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  1. Journey to the Savage Planet is getting a little bigger soon with the new Hot Garbage DLC. The $8 expansion will see players tasked with exploring a new area, and they'll be able to unlock new upgrades and fight fierce new foes. The expansion is coming to the Xbox One and PC versions of the game on April 15, while a PS4 release date has not been announced yet. This is just six days after the game comes to Xbox Game Pass, so new players will be able to expand their game. The trailer for Hot Garbage shows off the expansion's new tools, including a jetpack, toxic deshocker, and underwater boots. The jetpack and boots, in particular, will impact how you explore the world, and it looks like this new area will have portals that the player can jump through. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. Riot’s new tactical shooter Valorant is still in beta, but that hasn’t stopped players from flooding to Twitch in order to catch a glimpse of the team behind League of Legends' next game. Over 1.7 million viewers tuned were watching the game on Twitch at its peak, according to PC Gamer, watching those lucky enough to have made it into the closed beta. Big name Twitch streamers and professional esport players such as xQc, Pokimane, DrDisprespect, Surefour, and more have been streaming the beta around the clock since it began early last week. They have even been provided with beta keys to give away live on stream. While Riot allowed streamers to roll out some content and footage last week, it’s the real-time footage that players want to see. Valorant peaked with about as many viewers as Fortnite did during the black hole event during the black hole event back in Fortnite: Chapter 2. The black hole event, which ended in Fortnite being rebranded as Fortnite: Chapter 2 after its map was destroyed, was a major milestone for the game, while these viewer numbers are reflective of the hype Valorant has built up in the lead up to release. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. A new chapter of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone has begun. Infinity Ward has officially released the much-anticipated Season 3 update on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Like the Season 2 update before it, this is a substantial update in terms of its file size. On Xbox One, it's 13.6 GB. While you wait for the download to complete, you can check out the full Season 3 patch notes here. It's a big update, but it's much smaller than the Season 2 update, which was between 50 GB and 100 GB depending on your platform. In addition to a number of under-the-hood changes, the Season 3 update for Modern Warfare and Warzone introduces new content in form of new multiplayer maps and a Quads mode for Warzone. A new Operator, Alex from the Modern Warfare campaign, is also headed to Modern Warfare. There is a new Season 3 Battle Pass, too, that comes with various cosmetics and even Riley, the dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Cold Symmetry’s Mortal Shell is an all new action-RPG that seems a lot like From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The latest footage released from publishers Playstack certainly has the Dark Souls aesthetic down pat. In this new footage we can see a parry move that is very similar to the Mikiri Counter or the execute maneuver from Sekiro. In Sekiro, enemies had a posture system, much like armor, that would run out during a fight, prompting the player to perform an execute move with a similar red dot and do mass damage like in the footage above. Developers trying to imitate the Dark Souls style is nothing new, with titles like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Code Vein starting to fall under the new 'souls-like' genre. Punishing combat and difficult enemies are the staple of a 'souls-like" game, with many following the examples laid down by From Software. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories has finally released in the west. The game has had a strange, fascinating journey to store shelves, and its release is significant because of how long fans of the series have been waiting for it. Disaster Report 4 is set in the aftermath of a natural disaster in Japan. It was originally scheduled for a March 10, 2011 PS3 release, but was delayed until later that year. Then, on March 10, the Tohoku Earthquake hit Japan, causing an enormous tsunami that caused over 15,000 deaths and displaced over 200,000 people. In the wake of this tragedy, the game was cancelled. In 2014, Granzella acquired the rights to the Disaster Report series and began work, yet again, on a fourth game in the series, this time for the PS4. The new game was created from the ground up, and eventually released in Japan in 2018. It wasn't until January 2020 that a release date for the west was nailed down. It's only the third game in the series to get an English language release, after the first Disaster Report (2003) and its sequel Raw Danger! (2007), both for the PS2. The third game in the series released in 2009 for the PSP, in Japan only. This makes it the first game in the series to release in English in 13 years. There are scenarios in the final game that were designed in collaboration with the Kobe City Fire Bureau. Funnily enough, the game has released in the west amid yet another calamity (the COVID-19 pandemic), albeit not a natural disaster. It's not the only strangely timely game release; the Resident Evil 3 remake opens with a news report on a brutal pandemic (in this case, a zombie uprising). Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. Project xCloud is Microsoft’s game-streaming service. Currently still in beta, the program has been available to select users since October last year. With big Microsoft titles like Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves all on the service, EA becomes the newest company to add games to the service. Dragon Age: Inquisition, Unravel Two, and The Sims 4 are all big titles for Microsoft to scoop up. Whether you’re a fan of Bioware’s RPG series, ready to traverse puzzles with the power of yarn and friendship, or just someone who enjoys the satisfaction of living through and managing the lives of their Sims, these three are some of the best titles to come out of EA in the past few years. There is no word on when the streaming service will be ready for testing on other platforms. The Inside Xbox April 2020 announcements only touched on Project xCloud, including the addition of the three EA titles, with the streaming service preview set to open up in 11 more countries across Western Europe on top of the original four countries it began in. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. The patch notes for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's much-anticipated Season 3 update have arrived, detailing all of the changes, tweaks, and new features coming to the military shooter. The update itself hasn't arrived just yet, but it should be released in a matter of hours, if not sooner. One of the biggest changes in the update is for the Warzone multiplayer mode. The cost of one of the game's most useful features, the Loadout Drop, has increased to $10,000. The cost of the Loadout Drop from the Buy Station started at $6,000 before moving up to $8,500, and now it's even higher. Many players have remarked that the Loadout Drop is negatively affecting game balance, and the higher price point should help smooth things out, at least to a degree. The Loadout Drop is one of Warzone's distinctive features. It allows players to call in an airdrop that comes with a pre-made loadout of any weapons and items that players have already unlocked. As such, it can be incredibly useful on the battlefield. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Season 3 update is coming soon, and with it comes more Trials that you can complete to earn even more XP to help you rank up faster. There are four new Trials in the Season 3 update, each of which pays out a whopping 10,000 XP if you can reach the 3-star ranking. Complete them all and you can earn 40,000 extra XP. As announced on the Activision blog, the trials take place on a variety of maps, including Vacant, Hackney Yard, Piccadilly, Docks, Stack, and Euphrates Bridge, among others. As always, the challenges are varied. For example, Shooting Range requires you to locate and kill all targets as fast as you can and using as little ammo as possible. The Marksman challenge, meanwhile, asks you to take down enemies at range against the clock. You can see a full rundown of the four new Trials below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Microsoft and Turn 10 have announced that Forza Street will be released for free simultaneously on iOS and Android devices on May 5. Pre-registration will remain limited to Android devices with Google Play and Galaxy Store access. Players who download and play the game in the first month after release will get a Founders Pack, which includes the 2017 Ford GT and some in-game currency and credits to spend. This reward will be available in the message center, ready to be spent on collecting and upgrading cars. The mobile title is designed to be played anywhere at any time, with car-lovers as the designated target. Races are much shorter than in the main Forza titles, with some races and story-driven modes lasting just under a minute. The emphasis will remain on the cars themselves, with collecting and upgrading your cars as the main focus of the app. The game is not as meticulous a simulation, or as serious a racer, as the mainline Forza series--in fact, you don't actually steer the cars in Street. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. The Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO), which is responsible for the age rating of games in Japan, has suspended all operations for the rest of the month. As reported by Japanese site Automaton, the organization will be closed until at least May 7, with Tokyo having declared a state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERO offices are located in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Games require a CERO rating to release in Japan, meaning that this very well might cause delays for game releases in the country. According to Dr Serkan Toto on Twitter, it is not possible for employees to review footage from home as reviewers always conduct their reviews in-office; it's likely that a work-from-home solution could not be implemented before the state of emergency was declared. It's possible that this will have an impact on games targeting release in Japan in the coming months, including major titles like Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (May 29), Ghost of Tsushima (June 26), and Minecraft Dungeons (May 26). The specific impact of this closure might take a while to become apparent, but it's very likely that we will see further delays, at least in Japan. COVID-19 has led to the delay of games like The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR already, and it's likely that we'll see others. However, both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are still targeting worldwide 2020 releases. View the full article
