Demon’s Souls Player Discovers PS5 Trophy Videos Record Mic Audio, Too


Defeating an enemy in a Souls game can be extremely satisfying, and with the Demon's Souls remake debuting as a PlayStation 5 launch title, many early adopters are discovering the joys of slaying its titular demons. The PS5 records a video when you earn a trophy, and one player made a fun discovery as he defeated the Tower Knight--that video can include your mic audio.

Reddit user helloiamjack posted a video of his successful defeat of the Demon's Souls boss to the PS5 subreddit, and amusingly, it features some audio of his victory celebration. He's a "first time" Souls player, and he's understandably excited about defeating the giant enemy.

You can watch the video below--just make sure you turn your volume up for the best results.

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Demon’s Souls Player Discovers PS5 Trophy Videos Record Mic Audio, Too2020-11-30T02:39:00+01:00

Croods: A New Age Had A Pretty Good Opening Weekend By 2020 Standards


The Croods: A New Age opened at the US box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, and it was--by the standards of 2020 movie releases--a solid success. The film pulled in $14.2 million across the 5-day frame beginning Wednesday, Deadline reports, with $9.7 million of that figure happening across the three-day weekend. The film was shown on 2211 screens, according to Box Office Mojo.

That's the second-best figure posted by a movie since the pandemic closed cinemas back in March, after Tenet's opening. However, while Tenet's opening was reported as a $20.2 million figure, this included sales of preview screenings in the week leading up to this weekend, and Warner Bros. has been opaque in their reporting of Tenet's daily figures. It's possible that The Croods: A New Age actually had a bigger opening weekend.

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Croods: A New Age Had A Pretty Good Opening Weekend By 2020 Standards2020-11-30T01:03:00+01:00

SaGa Frontier Remastered Announced, And It’ll Feature An Extra Playable Character


SaGa Frontier Remastered has been announced, and it's an improved version of Square's 1998 PS1 JRPG. The game, originally released in the US in 1998, is being remastered for Switch, PS4, mobile, and PC, and some cut content is being restored for this new version.

SaGa Frontier presented players with seven potential protagonists, and let them explore the game world in a non-linear fashion. For the Remaster, there are now eight characters--Fuse, who appeared on the start screen but was not available in-game, has been restored. Each character has their own goals and ending, so you could conceivably play the game through eight times and have a different experience with each character.

Beyond Fuse, there are also other scenes and sections that were cut from the original release that are being restored. This should be the ultimate version of SaGa Frontier.

The game, set across a whole solar system, was considered confusing by many critics at the time, but it was well-received in Japan and has a cult following. You can check out the Remastered version in the trailer below.

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SaGa Frontier Remastered Announced, And It’ll Feature An Extra Playable Character2020-11-30T00:24:00+01:00

Best Cyber Monday Game Deals 2020


After weeks of retailers promoting Black Friday deals, we're finally approaching the end of the year's biggest sales period--but it's not over quite yet. Cyber Monday 2020 is here, bringing one last wave of steep discounts before the holidays. While some Black Friday sales are wrapping up today, most retailers have moved on to Cyber Monday already, with sales going live at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy.

Cyber Monday deals tend to be a mixture of recycled Black Friday deals and brand-new ones that retailers have saved for the post-Thanksgiving week. The best Cyber Monday offers are usually one-day-only, so you'll want to check out the big sales at Walmart, GameStop, and other online stores then.

As far as game deals, we're seeing quite a few great discounts on games for PS5/PS4, Xbox One/Series X, and Nintendo Switch this week, some of which are already live and continuing into Cyber Week. Unfortunately, the best Switch game deals may have been Black Friday exclusives--GameStop had several first-party games down to $27, and those are returning to $40 for Cyber Monday. Still, it's a great time to find anything on your wishlist before the holidays.

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Best Cyber Monday Game Deals 20202020-11-29T21:20:00+01:00

Nintendo Switch Game Bundle Will Get Big Cyber Monday Discount Tomorrow


Target's Cyber Monday sale is live now, but select deals won't be available until tomorrow, including one particularly solid Nintendo Switch deal. You'll be able to pick up the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Super Mario Party Double Pack for $80, down from $100. The Double Pack is a Target exclusive, and the deal will be available tomorrow only, according to Target's weekly ad. There's a good chance this Cyber Monday deal will sell out, so you'll probably want to snag it as soon as possible.

Since it features two of the best Switch multiplayer games to play on the couch with the family, this bundle is an ideal Nintendo Switch gift this holiday. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is arguably the best entry in the storied racing series. It earned an 8/10 in GameSpot's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review. Super Mario Party's classic Party mode is as fun as ever, and new modes such as the cooperative Partner Party mode add to the experience. It received a 7/10 in our Super Mario Party review.

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Nintendo Switch Game Bundle Will Get Big Cyber Monday Discount Tomorrow2020-11-29T19:47:00+01:00

Paper Mario: The Origami King Is $10 Off At Amazon For Black Friday


While we've seen quite a few doorbuster Nintendo Switch game deals for Black Friday, discounts on 2020 exclusives have been less common. Over the past day or so, however, retailers have started to offer modest deals on recent releases such as Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (this deal has sadly ended, though). And now you can also save on Paper Mario: The Origami King at Amazon. Normally $60, the charming role-playing game is down to $50 for a limited time.

