Radical Heights Review

The first time I dropped into the Radical Heights map and began to skydive toward the ground, I wondered when exactly my parachute would go off. By the time it was already too late, I realized it wasn’t going to. Instead, my character hit the ground with a tuck and roll straight out of an action movie and the fight began. Unfortunately, that’s about where the excitement stops in Radical Heights. Between its cringe-worthy style, shooting that doesn’t feel quite right, and a few lackluster systems, Radical Heights is currently little more than a forgettable entry in the battle royale genre.

Radical Heights is the newest game from LawBreakers developer Boss Key Productions, released on Steam into what they are calling “X-Treme Early Access.” The premise isn’t much different from other battle royale games: 100 players skydive into a match in search of random weapons and gear in hopes of being the last player standing.

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Join Our GI Game Club For God Of War

Every once in a while on The Game Informer Show podcast, we get the urge to dive in as deep as possible on a game and wring the experience for every interesting discussion to be had alongside our community. The release of God of War on the PlayStation 4 on April 20th seems like a great opportunity we didn’t want to pass up, so it’ll be the next official GI Game Club. The discussion will be broken up into two parts, with the first episode airing on April 26th. In that episode, we’ll be talking about everything up until you encounter a character named Mimir (seen in the screenshot above). Also, Joe Juba wrote some great and spoiler-free tips for new players that you should check out here.

Please send in your thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com and we’ll read them on the show, here are a couple of discussion points to get the balls rolling but we welcome any and all emails.

– Either as a new fan or an old fan, what do you think of Kratos’ “reinvention”?
– What has been the most surprising aspect of the gameplay or story so far?
– Are you enjoying the combat encounters?
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Maxis is Reportedly Laying Off ‘Sims 4’ Staff, Transferring Some to Mobile

According to The Sims fan site SimsVIP, EA is cleaning house on Maxis staff, laying off multiple people from the Sims 4 team and transferring others to development of The Sims Mobile [Free]. SimsVIP’s sources speculate that EA is shifting more towards mobile development, as games like The Sims Mobile are basically money printing machines versus selling single boxed copies of The Sims on PC- A line of reasoning, that sadly, makes a ton of sense.

From a business perspective, these mobile games that are run as services constantly are generating revenue. Per Sensor Tower data, The Sims Mobile made $2m in March of 2018 alone, and that’s after a significant slump in the charts following its launch. With the right people driving the love ops of that game, there’s not much reason to think that it won’t make around $2m (or more) a month for years.

While I totally see why fans of the “real” Sims games would be bummed out by this apparent shift in focus by EA, to look at it from a glass half full perspective, maybe this means The Sims Mobile will …read more


10 Beginner’s Tips For God Of War

After the long wait since its original E3 reveal in 2016, the new God of War has finally released. That means plenty of gamers are just diving into this new world and learning how Sony’s Santa Monica studio has reinvented the series (read our review). We certainly don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but we do have a handful of tips that will make it easier for you to focus on what’s important without sweating the small stuff.

Exploring can always wait
Unlike previous games in the series, this God of War has a large, open area full of optional content. That means you can choose to pursue the story missions, or paddle off to various islands and cliffs in search of quests and loot. If you’re in the mood, you should definitely explore, because you will find plenty of great stuff. However, you should never feel obligated to do so; you won’t miss any major opportunities if you neglect the side content for a while and focus on the main story. It’ll be there waiting when you’re ready.

Sell artifacts
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10 Beginner’s Tips For God Of War

After the long wait since its original E3 reveal in 2016, the new God of War has finally released. That means plenty of gamers are just diving into this new world and learning how Sony’s Santa Monica studio has reinvented the series (read our review). We certainly don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but we do have a handful of tips that will make it easier for you to focus on what’s important without sweating the small stuff.

Exploring can always wait
Unlike previous games in the series, this God of War has a large, open area full of optional content. That means you can choose to pursue the story missions, or paddle off to various islands and cliffs in search of quests and loot. If you’re in the mood, you should definitely explore, because you will find plenty of great stuff. However, you should never feel obligated to do so; you won’t miss any major opportunities if you neglect the side content for a while and focus on the main story. It’ll be there waiting when you’re ready.

