Soapbox: Crackdown 3 Is Proof That Microsoft Is Still Playing Catch-Up to Sony

Liam questions what Microsoft does with its time.My Xbox One rarely sees the light of day, but since its release last week, I’ve been playing Crackdown 3. It’s dumb, mindless fun that doesn’t move the needle in the slightest. Announced nearly five years ago, it needed to be more than…

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Furi developer teases romantic sci-fi co-op adventure Haven

Developer The Game Bakers, responsible for 2016’s gloriously psychedelic arcade boss-rush adventure Furi, has unveiled its next project, Haven.According to the developer, Haven is an adventure RPG “about everyday love, rebelling against the rules and also, food”. It’s designed to be played “solo or with a special someone”, and there’s…

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Epic Games now suing Norwich's Fortnite Live festival

UPDATE 9.12pm: Following Epic Games’ announcement that it would be pursuing legal action against the company responsible for Norwich’s disastrous, unofficial Fortnite event, the organiser, Exciting Events, says it has been “forced… to cease all trading activities immediately”.The news comes via an email sent to all customers (and forwarded to…

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PS4 Hack and Slasher Fate/Extella Link Launches Next Month in the West

Release date confirmed.Fate/Extella Link, the Fate-based hack and slash action sequel to the rather good Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, finally has a Western release date. Confirmation has been a long time coming, but the good news is that it’s not very far away at all. The title launches one month…

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Brutal Lovecraft-inspired RPG Darkest Dungeon is getting a sequel

Developer Red Hook Studios has announced that it’s working on a sequel to its brilliant but brutal Lovecraft-inspired RPG, Darkest Dungeon.The original game released in 2016, and tasked players with exploring numerous trap-infested environs, seeking out riches, and battling – in time-honoured turn-based fashion – a relentless procession of cosmic…

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey New Game Plus Arrives Next Week with Big February Patch

Finally.Replying to a fan on Twitter, Ubisoft has confirmed that the big February update for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be arriving not this week, but next. There was some speculation that the next patch would release the week starting 18th February, but it ain’t happening. The week starting 25th February…

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Looks like Age of Wonders: Planetfall releases in August

It seems Age of Wonders: Planetfall’s release date is not so far far away, as the Microsoft Store has listed it for release this August. As spotted by ResetEra user FairyEmpire, the pre-order store listings for Planetfall on Xbox One reveal a release date of midnight on 6th August. Major…

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New Apex Legends PS4 Patch 1.04 Fixes Crash Issues and Other Bugs

Legendary.The massively popular free-to-play shooter Apex Legends has been an undeniable success, but as with any game, it’s not without its share of problems. Respawn Entertainment has been pretty quick to resolve any issues, though, and it’s just pushed out a new patch on PlayStation 4 to remedy some known…

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Hold It! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Trophy List Appears Online

Seems like an open and shut case.Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy brings the first three titles to PlayStation 4 in the spring, meaning the trophies were bound to appear sooner or later. A couple of days ahead of the Japanese release, we have the full list of trinkets you’ll be…

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Operation Grand Heist Brings New Modes, Maps, and Much More to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Starts today on PS4.Treyarch has unveiled the latest season of content coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it looks jam packed with goodies for the popular shooter. It’s called Operation Grand Heist, and will add lots of new features to regular multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies between now…

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The best PS4 Bundles for under £250

PlayStation 4 bundles have not been particularly prevalent, nor enticing, since the dark days of Black Friday. Luckily, there’s a couple about that seem promising. Namely, two from retailer GAME that cost £249.99. The first bundle includes a glacier white PlayStation 4 that comes with Marvel’s Spider-Man and The Last…

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Review: Steins;Gate Elite – The Greatest Visual Novel Just Got Even Better

El Psy Kongroo.What would you do if you had the ability to send text messages back in time? Maybe you’d send yourself the answers to a test at school, or maybe even the winning lottery numbers. If you knew what the future held then there are loads of little things…

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Pour One Out for the PS Vita! Production to End in Japan Soon

The end is nigh.Sony already announced last year that it will end production of physical PlayStation Vita cartridges by 31st March, and now it looks like it’s done building the hardware – even in its native Japan, where the device has lived a slightly longer life than the rest of…

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4's new content season, Operation Grand Heist, starts tomorrow

Treyarch has unveiled Operation Grand Heist, Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s latest season of content. It’s set to introduce new features across Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies modes, and starts tomorrow, February 19th, on PS4, with Xbox One and PC to follow.Operation Grand Heist is the third Operation to be…

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Amazon's Costume Quest cartoon series gets first trailer, release date

Amazon’s animated TV adaptation of Double Fine’s much-loved Costume Quest series will premiere on March 8th – and there’s a first proper trailer to celebrate.Costume Quest’s television adaptation was first announced back in 2017, and is the work of Frederator Studios, the team responsible for the likes of Adventure Time…

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Rainbow Six: Siege Is Free with 12 Month PS Plus Subscription for a Limited Time

A deal’s a deal.It seems like Ubisoft is really pushing Rainbow Six: Siege at the moment. It’s just come out of a free trial weekend, and it’s rare the title is out of some kind of offer. Well, as announced today, Sony’s bundling the tactical shooter with purchases of a…

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Fortnite's dreaded Infinity Blade sword is back

Fortnite has unvaulted its dreaded Infinity Blade weapon for the first time since it was dramatically shelved last December. The sword was so overpowered it lasted just four days before being disabled, following fan outcry at the chaos it was causing within the game’s main modes and in a tournament…

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The Stillness of the Wind review – window on a solitary life among goats and chickens

iOS, PC, Nintendo Switch; Memory of God/Fellow TravellerAn elderly empty-nester whistles as she maintains her smallholding with calm and dignity in this slow-paced, meditative gameThe…

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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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