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Quake's Free During QuakeCon at Home, So... Why Not Play Quake at Home?

Quake Champions, pictured, is also making it easy to unlock all its characters for free.

Apex Legends Is Getting a Form of Crafting in its Next Season

Also on the way are "holo-sprays," a Titanfall weapon, and a new Legend named Rampart.

Microsoft Says Xbox Live Gold Isn't Changing or Going Anywhere for Now

Rumblings of Live's imminent demise seem to have been premature.

Hyper Scape, Ubisoft's Upstart Battle Royale, Leaves Beta and Hits Consoles Next Month

When it returns, it'll kick off its first season and full Battle Pass.

Apex Legends 2020 Review: Still in the Ring

With cross-play and a Switch launch looming, now feels like a fine time for a reevaluation.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming to Steam Next Week With Cross-Play [Update]

A Steam store page shows a forthcoming Phantasy Star Online 2 release next month.

Alleged Pandemic Crunch on Apex Legends Points to a Widespread Industry Issue

A recent Glassdoor review points to a problem that'll likely affect games for years to come.

Xbox Games Showcase July 2020 Recap: Fable's Back, Halo Infinite Gameplay Revealed, and More

Today, we saw a slew of first-party Xbox Game Studios games, and then some.

The "Pleasant Surprise" for Titanfall Fans in Apex Legends Season 5 Is Here

We've also got a big hint as to where Apex might take its Legends next.

Epic's Tim Sweeney Says His PS5 Praise Came Before Talk of a Sony Investment

Sony's $250 million wasn't on the table until recent weeks, Sweeney says.

After Many Leaks, Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is Revealed for Mobile

And you can pre-register for the game on Android and iOS.

A Crash Bandicoot Mobile Game Could be Revealed Soon

The game's Twitter account is now seemingly active.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Map Will Reportedly Undergo Substantial Changes in Season 5

A new report from Video Games Chronicle details how Verdansk is changing in the next season of Call of Duty: Warzone.

New Jump Rope Challenge Costumes Include a Long Lost Nintendo Mascot

A free-to-play mascot for a free game? It's appropriate!

Yoko Taro Doesn't Care If You Skip Over the Story in SinoAlice

We talk with the creative leads behind the new mobile RPG SinoAlice, which makes its North American debut today.

Call of Duty's Latest Update Reignites Complaints About Its Huge File Footprint

The PC version lacks options for picking which parts you do and don't want.

Ninjala Review: Chewing Bubblegum and Kicking Butt, for a Price

Ninjala may be thin on content, but it finds a strong foundation in its unique melee battling.

Ninjala: How to Change Character

We take a look at whether or not you can change characters in Ninjala.

Ubisoft to Reportedly Reveal Hyper Scape, a New Battle Royale

It'll be shown off ahead of the Ubisoft Forward stream next month.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Player Count Is About to Get a Lot Bigger

Another big patch will make way for bigger lobbies.

Ninjala: How to Parry and Block

Here's how to Parry and block attacks in Ninjala.

Ninjala: What Are the Best Weapons?

There are 12 weapons to choose from in Ninjala, each boasting a particular set of strengths and weaknesses. Here are the best weapons you should be using.

Ninjala: One Unit of the Equipped Ninja-Gum Will Be Consumed Per Battle Explained

Ninjala has an extremely strange approach to weapon skins, one that can even lock you out of battles if you don't know what's going on. Here's what to do if you get the 'One Unit of the Equipped Ninja-Gum Will Be Consumed Per Battle' message.

Apex Legends Soft Launching on Mobile By the End of 2020

With a full launch in Q1 2020.

New Report Says Nintendo Is Cooling on Mobile Games

With the Switch doing well, it seems Nintendo's not sure it needs to push hard on mobile.

Valorant's Next Patch Will Let You Throw in the Towel Early

Teams not balanced? Someone's trolling? In version 1.02, you'll be able to just give up.

Seven EA Games Will Launch on Switch in the Next Year

Counting Burnout Paradise and Apex, that leaves five unannounced titles.

Pokemon Has a "Big Project" Reveal Coming Next Week

After today's Pokemon Snap news, what's coming next?

Pokemon Cafe Mix Is One Part Coffee Shop Sim, Several Parts Tsum Tsum

This new free-to-start Switch and mobile game looks familiar…

Nintendo Releases Jump Rope Challenge, a Free Fitness Game Developed During Lockdown

If you don't have Ring Fit, this could be a great little workout.

Fortnite's Latest Event Had to Actually Cap Out Its Player Count

As a result, more than 2 million tuned in to watch the event on Twitch.

Icarus Is a Free-to-Play Survival Game From DayZ’s Creator Coming in 2021

Get ready to drop in, gather, and get out with RocketWerkz' next game.

