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Today’s Best New Deals

XCOM2 for Just $29.99

Following along right after the half-off discounts we presented for Steep and Watch Dogs 2 yesterday, here’s the same savings on XCOM 2. I need to get caught up on this series myself! I love anything tactical, and I should probably take a break from just playing Really Bad Chess on my phone multiple times a day.

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Alienware Alpha R2 Intel Core i7-6700T Mini Gaming PC for $854.99

Use code TENOFF to lower the price! This rig’s got 4GB GTX960 Graphics, 16GB DDR4, 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

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Own the Entire Cowboy Bebop Series on Blu-ray and DVD for Just $60

Gaze upon the gorgeousness of this full series set and be amazed! It’s marked way down from its original $100 asking price, so score yourself an entire set of an excellent show! (Seriously, how slick are those discs?)

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The Standalone Wolf Link amiibo

If you didn’t pick up The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD last year, you missed grabbing this amiibo – but you might want to rectify that now, since tapping it is the only way to summon Wolf Link as a companion character in the nearly-here Breath of the Wild! Best Buy’s the first online retailer to put up an order page for the new standalone release of the figure.

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1byone Solar Motion Sensor Light for $10

We featured a different exterior solar light recently, but this one’s even cheaper than that! Charges up during the day, activates at night when it senses motion. Keep your home illuminated!

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Grab an 8-Pack of Eneloop AA’s for Under $18

These are the best batteries on the planet, and they’ve never been this cheap before. Stock up now!

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The Jackery Bolt for $25.99

Charge up to three devices at once with this on-the-go battery that has a built-in Lightning cable & micro-USB cable, so you don’t have to carry extra cords around! Currently 44 bucks cheaper than its list price.

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Get Equipped with the Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 for Under $20

Arm yourself. You never know when the next attack is going to come.

Daily Deals: Save Big on XCOM 2 and the Complete Cowboy Bebop Series Set

The Secret Life of Pets for $15

Daily Deals: Save Big on XCOM 2 and the Complete Cowboy Bebop Series Set

Underworld: The Legacy Collection for $25

Compiles the first four Underworld films together! Not a bad deal to score them each for basically $6.25 apiece.

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Three Superb TVs

The Vizio SmartCast M55-D0 55″ 4K HDR HDTV with a 6″ Tablet Remote and $150 Dell Gift Card for $699.99

This is a TV that’s been top-rated by CNET, having won their Editors’ Choice Award just a few months ago. It’s packed with features: 4K, HDR, a 120Hz refresh rate and 64-zone active dimming. And it comes complete with a tablet remote and a $150 Dell gift card! Very, very nice deal.

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VIZIO 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV P50-C1 with HDR for $999.98, and Get a $300 Dell Gift Card Back

Here’s another home theater upgrade option for you. This TV never goes on sale, and getting a $300 Dell gift card is the best (and maybe only) deal we’ve seen on it, ever. This is one of the best picture qualities you can get for the price. Take a closer look!

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Samsung 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV UN55KU6300F UHD TV for $699.99

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to get into the HDR game, don’t miss this model that we featured in our Best 4K HDR TVs feature last year! Originally $1,200, so you’d be saving a cool 500 bucks with this one. You also get a $175 Dell gift card with your purchase!

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Pre-Order Corner

Pre-Order Ni no Kuni II Now for $47.99

Amazon has just pushed their product page for this exciting sequel live, so you can go ahead and put in your pre-orders now. I loved how the first Ni no Kuni captured the traditional, charming art style of Studio Ghibli and I’m thrilled that it wasn’t just a one-off project. I can’t wait to see how this second installment turns out!

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Pre-Order Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite for $47.99

20% off pre-orders for Amazon Prime members are also live now for the next MvC sequel!

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Pre-Order Prey for $47.99

And one more pre-order possibility! Prey is dropping in May, but you can lock in your savings today. Whaddya say?

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Regular Offers

How About Two Months of Gamefly for $10?

Gamefly is normally $15 a month, but you right now you can get your first two months for only $10. Watch out for that auto-renew, as the third month will be $15, but you can always set a calendar reminder to cancel in time.

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Thirty Days of Free Streaming Anime with Crunchyroll Premium

Crunchyroll is Netflix for anime. Crunchyroll Premium gives you unlimited streaming access to brand new anime, ad-free, as well as tons of classics like Re:Zero, One Piece, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gintama, and Fate/Stay Night. A Crunchyroll Premium free trial is normal 15 days, but we can hook you up with a 30-day trial, so sign up before this offer gets deleted.

