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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Launch Trailer Is On Fire

3 hours 34 min ago

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is quickly approaching, bringing the mascot character back to his roots before his trip to Skylands. The latest trailer shows the little dragon and his surrounding cast looking better than ever.

The reignited trilogy features three Spyro games that hit the PlayStation from 1998-2000. That includes Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The character was notable at the time for its characterization and animation, and that shows well in this visual overhaul. Developer Toys for Bob had its work cut out for it creating an updated style that remains true to the original, which required some filling in the gaps.

"When you look at the original game and you squint your eyes at it, there's a lot of imagination that you had to do at the time to fill in the blanks." Toys For Bob co-studio head Paul Yan told us. "For us, it's taking the game, and asking: What do people remember about this? It was important to start with the memories as opposed to how do you interpret exactly what's on the screen."

Pre-ordering can get you a Spyro keychain. There's only one version of the game, so you don't have to pick and choose between editions that are special or definitive. As a remaster of a classic trilogy, it comes in at a budget price of $40. It's due to release on November 13 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Drake Now Co-Owns A Gaming Brand

5 hours 50 min ago

Canadian rapper Drake, who made headlines earlier this year when he streamed Fortnite with Ninja, is now investing in gaming in a much bigger way.

Drake, along with entertainment business mogul Scooter Braun, have invested an undisclosed amount of money into the ESports brand "100 Thieves." The company was founded by former professional gamer Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag and Cleveland Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert.

100 Thieves Raises Series A, Drake and Scooter Braun Join As Co-Owners. https://t.co/PeXbqdhefs pic.twitter.com/tzy9A1zNLt

— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) October 23, 2018

"With Drake and Scooter's support, we're going to build a lasting brand on the back of the content and apparel that our fans have come to love, aggressively expand into more games, scale our apparel business, and build a world-class management team," Nadeshot said in a statement.

Drake and Braun will become "strategic advisors" for 100 Thieves. In addition to Drake and Braun, 100 Thieves recently received investment money from Sequoia Capital, WndrCo, Tao Capital, Green Bay Ventures, and Advancit Capital, as well as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

100 Thieves bills itself as a "lifestyle, apparel, and esports organisation" that owns teams competing in professional tournaments for games like Call of Duty, League of Legends, Fortnite, and Clash Royale.

Spider-Man, Forza Horizon 4 Set Sales Records In The US

6 hours 46 min ago

The NPD Group has released its monthly report for September, revealing the consoles and games that sold the best in the United States during the month.

Starting with games, Sony's PS4 exclusive Spider-Man topped the charts and set a new record for highest launch-month dollar sales for any PlayStation exclusive ever. The game made more money over its launch than any other title across the entire industry this year. To put Spider-Man's success into further perspective, the NPD said first-month sales were 37 percent higher than the combined launch-month sales of every other Spider-Man game released since 1995.

NBA 2K19 landed at No. 2 in September, and it enjoyed the highest launch-month dollar sales of any sports game released since NPD started tracking in 1995. NBA 2K19 also had the best launch of any game in the NBA 2K franchise in history.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey made the September chart, landing at No. 3, and it enjoyed double-digit sales growth compared to Assassin's Creed: Origins. The NPD's tracking period for September ran until October 6, just one day after Odyssey launched.

Another September highlight was Forza Horizon 4, which had the "highest launch month dollar sales in Forza franchise history, and is the biggest launch for a racing game on any Xbox platform in history. Forza Horizon 4 was the seventh best-selling game of September."

September's Shadow of the Tomb Raider debuted at No. 5, but sales dropped compared to the launch month for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Overall, total game sales reached $747 million in September, which is flat compared to last year.

On the hardware side, the PS4 was the best-selling console in September in terms of units sold and dollars spent. September was the best month for unit sales of any console (beside a non plug-n-play system) since September 2014. Specifically, the PS4 Slim 1 TB system was the month's best-selling piece of hardware in terms of unit sales and dollar amount.

Xbox One sales were strong as well, rising 30 percent compared to a year ago. The Xbox One X 1 TB system is the best-selling Xbox One console for the year for dollars and units sold, which is surprising given the Xbox One S is less expensive. Overall, hardware spending dropped 3 percent to $306 million compared to last year. As mentioned, the PS4 and Xbox One posted gains, but they were not strong enough to offset the declines from other systems.

Hardware spending in September 2018 fell 3 percent when compared to a year ago, to $306 million. Significant gains in spending on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware were offset by declines across all other platforms.

