Fallout 4, Just Cause 4 Heading To Xbox Game Pass This Month

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Fallout 4, Just Cause 4 Heading To Xbox Game Pass This Month

Microsoft's subscription service is due for another injection of new games, and if you like the number four, this is your month. 

Today Microsoft revealed that the 2015 blockbuster Fallout 4 (March 14), Just Cause 4 (March 6), Lego Batman 2 (March 6), and F1 2018 (March 14) are all coming to Xbox Game Pass. Just Cause 4 is the most surprising addition, as the game just released this past December to largely lukewarm reviews. However, our own Jeff Marchiafava liked it, saying: "Just like any good sandbox game, Just Cause 4 gives you the freedom to make your own fun, and has kept me experimenting and entertained for hours after the credits rolled." 

What the subscription service lacks in numbers for monthly content drops, it makes up for with quality thus far. This is the second straight month of delivering high profile games to the service. This past February, Microsoft added Alien: Isolation, Batman: Return to Arkham, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.  

Latest Fortnite Update Adds Slippery Duos Mode, Buried Treasure & More

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Latest Fortnite Update Adds Slippery Duos Mode, Buried Treasure & More

Fortnite's v8.01 update is coming today, adding a bunch of tweaks to the game across all modes. Highlights include a new Slide Duos mode, in which players' feet are encased in ice; a new treasure-map item (complete with buried legendary booty); and the ability to drop multiple sprays in Creative mode.

You can check out the complete patch notes here.

Kojima Admits That Death Stranding Is Slightly Behind Schedule

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Kojima Admits That Death Stranding Is Slightly Behind Schedule

Death Stranding on PS4 from Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions doesn't have an official release date yet, but Kojima himself has admitted that development is slightly behind the studio's internal schedule.

In an interview with J-Wave (translated by Siliconera), Kojima said, "Many studios lag behind their planned release date, and Death Stranding is slightly behind our initial plan, but it is not too far behind."

The game is playable (which Kojima says he's doing every day), and a trailer and character art for the title were shown at last fall's Tokyo Game Show.

Judgment Releasing June 21 Digitally, A Few Days Later For Physical

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Judgment Releasing June 21 Digitally, A Few Days Later For Physical

Judgment, the upcoming somewhat spiritual spinoff to Sega's Yakuza series, is Sega's next big attempt to grow the Yakuza base in the west. The game looks similar to Yakuza, but has a fresh coat of paint with new characters and a new story, only really taking place in the same area as the Yakuza games. We won't have to wait too long to get our hands on this new take, however, as the game is coming in June, though which day in June will depend on how you buy it.

Judgment launches in the West on June 25!
Digital pre-orders will be starting on the PS4 PlayStation Store on March 7 at 6:00AM PST. All digital pre-orders will grant early access to the full game on June 21.

Check back this Thursday for even more Judgment news! pic.twitter.com/lCYD1HPWWA

If you pre-order the game on the PSN store, you'll be able to start playing it on June 21 when it unlocks on the PlayStation 4. Physical copies won't go on sale until four days later on June 25. It is unclear why exactly this is the case, but it is a trend that is not completely alone in the industry.

Tetris 99 Weekend Event Gives Top 999 Winners $10 In Eshop Credit

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Tetris 99 Weekend Event Gives Top 999 Winners $10 In Eshop Credit

When Tetris 99 was announced in a Nintendo Direct, Nintendo said there would be upcoming events to get players together, but didn't reveal any details about what those might be. Today, we got details of the first event, which ranks the top 999 players during a specific time frame and earn rewards for doing so.

Beginning on March 8, players will simply play Tetris 99 as normal and try to rack up as many wins as possible in what is called the Maximus Cup. You have through March 10 to get those wins and be one of the top players and you'll be given 999 Nintendo coins, which is basically $10 in eShop credit.

Only first place finishes count, so being top three is not good enough to get credit. Do you have what it takes to be one of the best Tetris 99 players in the world? You can check out the website for all the details.

