Black Ops 4's Blackout Mode Is Free This Month, Including New Alcatraz Map

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new Blackout Alcatraz map has launched on PS4. Alcatraz is expected to release on Xbox One and PC at a later date this month. For the entire month of April, you can play on either of Blackout's multiplayer maps for free. Alcatraz is only live on PS4 right now, though. However free access to Blackout is live on Xbox One, PC, and PS4.

Although Blackout--the name of Blackout's original map--is a more traditional battle royale, Alcatraz makes slight changes to the formula. Instead of deploying from a drop ship that travels in a straight line at the start of a match, in Alcatraz, your team deploys from portals that appear at random points above the island. There's no collapsing zone wall either, and zombies seem to be more plentiful as well.

Like Apex Legends, Alcatraz also features respawns. After falling in battle, you're allowed to redeploy after 30 seconds have passed. You can respawn up to five times. Also like Respawn's battle royale, Alcatraz supports a smaller collection of players, all of whom are grouped into teams. All in all, there are 40 players on the map, each in a four-person squad for a total of 10 teams.

Tropico 6 Review - Narcissistic Indulgence

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Tropico 6 Review - Narcissistic Indulgence

Tropico 6 is not a fair game. It positions you as not only the head of a small island nation, but also on a political stage with far greater powers than yours. Be those forces colonial, imperialist, or capitalist, your job is to keep your nation stable against both the tides of external forces and the demands of the citizens in your charge. That's a heavy premise that gets diluted a bit with tongue-in-cheek humor, but the parallels between your fictional country and many real-world iterations throughout history are extensive. Those frictions, in many ways, are what makes Tropico an interesting and vivacious playground for those who want some nation-building with their city simulators.

Your path through Tropico is a relatively simple one, given context and complexity by new systems that progressively stack on top of one another. In much the same way that our real-world economies are heavily influenced by trade, treaties, and demand, so too will your fledgling nation-state.

Pokemon Go: Giratina Origin Forme Now Available For The First Time

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Less than a week after returning to Pokemon Go, the Gen 4 Legendary Giratina has changed forms. From now until April 29, the Renegade Pokemon will appear in its Origin Forme, making this your first opportunity to catch this version of the monster in the mobile game.

Like Dialga and Palkia, Giratina debuted in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, but its Origin Forme was first introduced in Pokemon Platinum. In contrast to its Altered Forme, this variant features a more serpentine appearance and is the form the monster takes in the Distortion World--a parallel universe it was banished to in Pokemon lore.

Regardless of what form it assumes, Giratina remains a dual Ghost/Dragon Pokemon, so the same strategies you used to battle it when it first appeared during last year's Halloween event will still apply. What's unique about this combination is that both Ghost and Dragon are susceptible to their own types, so you'll want to bring along Pokemon like Salamence, Rayquaza, and Gengar to battle it. Dark-types such as Tyranitar and Houndoom will also be effective. You can find more tips on how to catch Giratina here.

QuakeCon Registration Date Announced, Promises "The Year Of Doom"

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the original Doom, as well as the impending release of Doom Eternal. To mark the occasion, Bethesda has announced that the theme of this year's QuakeCon will be the "Year of Doom."

The company wasn't specific regarding what the festivities would include, other than to say the event will feature "hellish activities and events that look back at a quarter century of demon-stomping and a look forward at what's to come." Naturally the event will include the usual slate of panels, hands-on demos, and Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) tournaments.

Registration for QuakeCon will open on April 11 at 10 AM PT, through the official site. The event will take place July 25-28 in Grapevine, TX. General admission is free, while a BYOC entry will be $75 and admission to all the panels and events will cost $125. You can also have a combo ticket for $200, or VIP entry for $400. BYOC purchasers should be advised that this year you won't be selecting a seat as soon as you register, as seat selection will take place separately at a later date.

