Xbox's February Games With Gold Announced

Microsoft has announced its Games with Gold February titles for those with a paid Xbox Live Gold account.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is available on Xbox One from February 1-28, while Project Cars (Digital Edition) is from February 16 through March 15.

Meanwhile, 360 games Monkey Island 2: Special Edition (Feb. 1-15) and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Feb. 16-28) are available and also backwards compatible for Xbox One.

[Source: Microsoft]

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First Batch Of Resident Evil 7 DLC Includes Escape Room, Enemy Rush

Resident Evil 7 is out now, and despite the mystery that surrounded it prerelease, it marks a return to form for the series – albeit one with a shift in perspective. Capcom has announced the first real details about the game’s upcoming DLC, too, the first of which is coming to PlayStation 4 next week.

Banned Footage Vol. 1 is arriving on PlayStation 4 on January 31, and other platforms on February 21. It’s $9.99, or available at no additional cost if you sprung for the game’s deluxe edition or its season pass. Here’s what’s included, straight from Capcom:

Bedroom: Figure out how to escape from a locked room – but don’t let Marguerite Baker know you’ve been out of bed.
Nightmare: Fend off waves of enemies and survive until morning.
Extra Mode – Ethan Must Die: A tough-as-nails mode separate from the tapes and story of the main game. (Does not support PSVR)

Banned Footage Vol. 2 is coming to PS4 on February 14 and on other platforms on February 21. It will cost $14.99 if you don’t have the season pass or the game’s deluxe edition. Here’s what it includes:

21: Gamble life and limb in a deadly game run by Lucas Baker.
Daughters: See what the Baker family was like before the tragic events of Resident Evil 7 Biohazard.
Extra Mode – Jack’s 55th Birthday: Race against the clock and feed Jack tons of food in this comical extra game mode separate from the tapes and story of the main game. (Does not support PSVR)

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New 3DS XL Gets Pikachu Yellow Model In February

With Pokémon coming off of its biggest year since the first wave of Pokémania hit in the late ’90s, Nintendo is looking to capitalize with a New 3DS XL model that features the series’ iconic mascot. The Pikachu Yellow New 3DS XL features a full-body image of the mouse Pokémon on the front of the system.

Since the special edition handheld is a New 3DS XL model, it includes improved head-tracking for 3D, an added C-stick nub, and better battery life. However, in keeping with previous New 3DS models, it does not include a charging cable – a somewhat ironic fact given the electric nature of the monster featured on the system.

The Pikachu Yellow New 3DS XL hits stores on February 24, just one week before Nintendo’s new system, Switch, launches worldwide.

 

Our Take
The Pokémon brand is still surging in popularity thanks to the Pokémon Go phenomenon last summer and the record-breaking sales of Pokémon Sun and Moon. New 3DS systems have been hard to come by since the holiday season, so hopefully this signals the next wave of units to be released into the wild. Here’s hoping Nintendo actually makes enough for those who want to buy it can do so without hassle. 

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Call Of Duty: Infinity Warfare's DLC Zombies Invade The Rave

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Sabotage DLC features four new multiplayer maps, and per usual, is also throwing some zombie hordes your way. Rave in the Redwoods is the DLC’s story-based zombie component, and it features Kevin Smith and host of actors in its ’90s-themed co-op mode.

Smith joins Paul Reubens, Seth Green, Sasheer Zamata, and others as they try to escape a mass of zombie ravers who have taken over the forest party.

For more on the DLC, here’s a previous trailer.

The Sabotage DLC map pack is out on January 31 for the PS4, with later platforms to follow.

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Watch What Happens When The Doom Marine Meets Hell's Dreaded Candle Demon

I’ll give you a hint: it ends probably the way you think it does but that doesn’t stop YouTube User Harry101UK’s fan video from being very amusing.

Be warned: there’s a good bit of gory demon chopping and shooting here. However, there’s also some lovely decor to balance out all the blood:

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You can check out the rest of Harry101UK’s videos here. You can also read our full review of DOOM, which we gave an 8.75.

