Facebook Quietly Rolls Out Game Streaming

12 hours 13 minutes ago
Facebook Gaming has launched multiple cloud-streaming games on the Facebook browser and app. In a blog post, Facebook explained a few details about its goals and expectations for cloud gaming. Currently, five games support cloud streaming through Facebook. The lineup includes Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA Tour Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur's Tale, and WWE SuperCard. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/05/16/sony-microsoft-partnering-to-improve-cloud-gaming-streaming-platforms-ign-now"] Facebook plans to roll out more games in the future, and the first addition will be Dirt Bike Unchained, which Facebook will add in the coming weeks. Starting next year, developers will have the choice to add in-app purchases in their cloud games. Facebook plans to focus on free-to-play games to begin with, since those are the experiences players are used to finding on the platform. At launch, all games will be playable with your touch screen, or a mouse and keyboard, since the service is launching with games designed for mobile. Apple users won't have access to Facebook's new gaming experiment. The company says it won't launch the service on iOS yet, saying, "While our iOS path is uncertain, one thing is clear. Apple treats games differently and continues to exert control over a very precious resource." Instead, the cloud games are launching in beta on Android devices and the web. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/08/13/apple-removes-fortnite-from-ios-app-store"] For now, the service is only launching in select parts of the United States.
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Jumpin' slidin' cyberninja Ghostrunner is out now

12 hours 20 minutes ago

Dodge. Slide. Slash. Leap. Fall. Die. Repeat. After months of scampering around behind the scenes, acrobatic cyber-slasher Ghostrunner finally lept onto store shelves today. The proper good acrobatic murder ballet arrives with a 20% launch discount and a free demo – should you wish to warm up before making a full leap on One More Level’s bloody wallrunner.

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Natalie Clayton

Best Oculus Quest Games to Play Right Now

12 hours 22 minutes ago

Beat Saber

I’m pretty sure it is written somewhere that you can’t write a list of the best games for a VR headset without mentioning Beat Saber. That’s for a good reason, though, as the game is simply one of the best experiences not just in VR but gaming in general.

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Noah Howell

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Blizzard Legend Chris Metzen Opens Tabletop Gaming Company

12 hours 40 minutes ago
Blizzard legend Chris Metzen has created a tabletop gaming company with former Blizzard Vice President, Mike Gilmartin. Together the two opened Warchief Gaming, a small company that will focus on tabletop games, but neither are ready to say exactly what they're working on just yet. Metzen, a former Blizzard senior vice president behind the likes of Warcraft and Overwatch, and Gilmartin, the former vice president of quality assurance at Blizzard, spoke to VentureBeat about the excitement around Warchief Gaming and the joy of working on something much smaller than a Blizzard game.
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Wesley LeBlanc

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Dying Light Brings Back Left 4 Dead 2 Crossover Event With New Playable Character

12 hours 46 minutes ago

Dying Light is bringing back that Left 4 Dead 2 crossover goodness for Halloween again with Bill and Chompski showing Virals who is boss. The crossover event was met with praise when it debuted last year, which means now is the perfect time for Techland to bring it back. 

The Left 4 Dead 2 crossover event in Dying Light is short, it starts today on October 27 and will run until October 29. In this event, players will see a massive increase in Virals as they battle it out through hordes of foes with each wave getting harder and harder as they come. 

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In the revival of the event, Techland offers a new playable character with William "Bill" Overbeck, a known Valve favorite, alongside the handy dandy Gnome Chompski weapon meant to shred the undead to pieces. 

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Liana Ruppert

Gorgeous Blade Runner-esque delivery thriller Cloudpunk gets first-person cockpit view

13 hours 6 minutes ago

Developer Ion Lands' glorious Blade Runner-esque delivery thriller Cloudpunk is already an absolute joy to meander around, thanks to its gorgeously designed open-world playground - a vast rain-slicked sci-fi metropolis shrouded in endless night - but, from today, PC players can admire its neon-streaked, voxel-based splendour while staring out the window of their flying HOVA cars, thanks to a new first-person cockpit update.

