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Review: GreedFall (PC)

A long and thrilling journey.

GreedFall is a game that filled a gaping void I did not know I had for a new action-RPG experience. Though it lacks some of the polish you would expect from a major game release these days, the game still rewards the player with fun and varied combat, complex story beats, and an overall experience that should make even the veterans at BioWare sit up and take notice. For those of you that have been on the fence about picking up GreedFall, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not go pick it up right now.
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Blizzard Issues Insultingly Pathetic Statement About Blitzchung Suspension and Reasoning

The cowards just doubled down.

Taking a page from politicians and businesses that know late on Friday is the best time to release news that you are positively ashamed to share, Blizzard has finally issued a statement about the recent ban on Blitzchung and two Hearthstone casters.

Before we get into it all, let's just read what they have to say. Here is Blizzard's full statement as it currently appears on their website.



Despite a reduction of six months for the suspension, Blizzard is still punishing Blitzchung. The...
 

Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
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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,...
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  • THQ Acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance Developer Warhorse Studios

    THQ Acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance Developer Warhorse Studios


    THQ Nordic AB just picked up Warhorse Studios, the Prague based development studio that released Kingdom Come: Deliverance in early 2018.

    This news is accompanied by word that the game has sold 2 million copies across all platforms. It also happens to be almost exactly one year since the game was initially released.

    The acquisition by THQ Nordic/Koch Media includes the entirety of the Warhorse development studio, including controversial owner Daniel Vávra, plus all intellectual property rights. Given this acquisition and the recent moves...
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  • Blizzard Will Not Release Any Major Games in 2019

    Blizzard Will Not Release Any Major Games in 2019


    Yesterday, news about Blizzard's upcoming year got a bit lost in the shuffle and understandably so. However, during yesterday's earnings call with investors, it was revealed that Blizzard has no "frontline release" planned for the 2019 fiscal year.

    In short: This means they aren't going to release any new titles in the next year. Yes, this includes the oft pined for desktop Diablo 4.

    Activision Blizzard president Collister Johnson had this to say during the call.



    That seems about as straight to the...
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  • First Apex Legends Update Released, Includes Performance and Stability Improvements


    Respawn just released the first ever update for their insanely popular, free-to-play battle royale title, Apex Legends. This first update includes the usual when it comes to the first handful of patches for a game. I'm talking about stability improvements, bug fixes, and some performance optimizations.

    In addition, the team also dropped some new Valentines Day cosmetics to the store. These will be available to pick up until February 19, 2019.

    This patch is specifically being called the "Preseason Patch 01" because it, well, arrived...
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  • OtherSide Entertainment Reacquires System Shock 3 Publishing Rights

    OtherSide Entertainment Reacquires System Shock 3 Publishing Rights


    Back in December, Starbreeze suffered a real one-two punch. They had filed for reconstruction and then days later their offices were raided by Swedish authorities over suspicions of insider trading. This was about a month after the release of the ill-received Overkill's The Walking Dead, a mediocre game that never managed to pick up much of a fanbase at any point.

    Given the company's issues, a question was raised about whether or not they would still hold on to the publishing rights for System Shock 3. Starbreeze purchased the publishing rights back...
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  • Metro Exodus Preload Available on Steam but Not on Epic Games Store

    Metro Exodus Preload Available on Steam but Not on Epic Games Store


    Goodness, this launch of Metro Exodus has been a bit wild. The other day we saw from Deep Silver's technical support that there wouldn't be any preload of the game through Steam. The email response from Deep Silver literally said that they expect to see the most traffic going to the Epic Games Store version of the game.

    So, we assumed that meant there would instead be a preload period on the Epic Games Store, right? Well, no. We were wrong. To be fair, that response from Deep Silver was also wrong.

    There will not be a preload of Metro...
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  • Red Dead Online Beta Update Adds New Features on February 26

    Red Dead Online Beta Update Adds New Features on February 26


    A new update for Red Dead Online Beta will arrive on February 26. This update includes some new content in addition to some much needed changes. These changes include, but are not limited to: A better way to handle player visibility, balancing to bounty hunters and the law, and more.

    More comprehensive details can be found below. Rockstar says that some additional details on new content will be announced soon.

    For those that want to earn bonus XP and rank, playing in a Posse will net you some increased XP in Free Roam Missions and Events....
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  • Watch 9 Minutes of Rage 2 Gameplay

    Watch 9 Minutes of Rage 2 Gameplay


    A new gameplay video came out today for Rage 2. The video is about 9 minutes long and includes a look at some "pre-beta gameplay."

    Rage 2 will be released on May 14, 2019 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. ...
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  • Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees Right After Announcing 'Record Year'


    This evening, Activision Blizzard began to inform numerous employees that they will be let go from the company. The layoffs started shortly after the conclusion of an earnings call made this afternoon. The company says that they will be eliminating 8% of its total staff. As of 2018, Activision Blizzard employed around 9,600 people. If this figure holds up, that means at least 770 people are now out of work.

    Those impacted by the layoffs are spread out across multiple Activision Blizzard departments. This includes Activision's publishing division, Blizzard,...
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  • Assassin's Creed III Remastered Releases March 29

    Assassin's Creed III Remastered Releases March 29


    Ubisoft revealed today that Assassin's Creed III Remastered will be released on March 29 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This release will feature 4K and HDR capabilities on the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC versions of the game. All versions include higher resolution textures, a new graphics engine, and other graphical improvements. They event improved some gameplay mechanics in this release.

    Does it fix the obnoxiously long intro/tutorial section that essentially makes up the first third of the game?

    This release does...
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  • Launch Trailer for Degrees of Separation

    Launch Trailer for Degrees of Separation


    A launch trailer for the upcoming 2D puzzle platformer, Degrees of Separation, was released today ahead of the game's launch on February 14, 2019. The game will take you through various stages of a relationship throughout its narrative.

    Degrees of Separation is slated to be released on the 14th for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam. It's being developed by Moondrop and published by Modus Games.

    The story is written by industry veteran Chris Avellone (Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II). It...
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