Daily Deals: New Incredible Discounts on PS5 Games and Accessories
Secured a PS5 this week? Here are all the very best accessories and games on sale you will need to make the very most out of your new console. From a brand new Midnight Black controller to the game of the year contender Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, there's plenty of impressive PS5 deals to check out right now. Facebook is also running a great promotion on its set of Portal devices. You can currently buy two Portal devices and save £100 on your purchase, including the brand new Portal+ and Portal Go.TL;DR – Best DealsBest PS5 Deals: Games and AccessoriesBuy Two Portal Devices and Get £100 Off Your PurchasePortal devices are all about immersive video calling, including Smart Camera tracking that will keep you on screen and in focus throughout a video call. It works with most video calling apps such as Zoom, and you can use it to call others who don't have a Portal device as well. Buying two of these is the perfect Christmas present in my opinion, as you can gift a Portal device to a relative or a friend, and instantly connect with them whenever you need to.Apple AirPods on Sale at AmazonResident Evil Village Down to £27.97 at Currys (was £54.99)Metroid Dread Down to £34.99 with GAMENEXDAY at CurrysRobert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.
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Aussie Deals: Up to 92% Off Metal Gear and 84% Off Capcom Franchise Sales!
I'm taking this opportunity to recommend a criminally under-loved game. Huntdown is now 50% off, it's a damn fine sidescrolling shooter, and it'll give you a purer cyberpunk fix than CDPR's recent efforts. (Extra bonus: the launch trailer for it was money.) Beyond that, I've spotted some terrific first-party PS games, an IGN GOTY going cheap on Xbox, plus a whole bunch of Resi and MGS gems in franchise sales. Get scrolling to get saving…Notable Sales for Nintendo SwitchPurchase Cheaply for PCExciting Offers for XO/XSProduct Savings for PS4/PS5 Adam's an Aussie deals guy who foolishly showed his youngest son how effective Eddy Gordo is. He now complains about low-kicks @Grizwords.
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Everwild Reboot Reports Were a 'Little Extreme,' Xbox Game Studios Head Says
Back in June, a report indicated that Everwild, Rare's newest game IP, was being completely rebooted. In a recent interview with Kinda Funny, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said that that report was "more definite and a little more extreme" than the truth.In his Kinda Funny interview (via GamesRadar), Booty elaborated on how game development, particularly the narratively rich and distinct flavor that Rare creates, is a difficult process consisting of thousands of little decisions."What is Rare known for?" Booty said. "They're known for creating new IP and creating worlds. I'll say when you look at it from the outside, when you hear words like 'reset' and maybe 'restructure,' those are probably a little more definite and a little more extreme than what really happens as a game comes to life."Booty also referenced his time working alongside NBA Jam developer Mark Trammell."He used to say that a game gets made a thousand small decisions at a time," Booty said. "Every day you're making hundreds of small decisions and at the end of however long you work on the game, they all add up. I think that's where the Everwild team is right now. They're just trying to make sure that they've got something special."Booty also touched on how, even with how long a game can take to make and release, the state of a game can dramatically change (or improve) with each new build."There's some days where you're just terrified," Booty said. "'What are they making? How is this ever going to come together?' Then you balance that out with a day later, this build comes together and you're like 'this is magic.'"Worries about a reboot of Everwild's development started when the game was absent from Microsoft's game showcase events during 2019. Everwild's creative director Simon Woodroffe also left Rare in 2020. Rare filled the director's chair with veteran designer Gregg Mayles, who previously worked on Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, and Sea of Thieves. The initial report of the supposed reboot also stated that Everwild may have changed the game's original concept of third-person adventuring with "god game elements," but didn't confirm if any changes actually happened.Booty said Xbox will have more to share about Everwild when Rare has more to show and that they "don't want to keep things hidden for too long."Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/nature wizard for IGN.
