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Onrush is like being in a washing machine filled with cars

There are a bunch of variables to play with in Onrush, even in the current beta. For the opening hours of my first morning playing, however, none of them seemed to matter very much.There are vehicles to pick from, ranging from fast-and-light to slow-and-heavy. Each come with their own skills and their own gimmicks. There are courses, throwing you over sand dunes and past tumbledown churches or skipping across day-glo volcanic lakes, a sudden burst of rainbow colour amidst stinging gusts of snow, all of which conform to the basic Onrush ideal, which seems to be a wide, chummy donut…

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This week's Xbox Live Deals with Gold include Mass Effect Andromeda for £6

In case you’ve not noticed by now, Microsoft changes its batch of weekly Deals with Gold each and every Tuesday. Every now and then, the current Spotlight Sale will also change. All of these are fancy ways to say ‘there are some discounts on Xbox games again this week.’ So hey – there are some discounts on Xbox games again this week. Most notable of which is Mass Effect Andromeda’s standard edition, which Xbox Live Gold members can pick up for its cheapest price yet – just £5.94.In addition to that bit of intensely cheap gaming, you can also pick…

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Leaked image shows an Xbox accessibility pad with two giant buttons

A leaked image image of what is reportedly a new accessibility controller for Xbox has appeared.The image shows a white, flat, rectangular pad shaped a bit like a NES controller (quite an old reference now isn’t it?), with two huge circular pads for buttons A and B. Presumably these are programmable, and it looks like you’ll be able to switch between stored configurations for them by pressing the small white button by the three-light display above the d-pad.Elsewhere, across the top of the pad, are a string of icons denoting ports behind them for linking up to other equipment to…

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This week's best deals: GeForce 1080, PS4 Pro, gaming monitors and more

One more week into May, one more week of questionable British weather – and whether you’ve had more of the fickle patches of sunshine or the random torrential downpours, at the very least we are one week closer to being able to play all those fancy new video games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Vampyr and, um, Dark Souls Remastered, I suppose.Nevertheless, as usual, there’s another weekly list of the best deals from around the internet right here for your perusal. It’s got games in it, it’s got tech in it, it’s got lots of lovely things. Let’s have a…

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How Blizzard created the Overwatch fandom – and how the fandom left Blizzard behind

If you want to know the difference between an Overwatch fan and a member of the Overwatch fandom, ask them which characters are LGBTQ+. Attentive fans will likely know that Tracer has a girlfriend, Emily, based on a dialogue line she has on a single map and a comic released separately from the game. It’s less likely, but possible, that they will have seen the Tweet from lead writer Michael Chu and know she was confirmed to be a lesbian specifically. Ask a member of the fandom and they’ll probably have a list. Pharah and Mercy are usually dating, as…

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Laser League review – an instant modern-day multiplayer classic

Forget the name, first off – it’s the only foot developer roll7 really puts wrong in this, the latest from the team behind OlliOlli, and perhaps the studio’s most ambitious project to date. Laser League invites awkward comparisons to Rocket League, and given how this is also a straightforward yet deceptively deep multiplayer experience, it’s too easy to dwell on that. To make that assumption is to miss the point, though, and it sells what roll7’s concocted here more than a little short.This is a game born from the perfect black void of the early 80s arcade, from the rowdy…

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All Xbox One, Microsoft Store PC games now eligible for digital gifting

All Xbox One games and Microsoft Store PC games are now eligible for digital gifting.Last autumn, the Microsoft Store enabled gifting for some Xbox One digital games and other Xbox-related gubbins.Microsoft said this feature has been popular with customers, so it’s extending digital gifting to encompass all PC games and PC downloadable game content, as well as all Xbox One games.Read more…

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Buy three months of Xbox Live Gold and get a free month of Xbox Game Pass

Those of you wanting to check out some of what the Xbox One has to offer without buying each and every console exclusive as they get released might just have a better option on the cards this week, thanks to an Amazon UK bundle deal for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass.Currently, you can pick up a three-month membership for Xbox Live Gold for its regular price of £14.99 and get a bonus free month of Xbox Game Pass for your troubles. For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is the extra membership that will get you access to a library…

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'Going up against Fortnite and PUBG is just incredibly hard'

There’s never really been an easy time to debut an online-focussed multiplayer game on Steam, but the past few months have suggested there’s never really been a more brutal one. PUBG and Fortnite rule all, leaving high profile casualties such as Lawbreakers in their wake while many more smaller games have suffered. And into that, roll7 – the developer of the brilliant OlliOlli, its sequel and Not a Hero – has made its first ever multiplayer game in the future sports title Laser League. “Well, it’s incredibly difficult – I don’t think we’re going to shy away from that fact,”…

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