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Fortnite Hidden Gnome Location: Where To Search Gnome Between Fancy View, Wooden Shack, And Big House

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 08:18

Fortnite developer Epic Games has rolled out not one, but two new sets of challenges for the hit battle royale shooter. One of the tasks you'll need to do in the 8-Ball Vs. Scratch set is search a hidden gnome found in between Fancy View, a wooden shack, and a big house. If you're not sure where those are, we've put together this guide to help you complete the challenge.

Where Is The Hidden Gnome Location?

As the challenge teases, the gnome you're trying to track down is hidden somewhere between three different locations: Fancy View, a wooden shack, and a big house. That's certainly a vague clue, especially if you're not familiar with the layout of the island, but here's where all three of those places can be found.

Each of the landmarks mentioned by the challenge are on the westernmost edge of the island. Fancy View is located southwest of Sweaty Sands. The wooden shack and big house, meanwhile, are directly east and southeast of Fancy View, respectively. This means the gnome you're searching for will appear on the hill that's between those three places; you can see the spot on the map below.

Fortnite gnome location

How To Complete The Challenge

Now that we know where to look, all you need to do to complete the challenge is head to the hill between the three specified locations, and you'll see the gnome once you approach. Search it as you would a chest and you'll clear the mission, netting you a nice chunk of XP and unlocking another 8-Ball Vs. Scratch challenge to complete.

Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2 is slated to end of February 6, so there's still a little time left to complete any outstanding challenges you may have from this season. If you need help clearing any earlier missions, we've collated all our maps and guides for the trickier ones in our Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer "Unlikely" To Come Before 2022

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 08:01

Cyberpunk 2077 was recently delayed to September, pushing the anticipated game back significantly. That also may have had an impact on the game's planned multiplayer, which CD Projekt Red has now said probably won't launch for at least two more years.

In an investors call, the studio said that "2021 appears unlikely" for the multiplayer release. That means the mode, which will come as a free update to the game, will show up in 2022 at the earliest. The company did not specify any more details about the multiplayer mode, but did suggest it's being developed in parallel as a AAA experience of its own.

In the statement explaining the delay to 2077, CDPR said the game is complete and playable already, but "there's still work to be done." The studio says the bulk of the remaining development is playtesting, fixing, and polishing the game. It promised it will be issuing "regular updates" on its progress in the meantime.

Cyberpunk 2077 was originally slated for April 16. Its new release date of September 17 puts it much closer to the launch of new consoles, which has renewed speculation that it could appear on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. CD Projekt Red says that, for the time being at least, the game is only being developed for current-gen.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions For Switch Is A Fun Time, But It's Lacking Purpose

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 07:17

On paper, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE sounds like something that was custom-made for people like me; it's a lengthy Japanese RPG that incorporates elements of Fire Emblem and Persona, packed with J-pop and J-rock topped by Hatsune Miku references. There are opportunities to experience everyday life in modern-day Tokyo and a whole lot of dungeon crawling with a dynamic combat system built on the foundation of the Shin Megami Tensei games. Now, it's been ported to Switch (hence "Encore") with extra content, opening this former Wii U exclusive from 2015-16 to a wider audience--including myself who'd previously only played through the prologue. But throughout my 15-ish hours so far, I keep wondering what it is I'm fighting for.

With the publishing help of Nintendo, Atlus took some of the building blocks of Megami Tensei, turned the diabolic slider all the way down, and put music and performing arts center stage as the supernatural power that can defeat demonic entities. TMS mostly revolves around two main characters, Itsuki Aoi and Tsubasa Oribe, who get wrapped up in a mystery of evil spirits (Mirages) from another dimension (the Idolasphere) taking over the souls (called Performa) of entertainers. It's laid clear enough in the prologue, and the duo's friends from within the music industry progressively join the cause as Itsuki and Tsubasa stumble their way through showbiz.

Now that's a premise I can get behind. But as much as I adore those concepts, the whole hasn't come together--the threads that tie its characters and story events feel hollow, and how the game moves on without much reflection makes it hard to care about the struggles at hand.

I could forgive the early scene where Itsuki and Tsubasa suddenly know how to transform into their magical forms and harness the power of Mirages using glowing orbs that come out of their chests, despite them knowing nothing about the Idolasphere beforehand. However, as more narrative pieces begin to stack, TMS drops the ball while trying to connect its threads in a meaningful way. It's easy to appreciate the attempt at showing the effect of succumbing to the pressures of a front-facing industry, but the game doesn't take the necessary steps to establish itself. I keep thinking about how Tsubasa's sister Ayaha, who was a popular performer herself, disappeared for five years and is eventually saved by your party. Sure, there's a warm scene where they're happy to see each other again, but shortly after, Ayaha just kind of exists as an assistant for your agency. Five years she was gone, and you just keep it moving.

Although those are just a few examples, they're indicative of how the story has progressed so far. Things just kind of happen without much rhyme or reason in the moment, largely skipping the beats necessary for them to make sense in the context of TMS's world.