September 2018 Game SalesSeptember All Platforms
  1. Spider-Man
  2. NBA 2K19
  3. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  4. FIFA 19^
  5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  6. Madden NFL 19^
  7. Forza Horizon 4
  8. Destiny 2^
  9. Super Mario Party*
  10. NHL 19
  11. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  12. WWE 2K19
  13. Grand Theft Auto V
  14. Mario Kart 8*
  15. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  16. Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy^
  18. Super Mario Odyssey*
  19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  20. Minecraft***
Year To Date All Platforms
  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War
  3. Spider-Man
  4. Monster hunter: World
  5. NBA 2K19
  6. Madden NFL 19*
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Call of Duty: WWII^
  9. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  10. Mario Kart 8*
All Platforms Ending September 2018
  1. Call of Duty: WWII^
  2. Super Mario Odyssey*
  3. Far Cry 5
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront II^
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. Assassin's Creed Origins
  7. God of War
  8. Spider-Man
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. NBA 2K19
September Xbox One
  1. NBA 2K19
  2. Forza Horizon 4
  3. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  4. FIFA 19
  5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  6. Destiny 2
  7. Madden NFL 19
  8. NHL 19
  9. WWE 2K19
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
September PS4
  1. Spider-Man
  2. NBA 2K19
  3. FIFA 19
  4. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  6. Madden NFL 19
  7. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  8. Destiny 2
  9. NHL 19
  10. WWE 2K19
September Nintendo Switch (no digital sales)
  1. Super Mario Party
  2. Mario Kart 8
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Mega Man 11
  6. Mario Tennis Aces
  7. Splatoon 2
  8. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  9. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate
  10. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
September 3DS (no digital sales)
  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Super Smash Bros.
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Mario 3D Land
  7. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps
  8. Warioware: Gold
  9. Mario Party: The Top 100
  10. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad

*Digital sales not included

^ PC digital sales not included

*** includes 100% of physical and digital on Sony and Microsoft consoles

Netflix's Daredevil New Season 3 Uses Music From PS4's Spider-Man

7 hours 52 min ago

Season 3 of Netflix's Daredevil has released, and viewers have noticed the series is using songs from the soundtracks from a few popular video games. The series recap, for example, uses Mass Effect 3's Leaving Earth. Episode 2 includes an Easter egg that's a bit closer to home--music from Insomniac's Spider-Man, a game that's about another Marvel superhero who operates in the same city as Daredevil.

In Marvel comics, each district of New York City is defended by a different hero--a pattern that the Marvel Cinematic Universe copies. Spider-Man defends Queens, for example, while Luke Cage looks over Harlem, and Daredevil primarily operates in Hell's Kitchen. These heroes do cross into each other's jurisdictions from time to time, and even team up--like in Netflix's The Defenders--when their combined strength is needed to protect New York City.

In the comics, Daredevil and Spider-Man have regularly teamed up--the former has even helped out the latter with legal issues more than once--so including Spider-Man's soundtrack in Daredevil is a nice little nod to the two heroes' relationship. Although both Spider-Man and Daredevil are a part of the MCU, Peter Parker and Matt Murdock have not met each other on screen yet.

In our Daredevil Season 3 review, GameSpot senior entertainment editor Michael Rougeau wrote, "So yeah, Daredevil is back. And thanks to its much needed laser focus on the characters and stories fans actually care about, you don't even need to be caught up; If you watched Daredevil Season 1 and then stopped, you could pick up again right at the start of Season 3. That definitely says something about how forgettable much of what came in the interim was. But regardless of where you've been all this time, Daredevil Season 3 is worth returning for."

No Man's Sky Is Getting A Spooky New Update Called The Abyss

8 hours 33 sec ago

Hello Games has announced the next titled update to come out for No Man's Sky. It's called The Abyss, and, according to Hello Games founder Sean Murray, it "focuses on some of the eerier elements of No Man's Sky."

In a blog post, Murray revealed that while "most of the team have been busy on weekly updates, a handful have been working on [The Abyss]." Like Next, the major titled update that released before it, The Abyss will be free for all No Man's Sky players. Murray reveals the update is releasing "next week" but didn't confirm a specific day or time. Considering the expansion's name and spooky theme, it's probable The Abyss will release prior to Halloween, or the day of.

Hello Games hasn't yet revealed the contents of The Abyss either, although it sounds as if the update won't be as large as Next. Next was No Man's Sky's largest update to date, implementing several huge changes, such as dangerous Xenomorph-like aliens, space pirates, fleet building, a true multiplayer experience, and more. Next also changed No Man's Sky economy, transforming how you use certain materials and changing the value of certain elements. Building a reliable income in No Man's Sky has been a bit harder since the launch of Next, but there are plenty of strategies for making money fast.

In our No Man's Sky Next review, Justin Clark gave the update an 8/10, writing, "At its absolute best, No Man's Sky is a measured, gentle experience where you are rarely the agent of change, but a perpetual visitor who's constantly dwarfed by the magnitude of a universe neutral to your presence. It is not your job in these stories to colonize the universe. Your job is to comprehend it. Your job is to recognize the spirituality in it. The primary gimmick of No Man's Sky, since day one, has been awe. The best things about the Next update feed that gimmick. While features like multiplayer and base-building certainly put more proverbial asses in seats, they're also the least memorable additions to an otherwise thoughtful experience."

No Man's Sky is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

What's New To Netflix This Week: Movies, TV, And Originals (US)

8 hours 58 min ago

Every month, Netflix releases an enormous amount of content to its subscribers, and it can be a daunting task to figure out what to watch every week. It's the end of October now, and the streaming giant has plenty of original movies and series for you to check out.

On Tuesday, October 23, Adam Sandler returns to his roots with 100% Fresh. The title obviously takes aims at his ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, as critics haven't been incredibly kind to his film work, but the special itself veers away from addressing that, for the most part. 100% Fresh mixes jokes and songs that will remind fans of his classic 1996 HBO special What The Hell Happened To Me?

Netflix is doubling-down on horror series on Friday, October 26 with the second season of Castlevania. In our review of Castlevania, GameSpot's Mike Rougeau said "With eight episodes instead of just four, there was hope that Castlevania Season 2 would feel like more of a complete thing. Instead, it feels more like Season 1 was the first act, and this is simply a continuation, and the extra room has been spent developing new characters while the old ones tread water."

Also coming Friday is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a darker take on the character than fans may be accustomed to. In our review, Chris Hayner said, "It's hard to find something to dislike about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. There's a moment or two that might seem like the show is trying too hard to channel the teen angst and melodrama of Riverdale, but given they come from the same creative force, that's not surprising. And if you're going into it expecting incredibly cinematic visuals, you might be disappointed, as the inspiration for the show's looks is clearly older horror films."

For a full look at what's coming to Netflix this week, take a look at the list below.

Available October 21
  • Robozuna-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Available October 23
  • ADAM SANDLER 100% FRESH-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Available October 24
  • Bodyguard-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Available October 25
  • Great News: Season 2
Available October 26
  • Been So Long-- NETFLIX FILM
  • Castlevania: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Dovlatov-- NETFLIX FILM
  • Jefe-- NETFLIX FILM
  • Shirkers-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Terrorism Close Calls-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Available October 27
  • Girl from Nowhere-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Netflix's Daredevil Season 3: That Ending Explained

9 hours 2 min ago

So you've finished your Daredevil binge. You've sat through 13 episodes and come out the other side feeling hopefully a little victorious, and probably a little confused. Don't panic. We're here to break down exactly what was going on in that final scene for you, and to explain just what it means in the increasingly uncertain future of the Netflix Marvel Universe.

Needless to say: spoilers abound after this, so please read with care if you haven't finished this season!

As a result of his final confrontation with both Daredevil and Kingpin, Dex winds up paralyzed--specifically after Fisk breaks his spine over a wall corner, a move that Dex should probably be thankful didn't just full on kill him. Instead, he's left mumbling that he can't move as the NYPD storms onto the scene. That very well could have been the end of things for poor Benjamin Poindexter--but it wasn't.

After Fisk is put away and Matt, Foggy, and Karen begin regrouping, we're treated to a scene of Dex laying face down on an operating table with his entire back slit open right down the middle. A team of doctors are working on his spine, speaking to one another about the risks of such an experimental procedure, and its less-than-optimistic odds of success. If that wasn't weird enough, just before the final credits roll, we see Dex's eyes are open, his pupils haloed with an irridescent bullseye shape.

The target symbol is the easy part. Like Fisk before this season, no one ever called Dex by any codename or call sign--the name "Bullseye" was never uttered in Daredevil Season 3, despite the obvious trajectory of the character. Dex may have completed his arc and wound up a full-on criminal by the end of the season, but his time as a costumed supervillain is presumably still to come (that is, if Daredevil doesn't get canceled like Luke Cage and Iron Fist). Whether he's going to assign the name to himself or get it from somewhere else like Fisk's FBI agents naming him "Kingpin" in secret is still up for debate, but definitely something to keep an eye out for.

But what, exactly, is up with the surgery?

To really understand what's happening, you'll need to know a little bit about Bullseye's comic book history. After a particularly nasty encounter with Daredevil that ended with Matt literally throwing him off of a telephone wire from several stories up, Bullseye was paralyzed and hospitalized. But things didn't end there. Rather than let things go, Matt repeatedly broke into Bullseye's hospital room and tortured him with a rigged game of Russian Roulette using a gun that was secretly unloaded, just to terrify and humiliate Bullseye as much as possible.

Of course, that cruelty comes back to haunt Matt in the end, after Bullseye is sprung from his hospital cell by a mysterious man named Lord Dark Wind, the scientist who invented the adamantium-based procedures that created heroes and villains like Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike. Dark Wind promises Bullseye his mobility if he undergoes the same procedure, lacing his bones with adamantium in exchange for becoming Dark Wind's personal assassin.

The procedure actually goes according to plan, but Bullseye promptly betrays Dark Wind and returns to Hell's Kitchen to work with Kingpin instead, complete with his new adamantium bones. They don't help too much, however, and Daredevil is able to best him again and again. Bullseye retained his mobility for years, until he was killed and resurrected by The Hand in a botched ceremony that left him alive but completely paralyzed and confined to an iron lung. His second round with paralysis didn't completely stop Bullseye's quest to destroy Daredevil, however, and he spent his time confined in his own body engineering schemes where other people would end up doing his dirty work for him.

So, where does that leave Dex in the show? Well, Lord Dark Wind may not literally be in play for the Netflix MCU, but we do hear the name "Dr. Oyama" used during Dex's surgery, a reference to the name Kenji Oyama, Dark Wind's civilian alter ego. Additionally, the word "adamantium" is never used (probably something to do with the rights, considering it's X-Men connotations) but the doctors do say that they're repairing Dex's spine with "cognium steel," another, less known imaginary metal from the Marvel universe.

One thing that's simply unclear is how Dex got to this operating table in the first place. We never actually see him transported from the scene, so we don't know if he was arrested or convicted of the murders he committed while in the Daredevil suit, or if he was just sent directly to a hospital. We also don't know whether or not Dr. Oyama reached out to Dex or if Dex reached out to him. There are a lot of variables left up in the air that could potentially inform the way a hypothetical fourth season pans out.

