Monster Hunter Friday Weekly Reset – Snow and Cherry Blossoms 02/23/18

This week we dive into Monster Hunter: World to take on a tempered Pink Rathian and a Legiana and more with you the community.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/videos/monster-hunter-friday-weekly-reset-snow-and-cherry/2300-6442956/

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Blizzard Made Overwatch’s Zenyatta Walk, And It’s As Weird As You’d Expect

One of the many challenges with creating a hero shooter like Overwatch is ensuring that each character is distinct and unique. Blizzard has done an admirable job in this regard, drawing on different cultures and inspirations to create the members of the roster. Zenyatta is particularly notable in this regard, as he’s the only character to never set foot on the ground. Thanks to Blizzard, he’s finally done so, and it’s unsettling, to say to the least.

Zenyatta is different from all other Overwatch characters in that he floats in a zen-like position in mid-air; he never physically walks anywhere. A fan in attendance at a recent Overwatch League event brought with him a sign that called for Blizzard to finally let him walk, and so the company has obliged, as you can see below.

Now that you’ve got that image stuck in your brain forever, there is potentially more meaningful news on the Overwatch front. Blizzard has released a teaser in the form of an “after-action report” for something called Operation White Dome. It remains to be seen what this will actually turn out to be, but the speculation is that it could be setting up the reveal for a new Overwatch character. Game director Jeff Kaplan previously said that the game’s next hero was already in testing back in January. He didn’t offer any specifics but did say the character is “very needed.”

We’re currently in the midst of the game’s new Lunar New Year event. That brought back a revamped CTF mode and introduced a lot of new Year of the Dog skins and cosmetics that you can still get your hands on for a limited time.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/blizzard-made-overwatchs-zenyatta-walk-and-its-as-/1100-6456970/

Dragon Ball FighterZ Patches Coming To Fix Online Issues Soon

Since its release in late January, Dragon Ball FighterZ has suffered from issues relating to online multiplayer. These are still present almost a month later, but Bandai Namco has reassured fans that it’s both aware of the problems and working on updates to resolve them–the first of which should be out quite soon.

In a video discussing the upcoming roadmap for FigherZ patches, producer Tomoko Hiroki states, “We’ve heard all of your feedback since the release, and we’re fully aware of the online issues that you’re having, such as the matching in Ring Match or being disconnected from the lobby. We’re aware of the situation, and keen to resolve them with all our might.”

The first step toward fixing the problems will come before the end of February, when a new update is scheduled for release. Hiroki doesn’t specify what this will do precisely or which of the problems it will address, nor was a specific release date provided–she only says it’ll be out in “late February.”

“Please bear in mind that this first patch might not fix everything at once,” she continues. “Therefore, we’re also planning to release another patch in mid-[to]-late March to gradually resolve the issue. Rest assured that we will not stop until the fix has been completed.”

Hiroki also thanks fans for their support and teases upcoming announcements, which will presumably involve more character reveals. Just recently, Bandai Namco announced FighterZ’s first two DLC characters will be Bardock and Broly.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/dragon-ball-fighterz-patches-coming-to-fix-online-/1100-6456968/

Pokemon Go Legendary Week Offers Another Chance To Catch Groudon And More

With the second Pokemon Go Community Day approaching, developer Niantic has announced another, unrelated event that is now underway. And if you missed out on the opportunity to catch two of the previous Legendary Pokemon that were available in the game, you’re in luck, as they’re back for a limited time.

As part of Pokemon Go Legendary Week, which is now underway, both Kyogre and Groudon have returned to Raid Battles, where they can be found alongside Rayquaza. Groudon was the first Gen 3 Legendary added to the game and was available to face during December and January. Kyogre then took its place until mid-February, when it was replaced by Rayquaza, which will stick around until March 16.

Despite the name, Legendary Week will last more than a week–it runs from now until March 5, giving you a total of about 10 days to get your hands on the returning Legendaries. To further mix things up, the specific Legendaries that are taken down during that period will have an additional effect. Should Rayquaza be defeated more than Kyogre and Groudon combined, eggs hatched from March 5-16 will be more likely to contain “Pokemon that typically prefer windy weather,” such as Bagon. Alternatively, Pokemon who like sunny or rainy weather (Trapinch or Lotad, for example) will be more likely to hatch.

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Starting on February 24, Niantic will offer a new special box for purchase that contains Raid Passes “to help you prepare.” No further specifics were shared. February 24 is also the date of the next Community Day event. This three-hour event will provide various bonuses and, more notably, the opportunity to catch or evolve a rare Pokemon with a special move. For this event, it’ll be the Dragon-type Dragonite, who can learn Draco Meteor.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/pokemon-go-legendary-week-offers-another-chance-to/1100-6456967/

The Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC Where You Fight Giant Scorpions Has Been Delayed

The Curse of the Pharaohs, the second and final expansion for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, is not going to launch on time. Ubisoft announced today that the expansion has been delayed by a week, shifting from March 6 to March 13.

