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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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  • Physical Spider-Man 2 Copies Included in Box, Playable Without Patches

    Physical Spider-Man 2 Copies Included in Box, Playable Without Patches

    A rarity these days to be sure.

    Those purchasing a copy of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 from your local brick and mortar store will be happy to hear that there is an actual disc included inside the box. Not only that, but that disc includes the full game and you could, in theory, play the entire game from start to finish without having to download any updates.

    However, developer Insomniac Games says that they "highly encourage" players that purchase the physical version...
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  • Glorious Announces New PRO Series of Gaming Mice

    Glorious Announces New PRO Series of Gaming Mice

    Two new models of gaming mice with up to 8KHz polling rates.

    Glorious Gaming, a designer and manufacturer of PC gaming hardware, just announced their next-gen gaming mice today. They announced the Model O 2 Pro and Model D 2 Pro gaming mice that come in not two but four different flavors: Model O 2 Pro, Model O 2 Pro 4K/8KHz Edition, Model D 2 Pro, and Model D 2 Pro 4K/8KHz Edition.

    Starting at $99.99 (USD), the updated Pro Series includes some nice improvements over...
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  • Lies of P Hits Huge Sales Milestone

    Lies of P Hits Huge Sales Milestone

    And that's the truth.

    The Souls-like set in the world of Pinocchio, Lies of P, just hit a rather remarkable sales milestone. Developer and publisher Neowiz says that Lies of P has officially sold 1 million units globally less than a month after the game's release. This is a huge milestone for a Souls-like that wasn't made by a studio named "FromSoftware" after all.

    Lies of P came out for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. At release,...
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  • Pete Hines Announces Retirement from Bethesda

    Pete Hines Announces Retirement from Bethesda

    24 years later, Hines says it's time to call it quits.

    Head of global publishing and senior vice-president at Bethesda, Pete Hines, just announced that he is retiring. If you have watched any Bethesda showcase over the past several years, you probably saw Hines speak at least once during the presentations. He was probably the second most recognizable face from Bethesda outside of Todd Howard.

    Hines had a hand in the launch of several key Bethesda franchises since he...
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  • Analogue 3D Announced - Play Every N64 Game at 4K

    Analogue 3D Announced - Play Every N64 Game at 4K

    The latest from the Analogue Pocket creators is due in 2024.

    The company known for making and releasing modern spins on classic game consoles is at it again. Analogue just announced the Analogue 3D, an upcoming console that will let you play your Nintendo 64 games at 4K resolution. This new release from Analogue is slated to be released at some point in 2024.

    Analogue 3D will include "incomprehensibly profound Original Display Modes," according to Analogue's...
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  • Wizard with a Gun Releases a Day Ahead of Schedule

    Wizard with a Gun Releases a Day Ahead of Schedule

    All to avoid the Steam release of Diablo 4.

    Devolver Digital made the decision to release Wizard with a Gun a full day ahead of schedule on PC. This was all done to avoid releasing on the same day as another game about "mowing down hordes of monsters with magic in a dark fantasy world." That other game? Diablo 4.

    I'm not entirely sure that Wizard with a Gun necessarily has much to worry about here, but I suppose it still is entirely possible that the Steam...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Used AI to Replicate Deceased Actor's Voice

    Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Used AI to Replicate Deceased Actor's Voice

    Permission was granted by the deceased's family.

    With the permission and blessing of the deceased's family, CD Projekt Red used AI to replicate the voice of the late MiƂogost Reczek in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Reczek portrayed Viktor Vektor, friend of V and the first ripper doc you are introduced to in Cyberpunk 2077.

    According to a report from Bloomberg, CD Projekt Red used AI to replicate Reczek's voice for additional performances in the newly released Phantom...
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  • Red Dead Online Gets Same Halloween Pass for Third Year in a Row

    Red Dead Online Gets Same Halloween Pass for Third Year in a Row

    In case there was lingering doubt that the game has been abandoned.

    For the third year in a row, the same Halloween-themed content will make its way to Red Dead Online. The content is called Halloween Pass 2, which was first released in 2021 and then repeated in 2022.

    This Halloween Pass 2 still includes the same spooky themed content from years past. These items include bloody clothes, masks, skull lanterns, and more. All of the content in the pass is spread out across...
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  • Valve Issues Warning to AMD GPU Owners

    Valve Issues Warning to AMD GPU Owners

    Heed their warnings or run the risk of a VAC ban.

    The latest driver release from AMD, version 23.10.1 (dated October 11, 2023), could potentially get you VAC banned from Counter-Strike 2. These newest drivers from AMD allow players to turn on AMD's new Anti-Lag+ feature in Counter-Strike 2. Anti-Lag+ being a way to reduce latency in games, similar to Nvidia Reflex.

    Valve took to Twitter to plainly say that if you have these new drivers, you should not enable Anti-Lag+...
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  • It's Finally Over - Activision Blizzard Joins Xbox

    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...
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  • Xbox Patch Coming Soon for Lords of the Fallen

    Xbox Patch Coming Soon for Lords of the Fallen

    The Xbox version is lacking compared to PS5 and PC.

    The Xbox release of Lords of the Fallen is supposedly just not up to snuff when compared to the PlayStation 5 and PC versions of the game. Developer CI Games says that they are already working on a patch for the Xbox Series X|S release to bring that version of the game up to the same quality of the other platforms.

    The game has been in the hands of reviewers and content creators for at least a week now. From what is...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Free Weekend is Live

    Battlefield 2042 Free Weekend is Live

    Play until the 16th for free.

    From now through October 16, you can play Battlefield 2042 for completely free. You will have access to most everything in Battlefield 2042 except for the new Season 6 Premium Pass.

    This free weekend is available to those on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam. For some reason, there isn't a free weekend on the EA app version of the game. Playing this weekend allows you to play on the newly released Season 6 map, Redacted. You also get access to...
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  • Earth Defense Force 6 Coming to America and Europe in Spring 2024

    Earth Defense Force 6 Coming to America and Europe in Spring 2024

    Because the fight against bugs needs as many people as possible.

    The Western release date window for Earth Defense Force 6 was finally announced today by D3Publisher. At some point in Spring 2024, you will once again be tasked with waging war against giant alien insects on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. An Epic Games Store release is coming shortly after.

    The year is 2025 and peace has returned to the planet after a crazy series of fights against invaders...
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  • Dead Island 2 Story Expansion Coming in November

    Dead Island 2 Story Expansion Coming in November

    Experience an all-new cult-focused storyline.


    On November 2, Dead Island 2 players will get to experience a "surreal, psycho-horror dreamscape" while investigating a "mysterious Malibu cult" in Haus, the first Dead Island 2 story expansion. Haus offers new story to play through, a cult to take on, new weapons, and more.

    A price for this expansion was not revealed by Deep Silver or Plaion. The expansion will be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation...
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  • Valve Increases Security After Hackers Commandeer Several Developer Accounts

    Valve Increases Security After Hackers Commandeer Several Developer Accounts

    Multiple games were updated with malware.

    Valve is now implementing additional security measures for Steam developers after multiple accounts were found to be compromised. Valve is adding a new and mandatory SMS verification step for all developers after several developer accounts were compromised and their games updated with malware.

    Valve says that fewer than 100 Steam users were actually impacted by the malware, as fewer than 100 Steam users had the impacted games installed...
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  • Poll: Best Year Ever for Game Releases?
    by Shawn Zipay
    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.

    Let's just take a little glimpse at some of the games that came out this year that scored a 90 or higher. We had Baldur's Gate 3 in August, The Legend of Zelda:...
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