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An incredible XCOM-like strategy game is finally getting a sequel after 9 years - the latest in a criminally slept-on series that's never seen a bad game - gamesradar.com
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17.04.2024

An incredible XCOM-like strategy game is finally getting a sequel after 9 years - the latest in a criminally slept-on series that's never seen a bad game

After proving themselves in darn near every genre under the sun, the devs behind the incredible SteamWorld series are finally returning to the format of their fantastic XCOM-style strategy game with a proper sequel set to launch later this year.

No Rest For The Wicked is a dark and dangerous addition to the action RPG genre - thesixthaxis.com
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20.04.2024

No Rest For The Wicked is a dark and dangerous addition to the action RPG genre

Accompanied by strains of vocal-led orchestral music, the Moon Studios title rises into view. For many, this is reason enough to sit up and take notice of No Rest For The Wicked. For the studio behind the sublime Ori series, a visually arresting and emotional pair of platformers, this is the tricky third album: a new IP, a new direction, and a launch into Early Access along with it. Taking a swing at the action RPG genre, there’s echoes of From Software alongside Diablo here, and yet, Moon Studios’ enigmatic outlook shines through. On first impressions alone, there’s nothing to be worried about for fans of the studio – excusing the decadent horrors that lie within.

Dune: Part Two, Netflix’s Rebel Moon Part Two, and every new movie to watch at home this weekend - polygon.com - state Massachusets
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20.04.2024

Dune: Part Two, Netflix’s Rebel Moon Part Two, and every new movie to watch at home this weekend

Greetings, Polygon readers! Each week, we round up the most notable new releases to streaming and VOD, highlighting the biggest and best new movies for you to watch at home.

Former Blizzard president and Diablo co-leader says new ARPG from Ori devs is "exactly where the ARPG genre needs to go to stay relevant" - gamesradar.com - Diablo
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19.04.2024

Former Blizzard president and Diablo co-leader says new ARPG from Ori devs is "exactly where the ARPG genre needs to go to stay relevant"

Moon Studios may be known for its hit Metroidvania games, but its new action RPG, No Rest for the Wicked, is now available in early access, and former Blizzard president Mike Ybarra believes its "bold direction" is what the genre needs to "stay relevant."

Top-Down Phenomena Vampire Survivors Confirms Platinum Trophy on PS5, PS4 | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Australia
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19.04.2024

Top-Down Phenomena Vampire Survivors Confirms Platinum Trophy on PS5, PS4 | Push Square

Indie slam dunk Vampire Survivors has officially been confirmed for a PS5 and PS4 release and is expected to enthral millions when it arrives this Summer. Trophy Hunters will be glad to know the devs have confirmed a Platinum Trophy awaits those willing to undergo a true nightmare to obtain it.

Wizards of the Coast Already Courting Multiple Studios to Develop Next Baldur's Gate | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Australia - city Eugene, county Evans - county Evans
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19.04.2024

Wizards of the Coast Already Courting Multiple Studios to Develop Next Baldur's Gate | Push Square

Baldur's Gate fans, new and old, will remember where they were when they first heard that dark horse Larian Studios would not be developing the next game. How could any dev walk away from an achievement like Baldur's Gate 3, a masterpiece which teased a vanishingly rare «10» out of this stingy scribe, one of only two ever given? Sadly, this is the reality in which we live, and IP-holder Wizards of the Coast has already moved on, actively courting other developers, with RPG studios lining up to throw their hats in the ring.

Super Earth Demands Helldivers 2 Players Slaughter 2 Billion Terminids | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Australia
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19.04.2024

Super Earth Demands Helldivers 2 Players Slaughter 2 Billion Terminids | Push Square

Helldivers 2 players have been issued a new directive as the Galactic War effort again devolves into a grinding stalemate. The Automatons have deployed increasing numbers of Factory Striders to break the impasse, but for now, the line holds. To amass the necessary fuel to fire a Super Earth counterattack, billions of Terminids must die to acquire enough of that sweet, sweet oil E-710.

The director of upcoming Sims competitor Life By You says life sims are "the most complex RPGs ever written" - gamesradar.com
gamesradar.com
18.04.2024

The director of upcoming Sims competitor Life By You says life sims are "the most complex RPGs ever written"

The director of upcoming Sims competitor Life By You says life sims are "the most complex" RPGs and crafting games ever made.  

