Hearthstone's spring update is adding a Standard & Wild format

In a rather surprising blog post Blizzard announced that they will be splitting up Hearthstone's ranked mode in to Standard & Wild leagues which are essentially a straight up copy of MTG's Standard & Legacy.

Besides the two new leagues the spring update will bring with it more deck slots (!), the removal of Naxx & GVG, a rebalance of the classic card set and a bunch of brand new cards. Here's a short overview of what exactly is happening:

Origin is offering Need For Speed: Most Wanted for free

Origin's "On The House" program is essentially cheap advertising for the platform but I don't think anyone can really complain about getting a free game every few months.

This time around its Criterion's 2012 Need for Speed: Most Wanted whose single player campaign is a bit lackluster but the multiplayer is as excellent as ever. Here's the trailer if you need to refresh your memory:

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming this June 28th

[Update]: After many delays, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has now been pinned for a April 5th, 2022 release date.

After being yet another big announcement the official Xbox site leaked in two days the Lego version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now been officially confirmed.

Alongside the movie storyline Lego Star Wars will bring with it an exclusive chapter bridging together Return of the Jedi with The Force Awakens meaning that this Lego game is going to be setting canon! Here's the announcement trailer:

Shadowrun: Hong Kong is getting a massive free update

If there ever was a development team that did Kickstarter campaigns right it would be Harebrained Schemes, the folks behind the modern Shadowrun games. They ask for reasonable sums of money, have well laid out plans and deliver excellent games right on schedule.

And if that's not enough to convince that HS really do care about their games then the fact that they just announced 5 hours of completely free extra content for Shadowrun: Hong Kong should. Here's the announcement message:

Fallout 4's Update 1.3 brings new features and many bug fixes

Despite playing a lot Fallout 4 I never really encountered many bugs or glitches which now I realize was an extremely fortunate thing. As it turns out some people were completely locked out from finishing the game, or even entering various areas until today's update 1.3 solved the problem, yikes.

Along with some very welcome bugfixing this update also brought in a couple of graphical tweaks to the PC version of Fallout 4 as well as much needed quality of life improvements for the settlements. Here's the full list of patch notes:

The ridiculous RPG Disgaea is coming to PC this February 24th

Being a PC gamer for the majority of my life I have to admit I know very little about the Disgaea series other than its a bunch of extremely well done RPGs with a good dash of humor thrown in.

But even knowing its a series quite light in tone didn't manage to prepare me for the sheer ridiculousness that is the Disgaea PC release trailer. Take a look, you won't regret it:

The Division open beta will be starting later this month

Ubisoft extended The Division's closed beta test yesterday in order to ensure that the latecomers had a chance to play it before the gates were finally closed until the March 8th launch.

However, according to a post on Xbox Italy's official Facebook page it seems that The Division will be entering open beta from the 16th to 21st of February so even if you didn't get lucky enough with the closed beta you still might have a chance. The post was promptly deleted but Eurogamer managed to capture the image:

Grey Goo update brings with it a new faction, the Shroud

Grey Goo is an asymmetric base-building RTS starring three unique races each with their own tactics, ways of expansion, unit composition and overall gameplay style. While I never had the chance to play it myself most of the reviews I've gone over seem to agree on one thing, Grey Goo needs a lot more content given its price point.

The developers were seemingly well aware of this issue as the "Descent of the Shroud" update was announced yesterday and set to launch today, February 1st at 12pm CST / 6pm UTC. Best part about it all? Its completely free! Here's the announcement trailer:

The Division's beta has been extended until Tuesday, February 2nd

To say that the recent closed beta for The Division has been in high demand would be one hell of an understatement. There were so many people who signed up for the beta that Ubisoft decided to increase the player capacity not once, but twice already.

If you are among those that got in yesterday and barely had a time to experience The Division I have some good news as Ubisoft has announced that the beta will be extended until Tuesday, February 2nd, 12pm CET / 6am EST / 3am PST. Here's the announcement message:

The three XCOM 2 mods launching alongside the game were revealed today

It was announced a little while back that XCOM 2 would be launching alongside multiple mods made by the very talented Long War mod team but it was never specified how many of them there would be and what they would entail.

But after a recent interview Eurogamer's Chris Bratt did with Jake Solomon from Firaxis and Johnny Lumpkin from Long War Studios we now know that the three mods coming with XCOM 2's February 5th launch are a new SMG weapon, a Muton Centurion mini boss and a new set of leadership perks. Here's the video and a more detailed explanation: