A Seven-Year-Old Reviews Overwatch's Heroes

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A Seven-Year-Old Reviews Overwatch's Heroes

My daughter pretends she doesn't like Star Wars as a way to annoy me, but can't hide her love of video games. At age seven, she's become an avid gamer both on PC and console, and is an expert in all things Roblox, Minecraft, and Sea of Thieves.

She's also starting to show an interest in some of the games I play, primarily platformers and JRPGs. As you may have read already, at age six, she loved Kingdom Hearts III, but was also mighty confused by it.

I won't let her sit in on the bloody games like The Last of Us Part II or Ghost of Tsushima, but I have let her watch me compete in Overwatch. Yes, it has guns and violence, but it's also colorful and competitive, and she's latched onto the latter two elements in a big way. She likes watching me compete, and thinks the world of D.Va's character design.

The Definitive Ranking Of The Souls Games

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The Definitive Ranking Of The Souls Games

Since the esoteric Demon’s Souls flew in the face of gaming trends, From Software has become the gold standard to emulate in the world of action/RPGS, providing desolate backdrops where unyielding challenges give way to unprecedented victories. So, how do all the games stack up against one another? Everyone has their tastes and preferences when it comes to Souls titles, and they all have plenty of reasons. Hell, you can go on YouTube and watch literally hours of discourse and analysis on minutia of each game. 

The Souls games are about challenge, and they are about triumph. They are about defeating that which cannot be beaten. They are about testing yourself against the impossible and somehow still managing to come out on top.  The first, second, third, and tenth time you get smashed under a giant's maul is crushing; but when you eke out that victory against all odds, drop your controller, and shout, "Not today, [expletive]," you've maybe found a piece of yourself there under the ash. That's pretty deep for a series about slaying monsters, and a big part of what made me fall in love with it. 

The list below is my current ranking of everything Souls. And yes, we’re going to include Bloodborne (which is pretty much a Souls game) and Sekiro (which isn’t, but we're ranking stuff so we may as well get it in there).

The Definitive Ranking Of The Souls Games

about X hours ago from
The Definitive Ranking Of The Souls Games

Since the esoteric Demon’s Souls flew in the face of gaming trends, From Software has become the gold standard to emulate in the world of action/RPGS, providing desolate backdrops where unyielding challenges give way to unprecedented victories. So, how do all the games stack up against one another? Everyone has their tastes and preferences when it comes to Souls titles, and they all have plenty of reasons. Hell, you can go on YouTube and watch literally hours of discourse and analysis on minutia of each game. 

The Souls games are about challenge, and they are about triumph. They are about defeating that which cannot be beaten. They are about testing yourself against the impossible and somehow still managing to come out on top.  The first, second, third, and tenth time you get smashed under a giant's maul is crushing; but when you eke out that victory against all odds, drop your controller and shout, "Not today, [expletive]," you've maybe found a piece of yourself there under the ash. That's pretty deep for a series about slaying monsters, and a big part of what made me fall in love with it. 

The list below is my current ranking of everything Souls. And yes, we’re going to include Bloodborne (which is pretty much a Souls game) and Sekiro (which isn’t, but we're ranking stuff so we may as well get it in there).

The Secret Behind The Circle And More With PUBG's Studio Director

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The Secret Behind The Circle And More With PUBG's Studio Director

Ever wonder why the giant blue circle kills you in PUBG? We spoke with PUBG Corporation's studio director Dave Curd who gave us all the answers. During the interview, Curd also shared his thoughts on developing new content during our current pandemic, detailed the new content in Season 8 and the Sanhok Remaster, and explained how PUBG is working to stay relevant in today's market. We won't lie, this interview gets a little wacky. Enjoy. 

The Secret Behind The Circle And More With PUBG's Studio Director

about X hours ago from
The Secret Behind The Circle And More With PUBG's Studio Director

Ever wonder why the giant blue circle kills you in PUBG? We spoke with PUBG Corporation's studio director Dave Curd who gave us all the answers. During the interview, Curd also shared his thoughts on developing new content during our current pandemic, detailed the new content in Season 8 and the Sanhok Remaster, and explained how PUBG is working to stay relevant in today's market. We won't lie, this interview gets a little wacky. Enjoy. 

Watch A Bear Drown A Guy While We Compose A Haiku In Ghost Of Tsushima

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Watch A Bear Drown A Guy While We Compose A Haiku In Ghost Of Tsushima

I adored my time exploring Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, and said as much in my review of the game. It’s a somber and thoughtful exploration of war and suffering, with an incredibly gorgeous setting.

