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Bethesda Spring Steam Sale Lets You Save On Wolfenstein, Doom, Skyrim, And More

1 day 23 hours ago

Summer hasn't started quite yet, and Bethesda doesn't want you to forget that with its latest Steam Spring Sale. From now through May 16, you can save up to 70% on the publisher's biggest games, including newer titles like Doom Eternal and classics like Skyrim and Quake 3 Arena.

Doom Eternal and the 2016 Doom are both on sale as part of the promotion, costing $20 and $10, respectively. The games give the classic shooter series a fully modern makeover, complete with a signature melee-finishing system, tons of great weapons, and an always-moving philosophy that separates it from other first-person shooters.

For Wolfenstein fans, you can also take advantage of the sale with nearly every game in the series, including Wolfenstein: The New Order for $8, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for $16, and the cooperative Wolfenstein: Youngblood for $13. Though Youngblood is a spin-off game set a few decades after its predecessors, it seems like it's setting up a climactic third game.

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Gabe Gurwin

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Celebrates The Call Of Duty League With An In-Game Statue

2 days ago

Not long after a mysterious unknown object appeared in Call of Duty: Warzone's Verdansk '84, Activision has now revealed what it is and what it's all about. Activision and the Call of Duty League are partnering for a special in-game event, and you can watch the announcement video below.

The mysterious object in the game is right outside Verdansk Stadium. During the Dallas Empire Home Series broadcast on Sunday, it will be lifted to unveil a statue that celebrates the Call of Duty League trophy. It will honor the 2020 Call of Duty League champions, the Dallas Empire, specifically.

"Dressing the front of the stadium will be banners featuring each of the starting five players from 2020's championship-winning team," Activision said.

"This places CDL in one of the world's most popular digital spaces--giving Call of Duty's pro players even more fame and glory to battle it out for as the season goes on."

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Eddie Makuch

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Learn To Code With These Premium, $60 Certification Courses

2 days 3 hours ago

Anyone who has followed the labor market, even casually, over the last 20 years knows that jobs related to computer programming are perennially among the most sought after. As our society shifts ever more to complete reliance on computers, so do we shift towards reliance on the people with the skills to program them. This dependence makes learning to code a great decision even for those who don't want to pursue it professionally. Not to mention, coding is practically a necessity if you want to work at a game studio.

While it is a great idea to learn to code, learning computer languages can get expensive. Some students go for four-year degrees to learn, others opt toward boot camps which can still cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Thankfully, there are e-learning options like The Premium Learn to Code 2021 Certification Bundle that can teach you all you need to know without breaking the bank. This bundle contains 27 distinct courses, combining for over 270 hours of instruction. Best of all, it's currently available for only $60. The combined value of all 27 courses is $4,056 (that's a savings of 98%).

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Genshin Impact Summertime Skins Rumored To Be Coming Soon

2 days 3 hours ago

Genshin Impact, the wildly successful free-to-play gacha game with similar gameplay to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, may soon be getting some summer-themed skins for certain characters, if recent leaks turn out to be accurate.

Per the Project Celestia Twitter account, which has accurately detailed various Genshin Impact leaks in the past such as new characters and events, it looks like new summertime skins for characters like Jean and Barbara are on the way. Project Celestia says the leaks come via datamining the game's latest available client, and that information obtained this way could be removed or changed at any time.

Leaked images show a more casual outfit for the master of the Knights of Favonius, Jean--who is usually seen sporting a full body suit, pants, and a cape--now wearing shorts and a flowing top as she dips her toes into the ocean.

Jean's younger sister, the idol Barbara, also looks to be getting a beach-themed skin, swapping out her usual dress for a sailor uniform-inspired outfit. How both these skins will be obtained is currently unknown.

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Resident Evil Village Eased Up On "Tension Curve" After Players Found RE7 Too Scary

3 days ago

Resident Evil Village is a horror game at heart, and it builds on the return to the classic, slower-moving horror of Resident Evil 7 that was also a signature of the early games. However, Capcom took a slightly different approach to how it handled scares this time around, as it didn't want to overwhelm the player with terror like it sometimes did in Resident Evil 7. After all, what good is having scares if people quit before they see them?

Speaking to Axios, producer Tsuyoshi Kanda said Capcom received Resident Evil 7 feedback and some players felt it was actually too scary. Scary is obviously the goal in horror, but not if it means players don't want to keep playing it for fear of an unexpected bowel movement.

"In one regard, that's exactly what's we're striving for, so it's a huge compliment for us," he said. "But at the same time, it's always our goal to create something that anybody can feel comfortable jumping in and playing, so we eased up on the tension curve [in RE Village] relative to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, so players aren't in constant fear."

That constant fear was especially noticeable during the early portions of Resident Evil 7, which often found Ethan Winters chased through a large house by terrifying family members. These moments weren't always scripted, requiring constant vigilance as players tried to unlock doors and progress the story further. Similar moments appeared in the two recent remake games with Nemesis and Mr. X, who would routinely track you down and force a quick-thinking escape to avoid death.

