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Those struggling to score an Xbox Series X in the UK flocked to Amazon today as the Microsoft console was finally back in stock.
Prior to today's Xbox Series X restock, the online retail giant last restocked on 4th Jan 2022. The latest Xbox Series X drop went live just after 8am and remained in stock until late afternoon/ early evening. This was the longest time Microsoft's next gen console had stayed in stock at Amazon - probably since launch. For those who have been patiently waiting for a console, it was an incredible opportunity to finally get one.
Update: Xbox Series X is now out of stock at Amazon. It lasted for most of the day on March 1, but hopefully, it comes back very soon. There will definitely be another stock drop in the future, so follow @IGNUKDeals on Twitter for live PS5 and Xbox updates. I'll leave the rest of the article here for reference, and the rest of the top deals.
It's your lucky day Xbox gamers. If you've been on the hunt for an Xbox Series X, and haven't found any success so far - I've got some very good news. Amazon once again has Xbox Series X consoles in stock, and it's in stock consistently as well (see here).
This is the most consistent stock I've seen in around the past 6-months, so this is well worth taking advantage of if you haven't yet picked up the new-gen console. If you're looking for an excellent game to play alongside, I'd suggest getting Elden Ring for £45 at Amazon, or Halo Infinite for £30 as well.
Embracer Group, the umbrella company which owns THQ Nordic, Gearbox, Koch Media and Saber Interactive, will donate $1m to humanitarian aid groups in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
This donation will be matched by Embracer boss Lars Wingefors, who will donate $1m to Embracer's "employees and contractors who are directly impacted by the crisis".
Elden Ring has been strongly anticipated by fans since 2019, when it was announced; part of the intrigue behind the game came from the involvement of George R.R. Martin, one of the most famous fantasy authors in the world. Elden Ring's director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, was a fan of Martin's work prior to working with him, particularly of Fevre Dream, a standalone novel that Miyazaki considered a masterpiece.
Only a couple of years before the announcement of Martin's work with Miyazaki, Torment: Tides of Numenera released, featuring writing by another famous fantasy author, Patrick Rothfuss. (Rothfuss had been a big fan of the classic Planescape: Torment, a role-playing game renowned for its narrative.)
At the start of every year I promise myself that this spring I will head out onto the South Downs late one evening and actually see the Milky Way. Light pollution: there are still certain spots on the Downs where it's actually dark enough to see the galaxy that we are a part of. To look up and look through the lurid gassy wilds of our home. Maybe with a Thermos of something because it's probably quite chilly.
I have never done this. Last year I was particularly eager to, having read Gary Filde's thrilling memoir An Astronomer's Tale, charting his life from a bricklayer to a navigator of the stars. But still: I don't drive. The buses stop. I have duties at home that involve getting a daughter to bed and all that jazz. One day.
Elden Ring is an action-RPG filled with untold horrors. Tentacled masses that writhe on shores, goblins that'll hack at your knees, corrupted priests that sling fireballs. They are mysterious, to a degree, but they're also quite easy to read. Your innards? Their tea.
But what makes the game great is its capacity for surprise, the deep well of lore – the gaps left for us to fill. The goats. What's up with them, huh? Can anyone tell me what's up with the goats in Elden Ring?
Square Enix shared what time the Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) Letter from the Producer Live featuring information about Patch 6.1 will be held. While the upcoming Letter from the Producer Live was announced during a previous broadcast, the exact time wasn't announced. However, viewers can expect to watch the Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer Live with information about Patch 6.1 at 8 p.m. JST / 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET / 12 p.m. CET on March 4, 2022.
Viewers can watch the broadcast through YouTube, Twitch, and Japanese streaming service NicoNico. Square Enix will also allow joint broadcasting of the Letter from the Producer Live. This means that users will be able to stream the broadcast through their individual Twitch or YouTube channels.
The contents of the FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live will focus on information regarding Patch 6.1 and other content. However, details regarding what that could potentially be have yet to be announced. Additionally, this broadcast is being labeled as "Part 1," which could mean that a second broadcast will reveal more information.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy has gotten its first patch in nearly three months, which seeks to improve the three games' overall stability and visuals.
The trilogy launched back in November 2021 with myriad performance issues but developer Rockstar has been quiet on it since December 3, when it released its previous 1.03 update.
The latest 1.04 patch, now available on all platforms and affecting all three GTA games in the collection, will also fix an issue where players couldn't retry a mission from the latest checkpoint, and fixes certain collision issues.
Rockstar appears to have made good use of the three month wait as the patch notes feature more than 120 separate, detailed updates to GTA: The Trilogy.
