There's still a month before the second season of Westworld debuts on HBO, but the game is already afoot. A motion poster for the new season has been released and, upon closer inspection, the image has a special message buried within it.
While on the surface, the poster teases the future of Westworld as "chaos takes control," it took almost no time for some clever fans on Reddit to dig a little bit deeper. Hidden in the image is a hexadecimal code that translates to the URL of a new video from the season. While the 16-second clip is mostly a series of quick cuts, there are some very interesting things to be seen.
"Now you're in my game," a young voice says. "And this game is 'Find the Door.'" The identity behind the young voice remains a mystery, but it's entirely possible that it's a young Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Though Ford was killed at the end of Season 1, producers have confirmed he will appear via flashbacks in the new episodes. As for his proclamation that they are now playing "Find the Door," producers have already revealed that "The Door" will be the subtitle for this season, much like the first was dubbed "The Maze."
As for the visuals, two shots of the entrance to Shogun World can be seen in the clip, including one where a woman is entering the offshoot of the theme park. If anything, that's a good tease that viewers will be entering Shogun World at some point in Season 2. Perhaps, Dolores will take her robot uprising to other worlds.
Even with all of these hints and teases, so much of Westworld Season 2 is still completely unknown. If you weren't expecting that, though, you've clearly never seen Westworld. Luckily, you have plenty of time to catch up before Season 2 premiere on April 22 on HBO.
If you're looking for something new to play on PC, EA is offering another free game through Origin. The latest freebie as part of the publisher's "On the House" promotion is Dead in Bermuda, and it's available to download right now at no cost for a limited time.
Dead in Bermuda is billed as a "survival management game with RPG and adventure elements." The title puts players in command of a ragtag band of survivors, who are stranded on a mysterious island after their plane crashes. Players must manage the survivors' hunger and fatigue levels, craft upgrades for their camp from the materials collected around the island, and ultimately uncover the "mysteries behind an ancient atlantean prophecy."
Like previous On the House titles, once you've downloaded Dead in Bermuda, the game will remain in your library permanently. However, EA hasn't announced how long the title will be available through the On the House promotion, so if you're interested in taking advantage of this offer, you should act quickly. You can grab the game here.
Dead in Bermuda isn't the only free title PC players can pick up right now. Twitch has just kicked off its expanded Free Games With Prime program. From now March 31, Twitch Prime subscribers can download five games at no cost from the service, including Shadow Tactics, Superhot, Oxenfree, and Mr. Shifty. Another free title from Twitch, the original Devil May Cry, is also available to download until April 6.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is coming this week, marking another sumptuous RPG from Level-5. Like the first game, there's no shortage of things to do in this Ghibli-inspired adventure, and role-playing games are known for their lengthy playtimes. Now we have a better idea of just how much time you'll put into this trip through Ding Dong Dell.
Our Ni No Kuni 2 review said the game lasted roughly 35 hours, which included a handful of hours devoted solely to developing the kingdom. 100% completion could be roughly double at 70 hours.
It should be noted that while you have some freedom to pick and choose which quests you do and when, they aren't entirely optional. Elements like skirmishes and kingdom building are treated as open-ended but you need to do some of each to level up high enough to access the end-game.
Our review found it charming, with a great soundtrack and a demanding combat system, but we lamented an overreliance on fetch quests and underdeveloped secondary characters. It will be available on PC and PlayStation 4 on March 23.
It's a new week, and that means more deals on Xbox Live. Microsoft's Major Nelson has now announced all of this week's Xbox Live Deals With Gold offers for Xbox One and Xbox 360--and they include some nice offers depending on what you're looking for.
Some of the better, more notable Xbox One offers this week include Grand Theft Auto V ($30), Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year Edition ($10), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 ($8), Mirror's Edge Catalyst ($5), and The Surge ($20). Additionally, DLC and other extra content for games like The Division, Smite, and GTA V are on sale as well.
Moving to Xbox 360, there are only a handful of deals, and some of them are Skate 3 ($5), Dragon Age 2 ($5), and Worms ($1.24). To see a full rundown of this week's Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals, including region-specific pricing, check out Major Nelson's blog. Bear in mind that some of the offers require an Xbox Live Gold membership; the deals expire on March 26.
In other news, Xbox Live Gold members now have a fresh batch of free Games With Gold titles to pick up, including Superhot and Quantum Conundrum. These will both be available alongside an existing Games With Gold title; adding them to your library will allow you to continue playing them for as long as you're an Xbox Live Gold member.
Ubisoft's next big open-world game, Far Cry 5, launches next week on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. But how long is the campaign? Executive producer Dan Hay says you should budget a good chunk of time to play the campaign--around 25 hours--but that's just the start. "I would say that a good player will go through it in 25 hours," Hay told GameSpot during an interview recently.
Hay went on to say that, based on playtests, Ubisoft has seen players getting distracted from the main story with things like fishing or hunting, which will extend the total playtime. Of course, everyone plays differently, and in a game like Far Cry 5 that lets you play your own way, 25 hours could turn into many more.
"What we're seeing is people going into the world and just spending four or five hours fishing or hunting, or just doing stuff that we hadn't really prepared for," Hay said. "So it really depends on how you play."
