New Tomb Raider Game To Be Revealed in 2018

The official Tomb Raider Twitter account shared the following message a few minutes ago.

Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year. Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now, but we’re taking a new approach this time.

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A new Tomb Raider game is coming. Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won’t be very long between the official reveal and when you can play.

Our journey together will begin with a major event in 2018. We simply can’t wait to take you on Lara Croft’s defining adventure.

Square Enix has thus addressed speculation that the game would be revealed at tonight’s The Game Awards event organized by Geoff Keighley.

While the delayed reveal may be disappointing (it was originally rumored to be scheduled for Gamescom 2017), at least the message confirms that the release won’t be too far off, possibly hinting that it could happen within 2018. After all, next year will be huge for Tomb Raider thanks to the reboot of the movie series, due to hit theaters in March 2018.

Lara Croft will be played by rising star (and Oscar winner) Alicia Vikander, with Dominic West (The Affair) set to play his father, Lord Richard Croft. Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys, Ready Player One, Ant-man and the Wasp) and Walton Goggins (Justified, The Hateful Eight, Ant-man and the Wasp) will also feature in the movie, due to be directed by Roar Urthag.

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The best Black Friday PS4 deals 2017

Our picks of the best PS4, PS4 Pro, games, DualShock offers and more so far – updated regularly with new deals.

The Black Friday deals are here, with discounts on everything from PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim bundles to essential accessories to even the best PS4 games. We’ve already seen some fantastic deals on PS4 Pro come and go – including that amazing £199 Currys PS4 Pro deal which it looks like they’re honouring although it was almost certainly a mistake. There are good bargains on DualShock controllers, 4K TVs, PS Plus subscriptions and more, so make sure you check out our Best Black Friday gaming deals as well.

Or, if you’re in the UK, click here to jump straight to the UK deals.

Our current, can’t-be-missed, deal of the day!

PS4 Pro + COD WW2, GTSport, Fallout 4 £299 (was £407.96):Well now… this PS4 Pro bundle is the best available anywhere today and we don’t expect to see much better. It offers a huge stack of games and the console for less than £300 from Currys.

The best US Black Friday PS4 Pro bundle deals

PS4 Pro 1TB, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and FF15 for $399.99 (was $447): A PS4 Pro will need some suitably pretty games to show off its graphical power, and SWBF2 and FF15 are some of the best. Get the whole bundle for an easy at a steal from eBay now.

PS4 Pro (1TB) for $349 (was $399): You need to scoop up this deal right now if you already have plenty of PS4 games and just want to see them looking extra pretty. Don’t wait, jump right in to GameStop now.

The best US Black Friday PS4 deals

PS4 1TB bundle for $299.99: If you’re looking for an upgrade to your hard drive but not 4K, you can pick up a 1TB PS4  with Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Prey from eBay.

The best US Black Friday PS VR bundle deals

PlayStation VR with Skyrim bundle for $349.99 (was $449.99):This is the VR game to get if you want to have total immersion for hours and hours, and this bundle from GameStop has everything you need to play. Well, except a PS4.

PS VR bundle for $349.99 (was $499.99): If you need virtual reality this Christmas, look no further than the PlayStation VR Worlds bundle that includes the headset, a copy of VR Worlds, two Move wands and the essential PlayStation Camera from NewEgg.

PS VR GT Sport bundle for $299 (was $399.99) : Skyrim not your thing? No problem. This PlayStation VR bundle comes with the vital PlayStation camera, and a copy of GT Sport from Amazon.

The best US Black Friday 4K TV deals

Samsung 55” Class Curved 4K (2160P) Smart LED TV for $697.99 (was $1,199): If you’ve upgraded your console recently, or just like watching Stranger Things in pristine quality, a 4K TV is a must. This curvy little number looks like it belongs in the rec room on a spaceship. Just us? Oh. Save $500 on the usual retail price right now at Walmart.

The best US Black Friday PS4 accessory deals

PS Plus (1 year) for $39.99 (was $59.99): Remember, PS Plus memberships stack into the future so grab $20 off this one year membership on Amazon while you can.

DualShock 4 PS4 controller for $38 (was $59.99): Nab a DualShock 4 controller on the cheap – in the classic jet black colorway – from Amazon.

