Gears Of Wars 4's Biggest Event To Date, "Gearsmas," Starts Today

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It's that time of year...Gearsmas is here! To celebrate, Gears of War 4 is going out with it, making it its biggest event yet. Gearsmas delivers over 30 pieces of festive-themed items to collect, a special playlist featuring the first Gears of War 4 holiday customized weapon, a new snowball fight event, and more.. 

Gearsmas kicks off today. You can spend 400 credits to get a Gearsmas pack, which includes one bounty and two items from the Gearsmas collection below:

The daily rewards system will also be  handing out gifts. Today you can get a Chuzzmas Emblem and on December 27 the Ice Boomshot. Also in the mix is a new event called Snowball Fight, which is a variant of TDM, but lets you use a new weapon to fire snowball. Don't worry it still gibs enemies like the Gears we've come to know and love. In addition, Crossplay Versus is back, where Xbox One and PC players can game together with squads of up to five players.

The "Weird" Assassin's Creed Face Seen Across The Internet Has Been Fixed

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Most of the time NPCs just blend in with the atmosphere, but when Ubisoft released Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, one randomly generated NPC made quite the impression thanks to a Polygon video that went viral. Pictures and jokes swept across the internet of a particular man in Assassin's Creed II who just looked...off with creepy eyes and massive lips. The Ezio Collection was supposed to feature "enhanced graphics," which made it all the more comical. 

Today Ubisoft released a patch that will "fix a weird NPC face." That's Ubisoft's words, not ours. Eurogramer captured the patch notes for 1.02, which confirm the change.   

To be fair, no game is perfect, and funny slip ups sometimes occur. We hope Ubisoft is laughing with us. People even came out to the support the collection for its enhancements, noting this NPC and other elements was not representative of the its quality.

New Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Cosmetic DLC Now Available On Xbox One

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New Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Cosmetic DLC Now Available On Xbox One

A week ago, PlayStation 4 users were treated to the Call of Duty Endowment Courage pack. Now Xbox One owners can also download it. The pack includes the following: new weapon camo and weapon accessory, a reticle and emblem, and an animated calling card – all in the endowment's official colors. 

All profits for the downloading the pack go toward the Call of Duty Endowment foundation, which helps to pair veterans with civilian jobs. Call of Duty Endowment has already helped over 25,000 veterans secure employment.

For more on the Call of Duty Endowment, take a look at our earlier video feature about how the franchise helps veterans.

Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack DLC Detailed, Hits With Free Update Next Week

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Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack DLC Detailed, Hits With Free Update Next Week

As previously reported, Final Fantasy XV has free updates and DLC coming. Some of that is hitting just in time for the holidays, and Square Enix detailed more of what that entrails today. 

 Starting December 22, you can get a holiday themed photo framed for Prompto's holiday to ring in the festivities during your road trip. The holiday DLC is free for those who purchased the game, but those who purchased the Final Fantasy XV season pass or premium edition get some bonuses.

The free holiday DLC includes the following:

League Of Legends Inks Exclusive Streaming Deal With MLB

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League Of Legends Inks Exclusive Streaming Deal With MLB

Major League Baseball is branching into eSports, though it might not be the way you'd expect. The organization's streaming division, BAMTech, has signed a deal with Riot Games for exclusive streaming rights for League of Legends events.

BAMTech paid at least $300 million for the rights through 2023. Under the deal, BAMTech will be able to earn money via ad revenue and managing sponsorship deals. According to Dow Jones Business News, Riot isn't planning to charge League viewers with subscription fees, but a premium-content model isn't off the table at some point in the future.

[Source: Dow Jones Business News via PVP Live]

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Leads November's Game Sales

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Leads November's Game Sales

You might not remember, but November of 2015 was a pretty great month for games. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront all released to strong sales about a year ago. Unfortunately, this year's sales didn't quite measure up. Overall, sales of video games declined by 19 percent compared to what they were around this time last year. The top three selling games of this last November were: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Pokémon: Sun.

When you actually analyze the data, you learn that Battlefield 1 released in October, so it's not too surprising that it's sales were a little down. Pokémon, on the other hand, had the strongest launch in the history of the franchise, but since the game only retails for around $40, it actually contributed less to the overall November sales than a $60 game from last year.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Leads November's Game Sales

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Leads November's Game Sales

You might not remember, but November of 2015 was a pretty great month for games. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront all released to strong sales about a year ago. Unfortunately, this year's sales didn't quite measure up. Overall, sales of video games declined by 19 percent compared to what they were around this time last year. The top three selling games of this last November were: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Pokémon: Sun.

When you actually analyze this data, you learn that Battlefield 1 released in October, so it's not too surprising that it's sales were a little down. Pokémon, on the other hand, had the strongest launch in the history of the franchise, but since the game only retails for around $40, it actually contributed less to the overall November sales than the $60 games of last year.

Rumor: Street Fighter V Season 2 Calls Out Rage Quitters

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Rumor: Street Fighter V Season 2 Calls Out Rage Quitters

Today Yahoo! reported on some proposed Street Fighter V changes allegedly coming on December 20, along with Akuma's re-entry into the fighting ring.

Along with the fan-favorite fighter, Season 2 changes could include calling out serial rage quitters with a scarlet letter on their profile, slightly reworked menus, and new music options. Another change that may garner praise is compatibility with DirectInput, which woould allow players to use the controller of their choice. The details come via an alleged leak of the PC beta.

The Season 2 patch (which will also include the game's long-awaited balance changes) and Akuma are both scheduled to come out on December 20. You can either pay for Akuma separately, or get him as a part of the Season 2 Pass, which will include Akuma, five original characters (as well as Premium Battle costume and several colors), and a PlayStation 4 theme.

Reader Discussion: How Often Do You Buy Games After Free Trials?

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Reader Discussion: How Often Do You Buy Games After Free Trials?

This past year we've seen many prominent games like Overwatch, FIFA 17, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Rainbow Six: Siege, The Division, and Madden NFL 17 offer free trial weekends to bring new players into the mix with the established communities that play these games on a daily basis. These trials are great opportunities to get your feet wet and decide whether you like a game enough to buy it, and many of them even preserve your progress.

So our question to you is how often do these trial periods result in an actual purchase? Do you sometimes play enough to feel satiated, or do most of the games leave you wanting more? Share you thoughts in our comments section and tell us which games convinced you to splurge.