Gears Of War 4 Announces Halloween Pumpkin Ball Multiplayer Event

Gears of War 4 has only been out for a couple of weeks, but the game is already hosting its first special event: a Halloween-themed twist on multiplayer called Pumpkin Ball.

This spooky version of the game’s dodgeball mode drops respawn times to 1 second and reduces respawn protection to speed up the pace of the matches. The playlist includes the maps Fallout, Forge, Harbor, Impact, and Lift.

Players will also be able to wear new and improved pumpkin heads modeled to resemble the game’s Juvies, and will earn bonus XP while playing Pumpkin Ball.

The Coalition is also selling Halloween Elite Packs until November 1, which each are guaranteed to include at least one epic or legendary card.

Check out our review of Gears of War 4 here.

[Source: Gears of War 4 Community]

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MLB The Show 17 Gets Its Cover Star

Recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. will grace the cover of MLB 17 The Show; the first time Griffey will have been on a video game cover in nearly 20 years.

Junior will be playable in addition to being on the cover.

Three different limited editions of MLB The Show 17 were also announced, ranging from $69.99 to $99.99, for when the game comes out on March 28. All of the editions come with digital goodies that include MLB PS4 avatars, themes, and microtransactions, while the $99.99 Hall of Fame Edition also comes with a New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat and Limited Edition MVP Steel Book. For the complete list, head over to the PlayStation Blog.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
Honoring the legends is a great way to pay respects to an athlete’s accomplishments and add something new to an annualized franchise. NBA 2K11 is proof that it can work well.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 27, 2016)

dominates blogs this week thanks to the announcement of the Switch, but there’s
plenty of gaming blog goodness for everyone. Read away!

Community Blogs
For October 20 – October 26:

My Thoughts on the NX
For StarterPack, appearance is a huge part of what he likes in a console, and
the Switch just does not have the looks. He also does not like the name, and is
afraid it may be flimsy. Considering Nintendo made the original Gameboy Advance
strong enough to run over in a small car or flush in a toilet, it’s probably
safe to say that this console will be sturdy. Plus, it will have all of the
Nintendo exclusives. But we won’t know how good it is until we have it in front
of us.

Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch
When it comes to Rival_M’s opinion of the Switch, he can’t say enough about the
marketing. (But come on, who plays video game sports after the superior real
sport?) One of his highlights was the fact that you can take your home console
games on the go, and that’s a boon for anyone who travels as much as our
blogger does. For people like me, I’m usually doing all the driving, so I’m not
so sold on that aspect. Yet.

Ranking All of the Islands in Wind Waker
The fact that Haley Shipley spent five hours to do this is nuts – and I love
it. I used to love chatting with friends about which islands had cool things to
do or see in Wind Waker, and even bought a strategy guide to visit all of them.
So you can imagine how awesome this list is for me. I thank you for your
dedication/obsession, Haley!

Recording Gaming Through Pictures
GerardoExber combines Instagram with gaming, sort of. Now instead of doing it
just on the social media platform he’s doing the same for us, sharing some
gaming pics in a visual diary of sorts. While I only show some people, I like
to take shots of meaningful or cool gaming moments on my PS4.

Trying To Care About Nintendo Again  
I can relate with Brendon Curzio when it comes to waiting in line for a Wii.
And though I loved mine the entire time I had it (Monster Hunter, Felynes), I
can see why he left the Wii to move on to a PS3. But you know what? The Switch
has Brendon pumped up like Luigi on a Super Mushroom. Well, at least to buy
one. He’s not sure about actually being excited to play it, because, let’s be
real, we need to see more on the games.

Writing Challenge

Writing Challenge: Trip Down Memory Lane

StarterPack leads his blog with Super Smash Bros., so you know you’re in for
some awesome local-multiplayer storytelling. But it’s also very personal and
shows how a video game and a good friend can turn your day around. And don’t
even get me going on TimeSplitters!

Writing Challenge: Memorable Multiplayer Games

GerardoExber gives us a pretty robust list of games that he’s enjoyed with
a friend or two over the years, and chances are it’s similar to many a
childhood. I can’t even explain in words how fantastic it was to play local
multiplayer or co-op games with friends growing up – or even with them now.