In Grand Theft Auto III there are fixes to, for example, misplaced textures and text on the Chinatown market arches, Claude not looking over his shoulder when using the rear facing camera, and an issue with the 'K-JAH Radio' icon.
Nintendo has released a "Missions & Rewards" update for Switch Online that allows players to earn Platinum Points by playing games and more, similar to Xbox's Game Pass Quests system.
The incentive is only available to users with Switch Online memberships and provides tasks such as "play software that supports online play", "back up save data", "play NES", and more.
Users will earn Platinum Points - the same currency used for years on the My Nintendo Store - that allow users to buy certain physical items such as Nintendo themed keychains and posters.
A range of new Switch Online-exclusive icons and backgrounds have been released in the update that are only available through the Platinum Points system, and these will be updated weekly. There will also be timed events with special icons available.
These digital items are fairly easy to come by. Playing one online game a week will net you 30 Platinum Points, and the new icons shown so far only cost 10 points each.
Saving up for the physical rewards will take a little longer, though they're still within reach – a Pokémon Legends: Arceus Cable Holder costs 400 points, for example. By playing an online game, backing up save data, playing the NES software, and playing a Game Trials software, users can earn 200 points per week.
The Missions & Rewards page can be accessed through the console's Nintendo Switch Online app, and users can redeem their points for digital items in the same place or physical items on the My Nintendo Store.
Sign language support is now available in Forza Horizon 5.
As reported last year, the feature has been in development for some time. From today, American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for in-game cinematics is added in a free update.
Sony has revealed the latest games to be added to its subscription service PlayStation Now, and they include the highly anticipated and gaudy Shadow Warrior 3.
Users will be able to choose from four news games to sink their teeth into from today. Along with Shadow Warrior 3, PS Now subscribers will also be able to enjoy Crysis Remastered, Relicta and Chicken Police - Paint It Red.
If you're in the market for one of NVIDIA's 30-series graphics cards, then unfortunately you're still going to have to pay well above the expected retail price to get one right now.
That doesn't mean that you still can't get a good cost to performance ratio when upgrading or building a new PC. The 3060 range of cards can really improve your PC's performance when gaming and save you a considerable amount of money.
Valve boss Gabe Newell has been out hand delivering Steam Decks.
The company emailed a number of people with reservations who happened to live near its office to notify them that Newell would be delivering the handheld consoles. "I don't believe you," replied one person.
World of Tanks creative director Sergey Burkatovskiy has been fired by studio Wargaming after publicly supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Burkatovskiy wrote that he supported "the operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR [Donetsk People's Republic] and the LPR [Luhansk People's Republic]".
I have seen chat about Elden Ring being the most accessible (as in, welcoming to newcomers and easy to pick up) game yet of the collected FromSoft oeuvre. I haven't played nearly as much Elden Ring as Ed or our guides team, but I do feel this statement, while not an exact a lie, definitely needs a lot more qualification than people are giving it.
In relative terms, one would say that a bowl of hot sick was more enjoyable than eating a bowl of cold sick, for example. Elden Ring is, of course, much better than sick at any temperature, obviously - I'm just saying that so far, I have not found it to be much easier or less opaque than any other FromSoft game, except it has clearer tooltips and sometimes an NPC will say, "You should do this thing." In fact, the open world - the thing that people say is the most good bit - is having the opposite effect on me.
Within the Steam Deck press pack lies an unexpected treasure: a collage of abandoned prototype models. Dozens of them, from clear progenitors of the final handheld to some truly mad, unreasonably pointy and sometimes blindingly colourful designs. And one that’s literally held together with tape.
In a pre-release production staff interview, FromSoftware revealed that the development team focused on three core tenets when creating Elden Ring. These included scale, RPG elements, and lore that ultimately created the core experience of Elden Ring. The development team revealed that scale was important for creating a sense of variety in the game. This includes the creation of various castles, caves, and dungeons that players can actively explore in Elden Ring. The developers worked to ensure that these areas would be connected seamlessly throughout the open world.
However, while scale was an important factor when creating Elden Ring, FromSoftware wanted the RPG elements of the game to allow for true variety in playstyle. The intention was to enable players to pursue their own method of exploration.
You can watch the Elden Ring pre-release production staff interview below. It features English and Japanese subtitles.
Shigesato Itoi and Hobonichi will produce and sell framed art based on EarthBound pixel maps in Japan. The company will open pre-orders for a limited time in March 2022.
The framed art of EarthBound maps will be available in five different models. Each of them will depict a distinct featured location in EarthBound, including Onett, Winters, Fourside, Moonside, and the Cave of the Past.
People residing in Japan will be able to order the framed art in two different sizes: Small at ¥16,500 (~$144) and Large at ¥37,400 (~$325). They can also choose one of the three available frames, including black, red, and natural wood grain.
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EarthBound originally came out for the SNES in 1995 in North America and 1994 in Japan, where it is known as Mother 2. In February 2022, Nintendo made the game — along with its predecessor, EarthBound Beginnings — available on Nintendo Switch. Users who have subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online can access the classic games immediately.
miHoYo has announced a Genshin Impact art contest featuring Sangonomiya Kokomi and the Raiden Shogun has begun. Applicants will have until March 17, 2022 to submit their entries. Winners for the individual art contests will be announced on April 15, 2022. miHoYo has fully outlined how users can participate in the Kokomi and Raiden Shogun art contests through its official website.
In order to participate, users will need to post their submissions on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. The tags #GenshinImpact, #RaidenShogun, or #SangonomiyaKokomi must be used, depending on the submission. Users will also need to submit their entry information through a link provided in each individual official blog post. A total of nine winners for each contest will be selected from the pool of submissions. The rewards are as follows:
Additionally, several submissions are allowed from participants. However, only one prize can be won per participant. Participants must also include work-in-progress images alongside their final submissions for the Genshin Impact Kokomi and Raiden Shogun art contest.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV will be available on PS Now in Japan in March 2022. However, these won't be the only games joining the subscription-based service. Other titles include Crysis Remastered, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Definitive Edition, and Shadow Warrior 3. [Thanks, Gamer!]
The full list of titles available through the March 2022 PlayStation Now update include the following:
It is unclear if The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV and III will be made available through PS Now in other regions, but they are not part of the North American lineup for March. Additionally, titles like Shadow Warrior 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Definitive Edition will only be available through the service for a limited time.
New Xbox Game Pass additions for the second of March have been announced by Xbox. The first half of the month saw Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hit the service, and now we've got even more titles hitting Game Pass in the latter half of March.
This includes Crusader Kings 3 making its way over from PC Game Pass, as it will now be available for Xbox console users as well from March 29. There's also F1 2021, Shredders, Tainted Grail: Conquest, and much more. Here's everything on Xbox Game Pass this month.
Given a 'masterpiece' 10/10 review when it was first released for PC in 2020, Crusader Kings 3 will now be available for some Game Pass consoles users, alongside those already playing on PC Game Pass. Unfortunately, those on Xbox One will be unable to play the game via Game Pass, as when it hits the service on March 29, it will be limited to just Xbox Series X|S on March 29.
Guardians of the Galaxy earned some decent reviews during its launch period, and we even gave it an 8/10 in our review: "A fun, no-frills single-player campaign full of cosmic comic book flavor." Developed by Eidos Montreal, Guardians of the Galaxy came out quite recently during the tail-end of 2021, and will be available for cloud, console, and PC Game Pass from March 10.
Ambulances are on their way to Two Point Hospital in a new expansion named Speedy Recovery.
Of course, this being Two Point Hospital, these aren't your run of the mill ambulances. Instead these are unorthodox vehicles designed for various emergencies, from the Big Healer road ambulance to the flying Airloovator.
Sea of Stars is an upcoming RPG prequel to The Messenger. It is the sort of project in which its inspirations are worn on its figurative sleeve. In this case, its tributes to Chrono Trigger appear via the means of its battle system, world map, and even music from Chrono Trigger and Cross composer Yasunori Mitsuda. During a preview event, Siliconera learned more about the “around 10” songs from Mitsuda and game’s influences from Sabotage Studio President and Creative Director Thierry Boulanger.
During the preview event, Mitsuda’s music ended up referenced early on. While showing off a quest that would send Valere, Zale, and Garl to an abandoned wizard’s lab on behalf of the pirate Klee Shae, Boulanger teased the first track. While wandering around the world map, headed to the location, the party passed Coral Cascades. Boulanger noted that is where players will hear the first track the Chrono Trigger composer made for the game.
Later, Boulanger elaborated when asked about the extent of Mitsuda’s contributions to the project. He said, “Some of [the tracks] have both day and night versions, which are counted as two separate tracks. Considering this, we are expecting around ten tracks from Mitsuda.”
A new Love Live Virtual School Idol multimedia project will launch in Fall 2022. There is a short teaser trailer on its official YouTube channel. However, aside from the basic premise, there is no information on how exactly things will look and go. Due to the name of “Virtual School Idol,” it is possible that it will feature the girls working as VTubers rather than as traditional idols.
