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Destiny 2 Iron Banner Returns Next Week, Here's When

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:27

Destiny 2's limited-time multiplayer event, Iron Banner, is returning next week. Today, developer Bungie announced some of the key details about it, including when it begins and ends, what the game mode is, and what you can earn for participating.

As announced on Bungie's website, the new Iron Banner begins November 21 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET and ends at the same time on November 28. The game mode this time is Clash, which is Destiny 2's version of Team Deathmatch. Notably, this is the first Iron Banner event since Destiny 2 launched for PC at the end of October.

This is the last Iron Banner during Destiny 2's Season 1, so now is your last chance to get the Season 1 emblem, Shades of Radegast, for completing certain milestones. You'll get other rewards by turning in reputation tokens to Lord Saladin, with new challenges available every day during this newest Iron Banner. Bungie did not reveal any of the weapons or gear that you can earn from this newest Iron Banner.

To take part in Iron Banner, you need to have beaten the Destiny 2 campaign. In doing that, you'll reach the Tower, and from there you can visit Lord Saladin to get the quest to unlock Iron Banner. After that, you'll be able to hop into Iron Banner from the Crucible menu.

In other Destiny 2 news, Bungie recently announced a lot of new details about the game's first expansion, Curse of Osiris, which is coming in December. In addition to seeing the first campaign mission, we learned about Raid Lairs and saw 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.

PUBG Creator Comments On Xbox One X Version, Wants 4K Textures

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:05

PUBG is coming to Xbox One in under a month, and now Playerunknown himself has commented on the benefits that people playing on Xbox One X may see. Speaking to GameSpot, Brendan Greene said first and foremost, the Xbox One X edition will offer a "higher graphical fidelity" compared to the standard Xbox One version. He added that he would like to see 4K textures on Xbox One X, but said this is unconfirmed at the moment.

"There will obviously be a higher graphical fidelity," Greene said. "But the experience should be the same. We want to maintain a similar experience across all platforms. There shouldn't be an advantage to buying one console over another."

Overall, Greene said the Xbox One X is a "beast," adding that the power of the console will allow the game to look as best as it can on console. The Xbox One X is 40 percent more powerful than any other system out there, so this is no surprise.

An unfinished version of PUBG launches for Xbox One on December 12 through the Xbox Game Preview program. There will be three cosmetic packs that you can buy during the preview period, including the Warrior Pack, Accessory Pack, and Tracksuit Pack.

The 1.0 version of PUBG is expected to launch in December on PC. The test servers for 1.0 are apparently available already, and players have data-mined to find new vehicles and more details on the layout of the upcoming desert map. A PlayStation 4 version of PUBG could happen, but no announcements about this have been made as of yet.

Greene also told us about how the huge success of PUBG has not changed his life much, though he does now buy expensive sunglasses and a nice bottle of wine from time to time. For more, including Greene's thoughts on vaping and anime, check out GameSpot's full interview here.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Switch Review Roundup

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:44

Bethesda's acclaimed open-world RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has seen numerous ports and re-releases since it first debuted back in 2011, and now the publisher is bringing it to yet another new platform this week with the release of Skyrim on Switch. The Switch port includes all of the game's DLC expansions, but perhaps the most notable feature is the fact that you can take it anywhere with you thanks to the console's portability.

Bethesda has also added a few new features to Skyrim on Switch in the form of motion controls and Amiibo support. The game is compatible with Nintendo's line of Legend of Zelda figures, which can unlock classic items from the series like the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Link's Champion's Tunic. Skyrim is also notable for being the first third-party Switch title to support video capture.

Skyrim releases for Switch on November 17, and ahead of its launch, reviews for the port have started to appear online. As always, we've rounded up a sample of them and their scores below. For a wider look at what critics think of Skyrim on Switch, be sure to visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: November 17
  • Price: $60 / £50
GameSpot -- 8/10

"The original version of Skyrim is still an immense, engrossing RPG, and the quality, number, and variety of its quests makes it as easy to become lost in its world as ever. With the addition of Zelda-themed gear that's actually useful--and the fact that you can play anywhere--the Switch version of Skyrim is a great excuse to revisit a much-loved RPG." -- Kallie Plagge [Full review]

IGN -- 8/10

"Although it may not be immune to the test of time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still holds up as one of the most immersive virtual worlds ever created in a video game. All of its vastness, beauty, characters, stories, and goofy bugs fit nicely onto the Switch, where it runs at a good, steady framerate and resolution. The addition of motion controls are handy unless you plan to be a melee fighter, and Amiibo support is a nice touch, but neither is really a game changer. This is a great way to get your Skyrim fix if you've never played before or have been looking for a reason to jump back in." -- Filip Miucin [Full review]

GamesRadar+ -- 4.5/5

"Six years after its original release, I'm astonished that Skyrim can still surprise me. I didn't expect to feel so strongly about playing it again on another console, but the motion controls added thanks to the Switch completely changes how it feels to navigate its bustling cities, breath-taking landscapes, and unnerving dungeons. For anyone who can't get enough of Skyrim and thirsts for true immersion, playing it on Switch is the answer. You might have to deal with a few bugs and make sure you always have a torch at the ready, but few things compare to lifting your arm and seeing your character do the same. Skyrim on Nintendo Switch unites player and character in a brand new way, and all I can think about is when I can dive back into its world." -- Zoe Delahunty-Light [Full review]

Game Informer -- 9/10

"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the best games ever made. Years later, that continues to be the case. This adventure offers a rich world, densely packed with exciting things to do, as well as many occasions for creating lasting memories. I jotted down exciting things that happened during this particular playthrough so many times I lost count. I imagine that Skyrim will become a mainstay on my Switch, with multiple playthroughs and characters filling up the save slots before I’m done with it. If you haven't played Skyrim, or you're just looking to return and don't mind exchanging the mods for convenient portability, the Switch version offers up everything that makes this game a stone-cold classic." -- Javy Gwaltney [Full review]

US Gamer

"The best part of this port of Skyrim is you're not really losing anything. Sure, it's not running in as high fidelity as it can on other platforms, but unlike other Switch ports, you're not really moving down from a set baseline. It's the Skyrim you remember from countless hours of play in 2011 and beyond, with a few tweaks and additions. More importantly, it's a Skyrim that can be played on-the-go, with very little in the way of real compromise." -- Mike Williams [Full review]

First Rampage Trailer Turns Classic Video Game Into Epic Disaster Movie

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:32

The first trailer for the movie adaptation of the arcade game Rampage has arrived. While photos from the movie previously released showed star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson among chaos and destruction, this is the first look at the mutated monsters causing all the trouble.

