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First, Target accidentally leaked Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and now Amazon has accidentally leaked Darksiders 3. Are we sure these aren’t meticulously planned publicity stunts designed to create and spread hype?

Anyway, yea, Amazon has accidentally put Darksiders 3 up for pre-order before any official announcement. I honestly gave up hope of ever seeing a new Darksiders game when THQ declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but here we are. Full disclosure, I adore the Darksiders franchise. I love its art style, its depiction of a post-apocalyptic world, and its combination of the dungeon exploration/puzzle solving of The Legend of Zelda with the fast-paced, combo-centric action of Devil May Cry/God of War. But enough about me gushing.

According to the leak, Darksiders 3 will feature Fury, the only female Horse(wo)man of the Apocalypse. Fury, as described by the Amazon page, is “a mage who must rely on her whip and magic.” She has apparently undergone a bit of a makeover since her initial design (see below), as her hair is now purple-ish, her face is more angular, and she wears more armor, albeit armor with high heels. Still, she looks as though she could take on an army, so I’m not complaining.

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An curious little tidbit about Fury on the pre-order page is she will have various forms with their own weapons, moves, and abilities. While War and Death had alternate forms in their games, each was essentially a limited transformation ability that only had use in combat, not unlike Kratos’ Rage of the Gods or Dante’s Devil Trigger. The Amazon page paints Fury as having multiple forms with combat and utility functions that take the place of gear from Darksiders 1 and 2.

According to the game description, Darksiders 3 will retain the open world and metroidvania-esque exploration of previous titles, complete with secrets and hidden areas. Furthermore, the main antagonists will be the physical manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins. This is a step down from the original Darksiders, where the big bad was a rogue angel who started the apocalypse ahead of schedule, but a huge step up from Darksiders 2, which didn’t really have a central villain.

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Before I finish, I would be remiss if I did not mention the developer, Gunfire Games. What is Gunfire Games and why is it working on Darksiders 3? Well, the staff of Gunfire Games is primarily made up of developers who used to work at Vigil Games, the studio behind the original two Darksiders games. If anyone is qualified to work on Darksiders 3, it’s the people at Gunfire Games.

Assuming this leak is not some elaborate hoax or abysmally late April Fool’s joke, Darksiders 3 is slated to release for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on December 31st, 2018. However, I would not be surprised if the date was just arbitrarily chosen and the game will release earlier in 2018.

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Just minutes after this article was published, IGN posted the reveal trailer, which confirms it is not a hoax:

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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