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Gabe Gurwin

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Xbox Series X Expansion Drive Gets Discount On Newegg

3 days 1 hour ago

Update: As of May 9, this discount code appears to be inactive. The card has returned to its full price.

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Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S both support expanded storage for playing next-gen games, which the PS5 does not, but doing so requires a proprietary storage card. Right now, that Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S is on sale at Newegg, giving you more than $20 off its regular price so you can install even more games. It's the only one that works right now, so you'll rarely find a better deal.

To take advantage of the 10% discount, all you have to do is enter the promo code 93XQY65 in the code field during checkout. This will give you the discount, which drops the price down to $198. Though that is still nothing to sneeze at, the card is the only one that supports direct play of Xbox Series X|S games other than the consoles' own internal storage. Currently, other external drives, including other SSDs, only support storing these games, and they must be transferred to the internal drive to play.

Designed in collaboration with Microsoft to ensure compatibility and performance, the Seagate drive is meant to offer the exact same experience you'd get running a game off the consoles' internal NVMe SSDs. That means support for Quick Resume and very fast loading times, and with 1 TB of storage, you can put a whole bunch of games on it.

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Gabe Gurwin

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How NEO: The World Ends With You Is Designed For A New Era

3 days 1 hour ago

The World Ends With You (TWEWY) was a lot of things--an innovative RPG that put the Nintendo DS's touch screen to good use, a stylish experience that demonstrated youthful expression through fashion and music, and one of the most experimental games in Square Enix's history. But despite the game's cult status, TWEWY has not had an official follow up in the 14 years since its release. Until now, that is, with the upcoming NEO: The World Ends With You.

The original TWEWY came back around with the Switch remaster in 2018, dubbed Final Remix, albeit with mixed results from the retooled controls to accommodate the platform change. However, this upcoming sequel, NEO: The World Ends With You, is a sort of rebuild of what made the original special. I recently had a brief interview with its key developers, which included Tetsuya Nomura (creative producer and character art designer), Tatsuya Kondo (series director), Hiroyuki Ito (director), and Tomohiko Hirano (producer). And from talking with them, I have a clearer picture of how TWEWY is being modernized not just in a gameplay sense but also in its attitude.

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Michael Higham

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Keep Your Sensitive Information Safe With The Deeper Connect VPN Hardware

3 days 2 hours ago

In today’s digitally-based world, protecting your sensitive information is paramount. By now, you've undoubtedly heard of compromising data leaks or cyber thieves who can pull credit card, bank account, or even social security numbers from your laptop or smartphone just using shared public Wi-Fi.

A common solution for combating the perils of cybersecurity is a VPN, but often these are not fully effective. In fact, it's been reported that as much as 84% of user data is at risk of theft or leakage when protected by traditional VPNs. Thankfully, there's a solution to take control of your cybersecurity and surf the internet comfortably with the Deeper Connect Nano Decentralized VPN Hardware, available for only $255 when you use the coupon code GSDEALS15.

The Deeper Connect Nano is the next generation of the Deeper Connect Mini, a hardware VPN that's highly rated for its security and ease of use, with all of the same features in a more portable package. It's a decentralized VPN that works without a subscription. Simply buy the hardware, plug it in, and surf the internet with confidence that your sensitive information is secure.

The Deeper Connect Nano is more than just peace of mind in a seven-layer firewall — it also enhances your web experience. A web filter effectively blocks ads, trackers, and malware, and there's no bottlenecking as more users log on to your network. Plus, it offers seamless connectivity to worldwide IPs, meaning no regional content is blocked.

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Stack Commerce

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Nintendo Switch Sale Has Deals On Borderlands, BioShock, And XCOM

3 days 3 hours ago

Take-Two has been a fairly big supporter of the Nintendo Switch, with multiple big-name franchises available on the console. Many of those games are currently on sale via the Nintendo eShop, offering enormous discounts, and many of the titles are actually bundles containing a few games. BioShock, Borderlands, and XCOM are among the games with their prices slashed, so don't delay if you want them.

BioShock: The Collection is one of the biggest deals during this sale, with its price dropping from $50 down to $20. The bundle includes all three BioShock games, with the first two being remastered versions, and it also has all single-player DLC--the multiplayer from BioShock 2 was omitted from the collection. If you prefer to get BioShock, BioShock 2, or BioShock Infinite on their own, you can do that, too. They are $8 each, down from $20.

