Samsung Galaxy Fit is now on sale in the US

The Samsung Galaxy Fit is now on sale for those who live in the US. You can order it from Samsung’s official website where it costs $99.99 (about £90, AU$145) and it comes in either silver or black.

We don’t yet have a release date for other markets around the world, but we’ve asked Samsung for an update on when it’ll be on sale in the UK and Australia.

Samsung took its time bringing the Galaxy Fit to (virtual) shop shelves as the new fitness tracker was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S10 range back in March this year.

It was also introduced alongside a budget fitness tracker called the Galaxy Fit E, but according to Android Authority the manufacturer has confirmed it won’t be bringing the cheapest version to the US. It’s sure to be introduced to other markets in the coming months.

As for the Galaxy Fit, it comes with a 0.95-inch AMOLED display that sports a resolution of 120 x 240. That’s 282 pixels per inch. It’s water resistant too, so it can be taken in a pool. 

As for exercise, the Galaxy Fit features a heart rate monitor as well as automatic tracking for walking, running, cycling, rowing and dynamic workouts.

Battery life is estimated to be a week from a single charge, and that’s something we’d like to push to the limit at the time of our review.

You can reply to smartphone notifications on the tracker, but overall you shouldn’t expect a top-end level of functionality as it seems to be competing with the likes of the Fitbit Inspire HR or even the newly announced Xiaomi Mi Band 4.

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E3 2019: games list, best E3 2019 games and press conferences recap

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Our extensive E3 2019 games list is now complete, as the Los Angeles-based gaming convention is over, with a lot to show from Nintendo, Microsoft and Square Enix.

We were there reporting live and, below, you’ll find our official best E3 games 2019 list as well as a full games list of everything playable or that had an E3 2019 trailer.

What games are at E3 this year? There are hundreds, even though Sony PlayStation wasn’t in attendance, skipping E3 2019 in prep for next year’s PS5 console launch.

The biggest E3 game highlights include Cyberpunk 2077 starring Keanu Reeves, new hardware care of the Xbox Project Scarlett specs, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Halo Infinite and a new Avengers game to name a few.

We’ve also compiled a best Xbox One games at E3 2019, best PS4 games at E3 2019, and best Nintendo Switch games at E3 2019

There was something for everyone at this year’s expo.

Best E3 2019 games

Here’s a slideshow of the 15 best E3 2019 games.

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Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

E3 2019 games list

Nintendo

Microsoft

  • Halo Infinite (release window, coming to Xbox Project Scarlett)
  • Gears 5
  • Blair Witch
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Xbox One and PC)
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Battletoads
  • Age of Empire II: Definitive Edition (PC)
  • Wasteland 3
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC first, Xbox One later)
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Spiritfarer (coming to Xbox Game Pass)
  • 12 Minutes (Xbox One and PC)
  • Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions Expansion
  • Crossfire X
  • Gears Pop!

Take-Two Interactive/2K Games

Electronic Arts and EA Sports

CD Projekt Red

Konami

  • Contra Rogue Corps (Xbox One PS4, PC and Switch)
  • Contra Anniversary Collection

Bethesda

  • Deathloop (Platforms unknown) (Trailer)
  • Doom Eternal (Xbox One PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch)
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades (debuting on Nintendo Switch; iOS, Android updates)
  • Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC sneak peek)
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (Platforms unknown)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4, Xbox One and PC)
  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (VR)
  • Commander Keen (iOS and Android)

Square Enix

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile)
  • Final Fantasy 8 Remastered
  • Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers (PC)
  • Circuit Superstars (Square Enix Collective, developer Original Fire)
  • War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
  • Romancing Saga 3
  • Scarlett Grace
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • The Last Remnant Remastered (coming to Nintendo Switch)
  • Trials of Mana: Collection of Mana (coming to Switch)

Ubisoft

  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC)
  • The Division 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC)
  • For Honor (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC)
  • Watch Dogs Legion (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia) (game play available)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (game update)
  • Roller Champions (PC download available now, other platforms unknown)
  • Gods & Monsters (Xbox One,PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia and Switch)

Sega

  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Nintendo Switch)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (Xbox One)
  • SEGA Genesis mini console coming September 2019 with mini games like Mega Man:The Wily Wars, Earthworm Jim, Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2, Ecco the Dolphin and 35 more classic games.

Namco Bandai

  • Tales of Arise
  • Dragonball Z: Kakarot
  • Code Vein
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • RAD

Various

  • Elden Ring (via FromSoftware)
  • Dying Light 2 (from Techland)
  • Way to the Woods (Team 17)
  • Dauntless (coming to Nintendo Switch via Phoenix Labs)
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (En Masse Entertainment)
  • Dead by Daylight (coming to Nintendo Switch via Koch Media)
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale (coming to Nintendo Switch via Playful Corp.)
  • Empire of Sin (John Romero multi-console game)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Playtonic)
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Playtonic)

Nintendo Direct

E3 2019 games list from Nintendo

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Nintendo is at E3 2019, although it doesn’t hold press conferences anymore. Instead, is hosts a Nintendo Direct live stream. It’s jam-packed with games.

The big Nintendo E3 news is the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch and it’s a direct sequel to the console’s launch game. No release date was announced, but we did get an 82-second trailer featuring Link and Zelda traversing a dark dungeon.  

We also got to see more of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which was announced at E3 last year, and this year’s update on the game’s progress shows off  a green gooey Luigi doppelganger. He can squeeze through steel gates and cross over normally deadly spikes. It’s coming out in 2019, though Nintendo didn’t give us a specific date at E3. 

We also got a first look at another Zelda game: The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening, which does have a firm release date: September 20, 2019. It’s around the corner. One Nintendo game not coming as quickly as fans had hoped is the next Animal Crossing game. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was delayed to March 20, 2020.

The Nintendo Direct at E3 actually began with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC. It’s getting a Dragon Quest 11 cross-over and, later in the E3 video, we got news of a Banjo Kazooie crossover.

When is E3 2019?

E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and while that hasn’t changed from year to year, the press conference schedule has gotten shuffled. So we’ll explain it quickly.

The official E3 2019 dates are Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13. However, that’s just for the portion of the show held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. You know, the massive show floor where game demos happen.

E3 press conferences happen in the proceeding days, and this year it started with EA Play on Saturday, June 8 at the Hollywood Palladium. EA’s full day event offered deep dive trailers into EA’s biggest titles. 

Sunday belonged to Microsoft and Bethesda, while Monday is being reserved for the PC Gaming Show, Square Enix and Ubisoft E3 press conferences. Nintendo has its video presentation Tuesday, right before the E3 show floor opens.

