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Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...

Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
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  • A New Look at Avowed

    A New Look at Avowed

    Get a sneak preview of the story in Avowed.

    Obsidian Entertainment previewed a new look at the story for Avowed, their latest action-adventure title that they have been working on. In the newest trailer, Obsidian shares a look at some of the story that players will experience in Avowed as well as an introduction to Giatta, "one of the four companions you'll encounter during your adventures."

    You begin as an envoy in the city of Paradis, a port city at the heart...
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  • Kingdom Hearts is Finally Out on Steam

    Kingdom Hearts is Finally Out on Steam

    It happened. It finally happened.

    Square Enix just launched Kingdom hearts on Steam today. After enjoying a lengthy period of Epic Games Store exclusivity, a whole bunch of Kingdom Hearts just hit Steam. There is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, Kingdom hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind DLC. Today's release on Steam is also able to be played through Steam Deck devices and is available at a discounted price for a limited time.

    Some of...
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  • CAT is Suing Valve for $840 Million Over Market Rigging Claims

    CAT is Suing Valve for $840 Million Over Market Rigging Claims

    The lawsuit claims that Valve overcharged 14 million UK residents.

    Valve is being sued in the United Kingdom for the sum of £656 million, or roughly $840 million USD. Valve is accused of "using its marketing dominance to overcharge 14 million people in the UK," according to a report by the BBC.

    Vicki Shotbolt, a digital rights campaigner, is the one leading the lawsuit against Valve. Shotbolt claims that "Valve is rigging the market and taking advantage...
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  • State of Decay 3 Promises 'Truly Shared Open World'

    State of Decay 3 Promises 'Truly Shared Open World'

    The new zombie survival game revealed at Xbox Game Showcase.

    State of Decay 3 from Undead Labs was revealed as part of the Xbox Game Showcase this past weekend. Like its predecessors, State of Decay 3 once again will task players with surviving and building up a small community in the midst of a zombie outbreak.

    As part of their announcement interview, Undead Labs does say something rather interesting. Fans have been wanting for the State of Decay co-op experience to...
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  • Mecha Break Announced

    Mecha Break Announced

    Giant battle mechs are so back.

    Amazing Seasun Games announced their multiplayer mech shooter Mecha Break at Summer Game Fest this past weekend. This shooter features mech designs from artists such as Takayuki Yanase and Junya Ishigaki. Together, these two have worked on designs for Metal Gear, Gundam, Armored Core, Death Stranding, Xenogears, Gundam, and Macross.

    Mecha Break is currently looking at a 2025 release for PC and Xbox Series X. Ahead of launch there will...
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  • Diablo 4: Vessel of Hatred Expansion Arrives October 8

    Diablo 4: Vessel of Hatred Expansion Arrives October 8

    Find out the fate of Neyrelle as you explore new lands.

    The first full expansion for Diablo 4 was revealed over the weekend. Diablo 4: Vessel of Hatred will task players with searching for Neyrelle in the new region of Nahantu. Neyrelle is having a bit of a bad go of things after she chose to imprison the Prime Evil Mephisto and went off in search of a way to destroy him.

    Vessel of Hatred will also add the new Spiritborn class. This is an entirely new class to Diablo...
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  • Fallen Aces: Episode 1 Releases June 14

    Fallen Aces: Episode 1 Releases June 14

    There will be three episodes in total.

    The first Episode for Fallen Aces will be out before you know it on Friday, June 14. This first Episode includes five levels "with lots of replayability, a ton of weapons and ways to play em and fully hand drawn and voice acted comic book style cutscenes." In total, there will be three Episodes for Fallen Aces released, but release dates on those next two Episodes were not yet shared.

    In the wait for the next two Episodes,...
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  • Conscript Launches July 23

    Conscript Launches July 23

    Because the first World War wasn't scary enough.

    Conscript, the survival horror game set in the first World War, will release on July 23 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. A demo for Conscript is available right now as part of the Steam Next Fest.

    In Conscript, you play as a French soldier navigating the trenches of Verdun in a search for your missing brother. The game offers multiple difficulty settings, multiple endings,...
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  • Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Free Demo and Discount Coming Soon

    Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Free Demo and Discount Coming Soon

    Demo now, discount soon.

    A free demo for Tales of Kenzera: ZAU is now available via Steam. This demo includes the quality-of-life and bug fixes that have been added to the game since launch. A free trial for the game will hit PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on June 13th.

    Tales of Kenzer: ZAU is an action-adventure platformer from Surgent Studios and EA Originals. Surgent Studios founder is the BAFTA-nominated actor, Abubakar Salim. You may recognize him as the voice...
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  • FragPunk Announced, Closed Alpha this Month

    FragPunk Announced, Closed Alpha this Month

    Alter the world in this competitive action game.

    FragPunk is an upcoming 5v5 hero shooter with a bit of a twist. Players will be able to modify and alter the game world around them using a card system. FragPunk will be a free-to-play title and is aiming for a 2025 release on Xbox Series X|S and PC.

    Before 2025, FragPunk will host a closed alpha test through Steam. This test will run from June 27 through July 1. You can either register through the FragPunk website or...
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  • Madden NFL 25 Cover Athlete is Christian McCaffrey of the 49ers

    Madden NFL 25 Cover Athlete is Christian McCaffrey of the 49ers

    EA Sports showing the 49ers a little Madden love.

    EA Sports Madden NFL 25 will feature San Francisco 49ers player Christian McCaffrey as the cover athlete. Though I wish he was still in a Carolina Panther uniform, it's nice to see the NFL Offensive Player of the Year gracing the cover of a Madden game.

    McCaffrey will be featured on the cover of the game when Madden NFL 25 releases on August 16 for PlayStation4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the...
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  • NewsBits: Steam Next Fest June 2024 Edition

    NewsBits: Steam Next Fest June 2024 Edition

    Demos and more demos.

    If you still need a gaming fix in spite of the onslaught of gaming shows that aired over the past several days, maybe you should check out the new Steam Next Fest. Steam Next Fest for June 2024 just kicked off, and once again offers a week of new game trailers, developers talks, and free demos.

    Actually, you know what? I'm going to mention every single game here that I received an email about today as having a demo available on this Next Fest. Between...
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  • New STALKER 2 Trailer from Summer Game Fest

    New STALKER 2 Trailer from Summer Game Fest

    A new look at the long-awaited sequel.

    GSC Game World shared a new look at S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl ahead of its release on September 5, 2024. ...
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  • Destiny 2's First Episode, Echoes, Launches June 11

    Destiny 2's First Episode, Echoes, Launches June 11

    Bungie released two new trailers today.

    Bungie shared not one, but two new trailers today for what lay ahead for Destiny 2. First and foremost, players will get to dive into the first ever Destiny 2 Episode on Tuesday, June 11. These Episodes will replace Destiny 2's Seasons and each will play out across three Acts.

    Echoes is the first Episode and will find Guardians chasing after "mysterious objects of immense power" that they call Echoes, which were "strewn...
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  • Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2 Coming to Apple Devices

    Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2 Coming to Apple Devices

    Will arrive on devices with the M1 chip or newer.

    Capcom announced that both Resident Evil 7 biohazard and Resident Evil 2 (the remake) are coming to Apple hardware starting on July 2nd. Resident Evil 7 will hit the App Store first on July 2, 2024 for the iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and all iPads and Mac devices with the M1 chip or newer.

    The remake of Resident Evil 2 does not yet have a release date. Capcom is currently developing this title for iPhone, iPad,...
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