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  1. Developer Rockstar Games is adding four new maps to the Featured Series in Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode, which sees each player armed with just a fistful of Throwing Knives at the outset of each round. Taking part in this week's Featured Series--or any other Showdown mode--will also net you double XP until April 13. The game mode Overrun takes place on the arid climes of Pike's Basin, tasking you to capture and retain the most territories in order to emerge victorious. Stillwater Creek, meanwhile, is the setting for Plunder, as you'll need to grab unclaimed loot and return it to your team's home base to outscore your rivals. Just to the north of the Annesburg Mines, Roanoke Valley plays host to Spoils of War. In this mode, you need to defend your stockpile from enemies while simultaneously stealing from there's. Whoever steals the most wins. And last but not least there's Up In Smoke, which sees the calm and meandering waters of the Kamassa Rivers as the backdrop to an explosive game mode that sees each player start out carrying a package. Your goal is to deliver that package to the enemy's camp without being killed, with the team that delivers the most packages destroying the enemy's base for good. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. EA has released a very small update for Madden NFL 20 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC that fixes some minor gameplay concerns, as well as improving the game's general stability. We've got the full patch notes below. The patch fixes two issues that fans have noted. For one, defenders won't be able to go into the backfield unblocked in defensive formations like Nickel 2-4-5 Odd anymore. For another, you won't be able to use the "Nasty Streak" Superstar ability on out-of-position players, either. That ability was added in the August 2019 title update, and some fans have complained that it's overpowered ever since. The previous update for the game added new formations and plays from Super Bowl 54, including the Jet Chip Wasp. Like this most recent update, it also improved stability for Franchise mode. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Last year, former Dead Space and Call of Duty: WWII creative director, Glen Schofield, was appointed CEO of PUBG Corporation's newest studio, Striking Distance. While the San Ramon studio hasn't yet revealed what it's working on, Schofield believes they're aiming for something beyond what modern Triple-A games achieve. Speaking to VentureBeat, Schofield touched on Striking Distances vision to expand on the lore very vaguely established in PlayerUnknown's Battleground with their new narrative-focused project. Striking Distance, which now has 70 employees, is referring to its project as "quad-A" due to its ambitious goals, according to Schofield. "We have a seasoned group here," says Schofield. "We hope to just make something triple-A. We're actually calling it quad-A. We want to go above and beyond and make something special." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. A release date of April 23 for Dotemu's upcoming Streets of Rage 4 has appeared in the European Nintendo eShop. First spotted by Twitter user Wario64, Dotemu quickly posted that it "cannot confirm" that release date yet. Dotemu has also released a new trailer for the game, which reveals its inclusion of retro tracks and characters from the previous Streets of Rage games, 16-bit sprites and all. The game will cost $25 and will come out "soon" for Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Previous trailers for the sequel have focused on the game's soundtrack, which is being composed by several contributors to the original games, including the much-heralded Yuzo Koshiro. They've also highlighted the game's new characters, including the Jax-inspired Floyd Iraia, complete with robotic arms and a ground pound. View the full article
  5. The upcoming Minecraft Nether Update will feature music from composer Lena Raine, most known for her award-winning work on Celeste and Guild Wars 2. Three original tracks will be featured across the new biomes introduced to the Nether when the update releases at some point later this year. The track Rubedo will be played in the Nether Wastes, Chrysopoeia can be heard in Crimson Forests, while So Below will feature in both Soulsand Valleys and Basalt Deltas. "I am extremely honored and excited to finally say that I'm the composer for the upcoming Nether Update for Minecraft," Raine said on Twitter. In the latest Snapshot blog post, meanwhile, the composer explained her approach to creating new music for Minecraft: "One of the primary instruments in Minecraft is the piano, and so one of my challenges to myself was to see how far I could push the sound of the piano until it resembled other things entirely–again, that alchemical process. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. NBA 2K20 has received a small update on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One that addresses some MyPlayer and MyTeam issues. We've compiled the full patch notes are below. The new NBA 2K20 patch fixes an issue related to MyPlayer's ability to dunk alley-oops. For some reason, the created character sometimes wouldn't dunk the ball after initiating or receiving an alley-oops despite having the necessary rating to do so. This problem should be ironed out now. NBA 2K20's newest update also makes some tweaks to MyTeam. These include fixing a problem where players' Collector Level would inexplicably reset after selling a bunch of cards, addressing an issue where the ball would drop incredibly slow when activating the ball drop mechanic, and rectifying created or customized assets so that the desired accessory colors appeared in-game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. During the latest Inside Xbox stream, Microsoft revealed new features coming to Xbox Game Bar on PC that will make it easier for you to stream your games without having to juggle through multiple programs. At the core of this are new widgets for Xbox Game Bar, with Xsplit and Razer having their own widgets ready for Insiders to start testing. The Xsplit widget will let you control your stream through the Game Bar overlay, letting you interact with chat, adjust output settings, and deciding when to go live without having to minimize your game. The Razer Cortex widget lets you activate Cortex in-game to close or suspend background applications that might be taking up precious CPU horsepower or RAM, directing more performance to your game. The widget also integrates with Razer's Silver and Gold virtual credits and its supported games, if you're invested in that platform. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. To help people enjoy their time in isolation, Google has announced a special promotion for its game-streaming service, Google Stadia. The company is giving away two months of free access to Stadia in regions where the service is supported. "We're facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you're stuck at home," Stadia boss Phil Harrison said. Beginning today (April 8), everyone who signs up for Stadia will get two months of Stadia Pro. All you need is a Gmail address to get in on the freebie offer. Stadia Pro comes with access to nine games, including Destiny 2, Grid, and Thumper. A Pro subscription normally costs $10/USD per month, and you'll be charged this fee after the two months if you don't cancel. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. With deals aplenty on digital games thanks to spring sales on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, you can currently stock up on new and past hits for cheap. But if you prefer physical games, Best Buy has a bunch of console games on sale for great prices this week, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for $38, Borderlands 3 for $20, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $40. PS4 and Xbox One users have a bunch of multi-platform games to choose from beyond that trio of 2019 hits. Kingdom Hearts 3 is $10, Mortal Kombat 11 is down to $20, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition, which comes with all of the grand role-playing game's DLC, is just $20, too. Sports are on hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but you can still get your sports fix through games. All three major EA Sports titles--Madden NFL 20, FIFA 20, and NHL 20--are just $25, and NBA 2K20 is also on sale for $30 on PS4 and Xbox One. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Valve has put together some data in graphs and charts to show how individual games have fared on Steam over the years. According to the first graph, the number of games earning at least $10,000 in its first two weeks has increased every year since 2011, with over three times as many making that amount in 2019 than in 2013. In its second analysis, Valve compared the years 2018 to 2019, taking a look at sales per game, and how those games break down into percentiles. The overall takeaway was positive: Valve found that the median 2019 game earned 24% more during its first two weeks than the median 2018 game. However, the graph tells a more nuanced story: games above the 35th percentile made much more money in 2019 than in 2018, while games below that threshold made less. As Valve notes in the announcement, it's difficult to make meaningful conclusions about what this means for an individual developer's success--$10,000 in two weeks might be a game-changer for a small team with day jobs, while it would represent a major failure for a larger team. And according to an analysis from Ars Technica that uses Valve's own numbers along with the total number of Steam games provided by Steam Spy, the vast majority of Steam games fail to make more than $5000 in their first two weeks. No matter how you slice it, while things might be inching in a positive direction, the average Steam game doesn't earn much money. View the full article
  11. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming on Friday, April 10 for most territories, but if you pick up a physical copy you should know that you can't jump in right away. A large disc install across both Blu-ray discs will take some time. The first chapter will be playable after installation, and then you'll be prompted to install from the second disc after completing the first chapter. Altogether the process is said to take around an hour. If you're buying the game digitally, pre-loading is now available so you can get ready for launch day without a wait. If you're planning to play from a physical copy, on the other hand, just pop in the disc and do something else for a while. The physical supply chain also may have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. Sony officially unveiled the PS5 DualSense controller on April 7, and it includes a built-in microphone to easily chat with your friends. However, that microphone does not mean the loss of a traditional 3.5mm headset jack on the controller. Answering a question on Twitter, PlayStation project manager Toshimasa Aoki clarified that the DualSense controller still has the same headset jack as the DualShock 4, meaning you'll be able to plug in your headset of choice if you don't want to use the built-in microphone. It seems like an obvious inclusion, but Sony's competitors haven't always made headset chatting so simple. The launch controller for Xbox One featured a proprietary port that required an adapter in order to use existing headsets, and the Nintendo Switch requires a separate phone app for chat. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Virtual reality has the power to transport you to different worlds and make you feel like you're really there. Right about now, the escape of VR is particularly attractive as we continue to spend more time at home. PS4 owners might be interested in spicing up their gaming sessions with a PlayStation VR headset. GameStop's current Deal of the Day discounts refurbished PSVR headsets to just $100. The sale ends at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET, so you'll have to act fast. PlayStation VR (refurbished) | $100 ($150) The 2017 model features numerous improvements over the launch version See at GameStop GameStop's refurbished products come with 30-day warranties out of the box. However, you can add a one-year warranty for $10 or a two-year warranty for $15. Since it's a pre-owned product (albeit one that GameStop has tested--repaired in some cases--cleaned up, and repackaged), you may want to consider adding a warranty if you're thinking about buying one. You should also clean it yourself using a proper tech sanitation process. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. The Pokemon-inspired MMO Temtem has issued a new update in early access, introducing one major new feature and a number of tweaks and fixes. A blog post from developer Crema says it has been working from home to meet these challenging times, and that it's managed to mostly keep on-track with its earlier roadmap. The biggest item in the update is the addition of ranked matchmaking, which relies on an under-the-hood rating system called your "Tamer Matchmaking Rating." That system rates your performance and grants points to match you with other players who have a similar TMR. Temtems are auto-scaled in ranked battle, with their level raised to the current level cap (currently 48) and max SV (50). Winning a ranked match will get you a pansun reward once the system is fully implemented. The update also adds a Spectator mode, though the team acknowledges it's basic in its functionality now. Future updates will add other features to help with competitive play and tournaments, including seasons, leagues, and medals. To give players a little more pizzazz, player intros and outros have been added to this update as well. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. You won't be able to play Xbox Series X games from an external hard drive, but it's still worth plugging one into your system. In fact, you can use the same one that was plugged into your Xbox One and start playing the same games immediately. During the latest Inside Xbox episode, Xbox Series X director of program management Jason Ronald shared that you'll be able to unplug your external drive containing Xbox One games from the old console, plug it into Xbox Series X, and get access to the same games running from the external drive. This means the 1 TB storage on Xbox Series X and the optional 1 TB expansion card can be reserved for next-generation games alone, while everything else is stored on an external USB drive. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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