The Future of Destiny Looks More Interesting Without a Destiny 3

Destiny 2 may cycle through growth and pruning forever, though.

Bungie Maps Out The Next Several Years of Destiny 2 Content

On top of announcing this year's expansion, Beyond Light, Bungie revealed two more.

Bungie Job Listings Indicate Its New IP Is Something Comedic and Whimsical

Are we talking Cayde-6 comedic, "Grunty thirst" comedic, or something else?

EA Play Is the Latest Event to Get Delayed

Another one week delay for a not-E3 2020 event.

Destiny 2 Is Sending off the Season of the Worthy With an Almighty Bang

Or at least, that's what will happen if Rasputin has the goods.

Call of Duty Adds In-Game Black Lives Matter Messages

A new statement appears in both Modern Warfare and Warzone.

EA Begins Rolling Out Titles on Steam, but There Are Some Notable Absences

Also, EA Access via Steam isn't ready just yet.

Destiny 2's Drifter Heads for Colder Weather as Bungie Confirms Reveal for Next Week

Looks like we will be seeing some big Destiny 2 news soon after all.

Take-Two CEO Says Google Stadia Overpromised On What It Could Deliver

The publisher is still supporting the platform for now, though.

Respawn Is Working on Apex Legends Content as Far Out as Season 11

Those far-off plans include a desire to "double down on story" in the battle royale.

Hironobu Sakaguchi Looks to the Future as Terra Battle Shuts Down

Final Fantasy's creator returns to his roots as Mistwalker's free-to-play tactical RPG shuts down.

Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later

Decades later, Pac-Man's thrill of the chase is still exhilarating.

Will COVID-19 Mark a Permanent Sea Change for Gaming?

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Executives and industry figures take a deep breath before the next wave of new announcements to speculate on what the pandemic leaves in its wake.

Fortnite's Next Big Party Royale Event Is a Trailer for Christopher Nolan's Tenet

Let's hope Party Royale's video quality is up to Nolan's high standards?

Destiny 2 Is Coming to Next-Gen Consoles

With "more details to come," maybe Bungie is eyeing more than backward compatibility.

Fortnite's No-Combat "Party Royale" Mode Launches This Week

No weapons, just music, activities, and friends in silly costumes.

Apex Legends Sinks Skull Town in Season 5's New Trailer

Loba's arrival may herald the end for one of Apex's hottest drop zones.

Amazon Games' Crucible, a Free-to-Play Shooter, Launches This Month

It's a colorful mishmash of PvP, PvE, and objective-based gameplay.

Apex Legends’ Newest Character Is Already Sneaking Around the Main Menu Screen

Loba's not really here 'til the start of Season 5, but you can go looking for her now.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Latest Update Brought More Changes Than Patch Notes Suggest

Did you know that you can drop your guns now?

Apex Legends Is Sending Off Season 4 With a Strange Twist

The upcoming Battle Armor event will give all players armor and a pistol by default.

Call of Duty: Warzone Embraces Cheat Ban Purgatory by Matching Cheaters Together

By now, making aimbot users get cozy together is a familiar trick.

Fortnite Is Finally on the Google Play Store, but Epic's Not Too Happy

"We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future," says Epic.

Destiny 2's Guardian Games Will Let Players Settle Their Class Beefs

If you're not too attached to your class, you can always just rack up free loot.

2020's Next Hot HD Remake Is… Chex Quest

Limited Run Games is also releasing special editions of the original this week.

Loot Boxes Now Have a Dedicated ESRB Rating Notice

Coming to any physical game with "loot boxes, gacha games, item or card packs, prize wheels, treasure chests, and more."

Google Launches Two Month Free Trial of Stadia Pro Featuring Nine Games

Stadia is also adjusting its base resolution to reduce bandwidth use during the pandemic.

Call of Duty: Warzone's New Update Ditches Trios for Quads

You can still drop into Verdansk solo, though.

Respawn Explains Why Apex Legends Isn't Likely to Get Solos

A trial run last year produced "unhealthy data" in terms of keeping new players engaged.

Fire Emblem Heroes is Changing Summoning in a Big Way

You can now select any hero from an event, after a certain amount of pulls.

In Apex Legends, Duos and Map Rotations Are Here to Stay

Along with a lore dump and a limited time event, Apex gets more ways to play next week.

Battle.net Is Getting Slammed by Denial of Service Attacks Right Now

It's impacting everything from World of Warcraft to Call of Duty: Warzone.

Stay at Home, Play These Free Games, and Literally Save Lives

Whether made available because of the coronavirus pandemic or not, here are some free games you can enjoy in the coming days.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s Latest Patch Gives Solo Players Their Own Mode

Alright, self-proclaimed lone wolves—time to test your mettle.

