Polygon: All Posts by Mike Mahardy https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/community_logos/42931/favicon.ico 2022-09-30T12:30:14-04:00 /authors/mike-mahardy/rss 2022-09-30T12:30:14-04:00 2022-09-30T12:30:14-04:00 Overwatch 2 voice chat may be recorded — here’s what Blizzard’s doing with it <figure> <img alt="Sombra opens her holographic viewing panel in Overwatch 2" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/1pDYlbpyo0tAf2LE4J7YAtwaWLo=/513x22:2560x1173/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71436266/ezgif.com_gif_maker__3_.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Image: Blizzard Entertainment</figcaption> </figure> <p>Defense Matrix will transcribe ‘temporary’ voice chats of reported players</p> <p> <a href="/23380448/overwatch-2-record-voice-chats-defense-matrix-privacy">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /23380448/overwatch-2-record-voice-chats-defense-matrix-privacy Mike Mahardy 2022-09-28T11:05:00-04:00 2022-09-28T11:05:00-04:00 Square Enix’s The DioField Chronicle is 2022’s sleeper RPG hit <figure> <img alt="The DioField Chronicle’s main cast of characters, Andrias, Fredret, Iscarion, and Waltaquin, in the game’s stylized cover art" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JChL4IWsHrbXLXWjFtxXRT5CFqY=/0x0:1920x1080/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71425866/diofield_hed.0.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Image: Lancarse/Square Enix</figcaption> </figure> <p>Square Enix’s experimental year continues</p> <p> <a href="/23375471/the-diofield-chronicle-tactical-rpg-square-enix-nintendo-switch-ps4-xbox-ps5-steam-pc">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /23375471/the-diofield-chronicle-tactical-rpg-square-enix-nintendo-switch-ps4-xbox-ps5-steam-pc Mike Mahardy 2022-09-19T13:05:00-04:00 2022-09-19T13:05:00-04:00 Assassin’s Creed Origins is still the best game in the series <figure> <img alt="Assassin’s Creed Origins - Bayek scales a pyramid" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/NSVnGOajEHZplAJeKdOW_o0gTDI=/0x0:3840x2160/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71387918/ACO_screen_PyramidSlide_e3_170611_330pm_1497209516.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Image: Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft</figcaption> </figure> <p>And it tells a heart-wrenching love story</p> <p> <a href="/sub-gems/23357130/assassins-creed-origins-best-assassins-creed-games-xbox-game-pass">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /sub-gems/23357130/assassins-creed-origins-best-assassins-creed-games-xbox-game-pass Mike Mahardy 2022-08-23T14:58:23-04:00 2022-08-23T14:58:23-04:00 PlayStation reveals DualSense Edge wireless controller for PS5 <figure> <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/v1H2CBVOmLWKx9eJkBG9jdOUpLk=/0x0:2560x1440/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71276000/ps5_dualsense_edge.6.jpg" /> <figcaption>Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment</figcaption> </figure> <p>With more buttons, customization options</p> <p> <a href="/23318568/playstation-5-dualsense-edge-controller-new-pro-controller">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /23318568/playstation-5-dualsense-edge-controller-new-pro-controller Mike Mahardy 2022-08-23T09:15:00-04:00 2022-08-23T09:15:00-04:00 Total War: Warhammer 3’s Immortal Empires redefines ‘sandbox’ video games <figure> <img alt="Valkia the Bloody in Immortal Empires" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/0xFKsZ6-xR8E_T9by5PBxMMpky8=/2x0:3840x2159/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71274085/coc_valkia_screenshot_4k.0.png" /> <figcaption>Image: Creative Assembly/Sega</figcaption> </figure> <p>It might not be my desert island game yet, but it’s off to a good start</p> <p> <a href="/reviews/23317183/immortal-empires-review-total-war-warhammer-3-warriors-of-chaos-dlc">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /reviews/23317183/immortal-empires-review-total-war-warhammer-3-warriors-of-chaos-dlc Mike Mahardy 2022-08-18T14:15:00-04:00 2022-08-18T14:15:00-04:00 Apex Legends is still the best first-person shooter to play with strangers <figure> <img alt="Bagalore, Newcastly, and Lifeline sprinting in Apex Legends" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Vt13pMY0pg2BJWlz_SOgltVzhPA=/0x0:1349x759/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71258041/apex_legends_hed.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Image: Respawn Entertainment/EA</figcaption> </figure> <p>Call me Chandler Ping</p> <p> <a href="/23310008/apex-legends-vantage-hunted-update-season-14-ps5-xbox-series-x-windows-pc-ping-system">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /23310008/apex-legends-vantage-hunted-update-season-14-ps5-xbox-series-x-windows-pc-ping-system Mike Mahardy 2022-07-24T11:00:00-04:00 2022-07-24T11:00:00-04:00 Hear me out: Risk of Rain 2 is the Mario 64 of roguelikes <figure> <img alt="The Commando in Risk of Rain 2 plays a ukulele" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Jei-Al9uIm3I568akIPHSd17Bl8=/0x0:1920x1080/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71167766/ror2hed.6.jpg" /> <figcaption>Image: Hopoo Games/Gearbox Publishing</figcaption> </figure> <p>Let’s hope it doesn’t age as poorly, though</p> <p> <a href="/reviews/23274644/risk-of-rain-2-review-roguelike-mario-64-windows-switch-xbox-ps4">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /reviews/23274644/risk-of-rain-2-review-roguelike-mario-64-windows-switch-xbox-ps4 Mike Mahardy 2022-07-19T11:30:00-04:00 2022-07-19T11:30:00-04:00 Total War: Warhammer 3 is getting its first new faction leaders in August <figure> <img alt="The Chaos Champion Azazel in Total War: Warhammer 3" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/MGg1QwHTVYugc6jsEcGE6mDSf0g=/0x0:3840x2160/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71151751/CoC_Azazel_screenshot_4K.0.png" /> <figcaption>Image: Creative Assembly/Sega</figcaption> </figure> <p>And they couldn’t care less about Ursun</p> <p> <a href="/23269904/total-war-warhammer-3-champions-of-chaos-trailer-legendary-lords-immortal-empires">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /23269904/total-war-warhammer-3-champions-of-chaos-trailer-legendary-lords-immortal-empires Mike Mahardy 2022-07-14T14:11:57-04:00 2022-07-14T14:11:57-04:00 I’m obsessed with Warhammer fantasy lore because of a single map <figure> <img alt="Total War: Warhammer 3’s Immortal Empires starting locations" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/H5QNp6W1AekK3ACNyNYdn13JpKs=/0x207:1920x1287/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/71118667/immortal_empires.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Image: Creative Assembly/SEGA</figcaption> </figure> <p>Immortal Empires can’t come soon enough</p> <p> <a href="/23218936/total-war-warhammer-3-immortal-empires-starting-positions-release-date-beta">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /23218936/total-war-warhammer-3-immortal-empires-starting-positions-release-date-beta Mike Mahardy 2022-07-13T15:35:59-04:00 2022-07-13T15:35:59-04:00 The best video games of 2022, so far <figure> <img alt="Two characters from Neon White embrace each other" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/6_ethZjts17saLjrdMuhus25UDQ=/0x0:1200x675/640x360/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70570602/bestof2022hed.19.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Image: Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive</figcaption> </figure> <p>A running list of standout games from an already impressive year</p> <p> <a href="/what-to-play/22956981/best-games-2022">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> /what-to-play/22956981/best-games-2022 Mike Mahardy Polygon Staff