Shacknews - Asif Khan

Welcome to the new Shackcast, the official Shacknews podcast of Shacknews. On the sixteenth episode of the Shackcast, the gang talks about PSX 2017, Nintendo Switch, and more with your host Asif Khan and special guest co-host Greg BurkeTune in to hear us jibber jabber about games, virtual reality, and things that Greg actually likes.

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Shacknews - Asif Khan

Today on Shacknews Twitch channel, we are going to stream some Rocket League on Nintendo Switch. Nyko and Shacknews have joined forces for a very special giveaway live stream.Tune into the stream today at 7:30 PM ET/ 4:30 PM PT for a chance to win one of Nyko's awesome new Nintendo Switch accessories. We will be giving away a Nyko Nintendo Switch accessory every 30 minutes to folks who are in the Twitch chat. A very special thanks to Nyko for the promotional consideration for today's show. 

Check out some videos that showcase Nyko's new line of Nintendo Switch accessories.

Thanks again to Nyko for the promotional consideration for today's show. Tune in for a chance to win some of their new Switch accessories.

You can find all the Nyko Nintendo Switch accessories at their official website.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

It's been a very busy week for the Modojo @ Shacknews crew. The holiday season is in full swing, and we've been gearing up to handle all the best news and guides that players across all walks of gaming demand. We've also had our hands full with Breath of the Wild, mainly toward the effort of tracking down Link's rad new wheels, and we've heard some interesting new developments in the mobile scene along the way.

Before the Blood Moon rises once again, sit down by the fire, relax, and soak in the sights and sound of the Modojo Rewind.

The Champions' Ballad

A big part of the Modojo @ Shacknews experience this week has been a thorough exploration of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 2, the much-anticipated Champions' Ballad expansion. By now we've had time to run through most of what the expansion has on offer, and alongside many fun times and fresh new challenges, we're also proud to announce our now-completed Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad walkthrough and guide.

It's worth noting that this expansion is fairly heavy on content, providing 12 to 20 solid hours of gameplay for Breath of the Wild players who have already completed the game's main campaign. Also, its big reward is one of the coolest items in the game — the Master Cycle Zero motorcycle, what's being touted as Link's own Divine Beast, the inherent fun of which we've managed to condense down into the above video.

No Lack Of Mobile News

Naturally, we did have some curious mobile stories pop up this week. Among other headlines, tech conglomerate Apple scooped up music recognition service Shazam in what amounted to a $400 million acquisition. Most iOS users are likely to assume that the Shazam technology will somehow find its way into Apple's Siri voice-based service, but for now, all is just speculation. As for those who don't care for Siri or Shazam, there's always Google's own music recognition service or the vastly-popular Soundhound app.

Xbox players also have a new mobile app to look forward to — the Xbox Live Party Chat app is currently in beta over on the Android platform, with plans to jump over to iOS sometime soon. The app will focus on the communication features of the Xbox Live service on an actual console, and may prove to be a potent contender to the likes of Discord.

As a final closeout to this week, we have the first of many holiday-themed guides to come — Modojo @ Shacknews' own guide to this holiday season's 12 best iPhone and iPad cases. We've got plans to include everything that mobile and portable gamers will be looking for this holiday season, so be sure to stay tuned as we start cranking out the jams next week.

Shacknews - Blake Morse

It only took PUBG 48 hours to sell one million copies on Xbox One consoles. While this is a drop in the bucket compared to the number of units sold on PC it's definitely a good start for its console debut. Still, one million units in two days should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched PUBG become one of the biggest success stories in PC gaming over the last year. It basically came out of nowhere and won over fans with its straightforward battle royale survival gameplay. 

As reported by GamesIndustry this is all happening despite the fact that many Xbox One players are complaining that the early access console version seems to have more flaws than its PC counterpart did in its early stages, such as a poorer draw rate and graphics that aren't up to par. Such issues weren't enough to deter fans who have already waited patiently for PUBG to make its way to the Xbox One.  

