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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Far Cry New Dawn review – a perfectly proportioned slice of Far Cry mayhem

There’s a not-so-small, cynical part of me that just wants to copy-and-paste my Far Cry 5 review right here and be done with it. Far Cry: New Dawn boasts many of the same faces and places you’ll remember from Far Cry 5, but they’re spun through a different story. It’s the same map – albeit a little truncated – but much of Hope County’s still-recognisable landmarks lie in ruins and are now daubed a gaudy, neon pink. It plays in an almost identical way, offering an almost identical menu of story and side missions, along with an almost identical selection…

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Grab a 1TB Xbox One X with three games for £399

If you’re looking to upgrade to the next tier of game console then you might want to take a look at this 1TB Xbox One X bundle with Forza Horizon 4, Forza Motorsport 7 and FIFA 19 for £399 at AO.Considering that an Xbox One X console by itself can usually set you back in the region of £400 – or much more than that with a single game bundled in – you’re getting some good value for money here.While Forza Motorsport 7 was released back in 2017, Forza Horizon 4 and FIFA 19 are both still fairly recently released…

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