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PS4 Pro And PS Plus Get Temporary Price Cut In UK For Black Friday

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 02:34

Ahead of Black Friday this week, Sony has cut the RRP of its PS4 Pro bundles and PlayStation Plus subscriptions in the UK. The PS4 Pro is now available in a number of bundles for £300, while a year's worth of PS Plus now costs £37.50, just below what 12 months used to cost before this year's PS Plus price increase.

Two PS4 Pro deals have come into effect with the price cut: one bundling a PS4 Pro system with FIFA 18 and Call of Duty: WWII, and one featuring either the Jet Black or Glacier White PS4 Pro along with Call of Duty: WWII and Gran Turismo Sport. Both of these bundles will cost £300 (where the system usually costs £340 by itself), a price that is available from now until 11:59 PM GMT on Monday, November 27. The PS Plus offer, meanwhile, applies from "participating retailers" and from the PlayStation Store until 10 AM GMT the following day (Tuesday, November 28).

Finally, a number of games will be discounted by up to 60% on the PS Store from 12:01 AM this Wednesday, November 23. Those discounts are already live for PS Plus members, and they include games like Mirror's Edge Catalyst (£6.19), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Remastered (£6.19), and Rayman Legends (£5.50). Those deals are good until 11:59 PM GMT on Monday, November 27.

These aren't the only deals Sony has offered recently. The company recently slashed the price of its PSVR and Gran Turismo Sport / Skyrim VR bundles to £300. For more UK-specific deals, check out all the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and 3DS games on sale at Game for Black Friday. Alternatively, check out all our Black Friday US deals below.

Top 10 UK Sales Chart: Star Wars Battlefront 2 Fails To Top Chart In Debut Week

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:21

Star Wars Battlefront II launched on PS4, Xbox One, and PC amid much controversy last week, and now it has failed to top the UK chart for its first week on sale. The sci-fi shooter was "narrowly" beaten by Call of Duty: WWII in that game's third week of availability, according to sales monitor Chart Track.

What's more, GamesIndustry.biz reports that Battlefront II's UK physical sales were down 61% compared to the 2015 series reboot, Star Wars Battlefront. Some of that shortfall would have been recovered in increasing digital sales, but it's unlikely enough units would have been sold over PSN, Xbox Live, and Origin to make up that gulf.

Battlefront II has been shrouded in controversy since its beta in October. Fans accused the game's multiplayer progression system of being confusing and "pay-to-win," before EA tweaked how it worked and later removed microtransactions altogether, albeit temporarily. The company's stock price has since fallen. We awarded the game a 6/10 in our Star Wars Battlefront 2 review-in-progress.

In contrast, Call of Duty: WWII launched two weeks prior to critical acclaim and commercial success. During its opening weekend, the game sold twice as many copies as Infinite Warfare did during the same period last year, taking over $500m in that period. Microtransactions are coming to Call of Duty: WWII, though they've been delayed so lingering server issues could be fixed.

Below the pair of shooters in the UK chart this week lies FIFA 18, while Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon debut at No.4 and No.5, respectively. We enjoyed the pair of new Pokemon games; critic Kallie Plagge said they offer a "fun-filled and uplifting Pokemon adventure" that includes "enough changes to stand apart as the definitive version of the seventh generation games." Read more in our full Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon review.

Other new titles this week include The Sims 4--which has just launched on PS4 and Xbox One following its PC release in 2014--at No.7, LA Noire Remastered at No.8, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 at No.10. You can read the full top 10 sales chart below, courtesy of UKIE and Chart-Track. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Star Wars Battlefront II
  3. FIFA 18
  4. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  5. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  6. Assassin's Creed Origins
  7. The Sims 4
  8. LA Noire Remastered
  9. Super Mario Odyssey
  10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Former Star Wars Han Solo Movie Co-Director Comments On Being Fired

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:16

The upcoming Star Wars spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story was set to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but the pair were replaced by Ron Howard in June, a few weeks before the completion of principal photography. Lord has now commented on their departure for the first time.

The director, who is best known for The Lego Movie and the Jump Street films, was asked about the situation in an interview with Vulture. Lord gives a unsurprisingly diplomatic answer that nevertheless recognises that there were serious differences in the approach to the movie that led to him and Miller being fired. "We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators," he said. "I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big.

