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Animal Crossing: New Horizons  for Nintendo Switch came along at just the right time for our family. Just as seemingly the entire country began shelter in place plans, we could get away from it all on a remote deserted island and build a bustling village - a pandemic-free world of our own with new ways to profit. We've shopped, we've crafted, and we've planted dozens of fruit trees to get that sweet 500 bells a piece for fruit that wasn't native to our islands. In the real world, many states are opening back up slowly, but in my household, we're still paying off our multi-million Bell loans, expanding our houses and shopping at Nook's Cranny, Able Sisters, and the various vendors that come... Read more...
In an announcement that came completely out of left field for us today, one of the most storied game publishers that had been previously left for dead has been resurrected. We're talking about MicroProse, of course, whose last game was 2002's Grand Prix 4 (released under the Infogrames umbrella). MicroProse first got its start nearly four decades ago (1982 to be exact), and published many popular games over the years including the XCOM and Civilization franchises. One of my personal favorites, being a big aviation buff and an unabashed fan of the General Dynamics/Lockheed-Martin F-16, was Falcon 4.0. Task Force Admiral The company is now being led by CEO David Lagettie, while Bill Stealey, who... Read more...
For many people around the world, the last six weeks have been spent mostly stuck at home reading, trying to work, watching streaming series, and playing video games. At this point, odds are many people out there have watched everything Netflix has to offer and are looking for something else to pass the time with. Ubisoft is offering up some free game downloads that are full versions of the titles, and they're great games to boot. All games will require players to install the Uplay PC application, and all are free to keep if downloaded by May 5. One of the games is the classic Assassin's Creed II Deluxe Edition. The game is set in Renaissance-era Italy, with players playing as a hero called Ezio... Read more...
Halo 2: Anniversary PC fans who've been counting the days until the beta takes flight should be checking for invites right now. The official Halo Support Twitter page has announced that the PC limited public beta for Halo 2: Anniversary has officially taken flight and is telling people to begin checking email for invitations and instructions on the new processes for invites. The Twitter page also advises people to bookmark the HaloSupportInsider page to get updates on known issues, submit tickets, and more. Gamers wanting to get in on the limited public beta of Halo 2: Anniversary for PC need to have registered for the Halo Insider Program. Late last month, the developers behind the game reminded... Read more...
Many of us are spending more time indoors than usual this season and some are taking the opportunity to revisit a few favorite video games. While it is fun to be able to replay or delve deeper into the video games that you already own, sometimes you simply crave some new content. If you find that you are a little bored with your current line-up, this is the article for you. Here are some of the video games that HotHardware's staff recommends for killing time during the COVID-19 Quarantine. Games that offer an immersive adventure Doom 2016 (2016): Doom 2016 is a first-person shooter video game that is set in the future on Mars. Players are pitted against demons from Hell that have been set free... Read more...
Doom Eternal is here, and the early consensus around the HotHardware email thread is that the game is absolutely stunning. The 2016 Doom reboot ran great on relatively pedestrian hardware thanks to obsessive fine tuning by id Software and its id Tech 6 engine. The new Doom is harder, faster, and louder, but still unmistakably Doom, and it's a graphical tour de force. Since folks are diving into the game this weekend (no small part in thanks to multiple state orders to "shelter in place" because of COVID-19), we're here to share the quickest way to optimize performance. Tune-Up Those Drivers For Doom Eternal, Especially Graphics To start with, if you have a Radeon RX 5700 or GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER... Read more...
Certainly, the big news all around the world right now is coronavirus/COVID-19, which is sweeping the globe and forcing many businesses to shut down and send employees home to work. For many people around the world, there is no option to work at home, so they are stuck indoors with little to do. Anyone interested in playing games on their computer will be happy to hear that GOG has a bunch of free video titles that you can play on Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. Most of these games are of the independent sort, and some aren't available on all platforms. In all, the front page of the catalog lists 27 different free games. Some of the titles were released this year or within the last few years,... Read more...
