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EA's Star Wars Battlefront II drew widespread backlash last year for its predatory "pay to win" implementation of in-game gambling, with the selling point multiplayer mode's progression system, high cost of unlocking popular franchise icons, and sparingly awarded rewards all revolving around loot-boxes and microtransactions. The controversy on Electronic Arts' hands grew so dire, to the point it attracted both media and government attention, that the publisher suspended in-game payments before the game's public launch.

Unfortunately, the possibility of Battlefront II's microtransactions returning since remained, and now it's official. Hit the jump for more information.

These aren't your grandparents' cartoons, kiddos.

Developer TheMeatly Games gained notoriety last year with the release of Bendy and the Ink Machine, an episodic first-person horror game that tells the sad tale of an abandoned animation studio crawling with ink-form demons. While the game's story has yet to see completion, theMeatly announced on YouTube yesterday that Bendy and crew will soon be coming to home consoles later this year, thanks to a partnership with Rooster Teeth Productions, LLC.

Hit the jump for the reveal trailer and more details!

Who doesn't love a good boss fight? I know I do. I'm drawn to the grandeur of the battles. The epic soundtracks, the intricate character designs, the combination of strategy and execution—there's nothing quite like these challenges. Perhaps that's why boss rush-style games like Cuphead or Furi have become so popular in recent years. As a fan of the genre, I recently sat down with a Steam Early Access game entitled Ragtag Adventurers to see if it holds up.

Are these adventurers going on a fruitful quest, or will their journey be for naught? Read our review to find out!

When it comes to tight, difficult platformers, Super Meat Boy may be the most prominent example, but there are others just as worthy of the descriptor. One such game is Celeste, a full-fledged adventure from Matt Thorson (of Towerfall fame) and Noel Berry. You may be familiar with an earlier PICO-8 game of the same name, also by Thorson and Berry, and it is this version that serves as the foundation on which Celeste is built.

Come journey with me up a mountain as I discuss why Celeste is one of the best platformers I've played in years.

For the third year running, SEGA will be touching down at Austin, Texas and making another appearance for their mascot franchise at South by Southwest in March. "Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel" is where Sonic fans and SXSW attendees can get the world-exclusive first look at the roadmap for the Blue Blur in the year ahead, citing that "Sonic is back, and ready to take 2018 by storm."

Read on after the jump for more info.

Destiny 2 launched last fall to near-unanimous praise from critics, several accolades, and high anticipation from fans of the original 2014 game, but several incidents have plagued Activision and Bungie's latest project since its release. With the game's fanbase revolting against the Eververse store and Bright Engram loot-boxes, it's hard to argue against the notion that Destiny 2 is pushing hard for uncapped monetization schemes first and player enjoyment second.

With several controversies already under the Destiny sequel's belt, Wall Street analyst Doug Creutz penned a report citing that the game is "not in a good place." Read on after the jump for more details.

What began as smack talk between prolific voice actors quickly spiraled into one of the most highly anticipated brawls in fighting game history. On this, the eve of the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ, famed Dragon Ball VAs Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat are throwing down tonight to finally settle the score as to who is the superior Saiyan: Earth's mightiest hero, Goku, or Vegeta, the Prince of All Saiyans.

The "Super Saiyan Showdown" kicks off right now, featuring matches between players Perfect Legend, Nakkiel, Tatsu, LordKnight, NerdJosh, and Bardock Obama, building up to the final confrontation between the two Dragon Ball stars. Watch the livestream with us inside!

It's fine now. Why? Because All Might is here!

My Hero Academia: One's Justice has been confirmed for a 2018 release, coming worldwide to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and—exclusively to the West—Xbox One and PC platforms. The upcoming video game adaptation of Kōhei Horikoshi's manga pits heroes against villains in a 3D arena brawler, with Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, and Tomura Shigaraki confirmed as playable characters so far.

However, a My Hero Academia game would be incomplete without the series' acclaimed "Symbol of Peace," and so Weekly Shōnen Jump has announced this week that All Might himself will be joining the fray. Read on after the jump for more details!

While I didn't play all the major games that released in 2017, I did get to finish every single one that I had been anticipating since announcement. Gigantic franchises such as Persona, The Legend of Zelda, and Resident Evil received new installments this year. However, a smaller title told a story of sixteen high school students and a demonic teddy bear in 2017, and it was the most captivating experience I've had with video games all year.

It looks like it's time for fans of Adventure Time and citizens of the Land of Ooo to rejoice! An open-world video game featuring many playable characters—including Finn, Jake, BMO, and Marceline—from the hit Cartoon Network show will let you freely traverse the cartoon's world very soon.

Make the jump into this fantasy land by reading the full article ahead!

There was a point in time when 3D platformers dominated the video game market. However, gaming trends have evolved, and now most games seem to feature a more open world experience. With these larger worlds, 3D platforming games have become scarce, mostly coming from Nintendo and SEGA. But with the rise of indie game developers, this genre is being revitalized with a passion we've never seen before. A Hat in Time is one of several 3D platformers to release this year, and it represents everything you could possibly want in a modern day title from this genre.

It's nearly Christmastime, and Blizzard is releasing a new holiday event in Overwatch, with new skins and an all-new game mode. So far, we don't know for sure what these skins will look like, or even what characters they'll be released for—however, Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that Hanzo is getting a "long-awaited" skin that's been seen before in the comments, and he hinted that Junkrat and Roadhog might be getting skins as well.

Follow after the jump to learn more!

The world of Metro: Exodus looks more frightening and unlivable every time it's shown off. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC game was detailed in its harsh post-nuclear landscape of snow and recognizable Metro franchise mutants. The overlying narration sounds melancholy and ominous, and there is plenty of time for more excitement to brew before the game drops in fall of 2018.

Make the jump to watch the brand new trailer!

A Way Out, a unique-looking co-op game announced earlier this year, received a brand new trailer at The Game Awards. New maneuvers and story details were shown off, and the developers seem passionate about the title.

Make the jump to check out the trailer!

During The Game Awards, THQ Nordic revealed a brand new survival game called Fade to Silence. The reveal trailer shows the player facing off against harsh weather conditions and gigantic monsters. Little details were given about the game, but it is being released on Steam Early Access on December 14th. Fade to Silence will fully release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next year.

You can check out the trailer after the jump!