Fri, 20 May 2022 21:01:44 +0000

If you're in the mood for a spot of space domination this weekend and somehow haven't yet given Paradox Interactive's galactic empire builder a whirl in the six years it's been out, now's the perfect time to do so, given it's free to play for the next few days.Stellaris, a sort of space-faring amalgam of grand strategy and 4X action, burst onto the scene back in 2016 to significant acclaim. Six years on, it's a substantially different beast, with Paradox having made some sweeping changes along the way, most notably in its radical 2.0 release.The many faceted road to galactic supremacy it present is still a tonne of strategic fun though, even if - as is generally the way with Paradox titles - the purity of the base game has now been somewhat muddied by an increasingly unwieldy stack of post-launch DLC. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 18:35:27 +0000

If you were roaring at the starting line ready to race into Redout 2 later this month, you might want to cool your engines (sorry, I'll stop this now); developer 34BigThings has announced a short delay for its stylish anti-grav racing sequel, with the game now set to release on 16th June. Redout 2, which was originally expected to launch on 26th May, builds on the superb racing action of its 2016 predecessor with a whole new set of tracks (36 in total, plus mirror variants of each) alongside expanded customisation options - with players now able to start with one of 12 distinct chassis and strap on the likes of new rocket engines, propulsors, stabilsers, rudders, magnets, intercoolers, flaps, wings, and spoilers. There's also online multiplayer racing for up to 12 challengers, plus a single-player career campaign, promising "hundreds" of events from a variety of different modes, including Arena Races, Time Attacks, Last Man Standing, and Boss Races. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 16:43:17 +0000

After one hell of a long wait, the live-action Halo TV adaptation finally arrived earlier this year, and the response has been...mixed. And now Marcus Lehto, co-creator of the videogame series that started all, has shared his own thoughts on the adaptation, saying that while he doesn't "hate" it, he was ultimately "confused by many of the choices that were made". Paramount+'s Halo adaptation finally launched for US audiences this March - a mere nine years after it was originally announced - and while changes were expected (fans were forewarned that the TV show takes place in the so-called Silver Timeline, separate from the core Halo canon), the end result has certainly proven divisive. While it was Master Chief's amusing loss of inhibitions that drew the most headlines over the series' run - just episodes after he'd stunned audiences by showing his face for the first time, he'd got his bum out, then ended the series having sex in front of his mum - there's been plenty of criticism around the show's writing, inconsistent tone, uneven plotting, and pacing. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 15:55:38 +0000

Games publisher and developer Ubisoft is having its Legendary Sales event right now, where there are discounts of up to 80 per cent on their games including Assassin's Creed and Far Cry.If an 80 per cent discount wasn't tempting enough, you can also get £10/$10 off your purchase when you spend £15/$15 or more, which means if you were thinking of just grabbing one game you could get it for £15/$15 or less. There's lots of games with big discounts, but not all of them will be enough on their own to get the £10/$10 off. To make it easier we've listed some of the games you can get the extra discount for including Riders Republic for £14.99/$19.99 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla for just £10/$14. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 14:30:06 +0000

Norman Reedus has seemingly confirmed a sequel to Death Stranding is in development. In a new interview with Leo, Reedus - the actor behind lead role, Sam Porter Bridges - discussed Death Stranding and said simply: "We just started the second one." He followed up explaining how his role came about. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 14:17:13 +0000

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a brand new film out today on Disney+. For some reason, it features Ugly Sonic. Ugly Sonic, as you'll no doubt be aware, was the original design for Sonic in the 2020 film before fans complained. His dodgy teeth and human eyes were removed, eventually leading to a decent film and better sequel. But now he's back and... uglier than ever before. Honestly, it's terrifying. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Evolution Studios' Motorstorm is one of the first, finest and most fondly remembered of launch titles for PlayStation 3. It's a release designed to answer the question posed by each new console generation: what makes a game 'next-gen'? With its robust physics engine and massive tracks, Motorstorm serves up a bold affirmative answer to this question, delivering an experience that could never have existed on prior console hardware. At the same time, the path to release was fraught with challenges that almost serve as a microcosm of the PlayStation 3 release situation itself. It was a success, however, with a trilogy of PS3 releases, plus PSP, Vita and even PS2 off-shoots. Originally known as 'Stampede', Motorstorm was originally envisioned as a celebration of dirt racing featuring asymmetric vehicle battles, massive tracks and complex physics simulation with up to 48 vehicles in a single race. The goal was to create something worthy of the 'next-generation' label but there was just one problem - the next-generation platform it was being designed for was nowhere near ready and things would get a whole lot worse before they got better, and that's where the infamous 'target render' from Sony's E3 2005 press conference comes into view. This now infamous showing blew people away at the time, promising a level of fidelity that seemed impossible - and that's because it was. Phil Harrison famously took the stage during the show presenting games that were in-development via the use of bombastic trailers. Motostorm's short trailer featured unbelievable chaos, physics and destruction as a herd of vehicles storm their way across the landscape. For the Evolution Studios crew back in Runcorn, England, however, what should have been an exciting moment for the team with the announcement of their next game, turned into a moment of panic when Phil Harrison himself suggested to the press that this Motorstorm trailer represented actual gameplay. It didn't. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 13:49:20 +0000

Twitch is improving the accessibility of its streaming platform, detailing a number of planned and immediate improvements. Just added for Global Accessibility Awareness Day are new badges for viewers to identify as audio or video only, so streamers can see those with a limited channel experience. Earlier this year the platform began working with accessibility consultants to review the Creator Stream Manager dashboard on web, mobile apps, and the core UI library to improve accessibility across the board. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 13:42:33 +0000

Following its initial delay, HoYoverse has announced the Version 2.7 update for Genshin Impact, which is known as "Hidden Dreams in the Depths", will be available on 31st May. When this update goes live, players will be able to continue on with their adventures in The Chasm. But they will not be alone there, as they will join a new team of "diverse members" to "discover a long-sealed history about the people, monsters and the yakshas".In addition a to new story quest and challenges, two new playable characters will also be introduced to the game. Their names are Yelan and Kuki Shinobu and HoYoverse has assured us they will be "capable allies". Yelan is described as a "mysterious figure with many faces and identities" and will use a bow as her weapon of choice. Meanwhile, Kuki is a "surprisingly reliable and capable deputy leader of the Arataki Gang" who uses a sword and can manipulate the Electro element. You can check out the new trailer for Version 2.7 below. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 13:40:21 +0000

The Nintendo Switch OLED has been out for eight months now, and we're starting to see some brilliant discounts for it on top of some already great bundle deals.With a retail price of £309, the Switch OLED is £50 more expensive than the standard Switch, but offers the wider OLED screen, a better kickstand, refined dock and a boost to its internal storage. Now that price difference is halved thanks to a 10 per cent discount at UK retailer Very.For a limited time, you can get a new Nintendo Switch OLED (White or Neon) console for just £278.10 (free click and collect) at Very when you use the code 'UTJXQ' at checkout. Home Delivery is £3.99, bringing it to a total of £282.09. The promo code is valid for a until 25th May 2022. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 11:37:17 +0000

We were all left to pick our jaws up from the floor when it was announced that Embracer had purchased the rights to big franchises such as Tomb Raider and Deus Ex from Square Enix earlier this month. It seemed to be the bargain of the year, if not century, for the holding company. Now, in its financial report, Embracer has highlighted its hopes for the future following this acquisition (including potential remakes of some classic titles) saying, "after the end of the quarter, we further strengthened our development capabilities and IP-portfolio by entering into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal, including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, and Legacy of Kain and other IPs."We see a great potential, not only in sequels, but also in remakes, remasters, spinoffs, as well as transmedia projects across the Group." Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 11:10:50 +0000

