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Destiny 2: The Final Shape Review - Becoming Legend

It's impossible to think about The Final Shape without the context of the last 10 years, the seven other Destiny 2 expansions, and the four original Destiny expansions--plus the vanilla campaigns that came with both games. This eighth Destiny 2 expansion is, to some degree, the culmination of the somewhat haphazard decade-long journey that the first game spawned, in which Bungie has continually tried experiment after experiment in gameplay, adjusted and recalibrated its storytelling, and worked

Destiny 2: The Final Shape Review-in-Progress

It's impossible to think about The Final Shape without the context of the last 10 years, seven other Destiny 2 expansions, and four original Destiny expansions, plus the campaigns that came with the releases of both games. This eighth Destiny 2 expansion is, to some degree, the culmination of the somewhat haphazard decade-long journey that the first game spawned. And while the story itself hasn't always been consistently building toward a conclusion, there's a clear, mostly positive evolution ac

XDefiant Review

XDefiant is an FPS with an identity crisis. This arcade-style arena shooter pulls characters and locations from various Ubisoft games, and it feels a little bit like a lot of different things as a result: It's fast and twitchy in a way that’s similar to games like Call of Duty, but has class abilities that might put it closer to something like Overwatch. It’s got fast respawns and faster deaths, but offers objective-based modes that prioritize teamwork over straight killcount. That combination o

Fallout (Amazon Show) Review - Of The People, For The People

Capturing what makes the Fallout series endearing as a TV show is a tall order. So much of the experience relies on the sense of discovery that comes from wandering the Wasteland. You may enter a subway tunnel on a whim and encounter a city made up of people who think they're vampires, or meet a guy who is also a tree. Whether it's speaking with the leaders of factions about their values and deciding whether they're your values, or just sneaking around a supermarket overtaken by murderous robots

Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Review

Successfully bringing well-known console video games to phones and tablets requires hitting a very specific balance. You want the mobile version to feel like the same game people already like, while acknowledging that using a touchscreen device usually means playing for a short period of time on something that's not designed for games. Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is a pretty ideal demonstration of hitting that balance — it maintains all the most important elements of the PC and console Warzone

Rise Of The Ronin Review - Long-Term Investment

If someone tells me a game takes several hours to "get good," my immediate feeling is that I will never play that game. Who has hours to waste waiting for the good part of anything when there are so many other games to play? But my opinion of Rise of the Ronin changed drastically over the course of my 50 hours of playtime--in the first five or 10 hours, I didn't really like it. By the end, I was planning to dive back in to clear out side quests and replay key moments to see how the story might c

3 Body Problem Review - Unpredictable

Content warning: This review includes discussion of, and 3 Body Problem includes depictions of, self-harm.

Adapting Liu Cixin's science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is no small feat. The sweeping story leaps across timelines and bounces between the perspectives of a number of characters. All that goes to convey big ideas about physics and astronomy in the context of a mystery full of strange occurrences. Netflix's series adaptation of the story, 3 Body Problem, succeeds because it tak

Shōgun Review - Game Of Ronin

Ever since Game of Thrones came to an end back in 2019, I've been itching for some expansive medieval political intrigue. FX's adaptation of Shōgun, James Clavell's 1975 novel, provides exactly what I've been craving. It widens its view of the original story, which follows a fictionalized version of the adventures of the first Englishman to reach Japan, to put a greater emphasis on the dangerous political world that man finds himself trapped in. This new adaptation of Shōgun is all about the mac

The Inquisitor Review

Video games can be great vehicles for mysteries. The idea of gathering clues, questioning witnesses, and giving dramatic speeches where you stun an array of suspects with your intellect makes for an exciting fantasy. But lots of games stumble trying to fit the inherently open-ended, red-string-connecting fantasy of the detective into traditionally linear story structures. The Inquisitor is a game like that — it starts with the compelling concept of playing as a medieval church cop hunting a vamp

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Review

I fell in love with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time way back in 2003, when it helped redefine 3D action-adventure games with its clever rewind ability enhancing its environmental puzzles and fast, acrobatic combat. But while the aughts saw a bunch of sequels with similar elements, none ever quite hit the same heights as The Sands of Time – and the 2010s were a parched desert for the series. But like an oasis, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown finally nails what I loved about those classic Pri

Lego Fortnite Review

Surprising absolutely no one, Fortnite and Lego snap satisfyingly together like a couple of plastic construction bricks. Combining the building creativity of Lego sets with Fortnite's expansive and often gorgeous island playgrounds is a smart match that creates an approachable yet fairly deep survival game. But while it streamlines a few of the more cumbersome aspects of the genre, Lego Fortnite also has the distinct feel of an early access game, trading as much on its future potential as its cu

