Tag: console gaming

The RetroBeat: 5 fun facts about Panzer Dragoon’s creation

Panzer Dragoon is a magical game about riding dragons and shooting stuff. It’s one of the few memorable things Sega did during the Saturn era, and the 1995 launch title remains a game that I often think about. So I was excited to attend a talk at the Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco […]

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Creature in the Well adds pinball to a dungeon crawl

Nintendo’s Nindies showcase featured some big surprises, like Cuphead and Cadence of Hyrule. But after playing many of the featured games at a event hosted by Nintendo at the Game Developer’s Conference this week in San Francisco, I know that you should also be excited about the games that aren’t grabbing the headlines. Creature in […]

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Sparklite gives Zelda a wonderful roguelike makeover

With success like Dead Cells and Into the Breach, roguelikes (and tweaking their mechanics, as in Slay the Spire) are becoming a growing trend in indie gaming. Sparklite uses randomized levels and strict death penalties to give The Legend of Zelda formula an interesting twist. I played it at a Microsoft indie games showcase during […]

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Quantic Dream will launch its titles on PC via Epic Games Store

Quantic Dream said it will launch its library of PlayStation games on the PC, exclusively on the Epic Games Store. That means PC fans will get to play titles like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human. It is the first big move that Quantic Dream has made since China’s NetEase made a […]

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Epic Games makes online services available for free to game devs

Epic Games learned a lot about creating online services with the launch of Fortnite, the enormously successful battle royale game with 250 million users. And now it is giving away those online services to game developers for free to operate and scale games across any engine, store, and platform using a single Epic Online Services […]

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NPD: Anthem was BioWare’s second best launch ever

Anthem was the top-selling game in the U.S. for February, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. The multiplayer shooter also scored developer BioWare’s second best launch month ever. Anthem is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. BioWare’s best launch still belongs to Mass Effect 3, which came out in 2012. However, Anthem […]

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Deloitte: U.S. consumers piece together their personalized entertainment experiences

U.S. consumers piece together their personalized entertainment experiences from multiple sources, according to Deloitte’s 13th edition of the its Digital Media Trends survey. Consumers have access to a dizzying array of digital media sources, and so they are taking their entertainment into their own hands to access their favorite content. One of the big growth […]

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Unity partners with Tencent to help game devs get into China

Unity chief executive officer John Riccitiello will partner with Tencent to support Tencent Cloud. This will be available later this year. Riccitiello made the announcement during Unity’s press event at Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco. Tencent Cloud is a cloud computing service from China’s largest game company. It promises a secure and high-power […]

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Danny Bilson to lead USC Games into the interactive future

The University of Southern California has a reputation for running great undergraduate and graduate programs in game design. And today, it will take a big step to unifying its film and computer science game programs under the leadership of Danny Bilson. Bilson was named chair of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media & Games […]

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No Man’s Sky’s free Beyond update makes it more of a multiplayer game

Hello Games announced today that No Man’s Sky‘s next update, Beyond, is coming out this summer. It will be free and add new multiplayer and social features to the space exploration game. No Man’s Sky came out in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC, with an Xbox One version following in 2018. Despite a lot […]

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Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS 4 comes to PlayStation 4 for Ace Combat 7

Thrustmaster is finally bringing its flight stick to PlayStation 4 now that Ace Combat 7 is out. The company has unleashed the T.Flight HOTAS 4 controller. This $80 peripheral gives you a throttle and stick and plenty of buttons to pilot a jet travelling at mach 2. I tested Thrustmaster’s T.Flight HOTAS One for the […]

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Paul Wedgwood’s Supernova acquires Shadow Warrior studio Flying Wild Hog

Supernova Capital LLP, a new venture from former Splash Damage founder and chief executive officer Paul Wedgwood, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Flying Wild Hog, a Polish studio known for the shooter series Shadow Warrior. Wedgwood started Supernova after leaving Splash Damage, a studio he founded in 2001. Like with Flying […]

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Microsoft confirms full Xbox Live will come to iOS and Android games

Microsoft announced today that it is bringing the full Xbox Live experience to iOS and Android games on mobile devices. It is part of its larger Microsoft Game Stack initiative to expand the offering of cloud-based tools for game developers. Sadly, the rumor that Xbox Live was coming to Nintendo Switch isn’t yet happening. Some […]

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Microsoft Game Stack bundles Azure cloud tools for game developers

Just ahead of the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that its new Microsoft Game Stack will bundle all of the tools and services that game developers need to make games, whether they are cloud-connected or not. The bundle is aimed at everyone, from indie developers to Triple-A studios, and it includes the latest version of […]

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Battlefield V’s Firestorm battle royale mode launches March 25

Developers DICE and Criterion Games announced today that Battlefield V‘s battle royale mode, Firestorm, will come out on March 25. It will be free to everyone who owns the base game. Battlefield V came out in November, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The first-person shooter takes the series back to its World […]

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The RetroBeat: I finally appreciate Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has always been the franchise’s black sheep, red-headed step child, insert cliche here. Look, it’s weird, and I never was able to get into it. But thanks to its release on Nintendo Switch Online‘s selection of digital NES games, I gave Zelda 2 another chance. And I’m finally digging […]

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Dead Cells adds Rise of the Giants free adventure on March 28

Indie studio Motion Twin announced today that Rise of the Giants is coming to the PC version of Dead Cells on March 28. It is coming out to other platforms later this spring. The free update adds a new environment — the Cavern — and boss. Those will be available to anyone who has beaten […]

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Indie hit The Messenger comes to PS4 on March 19

Sony announced today that The Messenger is coming out for PlayStation 4 on March 19. The Messenger is retro-style side-scroller inspired by classic Nintendo Entertainment System games like Ninja Gaiden. The indie hit came out for Switch and PC on August 30, 2018. Our review praised the game for its inventive abilities and fun gameplay […]

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Ted Price interview — Insomniac’s 25 years of excellence, Spider-Man, and leadership

Ted Price is basking in the glow of the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man, which has sold more than 9 million copies since it debuted last fall. But the CEO of Insomniac Games had very humble beginnings in the video game industry. He started Insomniac Games (first known as Extreme Software) in 1994. With Al Hastings […]

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