Lonely Mountains: Downhill Is The Perfect Game For This Moment

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Lonely Mountains: Downhill Is The Perfect Game For This Moment

Any attempt to articulate the challenges of 2020 to another person feels a lot like shouting at the seatmate next to you on the plane that is threatening to crash. Suffice to say, we’re all facing the same dilemma. If there’s anything that we share, it’s that recent months have brought a fair share of frustration and difficulty. As such, any game that offers a sense of calm, focus, and peace is worth its weight in gold. If you share my desire for entertainment of that variety, then whether you’ve played it yet or not, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is like hitting the motherlode, especially as the game prepares to roll out its biggest expansion to date.

If you’re new to the game, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a mountain biking game in which you navigate winding paths down idyllic mountainous terrain. As the soft sounds of birdcall and gentle wind fill your ears, the gameplay rides a delicate line between beautiful and gradual exploration of a gorgeous nature setting, and breakneck jumps and drops through highly vertical geometry. In my original review from 2019, I recalled the way Lonely Mountains: Downhill brought to mind the old classic Marble Madness and its isometric descents, but mixed with the careful practice-makes-perfect vibe of games in the Trials series. Even at release, it was a lovely and engaging game.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill Is The Perfect Game For This Moment

about X hours ago from
Lonely Mountains: Downhill Is The Perfect Game For This Moment

Any attempt to articulate the challenges of 2020 to another person feels a lot like shouting at the seatmate next to you on the plane that is threatening to crash. Suffice to say, we’re all facing the same dilemma. If there’s anything that we share, it’s that recent months have brought a fair share of frustration and difficulty. As such, any game that offers a sense of calm, focus, and peace is worth its weight in gold. If you share my desire for entertainment of that variety, then whether you’ve played it yet or not, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is like hitting the motherlode, especially as the game prepares to roll out its biggest expansion to date.

If you’re new to the game, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a mountain biking game in which you navigate winding paths down idyllic mountainous terrain. As the soft sounds of birdcall and gentle wind fill your ears, the gameplay rides a delicate line between beautiful and gradual exploration of a gorgeous nature setting, and breakneck jumps and drops through highly vertical geometry. In my original review from 2019, I recalled the way Lonely Mountains: Downhill brought to mind the old classic Marble Madness and its isometric descents, but mixed with the careful practice-makes-perfect vibe of games in the Trials series. Even at release, it was a lovely and engaging game.

Xbox Head Phil Spencer On The Future Of Bethesda Titles, Including Elder Scrolls 6

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Xbox Head Phil Spencer On The Future Of Bethesda Titles, Including Elder Scrolls 6

When Microsoft purchased ZeniMax for a cool $7.5 billion, speculation was rampant about what that means for the future of franchises under that publisher's umbrella. Most notably, titles under Bethesda's direction such as Elder Scrolls 6 and Fallout 5. While we ourselves did a deep dive into the likelihood of those series going Xbox-only from a marketing and business perspective, we still don't have a definitive answer either way. That being said, Xbox boss Phil Spencer did reiterate that no matter what their decision, it's in their rights to do whatever they decide. 

In a recent interview with Kotaku, Spencer said that yes, it is possible for the team to recoup on that $7.5 billion investment and reiterated that this acquisition was "not done to take games away from another player base like that." That response falls in line with the Xbox brand's total mission overhaul from the failed launch of the Xbox One, moving the Team Green brand back into the focus of gamers and less as an "all-in-one" entertainment system. 

Xbox Head Phil Spencer On The Future Of Bethesda Titles, Including Elder Scrolls 6

about X hours ago from
Xbox Head Phil Spencer On The Future Of Bethesda Titles, Including Elder Scrolls 6

When Microsoft purchased ZeniMax for a cool $7.5 billion, speculation was rampant about what that means for the future of franchises under that publisher's umbrella. Most notably, titles under Bethesda's direction such as Elder Scrolls 6 and Fallout 5. While we ourselves did a deep dive into the likelihood of those series going Xbox-only from a marketing and business perspective, we still don't have a definitive answer either way. That being said, Xbox boss Phil Spencer did reiterate that no matter what their decision, it's in their rights to do whatever they decide. 

In a recent interview with Kotaku, Spencer said that yes, it is possible for the team to recoup on that $7.5 billion investment and reiterated that this acquisition was "not done to take games away from another player base like that." That response falls in line with the Xbox brand's total mission overhaul from the failed launch of the Xbox One, moving the Team Green brand back into the focus of gamers and less as an "all-in-one" entertainment system. 