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora Review - The Good Blue Man Group

Before starting Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, I was reminded of what I think of when considering any open-world game: Killscreen's review of Fallout 4 by Chris Breault, and the opening line, "Here comes the trashman!" Breault discusses an experience of constantly picking up and covering yourself in the garbage scattered around that game's massive world. It's a description that feels highly applicable to most open-world games--huge, but full of refuse that you spend endless hours picking through

The Talos Principle 2 Review - Machine Learning

Video games often deal with the end of the world and thinking about how cool it might be. Like, sure, it sucks that most everyone has to die horribly for the end of the world to take place, but those of us who survive might get to shoot evil marauders or rotting mutants or giant bugs. Or maybe there are evil marauders, rotting mutants, and giant bugs who are trying to bring about the end of the world, and you can shoot them to prevent it. In any event, the idea of finding fun settings that let y

Lords Of The Fallen Review - Dark Slog

There are a lot of elements that might be said to define Souls-like games, but high on the list has to be the genre’s particular approach to pacing. As a group of action-RPGs, they’re defined first by periods of growing, ratcheting tension. You fight through long areas filled with tough enemies, with each one dropping "souls" that you can spend to level up your character, which you risk losing if you die before you reach a safe place where you're able to spend them.

Following the build of tensi

Thymesia Review - Hunter Homage

A lot of games have drawn inspiration from the works of From Software, with varying degrees of success. While many developers look to emulate that high degree of challenge that comes from the likes of Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, they often miss the fact that it's From's thoughtful, tight gameplay and deliberate encounter design that makes these games fun, not just a punishing difficulty. Thymesia, a 3D action game that draws heavy influence from some specific From titles, manages to stri

Rollerdrome Review - Skate Or Die

When I was losing hours to Roll7's latest side-scrolling skateboard platformer, OlliOlli World, I never said to myself, "I wonder what this would be like if my skater had a gun." Roll7 obviously did, though, and the result is Rollerdrome. Though it makes departures from the skating games that Roll7 is known for, Rollerdrome nails what's most important about them: it's an easy game to play that makes you feel awesome while you're playing it.

Rollerdrome is similar to Roll7's other titles in that
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Destiny 2: How To Unlock Focusing For Aberrant Action And Corrasion (Once It's Available)

The second act of Destiny 2's first new episode, Echoes, adds two new guns to the list of weapons you can acquire from the episode's activities. Like other episode weapons, you can eventually earn the ability to buy those two guns from Failsafe, the Echoes vendor. However, the ability to "focus" Echoes engrams into Aberrant Action or Corrasion isn't immediately available with the launch of the episode. Instead, you have to earn it as a vendor upgrade by completing Failsafe's tasks.The bad news i...

Dragon Ball Z And Super Blu-rays Are Getting Big Prime Day Discounts

Dragon Ball Z is one of the most beloved anime series ever made, and fans looking to grab the franchise's many seasons and movies can pick up select Blu-ray editions while they're discounted during the final hours of Amazon's Prime Day sale.Starting with the TV series, you can get multiple Dragon Ball Z seasons on Blu-ray. If you're new, you'll probably want to start with season one, which is is $26 (was $31) at Amazon. This version includes every episode of the original first season, but if you...

Stock Up On All Your Batman Blu-Ray Needs For Prime Day

Select Batman Blu-rays are discounted during Amazon's big Prime Day sale, giving you a great opportunity to fill out your movie library. You might want to start with the Batman 4K box set, which includes the 4K Blu-ray versions of Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, for just $40--a significant cut from the from it's usual $90 price tag.That's just one of the many Batman collections on sale for Prime Day. There's also the Dark Knight Trilogy 4K Blu-ray set, which in...

Nab This Panasonic Streaming 4K Blu-Ray Player On Sale If You Need A Non-Console Movie Solution

Most video game fans likely use game consoles like the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X to watch Blu-ray discs or to stream video from services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. But with the rise of digital-only consoles, you might find yourself lacking a disc drive to watch physical media. Prime Day has a deal to help close your movie-watching gap with a Panasonic Streaming 4K Blu-ray player, which can play physical discs or stream video, filling that spot in your movie-watching tech needs.P...

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Headset Gets Big Discount For First Time On Prime Day

If you're in the market for a new wireless gaming headset, there's good news: The console variants of Razer's flagship BlackShark V2 Pro headset are seeing a pretty hefty discount this week at Best Buy. Both the Xbox Series X|S BlackShark and PlayStation 5 BlackShark headsets are newer to the market and haven't seen any discounts previously, but both have had their prices slashed by $50 as part of Best Buy's sale to compete with Prime Day.The BlackShark V2 Pro headset has been around for a bit,...

