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Bayonetta 2 director parts ways with PlatinumGames – PCGamesN

Bayonetta 2 director parts ways with PlatinumGames – PCGamesN

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Yusuke Hashimoto, who directed Bayonetta 2 and Star Fox Zero, has announced that he has left PlatinumGames after nearly 13 years with the studio. Hashimoto has been with Platinum since its establishment in 2007, when he joined its founders Shinji Mikami, Atsushi Inaba, and Hideki Kemiya after the closure of Capcom’s Clover Studio. Hashimoto posted the announcement to Twitter February 14. He said January 31 had been his last day with PlatinumGames, and thanked everyone who has worked with him during his time with the studio. “The memories I made during my 13 years at Platinum, working with dozens of talented individuals on Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and Star Fox Zero, are priceless to me,” he said. “I hope to take the experiences I gained at Platinum and use them on ...
What game would you use to tempt people back into loving games? – PC Gamer

What game would you use to tempt people back into loving games? – PC Gamer

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PCG Q&AWe asked once before what game you would recommend to someone doesn't play them at all, but this is a different kind of recommendation. This week, we want to know what your go-to game is for someone who used to play them but has drifted away for whatever reason. It happens. Games are a time-consuming hobby, and when people have kids or start their PhDs or whatever it's easy to put them to one side. Maybe they burned out after playing one dud too many, or looking over the shelves and seeing nothing that excites them.This week's PCG Q&A is What game would you use to tempt people back into loving games?Jarred Walton: Into the Breach"Hey, friend! I heard about your recent [choose one: divorce / breakup / unemployment / retirement], and I was thinking you might like ...
Apex Legends scores – our roundup of the critics – PCGamesN

Apex Legends scores – our roundup of the critics – PCGamesN

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Apex Legends launched last week, to pretty much everyone’s surprise. That means nobody had a chance to give it a formal critique immediately upon release, but following days have brought no shortage of opinions. Most of them say it’s good. But what if we could translate something’s goodness into a numerical score which we could then endlessly debate? Luckily, the magical world of game criticism allows us to do exactly that. In our own Apex Legends review, Ali calls it “the best battle royale to date,” and says “Respawn’s game elevates its entire genre, doing away with its failings while innovating upon its strengths. From out of nowhere, it’s become the prodigious new face of a worldwide phenomenon.” if you want a number out of that,...
Are you buying Metro Exodus on the Epic Store? – PC Gamer

Are you buying Metro Exodus on the Epic Store? – PC Gamer

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The Epic Store's first big third-party exclusive is here. Nothing seems to have caught on fire: you can log into the Epic client, pay for Metro Exodus, download and play it. You won't earn any trading cards or achievements, but the Epic Store's quietude seems appropriate in this case—post-apocalyptic Russia doesn't offer many pats on the back either.Now that the day is here, has Metro's exodus from Steam—which I called an act of war on Epic's part—affected your desire to play it, if one existed? It seemingly hasn't for our Twitter followers. When we polled them about this week's game releases, 41 percent of respondents said they were more excited for Metro Exodus than Far Cry New Dawn, Anthem, or Civilization 6: New Dawn. It ain't science, but anecdotally, those result...
Boxed copies of Metro Exodus have Epic Games stickers on top of the Steam logo – PCGamesN

Boxed copies of Metro Exodus have Epic Games stickers on top of the Steam logo – PCGamesN

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The exclusivity deal which pulled the latest Metro from Steam in favour of the Epic Games store came pretty close to the Metro Exodus release date. So close, that many players were left wondering what would become of the game’s physical release, since the manufacturing process typically happens well ahead of time. The answer? Stickers. Yes, as folks like lashman and Scalou have noted on Twitter, boxed retail versions of Metro Exodus on PC feature the Steam logo prominently on the back of the case. But since the box now comes with an Epic Games store key, there’s a sticker which pastes the Epic logo over top of the Steam branding. If you want to pretend you’re playing the game through Steam, it seems easy enough to peel off. It’s a silly example of the broader con...
Steam charts: most popular games, 9-15 February, 2019 – PCGamesN

