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'NBA 2K19' review roundup: The gold standard but pay-to-win system mars game

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:17 PM

'NBA 2K19' continues to excel but microtransactions also continue to rule the day in online career modes

Screenshot from NBA 2K19 video


Sony reaches 500M PlayStations sold milestone

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A cultural force, Sony has now sold over 525 million PlayStation consoles since the debut of the original in 1994

ORIGINAL PS. The first PlayStation boasts a run of 104 million units sold. Screenshot from Sony


Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer, video games

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Wolfenstein series of games is deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called 'anti-constitutional' symbols, including Nazi swastikas

HITLER REPRESENTATIONS. The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag. Screen shots taken from Censored Gaming YouTube video.

Facebook unveils interactive game show tools for video

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Video creators can soon turn their live and on-demand videos to game shows by adding trivia quizzes, polls, and challenges

GAME SHOW STREAM. Polls and interactive questionnaires can be incorporated into livestreams and on-demand video with Facebook's upcoming updates. Photo from Facebook


Same-sex marriage, Senate on Sereno ouster, Video games | Evening wRap

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Video gaming addictive like crack – WHO

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Key symptoms include 'impaired control' – notably the inability to stop playing – and focusing on the game to the exclusion of everything else

GAMERS. Game enthusiasts and industry personnel play 'Quake Champions' during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Valve adds constraints to games that exploit Steam’s achievement system

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Steam games that have yet to be considered trusted can only feature 100 achievements

STEAM. Steam is cracking down on fake games in its marketplace by limiting those games' effects on the company's algorithms. Screenshot from Steam Facebook page.

'Ghost of Tsushima,' 'Cyberpunk 2077' may be most visually stunning of E3 2018

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:34 AM

See for yourself and watch their trailers here

TSUSHIMA. Tsushima is an island in Japan that the Mongols were trying to invade in the 1200s. Screenshot from Sony

That Disney charm remains strong in 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:18 AM

The mega-popular Square Enix-Disney mashup is still a charmer

TOY STORY. 'Kingdom Hearts 3'  is set to feature Pixar worlds. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Netflix, Telltale doing 'Minecraft' series, 'Stranger Things' game

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Netflix is working on adapting 'Minecraft: Story Mode' as an interactive show on its service. A 'Stranger Things' game is in the works as well from Telltale Games.

MINECRAFT ADAPTATION. Netflix is adapting Minecraft: Story Mode as a 5-episode series. Image from Twitter.

Next-generation Xbox arriving in 2020 – report

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Microsoft is reportedly working on a family of devices, instead of just a single one

XBOX ONE X. A reported successor to the Xbox One line is coming in 2020. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

Recapping Sony's PlayStation Showcase at E3 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements from the Sony Playstation E3 showcase at this year's E3

Resident Evil 2 gets a remake

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The Resident Evil 2 remake is coming on January 25, 2019

New gameplay trailer drops for 'The Last of Us Part II'

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Check out this new gameplay trailer for 'The Last of Us Part II'

The big announcements from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Here’s a quick roundup of key announcements and some additional trailers shown off by Microsoft at its Xbox E3 conference on Monday, June 10 (June 11, Manila time)

XBOX @ E3 2018. Microsoft lets us jump in for an amazing ride. Screenshot from livestream.

4 more fun game trailers from Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Here's a roundup of 4 more trailers from the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing for your viewing pleasure

XBOX E3 2018 BRIEFING. Screenshot from livestream.

Microsoft buys 4 indie studios, forms a fifth studio too

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:02 AM

Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory will be joining Microsoft's roster of first-party studios

NEW FIRST-PARTY STUDIOS. Microsoft announces Ninja Theory as a new first-party studio for the company. Screenshot from livestream

'The Division 2' is heading to Washington, D.C.

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:48 AM

'The Division 2' is coming out on March 15, 2019

THE DIVISION 2. The Division 2 arrives in March 2019. Screenshot from YouTube video.

