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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett yesterday at 07:30. 11 comments

Oh Hell Yeah Vanquish Is Getting Remastered (And Bayonetta Too)

Oh Hell Yeah Vanquish Is Getting Remastered (And Bayonetta Too)

Sega will next year be remastering two of PlatinumGames’ best releases—Bayonetta and Vanquish—and bringing them to the PS4 and Xbox One.

Bayonetta, cool, we all know Bayonetta, but fuck yeah Vanquish is back! The cult classic shooterkinda split opinions at release in 2010 , but as its 2017 release on PC showed it’s slippy-slidey gunplay, unrelenting pace and over-the-top action sequences are...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey yesterday at 04:00.

The Video Game Version Of Paranoia Makes Betraying Your Teammates Fun

The Video Game Version Of Paranoia Makes Betraying Your Teammates Fun

Paranoia is the ultimate backstabbing tabletop role-playing game. Created in 1984 by Greg Costikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg, the game is set in a dystopian future city ruled over by a computer AI and populated by horrible vat-born people all trying to betray one another for their own advancement. Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory, out now on the Epic Game Store, translates the...

Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Dec 09, 2019 at 05:30. 3 comments

The Week In Games: Giant Robots!

The Week In Games: Giant Robots!

MechWarrior 5 headlines a week filled with smaller games and ports. I know a lot of folks are pumped for MechWarrior 5 and I hope it’s great!

I never played any of the MechWarrior games, but I did play a lot of MechAssault on Xbox. I also remember watching people playing MechWarrior 4 on G4, which was one of my very first experiences with televised esports. I found a clip of the show on...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Dec 04, 2019 at 02:30. 17 comments

The State Of Xbox One In 2019

The State Of Xbox One In 2019
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Nearing the end of its life, the Xbox One feels less like a box for spinning video game discs and more like a platform for selling digital subscriptions. The pitch of a mostly-digital future that blew up in Microsoft’s face the year the Xbox One launched...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 04, 2019 at 01:30. 14 comments

Destiny 2's Next Season Is All About Osiris, Saint-14 And... Time?

Destiny 2's Next Season Is All About Osiris, Saint-14 And... Time?

Rough time for our biggest Destiny 2 expert to be on jury duty, folks, but here we are with some unskippable news. Bungie just posted a trailer to hype the Season of Dawn, which will run in Destiny 2 from December 10 through March 9. Whoa, that’s Saint-14! [Googles “Saint-14”...]

Here’s the setup, spinning out of the Season of Undying that’s been running since the October launch of Destiny 2’s...

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Dec 03, 2019 at 00:15. 19 comments

Outer Wilds Has Made Exploration In Other Games Boring

Outer Wilds Has Made Exploration In Other Games Boring
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When it comes to video games, “exploration” is kind of a bullshit word, a sexier way of saying hey you’re gonna be doing a lot of running and stuff. “And stuff,” in this context, can be climbing, walking, riding a horse, swimming, or what have you. All the basic ways you get...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Dec 02, 2019. 8 comments

The Week In Games: Life Is Farming

The Week In Games: Life Is Farming

Happy week after Thanksgiving! Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 launches this week, and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey comes to Xbox One and PS4. Red Dead Redemption 2 comes to Steam. And, of course, Farming Simulator 20 arrives on the Switch, which I will admit I kind of super want to play.

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Trax (PS4)

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine (PS4)

SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions (PS4,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 27, 2019. 23 comments

This Is What Happens When I Explore Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Amazing World

This Is What Happens When I Explore Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Amazing World
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Oh, cool. I found a secret area in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order , everyone. I wonder what kind of reward I’ll find here.

This place is way off the grid, so there’s got to be something incredible hidden in these chambers.

I discovered this place because I spotted a little green...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 25, 2019. 13 comments

The Week In Games: 20 Nights At Freddy's

The Week In Games: 20 Nights At Freddy's

November is almost over and the month is leaving with a final, quiet week. Not much releasing this month. But for fans of the Five Nights At Freddy’s games, I’ve got good news. The first four games in the popular horror franchise are arriving on Switch this week.

The release of these FNAF games on Switch is strange. They are on the Nintendo Eshop’s coming soon section, but sites originally...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 22, 2019. 15 comments

Civilization VI On PS4 And Xbox One Works, It's Fine

Civilization VI On PS4 And Xbox One Works, It's Fine

I’m not here to review Civilization VI again , or its two expansions . I’ve done that already. What I am here today to tell you is that all that stuff is now available on PS4 and Xbox One, and against my best instincts and predictions, it’s absolutely fine.

