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FIFA 20 Hits the Streets in New Volta Mode

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One of the first big reveals of E3 2019 is that FIFA 20 will include the new Volta mode taking the world’s game to the streets. Volta is inspired by the small-sided football played in the streets, cages and indoor futsal courts across the globe. Gameplay receives a shakeup to match street skills with added flicks, flairs and the ability to rebound the ball off of walls.

The word Volta is Portuguese and the translation is ‘to return.’ Volta was chosen as it refers to football returning to the streets, preceding the professional game and as a throwback to the FIFA Street games from over a decade ago.

Volta matches can be customised with 3v3 Rush, 4v4, 4v4 Rush, 5v5 and Professional Futsal rules. Also, Volta offers different sized arenas and environments with and without walls, giving players the freedom to play exactly how they want. EA has so far revealed that arenas vary from an underpass in Amsterdam to a neighbourhood cage in London and a Tokyo rooftop.

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Players can customise their teams through gender, clothing, shoes, hairstyles, tattoos, and celebratory emotes. Additional items are unlocked by progressing through Volta and completing in-game challenges.

Four Volta football modes have been revealed. Kick-Off takes professional teams to the streets. Volta World allows players to build a team, recruit players and compete in single player matches.

Volta Story follows a custom footballer through a narrative-driven experience, where they face off against various legends of street football from around the world. Earn rewards, customise the player, and earn recruits for the squad, culminating in the Volta World Championship tournament in Buenos Aires.

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Volta League is the online portion of street football, where players from around the world compete and wins lead to promotion into higher divisions.

Of course, FIFA 20 will feature the authentic on-field football experience of previous games along with an abundance of changes and improvements. But for now, we’re excited by Volta and look forward to hitting the streets when FIFA 20 launches September 27 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch version is also on its way; sadly, Volta will not be available on the handheld console.

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Did You Know Top Live-Streamers Make $50,000 an Hour?

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The next time your mum, dad, or girlfriend complains about how much time you spend playing video games, point them to the Wall Street Journal. A recent article titled “Top ‘Live-Streamers’ Get $50,000 an Hour to Play New Videogames Online” should be a strong enough argument that you are doing something with your life.

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The article reports that companies like Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and Take-Two Interactive Software are just some of the video game publishers that are paying out massive amounts of cash to popular live-streamers to play their games. The streamers broadcast their experiences with the games on Twitch or upload videos to their YouTube channels. “Having celebrity streamers play games is an important part of the business,” explains Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s CEO. “It’s relatively new, but it has to be organic. The streamers have to believe in it.”

And there’s definitely a career to be had in playing games. Take, for instance, Sean “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin. The “professional gamer” has more than 22 million subscribers and earns about USD$300,000 per month. Not convincing enough? Consider Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who also has over 22 million subscribers and rakes in between USD$500,000 and $1 million per month.

Now there’s a take-home pay that no one can complain about.

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E3 2019: 20 Bangin’ Games Coming to Nintendo Switch

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The third and final day of E3 2019 announcements saw a tonne of games revealed for Nintendo Switch. Plus, all the heavy hitters we already knew about scored new trailers or gameplay videos.

The biggest and arguably best Nintendo announcement was that a sequel to the award-winning The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. A brief teaser revealed the good news. You can watch it below. The Breath of the Wild sequel is just one of three Legend of Zelda games on the horizon.

The previously announced remake of the Game Boy hit Zelda: Link’s Awakening scored a new trailer along with a release date of September 20, 2019. The last of the three launches this week. It’s a rhythm game from an indie developer, and it has a ridiculously long name: Cadence of Hyrule — Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda is available Friday, June 14. You can find its trailer below.

The other big Nintendo Switch exclusive is Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – a beat ‘em up multiplayer game starring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, the X Men and Fantastic Four. Don’t confuse it with the other Avengers game announced for PC, PS4 and XB1.

Pokémon Sword and Shield scored a new trailer, as did Luigi’s Mansion 3 and the recently announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The 2015 Game of the Year The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is making its way to Nintendo Switch. Plus the popular Nintendo 64 characters Banjo and Kazooie are making their way to Super Smash Bros Ultimate as new fighters.

All of these trailers and more are featured below. See you at E3 next year.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 – Available TBA

Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Available September 20, 2019

Zelda: Cadence of Hyrule – Available June 14, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield – Available November 15, 2019

Super Smash Bros DLC: Banjo Kazooie – Available TBA

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Available March 20, 2020

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Available 2019

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – Available July 19, 2019

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Available 2019

Minecraft Dungeons – Available TBA

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Available November 2019

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Available 2019

Empire of Sin – Available 2020

Dragon Quest Builders 2 – Available July 12, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – Available 2019

Dragon Quest XI S – Available September 27, 2019

No More Heroes 3 – Available TBA

Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Available July 26, 2019

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Available September 20, 2019

Astral Chain – Available August 30, 2019

Daemon x Machina – Available September 13, 2019

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Stranger Things Lego Set Takes a Team Effort

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Much like the Netflix series Stranger Things tells the story of a group of friends, you’ll need a friend if you’re putting together the Stranger Things LEGO set. The set comes with 2,287 pieces and two sets of instructions. That’s right, separate instructions, one for each dimension.

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The first set depicts the Byers’ home, where Will Byers was dragged into the dark dimension called The Upside Down. The second set creates a mirror image of the Byers’ home, only it’s now the nightmarish dimension, complete with its own demigorgon and a terrified Will.

After assembling both sets, you’ll attach the two with the Upside Down set connecting to the bottom of the Byers’ home—literally upside down. Depending on your fancy, you can flip the whole thing upside down or right side up, using the four trees that attach to the side as legs.

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The set is incredibly detailed with features you’ll recognise from the show. You’ll find the alphabet wall with fairy lights that actually work (they’re LEGO light bricks). Look even more closely and you’ll find a boombox, posters on the walls, and even the missing person’s flyer for Will. The set also comes with several mini-figures, including Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce, and Sherriff Hopper.

Eleven sports a blond wig, and of course there’s the demigorgon lurking below.

The Stranger Things set is available now and sells for USD$200.

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