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Far Cry 5's campaign can you run more than two dozen hours, but you can actually see the credits after around 10 minutes if you take advantage of an Easter egg of sorts. Just like in Far Cry 4, you can "complete" Far Cry 5's campaign in short order if you do something unexpected.
As you can see in the video above, one of the first major decisions you'll have to make is whether or not to cuff cult leader Joseph Seed. If you refuse, after about 90 seconds you'll trigger a sequence that ends the game. Pretty sneaky, Ubisoft!
Provided you don't opt for that abbreviated route, the full story should take you about 25 hours to complete, although that will of course depend greatly on how much you engage in side shenanigans. If you'd prefer to make your own fun, Arcade mode lets you create some very different types of experiences.
Far Cry 5 releases on March 27 PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more, you can watch the game's first 11 minutes or see its weirdest mission, which involves something called the Testicle Festival. Expect to hear much more in the lead-up to the game and after launch--Ubisoft has extensive DLC plans that include some wacky-sounding concepts.
Far Cry 5 launches next week, and as we've seen, it's shaping up to give players a pretty interesting open world to roam around in. But its narrative premise has garnered the most attention, as it pits players against an apocalyptic, radical, Christian cult that has authoritarian control over a small Montana town.
In the video embedded above, the GameSpot team dives into the first 11 minutes of the game that show just how it begins its story. And, from this initial glimpse, it looks as creepy as you'd expect from a game about an extremist cult.
It's enough to even evoke some horror-film vibes, especially as you attempt to arrest the cult's leader, referred to as "The Father," but it all goes wrong. The beginning of the game is mostly cutscenes, but you can still get a good idea of the tone that Far Cry 5 wants to set.
The introduction kicks off a campaign that Ubisoft has said might take you 25 hours or more to complete--and that's not even the only part of the game. In a recent interview with GameSpot, executive producer Dan Hay also said that Far Cry 5's map editor will give players opportunities to create head-to-head game modes and possibly even something like a Battle Royale mode.
Far Cry 5 launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 27. Ubisoft has already announced Far Cry 5's Season Pass, which comes with expansion packs that take place on Mars, in the Vietnam War, and in a zombie apocalypse.
Far Cry 5 releases early next week for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but eager players are able to get an early jump on downloading the game. Developer Ubisoft has now released the pre-load dates and times for all systems.
If you're playing on Xbox One, you'll be able to pre-load first as the game is now available for download (but not to play, obviously). PC players on both Uplay and Steam will be able to pre-load the game starting today, March 23 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT / 12 AM GMT. PlayStation 4 players will have to wait the longest; the game will be available for pre-loading on March 25 at midnight, local time.
Far Cry 5 officially releases on March 27. The game is garnering lots of attention for its narrative, which pits players against an apocalyptic, radical, Christian cult, run by a crazed figure known as The Father, who has authoritarian control over a small Montana town. The game is open world and will take about 25 hours to play through the main storyline.
In addition to the campaign--which can be played in co-op--Far Cry 5 will have a map-editor that you can use to build head-to-head game types or anything else you want. This gives the game an opportunity to stay relevant and keep people playing for a long time in the future. Despite its heavy subject matter, the game isn't all serious. Check out this side mission that involves helping the town prepare for its annual "Testical Festival."
Cyberpunk 2077 is as highly anticipated as it is shrouded in mystery; the game has been in the works for six years, with little information on what it will actually be like. Now, developer CD Projekt Red is dropping a small hint as to what players can expect.
At a streamed CD Projekt Red financial event, president and joint-CEO Adam Kiciński said players can expect a strong, single-player game very much in the vein of The Witcher 3. He made a point that the game would not have microtransactions or hidden payments. While he was hesitant to share any information at all, Kiciński said, "We're considering everything and anything," and when pushed on whether that meant multiplayer he wouldn't say yes or rule the idea out.
"The first thing we're going to discuss is the immense story-driven roleplay for a single-player without any micro-payments whatsoever, without any hidden things whatsoever, just as was the case for The Witcher 3," he added.
Kiciński was also asked about the possibility of Cyberpunk 2077 being announced at E3 2018. We know CD Projekt Red will be attending, but not whether the company will make any product announcements. Kiciński said he wasn't in a position to talk about any announcements, and the company will release info about its E3 plans right before the expo begins.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be very technologically advanced, according to Kiciński, leaving open the possibility of the game living on systems beyond the current PS4 and Xbox One. He also suggested Nintendo Switch releases were off the table for CD Projekt RED's larger games.
"Technology-wise, Cyberpunk is very advanced. Our technology is ready to interface with future generations. The game is developed in such a way that it can use future, very powerful equipment but I cannot tell you more beyond that today as no future generation of console has been announced," he said.
For the latest news on Cyberpunk 2077, follow our full coverage and read our article about why Cyberpunk 2077 is so important to the genre and modern society.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance looks pretty great. The game is a beautifully harsh recreation of life in the medieval ages. In this first-person RPG, you play as a peasant trying to stay alive in 1400s Bohemia amid a brutal civil war, and the experience can be punishing at times thanks to a steep learning curve. Rob and Joey have decided to take a dive back into Kingdom Come to dial the game's graphics back to an equally punishing level.
In this episode of Potato Mode, the guys slowly take the game's graphics from historical recreation to hysterical wreck. Want to see the intricate textures, environments, and even the eyes of your favorite characters melt away? Then be sure to watch the video above. And while you're at it, play some dice on the lowest graphics settings and watch your table and chair disappear right before your eyes.
In GameSpot's Kingdom Come review, the game praised for being a "rare, memorable" experience with lifelike quests, strong storytelling, and voice-acting and visuals that immerse you in the setting. Of course, once you pare back the most essential of graphics layers, it's also ridiculous. Enjoy, and then watch the last Potato Mode when Rob and Joey dialed back the graphics on Grand Theft Auto V with equally obscene results.
