Ryan Reynolds, the comedic actor most recently known for his role as Deadpool in the movie of the same name, is reportedly taking on the voice of the title character from Legendary’s upcoming Detective Pikachu movie.

The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive stating that Reynolds has signed on to play the part of Detective Pikachu in a movie based on the game. In the game, which never came stateside, Detective Pikachu was a detective who became a Pikachu, rather than the other way around. 

This will be the first video game movie from Reynolds, who infamously dislikes the medium. “I don’t really play video games. Is there a way to waste more [expletive] time?” Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly in 2009. “The Internet’s enough. The last videogame I played was Ms. Pacman[sic].”

The movie is being directed by Rob Letterman of Goosebumps and is scheduled to start filming in January.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

 

Our Take
If Jerry Orbach were alive, he would have been perfect for the role. Reynolds is a good comedic actor, though, so hopefully this isn’t one of the roles he ends up regretting.

In a blog post from the PUBG team today, the highly anticipated desert map, titled Miramar, for Battlegrounds gets shown off and explained.

First, check out a  picture of the map as a whole.

And then the descriptions for all these areas, straight from the developer’s post.

Los Leones

  • The largest city in the region, Los Leones features ample shopping, a skyline filled with new construction, and a glorious, golden-hued City Center. Players should secure high vantage points by exploring the numerous construction sites, and loot for gear in the cavernous, abandoned commercial buildings.

El Pozo

  • El Pozo is a city known for its large industrial and entertainment districts. Players can test themselves against all comers in the Luchador Arena, put their motorcycle skills to the test In the death bowl, or hunt in the ruins of the long dead textile factories.

Monte Nuevo

  • Monte Nuevo is the picture of a town besieged. Ramshackle walls built to protect its residents now allow players ample cover to explore the well-stocked compound.

Valle del Mar

  • Valle del Mar is a colorful oceanside town bisected by the De Toro bridge. To the West of the bridge is a quaint school, and to the East, a beautiful church. The key to holding this town is bridge control, as it’s the only direct route between mainland and the island.

La Cobreria

  • The shipping and transport capitol of Miramar, La Cobrería’s most prominent feature is it’s enormous Rail Yard. Here, players will hunt and be hunted among the half-buried cargo of a long dead industry. Careful players should loot the schools and campuses that dot this town before attempting to hold the Yard.

San Martin

  • San Martín is located just west of Hacienda Del Patrón. Checkpoints and barriers have transformed this once-quiet small town into a war zone. Both sides of the town have overlooks, so careful players should scout first, before charging into town.

Pecado

  • Once a tourist destination featuring the largest casino in the region, Pecado continues to thrill players to this day with its mix of high-value loot and dangerous sightlines. Aggressive players will immediately loot the Arena and Casino, but savvy players should check out the 4 story hotels between them.

Chumacera

  • Chumacera is the husk of Miramar’s once thriving textile industry. Long abandoned factories overlook a main road lined with residential and commercial buildings. Verticality in both the buildings and terrain make this town an exciting location to loot- high risk, high opportunity!

The developer expects the Miramar map to be available in the final round of testing before the game hits version 1.0 and leaves Early Access, which they have stated is planned before the end of December.

[Source: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Blog]

 

Our Take
The desert map has made a lot of progress since it was last seen. As PUBG’s initial map is pretty well-worn territory at this point, Miramar can’t come soon enough to help spice things up a bit.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 wasn’t just a fever dream when it was announced at E3 and Ubisoft is going to prove it with a stream showing progress on the game tomorrow.

Airing on Thursday at 9:00 AM PDT/12:00 PM EST, the Space Monkey Report livestream is intended to give a progress update and answer questions about the game. When the game was revealed this past June at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, director Michel Ancel said that he intended for the game’s development to be transparent and involve fans along the way.

The stream can be found on Youtube, Twitch, and Facebook, with the links from the Ubisoft tweet at the source link. What do you want them to say about the game during the stream?

[Source: Beyond Good & Evil Twitter]

Full Metal Furies, the action RPG from the creators of Rogue Legacy, will be releasing on PC and Xbox One next month on January 17.

The game has gone a little quiet since its announcement in February, but has been hotly anticipated by fans of Cellar Door Games’ addictive rogue-like platformer Rogue Legacy. The pixelated brawler/action RPG boasts full online and local co-op or a character-switching single player, depending on your preference.

