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Tetris 99’s sixth Maximus Cup has been revealed to be a crossover with Fire Emblem: Three Houses.Maximus Cups are special online events held in Tetris 99 where players can unlock a variety of themes or prizes if they earn at least 100 points within a given time period. Previous Maximus Cup prizes included a Game Boy theme in honor of Tetris’s 35th anniversary, 999 My Nintendo Gold Points, and a Splatoon theme.

This month’s Maximus Cup will reward players with the Fire Emblem: Three Houses theme if they earn 100 points between 8am on August 23rd (UK time) and 7:59am on August 27th (UK time). Although the announcement came from Nintendo of Europe, there’s little doubt that this will be a worldwide event.

Tetris 99 is one of the bonuses of having a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. It comes free with the subscription whether you pay monthly, quarterly, or yearly for the service. Players can take on 98 other Tetris players at the same time in a surprisingly addictive battle royale mode as you try to outlast your opponents and be the last Tetris player standing.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest exclusive hit for the Switch, receiving both critical praise and sales success. As the title suggests, players get to choose which of the game’s three houses they will belong to, and the story changes drastically based on this choice. It’s the fastest selling entry in the long-running tactical-RPG series to hit US shores. It’s also not the first time Nintendo has decided to pair one of their console exclusives with the Maximus Cup, doing it before with Splatoon 2.

This crossover makes a ton of sense for Nintendo. Cross-promoting two of their biggest hits on the Switch only helps to raise attention for both brands and can help either push Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions, or make gamers more aware of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Not to mention, both games either just released DLC, or has announced more coming down the line, and this helps keep both brands fresh in the minds of gamers before the impending holiday rush.

Tetris 99s Big Block DLC gave the game some offline modes for players, even though its biggest appeal lies in its online mode. And Fire Emblem: Three Houses has four waves of DLC coming over the next nine months via its expansion pass, including a higher difficulty mode, more characters, maps, and story content.

A new trailer for NHL 20 has released, and it dissects one of the game’s cornerstone game modes: Franchise Mode.

The NHL 20 team has been touting a bevy of revamped features, including a new presentation package and another round of new game modes such as Squad Battles in Hockey Ultimate Team. This is the first real look at the changes coming to one of the series’ most popular modes, though.

Hosted by Producer Gurn Sumal, the trailer breaks down five distinct changes coming to Franchise Mode in this year’s game, and walks players through how each could impact every game played. These five major changes include a coaching system overhaul, line management improvements, a better trade finder, new scouting reports system, and better “depth and breadth” when it comes to controlling one’s personal hockey franchise.

All these changes seem to come from the idea of giving players the option to truly micromanage their NHL franchise if they so choose. Gamers can hire and fire coaches now based on the schemes they run, get bonuses based on the chemistry between coaches and management, and get player bonuses based on line chemistry. One can’t just acquire a bunch of 90-plus rating players anymore and expect them to play to their full potential if they don’t gel with their linemates. And one more fun aspect is that when a player retires in the game now, they are added to the coaching pool.

The new trading system is also something this series has needed for a long time. The trailer promises players will get faster­–and fairer­–responses from the CPU when upgrading their trading blocks. This looks to give that kind of instant gratification that was long absent from the trading aspects of Franchise Mode. Player values also increase and decrease during the season based on their performances, making trading a more dynamic, season-long process. Like if Mitch Marner were to approach another 100-point season, his value would go through the roof.

If one is into the metagame that Franchise Mode offers, these changes should be a welcome sight. Team building adds an entirely new layer to playing the game and becomes almost as important as how well a player dekes or shoots the puck. It appears NHL 20 has gotten the NHL series closer to representing real-life hockey than it has been in a while.

NHL 20 drops on September 13th, 2019, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

A new 4K trailer for the upcoming Blair Witch game gives potential players a brief, but haunting tour of the woods the game is set in.

Blair Witch was one of the big surprises shown off at Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year. It is a first-person psychological horror game that will play on the “found-footage” aspects the movie made famous.

Set in the same universe as the films, Blair Witch takes place two years after the first movie, in 1996. The game follows a police officer named Ellis as he searches for a missing person in the Black Hills Forest. The trailer shows developer Bloober Team has expertly recreated those woods in 4K, perfect for Xbox One X players. Ellis will carry with him a torch, and an era-accurate camcorder, similar to the three protagonists from the film.

The camcorder will likely play a significant role in the game, as it did in the original film. The Blair Witch Project is famous for starting the “found-footage” genre of movies, in this case following three film students as they looked to make a documentary on what they believed to be a local urban legend. Things did not end well for them. How much the game refers back to the movie, besides the titular witch, is yet to be seen.

The trailer doesn’t offer up any new gameplay, but instead focuses on the location the game will take place. So much of psychological horror deals in atmosphere, and the trailer subtly promises that it will deliver on this. It shows the scenic woods of Maryland both in the day and at night, with a sinister difference becoming evident as the sun goes down, and iconography that will be familiar to fans of the films begins to appear where it wasn’t before.

For fans of psychological horror, Blair Witch was a pleasant surprise at E3, and nothing we’ve seen thus far should discourage fans of the genre or the film franchise from giving this game a shot. And considering the game is being both published and developed by Bloober Team­–the team behind Layers of Fear and Observer­–the game couldn’t be in better hands.

Blair Witch is set to release on PC and Xbox One on August 30th, 2019, just after the original film’s 20th anniversary.

Hey everyone, I provided more VO for Wrigley Friends. Anyone who grew up watching things like Stick Stickley on Nickelodeon might get a kick out of it. Guess which voice I provide and maybe I’ll share some gum with you, haha.

Hey everyone, I provide a little VO for this fun sketch called Wrigley Friends. Anyone who grew up watching things like Stick Stickley on Nickelodeon might get a kick out of it. Guess which voice I provide and maybe I’ll share some gum with you, haha.

I did stand-up comedy for the first time. This was taped down in Bert’s Back Room in West Hollywood. Check it out!

I made a cameo as the Penguin in the 2018 Halloween special for DC Daily.

I made a cameo in this episode of Rita Guida called “Rita’s List”.

I played Pennywise in the season finale of this comedic web series.

I played Jason Voorhees in the first episode of this comedic web series.