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All The Xbox Game Pass Titles Right Now

[Updated November 21 with seven more games]

Microsoft’s new Netflix-style subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, is now available. For $10/month, subscribers can play more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games (via backwards compatibility) on Xbox One as much as they want for as long as the title is available. The catalog will be refreshed on a monthly basis as a small number games are added and others removed.

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Microsoft says it aims to stock the Xbox Game Pass library with titles across a number of popular genres, including action, adventure, shooter, puzzle, strategy, and RPG.

Current Xbox Game Pass Titles

Xbox One

  • 10 Second Ninja X
  • Bard’s Gold
  • Blood Bowl 2
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • The Bridge
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • The Bug Butcher
  • Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 [Coming December 1]
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Darksiders: Warmastered Edition [Coming December 1]
  • D4: Darks Dreams Don’t Die
  • Dead Island: Definitive Edition
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Defense Grid 2
  • Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition
  • Dirt Rally
  • Electronic Super Joy
  • F1 2015
  • Farming Simulator 15
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Gears of War 4 [Coming December 1]
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • The Golf Club
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Hue
  • IDARB
  • JumpJet Rex
  • Knight Squad
  • Kyub
  • Layers of Fear
  • Limbo
  • Lumo
  • Mad Max
  • Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castle
  • Mass Effect [Coming December 1]
  • Massive Chalice
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Mega Coin Squad
  • Mega Man 10 [Coming December 1]
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
  • NBA 2K16
  • Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty
  • OlliOlli
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Pharaonic
  • Pumped BMX+
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Resident Evil HD
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Roundabout
  • Saints Row IV: Re-elected
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
  • ScreamRide
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devi’s Daughter [Coming December 1]
  • Sky Force Anniversary
  • So Many Me
  • State of Decay: Year One
  • Steredenn
  • Strider
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings
  • Super Time Force
  • The Swapper
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones [Coming December 1]
  • Terraria
  • Tower of Guns
  • Ultratron
  • The World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
  • WWE 2K16

Xbox 360 (Playable on Xbox One)

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Age of Booty
  • Alex Kidd & Co. (Sega Vintage Collection)
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Borderlands
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • CastleStorm
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Dark Void
  • De Blob 2
  • Defense Grid
  • Dig Dug
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flock
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Golden Axe (Sega Vintage Collection)
  • Grid 2
  • Hexic 2
  • IDARB
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joe Danger: Special Edition
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Kameo
  • King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match
  • Lego Batman: The Video Game
  • The Maw
  • Mega Man 9
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • N+
  • Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Pac-Man CE DX+
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Sacred 3
  • Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam & Max: Save The World
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • SoulCalibur
  • SoulCalibur II HD
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • Stacking
  • Street Fighter IV
  • Streets of Rage (Sega Vintage Collection)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Viva Pinata
  • Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
  • XCOM: Enemy Within

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Witcher 1’s Introduction Recreated in Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt introduced a lot of people to the Witcher universe for the first time, but the series’ history extends much further back. The Witcher just turned 10 years old, and to celebrate the game’s birthday, one modder decided to build an homage to the game using The Witcher 3’s much-improved engine.

Nexusmods user erxv recreated the opening act of the original game in The Witcher 3, and the results are pretty incredible. In the video embedded above, we take a closer look at how the mod makes over the memorable prologue.

It helps that The Witcher 3 returns to so many of the same places that the original game featured. Both games feature the Kaer Morhen fortress, after all, and they look pretty similar–even though many years have passed when The Witcher 3 opens. Erxv also did a good job of bringing in the original audio and timing the animations correctly.

You can download the mod here (be careful, as always, downloading user-created mods). If you haven’t played the original game in its entirety yet, you should give it a try: you can get the Enhanced Edition for $1.49 right now, and it’s a great game. When it first launched, GameSpot gave it an 8.5/10.

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Pokemon Go, Harry Potter Dev Raises $200 Million – Report

Niantic Labs, the developer behind the augmented reality game Pokemon Go and the newly announced Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has just raised a lot of money. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the independent developer just completed a Series B round of venture capital funding amounting to $200 million. They money is apparently going towards helping Niantic further invest in the field of augmented reality.

Investment firm Spark Capital led the round of funding with an unspecified amount; others that put money in include Founders Fund, Meritech, Javelin Venture Captial, You & Mr. Jones, and the gaming company NetEase.

Spark Capital general partner Megan Quinn will join Niantic’s Board of Directors as part of her company’s investment. She wrote on Twitter, “We believe [Niantic CEO John Hanke] & the team are building an incredibly important company at the intersection of AR and real world location.”

Once owned by Google, Niantic Labs is now an independent studio. They worked with The Pokemon Company on the massively successful Pokemon Go, and the team is now collaborating with Warner Bros. on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Like Pokemon Go, Wizards Unite will send players into the real world to complete tasks and objectives. The game is due out in 2018, though no other details about it are available at this time.

The new round of funding for Niantic suggests that launching and supporting Wizards Unite (in addition to Pokemon Go) may not be all that the company has in store in the AR market. According to GI.biz, Hanke said in an email that the new funding will open up the opportunity for “new strategic opportunities,” including “long-term investments” in AR.

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Xbox One S Console, NASCAR Heat 2 PS4/Xbox One Giveaway

We teamed up with 704Games to giveaway these awesome prize packs for NASCAR Heat 2:

  • Prize 1: An Xbox One S signed by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, an Xbox One code for NASCAR Heat 2
  • Prize 2: An Xbox One NASCAR Heat 2 game signed by Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney
  • Prize 3: A PS4 NASCAR Heat 2 game signed by Brad Keselowski
  • Prize 4: A Hat signed by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney; a code for NASCAR Heat 2 (PS4 or Xbox One, winner’s choice)

Four (4) winners will be chosen after the competition ends Monday, December 4 at 12:01AM PT. Entry is open to US residents only, void where prohibited.

Enter below (the additional entries are OPTIONAL to increase your chances of winning):

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PlayStation Boss On Why Sony Waited So Long To Announce Sucker Punch’s New Game

InFamous studio Sucker Punch’s exciting-looking new game, Ghost of Tsushima, was finally announced during the PlayStation briefing at Paris Games Week last month. This came after basically years of silence from the studio following the release of its last game, Infamous Second Son, all the way back in 2014. Some took Sony’s silence on Sucker Punch’s activities as a sign that something might be wrong at the studio. But that wasn’t the case, PlayStation Worldwide Studios SVP Michael Denny told GameSpot in a recent interview. The executive suggested that Sony intentionally held back from announcing the studio’s new game because it didn’t want to talk about it too early.

“Yeah, that’s a strange one to me,” Denny replied when I asked about how some people might have feared the worst about Sucker Punch before Ghost of Tsushima was announced. “I think the right thing to do…and I think we’re learning and a lot of publishers are learning … there is a right time to announce games.”

As Xbox executive Shannon Loftis did before, Denny admitted that Sony has in the past announced games too early in their development cycle. Game development is a highly iterative and fluid process, with systems and features changing over time. So the fear, it seems, is that if a game is announced as one thing and becomes another, there could be blowback. But now, for Sucker Punch’s new game, the time is finally right to tell the world about it.

“In the past, I think it’s fair to say sometimes we announced games too early,” Denny said. “And this is such a great project for Sucker Punch. It’s a game they’ve always really wanted to make themselves,” he added. “And I think it’s the right time to announce that, and they’ve been working on that game for a long time now. There is great [playable version of the game] already. So we’re just excited to let everybody know about it.”