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The Best Credit Cards for Gaming Rewards

Not all credit cards are created equal. If you want a card that can get you the most cash back, to put towards games or whatever else, check out this handy guide.

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Multiplatform

Steep for Just $29.99

Update: As of Saturday afternoon, this sale price is still active for the PS4 version, but the Xbox One edition has jumped back up by 20 bucks.

This brand-new game just came out last month, and it’s already been price-slashed to half its MSRP! If you skipped it in December, grab it now in January and get your winter sports fix without actually having to go outside yourself.

From our Review: “I enjoyed just about every minute I spent playing Steep. Grandiose, attractive environments serving as the backdrop to varied, intense challenges are enough on their own to make this wintry playground somewhere I was always delighted to go back to and spend more time in.”

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Watch Dogs 2 for Just $29.99

Just as price-slashed and nearly as new (it just came out in November), Watch Dogs 2 is also available on either PS4 or Xbox One for 30 bucks off its list price.

From our Review: Watch Dogs 2’s distinctive hacking and puzzle mechanics do a great job of reminding you that you’re not playing just another Grand Theft Auto clone as you tear through its beautiful Bay Area map.

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Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition for $39.99

Early enlistment has apparently been greatly extended! Now you can save a full 40 bucks off the normal MSRP for Xbox One, or 30 bucks off on PS4!

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Titanfall 2 for $32.44

Today it’s the Xbox One version that has dropped in price under the PS4, but it too is still sub-$35.

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Pre-Orders Now Open for the Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition

Bandai Namco’s just revealed the release date of June 2 for this next Tekken sequel, and pre-orders for the jam-packed Collector’s Edition went live simultaneously. Get yours locked in now! (Currently the price is listed as $149.99, but that will be cut down to $119.99 if you have Prime.)

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PlayStation

Doom’s PS4 Version for Half Off

Just $19.99 opens the gate to demon-killing fun.

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Zero Time Dilemma on Vita for Under $23

I’m a huge fan of the Zero Escape series, and I adored this final installment in the trilogy. If you haven’t played it yet yourself, grab it cheap today!

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Pre-Order Final Fantasy XIV Online: Stormblood for $31.99

Prime pre-orders have opened up for this one! Lock in that 20% savings.

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Aksys Games Sale

A slate of several Aksys-published games has been marked down to just $19.99 apiece on Amazon. Take a look!

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PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console with both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for $399.99

Over on the PS4 side of potential console purchasing, here’s a nice bundle including both the latest Tomb Raider and Deus Ex adventures.

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PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console with Uncharted 4, and extra Dual Shock 4 Controller and Final Fantasy XV for $299.99

Holy cow, is this enticing. Seriously, I’ve held back on getting the Slim and FFXV myself so far, but this deal makes me want to pull the trigger. (Putting together these Daily Deals articles is a daily temptation to my own wallet, I hope you realize. I sacrifice for the betterment of all of you out there. You’re welcome.)

Daily Deals: Save Big on XCOM 2 and the Complete Cowboy Bebop Series Set

PlayStation VR Games Sale

Several PSVR exclusives have had their prices dropped at Amazon, so round out your collection with one of more of these:

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PlayStation VR in Stock at GameStop

Speaking of the PSVR, it’s currently available via GameStop if you’ve still been trying to track one down for yourself.

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Xbox

Xbox One S 500GB Console – Minecraft Bundle for $219.99

This is getting into the super-cheapo range right here! Could be a perfect gift for the Minecraft-obsessed kid in your life.

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Nintendo

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. for Under $10

This is the greatest, freshest game on the Nintendo 3DS, and if you were part of burying it in negativity when it launched in 2014, you should feel ashamed of yourself. It had one issue. One! The enemy turns took too long to play out. Well, cry me a river all you impatient babies out there who can’t wait 20 seconds for control to be returned to you. And it’s not even a problem any more! They patched out that issue with the addition of a fast-forward function just a few weeks post-release! But still, that single lightning rod complaint killed all the game’s sales momentum. Shame on all of you.