Stock Up On Superhero Tabletop Experiences With These Marvel Board Game Deals

Thanks to Prime Day, you can nab a ton of Marvel-themed board games at some great discounts. The games on sale run the gamut of gameplay experiences, starting with Marvel Champions, a strategic card game that already has a bunch of expansions. You can grab it for $40, which is 50% off its usual sticker price of $80.Marvel Champions lets players take the role of beloved heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain America and work together to stop the schemes of various villains. It's a dec...

Destiny 2 Aberrant Action God Roll Guide

The rocket-assisted sidearm archetype, a pistol that literally shoots rockets, is one of the best gun types in Destiny 2, and with the launch of Act 2 of Episode: Echoes, we're now up to three of these powerful, explosive-launching pistols in the game. While you'll still want to get a crafted god roll of The Call from The Final Shape's new destination, the Pale Heart of the Traveler, the newly released Aberrant Action is another gun you should be chasing. It too is craftable, and since it's a So...

Binding Of Isaac Strategy Card Game Gets Largest Price Cut Yet At Amazon

The Binding of Isaac has become a classic of the roguelike genre, but there's more than just the video game version of Isaac's horrific journey through Mom's basement. The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls adapts the roguelike experience into a strategy card game you can play either alone or with friends. Thanks to a Lightning Deal at Amazon just hours before the start of Prime Day 2024, you can snag either the standard edition or The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls Ultimate Collection at pretty signifi...

Transformers, Resident Evil, and Destiny 2 Statues Get Huge Discounts For Prime Day

Sometimes, you need a 10-inch Optimus Prime statue to really bring a room together. Amazon has you covered with a bunch of deals as part of its early Prime Day sale, offering a few impressive statues from Numskull and other manufacturers. Whether it's a robot in disguise, a twisted G-Virus creature, or a piece of Destiny 2 armor that you're trying to add to your collection, it's worth noting that these are all coupon deals for Prime Day, which means they're likely to go fast.Don't forget to chec...

Shadow Of The Erdtree Turns Elden Ring's Greatest Hero Into A Monster

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the story of Shadow of the Erdtree, so if you haven't finished the expansion or at least made it to the final boss, you might want to do so before reading on.When it comes to the story told in Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree is a bombshell. It focuses on one major character who wasn't actually included in the base game--Miquella, one of the demigod children of the goddess Queen Marika--but whose presence cast a long shadow on events. Of all the demig...

Prime Day 2024 Amazon Device Deals - Huge Savings On Fire Sticks, Kindles, And More

Amazon has built quite a stable of connected devices for everything from reading ebooks to watching its extremely expensive TV shows. And for Prime Day this year, Amazon has chopped the prices on a ton of its devices, including Kindles, Ring cameras, Fire Sticks, and a whole lot more, giving you the opportunity to stock up on whatever internet-connected stuff you've been holding out on. Prime Day has knocked the prices down on Amazon devices by as much as 50% making a few pretty affordable. Whet...

Destiny 2 Echoes Act 2 Will Drop All Story Beats At Once Following Player Feedback

The upcoming second act of Echoes, Destiny 2's current "episode" that continues the story of its latest expansion, The Final Shape, is changing how the game dishes out story. Instead of a new story beat becoming available each week, as in Act 1, all three Act 2 story beats will be available when it becomes available on July 16.Bungie announced the change during its Echoes: Act 2 live stream, which gave a look at the changes and additions coming to the game. The pacing of the story is something p...

Destiny 2 Echoes Act 2 Brings New Guns And A Big Focus On Sniper Rifles

When the second act of Echoes, Destiny 2's current content Episode, drops on July 16, it's going to refresh the game with a few significant changes. Among them are new weapons for players to chase and new Artifact mods that will add some big enhancements to sniper rifles and Solar weapons, giving a chance for new builds for players to use during the next six weeks.Bungie gave a sense of what's coming in Act 2 in its recent livestream. The new act brings three new Battlegrounds activities that wi...

Bulk Up On Destiny Lore And Artbooks With This Buy 2 Get 1 Sale

Destiny 2 lore is some of the best in video games--even if it hasn't always been properly explained in the actual game. However, in the last few years, developer Bungie has taken to curating portions of that world-building into six hardbound volumes called the Destiny Grimoire Anthology. These tomes are great collector's items for hardcore fans, and thanks to Target's sale this week, for every two Destiny 2 books you buy, you can get a third for free. With this deal, you could grab all six lore...

