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Xbox Live Black Friday 2017 Early Deals: All The Xbox One Digital Games On Sale Right Now

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:07

Black Friday 2017 is still a week out, but Microsoft has kicked off the Xbox Store's big annual sale. There is a huge number of games discounted as part of it, although for now, only Xbox Live Gold members will have access before the sale expands to include everyone next week.

As you'd expect, the bulk of the offers are available on Xbox One, where you'll find hundreds of games discounted. There's also a ton of DLC on sale, but for our comprehensive list, we've focused on games, special editions, bundles, and season passes, rather than individual DLC packs. In many cases, these prices aren't the best ones available this Black Friday; physical copies are often cheaper, as you can see in our roundup of all the Xbox One Black Friday 2017 game deals. But if you're looking for the convenience of digital games, the premium may be worth it.

Among the games on sale are some very recent releases. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is $30, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is $40, Assassin's Creed Origins is $42, Need for Speed Payback is $36, The Evil Within 2 is $30, NBA 2K18 is $42, and WWE 2K18 is $36. Additionally, numerous Xbox 360 games are on sale, many of which can be played on Xbox One through backwards compatibility. Those include Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for $5, Bully: Scholarship Edition for $7.49, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas for $5 each, and Red Dead Redemption for $10. Across the board, you'll want to double check on pricing before jumping on a deal due to some oddities--for instance, The Witcher 3 for $20 looks good, but due to it seeing a larger discount, The Witcher 3: Complete Edition (which includes the game's DLC expansions) is also $20.

Below, you'll find our comprehensive list of all the Xbox One games, bundles, and season passes on sale. We've also included a limited selection of Xbox 360 games that support backwards compatibility on Xbox One. The full list is available on the Xbox website. For deals on hardware and accessories, as well as physical games, check out our full Xbox One Black Friday 2017 deals roundup. You can also see all of our Black Friday coverage through the links below.

Xbox Store Black Friday 2017 Game DealsXbox 360 (w/ Xbox One backwards compatibility support)
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare -- $2.49
  • BioShock -- $5
  • BioShock 2 -- $5
  • BioShock Infinite -- $7.49
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition -- $7.49
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night -- $5
  • Fallout 3 -- $4.94
  • Fallout: New Vegas -- $4.94
  • Gears of War -- $4.94
  • Gears of War 2 -- $5
  • Gears of War 3 -- $5
  • Gears of War: Judgment -- $5
  • Grand Theft Auto IV -- $8
  • Lost Odyssey -- $6.24
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance -- $8
  • Red Dead Redemption -- $9.89
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare -- $5
  • Rainbow Six Vegas -- $6.59
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2 -- $6.59
Xbox One
  • 7 Days to Die -- $9
  • Abzu -- $10
  • Agents of Mayhem -- $20
  • Arcade Game Series: 3-in-1 Pack -- $3.20
  • Ark: Survival Evolved -- $39
  • Armikrog -- $4
  • Assassin's Creed Triple Pack (Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate) -- $29.70
  • Assassin's Creed Origins -- $42
  • Assassin's Creed Origins Deluxe Edition -- $49
  • Assassin's Creed Origins Gold Edition -- $70
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate -- $20
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate Gold Edition -- $28
  • Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection -- $20
  • Assetto Corsa -- $18
  • Assetto Corsa DLC Season Pass -- $12
  • Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition -- $5
  • The Banner Saga -- $6
  • The Banner Saga 2 -- $10
  • Batman: The Telltale Series The Complete Series -- $7.50
  • Batman: The Enemy Within The Complete Series -- $15
  • Battleborn -- $7.50
  • Battlefield Bundle (BF4/Hardline) -- $27
  • Battlefield 1 & Titanfall 2 Ultimate Bundle -- $40
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution -- $30
  • Battlefield 1 Premium Pass -- $15
  • BioShock: The Collection -- $19.80
  • Black: The Fall -- $11.24
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection -- $19.80
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons -- $6
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition -- $45
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Deluxe Edition -- $75
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare -- $30
  • Call of Duty: infinite Warfare Deluxe Edition (w/ Modern Warfare Remastered) -- $65
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition (w/ Modern Warfare Remastered) -- $48
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered -- $30
  • Call of Duty: WWII Deluxe Edition -- $90
  • Cars 3: Driven to Win -- $25
  • Constructor -- $20
  • The Crew Ultimate Edition -- $25
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin -- $16
  • Dark Souls III -- $24
  • Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition -- $34
  • Dark Souls III Season Pass -- $10
  • Dead Island Definitive Collection -- $16
  • Dead Rising 4 -- $16
  • Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition -- $24
  • Dead Rising 4 Season Pass -- $4
  • Deadlight: Director's Cut -- $3
  • Defense Grid 2 -- $2.25
  • Destiny 2 -- $39
  • Destiny 2 Deluxe Edition -- $75
  • Destiny 2 + Expansion Pass Bundle -- $67.49
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided -- $9
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Deluxe Edition -- $13.50
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass -- $4.50
  • Dirt 4 -- $30
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition -- $10
  • Dishonored 2 -- $20
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider -- $15
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Deluxe Bundle -- $30
  • Dishonored: The Complete Collection -- $32
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection -- $8
  • Disneyland Adventures -- $19.49
  • The Division -- $15
  • The Division Gold Edition -- $29.70
  • Doodle God: Ultimate Edition -- $4
  • Doom -- $20
  • Double Dragon Pack -- $4
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Game of the Year Edition -- $10
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse -- $12
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass -- $19.50
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 -- $36
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition -- $45
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse Super Bundle -- $51
  • Dreamfall Chapters -- $15
  • Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition -- $20.09
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition -- $30
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited -- $10
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind -- $30
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition -- $20
  • The Escapists -- $5
  • The Evil Within -- $6.60
  • The Evil Within Digital Bundle -- $15
  • The Evil Within Season Pass -- $6
  • The Evil Within 2 -- $30
  • The Flame in the Flood -- $8
  • FIFA 18 & NBA Live 18 Bundle -- $40
  • FIFA 18 & NHL 18 Bundle -- $60
  • FIFA 18 & Need for Speed Payback Bundle -- $65
  • NHL 18 -- $30
  • NHL 18 Young Stars Deluxe Edition -- $50
  • NHL 18 Young Stars Edition -- $40
  • EA Sports UFC 2 -- $16
  • EA Sports UFC 2 Deluxe Edition -- $16.50
  • Enter the Gungeon -- $7.49
  • Evolve -- $7.50
  • Evolve Deluxe Edition -- $10
  • Evolve Ultimate Edition -- $12.50
  • F1 2017 -- $36
  • Fable Fortune (game preview) -- $9
  • Fallout 4 -- $20.09
  • Fallout 4 Season Pass -- $25
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition -- $30
  • Far Cry 4 -- $16
  • Far Cry Primal -- $20
  • Far Cry Primal Apex Edition -- $22
  • FIFA 18 -- $36
  • FIFA 18 Icon Edition -- $60
  • FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition -- $48
  • Final Fantasy XV -- $20
  • Final Fantasy XV Premium Edition -- $30
  • For Honor -- $24
  • For Honor Deluxe Edition -- $28
  • For Honor Gold Edition -- $40
  • Forza Horizon 3 -- $25
  • Forza Horizon 3 Deluxe Edition -- $45.49
  • Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition -- $67.49
  • Forza Motorsport 7 Deluxe Edition -- $59.99
  • Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition -- $74.99
  • Furi -- $10
  • Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season -- $5
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition -- $10
  • Gears of War 4 -- $20
  • Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition -- $39
  • Get Even -- $15
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands -- $30
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands Deluxe Edition -- $35
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands Gold Edition -- $50
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands & Rainbow Six Siege Bundle -- $50
  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $30
  • Halo 5: Guardians Deluxe Edition -- $25
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition -- $10
  • Halo Wars 2 -- $20
  • Halo Wars 2 Complete Edition -- $51
  • Has-Been Heroes -- $10
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack -- $12
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack Conquest Edition -- $12
  • Homefront: The Revolution -- $12
  • Homefront: The Revolution Freedom Fighter Bundle -- $16
  • Homefront: The Revolution Expansion Pass -- $10.04
  • Human Fall Flat -- $6
  • Infinite Minigolf -- $7.50
  • The Inner World -- $6
  • Just Cause 3 -- $12
  • Just Cause 3 XL Edition -- $16.90
  • Just Cause 3: Air, Land, and Sea Expansion Pass -- $5
  • Just Dance 2018 -- $40.19
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition -- $20
  • Kona -- $10
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris -- $3
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Season Pass -- $4.35
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Season Pass Pack -- $1.50
  • Late Shift -- $8.12
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game -- $30
  • Lego City Undercover -- $20
  • Lego Worlds -- $18
  • Let Them Come -- $5.35
  • Life is Strange Complete Season -- $5
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Deluxe Edition -- $17.49
  • Little Nightmares -- $12
  • Livelock -- $5
  • Lords of the Fallen -- $6
  • Lords of the Fallen Complete Edition -- $9
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime -- $6
  • Madden NFL 18 -- $30
  • Madden NFL 18 GOAT Holiday Edition -- $40
  • Mafia III -- $16
  • Mafia III Deluxe Edition -- $24
  • Mafia III Season Pass -- $15
  • Mages of Mystralia -- $15
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite -- $40.19
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Deluxe Edition -- $67.49
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series: The Complete Season -- $10
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda -- $16
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition -- $20
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Combo Pack -- $18
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience -- $19.49
  • Micro Machines: World Series -- $18
  • Mighty No. 9 -- $5
  • Minecraft: Story Mode The Complete Season (Eps. 1-5) -- $6
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Adventure Pass (Eps. 6-8) -- $3
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - The Complete Season -- $12.50
  • Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure (Eps. 1-8) -- $9
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst -- $5
  • Monopoly Plus -- $7.50
  • Mortal Kombat X -- $8
  • Mount & Blade: Warband -- $5
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect -- $4
  • 'N Velore Verstand -- $9
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 -- $21
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto -- $35
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto Pack -- $14
  • Naruto Storm 4 Season Pass -- $10
  • NBA 2K18 -- $42
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition -- $60
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold -- $120
  • NBA Live 18 -- $15
  • Necropolis -- $7.50
  • Need for Speed Payback -- $36
  • Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition -- $48
  • One Piece: Burning Blood -- $15
  • One Piece: Burning Blood Gold Edition -- $21.12
  • One Piece: Burning Blood Gold Pack -- $6.25
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition -- $10
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- $30
  • Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 -- $6.50
  • Path of Exile: First Blood Bundle -- $13.39
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition -- $10
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition The Big Score Bundle -- $25
  • Pinball FX3 packs -- 50% off
  • Planet of the Eyes -- $6.49
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 -- $8
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Deluxe Edition -- $8.25
  • Portal Knights -- $12
  • Prey -- $20
  • PES 2018 -- $36
  • Project Cars 2 -- $42
  • Prototype Biohazard Bundle -- $16.50
  • Quantum Break -- $20
  • RBI Baseball 17 -- $6.60
  • Rayman Legends -- $5
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition -- $15
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard -- $30
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Deluxe Edition -- $45
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Season Pass -- $24
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration -- $19.80
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass -- $9.90
  • Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle -- $30
  • Rock Band 4 Rivals Expansion -- $9.90
  • Rocket League -- $10
  • Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure -- $19.49
  • Ryse: Legendary Edition -- $7.50
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat Out of Hell -- $7.50
  • Saints Row & Metro Redux Double Pack -- $13.75
  • ScreamRide -- $7.50
  • Serial Cleaner -- $6
  • The Sexy Brutale -- $10
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition -- $4.50
  • Slender: The Arrival -- $2.50
  • Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition -- $13.20
  • Songbringer -- $10
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole -- $40.19
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole Gold Edition -- $63
  • State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition -- $7.50
  • Steep -- $20
  • Steep Gold Edition -- $30
  • Strider -- $3.75
  • Sunset Overdrive -- $7.50
  • Sunset Overdrive Deluxe Edition -- $12.50
  • Super Comboman: Smash Edition -- $10.04
  • Syberia 3 -- $25
  • Tacoma -- $15
  • Tales From the Borderlands Complete Season -- $3.75
  • Tekken 7 -- $36
  • Tekken 7 Deluxe Edition -- $51
  • The Telltale Games Collection -- $44
  • The Telltale Undead Survival Bundle -- $22
  • Thief -- $4
  • Thimbleweed Park -- $12
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones -- $7.50
  • Thumper -- $13.39
  • Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition -- $20
  • Tokyo 42 -- $10
  • Rainbow Six Siege -- $20
  • Rainbow Six Siege Complete Edition -- $50
  • Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Gold Edition -- $32
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition -- $7.50
  • Typoman -- $3.90
  • Valkyria Revolution -- $24
  • Virginia -- $4
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier The Complete Season -- $10
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne -- $4.50
  • The Walking Dead: Season One -- $6.25
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two -- $6.25
  • Watch Dogs 1 + 2 Bundle -- $35
  • Watch Dogs 2 -- $19.80
  • Watch Dogs 2 Deluxe Edition -- $23.10
  • Watch Dogs 2 Gold Edition -- $33
  • What Remains of Edith Finch -- $13.39
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- $20
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass -- $12.50
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition -- $20
  • The Wolf Among Us -- $6.25
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order -- $10
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood -- $10
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus -- $30
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Deluxe Edition -- $40
  • Wolfenstein The Two Pack (New Order/Old Blood) -- $15
  • Worms WMD -- $9.90
  • WRC 7: FIA World Rally Championship -- $25
  • WWE 2K18 -- $36
  • WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition -- $49.49
  • X-Morph: Defense -- $12
  • XCOM 2 -- $19.80
  • XCOM 2 Deluxe Edition -- $24.75
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen -- $30
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection -- $19.49

