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Apr 02, 2020 at 03:00. 13 comments

The Do's And Don'ts Of Visiting Friends In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Do's And Don'ts Of Visiting Friends In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

One of the true pleasures of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the sense of connection. It’s not just that Nintendo’s life sim has achieved near-universal ubiquity in a matter of days. It’s the fact that you, alongside up to seven other players, can go and visit a friend’s island. There, you can do what you’d do on your island: fish, catch bugs, play dress-up. Except you’re doing it together....

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Apr 02, 2020 at 02:00. 11 comments

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Is Blowing Up On Steam And I Can't Stop Playing It

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Is Blowing Up On Steam And I Can't Stop Playing It

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is an open world third-person strategy game that overwhelms you with options and choices and helps calm you back down by letting you rampage across giant medieval battlefields. Even though it’s a janky early access game, all I want to do right now is keep playing it. Clearly I’m not alone.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, the long-awaited prequel to 2008’s Mount &...

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Apr 02, 2020 at 00:30. 24 comments

Sources: Despite Huge Sales, Borderlands 3 Developers Are Getting Stiffed On Bonuses

Sources: Despite Huge Sales, Borderlands 3 Developers Are Getting Stiffed On Bonuses

The video game Borderlands 3 was a big sales success when it launched last fall, according to its publisher, 2K, which described it as “a billion-dollar global brand.” That’s why it was shocking to employees at Gearbox, the developer of the game, when the studio’s CEO, Randy Pitchford, told them yesterday that they would not receive the significant royalty bonuses they expected.

Employees at...

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Apr 01, 2020 at 22:40. 13 comments

Uncharted 4 And Dirt Rally 2.0 Are April's PlayStation Plus Games

Uncharted 4 And Dirt Rally 2.0 Are April's PlayStation Plus Games

Ducking in under the wire, April’s PlayStation Plus games are here. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.

April’s PS Plus games are

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndDirt Rally 2.0

Both games will be available to download April 7 through May 4.

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Apr 01, 2020 at 20:00. 19 comments

People Are Already Playing Final Fantasy VII Remake In Australia

People Are Already Playing Final Fantasy VII Remake In Australia

When Square Enix announced physical copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake would ship to Europe and Australia earlier than its April 10 release date due to the covid-19 pandemic, we didn’t think they meant this early. The eagerly anticipated game is already in the hands of many Australians, as evidenced by a growing number of Twitch streams and YouTube videos.

“Love livin in aus right now” reads...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 23:30. 3 comments

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Videos Are Already Popping Up On YouTube

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Videos Are Already Popping Up On YouTube

Activision hasn’t even officially announced it yet but videos of what appears to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered are already on YouTube.

Footage for the entire Modern Warfare 2 single-player campaign is currently up on the YouTube channel TheGamingRevolution. There are also videos of all the cutscenes and breakdowns of individual levels. One level in particular, “No Russian,” has...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 23:00.

Online-Only Overwatch League Has Been Weird But Fun As Heck

Online-Only Overwatch League Has Been Weird But Fun As Heck

The coronavirus has canceled or postponed almost every single major and minor social event across the world. Just this week, we learned that the 2020 Olympics will need to rebrand to the 2021 Olympics with the announcement that the games have been postponed until July of next year. Other sporting institutions like the NBA and MLB have also been forced to postpone games late into the year. But...

Mar 31, 2020 at 21:56. 1 comments

Here's April 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

Here's April 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

April’s Xbox Live Games with Gold is a good deal for fans of racing games and RPGs. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

April’s Games With Gold are:

Xbox OneProject CARS 2 (April 1-30)Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle (April 16-May 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Fable Anniversary (April 1-15)Toybox Turbos (April 16-30)

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Mar 31, 2020 at 20:30. 6 comments

The Xbox Series X Is Shaped Like A Fridge So It Can Vent More Heat

The Xbox Series X Is Shaped Like A Fridge So It Can Vent More Heat

In a departure from past video game consoles, the Xbox Series X stands upright instead of laying horizontally. Microsoft says that design choice was part of an effort to make the hardware’s fan as big and efficient as possible.

The company laid out its thinking in a recent interview with Digital Foundry over on Eurogamer. The console’s unusual form factor is a product of two things: the need...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 19:30. 1 comments

Pokémon Go Will Soon Let You Raid From Your Couch

Pokémon Go Will Soon Let You Raid From Your Couch

Pokémon Go’s transformation into game for people who don’t like leaving their house is almost complete. Developer Niantic said it’s currently working on adding remote raiding to the game as well as more ways to connect with distant friends and family.

“We’re enhancing our in-game virtual social features to enable players to stay in touch when they can’t meet in real life,” the company wrote in...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 05:30.

