Battlefield 5 review – DICE's most entertaining shooter in years is also its most compromised

Battlefield 5 is a mess. It’s the glitchiest, most technically troubled DICE’s sandbox multiplayer has been since the infamous launch of Battlefield 4, and even the launch itself is all over the place. Here’s a game that’s not out for paying punters until later this month. Or it’s out today, if you’re willing to pay a little bit more. Or, if you’d rather not pay for the whole thing, it’s been out for a week for EA Access subscribers. Or maybe a bit over a week, if you’re an EA Access Premier subscriber. Of course.And even when that particular mess…

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Get yourself 4TB of extra games space with £25 off an official Xbox Game Drive

With all the new game releases this holiday season, you’ll be needing as much space as possible on your Xbox One. Thankfully you can nab £25 off an official 4TB Xbox Game Drive over at Very.co.uk (update: it’s now the same price at Amazon). That’s capacity for an additional 100+ games, or 40 or so installs of Red Dead Redemption 2, for a very reasonable £84.99.This Seagate drive was designed exclusively for the Xbox, as illustrated by the fetching neon green case and pocket sized portability (ideal for taking your games library out and about). Unlike your usual hard drive…

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Hitman 2 is a stunningly detailed game with some cool tech features

18 years after the release of the original Hitman: Codename 47, the series lives on – yet it was arguably only with the release of the 2016 game that Danish studio IO Interactive perfected the formula. That game has been widely recognised for its remarkably complex, systematic world, engaging design and highly replayable missions – it’s a remarkable achievement. Hitman 2, released last week, is a continuation of the work IO started on the 2016 game, with six new environments and new gameplay features and options.From our perspective, however, the most exciting improvements stem from changes made to IO Interactive’s…

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Why I’ve Dumped Destiny 2

There’s stuff in the news about Destiny’s latest Expansion’Forsaken’. People say it’s good, other’s say it’s more of the same. Then there’s news about how poorly Forsaken is doing. I can’t be arsed to chuck in links to these articles. I’m what you call a regular gamer, not hard core, not casual, somewhere in between. I spend a couple of hundred quid (thats’ English pounds dear chap) a year on…

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Battlefield 1 players stop shooting each other to commemorate Armistice Day

In commemoration of the end of World War I, Battlefield 1 players stopped shooting each other on the 11th hour on Armistice Day.”This is the 100 Year Anniversary of the End of WW1. On the 11th Hour we stopped fighting,” DICE’s Jan David Hassel said on Twitter. “Battlefield 1 players stop shooting each other to commemorate the end of World War 1.”A video celebrating the moment is also available on Reddit. Read more…

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Destiny 2 director "not disappointed" with Forsaken sales

Destiny 2’s director, Luke Smith, has responded to reports that Activision is unhappy with the performance of the sci-fi shooter’s latest expansion, Forsaken, stating the development team is “not disappointed” in the latest instalment.In a recent earnings call, Activision reported that Destiny 2 wasn’t “performing as well” as expected, adding it has “not yet seen the full core re-engage” in Destiny, resulting in “underpeformance against [their] expectations to date” (thanks, PC Gamer).”Forsaken is a high quality expansion of content into the universe, honestly some of the highest quality content we’ve seen in the franchise to date,” said Activision chief operating…

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Fortnite fans think they've found a secret castle hiding in a rift

Fortnite fans have stumbled upon a secret castle hidden inside the rift portal beneath Wailing Woods.Well… maybe. There’s still some disagreement in the subreddit, but u/super_star_BETA – who took the screenshot below in the bunker located below the Wailing Woods – reckons it’s a castle, complete with a door and turrets. Here, take a look yourself: It’s not enough to convince everyone, though. Others like u/jmzofficial have taken their own screenshots and maintain it’s merely “an illusion based on the surroundings”… although some are still adamant that even the shadows in that screencap could still be turrets. Read more…

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Oh my RPG, Microsoft is buying Obsidian Entertainment and inXile

The rumours were true: Microsoft Studios is buying Obsidian Entertainment. It’s also, in an unexpected twist, buying inXile Entertainment.The acquisitions were announced during the X018 fan event in Mexico today.In a statement sent to Eurogamer, Microsoft said of Obsidian: “As one of the industry’s premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realise their creative ambitions.”Read more…

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Xbox One keyboard and mouse support arrives next week

Microsoft will roll out Xbox One keyboard and mouse support next week, and world-dominating battle royale game Fortnite will be among the first to include it.Warframe, Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense will also gain keyboard and mouse controls in November.Looking further ahead, DayZ, Children of Morta, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface, and Wargroove are also pegged for PC-style controls. Read more…

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