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Immediately after releasing my new all-time favorite strategy RPG, Japanese juggernaut Vanillaware is hiring for a new action RPG - gamesradar.com - Japan
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22.05.2024

Immediately after releasing my new all-time favorite strategy RPG, Japanese juggernaut Vanillaware is hiring for a new action RPG

After falling in love with March strategy RPG Unicorn Overlord, it's music to my ears to see developer Vanillaware already hiring for a new fantasy RPG, this time of the action variety. 

FromSoftware producer reappears after 3 months, drops an Elden Ring DLC image that looks exactly like Bloodborne, explains nothing, leaves - gamesradar.com
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18.05.2024

FromSoftware producer reappears after 3 months, drops an Elden Ring DLC image that looks exactly like Bloodborne, explains nothing, leaves

The Elden Ring community was already rabid after a surprise Elden Ring DLC image revealing a fresh take on an old enemy wielding what looks like a new weapon type, and now FromSoftware producer Yasuhiro Kitao's gone and dropped another bit of teaser art that looks exactly like Bloodborne, to the point that I wasn't even sure if it was Elden Ring for a minute. 

Hades 2's first patch is in the works, Supergiant wants to improve the roguelike's dash, sprint, and resource gathering but "don't expect too many" balance changes - gamesradar.com
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14.05.2024

Hades 2's first patch is in the works, Supergiant wants to improve the roguelike's dash, sprint, and resource gathering but "don't expect too many" balance changes

Hades 2 is here, and per our Hades 2 review, it's very, very good. But it could, and undoubtedly eventually will, be better, hence the whole Early Access thing. To that end, developer Supergiant says it's preparing the roguelike's first big patch, not including minor hotfixes for "rare crashes and progression" which didn't even get dedicated patch notes, which should arrive "later this month."

Helldivers 2 devs remind players "it's Sony's decision, not ours" amid PSN backlash: "We always knew this day would get here, and it's going about how I expected" - gamesradar.com
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04.05.2024

Helldivers 2 devs remind players "it's Sony's decision, not ours" amid PSN backlash: "We always knew this day would get here, and it's going about how I expected"

As Helldivers 2 endures thousands of negative Steam user reviews prompted by mandatory PlayStation Network account linking, community managers from developer Arrowhead have been rushing around handing out context and clarification to disgruntled players. A key point comes from community manager Twinbeard on Discord: "It's Sony's decision, not ours."

My next Metroidvania kick is an ingenious mix of Zelda-like exploration, twin-stick combat, and pitch-perfect controls – with 97% positive Steam user reviews - gamesradar.com
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28.04.2024

My next Metroidvania kick is an ingenious mix of Zelda-like exploration, twin-stick combat, and pitch-perfect controls – with 97% positive Steam user reviews

In a year overflowing with great-looking Metroidvanias, Minishoot' Adventures popped out to me for the sheer oddity and novelty of its premise. It's a top-down twin-stick shooter where you play as a small spaceship in a bright, colorful world under attack from a shadowy villain called the Unchosen. And I do mean you play as a spaceship, not someone piloting a spaceship, which really adds to the charm of the world. I've only played the opening act, but it's officially my next weekend game, because it's immediately clear why it's been so well-received on Steam, with over 1,500 97% positive user reviews at the time of writing. 

Destiny 2 is un-sunsetting every gun in the MMO with The Final Shape's massive Power changes – but Bungie says "we have no recovery mechanism" for deleted ones - gamesradar.com
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26.04.2024

Destiny 2 is un-sunsetting every gun in the MMO with The Final Shape's massive Power changes – but Bungie says "we have no recovery mechanism" for deleted ones

We all knew this was coming. Destiny 2: The Final Shape will make sweeping changes to the MMO's overly complicated Power system, streamlining the grind and making it easier to play with friends. The kicker is that all "legacy" items – you know, the ones that were sunset years ago – are coming back. Except they're also not, because most players already deleted them after they were sunset, and developer Bungie admits "we have no recovery mechanism." 

Hades 2 gets a huge gameplay stream out of nowhere: devs reveal new features, characters, Boons, and more in the roguelike sequel ahead of its technical test - gamesradar.com
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17.04.2024

Hades 2 gets a huge gameplay stream out of nowhere: devs reveal new features, characters, Boons, and more in the roguelike sequel ahead of its technical test

While fans wrangle how to access the Hades 2 technical test, developer Supergiant Games casually dropped a hefty gameplay reveal stream for the hotly anticipated sequel.

As it goes gold, Stellar Blade dev says "many people felt we were out of our mind" for trying to make a full-fat action RPG in Korea's mobile-dominated market - gamesradar.com - South Korea
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12.04.2024

As it goes gold, Stellar Blade dev says "many people felt we were out of our mind" for trying to make a full-fat action RPG in Korea's mobile-dominated market

Stellar Blade developer Shift Up, previously known for the likes of Goddess of Victory: Nikke, has repeatedly discussed the challenges of shifting to a more ambitious, current-gen action RPG, especially in a mobile-dominated market like South Korea's. In a new making-of documentary from PlayStation, some of the studio's heads explain in more detail that "many people felt we were out of our mind" for pursuing this project and platform. 

The Helldivers 2 dev asked players about its new Warbond and worst guns, and after 25,000 responses folks overwhelmingly agree that they both need a little something - gamesradar.com - After
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12.04.2024

The Helldivers 2 dev asked players about its new Warbond and worst guns, and after 25,000 responses folks overwhelmingly agree that they both need a little something

The official Helldivers 2 Discord server recently set up a poll channel to gauge players' opinions on various updates and features, and after seven hours its inaugural polls indicate that the game's community hopes to see a little more oomph from its Warbonds and marksman rifles.

