Crackdown 3 review: the series' simple genius remains elusive

There are two kinds of simple, I think. There’s so simple that anybody can do it, and then there’s so simple that nobody else will be able to do it ever again.Weirdly, I reckon the first kind of simple is exemplified by panna cotta. This wobbling, pearl-skinned marvel seems so rarified and delicate that, on initially reading the ingredients list, the whole thing seems like a huge Italian prank. Milk, gelatine, a bit of cream and sugar? But I paid £9.95 for this in Covent Garden. And, listen, people are so impressed when you make it for them! In truth,…

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Norwich's Fortnite Live festival was a complete disaster

A festival designed to recreate Fortnite on the outskirts of Norwich has, somewhat predictably, not lived up to expectations. Event organisers flogged 2500 tickets to kids and parents. Entry cost upwards of £12 and unlimited access wristbands a further £20. In return, families got what amounted to a few fairground…

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Respawn Bans Over 16,000 Cheaters from Apex Legends, Plans to Add In-Game Report Feature

“Cheaters suck”.In an update to fans last week, the developer of the popular new battle royale title Apex Legends told fans its stance on cheaters. Unsurprisingly, Respawn doesn’t like them very much, and says it has already banned over 16,000 users found to be fighting dirty.It’s unclear how many PlayStation…

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Far Cry New Dawn physical sales just a quarter of Far Cry Primal's

Far Cry New Dawn topped the UK chart this week, but its launch week sales were a far cry (sorry) from those of its predecessors.New Dawn’s sales were just 13 per cent of Far Cry 5’s opening week total. That’s down massively, but to be expected – New Dawn is…

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UK Sales Charts: Far Cry: New Dawn Takes the Lead Despite a Disappointing Debut

Beats out Metro: Exodus.Last week saw the arrival of a few new games, but it’s Far Cry: New Dawn that takes the top spot at UK retail. The series has always sold well, and Far Cry 5 was one of last year’s best selling games overall. However, despite debuting at…

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Review: DiRT Rally 2.0 – The Lean Mean Rally Sim Makes a Triumphant Return

The long and winding road.Codemasters’ DiRT franchise, which has roots in its historic Colin McRae series, has gone through a few changes. It’s swerved between flashy, casual-friendly racing and straight-laced, hardcore simulation a couple of times now, and with the release of DiRT Rally 2.0, we’re back on the latter.…

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Relative Unknown Destroys Some of the Best Tekken 7 Players in the World to Win Mind-Blowing Tournament

Evo Japan has a new champion.Arslan_Ash, a relatively unknown Kazumi player from Pakistan, just won the Tekken 7 tournament at Evo Japan 2019. The event welcomed many of the game’s very best players from all over the world, but none of them could stand in Arslan’s way as he dismantled…

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Tech Interview: Metro Exodus, ray tracing and the 4A Engine's open world upgrades

Remember the days when key technological innovations in gaming debuted on PC? The rise of multi-platform development and the arrival of PC technology in the current generation of consoles has witnessed a profound shift. Now, more than ever, PlayStation and Xbox technology defines the baseline of a visual experience, with upgrade vectors on PC somewhat limited – often coming down to resolution and frame-rate upgrades. However, the arrival of real-time ray tracing PC technology is a game-changer, and 4A Games’ Metro Exodus delivers one of the most exciting, forward-looking games we’ve seen for a long, long time. It’s a title…

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Tech Interview: Metro Exodus, ray tracing and the 4A Engine's open world upgrades

Remember the days when key technological innovations in gaming debuted on PC? The rise of multi-platform development and the arrival of PC technology in the current generation of consoles has witnessed a profound shift. Now, more than ever, PlayStation and Xbox technology defines the baseline of a visual experience, with…

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'A shambles': hundreds demand refunds from Fortnite Live festival

Computer game-themed event near Norwich underwhelming and understaffed, visitors sayHundreds of people have demanded refunds after a Fortnite computer game-themed festival was branded a shambles.The…