You like Fire Emblem, right? Fire Emblem rocks. This game was made by the exact same team as the Fire Emblem series. In fact, it’s compatible with the Marth, Ike, Robin and Lucina amiibos, so you can play the whole thing as a Fire Emblem game if you want to!

Seriously, now. Do the right thing. It’s under 10 bucks to own this game now. Put on your big boy pants and play the best, most inventive strategy game of the past half-decade. Do it now.

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Blu-ray

Suicide Squad: Extended Cut for $9.99

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Kubo and the Two Strings for $12

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Tech

Dell XPS Tower 8910 Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Skylake Desktop for $554.99

Use code XPS675 to get the best price here! This PC fits a full size video card up to 225W PSU.

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with 5 Color Modes

Here’s a slick modernization of a longtime staple, the common desk lamp: you can swap between five different colors of light at a touch!

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Roku Express for $29

Add streaming to your TV via Roku, with the cheapest price I’ve ever seen for the Express stick! I’ve got one of these myself, and it works wonderfully.

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XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer for $189.99

If you’re intrigued by 3D printing but haven’t yet gotten into the game yourself, here’s a great entry-level option.

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Anker PowerLine+ 10 Foot Long Lightning Cable for $14.99

Need a bit of extra length to recharge your phone? Look no further than this extended lightning cable that’s currently 25 bucks under its list price.

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Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router for $199.99

Save a full 200 bucks on this, the king of all routers.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook for $179.99

Save $120 versus the list price of $300!

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HP Chromebook for $219.00

And here’s another laptop option for you, for variety’s sake. This one’s pretty affordable normally, but is 30 bucks off today.

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VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer for $139.99

Here’s the very same sound bar I own myself. I finally got so sick of listening to the “small” sound from the built-in speakers on my TV that I upgraded with this last year, and now I’ll never go back! It is a robust delight for the ears, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the upgrade for yourself a long time ago!

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Char-Broil Professional TRU Infrared 2-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill for $199.00

The teams are set and the Super Bowl’s coming up soon – why not invest in a new grill to use for the big game? Winter isn’t normally grilling season, of course, but where I live it’s been plenty warm enough for it (thanks, climate change). The special $199.99 price is reserved for Amazon Prime members!

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Suaoki DC 12V Portable Mini Air Compressor for $23.99

Save 60% (that’s $36) versus the normal price for this teeny-tiny air compressor that you can toss in your glove compartment for reassurance that low tire pressure won’t ever leave you stranded. It’s so small, you’ll still have space to keep your big folder full of CDs you’ve been carting around since 1997!

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Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer for $99.99

This is a spectacular price for a serious printer – over 45 dollars cheaper than normal. Stop fumbling with old inkjets at home and upgrade to laser!

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Boogie Board Sync 9.7-Inch LCD eWriter for $64.31

You can use this to scribble notes, then they’ll be saved digitally to your computer or emailed to you. 36 bucks cheaper than normal!

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The Final Chapter To Push Resident Evil Movie Series Past $1 Billion

The newest Resident Evil movie, The Final Chapter, is in theaters now. It’s reportedly the last entry in the series, and it’s going to be the one that pushes the entire series past $1 billion at the global box office, it seems. Deadline reports that the film already made $35 million in Japan (where it opened in December) and stands to make $70 million or more worldwide through Sunday.

That would push the entire series past $1 billion. The Final Chapter is the sixth movie in the series.

Resident Evil is an event film internationally,” Sony Pictures executive Josh Greenstein told Deadline. “It’s been five years since the last film, and the global fanbase has been eagerly anticipating its return. Screen Gems has created the highest-grossing video game-based franchise of all time. We look forward to a strong rollout.”

Sony is already celebrating the billion-dollar franchise milestone by way of an Instagram video posted today in which the studio offered up “a billion thank yous” to fans.

Here is how the five Resident Evil movies have fared at the global box office (all figures via Box Office Mojo):

  • Resident Evil — $102.4 million
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse — $129.4 million
  • Resident Evil: Extinction — $147.7 million
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife — $296.2 million
  • Resident Evil: Retribution — $240.6 million

We’re keeping track of The Final Chapter‘s box office haul here, so keep checking in with that story to see how the movie is doing.

For more on The Final Chapter, check out GameSpot’s review and what other critics are saying.

The newest Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 7, launched this week for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC–read GameSpot’s review here.

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Top 10 Call of Duty Zombies Maps

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Killing zombies never goes out of style.

