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Many stories like to use religion as a narrative device, and the name would suggest, Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption takes a crack at it too, offering a refreshingly pared-down experience of Gothic religious horror. But while the game’s boss rush structure possesses some clever mechanical twists, its more superficial elements don’t quite have the same shine.

Enter Adam, the titular protagonist, not-so-subtly named after the world’s first sinner. Instead of an apple from a tree, you’ve clearly been far naughtier than your namesake. Here, the afterlife has dealt you a rather unfortunate hand; defeat the manifestations of all seven mortal sins, and you just might get a happy ending. However, that’s definitely a lot harder than it actually sounds, because the bosses are all about 20 feet tall, incredibly strong, and they hate your guts, and you have to give something up before you fight each one. This is the pivotal “sacrifice” part of the equation.

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Sinner is about going from boss to boss and beating them into the ground before they can do the same to you. It clearly takes inspiration from the Dark Souls lineage of games, both conceptually and mechanically. Each adversary you face has succumbed to a cardinal sin, whether it’s by lack of action or by a conscious choice to take a particularly unsavory behavior too far. As a result, the bosses are fascinatingly warped beyond human recognition–we’re talking about headless noblewomen, hunchbacked sorcerers, and walking fortresses that are more metal than man.

Mechanically, Sinner features animation locking, that has you commit to your attacks, and tough-as-nails enemies. You’re given a handful of javelins, health potions, and melee weapon options that you can swap between on the fly before the game throws you at the first boss. All your enemies have unique attack patterns that you’ll have to memorize if you want to win, and some are more telegraphed than others, which leads to a good variety of challenges across the board. It’s a strong, if familiar, set of systems, but Sinner’s biggest feature lies in its sacrifice mechanic.

Inventively, the game puts you in the unique predicament of getting weaker as you progress. Your ‘sacrifice’ could be a portion of your HP, some of your weapon attack damage, or even resources. You lose that thing, and you get a little bit weaker each time you go toe-to-toe with a malevolent foe. It’s an innovative spin and its focus on the core basics means Sinner feels like an evolution of the genre rather than a derivative work. Sinner also includes a new game plus mode, which adds some exciting spice in the form of more challenging boss gauntlets where you fight them in groups along with broader weapon customization options.

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Each enemy is introduced by way of an epitaph and a scene which tells you how they ended up in that sorry state. The scenes are compelling on their own, and despite the sparse monologues which don’t give you a whole lot to go on other than your own imagination, the villainous Victorian-inspired visuals and the individually distinct boss arenas also provide just enough environmental storytelling to pique your curiosity. While you may still be slightly in the dark about what you’ve truly accomplished for your character in the atonement department when the credits roll, the road to redemption is still a scenic one.

However, Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption suffers from some problems with repetition. After about the sixth hour, things start to blend together a little. Each boss has its own unique orchestral accompaniment, which are enjoyable in their own right, but they’re all based on the same recipe of overdramatic string sections and choral vocals. Each boss also harnesses a theme or an element of its own, but the arenas don’t necessarily hold up to scrutiny over long periods of time; the surrounding textures in the background suffer slightly from a lack of fine detail, and there’s only so much crumbly ruined stonework that you can stomach.

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It’s also a little disappointing, though not completely surprising, to see the game run worse on Switch than on other platforms. There were instances of framerate lag turned deadly because of the pace of gameplay and also an instance of blinding light effects for a particular boss in a dimly-lit environment that were a hindrance. On the PlayStation 4 and PC versions, the framerate lag is almost undetectable.

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is an ambitious game that brings something new to an increasingly popular style of action game. While it seems like it’s missing a lick of paint to make sure that its aesthetics are as strong as its mechanics, it’s still a smart step forward and a good example of how we can pay homage to the beloved works of others with originality.

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The Sims 4 is adding a first-person camera, developer EA Maxis has announced. The studio revealed the feature in the newest Maxis Monthly livestream on Twitch, and it looks absolutely bizarre, wonderful, and ripe for videos of first-person Sim sex.