You can check out the game’s trailer below. While the game is currently scheduled only for PC and Xbox One, the developer has not ruled out other consoles in the future, they just don’t have the bandwidth for them right now.

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Our Take
I am really looking forward to this game. I appreciate that it looks as good in single player as it does in co-op and the experience isn’t heavily weighted toward one or the other.

The holidays are upon us and it’s great, right? Snow. Seeing family. Exchanging gifts, if you’re into that sort of thing. However, there’s also a load of small-time stressors that appear during these jovial times, particularly for those of us doomed to sit in airports for long hours thanks to weather delays. Here are a handful of charming, low-key games you can play to calm the nerves.

Abzû 
A joyful sea exploration adventure from several people who worked on Journey, Abzû  puts you in the flippers of a diver exploring a beautiful underwater world teeming with life. A beautiful and compact adventure, Abzû  won us over, with reviewer Matthew Kato saying “Abzû is a game of mysteries and its world will move you to muse the
beauty of life and our place in it. It contains moments that transcend
the simple act of playing a video game by making a connection with the
beings around you – a profound experience.”
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Check it out if: The sea is your thing. You love beautiful art.

American Truck Simulator 
One of the many mundane simulator games on the market, ATS shines with its laid-back atmosphere, with you playing an ambitious trucker trying to create their own transportation company. If you’re into the fantasy of traveling down roads that cut through the wilderness while listening to that special playlist you’ve put together (but don’t want to drink the bucket loads of convenience store coffee that goes along with it), American Truck Simulator is a balm for the soul.
Platforms: PC
Check it out if: The open road calls to you.

Everything
A beautiful gem of a game that gives you the capability of hijack literally anything in the environment, from star systems to zebras to molecules and airplanes, Everything doesn’t have much going on in the way of action but it’s constantly got something exciting around every corner. As I said in my review, “Everything is a niche game, stubbornly and proudly so. It embraces exploration as its one and only supporting pillar, refusing to bring in any mechanics, like crafting or gunplay, to get in the way of that thematic focus. At the risk of alienating a larger audience, the systems strive to create an experience unlike any other I’ve played. Everything is not always firing on all cylinders, but conveys sheer wonder and ingenuity when it is.”
Platforms: PS4, PC 
Check it out if: You want something a little strange and off-kilter or you’re just interested in exploring the cosmos for a bit.

Golf Story
Golf Story makes the most of its concept, encouraging you to become the best golfer you can be, with oodles of charm and memorable characters. A surprisingly lengthy experience, this surprise Switch gem is delightful from beginning to end, without being too taxing for those who don’t want a stark challenge. You can read Reiner’s review of the game here.
Platforms: Switch
Check it out: If you’re a fan of story-driven experiences, solid comedy writing, golf. 

Stardew Valley
An obvious pick, but it’s obvious for a reason. This is a towering ambitious work when it comes to laid-back video games, letting you build up your own farm, woo the locals, and occasionally enter a cave to fight monsters and earn resources. From its sprite-based aesthetic to its lovable cast of characters and charming soundtrack, Stardew Valley is a fantastic work and is likely to suck away hundreds of hours of your time if you give it a chance. Read our review here.
Platforms: PS4, Switch, PC
Check it out if: You like Harvest Moon, Persona, or want a game that lets you get away from it all. 

A few days ago, Assassin’s Creed Rogue HD mysteriously appeared in some Italian store listings, but has made a sudden appearance on the Korean game ratings board, indicating that an HD remaster might be happening.

Released in 2014, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is somewhat of a forgotten Assassin’s Creed game. As Assassin’s Creed Unity was the first exclusive game in the series for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft feared leaving the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 audience behind and produced Assassin’s Creed Rogue exclusively on those systems and PC. Rogue was built upon the strengths of the well-liked Black Flag and doubled down on the naval aspects of that game.

Many fans preferred Rogue to Unity and it was presumed that Ubisoft would port the game to newer systems before long, but it never happened. Thankfully, that seems to be changing with this new rumored release.

[Source: Gematsu]

 

Our Take
As someone that didn’t like Unity at all but had more or less packed up my older systems, I had always been kind of jealous I chose Unity as my Assassin’s Creed game that year. If a remastered version does exist, I am excited to try it.

Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee made waves a few weeks ago when he announced plans to investigate lootboxes in video games as possible gambling. Now, he has released a video explaining what exactly he plans to do.

