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Pokemon GO Legendary Trailer Recaptures the Wonder of the Announcement Trailer

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Pokemon GO has only been around for one year, but what a year it’s been. The game released in a buggy, glitchy state (as is the case with all massive multiplayer games) but has received numerous quality of life updates and bug-squashing patches. What was once a skeleton of a game has blossomed into something that makes gamers feel like Pokemon Trainers far more than any other Pokemon game, and it’s only going to get better from here. Today, Niantic released a new trailer to celebrate the upcoming Pokemon GO Fest, and by Arceus, the trailer is amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvSe6pMvUjM

We all remember the original announcement trailer, right? It showed people in the real world using their phones to track CG Pokemon and catching them with virtual Pokeballs. The trailer hyped up the game rather well, especially when the video showed off trading and Pokemon battles, even though those two features aren’t in the game yet. And then there was the beautiful scene where Mewtwo was fighting every gamer in Times Square. The new trailer is kind of a rehash of the first one, but this time, it focuses on features actually in the game, such as improved gym battles (and giving berries to tired Pokemon) and raids. Oh, and the trailer really lets loose when it shows off the raids; instead of a bunch of trainers trying to capture one legendary, they’re fighting five. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Ho-Oh, and Lugia — all the legendary birds are in one spot, and players zerg-rush them with almost every Pokemon imaginable. This new trailer hypes up the thrill of fighting (and capturing) a legendary and makes me excited to finally encounter one in Pokemon GO.

Sadly, while the trailer makes legendaries look like the ultimate prize, the official Pokemon GO site provides some sobering news: legendary Pokemon will refuse to defend gyms. In other words, legendaries are only usable in Gym Battles and Raid Battles (and probably regular Pokemon Battles when they’re implemented). I think I understand Niantic’s reasoning. After all, legendary Pokemon are extremely powerful, so a gym filled with six legendaries would be nigh-unbeatable. Still, I’m waiting on pins and needles for July 22nd, because that’s when legendary Pokemon finally land in Pokemon GO, and I have the new trailer to thank for my excitement.

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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The Final Horizon DLC from Sonic Frontiers is surprisingly hard

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Sonic Frontier’s third and final free DLC update, The Final Horizon, is frustrating some players with its difficulty. Some say it’s Sonic’s hardest gameplay ever.

Many players complained about this unexpected difficulty spike in a 12-page GameFaqs forum post called “This DLC is way too hard” (thanks VGC). One of the main complaints about Sonic Frontiers was that it was too easy, and Team Sonic overcorrected, which makes it surprising.

Final Horizon, the last free update, let players play as Tails, Knuckles, and Amy and complete a variety of optional challenges, which is the challenge. Many are breaking down after a vertigo-inducing tower that requires pixel-perfect platforming without checkpoints, apparently inspired by viral Twitch hit Only Up!

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Have you tried Sonic Frontiers Final Horizon DLC? Is it really that hard, or has Sonic always been the Dark Souls of mascot platformers?

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Cinematic Teaches Teamwork

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s cinematic trailer appeared suddenly as the wait seemed endless. It shows us that together, we can overcome anything.

The scene is surprisingly sad, with flashbacks to each Spider-Man’s tragic past. As property damages mount, Peter and Miles have emotional internal monologues while fighting Venom.

Venom appears to be about to lose when he realizes they can be stronger together before the scene fades to black. We won’t know how this story ends until Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launches exclusively on PS5 on October 20.

Do you think teamwork makes the dream work? Should you see more of Insomniac’s latest or are you sold?

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Persona 3 Reload Character Tribute Trailer Honors Hero

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A new trailer featuring Aleks Le’s fearless protagonist S.E.E.S makes Persona 3 Reload more real. Atlus promises weekly character tributes, so get excited. Our stoic protagonist, who will be playable on PS5 and PS4 when this remade RPG releases on February 2, is introduced well.

We’ve accepted playing without our favorite character and are starting to like Reload. The setting, story, and cast have always been great, and the more we learn about the proposed changes, the more we want to return to Tartarus.

With Persona 3 Reload, where are you? Did you play the game before or is this your first time?

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