Rampage follows primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), as he attempts to save his best friend, a silverback gorilla named George, who has mutated into a gigantic creature capable of tearing down buildings. George isn't the only mutant, though. There's also a massive wolf shown in the trailer, which seems to have a much less friendly disposition than the gorilla.

If you've wondering about Lizzie, the giant lizard from the game, never fear. While the trailer mostly follows George and Ralph--the name of the wolf in the game--it ends with the arrival of Lizzie. The massive lizard reveals itself after surfacing in a river. "I was just thinking the only thing that's missing right now is a giant crocodile," Johnson's character says.

Rampage also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is essentially just playing his The Walking Dead role of Negan here, Malin Ackerman (Watchmen), and Naomie Harris (Moonlight). It smashes into theaters on April 20, 2018.

NBA 2K18 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:57

Black Friday 2017 is right around the corner, and that means tons of sale prices to be had on video game consoles, accessories, and software. Even very recent releases that just came out--things like Need for Speed Payback, Assassin's Creed Origins, and Call of Duty: WWII--will be on sale. Another one of fall's biggest games, NBA 2K18, will also enjoy some steep discounts at a number of retailers.

Based on the ads that have been released so far, GameStop will offer the best price for Xbox One and PS4: It'll be $27 there. If you're planning on shopping elsewhere, you'll still potentially get it for a price in that neighborhood; Walmart will sell it for $29, while it'll go for $30 at Target and Best Buy. Toys R Us will offer it for $35. If you're interested in Virtual Currency, the microtransaction currency used in the game, Best Buy will sell 200,000 VC ($50's worth) for $40.

On the digital side, the Xbox Store's Black Friday sale has begun, but only for Xbox Live Gold members. It can be purchased from there for $42; non-Gold members will gain access to the sale on November 21. A PlayStation Store Black Friday sale is set to begin soon for PS Plus members that also will go live for non-members on November 21. NBA 2K18 is a likely candidate to be discounted in that sale; we'll report back when we know for sure.

If you're wondering whether this year's basketball sim is worth picking up, you can read our full NBA 2K18 review. Seth Macy awarded it an 8/10 and said, "This year's entry is incredible in so many ways, from graphics, to soundtrack, to the different modes and ways to play hoops. It becomes clear early on that the fastest and easiest way to progress is by spending real money, slightly marring an otherwise tremendous experience."

You can check out a complete list of NBA 2K18 deals for PS4 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.

NBA 2K18 PS4/Xbox One Black Friday Deals
  • Best Buy -- $30 [Doorbuster]
  • GameStop -- $27
  • Target -- $30
  • Toys R Us -- $35
  • Walmart -- $29
  • Xbox Store -- $42 [Xbox Live Gold only until November 21]
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Skyrim For Switch Supports Video Capture, And Why That's Noteworthy

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:53

A big new update for the Nintendo Switch recently added the ability to record and save videos of your gameplay. It's a pretty neat feature, and though it's been available on competing systems for a long time already, it's cool to see it come to the Switch. However, only a small number of titles supported the feature when it arrived, and they were all Nintendo games. Now, the first third-party game to support this feature has been revealed.

Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the first non-Nintendo game to offer video-capture support. Vooks discovered this feature is added after downloading the day-one update. Skyrim launches for Switch on November 17, so everyone will get to try it soon. We tested this feature and found that we were able to capture up to 30 seconds of video.

There are now a handful of games that support the feature: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Arms, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2.

GameSpot's Skyrim Switch review scored the game an 8/10. "The original version of Skyrim is still an immense, engrossing RPG, and the quality, number, and variety of its quests makes it as easy to become lost in its world as ever," reviewer Kallie Plagge said. "With the addition of Zelda-themed gear that's actually useful--and the fact that you can play anywhere--the Switch version of Skyrim is a great excuse to revisit a much-loved RPG."

Skyrim's Zelda-themed gear includes the Master Sword, the Hylian Shield, and Link's Champion's Tunic, which you can unlock with supported Zelda Amiibo.

Skyrim is just one of many new Switch releases this week. Others include L.A. Noire, Batman: The Telltale Series, Rime, and Rocket League. For more, here is a roundup of all the new Switch releases this week.

What is 4K UHD and HDR?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:49

4K and HDR are terms that have been tossed around a lot lately, especially since the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro support both features. But what are 4K and HDR, exactly? We provide all the important details in Q&A format down below.

4KWhat is 4K?

In regards to consumer displays, 4K generally equates to a 3840x2160-resolution panel. This means the typical 4K screen will offer 3,840 horizontal pixels and 2,160 vertical pixels. When you multiply these numbers together, you get a panel with more than 8 million pixels. This is four times the pixel density of a traditional 1080p HD panel. See the math below:

  • 3840x2160 = 8,294,400 pixels
  • 1920x1080x4 = 8,294,400 pixels

The term 4K derived from the fact that the film industry reached a 4096x2160 resolution standard, which is a 1.9:1 aspect ratio, but since most home monitors and TVs use a 16:9 ratio, the resolution was scaled down to 3840x2160p, which is also commonly referred to as Ultra HD.

Why should I care about 4K?

Studies show that by 2020, the majority of US homes are expected to have a 4K-capable UHD TV.

