May is almost here and you know what that means - free PlayStation games! Sony has released the line-up for next month and it's looking pretty spicy - here is what we know so far. What are this month's free PlayStation Plus games? Sony unveiled May's list a little earlier than expected, on April 26. After April's mad racing bonanza, Sony have something a little different in mind. Beyond: Two Souls is a phenomenal narrative-driven game with true to life visuals. A technical showcase of a game, it was originally out of PS3 before being remastered for PS4. Rayman Legends is one of 2D platforming's great accomplishments. Get ready to dive into twenty years of platforming experience - plus, it's even multiplayer. The games are available to download from May 1st. Here's the line-up in full: Beyond: Two Souls (PS4) Rayman Legends (PS4) Risen 3: Titan Lords (PS3) Eat Them (PS3) King Oddball (PS Vita) Furmins (PS Vita) What were last month's PlayStation Plus games? April 2018 gave PlayStation … [Read more...] about PS Plus May 2018 line-up – what free PlayStation Plus PS4 games are available to download?
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Invites for Fortnite Battle Royale’s mobile beta are now rolling out (related: you might be in, so check your email). As we noted, it runs like a dream — no small feat for a fast-paced multiplayer game running on a mobile platform. But while this is the Fortnite you know fundamentally — same map, same circle, same pining for chug jugs, and same dreams of cross-play with your PC and console friends — by bringing Battle Royale to the iPhone, Epic Games did need to make some changes to accommodate for (among other things) the smaller screen and touch controls. The biggest quality of life change is a concession to those who play phone games without headphones: footsteps, gunfire, and chests are visible on the screen. We go over this and five more changes that were made to Battle Royale in the video above. Check it out before you dive in to play Fortnite Battle Royale on your next commute. … [Read more...] about 6 things that changed in Fortnite on iPhone vs. PC and console
Valve’s new game Artifact has a vague release window of 2018, but thanks to a bit of jealousy on Gabe Newell’s part it won’t be the only Valve game we can look forward to in the next few years. Who do we have to thank for this? Nintendo. This jealous has driven Newell to get back into developing games beyond the current lineup of multiplayer titles. There’s at least one single-player experience and up to three big VR titles… at least if Gabe’s comments from several years ago are still to be believed. So, take with a grain of VR salt. “Sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously,” Newell said. After spending most of the last decade investing in hardware, this is a big transition. Newell was worried about the iPhone’s closed ecosystem and the effect that had on the big gaming world, which spurred their investment in SteamVR and the Vive. “You can see … [Read more...] about Jealousy drives Gabe Newell to start shipping games again
At a presentation for upcoming Dota 2-themed card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington today, Gabe Newell reiterated that Valve is getting back into developing new games beyond its current roster of multiplayer titles. After talking about Valve's focus on Steam and hardware during the past several years, which he described as "an investment in the future", Newell said "Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. So that's sort of good news. Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again." That's games, plural: Artifact isn't the only game Valve is working on. In a January 2017 Reddit AMA, Newell did confirm that Valve was working on at least one fully-fledged singleplayer game. And the following month, in roundtable interviews with PC Gamer, Newell said that Valve was working on "three big VR games." Today's statement doesn't make it 100 percent clear whether Valve has projects in development beyond these previously mentioned … [Read more...] about Gabe Newell: ‘Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again’
A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again. Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate. Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not … [Read more...] about Where do downloadable games go when they die?