Early access title Atlas makes a splash with rough launch

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Early access title Atlas makes a splash with rough launch

Atlas hasn’t been out in the world for very long, and the open-world pirate MMO is still struggling to find its sea legs. The game launched to much fanfare: the number one game on Twitch, a trending Twitter hashtag, and lots of hype. It’s easy to see why; the title offers an Eve Online-style sense of progression, mixed with hearty pirate adventure and a massive map to explore.

Unfortunately, the game itself is struggling to meet the demand. Steam is showing that I’ve spent 15 hours playing Atlas, but I have yet to even see a glimpse of this remarkable new world.

Fallout 76 players will get free Fallout games on PC

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Fallout 76 players will get free Fallout games on PC

Fallout 76 players will get some free Fallout next year for their troubles. Bethesda Softworks said on Twitter yesterday that it’s giving players, both on console and PC, the Fallout Classic Collection for free if they’ve played Fallout 76 at any point this year.

The Fallout Classic Collection includes the original Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. The games are available on PC, but not on console, though they should run on just about any Windows PC built in the past two decades.

Xbox Games With Gold gave out $850 worth of games in 2018. Were they any good?

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Xbox Games With Gold gave out $850 worth of games in 2018. Were they any good?

Microsoft once again served up 48 video games, for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in 2018. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? What do the numbers say about the value of this Xbox Live Gold benefit?

We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past four years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Microsoft publish it? What publisher did Games With Gold use the most?

Dragon Quest 11 coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019

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Dragon Quest 11 coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019

Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age is coming to Nintendo Switch next year, in Japan at least. At this weekend’s Jump Festa event in Japan, Square Enix released the first teaser trailer for Dragon Quest 11 S for Switch, showing off Japanese-language voice overs for the game.

When Dragon Quest 11 was originally released in Japan on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4, the role-playing game did not include voiced characters. Square Enix added English-language voice over for the North American release, as well as a handful of new gameplay options.

PlayStation Plus gave out more than $1,500 in free games. Were they worth it?

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PlayStation Plus gave out more than $1,500 in free games. Were they worth it?

Sony delivered 76 video games for all of its platforms to PlayStation Plus subscribers in 2018 — PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? What do the numbers say about the value of this PlayStation Plus benefit?

We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past four years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Sony publish it? What publisher did PlayStation Plus use the most?

White Wolf hands over Vampire tabletop RPG to new leadership

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White Wolf hands over Vampire tabletop RPG to new leadership

White Wolf, the company which created the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing franchise, is handing content creation over to an outside company. The transition follows a series of unforced errors that led to accusations of homophobia and neo-Nazi sympathies among the role-playing game’s core development team, which was purchased by Paradox Interactive in 2015.

“White Wolf is moving away from internal development and publishing,” wrote Paradox’s vice president of business development, Shams Jorjani in a statement. “This is part of that process.”

Darksiders 3 gets new ‘Classic’ combat option to match previous games

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Darksiders 3 gets new ‘Classic’ combat option to match previous games

Darksiders 3 was a pretty major departure from previous games in the series. While it still retained much of the action and intensity that were hallmarks of those games, it also changed up the combat with a few new elements inspired by more modern games, like Dark Souls, in order to freshen things up. While most of these changes were positive, not everyone liked the new take on combat. A new patch for Darksiders 3 brings back the series classic combat.

The patch notes explain that the new combat mode — which is called “Classic” while the originally released combat style will be called “Default” — will allow players to do things that weren’t originally in the game, like dodging to cancel attacks or the ability to use items instantly, rather than being forced to wait through their animations. This should, according to publisher THQ Nordic and developer Gunfire Games, help the game feel more like the first two Darksiders games. These settings can be changed at any point during the game and won’t have any effect on difficulty or achievements.

Donut County, digital comic service InkyPen come to Nintendo Switch

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Donut County, digital comic service InkyPen come to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch owners have some last-minute downloadable game options ahead of Christmas Day, including the Switch releases of hole simulator Donut County, Lovecraftian metroidvania Sundered and Ghosts ’n Goblins-inspired adventure Battle Princess Madelyn.

Switch owners also have a new digital comics reader in InkyPen, a subscription service that includes comics from publishers like Dark Horse, Valiant, IDW and Titan. On the retro front, two Arcade Archives games, SNK’s Metal Slug 5 and Athena, are also available on Switch.

Valve’s Artifact gets surprise first patch, with more to come

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Valve’s Artifact gets surprise first patch, with more to come

Artifact, Valve's Dota-based card game, has finally received its first balance patch. Players will now be able to level up, earning tickets and card packs as they go along. But more importantly, the patch notes open with a long statement from the developers of Artifact. They explain why there’s a patch in the first place — something many players never expected to see.

It seems that Valve originally intended for Artifact to operate like a normal trading card game (TCG) — cards only get banned or removed in emergency situations. However, the studio has reconsidered after a month of live play.

Anthem stream shows new Interceptor, dungeon gameplay

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Anthem stream shows new Interceptor, dungeon gameplay

Anthem, out in February, is coming up quick. Leading up to the release, EA and BioWare have been streaming pieces of the game on the official Anthem Twitch channel. This week, lead producers Mike Gamble, Ben Irving and game director Jon Warner are showing off some gameplay of the Interceptor Javelin — the game’s Rogue equivalent — and Strongholds, Anthem’s dungeons.

The Temple of the Scar seems pretty similar to dungeons in World of Warcraft or Strikes in Destiny. It consists of several rooms where the crew simply dispatched enemies in groups. Small objectives like carrying explosive devices around would follow, but usually not until after the enemies had all been cleared. The development team put down their controllers and shut the stream off before the final boss fight, saying they want to save it for player’s to experience instead.