The Overwatch Archives Event Launches Today, But What’s New?

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The Overwatch Archives Event Launches Today, But What’s New?

Yesterday, the new Overwatch Archives event was revealed. It was safe to assume that previous Archive PVE modes were returning, but there were hardly any details surrounding the new content. Well, don’t worry, we’ve got the deets. Now that the Archives event is launching today, here’s everything you need to know.

Weekly challenges have returned, but instead of winning nine games like you might be used to doing during past events, you’ll earn stars as you play instead. Don’t worry: you won’t need to beat the story mission to earn stars. However, playing at higher difficulties will net you more stars than normal. Instead of the three tiers for wins, you’ll have to earn 10/20/30 stars in Archives missions to unlock exclusive rewards. 

And now, onto the challenges that you’ll be tasked with completing:

Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha Begins This Weekend

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Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha Begins This Weekend

Have you been waiting to play Diablo II again? For many players, Diablo II Resurrected may very well be their first outing into Blizzard’s formative ARPG. The remaster is loaded with improvements, and this weekend is the first chance for lucky players to get in and mess around with some of the early acts and characters. Diablo II: Resurrected features up to 4k resolution, 3D physically-based rendering, and more.

This technical alpha is a single-player only event, and allows players to engage as the Barbarian, Amazon, or Sorceress. Looks like the Lord of Destruction classes, the Druid, and the Assassin, are going to have to sit this test out. As one of the three available classes, players can participate in the entirety of the game’s first two acts. This means players in this event can take on Andariel and finish things off with an epic battle with Duriel.

It will be interesting to see if the load-in for the Duriel fight can still kill people so many years later, but I’m guessing it will be a far smoother affair. In addition, while the fun stops at the end of Act 2, there’s no level cap involved at all, so expect players to grind as much as possible throughout the weekend to see just how large they can get.

What To Expect With Mass Effect Legendary Edition

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What To Expect With Mass Effect Legendary Edition

We've got loads of Mass Effect Legendary Edition exclusive goodness up and ready to enjoy with even more on the way, but what can players actually expect from the upcoming trilogy remaster? Here is a breakdown of the changes, tweaks, and more that you can expect when the Mass Effect Legendary Edition drops on May 14. 

Both newcomers to the world of Mass Effect and returning N7 veterans alike will be able to board the Normandy once more, only this time the experience is a bit more polished and includes content that honestly should have been in the base game to begin with (looking at you, Leviathan and Shadowbroker). With the term "remaster" offering a wide spectrum for what it really means, here is what this particular experience will have to offer in relation to the Legendary Edition: 

While the trilogy as a whole didn't see anywhere near remake-level graphic changes, it's hard to deny the impressive alterations made in the first game to make it more cohesive with the following two. While Mass Effect 2 also saw some much-appreciated beauty bumps, the biggest remaster love can be felt in the first game. 

Outriders Has A Cool Dragon Age Easter Egg

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Outriders Has A Cool Dragon Age Easter Egg

Outriders is available now, and with the servers now infinitely more stable than they were at launch, more players are hopping in to explore the dangers of Enoch. The looter shooter has an impressive story that builds up at an enjoyable pace, but you guys know how obsessed with Dragon Age I am, so naturally, I have to talk about an Easter egg I found. 

When progressing through the story, you'll eventually head to an area called Deadrock Pass, where a side quest can be picked up called "A Free Market." You'll pick up this quest by heading into a communal area in this location, where you'll meet Alastair Cullen as he snorts up something to help him get through these trying times. There are a few ways that this ties into Dragon Age, with the most obvious being the name itself. Though the spelling is different, both Alistair and Cullen are Templars in the BioWare RPG universe. Alistair left the Templar order to become a Grey Warden (and eventually the King of Fereldan, if you played your cards right), whereas Cullen didn't leave the order until it was almost too late.

Xbox Game Pass Adds 8 New Games, Over 50 Cloud-Enabled Titles With Xbox Touch Controls

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Xbox Game Pass Adds 8 New Games, Over 50 Cloud-Enabled Titles With Xbox Touch Controls

Xbox Game Pass has seen a plethora of new games added in the most recent months, including over 60 EA Play games and 20 new Bethesda titles following the ZeniMax acquisition. Now, the subscription service is adding even more titles to the rotation, including the return of Grand Theft Auto V. 

Xbox Game Pass is ever-evolving, which means gaming experiences are always coming and going at any given time. Here is what's coming to (and what's leaving) Xbox Game Pass this month:

Microsoft also confirmed something that it talked a little bit about last September regarding Xbox Touch Controls for Cloud-enabled games. That experience began with Minecraft Dungeons and given that it's a highly requested feature, Team Green has confirmed that the company has been working with a ton of different devs to bring Cloud mobile players over 50 touch-enabled games with Xbox Cloud Gaming (which is currently still in beta). 

