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Crackdown 3 review: the series' simple genius remains elusive

There are two kinds of simple, I think. There’s so simple that anybody can do it, and then there’s so simple that nobody else will be able to do it ever again.Weirdly, I reckon the first kind of simple is exemplified by panna cotta. This wobbling, pearl-skinned marvel seems so rarified and delicate that, on initially reading the ingredients list, the whole thing seems like a huge Italian prank. Milk, gelatine, a bit of cream and sugar? But I paid £9.95 for this in Covent Garden. And, listen, people are so impressed when you make it for them! In truth,…

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Norwich's Fortnite Live festival was a complete disaster

A festival designed to recreate Fortnite on the outskirts of Norwich has, somewhat predictably, not lived up to expectations. Event organisers flogged 2500 tickets to kids and parents. Entry cost upwards of £12 and unlimited access wristbands a further £20. In return, families got what amounted to a few fairground…

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Respawn Bans Over 16,000 Cheaters from Apex Legends, Plans to Add In-Game Report Feature

“Cheaters suck”.In an update to fans last week, the developer of the popular new battle royale title Apex Legends told fans its stance on cheaters. Unsurprisingly, Respawn doesn’t like them very much, and says it has already banned over 16,000 users found to be fighting dirty.It’s unclear how many PlayStation…

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Far Cry New Dawn physical sales just a quarter of Far Cry Primal's

Far Cry New Dawn topped the UK chart this week, but its launch week sales were a far cry (sorry) from those of its predecessors.New Dawn’s sales were just 13 per cent of Far Cry 5’s opening week total. That’s down massively, but to be expected – New Dawn is…

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Crackdown 3 review: the series' simple genius remains elusive

There are two kinds of simple, I think. There’s so simple that anybody can do it, and then there’s so simple that nobody else will be able to do it ever again.Weirdly, I reckon the first kind of simple is exemplified by panna cotta. This wobbling, pearl-skinned marvel seems so rarified and delicate that, on initially reading the ingredients list, the whole thing seems like a huge Italian prank. Milk, gelatine, a bit of cream and sugar? But I paid £9.95 for this in Covent Garden. And, listen, people are so impressed when you make it for them! In truth,…

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Norwich's Fortnite Live festival was a complete disaster

A festival designed to recreate Fortnite on the outskirts of Norwich has, somewhat predictably, not lived up to expectations. Event organisers flogged 2500 tickets to kids and parents. Entry cost upwards of £12 and unlimited access wristbands a further £20. In return, families got what amounted to a few fairground…

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Respawn Bans Over 16,000 Cheaters from Apex Legends, Plans to Add In-Game Report Feature

“Cheaters suck”.In an update to fans last week, the developer of the popular new battle royale title Apex Legends told fans its stance on cheaters. Unsurprisingly, Respawn doesn’t like them very much, and says it has already banned over 16,000 users found to be fighting dirty.It’s unclear how many PlayStation…

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Far Cry New Dawn physical sales just a quarter of Far Cry Primal's

Far Cry New Dawn topped the UK chart this week, but its launch week sales were a far cry (sorry) from those of its predecessors.New Dawn’s sales were just 13 per cent of Far Cry 5’s opening week total. That’s down massively, but to be expected – New Dawn is…

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UK Sales Charts: Far Cry: New Dawn Takes the Lead Despite a Disappointing Debut

Beats out Metro: Exodus.Last week saw the arrival of a few new games, but it’s Far Cry: New Dawn that takes the top spot at UK retail. The series has always sold well, and Far Cry 5 was one of last year’s best selling games overall. However, despite debuting at…

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Review: DiRT Rally 2.0 – The Lean Mean Rally Sim Makes a Triumphant Return

The long and winding road.Codemasters’ DiRT franchise, which has roots in its historic Colin McRae series, has gone through a few changes. It’s swerved between flashy, casual-friendly racing and straight-laced, hardcore simulation a couple of times now, and with the release of DiRT Rally 2.0, we’re back on the latter.…

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Black Panther's Composer on How He Made the Film's Complex Oscar-Nominated Score

Watch Black Panther composer Ludwig Goransson talk about working on creating the Academy Award-nominated score for the film. It’s been a year since the superhero film directed by Ryan Coogler hit theaters and in light of the nearing Oscars, where it’s up for multiple categories including Best Original Score and Best Picture, Marvel Studios is continuing its campaign for the film’s chances.Starring Chadwick Boseman as the prince-turned-king of Wakanda, T’Challa, the…

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Welcome to HIGH LEVEL, DC's Most Exciting New Comic

