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Chroma is a music-based first-person shooter from Harmonix

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 17, 2014 9:00am PST

For many, Harmonix is synonymous with "music." Their games have defined the genre, with iconic hits like Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock...


"What an interesting trailer. Polished or not, I give them credit for trying something fresh."

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Hawken crashes onto Steam Early Access

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 15, 2014 2:00pm PST

The free-to-play Hawken has arrived on Steam Early Access and current players have been given Steam keys to make the transition easier. If you're looking to jump into the game for the first time, it's not going to be so much free-to-play for you.


"lol this and TItanFall are the must fun i've had in a multiplayer since UT3 and COD4... Hawken ..."

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PlanetSide 2's Amerish continent and mission system updates detailed

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 15, 2014 11:00am PST

PlanetSide 2 has some major content updates planned for the next two weeks, including the upcoming Amerish update and the updated mission system. Creative director Matt Higby shared some details on what to expect in a phone call with Shacknews.


"Fortunately they are at least listening and although they are partially going to implement this ..."

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Free-to-play Rusty's Real Deal Baseball announced for 3DS

By Steve Watts, Feb 13, 2014 2:19pm PST

Today during its Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced a unique take on free-to-play with Rusty's Real Deal Baseball.


"The baseball game might become big in Japan, and perhaps USA. Europe won't give a damn, ..."

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NFS Shift dev announces MMO racer World of Speed

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 10, 2014 9:05am PST

Need for Speed Shift developer Slightly Mad Studios is currently working away hard on its crowdfunded racer Project CARS, but oh, that's not all it has coming. The British studio today announced World of Speed, a free-to-play MMO drive' em up with cars and roads and, as one ...


""time gating" - - "Need for Speed" I see what you did there... and I agree. It won't just ..."

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Plants vs Zombies 2 gets Zomboss update

By Steve Watts, Feb 06, 2014 3:30pm PST

Plants vs Zombies 2 has gotten a new update heralding the return of Zomboss. The brainy badguy is showing up in three weekly installments, one for each of the available worlds.


"My wife is obsessed with this game. I got her a 3DS for Christmas and she still just plays PVZ2 ..."

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Star Wars: The Old Republic 'Galactic Starfighter' expansion now available for all players

By Steve Watts, Feb 05, 2014 1:30pm PST

Star Wars: The Old Republic has opened up its Galactic Starfighter to all players, letting non-subscribers customize their fighter and take it for a spin in space battles.


"Some of my guildies who play this say it's completely pay to win. if you don't buy the ..."

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Warface Xbox 360 open beta launches today

By Steve Watts, Feb 05, 2014 12:00pm PST

Crytek has launched its open beta for Warface on Xbox 360, in preparation for the full launch this spring.


PlanetSide 2 creative director talks 2014 and answers Chatty questions

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 04, 2014 12:30pm PST

PlanetSide 2 is poised to have a huge 2014, so Shacknews got in touch with creative director Matt Higby to discuss the developer's approach to fan feedback, the upcoming PS4 version, and take questions from the Chatty community.


"AmbientOSX from the article not only designs great camos but is also the leader of the Terran ..."

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Ace Combat Infinity's free-to-play beta launches on PS3 in February

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 30, 2014 11:40am PST

Ace Combat Infinity is free-to-play on PS3 and will go into beta next month.


League of Legends boasts 27 million players daily

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 28, 2014 7:30am PST

Riot's free-to-play Dote 'em up League of Legends is kind of a big deal, you've probably heard, and even bigger than we knew. The developer has released new figures revealing that 27 million players are LoLing ever day, and 67 million every month, boasting that this makes Lo...


"No I can see it. While I do think Dota 2 is mechanically superior in some ways, LoL has a ..."

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World of Tanks servers going offline to prep for Xbox 360 launch

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 27, 2014 6:00pm PST

Servers for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition beta will be going down later this week, in order to prepare the game for its final release.


The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot open beta begins February 25

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 27, 2014 1:00pm PST

Ubisoft's free-to-play competitive dungeon builder/dungeon crawler, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, is ready to enter open beta on February 25.


Duel Mode coming to Magicka: Wizard Wars

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 25, 2014 3:00pm PST

Magicka: Wizard Wars will be adding a Duel Mode to its public alpha very soon, just in case there's that one magical robed jerk that you'd like to kill personally.


Nosgoth to sink teeth into new Siege mode

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 25, 2014 2:00pm PST

Nosgoth has revealed details on an upcoming new game mode called Siege, which will task humans with capturing territories before Vampires kill them all off.