December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

The eighth season of competitive Overwatch begins in January, and Blizzard is making some big changes in preparation. Scott Mercer, Principle Designer for Overwatch, announced on the Battle.net Forums changes coming to the game, which include limiting the maximum difference in Skill Rating (SR) between players, and eliminating Personal Performance Skill Rating adjustments for players at or above Diamond tier. The first big change being made is limiting the maximum SR difference between players. This will result in players being matched with others that are closer to their skill level, with the goal of creating better match experiences for players at both…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

In my review of WWE 2K18 on the other platforms, I had a mostly positive experience with the still-solid wrestling gameplay but criticized it for not addressing the modes and features that needed the most work after WWE 2K17, and for the especially underwhelming MyCareer and Universe Modes. I gave it a 7.0, for Good. Unfortunately, the Switch version of WWE 2K18 is an inconsistent, buggy mess, and even if the wrestling was as strong as Mark Henry, it still wouldn’t save what is one of the worst ports in the Switch’s library. It’s to be expected that a Switch…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat, Episode 385! We recorded this before the Game Awards (Bayonetta 3!), but we think you’ll still enjoy our discussion about the latest Switch news, including our picks (and bonus indie picks) for Nintendo Switch Game of the Year. As always, you can watch NVC here on IGN and on our YouTube channel (subscribe and hit the bell!) or listen to it on your commute in audio format. If you enjoy the show, share it with other Nintendo fans, make a constructive comment, and give us a thumbs up or leave us a review. Listen to the Latest Episode of…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

With a beautiful art style and dynamic twin-stick combat, Nine Parchments is a dungeon crawler that shines best in a co-op group of up to four players. However, with such a shallow pool of loot to change things up for repeated playthroughs, this action RPG leans a little bit on the repetitive side. Nine Parchments tells a light story of a group of drop-out wizard apprentices who’ve decided to skip their normal training regimen for a quick path to power by gathering artifacts. Its whimsical tone is very similar to developer Frozenbyte’s charming Trine trilogy, which makes sense because Nine…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

The image of Link riding the Master Cycle Zero in the release trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s second DLC expansion pack may have been surprising, but Nintendo teased a bike-riding Link for the newest entry in the franchise earlier this year. During the Breath of the Wild GDC 2017 panel in March, members of the Zelda development team showed off a host of concept art for potential Link’s they dreamed up ahead of BotW’s development. One of those Link’s was a more realistic, bike-riding version of the character. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Update: The Switch version of Bayonetta 2 will reportedly include a few new features, including local co-op and amiibo support. As reported by Polygon, a post on PlatinumGames’ website, which has since been pulled, reveals the following features will be included in the Switch version of Bayonetta 2: Local wireless cooperative play – The previously online-only coop Tag Climax is going local! Team up with a friend to take it on – online or off. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

A PlayStation Vita version of Stardew Valley will be released sometime in 2018. The popular farming simulator/RPG will come to Vita with cross-buy support, meaning those who already own the PlayStation 4 version will be able to download the Vita version at no cost. However, as noted in a post on the Stardew Valley website, the Vita version won’t feature the upcoming multiplayer update. A beta test for the update was planned for the end of this year, but according to publisher Chucklefish, it’s being pushed to early 2018 “in order to make room for polish and QA.” The update will also include…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Now is a good time to get started on smart home plans for yourself or someone on your gift list: Today, Best Buy is selling a Philips Hue smart bulb-Google Home bundle for $199.Usually that price would cover the Philips Hue bulb package alone. The bundle includes four Philips Hue white and color ambiance bulbs, a Philips Hue Bridge, and a Google Home smart speaker.Philips Hue is a popular choice for smart light bulbs, and when we last looked at them in late 2016—Philips has released a new generation since then—we found them to be the “best-looking bulbs on the…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Welcome back to our PC-focused show, Hot Keys! You can watch previous episodes here if you missed them. Every Friday at noon, Hot Keys will take a look at the five PC games you should check out this week. We’ll be finding you the diamond in the rough games you may have missed, as well as letting you know when a game you might already love has something exciting going on. We’ll also dive deeper into our top pick of the week for a hands-on Let’s Play to show off exactly why we like it so much. Watch the latest…

December 8, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Most of this week’s news came from The Game Awards, and so we’ve spun all those trailers off into their own article. Head over there if you want footage of Metro: Exodus, Death Stranding, and the director of A Way Out mocking his own publisher EA.It’s been a surprisingly news-heavy week though. Aside from The Gaming Awards, we also got word of a new Tomb Raider, a new Portal (sort-of), a new Mega Man, a set of Devil May Cry remasters, and more. Oh, also somebody streamed a UFC pay-per-view match on Twitch while pretending to play UFC 3.To read…