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F1 2018 review – marginal gains make for Codemasters' best F1 game to date

Strip a modern F1 car of all of its sponsorship decals, goes the well-worn saying I’ve been guilty of bandying around myself, and you’d be hard pushed to tell any two models apart. So strictly defined is the modern rule-set, so homogeneous the designs, that underneath that lick of lurid paint every car is almost exactly the same – and it’s an accusation you could well level at F1 2018, the 10th mainline outing of Codemasters’ official take on the sport, and one of its most gently iterative outings yet.To get a handle on what’s new you’ll need a cheat…

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 announces first DLC Shadows over Bogenhafen

The first additional downloadable content for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has been announced. It’s called Shadows over Bogenhafen and will be released 28th August on PC and Xbox One. Vermintide 2 isn’t yet available on PS4 but will be at some point later this year.There’s not much known about Shadows over Bogenhafen yet – and the trailer barely reveals anything – except it will apparently, according to a press release, test heroes like never before. The baddie behind the mayhem is Plague Lord Nurgle, also known as Grandfather Nurgle (and a string of other names).Bogenhafen, in the world of Warhammer, is…

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Lovely Planet and the joy of frustration

Jerks, that’s what they are, plain and simple. I’m talking about the cube-shaped villains that populate the vivid world in Lovely Planet, a speed-running game that’s haunted me ever since I purchased it in a Humble Bundle over three and a half years ago. Yet for some reason, I decided to buy it again a few months back, this time for the Xbox.Playing difficult games for the sake of being frustrated is nothing new, even in recent years as we all secretly agree games are much easier than they used to be. For example, something that’s always struck me about…

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Dead Cells' glorious confidence trick

Not to brag, but I have one hell of a Biro on the go at the moment. You know the kind of thing, right? Cheap disposable pens tend to have their own characters – the grindy one, the gritty one, the one that you’re forever trying to coax back to life with mad eddies and whorls. This one, though, this one is the one you dream about. Oh man, it is glorious. A thick black line that just flows out onto the page. So smooth! Strangely rich. I feel like I could take that line anywhere, even if I’m just…

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Here's what's been resolved in No Man's Sky latest patch

Hello Games has detailed what’s been resolved in the latest No Man’s Sky patch.In an update on the official website, the post confirmed update 1.55 has now rolled out across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and includes fixes for a UI memory leak, a number of crashes triggered by plants, freighters, and by creating a race track in a borrowed Exocraft, as well as a number of other performance and gameplay improvements. The patch also resolves issues where players would get stuck in The Purge and Ghost in the Machine missions, as well as a specific bug in which…

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New Microsoft studio, The Initiative, acquires senior talent from Santa Monica Studio, Rockstar and Crystal Dynamics

The head of Microsoft’s new studio, The Initiative, has taken on a wealth of new talent from a number of high profile studios, including Sony-exclusive Santa Monica Studio, Rockstar and Crystal Dynamics.Studio head Darrell Gallagher originally made the announcement on LinkedIn, but has since deleted the post. However, ResetEra’s CrimsonEclipse was able to take a screenshot before the post was removed.New additions to the team include God of War (2018)’s lead producer Brian Westergaard, Rockstar’s Christian Cantamessa, Daniel Neuburger from Crystal Dynamics, and Microsoft’s own senior director of portfolio planning, Blake Fischer.Read more…

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Battlefield 5's next alpha test goes live next week, but it's still only for PC players

EA is testing Battlefield V again with a second PC-only alpha event kicking off on 14th August, 2018.After outlining the lessons learned from the first closed alpha, EA confirmed that further testing would be coming, and recently detailed what to expect in a new blog post by live producer, Alexander Hassoon.For Closed Alpha 2, EA would like testers to focus on the matchmaking and squad joining functionality, as well as “simply playing as you normally would”, so it can evaluate the “tweaked leveling curves”. Read more…

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K1nzell and Mitr0 top this week's European Fortnite Summer Skirmish Duos tournament

K1nzell and Dmitri “Mitr0” Van de Vrie from Team Atlantis have won the European leg of Fortnite Summer Skirmish’s Week 5 tournament.After duo Not Vivid and Liquid Poach secured a win at the North American competition, K1nzell and Mitr0 teamed up and topped the leaderboard in Europe, netting the $75,000 top prize.The Fortnite Summer Skirmish is an 8-week series of competitions offering $8 million in prize money. The format and competitors change on a weekly basis and this week, players were competing in King Pin, a duos match in which points are amassed by eliminations (worth one point), a Victory…

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What does it take to run Monster Hunter World on PC at 1080p60?

Just how demanding is Monster Hunter World’s PC port? Is it really heavy on CPU as coverage of the closed beta seemed to suggest? And if so, what PC hardware is actually required to run the game at a consistent 60 frames per second? We went into this one expecting a battle – lowering CPU requirements is far more challenging with far less room for manoeuvre than tweaking graphics settings. But after extensive testing, the reality is that it is indeed the GPU side of the equation that makes running this title so challenging – and even a GTX 1070…

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