Tag: console gaming

The RetroBeat: Demon’s Crest is the best SNES game on Switch that you haven’t played

Super Nintendo games are on the Switch, hooray! The timing is a bit bad for me, since I have so many new games to play with the holiday season fast approaching (and I’m still putting a lot in the time-sink that is World of Warcraft Classic). But I’m still sneaking in some time before bed […]

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Philips Hue sync box brings a light show to all your HDMI devices

Signify is unveiling a new Philips Hue smart lighting product that brings a light show to your TV or any other HDMI-connected device, such as an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, video game consoles, and Blu-Ray players. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box lets you link your home’s smart lights (supplied by Signify) to […]

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Gears 5 gets over 3 million players in its first weekend

Gears 5 is off to a strong start, seeing over 3 million players in its first weekend, according to Microsoft. The third-person shooter debuted on September 6 for Xbox One and PC. Of course, 3 million players does not mean 3 million sold. Gears 5 is available on Xbox Game Pass, so many people were […]

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The RetroBeat: The Dreamcast needs its own micro-console

I reviewed the Sega Genesis Mini earlier this week, and I love this micro-console homage to the 16-bit masterpiece. But that wasn’t the only Sega-themed retro event of the week. The Dreamcast celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 9. The Dreamcast is one of my favorite systems ever, but I struggled for most of the […]

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The DeanBeat: Who would win a game battle between Apple and Nintendo?

Years ago, way back in 2011, Apple’s Steve Jobs held a press conference during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. As Jobs was showing off the iPad 2, Nintendo’s then-CEO Satoru Iwata was giving a keynote speech at the GDC. The overlap was no accident, as Apple felt competitive with Nintendo in the nascent […]

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EA’s Madden NFL 20 documentary debuts today on The CW

The CW Network, Electronic Arts, and the National Football League (NFL) announced the premiere of a one-hour primetime esports special, the EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic, will be airing today at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on the CW. The Madden NFL 20 Classic (presented by Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew) was the largest tournament in Madden […]

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Switch’s Astral Chain is the only new release to make The NPD Group’s top 10 in August

The NPD Group’s list of the best-selling games in August is full of names that came out in July or earlier. Heck, Grand Theft Auto V from freaking 2013 was the No. 3 best-selling game of the month. But it wasn’t all bad news for new releases, especially for Astral Chain. The Nintendo Switch exclusive […]

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Sega Genesis Mini review — Worthy of one of gaming’s greatest consoles

The Sega Genesis Mini is the best plug-and-play console since the SNES Classic Edition came out in 2017. This new micro-console comes out September 19 for $80. It includes 42 games and two wired controllers that are replicas of the original Genesis three-button gamepads. If you were a fan of Sega during its prime in […]

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Improbable acquires Scavengers developer Midwinter Entertainment

Improbable, a maker of online gaming infrastructure technology, has acquired Midwinter Entertainment, one of its customers and maker of the upcoming online action shooter Scavengers. The deal is the first move by Improbable to acquire a game studio, and the company believes it signals its commitment to building and supporting oustanding games that use its […]

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Red Dead Online gets Frontier Pursuits update with roles for bounty hunters, traders, and collectors

Red Dead Online is introducing three new roles, dubbed Frontier Pursuits, with the latest update of Rockstar Games’ massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Wild West. The new roles include bounty hunters, traders, and collectors. Red Dead Online is free for those who bought a $60 copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on […]

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Greedfall review-in-progress — Spiders’ RPG may be a sleeper hit

Greedfall, the latest action-RPG from French development studio Spiders, makes no real claim to the RPG crown. It comes out on September 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (I reviewed the game on PC). It’s not as massive in scope as The Elder Scrolls series, and it’s not as rich with lore and […]

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Kingdom Hearts III DLC trailer is less Disney, more anime

Square Enix released a trailer for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III downloadable content Re Mind, which will come out this winter. You can watch it above. Although the trailer is in Japanese, you can turn on English captions Kingdom Hearts III came out in January 2019 for PlayStation 4, and the action role-playing game has […]

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Konami’s P.T. Lisa trick ensures I’ll never play that game again

My PlayStation 4 Pro has a playable copy of Konami’s abandoned P.T. horror experience. I’m one of the lucky people who downloaded and saved the game before the publisher removed it from the store. And yet, I don’t think I can ever play it again after what I’ve learned. P.T. community hacker Lance McDonald revealed […]

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Gears 5 interview — Rod Fergusson explains the story, characters, accessibility, and ending

Rod Fergusson, studio head of The Coalition, went out on a limb recently when he said that Gears of War 5 is the finest game in the Gears saga, which began with Epic Games’ first Gears title in 2006. Microsoft got the rights to Gears in 2014, and it launched The Coalition studio in Vancouver, […]

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Munich’s Zeuz offloads multiplayer infrastructure to ‘backend badasses’

Munich’s Zeuz wants to be the “backend badass” of games. That means it tackles the issues related to keeping an online multiplayer game operating on any platform or territory. As games from smaller developers like Phoenix Labs’ Dauntless go global, it’s important to have tools and technical “badasses” that can make sure that players can […]

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The RetroBeat: 5 SNES that Nintendo Switch Online still needs

Super Nintendo games are finally on the Switch, and the initial library is fantastic. Nintendo put 20 SNES games on the Switch’s online service yesterday.. This already includes many of the 16-bit console’s heaviest hitters like Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid. It also […]

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Devcom perspectives: The uncomfortable and familiar topic of video game violence

It has been a tense and horrifying year of mass shootings in the U.S., with the blame falling on many issues, including President Donald Trump and the guns. Trump himself tried to shift blame to violent video games, which he said led to a “glorification of violence” in mass culture. Although no research supports a […]

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Codemasters finds 2019 is the right time to bring Grid racing series out of the garage

Grid’s been the in the garage for five years, missing most of the PlayStation 4/Xbox One generation of games. This series is all about “sim-cade” racing — a midpoint between games like Gran Tursimo and Project Cars. Its last release was 2014’s Grid Autosport. But Codemasters and Deep Silver decided it’s time to dig the […]

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Undertale’s Sans becomes a costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo news isn’t quite done today. A stream from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai revealed some new costumers coming for the customizable Mii Fighters, including one themed around popular Undertale character Sans. It will be available tonight. Undertale is a hit indie role-playing game from 2015. Toby Fox created the title and […]

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is coming to Switch

Nintendo ended its Direct today by revealing that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is coming to Switch in 2020. Xenoblade Chronicles first came out for the Wii in 2010. It also came to the 3DS in 2015. This updated version has improved graphics. The Monolith Soft role-playing game spawned two sequels, including Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which […]

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