The best cozy games - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
17.04.2024

The best cozy games

In a world where so many games send you on missions with tense action and high stakes, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and relax a bit. That’s where the cozy genre comes in with calming exploration, crafting, and decorating that give you a sense of purpose without all of the stress that comes from more action-oriented games.

Homeworld 3: release date window, trailer, pre-order, and more - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
16.04.2024

Homeworld 3: release date window, trailer, pre-order, and more

The long, long wait for a new Homeworld title is finally coming to a close. This classic RTS series once stood toe-to-toe with the titans of the genre such as StarCraft and Command and Conquer, but aside from a more recent prequel, it hasn’t been seen since the sequel in 2003.

Zack Snyder wants to release his Sucker Punch director's cut to make its meaning more obvious: "It's shocking to me how misunderstood the movie was" - gamesradar.com
gamesradar.com
16.04.2024

Zack Snyder wants to release his Sucker Punch director's cut to make its meaning more obvious: "It's shocking to me how misunderstood the movie was"

Zack Snyder and director's cuts go hand in hand, though there's one film in particular that the director still feels he has unfinished business with. 

How to sign up for the Rogue Prince of Persia alpha test - digitaltrends.com - Jordan
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15.04.2024

How to sign up for the Rogue Prince of Persia alpha test

After the launch of the excellent Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown at the beginning of 2024, no one was expecting a second game in the franchise so soon. And yet, The Rogue Prince of Persia was revealed during the Triple-I Initiative as a roguelike take on the genre. Coming from the developer of Dead Cells, this game was one of the highlights of the show thanks to it's slick gameplay and unique and fluid art style. There was no release date given, but the game is entering early access May 14. However, you can get your hands on it even earlier if you apply to participate in the alpha test.

2024’s funniest comedy runs silent movies through a video game filter - polygon.com - Usa - state Michigan - county Lake
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15.04.2024

2024’s funniest comedy runs silent movies through a video game filter

American comedy has strayed from the light of its ancestors. Gone are the days of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, when jokes and visual surprises flew at a mile a minute and were matched by the cinematic creativity and physical daring of the auteurs behind them.

FromSoftware Fans Share The Best Level From Each Soulslike - thegamer.com
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15.04.2024

FromSoftware Fans Share The Best Level From Each Soulslike

When it comes to the game studios known for their level design, you don't get much better than FromSoftware. Over the course of the past two decades, the studio has been responsible for creating some of the most intricate and complex levels in the gaming history, and FromSoftware fans recently went back through the developer's soulslike catalog to name their favorite level from each.

The best games on Netflix Games - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
14.04.2024

The best games on Netflix Games

Every joke possible has already been made about Netflix Games being — or not being — “the Netflix of games,” so we won’t waste your time trying to come up with another one. In the end, Netflix Games is doing its own thing rather than following the lead of other subscription services, and considering that nearly everyone has access to a Netflix account already, there’s no barrier to entry for its huge audience to check out its library of games. All you need is a smartphone and the Netflix app, and you’re all set.

Kung Fu Panda 4, Argylle, Netflix’s The Bricklayer, and every new movie to watch this weekend - polygon.com - Usa - Spain
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13.04.2024

Kung Fu Panda 4, Argylle, Netflix’s The Bricklayer, and every new movie to watch this weekend

Greetings, Polygon readers! Each week, we round up the most notable new releases to streaming and VOD, highlighting the biggest and best new movies for you to watch at home.

A Dungeons & Dragons actual play show is going to sell out Madison Square Garden - techcrunch.com - New York
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12.04.2024

A Dungeons & Dragons actual play show is going to sell out Madison Square Garden

What does Taylor Swift have in common with a group of improv comedians pretending to be wizards? They can both sell out Madison Square Garden (… and also, their fans kind of hate Ticketmaster now).

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Preview – A Metroidvania tinged with melancholy - thesixthaxis.com
thesixthaxis.com
12.04.2024

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Preview – A Metroidvania tinged with melancholy

Video games are all about dying. Be it Pac-Man failing to escape a ghost and bursting into pixelated oblivion, Mario melting himself by accidentally leaping into a pool of lava, or being one of the 99 that fails to win in a battle royale, gamers worldwide have died a thousand deaths. Thankfully, the grim reaper is a mere inconvenience in these digital realms, another obstacle you must traverse in order to do a Cody Rhodes and ‘finish the story’. Far fewer games explore the topic of Death in real life, the one with a capital ‘D’ that we all try really hard not to think about and desperately hope doesn’t apply to us or our loved ones. Tales of Kenzera: ZAU, however, well, that takes a long and hard look at death. Indeed, death, sorrow, and loss, is the very reason for this metroidvania’s existence.

