Tag: console gaming

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is finally coming to North America

NIS America announced today that the Japanese role-playing game The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is coming to North America on the PlayStation 4 during fall 2019. Trails of Cold Steel III came out in Japan back in 2017. The Legend of Heroes series contains acclaimed titles like the Trails in the Sky […]

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The RetroBeat: Phantasy Star IV is the perfect classic JRPG experience for Switch owners

I started my 2019 gaming by finally tackling a Japanese role-playing game I’ve wanted to play for some time: Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium. I love JPRGs, but I spent a little time in 2018 on them. The two I was looking forward to — Ni no Kuni II and Octopath Traveler — […]

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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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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr adds a new country, Necromancers, and dragons

Zenimax Online Studios announced Elsweyr today, the next chapter for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online. It releases in June. Elsweyr will take place in the country of the same name, which is home to the cat-like Khajiit race. It will also introduce a new class, Necromancers, and dragons for the first time […]

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NBA and Take-Two extend deal for NBA 2K series

The NBA and publisher Take-Two announced today that they have extended their partnership deal that allows Take-Two to make games based on the basketball league, specifically the NBA 2K franchise. Take-Two will pay the NBA and its players’ union $1.1 billion over seven years, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NBA 2K series has […]

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Bungie-Activision divorce analysis: Royalties, underperformance, and Destiny 3

Bungie and Activision shocked the gaming world Thursday when the companies announced that they were no longer working together on the Destiny franchise. Activision would no longer publisher the series, including the ongoing Destiny 2. Bungie is now going it alone, and analysts are chiming in with how this could impact both companies. It’ll have […]

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The RetroBeat: This Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun at Games Done Quick makes life better

Awesome Games Done Quick is amid its annual speedrunning marathon. The event, which will go until Sunday night, has people playing through games as fast as possible (known as a speedrun), all while those watching can donate money to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. You can watch it live on Twitch. In 2018, AGDQ raised over $2.2 […]

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Destiny and Bungie are breaking up with Activision

Bungie is ending its partnership with publisher Activision, according to a report from Kotaku and confirmed by the publisher and the studio. The former Halo developer will now fully control the Destiny franchise, including the ongoing Destiny 2. Activision had published both games. Activision and Bungie have sent a shared statement to GamesBeat: “Today, we’re announcing […]

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Unity game engine blocks SpatialOS’ online gaming tools

SpatialOS developer Improbable revealed today that a change in Unity‘s term of services has now made the company’s tool in breach of the game engine’s license terms. SpatialOS gives developers a cloud-based solution to handle multiplayer gaming for all kinds of platforms, including PC, console, and mobile. The tool could integrate with the most popular game […]

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Red Dead Online gets its Battle Royale mode with Gun Rush

Rockstar Games released a new update for Red Dead Online today. It adds Gun Rush, a new mode that has 32 players (alone or in teams) fighting to be the last standing. So, yup, it’s a battle royale. Red Dead Online is the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption II. The open world game is […]

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Activision Blizzard makes three new major leadership appointments

Activision Blizzard has made appointments for three leadership positions, with all of them coming from within the company. Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. It publishes giant hits like Call of Duty and owns Overwatch and World of Warcraft developer Blizzard. It also owns Candy Crush Saga studio King. […]

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe review — still searching for an identity

The Switch already has an awesome library in less than two years after its debut, but it is missing a key Nintendo offering: a 2D Mario game. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe fixes this, even if it’s a port of Wii U game from 2012. But it isn’t a straight port. This Deluxe version contains […]

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Black Desert Online will be the prettiest MMO you can play on Xbox One

Black Desert Online is coming to Xbox One on March 4. This will be the first time that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be available on a console. Black Desert Online launched for PC in the U.S. in 2016. It has attracted over 10 million players on that platform, with a recent remastering […]

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God of War postmortem interview — How the ending and its surprise came together

God of War was the surprise winner at this year’s The Game Awards, beating out the favorite Red Dead Redemption 2 for Game of the Year. Perhaps the reason that the smaller team (300 people) at Sony Interactive Entertainment Santa Monica Studio beat out the Rockstar Games team, with thousands of contributors, was that God […]

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Hitman: HD Enhanced Collection remasters Blood Money and Absolution

Developer IO Interactive announced Hitman: HD Enhanced Collection today. It is coming out on January 11 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection will only be available digitally. This includes remastered versions of the fourth and fifth entries in the stealth-based series, Hitman: Blood Money (which originally came out in 2006) and Hitman: Absolution […]

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God of War postmortem — Cory Barlog’s advice for game developers

God of War creative director Cory Barlog is sitting on top of the world after winning Game of the Year at The Game Awards. After a five-year journey (which was more like seven years for him), his story about a father-son relationship came together as both a gameplay and storytelling masterpiece. I did a long […]

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The RetroBeat: 2018’s biggest retro gaming moments

2018 was a big year for giant modern games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War. But it was also a great year for fans of the classics. Last year, I celebrated 2017’s best game releases and moments that highlighted the industry’s more old-school side. Now it’s time to give that same treatment […]

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GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti’s 10 top games of 2018

Man, 2018 was another great year for video games. And while a lot of the blockbuster games I was looking forward to delivered, I fell in love with a bunch of unexpected indies this year. I even have a game in my top 10 that made me a believer in VR! That’s something I never […]

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Celeste’s Madeline is 2018’s best new gaming character

The gaming world met a lot of new faces in 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2 gave us the likable (if morally questionable) cowboy Arthur Morgan, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey introduced the badass female Spartan warrior Kassandra. But our favorite new character of year game from a much smaller game. Madeline is the hero of Celeste, an […]

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GamesBeat’s best stories of 2018

Our staff had a busy 2018. We wrote hundreds of news stories, interviews, reviews, previews, and more. We covered the biggest events in the industry, including the Electronic Entertainment Expo and the Game Developer’s Conference. Honestly, at the end of year, it’s hard to remember just exactly what we wrote in 2018. But some stories […]

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