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Spectator Mode Podcast Ep. 158 – IGN, Hellblade 2 and X-Men ’97

Spectator Mode Podcast episode 158 is live just in time for the weekend. Topics include the ongoing Hellblade 2 discourse, IGN purchasing its competition, X-Men ’97 season 1, that new Elden Ring trailer, Kingdom Hearts heading to Steam, and more. 01:45 – Hellblade 2 frustration 08:39 – Nintendo acquiring Shiver Entertainment 10:14 – Kingdom Hearts finally heads to Steam 13:08 – Elden Ring – Shadow of the Erdtree trailer reactions 14:02 – NBA Superstars arcade game announced 20:29 – As

The Outerhaven interviews Francisco González of Grundislav Games

Point-and-click games are some of the oldest yet adored games in the gaming space. Francisco González of Grundislav Games is one such person who is passionate about these games but has developed quite a few of them, including some that you may have played, such as Rosewater. But thankfully, he’s not too busy to take some time out and speak with us about his love for the genre and other things in a recent interview. Sadly, we had to kill the video because of a technical issue that didn’t affect

Samurai Shodown Rollback Netcode Update Available PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC

Samurai Shodown Rollback Netcode Update is now available on all platforms! As of today, Samurai Shodown now supports Rollback Netcode for the PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (Epic Games Store). These platforms join the PC (Steam) version already updated in June 2023. Sadly, the game’s Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions will not receive this update. SNK has been teasing that its weapons-based 2D fighting game, Samurai Shodown, will be updated with Rollback Netcode for a while now. Init

2D Beat ’em Up Mayhem Brawler 2 Officially Announced by Hero Concept

If there’s one thing I’ve been saying over the past three years, it’s that I’m happy to see that the 2D side-scroller beat’em up / brawler scene has been experiencing a resurgence. It’s been great with games such as Streets of Rage 4, Fight’N Rage, and countless others. Now, another upcoming title in the same genre that looks to capture those 90’s arcade vibes, while tossing in a few new tricks, Mayhem Brawler 2: Best of Both Worlds, which is currently being developed by Hero Concept. While thi

Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 Gets a New Co-op Mode Called Operations

We already knew about 40K Space Marine II’s co-op mode that lets up to three players play throughout the game’s campaign. A new mode called “Operations” has been revealed today, and it’s an entirely different beast. This was revealed during the ongoing Warhammer Skulls 2024 event. In Operations Mode, you’ll still be able to play with two other players, but you’ll be able to play through missions using customized classes and against three other players via PVP. So far, classes are Tactical, Assa

Stellar Blade Update Adds a Boss Challenge Mode and Quality of Life Changes

Whether you like it or not, or like it and rather not admit it, Shift Up’s first PlayStation 5 title, Stellar Blade, is an enjoyable action-adventure game. However, the developer isn’t done with the game and has revealed an upcoming update (patch 1.003) that will be released on May 24, 2024. This update will continue several quality-of-life updates, outfits, and the new Boss Challenge mode. This mode will allow players who’ve already defeated a boss to challenge it all over again, with all 19 b

Raw Thrills NBA Superstar Arcade Game Looks to Captivate NBA Jam Fans

As someone who grew up playing NBA arcade games such as NBA in the Zone, NBA Jam, NBA Street, and various others, it has been a bit frustrating that we haven’t seen anything similar appear in the past few years. Sure, there were NBA Playgrounds, but I wasn’t really feeling it. However, recently, it has been revealed that Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix have revealed an Arcade called NBA Superstars. The company has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming title, and I’ll be honest, it looks like

Another Crab’s Treasure Review – The Most Accessible Soulslike Yet

When I first found out about Another Crab’s Treasure, I’ll be honest and say that I was put off by the game. It was too cutesy and a departure from the dystopian, desolate Soulslike games that I was used to. There was no end of the world, there was no hollowing, nothing of the sort. Instead, you play as a humble and naive hermit crab who is trying to get back what was stolen from him. However, based on recommendations from several people who also enjoy the genre, I gave it a try. It also didn’t

Redfall is Receiving Several Updates and a New Offline Mode Despite Arkane Austin’s Closure

While Redfall wasn’t the success story that Bethesda and Arkane hoped for, and with the announcement of the Arkane Austin being dissolved by Microsoft, there’s still some good news to come out of this. Redfall, no matter how you look at it, still managed to find an audience, and while things look dim, Arkane Austin has mentioned that before the lights go off, one final update to Redfall will be released. Per a post on the official Redfall Twitter account, the game will receive several updates a

Get All of the Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise Games for Cheap

While it’s hard to imagine that some people out there still have yet to play the amazing Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise titles on PC, I’m there are still some of you out there. Over on Humble Bundle, you can grab all of the Monster Monster Hunter World, Monster Hunter Rise games, and all of the DLC, for just $30. This includes Monster Hunter World, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, and the deluxe hits. All this, for less than the c

