I’m going to level with you. As someone who liked but did not love the original series, I did not expect God of War to be as good as it is. The pacing, beautiful writing, fantastic combat, and awe-inspiring boss fight have all made the game an early Game Of The Year leader for me.

So what about you, reader? When was the last time a game surprised you with just how great it is? I think for me, before God of War, it’d probably be Breath Of The Wild and then Wolfenstein: The New Order before it. 

Let us know your picks down below.

Did You Know Gaming is a smart and entertaining YouTube channel dedicated to bringing trivia and unknown history behind all things video game. This week the series is taking a look at the lego game adaptations of popular films developed by TT Games.

Here you can find out all sorts of interesting details, like how TT Games makes sure any lego vehicle they can make in the game, they can make in real life and how they work in nods to future titles in their games. You can watch the whole thing here:

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For more from Did You Know Gaming, be sure to watch this video on how Spyro was almost an MMO.

After this month’s earlier Hanzo update, it looks like Symmetra is next up for some big changes. In a forum reply, lead designer Geoff Goodman laid out some of the changes coming to the support character, most notably that she wouldn’t be playing support anymore and would, instead, likely become a defense class character.

Here’s what Goodman said:

We currently have moved her to Defense. We tried a healer version which had her turrets healing instead of dealing damage, but it felt super awkward, especially with how fast Overwatch moves.

That said, we are playing with a new way her turrets deploy. Instead of having to stick them directly onto a wall herself, she can now fire an un-deployed version like a projectile, which sticks to walls/ceilings/etc. Once it sticks, it will unfold like it does on the wall currently when she builds them.

This helps for a bunch of reasons but one of the big ones is that it makes it a lot easier to play her on offense or just be able to preposition her turrets much more easily/quickly.

Be sure to note the use of the word “currently” here, which carries the implication that none of this is set in stone. However, here are a scattershot for possible changes that Goodman has mentioned for you Symmetra lovers to mull over:

  • The shield generator is gone “at the moment.”
  • Symmetra’s Photon Barrier is now her ultimate.
  •  The teleporter is becoming the E ability. It’s also changed a bit, according to Goodman: “You place the exit like you normally do, except that you can place it up to 25 meters away, instead of only right in front of you. We’re experimenting with what works and what doesn’t but currently you can teleport things such as Torbjorn turrets, D.Va’s exploding mech, Junkrat tire, etc.”

For more on Overwatch, be sure to watch us play through the Retribution event in the game here.

Developer Bluehole has been pushing hard against cheaters and hackers ever since PUBG came to prominence last year. Today, the studio released a community update where it notified players that 15 individuals had been arrested for developing and selling programs that not only let players use cheats in-game but also stole personal data from those same players.

Here’s the pertinent text from Bluehole:

Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.

Here’s some translated information from the local authorities we worked with on this case:

“15 major suspects including “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄” were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, and brokering transactions. Currently the suspects have been fined approximately 30mil RNB ($5.1mil USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.

Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet includes a Huigezi Trojan horse*(Chinese backdoor) virus. It was proven that hack developers used this virus to control users’ PC, scan their data, and extract information illegally.”

You can read the whole post here. For more on PUBG, be sure to check out our Virtual Life on the game here.

Our Take
It’s rare that hackers are held accountable for marring online gaming experiences so this is rather refreshing to see but also kind of astounding. Five million dollars is quite a chunk of change. We’re curious to see how many other suspects are brought in as the months go on, and how this story develops and affects other online gaming communities.

According to both Korean and Australian listings on their online rating boards’ websites, the next Hitman is titled Hitman: Sniper Assassin and it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Sniper Assassin has not yet officially been announced by developer IO Interactive. The name bears similarities to two of the studio’s previous games: Hitman: Sniper for iOS and Android, and Hitman: Sniper Challenge.

The listings don’t provide much information outside of the title and platforms. 

For more on Hitman, read our review of Hitman: Season 1 by heading here.

[Source: Gematsu]

 

Our Take
Though these listings were leaked before an announcement was made, it nonetheless strongly suggests that Hitman: Sniper Assassin is the next installment. Still, it’s best to take these rumors with a grain of salt until we hear from IO Interactive officially. It’s possible that this title has ties to the mobile game Hitman: Sniper since the names are similar.

