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Valve Celebrates Half-Life's 25th Anniversary with Giveaway and a Massive New Update

Happy birthday, Half-Life!

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, Half-Life officially turns 25 years old. To commemorate this crazy milestone for this awesome game and franchise, Valve is giving away the original game along with releasing a major update.

First up, Valve has made the original Half-Life free to keep to anybody that adds it to their Steam library this weekend. If you somehow do not own the original Half-Life, take this opportunity to add it to your account now and...

Alan Wake 2 Review: A Must-Play Psychological Horror Experience

Easily, the best horror game in years.

In 2010 Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake, a game where a writer is pulled into a horrifying world seemingly of his own creation. Alan Wake was a game that I bounced off at least two times. Despite the game being well received by critics and fans, I felt like its gameplay was just a repetitive slog that even its unique story could not overcome. When a sequel was announced by Remedy, I found myself extremely indifferent to the news. Still...

It's Finally Over - Activision Blizzard Joins Xbox

As it turns out, this corporate version of Mr. Bones' Wild Ride does actually end.

Activision Blizzard King are now officially a part of Team Xbox. As of today, all Activision Blizzard studios and their teams are a part of the Xbox division at Microsoft. This also means that Activision Blizzard IPs such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Candy Crush Saga, and hundreds more are now owned by Microsoft.

This entire saga of a tale began back on January 18, 2022...

Review: RIG 900 MAX HX Wireless Headset

My new daily driver.

We are once again delving into the world of gaming headsets, this time with a spotlight shining brightly on Nacon's RIG 900 MAX HX. Priced at $249.99 (USD), the 900 MAX HX aims to be a more premium and feature-filled offering than the RIG 600 PRO HS we recently reviewed. Featuring the same dual-wireless connectivity as the 600 PROs, the 900 MAX HX sets itself apart thanks to Dolby Personalized audio support with Dolby Atmos 3D, plus a charging base station, a more...

Review: Starfield

A safe, if not soulless, journey through the cosmos.

Bethesda Game Studios releases are safe. They are familiar. You know almost exactly what to expect when a major new release from them rolls around. They instill a feeling of "I know this game won't be groundbreaking, but I know I'll have fun." Yes, there are some obvious differences, but the heart of each Bethesda game is almost universally the same. The recent release of Starfield is no different. To put it bluntly: Starfield is Fall...
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  • Deathloop Coming to Xbox and Game Pass on September 20

    Deathloop Coming to Xbox and Game Pass on September 20

    A big content update drops for all platforms on the same date.

    Bethesda passed along news today that Deathloop will make its way to the Xbox Series X|S on September 20. Not only that, but the Arkane developed game can also be played through Xbox Game Pass on the same date should you already have an active subscription or are looking to subscribe in the future.

    September 20th will also be the date that the "GOLDENLOOP Update" is released to all platforms. It is...
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  • Tier List for Multiversus Characters: What is the Gradation?

    Tier List for Multiversus Characters: What is the Gradation?

    The most interesting thing when starting the new game is how they managed to harmonize the powers of the characters so that the gameplay remains captivating even after some period of playing. This question, concise or subconscious, makes us opt for more information and it’s better to look for it in sources like Mobalytics, where the team offers a structured analysis made with a considerate approach. So here, we’re glad to present a Multiversus tier list to keep you informed about how to appreciate...
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  • God of War: Ragnarok Story Trailer

    God of War: Ragnarok Story Trailer

    There was also a limited-edition God of War controller announced.

    God of War: Ragnarok looks like it's still on track for its November 9 release date. Yesterday, Santa Monica Studio and Sony revealed a new story trailer for the game in addition to revealing a new limited-edition God of War controller.

    This new trailer shows off the ever-evolving relationship between Kratos and his son, Atreus. We were also given a look at some of the enemies, both big and small, you will...
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  • Tekken 8 Gameplay Reveal

    Tekken 8 Gameplay Reveal

    Get a slightly longer look at Tekken 8.

    During yesterday's State of Play PlayStation event, Bandai Namco showed off another look at Tekken 8. Yesterday's footage ended up being quite a bit more in-depth footage of the upcoming fighter. This is the first significant look at Tekken 8 since it was teased at EVO 2022.

    Tekken 8, despite appearing at the PlayStation showcase will be out for Xbox Series X|S and PC in addition to the PlayStation 5. The footage, seen below, was...
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  • Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name Announced

    Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name Announced

    A new spinoff of the Yakuza franchise brings back Kazuma Kiryu.

    Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Sega announced a new spin-off game from the mainline Yakuza franchise today. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name will feature Kazuma Kiryu in a new "classic high-octane" action game that will fill in what he has been up to between Yakuza 6 and the upcoming Like a Dragon 8.

    The Fourth Chairman of the Tojo Clan (for all of a day) is back once more. The trailer,...
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  • Yakuza Spinoff Game, Like a Dragon: Ishin, Coming February 2023

    Yakuza Spinoff Game, Like a Dragon: Ishin, Coming February 2023

    This is a remake of the PlayStation 3 Yakuza spinoff title.

    Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announce the upcoming release of Like a Dragon: Ishin, a remake of the PlayStation 3 spin-off title that was originally released only in Japan. During yesterday's PlayStation State of Play, RGG showed off our first ever look at this remake running on Unreal Engine 4. According to additional details supplied earlier today during the RGG Summit stream, Like a Dragon: Ishin is aiming to be released...
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  • Yakuza 8 is Now Like a Dragon 8 and will Arrive in 2024

    Yakuza 8 is Now Like a Dragon 8 and will Arrive in 2024

    Different name, same Yakuza goodness.

    Earlier today, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio officially revealed Like a Dragon 8. This will be the next game in the studio's long-running Yakuza franchise only it's coming with a different name. Executive producer Masayohi Yokoyama announced the new game today and showed off the first teaser trailer.

    I will say right now that this trailer contains some measure of spoilers for the previous games in the series. The trailer shows Yakuza: Like...
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  • Both Judgment Games Finally Arrive on PC

    Both Judgment Games Finally Arrive on PC

    Everything is included and is available right now through Steam.
    The day few of us thought would actually come is here at last. Both Judgment and Lost Judgment from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio were released on PC today via Steam. In addition, the story expansion, Kaito Files, is also available. You can get all of them in a bundle deal where you can save 24% compared to buying each separately.

    If you do wish to purchase them separately, the first game will cost you $39.99 (USD). Lost...
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  • Brawlhalla: How to Find Your Legend

    Brawlhalla: How to Find Your Legend

    How does your experience in a fighting game start? Sure, a beginner should understand some simple mechanics with a basic tutorial. And then, everyone faces an exciting moment of choosing a character. In Brawlhalla it’s not the easiest decision.

    The game has 56+ Legends in its roster. With such a choice, it’s easy to get confused. Still, this step is immensely important. With the right character, you enjoy the fighting matches more and get overall better results. The difficulty...
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  • EA Announces Kernel-Level Anti-Cheat

    EA Announces Kernel-Level Anti-Cheat

    EA AntiCheat will launch with FIFA 23.

    Electronic Arts just announced their own anti-cheat solution. Starting with the PC release of FIFA 23, EA will include their kernel-level anti-cheat called EA AntiCheat (EAAC). This is an anti-cheat that EA has developed in house through the company's Game Security & Anti-Cheat team.

    EA did provide a brief FAQ as part of today's announcement. In short, EA says that EAAC will not be implemented into all of their games. They are...
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  • Capcom Reveals Cloud Versions of Recent Resident Evil Titles for Switch

    Capcom Reveals Cloud Versions of Recent Resident Evil Titles for Switch

    Get scared through the power of the cloud.

    During today's Nintendo Direct, Capcom revealed cloud versions for four recent Resident Evil titles. The first will be Resident Evil Village Cloud and it will vape cloud its way onto the Switch on October 28, 2022. The Winters' Expansion will be out on December 2, 2022 for Switch.

    After Village will be cloud releases for Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Those games are still in development for the...
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  • EA Teams Up with Koei Tecmo for New Hunting Game

    EA Teams Up with Koei Tecmo for New Hunting Game

    It will be a hunting game set in a fantasy feudal Japan.

    Electronic Arts and Koei Tecmo announced a partnership that will see the latter creating "the next great hunting game" for the former. Koei Tecmo's Omega Force studio will lead development of this new game and it will be published under the EA Originals label.

    Omega Force is the same team behind the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors games. All we know about this new game is that it will involve hunting...
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  • Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Ross will be replaced by Pierre Hintze as the new studio lead.

    Bonnie Ross announced her retirement today, citing "a family medical issue" as the main reason for her departure. Ross has been the lead at 343 Industries and the Halo franchise for the past 15 years, having worked at Microsoft and Xbox for 28 years.

    In her Twitter post, Ross says she originally intended to leave following the Winter update's release for Halo Infinite. She also says that she is "incredibly...
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  • Ubisoft Devs Don't Want to Work on Assassin's Creed Codename Red Due to Lead's Abuse Allegations

    And now for more bad news about Ubisoft.

    Ubisoft recently revealed a bunch of new Assassin's Creed games they are working on for the foreseeable future. One of those games is called "Codename Red" and it is an Assassin's Creed game that fans have been begging for, for several years now. It's set to take place in Japan and you're going to play as a cool ninja. Sounds great!... There's just a bit of an issue.

    It seems as though several Ubisoft developers do not...
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  • NewsBits: Ubisoft Forward 2022 Edition

    NewsBits: Ubisoft Forward 2022 Edition

    Another showcase means it's time for a new dose of NewsBits.

    What's that smell? It's kind of musky with a hint of gamer sweat. That's right, it's a NewsBits. Today's latest NewsBits is all about that Ubisoft Forward stream that took place over the past weekend. Ubisoft showed off a bunch of games that are either getting fresh content or are entirely new.

    We already offered up a look at all of the Assassin's Creed stuff that Ubisoft is working on, so let's now take a look...
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    2023 has been a banger year for new game releases.

    2023 has already been an absolutely incredible year when it comes to new game releases. In 2023 alone, Metacritic lists 25 game releases that have amassed an average score of 90 or higher. The previous best year, again according to Metacritic, was back in 2011.

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