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PS4 and PS5's Early 2022 Games Lineup Is Packed – Beyond 722
On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation podcast, IGN's Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to discuss all the latest in the world of PS5, PS4, and more.First, with the recent PS4 and PS5 game delays of things like Elden Ring and the PS5 versions of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, we talk about how jampacked early 2022 is with PS4 and PS5 games, including Horizon Forbidden West, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Sifu, Elden Ring, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Gran Turismo 7, and so much more. We discuss what we're so excited to play, why we don't mind this fall being a bit quieter, and how we plan to tackle this short span of so many potentially awesome PS4 and PS5 games.We also discuss PS5's sales success in September against the Nintendo Switch, and what that means for PS5 sales going into the rest of the year, as well as the return of custom PS5 faceplates from a third-party company, DBrand, our approach to customizing our hardware or looking for different console and controller color variants, and more. Plus, we also discuss the move of God of War 2018 coming to PC early next year.We also dig into games we've been playing, including Death Stranding: Director's Cut, Hot Wheels Unleashed, New World, Far Cry 6; Jada shares a Memory Card story, and much more!And if you're looking for more places to enjoy the show, check out Podcast Beyond! on all available platforms: https://linktr.ee/podcastbeyondTime codes:00:00:15 – Intro & Game Delays00:07:47 – Platinums we’re chasing00:13:30 – Looking forward to 202200:20:19 – PS5 Tops Sales in September00:29:06 – Customized PS5 Faceplates Return00:40:46 – What We’re Playing00:49:30 – God of War coming to PC in 202200:52:11 – Memory Card & OutroPodcast Beyond! is live every Wednesday. For more on PS5, check out our PS5 console review and our PS5 wiki guide for tips on how to best use your system. And for more Beyond, be sure to watch the first episode of our Bloodborne let's play! Jonathon Dornbush is IGN's Senior Features Editor, PlayStation Lead, and host of Podcast Beyond! He's the proud dog father of a BOY named Loki. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.
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Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Could Have an Identity Crisis
Rumors of Cowboy Bebop making the jump to live-action are nearly as old as the original anime itself, but it's only recently that this much anticipated adaptation has finally started to take shape at Netflix. Now the first season of the new Cowboy Bebop is nearly upon us. So why are some fans looking forward to the show with more trepidation than excitement?Frankly, there are reasons to be concerned based on the limited footage Netflix has revealed so far. Let's take a look at the warning signs and why Netflix's latest live-action anime adaptation might just be suffering from a major identity crisis.Netflix's Cowboy Bebop: 'An Expansion to the Canon'If we've learned anything from the past several decades of live-action adaptations of animated properties, it's that what works in one medium doesn't always translate to the other. Even if a film or show does survive the jump to live-action, a straightforward, beat-by-beat recreation of the source material only raises the question why an adaptation was necessary in the first place. That's a question that's dogged a number of Disney's live-action remakes over the years. What does 2019's Lion King offer that we didn't already get from the 1994 version? By the same token, what is the new Cowboy Bebop going to do to distinguish itself from a show that is widely regarded as one of the best animated series of all time?Showrunner André Nemec recently addressed this question, telling Entertainment Weekly the new series is "an expansion to the canon" rather than a straightforward remake."I promise we will never take the original anime away from the purists. It will always exist out there," Nemec said. "But I'm very excited about the stories that we're telling. I believe we've done a really nice job of not violating the canon in any direction but merely offering some extra glimpses into the world that was already created."Based on this quote, it would seem as though the cast and crew are going into this series with the intent of expanding the scope and depth of the original story and taking advantage of the new medium. That's an encouraging sign. Nemec's comments could almost be taken as a hint that the live-action series is a companion to the anime set in the same continuity. However, any confusion on that front was quickly cleared up when Netflix revealed the show's intro sequence at Tudum.How Close Is…
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The Best Early Black Friday Deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and More
This year Black Friday falls on November 26, but several of the major vendors such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are trying to spread out their Black Friday deals earlier instead of concentrating their deals on a few days. That means many "guaranteed" Black Friday deals have already gone live in October. The deals are trickling in so there aren't a ton of deals out there, but the number is increasing every day. There are already some great markdowns on Apple products, 4K TVs, headphones, gaming PCs and laptops, and console accessories. We've included all the best deals we've found so far and will continually update this page up to Black Friday proper. Early Black Friday Apple iPad DealsThere's not much here right now, but the one deal listed is excellent for those who want the most powerful tablet on the market. Save $200 on the 256GB model.Early Black Friday TV DealsThere are already plenty of Black Friday deals on 2021 4K TV models. TV prices