5 Conclusions – 03/08/18

In this week’s 5 Conclusions from Jump Dash Roll:

NES Classic sales put others to shame, the new Walking Dead lets you tailor your aim, and an upcoming Tesla could well change the game.

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Author: N4G

The Endless Tragedy of Digital Games

The latest removal of a set of Marvel games from digital marketplaces continues to raise questions about digital media and licensing. Should companies work out licensing agreements in advance, so gamers’ favorite titles don’t disappear forever?

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Author: N4G

[Last Chance] PS4, Xbox One, Switch Deals At Best Buy This Week (US Only)

Best Buy’s weekly ad usually devotes three or four pages to video game deals. You’ll normally find a selection of games on sale, plus deals on bundles and accessories for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This week is different, because all the video game deals fit on just one page. Perhaps that’s because of all the game deals that were in last week’s Black Friday in July Sale. In any case, if you dig around, you can find some additional gaming deals that go unmentioned in the ad. Here are Best Buy’s video game deals available through August 4.

First of all, the NES Classic Edition is in stock for $60. That’s not a sale price, but these have been tough to find at retailers recently. The NES Classic Edition Controller, also tough to find, is in stock for $10. And if you’re more of a 16-bit person, the SNES Classic Edition is in stock for $80. A couple of Switch games are also on sale; see below.

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In the market for a new console and a new TV? You can buy the Xbox One S and 43″ 4K TV bundle for $500, for a savings of $150. Or, if you buy any Xbox One, you’ll save $20 when you throw in an extra controller. Similarly, you’ll save $20 if you buy a new PS4 and and an extra controller as well. And you don’t even need to buy a Switch to save $9 on an extra pair of Joy-Cons.

Football fans who are amped for the upcoming season can trade in their copy of Madden NFL 18 for its regular trade-in value, plus a $10 coupon for Madden NFL 19, which hits shelves on August 10.

Speaking of pre-orders, My Best Buy members get $10 in rewards for pre-ordering select games. The membership is free, and the games on the list happen to be some of the biggest upcoming titles, so take a look to see if you want to pre-order any of them. They include Madden NFL 19, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Kingdom Hearts III, Fallout 76, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and more.

All of which proves that just because it’s a slow week for video game deals at Best Buy, you can still find a few sale items worth considering. For the full list of games and accessories that are on sale this week, click here.

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Author: GameSpot

September’s Humble Bundle Is Now Available, And It Gives You A Choice

Most PC gamers are probably aware of the Humble Monthly gaming subscription. For $12 per month, you get a monthly bundle of games worth over $100. The catch is that some of the games you’ll get are a mystery until after you’ve already paid. But as an assurance, you always get to unlock at least one game early. For the September 2018 Humble Bundle, you actually get a choice. You can either unlock Rise of the Tomb Raider or a trio of games: Sniper Elite 4, Tales of Berseria, and Staxel.

Rise of the Tomb Raider has appeared in Humble Monthly before, but if you haven’t played it, it’s a good choice. Not only is it an excellent game (see our 9/10 Rise of the Tomb Raider review), but you’d probably have time to finish it before Shadow of the Tomb Raider comes out on September 14. In either case, a handful of additional games will be revealed at the end of the month (though occasionally a game or two will unlock a couple weeks in).

The games come in the form of Steam codes that are saved in your Humble account. Unlike some other game subscription services, you get to keep and play your Humble Monthly games forever, whether you have an active subscription or not.

Humble Monthly subscribers get a number of additional bonuses as well. All active subscribers get 10% off every game in the Humble Store and access to subscriber-only deals. You also get access to the Humble Trove, a collection of mostly well-received indie games you can play as long as your subscription lasts. You get slightly better deals for subscribing for three or six months at a time. Subscribe for a full year, and you get a free month. Plus, 5% of Humble’s proceeds go to charity.

All in all, Humble Monthly is one of the best deals in PC gaming. And with a choice of early unlocks for September, you have more control than usual over which games you receive.

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Author: GameSpot

Fortnite Disables ATK/Shopping Cart, Presenting An Issue For Flaming Hoops Challenge

The shopping cart is causing problems once again in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Developer Epic announced it has had to disable the vehicle–along with the new ATK that was introduced in Season 5–in all game modes temporarily due to an unspecified bug.

The timing for this issue is especially problematic, as one of the new Week 4 challenges tasks players with jumping through flaming hoops using the shopping cart or ATK. Epic hasn’t indicated how long the vehicles will be disabled, only noting that they’ll be taken out of the game until the issue has been resolved, so you may have to wait a while to complete the flaming hoops challenge if you haven’t already done so.