EA at E3 2019

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EA E3 press conference time
It’s over, but we have the EA Play re-cap. It started on Saturday, June 8 at 9:15am PT for fans with tickets at the Hollywood Palladium.

What happened?
EA didn’t come with surprises, but dedicated about 30 minutes to each previously announced game, providing ample time for game walkthroughs, not just simple trailers and sizzle reels. We actually got to learn about new modes and gameplay mechanics. It was meaningful.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the highlight from Respawn Entertainment looking a bit like Uncharted with a lightsaber and The Force powers (that’s not a bad thing). There was no Titanfall 3, from the developer, but we did see Apex Legends Season 2: Battle Cry get a start date of July 2.

EA Sports gave us deep looks into both FIFA 20 and Madden 20, while Battlefield 5 Chapter 4 and The Sims 4: Island Living expanded their respective (and very different) universes.

What wasn’t at EA’s E3 2019?
We didn’t get many surprises – BioWare’s Dragon Age 4 has been an E3 no-show, even though it did get a teaser trailer at last year’s The Game Awards. Likewise, we didn’t see anything from PopCap (famous for Plants vs Zombies) and Ghost Games, the new stakeholders of the Need for Speed franchise. And, like we mentioned, Titanfall 3 was a no show, which is no surprise – Respawn is working on two other big games already being shown at E3.

Microsoft at E3 2019

Project Scarlett at E3 2019

Project Scarlett is official. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft E3 press conference time
Microsoft started its press conference on Sunday at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST and 9 pm BST, but it’s one you have to know about, so here’s the E3 re-cap.

What happened?
A lot. Microsoft had the biggest E3 press conference from the start, and then out walks Keanu Reeves – yes, that Keanu Reeves. He’s starring in Cyberpunk 2077 from developer CD Projekt Red, and while it’s a multi-platform game coming to the PC and PS4, too, Microsoft’s keynote had release date news first: it launches April 16, 2020.

We got the first Xbox Project Scarlett console specs, even if we didn’t get to see the hardware or box it comes in. The release window is end of 2020, so there’s another E3 to tease the form factor. We did, however, get an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which we plan to go hands-on on the show floor.

Other Microsoft surprises include the revival of the Blair Witch horror franchise in game form and the acquisition of developer Double Fine Games in the run up to its latest Psychonauts 2 trailer. Elden Ring, from George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls’ From Software, was the biggest non-surprise (it leaked ahead of time).

Finally, Microsoft ended the show with an extended teaser of Halo Infinite, or Halo 6, which will be exclusive to the company’s forthcoming Project Scarlett console.

Microsoft is the only one of the big three console makers that’s definitely at E3 2019 in full capacity – meaning they held a live press conference and a have booth presence at E3.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Microsoft?
We got information on Microsoft’s next Xbox console, but early rumors talked up two different versions of the console, one with a disc drive and one disc-less, like a more powerful version of the disc-less Xbox One S that came out in May.

Microsoft’s Fable franchise hasn’t had a game since 2017, and we still have no official word on the rumored Fable IV game. Also, when Dragon Age 4 from BioWare didn’t show up at EA’s E3 press conference, we were kind up hoping it was because Microsoft wanted to save it for its showcase. That just wasn’t the case.

Bethesda at E3 2019

E3 2019 recap

 Doom Eternal (Image Credit: Bethesda)

Bethesda E3 2019 press conference time
It’s wrapped up, but it happened on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 5:30pm PT

What happened?
No, Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield didn’t show up, something Bethesda told us ahead of time and fans in the audience refused to believe. Hopes dashed, right? 

Instead, they got some great news about existing games like Fallout 76 battle royal mode, Elder Scrolls Blades expanding on mobile with an update tonight and coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, and two brand new IP, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop – those two really stuck out.

Doom Eternal was the only game we got hands-on time with at the end of the show, but we expect to see Wolfenstein: Youngblood (announced to release on July 26) and maybe, hopefully Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (the VR game set for 2019) on the E3 show floor.

There’s more Bethesda E3 news still: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and Rage 2 are getting major content updates, Commander Keen is back and more colorful than ever, this time coming to iOS and Android.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Bethesda?
Like we said, The Elder Scrolls VI wasn’t here, and neither was Starfield – though you can expect Starfield before ES6, according to Bethesda’s release schedule. Bethesda Game Studios executive producer Todd Howard did mention the games by name on stage, but no extra details. Not this year at E3 – maybe next year.

PC Gaming Show at E3 2019

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PC Gaming Show (Image Credit: PC Gamer)

PC gaming Show press conference time
Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10am PT (1pm ET, 5pm UK)  

What happened?
Well, PC Gaming Show delivered some of the coolest-looking PC games we’ve yet to see at E3, including Midnight Ghost Hunt, Remnant: From the Ashes and Baldur’s Gate 3, plus big-name titles like Shenmue 3 and Borderlands 3

On the hardware side, we saw a new curved monitor from Samsung – the company’s first-ever monitor to support G-Sync. The Samsung CRG5 has a 240Hz refresh rate, 4ms response rate and a 1080p resolution.

Later in the show we saw a return of Maneater, a SharK-PG, and a new trailer for Shenmue 3 – which will be coming first on PCs to the Epic Games Store.

Last but not least, there was a great new trailer for Planet Zoo, a spiritual successor to the old Zoo Tycoon games that many fondly remember from the early Aughts.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for PC Gaming Show?
It would’ve been nice to see AMD and Nvidia up on stage at PC Gaming Show, but AMD decided to hold a separate event on Monday instead. The same could be said for Microsoft, who plays a major role in the PC ecosystem.

Square Enix at E3 2019

Final Fantasy VII (Image Credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy VII (Image Credit: Square Enix)

Square Enix press conference time: The Square Enix’s E3 2019 conference was held on Monday, June 10, at 6pm PT and 9pm ET (Tuesday, June 11 at 2am BST and 11am AEST).

What happened?
Square Enix was one of the better press events we’ve yet to see at E3 2019, packing in tons of new information on Marvel’s Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and the remastered version of Final Fantasy 8 – yes, it’s finally happening. 

First up, after the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3 in early January, Square Enix finally announced the game’s first DLC content, Re:Mind

The majority of the keynote was taken up by Final Fantasy VII Remake. There wasn’t much news on the game that we didn’t know (the release date actually slipped out a day before the conference) but we got the chance to see Tifa, Cloud, Aerith and the rest in live action against a boss – which was exciting to watch.

