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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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  • Mid-Gen Xbox Series Refreshes Coming in 2024 Say Court Documents

    Mid-Gen Xbox Series Refreshes Coming in 2024 Say Court Documents

    This includes a digital-only Xbox Series X refresh.

    If you were asleep last night or playing a game, as I was, you may have missed it when a waterfall of leaked court documents made their way online. Those court documents are from the ongoing court battle between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Microsoft about the latter's bid to acquire Activision Blizzard. There has been a lot leaked from these documents, so expect to read more as the day goes on.

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  • Poll: Are You a Fan of Paying More to Play Early?

    Poll: Are You a Fan of Paying More to Play Early?

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    I don't mind. If people want to spend more to play early, let them!
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    I'm indifferent to the whole idea.
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    I think it's kind of dumb that people get to play earlier. Spending more shouldn't offer a "head start" on other paying customers.
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    Get that Premium Edition and play three days early!

    Looks like the latest growing trend with game releases is to offer a more expensive Premium or Gold or whatever edition that grants you access to a game a few days ahead of its official release.

    Starfield did it with their $99.99 (USD) Premium Edition. Today, Payday 3 is doing an "Early Access" release with their Silver and Gold editions. Diablo 4 did the same thing earlier in the year, as did Madden NFL 24,...
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  • Payday 3 Early Access Begins

    Payday 3 Early Access Begins

    If you paid more, you can play right now.

    Those who bought the Silver or Gold editions of Payday 3 are able to start playing right now, a whole three days ahead of its "official" release on September 21. This Early Access release of Payday 3 does grant full access to the game ahead of the 21st. Meaning that if you and three buddies all bought the more expensive versions of the game, you could be heisting right this second.

    There is a rather big jump in price...
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  • The Elder Scrolls 6 Coming 2026 at Earliest but Not to PlayStation

    The Elder Scrolls 6 Coming 2026 at Earliest but Not to PlayStation

    The reveal comes from Microsoft themselves.

    The Elder Scrolls 6 won't be coming any time soon, according to Microsoft's own documents. Not only the next Elder Scrolls title still several years away, it looks like it won't be headed to the PlayStation 5 (or whatever PlayStation is out at the time of release).

    These new details come from Microsoft's own documents that were filed as part of the legal battle between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Microsoft concerning...
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  • Gas Station Simulator Goes Tropical with Tidal Wave DLC

    Gas Station Simulator Goes Tropical with Tidal Wave DLC

    Get ready for ocean breezes, scuba diving, sharks, and appeasing the gods.
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    Gas Station Simulator is one of those sleeper hits that seems to be well received with an ever-growing fanbase. Today, DRAGO entertainment announced the new Tidal Wave DLC that will hit Gas Station Simulator in 2024.

    Tidal Wave doesn't have a price attached to it yet. When it releases, Tidal Wave will task players with appeasing the temperamental god, Chunchumanchu, by leaving offerings at an...
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  • RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

    RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

    A solid sounding headset with dual-mode wireless, but what's the catch?

    The RIG 600 PRO HS is a wireless gaming headset that offers excellent sound quality, comfort, and features at an affordable price. Though the HS model is geared mainly towards use with the PlayStation platform, it is compatible with Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC. The RIG 600 PRO HS features dual-mode wireless connectivity, so you can use it with either the included USB-C dongle for 2.4GHz wireless or Bl...
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  • Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC Coming September 21

    Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC Coming September 21

    A free update for The Mercenaries also arrives on the 21st.

    Capcom revealed that the Separate Ways DLC for Resident Evil 4 will release on September 21, 2023. This DLC takes you on an alternate path through many of the events of Resident Evil 4. You will play as Ada Wong on a mission that reunites her with Leon S. Kennedy as he searches for the president's daughter.

    Separate Ways will be released alongside a free update for The Mercenaries. This update for The Mercenaries...
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  • Unity Now Claims Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Will Pay Their Dumb New Fee

    Unity Now Claims Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Will Pay Their Dumb New Fee

    Also Valve, Epic, Apple, and any other platform that distributes Unity games.