The next season of Destiny 2 is just around the corner. The new season will come with a fresh storyline, PVP and PVE activities, and desirable exotic weapons. However, Destiny 2 is a massive game and the amount of information provided by Destiny 2 developers Bungie can be a bit overwhelming. Here is what you need to know about Destiny 2, “Season Of The Worthy,” along with some strategic tips to get you moving in the right direction. Destiny 2 is an online multiple-player first-person shooter game. Players can participate in a variety of missions in a shared-world environment or engage in PVE (player versus environment) or PVP (player versus player) activities. The game is free-to-play,... Read more...
Adobe Flash has long been a method that developers used to put interactive content on the internet. There are tens of thousands of games out there that use Flash that will no longer work when December 31st, 2020 comes around. At the end of 2020, Flash will die off as most major web browsers remove Flash support. Ahead of all the games that rely on Flash dying off, a project is underway called Flashpoint that aims to save them. Flashpoint is a project that has so far saved over 36,000 Flash games from the digital garbage can. Flashpoint uses open-source software to allow users to download and play a long list of games and animations. Fans of flash games who want their favorite game to be saved... Read more...
China is fighting the alarming Coronavirus outbreak that has claimed 20 lives thus far. There have also been cases reported as far from China as the UK and the United States as well. As the virus spreads, some major tech companies and automakers are limiting travel to China to protect employees. Meanwhile, a video game developer called Ndemic Creations published a game years back for mobile devices, and other platforms, called Plague Inc., where players get to evolve a disease in an attempt to spread it across the world and eliminate the population. And this specific game title has experienced a renew popularity in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Ndemic Creations has issued a statement... Read more...
Look, anyone who plays Fortnite who says they don't want a Polar Renegade Spray is lying. I mean, just look at it (show above)! Okay, maybe not everyone cares about earning the uncommon spray, which is from the Bear Brigade set. But for those who do, completing a Winterfest challenge is the key (which starts with your stocking). More on that in a moment. First, let's start with Day 12 challenge, which involves destroying Snowflake Decorations around the map. There are several that are scattered across the map, and it can take a bit of time hunting them down. However, you only need to destroy three of them, so that makes things a little easier. These can be found at POIs on the map, though the... Read more...
Twitch and Amazon have announced that Amazon Prime members will now get free mobile game content along with the Twitch Prime benefits that they have already been receiving for PC and console games. The first mobile game to give members free loot will be PUBG Mobile from Tencent Games. Prime members will get the Infiltrator Jacket, Infiltrator Pants, and Infiltrator shoes to complete the Prime exclusive set. However, as the saying goes, but wait there's more. Prime members will also get the Black Magma Parachute and the new Blood Oath Karabiner 98K. The new PUBG loot is dropping on a weekly schedule. Some of the loot is permanently added to your collection, but some of it is only for 30 days of... Read more...
When it comes to today's PC games, most new titles will cost you upwards of $60 if you want to purchase it the day of release. As the months (and years) pile on, that price often falls down to $20 or even lower if you're lucky. Such is the came with a racing simulator that hails from 2015: DiRT Rally. If you visit the Steam store today through tomorrow morning at 10:00am EST, you can grab that game for the low, low price of free. It might not be packing all of the latest graphics wonders like real-time ray tracing made possible by NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards, but it still looks good on modern PCs despite its age. While DiRT Rally isn't a balls to the wall, hyper-realistic simulator,... Read more...
It seems that even Blizzard's World of Warcraft can be a cruel, cruel mistress. Unfortunate fans of the classic WoW experience had their days ruined today by a sustained DDOS attack on Blizzard's servers, according to multiple sources. It isn't just WoW Classic, either. Several independent sources are reporting that servers for the latest expansion, Battle of Azeroth, are also under attack. WoW Classic only launched on August 26th, 2019, which is just a couple of weeks ago at the time of writing. What kind of heartless monster would attack classic MMO fans at a time like this? Could it be a nefarious attack by North Korea, like the Sony breach of 2014? Could it be the work of jilted lovers,... Read more...
We all float down here. Rumor has it that Fortnite will celebrate Halloween with an It: Chapter Two crossover. Several leaks were posted on Twitter that hint that the crossover is coming soon. Data miners discovered sound bites labeled “Illinois Laugh” and they sound eerily like laugh of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The data miners also found a file for a “CreepyBalloon”. The floating balloon resembles the balloon that Pennywise uses to lure his victims. Image from FortTory via Twitter Epic Games appears to have tried to misdirect data miners. The “CreepyBalloon” is light pink instead of the iconic red. The sound bite has been labelled as the “Illinois... Read more...