The main thing Lee wants is to enact legislation that bans the sale of games containing what he calls “gambling mechanics” to minors. In other words, games like Battlefront II would be legally barred from being sold to people under the age of 18, a prohibition that does not even extend to Mature-rated games.

Lee clarifies that this would need to apply to both physical and digital products, which is key as the self-regulatory ESRB currently does not exercise mandatory control over digital storefronts.

The representative from Hawaii also expressed concern with timing design of lootboxes and drops, suggesting that they are designed to take advantage of people by psychologically manipulating drops. While Lee acknowledges this information isn’t confirmed and is mostly based on conjecture, it is worth noting that publisher Activision has patented a method of matchmaking that encourages microtransactions.

“Once the algorithm identifies a player who’s likely to keep spending money to buy that one ‘unicorn thing’ that they’re after… then they lower the odds and then you keep spending more,” Lee says. “It’s absolutely unethical and unfair.” 

Lee wants accountability legislation to prevent game publishers from taking advantage of people using behind-the-scenes lootbox drop rate numbers. He does not explain how in the video, but presumably wants to enact something similar to China’s model of presenting lootbox content rates before players can buy them.

You can watch the video below, but the full description includes a link to a template letter for people to send to elected officials. The letter speaks to a level of urgency and danger that seem rather extreme and seems to eschew self-regulation in favor of legislation, which seems at odds with what fellow state representative Sean Quinlan has stated.

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Our Take
I am a little less confident in Lee’s motivations after reading his template letter, though maybe it is a little more alarmist for hopes to meet in the middle. That said, legislation like this taking off could potentially hurt publishers who intend to use microtransactions in their games and would force a massive change in the industry.

This week we were excited to reveal Game Informer’s January cover story is on Mega Man 11. We spent two days at Capcom’s headquarters in Osaka, playing the game and speaking with the game’s new development team. The two lead developers on the new game are producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and game director Koji Oda. We sat down with Tsuchiya and Oda to figure out what Mega Man 11 means for Capcom and the team’s approach to sustaining versus reinventing the series’ classic gameplay.

Watch the video below to learn from Mega Man 11’s lead developers what it takes to revive a classic franchise.

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Her Story creator Sam Barlow has announced that he’s partnering with media company Eko for an interactive series loosely based on the 1983 movie WarGames starring Matthew Broderick.

In the ’80s movie, Broderick and Ally Sheedy start the countdown to thermonuclear war after Broderick thinks he’s playing an innocent game with NORAD’s war computer. Barlow’s take on the movie is updated to reflect our modern technology-dependent world, hacktivism, and the teaser video below vaguely references trouble in a North African Republic.

Eko currently hosts Choose Your Adventure-style interactive episodes on its website and mobile app. Details are scarce at the moment (the episodes start in 2018), but WarGames will be available on a “range of partner platforms,” according to the series’ press release, as well as Eko’s current channels.

Barlow is also working on his follow up to Her Story called Telling Lies.

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Our Take 
Her Story had more depth than a simple point-and-click story, and I’m glad that Barlow has already tweeted that WarGames should as well. As for the original movie upon which this is based, Broderick and Sheedy had a charming innocence that probably isn’t applicable these days.

Steam Abandons Bitcoin

The phenomenon of Bitcoin as a form of currency has been fascinating to track, as the online cryptocurrency has seen tremendous fluctuations in value over recent months, as well as concerns about the potential for an economic bubble and its potential use in illicit activity. Today, the Steam Team announced that it will no longer support Bitcoin as a method of payment on Steam, as the team claims that the volatile nature of Bitcoin’s value prevents it from being a reliable value over a period of days, and that the high transaction fees cause problems when those changing values kick in. 

According to the blog post, when sudden changes in value on Bitcoin occurs, users are either being refunded the original payment, or the user is asked to transfer additional funds to cover the cost, but in both cases, users must pay the Bitcoin transaction fee again (which is currently close to $20). Steam states that there have been an increasing number of users affected by this issue in recent months, which led to the decision to halt Bitcoin as an available payment option. 

In its post, the Steam team also makes clear that it will continue to monitor Bitcoin in the future, and it may re-evaluate as a future date whether the cryptocurrency could be reauthorized. 

[Source: Steam Blog]

 

Our Take
There’s no denying the important new place that Bitcoin has carved out for itself in the worldwide economy, but Steam’s explanations of the problems with using Bitcoin for purchases on the service make sense. My suspicion is that this change will only affect a small percentage of Steam users, but perhaps more users use Bitcoin than I’m aware.