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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jan 14, 2020 at 04:30. 3 comments

The 87 Games I Played Last Year And The Ones I Recommend

The 87 Games I Played Last Year And The Ones I Recommend
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For the 14th straight year, I’m listing all the games I’ve played in the past 12 months. I’m also offering some recommendations. I’m a little late this year, because of distractions, but I’m not going to let anything end this tradition.

When I first...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jan 03, 2020. 14 comments

Playing Outer Wilds In Times Square Was The Best Way To Ring In The New Year

Playing Outer Wilds In Times Square Was The Best Way To Ring In The New Year
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Some people go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve to brave the cold, watch the ball drop, maybe get seen on TV or even pop the question. Not me. I went there to play Outer Wilds. I’m pretty sure I had the best time of anyone there.

I got to Times Square at 9:29 am on New Year’s...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 21, 2019. 9 comments

The Biggest Video Game Disappointments Of 2019

The Biggest Video Game Disappointments Of 2019
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We had such high hopes for 2019, and then it happened. Sure, there was good stuff, but there were some downers, and that’s what we’re talking about today.

Oh, the disappointments the year brought! There was that glitchy Red Dead Redemption 2 launch on PC,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 19, 2019. 13 comments

The Best Video Game Surprises Of 2019

The Best Video Game Surprises Of 2019
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A lot happened in 2019, and we did not see all of it coming.

We didn’t expect Sony to just start blabbing about the PlayStation 5 , and we certainly didn’t think we’d first see the next Xbox (officially titled Xbox Series X) during a trailer at The Game...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 19, 2019. 12 comments

The Gamers Of The Year, 2019

The Gamers Of The Year, 2019
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Our annual list of gamers of the year is based on a simple premise: that the people who play video games are an integral part of overall gaming culture. In past years, we’ve honored gamers who’ve made news and, often enough, been a positive influence on...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 13, 2019. 12 comments

All The Big Announcements At The 2019 Game Awards

All The Big Announcements At The 2019 Game Awards

They just showed off the new Xbox at the fifth annual Game Awards, during a show that also saw a slew of new game announcements, release date reveals, and trailers.

Microsoft unveiled the name of the next Xbox

It’s called Xbox: Series X . How will people abbreviate that? Xbox SX? And it looks like a computer or, pehaps, a Sonos. In an official Xbox post that went up right after the...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 12, 2019. 4 comments

It’s Easy To Get The Division 2’s New Snowball Gun

It’s Easy To Get The Division 2’s New Snowball Gun

The makers of the Division 2 may have just added more serious clothes to their game, but they’ve also added a more ridiculous gun. The new Sleigher is a holiday-themed Tommy Gun that shoots snowballs. Miyamoto would approve .

The gun is a cinch to obtain. Players just need to log in, roam around the game’s version of Washington, D.C., and look for an “ambusher hoarder” enemy, which will be...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 10, 2019. 9 comments

The Latest Assassin's Creed Collection Is A Reminder Of What Made The Old Games Great

The Latest Assassin's Creed Collection Is A Reminder Of What Made The Old Games Great

One of the most extraordinary things about the games in the new Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection is their diverse subject matter: a game about being a pirate-assassin in the Caribbean in the late 18th century, a game about disrupting the slave trade in the same region, a game about being an assassin turned assassin-hunter during the Seven Years’ War.

That’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 05, 2019. 11 comments

The Division 2's next apparel event will give players access to darker, more serious tactical g

The Division 2's next apparel event will give players access to darker, more serious tactical g

The Division 2's next apparel event will give players access to darker, more serious tactical gear, a response from the developers to backlash against earlier, goofier apparel events that offered things like Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops. It launches along with the goofier holiday event “Situation: Snowball” and a permadeath beta mode on December 10.

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 05, 2019. 18 comments

The State Of The PlayStation 4 In 2019

The State Of The PlayStation 4 In 2019
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PlayStations don’t tend to go quietly at the end of a console generation. The PS2 got God of War II a few months after the PS3 came out. The PS3 got one of its best exclusive games, The Last Of Us, just a few months before the PS4 launched. In 2019, it...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 04, 2019. 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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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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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 23, 2019. 4 comments

Four Sleep Trackers to Keep You Bright Eyed and Bushytailed

Four Sleep Trackers to Keep You Bright Eyed and Bushytailed

Visionary game designer Brad McQuaid died this past Tuesday at the age of 51. He co-created the pioneering MMO EverQuest and continued to work in the genre until his passing. His death was announced earlier this week on the forums of Visionary Realms, where he was serving as creative director for its MMO Pantheon. “Brad was a visionary, a mentor, an artist, a trailblazer, a friend, a husband,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 22, 2019. 16 comments

Let's Watch Nolan North Play The Last Of Us For The First Time

Let's Watch Nolan North Play The Last Of Us For The First Time

The Last Of Us has one of the most powerful beginnings of any video game, which makes it hard to stop watching this unusual new Let’s Play of the game. The 77-minute video, uploaded to YouTube yesterday, is hosted by the actors who played the lead roles in that intro scene, while the game is played by a Last Of Us first-timer: the voice of Nathan Drake, Nolan North.

Without spoiling...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 21, 2019. 6 comments

The Division 2's weekly State of the Game livestreams are on hiatus until January, a clear sign

The Division 2's weekly State of the Game livestreams are on hiatus until January, a clear sign

The Division 2's weekly State of the Game livestreams are on hiatus until January, a clear sign that the big Ubisoft game won’t get a notable update until early 2020, when its third episodic expansion is expected. The game was recently significantly improved , but has suffered from a lack of crowd-pleasing updates since its successful launch.

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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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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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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 13, 2019. 6 comments

Minecraft Earth Is Now Live

Minecraft Earth Is Now Live

There was a virtual sheep roaming around in our Times Square office today thanks to Minecraft Earth, the new augmented reality mobile game that lets players make, wreck and otherwise interact with life-size Minecraft builds.

The game has been in beta in various regions, but went into wider early access release today. To get in, go to this link and select iOS or Android.

We haven’t had much...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 12, 2019. 9 comments

Like Real Fitness, Ring Fit Adventure Is Great But Tough To Stick With

Like Real Fitness, Ring Fit Adventure Is Great But Tough To Stick With

For a wonderful stretch of days in late October, every short workout I did with Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure revealed it to be a better game. Then I just stopped playing. These are the best and worst things that can come from a video game combined with exercise.

First, the good stuff…

I reviewed Ring Fit Adventure on October 17 after having played it for 11 days. I was impressed and called it ...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 08, 2019. 6 comments

The Outer Worlds will be out on the Nintendo Switch some time in the first three months of 2020, acc

The Outer Worlds will be out on the Nintendo Switch some time in the first three months of 2020, acc

The Outer Worlds will be out on the Nintendo Switch some time in the first three months of 2020, according to publisher Take Two, narrowing the earlier promise for a release some time in 2020. In an update to investors today, the company also announced the delay of Kerbal Space Program 2 to some time between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

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