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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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  • Alpha Protocol Returns to PC via GOG

    Alpha Protocol Returns to PC via GOG

    Enjoy a 10% discount on this re-launch of the spy thriller from Obsidian.

    Obsidian's spy-thriller action-RPG Alpha Protocol is once again available on PC courtesy of This game was originally released in 2010 and was delisted back in 2019 due to issues with expiring music rights. Today's release at GOG has been enhanced in several ways and include several bonuses.

    Today's GOG release retails normally for $19.99 but there is a little launch discount for -10%,...
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  • Marvel 1943: Rise of Hydra Revealed from Amy Hennig's Studio

    Marvel 1943: Rise of Hydra Revealed from Amy Hennig's Studio

    Revealed via a story trailer running in real-time.

    We've known for a while now that former Naughty Dog writer Amy Hennig was working on a new Marvel game at Skydance New Media. The initial announcement came back in 2022 but next to nothing was shown off at that time. Today, that game was finally revealed during Epic Games' State of Unreal showcase at the Game Developers Conference.

    The new title is Marvel 1943: Rise of Hydra and it is an Unreal Engine 5.4 powered action-adventure...
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  • Critical Consensus: Dragon's Dogma 2

    Critical Consensus: Dragon's Dogma 2

    An improvement over the original but with some severe performance woes.

    Dragon's Dogma 2 is expected to be released on March 22 but the reviews have already started to pour in. The reviews have been extremely favorable for Dragon's Dogma 2 so far, with most outlets saying that this sequel improves upon the original. However, some of the flaws of the first game are not addressed in this sequel and the performance across all platforms, especially on PC, leaves a lot to be desired....
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  • Critical Consensus: Alone in the Dark

    Critical Consensus: Alone in the Dark

    Fails to live up to others in the genre this franchise helped to create.

    The Alone in the Dark reboot was just released today and it seems like the reviews have placed it firmly in the realm of being merely ok but with some serious shortcomings. This release from Pieces Interactive and THQ Nordic currently sits at a 62% critical average on OpenCritic, with only 42% of reviewers recommending this new release.

    Interestingly, the actual scores for this game range everywhere...
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  • Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Released on PC

    Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Released on PC

    Featuring new festivals and events, a mastery system, new farm type, new dialogue, and so much more.

    The long-awaited 1.6 Update for Stardew Valley is available right now for PC players. The consoles where Stardew Valley is available will be getting the 1.6 Update "as soon as possible."

    This update includes a wealth of new content on top of many quality-of-life adjustments, tweaks, and other fixes. There is a new Desert Festival, two mini fishing festivals,...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Soundtrack Out April 10

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Soundtrack Out April 10

    Some tracks are available now.

    The Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Original Soundtrack will be made available on April 10. This release will include a selection of 175 tracks out of the over 400 tracks included in the game. The soundtrack will be available as both a physical purchase and digital. This soundtrack will release on seven discs, with a limited run "~ Special edit version ~" including a bonus disc of mini-game music.

    If you have not yet played through Rebirth...
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  • Hi-Fi Rush Released on PlayStation 5

    Hi-Fi Rush Released on PlayStation 5

    One of 2023's best Xbox exclusives is now on PlayStation.

    The Tango Gameworks' developed rhythm-action hit, Hi-Fi Rush, is now available on PlayStation 5. This is the game where everything is timed perfectly to the beat of the music, even including your attacks.

    Today's release on PlayStation 5 does include all of the original post-launch content and updates that were relesaed previously for the Xbox and Pc versions of the game. This includes the Arcade Challenge! Update!...
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  • Riven: The Sequel to Myst is Getting a Full Remake and VR Release in 2024

    Riven: The Sequel to Myst is Getting a Full Remake and VR Release in 2024

    The best Cyan Worlds game is getting remade.

    Cyan Worlds, the creators and developers behind the Myst franchise, just announced that they are working on a remake of Riven: The Sequel to Myst. This "from-the-ground-up remake" will bring all of its complicated puzzles and adventure to both flatscreen gamers and those with VR headsets.

