Reader Discussion – What Game Series' Lore Are You Most Versed In?

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Reader Discussion – What Game Series' Lore Are You Most Versed In?

Kingdom Hearts III is out next week, and it looks like it's pretty good. The series gets a bad rap for having an overly-complicated storyline, but it has its fans, people who dig into every aspect of its lore, characters, and plot. That can be fun to do; knowing how various events come together, timelines split apart, and more feels good, and showing off the knowledge is a pleasure in its own.

So we want to know: What games series' lore are you most knowledgeable in? I don't know that there's any major franchise I could explain completely, but there are a few that I'm pretty confident: Metal Gear (another series known for its silly convoluted plotline), Advance Wars, the Kill the Past trilogy (some of Grasshopper Manufacture's earlier games) I think I could talk about in-depth. Maybe Mortal Kombat. I could talk for a while about The Witcher, too, but I'm sure there are people far more versed in it than I am.

What about you? Are you a Kingdom Hearts nut? Have a theory about Zelda's timelines you think better fits them all together than Nintendo's official one? Could you please tell me what happens between Resident Evil 2 and 4 so I don't have to play the games in between? Let us know in the comments.

Resident Evil 2's 4th Survivor Mode Trailer Shows Off A Hunky Mode

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Resident Evil 2's 4th Survivor Mode Trailer Shows Off A Hunky Mode

When players managed to finish Capcom's recent "one-shot" demo for their newly-released Resident Evil 2 remake, they were treated to a brief trailer showing of Hunk and Tofu, two classic RE2 characters who've made it back into the remake. Capcom has now also shown off a trailer showing how Hunk factors into the game.

Hunk is the main character of 4th Survivor, a throwback unlockable mode available after players beat the game's 2nd Run mode. 4th Survivor offers a campaign that's much shorter than the main ones, but is much tougher. Although Hunk starts out with way more items than either Claire or Leon, it's all he gets for the run, and you have to beat the mode on a timer. After that, you unlock Tofu mode, which has you playing as the titular large block of foodlike substance armed only with a knife and a few herbs. You can find a gameplay trailer of the mode below.

For more on Resident Evil 2, check out our review and guide for surviving the night.

PSA: Get The Jackbox Party Pack Free On The Epic Game Store, Axiom Verge Next Month

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PSA: Get The Jackbox Party Pack Free On The Epic Game Store, Axiom Verge Next Month

The Epic Games Store continues its streak of delivering free games every two weeks, as the current title users can get for free is the original Jackbox Party Pack, available free or charge from now until February 7. Next month, however, they can get Axiom Verge.

From February 7 to February 21, users will be able to download the Metroid-inspired title, which we loved back when it first came out in 2015, for free then. After February 21, we're guessing there'll be yet another free game available. So keep checking the store for free games.

Call Of Duty Has Been The Highest-Selling Console Franchise For The Last 10 Years

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Call Of Duty Has Been The Highest-Selling Console Franchise For The Last 10 Years

Activision is celebrating a major milestone for the franchise, one that no other series can really claim: Being the best-selling franchise for 10 consecutive years.

NPD announced the news earlier this week. The streak began with 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and concluded with 2018's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Within that timespan, every entry in the series has sold immensely well, and helped make the franchise the highest-selling series of that year. The distinction of "franchise" is key to the streak here, however, as Grand Theft Auto V beat out Call of Duty: Ghosts as the single best-selling game of 2013,  making it the only year that a Call of Duty title didn't top the sales chart. Still, that's a lot of Call of Duty to sell, which very likely means there'll be another one. Who knows!

If you want to see us pull off some sick stunts in the best-selling console game of 2018, here you go.

PSA: Overwatch Gets A Permanent Price Cut On PC

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PSA: Overwatch Gets A Permanent Price Cut On PC

Blizzard has cut the price of every PC edition of Overwatch by $20, making it easier to hop in on the action than ever.

On PC, the game comes in two editions: standard and legendary. The main difference is that the legendary edition comes with several cosmetic skins, including five you can only get from the edition. It also comes grants access to Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, a Winston pet in World of WarCraft, Mercy wings in Diablo III, StarCraft II portraits, and a Hearthstone card back. The legendary edition is now permanently $40, while the standard edition is $20.

Meanwhile, the console versions, which are all the legendary edition, already retail for around $40 at most stores.

