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

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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.

Jotaro Kujo And Dio Coming To Jump Force

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Jotaro Kujo And Dio Coming To Jump Force

Bandai Namco has revealed two new characters for Jump Force, the upcoming crossover fighter featuring characters from all number of Shonen Jump manga. You can't have a Jump crossover without some representation from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, however, and it makes sense to bring in the series' biggest villain and its most popular protagonist.

Yare Yare Daze...
ALL-NEW screens of Jotaro and Dio coming your way! Get ready to UNITE TO FIGHT with him in #JUMPFORCE and pre-order today: https://t.co/2aJpkIOzL5 pic.twitter.com/LbJ3PZ2Gpq

So now you can play as an eternal vampire or a guy who is super, super good at punching. I'd put my money on the punching.

Dr. Mario World Coming To Mobile Devices This Summer

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Dr. Mario World Coming To Mobile Devices This Summer

As part of their financial release today, Nintendo has also announced another mobile title aiming for a worldwide release this summer. Titled Dr. Mario World, it is presumably a larger expansion of the Dr. Mario concept of putting colored pills onto viruses to destroy them.

The title is one of two announced mobile games currently on Nintendo's slate, including the now-delayed Mario Kart Tour, meaning that both games are slated to come out in Nintendo's next financial year. Dr. Mario World is scheduled for early summer, while Mario Kart Tour is just a broader summer schedule.

Dr. Mario World is part of a new partnership between Nintendo and multi-pronged Japanese software platform LINE. This is Nintendo's third mobile game partnership, including DeNA and CyGames.

Report: Nintendo To Release Revised Version Of Switch This Fiscal Year

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Report: Nintendo To Release Revised Version Of Switch This Fiscal Year

The Nikkei, a Japanese financial newspaper, is reporting, after much speculation, that Nintendo will release a revised version of the Switch sometime in its 2019 fiscal year. The fiscal year runs from April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020 with the report suggesting it is slated for fall, but could find its way out as early as this summer.

Few other details were given about this revision other than it will be focusing more on the handheld aspect. Other features are supposedly going to be removed to help cut costs, but nothing concrete was offered as to which features would be getting removed. The rumors have suggested a slimmer frame and better battery, which sounds likely for a remodel of Nintendo hardware.

Nintendo home consoles don’t tend to get revisions nearly as drastic or with nearly the same frequency as their portables do, but if this is in fact going to be a more focused handheld device, then maybe this also means we are finally at the end of the 3DS’s long life. This would allow them to sell a dedicated handheld to families that just want something for their children and a home console for everyone else. The difference this time out is that it would have a completely unified software library.

Darksiders Warmastered Edition For Switch Officially Announced

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Darksiders Warmastered Edition For Switch Officially Announced

Update: As expected, THQ Nordic has confirmed the release of Darksiders Warmastered Edition for the Switch. The company has also added a release date: April 2. The game will be available both at retail and digitally for $29.99.

Also, the leaked trailer below is now official, so you can enjoy it again or for the first time by scrolling down.

Original Story: While it has been rumored through retail listings for a month or so, it seems like THQ Nordic is ready to announce that the HD remaster of the first Darksiders game is coming to Switch before too long. This version has previously been released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U, but has not come to the Switch since its release in November 2016.