Microsoft is aiming to change how players choose to enjoy their favorite video games with Project xCloud, a streaming service that will be compatible across consoles, PCs, and mobile devices.According to CEO Satya Nadella, you can accurately describe it as the “Netflix for games.”According to Business Insider, Nadella said that this is actually the term Microsoft uses as the nickname for Project xCloud internally, and that Microsoft will have an advantage against services from other companies because of its back library of games, as well as the Xbox Play Anywhere program allowing PC and Xbox One players to already play games together.But Microsoft will have plenty of competition in terms of game streaming over the next few years.Google’s own Project Stream service ran a technical test during the end of 2018 and Verizon will reportedly be developing its own service, which will be compatible with the Nvidia Shield.Verizon’s service will apparently include support for games like Battlefield V, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2, which could feasibly mean players don’t need a console or a PC to enjoy the biggest releases.
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Red Dead creator Rockstar Games, is duking it out in court with the Pinkerton Detective Agency — yes, they still exist, apparently.The Pinkerton Detective Agency, who appear in fictional form in Red Dead Redemption 2, issued a cease-and-desist letter to Take-Two, asking for royalties for the use of its name.Take-Two has since fired back with a lawsuit claiming fair use due to the Agency’s prevalence in the historical record during the time period the game takes place.You can read the whole of the complaint here.I’m a little curious about how much of the game the Pinkertons have actually played.In the cease-and-desist letter, the Agency said they appreciated the “clear affection” the studio had for the detectives.
Verizon is currently conducting alpha testing of Verizon Gaming, a game streaming service that would represent a major new initiative for the home and mobile internet giant.The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation, eventually make its way to Android smartphones.Verizon has not publicly advertised Verizon Gaming or even really acknowledged its existence.Verizon has quietly been recruiting players to take part in the test, which currently involves over 135 games.The Verizon Gaming app comes pre-installed on the Shield device, and Verizon will also be distributing it to testers privately through Google Play later this month.Screenshots of Verizon Gaming show titles including Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Battlefield V, and Destiny 2.
Rockstar Games announced Thursday that Red Dead Redemption 2's online multiplayer mode, is getting a new game mode called Gun Rush, bringing a Fortnite-style battle royale to the Wild West.Red Dead Redemption 2 already had a similar survival mode with "Make it Count," in which players could use only bows and arrows, as the map size continuously shrunk.But Gun Rush takes it a little closer to Fortnite and other battle royale games by having 32 players drop in solo or in teams, gather guns and gear scattered around the map and then fight in an ever-closing area to be the last survivor(s) to win the game.According to a blog post from Rockstar, the Red Dead Online beta continues as the company listens to feedback and makes tweaks to improve the online experience over the coming months, amid continued concerns over the monetization practices with the online mode.New Races and Showdown game modes are in the works, along with new clothing, emotes and other tweaks.The company also plans to expand gameplay with new story missions, daily challenges and dynamic events throughout the world.
Red Dead Online‘s latest update adds a battle royale mode called Gun Rush to the multiplayer list.Wait, doesn’t Red Dead Online already have a battle royale mode?While you only get one life in Make it Count, the only weapons available are bows and throwing knives, and ammunition is super limited.Gun Rush is a more traditional battle royale mode.Thirty-two players scour the map for weapons and ammunition.Now that firearms and scavenging are in play, Red Dead Online has a true battle royale mode for users to partake in either solo or as a member of a small team.
With today's list, we're highlighting a deal on Microsoft's Xbox One Wireless Controller, which is down to $40 at Walmart and Amazon.That's $20 off its standard going rate.The Xbox One controller has the advantage of being easy to set up on Windows, since they're both made by the same company.That could make it a better buy than Sony's DualShock 4 controller for those who play PC games outside of Valve's Steam client.The big difference between the Xbox One controller and the DS4 is that the former requires a pair of AA batteries for power.The upside is that the Xbox One pad tends to last longer per charge than the DualShock 4 and its built-in battery, but if you don't have a dedicated battery charger, it can be a pain.