In addition to the campaign--which can be played in co-op--Far Cry 5 will have a map-editor that you can use to build head-to-head game types or anything else you want. This gives the game an opportunity to stay relevant and keep people playing for a long time in the future.
Regarding the new map and mode editor for Far Cry 5, we asked Hay if the tools are robust enough to create something like PUBG or Fortnite.
"That would be super cool," he replied. "Obviously we are growing the tools with every iteration, and this time it was a big, big growth rate for us."
Hay went on to say that he thought Far Cry 4's map editor was "clunky," going on to say that he hopes that the advancements for Far Cry 5 make the tools easier to use and more intuitive.
Far Cry 5 launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 27. In other news, Ubisoft recently announced Far Cry 5's Season Pass, and it takes players to places like Mars and the Vietnam War. We also recently learned more about the game's microtransactions and how the campaign is playable offline.
Cyberpunk 2077 is as highly anticipated as it is shrouded in mystery; the game has been in the works for six years, with little information on what it will actually be like. Now, developer CD Projekt Red is dropping a small hint as to what players can expect.
At a streamed CD Projekt Red financial event today, president and joint-CEO Adam Kiciński said players can expect a strong, single-player game very much in the vein of The Witcher 3. He made a point that the game would not have microtransactions or hidden payments. While he was hesitant to share any information at all, Kiciński said, "We're considering everything and anything," and when pushed on whether that meant multiplayer he wouldn't say yes or rule the idea out.
"The first thing we're going to discuss is the immense story-driven roleplay for a single-player without any micro-payments whatsoever, without any hidden things whatsoever, just as was the case for The Witcher 3," he added.
Kiciński was also asked about the possibility of Cyberpunk 2077 being announced at E3 2018. We know CD Projekt Red will be attending, but not whether the company will make any product announcements. Kiciński said he wasn't in a position to talk about any announcements, and the company will release info about its E3 plans right before the expo begins.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be very technologically advanced, according to Kiciński, leaving open the possibility of the game living on systems beyond the current PS4 and Xbox One. He also suggested Nintendo Switch releases were off the table for CD Projekt RED's larger games.
"Technology-wise, Cyberpunk is very advanced. Our technology is ready to interface with future generations. The game is developed in such a way that it can use future, very powerful equipment but I cannot tell you more beyond that today as no future generation of console has been announced," he said.
For the latest news on Cyberpunk 2077, follow our full coverage and read our article about why Cyberpunk 2077 is so important to the genre and modern society.
A new event is now underway in Pokemon Go. Ahead of this month's Community Day, Niantic is bringing back the Easter-themed Eggstravaganza event, making it easier for players to hatch certain Pokemon and providing extra bonuses for a limited time.
Beginning today, March 22, players will be able to hatch an "even greater variety" of Pokemon from Eggs. In particular, monsters that typically hatch from 5 km or 10 km Eggs, like Wynaut or Ralts, can be found in 2 km Eggs for the duration of the event. Some Pokemon, such as Pichu and Togepi, will also hatch more frequently.
In addition to that, every Egg that players hatch during the Eggstravaganza event will come with extra Candy. Niantic is also offering double Stardust throughout the event as an added bonus, and special boxes that contain Super Incubators, Star Pieces, and other items will be available for purchase from the in-game shop.
Pokemon Go's Eggstravaganza event runs until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on April 2. That is also the same day that the latest Legendary Pokemon, Lugia, is scheduled to leave the game. Following its initial run as a Raid Battle boss last summer, Lugia returned to Pokemon Go earlier this month. This time, the Legendary Pokemon knows the "newly improved" Flying move Sky Attack, and Niantic says it will be easier to capture than before if players manage to successfully defeat it.
Niantic is hosting the third Pokemon Go Community Day event this weekend, on March 25. As before, the event will run for a three-hour block of time. The featured Pokemon for this month's Community Day is the classic Red and Blue starter Bulbasaur, and if players manage to evolve it into a Venusaur during the event hours, it will learn the powerful Grass-type attack Frenzy Plant.
Are you in need of new shows and movies to binge? Thankfully, Netflix has your streaming fix thanks to a large number of new originals and a few films being added to the service over the course of the week.
The most notable title arriving on the streamer is the second season of Santa Clarita Diet, the dark zombie comedy starring Drew Barrymore as a member of the brain-eating undead community. The first season was a funny and bizarre trip into suburban life when you're a zombie, and Season 2 will likely continue the trend. The new episodes will see Joel McHale, Maggie Lawson, and Gerald McRaney join the cast in guest roles.
The first season of anime Sword Gai The Animation will also debut on the service this week, along with Netflix originals Alexa & Katie, Dinotrux Supercharged, The Mechanism, and Requiem. Additional titles for the week include In Search of Fellini, Conor McGregor: Notorious, and Red Trees.
You can take a look at the full list of everything being added this week below. Additionally, check out every title Netflix is adding and removing in March, as well as Hulu and Amazon Prime Video's offerings.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is live on iOS devices now for select players and their friends, and a recent comparison between how the game plays and looks on the iPhone X and the Xbox One X show how similar the experiences are. Digital Foundry has done a side-by-side comparison of the game and found high-level graphics and performance have made their way to the mobile version.