'Forza Horizon 4' is coming on October 2

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:03 AM

'Forza Horizon 4' will be set in Britain, and will come with open world features and dynamic seasons

FORZA HORIZON 4. Screen shot from livestream.

'Kingdom Hearts 3' and 'Nier Automata' coming to Xbox One

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kingdom Hearts 3' will arrive on Xbox One on January 29, 2019, while 'Nier Automata: Become as Gods Edition' arrives on June 26, 2018

KINGDOM HEARTS 3 ON XBOX. Microsoft confirms both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Nier Automata as Xbox One-bound. Screenshot from livestream.

20 games we’re excited to see at E3 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:59 PM

E3 is here and we’re listing the 20 titles we’re most excited to see at the premiere gaming event of the year

Facebook launches FB.gg, its videogame streaming hub

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:04 PM

The new, experimental initiative will let Facebook Live streamers with a gaming focus to be more easily discovered and watched online

FB.GG. Facebook's game streaming initiative aims to take on Twitch.tv and Mixer. Screen shot of Facebook page.

Valve to ‘allow everything’ on Steam, as long as it’s not illegal

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Instead of it being the curator of content, it will simply open up Steam to all those who wish to sell their games. It will also augment its filtering features to make it easier for people to find games they want to buy

Blizzard working on 'unannounced Diablo project'

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Job postings indicate that Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a Diablo dungeon artist and environment artist, among other positions

WATCH: New Fallout game, 'Fallout 76,' teaser trailer

May 31, 2018 - 12:06 PM

While details are scant, the trailer gives plenty for prospective vault dwellers to speculate on

FALLOUT 76. What kind of experience will we have as members of Vault 76? Screenshot from YouTube video.

School shooter video game draws criticism, gets taken down

May 30, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The game, 'Active Shooter,' is taken down from the Steam platform, with the developer and publisher also axed from the service

ACTIVE SHOOTER, THE GAME. A screenshot of Active Shooter taken from a change.org petition shows a shooter hitting a civilian in the face with a gun. Screenshot from Change.org.

'Black Ops 4' is going where no 'Call of Duty' game has gone before

May 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' is shaping up to be one of the most talked about FPS games of the year

PLAYING BLACK OPS 4. Gamers get a taste of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' at an event in the US. Photo by Nadine Pacis

Valve's game streaming service Steam Link beta launches on Android

May 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

To stream, a Steam Link controller or another bluetooth-enabled controller, and a WiFi connection on the 5GHz band are required

STEAM LINK. You can now test your setup to see if you can play Steam games on your Android smartphone using Steam Link. Screenshot from Steam Link page on Google Play.

Playing Steam games on your phone? It's coming soon!

May 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Valve will let gamers play Steam games on Android and iOS in the future

STEAM LINK. Steam is building a way for PC gamers to enjoy their games on mobile devices. Screenshot from Steam Facebook page.

'God of War' becomes PlayStation 4's fastest-selling exclusive

May 04, 2018 - 3:54 PM

God of War sells over 3.1 million units in its first 3 days

DAD AND BOY. Kratos and Atreus make waves in the gaming scene. Image from Sony.

Global games market expected to hit $137.9 billion in 2018 – report

May 01, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Newzoo projects about 2.3 billion gamers worldwide in 2018, with around 51% of all gaming revenues – around $70.3 billion – coming from mobile

POKEMON GO. Local gamers play Pokemon Go at the Beitou Park in Taipei on August 23, 2016. Hundreds of local gamers gathering at a local park to chtch the Pokemon Go. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' review roundup: Microtransactions mar the magic

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Early reviews position the game as an equivalent of a first-year Hogwarts student's first handmade potion: it's likely to have mixed results, and may even feel weird after your first sip

A HOGWARTS MYSTERY. Does the game live up to its hype? Check out our review roundup!

