As part of a newly-announced partnership between Rockstar Games and Twitch, Amazon Prime subscribers will be rewarded with exclusive bonuses and deals for Grand Theft Auto V Online and Red Dead Redemption 2 Online, starting right now. All you need to do in order to collect the rewards is link your Twitch Prime account with your Rockstar Games Social Club membership, and you’re good to go. The immediate rewards include the following:
Grand Theft Auto Online
- Bonus GTA$ on all purchases of Shark Cash Cards
Red Dead Online
- Superior Ammo Bundle featuring:
- 60 Incendiary Buckshot Ammo
- 30 Volatile Fire Bottles
- 200 Express Ammo for: Pistol, Revolver, Repeater & Rifle
Extra Gold Bars on purchases of Gold Bars Packs
Supposedly this is only the beginning, as Twitch promises that this will be one of their “longest-running offers to date,” with more exclusive goodies and discounts available for Rockstar games in the coming months, although no details are yet available on what else that might entail.
The announcement of Rockstar and Twitch’s new partnership comes right on the tail of Twitch announcing its plans to celebrate Amazon Prime Day, which is coming up on July 15-16. In addition to everything from Rockstar, Prime subscribers will also receive exclusive skins for Apex Legends and other in-game items for 2K sports titles in the coming months. Twitch will also be hosting high-profile Apex Legends and FIFA 19 tournaments right before Prime Day, as well as running two, twelve-hour streams called “Twitch Sells Out,” in which popular streamers will sell gaming products that are on sale for Prime Day in the style of home shopping television shows.
Twitch Prime members can now claim exclusive in-game bonuses for Red Dead Online and Grand Theft Auto Online, thanks to the platform’s new partnership with Rockstar Games.
Anyone who subscribes to Twitch Prime and is a member of the Rockstar Games Social Club can unlock in-game currency, DLC, and ongoing benefits for Red Dead Online and Grand Theft Auto Online by linking those two accounts. The full list of perks is below.
Grand Theft Auto Online:
Bonus GTA$ on all purchases of Shark Cash Cards
Red Dead Online:
Superior Ammo Bundle:
30 Dynamite Arrows
60 Incendiary Buckshot Ammo
30 Volatile Fire Bottles
200 Express Ammo for: Pistol, Revolver, Repeater & Rifle
Extra Gold Bars on purchases of Gold Bars Packs
This is the first time Twitch has offered Prime bonuses on either of these online games, but Rockstar plans to release more exclusive content for both Red Dead Online and Grand Theft Auto Online in the future.
These new perks come in the build-up to Prime Day, Amazon’s made-up holiday for deals. Twitch (which is owned by Amazon) is going all in this year; in addition to new exclusive in-game perks, the platform is hosting a celebrity esports tournament and recruiting its star streamers for an infomercial-style shopping stream.
The end of Apex Legends’ first season has arrived, and season 2 is on the horizon. The new season for Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale game is going to include plenty of changes to keep things fresh, a ranked mode to make the game more competitive, and, of course, a brand new battle pass full of cosmetics to unlock.
This new season patch should bring with a number of big changes to Apex Legends’ balance. It’s the first big balance patch and meta shake up we’ll have seen since the season 1 patch a few months ago, and if the preview that Respawn gave us in June is any indication, it should mean some pretty big changes for which weapons players want to use.
Also included in the patch will be the new character, Wattson who will give Apex a more defensive feel that focuses on smart positioning and how you hold it, rather than rushing around the map.
Season 2 will also provide the first introduction of a ranked mode to Apex Legends. The mode will require players to get kills and high finishes in order to earn points and rank up. There will be six ranks when the season opens: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Apex Predator. The ranked mode will be broken up into series, after which the ladder will reset. The first series will start on July 2 and end on the same day as season 2, sometime in September.
Apex Legends season 2 will launch, along with its battle pass, on July 2.
Microsoft’s presentation at E3 2019 was full of promises about the technical capabilities of Xbox Project Scarlett. Of course, console presentations are always a blend of buzzwords and crunchy tech morsels, the wedge salad approach to info-sharing. But which bits are nonsense, and which can tell us something concrete about the Scarlett’s power?
