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Game Of Thrones: Bronn’s Funniest Moments

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Ser Bronn of the Blackwater has a zinger for every occasion. Here’s a collection of his best moments. Beware of spoilers! Enter our giveaway to be in with a chance of winning a Tyrion Lannister Funko Pop! (US-only) https://www.gamespot.com/articles/game-of-thrones-season-7-funko-pop-giveaway/1100-6452407/

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Madden NFL 18 Review

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After almost 30 years, the Madden NFL series is rarely surprising. Fans think they know what to expect each year: a handful of small but meaningful mechanical tweaks, roster updates, and slight graphical bumps. Madden NFL 18, however, is highlighted by one of the most significant additions in series history–a full story mode–and a new, much more graphically capable engine. And due in large part to the Longshot story, it is a marked improvement over the last several entries in the series.

Madden has rarely tackled the personal side of football, choosing instead to present it as a chess-like competition: you are the coach and master, the players are your instruments to score. Of course, that’s not how football is treated in the real world, so to see that change in Madden is intriguing in theory, and gratifying in practice. For the first time in Madden, Longshot actually references how much so many people invest in the sport, and how high the stakes are for them. For instance, main character Devin Wade, the star football player from his small Texas town, quit his college team after a family tragedy. You navigate through Wade’s attempt to return to football, traveling to the NFL Combine in order to impress scouts.

Longshot is unexpectedly deep–it’s a fully fledged, Telltale-style adventure game with multiple endings, broken up by short moments of playing football. It presents you with decisions that affect both the people around you and the scouts’ perception of you. As with Telltale games, there’s an illusion of greater choice that isn’t necessarily there, but Longshot succeeds because it makes minor choices feel important. Do you reach for celebrity at the expense of Wade’s best friend, Colt Cruise? Or do you carry him along at the risk of running afoul of your coach and scouts who think Wade depends on him too much?

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For every moment that conveys Wade’s commitment, his inner demons, and his friendship with Cruise, there are corresponding moments of absurd spectacle. Wade’s journey from obscurity to superstardom unfortunately doesn’t take place entirely in intimate, personal story beats a la Friday Night Lights, but rather in the spotlights of a ridiculously excessive reality show. During these sequences and the challenges it presents him with, Wade evokes annoyance, confusion, and anger at the gaminess of the reality show. The executive producer hits every trope of an over-the-top, ratings-obsessed showrunner, and Wade grows disillusioned with the entire process. He was thrust into an absurd situation that was built to manufacture drama, so it makes sense that he would be upset.

These story sequences and their associated mini-games and challenges don’t fit well with the core narrative of two small-town football players trying to break into the NFL. Wade and Cruise don’t need extra drama to make them care about the sport, so why does the story give us a reality show, as if to suggest that the stakes aren’t high enough already?

Longshot is saved, however, by the quiet moments of introspection and camaraderie. It soars when its characters speak honestly about their love of the sport, and it nails the sense that football offers something bigger–a connection to a community, and a way to achieve greatness. Longshot’s numerous flashbacks to Wade’s time in high school and college show a relatable and deeply troubled character; the commentators for Wade’s high school games banter about the players that they, of course, know personally; and Wade, Cruise, and the whole state championship-winning team are treated as heroes in their town for years afterwards.

In spite of its issues, this first attempt at a story mode creates an excellent foundation for future iterations. Further, when you’ve finished Longshot, you can dive into Madden Ultimate Team to play through some of Devin Wade’s most memorable football scenarios.

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Madden Ultimate Team is undoubtedly Madden’s deepest mode, which has received a suite of updates to make it even more appealing to players. MUT tasks you with building a fantasy team from player cards (and yes, you can still buy packs of more powerful cards for real money). In Madden 18, you’ll get player cards representing Devin Wade, Colt Cruise, and other characters from Longshot, and forming a Longshot-focused MUT team will let you participate in around 30 challenges. Although these challenges are generally not much more than normal Madden scenarios with Longshot player models, they’re still entertaining enough to be worth playing.

But the main draw of MUT is multiplayer–and this year, you can team up with friends to take on others. Since Madden 25 launched in 2013, the series has conspicuously lacked any online cooperative team play. Madden 18’s MUT Squads finally reintroduces it. In the mode, one person plays as the offensive captain, one plays as the defensive captain, and one plays as the coach. It’s a welcome addition that gives players more options if they’re not interested in the solo competitive MUT modes.

On the field, Madden 18 looks beautiful. The game is the first in the series to use EA’s Frostbite engine, and as a result certain moments look nearly photorealistic. Stadiums feature minute details, while player models show everything from arm tattoos to jersey wrinkles. Stadium lighting is a particular high point; for example, afternoon sunlight–partly blocked by the stadium edges–filters down onto parts of the field and realistically illuminates players as they run into the light. The developer also comes closer than ever to finally eliminating the trademark dead eyes of Madden players. Eyes still look inhumanly glossy, but at least they move and are more detailed, and faces are more expressive.

The transition to Frostbite isn’t perfect, though. Outside of stadiums, environments generally look bland and featureless, especially during certain segments of Longshot. Additionally, with more human-like player movement comes some bizarre graphical bugs, such as a player’s leg clipping through his tackler’s chest, or two players getting hung up on each other as they try to stand up.

As with past Maddens, EA is trying to make sure that the game reflects real NFL events as much as possible, which means weekly roster and player stat updates. If a player is traded in real life, you can expect that to be represented in the game quickly. This year, EA has also added the “Play Now Live” mode, which has quickly become my favorite new feature in the game. This allows you to jump quickly into any of the week’s matchups, and both teams will reflect the actual lineups set to play. As a result, I was able to select last week’s preseason game between the Jaguars and Patriots, and it had already been set up with the correct time of day, stadium, and rosters. EA Tiburon has also introduced the ability to turn any Play Now Live game into a franchise, letting you jump into a full season immediately after completing a game. I was able to build upon my performance in that Jaguars-Patriots game without having to set it up in the Franchise mode menus. Even though Franchise Mode hasn’t received many updates from last year’s version, these starting points make it a whole lot easier and more enticing to play through an entire season.

As I progressed through my season with the Patriots, accruing both successes and failures, I noticed that the commentators started referring to events that had happened in past games–more so than in previous installments in the series. Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis debuted as Madden commentators last year, and their rapport was already great then. They have returned in Madden 18 with even more back-and-forth dialogue, covering an impressive range of situations. Most notably, though, their commentary is full of context for both the game and the season. So, when my Patriots met the Dolphins in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, both teams with a 9-7 record, Davis and Gaudin discussed how the AFC East was a particularly weak division. They referenced the other teams in the playoffs and how they got there, and they called out events from earlier in the game. Further, EA promises it will continually update the Play Now Live commentary so that Gaudin and Davis refer to what is happening in the NFL.

Overall, Madden 18 marks an unusually large shakeup in a series that, due to its annualized releases, rarely features much more than small, iterative changes. The Frostbite engine allows the game to reach new levels of realism in its visuals, and EA has put a lot of effort into constantly evolving the game to keep it in line with real-world events. But it is the Longshot story mode that defines Madden 18. Some of Longshot is unnecessary spectacle, but its lasting value comes from the humanity that it brings to the game. The moments of vulnerability and sincerity between Devin Wade and Colt Cruise during the story are worthy of celebration and give the overall game a weight that Madden hasn’t had before. And if that’s not enough to entice you, it’s also simply a terrific football game.

