Black Ops 4's Next Update Brings Further Armor Tuning, New Blackout Mode On PS4

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Treyarch has another update on the way for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This week, the developer will be rolling out patch 1.12, which will make some big changes to the way armor works in Blackout mode, add classic weapons to Zombies, and kick off another limited-time event on PS4.

In a post on Reddit, Treyarch outlined the biggest tweaks and additions that are coming in this week's update. Among other things, the developer will be making further tuning changes to armor, concussions, and cluster grenades in Blackout mode.

The full list of changes will be detailed in this week's patch notes, but Treyarch says it is reducing damage protection for armor "across the board." On top of that, the developer is raising the number of armor plates it takes to repair level 3 armor, while the time it takes for cluster grenades to detonate is also being increased.

Madden NFL 19 Predicts Super Bowl 53 Winner

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The Super Bowl is this Sunday, marking one of the biggest events in professional sports. As usual, EA has run a simulation game in its annual football release, Madden NFL 19, and concluded that the Los Angeles Rams will defeat the New England Patriots.

The final score of the simulated game was 30-27, showing a high-scoring game with tons of offensive play. The Patriots led in the first half 17-3, but the Rams came back big in the second with three touchdowns and two field goals. The simulation also pegged Aaron Donald for the MVP award, given a record four sacks in a single Super Bowl game.

EA has used Madden to predict every Super Bowl game since 2004. While the simulation is never bullseye-accurate on the exact score or game-winning plays, the simulations have come away with a pretty solid 10-5 record of success in predicting the winner. One of those misses was just last year, however, when the game showed the Patriots winning against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles ended up winning in an upset, and QB Nick Foles received the MVP award instead of Patriots QB Tom Brady.

Fortnite 7.30 Update Arriving Tomorrow After Ice Storm Challenges End

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Fortnite 7.30 Update Arriving Tomorrow After Ice Storm Challenges End

It's your last chance to complete Fortnite's ongoing Ice Storm challenges before the world event officially wraps up. Developer Epic Games confirmed the event will end on all platforms tomorrow, January 29, with the release of Fortnite's 7.30 update, which looks set to introduce another new weapon and more to the battle royale game.

Downtime for the update is scheduled to begin at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT, Epic confirmed on Twitter. As usual, the developer hasn't estimated how long this maintenance period will last, but it has given fans a peek at a new item that will presumably be arriving with the update: the Chiller Grenade.

The Grenade is advertised as "coming soon" in Fortnite's in-game News feed. Continuing the season's wintry theme, it fittingly resembles a snowman's head and sounds like it will function similar to the vaulted Chiller Trap. "Give your enemies cold feet with this winter blast," its accompanying description reads.

BioWare Talks Anthem Demo Issues And What's Being Fixed

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BioWare has shared thoughts on the weekend's Anthem VIP demo, and outlined bug fixes it has in the works before the public demo kicks off. It also sought to assuage concerns about the final release, which will include fixes not seen in either demo.

In the blog post, BioWare's Chad Robertson says that entitlement bugs, server performance updates, platform bugs for Javelin unlocks, and client bugs were either addressed over the weekend, or will be addressed before the public demo begins. It also notes that it will be doing more scale testing to prepare for the influx of new players coming on Friday, and it plans to especially focus on the frustrating infinite load problem. The public demo will run February 1-3.

The post also mentions that preparations for the full launch have been in the works for a while, and as a result, "that version of the game already has a long list of things that are already fixed that won't make the public demo weekend." That includes weapons with 0% infusions, changes to Javelin unlocks, fixes to XP loss at the end of missions, stability and performance issues, and more. It promises a look at Anthem's future to come on Sunday afternoon.

WWE Wants You To Skip The NFL's Super Bowl Halftime Show To Watch Halftime Heat

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February 3 is Super Bowl Sunday, where the L.A. Rams will take on the New England Patriots to determine who is the best in the NFL. Will Tom Brady's Patriots or Jared Goff's Rams come out on top? Regardless of the outcome, plenty of people watching the game are not football fans, and they're more interested in things like commercials and what's happening during halftime. While you could watch Maroon 5's halftime show, WWE would rather have you tune in to its show, Halftime Heat.

