This Week’s PS4 Games On Sale At PlayStation Store In The US

Once again, Sony has refreshed its list of weekly video game deals, meaning a whole new set of PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and PSP games is on sale. This week it’s called the Double Discount sale, because for every game that’s on sale, PlayStation Plus members get double the discount. The standard sale prices are listed below, with PS Plus prices in parentheses. These games will go back up to regular price on April 24, so grab them while you can.

Whether or not you were there for the Crash Bandicoot phenomenon at the turn of the century, you can pick up Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for $32 ($24 with PS Plus) right now. While we’re on the subject of colorful, family-friendly games, The Sims 4 is on sale for $37 ($25).

For fans of shooters, the often-updated games Overwatch and Destiny 2 are both on sale for $45 ($30). The mech-based shooter Titanfall 2 is down to $18 ($6), while Star Wars Battlefront II‘s price has been lightsabered to $45 ($30). And it’s not the most recent installment, but Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is $40 ($20).

To get ready for the sequel coming later this year, you can brush up on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for $18 ($6) and Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration for $39 ($18). Sports fans have an array of options in the sale as well. You can pick up NBA 2K18, FIFA 18, or WWE 2K18 for $45 ($30). NHL 2K18 gets a slightly steeper price drop, to $42 ($24). And if angling is your sport, Rapala Fishing: Pro Series is down to $13 ($6).

Plenty more games are on sale over on the PlayStation Store, so be sure to take a look at the full list to see if we missed one you want.

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PUBG Might Get Even Bigger Maps In Future

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to grow, and it could do so again with even bigger maps than the ones currently in the game, according to creator Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene. In an interview with GameSpot, Greene stated he and the development team at PUBG Corp. may experiment with bigger maps–or more small ones–in the future.

“We want to continue to add these battlegrounds,” Greene said. “We now know that 4×4 works really well for a smaller battle royale–maybe we’ll look in the future at doing more 4×4 maps, [while] keeping those two scales of maps and maybe even doing bigger maps. The whole idea is to experiment with the game mode and see what works well.”

Greene went on to say that PUBG Corp. has another 8×8 map planned for this year, in addition to the smaller 4×4 map, Savage, which is in the testing phase right now on PC. The developer recently held a second round of testing for Savage, though that was only available to select players who received a beta key for the Closed Experimental Server. PUBG Corp. is also working on an underground cave system for Savage. Helpfully, the game will soon add the ability to choose which map you want to play on, a feature much requested by the community.

If you haven’t yet tried the battle royale game, PUBG is free to play on Xbox One this weekend if you own Xbox Live Gold. The game’s Xbox version will also receive the second battle royale map, Miramar, in May.

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We’re Giving Away A Limited Edition God Of War PS4 Pro For Free (UK Only)

We’re giving away a God of War Limited Edition 1TB PS4 Pro, grey DualShock 4 Controller, and copy of the game!

This special bundle features a fully customized Leviathan Grey 1TB PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos’ Axe, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller with insignia, and a copy of God of War Day One Edition.

Entry is open to United Kingdom residents only, since the prize is shipping from the UK. Competition ends Monday, April 30 at 7:00 PM BST. One (1) winner will be chosen.

Enter below (the additional entries are OPTIONAL to increase your chances of winning):

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God Of War Game Director Reacts To High Scores In Emotional Video

Today is the day. After years of development, Sony’s God of War reboot for PlayStation 4 is finally out. Game director Cory Barlog and his team pushed hard on the game for five years to get the action-adventure title out the door, and that day has finally arrived.

Barlog posted a video of himself checking God of War’s reviews for the first time–and it’s a lot. After hesitating, he goes to GameSpot sister site Metacritic to see the game’s overall score–at the time he checked it was 94 (it’s 95 today). Seeing his game being praised so much drove him to tears.

“[The review scores] shouldn’t matter, but I’m just so f**king proud,” Barlog said. “I’m just so lucky to work with the people that I work with. I’m glad I didn’t f**k it up.”

Barlog said he wasn’t sure he wanted to even make this video. He was pushed to do so after thinking about what his son is “going through right now.” Barlog said it was important for him to let his son know it is OK to be sad and to show emotion.

“It is OK to cry. There is nothing to hide. I thought I would try to set a good example and show him that papa can cry in front of the world,” Barlog said.