Sony Gold Wireless Headset for $64.99 (was $99.99): Get your head in the game with the official Gold wireless headset from Sony thanks to Amazon.

Seagate 2TB hard drive for $59.99 (was $79.99): Up your hard drive game with the Seagate Backup Plus 2TB external hard drive with USB 3.0 from Amazon.

The best US Black Friday PS4 games deals

Middle-earth: Shadow of War for $25 (was $59.99): Live your own stories of orc slaying and being slayed by orcs in this sequel to the impobably good Shadow of Mordor. Save your mirian, you’ll only need to pay $25 on Amazon for the digital copy.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus for $24.99 (was $59.99):Rejoin the Nazi-killing adventures of B.J. Blazkowics as he returns to his home-turf of the occupied USA. Get all the action, drama, and internal monologues for a very reasonable 50% off on Amazon.

For Honor for $14.99 (was $49.99): It’s not even a year old yet, and already Ubisoft’s medieval swords-and-shields fighting game is getting deep discounts at $35 off the regular price from Amazon.

Yakuza Kiwami Steelbook Edition for $19.99 (was $29.99): Go back to where it all started with this HD remake of the first video game in the Yakuza series. Gangsters and karaoke, who could say no? Especially when the price is down by a third on Amazon.

Assassin’s Creed Origins for $41.99 (was $59.99): If you waited to pick up this stab-happy Egypt adventure, you’re in luck – save almost $20 on this brand new game going for 30% off on Amazon.

Horizon Zero Dawn Deluxe Edition for $25 (was $59.99): Jump into this gorgeous, enormous open-world adventure (and deck out Aloy with some bonus Deluxe Edition gear) on Amazon.

Destiny 2 for $41.99 (was $59.99): Jump into Bungie’s shooter for even less. Grab Destiny 2 now from Amazon and save the City and the Traveller by either being a magical Warlock, sharpshooting Hunter, or powerful Titan.

Final Fantasy 15 for $19.99 (was $59.99): If you missed last year’s biggest JRPG, take a road trip with the boys for 67% off on Amazon.

Project Cars 2 for $25 (was $59.99): This detailed racing sim lets you try out everything from trusty touring favorites to the latest supercars. Grab it for a scant $25 at Amazon.

The best UK Black Friday PS4 Pro deals

PS4 Pro + COD WW2, GT Sport, Fallout 4 for £299.99 (was £407.96): Well now… this PS4 Pro bundle offers a huge stack of games and the console for less than £300. Grab it from Currys now and embrace the transition to 4K.

PS4 Pro 1TB: If you want a bundle that’s got everything, then look no further. You’ll get the PS4 Pro 1TB, FIFA 18, Call of Duty: WW2, an extra DualShock 4 and 12 months of PS Plus for an amazing £379.99 from Very.

PS4 Pro 1TB: Upgrade to 4K with the PS4 Pro with Gran Turismo Sport, and an extra DualShock 4 for £299.99 from Very. (Or add an optional extra DualShock and 12 Months PSN for only £379.)

The best UK Black Friday PS4 deals

PS4 500GB: Grab a 500GB PS4 with FIFA 18, GT Sport and Hidden Agenda (or you choice of Playlink game) for £199.99 from Argos. 

PS4 Slim 500GB with FIFA 18, Gran Turismo Sport, and Knowledge of Power: On budget: check. Three great games: check. Explore the wonderful world of sport or sit down and play a few party games with your friends, all for an insane £199.99 from Very.

PS4 1TB Star Wars Battlefront 2 Edition: Wear your Star Wars love on your PS4’s sleeve with this limited edition PS4 1TB and a copy of Star Wars Battlefront 2 for £249.99 from Argos.

PS4 500GB bundle with CoD WW2 and extra DualShock 4:  If you’re looking for a seriously value for money PS4 bundle, pick up a 500GB PS4 Slim with CoD WW2, That’s You, an extra DualShock 4 Controller and 2 months of Now TV for an incredible £249.99 from GAME.

PS4 (1TB) CoD Special Edition bundle: You can pick up the Limited Edition Camo 1TB PS4 along with CoD WW2 and a free copy of GT Sport for £229.99 from Tesco.