Are we sure Star Wars Outlaws is a Ubisoft game? Its director says there are no map towers to climb out in the open world - gamesradar.com
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12.04.2024

Are we sure Star Wars Outlaws is a Ubisoft game? Its director says there are no map towers to climb out in the open world

Ubisoft's next open-world adventure, Star Wars Outlaws, breaks at least one of the company's time-honored traditions: climbing towers to progress the map.

My most-anticipated open-world game looks better with each new trailer: Hyper Light Breaker shows off a fiery boss ahead of the roguelike's summer launch - gamesradar.com
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10.04.2024

My most-anticipated open-world game looks better with each new trailer: Hyper Light Breaker shows off a fiery boss ahead of the roguelike's summer launch

Open-world roguelike Hyper Light Breaker is launching in Steam Early Access this summer, as developer Heart Machine affirmed in a new trailer showing off another slick boss fight.

One of 2018's greatest roguelikes is finally getting a sequel, and its expanded 4-player online co-op looks fantastic - gamesradar.com
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10.04.2024

One of 2018's greatest roguelikes is finally getting a sequel, and its expanded 4-player online co-op looks fantastic

Wizard of Legend 2, a follow-up to one of my favorite roguelikes of 2018 which is in the works at a new dev collaborating with the original creators, was one of the high points of today's Triple-I indie showcase. We got a fresh look at the sequel's updated 3D art style and co-op, and so far it looks like a solid homage to what made the first game great.

"We want it to feel a little broken": The Final Shape lights Destiny 2 on fire with a new subclass combining all abilities and 2-in-1 Exotics with random rolls - gamesradar.com
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09.04.2024

"We want it to feel a little broken": The Final Shape lights Destiny 2 on fire with a new subclass combining all abilities and 2-in-1 Exotics with random rolls

Bungie dropped a big gameplay reveal for Destiny 2: The Final Shape today, loudly declaring that the MMO's next expansion is going to take a sledgehammer to every single build currently available with wild combinations of new and existing abilities. 

The latest unexpected Steam hit is a $3 must-play and it may still hit greater heights after nearly 7,000 glowing reviews as the dev looks to add multiplayer - gamesradar.com - Russia - After
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09.04.2024

The latest unexpected Steam hit is a $3 must-play and it may still hit greater heights after nearly 7,000 glowing reviews as the dev looks to add multiplayer

After quietly roiling away on Itch.io for a few months, bite-sized strategy gambling game Buckshot Roulette has come to Steam and instantly become one of the most popular and highest-rated PC games of the year. It only costs $3 ($2.69 thanks to an ongoing sale), you can finish it in well under an hour, and there's a very good reason that it's gotten over 6,600 user reviews with a 96% positive score since its April 4 Steam launch. 

Holy Grail NES Castlevania sells for over $90,000, losing bidder predicts "a $250K flip" but the buyer says he wanted "the first game my mom ever bought me" - gamesradar.com - state Texas
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09.04.2024

Holy Grail NES Castlevania sells for over $90,000, losing bidder predicts "a $250K flip" but the buyer says he wanted "the first game my mom ever bought me"

In one of the biggest auctions for a raw boxed video game, a rare sealed hangtag copy of Castlevania for the original NES recently sold for $90,100 on eBay after a bidding war that started at $37,000, all for a hard-to-find game with a literal sticker price of $27.87. 

Helldivers 2 rocked by "rogue item" promising new Stratagems, dev tells players to avoid "Catalog Expansion" upgrade or who knows what could happen - gamesradar.com
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09.04.2024

Helldivers 2 rocked by "rogue item" promising new Stratagems, dev tells players to avoid "Catalog Expansion" upgrade or who knows what could happen

The Helldivers 2 community is once again wrestling with the satirical tone of the game and its development team, struggling to glean legitimate information as Arrowhead cautions all democracy enjoyers to "avoid" a "rogue item" in the ship management store called "Catalog Expansion."

After 13 years, one of my favorite romance anime is miraculously getting a new season on Netflix – and the first trailer is so good it hurts - gamesradar.com - After
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05.04.2024

After 13 years, one of my favorite romance anime is miraculously getting a new season on Netflix – and the first trailer is so good it hurts

A third season of beloved 2011 romance anime Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You will air exclusively on Netflix this August, and the first trailer for the unexpected continuation is so pitch-perfect that it almost feels like it's been no time at all.

Destiny 2 is bringing back some of the most broken guns in the MMO's history, but Bungie says they're less broken now - gamesradar.com
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04.04.2024

Destiny 2 is bringing back some of the most broken guns in the MMO's history, but Bungie says they're less broken now

Few weapons strike fear into the hearts of Destiny 2 players like the all-timer ensemble of Recluse, The Mountaintop, and Luna's Howl, which defined an entire (miserable) era of the game's history. So the news that these three guns, alongside several other nostalgic favorites, are returning as part of the upcoming Into the Light update was met with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Are we going back to those dark days? No, hopefully. Bungie says these weapons are indeed returning, but not completely game-breaking anymore.  

New Helldivers 2 Warbond coming next week, and it's got a grenade pistol, explosive crossbow, and a Booster for shorter Extraction times - gamesradar.com
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04.04.2024

New Helldivers 2 Warbond coming next week, and it's got a grenade pistol, explosive crossbow, and a Booster for shorter Extraction times

A new premium Helldivers 2 Warbond appropriately called Democratic Detonation is coming Thursday, April 11, and it's got everyone's new favorite Booster.

Helldivers 2 dev offers rare insight into how Major Orders and the Galactic War get written: "It's not as fun of a story if we just steamroll the Automatons and win" - gamesradar.com
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04.04.2024

Helldivers 2 dev offers rare insight into how Major Orders and the Galactic War get written: "It's not as fun of a story if we just steamroll the Automatons and win"

After tumultuous back and forth, there's a new Major Order to liberate all Automaton planets in Helldivers 2 and crush the bot threat in the Western front. It's looking like the climax for an arc of the Galactic War that's now defined several consecutive weeks of Helldivers 2, and as players continue to spill oil in the name of democracy, the nature and direction of the game's emergent narrative has gotten some timely details straight from developer Arrowhead.

