Jason Faulkner

I'm a video game journalist/content creator. I write news, features, reviews, and guides, and also produce visual content to supplement written word publications.

Daemon x Machina PC Review | A port done right

There’s an unfortunate lack of mech games these days, but, thankfully, Daemon x Machina has filled a bit of the void left by the extended absence of Armored Core. This formerly Switch exclusive recently released on PC, bringing the game to a broader audience. Upon its launch on Switch, Daemon x Machina didn’t make waves, but with a PC release, perhaps it’ll find its niche. We’ll mostly be concentrating on the improvements found in the PC release of Daemon x Machina in this review. I played the

The leaked Starcraft: Ghost build finally gives us closure on Blizzard’s canceled game

A leak of a development build of Starcraft: Ghost has finally given us a look at one of the highest-profile vaporware titles in the history of gaming. The game was announced in September 2002, and development was put on hold in March 2006. However, Starcraft: Ghost wasn’t officially canceled until 2014. Besides a few videos and images circulated by games media in the early 2000s and several demos at Blizzard events, Starcraft: Ghost has mostly remained a mystery until now. The leaked Xbox build

Quantic Dreams will publish its own games from now on

In the past, Quantic Dream has primarily partnered with Sony for publishing. However, according to a statement on the studio’s official website, that will not longer be the case. Bolstered by the success of the Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human PC ports, Quantic Dream will self-publish its titles in the future. Quantic Dream’s first two games, Omikron: The Nomad Soul and Fahrenheit, launched on multiple platforms. However, the studio has worked closely with Sony since the

Netflix's Castlevania Season 3 release date revealed in new trailer

Netflix’s Castlevania Season 3 release date has been revealed in a new trailer drop. The first two seasons of the series have been critically acclaimed, and the cliffhanger ending of the last season left fans wanting more. ALSO: Why Geoff Keighley skipping E3 2020 is important Season one of the Castlevania series was a scant four episodes long but set the stage for a fantastic show. The animated series takes place in late 15th century Wallachia (current-day Romania) and deals with a vengeful D

The Modern Warfare Valentine's Day playlist update is hilarious

The Modern Warfare Valentine’s Day playlist update is a bit different from previous ones. The Modern Warfare February 14 playlist update brings some holiday-themed name changes to the game, which had us rolling with laughter. The playlists themselves aren’t different, besides having double XP added to a few. However, the Valentine’s Day-themed names add a touch of humor to the otherwise standard update. ALSO: Modern Warfare Warzone Equipment List | All killstreaks and prices leaks If you logi

Aerith in Final Fantasy 7 Remake has had a redesign since the last time we saw the opening

Square Enix released what can be assumed to be the final version of the opening movie of Final Fantasy 7 Remake today. It’s very similar to the footage we’ve seen so far, but one significant change is apparent: Aerith’s face has changed. At some time in the past year or so, Square Enix slightly redesigned Aerith’s face to be less angular. The first part of the final opening, showing Midgar in the daytime, is entirely new, but we’ve seen the latter part a few times already. The FF7 Remake openin

Best PCIe 4.0 SSDs 2020

If you own a high-end AMD CPU, you’re probably aware that your processor supports PCIe 4.0 through the X570 chipset. PCIe 3.0 has been around for a decade, and most hardware still functions based on that standard, but there are a few PCIe 4.0 devices available, namely solid-state drives. Getting the best PCIe 4.0 SSD can be a significant benefit to you if you’re gaming or video editing because they can theoretically be twice as fast as PCIe 3.0 drives. As the market is relatively limited for PC

Half-Life: Alyx release date announced

Valve has been targeting a March release date for Half-Life: Alyx, and it looks like it’s delivering. Today, Valve announced via Twitter that Half-Life: Alyx will release on March 23, 2020. ALSO: Outriders PS5 and Xbox Series X details will come ‘later’ Half-Life: Alyx covers the time between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and serves as a prequel to the latter game. It will center around Alyx Vance and her father Eli’s guerilla operations against the Combine, and fill in some of the backstory on t

The Nintendo PlayStation auction may result in the SNES CD being the most expensive console ever

The owner of the Nintendo PlayStation has placed the one-of-a-kind console up for auction today, and the listing is already at $48,000. This console is the only known example of Sony and Nintendo’s abortive collaboration. It’s also the only version of the SNES CD, a canceled add-on format for the SNES, that has come to light. As this prototype may be the rarest console in existence, even more so than holy grails like the RDI Halcyon, it’s likely to become the most expensive video game collectibl

How to transfer to Pokemon Home from DS, 3DS, Switch, and Pokemon Go

Now that Pokemon Home is out, you’ll probably want to transfer Pokemon from your Game Boy, DS, 3DS, Switch, Pokemon Go, and Pokemon Bank to the new service. Well, it’s just as complicated to bring old Pokemon to Pokemon Home as it was to transfer them to the Pokemon Bank when it came out. You’ll still have to have a flowchart and use workarounds to get all your Pokemon to Pokemon Home. Yes, you can transfer all your Pokemon to Pokemon Home from as far back as the Game Boy Advance games. However

