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Arm’s Newest Character Is a Bubbly, Bouncy, Buffoon (in a Good Way)

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Arms, Nintendo’s latest IP, is full of colorful, zany, and unique characters. From a chef with ramen noodles for arms to an actress with prehensile hair, the game has no shortage of playable fighters. But, like all good fighting games, Arms‘ developers need to introduce new characters once in a while to mix things up, and that’s where Lola Pop comes in.

Each Arms character has an immediately obvious theme. Ninjara is a ninja with chains for arms; Kid Cobra is a serpentine skateboarder, and Lola Pop is a clown made out of (laffy) taffy. Also, each character has a unique special ability to supplement his or her (or its) stretchy-armed playstyle, and Lola Pop’s ability is arguably the weirdest one in the game. Lola Pop channels her inner Violet Beauregarde and inflates herself to increase her defense and bounce like a balloon. Given how the Internet latched onto certain…ahem…aspects of Arms character Twintelle (i.e., her sizable derriere), I’ll give you one guess as to the focus of most Lola Pop fan art.

When Lola Pop is patched into the game, the update will also include a new stage and three new weapons. The stage is an s-shaped street in an old French village — I don’t know a thing about architecture, so I’m basing this guess on Lola Pop’s use of the French phrase, “Ooh, la la!” Moreover, unlike other venues, Lola Pop’s level doesn’t appear to have a gimmick and relies on its unusual shape. Furthermore, all of Lola Pop’s weapons are new to the game and aren’t recolored versions of existing weapons. The first weapon is a nunchucku (yes, that’s how you spell it) that easily swats away oncoming attacks; the second is a multi-hit ink stamp that, when charged, temporarily blinds opponents, and the final weapon is a bouncy shield that reflects attacks back at the opponent. I dare you to resist the urge to say, “Stop hitting yourself!” when using this shield.

I look forward to future Arms characters and their respective weapons and stages. What’s next, an businessman with rubber bands for arms? An evil seamstress who wraps up enemies in spider silk? A land octopus? Given the quirky nature of the game, anything is possible.

 

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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