In terms of picture quality, the increased resolution provides improved image clarity and sharpness. It also allows for larger panels, since 1080p screens stretched across a large surface will begin to look blurry with their low pixel density.

Do I need a 4K player to take advantage of 4K?

Yes. There are standalone 4K players, but gaming PCs with modern graphics cards will also be able to output to 4K as well. The Xbox One S can play 4K movies, but it doesn’t have enough power to render 4K games. While the PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of running some games natively at 4K, many games use a checkerboard rendering shortcut. Microsoft asserts that its upcoming Project Scorpio console will be able to game at 4K.

Project Scorpio purports to support both 4K video playback and 4K gaming.Is there a lot of 4K content?Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best movies to support 4K HDR.

Most blockbuster movies moving forward will offer 4K Blu-ray discs (here is a list of the best 4K HDR Blu-ray movies), but UHD content on the Web is still a growing segment. 2160p video is becoming more widely available on streaming services like YouTube, Amazon, Vimeo, and Netflix. Certain high-profile 4K Netflix shows include Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and House of Cards.

What are the issues facing 4K?

Aside from the relatively small library of 4K content at the moment, you’ll need a good Internet connection if you intend to stream 2160p video. In addition, because 4K is four times as sharp as 1080p, it can be graphically demanding for gaming.

HDRWhat is HDR?

HDR stands for high dynamic range. You might have heard the term as it pertains to cameras, but when it comes to display technology, it’s actually somewhat different.

Samsung showcases HDR on its TVs.

When cameras are shooting in HDR, they’re typically taking multiple exposures to highlight the dark and light information in a scene. From there, processing is used to combine the exposures into one picture to deliver a balanced image that’s more representative of how we, as humans, perceive light and color.

HDR on TVs also aims to represent colors in a more realistic way, but instead of using image processing to combine exposures together, it simply uses panels that offer a much wider color gamut compared to standard RGB TVs.

The black triangle represents HDR, and encompasses roughly 75 percent of colors that the human eye can see. The Yellow triangle represents the color gamut of more traditional sRGB screens.

According to Nvidia, HDR can expand the color gamut by a factor of two, which amounts to roughly 75 percent of the visible color spectrum.

Why should I care about HDR?

In terms of image quality, HDR increases the contrast between blacks and whites over traditional RGB displays. This means whites will look super bright, and blacks will look very dark. Colors will also look much more lush and vibrant. For instance, onscreen fire effects will look much “warmer,” and images will, in general, have a little more pop. It’s a technology that’s arguably more noticeable than the upgrade from 1080p to 4K.

Do all 4K TVs support HDR?

No. While many HDR TVs will feature a 4K panel, not all 4K TVs will support HDR. They’re separate technologies. Having said that, HDR pairs very well with 2160p and makes good use of the greater pixel density to create a more dynamic, richer image.

What will I need to enable HDR?Sony updated all PS4s to support HDR.

Aside from an HDR-capable TV, you'll need an HDR-capable player and HDR content (this goes for movies and games). In terms of consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox One S supports HDR, and Sony eventually pushed out an HDR update to existing PS4s. In addition, the PS4 Pro also supports HDR, though it doesn't have a 4K/Blu-ray HDR optical drive like the Xbox One S. Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console will also support HDR. In order to get HDR working, you’ll need an HDMI 2.0 cable.

Is there a lot of HDR content?

Not at the moment. HDR content is still in a state of infancy, even compared to 4K, but both Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix are working to incorporate more HDR video content. Some of Netflix’s existing, prominent HDR content includes its own Marco Polo and Daredevil shows.

Older movies and games can also be remastered to support HDR. For instance, Sony recently revealed that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will eventually receive an HDR update.

Are OLED TVs the same as HDR TVs?

Not necessarily. OLED TVs offer deep black levels (with each pixel serving as its own light source) and can be HDR-capable, but since they’re not backlit in the same way that popular LED TVs are, they’re not generally as bright. This means they can fail to meet HDR’s 1,000 nit brightness requirements. In order for an OLED TV to meet HDR’s requirements, it needs to have more than 540 nits of brightness and less than .0005 nits of black level.

How can I know if I’m buying an HDR TV?

The UHD Alliance was formed to create standards for HDR TVs. One standard is based on whether or not a TV can reach a certain peak brightness, measured in nits. The other standard, which is more popular for dimmer OLED TVs, is for the panel to meet a certain contrast ratio between blacks and whites.

To know whether or not the UHD Alliance has certified a TV as HDR-complaint, look for the Ultra HD Premium label.

PC Hardware Black Friday 2017 Early Deals Are Now Live On Micro Center

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:37

It seems that Black Friday starts earlier and earlier each year and PC hardware vendor Micro Center is joining the festivities. While not every deal is worth jumping on, there are definitely some standout sales. Micro Center is also a brick-and-mortar store, but for your convenience, we're highlighting the deals that are available for shipping. This includes solid-state drives, hard drives, pre-built PCs, power supplies, monitors, and peripherals.

In terms of gaming mice, you can pick up the Logitech's Pro G for $50 or G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB mouse for $60. Logitech has wireless peripherals available for cheap, like the MK270 wireless keyboard and mouse combo for $20, the K400 wireless keyboard with a touchpad for $20, and the MK550 Wave wireless combo for $60. Micro Center does offer peripherals from Razer, but aren't part of Black Friday savings.

If you're looking for high capacity storage or faster drives, there are plenty of options. For SSDs, the 240GB Kingston A400 is currently $80 and the 240GB Inland Professional SSD is $70. Spacious SSDs like Crucial's MX300 1TB option is going for $280 and the Western Digital Blue 500GB can be snagged for $150. For pure storage space, Toshiba has you covered with its N300 hard drives with either 4TB ($130), 6TB ($200), or 8TB ($250), all of which are 7200 RPM. If you don't need that much space and don't mind slower speeds, Seagate's 3TB 5900 RPM IronWolf is on sale for $90 and the 2TB 5400RPM Barracuda for notebooks for $70.

