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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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  • Classic RTS S.W.I.N.E. is Getting an HD Remaster for PC, Coming this Spring


    The classic real-time strategy title, S.W.I.N.E., is getting an HD remaster for the PC. The new release is now appropriately called S.W.I.N.E. HD Remaster, and is targeting a release this Spring.

    The original game was released back in 2001 by StormRegion. The HD Remaster is being worked on by Kite Games, the same team behind Sudden Strike 4. If you desire, you can already add the game to your Steam wishlist.

    True to most modern HD remasters, this release will feature...
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  • Is VR going to change gambling?

    Is VR going to change gambling?


    VR technology has been quite a hot topic in the past couple of years. It went from a thing that you would think as a part of a cyberpunk movie to something you can buy at the price of an XBox.

    How is it changing the world of gambling today? Let’s find that out!

    How VR changed gaming
    Now, VR hasn’t made its big appearance in gambling just yet. The industry as a whole seems to be a year past the tip of technology, to be honest. So since we have a bit of time...
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  • Battlefield V 2019 Roadmap Reveals New Map Releases and New Theater of War

    Battlefield V 2019 Roadmap Reveals New Map Releases and New Theater of War

    DICE has finally provided the roadmap for Battlefield V through Fall 2019. Included in this roadmap are mentions of new maps, which look to begin in May, and a new theater of war. Given the name of the new theater, Awakening the Giant, slated for Fall 2019, is the upcoming theater of war.

    Given the title of that new theater, I think it's safe to say that they're referencing the United States. This is based off of the famous quote from Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in reference to...
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  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced, Pre-orders Available Now

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced, Pre-orders Available Now


    After multiple weeks and a few months of teases, including a long running ARG surrounding a dating app called Tinder, we now have an official announcement of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. Paradox Interactive made the big reveal just moments ago via a GDC party. The party was "supposed" to be for a new Tinder reveal but thanks to some unintentionally cheesy live-action role playing, it turned out to be a big reveal for Bloodlines 2.

    This is a direct sequel...
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  • Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

    Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

    An update to the Steam user interface and library has been in the works at Valve for years now. Today, the company finally feels comfortable enough to show off their Steam UI overhaul and did just that during a presentation at GDC 2019. I'd like to first thank Game Informer and PC Gamer (and again) for a lot of the information and screenshots you'll see below.

    Library
    First up, let's talk about the changes coming to how your Library will look and function with this new update....
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  • Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Releases in May, Episodes 4 and 5 Dated

    Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Releases in May, Episodes 4 and 5 Dated

    The third episode for Life is Strange 2 will be released on May 9. Square Enix and DONTNOD announced that Episode 3, "Wastelands," will hit the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on this date.

    Beyond this new reveal, the two studios also wanted to toss out the release dates for both Episode 4 and Episode 5.

    Episode 4 will be released on August 22, while Episode 5 will be released on December 3. ...
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  • New Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Map Takes You to Singapore

    New Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Map Takes You to Singapore


    WBIE and IO Interactive just announced that a new map is being added to the Sniper Assassin mode for Hitman 2. The new map will take players to Singapore. It will be released on March 26.

    A new trailer was even released today that shows off some of the ins and outs of the map that they're calling "Hantu Port Sniper Assassin Map." The map will take players "to a container yard set on the island of Singapore where Han Ldong and his wife have been kidnapped by a...
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  • Kotal Kahn Revealed as Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter

    Kotal Kahn Revealed as Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter


    WBIE and NetherRealm revealed yet another addition to the Mortal Kombat 11 playable roster today. That new character is none other than Kotal Kahn. "Who?!" I hear you ask. Well, I'll tell you.

    Kotal Kahn is an "Osh-Tekk warrior and Emperor of Outworld."

    And that's your explanation. Look for Mortal Kombat 11 on March 28 for the beta and April 23 for the full release of the game on PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC.

    Oh, you wanted to know more?...
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  • Nintendo Embraces Indie - Cuphead, Darkwood, a Dancing Zelda, and More Revealed Today for Switch


    Are you ready for the invasion of the Indies on the Nintendo Switch? Earlier today, a new Nindies Showcase for Spring 2019 outlined a good number of independent developed titles that are coming soon to the portable console otherwise known as the Switch.

    Some of the highlights in today's announcement include Cuphead from Studio MDHR. This one will be out on April 18. In addition, Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda was also announced today....
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  • Oculus Rift S VR Headset Announced - More of a Lateral Move Than an Upgrade

    Oculus Rift S VR Headset Announced - More of a Lateral Move Than an Upgrade


    Today at GDC, Facebook announced a new version of their Oculus Rift headset that they're simply calling the Oculus Rift S. They announced a $399 (USD) price point for the device that will start shipping later this Spring.

    On paper, the headset sounds like a decent device. It features an LCD 2560x1440 panel (1280x1440 per eye), better pixel density compared to the Rift, updated lenses, an 80Hz refresh rate, updated Oculus Touch controllers (functionally the same as the old ones),...
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  • The Outer Worlds, Remedy's Control, Detroit: Become Human, and More Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusives


    As part of today's GDC presentation, Epic Games announced a number of timed exclusives that are coming first to the Epic Games Store. Among these games are The Outer Worlds, Control from Remedy Entertainment, and even some PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

    Some of these titles, such as The Outer Worlds, will also appear on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. I guess this just lends more confirmation that Epic is less about purchasing exclusives...
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