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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Review: Jump Force – What the Hell Did They Do to Goku?

Go ahead and jump.We’ve played some ugly anime games in our time, but there’s a special place in art style hell for Jump Force. What should be a grand celebration of all things Jump, this crossover fighter is loathsome in its portrayal of the awesome manga and anime heroes that…

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Review: Eden-Tomorrow – Lousy Gameplay Drags Down a Noteworthy Narrative

Just thinkin’ about tomorrow.If it’s not an online focused multiplayer title, chances are the next PlayStation VR game you play is one that promises mystery, suspense, and intrigue as you explore a hostile alien world. They seem to be all the rage nowadays despite their questionable quality, and Eden-Tomorrow is…

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Japanese Dead or Alive 6 Stream Axed After Things Got a Bit Too Sexually Suggestive

Careful now.Ahead of its release next month, Dead or Alive 6 showed its face at Evo Japan as part of a promotional slot. The whole thing (or thereabouts) was streamed live on Twitch, with a sizeable audience watching on as things got a little steamy.Read the full article on pushsquare.com

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Jump Force Load Time Improvements Promised in Upcoming Patch

Plus the option to skip cutscenes.The load times in Jump Force aren’t good. You’re booted to a rather lengthy load screen every time the game switches to a fight, or even a new cutscene. It all gets a bit tedious when you just want to blitz the title’s story missions,…

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Dead or Alive 6 Demo Coming Soon, Mai From King of Fighters Returns as DLC Again

Season pass also confirmed.Dead or Alive 6 will be getting a ‘Deluxe Demo’, Koei Tecmo has confirmed. It’ll feature online battles, training modes, combo challenges, and a brief look at the game’s story. It’ll also include all 24 playable characters, so more hardcore fans of the series may appreciate the…

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The Ghost Survivors Free Update for Resident Evil 2 Is Available Now on PS4

Zombies, zombies everywhere.Capcom has today released The Ghost Survivors, a free update to its excellent Resident Evil 2 remake. It introduces three brand new scenarios starring some of the main game’s minor characters, exploring “what if” storylines that introduce new challenges.The publisher has released a new trailer for the complimentary…

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Fortnite fans turn seismologists as map begins cracking up

Fissures are forming within Fortnite’s map, as the battle royale phenomenon readies itself for another season-ending calamity. Three cracks have appeared so far – tearing through the earth in real-time for anyone in-game at that particular point. More are due roughly every 12 hours or so over the next two…

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Fortnite dance litigation crumbles as Alfonso Ribeiro refused Carlton dance copyright

Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor known for playing Carlton in the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has hit a major stumbling block in his legal action against Fortnite and Epic Games, and 2K Games and the NBA 2K series. He’s been refused copyright of the Carlton dance.The US Copyright…

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Xbox One X down to £339

Update: Currys have removed this deal for reasons unknown, luckily, it’s still alive over at the Currys eBay outlet – where it remains at the ludicrous price of £339. Get in there fast folks! The self-proclaimed World’s Most Powerful Console™, Microsoft’s Xbox One X, is down to its lowest price yet, a mere £339 over at Currys.We promise there is no complimentary copy of Fallout 76 strapped to the back of the Xbox or rammed innocuously into a port. None that’s visible to the naked eye, at least. Read more

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Apex Legends review – Fortnite has some stiff competition

PC, PS4, Xbox One; Respawn Entertainment/Electronic ArtsThe latest Fortnite competitor is a sleek sci-fi battle royale blaster that demands skill and rewards with exhilarating funEverything…

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Mortal Kombat 11's latest confirmed fighter is Jade

As Mortal Kombat 11 gears up for its April 23rd launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, developer NetherRealm is becoming progressively less coy about the game’s full fighter roster. And we can now add another familiar face to the list, with classic character Jade confirmed to return.Jade made her…

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Guide: Mortal Kombat 11 – All Confirmed Characters