Writer John Linneman fired up Fortnite on an iPhone X and joined forces with himself on his Xbox One X. He captured real-time footage of the exact same gameplay on both systems in spectator mode, and remarked just how similar the two experiences looked and played. On account of Fortnite's cross-platform play between PC and Xbox One, it's no surprise the mobile version matches it closely, but it's still a major accomplishment for a multiplayer shooter this size. You can see some of the side-by-side gameplay below.
The two experiences are not carbon copies of each other, however, and there are some compromises when playing on the iPhone X. For example, the game is noticeably darker on mobile, while shadow map draw distance is reduced. There's no grass animation on mobile, with wind effects reduced. Of course, these differences are heightened when you're playing on an older or less powerful iPhone.
In terms of performance, Digital Foundry found there was only a minor stutter on the iPhone X with Fortnite running at a locked at 30 frames per second. There are frame-pacing hiccups occasionally, but overall it's an impressively stable experience very similar to the console experience, wrote Digital Foundry.
There are a few gameplay differences between Fortnite on mobile vs. console, of course, but it's clear that bringing the game to iOS is off to an early success for developer Epic Games. An Android version will be released in the coming months, and you can read more about Fornite's latest 3.3 update, which adds new content to both Battle Royale and Save the World modes. Its latest limited-time mode, Blitz, just launched this week and has already received a hotfix update.
As it regularly does, Twitch is offering another free bonus for Amazon Prime members. This time, players who picked up the recently released PC version of Final Fantasy XV will be able to claim a rather...distinctive mount for their game.
For a limited time, Twitch Prime members can get the Kooky Bundle for Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. The centerpiece of the bundle is the Kooky Chocobo, a googly-eyed, purple variant of the series' recurring giant chickens, although it doesn't seem to differ in any other way beyond its appearance. In addition to that, the Kooky Bundle includes 10,000 gil.
If you're already a Twitch Prime member, you can grab the Kooky Bundle simply by clicking the Prime Loot next to Twitch's search bar. Alternatively, you can launch Final Fantasy XV and click the "Special Gift from Twitch Prime" option from the game's main menu. The Kooky Bundle will be available until April 21.
Final Fantasy XV released for PC on March 6. Along with the base adventure and new content, it features some rather unusual crossover items. Players who pre-ordered the game via Origin could get Sims 4 costumes, while those who purchase it on Steam by the end of April will receive a Half-Life costume pack. If you're new to the RPG, we've put together a helpful guide on making money in Final Fantasy XV.
Beyond the Kooky Bundle, Amazon Prime members can still claim a number of other freebies via Twitch. Five free titles are available until March 31, plus the original Devil May Cry, which is available through the service until April 6. Additionally, Fortnite players can grab the Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack, which features free items for both Battle Royale and Save the World modes.
The latest Operators for Rainbow Six Siege were only released earlier this month, but already players are looking ahead to what's next. We know we can expect more new Operators in the next seasonal expansion, but it appears we've now gotten an early first look at them courtesy of some sleuthing by fans.
As shared on Reddit by user Mr_Donald_Duck, images and names of two Italian Operators have been discovered in the PC version's files. Essentially, we get placeholder images that show what each character looks like and what their name is--Alibi and Maestro. Alibi is seen flanked by two translucent silhouettes that resemble her, while Maestro is seen with some kind of backpack and shotgun shells hanging from his chest.
Prior to this, Reddit user Artex3 shared information from the game files that may have hinted at what kind of gadgets to expect from the Operators that we now know are likely to be Alibi and Maestro. These included references to holograms, decoys, and bulletproof cameras. The former two seemingly match up with Alibi's picture and suggest she'll be able to fool enemies with fake versions of herself. Maestro, then, would be left to reinforce cameras.
Bear in mind that these leaks may not necessarily turn out to be what we see from Season 2 of Year 3, and that things could always change. But it's not uncommon for details on new Operators to leak in advance of Ubisoft officially revealing them.
Rainbow Six Siege received the big Chimera update earlier in March to kick off Year 3 of the game. That included two new Operators and the limited-time co-op Outbreak mode, which is playable until April 3. We don't yet have an official date for when the next season begins, but a new Rainbow Six Siege update was just recently released.
Fortnite: Battle Royale has just received a new weapon. The Heavy Shotgun is available now in Fortnite on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. No additional download is required, and nor was there any server downtime to introduce the change. In addition, Fortnite's Save the World mode is getting a new Flame Grill Floor Trap very soon, but it's not yet clear precisely when that item will become available.
Fortnite's latest big patch, update 3.3, was released last week. That added remote explosives, which allow you to place a bomb and then detonate it from a distance. These are ideal for dealing with player-built fortresses, though their introduction does mean smoke grenades have been "vaulted," meaning those are no longer available in-game for the time being. Remote Explosives come in stacks of four, with a maximum of 10.
Remote explosives can be found in treasure chests or supply drops, as floor loot, or through Supply Llamas, another of update 3.3's new features. These are essentially treasure chests found in unusual locations that will reward you with good loot.
Fortnite recently launched on iOS, though it remains invite-only for now. While the port does contain a few notable changes from the PC and console versions, a comparison between it and the Xbox One X version shows it's still quite a powerhouse on phones as well. For more, check out these Fortnite Twitch Prime items.
A new Fortnite update is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but in addition to checking out the new stuff it has to offer, Battle Royale players have some other things they can now do. Fortnite's week 4 challenges have rolled out for Battle Pass owners, and some of them might prove to be tricky.
The full list of challenges is outlined below; one requires you getting the right weapon and utilizing it efficiently (dealing a specific amount of damage with a sniper rifle), while another has you tracking down chests in the Flush Factory or supply drops around the map. There are two in particular that you might need some help with.
The first of these is not labeled as Hard; you're told to visit five different ice cream trucks. These are scattered around the map--there are more than five in total, with a handful located right inside major locations like Tomato Town, Pleasant Park, and Retail Row. Others are in less obvious locations, though you can track them all down with this map shared by Reddit user imkairu.
What is labeled as Hard is the challenge that reads, "Search between a Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture, and a Circle of Hedges." That somewhat vague clue is pointing you toward a point in the southeast corner of the map, in the G9 section. It's just on the edge of some water--you can see it in this screenshot from Reddit user __Kaneda__, or see the map they provided here.
You can check out all of the week 4 challenges below. Keep in mind that, despite being added weekly, you have the entirety of Season 3 to finish these out. That means you can also go back to complete previous weekly challenges. Week 5's challenges are now available.
Weekly challenges are only available to those who own the new Season 3 Battle Pass, which costs 950 V-Bucks. It expands the number of optional tasks you're given in Battle Royale and allows you to unlock more items like outfits, gliders, and emotes. The Season 3 Battle Pass also includes new types of items, such as loading screens and Back Bling. Check out our gallery of Battle Pass rewards for a look at everything you can get.
God of War director Cory Barlog has discussed his time working on Crystal Dynamics' 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider, specifically one of the big ideas he had for that game and why he decided to leave the project.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Star, Barlog was asked about the new God of War's one-shot cinematic technique, which presents its entire story in one, uninterrupted shot without cuts or fades. This, he said, was something that he originally pitched for Tomb Raider, though his efforts were unsuccessful.
"I wanted to do [the one-shot camera technique] and I had pitched it to Crystal Dynamics when I was there working on Tomb Raider and everyone was like, 'That's crazy, we don't want to do that,'" he explained.
The studio's resistance to the idea contributed to his decision to leave and return to Sony Santa Monica, where he directed God of War 2, wrote multiple other God of War titles, and is now directing the newest entry in the series for PS4.
"My reaction was like, 'Yeah, you know, I don't know if this is the best place for me anyway.' I was already starting to talk to people about new roles at Sony and then I think I realized [the new God of War] is the one I can do it on."
Barlog added that he now has "a lot more creative support and faith with Sony," which he says is willing to support crazier ideas "regardless of how much of a leap off of a cliff it is." Despite this, the path to getting the one-shot in God of War wasn't easy, and it's only recently that people have understood why it was important.
"I've had a bee in my bonnet about the one-shot camera for quite a long time and you know, I got a lot of resistance," he said. "In the beginning, I had to fight the fight with everybody on the development team. And eventually, one by one, you win them over, you show them something, you explain how it's going to be. But, honestly, I think even then, they weren't convinced.
"In this last month, everybody's had a lot of free time. Bugs have to be reproduced and as most people are creating content, they are playing the game more. And I'm getting leads from various departments and animators and artists from the studio coming into my office and saying, 'Okay, I get it. Seeing the game as a whole makes sense, I see why you wanted this thing.'"
God of War's release date has been set for April 20. GameSpot recently played the game and you can hear about our impressions in this God of War gameplay preview. The series' iconic protagonist, Kratos, has also undergone some significant changes for his latest outing, and we talked to Barlog about that in an interview. You can watch him discuss Sony Santa Monica's new vision for Kratos in the video at the top of this page.
In Tomb Raider news, Square Enix recently confirmed that the next Lara Croft game will be Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The company also announced the Shadow of the Tomb Raider release date as September 14. It will come to PS4, Xbox One, and PC simultaneously, rather than being a timed exclusive to Xbox One like the previous game.
The major new update for Monster Hunter World has launched, bringing a slate of new content to the game on PS4 and Xbox One. Most notably, it features the first monster to be added to the game post-launch, Deviljho, along with balance changes for almost every weapon type in the game.
Deviljho is a returning monster from previous games, and it poses a serious challenge. As you can see in the recent gameplay video above, Deviljho isn't shy about messing around with other monsters it encounters, even picking them up in its mouth to use as a weapon. It should pose a serious challenge for players.
With the arrival of a new monster, there's also new gear to acquire. With the parts you'll get from fighting it, you'll be able to craft new Deviljho weapons and High Rank armor. That should give you plenty of reason to take it on.
Some other changes not specifically related to balance include improvements that should reduce load times, new options in the "Select Return Destination" menu, and an option to kick someone from the player list. Most importantly is an anti-griefing measure that makes it so other players can't interrupt you while you're carving. You can see all the changes in the patch notes below or on Capcom's blog.
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A Way Out, the new co-op game from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, launches this week on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. We caught up with game director Josef Fares recently, who gave us a demo and revealed some new details about the action game. Fares made headlines at the end of 2017 when he said "F**k the Oscars" and gave the middle finger directly to the camera during The Game Awards.
