Free Game Now Available On Ubisoft Store, Grab It Now

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Ubisoft is offering another new free game, for a limited time. This time it's the 2D stealth-action game Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, one of the very few Assassin's Creed games that doesn't take place in Europe or the Americas. Make sure to claim your free copy through the Ubisoft Store anytime by February 5.

This was one of a trilogy of Chronicles games, which each featured a new setting and Assassin. China features the female assassin Shao Jun, who trained under the series' biggest star, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. She returns to her homeland to take out a group of Templars called the Eight Tigers. Subsequent Chronicles games would be set in India during the Sikh Empire and Russia just after the October Revolution.

Ubisoft has made a regular practice of giving away free games through its PC storefront, and this comes just as Epic Games has started to do the same for its own burgeoning store. Steam and Epic have been starting to battle it out publicly lately. Ubisoft's own store is competing with them to an extent, but as a publisher it's also able to partner with either store. The Division 2 is eschewing Steam for the Ubisoft Store, for example.

Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Location and Exotic Weapons Guide (Feb. 1-5)

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Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Location and Exotic Weapons Guide (Feb. 1-5)

Most of the Destiny 2 community spent this week chasing The Last Word, the latest Exotic weapon added to the game. Getting the legendary hand cannon from the first Destiny is quite an undertaking, though, thanks to a tough, lengthy quest called The Draw. Luckily, it's the weekend, and that means Xur is back with Exotics you can buy instead of earn.

As always, Xur is selling a random Exotic gun, plus one piece of Exotic armor for each character class. They're all from the Year One collection, which means they come from before the big Forsaken expansion. You'll find Xur this week on Earth in the EDZ, in the Winding Cove area. From the spawn point, head north and climb the cliff until you reach a crashed Fallen ship to find Xur waiting.

Xur brings The Huckleberry this time, an SMG that can deal some serious damage in a short amount of time. Holding down the trigger on the gun increases its rate of fire as well as recoil, meaning that at close range it's almost universally deadly. Racking up kills also refills part of the gun's magazine so you can fire even more.

Xbox Live Servers Down, Causing Xbox One Sign-In Issues

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It's been something of a rough week for Xbox Live, which has encountered issues on multiple occasions (including one particularly severe incident). That's again the case today for Xbox One and PC owners, as sign-in issues have emerged on Friday that Microsoft says it's working to resolve.

While sign-in problems sound somewhat innocuous, that can mean you're unable to get online to play games like Fortnite or to even access certain content. In a tweet, Microsoft's support account stated, "If you're running into errors attempting to sign in or access previously purchased content, our teams are aware and working to identify the cause. We'll update here when we have more to provide."

The Xbox Live status page doesn't offer much more information, except to confirm that both Xbox One and Xbox services on Windows 10 are impacted. Besides the sign-in problems, you might also have trouble creating or managing an account right now.

Xbox Live Sign-In Error Impacting Xbox One Today

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It's been something of a rough week for Xbox Live, which has encountered issues on multiple occasions (including one particularly severe incident). That's again the case today for Xbox One and PC owners, as sign-in issues have emerged on Friday that Microsoft says it's working to resolve.

While sign-in problems sound somewhat innocuous, that can mean you're unable to get online to play games like Fortnite or to even access certain content. In a tweet, Microsoft's support account stated, "If you're running into errors attempting to sign in or access previously purchased content, our teams are aware and working to identify the cause. We'll update here when we have more to provide."

The Xbox Live status page doesn't offer much more information, except to confirm that both Xbox One and Xbox services on Windows 10 in the "core services" category are impacted. Besides the sign-in problems, you might also have trouble creating or managing an account right now.

Xbox Live Sign-In Errors Impacting Xbox One Today

about X hours ago from

It's been something of a rough week for Xbox Live, which has encountered issues on multiple occasions (including one particularly severe incident). That's again the case today for Xbox One and PC owners, as sign-in issues have emerged on Friday that Microsoft says it's working to resolve.

While sign-in problems sound somewhat innocuous, that can mean you're unable to get online to play games like Fortnite or to even access certain content. In a tweet, Microsoft's support account stated, "If you're running into errors attempting to sign in or access previously purchased content, our teams are aware and working to identify the cause. We'll update here when we have more to provide."

A subsequent tweet provides a further update, stating, "We have teams actively engaged on issues related to sign in and accessing previously purchased content. We'll update again when we've identified the cause. Our status page will also have updates related to these issues."

Xbox Live Sign-In Errors Impacting Xbox One [Update: Fixed]

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It's been something of a rough week for Xbox Live, which has encountered issues on multiple occasions (including one particularly severe incident). That's again the case today for Xbox One and PC owners, as sign-in issues have emerged on Friday that Microsoft says it's working to resolve. [Update: Microsoft now says these sign-in issues have been resolved, so you should be able to get online and start playing without any further problems. That said, not everything is working as it should, as Microsoft confirmed that you might have trouble buying things: "Previous issues with sign in should now be resolved. We're aware of users also running into issues with purchasing new content over Xbox Live and teams are actively engaged on that as well. We'll have additional updates to provide soon."]

While sign-in problems sound somewhat innocuous, that can mean you're unable to get online to play games like Fortnite or to even access certain content. In a tweet, Microsoft's support account stated, "If you're running into errors attempting to sign in or access previously purchased content, our teams are aware and working to identify the cause. We'll update here when we have more to provide."

Smash Bros. Ultimate: Piranha Plant DLC Now Available For Purchase

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first DLC character, Piranha Plant, arrived this week alongside the big 2.0.0 update. Nintendo offered the new fighter for free to players who purchased and registered their games on My Nintendo by January 31, but if you missed your opportunity to get it, you now have the option to buy it.

Piranha Plant is now available to purchase in the Switch Eshop. Unlike the other planned DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant isn't included in the game's Fighters Pass, so you only have the option to pick it up individually. If you do want to add it to your roster, it costs $5--slightly cheaper than the price of other upcoming fighters, presumably because it doesn't come with a new stage and music tracks.

Beyond Piranha Plant, Nintendo is working on five other DLC characters for Smash Bros. Ultimate. The first of these will be Joker from Persona 5. Each new fighter will come in a pack alongside a stage and multiple music tracks for $6. You'll also be able to get all of them at a discount through the $25 Fighters Pass. Picking up the Fighters Pass will also get you a bonus Mii costume based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Xbox One February Games With Gold Now Available

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Microsoft's latest Games with Gold offerings are now available, giving you a host of freebies for your Gold subscription. This month's inclusions offer a few retro throwbacks along with some action games from older generations. As always, some of the games are available throughout the entire month while others will rotate in and out midway, so check the schedule to make sure you don't miss out on any.

The Xbox One games include Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, an 8-bit style game modeled loosely after Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse. It's a prequel, both spiritually and plot-wise, to the upcoming Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and we found it rather good. It will be available throughout the entire month. On February 16, Super Bomberman R joins the rotation. It's an update of the classic Bomberman franchise, best used as a madcap party game so you can curse your friends for bombing you.

On Xbox 360, you get Assassin's Creed Rogue, a game that came out alongside the widely derided Assassin's Creed Unity. It was an interesting game in its own right, though, and explored more of the Templars' perspective. It's only available through February 15, after which it will be replaced by the original Xbox game Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.