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Unravel Two - Graphics and Performance mode comparison gallery

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Unravel Two - Graphics & Performance Modes Comparison

We had some footage earlier today comparing the graphics and performance modes in Unravel Two on Switch. For those who missed it, Graphics mode beefs up the graphics at the cost of performance, while Performance mode gives you smoother gameplay with fewer graphical bells-and-whistles. These two options are only available in docked mode.

My Time at Portia - more gameplay footage

Restore your Pa's neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!

AI: The Sominum Files hitting Switch worldwide on July 25th, 2019 - Special Agent Edition revealed, more screens, character info, and developer notes

I need to know what that killer polar bear is up to

AI: The Sominum Files is set to launch worldwide for Switch on July 25th, 2019. A North American-exclusive “Special Agent Edition” will be available for $89.99, and it includes the following.

- A copy of AI: The Somnium Files for PlayStation 4 or Switch
- A-set acrylic stand – Approx. six inches tall
- Outer box – Original Artwork by character designer Yusuke Kozaki
- THOUGHTS REMaiN BELOW art book – 30-plus pages of sketchesand concept art
- REVERIES IN THE RaiN soundtrack
- A-set’s #1 fan stickers – Three vinyl stickers

The mind never lies…

In a near-future Tokyo, detective Kaname Date is on the case of a mysterious serial killer. Date must investigate crime scenes as well as dreams on the hunt for clues. From the mind of Kotaro Uchikoshi (Zero Escape series director), with character design by the Yusuke Kozaki (No More Heroes, Fire Emblem series), a thrilling neonoir detective adventure is about to unfold.

Story

One rainy night in November, a woman’s body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out.

Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, he hears a noise from inside the merry-go-round.

He breaks into the merry-go-round’s central column to find a young girl. And in her hands, she grips a bloody ice pick…

■ Setting

Set in a near-future Tokyo.
Real-world settings and science fiction elements.
Travel between dreams and reality to investigate crimes.

■ Characters

Iris Sagan

Name: Iris Sagan
Voice Actor: Jackie Lastra (English), Nao Shiraki (Japanese)
Sex: Female
Age: 18
Profession: High School Senior/ Internet Idol

Iris is an internet idol (musician) belonging to the entertainment office Lemniscate. Her stage name is “A-set,” but her fans call her “Tesa.”

Ota Matsushita

Name: Ota Matsushita
Voice Actor: Zach Aguilar (English), Natsumi Fujiwara (Japanese)
Sex: Male
Age: 24
Profession: Light Novel Author (Self-Declared)

Mizuki

Name: Mizuki
Voice Actor: Corina Boettger (English), Tomoyo Kurosawa (Japanese)
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Profession: 6th Grader

Aiba

Name: Aiba (AI-Ball)
Voice Actor: Erika Harlacher (English), Akari Kito (Japanese)
Sex: Female (According to Settings)
Age: 5
Occupation: Investigation Assistant

Check out more screens here

Info from Kotaro Uchikoshi, Director, and Akira Okada, Designer

- wanted to create a game mainly for adventure game fans. That was my main goal in creating this.”
- wanted to create a game where you solve the mysteries
- Date’s artificial eye has special powers that will aid you in your investigation
- Date can extract information by entering a person’s memories
- unexpected things may happen when diving into a memory
- set in near-future Tokyo
- the game is generally serious, but has fun parts and gags, as well as heartwarming moments

The Red Lantern's harsh environment can lead to death by squirrel, developer jokes about "Zen mode" and Nintendo Labo VR support

Cruel squirreld

The Red Lantern is out to tell you a story how harsh things can be in the Alaskan bush. It'll be you, your sled, and a team of dogs trying to survive the harsh environment. There are plenty of ways you can get taken out, including death by squirrel. Game director Lindsey Rostal explains...

“We have a strong narrative background. I’ve made branching games and I wanted to find a new way to have a more dynamic narrative. Something that worked more in a streaming context and for a larger variety of audiences. It’s a fun way to write. You don’t know what’s really going to happen. There’s likelihoods and there’s relationships between animals in the environments and everything like that, but things are changing all the time. The unexpected nature of the world is really exciting. You’re like, 'This is likely to happen, but [then again] this squirrel might murder me... It can happen."