When you factor in that Microsoft has announced they're giving away free copies of PUBG with the purchase of a new Xbox One until the end of the year, the number of units sold may set some new sales records for the company.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

Once all of the previous missions in the EX The Champions' Ballad quest have been completed, the disembodied voice of Maz Koshia will point the Hero of Time back toward the Shrine of Resurrection. Place the Sheikah Slate back on its original terminal and watch in wonder as the door to the shrine closes itself. The room will descend, and Link will be lowered into position just outside the final Champions' Ballad trial.

The EX Champions' Ballad Final Trial - The First Two Terminals

The final trial in the EX The Champions' Ballad questline is sort of an amalgamation of all previous trials and challenges, being sort of a mashup of various shrines and the complicated Divine Beast dungeons faced in the main portion of the game. Head through the two entryways toward the center of the room, watching out for the Guardians that flank the passage, and insert the Sheikah Slate into the terminal to reveal the trial's map.

Like with the Divine Beast dungeons before it, the final Champions' Ballad trial takes place in a dungeon with various elements that can be moved around via the map screen. Head back toward the entrance, use the spinning cogs rising out of a pool of lava to climb onto the central drive shaft, walk over to the platform, then use Statis to freeze the rotating plate to access the chest containing a Gerudo Shield.

From there, walk across to the other side of the shaft, slay the Guardian, and look for the metal component lodged on the right hand side. Ignore it for now, and approach the chest beyond the piece. Grab it with Magnesis, then open it to score five Bomb Arrows. Afterward, grab the metallic component and slot it into the cog on the right-hand room, then grab the nearby shaft casing and extend it onto the component. This will set the nearby room spinning. Drop down one level and head inside.

This room is fashioned somewhat like a jet engine, feautring a massive fan spinning near the rear wall. Climb up the platform, freeze the fan, and glide through; after that, slay the Guardian and open up the treasure chest to receive the Swallow Bow. Adjust the rotation of the dungeon if need be, then use the fan's gusts to propel Link toward the platform by the room's entrance. Climb to the top, reverse the air flow again, use Statis on the moving platform, then float over to it. With all that done, freeze the fan using Statis once again and float over to the platform with the terminal. Insert the Sheikah Slate to activate the terminal and deactivate the first of the door locks.

Head back into the main room and then to the other side of the platform. Notice the door with the sliding stone blocks — use Statis on one of them in order to engage the cog above the door, which will raise the platform Link needs to enter the next room.

Inside, players will notice a giant inert mechanism with what appears to be a spring-loaded piston pointing toward a flooded floor. Use Cryonis to create a platform beneath the piston, which will raise it up and engage the machine. Run over to the now-moving platform and ride it up high enough to glide down to the door on the left side of the room.

Walk down the corridor to spot what looks like a giant three-pronged hammer head on a twisted rail. Use Statis on the object, then smash it several times in the direction of the three flowing fountains. The knob will spin, and the fountains will cease producing water, clearing the way to a chest below. Open it to receive a Zora Spear.

Head back through the watery corridor and walk up the stairs to see a platform containing a pressure plate. Stand on the pressure plate to engage the spring mechanism, then use Magnesis to pull the metal sphere out from behind it. Place the sphere on the front end of the spring, then walk off and back onto the pressure plate to send it flying.

With the room now flooded once again, use Cryonis to create a pillar of ice up to the nearby platform. There, insert the Sheikah Slate into the terminal to deactivate the second lock on the main door.

The EX Champions' Ballad Final Trial - The Final Two Terminals

Return to the central room and watch out for the Guardians now literring the main floor. Destroy them, grab their loot, and head to the wheel spinning in a pool of lava. Jump onto it as before, except this time ride it toward the outer wall. Walk out onto the center platform, then go through the door when the two are aligned.

This room is loaded with flame traps and contains a spinning column covered with spikes. Navigate the path weaved through the spikes, adjusting the dungeon's rotation if the path is spinning the wrong way, then walk further to see a pressure plate on the floor and a massive tube stretched across a rotating wall.

Reverse the dungeon's rotation again, then step onto the pressure plate when the smaller opening port of the tube and the sphere cage are aligned. Now that the sphere is inside the contraption, change the dungeon's orientation to guide the sphere down the path to the bigger spout. The sphere won't fall out on its own, so nabbing it an an opportune time shouldn't be too difficult.

Place the sphere on the track toward the funnel. Once it's been activated, the door guarding the terminal will open. Float back down to the floor, place the Sheikah Slate in the terminal, and disengage the third lock.