It probably sounds as if I'm having a bad time with TMS#FE Encore, but that's a bit far from the truth. For all the aforementioned gripes, I can't help but embrace some of the sugary pop music and incessant upbeat vibes, because it's often just plain fun. That especially applies to the incredible spectacle of combat, which takes place in front of a large otherworldly audience that's constantly cheering you on. Your party's costumes change as the power of your Mirages come forth in fights, which are directly drawn from Fire Emblem characters and classes. Layered systems make combat like a dynamic turn-based puzzle, and the unique loop of crafting equipment upgrades--which is tied to learning new skills/spells--is fantastic throughout.

If you've played an SMT or Persona game, you'll recognize the same names for spells and similar mechanics of exploiting elemental weaknesses, and that doing so lets you pile on extra attacks within the same turn. In TMS, that perk manifests as Session attacks, which play out like choreographing the perfect steps to a dance; when you hit a foe's weakness and have the right Session Skills set to your party members, one turn will blossom into a combo of subsequent attacks that unfolds in a stylish flurry dealing lots of damage.

Style may not account for substance, but it's the visual excitement that carries me through, in a way that you'll feel compelled to watch attacks play out rather than fast-forwarding past them. I know this'll sound ridiculous, given what I've said about nonsensical cheesiness, but when the random Extra Skills activate, and for some reason characters begin to sing, dance, and perform to cast a big spell, I'm obliged to shake my head in simultaneous bewilderment and enjoyment.

There are a bunch of neat references that'd put a smile on the face of those who love TMS's source material. A personal favorite is the Hee-Ho Mart sponsored by SMT mascot Jack Frost, and the clerk clearly resembles the recurring Fire Emblem character Anna who assumes her canonical role as a merchant. Instantly recognizing SMT spell names make combat feel right at home, and little things, like the level-up jingles from Fire Emblem, are a cool touch. Some good fan service never hurts.

At some point, you accept that TMS doesn't make too much sense, nor does it have to. Not every game needs to have a prevailing, grand message, but I still wrestle with the fact that TMS isn't mindful of coherent story arcs in the front 15 hours of the game. It assumes that I already care from the start and skipped all the necessary steps to get there. Don't get me wrong, TMS is a fun time that doesn't take itself too seriously. It has jams, slick style, and a great spin on the SMT combat system. And I'd be remiss not to mention the beautifully animated cutscenes, which rival the character performances you see in an anime like Love Live. However, if you have several 50-to-60-hour RPGs all vying for your time, I'm not sure I'd put TMS#FE Encore on the priority list right now.

I intend on seeing it through not just because of the Atlus name or that it directly draws from some of my favorite franchises, but also because I know what it's like to love a game and tell others that it "doesn't get good 'til hour [insert high number here]." TMS may or may not click when I wrap it up, but I'm glad that it's available on the Switch, giving us a great way to experience something that was likely overlooked in the recent past.

PSA: Sign Up Now For Pokemon Sword & Shield's Next Online Competition

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 07:14

After a bit of delay, you can now register for the second of Pokemon Sword & Shield's official online competitions. Called Galar Newcomers, the competition will only allow Pokemon new to the Galar region and Galarian forms of existing Pokemon, like Weezing. And like the previous online competition, Galar Beginnings, you'll get 50 Battle Points just for participating, so there's no reason not to sign up and give it a shot.

Registration for Galar Newcomers will stay open until Thursday, January 23 at 3:59 PM PT / 6:59 PM ET, and then the battles themselves will take place from January 23 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET to January 26 at 3:59 PM PT / 6:59 PM ET. This is a slight change from the dates and times that were initially announced; the competition was first slated for January 30, and registration was supposed to be open for several days before it finally did go live at 10 PM PT on January 15.

To sign up:

  • Open up the menu in either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield
  • Select VS to go to the Victory Station menu
  • Select Battle Stadium (this will connect you to the internet)
  • Select Online Competitions
  • Select Search Official Competitions

From there, you'll be guided through the registration process. Note that you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to participate.

To get the reward of 50 Battle Points--a very valuable currency used to purchase all sorts of battle-related items--you only have to battle once during the competition window. Win or lose, you'll get the BP just for participating. That's a huge chunk of BP to get all at once, so don't miss the opportunity.

Unlike Galar Beginnings, which used the single battle format, Galar Newcomers will be fought in double battles. All Pokemon will be auto-leveled to 50, and Legendary Pokemon, including Zacian and Zamazenta, will not be allowed. However, Gigantamax will be allowed. You can battle a maximum of 15 times per day that the competition is active.