We also got a very in-depth look at Marvel’s Avengers. We got our first bits of story (it’s entirely new, by the way) and learned a bit more about what the gameplay is like. We’re likely to hear a bit more about multiplayer come Wednesday’s E3 Coliseum chat, but so far we like what we’ve heard. We know now that it’ll come out on March 3, 2020 – less than a year from now.

We were also reminded that Square Enix is currently working on Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Nintendo Switch, as that got a small spot in the keynote, as well as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Square Enix?
The next episode in Life is Strange 2, plus more information about Just Cause 4 DLC and Oninaki. Was it too early to hear something about Final Fantasy 16? Probably. But it still would’ve been nice.

Sony at E3 2019

Keynote time: N/A

Sorry guys, unfortunately Sony is skipping the E3 festivities this year and has said that it will instead find another venue to showcase the games and hardware coming down the pipeline.  That said, we won’t rule out another State of Play event, like the one Sony held back in March.

If that doesn’t happen, well, we’ll just have to wait to hear more about The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima.

Ubisoft at E3 2019

Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Image Credit: Ubisoft)

Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Image Credit: Ubisoft)

Keynote time: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm UK) 

What happened?
Ubisoft may not have shown up with Beyond Good and Evil 2 or a new Splinter Cell, but it had more than enough Tom Clancy titles to make up for it.

Over the course of the show, Ubisoft announced a release date and new trailer for Watch Dogs Legion – the newest game in the Watch Dogs franchise – plus a new mode for the ultra-popular tactical shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege.

While we didn’t get a proper new Splinter Cell title (bummer, we know) we did get a new mobile game called Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad that will include Sam Fisher. 

To break up the explosions, Ubisoft showed off a new entry in the long-running Just Dance franchise – Just Dance 20 – that’s coming to all of the major modern platforms plus the Wii. Yes, there are still Wii games being made in 2019.

Ending the keynote were two bombshell announcements, Uplay Plus, a new subscription-based streaming service, and a trailer for Gods and Monsters that’s coming from the Assassin’s Creed development team.

What wasn’t at the Ubisoft E3 2019 event?
There were two disappointing absences from Ubisoft’s E3 event: Skull and Bones, the ship-focused combat game that looks to carry the torch from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Beyond Good and Evil 2.

You’ll also be disappointed to hear that there wasn’t any news about the next Assassin’s Creed game. Ubisoft previously announced that is was skipping a release in 2019 and, unfortunately, followed through on that promise.

Nintendo at E3 2019

Banjo-Kazooie (Image Credit: Rare)

Banjo-Kazooie (Image Credit: Rare)

Nintendo Video Direct
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9am PT (12pm ET)

What happened
All things considered, Nintendo had a very good E3 showing. Over the course of its 40-minute Nintendo Direct event, we saw a number of new trailers and game announcements for the Nintendo’s leading handheld, the Nintendo Switch, and a surprise announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel.

Before Nintendo dropped the bombshell announcement for Breath of the Wild 2, Ninty had a strong start with new information on Luigi’s Mansion 3, which we now know takes place in a haunted hotel, but disappointed many when the company failed to unveil a release date. Maybe we’ll hear more this October?

The good news is that the company then bounced back with new trailers for a brand-new entry in the Mana series of RPGs and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which we now know is coming out on September 20.

Today was also a very good day to be a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan, as Nintendo announced the next two DLC fighters, the Hero from Dragon Quest XI and Banjo-Kazooie from the classic Rare platformer. 

We also saw a number of ports coming our way from some of the other consoles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Alien Isolation.

Last but not least we got a new gameplay trailer for Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch that shows up what life will be like on the newly inhabited island (yay!)… but also that the game will be delayed until March 20, 2020 (boo!). 

In terms of what games Nintendo is going to bring with it this year, the company says we’ll hear more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, as that’s due out by the end of 2019, plus the Link’s Awakening Remake and Mario Maker 2.

What wasn’t at the Nintendo E3 2019 event?
New information on Pokemon Sword and Shield, as that’s due out by the end of 2019, or Mario Maker 2, which is supposed to arrive on June 28. Although Nintendo warned us ahead of time, it was also disappointing not to see Metroid Prime 4 make an appearance at all this year. 

Devolver Digital at E3 2019

Devolver Digital E3 press conference time
The video landed on Sunday night Pacific time.

What happened… or didn’t happen?
Devolver Digital always has a weird and bloody E3 presentation, and this year was no different. It’s a parody-filled direct video (not an actual press conference) that could be described as the exact opposite of a Nintendo Direct. It’s kind of refreshing and always strange, care of their fictional CEO Nina Struthers.

This year’s announcement? They’re selling bootleg versions of their own games at 1% off. This includes Hotline Milwaukee (really, Hotline Miami) and Catsylvania (really Gato Roboto). 

AMD at E3 2019

AMD E3 press conference time
The AMD E3 keynote is already over, and it aired on Monday, June 10 at 3pm PT, 6PM ET and 11PM BST and Tuesday, June 11 at 8am AEST.

What happened?
At AMD’s E3 2019 keynote, Team Red first reiterated its Ryzen 3rd Generation processor lineup, saying these next-generation processors will be the best processors for gaming. However, the star of the show was AMD Navi. Team Red revealed the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, two mid-range graphics cards which aim to take on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060, respectively. 

And, at $449 (about £350, AU$650) and $379 (about £299, AU$550) for the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, respectively, AMD just might succeed. 

Then, to cap things off, AMD CEO Lisa Su pulled a ‘one more thing’ moment, and revealed the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the first 16-core processor in the mainstream. It’s expensive, at $749 (about £590, AU$1,080), but it may just be the most powerful CPU you can get without hitting the high-end desktop market.

Google at E3 2019

Google E3 press conference time
Technically not a keynote, but the first Stadia Connect aired on June 6 at 9 am PDT

What happened
While it’s not technically part of E3 as it doesn’t have a partnership with the ESA, Google has shown that it wants to be part of the big show by leading the week’s events with a Google Stadia announcement.

In a 25-minute presentation held on June 6, Google Stadia boss (and former Microsoft VP) Phil Harrison gave us our first tangible details about the new streaming service coming later this year. The TL;DW? Stadia will cost $9.99 per month and will allow you unlimited game-streaming in 4K HDR at 60fps. You can play on your TV with a Chromecast Ultra, or your laptop or desktop in a Chrome browser. You’ll also be able to game on your smartphone… as long as you own a Google Pixel device. 

Want to know more about Google’s ambitious venture into video games? We’ve got all the details in our complete Google Stadia guide.

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Sega Mega Drive Mini review: Hands-on

Sega Mega Drive Mini
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E3 2019 is a quiet one when it comes to hardware and especially consoles. However, Sega has shown off its new retro classic in the form of the Mega Drive Mini, or the Genesis depending on where you are. Here’s our hands-on review from the show.

