At Bethesda’s E3 2019 showcase, Ikumi Nakamura’s cheery introduction for GhostWire: Tokyo, the next project from Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks, left an unforgettable impression on viewers. Now, after a career shakeup and a lot of traveling, Ikumi made an appearance at The Game Awards 2019 that has the internet talking once again.

Nakamura took the stage to present the award for best art direction at The Game Awards and her infectious joy was in full effect. Before announcing the winner for the category, Nakamura acknowledged that she had a wild 2019—and that it’s a-ok if you did too.

In September, Nakamura announced that she was leaving Tango Gameworks. Since then, she’s been popping up at game studios all over the world, but we still don’t know where she’s going next.

One thing we pretty sure of is that she’s not opposed to a bit of good trolling. In October, she helped PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya get the internet in a tizzy over the idea of an Okami sequel… but Kamiya’s faked-out fans in the past, so perhaps the duo saw an opportunity for a gag and took it.

Oh yeah, and Control won the award for best art direction. Hooray Control!

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Good news, Magic: The Gathering and MMO games fans – the devs behind Neverwinter have unveiled what might be just the game for you – a Magic: The Gathering MMO called Magic: Legends. Cryptic Studios and Perfect World revealed the first cinematic trailer for the upcoming game at The Game Awards 2019 – and sign ups for the beta are now live.

While the game was announced back in 2017 as a “new free-to-play, action MMORPG based on Magic: The Gathering” by Neverwinter Cryptic Studios, this is the first opportunity we’ve had to get proper look at it with the trailer.

Details on the plot and gameplay aren’t clear just yet, but the studios have provided a description giving us an idea of what’s in store: “A thrilling MMO action RPG set across the iconic planes of Magic: The Gathering,” Magic: Legends will see you “become immersed in the acclaimed fictional Magic multiverse as a powerful, spell-wielding Planeswalker.”

Get a look at the Magic: Legends cinematic trailer below:

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There’s no sign of a release date yet – we just know it’s “coming soon” – but if you’re keen to sign up for the chance to join the Magic: Legends beta, head over to game’s official site.

If you missed any of the action from the awards, check out our roundup of The Game Awards announcements and see what’s in store for the year ahead and beyond.

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Publisher Microsoft and developer Splash Damage have announced the release date for Gears Tactics.

The new tactical strategy game is launching across Windows PC, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass on April 28th, 2020. Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the game.

An Xbox One version of the game is planned, but wasn’t dated today.

Here’s a brief rundown on the game:

Gears Tactics is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game from one of the most-acclaimed video game franchises—Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters. Rise up and fight.





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Godfall is the first officially revealed PlayStation 5 game. The game will be published by Gearbox and developed by Counterplay Games, and it is slated for the holiday season, 2020. It will also come to the PC via the Epic Games Store. The developers describe the game as a looter-slasher, which puts it right under Gearbox’s strengths. You can play the game solo or with up to two friends to kill giant monsters and earn all sorts of gear.



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Vacation Simulator

Source: Owlchemy Labs

Vacation Simulator is one of those games that’s hard to explain. Why in the world would you want a simulation for vacation, particularly one that doesn’t look realistic? The trick is understanding what developers Owlchemy Labs designed, and it’s not a real-world representation of what your next vacation should look like.

Instead, Vacation Simulator is a tongue-in-cheek representation of what a robot thinks a vacation looks like just as its predecessor, Job Simulator, was a tongue-in-cheek representation of what having a day job looks like. You see, something apparently happened to humanity and the robots that inherited the planet don’t understand the human relics left behind.

Just as we humans try to recreate the past based on what we’ve found, these robots are trying to recreate the experiences humans once had, presumably to better understand them. The hilarity ensues in all the misunderstandings that robots have about what people actually did while on vacation, and it’s in these small worlds that’ll find yourself laughing and experimenting for hours.

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Since we already reviewed the original release, this review will cover what has changed in the Oculus Quest version, and detail how the experience has fared in the port.

Better than a staycation



Vacation Simulator

Bottom line: Vacation Simulator is a perfect port of an already perfect game. It’s one of VR’s finer showpieces, as it blends an imaginative world that’s full of interesting puzzles to solve and goals to achieve, all while being accessible to every kind of player. You’ll spend hours exploring the forest, diving in the ocean, or skiiing on a snowy mountain, realizing that a robot’s feeble attempt at recreating human experiences ends up being a sardonic anecdote instead.

