Weekly Video Game Round-Up: March 13th

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Grand Theft Auto Online Heists Release Date

It’s been a big week for Grand Theft Auto fans. The long-awaited heists released on Tuesday, and after an initial hiccup in the GTA Online service, the heists are now available for players to run. After a year and a half way, we’re happy to report that the heists are quite enjoyable, though we definitely would have liked to receive them earlier. For those who are running the heists this weekend, be sure to check out our guides for the Fleeca Bank heist and the Prison Break heist.

By way of big announcements, we learned this week that Titanfall 2 is currently in development. Unlike it’s predecessor, the next edition to the popular first person shooter will be multiplatform for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. No word yet on a release date – or even a hint at the year – but hopefully we’ll see more about the Respawn game soon.

One gamer started a petition on change.org asking Activison and Infinity Ward executives to remake Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, one of the most successful Call of Duty games to date. The petition called for 150,000 signatures from Modern Warfare 2 fans, and as of this writing, is only a few thousands signatures away from reaching its goal.

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In terms of upcoming games, Battlefield Hardline releases this coming Tuesday, March 17. After the issues that plagued Battlefield 4 at launch, we have no doubt Visceral and EA are eager for a successful release. However, the development team said recently that players can expect a clean, fun game – hopefully they deliver on that promise.

In addition to the above items, here are a few stories that didn’t make it to the front page this week, but are still worth mentioning.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PAX East Gameplay

At this year’s PAX East, developer CD Projekt RED showed off the above gameplay from their upcoming game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The gameplay showed off some impressive No Man’s Land landscape while the narrator fought off a nasty creature to save a struggling village.

After watching this latest bit of gameplay, it’s safe to say we’re excited to play the newest Witcher game. However, after seeing the game get pushed back twice already, we’re a little weary about getting too excited too soon. While we definitely expect to play the game in May, there’s always a chance the developer could move it back again.

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This War of Mine DLC Benefits War Child Charity

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This War of Mine flipped the war game genre on its head when it launched late last year. The survival game sought to show a different side of war, and it definitely succeeded. Rather than playing as the soldiers involved in the conflict, gamers take on the role of a civilian trying to survive in the midst of the Bosnian War.

Developer 11 Bit Studios announced this week that a new DLC for the game will benefit children who suffer from wars and conflicts around the world. Players can pay between $0.99 and $19.99 for the DLC. The offer definitely falls in line with the game’s focus, and it’s nice to see the developer do more than just provide awareness through their game.

HBO Now Standalone Service Announced


It’s been a roller coaster ride for HBO fans this week. Shortly after the HBO Go app launched on PlayStation 4, Comcast swooped in and put a block on the service, just as they did with the PS3 version last year.

This week, the HBO CEO announced a new HBO standalone streaming service, dubbed HBO Now, which will be available exclusively on Apple devices and will cost $15 per month. While it’s not a perfect solution for PS4 owners – especially since the new service requires an Apple device – it offers a little solace after Comcast’s ban. And for those PS4 owners who have threatened to leave Comcast due to the block, they can rest easy knowing they can still watch the latest episodes of Game of Thrones without them.

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