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Gabe Gurwin

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Need A Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift? These Star Wars Instant Pots Are Up To $40 Off At Amazon

5 days 1 hour ago

Star Wars Day (May the 4th) may be behind us, but one of the best Star Wars deals we've seen all week has popped up two days later. Today at Amazon, you can save up to $40 on Star Wars-themed Instant Pots, including a particularly adorable design with Baby Yoda (aka Grogu, aka The Child). The six-quart Baby Yoda Instant Pot Duo is on sale for $60 (down from $100) today, matching its lowest price ever on Amazon. This is also just a great deal on an Instant Pot in general, as the same non-Star Wars model usually goes for around $89. And if you're not crazy about Baby Yoda like the rest of the world, there are other Star Wars designs on sale as well--you can snag a mini white BB-8 Instant Pot for $60 and a sleek Stormtrooper design for $70. These deals weren't available earlier this week for Star Wars Day, and there's no telling how long they'll stick around.

With Mother's Day coming up in a few days--yep, that's this weekend, on May 9--now's your last chance to pick up a gift for mom as well. So if she's into Star Wars and/or doesn't own an Instant Pot yet, this would make an excellent last-minute Mother's Day gift. Each of these Instant Pots comes with free one-day Prime shipping, so you can count on it arriving on time, and gift wrapping is available too.

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Jenae Sitzes

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Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, Twelve Minutes Among First Tribeca Games Official Selections

5 days 1 hour ago

For the first time ever, the Tribeca Film Festival has announced video games among its Official Selections, with eight games garnering the inaugural honors.

The eight games chosen as the gaming industry's first-ever Tribeca Official Selections are as follows:

Each game will be included in the Tribeca Games Spotlight, a livestream showcase as part of Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest on June 11 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET. The event will also feature playable demos of all eight titles using Parsec technology, and anyone interested in signing up for a time slot a demo can do so at the Tribeca Games website.

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The Division Expands With New Free-To-Play Game Heartland And A Mobile Title

5 days 1 hour ago

Ubisoft has announced The Division Heartland, a free-to-play game set in The Division universe that's in development at Red Storm.

Heartland is a standalone game, and Ubisoft says you don't need to know anything about the franchise to enjoy it. The game will have an "all-new perspective" on The Division series, and it takes place "in a new setting."

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The original Division was set in New York with the sequel moving to Washington D.C. With the title Heartland, it seems the new game will head to the middle of the country.

Heartland is scheduled to release in 2021 or 2022 for PC, consoles, and the cloud. There will be early testing for the game and you can sign up for that here.

Heartland is one part of Ubisoft's wider effort to grow the Division franchise to help it reach a wider audience. Another part of this is a new Division mobile game. No information about this is available yet, however, outside of its existence.

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PS5 Gets YouTube TV App In The US

5 days 1 hour ago

PlayStation 5 owners now have another way to watch live TV from their console. The YouTube TV app has arrived on the console, allowing users in the US to stream live TV.

YouTube TV costs $65/month and it allows for up to three simultaneous streams, along with DVR support from the cloud. There are dozens of live channels, including major networks and local news stations. You can plug in your zipcode here to find out what's available in your area.

YouTube TV is already available on Xbox consoles, while the app was previously available on PS4 before it more recently came to PS5, as was discovered first by Android Police. A full list of compatible devices is available on Google's website.

For more on YouTube TV, check out GameSpot sister site CNET's preview of the service in the video above.

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Eddie Makuch

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PS5 Redesign Reportedly In The Works--But It Probably Won't Change The Look

5 days 1 hour ago

The PlayStation 5 may be getting a new design in 2022, but it likely will be limited to its internal architecture. Due to the global semiconductor shortage, the PS5's CPU might get swapped to help scale up production.

The potential redesign was originally reported by Taiwanese outlet Digitimes, which suggests that semiconductor foundries are already preparing for the new PS5 architecture and targeting 2022 for production. As relayed by Dr. Serkan Toto on Twitter, Digitimes reports that Sony is aiming for a new "semi-customized" 6 nanometer CPU chip from AMD.

While Digitimes remains the only outlet to report on the specifics of the change, Sony itself has confirmed that it's thinking seriously about an architecture change to alleviate supply chain issues caused by the semiconductor shortage. In its earnings report, as shared by VGC, Sony CFO responded to a question about meeting second-year sales goals by saying, "For example, we could find maybe a secondary resource, or by changing the design."

We're reached out to Sony for comment and will update this article with any additional information we receive.

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Alex Newhouse

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Save $30 On One Of Samsung's Fastest SSDs

5 days 1 hour ago

Newegg has a big sale on a range of PC hardware today, with some great savings on all the bits you need to build or improve your PC. One of the best deals lets you save on Samsung's ridiculously fast 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, which you can pick up for $30 off using offer code EMCXEWEX3 at checkout. This deal is also exclusive to the 1TB version, which makes it big enough for a games library you access frequently, too.

When it was announced, the 980 Pro was pegged as the first NVMe SSD that might be compatible with the PlayStation 5 for internal storage expansion. Sadly, Sony has yet to detail plans for any SSD compatibility, with the company expected to update this feature later this year. Without testing it's not certain that this will work with the PS5, so just be warned about that in case you're looking to get ahead of the curve.