Gamers all around the world know the frustration of a video game they want landing on a crowdfunding network. Many games have reached their funding goals only to see development delays and at times the games never get made. Gearbox has put a game that Homeworld fans have been wanting to play for a decade and a half, up on a crowdfunding platform called Fig. That game is Homeworld 3 but with any luck, it the long-awaited title will be seen through to fuition. Homeworld 3 is a full sequel to the 2003 Homeworld 2 game. The games Homeworld Remastered Collection from 2015 and Homeworld Deserts of Kharak were the other games in the franchise. The developers wrote on Fig that they were a few months... Read more...
Finnish game studio Remedy Entertainment makes some of the finest-looking, quirkiest games around. Perhaps best known for the Max Payne series (but not Max Payne 3, which was developed solely by Rockstar), Remedy has been publishing its games exclusively on Xbox and PC for the last several years. The studio has delivered interesting, story-driven games more recently in the form of cult survival classic Alan Wake and the more recent sci-fi thriller Quantum Break. Both games featured cutting-edge graphics for their respective times. For that reason, maybe it's no surprise that the studio's latest creation, Control, uses the most cutting-edge graphics technology available today, including... Read more...
The next hero for the game Dota 2 was announced during The International, which is the largest Dota 2 tournament in the world. While the tournament is running in Shanghai, with a massive $30 million prize pool, an unexpected announcement was made that the next hero for the game will be a freaky, wild grandmother riding on a dragon called Snapfire. Snapfire debuted with an official trailer that shows off some of her abilities and will launch this fall. She bakes cookies and talks about showing a little kindness on the battlefield but notes not all deserve kindness. It's hard to tell from the video if the cookies are to replenish energy lost in battle or if they grant special abilities. Snapfire... Read more...
Week two of Fortnite Season 10 is here and with it comes a new weekly mission for Battle Pass holders to partake in. The new mission this week sends players to find lost spray cans. As with all similar challenges where you have to find things, the difficulty is in locating the cans without getting taken out during the search. The good news is there is a handy map that will help you locate the spray cans below, so you can get going with your graffiti-induced creativity. The spray cans are hidden all around the island, and there are more than you need to complete the challenge out there. One aspect of the challenge adding difficulty is that the cans are very small. However, making things a bit... Read more...
Borderlands fans are looking forward to the next entry in the series, Borderlands 3, which has been confirmed to launch on September 13, 2019. Fans who know they are going to buy the game can install a Twitch extension for their browser and earn loot in the game before it even launches. Fans of the game and those on the fence about pre-ordering might want more details to tide them over or help make a purchase decision, and some cool details have now leaked. At E3 2019, a closed-door demo of the game was held, and some details of the game from that demo have started to surface, and they make Borderlands 3 sound fantastic. The game makes it easy to keep track of your friends, when they sell... Read more...
Fans of the game franchise Crackdown who are currently playing Crackdown 3, but haven't had the opportunity to play the older games in the franchise, will be glad to hear that the developers have made Crackdown 2 free to play for all Xbox gamers. The original Crackdown went free for Xbox gamers late last year. However, game has also gained backwards compatibility with Xbox One now, so you can play it on the current-gen console without having to get out your old Xbox 360. In addition to making Crackdown 2 backward compatible and free, the developers also have a bunch of announcements for the latest game in the franchise, Crackdown 3. Updates include a Crime Map update that turns any... Read more...
Following the disappointing launch of Fallout 76, a team of modders and fans of other games in the Fallout franchise have set out to recreate what could be the next best game in the Fallout series. The team aims to take the well-developed, story-driven world of Fallout 2 and essentially port it to the Fallout 4 game engine as a mod called "Fallout 4: Project Arroyo." Following the acquisition of the Fallout franchise by Bethesda, Fallout has become one of those widely recognized games with millions of followers worldwide. To be fair, Fallout didn't get there overnight or by the actions of Bethesda alone. The first Fallout game as well as its sequel Fallout 2 were both created by Interplay in... Read more...
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