The Walking Dead: The Final Season's episode 3 release date confirmed

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s company, Skybound Games, has confirmed that the next instalment of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season will release on all platforms on 15th January, 2019.Skybound picked up the rights to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season after Telltale Games laid off the vast majority of its staff at the end of September. Despite assertions that it was retaining a skeleton team to keep some production going, they too were reportedly laid off just a few days later.”We’re extremely thankful to the team working on this game to make sure the season is…

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Here's when we'll get to play Anthem's upcoming open and 'VIP' demos

Electronic Arts has announced two upcoming demos for BioWare’s ambitious sci-fi shooter, Anthem.An open beta, available to all, will run on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One from 1st – 3rd February, 2019.If you’re keen to get in on the action a little earlier, though, a separate “VIP” demo will be available from 25th – 27th January, 2019, for pre-orderers, EA Access subscribers, and Origin Access subscribers. Alternatively, you can sign up for the Anthem newsletter for a chance to secure a VIP code, too. Early adopters will also get an “exclusive” VIP Demo item to “show you were one…

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Mortal Kombat X, PES 2019, Hellblade and more hit Xbox Game Pass in December

Microsoft has announced more games coming to Xbox Game Pass in December.Out now is Mortal Kombat X (a well-timed addition in the context of NetherRealm’s recent announcement of Mortal Kombat 11). On 13th December Konami’s PES 2019 hits Xbox Game Pass. And then, on 17th December, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade launches on Game Pass.Also hitting the subscription service are first-person melee combat game Shadow Warrior 2 and enchanting adventure Ori and the Blind Forest, both on 20th December. Spintires Mudrunner goes live 13th December.Read more…

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Far Cry New Dawn is a post-apocalyptic spin on the series

There’s a new Far Cry coming early next year, and it’s set in a post-apocalyptic Hope County. Far Cry New Dawn, which is coming out on February 15th 2019, is set – and here be spoilers for the end of the last instalment of the series, so if you’re sensitive to such things best look away now – after the apocalypse that tore through Hope County and the rest of the world at the entertainingly improbable end of Far Cry 5. New Dawn is set 17 years after those events, to be precise, which means there’s scope for some returning…

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Rage 2 gets a May 2019 release date

Colourful temper-tantrum Rage 2 will be released 14th May 2019. The release date was announced during The Game Awards 2018 tonight, alongside a juicy new trailer for the game.Rage 2 will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.Read more…

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Far Cry 5 spin-off named and dated

Ubisoft has fully lifted the covers off the post-apocalyptic Far Cry that it teased recently, with Far Cry New Dawn coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on 15th February. The trailer showed a world set some years after the events of Far Cry 5, the post-apocalyptic setting enabling a makeshift aesthetic in weapons and vehicles and throughout the world – which looks like a lightly reimagined take on Far Cry 5’s Hope County.It’s tempting to make comparisons to Far Cry Primal, another spin-off that launched in the immediate wake of a numbered Far Cry game – and it…

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In praise of cel-shading

I’ve been playing some of my old games recently, handling scratched and aging discs with great care. What I’ve found is that, for me at least, the best games to revisit years after they first came out tend to be those with the unique art style known as cel-shading. This look is sometimes referred to as toon-shading because of the flat, high-contrast colours which are employed along with black outlines around characters and objects, giving everything the appearance of a cartoon. As I remember it, cel-shaded games burst into the public consciousness with Jet Set Radio all the way back…

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Resident Evil 2's remake reveals its biggest star

Resident Evil’s best character? Maybe you believe it’s Leon Kennedy, the floppy-haired fop, or perhaps you think it could be enigmatic badass Ada Wong. Well, I’m afraid you’re entirely wrong. The best character from throughout Resident Evil’s history is, without a single doubt, the Raccoon City Police Station. Well, that’s what I reckon anyway, and playing through a few hours of the remake of Resident Evil 2 only strengthens my belief. What a strange, strange place this is, a maddeningly illogical crash of styles and secrets, and what a pleasure it was to get lost in its many mysteries during…

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Just Cause 4 review – likeably scrappy open-world carnage

My favourite character in the new Just Cause is called Larry. That’s what I decided to call him anyway. When I met him, Larry was – how can I say this? – recently dead. Furthemore, Larry was – how can I say this? – attached to the fender of the car I had probably used to kill him. I say probably because in the heat of the moment in a Just Cause game it can be hard to say what happens and who makes it happen. The thing is, Larry wasn’t just dead, and he wasn’t just attached to the…

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