You can check out our complete, 35-minute demo in the video below, and we've pulled out some interesting takeaways into the bullet points at the bottom of this post. You can also check out our livestream with the opening hours above.
A Way Out can only be played in co-op with another human, locally or online. Thankfully, there is a way to pretty much ensure you have someone to play with. At The Game Awards back in December, publisher EA announced a "friends pass free trial" for the game that lets you play the full title if your friend owns it.
Set in the '70s, A Way Out focuses on the story of two convicts who are on the run after a prison escape. The game launches on March 23; you can read more about it in our A Way Out review.
One of EA's more ambitious announcements at E3 2017 is breaking out this week. A Way Out is a cooperative adventure game from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director Josef Fares and his new studio Hazelight. While it's stayed in the limelight, in part due to Fares' outspoken personality, the final release puts all of its big ideas to the test.
One of those big ideas was to make the game co-op-only. Since the narrative focuses explicitly on a pair of prison escapees in the 1970s, having dual perspectives was vital to the experience. This seems like the next logical step from the creator of Brothers, which had the player controlling two characters simultaneously. The idea is so central to A Way Out, and so prone to issues if players had trouble finding a partner, that EA announced plans to let a partner play along for free.
Fares estimates the full experience will take about 6-8 hours to complete, and there are currently no plans for a Nintendo Switch version. In GameSpot's A Way Out review, Oscar Dayus suggests some of its heady ideas were held back by cringe-worthy dialogue, tonal inconsistency, and a boring finale. A few dramatic set-pieces and inventive cooperative puzzles helped sustain it, though.
Ahead of its release tomorrow, March 23, other outlets have also started posting reviews of A Way Out. We've collected a sample below, and you can take an even broader look at the critical consensus by visiting GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
"A Way Out has problems. By the time the credits rolled, my partner and I didn't really feel like we'd been on much of a journey with Leo and Vincent. We'd been on a geographical tour, sure--one that was often trite, gimmicky, or cringeworthy--but we didn't feel the pair had learned anything or grown in any meaningful way. I did, however, enjoy the journey I'd been on with my friend sat next to me. We had to look out for each other while escaping prison, work together to solve puzzles, and save each other's life on multiple occasions. Our characters might not have grown closer together, but A Way Out's forced co-op is worth it for the few standout moments it provides." -- Oscar Dayus [Full review]
"If you go into A Way Out thinking its mandatory two-player co-op is a gimmick, you'll likely come out of it realizing that it couldn't have been done any other way. Vincent and Leo's journey will have you and a friend performing tasks together both mundane and dramatic, and the result is a memorable, variety-packed cinematic adventure that feels like what Telltale's games might've evolved into if they'd leaned into game mechanics instead of phasing them out." -- Ryan McCaffrey [Full review]
"Leo and Vincent work well as conduits for the players, allowing us to role-play through these two men, and to experience the thrills of escaping prison. The ability to spend time with them, and with my player partner, is A Way Out's biggest strength, even if the details sometimes lack pizzazz." -- Colin Campbell [Full review]
"In fact, aside from the similar character design, the only thing that slightly--and I mean slightly--irked be about A Way Out was that the opening was a little QTE (quick time event) heavy. But I think the only genuine problem A Way Out has is getting people playing. Co-op can put a lot of players off, but not experiencing A Way Out is denying yourself of one of gaming’s greatest adventures to date." -- Sam Loveridge [Full review]
"A Way Out's co-op vision is a bold choice that works because it uncompromisingly places players in a co-op context, joining them onscreen and off. But given the weakness of the gameplay at times, perhaps the game isn't bold enough." -- Matthew Kato [Full review]
"Overall, A Way Out is a fun ride because of its co-op shenanigans. While the story is nothing to marvel over, its characters blossom beyond their bare opening descriptions, making seeing their journey together through worthwhile. Plus, it's a good exercise in working together with someone, whether it's a loved one, a colleague, or a friend. You'll really hate (or love) them by the time the game is through. If nothing else, A Way Out will be remembered as a great excuse to test the strengths and weaknesses of all your relationships." -- Caty McCarthy [Full review]
ESO's free weekend gives you 5 days to try out the base game; the trial will expire on March 28. In addition, if you end up wanting to buy the game, it's on sale right now for $20 (normally $30). You'll get the base game and the Morrowind expansion. It's worth noting, though, that if you think you'll want Summerset, it's still cheaper right now to buy the $40 version that comes with the base game and both expansions.
This promotion comes soon after Zenimax announced a new expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online. Called Summerset, the DLC takes players to the Summerset Isle--the home of High Elves--and adds a new story, order, and skills. It launches in June and will cost $40 if you don't own the base game and $30 if you do.
F1 2017, meanwhile, is playable for free for the next three days, until Sunday, March 25. This installment in the F1 series is one of the best, and received a 9/10 in GameSpot's review. It's also on sale right now if you want to keep playing after the free weekend is over. It currently costs $18, down from $60.
You can download ESO here and F1 2017 here. They are full game downloads, although they'll become inaccessible after the free weekend ends unless you buy the games. In addition, be sure to check out Steam Punks, GameSpot's latest show on new Steam games you might've missed.
