‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ v4.3 Update brings shopping carts, refunds & more

On Wednesday, May 30th, Fortnite: Battle Royale experienced a bit of downtime so that new features could be added to the popular online game. Among those features is the arrival of the game’s first-ever vehicles, as well as a new item to help power up shields. There are also a few limited-edition modes that have arrived for the hit game.


According to Forbes, the v4.3 update includes the highly-anticipated shopping cart. Unfortunately, it appears these items may have been added for more comedic value than anything else. The shopping cart allows one player to get in it and another player to push them around. The player in the cart is able to shoot while being pushed. The carts can’t really be used to make it quicker to get down from steep hills as they can result in damage if a player falls.


The mushroom is another new object players will discover with the Fortnite update. Mushrooms are consumable and can help to restore 5 points of a player’s shield. Players can find the mushrooms in Moisty Mires, Wailing Woods, and other swampy areas on the island.


The latest update also features the return of two limited-edition game modes: Blitz V2 and Teams of 20 V2. Each of the modes has also been updated to incorporate some aspects they didn’t have previously. In the Blitz V2 mode, players will now find all of the new game items available since the previous time this mode was available. Blitz can be played as a solo player or with a squad.


The teams of 20 V2 involves five teams of 20 players fighting to the death. In the latest edition of this mode, each team will get its own bus, similar to what was seen in the 50 vs. 50 mode. There will also be more available ammo and consumables, as well as a general increase in the loot spawns players will find.


The other big part of the update, in addition to various bug fixes, will be the return of cosmetic refunds. This feature was disabled since the game’s start so it will make a welcome return as another helpful aspect of the game.


Players will be able to use the new Fortnite: Battle Royale update immediately on Wednesday, May 30th, but will need to wait until Thursday for the new Week 5 challenges to arrive.

The Crew 2 Closed Beta – Ubisoft Sends Out Codes to Lucky Players!

Online players can begin pre-loading one of the most highly anticipated racing game betas of 2018, as Ubisoft has begun sending out closed beta codes for their upcoming release, The Crew 2.


The closed beta does not officially go live until 4:00 A.M. Eastern Time on May 31st, 2018, but players are already scrambling to find extra beta codes for themselves and their friends before the closed beta launches. Ubisoft expects a large sample size once the closed beta launches, and will be looking to test some of the various server features during the beta.


The Crew 2’s closed beta is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with U Play. As of now, the beta is expected to last until June 4th, however often times developers choose to extend the beta to test additional features before the game launches. This is a likely possibility even for this closed beta, especially with the launch of the game still over a month away. It is also possible that they could extend the beta to allow players a better opportunity to decide if they would like to pre-order the game before it releases.


The Crew 2 has been developed by Ivory Tower, and features an open world racing environment that can be experienced in unison with online friends as they drive across the new and reformed environment, known as MotorNation.


The closed beta will allow players access to the entire map, so it is possible that easter eggs or secrets could be found, even prior to the game’s official release on June 29th. The developers have also announced the opportunity to retrieve the game three days earlier by pre-ordering one of the special editions, either the gold or motor edition of the game. The closed beta should give players a fair chance to make a decision in regards to whether they would want to do this.

Summer Brings With it New Nintendo Switch Games

When the heat of summer makes going outside too much, power up the Nintendo Switch and the new games that summer ushered in. The new releases promise something fun for everyone in the months ahead. This is just what fans have been waiting for, some new game options for their system.


For the sports game enthusiast there is Mario Tennis Aces, there are also options for those who enjoy role playing, and for the person who loves to get into shooter style games, thanks to Octopath Traveler and Splatoon 2’s expansion.