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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Charges Onto Consoles And PC In Surprise Re-Release

5 days 1 hour ago

Wizards of the Coast and Interplay are casting a resurrection spell on a 2000s-era classic RPG. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance returns to the fray on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on May 7 with PC and mobile versions arriving later in the year.

Those looking for a robust experience should temper their expectations, as this is being called a "re-release" and not a remaster. The port will be playable on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility however, with support for two-player local cooperative play returning from the original release. A minute-long trailer announcing the shadow drop was released, and you can watch it below.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance originally launched in December 2001 for PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. The isometric action RPG from now-defunct Snowblind Studios followed three playable heroes--each with their own abilities and strengths--through a hack-and-slash adventure set in the Dungeons and Dragons universe.

The shadow-dropped re-release is well timed, as Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance is set to carry the Dark Alliance torch on June 22. Baldur's Gate 3, another upcoming game in the Baldur's Gate saga, released in early access in October with the full launch date still unannounced.

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Jason Fanelli

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Nintendo Spent More Money Than Ever On R&D In Past Year

5 days 2 hours ago

Nintendo has had a profitable financial year, one that has seen it invest a record amount of cash in its research and development projects. As noted by Niko Partners senior research analyst Daniel Ahmad, Nintendo spent approximately $880 million in R&D during the 12 months ended March 31, 2021, with the bulk of the money going towards increased software and outsourcing costs for the Nintendo Switch.

Japan-based analyst and investment adviser David Gibson summarized comments made by the company at an investor Q&A after its latest financial results were made public, with Nintendo confirming that it was also investing in a future successor to the Switch. While the company is constantly researching new technology, R&D spend also went towards online investments in addition to development on the next Nintendo console.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Epic Unvaults Fortnite Flare Gun For First Of Several 'Wild Weeks' In-Game Events

5 days 2 hours ago

Epic has revealed Fortnite Wild Weeks, new in-game events that will cycle in and out every seven days for the next several weeks of Season 6. The first Wild Week kicks off today and emphasizes fighting with fire. If you're already hard at work on the Fortnite Week 8 challenges then you already know this week's Legendary Quest trades XP for structures lit ablaze, and Epic says that's no coincidence.

Also joining the fiery fray is the Flare Gun, which makes its return for one week only. The Flare Gun debuted in Chapter 2 Season 3 but has been vaulted since the Marvel-centric Season 4. When fired toward the sky, the Flare Gun will briefly reveal all nearby enemies, but if fired horizontally at structures or opponents, the Flare Gun will quickly engulf the area in fire.

Like the Primal Flame Bow, it's especially useful in clearing out wooden structures, be they player-built or pre-standing buildings. Fireflies and flame bows will also be in greater supply around the island, proving Epic really wants things to heat up as we play through the final few weeks of Season 6. Fire will even spread farther and deal more damage per second for this limited-time event.

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Mark Delaney

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Get A Year Of PlayStation Plus And A Lifetime Of VPN Protection For Just $50

5 days 2 hours ago

This content is from our partner StackCommerce. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

In today's world, our lives have become more and more internet-focused. Everything from working, to socializing, to general entertainment can be found on the internet. As we move to a digitally-dependent society, the ability to stay connected and maximize entertainment while safeguarding our sensitive information has never been more important.

The VPN Unlimited Lifetime and PlayStation Plus 1-year Subscription Bundle does just that. This bundle offers users the security and peace of mind of a powerful and reliable VPN with the boundless entertainment found on a PlayStation Plus subscription. Best of all, this bundle is currently available for only $50, whereas separately, these subscriptions have a combined value of $258 (that's a savings of 80%).

While the internet is essential to nearly every facet of our lives, using the internet is far from safe. Cyber thieves can attack you, stealing sensitive information from both shared public Wi-Fi and personal networks. That's why using a virtual private network is becoming an absolute must.

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Metro Exodus PS5 And Xbox Series X|S Improvements Shown Off In New Trailer

5 days 2 hours ago

It's a big day for Metro Exodus, as Deep Silver and 4A Games have released the game's Enhanced Edition today, May 6, on PC, and announced details on a free upgrade for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The Enhanced Edition is described as a "radical update" that makes Metro Exodus look better with ray-tracing support for those who strong enough rigs. PC players also get better frame rates and improve resolution.

Deep Silver went on to say that the Enhanced Edition makes every light source "fully ray-traced," also noting that the upgrade is so extensive that it requires a ray-tracing capable GPU as its minimum spec. "[It] will be delivered as a separate product--it is not a simple 'patch' to the base game--instead it will be offered as an extra entitlement to all existing Metro Exodus PC players," Deep Silver said.

Everyone on PC who already owns Metro Exodus gets the Enhanced Edition for free across Steam, Good Old Games, the Microsoft Store, and the Epic Games Store.

