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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Reminder: Play Titanfall 2 Multiplayer for Free this Weekend

    Reminder: Play Titanfall 2 Multiplayer for Free this Weekend

    Just as a friendly reminder, you can play the multiplayer for Titanfall 2 this weekend for completely free.
    Since the game's launch, Titanfall 2 has received universal praise from critics worldwide and has been nominated for the Game of the Year award from The Game Awards, with the winner being announced on December 1st. In multiplayer, Titanfall 2 has built on the dynamic Pilot and Titan gameplay from the first Titanfall and delivered a wide variety of robust modes, maps and weapons
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  • Halo Wars 2 Trailer Shows Off the Bad Guy

    Halo Wars 2 Trailer Shows Off the Bad Guy

    Wondering who you'll be facing off against in Halo Wars 2? Wonder no longer as the latest trailer reveals Atriox. Yes, this latest trailer was shown off last night at The Game Awards 2016.
    His name is Atriox, a Brute enslaved by the Covenant who eventually rose up against his masters and became a legend. His rebellion inspired the birth of The Banished, a savage army of mercenaries and killers now on the brink of acquiring the most powerful weapons platform the galaxy has ever seen.
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - New Gameplay Footage and Trailer

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - New Gameplay Footage and Trailer

    Last night, we caught a glimpse of new footage for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during The Game Awards 2016. Today, there are proper videos for the game available. One is just a general trailer while the other one is about four minutes worth of gameplay footage in a "let's play" format.

    First up, the new trailer entitled "Life in the Ruins."


    Next, is the let's play format video as created by Nintendo.

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  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced with Special Guest Duke Nukem

    Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced with Special Guest Duke Nukem

    Gearbox isn't letting their Duke Nukem IP go completely to waste. Tonight during The Game Awards 2016, Gearbox's Randy Pitchford showed up to announce a remastered version of Bulletstorm for the PC, PS4, and XB1. It's called Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and features updated visuals, better audio, new game modes, and more. Most notably among these new additions is the ability to play through the game as Duke Nukem. Yes, the entire campaign can be played through as Duke Nukem. The one, th...
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  • Clem Returns in The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Extended Trailer

    Clem Returns in The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Extended Trailer

    Telltale Games showed off the first significant look at The Walking Dead: A New Frontier tonight during The Game Awards 2016. There are zombies, a girl named Clem, and a man named Javier.
    In this first look at 'The Walking Dead - A New Frontier', we meet Javier. We witness how the beginning of the zombie plague affected him and his family before we move forward in time to years later, where he encounters a very familiar face...

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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Gameplay Trailer from The Game Awards 2016

    Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Gameplay Trailer from The Game Awards 2016

    BioWare showed off a new trailer tonight for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The near five minute long trailer features some of the first gameplay segments we've seen for the game. This includes combat, dialogue, exploration, and more.

    This is perhaps the best thing shown off tonight during the abysmal Game Awards 2016.
    Mass Effect: Andromeda puts you in the role of the Pathfinder; an elite soldier, explorer and guide tasked with finding humanity a new home an uncharted galaxy.
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  • Death Stranding Trailer from The Game Awards 2016

    Death Stranding Trailer from The Game Awards 2016

    Is that Guillermo del Toro? Another baby? Mads Mikkelsen? ... What?...
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  • Watch The Game Awards 2016 Live

    Watch The Game Awards 2016 Live

    The Game Awards 2016 begins at 9PM (ET) with a pre-show starting at 8:30PM (ET). There are some new trailers expected to be shown off alongside some awards. If it's like previous shows, only a handful of the awards will actually be given out live on the show. The rest will be merely mentioned as having won.

    There are a dozen or so ways to watch tonight. I'm not joking, they have a dozen options on where and how to watch tonight. I'll embed both the Twitch and YouTube str...
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  • Final Fantasy XV Breaks Franchise Sales Records

    Final Fantasy XV Breaks Franchise Sales Records

    It sounds like Final Fantasy XV is a bit of a hit for Square Enix. The studio announced today that day one shipment and digital sales for the RPG have surpassed five million units. It has become the fastest selling game in the history of the Final Fantasy series.
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  • EA Says No New Battlefield for a "Couple of Years"

    EA Says No New Battlefield for a "Couple of Years"

    It looks like Battlefield fans will have to be content with what is available to them for the next couple of years. EA said that they will not release another entry in the franchise for at least a "couple of years." EA CFO, Blake Jorgensen, confirmed this while speaking at the NASDAQ 35th Investor Program. He said that EA "won't have another Battlefield back for a couple of years. Next year we'll have Battlefront, the Star Wars game." Right now, the only major plans for ...
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  • GTA Online Double GTA$ and RP Event for November 29 - December 7

    GTA Online Double GTA$ and RP Event for November 29 - December 7

    Another week means another shot at earning double RP and double GTA$ in GTA Online This week, you'll be seeing double in Drop Zone, Power Play, and Kill Quota. There are also discounts on various properties, vehicles, and items. Read on for the full details.

    GTA Online Events for November 29 - December 7
    DOUBLE GTA$ & RP IN DROP ZONE, POWER PLAY & KILL QUOTA Satisfy your paratrooper fantasy in Drop Zone or let your inner Beast run amok in Power Play, both of which are deliv
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