The 5 Best Marvel & DC Superhero Sega Genesis Games - fortressofsolitude.co.za - Japan
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11.04.2024

The 5 Best Marvel & DC Superhero Sega Genesis Games

Ah, the Sega Genesis days. A simpler time when you didn’t need to purchase a season pass or coordinate time zones with your friend in Japan. No, if you wanted to play, you’d fire up your console and get to it. Back then, the superhero genre, or the superhero game genre, wasn’t as massive as it is now. Sure, people knew all about Batman, Spider-Man and all the rest of them, but it wasn’t the mania we have now. There was still a plethora of superpowered video games to play. Truth be told, most of them were okay, while only a handful stood out. So, let’s take a look at those Marvel and DC superhero games on the Sega Genesis that deserve to be revisited.

This $15 Steam game is a must-buy for Zelda fans - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
11.04.2024

This $15 Steam game is a must-buy for Zelda fans

The past year was the Legend of Zelda series’ moment to shine thanks to the excellent Tears of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, there’s something bittersweet about that: It means we’re likely not getting another Zelda game for a long time. While Switch ports of some classic 3D games have been long-rumored for Switch and we could always get a surprise remake à laLink’s Awakening, Link isn’t currently scheduled to set off on his next journey anytime soon.

Miniclip has acquired Powerwash Simulator maker FuturLab - pcgamesinsider.biz - Britain
pcgamesinsider.biz
11.04.2024

Miniclip has acquired Powerwash Simulator maker FuturLab

Miniclip has bought UK developer FuturLab for an undisclosed sum.

Slay The Spire 2 Announced For 2025 Release - thegamer.com - county Early
thegamer.com
10.04.2024

Slay The Spire 2 Announced For 2025 Release

Slay the Spire 2, a sequel to the beloved roguelike deck-builder, has been revealed at the Triple-i Initiative and is launching in Early Access at some point in 2025.

All upcoming PC games: 2024 and beyond - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
10.04.2024

All upcoming PC games: 2024 and beyond

While the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X might dominate the gaming news spotlight, the PC continues to be one of the best gaming platforms out there. 2024 saw a variety of high-profile releases, and there’s still more to come.

Former Destiny leads have a new studio and a new game - polygon.com
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09.04.2024

Former Destiny leads have a new studio and a new game

A team led by the former creative director on Destiny announced Tuesday that they’re working on a new game under parent company ProbablyMonsters, the studio founded by former Bungie president and CEO Harold Ryan. That new development team is named Hidden Grove, and is working on an original “multiplayer competitive adventure game” built on Unreal Engine 5.

Shōgun has a hidden Star Wars influence - polygon.com - Japan
polygon.com
09.04.2024

Shōgun has a hidden Star Wars influence

If you ask co-creators Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo about the subtitles of their FX adaptation of Shōgun, they’re going to tell you about it in depth. As they should; like with so many decisions in making Shōgun, the details are crucial.

Beat Saber releases first-ever Hip Hop Mixtape, out today - blog.playstation.com
blog.playstation.com
09.04.2024

Beat Saber releases first-ever Hip Hop Mixtape, out today

Beat Saber is not stopping! Hip Hop has long been one of the most requested music genres and the least represented within the game, but the wait is over: the Hip Hop Mixtape is out now on Beat Saber for PS VR2 and PS VR. The track list includes some of the biggest names in Hip Hop like Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, and 2Pac, covering different eras and styles of this influential music genre.

NYT Mini Crossword today: puzzle answers for Tuesday, April 9 - digitaltrends.com - New York - city New York
digitaltrends.com
09.04.2024

NYT Mini Crossword today: puzzle answers for Tuesday, April 9

Love crossword puzzles but don’t have all day to sit and solve a full-sized puzzle in your daily newspaper? That’s what The Mini is for!

Fallout, The Sympathizer, Kaiju No. 8, and more new TV this week - polygon.com - France - Vietnam - county Robertson - county Geneva
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08.04.2024

Fallout, The Sympathizer, Kaiju No. 8, and more new TV this week

It’s a big week for TV! By which I mean, to me, there’s a lot of bangers this week.

