We Are Never Getting This Chrono Trigger Sequel And Now I’m Sad

Look at this trailer. Look at this game. It’s gorgeous. It’s also never coming out.

Simon S. Anderson, creator of Owlboy and one hell of a pixel artist, tweeted a mock up for a hypothetical Chrono Trigger sequel entitled Chrono Break.

It looks fantastic, but unfortunately we’ll never get to play it. If the pixel art impresses you, go play Owlboy if you haven’t already. Seriously. Go play it. Now.

Owlboy is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Check Out 48 Minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay

At E3 2018, CD Projekt Red demoed their highly anticipated RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, to press behind closed doors. Today, they finally made that footage public. Check out the full 48 minutes gameplay video here.

Mass Shooting at Jacksonville Madden Tournament

A gunman opened fire at a Madden Championship Series even in Jacksonville, Florida earlier today. The shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing complex at the qualifying event for the Madden 19 tournament at GLHF Game Bar.

According to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, three were found dead at the scene, including the gunman, who had committed suicide. Nine other victims were transported to local hospitals, seven of which had gunshot wounds. The victims “are all in a stable condition at this time”, added Williams. One participant and member of esports group Complexity Gaming, Drini Gjoka, tweeted that a bullet had hit his thumb. Another attendee tweeted that a bullet had grazed his head and he had been taken to a hospital.

The suspect has been identified as 24 year old David Katz from Baltimore. His home is currently being investigated by police. Katz was a known figure in the competitive scene and was registered to play in this weekend’s event.

Electronic Arts put out a short statement across two tweets.

““We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”

The event was being streamed live on Twitch, and there is a clip of the shooting available. WARNING: the follwing clip is extremely disturbing.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide updates on its twitter feed.

What’s With This Giant Cube in Fortnite?

Epic is being weird again.

Yesterday, lightning started striking cacti in the desert section of the map. Players reported these strikes happening at regular intervals, but the lightning kept coming faster and faster. One huge final bolt of lightning hit, and it left something.

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This is now the latest piece in the puzzle that is Fortnite’s season by season narrative. The purple cube is located just outside of Paradise Palms. Nobody knows what it is or what it’s for or who sent it, but Fortnite players have discovered one key trait the cube seems to possess: it’s bouncy.

Like usual, this event will only get more complicated as the season comes to an end, but until then you can go see the cube yourself. Just be sure to thank the bus driver on your way down.

Be Sure to Thank Your Battle Bus Driver Today in Fortnite

Epic just added a groundbreaking feature which is sure to shake up the battle royale landscape. You can now thank your bus driver in Fortnite Battle Royale.

A popular change.org petition entitled “Add the ability to thank the bus driver before jumping out of the battle bus in Fortnite” has now become a reality. All you need to do is press down on the d-pad on console or the B key on PC to show your gratitude.

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Now this is quality content.

Fortnite is Getting A Competitive Mode

Epic Games dropped some big news on us in this month’s State of Development post.

“We are aware of a strong desire from competitive players for more opportunities to compete directly against one another within the same match. Development recently began for a robust competition system which will allow for all players to compete with one another and be recognized for their accomplishments.”

Most people are expecting some kind of ranked play similar to other games’ competitive modes, with divisions like bronze, silver, etc. The exact details of the mode aren’t available yet, but Epic stated it would be looking at the Summer Skirmish as a blueprint.

“Our weekly Fortnite Summer Skirmish events have proven invaluable as a testing ground, providing a high-stakes environment for some of the best players in the world to showcase their skills. We have learned a lot from experiments with scoring schemes and formats, attempting to find the best balance between simplicity, entertainment, server performance and competitive integrity.”

On top of competitive news, Epic also announced other changes coming soon to the game, like custom control mapping, slight changes to the pump shotgun’s equip time, and higher resolutions on PS4 Pro. Input-based matchmaking is also being implemented, causing many console players to let out a sigh of relief. If anyone in a Fortnite squad is using a keyboard and mouse, the squad will be matched with PC players. This was especially an issue on PS4, where keyboard and mouse are officially supported, and players who have these peripherals had a distinct advantage over those who don’t.

Fortnite’s competitive mode is slated for this fall.

More Games Should Have Grappling Hooks

Grappling hooks are one of the coolest things you can have in a video game. A grappling hook can bump a game up from a 6/10 to a 9/10.

Grappling hooks open up so many possibilities for puzzle design, for combat, for traversal, the list goes on. The original Uncharted trilogy’s main criticism was how static and boring the climbing could get. Uncharted 4 adds a grappling hook and the climbing gets 10 times better. Nathan Drake can also swing during gunfights and perform aerial takedowns post swing, and the hook is used in some of the games puzzles. The grappling hook works because it adds new dynamics to preexisting systems and make them feel fresh again.

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Just Cause is a series that owes much of its popularity to its grappling hook mechanic. The hook in combination with Rico’s parachute and wingsuit create an extremely engaging traversal system not seen in other open world games. Sure, Rico can drive and fly, but why do any of that when you can grapple into the air and glide across the map at high speeds? Just Cause’s combat is also significantly more fun than other third person shooters because the grappling hook can also be used to tether and pull objects together. Sometimes, pulling an explosive barrel toward an enemy vehicle is more effective (and way more fun) than using an RPG.

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Okay this one is sort of cheating, but Spider-Man 2 does involve a lot of swinging. It’s kind of Spidey’s thing, and Spider-Man 2 handles it really well. This game’s traversal ridiculously fun. The physics based web swinging feels just right, and although you may bump into buildings and land on the road every now and then when you’re starting out, soon enough you’ll be swinging through New York like a pro. Grappling and swinging are fun, but Spider-Man 2 takes this to another level by making swinging the primary game mechanic, and it perfects it to such a degree that people still hail it as the best Spider-Man game to this day.

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Grappling hooks improve any game they’re in.  I just wish more games would realize that. Oh well, at least Bethesda seems to be picking up on it.

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