A range of pre-built PCs are on sale, from the low-spec to the high-end. So if you're not building your own, you have options. The Acer Aspire with an Intel Core i5-7400, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive is going for $400, but you will have to get your own video card since this system runs on integrated graphics. Another cheap low-end system, CyberPower Gamer Ultra, is currently $500; it comes with an AMD FX-6300 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an RX 550 video card. As for the high-end option that we can recommend, the PowerSpec G428 that's on sale fore $1700 comes everything you'd want in a gaming PC: an Intel Core i7-7700K CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 500GB SSD, 2TB hard drive, and the beefy GTX 1080 Ti video card.

When it comes to power supplies, EVGA's SuperNOVA 750-watt 80 Plus Gold PSU is going for $120 ($100 after an additional rebate), the Corsair's 80 Plus Bronze CX650M 650-watt PSU is $70 ($50 after a rebate) and CX750M 750-watt PSU is $82. The fully modular Corsair RMX750 80 Plus Gold PSU can be had for $121.

Lastly, it's a good time to pick up a cheap monitor. The ASUS MG248QR 24-inch 1080p 144Hz monitor is one of the best deals available here at just $200. If you prefer more screen space over high-refresh rate, then the Acer K272HL 1080p 27-inch monitor for $120 should be on your radar. Say you want to go even cheaper, the AOC E2429SWHE 23.6-inch 1080p monitor is just $100 now.

Since there are brick-and-mortar locations and exclusive in-store deals, we wanted highlight these sales in case you live near a Micro Center. The high-end Intel Core i7-7700K CPU is at $260, while the Core i5-7600K is $180. For AMD, the Ryzen 5 1600 is going for $170, Ryzen 7 1700 is at $250, and the Ryzen 7 1800X is $330. The PowerSpec G314 pre-built PC sports an Intel Core i5-7600K, GTX 1070 video card, 16GB of RAM, and a 480GB SSD, all for $1000; you'd be hard-pressed to build a PC for cheaper with the same specs. An AMD Ryzen equivalent in the PowerSpec G700 has similar specs but is equipped with the Ryzen 7 1700 8-core CPU for $1080. There are plenty of gaming PCs and laptops with different specs that are priced accordingly, so be sure to check out the rest of the deals if you can make to a Micro Center location.

Below, we listed out the highlights from Micro Center's Black Friday deals, and you can check out everything they're offering on their website. We're covering plenty of other Black Friday sales, and below is a comprehensive list of everything we could roundup so far from other retailers:

Micro Center Black Friday 2017 DealsPre-built PC
  • Acer Aspire ATX-780A-UR12 -- $400
  • CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA4000M -- $500
  • PowerSpec G428 -- $1700
Solid-state Drives
  • Inland Professional 240GB SSD -- $70
  • Kingston 240GB A400 -- $80
  • Western Digital Blue 500GB SSD -- $150
  • Crucial MX300 1TB SSD -- $280
Hard Disk Drives
  • Seagate Barracude 5400 RPM Notebook HDD (2TB) -- $70
  • Seagate IronWolf 5900 RPM HDD (3TB) -- $90
  • Toshiba N300 7200 RPM HDD (4TB) -- $130
  • Toshiba N300 7200 RPM HDD (6TB) -- $200
  • Toshiba N300 7200 RPM HDD (8TB) -- $250
  • Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo -- $20
  • Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad -- $20
  • Logitech G Pro Mouse -- $50
  • Logitech Proteus Spectrum RGB Mouse -- $60
  • Logitech MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo -- $60
Power Supplies
  • Corsair CX650M 80 Plus Bronze PSU -- $70 ($50 with rebate)
  • Corsair CX750M 80 Plus Bronze PSU -- $82
  • EVGA SuperNova NEX750G 80 Plus Gold PSU -- $120 ($100 with rebate)
  • Corsair RMX750 80 Plus Gold PSU -- $121
  • AOC E2429SWHE 23.6-inch 1080p monitor -- $100
  • Acer K272HL 1080p 27-inch monitor -- $120
  • ASUS MG248QR 24-inch 1080p 144Hz monitor -- $200
In-store Only Deals
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU -- $170
  • Intel Core i5-7600K CPU -- $180
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU -- $250
  • Intel Core i7-7700K CPU -- $260
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU -- $330
  • PowerSpec G314 PC -- $1000
  • PowerSpec G700 PC -- $1080

Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey Top US Sales Charts In October

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:30

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US for the month October, Nintendo has revealed. While the company didn't cite any specific numbers, the news is based on the latest sales charts by the NPD Group.

This marks the fourth consecutive month Switch was the best-selling console in the US. It wasn't the only Nintendo system to perform well in October. The second-best-selling system of the month was the Super NES Classic, Nintendo's miniature plug-and-play replica of the classic console.

Nintendo's marquee Switch release in October, Super Mario Odyssey, likewise had an impressive showing. The plumber's latest adventure was the best-selling game for the month, despite launching late into the month, on October 27. Two other Switch games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, were No. 10 and 11 on the software sales chart, respectively.

October's NPD sales charts are expected to release today; we'll report back with more details once they're available. Switch, meanwhile, continues to see a stream of major releases. While Nintendo doesn't have any big first-party titles in store for it this month, this week in particular has been busy for Switch, with Rocket League, LA Noire, Batman: The Telltale Series, and Skyrim all launching for the system.

Overwatch's Newest Hero, Moira, Is Now Available For Everyone

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:24

Following her release for testers earlier this month, Overwatch's newest hero, Moira, is now available to all players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The next time you boot up Overwatch you should see Moira available as the game's 26th character.

Moira is mainly a healer. Her principal attack is called Biotic Grasp; it sprays a "cone of energy" that heals teammates in range. Her alternate fire is a beam that attaches to the nearest enemy, taking their health and dealing damage. Check out our in-depth video above to learn all about Moira and her skills and abilities.

