March 28, 2020 Off

The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

By tracy

A new Half-Life game released this week, which still feels weird to say. We quite liked Half-Life’s VR spin-off—Chris gave Alyx a 92% in his review—and have been goofing around in it all week, because the high Goofing Around Potential (GAP) is still one of the best aspects of VR games. For instance, James played some headcrab sports, as you can see in the video above (also on YouTube). If that doesn’t sell you on VR, I guess nothing will. Now, onto the rest of the week’s big PC gaming news: After declaring war on Steam, Epic is now challenging...

March 27, 2020 Off

Inside Bungie’s Rapid Response to the US COVID-19 Crisis

By tracy

Washington state saw one of the first outbreaks of COVID-19 in the United States and it was this early glimpse at the looming pandemic that spurred Bellevue, Washington-based studio Bungie into action. Located just across Lake Washington from Seattle, as events began to worsen the Bungie team knew a drastic change in how the studio worked was almost certainly imminent.Over the past several weeks many developers and publishers around the globe have transitioned their operations to have staff working from home. Bungie, however, was one of the quickest, pulling the trigger on its new remote work arrangements admirably quickly.We probably...

March 26, 2020 Off

Half-Life: Alyx Includes a Death Stranding Easter Egg

By tracy

Half-Life: Alyx has only been released for two days and players have already found a hidden Death Stranding Easter egg.Over on the Half-Life subreddit, Redditor KnightzIX stumbled across a dark box with the Bridges logo that any Death Stranding player would recognize, given the corporation's prominence to the PS4 and PC exclusive's story. If you haven't seen the Easter egg yet, take a look at the picture below, courtesy of KnightzIX. Photo credit to Redditor KnightzIX.The Half-Life: Alyx secret also has yellow tape wrapped around the box saying, "Void if tampered." Another Redditor verified the picture above with their own...

March 25, 2020 Off

Stylish RPG Child of Light is free-to-keep at the moment

By tracy

Released in 2014, Child of Light was a charming sidescrolling RPG developed by Ubisoft Montreal and directed by Patrick Plourde of Assassin's Creed 2 and Far Cry 3 fame. Ubisoft is currently giving it away, and if you grab it before March 28 you'll be able to keep it forever.The game's art style is its defining feature—when Andy reviewed it upon release he found it to be wonderfully polished but "thimble-deep", so don't go in there expecting to deliberate for hours over diabolically complex encounters. But do expect a good time: you can't argue with the price.There's quite a lot...

March 24, 2020 Off

Doom Eternal Multiplayer Review – IGN

By tracy

Doom Eternal’s campaign is so delicious and meaty that it might give you your fill of the demon-slaying first-person shooter before you can even think about multiplayer. And should you look at the dessert menu, you won’t find the typical apple pie or chocolate cake. Instead, it’s something new and exotic. I highly encourage you to give Doom Eternal’s last course a taste, because this outside-the-box, asymmetrical 2v1 Demons-vs.-Slayer Battlemode turns out to be the cherry on top.10 Best id Software WeaponsMaking multiplayer work well in a game designed to make you feel like the godlike combination of an unstoppable...

March 23, 2020 Off

The Walking Dead Boss Says Michonne’s ‘Story Isn’t Done’

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With tonight's Walking Dead episode "What We Become" marking star Danai Gurira's final appearance on the series as Michonne (as she and the character head off into the Rick Grimes movie trilogy), both Gurira and Walking Dead Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple appeared on AMC's Talking Dead after show to discuss the episode and Michonne's surreal "Sliding Doors"-style exit.Despite her character not dying, and living on to exist in a different Walking Dead property, Gurira was still, understandably, emotional about this episode. "It's overwhelming, in a sense, to have walked on this journey with this amazing character and this...