Justice League Easter Egg Teases Major DC Character

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:00

Minor spoilers for Justice League

There have been rumors for months that a Green Lantern would appear in Justice League. With the movie finally out, it's safe to say that those rumors panned out--sort of.

In a flashback scene describing an ancient battle between the forces of earth--Amazons, Atlanteans, and humanity--and the villain Steppenwolf, an unknown Green Lantern does appear. The hero is promptly taken out in the same scene, his Power Ring flying away to find a new wielder, so it's not exactly a major role. But the fact he's there at all is a big deal for Green Lantern fans who've been waiting for a movie to do it justice since the lame 2011 Ryan Reynolds version.

The Justice League scene leaves no question about it: That's definitely a Green Lantern. We reached out to Warner Bros. PR and learned a few more details about him:

"We do see 'a' Green Lantern in that scene, but a generic one (not any of the popular ones we know in the comics). That battle was the teaming up of the different beings on Earth at the time: Humans, Greek Gods, Atalnteans, and Amazons (of which Robin Wright's character, Wonder Woman's aunt, was one, since it took place before she died in the Wonder Woman movie)."

The other major characters in the scenes--including one who appears to wield lightning powers, and another with a powerful-looking bow and arrows--are actual Greek gods, according to PR; Zeus and Artemis, to be specific.

Rumors about Green Lantern in Justice League originated from an early trailer in which Steppenwolf muses on the fact that there are "No protectors here--no Lanterns, no Kryptonian. This world will fall, like all the others.”

Things escalated further when a Big Bang Theory contest to attend the Justice League premiere featured the Green Lantern logo alongside those for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg.

Fans hoping for Green Lantern to play a surprise major role in Justice League might be disappointed by this relatively minor Easter egg, but hey--at least it's something. And, fingers crossed, it might pave the way for more Green Lantern in the DCEU.

Justice League is in theaters now. Read GameSpot's Justice League review, and subscribe to GameSpot Universe on YouTube for more of the things you love.

Destiny 2 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales For PS4 And Xbox One

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:49

The biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday 2017, is quickly approaching, and those in the market for new games, consoles, or accessories will find a ton of discounts across every major platform. In particular, a huge selection of titles will be on sale at various retailers this Black Friday, including some of this year's biggest releases, such as Destiny 2.

If you're looking to pick up Bungie's popular shooter on either PS4 or Xbox One, you'll have a lot of options to choose from. Based on the Black Friday ads that have been released, the best price offer will be at GameStop; the game retailer will have the title for $27 with a free Cayde-6 figure. Elsewhere, Best Buy and Target will both sell Destiny 2 for $30, while Toys R Us will have it for $35. However, no sales on the PC version of the game have been announced so far.

If you'd prefer to get Destiny 2 digitally, you'll also find some sizable discounts on Bungie's new title in the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store. Both services have already begun their Black Friday sales, though at the moment only PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members can take advantage of them. The standard version of Destiny 2 is available in both digital stores for $39. If you're also planning to pick up its DLC, you can purchase the game and expansion pass bundle for $67.49. Meanwhile, the Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition (which also includes the expansion pass and other exclusive content packs) is available for $75. Those without a PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription will gain access to the sales on November 21.

If you're still unsure if Destiny 2 is worth picking up, you can read more about it in our full Destiny 2 review. The game's first expansion, Curse of Osiris, is slated to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 5. Bungie offered some new story details and a look at other content from the upcoming DLC in a recent livestream. Additional streams for Curse of Osiris will take place on November 21 and 29.

