What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch, PUBG, And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch, PUBG, And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As we celebrate a weekend full with eggs, religious connotations, and niceties, kick back and watch other people duke it out in some of the world's most popular games.

The Dota 2 ESL One major in Mumbai, India is wrapping up tomorrow, and it could be one of the few times old-school Dota fans may see Navi in the finals. (Stream / Schedule)

The League of Legends North American LCS circuit may have ended but wouldn't you know it, there's a bunch of other circuits wrapping up this weekend! Korea, China, and Latin American all have their finals this weekend, so if you want to watch some dang League, you can travel the world for it. (Stream / Schedule)

Replay – Mortal Kombat: Deception

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Replay – Mortal Kombat: Deception

Although 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot sparked a huge wave of interest in the fighting-game franchise, it was built off the back of what many would call the series' worst era. In the PlayStation 2 days, Mortal Kombat was a 3D fighting franchise, and while the fighting itself wasn't at its best, a number of modes and cool (kool?) features made sure fans stuck around long enough for the series to return to its glory days.

Andrew Reiner and I are joined by interns Hunter Wolfe and Jay Guisao to look at a time when Mortal Kombat games had Chess, Puzzle, and Konquest modes, and featured absolutely no fatalities. Nope, none whatsoever. What could possibly make you doubt me?

Weekend Warrior – It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Later

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Weekend Warrior – It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Later

This weekend we're still defending the homefront in the Division 2, but there'll also be time set aside for relaxing family shenanigans this Sunday. Also, we're sending our interns off with a Game Informer-style pizza party (we'll let you all imagine what that looks like)! Give Jay, Hunter, and Nathan some love and support down in the comments section!  

Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) – The amount of walking I did at Star Wars Celebration last weekend hit me hard today, so I barely moved, and dedicated most of my time to a review that I'll be publishing next week. I will continue playing that game, and will also mix in some Devil May Cry 5, Wargroove, and Apex Legends. I also hope to finish watching the second season of The OA on Netflix. That show is bonkers in a good way. I know it's as far-fetched as an idea can be, but I love it. Check it out.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m not really into any games at the moment, but I’m super excited for Mortal Kombat 11 and I’m looking forward to Days Gone. While I wait for those games to release, I’ll probably keep playing Overwatch and Marvel Strike Force, and I’ve been eyeing replays of the Ezio Trilogy and The Witcher 3. Maybe I’ll even go outside.

Assassin's Creed Unity Is Getting Reverse-Review Bombed With Positivity

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Assassin's Creed Unity Is Getting Reverse-Review Bombed With Positivity

When Assassin's Creed Unity released, it had some problems. A lot of people will argue and disagree about the quality of the game, but early Steam reviews were decidedly negative. The bulk of negativity in the game's "Mixed" review score came around the game's release, with 1700 of them being posted in January 2015. However, that has recently changed, and Assassin's Creed Unity's user review score is rallying.

After the Notre Dame fire, French publisher Ubisoft obviously felt the cause of rebuilding the famous church was near and dear to their hearts. Since Assassin's Creed Unity, a game set during the French revolution, heavily features Notre Dame as a centerpiece to the city, Ubisoft is in talks to use their data of the interior to help reconstruction of the church. They also want to raise awareness of it, so they have been giving the game away for free, which has lead to fans wanting to share positive feelings about it.

As such, this might be the first instance of good review bombing.

Fan Recreates Super Smash Bros. With Peeps

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Fan Recreates Super Smash Bros. With Peeps

After the release of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this week, many fans have been wondering who the next DLC character will be. Well at least one fan on Reddit was asking a different question: what would the characters look like if they were made from delicious marshmallow peeps?

Here's your answer. Complete with Super Smash Peeps Ultimate game cartridge and an impressive recreation of the Wispy Woods stage, Reddit user invudontseeme, went all out with this smashing Switch diorama just in time for Easter.

Check out the announcement for latest update that brought back the level editor. Then read what some of our favorite level editors are while you're at it.

Potential Villain For A Spider-Man Sequel Introduced In A Comic Book Series

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Potential Villain For A Spider-Man Sequel Introduced In A Comic Book Series

Marvel's Spider-Man: City at War is the comic book adaptation of Insomniac Games' Spider-Man. This series, which falls under Marvel's new "Gamerverse" line, gives readers a breezy recap of the game's story, only without every plot point followed up by a fight against 30 enemies. 

The second issue of this series hit store shelves last Wednesday, offering a few surprises for people who played through the game. In this comic's pages we learn a little more about Miles Morales' home life and relationship he had with his father. We also see Spider-Man take on a villain named Swarm, who wasn't in the game, but was mentioned in one of J. Jonah Jameson's Just the Facts episodes, as "NAZIS MADE OF BEES." 

Swarm was inserted into this issue as a tribute to Christos Gage, one of the game's writers, who tweeted that he was trying to slide the "Nazis made of bees" reference into the game on January 1, 2018.

WayForward And Arc System Works Announce Female Follow-Up To River City Ransom

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WayForward And Arc System Works Announce Female Follow-Up To River City Ransom

There have been rumors for a few months now about a new title in the River City Ransom series, based off the 1989 Kunio-Kun brawler on the NES. While lots of names were tossed around, Arc System Works seemed to stick more than most, as they are the current owners of the River City/Kunio-Kun license. Instead, it seems that Arc System Works is partnering with indie developer WayForward for a new game in the series called River City Girls.

The press release is scant on details, as the two companies say they do not plan to show anything off until later this year, but it does confirm the title and that it is based on the classic series. WayForward's founder and self-described tyrannical overlord Voldi Way, who is in fact a real person, remarked that the game's female protagonist is what won him over. WayForward tends to feature female protagonists in a lot of their games, like Shantae or Mighty Switch Force.

River City Ransom is a classic beat 'em up that featured some RPG elements like skill upgrades and shopping at stores within the game world. It's also well known for its terse and comical translation, which includes enemies saying "BARF" when hit in the stomach. In 2017, a semi-sequel was released for modern platforms by Conatus Creative.

Konami Reveals Castlevania Anniversary Collection's Eight Games

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Konami Reveals Castlevania Anniversary Collection's Eight Games

Konami revealed plans last month for a series of collections based on its assorted franchises and among them was Castlevania Anniversary Collection. It revealed the first four games that would be included, but today we learned the other four. You can find the full list below.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection will be available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on May 16. For more on Konami's other planned anniversary collections, head here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

One Piece: World Seeker's First DLC Makes Zoro Playable

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One Piece: World Seeker's First DLC Makes Zoro Playable

Bandai Namco announced ambiguous DLC and free update plans for One Piece: World Seeker late last month, but today it has provided some more concrete details for the first piece of paid DLC.

The Void Mirror Prototype will make Zoro a playable character and you will be able to, "engage in intense battles using his Santoryu battle style as he works to uncover the secrets behind a mysterious robotics factory." It will be available early summer and is part of the game's season pass, but can also be purchased standalone for $9.99.

For our review of One Piece: World Seeker, head here.

Overwatch's New Escort Map Takes Players To Cuba

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Overwatch's New Escort Map Takes Players To Cuba

Just a few days after launching the PvE-focused Storm Rising event, Blizzard has revealed even more content for Overwatch is arriving in the not so distant future. A new escort map taking place in Havana, Cuba will be going live on Overwatch's PTR servers "soon." The map will likely follow onto console versions soon after, per Overwatch's regular method of dispensing content across platforms.

You can get your first look at Havana in the trailer below:

Captivating oceanfront.