Black Desert Online Is Free on Steam if You Grab It This Weekend

Black Desert Online Is Free on Steam if You Grab It This Weekend

Black Desert Online, the hugely popular MMO known for its incredibly detailed character creator, is free to download and keep on Steam this weekend. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/18/black-desert-online-guardian-trailer”] Black Desert Online is currently reduced by 100% on its Steam store page, with the deal ending on March 2 at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm UK. Rather than being a temporary free trial weekend like many games hold on Stream, if you claim Black Desert Online over the weekend then it is yours to keep forever, free of charge. The free weekend also coincides with developer Pear Abyss launching the beta of its new battle royale game, Shadow Arena, which is set in the Black Desert Online universe. The Shadow Arena beta runs from February 27 to March 8, although you’ll need to register to take part. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-most-addictive-online-games&captions=true”] If you’re going to grab it this weekend (it is free, after all) then you may want to check out our Black Desert Online tips to help get you started in this action MMORPG. And if you want to know more about its sandboxy activities, then check our our Black Desert Online review. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter. 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 2 Review

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 2 Review

This review contains full spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 2. If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 7, Episode 1. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Disney+ may still be an empty wasteland as far as new, exclusive Marvel content goes, but never let it be said the service isn’t giving Star Wars fans exactly what they signed up for. The second episode of The Clone Wars: Season 7 is another reminder of what was lost when this series was canceled back in 2013, and why it’s such a gift to Star Wars fans that it’s finally returned. If these first two Season 7 installments are any indication, the final season may be more akin to a trilogy of movies than 12 serialized episodes. The season premiere introduced us to the oddball clone commandos of the Bad Batch and set the stage for the surprise return of Echo, and this episode picks up right where “Bad Batch” left off. There is a certain sense of familiarity or “been there, done that” to the latter half of “A Distant Echo.” Both episodes have focused a great deal of screen time on Rex and the gang navigating Separatist outposts and gunning down legions of droids. Even having Anakin tag along for this second mission doesn’t shake up the formula as much as you might expect. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=star-wars-the-clone-wars-final-season-gallery&captions=true”] To be fair, that problem is definitely more pronounced watching the two episodes back-to-back rather than spaced apart. As much as the idea of Disney dropping all 12 episodes in one bingeable delivery sounds appealing, and as much as this arc is beginning to feel like a movie broken into four parts, there is a lot to be said for the weekly, serialized approach. Even if Anakin’s role in the mission itself is pretty straightforward, the early portions of “A Distant Echo” really take advantage of the characters in this late, “nearly upon Episode III” timeframe. The scene with Anakin surreptitiously contacting Padme while Rex plays lookout is a real treat. There’s a nice blend of comedy and tragedy fueling this scene. Seeing Padme in the uniform she wears on Mustafar and reflexively clutching her stomach while bidding farewell to her husband is a poignant reminder of the horrible fate awaiting these two lovers. It’s also a reminder that, among other things, The Clone…
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Early Access Baldur's Gate 3 Will Only Have 5 Companions

Early Access Baldur's Gate 3 Will Only Have 5 Companions

Following the Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay live stream at PAX East, a barrage of news about the upcoming title has hit the Internet. Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke spoke openly, on stream and to various publications, about the Early Access release of Baldur’s Gate 3 and about how companions will work in the game”The reason we’re selling it through Early Access is we have this many permutations, this many systems that are all working together,” Larian’s CEO Swen Vincke told VG247 during the PAX East livestream. “So it’s going to take us some time to get everything to a state where we can say ‘okay, now it’s robust and it works in every single fashion.'”While more companions are set to be released at a later date, the five available with Early Access are as follows:Continue Reading at GameSpot
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A New Simpsons Short Will Premiere Ahead Of Pixar's Onward

