Sonic Hedges His Bets On A Classic Casino Level

Coins, so many coins!In a gameplay trailer released today, Sega showcases a new casino-themed stage from the upcoming Sonic Forces. Casino Forest, a nod to Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s classic Casino Night Zone, is full of bright colors, pinball flippers, slot machines with Sonic’s mug plastered all over them, and of course lots of coins. With most people still riding high on retro Sonic mania, the tr ailer shows off the game’s 2.5D side-scrolling, one half of a split-perspective approach

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New Trailer Sets Up The Story

Sonic is back, again! After the retro love letter that was Sonic Mania, fans get another game this year starring the hedgehog, Sonic Forces. The latest trailer puts story in the spotlight, setting up the characters and the conflict for the game.Does Eggman like Sonic, or not? Does one find strength only in numbers? Is the power of friendship good for overcoming adversity? You’ll have to play Sonic Forces when it releases on November 7 to find the answers to

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Raising Hell In Cybertown

After being relatively quiet for a number of years, the cyberpunk genre has been making a loud return to video games with quality titles like Shadowrun Returns, VA-11 Hall-A, and Observer. The latest addition to the bunch is the unapologetically violent Ruiner. Pulling together bits from Oldboy, Akira, Transistor, and Hotline Miami, Ruiner never reaches the highest points of its genre, but is a fun romp through cyberhell that champions style over substance. You play an unnamed vigilante who’s willing

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RPGs And Sports Merge

The indie game scene never ceases to find novel ways to approach a subject, and Sidebar Games’ Golf Story is yet another potent example of the creative approaches developers are taking to long-established genres. Coming exclusively to Switch, the unusual game melds the familiar trappings of arcade golf with the drama, characters, and upgrade systems of the role-playing world. “We call it a golf drama,” says Golf Story designer Andrew Newey. “It combines the fun and excitement that everybody associates with

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Trying To Escape

Minecraft: Story Mode’s sophomore season tells the story of Jesse and friends as they struggle against the seemingly all-powerful Admin. Last episode featured a breakneck pace that relied heavily on action sequences, which masked the fact that Telltale’s formula is aging. This episode brings an interesting premise of locking the crew in a zombie-infested prison tucked behind a labyrinth, but aside from a couple of standout moments, the result is a mostly forgettable entry.If last episode was a detour from

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Windows 10 will overtake Windows 7 before 2017 is out

According to numbers from one analyst firm, Windows 10 is set to overtake Windows 7 before the end of the year, in terms of the amount of PCs these operating systems are installed on across the world.The latest figures from Statcounter (based on its own website analytics) show that, as of September 2017, Windows 10 is installed on 39.3% of desktop Windows PCs, and Windows 7 is now only just ahead at 43.99%.Compared to the previous month, Windows 10 gained

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Pursuing Its Own Racing Line

Some sim-racing developers are in love with cars, but whether they love video games and the people who play them is unclear. I don’t get that feeling from Project Cars 2 developer Slightly Mad Studios. The series is designed around the premise of making things fun, flexible, and easy for the player, and that focus comes out in the product.Like the first Project Cars, the sequel’s main focus is giving players a slew of customization options to affect and set

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Digging Even Deeper

The original SteamWorld Dig was defined by its rewarding progression loop, fun exploration, and steam-powered cast. As a mining robot, your job was to excavate resources, then spend the money on items and abilities to make you even better at excavating resources. That simple, addictive formula still applies to SteamWorld Dig 2, but developer Image & Form Games has tightened the screws and polished the chassis, resulting in a sequel that feels like an upgrade in every way.You control Dot

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TomTom no longer banging wearable drum as it doubles down on sat nav

TomTom may not release any new wearables for the foreseeable future as the company announces a renewed focus on its sat nav and mapping business.It has long been expected that TomTom could drop out of the fitness and sports focused sectors, and the firm has now confirmed the news including a number of redundancies.A statement from TomTom says, “In line with the strategic review announced in the Q2 2017 quarterly results, TomTom is reorganizing parts of its Consumer Sports business.“As

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Showing Signs Of A Turnaround

No manual exists for the art of rebuilding a franchise. Some teams, like the Boston Celtics, turn around their fortunes in a matter of years with smart drafting, swindling trades, and savvy free agency signings. Others, like the Minnesota Timberwolves, bumble for more than a decade before hitting pay dirt with blue chip prospects. The NBA Live series has more in common with the Wolves than the Celtics. Over the last seven years it’s suffered multiple cancellation and switched developers

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