The release of Moira comes just ahead of Overwatch's free weekend that runs November 17-20 on all platforms. Blizzard had already suggested that Moira would be available in time for the event, and we're also expecting the new map, Blizzard World, to be available during the free weekend.

GameSpot spoke with Overwatch principal designer Scott Mercer at BlizzCon about Moira and the new map Blizzard World. He talked about how Blizzard wanted to add another "bad" character to Overwatch, and that's where Moira came from.

"She's a scientist, but ethics aren't her concern," Mercer said. "She cares about the results; she cares about the discovery and the science. And with Talon, she doesn't have to work around things as she might if she was back in Overwatch."

We also asked Blizzard if any of the Overwatch characters vape because our thirst for vaping knowledge will run until the end of time.

X-Men Spin-off Could Star James Franco As Multiple Man

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:14

In James Franco's next movie, The Disaster Artist, he plays enigmatic and bizarre The Room director Tommy Wiseau. Ahead of that movie's release, though, Franco is already looking for his next strange role.

Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is currently developing an X-Men spin-off for Franco, which would see him play Multiple Man--a mutant with the ability to instantly create clones of himself. The film would be part of 20th Century Fox's X-Men universe, which also includes the Deadpool movies, along with the upcoming New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Gambit.

The Disaster Artist

The project is currently in the works with Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg working on the script and Simon Kinberg producing alongside Franco. Should the film move forward, it will be Franco's first time acting in the superhero world since he played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Multiple Man, who is also known by the alter ego Jamie Madrox, was first introduced in an issue of Giant Size Fantastic Four in 1975. He first appeared on the big screen in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. The movie portrayed him as a villain, played by Eric Dane.

Luckily, thanks to the wildly complicated timeline of the X-Men films, it would be pretty easy to act like Dane's version of the character never happened. A similar thing happened with Deadpool, who was first introduced in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though Ryan Reynolds played both versions of the character.

Xbox One Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Games, Consoles, And Accessories On Sale

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:45

Black Friday 2017 is almost upon us, and it's time to start planning your shopping. Many retailers have released their ads well in advance of the big shopping day, giving us an early look at the deals we'll soon be able to take advantage of. Xbox One has no shortage of deals, both on hardware and games. Below, we've rounded up a comprehensive list of all the deals announced so far. We'll continue to update this post as Black Friday gets closer and we hear about more sales.

Whereas things are fairly simple for those in the market for a cheap PS4, you'll have many more options to consider when purchasing an Xbox One. At the cheap end, you'll be able to pick up a basic Xbox One S 500 GB with no bundled games for about $190 at a number of retailers, ranging from Walmart to Toys R Us. However, there are some key differences--a Target doorbuster deal will throw in a $25 gift card for $190, while buying one at Kohl's will get you $45 in Kohl's Cash. Alternatively, there are a wide variety of bundles with different games and freebies, as laid out below. What you won't find are deals on Xbox One X.

If you're looking for controllers, again, many retailers will offer a standard discount of $20, bringing the cheapest options to $40. Different Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be discounted, with perhaps the best option being a three-month membership for $10 at Best Buy. Microsoft will offer a one-month membership to its Xbox Game Pass service for $1, and a variety of headsets will be discounted.

Most importantly, there's no shortage of games on sale. That includes exclusives like Forza Motorsport 7 ($29 at Target), Forza Horizon 3 ($15 at Target), Gears of War 4 ($15 at Best Buy and Target), Halo Wars 2 ($19 at Walmart), Halo 5: Guardians ($15 at Best Buy), and Super Lucky's Tale ($20 at Toys R Us), as well as backwards-compatible games like Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas ($9 each at Walmart) and Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition ($10 at Best Buy). Major recent releases are also on sale; Call of Duty: WWII will go for $40 (Best Buy), Assassin's Creed Origins for $35 (Best Buy/Target), Destiny 2 for $30 (Best Buy/Target), NBA 2K18 for $29 (Walmart), Need for Speed Payback for $35 (Best Buy/Target), and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for $25 (Best Buy). You won't find many Microsoft Store game deals below; that's only because we only know the games, but not the specific prices.

You can check out our comprehensive list of Xbox One deals below. As noted above, this is an evolving list--we'll update it as we find out about more deals. Amazon has not revealed its offerings yet, and the Xbox Store Black Friday sale has just begun to come online for Xbox Live Gold members (everyone else will get access on November 21), so we'll report back once we have a full list. In the meantime, check our what we know about below, or see what's available on other platforms and at specific retailers through these links:

Xbox One Black Friday DealsGames

Agents of Mayhem

  • $29 (Walmart)

Ark: Survival Evolved

  • $29 (Walmart)

Assassin's Creed Origins

  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Batman: Arkham Knight

  • $12 (Walmart)

Battlefield 1 Revolution

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy)
  • $35 (Target)

BioShock: The Collection

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  • $12 (Walmart)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $40 (Toys R Us - unconfirmed)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Zombies Chronicles Edition

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $35 (Best Buy)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $25 (Best Buy/Target)

Call of Duty: WWII

  • $40 (Best Buy - Doorbuster)
  • $43 (Walmart)
  • $45 (Target/Toys R Us)
  • $50 (Microsoft Store)

Call of Duty Combo Pack (WWII / Infinite Warfare)

  • $59 (Walmart)

Cars 3: Driven to Win

  • $30 (Best Buy)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)


  • $12 (Walmart)

Deer Hunter: Reloaded

  • $19 (Walmart)

Dirt 4

  • $29 (Walmart)

Disneyland Adventures

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $10 off (Toys R Us)

Destiny 2

  • $30 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $35 (Toys R Us)

Dishonored 2

  • $12 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Best Buy)

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

  • $15 (Best Buy)


  • $15 (Best Buy)

Doom 3: BFG Edition (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $25 (Target)

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

  • $12 (Walmart)

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

  • $29 (Walmart)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

  • $15 (Target)
  • $25 (Best Buy)

The Evil Within 2

  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Target)

Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)

Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)