"Sometimes people break up, and it's really sad, and it's really disappointing. But it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we're better filmmakers for it. We're really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best."

Although the official statement issued by Lucasfilm at the time of Lord and Miller's exit suggested that it was an amicable departure based on "creative differences," subsequent reports stated that they were in fact fired due to clashes with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Last month it was rumored that Howard had reshot a lot of the film--possibly up to 80% of it. Co-star Thandie Newton subsequently denied that this was the case, but even if the reshoots were less extensive than initially thought, there is no doubt that the length of Howard's production was far longer than the few weeks of reshoots that were initially suggested. Production recommenced in June and didn't finish until mid-October. In addition, the scale of the reshoots meant that at least one role had to be recast, with Paul Bettany replacing Michael K. Williams.

Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Emilia Clarke also star. It hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

Rainbow Six Siege DLC For Year 3 Announced, New Maps And Operators Coming

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:16

Ubisoft has announced that Rainbow Six Siege will receive a third year of DLC and additional support next year. Over the course of 2018, eight new Operators, two new maps, and one "existing map makeover" will be added to the shooter.

Year 3--as with Year 1 and Year 2--will consist of four seasons, each including two new Operators. The first of those four seasons is called Operation Chimera, which will include "biohazard specialist" characters from France and Russia. It will also include Outbreak, a new, limited-time co-op event. Outbreak is free-to-play for Siege owners, and it will take place over four weeks during Year 3 Season 1.

Following Operation Chimera, Season 2 will include two new Italian GIS Operators and a new map set in Italy. Season 3, meanwhile, will bring one character from the UK's Scotland Yard and one from the US's Delta Force. Additionally, an existing map will be reworked for this season, bringing "considerable changes to level design and art direction." Ubisoft says "the essence of the map will remain the same, but the gameplay and tactics will be completely different." Finally, Season 4 will introduce two Moroccan Operators and a new map from the same region.

Year 3's season pass will be available to purchase on December 12. Little more is known about Year 3 or Operation Chimera at present, though Ubisoft says more will be revealed at the Six Invitational esports tournament in February.

Ubisoft has continued to support Siege since its launch in December 2015. The final season of Year 2, Operation White Noise, arrives soon, bringing with it a new map and three new Operators. For more, check out all the details for Rainbow Six Siege's Operation White Noise.

Siege's previous big expansion, Operation Blood Orchid, was released in September. It included the new Theme Park map as well as three operators: Ela, Ying, and Lesion. Traditionally, Rainbow Six Siege DLC drops have included just two operators, but both Blood Orchid and White Noise contain three due to the dedicated Poland expansion being canceled earlier this year.

Doomsday Clock #1 Successfully Combines The DC And Watchmen Universes

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:57

DC's newest event is a self-contained mini-series that pays homage to one of the greatest comic stories of all time, Watchmen, all while introducing it into the DC Universe. This is something we've all known has been coming, since the DC Rebirth one-shot hit comic shops back in May 2016, when fans around the world found out that Dr. Manhattan had a hand in shaping the current DC Universe.

But is Doomsday Clock any good, or does it fall flat like 2012's Before Watchmen series? Obviously, nothing will live up to Watchmen, but judging from the first issue of Doomsday Clock, DC has something special on its hands that adds to the mythos of these characters and the world they inhabit.

The first issue is relatively inclusive. You don't need to be a Watchmen or DC expert to truly understand what this book tries to accomplish. Does it help to have read Watchmen to fully appreciate all the subtle nuances and references? Sure it does, but not having read the original mini-series won't hinder the audience's understanding of the plot, the characters, or the world this all takes place in.

Doomsday Clock #1 takes place seven years after the events of Watchmen, and the opening pages do a fine job at delivering expositional narration that doesn't feel like expositional narration. That's because it's introducing us to the narrator--a familiar character who now has an obsession with breakfast--as well as driving the story. The missing years are condensed and the reader is brought right up to speed. There is no time to waste in what seems to be a book that has the potential to change the DCU forever. The story's hook is intriguing, and it's a page-turner with an exciting hook to keep the reader engaged.

