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PS4 vs. PS3: Which was better?

May 02, 2020 - 12:11 PM

As we wait for the PS5, we look back at Sony's consoles, and see which one we had more fun with

PLAYSTATION. Screenshot from Sony/YouTube


'Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection' and 'Journey' free on PSN until May 5

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:43 PM

It's part of Sony's Play At Home initiative, which also includes setting up a $10 million fund for indie developers

Image from Sony


Gamers mistakenly buy Chinese/Korean ‘FFVII Remake’ due to lack of labeling

Apr 10, 2020 - 2:58 AM

(UPDATED) Sony refunds gamers who mistakenly bought the language version of the game they didn't intend to buy

CLOUD STRIFE. Cloud is the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Photo from Square Enix


Sony reveals PlayStation 5 DualSense controller

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Sony shows off its new controller for the first time

DUAL SENSE. All photos from Sony


DataBlitz digital store goes live

Apr 06, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Game and store codes will be sold on the store

Image from DataBlitz Facebook page


Athletes turn to video game streaming for coronavirus relief

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Following the suspension and cancelation of major sports leagues, athletes decide to pursue video game streaming to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus

ESPORTS. NFL star JuJu Smith Schuster and NBA star Donovan Mitchell are both avid video gamers. Photos from Instagram/@juju (Smith Schuster) and Twitter/@spidadmitchell (Mitchell)


Filipino-made RPG ‘Grand Guilds’ out now

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Works such as 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Adventure Time' serve as eureka moments for developer Justin Villegas

GRAND GUILDS. Photo from Kickstarter/Grand Guilds

Players may experience 'somewhat slower' game downloads – Sony

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:13 PM

With more users having to rely on online game stores, download traffic may have to be managed by gaming platforms

PLAYSTATION. The Sony PlayStation buttons appear on screen at a presentation. Screenshot from livestream


Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Online gaming proves a welcome diversion for many people chafing at movement restrictions, the cancelation of countless public events, and the relentless onslaught of news about the pandemic

'Plague Inc.' creators and WHO working on new save-the-world game mode

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Ndemic Creations also donates $250,000 split between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Photo from Ndemic Creations


'Resident Evil 3' remake demo comes out March 19

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:31 PM

It comes out on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam

JILL VALENTINE. Valentine is the hero of Resident Evil 3. Photo from Capcom


'Final Fantasy VII Remake' demo out now

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Gamers can now play the first chapter of 'Final Fantasy VII' – the Mako Reactor bombing mission

CLOUD STRIFE. Cloud is the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Photo from Square Enix


CGI remake of 1st Pokémon movie arrives on Netflix as part of Pokémon Day 2020

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:10 PM

New and special Pokémon will also be appearing in 'Pokémon Go' and 'Pokémon Sword' and 'Shield'

ASH AND PIKACHU. Series protagonists appear in the remake of the 1st Pokémon movie. Image from YouTube/The Official Pokémon YouTube channel

'Plants vs. Zombies 3' soft launches in Philippines, Ireland, and Romania

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:33 PM

Seven years after 'Plants vs. Zombies 2' and several spinoffs later, the series makes a return to classic PvZ gameplay

PVZ 3. Image from EA


Official PlayStation 5 webpage goes live

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:11 PM

You can now sign up for PS5 updates through the page

Screenshot from PS website


PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X: What we know so far

Feb 01, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The console wars resume as the PS5 and the Xbox Series X loom on the horizon. Here's what we know so far

Logo images from their respective manufacturers


LIST: 11 games we can’t wait to play in 2020

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:40 PM

We have the 'Final Fantasy VII' and 'Resident Evil 3' remakes on our list. What's on yours?

HELLBLADE II. The sequel to the 2018 psychological action hit is coming to the next Xbox console. Screenshot from official Xbox website


The Red Cross is teaching 'Fortnite' players to save, not take, lives

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A new mode gives players a glimpse of the humanitarian activities carried out by Red Cross workers

LIFERUN. Photo from ICRC.org


A chance for TNC to bounce back at year's first Dota 2 Major

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:11 PM

After a subpar December, TNC has a chance to regain confidence, and build upon last year's successful run

TNC. Timothy "Tims" Randrup (L) and Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte (R) at a meet-and-greet event in November. File photo from TNC/Twitter


'Final Fantasy VII Remake' delayed

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The new release date is set for April 10

SEPHIROTH. Image from Square Enix


'Death Stranding' review: A litmus test for the curious

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:59 PM

With 'Death Stranding,' you have a divisive game that brings about curious onlookers. Check out our reviewer's thoughts on the title.

Nintendo first-half sales leap on strong demand for Switch games

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The sales gain is partially due to the launch of Nintendo Switch Lite, a scaled back, cheaper version of the popular console, in September

NINTENDO. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


Google streaming game service Stadia debuts on November 19

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

It will be priced at $9.99 per month and compete against Apple Arcade

STADIA. Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison shows the new Stadia controller as he speaks during the GDC Game Developers Conference on March 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


'Fortnite' goes offline after asteroid blows up virtual world

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Season 10 ends with a black hole sucking up the virtual world, leaving gamers both miffed and amused

Photo from Fornite/Twitter


PlayStation 5 launches in holiday 2020, Sony announces

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Sony also confirms that it will indeed be called PlayStation 5

PLAYSTATION. The PlayStation logo and the PlayStation button icons on display at a Sony event on June 11, 2018. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


‘Mario Kart Tour’ quick review: Potentially addictive but beware the microtransactions

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:15 AM

It has the kind of fun you'd expect from a Mario game but those who pay for characters and items may get some advantages

