SEGA announced some good news for Sonic fans at SXSW this weekend, and teased something even better.
During the annual SXSW event in Austin, Texas, SEGA announced Sonic Mania Plus and it’s slated for a summer release at retail.
According to the publisher, Sonic Mania Plus comes with additional content not included with Sonic Mania.
This new content includes an Encore Mode with remixed stages and four-player Competition Mode. Two rather retro, playable characters, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel are included.
Those who already own Sonic Mania, the highest-rated new Sonic game in 15 years, will be able to upgrade to Sonic Mania Plus digitally. PC wasn’t mentioned in the announcement, but surely Steam users will be able to upgrade as well.
Sonic Mania Plus will retail for $29.99 or the regional equivalent, and the package features a reversible sleeve and holographic slip cover. It also comes with a 32-page art book.
The physical version of the game will be released this summer for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
Now, about that Sonic the Hedgehog racing game teaser:...
Bungie has once again updated the development roadmap for Destiny 2.
Destiny 2 update 1.1.4 will be available two weeks from now and due to issues impacting Heroic Strike Modifiers, the feature has been pushed to update 1.2.0.
Bungie said it will use the extra time to add additional variety than was in the original plan.
When update 1.1.4 releases on March 27, as previously reported, the Weekly Crucible Playlist will become available to all Destiny 2 players.
The game modes will rotate out weekly through May 1. The schedule is below.
Destiny 2 players will learn more about May’s 1.2.0 update next month when Bungie provided more details on Exotic Masterworks, Seasonal Crucible Rankings, Heroic Strike Modifiers, and other features.
Until the next update arrives, players can busy themselves next week with the final Destiny 2 Faction Rally event for Season 2. Hopefully, Future War Cult will win this time out.
Faction Rallies will return at some point during Season 3.
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All Call of Duty: WW2 players can now jump on the Shipment 1944 map.
The Shipment 1944 map is now available for all Call of Duty: WW2 after being made available to Season Pass holders earlier in the week.
Shipment 1944 is part of the Operation: Shamrock and Awe event going on this weekend, and it’s a remake of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s Shipment map.
During the Shamrock and Awe event, which kicked off on March 14, Call of Duty: WW2 players will earn double XP for participating in the Leprechaun Hunt Moshpit playlist.
Leprechaun Hunt Moshpit is available is available in the following modes: Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed and Domination. There’s a twist though – a zombie leprechaun is hidden on each map.
Players who eliminate the little dude will find all of their equipped Scorestreaks full and ready to deploy.
This mode will be available for players as a Featured Public Match playlist during Operation Shamrock and Awe until March 19 at 10am PDT, 1pm EDT, 5pm BST.
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A new schedule for Monster Hunter World events through the first week of April is now available, and you’ll notice some quests are making a return.
Capcom has released a timed-event schedule for Monster Hunter World.
Timed event quests are fun extras for Monster Hunter World players, and if you’ve taken a break of late, you might wish to jump back in today.
Returning Event Quests include Chew the Fat, Ya-Ku With That?, and Flesh Cleaved to Bone.
Current quests this week are Ya-Ku With That?, Keeper of the Underworld, and Rollin’ with the Uragaan. Monster Hunter World players have until March 22 to complete these quests.
Ya-Ku With That? is a special arena and in order to participate, players need to be at Hunter Rank 6 or higher.
Players with a Hunter Rank 16 or higher head over to the Confluence of Fates area, which is located inside the giant crystal in Elder’s Recess. Those who have completed the quests Land of Convergence or A Light Upon the River’s Gloom should be familiar with the area.
To complete the quest, players will need to slay Xeno’jiiva, which is currently the final boss in the game.
Rollin’ with the Uragaan also takes place in Elder’s Recess, and players at Hunter Rank 13 or higher will be hunting two Uragaan.
The latest Monster Hunter World schedule also lists current and upcoming Challenges Quests.
From March 22 through May 10, players at Hunter Rank 16 or higher should head over to the arena in order to battle the elder dragon Nergiagante. There are three Slay Events for...
God of War footage leaked overnight so take a look at it before it gets pulled.
Just over nine minutes of footage from God of War has leaked, and it’s all gameplay.
It shows our man Kratos tossing his axe which just decimates enemies. It’s a bit brutal at time, but that’s just how Kratos rolls. Always.
You’ll see quest actions in the HUD, and other gameplay nuggets, but it’s basically just Kratos bashing monsters.