The best UK Black Friday PlayStation VR deals

PS VR bundle: It’s a collect in store deal only but it’ll be worth the walk/drive to get the PS VR headset, PlayStation Camera, VR Worlds, and GT Sport for £250 from Currys. You even get the non-VR compatible Fallout 4 for your trouble.

The best UK Black Friday 4K TV deals

LG 55″ OLED 4K HDR TV: OK, you’ve decided to go big or go home and that means spending some serious cash on an OLED TV. With 4K and HDR, this beautiful OLED offering from LG has £1000 off. You can pick it up for £1499 from Currys.

LG 43″ 4K TV: If you’re after high-res at a low price, and want a decent HDR picture too… this is the TV for you. The LG 43UJ630V 43 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV is a steal  for £349 from Amazon.

If you want to go a bit bigger, the LG 49UJ635V 49″ 4K HDR TV is only £419 from Argos.

Toshiba 49″ 4K TV: Looking for the same criteria as above, but have a little more room to play with? Looking for fill that space with screen? We don’t blame you. The 49U5766DB is your solution. You can save 31% when you buy it for £379 at Amazon.

Toshiba 55″ 4K TV: Like the previous two, but live in a colossal sky palace with walls too big for any smaller TV to fill? Fear nor. The Toshiba 55U5766DB has you covered. You can save £160.99 when you buy it for £439 from Amazon.

The best UK Black Friday PS4 accessories deals

PS Plus 12 months: Nab a reduced PS Plus membership this Black Friday and it just stacks on top of your existing one so there’s no reason not to get this reduced membership from Amazon for £36.85.

Razer Kraken Pro V2: If you want great sound to go with that PS4 Pro, 30% off these Razer cans will deliver it straight into your ears exceptionally loudly. Grab the Razer Kraken Pro V2s for £55.99 from Amazon while stocks last.

Logitech G29 Driving Force Wheel: Save a massive £170 on one of our favourite racing wheels, the Logitech G29 Driving Force Wheel with pedals. It’s reduced to £190.12 on Amazon UK.

There’s also up to 45% off Logitech Gaming Products

PS4 Wireless Platinum Headset:Sony’s official wireless cans are a genuine wonder with their 3D audio and stylish metallic exterior. Grab a pair for only £99.99 from Amazon UK.

Western Digital 1TB hard drive: If you’ve spent far too much time in the application management screen, you need a new hard drive. Make 500GB a thing of the past with this 1TB for £44.99 on Amazon.

SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming HeadsetIf it’s time for a new headset,the Arctis 5 delivers great sound and an ultra comfortable headband with its ski-goggle band. These cans come with a ClearCast Mic and the handy ability to juggle game and chat audio mid game. Save 14% and grab these cans for £79.99 from Amazon.  

The best UK Black Friday PS4 games deals

Assassin’s Creed Origins: Join Bayek in Ancient Egypt for a ridiculously bargainous £34.99 from Amazon UK.

The Evil Within 2: Return to the horror with The Evil Within 2 for £19.99 from GAME UK.

Wolfenstein 2: BJ has all the Reich moves. Jump into The new Colossus for £19.99 from GAME.

Prey: Are you brave enough to venture through Prey for £11.99 from Argos? 

Destiny 2: Jump into one of the games of this year with a bonus salute emote on PS4 for £26.00 from Tesco.

Dishonored 2: If you missed Arkane’s beautiful return to Corvo and Emily’s world, there’s no excuse now you can pick the full game up for £9.49 from Argos.

Doom: Did you miss Doom on release? It’s time to catch up with the best FPS in years for only £9.49 from Argos

REACH FOR THE SKY AS THE ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS HORUS DLC PACK ARRIVES

If you’re an Assassin’s Creed Origins player then you may well like to know that today has seen a new piece of content arrive. Prepare to look to the sky and await the Horus DLC pack!

If you head to Ancient Egypt then worshipping deities is pretty much par for the course, and so when Ubisoft sent Assassin’s Creed Origins to Egypt, it was fairly obvious that we’d find ourselves stumbling upon some of the most worshipped of gods. And that is most definitely the case today as a new Horus content pack has arrived.

Priced at £5.99, the Assassin’s Creed Origins Horus Pack will allow you to kit your assassin out with a brand new, highly exclusive outfit, grab a new bow or two and go equipped with a new shield. Furthermore, you’ll get the chance to mount a unique camel – Apophis.

If you wish to add this latest content to your Origins experience, then head on over to the Microsoft Store right now. Don’t forget to have a read of our full review of Assassin’s Creed Origins too – Ubisoft are back with a rather big bang!

DLC Description:

Horus, the Egyptian God of the Sky, shows favor to your Assassin with this exclusive outfit. Mount Apophis, a unique camel named after the snake demon while wielding 2 bows and 1 shield worthy of the gods.

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Call of Duty WWII Update 1.05 PS4/XO Offers Loading Optimizations, MP Weapon Nerfs and Buffs & More

Activision has released Call of Duty WWII update 1.05 for PS4 and Xbox One, which offers various improvements and optimizations alongside multiplayer weapon nerfs and buffs.

The update also fixes some exploits in the Nazi Zombies mode. “Welcome to our first Patch Note Update! We’ve heard the community loud and clear over social channels, and we’re working around the clock to ensure a better experience for all players”, Activision writes. “We’ve been tracking issues as they arise on our end and have pushed an update to address some of your top concerns.”

You’ll find the full patch notes for Call of Duty WWII Update 1.05 down below:

COD: WWII MULTIPLAYER UPDATES

Connectivity improvements and optimizations

Fixed de-ranking issues

Addressed an issue where players encountered an infinite load screen

Leaderboard stability improvements and bug fixes

General UI improvements

Loading optimizations

Splitscreen functionality improvements

Added new unlock inventory stars to indicate when new items are added

Adjusted hit marker audio to be higher default level (note: can be adjusted in settings)

Fixed out of world exploits on Gustav Cannon and Sainte Marie du Mont

Espionage Basic Training – Reduced painted time from 10 to 6 seconds. Made it so only bullet damage paints you.

Weapon tuning to allow for one shot kills outside of hardcore mode, enabling challenge completion.

Fixed infinite flamethrower bug

XP Earn rate tuned in Operation Neptune

Fix issue of shotgun variants not appearing

Emblem Editor and visualization improvements

GameBattles Improvements

Fixed Gridiron Ball exploits

COD: WWII MULTIPLAYER WEAPON TUNING UPDATES

BUFFs

Walther Toggle Action Shotgun – Damage increased at extremely close range

Bren LMG – Increased damage per shot

LMG Bipod – Sped up ADS time when in Bipod stance

NERFs

BAR Rifle – decreased fire rate and widened hip fire spread

STG44 Rifle – widened hip fire spread

FG42 Rifle – increased recoil and widened hip fire spread

Machine Pistol – decreased damage ranges

SNIPER CLASS – Fixed a bug with all Sniper Rifles zooming to exact center when aiming down the sights

COD: WWII NAZI ZOMBIES UPDATES

  • Zombie Map Exploit Fix – clipping into a zombie spawn closet using revive mechanic in Laboratory
  • Fixed Klaus pathing
  • Fixed out of world exploit – The Final Reich

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the 15 best superhero games of all time!

You don’t have to look far these days to find a pack of crime-fighting superheroes out to make the world a safer, yet somehow more explosion-filled place. The Avengers have become Hollywood’s biggest darlings, and the Marvel movie train isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Superhero toys are moving millions of dollars a year, and even the comics themselves, which were ailing in the early 2000s, are back on the upswing. And yet, in video games, the one medium where you can actually be Captain America or Superman, it seems like there’s a dearth of good superhero titles.

That’s an injustice we can’t let stand. For those in desperate need of a superhero video game fix, we’ve gathered the best of the best here. Their mission: to make sure you have a super good time. Whether they use magic powers, technical gizmos, or just flat-out smash things to oblivion, the gang’s all here. Time to get to work.

15. Justice League Heroes: The Flash

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It’s not surprising that there haven’t been many games featuring The Flash; when your name isn’t Sonic the Hedgehog, unlimited speed as a game’s central focus can be a hard sell. Plus, for a long time, consoles just didn’t have the processing power to let the world’s fastest man run free. But that didn’t stop WayForward from making Justice League Heroes: The Flash in 2006 for the Game Boy Advance, and making great use of the world’s fleetest feet in the process.

