New Crimson Desert Screenshots and Details Revealed

Crimson Desert, announced last month, took the gaming community by storm with an absolutely stunning reveal trailer (see it near the bottom of this page). Its goal is to tell the story of Black Desert Online’s past and is tabbed as developer Pearl Abyss’ next flagship title. We’ve wrangled a handful of new screenshots from the Pearl Abyss team, which you can see in the gallery just below. “The character you see in our key art is Macduff, son of Martinus,” Pearl Abyss told us, specifically referencing the final image in our gallery. “He’s the leader of a ragtag band of mercenaries. Macduff is a man in constant turmoil, struggling with the responsibilities of leadership and the survival of those who rely on him. He has a tragic past and no matter how hard he tries, he cannot escape from it.” Read the full article…

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries review

After a tense run-in with some House Kurita forces, I see that one of my employed MechWarriors is apparently going to be out for 57 days with injuries. Oh, come on! That’s more paid time off than I’ve ever had in my entire life! Take the weekend to rest up and be back in the Jenner on Monday, you slacker! I have a demanding business to manage here and, more importantly, buildings to gleefully stomp on and a huge variety of giant robots to blow up. MechWarrior 5 brings some great old school joy, and it certainly hasn’t developed much sentimentality in its time away. It’s been almost two decades since MechWarrior 4, but it seems like Piranha Games has gone to quite a bit of effort to not mess up the task of picking up where it left off. Mercenaries includes over 50 mechs to pilot, from the spritely Read the full article…

Best Buy’s today-only deals on the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Xbox One X are worth a look

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Three Microsoft products are on sale today — and today only, December 10th — only at Best Buy, including select models of the latest Surface Laptop and Surface Pro and an Xbox One X bundle. The 15-inch model of the new Surface Laptop 3 (8GB RAM, AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 128GB SSD) is down to $999.99, which is a discount of $200 off of its retail price. This is the cheapest we’ve seen this laptop, and that’s a pretty good discount for such a new item. Aside from being a well-built Windows 10 laptop, The Verge’s Dan Seifert said in his review that its keyboard is nearly perfect. However, we did find that this processor was weaker than the Intel one in the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Y… Read the full article…

Sony’s MLB The Show is coming to other game consoles ‘as early as 2021’

Image: Sony Sony’s MLB The Show game series, long a beloved PlayStation exclusive among sports fans, is going multi-platform. Sony Interactive Entertainment made the announcement tonight alongside Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association. The Show will arrive on “additional console platforms” as early as 2021 — so we might be talking next generation, here. By agreeing to take it elsewhere, Sony has secured a “multi-year” extension of its MLB license. Today @MLB, @MLB_Players, @SonySanDiego and @PlayStation announced multi-year, multi-platform video game partnership extensions @MLBTheShow. pic.twitter.com/PEGIRSNUSK — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) December 10, 2019 Sony hasn’t yet specified which consoles it will develop MLB The… Read the full article…

The Choose Your Own Adventure publishers are trying to get the phrase banned from Itch.io

Purrfect Apawcalypse | Itch.io Chooseco, which publishes the famous Choose Your Own Adventure series, is apparently trying to stop indie game developers from using the phrase “choose your own adventure.” It’s sending trademark infringement notices to the Itch.io gaming storefront, and so far, they’ve resulted in four game pages being suspended. Itch.io founder Leaf Corcoran told developers about the takedowns this afternoon. “Warning to any devs using the phrase ‘choose your own adventure’ to describe their games, Chooseco is issuing takedown notices,” he wrote on Twitter. Corcoran tells The Verge that the games include Purrfect Apawcalypse, an “apocalyptic dog dating choose your own adventure game”; a “choose your own dating sim text adventure” game called It’s a… Read the full article…

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Cover Says It’s a Timed PS4 Exclusive Until 2021

Square-Enix has just updated the box art on its store page for the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which now displays a message on the bottom-right corner that reads “PlayStation Exclusive. Play first on PS4” followed by further messaging that clarifies it will be a timed exclusive until March 3, 2021. Originally spotted on Twitter by Wario64, who pointed out the updated box art. With Final Fantasy 7 Remake set to launch March 3, 2020, this puts the timed exclusivity window at a year for PS4 users. This updated box art comes shortly after Square-Enix revealed a slick reversible cover for the upcoming game. Read the full article…

MLB The Show Will Be On Non-PlayStation Consoles by 2021

MLB: The Show has been developed as a Sony-exclusive title by first-party developer SIE San Diego since 2006. However, the developers have announced that MLB The Show will be on other platforms as early as 2021. The announcement that the game will no longer be a PlayStation exclusive comes alongside the MLB’s decision to extend its partnership with Sony in a new “multi-year extension.” With more information promised to be coming soon, it didn’t take long for Xbox head Phil Spencer to weigh in on the news, taking to Twitter to say, “Great to see the game is coming to more players.” Read the full article…

League of Legends Collab with Louis Vuitton Launches with Jacket Over $5,000

Riot Games has teamed up with designer fashion brand Louis Vuitton to create an exclusive collection of League of Legends apparel. You can check out the exclusive collab on the Louis Vuitton website, with items ranging from multiple hundreds to thousands of dollars. This isn’t the first time Riot Games has partnered with the fashion brand, as Louis Vuitton skins were released in League of Legends this past November. However, purchasing something from the LVxLoL collection will cost a bit more than purchasing an in-game skin – with the most expensive item coming in at over $5,000. Read the full article…

Discolored is a surrealist spy thriller by way of Myst

Jason Godbey It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. At the start of this year, I wrote about What Never Was, a first-person puzzle game similar to Myst or Gone Home, though on a much smaller scale. In the game, you are confined to a single attic room where all of the puzzles and storytelling takes place. Discolored is similar, except you are confined to an entire deserted and desaturated desert diner. In Discolored, you play what seems to be some sort of secret agent working to return color to a world that has mostly become monotone due to some strange force. There is a 1960s… Read the full article…