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Google Stadia review: This could be big (Update: Three weeks later)

Cloud gaming isn't a new idea. Companies like OnLive (RIP) have been trying to make it work for the better part of a decade. Google's effectively limitless resources and software wizardry make it an ideal fit to work the kinks out of such a complicated problem, and with Stadia, it seems it may have done just that. In my time with the platform, streaming performance has been wildly impressive — but lackluster day-one game selection and plenty of half-baked features make for a rocky start for the fledgling gaming platform.

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Stadia's store will support trials and demos, gifting, wishlists, pre-orders, and tons of other lists

Stadia launched in what what most would consider a very unfinished state, missing many plenty of the announced features like family sharing and broadcasting, or with very rushed and incomplete features like screenshots or a game store. Shopping for games initially required the smartphone app, but the store launched on the web last week, opening the door to a more convenient shopping experience. It also reveals a bit more about some of the marketing and categorization we'll see as the Stadia catalog fills out.

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Bethesda ends development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls: Legends in 2017 on several platforms (including Android), as a response to the growing popularity of card games like Heartstone. Even though the game enjoyed moderate success at first, not even the Elder Scrolls brand could save it, and now Bethesda is throwing in the towel.

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34 new Android games from the week of December 2, 2019: EVE Echoes, SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions, and Terraforming Mars

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the beta test release for EVE Echoes, the latest RPG port from Square Enix, and the newest board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 2nd, 2019.

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15 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

It's finally the weekend, and if your week has been anything like mine, that's a godsend. Anyhow, I'm back again with some more app sales. Enjoy.

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Pearl Abyss will launch Black Desert Mobile globally on Android this year (Update: Pre-download starts Dec. 9)

Black Desert Mobile is an MMORPG that's already available on Android, though you can only download it off the Play Store if you live in Korea or Japan. Now that the developer Pearl Abyss has had some time to iron out a few kinks and find some success in the regions the game was launched, the studio has announced on Facebook that a global release will happen this year, which means an English version is expected to land on the Play Store sometime in the next eight months.

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Here are 311 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 9 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Darksiders Genesis hacks and slashes its way onto Stadia, now available for $40

Google revealed today that Darksiders Genesis is the latest game to arrive on the Stadia game streaming platform, and you can pick it up today for $39.99. This is a hack and slash game where you'll explore the dark events that laid the foundation for the first game in the series, which makes this release a prequel. Not only does the Stadia release of Darksiders Genesis align with the release on PC, but this is also the first title in the franchise that includes 2-player co-op. You can also play solo if you wish, but clearly, it will be more fun battling hordes of demons and angels with your friends.

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Chromebooks now come with a copy of Star Wars: KOTOR and free items in Asphalt 9

Google has long offered freebies with Chromebooks, but it's expanded the offerings beyond its own services in recent months. For example, you can get a few months of Disney+ with Chromebooks right now. Starting today, you can also get some Android games on your Chromebook in the form of Star Wars: KOTOR and Asphalt 9.

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21 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

The madness of Black Friday/Cyber Monday has calmed down, and that reflects here in the app sales roundup. Today's list is quite small, thankfully, so see what's available today.

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