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Blizzard Tempers Expectations for Big Diablo News at BlizzCon 2018

Cold day in hell.Will Diablo IV be announced at BlizzCon 2018? For a while there it was starting to seem more and more likely, with Blizzard dropping hints that the future of its loot-heavy role-playing series would be unveiled at next month’s event, but now the developer’s trying to temper…

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THQ Nordic Won't Release Wreckfest Until It Loves Playing It

Another one bites the dust.Wreckfest has broken down and been taken back to Bugbear’s workshop, where it will remain for repairs into 2019. The title – which was due out on 20th November – has been delayed on the PlayStation 4 by THQ Nordic, as the publisher works to get…

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey's first live Epic Mercenary event has been cancelled

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was due to launch its first live event this week, setting players forth across Ancient Greece in search of limited-time japes. However, thanks to unspecified technical issues, Ubisoft has been forced to admit defeat and cancel the whole thing.

Last week, Ubisoft announced that Odyssey’s live events -…

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Dream Daddy Flirts with PS4 on 30th October

Coming out on top.We’ve got a bone to pick with the PlayStation 4 version of Dream Daddy: where’s the exclusive Kratos add-on pack? Game Grumps, the creators of last year’s PC-based dating sensation, could have at least given us Joel from The Last of Us – heck, we’d have settled…

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You'll soon be able to date your Dream Daddy on PlayStation 4

Daddy dating game Dream Daddy will soon be dispensing its delightful daddies for the delectation of PlayStation 4 owners, starting on October 30th.Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator launched on PC last year and quickly became something of an internet sensation. Turns out everyone’s thirsty for daddies. It casts players…

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Something strange is happening to Fortnite's floating island

Fortnite’s map is continually evolving – we’ve had rockets, meteors, and most recently a giant purple cube (nicknamed Kevin) which spent several weeks rolling over the grassy hills of Lazy Links. Having transformed Loot Lake into a millennial version of the Wizard of Oz, the cube seems to have reached…

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Japanese Sales Charts: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is a Huge Hit on PS4

Blackout.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has stormed the the top of the Japanese software charts, shifting an impressive 229,000 copies on PlayStation 4. Immediate sales have bettered those of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Call of Duty: WWII, making this a big…

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Hitman 2's First Elusive Target Mission Stars Sean Bean

The Undying.The first season of IO’s Hitman on PS4 had a great set of missions to start with, but the limited time Elusive Targets kept things ticking over. These special missions gave you one chance to take down a brand new character in one of the game’s existing levels, and…

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Rumour: Red Dead Redemption 2 Physical Copy May Come with Two Discs on PS4

Please insert disc 2.We know that Red Dead Redemption 2’s install size is pretty huge, but what does that mean for people who buy the game physically? Discs these days usually just load the game onto the hard drive, but at about 100GB, will one Blu-Ray be enough?Read the full…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – a battle royale with military precision

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; ActivisionThe shooter has gone multiplayer-only, bringing its own brand of exhilarating action and tactical warfare to the game modes popularised…

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The Quiet Man's second playthrough will add sound in a game about deafness

It seems a little odd to instantly undermine your game’s central selling point. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what’s happening with Square Enix’s new title. The Quiet Man, which is due to release on PC and PlayStation this November, centres on the journey of a deaf protagonist as he searches for a…

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Catch the Black Cat if You Can in Brief Spider-Man PS4 DLC Teaser

Felicia, you gotta see her.Has this trailer been published before? We don’t remember seeing it, but we’re sure someone’s furiously typing away in the comments now, telling us we’re late. Either way, this 30 second teaser trailer for the first Marvel’s Spider-Man add-on pack was published to PlayStation’s YouTube channel…

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PSN Is Down for Some, Sony Has Acknowledged the Issue

Down but not quite out.It appears as though the PlayStation Network is experiencing some turbulence tonight, as reports over the last couple of hours or so suggest that the service is struggling. Social features appear to be down, and some users are saying that they simply can’t sign in. We…

