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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided dev 'rectifies' issues for non-lethal play styles


'Supporting all different play aspects'
Jul 28
// Vikki Blake
The decision of whether your foes live or die in Deux Ex: Mankind Divided -- particularly in your boss battles -- will once again be yours and yours alone.  Talking to OXM, Deux Ex: Mankind Divided directo...
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Destiny

Destiny players kill Gorgons in VoG raid, must be witches in real life


I don't even
Jul 23
// Vikki Blake
This is just ridiculous. If you're familiar with the Vault of Glass raid in Destiny you'll know that it's arguably the harder of the two raids to complete, not least because every section (besides the opener) ships ...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Latest The Witcher 3 free DLC brings new finishing animations


FINISH HIM, GERALT!
Jul 22
// Vikki Blake
CD Projekt Red has revealed that this week's free The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC will boast new finishing moves for leading man, Geralt. The announcement tweet gave little away other than a small, pictorial teaser of what'...

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Assassin's Creed

Here's more Assassin's Creed: Syndicate for you


Now with more "being a jerk"
Jul 21
// Vikki Blake
As some of us weren't overly impressed with the first-hour playthrough of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate we saw yesterday, here - take a look at another video released by Ubisoft. This teaser may be less than five minutes long, ...
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DriveClub

Here's what's new in the latest DriveClub update


There's new DLC packs, too
Jul 20
// Vikki Blake
Two further DLC packs are headed to DriveClub next week. The first pack - The Horsepower Expansion Pack - will drop on Tuesday, July 28 and includes 11 new events, five new cars and five new trophies. It includes the Fer...
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Deals

15% off PSN & Xbox gift cards from PayPal Digital Gifts


Just like free money (not really)
Jul 16
// Dealzon
Felt underwhelmed by the mediocre selection of gaming deals in yesterday's Amazon Prime Day? Here are some decent gaming deals today from Paypal, eBay, and Dell. Trade in eighty-five US Dollars and get $100 worth of Xbox, Pla...
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Playstation Now UK

PlayStation Now is finally available in the UK


The beta has begun
Jul 16
// Laura Kate Dale
Attention UK PS3 and PS4 owners with a fast internet connection, PlayStation Now is finally available for you to try. It's time to stream games over the Internet in what is likely to be lower than native quality and with addi...

Review: Rocket League

Jul 14 // Zack Furniss
Rocket League (PlayStation 4 [reviewed], PC)Developer: PsyonixPublisher: PsyonixMSRP: $19.99Released: July 7, 2015 Rocket League is Psyonix's follow-up to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, which had entirely too many hyphens. By dropping the hyphens and making every facet of their concept as simple and accessible as possible, they've made something undoubtedly focused. You are a car, and you must knock a large ball into the opposing team's goal. It never gets more complicated than that. You can play one on one (though I can't imagine that'd be terribly fun), or up to four on four with players around the world or bots. There are different modes available: Exhibition is for local games with four-player split-screen or bots, Season allows you to set up consecutive bot matches over complete with playoffs, and Training teaches you the basics of movement. Starting with Training is a swell, yet ultimately unnecessary idea since you'll have a feel for the driving by the end of your first match. You can accelerate, reverse, jump, double-jump, and boost all over the field and it all feels crunchy and responsive in the best way. The arenas all have just the right amount of friction to feel like you're completely in control of your vehicle at all times. When you try to boost into the ball to score a goal and you careen right past it, you have no one to blame but yourself. The perfectly-tuned controls lend themselves to a desire to acquire mastery, a feeling that seems rare as of late. If you master one skill, proper use of boosting is the one to pick. Since boost juice is finite, you have to drive over boost pads to keep it topped off. Whether you use said juice to dart from the goalie to position to attempt a risky goal or you boost long enough to crash into someone to temporarily destroy them, you'll learn to love judiciously tapping and holding that circle button. Exploding a member of the opposing team only takes them out for a second but can be a viable strategy when things get hectic. While you can play with four players per team, it tends to be too chaotic. You'd think with more players that one person would designate themselves as the goalie, but instead each person gets caught up in an offensive. With a dedicated team it'd probably be a viable mode, but I was playing mostly pick-up games. 3 on 3 seems like the definite sweet spot and is recommended when playing online. Since Rocket League has cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and PC, I was always able to find a match within a minute or two. The loading screens are always brief so it's a little too easy to find yourself starting up another match even after telling yourself it's 2 in the morning and you need to texture a patch of drywall tomorrow (that's a normal thing, right?). There's also a carrot on a stick to keep you playing in the form of car customizations. By playing well, you can enter the garage to customize your car's body type, decal, paint job, wheels, boost trail color, antenna, and topper. I rocked a pirate hat on my little pick-up truck for the majority of my matches. These are all purely cosmetic so as not to distort game balance. It would take quite awhile to unlock all customizations, but they're a nice little bonus for the already fun core gameplay. There are seven arenas (though a few of them are the same, with different weather) that are all gorgeous. Watching your little car zip over billowing grass as it rains down on you all in a crisp, smooth frame rate is more aesthetically pleasing than you'd expect from soccer car smash fusion. Though I sort of expected different obstacles or boost pad placement on each arena, I ended up appreciating that these changes are only cosmetic. You always know exactly what you're playing with. I didn't go in expecting much from Rocket League since I'm usually not a huge fan of driving and sports games. Instead of walking away with a confirmed bias, Psyonix's laser-focused concept gave me something fun to whip out the next time I have friends over. I imagine with a bunch of awful beer and willing companions, we'll have a great time. What's next, will I enjoy a game that mixes Metroids and Soccer? We'll see. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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I will only call it 'soccar' once
A good chunk of today's onslaught of complex games has convoluted controls, alienating lore, and feature creep that can sometimes be overwhelming. Every so often, a developer comes along and makes something that just seems nice and digestible -- no need to research the best character build or wiki-scan to catch up on the plot. And sometimes that tasty little morsel is a driving/soccer sandwich.

