• The 100 best games of the decade (2010-2019): 10-1

    Overall, great list. I’m really happy to see some of my favourite games and series come out on top including The Witcher 3 and Dark Souls. The biggest shocker for me was not only seeing Kentucky Route Zero on the list but appearing so high. I’ve played a little of the game a couple years ago but this makes me think it’s worth spending more time and seeing what the fuss is about.

  • EA returning to Steam

    The first new EA game coming to Steam will be Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which will arrive on Nov. 15 — and incidentally can be pre-ordered starting today. Later this year, The Sims 4 and Unravel 2 will come to Steam. Next year, other EA franchises will return on Steam, such as Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield 5 — all of which were previously only playable on PC via Origin.

    This is great news for players having to deal with the growing number of launchers on their machines. It also feels like a direct shot at Epic and their strategy of timed exclusives on their own store which I’ve felt for a while now has been consumer hostile and short-sighted on their part.

  • Mixer signs exclusive deal with Shroud

    Mixer has signed away another big Twitch livestreamer. A couple months after Tyler “Ninja” Blevins committed to the Microsoft streaming platform, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek announced today that he too has reached a deal to exclusively stream gameplay and video through Mixer.

    Wow. I’m legit stunned.

    I think I’m more shocked about this news than when Ninja moved over. When he left Twitch, I felt that Shroud was poised to take that proverbial “top spot” on the platform. Now, with him moving over as well, I have no idea.

    While it’s definitely a surprise, this is good news for everyone involved — save for maybe Twitch — as it’ll continue to encourage healthy competition between the two platforms and hopefully help streamers grow on both Twitch and Mixer.

    You have to wonder who might be next…

  • Ms. Marvel is the hero of the Avengers game

    Ms. Marvel in Avengers

    Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers has a main character, and her name is Kamala Khan. That’s right, Ms. Marvel will take it upon herself to bring the Avengers back together again after Captain America’s death.

    This is a solid trailer. We’ve got new story details and a look at  Kamala in action, who looks like she’ll be a ton of fun to play as. This  should also clear up the misunderstanding MCU fans have that this game has anything to do with the Marvel movies, which has always confused me.

  • A ‘really fun’ and ‘surprisingly excellent’ experience for $5/month

    Apple Arcade will officially launch later this week, when iOS 13 is released to the public on September 19th. Ahead of that, the early hands-on and reviews of Apple Arcade are in – and they’re overwhelmingly positive.

    I’ve been looking forward to Apple Arcade since the announcement. I’m happy to hear it’s reviewing well with the people who’ve gotten a look at it before the release on the 19th.

  • Moon Knight series coming to Disney+

    Though the details are slim, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios confirmed at D23 that Moon Knight is getting his own series. That announcement came with announcements for Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk series’ as well.

    I’m so excited to see what comes of this. I’d love to see them base the series on one of the recent comic book arcs like Brian Michael Bendis or Jeff Lemire’s runs on the character.

  • Night Call, the Neo-noir taxi driver murder mystery, is coming in July

    Night Call

    Night Call is a “neo-noir narrative investigation game” about a taxi driver who roams the gloomy eventide streets of Paris, collecting fares, delivering riders, and solving murders—specifically the murders committed by a serial killer who the police believe to be you.

    Not sure if it’s a coincidence or not but between this and Neo Cab there seems to be a large influx of taxi driving game coming out all of a sudden. That said, I’ll definitely check this one out.

  • Ubisoft running spec work campaign for Watch Dogs: Legion music

    Ubisoft have defended their decision to source some of Watch Dogs: Legion‘s soundtrack through spec work, saying it’s “completely voluntary” for fans to create music hoping Ubi might pick it and pay them for their work.

    Shame on Ubisoft for going forward with another campaign like this. I’d love to know what the designers at the company think about it all.

    I’m constantly shocked (since this isn’t the first time) that Joseph Gordon-Levitt — who makes his living as an actor — would found a company that allows and enables this crap to happen. I’m certain he would never act in a movie or TV show without assurance of pay, why expect other creatives to be any different?

  • Remedy still dreams of Alan Wake 2

    It’s been nine years since its original Xbox 360 release and more than seven since it came to PC, and there’s no sign of a sequel—but writer Sam Lake told IGN that he still hopes to do one.

    The original Alan Wake was excellent. Between that, Quantum Break — which I bought an Xbox One to play — and the second Max Payne game, there’s little doubt Remedy is one of the best studios making games.

    I would love to see Remedy return to this world sooner than later, and it’s nice to know Remedy themselves want to do the same at some point. In the meantime, I look forward to checking out their newest game, Control, that’s coming out in August.

  • Nintendo insists the Switch Lite won’t replace the 3DS

    Nintendo says the Switch Lite isn’t going to replace the 3DS You might think that a handheld-only Switch would mark the death knell for the Nintendo 3DS, but Nintendo doesn’t necessarily see it that way.

    This past weekend, my wife and I went to the local Best Buy and wandered through the Nintendo aisle. To my surprise, there were only two 2DS units available to buy and a total of four 3DS games on the shelves. This experience — along with how little (ie: none) was shown for the console at E3 — makes it pretty clear the system has reached the end of the line.

    Whether Nintendo wants to admit it or not, this is their new handheld system as far as most users are concerned.