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If Dame can drop some bars, our local talent can do it too! 2K has released their first-ever fully Tagalog video that merges basketball with local cultural phenomenon, FlipTop. Old-school vs the new generation, what better way to settle the debate than to have a rap battle on the virtual courts of NBA 2K21!
Two FlipTop legends, Loonie and Sinio, faced off online and had a rap battle using customized teams of their favourite players. Loonie represented the old school legends using Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird while Sinio represented the modern day Superstars using LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Whichever generation you rep, NBA 2K21 has got your back.

It’s pretty cool if you’re into the rap battle culture, and you can check out the video below:

NBA 2K21 is now available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC, with the next-gen version featuring tons of new features!

Just Dance 2021 just went “all out” as Ubisoft has announced the release of “DRUM GO DUM” by K/DA, the virtual pop supergroup from Riot Games’ League of Legends.

“Drum Go Dum” featuring Aluna, Wolftyla, and Bekuh BOOM will be available for free for three months, before becoming an exclusive map for all Just Dance Unlimited subscribers.

“We’re so excited to collaborate with musical phenomenon K/DA to bring “DRUM GO DUM” to Just Dance this year,” said Matthew Tomkinson, the Creative Director of Just Dance 2021. “We were able to work with K/DA’s creative team to create this map, integrating K/DA’s official choreography and design to produce the perfect homage to the group’s dance track in their EP, ALL OUT. We’re really happy with the final result and can’t wait for the Just Dance community to finally see it!”

Just Dance 2021 is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

Aspiring Valorant players, look out! Riot Games have announced the Valorant Champions Tour, a season-long competition tour set to take place throughout 2021 that will feature multiple competitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

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The Valorant Champions Tour will feature three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters, and Champions. Teams begin their journey by first playing in regional Challenger events, before advancing to international Masters events. At the three Masters events set to take place in 2021, top performing teams will accumulate points which will count towards qualification for the Champions event. This final stage will feature the top sixteen teams in the world and will crown a single global champion.

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“The Champions Tour is our next step to grow VALORANT into a global esport worthy of the passion of our fans,” said Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games. “We’ve spent a couple of years now talking to players, teams, fans, prospective partners, and other stakeholders, and we’re extremely excited to launch our first official season. Our focus will be on elevating and showcasing the creative and talented players who are shaping this game across the globe. Fans and players both wanted high stakes competition, and that’s what the VALORANT Champions Tour is designed to do.”

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next big star? Keep on the look out for more information about the upcoming tournaments soon.

The free PS Plus games for December have been announced and this month includes 3 games instead of the usual 2!

Rounding up the list for this month will be Worms Rumble, Just Cause 4, and Rocket Arena, which will be available for download starting on December 1 until January 4.

As always, you’ll need an active subscription to download these games and play them past the eligibility period.

PS Plus free games for November included Hollow Knight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Bugsnax, a pretty good lineup all things considered.

Good? Bad? Just… Ok? Let us know in the comments below!

The PlayStation 5 is absolutely sold out everywhere. Here in the Philippines, pre-orders were such a mess that stocks got gobbled up in less than 5 minutes. Demand is sky high, and Sony has now confirmed that the PlayStation 5 launch was Sony’s biggest console launch ever.

The record was previously held by the PS4 with 1 million units overnight, and we’d like to wait for more official numbers on this one when Sony announces it, but considering the challenges brought about by the pandemic, this is a very impressive feat.

Worldwide, players are clamoring for more stocks, and Sony has confirmed that there will indeed be more to come before the year ends, so we recommend not purchasing from scalpers, who are selling the unit at outrageous prices.

If you’ve managed to get yourself a console, congratulations, you are a part of history!

Make love, not console wars. A statement that rings true even up to today, where toxic levels of fanboyism from either side of the fence is something that really divides that gaming community. Xbox Boss Phil Spencer hates it, and calls it “one of the worst things about our industry”.

Speaking to The Verge, Spencer talks about their biggest competitor, and it’s not even Sony or Nintendo. “We’re in the entertainment business. The biggest competitor we have is apathy over the products and services, games that we build,”

Spencer, possibly like other execs, hates the fact that there are people who like to see others fail just so they can get a leg up on the competition, and it is that toxic fanboyism that may even push him to get out of the industry. “That tribalism in the industry, if there was anything that would ever drive me out of the industry, it’s actually that,”

In the local gaming scene, this is certainly not a new thing. Being a “PlayStation nation”, as one would call it, there’s very little room for others to make a dent. The Nintendo Switch has been well received, and the Xbox is growing its own audience with the incoming Series X and xCloud, but the threat of toxic fanboy behavior from all sides will always be there.