To get prepared, make sure you get the current free gift of 40 total Battle Points and try catching some Gigantamax Pokemon. Right now, Pokemon Sword players have a greater chance of encountering Gigantamax Coalossal and Gigantamax Flapple in Max Raids, while Pokemon Shield players can find Gigantamax Lapras and Gigantamax Appletun. Both games are also seeing an increase in Gigantamax Alcremie, which looks like a giant cake. All but Lapras are eligible for Galar Newcomers, so now's as good a time as ever to Raid. For tips, see our Max Raid guide.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Why Byleth's A Bummer

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:25

Game director Masahiro Sakurai announced the fifth and final character in the first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass, Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The reception was less than glowing. While Smash character reveals are often highlights for fans, this one felt disappointing, and worse yet, dull. Why does this one feel like a letdown, especially for a game bursting with variety?

The commentary on Twitter was quick to name the perpetrator. It was too many Fire Emblem characters, some said, or too many sword wielders, as the reveal video itself cheekily referenced. And while those elements might play a part, I think the problem really comes down to expectation-setting, and the element of surprise.

The Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC was pitched as a series of surprising inclusions, and the characters offered have followed through on that promise, until now. As fond as I am of Byleth and their game--Fire Emblem: Three Houses was my personal Game of the Year--there's simply no way to say that the latest Fire Emblem protagonist is unexpected. It is exactly expected. If Fire Emblem: Three Houses had been out when Smash Bros. Ultimate was first released, we'd fully expect them to be on the default roster alongside Corrin and Robin.

We can trace the origins of fan expectations back to the very first character reveal. When Persona 5's Joker was revealed during the 2018 Game Awards, then-NoA President Reggie Fils-Aime took to the stage to explain how Joker was an example of what Nintendo was trying to accomplish with its choices of DLC characters.

"This gives you a flavor of how we're approaching the DLC," Fils-Aime said. "There's going to be five characters--each character will come with a stage, it'll come with a collection of music. These are going to be characters that are new to the series just like Joker from Persona 5, characters that you would not anticipate to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate."

The fighters who followed Joker--Dragon Quest's Hero, Banjo and Kazooie, and Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury--have followed as part of a pattern. Each of them are characters from outside the Nintendo ecosystem, and because of that, they are surprising to varying degrees. Banjo and Kazooie are the closest to classic Nintendo characters, originally debuting on the N64, but now that they're Microsoft-owned their inclusion may have been the biggest surprise of all.

Fils-Aime's comments paired with a steady stream of wild, non-Nintendo picks set expectations, which is why Byleth landed with such a thud. The character looks good, and their abilities have the degree of flavor and homage that we've come to expect from Smash Bros. But after being told we're in for surprises, and the rat-a-tat release of four unexpected picks in a row, this one broke the mold by being so utterly conventional.

Sakurai ended the presentation by announcing details on the next Fighters Pass, set to release another six characters by the end of 2021. It will go on sale at the end of January, right as Byleth releases. Once again, Sakurai said he would be grateful if fans would understand why the pass is going on sale without the identities of the new characters announced, and on that front, he's earned some goodwill. The mix of additions in the first Fighters Pass was mostly eclectic and charming, and even the less exciting ones had the sheen of fine craftsmanship. Going forward, though, we may do well to remind ourselves to keep expectations in check. Not every announcement will be a delightful surprise. Some of them are just fine.

New Humble Bundle Benefits Australia Fire Relief, Includes 29 Games

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:25

Humble's latest bundle is a big one and for a great cause, too. The Humble Australia Fire Relief Bundle costs $25, all of which goes to three charities helping with the Australian fires. And for that $25, you get 29 games, the vast majority of which were developed in Australia.

The 29 games include Hollow Knight, Void Bastards, and Armello, in addition to Duck Game, Hand of Fate 2, and 24 others. All of the games redeem on Steam, and if you already own some of the games, you can send the game key to a friend.

All of your money goes to RSPCA Australia, which will enter fire zones and help injured animals; WIRES, which is a wildlife education and rescue service; and World Wildlife Fund, which is dedicated to wildlife response, habitat restoration for people and nature, and future-proofing Australia from further devastation. You can choose how much of your money goes to each charity or do an even split among all of them.

The Humble Australia Fire Relief Bundle is available for one week only, so if you want to help support the country's fire relief efforts, you'll want to do so before January 23. $25 is all that's needed to get these games, but if you'd like to help out further, then you can donate even more money through this bundle.

See the Australia Fire Relief bundle at Humble

Full list of included PC games
  • Hollow Knight
  • Void Bastards
  • Armello
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 (includes Australian Paint Jobs Pack)
  • Duck Game
  • Hand of Fate 2
  • Paradigm
  • Crawl
  • The Adventure Pals
  • Regular Human Basketball
  • Satellite Reign
  • Hacknet (includes Hacknet Labyrinths DLC)
  • Mr. Shifty
  • Primal Carnage: Extinction
  • Assault Android Cactus+
  • The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
  • Framed Collection
  • Think of the Children
  • Feather
  • Tower of Guns
  • Rising Dusk
  • Death Squared
  • Paperbark
  • Quest of Dungeons
  • The Stillness of the Wind
  • The Gardens Between
  • Paper Fire Rookie
  • Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
  • Machinarium

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Overwatch Lunar New Year 2020 Begins, Offering New Skins And CTF Mode

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:10

Overwatch has begun its annual Lunar New Year event, which means another special mode, new weekly challenges, and loads of themed skins to collect. The "Year of the Rat" event lasts from January 16 to February 6, and is available across all platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The new game mode is CTF Brawl Blitz, a modified version of the standard Capture the Flag mode. It puts flags much closer than usual, but you'll need six flags (instead of the standard three) to win. You can also get cosmetic rewards by winning nine games in any mode each week. The weekly rewards are listed below.

