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Almost every RPG lover in existence has heard by now that the illustrious Mass Effect trilogy is getting a special, remastered edition of sorts. In a recent presentation, BioWare did us all the favor of highlighting exactly what those changes are going to be. Several members of the BioWare team provided details regarding what types of enhancements and quality of life improvements gamers could look forward to. Such improvements include but are not limited to: gameplay adjustments, performance upgrades, Integrating downloadable content, a revamped character creator and other quality of life improvements. The reveal trailer for all of this debuted on February 2nd while also announcing the Legendary Edition’s not terribly far off release date of May 14th.
Ah, Steam. For years now, it’s been one of the top places to go for PC gamers to get their hands on titles from across the decades. It’s a nifty platform that makes managing one’s PC gaming library a lot easier, and it even supports mods through the client for many of those games. Needless to say, it has a fairly good reputation with the public. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, there’s apparently a darker side to Steam and the Valve overlords who run it, if recent legal activity is anything to go by.
Everyone knows about console exclusive games and series. Sometimes, there are video games you can only play if you do so on a certain platform. It’s terrible for people that want to play and don’t have that console, and one of the most lamentable cases was that of the legendary Yakuza series. Yakuza is an action-adventure video game developed by Sega that was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005
2020 was a rough year for media, even the ever-popular Star Wars series. But thankfully for fans, Ubisoft has kicked off 2021 by announcing their partnership with Lucasfilm Games and Disney in order to produce a brand-new Star Wars game. The development team in charge will be led by Julian Gerighty and Mass Entertainment, a duo that is most well-known for the game series “The Division.”
Thankfully, the PlayStation 5 supports backwards compatibility for the vast majority of PS4 games, offering improved load times, enhanced visuals, and higher FPS. Unfortunately, while there are many, many old titles that can be supported on the PS5, Sony has made it clear that there are a few that are not. Thankfully that number is small.
While it’s not been any great surprise to anyone, Bethesda has been working on a brand-new game engine to be the foundation of their upcoming major next-gen titles, those being the much-anticipated Starfield and...
Halo Infinite may be in the works right now, but that doesn’t mean it is the only thing related to Halo that 343 has been busy with. One of their teams continues to work on the Master Chief Collection, having continually introduced a number of impressive updates since the game’s inception. And of course, the trend isn’t ending anytime soon, with a rather sizable and notable update coming to Halo: Combat Evolved in particular. In an odd twist, the first and traditionally least customizable game in the franchise is going to be getting some more customization.
The most recently announced Star Wars game from EA has a lot of hype going for it, especially since it is an especially rare breed of Star Wars game, what with the first-person flying and all. That said, this title was revealed very recently, so not many people knew much about it. Now though, we have some more info to share with the expectant masses regarding everything we know about Star Wars: Squadrons at this exact moment.
The current state of the United States is bad, if one wants to be honest. Things aren’t looking good on the virus front, but that’s not what is causing so much trouble right now. The recent homicide of George Floyd has put the public into an uproar, making waves that have very much affected the gaming industry as much as other aspects of life.
Technically the last decade is over, but it was a good ten years for game remakes, reboots and remasters. 2020 has been going pretty poorly thus far, but that doesn’t mean there’s no good news to be had. In fact, the much-beloved open-world crime and comedy adventure Saints Row 3 is getting a remaster for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. Seeing as how it has been nine years since the game’s release, an upgrade in graphics is a welcome one.
GameStop has claimed that it will close down more than 300 stores this year. However, the game retailer made sure to note that this has nothing to do with COVID-19: this plan was in motion before the pandemic. This announcement was made by Chief Financial Officer Jim Bell during the most recent fiscal earnings call.
Even though Epic extended the first season of Fortnite’s chapter 2 into February, they have still gone ahead and confirmed the release date of season 2, as they have confirmed that the season will launch on February 20th. However, Epic only said that this is when they ‘expect’ the season to begin, which means it could potentially still change on any day prior to that. And yet, we have no idea if season 1 will have any special events to see it off, as no such information has been revealed yet.
It’s been a while since Yoko Taro’s Nier: Automata made a big splash in the gaming community, but the impact of that title lives on even now. People have jumped all over Nier related content since Automata’s release, and no one can really blame them for it, considering it was one of the best games of its year.
Imagine joining the Army, going through boot camp, and being certified to use real world weapons, but your job in the military is actually to play video games. It sounds like fantasy, but is closer to the truth than one would think. Christopher Jones enlisted in the Army back in 2003; at the time, he purchased many game consoles to use in his off time. However, sixteen years later, he no longer plays games for recreation, but as his actual job in the military.
At a Federal Trade Commission public panel regarding micro transactions in video games, the Entertainment Software Association that the three largest console platform holders, those being Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo, have voluntarily agreed to a policy change regarding loot boxes. While ESA’s Michael Warnecke broadly defended the concept of loot boxes, he also stated that any new games or game updates from now on would need to disclose the rarity of the various drops included in their loot boxes.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced on Tuesday that a ten percent tax on video games and other such consumer electronics has been delayed until December 15th. According to President Trump, the reason for this is to prevent the tariffs from having a negative impact on the holiday shopping season.
Everyone in the know about gaming and streaming has likely already heard about Tyler Blevins and his big defection to Microsoft’s Mixer. The streamer, more commonly referred to as Ninja, recently quit Amazon’s Twitch to exclusively stream with Mixer, a bold and daring move that was met with almost immediate success. He’s already garnered over one million active subscribers within a week of the change.
Once a game franchise has more than a dozen titles in it, you can rest assured it’s a keeper. Nintendo’s long-running tactical turn-based RPG series, Fire Emblem, is one such series, and its newest...
Ever since games like Doom came into existence, with its pixelated ultra-violence, people –politicians especially- have been trying to link virtual bloodletting with the real world equivalent. This ridiculous conclusion has never been collaborated by any studies or research, but the claim is still made all the same.
Lots of video games get adaptations; movies, books, TV shows, etc. Unfortunately, very few of those adaptations are good. Just look at the past examples of old Mortal Kombat movies, or Street Fighter. Even video game adaptations that are comparatively good, like Warcraft, are objectively still lackluster.
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