You can see the complete list of Destiny 2 deals for PS4 and Xbox One below. We'll continue to update the list as more Black Friday ads and prices are revealed. You can also find all of our other Black Friday 2017 coverage through the links at the bottom of this roundup.

Destiny 2 PS4/Xbox One Black Friday Deals
  • Best Buy -- $30
  • GameStop -- $27
  • PlayStation Store [PS Plus members-only until November 21]
    • Destiny 2 standard edition -- $39
    • Destiny 2 game + expansion pass bundle --$67.49
    • Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition -- $75
  • Target -- $30
  • Toys R Us -- $35
  • Xbox Store [Xbox Live Gold members-only until November 21]
    • Destiny 2 standard edition -- $39
    • Destiny 2 game + expansion pass bundle -- $67.49
    • Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition -- $75
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Can Aquaman Talk To Fish? Jason Momoa Explains His Powers In Justice League

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:00

Minor spoilers for Justice League below

In the new Justice League movie, Jason Momoa's Aquaman can control water (to a degree), is able to swim really fast, and apparently possesses something approaching super strength.

But can he talk to fish?

This is, of course, a question that the movie itself asks, by way of Ben Affleck's mildly bemused take on Batman. But Aquaman's answer--something vague about "currents"--isn't exactly satisfying. That's why, when given the chance, we asked him ourselves: Does Aquaman talk to fish or not?

"Not yet," Momoa replied.

"It's more complicated than that," Ezra Miller, Justice League's Flash actor, chimed in.

We were hoping for an answer slightly more complex than a Facebook relationship status, so we pressed Momoa for more.

"I think he can hear them and they can hear him," the actor explained. "On a larger level, when he was a kid, he knew he had something special, because he could hear them, and they could hear him."

That may well tie in with some of Justice League's deleted scenes, including ones involving Willem Dafoe's character, Nuidis Vulko, who was cut from the movie entirely. Momoa described some of Aquaman's lost backstory during the interview.

"[Zack Snyder and I] were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was built up as a young boy, because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko--that he was the rightful king," he said. "And he gets down there, and he's a half breed, he's impure, and I'm just made to feel like I'm this disease. So after that, I was like, 'f*** you, f*** you, I'm on my own.'"

It sounds like we'll learn more about all that in 2018's standalone Aquaman movie.

"We'll see Atlantis in Aquaman," Momoa teased--and it's going to be a big deal, the actor promised.

Justice League is in theaters now. Read GameSpot's Justice League review, and subscribe to GameSpot Universe on YouTube for more of the things you love.

Pokemon Live-Action Movie Detective Pikachu's Lead Actor Confirmed

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 03:05

The upcoming live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu has its first confirmed cast member. It has been reported by Variety that Justice Smith, best known for the Netflix musical drama The Get Down, will star in the film.

Smith received much acclaim for his role in The Get Down, where he played the teenage lead, Ezekiel "Zeke" Figueroa. Although it wasn't picked up for a second season, Smith followed the show with a role in next summer's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Detective Pikachu is to be directed by Goosebumps' Rob Letterman, with a screenplay from Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Production on the movie is currently scheduled to begin in London in January. Last month, it was reported that big names were being considered to voice Pikachu, including Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Dwayne Johnson.

Detective Pikachu will be based on the Japanese video game Great Detective Pikachu, in which the Pokemon character features as a master detective. Imagine Sherlock Holmes but with Pikachu. Unlike the character's primary appearances in Pokemon games, the detective version of Pikachu speaks, which explains why producers are considering actors with such familiar voices.

No release date for Detective Pikachu has been announced. In the meantime, there's plenty of new Pokemon Go content to keep fans of the series occupied. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were also just released.

Pokemon Black Friday 2017 Game Deals: All The Sales And Discounts For 3DS

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:47

Only one week remains until Black Friday 2017, which means you'll soon be able to find a ton of discounts on video games, consoles, and accessories across all platforms. That's also true for 3DS, which will see a number of its recent and older releases go on sale, including the mainline Pokemon series.

The newest Pokemon titles, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, launch one week ahead of the big shopping day, and while there won't be any notable deals on those games at major retailers this Black Friday, you'll be able to find some nice discounts on the series' previous 3DS installments. Based on the ads that have been released, GameStop will have the best offer for those still looking to pick up Pokemon X and Y or Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Each of those games will be available for $20 apiece, or you can pick up three of them for $40--effectively netting you one of the games for free.

Best Buy will also have discounts on Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. Each title will cost $20; however, there won't be an additional offer as is the case with GameStop, so if you're looking to pick up more than one version, that remains your best choice. Target, meanwhile, will have doorbuster deals on Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for $25 each.

While Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon won't be on sale, you'll be able to find discounts on the original Pokemon Sun and Moon versions at some retailers. Both Best Buy and Walmart will sell the two titles for $29 each. That's a good price if you've yet to pick up one of the seventh generation titles and you're not interested in the new features and Pokemon in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

You can check out the complete list of Pokemon deals for 3DS below. We'll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also find all of our other Black Friday 2017 coverage and roundups through the links at the bottom of this story.

Pokemon 3DS Black Friday DealsPokemon X/Y
  • GameStop -- $20 (or 3 for $40 with Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
  • Best Buy -- $20
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
  • GameStop -- $20 (or three for $40 with X/Y)
  • Best Buy -- $20
  • Target -- $25 [Doorbuster]
Pokemon Sun/Moon
  • Best Buy -- $29
  • Walmart -- $29
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Stars Dish On Justice League Movie's Deleted Scenes

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:00

Minor spoilers for Justice League below

Justice League had a troubled production--that's no secret. It's inevitable that some material gets left on the cutting room floor in any production, but for a movie that went through re-shoots, a director change, and who knows what else, that's bound to be extra true.

During interviews with GameSpot, several Justice League stars dished on some of the movie's biggest deleted scenes.

Back to Atlantis

In Justice League, Aquaman actually spends most of his time on land. But in earlier versions of the movie, he had more to do under the sea.

That's where Willem Dafoe's character, Nuidis Vulko, would have come in--if he hadn't been cut from Justice League entirely.

"There's a place where [Aquaman] goes down to, and it got cut out of the movie," Momoa said. "He knows spots where he can go and he can see these statues, the remnants of [Atlantis]. There's Vulko--obviously we'll have way more scenes with Vulko, Willem Dafoe--in [the 2018 standalone] Aquaman. There just wasn't enough time in this movie."

Momoa went on to describe Dafoe's character in greater detail.

"Vulko's his connection to Atlantis," he said. "I think what Zack [Snyder] and I did, we were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was built up as a young boy, because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko--that he was the rightful king. And he gets down there, and he's a half breed, he's impure, and I'm just made to feel like I'm this disease. So after that, I was like, 'f*** you, f*** you, I'm on my own.'"

He explained some of Aquaman's backstory, too--what the rightful King of Atlantis has been up to all these years.

"He hates Atlanteans, he cannot stand being on land. He just--he's stuck in the tide. That's what Zack wanted," Momoa continued. "He was a blue collar worker. The guy worked in very lonely places, on oil rigs, he'd weld, and he could just be in peace, and he could exist on there and no one would know his secret. But there's things where ships went down and he couldn't save enough people, and he lost friends. The humanity side of him can't deal with this power that he doesn't know how to control yet."

Mama's Boy

For his part, Ray Fisher's Cyborg gets a good amount of screen time dedicated to exploring his relationship with his father and his newfound powers. One thing we don't see in Justice League: Victor Stone's mother.

That wasn't always the case, though, Fisher told GameSpot.

"There were some things that you'll probably end up seeing later on, that didn't make it into this version of the film," Fisher said. "There's a scene with Victor Stone, when he still was Victor Stone, and his mother, that was really special to shoot."

He said Justice League feels like an origin story for Cyborg, despite being an ensemble film.

"It does feel like an origin, particularly to people who don't know as much about Cyborg," he said. "We pretty much know the history of the Flash...And then you've got Aquaman, who's half man, half Atlantean. I think those stories have been told for so long, it's kind of like just knowing Batman or Superman's origin, or Wonder Woman's origin."

That's probably true--introduced in 1980, Cyborg is the "youngest" member of the new Justice League. So why the cuts?

"You're shooting and testing, and when you're putting it together, you're seeing how cohesive you can make the story," Fisher said. "Ultimately this is a team story, and, while there is some Cyborg material that we don't see here, I'm just happy that my teammates get to shine as well."

"What is great about this film going forward is you'll be able to see him rebuild himself mentally the same way that his father rebuilt him physically," Fisher teased. "And it's a process that's going to take time."

One More Punch Line

Finally, while Justice League is easily the funniest DC movie yet, it could have been even funnier. Ezra Miller, who plays The Flash, shared one joke that didn't quite make it into the final film.