Pros

  • Impressive visuals
  • Environments are perfect for the wireless Quest
  • Improvements over the original release
  • More things to see and do than in Job Simulator

Cons

  • Controller tracking over the head was sometimes problematic (see yoga)

Vacation Simulator What I love

Grilling marshmallows for s'mores

Source: Android Central

Vacation Simulator’s original release is already one of the best experiences you can have in VR. Like Job Simulator, this other Owlchemy Labs title exhudes character, charm and, maybe most importantly, is easily accessible to everyone. This last part means that the game is one of the best ways for all your friends and family to experience VR for the first time.

Owlchemy’s port of Vacation Simulator to the Oculus Quest is nothing short of brilliant work. I’ve played plenty of VR ports since the Quest debuted a few months back, but this is easily the best port I can recall experiencing. Part of it is the simplistic nature of the art style; it just works well on less powerful processors, such as the mobile processing package found in the Oculus Quest.

It’s also due to some impressive changes and optimizations made by Owlchemy that takes the Quest’s lower-powered nature into consideration. While the term “optimizing” is highly overused when talking ports of games, Owlchemy detailed several ways it achieved perfect performance on the Quest without sacrificing resolution, detail, or, most importantly, frame rate.

Vacation Simulator isn’t just sharp and vibrant looking on the Quest’s OLED display, but it also moves perfectly without any obvious frame drops and without reprojection, both problems across other ports. The bottom line is this: if you were worried about the experience somehow being reduced because of the lesser processing abilities of the Oculus Quest versus a powerful gaming PC, don’t be. This is as perfect as a port can possibly be.

One positive point of being on the Oculus Quest is the ability to be truly wireless. While Job Simulator was created during a time where most available VR systems only provided 180-degree tracking (in front of you and to your left and right sides), Vacation Simulator is built in a world that requires you to fully turn around and travel throughout the world.

Locomotion and getting a slingshot

Source: Android Central

Don’t be scared though, there’s no advanced locomotion here. Rather, you’ll be moving between sections of the world. Each section is divided up into perfectly sized segments that you can physically walk around in, based on your real-world physical play space. Don’t have much space to move? The world will be properly scaled based on your surroundings. Do your kids want to play Vacation Simulator (or are you a tad shorter than some other folks)? Enable “small human” mode in the settings, and everything magically scales to your height.

One big improvement over the original release, and this will make our original reviewer Russell Holly happy, is the addition of two more save slots. That brings the total number of save slots to five. Given that there’s a fun avatar creation portion right in the beginning of the game, it means that more people in your household can play Vacation Simulator before you need to start deleting save slots.

Vacation Simulator What’s a bummer

Reaching above or behind can sometimes be problematic

Source: Android Central

The only real negative aspects of the Vacation Simulator experience revolve around its operation on the Oculus Quest, not necessarily shortcomings with the game itself. The Oculus Quest’s truly wireless nature and freedom mean that you’ll need a charged battery to be able to use the Quest at all. That means you’ll have a maximum play session of two and a half hours before you are forced to stop and charge.

While there are several ways to subvert this shortcoming of the Quest, this issue rears its ugly head in Vacation Simulator more than other games for several reasons. First, it’s easy to get lost in the world and vacation until you’re tired (or, really, until your Quest is tired). Second, this game is bloody fun to play with friends and family, a fact that’s even more exacerbated due to the Quest’s simple wear-and-play nature.

Some minor tracking issues

Source: Android Central

The second issue comes with the controller tracking abilities of the Quest. Like the Oculus Rift S, the Oculus Quest uses cameras to track the movements of the controllers. While most actions in the game involve objects in front of your face, there are several points in the game where you’ll be reaching behind you or above your head. I didn’t have any issues with the backpack mechanic, where you reach behind you and pull off your “backpack” to manage any inventory you might have. This is because your hands will generally reach behind you quickly and pull the backpack up.

However, at other points you’ll be doing “yoga” and other similar exercises with your controllers. The problem here is when you need to hold your hands above your head or outside the range of the camera’s sensors. There were several times where I had to hold the “smart-bells” (as dumb-bells are referrred to in the game) over my head and, inevitably, one of them would go flying across the screen as the Quest lost controller tracking and thought I might have let go.

Vacation Simulator Should you buy it?

Game within a game

Source: Android Central

To echo the sentiments in our original review: heck yes. At $30 you’ll net far more hours of playtime than most VR games provide, and you’ll experience it in a way that’s beautiful and fun. The Oculus Quest enhances the experience this time around, providing a visually equal version that’s sharp and clean, moves smoothly, and provides the freedom of wireless VR (so you can actually turn around and not get tangled). This is a must-have for every Oculus Quest owner!

