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Call Of Duty: Warzone Gets MW3 Integration, Urzikstan Map, And New LTMs In Season 1 Update

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 05:00

Call of Duty is gearing up for the first full season of Modern Warfare 3, which includes the game's integration with Warzone. The December 6 update brings the new Urzikstan map, holiday LTM, and new features to the battle royale.

A new season of Call of Duty means a new battle pass to level up. The Season 1 pass for Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone includes a new battle pass to level up and unlock more weapons, operators, and cosmetics. The season's new operators are Nolan and Dokkaebi, and there will be five free new weapons and nine aftermarket parts to unlock.

Additionally, the $30 premium BlackCell pass returns, which includes the new Abolisher operator, extra tier skips, alternate BlackCell-exclusive skins earned throughout the pass, and more. New shop bundles were announced for The Boys, Dune, and Santa. Players can also expect new daily, prestige, and seasonal challenges.

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CoD: Modern Warfare 3 Season 1 Includes Gunfight, Brand-New Maps, And More Zombies Story

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 05:00

The first full season of Modern Warfare 3 arrives on December 6. The latest Call of Duty blog post reveals exactly what players can expect for Season 1 of multiplayer and Zombies. The big update includes the first set of brand-new multiplayer maps, and Zombies gets a new story act and another Warlord fortress to defeat.

As to be expected with a new season of Call of Duty, the first season of Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone will include a new battle pass to level up and unlock more weapons and cosmetics. The season's new operators are Nolan and Dokkaebi. Season 1 brings five free new weapons and nine aftermarket parts to unlock.

Additionally, the $30 premium BlackCell pass returns, which includes the new Abolisher operator, extra tier skips, alternate BlackCell-exclusive skins earned throughout the pass, and more.

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Apex's Legends Are Going To War With Revenant's Army In New 30v30 LTM

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 04:57

The final installment of Kill Code--an Apex Legends animated web series--was released earlier this week, revealing that an army of Revenant clones are currently on the loose. But it seems that Kill Code's story hasn't quite come to an end, as developer Respawn Entertainment just announced a new in-game event that expounds on the aftermath of Kill Code's explosive final episode and also features loads of new content for players to enjoy, including a never-before-seen 30v30 limited-time mode, a mysterious playable "cinematic event," and a Prestige Skin for Loba.

Starting on December 5, the Uprising Collection Event will go live, featuring a new set of 24 premium cosmetic items. Players who unlock them all will gain access to Loba's new Apex Lycanthrope Prestige Skin. But the Uprising Collection Event is unlike any Collection Event that has come before it--the event trailer states that players who join the event during the first hour it's live will gain access to "a cinematic experience that introduces [them] to the final battle of Kill Code--the one [they’re] about to take part in." It's not entirely clear what this means, but one thing is obvious: Apex's legends aren't playing a game anymore--they're going to war.

That war will take place via the new Revenant Uprising LTM, a 30v30 mode that allows players to choose a side in the battle. Players can choose to fight for the good guys and play as one of the game's legends, or join Revenant and the army of clones he set loose in the final episode of Kill Code. Players on the legend squad will fight to survive and make it to the Evac Point, while players in Revenant's Army will be tasked with doing everything they can to make sure the legends don't make it out alive. Revenant's Army will be led by a player-controlled Red-Eyed Revenant, who will spawn with high-tier loot. Though the legend squad may have the upper hand at first, any squads that are wiped will respawn as members of Revenant's Army, making it easy for the remaining legends to become outnumbered and overwhelmed.

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Diablo 4 Expansion Survey Suggests Blizzard May Sell Stash Tabs, Early Access To Legendary Powers

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 04:46

Those who purchase more-expensive editions of Diablo IV's Vessel of Hatred expansion may be granted additional stash tabs and even early access to new Legendary aspects, Unique items, and major game features, according to a recently leaked survey.

The news comes via YouTuber Bellular, best known for covering Blizzard's World of Warcraft but who also makes videos related to other Blizzard titles and video games in general. In a video titled "Blizzard's Latest Survey Is VERY Concerning," Bellular discloses he was sent a leaked survey related to the pricing of Diablo IV's first expansion and the features more expensive versions of the expansion might theoretically grant access to.

