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 an exclusive to that launcher. This release will mark the first time that the game was available...

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 pushed upon them.

The original plan from Red Candle Games was to remove the game from...

Introducing Steam Labs - A Place to Test New Steam Features

Launching today with three experiments.

Valve has just launched a new area on Steam where users can test out new, experimental features for Steam. They're calling this area the Steam Labs and it is here where users will be able to test out potential new Steam features. These tests may one day become commonplace on Steam, but for now they are mere experiments ripe for testing and potential changes based on user feedback.

If you ever used Gmail, you may already know what to expect from these Labs experiments. That is to say, there is no guarantee that they will be fully...

Nintendo Lite Announced - $200 Handheld Device Coming in September

Cheaper, smaller, colorful.

Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite today. Priced at $199 (USD), this new iteration of the Switch hardware will be released on September 20, 2019. It will come in three different colors (Grey, Yellow, and Turquoise) at launch. A carrying case and a screen protector is also going to be available at launch for the Switch Lite.

Compared to its older brother, the Switch Lite will be a portable only device. You will not be able to dock the Switch Lite to a TV as you can with the regular Switch. In addition, the Switch Lite does not have...

Facebook Reportedly Bringing Splinter Cell Back... as a VR Game

Who wished on a monkey's paw?!

There is a story circulating today saying that Facebook may have already signed deals with Ubisoft to bring back Splinter Cell and a new Assassin's Creed title. That's not the weird part. The weird part here is that the deal is to create VR games in these two popular franchises. And since it's Facebook that pushed the deal, that would mean that the games would be Oculus "exclusive" and sold through their Oculus Store.

This is, at least right now, merely a rumor. It came to light today via The Information (full article is locked...
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  • Shenmue and Shenmue 2 Getting Re-Releases on PS4, XB1, and PC in 2018

    Shenmue and Shenmue 2 Getting Re-Releases on PS4, XB1, and PC in 2018

    Sega apparently announced tonight that they are re-releasing both Shenmue and Shenmue II for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC some time in 2018. People seem to be rather excited about this announcement. Also, the Steam Store listing for Shenmue I&II is already up.

    Sega says that the Shenmue I&II re-release is the "definitive versions" of both games. They will include such modern features like scalable screen resolutions, choice of modern or classic control schemes, various graphical options on the PC version, updated user interface, and the option to play with either the original Japanese or English voice-overs. I believe...
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  • Rumor: New BioShock in Development from 2K

    Rumor: New BioShock in Development from 2K

    According to some quick investigative work by Kotaku's Jason Schreier, a "top-secret" 2K studio is working on a "top-secret" new BioShock game. Schreier found this out while reporting on a story about Hangar 13 and how that studio lost its way with Mafia III.

    This should probably not come as too big of a surprise to anybody. It will be interesting to see how this new BioShock game fares without Ken Levine and Irrational Games.
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  • Virtual Espionage Action: Oculus and Twisted Pixel Announce Defector

    Virtual Espionage Action: Oculus and Twisted Pixel Announce Defector

    Twisted Pixel, the development studio behind such games as 'Splosion Man, The Gunstringer, and The Maw have just announced their next title: Defector.

    Defector is a first-person virtual reality title coming out exclusively for the Oculus Rift. You play as an undercover spy caught in the middle of some potentially over-the-top scenarios. Go loud or use your wits to accomplish your goals. It's entirely up to you and you alone.
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  • Terraria: Otherworld Cancelled After 3 Years of Development

    Terraria: Otherworld Cancelled After 3 Years of Development

    Three years ago Re-Logic announced Terraria: Otherworld, an "alternate dimension" to the Terraria universe that you probably know and maybe even love. The game was going to task players with trying to restore a once-pristine world that has been "overrun by a malevolent force that has corrupted nature itself." It wanted to combine elements of sandbox gameplay with RPG elements and strategy elements. That is to say: It was essentially Terraria set in an alternate universe.

