Daily Archives January 6, 2017

Another Excellent Humble Bundle Is Now Available

Humble has rolled out yet another bundle of high-quality games, this one dubbed the Overwhelmingly Positive bundle.

Games with an extremely high percentage of positive user reviews on Steam are labeled on the store as having an “overwhelmingly positive” response. This bundle consists exclusively of games with that distinction. It includes such first-rate games as N++ and Day of the Tentacle Remastered, among others.

Another Excellent Humble Bundle Is Now Available
N++

Paying $10 or more gets you everything in the bundle. That’s currently a total of seven games, but more will be added to it next week. Anyone who beats the average sale price (currently $6.30) will also receive those extra games once they’re announced.

Here’s how the bundle looks now:

Pay what you want ($1 for Steam keys):

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All of Heroes of the Storm's Characters Are Free to Play This Weekend

As it has a few times in the past, Blizzard will allow Heroes of the Storm players to try out every character in the game for free over the course of a few days.

Starting this Friday, January 13, players will have three days to play as its full roster of 60-plus heroes. That includes even the most recent additions, such as Zul’jin, Varian (the first multi-class character), and Ragnaros (who can transform into a giant raid boss of sorts).

This promotion doesn’t tie in with any other event; it seems to merely be a way of promoting the as it heads into the new year. The video above highlights many of the key additions from 2016.

Unlike fellow free-to-play MOBA Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm requires players to purchase individual characters with in-game gold or real-world money to play as them...

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Nintendo Stock Price Drops After Latest Switch News

Nintendo made a lot of big announcements about its new console, the Switch, last night. The company announced the console’s price and release date, confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a launch title, and revealed a new Mario game, among many other things.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about all the news, however, it seems. Nintendo’s stock price is down 5.75 percent today on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It closed at ¥23,750 today in Japan, the lowest since December 22 (¥23,595). Nintendo’s share price took a more dramatic dive after the initial Switch reveal in October 2016; share value also dropped following the launch of Super Mario Run.

The latest drop in share price could be attributed to a number of things. Dr...

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Overwatch's Roadhog Hook Continues to Be Tweaked

As its name suggests, Overwatch‘s public test realm is intended to test updates before they go live. It appears to be doing its job, as the recent nerf to certain characters–most notably Roadhog and his Hook ability–are being tweaked again before the update hits the live game.

Principal designer Geoff Goodman outlined the latest round of changes in a forum post. Blizzard has apparently found it was too harsh in its treatment of Roadhog’s Hook, which should now be slightly more effective again.

Overwatch's Roadhog Hook Continues to Be Tweaked

The new PTR update adds “some more line of sight checks towards the left/right of a potential hook target,” Goodman explained. “This means it should be easier to hook someone who is sticking halfway out of a doorway, or behind a thin pole, etc...

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands Getting Live-Action Film from Star Trek Writer, Watch a Teaser Here

Ubisoft has announced a live-action film set in the world of its new open-world title Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The story will highlight the game’s Santa Blanca drug cartel and has been produced by Roberto Orci, who wrote the screenplay for Star Trek, Transformers, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It also stars the rapper and actor TI in the role of Marcus, a Santa Blanca member.

The 30-minute short will premiere on Twitch on February 16 and will be made available on Amazon Prime video immediately afterwards. Take a look at a teaser below.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is set in Bolivia and centers around the Santa Blanca and their threat to the US. The game recently got another live-action teaser, featuring a cat, for some reason.

In other Ghost Recon news, we recently got a look at the game’s mass...

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Top 10 UK Sales Chart: Call of Duty Wins First Week of 2017

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has started 2017 as it ended 2016, beating FIFA 17 to the top of the UK physical sales chart.

EA’s footballing giant still performs strongly at No. 2, though sales were down 72 percent from the previous week according to sales monitor Chart-Track.

Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell well, placing at No. 3, with Battlefield 1 and Forza Horizon 3 following up at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. Outside the top five, Pokemon Sun experienced a huge resurgence (up 91 percent week-on-week) thanks to renewed stock; it placed at No. 9, up from No. 36.

The week ending January 7 is Infinite Warfare’s eighth week at No. 1, suggesting strong sales since its disappointing opening week. GTA V, meanwhile, has sold over six million copies in the UK alone, and Forza Horizon 3 ...

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Weekly Recap: Mass Effect Andromeda Release Date, New Zelda Could Arrive in March

Weekly Recap: Mass Effect Andromeda Release Date, New Zelda Could Arrive in March

The first week of 2017 is in the books; here’s a recap of some of the week’s big stories and others you may have missed.

The Big Stuff:

Mass Effect: Andromeda finally has a release date. BioWare announced this week that the long-awaited and highly anticipated RPG will come out on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. BioWare also released a series of new screenshots and a trailer–see all of GameSpot’s Andromeda coverage here.

2017 is a big year for Nintendo, as the company will release its next console, the Switch, in March. A report this week claimed one of the system’s marquee games, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will arrive in March alongside the system. A Zelda title at launch sure makes the Switch compelling.

The Other Stuff:

The Mario movie, which was not very g...

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EverQuest Landmark Servers Going Offline Next Month

After the cancellation of EverQuest Next last year, another project in the franchise is no more.

Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) announced this week that EverQuest Landmark‘s servers will close on February 21, 2017. In a blog post, the studio said it is “grateful for the time and energy you shared through your creations in this game.”

EverQuest Landmark Servers Going Offline Next Month

Landmark itself is no longer available to buy. People who already own the game can keep playing, but in-game Player Studio items have been removed from sale. All other items are marked down to the price of 1 Daybreak Cash. You don’t necessarily need to spend all your Daybreak Cash right away, as the funds can be used in “most” other Daybreak games for PC.

In a FAQ, Daybreak explained that it’s keeping the Landmark code and data...

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All of the Nintendo Switch Launch Games Confirmed So Far

A console’s launch lineup can be important in helping it get off to a good start. After the struggles of the Wii U, Nintendo is surely hoping the Switch gets off to a strong start in March t.

While the Switch’s full launch lineup has yet to be confirmed, we now know at least a couple titles that will debut alongside the system on March 3. As confirmed during the Switch news event on January 12, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo’s new party game 1-2-Switch will be launch titles, as will Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2017. Super Bomberman R and Skylanders: Imaginators are also launch titles, according to Nintendo on Twitter. These appear to be the only confirmed launch titles at this stage...

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Overwatch PTR Patch Notes Include Roadhog, D.Va Nerfs

A new update is now available on Overwatch‘s public test realm servers, bringing with it the promised Roadhog nerf and more.

As described by Blizzard recently, this update prevents Roadhog from pulling enemies around corners. Instead, Chain Hook pulls enemies “directly in front of Roadhog (rather than straight to him), except in cases where Roadhog drastically rotates,” which should prevent players from being dumped off of cliffs. When a player is hooked, they’ll be let go if they leave Roadhog’s line of sight. Checks on his line of sight are now done based on Roadhog’s position, rather than that of the hook itself.

According to Blizzard, “The hook should now feel more consistent for Roadhog players, but it should also feel more reasonable to his enemies, as they cannot be hooked or pulle...

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