DOOM Eternal Doesn’t Waste Your Time

Is there still a place in gaming for big dumb awesome adrenaline-fueled blood-frenzied action in a world full of open world games with thousands of activities peppered all over the map? The developers of DOOM Eternal seem to think so, and from what we’ve seen, we tend to agree. DOOM Eternal is a game that knows what it is and doesn’t waste your time. Is that something we’ve been missing in recent years? Why is that? Your pals Ryan and Jeremy are here to talk about exactly that, about the ever-evolving relationship between action games and RPGs, about tonal consistency in media and about the cathartic joy of masterful execution of first-person action.

Meanwhile, our month of exclusive DOOM Eternal IGN First coverage kicks off on Monday at 9am PT/12pm ET, where we’ll show you the first 10 minutes of the game. Stay tuned!

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DOOM Eternal will be released on March 20 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. A Nintendo Switch version will be released later in 2020. Learn more about the various editions available for pre-order.

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Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews and has read all four DOOM novels, which are more fun than you might expect. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Only Lets You Have One Island Per Switch Console

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on Nintendo Switch in only a few weeks, and for the first time in the series, up to eight players will be able to live together on the same island. However, if other players who share your system would like to have their own island, it appears they’ll be out of luck.

As AC Pocket News has spotted, Nintendo of Australia’s website notes that only one Animal Crossing: New Horizons island can be exist per Nintendo Switch console, even if you have multiple copies of the game. That means in order for another player who shares your system to create their own island, they’ll need to have their own Switch and game. The disclaimer reads:

“Up to 8 players with registered accounts on a Nintendo Switch console can live on one shared island, and up to four residents of one island can play simultaneously on one console. Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of user accounts registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island.”

In other Animal Crossing news, Nintendo recently announced an Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Switch, which launches on March 13 and includes pastel green and blue Joy-Cons as well as a white dock featuring an image of the Nooks on an island. The dock and Joy-Cons will also be sold separately through Nintendo’s store in Japan, but it’s unclear if they’ll be available to purchase individually in the West.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on March 20. A handful of pre-order bonuses have been announced for the game at different retailers; you can see what they all are in our New Horizons pre-order guide. For more on the title, check out our roundup of everything we know about New Horizons.

Wasteland Remastered Coming to Xbox and PC

A remastered version of 1988’s Wasteland is coming to Xbox One and PC later this month, publisher inXile Entertainment confirmed via a YouTube launch trailer on Thursday.

According to developers inXile Entertainment and Krome Studios, the remastered version retains the heart of the original 1988 Wasteland while bringing overhauled graphics, bug fixes, updated sound, and an expanded score to the game.

The original Wasteland is commonly considered to be an influential RPG, with some even calling it a spiritual predecessor to the Fallout series.

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Wasteland Remastered will put the player in the capable shoes of a Desert Ranger: The lawmen tasked with protecting humanity after a nuclear war has devastated the world in the year 2087.

Wasteland Remastered is coming February 25 and is available now for pre-order. It will be available via Xbox Game Pass.

Developer inXile Entertainment is currently working on Wasteland 3, anticipated for release in the spring of this year.

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Fast & Furious 9: Trailer Reactions To Han’s Return

The trailer for Fast & Furious 9 has arrived. Officially titled “F9,” the new video is bonkers. It features John Cena play Dominic Toretto’s brother, a car swinging like Tarzan from a rope, and the return of a fan-favorite character who supposedly died years ago, Han Lue also known as Han Seoul-Oh.

Reprising the role of the snacky speedster is Sung Kang, and the last time we saw him is when he died during the mid-credit sequence of Fast & Furious 6, even if said events happened during Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift. Yes, the Fast Saga’s timeline is a little confusing, but just for that movie.

The surprise return of the supposedly dead character had many fans of the Fast Saga talking on Twitter. As a huge fan of the series, myself, I somehow found the strength and courage to tweet out this very thought-provoking message to the world.

I wasn’t the only person losing my mind over what is easily the best and silliest trailer for any of the Fast Saga movies. Plenty of people are excited about Han’s return, and here are just a few of the thousands of reactions on social media to Han snacking away.

Does this mean I should start calling GameSpot’s Tamoor Hussain “Dom” from now on? We feel sad for those poor souls who have never gazed upon the glory that is the Fast Saga. If you know someone who hasn’t seen them, please help them see the light.

GameSpot’s Phil Hornshaw wants answers, or maybe he just wants Han to have sweet super-powers like Idris Elba’s character did in Hobbs & Shaw–the Fast Saga spin-off that completely jumped the rails in the best way possible.

ComicBook’s Jamie Jirak and I are feeling the same exact way right now.

Alexander, your reaction is completely warrented. You should have no regrets about this.

I like how this person thinks. It really doesn’t matter how Han came back. What is important is that he is back.