EDITOR’S NOTE: With Infinite Warfare’s first DLC, Sabotage, coming out next week, and it of course having zombies, we wanted to reminiscence on the other great zombie maps the franchise has had.

Zombies. What began as a hidden mini-game has now become one of Call of Duty’s most popular modes, with many fans getting their hands on the latest installment in the franchise solely for the opportunity to fight wave after wave of the undead.

Ever since Nacht der Untoten in Call of Duty: World at War, there have been a total of 23 original maps featured over a series of five games. Developers Treyarch and Sledgehammer have evolved and expanded the mode with each new addition, but there have undoubtedly been some highlights over the eight years since World at War released.

Here are our top ten Zombies maps in Call of Duty.

10. Descent

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Not everyone is a fan of Sledgehammer’s take on Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare, and the faster, more agile exo-zombies are almost unforgiving in their relentlessness. But the final map in the series, Descent, not only ties the season’s story arc together with a satisfying climax, but it’s also just a ton of fun to play. Highlights include a challenging boss battle against a zombified John Malkovich, and the opportunity to obliterate your enemies with the powerful blunderbuss weapon.

9. Shadows of Evil

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Jazzy in every sense of the word, Shadows of Evil is a visual treat from start to finish. Set in the fictional Morg City, though clearly inspired by 1940s New Orleans, Shadows of Evil presents a nice change-up from the bleak color palettes that typically adorn each Zombies map. With new features like the GobbleGum system, customizable weapons and Jeff Goldblum doing Jeff Goldblum, there’s a lot to love about Treyarch’s first Zombies experience for the new consoles.

8. Five

Top 10 Call of Duty Zombies Maps

The quirky historical cast of Five, a Zombies map in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Any game that lets you play as John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Richard Nixon deserves appreciation, but Five is much more than the initial gimmick of playing as famous world leaders. The elevator traversal system not only leads to many close shaves as you rush to shut the doors before the undead overwhelm you, but it’s also a tool for cruel-hearted hilarity as you mercilessly leave your friends behind to fend for themselves. On top of that, the Pentagon Thief is a welcome addition as a foe that brings a new level of challenge in his repeated attempts to steal your weapons.

7. Mob of the Dead

From the moment the opening cutscene begins, you can immediately tell that Treyarch have perfectly captured the atmosphere of the noir gangster genre with Mob of the Dead. From the return of the Tommy gun to the hidden Johnny Cash song, Alcatraz is a perfect fit for the dark comedy that often pervades the Zombies universe. Treyarch also makes great use of the confined corridors of this famous penitentiary, which can lead to several intense moments of claustrophobic action. Additionally, Mob of the Dead boasts an engaging psychological thriller of a story that players are able to uncover progressively, with a payoff that’s well worth the effort to discover.

6. Ascension

Ascension earns its place on this list as a map that isn’t afraid to try new things. Space monkeys, black hole grenades, explosive dolphin dives and an awesome getaway vehicle in the form of a lunar lander; there’s something for everyone in this abandoned Soviet cosmodrome. At the time, this map was much larger than anything fans had been used to, but the new Stamin-Up perk empowered players with increased movement speed to stay on top of things. Also, did I mention the space monkeys?

5. Call of the Dead

The entirety of Black Ops is littered with famous acting talent, but Treyarch took this one step further with Call of the Dead, which stars horror movie veterans like Danny Trejo and Robert Englund. Not only this, but the father of zombie movies himself, George A. Romero, features as an imposing undead boss who charges at players wielding a giant stage light. The level is a fantastic mix of outdoor open areas and tight indoor environments, which adds plenty of variety when it comes to choosing a plan of attack. This, on top of the B-movie vibe and tongue-in-cheek humor, was what made Call of the Dead a breath of fresh air for its time.

4. Kino der Toten

Top 10 Call of Duty Zombies Maps

The stage in Kino der Toten, a Zombies map in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Kino has fallen under criticism in the past for being too easy, but the sense of empowerment offered to players represents a large part of its appeal. The circular geometry of the map makes it easy to round up huge trains of zombies at once and, if you’re lucky enough to have picked up the thunder gun, blow them all sky-high to hilarious effect. The teleporter also made a celebrated return in Kino, acting as the last resort for any final stands and allowing you to rain down dozens of grenades upon the zombie hordes from atop the safety of the projection room.

3. Nacht der Untoten

Top 10 Call of Duty Zombies Maps

An overview of Nacht der Untoten, the first Zombies map from Call of Duty: World at War.

This is where it all began. Hidden away as a surprise mini-game that was unlocked once players completed World at War’s main campaign, Nacht Der Untoten is Zombies in its purest form. The barebones mechanics and complete lack of story make this first installment a chilling and tense experience, but even this tiny map was enough to leave fans aching for more; a testament to the replay value of the classic wave-based formula that remains the beating heart of the mode to this day.

2. Origins

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Presented as the climax to the classic Zombies story arc, Origins is a grand and operatic finale to Black Ops II’s slate of Zombies maps. The new elemental staves add a fresh dimension to the combat, and the giant robots that lumber across the landscape forces players to keep an eye on the sky to avoid being squashed in their path. Origins is also packed with awesome easter eggs and dramatic story reveals, with an ending that delivers in terms of both scale and impact.

1. Der Riese

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There is a reason why Treyarch have remastered Der Riese twice since its original debut in World at War. This one holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Zombie fans, and it’s easy to see why. Der Riese set the bar for what we now expect from a great Zombies map: smart level design, upgradable weapons, cryptic storytelling, and unique puzzle-solving mechanics. Whilst the maps that came before Der Riese had already brought some of these features to the table, never had the ingredients come together so perfectly to form the quintessential Zombies experience.

What are your favorite Call of Duty Zombies maps and experiences? Let us know in the comments!

Ark's Biggest Patch Ever Coming Next Week, Here's What It Adds

Ark: Survival Evolved is set to grow in a major way next week.

GameSpot can reveal today that the game’s Tek Tier patch, which Studio Wildcard creative director Jesse Rapczak tells us is the game’s largest ever, is coming out on Monday, January 30, for PC.

One of the coolest parts of the patch is the addition of new power armor sets, which come through the new Tek Tiers. These give you super-abilities such as Tek Vision, which identifies enemies, players, and creatures in the world; night vision; and Tek Boots, which negate fall damage completely. Also, these boots let you scale cliffs and slopes simply by walking up them.

Tek Pants, meanwhile, let you run very fast, while a new jetpack lets you rocket upwards like Tony Stark. A Tek Gauntlet item lets you punch really hard–this is useful for harvesting items and melee combat. The Tek Rifle, meanwhile, has a long scope and can be combined with night vision and other special modes. This rifle can also be equipped while riding a t-rex to let you become a laser-shooting, dino-riding, blasting machine. Why would you not want to do that?

Additionally, these special abilities can be combined, so you can tailor the wackiness to exactly what you want, which is always nice.

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The armor sets are aimed at Ark’s end-game, Rapczak says. Specifically, he anticipates that players will use them to fight bosses. That’s probably because bosses drop a resource called Element, which is needed to construct the armor sets.

The Tek Tier patch also adds new weapons, four new dinosaurs, and a sheep; you can shear the sheep to collect wool.

The new Ark patch also revamps the boss battles, as each boss now has three difficulties. Additionally, the bosses will drop new items, encouraging players to go back and fight them again.

Also coming to the game is a lance item so you can joust on the back of a dinosaur. Additionally, the patch adds hairstyles and facial hair for your character. Hair grows in real time and you can style it, cut it, and dye it. When you cut your hair, you receive a resource called…human hair.

Overall, Rapczak describes this new Ark patch as “the patch to kick off the final stretch,” referencing the game’s full launch for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game is available on those platforms right now, but in an in-development state. The full release is scheduled for sometime in 2017.

Finally, Rapczak teased that Studio Wildcard is thinking about adding an underwater element to Ark sometime down the road.

For lots more on Ark’s Tek Tier patch, watch GameSpot’s video above.

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X-Men’s Legion Explained

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David Haller is getting his own TV series on FX, so let’s delve into the history of the Marvel Comics character.

The X-Men universe is finally getting a real shot at live-action TV with Legion, FX’s new series about David Haller, the very powerful, very strange mutant from Marvel Comics’ X-books. While Haller, a.k.a. Legion, isn’t an A-list player in the X-Men world, the show from series creator Noah Hawley promises to take the character to a new level of audience recognition. With the major success of Hawley’s show Fargo, both FX and comics fans surely have high hopes for Legion.

