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Crash Bandicoot Developer Toys For Bob Goes Independent, Spins Off From Activision

One of the casualties of Microsoft's mass layoffs in January that saw 1900 employees cut from Activision Blizzard and Xbox divisions, long-time game programming studio Toys For Bob saw 89 of its staff sent home and its offices in Novato closed down in January. On February 29th, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy developer announced on their…

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Added by Mike Lind on March 1, 2024 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games March 2024

For subscribers of PlayStation Plus, here's the rollout for the free pieces of digital software you can download for March. Members of PS Plus Essential, Extra, and Premium tiers will have access to these four games across the PS5 and PS4 consoles. 

From EA Sports, it's the formula racer F1 23. From developers Dynamic…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 28, 2024 at 4:21pm — No Comments

REPORT: Employee Layoffs Hit Sony's Global Offices, Slashing 8% Of Its Work Force

As major changes make their way to Sony's entertainment division, a sizable slash to all of their divisions has been seen. On Tuesday, the San Mateo-based games publishing and development holdings company announced that 900 employees across SIE's offices will be let go, according to a…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 27, 2024 at 5:42pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior's Dreams (Sega Saturn)

Every journey has to begin somewhere...but I don't intend to review the very first Street Fighter quite yet. That would require playing it again, and I currently have more urgent tasks ahead of that, like individually plucking my nose hairs with a pair of rusty pliers. Instead, I'll be taking a look at what I had greatly anticipated; a brand NEW…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 27, 2024 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Legendary Composer Nobuo Uematsu: 'I Don't Think I'll Be Composing Music For An Entire Game Again'

One of the video game industry's most recognized music producers and composers is responsible for some of the medium's most memorable scores, Nobuo Uematsu's influence on generations of fans and talent within the business resonates within the games he's contributed towards, from Rad Racer to Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, and…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 26, 2024 at 1:19am — No Comments

Peacemaker Gameplay Reveal Trailer, Koming To Mortal Kombat 1 This March

The Mortal Kombat 1 Kombat Pack continues its additions to the MK1 roster, and starting off 2024 with Suicide Squad star Peacemaker. With the voice work provided by John Cena, Netherrealm Studios captures the over-the-top mannerisms and spirit of the chaotic mercenary, as he joins the roster in early March, succeeding Invincible's Omni-Man and the…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 25, 2024 at 12:53am — No Comments

Athletes Can Opt In To Be On the Roster For EA Sports College Football 25

EA Sports' college gridiron video game will make its return this summer for the first time since NCAA Football 2014 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. With its return, the over 11,000 collegiate players will have an opportunity to have their likeness represented in the game. Based on…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 22, 2024 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Free Games Update | Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Releases Some Classics From Rare

A part of the Nintendo Direct Partners Showcase, some offerings for the Nintendo Switch Online Service + Expansion Pack this month comes courtesy of the Xbox-owned studio Rare. Known throughout their relationship with Nintendo over the decades, some classics from the NES, SNES, and the Nintendo 64 are made available to NSO subscribers.

For the…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 21, 2024 at 1:46pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Neo Turf Masters (Neo Geo/Arcade)

I can talk about SNK-produced fighting games until I'm blue in the face. Or type about them until I'm numb in the fingers, in this instance. However, there's much that can be said about their sports games, which are very interesting to me. If I put aside Windjammers (co-produced by Data East), Neo Turf Masters was the first sports game I played at an…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 21, 2024 at 11:35am — No Comments

REPORT: Nintendo Switch Successor Not Likely To Launch In 2024, Sources Believe

It appears that Nintendo's next generation incarnation of the Nintendo Switch will most likely be ready to debut in 2025. This information comes courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 19, 2024 at 2:31pm — No Comments

FromSoftware Fully Acquires Elden Ring Trademark From Bandai Namco

Japanese studio FromSoftware now completely owns the trademark rights completely to their action RPG Elden Ring from Bandai Namco, who served as publisher of the game. The changes of ownership had gone into motion around April  23rd 2023, as the studio seeks to increase its ambitions, according to a report by…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 19, 2024 at 12:12am — No Comments

Sony States 'PlayStation 5 Will Enter The Latter Stage Of Its Life Cycle'

So...the PlayStation 5 is having an interesting lifespan. While sitting fairly comfortable atop the conventional console market, Sony's forecast dictates some potential financial issues the brand may be facing.

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Added by Mike Lind on February 14, 2024 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass DLC - Side Order - Launching This February

Splatoon 3 will be rolling out new single player content in the form of this roguelite campaign mode. In Side Order, you play as a resident Octoling of Inkopolis named Agent 8. You wake up in a world of order, where the color spectrum is reduced to uniform shades of white. Assisted by a drone that's claiming to be Pearl, the former host of Off the…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 13, 2024 at 3:17pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Adventure Island (NES)

Hudson Soft's library of games are some that I have not taken full advantage of talking about here on the Retro of Reboots. Their influence gets overlooked, mostly due to the larger publishing and development giants throughout the 80's, 90's, and 2000's. They manufactured the TurboGrafx-16 console, a pretty cool machine that got DEMOLISHED by the…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 13, 2024 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Helldivers 2 Dethrones Palworld As Steam's Number One Selling Game

Palworld certainly caught the world by storm. Since its release, creature-based resource managing survival game has seen a player count peak at 2 million active players, riding its controversial designs that seemingly emulate Nintendo's adorable pocket monsters (enough to provoke a response from Pokemon developer Game Freak, as they begin seeking an…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 10, 2024 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Octopath Traveler Studio Acquire Corp Purchased By FromSoftware Parent Company Kadokawa

A long-time game development studio will have a new home. Japanese multimedia holdings company Kadokawa Corporation, who owns development and publishing companies such as FromSoftware (Elden Ring, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon) and Spike Chunsoft (Fire Pro Wrestling, Jump Force) has purchased Acquire Corp., known for their work…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 9, 2024 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Knuckles Mini-series Coming To Paramount Plus

With a third movie confirmed for a December 2024 release, the live action Sonic the Hedgehog universe will see some expansion in the form of an upcoming 6 episode series centered around Knuckles. Taking place between the events of movies Sonic 2 and Sonic 3, Idris Elba reprises his role as the voice of the eponymous Knuckles the Echidna.…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 9, 2024 at 2:55pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Bugs Must Die (Steam)

Okay, this one is very modern and I'm breaking some rules here, but it earns a special place in my heart. One of my favorite video games of all time, Konami's top-down run 'n gun arcade action title Jackal, a piece of software I've practically spent my entire internet tenure talking about on every platform, including being my first ever let's play…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 6, 2024 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games February 2024, Headlined By Foamstars

PlayStation Plus' monthly games announcement for February have been announced for subscribers, headlined by the self-labeled party shooter Foamstars. The extravagant multiplayer title will be available for both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Also joining the PS5|PS4 lineup, the single player action shooter Rollerdrome,…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 5, 2024 at 10:44am — No Comments

RUMOR: Xbox Exclusive Starfield Planned To Launch On PlayStation 5

These are rumors, so take the following information with a grain of salt. In what could be rather large news, reports indicate that a growing list of Xbox exclusive titles could be confirmed to make their way to other platforms. This will change the way Microsoft approaches their philosophy of the Xbox family of consoles.

According to a report…

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Added by Mike Lind on February 5, 2024 at 1:47am — No Comments

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