Fallout 4

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy)


  • $30 (Best Buy - Doorbuster / Target / Toys R Us)

Final Fantasy XV

  • $15 (Target)
  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)

For Honor

  • $15 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Toys R Us)

Forza Horizon 3

  • $15 (Target)
  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Forza Motorsport 7

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $40 (Microsoft Store/Toys R Us)

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

  • $12 (Walmart)

Gears of War 4

  • $15 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy/Toys R Us)
  • $25 (Target)

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition (backwards compatible)

  • $10 (Best Buy)

Grand Theft Auto V

  • $25 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Halo 5: Guardians

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Halo Wars 2

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Injustice 2

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $25 (Target)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Inside / Limbo Double Pack

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Just Cause 3

  • $12 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Best Buy)

Just Dance 2018

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy)
  • $30 (Target - unconfirmed)

Left 4 Dead (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)

Left 4 Dead 2 (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)

Lego City Undercover

  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Lego Dimensions Starter Pack

  • 50% off (Target/Toys R Us)

Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $25 (Target)
  • $29 (Walmart)

Lego Worlds

  • $15 (Target)
  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)

Madden NFL 18

  • $30 (Best Buy - Doorbuster / Target / Toys R Us)

Mafia III

  • $12 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Best Buy)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - A Telltale Games Series

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Mass Effect: Andromeda

  • $12 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Best Buy)

Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Micro Machines World Series

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy - Doorbuster / Target / Toys R Us)


  • $15 (Best Buy)

Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure

  • $15 (Best Buy / Target)

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two

  • $19 (Walmart)

Mortal Kombat X

  • $12 (Walmart)

MXGP 3: The Official Motocross Videogame

  • $20 (Best Buy)


  • $29 (Walmart)

NBA 2K18

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy - Doorbuster / Target)
  • $35 (Toys R Us)

NBA 2K18 - 200,000 VC

  • $40 (Best Buy)

NBA Live 18

  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $29 (Walmart)

Need for Speed

  • $12 (Walmart)

Need for Speed Payback

  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)

Need for Speed Rivals

  • $12 (Walmart)

NHL 18

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $35 (Target)

Outlast Trinity

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)


  • $30 (Target/Toys R Us - possibly GotY Edition at both)

Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy)

PES 2018

  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

  • $12 (Walmart)

Portal 2 (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)


  • $19 (Walmart)

Project Cars 2

  • $30 (Best Buy)

Rainbow Six Siege

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Toys R Us)

Rainbow Six Siege: Gold Year 2 Edition

  • $25 (Best Buy)

Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (backwards compatible)

  • $10 (Best Buy)
  • $12 (Walmart)

Redout: Lightspeed Edition

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

  • $15 (Target)
  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)

Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $10 off (Toys R Us)

The Sims 4

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)

Skate 3 (backwards compatible)

  • $9 (Walmart)

Skylanders Starter Packs

  • 50% off (Toys R Us)

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

  • $19 (Walmart)

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Limited/Season Pass Edition

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Sniper Elite 4

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Sonic Forces

  • $29 (Walmart)

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Target)
  • $35 (Best Buy)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Star Wars Battlefront

  • $12 (Walmart)

Sunset Overdrive

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Super Lucky's Tale

  • $20 (Toys R Us)

Tekken 7

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $25 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Titanfall 2

  • $12 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Best Buy)

The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - A New Frontier

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Watch Dogs 2

  • $12 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $20 (Toys R Us)

Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Wolfenstein: The Two Pack (The New Order / The Old Blood)

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Target)

WWE 2K18

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy)
  • $35 (Target/Toys R Us)


  • $15 (Best Buy)

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $10 off (Toys R Us)
Hardware And Accessories

Xbox One S 500 GB (no bundled games)

  • $189 (Sam's Club/Walmart)
  • $190 w/ $45 Kohl's Cash (Kohl's)
  • $190 w/ $25 gift card (Target - doorbuster)
  • $190 (Toys R Us)

Xbox One S 500 GB w/ Madden 18 or Forza Horizon 3

  • $230 w/ free controller (Best Buy)

Xbox One S 500 GB w/ free select game

  • $189 (Microsoft Store)
    • Game choices: Watch Dogs 2: Gold Edition, Steep, Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, Just Dance 2018, or Hasbro Family Fun Pack

Xbox One 1 TB Halo Wars 2 bundle w/ two controllers

  • $330 (Kohl's - doorbuster)

Xbox One S w/ three months Xbox Game Pass, two controllers

  • $80 off (Costco)

Xbox One S w/ Madden 18, NBA 2K18, three months Xbox Game Pass, two controllers

  • $90 off ( only)

Assorted Xbox One S bundles w/ free games

  • $199 - $349 (Microsoft Store)
    • Bundles include 500 GB and 1 TB systems; free select games including new releases like Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II
    • More details here

Xbox One controller

  • $39 (Walmart)
  • $40 (Best Buy/Kohl's/Target)
  • $20 off (Microsoft Store/Toys R Us)

Xbox One Minecraft Creeper controller

  • $55 (Microsoft Store)

Xbox Live Gold three-month membership

  • $10 (Best Buy)
  • $12.50 (Walmart)
  • $15 (Microsoft Store)

Xbox Live Gold memberships

  • $10 off (Target - possibly only 12-month cards)
  • $10 off six months (Microsoft Store)

Xbox Game Pass one-month membership

  • $1 (Microsoft/Xbox Store)

Turtle Beach XO One wired headset

  • $45 (Target)

Turtle Beach XO Three wired headset

  • $40 (Best Buy)

Turtle Beach Recon 50p wired headset

  • $25 (Walmart)

Turtle Beach Elite 800x wireless headset

  • $200 (Microsoft Store)

LucidSound LS20 wired headset

  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Select Microsoft accessories

  • 25% off (Microsoft Store)

New Expansion Announced For Path Of Exile, Release Date This December

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:00

Path of Exile, the free-to-play online action RPG (and our 2013 PC game of the year winner) is still going strong--following the Fall of Oriath expansion earlier this year, there's already another expansion on the way. Called War for the Atlas, the focus this time is on expanding the end-game experience for longtime players. The developers dropped by the GameSpot office earlier this week to show off a quick preview of some of the new areas and features you'll find in the expansion, which you can check out in the video above.