What next for Rockstar Games?The famed GTA developer is currently drowning in Game of the Year awards and blockbuster sales for Red Dead Redemption 2, the dynamic open-world Western that has captured the industry like few games in recent memory.Never content to rest on its laurels though, various Rockstar studios worldwide are currently on the lookout for new hirings to help advance its technical prowess to new heights – specifically for facial animation and MoCap (motion capture), which is proving increasingly crucial for the engaging, photorealistic animation Rockstar is striving for in its games.As spotted by GearNuke, Rockstar New York is currently hiring for a Technical Face Developer and MoCap Tools developer for "future titles", while Rockstar Toronto have a listing for a Senior Technical Artist specifically to "improve facial animation tracking".Rockstar India is also advertising positions for a Facial Animator and Motion Capture Animator.Given the usual lead time on Rockstar's game development – there were 10 years between Red Dead Redemption and its sequel – it's likely these positions are for games on next-generation consoles.
Xbox One owners were not treated well in 2018, according to Metacritic which said that no good exclusives were released for the console last year.Metacritic, which aggregates reviews on video games from various sources to come up with average scores, reports the highest-rated games for each console at the end of each year.The website has revealed its best video games of 2018, and taking the top two spots is Red Dead Redemption 2 with a score of 97 on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.The Rockstar Games hit is followed by God of War for the PlayStation 4 with a score of 94, Super Smash Bros.Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch at 92, and Forza Horizon 4 for the PC and Xbox One at 92.A chart that compares the three major consoles and the PC, however, revealed that while there are seven great games, or those that scored at least 90, on the Xbox One, there are no good exclusives, or those that scored at least 75, for Microsoft’s console.
The God of War and his frail son go through the funeral rites for the boy’s mother, whose last wish is to have her ashes scattered on the highest mountaintop in the realm.He went off to work on a Mad Max game tied to the recent George Miller movie, and he also helped reboot the Tomb Raider franchise.Yumi Yang, the producer on the game, likes to say four years, because she doesn’t count that first year.I may hate it, but I’ll give it a shot because I like the other games.” I thought that was cool.They protect and then they fight back the hordes.Every single element of the story deals with familial relationships.
The 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards has revealed its nominated games, and to no surprise, leading the way are Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Spider-Man.For the 2018 GDC Awards, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and Horizon Zero Dawn for the PlayStation 4 were the frontunners with six nominations each, including Game of the Year.The latest The Legend of Zelda entry was the big winner with three awards, namely Game of the Year, Best Audio, and Best Design.Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Spider-Man will hope to replicate the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the 19th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards.Red Dead Redemption 2 received seven nominations, while God of War and Spider-Man, both PlayStation 4 exclusives, received six nominations each.All three games are vying for the coveted Game of the Year award, alongside Return of the Obra Dinn and Celeste, which received four and three nominations, respectively.
Video games continue to get larger, adding more story content, side activities, and bigger environments that create worlds so massive, some players never want to leave.Some of the best MMORPGs are traditional role-playing games, but the genre has evolved to include games that mix in more action-oriented elements.Set years before the events of titles like Oblivion and Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls Online is free to explore territory not explored in the other games, and it has received two expansions that cater to longtime fans.The game uses an “advanced damage model” to affect vehicles’ performance based on where they are hit, and auctions and trading systems allow you to swap gear with other players in order to create your ideal ride.To increase your chance of survival, you can join a clan, and special “Clan Wars” events let you and your squad take on another clan for bragging rights.Despite being more than six years old, Guild Wars 2 continues to be updated with new content through its “Living World” system, which encourages continued play with new quests, events, weapons, and more on a more regular basis than standard expansions can allow.
Despite everything, I think Red Dead Redemption II deserves credit for how fascinating it is.But I think that goes way beyond a singular vision and instead leans hard into hubris.It is the developer saying, “You’re playing wrong.” Rockstar pushes you back onto its set path as if to say, “Look at all this stuff we made.But where Rockstar’s heavy hand forces you down its corridors in the story missions, it relentlessly throws a handful of predetermined experiences at you in the open world.Hunting, fishing, poker, drinking, cooking, and more are all available to you.But the developer throws these things at the player without ever really handing any authorship over to the player.