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Final Fantasy 15's Regalia vehicle is coming to Forza Horizon. Again

Just in case you didn’t believe it the first time around, the best member of the Final Fantasy XV boy band – the car – is headed back to Forza Horizon; only this time, it’s coming to Forza Horizon 4.In the most unlikely of mash-ups, the lads’ Regalia will be available as both the classic Quartz and the Type-D, which is a monster truck. Sadly, neither can fly. Here, take a look:Read more

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Mortal Kombat 11's Jade Is Spinning Plates in Reveal Trailer

And by plates we mean bodies.Mortal Kombat 11 looks so damn good, doesn’t it? With the release little over two months away, developer NetherRealm Studios is rapidly revealing the release’s roster, and the latest returning character in the limelight is Mortal Kombat 2’s iconic green gal, Jade. Here we see…

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Despite a promising demo, PSVR adventure game Eden Tomorrow ends up disappointing

Last month a free demo for Eden Tomorrow appeared on the Playstation Store. The first 30 minutes of this sci-fi adventure game were included and after playing it through on stream, I came away with high hopes. It seemed more polished than your average PSVR title and the demo ended…

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Final Fantasy XV's Episode Ardyn Release Date Reminds Us Square Enix Is Still Working on This Game

Let it rest.When did Final Fantasy XV come out again? It feels like an eternity ago! Square Enix is still busy beavering away on expansion packs for the role-playing game, however – although Episode Ardyn will be its last. You may recall that the publisher had several other packs in…

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A Final Fantasy 14 float is joining this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Square Enix has confirmed it’s bringing a Final Fantasy XIV Online float to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next month.In partnership with the Sydney Gaymers group, Square Enix has confirmed it’s bringing the “unique and exciting” float to the parade on 2nd March 2019. Themed around “Realms United”,…

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Here's when you can swing Negan's baseball bat, Lucille, in Tekken 7

We knew they were coming, but they’re finally here – Tekken 7 DLC characters Julia and Negan will release on 28th February, 2019.Fresh from EVO Japan 2019, Gematsu reports Julia and Negan will cost $5 and $8 respectively – there’s no news yet on the UK or European price points.”Your eyes do not deceive you, your pounding heart does not betray you; Negan from AMC’s The Walking Dead is making his way into Tekken 7 to deal a world of pain in the Tekken universe,” Bandai Namco teased at the time. “Negan, beloved by fans of The Walking Dead for…

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Here's when you can swing Negan's baseball bat, Lucille, in Tekken 7

We knew they were coming, but they’re finally here – Tekken 7 DLC characters Julia and Negan will release on 28th February, 2019.Fresh from EVO Japan 2019, Gematsu reports Julia and Negan will cost $5 and $8 respectively – there’s no news yet on the UK or European price points.”Your…

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Julia Joins Tekken 7 Alongside The Walking Dead's Negan Later This Month

Old and new.The final two DLC characters included in Tekken 7’s second season pass are arriving before the month is out. Both returning fighter Julia Chan and guest lunatic Negan — yes, the guy from The Walking Dead — are releasing on the 28th February.During Evo Japan, where the release…

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Hands On: Bus Simulator Blends Crazy Taxi, SimCity, and Train Sim World to Addictive Effect

Just the ticket.There are simulator games for practically everything these days, so it’s perhaps surprising that Bus Simulator is launching so late in the generation. Austrian developer Still Alive Studios has been checking tickets on the PC for a while now, but this year it will make a stop on…

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Amy Returns as Next DLC Character in SoulCalibur VI

Little lady.Amy, the foster daughter of Raphael, is returning to SoulCalibur as the next DLC character for SoulCalibur VI. She’s appeared throughout the series in various forms — some of them non-playable — but she’s looking deadly in the trailer that we’ve embedded above.Amy doesn’t have a release date yet,…

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