  11. Big rewards for Daily Challenges and a double XP event are now available for all crackshots and jockeys this week in Red Dead Online. Additionally, any player who logs on before April 14 will earn 5 Gold Bars just for playing. There’s plenty of rewards and XP this week regardless of how you play. Red Dead Online is running an all new Daily Challenge multiplier, where players who complete a Daily Challenge three days in a row will be rewarded. The reward includes 10 Special Health Cures, 10 Special Miracle Tonics, 10 Special Snake Oils, and 20 Incendiary Buckshot Slugs. These gifts will arrive at the Post Office or in your Camp Lockbox within 48 hours of completion. Players who enjoy Showdown Modes and Races will be pleased to hear that both modes will be running a double XP event for the entire week. Any XP earned from either event will be doubled, making this a great opportunity to try out the Races or Showdown modes if you haven’t already. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. Borderlands 3 has added a new arcade machine to Sanctuary III, and playing it has benefits to the world of science. In the corner of Doctor Tannis' infirmary, you'll find Borderlands Science, a game designed to help real-world scientists organize data. Borderlands Science, introduced in the trailer below, is a block-shifting puzzle game that involves mapping and comparing microbes, a task that even the most complex supercomputer is not as good at as human players. Completing these puzzles will earn you in-game currency, and you can continue playing each puzzle for a high score after it is finished. The puzzle game was developed in conjunction with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science, and The Microsetta Initiative. The benefits of this game are shown off in the video below, hosted by PhD scientist and actor Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory). As she explains, the Microseta Initiative has collected microbes from human feces, which is what players will be organizing. Playing this game will help the scientists spot computer errors in their sequences, helping scientists compare the data and learn more about the human gut, and the data will ultimately be used to combat various diseases. It looks like good fun, alongside all the benefits to the science community it offers. Borderlands 3 recently explained with the Guns, Love, And Tentacles DLC, which increased the game's level cap. It's available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. View the full article
  13. The big new Season 3 update for Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone will introduce a new way to customize things to your liking on the battlefield. Specifically, the Season 3 patch adds vehicle skins. You can add these skins to any vehicle in the Warzone map, Verdansk, and they'll be automatically applied when you start driving whatever vehicle you might come across in the map, including ATVs, helicopters, and more. The Activision blog post announcing the new vehicle customization system did not mention how you can unlock the new skins, but it it will presumably be through gameplay or microtransactions. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. With the start of The Old Ways event, Respawn added Duos to Apex Legends, the first permanent mode to come to the battle royale game since the addition of Ranked in Season 2: Battle Charge. Both Solos and Duos have appeared in Apex Legends as limited-time modes before, though Respawn says that the former is unlikely to be permanently added to the game like Duos has. "When we introduced Solos as a limited-time mode last year we saw it actually negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention," Respawn writes in The Old Ways update patch notes. "We've also purposely designed legends and their abilities to compliment teamplay and squad composition, but when played solo some legend abilities become useless." That said, Respawn added that the team hasn't completely given up on the idea of a single-player mode and will continue "exploring ways to allow a solo experience." No further details were provided. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. It can be tough being stuck inside, but video games are a great way to pass the time. However, you may not have the best screen to play or you may just need some extra storage to keep all your games installed on. If you're looking for a good deal on memory cards, external hard drives, or even a brand spankin' new gaming laptop, then there are some great offers on Google Shopping right now. The deals are on products from Best Buy and trusted online retailer Antonline and are all available until April 13 or while supplies last. If you're interested in games to put on your new hard drive or play on your new monitor, then be sure to check out all of the free games you can claim right now as well as the best games, TV, and movies for self-isolation and social distancing. More Spring Sales Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  16. The Xbox Series X is due at the end of 2020, and although Microsoft has revealed a lot about the new console, many things remain mysterious about it too. The new console is unlikely to radically reinvent the user interface offered by the Xbox One--in fact, all signs indicate that it will essentially be the same. According to The Verge, Microsoft will make some further tweaks to the Xbox One interface soon, improving the "Guide" functionality on the dashboard and allowing you to customize the order of your navigation tabs. A new "Parties & chats" tab will correlate social features, and a few other parts have been streamlined and simplified. As this article point out, in preview videos for the Xbox Series X, the interface looks identical to this; it's likely that these changes will carry over exactly to the new system. On Twitter, a member of the Xbox support team circa 2013, Missy Quarry, has explained that this makes a lot of sense. "One of the biggest user problems was getting used to an entirely new UI and they begged for the 360 dash," she says. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. Gears Tactics has gone gold ahead of its release on PC later this month, Microsoft has announced. This means that the game is effectively finished, and is in a state where it can be released. Xbox Wire has announced that the team has "begun down the path for the Xbox console version," which is due to release at an unspecified point later this year. To celebrate, a new piece of art by Gears artist Luke Preece, featuring the skull of Tactics protagonist Gabe Diaz, has been released. You can see it below. Gears Tactics was built with PC users in mind, and it's the first game in the series to debut first on PC. Thanks to a partnership between The Coalition and Intel, anyone who purchases an Intel Core i5 or higher processor will receive a free copy of Gears Tactics. Although the exact terms and conditions of this deal are not clear, expect Gears Tactics to appear as a bonus included with processors following its release. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  18. Call of Duty's goodest boy, Riley the dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts, is coming to Modern Warfare. Activision has announced that the fan-favorite Call of Duty dog will be added to Modern Warfare through the upcoming Season 3 update, but there is a catch. You need to buy the Season 3 Battle Pass to unlock Riley. People who buy the pass will get Riley in the form of a new finishing move where Riley will probably attack and kill your enemy. This will be the second dog-themed murdering move in Modern Warfare, as the Operator Talon has a dog of his own named Indiana that also bites and kills people as part of a brutal finishing move. For those who don't remember, Riley become an instant internet sensation when he was announced for Ghosts during the Xbox One reveal event in May 2013. Developer Infinity Ward tossed up whether or not to kill the dog in the story mode, but thankfully they did not. Riley sustained a bullet wound, but he survived, and now he's coming to Modern Warfare very soon. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. As part of Sony's announcement of the PlayStation 5's new DualSense controller, the company also confirmed that the PS5 remains on track for release this holiday. There was no reason to believe the system would be delayed, but it's a question some people had amid the COVID-19 crisis that is impacting the global economy, including the factories in China where the console is assembled. Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan reaffirmed that the PS5 is on schedule to launch in Holiday 2020. He also added that Sony will reveal more details on the next-gen system, including the console design, "in the coming months." Ryan also teased that the PS5 has "many innovative features" that he believes will be "transformative" for the gaming industry. He did not reveal any of these, however. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  20. Out of nowhere, Sony announced and showed off the PlayStation 5's brand-new "DualSense" controller, which sports a refreshed look and updated features like a built-in microphone, haptic feedback, and a new "Create" button that replaces the "Share" button. People had a lot to say about the new controller, and we're rounding up some of the internet's hot takes here in this post. With its new black-and-white color scheme, people noticed that it looks like something out of Valve's puzzle game, Portal. People were also quick to create mock-ups of what the DualSense controller could look like with different colors. For example, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets created an image showing the DualSense in the team's trademark blue and purple colors. Others pointed out that the DualSense looks a whole lot like Nintendo's Pro Controller for the Switch. Scroll down the page to see some of the internet's first responses to the DualSense. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. The big new update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone that kicks off Season 3 will go live very soon, and with it will come the patch notes for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The new update is apparently slated to drop on April 7 at 11 PM PT, which works out to April 8 at 2 AM ET and 7 AM UK. That's 4 PM in Sydney, Australia on April 8. The file size of the update hasn't been announced, but it will be very large, if history is any indication. The Season 2 update was absolutely massive, weighing in at around 100 GB on some platforms. Developer Infinity Ward subsequently apologized for the huge file size. The official patch notes for the Season 3 update will be released soon, community manager Ashton Williams said in a tweet. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  22. Lifeline is one of the latest Apex Legends characters to get an update that adjusts her in-match meta so that she performs as she's advertised. During The Old Ways event, several balance changes were made to certain characters and weapons--including Revenant and Lifeline. Revenant's buffs made the killer simulacrum into the aggressive attacker he's always been implied to be, while a more fundamental change for Lifeline has transformed the combat medic into a character who can better support her team. As Pathfinder has transformed into a recon character, Lifeline is now the sole support character in Apex Legends. Geared towards healing, Lifeline's greatest asset is reviving allies more quickly and while under cover, as well as gifting healing and armor items to her allies through her Care Packages. However, she's seen an immense drop in utility with Gibraltar's buffs in Season 3: Meltdown and Season 4: Assimilation--especially with his new passive allowing him to revive allies as quickly as Lifeline and while under more cover than she provides. Frankly, Gibraltar has become a better healer than Lifeline, which means the medic is truly only unique for her ability to gift items. Admittedly, this is a useful skill--especially on Kings Canyon where loot is a little more scarce than World's Edge--though the long cooldown timer on Lifeline's Care Package has made it difficult to balance her usefulness in comparison to other characters (her ultimate has the longest cooldown timer of all the legends at 360 seconds). The balance changes in The Old Ways update seems to address this. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  23. Season 3 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare kicks off on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 8. Players across all three platforms will get access to a new Operator, three new maps, and other new content, but those on PS4 will also get a few extra timed exclusives. As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, Activision is offering PS4 players some timed-exclusive Season 3 content. First, PS4 players will be able to play Survival on a new map: the fan favorite Shoot House. On top of that, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to claim a free Combat Pack for Modern Warfare and its standalone battle royale mode, Call of Duty: Warzone. The pack will be available from the PS Plus section of the PlayStation Store starting April 8 and comes with the following items: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  24. As part of the April Inside Xbox briefing, Microsoft announced the next free update for its swashbuckling adventure game Sea of Thieves, and it includes new job titles, cats, and more. With the new Ships of Fortune update--due out on April 22 for Xbox One and PC--players can take on special roles and become Emissaries for the Gold Hoarders, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, or the Athena's Fortune groups. Players can join one of the groups by visiting the Outposts and inspecting the table for the faction they want to join. Once you've joined a group, there are five ranks, or "grades," to achieve. The higher grade you achieve, the bigger rewards you can receive. At the same time, other players will see your Emissary status and might choose to attack to try to steal your loot. Microsoft also announced that you'll be able to personalize your character and your ship with cosmetic items reflecting your group. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  25. Season 3 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare kicks off tomorrow, April 8, and it introduces a slate of new content to the game, including three additional maps right on day one and a Quads mode for Warzone, among other things. A new season also means there will be a new battle pass, and Activision has detailed what that gets you, including two free weapons. On its official blog, Activision reveals that you'll receive two free weapons as part of the Season 3 battle pass: the Renetti handgun and SKS marksman rifle. The former is unlocked at Tier 15, while the latter becomes available at Tier 31. Activision describes the Renetti as "a well-rounded semi-auto 9mm pistol" that "excels in close-range combat." The SKS marksman rifle, on the other hand, is a "hard hitting and agile Soviet-style marksman rifle [that] focuses on utility over accuracy." Both guns can be customized with a variety of Gunsmith configurations, the publisher says. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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