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Four months after the official release of Baldur's Gate 3, Larian Studios has released another handful of fun stats that shed some light on players' habits - including who they're picking as their romance option.But perhaps most notably, Larian revealed that 1.3 million players have finished the game so far, which is a pretty sizable feat considering how vast Baldur's Gate 3 is (our sister site HowLongToBeat estimates that it takes about 103 hours to complete the main objectives and side quests). Funny enough, that's around the same amount of players who've been turned into a sentient wheel of cheese at one certain point in Act 3.But let's talk romance: while Baldur's Gate 3 has a number of intriguing romance paths, Shadowheart's...
Solid Snake, the recurring protagonist of the Metal Gear franchise, is making his Fortnite debut as a bonus skin offered in the Chapter 5, Season 1 Battle Pass. But rather than being greeted with excitement, Kotaku reports the hunky assassin is a sore subject among players who noticed the absence of his once-thick booty.Staring at a fictional character's rear-end sounds creepy. Actually, it is creepy. But to be fair, Snake's skin-tight body suit makes it fairly easy to spot the difference in his character design across games. Plus, we're not going to deny that he's ruggedly handsome — ass and all.One fan took to X to express disapproval of the character's new look: "this is awful where is his ass? solid snake does not breathe thru...
NexusMods has removed a mod that aimed to make one of Baldur's Gate 3's most popular queer romances heterosexual in the wake of a backlash from fans.The mod, which turned Dame Aylin into "Ser Aylin," used AI voices and other tricks to reimagine her as a man. The mod met with swift backlash, with one post on Reddit urging fans not to support the mod earning more than 17,000 upvotes. The post notes that the mod is included in a collection that, among other things, seeks to remove people of color from Larian's popular RPG.In a post explaining the ban, NexusMods said that the mod violated the site's community rules by "appearing to reduce diversity in Baldur's Gate 3 by taking a same-sex couple and swapping the gender of one of the...
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim has received a mod revamp on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X and S, and PC, as Bethesda doubles down on paid mod content in the Special Edition.A blog post from the developer revealed a new feature called Bethesda Game Studios Creations, which will replace Creation Club in Skyrim: Special Edition. Players with mods installed already shouldn't notice too much of a difference, though the upgrade encourages users to create more paid content.Mod creators can release mods as before, or apply to the Bethesda Game Studios Verified Creator Program to set prices for their creations."In continuing to evolve with the Skyrim community, we are excited to announce Bethesda Game Studios Creations, an...
Amid the fuss over Grand Theft Auto 6, the actor who plays the star of Rockstar’s other massive game franchise has said he believes the developer will eventually get to making a sequel.Roger Clark played Arthur Morgan, the main playable protagonist of 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2. Clark took to X/Twitter to talk about the GTA 6 trailer, like just about everyone else, and said he believes GTA 6’s version of GTA Online won’t replace GTA 5’s still hugely popular GTA Online.“It just dawned on me that there’s no reason whatsoever for GTA 5 online to slow down,” Clark said. “Graphics still hold up, it’s a completely different city. GTA 6 won’t replace it, they’ll both be around for us all to enjoy. Rockstar is going to head further into...
There’s something about watching a mobile mosh pit worth of undead targets lurch toward you as if they’re actually there that really gets the blood flowing. That’s why zombie games work so well in VR: at first there’s the overconfident thought that this is no big deal. They’re slow, and you have guns! But as you start to whittle away at the crowd the picture becomes much less rosy: they’re a lot closer, and you have a lot less ammo now. Panic sets in and mistakes happen as you fumble to reload your weapons with ghouls looming in your face. Arizona Sunshine 2 does a great job of putting you in that position and making you struggle to survive. And while it doesn’t do a whole lot other than that, which becomes a tad repetitive, it does...
It’s not often you hear developers admit the technology upon which their games are built isn’t up to the job, but that’s exactly what Jeremy Stieglitz, co-founder of Ark maker Studio Wildcard did during a recent livestream.Speaking during Studio Wildcard's Extra Life Charity Stream on Twitch, Stieglitz addressed the elephant in the room: the awful performance of the recently released Ark: Survival Ascended.“The servers are ass. They run like ass. And their stability is ass. We need to improve it. It’s going to be improved,” he said.Twitch chat reacted with a mix of shock and admiration. “Wow truth,” one viewer said. “Facts,” said another. “Finally someone that gets it,” said a Twitch user. “The guy knows it lol,” said another...
