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Review: 5-hour Energy Gamer Shot

You ever write a three-page review for an energy supplement?

In early May 2024, 5-hour ENERGY (hereto after shown as 5-hour Energy) released a new Gamer Shot line of energy drink supplements. We got some news about it because this is a video game website that posts video game related news. That is how these things work. These 5-hour Energy Gamer Shots are available in three flavors: Pineapple Charge, Rocket Raspberry, and Apple Bash. Unless things have suddenly changed in the fe...

Band Together in Terror: The Outlast Trials Review

The Outlast Trials proves that survival horror can be more fun with friends.

The Outlast Trials is a four-player PvE game taking place in the Cold War era. The game's opening moments and lore paint a gruesome and wicked scene that will be familiar to series veterans but disquieting to those new to the Outlast universe. Players work their way through a series of experiments, each of which plays out on various large maps like a police station, a courthouse, a carnival, and more. The g...

Microsoft Shutdown Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games

The company valued at over $3 trillion just closed several game studios.

Arkane Austin, the studio behind Redfall and 2017's Prey, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within series and the multiple award-winning Hi-Fi Rush, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Alpha Dog Games, the studio behind the mobile game Mighty Doom, has been shutdown by Microsoft. Roundhouse Studios will not be shutdown but will instead be absorbed by The Elder Scrolls Online...

TikTok Ban Signed Into Law by President Biden

Owner ByteDance has 270 days to sell off TikTok.

On April 24, President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that also included a bill that could ban TikTok in the United States. This ban can only be averted if the China-based company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, sells off the popular social media app before the 270 day time limit is up.

This gives ByteDance until January 19, 2025 to sell TikTok. An additional 90 day extension could be offered by President Biden if...

Ubisoft Pulls Licenses for The Crew, Makes the Game Completely Inaccessible to Buyers

From the same company trying to sell you a $130 version of Star Wars Outlaws.

From announcing a $130 edition of Star Wars Outlaws to pulling game licenses from those that bought The Crew, Ubisoft sure is on a roll this week.

The Crew was Ubisoft's open-world racing game that was pulled from sale back in December 2023. As of March 31, 2024, Ubisoft shut down the online servers for The Crew. This effectively made the game unplayable across all platforms, including: PC,...

Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
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  • New Developer Diary for Amnesia: The Bunker

    New Developer Diary for Amnesia: The Bunker

    The first of a new three-part diary series.

    Frictional Games just kicked off a new mini-series of developer videos that takes you behind the scenes of Amnesia: The Bunker. The first video, released today, focuses on some of the unique features of Amnesia: The Bunker and also teases some apparent post-launch plans for the game.

    This new video is led by the creative lead on Amnesia: The Bunker Fredrik Olsson. Olsson will take a look on areas such as how the team experimented...
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  • Blank - A New Studio Formed by CD Projekt Red Alum

    Blank - A New Studio Formed by CD Projekt Red Alum

    A new studio co-founded by a former game director on The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

    A group if industry veterans, with credits that include games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077 just banded together to form a new studio called Blank. That is the name of their studio, I'm not making some sort of a cheeky joke here. The studio says that they are committed to bringing unique game experiences that favor "novel territory rather than well-trodden ground (ie. no clones,...
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  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is Next PlayStation Title Coming to PC

    Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is Next PlayStation Title Coming to PC

    A look at the PC features and pre-purchase options.

    Sony's Nixxes Software showed off the next PlayStation title coming to PC. That is title is none other than Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a PlayStation 5 released on June 11, 2021. It's slated to come to PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on July 26 for a going price of $59.99 (USD).

    Online community specialist Julian Huijbregts from Nixxes took to the PlayStation Blog to share some of the PC features of the game along...
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  • RuneScape Necromancy Skill Reveal

    RuneScape Necromancy Skill Reveal

    Embrace your inner darkness and raise an army of the dead.

    The new Necromancy combat system for RuneScape was given a fresh reveal trailer. Developer Jagex says that this addition of Necromancy is just one of the major updates planned for RuneScape in 2023.

    Necromancy is a skill that "is designed for current, returning, and new players" that will let them "embrace their inner darkness." Players will get to control the undead and actually lead a battle...
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  • System Shock Remake is Out Now

    System Shock Remake is Out Now

    New look, same evil SHODAN.

    Priced at $39.99 (USD), the System Shock remake is now available on PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG. This is a full remake of the original 1994 title, brought to you today from Nightdive Studios.

    The System Shock remake includes a healthy dose of the original game's gameplay mechanics and level design. New in this release are HD visuals, updated controls, all-new sounds, new music, and a modern interface. There are also some new enemies...
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  • Puzzle Quest 3 Coming to Consoles

    Puzzle Quest 3 Coming to Consoles

    The popular mobile game hopes to see the same success on consoles.

