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Search for Balloons in Luigi’s Balloon World, a Free Update for Super Mario Odyssey

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Welcome back to the greatest Odyssey ever! Super Mario Odyssey received a free update today that adds a new mini-game: Luigi’s Balloon World! That’s right – Mario’s plucky brother finally gets a turn in the spotlight!

The update patch has already gone live, so all you need to do is simply launch Odyssey to automatically update it. However, to play with Luigi, you’ll need to have finished the main story first, so keep that in mind, you eager green-cap wearing fans!

Luigi’s Balloon World is a balloon version of hide’n’seek. In “Hide It” mode, you get 30 seconds to hide a balloon somewhere in the world you initiated the mini-game. In “Find It” mode, you’ll do the opposite and try to find balloons hidden by other online players in 30 seconds. The trick to this is knowing the layout of the world you’re in like the back of your hand!

Finding other players’ balloons and hiding yours well will allow you rank up and climb the leaderboard, which showers you in coins. This is a good thing – this update also adds three new outfits for Mario to purchase, including a Super Mario Sunshine themed one! You’ll need 14,000 coins to get all the new outfits, so get to balloon hunting!

As a smaller bonus, two new filters have been added to the game’s Snapshot Mode. The new coin filter is sporting Luigi’s mug on it, and the neon filter does exactly what it sounds like it would do: turn everything into a colorful laser show!

Do note though that there seems to be some eShop congestion happening at the moment, so if you’re unable to download the update due to a maintenance message, just try again in a couple of minutes and you should be good to go. Luigi’s Balloon World awaits you!

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Warcraft III Receives Balance Updates and New PTR

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Holy moly it’s a blast from the past! Blizzard is back again with surprising support for 15 year-old games, this time Warcraft III, their pride and joy RTS.

Over a week ago, it was announced that Blizzard had invited several popular Warcraft III community players to a private event. Following an announcement made today, we now know that event is the first ever Warcraft III Invitational!

On February 27 and 28, the players will be gathering at Blizzard headquarters to play free-for-all, 4v4, and custom game competitions. To go along with this, the players will be playing on the all-new PTR version of the game!

Get excited because the PTR version seems to be shaping up to a full “remastered” version of the game. The new PTR version features official widescreen support, upscaling the game’s interface. Even bigger (literally!) is that game lobbies now support up to 24 players, with new team colors to boot. If you were a fan of Warcraft III‘s wacky custom games back in the day, this is the best news to come out of this!

For the more technical side of things, many heroes and maps have been rebalanced. You can read the full balance notes right here. On top of that, the World Editor – the tool used for making custom maps – has received various upgrades as well. Maps can now be much bigger than they were before, and you can add a lot more objects and characters.

So what does this all mean? Well, since we just got a remastered version of the original Starcraft, all of these changes, including the balance and World Editor changes can only mean one thing: an official Warcraft III Remaster is in the works! We’re super excited because we’re big fans of the original game way back during its original release in 2003, and we can’t wait to play those awesome custom games with a ton of players.

Of course, this isn’t set in stone but really, what else could this all be for? Even if there isn’t a big remastered version planned, we can still revel in the fact that Warcraft III has been updated for play on modern computers and we’re more than happy enough with that.

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Burnout Paradise Remastered Coming March 16

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It’s time to hit the streets of Paradise City once again! Today Electronic Arts has officially announced Burnout Paradise Remastered, a full 1080P release of the smash hit open world racing game. Even better news: we’re only a month away from its release on March 16, 2018!

The original Burnout Paradise was loved and praised for its emphasis on pure, unadulterated fun. Get behind the wheels of your favorite car and speed through the beautiful Paradise City, and whenever you got the burnout urge, you could participate in a variety of explosive, chaotic events. Start up Showtime Mode to cause as much destruction and mayhem as you can, and watch the metal havoc unfold!

The game received various DLC packs over the course of 2009, a year after the game was originally released. The first couple of packs were simply new cars that you could get a hold of, including ones that were modeled after famous cars in media, like the DeLorean from Back to the Future. The first DLC pack that had a new game mode was the Cops & Robbers pack which included the eponymous game mode.

The final DLC pack was the “Big Surf Island,” which introduced an entirely new zone for players to explore and race in. This was perhaps the biggest pack of them all, and interestingly enough the PC version of the original release never saw this pack, nor the Cops & Robbers pack. Well PC players will be pleased to know that ALL DLC packs will be included in the Remastered version!

Burnout Paradise Remastered will release on March 16 for PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC version coming at a later date via EA’s Origin platform. Remastered will support 4K resolutions and 60 FPS. If you’re an EA Access member, you can play early on March 9 with the Play First Trial that grants you 10 hours of freeplay.

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2 Coming to Switch

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Nintendo fans of the blue bomber, you’re in luck! Our prayers have been heard, and Capcom has answered: Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2 is officially coming to the Switch on May 22, 2018. Many fans think that Nintendo consoles are Mega Man’s true home, so we’re all happy to see his legacy grace the latest Nintendo console.

While Mega Man Legacy Collection has already been released for most home consoles and PC, both collections will now come to the Switch. Much like the previous releases, there are two collections here. The first collection contains the all of the original NES games, Mega Man 1 – 6. If you want to experience Mega Man at his core, start here! This collection will be available digitally on the eShop for $14.99.