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Swim, hike, skii, or just stay inside



Vacation Simulator

Vacation like a robot

Ever wanted to stop doing your job and just go on vacation? Vacation Simulator is the answer you’ve been looking for. A quirky collection of activities and puzzles awaits you at any one of three fantastic destinations.

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As announced at The Game Awards 2019, Apex Legends is getting a Mirage-themed limited-time Christmas event, the Holo-Day Bash. The event brings a new game mode and cosmetics, all available for a limited time. The dropship has been redecorated to get into the holiday spirit, and many of the characters have received similar skins. This is not Apex Legends‘ first seasonal event, with previous events featuring other, less gregarious characters. Apex Legends‘ Holo-Day Bash event is live now and will run through January 7th.

The new mode coming as part of the Holo-Day Bash is a non-Battle Royale mode in the Winter Express. Three teams of three fight to control a capture point on a train. Loadouts are predetermined, and you can switch characters in between rounds, in order to respond to what your opponents are running. The first team to three captures wins. The Holo-Day Bash also comes with a set of challenges where you can earn music packs, loading screens, as well as two legendary weapon skins. If that wasn’t enough, twenty-four premium cosmetics are coming too, either for direct purchase or available in random packs. If you collect all of the event items, you earn Pathfinder’s heirloom melee item, which gives him a pair of boxing gloves. You can view drop rates as well as peruse a few of the available skins over here.

Finally, Apex Legends will be running a double XP event through this weekend, applying to both your player level as well as your battle pass level. If you’re looking to grind out more battle pass items, now might not be a bad time to do it, with World’s Edge getting a makeover and a new mode dropping in. With the third season of Apex Legends‘ live service in full swing, the Holo-Day Bash event will push content into 2020. You can check out the event now, as it’s live for all platforms.

What events do you think Respawn is going to run next? Were you a fan of Mirage’s bombastic presentation? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps is hitting Xbox One and PC a little later than originally anticipated, as revealed in a new trailer shown during tonight’s The Game Awards. But it won’t be delayed for too long.

Originally set for February 11, 2020, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will now release on March 11, 2020 on its designated platforms. The new trailer itself looks stunning, which is to be expected from a new Ori game. The new trailer shows more of the metroidvania in action, with Ori fighting foes big and small—there’s even a creepy big spider, yikes! It looks like it’ll have a bit more difficult platforming sequences as well, as its brutal action was partially what it became known for in addition to its beautiful art.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps was originally announced over two years ago at E3 2017. Its predecessor Ori and the Blind Forest came out on Switch just this past September, so there’s a possibility that Will of the Wisps could find a home on another platform one day. For now, the action-platformer is reserved for Xbox One and PC.

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Double Stallion and Riot Forge have announced Conv/Rgence: A League of Legends Story at the Game Awards 2019.

The new game is in development for Windows PC and unannounced gaming consoles. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the game.

The game is a single player action-platformer, playing as Echo. This young inventor living in Zorn has built a device to manipulate time, and the chaos that ensues.

Here’s a brief rundown on the game:

CONV/RGENCE: A League of Legends Story is a single-player, action platformer game developed by Double Stallion Games and published by Riot Forge. Players will explore the spectacular world of Zaun as Ekko, a young inventor with an ingenious device to manipulate time. Follow Ekko’s journey, a fan-favorite League of Legends Champion, as he discovers that the power to change time comes with many consequences.





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Revealed at this year’s The Game Awards, Naraka: Bladepoint is the newest game from publisher Netease, and looks to be an action-centric take on the Souls-like genre with a fast and brutal gameplay style in an online multiplayer package.

Naraka: Bladepoint will feature an accessible but deep beginner-friendly movement and combat gameplay style and what developer 24 Entertainment has dubbed an “Aim-at-whatever-you-want” grappling hook mechanic that’s shown off briefly in the trailer below. At first glance Naraka: Bladepoint looks like it may bring a pretty fun take to what’s looking to be an online multiplayer combat-centric title.

Information on Naraka: Bladepoint hints that it may be an online-only game as well, and going off the publisher’s history this wouldn’t be too surprising. While Netease doesn’t have the best reputation, due to being Chinese and their work with Blizzard in regards to Diablo Immortal and managing Blizzard’s Chinese social media, this could be a chance to redeem themselves in the public’s eyes, although the cries in Twitch chat of Free Hong Kong during the announcement hint that may be difficult for the publisher.

