New On Netflix This Week: TV Shows, Movies, And Originals

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With the new week comes a bunch of new originals, TV shows, and movies to watch on Netflix. From a blockbuster film to a new original animated Godzilla movie, there's plenty to love from Netflix's latest offerings.

The biggest new addition is Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest film in the Lucasfilm franchise. While the Han Solo origin story may not have been the box office success those involved were hoping for, GameSpot reviewer Michael Rougeau enjoyed Solo, even with its flaws.

Other new streaming options include the Netflix original film Godzilla: The Planet Eater, which first debuted in Japan in November, as well as a new season of Friends From College. Rounding out the week are original films Sex Education and The Last Laugh.

Mad Box: Slightly Mad Studios Shares More New Game Console Designs

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Mad Box: Slightly Mad Studios Shares More New Game Console Designs

It's still early in the creation process of the Mad Box, developer Slightly Mad Studios' recently announced new game console. It's so early, in fact, that there's not even a definitive design for the Mad Box. Studio head Ian Bell is sharing possible designs for the console on Twitter and asking people for feedback about them.

Bell tossed a few concept photos for the possible Mad Box out on the internet, which all are drastically different. One looks like a PC tower with some plastic and neon accoutrements, while another resembles a Portal 2 Companion Cube, and a third could reasonably be mistaken for something like a Blu-Ray player.

For all three, Bell tweeted things like, "Would love to hear your feedback," and his attitude online makes it clear the studio is looking for input from potential customers on several aspects of the project.

Mad Box Game Console: Slightly Mad Studios Shares More Possible Designs

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Mad Box Game Console: Slightly Mad Studios Shares More Possible Designs

It's still early in the creation process of the Mad Box, developer Slightly Mad Studios' recently announced new game console. It's so early, in fact, that there's not even a definitive design for the Mad Box. Studio head Ian Bell is sharing possible designs for the console on Twitter and asking people for feedback about them.

Bell tossed a few concept photos for the possible Mad Box out on the internet, which all are drastically different. One looks like a PC tower with some plastic and neon accoutrements, while another resembles a Portal 2 Companion Cube, and a third could reasonably be mistaken for something like a Blu-Ray player.

For all three, Bell tweeted things like, "Would love to hear your feedback," and his attitude online makes it clear the studio is looking for input from potential customers on several aspects of the project.

Doom Composer Wants Recruits For "Heavy Metal Choir," But Won't Say Why

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Doom composer Mick Gordon has posted a video asking for people to join a "heavy metal choir" that will create music for an upcoming game. Gordon did not reveal what that game might be, but considering Bethesda confirmed that the composer is creating a new soundtrack for Doom Eternal and heavy metal fits the franchise's aesthetic, this choir might just be for the upcoming first-person shooter.

In the video, Gordon reveals that he isn't announcing a competition, and that this in an "open invitation." If you wish to participate, you must be at least 18 years old, fund your own trip to Austin, Texas where the recording session will be held, and submit a demo of your "killer metal" voice by February 1. The recording session will take place during the first week of March, and be both a paid gig and credited role in the upcoming game.

Doom Eternal will be an even more immersive and gruesome descent into hell in comparison to its 2016 predecessor. You'll be able to fight even faster and harder with new mobility systems--such as a grappling hook and free running--and weapons. A new multiplayer feature is being added as well, where other players will be able to invade your game as powerful demons.

The Walking Dead Final Season Episode 3 Dated

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Skybound Games, the new developer behind Telltale's The Walking Dead series, has announced the release date for Episode 3 of its final season. Broken Toys will release on January 15, across the PC (on Epic Games Store), PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The announcement was accompanied by a trailer that sets the tone for the new episode.

Telltale made its name revamping the adventure game genre with the success of The Walking Dead, and then used that reputation to develop a variety of other licensed property games based on franchises like Batman, Borderlands, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Following massive layoffs, though, the studio announced that all of its current projects were on hold indefinitely. That included The Walking Dead, which was in the middle of its final season.

Telltale pulled the final season from sale while in talks with developers, and later announced that Skybound Games, the studio founded by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, would finish the project. At the 2018 Game Awards, Skybound announced that it would be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Season Pass holders were exempt from this new exclusivity arrangement, letting Steam users finish the season there if they had already purchased it.

Game Sale: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Discounts At Best Buy This Week

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Game Sale: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Discounts At Best Buy This Week

Each Sunday, Best Buy resets its weekly sale and offers discounts on a whole new batch of PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch games. This week's ad is now available, so let's take a look at what games and hardware we can save money on between now and January 13.