According to the official website for the Love Live! Virtual School Idol project, it will take place over the course of a year (365 days). During this time, content such as video streams, magazines, CDs, live events, and mobile applications will appear. Rather than focusing on past Love Live! idols, it seems that it will feature new characters and cast members.
The Love Live franchise is series involving multiple forms of media. Aside from television series and games, there are also manga series and CDs. There are also collaborations between its characters and other properties. For example, in 2021 the Japanese Love Live School Idol Festival mobile game offeref a collaboration event featuring characters from the Persona series.
Love Live Virtual School Idol will start in Fall 2022. More information will appear in the future.
Nintendo added a new Missions & Rewards feature to Nintendo Switch Online. Completing missions will reward players with My Nintendo Platinum Points, which can be redeemed for a variety of different items. Most notably, there are new Nintendo Switch player icons, allowing for icon element customization.
Nintendo Switch Online missions are tasks designed to reward players for doing things they may already be doing. For example, on a weekly basis players can "back up save data" in the cloud to earn 20 Platinum Points. Another mission requires players to play a "featured title" in the NES app, which is Super Mario Bros. at the moment. Doing so rewards them with 50 Platinum Points.
Players can redeem points for items like digital wallpapers, digital or physical items at the My Nintendo Store, and the new aforementioned Nintendo Switch player icon elements. These elements include individual icon frames, characters, and backgrounds. Players can assemble these elements to create their own unique Nintendo Switch player icons. You can see some examples below.
The Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time movie first anniversary is coming up on March 8, 2022. Khara will mark the occasion by holding a live stream on the day at 19:00 JST (5 AM ET).
The movie's director Hideaki Anno will attend the stream with several other key staff members. They will re-watch the movie while answering questions from fans. Khara has opened a Google Docs form on the stream's news page, where fans can send questions to the staff in Japanese. It will close the submissions in seven hours before the stream begins.
Khara will share the exact URL for the Evangelion 3.0+1.0 anniversary stream on Twitch at a later time. It is currently unknown whether the stream will be available worldwide or region-locked.
Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time appeared first in Japanese theaters from March 8, 2021, to late July 2021. It managed to gross 10 billion yen during its run at the Japanese box office. In January 2022, the Japan Academy Film Prize Association listed this movie as one of the nominees for the Best Animation of the Year.
Today Microsoft released a new trailer of its popular game-as-a-service Sea of Thieves.
The video introduces the upcoming season 6, which will come this month with new features and content for players to enjoy.
There is a lot to see in the trailer below, including sea forts and replayable voyages for pirate legends.
Sea of Thieves is currently available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. Just recently, we learned that it recently passed 25 million players.
If you’d like to know more about what is coming this year to Sea of Thieves, you can check out the news from the latest preview event, including the reveal of the Shrouded Islands adventure.
Microsoft has announced the March Xbox Game Pass games lineup, and Square Enix and Eidos Montreal’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the headline title.
The announcement was shared via a news post on Xbox Wire, detailing the full selection of games set to hit Xbox Game Pass for Console, PC and the Cloud.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the higher-profile releases being added to the lineup this month, arriving on March. 10 on console, PC and Cloud. Kentucky Route Zero — a beloved indie which takes you on a weird and wonderful adventure across a secret highway running through the caves beneath Kentucky — will also join the library for all three platforms on the same day.
Elsewhere in the lineup, Lawn Mowing Simulator hits Game Pass for console on March 10, as does Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on console and PC. Indie game, Young Souls will release on day one on Xbox Game Pass for console, PC and Cloud on March 10, too.
If you’re looking something new to play right now, Far: Changing Tides releases day one with Game Pass today on cloud, console and PC, taking players on an atmospheric adventure underwater as they help protagonist Toe navigate a flooded landscape, converting any items they find into fuel or upgrades to continue on their quest.
Crunchyroll was acquired by Sony’s Funimation for over $1 billion late last year, and now we’re finally seeing what that means for anime fans who use those viewing platforms. Crunchyroll is getting a number of shows from Funimation as the two major anime brands come together to create one place for all your anime needs.
According to a Crunchyroll blog post, Funimation, Wakanim, and Crunchyroll’s VRV will all be under one subscription as new anime come to Crunchyroll starting today. That includes shows like Yu Yu Hakusho, Tokyo Ghoul, Cowboy Bebop, Mushoku Tensei, and many more. You can have a look at the full list of anime arriving today right here.
The post also lets Funimation users know that they should move to a Crunchyroll subscription as soon as possible. To make this transition easier, Funimation, Wakanim, and VRV subscribers will get 60 days of free Crunchyroll Premium through a code that gets emailed to them.
You can check out the short little trailer below for the unification as this huge new anime library is created.