    505 Games announces that Puzzle Quest 3 is headed to the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. This is the latest in the hugely popular Puzzle Quest mobile series of games. Puzzle Quest 3 came out on mobile devices (iOS, Android) and on PC via Steam back around March 2022 from developer Infinity Plus Two.

    Puzzle Quest 3 should be out today at 5PM (PT) as a free-to-play title on the...
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  • Dolphin Emulator No Longer Coming to Steam (Updated)

    Dolphin Emulator No Longer Coming to Steam (Updated)

    You'll never guess who's to blame.

    Update May 27 at 2:00PM (ET): According to several sources, the issue isn't with the Dolphin Emulator per se, but rather the fact that the Dolphin team includes the Wii decryption key, aka: Wii common key, with their releases of Dolphin. This is obviously a big "no-no" as those are Nintendo property and are used to break DRM for Wii titles.

    You can see at least one take on this from Modern Vintage Gamer on YouTube starting at...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 5 - New Dawn - Trailer and New Content Details

    Battlefield 2042 Season 5 - New Dawn - Trailer and New Content Details

    The fifth and final season is nearly here.

    Battlefield 2042 has had a hell of a run. From being a disappointing mess at launch to becoming a game that I can safely recommend in its current state. Today, DICE showed off a new trailer for Season 5: New Dawn, the fifth and final season of content for the FPS.

    Season 5: New Dawn will launch on June 7. This season will include a brand new map, new weapons, new gadgets, and various quality of life improvements. Some of those...
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  • Last of Us Multiplayer Project Delayed, Naughty Dog Announces New Single Player Game

    The multiplayer just wasn't engaging enough.

    It was certainly a curious thing when The Last of Us multiplayer project was a no-show during the latest PlayStation Showcase event this week. The last we heard anything about this project came in January 2023 when Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann promised we would hear more about it later in 2023.

    Technically, he didn't lie because there was some new information shared today about the multiplayer project. Only it's probably not...
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  • Destiny 2's Newest Dungeon Available Now - Ghosts of the Deep

    Destiny 2's Newest Dungeon Available Now - Ghosts of the Deep

    You best start believin' in ghost stories...

    The first new dungeon for Destiny 2: Lightfall just came out today. It's called Ghosts of the Deep and it will take Guardians deep into the depths of Titan's methane sea. It is here they will take on the Lucent Hive and discover that which has been lost to the waves above.

    Naturally, this new dungeon is full of fresh challenges and new rewards for those that are able to conquer it. There is a new Strand exotic trace rifle and...
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  • Jodie Comer and David Harbour to Star in Alone in the Dark

    Jodie Comer and David Harbour to Star in Alone in the Dark

    The two Hollywood stars will be your main protagonists.

    The upcoming Alone in the Dark game, be it a reboot or otherwise, has enlisted the help of two Hollywood stars for the main playable roles. Those stars are Jodie Comer and David Harbour. They are lending their voices, likenesses, and acting to the roles of Emily Hartwood and Edward Carnby respectively.

    Jodie Comer is perhaps best known for her roles in Killing Eve and Free Guy. You may recognize David Harbour from...
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  • Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust DLC Out Now

    Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust DLC Out Now

    New DLC that serves as a prequel adventure to the base game.

    Square Enix just released the new Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust story DLC. This content for the action-RPG Forspoken is out on PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store.

    In Tanta We Trust once again has you playing as Frey Holland, but this time she is taken to Athia's past. She will fight alongside Tanta Cinta and gain access to a new set of magic. There are now also some attack...
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  • There's a Warhammer 40,000 Combat Racing Game Coming

    There's a Warhammer 40,000 Combat Racing Game Coming

    Is this lore friendly?

    Caged Element and PLAION announced Warhammer 40,000: Speed Freeks today as part of the Warhammer Skulls Showcase. This is a free-to-play class-based multiplayer car combat racing game with Orks that is based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

    Not only was the game announced today but an alpha playtest of the game kicked off on Steam earlier. This alpha will feature a limited number of vehicles and levels, along with a single game mode. That mode is...
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 Brief Gameplay Video

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 Brief Gameplay Video

    A very brief look at the action.

    As part of the Skulls Festival held today by Games Workshop, a new but very brief gameplay video for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 was shown off. This sequel to the action packed original is currently in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. It is expected to be released some time later in 2023.

    In Space Marine 2, you once again fill the giant armored boots of a Space Marine. Go up against hordes of Tyranid with your...
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  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Reviewing Worse than Crime Boss: Rockay City

    The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Reviewing Worse than Crime Boss: Rockay City

    Gollum manages to be worse than a game with Vanilla Ice.

    The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was released today and I'm willing to bet that this won't be the last time you hear about this game. No, I suspect that you'll hear a bit more about this game when it comes time for some outlets to talk about the worst games released in 2023.

    Thus far, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is sitting at just a 43% critic average on OpenCritic with only 5% of all critics actually recommending...
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