Look at the tweet posted above – it’s a clear indication of just how fervent the Apex Legends player base is due to the release of an entirely new season of content. The latest batch of updates that have been thrown into Respawn Entertainment’s mega-popular battle royale shooter are beyond major – Season 9 (which is also referred to as “Legacy”) has expanded the game even more via a new mode, a new legend, a new weapon, and so much more. To say that the current Apex Legends hype is real would be a severe understatement.
This year sure is moving fast, isn’t it? We could’ve sworn it was February about a week ago (shout to Bobby Shmurda!). The summer is rapidly approaching and all, but there’s a bunch of big games to play before Hot Girl/Boy Summer officially kicks in. For the month of May, gamers can look forward to exploring a village full of morbid creatures, competing with rugged outlaws in a bid to steal some treasure, and revisiting a sci-fi RPG that sports several welcome upgrades for the last- & current-gen consoles.
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – Definitive Edition – May 13 (Nintendo Switch)
Subnautica – May 14 (Nintendo Switch)
Days Gone – May 18 (PC – Steam)
Rust – May 21 (PS4, Xbox One)
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries – May 27 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
World’s End Club – May 28 (Nintendo Switch)
Gamers know this familiar scenario well – your parents decided to reward you for getting good grades by copping you the video game console you’ve been itching to get since forever. You rip open the gift wrapping, lose your mind, and exclaim your love for Mommy & Daddy while you unbox your newest piece of living room/bedroom hardware.
The magic truly unfolds when you power on that new system for the very first system. Fireworks go off in your brain and your heart beats a mile a minute once your audio and visual senses are treated to the opening intro graphic from your new console. Video game startup sequences evoke feelings of heavy nostalgia and always bring forward a flood of memories for those that spent much of their lives playing their favorite consoles.
We revisited our childhood and came away with 10 of the best video game console startup sequences. It’s time to get all warm and fuzzy inside as you get to see and hear these cool cinematics all over again.
Do you know what pains the hearts of gamers everywhere? Having to sit back and watch while their favorite publishers ignore their lineup of classic franchises that still have plenty of life left in them.
While there are a few gaming institutions that have made the wise decision to bring retro IP’s back to life (THANKS FOR THE NEW GHOSTS ‘N GOBLINS GAME, CAPCOM!), there are still a good number of companies that still choose to ignore the greatness sitting within its massive franchise vault. In the case of Sega, the Japanese gaming giant is making an effort to revive some of the games that put them on the map. Through partnerships with other talented publishers and development studios, IPs like Streets of Rage, Panzer Dragoon, The House of the Dead, and even Alex Kidd are making a welcome comeback in sequels and remakes. Even Sega’s signature fighting game juggernaut Virtua Fighter is making a grand return, which fighting game aficionados are most definitely checking for.
That whole trend got us to thinking – what other classic Sega IPs are well deserving of a remake? We peered into Sega’s massive vault and built up a list of games that could be revived with a new coat of paint, quality of life changes, and the same likable gameplay mechanics that made them so great in the first place.
Games like Rainbow Six: Siege have a banning system, which happens to be crucial to the game’s meta. A banning system is basically a tool developed by the game’s devs that restricts what characters players can use. This is super crucial when playing ranked, especially in a team-based game like Valorant. I love Valorant but I strongly believe that if it doesn’t put in a banning system soon, things will take a turn for the worse. Like how can you have a game that’s so strict about players aborting a match or going AFK, but not have a banning system? When you have a game that’s so focused on teamwork and strategy like how Valorant is and not have a banning system, the game can become super stale and the true competition is eventually watered down.
You gotta hand it to Sucker Punch Productions – the Sony first-party studio went in a completely different direction after wrapping up its Sly Cooper & Infamous franchises and ended up notching another win in the process. That shocking victory came in the form of Ghost of Tsushima, an amazing ode to classic samurai films and the war-torn struggles of Japan’s feudal period. The game’s open-world looks fantastic, its battle mechanics are tuned to perfection, and the tale of revenge told throughout it hits all the right notes in order to get its hooks into players.
Chances are you’re one of the millions of Ghost of Tsushima players that completed their journey and are now on the lookout for something similar. We chose 16 games that include some or even all of the elements that the PS4 gem excelled at – a fun approach to open-world exploration, an engrossing tale, action-packed battle sequences, worthwhile side content, and a strong focus on melee weapon mastery.
The strong lineup of games we’re about to recommend you are guaranteed to pull you in just like Ghost of Tsushima.
Doesn’t it always feel good to be right in the middle of a genre renaissance in the world of gaming?
Every few years or so, a once fledgling game type becomes hot all over again thanks to a singular title that masters the basics and evolves in satisfying waves. Fighting games were definitely in the dark ages for a while until Capcom helped the genre thrive once again thanks to Street Fighter IV, for instance. And a large number of indie developers have revived old-school gameplay mechanics for platformers, shoot ‘em ups, and a wealth of other genres in their respective releases. In this day and age, beat ‘em ups are on the rise and it looks like the simple act of beating up thugs on a side-scrolling plane is back in style.
To say that Epic Games is a financial goldmine would be a massive understatement.
The game publisher/development studio powerhouse rose to prominence thanks to the Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament, which paved the way for the company to become a money-making juggernaut due to Fortnite’s immense success. At the moment, Epic Games is valued at $28.7 billion. And judging by a recent round of funding, it looks like the established gaming operation will become even more profitable as time goes on. On April 13, Epic Games proudly announced via a blog post that it just got done completing a $1 billion round of funding. One of the largest investments came from Sony Group Corporation with $200 million – this latest batch of funding follows another investment from Sony that resulted in Epic netting $250 million in July of 2020, which was reported by PC Gamer.
“Epic continues to deliver revolutionary experiences through their array of cutting edge technologies that support creators in gaming and across the digital entertainment industry. We are excited to strengthen our collaboration to bring new entertainment experiences to people around the world. I strongly believe that this aligns with our purpose to fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation. Some of the other companies that chose to invest in Epic Games’ further growth include BlackRock, Appaloosa, Baillie Gifford, Luxor Capital, etc.
The term “survival horror” entered the lexicon of gaming once Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise first scared the hell out of everyone back in 1996. Carefully exploring spooky locales, managing your precious resources, and dealing with a vicious array of bioweapons describes the horrifying experience that comes with playing a Resident Evil game.
Over the years, the series has split its focus between a third- and first-person camera viewpoint in an effort to present its brand of horrors in new ways. Thankfully, most of the series entries have worked to a satisfying degree in that regard. If you’ve found yourself yearning for games like Resident Evil that adopt either of those main character camera settings, then allow us to offer you some assistance. The 16 games we compiled for this list present the sort of survival horror goodness that exemplifies Resident Evil.
When it was released in 2016, Pokémon GO had an impact on the world like most developers only their dream that their own games could have anything close to. Within five days of its release on July 7th, Nintendo’s market value increased by an unfathomable $9 billion, and by July 22nd, Nintendo gained another $8.6 billion in market value. This, despite the fact that Nintendo did not even produce the game. From its July release to the end of 2016, it had been downloaded more than half a billion times worldwide.
The game brought an insane number of eyes to augmented reality technology in gaming and location-based technology in general. As a result of players walking around looking for Pokémon, physical activity was promoted and incredibly, local businesses even benefitted.
Developers have certainly taken full advantage of the extra attention on AR games and in the past few years, a ton have been released. If you love Pokémon GO and want to experience something in the same lane, we’ve compiled a list of 16 games like it for you. In alphabetical order, here they are.