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Awesome Art Picks: Wonder Woman, Iron Fist, Doctor Doom, and More

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 5 hours 24 min ago

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

Kevin Wada posted some recent commissions on his Tumblr.

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Kris Anka posted a Wonder Woman sketch for Wonder Woman Day on his Tumblr.

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Franco posted some new art on his Instagram. Original art is available here.

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Mike Henderson posted pics on his Instagram. His original art can be found here.

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Sara Pichelli posted more commissions from New York on her Tumblr.

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Paolo Rivera posted a couple new sketches on his blog.

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Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

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Ryan Ottley posted commissions on his Tumblr.

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Mike McKone posted some recent commissions on his Twitter.

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Joel Gomez posted a sketch of K-2SO on his Tumblr.

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Marcio Takara posted some commissions from New York on his Tumblr.

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Daniel HDR has been posting sketches for Inktober on his Instagram.

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Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

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Jim Cheung posted some recent commissions on his Instagram.

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Terry Dodson posted a Princess Leia sketch cover on his Deviant Art page.

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Mahmud Asrar posted recent commissions on his Tumblr.

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Denis Medri posted a Batwoman drawing on his Deviant Art page.

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Yildiray Cinar posted new sketches on his Instagram.

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Todd Nauck posted more commissions from New York on his Tumblr.

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That's it for this week. We'll have more awesome art next time.

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The Last Guardian Has Finally Gone Gold

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 8 hours 50 min ago

The Last Guardian has been in development a long time. How long? The development team has been working on it in various stages since 2007. But despite numerous delays, including one just last month, the game has finally gone gold.

PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed in a tweet, "The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it ˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖"

I've waited a very long time to say this... The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it ˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖

— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 22, 2016

"Going gold" means that primary development has concluded and the game can be pressed to physical discs. However, with the proliferation of day-one patches and DLC, there's still typically lots of work for developers to do after reaching this important milestone.

The Last Guardian was primarily developed by Fumito Ueda, the talent behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. It was set to launch on the PS3, but various issues have now brought it to the PS4. The game is set to release on December 6, but if you can't wait to get a taste of what will be in the game, you can check out a good chunk of gameplay and our initial impressions right here..

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Dark Souls 3 DLC Released Early on Xbox One by Accident [UPDATE]

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 21:34

[UPDATE] Bandai Namco responded to GameSpot's request for comment and provided the following statement.

"Due to a logistical error, the Dark Souls III Ashes of Ariandel DLC was made available for download for a short period of time for Xbox One players. We have since corrected this scheduling error and the Dark Souls III Ashes of Ariandel DLC will now be available on October 24, 2016 at 3 PM PDT for Steam players and October 24, 2016 at 9 PM PDT for console players. We regret any confusion this may have caused to players and Dark Souls III fans; we look forward to seeing everyone within the world of Ariandel."

Original story: If you bought Dark Souls III's season pass, then you could be in for a treat this weekend. Several players have reported on Reddit that they were able to download the Ashes of Ariandel DLC on Xbox One today. GameSpot tested this and can confirm that Ashes of Ariandel can be downloaded by searching for it in the Xbox One's store and pressing "Install."

"I thought it wasn't supposed to come out till the 25th, but it's working on my Xbox in offline mode," one player wrote, sharing a photo of their character in the DLC's snowy region. Reddit user Goffer54 checked their season pass, clicked "Manage Downloads," and took a screenshot of the DLC downloading to their console (below).

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We've contacted Microsoft and Dark Souls publisher Bandai Namco for comment on the situation and will update this article as we hear back. This comes the same day as a patch that makes changes to Poise stat values "across the board." Poise is now more effective for heavier weapons and armor.

Ashes of Ariandel launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25. In the DLC, players travel into the "frozen land of Ariandel" to "defeat the evil within" and uncover the mystery of what destroyed the region. Ashes of Ariandel is the first of two DLC expansions planned for Dark Souls III and costs $15. You can also pick up the game's season pass for $25. The second expansion is expected in early 2017.

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GS News Top 5 - Destiny Proposal; Red Dead Remption and Nintendo Switch Reveals

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 20:22
Rockstar Games shows off its sequel to Red Dead Redemption, as United Front Games shuts down, and Nintendo reveals its brand new console.
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Battlefield 1 Launch Trailer Welcomes You to World War I

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 18:30

Battlefield 1 officially releases today. To celebrate, EA has released a launch trailer that shows off some of what players can expect from the World War I shooter.

It's a pretty slick video, highlighting some of the game's numerous and diverse maps and locations, as well as the vehicles, weapons, of course destruction that awaits. It is set to a version of "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. Take a look at the video in the embed above.