The other big announcement is that the Metro Exodus next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will be available starting June 18, free for existing owners. This comes as part of the Complete Edition, which boasts 4K/60fps gameplay with ray-tracing available for lighting on PS5 and Xbox Series X (but not Series S). The upgrades apply to the base game and its expansions. Players can also expect better load times and more.

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Eddie Makuch

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Rocket League Could Be Coming To Mobile In Addition To Spin-Off Game

5 days 2 hours ago

Rocket League--the original game--could be coming to mobile devices. Psyonix announced Rocket League Sideswipe as an iOS and Android exclusive spin-off game back in March, but it appears that separately from this, the main game could be coming to mobile, too.

A presentation obtained by The Verge (via 9to5Google) shows the apparent plans for Epic Games' studios in 2021. It looks to be a little outdated, as it still refers to Rocket League Sideswipe with a temporary name, but the presentation also makes mention of something called Rocket League "Next." This will be the next-generation client for the game, and according to the presentation, will feature cross-play and cross-progression for PC, console, and mobile. A mobile beta is listed for Q2 2021, though that could have changed since the presentation was made.

The game will be completely separate from Rocket League Sideswipe, though that game will feature friends list integration and some sort of cross-game incentive. Sideswipe's tentative iOS Testflight release window is Summer 2021.

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Gabe Gurwin

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Flash Deal On Super Mario Odyssey Drops It To $30 Today Only

5 days 2 hours ago

We've seen some pretty great discounts on Nintendo Switch exclusives this week, but GameStop's deal of the day offers a stellar discount on one of the best Nintendo Switch games: Super Mario Odyssey. The brilliant 3D platformer is on sale for just $30 today only at GameStop. This is a price we very rarely see, even during the holidays. As such, it's possible Super Mario Odyssey will sell out before the deal expires tonight.

Odyssey is one of the most inventive Mario games in franchise history thanks to its level of freedom and expanded bag of platforming tricks for the plumber to employ. The lavish open-world kingdoms are littered with great platforming sequences, clever puzzles, and a bevy of secrets. Though primarily thought of as a solo experience, Super Mario Odyssey also has a fun co-op mode where one player controls Mario's sentient hat Cappy. It earned a rare 10/10 in our Super Mario Odyssey review.

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Grab An Extra Xbox Series X Controller For $53 Today Only

5 days 2 hours ago

Deals on first-party accessories are few and far between now that we're in a new console generation, but Xbox Series X and Series S owners can take advantage of a rare deal over at Newegg today. Through the rest of the day, you can pick up an extra Xbox Wireless Controller for $53, down from its $60 list price, with promo code 93XQY47 at checkout. This "Shell Shocker" deal is only available for the Carbon Black shade.

This is the new Xbox Wireless Controller that released alongside the Xbox Series X|S, but thanks to Microsoft's backwards compatibility, it'll work great with Xbox One as well. So even if you haven't upgraded to the newer consoles, you can snag this controller to take advantage of its improved features, knowing it'll work with your next console when you do upgrade. The new Xbox Wireless Controller features textured hand grips and triggers, a clickier, circle-shaped D-pad, and, of course, a new Share button that makes taking screenshots and recording video easier than ever.

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Jenae Sitzes

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GTA Online Goes To War This Week With Big Rewards On Mobile Operations

5 days 2 hours ago

This week's GTA Online update pays tribute to the military-industrial war machine, with events and discounted vehicles all themed around mobile army action. All this and more was detailed in a new Rockstar blog post, which you can read the highlights of below.

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Players who own a Mobile Operations Center can launch new missions that will reward them with double the usual cash and reputation points until May 12. As an added bonus, any completed Mobile Operations mission also tops up in-game bank accounts with an extra GTA $100,000, research speeds on cutting-edge technology such as ballistic equipment has been tripled, and supplies have been discounted by 50%.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Destiny 2 Fans Believe Ikora Has Been Recast

6 days 23 hours ago

The reveal trailer for Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer showcased what's next for Bungie's online shooter. It also revealed that the popular character Ikora Rey has seemingly been recast. Or perhaps not. We're waiting to hear from Bungie on the official word.

People immediately noticed and commented that it doesn't sound like Gina Torres (famous for Joss Whedon's Firefly) providing the voicework for Ikora in the trailer. Comments about this were spread across the video's comments on YouTube and across Twitter and other parts of social media.

Bungie has yet to officially comment on this, but Ikora wouldn't be the first major Destiny character voiced by a celebrity to be recast. Peter Dinklage voiced Ghost in the original Destiny only to be replaced by prolific voice actor Nolan North due in part to Dinklage's very busy schedule. At the time, he was filming Game of Thrones, for example.

Not everyone is convinced that Ikora has been recast, with some commenting that Ikora still sounds like Torres. There could other reasons why she sounds different in the trailer, after all. We've followed up with Bungie in an attempt to get to the bottom of this.