    Cyan Worlds says that they are going to "blend the intricate puzzle-solving experience of the original with cutting-edge...
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  • NewsBits: PlayStation 5 Pro Rumors, Helldivers Sells 8 Million, PlayStation VR 2 Sales Stall, and More

    Oh no, it's a new NewsBits. A NEWsBits as it were.

    A few things happened at the tail end of the week ending March 15, 2024 and then a couple of things popped up over the ensuing weekend. I have a severe case of the Mondays right now, so that means we're doing a NewsBits and so help me you better enjoy it.

    • New rumors about the PlayStation 5 Pro popped up over the weekend. Inside Gaming claims that the PlayStation 5 Pro retains the same Zen 2-based AMD APU,...
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  • Easy Anti-Cheat 'Confident' Their Software Is Not to Blame for Apex Legends ALGS Hacks

    The anti-cheat makers investigated recent reports and have found no issue.

    Easy Anti-Cheat woke up from their five year social media slumber to address claims that their anti-cheat solution may be responsible for the Apex Legends ALGS hacks. On March 17, two pro players were hacked live during the North American regional finals for the Apex Legends Global Series. DarkZero's Genburten and TSM's ImperialHal seemingly had wallhacks and aimbot forced upon them from someone with ill intent....
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  • Apex Legends ALGS Regional Finals Postponed After Two Pros Hacked During Matches

    An exploit allowed a bad actor to enable cheats on the machines of two competitors.

    During the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) regional finals for North America, two players were mysteriously granted access to cheats in the middle of their matches. The players impacted were DarkZero's Genburten and TSM's ImperialHal. Genburten was the first to experience having his game apparently hacked and cheats enabled. During the match, you can see his character stop moving and then a menu...
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  • Foamstars Review: Positive Energy Hampered by Questionable Design Choices

    Foamstars Review: Positive Energy Hampered by Questionable Design Choices

    Good, clean fun comes at a cost.

    Foamstars, the new party battle game from Square Enix, welcomes players with a vibrant and upbeat atmosphere that contrasts with the usual shooters on the market. The game's soundtrack, vibrant visuals, and unusually cheerful story all contribute to an upbeat energy that permeates throughout the game. The game is similar to Nintendo's Splatoon in how it invites players of all ages to partake in the fun, while also adding its own unique and fun e...
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  • Among Us Cast Includes Randall Park and Elijah Wood

    Among Us Cast Includes Randall Park and Elijah Wood

    Oh yeah, there's an Among Us animated series coming.

    The initial batch of actors confirmed for the upcoming Among Us animated series had a big reveal today. The first voice cast members were revealed by CBS, the studio that has been working on this series since at least June 2023. CBS Eye Animation Productions is working alongside developer Innersloth on this adaptation.

    The first teaser image from the show was shared in January 2024, which you can see above.
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  • Battlefield 2042 - Full Update 7.0.0 Changes

    Battlefield 2042 - Full Update 7.0.0 Changes

    C5 capacity nerfs, headshot multiplier changes, and tons of weapon balancing adjustments. The 7.0.0 update for Battlefield 2042 is expected to be released on March 19 for all available platforms. On a surface level, this update will kick off Season 7 for Battlefield 2042, which means it will include a new map, new weapons, a new vehicle, new gadget, new cosmetics, and a bunch of weapon balancing right out of the gate. Update 7.0.0 will make some substantial changes to the game's already existing...
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  • Outcast - A New Beginning Out Now

    Outcast - A New Beginning Out Now

    A new adventure from the original team.

    Outcast - A New Beginning arrives well over 20 years after the release of the original Outcast. Today marks the release of this new action-adventure title, which can be yours on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. This is a full priced title, so expect to see it retail for $59.99 on PC and $69.99 on consoles.

    The original Outcast came out in 1999 and offered players an action-adventure experience. This sequel continues...
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