The newest trailer for Deadpool 2 trailer has arrived, and there's a lot to take in. The upcoming sequel to the hit R-rated superhero movie looks to be packing in the blend of action and comedy that made the first one such a success. And while we've already broken down all of the key scenes, there are a ton of cool moments for a video that only lasts about two and a half minutes.
As such, we've gathered up some of the best images from the trailer for you to peruse. While the movie's villain, Cable (Josh Brolin), had already been revealed, we've now gotten an even more extensive look at him, including what kind of threat he'll pose to Deadpool and exactly what he's after. That arm of his is not only good for fighting; he even uses it to slide down the outside of a building.
There's also a variety of other new characters on show, including Domino (actress); Bedlam (confirmed to be the character played by Terry Crews); a young, purple-haired girl; and a young boy Cable is after. That's in addition to returning favorites like Negasonic Teenage Warhead (sporting a new haircut), Colossus, Deadpool's regular taxi driver, Vanessa, Weasel, and Blind Al.
And of course there's Deadpool himself, who continues to use his superpowers in sometimes grotesque ways. We see his neck broken, forcing him to rotate his head 180 degrees so he can resume looking forward. He also takes a gunshot to the hand, allowing him to slide the barrel through the hole so that he can turn his hand and fire the gun at the attacker.
There's plenty else to see in the full trailer, so be sure to check that out along with some other notable images from it below. Deadpool 2 features a new director, David Leitch (of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame), who takes over for Tim Miller, who reportedly disagreed with star Ryan Reynolds about the direction of the sequel. It releases in theaters on May 16.
Fortnite developer Epic is releasing a replay editor for the game's massively popular Battle Royale mode. The studio unveiled the editing suite during a presentation at the Game Developers Conference this week, and it's slated to roll out for the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in the near future.
Epic showcased the replay system with a trailer edited by YouTube personality Ali-A, which you can watch above. As you can see from the video, the suite appears to be very robust, allowing you to rewatch completed matches and capture footage with a free camera to edit your own trailer or highlight reel together.
Epic hasn't announced exactly when the replay editor will roll out for Fortnite, but the developer says the system will be released for PC and consoles "soon." The replay editor will also be a part of Unreal Engine's 4.20 update, giving developers access to the same suite of tools.
Epic recently added a new weapon to Fortnite's Battle Royale mode: the Heavy Shotgun. That follows the remote explosives, which were introduced as part of last week's big 3.3 patch. A new type of loot drop--Supply Llamas--were also added in the update, while the smoke grenade was moved into the Vault.
Fortnite made its mobile debut last week, although it is currently only available to iOS users who sign up and receive an invitation. If you haven't managed to get an invite just yet, Epic will send additional ones out as the test expands. In the meantime, you can how Fortnite compares on iPhone X and Xbox One X. Players also still have time to claim a free Fortnite cosmetics pack from Twitch Prime.
Hulu isn't playing around. The streaming service is not only adding a ton of new movies in April, but it will present the Season 2 premiere of its biggest original series--the Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale.
The show, which stars Elizabeth Moss and will see Marisa Tomei appear as a special guest in Season 2, returns on April 25. That day, the first two episodes will become available for streaming, with new installments following every Wednesday.
As for movies, Hulu is massively beefing up its film library with the addition of several classics, franchises, and animated favorites. April will see the arrival of Con Air, Friday the 13th, six The Land Before Time films, and the original Carrie.
Unfortunately, there's a bit of bad news. While the streamer is adding dozens of titles, there are also some that will disappear on April 30. This is your final chance to stream All Dogs Go To Heaven, An Officer and a Gentleman, Look Who's Talking, Red State, and Mystic Pizza, among other films.
Following Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's remaster a couple of years ago, many fans thought that a Modern Warfare 2 remake would be right around the corner. Although nothing has yet to be officially announced, new reports suggest that a MW2 remaster is finally on the way.
First reported by Call of Duty enthusiast site CharlieIntel, then later independently confirmed by Eurogamer, the Modern Warfare 2 remaster is in development and will be significantly cheaper than Modern Warfare Remastered. Both Eurogamer and CharlieIntel assert that MW2 Remastered will cost around $25 / €20, while Modern Warfare Remastered costs $40.
The reports also assert that the game will not feature multiplayer, which is likely the reason for its lower price point. We do not yet know why Activision wouldn't include multiplayer; one completely speculative reason could be that the publisher hopes to avoid splitting the player base among too many different Call of Duty titles.
The game will apparently launch on April 30, well ahead of Black Ops 4's October release for PS4 and Xbox One. Neither Eurogamer nor CharlieIntel have reported whether or not it'll come to PC. Further, CharlieIntel stated that its sources said that Raven Software, which was responsible for Modern Warfare Remastered, is not working on Modern Warfare 2 Remastered.
The Elder Scrolls Online is getting another expansion in a few months, and this one will take you to the Summerset Isle. As with past expansions, Summerset also comes with a bunch of new content, including a story, an order, a new skill set, and jewelry crafting.
Summerset is the first big expansion for ESO since June 2017, when Morrowind was released. In contrast to that expansion, however, the Summerset DLC focuses on a location that's likely less recognizable. The Summerset Isle is the home of the Thalmor--also known as the High Elves--and hasn't appeared in an Elder Scrolls game since the first installment in the series, Arena.
