Mike Epstein

Mike Epstein

Michael is a New York-based tech and culture reporter, and a graduate of Northwestwern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His gaming, tech and entertainment coverage has appeared on Flavorwire, The Escapist, and Kotaku, among others. If Mike isn’t playing, watching, reading, or writing, he’s probably ... asleep.
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Gaming

Blizzard job listing suggests there’s more ‘Diablo’ on the way

Blizzard revealed it is at least considering what to do next with the Diablo franchise, based on a job opening on the publisher's website. Blizzard posted a public listing for a "Game Director" to shepherd an unannounced Diablo-related…
Gaming

Microsoft details rollout plan for Xbox Play Anywhere launch

Microsoft laid out a detailed plan for introducing Xbox Play Anywhere, its new cross-play initiative for the Xbox One and Windows 10. This included a list of upcoming games that will support it, and what users will need to take advantage of…
Cool Tech

Roli's Seaboard Rise MIDI controller offers a whole new way to make music 5:42

Digital Trends checked in with Roli at CE Week 2016 to test the Seaboard RISE midi controller, a keyboard that adds extra gesture-based controls. The Rise also gives musicians more control than your average keyboard.
Cool Tech

The Onvi Prophix video toothbrush lets you spot-check your dental care

Have you ever wondered what your teeth looked like while you’re brushing them? Well wonder no more. The Prophix video toothbrush from dental care start-up Onvi toothbrush lets you scope out your teeth as you brush them by watching a live…
Gaming

'South Park: The Fractured But Whole' will be the funniest game you play all year

'South Park: The Fractured But Whole' seems capable of turning the novelty of the “South Park RPG” idea into distinctive game series, and a viable narrative form.
Virtual Reality

The 'Final Fantasy XV VR Experience' is not what Final Fantasy fans were hoping for

Unfortunately for fans, Final Fantasy XV: The VR Experience does not offer the adventure or excitement one might hope for from a virtual Final Fantasy. At best, it's a neat tidbit for die-hard fans who happen to own a PlayStation VR…
Gaming

'For Honor' masters the art of the duel

For Honor may have carved itself out a compelling niche my mastering an oft-bungled type of hack-and-slash gameplay: one-on-one combat. Ubisoft Montreal manages to make these duels thoughtful and intense, even against an AI opponent.
Gaming

It's time for your annual ‘The Last Guardian’ update

As The Last Guardian enters the home stretch, it remains unclear if it will be able to stand on its own merits, or if it will be simply serve as a time capsule of a game that missed its window.
Gaming

'Flinthook' proves that a small indie darling can win E3

Flinthook, a little indie “rogue-lite” from Montreal-based developer Tribute, was the smallest game I played at E3. It was also arguably the best, thanks in part to its distinctive art style and grappling-hook-centric gameplay.
Gaming

‘Injustice 2’ is the RPG-fighter Netherrealm Studios has been waiting to make

With Injustice 2, the sequel to its 2013 DC Comics fighter, Mortal Kombat developer Netherrealm Studios will attempt to combine the original game's distinctive combat with RPG-style stats and loot.
Gaming

'Sons of Anarchy' meets 'The Last of Us' in Sony's zombie slayer 'Days Gone'

'Days Gone', the PS4-exclusive open-world action game from Sony’s Bend Studio, seeks to raise the stakes of the zombie-survival genre with faster, smarter monsters, and systems that encourage players to find creative solutions while…
Gaming

'Gears of War 4' has a new breed of evil, but it's the same old fight

What are we supposed to expect of a sequel that jumps the console generation gap? Based on Gears of War 4, the first game in the franchise made for Xbox One, the answer is to stay the course.