According to the survey, Vessel of Hatred could be sold for $50, $70, $80, or $100, with each different price point potentially granting players access to various in-game items and other bells-and-whistles. Some versions listed include the base version of Diablo IV. Others don't.

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Mortal Kombat 1's Quan Chi Gets First Look This Weekend

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 04:22

While Mortal Kombat 1 players have seen some of Quan Chi's capabilities in the campaign mode, the evil sorcerer confirmed for the Kombat Pass has yet to be fully shown off. That will change this weekend, as MK series creator Ed Boon has confirmed that the Quan Chi reveal trailer is on its way.

Boon tweeted a brief clip of Quan Chi clashing with Shang Tsung after the character-select screen, which is the first look at him outside of the campaign. Shang Tsung remarks that he wished the alliance between him and Quan Chi "would be more…deadly"--an obvious reference to Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance on PS2--and Quan Chi simply laughs.

CCXP in Brazil should be fun.#MortalKombat1

— Ed Boon (@noobde) November 30, 2023

Boon captioned the video "CCXP should be fun," which implies the trailer will debut at the upcoming CCXP convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to the convention's official website, Boon is slated to appear on December 3.

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Suprise Cyberpunk 2077 2.1 Update Will Add "New And Hotly Anticipated" Gameplay Elements

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 04:21

Development on a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel is currently gathering momentum, but CD Projekt Red isn't done with the original game just yet. A monumental 2.0 update revitalized Cyberpunk 2077 with a substantial overhaul of its gameplay systems several months ago, and CD Projekt Red is preparing to drop a 2.1 patch that will introduce "new and hotly anticipated gameplay elements" to Night City. More details on Cyberpunk 2077's 2.1 update will be revealed on CDPR's Twitch channel at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET on December 1.

This is a surprise, as CDPR announced in September that the 2.0 update was the last major upgrade for the game as it shifted resources toward a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel. Redesigned Skill Trees and Phantom Liberty's Relic Skills were game-changers when they were added to Cyberpunk 2077, so it'll be interesting to see how CDPR builds on these elements ahead of the launch of Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition on December 5.

2023 has been an especially good year for the series, as CDPR reported that over 4.3 million copies of the Phantom Liberty expansion have been sold since its release on September 26. There has been bad news mixed in with these successes, as CDPR saw about 10% of its workforce laid off in July. For a fascinating look at the human side of game development, don't forget to check out GameSpot's new documentary that went behind the curtain at CD Projekt Red.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition Preorders Available Ahead Of Next Week's Launch

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 03:44
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After a turbulent launch in 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 has steadily evolved to become a truly fantastic open-world RPG. Along with a great update for Xbox Series X and PS5, the phenomenal Phantom Liberty expansion has breathed new life into the dystopian adventure. If you're looking to dive into the revamped experience this holiday, the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition is a solid option. Preorders are now available ahead of the Ultimate edition's December 5 launch.

Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition $60

The Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition includes the base game and the Phantom Liberty expansion. Of course, you'll also get access to the free 2.0 update, offering reworked gameplay mechanics, a new perk system, and authorities that actually pose a threat to your criminal endeavors. Amazon currently only has the Xbox edition up for grabs, though the PS5 version should be available soon. Over at Best Buy, you'll find the opposite: The PS5 version is available to order, but the Xbox version isn't. In the meantime, you'll find both versions available at Target and GameStop.

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When purchasing a physical copy of the Ultimate Edition, you'll also get a few collectibles. This includes a sticker set and rewards leaflet with a Wild Hunt Jacket and Scorch Pistol.

Thanks to consistent updates from CD Projekt Red and the major expansion, which earned a 10/10 in GameSpot's Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty review, there's never been a better time to check out Night City. Along with striking new visuals on new-gen platforms, large portions of the game are completely unrecognizable compared to 2020.

