What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, FIFA 17, And Tekken 7

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What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, FIFA 17, And Tekken 7

As we approach the end of April, we have major tournaments for League of Legends, and Smite wrapping up, a few season-long events marching on, and at least one Major tournament right around the corner.

The League Of Legends LCS Playoffs are in their final stretch, with the final bout between Fnatic ant Misfits for the Europe region already underway and Team SoloMid and Cloud9 for the North American region kicking off later today. (NA Stream / EU Stream / Schedules)

The regional finals for the FIFA 17 Ultimate Championship Series are this weekend, as 32 players from the Americas region face off to see who will advance to the Championship in Berlin. (Stream / Starts at 10:45am Central)

Weekend Warrior — I Came, I Saw, I Played Video Games

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Weekend Warrior — I Came, I Saw, I Played Video Games

This weekend marks the last full week of work for the Game Informer Interns, but know that our time here has been well spent, and is full of fond memories. Like that one time Ben Hanson barged into the break room to ask me what I was eating that he could smell from his desk. Or that one time I said "Hi" to Reiner in passing, and I don't think he heard me. These are truly moments I will cherish for the rest of my life.

When we're not busy preparing our long goodbyes, the GI Staff will be partaking in the great national pastime: video games. Persona 5, Overwatch, Destiny, and Horizon Zero Dawn are all on the agenda. What are you playing this weekend? Sound off in the comments below. 

Suriel Vasquez (@SurielVasquez) — I reached 400! But I’d still like the have all four raids done on Hard mode, so I’ll probably keep plugging away at Destiny for a little longer. I’m also going to keep plugging away at Persona 5, which continues to be very good. I’m running into a little too much déjà vu, though, so I’m hoping the main plot picks back up.

Free Trial For Portal Knights Now Available On PS4, Xbox One

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Free Trial For Portal Knights Now Available On PS4, Xbox One

Keen Games' Diablo-meets-Minecraft cooperative sandbox RPG Portal Knights has earned rave reviews in Steam early access, and now it's invading consoles. Starting today, PS4 and Xbox One owners can see what all the hype is about. 

The free trail lets players check out the first level of the game either by yourself, with friends online, or via split-screen co-op. After you create your character, you can introduce yourself to the basic gameplay loop, which includes combat and crafting. If you end up liking the game and want to purchase it, all of your progress will carry over when the game officially launches on May 23. 

Check out the trailer below for a sampling of the game:

YouTubers Reimagine World Of Warcraft As An NES Game

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YouTubers Reimagine World Of Warcraft As An NES Game

If you've ever wondered what questing in an 8-bit rendition of Azeroth would look like, wonder no more. 

YouTube channel Rkade Soup did you a solid and reimagined the world's most popular MMORPG as an NES title, complete with a chiptune soundtrack, top-down perspective, and RPG Maker style dialogue boxes. 

Enjoy the video:

Dark Souls III Complete Edition Now Available For Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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Dark Souls III Complete Edition Now Available For Xbox One, PlayStation 4

With the release of Dark Souls III's The Ringed City DLC, the content drip for this dark fantasy RPG series has come to an end. A complete version of the last entry in the trilogy, fittingly titled The Fire Fades Edition, is now available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Priced at $49.99, The Fire Fades Edition includes the core Dark Souls III game bundled with the game's two DLC additions: Ashes of Ariandel, which introduced the Painted World of Ariandel, the Hollow Arena PvP map, and new bosses and items, and The Ringed City, which added a whole new region for players to explore. 

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Stephens College Becomes First Women's School With Esports Scholarship

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Stephens College Becomes First Women's School With Esports Scholarship

As esports gain more visibility in the media, a similar trend continues to spread through academia. Stephens College is the latest addition to the growing world of collegiate competitive gaming with a ground-breaking twist: it's the first women's school to offer a scholarship for varsity esports.

In an interview with ESPN, the college stated it considered starting an esports team for almost a year before settling on Overwatch, chosen for its diverse cast of characters. Players on the team will receive partial scholarships and have access to the same facilities and resources as the school's other varsity groups. "Our mission is to ensure that women can succeed and can make choices about anything they do in any environment and in any profession," explained Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College.

The college is currently recruiting players with hopes to find six starters and six subs. The team will then participate in this fall's Overwatch TESPA Cup, a collegiate esports tournament that attracted 220 teams last year. "It's time for a women's institution and women's culture to stand up and say, 'We can do this, and we expect to be treated with civility, and we expect the competition will be about talent rather than anything else,'" Lynch said. 

Call Of Duty Returns To Its WWII Roots With Next Entry

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Call Of Duty Returns To Its WWII Roots With Next Entry

Activision has revealed the name (and setting) of the next Call of Duty installment, and as expected it's taking the series back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII is the next game, and more details will be coming next week via a livestream.

Even though it covers an era that Call of Duty has explored several times, it marks a bit of a departure for the series. For the past decade, entries have focused on the near future and beyond, with Infinite Warfare taking the action to outer space.

Additional information on the game will be coming next week, on a livestream on the official Call of Duty site. It starts at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Six Years After Release, Two Worlds II Gets New Expansion And Season Pass

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Six Years After Release, Two Worlds II Gets New Expansion And Season Pass

Remember Two Worlds II? If you liked it when it came out six years ago, you may want to dust off your copy, as the game is getting a new expansion and a season pass. The PC expansion, titled Call of the Tenebrae, delivers engine update, new areas and characters, and a bevy of new main story and side missions.

Publisher Topware Interactive also revealed a season pass. Including Call of the Tenebrae, the pass also entitles players to a second upcoming expansion, Shattered Embrace, and two multiplayer map packs.

Call of the Tenebrae will release on May 25 for $10 as an expansion or $15 as a standalone adventure. Unfortunately for console players, the new content isn't coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

FIFA 17 Now Available In The EA Access Vault

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FIFA 17 Now Available In The EA Access Vault

We already knew FIFA 17 would eventually come to EA Access and EA Origin, the company's on-demand gaming service available on Xbox One and PC, respectively. Today, EA Sports announced its time for subscribers to take the pitch. 

If you haven't played the annual footy title yet, it's definitely worth checking out. Our own Matthew Kato scored the game an 8.75, saying "FIFA's gameplay is on the ascent." Even if you are only marginally interested in sports, you should check out the narrative-driven new mode called The Journey, which lets you experience the game through the eyes of a promising prospect named Alex Hunter. You can read Kato's full review here.

Dragon Age: Origins and Medal of Honor: Airborne are expected to join FIFA 17 in the EA Access vault in the coming month.

May Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Headlined By Lara Croft, Star Wars

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May Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Headlined By Lara Croft, Star Wars

Today Microsoft revealed the Xbox Games with Gold lineup coming next month. 

The cooperative platformer Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris headlines the Xbox One offerings and will be available for download from May 16 to June 15. You can read or review of the 2014 game here. In addition, the platformer Gianna Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Director's Cut will be downloadable free of charge all month. 

Xbox 360 owners will abe able to download Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II from May 1 to May 15. Most critics panned the game, but Reiner gave it a 7.75. From May 16 forward, the free game will become Lego Star Was: The Complete Saga, which we scored a 7.5 back in 2007.