At face value, The Flash looks like a typical brawler, but having the power to dash between enemies using super speed completely flips the script. Activating Flash’s super speed slows the world down while allowing him to maintain velocity, so you can see what it looks like from his point of view when he goes full-blur and puts his enemies in the ground. Need I say any more?

Play it on: Game Boy Advance

14. Deadpool

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It’s rare to find genuine laughs from attempted comedy in games, which makes High Moon Studios’ Deadpool quite the treasure indeed. This third-person hack-and-slash drops you into the boots of the Merc with a Mouth, and lets you loose on hordes of disposable, meat-filled enemies in a bloody action adventure that never misses the chance to crack a joke.

It’s a good thing, too, because while the combat starts to get stale by the time the credits roll, that stellar script and wonderful comedy more than make up for it. Deadpool’s meta, fourth-wall-breaking antics are enjoyable from beginning to end. Plus, there’s a scene where you’re able to slap an unconscious Wolverine for a solid three minutes, and who doesn’t want to do that?

Play it on: PC, PS3, and Xbox 360

13. Scribblenauts Unmasked

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Scribblenauts started with the ambitious concept of conjuring any word you could imagine, and it has only grown from there. In 2013, the series massive dictionary got even larger with Scribblenauts Unmasked, which included every person and most of the items from DC Comics history in its lexicon (including Bloodwynd and Kryptonian, but sadly not League of Shadows). Scribbling protagonist Max can summon Batman to solve his problems, or a dozen different Batmen to deal with a new logic puzzle.

Unmasked has a massive DC-themed vocabulary, and in addition to letting you summon the entire Green Lantern Corps to help you solve a riddle, the encyclopedic collection of names doubles as a Wiki that gives you background on every single DC term included. So, hey, it’s educational! Its such a thorough celebration of DC’s past and present ,that it’s hard not to feel all the joy dancing across your screen at all times, like waves of transformative radiation.

Play it on: PC, Wii U, and Nintendo DS

12. DC Universe Online

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An MMO based off on the DC universe doesn’t sound like a great idea on paper. If everyone’s a superhero, then are what’s so super about everyone? But, six years on from release, DC Universe Online is alive and kicking on PC and next-gen consoles, having successfully made the transition from the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. Players get to create their own superhero based on the traits of DC’s wide catalogue of canonical characters, before venturing fourth into the open world to join the fight against perpetual doomsday.

Above all, DC Universe Online excels as an example of perspicacious post-launch curation, as developers Daybreak Game Company has devoted itself to perpetually enhancing and expanding the game with new content, updates, fixes, and rewards for the past half decade. It’s starting to show its age in 2017 but, as a free-to-play action MMO that reveals a deep understanding of and admiration for its source material, you could do a lot worse than DC Universe Online.

Play it on: PC, PS4, and Xbox One

11. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Not only is the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game infinitely better than the movie it’s loosely based off of, but it might well be one of the best movie tie-in games of all time. An R-rated experience which doesn’t shy away from Logan’s capacity to brutalize his enemies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine represents the first mature take on the character outside of the comics.

The game was more than just blood and guts, however, as the action-heavy combat is engaging in its simplicity, not to mention relentless during the impressively designed boss fights. The well-told story also features full voice acting from almost the entire cast of the film, with Hugh Jackman himself lending his suitably gruff tones to the proceedings. Unfortunately, the movie’s infamously awful interpretation of Deadpool turns up in the game, too, so it isn’t all plain sailing.

Play it on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii

10. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

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Through much of the 2000s, Activision found a real niche for itself publishing dungeon crawlers based around comic book super stars. After increasingly well-made adventures like X-Men: Legends and the first Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, the series reached its loot collecting, team of four apex with Ultimate Alliance 2.

While in many ways Ultimate Alliance 2 re-purposed the formula from its predecessor almost note for note, the incremental adjustments establish it as the pinnacle of the franchise. It features a huge roster of stars from all over the Marvel Universe, has the best visuals in the series, and is built around the hero vs. hero Civil War story-line, making its plot a bigger draw than you might expect. It has its flaws, but if all you’re looking for is to sprint down dungeon corridors and punch Magneto in the face, you’ve found your game.