Following in the footsteps of Nintendo with its NES and SNES Classic Mini consoles, the Sega Mega Drive Mini does exactly what is says on the box. This is a scaled down version of the 90s console loaded with nostalgic games.

Unlike Sony, Sega has kept the price down so the Mega Drive Mini is a reasonable £69.99 or $79.99 if your in the US. You’ll be able to get your hands-on it come 19 September.

There’s nothing particularly surprising about the design of the Mega Drive Mini. After seeing Nintendo’s efforts, this is very much the same philosophy but with a different console.

Sega Mega Drive Mini console

The palm sized replica is pretty cute and even has working flaps for the cartridge slot, although there’s nothing to put it in which is a shame. A dummy cartridge would have been a nice touch.

Otherwise, you get a power switch, a reset button which acts like the Start button on the controller and a headphone volume slider which moves but is purely for show since there is no headphone jack. That would have perhaps been another nice touch but would have added cost.

Round the back are HDMI and Micro-USB ports, the latter for power. Then at the front are USB-A ports to plug in the controllers. Using modern ports is an obvious change from the original console and might detract slightly from the retro feel but it’s also totally understandable.

Apart from the USB port, the controllers – of which there are two included in the box – are true to the original including the size, shape and weight. They’re properly clunky and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Once you get one in your hand you’ll be instantly transported back to the age you were playing on the original.

Sega Mega Drive Mini controller

Software wise things are as simple as you like. It’s basically a case of switching on the console and choosing what game to play. Once you’re in we’re sure it will all come flooding back, although games – as we found with the Nintendo classics – might well be harder than you remember.

Choosing a game to play may or may not be easy depending on what you’re after. There’s everything from Sonic, to Golden Axe to, Earthworm Jim, to Toe Jam & Earl. The menu allows you to order them in various ways – release date, alphabetical order, genre and number of players.

Sega Mega Drive Mini games

With a total of 42 games (way more than Sony offers) means there’s likely to be a mix of games you remember with fond memories and others you never played. However many of them you know, there are many many hours of fun to be had here for such an affordable price.

The games look great with the 16-bit graphics and playing them feels just like we remember on the original. You can choose whether to use the original aspect ratio, with optional wallpapers to fill the black space, or stretch it to fill your modern display.

Read our previews for Gears 5,  DOOM Eternal, Borderlands 3 and Marvel’s Avengers.

Early Verdict

With a very similar winning formula as the Nintendo classic editions, there’s very little to dislike here when it comes to the Sega Mega Drive Mini.

This another cute replica of a much loved console, complete with true to the original controllers and a large range of popular games.

All this for an affordable price makes it a winner in our book. You’ll only disagree if you hated the Mega Drive for some reason.

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E3 2019: full games list, schedule and press conference recap

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We’re working on a full E3 2019 games list now that our expo schedule has crossed off all of the press conferences from the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft and Bethesda.

What games are at E3 2019? There are hundreds, even though Sony PlayStation isn’t at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year, likely in prep for next year’s PS5.

The biggest E3 game highlights include Cyberpunk 2077 starring Keanu Reeves, new hardware care of the Xbox Project Scarlett specs, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Halo Infinite and a new Avengers game to name a few.

We’ve compiled an E3 2019 trailers list, and also came up with list for the best Xbox One games at E3 2019, best PS4 games at E3 2019, and best Nintendo Switch games at E3 2019. There’s something for everyone at this year’s expo.

E3 2019 games list

Nintendo

Microsoft

  • Halo Infinite (release window, coming to Xbox Project Scarlett)
  • Gears 5
  • Blair Witch
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Xbox One and PC)
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Battletoads
  • Age of Empire II: Definitive Edition (PC)
  • Wasteland 3
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC first, Xbox One later)
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Spiritfarer (coming to Xbox Game Pass)
  • 12 Minutes (Xbox One and PC)
  • Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions Expansion
  • Crossfire X
  • Gears Pop!

Take-Two Interactive/2K Games

Electronic Arts and EA Sports

CD Projekt Red

Konami

  • Contra Rogue Corps (Xbox One PS4, PC and Switch)
  • Contra Anniversary Collection

Bethesda

  • Deathloop (Platforms unknown) (Trailer)
  • Doom Eternal (Xbox One PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch)
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades (debuting on Nintendo Switch; iOS, Android updates)
  • Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC sneak peek)
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (Platforms unknown)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4, Xbox One and PC)
  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (VR)
  • Commander Keen (iOS and Android)

Square Enix

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile)
  • Final Fantasy 8 Remastered
  • Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers (PC)
  • Circuit Superstars (Square Enix Collective, developer Original Fire)
  • War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
  • Romancing Saga 3
  • Scarlett Grace
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • The Last Remnant Remastered (coming to Nintendo Switch)
  • Trials of Mana: Collection of Mana (coming to Switch)

Ubisoft

  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC)
  • The Division 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC)
  • For Honor (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC)
  • Watch Dogs Legion (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia) (game play available)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (game update)
  • Roller Champions (PC download available now, other platforms unknown)
  • Gods & Monsters (Xbox One,PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia and Switch)

Sega

  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Nintendo Switch)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (Xbox One)
  • SEGA Genesis mini console coming September 2019 with mini games like Mega Man:The Wily Wars, Earthworm Jim, Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2, Ecco the Dolphin and 35 more classic games.

Namco Bandai

  • Tales of Arise
  • Dragonball Z: Kakarot
  • Code Vein
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • RAD

Various

  • Elden Ring (via FromSoftware)
  • Dying Light 2 (from Techland)
  • Way to the Woods (Team 17)
  • Dauntless (coming to Nintendo Switch via Phoenix Labs)
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (En Masse Entertainment)
  • Dead by Daylight (coming to Nintendo Switch via Koch Media)
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale (coming to Nintendo Switch via Playful Corp.)
  • Empire of Sin (John Romero multi-console game)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Playtonic)
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Playtonic)

Nintendo Direct

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Image credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo is at E3 2019, although it doesn’t hold press conferences anymore. Instead, is hosts a Nintendo Direct live stream. It’s jam-packed with games.

The big Nintendo E3 news is the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch and it’s a direct sequel to the console’s launch game. No release date was announced, but we did get an 82-second trailer featuring Link and Zelda traversing a dark dungeon.  

We also got to see more of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which was announced at E3 last year, and this year’s update on the game’s progress shows off  a green gooey Luigi doppelganger. He can squeeze through steel gates and cross over normally deadly spikes. It’s coming out in 2019, though Nintendo didn’t give us a specific date at E3. 