Square Enix has filed three new trademarks in Japan: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, Final Bar Line, and Labyrinth Striker. Fans are already speculating what these could be for. Of course, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is already out on PS5 and PC. This trademark indicates incoming news for the game: perhaps a Steam or Xbox release? Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 11:02:42 +0000

It's the third episode of Weekly, our newish show where we recap the week on Eurogamer for you. We look at reviews and features, news and videos, and pull out some of the talking points from the week.Those talking points this week are the PlayStation Plus relaunch, which we don't dwell on because the Newscast tackles it in much more detail. But we do dwell on the new Evil Dead game, which we've been playing, and Warner Bros.' new Smash Bros.' (how many brothers can there be?) game Multiversus, which we've also been playing. Are either of them any good?My guests this week are Eurogamer editor in chief Martin Robinson and, for the first time, the wonderful Christian Donlan, our features editor here. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:44:32 +0000

Gearbox, the creator behind the Borderlands series, has nine AAA games currently in development.Gearbox's parent company Embracer revealed these numbers in its recent financial results, writing, "Gearbox continues to scale the organisation to deliver on its ambitious growth plan, and there are currently nine AAA games under development."We could already have an idea of what several of these games are, with Homeworld 3, Hyper Light Breaker, Relic Hunters Legends, Have a Nice Death and Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom all being published by Gearbox. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:39:48 +0000

The Star Trek: Prodigy animated television series gets a video game in October. Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova comes out 14th October 2022 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and Google Stadia. The debut trailer is below: Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:34:19 +0000

Xbox now has a second Twitch channel dedicated to sign language broadcasts. The Xbox Play team has daily streams on the main Xbox Twitch channel. Since April, the team has partnered with Sorenson (a communications company with the largest global interpreter base) to launch a dedicated ASL channel with around 25 hours of streams a week. This follows the inclusion of sign language support in Forza Horizon 5 - both American and British. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 10:05:57 +0000

Warner Bros. is giving the people what they want and what Nintendon't anymore - it is hosting a MultiVersus brawler tournament at Evolution Championship Series 2022."[Warner Bros. Games] is hosting a 2v2 [MultiVersus] tournament at Evo 2022, with a top 32 team payout! Registration starts May 30, 2022," Evo tweeted. "The Closed Alpha runs from May 19 at 9 AM PDT to May 27 at 5 PM PDT."Those looking to flex their muscles as Scooby Doo, Batman or Bugs Bunny and reign supreme as the brawler champion of 2022 can sign up now on the MultiVersus website. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 09:46:40 +0000

Mobile game eFootball PES 2021 relaunches as eFootball 2022 on 2nd June, Konami has announced. The heavily-delayed mobile version of the embattled eFootball 2022 arrives eight months after eFootball 2022 first launched and was widely panned. Also on 2nd June, the 1.1.0 update for eFootball 2022 on PC and console comes out - the first update since season one launched in April. "Too little, too late," was Eurogamer's verdict. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 09:31:56 +0000

Syphon Filter will have trophy support when it launches as part of the PS1 classics on PlayStation Plus next month. As tweeted by Sony Bend Studio, the stealth game will include trophies - including a platinum. "Agency intel reports that Syphon Filter will include Trophies when it arrives on the all-new PlayStation Plus," it said. It's unknown, however, if other classics will also have this feature. Read more

Fri, 20 May 2022 09:02:27 +0000

Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a little bit about some of the games we've found ourselves playing over the last few days. This time: puzzles, lighthouses, and Batman.If you fancy catching up on some of the older editions of What We've Been Playing, here's our archive.Simogo is one of those studios that can do whatever it pleases. I generally associate them with complex narrative games - see below - but their work defies easy categorisation. Except for SPL-T. SPL-T is a puzzle game. Isn't it? Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 21:35:00 +0000

Sea of Thieves' sixth season of content might well be reaching its end point, but developer Rare still has a little something up is sleeve before Season 7 arrives, and it's now inviting clue hunters to get stuck into a new "multi-channel narrative experience" it's calling Mysteries. Mysteries were originally discussed back in January, when Rare laid out its plans for Sea of Thieves in 2022. The big gambit this year, if you're unaware, is an ongoing, season-spanning narrative that will progress across monthly in-game story episodes known as Adventures. It's a promising idea that so far doesn't really seem to have found its footing, with Seas of Thieves' initial set of Adventures having felt decidedly undercooked, both in terms of their challenges and narrative presentation. But with three Adventures now under its belt, Rare is ready to launch the other major component of 2022's ambitious narrative plans: Mysteries. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 18:54:39 +0000

EA has announced two new small-scale Kit expansions for The Sims 4 - one themed around evening fashion, the other around camping for kids - with both due to release on 26th May. Astute readers may note the word werewolf is yet to feature, despite previous teases from EA, but there's still some hope it seems... The first of EA's newly announced expansions is the Moonlight Chic Kit, which appears to primarily focus its attention on new clothing options for your little digital pals, offering up new looks, designed by Parisian creator Paola Locatelli, said to be "perfect for all the experiences a Sim will encounter during a night out on the town". Expect "slinky dresses, flowing shirts and smart jackets, all of which can be styled with sneakers for casual fun or dressed up with some silk and sparkles for a romantic date." Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 17:00:00 +0000

Ben Brode, the charismatic former boss of Blizzard's card battler Hearthstone, has finally revealed his new project. It's called Marvel Snap, and is a new multiplayer collectible card game filled with comic book characters. Brode quit Blizzard back in 2018, after more than 15 years at the company, and before its more recent troubles became public. Alongside others who had worked with him to launch Hearthstone, Brode went on to found his own studio, Second Dinner, which has been working on Marvel Snap ever since with Chinese outfit Nuverse, the gaming arm of TikTok owner Bytedance. Snap's focus is on short, unique matches which "cut out the fluff" and last around three minutes total. Player decks are smaller - 15 cards or fewer - and both players act simultaneously, rather than waiting for the other person to finish. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 16:43:11 +0000

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian has joined the growing selection of artists contributing to upcoming music-themed first-person shooter Metal: Hellsinger. Metal: Hellsinger, which was revealed back in June 2020, is the work of developer The Outsiders - the studio co-founded by former Battlefield 3 lead designer and Payday 2 director David Goldfarb - and promises to developer plenty of furious gun-based demon-slaying, all synced up to a metal soundtrack. Each of the game's stages will feature its own track, with the player's power increasing - alongside the complexity of the music, from atmospheric background ambience all the way up to big metal anthems - if they manage to keep their attacks timed to the beat. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 16:14:55 +0000

This week on the Eurogamer Newscast - now also available in audio form! - we're talking PlayStation Plus Premium, and our thoughts on whether it's worth the price based on what we know so far. The thing is, there are still several questions about what it will provide - even now, less than a week away from its initial rollout in Asia. What is its full game list? How good will its streaming be? And how soon should we expect newer games like Ratchet & Clank and Horizon Forbidden West to turn up on the service? The biggest difference between PlayStation Plus Premium and Xbox Game Pass is, of course, the lack of big new first-party games launching into Plus on day one. But, with Starfield's delay to 2023, Microsoft might not have any on Game Pass this year either. How will Xbox counter? Joining me to discuss all that and more are Eurogamer news reporters Ed Nightingale, Victoria Kennedy and Ishraq Subhan. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 16:08:42 +0000

