Call of Duty: WWII – The Resistance DLC Review

Call of Duty: WWII’s first major DLC pack is made up of five maps; three standard multiplayer maps (one remake), one War Mode map, and a Zombies chapter. While the latter is The Resistance’s heftiest addition, the new standard maps add needed variety to the multiplayer suite. Meanwhile, the new War Mode map is just more of the same – which is mostly a good thing. (Read the full Call of Duty: WWII review here.)

Of the new standard maps, Valkyrie is the smallest. Shotguns, a well-timed grenade, and the new Resistance Division class (included with a free update launched alongside a neat community event) excel on this map. Valkyrie’s square layout has less defined lanes, which makes it more fun to explore while hunting down enemies. All the intersecting corridors provided great tactical options, especially for Kill Confirmed. I used one particular corridor to my advantage by leaving an unclaimed dog tag on the ground as bait, luring several enemies from different paths into a single room. That one tag turned into three, though I paid for it soon after by staying in that spot too long. Totally fair. I rarely saw firefights confined to one part of Valkyrie, though. Spawn points were able to adjust accordingly to the constant movement on this map.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ CollectorZ Edition PS4 Giveaway

We’re giving away two Dragon Ball FighterZ CollectorZ Editions on PS4! (List Price: $139.99, scroll down below to enter.)

Dragon Ball FighterZ CollectorZ Edition includes:

  • A copy of Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • 7″ Goku statue with exclusive “Manga Dimension” coloring
  • Exclusive STEELBOOK
  • Three Art Boards
  • A CollectorZ box to house all the items listed above

Competition ends Thursday, February 15th at 11:00AM PT. Two (2) winners will be chosen. Entry is open to USA residents only. No purchase necessary.

Enter below (the additional entries are OPTIONAL to increase your chances of winning):

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Fortnite Servers Going Down Prior To New PS4, Xbox One, And PC Update

Epic Games is bringing down Fortnite‘s servers soon ahead of the release of a new patch coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The studio announced on Twitter today that matchmaking for Battle Royale will go down starting at 4:25 AM ET / 7:25 AM PT on February 8. Total downtime across the game will then begin at 4:50 AM ET / 7:50 AM PT.

The developer did not say how long it anticipates the downtime will run for, but we’ll report back with more details as they become available.

The downtime comes just ahead of the launch of Fortnite’s 2.4.2 update. As announced previously, this update will add Valentine’s Day-themed skins, as well as a Crossbow that fires arrows with unlimited supply. Bug fixes are also included in the new patch, while shotgun headshot damage will be 200 percent instead of 150 percent.

For lots more on the new Fortnite patch, check out GameSpot’s previous report that covers more of what to expect in the new update.

Epic Games has also announced the next two Fortnite updates. 2.5.0 will see the launch of its Valentine’s Day event, which includes a new questline described as “a love story, told the Fortnite way.” After that, update 3.0.0 will bring an overhaul to the game’s music, while patch 3.1.0 will bring another week of Sprint It On content, improvements to the quest map, and more.

In other news, Epic Games recently announced that its MOBA Paragon is shutting down. For more on this, check out GameSpot’s new video feature, “The Death Of Paragon And The Rise Of Fortnite.”

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10 PS4, PS3, and Vita Games Released This Week

This week’s slate of PlayStation releases includes a remake of a beloved modern classic, Shadow of the Colossus, and nine more games.

Check out the full slate of releases, with official descriptions per PS Blog’s The Drop, including available reviews, in the gallery below:

  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)
  • Aegis Defenders (PS4)
  • Bleed 2 (PS4)
  • Dandara (PS4)
  • Dragon Sinker (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 (PS4)
  • Marooners (PS4)
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X-Men Red Gives Jean Grey New Mission & Old Enemy

The first issue of X-Men Red sheds plenty of light on how the resurrected Jean Grey fits into the current Marvel Universe.

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for X-Men Red #1!

When Marvel first announced X-Men Red last year, they made it clear that Jean would be leading her own new team of mutants. But why Jean chooses these specific characters and what their true mission is was never clear until now. This issue reveals that Jean’s goal is nothing less than saving the world.

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Pinball FX3 Adds Jurassic World Tables

Pinball FX3 is getting Jurassic World-themed pinball tables this month, Zen Studios has announced.