While light on details, it seems most similar to Sekiro: Shadow Dies Twice with its eastern aesthetic, and Souls-like combat. It features blocking and parrying, without any dedicated defense button, instead relying purely on timing for triggering defensive moves. We don’t have any release date other than a loose 2020 window, and no idea what platforms it will release for beyond PC. 

“In Naraka: Bladepoint, players will feel every attack and utilize everything in their skillset and armory to achieve victory”, said Ray, Producer, Naraka: Bladepoint. “Our teams have created something visually stunning and instantly appealing to fans of multiplayer online combat, and we can’t wait to share more details on Naraka: Bladepoint in early in 2020.”

You can check it out here on Steam.

 

What do you think about this game? Are you willing to go into Naraka: Bladepoint with an open mind, given the publisher’s current reputation? How about them grappling hooks? Let us know in the comments below!



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You’ve made the brilliant decision to switch from iPhone to Android. Congratulations and welcome! Now you just need to get all of your contacts off your iPhone and onto your new Android phone and your Apple ties will be severed and you shall be reborn anew (or something like that). Here’s how to do that.

How to export contacts using iCloud

You’ll first want to make sure that your iPhone is backed up to iCloud. Once that’s done, you’re ready to make the move. You’ll start by exporting your vCard.

Note: Many newer Android phones will have their own apps for transferring data (Samsung Smart Switch, LG Bridge, etc.), which make it easy to transfer your data. Depending on your phone, you may also be able to use a Lightning-to-USB-C (or Micro-USB if necessary) cable to transfer that way. Just follow the on-screen instructions if prompted to do this.

  1. Launch your web browser on your computer. This process does NOT work with Chrome. Use Firefox or Safari.
  2. Navigate to iCloud.com.
  3. Sign in using your Apple ID and password.
  4. Click Contacts.
  5. Click All Contacts in the top left corner of your screen.

    Sign into iCloud, click Contacts, click All Contacts

    Source: Android Central

  6. Press the Command key and the A key on your keyboard simultaneously if you have a Mac. Press the ctrl key and A key on your keyboard simultaneously if you have a PC.
  7. Click the Settings button on the bottom left corner of your screen. It looks like a gear.
  8. Click Export vCard. Your contacts will all be saved as a .vcf file in your downloads. If a new window pops up, you’ll just have to select all of your contacts again, right-click
    , and export again.

    Press command+A or ctrl+A, click the settings button, click Export vCard

    Source: Android Central

How to import contacts using Google Contacts

Next, you’ll import your vCard using Google. If you don’t have a Google account, sign up now, since you’ll need a Google account for your Android phone. If you’ve already set up your Android phone, you likely set up a Google account in the process.

  1. Launch your web browser on your computer. Any web browser will work.
  2. Sign into your Google account.
  3. Go to contacts.google.com.
  4. Click Import.
  5. Click Select file.
  6. Click your vCard and open it from your downloads or wherever you have saved it.
  7. Click Import. All of your contacts should appear after a few seconds.

    Google Contacts

    Google Contacts Source: Joe Maring / Android Central

How to sync your Google account with your Android phone

You can sync your phone with your Google account, which can be done from any Android phone.

If you haven’t turned your Android phone on yet, you’re in luck; you’ll be asked if you want to sync an account during setup. Just use the account that has your contacts and follow the on-screen prompts.

If you have turned on your Android phone and gone through the setup, here’s how to sync your Google account to get your contacts on your phone.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. Tap your Google account.

    Android home screen

    Android 10 settings pageAndroid Accounts pageSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

  4. Tap Account sync.

  5. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
  6. Tap Sync now.

    Google account settings page

    Google account sync settingsGoogle account sync settingsSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

How to add your iPhone contacts to your Android phone

You’ll only want to email yourself your vCard if you don’t have a Google account to sync with your Android phone. If you do have a Google account, your phone will inevitably sync with it and then you’ll likely have duplicate contacts and it’ll just be a mess.

  1. Launch your email app from your home screen or app drawer of your Android phone.
  2. Open the email containing your vCard file.
  3. Tap the download button next to the vCard file to download it.
  4. Swipe down from the top of your screen to reveal the Notification Shade.
  5. Tap the completed download notification to open the vCard file.

    Gmail app

    Gmail with contacts attachmentDownloaded contacts attachment from GmailSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

Depending on which phone you have, you’ll be able to save your contacts to your device or to the Google Contacts app.

If all else fails, then try visiting android.com/switch, which walks you through using Google Drive to transfer everything from your iPhone to your new Android phone. You’ll need to use Safari to do this.

Some accessories to get you started

Here are a few accessories to help you get started with your new Android phone!

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