The shopping cart–Fortnite’s first vehicle–has been an ongoing source of problems since it was added to the game back in June. Epic has had to pull the vehicle multiple times due to various issues that have arisen with it, and it’s taken varying degrees of time to return to the game after each removal. However, this marks the first time the ATK, the new golf cart-like vehicle that was added at the start of Season 5, has had to be removed.

Epic says it will provide an update once the issue with the shopping cart and ATK has been resolved. In the meantime, while you may not be able to tackle the flaming hoops challenge, there are a number of other tasks to do right now in Fortnite: Battle Royale, such as searching between a gas station, soccer pitch, and Stunt Mountain. You can see all the challenges available so far in our complete Fortnite Season 5 challenges roundup.

You also still have a little more time to take part in Fortnite’s special birthday challenges, which will be available until August 7. Completing all three of the challenges will net you special birthday-themed rewards, including a birthday cake back bling. You can also still try the game’s latest limited-time mode, Fly Explosives.

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Author: GameSpot

Four Fastest Ways To Make Money In No Man’s Sky

The No Man’s Sky Next update is causing a resurgence of players to once again jump into Hello Games’ title. Although exploring the cosmos and discovering new planets and alien species is still at the core of No Man’s Sky, Next double downs on the action-adventure and survival elements by emphasizing base building, fleet construction, and equipment upgrades. All of which is very fun, but also very expensive.

Simply hopping planet to planet, mining ore, documenting new wildlife, and selling scrap you don’t need will build up into a nice chunk of credits over time. But if you want to get your hands on the best technology that No Man’s Sky has to offer as quickly as possible, you’ll need to start actively searching for the means of making more money. Some of you might have the time to stop and smell the roses on your way to financial success–taking small moments to strip a copper mine here or plunder an ancient temple there. For those that can’t–or simply just don’t want to–the video above is for you. Jake has put dozens of hours into the No Man’s Sky Next update, and it’s led him to cultivate a handy list of all the best ways to earn credits as quickly as possible.

Of course, money isn’t everything, so Next adds plenty of big changes that improve the aspects of No Man’s Sky for the explorers to enjoy. No Man’s Sky now has true multiplayer support, which allows you to play with your friends and complete missions together. These missions continue to push you further into the unknown, and Next adds new variations to photography, feeding, freighter attack and defense, archaeology, and hunting excursions. The universe of procedurally generated planets has also been upgraded with enhanced visuals that add a whole new color pallette to the game. Flying through space has never looked so beautiful.

If you’ve got a money-making tip that we missed, let us know in the comments below. Also, tell us why you play No Man’s Sky. Do you explore the stars in hopes of finally understanding an alien language, do you prefer constructing an empire of bases on multiple planets, or is it something else?

No Man’s Sky is available on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Next is live on all platforms and downloads to all copies of No Man’s Sky for free.

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Author: GameSpot

Infinity War Director Details Spider-Man’s Final Scene

One of the toughest moments to watch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films comes from the tail end of Avengers: Infinity War. It consisted of numerous, shocking scenes the audience wasn’t prepared for, but in the audio commentary for the digital release, fans learned a bit more about Spider-Man’s final, heartbreaking scene. Warning: Avengers: Infinity War spoilers ahead.

After collecting all of the Infinity Stones, Thanos snaps his fingers and half of the sentient life in the universe dissolves into dust. One of the tougher moments to watch was Spider-Man fading away, which took a lot longer to happen than any other heroes. Originally, that wasn’t the case as we learned in the audio commentary.

“If I remember correctly, it was, ‘I don’t feel so good,’ Tony looked at him, he said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and disappeared,” director Joe Russo said. “And then on the day, we kept driving to put more and more emotion into it, and just went up to Tom [Holland] and said, ‘You don’t want to go. You’re a child. And you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this.’ And then that was the performance that came out.”

Spider-Man lasted the longest on screen before fading away, showing that he has the most fight in him, even though he’s the youngest superhero in the movie. Holland’s performance is extremely powerful at the end of the film, and it’s one of the most memorable scenes.

You can hear the audio commentary for yourself if you pick up a digital copy of Infinity War, which is on sale now. The movie will come to 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD on Tuesday, August 14, and it’s filled with special features. Here’s what we learned from the home release.

