The Epic Games launcher — the client used to distribute battle royale megahit Fortnite — relaunched last night as the Epic Games Store, a new entrant in the PC gaming digital distribution landscape, with an enticing offer. While users may be very likely to have a copy of the free-to-play Fortnite in their new library on day one, Epic is looking to accelerate the growth of players’ collections by offering a free game every two weeks, beginning with Subnautica on Dec. 14, followed by Super Meat Boy on Dec. 28. Offering free games to help grow a digital game library, in addition to mitigating the difficulty of asking players to split their collection across multiple PC gaming ecosystems, has become something of a table-stakes strategy these days. Epic is hoping to use its massive Fortnite-fueled install base and some developer-friendly terms to propel its platform into the rarefied space currently dominated, though not exclusively, by Valve’s Steam platform. … [Read more...] about Epic Games Store will offer ‘a free game every two weeks’ — how does that stack up?
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The App Store’s recent 10th anniversary offered a stark reminder of how much mobile gaming has changed over the last decade. Mobile games today are widely diverse and often more ambitious than in the past, not to mention dramatically more polished on average. And gosh, there are just so many of them across iOS and Android. It’s a little overwhelming, to be honest — what with the constant torrent of new touchscreen games — but there are some extraordinary and absorbing experiences amid the deluge. With that in mind, we’re spotlighting our absolute favorite mobile games, each of which is primed to entertain whether you’re on the go, curled up in bed, or just eager to kill a few minutes. Some of these are newer releases that made an immediate impact, while others are enduring modern classics that still warrant attention today. In either case, they’re all highly recommended. Be sure to keep tabs on this list in the future, as we’ll be … [Read more...] about The best iOS and Android games
Unlike previous years, there were no zingers in the world of mobile games during 2017. That’s not to say nothing happened, of course. Plenty did, but looking back, it was more a case of accelerating trends and future potential than headline-grabbing news such as Activision Blizzard’s $5.9 billion deal for King in 2015, or Nintendo’s first mobile game and Pokemon Go’s success in 2016. So here are six of the year’s most significant trends; ones you’ll likely to see more of in 2018 too. Mobile eSports Is mobile eSports now a thing? Plenty of developers think so, and 2017 saw long term proponents such as Super Evil Megacorp finessing their activity. It’s just closed out the World Champions for its mobile MOBA Vainglory in Singapore, also previewing the 5v5 mode that will launch next year. Similarly Finnish developer Critical Force announced 30 million downloads of its Counter-Strike-inspired shooter Critical Ops, adding eSports investor and … [Read more...] about 6 of the most significant mobile game trends in 2017
I’m hiding in a bush with my AK at the ready. There are only 6 players left, and the encroaching zone of death has left us all with very little room to manoeuvre. Someone approaches. They could spot me, if they looked hard enough. I hold my breath as I let him draw just a little closer, then pounce out and secure my place in the final five with a barrage of gunfire. How many dimensions did you imagine that in? If your answer’s 3, then… hah! Jokes on you – I’m actually playing Surviv.io, a free browser-based top-down take on Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s the Battle Royale game that everyone will poor depth perception has been clamouring for! If your answer was 2 because it’s obvious from the header, then… aw. You win this round. It might lack the depth of Plunkbat, but there’s still something inevitably compelling about the Battle Royale formula. Rounds are much shorter, but 5 minutes or so of looting and scrapping still … [Read more...] about Surviv.io is a free, browser-based 2D Battlegrounds
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 400-301, scroll down. 400. Mirror's Edge (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) Keep moving. That's the main objective of Mirror's Edge. Releasing alongside dozens of first-person shooters, Mirror's Edge stood for daring to be different. Putting an emphasis on using first-person parkour to outsmart enemies, rather than just shooting through them, Mirror's Edge was a flawed beauty stuck in the memory of those who just kept running through its clean, white city. 399. Braid (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) In many ways, the modern indie explosion started with Braid. Unlike anything people had seen at the time, Braid and its time-bending puzzles … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 400-301