"There's a line that I miss from the film, that I wish was in there," Miller described. "[Aquaman] throws that thing against the wall in the Batcave, and [Batman's] original line was--I think now he just says, 'Hey. Don't do that.' But the original line was, 'Hey. Don't do that. A lot of my shit explodes.'"

Ezra and Momoa cracked up at this, and Momoa parroted the line after Miller said it. So why was it cut?

"Because, I think, that we only got a certain number of curse words," Miller explained.

All you need to do is watch an earlier Justice League trailer to know that there's much more that was cut. What about Superman's black suit, which actor Henry Cavill teased on his own Instagram in 2016? That and more didn't make it into Justice League.

Our takeaway? We can't wait for the Blu-ray.

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Black Friday 2017 UK Deals: All Game's PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, 3DS Games On Sale

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:09

Black Friday 2017 is still a few days away, yet UK retailers are already announcing their cheap game deals and setting them live. If you're in the US, check out all the PS4 Black Friday deals or a bunch of Xbox One Black Friday deals; otherwise, scroll down to see Game's early Black Friday UK deals--including games and accessories for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Wii U, and more going cheap--all in one place.

First up, Game is offering the Gran Turismo Sport / Skyrim for PS4 and PSVR bundle for £250. Sony announced this deal just recently and said it "offers a saving of over £100 from standard RRP." Other PS4 games on sale include Star Wars Battlefront or FIFA 17 (both pre-owned) for £5, Horizon Zero Dawn (also pre-owned) for £20, and F1 2017 for £38.

Xbox One game deals, meanwhile, include Ark: Survival Evolved for £40, Divinity: Original Sin for £10, and Dirt 4 for £23. You can also grab Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for £25 or Destiny 2 for £30 on Xbox One or PS4. Many of these PS4 and Xbox One deals are available for the same price on the other platform, too, so be sure to double check all the prices on Game's website.

At this stage, deals for PS4 and Xbox One consoles are looking pretty slim. Your only options from Game are a pre-owned original 500 GB PS4 for £150 or a pre-owned original 500 GB Xbox One for £130.

Finally, Nintendo Switch deals are limited to a single game: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is available for £30. Otherwise, only accessories are on offer, with no bundles going cheap right now. You can grab the Joy-Con steering wheel twin-pack accessory for £8 or a case that holds cartridges for £5; check out the rest of Game's Switch offers here.

Below, you'll find our comprehensive list of everything Game will have on sale; we'll update this post as necessary as Black Friday itself approaches. For much more, check out all of our Black Friday coverage through these links:

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  • Game Black Friday 2017 Deals
    • PS4
    • Xbox One
    • Nintendo Switch
    • PC
    • 3DS
    • Wii UGame Black Friday 2017 DealsPS4Hardware And Accessories
      • PS4 500 GB (pre-owned) -- £150
      • PlayStation Camera (pre-owned) -- £18
      • PlayStation Move motion controller (pre-owned) -- £18
      Games
      • Agents of Mayhem -- £15
      • Ark: Survival Evolved -- £18
      • ATV Renegades -- £15
      • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (pre-owned) -- £8
      • Cities: Skylines -- £23
      • Constructor -- £15
      • Destiny 2 -- £30
      • Dirt 4 -- £23
      • Divinity: Original Sin -- £10
      • Dungeons 3 -- £30
      • F1 2017 -- £38
      • FIFA 17 (pre-owned) -- £5
      • Get Even -- £25
      • Ghost Recon: Wildlands (pre-owned) -- £20
      • Horizon Zero Dawn (pre-owned) -- £20
      • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- £25
      • Star Wars Battlefront (pre-owned) -- £5
      • The Inner World: The Last Windmonk -- £20
      • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ -- £30
      • The Pillars of Earth -- £20
      • Tropico 5 Complete Edition -- £18
      • Vikings: Wolves of Midguard -- £18
      • WWE 2K17 (pre-owned) -- £13
      Xbox OneHardware And Accessories
      • Xbox One 500 GB (pre-owned) -- £130
      • Xbox One Kinect (pre-owned) -- £35
      • Xbox One Elite controller (pre-owned) -- £75
      • Xbox One chat headset (pre-owned) -- £5
      Games
      • Agents of Mayhem -- £15
      • Ark: Survival Evolved -- £18
      • ATV Renegades -- £15
      • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (pre-owned) -- £8
      • Cities: Skylines -- £23
      • Constructor -- £15
      • Destiny 2 -- £30
      • Dirt 4 -- £23
      • Dungeons 3 -- £30
      • F1 2017 -- £38
      • FIFA 17 (pre-owned) -- £5
      • Forza Horizon 3 (pre-owned) -- £20
      • Get Even -- £30
      • Ghost Recon: Wildlands (pre-owned) -- £20
      • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- £25
      • Star Wars Battlefront (pre-owned) -- £5
      • Tropico 5 Complete Edition -- £18
      • The Inner World: The Last Windmonk -- £20
      • The Pillars of Earth -- £20
      • Vikings: Wolves of Midguard -- £18
      • WWE 2K17 (pre-owned) -- £13
      Nintendo SwitchHardware And Accessories
      • Nintendo Switch AC charger -- £13
      • Nintendo Switch car charger -- £8
      • Nintendo Switch controller converter -- £12
      • Nintendo Switch game storage protection case -- £5
      • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con steering wheel twin-pack -- £8
      • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con neck strap attachment -- £2
      • Nintendo Switch precision thumb grips -- £4
      Games
      • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ -- £30
      PCGames
      • Ark: Survival Evolved -- £18
      • Dungeons 3 -- £30
      • F1 2017 -- £38
      • Get Even -- £25
      • The Inner World: The Last Windmonk -- £20
      • The Pillars of Earth -- £20
      • Vikings: Wolves of Midguard -- £18
      3DSHardware And Accessories

      3DS (pre-owned) -- £60

      Games
      • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (pre-owned) -- £28
      • Mario Kart 7 (pre-owned) -- £28
      • Pokemon Moon (pre-owned) -- £28
      • Pokemon Sun (pre-owned) -- £28
      • Super Mario 3D Land (pre-owned) -- £25
      • Super Smash Bros. (pre-owned) -- £28
      Wii UHardware And Accessories
      • Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival (pre-owned) -- £5
      Games
      • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (pre-owned) -- £18
      • Mario Kart 8 (pre-owned) -- £15
      • Nintendo Land (pre-owned) -- £20
      • Star Fox Zero (pre-owned) -- £15
      • Super Mario 3D World (pre-owned) -- £20
      • Super Smash Bros. (pre-owned) -- £20

Destiny 2 Xur Location Guide: Where Is Xur And What Exotics Is He Selling? (November 17)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:31

Seven whole days have passed since Xur last appeared in Destiny 2 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, which means he's had an opportunity run off, steal a few more Exotics off the back of a lorry (we presume this is how he keeps getting them), and now he's back trying to sell them to Guardians again.

This week Xur is hanging out on Titan. This is one of the spots he frequents, so if you been playing Destiny 2 for a while you'll probably have been here before. For all you new players, all you need to do is fly on down to The Rig, head straight on the left, and you'll find him hiding in a room on ground level. If you're having trouble, open the map and put a waypoint on him and you can follow that. If you're still having trouble, you can follow our video guide above. But is it worth the effort? We've got details on what he's offering below.

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  • Hard Light (Auto Rifle) - 29 Legendary Shards
  • Lucky Raspberry (Hunter Class Chest Armor) - 23 Legendary Shards
  • Synthoceps (Gauntlets) - 23 Legendary Shards
  • Karnstein Armlets (Warlock Class Gauntlets) - 23 Legendary Shards

In related news, a Destiny 2 double XP event called The Clarion Call begins today. To earn double XP you have to be in a clan, though if you're not already you can create or join one during the event and still get the reward. Once you're in a clan, going into battle with your teammates and doing activities will yield double XP toward bright engrams. The double XP event ends on November 20.

Destiny 2's limited-time multiplayer event, Iron Banner, will return on November 21. The game mode this time is Clash, which is Destiny 2's version of Team Deathmatch. This is the first Iron Banner event since Destiny 2 launched for PC at the end of October. You can read more about when Destiny 2's new Iron Banner starts and finishes, what the game mode is, and what you can earn for participating here.

Developer Bungie recently revealed lots of new details about the Destiny 2's first expansion, Curse of Osiris, which will launch in December. In addition to seeing the first campaign mission, it will have Raid Lairs and some Curse of Osiris gear, as well as the newly revamped Lighthouse area. The DLC releases on December 5, at which time the weekly reset schedule will change and Destiny 2 will receive Xbox One X and PS4 Pro enhancements.

As part of the most recent Destiny 2 server maintenance, Bungie released an update dubbed "The one before Curse of Osiris." It's primarily concerned with resolving some lingering issues with the game, rather than introducing any new content or features. You can read more about Destiny 2's update 1.0.7 for PC, PS4, Xbox One here.