We only watched to the 4.5 minute mark because we didn’t wish to see any additional spoilers.
Feel free to do so yourself, though. Just in case it’s pulled by Sony, which will more likely happen than not, here’s a mirror.
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If you’re in the market for an Xbox One X, for a limited time, the console comes with a digital code for Sea of Thieves.
Those who purchase an Xbox One X for $500 between March 18 and March 24 will be handed Sea of Thieves free.
Start and end dates will vary by market, according to Microsoft, and the company suggests checking with local retailers.
There’s also the $300 Xbox One S Sea of Thieves Bundle, which comes with 1TB Xbox One S, controller, a full-game download of Sea of Thieves and 1-month of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.
And just a reminder: those with Xbox Game Pass will receive Sea of Thieves when it releases. This will be the case with all Microsoft Studios titles going forward, and is something a few retailers aren’t pleased over.
While we’re talking Sea of Thieves and Xbox, don’t forget about the nifty glow-in-the-dark Sea of Thieves Xbox One controller is available for purchase along with matching accessories.
Sea of Thieves will be released on March 20 for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.
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Xur is selling the Scout Rifle Skyburner’s Oath in Destiny 2 this week, and whether you should buy it or not is entirely up to you.
This week, Destiny 2 players can pick up Skyburner’s Oath from Xur for 29 Legendary Shards.
The solar-scout rile is a fully automatic weapon that fires solar slugs and shots deal more damage when aiming down sights thanks to the Slug Rifle perk.
With the Legendary Trait For the Empire, the weapon does extra damage to Cabal, and penetrates Phalanx shields which will come in handy when running the Leviathan Raid in Destiny 2. It also featured short-action stock for easy gripping and increased handling speed.
Skyburner’s Oath also features the perks Extended Mag and Extended Barrel perks, each one with its own pros and cons.
The barrel in this case is rather weighty, and while it increases range it also decreases handling speed and the extended magazine slows reload time.
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After it was released in China in February, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile is coming to the West. Currently, a localised beta of the game is only available on Android in Canada. But if you just can’t wait, here’s how to download and play PUBG Mobile anywhere on both iOS and Android.
This version of PUBG – called PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield – was developed specifically for mobile by the Chinese Company Tencent’s Lightspeed & Quantum Studio, so it’s not exactly the same as the PC version by the original team. In fact, Tencent even made another PUBG game called Army Attack with a different studio, but Exhilarating Battlefield is closest to the PUBG you know and love, so we’ll focus on getting that.How to download PUBG Mobile and play Exhilarating Battlefield on iOS and Android anywhere in the World:
On Android (Canadian):
On Android (Chinese):
Like clockwork, Xur has returned with new wares.
Xur is back with a full sack, and you have until the weekly reset on Tuesday, March 20 to pull whatever you want out of it.
Providing you have the Legendary Shards, of course.
This week, the Exotic Weapon is the Scout Rifle Skyburner’s Oath. Also on offer is a Warlock chest piece , Titan Gauntlets and a helmet for Hunters.
Xur can be found on Io which is, of course, this week’s Destiny 2 Flashpoint.Xur’s inventory for March 16-19
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Far: Lone Sails is a game about exploring the remains of a decaying civilisation.
Far: Lone Sails was first unveiled all the way back in 2016. Since then, developer Okomotive went pretty quite for a while, only releasing small snippets of alpha footage every several months.
This all changes now, because Far: Lone Sails is out very soon. The game will be released May 17 on Steam, and it continues to have the singular, stunning look that turned heads two years ago.
In Far: Lone Sails, you traverse dried-out seabeds in a post-apocalyptic world where only the remains of a “civilisation on the run” are left. The game’s striking eerie, dismal tone will immediately jump out thanks to wide shots of barren landscapes that follow your vessel.
The developer calls Lone Sails a “vehicle adventure game”, and it’s easy to see why. Outside of navigating environmental puzzles, you’ll also be tasked with maintaining the ship and surviving the harsh weather conditions.
It’s a survival game of sorts, though you won’t be seeing any zombies, just the vast derelict world. Get a tease of the game’s atmosphere in the trailer below:
Payday 2 VR has been integrated into the main game, and it’s a free update.
This news should please those playing the beta, as they are no longer required to switch back and forth between the core game and Payday 2 VR.
Nearly the entire game has been unlocked and made available to HTC Vive and Oculus users, but not all features made release. These will be added at a later date.
