Battlefield 5’s Squad Conquest is sticking around another two weeks

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Battlefield 5’s Squad Conquest is sticking around another two weeks

By popular demand, Battlefield 5’s Squad Conquest multiplayer game type will stick around for another two weeks, running until Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The match was introduced on Jan. 17 with Battlefield 5’s second chapter in its Tides of War post-launch schedule, “Lightning Strikes,” but it was originally scheduled to end Jan. 30. Because of the feedback and requests EA DICE got from the community over the past two weeks, the developer is now keeping it around a little longer.

Destiny 2 will change clan system, add new exotic enhancements in season 6

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Destiny 2 will change clan system, add new exotic enhancements in season 6

In this week’s This Week at Bungie — the studio’s weekly blog — Bungie revealed a bundle of small changes headed to Destiny 2 with season 6 and the Joker’s Wild expansion this March.

One of the major focuses from this week’s update was the game’s ever-changing clan system. In the Season of the Drifter, clans will be become a hybrid of the Year 1 and Year 2 system. Clan experience will be gained for doing various activities out in the world, and will now be the primary way to level up your clan.

A 3DS cult fave drops into light Nintendo eShop update

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A 3DS cult fave drops into light Nintendo eShop update

It’s yet another tepid week on Nintendo Switch eShop, but the release of beloved vertical shooter Downwell and Advance Wars-style game Wargroove lead a handful of titles worth checking out — as does a lone 3DS game to be excited about from Atlus.

Downwell first launched way back in 2015 on both iOS and Windows PC, becoming a near-instant cult favorite. One-man team Ojiro “moppin” Fumoto drew inspiration from games like Spelunky and Cave Story to craft the unique platformer-meets-roguelike-meets-vertical shooter. Armed just with a pair of gunboots and a strong stomp, the player descends through a lengthy, procedurally generated well in an effort to stay alive. The Switch is the just latest console Downwell has launched on; most recently, it came to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2016.

Marshmello is going to put on a concert inside Fortnite this weekend

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Marshmello is going to put on a concert inside Fortnite this weekend

Fortnite’s next big in-game event seems to be on its way as musician Marshmello is teasing a concert appearance in the game’s Pleasant Park. Marshmello tweeted on Thursday that players should go there on Saturday night, leading them to believe he’ll put on some kind of in-game show.

The mysterious tweet wasn’t the only hint that Marshmello was on his way to one of Fortnite’s in-game locations. Sometime in the last few days, the musician also updated his official tour schedule with a date set for Pleasant Park on Feb. 2. The date on the schedule, along with the poster that players can find in-game, put the concert’s start time at 2 p.m. ET.

Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter

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Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter

After playing Crackdown 3 for a couple of hours, I come away feeling vaguely underwhelmed. It’s not that Microsoft’s open-world shooter is unenjoyable, or bad. It’s sorta fun. But it doesn’t feel like a creatively daring AAA exclusive. It feels like a compromise.

When this game was first shown in 2014, it was touted as a marvel of cloud gaming, a fully destructible world in which all things would be possible. Five years on, those promises are barely to be found in Crackdown 3. In the single-player campaign, environmental destructibility hardly exists. In the multiplayer component, it’s reduced to little more than blowing holes in barriers and walls.

Pokémon Go update adds more Sinnoh evolutions

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Pokémon Go update adds more Sinnoh evolutions

Pokémon Go has been updated to introduce several new Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, which debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. These primarily include evolutions, requiring a special item to access.

The Pokémon cited in the update included Lickilicky and Tangrowth, which evolve from Lickitung and Tangela respectively. Players must have Sinnoh Stones in order to evolve these Kanto-region Pokémon into their Sinnoh counterparts, and those aren’t easy to come by. Additional evolutions, as hinted at by attached art heralding the update (and seen above), are Ambipom, Gallade, and Yanmega — which come from Aipom, Kirlia, and Yanma.

Nintendo announces Dr. Mario for Android, iOS

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Nintendo announces Dr. Mario for Android, iOS

Nintendo is bringing its Dr. Mario puzzle game series to phones. Dr. Mario World is scheduled for release during “early summer” on Android and iOS devices, Nintendo announced Thursday.

Dr. Mario World will be free to download with optional in-app purchases. The puzzle game is being developed by Nintendo, Line, and NHN Entertainment, a developer and operator of mobile games. Those three companies will co-develop and jointly operate Dr. Mario World, Nintendo said in a news release.

Xbox’s Super Bowl ad spotlights a heartwarming story

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Xbox’s Super Bowl ad spotlights a heartwarming story

OK, I’ll stop being a grouch for once and smile at something trying to be nice, and not because one of the kids in this ad is named Owen. It’s pretty sweet. It’s Microsoft’s spot for the Super Bowl this weekend, highlighting the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Joining Owen (no relation) are Sean, Ian, Taylor, and Grover, surefire candidates for a Goonies reboot if I’ve ever seen one. They open up matter-of-factly about their physical limitations, in which they don’t have the full use of limbs and digits that other players do to manipulate the Xbox One’s twin-analog gamepad.

Magic’s best new card breaks one of the basic rules of the game

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Magic’s best new card breaks one of the basic rules of the game

Every great card in Magic: The Gathering succeeds by breaking a fundamental rule of the game. One new card in particular does so in an extremely satisfying way, allowing players to build a winning deck with only five different kinds of cards. It’s called Persistent Petitioners, and it’s part of the newest set of Ravnica-themed cards. Here’s how it works.

Publisher Wizards of the Coast released the Ravnica Allegiance set on Jan. 25. One of the factions returning to the game after several years away is the Azorious Senate, a legion of deadly bureaucrats fueled by blue and white mana. You can pick up everything you need to get started with a new Planeswalker deck.