Play it on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, and Nintendo Wii

9. The Wonderful 101

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Platinum Games has superheroism in its blood. Bayonetta and the Transformers Devastation may be lacking in capes and Kryptonite, but they prove how skilled Platinum is at working with the sorts of giant explosions, eye-catching aesthetics, and giddy heart that make superheroes so beloved. So it’s not surprising that when Platinum tried its hand at a literal superhero game – The Wonderful 101 – it hit the nail on the head with a building-sized hammer.

In Wonderful 101, you control a 100-strong team of superheroes as they battle against a powerful alien force trying to take over the world. In proper Platinum form, you fight battles that both look and feel larger than life, but with a twist: the mass of superheroes under your control combine to create gigantic weapons that you use in battle, letting you feel just as big and powerful as the things you’re fighting. While the game does stumble in places (the Wii U GamePad is occasionally crowbarred in with painful results), its silly affection for everything superhero-y makes it difficult not to love.

Play it on: Wii U

8. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, the Lego games have proven that just about everything is better in brick form. That trend continues in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, which comes at the Marvel universe with easy to grasp adventure gameplay and the sort of lighthearted humor that Lego games have long become famous for. Seriously, where else is Dr. Doom actually going to call his world-annihilation device a “Doom Ray of Doom”?

Playing Spiderman as he teams up with Black Widow to defeat Venom and make silly block puns is really all you need to have a good time here, and Lego Marvel doesn’t overcomplicate the mash-ups. Yet, in its own goofy way, it remains loyal to the Marvel universe, making each character feel essential to the cast and giving them abilities that uniquely fit them, like the Hulk being able to throw cars and make competent use of a computer. It doesn’t have much to offer players hoping for a challenge or a serious story, but it’s pure and simple fun, and that’s all it needs to be.

Play it on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita, and Nintendo 3DS

7. Saints Row 4

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If you were to ride a time machine back to 2006 (or maybe just spin the world in the other direction, Superman-style), you’d probably get a lot of raised eyebrows over the idea that Saints Row would eventually include a superhero game. But my, how things change: Saints Row 4 stars humans with incredible powers like super speed and energy projection, out to save Earth from world-hopping evil, headquartered in a secret Saints-cave, and decked out in matching outfits. I’m gonna say that qualifies.

Saints Row 4 transformed the post-modern sandbox into a profane riff on The Matrix, and it’s an absolute blast to explore and destroy as you see fit. You’re faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive, exploring the virtual city of Steelport just like Superman would – were he a sociopathic, deposed President that loves Biz Markie. That alone makes the game worthwhile, turning the simple act of moving from one place to another into a high-speed adventure. But toss in progressively more intense powers you unlock as you go and ridiculous slapstick comedy, and it’s a game that’s hard not to love, no matter how many dick jokes it tells.

Play it on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360

6. inFamous Second Son

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InFamous: Second Son isn’t based on a comic book or a movie, and it doesn’t feature a beloved protagonist with roots in 1940’s Americana. Instead, Delsin Rowe is a hero for the modern age: a charming delinquent who discovers he can absorb other superheroes’ powers a la Rogue from X-Men, and struggles with the choice between using them for good or whatever he damn well pleases. While the first two games have their charms, Second Son is a fuller package, with tons of side content and visual flourishes that make the heroes and the city they’re trying to save feel alive. Plus, it gives you access to the sort of raw power you always want to get your hands on, but so rarely do.

Playing as Delsin gives you the feeling of truly controlling a superhero. His powers grow to near-absurd levels by the end of the game, and with all the different abilities he can acquire over the course of his journey, it’s not long before your cup runneth over with superpowered possibilities. Using neon to speed through the streets and straight up buildings, levitating enemies or anchoring them with concrete, shooting into orbit and coming back down for an Earth-shaking entrance – it’s the stuff of superhero dreams, and it’s all at your glowing fingertips.

Play it on: PS4

5. Spider-Man 2

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Of the many dozens of titles inspired by New York’s most famous wall-crawler, it’s still Spider-Man 2 which conjures up the fondest memories. Treyarch nails the power fantasy of web-slinging through the urban jungle of Manhattan to a tee, while the city itself feels bustling and alive, riddled with crime for players to put a stop to.

Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Alfred Molina also reprise their roles from the movie to impart their vocal talent, ensuring that the story remains consistent to its cinematic counterpart, but Treyarch still takes some welcome deviations by jam-packing the game with a diverse cast of heroes and villains from the comics. The best moment of it all? A hilariously subversive and anti-climactic boss fight with Mysterio.

