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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Epic Games Store Announced

Launching as a competitor to Steam, Epic Games announced to start their own digital storefront Epic Games Store.

Whether you have been indulged into the Battle Royale mania with free-to-play title Fortnite or not you probably must have heard of developer/publisher Epic Games. Amassing a staggering number of 125 million worldwide in less than a year, they have scored big time!

After winning over the gaming world with a phenomenon game lately, Epic Games is currently focusing on a major online game distribution platform of their own, which would be a competitor to Steam, a prominent digital storefront of Valve Corporation.

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Epic Games Store Announced

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This is not something that Epic has jump on board with and in fact, they have been developing launcher for their own game compatible for Mac and PC that supports a digital commerce worldwide by handling several different payment methods.

So, to get into a direct relationship with players and help all developers, Epic Games Store will be launched soon. Though their initial plan only includes platforms like Mac and PC, there are plans for expanding to Android and other open platforms for a broader reach by 2019.

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Epic will open up with a hand full of curated games and then will expand their collection as they progress. People can either purchase the game from the store or just access it with Epic Games launcher but everything else will be handled through the application.

Current Fortnite players are already considered as users of their launcher and Epic Games decided to make their game exclusively available to their digital store. This is a practice that would be continued for the foreseeable future.

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Epic Games Store Revenue Split

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The biggest perk of the platform is that it offers a more flattering revenue split with developers than Steam or any other. Moving aside from the standard 70/30 revenue split, Epic Games Store is considering giving developers 88 percent of the revenue for the games.

It that is not sounding crazy enough, developers won't have to pay up the 5 percent engine royalty for using Unreal Engine to create the game. Epic will cover for that 5% of extra charge from their small margin on a total of 12%.

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes that business for digital storefronts have grown quite exponentially over the decade but the economies revolving around it has not benefited the developers much for years; especially indie developers.

Aside from that, Epic also launched Support-A-Creator program recently that will hook up content creators from YouTube, streamers on Twitch, video game Bloggers and such with developers to help them share revenue for affiliate marketing. That's so EPIC!

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Consumers of the store will be handed out at least one free game after every two weeks throughout 2019 and they will cover the fees of those releases on behalf of the developers, so they don't miss out or lose money over this.

Epic Games can easily become a digital distribution platform giant in no time if they stay true to their plan of incentives and promises to share more details about their plans regarding the store this Thursday, on December 6 at The Game Awards 2018.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dark Souls 3 Secret Bonfire System Revealed

Early builds of Dark Souls 3 to include secret bonfire system and PvP invasion mechanics by developer From Software.

The third entry in the Dark Souls series from developer From Software and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment, Dark Souls III came out in early 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but still houses many unraveled mysteries for players to discover today.

Recently, a YouTuber named Lance McDonald has discovered a hidden multiplayer content that has been left within the game without completing and never revealing to the masses. Some of these were part of the original leak from the game before it was released. Sounds interesting, right?

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Dark Souls 3 Secret Bonfire Revealed

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Following is a video that McDonald has uploaded lately where he shows his findings step by step in playthrough.




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An early leak before the launch of the game suggested that From Software was about to introduce a new mechanic where players could sacrifice enemies in a form of ritual, which will let them invade other players' game and even attack them.

The game's first downloadable content, Ashes of Ariandel had a dedicated PvP arena for players to duke it out but looks like, the developers originally intended to mix things up a little bit for player invasions with the new sacrifice mechanic.

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Somehow, that gameplay system didn't end up getting included in the final version of Dark Souls III but McDonald has managed to dig up details on how it would have been. There is an unfinished Cult Death system for letting players drag down few Hollow NPCs to turn on cult bonfires.

While these portable bonfires would have allowed players to level up or reverse hollowing, there is another type of bonfire that can be created using Ceremony Swords and upon plunging it into an enemy corpse, it would lead to a cut-scene animation.

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This ceremony was meant to trigger an eclipse that would let them to invade other players in darkened worlds to engage in PvP battles. Since they opted out from this at the last moment, the function doesn't work properly and player character is stuck there.

