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Review: Journey for Elysium (PC VR)

A short trip to the afterlife.

For the past several months now, we have offered up glimpses of the story-driven VR adventure title Journey for Elysium. We saw a game that had a unique visual style, the promise of a story that would take us all to an afterlife, a world filled with architecture inspired by Greek mythology, and mind-bending puzzles to solve. The unique visual style was certainly eye catching, but I often wondered if the rest of the game would be able to hold up to this aesthetically pleasing presentation.

With the release of Journey...
 

Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Charity Event Underway

Better late than never.

We're just a few days late in sharing this news with you, but when it comes to charity: Better late than never, right?

The latest annual charity drive (get it?) that is Desert Bus for Hope is well underway. A group of people have already spent three days driving across the desert, in real time, in an effort to raise money for charity. In three days and 6 hours, the crew has already raised over $388,400 for the Child's Play charity. The team is still going strong after all this time.

For those that don't know,...
 

Google Stadia Launch Games are Lacking

Stadia comes out of the gate already limping.

With the soft launch of Google Stadia rapidly approaching, it seems like we're beyond due for a look at the platform's launch lineup. Hell, we're probably beyond due for a look at the Stadia UI and full featureset, but that is another matter entirely.

Today, Google revealed a list of 12 games that will serve as the launch titles for when Stadia has a soft launch on November 19. For $130, you were able to get in on the ground floor of the launch of Stadia with the Founder's Edition. These kits have...
 

EA Working on Cross-Save and Progression Sharing Between Steam and Origin

Seems EA is serious about this return to Steam.

With the recent announcement that EA was making a return to Steam, a number of questions remained unanswered. A couple of those questions focused on whether or not there would be support for things like cross-save or even cross-progression between EA's own Origin platform and Steam.

Fortunately, we have a few promising answers today. Most developers don't like to split their communities and EA is no exception. It seems they are working to get Origin to work similar to how Ubisoft's Uplay works with...
 

Diablo 4 is Always Online and Includes Microtransactions

This is the Diablo you pictured, right?

Yesterday, Blizzard took time away from appeasing China to kick off their two day BlizzCon event for 2019. One of yesterday's big reveals was the announcement that Diablo 4 is coming. What they didn't share in their reveal announcement to the public is the fact that Diablo 4 will require an online connection.

Not only that, but Diablo 4 will include microtransactions. Of course, all of this has a chance to change over the course of development, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. Speaking of development,...
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  • Hey, Valve Just Announced a New Half-Life Game

    Hey, Valve Just Announced a New Half-Life Game

    Half-Life: Alyx is a flagship VR game from Valve.

    It's taken 12 years, but Valve has finally announced a new Half-Life title. The studio formerly known for developing hats has just announced a "flagship VR" title called Half-Life: Alyx.

    The company has billed it as a "flagship VR" game. It's reportedly prequel to at least Half-Life 2 and will be VR exclusive. We will have more information on this when the main reveal comes this Thursday, November 21. ...
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  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Announced

    Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Announced

    More characters, stages, and costumes than you can possibly imagine.

    Capcom announced that they are getting ready to release the ultimate version of Street Fighter V. On February 14, 2020, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will get a standalone release on the PlayStation 4 and PC. Included with the Champion Edition is the return of Gill to the roster.

    Those of you who already own Street Fighter V in some capacity won't have to wait until February 2020 to get your hands on him. Starting in December 2019, Gill will be made available to players....
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  • Google Adds Ten More Titles to Stadia Launch Lineup

    Google Adds Ten More Titles to Stadia Launch Lineup

    Panic? Who's panicking? Not Google, that's for sure!

    Google initially announced a lineup of just 12 titles for their upcoming soft launch of Stadia. At least four of those titles were Tomb Raider and most of them were games already released on other platforms.

    This list of games for a new console launch was anemic, at best. This is even more true when you realize that the only people that are getting a shot at Stadia right now are those that forked over $130 for the honor of maybe getting the Founder's Edition on the day of its release on November...
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  • Anthem is Reportedly Getting a Complete Overhaul

    Anthem is Reportedly Getting a Complete Overhaul

    Well, it worked for Final Fantasy 14 and No Man's Sky.

