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  2. Arcade1Up has released some great arcade cabinets, and its latest are among its most exciting. The company has put several new cabinets up for pre-order, including ones that are dedicated to Marvel vs. Capcom, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, and Ms. Pac-Man. All of the cabinets release this fall and come with free shipping. Supplies are limited, so if you're interested in any of these cabinets, then you'll want to pre-order ahead of time to ensure you get one. These cabinets are the latest Arcade1Up has announced. Marvel vs. Capcom and X-Men vs. Street Fighter chronicle Capcom's fighting game crossovers of the '90s, while Ms. Pac-Man has the classic gaming side covered with both a stand-up cabinet and sit-down cocktail-style cabinet. All four machines are available to pre-order now. View the full article
  3. Over the past console generation, Xbox released the majority of its first-party games on PC, giving players the choice of where they want to play. Wanting PlayStation to follow suit is an obvious thing to ask for, but it wouldn't just be beneficial to players. PlayStation has one of the deepest, most beloved histories in gaming and is home to some of the most prestigious modern developers out there--a first-party PlayStation game launch is always an event. Releasing its games on PC would make each PlayStation launch an even bigger deal, with a whole new audience and section of the internet to pore over every detail. However, if the company plans to go forward with more PC ports, then PlayStation needs to do a better job of introducing PC players to its esteemed worlds. A strong first-party lineup has reinforced the company's image as the dominant console platform this generation. Its critically acclaimed releases garner a long-term affection that is rarely seen for single-player games--people are still playing and praising the five-year-old Bloodborne, for example. Even its less favourably received games are successful commercially, with Days Gone topping sales charts in the UK for weeks after its launch. And as of August 2019, it was the sixth highest-selling PS4 exclusive in the US, beating out Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Infamous: Second Son, and every MLB game. Horizon Zero Dawn is the third highest-selling PS4 exclusive, and when it came to PC in early August, the 3-year-old game proved popular. SteamDB recorded an incredible all-time concurrent player count of 56,557 players, and that's not counting anyone on the Epic Games Store. That's a lot of people playing a single-player game at the same time on one platform, and it's not even a brand-new release. It's easy to imagine how Horizon Forbidden West or the Demon's Souls remake would be even more popular, especially with day-and-date releases. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has taken the gaming world by storm with its deceptively simple and original take on the battle royale formula. You'll need some luck to outlast the other 59 players vying for each episode's coveted Crown, but a little know-how can go a long way in helping you achieve victory. We've put together various tips, tricks, and strategies for each round to help you rack up more Crowns and Kudos. The chaotic nature of Fall Guys doesn't guarantee success, but knowing the ins-and-outs of each round will give you a fighting chance of emerging victorious. If you're curious about our thoughts around hilarious battle royale party game, be sure to read our Fall Guys review. Otherwise, read the tips below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. In the most recent bout of tech giant drama, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google after these two removed the Fortnite app from their storefronts, citing violations of their in-app purchasing policies. Not to be outdone, Facebook has now joined the fray as well. As reported by Bloomberg, Facebook took umbrage with the fact that Apple refused to waive their usual 30% take on in-app purchases when the social media site rolled out a new paid events feature in 20 countries. This feature would make it so that businesses can charge users for access to livestreamed activities, like fitness classes or lectures. According to the Facebook executive running the main app, Fidji Simo, the company will not be taking any cuts from the revenue this feature generates. While Google also refused to waive their 30% fee, they are allowing Facebook to process payments through their own channels to avoid the fee, something Apple is decidedly against on their own platform. This has led to Facebook accusing Apple of hurting small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. Season 6 of Apex Legends is on its way, and with it come some new changes to the map. According to Apex's Design Director Jason McCord, these changes are meant to "inject some 'newness'" into the map and will create more viable play options in the lava fields, create better options for navigating rough chokepoints, and introduce a whole new map mechanic. The first notable change is the addition of the Launch Site, a new drop point that's now occupying a previously empty lava field. The Launch Site is another of Hammond Industries' concoctions, and features four different control rooms said to have a ton of