Destiny Devs Talk Call Of Duty 4 Inspiration, Letting Experts Carry Other Players

Destiny is a game built on gameplay loops–players are meant to play the same activities and missions again and again to master them and level up. Certain missions in Destiny particularly emphasized this loop, such as the secret mission to get the Black Spindle sniper rifle. In the latest episode of Bungie's podcast, Bungie developers talked about how special missions like that come to be and how the lessons they learned from making them are carrying over to Destiny 2.
In the podcast, designer Rob Engeln talked about how the Black Spindle quest was developed. It arose from Engeln's appreciation of difficult levels which present short, but intense, obstacles for players, and which require a high level of familiarity and mastery to complete. In fact, the Black Spindle level was specifically influenced by a much earlier example of this type of mission: the Mile High Club mission in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Engeln, who helped design the Black Spindle mission, said in the p..

Nintendo Switch Adding Two Great Party Game Compilations

The Nintendo Switch is a fantastic local multiplayer console, and Nintendo has positioned it as a good platform for party games. It's not too surprising, then, that Jackbox Games has revealed that two of its party game compilations, Jackbox Party Pack 1 and 2, are coming to Switch.
The studio announced the ports on its Facebook page, but it provided little more information. Jackbox Games hasn't stated when the packs will be released or how much they'll cost, although they're currently $25 each on Steam.
Jackbox Party Pack 1 includes You Don't Know Jack, Fibbage XL, Drawful, Word Spud, and Lie Swatter; the second pack features Fibbage 2, Earwax, Bidiots, Quiplash, and Bomb Corp. Personally, I'm particularly fond of Fibbage and Drawful, but Quiplash is great if you like to stream games and can get a big audience to play along.
The studio actually launched Jackbox Party Pack 3 on Switch earlier this year. It is also currently working on a fourth pack for rele..

Following Switch’s Splatoon 2 Release, The Series Will Receive An Online Anime Series

Despite being one of Nintendo's newest franchise, Splatoon has already become one of its most popular, particularly in Japan. The Inklings have gone on to star in their own manga series, and Squid Sisters Callie and Marie even held a live concert at the Japanese gaming event Niconico Tokaigi last year. Now, an anime inspired by the franchise is set to premiere next month.
The Japanese magazine CoroCoro has announced it will be airing a Splatoon anime on its YouTube channel (via Japanese Nintendo). The animated adaptation will be based on CoroCoro's monthly manga series, which follows a team of Blue Inklings as they take part in Turf Wars against other teams. The anime premieres on August 12.
Splatoon 2's first Splatfest event took place this weekend and saw Team Ice Cream defeat Team Cake in the debut competition. It also provided us with a glimpse at the game's distinctly Nintendo-style warning, which appears to people who repeatedly disconnect during online matche..

What’s New On Amazon Prime For August 2017

August is here, and that means a flood of new content on the various streaming services. Amazon Prime's August lineup was previously announced, and the most notable releases include some of its new original series.
Among those is The Tick (August 25), the new superhero show that first saw a pilot episode released last summer. It stars Peter Serafinowicz in the titular role and follows the story of an “accountant with no superpowers as he teams up with an unlikely superhero to stop villains from taking over.” For a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a recent trailer for The Tick; the show itself will be available in HDR for those with compatible displays.
Another new Amazon series is kids show Lost in Oz (August 4), a “contemporary re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's extraordinary universe.” There's also Comrade Detective (August 4), a “cop spoof based on the 1980s Romanian TV series–a sleek and gritty police show that promoted Communist ideals and inspired a d..

New Yo-Kai Watch 2 Version Coming This Fall

There's a new version of Yo-kai Watch 2 coming to North America and Europe this fall. Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters includes the core game, plus all the content from the Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls versions. It also includes new quests, locations to explore, and the ability to befriend Wicked Yo-kai, which have been purely enemies up until now.
The 3DS game has been available in Japan since December 2014. The exact release is still unknown, but Nintendo says players in North America and Europe will be able to play it later this year. Here's what's new in Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters:
12 new quests, including one that delves into the origins of the mysterious DarknyanAbility to befriend 15 Wicked Yo-kaiNew locations to explore, including the Gera-Gera ResortAn expanded version of the Yo-kai Watch Blasters local co-op mode, with new bosses to defeatIf you already own Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls, there's an extra bonus for you. Nintendo says players with sav..

Live-Action Movie Of Classic Animated Show Robotech Might Have A Director

A live-action movie based on the classic '80s animated series Robotech has been in development for a long time, but it now seems that it might actually happen. It has been reported that Andy Muschietti, director of the upcoming Stephen King adaptation It, is in line to helm a Robotech film.
According to Variety, Muschietti has signed on to develop the movie at Sony, alongside his producing partner (and sister) Barbara Muschietti. The director made an impact with the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror Mama, and there is much anticipation for It, which arrives in September.
Robotech was an American re-edit of three different Japanese anime shows–The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA. It premiered in 1985 and ran for 85 episodes. The show tells a multigenerational story in which a series of galactic wars are fought between a variety of alien invaders and mankind, which is using advanced mecha technology.
There were..

Watch Gory Trailer For Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel Leatherface

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most influential horror movies ever made, and it has spawned a variety of sequels, prequels, and remakes over the past 40 years. The upcoming eighth movie in the franchise is titled Leatherface, and a gruesome first trailer has arrived. Check it out above.
Leatherface is directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, who previously made the acclaimed French horror Inside, as well as Livid and Among The Living. A new poster has also been released, which you can see at the end of this story.
The next installment in the Texas Chainsaw franchise is a prequel to the original 1974 fim, and it focuses on the younger life of the crazed killer of the title. The official synopsis reads: “In Texas, years before the events of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriffs' daughter dead.
“Ten years later, he kidnaps a y..

Sega, Atari Classic Consoles Will Begin Pre-orders Soon

New details have just been released for the Sega Genesis Flashback and Atari Flashback 8 Gold consoles. Pre-orders for both will start at the end of the month.
On July 28, both consoles will be available for pre-order at major retailers. There's no word on exactly when they'll be shipping, but creator AtGames says it will be sometime in Fall 2017. As for how much they'll cost, the company says more details are coming later in July.
Not unlike the success of the NES Classic Edition and the upcoming SNES Classic Edition, the two consoles come pre-loaded with many games. For the Sega Genesis Flashback, 85 games come preloaded, including many classic favorites like Sonic & Knuckles, Mortal Kombat II and 3, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone. You can check out the full list here. The system will come with 720p HDMI output, two Genesis-style wireless controllers, two controller ports for optional wired gamepads, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.
The Atari Flashback..

New Switch Screenshots Of Fire Emblem Warriors Released

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have released a few new images of Fire Emblem Warriors, the upcoming Dynasty Warriors-style Fire Emblem spinoff for Switch. The images were shared on the game's Japanese website and show off some of the playable heroes who come from the series' first 3DS installment, Fire Emblem Awakening.
In particular, the new screenshots give fans another look at Robin, Frederick, Lissa, and Lucina, who were initially revealed in the game's latest trailer. According to that video, the heroes find themselves lost in an unfamiliar forest when they encounter Rowan and Lianna, the original twin protagonists of Fire Emblem Warriors. While the screenshots don't depict any new battle scenes, they do give fans a glimpse at how some of the classic characters will play in Warriors; Lissa, for example, wields an axe despite primarily being a healer in Awakening, while the knight Frederick is shown on horseback. You can see the images below.
Koei Tecmo has said that F..