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The Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing series served as enjoyable racing games that would distract you long enough if you ever got sick of playing Mario Kart. Unfortunately, that's all they can be: a distraction. When you're looking for a great party game to play with your friends, the All-Star Racing games are rarely likely to be brought up. They suffer from slippery controls, questionable game mechanics, and a poor online structure.

Fortunately, SEGA has a chance to make up for all this, as they recently announced a brand new Sonic racing game. The company has confirmed it won't be a sequel to any games they've released, so this is their chance to start over from scratch. But for SEGA to even dream of competing with the big dogs like Mario Kart, there are a few things they'll need to work on.

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Way back when PlayStation 3 made its debut in 2006, one of the perks of the console was the fact that you could install Linux on it, effectively allowing it to double as a PC. Sony issued a firmware update to remove this feature four years later, citing security risks as the reason. This led to a class-action lawsuit, with early buyers accusing Sony of false advertising. Thanks to a recent settlement, they'll soon be getting their payout.

Hit the jump to see if you have money coming your way!

One of the downsides to the launch of a new console generation is that support for older consoles begins to get phased out. This process may ultimately take a while to fully play out, but it will inevitably happen. Now, almost four and a half years after the premiere of the PlayStation 4, Sony has decided to take another step in this direction by making a major change to its PlayStation Plus program starting next year.

To find out more about this shift, hit the jump.

Attention PlayStation Plus subscribers! Your new free games for February are here, and featured among this month's lineup is Tequila Works' RiME, an adventurous indie puzzle game with gorgeous visuals released just last summer on the PlayStation 4. In it you play the role of a young boy, washed ashore on a mysterious uninhabited island with environmental puzzles to solve across five wide-spanning areas, themed after the five stages of grief.

Hit the jump for more info on this month's PS Plus offerings.

Back in 2014, Ubisoft decided to release two brand new Assassin's Creed games on the same day. Assassin's Creed Unity was released on the brand new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems and was widely received as a colossal failure. This overshadowed the release of the other game, Assassin's Creed Rogue, which featured the popular pirate gameplay from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and released on the older Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.

If you missed Rogue because it had to live in the shadow of Unity, you're in luck. Ubisoft is remastering the game for PS4 and Xbox One, even though it's only been a little over three years since the original game launched. Head inside for more!

The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Head inside for the entire list of nominees!

It's the end of October, and that means two things: Halloween is just around the corner and Stranger Things 2 has finally arrived! For those excited about the newly released season of the Netflix original series, the excitement doesn't have to stop after the last episode because you can now download all new skins of your favorite Stranger Things characters to Minecraft!

You can check them out after the jump!

Nintendo hosted a Nindie showcase earlier this afternoon, and one of the coolest things shown off was the first gameplay footage of Shovel Knight's final DLC campaign. Entitled King of Cards, this campaign sees you playing as King Knight as he travels the realms with the goal of defeating the Three Kings. King of Cards features thirty brand new courses across four worlds, and when you aren't bashing your way to victory, you can even enjoy a card game with your future subjects.

Check out the first gameplay footage after the jump!

The second official day of E3 has come and gone, and with it a trio of showcases that held a veritable wealth of gaming news and reveals. From the PC Gaming Show's Age of Empire: Definitive Edition to Sony's Spider-Man to the long-awaited reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2 at Ubisoft's conference, there was plenty that happened today to get excited about! Of course, with all that news, it becomes easy to overlook something, so we've compiled all of our posts on the day's events right here. Check it all out after the jump!

It's almost Sony's time to shine once more, with the second official day of E3 nearing its end. The PlayStation-centric press conference will begin shortly, and if the past few years are any indication, it will be filled to the brim with games, reveals, and surprises. We're all especially hopeful to get some more news on The Last of Us Part II or another look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and I'm sure no one would complain if we got some brand new Crash Bandicoot announcements.

What are you waiting for? Make the jump to watch Sony's press conference live!

During Microsoft's E3 conference this afternoon, Lydia Winters, Mojang's brand director, came on stage to announce Minecraft's "Better Together" update, a new update that will bring cross-platform play to Minecraft, unifying the game across PC, consoles, and mobile devices. The game is also getting a free 4K update as well as tons of new graphics packs this fall.

Follow after the jump to watch the trailer!

Soccer fans won't have to wait long for the next FIFA game installment, and it looks like console options won't be too limiting either. On September 29th, FIFA 18 will hit store shelves with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover, hitting not only current generation platforms, but last generation systems as well.

Read on after the jump for trailers, special editions, and more details concerning the Nintendo Switch version!

Sony has been known to do a lot right with their gaming software and hardware, but that doesn't mean they've given their customers everything they want. One thing many fans seem to want is backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 4, so gamers could freely play games from the other PlayStation consoles. Given recent statements from Sony's Jim Ryan, however, it does not sound like Sony is seriously considering the possibility of adding backwards compatibility to their current console.

Make the jump to learn more about Sony's current lack of backwards compatibility.

A brand new mash-up pack is on its way to console and Windows 10 versions of Minecraft, featuring none other than the popular cartoon starring Jake the Dog and Finn the Human: Adventure Time. Developer Mojang released a new trailer recently, announcing the pack that has a lot of fans of the show and its games excited.

Take a dive into the Land of Ooo and read more!

More than just PC players and Switch owners can now get their Shovel Knight fix this month! For owners of the original Shovel Knight on platforms other than the Nintendo Switch, the latest, free DLC story expansion: Specter of Torment, in which players can finally control the scythe-wielding Specter Knight, is coming out soon.

Make the jump to find a release date to look forward to!