5 New Images Of PUBG's Upcoming Desert Map Revealed

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:56

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has had one--and only one--map since it launched earlier this year. But it won't always be like that, since developer Bluehole is working on a couple of new maps for the game. We know the most about an upcoming desert locale, and it seems like players are not that far off from getting to play it.

Now, hardware manufacturer Nvidia has released five new images of the map that give an idea of what's in store. Compared to the current map, the desert location looks desolate, open, and more flat, filled with ruins and low-lying buildings. Take a look in the gallery below.

There's still no word on when, exactly, the new map will arrive, but it'll likely be after PUBG officially launches on PC in late December. PUBG is also slated to be released on Xbox One in Early Access on December 12.

Some of the 1.0 update's main features, such as vaulting and climbing, are currently available for testing on PUBG's test server. Motivated users discovered references to new vehicles and the layout of the desert map hidden within the test server.

Get An Xbox 360 Essentially For Free At GameStop During Black Friday 2017

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:55

It seems like just yesterday the Xbox 360 was the hottest console on the market, and you'd have to shell out a few hundred bucks if you could find one. Time goes on, however, and the 360 is now over 12 years old (yes, seriously), so now you can find it for very cheap.

One of the best deals we've seen yet is GameStop's Black Friday 2017 sale, one of the retailer's many Black Friday discounts that leaked today. It drops the price of one of the original-model systems down to $60, and then you can get $60 back in a mail-in rebate. GameStop might be trying to just clear inventory at this point, but it's still a good find, especially if you want to check out some amazing games on the cheap.

The good ol' OG design of the Xbox 360.

It's not exactly a free console, since the mail-in rebate is given in a $60 Visa gift card after you've already purchased the console. But hey, might as well use it to pick up a few 360 games for your new console! This deal is only available on Thursday and Friday next week, however, so be sure to get on it if you want a cheap console.

If you're interested in reading more about what GameStop will have on offer as Black Friday approaches, you can read our roundup article here. In addition, check out other Black Friday sales at different retailers below.

Black Friday 2017 Deals

Call Of Duty: WW2 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales For PS4 And Xbox One

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:28

It's almost Black Friday, that wonderful time of the year when seemingly everything is on sale. This of course includes video games. And if you're looking for the newest Call of Duty game, numerous retailers will offer Call of Duty: WWII for a discount next week.

Based on what we've seen so far in terms of Black Friday ads, it appears Best Buy will have Call of Duty: WWII for the cheapest, offering it for $40. Walmart ($43), Target and Toys R Us ($45), and GameStop ($50) are also discounting the game on Black Friday. Those deals may not sound so great, but for a game that only just came out a few weeks ago, and one that is selling quite well at full price, any discount is notable.

Another notable deal comes from Walmart, which is offering a combo pack that includes Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for $59. And if you're looking for older Call of Duty games, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III, Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles, and Infinite Warfare are also discounted at a handful of stores.

Call of Duty: WWII is getting strong reviews, with GameSpot scoring it a 9/10. It returns to the franchise's origins in World War II, beginning with a D-Day mission. Some of the actors featured in the game include Josh Duhamel from Transformers and Kingdom's Jonathan Tucker. And in multiplayer, that means no more super-powers or exosuits, but instead boots-on-the-ground only. The game also includes a Nazi Zombies mode that we quite enjoyed, along with a brand-new, larger-scale multiplayer experience called War.

You can check out a complete list of Call of Duty deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We'll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. Amazon, for instance, has still yet to announce anything, so there's plenty more to come. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Call of Duty Black Friday 2017 Deals (as of Nov. 17):

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  1. $12 (Walmart)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

  1. $19 (Walmart)
  2. $40 (Toys R Us - unconfirmed)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Zombies Chronicles Edition

  1. $29 (Walmart)
  2. $35 (Best Buy)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  1. $19 (Walmart)
  2. $25 (Best Buy/Target)

Call of Duty: WWII

  1. $40 (Best Buy - Doorbuster)
  2. $43 (Walmart)
  3. $45 (Target/Toys R Us)
  4. $50 (GameStop)

Call of Duty Combo Pack (WWII / Infinite Warfare)

  1. $59 (Walmart)
Black Friday 2017 Deals

New Sea Of Thieves Invites You To "Be More Pirate"

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:04

A new trailer for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One and PC pirate game Sea of Thieves has landed. The trailer invites players to "be more pirate" by showing off things like stealing treasure and drinking grog without throwing up. You know, be more pirate.

This video also provides a closer look at the game's nice-looking art style and gorgeous water, in particular.

Sea of Thieves was originally slated to launch for Xbox One and PC at some point this year, but at E3 2017 Microsoft announced the title would be pushed back into 2018. Developer Rare has confirmed that the game will allow cross-play between Xbox and PC players. The developer also added 540p and 15 FPS lock options to the PC version.

In other news, a Sea of Thieves art book from Dark Horse is on the way. Additionally, you can watch us drink a little too much in Sea of Thieves in this gameplay video.

Get Double XP In Destiny 2 This Weekend, Here's How

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:03

Destiny 2 is adding a new way to earn double XP. The Clarion Call event, which was announced last week, goes into effect starting on November 17 at 10 AM PT.

To earn double XP in the Clarion Call event, you have to be in a clan, though if you're not already you can create or join one during the event and still get the reward. Once you're in a clan, fighting alongside teammates in activities will yield double XP toward bright engrams for Destiny 2 Season 1. The double XP event ends on November 20.

All the information about how to create or join a clan can be found here on Bungie's website. It's a relatively simple process, and well worth doing to get that double XP reward if you are interested.

If you're a solo player, you'll have a chance to earn double XP at a later date. Bungie announced recently that future Clarion Call events will offer rewards for solo players, though as of yet, there are no specifics about when the event will happen.

In other news, Bungie has announced that Destiny 2's Iron Banner event is coming back next week. It marks the first Iron Banner for PC, and the last one in Destiny 2's Season One. Additionally, Destiny 2's first expansion, Curse of Osiris, launches in December.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Removes Microtransactions, But They're Coming Back Later

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:34

[UPDATE] EA released a statement on Battlefront II's microtransactions, confirming they have been removed, but only temporarily. "We've heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages," DICE boss Oskar Gabrielson said. "And we've heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn't get this right."

All in-game purchases for Battlefront II are now removed, with all progression 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.

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

The original story is below.

It looks like big changes may be in the works for Star Wars: Battlefront II's microtransaction system. It was discovered today that you can no longer purchase the game's virtual currency, Crystals, with real money.

Accessing the Crystals purchase page on Xbox One today yields the screen below. As you can see, it does not give you the option to buy Crystals. However, you can still purchase them through the Xbox.com store, at least for the time being (though that may have something to do with Microsoft, not EA, controlling that page). We're working to confirm the situation on PlayStation 4 and PC. Keep checking back for more.

Star Wars: Battlefront II's microtransaction/loot crate system has been 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.

Naturally, some portion of the audience did not enjoy this. Developer DICE made major changes to the credit-unlock values for heroes, reducing the in-game currency cost by 75 percent for characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. However, no changes were made to the actual microtransaction system, at least until now.

Today's action comes just a day after Belgium's gambling authority launched an investigation into Battlefront II (and Overwatch) over concerns that its loot crate system could constitute gambling. In response to that, EA came out with a statement that stressed that Battlefront II's loot crates "are not gambling."

Earlier this week, DICE held a Reddit AMA in which it responded to, among other things, concerns about Battlefront II's microtransactions. The developer said microtransactions are available as an optional way to potentially speed up your progression. Everything that you can get in a loot crate can also be obtained via gameplay.

"Regarding microtransactions, we want players to enjoy their progression through the game and want gameplay to be fair along the way," the developer said. "Microtransactions are there for player choice, but won't be a requirement to play or succeed at the game. And like everything else, we'll continue tweaking and tuning until we achieve these goals."

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EA Respond To Star Wars Loot Box Gambling Investigation - GS News Roundup

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00

It’s Thursday, and we’re almost at the end of this rollercoaster of a news week! Join Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd on GameSpot News to get today’s scoops.

New Expansion Announced For Path Of Exile

Action RPG Path of Exile was our 2013 Game of the Year for PC, and it’s still getting new content! The entertaining Diablo alternative will get a new expansion in December called War For The Atlus. For more details on the content within, keep your eyes and ears on the video above!

Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds 3 More Major Characters

If you have any passing interest in Dragon Ball or good fighting games, then Dragon Ball FighterZ is definitely a game to keep your eyes on. Today, it was announced that three major characters from the series are being added to the game’s already large roster. Are they your favourites? It’s very likely!

