Madden 20 Confirmed With Cover Star, Release Date, College Football Mode, X-Factor Players, And More

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Madden 20 Confirmed With Cover Star, Release Date, College Football Mode, X-Factor Players, And More

Madden NFL 20 has been announced with its cover star and a list of exciting-sounding new features, including the return of college football.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will be on the cover of Madden NFL 20. Mahomes is a good pick for cover athlete, as he's one of the most exciting players in the NFL right now. He was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2018.

In terms of new features, Madden 20 brings a few especially noteworthy ones. Starting off, college football will be featured in the game in a limited capacity. A new mode called QB1 will see players creating a quarterback in college and then taking them through the College Football Playoff and eventually to the NFL Combine where they'll compete for a spot on an NFL roster.

Pokemon Go: New Legendaries Available Through May And June's Field Research

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A new month is just around the corner, which means Niantic will soon be rolling out a new set of Field Research tasks for Pokemon Go. The tasks are scheduled to begin appearing starting next Wednesday, May 1, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET, and they'll be available through the end of June. On top of that, they'll give you another chance to catch a couple of fan-favorite Legendary Pokemon.

Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough during the next two months, you'll be rewarded with an encounter with one of four possible Legendaries: Ho-Oh, Lugia, Latios, or Latias. Both Ho-Oh and Lugia were previously available through Research Breakthroughs, but this marks the first time you'll be able to encounter the Eon Pokemon this way, which is helpful if you missed out on their recent Raid events.

As usual, you'll be able to receive the new Field Research tasks by spinning the Photo Disc at Poke Stops. You can complete as many Field Research tasks as you'd like daily, but you'll only earn a stamp for the first one you finish per day. You'll need to collect a total of seven stamps to achieve a Research Breakthrough and encounter the Legendaries.

Nintendo Switch Sales Reach New Heights, Digital Game Sales Growing

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How's Nintendo doing from a business perspective? Quite well. The company today reported earnings for this fiscal year ended March 31, and times are (mostly) good. Nintendo pulled in ¥1.2 trillion ($10.7 billion USD), which is an increase from ¥1.06 trillion ($9.4 billion USD) for the previous 12-month period. In terms of profit, Nintendo made ¥249.7 billion ($2.2 billion USD) in operating profit, compared to ¥177.5 billion ($1.6 billion USD) the year prior.

Via Engadget, Nintendo sold 2.47 million Switch consoles in the final three months of the fiscal year, boosting the console's lifetime total to 34.74 million (which exceeds the lifetime sales of the N64). The 2.47 million Switch consoles sold during the final quarter of the fiscal year is down slightly from the 2.93 million consoles Nintendo sold in the same quarter last year. For the full fiscal year, Nintendo sold 16.95 million Switch systems; that's just under the 17 million that Nintendo forecasted it would sell the year, but it's up year-on-year.

Fortnite Week 9 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 8 Discovery Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 9 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 8 Discovery Challenge)

We're quickly coming up on the end of Fortnite Season 8, but Epic still has a few more challenges in store for players before Season 9 officially begins. Week 9's challenges are now live across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and mobile, which means you have another chance to earn Battle Stars and unlock more of this season's skins and other Battle Pass rewards.

If you're familiar with how Fortnite works by now, you'll know there's an added incentive to complete as many challenges as you can; if you finish all of the ones from a given week, you'll also clear a Discovery challenge, which will reward you with a special loading screen. These screens typically feature a cool or humorous piece of artwork, but the real reason you want to unlock them is because they each hide a subtle clue that points you to a free Battle Star (which levels your Battle Pass up by one tier) or Banner (which can be used as a profile icon) hidden somewhere around the island.

Once you've completed nine weeks' worth of challenges, you'll unlock the loading screen pictured below. This one features Season 8's best new skin, Peely, rather unwisely trying to retrieve a treasure chest from a river of lava. Look in the background directly above the treasure chest, however, and you'll be able to spot an etching of a viking ship. This is the clue to where this week's free Battle Star can be found.

Days Gone Review Roundup

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Years after its debut, Days Gone finally releases this week. The open world zombie game puts you in the shoes of Deacon St. John, a rough-and-tumble biker turned mercenary after the world went to hell. You'll take on Freakers (aka zombies) and factions of brutal survivors in an expansive adventure.

Though the game boasts high production values, reviews have been mixed. The adventure itself is often said to be dull or middling, and many critics agree the story fails to do anything interesting with its conflicted hero. This is reflected in GameSpot's own review.

"I did a lot of things in Days Gone," said Kallie Plagge. "I burned every single Freaker nest; I cleared every ambush camp; I maxed out my bike; I took out a few optional hordes just because. Like Deacon with Sarah, I kept going because I hoped to find something, to follow a thread to a possibly fascinating or satisfying or impactful conclusion. But at the end of it all, I'd only gotten scraps."

Flash Deal: Get 12 Months Of Xbox Live Gold For $40

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Flash Deal: Get 12 Months Of Xbox Live Gold For $40

If you're an Xbox One owner who plays online multiplayer games, you're probably very familiar with Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft's premium service that lets you do just that. A 12-month membership sells for $60 at most retailers, but for a very limited time, you can grab an annual subscription to Xbox Live Gold for just $40 at MassGenie. The deal ends in less than 24 hours, so act fast.

GET 12 MONTHS OF XBOX LIVE GOLD FOR $40 »

Here's how to claim the offer at MassGenie: On the product page, click on the Power Deal circle. It'll prompt you to sign in or create an account--creating an account is free (and there's no guest checkout for Power Deals). After you're signed in, you'll automatically be redirected to checkout, and you'll see that the coupon (XBOXLIVE12M) has automatically been applied.

Respawn Delays Titanfall Plans To Focus On Apex Legends

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It appears Respawn's current Titanfall project and plans on all future Titanfall games have been delayed. Previously scheduled for later this year, Apex Legends executive producer Drew McCoy announced plans for all future Titanfall games have been delayed so that Respawn can better focus on future seasons for Apex Legends.

"[Regarding] other games in development at Respawn, it is important to understand that there are entirely separate development teams working on Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," McCoy wrote in a blog post. "Additionally, in order to fully support Apex Legends, we are pushing out plans for future Titanfall games. No resources from the Apex Legends team are being shifted to other titles in development here at the studio, nor are we pulling resources from the team working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order."

Not many details about this upcoming Titanfall project have been revealed, but Respawn CEO Vince Zampella has clarified that it is not Titanfall 3. "We love being able to experiment in this crazy universe!" he said. On Twitter, Zampella also shot down the theory that the Titanfall project would be a VR game. In an earnings call, EA described the project as a "premium" title but suggested the game would not be a typical Titanfall sequel.