Rainbow 6 Siege Operation Para Bellum Detailed – New Operators, Map, More

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Ubisoft has revealed more details on Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Para Bellum, one of the largest updates for the game so far, including two Italian operators and gameplay improvements.

Operation Para Bellum was announced earlier this month, alongside two new operators, and Ubisoft has gone into more detail on the Season 2 update following the  Pro League Finals.

It’s described as “one of the largest content updates yet” for the game, with the Para Bellum Villa map promising to be the “most competitive” map to date. The update brings two new defending operators with it; Alibi and Maestro, members of the same “Italian Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (G.I.S.) unit.”

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Fortnite’s Jetpacks Rumoured for Week 5’s Update

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Fortnite’s jetpack may finally be making an appearance in an upcoming week 5 Limited Time Mode.

Fortnite’s jetpacks were going to roll out in February, but the update was delayed due to “a last minute design issue”. It looks like they might finally be coming to the game in week 5 for Battle Royale and in a Limited Time Mode, according to FNBRLeaks on Twitter.

“Close quarters combat with Shotguns & Jetpacks,” reads the description in the game files, in relation to the LTM, labelled Shotguns. “If you find a jetpack, double-tap the jump button to take off. Keep the button held down to apply thrust. Make sure to land before it runs out of fuel.”

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Why Persona and Yakuza Offer Incredible Video Game Tourism

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Japan is one of my favourite places to go on holiday. I’ve been twice and there’s just something magical about it that is hard to quantify. I’m not sure if it’s because so much of my childhood was defined by Japanese games and media or if it’s the culture shock of a country that’s so very very different to my home in Australia, but I spend most of my time in Japan walking around open-mouthed in awe.

On those trips I’ve stayed in both rural areas and Tokyo city. I’ve been to shrines, parks and shops, and experienced a mix of the very traditional and the very modern. There is no place quite like Japan; from the food to the people to its complicated cultural tapestry. Visits to Japan, however, are a rare treat, so I thought I’d share my recent experiences with Persona and Yakuza; two game series’ that have brought me closer to the feeling of being there than anything else I’ve ever done on Australian shores.

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IGN Happy Hour: City of Brass Special

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Well, that could have been awkward. IGN recently gave the new Uppercut Games title City of Brass a less than glowing review, but that actually made this episode of IGN Happy Hour all the more interesting.

IGN’s Cam Shea and Dan Crowd were joined in the studio by Uppercut Games’ Andrew James and Ed Orman for a fascinating chat about the design process (and why the whip is this game’s Gravity Gun), the importance of feedback, lessons learned over seven years as an indie studio, and much more. Big thanks to the guys for coming in!

Download the IGN Happy Hour: City of Brass Special – Audio Version

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Resident Evil 7 Cloud Announced for Nintendo Switch

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Resident Evil 7 is coming to Nintendo Switch, though it’s not really what you’d expect from your typical port. The title will be released exclusively on the Japanese eShop this week and will only be playable via the cloud.

While Capcom has stated that players will be able to experience the game on Switch while playing both docked and undocked, they will still need a stable internet connection to do so.

Resident Evil 7 Cloud will include all four DLC packs released on console and PC, thus making it a complete collection for the seventh iteration in the series. Players will be able to experience the first 15 minutes of the game for free, but will be prompted to buy a 180-day service pass if they’d like to keep playing past the trial period.

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Black Ops 4 Dev Says There Are No Plans for Switch Version

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According to the developer of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, there are currently no plans to bring the game to Nintendo’s newest console.

In an interview with Twinfinite, Treyarch senior producer Yale Miller and gameplay designer Matt Scronce were asked if there were “any plans to bring any aspect of Black Ops 4 to Nintendo Switch.” Miller’s answer was a quick, “No there is not.”

For more on Black Ops 4, check out our rundown of everything we know about the game, including its release date and new Zombies mode, as well as its  Battle Royale mode, Blackout.

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College Esports Is Growing Whether You like It or Not

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Esports are a joke, playing video games is a waste of time, and these kids need to lay off the Doritos and go outside.

Archaic views like this aren’t uncommon, but they didn’t hold much weight when the student-athletes from Université Laval threw off their headsets to hug and celebrate as confetti fluttered down around them. It was a fitting moment of validation for a group of players that had put their all into becoming the best collegiate Heroes of the Storm team in the world, all while holding down jobs, earning degrees and, perhaps unknowingly, paving the way for generations of collegiate esports players to come.

20180512_Carlton-Beener_HeroesOfTheDorm_00504 Credit: Carlton Beener and Blizzard Entertainment

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Runner 3 Review

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When I was learning to play the trumpet as a kid, my dad told me I didn’t really know a song until I could play it 10 times in a row without a mistake. Runner 3 takes this same basic practice-makes-perfect concept and makes a quality platforming rhythm game out of it.

Everything you do, from avoiding obstacles and gaps to gathering gold bars and gems along your path, is timed to the rhythm of the toe-tapping background music. The poppy techno tunes stick with you, and even when you’re not playing you might find the songs still in your head.

Each level is absolutely bonkers, with anthropomorphized machines, plants, and other oddities giving it a theater of the absurd vibe. Some of backgrounds are quite alive: the hills have eyes and dopey smiles, giant furnaces scowl as they bellow heat and cinders. Even the moon stares down from the sky with a sleepy grin. The characters themselves are unsettling and their costumes even more so. Uncle Dill, the slack-jawed, dead-eyed pickle character unlocked through Hero Quest, was my preferred character just because of how ugly he is.  At the same time, the jagged edges and bland textures look like they’d be more at home on a five-year old iPhone game than the Switch.

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KH3 Release Date Announcement Coming Next Month

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While we’ve gotten our first chance to actually play Kingdom Hearts 3, Square Enix has yet to reveal when the game will finally be released.  Thankfully, it sounds like we won’t have to wait that long to find out the long-awaited sequel’s release date.

Speaking to journalists as part of a demo presentation of Kingdom Hearts 3, which IGN attended, franchise director Tetsuya Nomura teased he and his team plan to reveal Kingdom Hearts 3’s release date in just a couple of weeks.

“We do plan to announce

early next month,” Nomura said via translation. “We are making final, last-minute adjustments, but we are pretty firm on a certain date, so we hope to reveal it next month.”

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Fortnite Mobile Updates Include Voice Chat, Android Release

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Epic has revealed a number of updates headed to the mobile version of Fortnite, including the already released customizable HUD options and a release window for an Android version.

Voice chat is headed to mobile to allow you to communicate with teammates, even if you’re playing on a different platform. An on-screen button to mute yourself and other players is also planned.

The customizable HUD options allow you to rearrange and place the various on-screen buttons however you like. Buttons can be resized and their visibility can be altered as well. This change has already been implemented and was released in the most recent update.

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