This new Middle Earth: Shadow of War mobile trailer explains the updated Nemesis system

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2014’s console and PC game Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was great, thanks in part to its innovative Nemesis system, which saw you taking on orc commanders who belonged to a military hierarchy. Win and another orc would rise through the ranks to replace them. Lose and they’d grow more powerful. The Nemesis system didn’t have anything other than a cosmetic influence on your overall progress through the game, but it infused the big set-piece battles with extra tension. Guess what. The sequel, Shadow of War, is ...

Global Citizen Festival to be Streamed in VR This Weekend, Courtesy of NextVR

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The Global Citizen Festival, set to take place this weekend in New York City, is a big music festival with a few headliners you may have heard of. They include The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Big Sean, plus plenty more. Now, for anyone not in NYC this weekend, you can get in on the excitement, too, via a VR headset, courtesy of NextVR. As for which headset you’ll need, NextVR says a Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR headset will do the trick. When the festivities kick off, you’ll ...

Anticipated RPG Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter is coming next month, pre-register now

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In case you don’t know, Taichi Panda is a graphically impressive, critically acclaimed Diablo-style hack-and-slash RPG series. You play as a panda that can do tai chi. This sequel sees you employing Taichi Panda’s martial arts skills against dragons. It takes place in a huge, gorgeous fantasy world full of varied environments and mythical creatures, including unicorns and griffins. There are PvE world bosses, random events, looting, “panoramic battles”, and all the stuff you’d expect from a high-end mobile RPG. If you’re into games like Dungeon Hunter then ...

Polished CCG Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is out of soft launch and into HARD launch

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That’s right: hard launch. I googled it and it’s a thing. Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is a slick and stylish CCG from Kongregate. It’s been in soft launch in a few territories around the world since July, and now it’s available worldwide. The game sees you compiling the most powerful deck of cards you possibly can while competing with three other kingdoms, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. Once you lay your cards the action plays out in the form of real-time strategy battles on a ...

Cute cult cat-collect-em-up Neko Atsume coming to VR in 2018

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2014’s cat-based casual superhit Neko Atsume has already generated spin-offs galore, including plush toys, events, and a forthcoming movie. And now, according to PlayStation Japan President Atsushi Morita at the Tokyo Game Show, it’s coming to VR as well. For the uninitiated, Neko Atsume gives you a little cartoon home and lets you buy toys, furniture, and food in order to attract little cartoon cats with names like Chairman Meow, Saint Purrtrick, and Joe DiMeowgio. Those so-bad-they’re-good puns are only available in the English version, of course, ...

Your grandparents might download ‘San Andreas crime simulator’ for you in error

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There is a possible scenario in which you end up with San Andreas crime simulator Game 2017 on your phone or tablet. It would have to go something like this: you’re in a rush to leave for a holiday, and your grandparents ask if there’s anything they can do to help. You want to play GTA: San Andreas during your internet-free holiday, so you ask them to download it for you. They search for San Andreas in the games section of Google Play, and take a stab ...

DEAL: Buy a Google Home for $129, Get a Free Chromecast

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Over on Best Buy, you can grab a Google Home for $129 (its usual price), then get a Chromecast thrown in for free. Free tech? Oh, yeah! Best Buy lists this as a bundle, with both items coming in the same package, for the $129 price. That means there’s no coupon codes or forms to fill out to claim your free Chromecast. Just pay the $129 and you get both devices. If waiting for delivery doesn’t interest you, in-store pickup appears to be available basically everywhere, so ...

Google Announces Tez Mobile Payments App Specifically for India

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According to Google’s numbers, India is home to 300 million smartphone users. As more are becoming connected to the web, Google has introduced Tez, a mobile payments application built specifically for Indian users who wish to make paying for things a digital experience. As described, Tez is not just for paying at local stores. The app is capable of direct, bank-to-bank payments using the country’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) standard. On top of transferring money easily, folks can use the app’s “Cash Mode” to make purchases ...