Look out for Titanfall 2's Live Fire mode tomorrow

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Look out for Titanfall 2's Live Fire mode tomorrow

It's been some time since Respawn first started talking about Live Fire, its pilot-only six-on-six mode, but I have to commend today's release date announcement relative to the release itself.

The free update drops tomorrow, February 23 with "two mode-specific Live Fire maps [Stacks and Meadows], Featured Playlists, a new execution, an additional Coliseum map, mixtape-style matchmaking, balance patches, and more." As a bonus, there's going to be double XP from Thursday through Monday, but it only applies to Live Fire mode. That should keep the playlist popping.

Good time to get back in (or maybe you never even left in the first place?).

Here's what The Elder Scrolls Online's take on Morrowind looks like

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Here's what The Elder Scrolls Online's take on Morrowind looks like

The Elder Scrolls is venturing back to Vvardenfell for the first time since 2002. Well, you could technically see it off in the distance in Skyrim, but that's not a proper visit. Flying over Wyoming doesn't mean you've been to Wyoming.

No, come June 6, The Elder Scrolls Online is going back to the province of Morrowind, and more specifically the island of Vvardenfell. We've known about this for a month now, but we haven't actually gotten to really check out Morrowind. The trailer that was released in January focused mostly on one combat scenario in a confined location.

This video serves as a much better overview. It's full of quick shots offering brief glimpses at the area's gorgeous vistas, often juxtaposed against its unique monstrosities. There's a lot in Morrowind that wants to kill you. You know what they say: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

TowerFall creator's new game Celeste headed to Switch

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As you may already know, good-game-maker Matt Thorson is making another game, one that I hope and think will also be good. It's a "hardcore" platformer called Celeste. The last time we spoke about it, the release platforms weren't yet known, but there's good news on that front. Celeste is coming to Nintendo Switch -- as well as Steam and PlayStation 4, as previously announced -- later this year.

If I wasn't on board with the game before today, I would be now having seen this trailer. Good lord!

Matt Thorson [Twitter]

Cards Against Humanity is getting a small Mass Effect expansion for $1

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Cards Against Humanity is getting a small Mass Effect expansion for $1

Mass Effect is about to leave its mark on the Cards Against Humanity universe. In the lead-up to next month's Andromeda release, BioWare and Cards Against Humanity have teamed up to create a small 14-card expansion pack.

We haven't been told what any of the cards say, but they'll probably be edgy. The URL for the expansion is totallyfuckablealiens.com. Because Mass Effect is a game where you can fuck aliens. Funny enough, the URL that BioWare is sharing on its public channels is masseffectpack.com (which redirects to Totally Fuckable Aliens).

Even though the contents will be a surprise, it's not much of a gamble to pick this up. It's going for just $1, which seems like a reasonable price for 14 cards. Cards Against Humanity says that this is a limited run that it'll sell until it's gone.

Double Fine picks up Ooblets, a real cute game about farming and creature collecting

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Ooblets... Ooblets. Where do I know that name from? Ah, right! It was listed among Patrick's top 42 indie games to watch for in 2017 where he alluringly summed it up as "Pokémon meets Harvest Moon."

In the game, you'll raise and battle creatures. You'll have a house to expand and a town to explore, with folks to chat up. You'll even be able to run a shop, if you'd like. And best of all, there's lots of dancing.

It all looks charming as heck, and I'm not the only one who thinks so: Double Fine is now publishing Ooblets. The game is looking at a 2018 release, and it's primed to launch on PC and Xbox One.

In a week of poor sales, For Honor stumbles to the top

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In a week of poor sales, For Honor stumbles to the top

Sales numbers haven't been this low since I start covering these. There are likely a variety of factors involved, such as For Honor being the only significant new release this past week. It was the top seller in Japan, even if 40,000 is not exactly killing it. Maybe they're burned out on samurai after Nioh.

Just one more of these until we get to see numbers for the Nintendo Switch.

The Games with Gold lineup for March 2017 is...okay?

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The Games with Gold lineup for March 2017 is...okay?

I'm a little shocked at the game selection for Games with Gold next month. Usually Microsoft kills it in terms of big-name titles or critically acclaimed indie hits. This month, though, we're getting a bunch of nonsense on the Xbox One and an inferior version of a fan favorite shooter. I can't say much about Heavy Weapon, but I know PopCap Games made it, so it probably isn't too bad.

For Xbox One users, you'll be able to get Evolve: Ultimate Edition from March 16 to April 15 and Layers of Fear from March 1 to March 31. For 360 users, you'll get Borderlands 2 from March 1 to March 15 and Heavy Weapon from March 16 to March 31. Remember, those 360 titles are backward compatible, so it isn't a total loss on the Xbox One front.

Square Enix may have accidentally announced NieR: Automata's PC release date

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The highly anticipated NieR: Automata will release on PlayStation 4 in North America on March 7, 2017. It will also be available on PC via Steam, but the release date has yet to be announced, or has it? Square Enix released a new trailer titled Arsenal of Elegant Destruction that shows off combat, and originally displayed a March 10, 2017 release date for PC. They have since removed the video and re-uploaded it with only the PS4 release date displayed.

Gematsu has the original video uploaded here. Just why they removed the date is still unknown. The European PS4 release date is March 10, so its possible that they made a mistake regarding these dates. Of course it's possible that it will indeed be released on March 10 and they didn't want us to know yet, but if so why not announce it this close to release?

This hour-and-a-half Nioh speedrun isn't messing around

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Nioh is still new. There are untold builds, routes, and exploits left for the community to discover. And yet here we already are, two weeks after release, with a 1:36:51 "All Main Missions" run by Distortion2.

There's a lot of running and weaving around enemies, of course, but even that is easier said than done for a beefy, occasionally maze-y game like this so soon after launch. If you're still feeling out Nioh, you'll get at least two takeaways from this video: 1) the kusarigama in high stance is heavenly and 2) magic is absurdly powerful, and it's worth taking the time to read through and plot out its skill upgrades.

With this impressive early attempt out of the way, I look forward to seeing "SL1" equivalent runs.

Persona 5 still knows how to keep it weird in the Velvet Room

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Persona 5 still knows how to keep it weird in the Velvet Room

The Velvet Room is probably one of my favorite recurring elements in recent Persona games. Even if they have their own casts and distinct styles, I love having that one strange location to return to that ties it all together. In case you haven't heard, it's coming back in Persona 5, and based on this footage, with a vengeance.

As a reminder, the Velvet Room is a place that exists "between dream and reality," and you can end up there while dozing off. It's a lot like the Black and White Lodges from Twin Peaks -- but it's not nearly as dangerous as the former, and you can alter your personas there (much like demons in SMT proper).

Or you can avoid any sort of info and go into Persona 5 blind -- as I've said many times, I'm not your dad.