Instead of focusing on issues, pulling each other up in the industry will only benefit everyone in the long term, as Phil Spencer focuses on things like crossplay that will allow gamers to play with anyone regardless of console.

Despite Fatalis being the “last” update for Monster Hunter World, seems like Capcom has other plans in mind for the beloved franchise. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will have a crossover with the upcoming Monster Hunter Movie, where players will be able to acquire some exclusive rewards.

As announced by Capcom, there will be two limited time event quests which will allow the players to control Artemis, voiced by Milla Jovovich herself. The event will start at December 3 at 4:00pm PST / December 4 at 00:00 GMT.

The first quest will have you conquer a Black Diablos in the Wildspire Waste, which will reward you with materials to craft the Artemis α+ armor set from the movie.

The second quest will pit you against a Rathalos, which will give players materials to craft the Artemis Layered Armor from the movie.

To celebrate, players will be rewarded with some freebies, and all you will have to do is just log in! The items are as follows:

  • Ancient Potion x30
  • Dust of Life x30
  • Golden Egg x10
  • True Armor Sphere x3
  • Earplug Jewel+ x1

Jump back into Iceborne and don’t miss your chance to get these limited time items!

If things go the way of Phil Spencer, you may not even need an Xbox or a PC to play Xbox games.

In an interview with The Verge, Spencer goes on to say that a dedicated Xbox app for TV sets is a very real possibility, and it could very well happen “…in the next 12 months. I don’t think anything is going to stop us from doing that.” Console gaming without an actual console? Sounds juicy!

Spencer continued to say that “the amount of compute capability in my home has increased with the number of streaming signals that have come in, not decreased. I think gaming will be one of those things as well.”

Microsoft has been a huge proponent of Cloud gaming, with their very own Project xCloud leading the way. And when you consider the breadth of content that Microsoft has with Game Pass, something that was already good but now bolstered with the acquisition of Bethesda and the inclusion of EA Play, this vision of allowing you to play almost anywhere under the Xbox ecosystem is something very real and very appealing, all for an affordable price.

Locally, there are many things to consider with this setup, the biggest thing being your internet connection. With consoles reaching the capability to play games at 4K and 60-120fps, your connection must be robust enough to handle all that data that will allow you to enjoy the experience.

Will this development finally entice you to hop on the Xbox bandwagon?

Apart from The Game Awards, there are other annual award-giving shows and bodies, one of which is the Golden Joystick Awards. The show just ended a few hours ago, and maybe to no one’s surprise, The Last of Us Part II wins big. How big? Very big, bagging a total of 5 awards including Game of the Year.

Our review of The Last of Us Part II gave it high praise, calling it a technical triumph that reminds us of the brilliance of Naughty Dog, which also won the Best Studio award.

Other winners were Fall Guys for best multiplayer, Hades for best Indie, and Sandra Saad as Kamala Khan for best performer.

You can view the whole list of winners below:

  • Best Storytelling – The Last of Us 2
  • Best Multiplayer Game – Fall Guys
  • Best Visual Design – The Last of Us 2
  • Best Game Expansion – No Man’s Sky: Origins
  • Mobile Game of the Year – Lego Builder’s Journey
  • Best Audio – The Last of Us 2
  • Best Indie Game – Hades
  • Still Playing – Minecraft
  • Studio of the Year – Naughty Dog
  • Esports Game of the Year – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Best New Streamer / Broadcaster – iamBrandon
  • Best Family Game – Fall Guys
  • Best Gaming Community – Minecraft
  • Best Performer – Sandra Saad (Kamala Khan) 
  • Breakthrough Award – Innersloth (Among Us)
  • Outstanding Contribution – The Gaming Industry
  • PC Game of the Year – Death Stranding
  • Best Gaming Hardware – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – The Last of Us 2
  • Xbox Game of the Year – Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Most Wanted Game – God of War: Ragnarok
  • Critic’s Choice – Hades
  • Ultimate Game of the Year – The Last of Us 2

The Game Awards nominees have also been announced, and you can already start voting for your choices to win. Do you think The Last of Us Part II will win the coveted Game of the Year award again? Let us know!

IO Interactive has announced the third location for Hitman 3 and Agent 47 is heading to Asia as he brings his brand of justice to Chongqing, China.