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Tom Holland Says He'll Only Do Spider-Man 4 If It's Good Enough

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 03:31

Tom Holland has provided an update on his next Spider-Man movie, and it doesn't sound like a sure thing at this stage. He said at the Critics Choice Association press conference recently that he and his team have been "actively engaging" in discussions about what another Spider-Man movie might look like, but nothing has been decided yet.

"Whether or not we can find a way to do justice to the character is another thing. I feel very protective over Spider-Man. I feel very, very lucky that we were able to work on a franchise that got better with each movie, that got more successful with each movie, which I think is really rare, and I want to protect his legacy," Holland said, as reported by Collider. "So, I won't make another one for the sake of making another one. It will have to be worth the while of the character."

He went on to say that he would jump at the chance to play Spider-Man again if a pitch for another movie made sense to him. "If we can figure that out, I would be a fool not to put the suit back on again because I owe everything to Spider-Man," he said. "I love the character and the people I get to work with. So, I would love to tell another story, but I'll only tell it if we can find the right one."

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Resident Evil 4 Remake VR Mode Releasing In December On PS5

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 03:29

You might never have the cool jacket or perfect hair of Leon Kennedy, but you can go behind his eyes with the release of the Resident Evil 4 VR Mode on December 8. Capcom has announced the free add-on will arrive alongside a demo for all PlayStation VR 2 owners on PS5, too.

Resident Evil 4 VR Mode features the entire main story of the game and includes 3D audio. In addition, Capcom notes there's also a Shooting Range to test out physical interactions with the various weapons in the game, like the iconic handgun or rifles. This Shooting Range mode will also be a part of the free demo for PSVR 2 owners.

Capcom originally unveiled a VR version of Resident Evil 4 was in the works at the beginning of the year. The company then showed off a debut trailer for the remake's VR mode at a PlayStation Showcase in May. Back in September, Resident Evil 4 got the Separate Ways DLC starring Ada Wong.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Gets A Very Rare Discount On eBay

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 03:17

Video game controllers come and go, but the Switch Pro Controller has proven to be an enduring icon of the Nintendo Switch era. It's a durable piece of hardware that has a longer shelf-life than the regular Joy-Cons attached to a Switch, although it's seldom discounted. Fortunately, you can pick up a brand-new one at eBay for $10 off. It's being sold by a top-rated seller on the platform and you'll get free shipping with your purchase.

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The Switch Pro Controller has everything that you need in a modern peripheral. It has an ergonomically pleasing shape, the textured grips feel satisfying, and it has a long-lasting battery life. It's also an attractive piece of hardware thanks to the translucent shell, and you can use it on PC and Mac thanks via Bluetooth or a USB-C wired connection. It's very rarely on sale from big brands, so even if the $10 discount seems small, it's still better than nothing.

Alternatively, you can check out the 8BitDo line of Ultimate controllers. These regularly go on sale, but even at their standard MSRP of $70, you're getting a reliable controller with Hall Effect joysticks, a lot of customization features, and its own dedicated charging cradle. Even better, this wireless Bluetooth controller works very well on PC.

Upcoming Baldur's Gate 3 Patch Is So Huge That Dev Recommends Uninstalling Entire Game

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 03:09

Baldur's Gate 3 is getting another massive patch soon and it's so big that it might be easier to reinstall the whole game.

While the patch will add just about 30GB to the total filesize, it will require 130GB free space to to install. If you don't have the space, Larian recommends uninstalling the game and then reinstalling the patched version.

Patch 5 is launching soon! This update will clock in at roughly 30GB and will require approximately 130GB of free space to install. If you find yourself without the space to install the update, we recommend uninstalling BG3 and then re-downloading the patched version.

— Larian Studios (@larianstudios) November 30, 2023

As for the update's contents, Patch 5 will fix an issue from Patch 4 where constantly active acts of theft or violence would cause the game to slow down. It also will fix Asterion's little kisses. A patch this big will surely have lots more fixes and changes, but Larian has not elaborated on more. The developer has promised a community update outlining the features to come.

