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Flops that rose up from the ashes

"Video games as a service" is usually associated with unfair microtransactions, lacking content and watered-down story – but there's more to it. The term also implies an opportunity the devs have to mend the things that don't work properly.

Say farewell to Steam

More and more major publishers are deciding to end their cooperation with Steam, promoting their own sales platforms and gaming environments instead.

The best time to be a gamer is NOW

Lootboxes, microtransactions, cutting content, extremely formulaic games… it’s hard to be a gamer nowadays, isn't it? Except it’s not!

Lootboxes at a party

Have you ever seen a party without a proper lootbox? Me neither!

Why open world games suck at telling a story?

A great map, a slew of activities, and unlimited freedom usually come at the price of a forgettable, pretext storyline. Is that always the case? And does it have to be like that?

You need to pay for earlier release date now

Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon, FIFA 19, new Tomb Raider. These recent hits are very different from one another, but there is a certain common denominator – all these games could be played a few days before the release... if you paid extra.

How Rockstar killed games set in the Wild West

There are really not many alternatives to Red Dead Redemption for players who long for a proper western video-game experience. Most developers seem to look the other way when considering possible settings – and that’s no surprise.

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Fallout 76’s launch-day patch bigger than game itself

This year hasn't been gentle for the fans of the legendary Fallout series. First, there was the somewhat left-field announcement that the game will be multiplayer only. Things got only sketchier afterward: microtransactions, late mod support, and, behold, the recent beta, which was a true festival of bugs. Now it turns out that the devs want to make their game better at all cost (which is good) by releasing a launch-day patch bigger than the game itself (not so good).

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Destiny 2: Forsaken Sales Dissapointing - Shows Activision Financial Report

Activision Blizzard released its latest financial report, which provides some interesting insight into the matters within the company. Overall, the revenue exceeds the original expectations, but at the same time, is slightly lower than last year. The publisher also seems to be disappointed with the performance of Destiny 2: Forsaken. Interestingly, Black Ops IIII sold three times more copies for PC than the previous installment of the high-profile series.

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Is Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire a Fiasco?

According to information published on twitter by one of the people who invested venture capital into Pillars of Eternity II via Fig, the game sold terribly, not even getting close to bringing any profit. The info isn't solid, however, and we have to wait for an official statement from Obsidian if we want to be completely certain.

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Bad Day
Late night in a bar after BlizzCon 2018...
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In Cyberpunk 2077, the world doesn’t need saving

Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be immersive. That’s a no-brainer. But how exactly does CD Projekt RED want to achieve the level of “virtual believability” no-one before them even dreamed of? The studio’s Stanislaw Swiecicki has the answer – and it’s rather down-to-earth.

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Don’t Go West – why developers ignore westerns?

I always found it puzzling how few western video games there are. Seems like the perfect setting for a game, no? It’s a strongly romanticized period of history that used to be wildly popular in film some years ago. It offers an exciting environment, a solid framework for the plot and characters and opportunities for some amazing adventures. However, it also imposes some obscure constraints that are not quite obvious at first glance. The following article explores some of the limitations that have largely prevented western from conquering our consoles and computers.

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New California mod for Fallout New Vegas is bigger than you'd expect

A huge Fallout: New Vegas modification – Fallout: New California – has just debuted in open BETA. Featuring over 30 hours of quest- and dialogue-filled gameplay, it has been praised by many as the true New Vegas successor – a full-blown RPG experience that shares close to nothing with the MMO-ish Fallout 76. And to try it out, you do not need any caps at all.

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CDPR celebrates 11 years of The Witcher series with a bunch of fun facts

Triss Merigold is literally changing, and a ghost ship is on its way to the Skellige Isles – these are just 2 out of 11 interesting facts CD Projekt RED shared with fans to celebrate The Witcher series turning eleven. With more still to come, one should keep an eye out on the game’s Twitter feed.

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Blizzard leaked World of Warcraft subscriber count, rumor suggests

We now know the exact number of active World of Warcraft players. The data has been disclosed by WeakAuras official official account on Twitter, and has been leaked by an unknown source. But as Blizzard pushes, the said source starts to fade away, and in the end, nobody knows anything for sure.

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Games have two release dates these days. You need to pay for the earlier one

Game developers are intensively trying to convince us to buy increasingly expensive game releases. Recently, along additional content or physical gadgets and gimmicks came one more incentive – earlier access to the full version of the game. This year, those willing to spare more buck were able to play the new Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider or Forza Horizon before anyone else.

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Command & Conquer remasters are being considered by EA

EA is not giving the Command & Conquer series up just yet. The developer is working on C&C remasters that should make it to digital distribution before 2020, a studio representative announced. Although no further details have been given, a promise has been made.

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Dying Light developers will help create Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer

They worked on Dying Light and Company of Heroes, and now they are coming for more. Digital Scapes have officially become the team responsible for developing the multiplayer mode for Cyberpunk 2077, CD Project Red’s highly-anticipated, blockbuster sci-fi RPG. But when will the multiplayer see the neon of day, nobody yet knows. Until then, singleplayer is the king.

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Why open world games suck at telling a story?

Big games are increasingly focusing on providing as much freedom within open worlds brimming with side activities and build of swathes of land. The collateral damage, in this case, is usually the story, which is largely marginalized and if we’re lucky is decent at best. We got used to that over the years, but maybe it’s about time to change it, and start demanding a bit more?