Some more games are now available for Nintendo Switch. This week is fairly light in terms of releases; only 12 new titles have been added to the Eshop, but they include a couple of notable games that are worth a download if you're looking for something new to play on Nintendo's console.
Headlining this week's Switch releases is Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, the third installment in WayForward's well-received platforming series. It's joined by Attack on Titan 2, the video game adaptation of the popular anime and manga series. We called the latter "one of the more surprising releases of the year" in our Attack on Titan 2 review.
Other new releases this week include two more classic Arcade Archives games, World Heroes 2 Jet and Moon Patrol; the humorous horror-puzzle game Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut; the retro beat-'em-up Gekido Kintaro's Revenge; the medieval side-scrolling action game Castle of Heart; and BlazBlue's food-eating rhythm game spin-off, Eat Beat Deadspike-san. You can find the full list of this week's new Eshop games below.
This week also sees the release of the some new DLC for Pokken Tournament DX. Wave 2 of the Battle Pack is now available and introduces another new playable Pokemon to the game: Blastoise. Two more Support Pokemon--Mew and Celebi--have also been added, as have an assortment of new customization items for your avatar.
Wave 2 of the Pokken Tournament DLC can only be purchased as part of the game's $15 Pokken Battle Pack. The first wave released back in February and added Aegislash as a playable Pokemon. It also includes another pair of Support Pokemon--Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu--and various other items to customize your avatar.
Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, and Anders Holm may go by different names in Netflix's Game Over, Man!--Alexxx, Joel, and Darren, respectively--but they're basically still doing their Workaholics characters. Netflix's latest original comedy is a variation on everything Workaholics fans love; it wouldn't be surprising at all to learn that Game Over, Man! began as a Workaholics movie, or an idea for a parody episode where the boys recreate Die Hard as only they could: dumber, gorier, meaner, and extremely funny.
Recommending Game Over, Man!--or not--is easy: If you liked Workaholics, which ended its seven-season run on Comedy Central just over a year ago, you will probably like this movie. And if you found the show puerile and obnoxious, go ahead and pick one of Netflix's hundreds of other original movies or original TV series instead. This movie was even directed by Kyle Newacheck, the starring trio's Workaholics co-creator, frequent episode director, and occasional guest star (as the gang's drug dealer and fellow misfit Karl), and it was written by Holm.
The story follows Alexxx, Joel, and Darren, three hotel housekeepers who dream of hitting it big with their latest scheme, a full body-controlled video game called "Skintendo." When a rich Instagram star--Utkarsh Ambudkar's obnoxious but likable Bey--throws a party at their hotel, the gang decide to pitch him on Skintendo in the hope he'll invest. Their plan is derailed when a group of terrorists led by the charismatic Conrad (Neal McDonough) and the psychopathic Irma (Rhona Mitra) take the partygoers hostage to extort Bey's fortune. Our heroes skulk around the hotel trying not to get killed while thwarting the bad guys, mostly by accident or dumb luck.
The "Dew Crew," as they call themselves--because they love Mountain Dew--are playing versions of their Workaholics characters. Devine's Alexxx--three Xs--is an immature, drug-dealing man baby bursting with terrible ideas, Holm's Darren is an insecure drug addict, and Anderson's Joel--nickname "Baby Dunk"--is just Anderson, but not-so-secretly gay. They're supported by a hodgepodge of a cast, including Daniel Stern as the hotel's sleazy manager, Aya Cash as their hapless co-worker, and party guests including Joel McHale, Fred Armisen, Action Bronson, Shaggy, Steve-O, and Mark Cuban as themselves.
Game Over, Man! isn't shy about its influences. One of the funniest jokes comes when the terrorists' hacker--Sam Richardson's Donald--insists that they didn't bring him along just "because I look like the black nerd from Die Hard," and he's sick of hearing about it. There are also a weird number of (granted, hilarious) references to the 1997 Robin Williams movie Flubber.
The crew take full advantage of their freedom from cable's content restrictions, though not necessarily in the ways you might expect. Game Over, Man! must have a record number of penises in it, for example, including one that gets severed from its owner early on and returns later as a gross but gut-busting sight gag. This movie is also surprisingly gory, but always in a low budget way that makes exploding heads look like bursting water balloons full of fake blood.
It's also not pulling any punches, whether it comes to the various celebrities at Bey's party or his adorable little chihuahua. Nobody is safe in this movie, which is admittedly fun, though it does go a little too far in a couple of scenes.
By the end, the Dew Crew has scraped together what amounts to a semi-decent plan to save the hotel's remaining guests and convince Bey to invest in Skintendo (don't think for a second they lose sight of that dream, even as the bodies drop around them). That's after several terrible, failed plans and multiple bloody, hilarious scraps in which they count their bad guy kills like it's a video game. That includes one weirdly heartwarming run-in with two very murderous, very gay thugs who the boys attack as they're distracting one another in bed.
There are plenty more good gags, fight scenes that will make you cringe with the creativity of their cartoonishly over-the-top violence, and stunts that include the gang hanging on an ironing board suspended a dozen stories up, and sending a Weekend at Bernie's-style animated corpse into a room full of machine gun-toting thugs.
Game Over, Man! isn't smart, essential, or particularly well made. But it is a funny, blatant Die Hard tribute made by four friends whose specific brand of stoner-bro humor has earned them enough fans to justify their continued collaboration. If you count yourself among those fans, enjoy.
|The Good||The Bad|
|Workaholics' signature sense of humor||Goes too far in a couple of scenes|
|Cartoonish, over-the-top violence||Inherently dumb humor won't appeal to everyone|
|Great supporting cast|
|The "Dew Crew" are on point|
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is now available, marking the release of another sumptuous RPG from Level-5. Like the first game, there's no shortage of things to do in this Ghibli-inspired adventure, and role-playing games are known for their lengthy playtimes. Now we have a better idea of just how much time you'll put into this trip through Ding Dong Dell.