Borderlands 3’s 'Door Busters' Event Guarantees A Legendary Weapon Haul

Borderlands 3’s 'Door Busters' Event Guarantees A Legendary Weapon Haul

Borderlands 3 events tend to be hit or miss. The current one, “Door Busters,” isn’t just a hit. It’s a headshot.

Technically, “Door Busters” is part of a sweeping, month-long event called “Co-op Loot Drop.” Between now and April 30, if you band up with a co-op partner (or two, or three), any Badass enemies you gun down will drop extra loot. Co-op Loot Drop’s long-term gimmick is that there’s...

Mar 31, 2020 at 04:00. 4 comments

Survival MMO Last Oasis Turns Out To Be Too Early For Early Access

Survival MMO Last Oasis Turns Out To Be Too Early For Early Access

Just days after launching on Steam, the massively multiplayer online game Last Oasis has already gone offline following widespread reports from players about issues trying to log on and server crashes.

“We are suspending Last Oasis servers for the next seven days,” said Donkey Crew, the studio behind the game, on Twitter yesterday. “Our coders have been working day and night on this issue and...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 23:30.

The Worst Opponents In Call Of Duty: Warzone Are The Cheaters

The Worst Opponents In Call Of Duty: Warzone Are The Cheaters

Hackers and map exploits are already frustrating players in Modern Warfare’s new “Warzone” battle royale.

Readers may not be surprised to hear about hackers running rampant in a free-to-play title, but many Warzone players have been taken aback by how quickly these encounters have emerged in such a newly released Call of Duty title. Warzone launched almost three weeks ago as a free-to-play...

Mar 30, 2020 at 21:20. 15 comments

Report: Nintendo Planning To Announce New Mario Games And Remasters To Celebrate Series’ 35-Year Anniversary

Report: Nintendo Planning To Announce New Mario Games And Remasters To Celebrate Series’ 35-Year Anniversary

Nintendo is reportedly planning to release remasters of most of the games in the Super Mario. Bros. series and announce new ones to mark the plumber’s 35th anniversary.

That news comes from a report by the British gaming website Video Games Chronicle, which says the remasters are to be revealed alongside new information about the Super Nintendo World theme park and animated Super Mario movie...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 21:00. 9 comments

Testing Doom Eternal On Low-End Graphics Cards

Testing Doom Eternal On Low-End Graphics Cards

Earlier this week we benchmarked Doom Eternal extensively, but only using modern GPUs. Seeing that the game keeps receiving praise, we decided to go further and test it on a more ample number of graphics cards. This time we have a little over 40 GPUs tested at 1080p using the low-quality preset, with and without dynamic resolution scaling.

In a way, this works out to be a good guide for gamers...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 20:00. 10 comments

The Week In Games: Return To Raccoon City, Again

The Week In Games: Return To Raccoon City, Again

It’s time to return to Raccoon City, again. (Again .) Resident Evil 3, the remake, is out this week and I’m ready to run away in fear from the big boy himself, Nemesis.

It feels like it was only a few years ago when Resident Evil as a franchise felt like it was dying. There were some good games released here and there, like Revelations, but for the most part, it wasn’t in a good place. Then...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 02:00. 16 comments

This Isn't A Real Forest, But Something Made In Dreams

This Isn't A Real Forest, But Something Made In Dreams

This might look like a slightly out of focus video clip of someone exploring a forest near a river, but this is actually in-game footage of something made in Dreams on PS4.

This amazing Dreams world was created by BadRobo82 and while it seem like something made in Unity or even Unreal, this entire thing was created in Dreams. The trees, the textures, the clouds, the grass, the water in the...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 01:00. 15 comments

Half-life: Alyx Is Still Good, Even While Sitting In A Chair

Half-life: Alyx Is Still Good, Even While Sitting In A Chair
Kotaku Game DiaryKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.

Standing in VR is cool. You feel like you are really standing in a virtual world. And for small experiences and mini-games, this is fine. But for something like the new Half-Life: Alyx, standing for hours and hours, plus crouching a lot, can start to make you feel sore and tired. So I just sat...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 00:40.

'Shop Contest: Nemesis Is Here

'Shop Contest: Nemesis Is Here

Did you hear that? The deadly and dangerous Nemesis said something. Not his usual “STARS” groan. Something else. He said... “SHOP CONTEST.” Weird.

Your challenge this week: Add Nemesis from Resident Evil 3 to other games.

You thought you were safe from this dude because you jumped over to Fortnite or GTA Online? Nope. He can get you, even if you stop playing Resident Evil 3 or its upcoming...

Mar 29, 2020 at 22:30. 5 comments

Sunday Comics: First Day?

Sunday Comics: First Day?

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.

Corpse Run by Alex Di Stasi. Published March 26. Read more of Corpse Run.

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit (D&D Boxed Set) Buy on Amazon for $16 G/O Media may get a commission

Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich. Originally published March 23.

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