We also got a first look at another Zelda game: The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening, which does have a firm release date: September 20, 2019. It’s around the corner. One Nintendo game not coming as quickly as fans had hoped is the next Animal Crossing game. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was delayed to March 20, 2020.

The Nintendo Direct at E3 actually began with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC. It’s getting a Dragon Quest 11 cross-over and, later in the E3 video, we got news of a Banjo Kazooie crossover.

When is E3 2019?

E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and while that hasn’t changed from year to year, the press conference schedule has gotten shuffled. So we’ll explain it quickly.

The official E3 2019 dates are Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13. However, that’s just for the portion of the show held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. You know, the massive show floor where game demos happen.

E3 press conferences happen in the proceeding days, and this year it started with EA Play on Saturday, June 8 at the Hollywood Palladium. EA’s full day event offered deep dive trailers into EA’s biggest titles. 

Sunday belonged to Microsoft and Bethesda, while Monday is being reserved for the PC Gaming Show, Square Enix and Ubisoft E3 press conferences. Nintendo has its video presentation Tuesday, right before the E3 show floor opens.

EA at E3 2019

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EA E3 press conference time
It’s over, but we have the EA Play re-cap. It started on Saturday, June 8 at 9:15am PT for fans with tickets at the Hollywood Palladium.

What happened?
EA didn’t come with surprises, but dedicated about 30 minutes to each previously announced game, providing ample time for game walkthroughs, not just simple trailers and sizzle reels. We actually got to learn about new modes and gameplay mechanics. It was meaningful.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the highlight from Respawn Entertainment looking a bit like Uncharted with a lightsaber and The Force powers (that’s not a bad thing). There was no Titanfall 3, from the developer, but we did see Apex Legends Season 2: Battle Cry get a start date of July 2.

EA Sports gave us deep looks into both FIFA 20 and Madden 20, while Battlefield 5 Chapter 4 and The Sims 4: Island Living expanded their respective (and very different) universes.

What wasn’t at EA’s E3 2019?
We didn’t get many surprises – BioWare’s Dragon Age 4 has been an E3 no-show, even though it did get a teaser trailer at last year’s The Game Awards. Likewise, we didn’t see anything from PopCap (famous for Plants vs Zombies) and Ghost Games, the new stakeholders of the Need for Speed franchise. And, like we mentioned, Titanfall 3 was a no show, which is no surprise – Respawn is working on two other big games already being shown at E3.

Microsoft at E3 2019

Project Scarlett at E3 2019

Project Scarlett is official. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft E3 press conference time
Microsoft started its press conference on Sunday at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST and 9 pm BST, but it’s one you have to know about, so here’s the E3 re-cap.

What happened?
A lot. Microsoft had the biggest E3 press conference from the start, and then out walks Keanu Reeves – yes, that Keanu Reeves. He’s starring in Cyberpunk 2077 from developer CD Projekt Red, and while it’s a multi-platform game coming to the PC and PS4, too, Microsoft’s keynote had release date news first: it launches April 16, 2020.

We got the first Xbox Project Scarlett console specs, even if we didn’t get to see the hardware or box it comes in. The release window is end of 2020, so there’s another E3 to tease the form factor. We did, however, get an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which we plan to go hands-on on the show floor.

Other Microsoft surprises include the revival of the Blair Witch horror franchise in game form and the acquisition of developer Double Fine Games in the run up to its latest Psychonauts 2 trailer. Elden Ring, from George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls’ From Software, was the biggest non-surprise (it leaked ahead of time).

Finally, Microsoft ended the show with an extended teaser of Halo Infinite, or Halo 6, which will be exclusive to the company’s forthcoming Project Scarlett console.

Microsoft is the only one of the big three console makers that’s definitely at E3 2019 in full capacity – meaning they held a live press conference and a have booth presence at E3.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Microsoft?
We got information on Microsoft’s next Xbox console, but early rumors talked up two different versions of the console, one with a disc drive and one disc-less, like a more powerful version of the disc-less Xbox One S that came out in May.

Microsoft’s Fable franchise hasn’t had a game since 2017, and we still have no official word on the rumored Fable IV game. Also, when Dragon Age 4 from BioWare didn’t show up at EA’s E3 press conference, we were kind up hoping it was because Microsoft wanted to save it for its showcase. That just wasn’t the case.

Bethesda at E3 2019

E3 2019 recap

 Doom Eternal (Image Credit: Bethesda)

Bethesda E3 2019 press conference time
It’s wrapped up, but it happened on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 5:30pm PT

What happened?
No, Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield didn’t show up, something Bethesda told us ahead of time and fans in the audience refused to believe. Hopes dashed, right? 

Instead, they got some great news about existing games like Fallout 76 battle royal mode, Elder Scrolls Blades expanding on mobile with an update tonight and coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, and two brand new IP, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop – those two really stuck out.

Doom Eternal was the only game we got hands-on time with at the end of the show, but we expect to see Wolfenstein: Youngblood (announced to release on July 26) and maybe, hopefully Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (the VR game set for 2019) on the E3 show floor.

There’s more Bethesda E3 news still: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and Rage 2 are getting major content updates, Commander Keen is back and more colorful than ever, this time coming to iOS and Android.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Bethesda?
Like we said, The Elder Scrolls VI wasn’t here, and neither was Starfield – though you can expect Starfield before ES6, according to Bethesda’s release schedule. Bethesda Game Studios executive producer Todd Howard did mention the games by name on stage, but no extra details. Not this year at E3 – maybe next year.

PC Gaming Show at E3 2019

PC Gaming Show (Image Credit: PC Gamer)

PC Gaming Show (Image Credit: PC Gamer)

PC gaming Show press conference time
Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10am PT (1pm ET, 5pm UK)  

What happened?
Well, PC Gaming Show delivered some of the coolest-looking PC games we’ve yet to see at E3, including Midnight Ghost Hunt, Remnant: From the Ashes and Baldur’s Gate 3, plus big-name titles like Shenmue 3 and Borderlands 3

On the hardware side, we saw a new curved monitor from Samsung – the company’s first-ever monitor to support G-Sync. The Samsung CRG5 has a 240Hz refresh rate, 4ms response rate and a 1080p resolution.

Later in the show we saw a return of Maneater, a SharK-PG, and a new trailer for Shenmue 3 – which will be coming first on PCs to the Epic Games Store.