Based on the announcement trailer for Ghost of Tsushima, we know it’s an open-world game that appears to take place during the Mongol invasions of Japan. It looks like it will detail the exploits of a lone Samurai turned vengeful assassin.

Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PlayStation 4, though other details and a release date have not been announced as of yet. It’s Sucker Punch’s first new IP in eight years.

Generally speaking, there is a culture of secrecy in gaming where developers and publishers won’t tell the public what their teams are working on for various reasons. Some believe there is a “toxic” culture in gaming that leads to this culture of secrecy. Denny didn’t go into further specifics in our interview, but Loftis–the Xbox executive–told us that it’s tricky to know when to announce games due the fact that game development is “highly experimental” and things can change.

“Games are a highly experimental medium,” Loftis explained. “And it’s a line that we have to walk between talking to gamers about the games we would like to make and knowing that we are going to be able to deliver them. For every game announcement that we do, we have to decide when is the right time to talk to people about this, how much code do we have to have in place, how much risks do we have to have mitigated. It gets very mundane around technical risks; and do we have a core mechanic that we like.”

Are you looking forward to Ghost of Tsushima? Let us know in the comments below!

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What’s New On Hulu For December 2017

November is wrapping up, and now streaming platform Hulu has announced all of the TV shows and movies coming to a leaving the platform for December. As you might expect, there are a handful of holiday-themed movies landing on Hulu next month.

One of these is A Christmas Wedding Tail, which tells the story of two dogs who fall in love. Other holiday movies landing in December include A Princess For Christmas, Chilly Christmas, and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. As for non-holiday additions to the Hulu library in December, some great movies like Silence of the Lambs, Space Jam, Searching for Sugar Man, and Apocalypse Now, among others.

As for what’s leaving Hulu next month, James Bond movies Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man With the Golden Gun, Die Another Day, and A View to a Kill are all on the way out. Congo, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Total Recall are also headed out.

You can see a full rundown of what’s coming to and leaving Hulu for December below, as compiled by the company and shared with GameSpot. In other streaming news, here’s everything coming to Netflix in December.

Hulu December 2017:

Available December 1

East Los High: Finale Event (Hulu Original)

The History of Comedy: Complete Season 1 (CNN)

Inside Number 9: Complete Season 2 (BBCWW)

Tree Fu Tom: Complete Seasons 3 & 4 (Sprout)

Trust Me: Complete Season 1 (StudioCanal)

The Wine Show: Complete Season 2 (Sky)

3 Ninjas (1992)

A Christmas Wedding Tail (2011)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

A Princess for Christmas (2011)

Aliens of the Deep (2005)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

At Close Range (1986)

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

The Black Cauldron (1985)

Bloodsport (1988)

Breakheart Pass (1975)

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Buffalo 66 (1998)

Cheri (2009)

Chicago (2002)

Child’s Play (1988)

Chilly Christmas (2012)

Coopers Camera (AKA Coopers’ Christmas) (2010)

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Downhill Racer (1969)

Driftwood (2006)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex… (1972)

Evita (1996)

Extortion (2017)

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

The Final Cut (2004)

First Kid (1996)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

George of the Jungle (1997)

Hammett (1982)

Hannibal (2001)

Heaven’s Gate (1981)

Hitch (2005)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall (2013)

In & Out (1997)

In Enemy Hands (2003)

In the Line of Fire (1993)

Jack (1996)

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

L7 Pretend We’re Dead (2016)

The Last Warrior (2000)

Light Sleeper (1992)

Meet Wally Sparks (1997)

A Midsummer Night Sex Comedy (1982)

The Missing (2003)

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Moonstruck (1987)

Mr. Wrong (1996)

One from the Heart (1982)

One Magic Christmas (1985)

P2 (2007)

Penelope (2008)

The Perfect Score (2004)

Political Animals (2012)

The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

Presumed Innocent (1990)

Primal Fear (1996)

Puppetmaster: Axis Termination (2017)

Red Corner (1997)

Robocop (1987)

Robocop 2 (1990)

Robocop 3 (1993)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

S.F.W. (1995)

Sarafina! (1992)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Serpico (1973)

Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail (2014)

Silence (2016)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Space Jam (1996)

Stealing Harvard (2002)

Stigmata (1999)

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Titanic (1997)

Total Recall (1990)

Valkyrie (2008)

The Water Horse (2007)

The Weight of Water (2002)

Winnie the Pooh, A Valentine for You (1999)

Without (2011)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)

The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa (2012)

Available December 2

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)

Available December 3

Cop Land (1997)

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Available December 4

Frontera (2014)

Superbad (2007)

Available December 5

The Great Christmas Light Fight: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)

Iron Protector (2016)

Available December 6

Shut Eye: Season 2 Premiere (Hulu Original)

Killers (2015)

Available December 8

Defining Moments: Season 1 Premiere (ESL)

The Great American Baking Show: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)

Legion: Complete Season 1 (FX)

Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Legion of Brothers (2017)

Available December 9

Dave Made a Maze (2017)

Available December 11

Steven Universe: Complete Season 4 (Cartoon Network)

Available December 12

Younger: Complete Season 4 (TV Land)

Holiday Fairy Tale Wedding: Special (Freeform)

Foreman (2017)

Available December 13

Vengeance of an Assassin (2014)

Available December 14

Bunheads: Complete Season 1 (Freeform)

Available December 15

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

The Crow (1994)

Everest (1998)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

The Limehouse Golem (2017)

Score (2016)

Tears of the Sun (2003)

Available December 16

The Next Step: Complete Season 5B (BBC)

Available December 18

Graves: Complete Season 1 (Epix)

Made In Chelsea: Complete Seasons 1-13 (E4)

Mighty Magiswords: Complete Season S1A (Cartoon Network)

Ragnarok (2013)

Available December 19

Decorating Disney: Special (Freeform)

Available December 20

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (2017)

Available December 21

Lemon (2017)

Available December 22

Goat (2016)

Monster Trucks (2017)

Available December 23

Clarence: Complete Season 3 (Cartoon Network)

Banksy Does New York (2014)

Someone Marry Barry (2014)

Available December 24

The Detour: Complete Season 2 (TBS)

Available December 25

United Shades of America: Complete Season 2 (CNN)

The Hollow One (2015)

Available December 28

Anjelah Johnson: Mahalo & Goodnight (2017)

Literally Right before Aaron (2017)

Available December 29

Gilbert (2017)

Rings (2017)

Available December 30

The Art of the Game: Ukiyo E Heros (2017)

Available December 31

Always Watching (2015)

Anarchy Parlor (2015)

Osiris Child: SFv1 (2016)

Pilgrimage (2016)

Solace (2016)

**Here’s what is leaving Hulu in December:

December 31

A View to Kill (1985)

Across the Great Divide (1976)

Alice (1990)

Barbershop (2002)

Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

Blue Chips (1994)

Bringing Down the House (2003)

Clueless (1995)

Congo (1995)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Delta Farce (2007)

Die Another Day (2002)

Election (1999)

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Fierce People (2007)

Fools Rush In (1997)

Fright Night (1985)

Ghoulies (1984)

Ghoulies II (1987)

Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Little Man (2006)

Love Finds You in Valentine (2016)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Mousehunt (1997)

Out of Time (2003)

P2 (2007)

Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary Two (1992)

Proof (2005)

The Quiet American (2002)

Rent (2005)

Road House (1989)

Shopgirl (2005)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Swingers (1996)

This Binary Universe (2012)

Thunderball (1965)

Total Recall (1990)

Under Siege (1992)

Undisputed (2002)

Volver (2006)

Yellowbird (2014)

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Let’s Play Resident Evil 7 Part 3

As part of the continuing saga of Resident Kinevil 7, Mary Kish makes her way down to the basement, solves a puzzle, confronts a few moldeds, and takes a bunch of drugs.

