GTA, Red Dead Company Responds To Battle Royale Phenomenon

One major trend in game currently is the Battle Royale experience. PUBG really put this on the map, while Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale is another example. Other games will surely follow, or add Battle Royale modes to their existing formula, and now the publisher Take-Two Interactive has responded to the Battle Royale phenomenon. Speaking on an earnings call today, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick it has been “really interesting” to see the explosion in popularity around the Battle Royale genre. However, Zelnick pointed out that Take-Two, comprising its labels Rockstar Games and 2K Games, generally speaking wants to blaze its own trail instead of being “derivative” by following in the footsteps of something that came before it.

“I would just observe that someone else’s success is really interesting and we are obviously informed by what our competitors do. But our goal is to be as innovative as possible,” Zelnick said. “And titles, even really good titles that are derivative, never seem to do as well as innovations that are unexpected.”

As an example, Zelnick pointed to Red Dead Redemption. He said many might have bet against this game, which was released in 2010, because at the time the thinking was that Westerns couldn’t be successful. That game ended up being a smash hit, critically and commercially, leading to a huge amount of hype around this year’s sequel.

“When we came out with the first Red Dead Redemption, the conventional wisdom was was that Westerns don’t work,” Zelnick said. “It had been an awfully long time since a Western-themed video game had come out. Rockstar took a massive creative risk and the result was extraordinary.”

Zelnick went on to say that he doesn’t anticipate that Rockstar and 2K would be all that enthusiastic about being “derivative” with what they make. However, Zelnick acknowledged that if gamers are calling for a PUBG-like game, Take-Two might bring it to them. “Of course we play in the world and we’re informed by what’s going on. It is our job to bring consumers what they want,” Zelnick said.

For what it’s worth, GTA Online, the multiplayer mode for GTA V, has a PUBG-style mode called Motor Wars. In this mode (watch our extended gameplay video embedded above), players parachute in to a map and fight to do the death. It’s called Motor Wars because the focus is more on vehicular combat that boots-on-the-ground fighting.

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Why We Love Rockstar’s Approach to Games

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Our Xbox crew discusses Red Dead Redemption 2’s new concrete release date, its effect on other fall games, and why Rockstar earns gamers’ respect. Plus: more rumor reactions, PUBG’s new console bundle, and more!

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The Walking Dead #176 Review

It’s always an exciting time when we encounter a brand new faction of survivors in The Walking Dead. The series invariably becomes consumed by questions like, “Can these new faces be trusted?” and “How high will the body count grow by the time this story is finished?”. That same appeal is currently driving “New World Order.” After making baby steps towards restoring human civilization, our heroes are learning just how much further other intrepid survivors have traveled.

There’s a welcome sense of ambiguity to this conflict. More to the point, it’s hard to gauge just how much of a conflict there actually is at the moment. Perhaps the Commonwealth is another Woodbury in the making, or perhaps this massive pocket of normalcy in a sea of the undead really is the utopia it’s made out to be. Thus, the narrative is driven by equal parts unease and an optimistic hope that life may finally start to improve again.

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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.

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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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