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2:45 PM on 01.22.2015

Noct joins Devolver's ever-expanding roster of amazing indie games

Chris "c3sk" Eakins is an independent developer with a vision. To be more specific, Chris' vision is a high-contrast thermal camera's point of view, looking down from the sky on a...

Rob Morrow

2:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Star Wars Rebellion, Rogue Squadron 3D, and four others headed to GOG.com

GOG.com released six Star Wars games on Tuesday, including X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and now the PC game distributor is back with its next set of titles. We're in for a real treat. Rogue Squadron 3D, Rebellion, and Empire at Wa...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Devolver's latest murderfest RONIN slices into PAX South

In what seems like an unrelenting torrent of tantalizing announcements preceding PAX South, Devolver Digital has cranked the hype dial up another notch by announcing that it will publish RONIN, a new blood-soaked action...

Rob Morrow

12:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Trailer for Telltale's Game of Thrones Episode 2 threatens open war

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series kicked off in December with Episode One: Iron from Ice. In preparation for the release of Episode Two: The Lost Lords, Telltale released the preview trailer seen above. The first half ...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 01.22.2015

Castle in the Darkness leaps to PC on February 5

Castle in the Darkness, the next ultra-difficult platformer from Cave Story and 1001 Spikes publisher Nicalis, is poised to debut via Steam on February 5. The project was developed by Matt Kap, the lead artist behind Th...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 01.22.2015

Battlefield Hardline will be part of EA Access' early trial program

Battlefield Hardline has had some mixed reception due to its beta, but it was put on the backburner for a March 2015 release, and apparently the feedback given was taken under consideration. While you wait for the game to act...

Chris Carter





5:30 PM on 01.21.2015

Bandits and Bounties is almost a new Law of the West

If you like spaghetti westerns (and you should), take a look at Bandits and Bounties. It's a top-down action RPG that combines fast-paced arcade style action with the bleak Western setting we all know and love. The game ...

Mike Cosimano



Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5)
by Chris Carter

Final Fantasy XIV has come a long way. Although there wasn't any real endgame content to speak of when A Realm Reborn launched in its 2.0 incarnation, Square Enix worked hard to deliver in 2.1, and has continued to deliver in every major patch since.

With each update came new "Primal" (read: Summon) fights, all of which had an Extreme version to test the mettle of its playerbase. Now, the developer is gearing up for an expansion later this year, and the latest 2.5 patch has provided a ton of mid-level content, with no Extreme or proper hardcore raid in sight.

That makes this patch rather unique, and players of all skill levels will enjoy it.

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2:30 PM on 01.21.2015

You're trying too hard, Techland

Today is was revealed that David Belle, the recognized founding father of parkour had in fact partnered with Dying Light to help the development team influence the game’s highly acclaimed natural movement system. Consi...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 01.21.2015

Nice Battletoads shirt, Phil Spencer

During Microsoft's Windows 10 livestream this morning, Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed up to talk about what he knows: games. Fable Legends is headed to PC with DirectX 12 and cross-platform play with Xbox One, which is nice and all, but did you see Phil's shirt? That's Battletoads alright. The time is now.

Jordan Devore



Surprise! Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the fee for existing subscribers, console version dated photo
Surprise! Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the fee for existing subscribers, console version dated
by Chris Carter

When I reviewed The Elder Scrolls Online back at launch I thought it had potential, but not enough to keep people paying for subscription time. Plenty of MMOs have enjoyed a subscription-based model, and games like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV give you enough content to sustain said model. But that doesn't seem to be the case for ESO, as ZeniMax has announced that it will be dropping its subscription fee.

The plan is to flip a switch and go free on March 17 on the PC for existing owners, re-branded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. To be clear, new owners will need to purchase the base game (which basically means it is using the Guild Wars 2 model of "buy-to-play"), but then they can play without a fee. After that, PS4 and Xbox One players finally have a date on their version, set for June 9. There will be an optional subscription package (as is standard) called "ESO Plus," which gives you extra in-game bonuses and more crown currency to spend, as well as DLC access -- in other words, microtransactions are still in.

It's going to be an interesting year for MMOs, especially if ZeniMax can turn things around. You can watch an official livestream from the developer today at 12pm EST for more information.

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Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin photo
Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

For years, my uncle left his his late-'90s laptop at my grandparents' house and whenever I'd come to visit, I'd flip through PC game instruction manuals and play stuff like Diablo, Warcraft, The 7th Guest, and 3-D Ultra Minigolf (the one with the volcano and alligator on the cover). He was also an avid Theme Hospital player but for whatever probably-crap reason, I never tried it back then.

Don't make the same mistake as younger, dumber me: Theme Hospital is free to download and keep right now through Origin. Nab that while you can or continue ignoring the platform per usual.

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5:00 PM on 01.20.2015

Go on, check your frames per second in Steam

While some of you might have experienced Steam's frames-per-second counter while it was in beta, the rest of us are only now taking a look at the nice little extra. To enable the feature, go to Steam > Settings > In-Gam...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 01.20.2015

Dark Souls PC multiplayer no longer region locked

Region-free Dark Souls multiplayer, just the way we like it. From Software has issued an update on Steam that allows players to summon and invade one another regardless of where they live. While these cross-country connection...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 01.20.2015

Strafe's bleeding edge graphics and gameplay will literally blow your mind

Well, if you're going to cut a trailer for "the goriest shooter of 1996," this is how you do it. Enjoying the ironic aggressive marketing of the campaign, complete with stylized title (STRAFE®) popping up everywhere. 

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Team Fortress 2sdays: Between 2fort, now 80% chillier

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Team Fortress 2sdays. It looks like your old pal Chilly (that's me) is gonna be the next victim guest on the always popular Q&A show, Between 2Fort, hosted by the one and only Shadow. Now, I don't want to steal any of Shadow's thunder, so I'll let him give all the juicy details:

Bill Platt