Cloudpunk, if you've not yet had the pleasure, casts players as protagonist Rania as she attempts to survive her first 24 hours in the perpetually sodden city of Nivalis, completing jobs - primarily by zipping back and forth through the night sky, ferrying packages and passengers around the place - at the behest of illicit delivery company Cloudpunk.

Before long Rania and Cloudpunk's immensely likeable cast of characters - including her loyal AI companion dog Camus - finds themselves embroiled in suitably intriguing mystery, and while the ensuing adventure might be a little slight (there's not much to do in the city outside of the main plot), careening nippily around that breathtaking cityscape is a constant delight.

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Working Moms Shouldn't Have to Clean Up the Government's Mess

13 hours 11 minutes ago

Working moms have heard it all before: “Be flexible. Are you reaching out to your support network? Do you make and freeze healthy meals in advance? Have you tried using a spreadsheet to stay organized?” We’re made to feel that every time we fall short in achieving the mythical work-life balance, it’s because of…

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Contest: Win Ray's the Dead for PS4 or Steam

13 hours 26 minutes ago

In today's contest you can win a PS4 or Steam copy of Ray's the Dead!

You know what's even spookier than ghosts, goblins, and ghouls running amok in the streets? Waiting seven years for a game to come out!

We first covered Ray's the Dead all the way back in 2013, and now that it's out, we thought we'd celebrate by giving some copies away! Have you been waiting all this time? If so, you're probably a zombie by now, yourself!

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Wes Tacos

Chris Metzen Is Back With Warchief Gaming

13 hours 51 minutes ago

Chris Metzen, former senior vice president of story and franchise at Blizzard Entertainment, is back in the game development ring. Warchief Gaming was a tabletop gaming club in Orange County, CA, but now it's going to be a development studio as well. Metzen is joined by Mike Gilmartin, former vice president of quality assurance at Blizzard, in this new adventure pursuing the development of tabletop games.

Chris Metzen

This might be one of the worst times in recent history to be pushing tabletop products given the COVID-19 crisis, but hopefully things are way better on that front by the time Metzen's new adventure bears fruit.

Mike Gilmartin

Warchief Gaming was originally a gaming club founded in 2018, but now it's going to be making games too. The original club intends to remain open and continue operations even as the development studio begins in earnest.

Check out the Warchief Gaming announcement video below!

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Daniel Tack

Predator: Hunting Grounds turns the Predator into a Viking

13 hours 56 minutes ago

The newest DLC for Predator: Hunting Grounds takes inspiration from God of War or Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Imagine pissing off a Viking Predator and knowing you're about to get fucked all the way up.

Predator: Hunting Grounds gets a new Predator class for its latest add-on. The Viking Predator is a Norse dude -- honestly, he kinda looks like he's doing some Kratos cosplay -- with an ornate design. It'll never be fully appreciated as he's blurring around the battlefield.

The Viking class is actually going to be the slowest Predator yet. Developer Illfonic says he's "insanely strong" but even slower than the Beserker. The Viking also has a Norse two-handed battle axe. It's good for hulking overhead chops and quicker two-hit combos.

Predator: Ragnarok is accompanied by Hunting Grounds' sixth free title update. To combat high wait times, players are granted a 20 percent XP bonus for jumping into low population queues. There's also a new perk system that encourages team diversity. Here's a sample breakdown (but it's far from comprehensive as each class has 16 perk possibilities):

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Brett Makedonski

Left 4 Dead's Bill is back for a Dying Light cameo and he brought Gnome Chompski along for the ride

14 hours 26 minutes ago

Techland is still having the time of its life with Dying Light. After hosting a cool but mostly weapon-focused Left 4 Dead crossover event last year, the team is back with something even better for Halloween 2020: an update that lets you play as Bill and use Gnome Chompski as a skull-crusher.

Starting today on PC – and coming to Dying Light "a few weeks later" on consoles – this free in-game event also involves an "extremely challenging" Viral Rush survival mode and lots of incendiary shotgun ammo. If you take out 50 Virals, you'll pick up the Gold Gnome Gear. Consider it your civic duty.

Whether you have time to spare this week for the Halloween event or you're planning to get back into the game eventually, feel free to grab the L4D2 Bill & Gnome Chompski Pack just so you have it.