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Sword Coast Legends

Here's a full dungeon crawl in Sword Coast Legends


My dicebag is shaking with excitement
Jul 13
// Zack Furniss
Ever since I had a chance to play Sword Coast Legends at E3, I've wanted to watch a dungeon run from the perspectives of both Adventurer and Dungeon Master at my own leisure. I guess I failed a perception check and ...
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No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky can't be spoiled


Game's so big, everyone's experiences will differ
Jul 13
// Vikki Blake
Don't worry about avoiding videos and interviews regarding No Man's Sky; the game can't be spoiled, according to the developer. Talking to The Guardian, Hello Games’ Sean Murray said the sheer scale of the gam...
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 expansions will be 'almost same size' as The Witcher 2


'I think that people will be happy'
Jul 10
// Vikki Blake
If you've finished up The Witcher 3 but are still gaggin' for more, get ready: the expansions are coming, and when they do, they're gonna be huge.  Talking to Game Reactor, The Witcher 3's game director Konrad Tomas...
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That's What I Call Sing

New karaoke game That's What I Call Sing coming to PS4, Xbox One


All about that bass, baby
Jul 10
// Vikki Blake
There are a lot of people who couldn't give a tiny rat's ass about karaoke games. I am not one of those people. Surprised? Yeah. ME TOO. Turns out that I need a release from all the blood and shit kill:death ratios of my typi...
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LEGO Dimensions

LEGO Dimensions' Doctor Who level will feature every Doctor


Bowties in custard and whatnot
Jul 09
// Joe Parlock
I totally forgot LEGO Dimensions was happening, but now that I see it again… holy crap it actually looks good. The series has it all: Batman, Back to the Future, and now all thirteen Doctors from Doctor Who as well. W...
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The Binding of Isaac

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth hits Xbox One, Wii U, and New 3DS July 23


Poo and tears for everyone!
Jul 07
// Zack Furniss
Rejoice, fans of fetuses and feces! The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be coming to the Xbox One, Wii U, and New 3DS on July 23. Please note the new there, as it will not be available on the older model. It's wonder...
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Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has just turned up on PS4


In Europe anyways. He's still missing in the US
Jul 07
// Vikki Blake
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is headed to PlayStation 4 on July 15. A teaser tweet from developer The Astronauts last week hinted that the game was due in "weeks, not months", and they weren't wrong - the game turned up...
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Dragon Age: Inquisition

Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC will be PC, PS4, and XB1 only


No Varric in a speedo for Gen 7, sorry
Jul 07
// Joe Parlock
Bad news for people still trudging through Dragon Age: Inquisition on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360: you won’t be getting any more DLC. In a blog post on the official Dragon Age site, it was announced all future DLC for...
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Digimon

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth comes to kick Pikachu's arse in 2016