At first glance it's hard to tell if Warner Bros. MultiVersus, a Smash Bros.-like fighting game featuring various Warner-owned characters like Batman, that yellow dog off of Adventure Time, and Shaggy, is more of a quick hustle piggybacking on misplaced metaverse hype, or an actually-quite-fun video game. Either way we were equal parts intrigued and horrified by that latest trailer, so we've been playing a little of its closed alpha in our spare time and honestly, we're still not sure what to make of it. So we decided to have a chat and figure things out. Martin Robinson: So, multiverses are quite the thing now I guess? I just went to see Everything Everywhere All at Once at the weekend, which was great! And then I just played Warner Bros' MultiVersus, which is also a thing… Chris Tapsell: Loony Toons Metaweb 3.0 you mean Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 16:06:51 +0000

Metroid Dread is the latest entry into the Metroid series that released for the Nintendo Switch consoles in October 2021, and now it's on sale for just £30 at UK retailer Currys.If you've been looking for a new game to play on your Nintendo Switch or Switch OLED, then Metroid Dread is a great choice- whether you're a veteran of the franchise or haven't played a Metroid game before. It's worth noting that you'll be eligible for free delivery if you bump up your basket value to more than £50. So if you've been meaning to pick up any more games or other tech goodies, you should check out what else Curry has on offer, like Pokemon Arceus for £34.99 when you use the code SWFNDD at checkout. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 16:04:23 +0000

It's nearly time for the inaugural Game Club and we're so excited about it. No one has ever invited us to something like a book club before! And that's exactly what this is: a chance for us all - you and us - to wear knitted jumpers and talk passionately about a game we've all been playing. And the game, in this case, is the free game we gave away to premium supporters earlier this month: the lovely Castlevania Anniversary Collection.What did you think of it? Did you manage to get through all nine games? I'll be bloody impressed if you have. Which did you like the most? Perhaps you have some burning hot-take you can't wait to share. Well, save it for Game Club.There'll be a few of us and we'll be live right here from 2pm today. We hope you'll join us too. All you need is a packet of biscuits and your brain, and you're good to go. You can even pretend it's work - I'll clear it with your manager for you. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 16:03:31 +0000

Evil Dead developer Saber Interactive has joined up with Aspyr to work on the upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake.During the Q4 Embracer Group report, board member Matthew Karch revealed that Aspyr and Saber Interactive were now working together on the remake, calling it a "massive product"."Aspyr has gone full in to make this the best game that they can make. When we acquired Aspyr, we knew from the start that they would require our assistance [and] Saber has tremendous expertise in creating these types of products," he said. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 15:42:51 +0000

Ancient Egypt-set Assassin's Creed Origins looks set to receive a 60fps update for current-gen consoles in the near future. The update has not yet been officially announced by Ubisoft, but details of its impending arrival on PlayStation 5 were scooped up by PlayStationSize, a Twitter account which regularly crawls behind the scenes of the PlayStation Store. Patch notes for the update include an option to enable a "higher framerate" on PS5, and a "franchise menu". The update is expected to launch next week. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 15:19:25 +0000

A father is attempting to launch a class-action lawsuit against Hearthstone maker Blizzard, after his daughter secretly spent more than $300 on packs without getting all the cards they wanted. Arizona man Nathan Harris is trying to launch the suit, which claims Hearthstone tricks players into non-refundable purchases without knowing the odds of rare cards (thanks, Polygon). In particular, Harris complains that his daughter - who used his credit card without asking - did not realise you could not get a refund from packs which "almost never received any valuable cards". The game also lacks parental controls, Harris complained. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 15:18:31 +0000

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release in Q4 2022, CD Projekt has confirmed. The announcement was made as part of the seventh anniversary celebrations for the game's release on last-gen consoles and PC. This is welcome news for Witcher fans, who last month got the bad news that the upgrade was delayed indefinitely after its development was moved in-house from Saber Interactive. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000

Borderlands 3 will be available free for the next week on the Epic Store. As part of The Vault, the looter shooter is available from today until 26th May. More free games will follow afterwards every Thursday. The news comes as part of the Epic Mega Sale, which has discounts up to 75 percent on over 1600 games and add-ons. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 14:47:27 +0000

Despite E3's cancellation this year, the game industry is continuing with its own series of events. Not to be outdone by the console platform-holders, the annual PC Gaming Show makes a return on 12th June at 8.30pm UK time. That's shortly after Microsoft's Xbox and Bethesda showcase which starts at 6pm UK time. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 14:46:06 +0000

Update: The 55-inch C1 is now sold out at Amazon UK, but the 65-inch C1 and 65-inch A1 models linked below are still in stock. Original article continues below.The LG C1 OLED is the top Digital Foundry 4K TV pick - and now it's down to an incredible low price at Amazon UK, nearly 50% off its original RRP of £1699. That's an incredible deal for a 4K TV with four HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K 120Hz gaming, a beautiful OLED panel and support for VRR on Xbox, PlayStation and PC. The C1 OLED remains our top pick even after the launch of the C2, for a few reasons. First, the C2 lacks the 120Hz Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature that we really appreciated on the C1. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it's currently £1000 more expensive - and even with a brighter OLED panel, the C2 just isn't worth paying more than double the price. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 14:42:32 +0000

Max Hoberman, CEO of Halo co-developer Certain Affinity, has shared a message with staff regarding recent political events, namely those involving personal health and privacy matters and the recent draft from the US Supreme Court to potentially overturn Roe vs. Wade."As a business leader it's exceptionally difficult to navigate highly politicised issues like transgender and abortion rights. But I'm not content to sit back and say or do nothing," he tweeted, before sharing an in-depth message he had sent out to his employees.This message reads: "It is appalling that states, including the [Certain Affinity] headquarters' home state of Texas, are wading into what I consider personal health and privacy matters. Recently this encompassed gross intrusions on the rights and dignity of transgender youth, putting politics over the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of a vulnerable population, and threatening their families, friends, doctors and other supporters. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 14:35:42 +0000

With there being so many great Nintendo Switch games out there like Monster Hunter Rise and Kirby and the Forgotten Land, your Switch console's storage can fill up fast when you have all of them downloaded and ready to play when you feel like it.What's great about using a Switch however, is you can have multiple microSD cards ready with those games downloaded, so when you're tired of one game and want a different one to play, you can just swap out a card instead of uninstalling and downloading each game.If you're in need of some extra storage for your Switch games, the SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD memory cards are a great choice, and right now you can save a chunk of money on the 128GB versions in both the US and the UK at Amazon. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 14:13:15 +0000

Square Enix is continuing to support Babylon's Fall with a second season of content, despite the fact barely anyone is playing it. Game directors Kenji Saito and Takahisa Sugiyama were interviewed and discussed difficulties with developing a live service game. "It is our first time developing and amending content after release as part of a live service, so we need to prioritise player feedback above all else. In that sense, it really brings home the realisation that this game is very much a service as well as a standalone product," said Saito. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 13:53:13 +0000

When Infinity Ward officially announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 last month, all we got was a logo and a lot of confused people wondering why it would announce a game released in 2009. Fortunately (or to the chagrin of Activision), there have since been numerous leaks revealing what's ahead for the first-person shooter series. First, there's a brand-new game mode called DMZ, an extraction-style mode similar to Escape From Tarkov. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 13:36:33 +0000

