Next Sea Of Thieves Content Update Shrouded Spoils Announced

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Next Sea Of Thieves Content Update Shrouded Spoils Announced

Rare and Microsoft have revealed the fourth and next major content for their high-seas piracy game Sea of Thieves. Players can look forward to Shrouded Spoils, which brings a host of new features and additions to the game.

Shrouded Spoils brings fog to the game as a weather effect, turning the occasional boat journey into a N64 first-person shooter in terms spookiness and visibility. This means that danger can come out of nowhere for both you and enemies.

Other changes include visual changes for the megalodon, six new skeleton forts to raid, new ship customizaition items, new mermaid statues, faster improvements for Krakens, and more. The update goes live on November 28, which is tomorrow, so you won't have to wait too long to get your mega-piracy on.

Next Sea Of Thieves Content Update Shrouded Spoils Announced

about X hours ago from
Next Sea Of Thieves Content Update Shrouded Spoils Announced

Rare and Microsoft have revealed the fourth and next major content for their high-seas piracy game Sea of Thieves. Players can look forward to Shrouded Spoils, which brings a host of new features and additions to the game.

Shrouded Spoils brings fog to the game as a weather effect, turning the occasional boat journey into a N64 first-person shooter in terms spookiness and visibility. This means that danger can come out of nowhere for both you and enemies.

Other changes include visual changes for the megalodon, six new skeleton forts to raid, new ship customizaition items, new mermaid statues, faster improvements for Krakens, and more. The update goes live on November 28, which is tomorrow, so you won't have to wait too long to get your mega-piracy on.

December's Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Mercenaries And Dragon Age 2

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December's Xbox Games With Gold Lineup Includes Mercenaries And Dragon Age 2

Thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, many of you are likely swimming in new games to play. Just don't forget to download your free Xbox games for the remainder of this month, and set a reminder to get your free haul of titles in the month ahead.

Xbox's next offering is decidedly retro, with the biggest games falling on Xbox 360. If you want to take a stroll down memory lane, you can download Dragon Age 2 between December 1 and 15, and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction between December 16 and 31. Both titles work on Xbox One via backward compatibility.

Game Informer's Joe Juba enjoyed Dragon Age 2, but says in his review that it's a step back from Dragon Age: Origins. "The new battle system is fun, but not nearly as satisfying or rewarding as Origins’. Since you don’t even have a main antagonist until the final hours, the story pales in comparison to the original. If you put those complaints aside and remove Dragon Age II from the impressive shadow of its predecessor, you’ll find an engaging action/RPG experience that still retains BioWare’s trademark clever dialogue, cool characters, and detailed lore."

Valve Announces Artifact Comic In Multiple Parts

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Valve Announces Artifact Comic In Multiple Parts

Artifact, Valve's Dota 2-based card game, is coming out in a matter of days. Valve has been eager to hook Dota 2 fans into the game's world through the card art, but hasn't really talked much about lore since its announcement. That changes with the newest Dota 2 comic titled Prelude which ties the two games together.

The comic can be found here. It can be read online or downloaded in bulk from the site.

The comic will be continued with a second part, titled Call to Arms, later this week to coincide with the Artifact launch. Valve states that these comics will act as a "series of events that will transform the world of Dota forever."

Valve Announces Artifact Comic In Multiple Parts

about X hours ago from
Valve Announces Artifact Comic In Multiple Parts

Artifact, Valve's Dota 2-based card game, is coming out in a matter of days. Valve has been eager to hook Dota 2 fans into the game's world through the card art, but hasn't really talked much about lore since its announcement. That changes with the newest Dota 2 comic titled Prelude which ties the two games together.

The comic can be found here. It can be read online or downloaded in bulk from the site.

The comic will be continued with a second part, titled Call to Arms, later this week to coincide with the Artifact launch. Valve states that these comics will act as a "series of events that will transform the world of Dota forever."

