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Onimusha Warlords review – An aging Samurai classic returns

I’m only going to say this once, just to experience what typing these words feels like: People who were born when I played Onimusha Warlords for the first time are now old enough to drive. Or have they already been driving for a year now? See, I don’t even know anymore. This feels necessary to point out, not to sound uppity, but because any look at a remaster is inevitably going to be coloured by the memories you have of the original. Simultaneously I want to acknowledge that some may not have these memories. For me personally, 2001 was a…

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Get Overwatch, Tekken 7, Mafia 3 and Project Cars 2 on Xbox for £40

Believe it not, we’re actually in the thick of the January sales. We’ve spotted an increasing amount of physical game bundles over the last few months, although the quality of them can vary drastically, sometimes offering little more than a paltry bargain-bin haul. However, we are not too displeased with this set at Currys consisting of Tekken 7, Mafia 3: Deluxe Edition, Project Cars 2 and the Game of the Year edition of Overwatch on Xbox One for £39.99. If you were to buy these titles individually on Amazon they would come to around £78 in total. Not too shabby!…

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 surprise launches on Xbox Game Pass

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has surprised launched on Xbox Game Pass.Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which first launched back in 2011, is superb, chaotic fighting game fun (and much better than the disappointing Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite).Avalanche’s Just Cause 3, which came out in 2015, was supposed to launch on Xbox Game Pass today, 10th January, but it surprise-launched a day early. The open-world blast is available now.Read more…

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How games can help to explore the many colours of grief

Emotions are complicated. This isn’t something you need to be told by a psychologist, it’s something that as a human being you intrinsically understand to be true. The advantage of complicated things is that you get to explore them, really dive into them and dissect them. Maybe you’ll never understand the exact science behind it, but getting to see the potential for each individual feeling is something that gaming does very well. After all, with an interactive medium such as this we can become another person and inhabit their heart, see what they see and feel what they feel -…

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All 14 Days of Fortnite challenges return following end date mix-up

Epic has confirmed it’s bringing back its 14 Days of Fortnite event following a mix-up with the end date.The event closed on 2nd January, a couple of days earlier than expected given some players had read a Reddit post by Epic Games’ David Spazinski, suggesting it would run until 3rd or 4th January. To compensate, Epic gave away the Equalizer Glider, but after further reflection it’s decided to bring the entire event back to give players a second chance.”We communicated an incorrect end date for the 14 Days of Fortnite event and did not feel the Equalizer Glider compensation was…

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Doom Eternal composer wants you to join his "heavy metal screamers" choir

Composer Mick Gordon is recruiting a “Heavy Metal Screamers” choir for an unspecified project that is highly likely to be, if not quite confirmed, Doom Eternal. “I’m currently writing music for a video game. I really want to record a choir,” Gordon told his YouTube followers (thanks, Polygon). “But for this project, I don’t want to record a regular choir; I want to record a choir made up entirely of Heavy Metal Screamers.””To the best of my knowledge, I don’t believe this has ever been done before. Therefore, here is an open invitation to anyone out there who wants to…

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Home is a book, a puzzle, and a clue as to why some games are so fascinating

Home is a children’s book by the writer and illustrator Carson Ellis. It’s concerned, as you might expect, with all the sorts of places that people might find to live.The book is built around a series of paintings by Ellis – watercolours, I think, but I might be wrong about this stuff. And it’s quietly fantastical, if such a combination is possible. “Home is a house in the country,” is how the whole thing kicks off, and there’s a nice little house with a red brick chimney, and a couple of horses running nearby. “Or home is an apartment,” it…

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What games can learn from surrealism

One of the standout pieces at the V&A’s video game exhibition Design, Play, Disrupt isn’t a game or even an interesting design document. It’s Le Blanc Seing, a painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The painting made its way to London to acknowledge a reference in Kentucky Road Zero, the adventure game released by Cardboard Computer in 2013.As magnificent as it can be to see the real version of a painting you’ve only seen by proxy, I’m not the biggest fan of its inclusion in the exhibition. Maybe it’s due…

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How Xbox One S is falling behind – but also defining the future

What does the future hold for the Xbox One S? At Digital Foundry, we’ve noted something of a concerning trend for Microsoft’s base console – while system exclusives continue to hold up well from a quality perspective, top-end third-party titles are pushing the system to its limits – with sometimes disappointing results. The question is this: if the S is losing pace with the competition, how well can it hold up in the years to come? After all, its successor is not likely to arrive until 2020. Let’s put all of this into context. The Xbox One has always had…

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