Finally, there are a number of other cosmetics to collect through the usual means of randomized loot boxes or in-game currency. Those include the Legendary skins Opera Brigitte, Face-Changer Sombra, Mask Dancer Moira, and Samul Nori Lucio. The Sombra skin is a unique one, as it actually cycles between six different masks periodically. Those all join the Epic skins available through the weekly challenges, along with tons of icons, emotes, and sprays. You can check out the array of new skins below.

This event follows just a month after the Winter Wonderland event, so Blizzard has been dropping new goodies to collect fairly frequently. This is all while also working on Overwatch 2, which game director Jeff Kaplan said slowed the pace of seasonal events.

Weekly Challenge Rewards
  • Week 1: Monk Doomfist (Epic)
  • Week 2: Ancient Chinese Bronze Winston (Epic)
  • Week 3: Papercutting Wrecking Ball (Epic)

Huge Amazon Warehouse Sale Includes Some Of Our Favorite Gaming Accessories

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:02

From controllers that cost 50 or 60 bucks to VR headsets that go for hundreds of dollars, there's no shortage of gaming accessories out there, and the best products are rarely cheap. However, a new Amazon Warehouse sale is slashing the prices on dozens of gaming-related products, offering an additional 20% off lightly used items.

The sale features some solid deals on the DualShock 4 and Xbox One wireless controllers; the excellent Hori Split Pad Pro, one of the best Nintendo Switch controllers we've tried, is cheaper as well. If you're looking for a VR headset ahead of Half-Life: Alyx's release this year, the HTC Vive Cosmos is marked down by an additional $103, dropping the price to $412.54. There are plenty of other headset options too, including the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and the PlayStation Gold wireless headsets.

Amazon Warehouse sells like-new, open-box, and pre-owned items that have been returned by customers at a discount, so this sale is a nice opportunity to get expensive items still in great condition for way cheaper. Purchases are Prime-eligible, so you'll get free two-day shipping if you have a Prime membership. While Amazon Warehouse products don't come with a warranty, they're backed by Amazon's standard return policy. You can read more about Amazon Warehouse items on Amazon's FAQ page.

Check out more of the best gaming items on sale from Amazon Warehouse below. All of these items are already cheaper than usual, but you'll see an additional discount at checkout, which we've indicated below. The sale also spans multiple categories, including kitchen, home improvement, Amazon devices, outdoor recreation, and more, and you can see the full offering of deals at Amazon.

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Best Amazon Warehouse gaming dealsHTC Vive Cosmos Headset - $412.54 ($515.67)HTC Vive Cosmo virtual-reality headset for PC - save $103.13 at checkout See at Amazon

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller - $29.74 ($37.18)DualShock 4 controller for PS4 (Magma Red) - save $7.44 at checkout See at Amazon

Hori Split Pad Pro - $37.73 ($47.16)Hori Split Pad Pro for Nintendo Switch - save $9.43 at checkout See at Amazon

Xbox One Gears 5 Limited Edition Controller - $36.90 ($46.13)Xbox One Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition Controller - save $9.23 at checkout See at Amazon

PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset - $46.67 ($58.34)PS4 Gold Wireless Headset - save $11.67 at checkout See at Amazon

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Headset - $55.57 ($69.46)Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headset for Xbox One - save $13.89 at checkout See at Amazon

Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - $52.79 ($66)Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma v2 Gaming Keyboard - save $13.20 at checkout See at Amazon

Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse - $82.36 ($102.95)Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed Wireless Mouse - save $20.59 at checkout See at Amazon

Death Stranding Collector's Edition - $97.14 ($121.43)Death Stranding (PS4) Collector's Edition - save $24.29 at checkout See at Amazon

Catherine: Full Body "Heart's Desire" Premium Edition - $40.51 ($50.64)Catherine: Full Body (PS4) Premium Edition - save $10.13 at checkout See at Amazon

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MacGruber Is Getting A New Series At Peacock, Get Your Celery Stalks Ready

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:00

NBC Universal's streaming service, Peacock, will be launching this April. While the service will feature classic TV shows and movies, there is also original content coming as well. One such example is the Saturday Night Live character MacGruber, who is getting his own series on Peacock.

Will Forte will reprise his role as the MacGyver parody, according to Variety. He will also serve as executive producer and writer for the show.

