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  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by zobo
    +20 +3

    New 'Alien: Isolation' Prototype Footage Reveals It Was Originally A Third-Person Game

    Alien: Isolation is one of the best horror games this generation, despite a laundry-list of issues. That said, apparently it was almost entirely a different game. Alien: Isolation released back in 2014 as a first-person survival horror game from Creative Assembly and Sega. The game was praised -- and criticized -- for many things, but it was perhaps the game's atmosphere and the tension it creates that won over the most. And the game's first-person perspective was key to both of these things.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +13 +2

    The 50 most anticipated games of 2019

    Here comes 2019, and already the roster shows more than enough games coming out to keep us busy. From rollicking combat games to quieter indie explorations of the soul, here are 50 games (listed alphabetically) that we’re excited to see, coming in the year ahead. Given the nature of the game industry these days, it’s too early to read much in the way of trends from this list. Many games that we’ll see in 2019 have yet to be announced, or do not have a firm release date.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +2

    Valve’s Artifact Ended 2018 Outside Steam’s Top 100 Most Played Games

    It became clear that Valve was going to have a hard time selling Artifact when fans were left disgruntled (to say the least) by the Dota card game’s reveal at The International 2017. Similar to Blizzard’s Diablo Immortal blunder at Blizzcon a couple months ago, Valve’s decision to try and monetize a $19.99 card game and ignore the demand to create sequels to their best-selling franchises Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal isn’t paying off for the popular publisher.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by Nelson
    +17 +1

    Activision Being Investigated For Fraud Following Bungie Split

    AAA gaming publisher Activision is now under investigation for possible securities fraud and other unlawful business practices, MarketWatch reports. The investigation into unlawful business practices committed by the publishing giant is being lead by securities litigation firm, Pomerantz LLP with Robert S. Willoughby acting as the firm’s point of contact for investors and shareholders who have an interest in participating in the class action lawsuit.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    'Cyberpunk 2077' Devs Had to Watch 'Bladerunner' and 'Ghost in the Shell'

    A new year brings new hopes and prospects in the realm of gaming, especially when there are no release dates. Take Cyberpunk 2077, a sensation at E3 2018. After the expo, we received a lengthy demo that finally painted the neon world. A recent interview with CD Projekt RED reveals the inspiration behind Night City and its design.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +44 +9

    Loot box crackdown forces Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games out of Belgium

    Governments are ratcheting up the pressure on a mechanism some see as gambling

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by funhonestdude
    +17 +9

    The first 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey' DLC episode arrives next week

    "Legacy of the First Blade," the first of two Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC expansion storylines, starts next week with its first episode. "Hidden" arrives December 4th and kicks off the story of Darius, who killed the Persian king Xerxes (in the series' lore, at least) and was the first assassin to wield the franchise's trademark hidden blade.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +19 +6

    Sega Dreamcast at 20: the futuristic games console that came too soon

    In 1998, the Sega Dreamcast changed the whole face of console and games design, but it was haunted by an unbeatable competitor.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +11 +5

    Fallout: New Vegas Dev Revealing A New RPG Soon -- And It's Not A Mobile Game

    We now now what one of the more than 10 game announcements coming at The Game Awards next week will be. Show organiser Geoff Keighley revealed today that Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Knights of the Old Republic 2, and Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian will reveal its new role-playing game during the awards show.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +4

    Starbreeze is in trouble after The Walking Dead underperforms

    Payday publisher Starbreeze is seemingly struggling as of late. The Swedish game developer has filed for reconstruction due to a shortage of liquid assets -- capital that can be near-immediately turned into cash. As part of the reconstruction process, Starbreeze has ousted CEO Bo Andersson. Additionally, Andersson and Kristofer Arwin have relinquished their seats on the board of directors. Starbreeze has removed its financial targets for fiscal years 2018 and 2020 as a result of this restructuring.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +19 +4

    Obsidian's The Outer Worlds blends Firefly and Fallout into a bold, open-ended sci-fi RPG

    Obsidian's new RPG The Outer Worlds is not just sci-fi: it is exuberantly sci-fi. Blood red trees pepper valleys of strange cylindrical rocks and alien shrubs. A spaceship rumbles overhead, coming in for a landing at the nearest spaceport. Rings grander than Saturn's carve an arc across the horizon, and a field of stars shine impossibly bright in the afternoon sky. It's a world I already know I want to explore: the colorful vistas of No Man's Sky, but in an RPG that looks and feels very Fallout, just a million miles away and pre-nuclear armageddon.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +20 +4

    Looks like Rage 2 will be exclusive to the Bethesda launcher on PC

    Everyone’s building their own Steam competitor, and Bethesda is no exception. Rage 2 pre-orders went up last night, but only on the Bethesda.net Store, and the game still doesn’t have a Steam page. You might’ve expected this given that Fallout 76 launched exclusively on the publisher’s client, but now it seems certain Bethesda games going forward won’t be coming to other stores.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +12 +4