Apex Legends Glitch Is Completely Wiping PlayStation Player Progress

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Apex Legends Glitch Is Completely Wiping PlayStation Player Progress

Bugs in online games are nothing new, and most of the time, they are pretty harmless. That being said, sometimes game-breaking glitches do sneak their way into games, and that is exactly the case with two separate Apex Legends issues. One is a bug that is wiping out PS4 and PS5 player progress, while the other is specifically tied to EA accounts. With so many seasons under the battle royale game's belt, it's easy to see why players are worried about their hard-earned progress. 

Respawn took to Twitter to update players on the two bugs, confirming that they are unrelated. "We're investigating reports of some [Apex] players losing unlocks after changing the email associated with their EA account," reads the tweet. "A similar bug is affecting account progress for PS4 players. We've asked support teams to escalate these reports." 

To clarify: The PS4 account progress bug is a similar but separate issue, and doesn't appear to be connected to the email/account-linking issue. We're looking into it!

Jimmy Fallon, Stranger Things, Content Creators And More Are Set To Play On The Among Us Airship

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Jimmy Fallon, Stranger Things, Content Creators And More Are Set To Play On The Among Us Airship

Jimmy Fallon, the host of the Tonight Show, will join an all-star cast of celebrities, huge content creators, and more on Tuesday on Twitch for some amazing Among Us play, reports IGN. This marks Fallon's first Twitch stream, as brands and already established celebrities both major and minor take to the gaming platform to stream all manner of content. With Among Us being a game of social deception and mystery, it's often a wonderful time regardless of who you have playing, but it should be quite interesting to watch Fallon get all "sus" with giant content creator stars like Corpse Husband, Sykkyno, and Valkyrae.

Oh, and the Stranger Things crew will be there too with Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo. Among Us community director Victoria Tran will also be in attendance for the serial killing soiree, among other special guests. 

ESA Confirms E3 2021 Will Be An All-Virtual Event

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ESA Confirms E3 2021 Will Be An All-Virtual Event

Following weeks of rumors, the ESA has confirmed that E3 2021 is indeed happening and will be an all-virtual event. That means the show will take place over the internet instead of at the LA Convention Center and will run from June 12 through June 15.

The ESA did not provide any specific details as to what the format of the event will be exactly. They only say they’ll be working with media partners and developers to bring the latest games and announcements directly to players for free. We assume this means a series of livestreams but it’s hard to say what else the organization has in store beyond that (whatever the plans are, hopefully they will at least impress Reggie Fils-Aime). 

It also provided the following quote: 

One Chef's Take On Monster Hunter Food Recreated In Real Life Is Making Us Deliciously Hungry

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One Chef's Take On Monster Hunter Food Recreated In Real Life Is Making Us Deliciously Hungry

There are many games out there that have delicious-looking food, and the Monster Hunter franchise is definitely among them. While I can't even seem to cook a pop tart without setting the kitchen on fire, one chef shared his take on some of the tastier Monster Hunter recipes out there, and everything he made looks yum. 

The channel in question Is called Babish Culinary Universe, and creator Andrew Rea decided to give Monster Hunter fans something to truly drool over: amazing food. As spotted by the folks over at ComicBookthe below video is honestly awesome for anyone, even if they aren't fans of the Capcom franchise.

The meal today? The Chef's Choice Platter. If you've played Monster Hunter: World, then this dish will look very familiar to you. Seafood, rice, chicken, cheese, and various other meats all compile to make one hearty meal. Now the question is...how do I become friends with Andrew Rea? 

New Mortal Kombat Movie Video Shows Off Nathan Jones As Reiko And More Behind-The-Scenes First Looks

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New Mortal Kombat Movie Video Shows Off Nathan Jones As Reiko And More Behind-The-Scenes First Looks

While the Mortal Kombat movie did see a small delay by just one week, the team behind the reboot is not slowing down when it comes to keeping that hype train moving. With a new release date set for April 23 for both a theatrical release and a launch on HBO Max, a new Mortal Kombat movie video has been revealed to show a closer look at what goes on behind the scenes. 

"The Mortal Kombat kast is a truly global and diverse group bringing your champions to life," reads the Twitter caption for the below mini-feature. While the video shows off a plethora of cast footage, it also shows off Nathan Jones as Reiko. From the looks of it, it looks like this film will flesh out Reiko's backstory even more, which is great when looking at his relatively small impact on the franchise when compared against other fighters. 

The Mortal Kombat kast is a truly global and diverse group bringing your champions to life. See it on the big screen in theaters and streaming on HBO Max* – April 23.
*Available on HBO Max in the US only, for 31 days, at no extra cost to subscribers. pic.twitter.com/75sOrg2KdP