In the video above, you can join Mary and Mike Mahardy in their quest to complete every numbered Resident Evil game. The show airs every Saturday at 3 p.m. PT, here on GameSpot, and on YouTube.

You can catch up on the series here on the show’s homepage, or over on this YouTube playlist. The duo has been through their ups and downs throughout the Resident Evil franchise, and they want you to join in on the fun…and misery.

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Target’s Cyber Monday Deals Run All Week, Including 15 Percent Off Sitewide

If you missed out on Black Friday yesterday, don’t worry. For Cyber Monday on November 27, every item on Target’s website will be 15 percent off, and even more deals will run throughout the week.

Target’s Cyber Week will begin on Sunday, November 26. Each day will have different online-only deals, such as $100 off the Gran Turismo Sport PSVR bundle and a $20 giftcard with the purchase of BeatsX or Beats EP headphones.

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Continuing throughout the week, daily deals will begin on Tuesday, November 28. The best day for gaming will be Friday, December 1 as the whole day will be dedicated to electronics. Target has not yet detailed exactly what will be marked down just yet, but specifics will be shown in its weekly ad releasing on November 26.

For the rest of Target’s Cyber Week deals, head on over to its website. For more Cyber Monday discounts, check out GameStop’s deals.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have ‘No Bull**”; Loot Box Gambling Concerns Escalate – GS News Roundup

Happy Friday! Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd bring you another GS News Roundup, to catch you up on the big events that have happened this week! Here’s the lowdown.

Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Responds To Games-As-Service Concerns

Some speculation surrounding the next project from Witcher 3 developers CD Projekt Red came up this week, which suggested that Cyberpunk 2077 will trend towards a game model that included games-as-service traits such as micro-transactions in order to make the game more profitable. Thankfully, CD Projekt came out pretty strongly to refute this claim. Get all the details in today’s episode.

Even More Rainbow Six Siege Content Details For Next Year

Rainbow Six Siege is one of those multiplayer games that seems to be doing good by its fanbase with a steady flow of great post-release content. This week, Ubisoft announced a gamut of new things coming to the game for its third year! Watch Dan get excited about it all in the video.

Global Governments Are Getting Organised Around Loot Boxes

In the wake of Star Wars Battlefront 2’s loot box controversy, a number of government agencies and officials around the globe have begun looking into the mechanic, which is becoming increasingly common in games. There are concerns that the practice could constitute gambling, and many are organising to look into restrictions to stop the practice entirely.

What did you think about today’s news? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll see you next week!

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Microsoft Black Friday 2017 Deals UK: Xbox One Game Sales Available Now

Black Friday 2017 is here, bringing with it rude consumers, big crowds, long queues, and getting punched in the face because you were trying to get that last copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins from the store shelf. Luckily, there’s a way to avoid all that hustle and bustle: stay at home and download your games! We’ve already covered Sony’s PSN sale on PS4 games, as well as all the cheap Switch games on sale on Nintendo’s Eshop, and now it’s time for us to list Microsoft’s deals on cheap Xbox One games. If you’re in the US, be sure to check out all the Xbox One games on sale on Xbox Live, or scroll on down for UK-specific deals.

Call of Duty: WWII is one of the year’s biggest games, and its Digital Deluxe edition is currently available for 10% off, making it £76.49 on Xbox Live. Other big games discounted include FIFA 18 (£42), Destiny 2 (£41.24), Grand Theft Auto V (£33), and NBA 2K18 (£44). Remember that Xbox Live Gold members get additional discounts on top of the Black Friday sale.

You can see many more Black Friday UK deals in our roundups of Game’s sale, Amazon’s deals, Sony’s PSN sale, or Nintendo’s Eshop games sale. Alternatively, check out all the Black Friday deals we’ve covered so far below, or scroll down for all the games included in Microsoft’s Xbox Live sale.

Microsoft’s Xbox One Game Deals On Xbox Live

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins — £44
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — £15
  • Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection — £20
  • Batman: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) — £10
  • Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) — £17.50
  • Battleborn — £8.25
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution — £33
  • Battlefield 1 Premium Pass — £16
  • BioShock: The Collection — £18
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection — £18
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition (includes Black Ops III + Zombies Chronicles) — £45.64
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Deluxe — £66.39
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare — £22
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Digital Legacy Edition (includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered) — £48
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Digital Deluxe Edition (includes DLC + Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered) — £57
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — £28
  • Call of Duty: WWII – Digital Deluxe — £76.49
  • Dark Souls III — £25
  • Dead Rising 4 — £25
  • Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition — £32.50
  • Dead Rising 4 Season Pass — £4.80
  • Destiny 2 — £41.24
  • Destiny 2 Game + Expansion Pass bundle — £60
  • Destiny 2 – Digital Deluxe — £67.50
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided — £12.50
  • Dirt 4 — £33
  • Dishonored 2 — £18
  • Doom — £15
  • Evolve — £6.60
  • Evolve Digital Deluxe — £9.90
  • Evolve Ultimate Edition — £11.55
  • Fallout 4 — £15
  • Far Cry 4 — £12
  • Far Cry Primal — £15
  • FIFA 18 — £42
  • FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition — £56
  • FIFA 18 Icon Edition — £63
  • Final Fantasy XV — £20
  • For Honor — £22
  • Forza Horizon 3 — £20
  • Forza Motorsport 7 — £32.50
  • Game of Thrones – The Complete First Season (Episodes 1-6) — £5.28
  • Gears of War 4 — £16.74
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands — £27.50
  • Grand Theft Auto V — £33
  • Halo 5: Guardians Digital Deluxe Edition — £21
  • Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition — £47.25
  • Halo Wars 2 — £18
  • Just Cause 3 — £13.50
  • Lego City Undercover — £30
  • Lego Worlds — £18.74
  • Life is Strange Complete Collection — £5.28
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Deluxe Edition — £16
  • Lords of the Fallen — £6
  • Lords of the Fallen Digital Complete Edition — £10
  • Madden NFL 18 — £36
  • Mafia III — £17.50
  • Mafia III Deluxe Edition — £27.50
  • Mafia III Season Pass — £15
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) — £11.51
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda — £17.50
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition — £22.50
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Complete Experience — £18.74
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Season (Episode 1-5) — £8
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) — £14.63
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst — £6.60
  • Mortal Kombat X — £14
  • NBA 2K18 — £44
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition — £59.50
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold — £108
  • Need for Speed Payback — £42
  • Need for Speed Payback – Deluxe Edition — £56
  • NHL 18 — £36
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition — £30
  • PES 2018 — £38.49
  • Prey– £18
  • Prototype + Prototype 2 — £16
  • Quantum Break — £17.27
  • Rainbow Six Siege — £18
  • Rayman Legends — £7.92
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition — £11.24
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard — £31.79
  • Rocket league — £9.59
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition — £6
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole — £42.24
  • Sunset Overdrive — £13.20
  • Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) — £12
  • Tekken 7 — £35
  • The Division — £16
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition — £18
  • The Evil Within — £6
  • The Evil Within 2 — £30
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season — £6.60
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two — £6.60
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt — £15
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine — £9.59
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Expansion Pass — £12
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition — £17.50
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone — £4.79
  • Titanfall 2 Ultimate Edition — £21
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition — £7.92
  • UFC 2 — £15
  • Watch Dogs 2 — £22
  • WWE 2K18 — £38.50
  • WWE 2K18 — £38.50 Digital Deluxe Edition — £52
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order — £9
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — £9
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — £30
  • WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship — £27
  • XCOM 2 — £18
  • XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe — £22.80
  • XCOM 2 — War of the Chosen — £29.04

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These Games Do Post-Release Content Right

In the wake of Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot crate controversy, The Lobby crew sat down to talk about the games that do post-release content well.