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Eddie Makuch

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The Witcher 3 Director Leaves CDPR Following "Workplace Bullying" Allegations

1 week ago

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, who served as design director on Cyberpunk 2077 and game director on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, has left CD Projekt SA, Bloomberg reports. The departure follow allegations of workplace bullying, which he was cleared of.

The company formed a commission to conduct a months-long investigation into accusations of mobbing, a Polish term for office bullying, against Tomaszkiewicz. According to Bloomberg, he emailed staff to say the commission found him not guilty of workplace bullying. However, he has chosen to leave the company nevertheless.

In the email to staff, Tomaszkiewicz noted that he resigned because of the "fear, stress or discomfort" employees might experience when working with him.

"Nonetheless, a lot of people are feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me," Tomaszkiewicz said. He followed this up by apologizing to CD Projekt staff "for all the bad blood" he has created. Further, he told staff that he was "going to continue working" on himself and that he "hope[s] to change" his behavior.

According to Bloomberg, Tomaszkiewicz was said to play a pivotal part in CD Project's next entry in the Witcher series. He told the publication that he was "sad, a bit disappointed and resigned" when Bloomberg reached him for comment.

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Two Top Racers Zoom Into CSR Racing 2's New "America Series" Event

1 week ago

Zynga has announced a new partnership with top racing names Danica Patrick and Mark Webber, who will feature in mobile racer CSR Racing 2's new America Series event.

The in-game event introduces a festival-style roadshow into the game, set in the fictional city of Los Derivas. A Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3 is free with the event, while rare cars like the Mazda Furai--a 2007 concept car that only exists digitally--and CSR Racing 2's first ever IndyCar can be earned by racing in the America Series' 10 events.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to race across the country at iconic tracks like these,” Danica Patrick said in the official press release. “CSR2’s America Series appealed to me because it gives everyone the opportunity to see these tracks from a driver’s perspective.”

CSR Racing 2 is a mobile online racing game for iOS and Android devices. Racers compete against players around the world in cars from real-world brands like McLaren and Ferrari. Danica Patrick's appearance in CSR Racing 2 is not her first foray into the video game realm, as she featured as a guest racer in Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed. She raced Sonic and his friends in the Danicar, a custom racer she co-designed with Hot Wheels specifically for the game.

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Jason Fanelli

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Roblox Notches 202 Million Estimated Monthly Users, An All-Time High

1 week ago

According to the Roblox metrics blog and tools site RTrack, the game-making platform notched a staggering 202 million estimated users in April 2021, an all-time high and an increase of 10 million from March 2021.

These are impressive numbers by any metric. For comparison, Call of Duty had more than 100 million monthly active players in 2020, which drove record revenue. One source stated that Among Us clocked over half a billion (500 million) active users in November 2020, which made it the most popular game ever in terms of that measure. However, based on Among Us's SteamCharts, those numbers have decreased substantially in the intervening six months, though they're still quite healthy. Minecraft recently notched 140 million monthly active users. What makes Roblox so successful is the fact that these numbers have stayed consistent over the past few months.

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Star Wars Day: Top 10 Best-Selling Star Wars Games Revealed, Battlefront Tops The List

1 week ago

To mark the Star Wars Day celebration, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella has released a chart that shows the top-selling and highest-earning Star Wars video games in the US.

The chart shows the best-selling games based on dollar sales between January 1995 and March 2021. EA's Star Wars: Battlefront is the top-selling Star Wars game in US history during the tracked period, with EA's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order coming in second. Rounding out the top five were 2017's Star Wars: Battlefront II, Lego star Wars: The Complete Saga, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Given the strong results for EA's games, it's understandable why EA and Disney are staying in business for additional Star Wars titles in the future. The publisher no longer has the exclusive license for console games, however, as Lucasfilm is now working with Ubisoft on a new Star Wars open-world game from the developers of The Division.

It's also rumored that Aspyr Media is making a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, but this has yet to be announced. More recently, reporter Jeff Grubb said Lucasfilm is in the process of making additional deals for more Star Wars games.

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Eddie Makuch

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Andrew Garfield Responds To Spider-Man: No Way Home Rumors - "I Recommend You Chill"

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Actor Andrew Garfield is rumored to have a role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In a new interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Garfield reacted to the rumors and gave a cryptic, non-committal answer when pressed.

Instead of confirming whether or not he's in the movie, Garfield responded to the hysteria surrounding the rumors in the first place.

"It's so crazy. Dude, it's f**king hilarious to me. I do have this Twitter account and I see how often Spider-Man is trending and it's people freaking out about a thing," Garfield said. "I wish I could be able to speak to everyone and just say, 'I recommend that you chill.'"

Host Josh Horowitz pressed Garfield for a simple "yes or no" answer to whether or not he's involved in No Way Home. Garfield didn't give a straight answer.

