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Google Stadia is Out Today and Reportedly a 'Monumental Flop'

It's time for "good news, bad news."

For Google, today is a bit of a mixed bag. The good news for them is that they just soft launched their first dedicated gaming platform, Stadia. The bad news is that it's reportedly a "monumental flop."

Today, those who purchased the $130 Founder's Edition of Stadia are probably awaiting its delivery. The physical contents largely consisting of a unique Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra. Though you had to plunk down $130 for this, there was actually no guarantee that you would get...
 

Hey, Valve Just Announced a New Half-Life Game

Half-Life: Alyx is a flagship VR game from Valve.

It's taken 12 years, but Valve has finally announced a new Half-Life title. The studio formerly known for developing hats has just announced a "flagship VR" title called Half-Life: Alyx.

The company has billed it as a "flagship VR" game. It's reportedly prequel to at least Half-Life 2 and will be VR exclusive. We will have more information on this when the main reveal comes this Thursday, November 21. ...
 

Review: Journey for Elysium (PC VR)

A short trip to the afterlife.

For the past several months now, we have offered up glimpses of the story-driven VR adventure title Journey for Elysium. We saw a game that had a unique visual style, the promise of a story that would take us all to an afterlife, a world filled with architecture inspired by Greek mythology, and mind-bending puzzles to solve. The unique visual style was certainly eye catching, but I often wondered if the rest of the game would be able to hold up to this aesthetically pleasing presentation.

With the release of Journey...
 

Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Charity Event Underway

Better late than never.

We're just a few days late in sharing this news with you, but when it comes to charity: Better late than never, right?

The latest annual charity drive (get it?) that is Desert Bus for Hope is well underway. A group of people have already spent three days driving across the desert, in real time, in an effort to raise money for charity. In three days and 6 hours, the crew has already raised over $388,400 for the Child's Play charity. The team is still going strong after all this time.

For those that don't know,...
 

Google Stadia Launch Games are Lacking

Stadia comes out of the gate already limping.

With the soft launch of Google Stadia rapidly approaching, it seems like we're beyond due for a look at the platform's launch lineup. Hell, we're probably beyond due for a look at the Stadia UI and full featureset, but that is another matter entirely.

Today, Google revealed a list of 12 games that will serve as the launch titles for when Stadia has a soft launch on November 19. For $130, you were able to get in on the ground floor of the launch of Stadia with the Founder's Edition. These kits have...
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  • The Witcher 3 Headed to Xbox Game Pass in December

    The Witcher 3 Headed to Xbox Game Pass in December

    Game Pass just keeps getting better and better.

    CD Projekt RED and Microsoft announced today at X019 that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will soon be available through the Xbox Game Pass program. This means that Xbox Game Pass for Console and Ultimate will be able to download and play one of the best RPGs ever made at no additional cost.

    This release includes the content found in the base game, Wild Hunt, plus 16 free pieces of DLC. It wasn't specified anywhere that this release also includes the game's two expansions of Blood and Wine and Hearts of...
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  • Classic Kingdom Hearts Games Finally Coming to Xbox

    Classic Kingdom Hearts Games Finally Coming to Xbox

    It's finally happened.

    Today during the X019 event, Microsoft, Disney, and Square Enix announced that the older titles in the Kingdom Hearts franchise will be coming to the Xbox One in 2020. This news comes some months after Kingdom Hearts 3 was released on the Xbox One family, despite the first titles never appearing on the Xbox platform in the past.

    This all changes in 2020 when Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue get released. These compilations will give Xbox players a chance to play the games...
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  • Almost Every Final Fantasy from the Past 20 Years is Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    It all starts with Final Fantasy VII.

    In 2020, Square Enix will bring pretty much every Final Fantasy game, from Final Fantasy VII onward, to the Xbox Game Pass. This means that those with active Game Pass subscriptions on Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Windows 10 will get access to these games starting in 2020.

    These will be rolled out at a fairly steady rate throughout the year.
    • FINAL FANTASY VII
    • FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
    • FINAL FANTASY IX
    • FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
    • FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGEā„¢
    • FINAL FANTASY XIII
    • FINAL
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  • Halo: Reach Releases December 3 on PC and Xbox

    Halo: Reach Releases December 3 on PC and Xbox

    The release date was confirmed during X019.

    Microsoft announced today that Halo: Reach will be released on PC come December 3. Also on this date, the game will of course also be added to the Xbox One release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While this may be one of the final pieces of content for the Xbox version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox, it will be the first piece of content out for the PC version.

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced earlier this year for the PC. Unlike the initial release on the Xbox...
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  • The Yakuza Games are Coming to Xbox in 2020

    The Yakuza Games are Coming to Xbox in 2020

    Also announced for Windows 10 and Game Pass.

    For the first time ever, Xbox players will get to pick up and play the Yakuza games. In early 2020, Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be released on the Xbox One, Windows 10, and made available through Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC.

    This literally marks the first appearance of the fantastic Yakuza franchise on the Xbox platform. They will get to experience all of the action, dramatic stories, minigames, sub-stories, and Tiger Drops that PlayStation owners have gotten to experience...
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  • Obsidian Announces New Co-op Survival Game at X019

    Obsidian Announces New Co-op Survival Game at X019

    The first game from Obsidian under Microsoft is a co-op survival game.

    At X019, Obsidian and Xbox Game Studios announced a new co-op survival game. Grounded is a first-person game that tasks you and a friend with surviving the dangers of a suburban backyard. That's right, you are the size of an ant. You're still a human but you're teeny and some might say tiny.

    A little film by the name of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has been preparing me for this game since the early 90s.

    Grounded is looking to be released Spring 2020 for the Xbox...
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  • The Game Awards Partners with the New Jumanji Film

    The Game Awards Partners with the New Jumanji Film

    When I think "video games" I also think of Hollywood film sequels that are remakes of an old film based on a board game.

    On December 12, you will be able to watch the The Game Awards for 2019. If you happen to be in or near a town with a Cinemark theater, you may also get to watch the new Jumanji movie right after The Game Awards are over.

    It's one hell of an odd pairing but it is a pairing that has been made nonetheless. This is thanks to a partnership between Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards, Cinemark Theaters, and Sony Pictures....
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  • Bee Simulator is Out Now on Consoles and PC

    Bee Simulator is Out Now on Consoles and PC

    Beecome the bee you were always meant to bee.

    Bee Simulator is out today on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. You can now pollinate until you cannot possibly pollinate any more in an "urban park inspired by (the) famous Central Park."

    As a bee, you will collect pollen, fight off wasps, interact with other bees, and take on a bunch of different threats. One of those threats is man. You see, humans are looking to chop down the tree where you make your home. That's bad. Humans are bad. It's up to you, as a bee, to save...
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  • New Jump Force Trailer Shows Off Some DLC Cake

    New Jump Force Trailer Shows Off Some DLC Cake

    You like cake, right?

    A new trailer for Jump Force features a look at Madara Uchiha and Toshiro Hitsugaya. It also features a look at an all-new stage. This new stage is Whole Cake Island from One Piece. All of this new DLC content will be coming soon to the fighting game. ...
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  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon Trailer Teases a Fight Against a Familiar Face

    Yakuza: Like a Dragon Trailer Teases a Fight Against a Familiar Face

    Series staple Kazuma Kiryu returns to teach the new guy some old tricks.

    A new trailer came out today for Yakuza 7, or as it's actually called in Western markets, Yakuza: Like a Dragon. This new trailer is over ten minutes long and is presented entirely in Japanese with no dubs or subtitles.

    However, I can say that the trailer focuses on Masato Arakawa, a character presumed to be the main antagonist in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. According to some translations done by DualShockers, Masato is the son of Masumi Arakawa, a father-figure to the game's...
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  • Shenmue 3 Launch Trailer

    Shenmue 3 Launch Trailer

    A headline very few thought they'd read.

    A launch trailer for Shenmue 3 was released today ahead of its November 19 release date. I'm sure this is a trailer few thought you would actually see, especially with the questionable crowdfunding campaign and Epic exclusive shenanigans that have gone on.

    But if you stuck with the game through all of that and are still somehow looking forward to Shenmue 3, next week is your week. Let's see what PlayStation 4 and Epic Games Store users have to look forward to. Maybe after all is said and done you can begin...
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