Creepy platformer 'Inside' leaps from console to iOS
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2017, 8:02 am

Inside was my favorite game from 2016. It's a short, atmospheric adventure by Playdead — the same studio behind the mesmerizing, monochromatic Limbo — with a truly thought-provoking ending. Even now, I think about the game's final moments and what some of the build-up meant. If you haven't played it before and own an iPhone or iPad, there's no better chance to jump in — the game is out on iOS today. It's free to start but requires a $6.99 fee to reach the end credits. Trust me, it's well worth the asking price; few puzzle-platformers are this hauntingly beautiful.

Source: Inside (iOS)




The UK is getting a combined physical and digital games chart
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2017, 8:25 am

A combined physical and digital games chart is finally coming to the UK. At the moment, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) supplies GfK with exclusive data on boxed game sales. GfK's charts are considered the gold standard because of its relationship with the ERA, which counts GAME, Amazon and the nation's top supermarkets among its members. Now, the ERA has announced that its exclusivity deal with GfK will end in January 2019. Around the same time, it will start working with the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) and data services provider B2Boost on charts that include both physical and digital sales.

Source: ERA, Gamesindustry.biz




The Morning After: Friday, December 15th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2017, 6:00 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Friday morning, we deal with how the FCC has repealed net neutrality and the repercussions of that. Disney is planning to buy a huge part of Fox, which would include the rights for the first Star Wars movies, X-Men, The Simpsons and countless others.




'Oxenfree' developer's next game is about drinking with Satan
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 11:13 pm

2016 saw the release of many YA-themed games, and Oxenfree was one of the highlights. Developer Night School Studio is ready to show off its next project and, well, this one is a little different. In Afterparty, players assume the role of a pair of college seniors who have their revelry interrupted by their untimely death. As a result, they are doomed to a pub crawl in hell, as the adventure game follows them from bar to bar on a quest to outdrink Satan himself and escape.

Source: Night School Studio




'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty' debuts on smartphones
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 6:44 pm

If you're looking for a premium mobile game without in-app purchases, there's good news: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has arrived on iOS, Android and NVIDIA Shield. The 2014 console game, based on Lorne Lanning's Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee has been re-purposed for mobile with new controls for a small touchscreen, letting you swipe on the side of the screen to perform actions like "use," and "sneak." It also has full external controller support, and you can resize or move buttons. And did I mention there's no in-app purchases?

Source: Oddworld




'Photographs' dark narrative masquerades as a mobile puzzle game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 4:42 pm

EightyEight Games released the popular puzzle/battle game 10000000 and its sequel You Must Build a Boat to great success. Now developer Luca Redwood is ready to reveal his next project for the studio: Photographs. The new puzzle game will release next year for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

Source: EightyEight Games




The first 'Wolfenstein II' add-on pack is available now
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 3:33 pm

Killing Nazis and protesting are two of the most American things you can do. And if you need another avenue for (virtually) doing the former, that's where the first expansion for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus comes in. "The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe" changes up the base game's formula with a new protagonist who, thanks to his football skills, can run through walls and Nazis alike. Sounds good? There are two more packs incoming, and you can pick them up as part of the $25 season pass.

Source: Bethesda (YouTube)




The next Xbox voice chat app will work on your phone
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 1:41 pm

Microsoft introduced a new beta of the Xbox phone app today, which appears to include the testing of party chat on your mobile device. Presumably, this will allow you to chat with your Xbox party on your phone, similar to the way the Nintendo Switch works. While the Xbox app is available for both iOS and Android, this new beta appears to only be available at the Google Play Store.

Via: Reddit

Source: Google Play Store




Nintendo is really excited about the Switch's detachable gamepads
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 2:30 pm

Nintendo has always believed in the power of local multiplayer games. The company built a business creating digital experiences that are best when shared by people sitting in the same room, on the same couch -- not simply connected via headphones and tinny chat services.

The Switch is a testament to this history. The console itself doesn't support voice chat or online invitations, instead relying on a separate smartphone app to connect anyone who dares to play Splatoon 2 with a friend in another city. The hardware is built for local multiplayer: It's a portable system with two small controllers attached to either side of the screen, making it easy for newcomers to join a game in-person.

For veteran Zelda and Mario producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, these detachable controllers -- called Joy-Cons -- are the most intriguing aspect of the Switch.




'Grand Theft Auto' publisher Take-Two opens an indie label
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 12:21 pm

Take-Two is the latest major games publisher to open up an indie label. From the sounds of it, Private Division will operate like a smaller scale version of Take-Two itself, giving developers leeway to work on things at their own pace and not worry about pumping out a sea of annual sequels.

Source: Private Division (YouTube)




Ataribox delays pre-orders due to development problems
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 9:36 am

Preorders for the Ataribox were scheduled to start today, December 14th, but it appears that plan has hit a snag. Atari sent out an email today that said it's taking longer than expected "to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves."

The company wants to make sure its product lives up to expectations, so it's delaying the preorders and until it can figure out whatever issues the Ataribox is facing. An updated launch plan is going to be announced in the next few weeks, and the Ataribox team will keep supporters in the loop about what's going on.




The Morning After: Thursday, December 14th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2017, 6:20 am

Hey, good morning!

In cased you missed it, we got driven down an actual highway while wearing a VR headset, did cartwheels in a next-generation VR device and heard all about T-Mobile launching a TV service. That last one has nothing to do with VR. Yet.