Writer Geoff Johns has channeled the pacing and tonality Alan Moore presented in the original Watchmen and put his own twist on it. While Johns is a fabulous writer who has put his stamp on many series, this doesn't feel like a quintessential Geoff Johns book. Watchmen had this underlying idea that you can't trust anyone because an enemy could be around every corner. Johns hits on that sense of paranoia pretty well. He doesn't nail it out-of-the-park in that regard, but he comes close. Where the writing truly shines is in how the book is slower-paced and each scene feels meticulously crafted. Johns' style has changed for the majority of the first issue, and while we can't get into any details within this review, we do see his multiple writing styles--mixing Moore's pacing and structure with his own, contemporary comic writing--within the first issue. It's noticeable when it happens, but this change happens for a reason. Everything happens for a reason in the first issue.

Johns, artist Gary Frank, and colorist Brad Anderson are an exceptionally underrated creative team. Their work on the Action Comics story "Brainiac" is one of the greatest Superman stories ever told. The art team continues to deliver some brilliant visuals in Doomsday Clock #1. Frank's interpretation of the Watchmen Universe works. The layouts are reminiscent of Dave Gibbon's style in the original 1986 book, but Frank is making this story his own. The story feels theatrical and epic, even when it's just a few people riding in a car. In addition, Anderson's colorwork is solid. There is a bit of disappointment that his work has a bit too much depth, as John Higgins's colors in Watchmen were a bit more flat, but Anderson is working within the same color palette as Higgins. However, it would have been nice to see a little more use of purple within the first issue, as that was a big part of the original comic.

Doomsday Clock is an interesting book to say the least. Many hold Watchmen to be a sacred story, one that should be its own separate entity and left untouched. It is a phenomenal book, but Doomsday Clock only adds to that mythos. While it probably won't be as groundbreaking as the original story it follows, the first issue is compelling, and the creative team behind the mini-series is a trustworthy team, one that you should feel comfortable with telling this story. The story feels logical, as the events leading up to this in Rebirth and the Batman/Flash crossover "The Button" have prepared readers for the Watchmen's arrival. Thankfully, it works, and even those who are extremely skeptical of this story will find this first issue worthy of the Watchmen name.

Doomsday Clock #1 hits comic shops on Wednesday, November 22 and will cost $5.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Release Date Announced, And It's Soon

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:03

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the Animal Crossing game for mobile that was announced during a Nintendo Direct in October, finally has an official release date. The game will launch worldwide on November 22, according to the game's Twitter account.

Pocket Camp soft-launched in Australia late last month. It's common for big games to launch in smaller markets for the purposes of testing before coming to major regions like North America and Europe.

Pocket Camp was initially due out sooner, but Nintendo delayed it to make room for Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Mario Run. While the delay might have been a bummer, the timing of its release good if you're traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and are looking for something to play on your way to wherever you may be going. What's less than great is Pocket Camp requires an internet connection.

Pocket Camp is free on iOS and Android. Like other free games, Pocket Camp also features microtransactions; you can spend real money to purchase "Leaf Tickets" to speed up your progress. These can also be acquired through gameplay.

Nintendo says Pocket Camp will have have regular content updates, including "seasonal events" along with furniture and outfit items that you can get for a limited time.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, And Switch

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:29

The next Valkyria Chronicles game has been announced. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is due out in Spring 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, publisher Sega announced today.

The game is set in a fictional version of Europe in World War II, according to Kotaku. The game features a fix of turn-based and shooting elements as you take part in various battles. You play a handful of characters, including the "eager, young Commander Claude Wallace, engineer/heavy weapons extraordinaire Riley Miller, hotheaded Darcsen Raz, ice-cold ace sniper Kai Schulen, and more."

A press release goes on to say that all of these characters will "experience the painful realities of war..."

Valkyria composer Hitoshi Sakimoto is coming back to again do the music for Valkyria Chronicles 4. A teaser website for the game has opened, but there isn't much on it. For now, you can check out the first trailer embedded above.

The Valkyria Chronicles series started in 2008 with Valkyria Chronicles for PlayStation 3, followed by a PSP sequel in 2010. The Japan-only Valkyria Chronicles 3 followed for PSP in 2011; it was not released in English, but fans took matters into their own hands.