A New Simpsons Short Will Premiere Ahead Of Pixar's Onward

Onward, Disney Pixar’s new movie, opens on March 6, and as is Pixar tradition a short cartoon will air beforehand. This time, however, the short will not be from one of Pixar’s internal teams–instead, Disney is making use of its newly acquired Fox brands and putting a Simpsons short ahead of the movie.Playdate with Destiny, the new Simpsons short, has been announced on the show’s official Instagram. It will focus on Maggie, and looks to be set in a beautiful area of Europe, a coastal town with beautiful architecture. You can see the post, which teases the new short, below. Further details will hopefully follow. View this post on InstagramMaggie Simpson is speechless… Playdate with Destiny, a new Simpsons short film before Disney & Pixar’s Onward. Exclusively in theaters! #TheSimpsonsA post shared by The Simpsons (@thesimpsons) on Feb 27, 2020 at 9:01pm PST Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Shovel Knight Artist Is "Sure" That A Direct Sequel Will Happen Eventually

Shovel Knight Artist Is "Sure" That A Direct Sequel Will Happen Eventually

The original Shovel Knight saga from Yacht Club Games wrapped up in 2019 with Shovel Knight: King of Cards, the game’s final expansion. Two spin-offs have been planned, with Shovel Knight Dig and Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon both in the works, but fans might be curious about whether a direct sequel will ever follow.Shovel Knight 2 has not been announced or confirmed, but a member of the game’s development team believes it will happen. Speaking to Dualshockers, Yacht Club Games artist Sandy Gordon says that we have definitely not “seen the end of Shovel Knight.”Asked whether this means there will be a sequel, he says that he is “sure that’ll happen at some point: it’s something we talk about a lot.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Baldur's Gate III Devs Open Up About Stadia Exclusivity, Suggest Game Wouldn't Run On PS4/Xbox One

Baldur's Gate III Devs Open Up About Stadia Exclusivity, Suggest Game Wouldn't Run On PS4/Xbox One

Baldur’s Gate III has been unveiled, featuring a turn-based combat system and some powerful cinematics. Now, with the game being shown at PAX East, more information is coming to light about the game as outlets talk to the creative forces behind it. One that that has come up a few times is the fact that the game is skipping PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but will be available for Google Stadia.Talking to Eurogamer, design producer David Walgrave says that he isn’t convinced the game would run efficiently on the other consoles. “I don’t think that current-gen consoles would be able to run it,” Walgrave says. “There’s a lot of technical upgrades and updates that we did to our engine, and I don’t know if it would be capable of being able to actually run on those things.” He concedes that it might work if they tweaked the textures, but “It wouldn’t look as cool anymore.” He also says that the game will come to PC and Stadia simultaneously in early access; although Stadia does not have an official term for Early Access as of yet, he says that it will largely be the same as it is on PC.Meanwhile, speaking to USGamer, Walgrave has spoken further on working with the Stadia platform. “We know where they’re going, we know what to implement with their API, so we just implement that,” he told the site. He says that the team “follow(s) the news” and is aware that not everyone loves the system, but that’s okay–“”We also think that there are certain features that we’re building thanks to Stadia.”For more on the game, check out GameSpot’s own interview with Larian creative director Swen Wincke about how the game will continue on the series’ legacy.
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Nintendo Switch Eshop Releases Feb 28-March 6: Pokemon, Metro, And More

Nintendo Switch Eshop Releases Feb 28-March 6: Pokemon, Metro, And More

As February ends and March begins, a whole bunch of new games are hitting the Nintendo Switch Eshop.A total of 15 games will be released on February 28 alone, including Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux, marking the end of February 2020 with a bang for the Nintendo Switch releases. March on the other hand is starting off with just a handful of games, 13 more games will follow over the week, making for a whopping total of 28.In addition to the Metro games, Friday’s releases include the wild west action title Bloodroots; multiplayer arcades LocO-SportS and STAB STAB STAB!; 3D bullet hell Profane; and classic run and gun platformer Bucket Knight.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Crossy Road Castle Is Out Now On Apple Arcade

Crossy Road Castle Is Out Now On Apple Arcade

Australian developer Hipster Whale created the mobile juggernaut endless-Frogger game Crossy Road, and it was a smash hit with 250 million downloads since its release in 2014.A sequel of sorts, Crossy Road Castle, is launching this week through the Apple Arcade subscription service. Like the original, Castle is an endless running game, but this time you’re making your way through and up towers full of “chaotic arcade fun.” The levels are procedurally generated, which means they’ll be different each time you play.The game supports solo and multiplayer, and it also features both touch and console controller inputs. Check out the trailer below to see Crossy Road Castle in action.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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PUBG Developer Addresses Ongoing Issues And What They're Doing About Them

