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  • Opinion: Taking Google's Field Trip app for a spin: Watch out for the potholes

    With a new Android app called Field Trip, Google wants to be your tour guide for all things local.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Demonic puzzles and predicting the future

    After the last few weeks of game jams drowning us in free games we're back to the regular schedule of small, indie developers making games for your thrifty pleasure. These games are still just as good (if not better) than what we've previously shown you, but they're a bit harder to collect into one big theme. In other words, this week's games are kind of all over the place. Sometimes that's nice.

  • Opinion: Hands-on with The War Z

    Late last week I got a chance to dive head-first into the upcoming zombie survival MMO The War Z, with Executive Producer Sergey Titov showing me around. Here's what I learned while racking up a significant virtual body count.

  • Opinion: Four hours in colonial America: Assassin's Creed 3 hands-on

    I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that Assassin's Creed 2 is one of my favorite games of this generation. There was a pure sense of exploration and discovery that I haven't found in any game since, not even the semi-sequels Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood or Revelations. Since that experience, I've been looking for a game to revive that feeling, and, while things have changed in games since Assassin's Creed 2 was originally released back in 2009, I found that feeling while exploring the frontier in Assassin's Creed 3, and it feels good.

  • Opinion: Mists of Pandaria comes out next week: here's what you should know

    As you might have noticed it's been a big year for the MMO, with high-profile launches like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2.

  • Opinion: Hands-On with Halo 4

    After the announcement of Halo 4 at E3 2012, fans everywhere have been pining for more information and a deeper look at the upcoming sequel to the hugely popular Halo trilogy. Last week I was invited for some hands-on time with 343 Industries' first attempt at a true Halo game, and walked away more impressed than I had thought possible.

  • Opinion: Half Life remake Black Mesa now available for download

    When people think of great first-person shooters they typically recall Doom and Unreal Tournament. Not me, though; I think back to the game that really started it for me, the one that did single-player right: Half-Life. Published by Valve Software in 1998, the original Half-Life was a journey through an apocalyptic experience at the Black Mesa labs in New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a brave but silent hero, Gordon Freeman. Now, 14 years later, a team of modders have released Black Mesa, a recreation of that seminal experience with Valve's Source engine. It looks marvelous.

  • Opinion: Hands-On With Steam's Big Picture Mode

    The big news out of Valve this week is their move into the living room with a new version of Steam. I got a chance to poke around Steam's new Big Picture beta and while I was impressed by what I saw, I don't think this is the ultimate solution to gaming on the TV some may be hoping for.

  • Opinion: Battlefield 3 Armored Kill is Released for the PC

    Some bad headaches can occur when trying to keep up with all the content for big AAA games. Deals are made and release dates are scattered everywhere. That's just the case for the Battlefield 3 downloadable content, which has four release dates depending which platform you own and if you are a premium member. The third expansion, Armored Kill, drops today--for some.

  • Opinion: PAX Prime 2012: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Preview

    If you were to walk the show floor at PAX Prime and survey any random passerbyer about the franchise they’re most excited is making a return, you’d find that nearly every single one of those people would bring up XCOM. It was always a favorite in the eyes of PC gamers and revolutionized the turn-based strategy genre, but it fell off after a few sequels. Series fans should fret not, because XCOM is back and it’s here with a vengeance.

  • Opinion: PAX Prime 2012: Dishonored Preview

    It's been a good while since we've had a really good stealth action game, with Hitman: Blood Money still reigning supreme. That all changes with Dishonored though, as it looks like we're going to get not only a great stealth action game, but one that puts as much emphasis on the world as it does the action. It isn't your generic "infiltrate the party and kill this person"-type game where you climb in a window, shoot them, and leave unchallenged. In the mission that I played at PAX, not only did a seemingly straightforward assassination require thought, planning, and lightning-fast thinking, but it was also brutally difficult, something I believe has been missing from the genre for years.

  • Opinion: Steam's new 'Big Picture' brings PC gaming to couch potatoes

    A new version of Steam's gaming software, called Big Picture, aims to liberate PC gamers from their desks with an interface designed for living rooms.

  • Opinion: Games Raise over $50 Million on Kickstarter This Year

    Kickstarter has gone ahead and declared what most gamers have already noticed: in terms of crowdfunding, this is the year of games. On Kickstarter alone game projects have raised over $50 million dollars, and there's still four months left in the year. That number has rocketed games from the 8th most funded category of all time to the 2nd most funded; this year games have defeated all other crowdfunded projects, raising $8 million more than films, the second-highest funded category of projects.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: More Of Ludum Dare's Best

    Just one week of entries from the most recent Ludum Dare 48 hour game jam wasn’t enough. In fact, if you enjoyed the six we’ve profiled recently in Free Game Friday you’ll probably find more to enjoy in the 1,400 other free games available on the Ludum Dare site. For now though, we’ve got a few more of our hand-selected favorites.

  • Opinion: Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Beta Live

    I've been addicted to Starcraft 2 since the Wings of Liberty beta went live back in spring of 2010, so the thought of getting to relive the excitement of new units and game mechanics makes me crazy with anticipation. Unfortunately, only a lucky few will get tp debut the Heart of the Swarm beta to the world.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Three Games on Evolution

    This week’s roundup of free games are all about evolving. Thanks to a recent Ludum Dare 48 Hour game jam on the theme of evolution, this week has seen a cavalcade of great free games about the survival of the fittest.

  • Opinion: LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Preview

    After the success of the LittleBigPlanet franchise, it's no surprise that it would make an appearance on Sony's newest PlayStation handheld. The LittleBigPlanet series has always strived to be on the cutting edge of innovation, leading the way with support for all of Sony's initiatives, such as cross-controller and PlayStation Move support. While LittleBigPlanet PSP did little to stand out in the series, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is looking to be the definitive version of the game and a day-one purchase for PlayStation Vita owners.

  • Opinion: New Site Bundles Indie Games for Cheap

    Every big Steam sale and Humble Indie Bundle extravaganza has seen its fair share of indie game bundles which offers a truckload of small, but fun, games for a low price. But as these "fire sales" fade so does the great indie-developer exposure. IndieBundle.org hopes to change that.

  • Opinion: LG's Game World Will Bring Video Games to Cinema 3D Smart TVs

    LG announced Monday that it will be launching a new Smart TV game portal called Game World in the second half of this year. Game World is exclusively for LG's Cinema 3D Smart TV lineup, and will offer free and paid games, some of which will be in 3D.

  • Opinion: Guild Wars 2 Launches: Two Failures And One Success

    I've written at length about the features and advances in Guild Wars 2 from my time in their last beta weekend. But now the game has properly launched and, as you might expect, Guild Wars 2 is experiencing the traditional spate of MMO launch week difficulties. That means problems grouping up with friends, a non-functional in-game store and a lot of banned users. The good news is one of these isn't actually a problem at all.

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