PS4 Sale: US PSN Game Deals From Now Until Jan. 23

Sony has rolled out a new selection of game deals in the PlayStation Store. As was the case last week, this week’s batch of deals is very slim, with only a handful of discounts available on PS4, PS3, and Vita, but players may still find something worth picking up on their console of choice.

Once again, the bulk of this week’s discounts are for PS4, many of which offer an additional percentage off for PS Plus subscribers. The Neo Geo classic Windjammers is $7.49. Additionally, Claire: Extended Cut is $4.49 ($6 without PS Plus), The Tenth Line is $8.70 ($9.74), Space Hulk is $21, Corridor Z is $2 ($4), Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is $6, and Shred It is $5 ($7.49). PS4 owners can also still pick up the Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Duke Nukem Bundle at a discounted $40.49 for a couple more weeks.

Space Hulk is also discounted on PS3, running for $14 on the older console. Vita owners, meanwhile, can also pick up Windjammers, Claire: Extended Cut, and Corridor Z–all of which support Cross-Buy with PS4–for their aforementioned prices. You can find the full list of this week’s discounts on the PlayStation Store.

Most of the above deals will be available until January 23. In addition to that, January’s free PS Plus games are also now available to download. This month, PS Plus subscribers can pick up Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Batman: The Telltale Series, Uncanny Valley, and Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness for no cost until the end of the month.

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Nintendo Teases New Switch “Experience,” Full Reveal Coming Today

Nintendo held a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini just last week, during which it revealed a bunch of new games for its Switch console. But the company isn’t finished yet: it’s now teasing something else for Switch, with a full reveal scheduled for just a few hours’ time, on Wednesday, January 17 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT (that’s 9 AM AEST on January 18).

“Tune in to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specifically crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart,” read a post on Nintendo’s website. Nothing else has been revealed about the new game so far, but it sounds as if it’s to be a new family-centric title.

Many of the games Nintendo showed off last week could be considered family-friendly. Kirby Star Allies, Mario Tennis Aces, and new Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle DLC were in the spotlight, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is being ported to Switch.

For those over the age of 18, we also discovered that Dark Souls is being remastered and brought to a Nintendo console for the first time. Dark Souls Remastered joins other surprising titles that have released on Nintendo’s platform, such as last year’s Doom and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well as the upcoming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Payday 2. While these may not be exclusive, they join the ever-expanding list of Nintendo Switch games coming in 2018.

You can catch up on all the other news and announcements from the Nintendo Direct presentation here, including the reveal of Hyrule Warriors on Switch as well as details for a free update to Super Mario Odyssey.

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New Fable Game In Development At Forza Horizon Studio – Report

A new Fable game is in the works at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, according to a new report. Eurogamer‘s sources say the new title will be a “story and character-focused open-world action RPG,” as opposed to a spin-off such as the multiplayer-centric Fable Legends or motion-controlled Fable: The Journey.

The game is apparently still in the early stages of development at Playground’s newly-opened second studio. The company has previously confirmed that it’s working on a non-racing open-world game, codenamed Project 2, but until now we had no idea what that might be. GameSpot has contacted Microsoft for comment on the reports.

Regarding the rumors, Fable co-creator Simon Carter told Eurogamer he has “slightly mixed feelings.” He continued: “On the one hand it’s great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn’t dead; indeed, it will be lovely to play one as a punter without coming out in hives.

“On the other hand it is a little curious to get rid of the team that is uniquely expert in making Fable, and then try and make Fable. Fable is a weird game, and a tough one to deconstruct for a new team. That said, the team in question is very talented, and I’m sure they’ll do a fantastic job.”

Fable was created in 2004 by Peter Molyneux’s company, Lionhead, and its sister company Big Blue Box. Each further game in the main series was made by Lionhead until Microsoft closed the developer down in 2016, canceling Fable Legends in the process. Fable has been dormant since, though Microsoft still retains the rights to the series and is therefore free to task other developers with making new entries. Eurogamer’s report states Microsoft’s desire to revive Fable was in part inspired by Sony’s Horizon Zero Dawn and its critical and commercial success.

Playground’s last game was 2016’s Forza Horizon 3. The company has released a new Forza Horizon title every two years since 2012, and that pattern would suggest a fourth entry in the spin-off series would be due this year. A second team could allow for the development of both a new Forza Horizon title and a new Fable game concurrently, however as yet the company has not officially confirmed either title. The studio’s founder, Ralph Fulton, has said Playground would not be abandoning racing games altogether.

“Our business with Forza over the last six, seven years has been great for us,” he said in February 2017. “It remains the cornerstone of our business–we’re not running away from racing, we still feel passionate about making new racing games and delivering new experiences for our players.

“Horizon 3 was a watershed game for us–it’s certainly our best-reviewed game critically, it’s our most commercially successful game as well. It’s the first time we’ve experienced that commercial breakout hit phenomenon–the other games have been successful but not on the level of this one. We want to keep doing that. In a way, that game took six years to make. So we want to keep developing that skillset and pushing new boundaries.”