loot, and a new passage so you can rotate through this part of the map like never before. This new area will also serve to provide a variety of traversal options, as it's near both the Dome and the Sorting Factory. Apex vets will remember the Drill Site. Well, it's being replaced by Countdown, another large Hammond facility whose purpose remains unknown. At its center is a pit that boasts some pretty stellar loot, but beware: if you aren't in control of this area before delving below, you may be in for a bad time. Countdown is built to be a pretty formidable fortress that even includes three user-operated blast walls that can be used to fortify the approach from Skyhook, Lava Train, and Train Yard. These walls are a new mechanic for the map that allow for new ways to attack and defend and can be found at Launch Site, Countdown, and Staging. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. The US Army esports team has returned to Twitch after voluntarily leaving the platform last month. The stream is still ongoing, but it opened with a long period of time in which a lone streamer sat on camera while viewers in chat spammed messages like "WARCRIMES." The chat flooded with messages about white phosphorus, the defunding of the USPS, US war crimes, and more as Chris "Goryn" Jones sat on camera awkwardly. He did answer some of the more straightforward questions, like who his favorite Twitch streamer is, between long, uncomfortable pauses. He eventually started playing World of Warcraft for around 1,500 viewers. "Everybody has the ability to their own opinions," Jones said while browsing through chat messages. The stream started under the "just chatting" section on Twitch before he hopped onto the MMO. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Publisher Activision has announced that Call of Duty Mobile's Season 9 starts on Saturday, August 15. Titled Conquest, the new season introduces a fresh battle pass, an added game mode, and more. The headlining feature of Season 9: Conquest is the extra Battle Royale areas. The in-game Battle Royale map has been updated to include four new locations for players to loot weapons and battle enemies in. This includes Campground, Dormitory, Outpost, and Radar Base, all of which house the new Armor Plate item that repairs damaged armor so that you can stay in the fight a little bit longer. In addition to the updated Battle Royale map, Multiplayer has been refreshed with the brand-new close-quarters map Shipment 1944. Activision shared a roadmap of Season 9's content, which outlines what's now live and what's to come. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. WB Montreal has been teasing its next game since way back in September 2019. That was before, you know, everything. But the DC Fandome schedule notes we'll finally see its formal unveiling, rumored to be a Batman game called Gotham Knights. A WB Montreal reveal is slated as one of the first panels for the event on August 22, to take place at 10:30 AM PT. It promises a first look at a new game with a developer Q&A, but it's only scheduled for 20 minutes so the question period will probably be pretty brief. The teases surrounding the game have used the slogan "Capture the Knight," and based on the imagery many fans have speculated that it will involve the Court of Owls storyline--a 2012 series that revolved around a shadowy cabal of influential Gotham elite. A recent Eurogamer report claimed it will be called Gotham Knights, but that name is unconfirmed. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. It's hasn't even been two weeks since Fall Guys' starting frustrating players and streamers around the world. Players, in a quest to not fail hilariously, have already started perfecting the top strategies for Slime Climb and other games--just qualifying for the next round isn't good enough for them. "These mini games are so contained so it's fun seeing this happen, but we do want to keep them fresh," Fall Guys designer Joe Walsh tells GameSpot. Walsh said the UK-based team at Mediatonic are brainstorming and testing ways to change existing mini games to keep them challenging. Some ideas include adding the giant spinning obstacle from Jump Club to Perfect Match in order to make the fruit-based mini game even more stressful. Walsh also mentioned changing the structure of Fall Mountain so that players can't get too adept at getting to the top first. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Update: Since Epic Games made this change, Fortnite has been banned from both Google Play and the App Store. In response, Epic Games filed lawsuits against both Google and Apple, alleging they are monopolizing software sales. It also had a 1984 parody video ready to go, directly going after Apple for its policies. Original story follows: Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced a platform-wide slash on the price for V-Bucks, the in-game currency used in its battle royale. Players will now be able to buy them for less, with up to 20% off. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. Fortnite: Chapter 2's Season 3 has been unlike ones that came before it. Other seasons have give players lore-filled storylines that culminated in map changes like last season's The Device flood-causing live event. Season 3 hasn't had much of a story at all, until yesterday. "This thing is better than a season ending event," Redditor HappyBananaBoi joked about Epic Game's fight against Apple yesterday. The Fortnite developer orchestrated a public back-and-forth with the tech giant after lowering the price of V-Bucks and setting up direct payments in order to get around paying Apple their 30% cut of sales on the App Store. Apple and Google both pulled Fortnite from their storefronts in response--Epic Games then filed lawsuits against both companies. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Best Buy's new anniversary sale has kicked off, and this one goes all weekend. From now until Sunday, August 16, you can snag a number of great deals on games for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One as well as Switch accessories, iPads, and MacBook Pros. Many of the deals come with free shipping and can arrive as early as next week. For games, the Nintendo Switch sees a number of its best exclusives on sale. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are $50 each, as are Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Discounted PS4 exclusives include Final Fantasy VII Remake for $40, Death Stranding for $20, and Nioh 2 for $20, while the Xbox One's first-party games see discounts as well. You can snag Gears 5 for $28 and Forza Horizon 4 for $38. A number of multiplatform games are also discounted, including Borderlands 3 for $15, Control for $32, and the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath Kollection for $40. Control is an excellent game to jump into right now, especially with the upcoming Alan Wake expansion on the horizon. The Aftermath Collection is a great deal as well, as it includes Mortal Kombat 11, all of its DLC fighters, and the new Aftermath expansion, which adds on to the base game's story. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. Monster Energy has launched a promotion to tie in with Halo Infinite, despite the game's delay into a to-be-determined date in 2021. By collecting limited-edition Halo Infinite cans, you can get Double XP points to use sometime next year. The special-edition Halo-themed cans will be available through December 31, 2020, which probably made more sense when the game was expected to be out by then. At any rate, you can stock up on Double XP points now, as well as use an exclusive Snapchat filter. Collecting all three Snapchat codes each month will get you an exclusive weapon. The announcement says you can redeem them at Monster-Halo.com, but the site isn't live yet as of the time of writing. Your receipts will also give you entry into a grand prize drawing. Ten entrants will win a trip for two to Paris, France plus $1000 cash to spend there. That would presumably be scheduled for sometime after France lifts travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Another 200 winners will get an Xbox Series X. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Destiny 2's summer event, the Solstice of Heroes, is underway, bringing Guardians a quest to unlock this a set of armor that's a celebration of everything they've accomplished in the last year. You'll need to grind through a bunch of different activities to earn the armor--and some of the game's hardest to upgrade it fully. That makes this a good opportunity to visit Xur and grab some new Exotics to help you get through. Here's where you can find him and what he's selling until August 18. Head to Titan to find Xur this week, on The Rig. For his weapon, Xur is offering Graviton Lance. Hunters can pick up the Ophidia Spathe chest armor; for Titans, there's the Mk. 44 Stand Asides leg armor; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Skull of Dire Ahamkara helmet. View the full article
  16. Since starting with EA Access on Xbox One, the subscription service has adopted new names according to the platform you're playing on. With the service now heading to Steam, EA is consolidating everything under one new brand: EA Play. EA and Origin Access will now simply be EA Play, irrespective of whether you're subscribed on Xbox One, PS4, Steam, or through Origin directly. Similarly, Origins Access Premier will now be known as EA Play Pro, with no additional word from EA about whether it will be available outside of Origin going forward. Despite the name change, the fundamentals of each service are the same. EA Play will give you access to a vault of games that is updated periodically, often with EA's own titles months after their initial release. You'll also have access to new games ahead of launch, with time-limited trial periods that allow you to retain any progress should you purchase the game at a discounted price. EA Play will still be $5 a month, or $30 a year. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. It's been a while since the last major sale on Xbox One, but fortunately, Microsoft has kicked off a new one featuring steep markdowns on some of the platform's best games. The Xbox One "Ultimate Game Sale" is live through August 24 with up to 65% off a very nice selection of games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and more. The Ultimate Game Sale also features discounts on Xbox accessories like the new PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip for xCloud, the Hyperkin S Racing Wheel, and several others. We've rounded up the highlights of the sale below. Keep in mind some of the following games are available through Game Pass, and most of them are even cheaper if you have Xbox Live Gold (which is included with Game Pass Ultimate). We've reflected both prices below--the cheaper price indicates the amount Gold members will pay. Games available on Game Pass only have one discounted price. Best Xbox One game deals Abzu -- $6 / $8 ($20) Apex Legends - Lifeline/Bloodhound Double Pack -- $21.44 / $25.34 ($39) Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Deluxe Edition -- $20 / $28 ($80) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night -- $20 / $24 ($40) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare -- $39 / $45 ($60) The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan -- $15 / $18 ($30) Dark Souls III -- $15 / $21 ($60) Dead by Daylight - Special Edition -- $12 / $15 ($30) Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition -- $25 / $30 ($50) Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot -- $36 / $42 ($60) Forza Horizon 4 -- $30 ($60)* Gears 5 -- $20 ($40)* Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice -- $15 / $18 ($30) Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition -- $18.74 / $21.24 ($25) Maneater -- $32 / $36 ($40) Metal Gear Solid V - Definitive Experience -- $9.89 / $12 ($30) Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Master Edition -- $36 / $42 ($60) Mortal Kombat 11 -- $20 / $25 ($50) Life is Strange 2 - Complete Season -- $16 / $20 ($40) Little Nightmares - Complete Edition -- $7.49 / $10.49 ($30) Ori and the Will of the Wisps -- $24 ($30)* The Outer Worlds -- $30 / $36 ($60) Red Dead Redemption 2 -- $30 / $36 ($60) Resident Evil 2 -- $20 / $24 ($40) Resident Evil 3 -- $36 / $42 ($60) The Sims 4 Plus Cats and Dogs Bundle -- $25 / $30 ($50) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order -- $30 / $36 ($60) Titanfall 2 - Ultimate Edition -- $4.49 / $7.49 ($30) A Way Out -- $7.49 / $10.49 ($30) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- $12 / $16 ($40) XCOM 2 Collection -- $35 ($100) *included with Xbox Game Pass Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  18. The latest teaser for 2020's new Call of Duty game appears to have confirmed its rumored 1960s setting. We'll likely be going back to an espionage-filled Cold War Black Ops shooter after Treyarch's last few games have taken us into the future. A teaser site unveiled that had teased a 12:00 clock in its corner has now revealed a new image. The image features today's date and "1961-1962" on the top of a piece of paper. The rest of its contents have been redacted, but it certainly fits in line with the mysterious and conspiratorial Black Ops games. In the first entry, it was heavily implied the brainwashed protagonist was involved in the JFK assassination. Teaser for Call of Duty 2020 A video on the teaser site includes several references to the Cold War and nuclear weapons, and visiting one of the URLs listed on a sticky note also includes a short letter detailing strategy and a cryptic message about battles being won before they are fought. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. Following news that Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail was fired from the company, new reports paint a grim picture of abuse that allegedly runs rampant across many Ubisoft studios. Over the past few weeks, Gamasutra has talked to dozens of former and current Ubisoft staffers at the Montreal (Valhalla), Quebec (Gods & Monsters), and Singapore (Skull & Bones) studios. Each testimony, all anonymous for fear of reprisal, calls out many of the same people for many of the same offenses. Hugo Giard (quest director, Gods & Monsters), Hugues Ricour (managing director, Singapore), Jonathan Dumont (creative director, Assassin's Creed Odyssey), Jordi Woudstra (former marketing product manager, Singapore), Justin Farren (former creative director, Skull & Bones), Marc-Alexis Cote (executive producer, Quebec), and Stephane Mehay (associated producer, Quebec) were all named for contributing to and perpetuating a culture of "fear and oppression" across the three specified studios. The executives are allegedly accused of various actions, such as leveraging their power to objectify women by asking them for kisses at work events (Ricour), using their physical appearance to intimidate women and especially new hires (Dumont), and sexually assaulting women by touching them inappropriately in and out of meetings (a widespread issue). Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. The NPD Group has released its latest sales results in the US for July 2020, which has seen another month of growth for the industry as consumers chose to focus on video games as they stayed indoors. Hardware sales slowed down slightly in July, but spending on game content reached $3.6 billion. This figure also includes a new metric from the NPD, in the form of "Video Game Content," which is a combination of microtransactions, downloadable content, subscriptions, and more. "Consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories totaled $3.6 billion in July 2020, increasing 32% when compared to a year ago," NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. "Double-digit percentage spending gains in accessories, subscription, mobile, and both digital full game as well as post-launch spending on console and PC offset a slight decline in hardware. Year-to-date spending reached $26 billion, 21% higher than the same period in 2019. Content, hardware, and accessory spending are each over 20% higher when compared to the same period a year ago." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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  22. Marvel's Avengers is expanding its beta to more platforms and players this weekend, and a new patch addresses some of the feedback that has come from the first round. Crystal Dynamics also gave an idea of issues it's aware of and others that it is currently working on. According the official patch notes, the 1.3.0 patch addresses several matchmaking issues and crashes, and fixes some bugs revolving around particular heroes. It also notes that for Xbox One players, you may run into issues if your NAT type is on a higher setting. The studio is working on reducing screen shake and fixing a bug that would spawn multiple heroes. In its Known Issues subsection, Crystal Dynamics suggests workarounds if you're having trouble with accessing content beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, how to use Black Widow and Iron Man's gear, and more. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. An investment platform is planning to sell ownership shares in a rare copy of Super Mario Bros., which it has valued at $150,000. The particular version of the game is a sealed 1987 "hangtab" edition rated at a near-perfect 9.8 A+ by Wata Games, one of only 14 factory-sealed copies in existence according to the video game grading company. Purchased by Rally for $140,000 in a private sale, the company plans to sell 3000 individual shares in the game, starting on August 21. Each $50 share purchased will give investors partial ownership and the option to sell their shares in Rally's own marketplace. If the price of those shares plummet, Rally will liquidate its investment in the game and pay owners out, according to a decision made by their advisory board. When Super Mario Bros. isn't kept secure in a temperature-controlled vault in Delaware, Rally plans to display the game in their Soho museum in New York, or loan it out to other museums around the country where it will be on show. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. After a leave of absence from Ubisoft in June, former creative director on Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail, has now been fired. This follows an external investigation into his inappropriate relationships with community members. Ismail's termination has been communicated to employees at Ubisoft Montreal through a company-wide email, which Kotaku has obtained a copy of. Although the letter doesn't specifically state why Ismail was fired, it does note that it comes after an external investigation into allegations brought against him left no other choice. "Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf's employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated," reads the message. "We cannot provide any details about this confidential investigation." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  25. Two new Warner Bros. games are set to be unveiled at DC FanDome on August 22, including the newly-announced Suicide Squad game from Rocksteady Games, the developer of Batman: Arkham Knight. The other game will be from Warner Bros. Montreal, developer of spin-off Batman: Arkham Origins. The WB Montreal reveal is one of the first events of the day, scheduled for 10:30 AM PT, and will take 20 minutes. "You won't want to miss this first look at an exciting new game and Q&A with its developers," the description reads. The studio has been teasing what looks like a new Batman game for some time now, and they've used the phrase "Capture the Knight" in their hints. Back in May, the studio tweeted that it was not ready to show its next project just yet. One popular theory is that the game will feature the Court of Owls, the shadowy cabal introduced in Scott Snyder's opening run of The New 52 reboot of Batman. We'll finally know for sure soon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  26. Horizon Zero Dawn launched on PC earlier this month and the former PlayStation 4 exclusive hasn't had a smooth ride on its new platform thus far. Some notable issues have held back the PC version, but developer Guerrilla Games announced last week that it's trying to fix the crashes and other technical issues many players have encountered since launch. That begins today, as patch 1.01 is now live. While the latest update doesn't fix everything, Guerrilla has outlined some of the high priority issues it's currently working on. For instance, patch 1.01 fixes some of the game's start-up crashes but not all of them, so this is something the studio is hoping to address in future updates. There are also some GPU-related hangs during gameplay, performance issues on specific GPUs and hardware combinations, and graphical settings issues such as 4K not displaying correctly or anisotropic filtering not working, that are being worked on. Aside from this, patch 1.01 does fix a number of issues related to functionality, improved diagnostic data, and more. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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