"I would've gotten a call by now, that's all I'm saying," he said. "I don't want to ruin anything. Maybe they're going to call me and say, 'Hey, people want this!' Maybe it's a market research thing..."

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Eddie Makuch

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Walmart's Game Streaming Service, Which Was Never Announced, Detailed In New Documents

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The Epic v Apple lawsuit is currently underway, and several very interesting pieces of information about Epic and Apple's businesses have already come to light. What no one could have expected was that the trial would also reveal that Wal-Mart is apparently working on a games streaming service.

As reported by The Verge, previously confidential Epic emails have detailed the experience of playing Wal-Mart's service, codenamed Project Storm. Epic co-founder Mark Rein discussed actually going hands-on with Project Storm all the way back in April 2019, right around when rumors of the service first began popping up. In the email thread, Rein described the experience as similar to "playing on PS4 and superior to playing on Android or iOS."

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Alex Newhouse

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Star Wars Day Deal: Amazon Baby Yoda Bundle With Fire TV Stick 4K, Echo Dot For $109

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Star Wars Day 2021 is in full swing, bringing a slew of deals on Star Wars games, movies, merch, and more. It also tends to bring cool product announcements (like this cool Lego R2-D2 set) and bundles. One of the neatest offers we've seen pop up this Star Wars Day is over at Amazon, which is having a huge sale on Star Wars gear today. Only on May the 4th, you can snag this Baby Yoda-themed Fire TV Stick 4K and Echo Dot bundle, complete with Grogu's pointy ears on the Echo Dot. The brown stand with green ears makes the whole thing look like Baby Yoda's head is staring right at you.

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Jenae Sitzes

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R2-D2 Nebula Smart Projector Gets First Discount For May The 4th

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A limited-edition R2-D2 Nebula mini-projector from Anker that launched last week has already gotten its first discount--but it's still pretty expensive. The capsule projector usually sells for $700, but with promo code WSMAY4TH at Amazon, it's $80 off just in time for Star Wars Day. That means you only have today, May the 4th, to claim the discount. And while you're at it, check out more of the best Star Wars Day deals.

The standard Nebula projector sells for $580, so you're paying a premium for the Star Wars look and special sound effects. The projector has a user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars with more than 600 reviews.

Star Wars Day is a fan holiday celebrating the classic sci-fi franchise, which has since been adopted by Disney itself as the spot to roll out new merch and announcements. This year the date marks the premiere of the new animated series The Bad Batch, along with tons of discounts.

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Steve Watts

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WoW Classic Burning Crusade Expansion Release Date Potentially Leaked On Battle.net

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It appears that World of Warcraft Classic's first expansion, The Burning Crusade, might be releasing quite soon. Players have reported seeing a new pop-up ad on the Battle.net launcher that mentions a June 1 release date for The Burning Crusade.

WoWhead reports that the images "quickly disappeared" from the launcher, which might suggest that they went live early or were not intended for release in the first place. Officially, Blizzard has not announced a release date for The Burning Crusade.

GameSpot has followed up with the developer regarding these reports.

WoW Classic's Burning Crusade expansion is already available for beta testing, which likely signals that a full release may not be too far off.

Whenever it's released, WoW Classic players will have a choice as to whether they advance to Burning Crusade. You'll be able to keep your characters in the vanilla Classic version of the game, or move to them the Burning Crusade era.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic is included with any WoW subscription, so if you're playing the main game or Classic already, you'll get access to this content for free.

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Eddie Makuch

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8Bitdo's Fantastic Lite Gamepad For Switch And PC Is $21 Today

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8Bitdo has made a name for itself by producing quality controllers for a range of consoles, but few are as revered as its range for Nintendo Switch. Especially since the Nintendo Switch' default D-Pad is so unreliable, alternatives have become sought after for precise 2D titles, with 8Bitdo delivering where it matters. Case and point, the 8Bitdo Lite Bluetooth Gamepad, which works with a range of devices including the Switch and Switch Lite, and is on sale today for more than 10% off, discounted to $21.10 at Amazon.

This controller isn't just designed for the Switch though. 8Bitdo says that you'll be able to easily pair it with Windows, too, letting you play games off Steam, the Epic Games Store, and more. There's also native support for Raspberry Pi, which might make it a great choice for any retro emulated titles you might have ready and waiting.

The 8Bitdo Lite Bluetooth Gamepad isn't the only controller on sale at Amazon today either. If you're looking to celebrate the launch of New Pokemon Snap, Hori has a deal on its Nintendo Switch D-Pad Controller with a nice black and yellow Pikachu aesthetic, which also comes with an improved D-Pad. PowerA also has a more traditional wireless controller for the Nintendo Switch on sale, with green Legend of Zelda-inspired Enhanced Wireless Controller on sale for just under $40.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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Red Dead Online Offers Big Rewards For Free Roam Adventures In This Week's Update

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The latest update for Red Dead Online has arrived, and this week will see big cash rewards handed out to players who engage in exploration and free roam missions. Developer Rockstar Games detailed all of this week's updates and more in a new blog post that you can read highlights of below.