On the way out, stand in the rotating doorway to the room and shimmy around while it turns upside down. Before the door is fully upside down, jump into the room and glide down onto the small roof to nab the treasure chest. Open it to receive the Cobble Crusher.

Head back into the main room and then across it toward the open doorway. This entire wall needs to be attached to the main room's gearwork to allow it to rotate. Use Statis to freeze the cogs at the right time to be able to slide the metal plate into a locked position on the room's outer wall.

Once the inside wall is set spinning, Link must repeat a similar process in this room to join the motion of the outer wall to the inner wall. Stand on a rotating part of the room to get high enough up the wall to float down onto one of the side staircases. Walk up and free the metal rod sticking to the roof, then jump down and place it onto the connector. Then, use Magnesis to pull the metal part of the rotating piece out. With both pieces in position, the rods will bump into one another, sending the back wall spinning and completing the electrical connection to the door. Some adjustment to the dungeon's spin may be necessary.

Jump into the now-open door spinning at the back of the room, slide the Sheikah Slate into the terminal, and deactivate the final lock on the dungeon door.

With the final lock disengaged, the music will change, and Link will be allowed access to the final area of the dungeon. Walk into the main room and slide the final part of the central drive shaft onto the door to unlock the altar. Save your game, heal if necessary, and step inside.

Monk Maz Koshia Final Trial

Approach the massive altar and hear the words of Maz Koshia. In a twist on the usual affair, the monk comes to life and challenges Link to a trial by combat.

Maz Koshia has several tricks up his sleeve. He'll make use of a flash-type attack same as Thunderblight Ganon used; time a dodge jump correctly and unleash a Flurry Rush on him. After he's taken enough damage, he'll summon a number of clones of himself. Oddly enough, pull out the camera to figure out which monk is the real one and hit him with a strong attack. Alternatively, hit them all with Urbosa's Fury to destroy the clones. Once he goes giant, ignore the smaller clones to attack Maz Koshia directly, and he'll fall in no time.

After the battle, Maz Koshia will reward the Hero of Time with what certainly appears to be his very own Divine Beast, the Master Cycle Zero. After teleporting back to the Shrine, Kass will sign the completed version of The Champions' Ballad. Sit back and enjoy a piece of Hyrulean history as Link relives his experiences at the Champions' inauguration ceremony.

After Kass' song has finished, he'll reward Link with a photograph of all the champions together. The story will end, the Champions' Ballad DLC main questline will be complete, and Link will be able to tear around Hyrule in the Master Cycle Zero by selecting it from the Rune submenu. 

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Dr. Disrespect has made waves among PUBG streamers and players for quite a while, now. This week, he made an announcement tantamount to a tsunami: He'd been unfaithful in his marriage, and would be taking time off to get his personal life in order and re-evaluate his professional goals. We caught up with Dr. Disrespect, who won Trending Gamer at this year's Game Awards, one week before the announcement to chat about his persona, his bulletproof mullet, and other topics.

For more videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the Shacknews and YouTube channels.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

Lots of happy tech users are going to be waking up on Christmas morning to find a new piece of Apple technology sitting underneath the tree. The company has three essentially all-new products up for sale this holiday season, including the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X, and the souped-up iPad Pro 10.5. Glorious as those machines may be, they still need protection in order to survive the trials of a modern day world. Worry not, for we've collected together some of the best and most attractive modern cases for iPhones and iPads that offer protection and durability in a gift-worthy package.

The Best iPhone 8 Cases

It wasn't long ago that we ran through a list of the best iPhone 8 cases, and in the short time since then, several new and interesting cases have popped up on the market. However, many of our favorite iPhone cases remain at the top of the list both for their popularity and their unique style, to say nothing of their ability to make a great gift.

Caseology Parallax Series iPhone 8 CaseThe Caseology Parallax Series case ($13.99 via Amazon) is a smart option for iOS users looking for a slim but attractively-designed case. A variety of different color options are available, all of which offering the same mid-level protection offered by a composite TPU and PC-based design.