The new roguelike from the Dead Cells devs looks like an incredible co-op Hades where the dodge is intentionally overpowered - gamesradar.com
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03.04.2024

The new roguelike from the Dead Cells devs looks like an incredible co-op Hades where the dodge is intentionally overpowered

Dead Cells is officially finished after seven years of support, and based on what I've seen of it so far, developer Motion Twin's next game may quickly take its place in the hearts of many fans and join the ranks of the best roguelikes. Windblown is an isometric action roguelike with support for up to three-player co-op, it's hitting PC early access later this year, and it looks like a compelling mix of modern genre staples and Dead Cells DNA.

Oh no, Helldivers 2 players are also getting wrecked by new Automaton Factory Striders that are built like Star Wars AT-ATs and apparently spawn waves of Devastators - gamesradar.com - Switzerland
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02.04.2024

Oh no, Helldivers 2 players are also getting wrecked by new Automaton Factory Striders that are built like Star Wars AT-ATs and apparently spawn waves of Devastators

Just when you think the Helldivers 2 Automaton warfront can't get any worse, the bots bring not one, but two new menaces to the battlefield. As flying Gunships shred players from the skies, new machine walkers called Factory Striders are also flattening democracy enthusiasts down on the ground. 

Ori boss on why the studio's new action RPG isn't $70: "We're not hiring hundreds of people just to create an illusion for shareholders that we're growing" - gamesradar.com - Diablo
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01.04.2024

Ori boss on why the studio's new action RPG isn't $70: "We're not hiring hundreds of people just to create an illusion for shareholders that we're growing"

No Rest for the Wicked, the Diablo-esque action RPG in the works at Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps studio Moon, won't be $70. CEO Thomas Mahler says the game's price point is down to the nature of the team, their shared stance on the rising price of games, and the notable lack of shareholders pawing at the company's books. 

The Witcher 4 won't be "The Witcher 3 in new clothing," CDPR says "we will be adding new gameplay elements and new mechanics" to the RPG - gamesradar.com
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01.04.2024

The Witcher 4 won't be "The Witcher 3 in new clothing," CDPR says "we will be adding new gameplay elements and new mechanics" to the RPG

The Witcher 4, the best working name we have for the currently untitled project Polaris, will introduce "gameplay elements and new mechanics" not seen in the previous games.

Helldivers 2 sets the record straight, gives players 24 hours to take Malevelon Creek for good: "The time has come" - gamesradar.com - county Major
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01.04.2024

Helldivers 2 sets the record straight, gives players 24 hours to take Malevelon Creek for good: "The time has come"

In a confusing twist that's seen developer Arrowhead and Game Master Joel follow the will of the player base, Helldivers 2's new Major Order has put a bullseye on Malevelon Creek to free the controversial planet once and for all.

After a failed Major Order, Helldivers 2 boss says the devs are "talking about" making planets clearer, one player-made idea is "surprisingly close to what we had" - gamesradar.com - After
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01.04.2024

After a failed Major Order, Helldivers 2 boss says the devs are "talking about" making planets clearer, one player-made idea is "surprisingly close to what we had"

As the Helldivers 2 community formally piles into Malevelon Creek for a surprise Major Order following a failed operation, creative director and Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt says the studio is talking about ways to make such orders easier to understand.

Dev on my most-anticipated open-world game talks about the exact things I was hoping for: roguelike build-crafting and cool hoverboards in Hyper Light Breaker - gamesradar.com
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29.03.2024

Dev on my most-anticipated open-world game talks about the exact things I was hoping for: roguelike build-crafting and cool hoverboards in Hyper Light Breaker

When we sat down to chat with Chris Bullock, lead animator on open-world roguelike Hyper Light Breaker at developer Heart Machine, nobody had beaten its GDC demo yet. The show's recent demo was an exciting up-close look at what's quickly become my personal most-anticipated open-world game of the year, and Bullock's comments on some of the game's nitty-gritty details have only deepened my suspicion that it could be the biggest roguelike of 2024 in more ways than one. 

Helldivers 2 devs got a letter from Alan Wake himself, and it's great: "Their righteous crusade had spread like wildfire, gained thousands, millions of followers" - gamesradar.com
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29.03.2024

Helldivers 2 devs got a letter from Alan Wake himself, and it's great: "Their righteous crusade had spread like wildfire, gained thousands, millions of followers"

Helldivers 2 developer Arrowhead Game Studios recently received a gift package from Alan Wake 2 and Control developer Remedy Games, and it came with a letter penned by none other than Alan Wake himself. It's a fun read, an in-character mix of two game worlds worth of lore, filtered through the persona of one gaming's most iconic writers, and spliced with the events of today's industry. Here's the letter in full: 

Helldivers 2's war on Automatons is going way too well, and new signs point to a major twist from Game Master Joel coming soon - gamesradar.com
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29.03.2024

Helldivers 2's war on Automatons is going way too well, and new signs point to a major twist from Game Master Joel coming soon

A new Helldivers 2 Major Order has upped the ante in the ongoing fight against the Automatons, sending players straight back to Malevelon Creek in a push to destroy a major bot factory. But this order has come amidst a suspiciously quiet moment on the western war front, and I'm more convinced than ever that we're just in the eye of the storm.

