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Plague Inc on Steam

Plague Inc: Evolved leaves Early Access soon


Spread disease with a friend
Feb 08
// Jordan Devore
After nearly two years and some 800,000 copies sold, Plague Inc: Evolved is ready for a full release on Windows, Mac, and Linux. That'll happen next Thursday, February 18. "By the time we launch, 18 major Evolutions (updates)...
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Cookie Clicker

Cookie Clicker wants back in your life


Version 2.0 is here
Feb 08
// Jordan Devore
Sorry about this. A new version of Cookie Clicker launched today with a revamped ascension system, quality-of-life improvements, and a cookie dragon, among many other additions. I'm telling you about it because I am a bad man...
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N++

Precision platformer N++ headed to Steam


And possibly other places
Feb 08
// Jordan Devore
N++ released last year as a PlayStation 4 exclusive and, considering how dang good it was and how much of a following its predecessors N and N+ had, not nearly enough people played it. Hopefully that'll change this year when ...
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DCUO cross-play

DC Universe Online rolls out cross-platform play


PS3, PS4, and PC
Feb 06
// Jordan Devore
As of this week, DC Universe Online now supports cross-platform play between PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. That means you'll be able to play alongside folks who own the game on a different platform, "including in grou...
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Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children beta returns this weekend


The only 'big game' I care about
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
I attempted to play the recent beta for The Tomorrow Children only to realize that, darn it, I was a few hours too late. After going through the brief tutorial section, I rode on a subway that was supposed to run to a town wi...
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TrackMania

TrackMania Turbo hits PC and consoles in March


Back on the radar you go
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
At some point during the past several months, TrackMania Turbo slipped off my radar. Which is a shame, because it looks super good. You can air-drop from a helicopter into a race and drive upside down on magnetic rollercoaste...
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H1Z1

H1Z1 is becoming two separate games


'King of the Kill' and 'Just Survive'
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
Daybreak plans to split up its multiplayer zombie survival game H1Z1 on February 17, 2016. It's becoming two titles: H1Z1: Just Survive, an apocalyptic open-world experience with the usual scavenging and crafting, and H1Z1: K...

Humble Monthly Bundle has 70K subscribers

Feb 05 // Jordan Devore
Graham says subscriptions are at a point where "we can make meaningful deals with game developers to secure great content, we get to write our featured charity a $30,000+ check, and, because we can predict revenues fairly accurately, we've even started funding some small gaming projects, Humble Originals, that you won't find anywhere else and that our subscribers will get to play first." Supporting charities is a big part of the company's identity, whether it's giving back ten percent of proceeds from the Humble Store, five percent from Monthly subs, or left up to the user to decide in name-your-price bundles. I asked how they arrived at that amount for this service. "It's always tricky to craft a new business model," said Graham. "When we launched Humble Monthly, we had to do a lot of guesswork about the best way to frame everything so that we could get the product off the ground. By giving ourselves more flexibility with which we can use to pay for game content, I think we have helped the product be more successful and more sustainable, which I believe will actually mean more money for charity in the long run." Today is the first Friday of the month, which means February's games are unlocked for existing members. The full lineup is Alien: Isolation, Titan Souls, Broken Age, Volume, Penarium, Dropsy, Elephant in the Room (one of the "Humble Originals" made specifically for subscribers), and a "sneak peek demo" of Planetoid Pioneers with custom content. The early unlock for next month's bundle is Ark: Survival Evolved, that open-world game with ridable dinosaurs. Folks who sign up now will get immediate access to the title, but it's too late to secure February's offerings.
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February's games revealed
Last year, Humble began a new monthly bundle service. The basic idea is that on the first Friday of each month, subscribers receive a batch of undisclosed PC games. One of the featured titles is always announced and made avai...