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England Wins FIFA Interactive World Cup For First Time In 12 Years

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Over the course of this week’s FIFA Interactive World Cup, Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing scored 46 goals across three days on his way to the grand final. In a 7-3 aggregate, Ealing not only took home $200,000 in prizes, but the first FIWC win for England since 2005.

The lead up to the final FIFA 17 match yesterday between Ealing and Kai “Deto” Wollin was dramatic, at least on the PlayStation side. Wollin’s final against Timox had both a red card call and a questionable offsides that ruled out a goal. Wollin emerged the winner thanks to a golden goal in extra time, and moved on to the final.

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Ealing’s run on the Xbox side was dominant, establishing a 6-0 lead in the first game of his final match and winning with an aggregate 7-2. Taking down Germany’s Xbox talent, Ealing would move on to face their PlayStation best in Wollin.

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Though Wollin took the early lead 3-1 on his home console, Ealing pushed back to a 3-3 tie to even the field going into the Xbox half. On his own console, Ealing put up four unanswered goals, cementing his victory at 7-3 and taking home the FIWC trophy for England.

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Though Ealing breaks a drought for England, past winners of the FIFA Interactive World Cup are fairly diverse. Winners in the last decade have included Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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Ealing takes home $200,000 and the pride of winning the first trophy for England since 2005, when Chris Bullard won 5-2 over Hungary’s Gabor Mokos. When asked what he’ll do with the money? Put it in savings, he says.

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The Division’s Latest Updates Hints At How Interesting The Sequel Might Be

Division patch 1.7 added many things, but a smile was not one of them.

“More is more” must be the mantra of the makers of The Division, Ubisoft’s fun but flawed post-disaster shooter that has somehow not collapsed beneath the weight of the latest mound of content added to it.

Less really would be more, and probably will be when Ubisoft gets around to releasing a sequel that starts over with a fresh foundation. The Division has become bloated thanks to piles of downloadable content, patches and the developers’ 18-month chase to satisfy a demanding fan-base. The game was already bulging with good and bad ideas from its first year of content, expansions and fixes. With its new 1.7 patch this past week, they’ve added so much more.

Before 1.7, the game already had….

  • A massive open-world version of Manhattan that players could roam solo or in co-op, shooting enemy grunts and picking up drips and drops of video and audio log narrative
  • Dozens of missions, all playable solo or co-op
  • A mixed co-op/PvP area called the Dark Zone that, for all its flaws, will likely remain the most tantalizingly treacherous multiplayer experience on consoles until Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hits Xbox One later this year
  • A so-so $15 expansion called Underground that let players shoot through randomly-configured subterranean levels
  • An excellent $15 expansion called Survival that dumped more snow into the map and turned the game into a co-op and PvP struggle for warmth, food, hydration, loot and helicopter rescue
  • A baffling $15 expansion called Last Stand that gave players a new 8v8 mode that few players seemed to want or enjoy
  • The free addition of “High Value Targets,” or named enemies that finally gave players who enjoyed roaming The Division’s open world but had finished the story something interesting new and interesting to shoot.
  • The free addition of World Tiers that let players ratchet up the quality of all enemy grunts and loot in the open world (hi, Diablo torment levels!)
  • Ridiculous amounts of gear

That was apparently not enough stuff.

This week with the 1.7 patch, they added….

  • Tons of new cosmetic gear that is accessible via the new Best Lootbox Animation In Video Games
  • New “Classified Gear Sets,” which basically add a new array of stat-improving items of light green type, not to be confused with items that are rarity-coded as white, dark green, blue, purple, orange, or reddish orange
  • A neat idea called Global Events that tweaks the rules of the entire game for a week and doles out—oh god—a new type of in-game currency that can be spent on a new type of randomized lootbox that just might dole out a Classified Gear item
  • 500+ new Achievement-like Commendations

If you are confused or overwhelmed, yeah, I was too. If you are intrigued and want to try the game, same. I went back into it this week and found myself bewildered and bemused, even while I was having a good time.

The Global Event happening for the next few days is an “outbreak” which somehow makes it so that headshots on enemies cause poisonous splash damage to enemies near them. This immediately makes even the average Sixth Avenue shootout more interesting, as it incentivizes a different way to take on enemy packs. More interesting, several of the game’s missions have been tweaked to operate under an escalating offering of three outbreak conditions. The most severe causes players to lose health when enemies get too close. That Critical Outbreak condition also allows co-op players to get one-hit-kills if they headshot an enemy that another player has marked.

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The game’s developers have discussed other possible global events, like one that would make players do less damage if they’re far from enemies and more if they’re close.

The Global Event spreads across the most of The Division’s modes, allowing players who prefer the competitive Dark Zone or co-op missions or solo roaming to all gain purple Global Event points that earn them Global Event lootboxes. Of course that’s what you get, because lootboxes have become The Division’s answer to everything. Max your character but still want to get something for the enemies you kill? Each kill will help fill a meter that doles out lootboxes. Those aforementioned 500+ Commendations? Some of them reward the player with Cypher Keys or Cypher Key fragments which are used at a new vendor added in patch 1.7 in order to purchase new lootboxes called Encrypted Caches. To play The Division is to be marching inexorably toward your next lootbox. Then then the next, and the next after that.

Hmm… I’ve got eight keys, so I can open eight lootboxes… or I could just buy 40 lootboxes if only I had 4000 premium bucks. Should I?
No. Nope. Not doing that. I’m going to get my keys by playing the game.

To play The Division is also to climb through tiers of chores to get the thing you want. If, say, you were intrigued many months ago about the prospect of tracking down some High Value Target enemies, you’d first have to go to an in-game safe-house, take on a few Search and Destroy missions, collect intel points as a reward and then spend an escalating amount of intel on an escalating array of High Value Targets.

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There are now new ladders of tasks and chores. Thanks to 1.7, there’s an astronaut outfit in the game, but to get all five pieces, you have to complete five other new ensembles, the parts of which are obtained semi-randomly through the aforementioned Encrypted caches, which can only be opened if you have Cypher Keys, which you get from earning some of the 500+ Commendations or other regular gameplay or by spending real money. Hope you didn’t want to dress up as a spaceman too badly.

Maybe it’s fair for the developers to make it hard to get the astronaut suit. The best rewards shouldn’t be easily obtained. Unfortunately, if you do get the astronaut suit, you probably won’t even be able to see it. It’ll be buried beneath your character’s other articles of clothing. I can’t think of a better metaphor for The Division’s bloat than the fact that your character wears so many articles of clothing that you can’t really see any of it. . Here’s a GIF of me toggling through each piece of the Spacefarer outfit, some of which you can hardly see, right? (Note, the suit would be slightly less obscured if I removed my guy’s jacket, which is cosmetic and doesn’t affect stats.)

Perhaps more is not, in fact, more.