It's time, Helldivers 2 community: Malevelon Creek is a liberation target for a new Major Order to take out an Automaton factory in Game Master Joel's latest plot - gamesradar.com
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29.03.2024

It's time, Helldivers 2 community: Malevelon Creek is a liberation target for a new Major Order to take out an Automaton factory in Game Master Joel's latest plot

It all comes back to Malevelon Creek. Helldivers 2 players smashed the latest major order, and now a new one's come in to shut down an Automaton factory on planet Tibit, but we're going to have to punch through some other planets first, and the infamous Malevelon Creek is marked for liberation once again.

"You're an idiot," Baldur's Gate 3 boss says of studios firing critical technical artists, and "anyway, we're hiring them to come work for us" - gamesradar.com
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28.03.2024

"You're an idiot," Baldur's Gate 3 boss says of studios firing critical technical artists, and "anyway, we're hiring them to come work for us"

Swen Vincke, head of Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian, has been vocal about the ongoing wave of layoffs in the games industry, and reckons that cuts affecting critical departments and senior developers are especially shortsighted. 

Game devs praise Dragon's Dogma 2's insta-kill arrow, which saves the game when you use it: "Might be the funniest game design candy I've seen in a AAA video game in a long time" - gamesradar.com - county Woods
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28.03.2024

Game devs praise Dragon's Dogma 2's insta-kill arrow, which saves the game when you use it: "Might be the funniest game design candy I've seen in a AAA video game in a long time"

Dragon's Dogma 2 is, to put it mildly, an atypical RPG. To put it less mildly, Capcom was well and truly off its rocker and on a bender with this one. Exhibit A: the Unmaking Arrow, an arrow so powerful that, per its hilariously blunt in-game description, it auto-saves the game when fired, "so choose your moment with due care." Dragon's Dogma 2's approach to game design – friction-first, rule-breaking, and seriously unserious – has sparked some division but ultimately earned the game critical acclaim, and the Unmaking Arrow in particular has been lauded by many veteran game developers.

The fight against Helldivers 2's Automaton horde just got easier: 2 new guns are here, including the long-rumored Heavy Machine Gun - gamesradar.com
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28.03.2024

The fight against Helldivers 2's Automaton horde just got easier: 2 new guns are here, including the long-rumored Heavy Machine Gun

Helldivers 2 just got two new heavy weapons for democratic soldiers to bring to the ongoing fight against the Automatons, spurred by a new Major Order to liberate Troost and head off the bots' "Reclamation." The LAS-99 Quasar Cannon and MG-206 Heavy Machine Gun are now available "for immediate battlefield distribution," as developer Arrowhead Game Studios announced via Twitter today. 

Baldur's Gate 3's merchants complained to Larian again, so the RPG's latest hotfix stops "letting you generate gold" using cheesy exploits - gamesradar.com
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27.03.2024

Baldur's Gate 3's merchants complained to Larian again, so the RPG's latest hotfix stops "letting you generate gold" using cheesy exploits

Larian is done with Baldur's Gate 3, with no DLC or sequel planned, but the developer is still working on more epilogue content and regular hotfixes for the mammoth RPG. Its latest patch takes aim at a gaggle of bugs and multiple economy-breaking exploits, preventing clever thieves from effectively duplicating items using the power of containers – again. 

Tens of thousands salute Helldivers 2 player who passed away, game director says "I will speak to the team on how to remember one of the fallen" - gamesradar.com - China - Sweden
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27.03.2024

Tens of thousands salute Helldivers 2 player who passed away, game director says "I will speak to the team on how to remember one of the fallen"

A Helldivers 2 player by the in-game name of OkamiCheems sadly passed away earlier this month, as their friend Fine-Clothes-1209 recently informed the game's Reddit community, and has been sent off by tens of thousands of like-minded democracy enthusiasts in a bittersweet display of community support. 

Notoriously horny artist says he couldn't help but apply his NSFW jiggle skills to the food and characters of strategy RPG Unicorn Overlord - gamesradar.com
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21.03.2024

Notoriously horny artist says he couldn't help but apply his NSFW jiggle skills to the food and characters of strategy RPG Unicorn Overlord

With lovely strategy RPG Unicorn Overlord being a Vanillaware title, it obviously has a cute little minigame where you scarf down illegally delicious-looking food. It turns out the main artist behind these entreating entrees is also responsible for the way the game upholds another Vanillaware quirk: curiously jiggly women. 

In a rare message from Helldivers 2 Game Master Joel, Arrowhead confirms the war is bugged and not being tracked properly amid a spike in crashes after a new patch - gamesradar.com - After
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20.03.2024

In a rare message from Helldivers 2 Game Master Joel, Arrowhead confirms the war is bugged and not being tracked properly amid a spike in crashes after a new patch

The wrong kind of bug has thrown a wrench in Helldivers 2 right as players eagerly throw themselves at a daunting challenge from Game Master Joel. Developer Arrowhead has confirmed that, as players had begun to suspect after barely making any planetary progress today, democratic activities aren't being tracked properly, skewing progress in the warfront.

After 27 years, puzzle and adventure game icon Riven is getting an Unreal Engine 5 remake with new content from original dev Cyan Worlds, due later this year - gamesradar.com - After
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19.03.2024

After 27 years, puzzle and adventure game icon Riven is getting an Unreal Engine 5 remake with new content from original dev Cyan Worlds, due later this year

The Unreal Engine 5 remake of Riven: The Sequel to Myst, previously known as Riven: New Discoveries From the Lost D'ni Empire but now officially just called plain-old Riven, is coming this year, original developer Cyan Worlds has announced. 

Destiny 2's new Onslaught mode looks like the Call of Duty Zombies-style horde mode the MMO has always been perfect for, and Bungie thinks it's impossible to solo - gamesradar.com - city Midtown
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19.03.2024

Destiny 2's new Onslaught mode looks like the Call of Duty Zombies-style horde mode the MMO has always been perfect for, and Bungie thinks it's impossible to solo

Destiny 2's big Into the Light update, an interim patch to catch players up and tide them over in the lead-up to The Final Shape expansion, is coming April 9, and I don't say this lightly, Guardians, but its headlining activity might be the horde mode we've wanted for years.

