In this GDC 2018 talk, board game and tabletop game developers discuss the continued growth, development and diversity of board games in the last year. …
In this GDC 2018 talk, board game and tabletop game developers discuss the continued growth, development and diversity of board games in the last year. …
Hearthstone‘s next expansion, The Boomsday Project, is coming up, and as is the tradition, Blizzard is rolling out cards progressively up to the release. GameSpot has just had its own reveal for the new Paladin spell Shrink Ray. You can watch the video above for our reveal, but there’s lots to unpack when it comes to this card, so we’ve put together an in-depth analysis about what this means for Hearthstone and its meta.
The Shrink Ray card is a clear signal that Control Paladin is primed to make a comeback. That’s no small feat. Mike Donais told us that the design team tries to push classes into directions where they’re currently under-developed. Control Paladin was a mainstay of vanilla Hearthstone and lasted through the first few expansions, but more recently expansions have consistently pushed it into a more aggressive direction. Cards like Shrink Ray may be enough to bring it back. The name comes from the ability to control the battlefield and outlast your opponent into the late-game, and this could just be the tool Paladin needs.
Why? In short, it’s a one-card answer to a big board. Paladins have long relied on powerful combos like Equality-Consecration or Wild Pyromancer to clear the board and reset. But if you drew only one part of the combo, you were still out-of-luck. The new card provides a cleaner answer, which could still be combined with Wild Pyromancer in a pinch if you absolutely need a (rather expensive) total board wipe. More often, it will simply make your enemies much less threatening, giving you a chance to heal and reassert board dominance.
It also synergizes well with the Paladin Hero Power, making your 1/1 Silver Hand Recruits able to contest anything the opponent has on the board. On top of that, it fits well into Odd Paladin, with double the Recruits to take down the newly weakened enemy minions. We may also see Paladins experiment with Egg-based decks, since this card gives them an easy way to activate Eggs and makes them extremely easy to break.
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project launches August 7. Two pre-order bundles are now available–a $50 for 50 pack bundle with a free golden legendary and card back, and a separate $80 for 80 pack bundle that also throws in the Warlock hero Mecha-Jaraxxus. Check out our full gallery of all the revealed cards so far.
Insomniac’s highly anticipated Spider-Man game for PS4 has reached an important development milestone. The studio announced that the upcoming title has “gone gold,” meaning primary development has been completed and the game is now ready to be sent off for manufacturing.
Insomniac shared the announcement on Twitter, thanking both Sony and Marvel for “their support in the creation of this original Spider-Man adventure.” The tweet was also accompanied by a humorous image parodying the popular meme in which Spider-Man sits behind a desk. You can take a look at the tweet below.
We are pleased to announce that #SpiderManPS4 has GONE GOLD for its worldwide release on September 7th. Thanks to @PlayStation and @MarvelGames for their support in the creation of this original Spider-Man adventure. pic.twitter.com/iD4mJmqGfK
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) July 30, 2018
Unlike most games starring the webslinger, Insomniac’s Spider-Man is set in a new, standalone universe and casts players in the role of an older, more experienced Peter Parker, whose greater confidence is reflected in the way he swings through the city and battles foes. The game also features an assortment of Spider-Man’s most memorable villains, including Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, Shocker, and the recently revealed Silver Sable.
Spider-Man launches exclusively for PS4 on September 7. We had a chance to check the game out during E3 2018 and said it “may be one the best game experiences we’ve had with the webslinger.” Those who pre-order the title will receive a variety of bonus content, including three suits that alter your appearance and unlock new suit abilities: Iron Spider, Spider-Punk, and Velocity Suit.
If you’re interested in picking up Spider-Man but don’t yet own a PS4, Sony recently revealed a beautiful Spider-Man-themed PS4 Pro bundle during San Diego Comic Con. The bundle comes with a copy of the game; a red, 1 TB PS4 Pro console with the Spider-Man symbol emblazoned on the center; a matching DualShock 4 controller; and a download code for the City That Never Sleeps DLC. The bundle launches alongside the game on September 7 and retails for $400.
The first session of the private multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 takes place this weekend for some players. Ahead of the test, Activision and developer Treyarch have shared an intense new trailer showcasing the various Specialists, maps, weapons, and other content that will be available to try out during the beta.
The private multiplayer beta is only available to those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4–although Xfinity customers will also be able to participate, even without reserving the title. The first session kicks off exclusively on PlayStation 4 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Friday, August 3, and runs until the same times on Monday, August 6. A second session will be held for all platforms–PS4, Xbox One, and PC–the following weekend from August 10-13. You can see the full schedule below.