These encompass everything from first-person shooters, to isometric dungeon-crawlers, to Japanese RPGs. As more games move toward the “games-as-service category,” we want to point to the standout examples that prioritize player experience and value over simple money grabs.

For more discussions like the one in the video above, stay tuned to GameSpot every Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT for The Lobby, our weekly video game hangout. You can catch up on past episodes here on our site or on the show’s YouTube channel.

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Star Wars Battlefront Incites US Legislation, Play Wolfenstein 2 For Free – GS News Roundup

Welcome back to GS News Roundup, with your hosts Dan Crowd and surprise, it’s me, Edmond Tran. What are we talking about today? LET’S FIND OUT.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Hits Big Milestone

It’s been called one of the most important games of the year, so it’s nice to see that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a game that features strong portrayals of mental health issues, recently hit a big milestone in terms of sales. It’s even nicer to see that developer Ninja Theory are putting that money back into the game! Get the feel good story in today’s episode.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Gets Free Demo

Want to kill some Nazis for free? You’re in luck! A free trial for Bethesda’s recently-released Wolfenstein 2 has been made available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, with the option to continue your progress if you choose to buy the full game. What are you waiting for? Go download it, if you haven’t already, and keep watching today’s video to find out where you can buy the full game at a discount!

US State Representative Says Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes Are “Predatory”

First it was Belgium, then France, and now it’s the US of A making a public stance against the Star Wars Battlefront 2 furore. Democratic representative Chris Lee made a public statement during a press conference denouncing the game and announcing that they would be making moves to regulate loot box mechanics and the games that contain them. He even says “It’s a trap” at one point. This great quote and many more are explored in today’s episode, so tune in and get the scoop!

What did you think about today’s news? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll see you tomorrow. For more on today’s stories, you can also visit the links below:

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Black Friday 2017 Deals: All The PS4, Xbox One, Switch, 3DS, And PC Game And tech Sales

As always, Black Friday is shaping up to have a ton of deals–many of them worthwhile. Whether you’re shopping for games, consoles, TVs, movies, or any number of other things, there’s a lot to keep track of. Different retailers have their own sets of deals starting at different times and with varying bonuses–you have to do a lot of homework to keep things straight.

We’ve been keeping track of Black Friday deals in the lead up to the big day, breaking things down into retailer- and platform-specific stories. Below, you’ll find a complete roundup of all of our big Black Friday coverage and some highlights from each. You can check out the individual posts for comprehensive lists of everything that will be on sale for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and PC. There’s even a Wii U deal or two to be had.

More deals continue to be announced in the lead up to Black Friday, and some have already gone live. For instance, you can already pick up a $200 PS4 or a year of PS Plus for $40, $10 4K movies like Wonder Woman, and $39 PS4 or Xbox One controllers. Humble Bundle’s fall sale has also begun, and we’re expecting the Steam Black Friday sale to begin on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Xbox Live and PSN sales are ongoing, the latter of which will soon expand to include more games.

We’ll continue to update these stories with the latest and best deals as we get more details. Expect plenty more, with Steam, GOG, Amazon, and other sales still likely to come as get closer to the big shopping day. Cyber Monday will follow soon after and should bring even more sale prices for whatever you might be looking to buy.

Black Friday 2017 Platform-Specific Deals

PS4

Sony’s current-gen console will have a ton of deals this year–and a number of them are already live. You can already get a PS4 for $200, which is $100 off its usual price, but you’ll want to wait for Black Friday if you’re seeking the best possible deal, as you’ll be able to get some bonuses for that same price. PS4 Pro drops to $350, DualShock 4 controllers are $40, and PSVR drops to as little as $200 (or $300 if you’re interested in a bundle with a new game and the required camera). Some of the year’s biggest games are also on sale, including Call of Duty: WWII for $40, Assassin’s Creed Origins for $35, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for $20. And if you’re in need of PS Plus, you can get it for cheap right now.

All The PS4 Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals

Xbox One

As with Sony’s console, there is a wide variety of deals on Xbox One and its games and accessories. The cheapest options bring the console down to $190 with some added bonuses, depending on where you pick it up. Higher prices also introduce more bundles and free games, but (at least as of this writing) you won’t find the new Xbox One X on sale. Xbox One controllers drop to $40 at their cheapest, while new subscribers can pick up a month of Xbox Live Gold and/or Xbox Game Pass for just $1. In terms of games, Forza Motorsport 7 drops to $29, Gears of War 4 can be had for $15, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be $25.

All The Xbox One Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals

Nintendo Switch

As a newer platform, Nintendo Switch doesn’t enjoy quite as many deals as Microsoft or Sony’s systems. The system itself will be in stock at many stores, based on its appearance in their flyers, but at a regular price. You will, however, find some accessories on sale, such as a $20 Joy-Con charging station. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s new Explorer’s Edition drops to $49, while 1-2-Switch can be had for as little as $20. A variety of other worthwhile games, including The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Disgaea 5: Complete Edition will all be $20 each.

All The Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo’s older platform doesn’t get as much attention as it used to, thanks to Switch’s dual console/handheld nature, but those in the market for one (or just looking to pick up some games) will still have some options this Black Friday. Nintendo will introduce a special new green Zelda 2DS system for Black Friday that comes with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $80. Pokemon Sun and Moon will be available for $29 each, while Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will go for $20.

All The Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2017 Game And Hardware Deals

Black Friday 2017 Retailer-Specific Game Deals

Best Buy

Best Buy will have some of the best deals on games this Black Friday–but keep in mind that the 20% discount granted with Gamers Club Unlocked will not stack with Black Friday deals. That said, you can get an Xbox One S with Madden 18 and a free second controller for $230, or an exclusive Red Crystal DualShock 4 PS4 controller for $40. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be $20, while Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 will each be $25. Additionally, Best Buy will have the best deal we’ve seen on Call of Duty: WWII, with a doorbuster deal dropping it to $40.

Best Buy Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

GameStop

GameStop is often somewhat conservative with its deals, but it has some of this year’s best Black Friday offers. It’s throwing in a $50 gift card with the $200 PS4, and it’s the only retailer we’ve seen (so far) to discount the PS4 Pro (bringing it to $350). It’s also got some great prices on games, like Destiny 2 for $27 with a free Cayde-6 figure and Middle-earth: Shadow of War for $25. Additionally, it’ll sell the Steam Link for a mere $5 and the GameStop-exclusive red Xbox One controller for $55.

GameStop Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Target

Target has one of the best Xbox One S deals, throwing in a $25 gift card on top of the $190 price. Various Switch games are on sale, along with Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy XV, For Honor, and Skyrim: Special Edition for $15 each. One of the bigger discounts on Call of Duty: WWII, dropping it to $45, can also be found at Target.

