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Valve Celebrates Half-Life's 25th Anniversary with Giveaway and a Massive New Update

Happy birthday, Half-Life!

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, Half-Life officially turns 25 years old. To commemorate this crazy milestone for this awesome game and franchise, Valve is giving away the original game along with releasing a major update.

First up, Valve has made the original Half-Life free to keep to anybody that adds it to their Steam library this weekend. If you somehow do not own the original Half-Life, take this opportunity to add it to your account now and...

Alan Wake 2 Review: A Must-Play Psychological Horror Experience

Easily, the best horror game in years.

In 2010 Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake, a game where a writer is pulled into a horrifying world seemingly of his own creation. Alan Wake was a game that I bounced off at least two times. Despite the game being well received by critics and fans, I felt like its gameplay was just a repetitive slog that even its unique story could not overcome. When a sequel was announced by Remedy, I found myself extremely indifferent to the news. Still...

It's Finally Over - Activision Blizzard Joins Xbox

As it turns out, this corporate version of Mr. Bones' Wild Ride does actually end.

Activision Blizzard King are now officially a part of Team Xbox. As of today, all Activision Blizzard studios and their teams are a part of the Xbox division at Microsoft. This also means that Activision Blizzard IPs such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Candy Crush Saga, and hundreds more are now owned by Microsoft.

This entire saga of a tale began back on January 18, 2022...

Review: RIG 900 MAX HX Wireless Headset

My new daily driver.

We are once again delving into the world of gaming headsets, this time with a spotlight shining brightly on Nacon's RIG 900 MAX HX. Priced at $249.99 (USD), the 900 MAX HX aims to be a more premium and feature-filled offering than the RIG 600 PRO HS we recently reviewed. Featuring the same dual-wireless connectivity as the 600 PROs, the 900 MAX HX sets itself apart thanks to Dolby Personalized audio support with Dolby Atmos 3D, plus a charging base station, a more...

Review: Starfield

A safe, if not soulless, journey through the cosmos.

Bethesda Game Studios releases are safe. They are familiar. You know almost exactly what to expect when a major new release from them rolls around. They instill a feeling of "I know this game won't be groundbreaking, but I know I'll have fun." Yes, there are some obvious differences, but the heart of each Bethesda game is almost universally the same. The recent release of Starfield is no different. To put it bluntly: Starfield is Fall...
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  • Company of Heroes 3 Dated for November 17

    Company of Heroes 3 Dated for November 17

    Players can test the North African campaign right now.

    About a year after being announced, Company of Heroes 3 now has a release date. Relic Entertainment says that Company of Heroes 3 will be ready for release on November 17, 2022.

    This new entry in the World War II RTS series will include four playable factions and two campaigns at launch. The Italian Dynamic Campaign will be more open-ended while the North African Operation will follow a set narrative. The campaigns...
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  • New Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed Trailer

    New Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed Trailer

    Get a look at the alien arsenal at your disposal.

    A new trailer is out today for Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed that offers you a look at the advanced alien weaponry that you will get to play around with. You have yourself the Burrow Beast, Dislocator, and everyone's favorite, the Anal Probe. These are just some of the weapons you will get to use.

    Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed is set for released on August 30, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The standard...
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  • Battlefield 3 Reality Mod Releasing July 17

    Battlefield 3 Reality Mod Releasing July 17

    The mod has been in development for over seven years by more than 80 people.

    The long-awaited Reality Mod for Battlefield 3 will finally be released. On July 17 the v0.1 release of the mod will bring some significant changes to the core Battlefield 3 gameplay.

    The mod, which pulls inspiration from the popular Battlefield 2 Project Reality mod will add in new content like a day-night cycle, changes to how health works, a revamped medic system, and will include other changes...
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  • Developer on The Last of Us Part 1 Remake Says It's Not a Cash Grab

    Developer on The Last of Us Part 1 Remake Says It's Not a Cash Grab

    An animator on the project shuts down the notion that the remake is just to earn a quick buck.

    Robert Morrison, an animator that worked on The Last of Us Part 1 remake isn't taking too kindly to the idea that Naughty Dog's upcoming remake is "just a cash grab." Morrison says that the remake has had "the highest level of care and attention to detail" included in it.

    Morrison previously worked on games like 2018's God of War, Resident Evil 7, and Injustice...
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  • GoldenEye 007 Remake Reportedly Held Up by Ukraine War

    GoldenEye 007 Remake Reportedly Held Up by Ukraine War

    The rumored remake is apparently done and ready to be released.

    The rumored remake of GoldenEye 007 is apparently finished. It's ready to be announced and released, but there's just one thing holding that up: The war in Ukraine.

    Both Jeff Grubb and Eurogamer say that the remake of the classic Nintendo 64 FPS is "still in limbo because of the war." Both of these sources seem to line up with earlier reports saying that the GoldenEye 007 remake has been ready to...
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  • You Have Until September 1 to Play Assassin's Creed Liberation on Steam (Update)

    Ubisoft is removing access to a full, single-player game even if you own it.

    Update as of July 11, 2022 at 1:36PM (ET): Ubisoft has clarified that "current owners of [decommissioned games] will still be able to access, play, or redownload them." This includes Assassin's Creed Liberation HD.

