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"Overwatch" not my jam, but it may be yours

But many other people love it — with good reason

Most of the hype around Blizzard’s latest, “Overwatch,” makes it sound like the greatest thing since peanut butter and jelly smeared on sliced bread.

Don’t expect me to be quite that effusive.

If you’re into team-based multiplayer first-person shooters, yes, it is fantastic. It very well may be your jam.

Gaming Bits: Steam sale; Lawbreakers; etc.

Welcome to the latest edition of Gaming Bits.

Let’s start off with a question: Porn publisher/website Naughty America has offered to sit down with me “to discuss the expanding role immersive mobile content plays in adult entertainment, how gamers utilize VR headsets for adult content and explain the technological horizon.”

Gaming Bits: A whole lot of DLC

Here’s the latest gaming news nuggets for your perusal.

Blood and wine

The second expansion for the incredible “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is now available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Gaming Bits: An apocalypse, in-game apartheid and free-to-play

Let’s start out this edition of Gaming Bits with the news that I’m going to E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles in June. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover — a game, developer, platform, new device, etc. — drop me a line and I’ll do what I can.

Stuck in the middle

'Uncharted 4' a fitting farewell to a favorite hero

If I had to list a relationship status on Facebook explaining how I feel about “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” it would say “It’s complicated.”

I’ve played the series from the start, so I’ve been hanging out the main cast of characters for quite a while, and they’ve long since grown on me.

Gaming Bits: Star Ocean, a flight simulator on mobile, and more


In an effort to keep on a roll, here’s more miscellany from my inbox:

What a name

Square Enix has been livestreaming lots of footage and information about its upcoming JRPG, “Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness,” on its YouTube channel.

Gaming Bits: Music, new trailers, VR and more

While I struggle to put words to how much the "Uncharted" series means to me, I thought I’d better put together a few of the more interesting bits and bobbles that have made their way to my inbox lately.

Spell your way to victory in 'Letter Quest'

If you’ve ever whiled away the hours playing word games like “Boggle,” “Scrabble,” “Bookworm” or “Words With Friends,” I’ve got another game for you: “Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered.”

To put it simply, it’s Scrabble meets turn-based RPG-style battles and now available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, as well as Android, iPhone, PC and Mac (through Steam), and Xbox One.

Are you up for challenge of ‘Dark Souls III’?

Many modern games want to be beaten.

They’ve been designed from the ground up to facilitate player success, with adjustable difficulty levels — even mid-game if you’re having trouble — extensive tutorial and hint systems, abundant save points and checkpoints, and the right tools at hand whenever they’re needed.