Target Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Toys R Us

Xbox One and PS4 controllers will drop to $40 at Toys R Us on Black Friday, while Call of Duty: WWII will be $45. Destiny 2, NBA 2K18, and WWE 2K18 all drop to $35, and Persona 5 will be $30. The store will also be among those offering $190 Xbox One systems and $200 PS4s.

Toys R Us Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Walmart

Walmart in many cases beats other retailers’ prices, even if only by $1, which is still something. It’s taking $50 off all Xbox One S bundles, so you’ll be able to pick out just the one you want. Xbox One and PS4 controllers will be $39 each, including the Walmart-exclusive Crystal Blue DualShock 4. Walmart is also the only retailer we’ve seen with a deal on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, dropping its new Explorer’s Edition to $49.

Walmart Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store will have a variety of things on sale for Xbox One and PC fans, though in terms of specific games, we won’t know exact pricing until Black Friday begins. However, there are a ton of different Xbox One bundles that are worth considering if you’re in the market for the system. Many of these come with multiple free games of your choosing–and in many cases, those include new releases like Star Wars Battlefront II and Call of Duty: WWII.

Microsoft Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

PSN / PlayStation Store

The first portion of the PlayStation Store’s Black Friday sale has been fairly limited–it only included a select number of PS4 games, and it’s only open to PlayStation Plus members. Non-PS Plus members will gain access on November 21, when the sale will expand to include many more games.

PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Xbox Live / Xbox Store

Similar to the PlayStation Store sale, only Xbox Live Gold members have access to the Xbox Live sale until November 21. However, all of its deals are already live, and it includes a huge number of games across both Xbox One and Xbox 360 (including many backwards compatible titles).

Xbox Live Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Micro Center

Those in the market for PC hardware have a variety of options at Micro Center, which has already taken its deals live. That includes both accessories (the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB mouse is $60, while the MK270 wireless keyboard and mouse combo are $20) and components. RAM and storage–both of the SSD and HDD variety–are discounted, as are pre-built computers for those who don’t want to deal with any of the fuss.

Micro Center Black Friday 2017 PC Hardware Deals

Kohl’s

Kohl’s may not be a store you think of when it comes to games or game hardware, but it may be your best option for certain things this Black Friday. That includes purchasing a PS4, as the $200 system comes with $60 in Kohl’s Cash (which is basically a limited-time gift card). You can get $45 in Kohl’s cash with a $190 Xbox One S, and PS4 and Xbox One controllers will drop to $40.

Kohl’s Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Costco

Costco has some premium bundles that me up your alley if you’re interested in what’s included. A $220 Xbox One S bundle comes with an extra controller and three months of Xbox Game Pass, while a $290 PS4 includes Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be a member to take advantage.

Costco Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Humble Store

Prior to Black Friday, the Humble Store has launched its big fall sale, which essentially functions as an extended Black Friday promotion. To start out, you can get Brutal Legend for free until November 22. If you’re interested in something specific, there’s a good chance it’s on sale, with more than 1,000 PC games discounted. LA Noire: Complete Edition is $18, Project Coaster is $20, Resident Evil 7 is $30, and Hotline Miami is $2.50, among many other deals.

Humble Store Pre-Black Friday Fall Sale

Amazon Games (UK)

While we don’t know what to expect from Amazon on Black Friday itself, the website’s pre-Black Friday deals are already available. In the UK, that includes a £200 Xbox One S bundle with games like Shadow of War or Star Wars Battlefront II. The store is also among those to offer the UK’s PS4 Pro deal.

Amazon Black Friday 2017 UK Game Deals

Game (UK)

As is to be expected from a store brazen enough to name itself Game, the UK retailer will have games on sale this Black Friday. Many of its offers are on pre-owned items, like a 500 GB PS4 for £150 and a 500 GB Xbox One for £130. In terms of new games, you’ll find Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for £25 and Divinity: Original Sin for £10.

Game Black Friday 2017 UK Game Deals

Black Friday 2017 Retailer-Specific Tech / Movie / TV Show Deals

Best Buy

Best Buy has a lot of TVs on sale, though as always, you’ll want to do some research before jumping on any deals (there’s a lot to consider, especially if you’ll use it for gaming). Numerous movies will be discounted as well, including 4K Blu-rays of Wonder Woman, Fate of the Furious, and John Wick for $10 each.

Best Buy Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals

Target

Like Best Buy, Target has a number of TVs on sale, although many of these skew toward being lower-priced models, if that’s what you’re looking for. A number of Amazon devices, including the new Echo Show, are on sale, and you’ll be able to find cheap Blu-rays–including Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man Homecoming, and Logan for $10 each.

Target Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals

Walmart

Walmart, too, has a variety of sub-$1000 TVs on sale, as well as Google Chromecast for $20 and the Netgear Nighthawk router for $89. A variety of Blu-rays can be had for $10, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Baby Driver, and Logan. $6 Blu-ray options include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Deadpool, and John Wick.

Walmart Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals

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Witcher 3 Devs Say Cyberpunk Will Be “No Bullshit,” And EA’s Stock Drop – GS News Roundup

Today we wrapped up our 72-hour Extra-Life charity marathon so just for today regular hosts Jess and Dan have been replaced by Kallie and Justin. But you can still catch up on all the biggest news from Monday through the video roundup above! Today we focused on the continuing drama around Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot crate system and the impending storm of Black Friday.

Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Responds To Games-As-A-Service Speculation With An Amazing Tweet

Asked about whether the “games as service” model would effect the upcoming release of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red had a very detailed response. “No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.”

EA Stock Price Drops After Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransaction Removal

While it was only a 1% drop as of this morning, the effects of removing loot boxes had an immediate effect on the price of EA’s stock. However it’s worth keeping in mind that while EA’s stock price is down by 7 percent for the month, the stock price is up 42 percent when looking at the year as a whole.

Black Fri-Yay

And finally, in case you weren’t aware, this weekend is when all of the Black Friday sales hit. We’re rounding up the best deals as we find them, but why not start with the PS4 Black Friday deals, or you can check out the Xbox One Black Friday roundup. And here’s the History of Black Friday feature we mention in the news roundup.

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PlayStation’s News This Week Is All About Black Friday Deals and Game Updates

From the highly negative response to the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its quick, but temporary, elimination of microtransactions, this week has had a lot in store not only for the industry as a whole, but on PlayStation’s front as well. This week has meant a plethora of pre-Black Friday sales and retailer ads, as well as a number of updates to fan-favorite titles.

New and Forthcoming Releases

Destiny 2

First Look At The Lighthouse: Take a peek at the new social space that will release alongside Destiny 2’s first expansion The Curse of Osiris.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Launch: Reviews, Release Date, Gameplay Videos, And Everything Else You Need To Know: Star Wars Battle Front 2 is finally out in the open. Don’t know where to jump in? Start here.

PSVR

Two PS4 VR Games Delayed To 2018: The Inpaitent and Bravo Team won’t see the light of day in 2017. Developer Supermassive Games has delayed the two titles into early 2018.

Updates and DLC

Fortnite

The Latest Fortnite Battle Royale Update Is All About Balance: The latest Fortnite Battle Royale update adds the silenced SMG and some weapon balances, and addresses malicious team killers.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

New Ghost Recon: Wildlands Update For Ghost War Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes: An all-new class, maps and more are part of Wildland’s Ghost War mode now.