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DICE reveals more of Battlefield 5's single-player campaign in new trailer

With just over a month to go until Battlefield 5 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, DICE has unveiled a brand-new trailer, this time focussing on the events of the game’s single-player story campaign.As was the case in Battlefield 1, Battlefield 5’s solo campaign – which has been…

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Guide: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – How to Unlock All Blackout Characters

Skins galore.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode operates in a similar manner to that of other Battle Royale games, in that skins are the main form of customisation. The base game ships with a large assortment of different characters to play as, and here’s how you unlock them.…

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Insomniac shows off Spidey's new suits from next week's The City That Never Sleeps DLC

Insomniac Games’ acclaimed Spider-Man is about to get its first paid DLC next week, in the form of the story-based The City That Never Sleeps. Insomniac has already teased most of its features, but if you were curious about its promised new Spidey suits then, well, here you go…The City…

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Fans think Destiny 2 bug points to Dreadnought return

Destiny 2 has a new bug where you sometimes see loading screens with visuals and music for the series’ Dreadnought ship. The only problem? The Dreadnought is not supposed to be in Destiny 2. Introduced in Destiny 1 expansion The Taken King, the Dreadnought is a fan-favourite location, a hulking…

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Catch a Glimpse of New War Stories in Battlefield V Single Player Trailer

Lone soldier.If you’re unhappy with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s lack of single player campaign, Battlefield V has just flaunted its solo offering. War Stories makes a return from Battlefield 1, this time highlighting several untold tales from World War 2. Check out the new trailer above.Here’s the official…

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Review: Warriors Orochi 4 – Worse Than Warriors Orochi 3

Snake eater.Warriors Orochi 4 feels like it was developed on a shoestring budget. It cuts corners everywhere, from the removal of several game modes that were in previous titles, to the the fact that 95 per cent of the game’s story is told through static character portraits and text boxes.…

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Trails of Cold Steel I and II Have Cross-Save Support on PS4

The adventure continues.Publisher XSEED Games has confirmed that the upcoming PlayStation 4 ports of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II will have cross-save functionality. This means that you’ll be able to transfer save data from the PlayStation 3…

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Minecraft competition could put your cat in the game

As a dog owner, I can’t say I’m hugely excited by this competition – but I’ve heard some people like cats, so here I am. Minecraft is looking for its next cat superstar, and it could be your very own pet. According to Mojang’s blog post, entrants need to take…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: a polished, pulsating battle royale

One of my favourite things to do in Blackout, Call of Duty’s take on battle royale, is to crash through windows. I know it makes a lot of noise, I know it alerts nearby enemies to my position and I know there’s a door right next to the window. But…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: a polished, pulsating battle royale

One of my favourite things to do in Blackout, Call of Duty’s take on battle royale, is to crash through windows. I know it makes a lot of noise, I know it alerts nearby enemies to my position and I know there’s a door right next to the window. But I just can’t help myself. Sprint, vault, smash! I’m inside, glass on the floor, loot to pick up or – hopefully – an enemy player who dies at my hand while marvelling at the grandeur of my entrance.Vaulting through windows is so much fun because it’s so slick. It just…

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Rockstar attempts to defuse 100-hour work week controversy amid storm of criticism

Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has tried to walk back comments he made about staff working 100-hour weeks on the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 – a statement which sparked widespread criticism throughout the video games industry yesterday.Houser made the claim in a Vulture article based on a personal tour of…

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PlayStation says it has fixed messages that were crashing consoles

Over the past few days, several PlayStation users have been reporting a malicious console-crashing attack sent via console message. Players claimed a specific character combination had “bricked” their consoles, forced them to factory reset their PlayStations, and that “even deleting the message from the mobile app” didn’t protect them. The…

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Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?