Up to 100 people may lose their jobs as EA cuts customer support staff at its US office in Austin, and its European hub in Galway. Staff affected currently support live operations on FIFA 22, Kotaku reported, among other games. EA has confirmed the layoffs and said the job losses would ultimately "reduce complexity and increase our efficiency, flexibility and scalability". Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 13:27:49 +0000

We may not have a release date yet, but Sony has revealed the accessibility features in its forthcoming God of War Ragnarok. It follows on from the likes of Spider Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and The Last of Us Part Two in having an extensive suite of options. "Not only have we redesigned our UI to allow for more flexibility and readability, but we have also rebuilt controller remapping from the ground up and added more customization to our combat and interaction systems. We have retained all our accessibility features from 2018's God of War and expanded upon them to include more than 60 ways to adjust gameplay to best suit your style and needs," reads a PlayStation Blog on the topic. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 13:23:16 +0000

You can now watch the first episode of the Pokémon: Hisuian Snow anime series on YouTube or through Pokémon TV.The show's debut episode, which is called "Onto the Icy Blue", introduces us to a boy named Alec. During his youth, Alec was led to believe that Pokémon and people could not live peacefully together. This is due to the Pokémon's powers, which the humans fear. However, when an older and wiser Alec goes to visit his father the Hisui region (of Arceus fame), he starts to look back on his childhood and recalls an encounter with a wild and (characteristically) timid Zorua. It is a short but adorable watch, and perfect to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. So, that's your cue. Pop the kettle on, then come back and settle on in with the first episode, which can be watched below. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:54:46 +0000

Today brings a look at gameplay for Fallout: London, the upcoming Fallout 4 PC mod that lets you explore the UK's post-apocalyptic capital. It's planned to be about the size of the base game's Commonwealth map, making this a hugely ambitious piece of DLC. "The mod encapsulates the gritty, adventurous nature of the Fallout games with a new world, factions, storylines, NPCs, weapons, creatures, and much more! This all comes together in a package tied with a uniquely British bow," reads the press release. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:53:05 +0000

A new mod for God of War shows off something I never imagined - but now I've seen it, I can't take my eyes off it: Homer and Bart Simpson stepping into the shoes of Kratos and Atreus. Oh, and you know The Stranger (wink wink) we all meet at the beginning of the game - well, thanks to this mod, he becomes the Hi-diddly-hoing Ned Flanders.The mod comes from Omega Fantasy (via IGN) and uses the character models from 2003's The Simpson's Hit and Run. And to be honest, if all this mod did was swap out God of War's characters for those from Hit and Run, it would have still been an incredibly amusing watch. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:45:48 +0000

Call of Duty Warzone's big Operation Monarch event, which sees the invasion of Caldera by King Kong and Godzilla, has been huge hit - with players finding ever more inventive ways to attack the great beasts. But now, players have also found a questionable method of farming XP - in King Kong's private parts. A clip posted on the Warzone subreddit shows a player flying a helicopter toward's King Kong's giant testicles (which is easier said than done as Kong tends to crush anyone that heads towards him). Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:42:36 +0000

Bungie has responded to the recent terrorist attack in Buffalo that resulted in the deaths of ten people and the injury of three others by announcing a new charity initiative and pledging to bolster its ongoing efforts "to maintain safe and anti-racist spaces" within its community. "On Saturday, 14th May, a young white man drove hours from his home to a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, and opened fire in a crowded supermarket, killing ten people and maiming three others," Bungie said in a statement. "It has since been confirmed that this was an act of terror aimed at Black Americans and is being investigated as a hate crime. Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy, and anyone impacted by this act of violence." The studio, in collaboration with its Black at Bungie inclusion club, has announced a number of initiatives in response to the attack. It will, for instance, donate all profits made through the sale of its Be Heard collectable pin over the next 12 months to the Southern Poverty Law Center - a charity whose work includes "monitoring hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposing their activities to the public, the media, and law enforcement." Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:27:31 +0000

UPDATE 2pm UK: In a fresh announcement today, Frogwares has revealed a new project which the studio has pivoted onto due to the war in Ukraine. Project Palianytsia is an "eldritch horror coupled with Victorian-era mystery", and a smaller-scale title than the open world game it previously planned as its next project.The word palianytsia refers to a Ukrainian bread - chosen, says Frogwares, "for Russians who often can't pronounce it correctly when trying to pass off as Ukrainian. And so now it's often used in the field as a test to quickly identify possible affiliation of unknown individuals". Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:03:40 +0000

Sony has released its first PlayStation 5 bundle that includes Horizon Forbidden West. The bundle has been spotted across UK stores - though of course it's mostly sold out. Released earlier this year, Horizon Forbidden West is Sony's current premiere title for the console, though it was somewhat overshadowed by the release of Elden Ring a week later. This bundle should help to boost the game's profile. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 11:02:59 +0000

EA DICE has removed the 128-player Breakthrough offering from Battlefield 2042 in its latest patch. Update 4.1, which released today, has made substantial changes to the game's All-Out Warfare playlists, which are available on current-gen consoles and PC. In a blog post, DICE explained the removal of 128-player Breakthrough lobbies was necessary to increase "the value and impact of an individual player", as they currently were full of "intensity and chaos". Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 10:02:54 +0000

Twitch and Discord will be investigated by the New York attorney general, for the part they played in the racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo. Attorney general Letitia James announced the investigation last night, in response to the attack which killed 10 people and wounded three more. The perpetrator livestreamed the attack via Twitch for two minutes before the video was removed. Before the attack took place, he had posted numerous messages discussing and promoting his plans via Discord, as well as on the notorious imageboards 4chan and 8chan. All will now be part of James' invesitigation. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Gibbon: Beyond the Trees isn't a long game - it's about an hour long with the option of playing on after - and it isn't a complicated game either. I like to think of it as an endless swinger, in 2D. In the game, you are a gibbon and you hold down a button to swing and then release it to move through the air and keep your flow of momentum going. That's it, really. There aren't any objectives beyond travelling to the end of a level, nor is there any reading to do, so everything the game says, it says within those modest confines.And say something it does: Gibbon: Beyond the Trees tells a story of deforestation in the name of palm oil, and the horrid mega-fields of mono-crops grown to produce it. But though it has a clear angle, it doesn't preach, and that's what I find remarkable about it. The game's main draw is that flow of momentum I mentioned above, and it's amazing how instinctive this is. It's a video game thing to want to move quickly and not be held up by obstacles, I think - something I can remember as far back as games have been in my life - and it's exactly what Gibbon: Beyond the Trees trades on here. Read more

Thu, 19 May 2022 08:00:00 +0000

This piece contains spoilers for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I read my first Agatha Christie book over the weekend - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, which I gather is actually a pretty stupid place to start as it's seen as being one of her best. Where to go from there? I wanted to read a bit of Christie in part because we'd just binged the cheerful pantomime of the Branagh films. Mostly, though, I think something had been put into my head when I read Stuart Turton's luminous mystery, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, a few years back. Christie felt like a locked door, behind which a deeper understanding of what Turton was up to awaited. This is true, I think, but there's much more to it as well. What surprised me the most - and I appreciate how stupid it sounds to be surprised by this - is how much of a game Roger Ackroyd is. It seems dumb to read a mystery novel and discover that there's something the reader can actually solve in there, but in my defence, the mystery novels I've read until now don't really bear that out. I don't read Chandler or Hammett or Mosley to solve the plots - I read it for everything else the plot allows for. With these writers, it feels like the plot exists to give the characters a reason to stay on the page being fascinating or illuminating the themes and preoccupations of the work. If all of Christie is like Roger Ackroyd, the reverse is true for her stuff. Everything in the book - characters, settings, tone of voice - is there to serve the plot itself. Roger Ackroyd is a book that exists purely to be solved. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 21:56:41 +0000