A spokesperson for Ubisoft told GameSpot that the delay was necessary so as to “deliver the best experience possible to our players.”

The expansion is included in Origins’ $20 season pass or as a separate purchase on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Before its release, everyone will be able to take part in an introductory quest called Lights Among the Dunes, which will be added as part of a free Origins update on February 27. It is unclear if this date is still accurate given the delay for The Curse of the Pharaohs, but we’ve followed up with Ubisoft to try to find out.

The Curse of the Pharaohs adds completely new locations, including Aaru, which is the heaven-like paradise filled with beautiful reed fields…and giant scorpions. Players will also face off against an undead Nefertiti in a boss battle of sorts.

The Curse of the Pharaohs differs from previous DLC, The Hidden Ones, in that it introduces a totally new storyline that is separate from that of the main game. You’ll take on a variety of Egyptian beasts and famous pharaohs as you try to figure out why the dead are being brought back to life. In addition to the new areas, story, and enemies, you’ll be able to acquire new outfits, gear, and weapons. Furthermore, it raises the level cap to 55.

This DLC comes not long after the release of Discovery Tour, a free update that allows you to play through the game without any quests or combat. It effectively transforms the game into a learning experience as you’re able to explore ancient Egypt and even take part in guided tours that will teach you about the world. If you’d prefer something different, Ubisoft has also released a New Game Plus mode for Origins.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-assassins-creed-origins-dlc-where-you-fight-gi/1100-6456955/

See Some Of Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Intense New Curse Of The Pharaohs DLC Fights in 4K

Following the release of its first DLC pack, The Hidden Ones, another Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC is on the way, this one called The Curse of the Pharaohs. With its launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC drawing near, we recently got to check it out.

In the video above, you can see about half an hour of gameplay from two different main story missions. These feature totally new locations you won’t have ventured through previously, and they’re home to some notable encounters. Those include one with some giant scorpions and a boss fight against an undead Nefertiti.

The Curse of the Pharaohs differs from The Hidden Ones in that it introduces a totally new storyline that is separate from that of the main game. You’ll take on a variety of Egyptian beasts and famous pharaohs as you try to figure out why the dead are being brought back to life. In addition to the new areas, story, and enemies, you’ll be able to acquire new outfits, gear, and weapons. Furthermore, it raises the level cap to 55.

Curse of the Pharaohs is due out on March 6 and is included in the $20 season pass or as a separate purchase. Before its release, everyone will be able to take part in an introductory quest called Lights Among the Dunes, which will be added as part of a free Origins update on February 27.

This DLC comes not long after the release of Discovery Tour, a free update that allows you to play through the game without any quests or combat. It effectively transforms the game into a learning experience as you’re able to explore ancient Egypt and even take part in guided tours that will teach you about the world. If you’d prefer something different, Ubisoft has also released a New Game Plus mode for Origins.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/see-some-of-assassins-creed-origins-intense-new-cu/1100-6456952/

Kingdom Come And The Importance Of First Impressions

At first glance, Kingdom Come: Deliverance bears more than a passing resemblance to other medieval RPGs, particularly the Elder Scrolls series. Both share a first-person viewpoint and take place in a sprawling, European-inspired world inhabited by an extensive cast of characters going about their daily lives. Beyond those superficial similarities, however, Kingdom Come is an entirely different experience, carving out its own identity by removing fantasy elements entirely in favor of a historically accurate setting and gameplay.

Where most other medieval RPGs populate their worlds with magic and dragons, Kingdom Come eschews all of the fantasy trappings typically associated with the genre for a story that’s firmly rooted in history. The game takes place in 15th century Bohemia, with players assuming the role of a lowly blacksmith’s son as the country becomes embroiled in a brutal civil war. This emphasis on realism extends into the gameplay systems; combat has a steep learning curve, and you must learn how to bandage up wounds to keep from bleeding out if you happen to get struck by an arrow.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with such ambitious titles, Kingdom Come is also burdened by its share of bugs, which will undoubtedly turn some players away. In the video above, GameSpot’s Peter Brown, Jean-Luc Seipke, and Rob Handlery discuss their experience with the title, particularly their initial impressions and how, despite its many technical issues, they eventually came around on the game after spending more time with it.

Kingdom Come is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Critic Brett Todd called it “a rewarding, one-of-a-kind game” in GameSpot’s Kingdom Come review. “It’s an impressive and unflinching look at the medieval era that transports you inside the compelling story of a real person caught in the middle of a civil war. As such, this is one of those rare, memorable games that stays with you long after you stop playing,” he wrote.

If you’re interested in seeing more footage from the medieval RPG, you can watch us play through the opening portion of Kingdom Come, giving you a look at how the tutorial unfolds, along with a glimpse at the game’s demanding combat system. You can also watch footage of us fleeing from a band of attackers on horseback and learning how to use a sword and bow for the first time.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/kingdom-come-and-the-importance-of-first-impressio/1100-6456917/