The MacGruber series will follow the titular character, who takes down terrorists utilizing everyday items. His methods have included sticking a celery stalk into his butt as a distraction--as seen in the 2010 feature film. Now, he's spent a decade in prison, and after his release, his mission is to take down someone from his past: Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. MacGruber will be joined by his partners Piper and Vicki. In the feature film, they were played by Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig respectively. At this time, it is unknown as to whether Phillippe or Wiig will be joining the new series.

Also joining Forte on writing and executive producing are Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island, MacGruber) and John Solomon (I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, MacGruber). The MacGruber feature film did not fare well in the box office. Globally, it brought in just over $9 million, with a reported budget of $10 (according to Box Office Mojo), but it found a cult following on home video and through streaming services.

MacGruber isn't the only thing coming to Peacock. There are Battlestar Galactica and Saved By The Bell TV shows coming to the streaming service. More recently, the hit podcast Dr. Death is getting a show on the network that will star Jamie Dornan and Alec Baldwin.

Xbox Game Pass For PC Adding Three More Acclaimed Games

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 05:30

Microsoft has announced another batch of titles coming to Xbox Game Pass on PC. Three more acclaimed games will be added to the Game Pass library soon, the company revealed via Xbox Wire, and if you've yet to sign up for the service, you can get your first three months for practically nothing.

Joining Xbox Game Pass on PC over the next few weeks are the roguelike dungeon crawler Children of Morta, the beautiful meditative platformer Gris, and the unsettling A Plague Tale: Innocence. All three titles were very well-received on their initial launches, particularly A Plague Tale, which we thought was one of the best games of 2019.

Xbox Game Pass is an all-you-can-play service that lets you try out a library of more than 100 titles for as long as you have a subscription. Game Pass is available for both PC and Xbox One, and while there is some overlap between them, the PC version of the service generally offers a different selection of games to play. You can see the full list of available titles on the Xbox website.

If you're not yet a subscriber, Microsoft is offering a great deal on the PC service. Right now, you can get three months of Xbox Game Pass on PC for only $1. The company warns that the deal "won't last forever," so if you're interested in trying Game Pass, you'll want to take advantage of the offer.

One Of The Best Gaming Laptops Receives A Huge Discount

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 05:26

Last year, we broke down the best gaming laptops, and now, one of those notebooks is getting a huge discount in the form of a coupon code. Dell is cutting the price of the Alienware m15 gaming laptop by $430 with code AW15AFF.

All you need to do to claim your $430 off is add this specific m15 laptop to your cart, and then right before checkout, throw in the promo code AW15AFF. Make sure the price change is applied before finishing your order.

Alienware m15 gaming laptop | $1,500 ($1,930) See at Dell

This coupon code is only valid with this specific configuration of the Alienware m15. It boasts a ninth-generation i7-9750H, an RTX 2060 6GB, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also features a 15.6-inch 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rate. It's a beast of a laptop, and at this price, one that's absolutely worth taking advantage of if you're looking for a new notebook.

In GameSpot's best gaming laptops rundown, we wrote, "It's hard to fault what Alienware is delivering here. There's no real problems to note, though the touchpad feels a little too small for regular use in day-to-day tasks. However, the speakers sound great, the keyboard feels really nice to use, and if the already nice screen isn't enough as it is, you can now opt for an out-of-this-world OLED model too. The only caveat--you just need to set your wallet to be stunned, too."

What's New To Hulu In February 2020? Movies, TV Shows, And Originals

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:34

Hulu offers more than original series, movies, and TV shows. For many networks, you can watch new episodes of your favorite television series the day after they air on their respective networks. In February, there is a lot to look forward to on Hulu, and you can see the full list of releases below.

The majority of Hulu's movie selections arrive on February 1. And on that day, five National Lampoon movies arrive--three of which you'll want to watch. Vacation, European Vacation, and Christmas Vacation come to Hulu that day, and you can watch the misadventures of the Griswold family, as patriarch Clark tries to plan fun adventures for his family, only to have them all go wrong.

On February 7, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for Season 7 mid-season premiere. Follow the comedic adventures of Jake Peralta, Amy Santiago, and company as they solve crimes in the city and get themselves into wacky situations. Here's to hoping Charles Boyle goes back to being a pretentious pizza blogger.

Finally, coming to Hulu on February 14 is the Hulu original High Fidelity. This new series is a reimagining of the classic book and 2000 movie of the same name. Zoë Kravitz (who is also executive producting) stars as Rob, an owner of a record store in Crown Heights, Brooklyn--and an area going through gentrification. Much like the original book and movie, she'll be revisiting her past relationships and connecting them to music and pop culture.

Below, you'll find the full list for everything coming to and leaving Hulu in January. If you're interest in more Hulu news, you can find out what FX and FXX shows are coming to the streaming service in the near future.