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Xbox One Game Pass Adding These New Games To Play In February

Xbox One‘s game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, will add another batch of games in February. Starting next month, subscribers will be able to download and play eight more games, including one of Microsoft’s biggest exclusives of 2017, Halo Wars 2.

Aside from being a platform exclusive, the real-time strategy game is a notable addition due to the recent launch of the Xbox One X. Halo Wars 2 is among the 100 games to receive an Xbox One X enhancement update so far. As such, Game Pass provides a relatively cheap way to take the improvements for a spin if you have an X.

Another 2017 release, the third-person adventure game Rime, will also be added to the Game Pass library next month. It’ll be joined by fellow Xbox One titles Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, Riptide Renegade GP, Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey, NBA 2K17, and WWE 2K17. Take note that the latter two are 2016’s entries in the series; the most recent entries are the 2K18 games.

On the Xbox 360 side, there’s only a single new game for the month, though it is a good one: Fable Anniversary, a remastered version of original Xbox RPG Fable. It’s playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

All eight of these games will be available to download on Game Pass on February 1. The Netflix-style service allows you to download (not stream) and play full games for as long as you’re a subscriber. You can see everything that’s playable in our list of all the Xbox Game Pass titles.

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New Fable Reportedly in Development at Playground Games

Microsoft is reportedly reviving the Fable series with a big-budget, character-focused action-RPG. Playground Games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series, is said to be developing the new Fable.

Eurogamer reports Microsoft is making a “significant investment” in Fable, though development is still in its “early days.” The report states Playground is in the process of hiring staff, “with some 200 people set to work on the game.” Playground has already brought on talent from DICE, Rockstar North, and Ninja Theory.

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Monster Hunter World Day One Patch Required for Online Play

Monster Hunter World is set to receive a Day One patch which adds a few new features – most notably, the arrival of series staple Poogies.

The adorable little pet pigs initially seemed to be absent from the game but after we mentioned it in our list of 47 ways Monster Hunter World mixes up the series’ formula, Capcom calmed our spirits by informing us that Poogies would appear in the game in some form – and now we know they’ll be arriving on launch day.

As reported by Siliconera, the game’s producer Ryozo Tsujimoto appeared as part of a Capcom TV live stream to explain what was included in the patch, confirming that Poogies’ relationship with the player characters will remain the same as in previous iterations: you can show it affection and pick it up, and Monster Hunter World actually takes this a step further by including a treasure hint function. While carrying your Poogie, a rumbling controller will indicate nearby treasure – and your porcine pal will even scurry off and collect it for you.

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Fantastic Beasts 2: New Images Released, Including Another Look At Young Dumbledore

The success of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them proved that movies set in the world of Harry Potter can succeed without the boy wizard. The sequel is titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it hit theaters later this year. We’re still waiting for a trailer, but in the meantime, Warner has released some new images.

Most of the movie’s main characters are featured, including the young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), the villainous Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Vinda Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech), Tina (Katherine Waterston), and Jacob (Dan Fogler). Check them out below:

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There has been some controversy about the casting of Depp, following allegations of domestic abuse made against the actor by his now-ex-wife Amber Heard. In December, director David Yates defended Depp’s involvement. “There was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something,” he said. “I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He’s full of decency and kindness, and that’s all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”

Last week, Daniel Radcliffe, who played Potter in the original movies, commented on the issue. “It’s a very hard thing for me,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “[But] I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that. I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said–and this is a weird analogy to draw–[but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players. I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald releases on November 16, 2018 release, and, according to Potter creator JK Rowling, will be the second of five movies.

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12 Strong Review

First of all, whatever side of the political aisle you may be on, it has to be said that we can’t thank the men and women of the armed forces enough for what they do to protect the freedoms of all Americans and those that ask for America’s help.

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Under the leadership of a new captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), the team must work with Afghan warlord General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to take down the Taliban. It’s a true story that remained classified for a number of years before being told in Doug Stanton’s book, Horse Soldiers.

It’s a fascinating story but ultimately, 12 Strong is a medium-rare cheeseburger of a movie. It’s got America oozing out of it, it’s meaty and bold but the texture is inconsistent, it’s slightly undercooked, it’s not quite as full of flavor as it could be and it certainly has a few moments that could be considered cheesy.

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A Wrinkle in Time: Exclusive New Character Posters – IGN First

All month long, IGN First is spotlighting the Films to Watch in 2018. Today, we take a look at Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the seminal Madeleine L’Engle sci-fi/fantasy novel, which assembles an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, in addition to newcomer Storm Reid.

With just under two months to go until Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time finally hits theaters, IGN is excited to debut three brand new character posters for the upcoming film. The posters showcase stars Storm Reid, Chris Pine and Mbatha-Raw as the core family at the center of the film, the Murrys. Take a look at the exclusive images below:

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