Whatever reasons From Software had for not including this into the final version of Dark Souls III, it could've been such a great fun. Who knows what else content have they scrapped ahead of launch like this alpha multiplayer system and hidden ceremonies?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Game Awards 2018 Nominees

Nominations for The Game Awards 2018 are revealed and some of the most beloved titles of 2018 are fighting for GOTY.

Like each year, 2018 has blessed us with some of the best games that we are really thankful for and then there were some disappointments as well. The nominees for The Game Awards 2018 are already revealed and we can see some of the hottest game of 2018 among them.

In the 30 announced categories, the intensity of competition is high between God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2. The first two of these titles are PlayStation 4-exclusive titles of 2018 by the way.

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The Game Awards 2018 Nominees

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Although God of War and RDR2 are on a major tug of war regarding most of the nominations of this year, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, indie title Celeste and Monster Hunter: World are giving a tough run to become Game of the Year.



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To celebrate achievements of these titles, the full list of nominations from all categories are given below for you to take a quick look at. You're welcome.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Game Direction

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Narrative

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Intro the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Performance

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos (God of War)
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker (Marvel’s Spider-Man)

Games for Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Mobile Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG MOBILE
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game

  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best eSports Player

  • Dominique "SonicFox" McLean
  • Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi
  • Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon "JJoNak" Bang

Best eSports Team

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

Best eSports Coach

  • Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu
  • Christian "ppasarel" Banaseanu
  • Danny "zonic" Sorensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi
  • Janko "YNk" Paunovic

Best eSports Event

  • ELAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best eSports Host

  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
  • Alex "Machine" Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere
  • Paul "RedEye" Chaloner

Best eSports Moment

  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex

Favorite Moment of 2017

  • Carol Shaw (Industry Icon)
  • The Game Awards Orchestra (Performance)
  • Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro (Moment)
  • Josef Fares (A Way Out)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Game of the Year)

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Public voting for The Game Awards 2018 is currently open for everyone on their official site and participants can vote once every 24 hours until the results come in live on December 6. Vote for your favorite games, developer studio and even eSports champions to see them win on the grand platform.

Presented in stunning 4K UHD resolution, you can watch the program for free from anywhere on any of the popular digital media platforms like Facebook Live, Mixer, PlayStation Network, Steam TV, Twitch, Twitter, Xbox Live and YouTube at 5:30 PM PT.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 Videos Deleted and Restored by YouTube

YouTube deletes and then restores back Red Dead Redemption 2 controversial videos of killing feminist NPC.

Developer/publisher Rockstar Games didn't launch Western-themed action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 with intent of just riding horses and camping in the woods but it also involves a lot of rooting tooting cowboy shooting.

Since the in-game lead character Arthur Morgan is an outlaw, you expect him being involved in some activities during the gameplay that may not be pleasant but that is okay. However, it seems that YouTube wasn't so sure about it before it became a matter of concern.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Videos Deleted and Restored by YouTube

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Recently, YouTube took down a gaming channel known as Shirrako Gaming of 500,000  subscribers base for a gameplay video they uploaded earlier, claiming the content have broke their community guidelines by showing the player attacking a feminist NPC (Non-Player Character).

Titled "Annoying Feminist Fed To Alligator", the video depicts Arthur attacks a female suffragette before saddling her up on his horse and then feeding her to an alligator to take a chomp at her. He then stomped her with boots for a while afterwards.

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Now such display of violence against suffragette woman NPC in RDR2 are often labeled online as attacks against feminists and these videos are quickly becoming very popular to a certain part of gaming community these days.

YouTube apparently couldn't tell real footage of violence from the ones taken from popular video game and took them down for breach of guidelines but these contents are only prohibited if they come under fire, which t didn't.

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Shirrako Gaming promptly took Twitter to address the takedown of his channel by the video-sharing website for promoting violence by killing a female NPC.



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Immediately after the ban, a massive fan-outcry followed over the deletion move by the site and upon realizing their mistake, the action is reviewed again and the channel was eventually restored the following day with all videos.

