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  • 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.

  • Opinion: World of Warcraft Auction House And Chat Mobile Apps Now Free

    If you're the rare World of Warcraft player who wants to be spending MORE hours a day playing WoW then friend, you're in luck. Blizzard has just announced that its premium mobile services are now available for free, which means that if you have an iOS or Android smartphone you can interact with Azeroth from almost anywhere.

  • Opinion: Valve Employee Talks Virtual Reality Gaming

    The future of video gaming may lie in virtual reality. No, that's not 1996 calling; its Valve Software's Michael Abrash, a game industry legend and one of the minds behind Quake and Doom. Abrash recently sat down for an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun and shared his thoughts on the future of gaming and potential for VR technology to change how we play game.

  • Opinion: Borderlands Goes 8-BIt In Your Browser

    Borderlands 2 is quickly approaching its September 21st release date and, depending on your tastes, it may be one of the most anticipated games of the year. So, what's the best way to continue building hype? Create an 8-bit version of the game that everyone can play in their browser of choice. Case in point: The Border Lands.

  • Opinion: Battlegrounds Gaming Engine Suite Reunites Gaming Groups

    Remember gaming night? You and a bunch of friends would gather around a table at someone's place and before long, a favorite pastime would emerge from a cabinet or a closet and everyone would be playing. Maybe it was classic boardgames or pen-and-paper RPGs. Perhaps you were the wargame type or preferred to take your chances with a deck of collectable cards. Good times don't last forever, though. Friends move away, jobs change and groups can find themselves split on opposite coasts. Fortunately, that doesn't have to spell the end of play time anymore. The Battlegrounds suite of software (various pricing, free demo) allows players and GMs alike to collaborate in a virtual, whiteboard-like space especially designed for gaming.

  • Opinion: Diablo III Announces New Paragon System

    I know we've already outlined some of the upcoming mechanical changes in the 1.0.4 patch to Diablo III, but today Blizzard announced the biggest change to the game in the form of new "Paragon Levels" that can only be attained after reaching the game's previous maximum level of 60 and provide several benefits to paragon-leveled characters.

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