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Monster Hunter: World Beta This Weekend for PlayStation Plus

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If you’re a PS Plus subscriber you’ll be able to play one of the most anticipated games of next year this weekend. Capcom is hosting an open beta for Monster Hunter: World this weekend on PlayStation 4. It’s only available to PS Plus subscribers and is about a 5 GB download.

The beta will be available beginning Saturday, December 9 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern. You’ll be able to download the beta starting on Friday, December 8. The beta ends Tuesday, December 12 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

Monster Hunter: World’s multiplayer and single player work seamlessly, though you’ll need to remain online to play single player. Multiplayer lets you join games of up to three players. Certain online options, like friend invites, won’t be available during the beta.

Character creation in the beta will offer six presets each for male and female hunters, as well as six options for your Palico. The Training Area will be available, letting you test out all 14 different weapon types.

The beta will offer three quests across two different zones. In the Ancient Forest you can hunt a Great Jagras and an Anjanath, while you can tackle a Barroth in the Wildspire Waste. The monsters range from easy to challenging.

Completing any of the quests will reward face paint you can use in the full version. Completing each of the three quests nets you items sets you can use in the full version, including traps and potions.

Note that this is a beta not a trial or head start. Any progress made will not be saved or carried over to the full version.

The beta ends Tuesday, December 12. Monster Hunter: World is due to release January 26, 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s also coming to PC at a later date.

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Download Free Ubisoft Games on PC for the Holidays

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Ubisoft is celebrating the holiday season, called Happy Playdays, with two free game giveaways on PC (Uplay). Both games, World in Conflict and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, will be available to download for free for a limited time.

The first free game giveaway is 2007’s World in Conflict. World in Conflict is a real time strategy game set in an alternate world where the Cold War turned into a direct clash between the US and Soviet Union. The RTS features a single-player campaign and 16-player multiplayer. The giveaway includes the 2009 expansion, Soviet Assault.

World in Conflict is available to download from now until December 11.

The second giveaway is Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. This edition of the blockbuster historical-action series is set during the age of sail, 1715. You live the life of a pirate in the Caribbean, commanding ships, searching for buried treasure, and assaulting fortresses. It’s widely considered one of the best Assassin’s Creed games (and I can personally attest to that).

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will be free from December 11 to December 18.

The Happy Playdays giveaways are only available for PC. Downloading the free games requires an Ubisoft account and Uplay (both free).

 

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Special Kellogg’s Super Mario Cereal Boxes Function as Amiibo

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Nintendo has a long-standing tradition of licensing their characters for cereal boxes. I remember first learning about one of the secret warp whistles for Super Mario Bros, 3 from the back of a cereal box. But I never had anything like this. For a limited time beginning December 11, special Kellogg’s limited edition Super Mario Cereal will include amiibo scans for Super Mario Odyssey.

“This powered-up partnership with Kellogg’s is another exciting way for us to expand the Nintendo brand in unique and creative ways,” said Tom Prata, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Strategic Initiatives. “We are always looking for new opportunities to bring smiles to people of all ages, and this is a fun way to kick off the day.”

The cereal is basically Lucky Charms, featuring marshmallow pieces inspired by Super Mario powerups. The outer box’s amiibo symbol can be scanned into Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch as if it were an amiibo figure. The in-game reward is similar if you scan a non-specific amiibo, resulting in coins or hearts.

“We are thrilled to pack so much fun into one box of cereal,” said Brad Schwan, Senior Director of Morning Foods Marketing. “The package adds value and excitement for fans, with marshmallow shapes in the cereal inspired by Super Mario power-ups to tie the theme together.”

Super Mario Cereal will start hitting store shelves as early as next week.