What's coming to Hulu in February?Available February 1
  • 300 (2007)
  • 28 Days Later (2003)
  • Adam (2019)
  • All About E (2005)
  • Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
  • Buffalo 66 (1998)
  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
  • Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (1983)
  • Cherry Pop (2017)
  • Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
  • For Colored Girls (2010)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • Getting Go: The Doc Project (2013)
  • Ghost (1990)
  • The Girl King (2015)
  • Hitch (2005)
  • Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015)
  • Hot Guys with Guns (2013)
  • John Q (2002)
  • Judgement Day (1999)
  • The Last Stand (2013)
  • The Last Warrior (2000)
  • Liz in September (2014)
  • Lord of War (2005)
  • The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
  • Margarita with a Straw (2014)
  • Ms. Purple (2019)
  • Menace II Society (1993)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011)
  • National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea (2006)
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • Naz and Maalik (2015)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • Precious (2009)
  • Robin Hood (1991)
  • Say Anything (1989)
  • Southie (1999)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • Those People (2015)
  • Touched with Fire (2016)
  • Vegas Vacation (1997)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • Where We Go From Here (2019)
Available February 2
  • A Madea Family Funeral (2019)
Available February 3
  • The Masked Singer: Season 3 Premiere (FOX)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Available February 5
  • Warrior (2011)
Available February 6
  • Lego Masters: Series Premiere (FOX)
  • Angel of Mine (2019)
  • David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)
  • Disaster Movie (2008)
  • Wrinkles the Clown (2019)
Available February 7
  • Into The Dark: My Valentine: Episode Premiere (Hulu Original)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Indebted: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
Available February 9
  • Alive (2019)
Available February 10
  • The Oscars: Special (ABC)
Available February 12
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Complete Season 9 (Bravo)
  • For Life: Series Premiere (ABC)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)
Available February 13
  • Mister America (2019)
Available February 14
  • High Fidelity: Complete Season 1 Premiere (Hulu Original)
  • The Other Guy: Complete Season 2 (eOne)
  • Utopia Falls: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)
  • Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
  • From Hell (2001)
  • Racetime (2019)
  • Radioflash (2019)
  • Villains (2019)
Available February 15
  • 28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
  • American Ultra (2015)
  • Anchor and Hope (2017)
  • Monogamy (2010)
  • Princess Cyd (2017)
Available February 17
  • American Idol: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
  • Duncanville: Series Premiere (FOX)
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Cyberpunk 2077 Has Been Delayed Until Later This Year

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:32

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed, pushing the upcoming RPG back from its original April 16 release date to September 17. The game is still scheduled to release for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Google Stadia but is also now launching in a spot that makes an announcement for next-gen versions on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 seem more plausible.

"We are currently at a state where the game is complete and playable, but there's still work to be done," CD Projekt Red wrote in a press release, embedded below. "Night City is massive--full of stories, content, and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing, and polishing. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give the precious months we need to make the game perfect." CD Projekt Red added that there will be "regular updates" on the game's progress as the September 17 release date approaches.

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Night City is the setting for Cyberpunk 2077, and CD Projekt Red said it wants to create the design of the city so that it offers a "unique take" on cyberpunk. "When we showed the demo last year, people were surprised at first that it was so sunny," Cyberpunk 2077 concept art coordinator Marthe Jonkers said in an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz. "They expected rainy, dark cyberpunk but you can make a cyberpunk city in California. Of course, it will rain there, because we have a weather system, and it will also be night, but we are really trying to get this fresh take on cyberpunk."

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The city itself is built with its own history, which takes place over four distinct eras. During entropism, there was intense poverty. Kitsch saw an increase in the low- and middle-class creating and buying colorful and extravagant items. During neomilitarism, the rich invaded Night City and built towering skyscrapers. Finally, neokitsch saw the rich beginning to adopt the more colorful style of the poor when designing buildings. All these styles twist in on each other, creating a city where you can immediately identify when something was built or which time period someone probably comes from.

"There are layers to the design of Night City and all its inhabitants, so when you drive around and you see a building that's sort of pink with these soft edges, and the windows are sort of soft shaped, you know that this is kitsch style, and you know that was built in that period of time where people had more money back then," Jonkers said. "It's telling you a story about the background of the city, and gives an extra layer of believability."

Find out how to preorder Cyberpunk 2077 and more in our guide to everything Cyberpunk 2077.

Grab This Free PC Game For A Limited Time

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 03:02

For the past week, the Epic Games Store has been giving away Sundered: Eldritch Edition, but with a new Thursday comes a new free PC game from the Fortnite company. This week's title is Horace, a story-focused puzzle-platformer about a good-natured robot who's in with a tough crowd and asked to do some nefarious things.

Horace's story is funny and full of heart, yet also tragic at times. It's also a challenging platformer, with some fun surprises along the way. To claim it on the Epic Games Store, all you need to do is head to Horace's store page, click "Buy Now," and complete checkout. You won't be charged, but you will be able to install and play Horace any time you want.

If you want to see some gameplay, be sure to check out GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb and its Horace Quick Look. They show off part of the story, some tricky sections of puzzle-platforming, and one of the surprises you can expect from the genre-blending adventure.

Horace is free to claim until January 23, when it will be replaced by Epic's next freebie, logic puzzle game The Bridge.