Helldivers 2 Game Master Joel claps back with a tough new major order: liberate 5 planets in 3 days to secure our "economic future" - gamesradar.com
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19.03.2024

Helldivers 2 Game Master Joel claps back with a tough new major order: liberate 5 planets in 3 days to secure our "economic future"

The finest democracy spreaders in Helldivers 2 have all but been dancing in the streets on the heels of a big win that saw six planets liberated, two defended, and two sectors captured, and game master Joel has turned up right on cue to put them straight back to work. A new major order has arrived, and it's a doozy. Players have 72 hours to liberate both Fori Prime and Zagon Prime, and they'll get 35 medals if they pull it off. 

RuneScape creator says his new game is "not a traditional MMO where you play, get to the endgame, and that's where the game actually starts" - gamesradar.com - Where
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18.03.2024

RuneScape creator says his new game is "not a traditional MMO where you play, get to the endgame, and that's where the game actually starts"

Brighter Shores, the upcoming MMO from original RuneScape creator and Jagex founder Andrew Gower, loosely channels RuneScape in its focus on relaxing grinds, a mix of idle gameplay, and branching professions. In an interview with GamesRadar+, Gower touched on another similarity with Old School RuneScape especially: "It is more about the journey than it is about the endgame."

RuneScape creator says his new MMO doesn't have to worry about investors: "There's no publishers, no one breathing down my neck ... I want people to enjoy my game" - gamesradar.com
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16.03.2024

RuneScape creator says his new MMO doesn't have to worry about investors: "There's no publishers, no one breathing down my neck ... I want people to enjoy my game"

As original RuneScape creator Andrew Gower marches toward the release of his new MMO, Brighter Shores, later this year, he's comforted by the fact that his small team of just eight developers only has to answer to themselves.

As the creator of RuneScape tells me about his new MMO, it sounds like a dream game for folks who want a "nice, relaxing escape" – especially RuneScape fans - gamesradar.com
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16.03.2024

As the creator of RuneScape tells me about his new MMO, it sounds like a dream game for folks who want a "nice, relaxing escape" – especially RuneScape fans

RuneScape creator and Jagex founder Andrew Gower recently revealed his next MMO, Brighter Shores, which has been in the works at his new studio, Fen Research, for about 10 years. That said, it's technically seven years if you separate engine time, prototyping, and "earnest" game development.

Palworld devs tease upcoming patch with the Pal task management menu players have wanted since launch 2 months ago: "Enjoy some relaxing base management" - gamesradar.com
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15.03.2024

Palworld devs tease upcoming patch with the Pal task management menu players have wanted since launch 2 months ago: "Enjoy some relaxing base management"

Since launch in January, Palworld players have been begging for the survival game to add an essential colony sim feature: the ability to precisely assign workers to different tasks. In a new image posted to Discord by community manager Bucky, developer Pocketpair has teased just that. Have a look:

The fantasy anime I've waited literally 15 years for is finally airing next month and I simply will not shut up until you watch it - gamesradar.com - Britain - state Indiana - county Lawrence
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13.03.2024

The fantasy anime I've waited literally 15 years for is finally airing next month and I simply will not shut up until you watch it

I'm struck by the fact that I've spent exactly half of my life, a full 15 years, waiting on a new anime adaptation for Spice and Wolf, and now it's finally airing next month via Crunchyroll. 

Helldivers 2 propaganda hits a new peak as devs lie about flying bugs while players forge documents: "These traitors are working overtime to fill your heads with lies" - gamesradar.com - While - These
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13.03.2024

Helldivers 2 propaganda hits a new peak as devs lie about flying bugs while players forge documents: "These traitors are working overtime to fill your heads with lies"

The undercurrent of propaganda that shapes Helldivers 2's obnoxiously yet endearingly democratic universe has truly boiled over in the wake of conflicting, definitely real reports from the game's community and developers alike.

Helldivers 2 players are closing in on their first "permanent" win in the bug war, so surely nothing will go horribly wrong when game master Joel presses a big red button - gamesradar.com
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13.03.2024

Helldivers 2 players are closing in on their first "permanent" win in the bug war, so surely nothing will go horribly wrong when game master Joel presses a big red button

Good job, recruits. Helldivers 2 players have descended on four "high-priority" planets to deploy a grid of Termicide dispensers that should shut down the local bug population for good, and the latest report from developer Arrowhead indicates the community is about to "permanently contain bugs."

The solo dev behind one of the wildest narratives in JRPG history agrees "it was a miracle that the story came together in the end" - gamesradar.com - Japan
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12.03.2024

The solo dev behind one of the wildest narratives in JRPG history agrees "it was a miracle that the story came together in the end"

Astlibra Revision is a genre-blending, timeline-hopping experience that makes the usual JRPG plot of steadily escalating toward fighting god look downright tame. It feels like reading a '90s sci-fantasy manga in a wind tunnel. It's also infuriatingly difficult to explain without spoiling the crap out of it (I gave it a try in 2022). That girl in the above image? I cannot begin to describe her character arc. 

Genshin Impact 4.5 release date and time - When the Chiori banner starts - gamesradar.com - China
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12.03.2024

Genshin Impact 4.5 release date and time - When the Chiori banner starts

The Genshin Impact version 4.5 release time is getting close, with the update due today, March 12, at around 8pm PT / 11pm ET / 3am BT (March 13). As ever, patches technically arrive a day early thanks to time lag from Chinese developer Hoyoverse, but the exact release time will depend on maintenance downtime. If we're lucky, version 4.5 may arrive up to an hour early. 