The first-person option underwent a number of revisions to get it to a workable, enjoyable state. In the stream, Maxis representatives talk about how the initial version of first-person mode was disorienting and vomit-inducing, but some camera-smoothing elements were implemented to help fix this. The camera is situated on your primary Sim’s face, but to get this to work, Maxis removed your Sim’s head to avoid clipping and other issues. Think about that for a minute. “It embraces The Sims’ weirdness,” community manager SimGuru Kate says of the new first-person mode.

The first-person option opens up a lot of exciting new possibilities, and one of those is sex. SimGuru Kate said you might be wondering what woo-hooing (the terminology for sex in The Sims) might look like in first-person, and she says you’ll find out in due time. The first-person camera will also be especially remarkable for events like having a baby and getting into a fight.

“We know this is not for everybody; it’s just weird and fun and quite random,” SimGuru Kate says.

The patch that introduces first-person mode will be available on November 13, and everyone gets it for free. The next paid expansion for The Sims 4 meanwhile, Get Famous, arrives on November 16.

Fortnite New Heavy Assault Rifle Detailed

Epic has teased a brand new weapon coming to Fortnite soon. An in-game message recently teased the Heavy AR, a new assault rifle that packs a punch, especially when fired in short bursts. The announcement likely means the release is imminent, so it will probably appear in this week’s update. The gun appears to be based on the real-life AK weapons.

It was a busy weekend for Fortnite, as the Halloween event Fortnitemares concluded with a big one-time world event. After flopping its way to the lake, hovering above the battlefield, and spawning zombie-like creatures to fight, the cube affectionately nicknamed Kevin had one more trick up its sleeve. It spun rapidly until it exploded and transported players into a strange light realm. Everyone caught up in the blast floated as luminescent butterflies formed around them, and then they were transported back to the island.

After all was said and done, the vortex that had been left at Loot Lake had disappeared and been replaced by a Stonehenge-like structure. It’s fair to say that area probably holds some secrets for the community to unravel as the game starts laying the groundwork for its next seasonal transition. These usually come with big world events that give some rationale for map and mechanics changes.

You still have a few weeks to take on the Fortnite Season 6 challenges guide. And while you can’t earn the Fortnitemares rewards any longer, the whole season is still pretty spooky. The Legendary Dire Wolf skin, for example, becomes progressively more werewolf-like as you level it up.

Hearthstone’s New Rastakhan’s Rumble Expansion Coming Next Month

At its annual BlizzCon keynote, Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone expansion coming to the popular digital CCG: Rastakhan’s Rumble. The new expansion focuses on trolls who come together once a generation to compete for the blessings of the Loa.

The fierce competition consists of nine teams–one for each Hearthstone class, with a Legendary leader to call their own, naturally. The Loa spirits also come in as Legendary minions. Shirvallah the Tiger is the first to debut, a Paladin Loa with a massive casting cost of 25 Mana. That’s way too high to actually play, but you progressively reduce that price by casting spells throughout the match. Each class also has its own Spirit, a special minion that always starts with Stealth to allow you to set up combos.

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It will also introduce a new keyword called “Overkill.” If you have more damage than you need to kill a minion, you get a bonus. The weapon shown had an Overkill effect allowing you to attack again. Finally, a new single-player portion called Rumble Run will come too.

Rastakhan’s Rumble will launch on December 4. You can pre-purchase now from two different bundles. The Challenger’s Bundle gets you 17 packs and a “Ready to Rumble” card back for $20, while the Rastakhan’s Rumble pre-purchase nets you 50 card packs, the card back, and an alternate Shaman hero, King Rastakhan.

All Of Hearthstone’s “Rastakhan’s Rumble” Cards Revealed So Far

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Hearthstone is getting in fighting shape for its next expansion. This time, trolls take the forefront, with a once-in-a-generation brawl called Rastakhan’s Rumble. The trolls all worship their own spirits and have their own champions, leading to some powerful smack-downs. Rastakhan’s Rumble will add dozens of new cards and new mechanics when it launches on December 4. You can check out all the cards so far in the gallery above.

