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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a beautiful tech showcase

Spanning more than two decades and produced by a succession of talented developers, the Tomb Raider series almost serves as a barometer of progress in the space of 3D gaming. From its initial outings during the 90s, through its issues early in the PS2 generation right up to its most…

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God Eater 3 Dines on Deities from 13th December in Japan

Diets delayed.God Eater’s feeling a little redundant in a post-Monster Hunter: World, er, world. Nevertheless, publisher Bandai Namco’s got a sequel to sell, so here’s the latest trailer for the anime-themed hunt-a-thon’s threequel. The title’s due out on 13th December in Japan, but a Western release will follow at some…

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Exploring Assassin's Creed Odyssey's "BOTW-style" Exploration Mode

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features two playstyles to choose from: Guided Mode, described as the “more traditional” experience, and Exploration Mode, labelled as “a newer approach”.Exploration Mode, its description continues, is “the way Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is meant to be experienced”.So what is Exploration Mode? I’ve seen a few references to…

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FIFA Ultimate Team Card Packs May Have EA in Trouble with the Law

Belgium launches investigation.As you may or may not have heard, Belgium declared loot boxes in video games a form of gambling earlier this year. Basically, if a game allows players to spend real money on randomised in-game items, then it has to be categorised as gambling and highlighted as such.Read the…

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How Rainbow Six Siege came back from disaster to become a top esport

Everyone knows the story of Rainbow Six Siege’s troubled launch, and how Ubisoft managed to bring it back from the brink of failure to become one of the most successful games around. But what most people don’t know is Siege’s esports scene followed a similar path, with disaster striking at…

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There's a New PS Vita Firmware Update Out Now

It doesn’t do anything.Sony’s stealth released a new PlayStation Vita firmware update, which pledges improved stability and not a lot else. The new patch, v3.69, presumably puts a band aid over some behind-the-scenes issues, but you won’t be noticing any changes.You can download the patch right now, just head to…

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Treyarch to nerf Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 battle royale's toughest challenge: picking up items

The beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 battle royale – aka Blackout – went live yesterday, and a lot of fun it is indeed. But there’s one aspect of Blackout that is not fun: picking up items.Picking up items in Blackout is a tad slow and often infuriatingly…

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Using Destiny 2: Forsaken Prime Engram Exploit Will Come Back to Bite You, Says Bungie

Dev suggests it’s a bad idea.There’s a hot exploit doing the rounds in Destiny 2: Forsaken that allows players to gain Prime Engrams at a dramatically increased rate. The weapons and armour that you acquire from said engrams is usually an improvement over whatever you have equipped, and once you’re past the soft…

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Store Update: 11th September 2018 (Europe)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider! NBA 2K19! NHL 19!While the PlayStation Store updates aren’t necessarily getting bigger, the blockbusters are coming on a consistent schedule now. This week, following Marvel’s Spider-Man, is Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game’s divided critics somewhat, but it sounds like a solid romp regardless…

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Knives Out, a Totally Original New Concept, Comes to PS4 Next Year

A smartphone smash hit, apparently.Picture this: there are 100 players on the battlefield and you have to parachute your way in and pick them all off as a giant urban map gradually shrinks around you. Except there aren’t 100 players on this particular battlefield because only approximately 63 people actually…

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