Xbox "Going Big" At E3 This Year After Sony Drops Out

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E3 2019 is going to be a big year for Xbox at E3, it seems. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said on a recent podcast that Microsoft's showing at E3 this year will be "as big" as it's ever been for Xbox, and one reason why might be because Sony is dropping out of E3.

Speaking to Major Nelson, Spencer started off by saying, "This is going to be a fun E3 for us." He recalled an internal Microsoft conversation about E3 after the "news" that dropped last year about E3, which is presumably a reference to Sony skipping the show.

"There was some news about E3 back in the fall. We had a discussion internally about, 'Should we go big?' 'Should we save some money?' 'What does that mean?' We decided, no [we're not going to save money], we're going to do our thing," Spencer said. "We're going to go and be as big at E3 as we've ever been. I love that opportunity."

Mortal Kombat 11 Stream Delayed Amid "Life-Threatening" Cold In Chicago

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Developer NetherRealm has postponed this week's "Kombat Kast" broadcast for Mortal Kombat 11 due to storm descending on Chicago, which is where the studio is located.

Chicago has been overrun with snow over the past week, and in the coming days, the temperature is expected to remain below freezing as a brutal Portal Vortex rolls through. With the wind chills accounted for, the temperature could drop to as much as -60 F. The National Weather Service warns that this could cause frostbite on uncovered skin in as little as five minutes.

Presumably the Mortal Kombat 11 stream was postponed so participants would not need to journey into the frozen world and stay safe and warm at home instead. The National Weather Service describes the cold in Chicago right now as being "life-threatening." It is so cold that people are being advised to avoid taking deep breaths and minimize talking.

Destiny 2 Guide: How To Get The Last Word Exotic Hand Cannon

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Destiny 2 Guide: How To Get The Last Word Exotic Hand Cannon

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The Last Word was one of the coolest Exotic weapons in the first Destiny, and now it's finally returned in Destiny 2. It's a gun that has a storied history, with tons of in-game lore surrounding it that's some of the best writing in the Destiny canon. Completing the requirements to get the legendary dueling weapon, a quest called The Draw, isn't easy, though. It requires you to take out some Hive, spend a fair amount of time in the Crucible, and most of all, avoid getting yourself killed.

While a lot of the requirements for The Last Word boil down to grinding and putting in the effort, there are some places where you can fast-track your progress if you know some tricks to maximize your time. Here are all the steps you need to complete The Draw and earn yourself The Last Word, with some tips to help it all go a bit faster.

The Last Word was one of the coolest Exotic weapons in the first Destiny, and now it's finally returned in Destiny 2. It's a gun that has a storied history, with tons of in-game lore surrounding it that's some of the best writing in the Destiny canon. Completing the requirements to get the legendary dueling weapon, a quest called The Draw, isn't easy, though. It requires you to take out some Hive, spend a fair amount of time in the Crucible, and most of all, avoid getting yourself killed.

New Smash Bros. Ultimate Patch Adds Piranha Plant Character And More

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The latest patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has arrived, and it's a big one. Version 2.0.0 is available to download now, and the biggest piece of news is that it adds a new character: Piranha Plant. Everyone who registers their game by January 31 gets Piranha Plant for free, while the character will be available for everyone to buy at a later date.

For more on Piranha Plant, check out the announcement trailer above and a second video below. "Ready your flowerpots for battle with this poisonous powerhouse starting today!" Nintendo said.

Piranha Plant pipes up in #SmashBrosUltimate as a new playable fighter! Ready your flowerpots for battle with this poisonous powerhouse starting today! Piranha Plant is a free bonus for players who have registered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and redeemed their code before 1/31. pic.twitter.com/qDDjHOJXbk

See Nicholas Hoult As Lord of The Rings Author J.R.R. Tolkien In First Images From New Biopic

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The first official images from the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic have been released, showing off Nicholas Hoult as the acclaimed fantasy author. USA Today posted a series of images from the film, which focuses on a young Tolkien in the time leading up to his writing of the epic fantasy.

Director Dome Karukoski told the site that the movie, which is called Tolkien, will cover the author's life as he considers and confronts his own imagination. "There's often fear with that, also, in how your imagination starts to play with you, especially the mind of a genius like Tolkien," he said.

Here’s the first images from Tolkien! Can’t wait for you all to see this beautiful story #tolkienmovie @tolkienmovie

Anthem Will Let You Sprint In Fort Tarsis When The Game Launches

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BioWare has announced that it's adding running to Fort Tarsis in Anthem. It's a change that's certainly going to be positively met by many of those who played Anthem's VIP demo, and the update is scheduled to be live at the game's launch.

In an interview with GamesRadar, Anthem executive producer Mark Darrah said that the decision to have you walk through the fort was so that you would "feel a little bit underpowered," and understand "that strong difference" for a Freelancer outside their Javelin as opposed to in one. "We want it to feel like walking," he continued. "If you look at most video games, you're sprinting everywhere and we gave you a jet pack machine for when you're out in the world, and we really want it to feel like you're just a person walking around and now you are that person in Iron Man armor."

BioWare general manager Casey Hudson added that "there was a run speed that was in [the game]. And then for some reason it was out of the game for when that particular build [the VIP demo build] was made." Hudson confirmed that sprint function is back in "the main game" so you should be able to sprint in Fort Tarsis when Anthem launches. However, it doesn't sound like the function will be available in the free February 1-3 demo.

After 12 Years Of Only Making PlayStation Games, Quantic Dream Is Going Multi-Platform

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Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit developer Quantic Dream recently raised money from Chinese internet company NetEase, at which time many wondered if it meant that the French studio would continue to make games only for PlayStation consoles. Now we know it won't.

Quantic Dream boss Guillaume de Foundaumiere told GamesBeat that while the studio will continue to release games for PlayStation consoles, the exclusivity arrangement is seemingly over.

"We will continue to work on PlayStation, which is a platform we love and that we know very well, but we will also consider other platforms as we want to make our creations accessible to as many gamers as possible worldwide, regardless of the platform," he said. "This is definitely a shift for us after 12 years developing exclusively for PlayStation. We are confident we can make a smooth transition [to multi-platform development] while keeping the high level of quality that we target for our games."

Last Chance To Get January's Free Xbox One Games With Gold

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February is almost here, which means a new set of free Games with Gold will soon be available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. That also means time is running out to grab January's free titles, which are scheduled to go back to their regular price on February 1.

If you haven't grabbed this month's offerings yet, this is your last chance to download the critically acclaimed platformer Celeste and Ubisoft's beloved shooter Far Cry 2, both of which will remain free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 31. Thanks to backwards compatibility, the latter is also playable on Xbox One.

In addition to those two titles, another free game is available right now for Xbox Live Gold subscribers: the off-road racer WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship. This one will remain free until February 15, so you still have a little more time left to download it if you haven't already. You can see the full list of January's free games below.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Review Roundup - Here's What The Critics Are Saying

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the most anticipated games of the year. Fans have been waiting years for the release date of the third mainline entry in the series to arrive, and that moment is nearly here--it launches tomorrow, January 29.

If you're not familiar with the series, you might enjoy our Kingdom Hearts story primer, or everything you need to know about Kingdom Hearts 3. One notable thing that's emerged in the last few days is that the game's epilogue will be added after launch to avoid spoilers being leaked. And if you want to know how long it will take to see that epilogue, you can find out by taking a look at Kingdom Hearts 3's campaign length estimate.

We awarded the game an 8/10 in our Kingdom Hearts 3 review, while critics across the board seem pretty positive about this concluding chapter. Read on below for a selection of other reviews or check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more, or head over to CNET for thoughts from a series newcomer.