2018 was a big year for giant modern games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War.But it was also a great year for fans of the classics.Last year, I celebrated 2017’s best game releases and moments that highlighted the industry’s more old-school side.Aside from the new graphics, all three Spyros hold up as great 3D platformers.While Ritual of the Night takes inspiration from Castlevania’s nonlinear 2D entries (aka the Metroidvanias), Curse of the Moon is an homage to earlier entries in the Castlevania series, specifically Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.It has some of the best pixel art I’ve seen in a modern retro (enjoy that oxymoron) game, and Curse of the Moon manages to capture the spirit and feel of those classic, linear Castlevania adventures.
I played so much good stuff in 2018, and it didn’t help that a lot of those games came out just a couple of weeks ago.Astro Bot feels like the mascot for virtual reality.As temperatures fall, it’s your job to ensure that your civilization has enough resources to survive.Into The Breach is a mech tactics game where you fight against an army of giant insects.It has a strict set of rules, and your goal is to find the best way to circumvent or exploit them to your advantage.And few things in games are better than strolling past security that just turned you away because you switched into a hippie’s clothing.
And the battle royale genre has exploded even more thanks to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s excellent Blackout mode.Fallout 76 currently holds a 52 on Metacritic for PS4 and 49 on Xbox One, shockingly low averages for a AAA game from a well-known studio.Even worse, there’s just not much of worth to do in this massive depiction of West Virginia.And for a game that has a multiplayer focus, Fallout 76 is decidedly lonely due to the fact that the server cap is 24.CD Projekt Red’s very disappointing tweetsCD Projekt Red makes some very good games and runs a pretty cool storefront.
The gaming world met a lot of new faces in 2018.Red Dead Redemption 2 gave us the likable (if morally questionable) cowboy Arthur Morgan, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey introduced the badass female Spartan warrior Kassandra.But our favorite new character of year game from a much smaller game.Madeline is the hero of Celeste, an indie side-scroller that came out on January 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.Celeste is one of the best games of the year thanks to its tricky platforming, but Madeline also plays a big part in making Celeste so memorable.Madeline wants to climb a mountain, the titular Celeste Mountain, as a way to overcome her self-doubt and anxiety.
Microsoft is going start strong with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in 2019.The company has announced the line-up of free games for January, and among the roster is one of 2018’s best games: Celeste.If you’re a fan of challenging platformers and you own an Xbox One, you’ll definitely want to download Celeste while it’s free next month.Just earlier this month, Celeste took home “Best Independent Game” from The Game Awards, and it was even in the running for Game of the Year.It went up against some real gaming juggernauts from 2018, including Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that the game didn’t win it all.Celeste will be available through Games with Gold for the entire month of January.
My first NPC kill in the Red Dead Online beta was an impulse.Yeah, Red Dead Online, at least when I started, was pretty brutal, and not just because the people in it shot first, asked questions never.I was positive it would take me at least 12 hours of playtime just to get enough gold bars to customize one part of my revolver.So that takes care of the money… and leaves the players.Arid, open plains, towns built with rickety boards… There’s something about this setting that brings out my latent Texas drawl.I reacted to being shot at by saying, as my character, “Now come on, y’all.
Though Red Dead Redemption 2 is filled with lots of scenic horseback riding, dialogue, and wonderfully rendered cutscenes, you’ll rarely complete a mission without having to fire a gun.Keep in mind that each gun has both positives and negatives, and your play style will also dictate how well these picks work for you.For more Red Dead Redemption 2 guides, check out our beginner’s guide, horses guide, hunting guide, fishing guide, and fast travel guide.While there are a few rare revolvers that you can find throughout the world, our two favorites can be bought from gunsmiths.Though the Schofield Revolver has modest damage and range by default, it can be customized into one of the most well-rounded revolvers you can find, with great damage, range, rate of fire, and reload speed.You can either purchase the Schofield Revolver at a gunsmith for $84 or steal it from the doctor’s office in Valentine.
Overall, the month was still strong considering it had a tough comparison to last year.This is the highest year-to-date total spend achieved since the $13.9 billion achieved between January and November 2010.”Hardware continues to grow as more people jump onto the Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.And new games like Battlefield V and Fallout 76 both performed well — although they are both existing in the shadows of bigger games.Here are results from November 2018Total: $2.693 billion (flat from $2.706 billion in November 2017)