I would have to agree. If you told me, in real life, that John Cena and Vin Diesel were brothers, I would laugh. However, if you told me they were brothers in the Fast & Furious Universe, I’d say, “How many minutes apart were they born from each other?”

This Oprah gif is a perfect reflection of how we all felt when we saw Han.

It was very much an emotional moment for us all. Sometimes, it’s hard to put into words how we feel about Han gracing us with his presence on the big screen once again. You know what else is hard? Finding good tweets about Han that don’t have swearing in them.

Han returns to the Fast Saga and presumably stars in F9, which arrives in theaters on May 22.

Disclosure: ViacomCBS is GameSpot’s parent company.

Fast & Furious 9 Trailer Arrives: Han Is Alive And John Cena Has Arrived

It’s time to get the family back together. The first trailer for F9, the ninth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise –if you don’t count Hobbs & Shaw–has arrived. The series, which has officially been branded The Fast Saga in a series of new character posters, is back with a vengeance. And along with the usual faces–Vin Diesel as Dom, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, and the rest of the crew–being back, WWE Superstar John Cena has also joined the cast for the latest adventure.

As the trailer opens, we see Dom has essentially retired and is living with his son and Letty on a farm. The retirement ends, though, when a mysterious figure played by new franchise addition John Cena arrives. He is revealed as none other than Jakob, Dom’s long lost brother. Cipher (Charlize Theron) has enlisted him to help her kill Dom and the usual insanity follows.

However, the twist is a major return. Justice for Han has finally come as the character appears, even though fans and Dom’s family were led to believe he died in Fast & Furious 6. “It’s good to be home,” Sung Kang, the actor who plays Han, said during a concert to promote the trailer drop. How is Han alive? Where has he been? We’ll have to wait and see.

If you happened to notice one prominent member of the family missing, that’s because Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) isn’t involved in this particular film. After Johnson’s character starred with Jason Statham in the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, it’s unclear as to whether he’ll be back in the main franchise anytime soon. That said, if you can’t have Johnson in your movie, Cena’s not a bad replacement.

Among those returning for the film is Jordana Brewster, who is making her first appearance in the franchise since Furious 7, the final installment to feature Paul Walker. Following Walker’s death, his character was written out of the franchise, as was Brewster’s, who plays his wife and Dom’s sister, Mia. It remains to be seen F9 will handle the absence of Bryan (Walker), given his wife is back in the fold.

F9 races into theaters on May 22.

Disclosure: ViacomCBS is GameSpot’s parent company.

Locke And Key: Every Key In The Comics (And What They Do)

These are likely to change in the Netflix adaptation.

The long-awaited live-action adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s phenomenal horror comics series Locke and Key is almost here–its release date on Netflix is February 7. Before it arrives, though, what better way to prepare than by exploring the magical, otherworldly keys that make the series great?

Locke and Key follows the Locke family as they move cross-country to take up residence in their ancestral home, Keyhouse, following a terrible family tragedy. At Keyhouse, they uncover reality-bending keys that grant them incredible powers. They’re not the only ones who want that power, though, and the series goes to some extremely dark and horrifying places as the Lockes fight against powerful evil forces.

Yep, Locke and Key is extremely dope–at least, the comics are. And they’re well worth a re-read. The show, starring Connor Jessup as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones as his sister Kinsey, Jackson Robert Scott as their younger brother Bode, and Darby Stanchfield as their mother Nina, hits Netflix February 7. But if, like us, you just can’t wait to visit the world of Locke and Key, come on a journey with us exploring every key from the comics.

Warning: If you haven’t read the Locke and Key comics, watch out for spoilers below.

When you’re done, check out the news that work on Locke and Key Season 2 is already underway.

1. Ghost Key

The Ghost Key is one of the first keys the Locke siblings (specifically Bode) discover. When used in a certain door in Keyhouse, it allows the user to leave their body and zip around in spirit form.

2. Head Key

The Head Key is one of the most important items in the series. It lets the user open their head like a treasure chest, adding or removing emotions, memories, knowledge, and more.

3. Anywhere Key

The Anywhere Key is simple: It allows the user to travel to any location with a door that they can picture in their mind. If you know what the door looks like, you can travel there instantly–it’s that easy.

4. Echo Key

The Echo Key is more complicated; when used at Keyhouse’s well house, it lets the user summon an “echo” of someone who’s passed away. The echo appears to be a real remnant of the deceased–not an illusion or trick–but they can’t leave the well house (or, at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work).

5. Gender Key

In the original comics, the gender key allows the user to swap their gender. Obviously, the concept of “gender” has evolved beyond binary definitions in recent years, so it will be interesting to see how the show tackles this key, which play a crucial role in the books.

