Three Xbox One Games Are Free To Play This Weekend

If you’re looking for something new to play on Xbox One–and you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription–then you’re in luck. As part of its next Free Play Days promotion, Microsoft is giving Gold members a chance to try out three titles at no charge this weekend.

From now through January 20, Gold subscribers can download and play Override: Mech City Brawl, Metro 2033 Redux, and Metro: Last Light Redux for free. You’ll have full access to each throughout the trial period, and you can keep your Gamerscore and any achievements you earn if you decide to pick the titles up after the free weekend ends.

To jump into the games, simply download them from the Gold member area on your Xbox One’s dashboard. Each is also discounted as part of this week’s Xbox One game sale, so you can pick them up for cheap if you’re interested in continuing your adventures. The sale prices will be available through January 21.

Microsoft regularly offers free weekends for select games through its Free Play Days promotion. Last weekend, Xbox Live Gold members could download and play Halo 5: Guardians at no charge. Subscriptions cost $10 for one month, $25 for three months, and $60 for one year.

The free play weekend is a good opportunity to revisit Metro 2033 and Last Light, as the next installment in the series, Metro Exodus, is set to launch on February 15–a week earlier than originally scheduled. Unlike its predecessors, Exodus features some large, sandbox-like environments, although we thought the game feels best when it sticks to its roots.

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Toy Story 3 & Coco Director Leaves Pixar After 25 Years For “New Adventures”

A major change is happening at Pixar. Lee Unkrich, the longtime creative team member that directed films like Coco and Toy Story 2, has announced his departure from the animation studio. The news was shared in a simple tweet, reading, “After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar. The time has come for new adventures.”

While he doesn’t specify what those adventures are, it seems his plan is not to jump to another studio. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Unkrich explained, “I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered.”

He leaves the company with no further projects in the pipeline, though he is one of those responsible for the story of the upcoming Toy Story 4. His departure comes at an interesting time for Pixar, shortly after the news that former boss John Lasseter–who was ousted from the company in 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct–was named head of Skydance Animation.

Unkrich started at Pixar in 1994 as the company was working on the original Toy Story, a movie in which he served as editor. From there he was involved in a number of titles for the company, including co-directing Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo. His most recent film for the studio, Coco, won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Where Unkrich goes from here may be a mystery, but those at Disney and Pixar aren’t holding back their well-wishes for the animator. “Lee arrived at Pixar as we were crafting Toy Story, and he’s had a profound effect on all Pixar films since. He literally taught us rookie filmmakers about staging, composition, and cutting,” Pixar’s chief creative officer Pete Docter told THR. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn added, “Lee has left an indelible mark on the world of film, and we are so grateful for the passion and talent he has brought to each movie he has worked on. He’ll always be part of the Disney-Pixar family, and we will miss him.”

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How does Bungies split from Activision benefit Destiny 2?

Last week, Destiny 2 developer Bungie and publisher Activision jointly announced they are parting ways, with full Destiny IP rights transferring to Bungie. The greater Destiny fan community greeted the news with elation since they blamed Activisions corporate meddling for many of Destiny 2s less-desirable elements.

So how exactly might the split ultimately work in Destiny 2s favor?

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A Bloodbath Erupts In New Catherine Remaster Trailer

Atlus has released a new trailer for Catherine: Full Body. The trailer depicts some of the more graphic scenes from the game.

The new Catherine: Full Body trailer was put together in a joint partnership between Atlus and Japanese pop-rock band Sekai No Owari, according to Game Informer. The video features one of the band’s songs, titled Re:set. Beginning with remastered scenes from the original Catherine, the trailer eventually starts showcasing some of the new cutscenes included in Full Body.

The trailer itself is still in Japanese, and hasn’t been translated with subtitles yet. However, based on this trailer, it looks like the inclusion of Rin–a new love interest vying for the attention of protagonist Vincent against the titular Catherine and Katherine–is going to create new outcomes to certain plot points that were not seen in the original game’s story.

Rin isn’t the only new addition to Full Body in comparison to the original Catherine. Atlus has announced the game will have a Safety mode, which, according to Gematsu, will allow you “to skip stages you have not cleared with the press of a button, and solely enjoy the event scenes.” Full Body will also feature online battles and new difficulty levels as well. Although Atlus has not confirmed DLC for Full Body outside of Japan, Gematsu did notice that the Japanese version of the game is getting some. If the same expansions launch in North America and Europe, we can expect plenty of bundles that include different voices for Catherine, with each one performed by a different actress.

Catherine: Full Body is releasing for PS4 and PS Vita in Japan on February 14. The game has been confirmed to launch in both North America and Europe for PS4, but an official release date has not been announced.

When the original Catherine released in 2011, we gave it an 8.5/10 in our review, describing the game as a “story-heavy puzzler” that is “mature and occasionally profound” in its exploration of “sexual fidelity, personal responsibility, and trust.” Originally only available on consoles, Catherine was ported to PC in January 2019.

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Pokemon Go Limited Research Event (Tomorrow Only): Start Time, Research Rewards, And More

Niantic is kicking off a new type of event in Pokemon Go this weekend. On Saturday, January 19, the studio is holding the game’s first-ever Limited Research event, which will feature special Field Research tasks–and an opportunity to catch a new Shiny Pokemon–for a limited time.

Much like Pokemon Go’s monthly Community Days, the Limited Research event will only run for three hours. During that window of time, you’ll be able to receive special Limited Research tasks when you spin the Photo Disc at a PokeStop. These tasks can be completed at any time after you’ve obtained them, but they’ll only be distributed during the event hours, and you’ll only get one from each PokeStop you visit.

Every Limited Research task will culminate in an encounter with Feebas, the first form of the majestic Water Pokemon Milotic. Additionally, Niantic says you’ll have a chance of coming across a Shiny Feebas, making this the first time this particular Shiny will be available in the game. You can find the event hours for each region below.

On top of the Limited Research event, Niantic is holding a big Hoenn celebration in Pokemon Go right now. Until January 29, Gen 3 Pokemon will appear much more frequently in the wild. Moreover, you’ll have a chance of catching Shiny variants of Zigzagoon and Taillow, while any Shroomish you evolve into Breloom will learn the move Grass Knot.

The Gen 3 Legendaries Groudon and Kyogre have also returned as part of the Hoenn celebration, giving you another chance to add them to your collection. There are new Field Research tasks revolving around Gen 3 Pokemon as well, and new avatar items based on Team Aqua and Team Magma–the villainous teams from Ruby and Sapphire–are available in the game’s Style Shop.

Pokemon Go Limited Research Event Schedule

The Americas and Greenland

  • 11 AM – 2 PM PT
  • 2 PM – 5 PM ET

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

  • 10 AM – 1 PM UTC

Asia-Pacific

  • 12 PM – 3 PM JST (January 20)

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Author: GameSpot