Xbox Games With Gold for May 2018: Metal Gear Solid 5, Super Mega Baseball 2

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Xbox Games With Gold for May 2018: Metal Gear Solid 5, Super Mega Baseball 2

Xbox Live’s Games With Gold for May 2018 are Super Mega Baseball 2, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Vanquish and all the Streets of Rage series from the Sega Vintage Collection. That’s according to this unlisted (but official) video, spied today by Wario64 and earlier in the week by others.

We’re looking forward to Super Mega Baseball 2, as its predecessor was our Sports Video Game of the Year for 2014. The followup just got a release date — May 1 — (it’s also coming to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, and it’s $29.99 for them and those who don’t have Xbox Live Gold). So if you have a Gold subscription, you get a brand-new video game with a solid pedigree.

Nintendo once vowed Night Trap would never be on its systems, but things change

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Nintendo once vowed Night Trap would never be on its systems, but things change

In 1993, at the height of the video game violence scare, Nintendo testified before the U.S. Senate on the matter of violence and sexual content in games. Two games, Midway’s Mortal Kombat and Digital Pictures’ Night Trap, were at the center of those hearings.

While the games’ so-called offensive content could be considered positively quaint today, at the time — prior to self-imposed content ratings from the Entertainment Software Rating Board — parents and politicians expressed grave concerns over kids getting their hands on games with blood and sexual content.

The next D&D sourcebook will go to podcasters first, and you can listen in

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The next D&D sourcebook will go to podcasters first, and you can listen in

Dungeons & Dragons is in the middle of a major renaissance, thanks in part to dedicated groups performing the role-playing game online. As fans of Critical Role or The Adventure Zone will tell you, podcasts are vehicles for some of the very best D&D stories of our time. That’s why developer and publisher Wizards of the Coast is inviting nearly two-dozen live play podcasts to sample its newest sourcebook, and you can listen in all throughout the month of May.

Wizards gave 21 live play podcasts and two Twitch channels access to it’s next book, called Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, and asked them to use them it in their next adventure. The result should be a month-long cavalcade of outstanding audio drama, with two podcasts per week and Twitch streams on the weekend.

Hearthstone game director quits Blizzard

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Hearthstone game director quits Blizzard

Ben Brode, a key leader in the success of Blizzard’s Hearthstone, today announced he’s leaving the company to set up a new venture.

Brode was on the original launch team for collectible card strategy game Hearthstone a decade ago. He leaves the company as game director for Hearthstone, which boasts more than 70 million players and has established itself on the professional esports circuit.

Capcom’s shutting down the Puzzle Fighter game it just launched

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Capcom’s shutting down the Puzzle Fighter game it just launched

Capcom’s attempt to revitalize the Puzzle Fighter series as a free-to-play mobile game hasn’t been a resounding success, apparently. The publisher announced today that Puzzle Fighter for Android and iOS will shut down permanently on July 31.

Puzzle Fighter officially launched worldwide in late November — meaning the game has been live for roughly five months. Capcom said it will pull the game from app stores on July 1, with the game’s servers shutting down at the end of that month. Capcom will end in-app purchases on Monday, April 23.

PUBG’s latest mode adds armored vehicles and eight-person squads

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PUBG’s latest mode adds armored vehicles and eight-person squads

Late last night PUBG Corp. released a new game mode for the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s called Steel Rain, and it adds light armored vehicles to the game for the first time. It also ups the squad size to eight players. That means bigger gunfights early in every match, once again changing up the pace of the game.

Before you drop into Steel Rain you have the option of creating a squad with up to eight friends on Steam, otherwise you can opt to be placed automatically into another group or even go it alone.

God of War’s photo mode will let you turn Kratos’ frown upside down

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God of War’s photo mode will let you turn Kratos’ frown upside down

The new God of War launched today, and we already know what one of its first pieces of downloadable content will be: a photo mode, which is all the rage these days. And this one will let you replace Kratos’ rage with all kinds of other emotions.

On a 90-minute livestream counting down to the midnight release of God of War last night, Sony offered a first look at the game’s photo mode. You can see the full segment about the photo mode above. It looks just as robust as the well-received photo modes in recent PlayStation 4 exclusives such as Horizon Zero Dawn.

Nintendo starts selling Labo replacement parts

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Nintendo starts selling Labo replacement parts

Nintendo Labo is officially out today, and one of the immediate concerns Nintendo Switch owners will have is how to replace a component if it gets lost or damaged. Fortunately, Nintendo’s online store is here to help with replacement parts for Labo kits.

Nintendo is currently selling Labo replacement parts for the Robot Kit and Variety Kit through its online store. They can be purchased on a per-Toy-Con basis, meaning if you purchased a Variety Kit and only need to replace the cardboard required to build the fishing rod, that will cost you $8.99 (plus shipping). Replacement kits for the Variety Kit’s house, motorbike, piano and RC car are also available at prices ranging from $2.99 to $11.99.

Fans fire back at Warhammer developer who promised intense, 90-hour weeks at studio

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Fans fire back at Warhammer developer who promised intense, 90-hour weeks at studio

Neocore Games, the team behind the upcoming action role-playing game Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor — Martyr, announced yesterday that it would miss its release date. Along with an apology to fans, producer Zoltán Pozsonyi also announced that the team would literally double their efforts, working more than 90 hours a week for the next three weeks.

But fans pushed back, in the game’s Steam forums and on social media. Many were aghast at the thought of people putting in that much time during a so-called “crunch” period to finish the game. Several hours later, Neocore retracted the statement, saying that they were only joking.

Epic explains Fortnite’s corrupted replay problem, says solution on the way

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Epic explains Fortnite’s corrupted replay problem, says solution on the way

There’s no better feeling in Fortnite than capturing the moment you execute a spectacular move with a grenade launcher or cinch a victory after hours of playing.

That’s why players have been upset with faulty replay captures. Epic Games first announced an in-game replay tool was coming to Fortnite at the end of March, but didn’t unleash it until update patch v3.5 just a couple of weeks ago. The replay tool was developed as a way to give YouTubers better “in-game, cinematic camera features,” and allow other players to revisit their previous matches to better understand their gameplay techniques.