NCSoft MOBA Master X Master Adds City Of Heroes Character

Classic MMO City of Heroes character Statesman is making a surprise appearance in NCSoft’s upcoming MOBA Master X Master, announced today via a trailer on the developer’s YouTube. This news comes alongside the dates for the game’s upcoming closed beta, which will be running from April 6 to April 27. You can take a look at the trailer down below.

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Fans will be able to play as Statesman, as well as several other announced characters, in the closed beta, which you can get into here.

[Source: Master X Master]


Our Take
This is pretty big news, seeing as how it’s one of the only mentions of City of Heroes since the game shut down its servers in 2012, and from the original developer no less. While it’s not necessarily foreshadowing any kind of resurgence for the fan-favorite MMORPG, it’s always good to see that quality characters aren’t forgotten, and fans should be happy to see a familiar face again. 

Beta Test NCSoft MOBA Master X Master Adds City Of Heroes Character

Limited Edition Fire Emblem Echoes Bundle Available At Launch

If you’re excited for Fire Emblem: Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – a modern re-do of Japanese-only Famicom title Fire Emblem Gaiden – the newly announced limited-edition bundle may be worth considering.

The bundle features the game (with a reversible cover sheet that resembles the original cover art), three pins (Alm, Celica, and Marth), a hardcover artbook, and the soundtrack, all for $59.99 on May 19.

The same day you can also pick up Alm and Celica amiibo as a set for $24.99. These amiibo open exclusive dungeons and can be utilized to summon an ally for a single turn in battle (at the cost of some of Alm or Celica’s health). Other amiibo can also be used in the game.

To see the game in action, check out this earlier trailer.

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Our Take
The regular version costs $39.99 – is the $20 difference worth what you get?

Beta Test Limited Edition Fire Emblem Echoes Bundle Available At Launch

PSA: Xbox Live Experiencing Issues, Players Unable To Access Digitally Purchased Content

Xbox Live is currently suffering from some unspecified issues at the moment, which include preventing players from accessing games they’ve bought from the network digitally.

Xbox’s official support twitter has tweeted that it is aware of the issue:

Microsoft hasn’t explained what the issue is or when it will be resolved, only that you can keep an eye on the status of Xbox Live here.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update if we hear back.

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Reader Discussion – What’s The Last Game You We’re Completely Addicted To?

A lot of games are fun, but some games consume you more than others. Which ones have you obsessed over?

We’ve written a few articles on the science behind why we love games and what drives us to play them, but that doesn’t make us immune to the power that great games hold over us.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a sickness I can’t shake. I spend almost every waking moment thinking about that game, and it’s been keeping me up at night. I haven’t felt this addicted to a game in a few years. What about you? Has Zelda gotten its claws into you? Are you currently fascinated by something else? What’s the last game you totally obsessed over? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Myths Get Put To The Test

Did you know that you can ride a tree trunk through the sky in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Or that you can steal a Hinox treasure without fighting it?

You might learn a few useful tips while watching this video from DefendTheHouse. Be sure to check out their other videos on Overwatch and Fallout 4.

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Get Ready For Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Mass Effect Andromeda is almost here, and we want to play through the entire game with you. If you’re not familiar with the GI Game Club format, we break up a game into multiple chunks and then discuss each segment in detail on The Game Informer Show podcast while reading off emails from the community that are sent in to We’re looking for all types of emails, from lore-hounds to funny little things you might have noticed.

The first discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on March 30th, and will cover everything in the game up to the completion of the main story mission on the second planet. If you watched our live stream, you know that there is also a short introductory planet and we’re not counting that one. So please send in your thoughts on anything/everything in the game up until you’ve finished the main story mission on the planet after the planet named Eos.

If you’re looking for some discussion points to get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:

– What do you think of the Ryder twins? How do they compare as a protagonist to Commander Shepherd?
– How well does the game build a sense of wonder about exploring a new galaxy?
– How important is it to understand the backstory and racial politics among the species from the original trilogy?
– What gameplay changes have you noticed, appreciated, or hated?
– Which character has made the biggest impact on you?
– What’s your favorite moment or sequence so far? 

Once again, send your emails to We’re really looking forward to playing through this game with you, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show podcast and get ready for a lot of fun discussion on BioWare’s next game!

To get caught up on previous GI Game Clubs, click through the links to hear us discuss the following games in exhaustive detail: Final Fantasy VIIUncharted 4: A Thief’s EndDeus Ex: Human Revolution, BioShock, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Beta Test Get Ready For Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Zelda Fan Powers Home Using An Ocarina

Sure, Link could rewind time with his ocarina, but this guy can change a thermostat using the little Japanese flute.

We’re big fans of Zelda’s music, but Sufficiently Advanced‘s use of an ocarina puts us to shame. Using a Raspberry Pi and various gadgets, he is able to unlock his doors, water his plants, and even find his phone. It’s pretty impressive.