    Ubisoft says that only the DLC and online features will be affected. The company is working to "update this information across all storefronts." Ubisoft did not...
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  • Kojima Productions Threatens Legal Action Against Outlets Claiming Hideo Kojima is Linked to Shinzo Abe Assassination

    A racist joke could land some outlets in legal trouble.

    On Friday morning, former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, was assassinated while giving a campaign speech for upcoming elections. Abe was shot twice in the back from an individual that created a homemade gun. The assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, was arrested at the scene.

    Following the assassination, trolls on 4chan's /pol/ created a racist joke that said developer Hideo Kojima was the assassin that murdered Shinzo...
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  • NBA 2K23 on PC is Still Previous-Gen Version

    NBA 2K23 on PC is Still Previous-Gen Version

    Player pleas have gone ignored by another company.

    Yet again, the annual release of NBA 2K23 on PC will be based on the previous-gen version. For years, fans have been asking for 2K Games to include enhancements from the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S releases in the PC release. Those requests have continued to be ignored.

    Details about the PC version of NBA 2K23 were shared in an FAQ section on 2K Games' website. It notes flatly that both the PC and Nintendo Switch versions...
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  • Black Mesa is Getting a Demake on the Half-Life Engine

    Black Mesa is Getting a Demake on the Half-Life Engine

    So, a fan remake on a new engine for a game released on an old engine is getting demade back on the old engine?

    You ever see a news story that just makes you scratch your head? This is one of them.

    It took almost 15 years from a mod team to create and fully release Black Mesa, a Source engine remake of Valve's original Half-Life. A bit more than a simple remake, Black Mesa took a few liberties with some aspects of their creation, opting to expand the game a bit beyond...
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  • First Look at RoboCop: Rogue City Gameplay

    First Look at RoboCop: Rogue City Gameplay

    Plus, our first look at the return of Peter Weller as Alex Murphy.

    The first gameplay reveal for the upcoming first-person shooter, RoboCop: Rogue City, was shown off just yesterday. This new video features some gameplay along with our first look at RoboCop himself, Alex Murphy. Murphy will once again be played by the original actor Peter Weller.

    The new gameplay footage shows off a very dystopian Detroit. Feel free to make whatever jokes you want about it being modern...
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  • Red Dead Online Updates are as Good as Dead as Rockstar Shifts to GTA 6

    Red Dead Online Updates are as Good as Dead as Rockstar Shifts to GTA 6

    Rockstar abandons plans for major content releases for Red Dead Online.

    Rockstar Games confirmed that they will not be working on or releasing any major content updates for Red Dead Online. The company will instead be shifting their focus and resources into the development of Grand Theft Auto 6. GTA Online, on the other hand, will continue to get more updates and other quality of life improvements.

    Rockstar made this disappointing announcement by way of a new blog post...
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  • Skull and Bones Release Set for November 8

    Skull and Bones Release Set for November 8

    It's finally got a release date.

    Barring even more delays, Skull and Bones now has a set release date, and that date is November 8, 2022. Ubisoft announced the date earlier today and noted that this high-seas pirate action game will be coming to Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and PC through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store.

    Taking place in the 17th century in the Indian Ocean, players will get to experience the "Golden Age of Piracy." You know, the...
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  • Devin Booker and Michael Jordan are the NBA 2K23 Cover Athletes

    Devin Booker and Michael Jordan are the NBA 2K23 Cover Athletes

    A different face depending on which version you buy.

    Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns will be the cover athlete for both the Standard Edition and cross-gen Digital Deluxe Edition of NBA 2K23. Michael Jordan, the six-time NBA Champion and five-time MVP, will appear on the covers of both NBA 2K23 Michael Jordan Edition and NBA 2K23 Championship Edition.

    Booker is a three-time NBA All-Star and was the Kia All-NBA First Team selection in 2021-22. Sharing some words about...
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  • GWENT: Rogue Mage Expansion Now Available

    GWENT: Rogue Mage Expansion Now Available

    Play the hand you're dealt.

    GWENT: Rogue Mage is a new single-player and standalone expansion that is now available. This is the first expansion for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game and it can be yours on PC through GOG or Steam, macOS devices with at least an M1 chip, and on both iOS and Android mobile devices.

    The game takes place hundreds of years before Geralt and the other witchers were out and about roaming the Continent. This was a time where a lot of monsters were...
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  • SGDQ Speedrunner Admits to Faking Metal Gear Rising World Record Run

    SGDQ Speedrunner Admits to Faking Metal Gear Rising World Record Run

    It was all smoke and mirrors... and pre-recorded.

    Summer Games Done Quick 2022 has come and gone. This year's event pulled in over $3 million (USD) for charity and was full of ridiculous runs, various incentives, and a few cases of "that's never happened before." One run in particular, the one for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, seemed to pull in a lot of hype.

    Metal Gear Rising also happened to be one of the games that had an incentive. If enough money was donated,...
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    2023 has been a banger year for new game releases.

    2023 has already been an absolutely incredible year when it comes to new game releases. In 2023 alone, Metacritic lists 25 game releases that have amassed an average score of 90 or higher. The previous best year, again according to Metacritic, was back in 2011.

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