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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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  • Critical Consensus: Crackdown 3, Far Cry New Dawn, Jump Force, and Metro Exodus


    Tomorrow is a massive release day for games. For some reason, publishers and developers decided that people who play video games would need a lot of joy in their lives come February 15. I simply cannot fathom why.

    Needless to say, there are four major titles being released tomorrow and the reviews for all of them are now in. Well, almost all of them. Though Anthem is also coming out tomorrow, it is only being released for those that have EA Access, Origin Access, or Origin Access Premier. Reviews for that game have not gone live yet. We'll go through each of tomorrow's releases...
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  • God of War Won the 22nd Annual DICE Awards

    God of War Won the 22nd Annual DICE Awards


    The headline reads that God of War won all of the 22nd annual DICE awards as if they took home every award at the show. Well, the game and the team at Sony Santa Monica kind of, almost did precisely that.

    Much like our very own and very prestigious game of the year, DICE also determined that God of War was the best game of 2018. In total, God of War won nine different awards at the show. The only other game to take home more than one award last night was Celeste, which won two awards including the Independent Game of the Year.

    The full list of winners in each...
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  • Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Now Available

    Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Now Available


    Civilization VI, of the Sid Meier variety, has a new expansion out today. It's called Gathering Storm, which is a good thing because this expansion is mostly about a very active planet with many environmental challenges.

    This expansion includes new Environmental Effects (they capitalized it this way), new Engineering Projects, and Consumable Resources for players to wrap their strategic minds around. This is being called the "largest ever" expansion released in the entire history of the Civilization franchise. Because in addition to the whole environmental stuff,...
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  • Pre-order The Division 2 and Get a Free Game from Ubisoft

    Pre-order The Division 2 and Get a Free Game from Ubisoft


    This is a nice little thing that Ubisoft is doing for The Division 2 pre-orders. If you pre-order the PC version of the game, you can get one of three free games at no extra charge. Yes, saying "free game at no extra charge" is redundant.

    The games being offered are Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Far Cry Primal. Here are the details about this deal. ...
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  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Direct Trailer

    Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Direct Trailer


    A new trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses came out today during this evening's Nintendo Direct. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a Nintendo Switch exclusive. It will come in both a standalone release and a "Seasons of Warfare Edition." Both will be out on July 26. ...
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening Remake Announced for Nintendo Switch

    The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening Remake Announced for Nintendo Switch


    Nintendo shocked their fans today with a surprise announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening remake for the Nintendo Switch. The classic was originally released for the Game Boy over 25 years ago.

    The game is targeting a 2019 release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. A bit more than a simple remake, this release of Links Awakening will be closer to a "re-imagining" of the original. The most obvious change is the unique visual style seen in the gameplay sections of the announcement trailer.

    I'm sure we'll have more on this one in the weeks...
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  • Final Fantasy IX Out Now on Nintendo Switch

    Final Fantasy IX Out Now on Nintendo Switch


    It took just 19 years, but Final Fantasy IX is finally available on a Nintendo platform. Today marks the release of Final Fantasy IX on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo released this launch trailer today as part of their most recent Nintendo Direct.

    Update: Square Enix also mentions that it's also out now for the Xbox One. ...
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  • Tetris Battle Royale Game Now Available on Nintendo Switch

    Tetris Battle Royale Game Now Available on Nintendo Switch


    Yes, I'll take "headlines I never thought I'd type for $400, Alex?"

    There's a new battle royale game available today. Keeping with the recent trend of surprise announcements leading into surprise releases comes Tetris 99. It's... it's a Tetris battle royale game. It's exclusive to those who subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

    It's available now.

    As the tweet says, "99 players enter, but only ones reigns supreme!" Sure! Why not? What's next? Pong battle royale? Sure, go for it! What about some Cup-and-ball battle royale...
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  • Super Mario Maker 2 Announced for Switch, Releasing June 2019

    Super Mario Maker 2 Announced for Switch, Releasing June 2019


    As part of today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch. They also revealed that it will be released this June.

    The trailer, which you can see below, includes a look at some of the familiar gameplay. You can see that the trailer showcases some tilesets from games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario 3D Land. Nintendo says that this sequel will include "more tools, items, and features." One of the big additions is the ability to create slopes, a feature that wasn't present in...
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  • Days Gone 'Wedding' Trailer

    Days Gone 'Wedding' Trailer


    Bend Studio released a new wedding themed trailer for Days Gone today. The game itself is full of zombies and this trailer focuses on the main character's wedding. Gosh, I'm sure nothing will possibly go wrong in the time between this wedding and the events of the game. ...
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  • Resident Evil 2 Free DLC 'The Ghost Survivors' Releases February 15

    Resident Evil 2 Free DLC 'The Ghost Survivors' Releases February 15


    According to the PlayStation Blog, the free "Ghost Survivors" DLC for Resident Evil 2 will be released on February 15. This is the date it will appear on the PlayStation 4, but I'm also going to assume this is the date other platforms will get it as well. I don't believe Sony has any timed exclusive on this content, but you can never be too sure.

    This DLC includes a few "what if" scenarios that tasks you with trying to survive with some of the characters you met throughout the main campaign. These include characters like Kendo, the gun shop owner. It also...
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