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Get An Open-Box Logitech G Cloud For $235

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:44

The PlayStation Portal launched earlier this month, and so far, the handheld cloud gaming console has been a surprisingly popular piece of hardware that regularly sells out fast. What's a PlayStation fan supposed to do when they can't switch to a compact gaming device? Look for an alternative, like the Logitech G Cloud, which is on sale for $235 on eBay. This deal is for an open-box version of the gaming handheld, but otherwise, you can expect it to be in excellent condition with no sign of wear or tear.

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Logitech's entry into the cloud gaming space might lack the superb DualSense controller layout of the PlayStation Portal, but this unit still has plenty to offer. It has a vivid 1080p 60fps display, ergonomic controls, and a good 12-hour battery life. Internally there's 1TB of storage capacity and the device only weighs 463g, making it a very lightweight option. The other benefit to its design is that you won't just be locked to PlayStation games on it, as it also supports Xbox Game Pass, Amazon Luna, and Nvidia GeForce Now if you're subscribed to those services.

Turning it into a PS5 Remote Play handheld isn't too difficult either, as you can use the dedicated app for that function. Essentially, this makes the Logitech device very tempting for anyone looking to relax with a few sessions of Final Fantasy 16 or Marvel's Spider-Man 2. It has expanded gaming functionality to other services, all for the same price as a PlayStation Portal.

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Turtle Beach's New Xbox Controller Has Some Very Unique Features

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:36

Turtle Beach has unveiled the Stealth Ultra Controller--a premium wireless gamepad for Xbox, PC, and Android arriving on December 15. It's built to be an alternative to the Elite Series 2, and it offers some features you won't find anywhere else, including a built-in display that lets you customize your settings and even receive social media notifications. Very few third-party Xbox controllers offer wireless support, with the Stealth Ultra being the first high-end competitive controller to cut the cord. Preorders for the Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra are live now at Amazon.

Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra Wireless Controller $200

The Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra is expensive at $200, but it doesn't cut any corners. The standout feature is the Command Display. Most premium controllers use a separate app for customization, but the Stealth Ultra lets you make adjustments on the built-in full-color display. You can remap buttons, including the four back triggers, adjust analog stick sensitivity and vibration intensity, calibrate dead zones, set up and cycle through custom profiles, and alter the RGB lighting effects on the grips. And yes, you read that right. You can even view your social media notifications without having to pick up your phone.

The Stealth Ultra boasts a whopping 10 custom profiles, which is far more than most controllers (usually limited to three). Along with four back buttons, the Stealth Ultra has trigger stops, Hall Effect joysticks that prevent bothersome stick drift, and tactile microswitch buttons with shorter actuation.

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The Stealth Ultra supports Turtle Beach's unique audio enhancements found in the more budget-friendly Recon controller. When connected to any headset via a 3.5mm audio cord, you'll gain access to Turtle Beach's "Superhuman Hearing" tech that pinpoints sounds as well as general audio features like EQ adjustments and game/chat mix.

Your purchase comes with a USB 3.0 charging dock too, though Turtle Beach says the controller offers up to 30 hours of runtime before needing a break. You can charge the controller to full battery in just two hours. The charging dock is equipped with a USB port for the controller's wireless dongle.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2's Classification Rating May Impose Restrictions In Certain Regions

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:23

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II received an R18+ age rating in Australia back in October. This rating is commensurate to the ESRB's M (Mature 17+) rating in North America.

According to the Australian Classification Board, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II received the R18+ rating because it contains "High Impact Violence." Having an R18+ rating means that it could have some restrictions among who can purchase the game. Furthermore, the first game, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, only has an MA15+ rating, which indicates that Hellblade II may be even more intense.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II has received an R 18+ (High Impact Violence) age rating in Australia in October.
This could be for the full game or a new trailer.

— Klobrille (@klobrille) November 30, 2023

A classification rating also could mean that a release date is imminent. The Game Awards 2023 is set to air on December 7, so perhaps an announcement could be made there. Microsoft first revealed the game back at The Game Awards 2019.

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Destiny 2's Controversial Starter Pack Has Been Removed After It Failed To "Bring Joy" To Its Players

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:15

Destiny 2's Season of the Wish launched this week, bringing with it new activities, rewards, and changes to the game. As players on PC noticed, a new premium-priced starter pack was also made available for newcomers, and this quickly courted controversy before it was removed.