One of the best action RPGs of 2024 gets better as Granblue Fantasy Relink rolls out the kind of endgame live services would kill for, plus more gorgeous characters - gamesradar.com
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11.03.2024

One of the best action RPGs of 2024 gets better as Granblue Fantasy Relink rolls out the kind of endgame live services would kill for, plus more gorgeous characters

Granblue Fantasy Relink, a surprise hit that's managed to stand out in a year positively stuffed with JRPGs, is barely a month old but already rolling out an exciting roadmap of free content that starts with a new boss coming this Thursday, March 14.

After almost 2 years, Genshin Impact confirms Arlecchino for update 4.6 in one of the open-world RPG's most-anticipated reveals ever - gamesradar.com - Reveals - After
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11.03.2024

After almost 2 years, Genshin Impact confirms Arlecchino for update 4.6 in one of the open-world RPG's most-anticipated reveals ever

Arlecchino, one of the Fatui Harbingers introduced in Genshin Impact's July 2022 story trailer, is coming to the open-world RPG in update 4.6, due April 23. 

Final Fantasy 7 writer "regretted" parts of the original JRPG and saw Rebirth and Remake as a chance to "properly portray Aerith and Tifa’s friendship" - gamesradar.com
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08.03.2024

Final Fantasy 7 writer "regretted" parts of the original JRPG and saw Rebirth and Remake as a chance to "properly portray Aerith and Tifa’s friendship"

Final Fantasy 7 writer Kazushige Nojima says he "regretted" how Aerith and Tifa's relationship was handled in the original JRPG, and therefore saw Remake and now Rebirth as opportunities to make good on the friendship he envisioned all those years ago.

Helldivers 2 boss says players unlocked mechs "4x faster than we thought," and are now calling in so many EXO-45s that the servers are struggling again - gamesradar.com
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08.03.2024

Helldivers 2 boss says players unlocked mechs "4x faster than we thought," and are now calling in so many EXO-45s that the servers are struggling again

Man, y'all really like mechs. The long-awaited Helldivers 2 mechs hit the game earlier today following the liberation of planet Tien Kwan, and it seems the community's enthusiasm has outpaced developer expectations and server limitations once again. 

Beloved indie dev "miraculously" lands co-op game featuring 9 of the biggest vtubers on Earth, but pays a heavy price: "My cringe ass trying to voice act" - gamesradar.com
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08.03.2024

Beloved indie dev "miraculously" lands co-op game featuring 9 of the biggest vtubers on Earth, but pays a heavy price: "My cringe ass trying to voice act"

Earlier this month, Kay Yu, the lead dev behind Vampire Survivors-esque roguelike phenomenon HoloCure announced a promising new co-op brawler called Holo X Break. Yu has since confirmed that Holo X Break will feature voice acting from at least nine streamers of featured vtubing organization Hololive – all sizable internet celebrities in their own right, with enough subscribers to put them at the top of the whole vtubing industry – but it seems getting them on-board put him through the most embarrassing moment of his life. 

Helldivers 2 finally gets its mechs in our first post-launch Stratagem after players liberate Tien Kwan in record time - gamesradar.com - After
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08.03.2024

Helldivers 2 finally gets its mechs in our first post-launch Stratagem after players liberate Tien Kwan in record time

Helldivers 2 mechs are finally here, people. Just one day after galactic game master Joel added factory planet Tien Kwan to the war front in a surprise twist that delayed the mecha mayhem, hundreds of thousands of Helldivers have successfully liberated the joint and unlocked the new mech Stratagem for everyone. 

Helldivers 2 devs know you're getting wrecked by Chargers and Hulks, promise changes to "spawn rates and health pools" so heavy enemies are "easier to bring down" - gamesradar.com
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07.03.2024

Helldivers 2 devs know you're getting wrecked by Chargers and Hulks, promise changes to "spawn rates and health pools" so heavy enemies are "easier to bring down"

Helldivers 2 developer Arrowhead Game Studios is working on what's handily been the most-requested balance change since launch: nerfs to the Chargers, Hulks, Bile Titans, and other heavy enemies that are currently running roughshod over even the most democratic players.

CD Projekt dev congratulates Cyberpunk 2077 player on finding an Easter egg photobomb after the RPG's latest update - gamesradar.com - China - Poland - city Boston - city Night - After
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07.03.2024

CD Projekt dev congratulates Cyberpunk 2077 player on finding an Easter egg photobomb after the RPG's latest update

Cyberpunk 2077 patch 2.12 hit the RPG on February 29 alongside some relatively short patch notes. The patch notably didn't mention a newly discovered Easter egg attached to an unassuming diner in Watson district, which the devs at CD Projekt Red were only recently musing about being undiscovered.

Helldivers 2 CEO says Arrowhead has "taken action internally to educate our developers" after game balance debates got out of hand - gamesradar.com - After
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07.03.2024

Helldivers 2 CEO says Arrowhead has "taken action internally to educate our developers" after game balance debates got out of hand

After a few incendiary statements from development and community figures poured kerosene on the debates dominating the Helldivers 2 player base after its recent balance patch, Arrowhead CEO and game director Johan Pilestedt stepped in to assure players that such snippy remarks are "not a message that the studio stands behind."

Helldivers 2 balance lead says the "don't nerf, only buff" approach is a horrible idea as the community reacts to top weapon nerfs - gamesradar.com
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06.03.2024

Helldivers 2 balance lead says the "don't nerf, only buff" approach is a horrible idea as the community reacts to top weapon nerfs

As the Helldivers 2 community learns a whole new meta in the wake of a major balance patch that took a hammer to favorites like the railgun and personal shield, one balance lead from developer Arrowhead has advised players to learn to embrace nerfs rather than constantly asking exclusively for buffs.

