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  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +14 +6

    Witchfire, a Year After Reveal

    During the 300 years of European witch hunts that started in the 15th century, tens of thousands of women, men and children lost their lives due to superstition, politics and profit. But that’s our history and our world. In the world of Witchfire, witches are real. And you are the punishing hand of the Church. That’s the core idea behind the game, even if things are not as black-and-white as one might think.

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    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +4

    Stardew Valley creator puts his new game on hold to make more Stardew Valley

    Stardew Valley creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone announced earlier this month that he was parting ways with publisher Chucklefish and going it alone as a self-published indie. But it turns out that he's not really "going it alone" in the strictest sense at all. In fact, he's putting a team together to help him continue to work on Stardew Valley.

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    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +14 +4

    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.

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    1 month ago
    by bradd
    +20 +3

    Trump School Safety Commission Downplays Violent Video Game Effects, Praises ESRB

    The deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida earlier this year left many searching for answers. As often happens with tragedies like these, some chose to evoke violent video games as a possible cause – shortly after the Parkland shooting, US President Donald Trump held a meeting with industry leaders representing...

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    1 month ago
    by jedlicka
    +16 +4

    Nintendo President confident in Nintendo Switch 100m software goal, however 20m hardware shipped is "not easy"

    Earlier this year in July during a shareholders meeting, Nintendo assured shareholders that it was on its way to ship 20 million Switch consoles before the year ended March 2019. In a new interview with Kyoto Shimbum (via) Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa stated that the company was confident in selling 100m software units for the year but the 20m hardware goal is “not easy”.

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    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +22 +4

    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 dianep
    +17 +3

    77 Upcoming Xbox One Games in 2019 (Confirmed)

    After the massive success the gaming industry achieved in 2017 and 2018, the next years seems really bright especially for Xbox One owners as a host of titles are announced for the coming years as exclusives and shared with the PlayStation platform. Thanks to third-party support in the form of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III releasing towards the end of January and Ubisoft’s Trials Rising. There is definitely going to be a title for everyone on the console.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jasont
    +16 +3

    Nintendo Had a Fantastic 2018

    Some may have thought of this year as a down year for Nintendo. They came out with a number of ports for the Nintendo Switch from the Wii U, and although they were good, they lacked original titles. That all changed at the end of the year though. Torna: The Golden Country, which was a DLC add-on for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, was also released as a standalone game. Octopath Traveler was one of the best games of the year.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by distant
    +12 +3

    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.)

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ticktack
    +13 +3

    Microsoft renews Lost Odyssey trademarks, hinting at a new entry?

    Microsoft has renewed the IP trademarks for Xbox 360 exclusive JRPG Lost Odyssey. Lost Odyssey, developed by Mistwalker with help from Feelplus, was one of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi’s first games after he left Square Enix. The game released in late 2007 in Japan and two months later in February 2008 in the West. Featuring a traditional turn-based battle, Lost Odyssey had the familiar Final Fantasy “feel” with many dubbing it the “real” Final Fantasy XIII. Many to this day including me consider it one the best JRPGs of the 7th generation consoles and easily the best JRPG on the Xbox 360.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by zobo
    +20 +2

    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
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +11 +2

    The best writing in games in 2018

    Videogames are full of many things: Guns, knives, ventilation shafts, castle sewers and mushrooms you can jump on. More than anything, they're full of words. Words that tell you where to go and what to do, words that create characters and drama, words that bring wholly imagined worlds into being. To celebrate the best words in videogames this year, I decided to turn to the people who write them.

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    2 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
    +18 +2

    How World War Z will pick up where Left 4 Dead left us stranded

    Left 4 Dead fans aren’t getting much fan out of Valve. But have no fear. Saber Interactive is picking up the mantle with World War Z, a co-op shooter coming in 2019 to the PC and consoles. World War Z doesn’t feature Brad Pitt, but it does carry the license from the popular Paramount Pictures property, which featured swarms of terrifying and fast zombies. Saber Interactive CEO Matt Karch runs the 450-person studio, which has been making the game for the past three years. He takes inspiration from the World War Z book, but he also wants to make sure that fans of the movie get their fill.