Our Ni No Kuni 2 review said the game lasted roughly 35 hours, which included a handful of hours devoted solely to developing the kingdom. 100% completion could be roughly double at 70 hours, depending on how much you partake in the optional aspects of the game.
It should be noted that while you have some freedom to pick and choose which quests you do and when, they aren't completely optional. Elements like skirmishes and kingdom building are treated as open-ended but you need to do some of each to level up high enough to access the end-game. Kingdom building is something you can easily spend much more time with, though, if you so wish.
Our review found it charming, with a great soundtrack and a demanding combat system, but we lamented an overreliance on fetch quests and underdeveloped secondary characters. For even more, check out our review roundup.
A new Fortnite update is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but in addition to checking out the new stuff it has to offer, Battle Royale players have some other things they can now do. Fortnite's week 4 challenges have rolled out for Battle Pass owners, and some of them might prove to be tricky.
The full list of challenges is outlined below; one requires you getting the right weapon and utilizing it efficiently (dealing a specific amount of damage with a sniper rifle), while another has you tracking down chests in the Flush Factory or supply drops around the map. There are two in particular that you might need some help with.
The first of these is not labeled as Hard; you're told to visit five different ice cream trucks. These are scattered around the map--there are more than five in total, with a handful located right inside major locations like Tomato Town, Pleasant Park, and Retail Row. Others are in less obvious locations, though you can track them all down with this map shared by Reddit user imkairu.
What is labeled as Hard is the challenge that reads, "Search between a Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture, and a Circle of Hedges." That somewhat vague clue is pointing you toward a point in the southeast corner of the map, in the G9 section. It's just on the edge of some water--you can see it in this screenshot from Reddit user __Kaneda__, or see the map they provided here.
You can check out all of the week 4 challenges below. Keep in mind that, despite being added weekly, you have the entirety of Season 3 to finish these out. That means you can also go back to complete previous weekly challenges. Week 5's challenges are now available.
Weekly challenges are only available to those who own the new Season 3 Battle Pass, which costs 950 V-Bucks. It expands the number of optional tasks you're given in Battle Royale and allows you to unlock more items like outfits, gliders, and emotes. The Season 3 Battle Pass also includes new types of items, such as loading screens and Back Bling. Check out our gallery of Battle Pass rewards for a look at everything you can get.
As it so often does, Twitch is offering another batch of free in-game goodies to Amazon Prime members, this time for Epic's popular shooter Fortnite. Right now, those with a Prime account will be able to claim the Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack, which includes cosmetics and other items for both Battle Royale and Save the World modes.
The Twitch Prime Pack is redeemable on all platforms--PC, PS4, and Xbox One--and comes with two exclusive gliders and outfits for Battle Royale: the Havoc Outfit and Back Bling, plus the Sub Commander Outfit and Slipstream Glider. Additionally, users will receive four exclusive Twitch chat emoji and two heroes for Save the World: Havoc and Sub Commando Jonesy. You can take a look at some of the freebies below.
Twitch Prime regularly offers free items and games for Amazon Prime members, so anyone who's a subscriber to the premium service is able to take advantage of this offer. To grab the Fortnite Twitch Prime Pack, simply click on the Prime Loot icon at the top of Twitch's homepage or visit Epic's official website for more details about how to claim the free items.
The Twitch Prime Pack isn't the only freebie that Fortnite players can get right now. PS Plus subscribers can also download the PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack on PS4, which includes an exclusive glider and outfit. You can grab the pack here. Meanwhile, the next free game for Twitch Prime members is the original Devil May Cry, is also available to download now after being temporarily delayed due to "unforeseen technical circumstances."
Epic recently rolled out update 3.0.0 for Fortnite, which kicked off Season 3 of Battle Royale. It also introduced a new Battle Pass, which features 30 additional rewards tiers to unlock--you can take a look at all of the new Battle Royale rewards in our gallery. A new limited-time mode, Blitz, is also now underway. Matches in this mode are more fast-paced and loot is more plentiful.
This story has been updated.
The real March madness is how much binging you'll be doing with everything new coming to Netflix. The streaming service is going all out with its March additions, including a ton of new originals, along with more movies, TV shows, and specials.
While there are over 50 originals being added to the streamer in March, there are two you need to pay very special attention to. Firstly, the new season of Marvel's Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter is back as the whiskey-drinking hero, along with co-stars Rachael Taylor (Trish) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth). Notably, David Tennant will also reprise his role as the evil Killgrave in a guest appearance. The new season of Jessica Jones arrived on March 8--International Women's Day.
The other major original to keep an eye out for is the return of Santa Clarita Diet--the horror comedy zombie series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. The first photos from the new season were released recently, showing new characters moving into the neighborhood and more undead insanity. New episodes of Santa Clarita Diet arrived on March 23.
As for movies, the Cruel Intentions trilogy--yes, it's actually a trilogy--will begin streaming in March. Other new titles include Adventureland, Jackass: Number Two, Wet Hot American Summer, and Let Me In.
It's not all good news, though. With the arrivals come the departures. March will see all four Jaws films leave Netflix, as well as three seasons of Brickleberry and the Santa Clause trilogy.
Arriving on Netflix in March
Leaving Netflix in March
For better or worse, Sea of Thieves is a game that grants players a lot of freedom. While there are quests and goals, you aren't led by the hand with an objective marker from one place to the next. You can go where you want and do what you want, but with that level of flexibility, actually getting started can be a bit overwhelming.
That's where we come in. With the Xbox One and PC game now available, we've put together some advice on exactly how to get started. In the video above, we explain what to do when you first get into the game and highlight the differences between the three faction: Gold Hoarders, Merchant Alliance, and Order of Souls. You'll see us take on a quest for the Order of Souls to hunt down a captain, and we run through the basics of piloting a ship--a process that's more involved than simply grabbing hold of the wheel and hitting the accelerator.