As revealed in the new trailer, the multiplayer beta will feature a variety of weapons and 10 Specialists, including the returning Nomad and Prophet, who Treyarch previously said boast “brand-new gameplay mechanics built for Black Ops 4.” The beta will also feature six maps to play on, two of which will be debuting to the public for the first time when the test begins.
Additionally, the beta will offer several different multiplayer options. In addition to fan-favorite modes such as Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, and Search & Destroy, players will be able to try out Control, a brand-new objective-based mode that has teams alternating between attacking and defending two “static objectives.”
Perhaps most intriguing, the new trailer provides fans their first look at Blackout, the battle royale-style mode Treyarch is introducing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Blackout won’t be playable during the multiplayer beta, but fans will be able to try the anticipated mode out ahead of the game’s release through a separate Blackout beta, which is slated to take place sometime in September. No exact date has been announced yet, but Activision has confirmed it will likewise take place first on PS4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12. Those who participate in the private multiplayer beta will earn a couple of exclusive rewards. First, all participants will receive a unique calling card, while those who hit max rank during the beta will earn a Permanent Unlock Token, which can be used toward any piece of Create-a-Class content in the full game. You can read more details about the beta on Treyarch’s official website.
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August is almost here, which means Xbox Live Gold members will have a new set of free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to download. We now know what those games will be, thanks to a post on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire. The games going free in August will be Forza Horizon 2 and For Honor on Xbox One and Dead Space 3 and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible, so they’ll also be playable on Xbox One. [Update: The new titles are available now, ahead of schedule.]
On the Xbox One side of things, you’ll be able to download Forza Horizon 2 between August 1-31. It’s an open-world racing game from 2014 that mixes realistic driving mechanics with some of the more arcade-style ideas of series like Burnout. For Honor is a melee combat game that pits characters from three factions against each other: Samurai, Knights, and Vikings. A fourth faction will be added in a free update this fall, along with a robust new Breach mode. For Honor will be free August 16-September 15.
On Xbox 360, Dead Space 3 sees the horror series’ protagonist Isaac Clarke joined for the first time by a companion, Sgt. John Carver. The entire game, which focuses on alien dismemberment, is playable in online co-op mode. It will be free August 1-15. The final free Xbox 360 game in August is Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a co-op game that has you save the Wasteland using a magic paintbrush. It’s free August 16-31.
If you’re reading this before August 1, it’s not too late to grab some of July’s free Games With Gold. Right now, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Assault Android Cactus and Death Squared for Xbox One, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Epic Games has released a new update for Fortnite on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS. Following the recent update 5.10, content update 5.10 marks the start of a new limited-time mode called Fly Explosives, which involves using jetpacks to cause mayhem. The update also pulls the Guided Missile weapon out of the Vault and puts it into play.
“The Guided Missile is back from the Vault and dropping into Battle Royale this update,” the patch notes read. “In its time away, the Guided Missile has been tweaked and tuned down as it was too strong upon its initial release.” The weapon now deals less damage, moves slower, and has a shorter fuse, among other tweaks. However, there are reports that might sometimes be invisible, which is a real problem.
For those playing Save the World mode, there’s a new Spyglass Sniper Rifle, which will be available in the store on August 1 at 8 PM ET. Take a look below for the full Fortnite 5.10 content update patch notes.
Spyglass Sniper Rifle (Save the World): Husks don’t stand a chance against this newest addition to the Flintlock Weapon set. This powerful single shot sniper packs a punch, so hold on tight as you take aim and fire.
If you’re still working on the Season 5 Week 3 challenges, check out our guide on how to follow the Flush Factory treasure map and also the locations of birthday cakes all the Clay Pigeons. If you haven’t already done the Fortnite birthday challenges, we’ve got a guide for where to find the birthday cakes too.
Steam is currently seeing a big decline in the number of people playing games (and even having Steam open on their computers) since January of this year. …
This week is both the last week of July, and the first week of August, which means it’s a big one for Netflix. Her was added on Sunday, and two originals will be added on Monday and Tuesday called A Very Secret Service and Terrace House: Opening New Doors.
Looking ahead to August 1, Batman Begins, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will all be coming to the streaming service on Wednesday, along with an original called Switched in the vein on Freaky Friday.
August 3 is a big day for Netflix originals; several new shows and movies will be added, including an original film starring Kristin Bell called Like Father, which follows a young woman who reconnects with her father after being left at the alter. There is also an original documentary series called I Am A Killer in which death-row inmates tell the story of their crime(s) from their perspective.
