Overwatch Public Test Realm Hero Changes Detailed

The newest hero changes coming to Overwatch’s Public Test Realm have been detailed.

In the latest developer update video, game director Jeff Kaplan explains that an error made during the main game’s latest patch meant that some heroes received changes which were not yet ready for release.

Instead, they were meant to roll out in an update to be tested on the game’s public test realm server, which is out now and includes balance changes to heroes Mei, Doomfist, and Sombra.

Mei has been buffed with her freeze duration going from 1 second to 1.5, and a few extra shots have been added to her secondary icicle fire. Doomfist’s ammo recovery to his hand canon has also increased.

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Solo: Striking New Poster Release

Solo: A Star Wars Story gets a striking new poster, with Ron Howard announcing Iron Man director Jon Favreau has an important role in the movie.

The poster, revealed on Twitter, promptly features all of the main characters in Solo, including Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo, Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke’s Qi’Ra. Check out the image below.

New Solo: A Star Wars Story poster, image via Twitter.

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Heads Up: Big Kindle Sale on Comics and Sci-Fi Right Now

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Love is in the air, but forget all of that. Today you can save a whole lot of money on all things Kindle. From devices, to books, to digital comics, Amazon and Comixology have loaded up their quiver of deals arrows and set Cupid on the loose to shoot you through the heart with savings.

Before you check out the discounted books and comics, it may be worth checking out the free trial for Kindle Unlimited, which gives you access to a whole lot (to put it mildly) of books and comics free for 30 days and $9.99 a month after that.

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Star Wars: Thrawn #1 Review

Marvel has published some great Star Wars comics over the past few years, but their track record hasn’t been so swell when it comes to adaptations of existing stories. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One were rendered lifeless and inert in comic book form. The twist with Marvel’s latest Star Wars adaptation, however, is that it draws from a novel rather than a film. That gives writer Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross far more material to work with and immediately yields stronger results.

Star Wars: Thrawn is an adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s 2017 novel, which provided the definitive, Lucasfilm Story Group-approved version of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s origin story. Either the novel or this comic are ideal for fan of Star Wars Rebels who want to learn a little more about the strategic mastermind who’s become such a thorn in the side of the growing Rebel Alliance. Houser and Ross don’t stray far from the source material in this first issue, covering the novel’s opening chapters in truncated form and often directly reusing pieces of Zahn’s text.

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Splatoon 2 Is the First Switch Game to Sell 2 Million Copies in Japan – IGN

It’s Off the Hook.

Splatoon 2 was released for the Nintendo Switch last July and of all of the console’s stellar titles so far, it’s the first to sell 2 million copies in Japan.

Siliconera reported the figure, courtesy of Famitsu‘s sales tracker. Since its release on July 21, 2017 to February 11, 2018, the game has sold 2,016,182 copies, not including digital sales.

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Nintendo has supported the shooter with DLC throughout the year, engaging the community with the game’s Splatfest events that determine player rankings.

The Switch’s launch title, Breath of the Wild, hasn’t sold quite so well in Japan, but has reached a milestone of its own; it’s the highest-selling Zelda game in the country since 1998’s Ocarina of Time accorsing to figures from Game Design Gazette.

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Splatoon 2’s success has resulted in both a manga series and an anime spin-off, and the title even got its own themed Switch bundle.

It’s an online shooter for gamers who don’t play online shooters, and if our review isn’t enough to get you playing, amiibo aficionados might be interested in the newly announced Pearl and Marina two-pack coming later this year.

Shabana is a freelance writer who enjoys JRPGs, wine, and not finishing games. Follow her on Twitter.

Steam Purges Developer’s Games After Manipulated Review Scores

Insel Games has had its games purged from Steam after the developer was discovered manipulating review scores with fake accounts.

A Reddit post claiming that the company’s CEO was threatening to fire employees if they didn’t buy the game and leave positive reviews on Steam caused Valve to investigate.

In an update today, Valve said that it had “identified unacceptable behavior involving multiple Steam accounts controlled by the publisher of this game.

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Far Cry 5: Why John Seed Is Your Charmingly Deadly Enemy – IGN First

Far Cry 5 is our IGN First game of the month. Today, I’m so excited to share with you a glimpse at one of the main villains you’ll be encountering in the messed up war zone that’s become of the beautiful, organic setting of Montana in Far Cry 5.

The Far Cry series has had a knack for lovable psychopathic villains. From Far Cry 3’s charismatic Vaas Montenegro, the insanely cool bro that you wouldn’t mind having a beer with, to Far Cry 4’s Pagan Min, the eloquent psycho with a penchant for formality, there’s no shortage of friendly faces that would no sooner skin you alive than invite you over for a cup of tea.

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Free Fortnite: Battle Royale Items Available On PS4 For PS Plus Members

Since the launch of Fortnite‘s free-to-play, PUBG-esque Battle Royale mode last year, it’s become tremendously popular. If you’re among the people playing the PS4 version, you can grab some free cosmetic items right now, provided you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

A new PS Plus bonus quietly surfaced on the PlayStation Store today. Dubbed the PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack, it consists of two exclusive items: a glider and an outfit, both of which are pictured below. These are not available for purchase and can only be claimed if you’re a PS Plus member. You can grab the pack here.

The pack becomes available ahead of the next Fortnite update. It will only be available for a limited time, but you’ve got much more time to claim it than the typical PS Plus freebie–the offer expires on February 1, 2019. We’ve reached out to Epic to find out the exact details of this promotion and whether PC or Xbox One players will also have access to these items.

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February’s standard lineup of free PS Plus games are still available and include PS4 launch game Knack. Meanwhile, if you were subscribed in the past to PS Plus, a new freebie recently became available thanks to the launch of Mercenary Kings’ new Reloaded Edition. Additionally, another smaller perk is out now for Gems of War. And finally, the ongoing PSVR game giveaway continues, with the latest being Starblood Arena.

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Devil May Cry HD Will Be Free for Twitch Prime Members This Month

Starting February 27, Twitch Prime members will be able to download the PC version of Devil May Cry HD for free.

Capcom Unity blog post explains that, to get yourself a copy, you’ll need to have a Twitch Prime or Amazon Prime account. Log in via the Twitch Desktop App and you’ll be able to claim your free game there.

This is a limited-time offer, but Capcom hasn’t yet specified how long the promotion will run for or when it will end.

The Devil May Cry HD Collection was announced last year and as its release date draws closer, there are some who believe it’s acting as a reminder of the series before a new entry is announced.

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