EA Outlines Features, Release Window For First Battlefield Hardline Expansion

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EA Outlines Features, Release Window For First Battlefield Hardline Expansion

A few weeks after revealing some tidbits on the first Battlefield Hardline expansion, today EA outlined everything the players can expect from Criminal Activity.

Four new maps, three new weapons, two new vehicles, two new ammunition types, and a new gadget lead off the Criminal Activity pack, but that's not it. The expansion also introduces a new Bounty Hunter game mode, a nailgun pickup, and six new masks (including the rabbit head seen above). We don't know anything new about the maps other than their official names – Backwoods, Code Blue, The Beat and Black Friday.

Look for Criminal Activity to hit early access in June. You can read our review of Battlefield Hardline here.

Maps Are Art, Especially Etched Wood Cartographs Of The Mushroom Kingdom

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Maps Are Art, Especially Etched Wood Cartographs Of The Mushroom Kingdom

Last year, we featured Alex Griendling’s spectacular map of Hyrule. What drew our eye is that each map is laser-etched onto hand-selected wood. His latest work takes us from Hyrule to a far-off island in the Mushroom Kingdom.

The latest partnership between Griendling and Neutral Ground is a map of Super Mario World’s Dinosaur Land. In addition to the terrestrial areas found in that seminal Super Nintendo title, the artist has included a map inset for Star Road.

The lower right area features a legend of power-ups found in the title. There are a number of coins placed in the lower left near the compass.

Parents Don’t Mind Spending $131 On Skylanders, Disney Infinity, And Others In Six Months

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Parents Don’t Mind Spending $131 On Skylanders, Disney Infinity, And Others In Six Months

The NPD Group has issued a report on one of the hottest segments of the gaming industry: action figure games. Whether you call them “toys to life” or “interactive gaming toys,” more competitors are trying for a slice of the pie.

Activision’s Skylanders, the genre originator, now faces competition from Disney Infinity, Nintendo’s Amiibo figures, and Warner Bros.’ Lego Dimensions this fall. The survey included 1,187 parents with children ages two to seventeen, of which at least one child in the house plays these games.

What NPD found out is that among those families surveyed, average investment in the genre over the past six months was $131 per household. The survey also inquired about satisfaction with these games, and parents responded significantly (77 percent) that they felt the investment was either “definitely worth it” or “probably worth it.”

Watch Us Play Three Hours Of Destiny: House of Wolves

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Watch Us Play Three Hours Of Destiny: House of Wolves

Update: You can now watch our full three-hour live stream for Destiny: House of Wolves below. Thanks to those who tuned in, but if you missed the chance to join in the conversation, you can see all our adventures below. Stay tuned for additional live streams in the future!

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There’s Going To Be Yet Another Splatoon Test Fire Event

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There’s Going To Be Yet Another Splatoon Test Fire Event

Look, you’re clearly not doing your part to help the squid cause, because Nintendo needs your help for another Splatoon “Test Fire.” If you happened to miss the last few opportunities (or simply want to give the game another go), you’ll have at least one more chance.

The next (and possibly final) Splatoon Test Fire will be held on Saturday, May 23. Download the demo now from the eShop so you are ready when the event begins at 3 p.m. Pacific / 6 p.m. Eastern. As with the others, this will last only an hour.

For more on Splatoon, check out a recent Nintendo Direct. You can also see more in our Test Chamber

Get Your Xbox One: The Master Chief Collection Bundle While They Last

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Get Your Xbox One: The Master Chief Collection Bundle While They Last

If you're a Halo fan who likes collecting limited edition items, Microsoft has a proposition for you.

In the coming weeks the company is releasing a small run of "circus white" Xbox One bundles in the United States that come with a complementary white controller and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the anthology release that features remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4.

These consoles will be available at select retailers for $349, and once they're gone, they're gone. No second run. 

Daybreak Boss Smedley: H1Z1 Bans Nearly 25,000 "Cockroach" Cheaters

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Cheating can kill the best of games, which is why smart publishers proactively wipe them from servers whenever possible. Since the debut of H1Z1, Daybreak Game Company has tried to curb widespread cheating, banning 5,000 users last March. Now Daybreeak president John Smedley has announced that 24,837 users have been added to that tally.

In a series of tweets over the past few days, Smedley has actively decried this behavior, specifically calling out TMCHEATS, a website that offers a host of tools to give players an unfair leg up on the competition, including aim-bots and instant kill weapons. Smedley went as far to call these cheaters "cockroaches." 

When another user brought up the fact that this ban could effectively cost the company $500,000 in earnings, Smedley fired back, "I'm saying we don't want their damn money. We don't want them back."

Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available In North America

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Microsoft has announced that the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner is now broadly available for Xbox One. The $60 device gives cord-cutting consumers another option for watching local television broadcasts.

The tuner is fully integrated with the Xbox One, supporting the console's OneGuide channel interface and allowing viewers to pause live TV for up to 30 minutes. The tuner is available bundled with a Moho Leaf 50 digital antenna for $99.99 or by itself for $59.99. The tuner is being sold at Microsoft Stores and Amazon, but the bundle is a Microsoft Store exclusive.

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Nintendo Wins Wordplay Crown In Hire Of Doug Bowser As Vice President Of Sales

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Nintendo Wins Wordplay Crown In Hire Of Doug Bowser As Vice President Of Sales

Nintendo’s knack for self-referential humor reached a peak this morning, as the company announced the hire of a new vice president of sales. The company has literally hired Bowser.

This morning, Nintendo announced the hire of Doug Bowser in the lead sales role. Prior to his new role, Bowser spent over seven years at EA in global planning. In that position, he was responsible for forecasting sales of titles across platforms.

At Nintendo, Bowser will handle the company’s North American sales at retail and point of purchase marketing. He’ll also be involved with the Nintendo World Store in New York City.

The Evil Within Executes In First-Person For Final DLC Add-On

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The Evil Within Executes In First-Person For Final DLC Add-On

The Evil Within’s third and final piece of add-on content is out today. And instead of playing as a feeble human wracked by nightmarish visions, you get to play the big, hulking, monster out to inflict terror and pain.

The Executioner DLC changes the perspective to first-person, as players take on the role of the hulking Keeper. You’ll be fighting against the same monsters you’ve seen, but with new weapons and upgrades.

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