How one retooled enemy highlights everything the Resident Evil 2 remake is doing right

There’s a dividing line in Resident Evil’s history, a fracture that tears the series almost neatly into two. On the one side there’s the creeping dread of the original trilogy; slow, sometimes cumbersome but rarely anything short of terrifying. And then there are the later games, where the camp is amped up alongside the action until it’s something of a chaotic din. They’re both enjoyable, in their own ways, even if the older games have a certain class that sets them apart. Bridging the two has been the series’ big conundrum in recent years. Resident Evil 6 took a slightly…

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Microsoft announces game-streaming service Project xCloud

Microsoft has announced Project xCloud, a major new game-streaming service designed to bring console-quality gaming to devices such as smartphones. The idea is similar to other game-streaming ventures – datacentres packed with Xbox hardware which then remotely streams the game to your device.But of course with such an idea comes the need to solve issues such as latency and visual fidelity – which is where Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology comes in.Read more…

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Nightdive shares teaser video of System Shock reboot 'Adventure Alpha'

Nightdive Studios has revealed footage from its upcoming reboot of System Shock.Though not long – it clocks in at just over a minute long – it offers a glimpse into what areas players can explore in the alpha test, as well as showcasing new textures and environments.Although it’s not clear how players can wrangle an invite code out of the developer, Polygon reports the test has been shared predominately with backers who pledged $750 or more to its Kickstarter campaign.Read more…

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343i is bringing a "mix tape" feature to customise matchmaking in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

343 industries is developing a “mix tape” approach to customise matchmaking in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.”A lot of players have suggested that the team add a “mix tape” style feature for MCC matchmaking…” 343i’s community director, Brian Jarrard tweeted. “I just saw a [work in progress] build that the engineering wizard Mr Hermann has already whipped up for initial testing.”If you’re wondering what Jarrard means by a “mix tape style feature”, he later clarified (thanks, Kotaku) that the system would enable players to customise their matchmaking preferences by game, size, and mode, rather than – as Jarrard puts it…

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This week's best deals: Spider-Man, Nier Automata, Humble Bundles and more

Welcome back to another week’s worth of the best gaming deals from around the internet. This week’s deals include everything from Humble Bundles to gaming monitors and more.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. Let’s get started.GOG has had itself a makeover for its 10th anniversary this week and brought a big batch of discounts along to celebrate. There’s even a collection of our own top picks to check out, featuring everything…

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Forza Horizon 4's Edinburgh versus real-life Edinburgh

If you’re putting your foot down with Forza Horizon 4, you’ll have noticed it does a cracking job of recreating Edinburgh.The developers at Playground Games set their racing game in the UK, and Scotland plays a star role in the virtual recreation (for more, be sure to check out our Forza Horizon 4 review).But just how accurate-looking is Forza Horizon 4’s Edinburgh?Read more…

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Why Assassin's Creed Odyssey is best played on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X

Assassin’s Creed returns once again with the excellent Odyssey, built upon the same technological revamp that successfully powered last year’s Origins. By and large, it’s a successful multi-platform deployment across consoles and PC, but similar to the last offering, it’s best played on the enhanced ‘4K’ consoles. There’s an almost majestic scale and scope to this new title across all systems, but it’s PS4 Pro and Xbox One X that deliver a quantifiably smoother, more consistent experience over base consoles. Technologically, Odyssey follows Origins in adjusting rendering resolution according to load, improving image quality using a variant of the temporal…

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The big Forza Horizon 4 interview

Forza Horizon 4 is here! And what a game it is – I’ve spent the last few days blitzing through Playground Games’ exquisitely crafted composite of the United Kingdom, and marvelling at the beauty of it all. It’s not just one of the best racing games in years – it’s one of the very best open world games, too. Maybe part of that love affair is how British it all feels, and how it speaks to the 18-year-old me that used to sit, slightly light-headed, listening to heavy drum and bass in the back of a friend’s Citroën Saxo as…

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The state of blackness in games

Seeing a black person in a game is still a strange experience more often than not. For the longest time, black characters seemed to fall precisely into two categories, scary and…funky. Both of these stereotypes are still very much alive, and yet I can also finally see some breakthroughs – games in which black people don’t fill a role, and instead get to be just people.Your average scary black character is at first glance like so many other men in games. He’s buff, and he has a gun. What you need to take into account however, is how this stereotype…

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