EA Responds To Concerns Of Gambling With Loot Boxes

Excellent! Microtransactions stories every day this week! The latest news comes from Belgium, where the Belgium Gaming Commissions has launched an investigation to determined if loot boxes found in games like Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront 2 fall under the definition of gambling, which could result in Blizzard and EA having to pay large fines in the country! Find out why that is in today’s episode! I implore you!

What did you think about today’s news? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll see you tomorrow. For more on today’s stories, you can also visit the links below:

Pokemon Ultra Sun And Moon: All The New Pokemon, Ultra Beasts, Z-Moves, Features, And More

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon launch for 3DS very soon, on November 17, and while the two games are largely based on the previous Sun and Moon versions, they set themselves apart from last year's titles with a host of new content. Along with an expanded story that sheds more light on the mysterious Legendary Pokemon, Necrozma, the pair introduce a handful of new features and even Pokemon to the series.

If you've already played Sun or Moon and are unsure if the upcoming titles differ enough to warrant a return trip to Alola, we've rounded up all of the new Pokemon, moves, and features Nintendo has announced thus far to give you a better idea of what's new in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. You can read more about the games in our Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon review. And if you're unsure which version is right for you, we broke down the major differences between Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

New PokemonUltra Beasts

In the original Sun and Moon versions, Ultra Beasts are powerful, unidentified Pokemon that traveled to the Alola region from other worlds through wormholes. Naturally, they once again play a major role in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and this time the games introduce a couple of new ones to the series.

At least three new Ultra Beasts appear in the titles: UB Burst, UB Assembly, and UB Adhesive. The former two are exclusive to a specific version. The jester-like UB Burst only appears in Ultra Sun and is a Fire/Ghost-type Pokemon that learns an exclusive move called Mind Blown. UB Assembly, meanwhile, is a defense-oriented Rock/Steel-type Pokemon that's exclusive to Ultra Moon.

The third new Ultra Beast, UB Adhesive, is a Poison-type that is said to be able to understand humans if it spends enough time among them. It first appears with the Ultra Recon Squad, a mysterious new group of trainers that travels to Alola through a wormhole. Which members of the Ultra Recon Squad you encounter depends on the version you're playing.

Dusk Mane / Dawn Wings Necrozma

While the mysterious Legendary Pokemon Necrozma appeared in the original Sun and Moon versions, it plays a much larger story role in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Depending on which version you pick up, it merges with the games' mascot Pokemon, Solgaleo or Lunala, to turn into its new Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings forms, respectively.

Along with taking on a new appearance and typing, Necrozma is able to use Solgaleo and Lunala's signature attacks when it merges with the two Legendaries. Dusk Mane Necrozma is a Psychic/Steel-type and can unleash Sunsteel Strike, while Dawn Wings Necrozma is a Psychic/Ghost-type and can use Moongeist Beam. Both forms also have the ability Prism Armor, which reduces the damage Necrozma takes from super-effective attacks.

Dusk Form Lycanroc

Depending on which version you played, the Rock-type puppy Pokemon Rockruff would evolve into one of two possible forms in Sun and Moon; in the former game, Rockruff would become Midday Form Lycanroc, while in the latter it would evolve into Midnight Form Lycanroc. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a third possible variant, this one called Dusk Form Lycanroc.

Like its name implies, Dusk Form Lycanroc is a cross between its Midday and Midnight forms. It has an orange and white coat and can learn both forms' signature attacks, Accelerock and Counter. It also comes with a different ability, Tough Claws, which increases the power of attacks that make direct contact with an opponent. Dusk Form Lycanroc is exclusive to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and so far, the only way to obtain one is to purchase either game by January 10; do that and you'll receive a special Rockruff that evolves into Dusk Form Lycanroc as a free gift.

New FeaturesTeam Rainbow Rocket

In addition to the Ultra Recon Squad, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce another new villainous group called Team Rainbow Rocket. Nintendo hasn't revealed many details about the team, but we know it is led by Team Rocket boss Giovanni and is made up of the leaders from every previous enemy team, including Archie and Maxie (Team Aqua/Magma from Ruby/Sapphire), Cyrus (Team Galactic from Diamond/Pearl), Ghetsis (Team Plasma from Black/White), and Lysandre (Team Flare from X/Y).

Ultra Wormholes

Ultra Wormholes were an important story element in Sun and Moon, allowing the Ultra Beasts to arrive to Alola from other worlds. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you'll actually be able to travel through these wormholes atop either Solgaleo or Lunala and visit the worlds the Ultra Beasts come from. You'll also be able to encounter other powerful Pokemon by traveling through Ultra Wormholes, including previous Legendaries such as Mewtwo and Ho-Oh, neither of which appeared in the original Sun and Moon versions.

Beyond encountering Legendary Pokemon, you'll also use Ultra Wormholes to travel to a new area known as Ultra Megalopolis. Nintendo hasn't revealed many details about the mysterious city, but it has been described as "a world that has had its light stolen by Necrozma" and will undoubtedly play an important role in the games' story.

Battle Agency

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce several new areas to the Alola region, as well, one of which is a new battle facility called the Battle Agency. As in the Battle Tree, players can take part in a series of three-on-three Pokemon battles against a gauntlet of AI opponents; however, you can only take rental Pokemon into battle. The variety of Pokemon you can rent at the Battle Agency increases the more you use the games' communications features with other players.

Move Tutors

The reward for winning battles in the Battle Tree and at other facilities across Alola is Battle Points, or BP, which can be spent on a range of rare, competitive battling items like Mega Stones. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you'll also be able to spend your BP on new moves for your Pokemon, including some that they cannot normally learn through leveling up or with TMs.

Rotom Dex

The Rotom Dex plays an expanded role in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. In the new games, you'll be able to form a bond with your Rotom Dex the more you interact with it, which in turn will affect its personality. If you develop a strong enough bond with your Rotom Dex, you'll unlock its own unique Z-Power, which allows you to use a second Z-Move during battle.

Your Rotom Dex also has a new feature called Roto Loto, a slot machine-style mini-game that you can play at any time to get new items. The items can have a variety of different effects; some increase the amount of experience or money you earn for a period of time, while another temporarily decreases the amount of time it takes for Pokemon eggs.

New Z-Moves

Mega Evolution was one of the most notable features introduced in Pokemon X and Y, but in Sun and Moon, it was largely replaced with Z-Moves. At the start of your journey, you're given a Z-Ring, a special bracelet that allows your Pokemon to perform these ultra-powerful moves once per battle when it is equipped with a particular Z-Crystal.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon expand on this by introducing a handful of new Z-Moves to the mix, many of which are exclusive to a particular Pokemon. In the new games, the Pikachu lookalike Mimikyu can use a new Z-Move called Let's Snuggle Forever when it's equipped with Mimikium Z. All three forms of Lycanroc can also use an exclusive Z-Move, Splintered Stormshards, while the Fighting/Dragon-type Kommo-o gets its own signature Z-Move called Clangorous Soulblaze.

The Legendary cover Pokemon Solgaleo and Lunala get their own exclusive Z-Moves in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as well, which can also be used by Necrozma when it takes on its two new forms. Solgaleo and Dusk Mane Necrozma can use the Steel-type attack Searing Sunraze Smash when equipped with Solganium Z; Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma can unleash the Ghost-type Z-Move Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom when they hold Lunalium Z.

Mantine Surf

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a new mini-game called Mantine Surf. When you summon Mantine, you can use it to manually surf between the different islands of the Alola region. You can also perform a variety of tricks while surfing, which will increase your high score and reward you with BP.

Totem Stickers

Like last year's games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon eschew traditional gym battles for island trials--different challenges that culminate in a battle against a Totem Pokemon. What sets these monsters apart from regular Pokemon is their size; Totem Pokemon are much larger than normal ones and are surrounded by an aura that boosts their stats.

This time around, you'll be able to add your own Totem-sized Pokemon to your team thanks to new Totem Stickers. These collectibles are hidden throughout the entire Alola region, and you'll be able to get your own giant Pokemon depending on how many Stickers you collect. Some of the Totem-sized Pokemon are exclusive to a specific version; Ultra Sun players, for instance, can get a giant Lurantis, while those with Ultra Moon can get a Totem-sized Salazzle.

GameStop Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals Leak: All The Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, 3DS Games On Sale

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:45

With Black Friday 2017 a week away, GameStop has still yet to join the ranks of retailers releasing their ads early. Fortunately, the ad has now leaked online, giving us an early look at the many games, consoles, and accessories that will be on sale. And although GameStop sales often are not especially great, this year's Black Friday offerings are, in many cases, the best that have been announced so far.

