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‘Jump Force’ review: A fun brawler with a lackluster campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Sadly, the 'Jump Force' campaign mode is fan service done wrong

MIXING IT UP. Sasuke, Goku, and Trunks take to battle. Screenshots from the game.

Team Cherry expands DLC into new game with 'Hollow Knight' sequel 'Silksong'

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Originally meant as a piece of DLC for 'Hollow Knight,' 'Hollow Knight: Silksong' is now being developed as a sequel to the original title

HOLLOW KNIGHT: SILKSONG. Face new foes as the fearsome hunter Hornet in this action RPG. Images from Team Cherry.

Nintendo bringing battle royale-style puzzle action with 'Tetris 99'

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:59 PM

Tetris 99 pits you against 98 others in the ultimate multiplayer puzzle challenge

TETRIS 99. Of 99 players, only one will be left stacking. Image from Twitter.

'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' getting Nintendo Switch remake

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:58 AM

This game, which originally came out in 1993, will get a 'modern re-imagining'

LINK REAWAKENS. Nintendo reimagines 'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' for a modern audience. Screenshot from YouTube.

Despite record 2018 results, Activision Blizzard slashes 770 jobs

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Despite results which Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says were 'the best in our history,' the company slashes 770 jobs because it didn't reach its full potential

5 great Steam Lunar New Year Sale games under P550

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Check out our recommendations for Steam Lunar New Year Sale games you can enjoy that don't go over P550

Facebook’s 'friendly fraud’: What to know about the latest controversy

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

'Friendly fraud' is when Facebook lets children spend real money on in-game purchases without parental permission


SNES games may be coming to Switch, dataminer claims

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Having SNES games on the Switch adds nostalgic appeal to an already popular console

SNES CLASSIC. Image from Nintendo


Bungie splits from publisher Activision, retains 'Destiny' IP

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects,' Bungie says in a statement

Ubisoft takes 'The Division 2' off Steam and onto Epic Games Store

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The team-up between Ubisoft and Epic Games will also see 'additional select titles' heading to the Epic Games Store in the future

'Just Cause 4' review: Mindless fun can get old fast

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The game’s mindless fun fails to save it from some uninspired mission design and technical shortcomings

RICO SUAVE. Your secret agent Rico Rodriguez zips through the air ready to take on all manner of baddie. Screenshot from reviewer

Discord's game store to have 90/10 split in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Discord's revenue sharing agreement will be 90% in favor of the developer, with the remaining 10% covering 'operating costs, and we’ll explore lowering it by optimizing our tech and making things more efficient'

Trainers can now battle one another in 'Pokémon Go'

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:28 PM

'Pokémon Go' players can now engage in player-versus-player action by joining Trainer Battle Leagues

TRAINER BATTLES ARE LIVE! Pokemon Go gets player-versus-player action with Trainer Battle Leagues! Image from Pokemon Go website.

'Monster Hunter: World' to get 'Iceborne' expansion in 2019

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The 'Iceborne' expansion is set to be a story expansion set after the events of 'Monster Hunter: World'

Ubisoft to set expiry dates for its Club rewards points in 2019

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Beginning April 1, Ubisoft Club points will expire two years from the date of acquisition. The initial tranche of unredeemed points to be expired will be points acquired on or before March 31, 2017

Resident Evil 2 preview: ‘Reimagining’ a classic

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The game has been rebuilt from the ground up but will still feel familiar to fans of the original

RESIDENT EVIL 2. Tsuyoshi Kanda gives us a thumbs-up at this preview event for Resident Evil 2. Photo by Kyle Chua

Bioware hints at Dragon Age announcement in December

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Speculation points to the possibility of an announcement at The Game Awards on December 6, though this remains unconfirmed

A NEW GAME? Bioware teases a Dragon Age announcement for December. Screenshot from YouTube video

Nintendo Creators Program ending in December 2018

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Nintendo Creators Program will discontinue operations at the end of December, with the site to close on March 2019

NINTENDO CREATORS PROGRAM. Mario attends the Bloomingdale's launch of an exclusive collection with Nintendo on March 8, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Bloomingdale's/AFP

The biggest announcements of Microsoft’s XO18 event

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Microsoft shares details about upcoming Xbox One games, services, and new acquisitions.

X018. Microsoft's latest fan celebration is in Mexico City. Screen shot from livestream.

Video game action heads for the cloud

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Computing power in data centers and devices from televisions to smartphones surges and streaming technology advances, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or personal computers

LIST: The 20 preloaded games for the U.S. PlayStation Classic

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Here's your full list of game offerings for the U.S. version of the PlayStation Classic!

PLAYSTATION CLASSIC. Screen shot from YouTube.

Hit indie farming sim 'Stardew Valley' headed to iOS

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone says this will be a full version of the single-player game, adjusted for touch controls including tweaks to the user interface

MOBILE FARMING. Fancy having a farm on your iPhone? Now you can! Image from 'Stardew Valley' website.

Microsoft announces game-streaming technology Project xCloud

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:04 PM

With the new technology, Microsoft aims to provide console and PC gamers more flexibility as to where they can play their games

MICROSOFT AND GAME STREAMING. Project xCloud aims to bring console and PC games to mobile devices. Screenshot from YouTube.

Mega Man to be adapted into live-action Hollywood film

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The news comes hot on the heels of the release of 'Mega Man 11,' the latest game outing of the hero

MEGA MAN IS BACK. The Blue Bomber is getting the live-action movie treatment. Image from Capcom.

Nintendo to make new version of Switch console for 2019 – report

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The new hardware is reportedly slated for a Summer 2019 outing

NINTENDO SWITCH. Kids enjoy playing tunes on a Toy-Con Piano as Nintendo of America hosts the ultimate family-fun battle where families compete in 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge during San Diego Comic-Con at Marriott Marquis & Marina on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. File photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nintendo/AFP

Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'World of Warcraft' executive producer J. Allen Brack will take over as Blizzard's president

MIKE MORHAIME. Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Mohaime at the 2011 Video Game Awards. File photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Google teams with Ubisoft to test video game streaming

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Google is collaborating with Ubisoft to use Assassin's Creed Odyssey to test the ability of Project Stream technology to provide the kind of quick, seamless play powered by in-home consoles as an online service

GOOGLE. A woman and her child play on a Google sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on September 26, 2018. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

'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


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Jun 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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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