Amanita Design - the developer behind the acclaimed likes of Samorost, Machinarium, Creaks, and last year's surreal horror Happy Games - has unveiled its latest project: "hand-crafted" dystopian adventure Phonopolis.Phonopolis, which makes use of actual corrugated cardboard sets and a 12fps stop-motion animation style inspired by classic animated films, casts players as Felix, a thoughtful young man who must try and stop the titular city's authoritarian leader from playing the Absolute tone - an occurrence that would effectively cause Felix and his fellow citizens to lose their humanity.What follows is a story-driven puzzle adventure encompassing "relatable, real-world themes", including manipulation and individualism. That doesn't mean it'll be heavy going, though; Amanita says Phonopolis will explore its subject matter in a "playful and light-hearted" way. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 20:59:32 +0000

Naughty Dog's much-rumoured, but as yet still unannounced, The Last of Us remake for PlayStation 5 will reportedly launch before the end of this year. Word of a PlayStation 5 remake for The Last of Us first surfaced in April 2021 when Bloomberg reported the project had initially been in the works at Sony's San Diego-based Visual Arts Service Group before Naughty Dog was asked to take over. Further evidence of the project's existence emerged earlier this year, when a member of Naughty Dog's QA team listed an "unannounced remake" on their resumé - a reference since removed. Yet while there's still no official word on a Last of Us remake, rumours of the project continue to swirl, with ever-leaky GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb now claiming it's set for a 2022 release. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 19:42:03 +0000

Thunderful Games, the studio formed after the merger of developers Zoink and Image & Form, has confirmed it currently has four SteamWorld titles in the works, including the previously announced SteamWorld Headhunter. Headhunter - a "stylised and colourful, third-person co-op action adventure" that was announced last November - initially looked like it would be the sixth entry in the celebrated series, following on from SteamWorld Tower Defense, SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist, SteamWorld Dig 2, and SteamWorld Quest. That may no longer be the case, however. According to Thunderful's latest earnings report (thanks IGN), Headhunter, which is now scheduled for a 2023 release, won't be the only SteamWorld title coming that year. An accompany release schedule reveals that Thunderful has three additional, currently unannounced SteamWorld games in development, with two of those also due in 2023. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 17:53:30 +0000

You're probably already familiar with the Reedpop stable of sites that includes GamesIndustry.biz, RockPaperShotgun, VG247 and, of course, us, and I'm delighted to say the family's grown a little today with the introduction of Popverse - a pop culture news and features site that's just launched today. It's a fairly natural fit for a company that runs more than a handful of pop culture events such as MCM, NYCC and PAX, and it's a heavyweight prospect that draws upon talent from the likes of The AV Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life Magazine, USA Today and plenty more besides. It's where you'll be able to read about Star Wars, DC, Marvel, anime and manga, and to best introduce you to it all I'll hand the floor over to its wonderful editor-in-chief Chris Arrant: Welcome to your next favourite thing. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 17:34:45 +0000

Ubisoft's free-to-play team-based sports game Roller Champions finally has a release date and will, after a bit of a delay earlier this year, be launching next Wednesday, 25th May on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Roller Champions, if you're unfamiliar, is Ubisoft's stab at creating the kind of knockabout sports mash-up that's made Rocket League such a perennial favourite, playing out like a fast-paced hybrid of competitive roller-skating, hockey, and football - wherein two teams of three hurtle around a track in an attempt to wrestle the ball from one another and score a goal. Is it any good? Time will tell, but Eurogamer's Chris Tapsell was pretty impressed when he played an early version shortly after its E3 2019 unveiling, calling it "honestly one of the demos I found hardest to tear myself away from." Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 16:15:52 +0000

PS5 consoles are beginning to stay in stock for far longer across UK retailers, and are now also coming bundled with Horizon Forbidden West.This morning, Argos went live with both the standard disc and digital PS5 consoles with Horizon Forbidden West, and it seems they are still in stock at the time of writing.It's a great sign for the longevity of the console staying in stock that bundles like these are appearing now, and it also saves you some money when you buy it. The retail price of the Standard and Digital PS5 consoles are £449 and £359 respectively, so you're paying £50 to get Horizon Forbidden West which costs £69.99 on the PlayStation Store, saving you £20. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 16:09:19 +0000

The launch of Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown has been pushed back to 2023, and its last-gen console versions have been cancelled. Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown had previously been set to arrive this September for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch. Today, publisher Nacon announced the PS4 and Xbox One versions had been dropped, "with the aim of making the most of the technology in the latest consoles and maximising the overall quality of the game". Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 15:49:51 +0000

Spelunky 2 will be available as a free trial on Nintendo Switch from next week - for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. From 25th May, subscribers will be able to download the full game and access it for a week - until 31st May. This is part of Nintendo's Game Trial series, in which full games are available for free for a limited time. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 15:38:25 +0000

Developer Spiders' scrappy but enjoyable RPG GreedFall is getting a sequel, and it'll be launching for PC and unspecified consoles in 2024. Or next year - publisher Nacon's press release and YouTube description currently disagree, which I'm trying to get to the bottom of. When the original GreedFall launched in 2019, its combination of RPG action and BioWare-style player choice struck a bit of a chord despite its unavoidable rough edges, quickly raising its profile through plenty of positive word of mouth - ultimately, to the tune of over 2m sales - as players got stuck into its ambitious historical fantasy yarn. "GreedFall has more than its fair share of faults," said Eurogamer contributor Malindy Hetfield in her review at the time, "and its curious mix of the sweet and the sour is far from a roleplaying revelation. But the elements that matter have been imbued with such love and care - so much so that I quickly forgave this ambitious RPG its shortcomings." Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 15:34:54 +0000

Trek To Yomi is a fascinating, extremely stylish release. Its aim is to emulate classic Japanese samurai movies, with Kurosawa and Kobayashi the clear influences. Everything from the letterboxed, monochromatic presentation right down to the film grain and shot framing are clearly inspired by Japanese cinema, with Unreal Engine 4's post-processing pipeline used to render this stylised, cinematic experience. This isn't a massive blockbuster title but there's a deep fidelity to the source material here and a brilliant sense of aesthetics. There's an immediate sense that the developers have tried to really achieve something special here and that starts with the camera work: most of the game's cinematics use a mix of stationary shots and slower panning shots, typical of early Japanese film. Camera framing takes a lot of inspiration from this work as well; a lot of care has been taken with shot composition, with carefully framed foreground, midfield, and background detail. The camera ends up being quite fundamental to the game itself, and it's semi-fixed during gameplay - there's no direct player control over this element, and most shots simply follow the player's movement by scrolling or panning. This enables the developers to use a strong and very high quality depth of field effect, even during gameplay. Shallow depth of field is present in virtually every shot here, emulating the long-lens look of Kurosawa films. In a typical game with a right-stick third-person camera, depth of field might obscure critical gameplay elements, but here the focal point of each scene is carefully defined such that this doesn't occur. The relatively sedate camera movement avoids depth of field artefacting as well, which helps particularly on fine transparencies like grass and hair. A heavy film grain is also used here, embellished with scoring marks, bright lines and other artifacts, reminiscent of grain from old film stock. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 15:22:54 +0000