Justice League Opens Below Expectations In The US

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:39

The newest Warner Bros. superhero movie, Justice League, opened on Friday and it was a big hit, bringing in $96 million in the US and Canada to open at No. 1, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, that figure is below industry predictions of around $110 million. Not only that, but Justice League is now the first of the five DC Extended Universe films to open with less than $100 million in the US. It's behind Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million), Suicide Squad ($133.7 million), and Batman v Superman ($166 million).

Despite all of that, $96 million is a huge figure and it's just one piece of the pie. Justice League made $185.5 million from international markets this weekend, pushing its global haul to $281.5 million after just one weekend. The film reportedly had a $300 million budget.

What's not great for Justice League is that its reviews landed all over the place, including poor scores. The film received a B-plus CinemaScore rating, which isn't bad, but also not great. That rating is based on polls of movie-goers.

Justice League has a strong lineup of actors that includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill as Superman. Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), and Ciaran Hinds (Steppenwolf) also star in the film.

The No. 2 film of the weekend was Wonder, the drama starring Julia Roberts that made $27.1 million in the Friday-Sunday period. It was only projected to make around $10 million for its opening, so the actual results are quite impressive. The film picked up a very-good A-Plus CinemaScore rating, which suggests second-weekend performance could be strong as well thanks to positive word-of-mouth. From The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky focuses on a boy with a facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) trying to fit in at school. Roberts plays his mother.

Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok came in third this weekend, making another $21.8 million, with Daddy's Home 2 ($14.8 million) and Murder on the Orient Express ($13.8 million) rounding out the top five.

Below are the Top 10 movies at the US/Canadian box office for November 17-19, as rounded up and compiled by EW.

  1. Justice League — $96 million
  2. Wonder — $27.1 million
  3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21.8 million
  4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14.8 million
  5. Murder on the Orient Express — $13.8 million
  6. The Star — $10 million
  7. A Bad Moms Christmas — $6.9 million
  8. Lady Bird — $2.5 million
  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $1.1 million
  10. Jigsaw — $1.1 million

PlayStation's News This Week Is All About Black Friday Deals and Game Updates

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:07

From the highly negative response to the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its quick, but temporary, elimination of microtransactions, this week has had a lot in store not only for the industry as a whole, but on PlayStation's front as well. This week has meant a plethora of pre-Black Friday sales and retailer ads, as well as a number of updates to fan-favorite titles.

New and Forthcoming Releases

Destiny 2

First Look At The Lighthouse: Take a peek at the new social space that will release alongside Destiny 2's first expansion The Curse of Osiris.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Launch: Reviews, Release Date, Gameplay Videos, And Everything Else You Need To Know: Star Wars Battle Front 2 is finally out in the open. Don't know where to jump in? Start here.

PSVR

Two PS4 VR Games Delayed To 2018: The Inpaitent and Bravo Team won't see the light of day in 2017. Developer Supermassive Games has delayed the two titles into early 2018.

Updates and DLC

Fortnite

The Latest Fortnite Battle Royale Update Is All About Balance: The latest Fortnite Battle Royale update adds the silenced SMG and some weapon balances, and addresses malicious team killers.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

New Ghost Recon: Wildlands Update For Ghost War Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes: An all-new class, maps and more are part of Wildland's Ghost War mode now.

Overwatch

Overwatch's Newest Hero, Moira, Is Now Available For Everyone: Overwatch's 26th hero is out of beta and in the full game. Moira is a primarily a healer, but can alternate with a life-sucking, offensive blow.

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Multiplayer DLC Out Now: After a rough beta period and delay, FFXV's multiplayer expansion is live. It can be purchased for $20 individually, or downloaded via the season pass.

Deals

PlayStation Plus

Free November 2017 PS Plus PS4 Games Are Out On PlayStation Store: November's seven free titles are available now for PlayStation Plus members. Highlights: Bound, Worms Battlegrounds, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

PS4's PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Sale Live Early For PS Plus Members: PlayStation Plus members can get their hands on the PlayStation Store's digital deals a few days early. The sale is live now until November 21.

