‘Spartan Fist’ is a first-person brawler with blocky cartoon violence

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‘Spartan Fist’ is a first-person brawler with blocky cartoon violence

The world of good first-person indie games is a small one, and beat-em-ups are similarly scarce. Spartan Fist, then may be the brightly-colored first-person puncher you've been waiting for. Glass Bottom Games' third major game stars detective Emma Jones, the protagonist from the company's first two titles (Jones on Fire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), as the current owner of the titular fists.

Microsoft now lets you gift PC games from its digital store

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Microsoft now lets you gift PC games from its digital store

Microsoft's Xbox gifting feature was a big hit with players last fall. Now, the company has expanded digital gifting to include PC games and PC downloadable content (so things like map packs and skins). It's also made all Xbox One games eligible for gifting. It's a pretty straightforward process. Head to the Microsoft Store, find your game and select 'buy as gift'. Just enter the recipient's email address -- or choose their Gamertag if you're gifting via Xbox One -- and they'll get a redemption code. Then you can sit back and wait for the gratitude to roll in.

Horror game 'Hello Neighbor' is heading to PS4 and Switch

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Horror game 'Hello Neighbor' is heading to PS4 and Switch

A stealth horror PC game called Hello Neighbor will have you sneaking into your creepy neighbor's house again and again until you unravel his sinister secrets. What's truly interesting about the game, however, is that your neighbor gets smarter the more you play -- the villain's AI learns from your actions and reacts to them accordingly. Sneaked in through the front door? He'll install CCTVs to prevent you from getting in again. That kind of thing. Unfortunately, the game was exclusively available for PC and the Xbox One. That thankfully won't be the case soon enough: Hello Neighbor for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch will come out on July 27th, 2018.

'Forgotton Anne' is a puzzle-platform game hidden inside an anime

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'Forgotton Anne' is a puzzle-platform game hidden inside an anime

Forgotton Anne looks like a gentle animated feature film you can't quite remember the name of, with an art style somewhere between Studio Ghibli and those curious kids' animation series I used to watch from Europe. The charming characters, mostly anthropomorphic objects called forgotlings, make for an entertaining adventure, combined with occasionally smart puzzles and surprising gameplay twists. That said, ThroughLine Games have made a gorgeous animated story where the gameplay comes second.

'Fork Parker's Crunch Out' is an SNES game made for charity

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'Fork Parker's Crunch Out' is an SNES game made for charity

Do you still have an original SNES console hiding in the back of your closet? You might want to dig it out. Devolver Digital and Mega Cat Studios are releasing a brand new SNES game, Fork Parker's Crunch Out, with all profits going toward the Take This charity providing support and awareness for mental health issues. The title has you playing Devolver's fictional CFO as he "motivates" game developers to make it through crunch time and release on schedule, quality be damned.

'Star Trek: Bridge Crew' gets Picard's ship

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'Star Trek: Bridge Crew' gets Picard's ship

Star Trek: Bridge Crew brought VR space exploration to fans, but the game's ship, the USS Aegis, might not line up with your Next Generation fantasies. Ubisoft is righting that wrong with a DLC expansion pack that will let you ply the galaxy in Captain Picard's ship, the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. It includes not just the vessel, but the TNG-era uniforms, Romulans, the Borg and their Cube ship, Data-like androids and new shield modulation and phaser mechanics.

Nintendo is making a $20 charging stand for the Switch

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Nintendo is making a $20 charging stand for the Switch

You can game on the Switch in various ways, but if you want to charge while playing in Tabletop mode, you'd have to be creative in finding ways to prop it up. Even if you do find a way, you're at risk of ruining its cord, considering its charging port is at the bottom. Nintendo's thankfully fixing that problem by releasing a $20 accessory, which serves as a charger and an adjustable stand.