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  1. Shenmue III Gets Much Needed Skip Conversation Option And Other Fixes

    Talking to villagers in Shenmue III can be a time consuming and sometimes confusing process. In patch 1.04, developer Ys Net is taking some of the bite out of these talks. Players can now skip the initial conversation with a villager. If you want to speed things up or talk to someone for a second time, you don't have to hear about the goods they are selling or how their day is going. With the skip option, Ryo cuts to the chase and asks his question. 

    The patch, which is out today for PlayStation 4 and PC, also addresses subtitle typos, minigame bugs, environmental collision, and skill balancing.

    In addition to cleaning up the game, Ys Net released the Battle Rally DLC, which sees Ryo Hazuki, Wei Zhen, and Ren Wuying competing as they race along a course. If you place in first, you are rewarded with items. To start the DLC, you will first have to reach Niaowu in the core game. The DLC retails for 7.99.

  2. Ninja Theory Announces Experimental Exploration Of Mental Terror Called Project: Mara

    Today marks the release of the first episode of The Dreadnought Diaries, a series of videos aiming to give insight into the various projects in development at Ninja Theory. While the beginning touches on Senua's Saga: Hellblade II and the previously announced The Insight Project, the video closes out with a tease of a new game at Ninja Theory called Project: Mara.

    According to Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades, Project: Mara hopes to deliver a, "real-world and grounded representation of true mental terror." He says the studio will base its vision on interviews, firsthand accounts, and additional research to attempt to capture the true feeling of mental terror. The game will utilize experimental storytelling elements to recreate the horrors of the mind and only features one character and one location.

    You can watch the first episode of The Dreadnought Diaries in its entirety below. The segment on Project: Mara begins at the 5:30 mark.

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    [Source: Ninja Theory on YouTube]

  3. MLB The Show 20 Gameplay Trailer Slides In

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    MLB the Show 20's first gameplay trailer has just dropped, giving teases of some of what's to come when the game releases for PS4 on March 17.

    Apart from some new legends like John Franco, David Ortiz, and Mariano Rivera, the trailer also shows off some personality with team celebrations and Juan Soto's "Soto Shuffle."

    In terms of gameplay, the trailer appears to reveal real-time hitting and fielding icons related to specific attributes such as Power Left and Fielding, as well as a red ring around balls dropping into the outfield as players try to dive for and catch them. The developer's upcoming livestream schedule has a day devoted just to covering defensive fundamentals, so we imagine this is related to that.

    You'll also see these attributes in the rewards for the dynamic challenges of player career mode Road to the Show, which now looks to also contain perk rewards.

    Other game elements coming in the livestreams, some of which are teased in the video, include (text from Sony):

    • Dynamic On-Field Relationships
    • Changing Team Name, Location & Logos for Franchise Mode
    • Overhauled Rewards Structure for March to October Mode
    • New Showdown Game Mode for Diamond Dynasty
    • Simple and Flexible Leagues With Your Friends

    The series is including other non-PlayStation platforms possibly starting "as early as 2021," and this is just a sample of why the franchise has been so lauded thus far. 

  4. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Debuts Exclusively On Netflix Next Month

    Every year, The Pokémon Company likes to celebrate Pokémon Day, the anniversary of the Japanese release of the first Pokémon games, with some news or a special release. Last year, we got the official reveals of Pokémon Sword & Shield, and while we don't know if we should anticipate anything in line with that magnitude this year, The Pokémon Company has announced one of the things happening: the Netflix release of the computer-animated re-imagining of 1998's Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back.

    Since Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolutiontakes place during the early events of the anime, it sees the return of several fan-favorite characters from the original run including Brock, Misty, and Team Rocket. Ash and his friends receive a mysterious invitation to visit a powerful Pokémon trainer. Little do they know, that powerful trainer is Mewtwo, perhaps the most powerful Pokémon yet discovered.

    You can see the most recent Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, trailer

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    Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolutionpremieres exclusively to Netflix on February 27.

  5. Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops Are On The Way

    Funko revealed the first wave of Cyberpunk 2077 Pops at this year's London Toy Fair. Unlike McFarlane Toys' recent announcement of Cyberpunk action figures which just consists of a male version of main character V, Funko is creating both male and female figures. You'll also be able to purchase two different versions of Johnny Silverhand: one with dual pistols and sunglasses, and the other calmly sitting on one knee.

    All four of these Pops are expected to hit store shelves on April 16, which was at one time the release date for the Cyberpunk 2077 video game. After a delay, it now has a release date of September 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can view all of the Pops below:


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