Battlefield 1's full release may be today, but the game has been playable for quite a while already. The Play First Trial started back on October 13, while the $80 Early Enlister edition unlocked on October 18.

In addition to its multiplayer mode, Battlefield 1 offers a campaign that spans five different "War Stories." Each is made up of multiple chapters and puts you into the boots of characters like a Bedouin woman and a tank-driver, among others, across multiple theaters of war. You can even do something very cool with a bird, while the game also has double rainbows.

GameSpot's Battlefield 1 review scored the game a 9/10.

"With Battlefield 1, EA and DICE have proven the viability of World War I as a time period worth revisiting in first-person shooters," reviewer Miguel Concepcion said. "It brings into focus countries and nationalities that do not exist today while also shedding light on how the outcome of that war has shaped our lives. As World War II shooters proved many years ago, no game can truly capture the entirety of a global conflict. This is why the focused structure of the War Stories anthology works well. Moreover, Operations succeeds as an effective educational primer on the battles that this gripping adversarial mode are based on. Battlefield 1 is just an introduction to one of the deadliest world events in history, but it is an outstanding, feature-rich package in both its emotional stories and strong multiplayer."

For more on the critical reception of Battlefield 1, check out what other critics are saying.

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Nintendo Switch Is Not Backwards Compatible With Physical 3DS or Wii U Games

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 18:16

Nintendo has confirmed that the upcoming Switch will not be backwards compatible with physical 3DS and Wii U games. Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu asked the company a number of questions and posted the answers to its website.

It's already been confirmed that the Switch will use cartridges, so it's not surprising that physical Wii U games aren't supported. Now, we know physical 3DS games won't be playable on the new system, either.

Aside from the backwards compatibility news, Nintendo told Famitsu that two Joy-Con controllers, the left and the right, will be bundled with the system. The company said it would talk more details about the Switch's cartridges, battery life, and processing power at a later date.

Nintendo revealed the Switch with a preview trailer that showed some of the ways players can use the new console. We saw multiple games including a new Mario title, an NBA 2K game, and Skyrim.

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Despite its appearance, Bethesda has not confirmed Skyrim is coming to Switch, even after it was contacted for comment. However, the Fallout developer was included in the list of third-party development partners for Switch.

You can find out everything you need to know about the Switch in our handy guide or check out a bunch of pictures of the console and controllers here.

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Star Wars Han Solo Film Finds Its Lando Calrissian

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 17:45

Lucasfilm announced today that it's cast Donald Glover (Community) as Lando Calrissian in the standalone Han Solo film. Glover is best known for his rap music that he performs as Childish Gambino.

The Han Solo film explores what the character, played by Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), was like during his formative years. Not much is known about the story, other than the fact that he'll come across Lando at some point. It's helmed by 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are happy to have Glover join the cast.

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"We're so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us," said Lord and Miller. "These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we'd like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever."

Glover currently stars in and writes FX comedy series Atlanta and will appear in next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming. He most recently featured in The Martian and Magic Mike XXL.

The untitled Star Wars movie is written by Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. The film is set to be Lawrence's last Star Wars movie. It starts production in January.

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100ft Robot Golf Review

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 17:18

It's a rare thing in this day and age when everything you need to know about a game is right there in the title--and even rarer that said title is such an instantly appealing concept like 100-foot robots playing golf. And yet, even if 100ft Robot Golf is an inspired concept, the actual game is anything but.

That's an unfortunate thing, too, because everything that isn't gameplay overflows with charm and quirky, self-aware personality. It all starts with the game's overarching presentation: 100ft Robot Golf is presented as if it's the crappy American dub of a mid-'90s anime (complete with Dragon Ball Z-inspired cutscenes with fake watermarks that note the shady torrent site from which it was downloaded) about a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has just finished crawling back from the brink, building massive biodomes and skyscrapers to house their remnants.

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Golf, the gentleman's sport of the age, is now played entirely by massive mechs, driven by all manner of eccentrics--pudgy car salesmen, hijab-clad skateboarding teenagers, and five corgis driving five dog-shaped mechs who come together to form one giant mech, Power Rangers-style. A Corgizord, if you will. The cutscenes give some context for why and how these folks get roped into the golf tournament, which veer into such goofy non sequiturs that it's almost worth the asking price of the game just to watch these folks interact.

Thing is, the only scrap of that bonkers setup that makes its way into the actual golf portion of the game comes from the running commentary of the McElroy brothers (of My Brother, My Brother And Me podcast and Adventure Zone fame). Their commentary ranges from the knowingly cheesy--bad golf puns about Ryan Gosling in Drive and Smash Mouth's All Star, for instance--to the darkly hilarious. One particular line about Kermit the Frog not surviving the apocalypse is probably the deepest, most guilty gut laugh I've ever gotten from a game. The full-on breakdown over the aforementioned corgi mech joining the tournament is the most I've laughed at a game that doesn’t include Saints Row in the title.