It's important to note that even with the adamantium enhancements, the comics incarnation of Bullseye doesn't actually have any superpowers beyond his uncanny marksmanship, so even if Dex's experimental surgery is a success, he probably won't become all that different than he was. If anything, he'll just get much harder to hurt. But that definitely keeps with the Netflix MCU's efforts to remain as "grounded" as possible while dealing with the most supernatural elements of superheroics. And Dex certainly does have a deep enough personal grudge against both Daredevil and Fisk to really push him over the edge once he's back on his feet.

That, or it could be a complete failure and the next time we see Dex he could be encased in a tomb-like iron lung. Somehow, for a character like Bullseye, that seems just as terrifying.

You Can Get Red Dead Redemption 2 A Few Hours Early

9 hours 6 min ago

There's no shortage of ways to get your hands on a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 when it launches on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One (you can check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order guide for details). The only problem is, you'll have to wait until October 26 before you can play it. If you want to get it a little earlier, it turns out there's a way to do so. Both Best Buy and GameStop have announced they'll begin selling copies of the game at 9 PM local time on October 25--the day before it launches elsewhere.

That gives you a three-hour head start on everyone who ordered it digitally. You'll still have to go home and install the game to your console's hard drive before you can play it, of course--and it's an enormous game. But because the data is installed on your hard drive from the disc instead of downloaded from the internet, it's quite possible you'll be up and running before midnight. (Then again, it's also possible there will be a download on top of the disc install).

You can pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 from GameStop here or from Best Buy here. All pre-orders come with a download code for the Ardennes War Horse and Outlaw Survival Kit.

Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in 1899, at the tale end of the era when outlaw gangs were running amuck in the Wild West. Rather than taking control of John Marston like in the previous game, you play as Arthur Morgan, another member of Dutch Van der Linde's gang. To refresh your memory about the story of the previous game, you can take a look at our Red Dead Redemption recap or watch the video above. Also be sure to check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 impressions for more information.

New Rainbow Six Siege Update Changes Operators Mid-Season; Full Patch Notes Listed

9 hours 25 min ago

Ubisoft has announced a new update for Rainbow Six Siege that changes a few of the game's Operators. The update comes halfway through Siege's Year 3, Season 3--referred to as Operation Grim Sky--and makes adjustments based on the influence of the two newest Operators, Clash and Maverick.

The two Operators getting patched in the update are Maestro and Clash. Ubisoft outlined the changes the two would undergo in a blog post on Siege's main website. Both Operators are Defenders. Ubisoft wants to make Maestro less confusing to use, and change Clash so that she performs more in line with the developer's original plans for the Operator.

The update changes Maestro's ALDA 5.56 so that its recoil matches that of other LMGs in the game. Currently, the ALDA 5.56 reduces recoil the longer it fires without aiming down the sights, but this has "led to confusion" where players try to aim as if recoil would increase with sustained fire.

Clash is getting reduced weapon swapping speed between her shield and sidearm, and the delay before her shield's charge refills will be doubled. Also, Attackers that Clash shocks will regain full mobility after only 0.5 seconds, instead of the existing 1.5 seconds. "Ultimately, we believe that this will further drive the idea that Clash is reliant on teammates, as opposed to an Operator that can exist completely independently," Ubisoft wrote. "She is not intended to be able to hold half of the map by herself, and will now require the proper support from teammates to do so."

These changes were calculated as a part of both Operators' Win Delta and Pick Rate. An Operator's Win Delta is the percentage of how often said Operator is a part of a winning team. The Pick Rate is the percentage for how often an Operator is picked, regardless if they're on a team that wins or loses. When graphed on a chart, Ubisoft is able to determine which Operators are over picked and too strong, over picked and too weak, under picked and too strong, or under picked and too weak.

Although there are no scheduled changes for any other Operators in this update, Ubisoft wants to patch both Lion and Glaz in the near future. The developer has two possible solutions for Lion, which should fix how "problematic" he is at higher level play. "One adjustment would remove the intel gathering aspect of his gadget, or we may go with the other, which will trigger more of a Jackal style ping," Ubisoft wrote. For Glaz, Ubisoft wants to bring the Operator back to his original role as a sniper in the rear. Currently, Glaz is one of the best "site pushing" Operators who can lead the charge with a high-powered weapon.

Ubisoft held a Reddit AMA to address further details about the new update. The full patch notes for the update can be read below.

Rainbow Six Siege Y3S3.2 Update Patch NotesOperators

Clash

  • Reduced weapon swapping speed between CCE Shield and Sidearm
  • Delay before refilling charge after usage ends increased to 2 seconds, from 1 second
  • Attackers regain full mobility after 0.5 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds, after being shocked

Maestro

  • ALDA 5.56 recoil aligned with other LMGs
Weapons

SMG-11

  • Reducing recoil to improve handling

Vector

  • Reducing recoil to improve handling

All The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games

9 hours 30 min ago

The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature, introduced in November 2015, lets you play original Xbox and Xbox 360 games on the current-gen console. But what games are available? We've rounded them all up--and we'll continue to update this post as new games are made available to the extensive list. More are added regularly, although new original Xbox games will be less common. [Updated October 23 with two more games.]

