Developer Phoenix Labs just released Dauntless, a multiplayer game similar to the Monster Hunter franchise, on the Epic Games Store. It’s a little simpler, much cuter, and free. With Dauntless and Monster Hunter: World out in the wild, which game should you spend your time hunting in? In this piece we’ll break down each of the features so you can see how they square off. Tracking Dauntless - You’re dropped off on a floating island before setting off to find the Behemoth, Dauntless’ name for a monster. Players usually spread out, or use the lantern item to point them in the direction of the Behemoth. When one player finds them — usually after a minute of searching — they send up a signal flare. Players converge on the location and the fight begins. Monster Hunter: World - Players have to track their prey. Depending on the monster, players will find footprints, dung, or scrapes on nearby foliage. Collecting samples increases players’ research … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter: World vs. Dauntless: Which should you play?
The team from Critical Role, a weekly “actual play” role-playing series, has achieved something remarkable. Their crowdfunding project to produce a series of 22-minute cartoons is now the highest-funded television or film project ever run on Kickstarter. The 45-day campaign began on March 4 with a massive $750,000 ask. As of this writing, it has already cleared more than $6.95 million, making it one of the top 10 most-funded Kickstarters of all time. That’s an incredible achievement, and emblematic of the outsized influence that tabletop gaming has at the moment in the crowdfunding space. But, like most Kickstarter projects this size, the effort is not without its controversies — so let’s spend a little time unpacking things. Welcome, Critters, new and old Critical Role is an actual play livestream that began nearly five years ago. The program includes professional voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons in a homebrew campaign setting. It stars Matthew … [Read more...] about Critical Role’s massive crowdfunding success is kickstarting some interesting conversations
It took mere minutes from THQ Nordic’s announcement of an AMA (“Ask me anything”) session on notorious image board 8chan for things to go bad. The game industry immediately took notice, hoping that the Vienna-based company’s official Twitter had been hacked. No such luck. PR and marketing manager Philipp Brock had agreed to hold a question-and-answer session on the board that is known for child pornography, a haven for white supremacy, and a bastion of GamerGate activity. After a mere two hours, THQ Nordic reversed course. Or, rather, Brock did. In a statement posted to Twitter on the THQ Nordic account and shared with the media directly, Brock said he takes full responsibility for the decision. He says he made the call “without doing my proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site.” The damage was done, though. And the apology did little to address the root problem. Brock did not engage the 8chan community alone. He … [Read more...] about THQ Nordic delivered a masterclass in blowing up your brand
With the official launch of Kingdom Hearts 3 comes a major new piece of content, available only as a downloadable patch: the epilogue. And if you expect it to be a nice, tidy bow on the adventure, hoo boy. Hoo BOY. You are in for a ride. It’s time to get into serious spoiler territory, as we take our best stab at eking out some sense of what’s going on in the epilogue to Kingdom Hearts 3. But please note that it involves a whole mess of information that, frankly, does not make a lot of sense. [Warning: There are plenty of spoilers below as we discuss the biggest questions — and reveals — in the epilogue.] How do I watch the Kingdom Hearts 3 epilogue? First off, to access the epilogue, you must complete the game and watch the ending. Then, should you have downloaded the update, the game will prompt you to check out a new video in the Theater mode. It’s called “Lost Masters” — a clear reference to the Keyblade Masters that make up the … [Read more...] about What’s going on in Kingdom Hearts 3’s epilogue?
Passport to Iron City is a live immersive theater venue inspired by the upcoming sci-fi film Alita: Battle Angel, itself adapted from the beloved manga Battle Angel Alita. For 40 minutes, the performance drops guests into a modestly-sized recreation of the film’s set. Guests get divided into teams and compete in a variety of simple puzzles and games to collect credits that they ultimately gamble on a round of Motorball, in the hopes of accruing enough wealth to ascend to Zalem. Confused? So am I. The producers of the event — currently operating in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City — claim it works as a stand-alone experience, similar to an escape room or Manhattan’s interactive take on Macbeth, Sleep No More. They insist this isn’t a marketing promotion. If that’s the case, then they’ve found the right audience in me, somebody who only knows of Alita through its marketing materials. The project’s designers try admirably to establish … [Read more...] about Should you visit the Alita: Battle Angel live event?