The second collection contains the higher bit adventures of Mega Man, including Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, and the retro throwbacks Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10. The second collection is also available digitally for $19.99.

The physical release will contain a cartridge of the first collection and a download code for a digital version of the second collection. It seems that the Switch cartridge tax was a decision maker here, and Capcom decided to go with the cheaper cartridges. The physical edition will run $39.99 and will come with an exclusive Mega Man themed cleaning cloth. Yay, at least we get that too!

The Switch version of the collection features the same modes and goodies found in the earlier version of the collection, including the extra bonuses like Challenge Mode, Sound Mode, and Museum Mode. Exclusive to the Switch version however is amiibo compatibility! Scanning the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Mega Man amiibo will unlock additional challenges for you in Challenge Mode.

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System Shock Remastered Development Put on Hiatus

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In November 2012, a new indie company named Nightdive Studios was created. Founded by former Sony Online Entertainment artist Stephen Kick, Nightdive Studios focused on obtained rights to old games that are no longer available and prepping them to run on modern systems. One notable project was their rerelease of the acclaimed first-person adventure game System Shock 2.

In March of 2016, the studio released a short trailer video of one of their original projects: a complete, modern day remake of the first-person classic System Shock. It gained traction immediately with half a million views on the video, and many trusted the studio because of the previous work with the older games.

This trust extended to the eventual Kickstarter that popped up Summer 2016. The Kickstarter was successful with $1.3 million funding and over 21,000 backers. Work began immediately, and they even release a few playable demos that showcased their progress so far. Having personally played one of the demos, everything was looking pretty good.

But unfortunately, Kick made a troubling announcement today. Kick stated that “the vision began to change”. As the scope of the game grew bigger, they drew further and further away from the core concept of the original System Shock. Eventually things got so out of hand that Kick has decided to put the team on hiatus and rethink things from the beginning. Details are unclear, but it was decision made not lightly.

Kick reassures the community and fans that the project is not over, but simply on break. It’s understandable, as there are many documented occurrences of “scope creep,” when developments think a little too big and it ends up coming back and biting them in the butt. We wish the team success with whatever they come back with, but this means now that no one has any idea what the completed project is going to be like. Only time will tell.

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Capture Monsters in Path of Exile’s Bestiary League

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PC action RPG Path of Exile is getting a rather beastly new content update. The Bestiary League is a new challenge league coming in March. Players will engage with Einhar Frey, a hunter-scavenger who teaches them how to capture and sacrifice monsters to create items.

Once you’ve received your training, you can capture any beast you find in the world of Wraeclast. As you become more skilled at hunting, you’ll be able to capture legendary named creatures. Every creature you’ve caught will be recorded in Bestiary, a detailed book containing information about the beasts.

Players will receive their own menagerie which you can populate with the beasts you’ve captured. It’s like your own personal zoo… with crazy creatures that probably want to hurt you! You can keep them here on display to show off, or you can get them ready for the fun part.

“Beastcrafting” allows players to sacrifice their captured beasts to the Blood Altar to create powerful new items. Beastcrafting recipes will require monsters from all sorts of classifications, so you’ll need to get out there and hunt if you want to craft the best stuff. You’ll be able to craft gems, flasks, and more.

Once you’re ready, you can beastcraft a Spirit Lands portal to hunt one of the four Spirit Beasts. These guys are tough so make sure you’re prepared. If you can best them, they have the chance to drop some rather unique items.

Among the Bestiary, the March update also adds the The Uber Elder. That’s a name you want to run away from, and rightfully so as it’s going to be one of the hardest bosses in the entire game. Ascendancy classes have also been rebalanced and tweaked, so you can expect new playstyles and mechanics.

Path of Exile: Bestiary will launch March 2.

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The Evil Within 2 Receives a Free First-Person Mode Update

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The Evil Within 2, the sequel to Shinji Mikami’s – creator of the Resident Evil series – spiritual successor to his beloved Capcom property, has received a free update that makes things a little more… personal!

Available today is the 1.04 patch for The Evil Within 2. Containing various bug fixes and resolution fixes when playing the game on a PlayStation 4 Pro, this update also features a brand-new mode: the ability to play through the entire game in first-person mode!

Now, this isn’t the first time a game has switched perspectives on us. The most recent game to include an optional first-person mode is Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, although in that game it seems to be mostly for taking cool screenshots. But it does really give you a cool new way to view the game’s world, and that’s exactly what the focus here is in The Evil Within 2.

The game remains entirely unchanged – it’s just that you’re viewing the world within Sebastian’s eyes now. You may have an easier time dealing with enemies now thanks to the first-person perspective, but everything else is pretty much the same. It’s a fun little update to a game that’s been out for a while.

The most interesting thing about this though has got to be how the game generally looks now. We wouldn’t blame you if you watched the trailer just now and thought it looked a lot like Resident Evil 7, or any other modern day first-person horror game.

Fans are already speculating that this is just a sign of things to come. The Evil Within 2 received generally better reviews than the original game, so hardcore fans are wanting more content like new DLC adventures and story. It’s good to know that Bethesda isn’t quite done yet with the game so we can only hope that this leads to more stuff.

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