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Betway x Blast Spring Games: Companies release unique Olympic-themed CSGO challenge maps on Steam after dev1ce and others go head-to-head

Online bookmaker Betway and tournament organiser Blast are challenging the esports community to claim gold with four Olympic-themed challenges on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). The Spring Games will be familiar to some – fans will have seen these maps in action before on the Blast Premier YouTube and Twitch channel, racking up millions of views. Competing on the maps, gamers will have their ability, composure and movement put to the test, with the highest overall scorer being crowned the winner and given the coveted Betway x Blast golden medal. Continue reading Betway x Blast Spring Games: Companies release unique Olympic-themed…

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Phasmophobia update adds two ghost types, Willow Street House map, more

By Stephany Nunneley 18 June 2021 20:38 GMT Phasmophobia’s latest update has moved out of the beta phase and is now live.Today’s Phasmophobia update has added two new ghost types, two more daily challenges, the Willow Street House map, and some changes and bug fixes.Watch on YouTubeSpeaking of the new ghosts, it’s worth noting that they will have 3x higher spawn rate until the next update, so just know that going in.Alongside the aforementioned, the update also added a way to reset corrupt save files, a sell button in the item store, a profanity filter, and a confirmation timer when changing the…

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It Takes Two has sold over 2 million copies

By Stephany Nunneley 18 June 2021 18:29 GMT Well done, Hazelight.It Takes Two, the coop adventure from Hazelight Games and EA, has moved over 2 million copies since its March 26 release.Watch on YouTubeOne month after release, it was announced the game had sold 1 million copies, so in between April 25 and today, it has shifted another million. Developer Hazelight shared news of the game’s milestone on Twitter, where the developer said it was “amazed by the Passion” players have shown for the game. It also said it “couldn’t be happier” seeing so many fans of co-op.The game co-op…

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Xbox head Phil Spencer takes shot at Sony’s PC strategy

Phil Spencer has, in a rare occurrence, compared Xbox’s strategy with that of Sony’s.Xbox has significantly changed its approach to platform and content over the course of a few short years. Under Phil Spencer‘s leadership, Xbox went from losing to Sony’s PlayStation, to changing the game completely that this comparison no longer matters.Watch on YouTubeThis was, of course, chiefly achieved by bringing Xbox games to PC day-and-date with console, and expanding the reach of the Xbox platform to the cloud, which opens up the ecosystem to millions of players who wouldn’t, or couldn’t own an Xbox console.At a pre-E3 briefing…

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The Anacrusis is a co-op shooter from legendary Valve writer Chet Faliszek

By Sherif Saed 11 June 2021 10:35 GMT The Anacrusis is the new game Chet Faliszek has been working on for the past few years.At the Summer Game Fest Kickoff live event, developer Stray Bombay revealed The Anacrusis – a co-op shooter with a retro-future aesthetic.Watch on YouTubeStray Bombay is, of course, the studio established by Valve veteran writer Chet Faliszek, and Riot Games designer Kimberly Voll in 2019. Faliszek was one of Valve’s most recognisable faces, having contributed to many of the studio’s classic games.The Anacrusis is four-player co-op FPS, coming to PC this fall, that stars four unlikely…

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Planet of Lana is a lovely cinematic puzzle adventure game from Wishfully Studios

By Stephany Nunneley 10 June 2021 23:11 GMT Planet of Lana, with its hand-painted watercolor world, looks like a lovely game.Developed by Swedish indie game studio Wishfully Studios, Planet of Lana is the debut game from the company.Watch on YouTubeIt stars a young girl and her friend who are on a rescue mission through a world of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures.The planet used to be a place of balance between humans, nature, and animals, but it has now become something else entirely.Disharmony, which has been in the making for hundreds of years, has finally arrived in the form of a faceless army.Planet…

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E3 2021’s PC Gaming Show set for Sunday, June 13

By Dom Peppiatt 7 June 2021 20:32 GMT Future has announced that the PC Gaming Show, now an E3 staple, will be taking place on Sunday, June 13 at 2:30pm PST / 5:30pm EST / 10.30pm BST.The event will be broadcasting from Los Angeles during the E3 weekend and will boast 39 new trailers, game announcements, and interviews to audiences around the world.“PC gaming retains its position as the world’s most vibrant gaming platform,” says PC Gamer Global Editor-in-Chief Evan Lahti. “The PC’s library of weird, innovative, and genre-pushing games grows every week. The PC Gaming Show is about shining a bright…

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Check out the debut trailer for neo-noir, third-person shooter El Paso, Elsewhere here

By Dom Peppiatt 7 June 2021 19:03 GMT El Paso, Elsewhere was announced over the weekend, and feels like a mix of Max Payne and Doom – what’s not to love?Announced during the Guerrilla Collective show on June 5, El Paso, Elsewhere intends to bring back the cool supernatural neo-noir third-person shooter, and it’s doing it in style.As you can see for yourself in the trailer below, the new game sets you – James Savage, a gun-toting folklore researcher against Draculae, the Lord of the Vampires. You’ll have to shoot through all manner of werewolves, eldritch horrors, and peculiar demons in…

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Muck: dying and respawning | Can you respawn in Muck?

