Microsoft Giving Away Free Minecraft Education Content

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Microsoft Giving Away Free Minecraft Education Content

Microsoft is giving away free Minecraft Education content to help kids out of school and everyone else cope with their isolation due to COVID-19. 

The game's marketplace has a new Education collection that contains Minecraft tours of places such as the International Space Station or inside the human eye, as well as community creations exploring topics like Greek history.

The content is free and available through June 30.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's New Update Is Live, Alatreon Battle Coming In May

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's New Update Is Live, Alatreon Battle Coming In May

A long adventure in a fantasy world sounds like a good distraction right now. If you haven't ventured into Monster Hunter World yet, or its massive Iceborne expansion, now is a good time to do so. Conversely, if you've already gone through all of the content, you may want to check out the new title update that hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today. The PC version gets the update on April 8.

The update introduces two monster variations: Furious Rajang and Raging Brachydios. Both of these battles are for high-level hunters. Furious Rajang is more powerful than its standard counterpart, can pin hunters, and also can fire off new medium and long-range attacks. The beast also doesn't have as many weak spots. Raging Brachydios is coated in dangerous slime and can trap hunters. Defeating these beasts produces materials that you can use to craft new Palico weapons, armors, and gear.

The update also introduces layered weapons. Capcom says the layered weapons "alter the appearance of weapons without impacting their stats." Players will find even more layered weapon designs arriving in April. Additionally, players have a chance to receive rare decorations through Carved Feystones when helping other hunters with Assignments, and regular quests offer King Armor Spheres as rewards. You can also kick unwanted monsters out of a region with something called the Banishing Ball. Sounds useful.

PlayStation 5 Will Play "Almost All" Of The Top 100 PlayStation 4 Games At Launch [Update]

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PlayStation 5 Will Play

Update: In a recent clarification on the original PlayStation Blog post, Sony noted that the number of PS4 games expected to be supported through backward compatibility is much higher than PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny's initial comments made it appear.

"We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5," the post says. "We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers." 

Sony also notes that further updates on backward compatibility will be coming in the months ahead, along with more details about the PS5. 

Report: Rosario Dawson Cast As Ahsoka Tano In The Mandalorian's Second Season

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Report: Rosario Dawson Cast As Ahsoka Tano In The Mandalorian's Second Season

The Clone Wars is back and so is Jedi Ahsoka Tano. As fans celebrate her return in this beloved animated series, they may have an even bigger moment to look forward to this year. According to Slashfilm, Tano will also appear in The Mandalorian's second season, which is slated to air on Disney+ this October.

Since this is a live-action show, Tano will be brought to life by actress Rosario Dawson from Rent, Daredevil, and Eagle Eye fame. Dawson has long played along with fans requesting she be cast as Tano in a show. Now it appears to be happening. Tano was first brought to life in the animated series by actress Ashley Eckstein.

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Resident Evil 3 Brings Back The Knife Run

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Resident Evil 3 Brings Back The Knife Run

Knife-only runs have been a staple of Capcom’s community since the original Resident Evil on PlayStation. During these playthroughs, fans challenge themselves to complete various Resident Evil games using only the knife as their offensive weapon – no guns allowed.

A successful knife run is challenging and requires an intimate knowledge of the Resident Evil game being attempted. Unfortunately, knife runs were basically impossible in the remake of Resident Evil 2 because knives in that game would break. This was because knives were used as a defensive weapon that would prevent zombies from biting you. Some would argue that this made knives more valuable, but it had the unfortunate consequence of killing the knife run. 

“We kept the knife inexhaustible [in Resident Evil 3], so you can use it forever,” says producer Peter Fabiano. “We're dealing with survival horror and everything is exhaustible. You run out of bullets. You run out of herbs. You run out of all the items you can use. So if you did run out of everything, what would you have? The knife. The director always wanted to make it so that you at least have your trusty knife. That’s always something you can rely on.”

Prime 1 Studio Is Releasing A $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue

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Prime 1 Studio Is Releasing A $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue

Standing in at 43 inches in height, Prime 1 Studio's Doom Slayer statue will likely jump out in any room you put it in. This statue is a part of Prime 1's Museum Masterline collection. If $2,399 is too steep of a price for you, Prime 1 is offering two additional versions with less bells and whistles.