Black Friday

Amazon Black Friday 2017 Deals Countdown: PC, PS4, Xbox One Bundles Discounted: Hop on before Black Friday to snag yourself a sweet deal on a PSVR or Xbox One S bundle.

PS4 Black Friday 2017 Ad Early Deals: All Of The PlayStation 4 Games, Consoles, And Accessories On Sale: Every deal we've seen for PS4 systems, games and accessories all in one place.

Check out the Black Friday deals from the PlayStation Store, Toys R US, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, Newegg, Micro Center, and in the UK.

Looking for a specific title? Check out every deal we know about for Assassin's Creed Origins, Madden 18, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Call of Duty: WWII, NBA 2K18, and Destiny 2.

Top New Games Out This Week On Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, And 3DS - November 19

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:00

Every Sunday, New Releases takes a look at some of the hottest games releasing that week, and this time around we have lots of options for gaming on the go. Of course, you could also stay home and play Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV on your PlayStation VR. Alternatively, you can cook up some fun with Battle Chef Brigade, or lay the smackdown on some thugs in River City: Rival Showdown. You can also command all sorts of infantrymen and vehicles in Tiny Metal, or hop behind the driver's seat of Gear Club Unlimited.

Battle Chef Brigade -- November 20

Available on: PC, PS4, Switch

When you think of cooking, you probably don't picture a half-beat 'em up, half-puzzle game. But that's exactly how Battle Chef Brigade operates. You have to hunt down your food before you can cook it up--it's all part of the tournament to join the brigade itself.

Further Reading:

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV -- November 21

Available on: PS4

Square Enix's first crack at VR is a full-fledged game based on Prince Noctis's favorite hobby. Between all the different lures, rods, and fishing spots, there are plenty of creatures to reel in--and this game definitely doesn't shy away from boss battles either.

Further Reading:

River City: Rival Showdown -- November 21

Available on: 3DS

It's been 25 years since River City Ransom launched, and this 3DS remake is finally coming stateside for another round. Along with new portability come a new art style and multiple endings.

Gear Club Unlimited -- November 21

Available on: Switch

Nintendo Switch gets its first sim-style racing game this week. Between all the famous cars and 400 tracks to race them across, you have plenty of room to floor it. Four-player local split-screen races and online leaderboards ain't too shabby either.

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Tiny Metal -- November 21

Available on: PC, PS4, Switch

If you've been itching for a new Advance Wars game, Tiny Metal is the next best thing. You've got tons of troops to command across a tile-based board, and a character-driven campaign to conquer along the way. It's not the size of the metal--it's how you use it.

Jeffrey Tambor Leaves Transparent Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:37

Actor Jeffrey Tambor has dropped out of the Emmy-winning Amazon TV Transparent amid sexual harassment allegations by members of the production team. Speaking to Deadline, Tambor said playing Maura Pfefferman on the show as "one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life."

He added that it has become clear over the past two weeks that "this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago." Tambor went on to respond to the allegations, saying it is "utterly untrue" that he would "deliberately harass" anyone.

"I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue," Tambo said. "Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent."

Following the accusations, the Transparent writing team reportedly held discussions about writing Tambor's character out of the show for its new season. According to Deadline's sources, Amazon hadn't renewed Tambor's contract, even before the allegations surfaced, so it was possible he was always on the way out.

In his first public statement following the allegations, Tambor said he recognises that he "hasn't always been the easiest person to work with." He added, "I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator--ever."

Tambor received high praise for his role on Transparent, winning an Emmy for his performance. He also starred in Arrested Development

EA Stock Price Drops After Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransaction Removal

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:13

Late last week, on the eve of Star Wars: Battlefront II's wide release, Electronic Arts made the huge announcement that it was temporarily removing microtransactions. EA did so in the wake of a wave of criticism about how players could spend money to buy loot boxes, which contain items that theoretically provide an advantage on the battlefield. It appears that Wall Street is taking notice of this move, as EA's stock price closed on Friday, November 17--the day Battlefront II came out--down by around 2.5 percent.

That comes out to around $2.78, dropping EA's stock price to $108.82 at market close on Friday. The market opens again on Monday morning, so we'll see what happens then. For the month overall, EA's stock price is down by 7 percent, though for the full year, EA is doing incredibly well; it's stock price is up 42 percent this year.

