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Taro Yoko's next project is a mobile game titled SINoALICE

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not much of a mobile gamer. While I do enjoy the occasional session of Ridiculous Fishing or Downwell on my phone, I'll usually gravitate towards other platforms whenever I just want to pick up ...   read

 
 
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Path of Exile's Fall of Oriath update has me wanting to reinstall the game

I'll readily admit that I bounced off of Path of Exile when I first tried it in 2013. I played it when it was in open beta, and the overwhelming skill tree and muddy aesthetic didn't gel with me, so I shelved it. After playing a preview of ...   read

 
 
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Monster Hunter clone Dauntless seems perfect for players on a budget

For me, there's an important distinction between "budget-friendly" and "a budget game." The former may be a little sanded down or rough around the edges, but is an otherwise solid experience that can be had for a low price (or no price at a...   read

 
 
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Review: Pokemon Duel

One of the big challenges of getting a competitive free-to-play game just right is making sure it never feels like someone can simply pay-to-win. As a person who isn't totally against buying a microtransaction or two, I want to make sure th...   read

 
 
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Trove is the cutesy, blocky MMO kids could get addicted to

I've never been much of an online RPG player, so when I first heard about Trion Worlds' Trove I didn't think I'd be interested. But hearing about it and playing are two completely different things. Standing out among the other offerings aro...   read

 
 
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Deus Ex's Breach mode has been released as a free standalone product

While the main attraction in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was Adam Jensen's fight against the Illuminati for the rights of augmented people (or something like that), it's not the only part of the game. There's also a sideshow called "Breac...   read

 
 
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Let it Die has passed a million downloads

Let it Die is one of those games I want to see continue doing what it's doing. Aside from Twitter clips and occasional forum mentions, I haven't seen all that much conversation surrounding Grasshopper Manufacture's hack-and-slash survival t...   read

 
 
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Turtle Rock's next game will be another cooperative shooter

Turtle Rock Studios has had quite the mixed history with cooperative shooters. As Valve South, it developed Left 4 Dead which was an undeniably huge success. And, once the studio went independent, it created Evolve, which more or less ...   read

 
 
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Dota 2's 7.00 patch fundamentally changes the game

I'm uhh, not even sure where to begin here. Fresh off of the Boston Major, Valve has just released the update page for Dota 2's newest patch: 7.00. The community has anxiously been awaiting the patch just for the brand new Hero of Monk...   read

 
 
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Build your own home in the Homestead update for Elder Scrolls Online

Hearthfire may not have been the best DLC for Skyrim, but fans latched onto the base-building mechanics and loved their inclusion in Fallout 4. Many felt it was an integral part of the fun factor for the title, allowing you to stake a claim...   read

 
 


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All the changes coming to MechWarrior Online

While the biggest announcement of Mech_Con by far was the existence of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, a new single-player story-driven game and the first “proper” sequel to the series in 15 years, it wasn't the only one. Big things...   read

 
 
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Hearthstone's new expansion takes some cues from story updates

I've been playing Hearthstone regularly for about a year now, and I've seen the game change pretty significantly during that time. Hearthstone is Blizzard's most popular game by a large margin, and it's not hard to see why. Stream...   read

 
 
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Dauntless sounds like it could be PC's Monster Hunter

A cooperative action role-playing game where you slay giant beasts is a formula that has worked before. Capcom has found great success over the years by applying this to its Monster Hunter series. Now a new developer aims to capture t...   read

 
 
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Swapnote just got a sequel!

Out of the blue, Nintendo has released a sort of sequel to Swapnote called Swapdoodle. Similar to the previous iteration, you can write messages and send them to your friends. This time, though, you can make 3D images and partake in lessons...   read

 
 
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After 13 years, EVE Online goes free-to-play today

For 13 long years, EVE Online has subsisted solely on a subscription model. All those capsuleers were paying $15 per month for access to New Eden's universe. That changes today. In late August, developer CCP announced that the Novembe...   read

 
 
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Q-Games' perplexing The Tomorrow Children goes free to play

Q-Games' hard-to-pin-down The Tomorrow Children has been out on PlayStation 4 since early September, but that was only if you ponied up $20 for a Founders Pack. Starting this week, as promised, the labor-centric cooperative town-builder wil...   read

 
 
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Turtle Rock Studios is done with Evolve, but it'll stay online 'for the foreseeable future'

Evolve had a rush of buzz going for it pre-release, but the four-on-one monster-shooting game was never quite able to bring in -- and, crucially, hold onto -- players to the extent that developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher 2K hoped a...   read

 
 
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Review: Star Trek Online

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ll tell you right now: I’m really into Star Trek Online, and have been for the six-plus years of its life so far. By Steam’s count I’ve logged nearly three thousand hours i...   read

 
 
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Battleborn is allegedly going free-to-play

Gearbox Software's MOBA-lite shooter Battleborn never stood much of a chance. It released in the same timeframe as the likes of Overwatch and Doom, and everyone's collective interest gravitated toward those titles. Amid low player...   read

 
 
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Tribes: Ascend gets a final patch and unofficial goodbye

[Header courtesy of Steam user Apoc Hedgie] Tribes 2 was one of my favorite games as a pre-teen. I would wake up super early so I could get some uninterrupted play in on my dial-up modem. That is a piece of technology I haven't thought abou...   read

 
 
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Orcs Must Die! Unchained is dropping PvP to focus on Survival

I loved Orcs Must Die! and its sequel. I haven't played Orcs Must Die! Unchained, the third game in the trap-laying, crossbow-firing tower defense series, and I get the sense that I'm hardly alone. The player-versus-player focus combined wi...   read

 
 
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Guardian Codex is Square-Enix's next mobile game

Did you know last year the worldwide gaming industry hit $91 billion? Did you also know of that, 24% came from smartphones? $22 billion dollars from the mobile market, a number expected to increase to nearly $27 billion this year ...   read

 
 
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EVE Online is going free-to-play later this year

EVE Online developer CCP has shifted the game's subscription model more than 13 years after its original launch. Starting in November, EVE Online will be free-to-play for those who would prefer to go that route. And, in doing so,...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft's shutting down two free-to-play games later this year

Ubisoft's cutting ties with two of its free-to-play titles that weren't as successful as it had hoped. Later this year, the servers for both Ghost Recon Phantoms and The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will be permanently shut down. Ghost R...   read

 
 
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You can try out Evolve's new co-op mode right now

Evolve has had a complicated history since it launched in February of 2015. The concept is fascinating, sort of a cross between the best parts of Monster Hunter and Left 4 Dead, but somehow it never really shook out that way ...   read

 
 



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