A recent video from YouTuber Super Bunnyhop, also known as games journalist George Weidman, suggests that Eidos Montreal was once working on a Final Fantasy game that could have ended up being Final Fantasy XV.

Weidman tells us in the video that this report has anonymous sources, so it’s unclear whether all of what’s said here is valid. Nonetheless, it paints an interesting picture.

Following Eidos Montreal’s launch of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which received critical acclaim, one of the game’s producers thought up a new RPG concept. Yoichi Wada, who was Square Enix’s president at the time, gave Eidos Montreal permission to tackle the next Final Fantasy game. It was being designed with the Western audience in mind, so it was codenamed Project W in pre-production. 

The game was to be a space opera and have a visual design similar to fractals. It told the story of the protagonist searching for his love interest, Nova, and entering a complicated love triangle because of it. 

In 2012, the concept was formally pitched to Final Fantasy producers and was promptly rejected. The game continued its pre-production under a new codename, Project Nova, and was slated to instead be a new IP. After failed pitches to several publishers, however, it never found the funding needed to survive. Project Nova was then cancelled.

Watch the video below to hear the story for yourself.

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Eidos Montreal is currently working on Shadow of the Tomb Raider. You can read more about what to expect from that title by heading here.

 

Our Take
Though his sources are unnamed, Weidman has previously put together credible reports about video games. This video should nonetheless be taken with a grain of salt, since little proof is given.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third and final entry to Lara Croft’s rebooted series. Following yesterday’s big reveal, Square Enix has now unveiled details about what we can expect from the various special editions, the season pass, and pre-order bonuses.

Soon, you can pre-order either the standard, deluxe, croft, or ultimate edition of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The standard edition offers the base game along with additional goodies. PlayStation 4 players receive a dynamic theme, PC players get a Steam wallpaper, and an Avatar outfit is offered on Xbox One.

The Deluxe Edition also includes all the same bonuses as the standard edition, along with the OST, an addition weapon and outfit, and early access to the game 48 hours before its official launch.

The Croft Edition has everything the Deluxe Edition offers, as well as more outfits, weapons, and the season pass. You can view the breakdown in the image below.

The season pass includes seven challenge tombs, seven weapons, seven outfits, and seven skills, as well as multiple narrative side missions.

Finally, the Ultimate Edition offers everything the Croft Edition does, but with a slew of other great additions. These include a Lara Croft statue, a climbing axe-styled bottle opener, and a flashlight. You can view a sneak peek of these items below.

No prices have been revealed just yet, though pre-orders are expected to go live soon. For more on Lara Croft’s next adventure, read about the six things we learned after going hands-on and check out our concept art gallery.

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Trailblazers, an upcoming multiplayer racer from developer Supergonk, has its own unique twist. As you race toward the finish line, you also attempt to splatter the track with more ink than other players.

As our news editor Imran Khan pointed out in his best indies of PAX East round-up, Trailblazers is as if you combined Wipeout and Splatoon. At the end of a race, points are allotted towards not just who was quickest, but who covered most of the track with ink. Every lap, however, your splatters could get covered up by your opponents. You play in teams of 3v3.

Supergonk recently released a new trailer, which you can view below.

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Trailblazers releases May 8 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Eight new titles are now available on EA’s subscriber service Origin Access. If you’re a subscriber, you can explore Mad Max’s wasteland or puzzle your way through the adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, for no extra cost.

You can check out the entire list of new titles coming to the service below.

  • Mad Max
  • Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition
  • Prison Architect
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Virginia
  • Ember
  • Spore

You can view the entire list of 95+ games currently available on Origin Access by heading here.

According to a trailer that hit early on Bandai Namco Taiwan’s Facebook as well as Shonen Games’ twitter, Vegito is coming soon to Dragon Ball FighterZ. It confirms that it’s Vegito’s blue-haired SSGSS (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito) form as well.

Though the trailer doesn’t tell us much about his abilities, we do see him use the Final Kamehameha attack against Fused Zamasu. You can watch the teaser yourself below.

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No confirmation outside of this trailer has been made by Bandai Namco, but it makes for a strong case that we’ll be seeing this character in the game soon.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Zamasu is joining the roster too. Read our review of Dragon Ball FighterZ by heading here.