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Higher Metacritic scores impact game sales positively

This is how things should work: higher-rated games will get better sales than lower-rated ones. And while there are plenty of outliers, Ars Technica's Kyle Orland discovered that yes, for the most par...

Project CARS gameplay trailer shows vehicular beauty

Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming crowdfunded racing game, Project CARS. The trailer is about what you'd expect, showing off some gorgeous-looking vehicles across beauti...

PSA: Download Red Orchestra 2 from Steam for free today only

Tripwire Interactive is feeling generous today, in the wake of this week's Game of the Year update for multiplayer standalone expansion Rising Storm. To celebrate this release, the publisher is offeri...

Prince of Persia announcement teased by Ubisoft engineer

Another Prince of Persia game may be on the way. A Ubisoft engineer teased an image pointing to an impending announcement for the next iteration of the long-dormant franchise. But given the speed with...

Call of Duty: Ghosts adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction

An update to Call of Duty: Ghosts adds a free variation on Extinction mode. "Chaos Mode" has been absent from the series since Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops, but Ghosts has now brought it back.Chaos Mod...

Watch Dogs multiplayer preview: shooting up Chicago

In spite of its heavy emphasis on hacking, Watch Dogs can sometimes feel a bit too much like Grand Theft Auto. "Just like a Rockstar thug, Aiden can just as easily hop into any car on the street, race...

League of Legends introduces Braum, the first tank support

League of Legends has just unveiled a new champion: Braum, Heart of the Freljord. He's currently available to test out in the public beta environment, pending a full release sometime soon.The announce...

LEGO The Hobbit review: one brick to rule them all

As they've done with the Lord of the Rings franchise, developer Travellers Tales has adapted the new Hobbit films into a LEGO game. Based on the first two films, LEGO: The Hobbit is a return to the ti...

How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior

Valve has found some creative ways to impact player behavior in Dota 2. Having hired psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder, the studio has been changing seemingly minor aspects that have ended up having a bi...

Xbox One's Japanese developers revealed

Over two generations, Microsoft has yet to find success in the Japanese market. Perhaps that's why Xbox One is releasing so late in the territory. Designated a "tier 3" country, the console will be sh...

Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

Customization is central to Minecraft, and an upcoming update will make that aspect even more robust. With the 1.8 update, you'll be able to directly impact aspects of the terrain generator, from aspe...

Shack Snack: April 23, 2014

Welcome to the Shack Snack--a revival of our MIA Shacknews Daily. Every morning, we'll be giving you a one-minute recap of three big news stories. Let us know what you think and don't forget to subscr...

Yesterday

How Minecraft helped revive Age of Wonders 3

Age of Wonders 3 came back to life after a long absence, and we might just have Minecraft to thank for it. Lead designer Lennert Sas says that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson not only helped ...

Star Wars: Masters of the Force trailer highlights Jedi and Sith

Star Wars Pinball is ready to unleash more of the Force on April 29 with its 'Heroes Within' tables. Zen Studios has already shown off three of the four tables and has arguably saved the best for last...

WildStar adds bonus beta weekend and ups level cap

Carbine is sensing the excitement for their upcoming MMORPG WildStar and would like to get more players into the game's beta. That's why the studio is opening up a special bonus beta weekend, starting...

Borderlands, Civilization 3 & 4 will survive GameSpy shutdown

With GameSpy's online services set to shut down on May 31, 2K Games has stepped forward and announced which of its online-enabled multiplayer games will survive the closure. Borderlands, Civilization ...

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure gets whacked to May 7

Those that backed the crowdfunded Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure may be wondering where the game is, since it was originally scheduled to arrive today on PC and Mac. Unfortunately, Tex's triumph...

Plague Inc 'Mega Mutation' update adds Mega-Brutal difficulty

Ndemic Creations recently brought a PC version of their epidemic fest Plague Inc to Steam Early Access back in February. But the plague is still spreading across the original iOS version and has gotte...

Next Ace Attorney game set in turn-of-the-century Japan

The next Ace Attorney game looks to be an even more radical departure than Apollo Justice. According to new details from a Japanese publication, not only will the sixth Ace Attorney star a whole new p...

Call of Duty 2014 image gives glimpse at next-gen

This year's Call of Duty game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the first release ever since Activision committed to giving three years of development time for each annual release. And while c...
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