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Fallout board game celebrates the series’ excellent storytelling

Bethesda and Fantasy Flight are on a roll<p>The Fallout franchise is expanding, first with virtual reality and now with a surprisingly excellent board game adaptation.<p>In 2017, Bethesda announced two new tabletop products, a hobby miniatures game from Modiphius Entertainment and a board game from …

Why Far Cry 5's America Could Be The Series’ Weirdest And Scariest Setting Yet

Far Cry 5's American setting and religious cult themes have been heavily publicized since its reveal in May. Set in a fictional part of Montana, USA called Hope County, the open-world game will explore how problematic groups and charismatic leaders can make people believe whatever they want. Below, …

Fortnite devs are tinkering with the look of Battle Royale

New character models are a far cry from Pixar-friendly<p><i>Fortnite</i>’s art style is a conspicuous departure from other zombie games, with its cartoony proportions and bright colors. But the developers seem to be going in a new direction with its free-to-play cousin, <i>Fortnite: Battle Royale</i>.<p>When <i>Fortnite</i> …

Bungie Says it “Betrayed” Players With Destiny 2’s Secret XP System

As if the recent controversy surrounding <i>Star Wars: Battlefront II</i> wasn’t enough, there’s even more drama surrounding another big game: <i>Destiny 2</i>.<p>This …

Destiny 2

Dear Video Games: Please Stop Immediately Telling Me What To Do

The original <i>Super Mario Bros</i>., which was a pretty well-liked video game, didn’t tell players the button commands for climbing up vines. It certainly …

Battlefront, Reddit: The Video Game Pricing Wars That Might Reshape the Industry

Conner Rust left nothing about his November <i>Battlefront II</i> binge to chance. The 25-year-old <i>Star Wars</i> fan from Charleston, South Carolina, had enjoyed</i> …

Microtransactions

Video Game Mini-Maps Might Finally Be Going Away

For the last 15 years or so, we have witnessed the rise of a great evil: the video game mini-map. Recent events have given me hope that the dark era …

Destiny 2: Curse Of Osiris DLC Expansion Trailer Confirms Release Date

As part of Sony's Paris Games Week showcase, the company showcased the reveal trailer for Destiny 2's first DLC expansion. As we previously learned, it's called Curse of Osiris, and it centers around the titular character and the planet Mercury.<p>The trailer was narrated by Ikora, who speaks to the …

Paris Games Week

Here’s a 90-second recap of all the lore in Assassin’s Creed Origins

There’s a lot of ground, and time, to cover<p>Condensing the lore spanning 10 AAA-games in a series now a decade old into a single minute (or two) might be an unreasonable expectation. But the YouTube channel LORE accepts the challenge with <i>Assassin’s Creed Origins</i>, which launched on Friday.<p>Snipping …

‘Destiny 2’ Endgame Updates Will Come Soon, Say Bungie Devs

<i>Destiny 2</i> has been having a rough go. From a mediocre PS4 launch of around 50,000 copies sold in the first week (it did go on to eventually claim …

Twelve ways the enhanced Gears of War 4 will blow your socks off on Xbox One X – Microsoft News Centre UK

We’ve enhanced <b>Gears of War 4</b> for the Xbox One X; and it shows off the wealth of graphical and gameplay enhancements that come with owning the world’s …

What if Wolfenstein 2 doesn’t sell?

Bethesda’s latest game is under a lot of pressure<p><i>Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus</i> is a very good game. There are just enough weapons, there is plenty of replay value, you can play it however you’d like without punishment and there is next to nothing on it or in it that feels tacked on or …

Assassin's Creed Origins Microtransactions Confirmed, Helix Credits Make a Comeback

I'm shocked and appalled by this surprise news of optional microtransactions.<p>I wasn't going to bother with it anyway, but this at least gives me a …

Microsoft finally kills off the Kinect, but the tech will live on in other devices

