Get your spoop on with For Honor's Feast of the Otherworld

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Do you like Halloween? Oh, what am I saying (you better like Halloween is what I'm saying). 

For Honor is getting spooky from October 19th to November 2nd in honor (no pun intended) of its Halloween event: Feast of the Otherworld. 

It consists of a new game mode which sees players battling hordes of undead skeletons, with a general air of nastiness and gloom covering the maps. There looks to be special abilities or at least spooky Halloween themes that players can emote. 

Watch the trailer below:

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Original Mafia now available on GOG

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"Leave the gun, take the canoli." 

Okay, that's from The Godfather, but it's still pretty relevant to today's news. Set in the 1930s in the fictional city of Lost Heaven, Mafia follows protagonist Tommy Angelo from his humble beginnings as a cabbie to a made man as he works his way up in the game. 

I never played the original game, but I am aware of its integral quality to the evolution of games in today's culture. I do have fond memories of its sequel, and its inspiration from various classic mob movies is very much appreciated. Read our review here.

In honor of the fifteenth anniversary of the original's release, it is now available on GOG for $14.99. 

Catch up on the game here, and read an interview with the original developers here.


What we're playing: Lovers in a Dangerous Dead Space

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What does it take to play video games for a living? A lot of hours, a lot of stress. The age old question of difficulty rears its ugly head—its Cuphead, rather. And in the face of dwindling numbers, the Boy Scouts are beta testing a program with Gamestop. They're seeing if playing video games should become a part of the scout code.

What are you playing?

Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'll be checking out Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime with my fiance, as it's supposedly best played in co-op. She was on board as soon as I mentioned there was a cat in the game, but she does find the premise and gameplay rather puzzling.

Aside from that, I'll be starting a playthrough of the Dead Space trilogy to commemorate the life of Visceral Games and lament the studio's untimely death. It's a damn shame that EA shuttered them and I hope they all land on their feet. If EA, in their infinite wisdom, ever decide to resurrect the Dead Space franchise, it just won't be the same without its creators, Visceral Games.

Kinsey Danzis, Staff Writer,
In between balancing three jobs and reviewing Middle-earth: Shadow of War (which is giving me flashbacks to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, by the way), I'm still enamored with The Sky Factory mod in Minecraft. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm any good at it; it took me a solid 15 minutes to figure out how to wire a solar panel to a cloche, and I still don't know how to get items out of the dang thing, but I'm having a fun time sucking at it. I do, however, have a very impressive chicken farm.

Dave Gamble, Staff Writer,
My single-minded devotion to Red Dead Redemption is waning. My foray south of the border in my quest for Bill Williamson ended up solidifying my overall misanthropic feelings towards my fellow man. The utter brutality of both sides of Mexico's civil strife was appalling. Back home, I thought I'd just concentrate on doing good favors for people, right up until I spent days piecing together a bouquet for an older gentleman's wife. That, too, ended poorly. I have decided to finish out my stay by following treasure maps to the hidden stashes.

It's good to move on. I picked up a neat little game called Heliborne. At its very essence, it is World of Helicopters. I also picked up version 2.0 of World of Warplanes, but found it to be much less fun than the indie-developed helicopter-based alternative. WoW 2 doesn't seem to appeal to me any more than the original did, and for the same reasons. Heliborne, on the other hand, is still in development and the team is open to suggestions for improvement. Surprisingly and gratifyingly, they are willing to invest effort into improving play mechanics for people, like me, that prefer to play their massively multiplayer games solo.

Randy Kalista, Staff Writer,
Out of left field, I'm finally playing Fallout 4's Survival Mode. New character. New problems. It was my intention to make the Wasteland scary again, and boy howdy. It has to do with the fact that I started taking damage from over-encumbrance. And that there's no game saving except when I sleep. No fast travel either. I've never been more desperate to find a dirty bedroll somewhere, anywhere, in Boston's outskirts. I'm an insomniac now, too. I'm sure that improves my situation. Dogmeat is more helpful than ever. If he holds down at least one of the half dozen feral ghouls sprinting toward me right now, I'm giving him a doggy treat back at the ranch. Because Survival Mode means I'm dealing less damage, and I can't take as much damage either. One or two hits from an enemy means I'm reloaded at that dirty bedroll 10, 20, or even 30 minutes back. I gotta eat cooked food, gotta stay hydrated, gotta get a good night's sleep. It's been painful so far. I hope it keeps bringing the pain.

Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Last weekend of gaming for me probably until December. Woah. It's just sinking in.

I'm making the move back across the pond at the end of the month and in the process am selling my TV, computer monitor, PS4, and a few critical PC components to save on shipping them back—and for them all to rise from the ashes anyway around Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

So for my last weekend, my time will be split, mostly on my last review, ARK: Survival Evolved, and partly in Destiny 2 with a first attempt at a Prestige mode Raid clear.

Nicholas Leon, Staff Writer,
I've decided to take a break from Persona 5. It's a terrific game, and the turn-based combat is a step-up from other JRPGs that I've played in the past, but currently it's just a bit much to take on that sort of expansive, role-playing game. I think this weekend I'll dip my feet into NieR: Automata (I'm still on my second playthrough). I'm familiar and comfortable with the game, and the side quests are short and sweet enough to let me drop in every now and again.

I also just bought Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition on Steam. I've heard that although it's playable, it is also prone to crashes. Here's hoping that I'm tech savvy enough to manage my mods that'll help it run smoother on my awesome near-gaming level PC.

Kevin O’Connell, Staff Writer,
Well, they say the fourth time is a charm, so, through Forza 7 once more unto the breach, dear friends. I am positively annoyed at this point that Forza 7's other pieces are still MIA. There are plenty of people out there for a launch of the Marketplace and the Auction House, but both are still void. I have also concluded that the Prize Crates are mediocre at best. The 20k and 50k ones will allow you to make money back +5-10%, but anything bigger wastes money like a crackhead on a bender. They would possibly be fun if the monetary system were a whole bunch better. There are definitely times where I have needed money to buy a specific car to race and none could be found. In fact, there are only a couple races where the monetary windfall pays out more than the cost of the car you have to buy to race... and forget getting two cars. I can still say this is the best car sim of this year, but its execution isn't much better than Forza 4 or 6 to this point.

John Yan, Senior Hardware Editor, @TheJohnYan
Trying to find auger parts in 7 Days to Die. Such an arduous task. Why do dogs keep chasing me?! SO SAD!

Battle royale with another partner. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is good fun. Dying is all I'm good at!

Pearl, a very sweet daddy-daughter short film, is now a free-to-play VR game

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Google Spotlight Stories: Pearl is based exactly on the animated short film Pearl. The film, directed by Patrick Osborne, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short 2017 category. The game, developed and published by Google, won an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Storytelling 2017. 

Pearl is a free-to-play VR adventure. You can't do anything in-game except look around. It's simply "interactive" storytelling in that sense. But the story is so affecting that that's just fine. With your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift on, you sit silently in the passenger seat of a dad and daughter's home, their hatchback. They crisscross the country, chasing their musical dreams. The story swims back and forth between love, angst, loss, and life, through rainy days and sunny days, holidays and regular days. In VR, you move your cone of vision from the back seat, to the driver's seat, to looking ahead past the dashboard and through the windshield. 

I don't think I can physically play this one. Not sure what it does to a VR headset's resolution to have tears squeezed out onto the inner screen.

Pearl is out now on PC.

The Xbox One Fall update is here

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If you haven't downloaded the latest edition of the Xbox One update, a new video has released detailing the finer points of what's changed.

Among the talking points are new navigational tools called blocks. Blocks can be made of friends, games, Xbox Live Gold, or Game Pass. While not exactly like the slides of yesteryear, they are a prime example of the new update's emphasis on easier navigation.

The guide has also been updated, allowing for a one-stop-shop of sorts to allow for easier jumping off points to let the player get to where they need to go quicker. 

Here's the video:

Forza 7: Update - Where's the beef-y tires?

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Most enthusiasts for driving and cars picked up Forza Motorsport 7 at its onset and for the most part the game has been overwhelmingly good. One question begs for an answer for all of these enthusiasts - Where is the content?

Forza 7 has a bunch of content that still - after some 20 days - is still not available to customers. This raises the question of "Why sell games that are not 100% ready for launch. Well Forza has an answer and it is that there isn't enough population to make the other content work. However, at this point, I believe there are plenty of players to fill the necessary spaces for sales.