As with most Amazon discounts, there's no telling how long this deal will be available. If you're looking to pick up The Origami King for yourself or someone on your holiday shopping list, you should grab it as soon as possible. This deal ties the lowest price we've seen for Paper Mario: The Origami King since it launched over the summer, and it's been a while since we've spotted it on sale.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King Is $10 Off At Amazon For Black Friday2020-11-28T22:29:00+01:00

Black Friday Flash Deal: Persona 4 Golden (Steam) For Its Best Price Yet


Persona 4 Golden is one of the most beloved RPGs of its era, but many fans of the series didn't get to play it back when it was a PlayStation Vita-exclusive. Today, the Steam version of Persona 4 Golden is only $12.79 at Fanatical. However, this is a one-day-only flash deal, and less than 24 hours remain to claim it.

For comparison, Persona 4 Golden is usually priced at $20 on Steam, but it's currently discounted to $16 in Steam's Black Friday sale. Purchasing the game at Fanatical will get you a Steam key delivered via email, similar to other key sellers like Humble and Green Man Gaming, so it's worth saving yourself a few extra bucks and snagging Persona 4 Golden there today.

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Black Friday Flash Deal: Persona 4 Golden (Steam) For Its Best Price Yet2020-11-28T19:32:00+01:00

Marvel’s Avengers Sold Below Expectations, Square Enix Confirms


Over the past few days, rumors have circulated around the gaming industry that Marvel's Avengers sold well below Square Enix's expectations, which led to a disappointing financial quarter for the publisher. Now, an official transcript of a Square Enix investor briefing confirms that the game underperformed, which resulted in the publisher's HD Games division posting an overall loss.

"The HD Games sub-segment posted an operating loss as initial sales of Marvel’s Avengers were lower than we had expected and unable to completely offset the amortization of the game’s development costs," a portion of the briefing reads. "In the second half of the fiscal year, we hope to make up for slow initial sales by offering ample additional content to grow our sales."

In a Q&A, one investor estimated the operating loss of the HD Games division in Q2 of this year as around 7 billion yen, which is roughly $67 million. The company attributed the game's slow sales in part to marketing delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked about the volatility of the HD Games division, Square Enix replied that it considers the totality of its Digital Entertainment segment rather than the HD Games division in isolation by using stable income from MMOs and mobile games to offset potential losses of big-budget games like Avengers.

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Marvel’s Avengers Sold Below Expectations, Square Enix Confirms2020-11-28T18:55:00+01:00

Snag This Black Friday Deal Before You Shop The Switch eShop Sale


The Black Friday deals keep rolling in as the weekend progresses, and the latest deal available at Amazon should be of interest to those browsing the Black Friday Nintendo eShop or Xbox Live sales. Though those sales are offering steep discounts on some great digital games, you can save even more money if you take advantage of a Black Friday deal on gift cards. Right now, Nintendo eShop gift cards and Xbox gift cards are available for 10% off at Amazon. (For those who prefer to shop at Best Buy, the deal is available there as well.) Combine that with a Black Friday game deal, and you're looking at some very nice savings. Your wallet will thank you.

While 10% off doesn't sound like very much, the savings definitely add up, especially if you mostly buy games digitally. The gift cards are available at multiple values, so you can select the right amount for you. The deal means you can essentially get $99 of eShop store credit for $89 or $50 of Xbox credit for $45. These are digital codes, so you'll be able to redeem them right away.

The Nintendo eShop vouchers can't be used to buy a Nintendo Switch, but you can use it to pick up some of the recent releases for the hybrid console. That includes Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Pikmin 3 Deluxe Edition, or just a handful of indie hits like Hades and Paradise Killer. Combined with Nintendo's own eShop Black Friday sale, you can pick up some great deals. Not all denominations are on sale, so you should make sure you're getting the discount before checking out.

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Snag This Black Friday Deal Before You Shop The Switch eShop Sale2020-11-28T18:53:00+01:00

PS5 Players Who Sell PS Plus Collection Access Could Get Banned


The PlayStation Plus Collection gives PS5 owners access to some of the biggest PS4 games as part of their standard PS Plus subscription, but you cannot claim the games via PS4. That led to a market of PS5 owners offering to sell access to these games via temporary guest logins on their console, but it appears this practice is resulting in bans.

Here's how it works in a nutshell:

  1. PS5 owner offers to claim PS Plus Collection games for a PS4 owner.
  2. PS4 owner gives them their login details so the PS5 owner can claim the games.
  3. PS5 owner signs back out of the account after claiming games.
  4. PS4 owner changes their password.

As it turns out, Sony isn't a big fan of players doing this. According to VGC, Hong Kong PlayStation 5 players who have sold access to the games--as well as the PS4 players who purchased them--are having their accounts banned. The bans on the accounts don't appear to be permanent, but the PS5 consoles themselves can no longer connect to PSN. Given that online access is required for nearly everything in modern gaming, including finishing installations of disc-based games, in many cases, this essentially renders the PS5 systems useless.

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PS5 Players Who Sell PS Plus Collection Access Could Get Banned2020-11-28T15:55:00+01:00

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