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Xbox Live Gold members can currently grab the base Witcher III game for £12.50 / €15 as part of this week’s Deals with Gold, or the Game of the Year Edition (which includes all expansions and additional content) for £14 / €20. The expansion pass and individual add-ons are also on offer for Gold subscribers–head to the Xbox Store to see more. These prices will go back up (to around double what they are now) on October 24 at 11 AM BST.
PlayStation 4 players, meanwhile, can grab the base game for £12 / €15 or Game of the Year Edition for £16 / €20. You don’t have to be a PS Plus subscriber to take advantage of these deals. These deals are good until October 25.
Finally, the game is going cheap on Steam right now. The base game is £12.49 / €15, while the GOTY version is £14 / €20. The Witcher III is also on sale in the US as part of Sony’s horror-themed Sale of the Dead. Check out all this week’s PS4, PS3, And PS Vita deals for more.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt launched in 2015 to critical acclaim. We awarded the game a 10/10, with critic Kevin VanOrd calling the open-world title “incredible and sumptuous.”
He wrote: “Make no mistake: this is one of the best role-playing games ever crafted, a titan among giants and the standard-setter for all such games going forward. Where the Witcher 2 sputtered to a halt, The Witcher 3 is always in a crescendo, crafting battle scenarios that constantly one-up the last, until you reach the explosive finale and recover in the glow of the game’s quiet denouement. But while the grand clashes are captivating, it is the moments between conflicts, when you drink with the local clans and bask in a trobairitz’s song, that are truly inspiring.” Read more in our full The Witcher III: Wild Hunt review.
We also enjoyed The Witcher III’s expansions, meanwhile, with our Hearts of Stone review boasting a 9/10 and our Blood and Wine review an 8/10. The game’s developer, CD Projekt Red, was in the news this week after it responded to ex-employees’ criticisms.
Nintendo Switch‘s exclusive fighting game Arms has a new update out now. Version 3.2, announced last week, contains some new features, some balance changes, and more. Unfortunately, the character that many believed to be a new playable mecha version of Spring Man is not, in fact, a playable fighter. Instead, he’s a new boss character called Springtron who appears in the latter stages of Grand Prix if you don’t lose a match.
Despite the lack of a new playable fighter, version 3.2 includes a fair amount of content. The Badge feature rewards you for completing challenges such as winning your first Grand Prix or playing a number of matches with one character. There’s also a new Recent Replays feature, which saves replays from your most recent matches so you can watch them back. Make sure you watch any important matches back relatively quickly, however, since Nintendo says “replay data is automatically deleted when necessary, starting with the oldest data.” Updating Arms will also delete all stored replay data.
Meanwhile Lola Pop, who was added last month in an update, has received a buff in this latest patch–her movement speed has been increased. In fact, many fighters have received boosts in speed; take a look at the full patch notes at the bottom of this article.
Recent Arms updates have included two new stages–Sparring Ring and Via Dolce–and more. Nintendo has continually added new Arms content since launch, with previous free DLC adding another fighter called Max Brass and including a new set of training exercises.
In other Switch news, Nintendo has reportedly increased production of the hybrid console to 2 million units per month in light of its high demand, particularly in Asia. In addition, Splatoon 2 has a new map and weapon available now, and the Eshop added a nice new feature this week that shows what games are currently discounted.
Arms Update 3.2 Patch Notes
- Added new Badge feature.
- Receive neat badges as a reward for fulfilling certain conditions.
- Wear your favorite badge and show it off to your opponent.
- Added new Recent Replays feature.
- Select from a list and view replays of past matches.
- Replay data is automatically deleted when necessary, starting with the oldest data.
- Also, future ARMS updates will cause all replay data from past versions to be deleted.
- During replay playback, ZR will no longer switch between targets. The X button instead is used for all camera angle switching.
- During replay playback, + – buttons no longer toggle HP gauge display, and instead now bring up the menu.
- Fixed issue where, at certain timings, follow up attacks after wind attacks would not land.
- Fixed issue where, after suffering an ice attack, players on a snake board could repeatedly jump and the snake board would continuously accelerate.
- Fixed issue where, when battle rules are set to 1-punch KO, under certain conditions fighters would become unable to move.
- We’ve identified an interloper who has been disrupting the Grand Prix, going after our fiercest competitors. If encountered, we advise you to dispatch them with prejudice.
- Adjusted the abilities of certain fighters and Arms as follows.
|Fighters / Arms||Adjustments|
|Lola Pop||It’s already been one month since she joined Arms. Her beginner’s nerves have faded away, giving her increased movement speed during air dashes.
Increased movement speed during high jump.
Increased movement speed when bounding.
Adjusted speed when descending.
|Byte & Barq||Decreased time interval between Byte and Barq’s respective attacks.|
|Max Brass||Decreased expansion rate of attacks when buffed up.
Increased distance from which he can approach targets.
|Megawatt||Increased expansion rate when extending.
Increased extension speed.
Increased expansion rate of charge attacks.
|Slamamander||Increased extension speed.|
|Biffler||Increased retraction speed.
Increased floatiness of jump attacks.
|Increased expansion rate of charge attacks.|
|Revolver||Increased retraction speed.|
|Retorcher||Increased retraction speed.
Adjusted path followed when extending.
|Nade||Fixed online play issue where explosive damage would trigger twice.|
|Increased speed of charge attacks.|
|Blorb||Increased expansion rate when extending.
Increased time needed to finish expanding.
|Chilla||Decreased homing ability.|
|Tribolt||Decreased speed of charge attacks.
Increased time needed to finish expanding.
Fixed multiple online play issues.
|Fixed multiple online play issues.|