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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag review: shore leave

Assassin's Creed 4 is constantly waiting for its dare-to-be-great moment<p>Eight games. Six years. <i>Assassin's Creed 4</i> has luggage to spare.<p>Since 2009, Assassin's Creed has been an annualized franchise, though Ubisoft has tried to ease series fatigue with major changes from game to game. <i>Assassin's</i> …

Sorry, PlayStation 4: Titanfall is exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC for ‘the life of the title’

Titanfall isn’t coming to PlayStation 4. Not just when it launches on March 11 — it is never coming to Sony’s next-gen console.<p>During a conference call with investors, Electronic Arts chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen confirmed that Microsoft’s consoles and the PC have a full exclusive for …

'Titanfall' will never come to the PS4, but its sequel might

One of the most anticipated new games coming to the Xbox One is <i>Titanfall</i>, but those eyeing the PlayStation 4 assuming the game will eventually come to Sony's next-gen console as well are in for a surprise. <i>VentureBeat</i> reports that Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer of Electronic Arts, said …

Microsoft looking to hire new CEO by end of this year

Microsoft expects to have a successor in place to CEO Steve Ballmer by the end of the year and is in the process of narrowing down a list of candidates, Bloomberg reports.<p>A number of candidates have so far declined to be considered, including eBay CEO John Donahow, say Bloomberg sources. Other …

Lost game progress addressed in new GTA Online patch

Rockstar has released a new GTA 5 patch designed to fix a number of issues causing players to lose game progress in GTA Online. Since the online …

Report: Chinese students forced to manufacture PS4 at Foxconn plant (correction)

More than a thousand Chinese college students were forced to manufacture the PlayStation 4 as part of an internship at a Foxconn factory, reports Dongfang Daily.<p>Xi'an Technological University students spent two months at the Foxconn plant in Yantai, China, for a work-study program that ran from …

Consoleception: You Can Play Your PS4 Through Your Xbox One

At the Tokyo Game Show this past week, Microsoft got a question about whether or not the Xbox One’s HDMI-In capability will support the ability to run its rival, the PlayStation 4. Xbox senior director of product management and planning Albert Panello dodged the question at first, but later on his …

Grand Theft Auto 5 review: golden years

GTA 5 is caught between the present and the future<p>With <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, developer Rockstar North aspires to re-establish GTA as the most important video game franchise in the world, to further raise the bar, the budget, the breadth of experience of the big games.<p>The impact of 2008's <i>Grand Theft</i> …

Grand Theft Auto 5 review

Forget everything you think you know about remastered video game rereleases, because new-gen Grand Theft Auto 5 punches the rule book, steals its …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Twitch And Intel Partner Up For Substantial Improvement To Game Streaming Technology

For PC gamers, capturing local gameplay or broadcasting it live to the masses typically comes with a sacrifice in the form of reduced framerate or generally choppy gaming. Major improvements are on the horizon, however, as streaming video platform Twitch has chosen to adopt Intel‘s Quick Sync …

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Review

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is cerebral, legitimately frightening, and very, very disturbing. This semi-sequel to 2011's surprise hit Amnesia: The Dark Descent from developer The Chinese Room takes horror-movie tropes and stirs them into a meditation on the meaning of life, love, war, religion, …

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Microsoft details Xbox One indie self-publishing, 'every Xbox One can be used for development'

Following reports this afternoon, Microsoft has confirmed its plans to allow self-publishing on the Xbox One within the console's first year, adding that additional details would be coming at Gamescom in August.<p>"Our vision is that every person can be a creator," Marc Whitten, corporate vice …

Truth and fantasy in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

History is doomed to repeat itself, especially if you're the sort of person who likes to play Assassin's Creed games.<p>The formula is always roughly the same. It demands a flinty central character who clambers across architecture and arching boughs. Using a variety of dashing weapons, he sneaks …

Xbox One will record last five minutes of gameplay

Xbox One will allow users to capture the last five minutes of gameplay, Microsoft Studios creative director said during San Diego Comic-Con.<p>The recording system, also known as Project Upload, will allow users to grab footage both on or offline. While discussing the Xbox One version of <i>Killer</i> …

Halo 4 tournament offering $500K in prizes this summer on Xbox Live and at live events

A worldwide <i>Halo 4</i> tournament is set to launch over the summer, comprising live and online events, with a first prize of $200,000 awarded to the winner.<p><i>Halo 4</i> developer 343 Industries, Microsoft and Virgin Gaming are organizing the contest, which is offering up a total of $500,000 in prizes. 'The …

QWOP launching for Android devices July 4

Bennett Foddy's one-man racing game, <i>QWOP</i>, will launch for Android devices July 4, Droid Life reports.<p>The game will be available via Google Play for $0.99. <i>QWOP</i> was originally released as a ragdoll-based Flash game in 2008 for browsers. Players take control of an athlete attempting to complete a …

Report: Microsoft planning Gamescom press conference (update)

According to CVG, Microsoft is planning a full press conference at Gamescom in August, a step the company hasn't taken since 2005.<p>The report cites unnamed sources and says that "organizers and third party" studios have been notified of the plans for an hour-long conference based on Xbox One. While …

State of Decay review

The world is coming to an end. The dead are walking the earth. You're one of the last people alive. How will you survive? In developer Undead Labs …

Battlefield 4 review

The Battlefield series has built its reputation on memorable moments. Some epic, some intimate, some barely believable--YouTube is filled with clips …

First look at Star Citizen's 'BMW' spaceship, the 300i

The roll-out of a gleaming new space-craft in Chris Roberts' <i>Star Citizen</i> world has taken on the quality of an old-fashioned Detroit unveiling of a new Chrysler or Chevrolet. For these are video gaming's shiny objects of desire, their beautiful entities. Curiously, they are also feats of engineering.<p>…

How real neural psychologists helped make Outlast the scariest game at E3

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — If the most dangerous enemy is man, then the scariest enemy is a violent man that’s lost his mind. Developer Red Barrels confronts players with exactly this scenario in its upcoming horror game for the PlayStation 4 and PC: Outlast.<p>In the …

And The Winner Of The PlayStation 4/Xbox One Console Wars Is...The PC?

“X-Box One: Because that’s how many we’re gonna sell,” gamer Paul Sposato wrote on his Facebook page when he saw the Microsoft and Sony announcements at E3. Sposato is an Xbox enthusiast, an Xbox loyalist. But after last night’s presentations, he does not plan on buying the new-generation console, …

PlayStation 4: Sony outmaneuvers Microsoft on price, design, and common sense

Xbox One controversy reaches its climax as Sony twists the knife<p>Before yesterday's E3 keynotes from Sony and Microsoft, opinion was split on the very different paths each company is taking. Some found the PlayStation 4 the more appealing proposal on paper — a more powerful, developer-friendly box …

Destiny gameplay premiered at Sony's pre-E3 press conference

<i>Destiny</i> made its gameplay world premiere today during Sony's pre-E3 2013 press conference.<p>The trailer offered a look at the game's lush worlds, first-person gameplay and how players can meet up with friends and explore. During the live demo, studio head Jason Jones and game director Joe Staten …

But there’s a catch: Sony is charging for multiplayer on PlayStation 4

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — After undercutting Microsoft on the price of its new home console and used games, Sony is regressing its stance on multiplayer for PlayStation 4.<p>The company will now gate multiplayer behind a PlayStation Plus subscription. This puts Sony on …

PlayStation 4 hardware revealed

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, unveiled the design of the PlayStation 4 at Sony’s pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference today in Los Angeles.<p>The design is sleek. It sports hard edges that are similar to …