At long last, DC/Vertigo is finally set to launch High Level, an epic adventure that does for cyberpunk what The Sandman did for fantasy. At least, that’s the plan. But judging by what’s been shown so far, this comic looks up to the task.There may be one or two aspects of High Level that feel familiar, but make no mistake: it wears its influences from classical fantasy, heroic adventure, post-apocalyptic survival,…

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Boruto: 25 Wild Revelations About Boruto And Sarada’s Relationship

<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Naruto</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> series ended, many fans wanted a little bit more time with their favorite characters.…

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DOOM PATROL: Season 1, Episode 2: Donkey Patrol Trailer & Synopsis; Opening Credits Video [DC Universe]

  Doom Patrol Donkey Patrol Trailer, Synopsis, Opening Credits Video DC Universe‘s Doom Patrol: Season 1, Episode 2: Donkey Patrol TV show trailer, Extended Season…

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ANIMAL KINGDOM: Season 4 Teaser Trailer: Ellen Barkin wants to ‘Control’ the Cody Family [TNT]

  Animal Kingdom Season 4 Trailer TNT‘s Animal Kingdom: Season 4 teaser trailer stars Ellen Barkin, Shawn Hatosy, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Ben Robson. Animal Kingdom:…

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Kevin Feige wants Ryan Coogler to speak for ‘Black Panther’ if it wins the Best Picture Oscar

The Academy Awards are a week away. Black Panther is nominated for seven Oscars® including Best Picture. Should Black Panther win Best Picture, the Oscar would go to producer Kevin Feige. If the Marvel Studios boss has his way, however, it will be director Ryan Coogler delivering the acceptance speech. “He will…

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Relative Unknown Destroys Some of the Best Tekken 7 Players in the World to Win Mind-Blowing Tournament

Evo Japan has a new champion.Arslan_Ash, a relatively unknown Kazumi player from Pakistan, just won the Tekken 7 tournament at Evo Japan 2019. The event welcomed many of the game’s very best players from all over the world, but none of them could stand in Arslan’s way as he dismantled…

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Hasbro brings ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ and Marvel Legends debuts of classic MCU characters to Toy Fair

Hasbro is going all-out in 2019 with some expected additions to the Marvel Legends line along with some classic figures from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hasbro is also using the Marvel Legends line to help celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year. Several items were on display at New York Toy…

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Tech Interview: Metro Exodus, ray tracing and the 4A Engine's open world upgrades

Remember the days when key technological innovations in gaming debuted on PC? The rise of multi-platform development and the arrival of PC technology in the current generation of consoles has witnessed a profound shift. Now, more than ever, PlayStation and Xbox technology defines the baseline of a visual experience, with…

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Tech Interview: Metro Exodus, ray tracing and the 4A Engine's open world upgrades

Remember the days when key technological innovations in gaming debuted on PC? The rise of multi-platform development and the arrival of PC technology in the current generation of consoles has witnessed a profound shift. Now, more than ever, PlayStation and Xbox technology defines the baseline of a visual experience, with upgrade vectors on PC somewhat limited – often coming down to resolution and frame-rate upgrades. However, the arrival of real-time ray tracing PC technology is a game-changer, and 4A Games’ Metro Exodus delivers one of the most exciting, forward-looking games we’ve seen for a long, long time. It’s a title…

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'A shambles': hundreds demand refunds from Fortnite Live festival

Computer game-themed event near Norwich underwhelming and understaffed, visitors sayHundreds of people have demanded refunds after a Fortnite computer game-themed festival was branded a shambles.The…

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Final Fantasy 15's Regalia vehicle is coming to Forza Horizon. Again

Just in case you didn’t believe it the first time around, the best member of the Final Fantasy XV boy band – the car – is headed back to Forza Horizon; only this time, it’s coming to Forza Horizon 4.In the most unlikely of mash-ups, the lads’ Regalia will be available as both the classic Quartz and the Type-D, which is a monster truck. Sadly, neither can fly. Here, take a look:Read more

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Mortal Kombat 11's Jade Is Spinning Plates in Reveal Trailer

And by plates we mean bodies.Mortal Kombat 11 looks so damn good, doesn’t it? With the release little over two months away, developer NetherRealm Studios is rapidly revealing the release’s roster, and the latest returning character in the limelight is Mortal Kombat 2’s iconic green gal, Jade. Here we see…

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Final Fantasy XV's Episode Ardyn Release Date Reminds Us Square Enix Is Still Working on This Game

Let it rest.When did Final Fantasy XV come out again? It feels like an eternity ago! Square Enix is still busy beavering away on expansion packs for the role-playing game, however – although Episode Ardyn will be its last. You may recall that the publisher had several other packs in…