Prior to playing, and as someone who hadn’t tried the already-out Switch version of this game , I’d have thought this premise insane....

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 20, 2019. 24 comments

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Bugs Are Forcing Players To Start The Game Over

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Bugs Are Forcing Players To Start The Game Over

Players zipping through the newly released Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order should tread carefully and find a way to back up their saves, if possible. We’re now aware of two spots in the game where glitches have trapped players with no way to advance and no recourse but to start a new game from scratch.

The first spot is on Dathomir, a planet players can visit a couple of hours into the game even...

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Nov 20, 2019. 24 comments

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: The Kotaku Review

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: The Kotaku Review

There hasn’t been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. As this is being written, the ninth and final entry in the saga that began with George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars is one month away from release, concluding a story over forty years in the making. The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV series, is two episodes into a promising first season. The animated series Star Wars:...

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Nov 19, 2019. 4 comments

Xbox's Big Annual Event Was A Disappointment

Xbox's Big Annual Event Was A Disappointment

London, England—Microsoft’s fan festival X019 was a weird mix of goodie bags and over-priced hot dogs, but what exactly was it meant to accomplish?

On the big opening night, the final number through the door was 880. Xbox hadn’t quite filled the 1000-capacity Copper Box Arena, but close enough, and that was surely some sort of success for an event held in Hackney on a Thursday night. The...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 19, 2019. 5 comments

Starting Destiny 2 Late Spared Me A Lot Of Misery

Starting Destiny 2 Late Spared Me A Lot Of Misery
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Many video games these days improve with age and a big batch of patches, which is why it often helps to play them late. Ignore the hype, laugh off the social pressure, and play this year’s games next year. Can you do it? I keep doing it with Destiny games, and it’s been great.

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 18, 2019. 11 comments

The Week In Games: Shenmu3

The Week In Games: Shenmu3

The impossible is happening. After years and years and years of waiting, Shenmue III is finally, actually, for real coming out this week. Wild times we live in.

I have zero interest in Shenmue III, but I am so happy that it will be released. The first and second games always seemed like important games to a lot of folks and now they finally get the third game after over a decade of waiting....

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Nov 15, 2019. 8 comments

Everything Announced For Xbox One And PC At X019

Everything Announced For Xbox One And PC At X019

New game announcements from Obsidian, Rare, and Dontnod highlighted Microsoft’s Inside Xbox presentation at X019, the company’s annual fan festival taking place in London this weekend. It also showed several updates and new trailers for previously announced games, as well as new content coming to Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass—including 10 Final Fantasy games.

Obsidian’s Grounded enters...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 15, 2019. 9 comments

A Ton Of Final Fantasy Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass

A Ton Of Final Fantasy Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Final Fantasy VII through XV (excluding the two MMOs) will get added to Game Pass in the coming months, Microsoft announced today during the latest episode of Inside Xbox at this year’s XO19 fan event in London.

That chunk of the series includes nine games, many of which, like Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, were made even better with excellent new remasters. It also...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 15, 2019. 14 comments

Obsidian’s Next Game Is A Survival Adventure Where You're The Size Of An Ant [Update]

Obsidian’s Next Game Is A Survival Adventure Where You're The Size Of An Ant [Update]

Today, as part of Microsoft’s XO19 conference in London, Outer Worlds developer Obsidian announced its first project under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella: a survival adventure game called Grounded.

Grounded, which is releasing in early access on Xbox One and PC in spring 2020 (digitally and as part of Xbox Game Pass), is an up-to-four-player survival game set apart largely by its tiny setting....

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 13, 2019. 13 comments

Xbox One Is Getting A Shuffle Button To Let You Go Through Your Backlog At Random

Xbox One Is Getting A Shuffle Button To Let You Go Through Your Backlog At Random

A new “Surprise Me” button will be added to the Xbox One’s game library, Microsoft announced yesterday on Twitter. Rolling out first for players in the Xbox One insider testing program, the “Surprise Me” button will allow the indecisive player to select a game randomly from their library to play.

The button doesn’t automatically launch the game, according to testers, so you still have the...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 11, 2019. 18 comments

The Week In Games: The British (Pokémon) Are Coming!

The Week In Games: The British (Pokémon) Are Coming!

A brand new Pokémon game is releasing this week. I’m not even a big Pokémon fan and I’m still excited about Sword and Shield, the first big main entry Pokémon RPG to land on home consoles. Sure, not all the Pokémon from the past are coming back, but I doubt the internet will get angry about that...

Actually, it seems like the internet, at least part of it, is very upset about this. I get some...

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