Seeing the matter going out of hands, the company's wider gaming team handled the situation and YouTube's head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt confirmed that they will educate the reviewers from repeating such mistakes in future to avoid such inconvenience.

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Here is the video in question that created the so called feminist controversy on YouTube regarding the game.




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Now that the air is clear once again, people are hitting search for Red Dead Redemption 2 videos where women's rights activists are getting punched in the face, run over by trains or even thrown into mine shafts in the Wild West.

However, these controversial video clips are now restricted only to audience above 18 years of age and that clearly makes sense. Hopefully, the misogynistic attitude towards outspoken feminists within a game is not going to be the subject of their concern anymore.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

YouTube Gaming Launched New Hub

A new gaming hub is launched by YouTube that works to promote creators and serve better gaming content.

One of the most popular categories of videos that effortlessly dominate YouTube than any other is gaming. Now, while players of different demographics can find it pretty exciting, it can be real tough sometime to find out definite titles or proffered creators on the platform.

To tackle this unwanted issue, a brand-new dedicated tab is added to the video-sharing website for gaming related videos. This will help people find out the games they are looking for or popular gaming content creators.

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YouTube Gaming Launched New Hub

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YouTube Gaming may not sound like a new concept because they previously served an app to show gaming content. However, despite their best efforts to make it stand out, it actually hampered visibility for many creators, according to head of YouTube Gaming, Ryan Wyatt.

Without the app or going to the gaming hub, people couldn't really find contents or their creators on the platform. Besides, most of the users simply used it for the regular streaming experience.

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Back then only a few handful of them came out on top while a huge number of them was never even reached. The new gaming tab on YouTube is added onto the main site and is designed to discover various creators, which will look the same as before.

Meanwhile, the YouTube Gaming app will be available but only until March 2019, when it will be taken down officially. So, the community of gamers and creators will be all gathered onto one place for better access to find each other.

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As a pioneer in video-streaming sites, YouTube receives more than 200 million of traffic everyday who comes to watch gaming videos and live streams. It simply points out how bigger of a platform it has become for the video gaming community.

Many come there looking for simple walkthrough videos, reviews, charity live and even Esports on a regular basis. Also, over the last 12 months, the site has amassed 50 billion hours of watch time from various range of gaming content.

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Gaming Destination on Sidebar

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YouTube's new initiative for gaming has worked on essential tools for the past few years, focusing the efforts to deliver a better experience for everyone visiting the platform. In 2015, the newly launched gaming app failed but also helped the team test what works and what doesn't.

Wyatt states that, with their redefined home for gaming, the tab will incorporate more with the main site and help every visitors find popular and preferred creators and their trending contents more easily.

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Users will receive personalized recommendations tailored for them at the top, based on their watch history as well as recently uploaded videos of your subscribed channels and their top live game streaming.

Seeing all those changes introduced to the system, some might even say that YouTube is apparently trying to mimic Twitch on certain levels. However, Ryan Wyatt admits that despite gaming being one of the biggest parts of their business, Twitch is doing great in balancing live-stream.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

Fired IGN editor Filip Miucin talks about his involvement on the alleged plagiarism of Dead Cells game review.

When allegations of plagiarized review on newly released rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells came out online on August 7, people started calling IGN out like crazy while they quickly deleted the copy from their site and took action against the accused editor Filip Miucin by officially firing him from their team. After taking heavy fire for past few days over this controversy, the accused have finally decided to take YouTube for explaining his side of the story in a response video.

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IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

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This is the first time when Miucin actually opened up about the fiasco that has disgraced him on public and cost him his job. However, his tone towards the matter was less than expected as he starts with saying that he didn't intentionally do that and then apologized to developer Motion Twin as well as his former employer company, except for YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming, who has accused him of content theft in the first place. It clearly shows that he was not sincere about his apology.

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Even IGN was open enough to publicly issuing an apology to a relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming who made a video by making side-by-side comparison about how his original review video on the game was copied. Miucin only made the video when people kept attacking him on social media but this response video was heavily downvoted by viewers and was later removed by him. So, what really stopped Filip from mentioning the source for once that he was ripping off?