Caseology Skyfall Series

Caseology also has a nice option for iPhone 8 users looking to show off their phone's natural color with a transparent-backed case. The Casesology Skyfall Series case ($11.99 via Amazon) provides mid-level protection with a clear PC cover mated to an impact-resistant TPU frame. There are also color options featuring both Gold and Rose Gold.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle iPhone 8 Plus Case

Another great choice for iPhone 8 owners who want to let their phone's design do the talking is the Supcase Unicorn Beetle ($14.99 via Amazon) series of cases. The Unicorn Beetle design is simple as well as sleek, and it's backed by Supcase's usual design touches like flush side buttons and a transparent PC back mated to a TPU frame.

Torras Slim Fit iPhone 8 Plus Case

Sometimes a good phone case manages to let users forget that it's there by allowing the design of the device to stand out. The Torras iPhone Slim Fit Case ($9.99 via Amazon) is a good choice not only because of its slim design, but also its silky texture and its budget-friendly price. Several different color options are available, too, ranging from standard black to the striking red option featured above.

The Best iPhone X Cases

Tozo Clear Soft TPU Skin 1.00mm Ultra Thin

Tozo's Crystal Clear Soft TPU Skin ($9.99 via Amazon) is about the thinnest phone case on the iPhone X market. Comprised of a soft TPU shell that's just 1mm thick, it provides low-level basic protection with a sleek and modern style. The case is also available in blue, black, white, and red options.

Tozo Ultra-Thin Clear PC Hard Case

Tozo's Ultra-Thin Hard PC case ($8.99 via Amazon) is a slim choice for iPhone X users looking for something a little more sturdy than a soft TPU material. The hard option is built out of standard PC material, and features a raised outlet for the iPhone X camera to protect from any scratches that might occur to the lens.

Caseology Apex Series iPhone X

Caseology's latest iPhone X case is designed for users who want more robust protection in a stylish package. Comprised of a two-piece frame mating a TPU inner lining to a PC outer layer, the Caseology Apex Series case ($13.99 via Amazon) provides moderate-to-high protection in with a series of color schemes ranging from Pine Green to the Ocean Gray option featured above.

Yesgo Slim iPhone X Case

The Yesgo Slim iPhone X Case ($12.99 via Amazon) is good for the iPhone X owner looking for a little bit of retro Apple flair. The color options presented resemble some of the bright color accents featured on Mac computers of yesteryear, and provide mid-level protection through a fairly-standard TPU outer shell mated to a PC backing.

The Best iPad Pro 10.5 Cases

ProCase iPad Pro 10.5 Ultra Slim Stand Case

The Procase iPad Pro 10.5 case ($13.99 via Amazon) is a popular choice not only because of the case's tri-fold standing design, but also for its low price and available color choices. Available in funky colors like Gold and Mint, the case provides basic protection for an iPad without standing out too much.

Ztotop Premiium Leather Slim Folio

iPad Pro 10.5 users looking for a slim leather-styled folio case would do well to scope out Ztotop's iPad Pro 10.5 Premium Leather Slim Folio ($15.99 via Amazon). Featured a selection of leather-backed covers with stylish options like Denim Brown and Navy Blue, Ztotop's offering provides a little added style and a small side pocket to standard folio-type case designs.

i-Blason iPad Pro 10.5 Clear Hybrid Cover Case

Those who like their iPad case with a bit of added flair should scope out the i-Blason Clear Hybrid case ($13.59 via Amazon). It's essentially a soft TPU shell mated to a transparent PC backing like many of the phone cases featured above, only this time around teh case also includes a removable folio-style leatherette cover, providing the highlights of both major case designs.

Poetic TurtleSkin iPad Pro 10.5 Rugged Case

Parents of iPad users and iPad users alike sometimes want a durable and chunky case to protect from all of life's little accidents. Fortunately, Poetic has an option that can provide plenty of protection without breaking the bank. The Poetic TurtleSkin iPad Pro 10.5 Rugged Case ($14.95 via Amazon) provides a self-described "utilitarian" design that mates a soft silicone inner case with a simple-and-functional stand that provides some of the best protection and usability within a reasonable price range.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

After completing the first four shrines in the Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC 2, the EX The Champions' Ballad quest will be updated. Afterward, the voice of Maz Koshia will speak to the Hero of Time, revealing further information about the path ahead. The one-hit Obliterator weapon will self-destruct, sending four colored orbs into the sky, with each landing at a different location across Hyrule. Maz Koshia compels Link to seek out these four areas spread throughout Hyrule:

Since the Obliterator is no more, Link's health will fill back up to its previous level. Check out the map, then head to the monument that has spawned south of Rito Village in the Cuho Mountains.

EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part One

Head toward the monument, which will activate once the player gets close enough. Once there, Kass will sing a song revealing three clues regarding the upcoming trials:

"One, shoot the flame dragon's horn. Two, race down a peak rings adorn. Three, shoot four targets to win. Champion, the trials begin!"

Have a gander at the three maps that surfaced on the obelisks, then check the Hyrule map for reference points. The first mission to tackle is located at the top of Hebra's Peak in Hebra's East Summit, just east of Coldsnap Hollow. Head that direction, fast traveling to the Goma Asaagh Shrine if desired, then look for the blue ring just south of the shrine.

Run through the ring, then jump up, hold ZL, and press A to land on Link's shield and surf down the mountainside. This race is a little more challenging than the others simply because it's not as easy to maneuver while riding on the shield. Simply make small adjustments and account for momentum when lining up the rings, and be sure to pull out the glider when necessary to float over gaps.

After the race has completed, the Kiah Toza Shrine will emerge from the frozen earth. Activate the terminal, then step inside.

Kiah Toza Shrine - Master The Orb

The Kiah Toza Shrine tasks Link once again with guiding a respawning power sphere through a lengthly and elaborate obstacle course and into the funnel at the end. Before starting work on the puzzle, head down the stairs and use the updraft to glide to the uppermost area of the tower. Walk around back, use Cryonis to create an ice pillar to climb onto the rock, then spawn an ice pillar beneath the rock. Climb onto the platform and up the ladder, then open the chest to receive a Falcon Bow.

Drop down one level to the point where the power sphere rolls off the construct. Slide the back two metal blocks using Magnesis to redirect the sphere down the stairs, then slide the metal platforms to complete the bridge. Once that's done, glide down to the original platform and create two ice pillars on the waterfall to provide further safe passage for the sphere. Glide back up and stand on the pressure plate by the metal bridge to engage the conveyor belt below.

Just after the power sphere makes the round past the conveyor belt, use Stasis on the seesaw to freeze it. The sphere will roll softly across the gap and land on the spring pad. Glide back down to the base platform and step on the pressure plate to send the sphere hurdling toward the funnel, which will open the gate to the altar. Climb the stairs and speak with Kiah Toza to receive the first Medoh's Emblem.

EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part Two

The second part of the EX Champion Revali's Song quest points Link toward the Flight Range at the northern edge of Dronoc's Pass, where Link previously displayed his skills to the Rito Champion. Head back there either by traveling the road or by fast traveling to Sha Worvo Shrine, then leap into the pit and deploy the paraglider.

The goal here is to shoot four different targets all during one single slow-motion sequence without running out of stamina. This isn't exactly easy, but it's made easier by hitting the two frontmost targets, then spinning around and nailing two more on the inside cliff walls.

With luck and a bit of persistence, four targets will be destroyed, and the Noe Rajee Shrine will emerge from the water. Glide down to it, activate the terminal, then head inside.

Noe Rajee Shrine - The Four Winds

As the name implies, the solving the mysteries of the Noe Rajee Shrine involves dealing with multiple wind sources. Step on the first grate and fire an arrow at the switch to activate the first gust of wind, then use it to glide up to the next area. Glide down into the alcove on the pillar and use the gust inside to float up to a switch. Hit it, then exit back out below and glide over to one of the fan grates. Go aerial and use Bomb arrows to destroy one of the wall facings and hit the switch inside.

Jump back outside and use the fan lifts to hover around the side of the pillar with the wind-operated mechanism. Strike the switch inside when it's open; alternatively, and with luck, you can land right on top of the mechanism and climb directly through the door to hit the switch inside.

Jump back outside and glide to a platform to look out for the final switch — it'll be inside a cage near the top of the column. After that, use one of the fan lifts to reach the lowest platform, then use the four now-activated lifts to reach the highest platform. Once up top, look opposite the altar to spot a ledge with lamps — use the central gust to glide over to it then around to an alcove on the back side of the column. Use the gust inside to reach the chest at the top, then open it to receive a Shield of the Mind's Eye.