By Rebecca Jones 7 June 2021 17:04 GMT Muck is a survival-roguelike with optional multiplayer, developed based on a dare from a YouTube commenter. Yes, really.Watch on YouTubeIt’s a simple yet strangely addictive indie game with shades of Minecraft and Fortnite. But what can you do if you die in the game?Can you respawn in Muck?Muck features three need bars: Health, Hunger, and Stamina. If your character’s Health depletes to zero, they will die.This is a survival-roguelike, so death is pretty serious business. Dying in single-player causes the World to reset. As such, there is no way to respawn in…

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Creature-collecting game Palworld looks like a dark, twisted take on Pokemon

By Dom Peppiatt 6 June 2021 10:44 GMT Ever wondered what Pokemon would be like if it were more reflective of the real world? Well, wonder no longer because Palworld is likely to answer that question.Let’s be honest, if Pokemon were real, there’s a very good chance they’d be used like animals are in our world – battery farmed, exploited for labor, used as tools and for industry as well as domesticated as pets.Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are launching on November 19, 2021, but if you’d prefer a more mature, pessimistic look at the creature-collecting genre, perhaps Pocket…

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No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2 are coming to Steam next week

By Stephany Nunneley 4 June 2021 19:30 GMT XSEED Games is bringing No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle to PC. No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle will be heading to Steam next week on June 9. Watch on YouTubeDeveloped by Grasshopper Manufacture, Marvelous, and directed by SUDA51, you can expect the PC version to feature HD resolutions, 60 FPS gameplay, and additional features including Steam Cloud support. In No More Heroes, Travis Touchdown is an assassin in the United Assassins Association (UAA). Using a beam katana, he faces off against the world’s…

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No Man’s Sky’s Prisms update adds reflections, new texture effects, improved lighting, more

A new update is available for No Man’s Sky, making it even prettier.The Prisms update is now available for No Man’s Sky, and it adds plenty of visual improvements.Watch on YouTubeThese improvements include reflections, new texture effects, more biome detail, improved lighting, new skies, new warp effects, creature fur, and more.You can expect support for screen space reflection (SSR) technology for PC, next-generation consoles, and Xbox One X. This allows starships and lifeforms to create reflections as they move, and lighting in reflective areas will feel higher quality and more realistic.In the update, new styles of volumetric lights have been…

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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis release date set for next week

By Stephany Nunneley 1 June 2021 18:14 GMT Sega has announced a release date for Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will launch on June 9, and will be available on Xbox, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Games Store.Watch on YouTubeBecause of its release, scheduled maintenance that would have occurred alongside the New Genesis launch will be moved forward by about one or two days.Due to the change in the maintenance schedule, there will be changes to the dates and the content of the “The Road to New Genesis Event” countdown login bonus event….

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Tell Me Why is free in June to celebrate Pride Month

By Stephany Nunneley 1 June 2021 17:39 GMT Tell Me Why is available for free for the entire month of June.To celebrate Pride Month, Dontnod is making Tell Me Why available for free on Xbox consoles, Windows 10, and Steam.Watch on YouTubeIf you’re unable to access the above platforms, you can play the game on any Android-based phone or tablet with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.From now until June 30, downloading the game will give you permanent access to it, even after Pride Month is over.The game made headlines back when it was announced for starring Tyler Ronan as…

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Little Nightmares is currently free to keep on Steam

By Stephany Nunneley 28 May 2021 20:39 GMT Little Nightmares can be yours for nothing on Steam.The rather dark and whimsical Little Nightmares is currently 100% off on Steam for the next few days.Watch on YouTubeIt stars Six, a little girl trapped in a prison called The Maw where every room is a puzzle. Six’s mission is to escape, evading a particular enemy who probably wants to eat her.As you progress on your journey, you will explore a disturbing dollhouse offering a prison to escape from and a playground full of secrets.The game won at The Games Awards 2016 for…