Note: I do really, really love Pokemon
Jul 03
// Joe Parlock
Oh lordy I can feel something growing inside of me. An urge, buried deep for over ten years now that must spring forth: Digimon was way better than Pokemon. Sure, the Pokemon games were great and I love them dearly, but when...
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Shenmue 3

Give $1,000 to Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, get personal message from Ryo


'Let's get sweaty'
Jul 02
// Vikki Blake
The voice actor who played Ryo in the English versions of Shenmue 1 and 2, Corey Marshall, has been confirmed for Shenmue 3. "We would all like to thank Corey-san for coming back," says an announcement on the Shenmue 3 K...
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Microsoft

Xbox: 'Sony does a really good job in mainland Europe'


'It's good competition which is good for everybody'
Jul 02
// Vikki Blake
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has acknowledged that the company must "do better in Europe." In an interview in the latest Edge Magazine, Spencer said, "when I look globally, mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on....
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The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian went silent because of Sony, not Team ICO


It was fine on PS3, even finer on PS4?
Jun 26
// Joe Parlock
The Last Guardian dropped off the face of the earth for a few years, didn’t it? Well, turns out that may have been less Team ICO’s Fumito Ueda’s decision and more due to behind the scenes decisions at Sony. ...
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Destiny

Destiny's Smith: 'My words made it sound as if Bungie doesn't care about their fans'


'That asshat was me'
Jun 25
// Vikki Blake
When Destiny fans made their views on the pricing - and content thereof - of The Taken King's Collector's Edition painfully clear, Bungie didn't say much. According to the latest Bungie update, however, the reason for their i...
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PS4 has launched?

The PS+ version of Driveclub released and subsequently pulled


Hope you weren't holding your breath
Jun 23
// Jed Whitaker
Driveclub was promised to be a launch title for the PS4 and released free as part of the offerings provided for PlayStation Plus, but was delayed two weeks prior to launch and didn't end up releasing till nearly a year l...
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Bat deals

All the Batman: Arkham Knight deals for this week's launch


Price takedown
Jun 22
// Dealzon
After a few delay and hiccups, the Caped Crusader's newest title Batman: Arkham Knight releases tomorrow on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game lists for the usual $59.99, but on PC there are a handful of deals for...
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PlayStation

Sony launches new 1TB PlayStation 4 in Europe


Become the Ultimate Playa
Jun 22
// Vikki Blake
A new 1TB PlayStation 4 - the Ultimate Player Edition - is headed for Europe from July 15. "Offering twice the storage of the existing PS4," writes SCEE Blog Manager Fred Dutton on the PS Blog today, "you’ll be abl...
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Sony

Yoshida talks about PS4 backwards compatibility


TL;DR: it ain't happening yet
Jun 19
// Vikki Blake
Hoping backwards compatibility might be heading to the PlayStation 4 too?  Talking to Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said Xbox's backwards-compatibility announcement was "surprising" and intro...
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Driveclub

Evolution 'in final stages' of bringing Driveclub to PS+


On your marks
Jun 12
// Vikki Blake
Evolution has announced that plans to bring Driveclub to PlayStation Plus are "in the final stages of development." We knew the servers were scheduled to be replaced and upgraded from June 1 as the developer "prepare[d] for t...
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The Chinese Room

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is coming August 11


Left Behind 2: The New Batch
Jun 11
// Mike Cosimano
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, a first-person exploration game from Dear Esther developer The Chinese Room, will be coming to PlayStation 4 on August 11, according to creative director Dan Pinchbeck. "We look back now ...
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Wolfenstein

Bethesda to release Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on disc


Pre-order today!
Jun 09
// Vikki Blake
From July 21, North Americans will be able to pick up a copy of Bethesda's Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on disc for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Until now, you could only purchase the title online and download the 40GB ...
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Driveclub

Driveclub getting server overhaul, prepares for PS+ edition


Is it finally happening?
May 29
// Robert Summa
Whether it's just another broken promise or an additional carrot on the end of the PlayStation Plus stick, the developers of Driveclub have announced that come June 1 the servers for the game will be replaced and upgraded as ...
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Is The Witcher 3 hanging after the opening cutscene for you?


Here's some tips to get you going again
May 20
// Vikki Blake
Having trouble with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? You're not the only one. Some Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players over on GameFAQs, Reddit and Twitter are reporting that the game hangs after the opening ...

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