"In this expansion, a lot of the new content is for the existing players, because that's its particular slant," explained Chris Wilson, managing director at Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games. "However, the content that does affect low-level layers are four new skill gems...all four of the new skill gems we're adding are necromancy-themed, but designed so you can use them on other characters as well. They don't have to be used by summoners."

In addition, there will also be six new support gems, that Wilson says "are designed to change how almost every skill in the game works. And that provides a lot more build customization and stuff for new players to experiment with." As for everything else the expansion will add, here's a very brief rundown:

  • A story where you choose to fight against the forces of either The Elder or The Shaper
  • 32 new randomized maps in the end-game
  • New end-game equipment: Shaped items and Elder Items
  • 50 new Unique items.
  • The Abyss Challenge League: An area to battle a new class of foe that appears while playing through the game--they will reward Abyss Jewels

"The challenge league that we've added is also available throughout the entire game, Wilson said. "It's not just available in the end-game. The way challenge leagues work, it's like the opportunity for a fresh start, basically a new server. And we encourage everyone to start a new character in the challenge league."

The War for the Atlas is coming to Xbox One and PC on December 8, and like other Path of Exile content, it's free-to-play. For European players who've wanted to get into the game in their native language, this expansion will also introduce German, French, and Spanish language options to the game.

The developers also passed along additional stats for the game such as:

  • A "58% increase in hours played in 2017 over 2016"
  • "The average Path of Exile play session is five hours long"
  • "3.5 million players played Path of Exile's most recent expansion: The Fall of Oriath"

And as for how long it took to bring put this expansion together: "This expansion here was made in 13 weeks," Wilson said, "and it's larger than the initial game, which took us years. The first seven years of Path of Exile's development was with a tiny team, throwing our life savings into it, learning how to make games. And we've made, in 13 weeks, significantly more content at a much higher quality level, which is kind of scary."

New Justice League Movie Costumes Added To Injustice 2

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:57

Warner Bros. and developer NetherRealm have added new sets of gear to Injustice 2 to celebrate the upcoming release of Justice League. Ahead of the film's premiere, players can now get new costumes based on the superhero crossover movie.

The new tie-in costumes are available for both the console and mobile versions of Injustice 2. Players will be able to get costumes for Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman based on the ones each hero wears in the upcoming film. You can get a glimpse at the Justice League gear in the new trailer above.

The Justice League gear is the reward you get for completing new Multiverse challenges. These challenges are limited-time events and are available to take on through the Multiverse portal, the first set of which is for the Flash. Multiverse challenges for the other aforementioned heroes will follow soon.

The Justice League movie premieres tomorrow, November 17. You can read more about it in our Justice League review. Meanwhile, the third set of DLC characters were recently unveiled for Injustice 2, and they include Enchantress, Atom, and the biggest surprise, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Another surprise addition to the roster, Hellboy, is available now for players who purchased Injustice 2's Fighter Pack 2; all other players will be able to purchase him individually next week for $6.

Door Opens For More Lord Of The Rings As JRR Tolkien's Estate Director Retires

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:48

There are big changes happening with the estate of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien. Following news that Amazon and Warner Bros. are partnering for a TV series set in the Lord of the Rings universe, it's been revealed that longtime estate director Christopher Tolkien--the author's son--has retired from his role.

According to, the 93-year-old Tolkien teased his retirement in the recently released JRR Tolkien book, Beren and Luthien. In the book's preface, he writes, "This is (preemptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father's writings."

As for what his retirement means for the works of Tolkien, it could be practically anything. The younger Tolkien was often incredibly reluctant in licensing out the rights to his father's works. With new leadership over the estate, says a "rights frenzy" could now be underway, which would help explain the massive deal to create a series for Amazon Prime.

While the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films by Peter Jackson were financially successful, there were reports that Christopher was not happy with how they turned out. It's worth noting that the rights for those films were first licensed by Warner Bros. in the 1960s. Since then, the estate has kept a rather tight hold on Tolkien's world of stories.

Now, there's no telling what will become of the Lord of the Rings. Clearly, Amazon is banking on its series being the next coming of Game of Thrones. Beyond that, though, anything is possible--including new video games, movies, and possibly even theme parks. After all, with Universal Studios success with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney's The World of Avatar in Florida, a Lord of the Rings theme park experience seems like an easy decision to make.

A Hostile Takeover Of Ubisoft Is Not In Vivendi's Plans For The Next Six Months

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:44

The prospect of a hostile takeover of Ubisoft has been looming for more than two years now, ever since French media conglomerate Vivendi began acquiring an increasingly large share of the company. As part of its latest earnings report, Vivendi again said such a move is not in the cards--at least in the short term.

Vivendi announced today that it won't attempt a takeover of Vivendi for at least the next six months, Reuters reports. It currently controls a 26% stake in the game publisher and has attracted more than a few condemnations from Ubisoft executives, including CEO Yves Guillemot, whose family founded the company

Yves Guillemot

In response to Vivendi's declaration, Ubisoft issued a statement of its own. "Ubisoft takes note of Vivendi's statement," a spokesperson told GameSpot. "We will remain vigilant about their long-term intentions and will continue to pursue our strategy of growth and value creation in the interest of all our shareholders."

Ubisoft and the Guillemots have spoken out numerous times against Vivendi's moves, saying a takeover would hamper the publisher's ability to innovate and be agile. From the start, Ubisoft has called Vivendi's acquisitions "unsolicited and unwelcome."