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Baldur’s Gate 3, Final Fantasy 16, Resident Evil 4 Remake, and so many more – 2023 has been a defining year for video games.We want to know how you think these games stack up in the pantheon of the greatest games of all time. Across the year, our audience declared what they think are the most iconic games of the year as part of the IGN Icon Awards. This December, we’re tallying our followers’ votes through IGN’s Instagram to see which game from 2023 you think is worthy of the coveted title.This is where great starts happen—in partnership with the USAF, we’ve selected 32 of the highest-rated games of 2023 and have placed them into a March Madness-style tournament bracket. The games were...
The 2023 Dead Space remake is widely regarded as one of the top games of the year, and it's now available for just $7.99 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members (and £7.99 for those in the UK as well). That's a colossal discount for, in my opinion, one of the best games ever made. So, just to recap and ensure you're following; this is the full Dead Space Digital Deluxe Edition, not just an upgrade, but the full game + digital extras as well, for $7.99. That's 90% off the MSRP and $72 in overall savings. Wow.You likely already know that Dead Space is available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate via EA Play, but in all honestly, it's hard to deny how good of a deal this is. This is especially true as it's a game to add to your digital library...
Naughty Dog and PlayStation have released a first look trailer for The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered's No Return roguelike mode, which arrives alongside the PlayStation 5 re-release on January 19, 2024.The trailer, below, offers a look at the roguelike gameplay players can experience in the mode, which essentially revolves around the player getting as far as they can in a level while acquiring upgrades, eventually dying, and then restarting the run with those upgrades from the beginning. The gameplay loop continues as such, with players getting stronger and further the more runs they do.The mode is naturally single-player only, and just to be clear, non-canon to The Last of Us main story. Players can therefore enjoy some creative...
Would you believe me if I told you Assassin's Creed Mirage is already down to $35? Okay, fair enough, it's not the biggest shock in the world. But, it does indicate that there's a virtue to waiting out select game releases in order to get the best price possible. What's more shocking about this deal is that Mirage has already had a reasonable discount, quite recently in fact. It was $10 off and down to $40 during the Black Friday sales -- which means Black Friday is a lie and a sham (tell me something I don't know).But let's not get too hasty, as there were still some reasonable discounts during Black Friday... if you were fast enough to snag them while they were still in stock. However, in this instance, those Assassin's Creed fans...
Ubisoft’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora offers us all the chance to visit the lush, forested homeworld of the Na’vi. And, at the very top of a floating mountain, you’ll be able to live out your own version of an iconic Avatar scene: taming and flying a Banshee (or ‘Ikran’ in the native Na’vi language.)But just as important as the flight is the journey to the mountain’s summit; a climb full of incredible views, plants with strange abilities, and puzzles to solve. That climb is the centrepiece of Take Flight, one of Frontiers of Pandora’s milestone quests. It’s the work of dozens of developers, and we’ve spoken to several of them to find out how they made it.Our latest episode of Concept to Controller puts the spotlight on six roles...
Anticipation continues to build as gamers are eagerly awaiting updates on the forthcoming Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. In the meantime, the base game is currently available at a discounted price in the UK. Select retailers are offering the game for a reduced rate of at least £29.99, a noteworthy markdown from the £49.99 RRP. Given the expansive nature of the game, this discount should be deemed substantial, particularly when contrasted with the potential £69.99 price tag that other publishers might command for a similar gaming experience in 2023.Shadow of the Erdtree was announced in March as a major expansion for Elden Ring, but FromSoftware has yet to indicate a release date despite the game approaching its second...
Though the deals are good and I'm genuinely proud of the below lists, today's one of those days where I don't really want to be writing an intro. Frankly, I think my time would be better spent watching the "officially leaked" GTA VI trailer one more time. Y'know, for the the tenth viewing of. Possibly on the slowest playback speed, too, so I can spot yet another mind-blowing detail about this immensely impressive showcase.This Day in GamingAussie birthdays for notable games and hardware- Mario Party 5 (GC) 2003. Sequels- Beyond Good & Evil (PC) 2003.- Counter-Strike (XB) 2003.Table of ContentsNintendo Switch PC Xbox PlayStationNice Savings for Nintendo SwitchExpiring Recent DealsHardware WatchHow much to make...
The Game Awards 2023 is nearly here and it promises a night filled with blockbuster reveals, musical performances, and recognition for the greatest games to be released this past year. From The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to Baldur's Gate 3 to Alan Wake 2 to Super Mario Bros. Wonder and so many more, this was truly a year to remember and this night will be one to celebrate.The Game Awards 2023 will take place on December 7 and this article will be your guide to let you know how and when you can watch the show alongside what you can expect from one of the biggest nights of the year in the gaming world.Additionally, we want to let you know to stay tuned to our stream after The Game Awards and catch our Top Moments brought...