VR users are now able to play all heists with the majority of available weapons with the exception of bows, Little Friend 7.62, and Chain Whip. These weapons will be added in a future update.
Those who played the VR beta will find their save files can be carried over into the main Payday 2 game.
When users log in, a prompt will appear asking if they wish to overwrite progress from the main game. This will occur if progress in the VR beta is higher than what’s stored in the core Payday 2 save file.
Alongside the free VR update, a laundry list of changes were made in order to incorporate VR into Payday 2. The patch notes also warn players with mods installed that there is a high risk of crashing.
This includes any cosmetic or purely visual mod, so it’s best to disable all such add-ons until the creators have updated the mods.
If you want to smash the rat-dudes to pieces, you’ll need to master the heroes and their classes.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has finally arrived, and this co-operative rat-bashing action-RPG-shooter hybrid sure seems like it’s perfect for killing some time with friends online. It’s also pretty challenging, however, and so you’ll do well to go into battle knowing Vermintide 2’s characters and character classes so you know what you’re getting into.
In this brief Vermintide 2 Classes Guide for beginners, we’re going to run down each of the game’s five characters and then beyond that each of the three classes each character can become. Each class has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and in co-op play each will synergize with other classes in your team of choice in unique ways. Team make-up is a big part of ensuring victory against the tide of enemies you’ll face.
Below we list every character and their classes, including their basic abilities and how you can expect them play. Choose wisely!Markus Kruber – the Empire Soldier
Markus is a real deadly gentleman, the perfect image of a noble knight. Markus is world-weary and wise, though he’s also pretty dedicated to his job – which in many cases involves bringing the pain to his enemies. He’s an aggressive type of character that can dish out enormous amounts of damage thanks to his...
A Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remaster is on the way, if an Amazon Italy listing proves accurate.
Amazon Italy posted a listing for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered with a price point and release date.
Spotted by IGN Italia, the game is listed for PS4 and Xbox One and set for release on Friday, April 30. Amazon Italy has it priced at €19.99.
It’s always best to keep in mind things of this sort could be a placeholder or a mistake on the retailer’s part. Still, a remastered version of Modern Warfare 2 coming to current-gen consoles wouldn’t be surprising.
Modern Warfare Remastered standalone was leaked in June 2017 not long before it was announced, and retail leaks are not uncommon.
Upon release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered was a time-exclusive for PlayStation 4 users. It was made available at both retail and through the PlayStation Store.
PC and Xbox One users were able to purchase the title once the 30-day exclusivity period ended.
If the listing for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 proves true, we can probably expect an official announcement from Activision soon.
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A look at indie titles coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018 will be provided next week.
Nintendo Switch has plenty of indie titles on offer already, but more are heading to the console in 2018.
Next week, we’ll get a look at these titles through a Nintendo Switch Nindies Spring Showcase.
The presentation will go live on March 20 at the following times: 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 4pm BST, 5pm CEST.
In March 2017, Nintendo hosted a Nindies Showcase for Switch on March 1, ahead of the console’s March 3 release.
During the presentation, 17 games were announced for Nintendo Switch, including SteamWorld Dig 2, Yooka-Laylee, The Escapists 2, and Stardew Valley.
We’ve popped the Nindies Showcase embed in this post, and will update it with all the information out of the presentation.
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There’s a newly discovered exploit players can use in Fortnite to carry as many weapons as they would like. Epic is now aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
The exploit works like this: you fill your inventory up, throw down one weapon, hit yourself with a boogie bomb, then pick your weapon back up as you are dancing. You should then be able to pick up any extra weapons you desire.
Reddit user killadelph82 highlighted the exploit in a post of the Fortnite subreddit. You can check out a video at that link.
Further down the thread, Epic Games responded with simply, “(0_0) – on it. Thanks!”
If I were you, I would avoid trying the exploit before it’s patched. There is a chance you could end up with a ban if you’re caught abusing it.
No doubt this is something Epic will want to plug as soon as possible. This is a game that is balanced around players only being able to carry a set number of guns, grenades, and healing items. Being able to carry what you want will easily throw the balance off.
Expect an update from Epic soon.
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RICO is a co-op shooter that’s heavy on gunshots, bullet time, and action movie tropes.
In RICO, you play as one of two police partners cracking down on violent crime, well, violently. The pair has 24 hours to solve a case, and they’re going to shoot their way through every minute of it.
RICO is designed to be played in co-op, whether locally in split-screen, or online. The game doesn’t waste time getting to the action, as you’re about to see in the trailer. You’ll be kicking down doors and pumping enemies full of lead in bullet time.
The name is actually an acronym of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is a very real US federal law, despite how made-up it sounds.
Levels in RICO are procedurally generated, and have plenty of destructible environments. Between missions, you’ll be upgrading your character with new skills, and unlocking new customisation options for your weapons.
The pitch definitely sounds inspired by arcade games in that everything is tracked through leaderboards that’ll keep you coming back with daily missions and goals.
RICO is developed by UK indie studio Ground Shatter, and you can catch the reveal trailer below:
The promised progression revamp for Star Wars Battlefront 2 hits next week, and it’s changing quite a few things.
Come March 21, players will find Star Wars Battlefront 2’s progression system linear, and changes have been made to loot crates.
With the update, Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay. These crates will no longer be purchasable, but earned instead.
Crates can be earned by logging in daily, through timed challenges and hitting milestones. The crates will contain items such as emotes and posed, or Credits. Nothing inside the crated will have an impact on gameplay.
Experience points will be earned for hero characters, classes and the selection of ships used in multiplayer. If enough experience points are earned to gain a level for a unit, one Skill Point will be earned and can be used to unlock or upgrade a Star Card.
Players will keep everything earned and unlocked through previous gameplay, along with all Star Cards, heroes, and weapons.
An additional update slated for April will add the ability to earn appearances through in-game Credits or purchasable Crystals through the store.
Along with the progressions changes, in the coming months players can expect more balance changes, and new modes. Some of the latter will be “radically different,” said DICE.
The progression update to Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been...
The most recent PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds patch added an item that wasn’t mentioned in the patch notes.
The PUBG patch, released about a week ago, brought a flare gun to the game.
If you follow PUBG datamine leaks, you’ll recognise the flare gun from several previous leaks. Textures and sound files for the gun were found on a couple of different occasions, leading us to believe it was going to be added at some point.
Well, we can stop theory-crafting now because the flare gun has indeed made its way to the game, PUBG Corp. just didn’t tell anyone about it. The flare gun is currently only available in custom games, which means only those with access to custom servers can create games where it can spawn.
You can join these games, obviously, but even then, you’ll still have to find it, and it it’s the rarest item in the loot table by far. So what does it do? Surprisingly, it is not used to set someone on fire.
Instead, you use it to call in a special airdrop that can contain healing items and boosts, or your typical air drop-only weapons. They’ll usually come in pairs, so you could end up with an AWM and and AUG.
You’ll know you called in one of those special drops because it’ll be landing with the help of three parachutes, and is going to look very different from the red metal box you expect to see drop from the air.
Fortnite, the game you’ve been playing on your £800 gaming PC or £400 console, is now playable on your phone. Admittedly the devices that can run it are around the same price, but the fact you can play one of the most popular PC games in the world right now on your mobile is impressive.
This is the full Fortnite experience – well, the Battle Royale part of it – in your damn pocket. It’s the same map, ruleset, weapons, the same building mechanics, the same player count – there is parity everywhere except for in the controls and on the technical side.
Playing on an iPhone X, I notice slight lag and a fair bit of texture pop-in. Others have reported the pop-in to be considerably worse on older devices, which is perhaps to be expected. Additionally, the textures are nowhere near the fidelity of the PC version, but they are by no means bad – everything looks sharp enough to play effectively, although spotting movement at long distances is tough on the small screen.
The big stumbling block is the controls, which are actually better than I expected. A virtual analog stick is used for moving around. Moving the camera is done by sliding one of your fingers or thumbs across the right-hand side of the screen, which is as intuitive as you...
Yet again, into the breach, friends. Here there be deals, and plenty of them this week.
As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let’s get started.
UK & US Deals
Pick up a huge amount of classic Star Wars titles this week with GOG’s current batch of sale offers. Everything from Shadows of the Empire to The Force Unleashed is here but let’s face it, you’re all here to buy Tie Fighter, right?
Green Man Gaming’s March Madness sale continues this week, with discounts on Bioshock Remastered (£3.30), Killing Floor 2 (£10), Superhot (£10.79) and much more on offer.
Get yourself a happy little bundle this week, with a special Bob Ross themed bundle from Humble. It’s a mix of software, games and episodes of The Joy of Painting, all with an aim to get you painting. Here’s the whole bundle:
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