    If you thought Unity lost their damn minds earlier this week, hold onto your butts because it got worse. Unity now says that platform holders such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will be the ones who have to pick up the tab and pay that new runtime fee on behalf of developers.

    This information comes from an updated FAQ that Unity shared on their website. The FAQ says that the Unity runtime fee...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Out February 29; Three Month PlayStation Exclusive

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Out February 29; Three Month PlayStation Exclusive

    There's also a $350 Collector's Edition coming.

    Square Enix says that the second part to their Final Fantasy 7 remake/reboot is coming very, very soon. A release date for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth has been set for February 29, 2024 on the PlayStation 5.

    This announcement came alongside a new trailer for Rebirth as part of this week's PlayStation State of Play broadcast. The new trailer shows off additional playable characters such as Red XIII, Yuffie, and Cait Sith. We also...
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  • Ghostrunner 2 Demo Released

    Ghostrunner 2 Demo Released

    Try it before you buy it.

    One More Level and 505 Games released a demo for Ghostrunner 2 late in the day yesterday. This demo is available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

    Ghostrunner 2 will launch officially on October 26, but those that purchase the Brutal Edition will get to play on October 24 with 48-hours of early access. Seems like the Brutal Edition will set you back $69.99. There is also a $39.99 Standard version...
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  • Foamstars Open Beta Announced

    Foamstars Open Beta Announced

    The beta is open to those on PlayStation 5.

    Square Enix will kick off an open beta for the PlayStation exclusive Foamstars. This beta will begin on September 29 at 6PM (PT) and run through to October 1 at 11:59PM (PT).

    This open beta will let players experience the competitive shooter ahead of its official release in early 2024. It will grant access to eight selectable characters and two different 4v4 game modes.

    To those who haven't seen Foamstars yet: Yes,...
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  • Original Tomb Raider Trilogy Getting Remastered

    Original Tomb Raider Trilogy Getting Remastered

    Yes, the classic control schemes are still an option.

    Crystal Dynamics is teaming up with Aspyr to bring visually enhanced versions of the original three Tomb Raider titles to modern consoles and PC. Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft is the full and official name for this work and will, as expected, include Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, and Tomb Raider III.

    This release will include upgraded graphics, performance improvements, all expansions, and more. Fans...
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  • New Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Trailer with Idris Elba

    New Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Trailer with Idris Elba

    A fresh look at Idris Elba and more information concerning the new expansion.

    CD Projekt Red shared a new look at Idris Elba and his role in the upcoming release of Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. This new trailer shared today shows some of the events taking place seven years prior to the events of Phantom Liberty.

    In addition, Elba shared some behind the scenes details about his character. Before that, CD Projekt Red shared new details on new gameplay elements and some...
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  • Save Up to 20% on Steam Deck

    Save Up to 20% on Steam Deck

    Save up to 20% on Steam Deck for a limited time.

    Valve decided to throw the Steam Deck in to the 20th anniversary festivities for Steam. What this means for you is that from now through to September 21st, all Steam Deck versions are on sale. The Steam Deck Docking Station is also on sale!

    This sale sees the top end 512GB Steam Deck model going from $649 down to just $519. That's quite the bargain if you've been on the fence about picking up one of these handheld devices....
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  • Bethesda to Add DLSS and FOV Slider to Starfield

    Bethesda to Add DLSS and FOV Slider to Starfield

    Makes you wonder why they weren't in there to begin with.

    Bethesda released the first post-launch update for Starfield today. It's not exactly a big one, but it does include a couple of fixes for stability and progression blockers. However, the bigger news is that Bethesda mentioned what they plan to add to the game in the near future.

    Bethesda says that they will add some of the most requested community features. You know, features like the ability to adjust brightness...
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  • Poll: Best Year Ever for Game Releases?
    by Shawn Zipay
    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.

    Let's just take a little glimpse at some of the games that came out this year that scored a 90 or higher. We had Baldur's Gate 3 in August, The Legend of Zelda:...
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