The Division is mostly fun right now, and arguably the best it’s been even with how messy it’s become. Over the past few days, I did some co-op missions at varying severity of Outbreak conditions. I found some missions tedious, as the game still tends to drive you into long climactic shootouts with bullet-sponge enemies, but the moment-to-moment cover-based shooting still fees very good and most, shorter encounters are pleasing. As I played, I roamed the open world aiming for headshots because the Global Event parameters encouraged that, and I’d enjoy trying the game again when the next Global Event tweaks the rules again.

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I’ve been reminded how much I enjoy some of The Division’s fundamentals: the cover-to-cover movement, collecting those morose audio logs, and how oddly beautiful the game world is, despite or because of tis grit. This is a game that piles garbage bags so well they damn near look like sculptures. In the 1.7 update, you get a new room where you can customize your character’s face. It must be the best-rendered shitty public restroom ever put in a video game. Just look at this awfulness:

The Division now feels like a lab experiment that will soon be cast aside in favor of a fresh sequel. Those of us who enjoy loot shooters are probably going to be playing Destiny for the next few months, not this game. But what we play of The Division may offer some guidance for what we can expect in The Division 2. I’d like to play a game like this with constantly changing global conditions. I’d like to still have an optional survival mode. I’d like to see a Dark Zone where I could have a reasonable chance of having fun solo. Hell, I’d be happy to receive a steady supply of lootboxes, though I’d prefer there only be one type instead of three or four or five.

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As admirable as Ubisoft Massive’s commitment to post-game support has been, they’ve probably added too much at this point. There’s a lot of good in there, but it’s been mixed with some development detours and a lot of jerry-rigged fixes. They’ll almost certainly benefit from starting over. For now, it’s fun to test it all out and to imagine how, given all that they’ve doubtless learned, they can do better next time.

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Best Playstation 4 Games You Might’ve Missed in 2017

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PlayStation 4 owners have had no problems finding great games for the console, but here are six titles that might’ve flown under the radar for many people.

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Middle-earth: Shadow Of War — The Story So Far

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The Path To Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Set almost immediately after Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the next adventure for the undead ranger Talion and his wraith sidekick Celebrimbor sees them expanding their arsenal of skills while forging a new ring of power in order to dismantle the Dark Lord Sauron’s influence over the lands of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow Of War, the scope is much larger than before, and in order to survive, Talion and Celebrimbor will have to form their own army of orcs, trolls, and dragons–forcing Talion to fight fire with fire to quell the evils of Mordor and beyond.

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to dive into Shadow of Mordor, here’s a quick breakdown of all the key events in the first game, how they lead up to the next adventure, and where Talion and Celebrimbor’s story fits into the broader history of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Of course, there are spoilers abound, so be wary of the road that lays ahead.

In The Beginning

Set within the sixty-year gap between The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings saga, Shadow of Mordor begins during a relatively calm period of Middle-earth, which is largely uncharted territory in Tolkien-lore. The kingdom of Gondor keeps watch of the mostly arid and craggy lands of Mordor due to constant activity from orcs, and the persistent rumors of Sauron’s gradual return to power. Gondorian ranger Talion and his family are stationed at one of the garrisons a part of the Black Gate of Mordor, intended to shield the dangers of Mordor from the rest of the land.

Death And Rebirth

After a day of training and resting with his family, the garrison is suddenly attacked by orcs and Uruks–a, who serve the Dark Lord Sauron. Led by three Black Captains–The Hammer Of Sauron, The Tower Of Sauron, and The Black Hand of Sauron–the overrun the garrison and take control of the Black Gate. Though he’s able to fight off several foes, Talion and his family are held captive and used as sacrifices to summon the wraith of long dead Elvish smith master Celebrimbor to fuse with their Dark Lord. Instead, Celebrimbor merges with Talion’s soul, saving him from oblivion.

Into Mordor

Bonded together by the Black Hand’s spell, Celebrimbor–who has apparently lost much of his memories–forms a plan with Talion to exact revenge against Sauron’s army, and retake Mordor. Now living as a hybrid of man and wraith, Talion is imbued with radical new abilities that grant him supernatural speed and power, while also allowing him to defy death itself–reviving upon defeat at the many forge towers from Celebrimbor’s past. From there, the pair set off to dismantle the Orc hierarchy in Mordor, either through force or sabotage from within.

New Allies, New Foes

During their travels, Celebrimbor remembers more of his past life as a smith master–memories forging powerful weapons and equipment for armies and Lords. Eventually, Talion and his wraith companion come into contact with the obsessive Gollum, who is forever searching for his “Precious”–the One Ring which was taken by Bilbo Baggins during the events of The Hobbit. Due to his profound and everlasting connection to the Ring of Power, Gollum is able to communicate with Celebrimbor, helping him find artifacts from his past; helping jog his memory of his connections to Sauron.

The Orc Traitor

Teaming with Gondor deserter Hirgon, they work together with other outcasts to dismantle several Orc armies. Eventually Talion meets Ratbag the Coward–who as his name suggests is not well liked among Sauron’s army–and they come to an agreement to work together. This pact marks the beginning of the Ranger’s foray into the orc and uruk power hierarchy, allowing him to dismantle and sabotage Sauron’s army from within. After Talion takes out several captains and warchiefs–eventually gaining the ability to mark and dominate specific soilders–Ratbag ascends to a position of power and makes contact with The Hammer of Sauron, one of the three Black Captains. Seeing through the ruse, The Hammer kills Ratbag and confronts Talion–a battle that ultimately goes to the hero ranger.

The Truth Revealed

Moving on to land of Núrn–the southern and oddly fertile areas of Mordor–Talion meets with Lithariel, a wandering female warrior who serves Queen Marwen of Núrn, and Torvin, a Dwarf who explores the wilds. Working with Talion, they teach the ranger to ride and control the local beasts of Mordor, and also help find more relics from Celebrimbor’s past. The undead ranger even finds time to assist Queen Marwen, making even more headway into Mordor’s dangerous areas. After dismantling more of the orc armies, the ranger leads a charge of mind-controlled warriors into one of the Dark Lord’s strongholds, where the second Black Captain–The Tower of Sauron–awaits. During their battle, The Tower reveals that Celebrimbor deceived Talion, feigning amnesia and purposely binding him as a host to exact revenge against Sauron. They do battle, and using his stealth abilities, Talion defeats The Tower of Sauron.

The Death Of The Black Hand

With only one Black Captain left, Talion and Celebrimbor maintain their alliance and make haste to the Black Gate, where The Black Hand and his minions await their arrival. Using their abilities, Talion and Celembrimbor best The Black Hand of Sauron’s army and confront him at the top of the Black Gate. Before they can engage in battle, The Black Hand casts a spell on Celebrimbor, revealing the time shortly before his death and forcibly releasing him from Talion. With this new ritual, The final Black Captain sacrifices himself to merge Celebrimbor with his dying body, giving a new vessel for Sauron–leaving Talion more vulnerable than ever.

The Dark Lord, Sauron

In his past life, Celebrimbor was deceived by The Dark Lord into forging a Ring of Power. Realizing his mistake, he staged a coup against Sauron and tried using the ring against him. But Sauron had the upper hand and captured the Smith Master, slaughtered his family and took the ring for himself. Using his forge hammer, Sauron killed Celebrimbor, but in doing so, allowed the smith master to live again as a wraith. Within Sauron’s body, Celebrimbor is able to immobilize Sauron, affording Talion an opportunity to strike. The ranger fells the Dark Lord, forcing him back, into the deeper recesses of Middle-earth.