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    March 28, 2020 Off

    Daily Deals: This Alienware PC Can Handle All Your Gaming and VR Needs for Only $1100

    By tracy

    Today’s spotlight deal is a powerful Alienware Aurora desktop equipped with AMD components for just a tad over $1K. If you’re looking for a gaming laptop, the 17″ Alienware m17 laptop has dropped another $50 from yesterday. There are also some great deals on gaming novelties like a Street Fighter mini-arcade or a Game Boy Pocket themed Nintendo Switch controller. Nier Automata has dropped to only $17 for the PC, and you can still score a free pass to ComiXology, CBS, Disney+, Sling, and more. New Alienware Aurora R9 AMD Ryzen 7 3700X AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming Desktop PC for $1110 For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the Intel vs AMD CPU war, AMD has been giving Intel a run for its money with its flagship processors. The new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core processor is comparable to the Intel Core i7-9700, both in terms of gaming and workstation performance. It’s paired with an RX 5700 XT video card, which is on par with the RTX 2070. If you want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I’d suggest doing it on your own. You’ll save money, and the Aurora R9 allows for toolless...

    March 28, 2020 Off

    The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

    By tracy

    A new Half-Life game released this week, which still feels weird to say. We quite liked Half-Life's VR spin-off—Chris gave Alyx a 92% in his review—and have been goofing around in it all week, because the high Goofing Around Potential (GAP) is still one of the best aspects of VR...

    March 28, 2020 Off

    Persona 5 Royal Review – Revealing Its True Form

    By tracy

    When it launched in 2017, Persona 5 represented the next evolution of the Persona formula. Persona 5 Royal amplifies the stellar turn-based combat and masterful social mechanics, as well as the complex systems surrounding them. But it also adds new characters, story arcs, and a meaty post-game palace that ventures...

    March 28, 2020 Off

    Daily Deals: This Alienware PC Can Handle All Your Gaming and VR Needs for Only $1100

    By tracy
    Today’s spotlight deal is a powerful Alienware Aurora desktop equipped with AMD components for just a tad over $1K. If you’re looking for a gaming laptop, the 17″ Alienware m17 laptop has dropped another $50 from yesterday. There are also some great deals on gaming novelties like a Street Fighter mini-arcade or a Game Boy Pocket themed Nintendo Switch controller. Nier Automata has dropped to only $17 for the PC, and you can still score a free pass to ComiXology, CBS, Disney+, Sling, and more.

    New Alienware Aurora R9 AMD Ryzen 7 3700X AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming Desktop PC for $1110

    For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the Intel vs AMD CPU war, AMD has been giving Intel a run for its money with its flagship processors. The new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core processor is comparable to the Intel Core i7-9700, both in terms of gaming and workstation performance. It’s paired with an RX 5700 XT video card, which is on par with the RTX 2070. If you want to upgrade the RAM or hard drive, I’d suggest doing it on your own. You’ll save money, and the Aurora R9 allows for toolless

    March 28, 2020 Off

    The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

    By tracy

    A new Half-Life game released this week, which still feels weird to say. We quite liked Half-Life’s VR spin-off—Chris gave Alyx a 92% in his review—and have been goofing around in it all week, because the high Goofing Around Potential (GAP) is still one of the best aspects of VR games. For instance, James played some headcrab sports, as you can see in the video above (also on YouTube).

    If that doesn’t sell you on VR, I guess nothing will. Now, onto the rest of the week’s big PC gaming news:

    After declaring war on Steam, Epic is now challenging publishers

    Surprise: Epic is a game publisher now, too. For starters, it’s publishing games from Remedy (Max Payne, Alan Wake, Control, Sam Lake’s uncannily charming face), Playdead (Limbo, Inside), and genDESIGN (The Last Guardian). For more context, I broke down the deal Epic is offering the developers it partners with. 

    Gearbox Software co-founder Landon Montgomery has died

    Gearbox announced the news of Montgomery’s death on Wednesday. “Landon will live on in the memory of our earliest games from our work with Half-Life and Halo to the creation of our first, original game Brothers in Arms,” wrote Gearbox President

    March 28, 2020 Off

    Persona 5 Royal Review – Revealing Its True Form

    By tracy

    When it launched in 2017, Persona 5 represented the next evolution of the Persona formula. Persona 5 Royal amplifies the stellar turn-based combat and masterful social mechanics, as well as the complex systems surrounding them. But it also adds new characters, story arcs, and a meaty post-game palace that ventures even deeper into the world’s lore to deliver the definitive way to experience Persona 5.