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Funko Adding Mass Effect And Overwatch Figurines To Its Toy Line

During the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed upcoming figurines based on characters from both Mass Effect and Overwatch.

Here’s Sara Ryder and Peebee from Mass Effect: Andromeda:

And here’s a look at all the Overwatch figurines inbound, including Mccree, Mei, and D.VA:

Both sets will be available sometime in 2017.

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Lego Worlds Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

Lego Worlds is heading to the Nintendo Switch, according to developer Travellers Tales’ head of design Arthur Parsons who confirmed the news on Twitter.

The free-form Lego title is also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in February. Lego City Undercover is also coming to the Nintendo console. Release dates for both games on Switch remain unannounced for the time being.

You can check out all the announced games that have been confirmed for the Switch by heading here.

[Source: Twitter]

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Second Story DLC Arrives In February

The second story DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, titled A Criminal Past, is due to release on February 23. It will feature familiar faces along with a slew of new characters.

A Criminal Past takes place before the events of Mankind Divided, during Adam Jensen’s first mission with TF29. In this DLC, Jensen navigates through an Arizona high-security prison designed for augmented criminals. He is tasked with tracking down and retrieving sensitive information from another agent who has since gone dark. 

“Success will help the fight against terror around the world, but Jensen will need to confront a darker side to his role before the day is done,” writes Square Enix on Deus Ex’s website.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Read our review here.

[Source: Deus Ex Official Site]

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We're Streaming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Tomorrow

We’re kicking off the 2017 live stream season with one of biggest titles of the year: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Join editors Javy Gwaltney and Kyle Hilliard tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) as they play through the opening hours of Resident Evil 7 and see who has the loudest terrified scream.

In the meantime check out Andrew Reiner’s review of the game, and our Test Chamber showing how the gameplay compares to classic Resident Evil games.

You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch or Youtube, or just tune in using the embedded video below.

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The Division Introduces New Game Mode In Latest Patch

Ubisoft took today to detail its big upcoming update for The Division. Patch 1.6 serves as one of the more significant updates we’ve seen to the game since launch, addressing a broad number of issues in regard to gameplay and balance. Right now, this is an in-progress-version of the patch that’s planned to release on the public test server. PC players will be able to see these changes first hand starting tomorrow. 

If you own the Last Stand DLC, which is included with the season pass or can be purchased separately for $15, you get access to this new game mode once the patch hits. In it, you engage in eight versus eight PvP combat and secure data before the Rogues can, fighting for control over three tactical locations on one of four Dark Zone maps. A new incursion called Lost Signal will also be available, which takes place in a civilian TV broadcast center taken over by the Rikers gang. Players venture through three different wings, all with different combat scenarios and their own rewards. Completing them all gives you access to a final boss.

Separate for the Last Stand DLC, several tweaks and changes are being made to the game, including expanding the Dark Zone’s map and adding leaderboards, new events, and a legendary difficulty. Combat changes include increased time to revive a downed teammate, bleed no longer blocks sprint (now it reduces your movement speed), and body shot damage has been slightly increased in PvP. Players can also now fast travel between Dark Zone checkpoints and will no longer lose experience and funds when killed in Dark Zone if they are not Rogue. Recalibrations are also now unlimited in crafting. 

The patch also makes some big fixes, increases rewards on Incursions, and tweaks some skills. For a full list of all the changes, you can check out the complete 1.6 patch notes here, which Ubisoft has said is subject to change.

No official launch date has been set for the patch to go live for everyone, but at least this confirms we’re getting closer. 

 

Our Take
I recommend reading through the entire patch notes as it looks like Ubisoft has a lot in store for this update. It’s very promising that they’re expanding the Dark Zone map, hopefully giving us more areas of New York to explore. Time will tell how all the gameplay changes shake out, but at least PC players can be the guinea pigs starting tomorrow. 

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