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Day: February 4, 2019

2K opens new studio led by Sledgehammer Games co-founder – Polygon

2K opens new studio led by Sledgehammer Games co-founder – Polygon

Games News
2K Games is expanding with a new studio to be headed by Michael Condrey, the former director at Visceral Games and co-founder of Sledgehammer Games. Condrey will serve as president of the the new Silicon Valley-based development team, which is making an unannounced, new game for 2K. Condrey is best known for his work on the Call of Duty and Dead Space franchises. While at Sledgehammer, he oversaw development of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. At Visceral, Condrey was credited as senior development director on the original Dead Space. Condrey left Sledgehammer Games in February 2018 alongside the studio’s co-founder, Glen Schofield. Both men took other roles at Activision. According to Condrey’s LinkedIn profile, he left Activision in December and start...
Microsoft's Xbox Live coming to third-party iPhone and iPad games – AppleInsider

Microsoft's Xbox Live coming to third-party iPhone and iPad games – AppleInsider

XBOX Games
  Microsoft's Xbox Live online platform — originally limited to its namesake consoles — should soon come to a variety of third-party games on other hardware, including iPhones and iPads.The expansion was made public in the details of a talk at March's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, promising a "first look" at a software development kit for Live on iOS, Android, Windows, and the Nintendo Switch. The platform handles achievements, social networking, and most importantly multiplayer, opening the door to iPhone and iPad owners interacting with Xbox gamers.Xbox Live is technically already present on iOS, Android, Windows, and the Switch, but only in Microsoft games such as "Minecraft." Most future iOS games will likely only share achievement...
Free games: Win a Steam key for Sudoku-like relaxing puzzler Hexologic! – PCGamesN

Free games: Win a Steam key for Sudoku-like relaxing puzzler Hexologic! – PCGamesN

PC Games
We all have different ways of easing ourselves into a period of immense relaxation after a hard day’s work. Some like to lie down and literally do nothing except breathe and inhale food. Others like to go for a jog around the nearest park and get as close to the cutest local dogs as possible. Then there are those who will tackle a crossword or some Sudoku. If you’re one of the latter – i.e. you like to sit down and test your mental capacity – then you’ll want to enter this giveaway we’re holding for a puzzle game called Hexologic. It’s inspired by Sudoku, so its puzzles are all about juggling numbers in your head, but it comes with a pleasant ambient soundtrack and soft colours – much better than the harsh black and white of a Sudoku book....
[Last Chance] Xbox One Game Deals Available On Xbox Live – GameSpot

[Last Chance] Xbox One Game Deals Available On Xbox Live – GameSpot

XBOX Games
A new sale is underway on Xbox Live. This week, players will find discounts on nearly every installment in the Assassin's Creed series across Xbox One and Xbox 360, along with a selection of deals reserved exclusively for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. [Update: It's your last chance to take advantage of these Xbox game deals, as they are set to expire on February 5.]On the Xbox One side, last year's Assassin's Creed Odyssey has been discounted to $30, while the series' previous installment, Assassin's Creed Origins, is down to $19.80. Xbox One owners can also pick up The Ezio Collection--which packages Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations together--for $20, while the fan favorite Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is $12.On Xbox 360, both the original Assassin's Creed and Assassi...
Steam's Lunar New Year Sale is live, and will give you an extra $5 off a $30 purchase – PCGamesN

Steam's Lunar New Year Sale is live, and will give you an extra $5 off a $30 purchase – PCGamesN

PC Games
The Lunar New Year is upon us, and with it, another Steam Lunar New Year sale for 2019. You’re getting the usual wide array of discounts across the Steam catalogue, but this time Valve is offering an additional discount on big purchases – along with the opportunity to pick up more coupons and tchotchkes along the way. You can log into Steam and see the discounts right now, and the sale is set to last until February 11. You’ll get an automatic $5 discount on a purchase over $30, which Valve notes is “limited to one cart purchase per account” – and which will, of course, translate into your equivalent currency. Not a bad way to get some extra savings. This sale also brings back bonuses for spending money, so that you’ve got just a bit more psychol...
Epic Games Store Adding Reviews, But There's a Catch – Game Rant

Epic Games Store Adding Reviews, But There's a Catch – Game Rant

Games Review
report this adOne of the biggest and most noticeable differences between Valve’s Steam and the new Epic Games Store is that the latter does not feature any game reviews. When users of Epic Games’ newly launched storefront go onto the page of a game, they won’t see any reviews from other users, but that could be about to change. Responding to a Twitter user, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney confirmed that the team is “working on a review system” for the Epic Games Store. It will be based on the review system on the Unreal Engine marketplace, explained Sweeney, who added that the review system would be “opt-in” by developers. This means that it will be up to game developers whether they display user reviews on t...
Top 10 UK Games Chart: Kingdom Hearts 3 Tops Chart In Debut Week – GameSpot

Top 10 UK Games Chart: Kingdom Hearts 3 Tops Chart In Debut Week – GameSpot

Games News
After a long wait, Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally out, and its release has clearly struck a chord with UK gamers. Square Enix's RPG has debuted at the top of the UK physical sales chart for the week ending February 2.The Disney-Final Fantasy crossover pushes last week's No.1, Resident Evil 2, down to No.2. Below that are perennial high achievers Red Dead Redemption 2, FIFA 19, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in Nos. 3, 4, and 5, respectively.Aside from Final Fantasy, only one new release entered the chart this week. DreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders, a tie-in to the new How to Train Your Dragon movie, debuts at No.37.Kingdom Hearts 3 has received a positive critical reception since its launch, including an 8/10 from GameSpot. "The story of Keyblade wars, time-travelling villains, body-h...
Top New Game Releases On PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month — February 2019 – GameSpot

Top New Game Releases On PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month — February 2019 – GameSpot

PC Games
This episode of New Releases covers the biggest games of February, and the month of love is bringing some titles you might just fall head over heels for. Crackdown 3 is finally arriving after a handful of delays, while Metro Exodus actually moved to an earlier release date. Anime and manga fans can dig into Jump Force, and those who missed out on the original Ace Attorney releases can check out the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Last but not least, BioWare is flying back onto the scene with its latest adventure, Anthem.Crackdown 3 -- February 15Available on: Xbox One, PCCrackdown fans have been eagerly awaiting the series' return, and the charge is being led by Commander Jaxon, played by Terry Crews. He'll have to take back New Providence using a bunch of weapons, vehicles, and o...