Crackdown 3 Technical Test Will Let You Try Multiplayer

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Crackdown 3 is finally actually arriving, but you can try out the Wrecking Zone multiplayer a little early by taking part in a technical test. It will begin on Thursday, February 7 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET.

According to the announcement, the test will be exclusive to Xbox Insiders. Players will try out the Agent Hunter game mode, which involves taking down rival agents and stealing their badges for points. The Blackout Zone map will be the one used for this test. If you're in the program you can begin installing at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET. Other playtests throughout the weekend will be announced through the Xbox Insider hub, as well as on Discord and on game's Facebook and Twitter.

If you're not an Xbox Insider, membership is free so you can join whenever you'd like. You just have to download the Xbox Insider Hub from the storefront on your Xbox One, and then go to the Insider Content section and download "Wrecking Zone: Technical Test." That will give you access to the test, and Microsoft encourages users to leave feedback.

If Apex Legends Has Given You The Titanfall 2 Itch, It's Really Cheap On Xbox One Right Now

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If Apex Legends Has Given You The Titanfall 2 Itch, It's Really Cheap On Xbox One Right Now

With no pre-release marketing whatsoever (unless you count the leaks), EA and Respawn both announced and released a brand-new game earlier this week, Apex Legends. It's a battle royale game spin-off of sorts from the Titanfall series, and early impressions of it have been positive. Being free-to-play on PS4, Xbox One, and PC means that most anyone can jump in. But maybe battle royale isn't your thing. Or perhaps using the weapons from Titanfall has, like me, gotten you thinking about that series. Whatever the case, if you've gotten the urge to jump back into a proper Titanfall game, you can do so for awfully cheap right now on Xbox One.

As part of this week's Xbox Live sale, you can pick up Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition for just $4.50/£3.75. That's a steep discount of 85% off the regular price, and a mere pittance for such a terrific game. It'll be available for that price through February 11 with or without Xbox Live Gold (though you'll need it in order to play online multiplayer). This Ultimate Edition comes with some extra perks to give you a head start on progression and some cosmetics in multiplayer.

Game of Thrones Season 8 New Photos Revealed

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Game of Thrones Season 8 New Photos Revealed

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is now only two months away, and while we are yet to see a full trailer, a new batch of images has been released by HBO. Unsurprisingly, the photos don't give much away, but it does show all of the main characters and will get fans excited for the upcoming season.

There are 14 images in all, and if nothing else, it's a handy way to remind viewers exactly who is still alive as we go into Season 8. So there's Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), Varys (Conleth Hill), and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham). Check them out below:

Although the full trailer for the next season is yet to be released, a cryptic first teaser was released last month. It didn't contain any actual footage, but it did hint at the fates of members of the Stark family. We also know the final battle in the new season is the largest in the entire series, and most brutal as well.

When Batman And The Flash Team Up, Things Get Complicated In New DC Storyline

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When Batman And The Flash Team Up, Things Get Complicated In New DC Storyline

Despite being members of the Justice League alongside one another, Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen aren't exactly the characters you'd expect to team up. It's not that they don't have a healthy working relationship--they've saved the world together more times than anyone could really count--but at the end of the day, they're just very different people. Anyone who's seen an episode of The Flash and watched one of the many, many Batman-centric films out there in the universe could tell you that.

But the truth of the matter is, the dynamic between Batman and The Flash over in their comic book incarnations is fraught with a lot more complexity than the boiled down versions we see on screen--and that's exactly what the four-issue mini series, The Price, by Joshua Williamson, Guillem March, and Rafa Sandoval, explores.

PS4's Best-Selling PSN Games For January Revealed

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Now that February is underway, Sony has revealed last month's best-selling PS4 games on PSN in the US and Europe. January saw the release of two of this year's most anticipated titles, Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake and Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3, and each one unsurprisingly charted highly on both sides of the pond.

Kingdom Hearts 3 was the most-downloaded PS4 game in the US in January, with Resident Evil 2 taking the runner-up spot. The survival horror game proved to be even more popular across the Atlantic; it was Europe's best-selling PSN game for January, while Kingdom Hearts debuted at No. 6.

The rest of the chart was made up largely of the usual suspects, including Rockstar's perennial hit Grand Theft Auto V, which continues to sell astoundingly well despite its age; the game was No. 2 and No. 3 in Europe and the US, respectively. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 took the No. 4 spot in the US, while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which made its PS4 debut in December, was No. 5 in Europe and No. 6 in the US.

Smackdown Will Air Live On Fox, And More WWE Content For The Network Planned

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In early 2018, Fox announced a deal with WWE to get the TV rights to its Tuesday night programming, Smackdown Live. The agreement, which cost Fox a reported $1 billion for five years, will kick off this October, but one question WWE fans have had was, "Will Smackdown continue to air live?"

There is official confirmation now about the fate of Smackdown in late 2019. "It's live, and what's remarkable [is] these are people that know their audience," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier explained during the Fox executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour. "They're great storytellers and I think it fits beautifully with what we're doing."

While Smackdown is coming to Fox, there is more WWE content planned for this new partnership, treating wrestling more as a sport than a weekly, episode TV series. "The Fox sports networks, FS1, and others, will have some other wrestling--not live Smackdown, not Raw, but other ties to the WWE world."

Crash Team Racing Is Shaping Up To Be A Fantastic Recreation Of The Original

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Crash Team Racing Is Shaping Up To Be A Fantastic Recreation Of The Original

I adore Crash Team Racing; it was one of my favorite games growing up and it still is to this day. I remember every course, item, and shortcut from the original. And even after all these years, I can still compete against some of my best lap times. I firmly believe that CTR is the best kart racer of all time, and after playing a few hours of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, I can say with most certainty, that there's nothing to worry about about.

Nitro-Fueled's presentation is incredible. The three tracks I got to play--Crash Cove, Polar Pass, and Dingo Canyon--all looked great. There’s so much new detail that developer Beenox has packed into the remake, not only on the tracks themselves, but particularly in the backgrounds. In Polar Pass, for example, I noticed bears climbing banners while a train chugged along just above the raceway. Details like this added new life to classic tracks, elevating their presentation past the original.

New Black Ops 4 Update Rolls Out; Full Patch Notes Listed

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Treyarch has released another update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Only minor changes are being made to Blackout, but the update makes larger changes to Multiplayer and Zombies.

For Blackout, the update fixes an issue that allowed helicopters to fly outside of the circle on Ambush without malfunctioning. If you try to do so now, you're going to crash. Ambush is the newest game type in Black Ops 4's battle royale mode. It features a rapidly closing safe zone and limits players to sniper rifles, launchers, and melee weapons. Ambush will only be available for a limited-time.

Larger changes have come to Multiplayer and Zombies in the new update. In the former, the issues that allowed 9-Bang to be used more than once per round in Heist and caused stability problems in Search & Destroy have been fixed. Mercenary Nuketown has also been added as a Featured Playlist, with Hardcore Nuketown, Mercenary Capture Moshpit, and Endurance Chaos Moshpit being added to the Featured category rotation. For Zombies, the update fixes several different exploits and glitches that have been plaguing some of the weapons.