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Despite a promising demo, PSVR adventure game Eden Tomorrow ends up disappointing

Last month a free demo for Eden Tomorrow appeared on the Playstation Store. The first 30 minutes of this sci-fi adventure game were included and after playing it through on stream, I came away with high hopes. It seemed more polished than your average PSVR title and the demo ended…

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Alita Has An Oddly-Complex Nightmare On Elm Street Remake Homage

Alita: Battle Angel pays an oddly complex homage to the reviled 2010 remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street. The character of Freddy Krueger is one of the most iconic in all of horror, with everything from his razor finger glove to Robert Englund’s performance making an unforgettable impression on audiences. Freddy emerged over the course of the series from the shadowy stalker of the original to the unconventional leading…

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A Final Fantasy 14 float is joining this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Square Enix has confirmed it’s bringing a Final Fantasy XIV Online float to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next month.In partnership with the Sydney Gaymers group, Square Enix has confirmed it’s bringing the “unique and exciting” float to the parade on 2nd March 2019. Themed around “Realms United”,…

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Every Single DC TV Show, Ranked

You don't have to be the World's Greatest Detective or the Man of Steel to enjoy the many shows that <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/dc-comics/">DC Comics</a> has put…

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10 Fantasy Shows To Watch On Netflix While You Wait For GoT To Come Back

The final season of <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/game-of-thrones/"><em>Game of Thrones</em></a> is <a href="https://screenrant.com/game-thrones-season-8-premiere-date-teaser-trailer-revealed/">almost here</a> which is both exciting and a little depressing for fans. While we wait…

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Here's when you can swing Negan's baseball bat, Lucille, in Tekken 7

We knew they were coming, but they’re finally here – Tekken 7 DLC characters Julia and Negan will release on 28th February, 2019.Fresh from EVO Japan 2019, Gematsu reports Julia and Negan will cost $5 and $8 respectively – there’s no news yet on the UK or European price points.”Your…

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Here's when you can swing Negan's baseball bat, Lucille, in Tekken 7

We knew they were coming, but they’re finally here – Tekken 7 DLC characters Julia and Negan will release on 28th February, 2019.Fresh from EVO Japan 2019, Gematsu reports Julia and Negan will cost $5 and $8 respectively – there’s no news yet on the UK or European price points.”Your eyes do not deceive you, your pounding heart does not betray you; Negan from AMC’s The Walking Dead is making his way into Tekken 7 to deal a world of pain in the Tekken universe,” Bandai Namco teased at the time. “Negan, beloved by fans of The Walking Dead for…

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Julia Joins Tekken 7 Alongside The Walking Dead's Negan Later This Month

Old and new.The final two DLC characters included in Tekken 7’s second season pass are arriving before the month is out. Both returning fighter Julia Chan and guest lunatic Negan — yes, the guy from The Walking Dead — are releasing on the 28th February.During Evo Japan, where the release…

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Endgame Theory: What Doctor Strange REALLY Saw In The Future

The shock of The Avengers: Infinity War’s defeat is enough to shake the MCU’s heroes, but at least Tony Stark knows this timeline is the one that eventually leads to victory over Thanos, as promised by Doctor Strange. But we have a theory that Doctor Strange’s prophecy isn’t what Iron Man or Marvel fans think. Especially since there’s really only one future that would make sense for Doctor Strange to…

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22 Things We Wish We Knew Before Starting Crackdown 3

Nearly a decade after the second game landed on shelves and disappointed players everywhere, Microsoft has finally blessed the Xbox One with the long-awaited third entry in…

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Catwoman Returns To Her Tomb-Raiding Ways (For Penguin)

When Catwoman left Batman at their wedding to launch into her own, California based comic book series, many fans may have expected Bruce Wayne to come chasing after her. But the Gotham City citizen who has come knocking isn’t the Dark Knight, but the Penguin… with a job offer that only somebody like Selina Kyle can pull off.In her heyday, Catwoman could fight, flip, and fleece with the very best treasure…

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Hands On: Bus Simulator Blends Crazy Taxi, SimCity, and Train Sim World to Addictive Effect

Just the ticket.There are simulator games for practically everything these days, so it’s perhaps surprising that Bus Simulator is launching so late in the generation. Austrian developer Still Alive Studios has been checking tickets on the PC for a while now, but this year it will make a stop on…

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LONG SHOT (2019) Movie Trailer: U.S. Secretary of State Charlize Theron & Reporter Seth Rogen Fall in Love

  Long Shot Trailer Jonathan Levine‘s Long Shot (2019) movie trailer stars Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., June Diane Raphael, and Bob Odenkirk.…

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Amy Returns as Next DLC Character in SoulCalibur VI

Little lady.Amy, the foster daughter of Raphael, is returning to SoulCalibur as the next DLC character for SoulCalibur VI. She’s appeared throughout the series in various forms — some of them non-playable — but she’s looking deadly in the trailer that we’ve embedded above.Amy doesn’t have a release date yet,…

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Respawn has already banned over 16,000 Apex Legends cheaters

Cheaters flock to popular games, so it comes as no surprise to see cheating already hit Apex Legends.In a post on the Apex Legends subreddit, Respawn’s community manager said the developer had already banned over 16,000 cheaters from the game. The free-to-download battle royale hasn’t even been out a fortnight.”Cheaters…

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DLC Review: Resident Evil 2's The Ghost Survivors Brings the Toughest Tests Yet to Raccoon City

Brutal difficulty and little story.It’s hard to argue with free, but is this really the type of content we were hoping for from Resident Evil 2 post-launch? The Ghost Survivors was pitched as three non-canon ‘what if’ scenarios that focused on characters we’ve never had the chance to play as…

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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? – Issue 259

The big weekend.The weekend has arrived once more, which means it’s time to leave your troubles at the door and play some games. Hopefully! There have been lots of new releases lately so you should have no shortage of things to play – here’s everything that’s keeping us busy.Stephen Tailby,…

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FIFA 19 has a new cover – and Cristiano Ronaldo isn't on it

FIFA 19 has a new cover, and previous cover star Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped.The Juventus and Portugal star was the main man when it came to FIFA 19, appearing on the front of the box and in the game’s main menus. Here’s how it looked:Now, five months after FIFA…

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Metro Exodus: a vision for the future of graphics technology

The PC version of Metro Exodus is a genuine game-changer for graphics technology – a vision of the way in which developers can take real-time rendering to the next level. In some respects, it is this generation’s Crysis moment – where the current state of the art is pushed to…

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Metro Exodus: a vision for the future of graphics technology

The PC version of Metro Exodus is a genuine game-changer for graphics technology – a vision of the way in which developers can take real-time rendering to the next level. In some respects, it is this generation’s Crysis moment – where the current state of the art is pushed to its limits, and where we see an aggressive push to deliver a taste – and maybe more – of next generation graphics. We expected something like this simply because of the pedigree of the developer and its technology. Metro and the 4A engine command immense respect for many PC enthusiasts…

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Chappie in Apex Legends? Neill Blomkamp and Vince Zampella are up for it

If you’re playing Apex Legends right now (I imagine most are), and you’ve seen Chappie, it’s probably already occurred to you how good a fit the police droid would be for Respawn’s battle royale.Well, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by their respective creators, either.In a tweet, Chappie director Neill Blomkamp said…

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CATCH-22 (2019) TV Mini-series Trailer: George Clooney directs the Adaptation of Joseph Heller’s WWII Novel [Hulu]

  Catch-22 Trailer Hulu‘s Catch-22 (2019) TV Mini-series teaser trailer stars Christopher Abbott, George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and Kevin J. O’Connor. Catch-22‘s plot synopsis:…

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Amy is the next DLC character for Soulcalibur 6

Bandai Namco has confirmed Amy as the next DLC character for Soulcalibur 6.The character was announced during the Evo Japan tournament in Fukuoka alongside the trailer, below.Amy first appeared in Soulcalibur 2 but was a bonus playable character in Soulcalibur 3 before becoming a main playable character in subsequent entries…

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Resident Evil 2 remake's '98 costumes are a blast from the past

Capcom’s released ’98 costumes for both Leon and Claire to wear in the Resident Evil 2 remake – and they’re as nostalgia-fuelled as you could hope for.Both costumes are a free download right now, and each turns Leon and Claire into their polygonal originals from the PSone era.Here’s how Leon…

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Metro Exodus Survival Guide: How To Master The Day & Night Cycle

Metro Exodus is out now, and while it’s the third game in the series, it’s also the most expansive title yet with plenty of new features, like its brutal day and night cycle. While most of that expansion involves larger maps that border on open world-like locales in the game’s Russia setting, the newly introduced day and night cycle is a key element of Metro Exodus. This feature isn’t in…

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Supernatural: 10 Weaknesses The Angels (Even Castiel) Have

Angels were introduced to <em><a href="http://screenrant.com/tag/supernatural">Supernatural</a> </em>in season four. It made sense, of course — demons were a thing in this universe already, so why not…

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Theory: Iron Man 3 Was Introducing The Eternals In 2013

