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With Titanfall 2, Respawn makes a show of ditching paid map packs

Respawn’s mech-enhanced shooter Titanfall 2 is out this week, so the studio is hyping its plan to break with common practice and make all multiplayer maps/game modes it adds to the game free. …


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Six New Lego Dimension Expansion Packs Out Today

The next wave of Lego Dimensions sets are out today, adding new characters and levels from Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, and The A-Team to the game. It also adds new Battle Arenas, giving four players a chance to strengthen bonds and/or leave the living room in a defeated huff.

If you haven't yet picked up Lego Dimensions, the PlayStation 4 version of the starter pack includes an exclusive Supergirl minifig. Today's wave includes the Mission Impossible level pack ($ 29.99), Ghostbusters story pack ($ 49.99), Harry Potter team pack ($ 24.99), Adventure Time level pack ($ 29.99), Adventure Time team pack ($ 24.99), and the A-Team fun pack ($ 11.99).

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For more on the Battle Arenas, take a look at my E3 preview, which includes my hands-on impressions from the mode.

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Trailers Highlight Two Character Packs Now Available For Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starting today, players can download two new character packs for Lego
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, provided they aren't playing on Wii U,
3DS, or Vita. These are the first two of five planned DLC waves included in the Season Pass.

Joining in on the brick-based fun are a total of 16 new heroes and
villains, as well as four new vehicles of varying sizes. You can see a
few of these new characters and starfighters in action in the trailers
below.

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Characters included in the prequel trilogy pack are a damaged Anakin
Skywalker , Captain Panaka, Darth Maul, Jango Fett, Jar Jar Binks,
Padmé Naberrie, Watto, and Zam Wesell. The Freemaker Adventures
television series is represented by  Kordi Freemaker,
Rowan Freemaker, Zander Freemaker, Naare, Raam, Roger the Battle Droid, Baash, and Graballa the Hutt. The Naboo Fighter and Star Scavenger are also added in full size and microfighter form.

Each of these DLC packs can be purchased individually for $ 2.99, or in the $ 9.99 Season Pass. In our review, we found Lego Star Wars to be a fun way to experience the latest stories in a galaxy far, far away.

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First Three Fallout 4 DLC Packs Announced, Season Pass Price To Increase

Your Fallout 4 Season Pass is about to have some value. Bethesda has detailed three add-ons coming beginning next month.

First up, is Automatron, priced at $ 9.99. A villain called The Mechanist has released a horde of killer robots in the Commonwealth. Find ‘em, kill ‘em, and use their parts to create your own mix-and-match companions.

In April, you’ll get the Wasteland Workshop add-on for $ 4.99. This allows you to build traps to capture NPCs and wildlife. You’ll be able to host deathmatches or tame hostile creatures. This DLC pack also adds customization options for your settlements.

The third update, priced at $ 24.99 and slated for June, is called Far Harbor. You’ll be headed to the coast of Maine for this adventure, which is a case from Valentine’s Detective Agency.

High radiation levels, a colony of synths, and the Children of Atom (not to be confused with the X-Men, known as Children of the Atom) all make this a treacherous journey. Bethesda says that there will be new, higher-level armor and weapons available in this expansion.

The publisher also announced that the price of the season pass will increase from $ 29.99 to $ 49.99 as of March 1. The reason for this is the bundling of even more add-on material throughout 2016.

If you already own the pass or purchase it before the price goes up, you’ll still get everything for the same price. If you’re interested in testing the add-ons, Bethesda is taking applications for beta testing. You can sign up here for a chance to get in early. Testers will be selected in the coming weeks, and you’ll get a full version of the add-on as a thank you.

Bethesda hasn't forgotten about survival mode or the creation kit that will enable official mod support. Both are in testing right now, with more information on the way.

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Donkey Kong and Bowser Skymiibo Dual Packs Available At GameStop In January

Two Skymibbo dual packs are being released at Gamestop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) on January 9th.

The first pack contains Donkey Kong, the second contains Bowser. Both figurines come with their own vehicles as well. 

Previously the only way you could get these two figurines was to buy Skylanders Super Charger starter kits.

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Rise Of The Tomb Raider Endurance Mode, Two Story DLC Packs Detailed

Last night at The Game Awards, Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics introduced the first of two story add-ons for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today, the rest of the season pass has been detailed, including an interesting twist on the franchise.

Coming first, on December 29, is a new endurance mode that turns Rise of the Tomb Raider into a wilderness survival game. Lara will have to scrounge for supplies, and everything consumes resources as Lara must stay warm, feed herself, and fend off animals and enemies. It sounds like Don't Starve meets Tomb Raider. You can learn more about Crystal Dynamics' work balancing the survival and action aspects of Rise of the Tomb Raider in our interview from February 2015.

The two story campaigns, launching next year, are yesterday’s newly announced Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and Cold Darkness Awakened. The latter sounds a bit like a 28 Days Later scenario, as some kind of infections sends animals and people into a frenzy.

You can read about the Baba Yaga DLC in our story from The Game Awards. You can also check out our review of Rise of the Tomb Raider for more. The DLC is available as part of a season pass or individually.

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Loot Crate Holiday Lineup Packs Star Wars, Doctor Who, And Call Of Duty Booty

Loot Crate, the monthly geek and gamer gear subscription club, unveiled its latest premium crate themes today. The limited edition mystery boxes will contain four to seven collectibles, apparel, gadgets, art, or other products from Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Call of Duty.

Here are the prices and sale dates for the three brand-themed boxes:

  • Doctor Who – $ 50 – on sale on November 20
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – $ 100 – on sale on November 23
  • Star Wars – $ 100 – on sale on November 30

In the past, Loot Crate has partnered with companies as diverse as Bethesda, Bioware, Disney, and Nintendo. Along with its limited edition crates (which non-subscribers can also purchase), the club plans to introduce monthly anime loot and pet loot subscription lines.

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Get A Head Start With Blade & Soul Founder’s Packs

We last covered Blade & Soul in May, when we learned developer NCSoft planned to port this title to North America. If you were hoping to get a head start with this martial arts MMO before the general population plays it, have no fear: today NCSoft announced a way to pick up this game early.

By purchasing one of the three Founder's Packs, you earn access to the Blade & Soul closed beta. Depending on the tier, you may also receive a 30 or 90-day membership, the chance to secure a character name, exclusive skins, and more character slots.

Along with the Founder's Pack reveal, NCSoft released a new trailer highlighting the game's two warring factions.

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For a closer look at Blade & Soul, check out the screens below. Otherwise, visit NCSoft's website for more information.

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Microsoft Celebrates Minecraft’s Third Xbox 360 Birthday With Free Skin Packs

Minecraft turns three years old on Xbox 360 this Saturday, May 9. To celebrate, Microsoft is giving away three skin packs.

If you happened to miss the first and second birthday packs, those are making a return. Joining them is another bundle featuring “veteran Mojangstas” and some extras.

All three of these are available on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One (a first for the two previous packs). You can grab them through May 17, after which they’ll be gone.

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PSA: PlayStation Flash Sale Includes One Of Last-Gen’s Best Expansion Packs

Sony is holding another flash sale, with over 100 games discounted across the three PlayStation platforms. There’s no specific theme, so no matter what you like to play, it’s probably worth perusing the wares.

Included in the sale is Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare (the excellent expansion pack mentioned in the headline), both XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within, a number of Koei Tecmo Musou games, Hotline Miami, and more. You can see the full catalog on Sony’s storefront.

The deals end on April 20 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern.

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