YouTube is bringing 360-degree videos to your TV

Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference isn’t just about its search engine getting smarter. The company has also announced that YouTube’s 360-degree videos are coming soon to TVs, expanding beyond smartphones and web browsers for the first time. “It’s not just about the size of the screen,” YouTube product manager Sarah Ali said before demoing a 360-degree video from Coachella. “It’s …

‘Sonic Forces’ will bring your fanfiction characters to life

Until now, Sonic Forces has looked like Sonic Generations 2 in all but name. With trailers showing off levels that switch between classic side scrolling and the 3D perspective of Sonic’s more modern adventures, you can forgive gamers for thinking they’ve played this all before. Today, however, Sega has revealed a third type of gameplay for Sonic Forces — levels …

New ‘Sonic Forces’ footage feels a lot like ‘Generations’

For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces— first only little else beside the game’s name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for “Classic Sonic,” the 1990s version of the character that co-starred in 2011’s Sonic Generations. Today, Sega Europe uploaded a new gameplay video …

Indie charmer ‘TumbleSeed’ will arrive on Nintendo Switch May 2nd

Okay, so you’ve had your Nintendo Switch for awhile. Ganon’s corpse is but a speck in the proverbial rearview mirror and hunting for the last remaining shrines in Breath of the Wild isn’t all that interesting. What’s a person to do? Well, that’s where indie games come in. And for the purposes of this article, we’re talking about TumbleSeed specifically. …

2017 is already an incredible year for video games

Every now and then, it’s wise to stop and recognize the good things in life. And right now, it doesn’t get much better than the video game industry. After dozens of Slack conversations about all the exciting titles and hardware coming out this year, a handful of Engadget editors got together to formally celebrate the year in gaming so far. …

‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ $40 season pass packs two big expansions

Ghost Recon: Wildlands comes out next week. I know, I almost forgot about it too. But if an open world filled with guns, high-speed chases and sniping over huge distances in Bolivia is more your speed than robotic dinosaurs or some random game with a princess, you might be interested to know what Wildlands has in store after launch. You …

‘Adr1ft’ developer joins a VR startup, leaves old studio behind

If you were hoping for a sequel to Adr1ft, the game about a zero-gravity escape from a destroyed space station high above Earth, you might want to place those expectations elsewhere. Head of Three One Zero and lead developer Adam Orth (above) says that his old studio had “run its course,” in an interview with VentureBeat. Now? He’s working with …

‘Final Fantasy XV’ kicks off a limited-time carnival event

It’s not just multiplayer games that can host limited-time events. Square Enix is launching the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a time-sensitive Final Fantasy XV feature, today (January 23rd) at 8PM Eastern. So long as you have the Holiday Pack add-on (free or paid), you can visit Altissia to participate in carnival games and chocobo races, play new side quests and indulge …

‘Battlezone’ Classic Mode fulfills the promise of ’80s VR

It’s been 36 years since Atari released Battlezone and effectively created the first-person shooter in the process. The game’s immersive periscope viewer and vector graphics influenced decades of game design and provided arcade goers with an early glimpse of what a virtual reality world could look like. While we’ve argued here that Battlezone‘s PSVR reboot is the ultimate fan service …

‘Drive!Drive!Drive!’ is the most fun you can have on 16 wheels

I’m not sure when I fell out of love with driving games. Sure, I’ll still play Mario Kart multiplayer when the occasion calls for it, but somewhere between the various Gran Turismo, Forza and Need for Speed titles I got bored. Drive!Drive!Drive!, which arrived on Steam and the PlayStation Store this morning, got me interested again. Drive!Drive!Drive! is… different. You’re …

‘The Last Guardian’ is finally ready

Hold tight Fumito Ueda fans, your wait is almost over. Despite that long quiet period and even a recent six-week delay, tonight Sony Interactive exec Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that The Last Guardian has gone gold. That should put it on track for release December 6th, when everyone can adventure with a giant pet companion of their own. Not counting a …

Progress from ‘NBA 2K17’ demo carries over to the full game

Game demos are awesome, but they’re usually the intro section of any given game. More than that, once you actually have the retail version, you’re stuck working through the same portion of the game over again before getting to the meat of the experience. Playing early is a double-edged sword. NBA 2K17 is doing something different come September 9th, though. …

Capcom plans harsher punishments for ‘Street Fighter’ quitters

Capcom has been combating quitters in Street Fighter V since the game’s debut. And tomorrow, the publisher/developer is apparently making the penalties for disconnecting before a match ends even more harsh. Like before, cowards will have League Points docked, and will also be locked out of matchmaking for an ambiguous period of time, according to a post on Capcom Unity. …