Veteran UK developer Codemasters has suffered a round of layoffs following the launch of racing games F1 23 and EA Sports WRC.Codemasters owner EA confirmed the redundancies in a statement issued to IGN, although failed to disclose the number of staff affected.“Our business is constantly changing as we strive to deliver amazing games and services that keep our players engaged, connected, and inspired,” an EA spokesperson said. “At times, this requires the company to make small-scale organizational changes that align our teams and resources to meet evolving business needs and priorities. We continue to work closely with those affected by these changes, providing appropriate support throughout this process.”EA bought Codemasters...
If you like survival games, and touching stories, I have something for you. To celebrate Undying leaving Early Access and entering 1.0, you can grab a key for this third-person survival horror game on Steam starting on December 7th, 2023 as part of IGN Plus.Already an IGN Plus member? Get your key here! (Keys are limited, so once the card says, "Closed," all keys have been claimed)Not an IGN Plus member yet? Try it for $1. Join here.IGN Plus Monthly Game: UndyingUndying is a zombie survival horror game which follows the tale of Anling and her son, Cody, as they struggle to survive in a zombie-infested area after Anling has been bitten. Manage your sleep, stress, and health to stave off turning and take every opportunity to...
Outcast: A New Beginning returns players to the beloved adventure franchise on March 15, 2024, publisher THQ Nordic and developer Appeal Studio have announced.After being announced at THQ Nordic's Digital Showcase in August 2022, Outcast: A New Beginning is finally just a few months away. Acting as a sequel to 1999's Outcast, players will be reunited with marine Cutter Slade in a brand new adventure."Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating alien realm of Adelpha, uncover its mysteries, and enjoy the galaxy's wittiest dad jokes, skilfully delivered by our hero, Cutter Slade," reads the official synopsis. "Outcast offers a slightly self-ironic yet wholesome take on sci-fi themes and tropes, injecting a sense of fun into a...
Video game cookbooks have emerged as something of a minor phenomeon in recent years, and the mix of gaming with everyday cooking recipes has become more common than one might expect. From consuming a 'Nuka Burger' in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Fallout to the flavors of intergalactic travel in Destiny -- there's a cookbook for that.And now we have a cookbook from the world of The Witcher. It's another fascinating take on the game-to-cooking crossover, but there's also a unique charm to settling in with some recipes straight out of Kaer Morhen and beyond. The authors of the book, Anita Sarna and Karolina Krupecka, have kindly agreed to discuss with IGN how they went about creating over 80 unique and engaging recipes ripped...
The Grand Theft Auto series continues to heavily influence the industry, as many have been quick to parody the colorful teaser template Rockstar used last week to announce the date and time for the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6.Specifically, game development studios have hopped on the trend, posting images using the same sunset-esque colors to announce when to expect new information on a game they are working on. 343 Industries was among the first to parody the template, borrowing the same vibrant color aesthetic to announce a new trailer for Halo Infinite drops on December 4.Sea of Thieves developer Rare also used the template to announce that new information will be available on its pirate-themed game on December 7. While...
Starbreeze, the developer of the Payday series of games, has announced an officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons game due out at some point in 2026.The untitled game, codenamed Project Baxter, will be developed and published by Starbreeze, the company said.Details are scarce, but Starbreeze said Project Baxter is set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons and “will carry the signature Starbreeze game cornerstones of co-operative multiplayer, lifetime commitment through a Games as a Service-model, community engagement and a larger than life experience”.Project Baxter will launch on all major platforms in 2026 and include cross-play, Starbreeze added. The game will be produced in Unreal Engine 5.Starbreeze published two images for...
CD Projekt Red has revealed the full notes for Cyberpunk 2077's Update 2.1, the final major patch arriving December 5, which includes details on the metro system, romantic partner hangouts, new vehicles, and more.Revealed in a blog post, Update 2.1 — which arrives at around 3am Pacific / 6am Eastern / 11am UK — is headlined by the long-requested metro system, which was shown in the original Cyberpunk 2077 and Phantom Liberty's cinematic trailer. Players can travel between 19 metro stations, either by sitting inside the carriage and waiting for the full, immersive role-playing experience, or by fast traveling for convenience.Romantic partner hangouts will also arrive in the update as another much requested feature. CD Projekt Red...
Stardew Valley creator Erik ‘Concerned Ape’ Barone has taken to X/Twitter to give fans a progress report on the RPG's highly anticipated 1.6 update, and to shed light on his motivation for continuing to work on the popular 2016 farming sim over seven years after it came out.“A ton of progress on 1.6 last month, it's (self-imposed) extreme crunch mode, nose to the grindstone (raw nose) mode,” said Barone in a recent post. “Here's one of the many additions in 1.6. Keeping mostly everything secret.”An accompanying screenshot revealed that a new storage chest, which can hold almost twice the amount of materials/items as a regular chest, will be coming to the game as part of the 1.6 update. Sadly, the new post didn’t give any concrete...