EA submitted documentation with the United States Securities & Exchange Commission last week that said the removal of microtransaction is "not expected to have a material impact on EA's fiscal year 2018 financial guidance." For the year ending March 31, 2018, EA expects to make $5.075 billion in revenue and a profit of $1.136 billion.

EA will add microtransactions back to Battlefront II in the future, though it remains to be seen when they'll come back and if the progression/loot crate system is changed. If microtransactions come back before the end of EA's FY18, EA's revenue and profit could be even higher.

Star Wars: Battlefront II's microtransaction/loot crate system was highly contentious and controversial running back to when players discovered how the system worked in October's open beta. Loot boxes come with random items, but instead of things that are cosmetic only, they can also contain game-affecting things like deadlier grenades or cloaking abilities that give players a theoretical advantage.

EA's statement on the removal of Battlefront II's microtransactions quoted DICE boss Oska Gabrielson as saying, "We've heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we've heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn't get this right."

With all in-game purchases for Battlefront II now removed, progression is now exclusively tied to gameplay. EA is bringing back microtransactions "at a later date," but not until the studio has time to make unspecified "changes to the game." More details on this changes will come later as DICE considers more feedback and date. One possibility is that Battlefront II's microtransactions will return as cosmetic only, as is the case in Overwatch and other games, though this is just speculation.

"We have created a game that is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow," Gabrielson explained.

Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Responds To Games-As-A-Service Speculation With An Amazing Tweet

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:33

The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is one of the most anticipated games across the entire industry. Given the new trend towards the games-as-a-service model, some are wondering if the Polish studio's new game will follow suit. That remains to be seen, but now CD Projekt Red has told fans not to worry, as Cyberpunk 2077 will offer "honest gaming" instead of something slimy.

In response to this Pretty Good Gaming video in which the hosts speculate on whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 may use a games-as-a-service model, CD Projekt Red released probably one of the strongest video game tweets of the year.

"Worry not. When thinking Cyberpunk 2077, think nothing less than The Witcher 3--huge single-player, open world, story-driven RPG," reads a line from the tweet. "No hidden catch, you get what you pay for--no bullsh**; just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others."

Pretty Good Gaming's video used quotes from CD Projekt Red management in an interview Polish financial publication Strefa. The studio said CD Projekt Red wants to make Cyberpunk 2077 even more commercially successful than The Witcher 3 (of course), with the suggestion that it having an online element--which it might--helping the game to do this.

It is understandable and expected that CD Projekt Red would want Cyberpunk 2077 to be even more of a success than The Witcher 3. The Witcher 3 has reportedly sold 10 million copies. Often times games use an online element to help maintain and grow its playerbase over time. The Witcher 3 has no multiplayer mode, and, impressively, its sales still managed to grow more than a year after release. Back in 2013, CD Projekt Red confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have some multiplayer element, but it remains to be seen what this will be.

Cyberpunk 2077 in a dystopian future and is being made in partnership with Cyberpunk RPG designer Mike Pondsmith. Platforms have not been announced, but PS4, Xbox One, and PC seem likely.

In October, CD Projekt Red said development on Cyberpunk 2077 is "progressing as planned," adding that "in this case, silence is the cost of making a great game." Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red acknowledged that early Cyberpunk 2077 files had leaked and were being held for ransom.

The Latest Fortnite Battle Royale Update Is All About Balance

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:02

Fortnite's latest updates its free-to-play mode Battle Royale are here, and all about balance. This latest update has added a brand new weapon, shifted some of the balance on other weapons, and picks up some of the slack on team killers.

This update brings in a new version of the SMG, a much more stealthy and quiet version: the silenced SMG. But this isn't the only weapon at attention with these changes. The standard SMG will be improved in terms of damage and magazine size.

In additions to balancing the SMG, the supposed legendary drop of the bush consumable isn't so legendary any more. The devs heard your feedback and have lowered the drop rate for the item, making it just a wee bit harder to get your hands on.

Going forward, the team does want to make the fan-made rocket and grenade riding an actual feature of the game. Support will eventually come, as long as it doesn't cause any game-breaking issues. A public test server is also in the works.