Following reveals for Dubai and Dartmoor, the neon lights of China will look better than ever as the game will be running at 4K 60fps with HDR on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Just recently, IO interactive have also announced that they are working on a James Bond game currently known as Project 007.

Hitman 3 will be available in January 2021 on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia, and PC.

During the last episode of Night City Wire, CD Projekt Red have revealed brand new gameplay footage. It was quite special, because it was the first time we saw actual console footage and not PC captures. Now, after the Xbox footage, we get to see gameplay from both the PS4 Pro and the PS5 via backwards compatibility.

Without further ado, check it out below:

Similar to the Xbox footage, its looking like CD Projekt Red have done a really good job on translating this to the “current” consoles and while the visual quality isn’t quite top notch with a few frame drops here and there, the next gen consoles is really where Cyberpunk 2077 will shine.

One thing to note is that we have not seen footage of the game running on the base console models (PS4 and Xbox One). One can imagine that it’ll be quite the challenge, since the upgraded models are already seen with dips in performance.

In any case, it won’t take too long now to see Cyberpunk 2077 barring any more delays. In fact, some people are already playing it now.

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on December 10 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.

The 2007 classic from the Nintendo DS is back in a new game called NEO: The World Ends With You for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

As announced by Square Enix (via Gematsu), the game is scheduled to release in the Summer of 2021.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

There isn’t much by way of information about the game for now, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for anything more about the game. We do know that the game will have characters such as Rindo, Fret, Nagi, and Minamimoto, as seen in the trailer.

Also scheduled for 2021 is an Anime based on The World Ends With You.

Copies of Cyberpunk 2077 are out in the wild, and if this has taught us anything, you can expect to see leaks and possible spoilers soon. Unfortunate, but it is what it is, so we ask everyone to remain vigilant.

A Redditor by the name of u/Justgonnasendit90, who apparently “works for Amazon”, shared some pictures of a fantastic looking package draped in bright yellow that the game has been known for.

If you’ll remember from last week, the retail packaging has apparently leaked, which confirmed the game needing at least 70GB from your HDD and that it comes in 2 discs. This seemingly confirms it, and it also shows the PS5 upgrade sticker on the front.

The retail copy is also looking extra thicc, wrapped in a gorgeous slipcase, holding all of the extra goodies that CDPR is graciously known for like a map, world compendium, stickers, and postcards.

Just like how The Last of Us Part II got leaked early this year, this doesn’t bode well for Cyberpunk, as it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that some people will be playing the game already. In fact, some links to a stream are already floating around ResetEra, which we will not be pointing to. All we can say is that the game has been delayed multiple times already, and if you don’t want to get spoiled, please practice caution. You’ve waited long enough, what’s another 3 weeks… IF it doesn’t get delayed again.

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on December 10 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be released on November 24 at 7AM, GMT+8.

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Shadowlands was originally scheduled to be out in late October but was delayed to allow more time for adjustments based on feedback from the ongoing beta test.

The eighth World of Warcraft expansion sends players to the realm of infinite afterlives where mortal souls go – Shadowlands. In Shadowlands, souls either find a new purpose or suffer eternal torment at the torment of the Jailer in his Tower of the Damned.

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The adventure will allow you to forge a bond of with one of four Convenants that rule over the domains of the realm as well as discover the fates of Warcraft legends. Ultimately, you’ll confront a threat shrouded in darkness with designs to unmake the cosmos.

The first epic 10-boss raid of Shadowlands named Castle Nathria will be available starting December 8. This also signals the start of Shadowlands Raid, Mythic Dungeon, and PvP Season 1.

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Launch consoles almost always have birthing pains. Whether isolated incidents or widespread cases, you can be assured that these day 1 versions will have issues of some sort. One of the more frequent PlayStation 5 problems is what’s called the “Download Queue Bug”, which basically leaves your downloads in an error loop. The previous solution to this was to perform a factory reset on your system, but now, there seems to be an easier and more “official” fix coming from Sony.

The AskPlayStation Twitter account has posted a simple solution to fix the bug, which will simply require updating to the latest version, starting in safe mode, and rebuilding the database. Of course, this is still not the most ideal scenario, but it sure beats having to do a factory reset.

There are a few more problems plaguing the PlayStation 5, but it seems like a software update here and there could eventually put an end to some of these, similar to this download queue bug, so do expect more patches to come in the next few days or weeks to iron out the kinks.