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Lineup:Xbox

New titles are bolded

  • Black
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • BloodRayne 2
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Dead to Rights
  • Destroy All Humans
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • The King of Fighters Neowave
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory (Europe only)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction II
  • Sid Meier's Pirates
  • SSX 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
Xbox 360

New titles are bolded

  • 0 Day Attack on Earth
  • 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Arkanoid Live
  • Army of Two
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Assassin's Creed II
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Assassin's Creed III: Liberation HD
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue
  • Assault Heroes 2
  • Asteroids & Deluxe
  • AstroPop
  • Aqua
  • Axel & Pixel (not available for purchase)
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 1943
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlestations: Midway
  • Bayonetta
  • Beat'n Groovy
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Bloodforge
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Live: Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge
  • Bullet Soul
  • Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Burnout Revenge
  • Cabela's Alaskan Adventures
  • Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Cabela's Hunting Expeditions
  • Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood -- added September 25
  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel -- added September 25
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • Cars 2
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Catherine
  • The Cave
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • Child of Light
  • Civilization: Revolution
  • Clannad
  • Commanders: Attack of the Genos
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Condemned
  • Contra
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Crackdown
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crysis -- added October 16
  • Crysis 2 -- added October 16
  • Crysis 3 -- added October 16
  • Crystal Quest
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram
  • The Darkness II
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Void
  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders II
  • Daytona USA
  • de Blob 2
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deadfall Adventures
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
  • Defense Grid
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
  • Dig Dug
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Disney Bolt
  • Disney Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Divinity II
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3: BFG Edition
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon: Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dragon's Lair
  • Driver: San Franciso
  • DuckTales Remastered
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Dungeon Siege III
  • E4: Every Extend Extra Extreme
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Earth Defense Force 2017
  • Earth Defense Force 2025
  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Encleverment Experiment
  • Escape Dead Island
  • F1 2014
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable Heroes
  • Fable II
  • Fable II Pub Games
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Fighting Vipers
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flashback
  • Flock
  • Forza Horizon
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • FunTown Mahjong
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Gin Rummy
  • Girl Fight
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golden Axe
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Golf: Tee It Up
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Grid 2
  • Grid Autosport
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • Gyruss
  • Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 3: ODST Campaign Edition
  • Halo 4
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Haunted House
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Hydro Thunder
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • Ilomilo
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us + disc-only Ultimate Edition
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Jewel Quest
  • Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Juju
  • Jurassic Park: The Game
  • Just Cause 2
  • Kameo
  • Kane & Lynch 2
  • Killer Is Dead
  • The King of Fighters '98
  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • KOF Sky Stage
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Lego Batman
  • Lego Indiana Jones
  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy -- added October 23
  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • Limbo
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Lumines Live!
  • Luxor 2
  • Mad Tracks
  • Mafia II
  • Magic: The Gathering 2012
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath, and Beyond
  • The Maw
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Mega Man 9
  • Mega Man 10
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Metal Gear Solid: HD Edition (MGS 2 and MGS 3) -- added October 9
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Military Madness
  • Mirror's Edge
  • The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
  • Missile Command
  • Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Monkey Island: SE
  • Monkey Island 2: SE
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Moon Diver
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • Ms Pac-Man
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • N+
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • Neogeo Battle Coliseum
  • Nights Into Dreams
  • Of Orcs and Men
  • Omega Five
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • The Orange Box
  • Overlord
  • Overlord II
  • Outland
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man C.E
  • Pac-Man CE DX+
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Peggle
  • Peggle 2
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Planets Under Attack
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Portal 2
  • Prince of Persia
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Prey
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
  • QIX++ Puzzlegeddon
  • Rage
  • Raiden IV
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Red Faction: Battlegrounds
  • RoboBlitz
  • Rocket Knight
  • Rockstar's Table Tennis
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Runner 2
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row
  • Saints Row 2
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Saints Row IV
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
  • Sam & Max: Beyond Time & Space
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Scarygirl
  • Scrap Metal
  • ScreamRide
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl
  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Shadow Assault/Tenchu
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadowrun
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Shank 2
  • Shinobi
  • Shred Nebula
  • Shotest Shogi
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Silent Hill HD Collection
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming
  • Sine Mora
  • Skate 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Skydive
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Small Arms
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Soltrio Solitaire
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic Adventure
  • Sonic Adventure 2
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic The Fighters
  • Sonic Generations
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II
  • Soulcalibur
  • Soulcalibur II
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Space Ark
  • Space Giraffe
  • Space Invaders Infinity Gene
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Spelunky
  • The Splatters
  • Split/Second
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Steins; Gate 比翼恋理のだーりん (Japan only)
  • Steins; Gate (オリジナル版) (Japan only)
  • Steins; Gate 線形拘束のフェノグラム (Japan-only, requires game disc)
  • Strania
  • Street Fighter IV
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Super Contra
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia
  • Tecmo Bowl Throwback
  • Tekken 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold 'Em
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TimeShift
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary
  • Tomb Raider: Legend
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tour de France 2011
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toybox Turbos
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Trials HD
  • Trine 2
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Tropico 4 -- added October 23
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga
  • Undertow
  • Vanquish
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 - A Telltale Games Series
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • World Puzzle
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Yosumin Live
  • Zuma
  • Zuma's Revenge

Don't see your favorite game here? Microsoft has said it is holding discussions with all major publishers and developers to possibly bring their games to the program. However, the decision about whether or not a game is added to the lineup ultimately comes down to individual publishers. There's no guarantee everything will eventually be added.

What do you make of the lineup so far? And what games would you like to see added in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Adds Two New Games

9 hours 34 min ago

Two more Xbox 360 games have joined the Xbox One backwards compatibility lineup. These new additions include a family-friendly Star Wars game and a satirical sim.

Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy was one of the earliest Lego-branded takes on a popular franchise, after the first Lego Star Wars hit it big by immortalizing the prequel trilogy in plastic bricks. As the name implies, it's a take on the three classic films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Tropico 4 is one of five entries in the long-running simulation series that makes you dictator of a small island nation. As "El Presidente" you're tasked with keeping citizens happy or quelling rebellions to retain power and stave off the ever-present threat of being overthrown.

Both Lego Star Wars 2 and Tropico 4 received positive GameSpot reviews. As always, if you own these games digitally you can download them from your library, or insert the disc if you own the physical copies. They're on sale in the Xbox Store for $15 (Lego Star Wars) and $10 (Tropico).

Microsoft has been regularly adding new backwards compatibility features since introducing the initiative in November 2015. The full list of backwards compatible games is getting pretty sizable at this point. If you need some recommendations on which ones are worth your time, check out our gallery of the best Xbox One backwards compatible games.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Leak Reveals The Full Map

10 hours 6 min ago

Red Dead Redemption 2's release date is nearly here, and as with any big game release, the leaks have started to appear. The game's full map has emerged online, courtesy of Reddit users Mco_yum_yum and tomcruise_momshoes. Take a look at the map--which comes from the official game guide--below. [Update: The initial image has disappeared, but you can see another look at it below.]

It appears Red Dead Redemption 2 will contain a fair chunk of the original game's map: Flat Iron Lake is visible in the leaked image, as are Tall Trees, Armadillo, and more. Mexico doesn't appear to be included, but there are of course a number of new locations we haven't yet explored.

A game that size understandably takes up a lot of data--at least 99 GB in total, to be precise. That's how big Red Dead Redemption 2's file size is if you're playing from a PS4 disc; those who download the game on PS4 will need an additional 50 GB, while Xbox One users will need 107 GB free to install the open-world title. Pre-loading is already available for digital customers, and pre-ordering also gets you added benefits such as the Ardennes War Horse, Outlaw Survival Kit, extra cash in Red Dead Redemption 2's story mode, and bonus GTA$ for Grand Theft Auto V's GTA Online mode. You can read more in our Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order guide.

Red Dead Redemption 2 releases for PS4 and Xbox One on October 26. Rockstar has just released the game's launch trailer, which you can watch here. For more, be sure to check out our latest Red Dead Redemption 2 impressions or our weekly Red Dead show, Quickdraw, which you can watch one episode of above.

Fortnite Downtime For "Fortnitemares" Update 6.20 Confirmed

10 hours 34 min ago

Fortnite's Halloween event is kicking off tomorrow, and Epic has given players a heads-up about the downtime. Downtime for update 6.20 will begin on October 24 at 4 AM ET / 1 AM PT / 9 AM BST. Once the downtime concludes, the special "Fortnitemares" event will begin.

Epic has teased that the Fortnitemares event will give away "spooky rewards" for completing special challenges. An announcement regarding the Save the World mode also mentioned Fortnitemares challenges, so it's likely that these bonus missions and rewards will go throughout both the free PvP and paid PvE modes. You can also earn a couple of skins merely by logging into Save the World during the event.

Epic hasn't announced just what those spooky rewards are, but a set of Twitter teases appeared to be showing off a skin that fits together like a puzzle. That's likely to be at least one of the rewards you can earn. Fortnitemares will last all the way through Monday, November 26, which may give us an idea of when to expect Season 7.

We also don't know everything that update 6.20 will do, but one element of it has been revealed. Epic plans to test out changes to the game's glider, letting you re-deploy it during a match provided you're high enough in the air. This change will be active for one week, after which point it will be disabled--though it could be enabled permanently at some point in the future.

This season, Season 6, has been marked by the theme "Darkness Rises." As such a lot of its skins and cosmetics are pretty creepy, like the Dire Wolf skin that becomes more werewolf-like as you level it up. Now we may finally see some of the Halloween skins that leaked become available. For more Halloween events, check out our Halloween roundup.

Fortnite Update Will Let You Re-Deploy Your Glider

10 hours 35 min ago

A new update is on the way for Fortnite. Patch 6.20 rolls out for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on October 24, marking the start of the game's recently teased Fortnitemares event. That isn't all the update will bring, however; it will also let you reuse your glider during a match--but only for a limited time.

As Epic explained on Fortnite's official website, it is introducing the glider re-deploy mechanic from the Soaring 50s LTM to all Fortnite modes with the 6.20 update. This means that you'll be able to open up your glider again and hang glide during a match if you're at least three stories in the air. You can see a demonstration of the mechanic in the clip below.

This isn't a permanent addition to the game; Epic is only planning to have the re-deploy mechanic enabled for one week as an experiment. As the studio explained, "We're testing how providing a singular mobility mechanic that all players can use will affect regular gameplay."

Downtime for the 6.20 update is scheduled to begin at 4 AM ET / 1 AM PT / 9 AM BST on October 24. Epic hasn't provided a time frame for how long this downtime is expected to last, but once it's finished, players will be able to jump into the Halloween-themed Fortnitemares event, which will offer new challenges and "spooky rewards." Epic hasn't confirmed what these will be, but a handful of spooky skins recently leaked.