Xbox Series X, PS5 Launch Titles Ease Pressure Off A Day-One Console Buy

about X hours ago from
Xbox Series X, PS5 Launch Titles Ease Pressure Off A Day-One Console Buy

Microsoft has confirmed the list of games that are coming to the Xbox Series X/S on launch day. Looking over the titles, there’s a lot to be excited about in terms of what can be played on day one. On the other hand, it’s a pretty disastrous way to sell a piece of $499 hardware. It’s complicated. Thanks to one of the squishiest transitions between console generations we’ve ever seen, both Sony and Microsoft have made strong cases for buying into the next batch of hardware, but also for sitting it out – at least for a while.

Xbox Series X, PS5 Launch Titles Ease Pressure Off A Day-One Console Buy

about X hours ago from
Xbox Series X, PS5 Launch Titles Ease Pressure Off A Day-One Console Buy

Microsoft has confirmed the list of games that are coming to the Xbox Series X/S on launch day. Looking over the titles, there’s a lot to be excited about in terms of what can be played on day one. On the other hand, it’s a pretty disastrous way to sell a piece of $499 hardware. It’s complicated. Thanks to one of the squishiest transitions between console generations we’ve ever seen, both Sony and Microsoft have made strong cases for buying into the next batch of hardware, but also for sitting it out – at least for a while.

Which Horror Game Should You Play This Halloween?

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Which Horror Game Should You Play This Halloween?

It’s October, and you know what that means: We are in the mood for some spooky experiences in anticipation of Halloween. Video games have you more than covered in that department, but there are so many ways to provide scares. We've made the process of picking a creepy game easy by providing different categories depending on what you’re looking for, whether that's jump scares, an eerie atmosphere, or a twisted narrative. As a staff, we sat down and picked some of our favorites in these specific areas, giving you plenty of classic and modern choices. So, look below and pick your scare! Read more...

Which Horror Game Should You Play This Halloween?

about X hours ago from
Which Horror Game Should You Play This Halloween?

It’s October, and you know what that means: We are in the mood for some spooky experiences in anticipation of Halloween. Video games have you more than covered in that department, but there are so many ways to provide scares. We've made the process of picking a creepy game easy by providing different categories depending on what you’re looking for, whether that's jump scares, an eerie atmosphere, or a twisted narrative. As a staff, we sat down and picked some of our favorites in these specific areas, giving you plenty of classic and modern choices. So, look below and pick your scare! Read more...

This Fallout New Vegas Horror Mod Brings Hell On Earth, Heavily Inspired By Silent Hill

about X hours ago from
This Fallout New Vegas Horror Mod Brings Hell On Earth, Heavily Inspired By Silent Hill

With Halloween just around the corner, there are tons of horror games to enjoy! That being said, mods are a neat way to return to an older favorite and experience something brand new! Since Mod Corner is all about recommending some of our favorite fan-made projects, we wanted to share yet another way to ring in the holiday of fright with this awesome Fallout: New Vegas horror mod. 

The Hell on Earth Fallout: New Vegas mod makes core changes to make this experience more inline with a horror survival title. It's also customizable, so it suits any type of playstyle. That customization is also helpful in case this mod happens to conflict with another installed change, making it easy to swap out and make sure everything is working as it should. 

This fan-made experience adds a brand-new area by making nightmare versions of the explorable towns. The creator also says they were heavily inspired by Silent Hill, the iconic franchise from Konami, when creating this particular adventure. 

This Fallout New Vegas Horror Mod Brings Hell On Earth, Heavily Inspired By Silent Hill

about X hours ago from
This Fallout New Vegas Horror Mod Brings Hell On Earth, Heavily Inspired By Silent Hill

With Halloween just around the corner, there are tons of horror games to enjoy! That being said, mods are a neat way to return to an older favorite and experience something brand new! Since Mod Corner is all about recommending some of our favorite fan-made projects, we wanted to share yet another way to ring in the holiday of fright with this awesome Fallout: New Vegas horror mod. 

The Hell on Earth Fallout: New Vegas mod makes core changes to make this experience more inline with a horror survival title. It's also customizable, so it suits any type of playstyle. That customization is also helpful in case this mod happens to conflict with another installed change, making it easy to swap out and make sure everything is working as it should. 

This fan-made experience adds a brand-new area by making nightmare versions of the explorable towns. The creator also says they were heavily inspired by Silent Hill, the iconic franchise from Konami, when creating this particular adventure.