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You can now buy Epic Store Games from the Humble Store

A select few Epic Store Games are now available to purchase from the Humble Store, including Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3.

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A select few Epic Store Games are now available to purchase from the Humble Store, including Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3.

Players have been able to buy Steam keys from the Humble Store for a while now. Doing so confers a few key benefits:

  1. Every purchase from the Humble Store supports important charities.
  2. Humble regularly holds sales and bundles that you won’t find on Steam.
  3. If you’re a member of Humble Monthly, you’ll get an extra 10% off select games.
  4. Did we mention the charity thing? It’s nice to give something back for doing something you’d be doing anyway – buying video games.

But in an effort to drag players away from their beloved Steam, Epic has been throwing its Fortnite cash around and rounding up exclusives. We’ve seen everything from The Walking Dead: The Final Season and World War Z to The Division 2 and Metro Exodus crop up on Epic’s storefront, rather than Steam. There are more big names in the works, too, including Borderlands 3, Control, and The Outer Wilds.

And while Steam advocates may be upset by Epic’s moves, CEO Tim Sweeney has thrown down the gauntlet to Valve in the fight for hearts and minds: If Steam matches the Epic Store’s revenue share – that’s 88:12, rather than Steam’s 70:30 – then Epic will stop pursuing exclusives altogether.

We’re not going to hold our breath on that one, but a better revenue share for developers is a nice dream to have.

In the meantime, one of Steam’s better ancillary features – the ability to pick up keys from the Humble Store, often saving money and supporting charities to boot – has now found its way to the Epic Store.

“The partnership between Humble Bundle and Epic that was announced at GDC is now bearing fruit,” reads the press release on Epic’s website.

Currently, it’s limited to just three games – Metro Exodus, Dangerous Driving, and pre-orders for Borderlands 3 – but expect to see that line-up expand in the coming weeks. (Read our reviews of Metro Exodus and Dangerous Driving.)

And don’t forget: purchases made from the Humble Store also support worthwhile charities.


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Xbox One releases – February 24-28, 2020

Two Point Hospital and Sayonara Wild Hearts headline next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

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Two Point Hospital and Sayonara Wild Hearts headline next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

There’s a busy week ahead with some great games coming to the Xbox One. First to be admitted is Two Points Hospital, the lovingly crafted business simulation game from Two Point Studios and Sega. It’s a spiritual successor to the classic Theme Hospital and includes that game’s Mark Webley and Gary Carr among its dev team. It’s a smart and humorous sim that will hopefully transfer well to console.

Another highlight is Wasteland Remastered, an update of the classic 1988 post-apocalyptic RPG from inXile Entertainment. The game features revamped graphics, bug fixes, quality of life improvements, and an expanded musical score.

Other new releases include the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC and a collection of six Blue Bomber games in the Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection. The long-awaited Xbox One release of Sayonara Wild Hearts is also something to be savoured.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Ark: Survival Evolved – Genesis – Part 1
  • Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind
  • Hayfever
  • Infliction Extended Cut
  • Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Wasteland Remastered

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Castle of No Escape
  • Castle of No Escape 2
  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac
  • Grizzland Ganbare! Super Strikers
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • House Flipper
  • Vasilis
  • Yakuza 0

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Spartan Fist
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Stab Stab Stab!
  • Bucket Knight

Read about the latest games coming to Xbox Game Pass.


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PlayStation 4 releases – February 24-28, 2020

A refreshingly eclectic lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games is coming to the PlayStation Store in the next week.

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A refreshingly eclectic lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games is coming to the PlayStation Store in the next week.

We like weeks like this. A week where there’s a wide range of video games to enjoy from a wide range of genres. Just thinking about our pick of the week gives us a fever, especially as it’s Two Point Hospital, the marvellous medical simulation game from Two Point Studios.

Pitched as a spiritual follow-up to Bullfrog’s iconic Theme Hospital, the game found a rabidly enthusiastic audience on its 2018 PC release. If the transfer to PS4 is as successful we’ve seen with other PC sims – like Cities: Skylines – we predict it will be a big hit.

An old favourite also returns with the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. The package brings together remasters of six classic games staring the mighty Blue Bomber. A cult Dreamcast favourite also gets a modern update in Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash for PS VR. Remember to wipe that headset clean after dancing.

Other new releases include Spike Chunsoft fighter One Punch Man – A Hero Nobody Knows, and Khud0’s endearing low-fi platformer, Grizzland. It’s also nice to see Mega Cat’s retro-style brawler Coffee Crisis finally make it to PlayStaton 4.

Here’s the current lineup of this week’s new PlayStation Store releases. Check back throughout the week for any late additions.

