Belgium joins the Netherlands in ruling loot boxes are illegal
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In Europe the tide is beginning to turn against one of the largest monetization trends in gaming. Both the Netherlands and Belgium have determined that under their laws loot boxes, such as those found in FIFA 18, CS:GO, and Overwatch qualify as gambling and as such are illegal when included in a video game. While Belgium has not set a date for...
Sailors, forklifts, and QTEs galore: Shenmue I & II return this year
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The Sega Dreamcast is full of cult-classics like Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5, and Phantasy Star Online. Two games that influenced game design more than almost any others on that system are coming back this year. The Shenmue games (originally released in 1999 and 2001) were groundbreaking at the time for their open-world gameplay...
Sega bringing retro favorites to Switch
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So far Nintendo fans have been left wondering when, if, and how the Virtual Console will finally make an appearance on the Switch, but this isn't stopping other companies from cashing in on their own retro libraries using the console. Sega has announced that they will be bringing more than 15 games to Switch as part of their Sega Ages series...
NBA Playgrounds 2 announcement
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We got NBA Playgrounds as a spiritual successor to NBA Jam released less than a year ago, and now Saber has announced NBA Playgrounds 2. NBA Playgrounds 2 is supposed to focus on features that were lacking in the first game. NBA Playgrounds launched without an online mode for the Nintendo Switch, and continued to have no online play for the...
Switch formations with Football Manager Touch 2018, suddenly on Switch
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Sometimes games just happen. And today Football Manager Touch 2018 for the Switch just happened. Today Sega announced that the game would be coming and available...now. The game comes with all of the features of the tablet version it is based on including the titular touch controls, joycon control options that can be used in docked or handheld...
Hearthstone expansion 'Witchwood' out now
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After what was a rather lackluster year in Hearthstone, in my opinion, Blizzard has finally released the first expansion of 2018. 'Witchwood' is now live in all regions and brings forth the 'Year of the Raven'. This expansion brings a few new elements to keep the game fresh. Echo is the first new mechanic added; you may play an Echo card as...
'X Gon Give it to Ya' when Mega Man X Legacy Collections drop!
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Capcom announced late last year that Mega Man X Legacy Collection would drop "sometime 2018" and now we have a firm date on that! Mega Man X Collection 1 & 2 will release on July 24 for PC, PS4, XBONE, and Switch digitally for $20 apiece or a $40 physical copy that includes everything. The physical edition comes with two discs on XBONE and PS4...
LawBreakers creators throw their hat into the "Battle Royale" ring with Radical Heights
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The explosive popularity of "Battle Royale" style games ignited by PUBG has many developers scrambling to get a piece of the action and Boss Key Productions is no different. The developer, co-founded by Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, was unable to find success with LawBreakers, their entry into the class-based world of TF2 and...
Crashlands comes to Switch
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You can currently enjoy Crashlands on PC, iOS, and Android. But, soon you'll be able to play even more Crashlands on the Nintendo Switch. The best part? Your game save from PC, iOS, or Android are all cross compatible. You can play on Steam, move to your Switch, and back again all without losing any progress. The game is an "Advventure-crafting...
SpyParty nonchalantly arriving on Steam Early Access
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Former EA and Maxis employee and man responsible for the creature generation feature of Spore, Chris Hecker, has been working on this labor of love for 8 years. It still isn't ready for full release, but Chris has decided it's time to bring it to Steam Early Access. The game is a tense 1v1 game of sniper vs spy. The spy is tasked with...
Let's get "Gnasty": Spyro Reignited Trilogy announced
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Spyro's back. Following the lead of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision has announced that the classic Spyro trilogy has gotten a remaster. The game will include all content from Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon reimagined in HD. It is set to release on September 21st for PS4 and Xbox One. While...
Firewatch coming to Nintendo Switch
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The lovely people at Campo Santo and Panic are bringing Firewatch to the Nintendo Switch "soon". If you're unfamiliar with Firewatch, it's unlike most other games you would likely come across. It is more of an interactive story rather than a game in most senses. There are no bad guys, in the traditional sense, and there is a lot of moving from...
Hold on to your butts, Jurassic World is getting a "tycoon" game
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Frontier Developments is currently best known for their epic space game Elite: Dangerous, but on June 12 they will be going back to their RollerCoaster Tycoon roots with Jurassic World Evolution. That's right, you get to run your very own dinosaur zoo/theme park the way you've always wanted to. (Safely with no danger of a loose T-Rex...right?)...
Basingstoke - Delayed for reasons...
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The great folks at Puppy Games have created some awesome games in the past: Revenge of the Titans, Droid Assault, Titan Attacks, and Ultratron. Their latest game Basingstoke was set to be released March 30th, 2018 but has been pushed back to April 27th, 2018. Those reasons were to allow a little more time to "polish and tweak" their game...
Playstation VR bundles dropping to $300
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Playstation VR is making it more affordable than ever (again) to get sucked into a virtual world. Both the Doom and Skyrim PS VR bundles will be receiving a $100 price drop tomorrow, March 29th. The Doom VFR bundle comes with the game, headset, camera, and the PS VR Demo Disc 2.0 for $300. The Skyrim Bundle will run you a bit more at $350 but...
Lego games are about to get Incredible
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Lego games based on movies are nothing new (Lego Star Wars released back in 2005) but they are about to take on a new movie series, Disney's The Incredibles. The hit animated superhero movie from 2014 will see the release of a sequel on June 15th and alongside of it Lego The Incredibles. The game will cover both movies in much the same fashion...
Dragon Quest XI gets a release date in NA
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We finally know when the latest installment of the long running and much beloved JRPG series Dragon Quest will be coming to the west. Square Enix announced today that Dragon Quest XI will arrive on PS4 and Steam on September 4th. The game initially released in Japan back on July 20th, 2017 and was received with much praise, including a 40/40...
Start your engines for Mario Kart... Monopoly?
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Blue shells are about to cause a lot of table flipping and family tension. Last year Hasbro came out with Monopoly Gamer, a version of their classic board game that was more than a simple reskin. This year they are adding a slight twist on that by making Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart. With coins instead of money, Grand Prix cards for passing Go...
New Kickstarter tabletop games
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Two Tabletop games that I found while surfing the web and look interesting: Chartered: The Golden Age and The Awful Orphanage. Chartered: The Golden Age is a table top game that you start as a merchant in 1600's Amsterdam and compete with other players to build the better commercial empire. Details can be found here. In The Awful Orphanage...
BATTLETECH - Release date and story trailer
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From original BATTLETECH/MechWarrior creator Jordan Weisman and the developers of the award-winning Shadowrun Returns series comes the next-generation of turn-based tactical ‘Mech combat. The year is 3025 and the galaxy is trapped in a cycle of perpetual war, fought by noble houses with enormous, mechanized combat vehicles called BattleMechs...

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