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Is Star Wars Battlefront 2's big update enough to save it?

If the story of DICE’s Battlefront is a one of a young upstart torn between the forces of dark and light then this, coming after the series found itself corrupted and besieged late last year, should be the third act that offers some kind of redemption. Star Wars Battlefront 2’s new update, which dropped last week, sees the game undergo the biggest overhaul seen in a big budget title since Diablo 3 excised its auction house – and it’s a change that’s come about in a fraction of the time. Even then, is it all too late for DICE’s shooter?…

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Far Cry 5 impresses on all consoles – but it's extra special on Xbox One X

Ubisoft is comfortably settling into developing for the four current-gen home consoles: hardware that’s similar in so many ways, but each paired with a very different level of GPU power. Far Cry 5 has much in common with stablemate Assassin’s Creed Origins – we’re essentially looking at parity in terms of the visual feature set across the stack of consoles, with resolution the only real point of variation, the differences blurred somewhat thanks to temporal anti-aliasing. Those extra pixels still count – with Xbox One X top of the tree – but the key takeaway is that everyone gets a…

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Why I don't understand YouTube: A middle-aged woman writes

I learned an astounding fact the other day. No, not the thing about how the literal translation of James Van Der Beek is “James Of The Creek.” Although I did have to have a sit down for a couple of days after that. [1] [2]This fact was to do with videos of people playing games on YouTube, which are of course hugely popular – some of them, inexplicably, even more widely viewed than that clip of an Olympic sprinter racing a giraffe. [3] In fact, 48 per cent of YouTube gamers spend more time watching videos than playing games. [4]…

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This week's best deals: Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Alienware, and more

The fatal combination that is Easter weekend and the bank holidays that bookend it can’t stop the deals from showing up on time. Try as they might, of course.As such, this week’s roundup is here and features everything from digital downloads to full gaming PCs and more. Let’s take a look, shall we?As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places.Read more…

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Rainbow Six Siege re-review – an exceptional tactical multiplayer experience

Editor’s note: Back when Rainbow Six Siege first launched at the tail-end of 2015, we found it a slight and occasionally spectacular multiplayer game. In the time since, it’s flourished into something else, and with the start of season three recently, we thought it an opportune time to jump back in and reassess Ubisoft’s tactical shooter. History suggests that games like Rainbow Six Siege do not last especially long. This is the sort of tactical shooter that modders used to craft out of bits of Quake or Half-Life, a paean to depth for depth’s sake that seems destined to be…

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Yet more free content for old Dying Light in new mode Prison Heist

Now that’s how you support your community: three-year-old zombie game Dying Light just got an entire new prison break-in mode and level – for free!Prison Heist takes place on Prison Island, naturally, and is a timed challenge for experienced players alone or with friends. The aim is to break into the prison and loot the armory before the timer runs out, and the faster you do it, the better the rewards.Content Drop #5 also brings a new zombie in the shape of Sgt. Deathrow, a previously unknown Demolisher mutation. He’ll be Old Town and it sounds like he’s a right…

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Jurassic World Evolution finds a way to be refreshingly different

Back in 2016 Frontier Developments launched Planet Coaster, a very well-received simulator about building the best theme park you can and then making sure it runs as smoothly as possible, ironing out minor problems in design while making sure the guests are well catered for. Two years on, Frontier is preparing to release Jurassic World Evolution – it will launch digitally for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on the 12th of June 2018, with a physical release following on the 3rd of July. Evolution is a game based on running a park in a world where such endeavours are always…

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No Man's Sky headed to Xbox One, next big update arrives this summer

Hello Games has announced that its ever-expanding space exploration sim No Man’s Sky will get its next big update this summer, and will also be heading to Xbox One.The new update has been given the name NEXT, because, says Hello Games’ Sean Murray, “it’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community.” No Man’s Sky previous update, Atlas Rises, launched in August last year.There’s no word yet on what, exactly, NEXT will bring to No Man’s Sky, but Murray calls it the “biggest update so far”. It’s seemingly so big, in fact, that it even…

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Grainger Games tells shops not to open, they are being closed

UPDATE 29TH MARCH: Eurogamer has been reliably informed all Grainger Games’ remaining 46 shops have been told, this morning, to close. They received the same closure email sent out yesterday.As with yesterday, several of the stores I phoned did not answer. One eventually did and confirmed the closure.I was also informed there will be no closing down sales; staff are ordered to pack all stock up instead. Stores have not been given any guidance about refunding unfulfilled orders. Read more…

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