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Tribute Games

Ninja Senki DX looks mega good, man


Releasing February 23
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Tribute Games is bringing Ninja Senki DX to PC, PS4, and PS Vita on February 23. This is an expanded version of a rather good freeware action game from 2010, which, from our prior coverage, it sounds like a number of us have ...
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Gray blue PS4

This limited-edition Uncharted 4 PS4 is $400


That controller, though
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Sony is preparing a limited-edition 500GB PlayStation 4 bundle in time for the release of Uncharted 4 on April 26, 2016. The console is gray blue, with a touch of gold lettering on the front that says "Sic Parvis Magna" (grea...
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Overwatch

The Overwatch beta is back on February 9


That didn't take too long
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard is bringing back the Overwatch closed beta on February 9 in the Americas and Europe, and February 16 in Asia. If you had access to it before the hiatus, you'll still be good to go. The newly refreshed beta will sport...
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Pokemon Go

We'll see more of Pokemon Go in March


I want Gengar... or do I?
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
[Delightfully horrific illustration by Junji Ito] The world is ready for Pokémon Go, but is Pokémon Go ready for us? We haven't heard much out of the augmented-reality, location-based mobile game since its unvei...
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Gravity Rush PS4

Dang, I need to get on Gravity Rush Remastered


Lookin' good
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
Perhaps I shouldn't have watched this Gravity Rush trailer yet. I mean, I fully intended to play the new PlayStation 4 remaster some day soon. Just not, like, right now. Not while there's The Witness to wrap up, XCOM 2 and Fi...
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Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines' snowy expansion drops Feb. 18


Send in the plows
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
I've seen snow only once or twice this year, and even then, it didn't stick around for long. Meanwhile, Brett is regaling us with tales about how he's just now venturing out of his snowed-in house for the first time since Sun...
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The Witness

The Witness has already brought in $5 million


Xbox, mobile ports under consideration
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
Expanding on his initial hints about how The Witness is selling, designer Jonathan Blow has shared more detailed numbers. On PC and PS4, the mind-melting puzzle game "has totalled over $5 million USD gross revenue in the...
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Tales of Symphonia

There's already a fix for Tales of Symphonia's bad PC port


You can always count on Durante
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
Tales of Symphonia released on Steam this week, and buyer beware -- you're in for a scare. Bandai Namco's PC version is based on the PS3 port of the PS2 port of the cherished 2003 GameCube title, and even by modest standards,...
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Firewatch

Firewatch hits PS4, Steam next week for $20


There's a little discount
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
February got here in a hurry, and that means Firewatch isn't far off. Campo Santo's first-person, wilderness-set mystery game is coming to PlayStation 4, Linux, Mac, and Windows on February 9, 2016. It's going to be $19.99, n...
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Origin freebie

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is free on Origin


The one from Criterion Games
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
The latest game in Origin's On the House program is 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. For a limited time, you can add it to your account for free and it'll stay there until the end of days, probably. I'm not particularly we...

Not a Hero nearly broke me

Feb 02 // Jordan Devore
I wasn't sure how I'd like cover-based shooting in a 2D game, going in, but in the case of Not a Hero, I'm quite fond. This isn't so much standing still, popping out to take a few shots, and retreating back into hiding as it is shuffling between safe spots to close the gap, sliding right next to (or into!) enemies, and racking up split-second kills. Think Vanquish more than Gears of War. Cover is plentiful, but you won't stick to it for long unless you're nervously waiting on your few precious health points to restock or your gun to reload. Death comes quickly and repeatedly, both for you and for the hundreds of criminals you're meant to wipe out across three city districts. A single hit can be enough, especially in the later Yakuza-ish levels with samurai chasing you down. That's where I started to lose my cool over the lack of checkpoints. It's also where Not a Hero almost broke me with two overly long, overly demanding levels. (The exact same ones Steven struggled with.) By the time I hit the credits, I felt exhausted, not accomplished or elated. Getting up to that point was great fun, though. Still an experience I'd recommend. The story isn't as successful. Basically, you're helping an anthropomorphic rabbit claim his rightful spot as mayor by, uh, killing loads of people. The tone is Internet Silly to the point of going way overboard, at times, and the humor didn't consistently land for me. But on the whole, I admire the effort that went into the presentation -- particularly the funny graphics in the interludes. Great tunes, too. The story is there, if you want it, but otherwise you're only a few button presses away from getting into that next level. As far as this specific port goes, I don't have much to say. Despite being a PC/Mac exclusive until now, Not a Hero has always struck me as something of a console-style, couch-sitting experience meant to be played with a gamepad. Aside from a couple instances of glitches (my character going invisible once; the occasional floating dead body), there wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Existing fans won't find meaningful extras in this version to warrant double dipping, but it is a solid port of a surprisingly fresh little game. I'm glad I found my way to it. Shame about the canceled PlayStation Vita port, though. Not a Hero would've fared well there. [This impressions piece is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Impressions of the PS4 port
Thank you, Roll7, for reminding me what an utter joy it can be to slide around in video games. I'm not sure what I was so wrapped up playing last May, but it wasn't Not a Hero, the studio's cheeky side-scrolling take on cover...

