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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus demo launches for console, PC

Players can try their hand at Wolfenstein II today with a new free trial. The demo, now available on Live, PSN, and Steam, features the first level of The New Colossus. Those who want to continue the campaign will be able to carry over their save data to the final version.

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap currently 30% off for NS, PC

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, a remake of Wonder Boy III for the Sega Master System, is on sale for 30% off for NS and PC. The updated version features the original’s solid action-platforming gameplay along with enhanced audio and visuals that can be swapped on the fly, unlockables, and a new addition to the roster: Wonder Girl. In their quest, players find themselves transforming into different creatures with unique abilities as they attempt to break a curse so that they can regain their human form.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ DLC plans detailed

MachineGames has outlined their plans for Wolfenstein II’s post-launch support. The studio has several pieces of downloaded content in the works. The drops, collectively titled The Freedom Chronicles, introduce three new heroes to the resistance. The pieces can be downloaded separately or together, as part of the Season Pass. The first release, Episode Zero, is available for those who pre-ordered or have the pass, and introduces players to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant, and Gerald Wilkins. The next pack, The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe, is slated for December 14. As former quarterback Joseph Stallion, players will “smash through Nazi hordes from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!” Next up is The Diaries of Agent Silent Death on January 30. The add-on follows ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant as she infiltrates Nazi bunkers in California. The final drop, The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins, is slated to go live in March. As US Army Captain Gerald Wilkins, players head to Alaska in order to take down Operation Black Sun.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Call of Duty: WWII

“… a conservative entry that offers a fun if familiar campaign that sees players returning to the battlefields of Europe, along with a multiplayer component that isn’t quite ready for prime time.”

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Ark: Survival Evolved gets Xbox One X update for graphical boost

Survival-adventure title Ark: Survival Evolved has been beefed up for Xbox One X. The free update adds “HDR visuals, 1440p high-resolution options, longer draw distances and enhanced visual effects, higher framerates, significantly reduced load times and much more.” Two visual modes are on offer: Detail Mode for 30 frames per second at 1440p, long-range shadows, high-quality textures, extended draw distance, and realistic weather; and Medium Quality for 60 frames per second at 1080p. Check out an Xbox One versus Xbox One X comparison trailer below.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider gets visual update for Xbox One X

Crystal Dynamics has updated the Xbox One version of Rise of the Tomb Raider to take advantage of Xbox One X’s increased power. The free download, co-developed with Nixxes Software, adds three visual modes: Native 4K (full 3840 by 2160) for the highest fidelity resolution, Enriched Visuals for graphic upgrades, and High Frame Rate for the smoothest gameplay. General improvements include HDR support, Spatial audio support, enhanced textures, improved volumetric lights and reflections, enhanced foliage, upgraded polygonal detail, and more. Season Pass owners also receive all of the new content in the 20 Year Celebration release, which adds single-player content, co-op for Endurance mode, an additional difficulty level, outfits, and skins.

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Europe calls! Call of Duty: WWII released for console, PC

The Allies set out for their historic showdown with the Third Reich today with the launch of Call of Duty: WWII. As Ronald ‘Red’ Daniels, a member of the 1st Infantry Division, players will find themselves fighting on several different fronts alongside British and French Resistance forces. Multiplayer, co-developed with Raven Software, features team-drive modes, with Allies and Axis soldiers battling it out in objective-based missions with player-created characters from classes across five divisions. All will interact in a new social space called Headquarters. Nazi Zombies also returns with a standalone storyline that introduces new characters who find themselves in a Bavarian village. In addition to the standard edition, there is the $99.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes with the Season Pass, as well as the $99.99 Pro Edition with the Season Pass and a SteelBook case.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

“… provides a memorable experience that can be as frustrating as it is fascinating.”

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Halo 5: Guardians – Overtime update adds 4K support, modes, more

Halo 5: Guardians received its Overtime update today. The latest patch adds 4K support and other enhancements for Xbox One X, Oddball mode, the Local Server app, new commendations, weapon tweaks, and eSports-themed weapon skins. Full details can be found on Halo Waypoint, including a list of bug fixes, added Respawn menu options, and Forge additions

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Descent: Underground to get physical, digital release in 2018

Publisher Little Orbit has announced that they have inked a deal with Descendent Studios to release a physical version of Descent: Underground. The reboot brings the classic, dizzying shooter to a new audience with retail copies for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Little Orbit will be assisting with funding as well, in addition to taking on marketing and distribution. The studio also noted that Steam users who purchased the game through Early Access will still receive the finished game once it’s released.

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