Sea of Thieves is the latest game from Rare. It's a console exclusive on Xbox One, though digital copies enjoy Play Anywhere support, meaning you can play it on both Xbox One and PC. More notably, it's the first game to launch day and date through Xbox Game Pass. In other words, you don't actually have to purchase the game to play it--for as long as you're a Game Pass member, you'll be able to play.
The game's launch has unfortunately been less than smooth for many people. Numerous launch issues have impacted the game, including those which prevent players from getting online to play and some that cause a delay before receiving rewards. Rare has acknowledged the problems on its website and says it's working to resolve them, but fixes may take some time.
It's a new week, and that means more deals on Xbox Live. Microsoft's Major Nelson has now announced all of this week's Xbox Live Deals With Gold offers for Xbox One and Xbox 360--and they include some nice offers depending on what you're looking for.
Some of the better, more notable Xbox One offers this week include Grand Theft Auto V ($30), Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year Edition ($10), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 ($8), Mirror's Edge Catalyst ($5), and The Surge ($20). Additionally, DLC and other extra content for games like The Division, Smite, and GTA V are on sale as well.
Moving to Xbox 360, there are only a handful of deals, and some of them are Skate 3 ($5), Dragon Age 2 ($5), and Worms ($1.24). To see a full rundown of this week's Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals, including region-specific pricing, check out Major Nelson's blog. Bear in mind that some of the offers require an Xbox Live Gold membership; the deals expire on March 26.
In other news, Xbox Live Gold members now have a fresh batch of free Games With Gold titles to pick up, including Superhot and Quantum Conundrum. These will both be available alongside an existing Games With Gold title; adding them to your library will allow you to continue playing them for as long as you're an Xbox Live Gold member.
After suffering a few delays, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom finally makes its anticipated debut on PS4 and PC this week. Despite being a follow-up to the beloved PS3 RPG, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Revenant Kingdom bears little direct connection to the first game, taking place hundreds of years in the future and following the adventures of Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a deposed boy-king on a journey to form his own kingdom.
The story isn't the only area where Revenant Kingdom diverges from its predecessor. The game features a radically different battle system than the original, eschewing the Pokemon-like familiars of the first Ni No Kuni completely in favor of faster-paced real-time battles. In addition to that, Revenant Kingdom features kingdom building and strategy elements, often tasking players with commanding a small army of troops in RTS-like battles.
While these new elements may not always tie together in a cohesive way, they help set the title apart from its beloved predecessor. They also make it one of the year's most ambitious releases, taking roughly 35 hours to complete by our estimates. In GameSpot's Ni No Kuni II review, critic Peter Brown said the game "compels you to care and put your best foot forward" and features "something worthwhile around every corner, and usually something pretty to admire along the way."
Ahead of its release, other outlets have also started posting reviews of Ni No Kuni II. As usual, we've collected a sample of them below to give you an idea of what critics think about the anticipated JRPG. For a broader look at Ni No Kuni II's critical reception, be sure to visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
"Ni No Kuni 2 is a robust game that offers ample ways to spend your time, and even if they aren't all up to the same level of quality, it's easy to appreciate how they collectively contribute to the bigger picture. It's chock full of excellent battles and surprising moments that make for a far more memorable experience than you initially expect and leaves you impressed by your own accomplishments. If you didn't play the first game, don't let this one pass you by too." -- Peter Brown [Full review]
"Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom distinguishes itself from its predecessor by layering fast-paced, real-time combat and an engaging kingdom building system atop more traditional RPG systems and quests. It's a shame it delivers so few truly memorable characters and restricts so much of its storytelling to text on screen, but by the end of Ni No Kuni 2 the broader themes certainly resonate and the 40+ hour journey has been well worth it." -- Cam Shea [Full review]
"Ni No Kuni 2 aims for a lot of different targets: world-spanning story, management sim, recruitment game and solid combat experience. Against all odds, it manages to hit them all in a way that very few games in its genre can manage. There's no part of the game that feels more or less important, and there were no moments in the game where I thought I was slogging through exposition or kingdom management to pad hours in my playthrough. There's not a wasted breath or a plot point that doesn't manage to pay off in a significant way. Ni No Kuni 2 is a solid contemporary JRPG that brings a lot of design ideas that I love into sharp, clear focus while staying entertaining and engaging throughout." -- Cameron Kunzelman [Full review]
"Ni No Kuni 2 is a sweet-tempered and attractive RPG with a strong castle-building mechanic, but it's dragged down by a jarringly ugly overworld, mandatory fetch quests, and a lot of padding. It's a pleasant throwback for fans of the genre, but it ultimately fails to meet the high bar set by other big-budget JRPGs." -- Kat Bailey [Full review]
"Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom may not nail everything it attempts, but it gets the important things right. Building your kingdom is satisfying and engaging, even with the weak narrative hooks. The cycle of rewards became an obsession, and had me staying up late to recruit just one more ally, or complete just one more upgrade. Combat could be tighter, and other supporting elements could use some polish--but like any kingdom, this experience isn't about individual contributions. It's about how those contributions come together, and the fun of this experience as a whole outweighs its flaws." -- Joe Juba [Full review]
"Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the RPG adventure that's like shooting sunshine right into your veins. So clear your calendar, because Level-5 is about fill it with monsters, magic, and city management." -- Rachel Weber [Full review]
"With time, Ni no Kuni 2's lavish array of systems grind away any ennui you might feel about the story. There are the usual JRPG sins of a world bloated with loot and resources and missions that are essentially there to sponge up the hours, but most of it feeds satisfyingly into kingdom-building and the party combat. Is a loss of awe and mystique the price we must pay for a game that is so ripe with little things to do, poke at and throw around on the field of war? I'm not sure it is--the Suikoden games were similarly big-bottomed, and had terrific, gripping stories to boot--but I can't deny that I've enjoyed the ride." -- Edwin Evans-Thirlwell [Full review]
"Level-5 is more than capable of dumping out healthy portions of its secret sauce on top of its games, but the combat of Ni No Kuni II and its attempt to do so many different things can hold it back. From the first hour I was mesmerized and captivated, willing to see its tale through until the end. While it does fall into some genre trappings and doesn't feel quite as epic in scale compared to the first, Level-5 has the uncanny ability to keep the memory and magic of the JRPG alive." -- Chris Carter [Full review]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is in line to get a third map in the near future. And while developer PUBG Corp. has shown off some artwork previously that offered a sense for the map's layout, we've now gotten a peek at what it looks like in-game.
Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene offered the glimpse during a panel at the Game Developers Conference. He subsequently shared it in the tweet you see below. It appears to have a more tropical setting than the existing maps, and it has some new types of buildings we haven't seen before.
Most notably, Greene points out that this is a 4x4km map, which is markedly smaller than 8x8km size of Erangel and Miramar. PUBG Corp. had previously announced it was working on a smaller island map for release sometime this year and that it "should give you all a much more intense and faster paced Battle Royale experience."
At the time, it was said to be launching on the PC's Experimental Test Server in April. Greene's latest tweet says it's due out "soon," though he offers no further specifics on when players will be able to test the map. We also don't know how soon it will arrive on Xbox One--or the recently launched PUBG Mobile, for that matter.
One thing players will be able to try out in the meantime without having to go to the test server are the first limited-time event modes. The debut one will bump up squad sizes to eight players and increase the rate at which players find rifles.
It's been a good few weeks of sales for PlayStation 4 players, with major deals to be had on both sides of the Atlantic. If you're hoping to snag some new games at a discount, though, you'll have to act fast; the EU PSN sale, Only on PlayStation, has ended, and The Great Indoors US sale has now entered its final week.
The Great Indoors sale in the US continues for one final week, with extra deals in place for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Players can still pick up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for $40.19 ($45 without a Plus subscription), Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for $15 ($18), Ghost Recon Wildlands for $19.79 ($25.79), and XCOM 2: War of the Chosen for $30 ($34).
Of course, there are some older games on sale that you should definitely pick up at a discount if you haven't already. Grand Theft Auto V is still on sale for $30 ($36), and so are Battlefield 1 Revolution for $19.79 ($24), Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for $16 ($20), Rocket League for $12 ($14), The Last Guardian for $18 ($22), NBA 2K18 for $30 ($36), and Bloodborne's Old Hunters DLC expansion for $6 ($8).
The Great Indoors sale ends March 27 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. You can get a full look at The Great Indoors sale on the PlayStation Store, including deals on many PS3, PS Vita, and PS VR games as well.
When Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters, the galactic warlord named Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, will leave his space throne and land on Earth, prepared to tear the planet apart to get his hands on the Infinity Stones. What's an Avenger to do when faced with such a threat? The only answer is that the team of Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes have to kill the mad titan.
Is that even possible, though? After all, Thanos practically has the power of a god--and a more powerful one than Thor (Chris Hemsworth), at that--and seems untouchable in the trailers that have been seen thus far. However, it can happen and if there's any hope for the world, it has to happen.
As for how it'll happen, take a look at GameSpot's video above for a full rundown of how different members of the team could wipe out the purple powerhouse once and for all. Whether it's Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Thor, or Captain America (Chris Evans), so many in the MCU have experience fighting Thanos. It could be almost anyone, except Hawkeye. Not only does he not have powers, he might not even be in the movie. Besides, would anyone believe that Hawkeye was the solution t the world's biggest threat?
Of course, the most likely options to kill Thanos are Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana). The characters introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy have the closest connection to the maniacal villain and each has reasons for wanting their adopted father dead. It remains to be seen how they would actually follow through in killing Thanos, but the duo seems to be the best bet when it comes to destroying him.
Exactly how the story of Thanos--and his ultimate undoing--will unfold is still one of the biggest secrets in the MCU. Luckily, it won't for much longer, as Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters on April 27.
WWE's biggest PPV of the year, Wrestlemania 34, is quickly approaching, and this year's event is going to be jam-packed. As of this writing, there are 11 matches on the card with at least two more to be added between now and Sunday, April 8 when Wrestlemania comes to the WWE Network and PPV.
New Orleans will host this year's event at the Superdome, and already, there have been some huge surprises going in, like Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan being cleared to wrestle at the show. In addition, actor Macaulay Culkin answered Rusev's open challenge for Wrestlemania, and while that sounds like a blast, we don't think anything will come out of it, but you never know.
Wrestlemania 34 starts at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, with a Kickoff Show more than likely starting two hours prior--WWE has not announced specifics for the Kickoff yet. Last year's event went for six and a half hours, so hopefully, you are watching the event somewhere really comfortable.
Obviously, there are still a few more matches that will be added to the card, like John Cena vs. Undertaker and Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; however, we're only delivering the 100% confirmed matches for the upcoming event. Aside from those two potential matches, there could be even more surprises, if some of the WWE rumors floating around the 'net come true.
Make sure to check back with GameSpot for live coverage of Wrestlemania 34 on Sunday, April 8.
The major new update for Monster Hunter World has launched, bringing a slate of new content to the game on PS4 and Xbox One. Most notably, it features the first monster to be added to the game post-launch, Deviljho, along with balance changes for almost every weapon type in the game.
Deviljho is a returning monster from previous games, and it poses a serious challenge. As you can see in the recent gameplay video above, Deviljho isn't shy about messing around with other monsters it encounters, even picking them up in its mouth to use as a weapon. It should pose a serious challenge for players.