In addition, the expansion comes with a new story that wraps up the plot that began in the Orsinium DLC, released back in 2015. There's also a new order to join, called the Psijic Order, and a new skill line based on the magic of the Psijic Order. Players will be able to craft jewelry with various powers and perks, as well. Finally, Summerset will come with a bunch of cooperative multiplayer content, such as a 12-player Trial, Delves, Bosses, and something called the Abyssal Geysers.
If you're new to ESO, you can jump into Summerset without having played the rest of the game; a tutorial and starter area will bring you up to speed. Current players, meanwhile, can bring their characters into the DLC or start fresh. High-level and beginning players can play through the DLC content together, as the game will scale to each player depending on their individual level.
The DLC costs $40, comes with the base game and the Morrowind expansion, and will launch on June 5 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you already own the base game, you can snag Summerset for $30. In addition, there are a couple of special editions available for purchase that include various in-game items and physical collectibles. Finally, if you pre-order the game, you'll get the Queen's Bounty Pack that comes with a handful of in-game goods.
Sea of Thieves, one of the most anticipated Xbox One/Windows exclusives, finally launched this week--but its first couple of days haven't exactly been smooth. Players have been reporting numerous issues, including server instability, not receiving gold, and others. Today, developer Rare stated that it knows about the problems and spoke about its plans to fix them.
In a Twitter post, Rare explained that it's aware of the issues affecting some players. In response, it has published a developer update video that lays out the priorities for the studio in resolving the problems. You can watch it in the embed below; you can also read about Rare's Sea of Thieves priorities here.
The top priority for Rare is resolving the server problem that results in players struggling to access the game during peak times. According to the studio, there are 3-4 times more people attempting to play the game at peak times than during the beta test, which resulted in Rare significantly underestimating the amount of server capacity it needed. The developer is also working on addressing delayed rewards, delayed Achievements, items going missing temporarily, and performance issues on the Xbox One X.
Rare expects fixes to the server issues to be rolled out gradually over the course of the next week, while updates to other problems to be fixed in the coming days. Rare also explained that delays to Achievements were temporary in order to increase the number of people that could access the game during peak times yesterday. The studio also stated that it'll continue to update players frequently as the issues are resolved.
Sea of Thieves is available now on PC and Xbox One. Xbox Game Pass subscribers can grab the game as part of their subscription. In addition, there's some good deals going on that include Sea of Thieves with the purchase of an Xbox One X.
If you haven't yet had a chance to try out IO Interactive's latest Hitman game, which launched in 2016, now you have the opportunity to play part of it for free. The developer announced today that the game's Sapienza map is now available at no cost to all players across PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Sapienza map is one of the six locations to be released by IO, and it takes players to the Italian coastline. It's now available as part of the Spring Pack, a free pack that includes almost all of the content IO released for the Sapienza map.
This means that you can play through the entire story mission and all of its side content, including levels of Mastery, Escalation Missions, all challenges and Challenge Packs, and Featured Contracts. Additionally, you can take on any future Elusive Target that IO activates in Sapienza.
Once you download the Spring Pack, it's yours to keep. If you decide to buy the full game with all of the maps, your progress will carry over. The Spring Pack is available as a standalone download that includes the introductory ICA Facility location; if you already have the intro pack or other levels, you can download the Spring Pack through the in-game store. The pack will be available for free until April 3.
If you're already looking forward to a new Hitman game, IO has big plans for the series. After the developer was put up for sale by publisher Square Enix, it went independent in June of last year. Then, IO announced that a new game and TV show are on the way.
We've learned little of the Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered, except from a short gameplay clip that spent a lot of time showing off a Dark Souls Amiibo. However, a deep analysis of this gameplay already reveals some important graphical improvements coming to the game.
In an attempt to discern any meaningful differences between the Switch version and the original Dark Souls on Xbox 360 and PS3, Digital Foundry took a close look at the gameplay clip that was recently shown in a Nintendo Direct, which you can see in the embed above. From this footage, Digital Foundry was able to determine that the game was, in fact, running in 1080p.
If this clip was actual Switch gameplay, then this would be in line with Bandai Namco's target of 720p in portable mode and 1080p docked. This is a big boost from the original versions, which outputted at 1024x720.
Although it was able to determine this resolution increase, Digital Foundry had trouble finding any other meaningful graphical changes from the 360/PS3 versions. This doesn't mean that the Switch release won't have any changes to textures or lighting; rather, the trailer simply doesn't show them right now. Digital Foundry did find "extra pockets of shade," which indicate that the port may add ambient occlusion. You can read more of Digital Foundry's analysis here.
This is great news, since it suggests that the Switch version might be more than just a straight port, and it indicates that the game seems to be running well on the console. It's also no small feat, considering that Dark Souls ran poorly on its original consoles, so hopefully the full game bears this out. It's currently scheduled for release on May 25 and will have a technical test sometime before that.
Captain America star Chris Evans has been hinting that he will be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now, and it seems that the day is almost here. With Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters next month, Evans has confirmed that next year's currently untitled Avengers 4 will be his final Marvel movie.
The news comes via a profile on Evans in the New York Times. The article states that Infinity War and Avengers 4 were the final two movies left on his Marvel contract and that he has no further plans to continue playing Captain America. "You want to get off the train before they push you off," Evans is quoted as saying.