Photo from Twitter/Mario Kart Tour


From 'Death Stranding' to Olympic Mario at Tokyo Game Show

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:24 PM

A new trailer for 'Death Stranding' comes out at Tokyo Game Show 2019

HIDEO KOJIMA. Japanese video game designer, writer, director and producer Hideo Kojima speaks on stage to present his new video game 'Death Stranding' during the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture on September 12, 2019.  Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP


Apple Arcade arrives September 20 in the Philippines for P249 a month

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:40 AM

Apple will be offering a one-month free trial for the games subscription service

APPLE ARCADE. Photo from Apple


Secretlab gaming chairs now officially available in the Philippines

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The company makes premium chairs like the Omega and the Titan

Photo from Secretlab


You still have time to catch the Bandai Namco sale on Steam today

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:11 PM

In case you don't have 'Tekken 7,' 'Dragon Ball FighterZ,' or 'Little Nightmares' yet in your library, now's a good time to snag them

Screenshot from Dragon Ball FighterZ/Bandai Namco


'NBA 2K20' review bombed on Steam, Metacritic

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The popular sports title is currently a target of negative review bombing on the online store and the reviews aggregator

NBA 2K20. Image from 2K Sports


Nintendo's Q1 net profit drops 46% on forex losses

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Net profit for the April-June period falls 45.7% from a year earlier to 16.6 billion yen

NINTENDO. People wait in line to play Nintendo Switch games at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles, California on on June 12, 2018, where hardware manufacturers, software developers and the video game industry present their new games. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP


Sony 1st quarter net profit down on one-off factors

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) Sony experiences a slowdown in its games and network businesses, including an online service that allows users to enjoy music and video titles via their PlayStation accounts

SONY. This file photo taken on January 23, 2019 shows a general view of the logo of Japan's Sony displayed at an entrance to the company's headquarters in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


Nintendo Switch Lite announced, priced at $199

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:14 AM

It comes out September 20

SWITCH LITE. Photo from Nintendo


8 games we’re excited to see at E3 2019

Jun 08, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,' 'Halo: Infinite,' and 'Marvel’s Avengers' are just some of the games we can’t wait to see at the biggest gaming event of the year

'Final Fantasy VII' remake re-emerges

May 10, 2019 - 8:23 AM

It's alive!

CLOUD STRIFE. The game's protagonist Cloud appears with Aerith in a new trailer for the remake. Screenshot from PlayStation/YouTube

Game review: 'Devil May Cry 5'

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Watch our video review of Capcom's latest gem, the stylish, impish 'Devil May Cry 5'

Image from Capcom


'Final Fantasy' and 'The Sims' creators making games for Apple game service

Mar 26, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Apple has gotten videogame luminaries aside from the Hollywood stars for its AppleTV+ service


APPLE ARCADE. Ann Thai, senior product marketing manager of the App Store at Apple Inc., speaks during a company product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019 in Cupertino, California. Photo by Michael Short/Getty Images/AFP

Google moves to disrupt video games with streaming service Stadia, studio

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 AM

Google says its Stadia platform will open to gamers later this year in the United States, Canada, Britain, and other parts of Europe

GOOGLE'S STADIA. Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison shows the new Stadia controller as he speaks during the GDC Game Developers Conference on March 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

'Devil May Cry 5' preview: Back in style

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The 5th installment of the popular hack-and-slash series features 3 playable protagonists, each with their own distinct play style

Screenshot from Capcom


'Kingdom Hearts 3' review: Buckle up for an insane roller-coaster ride

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How strong is your love for animated Disney action and Square Enix storytelling? Check out our review of Kingdom Hearts 3!

Team Cherry expands DLC into new game with 'Hollow Knight' sequel 'Silksong'

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Originally meant as a piece of DLC for 'Hollow Knight,' 'Hollow Knight: Silksong' is now being developed as a sequel to the original title

HOLLOW KNIGHT: SILKSONG. Face new foes as the fearsome hunter Hornet in this action RPG. Images from Team Cherry.

Mint condition 'Super Mario Bros.' nets $100,150 in auction

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The game is from Nintendo's 1985 to 1986 test run of the NES in New York and Los Angeles

SUPER MARIO. Photo from Heritage Auctions


5 great Steam Lunar New Year Sale games under P550

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Check out our recommendations for Steam Lunar New Year Sale games you can enjoy that don't go over P550

SNES games may be coming to Switch, dataminer claims

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Having SNES games on the Switch adds nostalgic appeal to an already popular console

SNES CLASSIC. Image from Nintendo


Ubisoft takes 'The Division 2' off Steam and onto Epic Games Store

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The team-up between Ubisoft and Epic Games will also see 'additional select titles' heading to the Epic Games Store in the future

'Just Cause 4' review: Mindless fun can get old fast

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The game’s mindless fun fails to save it from some uninspired mission design and technical shortcomings

RICO SUAVE. Your secret agent Rico Rodriguez zips through the air ready to take on all manner of baddie. Screenshot from reviewer

Gaming in 2018: mainstream esports, local growth, racism controversy

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:36 PM

These are the things that defined gaming this year

FORTNITE. Photo from Epic Games


The past, present and future of PH's premier videogame convention

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In 4 years, ESGS has become an important date on the Filipino gamer's calendar. We look back at what they've been able to accomplish, and where they want to head next

ESGS has grown its audience and its impact since its inception. Photo from Gariath Concepts


Discord's game store to have 90/10 split in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Discord's revenue sharing agreement will be 90% in favor of the developer, with the remaining 10% covering 'operating costs, and we’ll explore lowering it by optimizing our tech and making things more efficient'