A New Ring Of Power

With the threat to the land seemingly vanquished, Celebrimbor wished to depart for the Undying Lands–the homeland for spirits leaving the mortal world. However, Talion successfully campaigns for their bond to continue, sensing that Sauron will soon return more powerful than ever. His wish is granted, the pair set out to forge a new ring–one powerful enough to defeat the Dark Lord for good.

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Undertale Review

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Undertale’s opening cinematic hints at a cliche RPG where you awake in a mysterious world and embark on a journey in hopes of returning to your normal life. Despite the familiar premise, you quickly discover that looks can be deceiving. While many games can take a heavy-handed approach to teaching you the basics, Undertale does so in a way that not only introduces you to the tone of the game, but teaches you not to accept anything at face value. The first character you meet compels you to play nice, but as the cheerful music turns to sinister laughter and your new “friend” declares you an idiot, you get it: expect the unexpected. Undertale makes a name for itself with unusual storytelling techniques and combat mechanics, setting itself apart from the games it seems to imitate. It’s also cleverly written and constantly subverts your expectations. There are so many wonderful experiences in store that are tempting to spoil, but to go into too much detail would ruin the element of surprise: one of Undertale’s best assets.

While it seems to be a game that’s designed for RPG fans first and foremost, a lot of Undertale’s jokes have universal appeal. A pair of comically incompetent skeletons regularly spout puns and jokes while attempting–and failing–to halt your progress, and the social ineptitude exhibited by one character when they try to express their feelings for another is a regular source of laughter. With clever characterization and unexpected responses to actions we’ve been conditioned to view as predictable, Undertale elicits laughter and delight with ease.

“Take the ferry for 3 gold.”

You’re encouraged to stop and engage with NPCs rather than charge through the story, and you should, because the varied and entertaining cast of monsters reveal valuable information about the wider world. This quality isn’t unique, but here, it leads to unusual exchanges that are filled with great quips, simultaneously poking fun at games and human nature alike. The script tip-toes into parody, but an air of earnest thought lifts it above mere mockery. Silly as it can be, Undertale delivers poignant observations that challenge the status-quo.

It’s also the sort of experience that encourages you to come back for a second or third round. This is especially true because, over the course of roughly five hours, you make a lot of decisions that impact the world around you. The importance of choice is often felt during combat, which lets you pick between fighting or talking your way out of conflict.

Sometimes the secret to winning is a little bit of love.
Sometimes the secret to winning is a little bit of love.

Trying to pacify opponents is a far more rewarding experience than simply fighting, and its a process that’s unique to each type of enemy. To earn their favor, you have to analyse an enemy’s behavior and figure out the right course of action. In one scenario, you can attempt to befriend a violent dog, in another, you might want to cheer up a ghost with low self-esteem; your success will depend on your ability to empathize and react. Navigating social puzzles is a refreshing change of pace for what seems like traditional combat, and the variety of distinct, entertaining enemies you engage with helps stave off a problem that’s all-too-common in other RPGs: repetitive random encounters.

Because not all enemies are easily wooed, you eventually need to defend yourself regardless if you intend to fight or not. Undertale handles this with a quirky mechanic that feels out of place at first, but it eventually grows on you because it makes combat engaging and unpredictable in a good way. Enemy attacks appear as waves of projectiles that fly within a square pen, and as they fly by, you have to steer a small heart icon out of their flightpath to avoid taking damage. It’s an unusual mechanic, but it’s simple to understand and rewarding in the sense that it lets your reflexes-rather than statistics or dice rolls–dictate the outcome of a fight.

The variety of distinct, entertaining enemies you engage with helps stave off a problem that’s all-too-common in other RPGs: repetitive random encounters.

Even within combat, Undertale layers on the humor. Sometimes you’re dodging bullets, but you also need to watch out for frogs, arms with flexing biceps, and even the tears of a depressed opponent. Linking the shape, size, and behavior of projectiles with enemies’ personalities keeps things challenging, and opens the door for even more laughs as you fend off absurd attacks.

Hey, what are friends for?
Hey, what are friends for?

It would be a crime not to mention Undertale’s soundtrack, which is loaded with beautiful bit-based melodies that blend perfectly with the action on-screen. Each boss gets its own theme song, which do a great job of enhancing their particular personality. These tracks in particular bring energy and vigor, putting you on the edge of your seat as you try to fight or befriend your opponent. Outside of battle, tracks set the appropriate mood, too, from the quirky jingle in Temmie Village, to somber melodies that build tension near the end of the game. Regardless of its retro style, Undertale’s soundtrack has timeless appeal and is great at evoking emotions.

Without spoiling the many ways it will screw with your expectations, it isn’t possible to truly capture how wonderful Undertale is. You wouldn’t know it with a passing glance, but it’s one of the most progressive and innovative RPGs to come in a long time, breaking down tradition for the sake of invention, with great success.

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Children of Morta is coming next year and has a new trailer.

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Children of Morta is coming next year and has a new trailer. Revealed back in 2015, the lush pixel art roguelike is a procedural game focusing on single family. Think FTL meets Bloodlines. We might be awash in these types of indie games at the moment, but I just can’t resist some damn good pixel animations.

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This Week In The Business: Splatoon 2 Hits Number One Without A Single Bullet

STAT | #1 – Splatoon 2's rank on the NPD Group’s list of July’s best-selling games in the US. The accomplishment is more impressive when you consider that Nintendo is one of the few major publishers that doesn’t share digital sales figures with NPD, so its ranking only reflects physical retail sales.

QUOTE | “Paradox has made a great business out of sometimes sticking to our guns while other people go elsewhere.” – Paradox Interactive chief product officer Johan Sjöberg explains why the company has only just recently made the jump to consoles, and why it has no immediate plan for Nintendo Switch support.

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QUOTE | “It’s a pitiful story, but to say that Yoko-san saved Platinum would not be an exaggeration. I cannot thank him enough.” – PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya credits Yoko Taro and NieR: Automata with bringing the studio back from the brink.

QUOTE | “Crackdown 3: Campaign, co-op, & Wrecking Zone is moving to spring ‘18 so we can make sure we deliver all the awesome that Crackdown fans want.” – Microsoft Studios publishing GM Shannon Loftis explains why the long-awaited Xbox One game has been delayed again. Announced at E3 2014, the game was originally slated for a launch in 2016.

QUOTE | “Please, stop undermining your game because somehow you think it’s not worth the asking price.” – SteamSpy’s Sergey Galyonkin suggests indie games “are too damn cheap,” and asks developers to start charging more for their work.

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QUOTE | “Honestly my biggest concern with indies is that they learn how to take care of themselves. Even with some of the most successful teams we’ve worked with, isolation and depression are running rampant among indie creators, with ever-increasing competition for attention and the unprecedented access to the artists that their critics (who is now everyone with an internet connection) now have.” – Devolver co-founder Mike Wilson talks about challenges indies face as he relaunches Gambitious as Good Shepherd Entertainment.

QUOTE | “It’s an industry that on the whole, I don’t feel wants to change. Or it doesn’t feel the need to change.” – The Chinese Room co-founder Jessica Curry, on how little progress gaming has made in the way it treats women in recent years.

