Blizzard Is Making World Of Warcraft Free This Weekend For People With Inactive Accounts

If you’ve let your World of Warcraft subscription go inactive, Blizzard really wants you to come back this weekend. To encourage players with inactive accounts to return, the publisher is upgrading those accounts with all expansion packs through Legion and offering a three-hour trial of the latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth. World of Warcraft is free to play now through Sunday, March 24.

To take advantage of the limited-time offer, all you have to do is re-download the desktop app, log into your account, click on the World of Warcraft tab, install or update the game, and hit Play.

If you haven’t been keeping up with all the expansions, there’s a lot of new content to check out, such as new worlds, classes, races, and mechanics, and you likely won’t have time to dive into all of it this weekend. As another incentive to bring old players back, Blizzard is offering $20 off on both the Battle for Azeroth expansion and the World of Warcraft: Complete Collection through March 31. Select game services are also marked down by 30%: character transfer, faction change, and race change.

Even if you’ve never purchased Battle for Azeroth, you’ll gain access to a free three-hour trial of the expansion this weekend. You can also repeat the trial with up to twelve different characters. Battle for Azeroth introduced two huge new features: level-scaling, which means the levels of creatures and quests are scaled to your character level, and Allied Races, design twists on the main races unlocked after meeting certain in-game requirements. Check out our World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth review for a full breakdown of what to expect from the expansion.

Author: GameSpot

Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Time, Characters, And Modes Detailed

NetherRealm has detailed the upcoming beta for Mortal Kombat 11, including when it’s coming and how much meat will be on its proverbial bones. The beta will begin on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 AM PT, and run through Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT. It will be open to anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the game on PS4 or Xbox One.

The beta will include five playable characters: Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. That’s just a taste of the much more expansive character roster, some of which has yet to be officially announced. Most recently the studio confirmed Kotal Kahn.

The beta will include online multiplayer matches and the single-player Towers of Time mode, along with an exclusive preview of the Custom Character Variation System. That system will let you choose from various cosmetic options for your character, including their skins, gear, special abilities, taunts, brutalities, and intro and victory cinematics. You’ll need a Gold or PS Plus membership to play online, but you can play with the Towers of Time or Character Variation offline.

Pre-ordering not only gets you the beta access, but also Shao Kahn as a playable character. That bonus will be across all platforms, including PC and Nintendo Switch, while the beta is limited to PS4 and Xbox One. The game releases on April 23.

Author: GameSpot

Xbox One’s Critically Acclaimed Game Sale Includes Red Dead 2, Celeste (US, UK)

It’s a great week for Xbox One deals–in addition to discounted Square Enix games and wireless controllers, Xbox Live just launched yet another sale you won’t want to miss. The Critically Acclaimed Sale went live today and includes some of the best game titles released in recent years, including Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Celeste, Dead Cells, and more. This batch of game deals has markdowns up to 75% off, and you can claim them for the next week.

Every one of these games is worth picking up (depending on your interests), but let’s take a quick look at the most notable deals. Mountain-climbing platformer Celeste, which was one of the best games of last year, is marked down 50%; you can grab it for $10 right now. Red Dead Redemption 2 has been going on sale frequently, but if you’ve been waiting to get it on Xbox One, you can pick up its standard edition for only $40.19. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been out for nearly four years but is still considered an RPG masterpiece–so if you don’t own it, consider picking up the standard edition on sale for $12 (or the Complete edition for just $15). Rogue-inspired metroidvania game Dead Cells is also marked down to $17.49.

Several excellent puzzle platformers are also marked down, including a bundle for Playdead’s acclaimed titles Inside and Limbo. Little NightmaresComplete edition is only $9 and includes the DLC Secrets of the Maw. The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories is a wild, emotional adventure with a surprising ending–and it’s on sale for $19.49.

Quite a few of these game deals also overlap with the indie games sale happening in the Nintendo Eshop right now–if you own a Switch, you may want to take a glance at that sale too.

Shop the Xbox One Critically Acclaimed Sale »

And see the full list of game deals below!

Author: GameSpot

Dora The Explorer Live-Action Movie Now Has A Title And Poster

It’s been many months since there was any news about the live-action movie based on the hugely popular animated Nickelodeon show Dora the Explorer–but now we have a title and first poster. The movie is titled Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and it’s set to hit theaters in August.

The poster shows star Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight) as Dora, looking out at a great ancient jungle city–with her monkey pal Boots on her back. According to the poster, “Explorer is her middle name,” which might come as news to those who thought it was “The.” Anyway, check the poster out below:

No Caption Provided

This poster follows the first image of Moner as Dora, which was released last summer when the movie started production. Dora and the Lost City of Gold is directed by James Bobin, who is best known for movies such as The Muppets and Alice Through The Looking Glass, plus the musical TV comedy Flight of the Conchords.

The movie also stars Michael Peña (Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) as Dora’s mom and dad, plus Micke Moreno (Escobar: Paradise Lost) as her cousin Diego and Benicio del Toro as the voice of the villainous fox Swiper. It releases on August 2.

Dora the Explorer ran from 2000 to 2014 for 14 seasons and 172 episodes, and spawned the spin-off shows Dora and Friends: Into the City and Go, Diego, Go And if you can’t wait for the movie, you can check out this hilarious spoof trailer for a fake live-action Dora film, which was made in 2012 and starred Modern Family’s Ariel Winter.

Author: GameSpot