Weekend Warrior – In The Groove

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Weekend Warrior – In The Groove

As we all start to thaw out after the polar vortex made a long stop in Minneapolis, we have plenty to choose from this weekend. There are finally a good grouping of games out as we enter February, and we'll be splitting our time between Resident Evil 2, Wargroove, Kingdom Hearts III, and... Contra 3.

That's what we're doing, but what will you be doing this weekend? Are you ignoring games this weekend to watch some football? Let us know in the comments.

Javy Gwaltney – I just can’t put down Resident Evil 2 despite playing both runs. I’ll probably make time for some more Wargroove as well.

Musician Marshmello Holding Concert Inside Fortnite This Weekend

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Musician Marshmello Holding Concert Inside Fortnite This Weekend

Fortnite is no stranger to in-game events. Developer Epic seems to rather enjoy making a spectacle within the game with time-limited content that gathers people together. The newest event, however, looks like it might be strange even for Fortnite, with musician Marshmello hinting that he will be performing a concert inside the game on Saturday.

It started with Marshmello, whose real name is Christopher Comstock, tweeting on Thursday that fans should keep their eyes on Fortnite's Pleasant Park for a set.

Drop into Pleasant Park in @FortniteGame this Saturday for a special set

The Anthem Open Demo Is Now Live

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The Anthem Open Demo Is Now Live

Anthem's demo is now open to all users, as opposed to the VIP-only demo last weekend. While the new demo does not have any of the fixes they've taken from the feedback yet, it is an opportunity to give more feedback to the game so they can take a look at it post-release.

The Anthem demo gives players a small look at the full game, but without eight weeks of fixes and plopped into the middle of the story. Among other fixes, Bioware says they will allow running in Fort Tarsis, fix a few thousand small things, add a social hub, and more.

Hopefully the open demo does not suffer from the server issues that plagued the first day of the last demo. If you're looking to make the most of your time with Anthem this weekend, check out our guide outlining how to do so here.

Super Mario Movie Aiming For 2022

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Super Mario Movie Aiming For 2022

As part of Nintendo's financial briefing, the company's president Shuntaro Furukawa talked a little but the upcoming Super Mario movie, being shepherded by Nintendo and made by Minions studio Illumination. While the two groups only announced the movie last year, it will still be a little while before we'll see anything from Nintendo's first major motion picture in decades.

Furukawa said that the movie is "moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022." He also reconfirmed that Mario creator and Nintendo creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto is producing the film to make sure it is under the watchful eye of Nintendo.

This is actually the second Mario movie to ever exist. In 1993, when Mario had more social cache than even Mickey Mouse, Nintendo gleefully licensed the IP out for a Super Mario Bros. movie starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Anthony Hopkins. It was a historic critical and commercial failure, convincing Nintendo to back off from movies for the next 20 years. Before the late president Satoru Iwata passed away, he made cross-media deals to begin the process of making a Mario movie once again.

Ubisoft Celebrates Lunar New Year With Free Game

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Ubisoft Celebrates Lunar New Year With Free Game

Ubisoft is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a massive sale – and a free game.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is free for PC players until February 4. It’s a sidescroller that puts you in the boots of Shao Jun, the last assassin in the Chinese brotherhood who sneaks and stabs her way to revenge across 16th century China.

We enjoyed devising elaborate routes through its enemy-riddled, ink-and-watercolor levels, but felt the gameplay lost steam about halfway through our review playthrough.

God Of War's Combat Designer Walks Through The Game's Toughest Challenge

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God Of War's Combat Designer Walks Through The Game's Toughest Challenge

Last year’s God of War reboot took Kratos and his son, Atreus, on a more down-to-Earth (Midgard?) quest, but it wasn’t just the more fatherly disposition that had players searching for every last secret. The combat was also redone and offered just as stiff a challenge as ever with nine optional boss fights against the legendary Valkryies from Norse mythology.

The PlayStation Blog today released a breakdown of the combat in each of those nine fights from the God of War’s senior staff combat designer, Denny Yeh. It’s an exhaustive examination of what made each of those fights unique and also how each played into each other to culminate in one final challenge. He equates the game to “one long class,” so if you’re paying attention, you’ll be ready for the whatever the game throws at you.

He offers plenty of fun tidbits about the philosophy behind a good combat boss versus a more spectacle-oriented fight, like a particularly brutal one early on. For instance, for anyone who has made it past all nine of those Valkyries, they know that the final fight requires perfect focus against a seemingly endless array of attacks, but at one point that boss had so many attacks that the A.I. was unable to properly handle them all.

Nintendo Looking Into Bolstering Switch Online

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Nintendo Looking Into Bolstering Switch Online

The somewhat bare bones Nintendo Switch Online service could be getting some much needed updates in the future, according to a statement by Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.

During the company's Q3 financial briefing to investors, Furukawa revealed that the Switch Online service has eight million subscribers right now, a surprisingly high number for such a nascent service. The number doesn't include free trials, but does include entire family memberships. Cryptically, Furukawa also added that they are working to expand the Switch's online offerings, though didn't detail what these would be.

Nintendo launched their Switch Online service this past September after over a year's delay in getting it implemented. The pay-for-online service was announced at the Switch reveal event in January 2017 and was meant to launch a little bit into the Switch's life, but the company seemingly had difficulty in getting it up and running. While cheaper than competing services, the Switch's online features leave a lot to be desired, like better friends lists, system-level voice chat, etc.

PSA: Xbox Live Is Down

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PSA: Xbox Live Is Down

Xbox Live is having some trouble this morning, and by that we mean it's experiencing sign-in issues and letting people access previously purchased content. This comes after recent issues with users experiencing a black screen a few days ago.

Microsoft has confirmed via Twitter it's aware of the issues and is working on a fix.

Its service status is also listed as limited on Xbox's official website. 

Xbox Live Is Down

about X hours ago from
Xbox Live Is Down

Xbox Live is having some trouble this morning, and by that we mean it's experiencing sign-in issues and letting people access previously purchased content. This comes after recent issues with users experiencing a black screen a few days ago.

Microsoft has confirmed via Twitter it's aware of the issues and is working on a fix.

Its service status is also listed as limited on Xbox's official website. 

Update: After Being Down, Xbox Live Is Back Up And Running

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Update: After Being Down, Xbox Live Is Back Up And Running

Update 1:30pm:  Everything should be back to normal. Xbox Support has confirmed that things are back up and running. Hopefully, this continues. 

Original Story: Xbox Live is having some trouble this morning, and by that we mean it's having sign-in issues and letting people access previously purchased content. This comes after recent issues with users experiencing a black screen a few days ago.

Microsoft has confirmed via Twitter it's aware of the issues and is working on a fix.