According to a leaked ad posted on BFAds, in terms of consoles, GameStop is the lone retailer we've seen with a PS4 Pro 1 TB deal--you'll be able to pick up the 4K-capable console for $350. Similar to other stores, it will have the standard PS4 1 TB on sale for $200, but it's also throwing in a $50 gift card. On the Xbox One side, you can get the 500 GB Xbox One S for $190, just like at many other stores. GameStop will also take $50 off all Xbox One S 1 TB systems; for instance, that brings the Middle-earth: Shadow of War bundle down to $300. Nintendo Switch is shown in the flyer and will presumably be in stock on Black Friday, but it'll available for the standard $300 price. GameStop will be among the retailers to sell the special green Zelda-themed 2DS bundle. Provided you're okay with a mail-in rebate, you'll be able to effectively get a used Xbox 360 for free.

A variety of accessories are also set to be discounted, including the PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport bundle for $300; a standalone PSVR headset will go for $200. PS4 DualShock 4 controllers will sell for $38, and the PS4 Gold wireless headset will be $65. The GameStop-exclusive red Xbox One controller will be among those on sale for that system; it'll cost $55. Three- and six-month Xbox Live Gold memberships will be $10 off. Several Razer PC accessories, including the BlackWidow Chroma V2 keyboard ($130) and DeathAdder Elite mouse ($50) will be discounted alongside various Switch accessories.

In terms of games, many new releases will be discounted on PS4 and Xbox One. In some cases, not only is GameStop's price better than what you'll find elsewhere, but you get an extra freebie. For example, Destiny 2 will be $27, and you get a free Cayde-6 figure, while Madden NFL 18 is also $27 and comes with a free Madden Ultimate starter pack. Nier: Automata, Middle-earth Shadow of War, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus all drop to $25, while Persona 5, Grand Theft Auto V, and Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition all drop to $30. Call of Duty: WWII will be $50, while South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Need for Speed Payback will be $40. A variety of used games will also be on sale, though we've stuck to new games in our full list.

Below, you'll find our comprehensive list everything GameStop will have on sale; we'll update this post as necessary with any changes when GameStop officially releases its ad, or if anything changes with the delayed PowerPass program. For much more, including console-specific roundups, check out all of our Black Friday coverage through these links:

GameStop Black Friday 2017 DealsPS4Games
  • Agents of Mayhem -- $20
  • Ark: Survival Evolved -- $35
  • Assassin's Creed Origins w/ season pass -- $70
  • BioShock: The Collection -- $20
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection -- $15
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare w/ Modern Warfare Remastered -- $35
  • Call of Duty: WWII -- $50
  • Cars 3: Driven to Win -- $30
  • Cities: Skylines -- $20
  • Constructor -- $20
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy w/ sock bundle -- $35
  • Dead Alliance -- $20
  • Deformers -- $8
  • Destiny 2 w/ free Cayde-6 figure -- $27
  • Dirt 4 -- $25
  • Dishonored 2 -- $20
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider -- $15
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 -- $25
  • Dragon Quest Heroes II -- $25
  • Dying Light: The Following -- $20
  • EA Sports UFC 2 -- $10
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind -- $25
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition -- $20
  • Everybody's Golf -- $20
  • The Evil Within 2 -- $25
  • F1 2017 -- $30
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition -- $30
  • FIFA 18 -- $27
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age -- $30
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Online Starter Pack -- $25
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood -- $20
  • Final Fantasy XV -- $20
  • For Honor -- $20
  • Friday the 13th: The Game -- $25
  • The Golf Club 2 -- $20
  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $30
  • Guitar Hero Live Ultimate Party 2 Pack -- $40
  • Has-Been Heroes -- $10
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn -- $20
  • Hunting Simulator -- $20
  • Injustice 2 -- $14
  • The Invisible Hours -- $20
  • Just Dance 2018 -- $40
  • Just Dance 2018 -- $40
  • Killing Floor 2 -- $20
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix -- $20
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue -- $20
  • Knack II -- $20
  • The Last of Us Remastered -- $10
  • Lego City Undercover -- $20
  • Lego Dimensions -- $30
  • Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game -- $30
  • Lego Worlds -- $20
  • Madden NFL 18 w/ free MUT Starter Pack-- $27
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy -- The Telltale Games Series -- $15
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite -- $40
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War -- $25
  • MotoGP 17 -- $20
  • MXGP 3 -- $20
  • MX vs ATV Supercross: Encore - 2017 Official Track Edition -- $15
  • NBA 2K18 -- $27
  • Need for Speed Payback -- $40
  • NHL 18 -- $40
  • Nier: Automata -- $25
  • Outcast: Second Contact -- $20
  • Outlast Trinity -- $20
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- $30
  • Persona 5 -- $30
  • PES 2018 -- $30
  • Prey -- $20
  • Project Cars 2 -- $30
  • Rainbow Six Siege -- $20
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard -- $20
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition -- $20
  • Rocket League -- $15
  • The Sims 4 -- $30
  • Sniper Elite 4 -- $20
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 -- $20
  • Sonic Forces -- $30
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole -- $40
  • Tekken 7 -- $25
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End -- $20
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy -- $20
  • The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - A New Frontier -- $15
  • The Witcher 3: Complete Edition -- $25
  • Wolfenstein: The Two Pack (The New Order / The Old Blood) -- $15
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus -- $25
  • World of Final Fantasy -- $20
  • WRC 7: FIA World Rally Championship -- $30
  • WWE 2K18 -- $40
  • Yakuza 0 -- $30
Hardware And Accessories
  • PS4 Pro 1 TB -- $350
  • PS4 Slim 1 TB w/ $50 gift card -- $200
  • PSVR Gran Turismo Sport bundle -- $300
  • PSVR (no camera) -- $200
  • PS4 DualShock 4 controller -- $38
  • PS4 Gold wireless headset -- $65
  • PS4 Recon 60p wired headset (refurbished) -- $30
  • HyperX Cloud Core Pro wired headset -- $50
  • PS4 T150 Pro limited edition wheel -- $220
  • PS4/PS3 T80 racing wheel -- $90
  • PS4 DualShock 4 charging station -- $15
Xbox OneGames
  • Agents of Mayhem -- $20
  • Ark: Survival Evolved -- $35
  • Assassin's Creed Origins w/ season pass -- $70
  • BioShock: The Collection -- $20
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection -- $15
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare w/ Modern Warfare Remastered -- $35
  • Call of Duty: WWII -- $50
  • Cars 3: Driven to Win -- $30
  • Cities: Skylines -- $20
  • Constructor -- $20
  • Cuphead w/ free soundtrack sampler vinyl 45 -- $20
  • Dead Alliance -- $20
  • Destiny 2 w/ free Cayde-6 figure -- $27
  • Dirt 4 -- $25
  • Dishonored 2 -- $20
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider -- $15
  • Disneyland Adventures -- $20
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 -- $25
  • Dying Light: The Following -- $20
  • EA Sports UFC 2 -- $10
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind -- $25
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition -- $20
  • The Evil Within 2 -- $25
  • F1 2017 -- $30
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition -- $30
  • FIFA 18 -- $27
  • Final Fantasy XV -- $20
  • For Honor -- $20
  • Forza Horizon 3 -- $30
  • Forza Motorsport 7 -- $40
  • Friday the 13th: The Game -- $25
  • The Golf Club 2 -- $20
  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $30
  • Guitar Hero Live Ultimate Party 2 Pack -- $40
  • Halo Wars 2 -- $20
  • Has-Been Heroes -- $10
  • Hunting Simulator -- $20
  • Injustice 2 -- $14
  • Just Dance 2018 -- $40
  • Just Dance 2018 -- $40
  • Killing Floor 2 -- $20
  • Lego City Undercover -- $20
  • Lego Dimensions -- $30
  • Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game -- $30
  • Lego Worlds -- $20
  • Madden NFL 18 w/ free MUT Starter Pack-- $27
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy -- The Telltale Games Series -- $15
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite -- $40
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War -- $25
  • MotoGP 17 -- $20
  • MXGP 3 -- $20
  • MX vs ATV Supercross: Encore - 2017 Official Track Edition -- $15
  • NBA 2K18 -- $27
  • Need for Speed Payback -- $40
  • NHL 18 -- $40
  • Outcast: Second Contact -- $20
  • Outlast Trinity -- $20
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- $30
  • PES 2018 -- $30
  • Prey -- $20
  • Project Cars 2 -- $30
  • Rainbow Six Siege -- $20
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard -- $20
  • Rocket League -- $15
  • Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure -- $20
  • The Sims 4 -- $30
  • Sniper Elite 4 -- $20
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 -- $20
  • Sonic Forces -- $30
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole -- $40
  • Super Lucky's Tale -- $20
  • Tekken 7 -- $25
  • The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - A New Frontier -- $15
  • The Witcher 3: Complete Edition -- $25
  • Wolfenstein: The Two Pack (The New Order / The Old Blood) -- $15
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus -- $25
  • WRC 7: FIA World Rally Championship -- $30
  • WWE 2K18 -- $40
  • Zoo Tycoon -- $20
Hardware And Accessories
  • Xbox One S 500 GB -- $190
  • Xbox One S 1 TB w/ Shadow of War bundle -- $300
  • All Xbox One S 1 TB systems -- $50 off
  • Xbox One red controller -- $55
  • Recon Tech Xbox One controller -- $55
  • Xbox One Fusion 2.0 wired controller -- $25
  • Xbox Live Gold three- and six-month memberships -- $10 off
  • Xbox One Stereo wired headset -- $45
  • Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger wired headset -- $35
  • Afterglow Lvl2 wired headset -- $20
  • Turtle Beach PX24 wired headset -- $50
  • TMX Xbox One Pro racing wheel -- $220
  • Ferrari 458 Spider racing wheel -- $90
  • PowerA Xbox One wireless controller dual charging dock -- $20
  • KontrolFreek Atomic Performance Thumbsticks -- $10
  • Used Xbox 360 -- $0 after $60 mail-in rebate
PCGames
  • Assassin's Creed Origins w/ Yeti microphone -- $100
  • Has-Been Heroes -- $10
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Online Starter Pack -- $25
Hardware And Accessories
  • HTC Vive w/ free $50 GameStop gift card, Deluxe Audio Strap, Fallout 4 VR -- $600
  • Razer Ornata Chroma keyboard -- $80
  • Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 keyboard -- $130
  • Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse -- $50
  • Razer ManO'War 7.1 wired headset -- $80
  • Razer Firefly mousepad -- $40
Nintendo Switch / Wii UGames
  • Batman: The Telltale Series -- $20
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 -- $25
  • Just Dance 2018 -- $40
  • Lego Dimensions (Wii U) -- $30
  • Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game -- $30
  • Lego Worlds -- 430
  • Rayman Legends -- $20
  • Sonic Forces -- $30
  • Super Bomberman R -- $30
  • Three for $60 or $30 each:
    • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
    • Splatoon (Wii U)
    • Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Hardware And Accessories
  • Nintendo Switch racing wheel two-pack -- $6
  • Nintendo Switch game case and protection kit -- $6
  • Nintendo Switch USB-C car charger -- $6
  • Nintendo Switch Premium Upgrade Kit (kickstand, charge base, charge link, charge block, screen armor) -- $50
  • Nintendo Switch Complete Mario Charger (for Joy-Con/Pro Controller) -- $25
  • Nintendo Switch Complete Zelda Breath of the Wild Charger -- $25
  • Nintendo Wii U 32 GB -- $180
3DSGames
  • Three for $40 or $20 each:
    • Pokemon X
    • Pokemon Y
    • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
    • Pokemon Omega Ruby
Hardware And Accessories
  • Nintendo 3DS -- $100
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL -- $140