Play it on: PC, PS2, Xbox, PSP, and Nintendo GameCube

4. Injustice 2

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NetherRealm’s studios first attempt at a superhero based fighting game, 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, was a sound and solid foundation for a franchise in the making, but greater things were to follow. This year finally saw the release of its sequel, Injustice 2, which ups the ante in almost every way you could hope for, not least with the addition of sorely missing characters from the first game like Supergirl and Gorilla Grod.

Injustice 2 is a prestigious and meaty fighting game, which really does play as good as it looks. All the depth and nuances of the fighting genre are here, buried deep within the game’s layered mechanics, but the visual pizzazz of it all is what elevates into something really special. Even if you’re not a fighting fan, you can appreciate NetherRealm’s dedication to premium presentation, especially when someone unleashes their Super Move upon an unsuspecting foe.

Play it on: PC, PS4, and Xbox One

3. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

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The Incredible Hulk is one of the most popular heroes in the world, and an Avengers headliner, but his record with games has been pretty spotty (including a game where you exclusively play as Bruce Banner, because who likes smashing things anyway). It almost felt like nobody really understood the Hulk and what makes him so great, until Ultimate Destruction came along and got him doing what he does best: breaking everything.

Here the Hulk beats the crap out of anything he can get his gargantuan hands on, embracing the ridiculousness of a Not-So-Jolly Green Giant by making boxing gloves out of cars and surfing on buses. Plus, it creates a means of movement that would make Assassin’s Creed green with envy, allowing the Hulk to dig his fingers right into building walls and leap across the city with the greatest of ease. Pseudo-sequel series Prototype would eventually build on this same concept, but in terms of straight-up Hulk games, no game has captured the destructive force and unbridled entertainment of the big guy like this one.

Play it on: PS2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube

2. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

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Marvel vs Capcom 2 might have more superheroes in its roster, but nothing comes close to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in terms of sheer fan service. Working closely with advisors at Marvel, Capcom crafted each hero (and villain) with care, making sure to include instantly-recognizable moves and ridiculously obscure references alike. When Rocket Raccoon gets a spot on the Marvel squad, you know you’re dealing with bonafide experts.

Each comic book character plays just as youd imagine they would: Spider-Man nimbly dashes around the screen, Phoenix transforms into her Dark incarnation upon death, and Storm is the queen of controlling airspace. UMC3 is an impressive fighting game even if you have no love for Marvel, with balanced combat that allows for a variety of fighting styles and smooth handling that feels grand whether you’re playing as Deadpool or Frank West. If you’re a purist looking for a game that bleeds Marvel, or simply a fighting game-lover looking for a fun time, this really is the ultimate.

Play it on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PS Vita

1. Batman: Arkham Knight

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Rocksteady has long been a rockstar of the superhero genre, from the day Arkham Asylum swooped quietly onto the scene and changed the face of super games forever. Arkham Knight is thus the pinnacle of the pinnacle, the swan song of the Arkham series that takes all of its best parts and condenses them into one 25-hour experience. It has its issues (namely the feeling that the game is running you over with the Batmobile by the end), but just like with the Caped Crusader himself, its greatness isn’t undone by them.

Batman’s powers are at their most carefully honed in Arkham Knight, with combat feeling fluid and natural, and his batty gliding ability makes traversal so fun that I’m pretty sure I saw him crack a midair smile. Plus, this time around those powers include the power of friendship, which lets a partner like Batgirl or Robin join in the fray for brilliantly executed combos that are a joy to partake in. Nestle all that in a huge open world full of great content (that isn’t entirely Riddler trophies, I swear), and this feels like the perfect way to send the best iteration of Batman off as he vanishes into the night.

Play it on: PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Call of Duty WWII Retail Copies Finally Playable After New Update, Major Info Leaked

Call of Duty WWII was locked behind an update on the PS4. This update seems to have been in response to the leaks that plagued the game thanks to store breaking the official release date. However, it appears that Sledgehammer Games has now pushed an update on the PS4 that has finally let users play the game before it officially launches on November 3rd. This is to assume that you own a legit retail copy of the PS4 version of the game. It is not currently possible to play the game on the Xbox One while the PC version is locked behind Steam.

