Friday, September 30

Author: amandaholeman

$70 Version Of Skyrim Quietly Appears On Nintendo Switch

Screenshot: Bethesda / KotakuAlmost a year after it came to every other platform, Skyrim: Anniversary Edition surprise-launched on the Nintendo Switch today. The newest version of the beloved 2011 open-world RPG includes a bunch of DLC, mod content, and fishing. It’s also $70 on Nintendo’s handheld hybrid. Gotham Knights and Callisto Protocol aren’t coming to Switch, but apparently the price point is, at least in this one odd instance.Bethesda has released a ton of ports and updates to The Elder Scrolls V. Since it originally released on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, it’s also come to each new generation of consoles, as well as phones, streaming platforms, and of course, the Nintendo Switch. Last year, the publisher unveiled the new $50 Anniversary Edition, not to be confused with the existing Sp...

All The Games We Might Lose Forever When Google Stadia Dies

Image: Q-Games / GoogleEarlier today, Google confirmed that its shutting down Stadia, its short-lived cloud gaming service. While the company plans on refunding all software and hardware purchases related to Stadia, the future of the few remaining exclusives on the service is less clear. And if they don’t get ported to other platforms before Stadia rides into the sunset next year, they could completely disappear, never to be played again. When Google Stadia launched in late 2019, the search engine company had big plans, promising exclusive games that would utilize features only possible through cloud streaming and off-site computing. In the years that followed, Google would stop focusing on Stadia exclusives, even closing down its own game studio in the process. However, a few exclusive ga...

Obsidian’s Big Survival Game Turns The Smallest Things Into Your Biggest Terrors

Screenshot: Obsidian / XboxIt’s dark out, and I’m scared. I’m hiding behind a small chest and a rock. Around me are a few flimsy walls made of leaves. Outside those walls, I can hear it: a giant, angry spider. I can’t spot it directly, but I can see the massive leaves and tall blades of grass surrounding my tiny shelter moving as it looks for me. Overhead, a large mosquito flies by; a few feet behind, an ant darts across a fallen branch. I hate bugs and insects, and I’m starting to regret playing Grounded. While it’s been in early access for about nearly two years now, Grounded finally hit version 1.0 this week via a big update for PC and Xbox. Developed by Obsidian, Grounded is a survival game in the same vein as Minecraft. Yes, you’ll be hitting things with rocks to get other things to m...

Tekken Players Are Debating How ‘Anti-Beginner’ The Series Is

Go ahead, lemme see you practice.Screenshot: Bandai Namco StudiosRecently, the fighting game community has been at each other’s throats over how “anti-beginner” the Tekken series is. Tekken 7, the latest entry to forgo a tutorial mode, is at the discourse’s center, with one player suggesting it needs changes to stay relevant. A good tutorial wouldn’t hurt, along with design that respects player time. Others, however, agree that Tekken 7 is the most approachable entry thus far. This juxtaposition between approachability and challenge has been a contentious topic for fighting game fans for a minute now, and Tekken 7 is just the latest victim.One of the oldest 3D fighters out there, Tekken began living rent-free in folks’ minds back in 1994 with the OG arcade release. In the nearly three deca...

Netflix’s Autoplay Means You Likely Missed A Cool Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Secret

Her moon, her man indeed. Gif: Netflix / Studio Trigger / CD Projekt Red / KotakuIf you watched Netflix’s new anime, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, chances are you’re still coping with its emotionally devastating ending and have brought it up to your therapist unprompted on more than one occasion. But the pain doesn’t stop there, friends. There’s a high probability Netflix’s aggressive autoplay feature, which will queue up something new for you to watch while your blurry vision regains focus from all the crying, could have caused you to miss a really cool reference hidden within the anime’s closing credits.If you’ve been living under a rock with no wi-fi connection, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is game developer CD Projekt Red and anime studio powerhouse Trigger’s 10-episode show which premiered on the...

Your Name Director’s New Anime Has A Girl Romancing A Chair

Lewd.Screenshot: CoMix Wave Films / 東宝MOVIEチャンネル / KotakuWhile most anime have a muscle-bound hunk or an aloof loner as a protagonist’s romantic partner, the new film from the director of international box-office hit Your Name goes a slightly different route. Suzume, the film’s leading lady, romances a wooden chair. This isn’t an Onion article, that’s the for-realsies premise of the film.The film is Suzume, or Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume Locking Up the Doors). Produced by anime studio CoMix Wave Films, it follows a 17-year-old girl from Kyushu named Suzume who, after a chance encounter with a mysterious man, must close magical doors across Japan that contain world-ending catastrophes behind their thresholds. Where does the deeply romantic chair-kissing/sitting come in, you ask? Well, you s...

Chess Players Are Convinced That The Anal Bead Controversy Is Causing More Online Cheating

Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos (Getty Images)Remember the anal bead cheating controversy? As much as I’d like to forget, it turns out that a lot of people are still thinking about it. Some chess players have reported an uptick of computer-aided cheating in Chess.com matches ever since the story about Hans Niemann broke. One player has dubbed the recent surge in cheaters as the “Hans Effect.” Two weeks ago, there was a high-profile controversy that rocked the chess world. World Champion Magnus Carlsen unexpectedly lost to Grandmaster Hans Niemann, and Carlsen eventually withdrew from the tournament. Both his sudden exit and the difference in level were so drastic that spectators started to accuse Niemann of cheating. Chess streamer Hikaru “GMHikaru” Nakamura pointed out that Niemann previously ...

Shovel Knight Dig Review – Digging Down In Glory – Game Informer

The second I began Shovel Knight Dig, it felt like returning home. As someone who hadn’t played most of Shovel Knight’s post-launch DLC, the last time I touched this series was nearly a decade ago. Gaining control of the titular character immediately felt familiar, and my old Shovel Knight habits returned to greet this new take on the series, led by developer Nitrome this time. The moment-to-moment experience plays excellently, in part because it’s more Shovel Knight with some well-designed gameplay twists. However, the game’s venture into roguelite territory feels inessential and so light-stepped that it didn’t convince me it needed to be a part of this ever-expanding genre. Still, Shovel Knight Dig is more Shovel Knight, meaning retro-game and platforming enthusiasts will find great enjo...

Stadia Will Close In January, Google Issuing Refunds For All Hardware And Software Purchases

Google has revealed that its cloud-streaming games service, Stadia, will shut down early next year.  More specifically, Stadia will close down its platform and end its online servers on January 18, 2023. After that, you won't be able to access the Stadia service in any way. As for your games and hardware, Google is offering refunds "for all Stadia hardware purchases (Stadia controllers, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) through the Stadia store," according to an FAQ posted by Google today. It seems like the only aspect of Stadia that won't be refunded are Stadia Pro subscriptions. However, you "will be able to continue playing your games in Pro without further charges until the final wind down date."  If you are hoping to get a refund for you...

Stadia Will End In January, Google Issuing Refunds For All Hardware And Software Purchases

Google has revealed that its cloud-streaming games service, Stadia, will shut down early next year.  More specifically, Stadia will close down its platform and end its online servers on January 18, 2023. After that, you won't be able to access the Stadia service in any way. As for your games and hardware, Google is offering refunds "for all Stadia hardware purchases (Stadia controllers, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) through the Stadia store," according to an FAQ posted by Google today. It seems like the only aspect of Stadia that won't be refunded are Stadia Pro subscriptions. However, you "will be able to continue playing your games in Pro without further charges until the final wind down date."  If you are hoping to get a refund for you...