Sell artifacts
Most areas have an artifact set, which is just a collection of specific items, like masks or toys, that …read more


RealSelf, a community for cosmetic treatments, raises $40 million

RealSelf, an online community where people can ask questions, share their experiences and connect with doctors providing cosmetic treatments, has raised $40 million in new funding – its first round of financing since the $2 million raised in 2008, two years after its founding. The round was led by Elephant, a VC firm co-founded by Warby Parker co-founder Andy Hunt.

Hunt will also join RealSelf’s board of directors with the close of this round.

RealSelf offers one of the largest online communities for those who want to learn more about cosmetic procedures, including plastic surgery and other non-surgical treatments, like Botox injections. It’s the sort of thing people don’t necessarily want to talk about openly on social networks, but RealSelf has found a way to get people to socialize around the topic. Its users – anonymously – post reviews, have discussions, ask questions, and even detail their progress in post-op photos series.

Reading through someone’s experiences not only gives people better insight into what a procedure is like, it also provides an emotional support system for those who are recovering.

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Puzzle Fighter Closing as Capcom Focuses on Dead Rising

Capcom’s mobile title, Puzzle Fighter, is soon to be no more, with the game leaving the iOS and Android stores on July 1.

“As the studio is dedicating its focus to our flagship Dead Rising franchise, we have decided to sunset Puzzle Fighter,” reads the Capcom Unity blog post. It confirmed the servers will shut down on July 31, giving players a full month to continue playing the game after it leaves the store.

The Chibi-style fighter featuring popular characters from Capcom’s various franchises launched in November last year, so it’s been fairly short-lived.

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Long-Awaited Horror Title Agony Gets a Release Date

Kickstarter horror title, Agony, finally has a release date, and will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 29.

Initially scheduled for a March 30 release, last month the devs announced that the game would be delayed, but gave no indication of a revised launch date.

“You’ve been tortured for countless days, not being able to get out of the Hell,” they wrote in their latest Kickstarter update. “But finally! The salvation day is coming soon, so save your strengths and be prepared for the slightest chance of escaping the horrors of the past and solve the riddle behind the mysterious Red Goddess!”

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Capcom Is Shutting down ‘Puzzle Fighter’ on July 31st, In App Purchases to Be Disabled from April 23rd

Capcom just announced that they will be sunsetting Puzzle Fighter [Free]. This is the mobile version of their classic puzzle game and it released worldwide in late November last year after a soft launch. It featured redone 3D visuals and 1v1 multiplayer as a reboot to the series built for mobile platforms. It is currently available on both iOS and Android devices with in app purchases through in game gem currency. Watch the trailer for it below:

We sampled it back in September last year at PAX West and you can read about that
here. Puzzle Fighter has been devleoped by Capcom Vancouver and the studio is now dedicating all its resources into the Dead Rising franchise which is their flagship. To do this, Puzzle Fighter will be shutdown on July 31st.

It will be pulled from the App Store and Google Play beginning July 1st. In app purchases are being disabled from April 23rd. For everyone who already has it, you get 10,000 in game gem currency from the team as a thanks for playing. They will also be making all upcoming …read more


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The Netherlands Determines Some Loot Boxes Are Gambling

In the latest twist in the ongoing saga of loot boxes – or similar items that reward a purchase with an item at random – the Dutch Gaming Authority (or Kansspelautoriteit) has made the decision that some loot boxes can be considered gambling, and instructed video game publishers that they will need to make changes in order to comply with Dutch law.

Per a translation by Eurogamer, the authority examined the use of loot boxes in ten games (seemingly the ten most popular on Steam) and found that four of them directly contravene the Dutch Betting and Gambling Act. Although the authority itself didn’t name the games involved, NOS reports that the four games in question are FIFA 18, Dota 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Rocket League.

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