New Mortal Kombat 11 Character, Cetrion, Revealed

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New Mortal Kombat 11 Character, Cetrion, Revealed

Mortal Kombat 11 is only a few weeks away, and developer NetherRealm continues to reveal new characters in the lead up to the game's launch. Last week, the company gave fans their first look at three returning fighters--Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Jax--during Sony's inaugural State of Play presentation, and now it's unveiled a brand-new character named Cetrion.

As we see in her reveal trailer (via Game Informer), Cetrion is an Elder God connected to the Earth, and she's able to utilize her elemental powers in battle; the trailer showcases her summoning vines from the ground to restrain opponents and conjuring up rocks to pummel foes with. The video ends with a look at one of Cetrion's Fatalities, which sees her growing to god size and raining down a beam of energy onto a hapless Jade.

Cetrion is the second entirely new playable character announced for Mortal Kombat 11 thus far, following Geras, the loyal servant of MK 11 boss Kronika. Much like Cetrion, Geras also has some elemental powers; he's able to conjure up objects made of sand--such as a bed of spikes that he can slam his foes onto--and even manipulate time. You can see the full list of all the confirmed fighters so far here.

Black Ops 4's New Blackout Alcatraz Map Now Live On PS4; Xbox One/PC To Follow

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The new Blackout map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, titled Alcatraz, has launched on PS4. Alcatraz is expected to release on Xbox One and PC at a later date.

"Alcatraz is a small island, and that means super fast-paced, frenetically fun fighting," Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar said in a video describing the new map--which can be watched in the tweet linked below. Treyarch producer Miles Leslie added, "And our Zombies players might recognize this, but we've handcrafted Alcatraz for the Blackout experience."

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Sekiro Endings Guide: How To Get Them All

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Sekiro Endings Guide: How To Get Them All

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is full of sidequests and paths that aren't strictly necessary to complete the game. Follow those paths and complete those quests, however, and you can unlock different endings for the game. Some come down to a simple choice at a key moment, while others require several extra steps in order to complete them.

Unlocking each of Sekiro's endings is worth the effort, though. They don't just show you a different possible conclusion for the game--they also give you more insights into its overall story and lore, suggesting things about who's behind the attack on Ashina, what the deal is with the Sculptor, and how things got to be the way they are in the country. Plus, one ending lets you get some payback on that giant white snake.

Unfortunately, the ending requirements in Sekiro aren't always super obvious. The two that are toughest to get (and could be called the "best" endings) are full of unlockable conversations and events that require you to visit people several times. It's very easy to miss a step or go too far in the story and lock yourself out of an ending.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds New Showdown Mode

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds New Showdown Mode

Rockstar has rolled out another content update for Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer component, Red Dead Online. This week, the developer has introduced a new Showdown mode called Up in Smoke, as well as a limited-time bonus on Ability Cards and an assortment of new clothing options to buy.

As its name suggests, the object of Up in Smoke is to blow up the opposing team's camp. Each player will begin the match with an explosive package that they'll need to deliver to the enemy's base. Every time the explosives are successfully delivered, a portion of the camp will be destroyed until one team's base has been completely razed.

In addition to the new Showdown mode, Rockstar is giving players a 30% XP boost on all Ability Cards this week in Red Dead Online, allowing you to level the cards up to a new tier faster. A new selection of clothing has also been added to the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue. Starting this week, players will be able to purchase the following:

BioWare Responds To Report Detailing Anthem’s Troubled Development

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BioWare has issued a statement regarding the development of Anthem, in response to an article that explored development troubles that may have contributed to its rocky launch. The response explains its rationale for not participating in the story, addresses some of the criticisms, and rebukes what it suggests is some team members "tearing down one another."

The spark behind the response was an expose published on Kotaku. It spoke with several developers that either worked on the game or are familiar with the conditions around its development. Their stories included first-hand accounts of stress and burnout, as well as troubles adapting the Frostbite engine and purported warnings to management that went unheeded. BioWare itself chose not to engage with the article, but the statement makes very clear that the expose is what prompted the response.