    The gameplay loop of the original remains intact: You hunt for corrupted individuals, infiltrate dungeons based on their personalities, and battle through tons of enemies – all while going to school and developing relationships with various confidants. Connecting with people from all walks of life, learning their stories, and strengthening your bonds remains rewarding from both a character development standpoint and in the way these relationships give you useful perks. If you haven’t played Persona 5 before, this is the perfect way to start.

    Even if you did play the original release, Royal gives you plenty of reasons to return. In addition to restructuring the way you level up your relationship with Akechi, leading to more meaningful interactions with this important character, Royal adds Kasumi and Maruki, two all-new confidants. While I like the stories

    March 27, 2020 Off

    Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles DLC Review

    By tracy

    We are gathered here today to talk about Guns, Love, and Tentacles, the sharply written Lovecraftian DLC for Borderlands 3 which puts the wedding of Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jacobs in the center of its scopes. Though everything about it is exactly what you’d expect from Borderlands DLC – in a good way – it also doesn’t do much to make its few short hours really stand out.

    What starts out as an eccentric couple’s wedding on the creepy, remote world of Xylourgos predictably turns into a nightmarish cataclysm of eldritch horrors. So, y’know, just some normal Borderlands stuff. You’ll smack, blast, and meat-bicycle your way through some unique areas like the eerie, possessed town of Cursehaven; the dark, sickening groves of Cankerwood; and the accursed halls of a manor controlled by a cult that worships a Cthulu-inspired God called Gythian. For a series that once had a big problem with the lack of diversity in its exclusively Pandoran environments, Guns, Love, and Tentacles feels like a victory lap of breathtaking views and unique areas.

    As usual, the Borderlands staples you know and love have been tweaked to fit the new setting, and in this case it results in some

    March 27, 2020 Off

    Inside Bungie’s Rapid Response to the US COVID-19 Crisis

    By tracy
    Washington state saw one of the first outbreaks of COVID-19 in the United States and it was this early glimpse at the looming pandemic that spurred Bellevue, Washington-based studio Bungie into action. Located just across Lake Washington from Seattle, as events began to worsen the Bungie team knew a drastic change in how the studio worked was almost certainly imminent.Over the past several weeks many developers and publishers around the globe have transitioned their operations to have staff working from home. Bungie, however, was one of the quickest, pulling the trigger on its new remote work arrangements admirably quickly.
    We probably started earlier than a lot of folks

    “We probably started earlier than a lot of folks,” explains Bungie chief operating officer Patrick O’Kelley. “Part of it is we have colleagues at NetEase in China and we were talking to them, and I was really looking at how they were impacted.”

    “I was looking at what was happening in other countries; what was happening in the early stages in Italy. I knew that we’d had an early case in Washington state, and I started to read a lot: CDC, other places, about how this might unfold. Part of the

    March 27, 2020 Off

    The Room VR: A Dark Matter Review – An Atmospheric Powerhouse

    By tracy

    In 2012, a group of ex-Criterion developers who had worked on the Burnout series formed Fireproof Games. They released The Room, a moody puzzler that had players manipulating a virtual puzzle box with a nearly endless supply of hidden compartments. The Room was a mobile hit and spawned several sequels that took full advantage of mobile’s touch interface. With A Dark Matter, Fireproof takes its series into the bold new world of virtual reality, and the series’ puzzle mechanics translate perfectly to this medium.

    Despite a name implying otherwise, The Room games have grown far beyond a single room. During your journey in A Dark Matter, you visit the storehouses of an Egyptian museum, a desolate cathedral, and a witch’s hovel. In each area, you discover strange contraptions and puzzle boxes, all of which you can physically manipulate in a variety of ways. The VR controls are intuitive and approachable since you can simply reach out and grab things with touch controllers, and I loved working out how each machine operated with my bare hands. After tinkering with a series of pullies, I lifted the lid off a sarcophagus and staggered back in delight and horror. In another area,