This week we’ve got just a little bit of everything: Some Dota (with that two-week new patch smell!) a Counter-Strike major, and some online DBFZ action.

This week the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland comes to its exciting conclusion, as the playoffs tend to get intense at IEM. (Stream / Schedule)

With Dark Willow enabled in Captain’s Mode, the Dota 2 Bucharest Major stars tomorrow and will be our first look at the hero in competitive play. How broken is she? Let’s find out! (Stream / Schedule)

You can catch the latter halves of the Heroes of the Storm HGC Western Clash, as top teams from North America and Europe meet in Katowice, Poland, to represent their region. (Stream / Schedule)

Not to be left out, StarCraft II is also in Katowice for its Intel Extreme Masters tournament, which kicks off this weekend. (Stream / Schedule)

To round out the Blizzard trio, the Overwatch League is still in its second stage, so you can expect the last few matches of the week today. (Stream / Schedule)

Also continuing is the League of Legends LCS, which we can expect to finish off its group stages in the next couple of weeks. (StreamSchedule)

You can also catch some online Dragon Ball FighterZ action later today, featuring the game’s current domination US player, SonicFox. (Stream)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments!

Update: Nintendo has acknowledged the issue in a tweet, stating “Some Nintendo Switch owners’ play activity information is displaying incorrectly. We are aware of the issue and we expect to have more information to share in the near future.” 

The original story is as follows:

Early Switch users are discovering certain playtime stats gathered since the console’s launch are resetting and erasing info.

On the Switch, players can go to their profile in the upper left corner on the home menu and look at the last 20 games they have played, along with how many hours were spent in each one. The Switch takes a week to process playtime when a game is first booted, and with that users are noticing the stats are taking the day and month into account, not the year.

For example, if you played Breath of the Wild when it and the console released on March 3, 2017, and the current date is March 4, 2018, the stats will say you played the game one day ago, even if you have not booted the game in months, effectively erasing any recorded time you spent in the game.

Nintendo has yet to say if the issue will be fixed. We have reached out to them and will update the article with any new information.

[Source: Polygon]

 

Our Take
This is a substantial issue for those who care about tracking the time spent with a game. It might be a small feature in the grand scheme of the console, but that time is a unique way of reminding players of the times they had with a game, for better or worse.

With the success of Splatoon 2 worldwide, Nintendo has been keen to ensure a steady frequency of content for it. This week, a new variation on the dualies and a new map arrive for players.

The weapon, the Dark Tetra Dualies, which are dual pistols with a heavy emphasis on dodgerolls. The guns looks like basketball sneakers, which keeps in theme with the new map, Goby Arena. The map resembles something like Madison Square Garden with players working on opposite sides of the giant basketball court eager to mark their turf.

The Dark Tetra Dualies came out earlier today, with the Goby Arena map launching any minute now. You should be able to charge the net with your inkling by the end of the day, at latest.

Replay – Two Worlds

I’ll just let my review of Two Worlds do the talking here: “There’s an adventure here somewhere, hidden beneath the fog of broken
gameplay, performance glitches, and characters talking about the evil
Taint in unintentionally hilarious ways. The main character is an
embarrassment to gaming, and isn’t even believable enough to be
considered for a Renaissance fair’s cast. As much as I enjoyed seeing
him take a sword to the face, most enemies would appear to have extreme
cases of glaucoma, as they swing and miss most of the time, and have a
difficult time navigating around walls. Sadly, even with an impressive
stock of weapons at your disposal, your combat prowess isn’t much
better. The choppy animations, inconsistent framerate, and inopportune
loads make it nearly impossible to navigate the battlefield with
effective grace. The game’s only redeeming qualities – deep spell and
weapon systems – just go to waste in this abysmal quest. If you’ve spent a
lifetime sinning, by all means, trek into this world to get a taste of
what awaits you in Hell. 2 out of 10.”

Yes, I ended up giving Two Worlds a point for each world, and you’ll soon see just how broken this game was. It was also ambitious, as was developer Reality Pump, which used this foundation to build a much better adventure in Two Worlds II. Unintentional hilarity ensues in this episode of Replay. Some of it comes at the expense of poor horses toward the end of the episode. Make sure you stick around for a look back at another “classic” game. And check back Sunday at 12:01 a.m. CT for the first episode of our Killer 7 Super Replay.

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As reported last week, the first two Turok games are on Xbox One today.

The remasters are coming in fairly hot, but they come from NightDive Studios, who recently had to announce delays to its System Shock project. Turok is likely not a panic button, as the timing is far too compressed for that to be true, but it’s definitely convenient for them.

The games are on the Xbox Live store now at $20 each. You can check out a trailer below and decide if you want to do any dinosaur hunting on your own.

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Ubisoft is releasing a live-action short that takes place before the events of Far Cry 5 exclusively on Amazon Prime’s streaming service next week.

The short, titled Inside Eden’s Gate, tells the story of three vloggers that head to Montana to check out the infamous Eden’s Gate cult. Obviously, this doesn’t work out quite as well as they would hope, and the result is some sort of mix of the Resident Evil VII prologue and losing all your Youtube advertisers because you pushed the extremes of good sense and morality.

Check out the announce trailer below. The short releases on March 5 to whet your appetite for Far Cry 5, which itself releases on March 27.

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Our Take
The short might be interesting, but I am mostly curious if Ubisoft has adjusted or lessened the tone on the game since its initial reveal last year.

Microsoft has started talking about the next big Xbox One update, the first one of 2018, which boasts a couple of new features.

The Spring update will support 1440p resolutions, which you’ll most commonly see in computer monitors. The resolution isn’t quite 4K, but it’s a step above 1080p, allowing players who are using monitors for their Xbox One or TVs that support 1440p but not 4K to take advantage of the resolution increase for the dashboard.

Additional audio options will also come in the update, allowing players to mix audio to, for example, lessen game audio and raise Spotify to listen to music. The system as a whole also now supports spatial audio for people with surround sound systems who want to take advantage of their setup.

Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming service, also gets a major update. When streaming games, players can set up a virtual controller for people watching on their computers, allowing someone else to occasionally tap the A button in ways that help you – or more likely, ways that super don’t.

You can find the full list of changes at Microsoft’s blog post. Alpha ring members get the update today, while the rest of us will see it filter out over the coming weeks or so.

[Source: Xbox Blog]

 

Our Take
This update doesn’t necessarily do a lot for me personally, but several years in, these things are more about satiating annoyances people have and smoothing those out.

Blizzard tweeted a small video today that might be indicating a port of their latest Diablo game to Nintendo’s newest system.

The tweet showed a light switch connected to a Diablo nightlight being flicked up and down. A plain reading of the imagery is that Diablo is coming to the Switch, which would mark the first time since the Nintendo 64 port of Starcraft that a Blizzard game has officially been on a Nintendo system.

You can check out the video below.

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That’s all we can guess at until Blizzard decides to say more, but it’s difficult to interpret that as anything else, save maybe for a weird advertisement for a Diablo nightlight. With E3 only three months away, maybe Blizzard plans to say some more at the event.

 

Our Take
I would absolutely play Diablo III on the Switch. If it is real, I wonder if it will feature Nintendo content like the bonus The Last of Us enemies in the PlayStation 4 version.

Time for some more shiny guns. In this week’s update, Bungie reveals that Destiny 2 players will be able to grab three featured weapons (seen above) with tokens during Iron Banner.

You’ll have from March 6 to March 13 to earn these weapons in Clash with tokens, grabbing them from Lord Saladin himself

The rest of the update includes a bugfix list and changes for this event’s version of Clash. You can read the whole post here.

For more on Destiny 2, be sure to read our review here.

[Source: Bungie]

On this week’s Game Informer podcast, Ben Hanson, Matt Miller, Dan Tack, and Jeff Marchiafava start things out on a high note by singing the praises of Into The Breach from Subset Games. Then we mop up some discussions by having the editors who wrote the reviews for Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Metal Gear Survive explain why the gameplay let them down. After some great community emails, we’re joined by Jordan Thomas from Question Games to talk about his time working on the BioShock series and the team’s new game that combines elements from Left 4 Dead and Stranger Things called The Blackout Club.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 388 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

2:30 – Game Informer’s 300th Issue Party at Fulton Brewery
3:25 – Into The Breach
23:05 – Kingdom Come: Deliverance
35:35 – Metal Gear Survive
46:40 – Konami’s Future
51:25 – Chrono Trigger on Steam
56:55 – Moss on PlayStation VR
58:55 – Fable Fortune
1:00:40 – Part Time UFO
1:03:30 – Community Emails
1:04:50 – The #GIShowChallenge
1:58:45 – Jordan Thomas The Blackout Club Interview
2:35:08 – Metal Gear Survive Spoilers/Lore