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Sonic Mania's Encore Mode Is The Perfect Excuse To Play Again Sonic Mania's Encore Mode Is The Perfect Excuse To Play Again

Sonic Mania’s blend of classic stages and ROM-hack inspired originals created a mix tape of everything awesome, fast, and blue. The Encore DLC, released today as part of Sonic Mania Plus, embraces the mixing and matching that made the base game great.

Ubisoft's Clever Division 2 Promotion Has Me Playing More Of The First Division Ubisoft's Clever Division 2 Promotion Has Me Playing More Of The First Division

The makers of The Division at Ubisoft are doing some unusual things to tie their first game into its upcoming sequel. So far, I’m into it.

Under A Porcelain Sun is a first-person adventure set in a surrealist colonial India. It’s about two thieves searching for the mythical city Kayamgadh. Along the way, they’ll encounter castles of glue, wax people, and other strangeness. It comes from a studio in India called Oleomingus and will be out this summer.

The Commandos Games Are Coming Back The Commandos Games Are Coming Back

Commandos, the classic PC stealth series, has been missing in action for years. No more: strategy publisher Kalypso (Tropico) has bought the rights to the games, with plans to bring them back.

Amazon Temporarily Sells Pirated Copies Of Popular PC Games Amazon Temporarily Sells Pirated Copies Of Popular PC Games

Over the weekend, people shopping on Amazon thought they’d hit the jackpot: popular recent PC games like Frostpunk and Surviving Mars for the price of a cup of coffee. Problem: these copies were pirated.

Fixing A Typo Makes Aliens: Colonial Marines Better (But It's Still Bad) Fixing A Typo Makes Aliens: Colonial Marines Better (But It's Still Bad)

Aliens: Colonial Marines isn’t a great game. It was plagued by a troubled development, and Kotaku’s official review flatly called the game “awful.” However, a modder has discovered a critical spelling error in the game files that might be responsible.

What To Do During Monster Hunter: World's Summer Festival What To Do During Monster Hunter: World's Summer Festival

Monster Hunter: World’s Summer Twilight festival is live until July 26. It transforms the gathering hub with palm trees and an ice-sculpted dragon. It also brings back most event quests and adds two new armor sets to collect. There’s lots to do, but here’s what you should focus on.

You Sing Into Your Mic To Solve Puzzles In This Indie Game

One Hand Clapping is a experimental project from the University of Southern California’s games program. It mixes music and puzzles—the player needs to hum or sing to create walkways and raise platforms to proceed through a colorful world. It’s short but memorable. I scroll through itch.io every week to see what games…

Pillars of Eternity II is getting an expansion. The Beast Of Winter takes place in an area occupied by worshipers of the god of cold and decay who believe that your character heralds the end of all things. Fun! It’ll launch on August 2 alongside a 2.0 patch full of tweaks, fixes, and challenge modes.

Giant Mech Fighting Game Will Crush Cities Underfoot Giant Mech Fighting Game Will Crush Cities Underfoot

Override: Mech City Brawl is a game with two hooks: one, you’re controlling a huge mech in a fight against other huge mechs, and two, in true Tokusatsu fashion, the buildings underneath those mechs are gonna get trashed.

In 2018, A PC Game Is Being Made In DOS In 2018, A PC Game Is Being Made In DOS

MS-DOS, the text-based operating system people used to use before Windows took over the planet, was how PC games were played in ancient times. It’s been dead for decades, but one developer figures 2018 is as good a time as any to make a brand new game for it.

Valve has overhauled Steam’s “upcoming” tab. It was an unfiltered list of games (and asset flips), but now it’s decided upon by wishlists and other data. Valve said that “less than half” of 1% of users clicked the old upcoming tab, while only 4% click “top sellers.” Steam users don’t really use Steam, I guess?

Why Mafia III's Developers Cut Its Initial, 'Shocking' Opening Why Mafia III's Developers Cut Its Initial, 'Shocking' Opening

Mafia 3’s opening used to be much more intense, the game’s director has revealed. A “cold open” sequence that ended with the main character killing a cop was eventually cut from the game—and apparently deleted from the developer’s servers, so it never gets out.

This is Roof Rage, a platform fighter (see: Smash Bros.) that supports up to eight players battling each other locally. There’s also 1v1 online play, and fights against bots. It’s currently in Early Access.

Red Faction: Guerrilla Deserved Better Red Faction: Guerrilla Deserved Better

Red Faction: Guerilla was released in 2009. Now, in 2018, it’s back with a re-release, and playing through it again has been a melancholy experience.

Somebody's Making A Game About Making Battle Royales Somebody's Making A Game About Making Battle Royales

Think there are too many similar battle royale games? Or perhaps you’re a member of PUBG’s community, ready to revolt over the state of the former king of the genre. If you think you can do a better job, Battle Royale Tycoon will give you a chance.

Battlefront II's Emperor Palpatine Was Quietly Removed From The Game Battlefront II's Emperor Palpatine Was Quietly Removed From The Game

The Empire is without an emperor. Last week, a Star Wars Battlefront II update apparently brought back the evil Emperor Palpatine’s game-breaking ability to shoot lightning through walls. An emergency fix completely removed him from the game, and it’s unclear when he’ll return.

Top PUBG Streamer Says He Was Banned After Playing With Hacker [Updated]

During a livestream last night Twitch streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek stated that he received a one month ban from PUBG following an incident where he played alongside a hacker. The ban comes on the heels of lengthy community speculation as to whether or not the game’s developers would actually discipline one of…

New Warhammer 40K Game Is All War, No Talk New Warhammer 40K Game Is All War, No Talk

There are, at last count, 1,537,284 Warhammer games on the market, and yet somehow none of them have been in the 4X genre. So hi there, Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War.

Gone Home But You're A Car Gone Home But You're A Car

At this point, 2013's Gone Home has pretty much joined the canon of formative video games as a progenitor of the now-ubiquitous (if poorly-named) walking simulator genre. Gone Vroom, then, poses an interesting philosophical question: do cars walk?

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