As for team kills, Epic is finally addressing the issue. After admitting that team kills were something the team did drop the ball on, they are working towards a solution. It should be noted that this update doesn't fix the issue. As of right now, all you can do as a player is report those who are playing in malicious and unfair ways, and your feedback will help develop the system they intend to put into place as a solution.

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation White Noise Operators And Map Details Revealed

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:32

Rainbow Six Siege's Pro Finals are well underway, and with them comes new details about the latest expansion for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One game. We got our hands on Operation White Noise and tried its new operators and its beautiful new map, Mok Myeok Tower, and you can see all the new gameplay footage in our video above. We're still waiting on a release date, but technical test servers for Operation White Noise go live on November 20.

We knew Operation White Noise was bringing a "high-tech communications tower" in Seoul to the game, but now we got to check out this beautiful new level for ourselves. It's a three level map where defenders get the bottom two floors and attackers get the top two floors plus exterior, providing lots of opportunity for vertical gunfights. The interior space puts both teams on even footing.

The first of the three new operators, Dokkaebi, is focused on hacking cameras and opponents' cell phones, which is a major game changer for attackers. The other attacker, Zofia, fires concussion and impact grenades at range, allowing her to play a key support role. The third Operator, defender Vigil, has an ability that renders him invisible to drones and cameras, a good counterpoint to Dokkaebi.

Rainbow Six Siege's free weekend ends today on PS4 for PS Plus subscribers and on Xbox One owners with a Xbox Live Gold membership. You can also pick up the game at a 60% discount until November 27. Players who purchase the game after the free weekend will be able to carry their progress over to the full title. Many retailers are also offering discounts on Rainbow Six Siege as part of their Black Friday sales; Walmart will have the title for $19, while the Gold Year 2 Edition will be $25 at Best Buy.

Call Of Duty: The Highs And Lows

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:00

On last week's episode of Reboot, Mike and Jake discussed the many shortcomings of Call of Duty: WWII's campaign. This week, they dig deeper into the franchise, answer viewer questions, and discuss what makes a good World War II game.

The gruesome twosome also delves into behind-the-scenes aspects of their process, from forming an argument for each episode of the show, and what it means when their opinion conflicts with those of other GameSpot's staffers. (Hint: It's really not that surprising).

This week also marks the penultimate episode of Reboot's second season. So be sure to comment on this video or hit Mike and Jake up on Twitter, with suggestions of how they can improve the show going forward. It's been a fun ride, and they're looking forward to more episodes to come.

Assassin's Creed Origins Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:31

It's almost Black Friday. The annual shopping bonanza is coming up this Friday, November 25, and there are going to be quite a lot of video game deals to be had. One game marked down nicely is Ubisoft's newly released Assassin's Creed Origins.

The ambitious, open-world game set in Ancient Egypt launched on October 27 behind a mostly positive critical reception. Best Buy and Target will have the title for only $35 on Black Friday, while Toys R Us will offer the game for $40. Meanwhile, GameStop will offer a discount on the game + Season Pass, cutting it down to $70.

While you have to wait until Black Friday for those deals, the Xbox and PlayStation Stores are selling Origins right now for only $42. If you're OK without a disc and want to play right now, that's a nice option to have.

GameSpot's Assassin's Creed: Origins review scored the game a 7/10. Reviewer Alessandro Fillari said the game reaches new heights in its Egypt setting, but unfortunately, the game "routinely runs into issues that bog down the overall experience." You can read our full review here.

A new Origins update released last week squashed some bugs and made other tweaks to the experience; here are the patch notes.

You can check out a complete list of Assassin's Creed: Origins deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We'll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Assassin's Creed: Origins Black Friday 2017 Deals
  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)
  • $42 (PlayStation/Xbox digital store)
  • $70 (for the game and season pass; GameStop)
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Madden 18 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:10

Black Friday is right around the corner. One of this year's biggest sports games, Madden NFL 18, is among the titles that will be on sale. Now that some of the big retailers have revealed their flyers for Black Friday, we know how much you'll be able to get it for.

Best Buy, Target, and Toys R Us will have the pro football game for half off, dropping it down to just $30. GameStop has an even sweeter deal, offering the game for only $27.