Repeatedly reproduced and reimagined since the 80s, the tropes of cyberpunk must evolve or dieThe future has looked the same for almost four decades. A…

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Only a Handful of Senior Employees Worked 100 Hour Weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Clarifies

And apparently it was their choice.So a big stink was raised early this week when news came out about Rockstar employees working 100 hours a week in order to finish Red Dead Redemption 2. As is always the case here on the world wide web, everyone immediately lost their minds…

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Insomniac on Spider-Man PS4 DLC: Are People Ever Satisfied with How Much You Give Them?

The answer is no.Insomniac Games seems to be pre-empting some kind of backlash to its first DLC pack for Marvel’s Spider-Man, as when asked to describe the scope of the expansion, creative director Bryan Intihar pondered whether people will ever be satisfied with how much content is included. To be…

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Santa Monica Studio Hiring Possibly for Two Future Projects

More talent for future PS5 games, perhaps?If it wasn’t already there, then there’s no denying Sony Santa Monica has cemented its status in the big leagues with the critically acclaimed God of War. The game has been a hit for newcomers and veterans alike of the series, which has everyone…

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Fortnite is getting in-game tournaments in next update

Epic has announced that it’s introducing Tournaments to Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode as part of the game’s imminent 6.10 update. Tournaments will be open to everyone, and are described as a chance for players to “compete directly alongside the pros for prizes and glory”.Each tournament session will last several hours,…

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Deck-building dungeon-crawler Hand of Fate 2's The Servant and The Beast DLC is out now

Defiant Development’s excellent deck-building dungeon-crawler, Hand of Fate 2, has just received its second helping of paid DLC, known as The Servant and The Beast.This latest DLC offering is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (it will be released on Switch “soon”), and adds a new campaign…

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Frontier details Elite Dangerous' last major update of 2018

Frontier Developments has announced that the fourth and final major update of Elite Dangerous’ current season, Beyond, will launch in beta for all PC players on October 30th, with a full release to follow “soon” after.Beyond: Chapter Four, as the latest update is known, marks the conclusion of Elite Dangerous’…

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Remedy's Control also stars voices of Alan Wake, Max Payne

Control, the next game from Alan Wake and Max Payne developer Remedy Entertainment, will also star Alan Wake voice Matthew Porretta and Max Payne actor James McCaffrey.Porrette will play Dr. Casper Darling, head of research at the Federal Bureau of Control, while McCaffrey will play its former director Zachariah Trench.…

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SEGA Cancelled Full Remakes of the Shenmue Games

Changed its mind.Wow, another wrinkle is added to the Shenmue saga today, as it’s emerged that full remakes of the first two games in the franchise were in production up until the end of last year. Digital Foundry has obtained footage of Shenmue I & II that’s different to the…

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Revealed: Sega's cancelled Shenmue HD remake – with fully updated graphics

Shenmue – a game of discovery and adventure. It’s a timeless classic and one with a deep and fascinating history – which becomes even more compelling today. As we know, Sega tasked UK developer d3t with remastering Shenmue and its sequel for the current generation consoles and PC. What we…

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Rockstar Worked 100 Hour Weeks to Get Red Dead Redemption 2 Done

Life on Marston.Ever wondered what it takes to get a game like Red Dead Redemption 2 finished? According to Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser, it’s a lot of hard work. The company, infamous for its extended periods of crunch, was working “100 hour weeks” multiple times in 2018 in order…

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Sony Hiring for Next Generation Marketing Campaign

High PS5.Sony basically confirmed the PlayStation 5 last week, and now it’s recruiting a Senior Product Manager to help plot out the roadmap for its next generation console. The role – spotted by ResetEra on career focused website LinkedIn – is looking for someone who can effectively liaise between product…

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Uber Eats' free COD with cod offer leaves bad taste in customers' mouths

“Horrific promotion.” “Very disappointed.” “Cheap marketing trick.” “Lies!” Just some of the responses found online to Uber Eats’ offer of a free Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 copy when purchasing fish and chips last Friday.The highly-publicised promotion – which offered a free copy of COD when you ordered a…