PUBG Developer Addresses Ongoing Issues And What They're Doing About Them

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is going strong, recently beginning its sixth season of content and adding a new team deathmatch mode, but there are also ongoing issues with the game that have sparked concerns for some players. The developers have taken to the game’s website to discuss some of these issues, and explain what they’re doing to improve matters for players.The post opens with a brief statement on cheaters, and how dealing with them is a high priority. “We’re utilizing multiple internal teams and external resources to find new solutions for this problem. We’ll be sharing more information regarding these efforts in our upcoming Community Letter and 2020 Roadmap post in early March.”One major issue for players has been the game’s performance, with FPS stuttering, freezing, and crashing issues making the game harder to compete in. These problems have increased since January, and the team is “conducting ongoing multi-faceted tests and analysis in an attempt to identify and resolve the issues causing this performance loss and causing game crashes.” Because some of these crashes have been hard to reproduce, or may be specific to hardware, it’s been difficult. Thankfully, many players have sent in replay data to help the team identify issues. The developers encourage players to share issues they face through the game’s support page.PUBG has also been the victim of multiple distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and the team is working on defense solutions for this. “The good news is, our recently developed internal solution has reduced the impact of DDoS attacks by nearly 85%,” the post reads. “This is and will remain an ongoing issue, but our dev team will also continue to work on and implement additional measures to mitigate the impact of DDoS attacks when they occur.”The post also acknowledges that some players have had matchmaking issues with Team Deathmatch, but that these have largely been resolved through a hotfix, so players should no longer face long wait times and uneven teams. Custom match presets have also been restored after recent updates broke them for some players.”We understand there are many other high-priority issues impacting gameplay,” the post concludes. “One of our primary goals this year is to be more transparent with what we’re working on, so we wanted to get this letter out to you to address some of the more notable issues we’ve faced recently.”PUBG remains very popular, especially its mobile version. Unfortunately, PUBG Corporation recently…
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Netflix's Altered Carbon Season 2: All The Season 1 Story And Characters To Remember

Netflix's Altered Carbon Season 2: All The Season 1 Story And Characters To Remember

It’s been quite a while since season one of Altered Carbon first streamed on Netflix, so you’d be forgiven for forgetting some or all of what happened–after all, the story included a twisting murder mystery, a whole bunch of sci-fi terms, and a ton of characters switching bodies. At the center of it all is Takeshi Kovacs, a character with a long history, a bunch of cool abilities, and some keen detective skills.There’s also a whole bunch of dense sci-fi material you need to be intimately familiar with to really appreciate Altered Carbon’s future world, from artificially intelligent hotels to technology that makes some people effectively immortal. Altered Carbon is full of confusing terminology, which can make it tough to follow the story if you’re not up on your concepts.Lucky for you, we’ve run down everything you need to remember about Altered Carbon Season 1, from the concept of stacks and sleeves to the vast murder mystery and the lengthy political history of the world–all of which is important to enjoying the newest chapter. Here’s everything you need to know about Altered Carbon to get ready for Season 2. Stacks And SleevesThe essential thing you need to understand about the world of Altered Carbon is the concept of “stacks” and “sleeves.” In the far future, humanity has discovered technology that allows for effective immortality through the use of cortical stacks, which are like hard drives that store consciousness. When they turn one year old, each person has a stack installed in their brain and their consciousness is stored on it. That means that, rather than being the combination of your brain and your body, you are your stack–everything that makes you who you are is stored on the stack. While your body might die, if the stack survives, you survive.Stacks can be transplanted between bodies, allowing you to go on living even if your original body dies. In Altered Carbon, bodies are colloquially called “sleeves” to highlight how interchangeable they are. In most cases, you can survive the loss of a sleeve if your stack is unharmed. If you really want to kill someone, destroying their stack is the way to do it.There are some caveats to that, however. Some people in Altered Carbon are so rich that they can transfer their consciousness into other computers, sometimes in orbital satellites, like backing up a hard drive. In Season 1, Laurens…
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