Destiny 2 has long been criticized for having a bad onboarding process for new players, and as notable voices in the Destiny 2 community like Datto and Aztecross pointed out, a $15 bundle of sub-par Exotics and a handful of resources is not a good look in the wake of substantial layoffs at the studio.

The Destiny 2 Starter Pack that did not spark joy.

This bundle contained older Exotic weapons like Sleeper Simulant, Ruinous Effigy, and Traveler's Chosen, Exotic vehicles with tacky cosmetics, and a poor selection of resources, with the original listing describing this collection as a way to "supercharge" player arsenals. Bungie has since Marie Kondo-ed the bundle, saying that it is something "which is not something bringing joy" to its players.

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Xbox Game Pass Losing These Four Games Soon

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:14

As it does each month, Microsoft is set to remove more titles from the Xbox Game Pass library soon. Four titles are leaving the catalog in mid-December, Microsoft has announced.

Titles set for removal include Chained Echoes, Opus Magnum, Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator, and Rubber Bandits, all of which are getting dumped from the catalog on December 15.

Microsoft did not provide any explanation for why these games are leaving. It's common for games to get axed for any number of reasons, including a business deal coming to an end, licensing issues, and any number of other possibilities.

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Disney Boss Bob Iger "Won't Apologize For Making Sequels," Admits Disney Created Too Many

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:01

Disney might be the House of Mickey Mouse, but one could argue it's the house of the sequel too. The company behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars franchises has thrived over the past decade at the box office. As such, Disney CEO Bob Iger doesn't "want to apologize for making sequels."

He was asked about them at a New York Times conference on November 29, according to Deadline. A 1966 letter from Walt Disney was read to Iger, in which the founder stated, "I don't believe in sequels." This led to the CEO defending film follow-ups.

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Amazon Prime Members Can Grab 7 Free Games In December

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 02:00

As the final--and most festive!--month of the year is upon us, Amazon has unwrapped an early Christmas gift with the reveal of the December Prime Gaming lineup. This month, Amazon Prime subscribers can look forward to time-traveling action, survive as a castaway on a strange island, and aim for a high score in a psychedelic shooter.

As usual, the seven games can be claimed from the Prime Gaming hub, and there'll also be a new batch of games added to Amazon Luna's Prime Gaming Channel, including Fortnite, Trackmania, Strange Horticulture, Bloodrayne: Fresh Bites, Steel Assault, and Once Upon a Jester.

Prime Gaming lineup for December 2023

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Xbox Game Pass Core Adds More Games For The First Time Soon

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 01:44

For the first time since Xbox Game Pass Core launched in September, Microsoft is adding more games to its catalog. For anyone just catching up, Game Pass Core is the new name for Xbox Live Gold, which was phased out earlier this year. Game Pass Core, which costs $10/month, has a collection of 35+ games, but not the entire Game Pass catalog.

Microsoft has said it will update the Core catalog about two or three times per year, and now it's happening. The first additions to the library are the multiplayer first-person slasher Chivalry 2 and the comical delivery game Totally Reliable Deliver Service, both of which launch on December 6.

As for the main Game Pass catalog, it's adding 12 games in the first half of December, including Far Cry 6, Goat Simulator 3, and Remnant II. For more, check out GameSpot's full coverage of all the games coming to Game Pass in the first half of December.

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Thunderbolts Star Says It's Time For A "Good" Marvel Movie

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 01:35

Marvel's Thunderbolts have been billed as sort of the anti-Avengers. Commonly compared to DC Comics' Suicide Squad, it originally consisted of villains in disguise of new heroes, with some shedding their bad guy ways.

The roster has changed over the almost 30-year history with the team in the MCU consisting of Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour), and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko).

Russel was talking to a crowd at New York's 92NY community center about his AppleTV+ series, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters--also starring his iconic actor of a father, Kurt Russell--when the subject of the Thunderbolts came up and where they are in production. Quick answer: They haven't started filming nor has he seen a finished script.

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