Mario Tennis Aces will be released in June. This games follows on the heels of other popular Mario sport games, but with some new features. New features, such as the energy meter, make this game different from the others in the Mario Sports franchise, it allows for unique talents and customization, which lets players show off their special skills. July brings fans of the Nintendo Switch, Octopath Traveler. Octopath Traveler is a role playing game that is reminiscent of the classic, Final Fantasy, but with modern touches that keep it fresh. Players are able to control the heroes in the game and their interactions with non-playable characters. Players will have to use their brains, and pay attention if they want to complete their missions. Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion is being released at the end of July, it includes 80 new single player campaign missions that are sure to keep gamers busy, well into fall.


Speaking of fall, the Nintendo Switch fun doesn’t end when summer does. The Switch is releasing their own version of the hit game, Super Smash Bros. It’s slated to be released in the fall, along with a few other games that are sure to chase away winter boredom.


All in all, it seems that the next several months are going to be busy ones for Nintendo Switch, and their fans. Fans have been eagerly awaiting new releases for this system and the fans are going to get what they’ve been waiting for.

Sony’s “Days of Play” sale includes PlayStation 4 hardware & games, new limited-edition PS4

An upcoming Sony PlayStation sale called the “Days of Play” sale will offer discounts on the PS4 hardware and games. In addition, there will be a brand new limited-edition model of the PlayStation 4 unveiled. The limited-edition PS4 will be known as the “Days of Play” edition and features a sharp blue and gold design on the platform and controllers.


According to Forbes, Sony will make the limited-edition PS4 available on June 8th, but only as supplies last. The new model which is blue with gold symbols on the console will cost $299.99 in US dollars or $379.99 Canadian. The special limited-edition model will be a Slim model of the console which has a built-in 1 terabyte hard drive and includes one game controller with it. That gamepad is also blue with a gold PlayStation logo on the touchpad.


As far as the Days of Play sale goes, it is scheduled to start on June 8th and run through June 18th. The sale will feature PlayStation VR bundles starting at $199.99 US or $249.99 Canadian, as well as the Jet Black PS4 Pro for $349.99 US ($449.99 Canadian). The Dualshock 4 wireless controllers in all colors will be $39.99, while the PlayStation VR Aim controller will be $49.99, but only available in the United States. Also, Sony will reduce the PlayStation Move motion controller 2-pack to just $79.99 for the sale.


In addition to all of the hardware options, there have already been a number of game titles announced as part of the sale. According to a report from The Verge, among the titles revealed so far will be God of War for $49.99, Gran Turismo Sport for $19.99, MLB The Show 18 for $39.99, Bravo Team for $29.99, as well as Farpoint and The Inpatient for $14.99 each.


The dates for the annual Days of Play event seem to line up with E3, the annual electronics expo held in California. While the press conferences for the big event start on June 9th, the actual E3 show begins Tuesday, June 12th and runs through Thursday, June 14th. Sony will hold their portion of the E3 conference on Monday, June 11th, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time or 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

New Mario Game Gets Beta Demo

In a rare showing, GameSpot has just announced that Nintendo will be offering an exclusive demo of the newest entry into the Mario franchise, letting Switch owners test out the beta for themselves for a limited time.

The game, Mario Tennis Aces, will be the first entry into the franchise’s spinoff series since the 2015 release of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for the Wii U. According to Nintendo’s announcement, the demo will come in the form of a Pre-Launch Online Tournament held from June 1st to June 3rd.

So far, start and end times have only been announced for North America and Europe, showing two separate time frames for each region. North American activities will begin on June 1st at 6:00 PM PT and will run until June 3 at 11:59 PM PT (June 1st 9:00 PM ET to June 4th 2:59 AM ET). For the European side of things, the tournament will run from June 1st at 3:00 PM BST to June 3rd at 11:59 PM BST (June 1st 4:00 PM CEST to June 4th 12:59 AM CEST).

Only four characters have been announced as available for play in the demo, those being Mario, Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi, with the possibility of unlocking up to five more characters based on performance. Trailers and various announcements confirm that Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Rosalina, Daisy, Boo, Toad, Toadette, Donkey Kong, Chain Chomp, and Bowser Jr. will all be playable in the final game, but none have so far been confirmed as any of the five additional demo characters at this time.