Every MK 11 fighter revealed so far.Which characters have been confirmed for Mortal Kombat 11? Warner Bros has granted NetherRealm Studios another eye-watering budget to make the latest MK game its goriest yet, and with high-profile celebrities like Ronda Rousey attached to the project, you can expect this brawler to…

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Oninaki is a new action RPG from the studio behind I am Setsuna

I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear developer Tokyo RPG Factory has unveiled Oninaki, a new action RPG heading to Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam this summer.Oninaki, according to publisher Square Enix, tells the story of Kagachi, a so-called Watcher with the power to move between the Living World and the…

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Neill Blomkamp's ANTHEM Video Conviction Is More of a Trailer Than a Short Film

But it’s pretty good.Earlier in the week, you may recall the announcement that EA partnered with sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp to produce what it called a short film based on the upcoming BioWare shooter, ANTHEM. Well, as promised, it premiered earlier today, but anyone expecting anything more than a trailer…

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Rainbow Six Siege's free weekend is underway

Rainbox Six Siege is poised to embark on its fourth year of content soon, and in the run up 2019’s first season update, known as Operation Burnt Horizon, Ubisoft is holding a free-play weekend on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.Proceedings are already underway on all platforms as of today, February…

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Classic PS3 Bloom-'Em-Up flower Comes to PC

Bloomin’ heck.It looks like Sony is allowing Annapurna Interactive to bring some of the PlayStation 3’s more famous indie titles to the PC, with Journey already announced and flower available now. The legendary thatgamecompany exclusive — which sees you control petals as you restore natural beauty to increasingly polluted scenes…

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Neill Blomkamp's live action Anthem short film is very short indeed

Conviction, the live action Anthem short film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp, is now available to watch online. When publisher EA described Conviction as a new Anthem “story”, many were expecting… well, an actual story. Instead, Conviction is simply a live-action trailer. It’s a thrilling one, for sure, and…

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Take Trials Rising for a spin in next week's open beta

If you’ve been wanting to take Ubisoft’s latest motorbike game for a trial run, now’s your chance, as Trials Rising is making its way into open beta next week. The test period runs from 21st to 25th February, and can be accessed on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.…

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Block party: Nintendo's 99-player Tetris is savaging my self-esteem

The new battle royale version of Tetris is absurdly compelling – but prepare to take a hit to your game-playing egoI’m sorry to have to…

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Catherine: Full Body straps in for September launch

Atlus’ newly-expanded Catherine: Full Body edition will launch for PlayStation 4 on 3rd September. If you played the original Catherine you’ll know what to expect – a mix of fiendishly frustrating block puzzles which take place in the subconscious of love-addled hero Vincent, interspersed by choose-your-own-adventure scenes where he’s awake…

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Obsidian's The Outer Worlds explored in new videos

If you liked Fallout: New Vegas, chances are you’ll be excited for Obsidian’s new game The Outer Worlds, because it looks like New Vegas meets BioShock in space.The Outer Worlds was unveiled in a short video at The Game Awards in December (not to be confused with Anapurna’s space exploration…

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Crackdown 3 review – flimsy futuristic fun as moreish as popcorn

PC, Xbox One; Sumo Digital/MicrosoftThis simple action caper where players liberate a neon-clad city from a sinister megacorp makes 15 hours disappear easilyA capsule comic-book…

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Crackdown 3 tech analysis: a console classic reborn?

The journey towards Crackdown 3’s release has not been a smooth one – but after some four years in development, the game is finally complete. Its troubled history and dodgy trailers left us concerned about the quality of the final product but as it turns out, the campaign portion of Crackdown 3 is actually an accomplished and often beautiful game, using Unreal Engine 4 innovatively to deliver a unique visual style, paired with the best HDR implementation we’ve seen since Gran Turismo Sport. Whether Crackdown 3 delivers as a sequel comes down to how closely wedded you are to the…

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