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The Sports Desk – The MLB The Show 17 Road To The Show Rundown

MLB the Show 17 is almost out (March 28), and developer San Diego Studio has been saving some tantalizing new details about this year’s Road to the Show mode until the end. This year gamers make important decisions for their created player through dialog interactions with GMs, advisors, coaches, and the media in new locations such as the team clubhouse and lockerroom. This journey from the minors to The Show is called Pave Your Path, and even has narration to give it some context and gravitas.

This week’s Sports Desk not only discusses Pave Your Path, but also new details about Franchise mode, and includes a conversation with San Diego Studio community manager and game designer, Ramone Russell. Brian Shea and I grill Russell about Road to the Show, Franchise mode’s player quirks, and much more in a special Sports Desk video.

During a recent Twitch livestream, the crew at San Diego Studio showed examples of some of the different conversations players encounter and the consequences they create. One such important moment takes place after you’re drafted and you’re talking to your new GM. Throw around some attitude, and the GM may reconsider not only drafting you, but refuse to sign you. This means you may go back to a junior college for a year, get older, and possibly affecting your standing in next year’s draft. On the flip side, you’ll end up with a new organization and some training points earned in the interim.

Apart from the different places Pave Your Path can take you, there are no blind alleys. In the livestream the team showed off a situation where their Road to the Show player had pissed off the brass with his general bad attitude, but after some conciliatory talk and the intervention of the players’ college coach, the player was back on the opening day roster. However, this wasn’t before he had a sitdown with the team manager, and it was clear the team was going to keep an eye on him. Some situations in the mode are more passive but just as important. A rousing speech by the manager, for example, may give your RTS player a double XP boost for that day.

Not to be left out, the game’s Franchise mode (offline) also has a big addition of its own: player quirks. Quirks are player labels that not only let gamers know what he’s capable of, but some of them even effect that player’s PCI (plate coverage indicator), giving them a little bigger sweet spot. There are 20+ quirks in the game, such as Breaking Ball Hitter, Fighter (the player plays better in the ninth inning and beyond), Platoon (the player excels against a particular handed pitcher), Knee Buckler (that pitcher has a good breaking ball), Control Artist (this pitcher can limit his walks), and more. Some quirks turn on/off based on that player reaching certain attribute thresholds, but others have been applied directly by the development team.

Between Franchise mode’s quirks and Road to the Show’s Pave Your Path, this year’s MLB the Show has some tentpole features that should elevate the game and make it stand out.

For more on MLB the Show 17 – including gameplay details and more on Franchise mode’s quick manage and critical situations features – check out our Franchise mode tour with Shea and Ramone Russell, as well as this previous Sports Desk entry.

We Discuss MLB The Show 17’s Road to the Show and Much More With Game Designer Ramone Russell

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Last Sports Desk featured an early look at Mutant Football League, and we were fortunate to have some codes for a sneak peek look via Steam of an early slice of the title. Those codes have gone out to a few random, lucky commenters, and I’ve sent those out via the Game Informer profile conversation system. So check the “Conversation” tab at the very top of the page at your login profile to see if you’re one of the recipients.

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A quick rundown of some of the sports news from the week.

Take a Look At Super Mega Baseball’s Extensive Customization Features 
For more on the game, be sure to check out our previous Sports Desk coverage.

The Golf Club VR Review – Searching For That Perfect Swing 

Beta Test The Sports Desk – The MLB The Show 17 Road To The Show Rundown

YouTube Series Man At Arms Forges League Of Legends' Nameless Blade

The modern-day blacksmiths of the Man At Arms: Reforged team have released a video of their latest video game-inspired project: deadly assassin Yasuo’s iconic sword from League of Legends.

The Nameless Blade is a katana with motifs reflecting Yasuo’s ability to control wind. With their signature attention to detail, the smiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword faithfully recreate the unusually large katana while adding nods to the game and character along the way, such as a visual effect on the blade (known as a hamon) that looks like blood splatter in reference to Yasuo’s past.

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For more medieval fun, check out more Man At Arms videos of weapons from For Honor and Dark Souls.

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Latest Destiny: Age Of Triumph Teaser Shows Off Returning Weapons

The team at Bungie is presumably hard at work putting the finishing touches on Destiny’s Age of Triumph, the final major update for the first Destiny game, currently scheduled to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 28. To preface the launch, the developer has been hosting a series of live streams on its Twitch channel, and this Wednesday at 10am Pacific, we’ll be getting a look at changes and additions to the game’s weapons and cosmetics. 

Before the live stream, Bungie has provided a trailer to tease what will be talked about. Within the brief video, we get a glimpse of several new raid armor ornaments, as well as the return of some fun weapons like the Vex Mythoclast, now with a new look, as pictured above. 

Check out the full video and see if you spot any of your old favorite weapons sporting new looks. 

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Beta Test Latest Destiny: Age Of Triumph Teaser Shows Off Returning Weapons