Game modes announced will include online multiplayer against other opponents plus a single player mode against the computer. The demo must always be connected to the internet in order to function regardless of the mode chosen, but whether this will be the case for the full game when it’s released on June 22 is not yet known. Additionally, those who play the beta will have the chance to earn an alternate costume for Mario consisting of his traditional overalls when the full game comes out, though the process of earning this costume is not yet revealed.

A New Monster Hunter Movie Series

After selling 7.9 million units, Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is taking the Monster Hunter story beyond the video game space. Constantin Film has secured the rights to put the video game story on the silver screen.

The video game adaptation will be budgeted at $60 million and will begin production in September. The German-based film company has tied Milla Jovovich to star in the film in an unnamed role. Milla’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, has also been linked to the Monster Hunter movie as the film’s writer and director. Jeremy Bolt is slated to produce.

Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich have been working together for years on other video game based movies. The couple has been working together on the Resident Evil franchise since 2002. They have recently completed Resident Evil: the Final Chapter in 2016. The movie was filmed in South Africa which is where they will be shooting the Monster Hunter project. South Africa has been a place of comfort for Anderson and Jovovich

While not much is known about what the story will look like, Anderson states that Monster Hunter will be the start of a new film series. Anderson will be implementing his unique style in the movie and will be sure to showcase Monster Hunter’s video game roots.

While Capcom will receive the credit for creating the Monster Hunter games, Constantin Film will be the only production company tied to the production of the movie. Mr. X, the Canadian-based visual effects company will also be working on the feature film after working with Anderson on his Resident Evil pictures.

Paul W.S. Anderson has started pre-production, but there is no information on a release date for the film just yet. Just like the title of the game, Monster Hunter has always been about the player capturing and slaying monsters. Although the games have never featured one individual character, it will be exciting to see what Anderson has in store for us when the movie is finally released.

Microtransactions and The Future Mobile of Gaming

Multiple new mobile games come out every day, even every hour, in 2018. All of them are trying to get a few minutes of your precious time, and trying to get you hooked so that you’ll part with your hard-earned money on in-game purchases, called microtransactions. These purchases are what keep mobile gaming developers in the business and help to keep the business model behind mobile gaming lucrative.

Two recent game releases show the current divide in styles for microtransactions and represent the old and new ways of getting money from your end users. The newest Harry Potter game represents the old style of charging, one where you gradually run out of resources or “power” in the game as you play and then must wait a period of time before being able to do any more to advance the game. This is the style we’ve known for years. Stopping the ability for a customer to play the game unless they wait or pay. This old model is slowly going away because consumers do not want interrupted gameplay in their games, no matter where they are located.

Fortnite, the internet’s newest gaming phenomenon, has gone another direction with microtransactions. Basically, there aren’t any of the old-style play-blocking schemes. In Fortnite there is an in-game store where you can purchase characters, pick axes (used in-game) and other item skins and dances. These are completely optional and do not stop or hinder your play without them. As you can see in the chart here, this style of purchase availability is much more appreciated by users, to the tune of $50 million. This model gives customers unlimited, uninterrupted playtime while also providing a solid revenue stream to the developer. Everyone is happy!

As we move forward with mobile gaming getting bigger and bigger we will start to see developers shy away from the Harry Potter-style of microtransactions that hinder or stop gameplay and move towards what Fortnite does, with mobile cosmetic stores and more. This should excite gamers in general, as it will mean more and more free games that don’t hinder you from playing simply because you cannot afford to spend money at the current time.

The NES Classic Returns This Year

If you are still angry about missing your shot to get the pint-sized NES Classic Edition from Nintendo back in the Fall of 2016, fear not! Nintendo has just announced that they will be bringing the NES Classic back to production this year, and also bringing the SNES Classic back as well. For those who don’t remember, the NES Classic is a mini version of Nintendo’s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), that hooks up to your TV via HDMI input and lets you play a handful of classic games alone or with a friend.

