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Craglorn Comes Alive In The Elder Scrolls Online’s Latest Update

The Elder Scrolls Online has now been updated to version 1.1.2. There's more going on than that drab number might lead you to believe. The biggest change that it brings is the addition of a new adventure zone, Craglorn.

Bethesda recommends that players be veteran rank 10 or higher before entering the area, and that they bring three similarly leveled characters. Even though those are merely recommendations, it's likely that you won't last long in the world if you ignore those guidelines. If you do forge on, you'll be able to check out the new death recap, which shows what exactly killed you, and provides tips on how to avoid it happening again. Take a look at the video below to learn more about Craglorn.

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For more information on v.1.1.2, go here for the complete patch notes. You'll want a comfy chair, since there's a lot of new stuff and tweaks to scan through.

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You Can Get An Xbox Live Refund Once The Paywall Comes Down

Microsoft is offering pro-rated refunds to customers because of the upcoming changes to Xbox Live policies. Yesterday, the company announced Netflix, Twitch, and other streaming services will be free to all console owners following an update next month.

Those who wish to cancel their memberships at that time will receive a pro-rata refund relative to the cancellation date and the end of the subscription. Free and trial memberships aren’t eligible, of course. Refunds will take six to eight weeks to process.

In order to request the refund, visit the Xbox contact page after the June update goes live changing the paywall.

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This is the right decision for Microsoft, as there are those who subscribe to Xbox Live (or are at least influenced) by the old policies. I’d be interested to hear from you whether you plan to keep Xbox Live following this change or if you’ll be moving to a free account.

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Car combat comes to PlayStation next week in Cel Damage HD

Classic car-combat game Cel Damage will hit modern PlayStation platforms next Tuesday with the launch of Cel Damage HD, developer Finish Line Games announced today.

Released alongside the original Xbox back in 2001, Cel Damage will return on the…
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Secrets of Raetikon comes to PC

For those of you who like simpler games with amazing art direction, here’s a game for you. The third game from developer Broken Rules, Secrets of Rætikon is a breathtaking 2D exploration title. Throughout the single player campaign, players control a small bird in the Alps mountain range as they solve puzzles and interact with objects in a fully-realised physics-based environment. In addition to the full-fledged story, there will also be a level editor, allowing players to enjoy user-generated levels, as well as upload their own.

Much like Journey, the story is told as you go solve puzzles and discover hidden runes, which flesh out the rich history of the Raetic people. In an official statement, Broken Rules states:

“We wanted to create a game with high replay value and thus the AI and physics are the pillars the gameplay rests upon. Every animal has a distinct behaviour and all of them react to each other. Every bush can be uprooted and every branch torn out. The game is a story-based sandbox in an open world. And there is in fact a hidden gravity gun.”

Secrets of Rætikon launches April 17th, 2014 for Windows, Mac and Linux, and is currently available through Steam Early Access.


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Frantic Smash Run Mode Comes Exclusively To Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is getting an exclusive multiplayer mode for up to four players. Smash Run will set players on a race to power their characters up before engaging in final throwdown when time is up.

Smash Run puts players on a huge stage filled with enemies that drop power ups when they die. These enhance one of six stats: speed, jump, attack, special, arms, and defense.

During the first five minutes of the match, players will race around the stage as they try to make themselves as powerful as possible. Once the timer runs out, it’s a battle to the death in a more traditional Smash Bros. arena. Players will also be able to pick a loadout of items before they enter the fight.

Director Masahiro Sakurai says that the final battles won’t last too long, so players will be able to have a winner declared and start anew. For more on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, which is coming this Summer, and the Wii U version slated for Winter, check out our rundown of today’s Nintendo Direct and the list of newly announced fighters.  

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Age of Wushu comes to Steam

Chinese developer Snail Games is making the journey west with its martial arts MMO Age of Wushu, which releases today, March 27th, on Steam. The mulitplayer kung-fu fantasy gives players the chance to traverse across a faithful recreation of ancient China, filled with grand temples, a sprawling recreation of the Gobi Desert, and one can only assume, a wide array of tiger-based aphrodisiacs (looking at you, Steam modders).

Players registering through Steam will receive an exclusive title as well as several items, including the obviously helpful “Life Extending Pill,” “Silver Coins” and “Dayun Horse,” and the more confounding “Palpitation Relieving and Vital Energy Regulating Pill.” The last is perhaps intended to relieve hyper-ventilating newbies as they fend off hordes of crouching tigers and iron monkeys.

The game’s combat seeks to replicate favorite kung-fu epics like Hero and Ip Man through a rock-paper-scissors based kung-fu system with an emphasis on the spectacular. For more info you can visit the official site here or find the game on Steam after 4p.m. (pst).


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Invisible, Inc update comes in from the cold

Klei Entertainment’s turn-based espionage game Invisible, Inc remains in alpha testing, but to whet players’ appetites, the developer has cobbled together the above trailer to demonstrate the additions found in the game’s latest update.

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Costume Quest 2 comes knockin’ on Halloween

Costume Quest 2 is due out on October 31 for consoles and PC, courtesy of a partnership between developer Double Fine and indie publisher Midnight City. There’s no word on which consoles Double Fine is targeting, specifically.

Costume Quest 2 stars…
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50% of freemium mobile game revenue comes from 0.15% of players

Less than two percent of freemium mobile game players spent any money on in-app purchases in January, according to mobile app analytics platform Swrve’s inaugural monetization report. …


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Loot 2.0 comes to Diablo 3 in massive new patch

Starting today, Diablo 3 is … well, it’s very different. Blizzard has released a humongous patch for the game, overhauling many of its features. The highlight is probably the introduction of “Loot 2.0,” a heavy reworking of the loot system that was…
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