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Previously, an article on Kotaku pointed out that he partially plagiarized the FIFA 18 review from NintendoLife site in last September. On account of that incident, original author of that review Chris Scullion stated over Miucin’s speech that, he clearly failed to admit his guilt. However, Boomstick Gaming has gained the spotlight and this newfound fame has tripled the number of Subscribers to the channel since then.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

IGN Release Statement on Dead Cells Review Plagiarism

After an allegation of plagiarism was raised on media giant IGN over the review of Dead Cells, the site reached out to release a statement.

Fans of gaming and pop-culture heavily rely on entertainment websites and IGN being a media mogul in terms of that zone. After a video gone viral about them publishing a plagiarized review of a recently released game, Dead Cells, people have gone crazy as one of site's editors Filip Miucin turned out to be the culprit behind the misdeed. They came with a decision of terminating the person in question after running some internal investigation following the disaster surfaced on the internet.

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IGN Release Statement on Dead Cells Review Plagiarism

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YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming is literally a small channel compared to a giant enterprise that IGN is and they originally published a review of Dead Cells back in July. When the latter released a review on the game on August 6, he was surprised to find out that the site has completely plagiarized his own content. So, he published a video by making side-by-side comparison as proof of plagiarism by IGN. It soon became viral and people started questioning about their credibility.

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When the video with title "IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review: What do I do?" was posted on YouTube, Boomstick Gaming has never thought he will get any response from them but people on internet helped him by watching it over a million times and IGN also noticed this matter. Realizing the gravity of the situation, they fired Miucin afterwards and released an official statement on Twitter issuing a public apology for not being able to maintain a standard everyone expects from them.



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Developed by Motion Twin, Dead Cells is a rogue-like metroidvania title released on August 7 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It entered Steam's Early Access in May 2017 and upon full-version release, the received positive reception and a review from the alleged site. They came under heavy fire when resemblance between these two contents left no room for considering the event as coincidence.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dead Cells Review Plagiarism by IGN

YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming pointed out major similarities between their reviews on the game Dead Cells.

After it saw release on August 7, 2018 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells by developer Motion Twin has been receiving mostly positive reviews from various video game enthusiasts. Just as many other popular gaming sites, media giant IGN also published their perspective on the title in a broad review recently but has eventually removed it for alleged plagiarism by YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming.

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Dead Cells Review Plagiarism by IGN

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Back in July, relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming has first released a review of Dead Cells. Lately, they noticed some uncanny resemblance with the one published by IGN when they came across it. Although it could have been a coincidence, Boomstick ruled that out and made an allegation of plagiarism after comparing two reviews by doing a side-by-side analysis. The company decided to look further to investigate the claim and take out their article from site.

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To hear it from the horse's mouth, we have a clip from Boomstick channel that explains the incident of the content copied from their video.




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IGN has since gotten rid of the written version of the review article and video from their site, adding just an editor's note. They apparently begun to investigate about this matter and if the claim is true, then it is a horrible betrayal of trust from their side. Because, Boomstick is a channel with only 14,000 follower base and compared to the party in question that is a very tiny group of audience. What makes it worse is that, the review came from one of the site's editors Filip Miucin.

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With a minimalistic plot, the game advances as player character called the Prisoner goes through one castle to another on an unnamed island. Since there are no checkpoints, you start over from the beginning of that level and it feature a combat system that is similar to Dark Souls games series even though the surroundings are in 2D. Despite the aspects that makes it a bit hard to win, Dead Cells will never really become disappointing just for the difficulties it presents to player.

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This is not the first time when integrity and quality of a review came into question as we saw Warner Bros. pretending in past that covering of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War by prominent YouTuber and social media influencer PewDiePie was one of his independent works and no money were exchanged for it. Video game industry is a multi-billion dollar business and trusted personalities involved in gaming cannot just excuse them out of a controversy using ignorance.