The Jurassic World Pinball pack celebrates the 25th anniversary of the film franchise by offering three tables inspired by the events in Jurassic World and the original Jurassic Park. It launches on February 20 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The table pack will also be available on iOS, Google Play and Mac via the Zen Pinball app.

The Jurassic World Pinball table will have players try to escape the Indominus Rex, feed the Mosasaurus, and train your own Raptors. One mode will transform pinballs into Gyrospheres. The Jurassic Park Pinball table will have you outrunning the T. rex in a Jurassic Park jeep, hunting down the Velociraptors, and more.

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Developer Resume Suggests Bandai Namco Is Working on Ridge Racer 8, Unannounced Switch FPS

Bandai Namco may be working on Ridge Racer 8, as well as an unannounced first-person shooter game.

According to a Bandai Namco developer resume on LinkedIn, the unannounced title is an FPS/adventure game, and both it and Ridge Racer 8 are exclusive to Nintendo Switch, according to the listing. IGN has reached out to Bandai Namco for comment.

In a November earnings call last year, Bandai Namco leadership discussed putting more resources towards development of Switch games, as Bandai Namco President Mitsuaki Taguchi acknowledged the three games the company had released on Switch were doing well.

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Warner Bros. Theme Park in Abu Dhabi Will Have Justice League Rides

Warner Bros.’ theme park in Abu Dhabi will feature Justice League-themed rides.

Warner Bros. and park developer Miral shared new details about its 1.65 million-square-foot indoor theme park, called Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. It will offer over 20 rides across six themed lands, which are Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, and Warner Bros. Plaza.

The Metropolis section will be a Manhattan-like skyscraper city, with Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and other Justice League members. Some of the rides include Justice League: Warworld Attacks, a 5-D ride-through attraction with special effects featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Won’t Be Delayed Again, Take-Two Says

Last week, Rockstar Games delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 for the second time, pushing the much-anticipated western to October 2018. Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games, today held its first earnings call since that announcement. CEO Strauss Zelnick commented on the delay, reiterating what Rockstar said–that it needed more time to polish the game–adding some further words of his own on the news. Perhaps most notably, Zelnick said he is “confident” that the game won’t be delayed again.

“The entire focus of this organisation is on delivering the highest quality entertainment experiences of any kind,” Zelnick said. “More often than not, we feel proud that we’re able to do that. All of our labels are focused on releasing a title when they reach that apex of effort and perfection. And in this instance, Rockstar Games felt more polish was required, and naturally we are in favour of that decision [to delay Red Dead Redemption 2]. The date of October 26 is set, and I am confident that will be the release date. We are incredibly excited about it.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 was previously scheduled for a springtime release. Regarding its new date, Zelnick said Take-Two as a company has experience releasing games throughout the year. The holiday season, however, can be advantageous, Zelnick said, as consumers tend to spend more during that time of the year. And while Red Dead Redemption 2 will go up against new instalments in the Battlefield and Call of Duty franchises, there is less competition than there was a decade ago, Zelnick observed.

“We release titles all over the calendar. Heading into the holiday season can be a particularly powerful time and I’d observe that while there are some competitive releases, it’s a lot more of an open field today then it was 10 years ago,” he said. “There’s plenty of opportunity to go around So we’re really excited about [Red Dead Redemption 2] and the timing related to the launch.”

Finally, Zelnick discussed Rockstar’s ambition to never rest on its laurels but instead continually push forward with new and innovative ideas. Rockstar stands alone in this regard, Zelnick argued.

“[Rockstar Games] never ever rests on the past and is utterly focused on innovation and breaking barriers, with an eye towards an amazing entertainment experience,” he said. “It’s easy for me to say those words [but] exceedingly hard to do. And I would argue impossible for others to replicate [what Rockstar Games does]. What we mostly feel around here is a sense of enormous gratitude to our colleagues at Rockstar Games…”

Zelnick went on to say that Take-Two, as a company, is not driven by financial considerations as its main focus.

“A genuine, not financially driven commitment to quality comes first,” Zelnick said. “Thankfully, we run what we believe is a highly rational, exceedingly disciplined business environment, which gives people who are creative a very safe place to do their very best work.”

In other news, Take-Two’s newest earnings report showed that GTA Online continues to make lots and lots of money from microtransactions. We also learned that GTA V has now shipped an astonishing 90 million copies.

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