    'Resident Evil 3: Nemesis' Remake Is Already In Development

    The highly anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake is set to debut in January next year, more than 20 years after the 1998 original, and is certain to stir within many players a new love for and appreciation of the back of their sofas. Yep, it's a scary one.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +21 +4

    'Red Dead Redemption 2' fails to justify its own excessive existence

    Throughout the vast, sprawling, seemingly never-ending experience of Red Dead Redemption 2, I found myself asking the same question over and over again: Do I even want any of this? Do I need my horse's dynamic testicle physics and shitting patterns? Does having to press R2 multiple times to drink a cup of coffee really add to my immersion in the world? What in god's name do mercilessly unforgiving collision physics contribute, aside from interruptions to story moments...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Petrox
    +16 +4

    The Outer Worlds: Interview with Senior Narrative Designer Kathryn Megan Starks

    Obsidian Entertainment has garnered a reputation over the last decade and a half for a unique penchant for writing engaging and reactive narratives, usually with a heavy emphasis on weighing a high degree of consequence against the player's choices. The Outer Worlds seems to be poised to continue that trend. We already saw a glimpse of the game's unique brand of humor in our preview of the title, but being able to see the long-term narrative permutations in a limited amount of time is a bit more difficult.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +12 +4

    Obsidian Says "The Outer Worlds" Will be Free of Microtransactions, Releases Screenshots

    Obsidian Entertainment, which have recently announced their latest videogame in the form of "The Outer Worlds", have now come out of woodwork to assuage some fears gamers might have. In an increasingly microtransaction-ridden digital world, and perhaps not helped by the Microsoft acquisition that Obsidian Entertainment has undergone, fears of microtransactions being added to the game that's expected to be a Fallout spiritual successor naturally grew. Timothy Cain, original creator of Fallout, in an interview with Gamestar, put those thoughts to rest.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +11 +3

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider's The Pillar DLC Will Be Available Next Week

    The iconic Lara Croft is gearing up for her next adventure as the release date for upcoming DLC The Pillar has been announced. Lara Croft’s latest adventure has seen her struggling for survival while trying to avert a Mayan apocalypse. However, the iconic video game heroine’s journey isn’t quite finished yet as The Pillar DLC pack for Shadow of the Tomb Raider is scheduled to land on consoles and PC early next week.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jedlicka
    +16 +5

    Video game players frequently exposed to graphic content may see world differently

    People who frequently play violent video games are more immune to disturbing images than non-players, a UNSW-led study into the phenomenon of emotion-induced blindness has shown. The scientists showed that players were better at disregarding graphic content while viewing a rapid series of images, leaving them better able to see what they were asked to look for than non-players.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +13 +5

    DOOM was a nightmare to play in the UK 25 years ago.

    I’m at that age in life when the things you remember fondly in your formative years could be married, have kids, a mortgage and a mountain of student debt already. Such is the case with DOOM: the first-person shooter that defined a genre. This year there is still much to be excited about, with continued updates to existing DOOM mods and the impending release of DOOM: Eternal in 2019. Plus for me I had a great time working on what became one of my more popular YouTube videos over on AI and Games as I explained the AI behind DOOM (2016).

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +15 +4

    Which PC classic was just too old to enjoy when you finally played it?

    In today's PCG Q&A, we're talking about the games we missed the boat on at the time. One of the best things about playing on PC is being able to access a vast archive of classics, so you can check out the games that were fundamental in the development of different genres. Sometimes, though, those games are just too old to enjoy in 2018, whether it's the controls, outdated systems or something else. We're definitely showing our age a bit in our choices here: most of us were born in the mid-late '80s, hence most of the games mentioned were released during our younger years.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +14 +3

    EA Says Star Wars Battlefront 2 "did not go as planned"

    It only took Star Wars Battlefront 2 a mere few days to go from one of the most anticipated titles of last year, to, quite possibily, its most infamous. The controversy surrounding its pay-to-win loot box progression not only made reddit history, with the most downvoted comment of all time, but also spurred state institutions into investigating loot boxes themselves.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +9 +3

    Nintendo Switch is the Fastest-Selling Video Game System of This Generation

    Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +13 +3

    Halo Infinite to reward exploration and prominently feature 'natural landscapes'

    Halo: Infinite is an upcoming first-person shooter from 343 Industries. In its teaser trailer, the developer promised open environments and a renewed focus on the Master Chief. However, as the months go by, new details emerge. Lately, the studio has been discussing the world you'll get to explore in the game. During a recent live stream, the team stated it wanted to revive that sense of wonder that became a defining factor of Halo: Combat Evolved.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +3 +2