For instance, we know the Scarlett will have custom-designed hardware featuring the newest AMD chips: the third-generation Ryzen CPU and Navi graphics technology. While that all seems important, the custom-designed part of the processors is industry-standard at this point; the current generation of both the Xbox and PlayStation consoles featured custom designs. As for the Zen 2 architecture and Navi GPU, neither have been officially released yet, so we don’t have full specs on them at the moment.
Not everything from the presentation was tech fluff, though; Scarlett will have real-time ray tracing, which is a huge leap forward for graphics capabilities. No longer just the domain of pre-rendered cutscenes, gameplay will finally be elevated by high-quality lighting effects this technology offers.
Watch the video above to learn which parts of Scarlett you should look forward to, and which parts were just filler.
When Netflix dropped a fresh look at its upcoming series The Witcher on Monday, there was a collective sigh of relief that the show appeared to be shaping up much better than initial images from costume tests would imply. But many Witcher fans — largely fans of CD Projekt Red’s video game adaptations of the fantasy series — wondered why Geralt of Rivia seemed to be less impressively armed. “Why only one sword?” they asked.
In CD Projekt Red’s popular The Witcher video games, Geralt carries two swords: one forged of steel and one coated in silver. They’re a prominent feature of Geralt’s design and silhouette, and each serves its own purpose. The steel sword is for general use, while the silver-coated sword is typically reserved for supernatural creatures, like werewolves, wraiths, and vampires. Given the delicate and precious nature of the silver sword, it should be used sparingly, but should also always be at the ready in the Witcher games.
In the Witcher short stories and novels written by creator Andrzej Sapkowski, Geralt is typically not adventuring with a pair of swords on his person at all times. Oftentimes, that silver sword is stowed in the saddle of Geralt’s horse, Roach, and unsheathed when absolutely necessary. That’s likely how we’ll see Henry Cavill’s take on Geralt store his silver sword, and how Polish actor Michał Żebrowski dealt with his inventory in the previous adaptation of the books, The Hexer.
In the video games, having both swords at Geralt’s disposal is simply more convenient. Being engaged combat and having to run back to Roach to grab the silver sword would have been an annoyance, so it’s more of a gameplay contrivance than it is accurate to Sapkowski’s original books. Plus, Roach wasn’t readily available as Geralt’s steed in the first two Witcher games.
Regardless of what today’s new images might imply, the Geralt of Netflix’s The Witcher probably isn’t going to a one-sword guy. The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich hinted strongly that Geralt will pull that second sword out at the right time on the Netflix series. Here’s what Hissrich said on Twitter earlier today:
Where we started it all. ❤️⚔️ @witchernetflix
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) July 1, 2019
In summary, it’s probably best to remember that both the video games and the Netflix series will differ in their adaptations of Sapkowski’s books, and that creative decisions are made to fit the medium. That means it’s OK that Henry Cavill is not sporting a full beard in his version of Geralt; there are worse facial hair alternatives.
How many hours have you spent learning how to run and jump through Mario levels? You absolute fool. Let Luigi show you how it’s done.
If you’re confused: It’s become a meme to have Luigi participate in a multiplayer game, stand completely still, and yet come out on top. Luigi has won everything from Mario Party to Smash Bros. without lifting a finger. And now he’s back to do the same in Super Mario Maker 2.
Luigi’s dominance is largely possible because YouTuber ProsafiaGaming is putting him in auto-run levels, but still. It’s fun to watch Luigi survive absolute chaos, as many of these courses are designed with an overwhelming number of elements.
Happily, I’ve found that while the original Super Mario Maker was plagued with auto levels, Mario Maker 2 doesn’t seem to have that problem so far. The top course creator at the moment has levels that you’re actually expected to play through, which makes appreciating the occasional auto level a little easier.
Someone has been hard at work making a faithful adaptation of Super Mario Maker 2 inside LittleBigPlanet 3, and the results look so good you can hardly tell the difference.
As documented in a video by the YouTube channel GameXplain, the “Super Mario Maker 2 2019” world was created by a player who goes by ClapTrap9. What’s so amazing about the world is that in addition to looking just like Mario Maker 2’s Super Mario World level editor, it’s also functional. The LittleBigPlanet 3 world includes options for alternate course themes including night mode and snow, as well as a few dozen objects that can be placed in the level ranging from Bullet Bills and on/off switches to seesaw platforms and Angry Suns.
In addition to looking like they came straight out of a Nintendo game, each element is interactive. The seesaw platforms move as Mario runs across them, while the Bullet Bills and Angry Suns can kill Mario if they hit him. Even the on/off switches aren’t just there for decoration. They actually work like they would in Mario Maker 2.