Overwatch

Overwatch’s Newest Hero, Moira, Is Now Available For Everyone: Overwatch‘s 26th hero is out of beta and in the full game. Moira is a primarily a healer, but can alternate with a life-sucking, offensive blow.

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Multiplayer DLC Out Now: After a rough beta period and delay, FFXV‘s multiplayer expansion is live. It can be purchased for $20 individually, or downloaded via the season pass.

Deals

PlayStation Plus

Free November 2017 PS Plus PS4 Games Are Out On PlayStation Store: November’s seven free titles are available now for PlayStation Plus members. Highlights: Bound, Worms Battlegrounds, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

PS4’s PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Sale Live Early For PS Plus Members: PlayStation Plus members can get their hands on the PlayStation Store’s digital deals a few days early. The sale is live now until November 21.

Black Friday

Amazon Black Friday 2017 Deals Countdown: PC, PS4, Xbox One Bundles Discounted: Hop on before Black Friday to snag yourself a sweet deal on a PSVR or Xbox One S bundle.

PS4 Black Friday 2017 Ad Early Deals: All Of The PlayStation 4 Games, Consoles, And Accessories On Sale: Every deal we’ve seen for PS4 systems, games and accessories all in one place.

Check out the Black Friday deals from the PlayStation Store, Toys R US, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, Newegg, Micro Center, and in the UK.

Looking for a specific title? Check out every deal we know about for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Madden 18, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Call of Duty: WWII, NBA 2K18, and Destiny 2.

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Justice League Opens Below Expectations In The US

The newest Warner Bros. superhero movie, Justice League, opened on Friday and it was a big hit, bringing in $96 million in the US and Canada to open at No. 1, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, that figure is below industry predictions of around $110 million. Not only that, but Justice League is now the first of the five DC Extended Universe films to open with less than $100 million in the US. It’s behind Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million), Suicide Squad ($133.7 million), and Batman v Superman ($166 million).

Despite all of that, $96 million is a huge figure and it’s just one piece of the pie. Justice League made $185.5 million from international markets this weekend, pushing its global haul to $281.5 million after just one weekend. The film reportedly had a $300 million budget.

What’s not great for Justice League is that its reviews landed all over the place, including poor scores. The film received a B-plus CinemaScore rating, which isn’t bad, but also not great. That rating is based on polls of movie-goers.

Justice League has a strong lineup of actors that includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill as Superman. Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), and Ciaran Hinds (Steppenwolf) also star in the film.

The No. 2 film of the weekend was Wonder, the drama starring Julia Roberts that made $27.1 million in the Friday-Sunday period. It was only projected to make around $10 million for its opening, so the actual results are quite impressive. The film picked up a very-good A-Plus CinemaScore rating, which suggests second-weekend performance could be strong as well thanks to positive word-of-mouth. From The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky focuses on a boy with a facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) trying to fit in at school. Roberts plays his mother.

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok came in third this weekend, making another $21.8 million, with Daddy’s Home 2 ($14.8 million) and Murder on the Orient Express ($13.8 million) rounding out the top five.

Below are the Top 10 movies at the US/Canadian box office for November 17-19, as rounded up and compiled by EW.

  1. Justice League — $96 million
  2. Wonder — $27.1 million
  3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21.8 million
  4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14.8 million
  5. Murder on the Orient Express — $13.8 million
  6. The Star — $10 million
  7. A Bad Moms Christmas — $6.9 million
  8. Lady Bird — $2.5 million
  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $1.1 million
  10. Jigsaw — $1.1 million

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

It’s almost Black Friday. The annual shopping bonanza is coming up this Friday, November 25, and there are going to be quite a lot of video game deals to be had. One game marked down nicely is Ubisoft’s newly released Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The ambitious, open-world game set in Ancient Egypt launched on October 27 behind a mostly positive critical reception. Best Buy and Target will have the title for only $35 on Black Friday, while Toys R Us will offer the game for $40. Meanwhile, GameStop will offer a discount on the game + Season Pass, cutting it down to $70.

While you have to wait until Black Friday for those deals, the Xbox and PlayStation Stores are selling Origins right now for only $42. If you’re OK without a disc and want to play right now, that’s a nice option to have.

GameSpot’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins review scored the game a 7/10. Reviewer Alessandro Fillari said the game reaches new heights in its Egypt setting, but unfortunately, the game “routinely runs into issues that bog down the overall experience.” You can read our full review here.

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A new Origins update released last week squashed some bugs and made other tweaks to the experience; here are the patch notes.

You can check out a complete list of Assassin’s Creed: Origins deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We’ll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins Black Friday 2017 Deals

  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)
  • $42 (PlayStation/Xbox digital store)
  • $70 (for the game and season pass; GameStop)

Black Friday 2017 Deals

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Madden 18 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

Black Friday is right around the corner. One of this year’s biggest sports games, Madden NFL 18, is among the titles that will be on sale. Now that some of the big retailers have revealed their flyers for Black Friday, we know how much you’ll be able to get it for.

Best Buy, Target, and Toys R Us will have the pro football game for half off, dropping it down to just $30. GameStop has an even sweeter deal, offering the game for only $27.

If you don’t want to wait until Black Friday and are OK without a disc, both the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store currently have Madden NFL 18 for only $30.

GameSpot’s Madden 18 review scored the game a 9/10. We praised its use of the Frostbite engine to allow for “new levels of realism,” while the game’s single-player story mode, Longshot, also received a lot of praise. You can read our full review here.

You can check out a complete list of Madden NFL 18 deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We’ll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Madden NFL 18 Black Friday 2017 Deals

  • $27 (GameStop)
  • $30 (Best Buy/Toys R Us/Target)
  • $30 (Xbox Store/PlayStation Store)

Black Friday 2017 Deals

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Walmart Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All Of The Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And 3DS Games On Sale

With Black Friday around the corner, Walmart has also released its full flyer for the big shopping day. There are a ton of game deals to take advantage of, particularly for those with a PS4 or Xbox One, with these offers becoming available on Thanksgiving evening (November 23) or Black Friday itself, depending on when your state allows stores to begin opening. Nintendo Switch and 3DS offers are also available, although PC gaming fans unfortunately won’t find anything.

In terms of hardware, the offers are similar to what we’ve seen elsewhere. Switch is in stock, but at a regular price ($299), while there’s no sign of Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. However, you can pick up a 1 TB PS4 for $199, or a 500 GB Xbox One S for $189. Neither of these systems comes with any bundled games, although Walmart will also take $50 off “any” Xbox One S, so you’ll be able to pick from other bundles that have what you want. Walmart will also be among the retailers to offer the special green Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2DS bundle.

In terms of accessories, DualShock 4 PS4 controllers drop to $39 each, including the Walmart-exclusive Crystal Blue color. Xbox One controllers are also available for $39, including some special edition versions. Third-party, wired Switch controllers will be available for $17, while the Gran Turismo Sport PSVR bundle will be $299. You can also get a wired PS4 or Xbox One headset, the Turtle Beach Recon 50P, for $25.

In terms of games, you’ve got a ton of options. On Switch, the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer’s Edition is $49, while Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is $19. Unfortunately, due to the way Walmart’s ad is laid out, it’s incredibly difficult to discern some of the featured games. For instance, it looks as if Sonic Forces will be $29 on Switch (as it is on PS4 and Xbox One), but we can’t confirm that at this time; we’ve noted as much below. On other platforms, you’ll find recent releases like Forza Motorsport 7, Need for Speed Payback, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, WWE 2K18, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole for $29 each. Horizon: Zero Dawn, Rainbow Six Siege, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Skyrim: Special Edition are among the games going for $19. The just-released Call of Duty: WWII will be $43.