    According to a new report from Kotaku, BioWare may be working hard on a complete overhaul for Anthem. According to their sources, this overhaul of the game has been coined "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next."

    As of right now, the team doesn't even know yet how this overhaul should be distributed. It seems as though BioWare is still trying to figure out if the updates should be released all at once or over a period of time. They are also apparently considering going the No Man's...
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  • Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service Surpasses 50 Games

    Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service Surpasses 50 Games

    Meanwhile, at Google...

    Microsoft announced a big expansion to its Project xCloud streaming service today. At X019, the company revealed over 50 additional games for xCloud. This is a big jump from the initial five titles that were available at the initial launch just one month prior.

    Microsoft is now working with over 25 partners to bring these 50 games to you. Some of these titles include Tekken 7, Madden NFL 20, World War Z, and Just Cause 4 to name a few. This should give current testers a large pool of very different games to select from...
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  • The Witcher 3 Headed to Xbox Game Pass in December

    The Witcher 3 Headed to Xbox Game Pass in December

    Game Pass just keeps getting better and better.

    CD Projekt RED and Microsoft announced today at X019 that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will soon be available through the Xbox Game Pass program. This means that Xbox Game Pass for Console and Ultimate will be able to download and play one of the best RPGs ever made at no additional cost.

    This release includes the content found in the base game, Wild Hunt, plus 16 free pieces of DLC. It wasn't specified anywhere that this release also includes the game's two expansions of Blood and Wine and Hearts of...
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  • Classic Kingdom Hearts Games Finally Coming to Xbox

    Classic Kingdom Hearts Games Finally Coming to Xbox

    It's finally happened.

    Today during the X019 event, Microsoft, Disney, and Square Enix announced that the older titles in the Kingdom Hearts franchise will be coming to the Xbox One in 2020. This news comes some months after Kingdom Hearts 3 was released on the Xbox One family, despite the first titles never appearing on the Xbox platform in the past.

    This all changes in 2020 when Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue get released. These compilations will give Xbox players a chance to play the games...
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  • Almost Every Final Fantasy from the Past 20 Years is Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    It all starts with Final Fantasy VII.

    In 2020, Square Enix will bring pretty much every Final Fantasy game, from Final Fantasy VII onward, to the Xbox Game Pass. This means that those with active Game Pass subscriptions on Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Windows 10 will get access to these games starting in 2020.

    These will be rolled out at a fairly steady rate throughout the year.
    • FINAL FANTASY VII
    • FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
    • FINAL FANTASY IX
    • FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
    • FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGEā„¢
    • FINAL FANTASY XIII
    • FINAL
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  • Halo: Reach Releases December 3 on PC and Xbox

    Halo: Reach Releases December 3 on PC and Xbox

    The release date was confirmed during X019.

    Microsoft announced today that Halo: Reach will be released on PC come December 3. Also on this date, the game will of course also be added to the Xbox One release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While this may be one of the final pieces of content for the Xbox version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox, it will be the first piece of content out for the PC version.

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced earlier this year for the PC. Unlike the initial release on the Xbox...
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  • The Yakuza Games are Coming to Xbox in 2020

    The Yakuza Games are Coming to Xbox in 2020

    Also announced for Windows 10 and Game Pass.

    For the first time ever, Xbox players will get to pick up and play the Yakuza games. In early 2020, Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be released on the Xbox One, Windows 10, and made available through Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC.

    This literally marks the first appearance of the fantastic Yakuza franchise on the Xbox platform. They will get to experience all of the action, dramatic stories, minigames, sub-stories, and Tiger Drops that PlayStation owners have gotten to experience...
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  • Obsidian Announces New Co-op Survival Game at X019

    Obsidian Announces New Co-op Survival Game at X019

    The first game from Obsidian under Microsoft is a co-op survival game.

    At X019, Obsidian and Xbox Game Studios announced a new co-op survival game. Grounded is a first-person game that tasks you and a friend with surviving the dangers of a suburban backyard. That's right, you are the size of an ant. You're still a human but you're teeny and some might say tiny.

    A little film by the name of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has been preparing me for this game since the early 90s.

    Grounded is looking to be released Spring 2020 for the Xbox...
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