A ‘Dota’ veteran’s take on ‘Arena of Valor’ for Switch

about X hours ago from
A ‘Dota’ veteran’s take on ‘Arena of Valor’ for Switch

I've been playing multiplayer online battle arena games -- better known as MOBAs -- for the best part of two decades. First it was Dota, back when the game was still a custom Warcraft III map. Steam tells me I've sunk over 2000 hours into Valve's Dota 2, and I must've spent at least another few hundred hours dipping into both League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm. MOBAs are a genre I could never see working on consoles -- controllers just don't have enough buttons, nor do thumbsticks have the precision of a mouse. And yet I just spent a significant slice of my weekend completely glued to Arena of Valor, a port of a mobile MOBA that was released on the Nintendo Switch last week.

Mario Kart VR lands in the US

about X hours ago from
Mario Kart VR lands in the US

Mario Kart VR has already graced Japan and London...now it's making a pitstop in the US. Yes, you can (finally) immerse yourself in the cartoonish karting action -- while sitting in a physical vehicle with pedals and a steering wheel -- at Washington DC's Union Station right now. But you better be quick: Bandai Namco's "VR Zone Portal" is only in town till March 2019, reports Road to VR.

Footage leaks of a mysterious Harry Potter RPG

about X hours ago from
Footage leaks of a mysterious Harry Potter RPG

You can now play Harry Potter on mobile, but if you're craving something more substantial, a new leak is sure to get your pulse racing. Redditor VapeThisBro has shared footage of an apparent new RPG set within J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, starring your own custom-built character. Filmed in third-person, the clip shows a wand-waving protagonist battling goblins and walking through a town square scattered with NPCs. Hogwarts' famous hall also makes an appearance.

Seattle PD registry opens for residents worried about 'swatting'

about X hours ago from
Seattle PD registry opens for residents worried about 'swatting'

The practice of 'swatting' has increasingly become a part of online harassment, and now the Seattle Police Department formalized a proactive measure for residents who think they might be a target. It published a PSA for the project showing bodycam footage of officers responding to a call that turned out to be a swatting "prank" where a caller claimed he was holding five hostages and would kill them if he didn't get $5,000. When police rushed to the location, they found only a young woman and a cat.

‘Run an Empire’ turns exercise into an AR strategy game

about X hours ago from
‘Run an Empire’ turns exercise into an AR strategy game

The premise of Run an Empire is something familiar to fans of Civilization: take your society out of the mud and into the stars. But rather than leading your tribe from the comfort of your computer desk, you'll need to don a pair of sneakers and run (jog, or walk) to victory. The location-based game is designed to get you out and about, with users encouraged to conquer ground by running around it.

Google's Project Stream makes 'Assassin's Creed' playable in Chrome

about X hours ago from
Google's Project Stream makes 'Assassin's Creed' playable in Chrome

Project Stream promises to deliver the holy grail to video game fans around the globe -- the ability to play the latest AAA games on any laptop or PC via a stable, no-lag streaming service. Google is preparing to publicly test Project Stream with a "limited number of participants" on October 5th, letting them play Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free in the Chrome browser. That's the latest game in the Assassin's Creed series, and it's a massive open-world adventure packed with 4K-capable graphics.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s latest trailer teases first-person mode

about X hours ago from
Red Dead Redemption 2’s latest trailer teases first-person mode

The second Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer is here, and it gives us an even closer look at the gameplay for the highly anticipated video game. It shows off the different types of missions and activities available, from bank heists to train robberies to open world exploration. The number of activities you can engage in seems to be limitless, and it's all against the backdrop of a stunning environment.