Image: CD Projekt Red GameStop reportedly sent a memo to employees telling them to accept returns of Cyberpunk 2077, even in the event the physical game box has already been opened, according to Kotaku and Vice reporter Patrick Klepek. GameStop’s return policy typically doesn’t let you return opened games, but GameStop seems to be making an exception for Cyberpunk 2077 after its buggy launch. You can return PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of game within 30 days of purchase to get a refund, reports Kotaku. GameStop didn’t reply to a request for comment, but employees at GameStops in Chicago and Houston confirmed to The Verge by phone that their stores were accepting returns of the game. Other retailers have also offered refunds of Cyberpunk 2077. Best Buy a... Continue reading…
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Today, Microsoft launched pre-orders for its upcoming next generation console, the Xbox One X. Sorry, I meant the Xbox Series X. Can you blame me? There’s only one word of difference between the two names, and it’s the one in the middle. There are also three X’s. I might not be the only one who gets them confused, though. (Microsoft itself has, but I digress.) Despite today being pre-order day for the Series X (reminder: the new one), the One X (the old one) had a banner day on Amazon as well, at one point up 747 percent on Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers” sales charts. Xbox One X sales rank is up 747% on Amazon lol...Wonder how many people bought an Xbox One X instead of an Xbox Series X—... Continue reading…
Welcome to this week's Replay, where we endeavor to catch you up on some of the biggest headlines in the gaming world that we haven't already covered.Spend just a few minutes reading over some interesting stories, and feel a bit closer to videogames this week.Yee—and we can't stress this enough—haw.To date, Fox has accused another partner in the firm of racist actions toward him, and there has been a lot of discussion of Fox leaving the company, or forcing his enemies out, or both, or neither.The suit centers particularly on investor Amit Raizada and alleges that Raizada and other members of the board sent the company into "a tailspin" due to "fraudulent activity" and a concerted effort to influence the company for Raizada's benefit.Over at Vice, Patrick Klepek took a look at the story of 14-year-old Spruce Campbell, a London-based game developer whose game, Operator 41, is featured in Apple Arcade's slate of available titles.
I employed the help of CNET's reporters and editors in selecting the most memorable and influential content that's graced the internet.What began as a stock image depicting a guy checking out another girl (to the horror of his girlfriend) became one of the most versatile (and, in some places, controversial) memes on the internet.Distracted Boyfriend is the perfect representation of internal conflict, hilariously illustrated by a scenario in which a relationship is threatened by cheating and jealousy.Evil Kermit, illustrated with one Kermit talking to another in a black cape, represents the evil that lives within us all.It depicts our internal struggle to try to be good but ultimately be tempted by our dark inner voice.Grumpy Cat, who rose to fame in 2012 after an image of her was uploaded to Reddit, is essentially a 2010s meme OG.
After months of mounting user complaints and media pressure, Nintendo appears to have finally caved in full to the issue of "Joy-Con drift" on its Nintendo Switch controllers.Klepek's report claims that if Switch owners report incorrect joystick data being fed to their consoles, due to faulty joysticks, Nintendo's customer service reps are authorized to offer a completely free, outside-of-warranty repair of affected controllers (after walking users through a troubleshooting process).What's more, according to Klepek, if users recently sought such a repair and were charged for the trouble, Nintendo's reps may be able to offer those users a refund.Klepek cites "a source familiar with Nintendo's updated customer support documentation."Joy-Con drift is a lot like that phrase sounds: even when a Switch controller's joystick stays perfectly still, it may send movement data to your Switch.Due to the potentially mechanical issue of the failure, a simple system-menu joystick recalibration won't fix it for affected users.
I know how this is going to go.So what's going to happen when I dive into Mario Maker 2's most popular, most interesting stages?The hallowed halls of Mario have become, in the hands of fans, shrines to the gods of difficulty.Watching people play Mario Maker 2, or diving into it yourself, can feel like stepping into a church erected to worship pixelated death and the frustrated streams of your best friends.Watching people play Super Mario Maker 2, or diving into it yourself, can feel like stepping into a church erected to worship pixelated death and the frustrated streams of your best friends.There's an invisible line of challenge, of capriciousness, that they generally don't cross.
Coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show last week, one of our stories had significantly more traffic than anything else.I bring this up to illustrate a point.At the same time, it’s also not going to appeal to the 9 million people buying Marvel’s Spider-Man in its first couple of months of release.Players are so passionate because the game-development market is broken and no one is serving them.The time and money that goes toward a mid-tier game with a small-but-dedicated audience is time and money that could go toward the next Call of Duty or League of Legends.“If I look at the top games that people are playing on Xbox One today, many of those games are three or four years old,” Spencer said during an interview with Giant Bomb in 2017.
On Wednesday, London police officers were called to investigate a “possible unexploded device,” which had apparently washed onto the bank of the River Thames in east London.The large round object had a dark rusty hue, like an old war explosive that had been oxidising or collecting algae for decades.But when officers arrived at the scene, they determined it was simply a “giant glittery Christmas bauble”.Officers were called to Wapping to investigate a possible unexploded device that had been washed up on the shore.Luckily, upon closer inspection, it is a giant glittery Christmas bauble!— Tower Hamlets Police (@MPSTowerHam) May 29, 2019
After a weekend full of reports about Anthem woes on PS4, people who purchased the game on that console got a sliver of "good" news on Monday: you can probably get a no-questions-asked refund for your purchase if you ask Sony for it.The story begins with a scary "full" system crash mid-game, which doesn't just hard-lock the game or dump users into an error message and system menu.Instead, the crash completely powers down PS4 consoles, as if the power cord had been yanked out.That means a tap of the controller's "PS" button won't power the console back on.Once users press the system's power button, the PS4 reboots in a black, 480p-resolution screen to check for possible issues with corrupted memory.After that disk check, the console's menus remind users not to power down their systems in such an unsafe way.
Giant Bomb's Dan Ryckert and Alex Navarro join this week's special episode of Nope, Sorry to help Jeff debate the merits of Black Friday and decide the absolute worst Thanksgiving side dishes.What's the one Black Friday sale you'd be willing to flush your humanity down the toilet for?What's the best game to play with your family over the Thanksgiving break?What's the absolute worst Thanksgiving side dish?If you'd like to submit a topic for debate on next week's show, that's wonderful.You can submit one in the comments section on YouTube.
Nope, Sorry is back this week with our friends from Giant Bomb!Watch Jeff battle Abby Russell as guest judge Vinny Caravella awards points through three rounds of heated debate.Buying physical copies of games or going digitalThe ultimate pet showdown: cats versus dogsWhat's the best scary game of all time?If you'd like to submit a topic for debate on next week's show, that's wonderful.
Nintendo’s announcement felt like a dream come true after years of console makers refusing to play nice.But it isn’t a dream, because Sony continues to flip the bird to its competitors and Fortnite players on the PS4 are being left out in the cold, unable to play with Xbox or Switch gamers.I’m not too upset about this, largely because I hate Fortnite, which feels like a sloppy combination of game types thrust into a cartoonish world that lacks any real style.Like, do I really want to play a battle royale game sanitised for tweens and then raked over the Minecraft coals?Phil Spencer, Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft, mentioned the crossplay issue this week at E3.Framing it as a slight against the precious children, Spencer laid out a scenario to Giant Bomb, saying: “If you bought your son, your child, an Xbox, and I bought my child a PlayStation – and I’m just a parent, it’s their birthday, whatever – and the kids want to go play Fortnite and they all of a sudden go home and can’t play with each other.” He added, “It doesn’t feel like it helps the consumers.”
I played it through my high school gaming club, in college, and to this day, I'm still teaching my friends how to crouch-cancel.I can't Gentleman with Captain Falcon perfectly, but I've been able to fend off new challengers for years.By bringing every character from every game back, Nintendo is sending a message that all are welcome.Esports are expected to bring in $1.5 billion in revenue by 2020, but they're dominated by games like Overwatch and League of Legends.There's also Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, but it's so agreeably bad that most Smash fans don't even include it in the debate.At the beginning of June, Ninja, the popular Twitch streamer who broke records playing Fortnite with Drake, streamed one of the biggest Melee tournaments on his channel, bringing thousands of new fans to watch the classic game.
Pokemon players often share a very simple dream.They want to throw the game's iconic Poke Ball to catch the cutesy video game creatures.That's what Nintendo's new Poke Ball Plus is all about.It's a fully functional Bluetooth game controller, complete with joystick and buttons, designed to pair with the upcoming Pokemon Let's Go game for the Nintendo Switch.You can "throw" the Poke Ball when it's time to catch Pokemon -- and when you do, you'll hear and feel the Pokemon inside thanks to a built-in speaker, vibrating motors and flashing lights.Also: It comes with a free legendary Pokemon to start: Mew.
