May 2017


Why Red Dead Redemption 2’s Delay Is a Good Thing

Last week, Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed, and people are mad about it.

It was originally supposed to come out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Fall this year, but has been pushed to Spring 2018, with Rockstar stating, “some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans. We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready.”

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The Long Journey Home Review

According to one of my playthroughs of the roguelike The Long Journey Home, humanity’s first meeting with an alien species took place between the crew of our first interstellar vessel and a squat little glukkt trader named Mendarch. Here it was: the chance of enlightenment and the promise of advances in science beyond our wildest dreams. There was a whole unspoken history in his calling our place the galaxy the “prohibited sector.” And what were the fruits of that first mission? He offered to loan me 600 galactic credits and only told me that he expected 200 credits in interest after we finished the transaction. Aliens will be human, I guess.

That’s the fun part of The Long Journey Home, and the glukkt are but one of a long list of races who approach your ship with intentions both malevolent and magnanimous. Unfortunately, I had to fight to enjoy these moments. There’s a great premise at the heart of this adventure, but it gets smothered under the weight of frustrating and tedious minigames which require ridiculous feats of precision and patience and wear out their welcome long before you ever reach Earth – if indeed you do. I never quite …read more


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Prey Update Adds PS4 Pro Support

Bethesda has released a new update for the PS4 version of Prey that features enhancements when playing on PS4 Pro.

The 1.04 update is available now for download and adds support for several cosmetic tweaks, including the ability to enable screen-space reflections. Support other visual enhancements, like higher quality shadows and improved textures are included in the update as well.

The update also features various gameplay improvements. In addition to further fixes for input drift, “Transfer all Junk” will now send tracking bracelets to the Recycler. Check out the patch notes for a full rundown on all the general improvements and PS4 Pro enhancements.

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Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company’s profits jump by 2,500 percent

It’s been a banner year for The Pokémon Company: Pokémon GO was a global phenomenon and the latest full-on Pokégame for the 3DS sold very well indeed. One would expect the company to be doing well financially — perhaps even doubling or tripling last year’s profits. Well, apparently it quinvigintupled them, which is to say multiplied by 25 times. (I had to look it up.) Read More …read more


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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Features Exclusive Story Content

The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour is headed to the United States this June, complete with exclusive voice acted story sequences.

Performances will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on June 10, 11 and 14. Meanwhile, those in New York will be able to see the concert at the United Palace Theatre on June 23 and 24. A performance will also be held at the ORIX Theatre in Osaka, Japan on July 8.

In addition to featuring a selection of music and HD cinematics from Square Enix’s beloved video game series, the concert will include three exclusive voice sequences from actors Risa Uchida (Kairi / Xion) and Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua), which were recorded specifically for the event.

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Watch Us Debate Prey’s Divisive Ending

Prey has been out for a few weeks now, giving players ample enough time to finish the game. The ending has proven to be just as divisive among players as the rest of the game.

Suriel Vazquez, Matt Bertz, and I sat down to hash out how we felt about the game’s ending and how our choices through Arkane’s sci-fi adventure. Warning, we cover a lot of ground here that’s firmly in spoiler territory, so turn back now if you don’t want the whole game spoiled for you. Otherwise, you can tune in by watching below:

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For our review of Prey, head here. You can also check out my column on the game’s unique characters.

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‘Bouncy Hoops’ is Noodlecake’s Take on Flappy-Style Basketball, Out Now

With the NBA Finals about set to start up once more, there’s time for basketball games. And how about a basketball game to take us back to the halcyon days of 2014, before the NBA Finals became a wasteland of Warriors-Cavaliers matchups. That’s what Noodlecake is promising with Bouncy Hoops [Free], developed by Studio Generative. You tap to launch the ball in the air, tapping again and again to ‘flap’ it up higher and higher, trying to land in the hoop.

It’s admittedly a simple concept, but it works out pretty well. You get points for clean shots, bank shots, and sinking shots from high up. The hoop switches sides after every made basket, and the main mode gives you a timer that counts down, with buzzer beaters possible. And of course, there’s a variety of balls and arenas to play in. It’s a simple high score chaser with good production values, but it’s still pretty solid. There’s a forum thread for Bouncy Hoops, which is out now.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Preorder Guide

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The saga of Nathan Drake may have come to a close with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but Naughty Dog isn’t done with the series just yet. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone spin-off that centers around Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, characters that fans of the series will recognize from previous games. The two team up and go treasure hunting in India in search of a legendary artifact. Along the way, you can bet they’ll have to solve ancient puzzles and fight off bands of armed thugs. That’s just how things go in the world of Uncharted.

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The ‘Night Witch’ Joins the ‘Clash Royale’ Party

Supercell continues to inject new cards into Clash Royale [Free], and this time around it is the Night Witch’s turn. The Night Witch is a new Legendary that costs 4 Elixir to deploy, is unlocked in Frozen Peak (Arena 8), and is a single-target melee troop that does high damage and can take some punishment too. Her hit speed is 1.5 seconds and takes 1 second to deploy. What does she do, you ask? The Night Witch summons 2 Bats every 5 second and summons four Bats when she goes to meet her maker. Since she can’t attack any air troops, she can be easily countered with units like Minions, although her Bats can hit air targets.

A good way to play her is protecting her with a tank and letting her deploy her Bats, which are especially effective against troops that only target buildings. If you want to counter her, an Executioner can do a pretty good job as can Poison. What do you think of the Night Witch? Fun or meh?

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