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Move over, Among Us: Phasmophobia is gaming's latest indie hit

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 6:52 PM CDT

Phasmophobia is one of the hottest PC games on the market right now and for good reason: It merges engaging four-player co-op with detective sleuthing in a unique ghost hunting experience.

Phasmophobia was the best-selling game on Steam for the week of October 18 - October 25, beating other major hits like Baldur's Gate 3, Cyberpunk 2077, and the latest streaming sensation Among Us.

Kinetic Games' indie hit is one of the most perfect games for the Halloween season. It's a mixture of P.T.'s creepiness with Ghostbusters and a nice helping of the modern-day Ghost Hunters TV show. Every session builds so much suspense and players have to work together to finally find the ghost, make it appear, and cleanse it from its haunting grounds.

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GameStop's new FlexPay leasing program seems like a giant scam

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 5:56 PM CDT

Today GameStop announced FlexPay, a new purchasing program that lets consumers lease expensive hardware and make payments over time. It sounds good in theory, but the terms are astronomically bad for anyone without credit.

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GameStop's new FlexPay program is basically the store-wide equivalent of Xbox All Access. FlexPay offers three different providers to help you get hardware and games via incremental purchases: Klarna, Quadpay, and Progressive Leasing. The latter is a lease-to-own program that has scam-worthy rates.

On a lark, I went over to Progressive Leasing's website and did a quick payment calculator estimate for a $499 lease-to-own deal from my local GameStop ($499 is the MSRP of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles). The results were absolutely mind-blowingly bad. Assuming you don't have any credit, buying a $499 console with Progressive Leasing with payments across 12 months would cost $1,181.75 in total.

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Marvel's Avengers is a big success with 2.2 million launch month sales

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 4:38 PM CDT

Square Enix's new Avengers live service game is a big success with 2.2 million sales in its first month on the market, and is now the second-biggest digital launch for the publisher behind Final Fantasy VII: Remake.

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SuperData's latest digital market estimates relay great news for Square Enix. The Japanese publisher needs all the wins it can get right now. The company recently warned investors that COVID-19 game development interruption will significantly impact its earnings.

Luckily it's latest live game is selling pretty well. Throughout its launch month in September, the new Marvel's Avengers game sold 2.2 million digital copies across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Avengers became the third best-selling console game of September.

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New Elder Scrolls VI fan-made trailer is absolutely mind-blowing

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 3:26 PM CDT

We really hope Elder Scrolls VI looks something like this...or maybe it'll be even better?

Bethesda is going all-out for The Elder Scrolls VI. The landmark sequel was revealed in 2018, and the devs are making the "largest engine overhaul in history" for TESVI complete with ultra-realistic photogrammetry captures and next-gen toolsets. The Elder Scrolls VI is still a long ways out, though, and it could skip PlayStation consoles thanks to Microsoft's recent ZeniMax buyout.

Since the reveal, Bethesda has been quiet about the game. The studio will stay that way for some time. That has stopped fans from trying to fill the void with concept videos of what could be. The results are absolutely incredible. YouTuber Captain Hishiro edited together an amazing sizzle reel concept for a next-gen Elder Scrolls game, complete with high fantasy, mythical monsters, and amazing visuals.

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Dev: Xbox Series X's GPU lead over PS5 'doesn't really make an impact'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 2:33 PM CDT

The Xbox Series X's 12.15TFLOP, 56CU Navi 2X GPU is 15% more powerful than the PlayStation 5's 10.3TFLOP, 36CU RDNA 2.0 GPU...but some third-party developers say this power discrepancy isn't a big deal.

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Both next-gen consoles have their own strengths. The PlayStation 5 comes with a powerful 12-channel PCIe 4.0 SSD capable of hitting 4.8GB/sec, and also features liquid metal cooling compound to keep the system cool under intense 4K 120FPS gaming loads. The Series X, on the other hand, is able to maintain more demanding performance thanks to its 12TFLOP Navi 2X GPU with 56 RDNA 2.0 Compute Units and heavily-optimized DirectX 12 API toolsets.

Some third-party devs aren't entirely convinced the Series X's GPU will be an edge over the PS5. The Dirt 5 developers at Codemasters, who are among the first to implement 4K 120FPS on the Series X, say the GPU gains won't really impact development much. It's worth remembering Codemasters is a third-party dev, though, and first-party devs are always able to squeeze out extra performance and do crazy things with new console hardware.

