Tag: console gaming

Why Life is Strange 2 writers ratcheted up the drama in Episode 3

Life Is Strange 2 is an emotional story about two brothers on the run, and in the recently released Episode 3, emotions are coming to a head. Sean, 16, is responsible for his rebellious 9-year-old brother Daniel. But Daniel has supernatural powers that mean he isn’t your typical kid. He can cause a lot of […]

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Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 impressions — Less choice, more drama

Dontnod Entertainment and Square Enix released Episode 3 on May 9 on the Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, MacOS, and Linux.  I’ve played through all the episodes so far, as well as the teaser story, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. I also interviewed Jean-Luc Cano, lead writer for the game, after my playthrough. […]

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The DeanBeat: With Oculus Quest, it’s the convenience, stupid

I have already established that it’s a hoot to play Beat Saber on the Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headset, which debuted on Tuesday for $400. It works almost as well as the Oculus Rift, though the graphics aren’t quite as good as the PC-connected VR headset. But the freedom you get from having no […]

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Dauntless hits 4 million players mark after PS4, Xbox One, and Epic Games Store launch

Phoenix Labs announced today that Dauntless has reached 4 million total players. The free-to-play multiplayer action game had its official launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store on May 21. Until then, Dauntless had been available on PC through betas and early access. Just 24 hours after the official release, […]

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DC Universe Online is bringing it superhero MMO action to Switch

Daybreak Games announced today that its massively multiplayer online game DC Universe Online is coming to Switch. The free-to-play game will be available this summer. DC Universe Online launched for PlayStation 3 and PC back in 2011. It would later come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Switch has become a big hit for […]

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Indie hit Dead Cells sells over 2 million copies

Indie developer Motion Twin revealed today that its hit Dead Cells has now sold over 2 million copies. Dead Cells released in August 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC after an early access period on Steam that started in May 2017. The sidescroller takes the exploration aspect of a Metroidvania and combines […]

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SuperData: Mortal Kombat 11 and Fortnite help digital game sales hit $8.8 billion in April

Mortal Kombat 11 is breaking more than just bones. According to market researcher SuperData, the console versions of the bloody fighting game, along with perennial hit Fortnite, pushed digital game sales to $8.86 billion in April. That’s a 7% increase from April 2018, when God of War was one of the best-selling games. (While the year-old […]

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Just Cause 4 gets Los Demonios DLC and spring update on July 3

Demons in Just Cause 4? Why not. The crazy over-the-top shooter has a lot of zany things in it, and today Square Enix is announcing that the Los Demonios downloadable content (DLC) for Just Cause 4 will debut on July 3. It will debut on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Windows PC. When […]

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Double Fine and Bandai Namco aren’t ending the world when Rad launches August 20

Developer Double Fine and publisher Bandai Namco announced today that Rad will launch on August 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. This is Double Fine’s first project with Bandai Namco, a leading publisher in Japan that also helps indie studios bring their games to market. Rad is an action role-playing game with […]

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Overwatch’s anniversary event returns on May 21

Blizzard announced today the Overwatch Anniversary event will be coming back to the team-based shooter on May 21. It will last until June 10. Overwatch came out on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game became a hit for Blizzard, attracting 40 million total players. The anniversary celebrates Overwatch’s birthday […]

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Nintendo Switch Online’s vouchers turns $100 into two $60 games

Nintendo revealed a new voucher program available to Nintendo Switch Online members. The announcement came as part of a Nintendo Direct focused on the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2. If you’re subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online, you can spend $100 for two digital vouchers. Each voucher can be used to buy one of a selection […]

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Warcraft at 25: How Blizzard’s strategy game became a media empire

This is a landmark year for Warcraft. World of Warcraft Classic will bring players back to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game’s earliest days when it launches on August 27. Warcraft III: Reforged is updating the popular real-time strategy games with new graphics. But the franchise is also celebrating a milestone birthday this year, as […]

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Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack: World of Warcraft’s past, future, and his hectic start

J. Allen Brack is now the president of Blizzard Entertainment, but he used to be the executive producer of World of Warcraft. With the online game’s 15th anniversary coming up, he has a lot of insight into its past and future. Brack has been busy with his eventful transition to Blizzard’s boss, which has included […]

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Dauntless arrives May 21 on Xbox One, PS4, and Epic Games Store

The free-to-play monster-hunting game Dauntless has gained more than 3 million Slayers in the past year in beta form. And on May 21, Phoenix Labs will ship the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on the PC via the Epic Games Store. The company previously said the co-op game was coming out this […]

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How Lorne Lanning re-imagined Abe’s Exoddus as Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld Inhabitants has been telling the interactive story of Abe for more than two decades. And now it has shown off the first look at the gameplay of Oddworld: Soulstorm, which is coming out on the PC and consoles in 2020. The game picks up from where 2014’s Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty left off, and […]

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Oddworld: Soulstorm first look — An ambitious retelling of a classic anti-capitalism fable

Oddworld: Soulstorm is the next game in the Oddworld series. It is a re-imagining of the 1998 title Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, and it is coming out in 2020. But we got the first look at the game under development at Oddworld Inhabitants in Emeryville, California. Oddworld Inhabitants has been telling the interactive story of Abe […]

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Days Gone hands-on videos — Surviving in a brutal world

Days Gone has been a long time coming, and it’s a long game. I’ve finally finished it and wanted to share some videos of what it was like to play through this game. I’ve also reviewed it in a separate story. Sony’s Bend Studio made the game over seven years, and it finally debuted on […]

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Days Gone review — A great game that loses itself in the wilderness of bugs

Days Gone has perhaps the most technical flaws that I’ve seen in a major triple-A video game in recent years. Yet I finished the entire campaign and relished the main story about a broken man surviving in a fallen world. I admire Sony for having the guts to stand by Bend Studio, which developed this […]

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The DeanBeat: Building visionary triple-A game studios that last

One of my favorite business books is Built to Last: Successful habits of visionary companies, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. Starting the 1990s, they studied thousands of companies to figure out what made some exceptional. They focused on 18 companies that had lasted for generations, including HP and Disney, and explained what made them […]

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