PlayStation Plus offers BioShock Collection, The Sims 4 in February

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PlayStation Plus offers BioShock Collection, The Sims 4 in February

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to three games (or five, depending on your count) in February: BioShock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour. Those PlayStation 4 games will be available as part of PlayStation Plus starting Tuesday, Feb. 4.

BioShock: The Collection includes the single-player content from the original BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, and all single-player add-on content from those games. The collection also includes the Columbia’s Finest pack and director’s commentary, featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson.

Destiny 2 Twitch Prime Loot leaks, offering old Exotic and Legendary items

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Destiny 2 Twitch Prime Loot leaks, offering old Exotic and Legendary items

Bungie and Twitch are partnering up to give players Exotic and Legendary Destiny 2 gear through Twitch Prime Loot, according to an apparent leak of Bungie’s plans.

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 29, players can link their Twitch accounts to their Bungie accounts and claim bonus gear for being a Prime subscriber. Twitch reportedly advertised the loot on its website, but took it down. In a post on Forbes, Paul Tassi — who appears to be working with embargoed information — described how the process will work.

‘Real-life Mario Kart’ company loses appeal and must pay Nintendo more

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‘Real-life Mario Kart’ company loses appeal and must pay Nintendo more

The company that offered real-life go-kart tours of Tokyo, with drivers dressed up like Mario Kart characters, has lost in court to Nintendo again, and this time must pay five times the original judgment against it.

Mari Mobility Development Co. — formerly doing business as “Maricar” — lost its appeal of a 2018 trial that found it had infringed Nintendo’s intellectual property. Kotaku this morning noted that the company has since rebranded itself as Street Kart Akihabara, and provides its customers superhero-themed costumes.

Terminators invade Ghost Recon Breakpoint this week

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Terminators invade Ghost Recon Breakpoint this week

The Ghost Recon and Terminator franchises may not have had the best year, but a new (and free) event for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint looks potentially interesting. Basically, a time traveler from the year 2029 journeys to Breakpoint’s archipelago setting to warn of a cyborg threat, and it’s up to the Ghost Recon team to save the future.

The first part of the Terminator event, Mission 1, comes to Ghost Recon Breakpoint on Jan. 29, while Mission 2 drops on Feb. 1. The whole thing runs through Feb. 6. Players will meet up with a new character named Rasa Aldwin, who claims to be from the future and in need of help putting down a Terminator invasion. Players will battle T-800s — which definitely do not resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger and appear to be manufactured on the island — and earn event-exclusive items.

Here’s a cute line of Pokémon clothes, for dogs

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Here’s a cute line of Pokémon clothes, for dogs

Dog lovers and Pokémon fans in the Polygon offices are taken with a new fashion line coming out of Korea.

Pokémon ♥ Dasom is a collection of clothing and accessories for hounds, ranging from walking jackets to fluffy toys, spotted by NintendoSoup. A Pikachu neckerchief costs the equivalent of around $10, while a Monster Ball fluffy comes in at around $17. For the truly dedicated Pokémon pooch in your life, a themed playing mat costs about $29.

New Destiny 2 data mine points to return of Trials of Osiris

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New Destiny 2 data mine points to return of Trials of Osiris

With Destiny 2 patch 2.7.1, Bungie added plenty of new files to the game’s database. Data miners often dig into these files to reveal potential content coming to the game. In the community’s most recent data mine for patch 2.7.1, frequent miner Ginsor from the Raid Secrets Discord found interesting strings of text that seem to confirm the name of Destiny 2’s next season (Season of the Worthy) as well as the return of Trials of Osiris.

Next week, Destiny players will embark on a new, mysterious quest called the “Empyrean Foundation.” According to the data mine, players will restore the Lighthouse on Mercury through the foundation. A data-mined, in-game message then reads “with the restoration of the Lighthouse complete, Trials of Osiris and more will return in Season of the Worthy.”

Destiny 2 down for emergency maintenance after patch removes players’ items

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Destiny 2 down for emergency maintenance after patch removes players’ items

On Tuesday, Bungie released a new patch for Destiny 2. Patch 2.7.1 mostly focuses on bug fixes for the shooter, fixing some of the game’s recent issues and broken weapons. But it appears the latest patch came with some unintended side effects as well.

Shortly after the patch hit live servers, the Bungie Help Twitter account tweeted “we’re currently investigating an issue where players may have lost their Glimmer and/or various infusion materials after 4.7.1 [sic] went live.” The studio has since taken Destiny 2 down for emergency maintenance. Players who attempt to log in may encounter an error message that reads, “Destiny 2 servers are not available.”

Google Stadia Pro subscribers will get Metro Exodus and Gylt in February

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Google Stadia Pro subscribers will get Metro Exodus and Gylt in February

Google Stadia owners with Stadia Pro subscriptions will be able to download two games in February: horror-shooter Metro Exodus and indie adventure Gylt.

Developed by 4A Games, Metro Exodus is set in a post-nuclear war Russia, where protagonist Artyom engages in heavy duty gunplay while on a search for fellow survivors. In Polygon’s review, we said that the game’s various settings constituted “unique and visually captivating miniature open worlds.”

Phantasy Star Online 2 beta kicks off on Xbox One in February

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Phantasy Star Online 2 beta kicks off on Xbox One in February

Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally coming stateside, and Sega will give fans a brief taste of the online role-playing game the weekend of Feb. 7 with a closed beta test.

That beta test will be available on Xbox One, starting Friday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. PST, and will wrap up on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 12 a.m. PST. The closed beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 will feature fully localized English-language text and voices, Sega said. And players who participated in the beta will have their progress carry over to the full game, which is slated to launch on Xbox One in spring 2020. (A Windows PC version is coming later.)