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No matter how you slice it, robbing a casino is real life is a bad idea—you may not get your hands lopped off or kneecaps broken like the days of old, but jail time is certainly an inevitable consequence. The same rules don't apply to video games, however, and come December you will be able to stage a daring heist as part of Borderland 3's first campaign DLC. It's called Moxxi's Heist of The Handsome Jackpot. It involves a casino space station that Handsome Jack built before he perished. Moxxi has it in her sights because it was her "dream project" before Jack stole it all for himself, when the two broke up. We have all been there, right? "This heist is as personal as it gets, and you'll... Read more...
After all of the hype and anticipation—and there was plenty of both—Google's cloud gaming Stadia service has arrived, and some early adopters are pretty pissed at what has been delivered versus what was advertised. Part of it boils down to the usual growing pains, especially for a project this ambitious. Still, the annoyances are starting to pile up. One of the big complaints has nothing to do with gameplay or performance, but missing access codes. Some of the people who preordered Stadia—a group referred to as founders, because they purchased the Stadia Founder's Edition—are still without their access codes days after the service launched. "We're aware that some of you... Read more...
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans will want to check out Shattered Web, the latest operation for the game. With Shattered Web, a bunch of new features have been added to the game. Among those features are new maps, new agents to unlock, an accolade system for highlighting accomplishments, and a new progression system that is very much like a battle pass. The progressions system is a pass that levels up with stars that are earned by completing weekly in-game missions. As the pass levels up, it gives players access to new cosmetics. The pass is also more expensive at $15 than past offerings. The new agents are characters that players can equip on the T or CT side. Master agents are cosmetic... Read more...
Put the pitchforks down, folks, we are only kidding about Half Life 3. Well maybe, anyway...we can hope, right? There might actually be another Half-Life game in the wings, though. That is, if a leaked transcript of an unpublished interview citing a new virtual reality game called Half-Life: Alyx turns out to be true. We're skeptical, but also cautiously hopeful. The online document supposedly contains snippets of an interview between Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley and Valve's Robin Walker, as well an unnamed third person (the document surmises it could possibly be Gabe Newell). "These snippets were leaked by a user going by the name “Midoriyan.” Said user has been confirmed to... Read more...
Oh, the joys of marketing. Here we are just a day away from the launch of Stadia, Google's highly anticipated cloud gaming service, and we have just learned it will debut with nearly double the number of games from what was original announced. This addresses one of the points of initial criticism, and there's little doubt in my mind that the sudden uptick in day-one titles is a strategic announcement. That's to say, I have a hard time believing there was anything technical behind this announcement, which might have made possible a greater number of games suddenly being available. Not that it matters—when Stadia launches tomorrow, it will have 22 games available to play, 10 more than previously... Read more...
Even though Microsoft is not sharing many concrete details about Project Scarlett, the codename for its next-generation flagship game console, the company is certainly building up expectations. It seems Microsoft has some clear goals in mind, some of which it has been sharing lately. So, what do we know about Microsoft's plans and goals? That depends on who is doing the talking. Last week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer made it clear Microsoft's goal is to be competitive with Sony's PlayStation 5 console in power and pricing right out of the gate. What was not really the case when the Xbox One debuted. "I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or... Read more...
The most flexible controller option for Google's upcoming Stadia cloud gaming service is the company's own Stadia Controller, which is available in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabit color options (each one is priced at $69). As Stadia's launch day fast approaches, Google has posted a comprehensive guide on how to use the controller. Google also posted a guide on setting up the Stadia Controller. To do that, you need to have the Stadia app installed on your mobile device. The app uses Location access, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth to find and configure the controller, and if any of those are turned off when setting it up, you will be asked to turn them on. How To Set Up Google's Stadia Controller... Read more...
The console wars will enter a new field of battle late next year when Microsoft's Project Scarlett goes up against Sony's PlayStation 5. It is a war that will not be won by either side in short order. However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has made it clear that things will be different next time around, and that Project Scarlett will be competitive in power and price. Comparing the current generation gets a little fuzzy because there are so many different iterations, and at this stage of the game, prices can fluctuate wildly (particularly with Black Friday right around the corner). But if we look at sales, the PS4 is the clear victor—it recently breached 100 million units sold, reaching the achievement... Read more...
Google's ambitious cloud gaming platform called Stadia is only a few days away from launching to the public, and there are still many questions that have yet to be answered. That said, Google did answer some of them during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit yesterday. One of them was in regards to which controllers will work with Stadia. Following the AMA session, Google updated its support pages to list exactly which controllers will (and will not) work with Stadia. Sony's DualShock 4 is one of them, as is Microsoft's Xbox One controller, both of which support USB and Bluetooth connectivity with Stadia on the desktop and through Pixel devices. Here's a look at the official list... Source:... Read more...
Bethesda has seriously hurt its relationship with fans of the long-running Fallout franchise. Not only was the latest game in the franchise, Fallout 76, rife with bugs and issues at launch, but Bethesda also continues to make missteps in dealing with the community. The latest Bethesda blunder has been banning an interactive map maker for reporting a bug. The group allegedly discovered a bug in the game, and once it was reported, they were banned from the game. The creator of Map76 says that the ban came after he and his group discovered a flaw that allows players to easily acquire legendary drops. He ran experiments and eventually found the way that players were tricking the purveyor into taking... Read more...
My first introduction to gaming on a console was the Atari 2600, and like several systems that would follow, it used game cartridges. These days, onboard storage drives, memory cards, and digital downloads rule the day, and there is no going back. Or is there? A curious patent filing from Sony may tip the return of the old school cartridge for the PlayStation 5, but with a new school twist. There is very little information to go on right now, just a patent with a mostly bare patent with a rough sketch of a cartridge. Much of the context is missing—does Sony envision using these cartridges to store games like back in the day, or could they be simply be a way of expanding the PS5's storage... Read more...
Google Stadia will launch soon, and ahead of that launch, we have the full game lineup that gamers can enjoy. There are 12 titles, and all except one are titles that you can get on other platforms already. The single exclusive game is an indie title called Gylt from developer Tequila Works.  The upside is that all 12 of the games will be free to play for all Stadia Pro subscribers, which includes everyone at launch. All other titles that come to the Stadia service will be available for purchase. There are some cool games available for players at launch; the full launch list is below: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Destiny 2: The Collection Gylt Just Dance 2020 Kine Mortal Kombat 11 Red Dead Redemption... Read more...
Tecent, one of the world's largest gaming companies and technology firms, has yet to permeate the US market in the way that it wants, which is one of the big reasons why it partnered with Nintendo earlier this year. A key part of that effort is to "learn the essence of making console games" from a company that knows a thing or two about releasing hit titles. Nintendo is not just adept at making hit games, it has discovered the secret to creating booming franchises around iconic characters, like Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, to name just a few. This is perhaps best exemplified in Super Smash Bros., a wildly popular brawler where many of Nintendo's characters appear in the same game. "What... Read more...
It as seems as Google is getting its ducks in a row in preparation for its Stadia cloud gaming service going live later this month. Ahead of Stadia's launch on November 19, Google has made available a Stadia app for Android in the Play Store. Anyone who owns a compatible handset can head over there right now and download it. Stadia will enable to gamers to play titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Borderlands 3, and Cyberpunk 2077 (to name just a few of the bigger hits arriving on the platform) on desktops and laptops, on Chrome OS devices, and on televisions through a Chromecast Ultra dongle. It can also be played on Pixel 2 and later handsets. In its current form, the Stadia app is listed at... Read more...
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