New PlayStation 4 releases – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Ganbare Super Strikers (+ PS Vita)
  • Grizzland
  • Hayfever
  • House Flipper
  • Infliction: Extended Cut
  • Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection
  • Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!
  • Tempest
  • Two Point Hospital

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Hero Must Die. Again
  • Vasilis (+ PS Vita)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Diadra Empty
  • MX Nitro: Ultimate Edition

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Bloodroots
  • Bucket Knight
  • Coffee Crisis
  • One Punch Man – A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Ritual: Crown of Horns
  • Spartan Fist
  • Stab Stab Stab!

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Pokémon Home hits impressive first week numbers

Pokémon Home reaches 1.3 million mobile installs in its first week.

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Pokémon Home reaches an impressive 1.3 million mobile installs in its first week.

New data from Sensor Tower estimates that Pokémon Home has generated 1.3 million installs on iOS and Android since launch.

The Pokémon Home mobile app – and its companion Nintendo Switch app – lets users organise and trade their Pokémon collection. The apps sync with Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee and Pokémon Sword and Shield on Switch, and the mobile version be updated to work with Pokémon Go in future.

In the week following release, Sensor Tower estimates that the Android and iOS app was installed by 444,000 users in the US, 299,000 in Japan, and 74,000 in the UK.

Although the app is free to download and use, a subscription is required to access the full suite of monster management and trading tools. Sensor Tower says the app has generated approximately $1.8 million in mobile user spending so far. Subscriptions are priced at $2.99 for one month, $4.99 for three months, and $15.99 for a full year.

Unfortunately, as Pokémon Home is not included in the Nintendo eShop’s chart listings, we don’t have any indication of how well it’s performing on Switch. We expect it’s doing just fine, however.

Via: Sensor Tower


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Save up to 70% in the PlayStation Big in Japan Sale

More than 500 PlayStation 4 games get discounts in the new PS Store Big in Japan sale.

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More than 500 PlayStation games get discounts in the new PS Store Big in Japan sale.

Following hot on the heels of the PlayStation Essentials sale comes yet another PS Store promotion. The Big in Japan sale begins today and focusses on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games from Japanese publishers and studios.

Highlights include some of Square Enix’s biggest titles, headlined by Kingdom Hearts III and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts All-In-One package. Other games to catch the eye are Final Fantasy XV – in both full-fat and Pocket Editions – and Platinum’s NieR: Automata.

Other recommendations include Sega’s tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles 4, the long-awaited Shenmue III, and the acclaimed Dark Souls III. Capcom is also bringing the goods with Okami HD, Street Fighter V, and Resident Evil 7 all getting tempting price cuts.

The PlayStation Big in Japan sale ends on March 3 in Europe and March 3 in North America. Head over to the PS Store before then to see the full list of discounted games in your region. Here are some more highlights.

PlayStation Big in Japan Sale Highights

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dmc Devil May Cry
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XI – Digital Edition of Light
  • Dynasty Warriors 9 Complete Edition
  • Earth Defense Force 5 Deluxe Edition
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Little Nightmares Complete Edition
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience
  • Nioh – The Complete Edition
  • Okami HD
  • Oninaki
  • Pixeljunk Monsters 2
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Secret of Mana
  • Shenmue III
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition
  • SNK Heroines
  • Star Ocean First Departure R
  • Steins;Gate Elite
  • Street Fighter V
  • Tekken 7
  • The Silver Case
  • The Ultimate Sonic Bundle
  • Thief
  • Trails Of Cold Steel III Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition
  • Windjammers
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

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The brilliant SteamWorld series is coming to Google Stadia

A quartet of SteamWorld games head to Google’s game streaming platform, with the best two titles free with Stadia Pro at launch.

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A quartet of SteamWorld games head to Google’s game streaming platform, with the best two titles free with Stadia Pro at launch.

Thunderful Publishing is bringing the most recent four games in the popular SteamWorld series to Google Stadia. All four will be available to purchase soon, with SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech free for Stadia Pro members. The first SteamWorld Dig and turn-based strategy shooter SteamWorld Heist round out the lineup.

The only game in the series not included is the oft-forgotten 2010 Nintendo DSi release, SteamWorld Tower Defense.

Developed by Image & Form, the series has become one of the most enduring and popular indie franchises, with its distinct blend of steampunk and wild west aesthetics providing a canvas for the studio to experiment with a range of game genres.

At the time of writing, we don’t have an exact release date for the four games. Like most Google Stadia news, it’s all a little vague. That said, each game is excellent and well worth playing. SteamWorld Dig 2, in particular, is a big favourite at the Thumbsticks office and narrowly missed out on top ten placing in our best games of 2017.


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