This week in games: Half-Life 3 un-confirmed, Oculus braces for a fight with Bethesda

I don’t know whether we’ll get around to reviewing it, but if you like Picross you should check out Pictopix on Steam. It is about as excellent as Picross games come, and the main reason I’ve been procrastinating writing this news summary this week.

But I finally tore myself away, and here’s what I found: A choose-your-own-adventure Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer, one hell of a Humble Bundle, more info on Mass Effect and Sea of Thieves, and some harsh words between Oculus and Zenimax as their case finally heads to trial.

One thing I definitely did not find: Half-Life 3. And you’re not likely to ever find it either, if Game Informer’s anonymous-and-unverified source is to be believed. That and more, as we round up gaming news for January 9 through 13.

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This week in games: Battlefield adds the French, Overwatch teases 2017, and Crytek's in trouble

The Steam Winter Sale is up. The GOG.com Goodbuy Sale is up. The non-denominational socks are hung by the chimney. And me? I’m on vacation.

But before we get out of here, turn off the lights and lock the doors until CES kicks off in January, I might as well wrap up the week’s news one more time—just to send 2016 on its way. It’s actually been fairly busy! Beamdog’s teasing a new game in the works, Crypt of the Necrodancer is getting an expansion, Overwatch is already prepping for 2017, Battlefield 1 is finally bringing the French to World War I, and more. This is gaming news for December 19 through the 23.

Be sure to check back here next week—we’ll have our annual Game of the Year list, our twice-annual Games You Might’ve Missed list, and a preview of what’s to come in 2017.

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This week in games: Free Ubisoft games galore, a new Age of Empires 2 expansion, and more

2017’s basically here already. Proof? Three new game release dates this week, spanning from February to April of next year. It’s starting.

That, plus Sam Lake sing-talks his way through Remedy’s music, Age of Empires II gets yet another new expansion, Planet Coaster becomes a winter wonderland, Doom runs on a single keyboard key, and Hitman borrows from Home Alone. This is gaming news for December 12 through 16.

Last call for Ubi’s freebies

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This week in games: Battlefield 1 gets a Grenade Crossbow and someone builds an Atari 2600 in Minecraft

That’s it. We’re done. Dead Rising 4 released this week, and that’s (as far as I can remember) the last big tentpole of 2016. Time for everyone to pick out their Game of the Year lists and settle in for a nice winter’s nap—and maybe a chance to catch up on your backlog, finally.

There’s still news though, mostly of the “Prepare for 2017” variety. This week Battlefield 1 adds a Grenade Crossbow, Fallout gets the pinball treatment, someone builds an Atari 2600 in Minecraft, and Sean Bean finds out he died in the Civilization VI trailer. Apparently nobody told him.

This is gaming news for December 5 through 9.

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This week in games: Free Overwatch, free Elder Scrolls Online, and more Rainbow Six: Siege

We’re finally starting to wind down the year. Watch Dogs 2 hits PC in a week and a half, Dead Rising 4 shortly thereafter, and...that’s pretty much it for 2016. Soon it’ll be time for Game of the Year discussions and then the steady drumbeat of Spring 2017.

But for now, the news rolls on. This weekend it’s a bunch of free games (including a few days of Overwatch), plus Remedy teases a fresh trailer, Rainbow Six gets another year of add-ons, and Total War goes for broke. This is gaming news for November 14 through 18.

Giving thanks early

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This week in games: Steven Seagal joins World of Warships, Forza Horizon 3 goes wintery

Battlefield. Titanfall. Call of Duty. Tyranny. Dishonored 2. Where’s a person supposed to find the time to play all these games?

Let alone care about news. This week, Forza Horizon 3 gets a demo and teases its first expansion, Mass Effect teases next week’s teaser, and Steven Seagal hits World of Warships. This is gaming news for October 31 through November 4.

Free time

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This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

I was hoping for more news out of Tokyo Game Show this week but apparently it’s not to be. Other than the last-minute delay of The Last Guardian (again) and a mediocre Watch Dogs 2 trailer (below), things have been quiet out of Japan.

But hey, Zachtronics is bringing out a spiritual successor to TIS-100, American Truck Simulator is selling custom steering wheels, Ken Levine gave a great interview on BioShock’s nude dude, and Mafia III put out an amazing PC specification requirements poster. Seriously.

This is gaming news for September 12 through 16.

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