You’ll find a complete rundown of everything on sale–or as much as we can glean from the flyer–below. You can check out the full flyer, and find out when your local store is opening, on Walmart’s website. For more, check out our roundup of deals at other retailers:

Walmart Black Friday 2017 Deals

PS4

Games

  • Agents of Mayhem — $29
  • Ark: Survival Evolved — $29
  • Batman: Arkham Knight — $12
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution — $29
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $12
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $19
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition — $29
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare — $19
  • Call of Duty: WWII — $43
  • Call of Duty Combo Pack (WWII / Infinite Warfare) — $59
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy — $29
  • Deadpool — $12
  • Deer Hunter: Reloaded — $19
  • Dirt 4 — $29
  • Dishonored 2 — $12
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind — $29
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $12
  • Everybody’s Golf — $19
  • The Evil Within 2 — $29
  • Fallout 4 — $19
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition — $29
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age — $29
  • Final Fantasy XV — $19
  • For Honor — $19
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands — $19
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $29
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — $19
  • Injustice 2 — $19
  • Just Cause 3 — $12
  • Just Dance 2018 — $29
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix — $19
  • Knack II — $19
  • Lega Ninjago Movie Video Game — $29
  • Lego Worlds — $19
  • Mafia III — $12
  • Mass Effect Andromeda — $12
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War — $29
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two — $19
  • Mortal Kombat X — $12
  • NASCAR Heat — $29
  • NBA 2K18 — $29
  • NBA Live 18 — $29
  • Need for Speed — $12
  • Need for Speed Payback — $29
  • Need for Speed Rivals — $12
  • NHL 18 — $29
  • Nioh — $19
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition — $29
  • Persona 5 — $29
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 — $12
  • Prey — $19
  • Rainbow Six Siege — $19
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard — $19
  • The Sims 4 — $29
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 — $19
  • Sonic Forces — $29
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole — $29
  • Star Wars Battlefront — $12
  • Street Fighter V — $12
  • Tekken 7 — $19
  • Titanfall 2 — $12
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End — $19
  • Uncharted The Lost Legacy — $29
  • Watch Dogs 2 — $12
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — $29
  • WWE 2K18 — $29

Hardware And Accessories

  • PS4 Slim 1 TB — $199
  • PSVR Gran Turismo Sport bundle – $299
  • PS4 DualShock 4 controllers — $39
  • Turtle Beach Recon 50P wired headset — $25

Xbox One

Games

  • Agents of Mayhem — $29
  • Ark: Survival Evolved — $29
  • Batman: Arkham Knight — $12
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution — $29
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $12
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $19
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition — $29
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare — $19
  • Call of Duty: WWII — $43
  • Call of Duty Combo Pack (WWII / Infinite Warfare) — $59
  • Deadpool — $12
  • Deer Hunter: Reloaded — $19
  • Dirt 4 — $29
  • Dishonored 2 — $12
  • Doom 3: BFG Edition (backwards compatible) — $9
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind — $29
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $12
  • The Evil Within 2 — $29
  • Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (backwards compatible) — $9
  • Fallout 4 — $19
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition — $29
  • Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition (backwards compatible) — $9
  • Final Fantasy XV — $19
  • For Honor — $19
  • Forza Horizon 3 — $19
  • Forza Motorsport 7 — $29
  • Gears of War 4 — $19
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition — $12
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands — $19
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $29
  • Halo Wars 2 — $19
  • Injustice 2 — $19
  • Just Cause 3 — $12
  • Just Dance 2018 — $29
  • Left 4 Dead (backwards compatible) — $9
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (backwards compatible) — $9
  • Lega Ninjago Movie Video Game — $29
  • Lego Worlds — $19
  • Mafia III — $12
  • Mass Effect Andromeda — $12
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War — $29
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two — $19
  • Mortal Kombat X — $12
  • NASCAR Heat — $29
  • NBA 2K18 — $29
  • NBA Live 18 — $29
  • Need for Speed — $12
  • Need For Speed: Payback — $29
  • Need for Speed Payback — $29
  • Need for Speed Rivals — $12
  • NHL 18 — $29
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition — $29
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 — $12
  • Portal 2 (backwards compatible) — $9
  • Prey — $19
  • Rainbow Six Siege — $19
  • Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (backwards compatible) — $12
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard — $19
  • The Sims 4 — $29
  • Skate 3 (backwards compatible) — $9
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 — $19
  • Sonic Forces — $29
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole — $29
  • Star Wars Battlefront — $12
  • Tekken 7 — $19
  • Titanfall 2 — $12
  • Watch Dogs 2 — $12
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — $29
  • WWE 2K18 — $29

Hardware And Accessories

  • Xbox One S 500 GB — $189
  • Xbox One controllers — $39
  • Xbox Live Gold three-month subscription — $12.50
  • Turtle Beach Recon 50P wired headset — $25

Nintendo Switch / Wii U

Games

  • 1-2-Switch — $29
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 — $19
  • Just Dance 2018 — $19 (Wii)
  • Just Dance 2018 — $29
  • Lega Ninjago Movie Video Game — $29
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer’s Edition — $49
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash — $29 (Wii U)
  • Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition — $19
  • Sonic Forces — $29 (unconfirmed)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — $29

Hardware And Accessories

  • Nintendo Switch wired controllers — $17

3DS Games

  • Mario Sports Superstars — $29
  • Super Mario Maker 3DS — $29
  • Pokemon Sun — $29
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS — $29

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Get Double XP In Destiny 2 This Weekend, Here’s How

Destiny 2 is adding a new way to earn double XP. The Clarion Call event, which was announced last week, goes into effect starting on November 17 at 10 AM PT.

To earn double XP in the Clarion Call event, you have to be in a clan, though if you’re not already you can create or join one during the event and still get the reward. Once you’re in a clan, fighting alongside teammates in activities will yield double XP toward bright engrams for Destiny 2 Season 1. The double XP event ends on November 20.

All the information about how to create or join a clan can be found here on Bungie’s website. It’s a relatively simple process, and well worth doing to get that double XP reward if you are interested.

If you’re a solo player, you’ll have a chance to earn double XP at a later date. Bungie announced recently that future Clarion Call events will offer rewards for solo players, though as of yet, there are no specifics about when the event will happen.

In other news, Bungie has announced that Destiny 2’s Iron Banner event is coming back next week. It marks the first Iron Banner for PC, and the last one in Destiny 2’s Season One. Additionally, Destiny 2’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, launches in December.

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Hours Before Launch, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Drops Microtransactions Temporarily

[UPDATE 3] Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners weighed in on the news on Twitter, pointing out that microtransactions and loot boxes are not going away. “They’re already accepted,” he said. “All that’s happening is EA tweaking the system to make it ‘fun and addictive” instead of ‘intrusive and predatory.”

[UPDATE 2] VentureBeat is reporting that EA CEO Andrew Wilson spoke with Disney CEO Bob Iger over the phone today before the Battlefront II changes were announced. The report doesn’t mention what they might have talked about, though a chat about Battlefront II’s loot crate system seems more likely than discussing plans for the weekend.