You don't really need a wireless controller to play the Nintendo Switch on the go -- but if you're looking for a portable alternative to the console's built in Joy-cons, you'd be hard-pressed to find something more portable than the new Zero 2 gamepad 8Bitdo just debuted at E3 2018.This tiny Bluetooth gamepad is smaller than the controls on the Game Boy Pocket (which it's adorably patterned after), but packs in a surprising amount of functionality.Not only does it have full face buttons, two shoulder triggers, USB-C charging and rumble vibration, but it even features motion controls.That's enough kit to play almost anything that doesn't need twin analog sticks -- and the whole thing looks small enough to fit in the coin pocket of your jeans.If you do need those analog sticks, you'll have to trade that adorable portability for one of 8Bitdo's larger controllers.Fortunately, a bunch of those just got updates, too: the 8Bitdo N30 Pro 2 retools its original retro pro controller with better function buttons, vibration and motion controls.If you want to take it to the next level, the company's SN30 Pro+ is a strong contender for the best Nintendo Switch Pro controller alternative -- well, at least its predecessor was.
The rumors are true, battle royale fans; the hotly-anticipated Fortnite is now available for the Nintendo Switch.Nintendo just revealed Fortnite can be downloaded via the Nintendo eShop in less than an hour, so what are you waiting for?Fortnite has quickly become the year's biggest game phenomenon, quickly surpassing rival battle royale shooter Player Unknown Battlegrounds in popularity and bringing in a ton of revenue.Free-to-play games have already existed on the Switch, but Fortnite is especially interesting given its reliance on online play.The Switch's online services are currently free, but starting in September Nintendo will begin to charge for online multiplayer.Whether Fortnite will be exempt from those charges remains to be seen.
You might have been hoping for From Software to be making an appearance at Sony's E3 press conference, but this probably wasn't what you had in mind.After the show was over, Sony's livestream switched back to its panel of hosts and announced a new From Software game -- jumping straight into a slightly creepy, sepia-toned trailer about... well there's not much information yet.What we do know is it is a PSVR title and it has a cat.The trailer shows a young girl in an empty boarding school, with that distinct From Software hair.There's a motherly voice discussing being a "fairy" and living in a world where "time stands still" -- so not only do we get the hair, but also that uniquely From Software dialogue and exposition.It's not what I wanted (where's Bloodborne 2 at?)
Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 is one of those exclusives that's just been teasing fans for ages.It was first announced at E3 two years ago, and has been quietly, slowly teased since.Now, the game is just a few months away, and Insomniac games and Sony are finally ready to show a little more of the PlayStation-exclusive adventure.Specifically, Sony used its E3 press conference to show off a cavalcade of Spider-Man villains.The trailer is an action smorgasboard -- showing Spidey rushing toward RAFT, a high security prison, to pursue one of his classic foes: Electro.The electric-powered supervillain just used his powers to open all of the cells on the island prison, forcing Spider-man to fight all the inmates at once.
Death Stranding's newest trailer just dropped, and as expected, it's a doozy.You just have to watch it for yourself, words barely do it justice.Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima's long awaited debut as an independent developer after departing the Metal Gear Solid franchise.The PS4-exclusive title has fueled years of fan speculation with dizzying bizarre trailers, but slowly, we're learning more about the title ahead of its release.In the latest trailer, we got our first look at what appears to be gameplay footage featuring... a lot of walking around, carrying things, dragging things, hiding from things and toward the end, dying.Interestingly, characters other than Reedus are shown carrying out similar explorations, and many of the slides throughout the trailer highlighted cooperation or interaction.
Remedy Entertainment, the team behind classic sci-fi horror Alan Wakeand time-bending Quantum Break,just showcased its latest game during Sony's E3 press conference.It's called Control and it's a "third person supernatural action-adventure."The trailer showed an unnamed female protagonist using telekinetic powers, levitation and throwing a truckload of crates at bad guys.It looks super slick, with a black and white aesthetic that gave me distinct Alan Wake vibes.It looks like Remedy is taking everything it's learnt and throwing it all together.The trailer gives us a brief glimpse of what Remedy has in store and the YouTube description reveals a little more.