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Git Gud with Dark Souls III in Humble Monthly’s March Bundle

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Humble Bundle is the king of the video game bundle sites, and it has solidified this position with its monthly subscription service, aptly named Humble Monthly. The upcoming March bundle may prove to be the best Humble Monthly bundle yet, as it contains the critically acclaimed and tough-as-nails Dark Souls III and the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days (I recently wrote an article comparing two options, Loot Crate and The Curiosity Box). They come in a bevy of flavors, from sci-fi to horror to gaming, but usually they are physical boxes with physical goodies and merchandise. Subscription boxes are excellent ways to collect video game-themed collectibles, but gamers in the mood for actual video games usually have to look somewhere else, which is where Humble Monthly comes in.

For only $12 a month, gamers will receive a metric ton of games, both AAA and indie, that cover a wide range of genres. The February bundle included Life is StrangeTacomaCivilization VIOwlboyBlack The FallSnake PassThe Norwood Suite, and Fortune 499. That’s $170 worth of games. What about January’s bundle? Tomb RaiderSleeping Dogs Definitive Edition, Quantum Break, The Long DarkWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIIHiveswap Act 1Mr. ShiftyCursed Castilla, and Hitch Hiker. $190 worth of games for a paltry $12. I doubt you could find a better deal anywhere else on the Internet.

The value of the games you receive for the price you pay isn’t the only aspect that makes Humble Monthly so popular. Each Humble Monthly includes a free Humble Original, a game developed exclusively for Humble Monthly subscriptions, and one or two “early” games, which tend to be the most expensive games in the bundle. Unlike the majority of the games in the bundle, which are given to subscribers on the first of the month, the “early” games are immediately available for download. For March’s bundle, those games are Dark Souls III and its Ashes of Ariandel DLC (The Ringed City is not included in Humble Monthly), the last and possibly best entries in the Dark Souls franchise. The base game has almost a hundred hours worth of gameplay, more if you play the DLC. I honestly do not know if the people at Humble Bundle could have picked a better game to showcase March’s Humble Monthly bundle.

$12 for Dark Souls III and its DLC is an absolute steal, and anyone who purchases the subscription will receive at least seven more games, one of which can’t be obtained anywhere else. While you will have to wait a month for these seven other games, Dark Souls III has more than enough content to last you until March 1st.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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