June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

The thriving subgenre of “Metroidvania” games exists to try to recreate the magic of classic Metroid and Castlevania games — because original developers Nintendo and Konami dropped the idea long ago. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night achieves this goal better than most because it plays and feels almost exactly like the legendary Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It should, considering that was the whole pitch of the Kickstarter back in 2015, and that the team behind it is led by Symphony’s assistant director, Koji “Iga” Igarashi. Granted, not all attempts at crowdfunded spiritual successors to beloved games end up successful…

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Gears 5 boss Rod Fergusson joins us for an entire show of Gears talk, from taking over the beloved franchise from Epic to Gears Tactics to Gears 5 to Project Scarlett, and more! Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a career-spanning interview with Bethesda creative force Todd Howard, who discusses next-gen consoles, Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout games past and present, and his origins with a Terminator first-person shooter: Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Fans have been reporting performance issues for the Nintendo Switch version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and developer ArtPlay announced it is “immediately shifting resources to improve performance and stability for the Switch.” Announced on Twitter, the statement reads: We have been listening to the feedback regarding Switch performance. Our goal is for everyone, regardless of platform, to be able to enjoy the game and have it run smoothly. We want to live up to your, and our, expectations. Throughout the QA process we have been addressing performance issues in the game. Update 1.01 was published to Switch prior to…

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

There are currently four massive-budget AAA games slated to be released exclusively for PlayStation owners: The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Final Fantasy VII Remake. Since excitement for all four are incredibly high and that hype only continues to climb with each passing day, we decided to run a poll to find out which of these PS4 exclusives IGN readers are the most eager to get their hands on. After gathering over 20K votes from all of you, here are the results: IGN.com poll results from over 20K votes collectedContinue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Upcoming Microsoft Surface devices may use chips from either AMD or Qualcomm, according to a report, as Microsoft attempts to diversify its portfolio.While it’s unknown whether Microsoft’s relationship with Intel has deteriorated, the company apparently is evaluating Surfaces that use either an AMD SoC or a Snapdragon chip, Petri reported. The AMD SoC, code-named Picasso (said to combine a Zen+ core with a Vega GPU), would be used inside a potential Surface Laptop 3, with the Qualcomm chip reserved for the Surface Pro 7.Microsoft typically hosts events to refresh its Surface devices in October. The 2018 improvements to both the…

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

These days, there are plenty of ways to score video games for cheap. Seems like there’s a new sale every week or two, not to mention the various subscription services and Epic’s penchant for giving away freebies. But the Steam Summer Sale is an institution, damn it, and I still get a bit excited when it rolls around again.If that applies to you as well, then good news: The Steam Summer Sale has rolled around again. The 2019 edition arrives replete with the Steam Grand Prix, a racing-themed minigame that tasks you with joining a team—Pig, Hare, Cockatiel, Tortoise, or Corgi—that will…

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

At first glance, Scavengers doesn’t do anything particularly new. All of its elements are relatively familiar. At first glance, it’s your run-of-the-mill third-person multiplayer shooter with scavenging and crafting elements. Actually playing it, though, reveals a highly compelling player-versus-environment-versus-player genre mashup that is well on track to being greater than the sum of its obvious parts. In Scavengers, the Scourge are alien parasites that came to earth after an asteroid crashed into Earth, plunging our planet into perpetual winter. Ice storms of varying categories – Category 1 being easily survivable and Category 5 being highly lethal, much like the classification…

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft said Tuesday that OneDrive subscribers will receive a new OneDrive Personal Vault option that adds increased security to their online files, as well as additional storage tiers for existing subscribers.Personal Vault is designed for files you really hold dear: tax information, scanned passports, that sort of thing. OneDrive Personal Vault will debut overseas, specifically Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and will be available worldwide by the end of the year. OneDrive Personal Vault will offer the same features for free-tier and Office 365 subscribers, save one: O365 users can allocate as much space as they want to the Personal Vault, while…

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Before we put E3 2019 completely in the rearview in favor of getting lost in the workshops of Super Mario Maker 2, we wanted to take another look at some of our favorite games from this year’s expo. Of course, these are only a few of all the great stuff we saw this year, so be sure to check out all our E3 coverage here. You can flip through the gallery above or scroll down for the full list. Powered by WPeMatico

June 25, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Xbox head Phil Spencer has commented on giving developers within Xbox Game Studios more development time to ensure games are made at a high quality. In an interview with Kotaku, Spencer was asked why 2019 will be the first year in nearly a decade that Microsoft won’t release a Forza game, to which he responded “One of the nice things I loved about … was the things that we didn’t show. “I think about of the 14 first-party games, 12 are shipping in the next year. We were really able to focus on what’s coming now, which I think is…