Aside from the commentary, however, the game itself is fairly basic. The fundamentals are easy enough to pick up: You walk to the ball, hit X, choose one of your three clubs, use the left stick to adjust your shot, and swing away. Given that you're playing as a giant robot, you'll tromp through courses derived from crowded cities, desolate mountain villages, and underwater wastelands. If you want to be a jerk, you can use your body to block your opponent's shot or knock down buildings and bridges with your club. Your robots have special abilities, too. Pressing L1 might fire a barrage of laser fire or missiles, unleash a giant sword instead of a club, or let your mech skateboard to their next shot in style. Robots can also occasionally unleash a special effect on the ball to gain an edge, such as making the ball bouncier to go further than where it was aimed, or turning it into a bomb that can destroy obstacles in its path.

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That's more exciting in writing than in practice, however. Aside from the admittedly well-designed mechs, the graphics are rudimentary blocky polygons, and destroying buildings doesn't reduce them to smoldering rubble so much as it breaks them apart like giant Lego pieces that scatter around and then disappear over time. People and cars are in your path in the city, but they don't react to the robots laying waste their surroundings.

Yes, you have special abilities, but the game has nothing in the way of a tutorial, so virtually everything is trial-and-error. But even when you do learn how to use these abilities, the vast majority are entirely unnecessary thanks to the poor abilities of your opponents. The AI in the single-player campaign is almost medically fascinating in its ineptitude, with more than one match won in my playthroughs because the AI opponent kept deliberately driving their ball into the ocean. Matches against humans are, of course, trickier, but none of the extra abilities are game-changers. It's simply more enjoyable to play the game as a straight up mini golf title with your friends than it is trying to futz around with ineffective and poorly implemented superpowers.

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The best idea in the game involves a twist on the traditional video game golf swing mechanic: Each mech is designed so that charging up your swing is a completely different little minigame with each character, making your choice of mech a much more personalized affair than the minutiae of overly technical PGA titles. There's also PlayStation VR support that places your point of view in the cockpit of your mech. This gives the game an extra sense of scale, but even that feels like a slapdash affair, often obscuring your view below. What’s more, it makes some tasks--such as changing your club or seeing the arc of your ball before swinging--difficult, if not impossible.

Coincidentally, much of the game's voice cast is plucked from the Youtube comedy/gaming community, which seems oddly self-fulfilling, since the game is likely to be more enjoyable watching other people comment and play rather than actually playing it. 100t Robot Golf is an elaborate, even hilarious, joke, that rather perfunctorily has a game attached to it.

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Watch the New Pokemon Generations Episode Here

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 17:08

Last week's Pokemon Generations episode was all about Team Magma's mission to take control of Groudon and rid the world of oceans. Now, it's Team Aqua's turn to attempt a worldwide flood with Kyogre.

The episode stars Team Aqua leader Archie as he's gone mad with power, not even listening to his trusted companion, Shelly. She says that going ahead with the plan will kill everyone and thing in the world, but Archie responds by basically saying, "Nah." You can watch the episode in the embed below.

The episode, titled "The Cavern," marks the eighth episode released of Pokemon Generations so far. The series focuses on the classic moments, characters, and locations in Pokemon video games and giving them a new perspective. So far, we've seen episodes that revolve around the police chasing down Team Rocket, your rival's battle with the Elite Four, and a dragon master's infiltration of a Team Rocket base.

You can expect 10 more episodes of the animated series to release through December 23.

2016 marks 20 years since Pokemon started, and to celebrate the occasion, there have been a bunch of games and videos released this year. Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow were made available on the 3DS eShop earlier this year, while Pokemon Go launched in July, surpassing 500 million downloads and topping the sales charts.

In addition to that, a pretty awesome ad aired during the Super Bowl, and a fan recently created their own commercial. It captures childhood memories of Pokemon perfectly, and it might even make you cry.

Players can look forward to Pokemon Sun / Moon, which releases on November 18. A demo of the upcoming game is available on the 3DS eShop right now.

We recently got the opportunity to talk to Pokemon developers Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori about legendaries, Pokemon Go, and whether or not they should reset the number of Pokemon.

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Widespread DDoS Attack Has PSN and the Internet Limping Today in the US [UPDATE]

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 16:47

Update 3: The issues have been fixed once again, though it remains to be seen if any further attacks will take place.

Update 2: Dyn reported again that the issues had been resolved, but another round of attacks is underway that it's attempting to counteract. While earlier reports suggested the effect was being primarily felt on the East coast, it's clear the issues extend well beyond that region.

Update: The Department of Homeland Security is now investigating the attack, according to NBC News.

Original Story: If you've been having issues accessing games on the PlayStation Network, websites, and online services today, it's not just you.

Early this morning, a distributed denial-of-service, more commonly referred to as a DDoS, targeted internet company Dyn. Those issues were temporarily resolved just after 6 AM PT, but since then, another round of attacks has begun that the company says it's working to resolve.

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Specifically, Dyn's DNS infrastructure was targeted by the attack, which involves flooding computers with requests in order to slow them down. (It's the same type of attack that crippled PSN and Xbox Live around Christmas 2014.) Put simply, DNS servers are what allow your computer to access websites by using a domain name, rather than an IP address. The attack has slowed (or completely disrupted) the ability for DNS lookups to be performed as usual.

The issues primarily are being experienced by those in the eastern half of the United States, as well as some internet users in western Europe. Among the sites impacted are Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, The New York Times, and Soundcloud.

Players have also reported having issues with the PlayStation Network--they're having trouble playing games like Destiny and FIFA 17 on PS4 and PS3, which Bungie and EA have acknowledged on Twitter, respectively. In the case of FIFA, Ultimate Team match creation has been disabled temporarily. PSN's status page indicates there are no issues currently happening, but a tweet from PlayStation's support account suggests otherwise.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Helps Make Elvis and Johnny Cash Famous in Next Movie Role

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 16:02

Leonardo DiCaprio's next movie role has been revealed. Deadline reports today that the Oscar winner will play music pioneer Sam Phillips, who helped launch the careers of legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

The untitled movie is based on the Peter Guralnick book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. Paramount Pictures, which acquired the rights to the book, is producing the movie alongside DiCaprio's own Appian Way banner. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is also a producer.

According to the report, Paramount will "move quickly" to find a writer and director for the film. No release date or supporting cast has been announced.

Phillips founded Sun Studio and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to Cash and Presley, he also discovered and helped popularize Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin' Wolf, and Ike Turner in the 1950s. Another element of Phillips' life and legacy is that he recorded artists of all races to "give voice to people who had not been given a voice," according to Guralnick, the author of The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll.

Phillips passed away in 2003. Watch the video from CBS This Morning above to learn more about Guralnick and his book.

Phillips was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 in its first class. In 2011, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for his role in The Revenant.

Disclosure: CBS This Morning airs on CBS, whose parent company, CBS Corp., owns GameSpot.

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First 30 Minutes of Dark Souls III DLC Ashes of Ariandel

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:42
Join Erick and Miguel as they check out the new DLC for Dark Souls III Ashes of Ariandel.
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PSA: Fallout 4 Is $30 Right Now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:26

Bethesda's Fallout 4, one of the best games of 2015, is currently marked down significantly. Across all platforms--PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC--you can get the role-playing game for only $30.

Not only is the game on sale, but its DLC and season pass are also discounted. The season pass, which normally goes for $50, is discounted to $33.50 on all platforms. Additionally, all of the individual content, including Automatron ($6.70), Contraptions Workshop ($3.50), Far Harbor ($16.74), Nuka-World ($13.39), Vault-Tec Workshop ($3.34), and Wasteland Workshop ($3.34) is on sale.

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Additionally, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are discounted to $7.50 on Xbox 360 and $5 on PC; DLC for those games is also on sale. On Steam, Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel can be had for $5 each. The PC offers expire on Tuesday, October 25 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. The Xbox offers are good through October 24, while the PlayStation deals end on October 25.

Fallout 4's DLC campaign wrapped up with August's Nuka-World expansion. No new games in the series have been announced or even hinted at, though we'd be surprised if Fallout 5 never happens.

In other news about Bethesda games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was shown in the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer, but the game is not confirmed for the platform. Bethesda is one of the dozens of partners that Nintendo named for Switch earlier this week.

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All the Games With Halloween 2016 Events and Updates

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:23

Story updated on October 21 with three new games, plus additional details regarding Destiny

Halloween is quickly approaching, and numerous games are marking the occasion with in-game updates and events.

It can be hard to keep track of everything that's happening, and you may want to ensure you spend some time with certain games over the next few weeks. Overwatch and Rocket League, for instance, have introduced new items that can only be unlocked for a limited time (or at least until next October). You can expect more events to be announced in the days and weeks to come; we still haven't heard about anything from Grand Theft Auto V which is bound to having something in store again.

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We've compiled a list of many of the Halloween-themed events happening in games right now. Check them out below, and let us know what you'll be playing (as well as any we missed) in the comments below.

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Overwatch is celebrating Halloween with its second-ever seasonal event. Much like the Summer Olympics one in August, Loot Boxes have been temporarily replaced with new ones that feature more than 100 themed items. These include skins, emotes, victory poses, voice lines, and more.