Inkbound Review: "A Remarkable Roguelike" - screenrant.com
screenrant.com
08.04.2024

Inkbound Review: "A Remarkable Roguelike"

, from developer Shiny Shoe, is the studio's follow-up effort to the award-winning. While they're starkly different, they do exist within the same roguelike genre, and it appears that lessons learned from the previous game have colored what's available in. What's here is a remarkable roguelike that successfully captures the «one more time» gameplay that characterizes the greats, all the while captivating with metaprogression that keeps things fresh enough to warrant deeper exploration.

Inkbound is already changing the way I think about roguelikes - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
08.04.2024

Inkbound is already changing the way I think about roguelikes

I don’t envy anyone who sets out to make a roguelike. The genre presents a wide range of challenges that can make or break a game. How long should a run take? What’s the right amount of challenge? How do you keep people coming back for one more run? The answer to one of those questions could be the wrong solution for the others. It’s the most delicate of digital balancing acts that only a handful of studios have down to a science.

This Popular Sports Manga Will Try a Unique New Style for Upcoming Arc - gamerant.com - Japan
gamerant.com
08.04.2024

This Popular Sports Manga Will Try a Unique New Style for Upcoming Arc

Sports anime and manga remain one of the most popular genres, with new ones coming out every season. That doesn't mean the classics are not popular now, however, and one manga is continuing to be published more than forty years after it first debuted. After more than forty years, though, it is going to try something really new to keep fans interested, and keep the manga alive.

Baldur's Gate 3 publishing director compares success of the "f***ing CRPG" to Palworld, says "it's not rocket science" why the survival game is doing so well - gamesradar.com
gamesradar.com
08.04.2024

Baldur's Gate 3 publishing director compares success of the "f***ing CRPG" to Palworld, says "it's not rocket science" why the survival game is doing so well

There's no denying Baldur's Gate 3's massive popularity, and its director of publishing, Michael Douse, has drawn comparison between it and the survival crafting game Palworld for finding success with a game that not all investors might have taken a chance on. 

The best movies new to streaming this April - polygon.com - Colombia
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06.04.2024

The best movies new to streaming this April

Greetings, Polygon readers! April is here, and you know what that means. That’s right: There’s a slew of exciting new films coming out in theaters this month, like the sci-fi drama The Beast starring Léa Seydoux, Alex Garland’s Civil War, Dev Patel’s Monkey Man, and more. All of those look great, but if you’re looking to enjoy a fantastic movie from the comfort of your home, there’s a wealth of great films to watch on streaming in April.

Baldur's Gate 3 Dev Thinks Games Shouldn't Be Judged By Their Genre - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
06.04.2024

Baldur's Gate 3 Dev Thinks Games Shouldn't Be Judged By Their Genre

You'll struggle to find anyone that wasn't surprised by Baldur's Gate 3's rampant success over the past year. It's an excellent RPG and one of the most ambitious the industry has ever seen, but many assumed that its genre would have been too significant of a barrier for the game to break into the mainstream.

Wish, Netflix’s Scoop, The Zone of Interest, and every new movie to watch this weekend - polygon.com - Usa - county Andrew
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05.04.2024

Wish, Netflix’s Scoop, The Zone of Interest, and every new movie to watch this weekend

Greetings, Polygon readers! Each week, we round up the most notable new releases to streaming and VOD, highlighting the biggest and best new movies for you to watch at home.

NYT Mini Crossword today: puzzle answers for Friday, April 5 - digitaltrends.com - New York - city New York
digitaltrends.com
05.04.2024

NYT Mini Crossword today: puzzle answers for Friday, April 5

Love crossword puzzles but don’t have all day to sit and solve a full-sized puzzle in your daily newspaper? That’s what The Mini is for!

Lord of the Rings Influenced a Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Quest - ign.com
ign.com
05.04.2024

Lord of the Rings Influenced a Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Quest

Spoiler Warning: This article features minor spoilers of an enemy which appears in a late game mission of Cyberpunk 2077's Phantom Liberty expansion.

BattleJuice Alchemist puts a potion-flinging spin on the RPG formula - gamesradar.com - Diablo
gamesradar.com
05.04.2024

BattleJuice Alchemist puts a potion-flinging spin on the RPG formula

BattleJuice Alchemist, an action RPG that combines the isometric combat of games like Diablo and Hades with the intense one-on-one battles popularized by JRPGs, puts an intense spin on the genre formula: instead of relying on weapons gathered from the world or looted from your foes, you'll have to make all your combat tools yourself.

