The Best Xbox Live Game Deals For Xbox One This Week (US, UK)

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Between Xbox Live's monthly Games with Gold and the Microsoft Store's weekly game deals, there are plenty of freebies and discounts available to Xbox owners at any given time. March's Games with Gold are still going strong, but Xbox Live's weekly deals just rolled over again, with a new batch of discounted games available now.

The newest game deals this week are part of the new publisher sale from Deep Silver, the team behind games like Metro Exodus, Dead Island, and Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Many of Deep Silver's games are marked down this week, including Kingdom Come: Deliverance, an open-world RPG set during the Holy Roman Empire, which is $30 (50% off). Critic Brett Todd scored the game an 8/10 in GameSpot's Kingdom Come: Deliverance review. "It's an impressive and unflinching look at the medieval era that transports you inside the compelling story of a real person caught in the middle of a civil war," he wrote.

Another notable deal: This War of Mine: The Little Ones is just $5 (75% off) this week and puts players in the shoes of civilians during war time, forcing them to make life or death decisions to survive. In GameSpot's This War of Mine review, Justin Clark gave the game an 8/10 and called it "a game anyone with a beating heart should play" for its gripping storytelling and important message.

Apex Legends Battle Pass: Respawn Addresses Leaks And Datamining

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Apex Legends has been available since early February, but it's only sometime this month that Season 1 will officially begin with the release of the game's first battle pass. That will consist of, among other things, a new character, and the first Battle Pass legend leaked thanks to a mistaken update on the Origin store. Developer Respawn Entertainment is now acknowledging that the mistake happened, but also warning fans not to put too much stock in datamines and leaks that purport to reveal other new characters and content.

In an update on Reddit, community manager Jay Frechette said there was an "unintentional update about Season 1 on Origin today." That confirms that the leak was legitimate. But Frechette also said the team wanted to clarify and set expectations given both that leak and earlier datamining efforts. For one, the battle pass isn't coming today (Tuesday, March 12).

Apex Legends Battle Pass: Respawn Talks Leaks And Datamining

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Apex Legends recently appeared to have its first Battle Pass character leaked thanks to a mistaken update on the Origin store. Respawn is now acknowledging that the mistake happened, but also warning fans not to put too much stock in datamines and leaks.

In an update on Reddit, community manager Jay Frechette said there was an "unintentional update about Season 1 on Origin today." That confirms that the leak was legitimate. But Frechette also said the team wanted to clarify and set expectations given both that leak and earlier datamining efforts. For one, the battle pass isn't coming today (Tuesday, March 12).

"There's lots of stuff that has been datamined from Apex since launch and is swirling around the Internet," Frechette said. "We know this stuff is fun to dig up and speculate about, but you should not treat any of that info as a source of truth. There's stuff in there that is very old, or things we've tried in the past and cut--remember our design process is to prototype and play lots of ideas--and some of it may be things we're still building for Apex Legends. Finding this stuff by no means confirms that it'll ever come out. At best you should treat any posts about this as a rumor and the real info will come from us when we’re ready to show off what’s coming next."

Monster Hunter Celebrates 15th Anniversary, Possibly Teases Something New

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While 2018's Monster Hunter World served as many players' introduction to the action RPG series, the franchise is one of Capcom's oldest, originally debuting during the PlayStation 2 era. This year marks the series' 15th anniversary, and the publisher is commemorating the occasion with a special trailer.

The video, which you can watch below, takes a look back on all of the mainline installments in the series to date, beginning with 2004's Monster Hunter. Since then, the franchise has appeared on numerous handheld and home consoles, including the PSP, Wii, and 3DS, most recently making its home on PS4, Xbox One, and PC with Monster Hunter World.

The video ends with another teaser for Iceborne, this year's major Monster Hunter World expansion. Capcom hasn't revealed any new details about the DLC, but it has previously said it will introduce new locales, monsters, gear, quests, and other content.

You Can Fire Apex Legends' Hemlock Fully Auto On PC

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Apparently, with certain button-mapping and equipment on PC, you can transform many of the burst-fire or single-shot weapons in Apex Legends into auto-fire. Which, if done while wielding the Hemlock, can allow you to deal out a ton of damage very quickly.

The Hemlock is a burst-fire assault rifle that uses heavy ammo and is ideal for mid-range combat. Because of its slower fire-rate, it can't hold up at close-range in comparison to several other weapons. However, according to Reddit user mnkymnk, you can kind of transform the firearm into a fully automatic rifle while using a mouse and keyboard on PC--making it ideal for close-range combat. Mapping both left mouse click and mouse wheel up to attack, and then quickly alternating between the two while the Hemlock is in single-shot mode will cause the gun to shoot fast enough that it seems to be going full auto.

This strategy could be applied to pretty much any weapon that has a single-shot firing mode. However, the Hemlock is one of the few that both deals enough damage and has a fast enough single-shot rate to make the strategy worth it. In terms of rapid fire weapons at close-range, we still recommend both the R-301 Carbine and EVA-8. Apex Legends' new Havoc is pretty good as well, and if you're looking for more weapon recommendations for handling enemy squads at all ranges, check out our guide.

Red Dead 2 Online: How The New Clothing Catalogue Works

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has gotten updated once again with new additions to the ongoing Red Dead Online multiplayer mode. This week it added a new item catalogue, which will roll out new items on a regular basis and rotate them in and out of stock.

The Wheeler, Rawson & Co Catalogue is a new way to purchase cosmetics. Some items will be marked Coming Soon before they're released, and then when they become available they'll be marked as Limited Stock. That will be your notice that they're only available for a limited time. Once those items go out of rotation, they'll be listed as Out of Stock, but don't worry. Items will come back into stock from time to time. Rockstar also committed to improving the catalogue organization itself as time goes on.

To kick off the new cosmetics, the catalogue has debuted with several pieces of rare clothing, listed below.