QUOTE | “The industry often underestimates its power. Games influence their players whether we like it or not, and far too many games are developed purely ‘for fun’. But fun is subjective and very hard to define, especially if you factor in the diversity of the global audience. That audience can respond to much more than just fun.” – Jovian Industries’ Laura Bularca advises developers to consider their game’s meaning first, and use that to guide other decisions about new features.

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QUOTE | “Today, we’ve shut down the altright.com server and a number of accounts associated with the events in Charlottesville. We will continue to take action against white supremacy, Nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.” – Gaming chat app Discord takes a stand against a toxic subset of its user base.

QUOTE | “We’re not interested in supporting trading card farming or bot networks at the expense of being able to provide value and service for players.” – A Valve representative explaining why the company has been denying developer requests for large numbers of Steam keys for games with low sales and poor reviews.

QUOTE | “The ambition is to continue doing games – not just about Zlatan. The team has different ambitions, more ideas and more projects.” – Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimović says his ambitions for the studio he co-owns, Isbit Games, go a lot further than the just-announced sci-fi sports title Zlatan Legends.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Lawn Games, Bookshelf Speakers, Anker RoboVac, and More

Klipsch bookshelf speakers, an Amazon lawn game sale, and your last chance to save on the Eufy RoboVac lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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I didn’t know it was possible to improve upon the handheld white board, but Boogie Board might have done it. This $23 gadget (an all-time low price, by the way) includes a stylus to draw on its LCD display, and will keep its image indefinitely without any power until you hit the erase button, and of course, the “pen” will never dry out.

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Our readers have bought thousands of the smaller version, but this 10.5" model gives you even more room to doodle.


Best Buy’s running a 50 hour sale on tons of TVs, Apple products, speaker systems, and a lot more this weekend. Some of our top picks are included in the list of deals at the bottom of this post, but head over to Best Buy to check out the entire sale.


Sound bars are all the rage right now, but if you want to build a home theater system piecemeal, like in the olden days, Amazon’s running a great deal today on Klipsch bookshelf speakers, today only.

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These speakers have only been out since July, but they already have a 4.3 star review average from over 130 customers, and $270 is an all-time low by over $100. Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, meaning this price is only available today, or until sold out.


If the bottom of your bag looks like a Radioshack going out of business sale, this $8 travel case from AmazonBasics can keep your memory cards, battery packs, charging cables, and other small electronics organized.



Until fairly recently, external hard drives over 2TB required an extra power cord, but not so with this ultra-portable 4TB WD My Passport, now marked down to an all-time low $110.

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That makes it easy to toss in a bag to take anywhere, and it would also be great for storing all of your PS4 and Xbox One games.

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Anker SoundCore, $27 with code ALBCXN3Y

Anker’s SoundCore blew away the competition to take the title of your favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and today, you can pick one up for $27 with code ALBCXN3Y. That’s a couple bucks more than it was on Prime Day, but otherwise one of the best prices we’ve seen.

For about $7 more though, you can opt for the upgraded water-resistant version instead. In my experience, they sound nearly identical, and they both sport the same incredible battery life, so you can choose solely based on your need for water resistance.


1 Year NordVPN, $48 with code VIP70 | 2 Year Plan, $72 with code 2YSpecial2017

VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’ geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.

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NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!

Top Home Deals

Eufy RoboVac 11, $187 with code KINJA815

The RoboVac 11 from Eufy (a division of Anker) is one of your favorite robotic vacuums, and in my own testing, it’s every bit as good—and far quieter—than my Roomba. So if it’s been on your radar, our readers can save $33 today with promo code KINJA815.

Note: This sale ends this weekend, so don’t miss out!

The final price of $187 isn’t the best deal we’ve seen on this (it went down to $150 for a few glorious hours in May), but it’s still over $100 less than the comparable Roomba, so if it’s been on your shopping list for awhile, this is a solid chance to save.


You can’t control these semi-smart power outlets with your phone, or automate them with IFTTT recipes like you can with Belkin’s WeMo line, but you can control them from across your house with a remote control, and they’re incredibly cheap today.


This garden hose is so metal. Literally. That means it’ll never puncture, tear, or most importantly, kink.


You probably don’t need a humidifier right now, but cool, dry air will return eventually, and it never hurts to be prepared. This model from TaoTronics includes a 4.4 star review average from over 1,500 customers, and has never been cheaper.


If you’re sick of overpaying for lunch every day at work, you could start bringing your own in these highly rated Thermos containers. The food container will keep soup hot for up to five hours, and the drink bottle will keep your favorite beverage hot or cold for 12 hours.


Speaking of bringing your lunch to work, these Rubbermaid Brilliance containers are perfect for salads, sandwiches, and other solid foods, and two different configurations are cheaper than ever today.


Life’s too short to drink the same soda every time, so take advantage of this 30% Amazon discount and try something new. Inside, you’ll find dozens of different flavors from Hansen’s and Blue Sky, including both diets and cane sugar-sweetened varieties. Just note that you won’t see the discount until checkout. Cheers!


10W LED Work Light, $32 with code AXIS3199

This battery-operated LED work light puts out as much light as a 100W halogen, and its removable battery pack can even charge your phone over USB. It’s one of those things you might not use often, but it’s not a bad idea to keep one handy in your garage, just in case.


Lysol wipes are one of the easiest ways to wipe down cabinets, and they’re a gift sent from the heavens whenever someone in your house has a cold. Assuming you’ve got some extra cabinet space, you should definitely pick up 320 wipes for $9 up with this clippable Amazon coupon.

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Free snack with $25 purchase with code PRIMESNACK

If you’re planning on spending $25 on Amazon today (we can probably help you with that), be sure to use promo code PRIMESNACK and pick one of these four snacks to get it for free with your order. Just note that the $25 has to be shipped and sold by Amazon.com directly to qualify. I’m in for that sweet and spicy trail mix

Top Lifestyle Deals

Summer’s not over yet, so buy this tube for $16, find a few drinks, and head to your nearest body of water.


If your underwear drawer could use a few new additions, this 4-pack from Tommy Hilfiger is $7 less than usual on Amazon today.


$10 off Ultra Light Down Jackets for men and women

Yes, it’s still August. Yes, it’s still hot basically everywhere in the US. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of a really good winter-focused deal when it happens. Uniqlo is giving you $10 off their Ultra Light Down jacket for men and women, in any color. Maybe now you’ll be ready for the next random act of weather as our planet slowly dies.


Women’s Sweatpants, $5 with codes SAVE30 and SHIPFREE | Men’s Sweatpants, $6 with codes SAVE30 and SHIPFREE

It’s certainly not sweatpant season yet, but you can get ready for the colder weather with $6 men’s, or $5 women’s sweatpants from Hanes. Just pick your color and size, then save 30% at checkout with code SAVE30, and get free shipping with stackable code SHIPFREE. Cozy!


Remington MB4900, $40 after $10 coupon and $10 discount at checkout

The Remington MB4900 has everything you need to to groom your beard, and you can take advantage of two simultaneous $10 discounts right now. First, clip the $10 coupon on the product page. You’ll see that discount at checkout, in addition to an extra $10 off $50 promotion, bringing the kit down to $40.

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While it lacks the brand recognition of the Fitbit Aria, this $30 smart scale can still sync your weight, body fat, and other stats to your phone over Bluetooth so you can track your measurements over time. And if you own an iPhone, it’ll even sync to the Health app, so you can integrate the stats with tons of other fitness apps.


Cymas Resistance Bands, $16 with code 6UN2E24A

Need to get your body beach-ready? This resistance band set lets you get a full workout in any room in your house, and at $16 (with code 6UN2E24A), it’s quite a bit more cost-effective than joining a gym.


Extra 40% off sale styles with code KINJASALE40

Sunglass Warehouse has some of the best pricing out there, but they’ve amped it up this week. Their clearance section is already full of deeply discounted shades, but use the code KINJASALE40 and get an additional 40% off. That means you can grab pairs for as low as $2, so you really have no excuse not to get a backup.


Top Media Deals


100 Essential Films Scratch-Off Chart, $28 with code CASHABLANCA

Show off you love of film in a more unique way than just a regular movie poster. This 100 Essential Films poster from Pop Chart Lab isn’t just a kickass looking infographic; you can scratch away the boxes to reveal the hidden film lurking beneath the metallic surface. Use the best promo code ever created, CASHABLANCA, and take 20% off. That discount applies on frames too, if you choose to purchase one with the poster.


ThinkGeek is helping the nerds in your life get ready for back-to-school. Score up to 75% off of a ton of products and apparel. There are seriously over 150 items to choose from, which means every corner of geekdom is covered by this sale.


iTunes gift card discounts are noticeably less common than they used to be, and while we do see 20% discounts from time to time, a $100 iTunes gift card for $85 is still a solid deal if you pay for apps, movies, Apple Music, or iCloud storage.

Top Gaming Deals

If you missed out on yesterday’s big board game sale, a few favorites are still down to some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen.


It’s peak lawn game season, and you can save on cornhole sets, ladder toss, giant Jenga sets, a beer pong tablet, and more.


The Logitech G502 was your choice for best gaming mouse (though you don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate its benefits), and the upgraded Proteus Spectrum model (which includes fully adjustable backlighting) is on sale for $51 today, the best price we’ve seen outside of a couple of very short-lived $40 sales.

The marquee spec here is the DPI range of 200-12,000, adjustable on the fly. There are also five easily movable and removable weights, and 11 customizable buttons, along with the classic Logitech dual-mode scroll wheel. Mechanical microswitches and a braided cable are also nice touches.


Many of you won’t bat an eye in spending $50+ on a good gaming mouse, but don’t neglect the mouse pad! This extra long model from Corsair is available for $15 today.

Our deals researcher, Corey, has one and had some nice things to say in Slack:

Nice things to say about it – massive, soft and comfortable on your wrists, doesn’t slowly squirm and migrate across your desk, as precise as hard mousepads I’ve used.


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proves that you don’t need Nathan Drake to make a great Uncharted game, and Prime members can pick it up for $32 today.


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Nier: Automata is one of the best games you can own for your PS4, and Amazon just marked it down to $40, an all-time low.


LEGO has come to be dominated by licensed sets with strict instructions and little room for creativity, but you can still buy a big ol’ box of LEGO bricks for $16 on Amazon today, an all-time low. It doesn’t include Han Solo or a Minecraft creeper, but you will get 303 pieces to build whatever you want.


PlayStation owners can finally take advantage of the crazy value Humble offers with this 2K Bundle. Games are redeemable either for the Vita, PS3, or PS4, but the PS4 titles include XCOM 2, Evolve, and $10 of Battleborn Platinum VC. As always, a portion of your purchase goes to charity, and the titles are split among multiple price tiers.

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 21 – 27

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It’s another edition of Next Week on Xbox! We have an incredible selection of games this coming week, with 20 exciting titles arriving in a few days like the action RPG Path of Exile, the return of the gridiron classic Madden 18 and a slew of unique titles like Mages of Mystralia, Duck Game, and The Escapists 2. Read on to see the full list of new games coming soon to Xbox One and come back every Saturday to find out what’s Next Week on Xbox!

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Madden NFL 18 (Pre-order Now) – August 22
Madden NFL 18 takes a significant visual leap forward, delivering the greatest looking Madden of all time with the power of the Frostbite engine. See stunning new stadium exteriors surrounded by vast cityscapes and watch the spectacle of NFL gameday come to life in the most photo-realistic game to date.

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The Escapists 2 (Pre-order Now)- August 22
Craft, steal, brawl, and escape! It’s time to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world as you return to the life of an inmate in The Escapists 2. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents and underground tunnels. Have you got what it takes to escape?

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Rivals of Aether 1.0 – August 22
Rivals of Aether is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of fire, water, air, and earth. Play with up to four players locally or up to two players online. Includes the Ori-Rival DLC to allow you to play as Ori from Ori and the Blind Forest.

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SwapQuest – August 22
Play as Prince Wilbert or Princess Wilma and go on a journey through the land to become stronger, wiser and braver as you fight cursed monsters, find invaluable treasures and discover the secrets of Aventana in this mix of puzzle and RPG mechanics.

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Duck Game – August 22
Enter the futuristic year of 1984, in an age where ducks run wild in a frantic battle for glory in both local and online competitive play. Blast your friends with shotguns, net guns, saxophones, magnet guns, and much, much more.

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Super Comboman – August 22
A colorful beat ‘em up with wacky characters and fast-paced fighting game combat, set in a destructible sticker-based world. Fluid combos and upgradable moves allow you to smash and juggle enemies with air and ground combos, while developing your own style in the process.

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Spartan – August 23
Help King Leo recover his stolen goods and punish whoever is behind this crime. With only your trusty shield and sword to protect you, face ferocious mythical monsters and bone snapping traps in this intense platforming adventure.

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Masquerada: Songs and Shadows – August 23
Masquerada is a single-player tactical RPG adventure where real-time combat can be paused for tactics with Venetian-styled masks that grant deadly magic. Overcome devious marauders & fey curiosities as you witness a riveting tale of masked mystery voiced by Matthew Mercer, Jennifer Hale & more.

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ChromaGun (Pre-order Now) – August 23
Welcome to ChromaTec’s test lab! You’re here to test a state-of-the-art military-grade color-technology: The ChromaGun (patent pending). Use it to solve meticulously designed test chambers by painting the walls and droids.

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Knock-Knock – August 23
Skittering unknowns shift in the darkness. An unruly growl seeps from the attic. Are they hallucinations pecking at the insomnia-afflicted residents, or the gnarled remnants of a darker secret? As the last rays of dusk fade, the dreadful things come out to play.

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Blacksea Odyssey – August 23
Explore dangerous, interstellar vistas as you hunt enormous space-behemoths with a harpoon and rune-infused spears. Unlock fierce space-huntsmen and collect runes to customize your spear and space-board to hunt as you please in the deadliest competition in the universe.

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AeternoBlade – August 23
Travel with the unknown weapon called AeternoBlade to take revenge on Beladim, the Lord of the Mist who destroyed your village and tribe in this 2D action platformer.

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Bleed (Pre-order Now)- August 24
Wryn is a girl with a big arsenal and big dreams and wants to be the ultimate video game hero. Help her take down the Greatest Heroes of All Time in an action-packed bid to claim the title for herself.

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Path of Exile (Pre-order Now) – August 25
Earn devastating skills and valuable items as you fight your way through the dark continent of Wraeclast. With unrivaled character customization, Path of Exile is an award-winning online action RPG created by hardcore gamers, for hardcore gamers.

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Mages of Mystralia (Pre-order Now) – August 25
In a world of magic, your mind is your greatest weapon. Learn the ways of magic and design your own spells to fight enemies, navigate treacherous terrain, and right past wrongs in the kingdom of Mystralia.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy – August 25
Collects all 4 Storm games in one breathtaking collection and includes HD Remasters of Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst, and Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto.

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Absolute Drift: Zen Edition (Pre-order Now) – August 25
Journey from apprentice to master drifter as you hone your skill in a gorgeous minimalist world. Travel from airports and docks to a floating metropolis in search of new cars and ever greater challenges as your driving skills will be challenged at every turn until you finally become a master drifter.

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F1 2017 (Pre-order Now)- August 25
Race some of the most iconic F1 cars of the last 30 years in F1 2017. With an even deeper career mode, more varied gameplay in the new Championships mode, and a host of other new features, both online and offline, F1 2017 is the most complete and thrilling F1 game ever.

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Battle of the Bulge (Pre-order Now)- August 25
A fast-paced WW2 game where precise movement and detailed planning make the difference between a vain attempt and a brave operation. Command infantry, mechanized and armored units in hard fights through the various phases of the offensive.

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Eventide 2: The Sorcerer’s Mirror – August 25
Embark on a mystical adventure in a forgotten mountain village ruled by an immortal sorcerer. Explore an enchanted world full of imps, apparitions, magical animals, and other mysterious creatures taken directly from Eastern European folk and fairy tales.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Lawn Games, Bookshelf Speakers, Anker RoboVac, and More

Klipsch bookshelf speakers, an Amazon lawn game sale, and your last chance to save on the Eufy RoboVac lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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I didn’t know it was possible to improve upon the handheld white board, but Boogie Board might have done it. This $23 gadget (an all-time low price, by the way) includes a stylus to draw on its LCD display, and will keep its image indefinitely without any power until you hit the erase button, and of course, the “pen” will never dry out.

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Our readers have bought thousands of the smaller version, but this 10.5" model gives you even more room to doodle.


Best Buy’s running a 50 hour sale on tons of TVs, Apple products, speaker systems, and a lot more this weekend. Some of our top picks are included in the list of deals at the bottom of this post, but head over to Best Buy to check out the entire sale.


Sound bars are all the rage right now, but if you want to build a home theater system piecemeal, like in the olden days, Amazon’s running a great deal today on Klipsch bookshelf speakers, today only.

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These speakers have only been out since July, but they already have a 4.3 star review average from over 130 customers, and $270 is an all-time low by over $100. Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, meaning this price is only available today, or until sold out.


If the bottom of your bag looks like a Radioshack going out of business sale, this $8 travel case from AmazonBasics can keep your memory cards, battery packs, charging cables, and other small electronics organized.



Until fairly recently, external hard drives over 2TB required an extra power cord, but not so with this ultra-portable 4TB WD My Passport, now marked down to an all-time low $110.

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That makes it easy to toss in a bag to take anywhere, and it would also be great for storing all of your PS4 and Xbox One games.

Don’t forget your free snack!


Anker SoundCore, $27 with code ALBCXN3Y

Anker’s SoundCore blew away the competition to take the title of your favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and today, you can pick one up for $27 with code ALBCXN3Y. That’s a couple bucks more than it was on Prime Day, but otherwise one of the best prices we’ve seen.

For about $7 more though, you can opt for the upgraded water-resistant version instead. In my experience, they sound nearly identical, and they both sport the same incredible battery life, so you can choose solely based on your need for water resistance.


1 Year NordVPN, $48 with code VIP70 | 2 Year Plan, $72 with code 2YSpecial2017

VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’ geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.

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NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!

Top Home Deals

Eufy RoboVac 11, $187 with code KINJA815

The RoboVac 11 from Eufy (a division of Anker) is one of your favorite robotic vacuums, and in my own testing, it’s every bit as good—and far quieter—than my Roomba. So if it’s been on your radar, our readers can save $33 today with promo code KINJA815.

Note: This sale ends this weekend, so don’t miss out!

The final price of $187 isn’t the best deal we’ve seen on this (it went down to $150 for a few glorious hours in May), but it’s still over $100 less than the comparable Roomba, so if it’s been on your shopping list for awhile, this is a solid chance to save.


You can’t control these semi-smart power outlets with your phone, or automate them with IFTTT recipes like you can with Belkin’s WeMo line, but you can control them from across your house with a remote control, and they’re incredibly cheap today.


This garden hose is so metal. Literally. That means it’ll never puncture, tear, or most importantly, kink.


You probably don’t need a humidifier right now, but cool, dry air will return eventually, and it never hurts to be prepared. This model from TaoTronics includes a 4.4 star review average from over 1,500 customers, and has never been cheaper.


If you’re sick of overpaying for lunch every day at work, you could start bringing your own in these highly rated Thermos containers. The food container will keep soup hot for up to five hours, and the drink bottle will keep your favorite beverage hot or cold for 12 hours.


Speaking of bringing your lunch to work, these Rubbermaid Brilliance containers are perfect for salads, sandwiches, and other solid foods, and two different configurations are cheaper than ever today.


Life’s too short to drink the same soda every time, so take advantage of this 30% Amazon discount and try something new. Inside, you’ll find dozens of different flavors from Hansen’s and Blue Sky, including both diets and cane sugar-sweetened varieties. Just note that you won’t see the discount until checkout. Cheers!


10W LED Work Light, $32 with code AXIS3199

This battery-operated LED work light puts out as much light as a 100W halogen, and its removable battery pack can even charge your phone over USB. It’s one of those things you might not use often, but it’s not a bad idea to keep one handy in your garage, just in case.


Lysol wipes are one of the easiest ways to wipe down cabinets, and they’re a gift sent from the heavens whenever someone in your house has a cold. Assuming you’ve got some extra cabinet space, you should definitely pick up 320 wipes for $9 up with this clippable Amazon coupon.

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Free snack with $25 purchase with code PRIMESNACK

If you’re planning on spending $25 on Amazon today (we can probably help you with that), be sure to use promo code PRIMESNACK and pick one of these four snacks to get it for free with your order. Just note that the $25 has to be shipped and sold by Amazon.com directly to qualify. I’m in for that sweet and spicy trail mix

Top Lifestyle Deals

Summer’s not over yet, so buy this tube for $16, find a few drinks, and head to your nearest body of water.


If your underwear drawer could use a few new additions, this 4-pack from Tommy Hilfiger is $7 less than usual on Amazon today.


$10 off Ultra Light Down Jackets for men and women

Yes, it’s still August. Yes, it’s still hot basically everywhere in the US. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of a really good winter-focused deal when it happens. Uniqlo is giving you $10 off their Ultra Light Down jacket for men and women, in any color. Maybe now you’ll be ready for the next random act of weather as our planet slowly dies.