Claiming digital content that I realistically won't ever use is my favorite pastime.

Left 4 Dead 2 crossover event is back! [Steam]

Left 4 Dead's Bill is back for a Dying Light cameo and he brought Gnome Chompski along for the ride screenshot

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Jordan Devore

Madden NFL 21 And FIFA 21 Headed To PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X On December 4

14 hours 26 minutes ago

Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 are headed to Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 on December 4, and using the EA dual entitlement system you can upgrade your game for free from current gen consoles. How does it work? Well, there's a big FAQ and assorted rules to read over on the official dual entitlement EA page, but the essence is that you can upgrade your game to the next gen version for free.

Certain types of progress are also slated to carry over in FIFA 21, including content in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team and VOLTA FOOTBALL. In Madden NFL 21, content from Madden NFL Ultimate Team, binder content, Madden Points, avatars, gear, and Madden Rank through The Yard all carry over. 

The offer is good for a limited time, and the respective offers expire when Madden NFL 22 and FIFA 22 come out. For more details and information about dual entitlement, check out the official EA page.

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Daniel Tack

Cloudpunk's cockpit update puts a camera behind the steering wheel

14 hours 30 minutes ago

Ah, the hum of your hover-engine beneath your feet. The pitter-patter of rain on the windshield. The light glow of the GPS as your dispatch screen lights up. Until now, I could only imagine the interior of one of Cloudpunk‘s blocky hover-cabs. That’s all changed with today’s Cockpit Update, which puts you right in the drivers seat for a night’s shift – briefly cutting fares by a third for passengers who’re hopping on for the first time.

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Natalie Clayton

Indigo Prophecy Remastered Collector’s Edition Is Now Available for Preorder

14 hours 35 minutes ago

It has been a few years since Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy received a remastered version for PlayStation 4, but fans of the touched-up version of the game will soon be able to add it to their hard-copy library.

In a post to their official Twitter account made on Oct. 27, the game’s developer Quantic Dream revealed that a hard-copy collector’s edition is now available for pre-order on their official site. The edition is priced at €69,99, or roughly $82.78 before taxes.

The collector’s edition includes a hard copy of the remastered version of the game for PlayStation 4 in a custom steelbook case; reversible cover art, with one side denoting the Fahrenheit title while the other offers the Indigo Prophecy design; art cards, stickers and a poster based on the game’s art; and a CD which includes music from the game as well as an array of artwork from the game.

The Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy collector’s edition doesn’t yet have a set release date, though it is slated for release sometime in early December. Those interested in preordering the edition can do so here.

First released in 2005, Indigo Prophecy served as a precursor to Quantic Dream’s better known titles like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It was praised for its story, and stood out upon its release thanks to its dialogue and choice-driven narrative.

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Keenan McCall

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales And Learning The Ropes In New Daily Bugle Issue

14 hours 42 minutes ago

It's that time of week again, Spidey fans! A new Daily Bugle has arrived for Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and this time? We're digging deep into what it takes to become a new hero of New York City. While the last issue touched on a rising threat, the latest Daily Bugle goes into the city bustle. 

In Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, our new Spidey will be swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper looking to fight crime and make the city a safer place for all. That doesn't mean that swinging comes easy though, but our new hero must learn the ropes ... fast ... to keep the streets clear of crime in the aftermath of Kingpin's reign. 

Miles is very much his own man, he's not a carbon copy of Peter Parker. That's a good thing, but it also means a new hero to master when swinging around a city filled with life and movement. Don't expect a graceful superhero with him, Miles' excitement shines through in every action he takes, including his Spidey moves. While he's still learning what it means to be Spider-Man, his heart and mind are in the right place to become the ultimate hero New York needs. 

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Liana Ruppert

Carto's delightfully hand-drawn map quest begins today

14 hours 42 minutes ago

Gosh, what I’d give to have the cartographic powers of Carto‘s leading lass. It’d make the commute a hell of a lot quicker if I could just pick up a square kilometre of Leith and plop it down next to my flat. Sunhead Games’ adorable, map-shifting puzzler sets off today, letting you step in and solve some lovely geographical jigsaw puzzles.