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Following the update, a whole host of information has leaked online for the game ranging from its zombie mode, confirmation of a second map for the Call of Duty zombies mode, and additional leaks for the killstreaks that are available in the game. All of this leaked info has been compiled by the Call of Duty WWII reddit and if you want to check it out, give them a visit here. Call of Duty WWII is the next mainline game from developer Sledgehammer Games who have previously worked on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game attempts to take the series back to its roots with a return to the World War 2 era and an old school and more ground approach to the combat and weapons.

Watch the new God of War trailer and get ready for more father-son monster slaying

Between all the new announcements at the PlayStation Live from Paris Games Week presentation, Sony took the time to remind us that God of War is coming with a new trailer. If we weren’t just months away from its “early 2018” release window, I’d almost say we’re getting into too many trailers territory, but the game is so close I can’t really blame ’em.

The trailer begins in spooky cave res with Kratos and his son Atreus encountering a strange, craggy beast. Atreus warns Kratos that the monster is a Soul Eater that can, uh, eat their souls. Rather than charging into combat, Kratos simply waits for the giant monster to depart. Man, he really has changed a lot from his old rage-spree, kill-everything-you-can-reach days, hasn’t he?

Even if the Soul Eater turns out to be a combative bust (for now), the trailer quickly transitions to some of the crowd-clearing combat that is Kratos’ specialty. He puts his magic axe to work, doing big broad slashes that look like they spread out damage in front of him, doing a sort of ground-pound technique with an area of effect, and he even throws one draugr into another, smashing them both. That’s a classic right there.

Atreus helps set up attacks for Kratos and calls out warnings and areas of interest throughout the fight. I wonder if he’ll be quite that vocal in the main game, or if they made Atreus a bit more talkative for demonstration purposes. While we wait a few more months to resume our adventures with the God of War, you can see what else to look forward to with our list of the best upcoming PS4 games.

Destiny 2 Is Already the Best-Selling Game of 2017

NPD SALES NUMBERS SHOW DESTINY 2 TOOK SEPTEMBER 2017’S TOP SPOT

According to analysts at The NPD Group, September’s best selling game was Destiny 2, followed by NBA2K18.

In only one month of sales, Destiny 2 is now the “best-selling game of 2017 year to date.” NBA 2K18 is the best-selling sports game.

Interestingly, the top selling hardware unit for September wasn’t the Nintendo Switch, but rather the Super NES Classic.

Switch was the top selling console for September 2017, beating out PS4 and Xbox One, but Sony led the pack in overall consumer spending tied to the PS4 platform.

Nintendo issued a statement last week ahead of the public release of NPD’s sales data championing its hybrid console. Two-thirds of all hardware sales in September belonged to Nintendo.

Last month’s top-selling game, Madden NFL 18, moved down two places to number 3

Here are the top 10 best selling games in the US for September according to the NPD Group:

  • Destiny 2
  • NBA 2K18
  • Madden NFL 18
  • FIFA 18
  • Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • NHL 18
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

According to NPD, hardware spending “grew 34 percent versus year ago.” That growth was largely driven by “Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic, and the Sony PlayStation 4.”

Need for Speed Payback Install Size Revealed, And It’s Surprisingly Small

These days we’re all used to the fact that most major games are huge hard drive hogs. This is particularly true for racing games – the recently-released Gran Turismo Sport requires over 50 GB, and the PC version Forza Motorsport 7 gobbles up nearly 100 GB. Given that precedent, upcoming racer Need for Speed Payback must require a pretty hefty download, right? Not so fast.

According to its Microsoft Store listing, the Xbox One version of Need for Speed Payback has a relatively-reasonable install size of 17.8 GB. Given Payback is an HD open-world racer with a full story mode featuring voice-acted cutscenes, that’s remarkably low. Is Payback perhaps a smaller game than EA is letting on? Then again, the game takes place in and around Las Vegas, which means a lot of desert backdrops – sand textures can’t take up too much space.

We don’t know how much space Payback will consume on PC or PS4 yet, but it will likely be similar. The game’s PC specs indicated 30 GB of free disk space was required, but that was probably a placeholder. Speaking of the PC specs, here they are again: