Weekly Video Game Round-Up: ‘Battlefield Hardline’, ‘Star Citizen’, & More

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A nerfed Battlefield Hardline Easter Egg, a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC players can get right now, and a Star Citizen in-game feature reveal. What do these things all have in common? They’re all a part of this week’s Game Rant Video Game Round-Up!

Each weekend in our Video Game Round-Up, we spotlight a few stories that didn’t make the front page during the week. Here are all the stories from this week’s Round-Up:

‘Battlefield Hardline’ Easter Egg Nerfed

 Battlefield Hardline Drive Couch Easter Egg

It seems the American Dream will no longer be as amazing as we once thought. No, we’re not talking about the metaphorical goal of so many Americans for financial and social success; we mean the drive-able couch Easter Egg found in Battlefield Hardline, which the developer named American Dream.

Unfortunately for American Dream enthusiasts, it looks like Visceral has nerfed the couch in the most recent patch. Both the health and repair rate of the couch have been reduced to a “minuscule amount,” making it the fun, but vulnerable Easter Egg the developer originally intended. However, despite the change, we’re sure many players will continue driving the couch around Battlefield Hardline‘s Dust Bowl map, where the Easter Egg is located.

Pre-Order ‘Black Ops 3’ and Get ‘Advanced Warfare’ DLC Right Now

Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Into The Fray 

Activision has announced that those gamers who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will gain immediate access to specialized content in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The content includes a Black Ops 3 Personalization Pack and two advanced supply packs. The packs each come with three items, at least one weapon variant, an item of Professional rarity or better, and a chance at some epic new loot.

Those who pre-order Black Ops 3 will also get access to the game’s beta, which we expect to launch sometime in early fall.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set to release November 6, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’ Has Seven DLC Packs

 Xenoblade Chronicles X Storm

This week, Nintendo announced the first DLC packs for WiiU’s Xenoblade Chronicles X. Of the seven DLC packs announced, four will include a new character, three quests, two combat abilities, and at least one weapon or mech blueprint. The remaining three packs will be “support DLC” and will provide additional quests for players to earn money, resources, and experience they otherwise wouldn’t have from the main game.

The four larger DLC packs will each cost about $4, while the support packs will cost $2.50 each. However, for now the DLCs have only been announced for Japan and no word has been given yet about whether or not they’ll make it to North America and Europe. Hopefully, though, if the DLC packs find strong enough success in Japan, Nintendo will opt to bring them West.

‘Galaga’ Meets ‘Tekken’ in Awesome iOS Game

 Galaga Tekken Game

On April Fool’s Day, Bandai Namco announced they were bringing the world of Tekken into Galaga by allowing players to take on the role of Heihachi Mishima as the Galaga ship and shoot down other Tekken characters. It turns out this was no joke; the game is real and is now available as a free download on iOS devices.

The game, known simply as Galaga: Tekken, comes as Tekken hits its 20 year anniversary. While the game isn’t the most amazing iOS game available, it’s definitely a fun distraction, especially for Tekken players.

Galaga: Tekken is available now on iOS devices.

‘Star Citizen’ Reveals Item Grab Feature

 Star Citizen Public Universe 2

Star Citizen is looking to rewrite the book on open-world video games by creating an open-galaxy discovery first-person shooter space simulator. That’s a mouthful, but it seems to be the goal of developer Chris Roberts to create a truly new type of game.

This week, Roberts shared some details about how players will interact with items in Star Citizen. Players will be able to gather items while on foot to use, as well as grab and haul items with their ships. These gathered and carried items can be used to create weapons and other items, or sold for in-game currency.

‘Lifeless Planet’ Coming to Xbox One May 13

Lifeless Planet Canyon 

Independent games have found major success over the last few years thanks to services like Steam’s Greenlight and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. Often these games start on PC and make their way to current-gen consoles if developers feel the demand is strong enough.

One of these games is Lifeless Planet, which hit PC last June and is now coming to Xbox One on May 13th. No word yet about whether the game will make its way to PS4.

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