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Review: Crysis Remastered Is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Maximum meh.

In 2007 the original Crysis was released for the PC. The big question on everyone's mind at the time, and even through to today, is "can your PC run Crysis?" Usually, the answer was "yes, but…" because even the beefiest of computer hardware had trouble maxing out the graphical options that Crysis brought to the table at the time.

Fast-forward to 2020 and the answer gets a bit more muddled. See, the original Crysis was very dependent on...
 

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...
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  • The Last of Us Part II Delayed Indefinitely

    The Last of Us Part II Delayed Indefinitely

    This decision comes direct from Sony.

    In the early afternoon on April 2, word came direct from Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), that both The Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR are delayed "until further notice." The reason behind these delays is, you guessed it, due to the ongoing global crisis.

    Word first came from the official PlayStation Twitter account. ...
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  • Dark Souls Inspired Mortal Shell Announced

    Dark Souls Inspired Mortal Shell Announced

    The developers made the comparison themselves.

    A new contender for the "Souls-like" blanket umbrella was just announced. Mortal Shell is an upcoming action-RPG currently in development by the small development team Cold Symmetry and set to be published by Playstack. The announcement comes complete with a brief teaser trailer, screenshots, and some general gameplay details.

    We know already that Mortal Shell is most certainly inspired by the Dark Souls games. Besides...
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  • Persona 5 Royal Released on PS4

    Persona 5 Royal Released on PS4

    A celebration of high praise.

    Persona 5 Royal is out now for the PlayStation 4 and only the PlayStation 4. If you haven't already checked out our Persona 5 Royal review, you should do that. If you don't like reading anything at length, I can simplify the review to be: "5 outta 5. Amazing game. Buy now."

    If you are already sold on picking up the game, chances are you have it downloaded and have maybe already started playing it today. If you haven't yet picked...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Released as PS4 Timed Exclusive

    Yeah, we're back on that timed exclusive BS again.

    There was a tasty rumor that kicked up recently suggesting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered would be released today. It was partially true. On Tuesday, March 31st, a remastered release of Modern Warfare 2's campaign was released, but only on the PlayStation 4.

    It's a timed exclusive to the PlayStation 4 until April 30th. If you still want to purchase Modern Warfare 2 Remastered on either the Xbox...
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  • The Outer Worlds Switch Release Date Announced

    The Outer Worlds Switch Release Date Announced

    Fight for or against the corporate worlds on June 5.

    Obsidian Entertainment, Virtuous Games, and Private Division announced that the Switch release of The Outer Worlds is scheduled for June 5. You won't have long to wait before you can either pick up The Outer Worlds on either a physical cartridge release or through digital download via Nintendo's eShop. This is actually an updated release date for the game as it was initially slated to arrive in March instead of June.

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  • PONG is Becoming an RPG

    PONG is Becoming an RPG

    Yes, that Pong.

    Atari announced PONG Quest, a new role-playing game that is based off of the classic PONG. If you are wondering just how they can make an RPG out of PONG, you certainly aren't alone. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that this is an April Fools joke, right? I thought so too! I really did. And then I kept reading the press release I was sent. Then I saw the trailer reveal (seen below) and the key art in the press kit. It was only then, after I looked at everything,...
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  • Valve Offers Suggestions on Reducing Steam Bandwidth

    Valve Offers Suggestions on Reducing Steam Bandwidth

    Budget that bandwidth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Everyone is at home. If not, they probably should be. 2020 has been crazy wild and it's still only March. One of the things people have been doing more of, is playing games. What else is there to do when you're under quarantine? Work? HA! Screw that!

    The problem with being at home all the time like this, is that the network in your home, country, or even globally can be impacted significantly. People have more time now...
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  • Archaeology Skill Added to RuneScape Today

    Archaeology Skill Added to RuneScape Today

    A new skill and story await long-time fans.

    On March 30, Jagex added in a new skill, Archaeology to the long-running RuneScape MMO. This new skill is considered to be a major addition to the game. It introduces new gameplay elements along with an entirely new "epic" storyline that is "steeped deep in lore." How deep does that archeology lore go? Well, why don't you dig in to find out?

    This new story update will take players across five "massive...
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  • NieR Replicant Remaster Announced

    NieR Replicant Remaster Announced

    Coming to the West for the first time ever.

    Over the weekend, Square Enix announced that they are bringing a remastered release of the classic NieR Replicant to the West for the first time ever. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... is being "rebuilt" for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

    The original release came out only in Japan back in 2010. In NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... players will play as a brother who is on a quest to cure his dying...
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  • How Hard It Is to Start and Run an Online Casino In 2020?

    How Hard It Is to Start and Run an Online Casino In 2020?

    Online casinos have become enormously popular with all demographics in recent years. In fact, online casino gambling is the leading form of internet-based gaming, according to many experts.

    So, you may think about how hard it is to start and run an online casino? Well, there are plenty of factors one needs to take into consideration. For instance, you have to apply for gaming licenses from the regulatory authorities and need to partner with the best software providers in the industry....
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  • Nintendo Reportedly Working on Multiple 'Remasters' of Classic Mario Games

    Nintendo Reportedly Working on Multiple 'Remasters' of Classic Mario Games

    2020 is the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. after all.

    A new rumor fired up today, March 30th. This rumor, which comes from "multiple sources" close to videogameschronicle.com, says that Nintendo is working on a number of Mario related remasters that will hit the Nintendo Switch later this year. Not only will there be some Switch remasters of classic titles, but they even heard a little rumor about a new Paper Mario coming. All of this is supposedly due to be revealed...
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