How to use knockback influence in MultiVersus

Character brawler MultiVersus takes inspiration from Super Smash Bros. in many ways. Even casual players may recognize the Smash Bros. mechanic of directional influence – the ability for the person getting hit to influence the direction in which their character sails across the screen. A simplified version appears in Multiversus...

Square Enix feared Eidos, Crystal Dynamics games cannibalized other sales

Square Enix executives, in their first quarterly earnings call since selling the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex franchises and the studios making them, explained that decision to investors on Friday. The publisher’s reasoning, according to analyst David Gibson, is that its Western studios and their products might have been cannibalizing...

F1 22 cross-play begins with two betas this month

Cross-platform play is coming to F1 22 this month beginning with two open-to-the-public tests over the next two weekends, with full integration coming at the end of August. The tests will run Friday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 7 and Friday Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug. 14. Players may compete...

Gorogoa is still one of the best puzzle games I’ve ever played

Dear Polygon, I’m many years into a period of chronic illness, which threw my life off the rails right in the prime of my young adulthood. I’ve got good at managing it, but I can’t deny how truly isolating, and quite honestly boring it’s forced my life to become. But...

Warhammer 40K’s 9 best video games, ranked

The Warhammer 40,000 milieu is one of the most compelling fictional universes around. It’s grim, there are no good guys, and there are these fellas called Space Marines who carry machine guns that shoot rockets, and people deify them like gods. It isn’t the happiest place. Demons, Orks, and aliens...

Apex Legends’ first map gets its biggest update yet

Great news for fans of battle royale games and giant monster skulls: Apex Legends is reworking its iconic original map, Kings Canyon, to restore its giant monster skull to its rightful place of prominence. In Apex Legends' new season, "Hunted," which begins next week, the new "Reforged" version of the...

The best iPhone controller now comes in a PS5-branded version

The Backbone One — PlayStation Edition is a new, PlayStation-branded controller built to work with iPhones, Backbone and Sony announced on Thursday. The new controller is built to look like the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller, and even has its classic, translucent face buttons. The Backbone One — PlayStation Edition is...

Genshin Impact’s latest Sumeru teaser reveals a bunch of new characters

Genshin Impact developer Hoyoverse released a preview video that showed new information about its upcoming Sumeru region on Thursday. There’s a lot crammed into the roughly three-minute long video but highlights include new lore information on Sumeru, teases of six characters, and more information on enemies we’ll encounter in its...

Call of Duty’s new floofy dog skin tainted by plagiarism accusation

Activision’s latest update for Call of Duty: Warzone will bring the Terminator — both Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 and Robert Patrick’s T-1000 — to the battle royale-style shooter. Also coming to season 4 of Warzone is everyone’s favorite giant floofy dog breed, the Samoyed, thanks to a new skin for Call...

Sims 4 update adds incest bug, kills off rapidly aging Sims

The Sims 4’s new High School Years expansion launched Thursday, but the base game update from earlier in the week had some unintentional side effects: It’s making some Sims age up way too fast, while other Sims are becoming attracted to family members. A representative for The Sims 4 acknowledged...