Here's When You Can Play Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC

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Here's When You Can Play Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC expansion unlocks on Steam at 6 p.m. ET today, and will be available on PS4 and Xbox One at midnight tomorrow, March 28.

The Ringed City marks the final expansion for Dark Souls 3. Like its predecessor, Ashes of Ariandel, it promises new environments to explore, items to covet, bosses to kill, and souls to claim. FromSoftware and Bandai Namco are promoting the DLC as "late-game content," whereas Ashes of Ariandel opened up approximately one-third of the way through Dark Souls 3.

You can buy each expansion separately, or as part of Dark Souls 3's season pass. No preload is available, although the expansion weighs in at only a few gigs according to my install size. If you want to find out how and where to access the Ringed City, check out our guide for gaining admittance.

Razer Ornata Chroma - Unboxing and Review

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Razer Ornata Chroma - Unboxing and Review

There are a lot of cool looking keyboards out there for gamers, and some of them just aren’t any good. Thankfully, Razer’s latest keyboard, the Razer Ornata Chroma, isn’t one of the bad ones.

In the video below, Greg Burke takes a look at the keyboard and goes over what’s included in the box, and even offers a mini-review so you know what you’re getting into if you pick this one up. If you’ve been searching for a new keyboard, but can’t decide which one works best for you, this video will give you a good idea of what to expect out of Razer's latest offering.

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Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City - How to Access the Ringed City DLC

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Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City - How to Access the Ringed City DLC

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City marks the second and final DLC expansion for FromSoftware's 2016 finale. The expansion boasts new enemies, bosses, weapons, spells, and locations—but before you can plunder its offerings and lay claim to its demons' souls, you have to find your way in.

There are two ways into The Ringed City. The one you'll take depends on how far you have progressed in the main game, as well as its first expansion, Ashes of Ariandel.

Before you set off for adventure, be aware that FromSoftware designed The Ringed City as late-game content. FromSoftware recommends attempting the new areas and bosses with characters at Level 125 or higher. Additionally, you cannot access the expansion's new environments until you have either beaten the main boss of Ashes of Ariandel, or—if you do not have the Ariandel DLC—until you have beaten the final boss of the main game.

Facebook Taps Apple Vet to Head Oculus' VR Hardware Development

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Facebook Taps Apple Vet to Head Oculus' VR Hardware Development

Facebook hired ex-Apple engineer Michael Hillman as head of VR development. Hillman will draw on 15 years of experience on some of Apple's most prolific products to help map out VR products for Oculus.

Hillman will collaborate with Oculus COO Hans Hartman to guide Facebook into the future of virtual reality. No stranger to visual-focused tech, Hillman filed dozens of patents for Apple for displays and batteries.

Bringing Hillman on board further narrows the gulf between Facebook managers such as CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Oculus principals. Facebook hired former Google VP Hugo Barra earlier this year as VP of Virtual Reality. Last December, Brandon Iribe stepped down as CEO of Oculus to take a position within the company's PC VR team.

World of Warcraft 7.2 Patch Will Take Servers Down For 8 Hours

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World of Warcraft 7.2 Patch Will Take Servers Down For 8 Hours

World of Warcraft has some big changes coming in its 7.2 Tomb of Sargeras patch tomorrow, including a new dungeon, artifact additions and a new faction and incursions to prepare for the opening of the Tomb of Sargeras raid. But to get the content, as always, you need to wait for the server update to add it.

Blizzard has announced that servers will be going down from 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET until 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET. Most players have probably already downloaded the bulk of the patch in a preload via the Battle.net launcher (oops ... Blizzard launcher), so there should be a minimal download needed before you can play the game again. Blizzard has been hit or miss with big updates and relaunching the servers when promised, so it might be waise not to plan a raid tomorrow, or at least have a backup plan.

Don't expect to jump into the Tomb of Sargeras raid immediately tomorrow. If Blizzard sticks with its previous releases, the raid will be released in sections a week apart, with heroic launching soon after all section of the normal raid have been opened.

Destiny 2 Is Now Official, But It's Still a Tease

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Destiny 2 Is Now Official, But It's Still a Tease

We've known that Destiny 2 is a thing because both Activision and developer Bungie have talked about it in various forms over the last few months. Retail leaks last week add fuel to the fire that an announcement was imminent. Well, the official Twitter account has finally caught up to the rest of the gaming universe.

Destiny 2 is now "official," it appears. The tweet offers no details or links and essentially confirms what some Italian retail posters told us four days ago. It's just another tease that could have easily come soon after the retail posters for the game were loose in the internet wild. What is the harm in putting an official logo out there? That's all the tweet amounts to.

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Hearthstone Journey to Un'Goro Card Reviews (Part 2)

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Hearthstone Journey to Un'Goro Card Reviews (Part 2)

The next Hearthstone expansion is coming soon, and this one takes a Journey to Un'Goro. The new set of dino-sized cards is set to drop in early April. To prepare for Un'Goro, we're having weekly card reviews, with new editions every Monday leading up to the release.

This week we got a closer look at Elementals, which are more than your typical tribal. These minions are built around drawing on the ambient power left by prior elementals to charge them up. That means that many of them have special effects based on having played elementals in a previous turn. This creates a mechanic similar to the Shaman's Overload, which rewards careful planning for future turns, sometimes forcing sub-optimum plays to invest in a bigger reward later.

Journey to Un'Goro introduces three new notable mechanics that will be seen throughout the card reviews:

StarCraft Remastered Confirmed, Bringing Original to 4K

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StarCraft Remastered Confirmed, Bringing Original to 4K

Blizzard has announced StarCraft: Remastered, a high-def release of one of the most iconic real-time strategy games of all time, after months of speculation and rumors.

The announcement on the official site details the new additions and revisions. StarCraft Remastered will include sharper 4K visuals, cinematics at 1080p resolution, and upgraded audio tracks. It's also adding a few modern additions, like cloud support for replays and keybind settings. It will connect to the newer version of Battle.net for modern social features, and it has added support for eight more languages, bringing the total up to 13.

Of course, as a remaster, it will still retain the standard gameplay, as the trailer below shows units behaving exactly as they did in the original. Blizzard appears to have left the core gameplay untouched, which makes sense considering the venerable classic was widely played for well over a decade and helped popularize professional esports.

Top 10 Fantasy Games (Shack Reels)

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Top 10 Fantasy Games (Shack Reels)

What ho, bold knight! This week, loyal squire Greg "Wild Pantaloons" Burke delves deep into arcane magicks to cast a spell over you. The moving pictures below shall enrich your knowledge with his favourite ten video games of high fantasy. Behold!

Modojo Rewind: Buy Radiant Historia This Time Around

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Modojo Rewind: Buy Radiant Historia This Time Around

Have you ever looked down at your phone — be it iOS, Android, or Windows — and thought to yourself, “Wow. What a beautiful machine. You were once just a brick with some awful chiptune versions of songs I liked for ringtones. Now I play games on you. I do advanced math. I have the history of the world at my fingertips. My math teacher was so wrong.”

Nah, me either. Welcome to Modojo Rewind, where you can learn more about what's going on with that calculator you carry everywhere with you. Also Nintendo stuff, cuz they're as portable as you get now. Actually, let's start with them.

Do you like opinions on Nintendo? Because I've got them, and this week I shared a couple. First up we had a talk about how Nintendo should hold off on developing that 3DS successor that they were considering. Then I went on a bit of a rant on how the “New” 3DS was poorly thought out and managed. Finally, I talked about Nintendo's mobile strategy so far, and considered what they might need to do in the future.