Each of the nine tribes of trolls has its own champion, represented by a class Legendary card. They each also worship their own Loa–ancient spirits that are collectible cards of their own. Spirits are made to build-arounds for powerful effects, and they start with Stealth to enable combos.

The expansion also introduces a new keyword, Overkill. Anytime an Overkill card deals more damage than needed to take down a minion, it will trigger an added effect. One example we’ve seen so far, the Warrior weapon Sul’thraze, lets the player attack again if the Overkill takes down a minion.

As usual, a separate single-player component will be coming as well. Rumble Run puts you in the shoes of a troll champion to prove yourself in gladiatorial combat.

Two separate pre-purchase bundles are available for Rastakhan’s Rumble. The first costs $20 for 17 card packs and the “Ready to Rumble” card back. The second for $50 gives you a full 50 packs, the card back, and the King Rastakhan alternate Shaman hero.

New Ark: Survival Evolved Extinction Expansion Goes Live On PC Today, Consoles Later

Studio Wildcard has announced that the new expansion for Ark: Survival Evolved, titled Extinction, will go live on PC today. Extinction continues Ark’s story by pitting humanity against giant mega-dinosaur creatures called Titans.

Defeating the raid boss-like Titans is the centerpiece to Extinction, but the expansion also adds more creatures to tame and technology to utilize. Cryopods, for example, are handy pieces of tech that allow you to store your creatures and easily carry them around in your inventory. You’ll be able to transfer your preexisting characters into Extinction, but your items and tamed creatures will have to stay behind. Whatever you claim in Extinction, though, can be brought back with you into Ark’s older maps.

“We will be introducing North American and European Extinction servers first,” Studio Wildcard senior community manager Jen Stuber wrote in a Steam blog post. “We will be releasing an initial start batch of servers, and bringing more servers online as needed so please be patient for us during this period. The servers will be the standard 70-player cap. Extinction will be included in all CrossARK clusters (except ‘TheHundred’), as well as Conquest and Small Tribes servers.”

Extinction’s PC servers are scheduled to launch today, but as of this post are still not yet live due to a few issues. Both the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Extinction will launch on November 13. Extinction comes included in Ark’s Season Pass, but can be purchased separately as well.

The PC version of Ark: Survival Evolved is being offered as free-to-play until November 11 on Steam. You can also buy the game at a discounted price of $20 / £18 / €22 until November 13.

New Pokemon Go Event And Pokemon Now Available

Niantic has kicked off another in-game event in Pokemon Go. The Stardust Blast event is now live for a limited time. This event gives players a chance to earn twice the normal amount of Stardust for capturing Pokemon and hatching Eggs, and it’s scheduled to run until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on November 13.

On top of that, two new species of Gen 4 Pokemon have begun appearing in Pokemon Go. The adorable Water-type Buizel is now available around the world as a Raid Battle, while the pre-evolved form of Roselia, Budew, can be hatched from Eggs. The latter arrives at a fitting time, as Niantic recently rolled out the new Adventure Sync feature to most Pokemon Go players, making it much easier to hatch Eggs than before.

Stardust Blast isn’t the only event going on now in Pokemon Go. To celebrate the release of Ingress Prime, Niantic has made two new Shiny Pokemon, Cubone and Ponyta, available for a limited time. These Shiny variants are green and blue, respectively–the same colors and the two warring sides in Ingress Prime, The Enlightened and The Resistance.

Meanwhile, Pokemon Go’s next Community Day event is scheduled to take place this Saturday, November 10. The featured Pokemon this time around is the Gen 2 starter Cyndaquil, and if players manage to evolve it into its final form, Typhlosion, up to an hour after the event ends, it’ll learn the powerful attack Blast Burn.

Players also still have a chance to catch Giratina, the first Gen 4 Legendary Pokemon to appear in Pokemon Go. Giratina arrived as a Raid Battle as part of the recent Halloween event, and it’ll remain a presence at Gyms until November 20. If you need help adding one to your collection, here are some tips on how to catch Giratina.

