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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Dragon Quest Games Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 27

    Dragon Quest Games Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 27

    Three classic JRPGs are coming to the Nintendo Switch very soon.

    Square Enix announced today that the first three Dragon Quest games will be released on the Nintendo Switch on September 27. These classic JRPGs include Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation. All of these are going to be available via the Nintendo eShop.

    Square Enix isn't shying away from pushing the impact Dragon Quest had on the gaming...
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  • Star Wars Pinball is Out Right Now on the Switch

    Star Wars Pinball is Out Right Now on the Switch

    Play 19 different digital Star Wars pinball tables on the Nintendo Switch.

    If you like Star Wars and also just happen to like playing pinball, be it digital tables or the real deal, you may want to check out Star Wars Pinball. This new game is priced at $29.99 (USD) and is out now for the Nintendo Switch. It's available through both the eShop and various physical retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and even GameStop if any still exist near you.

    Star Wars...
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  • Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Next Month, New Training Video

    Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Next Month, New Training Video

    All the Digimon and sleuthing in one package.

    Bandai Namco announced that on October 18, 2019 those on the PC and Switch will be able to purchase Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition. This is a package deal that includes Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory. We already knew this. Today is all about giving a little refresher on what the package includes plus a new look at how you'll train your Digimon.

    Players will get to...
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  • Borderlands 3 is Now Available Everywhere

    Borderlands 3 is Now Available Everywhere

    Borderlands 3 is now available worldwide.

    For many fans, your patient waiting has come to an end as Borderlands 3 is now available worldwide. The Gearbox developed game is out now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games Store. And, of course, here is the usual reminder that it will be more widely released on more open PC platforms after about six months.

    Borderlands 3 has been in development for roughly five years. It promises to once again deliver the looter...
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  • Watch Almost an Hour of Death Stranding Gameplay

    Watch Almost an Hour of Death Stranding Gameplay

    A lot of gameplay footage that may finally provide a lot of answers.

    The marketing for the Kojima Productions game, Death Stranding, has left consumers with more questions than answers. It's a game from the mind of Hideo Kojima, so of course the marketing was going to be odd. The problem was, there are a lot of people that just have no idea about what the game was even about even after the numerous trailers.

    Maybe sitting down and watching 50 minutes of gameplay will help...
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  • Shenmue III Dual Tokyo Game Show Trailers

    Shenmue III Dual Tokyo Game Show Trailers

    It's a double feature of Shenmue III.

    There are two new trailers out for Shenmue III today courtesy of the Tokyo Game Show. You can find those below along with some information about Shenmue III.

    It should also be noted here that refunds for Shenmue III will be available only for a limited time. GameSpot has the details on this. In short, those that backed Shenmue III on Kickstarter, but want a refund due to Epic Games Store shenanigans, will have a window of just two...
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  • Death Stranding 'Briefing' Trailer

    Death Stranding 'Briefing' Trailer

    Straight from the Tokyo Game Show.

    A new trailer is out today for Death Stranding. This "Briefing" trailer should provide you with a better understanding of the opening story for Hideo Kojima's enigma of an adventure game. Though Hideo Kojima is perhaps the biggest name on the team, the game is a team effort by those employed at Kojima Productions.

    A new piece of artwork was also shared earlier today. You can find that below the new trailer.

    Death...
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  • The Game Awards Return on December 12

    The Game Awards Return on December 12

    The annual show must go on.

    The Game Awards are coming back, as if there was any doubt. Producer Geoff Keighley confirmed that the fifth annual installment will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

    Tickets for this year's event are already on sale. Can't make it in person? Don't worry because this year's show will again be streamed live for free across 45 different platforms. I am actually amazed that there are even 45 platforms...
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  • BurgerTime Party! Set to be Released on October 8

    BurgerTime Party! Set to be Released on October 8

    The classic game about making burgers is back.

    XSEED Games is ready to publish the return of a classic action game, BurgerTime. Developed by G-MODE, the latest in the BurgerTime franchise is called simply BurgerTime Party! It features some new gameplay mechanics, local co-op, and even a competitive mode. This game will release as a Nintendo Switch exclusive for $19.99 (USD) on the eShop or $29.99 from select retailers.

    In BurgerTime, the core game focuses on making giant...
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  • GWENT Coming to iOS on October 29

    GWENT Coming to iOS on October 29

    Just in time for the new phone announcements comes word that GWENT is coming to iOS next month.

    CD Projekt RED announced today that GWENT: The Witcher Card Game will be released for iOS devices starting on October 29. Those iOS users that are interested in the game can pre-order the game right now through the AppStore. It will then download immediately upon release when the 29th rolls around.

    The pre-order is free, but the full game will include some optional in-app purchases....
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  • Next Yakuza Game Arrives in the West in 2020

    Next Yakuza Game Arrives in the West in 2020

    The next entry in the Yakuza franchise is confirmed for a western release in 2020.

    Sega and the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced today that the newest Yakuza game, formerly known simply as Yakuza 7, is coming out in the West in 2020. This confirmation was made alongside the reveal of new gameplay elements, a logo reveal, and an English subtitled story trailer.

    Most importantly, the game's full title was also revealed. Yakuza 7 shall hereby be known as Yakuza: Like a Dra...
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