What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Rainbow Six Siege, And Dota 2

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Rainbow Six Siege, And Dota 2

Winter is still upon us this weekend in the Northern Hemisphere, and with absurdly low temperatures and flights being a not-so-solid endeavor, it's probably best if you just stayed inside and watched some stuff!

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals are today and tomorrow, and there'll be some (hopefully) exciting news about who might join the roster this year (hint: it's probably Jiren). The action starts at 12:30pm central today with some last-chance qualifier rounds ending at 11pm, then starts back up Sunday at 1pm central, concluding at 9pm central. (Stream)

The Rainbow Six Siege Pro League has a few matches that fall on the weekend this week (they mostly take place on weekdays), so if you're looking to catch up on some competitive action while grounded for your flight, this is a good event to watch! (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – Zombie Slayin' Time

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Weekend Warrior – Zombie Slayin' Time

This weekend, we'll be competing for seasonal skins in Overwatch, running from zombies (and half-zombies, and crawling-on-the-ceiling zombies) in Resident Evil 2, and (hopefully) testing out Anthem in the new demo if the servers stabilize.

We want to hear what you're playing this weekend! Drop into the comments section and tell us what's on your gaming agenda.

Imran Khan (@imranzomg) – I made a decision not to start Resident Evil 2 until after I finish Kingdom Hearts because I didn’t want to rush through the game. I didn’t realize that this meant I would spend this weekend wishing I was playing RE2, which inevitably means I am going to break down and play it like the day before Kingdom Hearts is out. I also have a Raspberry Pi project I’ve been putting off, so maybe I’ll occupy myself with that this weekend. Oh and I guess I’m seeing The LEGO Movie 2?

Detective Pikachu Movie Sequel Already In The Works

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Detective Pikachu Movie Sequel Already In The Works

You can't keep a good Pikachu down, nor does Legendary seemingly want to. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the movie studio has already hired a writer to pen the Detective Pikachu sequel before the first movie has even released in theaters.

The second movie is being written by Oren Uziel, who has worked on the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, 22 Jump Street, and the also upcoming Men In Black: International. While it's no surprise, it looks like Detective Pikachu's follow-up will have the same blend of humor and action as the first one does, based on that portfolio.

Hollywood Reporter describes the early greenlight as a sign of confidence for the movie, which is still a few months out from release. Legendary likely sees it as a money-maker and a critical hit, which means they probably really focused their energy on it.

Travis Strikes Again Update Adds Killer7 Tease

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Travis Strikes Again Update Adds Killer7 Tease

One week after the release of Travis Strikes Again, the newest game to star No More Heroes protagonist Travis Touchdown, the game has been updated with a new addition to the intro sequence, surprising fans of both No More Heroes and Suda51's wider catalog.

In the new scene, Killer7's Dan Smith appears to Badman, Bad Girl's father and Travis' grudging co-op partner throughout the game. From Smith's perspective, the intro plays out like a bit of Killer7 gameplay with slow walking and a first-person perspective. Smith has been hunting Badman, who explains that he had to stay alive to avenge his daughter's death, but he hasn't been able to find the killer. Smith finds out pretty immediately that it was Travis Touchdown, a name he had recognized before, and tells Badman where he is to go kill him.

The #killer7 character "Dan Smith" makes an appearance in the #TravisStrikesAgain #NoMoreHeroes opening movie! Available today in the TSA Day 7 patch, released 1 week after launch. pic.twitter.com/35Zfxgf5g8

Report: Facebook Knowingly Profited On In-Game Charges From Children

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Report: Facebook Knowingly Profited On In-Game Charges From Children

Facebook gaming might be the most common way that people dabble in a quick game or two while checking statuses or pretending to take notes in Microeconomics class. Being able to just play a quick game in your browser is appealing to people and also to children, who log in to games like Angry Birds or various -ville suffixes on the regular. While those little ones are playing, they are likely racking up tons of charges without realizing it, which itself is not all that surprising. What is surprising is that Facebook was seemingly aware of this as a problem and did nothing to fix it.

According to documents received by website Reveal as part ongoing litigation, Facebook recognized that children would often charge hundreds up to thousands of dollars to their parents' credit cards without being aware that the game was charging them at all. Parents were similarly unaware that their credit card was stored on Facebook and being used for authorization-free charges. The documents allegedly state that Facebook knew about the problem internally but told developers they were concentrating on maximizing revenue.

Moreover, while internal teams within Facebook sought to fix this problem by either honoring refund requests from what they call "friendly fraud" or elevating awareness of it on Facebook itself, the company largely chose to ignore those solutions.