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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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  • Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Xbox One has first dibs.

    Phantasy Star Online 2 is slated to make its debut in North America coming Spring 2020. This comes years after it was had become one of Japan's biggest online RPGs. However, it won't be available for anything other than the Xbox One platforms at its initial release. In fact, I'm not sure when it will hit other platforms or even what those other platforms will be. All I see is that it's debuting in North America on the Xbox One come Spring 2020.

    When it releases, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play for everyone...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Dated for April 16, 2020 as Pre-Orders Open

    Cyberpunk 2077 Dated for April 16, 2020 as Pre-Orders Open

    Also, Keanu Reeves is in the game.

    CD Projekt RED showed off a new trailer today for Cyberpunk 2077 during Microsoft's E3 conference. Not only did they show off a new story segment, but they also announced a release date and the fact that Keanu Reeves is in the game.

    Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16, 2020 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, or GOG, and "coming soon" to Epic Games Store. There is also a physical release of a Collector's Edition that fans can also pre-order. This includes the game along with a variety of "high-quality collectibles." ...
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  • FIFA 20 Announces VOLTA Mode - It's Basically a FIFA Street Mode

    FIFA 20 Announces VOLTA Mode - It's Basically a FIFA Street Mode

    Soccer. Football.

    EA Sports announced the new VOLTA Football mode for FIFA 20. This mode is new to the game but it's essentially a new and improved version of FIFA Street that you used to play. EA Sports FIFA 20 will be released on September 27, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Fans can pre-order the game now for their preferred platform. ...
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  • Battlefield V - Introduction Videos for Marita and Al Sundan Maps, Iwo Jima Returning this Fall

    Coming this July.

    During EA Play 2019, DICE and EA provided some introductory videos for Marita and Al Sundan (pictured above). Marita will be released this July while Al Sundan will be out on June 27 for Battlefield V.

    But then again, we already knew about this.

    We have both introductory videos for Marita and Al Sundan below. Two additional maps coming at a date "to be determined" is Lofoten Island and Provance. The final map revealed was Operation Underground, which is slated for October. Yes, this is the Operation Metro...
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  • Apex Legends' Latest Character is an Electric Wall of Defense

    Apex Legends' Latest Character is an Electric Wall of Defense

    Watson is the name and defending is their game.

    The second season, called Battle Charge, for Apex Legends was detailed today at EA Play. Respawn announced a number of new additions coming to their still fairly popular battle royale game, including the addition of a new playable character, Watson.

    This all kicks off on July 2. This is when the new season will begin in addition to the new Battle Pass release, and the addition of Watson to the roster. Watson was introduced today via an animated short. ...
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  • Almost 14 Minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay

    Almost 14 Minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay

    It looks like a video game.

    As part of their EA Play event, Respawn Entertainment and EA showed off about 15 minutes of actual gameplay for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. We won't get into specifics about the game here. For that, you can check out our previous coverage.

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is slated for release on November 15, 2019. ...
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  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus Coming to North America

    Granblue Fantasy: Versus Coming to North America

    XSEED Games is to thank for this.

    XSEED Games announced that they are publishing Granblue Fantasy: Versus in North America for the PlayStation 4. This is a new fighting game from the developers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, Arc System Works. This game is set in the world of Granblue Fantasy, a mobile RPG that has somewhere over 20 million players. ...
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  • Destroy All Humans Remake Announced

    Destroy All Humans Remake Announced

    Crypto is back.

    A remake of the classic 2005 title, Destroy All Humans!, was announced today. It's a complete remake built on Unreal Engine 4 and coming to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One from Black Forest Games and THQ Nordic. The release is scheduled for 2020. ...
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  • Octopath Traveler Out Now on PC

    Octopath Traveler Out Now on PC

    It's an RPG from Square Enix.

    Square Enix has brought over its popular Nintendo Switch RPG, Octopath Traveler, to the PC today. You can pick it up via Steam if you're so inclined. ...
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  • Darksiders Genesis Announced

    Darksiders Genesis Announced

    This probably isn't the Darksiders game you were expecting.

    Developer Airship Syndicate and THQ Nordic announced yesterday that a new Darksiders game is in the works. However, this probably isn't the action-adventure romp that you are hoping it is. Darksiders Genesis is a new game in the works for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia.

    Darksiders Genesis "kicks off a completely fresh direction for the Darksiders franchise." In Genesis, you become the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Strife. The big change...
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  • GTA Online is Finally Getting a Casino Update

    GTA Online is Finally Getting a Casino Update

    It's taken almost six years.

    Finally. Finally, the casino is coming to GTA Online. That big ol' building has been sitting north of Los Santos doing absolutely nothing for almost six years now. Its front was adorned with a "Opening Soon!" sign for literally years. Now, it looks like some big changes are finally coming. If you go to the area now, you may see some little odds and ends out front of the Casino's main entrance.

    I'm talking about a dumpster, some building materials, even a few work signs. Data miners dug a bit deeper and saw...
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