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Genshin Impact is the new benchmark for free-to-play mobile games, out now

Genshin Impact is the new benchmark for free-to-play mobile games, out now

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play RPG that has been frequently compared to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, thanks to a similar cell-shaded art style. As you would expect, many gamers have been eagerly anticipating the release of Genshin Impact, and now that it's here, it would seem the wait was actually worth it. Sure, this is a free-to-play release. It's also a gacha game. So all of the typical underpinnings of F2P titles are here. Thankfully genuine care was taken to craft an enjoyable game that doesn't teeter too far into pay-to-win territory, resulting in a game that's not only worth playing but elevates the F2P field by setting a high benchmark that's going to be tough to beat.

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Possible Sony Xperia Play 2 prototype surfaces eight years after it was canceled

Possible Sony Xperia Play 2 prototype surfaces eight years after it was canceled

Gaming phones are commonplace now that mobile gaming has reached a level of maturity, although most half-decent phones can play modern games to a pretty good standard these days anyway. Rewind back to 2011, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 1 was a unique proposition with its slide-out PlayStation gamepad and stereo speakers. A follow-up was sadly canceled, but it appears as though images of a prototype have surfaced all these years later.

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Survive an alien planet in Risk of Rain 2, coming soon to Google Stadia

Survive an alien planet in Risk of Rain 2, coming soon to Google Stadia

One of the most hyped indie game launches lately has been Risk of Rain 2, which arrived on PC and console platforms last year as Early Access, and crossed the development finish line last month. The title is now coming to Google Stadia, complete with a new stage that will be a timed exclusive.

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Pick up Sony's 55" 4K HDR Android TV with Dolby Vision for $698 ($100 off)

Pick up Sony's 55" 4K HDR Android TV with Dolby Vision for $698 ($100 off)

Since we're spending more of our lives' at home these days, it's a great time to double check your home entertainment setup and make sure it's everything you want it to be. If not, don't fret — Sony's 55" 4K Android TV with HDR and Dolby Atmos is currently discounted down to $698 on Amazon and $699 on Best Buy, a savings of about $100.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is finally here, and the wait wasn't worth it

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is finally here, and the wait wasn't worth it

We've known since June of 2019 that Square Enix would bring Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition to Android, and after several more announcements, we learned the game would be released on August 27th, 2020. In case you didn't realize, that's today, and so Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is officially available on the Play Store as a free-to-play release, with cross-platform co-op available to free and paid players alike. This setup affords fans an easy way to test the game while also boosting co-op for everyone, and if you'd like to unlock the entirety of the title, you'll have to plunk down $25.99.

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Hitman, Hello Neighbor, more coming to Stadia Pro in September

Hitman, Hello Neighbor, more coming to Stadia Pro in September

Everybody assumed Stadia Pro would follow the 2-game-per-month standard set by XBox Live and Playstation Plus, but things have ramped up quite a bit in the last few months. Four titles were added for subscribers in the beginning of August, and then a surprise fifth game landed a couple weeks later. Now September is coming in hot with six titles to claim.

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Genshin Impact is a gorgeous open-world Zelda-like now available for pre-registration

Genshin Impact is a gorgeous open-world Zelda-like now available for pre-registration

It's no coincidence that Genshin Impact looks a heck of a lot like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, thanks to its colorful graphics and open-world design. Of course, this parallel is easy to draw when the developer miHo Yo utilizes screenshots that were clearly inspired by Breath of the Wild, and so the hype for this title has been building. Luckily miHo Yo has just announced that Genshin Impact will arrive on Android, iOS, and PC on September 28th, and even better, you can pre-register on the Play Store starting today.

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Civilization VI turn-based strategy game arrives on Android, two years after iOS release

Civilization VI turn-based strategy game arrives on Android, two years after iOS release

Sid Meier's Civilization series has been a mainstay on PCs since the first game's release in 1991, though developer Firaxis has occasionally dabbled in console and mobile titles. The last game to make an appearance on Android was Civilization Revolution 2 in 2014, a simplified version of the usual Civ formula, but now a full-blown port of the latest main game has arrived on Android.

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Microsoft launches its Stadia competitor xCloud on September 15, details custom touch controls

Microsoft launches its Stadia competitor xCloud on September 15, details custom touch controls

Last month, Microsoft announced a big round of updates regarding the future of its gaming strategy, giving us more details on its upcoming Xbox Series X and backward compatibility. The company also gave some attention to its cross-platform Stadia competitor, xCloud (our comparison here). Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch the service and has shared that it'll come September 15 as part of the existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $14.99 a month. The Xbox developers have also shown off some game-specific touch controls, developed in cooperation with the respective studio.

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How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

Gamers would be hard-pressed to find a single instance where touchscreen controls outperform a handheld controller or mouse/keyboard setup. However, the folks at Stadia understand that players don't always have access to the right peripherals when it's time to play. Here's everything you need to know about how to use the native on-screen touch controls in the Google Stadia app.

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