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas review – zippy combat meets uninspired busywork

My favourite moment in Starlink: Battle for Atlas occured when, muddled and in the heat of a fight, I attached a weapon the wrong way around. Ubisoft’s latest is a very late entry into the toys-to-life marketplace: when you play it, your controller houses a little mount upon which you…

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas review – zippy combat meets uninspired busywork

My favourite moment in Starlink: Battle for Atlas occured when, muddled and in the heat of a fight, I attached a weapon the wrong way around. Ubisoft’s latest is a very late entry into the toys-to-life marketplace: when you play it, your controller houses a little mount upon which you slot a pilot, a star-fighter, and various weapons that then appear in the game. This being 2018, everything on that mount is a repository for levelling. Those pilots come with their own special abilities and their own skill trees, while ships have their own handling and stats, and can be…

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Pict warriors and balloon-headed clowns: the 11 best games on Xbox One

From the thrills of Forza Horizon and cartoon antics of Cuphead to the horrors of Hellblade, here are the Xbox One games everyone should playExplore…

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SEGA Wants Simultaneous Worldwide Release Dates for Its Games

About time.Over the last few years Japanese publishers in general have gotten a lot better at localising their games in a more timely manner. It’s still far from perfect, with recent titles like Dragon Quest XI coming to mind, but improvements have certainly been made this generation.Read the full article…

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UK Sales Charts: Call of Duty Sinks to 11 Year Low at Retail

But digital marches forward.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 set a new global sales record on the PlayStation Store at launch, while its first weekend at UK retail represented an 11 year low for the franchise. What can we infer from this? Either the British public has fallen out of…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Sets New PS Store Sales Record

Biggest digital launch in PlayStation history.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 set a new day one PlayStation Store sales record, moving more units digitally on Sony’s system than any other release globally. The title also secured a similar milestone on the Xbox One, perhaps demonstrating how consumers are gradually beginning…

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Metal Gear Solid HD back-compat for Xbox One is the best way to play

If there’s one game franchise crying out for the full current-gen remastering treatment, it’s Metal Gear Solid. The classic MGS titles have remain untouched since 2011’s excellent Metal Gear Solid HD collection, with no sign of any Xbox One or PlayStation 4 re-releases – despite the emergence of MGS cutscenes apparently running on the Fox Engine on a Japan-only pachinko machine, of all places. However, there is some good news: the 2011 remaster is now backwards compatible on Xbox One, and as things stand, this is easily the best way to play these brilliant games on modern hardware. Expectations do…

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Here are the stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing jumping on the Fortnite bandwagon

Fancy a steaming side order of cringe with your Sunday dinner? Of course you do. So here are the stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing trying out some of Fortnite’s most iconic moves, including Groove Jam, Hype, Fresh, and Floss.The comments to the tweet are a delicious – and predictable…

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Here are the stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing jumping on the Fortnite bandwagon

Fancy a steaming side order of cringe with your Sunday dinner? Of course you do. So here are the stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing trying out some of Fortnite’s most iconic moves, including Groove Jam, Hype, Fresh, and Floss.The comments to the tweet are a delicious – and predictable – blend of outrage, hilarity, plentiful emojis, and at least one inevitable Brexit hashtag. This one’s probably my favourite, though:Much to many commenters dismay, though, it seems the tweet was just a bit of fun, as apparently Fortnite was nowhere to be seen on the show itself last night. Read…

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For Honor's Marching Fire expansion includes 'graphical enhancements' to lighting, weather, and textures

For Honor’s upcoming Marching Fire expansion will include a huge graphical overhaul.The “Graphical Enhancements Showcase” segment of a recent livestream illustrates exactly what’s been improved, which includes a major update to global illumination, updated sky tech, plus new tone mapping and colour grading, too. Ubisoft – which started the upgrading process just after the multiplayer brawler was released – has also reworked all textures in the game.Read more…

