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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jan 06, 2020. 6 comments

The Week In Games: Monster Hunters On Ice

The Week In Games: Monster Hunters On Ice

After last week, this week seems like a flood of new games. Not too many big games, but the Monster Hunter: World expansion Iceborne is finally hitting PC this week. So if you are a Monster Hunter fan who plays on PC, get a winter coat and get ready.

I already did a Week In Games post about Iceborne when it first came out, so I had to find a new ice/snow related title for this post. I first...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 04, 2019. 7 comments

Mario Kart Is Apple’s Most Downloaded Game Of 2019

Mario Kart Is Apple’s Most Downloaded Game Of 2019

Last night in New York City, Apple held its annual celebration of the best and most downloaded games and apps across its platforms. The iPhone game of the year is ThatGameCompany’s gorgeous social adventure Sky: Children of the Light , with the outstanding Hyper Light Drifter winning iPad game of the year. Neither of those critical darlings were downloaded as much as Mario Kart, Call of Duty...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 28, 2019. 14 comments

8BitDo's Switch Lite-Inspired Controller Has Two (!) D-Pads

8BitDo's Switch Lite-Inspired Controller Has Two (!) D-Pads

Styled after Nintendo’s new Switch Lite, the 8BitDo Lite is a controller so ultra-portable that it’s got two directional pads instead of analog sticks to keep it as thin as possible.

The 8BitDo Lite features all the functionality of a full-sized Nintendo Switch controller, only instead of analog sticks, it has D-pads. That means these should take the place of analog sticks, perfect for games...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 15, 2019. 18 comments

The Week In Games: Avengers And Everyone Else, Assemble!

The Week In Games: Avengers And Everyone Else, Assemble!

The Avengers, their friends and some of their foes are hitting the Switch this week with the release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Pick your favorite hero and argue with your friends who is getting stuck playing with the right Joycon.

I really loved that first Ultimate Alliance game. Played a lot of it back in the day on 360. Never really got into the second game as much, for whatever reason....

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jun 30, 2019.

FutureGrind: The Basics

<i>FutureGrind</i>: The Basics
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What is it? The developers see FutureGrind as a mix of Uniracers and OlliOlli, though you just might see some Trials here, too. It's about a year out from completion.

Who is making it? Milkbag Games, a teeny-tiny indie studio in Ontario.

Here's a trailer:

Did we play it? Yes, a few Mondays ago at an...

Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jun 24, 2019.

How Tanaan Jungle, World of Warcraft's New Outdoor Zone, Looks

How Tanaan Jungle, <i>World of Warcraft</i>'s New Outdoor Zone, Looks
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Tanaan Jungle, the closed max level zone of Draenor, opens up in patch 6.2. While it’s far from being completed, YouTuber Khamúl made an awesome clip showing how it currently looks.

Even though it’s a relatively early version, you can already see it’ll be savage, something like a mixture of Un’Goro Crater and...

Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jun 07, 2019. 1 comments

In Don't Wake The Night, You Have The Power Of A God Without The Omniscience

In Don't Wake The Night, You Have The Power Of A God Without The Omniscience

Video games tend to give players tons of control and information, allowing them to tackle dangerous enemies or change where stories go next. Don’t Wake the Night is a new indie game that opts for something different. Playing the role of a detached spirit, you mostly observe and listen, unraveling character backgrounds and relationships before rendering justice.

Don’t Wake the Night is a...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen May 13, 2019. 18 comments

The Week In Games: Despite All My Rage 2

The Week In Games: Despite All My Rage 2

Another week, another list of games coming out. The big one this week is Rage 2, which is a sequel that I really wanted but I doubt many others wanted. It is really nice of Bethesda, Id and Avalanche Studios to make a game for me and like 12 other people. Thanks!

I really loved the first Rage. Yeah, it ain’t perfect, but it has John Goodman in it, lets you kill people with a boomerang and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 10, 2019. 2 comments

A Witchy Ritual Game That Takes A Full Lunar Cycle To Play

A Witchy Ritual Game That Takes A Full Lunar Cycle To Play

Ritual of the Moon technically takes 28 days to play. The story is broken up into five to ten minute segments; you can play one of these per day. Small decisions stack to create a unique narrative, and each brief moment on the moon holds magic and self-reflection. It’s a tricky experiment, but one I’ve enjoyed playing.

In Ritual of the Moon, which is available now on PC and Mac, you play as a...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Apr 19, 2019. 7 comments

A Game About Meeting Cool Folks On A Hiking Trail

A Game About Meeting Cool Folks On A Hiking Trail
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Before I moved to New York, I used to walk in the woods a lot. Sometimes, I’d drive with friends to mountains or parks and explore off the beaten path. A Short Hike, which is available for PC and Mac in this month’s Humble Bundle, captures the playful joy of walking on winding paths and meeting folks along the...