6. Shadow Key

When paired with the Crown of Shadows, the Shadow Key allows the user to control a small army of shadow creatures. It’s one of the most versatile and powerful keys in existence.

7. Mending Key

When used in tandem with the Mending Cabinet, the Mending Key can fix just about anything that’s been broken. However, it does have limits, as Nina Locke discovers.

8. Animal Key

When used in a specific door, the Animal Key lets the user transform into an animal. One character uses it to transform into a sparrow, while another, more menacing individual transforms into a wolf. It’s unclear whether the user selects the animal they want to become, or if it somehow reflects a part of their personality. The key makes a minor appearance in the books initially, but ultimately proves extremely important.

9. Music Box Key

The Music Box operates a magical music box that causes people who hear it to fall under the control of the operator. Amusingly, the music box even makes up its own rhyming lyrics for whatever the user commands.

10. Skin Key

The Skin Key lets the user change their skin color–for example, Kinsey uses it to make herself appear to be African American so she can speak to someone she believes won’t talk to white people. The comics use the key in an intelligent way, sprinkling in some social commentary, but like with the Gender Key, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some changes in the show.

11. Angel Key

Along with a pair of angelic wings attached to a harness, the Angel Key lets the user fly through the air like an angel.

12. Undertree/Squirrel key

The Squirrel Key–or Undertree Key, as it was dubbed for official merch, though it was never named in the comics–allows the user to somehow control Keyhouse’s population of squirrels. This one is only briefly used in the comics, so little is known about it beyond that.

13. Timeshift Key

When used with a peculiar grandfather clock inside Keyhouse, the Timeshift Key allows the users to go back in time to view events of the past. You can’t actually affect anything, but you can see everything that happened at Keyhouse throughout (most of) history, which serves mainly as an exposition tool as the Locke siblings learn about their family’s secrets.

14. Owl Key

The Owl Key has a very specific, but useful, function: It allows the user to control a mechanical owl that can fly through the air, attack enemies, and perform simple tasks.

15. Philosophoscope Key

The Philosophoscope Key lets the user spy on people based on various old-timey settings, including “Beste Teacher,” “Truest Love,” “Usefullest Soulle,” “Untrustworthie Ally,” and “Grave Hazzyrd.”

16. Thorn Key

The Thorn Key, also known as the Plant Key, is another one that was never officially named in the original comics. It appears very briefly, but it seems to let the user control a vicious plant to attack victims.

17. Hercules Key

The Hercules Key combines with a necklace-style object to make the wearer super strong.

18. Giant Key

The Giant Key works as advertised–used with the large keyhole-shaped window on Keyhouse’s facade, it turns the wielder kaiju-sized for epic battles in Lovecraft bay.

19. Bitey Key

The Bitey Key only appeared twice, both times in one-off issues separate from the main story. It turns a door in Keyhouse into a giant mouth that eats anyone who enters it.

20. Teddy Bear Key

The Teddy Bear Key (or possibly Keys, as there appear to be multiple of them) causes teddy bears to come to life and attack. It was used in a single panel during the original comics, so not much is known about it beyond that.

21. Chain Key

The Chain Key causes a large lock called the Great Lock to spew tentacle-like chains that wrap people up. It guards Keyhouse’s catacombs.

22. Harlequin/Masquerade Key

When used with the Harlequin Cabinet, the Harlequin or Masquerade Key reveals hidden contents that include other magical items.

23. Age Key

The Age Key is never used in the main storyline, but is referenced a handful of times. It allows the user to turn into an “old person.”

24. Keyhouse Key

They Keyhouse Key is used for one purpose and only appears in a one-off issue after the main storyline’s conclusion. We won’t spoil what that purpose is.

25. Key to the Moon

The Key to the Moon appears in a single one-off issues separate from and taking place long before the main story. A previous generation of Lockes use the key to open the moon itself, which acts as a door to the afterlife.

26. Riffel Key

The Riffel Key is only mentioned, never seen or used, in the comics. Created by Hans Riffel after World War II, the key is the source of the magical rule that adults have a difficult time perceiving or remembering the effects of the keys.

27. Splody Key

The Splody Key is only described briefly in notes written by young Bode Locke. It apparently explodes.

28. Reali Key

The Reali Key is a meta gag described by Bode Locke; it opens a door that shows Bode a glimpse at his creators, writer Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez. Bode has no idea what he’s seeing, but acknowledges that the two are “weirdos.”

29. Small World Key

The Small World Key, or Dollhouse Key, appears in a one-off issue set long before the main Locke and Key story. It causes a special doll-sized Keyhouse to come to life–but it doesn’t just reflect the original Keyhouse; it is the original Keyhouse, which leads to some serious complications.

30. IDW Key

The IDW Key is a one-off gag that appears in a side issue. Used in a mysterious outhouse in the woods near Keyhouse, it gives Bode a glimpse at other IDW comics series.