Sugar star Colin Farrell says he had never read anything like the new detective drama before: "There was this kind of innocence" - gamesradar.com - Los Angeles - city Los Angeles
gamesradar.com
03.04.2024

Sugar star Colin Farrell says he had never read anything like the new detective drama before: "There was this kind of innocence"

Sugar star Colin Farrell talks his first reaction to the script – and what made him sign on to the role.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn Preview and Q&A – Wide Linear Soulslite with 20 Hours of Content - wccftech.com - New Zealand
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03.04.2024

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn Preview and Q&A – Wide Linear Soulslite with 20 Hours of Content

At GDC 2024, New Zealand-based developer A44 (known for 2018's Ashen) provided an updated look at Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, its upcoming action RPG that sits between God of War and a lite, more accessible version of the Soulslike genre.

In 8 years, Stardew Valley never lost sight of its core philosophy - polygon.com
polygon.com
03.04.2024

In 8 years, Stardew Valley never lost sight of its core philosophy

When I got the chance to review Stardew Valley for Polygon in 2016, I had no idea how huge it would become. What I found during my review period was a quiet, succinct, and engrossing game about doing chores, which didn’t feel all that genre-defining. It was a great game, and over the years I would get it on two additional platforms (Nintendo Switch and mobile), but I didn’t look at it as a “game of the decade” contender.

While you wait for Hollow Knight: Silksong, try this Kirby-esque Metroidvania - digitaltrends.com - While
digitaltrends.com
03.04.2024

While you wait for Hollow Knight: Silksong, try this Kirby-esque Metroidvania

It’s been a long few years for Hollow Knight fans. The Metroidvania’s long-awaited sequel, Hollow Knight: Silksong, was announced five years ago. Since then, we’ve barely heard a peep about it outside of one high-profile trailer in 2022 that claimed it would launch within 12 months. That didn’t happen, and we’ve been in the dark ever since. Maybe it’ll surprise drop this year. Maybe we won’t see it until 2025. All we can do is wait.

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

The most terrifying found footage horror short has mysteriously landed on YouTube, and it will make you want to get rid of all your home security video cameras for good - gamesradar.com - Britain
gamesradar.com
03.04.2024

The most terrifying found footage horror short has mysteriously landed on YouTube, and it will make you want to get rid of all your home security video cameras for good

A mysterious found footage short titled Exposure shot entirely on home security cameras has randomly appeared on YouTube, and it's the most terrifying thing we have seen today. 

Quacky New Survival Game Lets You Shoot Guns As A Duck, & Its Beta Starts Soon - screenrant.com
screenrant.com
01.04.2024

Quacky New Survival Game Lets You Shoot Guns As A Duck, & Its Beta Starts Soon

Indie publisher tinyBuildannounced a brand-new game called that mixes ducks, destruction, and survival. The game was announced on April 1, and despite its bizarre concept, is not an April Fool's joke. tinyBuild is best known for its niche games like , a horror puzzle game, and a management Sim. This will be the publisher's first foray into the survival genre, and is said to be a mix of popular survival games like and .

Invincible season 2 finale, Netflix’s Ripley, and more new TV this week - polygon.com - Usa - state Indiana - county Story - county Scott - county Andrew
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01.04.2024

Invincible season 2 finale, Netflix’s Ripley, and more new TV this week

It’s April Fools’ Day, but this post is no joke: There is a lot of new TV to watch this week. In a lot of ways it’s a showdown of tense situations — “tense,” here, being used to cover things like Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott, in the new adaptation) trying to con his way into high society, American Horror Story: Delicate’s Anna (Emma Roberts) attempting to figure what’s a real haunting and what’s in her head, Mark (Steven Yeun) trying to live up to the title of Invincible while he protects his family, or Larry David (Larry David) just trying to make it through the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm alive.

This Common Anime Word was Officially Added to the Oxford English Dictionary - gamerant.com - Britain - Japan
gamerant.com
01.04.2024

This Common Anime Word was Officially Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the most widely accepted authority on the English language, and is updated quarterly with revised meanings and new words as our language continues to evolve. Sometimes these words are entirely new creations, and sometimes they are words from other languages that have been adopted for common use in English. This past quarter, 23 new Japanese words were officially added to the OED, showing how much of an impact Japanese culture has even outside of Japan.

Grandia HD Collection Review (PS5 / PS4) | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Japan
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31.03.2024

Grandia HD Collection Review (PS5 / PS4) | Push Square

Grandia HD Collection bundles together two classic JRPG adventures from the tail-end of the genre's golden age, a series that has long since fallen by the wayside. Grandia, initially released on the SEGA Saturn, would make its way to PS1 in 1999, and its narratively unconnected but mechanically superior sequel, Grandia II, first came to Dreamcast before arriving on PS2 in 2002.