As The Red Lantern has a huge narrative aspect to it, a strong lead voice actor is necessary. Many will be happy to know that the role of "The Musher" will be played by Ashly Burch, who's known for her work in other games like Life is Strange and Horizon Zero Dawn.

The developers of The Red Lantern are hoping that the narration along with the unforgiving gameplay will help immerse you in the experience. There are some other ideas the team are kicking around for immersion as well. A "screensaver zen mode" is a feature that has been considered/joked about, which would let you look at the scenery while using gyro controls. The team is even open to Nintendo Labo VR support if possible. Elaborating upon that support, Rostel said, "You never know! If they give me a parka version I’m in."

Giratina Returns to Pokemon GO, Ready to Transform!

The action kicks off next week!

You did your team leaders proud back when you battled Giratina in its Altered Forme. However, there are still many mysteries to be unlocked about the Renegade Pokémon. Giratina has reemerged from the Distortion World to renew and transform. Starting March 28, Altered Forme Giratina will return to raids until April 2, when it will transform into Origin Forme to keep testing Trainers’ strength until April 29.

Date + Time

Giratina (Altered Forme): Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)
Giratina (Origin Forme): Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Monday, Apr. 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)
Start prepping your teams to take on this Ghost- and Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! - another hour of footage

Explore the challenges of the never-ending dungeons ("Insatiable Hunger"), befriend monsters with the new buddy system. You adhere to one simple rule, … every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, but it only moves whenever Chocobo moves!

Sonic Mania devs handling pixel work on Cadence of Hyrule

Pixel-perfect

Making pixel art isn't easy. Making pixel art that looks good is even tougher. Making pixel animations that flow smoothly is downright devilish. While Nintendo definitely knows how to strut their stuff in the world of pixel art, you might be surprised to know who's handling the lush pixels of Cadence of Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda/Crypt of the Necrodancer mash-up's pixel perfection is being handled by Midio and Paul Veer, two devs who worked on Sonic Mania. Anyone who's played Sonic Mania instantly knows just how talented these artists are when it comes to pixel painting. Looks like Link and Zelda's return to old-school is in very good hands!

Pokemon x adidas 'Stan Smiths' sneaker collab on the way

Pretty sneaky

Are you a Pokemon fan and a sneakerhead? Your day has come, as Pokemon Co. and adidas are teaming up to release two pair of specially-themed Stan Smiths sneakers. One design features Pikachu, while the other shows off Squirtle. Pokemon Co. and adidas are yet to officially announced this collab, so there might be even more shoe designs that haven't been spotted yet. We'll bring you full details when they become available.

Official Pokemon towel line launches in South Korea

Scrub-a-dub

Pokemon Co. has released an official line of Pokemon towels in South Korea. The towels are made of high-quality cotton, and feature Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Squirtle, Eevee, and Bulbasaur. No word on if these towels will see release outside of South Korea, and the plush dolls used in the promo pictures do not come with the towels.

Detective Pikachu news - Ponta card, Pokemon Center movie ticket, and luxury fashion line revealed

Detective Pikachu, who only wears a hat, now has a luxury fashion line

Detective Pikachu Ponta card

- available at Lawson, the third largest convenience store operator in Japan
- Ponta cards are used to accumulate and spend Ponta points at various Lawson locations and select retailers
- the Pokemon Detective Pikachu Ponta card costs 1,080 yen
- comes with a “Pikachu bushy cup sleeve”
- ships on Aug. 30th, 2019

Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store Detective Pikachu movie ticket

- exclusive ticket design available at Pokemon Center and Store locations
- available to preorder now

Detective Pikachu fashion line

- coming from Paris-based luxury label Koche
- lineup includes Detective Pikachu-inspired dresses, shirts, hats, and more
- the line is due out later this year
- Koche clothing runs fro $300 to $2,000 a piece, but pricing on this line was not discussed