Additionally, there's a special Brawl mode available. Unlike everything else in the game, this is a cooperative experience, pitting a team of four players against AI-controlled enemies. And before you ask, the crows don't do anything.


Bungie has officially announced this year's Festival of the Lost. A leak had already given us a look at many of the items that will be up for grabs, including new masks, shaders, emotes, and a sparrow. There will also be a number of quests to complete. Whether the event will function like 2015's remains to be seen, but we do know there's now a better way to store the masks you obtain.

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Much like last year, Rocket League has temporarily added new items to its rotation of unlocks. These Halloween-themed items include things like a rocket trail that leaves behind skulls and an incredibly cute ghost topper. If you missed out on last year's items, like the excellent candy-corn rocket trail, those have also been brought back for the duration of the event.

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WoW's annual Hallow's End event returns again this year, allowing you trick-or-treat at inns in Azeroth, Northrend, Pandaria, Outland, Draenor, and the Broken Isles. You'll receive either treats or money that can be spent on special items. New items this year include one that puts a Banshee costume on a party member and another that affects your pet. There's also a seasonal boss--the Headless Horseman--to fight, stink bombs to pelt the enemy faction with, and more.

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Smite's most recent update, 3.19, brought back the Halloween version of the map in Arena mode, decorating it with creepy things and updating the look of the AI-controlled minions. It also reintroduced the Scary Potion as Scare Tactics. It's only available in Arena during the event and can be used on a foe to scare them: They'll either receive a jump scare in the form of a character who flashes on screen, or they'll hear the sound effect of Loki's Ultimate. 3.19 also added two new skins to the Halloween chest that you can see above.

Additionally, a limited-time sale will drop the price by half on select Halloween-style skins, such as Space Monkey Hun Batz, Pajama Party Kumbhakarna, and Elite Agent Apollo.

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You can receive a free Crow Caller from The Elder Scrolls Online's in-game Crown Store, which kicks off a quest called The Witchmother's Bargain. Completing this earns you the ability to summon a cauldron that turns you and members of your group into the undead for two hours. Killing bosses while in this form gives you the chance to loot Plunder Skulls, which contain Witches Festival goodies like masks, special recipes, and more. The cauldron will remain yours if you get your hands on it, but it'll lose the ability to transform you after the event ends.


The Shadow's Eve event for Paragon has been giving away skins to players for watching the game on Twitch since earlier this month, and that continues until October 24. Starting on October 25, six skins will go on sale in-game individually and at a discount through a bundle. For the duration of the event, everyone can use Murdock's Dock-o-Lantern skin, but you can also unlock it permanently by linking your Twitch and game accounts.

  • Dates
    • Now - October 24 (free skins)
    • October 25 - November 6 (skin sale)
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Guild Wars 2's Shadow of the Mad King event returns this year, redecorating Lion's Arch and offering new weapon skins, items, guild hall decorations, and achievements. There is also playable content to take part in, like the returning jumping puzzle in the Mad King's Clock Tower and a game of Simon Says with the Mad King.

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The most recent update for Heroes of the Storm added new content and prepared it for the Hallow's End event. Starting on October 25, all matches will reward 50 percent bonus XP, and playing a total of 15 matches (outside of Brawls, Custom Games, and Training) will net you a Deputy Valla portrait. The Deputy Valla skin itself will go on sale then alongside Scarecrow Xul. There will also be two Hallow's End bundles offered on the store, and buying either one lets you get the Eye Pad mount above.

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Superheroes (and villains) can dress up for Halloween too, but there's more to DC Universe Online's event than just that. Both sides have an NPC they can speak to kick things off, with each day presenting a mission that can be completed to earn Spooky Bites. These can then be cashed in for Halloween themed outfits, Base/League Hall decorations, and more. Spooky Bites can also be purchased outright, and The Vault has been decorated for the duration of the event.

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The 2016 edition of the All Saints' Wake event is underway in Final Fantasy XIV, bringing with it the return of the Continental Circus. A series of quests can be undertaken by anyone who is at least level 15, providing the chance to unlock a special minion, vampire vest armor, and other themed items.

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Unlike many of the other free updates games are offering, Street Fighter V has Halloween-themed premium DLC you can only purchase for a limited time. This includes a Halloween-themed version of the Russia stage for $2 (or 40,000 Fight Money) and seven new skins, including those for Necalli, Vega, and Alex.