Iron Man 3 may have started laying the groundwork for The Eternals all the way back in 2013. Marvel Studios has a reputation for playing the long game, and eagle-eyed fans scour through the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries in search of Easter eggs, aware that some of them foreshadow future ideas. That means it’s well worth casting our eyes back over the last two-dozen Marvel movies for hints at what’s to come in Phase…

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PlanetSide Arena delayed again, will now launch alongside PS4 version

PlanetSide Arena has been delayed again – this time to the summer, when the PC battle royale spin-off will release alongside the PlayStation 4 version.As a result of the delay, developer Daybreak Games has cancelled the Founders Season and is refunding all PlanetSide Arena pre-orders on Steam.The beta will continue…

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Evo Japan pulls plug on Dead or Alive 6 stream, issues apology for sexual content

Evo Japan pulled the plug on a western stream that saw sexual content used to promote upcoming fighting game Dead or Alive 6.Evo Japan, the Fukuoka event spin-off of the main Evo tournament, saw Dead or Alive 6 producer and game director Yohei Shimbori pause the game as a male…

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Star Wars Adds a NEW Jedi Knight To Prequel Canon

The new Star Wars: Age of Republic comic books promised to add new stories starring the movie characters fans thought they knew, and have more than delivered – adding a new, one of a kind Jedi Knight to canon.As if that wasn’t an exciting enough addition for the devoted fans of Star Wars mythology, the new Jedi is added as part of Star Wars: Age of Republic – Count Dooku.…

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The 20 Best Legendary Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Ridiculously Weak)

To take all of the best weapons & items in <i>Fortnite: Battle Royale </i>and rank them is no easy task, but when legitimate tier lists are rare…

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Marvel Studios’ ‘Loki’ series to be run by ‘Rick and Morty’ writer

Marvel Studios has found a showrunner for its Loki series on Disney+. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Waldon (Rick and Morty) will write the pilot and serve as the executive producer. Tom Hiddleston is still expected to star in the series despite rumors suggesting that his primary role might be that of…

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Dead Cells' massive Pimp My Run update out now on consoles

Developer Motion Twin’s wonderfully crunchy rogue-like platformer Dead Cells has just received a massive new update on consoles, bringing, among an enormous list of other things, a stable 60FPS on Switch.That’s certainly an extremely welcome addition, given the sometimes unpleasantly wayward frame rate that plagued the Switch version at launch…

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TRIPLE FRONTIER (2019) Movie Trailer 2: Ben Affleck Leads a Former Special Forces Team on a Heist

  Triple Frontier Trailer 2 Netflix has released the second movie trailer for Triple Frontier (2019). The first movie trailer for Triple Frontier can be…

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Sony Didn't Forget the PS3 on Valentine's Day as System Gets New Firmware Update

Old flame.Has Sony still got the hots for the PS3? Probably not, but the system, now over a decade old, did get a new firmware update on Valentine’s Day. Yep, it’s still kicking.Read the full article on pushsquare.com

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Poll: Do You Think Sony Is Telling the Truth About Cross-Play?

Open the gates.Ah, cross-play. Everyone’s favourite subject just got unearthed from its still-warm grave earlier this week, when Sony basically came out and said that despite popular belief, developers are free to request cross-play functionality for their games. This was in response to a number of studios supposedly calling Sony…

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ANTHEM Early Access Immediately Hit with Widespread Connection Issues

Bodes well for PS4 release next week.ANTHEM is available to play right now on PC and Xbox One, but only with EA’s early access mumbo jumbo. Or at least, it would be, if it wasn’t already plagued by connection issues. The web is currently rampant with complaints, forcing EA’s official…

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Fallout 76 purging duped items in today's patch

UPDATE 15/02/2019: To the surprise of pretty much everyone, Bethesda’s latest maintenance patch seems to have successfully removed many of the game’s illicit items. The “dupocalypse” – as some players have termed it – purged hundreds of duped items from player inventories. Bethesda says the patch targeted “400 weapon and…

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Ubisoft Will Release Three or Four Major Games Before March 2020

Keep ’em coming.Ubisoft is obviously a massive player in the video game business, but we’d argue it’s one of the publishers that’s really improved over the course of this generation. Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Far Cry 5 were all well received, pushing their respective franchises in different…

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KILLING EVE: Season 2 Teaser Trailer 2: Sandra Oh & Jodie Comer Are ‘Addicted’ to Each Other [BBC]

  Killing Eve Trailer 2 BBC has released the second teaser trailer for Killing Eve: Season 2. The first teaser trailer for Killing Eve: Season…

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