December 2018

Nintendo Switch FIFA 19 Ultimate Team players shafted once again

Nintendo Switch players of FIFA 19 have long felt like second-class citizens in comparison to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players of the football game. But a recent kerfuffle over an Ultimate Team promotion has left them particularly upset.

EA recently launched the FUTMAS promotion for Ultimate Team. This is a big deal for the FIFA community, as it adds daily player squad building challenges (SBCs), prime icon SBCs, FUTMAS-themed SBCs, themed daily and weekly objectives, new players and new kits. Here's the official tweet from EA on FUTMAS:

In the small print, EA says themed daily and weekly objectives are not available in the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 19. But over on the Nintendo of America Twitter account, Nintendo tells Switch owners they can get "huge pack promotions and exclusive themed kits during this festive period" as part of FUTMAS.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout gets custom games next week

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout gets custom games next week, Treyarch has announced.

Blackout custom games will let players drop into their own private match of Call of Duty's battle royale to explore the map, the developer said in a post on the Black Ops 4 subreddit.

You'll be able to visit destinations at your own pace and practice with teams of friends.

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That nightmarish Sonic movie poster is real

There's a Sonic movie in the works. That much you probably knew, given the viral reaction to the film's first teaser image. Now, the Sonic movie nightmare continues with a new poster - now confirmed to be real - that does things with Sonic's legs that shouldn't be done to any one, let alone an anthropomorphic hedgehog.

The creepy poster popped up on social media this week in unverified form. It showed Sonic's legs in one of the most unnatural positions I've ever seen legs in. Also, yep, that's fur, as we knew it would be from the teaser image.

The poster is now confirmed, via a tweet from GameSpot senior social media producer Gajan Kulasingham.

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Epic pulls overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite

Epic has pulled the Infinity Blade weapon from Fortnite for being overpowered.

Epic added the sword from its mobile game of the same name just four days ago, but players quickly found it to be ruining the battle royale game.

The Infinity Blade was a one-off item that could be picked up in Fortnite's main game mode. It gave the bearer an extraordinary advantage: 200 health, 200 shield, the ability to leap great distances and to deal 75 damage with each swing. It looked like this:

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Expect baby Snorlax to pop up more often in Pokemon Go

Everyone knows the best pokemon is Snorlax, so I am delighted to report baby Snorlax will soon pop up more in all-encompassing mobile game Pokemon Go.

The Pokemon Go Holidays 2018 event kicks off 18th December, when ice-type pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild. These include Jynx, Sneasel, Swinub, Snorunt, Spheal and Snover (Snover is a new Gen 4 pokemon). Expect to see other pokemon get into the Christmas spirit, too. Pikachu in a Christmas hat? Sure!

Smoochum, Azurill and the aforementioned and adorable Munchlax will have a greater chance of hatching from 7km eggs, which can only be obtained by opening gifts.

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Charles Martinet awarded Guinness World Record for 100 Mario video game voiceovers

Charles Martinet has received a Guinness World Record for the most video game voiceover performances as the same character - 100 as Mario.

Martinet took to Instagram to publish a video expressing his delight at the award. And on Twitter he said the recent release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch pushed his Mario video game voiceover list to 100.

Martinet is the instantly-recognisable voice behind perhaps the most famous video game character of all time. He's voiced Mario since 1990, and he's also the voice behind Wario, Luigi, Waluigi, Baby Luigi and Baby Mario.

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YOGO: You only game once

I recently finished Detroit: Become Human, a game that not only challenges my knuckle-draggingly slow death-by-procrastination choice process, but also raised some rather disturbing revelations as to how potentially sociopathic I might just be. I mean I felt good (sort of) about my decisions. I wanted the best possible result out of the game - you know, the least amount of people killed and a lovely swoopy end cut-scene that I can feel smug over whilst eating the last of the biscuits.

Just to clarify, if you haven't played the game: at the end of each chapter it provides you with a rather fun infographic on which you can survey all of your in-game choices. It's pretty cool, showing you where the path splits and potential outcomes were missed.

What was slightly worrying was the other player stats. Whilst I clearly thought that *insert a spoilery decision* would help my progression, I realised that only one per cent of other people playing the game had made that choice.

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