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MOBA-style brawler Battlerite, which made a splash when it was released on Steam last month, is getting a big update on October 21 that features new Halloween content. A special Battle Wolf mount is now included with the Ultimate Fan Pack (whether you buy it now or have bought it already), and the new Halloween Chest guarantees the unlock of an Epic Halloween item. Joining Battlerite's official Steam group gets you a free Halloween Chest and a weapon for Ruh Kaan, one of the two new characters arriving with this patch.

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Free-to-play online shooter Alliance of Valiant Arms has introduced a Halloween-themed version of the Gallery map, decorating it with pumpkins, ghosts, and so on. There's also a special jack-o-lantern version of the ARX-160 that can be obtained for a limited time.

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Special event quest are now available in Black Desert Online that can earn you various Halloween-themed items. You can collect candy by logging in every day and then trade that in for special rewards. There's also a limited-time bundle including the blood suit, a cute pet, a skeleton look for your horse, and more for $45, which is less than half the price of buying all of its contents individually.

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The first of two Halloween events in Tera is already live, allowing you to fight off enemies who are trying to steal candy. Classic Halloween costumes are on sale through the in-game store and will only be available for a limited time. The second component of Tera's celebration begins on October 23 with Masquerade Mayhem, allowing you to collect candy baskets and cake in order to win limited-time items. You'll receive a free trick-or-treat mystery box for logging in during the event, giving you a shot at special masks and other items.

  • Dates
    • Now - November 1 at 10 AM PT (Harvest Festival Hall)
    • October 23 - November 5 (Masquerade Mayhem)
  • Further Reading
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Team Fortress 2 isn't providing a Halloween-themed event on par with previous ones. Instead, it's again bringing back all of the past years' events, giving you another chance to deal with wonderfully named foes like the Horseless Headless Horsemann. You'll also be able to again play the Meramissions from 2015. Additionally, three new community-made Halloween maps will be released with contracts tied to them, as well as a new Halloween taunt and cosmetics case. Valve says rather than doing a new Halloween event, it's instead focused on a new Pyro Pack and other new features.

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League of Legends' The Teemoing event has added new, limited-time skins (including witch versions of Morgana and Tristana and an adorable, devilish version of Teemo) and themed icons and wards. There's also a special Doom Bots of Doom mode that rewards a special Little Devil Teemo icon for finishing a level. You can get a Doomed Minion icon by playing a game on LoL's website.

  • Dates
    • Now - November 3 (skins)
    • Now - October 24, October 28-31 (Doom Bots of Doom)
  • Further Reading
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The Story of Civilization Part 2: How Firaxis Shaped the Strategy Genre

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 15:00
In part two of our documentary on Civilization VI, GameSpot explores the effect Firaxis Games has had on the wider strategy genre.
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6 Anime That Deserve Good Live-Action Adaptations

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 13:00
Hollywood’s already got its hands on Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, but here are 6 anime that we think deserve a decent adaptation on the big screen.
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Microsoft Responds to Bill Belichick's Negative Comments About Surface Tablets [UPDATE]

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 13:00

[UPDATE] In the wake of the Belichick's decision not to use Surface tablets, Microsoft has published an in-depth blog post from executive Yusuf Mehdi that talks about the ongoing "debate on the role of technology in the NFL."

"Every game is different--with some teams living by their Surface for critical plays at key moments--and others using them to blow off steam by banging their head on them. Like the players in the NFL, Surface keeps going--helping teams use technology to their competitive advantage," Mehdi said.

The post also features positive comments about the Surface from NFL QBs Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, as well as LA Rams defensive backs coach Brandon Fisher.

One of Belichick's critiques about the Surface tablet functionality is that can be "too undependable." Mehdi responded to this as well, talking about the tricky nature of getting the technology working.

"Consider the office environment of the NFL--an action-packed 8,000-square-feet sideline full of players, coaches, team personnel, media, cheerleaders, and equipment," he said. "Bringing technology to any new environment is a complex job--but the NFL sidelines are among the most intricate, visible and stressful. When teams enter a stadium each week, the IT teams assess power sources, network connectivity strength and availability, potential extreme weather conditions, and the range of tech familiarity and acumen of coaches and players."

Finally, there is also a quote from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"We are proud of our relationship with Microsoft. We think they have a great product and they've done a great job in advancing technology into our game and influencing our game," he said. "It is changing the game. It's changing for the better."

Read the full blog post here.

The original story is below.

During a press conference this week, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke out against the Microsoft Surface tablets that he uses on the sideline during NFL games. In short, he said he's not going to use them anymore, in part because he finds them to be "too undependable" and faulty.

Belichick, known for not saying much during his media obligations, actually spent almost five-and-a-half minutes explaining why he is "done with the tablets."

"They're just too undependable for me. I'm going to stick with pictures, which several of our other coaches do as well, because there just isn't enough consistency in the performance of the tablets," he said, according to NESN reporter Zack Cox. "I just can't take it anymore. I just have given it my best shot. I've tried to work through the process. But it just doesn't work for me, and that's because there's no consistency to it."

During the Patriots-Bills game earlier this month, Belichick slammed a Microsoft Surface tablet. It's not clear what prompted this, but it was a very rough game overall for the Pats, losing 16-0 in Week 4.

In a statement to GameSpot sister site CNET, Microsoft said it respects Belichick's decision, and also claimed others in the professional football league are happy with their tablets.

"We respect Coach Belichick's decision, but stand behind the reliability of Surface," a spokesperson said. "We continue to receive positive feedback on having Surface devices on the sidelines from coaches, players, and team personnel across the league."

Microsoft reportedly paid the NFL $400 million over five years to have its Surface tablets featured in NFL games.

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Watch Skyrim Remastered Gameplay Footage Here [UPDATE]

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 12:40

[UPDATE X3] Bethesda has now released an official trailer for the Skyrim Special Edition. Check it out:

[UPDATE X2] The stream is now over. You can watch the archive in the video embed below.

[UPDATE] Live With YouTube Gaming's stream is now live. You can watch it here or in the embed below. In addition to a live Skyrim Let's Play, the show will include segments on Nintendo Switch, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Watch Dogs 2.

Original story: More footage of the upcoming The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remaster, the Special Edition, will be shown during a video broadcast scheduled for later today, October 20.

Live With YouTube Gaming has announced that it will show off the "first live let's play" of the game during the broadcast that will take place tonight at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET. It's not immediately clear what part of the game will be shown, but we'll report back with the footage and more details later.

The Skyrim remaster launches on October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game recently achieved "gold" status, meaning development on it was completed.

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The PC version (see the full system requirements here) supports mods, while the console versions will do so for the first time (yes, including the PS4 version). Keep in mind, the PC version is free for anyone who owns the game and its three DLC packs. You can also buy the DLC packs you're missing at a discount to get your hands on Special Edition.

The Special Edition also features a wide array of visual improvements, including remastered art and effects, volumetric lighting, dynamic depth of field effects, and more. Those playing on PS4 Pro when that system launches next month will be able to play in 4K.

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Netflix November 2016: Everything Coming and Going

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 12:39

The slate of movies and shows that are coming to and leaving Netflix in November has been announced, and it's somewhat of a weak month if you're looking for new things to watch.

Perhaps the most high-profile addition is the new Gilmore Girls miniseries, which doesn't show up until November 25. Also on that day, the acclaimed movie Boyhood arrives, as does a new Netflix series called 3%.

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Other notable arrivals through the month include some Stephen King films (Cujo and Thinner) on November 1, the Coen brothers' excellent Burn After Reading on November 16 (which still has one of the best trailers I've ever seen), and a new Colin Quinn stand-up special (The New York Story) on November 18.

As for what's leaving, the bulk of the removals come on November 1, including Scream 2, Powerpuff Girls seasons 1-6, Major League, The Burbs, and Chuck seasons 1-5. You'll have a bit longer to watch The American (leaving November 16) and The Boondocks seasons 1-4 (November 24). XXX leaves on November 30, presumably to make you yearn for the upcoming Return of Xander Cage and his totally radical, not-at-all-ridiculous skiing-through-the-jungle routine.

You can find the full list of additions and removals below. We also have the same list for Hulu, which is seeing the addition of another Coen brothers classic, Fargo, as well as Spaceballs, Mad Max, and a wide array of Bond movies.