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Author: GameSpot

PS4 Flash Sale Happening Now On PSN In The US

Sony isn’t messing around this week when it comes to sales. Not only is the PlayStation Store running a Totally Digital sale on downloadable games and a Double Discounts sale that gives PS Plus members two times the savings, but now it’s doing a surprise Flash Sale. This weekend, you can save money on even more PS4 games.

Ubisoft has a strong presence in the Flash Sale, with many of its recent popular games getting discounts. The most recent one is The Crew 2, on sale for $42. Having just come out in June, this game lets you race across the U.S., swapping between cars, planes, and boats instantly.

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The Montana-set open-world shooter Far Cry 5 is down to $39. If you like the look of the three DLC expansions–a sci-fi themed one set on Mars came out recently–you can get the Gold Edition for $59. That version also comes with a copy of Far Cry 3 Classic Edition (which is also available on sale separately for $21).

If you’re feeling antsy for October 5 to arrive so you can play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you can pick up an installment there’s a good chance you haven’t played: Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered. It’s on sale for $18. And South Park fans can pick up South Park: The Video Game Collection, which contains both The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole, for $32.

RPG and anime fans can get the best deal we’ve seen yet on Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom; it’s down to $36 this weekend. If slashing up enemies is more your speed, Dragon’s Crown Pro has you covered for $35. And fighting game fans can grab Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition or Tekken 7 for $24 each.

You can find more of our picks below, or check out the full PS4 Flash Sale here.

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Author: GameSpot

Monster Hunter World Adds Final Fantasy’s Behemoth In New Update

Capcom has rolled out a new update for Monster Hunter World on PS4 and Xbox One. This marks the fourth major one the game has received since it launched for the consoles earlier this year, and it introduces a variety of Final Fantasy XIV-inspired content, including a fearsome new monster to hunt: Behemoth.

The iconic Final Fantasy boss has invaded the New World, making this the first time in Monster Hunter’s history that a monster from another video game series has been featured in one of its titles. Behemoth is a particularly challenging foe; as Capcom advises on the PlayStation Blog, players will need to employ MMO-style strategies and designate tank, attacker, and support roles among the group to weather the beast’s onslaught and succeed.

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Behemoth also has some unique tricks in its repertoire that make it an especially fearsome monster to battle. Its Enmity causes it to focus on and “relentlessly” attack a particular target. It can also unleash the Ecliptic Meteor, a devastating attack that will cause players to instantly faint if struck. According to Capcom, the only way to avoid this blow is to hide behind smaller meteors that were summoned by Behemoth during the battle.

In addition to Behemoth, the update introduces a new set of weapons and gear inspired by the Dragoon class from Final Fantasy XIV. Players will also be able to get their hands on a new Palico gear set that turns the feline companions into a Moogle, while Cactuars can be found around the environment and even used as traps.

You can find the full patch notes for the latest Monster Hunter World update on Capcom’s official blog. The update is available to download for free on both PS4 and Xbox One. It weighs in at approximately 900 MB on the former console and 1 GB on the latter.

Final Fantasy XIV players won’t miss out on the crossover fun. As part of Capcom’s collaboration with Square Enix, the iconic Rathalos will appear in Final Fantasy XIV beginning August 7. Players who manage to beat the monster will get Rathalos armor and a Rathalos mount.

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Author: GameSpot

Wario Takes Over Nintendo’s Twitter Account For WarioWare Gold Promotion

WarioWare Gold is now available, and Nintendo is promoting the new 3DS release by having the iconic villain take over the official Nintendo Twitter account. It kicked off with as much Wario laughter as could fit in the Twitter character limit and a change of profile pic, and went from there.

The madcap zaniness has included some looks at the games included in WarioWare Gold, some greedy admissions, and a slightly rigged poll that Wario is, mysteriously, winning handily so far.

The bit of flavorful personality is obviously meant to promote WarioWare Gold, a mega-mash-up of a wide variety of classic WarioWare classic micro-games with a handful of new inclusions. In GameSpot’s WarioWare Gold review, James O’Connor called it a “true greatest hits package that showcases Wario’s unique weirdo vibe, and this style of play remains inventive and thrilling.” It’s also enjoying a generally positive reception across the critical spectrum according to GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

Nintendo has turned these character takeover promotions into a somewhat regular trend. When Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze launched on Switch in February, it was Cranky Kong who took over for a bit of silly fun. We can probably expect Wario’s tenure to last through the day, if not the weekend.

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Author: GameSpot