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Four Great Deckbuilder Card Battlers For Fans of Slay the Spire

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Slay the Spire’s successful year-plus Early Access run and launch last year helped popularize an exciting new genre. While “card battler” could be used to describe digital adaptations of collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh, it’s increasingly used to describe RPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games that happen to use cards to represent items, buildings, or abilities.

If you’re looking for more excellent card battlers besides Slay the Spire, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Shambling into June Amid Spoiler Controversy

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Earlier this year the highly anticipated sequel The Last of Us Part 2 was delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Indefinitely” is a scary word. Thankfully Sony and Naughty Dog have assuaged our fears with a new confirmed release date: June 19, less than a month from its original May 29 date.

Another anticipated Sony published game, Ghosts of Tsushima, has also been delayed. But this time we’re given a new release date right away: July 17.

“I want to personally congratulate and thank both the teams at Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions on their achievements, as we know it’s not an easy feat to reach the finish line under these circumstances,” wrote Hermen Hulst, Head of Worldwide Studios, Sony Interactive Entertaiment. “Both teams have worked hard to deliver world-class experiences, and we can’t wait to see what you think of them when they release in just a few short months.”

The Last of Us Part 2 continues the story of post-apocalyptic survivors Joel and Ellie. The first game, released in 2013, is a harrowing tale of survival and brutality amidst a world ravaged by fungal zombies. With compelling writing and acting, and a memorable finale, it’s considered one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 era.

Recently huge spoilers have been leaked about the sequel’s story, apparently from a disgruntled employee. The spoilers originally appeared in YouTube videos that have since been taken down. But it’s the internet, and they’re still out there. Naughty Dog has put out a statement urging fans to avoid spoilers.

The Last of Us Part 2 will release June 19 on PlayStation 4. It’s rated M for Mature.

Cat Quest Pawsome Pack Leaping Onto Switch and PS4 this Summer

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Adorable Action-RPG Cat Quest and its recent sequel Cat Quest 2 are getting a compilation pack and physical release. The Cat Quest + Cat Quest II Pawsome Pack will be available in retail stores, including GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon, on July 31. The physical pack will be available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, for $29.99.

Cat Quest, which originally launched in 2017, takes place in the world of Felingard. Our anthropomorphic feline adventurer travels the land in search of the evil Drakoth and their missing sister. The solo adventure includes lots of hacking, slashing, and spell-casting along the way.

Cat Quest 2 released last year. It expanded the universe to include dogs and wolves, and added two player local co-op. It features an all-new story and retains plenty of cat and dog puns.

Both Cat Quest games are available digitally on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. The physical Pawsome Pack is releasing only for PS4 and Switch, on July 31. Cat Quest is made by Singapore-based developer The Gentlebros and published by PQube.

The Cat Quest series is rated E10+ with Fantasy Violence.

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Bungie Partners with Direct Relief for Guardian’s Heart Fundraising Initiative

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Bungie, the makers of the Destiny series, have proven themselves one of the most philanthropic developers in the industry. It comes as no surprise that Bungie is launching a fundraiser amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“In response to these trying times, Bungie is excited to announce the Guardian’s Heart fundraising initiative,” states the press release. “In partnership with Direct Relief, and in collaboration with our community, we want to bring the full might of the Bungie community to support the healthcare workers and frontline responders who are confronting this global healthcare crisis. Guardians have proven to be a tremendous force for good in the world and your generosity in supporting others in the fight against COVID-19 is inspiring.”

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that supports people affected by poverty and disasters. During the pandemic, Direct Relief is working with healthcare industries to provide personal protective equipment like gloves and masks, as well as ventilators and other equipment needed during the crisis.

Donations through the Bungie partnership can be made via Tiltify. Donating at least $20 will award the Guardian’s Heart Emblem in Destiny 2. A redemption code will be emailed within a week of the donation, and can be redeemed at Bungie.net. One donation per email. Users can choose to donate more than $20, but will not receive any more emblems.

Destiny 2 is available as a free-to-play online game on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with optional paid expansion packs.