‘This War of Mine’ drops first episode of its story-driven DLCs

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‘This War of Mine’ drops first episode of its story-driven DLCs

Games about war, though insanely popular, do little to illustrate the hardships faced by soldiers and civilians. With its stark design and focus on survival, This War of Mine (TWOM) set out to change that. The indie game from the devs behind the Anomaly series struck a chord, becoming an instant hit and going on to reap awards. Three years later, it seems the title still has some life left in it, with 11 Bit Studios releasing the first chapter in a TWOM DLC series.

What's on TV: 'Marvel's The Punisher,' 'SW Battlefront II'

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What's on TV: 'Marvel's The Punisher,' 'SW Battlefront II'

After an extended cameo in the last run of Daredevil, Netflix is releasing The Punisher on its own, while EA is dropping the controversial Star Wars: Battlefront II at the end of this week. Of course, gamers can also opt for a remastered version of L.A. Noire or The Sims 4 on consoles, while Atomic Blonde arrives on 4K Blu-ray. The Mindy Project reaches the end of its run on Hulu, and we'll check out the season finale of You're the Worst. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

EA makes ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ heroes easier to earn amid backlash

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EA makes ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ heroes easier to earn amid backlash

Video game studios sometimes tinker with their games until release day, but Electronic Arts is making another last-minute change to soothe legions of irate fans. After the high price to unlock heroes in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II caused fans to revolt, EA relented. The publisher told fans in a blog post that, effective immediately, a handful of iconic characters including Luke and Darth Vader would be far easier to earn.

First full ‘Wolfenstein II’ DLC arrives on December 14th

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First full ‘Wolfenstein II’ DLC arrives on December 14th

Fans of MachineGames' wonderful Nazi-killing shooter Wolfenstein: The New Colossus were probably wondering what the title screen's countdown would reveal. Last week, we found out: A delightful trio of hour-long mini-missions featuring characters from the game's upcoming DLC. Today, the studio released a roadmap revealing the release dates for the game's new content, and the first will launch on December 14th.

A 'Hitman' series is coming to Hulu from the creator of 'John Wick'

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A 'Hitman' series is coming to Hulu from the creator of 'John Wick'

Past attempts at Hitman movies haven't fared so well, but Hulu is betting that it can do justice to the assassination game franchise through an online series. Deadline has learned that Hulu is partnering with Fox 21 on a Hitman show that will be executive produced by Derek Kolstad, better known as the chief architect of the John Wick movies. You couldn't have asked for more appropriate talent, really -- he knows a thing or two about producing assassin-themed stories with memorable thrills. There are few details about the plot, but it'll reportedly hew closely to the story of IO Interactive's franchise, which is as much about Agent 47's mysterious origins as it is his targets.

Microsoft's Black Friday deals include a $189 Xbox One S

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Microsoft's Black Friday deals include a $189 Xbox One S

News of Black Friday deals are starting to roll out, and Xbox is getting in on the action. Microsoft has announced the slate of deals that will be available on one of the biggest shopping days of the year and they include the lowest price ever on an Xbox One S -- just $189 from November 23rd through the 27th. Presumably, this is for the 500 GB model of the game system, but we've reached out to Microsoft to clarify.

Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition

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Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition

The Entertainment Software Rating Board is not a government entity. In fact, it was created in the 1990s specifically to keep Congress out of the video game industry, at a time when lawmakers were loudly condemning the infusion of digital violence in popular culture. The ESRB was modeled after the film industry's MPAA, doling out ratings for video games in North America. Back in the Clinton era, there were no federal laws requiring publishers to display ratings on their games, and there still aren't today.

Malware scare forces five-year-old MMO to shut down chat

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Malware scare forces five-year-old MMO to shut down chat

Tera, a Korean MMO that debuted in the US in 2012, has shut down its in-game chat system after some players discovered a potentially serious vulnerability. According to the players' report (Google docs), Tera's chat interface uses HTML, which people can exploit to blast players with external images and links, as well as to collect people's IP addresses. More importantly, someone truly unethical could use it to spread malware. It's an interesting wrinkle for a game that's been up and running for five years, and it's not entirely clear if its North American publisher, En Masse, has known about the vulnerability before the players published their report.