South Park: Snow Day! Review (PS5) | Push Square - pushsquare.com - state Colorado
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31.03.2024

South Park: Snow Day! Review (PS5) | Push Square

The South Park franchise has an eclectic history of genre choices, trying (and mostly failing) everything from FPS to kart racer. 2014's South Park: The Stick of Truth and its comic-book-themed follow-up redressed the balance with an excellent comedic spin on the old-school RPG. Now it takes another genre pivot, becoming the latest property to wade into a heaving pool of co-op roguelikes.

Open Roads Review (PS5) | Push Square - pushsquare.com
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31.03.2024

Open Roads Review (PS5) | Push Square

Things haven't been easy for Fullbright, the company that most famously produced Gone Home back in 2013, a slice of indie narrative heaven that won plaudits. After the excellent (but less virally successful) Tacoma in 2017, it's now back with another long-awaited game, Open Roads — except, in fact, the name Fullbright has been scrubbed from the final product after allegations of a toxic workplace culture sprung up a few years ago. The game's instead credited to the 'Open Roads Team'. Delays and slow progress have seen it slip years from its original release window, but the game is here at last: a short and sweet story-driven road trip.

Stardew Valley 1.6 is here to remind you why the game is here to stay - polygon.com - city Pelican
polygon.com
30.03.2024

Stardew Valley 1.6 is here to remind you why the game is here to stay

When Stardew Valley first came out in 2016, it was positioned as a Harvest Moon-like. The comparison was the only way at the time to describe a low-stakes farming simulator with a village of locals to meet and perhaps marry. It’s difficult to remember that now, in an era where “cozy gaming” has taken on a life of its own and “wholesome” games have their own showcases with hundreds of thousands of viewers, but Stardew was released into a different world. And then it made this one. Its latest major content release, the 1.6 update, is a testament to the game’s longevity in the genre that it shaped.

This upcoming PC game brings Lego building to the real-time strategy genre - digitaltrends.com - Spain
digitaltrends.com
30.03.2024

This upcoming PC game brings Lego building to the real-time strategy genre

When asked about his inspiration for Cataclismo, Game Director Vicent Ramirez has a simple reply: “Legos.”

Imaginary, Lisa Frankenstein, Netflix’s The Beautiful Game, and every new movie to watch at home this weekend - polygon.com - France - city Rome - county Ward
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29.03.2024

Imaginary, Lisa Frankenstein, Netflix’s The Beautiful Game, and every new movie to watch at home this weekend

Greetings, Polygon readers! Each week, we round up the most notable new releases to streaming and VOD, highlighting the biggest and best new movies for you to watch at home.

Dragon’s Dogma 2’s combat is sloppy and unrefined — on purpose - polygon.com
polygon.com
28.03.2024

Dragon’s Dogma 2’s combat is sloppy and unrefined — on purpose

A few hours into my time with Dragon’s Dogma 2, I was struck by a critical question that appeared simple, but was unusually difficult to answer. It was this: Does the combat suck?

A guide to finally getting into Brandon Sanderson books - polygon.com - Jordan
polygon.com
28.03.2024

A guide to finally getting into Brandon Sanderson books

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most successful and prolific fantasy and science fiction authors of all time, with a devoted following that funded the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date and has pledged over $20 million on Backerkit for his latest crowdfunding effort. His expansive bibliography can make it difficult to figure out where to start if you want to jump into his many worlds and series, so we’ve put together a primer to help guide you through the Cosmere and beyond.

Visions of Mana: The First Hands-On Preview - ign.com
ign.com
28.03.2024

Visions of Mana: The First Hands-On Preview

It is no secret that Square Enix's Mana series has impacted the JRPG genre immensely since it debuted in 1991. It's a franchise rich with deep stories and memorable combat that has stood the test of time. Despite the last mainline game releasing 18 years ago, fanfare has yet to die down, as seen with the success of the 2020 remake of Trials of Mana. The question is, can a brand new Mana game replicate the same success as a remake? If this two-hour hands-on preview is any indication of the rest of the game, then Visions of Mana's fresh take on battle and class systems not only gives it the potential to meet the success of the originals but possibly even the chance to surpass them.

Don’t Nod restructures around three genres - gamesindustry.biz - France
gamesindustry.biz
28.03.2024

Don’t Nod restructures around three genres

Don't Nod has announced a new studio organisation structured around its three genres of predilection: RPG, narrative adventure, and action adventure.

No, Marvel Rivals Has Not Turned Galactus Into A Woman - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
27.03.2024

No, Marvel Rivals Has Not Turned Galactus Into A Woman

Earlier today, developer NetEase Games revealed Marvel Rivals, their take on the hero shooter genre that Overwatch popularized, but with actual heroes. Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man and many more classic superheroes will compete in 6v6 battles across a variety of maps, duking it out to stop Doctor Doom and his 2099 counterpart from taking over the multiverse. Your typical Marvel plotline.

Helldivers 2 Topped PS5 and PC Revenue Charts in US and UK Last Month, Gaming Market Research Firm Says - wccftech.com - Britain - Germany - Usa - Spain - Italy - France
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27.03.2024

Helldivers 2 Topped PS5 and PC Revenue Charts in US and UK Last Month, Gaming Market Research Firm Says

Helldivers 2, Arrowhead Game Studio's highly successful sequel to 2015's Helldivers, was the highest-growing title on PC and PS5 in the US and UK in February 2024.

PlayStation Plus’ most notable free April offerings come from Microsoft - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
27.03.2024

PlayStation Plus’ most notable free April offerings come from Microsoft

Sony outlined all the new offerings PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers can expect in April; surprisingly, Microsoft is the company behind two of this month’s four offerings, Minecraft Legends, and the Overwatch 2 Mega Bundle.

Dev Patel says watch more Korean action movies — here are 5 bangers - polygon.com - South Korea - North Korea
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27.03.2024

Dev Patel says watch more Korean action movies — here are 5 bangers

The hot ticket for fans of cinematic thrills this April is Monkey Man, the first directorial effort from acclaimed actor Dev Patel. The marketing for the film promises exquisitely captured and well-crafted beatdowns in service of an emotionally relatable tale of avenging familial loss. Its other selling point has been the novelty of seeing Patel, an actor who has never been viewed as an “action star” by the public at large despite being an accomplished taekwondo practitioner, stepping into that role on screen for the first time.

Judas is taking inspiration from XCOM and Civilization to turn BioShock into a "pseudo-procedural" take on single-player narrative games - gamesradar.com
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26.03.2024

Judas is taking inspiration from XCOM and Civilization to turn BioShock into a "pseudo-procedural" take on single-player narrative games

A selection of previews for Judas, the new game from former BioShock boss Ken Levine, have just dropped, detailing a game with an ambitious, "pseudo-procedural" approach to narrative.

Millennia Review - thesixthaxis.com
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26.03.2024

Millennia Review

Millennia looks takes a different approach to the passage of time and the evolution of civilisations, nations and empires, building its retelling of history around the concept of Ages. That’s far from the only difference to its peers in the 4X strategy genre, but it’s certainly one of the most distinctive, as you explore ‘what if?’ scenarios across 10,000 years of history.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is pioneering the ‘Soulslite’ genre - digitaltrends.com - New Zealand
digitaltrends.com
26.03.2024

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is pioneering the ‘Soulslite’ genre

If you follow video games, you probably know what a “Soulslike” is at this point. The term, used to describe action RPGs that draw heavy inspiration from punishing titles like Dark Souls, has spawned a popular subgenre whose influence can be seen in games big and small. Now, we may be getting a new mutation of that genre thanks toFlintlock: The Siege of Dawn.

Magic: The Gathering's Trouble In Pairs Artist Accused Of Plagiarism - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
26.03.2024

Magic: The Gathering's Trouble In Pairs Artist Accused Of Plagiarism

Magic: the Gathering artist Fay Dalton has been accused of plagiarising art for the card Trouble in Pairs. Dalton is accused of stealing from a piece of Cyberpunk 2020 art created by Donato Giancola, who has also produced art for Magic: the Gathering.

Solo dev behind unique city-building game is "trying not to fear the reviews" as it launches against genre titans: "Whether it's loved, or not, it's my life's work" - gamesradar.com - Whether
gamesradar.com
25.03.2024

Solo dev behind unique city-building game is "trying not to fear the reviews" as it launches against genre titans: "Whether it's loved, or not, it's my life's work"

Tomas Sala, the solo dev behind the upcoming Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles, is preparing for his extremely unique take on city builders and strategy games to launch against a pair of that space's most established names.

