Author: David Quigley

2017 Game of the Year

We’re kicking off 2018 with a look back at our favorites from 2017, and starting with the big award, Game of the Year. The VGN contributors picked from their favorite games of 2017 and voted to choose the winners. We don’t get a chance to play everything, and we all have our strong personal tastes when it comes to gaming, but here’s the first of our choices. 2017 Game of the Year Runners-up: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Destiny 2 Winner: Horizon Zero Dawn Horizon Zero Dawn marked a dramatic departure from Guerrilla Games, whose past work was nearly...

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Review: Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two – Episode Five

The finale of Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two is upon us, so you can finally plow through the entire run in one sitting. That may be the more enjoyable route to take. If you’ve been keeping up with my Season Two reviews, you know by now I consider this string of episodes largely wasted potential. An intriguing setup, but not much to grab my interest as it progressed. Above and Beyond, the fifth and final episode of Season Two, did little to renew my faith in the series. The big, inevitable showdown with the Admin was chock-full of callbacks...

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Latest swatting incident leaves man dead over $1.50

A 28-year-old man was killed in Kansas after being swatted as a result of a dispute he had no part of. Two idiots got into a dispute over a Call of Duty WWII match that had $1.50 wagered on the outcome. These morons were on the same team, and evidently blamed each other for the loss. One of the fools tried to act tough and gave a fake address, that of the victim, to the other fool. The address was passed along to a known swatter, somebody who calls in fake threats to police departments to get them to...

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Apple forcing apps to reveal loot box odds

In a move that may have tremendous implications across all of mobile gaming, Apple has revealed a major change to their App Store guidelines. Any app containing loot boxes must be transparent about their odds. Specifically, the change says “Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase”. Unless developers and publishers use different odds for iOS and Android versions of their games, this change will force many Android games to also reveal their loot box drop rates. Games...

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT open beta next month

From January 12 until January 21, 2018, Square Enix will hold an open beta for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the next game in the fighting series. No further details about the beta are known, but the full game’s roster will include 28 characters at launch, including the likes of Cecil, Kain, Terra, Golbez, and Kefka… and characters from games other than Final Fantasy IV and VI. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT releases on January...

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