Steambirds Alliance barrel-rolls into free open beta
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 6:04 pm
Who here remembers Realm Of The Mad God, the free-to-play shmup MMO? Well, co-developers Spry Fox (Alphabear, Triple Town, etc) just launched their next shot at the genre – Steambirds Alliance – into open beta today, with servers running until Monday. Take your common-or-garden variety twin-stick shooter, cram sixty players into each battlefield and commence […]

Mortal Kombat 11 spills slicker blood with an official 60fps patch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 5:11 pm
Whether it was purely stylistic or intended to make the game behave better on older consoles, a lot of people found Mortal Kombat 11‘s halved frame-rate during cinematic attacks distracting. Previously only available via mods, today NetherRealm Studios patched in an official set of 60fps options today for menus, cinematics (including fatalities) and the Krypt. […]

It’s still early days yet, but there’s a Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic film in development. As reported by Buzzfeed last night, Laeta Kalogridis (Writer on Altered Carbon, Shutter Island, Alita: Battle Angel among others) is nearly done on a script for the first in a possible KOTOR film trilogy. I’m surprised that the […]

Three US congressman have introduced a bill seeking to regulate “pay-to-win microtransactions and sales of loot boxes in video games” which are aimed at, or known to be played by, people under 18. Should it pass, it would bar games from selling randomised rewards, things that boost the natural pace of progression, or items that […]

Every Xbox One title will be playable on Project xCloud
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 5:00 pm

A major selling point for Xbox One is its broad backward compatibility with an array of Xbox and Xbox One games, giving it an enormous library of more than 3,500 titles. When Project xCloud debuts, it'll be capable of streaming any of those games out of the gate without developers needing to make any changes. Microsoft also says when a developer updates an Xbox One game, those changes will be automatically applied to Project xCloud versions.


Source: Xbox

Why Beyond Blue is shaping up to be much more than Blue Planet: The Game
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 4:00 pm
If you’ve ever been to a big, public gaming show, you’ll know a large part of your day is often spent being bombarded by at least fifteen different loudspeakers all vying for you to come and sample the source of their whizz-pop sound effects and booming trailer videos. E-Line Media’s booth for ocean explorathon Beyond […]

A Robot Named Fight gets a big free expansion and discount
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 4:20 pm
We’ve not talked much about A Robot Named Fight here before, and that’s a shame, because it is a personal favourite. Developed by Matt Bitner, imagine Super Metroid hideously fused to The Binding Of Isaac. It generates short-ish (a couple hours long if you survive to the end) Metroidvania adventures, giving you a different set […]

Tackled Nyx
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Mark Zuckerberg apparently tried to buy Panic, the creator of Playdate
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 3:33 pm

Buried in Edge Magazine's exclusive feature on Playdate, is an interesting revelation. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg once expressed interest in buying Panic, the developers behind the new handheld, hand-cranked console. Perhaps even more intriguing, Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser didn't respond. He didn't want to be part of another Silicon Valley software company gobbled up by a giant.

Source: Edge Magazine

Steam dusts off some free weekends for the Spring Cleaning Event
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 3:16 pm
Valve are joining all those great internet thought-leaders and telling you to clean your room, or at the very least to play the games that you’ve bought on Steam. Running this weekend until May 28th, 6pm GMT, the Steam Spring Cleaning Event provides a front-page checklist of games to try or return to, and rewarding […]

'League of Legends' adopts Overwatch League-style premium eSports pass
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 1:48 pm

League of Legends isn't just one of the biggest games on the planet, it's perhaps the most popular eSport too. Starting with the upcoming Summer Split of the League Championship Series (LCS) and European Championship (LEC), Riot Games will offer a way to watch matches from pros' points of view, and see everything they do, including mouse clicks and keystrokes.

Source: Riot Games

Bungie is making 'Destiny 2' raid races more competitive
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 2:09 pm

Destiny 2's World First raid races are supposed to provide glory and rewards to anyone with a sufficiently committed fireteam, but that's not how it works in practice -- and Bungie wants to level the playing field. When the shared-world shooter's Season of Opulence kicks off June 4th, it'll introduce a Contest mode that should give more players a shot at finishing the matching Crown of Sorrow raid before others. Bungie will effectively minimize the advantages of those hardcore players who can afford to spend many hours building their characters up before the assault even begins.