Last but not least, there was a great new trailer for Planet Zoo, a spiritual successor to the old Zoo Tycoon games that many fondly remember from the early Aughts.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for PC Gaming Show?
It would’ve been nice to see AMD and Nvidia up on stage at PC Gaming Show, but AMD decided to hold a separate event on Monday instead. The same could be said for Microsoft, who plays a major role in the PC ecosystem.

Square Enix at E3 2019

Final Fantasy VII (Image Credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy VII (Image Credit: Square Enix)

Square Enix press conference time: The Square Enix’s E3 2019 conference was held on Monday, June 10, at 6pm PT and 9pm ET (Tuesday, June 11 at 2am BST and 11am AEST).

What happened?
Square Enix was one of the better press events we’ve yet to see at E3 2019, packing in tons of new information on Marvel’s Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and the remastered version of Final Fantasy 8 – yes, it’s finally happening. 

First up, after the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3 in early January, Square Enix finally announced the game’s first DLC content, Re:Mind

The majority of the keynote was taken up by Final Fantasy VII Remake. There wasn’t much news on the game that we didn’t know (the release date actually slipped out a day before the conference) but we got the chance to see Tifa, Cloud, Aerith and the rest in live action against a boss – which was exciting to watch.

We also got a very in-depth look at Marvel’s Avengers. We got our first bits of story (it’s entirely new, by the way) and learned a bit more about what the gameplay is like. We’re likely to hear a bit more about multiplayer come Wednesday’s E3 Coliseum chat, but so far we like what we’ve heard. We know now that it’ll come out on March 3, 2020 – less than a year from now.

We were also reminded that Square Enix is currently working on Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Nintendo Switch, as that got a small spot in the keynote, as well as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition.

What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Square Enix?
The next episode in Life is Strange 2, plus more information about Just Cause 4 DLC and Oninaki. Was it too early to hear something about Final Fantasy 16? Probably. But it still would’ve been nice.

Sony at E3 2019

Keynote time: N/A

Sorry guys, unfortunately Sony is skipping the E3 festivities this year and has said that it will instead find another venue to showcase the games and hardware coming down the pipeline.  That said, we won’t rule out another State of Play event, like the one Sony held back in March.

If that doesn’t happen, well, we’ll just have to wait to hear more about The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima.

Ubisoft at E3 2019

Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Image Credit: Ubisoft)

Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Image Credit: Ubisoft)

Keynote time: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm UK) 

What happened?
Ubisoft may not have shown up with Beyond Good and Evil 2 or a new Splinter Cell, but it had more than enough Tom Clancy titles to make up for it.

Over the course of the show, Ubisoft announced a release date and new trailer for Watch Dogs Legion – the newest game in the Watch Dogs franchise – plus a new mode for the ultra-popular tactical shooter, Rainbow Six: Siege.

While we didn’t get a proper new Splinter Cell title (bummer, we know) we did get a new mobile game called Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad that will include Sam Fisher. 

To break up the explosions, Ubisoft showed off a new entry in the long-running Just Dance franchise – Just Dance 20 – that’s coming to all of the major modern platforms plus the Wii. Yes, there are still Wii games being made in 2019.

Ending the keynote were two bombshell announcements, Uplay Plus, a new subscription-based streaming service, and a trailer for Gods and Monsters that’s coming from the Assassin’s Creed development team.

What wasn’t at the Ubisoft E3 2019 event?
There were two disappointing absences from Ubisoft’s E3 event: Skull and Bones, the ship-focused combat game that looks to carry the torch from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Beyond Good and Evil 2.

You’ll also be disappointed to hear that there wasn’t any news about the next Assassin’s Creed game. Ubisoft previously announced that is was skipping a release in 2019 and, unfortunately, followed through on that promise.

Nintendo at E3 2019

Banjo-Kazooie (Image Credit: Rare)

Banjo-Kazooie (Image Credit: Rare)

Nintendo Video Direct
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9am PT (12pm ET)

What happened
All things considered, Nintendo had a very good E3 showing. Over the course of its 40-minute Nintendo Direct event, we saw a number of new trailers and game announcements for the Nintendo’s leading handheld, the Nintendo Switch, and a surprise announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel.

Before Nintendo dropped the bombshell announcement for Breath of the Wild 2, Ninty had a strong start with new information on Luigi’s Mansion 3, which we now know takes place in a haunted hotel, but disappointed many when the company failed to unveil a release date. Maybe we’ll hear more this October?

The good news is that the company then bounced back with new trailers for a brand-new entry in the Mana series of RPGs and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which we now know is coming out on September 20.

Today was also a very good day to be a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan, as Nintendo announced the next two DLC fighters, the Hero from Dragon Quest XI and Banjo-Kazooie from the classic Rare platformer. 

We also saw a number of ports coming our way from some of the other consoles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Alien Isolation.

Last but not least we got a new gameplay trailer for Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch that shows up what life will be like on the newly inhabited island (yay!)… but also that the game will be delayed until March 20, 2020 (boo!). 

In terms of what games Nintendo is going to bring with it this year, the company says we’ll hear more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, as that’s due out by the end of 2019, plus the Link’s Awakening Remake and Mario Maker 2.

What wasn’t at the Nintendo E3 2019 event?
New information on Pokemon Sword and Shield, as that’s due out by the end of 2019, or Mario Maker 2, which is supposed to arrive on June 28. Although Nintendo warned us ahead of time, it was also disappointing not to see Metroid Prime 4 make an appearance at all this year. 

Devolver Digital at E3 2019

Devolver Digital E3 press conference time
The video landed on Sunday night Pacific time.

What happened… or didn’t happen?
Devolver Digital always has a weird and bloody E3 presentation, and this year was no different. It’s a parody-filled direct video (not an actual press conference) that could be described as the exact opposite of a Nintendo Direct. It’s kind of refreshing and always strange, care of their fictional CEO Nina Struthers.

This year’s announcement? They’re selling bootleg versions of their own games at 1% off. This includes Hotline Milwaukee (really, Hotline Miami) and Catsylvania (really Gato Roboto). 

AMD at E3 2019

AMD E3 press conference time
The AMD E3 keynote is already over, and it aired on Monday, June 10 at 3pm PT, 6PM ET and 11PM BST and Tuesday, June 11 at 8am AEST.

What happened?
At AMD’s E3 2019 keynote, Team Red first reiterated its Ryzen 3rd Generation processor lineup, saying these next-generation processors will be the best processors for gaming. However, the star of the show was AMD Navi. Team Red revealed the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, two mid-range graphics cards which aim to take on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060, respectively. 

And, at $449 (about £350, AU$650) and $379 (about £299, AU$550) for the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, respectively, AMD just might succeed. 

Then, to cap things off, AMD CEO Lisa Su pulled a ‘one more thing’ moment, and revealed the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the first 16-core processor in the mainstream. It’s expensive, at $749 (about £590, AU$1,080), but it may just be the most powerful CPU you can get without hitting the high-end desktop market.

Google at E3 2019

Google E3 press conference time
Technically not a keynote, but the first Stadia Connect aired on June 6 at 9 am PDT

What happened
While it’s not technically part of E3 as it doesn’t have a partnership with the ESA, Google has shown that it wants to be part of the big show by leading the week’s events with a Google Stadia announcement.

In a 25-minute presentation held on June 6, Google Stadia boss (and former Microsoft VP) Phil Harrison gave us our first tangible details about the new streaming service coming later this year. The TL;DW? Stadia will cost $9.99 per month and will allow you unlimited game-streaming in 4K HDR at 60fps. You can play on your TV with a Chromecast Ultra, or your laptop or desktop in a Chrome browser. You’ll also be able to game on your smartphone… as long as you own a Google Pixel device. 

Want to know more about Google’s ambitious venture into video games? We’ve got all the details in our complete Google Stadia guide.

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The Outer Worlds doesn’t shy away from its Fallout roots – and that’s great

When Obsidian Entertainment revealed The Outer Worlds at E3 2018 it was hard to ignore the radioactive elephant in the room. A dystopian sci-fi RPG with dark humor and madcap characters? Bethesda’s Fallout series immediately spring to mind. 

And that comparison wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. After all, Obsidian Entertainment is the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas, arguably the series’ most popular title. And, following the disappointment that was Fallout 76, there’s most definitely a space in our library for a whacky new RPG. 

But has The Outer Worlds got what it takes to fill void left by Fallout?

Following a hands off demo of The Outer Worlds at E3 2019, we sat down with senior narrative designer, Megan Starks, to discuss balancing dark themes, underlying politics and living in the shadow of Fallout.

 Corporations and capitalism

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Image credit: Obsidian Entertainment

We’ve been extremely excited for The Outer Worlds but recent history has dictated that often AAA titles don’t end up containing what was labelled on the can. So, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Obsidian Entertainment seems to have gone above and beyond our expectations, creating a title that masterfully walks the line between cynical commentary on capitalism and humor. 

The overarching theme of The Outer Worlds is inherently bleak. Your character awakes from hibernation amidst a conspiracy to destroy Halycon – a colony residing at the edge of the galaxy driven by big-brand corporations. In The Outer Worlds, corporations are king and Obsidian take advantage of this to deliver comedy with a bite.

A perfect example of this was showcased in the hands off demo: The mission you’re given is to find a gentleman called Clive who runs the Boarstwurst canning factory. Boarstwurst, for those wondering, is a meat that’s gathered from Cystypigs. As we discover on sneaking into Clive’s factory, Cystypigs are oversized boars that grow disgusting pustules on their body. When those pustules are ‘ripe’ they are harvested for Boarwurst which is then canned. Yummy. 

Obsidian Entertainment seems to have gone above and beyond our expectations, creating a title that masterfully walks the line between cynical commentary on capitalism and humor.

There’s no denying the entire ‘Slaughterhouse Clive’ mission is offering some sort of
commentary on animal farming practices, but it never feels like you’re being force-fed a moral lesson. It’s  a comparable experience to Abe’s Odyssey in that the tone of humor balances out these darker themes and never makes it feel like you’re getting a lecture from the developers, rather it feels like Obsidian are poking fun at our capitalist culture.

“I think it’s really interesting because the two game directors, Tim [Cain] and Leonard [Boyarsky], represent each side of the humor,” Starks tells us. “Tim has a lighter, quirky funny, Futurama style of humor and Leonard is very dark and almost philosophical in it. When the two come together it strikes a really good balance.”

Radioactive elephants

Image credit: Obsidian Entertainment 

Image credit: Obsidian Entertainment 

However, Obsidian claims its not intentionally trying to deliver a political message and instead openly admit primary inspiration was drawn from the Fallout series. 

“Tim and Leonard wanted to create this new IP similar to Fallout – in the sense that it’s a dark apocalyptic world,” Stark explains. “Here we wanted to create a future that is a slightly dystopian society. We thought ‘what would be an interesting take on that but also funny?’ and we just ran with that.”

It’s refreshing that Obsidian doesn’t hide the influence Fallout has had on The Outer Worlds, especially given that studios typically will go out of their way to argue against such things.

But having Fallout as inspiration doesn’t mean The Outer Worlds is a mere rehash – it stands as a game in its own right. While features such as perks, companions and combat feel particularly similar, it appears that Obsidian has taken the genre and ramped it up to 10 adding character flaws, more impactful choices and more in-depth characters. 

“I think what people are excited about with the game is – if you’re familiar with Obsidian games – we try to take it to the max.”

Megan Starks – Senior Narrative Designer

“A lot of it is the setting and the humor for sure, it’s just that personality that you get with the game,” Starks explains when we question what will set The Outer Worlds apart from Fallout. “I think what people are excited about with the game is – if you’re familiar with Obsidian games – we try to take it to the max.

“The things you love about the games that we make, we want to provide to you in The Outer Worlds. It is very player-choice driven, we want a really rich story but everything you do has reactivity to it and you can play the way that you want to play whether that’s good, evil, psychopath, whether you want to side with the scientists and try to save the system or whether you want to join the board and reinforce their agenda or if you want to double-cross both of them and do a lone-wolf thing. 

“I think that’s part of it. The games people already like from the studio, you are going to get that same experience here. “

Choice matters

Image credit: Obsidian Entertainment 

Image credit: Obsidian Entertainment 

In the demo we watched, Obsidian’s branching narrative was definitely prominent. We’ll come back to Clive’s Slaughterhouse, as it’s the perfect example. 

In this mission alone, several choices were presented. Firstly, do you choose to take the mission which involves usurping Clive for a ballsy lady called Catherine? The next option is how you approach getting into the slaughterhouse. Do you sneak? Go guns-blazing? Or maybe smart-talk your way in? 

But the biggest decision comes when you actually find Clive, a raccoon-eyed man who makes Hannibal Lecter look like a reasonable guy. Clive offers you a lifetime supply of Boarstwurst (remember, pustules) in return for bringing him Catherine’s head. The choice you make will affect the entire game- and be ready for these choices a lot. 

“We do in every way try to have the game react to what you’re doing in the world.”

Megan Starks – Senior Narrative Designer

“There are a lot of examples of choice from the highest level, like do you want to be the board or a scientist or neither?” Starks explains. “Even on a small level, say if I’m playing a dumb scientist character and I make certain choices in dialogue, other people will react to that and the dialogue will play out in different ways.”