Dota 2's Latest Update Introduces A New Hero

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Dota 2's Latest Update Introduces A New Hero

The newest addition to the ever-swelling Dota 2 roster, follow up Grimstroke from August 2018, is Mars, the god of war. He storms into battle with a shield and his deadly spear.

Mars can throw the spear and stick characters to the environment or use his shield to bash and stun enemies. How he will shake up the game's routine is yet to be seen, but as with every new addition to the line-up, time will tell how effective he is.

The game was released in 2013, so it's always nice to see the support for the game hasn't waned since then. You can read our review for the game from when it launched or read about how well the Dota 2 mod, Dota Auto Chess is doing.

A Big Wargroove Update Is Coming Tomorrow

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A Big Wargroove Update Is Coming Tomorrow

The Wargroove 1.2 patch drops tomorrow, fixing some of the game's most troublesome issues and adding in features that make its content more accessible to its fanbase.

Of the many changes that will be added in, some of the most substantial include a campaign checkpoint system (for times when combat is punishing), customizable difficulty settings, a spectator mode for multiplayer as well as seven co-op maps, higher movement speed options for your units, and tweaks to glitchy groove animations. The list goes on, meaning that players will be pleased to see their favorite pixelated strategy game refreshingly optimized.  

For more on Wargroove, check out our review or watch the New Gameplay Today episode that focuses on its story mode. 

Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Worked With An IV Drip While Sick

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Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Worked With An IV Drip While Sick

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is chock full of content in a way very few games are, but a similar thing could be said of all of director Masahiro Sakurai's games. The 48-year-old developer has a reputation as one of the most stringent and hardest working directors in the business, to the point where he makes jokes about never sleeping that people aren't entirely sure are actually jokes.

In an interview with Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream, translated by Nintendo Everything, Sakurai relayed a story about the development of presumably Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where he had symptoms of something that resembled food poisoning. He couldn't figure out where he would have eaten bad food, and suggested it would be the kind of thing you go to the hospital for, but instead he simply hooked himself up to an IV drip and continued working.

"I guess I’m a hard worker?" Sakurai told the incredulous interviewer. "I’m a freelancer, so I don’t have any strict rules on my time. As long as I can complete the game, I could show up to the office once per week and I think it’d be within the realm of forgiveness. But instead I make sure I come to work every day and write proper daily reports and such. I’m always working, but there’s a lot of things that keep me in good spirits!"

Take Some Time Off In April For The Release Of Vacation Simulator

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Take Some Time Off In April For The Release Of Vacation Simulator

After a brief announcement at The Game Awards in 2017, Vacation Simulator, the follow-up to the hugely popular Job Simulator, has finally got a release date and a slew of new information. For those of you tired of waiting for this vacation, it's not far off. The game is releasing in just over a month on SteamVR and Oculus for $29.99 and the PSVR version is coming sometime this summer.

Along with the news of when you can immerse yourself in the simulation, the developers, Owlchemy Labs, also released a trailer showcasing the different locales you'll get to lounge around in on Vacation Island: the beach, forest, mountain, and resort.

In the year 2060, the robots have built this simulation to better understand what humans do when they aren't working. To that end, Vacation Island comes equipped with plenty to see and do. Owlchemy gave a run down of what to expect:

Report: Disc-less Xbox One To Release In May

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Report: Disc-less Xbox One To Release In May

Rumors have been swirling for a few months now that Microsoft is planning to release a new version of their Xbox One console without a disc drive, effectively making a digital-only console. Now reports are coming out that the digital-only Xbox One is not only real, but it will release in just a few months in May.

According to Windows Central, the console is codenamed the Xbox Maverick. The actual name, however, is reported to be the "Xbox One S All-Digital" edition. The console will be a normal Xbox One S, but all games will be digital, like a PSP Go or a tablet or phone. The idea is certainly not alien, but very rarely used on consoles.

The hope is for the console to be cheaper than a regular Xbox One S, but it is unclear how much money removing the disc drive will save both Microsoft and consumers. Still, for users who don't want to buy physical games and publishers who want to stop making physical games, the prospect is likely appealing.