With the arrival of a new monster, there's also new gear to acquire. With the parts you'll get from fighting it, you'll be able to craft new Deviljho weapons and High Rank armor. That should give you plenty of reason to take it on.
Some other changes not specifically related to balance include improvements that should reduce load times, new options in the "Select Return Destination" menu, and an option to kick someone from the player list. Most importantly is an anti-griefing measure that makes it so other players can't interrupt you while you're carving. You can see all the changes in the patch notes below or on Capcom's blog.
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The newest trailer for Deadpool 2 trailer has arrived, and there's a lot to take in. The upcoming sequel to the hit R-rated superhero movie looks to be packing in the blend of action and comedy that made the first one such a success. And while we've already broken down all of the key scenes, there are a ton of cool moments for a video that only lasts about two and a half minutes.
As such, we've gathered up some of the best images from the trailer for you to peruse. While the movie's villain, Cable (Josh Brolin), had already been revealed, we've now gotten an even more extensive look at him, including what kind of threat he'll pose to Deadpool and exactly what he's after. That arm of his is not only good for fighting; he even uses it to slide down the outside of a building.
There's also a variety of other new characters on show, including Domino (actress); Bedlam (confirmed to be the character played by Terry Crews); a young, purple-haired girl; and a young boy Cable is after. That's in addition to returning favorites like Negasonic Teenage Warhead (sporting a new haircut), Colossus, Deadpool's regular taxi driver, Vanessa, Weasel, and Blind Al.
And of course there's Deadpool himself, who continues to use his superpowers in sometimes grotesque ways. We see his neck broken, forcing him to rotate his head 180 degrees so he can resume looking forward. He also takes a gunshot to the hand, allowing him to slide the barrel through the hole so that he can turn his hand and fire the gun at the attacker.
There's plenty else to see in the full trailer, so be sure to check that out along with some other notable images from it below. Deadpool 2 features a new director, David Leitch (of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame), who takes over for Tim Miller, who reportedly disagreed with star Ryan Reynolds about the direction of the sequel. It releases in theaters on May 16.
The new trailer for Deadpool 2 is here. The sequel to 2015's hugely successful X-Men spin-off hits theaters on May 16, and after months of unconventional marketing, we finally have a more traditional look at the new movie.
As well as star Ryan Reynolds, the trailer features all the characters who are returning from the first film, including Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Weasel (T.J. Miller), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and Dopinder (Karan Soni).
But there's also plenty of footage of the new additions to the cast, most notably Josh Brolin's Cable and Zazie Beetz's Domino. It also hilariously references the superhero team X-Force from Deadpool comic books, and contains all the violence, gore, dark humor, and bad language that you'd expect--so be warned. Check it out above.
Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde). He replaced Tim Miller, who reportedly clashed with Reynolds over the direction of the movie. Last week it was reported that the film was undergoing reshoots to add more footage of Cable and Domino, who had proven very popular with audiences at test screenings.
In a recent interview with Collider, Brolin spoke about the physical challenges of playing Cable. "I got beat to s*** on that movie," he said. "I had stuntmen throwing me all over the place. I've got a shoulder issue, I've got a knee issue that I've got to deal with now, but we got through it. We got through it. I pushed hard and I suffered because of it."
Last fall, Nintendo announced that it will shut down the Wii Shop Channel. While the digital storefront will still be operational until next January, this weekend is effectively your last chance to buy any titles from it.
From March 26, players will no longer be able to purchase points for the Wii Shop on either Wii or Wii U. Points that are already in your account following that date can still be redeemed for titles until the service is discontinued next January, but you won't be able to add any more to your balance, which is the only way to download titles.
Unlike Switch's digital storefront, the Eshop, the Wii Shop Channel doesn't allow users to purchase games directly with real money. Rather, players have to first buy Wii Points using either a credit card or a pre-paid card, which could then be redeemed for digital software from the service.
While many of the games available on the Wii Shop would eventually appear on the Wii U Eshop, there are a number of Virtual Console and WiiWare titles that are only available through Wii's digital store, including a catalog of Genesis and TurboGrafx-16 legacy games, so this is your last opportunity to stock up on some otherwise unattainable titles while you still can.
The Wii Shop Channel shuts down for good on January 31, 2019. It is notable for being Nintendo's first digital storefront, though it will perhaps best be remembered for its impossibly catchy music. Until then, players can still re-download and transfer Wii Shop games to Wii U, and all WiiWare and Virtual Console titles purchased from the service will still be playable as long as they are on the system's memory.
Prison-break game A Way Out launches today, and it aims to give players an interesting cooperative experience. The co-op aspect of the game is so important that you can't even choose to play it solo--you either need a friend or to be matchmade into a session with a stranger. But A Way Out makes this particularly easy, as you only need one copy of the game for online co-op with a friend.
EA announced this functionality a while ago, and recently director Josef Fares explained how it works in a (somewhat explicit) video, embedded below, if you own the game, you can invite anyone to play with you--regardless of whether or not they own the game, too. When a friend accepts your invite, they'll be prompted to download and install the game, after which they'll be able to play through the entirety of A Way Out with you.
Confused about how the Friend Pass works for A Way Out? Here's Josef Fares to explain: pic.twitter.com/anlCIrCqv6— Electronic Arts (@EA) March 23, 2018
The version that the friend downloads is the free trial, so they won't be able to keep playing without you. However, it's pretty awesome that EA is enabling this, especially since A Way Out focuses so much on cooperative play.
The game is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. To learn more, check out GameSpot's 6/10 review of A Way Out here and our review roundup here. In addition, you can watch 100 minutes of A Way Out gameplay here.
Like previous games, Far Cry 5 deals with some serious subject matter. Its story centers around a radical apocalyptic cult in a small Montana town that's led by a crazed figure known as The Father. For better or worse, its developers claim they weren't trying to offer a commentary on present-day issues by setting the game in the United States. And while the game's opening is certainly eerie, that's not a tone that's maintained throughout.