No, Assassin’s Creed Shadows Will not Require an Online Connection at all Times

Yesterday was quite the day for the announcement of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Shadows game, that’s for sure. Outside of the apparent discourse that set the internet on fire, there was also the tidbit that the game would require an online connection. Let’s be obvious here… most games that are released anymore need an online connection for various things. DRM, updates, and yes, even installs. Don’t tell me you haven’t purchased a console game from the store and discovered it needed to install its

Ubisoft’s Upcoming PVP Shooter XDefiant PC Specs Detailed

Ahead of the release of Ubisoft’s upcoming free-to-play PVP shooter, XDefiant (formerly known as Tom Clancy’s XDefiant), the PC specs you’ll need to be able to play the title have been released. These PC requirements start at minimum, all the way to ultra, where you’ll be in 4K territory. The latter is odd since this is a PVP title and the last thing people who these types worry about is playing at 4K and lower frame rates. Still, the options are there and not as taxing as many titles that offe

The Ability to Respec Could be Coming to No Rest For The Wicked Sooner Than Expected

One of the things I’ve wished for in Moon Studios No Rest For The Wicked was the ability to respec my character so that I can try out some of the gear I’ve picked up along the way. As the game stands, that’s not possible, and to try out new gear you don’t have the stats for, I’d have to start a new character. This is both time-consuming and a bit frustrating. However, that looks like this may be a thing of the past very shortly, thanks to a recent tease from Gennadiy Korol from Moon Studios rega

Assassin’s Creed Shadows Trailer and Release Date Revealed, Collector’s Edition Available

At long last, after two years of waiting, Ubisoft has revealed what was once codenamed Assasin’s Creed Red as Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the next part of a series that seemingly knows no end. During today’s reveal of the game, Ubisoft showed off a new trailer that showcased the game and gave us a look at the two protagonists of the game: Naoe, a shinobi, and Yasuku, a samurai and one that is based upon a character who existed in Japan during the 16 century. Live the intertwined stories of Naoe,

The Best Portable Capture Devices for Recording Gameplay on the Go

When it comes to gaming capture devices or capture cards, the market is full of them. From Elgato to Avermedia and several others, there are so many that it can make someone’s head spin when they are looking for a capture card for the first time or a replacement. However, this mainly pertains to either internal capture cards or external capture devices that function with a PC. But what if you need an external capture device that works without the need for a PC or a laptop? That’s where things g

Ghost of Tsushima on PC Shows that PlayStation Still Hasn’t Learned Anything

Something is going on over at PlayStation, and I don’t understand what it is. Just a few weeks ago, we had the Helldivers 2 nonsense. You know, with PlayStation forcing the PSN requirements months after the game was launched, which would have stripped it from countless owners, all because they weren’t in a region where the PlayStation Network was available. Now, it’s happening again, this time with the acclaimed title Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut from Sucker Punch, with Nixxes helping with t

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Codename Red is Now Assassin’s Creed Shadows Ahead of Wednesday’s Trailer Reveal

After years of waiting, Ubisoft has finally announced it is ready to show off more of its upcoming Assassin’s Creed, originally codenamed Assassin’s Creed Codename Red. Gaming journalist Jeff Grubb first leaked this title during a podcast, and it was eventually confirmed by Ubisoft during the Ubisoft Forward September 2022 event. It’s an ambitious title that fans of the series have been looking forward to, as this will be the game that will finally take place in Feudal Japan. It has been given a

All Dark Souls Titles and DLC Reduced by 50% on Steam

If you’ve just become a PC gamer either by way of a new shiny handheld PC, a new or used PC, or whatever, and wanted to dip your toes into the world of Soulslikes, you’re in luck. Starting today, Bandai Namco has put every Dark Souls game up for sale on Steam up for sale, and it’s quite the discount. Each Dark Souls title, from Dark Souls: Remastered to Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin and Dark Souls III has been discounted by 50%! The same goes for all of the DLC for each game, includin

Is 16GB of RAM Enough for PC Gaming or Do You Need More

When it comes to PC gaming, there has always been the question as to how much RAM you really need. Of course, in the past, it was 8GB, which eventually was bumped up to 16 GB. Ah, yes, 16GB of RAM is definitely the recommended amount, however, there are those who settle for 32GB of RAM. Yet, I’ve seen people striving to get 64GB or more than that, which works, and other times it doesn’t. There’s the fact that memory channels on consumer-level motherboards just aren’t meant for so much RAM. Stil

Asus ROG Ally X is an Updated Version of the Popular Handheld Gaming PC

Asus has been in the spotlight for its first handheld PC, the Asus ROG Ally. While it had its downside, with issues with the microSD, the device sold well. Now, the popular PC maker has revealed the updated version of the device, the Asus ROG Ally X. This new device will act as a mid-fresh, similar to what Valve did with the Steam Deck OLED. For sure, don’t call this the ROG Ally 2, but this isn’t it. What the ROG Ally X does have is a number of updates over the original device, much more batte
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