In a video where Maroon 5 gets Roman Reigns-level boos, WWE proclaims it's bringing back its halftime show, which only happened once before in 1999. It's called Halftime Heat, and WWE knows how to get the attention of its fanbase, by bashing a pop rock act that wrestling fans probably would have skipped watching anyway, and you can see the promotional video for it below.

WWE has tried this before, in 1999, when Mankind fought The Rock in an empty arena for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Personally, I have very fond memories of this and remember it being a big success, but it hasn't happened since then. 20 years later, WWE looks towards the future by focusing on its NXT brand.

Glass Stays Top Of Box Office Chart, Aquaman Becomes Biggest DC Movie Ever

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Despite very mixed reviews, M. Night Shyamalan's Glass held onto the top slot on this week's US box office, with an estimated $19 million taken over three days. This brings the movie's US total to $79 million, off a modest, self-funded production budget of $20 million. While it is unlikely to hit the heights of its 2017 predecessor Split, which made $138 million in the US, it's still another hugely successful movie for Shyamalan.

The week's new movies did not fare nearly as well. The family adventure The Kid Who Would be King entered the chart at No.4, making $7.2 million, while the thriller Serenity fared even worse, grossing just $4.8 million to debut at No.8. Serenity, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, was hit by particularly bad reviews and currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 21%.

Elsewhere, the comedy The Upside and DC's Aquaman remained at No.2 and No.3 respectively. Aquaman has now grossed $1.09 billion worldwide, which makes it the most successful DC movie ever made, eclipsing Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, which made $1.085 billion. The season's other big superhero hit, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, maintained its position at No.5.

Valve Decries "Unfair" Decision As Metro Exodus Leaves Steam For Epic Store

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Another one of this year's biggest releases is skipping Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store. Publisher Deep Silver has announced that the PC version of its upcoming first-person shooter, Metro Exodus, will be available exclusively through Epic's digital storefront when it launches next month on February 15.

Prior to this announcement, PC players were able to pre-order Metro Exodus through Steam. These pre-orders will still be honored, but the game will be delisted from Valve's storefront today, January 28, due to the new exclusivity agreement, which Valve blasts as "unfair to Steam customers." In a statement on the Metro Exodus Steam page, the company wrote:

"Later today, sales of Metro Exodus will be discontinued on Steam due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store. The developer and publisher have assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam. We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. We apologize to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale through the February 15th release date, but we were only recently informed of the decision and given limited time to let everyone know."

New On Netflix This Week: Movies, TV, And Originals (US)

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Netflix is closing out one month and welcoming the new one this month, and that means lots of turnover. The streaming service welcomes a few big sequels this week, as well as a host of classics, while bidding a fond farewell to some others that have been on it for some time.

On Tuesday, Ant-Man and the Wasp will join, along with the new stand-up special "One Show Fits All" from Gabriel Iglesias. Then on Wednesday we'll get The Incredibles 2, the long-awaited sequel to the Disney Pixar family superhero film.

As we welcome in February, a load of new movies and original shows are being added. The entire Jaws series is coming, along with the several American Pie movies, and some critical hits like As Good As It Gets and Billy Elliot. Those are joined by Netflix Originals Russian Doll, True: Happy Hearts Day, and Free Reign: Valentine's Day, among others.

Thorn Is Finally Coming To Destiny 2, Trailer Teases

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Just when you were getting excited to chase down The Last Word, one of Destiny 1's best guns, as it makes its return to Destiny 2, Bungie goes and teases an even bigger deal: Thorn.

Bungie released a trailer for its next in-game event, The Draw, for those who purchased its annual pass, which confirmed that players will be hunting down the Exotic hand cannon The Last Word. That's a Destiny 1 gun many have been wishing would make a return, and it's one that has a ton of lore and story tied to it.

A hero's weapon makes its triumphant return.

Prepare to add the Last Word to your holster when The Draw Exotic quest goes live 1/29.