Metro Is Gaming’s Most Interesting Post-Apocalypse

When Fallout 76 released earlier this year, I gave it a fair shot. Like many, I tuned out of the game after playing a few hours. However, I didn’t quit because of bugs or because I thought the gameplay was bad. Instead, I was just tired of Fallout’s take on the end of the world. After several games of unclimbable rocky terrain, bombed out buildings filled with burnt books and skeletons, and sassy writing, I was just exhausted of the setup. Sure, Fallout’s gameplay has shifted many times over the past two decades, but its tone and view of people in general hasn’t.

My thoughts kept drifting back to Fallout this past week while playing Metro Exodus, the third installment in a series of games about people living in Moscow’s subway after a nuclear doomsday covers the city in fatal levels of radiation. The first two games followed the journey of Artyom, a citizen of the underground society who gets caught up in wars between the underground factions that have cropped up over the years, including a “Fourth Riech” and the various remnants of Russia’s government. If you weren’t navigating tunnels filled with Nazis that wanted to slit your …read more

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6 Questions We Have About The Zelda: Link’s Awakening Switch Remake

Nintendo recently unveiled their latest title in the Legend of Zelda series: a Nintendo Switch remake of the cherished 1993 Game Boy game Link’s Awakening, set to be released in 2019. Fans went wild, but once we finished pointing at our screens with glee and yelling obscenities, we realized we had a few questions about how this remake would unfold, what new content it could bring to the table, and what it would cost. I’m far and away the biggest Link’s Awakening fan at IGN so I figured I’d break down some questions (and potential answers) of what to expect from this incredible announcement. So let’s get into it!

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Get a Nintendo Switch With $35 eShop Credit for $299

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If you’ve been holding out on picking up a new Nintendo Switch, your patience has paid off. Right now there are some good deals to be had on Nintendo’s mega-popular hybrid console.

Here are the best deals on Nintendo Switch right now:

Nintendo Switch With $35 eShop Credit for $299

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America is Awesome. – The TouchArcade Show #388

We cut the show a little short this week because of … well, there was an active shooter situation in my town today and I’ve been following the whole thing like a hawk as the entire situation is unbelievably surreal. Anyway, you’ll hear about it on the podcast. Anyway, after that we hop into the news of the week which includes interesting developments like Google cleaning up the Play store, a few upcoming games we’re excited about, and a reminder that if you have a Nintendo Switch to download Tetris 99 immediately. We’ll have a regular episode next week, provided we don’t get another dose of ‘merica randomly next Friday.

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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Replay – Shadow Hearts: Covenant

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In last week’s episode, we played through the opening moments of Shadow Hearts: Covenant, a PlayStation 2 RPG by Nautilus that moves to the beat of its own drum. We were so impressed by the opening that we wanted to see what came next. We dedicated the entire episode to this fascinating gem of yesteryear, and walked away even more in awe of it.

Shadow Hearts: Covenant uses World War I as a backdrop for a strange story that features vampires, gods, and even a strange puppeteer that may not be using puppets. The jury is still out on that last one. Sit back, enjoy the episode, and we’ll be back in seven days (with maybe even more of Shadow Hearts: Covenant).

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Linn: Path of Orchards’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

Linn: Path of Orchards

We were excited for Linn: Path of Orchards () when we posted its trailer earlier this month both because it was being published by Crescent Moon Games and we’re always interested in what they’re up to but also because …read more

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Crackdown 3 Multiplayer Review

Editor’s Note: Because Crackdown 3’s single and multiplayer modes are so different, and because the multiplayer was barely available ahead of time, we’ve reviewed them separately. This review covers my thoughts on the multiplayer Wrecking Zone PvP mode; you can find our Crackdown 3 Campaign review as well.

Crackdown 3’s Wrecking Zone competitive multiplayer mode delivers on the promise of wanton demolition, and that’s seemingly the whole reason it exists. Unlike the single-player, here you get to make entire buildings crumble thanks to Microsoft’s cloud-powered physics. And that is kinda cool. But with a scant two modes, no progression system, stone-aged party functionality, and woefully simplistic rules of engagement, even destruction can’t save it.

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Apex Legends: The Most Wanted Tips, Tricks and Secrets

Apex Legends’ surprise launch early last week took the gaming community by storm, crossing the 25-million player mark within the first seven days alone. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our guides team, as well, putting together all the tips, tricks, and strategies we can to help you become champions of King’s Canyon. Using a combination of traffic, comments and user feedback and search inquiries, we’ve been able to see what’s been most important to players jumping into the Apex arena these past two weeks.

There are currently 19 weapons that can be equipped in Apex Legends. Based on our experience, here is our take on the best to worst guns to use in Apex Legends:

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‘PAKO Forever’ Getting Three New Maps and Ten New Vehicles in Update Next Week

Those leafy, branchy folks at Tree Men Games have a nice present up their sleeves for players of their most recent mobile game PAKO Forever (Free). Three brand new maps, ten new vehicles, and even more shenanigans are coming as part of a new update that’s set to release next week. To back things up a bit, Tree Men’s original PAKO – Car Chase Simulator ($1.99) released way back in 2014 and tasked you with driving various types of vehicles around different environments while outrunning the cops and hopefully avoiding crashing into anything. The pedal was always to the metal so you’d control the steering of your vehicle as more and more vicious police pursued you the longer you’d last. This past October they took the basic idea of PAKO and turned it into a “shuffle mode” version of the game called PAKO Forever with randomly generated levels and a huge roster of unlockable vehicles. Here is a trailer for next week’s PAKO Forever update.

If you’ve been reading our website for a while then you’re probably aware I’m a huge fan of the PAKO series. The original received a ton of …read more