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Ever Oasis Review

Ever Oasis is a cute hybrid RPG that attempts to mix Animal Crossing-like town building with an adventure along the lines of The Legend of Zelda. Its compound formula is appealing on paper, but for a while, Ever Oasis falls short of its potential. Its simplistic narrative, cutesy visuals, and basic town-building mechanics test your […]

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles spends its first fifteen minutes invoking memories of two of the best Zelda games. It opens on a boat, with your player-created character and a cartoony crew sailing through choppy seas, heading towards a distant island. It’s a scene reminiscent of The Wind Waker’s early moments, when Link and Tetra […]

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WRC 7 Review

Rallying is not only stunningly difficult, it’s terrifying. Barreling down narrow stretches of bumpy, loose-gravel roads lined with huge rocks, trees or sheer cliff faces at speeds nearing 140mph is about as butt-clenching an experience as you can imagine. It’s a sport that requires pure talent, but those who do it professionally manage do so […]

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Riot wants to curb toxicity in Valorant without putting the burden on targeted players

“I worry that if we (Riot) don’t make a larger commitment here, we’ll end up following up with very little, or we’ll stop at providing ‘tools’ to self-isolate, rather than promoting a fair, competitive experience for everyone. So I’m going to make that commitment.” – Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon. Riot Games stepped into the […]

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Fortnite surpasses 350 million registered players

Epic Games’ Fortnite has officially surpassed 350 million registered players across all platforms, a milestone that comes as the company is doubling down on the experience-focused elements of its game world with recent additions like the combat-free Party Royale mode and last month’s in-game Travis Scott concert. That concert pulled in 27.7 million unique participants across a single […]

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Writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to ‘hold a mirror up to the world’

Five years ago Eidos Montreal brought Deus Ex back to life with the release of Human Revolution, a game that was designed to (among other things) play with themes of transhumanism and why people make the choices they do. Now the studio has released a followup, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, that purports to show a possible way those choices […]

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Nintendo praises Switch momentum as lifetime sales eclipse 55 million units

The Nintendo Switch has sold 55.77 million units in just over three years, according to the latest figures from Nintendo. Those numbers account for worldwide sales of the Switch and handheld-only Switch Lite as of March 31, 2020, which comes roughly three years after the console launched on March 3, 2017. It’s a total that means the […]

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 11.77 million copies in under two weeks

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 11.77 million units in just 11 days to become the fastest-selling Switch title at launch. Breaking the news in its latest fiscal report, Nintendo noted the twee slice-of-life simulator experienced the “best start ever for a Nintendo Switch title.” Despite only launching on March 20, it has become the seventh best-selling […]

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Sales up at Nintendo due to ‘significant growth’ across the entire Switch family

Switch hardware and software continues to deliver the goods for Nintendo, which reported an increase in both sales and profits during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. As highlighted in the company’s full-year financials, net sales rose by 9 percent year-on-year to 1.3 trillion yen ($12.2 billion), while profit increased by 33.3 percent to […]

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Q&A: How Jackbox CEO Mike Bilder is grappling with quarantine-driven success

As stay-at-home orders spread across the world in February to March, Chicago-based game developer Jackbox Games found itself in an unusual position. While it chose to send its developers home to work remotely, players were tuning in from all over the world to play their party games. A lot of players. According to CEO Mike Bilder, […]

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