GameSpot’s God of War review scored the game a 9/10, while other critics enjoyed it as well. For more on the game, check out all of GameSpot’s written and video coverage here.

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Hellblade For Xbox One Sells 50,000 Copies, Dev Donating $25,000 To Mental Health Charity

[UPDATE] Hellblade did not reach 100,000 units sold in its first week. However, Ninja Theory said it will still donate $50,000 to Mental Health America when the game finally does.

The original story is below.

Ninja Theory’s acclaimed adventure game that deals with mental health, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, launched last week for Xbox One–and it sold more than 50,000 copies in its first week. That’s good news for the game and for charity, as Ninja Theory will donate $25,000 to the Mental Health America charity. It is a nonprofit that promotes mental health.

If Hellblade shifts 100,000 units on Xbox One by April 18, Ninja Theory will up its donation total to $50,000. It is still April 18 in some parts of the world, so there is more time for sales to hopefully improve further for the continued benefit of Ninja Theory and the mental health charity. We’ll report back if with more information about Hellblade’s sales as it’s divulged.

Hellblade was originally released on PlayStation 4 and PC in August 2017, before coming to Xbox One last week. There are enhancements for the Xbox One X version, including improved visual quality and a framerate of 60 FPS, along with dynamic resolutions of up to 4K.

The $30 game puts players in the role of Senua, a Celtic warrior who embarks on a vision quest to come to grips with the death of her family. GameSpot awarded it an 8/10 in our Hellblade review and called the title “a spellbinding and sympathetic game about loss and redemption.”

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Fortnite Is Possibly Coming To China, And That’s A Big Deal

The hugely popular battle royale game, Fortnite, is coming to China, it appears. Developer Epic posted a drawing on Twitter today of the fictional Fortnite character Jonesy’s passport, which is stamped for entry into China on April 23. That could be the day the game is due to launch in China.

China is a massive market for games, so there is a lot of potential for Fortnite to succeed in the market. However, as PUBG discovered, cheating and hacking are serious concerns in China (and other parts of the world). So it will be interesting to see how Fortnite fares.

It’s unclear if Epic is bringing Fortnite to China by itself or through a partner. If it’s through a partner, it seems like Tencent would make sense, given that Chinese giant Tencent owns 40 percent of Epic and already has major connections in China. We also don’t know if Fortnite will be available on all platforms (console, PC, and mobile) in China. In China, mobile and PC gaming are known to be more popular than console. Also unclear is if there are any differences between the Western and Chinese versions of Fortnite.

We have contacted Epic in an attempt to get more details; we’ll update this post with anything we hear back.

Some have suggested that Epic’s Fortnite teaser is potentially for a new map set in China. However, just this week, design lead Eric Williamson told IGN that the studio is not planning any new maps, at least not yet.

In news about Fortnite the game, the Battle Royale game’s newest update came out today. It added a 50v50 limited-time mode and a new Light Machine Gun, among other things. To mark the launch, developer Epic is holding a Double XP weekend, so now is a really good time to jump in an get extra rewards.

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Valve Loses Appeal For $3 Million Fine In Australia

Valve’s latest appeal over an Australian regulator’s order for the company to pay $3 million on claims that it misled or deceived gamers in matters related to Steam’s refund policy has been dismissed. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced the decision today, stating that it is an important precedent related to overseas companies that do business in Australia. Specifically, the court said this decision affirms that Valve, which is based in the United States, is bound by Australian laws when selling to Australian gamers.

“This important precedent confirms the ACCC’s view that overseas-based companies selling to Australian consumers must abide by our laws,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. “If customers buy a product online that is faulty, they are entitled to the same right to a repair, replacement or refund as if they’d walked in to a store.”

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s legal action against Valve dates back to 2014, which is when the process began. Two years later, in 2016, Australia’s Federal Court ruled that Valve misled or deceived consumers. And later that year, Valve was ordered to pay penalties amounting to $3 million.

Valve’s initial appeal was dismissed, so this is just the latest setback for Valve. The company is arguing that it never properly did business in Australia because it sells its products through a virtual marketplace, Steam. As such, Valve contends that Steam does not fall into the definition of “goods,” as it is defined by Australian Consumer Law.

According to the ACCC, Steam has 2.2 million users in Australia. We have contacted Valve in an attempt to get a comment on this latest appeal; we’ll update this post if we hear anything back.

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NFL Team Uses Fortnite To Announce 2018 Schedule

Fortnite sure is popular. The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have created a silly new video where they announced their 2018 schedule by way of Fortnite. Really.

“All aboard the Battle Bus,” reads a tweet from the studio with the video. The video shows Fortnite’s famous Battle Bus flying across the map, but instead of places like Tilted Towers, you see locations like Bill’s Badlands. It’s expected at this point for big brands and teams to try to connect with the audiences through Fortnite, which is one of the most popular games on Earth right now. But really, all of these forced Fortnite branding opportunities are getting to be a bit much, if you ask me.

In news about Fortnite the game, the Battle Royale game’s newest update came out today. It added a 50v50 limited-time mode and a new Light Machine Gun, among other things. To mark the launch, developer Epic is holding a Double XP weekend, so now is a really good time to jump in an get extra rewards.

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UPDATE: New Overwatch Map Rialto Live Now On PTR

[Update]: The map is live on PTR for PC right now. If you want to try it out yourself you can jump in and experience it firsthand. Or check out the video above for our own adventures in Rialto. The original story appears below.

Overwatch‘s latest map, Rialto, was added as part of the game’s limited time Retribution PvE mode. The arena appears to have proved popular, as developer Blizzard has now added it as a PvP map on the game’s Public Test Realm on PC.

This time round, Rialto is set during the day, rather than night as it is on Retribution. The map is only available for Escort matches right now and will likely come to the main game on PS4, Xbox One and PC soon.

Retribution is live now and runs until April 30. Alongside the PvE mode and returning cosmetics from last year, you can also take part in the returning Uprising PvE mode. Both of these, like the Junkenstein’s Revenge mode released around Halloween, are only available on a limited-time basis because Blizzard doesn’t think they offer the necessary level of long-term depth.

An update was recently released for the live version of Overwatch that nerfed D.Va and buffed Reaper, among other balance changes. D.Va’s damage output has decreased, while Reaper’s Death Blosson now reloads his shotguns after it’s used. His Wraith Form, meanwhile, now grants a 50% speed bonus (up from 25%), and the ability can now be canceled.

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Fortnite Week 9 Challenges: Treasure Map, Taco Shop Locations

A new update is now available for Fortnite, and with it comes another set of challenges for Battle Pass holders to complete in Battle Royale. The Week 9 challenges are now live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile, and they consist of the usual mix of straightforward and slightly trickier objectives.

There are seven new challenges in all to complete this week, a few of which are things you would normally be doing in Battle Royale anyway. One of the simpler challenges tasks you with dealing a certain amount of damage to opponents’ structures, while another involves building 250 of your own structures. Completing each of these will get you 5 Battle Stars.

One challenge that may trip you up is visiting three Taco Shops. That sounds simple enough on paper, but you must accomplish the task in a single match. Fortunately, there are five Taco Shops in all, three of which are grouped together fairly closely on the western side of the map, so it shouldn’t be too hard to visit all three before the storm closes in.

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On the trickier end of the spectrum is a Hard challenge that cryptically says to follow the treasure map found in Moisty Mire. You can find the map at the largest structure located right in the center of the area, and it will lead you to a house below Retail Row. You’ll find the Battle Star on top of the house’s two chimneys.

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There are two other Hard challenges this week. One tasks you with eliminating four players with a shotgun, while the other is to eliminate three opponents in Lucky Landing. You’ll get 10 Battle Stars for accomplishing each of these.

You can see the full list of this week’s new challenges below, which are available to complete if you own the Season 3 Battle Pass. You have until the end of the season to complete the challenges, which allows you to level up your Battle Pass more quickly and, in turn, earn Season 3 skins and rewards. You can see the complete list of Season 3 challenges here.

Fortnite Week 9 Challenges

  • Deal damage to opponents’ structures (5,000) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Search Chests in Haunted Hills (7) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Build structures (250) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Visit different Taco Shops in a single match (3) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Hard: Follow the Treasure Map found in Moisty Mire — 10 Battle Stars
  • Hard: Shotgun Eliminations (4) — 10 Battle Stars
  • Hard: Eliminate opponents in Lucky Landing (3) — 10 Battle Stars
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