Xbox Year In Review Available For Your Personal Xbox Stats

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Xbox Year In Review Available For Your Personal Xbox Stats

Microsoft has released the Xbox Year In Review, a stat tracking sheet for how you spent your time interacting with the Xbox One this year.

If you have an Xbox Live account, you can go to the Year In Review page right here and log in. The system will tell you the month you played the Xbox One the most, the game you played, your genre breakdown, and more. 

Unsurprisingly, my most played game this year was Cuphead. What about you? Let us know in the comments.

Shovel Knight Is Apparently A Weird Frog Man

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Shovel Knight Is Apparently A Weird Frog Man

We finally get a look at Shovel Knight's face and, surprise, he's an amphibian of some sort.

While some files within the game hinted at this, developer Yacht Club games' tweet today showing off the First4Figure of helmetless Shovel Knight has confirmed that the shovel-wielding hero is a strange frog person. Considering the world has goat people, magicians, and flying rats, a frog knight is not hard to imagine.

Shovel Knight originally released on PC, 3DS, and Wii U, then expanded to pretty much every other system under the sun. The upcoming and final DLC, King of Cards, is scheduled for 2018.

E3 2018 Registration Page Indicates Event Is Open To The Public Again

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E3 2018 Registration Page Indicates Event Is Open To The Public Again

Over on the message board ResetEra, poster Rösti engaged in some site crawling to find the Electronic Entertainment Expo's registration page for 2018, which reveals that public passes are once again returning to the show.

E3 opened up to the public in 2017, allowing thousands of non-industry fans and gamers to attend the show for the first time with tickets sold in early bird and regular varieties. They are repeating the same idea this year, with public passes being available in tweaked ours than before.

The registration page FAQ reads "E3 is now open to consumers and game enthusiasts, on a limited pass basis."

Microsoft Is Bundling PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds With Xbox One X

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Microsoft Is Bundling PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds With Xbox One X

Microsoft have announced that they will be bundling the mega-popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with every Xbox One X sold through the end of the year.

Starting December 17, every purchase of an Xbox One X, Microsoft's console refresh with a 4K focus, entitles the owner to a copy of Battlegrounds. It launched a few days ago in Microsoft's Game Preview program, but has garnered over a million players in the 48 hours it has been available.

The bundle effectively acts as a price cut for players looking to buy an Xbox One and Battlegrounds, which will help the system's momentum going into Christmas and the new year. You can check out footage of us playing the Xbox One version of the game right here.

Monster Hunter World Beta Returns December 22 Without PlayStation Plus Requirement

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Monster Hunter World Beta Returns December 22 Without PlayStation Plus Requirement

Following the successful Monster Hunter World beta earlier this month, Capcom is bringing the beta back for another go-round, this time without a PlayStation Plus subscription acting as a gatekeeper.

The new beta runs from December 22 through December 26. The previous beta required PlayStation Plus to access the game at all, single player or multiplayer, but the upcoming one lets players without a subscription access the single player missions. Multiplayer, like all PlayStation 4 games, still requires PS+.

If you downloaded the original beta, you don't even need to download a new client, as the old one works. The content is identical from last weekend, so don't expect new monsters to hunt or new missions. 

Payday 2 Adds Reservoir Dogs Heist

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Payday 2 Adds Reservoir Dogs Heist

Payday 2 loves to pay homage to famous action flicks. Over the years, it's tipped its mask to favorites like John Wick, Point Break, and Scarface. Now it's time to celebrate Quentin Tarantino's 1992 critical darling Reservoir Dogs. 

The new diamond heist set in California comes along with some other additions like the Union 5.56 Rifle, plus a straight razor and sunglasses so you can do your best Mr. Blonde impersonation. The heist also comes with a new patch that addresses issues like stability and weapon tweaks. Watch the hype trailer here:

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GTA Online Players Can Track Down A Piece Of Red Dead Redemption

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GTA Online Players Can Track Down A Piece Of Red Dead Redemption

GTA Online players can go on a treasure hunt starting today, which will earn them a new weapon and a chance to get more lucrative in-game bonuses. Even better, those who track down the double-action revolver can unlock it for use in the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2.

To find the revolver, check your iFruit's email for the first clue. You're on your own from there. Rockstar says that players who manage to successfully follow the trail and find the revolver can then participate in a headshot challenge in Freemode. Complete that, and you'll earn a bounty of $250,000 in GTA bucks. If you like the weapon, you'll be able to unlock it in Red Dead Redemption 2 this spring.

It's not the first time that the worlds of Red Dead and GTA Online have crossed paths. Members of Rockstar's Social Club can choose John Marston as a parent when generating their GTA Online characters.

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, An Open World Pirate Game, Announced For Spring

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Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, An Open World Pirate Game, Announced For Spring

Outright Games, a developer known for licensed games, has announced an open world Adventure Time game for all the major consoles next spring.

The game starts of in the Land of Ooo, where rising tides are risking every kingdom with flooding. Player characters Finn, Jake, Marceline, and BMO decide to go check out the problem in the various kingdoms by crossing the newly created sea. Finn captains the ship and recruits various other characters to join.

You can see a few shots of the game here. Pirates of Enchiridion will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch in Spring 2018.

November U.S. Sales Show Call Of Duty Rocketing Past All Competition

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November U.S. Sales Show Call Of Duty Rocketing Past All Competition

November is generally the biggest month of the year for the gaming industry and this year's sales grew over last, with Call of Duty: WWII leading the charge in a commanding way.

The PlayStation 4 sold the most units last month, likely due to the $199 Black Friday pricing. Microsoft took the lead in terms of revenue of consoles sold due to the more expensive Xbox One selling quite well on its own. Nintendo's Switch sold somewhere around a million units, but had no bundles or sale prices of any kind.

In terms of software, Call of Duty: WWII is far and away the best selling game of November. It reverses a downward trend that Activision's major series has been seeing over the last few releases. It so strongly reverses the trend that Call of Duty: WWII is the best selling game of the entire year from this single month of sales so far.

IO Interactive Giving Away Paris Hitman Level In Holiday Pack

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IO Interactive Giving Away Paris Hitman Level In Holiday Pack

It's been a year of ups and downs for Hitman developer IO Interactive, having split from owner Square-Enix but retaining the rights to the Hitman license. The developer is ending the year by giving away arguably the game's best level, Paris, for free alongside a holiday pack.

The timed pack is only available from December 15 through January 9 as the Hitman Holiday Pack on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It includes the first post-tutorial story mission, the Paris runway mission "Showstopper," all of the levels escalation missions, challenge packs, and any Paris-related Elusive Targets when they get re-activated in 2018.

Downloading the pack makes it permanent and the remaining episodes can be purchased separately if you want. Whether you do that or get the Game of the Year edition, your progress and unlocks will carry over.