Steam charts: most popular games, 9-15 February, 2019 – PCGamesN

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The wheels of the games industry keep turning and the past week has seen even more games cranked out onto Steam. Civ VI’s new expansion swept in on February 14, which Rich reckons has civilisations that are “among the series’ best and most novel” in his Civilization VI: Gathering Storm PC review. Ubisoft’s Far Cry New Dawn rolled out on February 15 and Spike Chunsoft’s Smash rival and anime free-for-all Jump Force leapt into action on Valentine’s Day. How romantic. The frantic rush of new releases is exciting but can prove tricky to keep on top of. And we haven’t got to the deals yet, either. Luckily for you we have the latest Steam Charts roundup in which we browse through both the global Steam top sellers and the top Steam games by concu...
Anthem launches, servers crash – PCGamesN

Anthem launches, servers crash – PCGamesN

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February 15, 2019 Even after two demos, Anthem servers are rocky on day one. Anthem is live for members of EA’s subscription service – except, perhaps predictably, it isn’t. The influx of early players, like with so many major online games before, has brought servers crashing down. EA says it’s on the issue, and the developers are “working to address it as fast as we can.” Those who started very early have been able to get in – in preparation for our coverage, Rich managed to complete the first two missions after a partial pre-load, before the game kicked him out to finish downloading. Once back in the main menu, the game would no longer reconnect because the servers were down. The Anthem release date technically doesn’t hit for anoth...
Pre-order The Division 2 on PC and get a free game from Ubisoft – TechRadar

Pre-order The Division 2 on PC and get a free game from Ubisoft – TechRadar

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If you were thinking of buying Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, then Ubisoft has an offer that might just sway you off the fence to commit early: if you pre-order, you can pick a free PC game.Stump up the dough in advance, and you get the choice of either Far Cry Primal, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, or Watch Dogs 2 as a freebie (though you won’t get your free game until The Division 2 comes out on March 15).If this seems rather generous, there is a potential reason lurking in the background here, as some of you may recall – namely that Ubisoft isn’t offering The Division 2 on Steam, instead only selling the shooter through its own Uplay service or the Epic Games store (the same is expected to be true with some future Ubisoft titles, too).So those are your only two choices...
Steam's iron grip on PC gaming is probably over – PCWorld

Steam's iron grip on PC gaming is probably over – PCWorld

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At the end of January, Deep Silver pulled Metro Exodus from Steam and moved it to the Epic Games Store. It was the latest in a series of high-profile defections, made perhaps more noteworthy because it came just two weeks before Metro’s February 15 release date. Some portion of the internet was, undoubtedly, happy about the move—or at least indifferent. Another, much louder portion of the internet was very, very mad. Mentioned in this article As happened with Origin once upon a time, with GOG.com, with Humble, and with Bethesda.net, a significant subset of PC gamers looked at Epic and said “Nay, this will not stand.” They pledged to boycott Metro, to boycott the Epic Games Store, to ignore any game that didn’t grace Steam’s wizened storefront.And th...
The Division 2 has more PC preorders than the original, despite skipping Steam – PC Gamer

The Division 2 has more PC preorders than the original, despite skipping Steam – PC Gamer

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Ubisoft surprised a lot of people in January when it announced that The Division 2 will be released on the Epic Games Store and not Steam—and that at least some of its future PC releases will be given the same treatment. Ubi said at the time that it believes Epic will "deliver a smooth journey," from preordering to release, and that Epic's effort to "disrupt" the industry is "something Ubisoft wants to support." Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot went deeper into the company's reasoning for changing stores today during an earnings call, and the short (and obvious) version is that Ubisoft believes it can make more money outside of Steam. So far it sounds like the strategy is working out well. "There is a growing number of distribution platforms fighting for great content. With th...