These and other titles will be added to Netflix this week, look below to see the whole list. If you’d like to know about everything coming to Netflix in August, see our complete list.
It’s time to say goodbye to fireworks and hello to heat waves. To aid you in procrastinating on back to school shopping, we’re here to let you know about everything coming to Netflix in August. Lots of movies and TV shows will be added, while a number of others are on their way out. Let’s dive into the highlights.
A lot of hard-hitting dramas will be available in August. Some of the notable additions include Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and No Country For Old Men.
A handful of TV shows are coming to the service in August as well. We will be getting the second season of The Good Place, the fifth season of The 100, and the fifth and final season of The Originals, along with a few others.
A ton of Netflix Originals will also be added, including the highly-anticipated second season of Ozark, as well as a brand new Matt Groening animated series called Disenchantment. There are also several original documentaries coming out, including one called Zion about a young man who was born without legs and wants to become a professional wrestler.
There are some comedy specials coming out as well, including Demetri Martin’s new special, Bert Kreischer’s new special, and part two of The Comedy Lineup, which features a handful of comedians doing 15 minute sets.
Clearly, there’s going to be a lot to watch on Netflix this month, but sadly, there are also several titles that are leaving the site like Finding Dory, Sausage Party, and 40 Year Old Virgin, so watch them while you still can.
If you’d like to find out about everything that is arriving and leaving on Netflix and when, check out our complete list below. We also have a complete list for titles arriving and leaving Hulu in August, so if you’re a streaming addict like myself, you’ll want to check out that list as well.
When The Flash returns for its fifth season, there’s going to be a strangely familiar new face taking up residence in Central City. At the end of Season 4, the mysterious girl that popped up around nearly everyone on the team revealed herself to be the daughter of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) from the future.
Her arrival will present the team with an entirely new set of problems, as she reveals exactly what’s made her come back in time to confront her parents. On top of that, though, there’s also a new villain coming to town, a new Wells on the way, and plenty of other issues to deal with.
To figure out what, exactly, is going to happen, GameSpot was part of a small group interview with showrunner Todd Helbing and the cast of The Flash at San Diego Comic-Con. While they remained tight-lipped about many aspects of the season to come, the Flash gang was surprisingly open about how the first few episodes of the season are going to play out.
Take a look at the spoiler and teases we managed to get out of Team Flash about what’s to come in Season 5, then sound off in the comments with your own hopes for the new episodes. Also make sure to check out all of the Arrow Season 7 spoilers we were able to find out. The Flash returns Tuesday, October 9, at 8 PM ET on The CW.
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Coverage
After introducing the time-traveling daughter of Barry and Iris from the future, Nora West-Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy), Season 7 will focus a lot on The Flash’s legacy and what that means to practically everyone on the team. None more than Barry and Iris, though, as they are confronted by their own personal future.
“Our theme this year is legacies,” Helbing says. “There’s a lot for Barry and Iris, and everybody has their sort of thematic challenge with this, but with them, it’s truly like, what’s more important? Is it more important to be a great father? Is it more important to be the Flash? Are you friends with your kids? Are you parents? You know, when can you be either? All those questions that new parents grapple with, we’re playing with Barry and Iris. It’s a lot of fun.”
In its first few seasons, Barry was constantly screwing up the timeline by going back in time. Now, his daughter has done the exact same thing, which is going to have an impact on the show.
“She clearly messed up something majorly,” Helbing teases. “In the first episode, you’ll find out a lot of what that is. We’re not doing Flashpoint again, but there’s certainly a ripple effect.”
For Barry, her arrival makes him immediately question himself as both a speedster and a parent. “Was he around to teach her?” Gustin wonders. “Did he not want her to be a speedster as all? What? We’re going to answer those questions in the first couple episodes though, and see Barry and Iris’ kind of different takes on her being here.”
Now that Nora has made herself known to her parents, she’s going to be a bit distant from Iris–an idea introduced last season. That’s something the show is going to confront early on.
“She’s a little standoffish with Iris,” Gustin explains. “We don’t know why. And she’s like extra clingy with Barry.” Candice Patton, who plays Iris, adds, “We’ll get into that in Season 5, why they don’t have the best relationship and why Nora is so much more of a daddy’s girl.”
While the idea of meeting your future child might sound exciting, it’s not for Barry. After all, this is a man who had his parents taken from him at a young age, and now, he’s losing the opportunity to first meet his daughter when she’s born.
“Something we touched on in the first episode is, it’s kind of hard for him because he’s always wanted a family. He’s always wanted a kid and now getting her like this. He almost feels like he’s having another kind of thing stolen from him,” Gustin admits. “His mom was killed because of his powers. He grew up with his dad in prison because of his powers and time travel, and now he doesn’t even get to meet his daughter the normal way, he meets her at mid-20s… We’ll see him deal with it in stages but it is kind of tough, kind of weird for him at first because he does feel like he’s been robbed of a lot, and this is a gift at the same time its like, what is this going to affect? How will this affect the future?”
It was revealed that this season Team Flash will face off with a villain named Cicada, played by American Pie alum Chris Klein. In the comics, Cicada leads a cult of people that kill those the Flash has saved, using daggers shaped like lightning bolts.
It won’t play out exactly like that on the show, though. “What we do on our show is always inspired by it,” Helbing says. “So we’ve changed a lot of it to create a story that, or a villain that’s formidable in a way that we haven’t done before.”
As the trailer makes it clear, though, the lightning bolt daggers are still being used.
With Harry gone, it’s time to bring in another new Wells for Tom Cavanagh to play. However, the actor teases that there will likely be more than one this season. The Wells we will first meet is a strange one, though.
“This year I thought, we’ll add a little flair, and this guy is going to be called [Sherloque Wells], following along with the myth and the legend of Sherlock Holmes-ian type, but we might turn that a little bit on its head, the way they did with Iron Man,” the actor says.
How Sherloque will be like Iron Man remains to be seen, but Cavanagh seems to have big plans. “What was nice about Iron Man, I thought, was they took the superhero trope and kind of turned it on its head a little bit,” he explains. “He had so many weaknesses, and when I say that, I mean that in a good way. It humanized him. He was quick. He was funny. I guess one of the great ways of describing him, one of the things that I’m drawn to when I see the superhero characters, are flawed people doing extraordinary things, because it sort of humanizes them to me.”
Though it’s too early to know for sure, Carlos Valdes (Cisco) is championing the idea of Wells finding a new BFF on Team Flash.
“Well, I’m not going to lie. I’ve loved playing opposite Tom for any and all iterations of Wells,” the actor says. “I think we work really well together and I love that and I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world, but I think, I mean, I have to be honest, I would love to see him explore that kind of dynamic or that close or entertaining of a dynamic with somebody else. Do you know what I mean? Just, I’m a big fan of change and changing things up, so I don’t know, that’s my hope. We haven’t really gotten into too much Wells stuff yet, but yeah, that’s my hope.”
As revealed in the first trailer for Season 5, Barry is wearing the Flash ring. With that ring will come an upgraded suit–finally. What it will look like has yet to be seen, but given how constant the Green Arrow has changed up his look, it’s good to know Flash is getting something new.
One of the biggest issues The Flash grapples with every season is whether Iris is a journalist or not. In the first two seasons, her journalistic pursuits were central to the character. At a certain point, though, that side of her got buried as she became integrated into Team Flash. Now, though, it sounds like she may be putting her reporter hat back on.
“I have been told that that is the plan,” Patton says. “To get Iris kind of back on track being a journalist. I don’t know how in depth they’ll get with that. I’m always a little skeptical ’cause there’s always so much going on but the plan is to kind of move in that direction. I mean, have you seen that article from 2024? Iris wrote that article so we do have to get to a place where that is possible to some degree. So I think we’re moving that direction.”
With the Thinker dominating so much of Season 4, the show didn’t get to spend a lot of time with Cisco in the aftermath of his relationship with Gypsy (Jessica Camacho). That will be addressed in Season 5, though it sounds like Cisco may be spending too much time drinking to get over his heartbreak.
“I think that party that we end at in Season 4, where they’re all at the West House, I think that was his first opportunity to start processing things and his only tool, the only tool at his disposal there was some champagne,” Valdes hints. “So you can expect that to play a part, in terms of how he processes that break-up… Champagne plays a big part.”
It was revealed in Season 4 that Caitlyn had some form of Killer Frost inside of her before the particle accelerator explosion in the show’s first episode. Now, armed with that information, she’s going to dig deeper into her other half in a quest for answers.
“I think we’re gonna see at the top of this season Caitlin really trying to get more information about Killer Frost and how she came to be and understanding that a little bit more,” Danielle Panabaker says. “Which is exciting and I think that’ll help us understand her motivations as well.”