Sony has announced plans to accelerate the company's Road to Zero initiative, its plan to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its entire "value chain", by 10 years.The Road to Zero plan was first concieved in 2010, when Sony announced it as a "a long-term global environmental plan... to realise a sustainable society by achieving a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of Sony's products and business activities". Originally, this target of carbon neutrality was set for 2050. However, today the company released a statement revealing a new target year of 2040."Sony will accelerate its target year for carbon neutrality, that is, greenhouse gas emissions of virtually zero, from 2050 to 2040. Specifically, Sony intends to make direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1 and 2) of its own operations carbon neutral by 2030, and by 2040, in addition to scopes 1 and 2, Sony will also target other emissions originating from stages such as products, supply chains, and logistics (scope 3), aiming for net zero emissions achieved in all scopes." Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 14:29:42 +0000

In Logjam, you play as a sexy lumberjack chopping, slicing, and stroking wood. It's... very NSFW. Logjam is the latest game from famed creator Robert Yang, following the likes of Hard Lads, Rinse and Repeat, and The Tearoom in exploring gay sexuality. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Following my hands off preview of the Saints Row reboot, I sat down and chatted more with Volition developers Kenzie Lindgren (associate UX designer) and Damien Allen (principal designer). We covered a broad range of topics, including plenty on what's new for this entry, but we started by discussing why Saints Row aficionados should come back to the series, despite its brand-new cast and setting. "It definitely still feels like Saints Row - even if it's not the same characters, even if it's not the same setting, even if it's not exactly the same as before - it feels like Saints Row," Lindgren said. "I feel that every single time I go into the game, whether that's just customisation (because customisation is a huge part of it), whether that's travelling around the city, whether that's wing suiting and doing the missions, it feels like Saints Row. And I think that's at least worth checking out if you're an older player, but also for a newer player to discover that feeling for the first time." Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Last week, I got to have a closer look at the Saints Row reboot from Volition. As you would expect, it looked bombastic and eclectic, with a myriad of unusual ideas that can only really be married together in a Saints Row game.However, at this point, it also felt like Volition has focused a bit too much on adding in all this "stuff" to the game, and seemingly at the cost of some polish and finesse. Saints Row was confirmed to be a cross-gen release on its initial announcement last year, and that seems to be a fair market for it. Right now, it just looks and feels like more of a last-gen game than a current one.Throughout the showcase, Saints Row's fighting appeared to be a touch clunky, while its cutscenes and dialogue felt more forced than we may expect from a game today. Meanwhile, during a close up of the Boss' face, you could clearly see that the character's eyelashes and eyelids did not match up in the way you would expect them to. This could be a bug that will be fixed by launch, but it was nonetheless jarring on the eye (mine, not the Boss', although their eye did look jarred as well). Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 13:47:07 +0000

Final Fantasy 7 news will come next month, according to director Tetsuya Nomura. During a Japanese livestream covering the mobile battle royale Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier, Nomura mentioned that news would be coming next month as part of the Final Fantasy 7 25th anniversary. Presumably this could be news on part two of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as well as other projects in the works. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 13:44:49 +0000

Remember Angry Birds? Everyone's favourite mobile time-waster from 10 years ago is back today as a new expansion in Minecraft. This paid-for add-on lets you fling birds at pigs, as is tradition, now in blocky 3D. There's a story mode, which plays like a classic Minecraft map, or a full-on version of the classic Angry Birds gameplay, converted into Minecraft. The expansion is the work of Oreville Studios, a developer dedicated to building content on the Minecraft Marketplace platform, and looks... decent? Here's a trailer showing gameplay: Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 12:44:01 +0000

After a frustrating year and a half, we're thankfully seeing Xbox Series X consoles stay in stock at retail price across UK retailers. This means we're finally starting to see more offers and bundles on Xbox's flagship console, plus better value for those looking to get into current-gen gaming.Right now at Currys, you can get an Xbox Series X console bundled with 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £469. You're already saving money on the Game Pass subscription with this bundle, but you can save a further £5 when you use the promo code FNDDGAMING. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:59:23 +0000

For those who had a PlayStation 3 in 2009, Shatter was a must play. Its block-busting gameplay was married with a slamming soundtrack that made it an ideal way to pass some time while waiting for the release of Fast and Furious and other classics of that year. However, if you didn't have the chance to bop along with this sci-fi puzzler then, now is your chance. Yes, that's right, the game is getting remastered. And, not only that, it is also coming to even more consoles than before. In "late 2022", you will be able to play Shatter Remastered Deluxe on Windows and Mac for PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. You are, quite simply, spoiled for choice. You can check out the announcement trailer for Shatter Remastered Deluxe below. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:41:32 +0000

The Chant, a horror adventure set on a spooky spiritual retreat, has announced an October release window for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S - but the game's previously-announced PS4 and Xbox One versions won't be joining them. The Chant is the second game in as many weeks to prioritise its current-gen console launches, following the recent cancellation of Gotham Knights for PS4 and Xbox One. A fresh trailer has shown off the game's story, and confirmed its lack of current-gen consoles: Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:39:06 +0000

Fade Chips in Apex Legends Mobile tie into the Unleash Punishment time-limited event, where earning them regularly is key to unlocking Fade's story and earning rewards like the Unwavering Focus Fade Skin.Similar to treasure packs in the console and PC version of the game, you are limited to how many Fade Chips you can collect each day.This page details all Unleash Punishment event rewards in Apex Legends Mobile, explains how to get Fade Chips, and when the Unleash Punishment event ends. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:09:00 +0000

Final Fantasy 11's director has spoken out and put a stop to the rumours that the MMORPG is shutting down sometime this year.Chatting in this week's Famitsu, Yoji Fujito revealed the game will not be shut down "anytime soon"."Due to past comments, there may be some people who are worried that the game will be shutting down in 2022," Fujito stated (translated by siliconera). "But I don't think you will have to be concerned about that happening anytime soon." Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:05:15 +0000

Square Enix has finally fixed a performance issue with Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, two months after its release. As reported back in March, hair and fur textures were tanking the frame rate when played on PC - sometimes as low as 8FPS. Modders have released fixes which make all characters bald in a bid to alleviate the issue. Now an update has been released for the game, in which "models for hair and fur associated with important characters have been revised to improve performance." Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:05:11 +0000

Solo developer Stephen Ddungu believes Disney and Marvel likely copied his indie game for an eye-catching fight sequence in the recent Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Ddungu has been chronicling his work on music-based JRPG Sword of Symphony via Tiktok, where footage of the game's combat system has notched up millions of views (thanks, Kotaku). His game allows you to conjur glowing musical notes in mid-air and send them flinging towards an enemy. If you've seen the new Doctor Strange, you'll likely recognise that description - since a short sequence in the film sees Benedict Cumberbatch doing just that. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000

I've spent a morning or two with Evil Dead, and from the off it's looked the part. Sam Raimi's horror classics have a definite visual style, and it's all there on the screen: the cabin surrounded by grasping trees, the lights strobing through branches, a variety of Bruce Campbells to play as. My cup runneth over. Is that an Oldsmobile to pootle around in? Yes please. And it played...well, at first it was decent multiplayer horror stuff. For a morning I played in part of a gang of survivors online, four of us against a single demon player. Your job is to collect a bunch of stuff and then nuke the big baddies at the end of it all, while a timer ticks down and every major action you attempt - grabbing a map fragment or the magical dagger you need - brings the horde. It was fun, and it looked like Evil Dead - so many Ashes! But it didn't always feel like Evil Dead. It felt like a multiplayer horror game, albeit a decent one, albeit a decent one without much in the way of basic accessibility features. The same is true for what I think is the single-player stuff. I headed out as Ash and quickly got into serious deadite trouble. The woods looked perfect - but it felt like a lot of other horror games. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 10:38:30 +0000