After that, float to the platform where the altar rests, climb the stairs, and speak with Noe Rajee to receive the second Medoh's Emblem.

EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part Three

The final part of the EX Champion Revali's Song questline takes place at the cliffside between Tabantha Hills and Tangar Canyon, just northwest of Upland Lindor. Head that direction to see smoke emanating from a campfire, then look around to spot Mazil standing near the cliff's edge. Speak with him to learn that a dragon appears in the canyon around nighttime. Use the campfire and select the Night option, then wait for the dragon Dinraal to appear. Once it does, glide out and shoot an arrow at its horns to spawn the Shira Gomar Shrine across the canyon.

Glide over to the shrine, activate the terminal, then step inside.

Shira Gomar Shrine - Aim For Stillness

The last of the wind-based shrines is a bit of a breeze — start by gliding over to the central platform, then blow up the destructible wall with a Bomb Arrow. Glide through the new opening and drop a bomb down into the chamber, and detonate it it while it's within range of the wall. Glide through once again, then land on the spinning gear with the two bomb chutes.

From there, simply use a Bomb Arrow to destroy the wall beyond the retracting gate. Use Statis on the spinning mechanism to stop the gate from closing, then use the gust of wind to reach the platform inside. From there, use the wind to reach the top of the platform, walk down the ledge toward the cog, and float down to the treasure chest on the floating pillar. Open it to receive a bundle of ten Bomb Arrows.

Use the Statis trick once again and float through the wind grates. Use the Paraglider to soar high enough to reach the two floating fans, then use those to glide over to the platform with the altar. Approach, speak with Shira Gomar, and claim the third and final Medoh's Emblem.

EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part Four

With the three main missions in the EX Champion Revali's Song quests completed, head back over to Divine Beast Vah Medoh on the outskirts of Rito Village. When approaching the beast, Link will hear yet-another disembodied voice spelling out the task at hand. All three of Medoh's Emblems will be taken away, and the Hero of Time will be sent to the Illusory Realm and tasked with fighting Windblight Ganon using only the weapons and equipment provided.

As before, the fight with Windblight Ganon will take some time. Dodge the incoming fire from his arm-mounted cannon, then use the nearby gust of wind to take to the air and shoot arrows at its glowing eye. After a few hits, the beast will fall to the ground stunned. Use this chance to unleash several attacks until its health has been drained halfway. Keep to the same attack pattern in the later stages of the fight, being careful not to waste the likes of Urbosa's Fury by allowing Link's sword to be destroyed.

With persistence, Windblight Ganon will fall, and players can rejoice in the opportunity to watch it self destruct. Outside of the Illusory Realm, speak with Kass to hear his latest composition. Afterward, relax as the cutscene details more of the shared history between the Champion Revali and Princess Zelda. When it's over, players will be rewarded with Revali's Gale +, which reduces the power's cooldown time.

If you've been following these guides so far, the EX The Champions' Ballad questline is nearly complete. All that's left is the final trial that awaits Link back where it all began at the Shrine of Resurrection. If not, be sure to check out our complete Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC walkthrough and guide for more information on taking down the game's latest challenges.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The holidays are approaching and that means it's time to fight with shoppers at the mall over parking spaces and that last Hatchimal (or whatever it is the kids are into these days). But why get into physical skirmishes when you can simply get into virtual ones? Injustice 2 is picking fights for free all weekend for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And it's on sale, to boot!

Meanwhile, PlayStation is also kicking off its Holiday Sale, so it's probably a good time to jump in on Star Wars Battlefront II or any number of other games on sale. Check out the full list of deals below.

Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:

Xbox One

The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.

The following deals are available to all Xbox One users.

PlayStation 4

The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Wii U

Xbox 360

The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.

The following deals are available to all Xbox 360 users.

  • Come back next week for more Xbox 360 deals.

PlayStation 3

The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Nintendo 3DS

PlayStation Vita

The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Perhaps readers may have heard this, but there's a new Star Wars movie out in theaters this weekend. That's why retailers like Steam,, and the Humble Store are looking to slash prices across all of the classic Star Wars gaming catalogue, while Amazon and Origin slash prices on the newer Star Wars Battlefront II.