Originally, the Epic Games Store's free games program was supposed to end last year, but the company recently revealed that it's extending the free game giveaways through 2020.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Getting Six More DLC Characters

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 03:00

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's fifth and final Fighters Pass character is Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but there's still more DLC on the horizon. During today's big reveal stream, game director Masahiro Sakurai reconfirmed that another wave of DLC fighters are already in development for the title.

Six more characters in total will be released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai revealed--one more than the first wave of DLC. All six will arrive by December 31, 2021. According to Sakurai, the fighters have already been chosen, although he hasn't shared any hints as to who they'll be.

The new DLC characters will be bundled in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. The pass will cost $30 USD and be available for pre-purchase beginning January 28--the same day that Byleth and the next wave of Mii Fighter costumes arrive. If you do purchase the Fighters Pass, you'll get a bonus Mii Fighter costume based on the Ancient Soldier gear from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Releasing alongside Byleth is a new stage: Garreg Mach Monastery. Like other DLC fighters, Byleth also comes with an assortment of new Spirits to unlock, as well as 11 additional music tracks taken from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If you don't have the first Fighters Pass, you can pick up the Byleth challenger pack individually for $6 USD.

The Mii Fighter costumes, meanwhile, each run for $0.75. Among the new additions is a Mii Gunner costume based on Cuphead, which also comes with a music track taken from that game. The other new Mii Fighter costumes include Assassin's Creed's Altair (Swordfighter), a Rabbids hat, and Mega Man X and MegaMan.exe (Gunner).

Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC Adds A Fourth House

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:41

How many houses are in Fire Emblem: Three Houses? Three. It's right there in the name. But a new piece of DLC will add a fourth house, because nothing is certain in this topsy-turvy world.

A trailer for the "Cindered Shadows" side story introduces the Ashen Wolves, a group of outcast students secretly living in the Abyss--a dark area below the monastery. The small band of students are eager for a teacher, and consider themselves an unofficial fourth house.

The Ashen Wolves are composed of Balthus, Hapi, Yuri, and Constance. As Balthus explains, "The surface world turned its back on us, and we did the same in return." The trailer appears to show members of Golden Deer accompanying Byleth when discovering the Ashen Wolves, so it seems likely this side story will add the new faction to your existing campaign rather than replace it.

This is the final piece of the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass, which is available for $25 / €25. The other three waves included alternate officer outfits for Byleth, more Auxiliary battle maps and support items, more quests, and the ability to recruit the recurring Fire Emblem character Anna. The Cindered Shadows DLC will be available on February 13.

The announcement was made right alongside another big Nintendo reveal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Byleth, the hero of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, is joining as the fifth DLC character in the first Fighters Pass. A new Fire Emblem stage will also be coming to the game, modeled after the Garreg Mach Monastery.

Dark Samus And Richter Amiibo: You Can Still Pre-Order The Newest Smash Bros. Amiibos

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:21

Nintendo's latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation gave fans their first look at Byleth, the Fire Emblem: Three Houses character that rounds out Ultimate's first batch of DLC fighters, and six new Mii Fighter costumes, including Cuphead. While the new DLC won't be available until January 28, don't forget about the pair of new SUper Smash Bros. Amiibos releasing tomorrow, January 17. After being temporarily sold out, Dark Samus and Richter are available to pre-order once again at multiple retailers.

Dark Samus, the major antagonist of the Metroid Prime trilogy, and Richter, the protagonist of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, are the newest Echo fighters in Ultimate. As Echo fighters, Dark Samus and Richter are essentially mirrored images of the character they are based on. Dark Samus is floatier than Samus, and Richter's Holy Water attack is aura-based rather than fire-based like Simon's. Like all Smash Bros. series Amiibos, you can scan Dark Samus and Richter into Ultimate and send them off to battle against other Amiibos to level them up and earn rewards.

Nintendo revealed Dark Samus and Richter last November. Pre-orders were sold out up until recently, though Amazon is still currently out of stock. If you're looking to pick up either Dark Samus or Richter (or both), you'll probably want to do so sooner rather than later. Amiibos tend to come and go and third-party resellers jack up the prices post-launch once stores run out of stock.

Dark Samus made her first appearance in Metroid Prime

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Richter Belmont is a descendant of Simon Belmont in the Castlevania series

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Adding Cuphead As A Mii Fighter Costume

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:12

Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the next DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but that's not the only new addition coming to the game this month. During the Smash DLC reveal stream, game director Masahiro Sakurai showcased another wave of Mii Fighter costumes, and there are some surprising choices, including Cuphead.

Like the Sans costume that released alongside Banjo and Kazooie last September, the Cuphead costume is for Mii Gunners and looks like the actual character it's based on. The costume also comes with its own music track: Floral Fury.

In addition to Cuphead, the next wave of Mii Fighter costumes includes Assassin's Creed's Altair (Swordfighter), a Rabbids hat, and Mega Man X and MegaMan.exe (Gunner). You can take a look at the new costumes below.

The next wave of Mii Fighter costumes launches on January 28, the same day that the Byleth character pack arrives. Each costume can be purchased for $0.75 USD. The Byleth pack, meanwhile, is included as part of Smash's $25 Fighters Pass and comes with a new stage--Garreg Mach Monastery--and 11 tracks taken from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If you don't have the Fighters Pass, you can also pick up the Byleth character pack individually for $6 USD.

While Byleth is the fifth and final Fighters Pass character, there's still more DLC on the way. During the stream, Sakurai confirmed that six additional fighters are in development for the game. Sakurai says all six have already been chosen, but hasn't dropped any hints as to who they'll be. All six of the characters will be included as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. You can pre-purchase the pass starting January 28, and if you do pick it up, you'll get a bonus Mii Fighter costume based on the Ancient Armor from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Joker Fights Dirty In The New Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Trailer

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:08

Netherrealm Studios has revealed gameplay for Mortal Kombat 11's next guest character, The Joker. First shown last year, along with five other characters including The Terminator, The Joker is the second guest fighter to make his way into Mortal Kombat 11's in the current Kombat Pack. The character's debut marks the first time a DC Comics villain has appeared in a mainline Mortal Kombat game--with exception to MK vs DC Universe--and he'll be available to play in early access on January 28 for current owners of the DLC bundle.

In the new gameplay trailer, we see how The Joker's combat style fits into MK11. His look is unlike any of his other appearances in other games, which makes for a less jarring interpretation of the character's debut in the ultra-violent Mortal Kombat. For anyone who's played the Injustice games, also developed by Netherrealm Studios, you'll see many similarities with how the character fights in MK11. With that said, the Clown Prince of Crime won't be tethered to Injustice's teen-rating, and his skills and tricks are far more brutal. In addition to using his cane to bludgeon his foes during his Fatal Blow--recalling his infamous killing of Jason Todd from the comics--he can also use Batman dummy, which conceals a gun.

There's a lot of regular call outs to DC Comics lore with The Joker's appearance in MK11, and there are even some jokes made at the expense of the game. For instance, Joker's fatality brings back the series' famous Friendship finisher--a non-violent way to conclude a match from classic Mortal Kombat. However, it quickly turns violent when the cake that Joker hands to his opponent are packed with explosives, turning the friendship into a proper fatality.

Much like previous roster updates for MK11, new costumes will also be added to the game. Available on January 28, the new outfits take inspiration from DC's Elseworlds line--which focuses on alternate-history storylines. Revealed in the trailer, Kitana has a Catwoman inspired costume, Baraka gets a Killer Crock skin and a Darkseid outfit for Garras. However, the one that's most exciting of all is Noob Saibot's new costume that turns him into The Batman Who Laughs, an evil alternate universe Batman who takes on the mantle of the Joker.

With the upcoming release of The Joker, there's only one character that remains in MK11's Kombat Pack, Image Comics' Spawn. Set for release in March, Spawn's debut will mark the end of the first slate of bonus characters coming to MK11. However, there could be the possibility of other characters making an appearance in a future fighter pack. There's been supposed leaks of Ash from Evil Dead possibly making an appearance, but we've yet to see any official word of that at this time.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Announces Byleth As Fifth Fighters Pass Character

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 00:52

Nintendo has announced the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character as part of the first Fighter Pass. In a special presentation by game director Masahiro Sakurai showed a short trailer announcing the new character: Byleth, from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

As in Three Houses, you can play as male or female Byleth, and you have access to the powerful Heroes Relics from the game as weapons. Those will change depending on your stick direction, and they serve different purposes. The sword is good for dash attacks, while the whip is a flurry attack, and the axe lends itself to launch power. The bow is used for neutral attacks. Byleth has low mobility, which Sakurai said is slightly better than Robin's.

Byleth's Final Smash is called "Progenitor God Ruptured Heaven," and lets you join forces with Sothis. Byleth also has alternate colors based on Sothis and the House leaders.

Naturally, Byleth will come alongside a new map, the Garreg Mach Monastery. It features different parts of the iconic location, with representatives from each of the houses hanging out together. The Marketplace has members of Blue Lion House (Dimitri, Dedue, and Ingrid), and if you destroy the market booths the stage expands. The Reception Hall houses Black Eagles House members Edelgard, Dorothea, and Petra. The Bridge has Golden Deer House members Claude, Hilda, and Lorenz. The Cathedral includes Seteth, Rhea, and Flayn. Locations cycle about every 2.5 minutes.

Byleth will be available on January 28 for $5.99 individually, or as part of the Fighters Pass. This is the fifth and final character as part of the Fighters Pass, which costs $25 USD / $37 AUD / £20 GBP. The other four have included Joker (Persona 5), Hero (Dragon Quest), Banjo and Kazooie (Banjo Kazooie), and Terry Bogard (Fatal Fury). This marks the end of this pass, but Nintendo has already promised that more characters are coming.

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