Humble Bundle sweetens its subscription with games that don't expire

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Humble Bundle sweetens its subscription with games that don't expire

Humble Bundle's monthly subscription is fine if you enjoy getting a surprise mix of big-name and indie games. But what if you'd like access to a more reliable catalog, too? You're set as of this week. The $12 per month service now includes access to the Humble Trove, an always-accessible collection of copy protection-free games. The library includes the full selection of Humble Originals as well as a range of recognizable indies like Trine and Kimmy.

'The Darwin Project' is a 'Hunger Games'-style battle arena

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'The Darwin Project' is a 'Hunger Games'-style battle arena

The Darwin Project came out of nowhere and snapped up the spotlight at Microsoft's E3 press conference. It's the first game from the 12-person development house Scavengers Studio, and it combines the best aspects of games like Don't Starve and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in a Hunger Games-style battle arena. Imagine Katniss Everdeen running around Pochinki Hill, chopping down trees like Wilson the Gentleman Scientist.

'Ni No Kuni 2' changes everything but the Ghibli-esque charm

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'Ni No Kuni 2' changes everything but the Ghibli-esque charm

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is beautiful. If it's not the detailed environment, it's the expressive cartoon characters interacting with each other like some kind of CGI anime masterpiece. That's due to animation director Yoshiyuki Momose's input -- he previously worked at Studio Ghibli for many years, and it still shows in the sequel coming to PS4. During the two-part demo I played at Bandai Namco's E3 booth, cloaks fluttered in the breeze, the protagonist winced when struck with fire, and your tiny battle companions -- prime plushies of the future -- scuttled around the battlefield like even cuter Pikmin. The gameplay taster centered on two major boss battles, but I found myself waiting, hoping, for another sumptuous cut scene to help fill in the mysterious backstory -- and distract me from the fighting.

'Gran Turismo Sport' is a blast even if you're terrible at it

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'Gran Turismo Sport' is a blast even if you're terrible at it

I've never been into Gran Turismo (or racing games in general), but when my colleague Timothy J. Seppala asked if I wanted to play the franchise's next title, GT Sport, I didn't think twice about saying yes. Especially after seeing how gorgeous the latest trailer looks. And I'm glad I checked it out, even if I did end up in second to last place in the two races I played. The graphics in Gran Turismo Sport are as gorgeous as they look on screenshots; it's seriously hard to differentiate cars in the game from real ones. Put simply, it's a perfect way to showcase gameplay at 4K 60fps (don't forget about HDR, either), and even more fun if you're experiencing it the way I did: in a vibrating "sled" with a racing seat, steering wheels and pedals.

Atari 2600 fans get the revival console they deserve

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Atari 2600 fans get the revival console they deserve

If you want to play retro Atari 2600 games, you're not short of options. There's eBay for the original console of course. You can play some on mobile, or buy one of those "Flashback" all-in-ones, or splurge on the ultimate man/woman-cave table. But for those that have the original cartridges, but don't want to keep an old console on permanent life support, or tinker with modifications under the hood, your options aren't so good. Enter the RetroN 77 -- the 2600 reimagined for the modern age. Importantly, it plays most, if not all of the original game cartridges in glorious 1080p, at a modern aspect ration right out of the box.

'Duck Season' on HTC Vive revives the NES blaster with a dark twist

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'Duck Season' on HTC Vive revives the NES blaster with a dark twist

Duck Season brings back the classic NES light gun that holds a special place in any Duck Hunt fan's heart -- but with a dark VR twist. Duck Season is heading to the HTC Vive "very soon," complete with an updated version of the NES blaster, turned into a motion-tracking controller via the Vive tracker. Its core gameplay is essentially an upgraded, 3D version of Duck Hunt, though the story runs much deeper than it initially appears.

Relive 'Tron' disc battles when 'Sparc' launches first on PSVR

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Relive 'Tron' disc battles when 'Sparc' launches first on PSVR

Have you wanted to relive Tron's light disc battles through CCP Games' Sparc (aka Project Arena)? You're about to get your chance... although you may have to switch platforms to get it soon. CCP has revealed that Sparc will launch in the third quarter of the year for PlayStation VR. The developer stresses that this is only a temporary exclusive (it's arriving "first" on PSVR), but that still means you'll have to forego any near-term dreams of virtual arena battles on your Vive.

The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense of the word

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The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense of the word

The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense of the word. It's Microsoft's direct response to people saying that the standard Xbox One wasn't powerful enough in comparison to Sony's PlayStation 4. With six teraflops of processing power and a raft of other specs that have already given fanboys plenty to brag about, that's no longer the case. But what's it like to actually play around with the console? Well, I can't tell you. Microsoft's "Xbox One X Experience" at E3 this year was a hands-off theater presentation. The company had mock-up consoles outside its demo area, but inside, everything ran on developer kits. Yes, those really cool looking white boxes with the LCD display on the front of them.