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Higher Metacritic scores impact game sales positively

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Higher Metacritic scores impact game sales positively

This is how things should work: higher-rated games will get better sales than lower-rated ones. And while there are plenty of outliers, Ars Technica's Kyle Orland discovered that yes, for the most part, higher-rated games tend to get better sales.

By compiling data released on Steam, Orland discovered that getting a 90+ Metacritic score almost guarantees some success, with games selling at least 50,000 copies when reaching that score.

Read more: Even more stats »

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Project CARS gameplay trailer shows vehicular beauty

Project CARS gameplay trailer shows vehicular beauty

Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming crowdfunded racing game, Project CARS. The trailer is about what you'd expect, showing off some gorgeous-looking vehicles across beautifully-crafted environments. But the developer then pulls the curtain back on the trailer's big twist: all of the footage is taken directly in-game.

Watch: Fully fleshed-out gameplay »

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PSA: Download Red Orchestra 2 from Steam for free today only

PSA: Download Red Orchestra 2 from Steam for free today only

Tripwire Interactive is feeling generous today, in the wake of this week's Game of the Year update for multiplayer standalone expansion Rising Storm. To celebrate this release, the publisher is offering the full Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad game on Steam for free for today only.

Read more: Rising Storm getting free weekend »

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Prince of Persia announcement teased by Ubisoft engineer

Prince of Persia announcement teased by Ubisoft engineer

Another Prince of Persia game may be on the way. A Ubisoft engineer teased an image pointing to an impending announcement for the next iteration of the long-dormant franchise. But given the speed with which the image (and his entire account) disappeared, it seems likely he jumped the gun.

Read more: "What's next for Prince of Persia?" »

"the asscreed series was supposed to be a new prince game but they decided that they did need a ..."
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Call of Duty: Ghosts adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction

Call of Duty: Ghosts adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction

An update to Call of Duty: Ghosts adds a free variation on Extinction mode. "Chaos Mode" has been absent from the series since Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops, but Ghosts has now brought it back.

Read more: Never-ending waves of enemies »

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Watch Dogs multiplayer preview: shooting up Chicago

Watch Dogs multiplayer preview: shooting up Chicago

In spite of its heavy emphasis on hacking, Watch Dogs can sometimes feel a bit too much like Grand Theft Auto. "Just like a Rockstar thug, Aiden can just as easily hop into any car on the street, race around, buy weapons at a dealer, run over pedestrians, and call attention to the police," I wrote in my last preview.

At a recent preview event in San Francisco, I got to try out nearly four hours of the game, including a good deal of multiplayer. Like the campaign, Ubisoft's game shines when it's doing its own thing, rather than trying to go toe-to-toe against Rockstar's heavy-hitting franchise.

Read more: Three multiplayer modes detailed »

"Is this what they spent all the extra time on? What a waste of time."
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League of Legends introduces Braum, the first tank support

League of Legends introduces Braum, the first tank support

League of Legends has just unveiled a new champion: Braum, Heart of the Freljord. He's currently available to test out in the public beta environment, pending a full release sometime soon.

Read more: "The first true tank support character" »

"he's designed to actually take hits for other characters using his shield, which is different"
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LEGO The Hobbit review: one brick to rule them all

LEGO The Hobbit review: one brick to rule them all

As they've done with the Lord of the Rings franchise, developer Travellers Tales has adapted the new Hobbit films into a LEGO game. Based on the first two films, LEGO: The Hobbit is a return to the tired-and-true LEGO formula. Once again, you'll find yourself bashing enemy forces to pieces (literally) while also building new objects to help you solve puzzles.

Read more: Is it precious? »

"Lego Marvel Super Heroes did; The Lego Movie didn't, though. (There was a hub but little or ..."
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How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior

Related Topics – Dota 2, Valve, PC, Mac
How Dota 2 manipulates your behavior

Valve has found some creative ways to impact player behavior in Dota 2. Having hired psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder, the studio has been changing seemingly minor aspects that have ended up having a big impact on players. Ambinder gave one particularly sneaky example recently, shedding some light on how these player experiments work.

Read more: How "cognitive dissonance" pushes good behavior »

"I don't see how a 10-15% reduction in in-game reports is directly correlated to their in-game ..."
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Xbox One's Japanese developers revealed

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Xbox One's Japanese developers revealed

Over two generations, Microsoft has yet to find success in the Japanese market. Perhaps that's why Xbox One is releasing so late in the territory. Designated a "tier 3" country, the console will be shipping nearly a year late, on September 4th. To coincide with the announcement, Xbox has revealed which Japanese companies have signed on to be developers for the console.

Read more: the full list »

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Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

Related Topics – Minecraft, Mojang Specifications, PC
Minecraft 1.8 expands custom world tools

Customization is central to Minecraft, and an upcoming update will make that aspect even more robust. With the 1.8 update, you'll be able to directly impact aspects of the terrain generator, from aspects like "Biome Depth Offset" to "Depth Noise Component."

Watch: Using the customizable sliders »

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Shack Snack: April 23, 2014

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Welcome to the Shack Snack--a revival of our MIA Shacknews Daily. Every morning, we'll be giving you a one-minute recap of three big news stories. Let us know what you think and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube!

Read more: Yesterday's biggest stories »

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How Minecraft helped revive Age of Wonders 3

How Minecraft helped revive Age of Wonders 3

Age of Wonders 3 came back to life after a long absence, and we might just have Minecraft to thank for it. Lead designer Lennert Sas says that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson not only helped finance the game, but provided valuable feedback as well.

Read more: "Come to Sweden!" »

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Star Wars: Masters of the Force trailer highlights Jedi and Sith

Star Wars: Masters of the Force trailer highlights Jedi and Sith

Star Wars Pinball is ready to unleash more of the Force on April 29 with its 'Heroes Within' tables. Zen Studios has already shown off three of the four tables and has arguably saved the best for last, revealing a showcase of the film's greatest Jedi and Sith with a trailer for the 'Masters of the Force' table.

Watch: Jedi Masters and Sith Lords »

"That table looks amazing. I'm going to have so much to play come May!"
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WildStar adds bonus beta weekend and ups level cap

Related Topics – WildStar, PC, NCSoft, Carbine Studios
WildStar adds bonus beta weekend and ups level cap

Carbine is sensing the excitement for their upcoming MMORPG WildStar and would like to get more players into the game's beta. That's why the studio is opening up a special bonus beta weekend, starting on April 25. On top of that, Carbine is upping the game's level cap from 20 to 25.

Read more: New quests added »

"i have never yet seen a queue.. that being said, I'm sure it will be just dandy come launch!"
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  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Resistance 3
  3. DayZ
  4. Frozen Synapse
  5. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  6. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  7. Hearts of Iron IV
  8. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  9. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  10. Frozen Endzone

Most Anticipated

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. DayZ
  3. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  4. Hearts of Iron IV
  5. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  6. The Walking Dead: Season Two
  7. Frozen Endzone
  8. Batman: Arkham Knight
  9. Kerbal Space Program
  10. Survarium

Top Rentals

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us