    Backpack Kid is also suing Epic Games over a dance in Fortnite

    Russell Horning, also known as Backpack Kid, is the latest celebrity to sue Epic games over claims that the company used his dance in Fortnite without permission, according to Horning’s legal representatives.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +22 +3

    How BioWare’s ‘Baldur’s Gate’ Saved the Computer RPG

    The genre-stretching game broke new narrative, technical, and gameplay ground and established the identity of one of the past two decades’ most storied video game studios

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jedlicka
    +15 +2

    ‘Fortnite’ Was The Most Talked About Game on Twitter in 2018

    Now that 2018 is ending, Twitter is sharing some of the topics that got people talking this year, including the most-tweeted video games in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, Epic Games’ popular battle royale title “Fortnite” tops the list. “Fortnite” is a pop culture phenomenon with over 200 million registered players. It recently hit a milestone of 8.3 million concurrent players as well. Those numbers are up from June, when it had an estimated 125 million registered users.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by distant
    +12 +2

    Ars Technica’s best games of 2018

    Running through this year's list of video games that made the most impact on the Ars staff, I'm struck by the sheer variety. Sure, there's the usual selection of open world adventures and slick action games. But there are also a handful of fresh takes on the puzzle game genre, a few promising virtual reality games, a relatively wide variety of 2D platformers, racing games that run the gamut from realistic to campy, a couple of fighting games, and even a rhythm game! (Editor's note: We promise you haven't time-traveled back to 2008.)

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +3 +1

    Minecraft player spends a year revamping terrain generation, results look beautiful

    Reddit user MC_Pitman has spent the past year revamping terrain generation in Minecraft and, judging by the results in the image above (make sure you click in the top-right to go full screen), it's time well spent. The aim of the project was to make terrain regeneration look "more natural and realistic...more like a generated landscape than a bunch of individual biomes", they said on Reddit.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by SayWhat
    +2 +1

    “P.T.” Fan Remake “Unreal P.T.” Is Free On P.C.!

    Radius Gordello has finished his remake of the original “P.T.” horror game from the PS4, and has named it “Unreal P.T.”. But the greatest news is that he is offering it for free for the PC! “Unreal P.T.” is a personal remake of the original “P.T.” game, and reshapes textures, models, animation, game play, and code from scratch. It took nine months to make, from April 2018 to January 2019. That is a lot of work, and obviously a dedication of love.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hedman
    +19 +5

    Resident Evil 2 Producer Confirms The Remake Is Not Linked To OUTBREAK As Ada Wong Won't Wear Her Iconic Dress

    Just like the original Resident Evil 2, the upcoming remake will feature two extended campaigns to provide players with different points of view to the core horror story. The player will have a chance to experience the story from the perspective of Claire Redfield, the younger sister of BSAA operative and former S.T.A.R.S. member Chris Redfield, and Leon Kennedy, a federal agent for the D.S.O.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +27 +5

    Copyright Office Adds DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games - TorrentFreak

    The US Copyright Office has published a list of new exemptions to the DMCA's anti-circumvention rules. Several new freedoms were granted this year, including the right for preservation institutions to break DRM to play abandoned online games. It's a small change that only applies if the server code is legally obtained, but for game preservationists, it's a step in the right direction.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +19 +5

    ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Earns Record-Breaking $725 Million Opening Weekend

    “Red Dead Redemption 2” broke records in its first three days on sale, pulling in more than $725 million in worldwide retail sales and achieving the biggest opening weekend in the history of gaming.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +15 +4

    Mass Effect Producer Says The Series' Future "Is Bright"

    November 7th is a hallowed date for Mass Effect fans, the series’ dedicated collective of fans taking the occasion to show love to their favorite galaxy-exploring franchise. While players share their most beloved memories as Shepard and Ryder, developer BioWare also express their dedication in the form of a heartwarming video, this year’s celebration offering a retrospective of the N7 insignia.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +12 +5

    Just Cause 4: Avalanche's Smartest Approach to Stupidity Yet

    Just Cause 4’s new weather systems began as a single, small idea – adding visible wind currents to the world, allowing perennial hero Rico’s parachute-wingsuit-parachute traversal to become even more useful. But, according to game director Francesco Antolini, once that was added the team then started thinking about how it could be pushed further.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by mariogi
    +13 +4

    Sorry Fortnite, but Warframe just might be the best free-to-play game on Switch

    In 2013, developer Digital Extremes released two very different games. One was Star Trek, a licensed adventure game that hit the market in time for Star Trek Into Darkness. The other was Warframe, an original IP -- the company’s first since Dark Sector -- that would end up being the company’s first attempt at a free-to-play game. Neither title set the world on fire at launch, but where Star Trek fans moved on quite quickly from the game, people playing Warframe decided to stick it out. Because this was an all-or-nothing gamble for the 20-year-old company, Digital Extremes stuck it out with them.