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The author of The Witcher books demands more money from CD Projekt RED

Andrzej Sapkowski, who created The Witcher universe, wants more money. Yes, we’re talking millions of dollars. CD Projekt RED, who created The Witcher gaming franchise having acquired the rights legally, is to give it to him because it has apparently violated the law. But the developer refuses to acknowledge any kind of wrongdoing, even though Mr. Sapkowski has a few fair points to support his claim.

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Fallout 76 beta has a release date, and PC and PS4 owners will lag behind

Fallout 76 beta will launch on October 23, Bethesda announced earlier today. The pre–order-exclusive Break-It Early Test Application features a distinguishable intro every Fallout fan should recognize. It has been published as well. Players are encouraged to break it now, so that it becomes bugless on launch. But not everybody will “enjoy it” at the same time.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 features 200 species of animals, birds and fish

Rockstar is going big once again. The developer has just unveiled that its newest “GTA-Western,” Red Dead Redemption 2, features around 200 different species of animals, birds, and fish. This includes, among others, 19 breeds of horses. Not only this, but all of them are there for a reason.

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PlayStation Now allows you to download PlayStation 4 games

Storing PlayStation 4 games on your PC's hard drive is not a big deal anymore. PlayStation Now now (sic) allows for downloading “almost all” PlayStation 4 games and PlayStation 2 remasters, and also tweaks PlayStation Plus a little bit so that it becomes more budget-friendly. But wait, there’s more.

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Lootboxes are important at a party!
Have you ever seen a party without a proper lootbox? Me neither!
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All Red Dead Redemption 2 news in a nutshell

Red Dead Redemption 2 launch is imminent. Rockstar breaks its silence and provides us with more and more details every day. We now know everything about the number of protagonists players will be able to control, old mechanics making a comeback, and the online mode that seems almost indistinguishable from GTA Online. All of the necessary info you will find here.

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The Elder Scrolls 6 is called "Redfall", trademark suggests

The Elder Scrolls VI, showcased during this year’s E3, will probably be called “Redfall.” This comes after ZeniMax, the owner of Bethesda, has become the owner of a “Redfall” trademark. Such a prediction makes sense for a variety of reasons – but all of them remain pure speculation until officially confirmed.

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Bethesda says a new generation of consoles is on its way

Next-gen consoles are out there already. Perhaps you don’t know about all the ‘whats’ and ‘hows,’ but Bethesda’s Pete Hines managed to get an insight. The successors to PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X should bring new technical capabilities around, but how exactly are they going to change the industry remains a mystery. Even for Hines.

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Half-Life meets Unreal Engine 4, and it turns out gorgeous

There’s no such thing as too much Half-Life. Project Lambda, a fan project that took months to be completed, is now available for free download. It lets you rediscover the famous “train car” intro sequence – this time powered by Unreal Engine 4. It is shiny, it is polished, and it makes Black Mesa look better than ever. And there's more to it that that.

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The best time to be a gamer is NOW

A lootbox scandal here, cut content there, and a half-baked release forcing you to wait for patches to top things off… Times used to be better, games used to be more fun. Right? Well, not really… Today I wanted to take a look at what times we live in and prove that actually it’s rarely been better to be a part of gaming community.

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Rocksteady is working on a "highly anticipated AAA title", job listing reveals

Rocksteady is getting ready to launch their next big title. The studio – mostly known for giving us the renown Batman Arkham series – is currently looking for talented new members of its development team. But whether their next project is in any way related to Batman, we do not yet know. For more details, we will have to wait – presumably around two more years.

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Ubisoft is giving away a free Rainbow Six Siege skin, but there's a catch

Rainbow Six Siege is making you an offer you will soon not be able to refuse. If you enable 2-factor authentication now, you are getting safer and fancier-looking with a free Thermite skin that comes with ensuring your safety. That’s a gift. If you refuse, well – then you will have to enable it anyway in the near future. But then there will be no free stuff waiting to be picked up.

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Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode supports 20 players fewer than PUBG or Fortnite, but still more than its Battlefield 5 equivalent

Black Ops 4 Blackout battle royale mode will only support 80 players, Treyarch revealed. By itself, it’s quite a big number, but when compared to PUBG and Fortnite: BR – both of which feature 100 players on one map – it seems like a step back. However, the player count is still higher than that of Battlefield 5’s Firestorm, and most importantly – it has its purpose.

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Cyberpunk 2077 won’t have a companion system – but Jackie is still your friend

Cyberpunk 2077 does not feature a full-fledged companion system, CD Projekt RED confirmed last Friday. It does, however, take advantage of the full narrative potential of every NPC you meet, to make your experience both personal and interactive at the same time. As a result – you’re never really lonely in the Night City.

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Metro Exodus runs smoothly with ray tracing on – but there is a price to pay

Metro Exodus doesn’t fear Nvidia’s cutting edge ray tracing technology, an off-screen gameplay proves. The game handles cutscene-like graphics at 50+ FPS in 1080p with seemingly no problems or frame rate drops whatsoever. But the PC that made running it so smoothly possible isn’t one you just buy with your pocket money – and that’s the big concern.

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