Arriving on Netflix in November 2016November 1
  • The African Queen (1951)
  • Alfie (2004)
  • Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
  • Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
  • The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
  • Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
  • King's Faith (2013)
  • Love, Now (2012)
  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
  • Pervert Park (2014)
  • Ravenous (1999)
  • Stephen King's Thinner (1996)
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
  • Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
  • Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas (2009)
November 2
  • Dough (2015)
  • Food Choices (2016)
  • Meet the Blacks (2016)
November 4
  • The Crown, season 1 (Netflix original)
  • Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (Netflix original)
  • The Ivory Game (2016) (Netflix original)
  • Just Friends (2005)
  • World of Winx, season 1 (Netflix original)
November 9
  • Danger Mouse, season 2 (Netflix original)
November 11
  • All Hail King Julien, season 4 (Netflix original)
  • Case, season 1 (Netflix original)
  • Estocolmo, season 1 (Netflix original)
  • Roman Empire: Reign of Blood, season 1 (Netflix original)
  • Tales by Light, season 1 (Netflix original)
  • True Memoirs of An International Assassin (2016) (Netflix original)
  • Under the Sun (2015)
November 12
  • Take Me to the River (2015)
November 13
  • Chalk It Up (2016)
November 14
  • Carter High (2015)
November 15
  • Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin (Netflix original)
  • K-POP Extreme Survival, season 1
  • Men Go to Battle (2015)
  • The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2016)
November 16
  • The 100, season 3
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (2011)
  • Paddington (2014)
November 17
  • Lovesick, season 2 (Netflix original, formerly known as Scrotal Recall)
  • Paranoid, season 1 (Netflix original)
November 18
  • The Battle of Midway (1942)
  • Beat Bugs, season 2 (Netflix original)
  • Colin Quinn: The New York Story (Netflix original)
  • Divines (2016) (Netflix original)
  • Prelude to War (1942)
  • San Pietro (1945)
  • Sour Grapes (2016)
  • Thunderbolt (1947)
  • Tunisian Victory (1944)
  • Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943)
  • Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)
  • WWII: Report from the Aleutians (1943)
November 22
  • Mercy (2016) (Netflix original)
November 23
  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, season 1
November 25
  • 3%, season 1 (Netflix original)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix original)
  • Michael Che Matters (Netflix original)
November 29
  • Silver Skies (2016)
November 30
  • Ghost Team (2016)
  • I Dream Too Much (2016)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
  • Level Up (2016)
  • Traded (2016)
Leaving Netflix in November 2016November 1
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Angel Heart (1987)
  • Barnyard (2006)
  • Bratz: The Movie (2007)
  • The 'Burbs (1989)
  • Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
  • Chuck, seasons 1-5
  • The Core (2003)
  • Deliverance (1972)
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Echelon Conspiracy (2009)
  • Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
  • Empire State (2012)
  • Equilibrium (2002)
  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
  • The Family Man (2000)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Fresh (1994)
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
  • The Holiday (2006)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
  • Kangaroo Jack (2003)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
  • Major League (1989)
  • Mansfield Park (1999)
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013)
  • Open Season (2006)
  • Open Season 2 (2008)
  • Open Season 3 (2010)
  • Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong (2009)
  • Powerpuff Girls, seasons 1-6
  • Rounders (1998)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • Sex: My British Job (2013)
  • Shameless: Series 1-10 (UK)
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
  • Something's Gotta Give (2003)
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • The Sum of All Fears (2002)
  • Total Drama World Tour (2014)
  • Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980)
  • Varsity Blues (1999)
  • What Women Want (2000)
November 2
  • The English Teacher (2013)
November 4
  • Gigli (2003)
November 5
  • The Homesman (2014)
November 11
  • Quartet (2012)
November 14
  • Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)
November 15
  • Naked Among Wolves (2015)
November 16
  • The American (2010)
  • Let's Go to Prison (2006)
November 22
  • Tracers (2014)
November 23
  • The Boxtrolls (2014)
  • Scenic Route (2013)
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (2015)
November 24
  • The Boondocks, seasons 1-4
  • Chowder, seasons 1-3
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog, seasons 1-4
  • Uncle Grandpa, season 1
November 25
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • November 30
  • Stuck in Love (2012)
  • xXx (2002)
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Tiger Woods Played 8 Hours of Call of Duty a Day, But Couldn't Beat 7-Year-Olds

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2016-10-21 12:15

Appearing on The Late Show With Stepehen Colbert last night, golfing legend Tiger Woods spoke to Colbert about gaming, which we know he enjoys.

Woods hasn't played in a professional golf tournament since August 2015 in part to recover from back surgery. Since he wasn't able to compete on the course, he fired up Call of Duty.

"I like to practice and to compete all day; I like to grind it out. I wasn't able to do that on the golf course, so I applied the same intensity in my craft, my focus, to Call of Duty," he said, without cracking a smile. The crowd laughed, but Woods waved his finger and said "don't laugh" because he wasn't joking.

Woods, who has an astounding 79 career professional wins, including 14 majors, said he had no trouble with the game's campaign (he didn't specify the game), but playing online was a different story.

"I would spend eight hours a day; I'd get a 30-minute lunch break. I'd be in my reclining chair, playing; I thought I was good," he said. "I got through the campaign, no big deal. Then I went online. When seven-year-olds are beating you from around the world...humbling."

This isn't the first time Woods, 40, has talked about his gaming habits. In December 2015, he said, "I am really good at playing video games, really good. I swear, that's basically how I pass a lot of my time."

EA Sports dropped Woods as the cover star and namesake for its golf games in 2013. He was replaced by Rory McIlroy for the developer's new Rory McIlroy PGA Tour series.

Woods was scheduled to play the Safeway Open last week but withdrew, saying his game was not ready. In the Colbert interview, Woods confirmed he'll be back soon, stating he'll play at the Hero World Challenge in December. The tournament is hosted by Woods and benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation.

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