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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm enlists Li-Ming tomorrow


Buffs for Rehgar
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
It seems Chris and I have begun taking turns covering Heroes of the Storm. He last shared impressions of Li-Ming, and now I'm back to tell you she's launching earlier than expected. After a short stint on the public test real...
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Super Mario Maker

Whip up a sweet wallpaper with Mario Maker


Free official web app
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has a cool little web app that lets you create wallpapers for your phone or computer, Mario Maker style. It's only in Japanese, for now, but I'm confident you'll be able to find your way around. This tool isn't nearl...
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RE4 on Wii U

Resident Evil 4 hits Wii U in North America this week


A re-release of the stellar Wii Edition
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
How many ports does Resident Evil 4 warrant? All of them. Forever. Those of us in North America will have another chance to nab the best-playing version, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, when it comes to the Wii U eShop this Thursday, February 4. I'm not sure what took so long, as European players have had it since last October. Weird.
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PS Plus voting

We can pick another PlayStation Plus game


Help choose March's PS4 game
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Sony let users vote on which game they'd like to see show up as a PlayStation Plus freebie. Most of us went with Grow Home above Armello or Zombie Vikings, and so it was. That promo, Vote to Play, is going to retur...
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Metal Gear Online

Quiet will be playable in Metal Gear Online


More DLC scheduled for March
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Boy, Metal Gear Online. I sure forget about that in a hurry. Those of you who have stuck with The Phantom Pain's multiplayer suite and plan to continue doing so might be pleased to know that more content is coming in March 20...
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Killer Instinct

Watch Killer Instinct's Kim Wu in action


Big changes for Season 3
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Our prior coverage of Killer Instinct has been repeatedly met with comments expressing love and affection for Kim Wu. Well, y'all, today's the day. We're getting our first full look at the martial artist with a "friggin' drag...
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The Division

Ubisoft can't keep up with demand for The Division's closed beta


Some people are stuck waiting
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft says it "can no longer guarantee access" to this weekend's closed beta for Tom Clancy's The Division due to "unprecedented demand." "If you have already pre-ordered The Division and have yet to receive your key, we'r...
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Detective Pikachu

You've got the right stuff, Detective Pikachu


This freakin' game
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Great Detective Pikachu for years, and what a journey it has been. There was a time when we just had a scant few seconds of nightmarish facial-capture footage to go on for the 3DS game and even then, in it...
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American Truck Sim

I think I want to play American Truck Simulator as Jack Burton


This can only end well
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
American Truck Simulator is out on Steam next week, and we have Patrick on point for the review. That's all well and good. But lately, he's been coming into our staff chat with what I have decided must be hip trucker lingo, a...
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Breath of Fire PSP

Wow! Breath of Fire III is headed to PSN


The re-release is finally coming to NA
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Years ago, we ran a post about an effort to bring Breath of Fire III's PlayStation Portable version to North America. It began with the phrase "Never give up hope!" Truly words to live by. It's happening! Capcom has announced...
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Rare throwback

Let's listen to David Wise play the Battletoads theme


Another Rare Revealed video
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Well, this is just lovely. If you've been enjoying Rare's behind-the-scenes videos looking back at its decades of video game development, today's upload is another treat. Longtime Rare composer David Wise talks about what it ...

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