Globe seeks new revenues from eSports

Apr 19, 2018 - 6:35 PM

With the launch of Globe Gaming, the telco looks to repeat its strategy of building new revenue streams around specific content, similar to what it has done with music, videos, and live events

Globe launches Globe Gaming on April 19. Photo by Chris Schnabel

New Bioshock game rumored to be in development

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The top-secret project, codenamed Parkside, is said to be the next entry in the acclaimed franchise

A BIOSHOCK REVIVAL? Could we see more Bioshock in the future? Screen shot from YouTube.

Razer, Lazada team up for Southeast Asia digital game store

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:33 PM

While Singapore will be the first to benefit from the Razer-Lazada digital game store, Malaysia and Thailand will get service in the second quarter. Indonesia and the Philippines will follow soon after.

Far Cry 5 returns to form with a few tweaks to its known formula

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Change has come, and change is good

5 video games to watch out for this summer

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Looking to beat the summer heat with some cool new games to play? Here's a quick list of our video gaming picks for the summer months!

'Fortnite: Battle Royale' launches on iOS

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Itching for a fight? 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' is now available for eager gamers with supported iOS devices!

FORTNITE ON IOS! The famous Battle Royale game is now freely available for iOS users! Screen shot from YouTube.

Brutal grace: Kratos grows up in 'God of War' return

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:05 PM

In this preview of what may be this year's biggest PS4 game, we explore how Kratos has grown as he faces a challenge bigger than killing Zeus: fatherhood

'Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia’ review: Fan service, guilty pleasure

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The video game does a fine job giving exactly what fans loved the most about the anime: intense combat. It does, however, fall short everywhere else

Courtesy of Bandai Namco Entertainment-Asia

'Monster Hunter: World' review: Something to sink your teeth into

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The newest entry in the popular monster-slaying series is not like the games of the series' past. Learn more in our review

Google working on 'Yeti,' a streaming game platform – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Sources familiar with the matter say the project, codenamed "Yeti," will allow users to play games as they're being streamed, as opposed to requiring a download or physical disk

GOOGLE BUILDING A YETI? People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Rappler Game Night: Shadow of the Colossus

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Join the Rappler Gaming League crew as we test our mettle against more colossi and further explore Shadow of the Colossus’ unique world and gameplay

Nintendo announces new Mario Kart game for smartphones

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Nintendo also confirms that the Switch will be getting its online subscription service by September of this year

MARIO KART. Mario is getting his second game on mobile! Illustration from Nintendo


Nintendo raises profit forecast on strong Switch sales

Jan 31, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The Kyoto-based video game giant says it now expects an annual net profit of 120 billion yen ($1.1 billion), a 41.2% rise from a forecast last October when it nearly doubled its previous net profit projection

NINTENDO'S PROFITS. This file photo taken on January 13, 2017 shows the logo of Japan's Nintendo Co. displayed at a presentation to unveil its new Switch game console in Tokyo. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Rappler Game Night: 'Super Mario Odyssey'

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:52 PM

We return to the land of goombas and koopas in the latest adventure of gaming's favorite plumber


Rappler Game Night: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Gelo Gonzales and Victor Barreiro put their music skills to the test by drumming to the beat of some of their favorite anime soundtracks

Top World of Warcraft guild says member DDoSed teammates to nab raiding spot

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Officers from Limit say Adois digitally brought down teammates to get a spot in the raid group's attempts to clear World of Warcraft's latest Mythic Raid, Antorus

ARGUS THE UNMAKER. Raid groups are working to defeat the Mythic-level version of Argus to become the world-first guild to defeat him. Image from World of Warcraft website

'Super Robot Wars X' to come out in Asia in 2018 with English subtitles

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The Asia version of Super Robot Wars X will release in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand on April 26, 2018

SUPER ROBOT WARS X. Bandai Namco announces a new entry in the franchise for the PS4 and PS Vita in 2018. Screen shot from YouTube video

Rappler Game Night: Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Dec 10, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Watch our hosts take on terrible beasts atop a giant living creature in Rappler Game Night's Xenoblade Chronicles 2 episode