Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games/Shooter Games

Far Cry: New Dawn review impressions — small and scrappy

You shouldn’t play every Far Cry game. You can, of course. I’m sure people exist who do buy and play every single one. But if you’re uncertain about Ubisoft’s most checklisty of map games, you should only check in on them occasionally. And when you do, you should try the Far Cry side stories first. […]

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Halo steward Bonnie Ross accepts the Hall of Fame award at the DICE Awards

Bonnie Ross, corporate vice president at Microsoft and head of 343 Industries, received the Hall of Fame award at the DICE Awards. Ross didn’t create Halo. That was Bungie. But she believed in the universe of Halo. When Bungie left Microsoft and went off to make Destiny, Ross stayed with Halo at Microsoft, and she […]

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Metro: Exodus hands-on — A beginning that moves from slow to thrilling

It’s been a long wait. The third installment of the Metro postapocalyptic shooter games, Metro: Exodus, debuts this week after about four years of development. Metro: Exodus hits February 15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Fans have waited for the new game since Metro: Last Light came out in 2013. The original Metro: […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sales strong, but Activision expected more

Activision Blizzard said that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had a strong quarter, outdoing sales of the previous Call of Duty: Black Ops III title from 2015. But the company acknowledged in an analyst call for its fourth-quarter that Black Ops 4 fell short of the company’s own expectations, particularly in the second half […]

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The DeanBeat: Wall Street hates game companies again. How dumb!

Electronic Arts saw its stock price fall off a cliff this week as it acknowledged in an earnings call that Battlefield V didn’t sell as well as expected in the holiday quarter. One of the reasons was that it didn’t compete as well with other games, like Red Dead Redemption 2, which sold-in to retailers […]

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The first Crackdown is free ahead of Crackdown 3’s launch

Crackdown 3 is finally about to come out, with its February 15 release for Xbox One and PC looming. But if you can’t wait until then, you can play a different (and older) Crackdown experience right now on your Xbox One — for free. Microsoft is making the original Crackdown available for download for free. […]

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Microsoft will launch Halo: Outpost Discovery experience events this summer

Now everybody can become a Halo hero. Microsoft announced today that it will stage a traveling event dubbed Halo: Outpost Discovery in five cities this summer. The fan events will take place in convention centers where Microsoft and its 343 Industries division can bring to life the characters and environment of the Halo universe, which […]

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Battlefield V sells 7.3 million copies, about 1 million fewer than expected

EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in an analyst call that Battlefield V sold fewer copies than expected. The company said the game sold more than 7.3 million copies, or about one million fewer than the big video game company expected. Wilson acknowledged that Battlefield debuted in the holiday quarter when it faced a lot of […]

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EA says holiday quarter was ‘difficult’ and missed expectations

Electronic Arts reported earnings for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31 that missed the company’s and Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts expected EA to post earnings per share of $1.94 on revenue of $1.75 billion on a non-GAAP basis. But the results fell short of that and EA’s stock price fell 9 percent in after-hours […]

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The Division 2 interview: how Ubisoft brought the pandemic to D.C.

Back in 2016, the original Tom Clancy’s The Division had a rocky start with bugs and lots of player complaints. But Ubisoft’s developers at Massive stayed with it, fixing bugs and constantly issuing new content. Eventually, lapsed players came back, and the audience grew. This time, almost three years later, Ubisoft threw the development talent […]

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Respawn’s low-information tease stream is surprisingly addictive

Respawn Entertainment’s livestream for its new Apex Legends battle royale game has begun, and it is a case study in the art of the tease. I’ve been watching the stream, which started at 8 a.m. Pacific time, along with 32,000 other people. And there’s nothing happening yet. For the first half hour or so, we […]

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The Division 2 hands-on preview — taking D.C. back, one monument at a time

French video game publisher Ubisoft showed off hours of content for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 at a preview event that I attended last week. The game debuts on March 15 on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but Ubisoft is starting to show private betas of the game starting on February 7. At the outset of […]

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Call of Duty veteran Michael Condrey starts new 2K game studio in Silicon Valley

Michael Condrey, a veteran of games like Call of Duty and Dead Space, is starting a new studio for Take-Two Interactive’s 2K division in Silicon Valley. He will build a studio that will work on an unannounced project. Nabbing Condrey, who left Sledgehammer and the Activision family last year, is a coup for 2K because […]

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Crackdown 3 hands-on preview — A long awaited game emerges from limbo

Microsoft is standing firm on its pledge that Crackdown 3, which was first shown to the public in 2014, is coming out for Xbox One and PC on February 15. And I could pretty much vouch for that, since I was able to play some of the single-player campaign and its four-versus-four multiplayer combat mode, dubbed the […]

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Ubisoft will share hours of gameplay in private beta for The Division 2

French video game publisher Ubisoft will hold a private beta test with a lot of content for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Starting February 7 at 1 a.m. Pacific time and running through February 11 at 1 a.m. Pacific, the private beta of The Division 2 will let players get a feel for the post-pandemic […]

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Tim Willits interview: Rage 2 gets crazier with an injection of Just Cause and Mad Max

I’d like to meet the artists at Avalanche Studios who came up with the crazy art of Rage 2. I can guarantee you that they’re nuts, because they have created a postapocalyptic world that is even more insane than the one from one of their prior projects, Mad Max. You have to wonder how they […]

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Rage 2 hands-on — Bashing mutants and racing in the wasteland

“Over the top” and “crazy” seem like such mediocre words when you’re trying to describe the world of Rage 2. The latest game from id Software and developer Avalanche Studios is one of the zaniest video games you’ll find in the genre of post-apocalypse shooters. Tim Willits, studio director at id Software, gave the developers the freedom to create […]

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Battlefield V is the first Battlefield game to miss the NPD’s top 10 this decade

Battlefield V did not finish in the top 10 best-selling games of 2018 in the U.S., according to tracking firm The NPD Group. Instead, the World War II shooter ended up at No. 14. That puts it behind Grand Theft Auto V (11), Mario Kart 8 (12), and FIFA 19 (13). That makes Battlefield V […]

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The Division 2’s closed beta starts February 7 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

French video game giant Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s The Division 2‘s closed beta starts on February 7. The title is coming on the PC, the Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 15, but the closed beta will give players a chance to kick the tires and experience the dangers of post-pandemic Washington, D.C., […]

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Battlefield V launches Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes update with smaller squad battles

Battlefield V is starting the new year with a new multiplayer update for its Tides of War live operations series. The Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes update goes live on Tuesday, January 15, as a free downloadable content (DLC) update. Included is Squad Contest, a tighter and more intense version of the 64-player Conquest battle that […]

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