But wait, there's more! Killing Floor 2 is in the middle of a Krampus hunt, so Tripwire Interactive is offering that for free this weekend. Steam is also offering up a free weekend for Homefront: The Revolution. And Daybreak Games is offering a free week for H1Z1, as retailers slash the zombie survival game's price by 75 percent.

Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:


  • Star Wars Battlefront II [Origin] - $39.99 (33% off) (Digital Deluxe Edition also on sale.)
  • Killing Floor 2 [Steam] - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition [Steam] - $44.99 (25% off) (Gold Edition also on sale)


  • Come back next week for more deals from Direct2Drive.


Use the code WINTER10 to save an extra 10% off of your purchase. (Not applicable on Star Deals, bundles, or pre-orders.)

Pay $13.59 for Batman: Arkham Knight and all of its DLC. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $9.99 for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. These activate on Steam.


Green Man Gaming

Use the code GMG17 to receive an extra 17% off of their purchase from GMG's Hidden Gems sale. (Exclusions apply)

Humble Bundle

Subscribe to Humble Monthly for $12 and receive Quantum Break, The Long Dark, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, with additional games to be named later. These activate on Steam.

Pay $5 for a shout-out from Yogscast, along with Team Fortress 2 badges. But pay $35 or more and receive Rust, Dungeon of the Endless, Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut, Garry's Mod, Defend Your Life: TD, Golgotha Run: A Dark Future Novel, Gunpoint, Warhammer: Vermintide Dwarf Helmet, Teslagrad, ReThink, Guardians of Ember: Iron Spine Costume DLC, Dreaming Sarah, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Blade & Soul Giveaway Pack, Guild Wars 2 Heroic Edition, a 25% off voucher for Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Beta Access, Blockstorm, Ancient Planet, Gangs of Space Jingle Jam Pack, Star Trek Online TOS Enterprise Bridge Officers Pack, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms: Celeste Starter Pack, Crusaders of the Los Idols: Elite Starter Pack, Neverwinter Feywild Starter Pack, the Awesomenauts Yogscast Pack, Scanner Sombre, NASCAR Heat 2: October Jumbo Expansion, Train Valley, Headlander, LostWinds, Distrust, Scrap Garden, Chainsaw Warrior, Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation DLC, Team Racing League, Gurgamoth, Painters Guild, War for the Overworld - Yogscast Worker Skin, Chime Sharp, Robocraft (w/Jingle Jam Pack DLC), Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found, Back to Bed, Tiltagon, On Rusty Trails, Offensive Combat: Redux, Caveblazers - Arena Mode DLC, and one new game every day until Christmas Day. DRMs vary by game.

Or pay $1 or more for F1 Race Stars, F1 2011, F1 2012, and Toybox Turbos. Pay more than the average $8.96 to get Grid 2, F1 2014, F1 2015, F1 Race Stars + Season Pass, Grid Autosport, and a handful of coupons. Pay $15 or more to also get Micro Machines World Series, F1 2016, DiRT Rally, F1 2016 DLC Career Booster Pack, Grid 2: All In DLC Pack, and the Grid Autosport Season Pass. These activate on Steam.

  • Star Wars Collection (Dark Forces + Knights of the Old Republic + Knights of the Old Republic II + The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition + The Force Unleashed II + Battlefront II (2005) + Empire at War Gold Pack + Dark Forces II + Jedi Academy + Mysteries of the Sith + Jedi Outcast + Republic Commando + Starfighter + The Clone Wars Republic Heroes) [Steam] - $39.99 (60% off)
  • Star Wars Classics Collection (X-Wing Special Edition + TIE Fighter Special Edition + X-Wing Alliance + X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter + Rebellion + Galactic Battlegrounds Saga + Rebel Assault I & II + Rogue Squadron 3D) [Steam] - $21.19 (60% off)
  • Find your favorite Star Wars game a la carte in the Humble Store's Star Wars: The Last Jedi Sale.
  • Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection [Steam] - $9.99 (75% off)


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The following deals are being offered as part of The Game Awards Sale and will only be on sale until Monday.


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