Kick-Ass Comic Book Being Rebooted With New Character Under The Hood

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:11

Four years after the last Kick-Ass comic ended--the third in the series--the unlikely superhero is returning in a new adventure. Things are very different this time around, though. The character of Dave Lizewski, who has been under the Kick-Ass hood for every comic book and two movies, is being retired.

Instead, a black military veteran named Patience Lee will suit up in the green and yellow costume, prepared to deliver vigilante justice. Not only is Patience a trained fighter, unlike Dave, she's also a mother of two, Entertainment Weekly reports. "I don't think I've ever created a better [character]," Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar tells EW. "I love mom heroes. I did it in Empress and I’ve done it again here."

Your new favourite character is Patience Lee & she's the new KICK-ASS!https://t.co/lDNssvbF9X pic.twitter.com/4d357qfiHo

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) November 16, 2017

It's not just a new hero changing things up in the next iteration of Kick-Ass. The series will also no longer be set in New York City. "I wanted to shake up the setting a little and shifted the whole thing to New Mexico," Millar says. The mindset of the character will also be very different.

Dave started his career as Kick-Ass in high school and slowly grew into becoming everything a superhero could be. Patience, on the other hand, comes home from her time in the military "to find her life in a completely different setting from the way it was when she went to Afghanistan so the actual dynamic of the book is really different," Millar explains. "But at the same time the flavor is identical."

One major way the new Kick-Ass will be the same as the comics that came before is in the art. John Romita Jr. will return to the series, drawing for Millar once again. The two are working together on the title under the Image Comics banner. Previously, Kick-Ass was published by Marvel's Icon imprint.

News of a new Kick-Ass comic comes on the feels of Millar selling his company Millarworld to Netflix in August. The first issue of the new Kick-Ass will be released on February 14, 2018.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For October 2017 Revealed

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:05

Following Nintendo's initial report, The NPD Group has now released its full report for October 2017 US sales, covering games and hardware. Starting with games, Middle-earth: Shadow of War was No. 1 for the month, with Assassin's Creed: Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and NBA 2K18 rounding out the top five. You can see a list of the top 20 best sellers below.

Shadow of War sales were 20 percent better than the launch month of Shadow of Mordor back in 2014, the NPD Group noted. Additionally Odyssey had the third-highest launch month for a mainline Mario game since NPD tracking began, only behind New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy. Specific unit sales for Shadow of War--and all other games--are now shared in these NPD Group reports. If they are released at all, specific unit sales figures would more likely come directly from publishers.

Total game sales amounted to $474 million for October, which is down 20 percent compared to last year. There were a lot of HUGE games released in October this year, but the NPD Group noted it was always going to be a tough comparison given that the massively successful Battlefield 1 came out in October 2016. On a year-to-date basis, game spending is up 3 percent to $4.2 billion.

Some other software takeaways from the NPD Group report include:

  • Racing game sales more than doubled compared to October 2016, with overall racing game sales up 37 percent this year.
  • Sales of role-playing games jumped by more than 20 percent this month, and are up 43 percent year-to-date.
  • Destiny 2 is 2017's best-selling game to date.
  • NBA 2K18 is the second-best selling sports game of 2017, presumably behind either FIFA 18 or Madden NFL 18.
  • Ubisoft had the strongest month during October 2017 in terms of game sales, while Activision Blizzard is No. 1 for the year so far.

On the hardware front, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of the month, though the PlayStation 4 is still the top-seller overall for 2017. Total October US hardware spending amounted to $238 million, which is up 10 percent. For the year, hardware spending rose 19 percent to $2.3 billion, with Switch, plug-and-play consoles like the SNES Classic, and the PS4 called out as contributors to the growth.

The Accessories and Gamecards category saw spending fall 7 percent, to $113 million. A bright spot was steering wheel sales, which more than doubled thanks in part to the high-profile launches of Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport.

The PS4's DualShock 4 controller was the best-selling accessory in October, and now becomes the top-selling accessory for all of 2017. The NPD Group added that Sony's Gold wireless stereo headset is the top-seller of the year for PS4, with Turtle Beach's Ear Force Recon 50X headset topping the charts for Xbox One this year.

Overall, covering software, hardware, and accessories, US video game sales dropped 11 percent to $825 million. While hardware grew, it wasn't enough to offset the declines in the games and accessories categories.

OCTOBER 2017 Top 20 Games (All Platforms)

*Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales*

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin's Creed Origins
  3. Super Mario Odyssey**
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2*
  10. Forza Motorsport 7
  11. Gran Turismo Sport
  12. Grand Theft Auto V
  13. The Evil Within 2*
  14. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus*
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  16. Mario Kart 8*
  17. Fire Emblem: Warriors*
  18. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  19. NHL 18
  20. Rainbow Six Siege
October Top 10 Xbox One Games
  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  3. Forza Motorsport 7
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Destiny 2
  8. WWE 2K18
  9. Madden NFL 18
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
October 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games
  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  4. NBA 2K18
  5. FIFA 18
  6. Gran Turismo Sport
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2
  10. The Evil Within 2*
October 2017 Top 10 Nintendo Switch
  1. Super Mario Odyssey*
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. Mario Kart 8*
  4. Fire Emblem: Warriors*
  5. Pokken Tournament DX*
  6. Splatoon 2*
  7. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle*
  8. FIFA 18*
  9. NBA 2K18*
  10. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2*
October 2017 Top 10 3DS Games
  1. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions*
  2. Metroid: Samus Returns*
  3. Miitopia*
  4. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth*
  5. Pokemon Sun*
  6. Fire Emblem: Warriors*
  7. Super Smash Bros. *
  8. Mario Kart 7*
  9. Super Mario Maker*
  10. Layton's Mystery Journey Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy*
Top 10 Selling Games of 2017
  1. Destiny 2*
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. For Honor
  8. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Mario Kart 8
Top 10 Selling Games for the 12-Month Period
  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Destiny 2*
  3. Battlefield 1
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. NBA 2K17
  7. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. Final Fantasy XV

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