Games


The Walking Dead: The Final Season game review – a fittingly grisly end

The Guardian

It has taken seven years to finish the story of Clementine, the girl forced to survive a zombie apocalypse with no hope of rescue – and we almost didn't get to see it end at all. In 2012, the excellent first season of The Walking Dead video game made its developer Telltale synonymous with player-driven storytelling, forcing gamers to make choices that influenced how things progressed. But just one episode into this final season, in 2018, Telltale closed its doors without warning, leaving all but 25 employees without work, benefits or access to healthcare. Skybound Entertainment, owned by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, stepped in to see the game through to completion, but due to the abrupt change in circumstances, most of the creatives who spent years working on it couldn't be there for the end. The video games industry is dependent on teamwork, but the profit imperative often leads to an unsustainable environment that rarely meets its workers with empathy.


Apple Arcade: New game subscription service for iPhones, iPads and Mac to 'redefine games'

The Independent

Apple has unveiled its widely-rumoured game subscription service, hailed as the "Netflix of games". Designed for mobile devices, desktop computers and "living room" devices, Apple Arcade, will "redefine games", the tech giant claimed, adding that will be curated on originality, quality and creativity. However, the price and release date still remain a mystery. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.


2 pairs of 3D VR headsets on sale for less than $15

Mashable

At the rate technology is progressing, things we believed would only exist in movies like Minority Report are a reality today: self-driving cars, data that helps us predict the future, and don't forget -- cool, futuristic gadgets. Once upon a time, playing games or watching movies in 3D was a fantasy -- but now, this immersive technology is completely transforming the way we entertain ourselves. You can dive into your favorite games with these 3D glasses, making your battles and victories even more intense than you thought possible, and bring your favorite movies and shows to life in a brand new way. These 3D virtual reality glasses bring on a whole new meaning to binge watching (you won't even mind that hike in your Netflix fees). Designed for Android and iOS smartphones, enjoy a sharp, customizable viewing experience with the adjustable pupil distance and sight distance controls.


Apple to unveil 'Netflix for games' to take on Google Stadia

The Independent

Many rumours have been circulating for Apple's'Show Time' event on 25 March, chief among them a new TV service and a premium news subscription. But a new report now suggests there may also be a gaming subscription service, allowing people to pay one flat fee and get access to a variety of games on their iPhones and iPads. The service could rival Google's recently announced Stadia platform as well as being part of Apple's broader plan to make more money from streaming service subscriptions. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.


The Morning After: Tesla's Autopilot might be generous letting cars into your lane

Engadget

Yes, Apple's new video-streaming service is set to be unveiled later today -- we'll be reporting from the frontlines in San Francisco at 10am PT/1pm ET. Meanwhile, you might have missed Honda's plans for EV cycles, Overwatch changes are actually having an effect on toxic players and we put NVIDIA's RTX ray tracing to the test. Honda is having fun with electric cars, but what about the motorcycle? Don't worry, you'll get your fix soon. The automaker has unveiled prototypes for both the CR Electric dirt bike (above) and the Benly Electric delivery scooter, offering a peek at how it will approach emissions-free transportation on two wheels.


Six of the best 4k HDR TVs

The Guardian

Your current TV is showing its age. Its resolution is resolutely HD (so very 00s) and it doesn't even respond to voice commands, no matter how loud you bawl. Maybe the time has come to upgrade to something cutting edge. Connected smart TVs are now standard fare. With integrated streaming services, you can season binge from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video without the need for an additional set top box or dongle – or multiple remotes.


The latest 'Star Wars Battlefront II' mode mixes human and AI players

Engadget

DICE and EA are determined to keep Star Wars Battlefront II fresh a year after the loot box fiasco effectively came to an end. They're releasing an update on March 26th that introduces Capital Supremacy, a Clone Wars-era mode that includes AI characters for the first time in competitive Battlefront II matches. Two teams of 20 human players, each augmented by 12 computer-guided troopers, will race to invade each other's spaceships. It's a complex, multi-stage mode that could lead to prolonged fights if there are any big upsets. It starts out with a territory control phase on the ground.


National Puppy Day deals, plus iPad Pro, Nintendo Switch, and iRobot on sale

Mashable

Snag premium supplies from Walmart on sale -- the retailer is offering up to 38% off select dog food and 10% off Seresto flea and tick collars. PupBox is offering the first box for only $5 with 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions using code OFFERS5. BarkBox is also running a deal for National Puppy Day, offering $10 boxes for first-time subscribers. Find lots more great deals for your dog right here. There are some great tech items on sale today, including robot vacuums and smart TVs.


'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice' Q&A: A glimpse into the stunning world of the one-armed ninja

Washington Post

Hidetaka Miyazaki, president and game director of FromSoftware, is one of the most renowned game designers of his generation. The director of "Demon's Souls" (2009), "Dark Souls" (2011) and "Bloodborne" (2015) recently took the time to answer some questions about "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice," a game about a one-armed ninja, set for release on March 22. FromSoftware has a reputation for making challenging games. Has this reputation shaped the types of projects that the studio is willing to consider? How much flexibility is there to pursue more offbeat projects like the recent VR game "Déraciné"? Hidetaka Miyazaki: While I don't think it's fair to say there's zero influence, we as a studio don't tend to worry about such things.


10 of the strangest star cameos in video games

The Guardian

It's no longer unusual to see big-name actors in video game roles – and usually it works out fine. Ellen Page in Beyond: Two Souls, Kristen Bell in Assassin's Creed and Charles Dance in Witcher 3 were all perfectly cast, bringing their talent and star quality to fitting roles, and featured prominently in those games' promotion. But sometimes, famous faces pop up in video games where you're not expecting them, whether it's someone at the start of their career who later turns into a huge star, or an ageing legend looking for a quick buck. Here are some of our favourite improbable appearances. Malek is typically convincing as sinister dudebro Josh Washington, one of eight teenagers (including Heroes' Hayden Panettiere) getting bumped off in a secluded cabin.