Battle Chef Brigade Is Getting Physical Switch And PS4 Editions

Limited Run Games, a publisher associated with game developer Mighty Rabbit Studios, has announced that it is making a physical edition for Battle Chef Brigade. The acclaimed indie game will be made available in both its PS4 and Switch versions.

Both physical editions will be made available on November 9 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM GMT. As the name implies, Limited Run Games only makes a certain amount of official physical editions for previously digital-only titles. So once every copy of the physical versions of Battle Chef Brigade is sold out, they are gone for good. Limited Run Games never restocks.

Released in 2017, Battle Chef Brigade mixes together brawler and puzzle gameplay. You play as Mina, a young woman who aspires to be a battle chef, a type of knight that hunts down monsters and cooks them into delicious dishes for the kingdom’s people. Each mission in the game requires you hunt down specific monsters before racing into the kitchen to solve tile-based puzzles in order to cook your ingredients and fulfill the dish requirements set out by the judges. Battle Chef Brigade was well-received by critics and players alike.

In August 2018, Battle Chef Brigade received an update that added split-screen multiplayer, as well as two new modes–called Survival and Free Play–and a new playable character.

Battle Chef Brigade is available for Nintendo Switch and PS4.

Acclaimed Indie Game Battle Chef Brigade Is Getting Physical Switch And PS4 Editions

Limited Run Games, a publisher associated with game developer Mighty Rabbit Studios, has announced that it is making a physical edition for Battle Chef Brigade. The acclaimed indie game will be made available in both its PS4 and Switch versions.

Both physical editions will be made available on November 9 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM GMT. As the name implies, Limited Run Games only makes a certain amount of official physical editions for previously digital-only titles. So once every copy of the physical versions of Battle Chef Brigade is sold out, they are gone for good. Limited Run Games never restocks.

Released in 2017, Battle Chef Brigade mixes together brawler and puzzle gameplay. You play as Mina, a young woman who aspires to be a battle chef, a type of knight that hunts down monsters and cooks them into delicious dishes for the kingdom’s people. Each mission in the game requires you hunt down specific monsters before racing into the kitchen to solve tile-based puzzles in order to cook your ingredients and fulfill the dish requirements set out by the judges. Battle Chef Brigade was well-received by critics and players alike.

In August 2018, Battle Chef Brigade received an update that added split-screen multiplayer, as well as two new modes–called Survival and Free Play–and a new playable character.

Battle Chef Brigade is available for Nintendo Switch and PS4.

Brie Larson Went As Samus For Halloween, Wants To Be In Metroid Movie

Brie Larson, the Oscar winning actress who will be seen next as Captain Marvel, is apparently interested in playing Samus Aran, should Nintendo ever decide to go forward with a Metroid film.

As evidenced on her Instagram page, Larson dressed up as Zero Suit Samus for Halloween this year. After posting images of herself in costume, fans took notice and asked about a potential Metroid movie. Larson said she hopes it happens someday. “I want to make that movie,” she wrote.

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Nintendo hasn’t made any announcements about a Metroid movie, but the company is increasingly interested in taking its franchises to the big screen. A new Mario movie from Despicable Me and Minions studio Illumination is on the way. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Despicable Me franchise producer Chris Meladandri are co-producing the untitled film.

Larson isn’t the other celebrity who wants to play Samus in a Metroid movie. Ronda Rousey, the MMA and wrestling star who also makes movies now, previously talked about wanting to play Samus someday.

“I’ve always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass,” Rousey said. “I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you’re in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that.”

The next Metroid movie is Metroid Prime 4, which is coming to Nintendo Switch. Pretty much nothing is known about it. The earlier Metroid Prime games were developed by Retro Studios, but it appears Bandai Namco is producing the new one for Nintendo Switch.

Larson won the Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in Room. Her next major role is Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the upcoming superhero film Captain Marvel, which is due out in March 2019. She’s set to appear again as Captain Marvel in April 2019’s untitled Avengers 4.