Microsoft’s Kinect had a rapid ascent and slow, sputtering demise — it was an inelegant end, as the company couldn’t find a permanent spot for the once revolutionary accessory. Now Microsoft is finally ready to put the final nail in that coffin.<p>Kinect creator Alex Kipman and Xbox GM Matthew Lapsen …

Wolfenstein: The New Order’s badass women make it something special

B.J. is fine and all, but let’s give it up for the ladies<p>On a superficial level, a game like <i>Wolfenstein: The New Order</i> — or its sequel, out later this week — shouldn’t do anything for me. Its star is a buff guy with a machine gun, while I like my heroes young and reedy; its environments are often …

First 13 Original Xbox Games Announced for Xbox One Compatibility

Microsoft has revealed the first 13 backwards-compatible original Xbox games for Xbox One to IGN – several of which we got to play. These first 13 …

Xbox

When it comes to FIFA 18, you can most definitely cash out

In FIFA, as so many fans of EA's all-conquering football series know, you can buy FIFA Coins with real world money. And with those FIFA Coins you can …

FIFA 18

Steam Is Full of Hate Groups

Valve's hands-off approach to moderation has filled its giant platform with bile.<p>In 2014, Valve introduced a feature to help the 125 million users on its digital storefront Steam sort through the daily glut of new video game releases. Steam Curators, as the feature is called, allows groups or …

New Fall Update for Xbox One starting to roll out today

Today we announce that the next Fall Update for Xbox One will begin rolling out today. Mike Ybarra has this post on Xbox Wire but here is a list of …

Xbox

GTA Online: Transform Races Trailer

Grand Theft Auto

‘Destiny 2’ Iron Banner Emblematic Of Game’s Larger Problems [Opinion]

<i>Destiny 2</i> has been available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for a little more than a month now. In that time, the game’s community has voiced …

An appreciation of 2017's in-game shopkeepers

Kilton is cool.<p>In-game shops are more than handy outlets to transform random metal scraps and tired old gear into new and useful items. Shops offer a reprieve from the action of whichever digital world you've entered, allowing you to take a moment, breathe and consider the situation from afar. Do …

Breath of the Wild

Destiny 2 has become appointment gaming

But that’s not always a good thing<p>Bungie has pulled off a rare feat in gaming: It has successfully turned its biggest franchise into appointment gaming. Hardcore <i>Destiny 2</i> fans know when things are going to happen in the game, and they show up to enjoy the spoils.<p>It’s always fun to see what Xur is …

Are loot boxes gambling?

Sin City is the global capital of gambling. Casinos with colourful chips, well-postured croupiers and automaton pensioners plugged into slot …

ESRB Says It Doesn't See 'Loot Boxes' As Gambling

Over the past few weeks, as randomized loot boxes have dominated the conversation surrounding this fall’s video games, there have been calls for the …

Fall Loot Box Glut Leads To Widespread Alarm

Few things in video games are as addictive as the dopamine rush of randomized loot. And, when it’s tied to real money, few things make people as …

Destiny 2’s biggest achievement is that it fits into your life

The sequel to Bungie’s online-only shooter is designed to let you breathe<p>I remember it like it was yesterday. My Guardian, hobbled by his low power level and horrendously subpar weapons, felt at first so weak and incapable. He was struggling to reclaim the light that would restore him to glory, and …

Gamers Can't Stop Buying the Loot Boxes They Hate

Loot boxes in 'Shadow of War,' 'Battlefront II,' and 'Forza 7' are making players angry, and game publishers rich.<p><i>Star Wars Battlefront II</i> isn't out until November, but publisher Electronic Arts gave fans a chance to play the beta this weekend for free. Thousands of players stormed Naboo's throne …

Here's the deal with Assassin's Creed Origins in-game loot chests

Loot boxes are the hot topic of games right now, and their inclusion in big-budget titles such as Destiny 2, Forza 7 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War …

Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a loot crate problem

Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a loot crate problem instead of a progression system.<p>The <i>only</i> way to get new abilities and weapons in Battlefront 2 is …