Meanwhile, the next set of weekly challenges is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, October 25. You'll have all season to complete these, which will level up your Battle Pass and unlock the new Season 6 rewards. If you need help catching up on any of the challenges available right now, you can find tips in our Fortnite Season 6 challenge guide.

PS4 Exclusives Get Price Drops: God Of War, Uncharted, And More

10 hours 39 min ago

With all of the big games launching between now and the end of the year, it can be easy to forget about all the games that came out in the past year or so. Sony hopes you won't forget many of the recent PS4 exclusives. With that in mind, the company has dropped the suggested retail price of four of its big games: God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and the PS4 remaster of Shadow of the Colossus.

Two of this year's biggest PS4 exclusives, God of War and Detroit: Become Human, both got $20 price drops, bringing them down to $40 apiece. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Shadow of the Colossus are available for $20 each going forward.

Permanent price cuts are common for older games, though some companies are more forthcoming with them than others. You can count on getting last year's Call of Duty for about half price by the time the next installment rolls around, but Nintendo tends to keep prices for its first-party games etched in stone for as long as possible. For instance, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which came out well before any of these PS4 games, still sells for $60 on the Nintendo eShop and $55 on Amazon.

This isn't the first time Sony has given PS4 games permanent price drops, either. Earlier this year, the company released the PlayStation Hits line of games, in which 15 titles--most of them PS4 exclusives--were given a special red case and a $20 price point.

Pokemon Go Halloween 2018 Event Announced, Features First Gen 4 Legendary

11 hours 35 min ago

Following the latest leak, Niantic has confirmed Pokemon Go's annual Halloween event is coming back for another year. The event kicks off today, October 23, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET and introduces a handful of new Gen 4 Pokemon to the game, as well as the first Gen 4 Legendary.

As in previous years, Niantic is debuting a couple of new Ghost- and Dark-type Pokemon during the Halloween event. This time around, players will have their first chance to catch Drifloon, Stunky, and their evolved forms Drifblim and Skuntank. The studio is also offering new trainer hats, shirts, and backpacks inspired by Ghost Pokemon through the in-game store, including a Gengar backpack and Drifloon cap.

On top of that, Niantic is kicking off a new Special Research questline. Whereas previous Special Research quests led to encounters with the Mythical Pokemon Mew and Celebi, this new one revolves around Spiritomb--another Ghost Pokemon introduced in Gen 4. Niantic is also rolling out new Field Research tasks that focus on Ghost and Dark Pokemon. Finally, just as in past years, players will earn double the normal amount of Candy for capturing Pokemon during the Halloween event.

Perhaps most notably, the first Gen 4 Legendary Pokemon is set to debut in Pokemon Go. Coinciding with the start of the Halloween event, Pokemon Platinum's cover monster, Giratina, will appear around the world as a Raid Battle at Gyms until November 20, giving players roughly a month to add one to their collection. Giratina is dual Ghost/Dragon Pokemon, so you'll want to bring along a powerful Dark- or Dragon-type to challenge it.

Pokemon Go's Halloween event is slated to run until November 1. Meanwhile, the game's next Community Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 10, although Niantic hasn't announced any further details as of yet.

Fallout 76 Shows Off New Screenshots Ahead Of Beta

11 hours 59 min ago

Fallout 76's beta is beginning today on Xbox One, and Bethesda has released a whole new batch of screenshots to mark the occasion. These images put an emphasis on the lovely vistas of West Virginia, albeit a slightly more irradiated version than you may have seen in the state's tourism ads.

To prepare for launch, the company also released a letter to its fans thanking them for their support and cautioning that this is a very different kind of Fallout game. It stressed that the studio cares about these worlds and wants to do right by them, and that as an online and live game the launch of Fallout 76 would be just the beginning. The studio is looking ahead to a long period of bug fixes and other support.

"Given what we're doing with 76, we know we're opening everyone up to all new spectacular issues none of us have encountered," Bethesda wrote. "Some we're aware of, such as areas where performance needs to improve with lots of players."

The beta is coming first to Xbox One, with PC and PS4 to follow on October 30. Pre-ordering will grant you access to the beta but you may not get in right away. Instead, Bethesda will be giving out codes for the beta itself as it invites in more players to stress test. For that same reason, the tests themselves will take place in concentrated chunks of a few hours at a time to force players together.

The beta is said to be the the full game and your progress will carry over to the full game. The full game launches on November 14.

PS4's Spider-Man The Heist DLC: Just How Long Is It?

12 hours 12 min ago

The story in Marvel's Spider-Man continues in The Heist, the first piece of a three-part DLC expansion called The City That Never Sleeps. The Heist includes several old characters and a few new ones, but primarily focuses on Peter's ex-girlfriend Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat.

The Heist is about three hours long in total, including all story missions and optional side quests and activities. An hour of that time is devoted to the story of Black Cat's return to New York. She's stealing flash drives from members of the prominent crime families in the city, and Peter and Mary Jane work together to both figure out why and discover a way to stop her before she starts a gang war. The first half of the story involves a new type of stealth mission and plenty of chase sequences, while the latter half includes a Mary Jane stealth mission and a powerful new enemy type that utilizes a minigun. Standard combat missions are sprinkled throughout, and enemy base missions are dropped entirely.