themselves look like they'll be about the same as what we've seen last year, but quality has increased dramatically. For example, the average 65" TV will still cost between $600-$1K, but the image quality of that TV is significantly improved from last year's 65" TV in the same price range.Early Black Friday Headphone DealsOur favorite noise cancelling headphone is already discounted for Black Friday. The Sony WH1000XM4 active noise cancelling headset is a worthy buy even at MSRP, but you can get it for $100 off right now. If that's still out of your budget, the Beats Studio3 offers much of the same for $80 less, and if you're growing a money tree, the Apple AirPods Max is the best headphone in this roundup.Early Black Friday Consoles and Accessories DealsThere aren't any Black Friday console deals out at the moment, but you can get some nice discounts on next-gen peripherals like the Xbox Series X|S Core controller or the headset.Early Black Friday Hard Drive & SSD DealsYou can never have enough storage. Black Friday is easily the best time of year to add more space to your PS5, Xbox, or PC. You can score deals already on portable hard drives and SSDs, NVME PCIe SSDs (including one for your PS5), and more. Early Black Friday PC DealsRTX 30 series cards are, unfortunately, still very hard to find even during Black Friday. The best…
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Dune: Imperium Review
For decades, fans of James Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel Dune could only get their tabletop kicks from one game, also called Dune. But it was some game: released in 1979 it was years ahead of its time and encouraged players to recreate the Machiavellian scheming of the novel. However, it needed six players to shine and had a wildly variable play time.Now there’s a new pretender to the throne in Dune: Imperium. It’s a very different beast, eschewing the classic territorial conquest setup of the old game for a mishmash of modern strategic design ideas. But with the Dune name on the box and an acclaimed new film adaptation in the cinemas, it’s well poised for success.What’s in the BoxFor all that the novels have inspired some great art down the years, Dune: Imperium opts for function over form. The board and box are awash with muted desert tones, as you might expect. Beneath, there are a lot of cards with a lot of serviceable art to illustrate them. The best bits are the portraits on the leader cards players use to indicate their allegiance.There are wooden bits too, cubes that are both used on score tracks and to represent troops, and humanoid shapes for agents. It’s all pretty standard fare, although the player colors are bold and striking.Rules and How to PlayAt the core of Dune: Imperium is the concept of deck building. In these games, players start with a small deck of cards, often all players have the same deck as is the case here. As the game goes on they can buy new, more powerful cards for their deck and, with luck, remove some of the weak original ones. This game adds a novel twist to this popular formula, called “reveal turns.”Each card has two possible effects. The first is for when you use it to add an agent piece to the board, which also gives you the effects of the space it’s played into. This draws in another well-worn gaming mechanic, worker placement. But you only have a limited pool of agents, normally two. After that, you “reveal” your remaining cards, gaining the second effect.Most deck building games revolve around building hands that let you draw and play more cards, giving you a more powerful turn and cycling your deck faster. Reveal turns frees Dune: Imperium from the need to follow this pattern, leaving it able…
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Over 30,000 FIFA 22 Players Get Temporarily Banned for an Exploit, But Get to Keep Rewards
EA has temporarily banned over 30,000 players in FIFA 22 for seven days. These bans were the results of the players taking advantage of a "no loss" glitch in the game's Ultimate Team mode last week.As reported by Eurogamer an exploit appeared where, if abused, players could obtain a 20-0 perfect win record. All players had to do is click on the "home" button on their PlayStation or Xbox controllers to go back to the console's home screen. Then simply wait for the match to time out. If players were losing a match, they could use this exploit and the game wouldn't register it as a loss. We have identified over 30K active accounts that exploited this issue consistently and have suspended them from FIFA 22 online for 7 days, preventing them from participating in this week’s FUT Champions Finals.Read about our Positive Play Charter here – https://t.co/KR5ZrE9X5O https://t.co/c5wih0bkGR— FIFA Direct Communication (@EAFIFADirect) October 20, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsNow, these same players will not be able to participate in the FIFA Ultimate Team Champions Finals this weekend. However, they will still be able to keep the rewards they earned through exploiting the glitch. Some players say they received an in-game message noting they were banned for 1000 days rather than the seven that EA had stated. EA responded by stating that it is a visual bug and the correct time, seven days, is listed in the email that was sent to the affected players.EA backed up its decision to issue bans by referencing its Positive Play charter, which specifically says, "Don’t: Use exploits, cheats, undocumented features, design errors, bugs or problems to get a leg up on others. This includes using unsupported mods, unauthorized hardware or accessories, or specialized software to gain an unfair advantage, such as 'aimbots' or 'triggerbots,' intentionally 'boosting” or 'teamkilling,' or using exploits to gain in-game items. Seriously, cheaters never prosper."It certainly seems like this "no loss" glitch falls into that category.George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter at @yinyangfooey.
