Gears Of War 4 Valentine's Day Update Adds Two Maps And Torque Bow Tag

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Gears Of War 4 Valentine's Day Update Adds Two Maps And Torque Bow Tag

Today The Coalition revealed an upcoming update for Gears Of War 4's multiplayer component. The update includes a Valentine's day event that includes "daily Valentine's themed bounties" as well as two new maps and the return of fan favorite mode, Torque Bow Tag.

You can get the lowdown on the two maps, Impact Dark and War Machine, here:

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March Cover Reveal – The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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March Cover Reveal – The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

This year brings the release of a new Nintendo console and a new Zelda game. Both are momentous occasions in the video game world, and we haven’t seen the two overlap in this way since the launch of the Wii and Twilight Princess more than a decade ago. With the Switch, Nintendo hopes to merge the worlds of mobile and console gaming in an innovative way. We spent lots of time with the new hardware to see how it aims to accomplish this goal.

Early impressions for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed an impressive and surprising new direction for the series, and our extended time with the game only cemented that opinion. We experienced more of the game than anyone outside of Nintendo, playing through a dungeon in its entirety, exploring the sprawling open world of Hyrule for hours, discovering Shrines, appreciating the wildlife, and fighting surprisingly powerful monsters (including the dungeon boss, Wind Blight Ganon, and a Guardian). We may have not lived through our battle with the Guardian, but we can tell you about it. Finally, we spoke extensively with longtime Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma as well as Zelda’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto about Breath of the Wild and the larger Zelda franchise.

Nintendo Switch Is Getting FIFA 18

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Nintendo Switch Is Getting FIFA 18

When EA announced that it is bringing the FIFA franchise to the Nintendo Switch this year, the fact that Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president at EA, simply called it "EA Sports FIFA on Nintendo Switch" was conspicuous. Gamers wondered if the "custom-built" title would be the same as the ones set to appear on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Recently, EA chief competition officer Peter Moore, shed a sliver of additional light on the Switch product by calling it "FIFA 18."

"Well, as we have said, we are custom-building a FIFA version for the Nintendo Switch," Moore told Gamereactor at a Paris event. "It will be FIFA 18, and it will obviously be later this year when FIFA 18 comes out."

EA's nomenclature gives the impression that the Switch version will be in line with the others. Gamereactor specifically asked Moore whether FIFA 18 on Switch has the same feature set as those on the PS4 and Xbox One, but he only reiterated that FIFA 18 on Switch was custom. The company has not announced any features for any of the versions of FIFA 18, other than that The Journey story mode would return.

Love Spreads Like A Disease In Paragon's Carnival Of Hearts Event

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Love Spreads Like A Disease In Paragon's Carnival Of Hearts Event

Starting today, Paragon players can get a little insight about disease transmission thanks to the game's new Carnival of Hearts event. That may not have been their goal – it was ostensibly more about celebrating V-Day and not VD – but a free Burning Heart Serath skin will be infesting the game like a plague.

Earning the crimson skin is simple: Play on a team with someone who has already unlocked it, and it's yours at the end of the match. Then you can pass it along to other players that you meet, like a, well, you see where this is going.

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Forza Horizon Dev Opening New Studio For Non-Racing Project

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Forza Horizon Dev Opening New Studio For Non-Racing Project

Forza Horizon developer Playground Games has announced that it is opening a second studio in order to start work on a new open-world, non-racing title.

Gamesindustry.biz has the news, talking to Ralph Fulton, founder and creative director at the developer, who said, "We feel like we've become pretty good at racing games over the years. We can always get better, we can always strive to get better, but we'd love to prove ourselves in a different genre. That's another goal of Project 2, to allow us to do that."

The new studio will be close to the existing one in Leamington Spa, England, and Playground is in the process of hiring a leadership team for the project. Fulton didn't give any details about the game other than that it was open world and not a racing title, and stressed that the company remains committed to the Forza Horizon franchise.