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has announced that Starfield has now seen over 12 million players.Speaking during the CCXP event in Brazil, Spencer described Bethesda’s space RPG as “a tremendous hit”, although failed to announce sales figures or the split of players between Game Pass subscribers and owners of the game itself.“Starfield has now had over 12 million players since the launch of Starfield, and it still sits in our top 10 most-played games from our studios,” Spencer said. “So thank you everybody for all the support on Starfield, and making it a tremendous hit.”Starfield launched on PC and Xbox Series X and S in September as a day-one Game Pass title. It became the biggest launch in Bethesda history after shooting past six...
Cyberpunk 2077 will receive its "last big update" tomorrow, December 5, 2023, as developer CD Projekt Red turns its attention towards the sequel, codenamed Orion, and the next mainline Witcher game, codenamed Polaris.Speaking to IGN, CD Projekt Red confirmed Update 2.1, which arrives alongside the Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition, is the final major update for the three year-old game. CD Projekt Red, as well as ramping up development for its next mainline Witcher game, codenamed Polaris, is switching focus to the full Cyberpunk 2077 sequel.A post on X/Twitter from global community director Marcin Momot first implied this was the case, saying CD Projekt Red had "one more patch for Cyberpunk 2077" up its sleeve. IGN reached out for...
Mortal Kombat 1 development chief Ed Boon has confirmed plans to continue the story of the game and teased further surprises.Speaking at the CCXP23 event in Brazil, Boon announced what sounds very much like an Aftermath-style expansion for Mortal Kombat 1, but stopped short of revealing any details. “Just like we did with MK11, we’re going to release a second part with more story and we have a big surprise after that,” Boon said.Mortal Kombat 11’s Aftermath story expansion launched just over a year after the game itself, and included an additional story mode, new characters, new stages, stage Fatalities, and the Friendship finisher. It seems reasonable to assume Mortal Kombat 1 will get similar content as part of the continuation...
Not only has NetherRealm revealed the release date and gameplay of Quan Chi, it has also given us our best look yet at John Cena's Peacemaker and Khameleon as a Kameo fighter.Quan Chi is one of the characters that make up Mortal Kombat 1's Kombat Pack, and the legendary sorcerer will become available to those who have purchased the DLC package on December 14. If you just want Quan Chi and don't want to purchase the Kombat Pack, you will be able to unlock him on December 21.The trailer is a great showcase for Quan Chi, who first appeared in the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. His first video game appearance was Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and he made his playable debut in Mortal Kombat 4.The...
The era of the bad movie tie-in is over. Today, we’re living in an age where games based on licensed IP are among the cream of the crop: the Batman Arkham franchise, The Witcher games, and Insomniac’s Spider-Man series are all critically acclaimed top sellers. Hoping to run alongside them is Ubisoft’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.But Ubisoft faced a challenge that Rocksteady and Insomniac never did: Frontiers of Pandora isn’t just a licensed game, it’s canon to the Avatar universe. That means everything in it is a recognised part of the official Avatar story, approved by the studio who made the original movies. Anything Ubisoft created had to fit perfectly within this existing, intricate world. Achieving this required extensive...
The Fortnite team has confirmed that Fortnite OG and the original map will be returning in 2024 as the "OG season far exceeded our expectations."The exciting news was shared by Fortnite's account on X/Twitter and it teased that we we can expect to jump back in to the map that first welcomed us into the Battle Royale game back in 2017 next year."Ngl the OG season far exceeded our expectations," Fortnite's account wrote "So much so that we’d like to bring it back… opens 2024 roadmap doc In the meantime, see you on the Battle Bus."This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as the love for Fortnite OG was overwhelming and saw Fortnite have its 'biggest day' ever with over 44.7 million players jumping in to take a trip down memory...
Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1: Underground has arrived and it comes with a ton of changes and additions, including a new island, a train that goes all across the map, weapon mods, over 1,200 LEGO Style outfits, bosses, a new Battle Pass with Peter Griffin and Solid Snake, and much more.This new chapter in Fortnite is all about taking the fight to 'The Society' by joining 'The Underground.' You must do all you can to not only take down a group of bosses led by Valeria, but also rescue our beloved Peely from their clutches. Oh, and if you thought Valeria was tough, wait until you go against Family Guy's Peter Griffin, who is amazingly also a boss alongside Oscar, Nisha, and Montague.Defeating bosses will gain you a Society Medallion...
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