Nintendo Makes Over Half Its Yearly Revenue In America During The Holidays

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Nintendo Makes Over Half Its Yearly Revenue In America During The Holidays

Releasing games during the holidays always seems like a chicken-and-egg scenario to me. Maybe a game released in November would do just as well if it were released in June. Maybe the main reason it does so well in the fall and winter is because it happens to release there. Until anyone listens to my rambling hypotheticals, though, it turns out Nintendo actually have hard data that the real money comes in the last few months of the calendar year, something to the tune of 60 percent of their revenue in North America.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime casually drops the number in an effort to emphasize how big holidays are for the company.

“The holiday selling season — October, November and December — critically important to our company,” Reggie told Yahoo Finance. "The Americas are the company’s most successful region by revenue, and the holiday season is the region’s biggest driver. We typically do, in the Americas, about 60% of our revenue during that time frame. The reason that it’s so significant is first, our products make great gifts."

PlayStation Classic Using PAL Versions For Several Games Regardless Of Region

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PlayStation Classic Using PAL Versions For Several Games Regardless Of Region

In a somewhat odd choice, Sony has revealed that the PlayStation Classic's library will be partly based on the PAL versions of these games. Essentially, this means that several games on the PlayStation Classic will run slower than they did in the American releases.

PAL, or Phase Alternating Line, is a television standard used through most of Europe. For proper conversion, older video games would run at 50 hertz, necessitating that games that ran at 30 frames per second in an America would run at 25 frames per second in Europe. I suggest checking out a proper technical analysis, but long story short: this basically changes the way the game runs and results in things like different speeds for racing games and different timing for fighting games.

Sony confirmed the news in a blog post for the PlayStation Classic today. While it was assumed that European PlayStation Classics would retain their PAL versions, for some reason the North American version is following suit. The games based on the PAL releases are Battle Arena Toshinden, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, Grand Theft Auto, Jumping Flash, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Resident Evil: Director’s Cut, Tekken 3, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.

Pauline, Boom Boom, And Luma Join Mario Tennis Aces Early Next Year

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Pauline, Boom Boom, And Luma Join Mario Tennis Aces Early Next Year

During a Nintendo Live event in Japan over the weekend, the company announced that Mario Tennis Aces will be seeing three new DLC characters coming in early 2019. Boom Boom, the midboss guardian from Super Mario Bros. 3; Pauline, Mario's one-time damsel-in-distress and now mayor of New Donk City; and Luma, Rosalina's star-child from Mario Galaxy and partner in Super Smash Bros.

You can check out a video of the characters in action below.

All three characters should be out by the end of March and free for everyone by the end of April, if Nintendo continues doing their current method of unlocking characters through online tournaments. Usually unlocks are handled by characters being available in online tournaments and unlocked for anyone who participated, with everyone getting them when the month is over.  That means they're also free, but you do have to pay for online, so that's the only "hidden" cost to getting them early.

Pauline, Boom Boom, And Luma Join Mario Tennis Aces Early Next Year

about X hours ago from
Pauline, Boom Boom, And Luma Join Mario Tennis Aces Early Next Year

During a Nintendo Live event in Japan over the weekend, the company announced that Mario Tennis Aces will be seeing three new DLC characters coming in early 2019. Boom Boom, the midboss guardian from Super Mario Bros. 3; Pauline, Mario's one-time damsel-in-distress and now mayor of New Donk City; and Luma, Rosalina's star-child from Mario Galaxy and partner in Super Smash Bros.

You can check out a video of the characters in action below.

All three characters should be out by the end of March and free for everyone by the end of April, if Nintendo continues doing their current method of unlocking characters through online tournaments. Usually unlocks are handled by characters being available in online tournaments and unlocked for anyone who participated, with everyone getting them when the month is over.  That means they're also free, but you do have to pay for online, so that's the only "hidden" cost to getting them early.

Lady Gaga Is Fighting Her Way Through Bayonetta

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Lady Gaga Is Fighting Her Way Through Bayonetta

Over the last few weeks, singer/songwriter Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been tweeting about the trials and tribulations of everyone's favorite Umbran witch, Bayonetta.

The first tweet came three weeks ago, when Gaga tweeted "When you beat Chapter IV of Bayonetta and then realize Chapter V is going to kick your ass ☠️