[UPDATE] EA released a statement on Battlefront II’s microtransactions, confirming they have been removed, but only temporarily. “We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages,” DICE boss Oskar Gabrielson said. “And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.”

All in-game purchases for Battlefront II are now removed, with all progression now exclusively tied to gameplay. EA is bringing back microtransactions “at a later date,” but not until the studio has time to make unspecified “changes to the game.” More details on this changes will come later as DICE considers more feedback and date. One possibility is that Battlefront II’s microtransactions will return as cosmetic only, as is the case in Overwatch and other games, though this is just speculation.

“We have created a game that is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow,” Gabrielson explained.

As it stands, all of Battlefront II’s DLC maps will be free, though there is no word as of yet about if today’s announcement changes anything. The removal of the game’s microtransactions comes just hours before Battlefront II is due to launch everywhere on November 17, though as mentioned, it’s been available for some already.

Microtransaction systems are commonplace in AAA games today. In fact, it is rare for a big game to not have a microtransaction system. What’s different about Battlefront II’s system is that players could spend real money for the chance to unlock items and weapons that actually affect gameplay, and that’s part of the reason why players got so stirred up. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto Online also offers microtransactions, and they make parent publisher Take-Two lots and lots of money.

The original story is below.

It looks like big changes may be in the works for Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s microtransaction system. It was discovered today that you can no longer purchase the game’s virtual currency, Crystals, with real money.

Accessing the Crystals purchase page on Xbox One today yields the screen below. As you can see, it does not give you the option to buy Crystals. However, you can still purchase them through the Xbox.com store, at least for the time being (though that may have something to do with Microsoft, not EA, controlling that page). We’re working to confirm the situation on PlayStation 4 and PC. Keep checking back for more.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II’s microtransaction/loot crate system has been highly contentious and controversial running back to when players discovered how the system worked in October’s open beta. Loot boxes come with random items, but instead of things that are cosmetic only, they can also contain game-affecting things like deadlier grenades or cloaking abilities that give players a theoretical advantage.

Naturally, some portion of the audience did not enjoy this. Developer DICE made major changes to the credit-unlock values for heroes, reducing the in-game currency cost by 75 percent for characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. However, no changes were made to the actual microtransaction system, at least until now.

Today’s action comes just a day after Belgium’s gambling authority launched an investigation into Battlefront II (and Overwatch) over concerns that its loot crate system could constitute gambling. In response to that, EA came out with a statement that stressed that Battlefront II’s loot crates “are not gambling.”

Earlier this week, DICE held a Reddit AMA in which it responded to, among other things, concerns about Battlefront II’s microtransactions. The developer said microtransactions are available as an optional way to potentially speed up your progression. Everything that you can get in a loot crate can also be obtained via gameplay.

“Regarding microtransactions, we want players to enjoy their progression through the game and want gameplay to be fair along the way,” the developer said. “Microtransactions are there for player choice, but won’t be a requirement to play or succeed at the game. And like everything else, we’ll continue tweaking and tuning until we achieve these goals.”

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Disney Shuts Down Marvel Heroes; EA Addresses Star Wars Loot Box Drama – GS News Roundup

It’s Wednesday, and yep, we totally called it. This week’s news is all about the microtransactions. Join Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd on GameSpot News to get the latest.

Marvel Heroes Is Shutting Down

In some sad news, Marvel Heroes, the free-to-play Diablo-style action RPG featuring almost every Marvel comic book hero you can think of, is shutting down. That’s thanks to Marvel parent company Disney who ended their relationship with developer Gazillion Entertainment. Get all the details in today’s episode.

EA Executive Responds To Star Wars Microtransaction Currency

Battlefront 2’s microtransaction model has been the talk of the town this week, with player enhancements being tied to in-game currency and the randomisation of loot boxes. Today, EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen addressed the controversy at an event, find out what he had to say.

EA Teases New Action Game

But in slightly more enticing EA news, Blake Jorgensen also teased an as-yet unannounced new project from EA Motive, under the direction of former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond. He stated that was an action game with “a lot of new, interesting gameplay that I don’t think anyone’s seen before”, among some additional details regarding the game’s structure. Tune in for the scoop!

What did you think about today’s news? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll see you tomorrow. For more on today’s stories, you can also visit the links below:

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes “Are Not Gambling,” EA Says

Following the news today that Belgium’s gambling authority is investigating Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (and Overwatch) to determine if the game’s loot box system constitutes gambling, publisher Electronic Arts has now responded. In a statement to GameSpot, EA says in no uncertain terms, “The crate mechanics of Star Wars: Battlefront II are not gambling.”

Here is the statement in full: “Creating a fair and fun game experience is of critical importance to EA. The crate mechanics of Star Wars Battlefront II are not gambling. A player’s ability to succeed in the game is not dependent on purchasing crates. Players can also earn crates through playing the game and not spending any money at all. Once obtained, players are always guaranteed to receive content that can be used in game.”

Games of chance require a permit from the Gaming Commission in Belgium, and due to the random nature of loot boxes, they could fall into that category. Battlefront II’s loot boxes can contain items that actually affect gameplay, while Overwatch’s are cosmetic only. It’s unclear if this would impact the ruling, however.

Blizzard has yet to release a statement it seems regarding Belgium’s investigation. We’ve reached out to the company but have not heard back as of yet.

EA has faced a flood of criticism over Battlefront II’s loot box/microtransaction systems. Just this week, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said “people need to be patient” as the developer responds to player feedback and makes necessary changes. DICE also held an in-depth Reddit AMA where it answered many questions about the game.

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Nintendo Switch Is A “Great Platform” For Ark, Dev Says

Could the hit dinosaur game Ark: Survival Evolved come to Nintendo Switch? It’s possible but don’t get your hopes up just yet, according to developer Studio Wildcard. Co-founder and co-creative director Jesse Rapczak told GI.biz that the hybrid console is a “great platform” for Ark but also acknowledged that it’s a challenging one compared to the other systems that the game is available on.

“Switch is a little challenging because it is a totally different platform; so we’re throwing some ideas around, just seeing if it makes sense right now,” he said. “We don’t have any concrete plans yet, but we’re very close to Nintendo up here in Seattle and we all love the Switch for portability gaming and stuff like that. Ark is one of those games where if you want to do everything you can in the game, it’s hard to pull away from it to go do real life. So I think Switch is a great platform for a game like Ark, because if the game is designed right, you can kind of pull out and do some stuff.”

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Rapczak said the mobility of the Switch–that is, how you can play it on the go–is one element that makes the console appealing for Ark specifically given the play patterns and player behaviour that Studio Wildcard has seen.

“It’s kind of like some players play it almost like you might play a mobile game–you know, you might want to go do something in the game for a few minutes, like tend to your dinos or your crops or something if you play Ark that way,” he explained. “The mobility of the Switch platform might be appealing to those players, because they can just kinda carry it with them.”

While Studio Wildcard is excited about the Switch as a platform, it’s too soon to say if Ark will come to it.

“So we do have a lot of hurdles there, especially with memory. But I will say, for sure, we’re not ignoring the Switch,” Rapczak said. “I think it’s definitely proven to be a platform that is a little bit better this time around for third-party developers. People are buying it. People are loving the games. I think it’s just something that now is on our radar [so] let’s take a look at it and let’s see what we can do there.”

Also in the interview, Rapczak confirmed that Ark has now sold 12 million copies across its digital and physical versions covering PC and console, making it a huge hit. You can read the full interview here.

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