    Well, it's been cancelled. The announcement came via the official Terraria forums yesterday evening.
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  • What Remains of Edith Finch Wins Best Game at 2018 BAFTA Awards

    What Remains of Edith Finch Wins Best Game at 2018 BAFTA Awards

    What Remains of Edith Finch has won for "Best Game" at the 2018 British Academy Games Awards. Other big winners tonight include Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Cuphead, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and more.

    The full list of winners, broken down by category, can be found below. The full list of nominees can be found in our earlier posting or directly on the BAFTA website.

    I'll also note here that many of the games that were nominated are on sale through Steam until Monday, April 16 at 10AM (PT).
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  • Hunt: Showdown Receives Major Performance Patch

    Hunt: Showdown Receives Major Performance Patch

    Crytek just released the first major performance patch for Hunt: Showdown, their upcoming multiplayer FPS that features PvPvE style gameplay. This patch is focused on CPU optimizations, reducing memory usage, and tackling a number of known issues that caused stuttering during movement and aiming.

    Hunt: Showdown is currently in Steam Early Access for $29.99 (USD). The team has been quite good about keeping their community in the know about future patches and content updates thanks to an ever evolving Hunt: Showdown roadmap. The video below is the best way to check out the improvements made in this latest patch. Be sure to check it out for ...
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  • King of Nothing: Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records, Banned

    King of Nothing: Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records, Banned

    Most of Billy Mitchell's world records and high scores were stripped from him today following allegations that he cheated when he "earned" his high score in Donkey Kong of 1,062,800 points. The records, originally approved by Twin Galaxies, were subsequently stripped by Twin Galaxies following an "extensive research period" into claims that Mitchell utilized an emulator to obtain that high score. Mitchell first earned the record in Donkey Kong back in 1982. He then re-set the record in 2007 with a score of 1,050,200. In February 2010 Hank Chien took and held the record until Mitchell reclaimed the record in July 2010. Since then, multiple others held the record before ending up with the current holder Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,247,700, set on February 2, 2018. On the same day, the Donkey Kong Forum removed Mitchell's scores after Jeremy Young analyzed Mitchell's older footage and found a number of telltale signs that a MAME arcade emulator was used to set his previous records. The use of emulators instead of the actual arcade hardw...
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  • Dead in Vinland Out Today on PC and Mac

    Dead in Vinland Out Today on PC and Mac

    Developer CCCP and publisher Playdius have released Dead in Vinland today for both Windows PC and Mac. For just $19.99 (USD; plus a launch week discount of 10%), you can pick up a new entry in the survival RPG genre.
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  • Siegfried Confirmed for Soulcalibur VI

    Siegfried Confirmed for Soulcalibur VI

    Sure, we know enough about Geralt, and others that are coming to Soulcalibur VI, so let's move on and get some fresh meat in here to talk about! The latest reveal today is for Siegfried Schtauffen, a familiar name to those familiar with the franchise.

    Check out his reveal trailer below and you may learn a few new things. For instance, I had no idea he even had a last name. He's been around since the start and I honestly didn't know this.
    His story began in the original Soul Edge, when Siegfried appeared as a young German man with short blond hair, blue eyes, and the will and strength to take-on all challengers. Throughout
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  • Critical Consensus: God of War for PlayStation 4 is One of 2018's Best Games

    Critical Consensus: God of War for PlayStation 4 is One of 2018's Best Games

    The reviews for the new PlayStation 4 God of War started to come out early this morning and hot damn, it looks like it's a pretty good game. Alright, "pretty good" might be an understatement here because it's sitting at a 95 overall rating through OpenCritic and 94 on Metacritic. This places it in the top 0.1% of all games currently reviewed on OpenCritic.

    Both sites don't have any reviews that are lower than 80% as of the time of this posting. Let's see what some outlets that aren't Total Gaming Network have to say about their time with God of War.

    IGN (10/10):

    USgamer (5/5):

    GamesBeat (90/100): ...
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  • Warmind Expansion for Destiny 2 Out May 8

    Warmind Expansion for Destiny 2 Out May 8

    Bungie made a very brief announcement today as part of a development roadmap update to say that the second Destiny 2 expansion will be out on May 8. Also, they announced that this expansion is called Warmind. May 8 also marks the start of Season Three for the game.
    They simply went on to say that there will be a reveal...
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