As seen here, the game list is quite extensive and covers a lot of the old fan-favorites from the NES days.

Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Final Fantasy
Ghosts’N Goblins
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

If you missed the original NES back when it debuted twenty-some years ago, and/or missed the NES Classic release a year and a half ago this will be your time to shine. The SNES Classic will be back as well, bringing with it a big list of classic Super Nintendo games for all to enjoy. Currently, Nintendo lists the re-releases to hit store shelves this September, but as was before, demand will likely be high. With more units being produced (on top of 5 Million sold) the likelihood is high that anyone who missed out before should finally be able to get one. You may want to check your local electronics or gaming store a few weeks early for news on pricing and pre-order availability, but you should have no problem securing one or both of these new releases this year, just in time for the family holiday season! Be on the lookout for more news on the units in the coming months.

The Crew 2 – Open World Racer Coming to Stores on June 29th

The Crew 2 is an open-world racing video game that is coming to the Play Station 4, Xbox One, and PC’s on June 29th, 2018. The game is expected to feature some of the communities favorite locations from the original game, as well as provide the opportunity to enjoy a three dimensional world with cars, boats, and planes. Ubisoft has already delayed this upcoming title once to ensure it did not make the same mistakes at their first installment, and while fans were disappointed with the announcement, they were happy with the fact that the developers are taking their time to ensure the experience is as polished and flawless as possible on launch day.

Ubisoft has plans for a free open-beta at some time before the release to allow fans to test out some of the games premier features. Fans of the upcoming open world racer have the opportunity to sign up for the upcoming beta on Ubisoft’s website, located here.

There are some great pre-order bonuses for players who are interested in securing their copy of the game early. With a bonus vehicle for each style allowed in the game, the pre-order bonus is a tempting decision that racers will have to make soon.

Hype is already building towards the upcoming release of this game, as it could be in the running for one of the best racing games of the year. With an absolutely massive map with tons of detail from coast to coast, players will get to discover events and explore the entire map with whichever types of vehicles that they want, whether they want to do it on roads, water, or in the skies. The entire world of MotorNation is waiting to provide players with a great racing experience. The map is expected to be filled with fun events, competitive races, and hidden secrets to discover from coast to coast.

Are You Ready To Go Underground in Fortnite?

At this point in time, you’ve likely heard just about every crazed theory about the Season 4 update to Fortnite. The developers at Epic Games did a great job protecting what the update would unveil and even now, days after it has been released, fans are still finding crazy new additions to the title. While we’ve already seen people talk at length about dinosaur footprints and comets destroying Dusty Depot, we’ve seen very little fanfare regarding the secret underground bases that are now littering the massive island that players battle to the death on. Are you ready to take the fight underground?

As it turns out, the destruction of Dusty Depot was far from the only map change that we ended up getting. Of course, we already talked about the dinosaur footprint, but that is surprisingly one of the least surprising new additions. We’re talking more specifically about the underground layers that are now scattered throughout the map. If you can pull yourself away from Dusty Divor or the new Risky Reels, you might find something truly special.

During your next game, head southeast of the Lonely Lodge. You’ll find a house where you can get up onto the roof. You’ll find a letter in here but more importantly, you’ll find a path to the underground. Dig your way through the bottom level of the floor and you’ll drop into an underground base. Inside of the base, you’ll find all manner of weird things including security systems, lockers, logos of some mysterious new group, and even a hidden hole tucked away behind a staircase (where all gamers know to look).

Once you’re done in the underground base near the Lonely Lodge, you can make your way to Snobby Shores. Head to the house on the mountaintop and you’ll end up finding a new missile silo. Inside of the silo, well, you’ll just have to see it to believe it. There are clues and references to an entirely new subplot to the Fortnite universe and we suggest seeing it for yourself before allowing text to ruin the surprise.