Hearthstone: Ashes of Outland - What’s New in the Latest Expansion?

Hearthstone’s Ashes of Outland was announced during the game’s 2020 Showcase. Here’s what you need to know.

Steam Concurrents Sets Record Amid Coronavirus Quarantine While PSN and Xbox Live Hit With Server Issues

Steam just crossed 20 million concurrent users for the first time ever, a record that'll likely be smashed again soon.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Secret Weapon Isn't Battle Royale, It's The New Plunder Mode

Call of Duty: Warzone's standout mode has nothing to do with battle royale.

Why Fans are Pleased With Call of Duty: Warzone's Lack of Skill-Based Matchmaking

The inclusion of skill-based matchmaking in other battle royales has attracted a lot of heat.

Call of Duty: Warzone Requires Xbox Live Gold, but Doesn’t Need PlayStation Plus

Activision confirms that its new battle royale is just a bit more free-to-play on PS4 and PC.

Three Houses' Best Girl Comes to Fire Emblem Heroes This Week

And Ferdinand too, I guess.

Apex Legends’ New Mid-Season Patch Penalizes Grenade Spammers in a Big Way

Respawn is also testing a new item only in a limited-time mode.

Bungie Is Getting Rid of Its Paid Loot Boxes in Destiny 2's Next Season

"We want players to know what something costs before they buy it. "

Destiny 2's Next Season Is Bringing Back Trials of Osiris, Its Sweatiest PvP Mode

Find your two best teammates and get ready to go flawless.

Another High-Level Apex Legends Developer is Departing Respawn Entertainment

Executive producer Drew McCoy was one of several developers to make the move over from Infinity Ward.

Vince Zampella is Tired of Respawn Being "Pigeonholed" as a Multiplayer Shooter Studio

Backstage at the 2020 DICE Awards, Respawn studio head Vince Zampella reflects on Respawn's year of breaking out of its comfort zone.

Destiny 2's Armor System is Getting a Bit More Forgiving

So, if what we have now is Armor 2.0, is this Armor 2.1?

Destiny 2's Second Major Outage in Weeks Was Partially Due to Very Bad Luck

A bug hiding on a small number of servers can impact thousands in a game like Destiny 2.

Spec Ops: The Line Devs Get an Investment From Tencent

The studio will continue to work on its free-to-play shooter, The Cycle.

Destiny 2's Valentine's Event Lets You and Your Sweetheart Get Matching Sparrows

Guardians who loot together scoot together.

The 25 Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices. Now updated for 2020!

Apex Legends' Weapon Changes in its New Season Will Take Some Getting Used to

It's "bye bye Turbocharger," and "hello new gun, new ammo, and more."

Apex Legends' New Season Drops a Giant Mining Rig in the Middle of World's Edge

Also, Revenant's looking quite deadly in the arena.

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #50-26

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

Destiny 2 Experienced Some Unplanned Downtime After Players' Resources Went Missing

Players logged in to find that their currencies had pulled a disappearing act.

Fire Emblem is Nintendo's Hero in the Mobile Market While Mario Scrabbles for Scraps

Given Mario's enormous star power, why isn't he more lucrative in the mobile space?

Pokemon Go Just Had its Most Successful Year Since it Launched

In 2019, Niantic finally outdid Pokemon Go's wild debut.

Bungie on the Prospect of a Destiny TV Show or Film: "Anything Is Possible"

Since Bungie owns the IP, decisions on how to expand Destiny's lore is up to them.

Doki Doki Literature Club Creator Says New Content is Coming This Year

He's also got a new original VN in the works.

"We Call Them Surprise Mechanics": 52 Quotes and Stats That Defined 2019 for Video Games

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A look back at 2019 as captured in 52 quotes and stats for 52 weeks

A UK Charity is the Latest Group to Join the Call for Loot Box Regulation

Pressure is mounting for government regulation of loot boxes.

Keiji Inafune's Latest Mobile Game Will Shut Down After Less than a Year of Life

The former Mega Man producer's latest game, Dragon & Colonies, is going to dragon heaven.

Pokemon Go's Upcoming Buddy Adventure Feature Guarantees You'll Have Friends for the New Year

It's you and me. I know it's our destiny...to walk to the store.

A Time Traveling Titan is the Star of Destiny 2's Season of Dawn

Moon's haunted, Mercury's unstuck in time…

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Traveling Gamer

If your special someone is always on the go, here's some ideas to make those delayed departures sting a little less.

Amazon Will Reportedly Announce a Cloud Gaming Service Next Year

Google, Sony, Microsoft, and soon, Amazon.

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