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God of War: Raising Kratos Documentary Announced April 20, 2019

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God of War: Raising Kratos is a feature-length documentary detailing the five year history of God of War‘s development on the PlayStation 4. Here’s the official trailer!

Sony promises the entire documentary will be released for free on their official PlayStation YouTube Channel. We will keep you posted when that happens!

God of War is out now exclusively on the PS4.

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How to Label Inputs on a Samsung 4K Smart TV April 19, 2019

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By popular request, we’ve got a new How-To video for you guys. Many people have been asking questions about the recent Samsung 4K Smart TVs, but a question I’ve heard more than any other is how was I able to label my television’s inputs?

It’s a pretty simple procedure and only requires your television remote to perform. Watch the video below and see for yourself.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.0.0 Released, DLC Character Now Playable April 18, 2019

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The first character offered in Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s DLC Fighters Pass is Persona’s Joker and now you’ll finally be able to play as him with the game’s latest update. What is he capable of doing, what new environments are included in the DLC, and what is coming to the Fighters Pass owners in the future? Watch the video below and find out.

You’ll need to upgrade your copy of Super Smash Bros Ultimate to the latest version to take advantage of these new features.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Travis Strikes Again No More Heroes DLC02 Released April 18, 2019

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Bad Girl is back and she’s now a playable character in Travis Strikes Again, the latest game in the No More Heroes franchise. Take a look below and see the latest gameplay and an entirely new environment to explore in the game!

If you purchased the game at retail, this DLC (and the previous one) is included with no extra charge when you redeem the game’s Season Pass.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch 8.0.0 Software Update Released April 16, 2019

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Nintendo has just released a major system software update for the Nintendo Switch and you can get it on your Switch right now. The new update includes the usual bug fixes and optimizations, new avatar items, and tweaks to the system interface. If you need information about how to update your Nintendo Switch, check out this video.

Just be aware the update also includes firmware updates for the Left and Right Joy-Con Controllers. You’ll need to update your controllers after updating the Switch. We tested the Pokéball Plus Controller and it doesn’t appear to have received an update this time around, although it was updated in a previous version of the system software.

Octopath Traveler Coming to PC April 16, 2019

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One of the first games revealed for the Nintendo Switch was Octopath Traveler. It was a brand-new JRPG inspired by old-school RPGs and featured an amazingly unique art style that immediately drew my attention. Now, Square Enix has announced the game is currently being ported for be PC and here’s the official PC trailer!

Octopath Traveler is out now for Nintendo Switch. It is coming to PC June 2019.

GDC 2019 – Procedurally Crafting Manhattan for Marvel’s Spider-Man April 15, 2019

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The Game Developers Conference was held just a few weeks ago and the official GDC YouTube Channel was nice enough to upload several of the event’s panels. The guys over at Insomniac, best known for Resistance, Ratchet and Clank, Sunset Overdrive and most recently Marvel’s Spider-Man held multiple lectures during the event and one of those lectures has been posted online for everyone to watch. If you’re interested in what it takes to make an open world game fit for a superhero to play around in, give this a watch!

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Celebration 2019 Panel April 14, 2019

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Yesterday, the highly anticipated game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was revealed for the first time ever at Celebration 2019 during an exclusive panel that was broadcasted online. The panel was attended by the game’s director, several developers from Respawn Entertainment and the actor who is playing the game’s lead. It was a great panel that revealed a lot of details about the game including the fact it would be a single-player story and feature no microtransactions (a complete reversal on EA’s previous internal policies).

The guys over on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel were good enough to post the entire panel online this evening and you are welcome to watch it below.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is coming November 15th, 2019 to the Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Bendy and the Dark Revival Announced April 14, 2019

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For several weeks, the original creators of Bendy and the Ink Machine have teased a new Bendy game was in development. Today, we now know that game’s title. Take a look and see below.

Bendy and the Dark Revival Chapter 1 is coming in 2019.

A Look Back at Halo 3’s BELIEVE Ad Campign April 14, 2019

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Its Sunday and I know we typically have a Gaming History You Should Know featured article for Sundays but given the recent Halo news and the impending start of Halo: Outpost Discovery, I felt it was time for me to write my own look at a piece of gaming history, Halo 3‘s BELIEVE campaign.

In the lead up to the release of Halo 3 on the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s considerable marketing division created a series of television advertisements and trailers for the game as part of the BELIEVE ad campaign. In 2007, Microsoft purchased several commercials taking place in the Museum of Humanity, a fictional set-piece filled with artifacts from the game and the greater Halo universe. The commercials appeared to be canon to Halo, taking place many years after the end of the Covenant War. A large diorama was also constructed depicting the Master Chief frozen in the middle of a Covenant battle.

While these videos were offered for download on the Xbox 360 Marketplace, some people have been nice enough to repost them on YouTube. Take a look below to watch.

This many years later I still get chills from watching these videos. I admit regret we neglected to mention any commercial from this campaign for our Top-Ten Video Game Commercials video, but at the time we felt Halo 3‘s “Starry Night” commercial was more groundbreaking due to the fact it kicked off the important Halo 3 Closed Beta signup period. In hindsight, these commercials may have endured the test of time better than “Starry Night” did. I have absolutely no idea if they casted real war veterans but the actors’ performances made it sure feel like they had. Their sincere performance made these brief commercials feel like part of the Halo universe, and watching them again this many years after first playing Halo 3 gives me intense flashbacks to that game. The production quality on these commercials are also incredible with on screen-props worthy of Hollywood’s films. While I can’t confirm it, I believe it is highly likely BELIEVE’s props were constructed by WETA Studios for the Neil Blomkamp Halo film. After that project was cancelled, the team behind it made the Halo 3: Landfall short film instead and the props from that short could have also been used in the BELIEVE commercials. WETA makes hands down the best props for Hollywood films, and you’ve seen their work in films like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

What is the enduring legacy of the BELIEVE campaign? Well, we are still talking about it over ten years after it originally aired so I would say it was very successful from an advertising perspective. Halo 3 also sold exceptionally well despite the fact it was an Xbox 360 exclusive game with people still playing it online to this day. Also, the upcoming Halo: Outpost Discovery event promises to feature its own real-life Museum of Humanity they’re calling the Hall of History, and while the event hasn’t started yet (so we can’t comment on what it will look like) its concept art looks heavily inspired by the BELIEVE campaign! That alone got us extremely excited to attend the Outpost Discovery event!

Halo 3 is (of course) out now for the Xbox 360. It is part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is out now for the Xbox One and coming soon to PC, so there are currently many ways to play the game and many more ways that will be coming including Steam and Windows Store.

The last thing I would like to bring up for this article is my curiosity about what happened to the BELIEVE diorama. We know it was constructed as part of the ad campaign and existed as a real prop. I’ve heard the diorama did a tour of the US during Halo 3‘s release period and a website was set up so people could check it out in person. It is unknown what happened to the diorama after that tour. If it appears at the Halo: Outpost Discovery, you can be sure we will tell you about it because we plan to be in attendance!