Following Activision Blizzard's reveal of its Diversity Space Tool, a video of a GDC 2017 presentation has resurfaced online. In the video, presenters of the tool embarrassingly apply their findings to Nintendo's series. Apparently the game lacks diversity in ability and sexual orientation, as the characters aren't disabled and are all presumed straight. How you can tell someone's sexual orientation just by looking at them is beyond me. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 10:19:25 +0000

The LG C1 is always an easy recommendation when it comes to 4K TVs thanks to its outstanding performance, and there's even more reason to buy when a promotion is available, like the one at John Lewis right now.If you're a new or existing My John Lewis Member, you can get a free £100 E-Gift card when you buy any LG C1 OLED TV. A My John Lewis membership is free to sign up to, so it's super easy to get this offer.Earlier this week, John Lewis was initially offering the LG C1 for £969 with a free £100 e-gift card but has now reduced it further, down to just £899, matching Amazon's price plus the added value of a £100 gift card. This is fantastic value and well worth taking advantage of, especially with John Lewis' 5 year guarantee included too. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 10:11:45 +0000

Five percent of Nintendo is now owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, a scheme set up by the country's highly-controversial Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The investment means the PIF is now Nintendo's fifth-largest shareholder, Bloomberg reported this morning. In response, Nintendo said it learned of the stake from news reports and declined to comment further. Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:53:15 +0000

Bloober Team has refused to comment on rumours it's working on a Silent Hill 2 remake. Rumours surfaced earlier this week that a remake of the PS2 horror game was in the works, alongside other projects in the series. However, speaking to IGN at Polish games conference Digital Dragons, Bloober CEO Piotr Babieno said he cannot comment, but the studio hopes to make an announcement on future projects "as soon as we can". Read more

Wed, 18 May 2022 09:30:16 +0000

Sony's revised PlayStation Plus draws ever nearer, and this week we got our best look at some of the classic games will be on offer. While there's a sense of a missed opportunity and a surprising lack of fanfare with less than a week to go until the service rolls out in Japan, there's still a sizeable number of cult classics neslted within the new service - and here's our pick of the best of them. Housemarque was once synonymous with games like this, top-down Robotron-alikes that lived to pit you against vast hordes. To be outmanned is never to be outgunned, however: this is a team that revels in ingenious weapon combos and beautifully paced enemy waves. Play it today and you may see more of Returnal in the DNA than you might expect to - a love of the works of Eugene Jarvis can be hard to shake. And why would you want to? We are, of course, well overdue an Ape Escape revival, but until that point any opportunity to get reacquainted with the originals should be grasped with both hands. Japan Studio's original was designed to keep especially to keep both thumbs busy, built around the twin sticks of the Dual Shock which were a novelty at the time and enabling a freewheeling inventiveness that's defined the series ever since. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 22:57:15 +0000

From Elden Ring on Game Boy to that Advance Wars/Mass Effect mash-up, demakes are all the rage these days - and now it's classic first-person puzzler Portal's turn to get the retro port treatment, courtesy of a new fan project to rebuild it for N64. Portal, of course, released back in 2007 as part of Valve's legendary Orange Box collection, where it immediately wrought cake memes, Companion Cubes and iconic antagonist GLaDOS upon an unsuspecting world. It also proved to be an ingenious puzzler beneath all that - tasking players with manipulating portals to navigate increasingly devious challenges - and one that still holds up wonderfully today. The currently in-development Portal demake, officially known as Portal 64, is the work of developer James Lambert, and is ambitiously attempting to pack the entire experience of Valve's classic - memes, portals, puzzles, and all - down onto Nintendo hardware that preceded its release by over a decade. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 21:41:50 +0000

Following recent reports that Sony is refusing to approve any statements from PlayStation studios relating to reproductive rights, Bungie - whose acquisition by Sony was announced in February - has said "there will never be a 'muzzle' big enough to stop us from standing up for what's right".Bungie was one of the first studios to speak out in support of Roe v Wade, a key judgement which legalised abortion across the US, following recent reports the US Supreme Court was trying to overturn the ruling. At the time, the developer called the move a "direct attack on human rights", adding that "standing up for reproductive choice and liberty is not a difficult decision to make, and Bungie remains dedicated to upholding these values".However, in light of reports that Sony is refusing to authorise any public statements its PlayStation studios might want to make around the issue of reproductive rights, some Bungie fans have questioned whether the developer will still be able to express its opinion so freely once its acquisition by Sony is complete. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 20:22:27 +0000

Developer The Bearded Ladies, the studio behind 2018's acclaimed turn-based strategy adventure Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, has unveiled Miasma Chronicles - a new tactical RPG that's heading to PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5 some time next year. Miasma Chronicles unfolds in a United States torn apart by a force known only as the Miasma, some time in the "not-too-distant future". Here, in the mining town of Sedentary, we meet our protagonist Elvis, a young man raised by a robotic older "brother" after being left by his mother. Elvis, for reasons both unknown and extremely convenient as far as gameplay goes, has access to a mysterious glove that enables him to control Miasma - a device that'll almost certainly prove useful as the brothers set out across the post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of answers that might "change the course of human history forever." Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:45:00 +0000

Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive has announced the next chapter for the game and hinted at future content. Announced during today's sixth anniversary livestream, the next chapter will be named Roots of Dread and features a new killer, survivor and map. Down the line there will also be another Resident Evil chapter, Attack on Titan costumes, and a Dead by Daylight dating sim. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:45:00 +0000

The rumours are true: the Dead by Daylight dating sim is real. Hooked on You was announced during today's sixth anniversary livestream for the game and is due out later this summer. The interactive visual novel will allow players to flirt and date four of the game's iconic killers - The Huntress, The Spirit, The Trapper, and The Wraith - all presented in a sexy anime style. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 18:44:55 +0000

Developer Bohemia Interactive has officially unveiled the recently leaked Arma Reforger, the next step in its long-running first-person military shooter series. Described as the "first milestone on the long road to Arma 4", Reforger launches into PC and Xbox Series X/S early access today. Bohemia broke the news in a lengthy livestream that began with confirmation the long-awaited Arma 4 is in development (its predecessor, Arma 3, celebrates its 10th birthday next year), but the remainder of the stream's focus was very much on Reforger. It's being called a new standalone "platform" for the series, consisting of several key parts: there's a new engine, a new open-world sandbox, three gameplay modes, and integrated modding tools, enabling users to create and download mods directly in-game. Reforger's sandbox should be immediately familiar to fans of Bohemia's previous titles, taking the form of the Everon map seen in 2001's Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, albeit thoroughly reworked and reimagined using the developer's latest tech. As that might suggest, it marks a return to the Cold War era for the series, circa 1989, with Bohemia saying it's keen to capture the atmosphere of the 80s across its 51 sq km map. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 16:47:02 +0000