Bonuses for hunting legendary animals this week

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Hunting down and skinning any Legendary animal this week from free roam or the Sighting mission will earn players 100 rounds of Nitro Express ammo for the Elephant rifle, and weight management tonics. Bringing the carcass of the prey to Gus' Store will also see players rewarded with two fast travel rewards and a Snowy Egret Plume. On top of that, crafted trinkets and coats will result in a 40% discount off of an established or distinguished Naturalist item in stock.

Hunter and Naturalist players also receive a reward for 1,000 Naturalist XP and 5 Animal Revivers as further incentive, and Harriet Davenport's store will reduce the price of the Naturalist's sample kit by five gold bars for the next week.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Riot Games' Fighting Game Project L Still Has "A Ways To Go" Per Lead Developer

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Project L, the upcoming League of Legends fighting game coming from Riot Games, will not be seen until the end of the year at the earliest according to one of its lead developers.

Tom Cannon, senior producer at Riot Games, updated the game's progress on Twitter, confirming the game will not have a beta test in 2021 but the team is working on an update for later this year. "The game is on track with many core systems in place, but we still have a ways to go," the tweet reads. "[Please] do not expect a beta (public or private) any time soon, and [definitely] not this year."

Cannon then followed this tweet with another confirming that the team is "planning a dev update for around the end of this year to share more about the game. Until then, sit tight!"

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Google Stadia's Head Of Product Has Left The Company

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Google Stadia's head of product has left the company. John Justice, who was also a vice president at Google, is no longer working with the technology giant.

He joined Google in 2019 and worked on the Stadia team where he oversaw the consumer experience. A spokesperson for Google confirmed his departure to 9to5Google. "We can confirm John is no longer with Google and we wish him well on his next step," the company said. There is no word yet, however, on what Justice may do next.

Stadia was recently updated with a search bar, while the service also got a sort/filter feature to help users find games more easily.

Stadia has been in the news a lot so far in 2021. In February, Google made the surprise announcement that it was closing its two game development studios, with 150 jobs impacted. While Google may no longer develop games itself, the company will release more than 100 titles on Stadia this year. One of the most high-profile releases so far in 2021 was Outriders, which launched on Stadia day and date with other platforms.

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Eddie Makuch

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The Epic Games Store Has Not Turned A Profit Yet According To Tim Sweeney

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Unlike Fortnite, the Epic Games Store seems to be losing money for its operator. According to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, the digital storefront is "hundreds of millions of dollars short of being profitable."

According to Sweeney's testimony from the Epic Games Vs. Apple trial, the company's digital platform will be in the green "within three or four years." Additionally, the Washington Post reported that a document entered into evidence for the trial showed that the Epic Games Store required a $359 million investment from Epic Games from the year following its launch. According to another document given to the court on April 8, Epic expects the Epic Games Store to begin turning a profit for the company in 2023.

The Epic Games Store launched in 2018, moving into a market dominated by other digital game retailers. By that time, Valve's own digital storefront, Steam, had been in operation for 15 years and held an enormous share of the PC gaming market. The Epic Games Store also had to compete with other smaller digital gaming storefronts from game developers and publishers, like Ubisoft's Uplay and CD Projekt Red's GOG.

Epic's digital storefront has distinguished itself from its biggest competitor, Steam, by taking a reduced commission from developers. Valve takes a 30% commission from game purchases on Steam, while Epic only takes 12%.

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How Many Pokemon Are In New Pokemon Snap?

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New Pokemon Snap features a ton of Pokemon to photograph in their natural habitats. While the full Pokedex isn't represented in the game, the Switch spin-off boasts a nice selection of Pokemon taken across all eight generations of the series, from old favorites like Caterpie and Pikachu to more recent pocket monsters like Grookey and Scorbunny.

How Many Pokemon Are In New Pokemon Snap?

New Pokemon Snap features 214 Pokemon in total. As previously mentioned, the Pokemon are pulled from across all eight generations of the series' history, so you'll find monsters from the original Red and Blue versions all the way to the series' latest mainline installments, Sword and Shield.

As in the original Nintendo 64 game, many of the Pokemon in New Pokemon Snap can be spotted right out in the open as you travel through the game's different levels, but you'll need to get creative with the tools at your disposal to discover some of them. Certain Pokemon will only emerge from their hiding places if you use the scan function or lure them out with apples fluffruit, for instance, so you'll need to make liberal use of both if you're hoping to fill out your Photodex.

Research levels also play a part in the Pokemon you encounter. As you raise a course's research level, new Pokemon will start to appear. Monsters may also vary depending on the time of day, so you'll need to revisit islands multiple times and increase their research level to discover all the Pokemon there are to find. You can see the full list of Pokemon in New Pokemon Snap below.

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