Women’s Sweatpants, $5 with codes SAVE30 and SHIPFREE | Men’s Sweatpants, $6 with codes SAVE30 and SHIPFREE

It’s certainly not sweatpant season yet, but you can get ready for the colder weather with $6 men’s, or $5 women’s sweatpants from Hanes. Just pick your color and size, then save 30% at checkout with code SAVE30, and get free shipping with stackable code SHIPFREE. Cozy!


Remington MB4900, $40 after $10 coupon and $10 discount at checkout

The Remington MB4900 has everything you need to to groom your beard, and you can take advantage of two simultaneous $10 discounts right now. First, clip the $10 coupon on the product page. You’ll see that discount at checkout, in addition to an extra $10 off $50 promotion, bringing the kit down to $40.

Don’t forget your free snack!


While it lacks the brand recognition of the Fitbit Aria, this $30 smart scale can still sync your weight, body fat, and other stats to your phone over Bluetooth so you can track your measurements over time. And if you own an iPhone, it’ll even sync to the Health app, so you can integrate the stats with tons of other fitness apps.


Cymas Resistance Bands, $16 with code 6UN2E24A

Need to get your body beach-ready? This resistance band set lets you get a full workout in any room in your house, and at $16 (with code 6UN2E24A), it’s quite a bit more cost-effective than joining a gym.


Extra 40% off sale styles with code KINJASALE40

Sunglass Warehouse has some of the best pricing out there, but they’ve amped it up this week. Their clearance section is already full of deeply discounted shades, but use the code KINJASALE40 and get an additional 40% off. That means you can grab pairs for as low as $2, so you really have no excuse not to get a backup.


Top Media Deals


100 Essential Films Scratch-Off Chart, $28 with code CASHABLANCA

Show off you love of film in a more unique way than just a regular movie poster. This 100 Essential Films poster from Pop Chart Lab isn’t just a kickass looking infographic; you can scratch away the boxes to reveal the hidden film lurking beneath the metallic surface. Use the best promo code ever created, CASHABLANCA, and take 20% off. That discount applies on frames too, if you choose to purchase one with the poster.


ThinkGeek is helping the nerds in your life get ready for back-to-school. Score up to 75% off of a ton of products and apparel. There are seriously over 150 items to choose from, which means every corner of geekdom is covered by this sale.


iTunes gift card discounts are noticeably less common than they used to be, and while we do see 20% discounts from time to time, a $100 iTunes gift card for $85 is still a solid deal if you pay for apps, movies, Apple Music, or iCloud storage.

Top Gaming Deals

If you missed out on yesterday’s big board game sale, a few favorites are still down to some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen.


It’s peak lawn game season, and you can save on cornhole sets, ladder toss, giant Jenga sets, a beer pong tablet, and more.


The Logitech G502 was your choice for best gaming mouse (though you don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate its benefits), and the upgraded Proteus Spectrum model (which includes fully adjustable backlighting) is on sale for $51 today, the best price we’ve seen outside of a couple of very short-lived $40 sales.

The marquee spec here is the DPI range of 200-12,000, adjustable on the fly. There are also five easily movable and removable weights, and 11 customizable buttons, along with the classic Logitech dual-mode scroll wheel. Mechanical microswitches and a braided cable are also nice touches.


Many of you won’t bat an eye in spending $50+ on a good gaming mouse, but don’t neglect the mouse pad! This extra long model from Corsair is available for $15 today.

Our deals researcher, Corey, has one and had some nice things to say in Slack:

Nice things to say about it – massive, soft and comfortable on your wrists, doesn’t slowly squirm and migrate across your desk, as precise as hard mousepads I’ve used.


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proves that you don’t need Nathan Drake to make a great Uncharted game, and Prime members can pick it up for $32 today.


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Nier: Automata is one of the best games you can own for your PS4, and Amazon just marked it down to $40, an all-time low.


LEGO has come to be dominated by licensed sets with strict instructions and little room for creativity, but you can still buy a big ol’ box of LEGO bricks for $16 on Amazon today, an all-time low. It doesn’t include Han Solo or a Minecraft creeper, but you will get 303 pieces to build whatever you want.


PlayStation owners can finally take advantage of the crazy value Humble offers with this 2K Bundle. Games are redeemable either for the Vita, PS3, or PS4, but the PS4 titles include XCOM 2, Evolve, and $10 of Battleborn Platinum VC. As always, a portion of your purchase goes to charity, and the titles are split among multiple price tiers.

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This $23 Boogie Board Is a Whiteboard For the Digital Age

I didn’t know it was possible to improve upon the handheld white board, but Boogie Board might have done it. This $23 gadget (an all-time low price, by the way) includes a stylus to draw on its LCD display, and will keep its image indefinitely without any power until you hit the erase button, and of course, the “pen” will never dry out.

Our readers have bought thousands of the smaller version, but this 10.5" model gives you even more room to doodle.


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This $23 Boogie Board Is a Whiteboard For the Digital Age

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Our readers have bought thousands of the smaller version, but this 10.5" model gives you even more room to doodle.


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Julius Jr.’s Playhouse by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Julius Jr.’s Playhouse by StoryToys Entertainment Limited Download on the App Store.

Price: $2.99
Rating: No rating available
Category: Entertainment
Version: 1.2
Created: March 10, 2017 at 10:07AM

Description:
Join Julius Jr. and his adorable friends in Julius Jr.’s Playhouse, an app with four awesome activities designed for tablets and mobile phones. The games are fun and easy to play, and you can earn stars for completing the challenges.

• TEA PARTY. Decorate delicious cakes with Sheree, then feed them to Julius Jr. and his friends.
• GARAGE BAND. Play along with the garage band as they play songs from the TV show.
• FRIENDS QUIZ. Identify your favorite characters in an interactive quiz – then learn your shapes and colors!
• GET PUZZLING. Put together colourful puzzles in 4 different levels.

Julius Jr.’s Playhouse is part of the StoryToys Jr. line. Designed for preschoolers and Julius Jr. fans of all ages, it includes the following features:

FEATURES
• Intuitive, child-friendly and easy to use
• 8 jigsaws in 4 levels
• Over 100 quiz questions
• 3 Julius Jr. songs
• Endlessly creative cake decorating options
• Bright, colourful illustrations
• Professionally narrated
• Soundtrack and sound effects from the TV show

Some Reviews of StoryToys’ Previous titles:

“StoryToys has near-brilliantly rethought children’s books. This application evolves the very concept of what a story can be.” ~ Jeremy Horowitz, iLounge

“Every page keeps the reader wanting more. The interactivity of the pop-up pages is superb.”
~ Leanne McGinty, Ahgoo Review

“Now THIS is what I call an app!! My jaw dropped when I started reading this interactive book.” ~ Sylvia Duckworth, French Apps for kids

“Stunning. If I had to sum up this app in one word it would absolutely be stunning.”
~ Danielle Smith, TheresABook.com

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STORYTOYS AWARDS:
• 11 Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Awards
• 2 iLounge awards for best kids’ app
• 2 Mom’s Choice gold awards
• Mom’s Choice Silver award
• Shortlist nominations for the FutureBook Digital Innovation Award
• Best Kids’ App Ever winner
• Longlisted for the DBW Publishing innovation award
• 8 Tech With Kids Best Pick App Awards
• Winner of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award, 2015

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