Disney’s Renegade Nell, AMC’s Parish, and more new TV this week - polygon.com - Poland
polygon.com
25.03.2024

Disney’s Renegade Nell, AMC’s Parish, and more new TV this week

That’s it, guys, we made it: Time for March to go out like a lamb, as the old adage says, and spring has sprung — most notably (“most” here for if you are not the type who wants to go touch literal grass) in the form of our spring preview, which forecasts some of the best TV shows, movies, books, anime, and more coming this season.

Dragon’s Dogma 2's World Has The Spirit of Skyrim - ign.com
ign.com
25.03.2024

Dragon’s Dogma 2's World Has The Spirit of Skyrim

If I were to write a list of all the things that made Skyrim special, it’d be as long as The Elder Scrolls themselves. Considering that’s a massive waste of parchment, I can boil Skyrim’s magic down to one word: dragons. Few games have recaptured the thrill of Tamriel’s wyrms crashing down from the sky to interrupt an otherwise run-of-the-mill fetch quest. But I’ve got good news: that very same sense of awe, terror, and excitement fuels Dragon’s Dogma 2, a game where a towering cyclops can unexpectedly emerge from the forest’s edge, or a terrifying drake swoop down from on high, all in unscripted, emergent moments.

Crash And Spyro Developer Reportedly Working On New Game For Xbox - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
23.03.2024

Crash And Spyro Developer Reportedly Working On New Game For Xbox

Toys for Bob has reportedly entered a deal with Xbox to develop a new game that's similar to its previous work.

How long is Dragon’s Dogma 2? - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
23.03.2024

How long is Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Open-world RPGs can be anywhere from around a dozen hours long to well over 100. Dragon’s Dogma 2 is very unique, even among others in the genre, for not adhering to a lot of traditional design philosophies, such as how it handles fast travel. If anything, that will only add to your total playtime, plus there are all the optional quests to do, Vocations to try out and level up, and more if you’re a completionist. If you’re wondering if you have the time to fit Dragon’s Dogma 2 into your schedule among all the other games releasing, here’s how long you can expect this adventure to last.

Road House, Anatomy of a Fall, Netflix’s Shirley, and every new movie to watch at home this weekend - polygon.com - Usa - India - France
polygon.com
22.03.2024

Road House, Anatomy of a Fall, Netflix’s Shirley, and every new movie to watch at home this weekend

Greetings, Polygon readers! Each week, we round up the most notable new releases to streaming and VOD, highlighting the biggest and best new movies for you to watch at home.

Who Wore It Better? Onmyoji And Honor of Kings Clash Over Character Design - droidgamers.com - China
droidgamers.com
22.03.2024

Who Wore It Better? Onmyoji And Honor of Kings Clash Over Character Design

Onmyoji ignited controversy this week by accusing MOBA Honor of Kings of copying character designs. So far in the Onmyoji and Honor of Kings Clash, the accusations centre on two characters: Onmyoji’s Susanoo and SP Susabi, versus Honor of Kings’ Da Siming and Oshimikami. Onmyoji claims that these designs bear too close a resemblance to be coincidental.

Another Crab’s Treasure is an approachable Soulslike with a comedic twist - digitaltrends.com
digitaltrends.com
22.03.2024

Another Crab’s Treasure is an approachable Soulslike with a comedic twist

Souslikes come in all shapes and sizes, including colorful seascapes with cute crabs.

Still Wakes the Deep will pit you against unknown nautical horrors starting on June 18 - engadget.com - China
engadget.com
22.03.2024

Still Wakes the Deep will pit you against unknown nautical horrors starting on June 18

Fans of Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, make sure to mark June 18 on your calendar. On that day, you'll be able to buy a copy of Still Wakes the Deep for the PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store), the Xbox Series X|S and the PS5, though you can also play it with Game Pass for Xbox and PC. It's the latest first-person narrative horror game from The Chinese Room, the developer behind the aforementioned titles in the same genre.

Halo: Flashpoint miniatures game promises fast and fluid gameplay with its clever ruleset - polygon.com - Britain - state Illinois
polygon.com
22.03.2024

Halo: Flashpoint miniatures game promises fast and fluid gameplay with its clever ruleset

Since its reveal in early January, Halo fans have been eager for more information on Halo: Flashpoint, a new miniatures game from Mantic Games. On Friday, during the annual AdeptiCon wargaming convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, the British team delivered the goods. Not only do we know what the final products will look like, both painted and unpainted, but we also know quite a lot about how it all will play.

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