Ubisoft's share price has been on a fairly steady rise over the past five years. It has more than doubled since February and currently stands at 66.35 Euros. That's due in part to the potential for a takeover, but also because Ubisoft has done a solid job in executing its strategic shift to long-term support for a smaller number of games. It recently began a share buyback program as it seeks to fend off Vivendi--the latest in a series of moves meant to protect the company's independence.

Vivendi is the former owner of Activision. It declared early in 2016 that it had "no plans" for a Ubisoft takeover, although it did gain control of French mobile game company Gameloft, which had also been led by the Guillemot family. Its actions have suggested a takeover of Ubisoft is an eventual goal. Earlier this year, it was reported that Vivendi intended to make such a move by the end of 2017, although that no longer appears to be the case. Whether Ubisoft's rising share price played a part is unclear. We'll report back as the situation continues to develop.

David "Micro" Lieberman Hacks GameSpot

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:00

This is paid content that was produced in collaboration with an advertising partner.

Sources close to GameSpot have confirmed that the adjustments made to the source code of GameSpot and Giant Bomb were in fact executed by famed hacker David Lieberman. A former member of the National Security Agency, Lieberman is also known to go by the alias “Microchip” or “Micro”.

While the exact reason for the hack remains unknown, we can confirm that the functionality of GameSpot and Giant Bomb were not impacted. There are rumors circulating the internet that similar hacks have been executed on other websites such as IGN and Kotaku.

Stay tuned to GameSpot for all of the latest information on Micro and The Punisher.

If you want the truth, go to the source and take it.

New Destiny 2 Update 1.0.7 Out Now On PC, PS4, Xbox One; Patch Notes Detail What's Changed

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:40

As part of the most recent Destiny 2 server maintenance, Bungie has released the latest update for the shooter. As you might expect, given that it's 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.

Hotfix 1.0.7 is available now on Xbox One and PS4. It adds an announcement about the upcoming Curse of Osiris DLC expansion, fixes an issue that caused Faction Rally Tokens to be handed out through the clan perk Venture Capital, and resolves a crash during the Taken Blight Public Event. Additionally, it makes some improvements to the companion apps and website; the Progress section of the mobile apps now have Factions and Collections listed, while the help search should be better across the board.

Those playing on PC have also received an additional hotfix update, version This addresses a problem that would cause players to receive the Buffalo error; that's hopefully something you should now see less often. Separately, Nvidia has released a new driver that is said to provide significant improvements for Destiny 2 performance.

At the time of this writing, Destiny 2's servers remain offline. We'll report back when they're back up, but you can still grab the updates (which are fairly small) right now so you'll be able to jump right in once maintenance is complete. In the meantime, we recently learned a lot more about Curse of Osiris. In addition to seeing the first campaign mission, we learned about Raid Lairs and saw 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.

Free Shadow Of War DLC Updates Announced, First Ones Releasing Soon

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:16

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be getting tons of new DLC in the next few months. Publisher Warner Bros. has announced a series of free content updates, with the first ones rolling out on November 21. These are all in addition to the four Shadow of War DLC expansions four expansions that have already been announced for this year and the next.

The free DLC includes new gameplay modes and tweaks to existing features, like a new difficulty level and photo mode. Here's the schedule and descriptions Warner Bros. shared:

Coming November 21
  • Endless Siege--Defend your fortresses against Sauron's forces as the Dark Lord tries to reclaim Mordor in the Endless Siege.
  • Rebellion--Crush the rebel Ologs and Uruks in your forces as they seek to undermine the Bright Lord.
  • Enhanced Photo Mode--Capture every battle and siege and apply new filters, frames, and textures with the Enhanced Photo Mode update.

Coming December 5
  • Online Fight Pits--Challenge another player's Orc follower, Overlord vs. Overlord, to a fight to the death in the arena to earn powerful rewards and upgrades.

Coming December 12
  • Brutal Difficulty--A new higher difficulty level even more challenging than Nemesis with no last chances.

Shadow of War's first paid expansion is also releasing on November 21. The Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion is part of the game's $40 Expansion Pass, and introduces the new Slaughter tribe. They are a "gruesome" tribe of Orcs that are "capable of ambushing players at any point." The expansion also includes new missions, a new fortress with an Overlord throne room, monuments, outposts, and new Epic and Legendary Orcs.

There's also a release date for the following expansion. The Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion is coming December 12 and will introduce the Outlaw Tribe, which is "home to the most rebellious warriors in Orc society."

The remaining two expansions are story campaigns that will launch in 2018, and you can read more about them here. The first three expansions are also available for purchase on their own for $15 each, with the final DLC expansion costing $20. Players who purchased the $100 Gold Edition of Middle-earth: Shadow of War will get the DLC packs for no additional cost.

Black Friday 2017 UK: PS4 VR Bundle Deal Including Skyrim Or Gran Turismo Sport Going Cheap

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:00

Black Friday is almost here, and Sony UK has announced a pretty tasty deal for the PSVR Starter Pack plus either The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Gran Turismo Sport on PS4. The company has temporarily reduced the RRP of the bundle to £250, which it says "offers a saving of over £100 from standard RRP."

The offer is notable as Skyrim VR isn't even out yet; it launches on November 17 and you can see it in action in some Skyrim VR gameplay. The Starter Pack, meanwhile, includes a PSVR headset plus the PlayStation Camera and the PSVR Worlds game collection, meaning you'll get to play minigames such as Ocean Descent and The London Heist. The offer is valid from November 17 until November 27 at 11:59 PM GMT.

PSVR is also on offer in the US at the moment--for more, check out all our PS4 Black Friday 2017 deals or our retailer-specific deal breakdowns through the links at the bottom of this article.

PSVR isn't the only new platform Skyrim is coming to this month; on the same day, Bethesda's RPG also launches on Nintendo Switch. Like the PSVR version, Skyrim on Switch includes the base adventure and all of its DLC expansions. It is also compatible with Amiibo figures to unlock Legend of Zelda items. For more, read our Skyrim for Switch review. Alternatively, check out what we thought of Polyphony's latest racer in our Gran Turismo Sport review.