Source: Bungie

The children of Pathologic 2 teach you about dread on a derelict train track
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 12:00 pm
I gave up on the plague-doctoring of Pathologic 2 after suffering from its punitive survival meters and tedious food-getting. The place has so little grub I spent my brief visit wrestling with a frustrating hunger. Yet for those hardy souls willing to overlook constant death and harsh restarts, there are some excellent scenes of unease […]

Final Fantasy XIV releases Shadowbringers benchmark and Patch 5.0 plans
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 12:19 pm
June’s upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers, isn’t just going to bring players another fifty-odd hours of story to chew on, but overhaul a lot of the popular MMORPG’s fundamentals. Announced during a “Letter From The Producer” stream last night (archived on Twitch here), Square Enix and producer Naoki “Yoshi P” Yoshida outlined some of […]

Push into Pure Blind
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Last Saturday the Imperium began moving forces north, out of Delve, and into Cloud Ring, stopping at the Keepstar in 6RCQ-V that was the base of operations for the was last summer. We were told this was a temporary location, that our final staging point

'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie delayed to fix nightmare-inducing design
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 12:10 pm

Sorry, Sega fans, you'll need to wait a little longer to see the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Paramount pushed back the release date three months to give the filmmakers "a little more time to make Sonic just right."

Source: Jeff Fowler (Twitter)

'Overwatch' will let you rewatch your matches from any angle
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 12:23 pm

Blizzard is on a bit of a relative tear when it comes to major Overwatch updates. Soon after adding the Workshop customization tool, it's offering players the chance to watch back their matches from any perspective with a handy replay feature. It's available through the PTR test server on PC now, and Blizzard says it's coming to consoles soon.

Source: Blizzard (1), (2)

Fortnite’s Fortbyte challenges have been going for three weeks now and today Epic Games asks you to shout the praises of the Tomatohead while in a DurrrBurger joint. Almost seems like sacrilege to say the rival restaurant’s mascot is better than the one you’re in if you ask me. The burger restaurant has changed location […]

Best Roblox games – top ten user-created games to play
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 9:59 am
The game creation platform Roblox lets you create all sorts of wonders with only the thinnest knowledge of scripting, and the results are many and varied. It’s easy to glance at the vast library and write off the whole set as a minefield of easy-cash scammers with characters that look Lego knockoffs, but look further […]

Heavy Rain demo pours onto PC
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 11:19 am
Quantic Dream are making good on their threats, today releasing a demo of Heavy Rain ahead of its PC launch in June. Heavy Rain is arguably the least awful of their recent quicktime event thrillers, telling the branching and intersecting stories of people hunting for a serial killer. The start is pants and it completely […]

What we played in May: 'Sekiro' and 'Diablo 3'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 10:00 am

Welcome back to Engadget's Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where we run down what our editors are playing. For the most part, we've been carving our way through Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the latest bit of gamer punishment from the From Software folks. And one of our editors decided to dive into some classic Blizzard titles: Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2.

We'd also love to know what you've been playing, shout out in the comments below!

The Foxer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 8:00 am
To completely defox today’s word chain you’ll need to provide Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

The Flare Path: Middle Walloped
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 8:00 am
With the possible exception of a well-chosen book, I reckon nothing complements a good vehicle simulator or digital wargame better than an apt museum. Prior commitments meant I couldn’t spend International Museum Day surrounded by game-illuminating exhibits, but a few days later I made the short trip to a local museum knowing I’d return enthused […]

Wot I Think: Layers Of Fear 2
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 9:00 am
Developer: Bloober Team Publisher: Gun Media Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam Price: £24/$30/€25 There’s something about mannequins that makes them such prime fodder for horror games. The dead-eyed stare sans pupils, the unnaturally rigid poses and angular elbows, and the perverse mimicry of human behaviour hurls them right into the trough of the […]

E3 2019 schedule – livestream and conference dates and times
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2019, 9:16 am
Many suggest that E3 is like Christmas for nerds and there’s no faulting that logic. It’s when big game announcements generally happen, whether that’s brand new PC games being revealed or release dates for those first shown last year. It’s also when Devolver Digital paint the town red with gallons of fake blood. With that […]

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