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3:30 PM on 03.19.2015

Evolve's new bug man character is just the best

What a magnificent specimen. Slim, a medic, is one of the four hunters joining Evolve across all platforms on Tuesday, March 31. There's also the "half-human walking tank" Torvald (assault), the hermit Crow (trapper) with his...

Jordan Devore



Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima expected to split with Konami after The Phantom Pain photo
Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima expected to split with Konami after The Phantom Pain
by Jordan Devore

"After we finish [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain], Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami," a source within Kojima Productions told GameSpot today amidst speculation that some real crazy shit is happening at the publisher. "They said their contract ends in December."

There have reportedly been a "fallout" and "power struggles" between Kojima Productions and Konami, which have led to some senior Metal Gear staff, including series creator Hideo Kojima, to be designated "essentially [as] contractors, not permanent employees," according to the source.

Staggering. Just staggering. And there's more: Kojima is no longer listed as an executive of Konami. Kojima Productions Los Angeles is now named "Konami Los Angeles Studios," and its @Kojima_Pro_Live Twitter account has "moved" to @metalgear_en. Lastly, online marketing materials for The Phantom Pain have excised the standard "A Hideo Kojima game" descriptor.

In a statement to press, Konami said it is "shifting [its] production structure to a headquarters-controlled system..." and added that "Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima) will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products."

Welp, I'm worried about Silent Hills.

Kojima Expected to Leave Konami After MGS5, Inside Source Confirms [GameSpot]

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12:30 PM on 03.19.2015

No Marcus Fenix Collection, says Black Tusk

Microsoft-owned Black Tusk Studios is heading up the future of Gears of War with a new game on Xbox One and, assuming that goes okay, more to come. Recent rumors have pointed to a series collection, which seems inevitable eve...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 03.18.2015

What a wonderful world: Ori and the Blind Forest

After finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, a heartfelt Metroidvania-style adventure for PC and Xbox One, I wondered just how the hell I managed to know so little about it going in. What a thrill. There were moments -- not mere...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 03.18.2015

This Sega Dreamcast theme for 3DS is legit

The first time I booted up my Dreamcast with The House of the Dead 2, I believe it was, I thought the machine was broken. I'd ordered it along with a bundle of used games and controllers on eBay, so that was a real possibili...

Jordan Devore





2:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Nintendo talks NX, mobile game pricing, DeNA partnership

Nintendo is finally entering the mobile game space through a collaboration with DeNA. Why now? As CEO Satoru Iwata explained to TIME, "We have come to the stage where we can say that we will be able to develop and operate so...

Jordan Devore



Microsoft is cool with pirates upgrading to Windows 10 for free photo
Microsoft is cool with pirates upgrading to Windows 10 for free
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft is launching Windows 10 this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, which is good to know but not all that inherently interesting. This, on the other hand, sure is: during the operating system's first year, it'll be a free (permanent) upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users including those who are running pirated versions of Windows.

"We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies," a Microsoft rep told Eurogamer.

Guess that means we can all play Gigantic together. Dibs on the owl guy.

Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages [Windows]
Microsoft will allow pirates free upgrades to Windows 10 [Eurogamer]

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10:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Sweet closure: Blade Kitten adds Episode 2 DLC years after its debut

Back in 2010, Atari published Blade Kitten, a middling sidescrolling action-platformer about a bounty hunter who is both a human and a cat. In the years since, developer Krome Studios (Ty the Tasmanian Tiger) acquired the rig...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 03.17.2015

Arcade icons wreck Earth in the first trailer for Pixels

In Pixels, aliens have invaded Earth with classic arcade characters like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man and it's up to Adam Sandler and friends to save the world. What could possibly go wrong? The basic concept originated years ago...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Dang, someone got this Sanic amiibo before I could

I've highlighted some custom amiibo in my time, but nothing like this. Nothing like Sanic. "I originally made this for a good friend," wrote designer Alltheapplesdoubled, "but I would love to have an army of Sanics running a...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 03.17.2015

I'm going to play the Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack on repeat until I'm utterly sick of it

If there's one thing we can all agree upon re: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, it's that Dennaton Games did an exceptional job matching songs with the tone and feel of specific levels. This series wouldn't be what it is -- a ...

Jordan Devore



Geometry Wars 3 is evolving with 40 new stages and Hardcore Mode photo
Geometry Wars 3 is evolving with 40 new stages and Hardcore Mode
by Jordan Devore

This is unexpected. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is rolling out a free update across all platforms (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) on March 31, 2015 that's large enough to warrant a name change. Going forward, the game will be known as Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved.

Adventure mode, the one with boss battles, is adding 40 stages, and the existing score-based gating system for unlocking levels is being tweaked so that it's easier to get through. You'll also be able to choose the new Sweeper drone and Detonator super ability (i.e., more stuff to level up).

Hardcore Mode, according to Lucid Games and Sierra, "lets players tackle 20 dedicated levels without using a drone or super, including individual leaderboards for no-loadout purists to compete for high scores." Terrific excuse to get back into Geometry Wars 3. (Also, what's the catch?)

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10:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Oh, didn't see you there

We got a review code in today for a hidden-object game called Frankenstein: Master of Death. Darren expressed tentative interest, noting that it looks "terrible and fun at the same time?" Naturally, I went to investigate. Please send help.

Jordan Devore



Another dose of free PS4 online multiplayer drops this weekend photo
Another dose of free PS4 online multiplayer drops this weekend
by Jordan Devore

PS4 owners resisting the siren song of PS Plus can partake in free online multiplayer from Friday, March 20 at 12:01am Pacific through Sunday, March 22 at 11:59pm Pacific in North America.

That's the beginning and end of this news story, but how 'bout that face-stretching header image?

King Star King, everybody.

Free Online Multiplayer This Weekend for All PS4 Players [PlayStation Blog]

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4:30 PM on 03.16.2015

You can switch Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record over to Steamworks tomorrow

I have no memory of writing about the plan for Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record to drop Games for Windows Live in favor of Steamworks, but I did so last year and slipped in a gif of Resident Evil's Chris punchi...

Jordan Devore



Grab a free copy of BioShock Infinite on Xbox Live photo
Grab a free copy of BioShock Infinite on Xbox Live
by Jordan Devore

March is already half over (have you filed your taxes yet?), which means more free Xbox games.

With an active Xbox Live Gold membership, you can now download BioShock Infinite for free on Xbox 360. Love it or hate it, there's no denying the game's heavenly opener. Every once in a while I'll get the urge to see the ascension to Columbia again on YouTube. "Halleluiah."

Rayman Legends is the one and only free Xbox One title this month, but it's so good I don't even mind. That and the recently-released Ori and the Blind Forest make for a blissful combination.

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