The standard version is $1,799, features an LED light-up helmet, and base. The deluxe version is $1,999 and comes with the same things, along with two interchangeable right arms: one holding the Crucible, and another with either the Super Shotgun or Plasma Rifle. The ultimate edition comes with everything from the deluxe edition, along with another interchangeable right arm that can hold the BFG 9000, heavy cannon, or chainsaw.

The base reflects the end of a battle, with various skulls and the remains of a Pinky at the Slayer's feet. Preorders are open now, but the statue won't ship June 2021 at the earliest. You can see more images below.

Trainers Can Now Take On Pokémon Go's Paid Genesect Research Challenge

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Trainers Can Now Take On Pokémon Go's Paid Genesect Research Challenge

Niantic has made changes to Pokémon Go to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic – including numerous ways to keep people from gathering in one location – and the latest paid challenge reflects this. I'm beginning my quest and I'm having no problem working through the goals from my home.

If players purchase the $7.99 ticket for the Special Research Task "A Drive to Investigate," they'll have between now and March 23 at 10 p.m. local time to finish it. Unlike previous tasks, this one is streamlined to feats you can handle from home, including catching element-based Pokémon, playing with your buddy, and battling other trainers (which you can do through the Battle league). To catch the elemental Pokémon, I recommend using incense to create more spawns. A huge supply of incense can be purchased in the store right now for just one gold, and they each last for an hour (opposed to the usual 30 minutes).

You'll only need to complete four of the five tasks to reach the Genesect encounter, although the fifth task gives you 10 extra Genesect candies. Good luck with the quest, trainers, and have fun!

Disaster Report 4 Demo Is Now On PlayStation 4 And Switch

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Disaster Report 4 Demo Is Now On PlayStation 4 And Switch

Given what's going on in the world right now, inviting players into a different disaster scenario may not seem like the best idea, but the Disaster Report series has always been about people helping each other out, and we could use a lot of that right now. You can get a taste of what's to come in Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories through a playable demo that just released on PlayStation 4 and Switch.

Disaster Report 4 begins with a catastrophic earthquake striking Tokyo. As you work your way to safety, you will meet other people along the way and will have to make choices as to how you interact with them. You can see some of those interactions in the trailer below. Publisher NIS America hopes to have the full game in your hands on April 7 for PC, Switch, and PlayStation 4.

Watch TimTheTatman Play As Echo In Overwatch Right Now

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Watch TimTheTatman Play As Echo In Overwatch Right Now

Streaming star TimTheTatman is checking out Echo, the newest hero coming to Overwatch. He was joined by Overwatch's director Jeff Kaplan who walked through Echo's development and role on the roster. Tim is also showing off different videos, such as Echo's origin, during the stream.

Echo is a new DPS character with a tri-shot, glide, and her Ultimate duplicates the Ult of a hero on the other team. This means she can turn into any role during that Ult period, support or tank. Echo is currently available for everyone to check out on PTR.

The Messenger Developer Sabotage Announces Turn-Based RPG Sea Of Stars

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The Messenger Developer Sabotage Announces Turn-Based RPG Sea Of Stars

Sabotage, the studio behind 2018 indie darling The Messenger, has announced a Kickstarter campaign for its new project. Sea of Stars is a beautiful turn-based RPG that serves as a prequel to the Ninja Gaiden-inspired The Messenger. However, rather than exploring the origins of certain characters, this prequel looks to expand and enrich the world introduced in The Messenger.

Just as The Messenger drew inspiration from Ninja Gaiden and the classic Metroidvania formula, Sea of Stars borrows heavily from classic RPGs like Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire, and Illusion of Gaia. While this may seem like a jarring leap between such distinct genres, Sabotage says this was the plan going in. "We've been wanting to make an RPG all along, but it just was too ambitious as a first project and too risky to arrive with no name for ourselves and propose such a big project," says CEO and creative director Thierry Boulanger. "We wanted to start building interest about this world. We're slowly telling the important story arcs of that world, one game at a time. The game genre that we use is always the best way to tell whichever story that we're telling. For The Messenger, it was a platformer because it was just one character and a more linear, straightforward mission; now it's all about exploration, a party of six people, and higher stakes, so the RPG is kind of indicated there."