Steam is asking players to revisit reviews after extended playtime

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Steam is asking players to revisit reviews after extended playtime

Steam is now asking players who have reviewed games to revisit their reviews if they’ve put more time into the game since their original review.

It doesn’t appear that Steam is picking players based on whether their initial reviews were good or bad. As of right now, the number of additional hours you have to play a game to trigger this prompt is unknown. Reddit user PunnyCasual pointed out this feature and their prompt notes that they’ve played an additional 93 hours of Destiny 2 since leaving their first review. Another reddit user says they got this prompt after playing a lot of Hitman 2.

Death Stranding coming to PC in 2020

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Death Stranding coming to PC in 2020

Just over a week until Death Stranding’s PlayStation 4 release date, Kojima Productions has announced the game will come to PC, too.

Kojima Productions tweeted this morning that Death Stranding will be available on PC in early summer 2020. Sony is publishing the game on PlayStation 4, but 505 Games will publish the PC release of Death Stranding. 505 Games did not say where Death Stranding will be sold. We’ve reached out for more information.

Microsoft revives Xbox All Access program, now includes next-gen upgrade option

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Microsoft revives Xbox All Access program, now includes next-gen upgrade option

Microsoft is bringing back its Xbox All Access plan, the monthly subscription that includes membership to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, as well as Xbox One hardware, all for a discounted monthly fee. This time, however, Microsoft is giving subscribers the option to prep for a next-generation console upgrade when the next Xbox, named Project Scarlett, launches in holiday 2020.

Xbox All Access originally launched in summer 2018. As part of that subscription, for $21.99 per month for 24 months, subscribers got an Xbox One S, Xbox Live Gold, and Game Pass; and for $34.99 per month, subscribers got an Xbox One X, in addition to Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass. There was no upfront cost, and at the end of the 24-month subscription period, subscribers kept the Xbox One hardware they paid for.

Zen and the art of motorsports setups, in video games

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Zen and the art of motorsports setups, in video games

It felt like a pilgrimage. Really. This week I went down to “the NASCAR tower,” a gleaming citadel in downtown Charlotte, N.C. I was told to find my guru there, at a conclave of stock car racing’s greatest esports minds. And he would tell me, at last, how to Set Up My Car.

The “setup,” a mystical mathematical concoction of things like camber, track bar, tire pressure, springs and what have you, is integral to motorsports both real life and virtual. You can have a good time without a setup, and video games such as NASCAR Heat 4 and F1 2019 both have pick-up-and-play settings to appeal to a larger crowd, and offer wide latitude in the difficulty settings to give everyone a thrill.

Report: Overwatch 2, new mode and Echo coming at BlizzCon 2019

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Report: Overwatch 2, new mode and Echo coming at BlizzCon 2019

Overwatch 2, long believed to be in the pipeline at Blizzard Entertainment, will be revealed at BlizzCon 2019 next weekend — with new hero Echo finally joining the game’s ranks, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Rod Breslau, writing for ESPN, cited a source within BlizzCon and a training document for the event in this morning’s report. The report also provides a screenshot showing a logo for the new game. Overwatch 2 will deliver “Push” the hero shooter’s first new mode since the game launched in 2015. Push likewise takes place on a new map, “Toronto,” according to Breslau.

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels looks like XCOM meets Miami Vice

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Narcos: Rise of the Cartels looks like XCOM meets Miami Vice

Just today I was lamenting the fact my OG Xbox croaked and I sold off my copy of Scarface: The World is Yours without realizing that was backward compatible to the Xbox 360. Now I learn there’s a video game adaptation of Netflix’s Narcos series coming next month.

While I can’t vouch for Narcos because I haven’t played it, the concept sounds like a thoughtful twist: Present a naturally violent enterprise like drug kingpinning in 1980s Latin America through the lens of XCOM-y turn-based tactical gameplay.

Pro bowling gets back to the mainstream with its first video game in 30 years

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Pro bowling gets back to the mainstream with its first video game in 30 years

After complaining for so long that sports video games are a contracting genre — the league-licensed, simulated kind, anyway — I suppose I should now eat my words: The Professional Bowlers Association broke a 25-year silence in the medium this week with PBA Pro Bowling, launching on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

The game, by rollin’, bowlin’ ball specialists FarSight Studios (known for its Pinball Arcade suite of virtual tables) delivers one of the most natural video game sports with real-life pros and all the trappings of broadcast presentation. And it also shows that a mainstream badge like video games are still available to sports outside of the multi-billion dollar Big Four of football, baseball and basketball.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare has a wild easter egg: an Activision game console

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare has a wild easter egg: an Activision game console

As you’re traipsing through the early goings of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, note the debris in the London electronics store. In this canon, Activision has released a console, and its controller is the most jacked-up take on a twin analog gamepad that you can imagine.

Meet the “Actibase,” which comes with a wireless controller, HDMI and AC power cables. Infinity Ward mocked up a console kiosk for the electronics store level, and so it needed a piece of hardware to fit the look. It’s doubtful that console partners Microsoft or Sony would want their merch shot up (much less presented next to a slew of dead bodies, which are off camera in our screenshots here).

Is Electronic Arts coming back to Steam?

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Is Electronic Arts coming back to Steam?

A tweet from Electronic Arts last night appears to tease something PC gamers have been speculating on for a while: that EA’s PC games are coming back to Steam.

This went out sans comment yesterday afternoon. I’ll admit that I missed the point at first. That’s steam coming off the coffee mug, for those similarly obtuse.

WWE 2K20 patch coming ... ‘in the next two weeks’

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WWE 2K20 patch coming ... ‘in the next two weeks’

Bug-beleaguered WWE 2K20, “held together by duct tape and spit,” according to one Steam reviewer, will get patched, 2K Sports says. In two weeks.

The sports publisher, in a tweet yesterday afternoon, formally acknowledged the rasslin’ game’s lag, frameskip and glitch-filled launch this week, which has seen a dogpile of gifs, screenshots and videos showing wrestlers (and their hair) doing all kinds of unnatural things. Sports games typically have bugs at launch, but the quantity and game-wrecking nature of the ones WWE 2K20 players have shared on social media are beyond the pale. To wit: