Contest: Win a Blu-ray copy of Halloween

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Contest: Win a Blu-ray copy of Halloween

Grab your Shatner masks for this contest, and win a Blu-ray copy of 2018's Halloween!

Why all the Halloween-themed stuff in January? Because I can, that's why. I abide by no law, and answer to no holiday-based authorities!

To celebrate my reckless seasonal abandon, enter our contest for your chance to win a Blu-ray copy of last year's Halloween!

Review: Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Legacy of the First Blade - Episode 2

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Review: Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Legacy of the First Blade - Episode 2

Whatever legacy ABC's Lost may leave, one line will always stick with me: "We have to go back." When in doubt, go with a prequel; it's something Ubisoft has done countless times with the Assassin's Creed series.

Further and further we've gone down the time-trotting rabbit hole, to the point where "Origins," the story of the creation of the Brotherhood of Assassins, is backed up by information in the newly minted Odyssey. While these last two games have been some of the best the series has had to offer to date, you can't help but feel overwhelmed with piecing together various bits of the timeline.

When in doubt, you can always go back.

Ubisoft cancels sci-fi game Pioneer, which was technically never announced

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Rest in peace, Pioneer; we hardly knew ye.

Ubisoft has canceled an open-universe sci-fi exploration game called Pioneer. Former Ubisoft director Alex Hutchinson (who's now at Typhoon Studios) confirmed on Twitter that the project is dead.

Games get canceled all the time. What's crazy about this one is that it was never officially revealed by Ubisoft. Watch Dogs 2 had a mission where the objective was to break into a video game studio, steal a top secret trailer, and then sell it to the games press. The trailer is the video that's embedded above, for a game called Pioneer.

Rockstar's parent company sues Pinkerton over Red Dead Redemption 2 characters

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Rockstar's parent company sues Pinkerton over Red Dead Redemption 2 characters

Late last week, detective agency Pinkerton sent a cease and desist letter to Red Dead Redemption 2 publisher Take-Two over the use of the Pinkerton name in Rockstar's latest hit game. Characters Andrew Milton and Edgar Ross were under fire for potentially confusing customers into thinking the game was made by or connected to the agency. Take-Two is now suing Pinkerton on the grounds of fair use and arguing that the name is another detail in RDR2's immersive setting.

Pinkerton lauded Rockstar's "clear affection" for the company but stressed the studio was banking on the goodwill associated with the name and giving players a false impression that Pinkerton was involved with the title. In addition to the cease and desist, Pinkerton demanded that Take-Two either pay a lump sum out of court or agree to ongoing royalties from sales of RDR2.

BioWare confirms that 'every activity' in Anthem has matchmaking

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BioWare confirms that 'every activity' in Anthem has matchmaking

Destiny might be the de facto blueprint for how to make a first-person, MMO, live service game, but it lacks one crucial element that could make it better: raid matchmaking. While BioWare had previously confirmed raid matchmaking would be present in Anthem, lead producer Ben Irving took to Twitter to reassure fans that the upcoming shooter would contain matchmaking for every activity in the game.

This may not sound like such a big deal (a lot of games include this feature), but it could be interpreted as a jab at Destiny and Bungie. Despite what you may think of Destiny, it really is baffling how Bungie has still not incorporated a proper matchmaking system for raid battles. I've still not really experienced the endgame content in the original Destiny because I don't have five friends available at the drop of a dime.

So if BioWare bringing matchmaking to its attempt at a live service forces Bungie's hand, then I'll all for it.

Black Ops 4 is getting a week-long free trial of the Blackout battle royale mode

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Anyone who couldn't quite pull the trigger on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting a golden opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. The game's most notable mode, the Blackout battle royale, is the subject of an upcoming free trial.

Activision is throwing a week-long Blackout trial from January 17 through January 24. It's available on all platforms -- PC, PS4, and Xbox One. This comes a little more than three months after Black Ops 4 originally released.

Of course, this isn't the full Black Ops 4 experience. It's without the Zombies mode and the standard Call of Duty multiplayer. It does, however, showcase the most novel addition to Call of Duty in a number of years. Even if it's just chasing a trend, it does so in an undeniably enjoyable way.

Wizards of the Coast is fixing the main sore spot of Magic: Arena soon

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Wizards of the Coast is fixing the main sore spot of Magic: Arena soon

Magic: Arena is a pretty fantastic rendition of the paper version: so fantastic that it's become my most-played digital card game at the moment. But there was one major issue plaguing the still-in-beta project, "the fifth card problem."

In short, in paper Magic you can (generally) only have four copies of a card in any given deck. So if you get a fifth copy (or more) you can freely sell them on the open market, or of course, trade them. Many digital card games like Hearthstone give you "dust" for extra copies that you can use to craft new cards, but Arena handled things differently. While there is an existing wild card system fifth cards would generally poof into thin air, granting "vault access." After a certain period of time the vault would open and you'd get a ton of wild cards.

It wasn't a very good long term solution as the system was both not rewarding or satisfying, so after many months of deliberation they're fixing it. Now when you buy packs (with real money or in-game gold you earn through quests or matches) if you crack a fifth copy, the game will grant you another equal value tier card in that same set. Once you have them all (read: this is really hard to do unless you buy a lot of packs or play a lot), you'll get gems (premium currency) instead.

Team Sonic Racing reveals Dr. Robotnik, Metal Sonic and Zavok

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Team Sonic Racing reveals Dr. Robotnik, Metal Sonic and Zavok

Sega has revealed a new trio for upcoming road-runner Team Sonic Racing. Today, it's the villains time to shine, as three baddies from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe form up to steal the chequered flag.Team Eggman consists of Deadly Six member Zavok, who fans will remember from Wii-U title Sonic Lost World. Joining him is my personal favourite character from Sega All-Star Racing Transformed; Metal Sonic. This terrible trio is rounded out with the blue blur's most notorious nemesis, the pesky Dr. Ivo Robotnik.

You can check out the villains and their vehicles below, in what has to be one of the busiest images I've ever seen. Team Sonic Racing launches on PS4, PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch May 21, having been pushed back from its initial 2018 release date.

Several first-party 3DS games have been discounted to $20

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Several first-party 3DS games have been discounted to $20

When Nintendo has price drops for first party games, it's a rarity. There are years-old titles that still go for their full retail launch cost, so when they discount something, it generally matters as ripples will be felt throughout the collection-sphere.

The newest "Nintendo Selects" entries are all 3DS-centric, with Super Mario Maker, Majora's Mask 3D and Star Fox 64 3D all hitting the $20 pricepoint for new retail copies. In true Nintendo fashion these three retailed at roughly $40 each in the past, with Star Fox fetching a higher price physically due to a shortage of copies.

While you should spring for the superior Wii U version of Mario Maker if that's an option, the other two get strong recommendations. Due to the lack of online play and new content for Star Fox 64 3D, $20 is a more palatable price.