Starks presented the example of Marauder-infested areas, which can be cleared out. If you choose to do so then you may find wildlife take over the area later in the game. Similarly other choices affect character reactions (including whether companions choose to abandon you), narrative and environment. “We do in every way try to have the game react to what you’re doing in the world,” Starks explains.

From what we’ve seen, The Outer Worlds looks like Obsidian Entertainment at peak form offering an tongue-in-cheek RPG that doesn’t shy away from the grimmer aspects of our potential dystopian future. And we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

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Forget Rocket League, Roller Champions is the new best PVP sports game

You have to give Rocket League a lot of credit – it pioneered a new wave of action sports games. Riding that wave is Roller Champions, a new free-to-play game from Ubisoft that blends the best of Rocket League with roller derby and it’s outstanding.

The basic premise of the game is that two teams of three players work together to bring a ball around an arena one, two or three times before shooting into a hoop that’s hanging on the wall. The number of times you go around the track impacts how many points each goal is worth (either one, three or five points, respectively) and the first to five points wins. Preventing you from scoring, of course, is the other team of players, who’ll try to tackle you and take the ball away. 

What makes this game special – and my new favorite PVP sports game – is that, besides being free-to-play, it’s easier to pick up and play than Rocket League.

Beginners welcome, pros wanted

While Rocket League really plays like a motorized soccer game where you use cars to push a ball from one end of the field to the other, Roller Champions is a bit like playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and basketball simultaneously. It’s a wild combination that works surprisingly well – and, difficult as it may sound, it’s actually much easier than Rocket League to pick up and play for new players.

That’s not to say Rocket League is hard per se, or impossible to master, but it’s a game that starts off easy and very, very quickly becomes more difficult as you try to outmaneuver your opponents. Rocket League’s issue, and one I’ve always thought was holding it back, is that basic skills required to play the game – namely, passing and shooting – require extraordinary timing to pull off. 

Roller Champions eschews all that for a control scheme that you can largely pick up within the first minute. There’s pass, shoot and tackle, all of which are mapped to a single button. There are more complicated control mechanics here that will separate the novices from the pros like pumping (i.e. picking up speed when going down an incline) and dodging (which can be done when you’re holding the ball) but the bare bones mechanics don’t require an extraordinarily high level of skill.

It’s mechanics like those that will help Roller Champions foster a dedicated online community and, perhaps one day, a small eSports scene in the same vein as Rocket League. Until then, I’m totally fine for Roller Champions to be the English Football League to Rocket League’s Premier League.

Image Credit: Ubisoft

Image Credit: Ubisoft

The battle of the ball

And look, on a very basic level, Roller Champions and Rocket League share a lot in common: they’re both three-on-three competitive games that have a similar aesthetic. They both task your team to work together to move the ball from Point A to Point B. And, most importantly, they let one person on your team (sometimes more) just be a total troll. 

That last part is an important aspect in both games. 

In Rocket League, having someone guard the goal is a pretty effective strategy – same as it is in Roller Champions. But Champions ramps the troll-meter up a bit by allowing you to tackle anyone on the other team at any point – whether they’re carrying the ball or not. 

Not only is tackling a lot easier to pull off in Roller Champions but it offers the same joyful feeling you got from playing NFL Blitz or NHL Hitz. The result can only be described as euphoria as you watch your opponent who, very likely didn’t see you coming, pick themselves up from the ground as you skate away.

Image Credit: Ubisoft

Image Credit: Ubisoft

Better with friends, but not bad by yourself

OK, admittedly that last bit might make me sound like a horrible troll who goes around griefing his opponents. I promise I don’t do that… often. Most of the time I’m focused on being a good teammate by setting up a block, passing a long ball down the track or taking a hit for the team. 

All of that coordination is obviously more fun (and more cohesive) when you’re playing with a friend. But the best part about Roller Champions being so easy to pick up and play is that it doesn’t matter as much who you get partnered with – it’s fairly easy to get back into a groove no matter who your teammates are. 

Rocket League, because of its high skill cap can be really intimidating for new players and frustrating for folks who want the best teammates – which, really isn’t a lot of fun for either player.

You’ll still be able to out-maneuver and out-play your opponents once you get good at Roller Champions, but your teammates won’t be as bad, or rather, can’t be as bad as they are in Rocket League because of how easy the game is to control. For that reason, it’s the game we’ll switch over to when it comes to PC in 2020. 

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Huawei has reportedly filed trademarks for its Android replacement OS

The US trade ban has taken an extensive toll on Huawei, with the Chinese phone manufacturer having to swiftly find an alternative to the Android mobile operating system it currently relies on due to Google being a US company.

While the company has been reportedly working on its own Hongmeng operating system since 2012, the pressure has built considerably in recent months to present a finished and viable alternative to Android.

Do Androids dream of Hongmeng?

Huawei representative Andrew Williamson has spoken of the readiness of this operating system in an interview in Mexcio City, stating that “it’s not something Huawei wants […] but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in China”.

Williamson also claimed that he believes “it is already being rolled out over a million devices”, and Reuters has reported that Huawei has filed “Hongmeng” trademarks in the EU as well as multiple countries, including Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Peru.

Huawei would obviously prefer to stick with Google’s Android system, and would put the brakes on the Hongmeng roll-out if the US Government’s decision is revoked, but its backup OS will be ready to launch “in months”, according to Williamson. 

A Play Store by another name

One of the major drawbacks Huawei would face from having to leave behind Google’s Android mobile OS is its loss of access to its Play Store and the vast collection of verified and trusted apps that come with it.

The Chinese company has its own app store – Huawei AppGallery – but it currently doesn’t feature anything close to the range of apps as Google or Apple’s counterparts.

As such, the company has reached out to developers that currently have apps on the Play Store, according to a leaked email shared with XDA Developers, in order to request they also publish their popular apps over in the AppGallery and help boost its catalogue.

The email suggests that AppGallery has 560,000 developers currently in the community, and that the platform comes preloaded on every Huawei phone sold globally, reaching 270 million monthly active users.

FCC complaint

On top of all this, the Chinese communications giant has also filed an official complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the banning of its network technologies on the grounds of national security.

The letter claims that “banning particular vendors on grounds of ‘national security’ will actually do little or nothing to protect the security of America’s telecommunications networks. Rather, forcing network operators to rip out and replace their existing equipment would pose a greater threat to network stability and security.”

Furthermore, Huawei claims that, despite its efforts, Federal Commissioners have refused to meet with company representatives in order to explain the accusations of threatening national security, and the Chinese company is “therefore handicapped to respond”. 

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