Video Gaming

As it starts creating its own games, Austin’s Certain Affinity is expanding to new HQ

One of Austin’s longest-running major video game companies is finally raising its profile after 10 years of staying out of the spotlight.  Certain Affinity, which has done work on blockbuster games including “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and...

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'Halo Wars 2’ arrives, ‘Psychonauts’ returns in ‘The Rhombus of Ruin’ VR adventure

New video games out this week: “Halo Wars 2.” Microsoft’s “Halo” saga continues in this real-time strategy game with a story that serves as scene setting for “Halo 6.” Buying the game gives players access to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions...

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Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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What’s the deal with that ‘Halo Wars 2’ mural in downtown Austin?

If you’ve been near West 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin this week, you might have noticed a new piece of street art sporting a Snapchat code and a strange creature. The creature is Atriox from the “Halo” universe. The mural is there...

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‘For Honor,’ ‘Sniper Elite 4’ bring the action this week in new games

New video games out this week: “For Honor.” Ubisoft swings for the fences (and people’s heads) with this visceral war game focused on melee combat among three warrior factions: knights, vikings and samurai. The game features a story campaign as well...

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Action-packed ‘Nioh,’ from Team Ninja, is new in games this week

New video games out this week” “Nioh.” The latest from Team Ninja is a long-in-development PlayStation 4 exclusive that takes place in 16th-century Japan. There’s demons beasts, samurai weapons, a deep combat system and a story of a country torn...

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New in games: ‘Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World,’ ‘Hitman’ reboot’s first season 

New video games out this week:  “Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.” (out Friday) “Yoshi’s Woolly World” was a crafty delight on Nintendo Wii U, featuring beautifully yarn-inspired worlds. The 3DS version includes the Wii U levels and adds some new...

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‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ and vampires in ‘Sims 4’(!) lead this week’s new games

New video games out this week: “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” After several installments that seemed to go way off the rails, Capcom appears to be reining in its long-running survival horror series by limiting it to one location and giving it a first-person...

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Rooster Teeth’s ‘RWBY: Grimm Eclipse,’ ‘Gravity Rush 2’ lead the week’s new games

New video games out this week: “RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.” Austin’s popular home-grown animated series “RWBY” from Rooster Teeth becomes a console game in this four-player hack-and-slash title featuring online co-op play and a new storyline, villains...

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Tech Crawl: Nintendo Switch pricing and launch date set, Consumer Reports change tune on Apple laptops and an Amazon talent poaching

Happy Friday! Here’s tech news we’re following this morning. Nintendo reveals more Switch details The next Nintendo console, Switch, was shown more detail in an online presentation last night. The company revealed that the home TV/portable hybrid...

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