  • Current Event
    11 days 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.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +14 +6

    Fallout 76 is what happens when video game creators lose touch with their fans

    It’s fair to say that major new gaming release Fallout 76 has not received the warmest of receptions. The reviews from fans and critics alike started off tentatively underwhelmed – and have only got more scathing from there. Meanwhile, the game’s sales are down considerably on those of Fallout 4.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +44 +7

    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

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    1 month ago
    by TheSpirit
    +21 +5

    Note From Blizzard Suggests That Diablo 4 Will Be Revealed in 2019

    Since Diablo Immortal‘s announcement at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard has found itself attempting to placate disappointed fans who were expecting a new console/PC game reveal. There have been reports that the company pulled a Diablo 4 announcement from the event at the last minute (which Blizzard denied), and rumors of Activision’s growing influence having a role to play in the fiasco. For its part, Blizzard has reassured fans that there are multiple Diablo projects in the works. The studio acknowledged that it disappointed fans at BlizzCon 2018, and said that it’s actively listening to feedback

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    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +15 +4

    PlayStation Classic review: the games are great but the emulation is really poor

    With its remarkable, varied game library, the original PlayStation stands as one of the best console platforms in gaming history. For Sony as a corporate entity, the PlayStation brand remains a key part of its lineup and one that has arguably saved the company at points during its long history. For gamers though, the original grey box represents an era of discovery and wonderful memories - a time when previously niche genres were given the chance to thrive the world over and well-worn genres were given new life in the transition to 3D.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by baron778
    +17 +4

    Just Cause 4 Easter Egg Turns The Game Into An Indie Hit

    Plenty of games contain Easter eggs that reference other games. For example, literally every game released since 2012 has included a Dark Souls bonfire in an obscure corner of at least one map. Rare, however, is the Easter egg that straight up transforms a game into the thing it’s referencing. Just Cause 4 has gone the extra mile.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +5

    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.

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    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +12 +4

    Horror first-person shooter Blood remaster announced for PC - Gematsu

    Atari, in partnership with Nightdive Studios, has announced a remaster of the 1997-released horror first-person shooter Blood for PC. Here are the details, via Atari: About Blood Originally released in 1997, Blood is a first-person shooter that helped redefine the genre and first introduced many elements now accepted as commonplace.

  • 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.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wetwilly87
    +14 +3

    World War Z Official System Requirements For PC

    World War Z, the new third-person shooter video game will be released by Saber Interactive in 2019. The game is based on the movie World War Z in 2013, with the gameplay featuring over the shoulder third person shooter cooperative combat against large numbers of zombies, defensive traps and emplacements. The environment for the game will be set in New York, Jerusalem, and Moscow.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +12 +3

    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 Chubros
    +15 +3

    Fallout 76's New Ultrawide Mode Comes Under Fire From Players

    Bethesda has irked PC players with the new 21:9 resolution support in Fallout 76's latest patch. This week's Fallout 76 patch saw a number of changes roll out for the game, including adding ultrawide screen resolution support. However, players on Reddit have discovered that the new ultrawide mode appears to be nothing more than a modification to the INI file, meaning that 16:9 aspect ratio has been stretched to meet the wider resolution, rather than being a true 21:9 display.

  • 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.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +13 +3

    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 +3

    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.

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    1 month ago
    by cone
    +8 +3

    Horror Director John Carpenter Wants to Score a Video Game

    With video games now being a mainstream fixture in more ways than one, it’s safe to presume that a large majority of people–including non-gamers–would at least be able to name some of the medium’s most popular titles if given the chance. After all, a study done by the ESA in 2015 found that a little more than half of the US population plays video games, and that number has likely grown since. As a matter of fact, even some of the entertainment industry’s most famed figures are avid gamers, including the prolific director John Carpenter, who recently expressed an interest in scoring a game.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +3

    'Fresh Prince' star Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over use of dance his character Carlton popularized

    Actor Alfonso Ribeiro is suing to stop two video game developers from selling a dance popularized by his "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" character. In two lawsuits filed Monday, Ribeiro said the companies have "unfairly profited" from using his likeness and from exploiting his "protected creative expression." The suits name Fortnite developer Epic Games Inc., and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., creator of the NBA 2K series, and several of its subsidiaries.

  • 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 messi
    +13 +2

    Steam Winter Sale 2018 starts today & Steam Awards

    Valve has revealed that the Steam Winter Sale 2018 begins later today. Players will be able to purchase great titles that will be on sale for a limited time. In a post on its site, Valve has revealed that the Steam Winter sale 2018 will start on 20 December. In addition, Valve also revealed their annual Steam Awards, the 2018 nominees have been announced and voting begins today and lasts till 3 January 2019. The winners will be announced in February 2019.