A nice selection of Nintendo Switch games have gotten discounts (a rare event if ever there was one). For $42 each, you can grab digital versions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and Splatoon 2. And for those who enjoy a good retro-style RPG, you're not likely to find a more gorgeous one than Octopath Traveler, which is also on sale for $42.

Shooter fans can pick up Battlefield V for $30 this week. Or, for just $20, you can get Far Cry 4, which will prepare you for its sequel, Far Cry New Dawn, set to release February 15. A pair of Assassin's Creed titles, The Ezio Collection and Syndicate, are available for $20 each. Also $20 are Watch Dogs 2 and Tom Clancy's The Division.

Fortnite's 14 Days Event Now Live Again For A Limited Time

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14 Days of Fortnite is live again on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. As a make good for previously announcing the wrong end date, developer Epic Games has brought the holiday-themed event back for another week, giving players on all platforms another chance to unlock any rewards they may have missed out on the first time around.

The encore event will be live through 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT on January 15. During this time, all of the 14 Days of Fortnite challenges will be available, allowing players to complete any remaining tasks and unlock their corresponding rewards; however, any previous progress on partially completed challenges has been reset. You can see the full list of challenges and rewards in our 14 Days of Fortnite roundup.

14 Days of Fortnite first kicked off in December. As its name describes, the event ran for two weeks, with a new challenge to complete and reward to unlock each day. However, there was some confusion surrounding when the event would end, and as a result, many players felt they didn't have as much time as they expected to complete the challenges.

Devil May Cry 5 Xbox One Demo Pulled, New One Coming for Xbox And PS4 Next Month

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Capcom released a Devil May Cry 5 demo for Xbox One in December, but if you didn't already grab it you have officially missed your chance. The demo has been pulled from the Xbox store, though it's still playable if you downloaded it previously. Its listing now says it is not currently available.

Take heart, though, demon hunters. If you missed out on that demo--or if you're just a PS4 owner and never had access to it in the first place--you'll get a fresh bit of DMC5 next month. The tweet that announced the demo had been pulled also gave word that a new one will be coming on February 7, this time for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Since the demo's release, Capcom has continued a steady stream of announcements, like its seamless co-op play. Most recently the studio showed off the new playable character V, who controls very differently from swift melee-focused characters like Dante. V moves slowly around the battlefield, instead summoning a variety of beasts to do his fighting for him. The game is among our most anticipated games of 2019.

Gaming Laptops With Nvidia RTX GPUs Announced; Said To Be Twice As Powerful As PS4 Pro

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Gaming Laptops With Nvidia RTX GPUs Announced; Said To Be Twice As Powerful As PS4 Pro

During Nvidia's CES 2019 live press conference, the company announced a wave of gaming laptops that will feature its latest GPUs, the GeForce RTX 20-series. These laptops will have mobile versions of the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 depending on the model, and will come from major manufacturers like Samsung, Acer, Asus, Razer, and more. Over 40 different models will be available on January 29.

This is the first batch of laptops that feature RTX GPUs, a new generation of video cards that debuted with high-end desktop versions back in September last year with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. According to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, some of these laptops will be "twice as powerful as the PS4 Pro" and, specifically, an RTX 2060-powered laptop will be 1.6 times as powerful as a PS4 Pro. Compared to desktop GPUs, that same RTX 2060 laptop is said to outperform a desktop GTX 1070.

Of the 40 laptops coming soon, 17 of them will feature the low-profile power-efficient Max-Q design. Max-Q was introduced last generation as a way to pack high-end GPUs into ultra-thin laptops with little compromise in terms of overall performance.

Feeling Lucky? Get A Random PC Game For $1 / £1

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Feeling Lucky? Get A Random PC Game For $1 / £1

Do you feel lucky? If so, the PC game storefront Green Man Gaming has an intriguing proposition for you. It's a promotion called Lucky Dip, in which you pay $1 / £1 to see just how lucky you are. Wagering that small sum gets you a random PC game from a pool of several dozen titles. Some of the games you've heard of, while others you likely haven't. The game you receive is left up to chance. Even so, it's a pretty good deal, seeing as most of the games sell for more than $10 on their own.

Some of the better-known titles on offer include Batman: Arkham Asylum GotY Edition, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Frozen Synapse Prime, Mount & Blade, Magicka, and Rage (which would be a good one to play before the arrival of its sequel). And while most of the games on the list are several years old--*ahem* F1 2015--you're not exactly putting a lot at risk here.

One caveat is that you're more likely to win some games than others. Stable Orbit, for instance, has the highest chance of appearing, at 5.24%. Black & White Bushido is the rarest game, with only a 0.07% chance. You can view the odds for all of the games below. The percentages aren't based on popularity, though, so you have a good chance of getting some of the most well-known titles.