The original legendary Stalker trilogy, still an open-world FPS icon, gets "refined for console" in surprise Xbox and PlayStation release - gamesradar.com
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06.03.2024

The original legendary Stalker trilogy, still an open-world FPS icon, gets "refined for console" in surprise Xbox and PlayStation release

The original three Stalker games made a surprise appearance at today's third-party Xbox showcase – surprising to those who hadn't seen the leaks, anyway – with a "refined" trilogy bringing the games to consoles for the first time.

Oops, Destiny 2's best farm ever was literally just the MMO playing itself: bugged Lost Sectors were auto-completing and spitting out free Exotics in seconds - gamesradar.com
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05.03.2024

Oops, Destiny 2's best farm ever was literally just the MMO playing itself: bugged Lost Sectors were auto-completing and spitting out free Exotics in seconds

Destiny 2 players, we've got another unintended farm for the record books, and this one's a doozy. Following today's Guardian Games update, featured Lost Sectors would auto-complete the second you'd load in, spitting out enhancement materials and even Exotics immediately after starting the activity. Sadly, Bungie was quick on the draw here: it's been patched. 

Helldivers 2 dev casually confirms mechs are coming "soon" – meet the EXO-45 Patriot Exosuit - gamesradar.com
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05.03.2024

Helldivers 2 dev casually confirms mechs are coming "soon" – meet the EXO-45 Patriot Exosuit

Long-rumored Helldivers 2 mechs are officially on the way, and they're coming "soon."

Putting out an MMO fire, Temtem devs confirm the last big update for the "MMO-lite," cut "all of the microtransactions in the game," and tease another new game - gamesradar.com - Poland
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04.03.2024

Putting out an MMO fire, Temtem devs confirm the last big update for the "MMO-lite," cut "all of the microtransactions in the game," and tease another new game

Formally addressing community unrest stirred in part by recent comments from its CEO, Temtem developer Crema released a lengthy statement explaining the future of the game, why it's sort of but also not really an MMO, as well as the other games it's working on.

As Helldivers 2 players died millions of times on planet Mort, D&D-style war master Joel was "watching it all go down" and called it a "thing of beauty" - gamesradar.com
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04.03.2024

As Helldivers 2 players died millions of times on planet Mort, D&D-style war master Joel was "watching it all go down" and called it a "thing of beauty"

Helldivers 2 players died over 10 million times taking one planet, Mort, from the Automatons last week, and you'd better believe that galactic D&D game master Joel was watching the whole thing from the front row with a bucket of popcorn in one hand and a waving lighter in the other.

Helldivers 2 got so big that its virtual D&D master Joel needed "emergency" assistance: "He's only one guy, and he was just not sleeping ... sending me messages at 4am" - gamesradar.com
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04.03.2024

Helldivers 2 got so big that its virtual D&D master Joel needed "emergency" assistance: "He's only one guy, and he was just not sleeping ... sending me messages at 4am"

Helldivers 2's dynamic warfront is being conducted almost exclusively by a single D&D-style game master named Joel, but the co-op shooter's explosive launch has gotten so big that Joel needed "emergency" reinforcements of his own within developer Arrowhead Game Studios.

Money-hating creator of one of the highest-rated roguelikes in Steam history says "oops I made a second game" in the most casual reveal of 2024 - gamesradar.com - Britain - Japan
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01.03.2024

Money-hating creator of one of the highest-rated roguelikes in Steam history says "oops I made a second game" in the most casual reveal of 2024

HoloCure - Save the Fans is still one of the best and best-rated roguelikes on Steam, and its lead developer, animator Kay Yu, is now at work on a second game that looks like a River City Girls-inspired 2D co-op brawler. 

The $6 Metroidvania that lit Steam on fire last year hits 100K sales, self-taught dev who made the game in a few months "still having trouble processing" - gamesradar.com
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01.03.2024

The $6 Metroidvania that lit Steam on fire last year hits 100K sales, self-taught dev who made the game in a few months "still having trouble processing"

Pseudoregalia, a 3D Metroidvania released last summer for just $6, ended up being one of the best and biggest surprise hits of the year. As lead developer Rittz told me in an interview in September 2023, he made most of the game himself in about four months after getting into game dev as a self-taught newcomer. As of today, which has yielded a chunky map update for the game, Pseudoregalia has passed 100,000 copies sold, and Rittz is "still having trouble processing." 

Brave Elden Ring player dies at least 2,333 times across "2-3 months" beating the RPG at level 1 even though "I'm terrible at these games" - gamesradar.com - These
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01.03.2024

Brave Elden Ring player dies at least 2,333 times across "2-3 months" beating the RPG at level 1 even though "I'm terrible at these games"

Elden Ring, like all of FromSoftware's famously challenging action RPGs, has been trivialized in about a million different ways. Two Malenias at once, no-hit randomizer runs, literal mind games – the list goes on. Arguably the most popular way to absolutely flex on the denizens of the Lands Between is clearing the whole game without leveling up a single time, with Elden Ring now a major part of the OneBros Reddit community where unleveled FromSoft diehards gather. 

Helldivers 2 CEO acknowledges the meta in the best way: "Give the new player the shield backpack and the railgun. You can do without it if you are a true Helldiver" - gamesradar.com
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01.03.2024

Helldivers 2 CEO acknowledges the meta in the best way: "Give the new player the shield backpack and the railgun. You can do without it if you are a true Helldiver"

Addressing the Helldivers 2 meta while leaning into the game's winking fascist veneer, CEO Johan Pilestedt of developer Arrowhead Game Studios advised veterans to treat new players kindly by showering them in heavy armaments, not fascism.

Borderlands studio Gearbox reportedly being sold off once again as Embracer continues its $2 billion tailspin - gamesradar.com
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29.02.2024

Borderlands studio Gearbox reportedly being sold off once again as Embracer continues its $2 billion tailspin

Gearbox may be the next to escape Embracer Group as the massive company continues to hemorrhage staff and studios as part of a restructuring effort sparked by a $2 billion deal that fell through last year. 

