Metal Gear Solid HD back-compat for Xbox One is the best way to play

If there’s one game franchise crying out for the full current-gen remastering treatment, it’s Metal Gear Solid. The classic MGS titles have remain untouched since 2011’s excellent Metal Gear Solid HD collection, with no sign of any Xbox One or PlayStation 4 re-releases – despite the emergence of MGS cutscenes apparently running on the Fox Engine on a Japan-only pachinko machine, of all places. However, there is some good news: the 2011 remaster is now backwards compatible on Xbox One, and as things stand, this is easily the best way to play these brilliant games on modern hardware. Expectations do…

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Here are the stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing jumping on the Fortnite bandwagon

Fancy a steaming side order of cringe with your Sunday dinner? Of course you do. So here are the stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing trying out some of Fortnite’s most iconic moves, including Groove Jam, Hype, Fresh, and Floss.The comments to the tweet are a delicious – and predictable – blend of outrage, hilarity, plentiful emojis, and at least one inevitable Brexit hashtag. This one’s probably my favourite, though:Much to many commenters dismay, though, it seems the tweet was just a bit of fun, as apparently Fortnite was nowhere to be seen on the show itself last night. Read…

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For Honor's Marching Fire expansion includes 'graphical enhancements' to lighting, weather, and textures

For Honor’s upcoming Marching Fire expansion will include a huge graphical overhaul.The “Graphical Enhancements Showcase” segment of a recent livestream illustrates exactly what’s been improved, which includes a major update to global illumination, updated sky tech, plus new tone mapping and colour grading, too. Ubisoft – which started the upgrading process just after the multiplayer brawler was released – has also reworked all textures in the game.Read more…

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Traps, treasure and ancient tomb raiders

You’re exploring the ruins of an ancient, forgotten tomb when you hear the sudden, tell-tale grind of a pressure plate underfoot. For a fraction of a second all is calm, but you know something’s coming. The only question is what. Poison darts shot from hidden sconces in the wall? An unseen trapdoor opening over a pit of vicious spikes? A blade swinging down from overhead? Or that old beloved classic, the rolling boulder.We take it for granted that gaming’s ancient dungeons and tombs are filled with booby traps just as much as that the torches are still burning or that…

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Hands on with Ghost Mode, Hitman 2's new 1v1 online multiplayer

Hitman 2 will release with a brand new 1v1 competitive online multiplayer mode called Ghost Mode.This is the first time that stealthy slaphead Agent 47 has indulged in any kind of competitive multiplayer, although the recent Sniper Assassin mini-game did offer a taste to series fans.Ghost Mode pits two players against each other in a race to be the first to take out five targets undetected. Whilst players are given the same targets and are able to see each other in-game, they actually exist in separate instances. This means their actions will not affect the other player’s world.Read more…

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Xbox's new avatars now available to all

Xbox One’s long-in-development new avatar system is now available to everyone, as part of the console’s October update. This avatar system is a fresh start for your digital companion – who’ll pop up around the dashboard, and the dashboards of your friends – with a new range of clothing, props and accessories. You’ll be saying farewell to your Xbox 360 avatar awards and anything collected to date, then – although you can still choose to use the old avatar system if you like (or, indeed, no avatar at all). Read more…

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Mega Man 11 is Capcom's Sonic Mania moment

It’s been over 30 years since its NES debut, but Capcom’s classic Mega Man is still one of the greatest platform games of all time. The series has evolved over the years – and not always in the right direction – but the recently released Mega Man 11 is a monumental achievement. It modernises the game while retaining an innate understanding of what made the originals so special – and it looks and plays beautifully across all platforms. For my money, it’s Capcom’s Sonic Mania moment: for series purists it reminds you of everything that made the original games great,…

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The Riot Grrrl spirit comes to video games

My fellow music nerds will remember Riot Grrrl for its connection to a wellspring of awesome bands. From Bikini Kill to Bratmobile and Heavens to Betsy, at the start of the 1990s the Washington punk scene had suddenly exploded in girl bands, pouring out of a growing movement of informal all-girl meet-ups in the city where women of the scene organized shows, offered each other support and distributed zines – hand-crafted magazines filled with Xeroxed diary entries, sketches, song lyrics and political thought. In a world before the Internet, this was the best way to cultivate a community of like-minded…

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Games really need to fall out of love with Lovecraft

I’m not keen on mincing words on this one. H.P Lovecraft was a racist and before you go making an argument for separating the art from the artist, let’s be clear on another point: so are his stories. They encompass other problematic elements too, of course – misogyny, homophobia. Right down to their core, right down to the very themes that recur throughout his works, you’ll find the hateful perspective he had of the world: the ignorance of someone who viewed anything unlike himself with revulsion. While he drew inspiration from works predating him, what Lovecraft gave to the genre…

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