Of course, this isn't the first time that the actor has spoke about leaving the Marvel universe. Last June, he revealed that his contract was actually up after Infinity War, but he signed on for one more movie. "[Marvel] wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter," he said. "They had so many other characters to fit in--Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant Man--and couldn't get them all into one movie. [I agreed] because it made sense. It's going to wrap everything up."
Back in In 2014, Evans stated that he was hoping to move from acting into directing. "I've known for a while I wanted to direct. But [the time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job," he said. "I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."
There has been much speculation that Infinity War and its sequel will see the death of at least one key member of the MCU. What this means for Captain American is unknown, as both Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) have also spoken about their eventual departures from the series.
Earlier this month, Marvel boss Kevin Feige spoke about the possibility of a major Marvel hero dying. While Feige didn't give any details away, he did confirm that any death would be final for that character. "People always will jump to that," he said. "That's not necessarily what we're talking about. I mean, I could always list off the characters that we've killed in our movies that haven't come back, but the big ones, which I know they're looking at? I would just say, yes. People need to be careful what they wish for."
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27. It also stars Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, and pretty up every other major actor from the last decade of Marvel movies. For more, check out GameSpot's breakdown of the latest trailer.
Fortnite: Battle Royale players once again have a lineup of new objectives to complete. Epic Games has released the Week 5 challenges for Battle Pass owners, offering a new way to obtain some experience and Battle Stars on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Many of the objectives this week are fairly straightforward; they include searching chests in Moisty Mire and using the bush item. Two of the Hard-difficulty challenges are equally straightforward: get three eliminations with a pistol and defeat three enemies in Tilted Towers. Players are also tasked with dealing 200 damage to opponents with a pickaxe. While you can certainly swing away at any enemy, this counts damage dealt to those who have been downed. In other words, completely finish off two people who are in a DBNO state using the pickaxe, and this is easily completed.
There are two other objectives that may require some guidance. The first asks you to visit three gas stations--but the catch is this has to be done in a single match (meaning you should avoid attempting it in Blitz mode). Reddit user __Kaneda__ has published a map highlighting the various gas stations you'll find around the island. Most of these are found in named locations, but some are in smaller areas. Pick any three, run by them during one match, and you'll earn five Battle Stars.
The other more complex challenge is labeled as Hard, meaning you'll receive 10 Battle Stars. It tells you to "follow the treasure map found in Anarchy Acres." The map points you to a location just southwest of Junk Junction, near the western edge of the map. As with past versions of this challenge, you don't actually need to hunt down the treasure map first; if you know where to go, you can simply head right to that point. You can have a look at this map from Reddit user ThePuffyPenguin.
As always, despite being weekly challenges, you have until the end of Season 3 to complete these objectives (see them all below). That's also true for the previous four weeks, as well as the set of freebie challenges that are available even to non-Battle Pass owners.
Aside from simply giving you some focused objectives, completing these challenges allows you to more quickly rank up your Battle Pass. This, in turn, unlocks a variety of cosmetics, XP boosts, and other things that don't directly impact gameplay. You can see everything there is to be earned in our Season 3 Battle Pass gallery.
One of the most anticipated PS4 games of 2018 has now reached a critical milestone. On Twitter, the official PlayStation account announced that the upcoming God of War has gone gold, meaning the game is now ready to be sent off for manufacturing.
Along with the announcement, game director Cory Barlog shared his thoughts on reaching the milestone and reflected on the game's development in a post on the PlayStation Blog. "Going gold means so much more to me with this game," Barlog said. "It has been a long and exhausting journey filled with laughs, arguments, and a healthy dose of fear--with a side of doubt.
"This was the scariest, most wonderful thing I have ever done and I can honestly say it would never have been possible without the full-throated support of Sony and the tireless work of the incredible team at Santa Monica Studio. We have been through a lot together and I would not change a thing."
Unlike previous entries, God of War for PS4 serves as something of a reboot for the series. The game is rooted in Norse mythology rather than Greek like previous installments and tells a more personal tale focusing on Kratos and his young son, Atreus. It also features a markedly different combat system, as well as a cool one-shot cinematic technique that presents the entire story in one, uninterrupted shot without cuts or fades.
God of War releases for PS4 on April 20. The game is will take roughly 30 hours to finish, making it much longer than its predecessors, and Barlog confirmed it won't include microtransactions. We recently got a chance to talk with Barlog about the game and how God of War learned from The Last of Us.
Toys R Us is preparing to close all US stores, and as a result, a massive liquidation sale is imminent across its 800 retail locations. CNN reports that the company had planned to begin sales this morning, but those plans have been pushed back to tomorrow, March 23.
Once the sales begin, shoppers will have to move quickly and manage expectations. Stores have reportedly not received new stock in weeks, so a lot of the more popular items may already be gone or will go quickly once the sales begin. Shelves may be emptied as quickly as a month.
Toys R Us has announced it will honor gift cards until April 20. It will also accept purchases made before the liquidation for 30 days, but after it starts, all sales will be final. Toys R Us in the UK is also planned to shut down, while its locations in Asia will continue to operate.
And while it may be thrilling to get a low, low price on those bikes, trains, and video games, you can expect the mood to be somber. 31,000 employees will be laid off by the time the retail chain closes up operations.