Ninja Gaiden 3, Friday the 13th available in Xbox Games with Gold for October

about X hours ago from
Ninja Gaiden 3, Friday the 13th available in Xbox Games with Gold for October

Microsoft has announced the four games that’ll be included with its Xbox Games with Gold program in October, kicked off by Disney Bolt on Xbox 360 and Tembo the Badass Elephant on Xbox One.

Both games will be available starting on Oct. 1. Tembo the Badass Elephant will be around all month, but Disney Bolt will only be available until Oct. 15. Friday the 13th: The Game and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge — for Xbox One and Xbox 360, respectively — will become available on Oct. 16. Ninja Gaiden 3 will stay around until Oct. 31, while Friday the 13th: The Game will stay free with the program until Nov. 15.

The Last of Us Part 2 has no multiplayer

about X hours ago from
The Last of Us Part 2 has no multiplayer

Contrary to earlier statements, Naughty Dog has confirmed that The Last of Us 2 will not have any multiplayer. One of its developers confirmed the lack of multiplayer to Polygon at a press event in Los Angeles this week, reversing earlier statements that indicated the game would not be a strictly single-player experience.

“Multiplayer will not be included with The Last of Us Part 2,” said Anthony Newman, the game’s co-director. “I know we had kind of announced that [it would have multiplayer], but as the game has developed, it’s become so ambitious, so grand in scope and so intricate in its complexity that it really required the full focus of the studio to deliver this single-player experience.”

The Last of Us Part 2 and the brutal addition of dogs

about X hours ago from
The Last of Us Part 2 and the brutal addition of dogs

I grew up with a sweet-if-timid golden retriever named Phoebe. Passing a particularly adorable corgi on the street, I can’t help but swoon. I am very much a dog lover. Which is why it’s always tough to see attack dogs in video games.

I don’t begrudge a developer wanting to include an attack dog in a game. Attack dogs exist in real life, after all. But the video game attack dog is almost always a shorthand for mindless, deadly beast. Their AI usually consists of: Walk in a preset square, and if you see the player, sprint at them and try to bite their face off. Players, meanwhile, often have no choice but to use deadly force on these killing machines, usually ending in a pitiful whimper before the pup crumples to the ground in a heap. Attack dogs in games often feel like dumb beasts as a substitute for more grunts, a mere way to beef up enemy variety.

Jedi Outcast on PS4 doesn’t invert y-axis, fans revolt, Aspyr promises a fix

about X hours ago from
Jedi Outcast on PS4 doesn’t invert y-axis, fans revolt, Aspyr promises a fix

I got some distressing news as I was trying out Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast on my PlayStation 4 last night: There’s no inverted y-axis aiming in this game! Also, my original Xbox is dead. But no y-axis?! Seriously, WTF!

Jedi Outcast hit the PlayStation Store (also Nintendo Switch eShop) yesterday for $9.99 and I gobbled it up pronto. But when I started playing, I realized Kyle Katarn wasn’t aiming his rifle the way God intended — and this is an important point because for the first half of the game, Katarn has renounced the Jedi ways and only uses a blaster. I remember playing the hell out of Jedi Outcast on Xbox back in 2004, and no way I would have stuck with some stupid control scheme where up is up and down is down. As if!

Bandai Namco sues throwback console maker over Ms. Pac-Man mini-cabinet

about X hours ago from
Bandai Namco sues throwback console maker over Ms. Pac-Man mini-cabinet

Bandai Namco is suing AtGames, the makers of plug-and-play retro game consoles, alleging AtGames’ production of an unauthorized Ms. Pac-Man mini-cabinet ruined negotiations with the game’s original developers that would have resolved ownership issues going back to 1983.

Bandai Namco’s lawsuit also references a controversy last year in which a licensed plug-and-play Pac-Man device that hit shelves was substantially different — and worse — than a product played and given glowing reviews by the games press. In both cases, Bandai Namco is saying AtGames’ work has harmed its business. The complaint was filed on Sept. 20 in federal court in San Jose.

Hand-tracking and Oculus Rift games coming to stand-alone Quest VR headset

about X hours ago from
Hand-tracking and Oculus Rift games coming to stand-alone Quest VR headset

Oculus Quest is Oculus VR’s stand-alone virtual reality system that runs without a gaming PC — but now it works with computers, too.

During its Oculus Connect 6 event held today in San Jose, Oculus VR announced Oculus Link, which allows Quest users to play Oculus Rift content and games from their PCs. With the Link software and a “high-quality USB 3 cable,” Quest devices will be able to run Rift software using their gaming PC starting in November. Oculus VR said it’ll release its own “optical fiber cable” to go with the Link software “later this year.”

Respawn is making a new Medal of Honor game for VR

about X hours ago from
Respawn is making a new Medal of Honor game for VR

EA’s classic first-person shooter franchise Medal of Honor is coming back as a virtual reality game for Oculus Rift. Called Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, it’s due out in 2020. The game is being developed by Respawn, the Electronic Arts-owned maker of highly regarded shooters like the Titanfall series and Apex Legends.

I got some hands-on time with the game last week. It’s certainly the most advanced and most enjoyable VR shooter I’ve yet played, testament to the investment being made by Oculus Rift’s owner, Facebook. One Respawn exec pointed out that the textures on a single uniform in this game take up more memory than the original Medal of Honor for PlayStation (about 300 MB). A spokesperson for Oculus said it was “likely” the most expensive production yet for Oculus Rift, but declined to reveal the size of the budget.

Someone’s making a Quidditch game, minus the Harry Potter license

about X hours ago from
Someone’s making a Quidditch game, minus the Harry Potter license

Developer Virtual Basement and publisher Blue Isle are working on a Quidditch video game — though not technically Quidditch — called Broomstick League.

Broomstick League will enter early access “soon” on Steam, but the game will also be playable at TwitchCon 2019 from Sept. 27 to 29 in San Diego. Anyone vaguely familiar with the Harry Potter franchise should quickly grasp the concept: Two teams of wizards flying around on brooms compete to score goals. For those not familiar with Harry Potter, let me put it another way ... Rocket League minus cars, plus brooms and magic.

Teamfight Tactics has 33M monthly players, Riot says

about X hours ago from
Teamfight Tactics has 33M monthly players, Riot says

Teamfight Tactics was only announced in June, but it’s already pulling in an impressive audience. According to Riot Games, the League of Legends auto-battler game mode has a monthly player base of over 33 million players. Thanks to this massive success, Riot will continue to support the mode in the coming year.

Since it launched on North American servers in late June, Teamfight Tactics has helped grow League of Legends’ audience by 30 percent, Riot says. Riot reported earlier this month that League of Legends is the most played PC game in the world with more than 8 million peak concurrent players every day.

Fortnite’s latest patch adds a new mode for aim training and brings back Bouncers

about X hours ago from
Fortnite’s latest patch adds a new mode for aim training and brings back Bouncers

Fortnite patch v10.40 is one of the biggest the game has ever had. While it may not be stuffed with map changes or new weapons, it does bring a significant numbers of changes like skill-based matchmaking, adjusted aim assist for controllers, and a new limited time mode designed to help players improve their aim.

On the gameplay side, patch v10.40 brings back Bouncers, which can bounce players into the air and prevent them from taking fall damage. These traps have been out of the game for several seasons now, but have remained a fan favorite. Epic is also adding a new Limited Time Mode called The Combine with this patch which will let players practice their aim in a training course and compete for the fastest times on the leaderboard.