Community Reviews:

Quest Builders (PS Vita) Review

Enuo wasn’t sure about this game. When he started playing it he found out that
it is not only a lot of fun, but has Dragon Quest’s soul. What really sets it
apart, and our blogger explains without spoiling anything major, is the story
and its connection to the first game in the series.

Community Writing

Pet peeves of
gaming culture or video games. I want to read about yours!

Community Playdate:

Nothing this

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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Rage Is Now Backward Compatible On Xbox One

Remember Rage? You know, the last-gen shooter that id developed? Well, now you can play it one your Xbox One, thanks to the magic of backward compatibility.

If you haven’t played it before, Reiner liked it a lot, giving it a solid 9 in his review.

So there you have it. Now you can play Rage on your Xbox One. Go for it!

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Monster Hunter Generations Gets Expansion In Japan

The Monster Hunter series is pretty big in Japan, with it getting a dedicated Nintendo Direct today. Capcom used this opportunity to announce an expansion to Monster Hunter X (known as Monster Hunter Generations here). The update looks like it adds extra abilities to the Hunting Styles and more monsters to hunt, though there’s no word on if it’ll come stateside yet.

While the wait for this might be a while, you can check out what we thought of the original title here.

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[Source: Nintendo Direct via Youtube]


Our Take
It makes sense to pile on more monster madness over in Japan, though it might be better to have this expansion as DLC in the west. Either way, I’m reminded that I still needed High Rank Brachydios armor in MHG, so I’ll see you all in five years after I manage that by myself.

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Watch Dogs 2 Is Gold

Watch Dogs 2 has gone gold, according to the game’s official Twitter account.

Set in San Francisco, the sequel is scheduled to launch November 15 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PC version of the game has been delayed until November 29.

[Source: Watch Dogs 2 on Twitter]


Our Take
This means it’s real. Everything Ubisoft has shown off of this game looks promising, so I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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Square Enix Shares A Pair Of New Kingdom Hearts III Screens

Kingdom Hearts fans have had an exciting morning. In addition to sharing the news that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix collection is coming to PlayStation 4, Square Enix has released a pair of new Kingdom Hearts III screens, showing Sora and his Guard Form.

Square said in a tweet that, while they didn’t have any additional news for Kingdom Hearts III, they wanted to give fans a look at the Guard Form, which is a new Drive Form. Yes, Drive Forms, which were in Kingdom Hearts II and allow Sora to transform into more powerful forms, are back! The one shown in the images is a transformation of the Keyblade of Herc’s Shield.

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Sora Coming To World Of Final Fantasy For A Limited Time

Kingdom Hearts’ main protagonist is coming to the recently released World of Final Fantasy. He will be a free download this winter, sporting his outfit from Dream Drop Distance.

Details of when he’ll be available and for how long will be released at a later date. While World of Final Fantasy is heavy on fanservice, we found it to be pretty awesome, too.


Our Take
While this is a great incentive to buy the game now, it’s going to make buying it later seem like a bad idea. Also, seeing Sora in his 3D outfit just makes me wish Square would do something with The World Ends With You already.

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Halloween Update For Hitman: Sniper Adds New Weapon, Missions

Agent 47 will have a chance to channel his inner Van Helsing this month with a Halloween update for Hitman: Sniper.

The update includes a new weapon, a crossbow called “The Exorcist,” that has three new abilities to go with it. Agent 47 can use it to summon a ghost, impale enemies, and fire off a volley of barbed arrows.

The game’s Montenegro map and its characters have also gotten into the spirit of the season, with Halloween costumes and decorations, plus a selection of new missions. The Halloween event runs now through November 24.

Hitman: Sniper is available for iOS and Android. You can read what we thought of the game here, but note that it is no longer free to play.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Coming To PS4

Square Enix is putting a bow on the first two Kingdom Hearts games in advance of the third, offering the HD 1.5 Remix + 2.5 Remix titles for the PS4.

The collection comes out on March 28, 2017.

The other collection – Kingdom Hearts 2.8 hits the system on January 24.

Here’s what’s in the compilation:

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)


  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

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