UPDATE, July 28, 2017: As of the recent update 6.66, Doom now has upgraded, reworked multiplayer, a ludicrously low price-point, and all DLC is free. With a free weekend running on PS4 until 11pm Sunday CT / 5am Monday UK - comprising the first two campaign levels, all of multiplayer, and SnapMap - we felt it time to dive into a fresh re-appraisal. Original article continues below. Doom is an excellent game. Easily one of the best FPS ever made, in fact, and as such, it received the easiest five-star review I've ever awarded. Delivering a huge, imaginative, brutally clever and endlessly evolving campaign, a raft of multiplayer modes, and the staggeringly deep SnapMap level editor, it all added up to a very generous and wonderfully crafted offering indeed. 'Added'? Past-tense? Yes. Because that was at launch. Doom is even bigger now. And it’s better, and even more complete. It has new modes, new options, new helpings of new content, and greatly updated versions of … [Read more...] about 4 reasons you should be playing the new and improved Doom, on this week’s PS4 free weekend
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You'd be forgiven for not knowing about the 3DO M2. It was supposed to be the follow-up to the 3DO game console, but it was cancelled abruptly in 1997 under pressure from Nintendo's N64 and Sony's PlayStation. The 3DO M2 became little more than a footnote in video game history, but for some collectors it became a fascinating piece of hardware, their games considered gold dust. One such collector is Anthony Bacon, from Chicago.Bacon, who runs a YouTube channel called Video Game Esoterica, has spent the last 10 years amassing an impressive collection of 3DO M2-related hardware and software - to the point where he believes he's just two items away from a complete set. But three months ago he hit the payload when he obtained what is believed to be the last surviving file of planned 3DO M2 title D2 that runs on original 3DO M2 hardware.D2 is a survival horror video game developed by Japanese studio Warp and written and directed by the late Kenji Eno that came out on the Sega Dreamcast in … [Read more...] about Collector unearths playable file for original, cancelled D2 – the 3DO M2 game thought lost to history
Editor's note: The Egypt-set Assassin's Creed Origins is out this week, and in a bold bit of opportunism we thought we'd republish Christian Donlan's wonderful piece on Senet, the board game played by ancient Egyptians. The piece was first published last year. The clay pot theory of historyIt was hard work being dead in ancient Egypt. You had to put the hours in. Upon death, ancient Egyptians believed that your ba - soul is the closest word we have - was kicked loose from your body and freed to roam the lands. This freedom came with limitations, however. Every day your ba left the tomb where your mummy rested and wandered in the heavens. Every night, it had to work its way back home, descending with the sun god to the world of the dead and undergoing great trials, before it finally rejoined the body in an act of supreme spiritual renewal. As above, so below: the Egyptians believed that the sun was born every morning and died every evening. The ba mimicked its journey through the sky. … [Read more...] about Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?
343 Industries is the Microsoft-owned development house of the Halo series, and it's darn proud of it. Regardless of where or when they signed on, employees need to appreciate where the franchise came from and how it's grown. That's why 343 dedicated a space in its Redmond, WA headquarters to a Halo museum.GamesRadar+ got the chance to visit the museum earlier this month, and today we'd like to take you on a tour. So join me, as we walk the path of Spartans.Halo: Combat EvolvedThe Halo museum is organized semi-chronologically, with the original Halo and all of its assorted memorabilia collected into one, neat case. An inauspicious start to the tour, especially compared to the zaniness you'll see later.Halo: AnniversaryThe first project from 343 Industries was a remake of the original Combat Evolved, and was widely hailed as the proper way to handle a reworking of classic gameplay. This version still runs on the old engine (meaning the physics and bugs are just as you remember 'em), and … [Read more...] about There’s a real-life Halo museum at 343 industries and it’s full of cool stuff – take a look
Steam, Origin, Uplay, the Epic Games launcher, Battle.net, the Xbox app—there are too many launchers. It's the mantra of 2019, growing in volume and cadence with each passing day. Game companies want as much control over messaging and money as possible, and pushing their own game ecosystems is the way to achieve it. From a strictly corporate perspective, I get it. But as someone that literally forgot he owns Forza Horizon 4 from launcher overload, I'm mad. I won't get into the weeds over exclusives and platform superiority here, but there's no debate that splitting our game libraries and friends across six or so different programs sucks. No matter where you stand, there's likely no changing the current trajectory of launcher-mania, which is why I'm so surprised GOG might solve the launchers problem with, well, a launcher. In an E3 meeting with GOG representatives, I got an early look at GOG Galaxy 2.0, the launcher that just might unify them all. It sounds too good to … [Read more...] about GOG’s quest to unite all game launchers just might work, and Microsoft is already on board