Get The Arcade Experience For Street Fighter 2 Turbo And 13 Other Games With This Arcade Cabinet Deal

Home arcade cabinets are more affordable than ever, but thanks Walmart's current sale, you can pick up Arcade1Up's Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting legacy cabinet, which is currently $50, bringing the price down to a reasonable $250.The "Yoga Flame" cabinet is modeled after Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, but it actually sports an additional 13 other classic Capcom games, including Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, King of Dragons, Strider, and...

Build A Fast & Furious Dodge Charger With This Lego Technic Deal

The Fast & Furious franchise is all about people using awesome cars to defy laws--whether they're United States federal laws, international laws, or the laws of physics. Most of the things Dom Toretto and his family do in the movies might be technically impossible, but you can at least build and admire a replica of his 1970 Dodge Charger R/T with the Lego Technic Dom's Charger, which is on sale for Walmart+ subscribers.The online-only deal knocks $40 off the usual price of $120, bringing the pri...

Animal Crossing Lego Sets Receive Solid Discounts Ahead Of Prime Day

Lego just started releasing Animal Crossing sets in March, and since they're so new, there haven't been many opportunities to snag them for anything less than full price. That changes today, thanks to the big sale Walmart is currently running (and Amazon is matching), which sees 20% knocked off the price for the Nook's Cranny and Rosie's House set.The set is the biggest of Lego's Animal Crossing offerings, and as such, it's also the most expensive. It usually retails for $75, but the 20%-off dis...

Haters Be Damned: Elden Ring Summoning Leads To Shadow Of The Erdtree's Best Moment

Igon is the best character in Shadow of the Erdtree. He's the best character in all of Elden Ring, in fact. He might be the best character in any From Software game. And if you're the kind of person who makes "git gud" a cornerstone of your personality, you probably missed out on him.You find Igon at the base of the Jagged Peak, and at first, he's kind of a pathetic figure. He's already injured when you discover him, and from his wailing laments, you learn that he's trying to kill a huge and hor...

Is The Matrix Deckbuilding Game Real, Or Is It A Simulation?

There was a time when there were a few games based on The Matrix movies, and they were even pretty good at times. Today, while video game adaptations are tougher to come by (although you can be Neo or Trinity in Fortnite), fans shouldn't sleep on a tabletop opportunity to delve into the Matrix, with Upper Deck's Legendary Encounters: The Matrix deckbuilding game, available on Amazon. If you're a tabletop or deckbuilding game fan but unfamiliar with the Legendary series, you're missing out. They'...

A New Horror Game Corrects Something So Many Others Get Wrong

Putting players in the shoes of an engineer tasked with heading alone into a dark basement to restart an ailing generator is a tried-and-true trope in horror video games. While Still Wakes the Deep has a lot that's very familiar to horror fans, it's what it does with this trope of making you the poor lone sucker who needs to flip all the switches and face all the danger to do it, that sets it apart from a field of horror titles. Other games could learn from what developer The Chinese Room does w

Save Up To $200 On Kindle Scribe Bundles Ahead Of Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day isn't until July 16, but deals are already hitting the retailer, including on its Kindle Scribe tablets. The Scribe version of Amazon's famous ereader adds a digital notebook so you can use it for writing as well as reading, but it maintains the simplicity of Amazon's E-ink display. Amazon is already offering a bunch of Scribe bundle deals, which come with handy accessories, at deep discounts, so it's a great time to pick up the best Kindle device in 2024.

To take full advantag

Dbrand Steam Deck Accessories And PS5 Faceplates Get Rare Discounts

The Steam Deck is an okay-looking device, but device customization retailer Dbrand exists in hopes of making it look even cooler. If you're in the market to pretty up your Deck, whether original or OLED, you can take advantage of Dbrand's summer sale. The retailer has a bunch of customization gear on sale for Steam Deck, including the sleek and protective Killswitch case.

The sale sees prices sliced down to as much as 50%, and includes everything from skins and cases for phones, gaming devices

The Best PC Games To Play In 2024

GameSpot may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and from purchases through links. Without a generational divide, the PC gaming library just keeps growing. With such an ever-expanding list to choose from, we focused on the best PC games to play right now. Some of these games, like Balatro and Helldivers 2, are recently released gems. Others are live-service games or multiplayer favorites that have stood the test of time, like Destiny 2. Our list o

Iron Banner Returns In Destiny 2: The Final Shape--Here's Everything You Need To Know

The first Iron Banner of the post-Final Shape era has arrived in Destiny 2, bringing a fairly significant change to the formula for a PvP event Bungie has included in the game for the last 10 years. For the first time, the usually week-long event will now span two weeks. It also brings some reprised guns back for you to chase, complete with new perks.

While the Iron Banner is pretty straightforward--it's a 6-on-6 multiplayer event with its own set of rewards, reputation track, and Triumph seal-
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