The remaining two hours of the DLC consist of the The Heist's new side quests, which are mostly variations of what can be found in the base game. Instead of hunting backpacks, for example, you'll be looking for the art that Felicia's father has left hidden around the city. The only new side activity involves using the Spider-Bot to look for bombs under cars. The new Screwball Challenges--which replace the Taskmaster Challenges--will probably take up most of your time. They're similar to what you had to do in the main game's challenges, but you'll also be tasked with capturing your web-slinging or combat moves on camera at the perfect moment to rack up a higher score.

Minor spoilers for a new Spider-Man villain introduced in the first 20 minutes of The Heist follow.

The Heist truly feels like a first part, ending in a way that implies its story isn't finished, and will continue in later DLC. Although it seems as if Black Cat's piece of the tale is complete at the end of The Heist, her actions bring the Spider-Man villain Hammerhead back into the wall-crawler's life. Insomniac has not confirmed which character will be the focus of Turf Wars, the second part of The City That Never Sleeps, but The Heist makes a good case that we can expect to see Spidey go up against the gangster with a steel skull fairly soon.

Marvel's Spider-Man is exclusive to PS4. The City That Never Sleeps continues with Turf Wars in November and Silver Lining in December.

Goldberg Reveals What Happens To Raw Meat On Knife Or Death

12 hours 26 min ago

History Channel's Knife Or Death is a spinoff of its wildly successful series Forged In Fire, where competitors forge weapons for judges to test. However, on Knife Or Death, the competitors come onto the show with premade blades and run them through a series of tests, which includes slicing through raw chicken, fish, and more.

The host of the series, now in its second season, is none other than Bill Goldberg, the former WCW Heavyweight Champion and WWE Universal Champion. He spoke with GameSpot to reveal the most important question Forged in Fire fans have, "Where does all that sliced up meat go?"

"Well, it just depends on what's on the menu that day because it's quite possible that it can end up on a grill right next to set, depending upon whether it be the pork loin," explained Goldberg. "Most of the time, the fish does not go to waste, whether it be cleaned up and sushied or put on the grill. We try not to waste anything on that show."

One of the most challenging parts of the course is cutting through a raw chicken, in one slice, which looks easier than it sounds. Many competitors end their run here.

It's safe to say the cast and crew eats well on the show. However, the focus of the series is on these competitors and the weapons they bring to run the show's obstacle course, which involves a whole lot of slicing and dicing. You can see handcrafted weapons like longswords, katannas, and more.

However, Goldberg was more than puzzled about a contestant's blade choice during Season 1 of the series. "There's no question that the guy from Valley Center or somewhere out near me in San Diego, California who came to the show with a butcher knife [was the strangest blade], and a very, very small one at that. I could not believe it. He did as well as he could, but it wasn't... it was like bringing a kitchen knife to a knife fight. It paled in comparison."

Forged in Fire: Knife or Death is currently in its second season and airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on the History Channel.

Black Ops 4 Update Patch Notes Fix Several Crashing Bugs

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:32

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has issued a patch to address a wide variety of stability bugs and to fix a few crashing errors. In the announcement, Treyarch also addressed complaints about network performance, promising to continue working on it moving forward, now that it's past the initial launch day push.

According to the patch notes, the October 21 update fixes a crash that was impacting Master Prestige players in Multiplayer and Zombies modes, and future updates should be coming to address some related UI issues. It also takes on a crash when crafting a Shield with the Frugal Fetish equipped in Zombies. Other issues include the Shield not displaying correctly in Blood of the Dead, items not appearing correctly in the Stash list of Blackout, fixing a bug that was causing the Collapse circle to appear invisible, and other assorted issues. It also promised a batch of updates aimed at network performance to take place over the next few weeks.

"We're constantly working to optimize the game, and particularly network performance, to ensure the highest quality online experience for our players," the notes read. "For a game launch with as massive a population as ours hitting so many global servers at once, we configure our infrastructure to ensure game stability as the highest priority over all other factors.

"Now that we're past the initial launch of the game, we are focusing on fine-tuning network performance around the globe, using the real-world data that we have collected. Over the course of the next two weeks, we will roll out several updates to our network setup that will continue to improve upon the experience of our players since launch. As we have always said, launch is just the beginning, and we're committed to making Black Ops 4 the best-supported game we’ve ever delivered."

Black Ops 4 just kicked off its Black Market cosmetic shop, and is now offering special limited-time Halloween cosmetics as well. If you need some assistance being the best Specialist you can be, check out our tips and guide to the perks system.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 October 21 Update

General

    • Miscellaneous

      • Addressed a crash at the end of matches for Master Prestige players in Multiplayer and Zombies. We’re planning further improvements for related UI issues in a future update.

      • General stability improvements across all modes.

Zombies

    • Miscellaneous

      • Addressed a crash when crafting the Shield with Frugal Fetish equipped.

      • Various stability fixes across all maps.

    • Blood of the Dead

      • Addressed an issue with the Shield not displaying the correct updated version for the player.

    • Classified

      • Addressed a crash when turning on the power in a Custom Mutations match.

Blackout

    • Stash Looting

      • Addressed an issue where players had to scroll right or left on the d-pad multiple times to navigate through Stash lists.

    • Circle Collapse

      • Addressed an issue where the Collapse circle would sometimes appear invisible to players.

Multiplayer

    • Scoreboard

      • Addressed an issue that highlighted the wrong score on the scoreboard if the scoreboard was opened immediately after death.

    • Specialists

      • Jumping while sprinting with Ruin now performs the same as with all other Specialists.

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