31. Omega Key

The Omega Key is the driving force for the whole series. It opens the Black Door in the caves under Keyhouse–though we won’t spoil what’s behind it.

32. Alpha Key

The Alpha Key is a very special key that appears in Locke and Key’s final issues. We won’t spoil what it does.

33. Additional Minor Keys

Throughout the series, there are several other keys that are only briefly glimpsed, but never described beyond a single appearance. These are listed on the series’ wiki:

  • Yin-Yang Key
  • Question Key
  • Toy Key
  • Illuminati Key
  • Nut Key [GameSpot note: This is likely the Undertree Key]
  • Star Key
  • and two other keys of unidentifiable symbolic design

Ouch: Doctor Doom Just Curb-Stomped Ultron

Doctor Doom may put on the air of a dignified, regal leader, but anyone in the Marvel Universe knows that he’s a vile scumbag who would do anything to come out on top. Remember that time he let demons skin his beloved ex in exchange for magical armor made from that skin? Well, now he’s sunk to a new low in Avengers of the Wastelands #1 by writer Ed Brisson and artist Jonas Scharf.

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

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Avengers of the Wastelands is a five-part mini-series that takes place in the future, post-apocalyptic world of Old Man Logan. Most heroes are long dead, hunted down and killed by all of Marvel’s villains who finally got organized enough to overthrow the good guys and take over the world. After Logan killed the Red Skull, things got marginally better, with several legacy characters picking up the mantles of old heroes to help pave the way for a better future. But it wasn’t long before a new threat rose in the form of Doctor Doom, who in this first chapter has been leading his army across the wastelands, wiping out entire settlements one at a time.

In a demonstration of just how bad Doom can be, we watch as Doom makes his way to a garage where Ultron-8 was working, insults him for losing his way, and violently stomps his metal boot through his mouth. Doom kicks in Ultron-8’s face so hard it separated his head from his body.

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Art by Jonas Scharf. (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

While not the original Ultron, Ultron-8 is one of his many copies and has all of his originator’s strengths and abilities. However, he gained a sense of humanity and became like a husband to Tonya Barton and a father to Ashley Barton. The world of Old Man Logan is essentially an exercise in just how bad things can get in the Marvel Universe without its heroes around, which is why the loss of Ultron-8 is especially upsetting for fans. He was a rare bright light in an otherwise dismal place, showing how even when evil is expected of you, you can make the choice to be something good instead.

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The rest of the issue sees Doom continue his rampage in pursuit of the new Ant-Man, who unknowingly leads him to a secret settlement of heroes. However, the heroes are able to repel Doom’s forces, in large part thanks to Danielle Cage, daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, who now wields Mjolnir and uses the power of the God of Thunder to smite his army. When she finally makes her way to Doom and smacks him in the head with her hammer, it’s revealed to be a robotic decoy Doombot, meaning the real Doctor Doom is somewhere else entirely — and probably up to no good. The issue closes with Captain America — inexplicably alive and well — showing up to help out.

It’s unclear how Cap was brought back to life after being killed by the Red Skull (as revealed in Old Man Logan), or even if it’s the real Steve Rogers, but it seems like he will be the one who assembles these new heroes to form the Avengers of the Wastelands — and hopefully avenge poor Ultron-8.

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Source: CBR.

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Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

Fortnite Hidden Gnome Location: Where To Search Between Race Track, Cabbage Patch, And Farm Sign

Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 is a few weeks away, but in the meantime, Epic still has a few challenges in store for players before Season 1 ends. The latest set is called Cameo Vs. Chic, and one of the missions asks you to search the hidden gnome between a race track, cabbage patch, and farm sign. That’s a fairly vague clue, so we’ve put together this map and guide to help you complete the challenge.

Where Is The Gnome Location?

As the challenge states, the gnome you’re searching for is hidden somewhere between three different objects, so you’ll first need to know where those are before you can hope to find it. In this case, all three are in the northeastern portion of the map, near Frenzy Farm, so the gnome will appear on a grassy hill. You can see its exact location on the map below.

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How To Complete The Challenge

Now that we’ve pinpointed where the gnome is located, all you need to do is head to the right spot and interact with it when it appears. You don’t need to visit any of the three objects mentioned in the challenge before you can find the gnome, but it won’t appear in your game until you’ve unlocked this challenge, so you’ll need to clear a few other missions from the Cameo Vs. Chic set before you can track it down. If you need help with those, we’ve also put together guides showing you where to destroy a telescope, television, and telephone pole and where all the No Fishing sign locations are.

Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2 is set to end of February 20, so you’ll have until then to complete any other weekly challenges you may not have gotten to yet. You can find our maps and guides for all of the other tricky challenges from this season in our full Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.