Best Cheap 8K TVs

So 4K doesn’t cut it for you, but you don’t want to spend a lot of dough for the next big thing? Well, if you’re looking for the best cheap 8K TVs, there’s not a lot available for you right now. However, we’re going to do our best to hook you up with the cheapest 8K televisions available right now, even if they still cost an arm and a leg. Before we get into the TVs themselves, we’ll give a little background on what 8K TV is, and why you’d want to get one. We’ll also cover whether they’re worth

Nintendo Switch airport pop-up lounges open later this month

One of the significant advantages of the Switch is that you can use it on the go, and Nintendo is looking to capitalize on that image in a few airports across the country. Nintendo Switch pop-up lounges will appear in several airports beginning later this month, and they’ll be used to highlight unique experiences on the console to travelers. Travelers will get an opportunity to try the Switch at these pop-up lounges in both docked and handheld modes. There will also be USB-C charging available

Stadia 4K web streaming in Chrome starting to rollout for some users

Google Stadia’s launch in November of last year was less than perfect. Many promised features were missing, including the ability to stream at 4K through Google Chrome. Fortunately, it seems like at least some Stadia subscribers are getting the chance to use something other than the bundled Chromecast Ultra for 4K. It appears that Google is soft-launching Stadia 4K streaming in Chrome to at least some customers. Google previously announced that it was targeting 4K web support in Q1 of 2020. How

Resident Evil Netflix series details found in now removed listing

The rumored Resident Evil Netflix series seems to be real. In a listing on the Netflix Media Center, details on the Resident Evil series were found by the Resident Evil Wiki (via the @residentevildb). Unfortunately, the listing has since been removed, but the original was captured via the Wayback Machine, and I’ve verified its veracity. The series title on the press site is simply Resident Evil. That could be a working title, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the final name because it’s nic

Best beginner soldering iron and tools for video game console modding and repair

So, you’re looking for the best beginner soldering tools so you can get into the world of video game console modding and repair. If you’ve never soldered or worked with bare electronics before, it can be extremely intimidating. After all, you’re dealing with scorching hot irons, toxic chemicals, and fragile wires, chips, and PCBs. Take a deep breath. It’s not as hard or as dangerous as you think. I’ve been repairing, restoring, and modding consoles for a couple of years now, and I started with

Rumor: New Crash Bandicoot game leaks, but it's not the one you want

There may be a new Crash Bandicoot game on the way, but it’s likely not what you hoped for. Twitter user JumpButton posted artwork they claim they found on Facebook. Additionally, a listing on Storemaven, a Google Play Store and Apple App Store marketing service, listed a description for the Crash Bandicoot mobile game. The listing has since been taken down, but the text goes into quite a bit of detail about the game. According to the now deleted Storemaven listing, the Crash Bandicoot mobile g

The Outer Worlds Switch release delayed due to Coronavirus

The Outer Worlds Switch release has been delayed. Publisher Private Division revealed the news on Twitter, citing the Coronavirus epidemic in Eastern Asia as the reason for the setback. Singaporean developer, Virtuos is working on the Switch port of The Outer Worlds, and their office has been closed in an effort to combat spreading of the virus. Fortunately, Private Division reports that no one at Virtuos is in danger. From the Twitter post, we can assume that the office is closed as a precauti

Get Kingdom Come: Deliverance free next week on Epic Game Store

Next week you can download Kingdom Come: Deliverance for free on the Epic Game Store. This medieval adventure scored a 4.5/5 at GameRevolution when it was released two years ago. Time has been kind to this game as many of the bugs and issues I had with the game when I reviewed it have been fixed by either patches or mods. Kingdom Come takes you back to 15th century Bohemia and puts you in the shoes of Henry, an average serf. Henry gets caught up in political intrigue when his village is ransack

The Outer Worlds Switch release delayed due to Coronavirus

The Outer Worlds Switch release has been delayed. Publisher Private Division revealed the news on Twitter, citing the Coronavirus epidemic in Eastern Asia as the reason for the setback. Singaporean developer, Virtuos is working on the Switch port of The Outer Worlds, and their office has been closed in an effort to combat spreading of the virus. Fortunately, Private Division reports that no one at Virtuos is in danger. From the Twitter post, we can assume that the office is closed as a precauti

Best Controllers for Emulators | What are the best controllers for retro gaming?

Choosing the best controller for emulation is the key to making the experience of playing classic games a pleasant one. Many older platforms have controls that aren’t designed around analog sticks or have special requirements that aren’t found on all modern controllers. Fortunately, I have extensive experience with finding the right controllers for retro gaming, and I can help you find the product you need to have a good experience with your favorite classic games. This list will help you find
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