Streamer Beats Resident Evil 7 On Hardest Difficulty During Intense Knife-Only Speedrun

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Streamer Beats Resident Evil 7 On Hardest Difficulty During Intense Knife-Only Speedrun

Speedruns aren't usually something I care about but even this one made my head spin a bit. YouTuber Quizzle has beaten Resident Evil 7 with only a knife on Madhouse difficulty, which is impressive enough on its own, until you see that he did it in less than four hours, which is just ridiculous.

By sake of comparison, it took me seven hours and the other editors who have played the game in the 7-10 range as well, on normal difficulty with weapons. HLTB (How Long To Beat) has most of the user-submitted times clocking in around 8-9 hours. You can watch the whole thing right here. Spoilers, of course.

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Reader Discussion – Do Difficult Games Intimidate You?

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Reader Discussion – Do Difficult Games Intimidate You?

Nioh comes out tomorrow. I'm about 20 hours into it and agree with reviewer Dan Tack's assessment that it's quite good. It's also ridiculously difficult, far harder than any Souls game. I honestly haven't played an action game this difficult since the days of the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo.

But that's also kind of the reason I love it? I really dig feeling like I have to fight for my victories, tooth and nail, overcoming insurmountable odds any way I can. I get why some people don't though. So which camp do you fall into and why?

Let us know in the comments below.

Skilled Overwatch Player Proves The Internet Wrong In New Sombra Video

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Skilled Overwatch Player Proves The Internet Wrong In New Sombra Video

It's generally accepted knowledge in the Overwatch competitive scene that Sombra is not a viable main. While the hacker may have stolen the show upon her arrival with her tricky moves including teleportation and invisibility, a lot of players see her more as a liability to a team trying to win in competitive due to her reliance on stealth to be successful in the online shooter. 

YouTuber Bunsen disproves that stereotype in a new video of his, which shows him being viciously attacked for choosing the character in a series of matches, only to be congratulated on playing so well and upending everyone's expectations when the matches end. It's an uplifting multiplayer success story, but be advised there is strong language in the video. Keep it classy, team chat. 

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Final Fantasy VII's Cloud And Sephiroth Recreated As Snow Sculptures

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Final Fantasy VII's Cloud And Sephiroth Recreated As Snow Sculptures

Final Fantasy VII Remake may be some time away, but two of the title's most recognizable characters have already been remade... As snow sculptures, that is.

地元は、雪まつり。弟からクラウド雪像になってるって画像が(笑)
クラウド…すごーく好きなのね私。FFで一番好きなのね。こ、これは(笑)でも、プロジェクションでどーにかなるといいみたいで気になる所。 pic.twitter.com/qWwVkJTqG3

Attendees of Japan's 68th Sapporo Snow Festival have been flocking to the giant work depicting Cloud and Sephiroth locked in combat. Floods of tweet from festival-goers calling the piece "too cool" and "amazing," as well as live TV news coverage, have brought huge crowds to the annual celebration. With an FF-themed video projected onto the sculpture itself, it's easy to see how these two video game icons have stolen the snow show.

Pair Pleads Guilty To Breaking UK's Gambling Act Via FIFA Site

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Pair Pleads Guilty To Breaking UK's Gambling Act Via FIFA Site

A YouTube streamer and his business partner have pleaded guilty to charges related to the UK's Gambling Act. The two men ran a web site that served as a conduit for FIFA Ultimate Team gambling, where users could buy and sell in-game currency and use it to place bets beyond the scope of EA's sports game.

Craig Douglas – who streams under the name Nepenthez – and his business partner Dylan Rigby ran afoul of the UK's gambling commission for their site. According to the BBC, Douglas pleaded guilty to charges of being an officer of a firm that provided facilities for gambling without an operating license and for advertising unlawful gambling. Rigby pleaded guilty to two counts related to providing facilities for unlawful gambling and one for advertising unlawful gambling. They have not been sentenced.

Users could visit their site and purchase coins for use in FIFA 17, and also wager those coins on the jackpots of other gambling games – activities that violated the UK's Gambling Act. According to the BBC, the pair are the first to be prosecuted for running a gambling site associated with a video game.