As catastrophic layoffs rattle the games industry, FPS legend John Romero says "I've never seen anything like we're seeing now" - gamesradar.com
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29.02.2024

As catastrophic layoffs rattle the games industry, FPS legend John Romero says "I've never seen anything like we're seeing now"

On the heels of 670 layoffs at EA, merely the latest publisher to add to a dizzying list of thousands of game developers put out of work in the past year – hell, in the past two months alone – FPS legend and veritable Doom man John Romero reckons this is an unprecedented dip for the games industry. 

Helldivers 2 players died over 10 million times taking a single planet, Mort, from the Automatons this week – and even then barely pulled it off - gamesradar.com - state Indiana
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29.02.2024

Helldivers 2 players died over 10 million times taking a single planet, Mort, from the Automatons this week – and even then barely pulled it off

The campaign to defend a single planet, Mort, from Helldivers 2's encroaching Automaton threat saw players die "over 10 million" times in the past two days alone. 

Helldivers 2's first balance patch is coming, dev responds to meta-weary fans tired of "underperforming" guns and stratagems - gamesradar.com
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29.02.2024

Helldivers 2's first balance patch is coming, dev responds to meta-weary fans tired of "underperforming" guns and stratagems

To the dismay of bugs and bots everywhere, it sounds like the weakest weapons in Helldivers 2 are due for a buff in an upcoming balance patch.

MMO community celebrates beloved player's release from hell after a truly filthy 2,500-hour Old School RuneScape grind: "I'm astounded at the sheer willpower" - gamesradar.com - After
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28.02.2024

MMO community celebrates beloved player's release from hell after a truly filthy 2,500-hour Old School RuneScape grind: "I'm astounded at the sheer willpower"

Old School RuneScape – and also regular RuneScape – developer Jagex has a new corporate owner, but it's business as usual for the MMO's community, which is still hard at work finishing grinds that nobody, not one soul on this Earth, asked or expected them to actually do. The latest landmark achievement comes from well-liked content creator Limpwurt, who's finally emerged from a self-imposed grind that started some 2,500 hours of game time ago in August 2023, but at least he's got a really cool cape and a baby mole to show for it. 

Helldivers 2 escort missions are out of control, but we're in this together so the community's desperately trying to help their fellow recruits stay alive - gamesradar.com
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28.02.2024

Helldivers 2 escort missions are out of control, but we're in this together so the community's desperately trying to help their fellow recruits stay alive

Helldivers, we have yet another problem. Despite their best efforts, some Helldivers 2 recruits – and I'm not just talking about new cadets, who get the benefit of the doubt – are really struggling with the escort missions currently dominating the Automaton warfront. I get it, they're hard. Arguably too hard on occasion, the occasion being, almost every single one on any remotely high difficulty. But the bugs and bots ain't going anywhere and neither are escort missions, so we're gonna have to get through this together. Luckily, the community's been hard at work sharing helpful tips for escorting civilians while keeping their insides inside at least 25% of the time. 

As Helldivers 2 draws Metal Gear Solid 5 comparisons, Obsidian RPG master Josh Sawyer says "more games should just directly copy stuff that feels good" - gamesradar.com
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28.02.2024

As Helldivers 2 draws Metal Gear Solid 5 comparisons, Obsidian RPG master Josh Sawyer says "more games should just directly copy stuff that feels good"

In amongst the expected Star Troopers chatter, a less obvious comparison for Helldivers 2 has quietly been making the rounds: 2015's Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Unexpected overlap in stealth, movement, and gunplay has brought Kojima's open-world action espionage masterwork back into the spotlight, and director Josh Sawyer of RPG powerhouse Obsidian reckons it's all just more evidence that more games shouldn't feel bad about copying stuff that works well and feels good. 

Nintendo takes Switch emulator Yuzu to court in major lawsuit, alleging it fueled 1 million illegal downloads of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom before release - gamesradar.com - state Rhode Island
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28.02.2024

Nintendo takes Switch emulator Yuzu to court in major lawsuit, alleging it fueled 1 million illegal downloads of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom before release

Prolific Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu is the latest to receive a lawsuit from Nintendo, and it's a big one. The house of Mario alleges that the program fueled a rush that saw The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom illegally downloaded over 1 million times before the game was properly released, and that's just one item on Nintendo's laundry list of alleged damages, which collectively take aim at a major emulator in a way that's rarely seen, even from such a famously litigious company, drawing many comparisons to Sony's lawsuit against Bleem. 

"The biggest revolution in gaming in decades" is a $180 AI-powered fart box that makes your room smell of blood, gunfire, explosions, and – seriously – "clean air" - gamesradar.com
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27.02.2024

"The biggest revolution in gaming in decades" is a $180 AI-powered fart box that makes your room smell of blood, gunfire, explosions, and – seriously – "clean air"

Technology, as storied author Ursula K. Le Guin noted in a prescient 2005 post, is not limited to high-tech hardware but also encompasses the likes of paper, furniture, medicine, and much more. I would go further and argue that some outwardly high-tech hardware should not be classified as technology, and I will now point any naysayers to the GameScent Automated Gaming Scent Atomizer, a $180 AI-powered box that will fart out smells designed to match whatever game you're currently playing.

Palworld devs "apologize for inadvertently fixing a bug" that was apparently intentionally left in the survival game so players could have fun with it - gamesradar.com - Britain
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27.02.2024

Palworld devs "apologize for inadvertently fixing a bug" that was apparently intentionally left in the survival game so players could have fun with it

The line between bugs and features grows ever thinner as Palworld developer Pocketpair apologizes for "inadvertently fixing a bug" that players were having a lot of fun with. 

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