Microsoft Flight Simulator is an intricate game of authentic aviation, one that challenges would-be pilots to take control of a number of aircraft and safely fly across the globe.
It’s an impressive feat for anyone to achieve, but such a task is even more astounding when handled by the Twitch community. No stranger to playing games as a collective after conquering Pokemon and Dark Souls, Twitch took on Microsoft Flight Simulator thanks to the efforts of Rami Ismail, formerly of Vlambeer.
While Twitch Plays Microsoft Flight Simulator did run into some initial technical difficulties, such as a Twitch member constantly powering down the engines before take-off, the group still managed to successfully fly a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner for an hour.
A new video feature for the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die offers a deeper look at the mysterious Safin, the villain played by Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, Bohemian Rhapsody). In the just-released clip, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Maniac) and Malek share their thoughts about why Daniel Craig’s fifth and final turn as Bond is poised to have one of the series’ most compelling adversaries.
“What I really wanted from Safin was to make him unsettling,” says Malek. “Thinking of himself as heroic… James Bond has to adapt to him.”
Microsoft has announced a bevy of Game Pass news in recent weeks, including support for Android mobile devices and the slate of games for September. Today, however, the company indicated that some additional games will be coming to both the PC and console version of Xbox Game Pass over the coming days–along with a cloud gaming announcement–but some are exclusive to each platform, so check the list at the bottom for details.
These new games include Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep and Forsaken content packs–to go along with the anniversary of the game–which are coming September 22. (Destiny 2: Beyond Light, its next expansion, is also coming to Game Pass when it releases this November.) These packs feature the unique blend of PvP and cooperative action that makes Destiny such a popular game, all linked together by a steady drip-feed of loot. The long-awaited Halo 3: ODST comes to the Master Chief Collection on PC on September 22 as well, along with its highly-regarded multiplayer mode Firefight. That mode was previously missing on the Xbox One version, though the game has been available on that console for some time now.
The RTS Company of Heroes 2, the indie hit Night In The Woods, and the Left 4 Dead-like multiplayer slasher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 round-out the surprise additions. The announcement also notes that some other games were quietly added to the service since Microsoft’s last blog post, including the MMO Black Desert Online, the Stranger Things 3 video game, and Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics.
GameStop physical locations are still a great place to score bargains in-person, although 2020 has done its absolute best to ensure person-to-person interaction is next to impossible. The majority of video game deals at GameStop are applicable both in-store and online, though, so you don’t necessarily need to venture out to save.
GameStop also offers free shipping on orders over $35, which puts it on-par with its competitors. You also have the option to have your items shipped to your house or you can pick them up in person at your nearest location.
Best GameStop PlayStation Deals
The PS4, in spite of it being almost at the end of its lifecycle, is still sold out almost everywhere you look. Both the Slim and PS4 Pro consoles are nowhere to be found, a combination of 2020 supply chain issues and the upcoming release of the PS5. But while you can’t get your hands on a new PS4 or PS4 Pro at most places, GameStop almost always has used or refurbished models for sale.
Checking GameStop’s website will let you know if your nearest location has any for sale, so you don’t need to take your chances. GameStop will almost certainly start offering PS5 at a reduced price once they begin to trickle back into its system, but don’t count on that for a while. Still, if you’re after PlayStation deals, and don’t mind a used or refurb model, GameStop is second to none.
The deals below are on new games and hardware, but you can easily find links to used consoles at the GameStop website.
If you’re looking for more chances to save on PlayStation, check out our guide to all the best PS4 deals.
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Best GameStop Nintendo Switch Deals
Nintendo Switch is, in case you didn’t notice, massively popular. Nintendo doesn’t have any (announced) plans to replace it with something like a 4K Switch for the time being, and why would they? The thing practically sells itself. As such, it’s extremely hard to find, but GameStop will often have used consoles available for purchase. But even used and refurb Nintendo Switch consoles are hard to come by.
With its enormous popularity, the Nintendo Switch deals are pretty light, but often times GameStop will run custom bundles or have a limited-edition Nintendo Switch specific to GameStop. Keep checking back for deals when (and if) they come online.
Nintendo game deals, on the other hand, have defied expectations and actually exist now. I know, it’s hard to believe, but first-party Nintendo games routinely go on sale for less than MSRP, sometimes significantly less. Nintendo games earned a reputation for having immutable prices over the decades, but this generation Nintendo has decided to throw us all a bone and actually, meaningfully discount its own games pretty regularly.
Check out our round up of all best Nintendo Switch deals to score the absolute best possible price on a Nintendo Switch and its games.
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Best GameStop Xbox Deals
Things are starting to look up for Microsoft with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but the Xbox One line of consoles never reached the heights of its previous generation. However, in spite of its also-ran status for this generation, the Xbox One is still a great console with a fantastic library of games. And in spite of it being the runner-up to Sony, Xbox One consoles are still extremely difficult to find right now.
In fact, Microsoft said it’s no longer making the Xbox One X, its 4K Xbox One model. Production will continue on the Xbox One S, but when the next-gen Xbox comes out, I don’t imagine that will last very long. Why buy an Xbox One S when you could get a more powerful console for the same price?
Due to limited supply, Xbox console deals are not easy to come by, but again, GameStop has deals on used hardware. The real savings on Xbox comes by way of games and subscriptions. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, even when it’s not on sale, is far and away the best value in gaming. It offers access to over 100 games and Xbox Live Gold membership all for one price.
For the lowest Xbox prices, check out our guide to all the best Xbox deals.
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PS5 and Xbox Series X Preorders at GameStop
If you’re wondering: yes, GameStop will have the new consoles available for preorder. We know Xbox Series X preorders will be available beginning September 22, although we don’t know what time yet. The Xbox Series X will be $499 and the Xbox Series S will be $299. Both Xbox consoles release on November 10, 2020.
We don’t have price or know when PS5 preorders go live, but that info will be known soon… hopefully. In any case, both PS5 versions will be available to preorder from GameStop
Is GameStop PowerUp Rewards Worth It?
Yeah, actually. While GameStop offers free shipping on orders over $35, signing up for a PowerUp Rewards Pro account starts at $14.99 and gets you quite a few cost-saving benefits. Pro members get a $5 monthly reward certificate, as well as a $5 welcome just for signing up. You also get an extra 10% credit when you trade in games and hardware, as well as “Pro-only offers” to savings and events. If you’re the type of person who trades your games back in when you’re done with them, this is a great way to maximize your savings.
Pro members also get double the points earned as non-Pro members. As someone who shopped GameStop frequently (until my local store closed, RIP), those points came in handy and accumulated quickly. I used them to add even bigger discounts, renew my subscription to PowerUp Pro, and even got a sweet hat, back when they offered sweet hats.
The Parks and Recreation cast are reuniting for the second time this year after coming together back in May for doing a fundraiser for Feeding America.
Unlike last time though, this won’t be an in-show episode as it’s being labeled a “Parks and Rec Townhall” where viewers and fans can ask the cast questions. The cause? Raising money for the Wisconsin Democratic Party.
Several of the show’s stars–including Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and Nick Offerman–will hold a virtual event which will be livestreamed on September 17 at 8 PM CT followed by the exclusive Q&A at 8:30 PM CT.
The NPD Group has released its US sales results for August 2020, which once again saw year-over-year growth and a number of new games hitting the top ten in sales figures.
Overall consumer spending in August 2020 hit $3.3 billion, representing a 37% year-over-year increase. Digital content, mobile spending, and subscription services had the largest growth. That brought year-to-date consumer spending up to $29.4 billion, which is 23% higher than the same period of time in 2019.
Hardware spending was up 37% year-over-year, while game content (like DLC and subscriptions) was up 37%, and accessories were up 42%.
Halo 3: ODST is finally arriving on PC on September 22 as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Both the campaign and Firefight–the wave-based survival mode–are heading to PC for the very first time following a recent beta period.
The Halo 3 spin-off is the penultimate game coming to The Master Chief Collection on PC, with Halo 4 wrapping up the compilation at some point in the future. ODST’s campaign has been available on Xbox One since 2015, but Firefight is only scheduled to arrive on the platform this year. Developer 343 has yet to announce a release date but it might only be a matter of time now that it’s pencilled in for a PC release.
Update: Microsoft just announced the next wave of games coming to Xbox Game Pass on console, Android, and PC, including ODST. The game’s description says, “Firefight is joining The Master Chief Collection on console and PC for the first time, with online matchmaking, dedicated servers, and new custom game modes.” This would imply that Firefight is also coming to Xbox One on September 22, but it’s not an explicit confirmation.