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Natalie Clayton

Valorant's new bird-throwing agent Skye arrives today

14 hours 45 minutes ago

Today, Riot’s tactical FPS Valorant says hello to a new agent. Australian healer Skye will not just treat your wounds, but she’ll throw various animals at your enemies to blind and stall them while she’s at it. She’s also very cute, and looks a bit like Artemis from Hades.

This patch, version 1.11, comes with a bunch of changes to some of the other characters, too, and even plonks the new map Icebox into competitive rotation.

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Imogen Beckhelling

The Dark Harvest Has Begun In Dauntless

14 hours 46 minutes ago

It's that time of year when things get creepy and crawly in Dauntless, so arm yourselves and get out there for some Dark Harvest action. The action has already begun in earnest, but the real action with special hunts begins on Thursday, October 29. Until then, you can earn special rewards from Shrowd effigies, find mysterious portals, and scoop up limited-time cosmetics via currency earned during the event. ]

As always, you can take on the various creatures in Dauntless by yourself, with friends, or with random players. Events continuously challenge you and force you to upgrade your arsenal. Master a weapon? Grab a new one and check out a new skillset, from repeating pistols to flashy fists. The main hub town of Ramsgate has recently received a renovation that makes finding what you need and diving into progression tracks much easier.

Some of the event costumes definitely appear inspired by another game that features hunts and hunters, so if you find yourself craving some insight you can get yourself a spiffy new outfit. Halloween events are happening in a ton of games right now, check out our big list here!

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Daniel Tack

Best Animal Crossing Halloween House and Island Designs So Far in 2020

14 hours 47 minutes ago

‘Tis the season to be spooky, and Animal Crossing fans from all around the world have been working hard on creating the perfect Halloween home for their island in New Horizons. We’ve taken a look at some of the Animal Crossing Halloween designs and have compiled a list (in no particular order) of some spectacularly scary houses and islands for you to get inspired by. If these don’t give you some haunting Halloween ideas to bring into your own island, nothing will!

Here are just 10 terrific and terrifying Animal Crossing Halloween designs so far in 2020.

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Best Animal Crossing Halloween House & Island Designs

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Ghostrunner review - an exhilarating display of acrobatic first-person platforming

14 hours 55 minutes ago

Ghostrunner is a game about the joy of movement, and I love how it never loses sight of that. You're a cyborg ninja and your weapons are speed and agility; everything you do, and everything the game throws at you, revolves around it. There are many enemies and boss encounters and special abilities, but they all centre on the fundamental idea of momentum.

It's a relief. I worried Ghostrunner would do a Mirror's Edge and get bogged down in combat, but it doesn't. Polish developer One More Level understood why the Ghostrunner demo worked earlier this year, and stuck with it. Do one thing and do it well.

Ghostrunner is a game about acrobatic routines, about devising them and performing them. It's what everything boils down to. You're an incredibly agile character who can wall-run, slide around, swing around, dash around and even slow time. But you're also an incredibly fragile character who will die in one blow from anything. The challenge of Ghostrunner, therefore, is a kind of elegance: not getting hit while simultaneously getting close enough to hit and slice apart others.

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Rogue Legacy 2 got a huge content boost with the Far Shores update

14 hours 56 minutes ago

If you burned through Rogue Legacy 2's Early Access launch-day content and are looking for an excuse to jump back in, first of all, same. Secondly, today's the day. The beefy Far Shores update is here.

There are two biomes to hit up (Axis Mundi and the Kerguelen Plains), three classes to learn (the Valkyrie, Duelist, and the Chef), and old classes to rediscover (now that the talent system has been reworked to be less reliant on mana and there are stat incentives for "mastering" each archetype).

As Cellar Door Games puts it, "We heard you loud and clear about the lack of substance when the game first released in Early Access, so we scrapped our best-laid plans and decided to go all-out."

I sympathize with anyone who wants to hold off until Rogue Legacy 2 is in the 1.0 home stretch, but if you're even remotely on the fence, this content update is a huge step in the right direction.

It's already immensely fun. It just needs to keep going.

Rogue Legacy 2 – Patch v0.2.0 – The Far Shores Update [Steam]

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Jordan Devore