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Ghostbusters crossover brings feel-good bustin' to Fortnite

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 1:26 PM CDT

The iconic spectral sleuths are coming to Fortnite, but don't expect to see Slimer or any of the original Ghostbusters.

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Epic recently announced a Ghostbusters cross-over pack to help celebrate Halloween and punctuate its Fortnitemares event. The skin pack brings the old-school look and feel of Sony's landmark franchise, but there's a lot missing from the bundle.

Slimer isn't in (why not?), the original cast members aren't in (to be expected to do likeness rights, I guess), and there's no unlicensed nuclear accelerator beam-thrower. The proton pack is in, so is the ghost trap, but I'd love to see crazy beams fly across the Fortnite map in some way.

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New PS4 game patches reduce HDD load times by up to 85%

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 12:04 PM CDT

Current-gen PS4 games are getting enhancement patches that significantly reduce loading times from HDDs.

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Sony is stealthily rolling out enhancement patches for first-party PS4 games that cut loading times by more than 80%. Case in point: The Last of Us: Remastered just got a patch that reduces load times by 85% when starting a new game (90 seconds unpatched, 13.86 seconds patched) from the console's base 7200RPM hard disk drive. Loading a save has also been reduced by a whopping 89% (123 seconds unpatched, 13.86 seconds patched).

It's possible Naughty Dog is tapping similar optimizations as the kind Sucker Punch used for Ghost of Tsushima, which launches blindingly fast even on base PS4 hardware. Gamers speculate these patches are preparing current-gen games for the PS5's enhanced backwards compatibility functionality. If so, these games will run even faster thanks to the PS5's powerful custom 12-channel PCIe 4.0 SSD, which is capable of hitting 4.8GB/sec uncompressed data transfers.

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Control's PS4 saves can't transfer to PS5 without doing this first

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Oct 25 2020 3:32 AM CDT

Plan on playing Control on PS5, but have existing saves on PS4? You'll need to run the Ultimate Edition on the PS4 first.

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Control is a good example on how to not handle next-gen upgrades. The base PS4 and Xbox One version of Control aren't getting free next-gen PS5 or Xbox Series X upgrades. Gamers who already own Control on current-gen systems have to re-buy the Control Ultimate Edition at full price to play the game on next-gen hardware with high-end optimizations like ray-traced visuals and boosted frame rates. Control is still fully backward compatible, though, and will take advantage of new features like improved loading times via SSD tech.

Things get more even more frustrating, though. Existing saves from the non-Ultimate port of the game aren't compatible with next-gen consoles by default. The base version of Control has a different save than the Ultimate Edition. Gamers have to first run the Ultimate Edition on a PS4 or Xbox One to convert their base Control saves to a format that's compatible with next-gen consoles. This is a process that's usually done seamlessly with free in-game updates.

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Digital games made $10.7 billion in September 2020, SuperData reports

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sat, Oct 24 2020 11:57 PM CDT

The digital games market generated $10.7 billion in September 2020, up 14% year-over-year, SuperData reports.

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September's double-digit percentage growth was driven by a huge spike in console game revenues. Big hits like NBA 2K21 (1.9 million sales), the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 re-release (2.8 million), Super Mario 3D All-Stars (1.8 million) and Marvel's Avengers (2.2 million) all helped skyrocket console earnings by 40%. No exact revenues were given, however.

PC gaming was up slightly by 8% thanks in no small part to Crusader Kings III, which moved 1.1 million sales. PC gaming was dominated by the usual suspects like League of Legends, Dungeon Fighter Online, and CrossFire. Another big metric was how Rocket League players jumped by 193% after the game went free-to-play on the Epic Store and consoles.

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Switch JoyCon prices drop closer to controller's actual value

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sat, Oct 24 2020 5:31 PM CDT

Nintendo officially reduces Switch JoyCon MSRP to $39.99 per controller, a $10 price drop...but it's not enough.

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The Switch JoyCon controllers are neat little contraptions with gyroscoping tracking, unique split-design for dual-handed play, and can detach from the base Switch for on-the-go two-player action. There's just one big problem: The JoyCons are rather cheap. The JoyCons don't outright break easily, though--instead their malfunction is a more maddening slow burn where the analog sticks move all by themselves.

JoyCon drift is a well-documented issue in the gaming sphere and has afflicted many long-time Switch owners. It's so bad that consumers have actually sued Nintendo over it. Worse still, the JoyCons used to be $49.99 a piece, a premium cost associated with Nintendo products. It's part of the Switch tax, a concept that sees most games and peripherals costing more than other platforms.

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