If you don't want to wait until Black Friday and are OK without a disc, both the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store currently have Madden NFL 18 for only $30.

GameSpot's Madden 18 review scored the game a 9/10. We praised its use of the Frostbite engine to allow for "new levels of realism," while the game's single-player story mode, Longshot, also received a lot of praise. You can read our full review here.

You can check out a complete list of Madden NFL 18 deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We'll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Madden NFL 18 Black Friday 2017 Deals
  • $27 (GameStop)
  • $30 (Best Buy/Toys R Us/Target)
  • $30 (Xbox Store/PlayStation Store)
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Xbox One's Biggest News Of The Week Includes More Backwards Compatibility Titles And Loads Of Deals

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:47

Star Wars Battlefront II is finally available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 but things aren't as good as they could be for EA's stock. Elsewhere, more Games with Gold titles are available now and we also saw the addition of four more Xbox 360 titles to the backwards compatibility library. But in other Xbox highlights, the Black Friday ads have dropped, and there's one particularly bizarre deal involving jewelry and an Xbox One S.

New and Forthcoming Releases

Destiny 2

First Look At The Lighthouse: Take a peek at the new social space that will release alongside Destiny 2's first expansion The Curse of Osiris.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront II Launch: Reviews, Release Date, Gameplay Videos, And Everything Else You Need To Know: Star Wars Battlefront II is finally out in the open. Don't know where to jump in? Start here.

Backwards Compatibility

Four More Xbox One Backwards Compatible Games Now Available: Persona 4 Arena, Tecmo Bowl Throwback and two more 360 titles have joined Xbox One's backwards compatibility library this week.

Updates And DLC

Fortnite

The Latest Fortnite Battle Royale Update Is All About Balance: The latest Fortnite Battle Royale update adds the silenced SMG and some weapon balances, and addresses malicious team killers.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

New Ghost Recon: Wildlands Update For Ghost War Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes: An all-new class, maps and more are part of Wildland's Ghost War mode now.

Overwatch

Overwatch's Newest Hero, Moira, Is Now Available For Everyone: Overwatch's 26th hero is out of beta and in the full game. Moira is a primarily a healer, but can alternate with a life-sucking, offensive blow.

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Multiplayer DLC Out Now: After a rough beta period and delay, FFXV's multiplayer expansion is live. It can be purchased for $20 individually, or downloaded via the season pass.

Deals

Xbox Live Gold

New Free Xbox One Games With Gold Titles Out Now: The second half of November's free games for Gold members are live now. Make sure to download Tales From the Borderlands and Trackmania Turbo from the store before the end of the month.

Get Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass For Just $1 Right Now If You're A New Subscriber: Now's the perfect time to grab yourself a new Xbox Live Gold subscription if you've never tried the service before.

Spend $1000 On Diamonds, Get A Free Xbox One S: From November 22 to December 24, get your haul of diamonds, and an Xbox too.

Black Friday

Amazon Black Friday 2017 Deals Countdown: PC, PS4, Xbox One Bundles Discounted: Hop on before Black Friday to snag yourself a sweet deal on a PSVR or Xbox One S bundle.

Xbox One Black Friday 2017 Ad Early Deals: All The Games, Consoles, Accessories On Sale: Catch all this year's Black Friday deals for Xbox One consoles, games, and accessories right here. You can also check out the Black Friday deals from the PlayStation Store, Toys R US, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, Newegg, Micro Center, and in the UK. Looking for a specific title? Check out every deal we know about for Assassin's Creed Origins, Madden 18, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Call of Duty: WWII, NBA 2K18, and Destiny 2.

Let's Play Resident Evil 7 Part 2 - Resident Kinevil

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:00

Resident Kinevil is many things. It's a thrill ride. It's a buddy cop drama. It's the tragedy of a friendship shattered and put back together again, all in the name of anti-bioterrorism.

But on this episode, things actually get kind of scary. We won't spoil anything for you, but this may be the least composed Mike has ever been over the course of seven seasons. Be sure to make fun of him at your earliest convenience.

For more like the video above, catch up on Resident Kinevil, in which Mike Mahardy and former GameSpotter Mary Kish make their way through every numbered Resident Evil game. You can watch it on the show's GameSpot page, or here on its YouTube channel.

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