Sniper Elite 5 has one of the best sandbox missions I’ve ever played

It’s easy to write off the Sniper Elite series. It’s replete with slow-motion x-ray kill cams of testicles rupturing and eyeballs leaping out of shattered Nazi skulls. At a glance, it’s a relic of the early aughts video game obsession with gore, excess, and self-serious protagonists. Until recently, I never...

The 17 best games in PlayStation Plus’ Game Catalog

PlayStation has been ahead of Xbox for generations when it comes to exclusive games, but Microsoft has been putting the pressure on Sony in recent years with its Game Pass service. In response, PlayStation introduced its new PlayStation Plus tier system earlier this week, offering players access to game trials,...

Call of Duty season 4 raises the stakes with ‘Mercenaries of Fortune’

Call of Duty: Warzone’s (and Vanguard’s) fourth season, the somewhat redundantly titled “Mercenaries of Fortune,” gets going on Wednesday, June 22, bringing with it a new battle royale map, some new modes to play, and for Vanguard, a return of the round-based Zombies game type. Call of Duty: Vanguard also...

Overwatch 2 ditches loot boxes for battle pass, seasonal model

Blizzard outlined its plans for Overwatch 2’s transition from a paid, premium game to a free-to-play game during a livestream on Thursday, confirming that the sequel won’t have randomized loot boxes as the original Overwatch did. Instead, Overwatch 2 will feature a seasonal model, supported by battle passes and an...

Gran Turismo movie set for release in 2023, has a plot

A long-gestating film based on PlayStation’s Gran Turismo series of racing games looks like it’s finally happening. Sony Pictures has announced a released date of Aug. 11, 2023 for the film, which is called simply Gran Turismo and is set to be directed by District 9’s Neill Blomkamp. According to...

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s second year of free updates includes a new game mode

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will get another year of free, post-release content, which includes a new game mode, the “roguelite-inspired” Forgotten Saga, which sends Eivor straight to Hel, repeatedly. In The Forgotten Saga, Eivor apparently takes on waves of enemies in a variety of different locations of Niflheim, “cast out” by...

Diablo 4’s monetization isn’t like Diablo Immortal, Blizzard says

For those worried about what and how much Diablo 4 will cost, a Blizzard Entertainment community lead said on Sunday it will be nothing like the rather … aggressive monetization behind Diablo Immortal, which launched two weeks ago. Diablo 4, which will launch sometime in 2023, will be a “full...

Overwatch 2 launches in October, will be free to play

Overwatch 2 will launch on Oct. 4 as a free-to-play game, Activision Blizzard announced Sunday alongside Microsoft’s Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase. The October launch for the hero-based shooter is being called an “early access” release for the player-versus-player component of Overwatch 2, and will bring at least two new...

Outriders’ Worldslayer expansion introduces a new type of endgame content

Outriders’ first expansion, Worldslayer, will make some significant changes to the looter-shooter by adding new difficulties, upgrade tables, and more. But beyond player abilities and powers, Worldslayer will introduce a new kind of endgame activity when it launches on June 30: the Trial of Tarya Gratar. In a livestream on...