'Doctor Who Time Vortex VR' is an endless runner with a TARDIS
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2017, 7:00 pm

Fans of our favorite Time Lord can get all timey-wimey with a VR reboot of Doctor Who Time Vortex 360, a web/mobile game that came out this past May. You can steer the TARDIS through various space obstacles, Rez-style, with Cardboard, Daydream, Gear VR and Vive via a web browser. The game is also available for Android and iOS on phones and tablets using mobile versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Source: BBC




The Predator is coming to Ubisoft's 'Ghost Recon Wildlands'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2017, 4:51 pm

It's been 30 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch headed into the jungles of Central America, only to find himself hunted by a stealth alien warrior nicknamed the Predator. Now players of Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft's open-world tactical shooter, will fall under the watchful eye of the Predator in an all new special event running from December 14th through early January.

Source: Ubisoft




'Fez Pocket Edition’ is now available on iOS
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2017, 3:14 pm

The 2D puzzle platformer Fez from the independent game studio Polytron has had a long road in its journey to iOS, but now it's finally here. You can now purchase Fez Pocket Edition from the App Store for $4.99. It's designed for both the iPhone and the iPad.

Via: Touch Arcade

Source: App Store




The Morning After: Wednesday, December 13th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2017, 6:00 am

Good morning! It's the middle of the week and some of us are mortgaging our homes to get into Bitcoin. Meanwhile, SpaceX's recycled spacecrafts get together, Apple's new iMac is coming and we open nominations for the Best of CES 2018. Yep, the Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner, and we're looking for the best tech to be found in Vegas.




Frank Ocean has his own 'GTA V' radio station
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2017, 4:29 am

Tired of the same tunes on GTA V? Frank Ocean is here to help. The insanely talented musician, who already has his own Beats 1 show, is now getting a Los Santos radio station to boot, courtesy of the Doomsday Heist update.

Via: Pitchfork

Source: Frank Ocean (Tumblr)




EA and the CW team up for a 'Madden NFL' eSports special
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 9:58 pm

Sure, Madden NFL is a massively popular video game series that began in 1993 as John Madden Football, but it has never really broken through to the mainstream. The franchise has been making inroads to the eSports space over the last couple of years, though, with a live broadcast last year on ESPN 2. Now the CW is set to air a one-hour primetime special, co-produced by EA and NFL Films called the EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge. The mouthful of a title will air December 27th of this year.

Source: Variety




'Life is Strange' comes to iPhone and iPad December 14th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 3:22 pm

If you haven't had the chance to play 2014's Life is Strange or its recent sequel Before the Storm, now's your chance. The brilliant episodic narrative game revolves around teenaged Max and her ability to rewind time, returning to her hometown only to find it and her previous best friend Chloe in very different straits. Beginning December 14th, a whole new audience will be able to experience their story on iPhone and iPad.

Source: DONTNOD Entertainment




Steam puts curator-recommended games right up front in its store
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 4:19 pm

In October, Valve announced it was working on an overhaul of the Steam Curator program and for the past few weeks it has been testing some major changes with a small group of Curators. Those changes are now live and they're aimed at improving the system for players, Curators and developers.

Source: Steam




Samsung vs. Acer Mixed Reality headsets: Which handles VR best?
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 1:30 pm

The big VR story this year isn't another headset from Oculus or HTC -- it's Microsoft's entry into the space with Windows 10 Mixed Reality devices. They promise to be cheaper and easier to use than the Rift or Vive, thanks to a bit of help from HoloLens' 3D tracking technology. Acer's was among the first we saw in action, and it was a promising example of what an inexpensive VR headset could look like. Samsung, meanwhile, was late to the party with HMD Odyssey, but it also gave us a glimpse at high-end Mixed Reality headsets. Now that we've spent some time with both (along with HP's headset earlier this week), it's time to decide which handles Mixed Reality best. (Spoiler: It isn't Acer.)




Nintendo has already sold over 10 million Switches
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 8:33 am

That didn't take long: Nintendo has already sold over 10 million of its hybrid home/portable console, the Switch. If you're keeping track at home, that's roughly one million consoles sold every month since March. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 took around ten months to hit that number back in 2014. "This December in Japan we are planning to ship more units than ever before so that even more consumers can purchase and enjoy Nintendo Switch," Nintendo said in a press release.

Source: Nintendo




Warner Bros. is making its own Harry Potter mobile game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 8:00 am

Hogwarts is officially going mobile. From next year, Potterheads -- and muggles, should they wish -- will be able to create their own characters and experience life as a Hogwarts student in officially-licensed game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. As a witch or wizard you'll progress through school years just like Harry et al, participating in the magical classes such as Defence Against the Dark Arts and Potions, with Hogwarts' iconic professors at the helm.




The Morning After: Tuesday, December 12th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 6:00 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Tuesday, one Engadget editor attempted to become an Instagram star. (Spoiler: without money, it's harder than you'd think.) We have the best gift ideas for the console gamer in your life. We also take issue with the FCC -- and we're not alone.




Bungie's next 'Destiny 2' update backtracks on DLC 'mistakes'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2017, 12:47 am

Bungie's Destiny 2 fixes continue to roll in. Having addressed its communities' gripes with the game's XP system, it's now tackling another hot-button topic: the high-level content locked behind the debut Curse of Osiris DLC. In its latest blog post, the Destiny dev team acknowledges its "mistakes" and details the impending hotfix that (partly) backtracks from the existing system. But, the solution may not be to everyone's liking.

Source: Bungie




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