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Last Chance: Red Dead Redemption 2 Treasure Map Pre-Order Bonus Expiring Soon‎

One of the perks of pre-ordering Red Dead Redemption 2 is that you get a digital treasure map that shows the locations of "secret buried treasure" throughout the world. If you're interested in this perk, you have to pre-order soon. Rockstar is only giving out the treasure map to those who pre-order by August 15, which is coming up very, very soon.The treasure map is only available for digital pre-orders from the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store. There are no other details available about what kind of treasure you'll find, but Rockstar says you'll find "hidden riches" in the single-player world; the map is for single-player, not multiplayer.In addition to the treasure map, all digital pre-orders come with a "cash bonus" for Red Dead Redemption 2's story mode. It'll be enough to purchase a weapon, food, ammunition, and "a handful of useful items," Rockstar says. What's more, pre-orders come with a War Horse that is more courageous and has more stamina than normal ones. You also get the Outlaw Survival Kit, which includes things that boost your stamina and Dead Eye meters. These bonuses also apply to pre-orders of the game's physical editions, and do not appear to be expiring yet.There are many, many different versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 that you can buy. Check out GameSpot's buying guide here to see a full breakdown of what's available and where.In other news, Red Dead Redemption 2 got its first gameplay trailer recently--and it showed us a lot. You can re-watch the trailer here and watch a breakdown of how the game may make waves across the entire open-world genre in the impressions video above.

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Pokemon Go's Next Community Day Announced‎

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has shared the first details on the game's next Community Day. September's event is scheduled to take place around the world on Saturday, September 22, and it'll feature one of the starter Pokemon from Gold and Silver.The Grass-type Pokemon Chikorita will be the star of September's Community Day, meaning it'll be much easier to find than usual. For the duration of the event, players will have a greater chance of coming across a Chikorita while they play. The Pokemon will also be able to learn a special move during the Community Day, although Niantic has yet to reveal what it will be.In addition to increased Chikorita spawns, September's Community Day will feature a couple of other bonuses. This time, players will receive triple the normal amount of XP for catches. Additionally, Lure Modules will last for an extended period of time, remaining active for three hours rather than their normal 30-minute duration.As usual, September's Community Day won't be available for very long. The event will only run for a three-hour window of time, which varies depending on which part of the world you live in. You can find the full Community Day schedule for each region--courtesy of the Pokemon Go Live website--below.Before the next Community Day rolls around, Niantic will close out the Pokemon Go Summer Tour 2018 by hosting another real-world Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan, from August 29 to September 2. Players who can't attend the event in-person will still be able to complete Global Challenges and help unlock in-game bonuses and rewards.Pokemon Go September Community Day HoursNorth America11 AM - 2 PM PT2 PM - 5 PM ETEurope, Middle East, and Africa11 AM - 2 PM BST10 AM - 1 PM UTCAsia-Pacific12 PM - 3 PM JST

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Fortnite Android Beta Expands To More Phones; Here's Every Model Supported‎

Epic's popular battle royale game, Fortnite, made its highly anticipated debut on Android devices last week--but only for some users. Thanks to a deal with Samsung, the title was initially only available on certain Samsung phones. That exclusivity period has now ended, and Epic has begun inviting other users to try out the Android version of Fortnite ahead of its full release on the platform.Despite rolling out for more devices, the Android version of Fortnite still isn't widely available to download; rather, if you're hoping to play the battle royale game on your Android phone, you'll first need to sign up for an invitation on the Fortnite Android website. These are gradually being sent out via email to more and more players, so you may not receive an invitation right away if you've only recently signed up.While you won't need a Samsung phone in order to play the mobile version of Fortnite, you will need a more recent Android device; Epic says the game will only support "high-end" handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Google Pixel 2, and the LG G6, among several others. You can find the full list of supported devices below and on Epic's website.Unlike most other Android games, Fortnite won't be available from the Google Play store; rather, Epic will distribute it directly to players through its own website. The developer says this decision was made in part to circumvent the 30% "store tax" that would typically be applied to purchases made through Google Play.Epic still hasn't announced when Fortnite will formally launch on Android, so if you're earger to play the battle royale game on your phone, your best bet for getting in would be to sign up for an invitation. In addition to consoles and PC, Fortnite recently launched on iOS devices this past spring, and it has been a huge success on that platform, reportedly crossing 100 million downloads.Fortnite Android Supported DevicesGoogle: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XLAsus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, VEssential: PH-1Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+Nokia: 8OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6Razer: PhoneXiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

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The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan On How Her Mile 22 Fight Training Differs From Zombie Apocalypse Prep‎

Fight scenes and gun training are no strangers to Lauren Cohan. After several years of surviving a zombie apocalypse on The Walking Dead, chances are she would be very effective, should the end of the world come to pass.All of the zombie fighting in the world couldn't prepare Lauren Cohan for her new role in Mile 22, though. Starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and WWE superstar Ronda Rousey, the actress faced a very different kind of a challenge for the film.However, when it comes to her new movie, Mile 22, the training was very different. "It's funny because people have been asking a lot about the difference between zombies and people in this movie," she tells GameSpot while promoting the film. "The zombies don't have weapons."That led to a very different regimen for Cohan, who not only studied gun use but also martial arts training as part of her preparation. Given that her character Alice is a member of a paramilitary team tasked with extracting a foreign intelligence asset from a hostile nation, it's easy to see why an intense stunt and fight training regimen was necessary.One scene, in particular, took a lot of work from Cohan and the rest of the cast and crew. As the team is under siege in a massive apartment complex, a mix of hand-to-hand combat and firefighting lights up the hallways and apartments, as Alice gets into a particularly brutal battle with a character played by Sala Baker (Deadpool 2)."I learned how to do that whole thing," the actress says proudly. "I learned some good holds and Jiu-Jitsu moves to show how much those two really grapple, Alice and Sala's character."As anyone who's seen The Walking Dead could assume, there's not a lot of Jiu-Jitsu sparring going on between zombies and the living. Thankfully, the movie's fight choreographer Ryan Watson prepared Cohan and her fellow cast members for the task. "[We] just drilled that so that it could look messy and haphazard on the day but so that safety wise, we really knew each point we were going to hit in the fight scene," she says.Don't expect to see any of her new moves coming into play on The Walking Dead, though. As previously reported, Cohan is departing the show this season, as is star Andrew Lincoln. Of course, the major difference is Cohan is open to returning to the series in the future, meaning chances are her character Maggie will survive in the end.Mile 22 is in theaters on August 17.

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Two Nice-Looking New Xbox One Controllers Announced‎

If you're in the market for a new Xbox One controller, Microsoft has announced a couple of nice-looking new color options you'll be able to get your hands on soon. The publisher unveiled the new special edition Phantom Black controller and the Grey/Blue controller, both of which are slated to hit stores next month.The Phantom Black gamepad is the pricier of the two, retailing for $70 USD. It launches around the world on September 11 and features a translucent matte black shell that fades into a "metallic champagne gold." The controller also boasts black buttons and thumbsticks with a champagne gold D-pad.The Grey/Blue controller, meanwhile, will be available in the US and Canada beginning September 25, with a worldwide release following on October 9. It runs for $65 and, as its name implies, features a grey design that's accented by a light blue back and thumbstick bases. You can take a look at images of the controller below.Both the Phantom Black and Grey/Blue controllers are available for pre-order from the Microsoft Store. You can order the former here and the latter here. Both are also wireless and come with the all of the other standard features found on modern Xbox One controllers, including a 3.5mm stereo jack, Bluetooth, and textured grip. In some regions, the controllers will also come with free 14-day trials for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.If neither of those colors appeals to you, Microsoft recently announced that the special edition Armed Forces controller is returning due to "popular demand." The camo-colored gamepad retails for $70 and, in the US, is available exclusively from Walmart and the Microsoft Store. The company also recently released a nice-looking Sport White Xbox One controller that likewise runs for $70.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Release Date, First Gameplay, And What We Know So Far‎

