow, King Shark, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker. (There are DC Primal versions of Ace the Bathound and the Batcave as well). Nostalgia run amuck or genius toy design. A little of both really, not that anyone is complaining!

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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spin Vision Spider-Ham

    As of this writing, we still don't know very much about Into the Spider Verse other than that it looks spectacular, pun intended. There's a lot about Sony's CGI take on the Miles Morales Spidey saga that we are interested in, but the hardcore Marvel nerd deep within us is freaking out about the fact that Spider-Ham is in this film. The porcine parody originally appeared in his own title back in Marvel's Star Comics line of kids books in the 1980s. While most of the Star characters have been lost to time (Planet Terry anyone?), Peter Porker AKA Spider-Ham has managed to reappear from time to time in the mainstream Marvel continuity. He also will be appearing in the new film voiced by none other than John Mulaney. Best of all, he gets his own toy which allows you to poke his ear to change his facial expression -- which brings astonishment to our goofy mugs.

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    Riverdale Monopoly

    There is a Riverdale-branded version of Monopoly. One of the game pieces is Cheryl Blossom's "iconic" spider broach. We are dead now.

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    Catan

    It's actually unfair how fun Catan is. It's a friendship-destroying kind of fun, really. Grab this tabletop game where you can trade resources, build, and settle the whole map before anyone else can.

    Buy Catan right here on Amazon. 

    Planet of the Apes ReAction Figure Statue of Liberty Action Playset

    Umm, spoiler alert. Planet of the Apes turned 50 this year, and what better way to commemorate this milestone than with a playset based on the film's iconic ending. For use with Super 7's action figures from the film (sadly sold separately), this nostalgia-heavy toy is the ideal gift for the ape and/or Chuck Heston enthusiast on your shopping list.

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    Lego Star Wars Darth Vader's Castle

    We've been obsessed with the idea of Darth Vader having a castle hideaway since we learned that it was a proposed but ultimately rejected location for Return of the Jedi back in 1983. Its surprise appearance in Rogue One warmed our nerdy hearts as if they were immersed in Mustafarian lava, as did the recent IDW comic series Tales from Vader's Castle. So with this background information firmly established, you might have guessed that we can't wait to get our geeky hands all over this Lego rendition of Dath's Castle. Made up of 1,060 pieces, which includes a packaged build of the castle, a Tie Advanced Fighter, and five mini figures, this massive Lego set is mind-boggling. We can think of no better way of ushering in 2019 than by building this behemoth.

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    Cards Against Humanity

    There's no point in hiding how horrible you are with Cards Against Humanity. As the name implies, this question & answer matching card game will make you lose faith in humanity (but you'll still laugh your head off).

    Buy Cards Against Humanity right here! 

    Funko Pop! Marvel: Thor: Ragnarok Korg Collectible Vinyl Figure

    He's obviously awesome, but Korg should be on everyone's wish list for no other reason than he had the distinction of deliveringhe this year's funniest movie line -- "piss off, ghost!"

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    Funko GLOW Debbie & Ruth Two-Pack

    Netflix's GLOW series continues to be a revelation. What could have been a nostalgic wink fest instead is one of TV's sharpest and funniest shows, and a tribute to the power of female friendship. The series' emotional core is the complicated friendship between Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) and Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), whose off-stage battles have been known to carry over into the ring. Funko has recreated their wrestling personas, Liberty Belle and Zoya the Destroyer, in this two-pack of action figures that will dropkick the decorative competition on any shelf.

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    Game of Thrones Hold the Door Doormat

    What, too soon? Relive one of Game of Thrones' most heartbreaking moments -- which is really saying a lot -- with this 15.17"(L) x 23.6"(W) non-slip doormat that is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Hodor.

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    The Amazing Spider-Man Comic #122 T-Shirt

    After the Green Goblin threw Gwen Stacy off of the George Washington Bridge back in The Amazing Spider-Man #121, our hero's life would never be the same again -- especially since his attempt to save her via his webbing actually is what killed her, but let's not split hairs. The love of his young life was dead, and Spidey wanted revenge. In the subsequent issue, Spidey and the Goblin faced off in a climactic battle that has not been matched since. The excitement of this storyline is captured in this T-shirt, recreating John Romita Jr.'s iconic cover for that issue. Available in men's sizes Adult S through 4X.

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    To a wizard, his or her most important accessory is a trusty wand. Now Muggles can get in on the fun with Wow! Stuff's officially licensed Harry Potter's Light Painting Wand. Using an included app, this wand allows you to write or draw in augmented reality with LED light. The above video shows you how the wand works, and we think that you'll agree that this is a gift idea that is beyond magical.

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Baby Groot Cutting Board

    Oh man, this one is savage. What appears to be an adorable cutting board designed to look like Baby Groot takes a sinister turn once you realize that, oh shit, it could actually be Baby Groot. Happy holidays, everything is a nightmare!

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    Avengers: Infinity War | Infinity Gauntlet Graphic OtterBox Symmetry iPhone X Case

    Is there a person in your life who is constantly dropping their phone? If so, then shopping for them this year will be a snap (too soon?) with this durable Avengers: Infinity War OtterBox Symmetry iPhone X Case. With "the strongest protection in the slimmest style," this sturdy synthetic rubber and polycarbonate case includes dual-layer defense guards to protect against spills and tumbles. Best of all? The case can be personalized to your liking via Zazzle's website.

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    Retro Captain America Comic Book Pattern Neck Tie

    It would be impossible not to look heroic in this stylish officially licensed Captain America necktie. Made of 100% polyester with a silky finish, this 55" x 4" tie is a perfect, patriotic tribute to Cap and the American way!

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Baby Groot iPhone 8 Plus/7 Plus Case

    "I am Groot?" More like you are cute, amirite? Although the next installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy saga is on hold while the hunt for a new director goes on, there's comfort to be found in the fact that the first two films are nothing but pure entertainment -- thanks in no small part to our wooden friend here. Designed for the Apple iPhone 8 Plus/7 Plus, this slim and durable featherlight Case-Mate case comes with a downright adorable image of dancing Groot that can be customized with whatever name you like via the Zazzle website.

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    Nintendo Game Boy Convertible Backpack/Computer Laptop Messenger Bag

    Two bags in one! Whether used as a backpack on a computer laptop messenger bag, this versatile item will grant its wearer some serious retro gaming swagger. Our only complaint is that you can't actually play Tetris on it. It's a scientific fact that Tetris makes any commute better.

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    Sabrina the Teenage Witch Pin

    This soft enamel pin from Macabre Manor recreates Dan Decarlo's art from Archie's Madhouse #22, which introduced Sabrina the Teenage Witch. This 1.25" limited edition pin will cast its spell on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fan in your life.

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Tote Bag

    Douglas Adams reportedly hated the "Cosmic Cutie" -- the green, large-tongued blob who appeared on the covers of every Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book released in North America. We're going to have to respectfully disagree with him on this one, as we've been in love with the Cutie since we first laid eyes on his toothy grin. This 100% cotton canvas bag from Out of Print clothing includes artist Peter Cross' original Hitchhiker's art and is full of as much weird whimsy as the book's themselves. Bonus points go to this one because each purchase made at Out of Print helps fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. And that would definitely bring a smile to the late author's face.

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