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Microsoft Confirms Free Online Multiplayer for Halo Infinite

Confirmed after a short bout as a rumor.

Microsoft confirmed the short-lived rumor that Halo Infinite would have free multiplayer. Not only that, but they also confirmed that Halo Infinite, at least the multiplayer component, will support 120fps on Xbox Series X. I'm sure that will also hold true for the PC release as well. Sorry Xbox One owners, you can't handle all those delicious frames. ...
 

Valve Cracks Down on Using VPNs to Buy Games Cheaper

This should hopefully lead to more fair regional pricing.

For several years now, users were able to make use of a loophole that allowed them to buy games for cheaper if purchased from certain regions. Users were able to trick Steam into thinking they lived in one region where a price of a game was more favorable to them due to exchange rates. This had the unfortunate side-effect of developers and publishers having to increase prices in these regions to put a stop to those using VPNs...
 

Halo Infinite 4K Gameplay and New Screenshots

Halo Infinite running at 4K 60FPS on the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft and 343 Industries showed off quite a bit of Halo Infinite today as part of the Xbox Games Showcase. The show opener included a lengthy gameplay segment, which you can now see below.

Halo Infinite is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. You can actually add it to your Steam Wishlist right now. Halo Infinite is expected to be released this Holiday season. ...
 

Mafia: Definitive Edition 4K Gameplay Reveal

First look at gameplay.


The first look at the gameplay for Mafia: Definitive Edition was just revealed. Not only do we get a look at the gameplay for the first time, but it's presented in 4K resolution for those with monitors or televisions that support that resolution.

Mafia: Definitive Edition will be released on September 25, 2020. This follows a short delay that hit the game once already that pushed the game from an August release. ...
 

Metacritic Finally Does Away with Day One User Scores

Perhaps done in an effort to suppress user score review bombing.

According to a new report by Paul Tassi, via Forbes, Metacritic seems to be doing away with allowing users to submit scores on games until at least a day after release. Tassi notes that user scores for the just released Ghost of Tsushima only has critical scores posted for the game. The user scores are currently showing a message that user reviews will be permitted starting July 18 at 12PM (PT).

The message...
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  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Coming in October

    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Coming in October

    Stop monkeying around.

    On October 29, 2019, those on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One will get to pick up and purchase and play Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. This same game will also hit the PC via Steam at some point during Winter 2019.

    This was originally released for the Nintendo Wii back in 2006. Of course, back then such a thing like HD was a mere dream. Folks back then were stuck at pitiful resolutions like 480p or even 576i. Ewwww. Could you...
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  • Tetris Effect Coming to PC Next Week as Epic Store Exclusive

    Tetris Effect Coming to PC Next Week as Epic Store Exclusive

    No word on if it's a timed exclusive.

    The game that many called 2018's game of the year is coming very soon to the PC. That's right, Tetris Effect brings its psychedelic strategy-puzzle gameplay to a PC somewhat near you on July 23. Ah, but there is a catch, because of course there is.

    In case you missed it, Tetris Effect is exclusive to the Epic Games Store. There is no saying whether or not this is a timed exclusive release, or if this third-party PC release will remain...
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  • Horror Game Devotion May Not be Re-released

    Horror Game Devotion May Not be Re-released

    Developer says this may change, but not any time soon.

    This past February, Taiwan-based Red Candle Games pulled their then newly released horror title, Devotion, from the Steam store. This came after it was discovered that the game had shipped with an Easter egg that references how China's president, Xi Jinping, looks like Winnie the Pooh. What followed was a wave of review bombing on Steam from upset Chinese citizens that continued to toe the line that the government has repeatedly...
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  • Respawn to Force Apex Legends Cheaters to Play Each Other

    Respawn to Force Apex Legends Cheaters to Play Each Other

    That's one way of dealing with cheaters.

    Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Apex Legends, says that they will soon begin to implement a new method of anti-cheat in their still fairly popular battle royale title. Unlike many other methods of anti-cheat, this one aims to issue softbans against known cheaters.

    In short, this means that people who are detected to be cheating will be matched up only against others who have been found to be cheating. These people will...
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  • Gears 5 Does Away with Smoking

    Gears 5 Does Away with Smoking

    Smoking is bad, but violence...?

    Gears 5 will not include any depictions of smoking. The upcoming third-person shooter, slated for release on September 10 on PC and Xbox One, does away with all tobacco use after a push from the Truth Initiative. The anti-smoking organization, Truth Initiative, approached Turner, the company that owns the rights to broadcast Gears 5 ELeague esports matches. Turner, after speaking with Truth Initiative, spoke to The Coalition about the removal of the...
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  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 Out Today on PlayStation

    Dragon Quest Builders 2 Out Today on PlayStation

    I dig a hole, you build a wall.

    Square Enix passed along word today that Dragon Quest Builders 2 is now available for the PlayStation 4. This sequel to the block-building RPG is a fresh, stand-alone experience. This game will offer some new features for longtime fans in addition to those who have never played the previous games.

    If you are not sure if you'd even like the game, there is a free demo for Dragon Quest Builders 2 that you can try.

    In Dragon Quest...
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  • Ion Maiden Renamed to Ion Fury for Probably Obvious Reasons

    Ion Maiden Renamed to Ion Fury for Probably Obvious Reasons

    Classic 90s FPS has a new name.

    Ion Maiden billed itself as an "old-school FPS" similar in style to the classic games from the 90s. It entered into Early Access a little while back and it plans to exit Early Access on Thursday, August 15. On that date, the game will toss round after round on the PC, with console releases on the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One coming later.

    The game is being developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment....
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  • Two Multiplayer Modes Announced for Man of Medan

    Two Multiplayer Modes Announced for Man of Medan

    Bet you didn't expect this game to have multiplayer.

    There will be two different multiplayer modes for The Dark Pictures Anthology - Man of Medan. This confirmation comes from publisher Bandai Namco and developer Supermassive Games today.

    One of these modes, Shared Story Mode, is a more traditional online co-op for up to two players. The other mode, Movie Night Mode, is for local play where up to five players share one controller, making decisions and choices for one of...
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  • New Monsters Revealed in Latest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Trailer

    New Monsters Revealed in Latest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Trailer

    Plus your first look at the new gathering hub.

    A new trailer and developer update video came out today for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. The latest from Capcom offers an overview of the new subspecies variation of monsters. We also get our first look at the new gathering hub in Seliana. Of course, additional gameplay improvements and additions are also shown off.

    Subspecies monsters are new "extreme" and "twisted variations" of existing monsters....
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  • New Look at the Horrors in Moons of Madness

    New Look at the Horrors in Moons of Madness

    VIew 12 minutes of gameplay.

    In space, nobody can hear you scream. In space, Cthulhu fhtagn. Today, you get a long look at the gameplay for Moons of Madness, an upcoming horror title set on Mars that is being billed as "Lovecraft in space." Coming this Halloween for the PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Moons of Madness places you in the space suit of Shane Newehart as he experiences cosmic horror amongst the cosmos.

    Rock Pocket Games and Funcom show...
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  • Earth Defense Force 5 is Now Out on PC

    Earth Defense Force 5 is Now Out on PC

    The EDF deploys!

    Today is the day in which PC players can fight to save Earth from giant alien insects. That's right, Earth Defense Force 5 is now available on PC via Steam. It's published by D3PUBLISHER Inc. and developed by SANDLOT. The game is currently on sale for 20% off for its launch, making it just $47.99 (regular $59.99) until July 18.

    There is also a bunch of DLC available, if you're into that sort of thing. Some of the DLC is more cosmetic in nature while some...
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