That's evidenced by nothing better than one side mission in particular, which you can check out in the video above. It tasks you with helping the town to prepare for an annual tradition, which sounds innocuous enough, only this tradition is something called the Testical Festival. I won't spoil it for you, but it involves a sequence that I think it's safe to say you haven't seen in a video game before.
You'll be able to see this for yourself in-game quite soon, as Far Cry 5 releases on March 27 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Despite the number in the title, this is far from the fifth entry in the series, as we explored in our recent look back at the history of Far Cry.
Far Cry 5's story should take you about 25 hours to complete, although that will of course depend greatly on how much you engage in side shenanigans such as this. If you'd prefer to make your own fun, Arcade mode lets you create some very different types of experiences.
The Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons work pretty well for most games, but sometimes you might find yourself wishing you had a more conventional controller. The Pro Controller is the solution, although it usually has a steep $70 price tag. Right now, though, you can grab one for $11 off.
The Pro Controller is on sale for $59 right now at Amazon. It's not a fantastic deal, but Switch accessories rarely get price cuts. This sale at the very least brings the price of the traditionally shaped controller down to the same price as PS4 and Xbox One gamepads.
Additional Joy-Cons sets are also $10 off on Amazon at the moment, bringing the price down to $70. In related news, third-party manufacturer Hori recently announced that it is making Joy-Cons with a real d-pad--although just for Japan right now.
In spite of pricey accessories, the Switch has had a great first year on the market. In fact, it is the best-selling console in the US over its first year. Close to 15 million Switch systems have been sold globally to date.
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Wrestlemania is quickly approaching. The 34th annual installment of WWE's biggest event of the year takes place on Sunday, April 8, coming to the Superdome in New Orleans. The match card for the event is still being filled out, and there is room for a few more matches.
That being said, there are plenty of rumors drifting around the 'net about additional matches, future plans for wrestlers, and surprise returns of injured wrestlers. One longstanding rumor that came true this past week was Daniel Bryan being cleared to wrestling once again. What else could come true? We rounded up some of the most believable ones coming from wrestling insiders.
Take these rumors with a grain of salt as not all rumors end up coming true. We'll be updating piece throughout the upcoming weeks to let you know what's confirmed and what we heard wrong.
Daniel Bryan has to go in for medical testing after every match. While many are saying Daniel Bryan is the healthiest star in the company, part of the superstar's new agreement requires him to get a doctor's evaluation after every match. (via Cagesideseats) It's pretty obvious that he'll be teaming up with Shane McMahon to take on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. The supposed stipulation for the match will be a street fight or unsanctioned match. (via Ringsidenews)
In addition, Owens and Zayn--who were "fired" on the March 20 episode of Smackdown--may remained fired until after Wrestlemania, where they will be drafted by Raw. (via Ringsidenews)
There have been rumors that WWE Champion AJ Styles is injured. While there is no confirmation as to whether or not that is true, AJ Styles said in a recent interview that he will be at Wrestlemania, no matter what anyone else claims. (via Catch-Newz)
John Cena won't get an official Wrestlemania match until days before the event. We all know the Undertaker will fight Cena at this year's event, but Taker has not answered Cena's call. Apparently, the confirmation for this match won't come until the Raw before Wrestlemania on April 2. (via Cagesideseats)
Remember Big Cass? He's been injured since Summerslam last year, and apparently, Cass has been telling people his leg has healed up, and he's cleared to wrestle again. It's unclear if he'll be at Wrestlemania this year, even if it's just for a quick spot in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. If not Wrestlemania, then Cass could return at Raw the next night. (via PWInsider)
Get ready for a long Asuka run. She's a shoe-in to win the championship at Wrestlemania against Charlotte, and the plan is for her to defend it for a year, leading to Wrestlemania 35 where she takes on Ronda Rousey. (via WrestlingNews)
According to wrestling insider Dave Meltzer, Gargano vs. Ciampa will happen at Takeover: New Orleans. (via Twitter)
Apparently, the Greatest Royal Rumble, an event taking place on April 27 in Saudi Arabia, will appear on the WWE Network. The 50-man rumble match was promoted on the WWE Network when you try to cancel your subscription. GameSpot attempted this but saw no such promotion on the cancellation page. (via Twitter)
Hulk Hogan hasn't been a part of WWE since July 2015, but that could change. Hogan is allegedly in talks with WWE to make his return. As to what he would do in WWE is the real question. With Shane McMahon spending less time on tv and Daniel Bryan going back to wrestling, there are a couple of positions open on Smackdown for a new commissioner or general manager. At this time, WWE stated it does not have a contract with Hogan but it has confirmed it's spoken with him. (via PWInsider)
We'll learn if more of these rumors are true during Wrestlemania weekend, which takes place April 6-8.
Electronic Arts is at work on a new open-world Star Wars game, if a newly discovered job opening is any indication. Although the publisher has shared little information about what to expect from the rebooted version of Visceral's game following the studio's closure, we may now have a clue as to what form it will take.
The job listing in question was recently published on EA's jobs site. It's for the position of lead online engineer in Burnaby, at EA's Vancouver studio, and it makes no attempt to hide what applicants will be working on. The opening sentence reads, "Lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project." The rest of the listing doesn't share much else, though there are references to the game being multi-platform (which is little surprise) and a requirement to have "experience implementing Online features such as Matchmaking, Asynchronous interactions, Live services, Server-host migration, etc."
We've reached out to EA for further details and will report back in the (unlikely) event it has anything to share. It's not the first time we've heard that EA might be at work on an open-world Star Wars game; a job listing back in 2013 also suggested as much.
EA currently owns the exclusive rights to produce console and PC games based on Star Wars, but the last six months or so have been tumultuous. There was the Battlefront 2 microtransaction controversy, and before that, EA shut down Visceral Studios and confirmed major changes would be made to its Star Wars game (pictured above), which EA's Vancouver studio will continue to work on. We also know that Titanfall developer Respawn is working on a Star Wars game of its own.
