In February 2012, I was a sophomore in high school with copious amounts of free time on my hands. Being the reclusive outcast I was, I spent more of those spare hours obsessing over gadgets than socializing or playing games. And of all the trendy contraptions making waves at the time – think iPhone 4S, Kindle Fire, and Nest – portable game consoles were my favorite. Not only were they more affordable than the smartphones and tablets of the time, but handhelds were also beginning to see an unexpected resurgence. The launch of PS Vita, then should have been a home run for Sony. And yet it's one of the company's few commercial console failures.Despite the ubiquity of smartphones, mobile gaming was finding its footing. Most games you'd play on your phone were either shoddy ports of well-known franchises (see: Dead Space for iOS) or rudimentary Flash games developers realized they could monetize by listing them in every digital marketplace imaginable (see: Jetpack Joyride). Most … [Read more...] about Sony’s support for PS Vita officially ends next month: what lessons can its failure offer PS5?
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The v7.40 patch is now available for Fortnite, bringing with it some new weapons and a chance to get your Season 8 Battle Pass for free. The Share the Love event has been updated, and you can claim your Wrap for supporting a Creator or being one yourself. New Creative Islands will be showcased each day, so jump in to see the Featured Island Frenzy. Epic Games has also said that everyone who completes 13 free Overtime Challenges by February 27 will receive the upcoming Season 8 Battle Pass for free, as well as the free outfits from the Season 7 Battle Pass. Gifting is back for a limited time starting now until February 22 and you can send the Heartspan Glider to your special someone for free until February 15, if you’re feeling generous. Catch is the new LTM mode, with LTMs rotating each Thursday and Saturday. You can only use grenades or other tossable items, so get ready to blast your way to victory. Rumble is the next LTM on the list, where two large teams battle it out for … [Read more...] about Fortnite v7.40 update: complete the Overtime Challenges to get your Season 8 Battle Pass for free
Fortnite’s Android beta was a timed exclusive for Samsung devices, and anyone who pre-ordered a Galaxy Note 9 could get 15,000 V-Bucks as a reward for their purchase (if they didn’t choose a free set of headphones). Players on a Note 9 or a Tab S4 will also unlock an exclusive skin, seen at the top of this post, that’s pretty cool looking. If you happen to have one of those devices, this is how you unlock the skin: Download Fortnite on your Galaxy Note9 or Tab S4 from the Samsung folder > Galaxy Apps and tap on the Fortnite Banner. Tap “Install and open” in the Quick Installation pop-up, then read through and accept the terms and conditions. Note: This will install and open the Fortnite Installer and Fortnite on your Galaxy Note 9 or Tab S4. Once logged in, play three matches of Fortnite on your Note 9 or Tab S4 device. Tap the “Return to Lobby” button after being eliminated or winning a match for it to count toward the three matches you … [Read more...] about Samsung does not appreciate you using demo phones to get Fortnite skins
I finished the Dragon Age games on 'nightmare'. I just want you to know that. I was advised not to waste words proving my 'gamer cred'. I was like, "Sure, I’ve been playing since the Exidy Sorcerer and reviewing games professionally for 10 years, but that’s totally not relevant. Whatever." But after four serpents killed me in Avernum 3’s tutorial area on 'casual' difficulty, my cred feels relevant. Avernum 3: Ruined World is Spiderweb Software’s second remaster of what was originally Exile 3: Ruined World back in 1997. It’s a classic roleplaying game with turn-based combat, abundant loot, lots of story, and everything else you expect. Not only do NPCs react (and reveal their attitudes towards) the non-humans in my party, like the cold-blooded Slitherkai and cat-like Nephilim, I could specialize the first as a lockpicking missile expert and the second as a knowledgeable priest. There are so many points to buy so many things. So, what’s up … [Read more...] about Avernum and Thimbleweed Park are finding homes for hints in modern games
Earlier this week, a live action trailer for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was released and it quickly went viral. There were two main reason for this; firstly it was excellently produced and exciting to watch, but the real surprise was that it was advertising PUBG on mobile phones. Yes, you heard right, PUBG, the game Team Eurogamer play way too much of, is now playable on Android and iOS devices. Bonkers! Getting to play PUBG on mobile is a bit of a mission, however, as it's currently only available to download in China. Happily, there are a couple of ways to trick the system and play the game in your own region and it's not especially hard to do. I mean, if I can work out how to get it working on my iPhone 6, surely you can. Be warned though, it turns out there are actually TWO official PUBG mobile games available to download. PUBG: Army Attack puts an arcade style spin on the original concept and includes things like naval battles, whilst PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (or PUBGEB … [Read more...] about Here’s how PUBG on mobile phones compares to the original game