Developer Asobo's slow and steady spruce-up of Microsoft Flight Simulator's already stunning recreation of Earth continues today with the arrival of its latest World Update, this time giving Italy and Malta the gorgeous makeover treatment. Today's Italy and Malta refresh marks the ninth World Update to release for Flight Simulator since its launch in 2020, and follows similar spruce-ups for Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. As always, Asobo has crammed a heap into its latest World Update, including four hand-crafted airports across Italy and Malta - Palermo Airport (LICJ), Sondrio Airport (LILO), Marina di Campo Airport (LIRJ), and Bolanzo Airport (LIPB) - plus improvements for 100 existing airports. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 16:24:32 +0000

Apex Legends Mobile is the latest big console and PC shooter to make its way to iOS and Android. The Mobile version features its own unique battle pass and event schedule, with Season 1 debuting a brand new mobile-exclusive Legend, Fade. Below, you can find out how to get Fade in Apex Legends Mobile, and an explainer on Fade abilities. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 16:06:27 +0000

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released all the way back in March 2020, but has still maintained a £40 price tag because of its popularity and well... first party Nintendo games rarely drop in price.If you're planning on buying the game that should be in every Switch user's library, you should head on over to Currys where you can currently save £5. You'll need to select Click and Collect and enter the code SWFNDD at the checkout to redeem the £5 discount, bringing the price down from £39.99 to just £34.99. It looks like Currys has bumped up its minimum spend for free standard delivery to £50, so you'll need to pick it up in store if that's all you're planning to buy and want to save a fiver.In Animal Crossing: New Horizons you'll be creating a new village on an island after embarking on the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package. With a host of familliar Animal Crossing faces, and lots of new ones, you'll be tasked with building a new home for yourself and the animal friends with you. Collect recipes, gather materials and get crafting. You can make tools to improve daily life, or just spend time decorating your new home. And as the island improves, more new residents will arrive - each a potential new friend. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 15:55:02 +0000

Fortnite has teased the return of an enormous icon from its original Island, as the clock counts down to the game's latest big season finale. While not yet confirmed by developer Epic Games, eagle-eyed Fortnite leakers are confident this season will end in another of the game's eye-catching live events - the first of 2022 - likely on Saturday, 4th June. This afternoon, Epic itself issued a typically cryptic teaser with snippets of audio and an unmistakable logo at the end: the fan-favourite Mech (or Mecha Team Leader, to give its full name) which duelled and ultimately beat Fortnite's Devourer monster in one of the game's most memorable moments back in 2019. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 15:51:12 +0000

One of the most interesting things about the debut of Intel's 12th-gen processor platform is that it offers people a meaningful choice in motherboards - not only high-end 'Z' series boards versus cheaper and less feature-rich 'H' and 'B' boards, but also versions equipped with both traditional DDR4 and next-gen DDR5 memory. Most initial review coverage of 12th-gen processors tested primarily on DDR5 boards, including our own, as this offers the best potential for interesting differences between generations, but it leaves open the question of which RAM type is actually the better buy for consumers - both in the short term and the long term. Other outlets have covered these differences expertly, but we wanted to add our take on the memory dilemma with our particular focus on CPU-intensive and memory-intensive sections of modern games. Our somewhat later coverage also allows us to evaluate memory value from slightly further ahead in the timeline, as the initial spike for DDR5 demand seems to have tailed off and prices are beginning to shift. After all, while DDR4 is clearly the cheaper option in the here and now, most PC builders are keeping their motherboards and processors for upwards of five years - so it's worth considering whether DDR5 is a future-proof investment or an unnecessary cost sink over that kind of a timeframe.To test our memory, we've used a slightly different setup than featured in our Intel 12th-gen processor reviews. We've swapped our Asus Z690 motherboard to a memory OC focused option from MSI, the MEG Z690 Unify-X, equipped with just two DIMM slots to maximise the performance of a single dual-channel kit. We've also been provided with XPG's Lancer 2x 8GB 6000MT/s CL40 memory, which is among the fastest you can currently buy and a significant step beyond the 4800MT/s and 5200MT/s memory we had access to in our prior 12th-gen coverage. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 15:35:59 +0000

Bored with your plain old white PS5? Sony is now adding new coloured console covers in pink, purple, and blue. Actually, that's Nova Pink, Galactic Purple, and Starlight Blue to be precise. Black (Midnight Black) and Red (Cosmic Red) console covers are already available, priced £44.99. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 15:29:17 +0000

A strong Espeon build will allow you to turn this Gen 2 Eeveelution into a powerful opponent in Pokémon Unite - the MOBA Pokémon game.Espeon is classified as an Attacker Pokémon in Pokémon Unite, so, when playing, your primary goals will be to inflict massive damage and knock out enemy Pokemon to use this chance to score goals. To do any of this, you will need to be informed on the best items and moves for Espeon.Below you will find our recommendations for the best Espeon build and, if you would like to see how Espeon measures up to the other Pokémon on Unite’s roster, please visit our Pokémon Unite Tier List. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 15:04:47 +0000

Techland, the developer behind Dying Light, has announced it's working on a brand new open world action RPG. While support for Dying Light 2 is set to continue for the next five years, the team has an unannounced fantasy epic in the works. "We're very happy with what we have accomplished with the Dying Light franchise so far," said Paweł Marchewka, CEO at Techland. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 14:54:28 +0000

Download personnel files from the old IO servers is one of the Week 9 Resistance challenges in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2.This is the second Resistance challenge in Fortnite for Week 9 and, to unlock it, you must first complete all of the Resistance challenges from the past weeks, along with doing some fishing for Agent Jones as part of Week 9’s first Resistance challenge. This challenge will reward you with 23k XP, which will help you unlock new skins and other rewards from this season’s Battle Pass. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 14:39:35 +0000

The Wholesome Direct will be back again this June, promising more lighthearted, cosy game announcements. The livestream will feature new game reveals, exclusive footage, and game launches during the show. Already set to be shown are Moomin stealth game Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley, Coffee Talk Episode 2, ecological strategy game Terra Nil, and more. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 13:44:48 +0000

May's second crop of games headed to Xbox Game Pass includes Jurassic World Evolution 2, available today, plus Sniper Elite 5 and Pac-Man Museum+. Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the dinosaur management sim sequel which adds in plenty of new features and creatures, including flying and airborne reptiles. Developer Frontier last year admitted the game had under-performed, something it blamed on the delay of the upcoming Jurassic World Dominion movie, now due in June. Here's hoping Xbox Game Pass gives it fresh legs. Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 13:16:49 +0000

Lost Ark still has a bot problem, publisher Amazon Games has admitted. In a blog post acknowledging the continued issue and the ongoing "frustration within the community" it said it had felt too, Amazon announced it had permanently banned "several million accounts that participated in botting, hacking or gold-selling". "Since Lost Ark launched, we've been fighting a war against the bots infiltrating Arkesia," Amazon dramatically wrote. "Addressing bots can be especially challenging in free-to-play games because it's so easy to create an account and enter the game, but we're working on multiple fronts to fight them." Read more

Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000

Songs of Conquest is great. Sometimes you know the moment you play something that it's a belter. You can feel that sense of quality oozing through as soon as you load it up. It's in the music, the look, the feel - I love a game that plays with real zip and this does. I smile returning to it. I want to tell people about it. Songs of Conquest has me.Caveat: I am exactly the game's target audience. A colleague summed it up best when he wandered over to watch me playing and asked if this was Age of Wonders. No, I replied. Was it Heroes of Might and Magic then, he asked. No, I replied. But those two comparisons nail exactly what Songs of Conquest is, and I love them both.Songs of Conquest is a game about steering a fantasy hero around a map while building their army, then fighting in grid-based, turn-based battles. On the map, you find treasures and buildings to interact with for troops or buffs. Read more