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Kristen Stweart Reveals Whether She'd Play Joker Opposite Robert Pattinson's Batman
Does Robert Pattinson as Batman make you think it'd be awesome to see him square off against his old Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart as the Joker? Well, don't get your hopes up. In an interview with Variety, Stewart briefly entertained the idea but squashed hopes for her to ever inhabit the oversized shoes of the clown prince of crime.The idea started with a social media campaign to cast Stewart alongside her old Twilight counterpart Pattinson, who stars as the titular dark knight in the upcoming The Batman film directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes).“I love the energy behind that,” Stewart told Variety. “It’s really been done so well. I feel like, maybe, we don’t traipse over, but I love that gusto. Let’s figure something else out. I’m totally down to play a freaky, scary person.”Stewart reiterated her opinion when asked again if that was a hard "no."“Not ‘no,’ but not the most stoked I’ve ever been. Let’s do something new," Stewart said.Stewart and Pattinson are certainly plenty far removed from their roots as Twilight's breakout stars 13 years ago. Stewart's most recent film, "Spencer," casts her as the late Princess Diana during the crumbling of her marriage to Prince Charles. Her next project is David Cronenberg's "Crimes of the Future," which follows a performance artist in a world where humanity has evolved to develop new types of organs.Meanwhile, Pattinson's star has risen even further, landing him starring roles in Christopher Nolan's Tenet, Netflix's The King, and Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse alongside Willem Dafoe.As for The Batman, we'll be seeing Pattinson square off against the Riddler and Colin Farrel's Penguin, two of his oldest nemeses. We got a huge new look at the film during DC FanDome, including a new trailer.Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/caped brew-sader for IGN. Brood with him on Twitter.
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Facebook Will Reportedly Change Its Company Name to Embrace the Metaverse
Facebook is reportedly planning to change its name in an effort to reflect its work building the "metaverse," The Verge reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly plans to announce the name change at the company's Connect conference on October 28, if not sooner. The name change could signal Facebook's intentions to grow further beyond a social media company and into more of a tech conglomerate. With Facebook owning Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus VR devices, and other brands, the name change will likely organize every group under one umbrella, similar to Google's change to Alphabet in 2015.Zuckerberg has previously commented on Facebook's intentions to expand into different technology and the metaverse. He told The Verge earlier this year that "we will effectively transition from people seeing us as primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company.”The Verge also reports that the name is a closely guarded secret, even among Facebook's senior leadership. One theory is that it will take its name from Facebook's unreleased VR platform, Horizon Worlds, previously known as Facebook Horizons.Facebook's rebranding could also have an impact on the negative perception of the company as a major source of misinformation. Earlier this month, a whistleblower (and former employee of Facebook) testified that the company prioritized profit over the well-being of its users, and leaked confidential documents related to her allegations.Some of the whistleblower's most notable claims include that Facebook was aware its product was having a negative impact on people's health, particularly teen mental health. The whistleblower also alleged that Facebook softened its regulations on misinformation after the 2020 election, just before the January 6 riot in Washington D.C., Vox reports.Even prior to 2021, Facebook was frequently mired in controversy. The infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal showed that Facebook had exposed the data of 87 million accounts to the political consulting firm working for the Trump campaign. A lawsuit was filed in 2018 over the data-mining scandal and more recently today the DC Attorney General announced that Mark Zuckerberg had been added as a defendant in the lawsuit.Even Facebook's technology has found itself under intense criticism. Facebook formally apologized last month after the platform's AI labeled videos of black men under "primates."What exactly is the metaverse? It depends on who you ask. The founder of Pokemon Go creator Niantic called it a "dystopian nightmare," but Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, who received…
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