Steam Link – Apple TV’s Current Number One Free Game Is Not A Game

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Surprised? Me neither.

An app that turns your Apple TV into a portal for games purchased through Valve’s digital storefront, was always destined for that number one spot. And not much more than 24 hours after the Steam Link app became available too. Sneaking in front of Crossy Roads and Real Racing 3, Steam Link shot straight to number one with a bullet.

ATVG has had mixed feelings regarding the Steam Link app ever since it was announced this time last year. At first I was excited.

Then Apple rejected it, and I was not excited.

Developer Björn Larsson of Legendo Entertainment then helped me to see the flip side, and I thought, hmmm, maybe Apple was right to reject it.

Apple then finally decided to comment on the whole saga.

And now that it’s out, how do I feel?

Optimistic.

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Voice Actor Behind Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis To Play Oceanhorn 2 Villain

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Despite all the emo-boy-band-on-a-road-trip jokes, Final Fantasy XV was a solid addition to the decades-old JRPG series.

I’ve never been one to get much into crafting in RPGs, but discovering new recipes to rustle up around the campfire was a treat, as was the more immediate, action-based combat that hid subtle layers of depth.

A third strength behind FFXV’s success was its quality voice acting. Ever since Final Fantasy X, vocals have been a key element in connecting the player to Square Enix’s stories, and the voice acting in XV hit a high-water mark for the series.

Earlier this week, studio Cornfox & Bros. revealed the actor behind FFXV’s Noctis – Ray Chase – will voice the villain Mesmeroth in its upcoming JRPG, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm.

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Make Some Noise If You’d Like The Doom, Wolfenstein And Quake Series On Apple TV

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iOS gaming site Toucharcade issued a call to arms for a worthy cause on the weekend.

Tom Kidd – self-described on his website as a “mobile developer for a boring old business firm” – has successfully ported almost all of id Software’s iconic DOOM, Quake, and Wolfenstein series of shooters to Apple TV, complete with controller support.

Sweet.

The catch however, is that Kidd can’t sell his ports to you and I via the App Store, as he doesn’t own the rights to id’s games.

That’s why the noise and call to arms – with a healthy pinch of wishful thinking and optimism – are needed.

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Everything ATVG Knows About Apple Arcade So Far

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Welcome back Apple TV gamers. What a week.

Admittedly, 2019 got off to a slow start.

After posting a couple of stories in early January – a Four Fats retrospective, and another Oceanhorn 2 reveal – things went quiet, as did ATVG.

Sure, there were the usual suspects cranking out some quality content-updates for games such as Shadowgun Legends, Real Racing 3 and Trials: Frontier, but other than that, there was very little in the way of new game releases. So ATVG hibernated.

Snakebird Primer is a nice little puzzle game to toy around with via the Siri Remote, but unless ATVG missed something, there hasn’t been much else. (Please let us know if you’re mileage varied)

And then March 25 happened, and it looks like Apple TV gaming might be born again.

Hello Apple Arcade.

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Oceanhorn 2’s Main Characters Revealed

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If site traffic is anything to go by (and it is), then many of you out there in Internet-land are waiting very keenly for Oceanhorn 2 – the upcoming JRPG from Cornfox & Bros. Anytime ATVG posts news of its development, traffic flows. And from what’s been revealed so far, that high level of anticipation is definitely warranted.

While iOS is so far the only confirmed day-one release platform, ATVG reached out in 2018 to the studio and received an encouraging reply:

“I’m personally quite convinced that we will eventually cover the same platforms as we did with Oceanhorn 1, tvOS (Apple TV) of course being one of the main platforms,” wrote Cornfox’s Antti Viljamaa.

So with optimism, ATVG continues to keep a keen eye on developments, even making room for the sequel in our Most Anticipated Apple TV Games of 2019.

This week Cornfox & Bros. unveiled lots of juicy info outlining Oceanhorn 2’s three main characters, who will make up your adventuring party. A little of their backstories were revealed, and a few hints at the weapons and abilities they’ll contribute to proceedings, giving a glimpse at how they might work together to save Arcadia.

So let’s dig in.
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A History Of Four Fats’ Games In 10 Minutes

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After receiving word from studio Four Fats late last year that Blackmoor 2 would probably/definitely be coming to Apple TV, I promptly disregarded the probably part and locked it in as a definite. ATVG is optimistic like that.

In fact I was so confident I included it in ATVG’s Most Anticipated Apple TV Games of 2019 list.

The pressure’s on Four Fats. Don’t leave me hanging.

But while we wait patiently for the sequel to hit Apple TV, now is a great time to play catch-up. If you own an Apple TV, a compatible controller, and you haven’t yet discovered the games of Four Fats, then you’re in for a treat, as the studio has quite a presence on the platform.

Simon from Four Fats this week released an informative 10 minute video showcasing the team’s games from 2011 to 2018, and happy days, a bunch of them are available for your little black box.

For those who are already aware of the studio’s catalogue, it’s worth a viewing to learn some interesting tidbits you probably weren’t aware of. Girls v. Bears anyone?

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ATVG’s Top Ten Most Clicked-On Posts Of 2018

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Holding up this mirror once a year to show the beast its true face tells a large part of Apple TV gaming’s story for 2018, but not the whole story.

The rest can be found between the lines; partly in the stories you think will turn up on these lists but don’t – such as the Steam Link app saga – and partly in the stories you know definitely won’t, such as my From The ATVG Bunker posts.

For me, and many other games writers, those least-viewed posts are often the most interesting, to both read and to write. And then of course those least-viewed posts leave us wondering why.

All that being said, I love you Internet, and I find these most clicked-on lists a fascinating snapshot of the status quo. And hey, as these very lists prove, readers love a good list.

Long time readers will see some familiar stories making an encore appearance, having also turned up in 2017’s most clicked-on list.

Right then. Following on from the Best Apple TV Games of 2018, the 2018 Apple TV Game of the Year, and the Most Anticipated Apple TV Games of 2019, let’s give that rearview mirror some perspective, and click the continue button below to check out ATVG’s Top Ten Most Clicked-On Posts of 2018.
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