Valve is making some big changes to Steam in the coming months with the addition of new features like Steam Events and a redesigned look for your game library. At the 2019 Game Developers Conference on Thursday, Valve’s Alden Kroll revealed a new, information-dense design for Steam libraries that will emphasize recently played and recently updated games. Each user’s Steam library will now have its own homepage. Kroll showed an example page that displayed a user’s most recently played games at the top of that homepage, with the intention that a Steam user would be able to easily jump into one of their most played games. The redesign also made it clearer which Steam games a user’s friends were playing at the time, and which games had recently been updated. Game updates — things like new characters or game modes — will be highlighted as well. Just below the section of the Steam library page that listed recently played games was a section titled … [Read more...] about Valve redesigns Steam game library, adding Steam Events
The Disney acquisition of Fox is still underway, but there’s one place where you can find Doctor Doom rubbing shoulders with Wolverine, Captain America, and Jessica Jones. Marvel Strike Force, the mobile title by FoxNext Game’s Lost Angeles branch, made $3 million in February, and earned 200k new downloads. While Marvel Strike Force is successful, the game has courted controversy with microtransaction strategies and random unlock bonuses. The developers are set to roll out the game’s biggest addition yet, one centered around in-game battles around other groups of players. Polygon spoke with FoxNext Games’ vice president and general manager Amir Rahimi about alliance wars, in-game rewards in an ongoing service, community sentiment, and more. Polygon: You mentioned that there will be a focus on community projects in the future. Tell me about that. Amir Rahimi: The big one is Alliance Wars. It’s hard to overstate how big this mode is. In fact, we began … [Read more...] about Marvel Strike Force hopes Alliance Wars keeps you playing forever
I’m perched on top of a rocky outcrop with a pair of binoculars in one hand and a hunting rifle in the other. According to Generation Zero, the latest effort from Avalanche Studios, mere days ago I was a mild-mannered 1980s-era teenager. After a trip to the nearby islands with my friends, I’ve returned home to find that everyone I’ve ever known is missing and presumed dead. In their place are dozens of murderous robots. After picking my way overland to the local bomb shelter, only to find it abandoned, I started north looking for weapons and equipment. After defeating several low-level mobs, I’ve spent the last in-game day painstakingly working my way along the coast. Collectibles, in the form of handwritten notes and answering machine messages, indicate that a group of heavily armed fishermen made a last stand nearby. With luck, they’ve left behind a stockpile of explosives that I can use to punch through the next bridgehead and break out to the north. … [Read more...] about Generation Zero is a quirky take on guerrilla warfare, patience and co-op play required
Kingdom Hearts! I thought I was done with it, and yet it pulls me right back in. After I finished my review of Kingdom Hearts III, I figured I was finally done with the series. Then, surprise, the Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience launches to no fanfare. But you know what? It’s fine. It’s all fine. How bad can it be? I don’t mind smacking around Heartless in VR and getting to spend time with my favorite Disney characters. That has to be fun, right?Well, it turns out you do absolutely nothing. Remember that trailer for the game, the one that showed you swinging around a Keyblade and knocking around Heartless? It implied that the Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience would sort of be a “greatest hits” collection, that had you performing some mini-games between watching recaps of the various games. The end result is nothing like that at all. Instead, you just rewatch a few cutscenes. That’s it. This is cute I guess I’m not joking. At the current time, there … [Read more...] about The Kingdom Hearts VR Experience… Exists?
Google didn’t announce a new gaming console this week, and executives from the company would tell you that’s the whole point. Google announced a platform called Stadia, the plural form of “stadium,” which will stream games to players; the company will handle all the image processing and connections through Google-held data centers running on Google-owned fiber optic cable. You don’t “touch” the game code at all locally — you just play the game itself on whatever display you’d like. Everything is kept under Google’s control. There are many advantages to this system, including the ability to launch a game instantly without lengthy downloads or installations. You don’t have to worry about your gaming PC being fast enough, because Google will make sure you have all the power you need. This may also mean an end to hacking and cheating, since the software that allows cheating to take place would somehow have to be installed … [Read more...] about How much of gaming will be left after Google Stadia?