I tried the level out for myself. Things do lag a bit once you start controlling Mario, but it’s impressively close nonetheless. As other LittleBigPlanet 3 players have explained on the Mario Maker subreddit, the game has a very robust logic system that makes it possible to program all sorts of games, including other game makers, within it. A feature called the controlinator, meanwhile, makes it possible to add different control schemes, including a mouse cursor that looks like Mario’s glove.
ClapTrap9 has also had a lot of practice. Back in April, they recreated the level editor from the first Mario Maker in LittleBigPlanet 3 as well. But why go through all that trouble? “This level is especially dedicated to those who can’t afford Super Mario Maker 2 or to those without a Nintendo Switch,” ClapTrap9 says in the description for the most recent world.
Their work is also a testament to the longevity of game editors. Despite coming out back in 2014 at the start of the PS4, LittleBigPlanet’s community hasn’t stopped pushing the limits of what seems possible in the game.
When players last went through a Hearthstone expansion, they helped the League of EVIL take the magical floating city of Dalaran in Rise of Shadows. The next expansion is a direct sequel to that narrative, and it is called Saviors of Uldum. Saviors of Uldum will launch on Aug. 6.
Saviors of Uldum will include 135 new cards. Uldum was introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and is an Egyptian-themed zone that hides Titan constructions beneath its sands. Uldum is under attack by the League of EVIL and the stolen, magical city of Dalaran. Hence, the titular saviors of Uldum are tasked with stopping the League from stealing powerful Titan technology.
The new keyword players will need to know is “reborn.” Reborn minions will return to life after being destroyed for the first time, and will spawn with one remaining health. There’s also a new spell type in “plagues”. Priest, Shaman, Warrior, Warlock, and Rogue, the five classes who represent the league of EVIL, will receive plagues. These powerful spells affect every minion on the board, meaning that they can very easily be a double edged sword.
A new set of quest cards is also coming to Saviors of Uldum that can be played upon a hero’s first turn. Their progress is tracked above the hero portrait, and upon completion, will reward the player with a new hero power.
Players will be able to pre-purchase Saviors of Uldum card packs. The 50-pack bundle, which is available for $49.99 includes a random golden Legendary card from the expansion and an Elise Starseeker themed card back. The $79.99 80-pack Mega Bundle contains those bonuses and a new Elise Starseeker Druid Hero.
More details will be released on Saviors of Uldum in the weeks to come, including on its story based solo adventure, which is set to unlock in September.
The NPD Group has published an updated list of this console generation’s best-selling games in the United States. With figures hovering around 110 million units shipped worldwide, it comes as no surprise that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V leads the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lists. But the rest of the results are both curious and predictable.
Mat Piscatella, a video games industry analyst for The NPD Group, posted a series of tweets revealing the lists. There are a couple of things to note. First, the list is “life to date through May 2019.” Second, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One lists include digital and physical game sales, nine out of the 10 Nintendo Switch games–with the exception being Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle–don’t include digital sales.
On the predictable side, both Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War from 2018 take up the sixth and eighth spots on PlayStation 4, with Marvel’s Spider-Man claiming the trophy of Sony’s best-selling console exclusive this generation. Rockstar’s magnum opus, Red Dead Redemption 2, finds itself in the second spot on PlayStation 4 and the fifth spot on the Xbox One. Though every game on the Nintendo Switch list is a console exclusive, Mario Kart 8 takes first place over both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (second) and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (third).
What’s curious to me is, while Call of Duty is a successful franchise, five different entries–2017’s WWII (second), 2015’s Black Ops 3 (third), 2018’s Black Ops 4 (fourth), 2016’s Infinite Warfare (sixth), and 2014’s Advanced Warfare (ninth)–take up five spots on the Xbox One list. 2017’s NBA 2K18 sits in the ninth spot on PlayStation 4. DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront from 2015 occupies the eighth spot on Xbox One, and strangely, not a single console exclusive even lands on the list. Destiny 2 does come in at a solid tenth place on Xbox One though.
Check out the full lists below.
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Super Mario Party
- Splatoon 2
- Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
- Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
- Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- God of War (2018)
- NBA 2K18
- Battlefield 1
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- Star Wars Battlefront (2015)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- Destiny 2