The follow-up to Rockstar Games' classic western game Red Dead Redemption is fast approaching. Set 12 years before the events of the original game, Red Dead Redemption 2 will explore an expansive region of the American wilderness, with Dutch Van der Linde's gang on the run from lawmen during the last years of the wild west. Experiencing Rockstar's take on the open-world western from a new perspective, you'll uncover the history of the Van Der Linde gang, which has a young John Marston in its thralls.Red Dead Redemption 2 was surprisingly a no show at this year's E3, despite the game releasing in only a few months. Still, the recent trailers, screenshots, and info have given us plenty to talk about. Here's everything we know so far about Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world western.How Can I Play RDR2?Red Dead Redemption 2 is set for release on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One. There are also plans for a collector's edition of the game called the Special Edition. Priced at $80, the package includes a copy of the game along with special missions, weapons and a physical map of the game world for players to own. There are also two additional packs for Red Dead Redemption 2 for premium prices, The Ultimate Edition and The Collector's Box--both priced at $100. While The Ultimate Edition has all items from the special edition--including additional DLC items to acquire--The Collector's Box does not include any digital items. Instead, it offers special playing cards, artwork, a bandit's bandana, a physical map of the game world, and a collector's coin in the set.Though the original Red Dead Redemption never found its way to the PC, there's been some rumors that its sequel might. A mention of Red Dead Redemption 2's appearance on PC found its way online, but it has since been scrubbed.Where Is RDR2 Set, And Is It A Prequel?Set 12 years before the main events of the original game, the prequel focuses on the outlaw life of the Van der Linde gang, led by Red Dead Redemption's main antagonists. After a robbery in Blackwater (one of the original game's major towns) goes bad--the gang finds themselves on the run. Dutch, his right-hand man Arthur Morgan, and several members of the gang have to contend with a life on-the-run while confrontations with rival gangs and the law make their situation grow more desperate.Rockstar also released a description of the plot:America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.The First RevealDebuting on October 20, 2016, the first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 was a bit of a mood piece that showcased many locales in the game, while also portraying the somber tone of the main narrative. In this trailer, we saw several towns and locales, many of which are teeming with life and activity--such as ranchers rustling up some cattle, huntsmen bringing back their haul, and a group of citizens hanging out in the general store.Who Are We Playing As?Though the central character of Red Dead Redemption, John Marston, plays some role in the story--the main protagonist of the prequel is Arthur Morgan. As Dutch's right-hand man and enforcer for the gang, he'll handle much of the daily duties of keeping the gang in-check--which includes a young and less-experienced John Marston. When it comes to keeping the gang and its community afloat, Morgan is quite handy with picking up various jobs to ensure everyone is well fed and in good spirits. But as the story progresses, he'll begin to question his own resolve for Dutch's way of life, and whether he still has a place in the gang.The Second TrailerOn September 28, 2017, the second trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 debuted. In the new footage, we got to see more of Arthur Morgan and how ruthless he can be while on the job. During some of the story cutscenes, Morgan will use coercion and physical threats to collect money and information, all for the "benefit" of the community. For more info on this particular trailer, check out our detailed breakdown.Who's In Dutch's Gang?In Red Dead Redemption 2, we'll see Dutch's gang and its key players in their prime. While the original game had John hunt down and kill the remaining members of the gang, we'll see many of the familiar faces in relatively happier times. From the most recent trailer, we see Dutch Van der Linde, Arthur Morgan, Bill Williamson, Javier Esquela, Sadie Adler, Charles Smith, Micah Bell, Hosea Matthews, and of course John Marston in the roster. We'll also interact with other characters who would have a key role in the gang and in the lives of both Arthur Morgan and John Marston.The Third TrailerIn the new footage released on May 2, we saw a deeper look into the game's narrative and how the gang functions. Along with the familiar activities like hunting, heists, and side-quests with the region's citizens, rob trains and banks, and take in shows at theaters. For the most part, the trailer focuses on the many connections you'll have with the members of the gang, as well as how your choices will affect them. For more info on the third trailer, check out our detailed breakdown.What's New In Red Dead Redemption 2?While the sequel is largely in the same vein as its predecessor, focusing on exploration, hunting, shoot-outs, heists, and other side-activities where you'll interact with a number of unique characters--Red Dead Redemption 2 features a far more expansive world to dive into. We got our first good look at this world and how we'll be playing through in Read Dead Redemption 2's first gameplay trailer.The honor system from the original game makes a return, but now with far more detailed tracking. Along with the average citizen, members of your community will react to how well or how poorly you treat them. As the lead enforcer, Morgan will have to handle a ton of responsibilities, such as resource gathering, procuring funds, and making sure everyone in the community is happy.First Gameplay TrailerOn August 9, Rockstar unveiled Red Dead Redemption 2's first gameplay trailer. The new footage revealed that the core mechanics from the original game were still intact, but almost everything had received a facelift. Wildlife is smarter and lives within its own ecosystem. Arthur Morgan can interact with the people around him in ways John Marston never could. For more info on the first gameplay trailer, check out our detailed gameplay mechanics breakdown.How Will Online Multiplayer Work?Currently, Rockstar hasn't shared any info on how the online play will function. The original Red Dead Redemption featured online free-for-all and team deathmatch style gameplay in the open world, along with several co-op themed missions. While it's safe to assume that these sorts of missions will return, another long-lingering rumor is the appearance of a battle royale mode. In the coming months before its release, we should expect to hear more about what Red Dead Redemption II will have when it comes to online.Other InfoThe History Of Red Dead - A look back on the history of the Red Dead series. From the early days a Gunsmoke spiritual sequel, to Rockstar Games' next successful open word game.Red Dead Redemption 2: 10 Things We Hope To See - Details on what we want to see happen in the next big game.

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Xbox Live Gold: Everything Xbox One Owners Need To Know‎

Whether you have an Xbox One already or you're thinking about getting Microsoft's gaming console, you're going to have to contend with the Xbox Live Gold question. An Xbox One is a fantastic gaming machine, but the things you can do on it are limited unless you pony up the money and subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.That sounds like a bummer, but your money isn't being wasted. Xbox Live Gold offers a substantial amount of value for the price you pay. Let's dive in and discuss everything you need to know about Microsoft's online service.Online GamingFirst and foremost, Xbox Live Gold is what you need to play your games online. And with so many games being fully or partially online nowadays, like Fortnite and Overwatch, you're missing out on a huge swath of today's biggest games if you don't play online.Speaking of being online, you're going to need a router if you don't have one already. If you're in the market, here's a great one to consider from Asus. It's the highest-rated wireless router of 2018, as ranked by our sister site CNET.Buy an Xbox One SBuy an Xbox One XBuy an Xbox Gift CardBuy an AC1900 Asus Wireless RouterFree GamesHaving to pay to take your games online can be a hard pill to swallow, but it is the norm for consoles these days--just look at PlayStation Plus and Nintendo Switch Online. To make the cost of the subscription go down easier, Microsoft offers free games each month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.Every month, you can download two free Xbox One games and two free Xbox 360 games. All of the 360 games are playable on Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility, so you can rack up quite a game collection over the course of a year.Not all of the games on offer each month are fantastic, but there are enough highly rated ones over the course of a year to make the service worthwhile even if you play only a fraction of the freebies. Recent standouts include Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Forza Horizon 2. You can find details about this month's free games here.A few downsides come into play here, however. If you forget to download a game during its window of availability, you're out of luck. And if you cancel your Xbox Live Gold subscription, you'll lose access to the Xbox One games you've downloaded (though the 360 games are yours to keep and play forever).Xbox Live Gold Exclusive DiscountsIn addition to free games each month, Xbox Live Gold members get exclusive discounts on select games each week on the Microsoft Store. This is part of the Deals with Gold program, and it can pay off pretty quickly if you plan to buy lots of digital games.Xbox Live Gold PricingThe standard pricing for Xbox Live Gold is listed below, but if you keep an eye on GameSpot's deals coverage, we occasionally post about Xbox Live Gold discounts.One month -- $10Three months -- $25One year -- $60You can find more information about Xbox Live Gold and subscribe here.

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Yakuza Series Was Pitched To Nintendo And Microsoft, But Neither Wanted It‎

Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi recently revealed that his franchise was originally pitched to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Though Sony warmed up to Yakuza, both Microsoft and Nintendo remained firmly against publishing the game on their console platforms.In an interview with Edge magazine (via ResetEra), Nagoshi admitted that even Sega was against Yakuza at the start. To get his idea off the ground, he decided to secretly meet with Sega's new owners--after the company's merger with Sammy--to pitch the idea, something he now admits was both irregular and wrong to do. Looking back on it, Nagoshi thinks part of the reason for all the reluctance surrounding Yakuza was a result of his narrow audience scope."...I abandoned the idea of selling worldwide," he said. "Next, I decided I wouldn't mind if female players didn't like the game; then that no children were allowed. When I decided all that, the only target left was the Japanese male."Of course, now that the Yakuza franchise has received critical acclaim--and even found worldwide commercial success with recent releases in the West--both Microsoft and Nintendo want in. "Back then they said, 'No we don't want it.' Now they say, 'We want it!'" Nagoshi said. "They didn't understand the reason why I created it."The Yakuza franchise is still a Sony console exclusive, its games published across the PlayStation 2, 3, and 4, as well as PC. The most recent title in the series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, released for PS4 in Japan in December 2016 and worldwide in April 2018. The game was well-received. We gave it an 8/10 in our review.

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Rainbow Six Siege's New Operator Clash Looks Like A Defensive Version Of Montagne‎

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 continues with Season 3, which introduces Operation Grim Sky. Operation Grim Sky adds a map rework for Hereford Base, as well as two new Operators--the first of which just got her first trailer.Nicknamed Clash, she's described on Rainbow Six Siege's blog as "a Defender from Great Britain. She's a tough police officer who's an expert on mob behavior and snatch-squad tactics. She knows she belongs on the front line and she won't tolerate any nonsense." Clash is the first Rainbow Six Defender to come with a shield, which seems to fully extend and cover her entire body like the Attacker Montagne.Unlike Montagne, Clash's shield looks lighter, which probably translates into a faster movement speed at the cost of being unable to block powerful explosives. Clash's trailer also suggests she needs both hands to wield her shield, unlike Montagne, Fuze, and Blitz who can hold up their shield with one arm and fire with a pistol from the other. Since she can't use her hands to fire a gun, Clash's shield comes equipped with a taser, which appears powerful enough to launch electricity forward. Whether this taser merely stuns or outright kills hasn't been revealed, but regardless Clash seems to be a support Operator for Defense teams. She acts as a much taller barricade for weak points and can dispense crowd control against aggressive Attackers.Clash's full reveal, along with the rest of the changes coming to Rainbow Six Siege in Operation Grim Sky, will be announced during Six Major Paris on August 19. The event will be streamed live via Twitch. Rainbow Six Siege is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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A Top EA Exec, Patrick Soderlund, Is Leaving The Company‎

Patrick Soderlund, EA's chief design officer, is one of its most recognizable executives; from taking the stage at E3 to bearing the brunt of the company's recent lootbox controversy, he has been a major public face for one of the world's largest gaming companies. Now, EA has announced Soderlund is leaving the company and "will begin a new chapter later this year."Soderlund was formerly the head of DICE, until EA acquired the company in 2006. He has played a key role in developing the Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront franchises, and is credited with helping spearhead the Frostbite engine, which continues to be used by many of EA's games. "From his early vision for Frostbite, which has now become a cornerstone for our technology strategy, to being a champion for Players First experiences, Patrick has always ensured we put creative at the center of everything we do," said CEO Andrew Wilson in a note announcing Soderlund's departure."He has also been unwavering in his commitment to building our pipeline of amazing new games to come, and his fingerprints will be on the experiences that we bring to players well into the future."The move comes just before Battlefield V releases, a franchise no doubt close to Soderlund's heart, and after a year of controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II. When the game released in November 2017, there was a considerable backlash to the game's lootboxes and progression system, with many accusing EA of making it 'pay-to-win.' Soderlund spoke openly about the controversy after the company pulled in-game transactions altogether, saying EA learned a lesson it wouldn't forget. The game failed to meet sales targets, and Star Wars Battlefront II later reintroduced loot boxes, but for cosmetic items only.Soderlund leaving will prompt some internal shakeup in the company, as well. "A few teams will move within our organization with this change. The SEED team led by Johan Andersson will join our studios group to continue driving advanced design and innovation at the leading edge of games," said WIlson."We're deepening our focus on user experience, and welcoming Jason Wozencroft to our studios to lead a strong, unified UX approach for our games and services. And with new games and content playing a vital role in our networked future, the EA Originals and EA Partners teams led by Rob Letts will join our Strategic Growth group." Wilson also highlighted the company's focus on its subscriptions services, saying EA is pushing forward to offer access to "more great games and content through our industry-leading subscription services."There's no word yet as to what we'll see next from Patrick Soderlund as he takes on this "new chapter" later this year.

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