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Yannick LeJacq Yannick LeJacq Apr 06, 2019.

Your League Of Legends Plays Aren't Always As Awesome As You Remember

Your <i>League Of Legends</i> Plays Aren't Always As Awesome As You Remember
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You might feel like a total badass for the way you held down your lane against three—three!—enemy champions in that last game of League of Legends. But let's all be thankful that the game doesn't automatically record everything. Because stuff rarely looks as graceful as we remember it.

YouTuber SpooksOP sums this up...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 29, 2019. 3 comments

A Perfectly Precious Puzzle Game Propelled By Magical Teen Angst

A Perfectly Precious Puzzle Game Propelled By Magical Teen Angst
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In The World Next Door, a group of plucky high school students harness the power of magic to help a visitor from another world get home. The use of magic plays out through action-packed match puzzles, and also, the students are monsters. The game as a whole is a heck of a lot of fun.

Developed by Rose City Games and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Feb 21, 2019. 12 comments

Final Fantasy XIV's Director Talks Blue Mages, World Visits, And 'Modern' MMOs

Final Fantasy XIV's Director Talks Blue Mages, World Visits, And 'Modern' MMOs

Final Fantasy XIV is prepping for a new expansion later this summer. The lead-up to this expansion, Shadowbringers, has brought new classes like the Blue Mage, and will soon open worlds with the ability to visit other servers. Kotaku emailed questions to game director Naoki Yoshida (a.k.a. “Yoshi P”) about new job classes, whether or not world visits could shake up economies, and what...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Feb 18, 2019. 17 comments

The Week In Games: Freelancers Needed On Friday

The Week In Games: Freelancers Needed On Friday

Bioware’s latest game finally arrives this week. Anthem is out for everyone this Friday, regardless of your platform or if you have EA Access. I played a few hours of the beta and had a good time. But I’m also way too busy with like four other games so I won’t be picking Anthem up this week.

I still get a kick out of the fact that the player characters in Anthem are called Freelancers. As a...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Feb 01, 2019. 14 comments

Brume Captures That Classic Adventure Game Feel

Brume Captures That Classic Adventure Game Feel
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Like many kids, I used to explore the woods and get into all kinds of make-believe adventures. Often, that meant picking up a stick and questing for imaginary treasures. Brume is a low-fi adventure game that takes Dark Souls’ tough combat and adds a touch of whimsical exploration.

Created by Sokpop Collective, Brume is...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jan 28, 2019. 16 comments

The Week In Games: Grab Your Keyblades & Get Ready!

The Week In Games: Grab Your Keyblades & Get Ready!

Sora, Goofy and Donald Duck team up once more to take down evil in this week’s biggest release: Kingdom Hearts 3. I hear a lot of folks enjoy them some Kingdom Hearts and they now will finally be able to play this long awaited sequel. Which is great! Hope it was worth the wait!

As a big fan of Valve games, I know what it is like to wait years and years for the third game in your favorite...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 19, 2019. 11 comments

An Eye-Popping Neon Throwback To Classic Shooters

An Eye-Popping Neon Throwback To Classic Shooters

Bad Vibes is a colorful first person shooter that is a feast for the senses. Sometimes all you want to do is shoot some baddies and work through some negative feelings. What better way to do that then with some magic orbs and trippy sights?

Bad Vibes, created by pfail, has been out since 2017 and has received a few updates since then. The concept is simple: you’re in a maze and need to...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 17, 2019. 13 comments

Final Fantasy XIV's New Blue Mage Class Is Limited But Fun

Final Fantasy XIV's New Blue Mage Class Is Limited But Fun

Final Fantasy XIV added Blue Mages to the game this week, allowing players to dress in their finest costumes and learn magical attacks from monsters. The “limited” job can’t do as many activities as others, but their addition creates fun opportunities for groups and solo players alike.

Blue Mages were announced during the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in November to a mixture of excitement and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 10, 2019. 3 comments

SantaCorps 2 Combines Christmas and F-Zero

SantaCorps 2 Combines Christmas and F-Zero
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Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t spread some good cheer. SantaCorp 2: Starlit Waltz is a fast-paced game about helping Saint Nick and getting the highest score while doing it. If you’re looking for a neon rush that could make F-Zero jealous, this is the perfect place to find it.

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 03, 2019. 22 comments

I Unexpectedly Made A Lot Of Money Telling Fortunes In Final Fantasy XIV

I Unexpectedly Made A Lot Of Money Telling Fortunes In Final Fantasy XIV
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time in Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix’s most recent massive multiplayer entry into the legendary game series. Often that means running dungeons for loot or fighting difficult bosses. Yesterday, it meant accidentally becoming a paid fortune teller in one of the game’s bustling...

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