The auction house, absent since Forza 4, would make a huge difference for players who have a need cheap car, a special one not typically available, or just have some cars to sell. Missing that makes the purchasing of the expensive prize crates all but impossible. There isn't enough money from the races to purchase other cars AND the crates as well. Also, the mod packs do not bring in the return they should. If you buy $90k of mods, you should expect a $30k return on them, but instead, there ends up being one you cant use well, or a couple that is for XP only and you end up breaking even or making less than $10k. The Forzathon would also help this greatly as the challenges would give cars, money, and gear for less cost.

I understand that it has only been a few weeks, but I think this is content that should have been up much sooner. Even if there is 20 cars in the auction house, that is still more available then none at all. And if the reason is that Forza isn't ready... then the game should have been postponed.

Kinda like Wendy's selling a double bacon cheeseburger... with one burger and no bacon til the next time you come in. So Forza... where is the beef??

Death isn't so gross in A Mortician's Tale

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You've probably heard of body positive and sex positive before. They're terms that call for an acceptance of what, in the past, social norms forced people to be ashamed of. Well, in respect to these positives, A Mortician's Tale calls for a death positive conversation.

In quiet, contemplative form, you move the mortician through fishbowl levels. Receive and prepare dead bodies for burial or cremation. Read some don't-let-anybody-else-read-this emails. Talk to people visiting the funeral home. Hear their happy and sad stories. 

The game is reportedly short, linear, and lacks meaningful choices. It may be helpful to approach this as more of a visual novel. But it's refreshing to see a depiction of what happens to a body after it dies that doesn't involve weird, comically horrific, Halloween-costumed freaks auditioning for Dante's Inferno. This is at least a topic-broadening discussion about our relationship with death, and the "western death industry."

A Mortician's Tale launched on PC yesterday, October 18. It's the first game from Toronto-based indie studio Laundry Bear Games. Cute fact: They're named after the English translation for the Swedish word for raccoons—laundry bears.

A new story trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II is here

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One of the few things lacking in the previous game will get a major emphasis in the next one as Start Wars Battlefront II will feature a single player campaign from the Empire side of things. You'll be taking on the role of Commander Iden Versio after the Emperor falls. 

Now, will Iden come to the Rebellion side of things or will the story stay rooted in the Empire side, that's to be determined. What we do know is this story is cannon and it looks like not only Luke will show up, but Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens will as well.

Star Wars Battlefront II arrives on November 17th, 2017.

Spelunker's legacy lives on in Spelunker Party! on Switch

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If you want to talk about long video game legacies, it's hard not to mention Spelunker. Released on the Atari 8-bit series of home computers back in 1983, it's barely younger than Mario and has been rebooted and re-released a number of times. Its latest descendant, Spelunker Party! is landing on Nintendo Switch today.

Spelunker Party! preserves the original title's addictive gameplay--exploring caves, nabbing treasure, avoiding animals and hazards--but gives it an coat of chibi paint and tosses in four player co-op. Each player can also befriend a pet companion and equip customizable gear. The game lands on Steam today too, but I think the real draw is the portable aspect and local multiplayer that Switch enabled. You can pick it up here and check out the launch trailer below.

Nintendo Switch 4.0.0 system update adds video capture, save transfer ability

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The Nintendo Switch's OS and features continue to evolve with the latest firmware update, version 4.0.0. The standout feature is video capture; by holding down the capture button you can seamlessly record 30 second clips of gameplay. You can even edit and cut them later, and post them online via Twitter or Facebook. I predict a huge upswing in disastrous Breath of the Wild gifs, and a resurgence of Luigi's Mario Kart 8 death stare.

The update also, finally, lets you transfer save data and player profiles to another system. Naturally this wipes all profile data, eShop purchases and save data from the previous Switch and moves it over to the new console, but it's a badly needed feature. If your Switch gets broken or bricked, or you and a significant other have been fighting over a single console until you could afford to buy another one, you can now preserve and transfer everything from your old Switch without having to send it away to a Nintendo repair center.

Full update details are here, and the trailer below details the video capture features.

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