Alien: Isolation Lost Contact DLC Adds New Salvage Challenge To Survivor Mode

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A new set of 10 challenges for Alien: Isolation's one-on-one human versus xenomorph Survivor Mode is now available, along with new collectibles and crafted items.

The Lost Contact DLC puts players in the shoes of Axel, the lone-wolf survivor from Sevastopol Station during the campaign. Stranded in a remote section of the station, players must complete the 10 increasingly difficult new challenges as they move through enemy territory. Completing challenges earns players some of the pack's new items and points that rank them on the Survivor Mode leaderboards. Players who earn enough points can trade them for a save slot, at the cost of leaderboard position. 

You can check out some footage of Lost Contact below.

Awesome Games Done Quick Brings In 9.4 Million Viewers

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Awesome Games Done Quick, an annual charity speedrunning event, is over for now, allowing us to catch our breaths and get a feel for its impact. The event has been growing in popularity, nearly doubling its impressions in 2015.

Twitch put together the infographic below to encapsulate some of the details surrounding the speed-running festival. The group raised $1.58 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and delighted 9.4 million unique viewers during the week-long event.

On average, each of those unique viewers tuned in for over an hour-and-a-half. For more on Awesome Games Done Quick, check out our previous coverage.

Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack Is Coming To Minecraft Exclusively On Xbox One And Xbox 360

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Last year the Xbox editions of Minecraft became the exclusive home to 55 classic Star Wars skins. Today 23 new costumes based on the Star Wars Rebels TV show are available to purchase in a bundle for $2.99.

Star Wars isn’t the only group of characters who have been tapped for exclusivity in Minecraft. A pack based on The Simpsons is coming in February and two skin packs for Doctor Who have already been released. Check out the full list of characters for the Star Wars Rebels Pack below.

To see more of the new skins, take a look at the gallery below.

Zen Studios Announces New Tables For Pinball FX 2 and Zen Pinball 2

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For its new Iron & Steel pinball pack, Zen Studios is delivering a western-themed table along with one based on the studio's action/strategy hybrid CastleStorm.

The CastleStorm table brings back Ser Gareth from the original game as he fights through Chief Ramhorn's viking stronghold. The table includes single and multi-ball modes, a fire-breathing dragon, and an armored troll. For the western themed original, a bounty hunter named Cindy takes center stage on a table that features a rolling train, swinging saloon doors, a six-shooter ball locker, and duels with a corrupt sheriff's thugs.

The new tables are bundled as a $4.99 pack for Zen Pinball 2 on PS3, PS4, and Vita $4.99 and become available for download on February 24. Mac users can download the individual users for $2.99 apiece on February 25. Pinball FX 2 players on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Steam can download the $4.99 pack on February 25. If you're a Zen Pinball and Zen Pinball HD player on iOS or Android, you can pick up the tables for $0.99 apiece on February 26.

Spider-Man Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have announced that they are working together to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under this new deal, Spider-Man will appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film before July 28, 2017. A Wall Street Journal source claims that the first MCU movie starring Spider-Man will be the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.

On July 28, 2017, a new Spider-Man film produced Sony Pictures Entertainment will be co-produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal, and the team at Marvel. This new Spider-Man film will kickstart a new creative direction for the franchise. 

While the two studios are teaming up for this new film, Sony Pictures Entertainment will continue to finance, distribute, own, and have final creative control over the Spider-Man movie franchise. In addition to Spider-Man potentially entering an Avengers film, the two studios are looking into MCU crossovers for the new Spider-Man films.

Live Stream – Evolve

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Live Stream – Evolve

Evolve is finally here and we're getting ready to live stream our time with the game. Join us at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern as we face Turtle Rock's gruesome lineup of monsters. 

Featuring a unique 4v1 multiplayer structure, Evolve isn't your typical online shooter. With every match playing out like a boss battle, there's no telling what's lurking around every corner. We're going to brave the wilderness of planet Shear for your entertainment, and you can watch it all live on Twitch!

Evolve released today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you'd like to learn more about the way the game plays prior to the stream, you can check out our handy guide to the Evolve essentials.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Devs Lecture On Campus

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Two Square Enix developers working on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD are conducting lectures at SMU and USC to talk about the game's development, the Final Fantasy series, and their experiences in the industry.

Yusuke Naora (art director) will talk about the visuals of the Final Fantasy series at SMU's Guildhall satellite campus on February 26, and Kazuyuki Ikumori (general manager of Square Enix's Visual Works CG studio) discusses the making of Square Enix's CG movies at USC on March 12.

If you can't attend the talks, you can also watch them on Square Enix's Twitch channel. More details will follow on the game's Facebook page.

PSA: PlayStation Network Down For Maintenance This Week

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PSA: PlayStation Network Down For Maintenance This Week

Attention PlayStation gamers: Sony has announced that PSN will undergo maintenance this week for an estimated 3.5 hours.

The maintenance addresses back-end improvements, and will start Thursday, February 12 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific time.

If you're already signed in on your PS4 (that's designated as your primary system), PS3, or Vita before it begins, you will still be able to play games and access apps like Netflix while the work is being done. However, account management, the PSN store, and PlayStation Home will not be available during the time PSN is down.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters Board Game Heads To Kickstarter

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The first officially licensed Ghostbusters board game could become a reality. Cryptozoic is giving Kickstarter backers a chance to bring New York’s finest home (along with some terrifying ghouls and ghosts).

The campaign launched today with a $250,000 goal and sits at over $60,000 in just the first few hours. There are only two tiers, with the base game at $80 and the deluxe edition, including a super-sized Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man at $125.

The game features a modular board, multiple plastic figures (including Slimer and the four Ghostbusters), and a PKE meter. You can check out some images below and the Kickstarter page for more information.

Far Cry 4's Overrun DLC Enables New Mode & More

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Ubisoft is releasing the Overrun DLC for Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3 & Xbox 360)*, and it brings a new PvP mode, among other additions.

The mode tasks players with controlling a designated zone (three will become active throughout the match). You earn more points for the more team members you have in the zone when it's active, and the team with the most points at the end of the two rounds wins.

Overrun also introduces four new maps, and the Golden Path has an extra vehicle playable in the new mode – a dune buggy.