When the Visceral news was announced, executive VP of EA worldwide studios Patrick Soderlund said, "Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design."
This sparked concerns about the future of triple-A single-player games. CEO Andrew Wilson denied that the moves were made because it was a single-player game that needed to become a live-service game. "It was more about, 'How do we get to a point where the overall gameplay experience was right for players?'" he said, adding that some of the assets and content Visceral had created might still be used in the new iteration of the game.
Soderlund also denied single-player was to blame; like Wilson, he pointed to the issue of quality, which was seemingly reinforced by a Kotaku report at the time. Subsequently, CFO Blake Jorgensen suggested the linear, single-player nature was at least partially to blame, saying, "As we kept reviewing the game, it continued to look like a much more linear game [which] people don't like as much today as they did five years ago or 10 years ago."
Roman Reigns is going to beat Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34. This much we know, with near 100% certainty. Sorry to disappoint you.
There will be contrarian predictions over the next two weeks, but those predictions will be wrong. There will be no Seth Rollins plot swerve. There will be no eleventh-hour booking change by Vince McMahon. Lesnar won the WWE Universal title from Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33, and since then, he has defeated every other conceivable threat to his dominance. He defeated Samoa Joe. He defeated Braun Strowman. Reigns is the only viable opponent left. Reigns vs. Lesnar is a rematch of the two men's Wrestlemania 31 main event, which creates narrative closure to their feud. It would be impossible to duplicate the same level of excitement on a smaller stage.
Reigns is also winning because the WWE writers painted themselves into a figurative corner. Brock Lesnar, according to the storyline, is a spoiled, entitled champion who doesn't care about the fans, blows off scheduled appearances, and coasts on the hard work of younger, hungrier, full-time wrestlers. Roman Reigns, meanwhile, is the man who loves the fans and sacrifices his health and happiness to put smiles on their faces. WWE has sold fans on the following premise: that so long as Lesnar is champion, Monday Night Raw is worse off for it. To have Lesnar beat Reigns is a tacit admission that the show will continue to be bad.
There's every reason to believe that Reigns vs. Lesnar will be fantastic. The last time they faced one another, Brock ended the evening with blood running down his face. Reigns didn't, but of the two men, he arguably got hurt more. Brock's moves were stiffer than usual that evening; a particularly vicious lariat sent Reigns crashing off the apron. Reigns took so many German suplexes that Lesnar improvised a meme--"Suplex City, b***h!"--around it.
The more WWE makes Reigns physically suffer, the more people cheer him instead of boo him. You can see the exact moment the tide shifts during Wrestlemania 31, when Reigns is rolling on the ground in pain, laughing like a long-haired, greased-up Tyler Durden. This past year, Strowman threw Reigns into tables, hurled him against an ambulance and shoved him into any hard, unforgiving surface nearest to them. The crowds ate it up. And most recently on the March 19 episode of Raw, Lesnar beat Reigns with a steel chair before tipping over his stretcher.
Beating Reigns to a pulp satisfies multiple audiences in multiple ways. His fans empathize with his pain. His haters love to see him suffer. And everyone loves a good beatdown. The YouTube videos of Reigns getting pulverized are some of the most watched videos on WWE's official channel.
Love him or hate him, one positive factor about Roman Reigns is indisputable: he is quite possibly the most durable man on the roster. The man can take a hard beating and keep coming back for more. Even his most venomous critics can concede that. Hurting Reigns to get him over isn't a viable long-term strategy--he'll have a truncated career if he keeps hurling himself into metal objects-- but it might work in the short term for Wrestlemania 34.
Reigns is winning on April 8, and he's going to earn the Universal Championship the hard way. Perhaps, that'll be enough for the majority of fans to finally get on board with him.
If you're interested in more breakdowns of upcoming Wrestlemania matches, check out all our predictions here and stay tuned to GameSpot for more Wrestlemania coverage.
The next real-world event for Pokemon Go is nearly here. Niantic is hosting the third Pokemon Go Community Day this Sunday, March 25, giving players around the world a chance to earn bonuses and capture rare Pokemon, including one that may know an exclusive move.
Like previous Community Days, this month's event will be held during a specific three-hour window, which will kick off at different times depending on where you live. In the US, the event begins at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET and runs until 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET; in Europe and Africa, it runs from 10 AM - 1 PM UTC; and in the Asia-Pacific region, the event lasts from 12 PM - 3 PM JST.
During the Community Day hours, you will earn triple the normal amount of XP for every Pokemon you capture. It will also be possible to earn up to six times the usual amount of XP for catching Pokemon if you activate a Lucky Egg during the event. As an additional perk, Lure Modules will last for three hours.
The featured Pokemon for this month's Community Day is the classic Kanto starter, Bulbasaur. The Grass-type will spawn much more frequently during the event hours. If you manage to evolve one into Venusaur before the Community Day ends, it will learn the powerful Grass-type attack Frenzy Plant. However, only Venusaur that are obtained during the event will learn Frenzy Plant, giving you only a brief window of time to get the exclusive move.
In addition to the Community Day, Pokemon Go's Easter-themed Eggstravaganza event is now underway. From now until April 2, Pokemon that typically hatch from 5 km or 10 km Eggs, like Wynaut or Ralts, can be hatched from 2 km Eggs, and certain Pokemon like Pichu and Togepi will hatch more frequently. Every Egg that's hatched during the event will also come with extra Candy.
Pokemon Go's latest Legendary Pokemon, Lugia, is also still available. The Psychic-type will appear in Raid Battles until April 2, and this time around it knows the "newly improved" Flying move Sky Attack. Players will also find that Lugia is also easier to capture than it was during its initial run if they manage to bring it down.