So let’s break down the comic-book history of Legion, his relationship with Professor Xavier, what his powers and abilities are, and more…

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David Haller is an extremely powerful “Omega level” mutant. Of course, power runs in his family, as David is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men. Created by X-Men savant Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz, Legion is not a traditional superhero character in that he suffers from dissociative identity disorder (also known as multiple personality disorder). Each of his “selves” — and he has many — also carries with it a specific set of powers. As such, David can be a potent ally to the X-Men… but also a dangerous and unstable liability.

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  • New Mutants #25 (March, 1985)
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Legion in his second appearance: New Mutants #26

Powers and Abilities

As noted above, David has many personalities, and each of those has a power. Some of the identities he has absorbed from other people, and others have been created within his own mind. Jemail Karami was a terrorist killed by David, though his personality was absorbed by the mutant, leading to the Karami inside David being able to utilize Legion’s telepathy. The telekinetic Jack Wayne is David’s “adventurer” personality and a telekinetic. Cyndi is a pyrokinetic, while the personalities known only as The Legion and X are capable of warping reality itself.

Some of these personas can lead to actual changes in David’s physical form (like when he becomes a Wolfman!), and the number of powers and personalities he can manifest has been estimated to be at least in the hundreds. This makes Legion one of the most powerful beings on the planet. Eventually several scientists (including the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards) created a device called a Neural Switchboard Wristband for David, which allowed him to select specific powers without losing himself to that power’s personality.

X-Men’s Legion Explained

Dan Stevens as Legion

Origin and Background

David was the product of an affair Professor Xavier had with Gabrielle Haller while he was a young man living in Israel. Xavier never knew Gabrielle had become pregnant, and after they separated Gabrielle went on to raise David with her new husband. Unfortunately, while still a boy, David’s stepfather was murdered in a terrorist attack. And it was this same event that caused his powers to first emerge, as he lashed out psionically at the attackers, killing them. But since David was telepathically connected to the terrorists as they died, the resulting trauma crippled him mentally, causing the boy to withdraw into himself while also jump-starting his split personality syndrome. As noted above, the persona of one of the terrorists he killed, Jemail Karami, was absorbed by David, and this aspect of his psyche would eventually go to war with other personalities in an unsuccessful attempt to shape David’s mind.

X-Men’s Legion Explained

Some of David’s many personalities

David came under the care of X-Men friend Dr. Moira MacTaggart, but when his powers began to erupt into the real world she called upon Xavier and the New Mutants, who were able got get the boy under control. David, or Legion — he gets his codename from the biblical quote from Mark 5:9, “My name is Legion: for we are many” — would continue to pop up in New Mutants, X-Men and other mutant books after that, frequently battling his personalities and losing control of them, or being used by evil entities for his vast power. In an attempt to bring about his father’s dream of peace between mutant and humankind, David once travelled back in time to kill Magneto, but he inadvertently caused his father’s death instead and created the alternate reality known as the Age of Apocalypse where that titular villain ruled the world. (Apparently none of David’s personalities explained to him why time travel never works out the way you want it to.) He would later go on to reshape reality in the Age of X arc, as well. Omega level mutant’s gonna Omega level mutant.

More recently, Legion starred in his own book for a time with X-Men: Legacy (Vol. 2), which was part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch. There, in the wake of his father’s death, David sought to continue Xavier’s work. The book culminated in Legion, in the ultimate act of self-sacrifice, wiping himself out of his existence (more or less).

X-Men’s Legion Explained

The final issue of X-Men: Legacy

How His History Could Be Portrayed on the TV Show

Slight spoilers for the first episode of TV series follow.

The Legion that’s coming to FX will obviously drop most of the specifics of the character’s comic-book backstory, as Hawley has said that he isn’t interested in tying the show too closely to the X-Men universe. Word has it that Xavier will pop up at some point, or at least get a mention, but the prospect of the New Mutants or the X-Men showing up anytime soon seems unlikely.

Perhaps the bigger question regarding this adaptation, however, is how much the multiple personalities of the comics version of Legion will be a part of the TV Legion, not to mention the many powers he might possess. In the first episode, which we’ve already screened and reviewed here at IGN, David is mostly just a troubled young man, afflicted with what he thinks is mental illness but are actually of course his telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Time will only tell if we’ll get the more out-there qualities of the character that made him so noteworthy in the comics.

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