But it can also be pretty funny.

In one especially amusing moment that I captured, Jin Sakai follows the telltale yellow bird to a quiet cliff overlook, there to contemplate (of all things) the nature of defeat. As he kneels in silent contemplation, and the softly flowing chant music begins to swell, the view cuts to the nearby lake. There, in perfect view, a pair of Mongol warriors are hard at work attempting to take down a bear. The bear picks up one of the men, flings him into the lake, and the man never surfaces. The other Mongol warrior, in a fierce act of vengeance, proceeds to kill the bear. And then, after an all-too-brief moment of looking out over the water for his buddy, he gives up and just hangs out on the shore.

Watch A Bear Drown A Guy While We Compose A Haiku In Ghost Of Tsushima

about X hours ago from
Watch A Bear Drown A Guy While We Compose A Haiku In Ghost Of Tsushima

I adored my time exploring Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, and said as much in my review of the game. It’s a somber and thoughtful exploration of war and suffering, with an incredibly gorgeous setting.

But it can also be pretty funny.

In one especially amusing moment that I captured, Jin Sakai follows the telltale yellow bird to a quiet cliff overlook, there to contemplate (of all things) the nature of defeat. As he kneels in silent contemplation, and the softly flowing chant music begins to swell, the view cuts to the nearby lake. There, in perfect view, a pair of Mongol warriors are hard at work attempting to take down a bear. The bear picks up one of the men, flings him into the lake, and the man never surfaces. The other Mongol warrior, in a fierce act of vengeance, proceeds to kill the bear. And then, after an all-too-brief moment of looking out over the water for his buddy, he gives up and just hangs out on the shore.

Ghost Of Tsushima Has A Perfect Platinum Trophy

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Ghost Of Tsushima Has A Perfect Platinum Trophy

Over the last few weeks, I have played a lot of Ghost of Tsushima. I wasn’t even writing our review; I just loved it and couldn’t stop playing. As I’ve talked about before, when a game gets me into that space, I’m always looking for another item to collect or quest to complete – any excuse to stay in the world a bit longer. So that’s what I did with Ghost of Tsushima. I kept going until I got the platinum, and once I did, I marveled at how well the team at Sucker Punch implemented their trophies and enticed people to see everything the game has to offer.

These days, I’m not interested in trophies as proof of my “gamer cred” or anything. Rather than badges of honor, I look at them like souvenirs commemorating gaming experiences I’ve enjoyed. Basically, I think of a trophy list like a map full of interesting, thumb-tacked places to visit on my journey with a particular game, and that’s where Ghost of Tsushima excels. It directs you to worthwhile, fun content without sending you too far off-course.

A bad platinum trophy is one that makes ridiculous demands of your time and energy. You may have to replay the whole game multiple times, grind currency for hours, and complete punishing scenarios that the gameplay was never designed to accommodate. Ghost of Tsushima doesn’t do this; it places the trophy-related goals naturally in the player’s path.

Ghost Of Tsushima Has A Perfect Platinum Trophy

about X hours ago from
Ghost Of Tsushima Has A Perfect Platinum Trophy

Over the last few weeks, I have played a lot of Ghost of Tsushima. I wasn’t even writing our review; I just loved it and couldn’t stop playing. As I’ve talked about before, when a game gets me into that space, I’m always looking for another item to collect or quest to complete – any excuse to stay in the world a bit longer. So that’s what I did with Ghost of Tsushima. I kept going until I got the platinum, and once I did, I marveled at how well the team at Sucker Punch implemented their trophies and enticed people to see everything the game has to offer.

These days, I’m not interested in trophies as proof of my “gamer cred” or anything. Rather than badges of honor, I look at them like souvenirs commemorating gaming experiences I’ve enjoyed. Basically, I think of a trophy list like a map full of interesting, thumb-tacked places to visit on my journey with a particular game, and that’s where Ghost of Tsushima excels. It directs you to worthwhile, fun content without sending you too far off-course.

A bad platinum trophy is one that makes ridiculous demands of your time and energy. You may have to replay the whole game multiple times, grind currency for hours, and complete punishing scenarios that the gameplay was never designed to accommodate. Ghost of Tsushima doesn’t do this; it places the trophy-related goals naturally in the player’s path.

2021 Video Game Release Schedule

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2021 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2021, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.