Crackdown 3 dated for mid-February 2019

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Crackdown 3 dated for mid-February 2019

Crackdown 3 will finally, actually, for real be released on Feb. 15, 2019, publisher Microsoft Studios announced Saturday.

The game will be available on Windows PC and Xbox One, and since it’s part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, customers who buy either version will be able to play the other at no additional cost. The same applies for Xbox Game Pass subscribers — Crackdown 3, like all of Microsoft’s first-party exclusives, will be included in the Game Pass library at launch.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds available on Xbox Game Pass next week

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds available on Xbox Game Pass next week

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be available to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers beginning Monday, Microsoft announced today at its X018 gala in Mexico City.

PUBG’s addition to the Xbox Game Pass library of more than 100 titles highlighted several announcements for the Xbox One’s all-you-can-eat subscription service. The ID@Xbox program for indie games will bring new titles to Xbox Game Pass the day they debut on Xbox One, the same as the company has been doing with its first party titles since March.

Chicago PlayStation users face a new tax for streaming content

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Chicago PlayStation users face a new tax for streaming content

PlayStation users in the city of Chicago will face an extra 9 percent tax on some purchases beginning Wednesday because Sony will begin complying with that city’s Amusement Tax, which some other streaming services have filed lawsuits to stop.

The tax applies to things like rentals, not full sales of video games (where other sales taxes would still apply). Chicago, like many cities, has had an amusement tax for years, and last year moved to increase it (which the public detested) to help shore up a budget deficit.

Watch Microsoft’s X018 live event for Xbox One and PC gaming news

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Watch Microsoft’s X018 live event for Xbox One and PC gaming news

X018, the return of Microsoft’s Xbox fan event, is taking place in Mexico City this weekend, Nov. 10-11, where the company is promising “first looks, surprises, and a celebration of everything Xbox.” If you’re not in Mexico City for the festivities, you’ll be able to catch the news during a special live episode of Inside Xbox.

Today’s Inside Xbox presentation will kick off at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and run for two hours. You can watch it live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Xbox chief Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty and Minecraft studio head Helen Chiang are set to appear and deliver news on games like Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Forza Horizon 4.

Bungie is working on Destiny 2’s long loading times

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Bungie is working on Destiny 2’s long loading times

Bungie is planning to address the long loading times that plague Destiny 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the developer said in its weekly update. When Season 5 is released — likely in very early December — players should see much faster loads in the inventory screen, during sign on and traveling through the galaxy.

The studio stated that, because of their more frequent patching in Forsaken, the game has been negatively affected when it comes to loading data. Ben Thompson — an engineer at Bungie — stated that the usual load time between the EDZ location and Orbit should go from over two minutes down to about one minute once the change has been implemented.

How do cosmetics work in Battlefield 5?

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How do cosmetics work in Battlefield 5?

Battlefield 5 is here, and one of the questions on players’ minds is what the game’s progression system looks like. After developer DICE had a rough time nailing down the progression and unlockable items in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, it makes sense that players would have some questions.

So, just ahead of the game’s launch, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about Battlefield 5’s cosmetics and unlocks.

Nuketown is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on Nov. 13

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Nuketown is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on Nov. 13

One of Call of Duty’s most popular maps, Nuketown, is returning to the series for the fourth time early next week — at least, on PlayStation 4.

The announcement of the map’s release date came by way of a tweet from the official Call of Duty account. The tweet includes a static-y green-tinged video along with some text that roughly translates to “Welcome Back” in Russian, and lets us know that the map will be out on Nov. 13 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players on PS4.

Nintendo Switch eShop brings back Taiko no Tatsujin and a heavy dose of SNK nostalgia this week

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Nintendo Switch eShop brings back Taiko no Tatsujin and a heavy dose of SNK nostalgia this week

It’s a slow week for big-name releases on the Nintendo Switch, but a new game in the Taiko no Tatsujin (a.k.a. Taiko Drum Master) rhythm game series is always a big deal for fans.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! has already been released for $49.99, and while it doesn’t look like there will be a drum peripheral for the Switch released in the U.S., tapping along using the buttons or swinging the Joy-Cons is an acceptable substitute. The inclusion of Splatoon’s Inkling and Kirby, as well as songs from Nintendo games, helps make the Switch version special. There are also plenty of party games included to play with friends, if you have enough Joy-Cons to go around.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead is an uneven, grueling affair — so far

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Overkill’s The Walking Dead is an uneven, grueling affair — so far

After a few days trying to play through Overkill’s The Walking Dead, I’m in a lot of pain. In fact, my mousing hand hasn’t hurt this much since I reviewed Fortnite’s original Save The World mode. Aside from the physical discomfort, though, I’m extremely frustrated with numerous things: my lack of progression; the massive difficulty spikes; and, worst of all, the monotonous, one-note combat.

For fans of the comics or the TV show interested in what the game has to offer, it’s probably best to look elsewhere for your next zombie fix. My recommendation to hardcore players: Wait this one out and see if Overkill makes big changes.