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For Honor's Marching Fire expansion includes 'graphical enhancements' to lighting, weather, and textures

For Honor’s upcoming Marching Fire expansion will include a huge graphical overhaul.The “Graphical Enhancements Showcase” segment of a recent livestream illustrates exactly what’s been improved, which includes a major update to global illumination, updated sky tech, plus new tone mapping and colour grading, too. Ubisoft – which started the upgrading…

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Evasion is a VR wave shooter that adds mobility but avoids innovation

If you’re looking for an episode of Ian’s VR Corner over on our YouTube channel today you’re going to be disappointed – there isn’t one. Don’t worry though, the series isn’t over, it just went up a little earlier in the week instead!Our regular Tuesday streaming slot collided with the…

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PS4 Messages Designed to Brick Your Console Reported By Users

Be warned.According to multiple threads over on Reddit, there’s a potentially devastating issue on PlayStation 4 right now, and it stems from simple messages. Users say that receiving certain messages can ‘brick’ your console, effectively breaking the system. We’re not totally clued up on the technical details yet, but the…

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Treyarch kept Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's split-screen quiet

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has split-screen, although you’d be forgiven for not knowing.The developer, Treyarch, didn’t shout about the feature in the run up to the game’s release, but now the game’s out in the wild, players have of course noticed.There’s split-screen for two in competitive multiplayer, although…

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PS Plus Subscribers Scoring Three Months of Netflix Free

Netflix and brill.If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber in North America then you may want to check your email, because there could very well be a gift from Netflix waiting for you. The platform holder’s sending out free three month subscription codes to select users, and these work even if…

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Sony Seemingly Censors Controversial Senran Kagura Mode

Booby trap.Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal will not include its controversial ‘Intimacy Mode’ on the PlayStation 4, which effectively allows you to fondle the private parts of its questionably aged cast of anime characters. Previous instalments on Sony’s system have included this feature, as does the Japanese version of the same…

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Feature: Celebrating PlayStation VR's Second Anniversary

The games, the headset, and the memories.PlayStation VR turns two years old today. Hip hip hooray! With over three million headsets out in the wild and more than 22 million software purchases to accompany them, it’s fair to say that Sony’s virtual reality gamble has more than paid off. The…

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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? – Issue 241

Black hot.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out and Red Dead Redemption 2 is calling, so there’s lots for us to gab about in this week’s WAYP. All that’s left is for us to pose that age old question: what are you playing this weekend?Sammy Barker, EditorI’ve got until…

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Probably the best FIFA 19 bug in the world

There are FIFA 19 bugs, and then there’s this calamity.Last week I published a mini-round-up of some of the more eye-catching FIFA 19 bugs I’d seen since the football game launched last month. EA Sports’ series is no stranger to bugs, of course. With so many virtual objects colliding into…

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Treyarch has a plan to combat Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's emote peeking problem

Are you playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend? I am – and I’m having a blast (expect a review next week). But while everything appears to be running smoothly at launch, there’s one area of the game that’s already got players’ backs up: emote peeking.Black Ops 4…

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Traps, treasure and ancient tomb raiders

You’re exploring the ruins of an ancient, forgotten tomb when you hear the sudden, tell-tale grind of a pressure plate underfoot. For a fraction of a second all is calm, but you know something’s coming. The only question is what. Poison darts shot from hidden sconces in the wall? An…

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Traps, treasure and ancient tomb raiders

You’re exploring the ruins of an ancient, forgotten tomb when you hear the sudden, tell-tale grind of a pressure plate underfoot. For a fraction of a second all is calm, but you know something’s coming. The only question is what. Poison darts shot from hidden sconces in the wall? An unseen trapdoor opening over a pit of vicious spikes? A blade swinging down from overhead? Or that old beloved classic, the rolling boulder.We take it for granted that gaming’s ancient dungeons and tombs are filled with booby traps just as much as that the torches are still burning or that…

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