March 2022

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Hyper Light Drifter sequel is a gorgeous 3D roguelite with co-op

Audio player loading… Just months after releasing Solar Ash, Heart Machine has revealed a sequel to the beloved pixel art action RPG Hyper Light Drifter. A departure from its predecessor, Hyper Light Breaker is a 3D third-person action game in a roguelite format, retaining the speed and colour of its forebear but replacing pixels with polygons. Hyper Light Breaker is set in the Overgrowth, which is a “vast, ever-changing world with massive, open biomes and deep labyrinths.” This being a roguelite, that means the environments will be randomized, but there’s a hub-like ‘Settlement’ which becomes more populated throughout the game…

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Blasters beat Wolves to win Lenovo Regions Rocket League tournament, representing Wales

A Rocket League team known as Blasters have won the Lenovo Regions Rocket League tournament this evening, beating Wolves in the grand final. Blasters (aka Blaster 03, representing Wales), beat Wolves Esports who were representing England in the competition. Wolves were a last-minute addition after GigaGuys dropped out. While GigaGuys forfeited their spot in the grand finals, they still received the £1,000 for winning the regional final. Overall, the tournament had a £10,000 prize pool, with Blasters receiving £3,000 for finishing first-place and Wolves taking home £1,500 in second place. Continue reading Blasters beat Wolves to win Lenovo Regions Rocket…

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Diablo 4’s art style promises a “return to darkness”

I remember when Diablo 3 was released. One of the (many) talking points around the game was its art style, and the perception that Blizzard had made the art style lighter and friendlier versus the gothic greys of the previous two games. The criticism seemed a little overblown and silly at the time, but here we are reading the latest quarterly update on the development of Diablo 4. It focuses on the new game’s art, and the phrase “return to darkness” is used repeatedly. Read more

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EKWB Vows to Develop Water Blocks for Custom GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

With its power consumption of 450W and higher, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card can certainly benefit from liquid cooling. But unfortunately, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti adopts a new design with all memory chips on the front, which is why it needs all-new water blocks. This is where EK Water Blocks comes into play, promising to develop water blocks for reference and custom GeForce RTX 3090 Ti boards. The question is, do you need it?  “EK is working on a plethora of new Quantum Vector² water blocks for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti-series graphics cards,” a statement by EKWB reads. “This would…

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Total War: Warhammer is free this week on the Epic Games Store

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Total War: Warhammer is free this week on the Epic Games Store. It features hundreds of hours of gameplay full of heroes, monsters, flying creatures, magical storms, and regiments of nightmarish warriors. The game contains various campaigns of conquest and you can play as the Empire, Dwarfs, Vampire Counts or the Orcs and Goblins of the Greenskin tribes. Each Race is wholly different with its own unique characters, campaign mechanics, battlefield units and play style. Alongside the game are a…

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Hyper Light Breaker announced as a 3D co-op sequel to Hyper Light Drifter

Coming to Steam Early Access next year. Heart Machine and Gearbox Publishing hve announced Hyper Light Breaker, a new adventure set in the universe of the indie classic, Hyper Light Drifter. In the game, you will be able explore the world of Hyper Light in 3D via single-player or online cooperative multiplayer. The game is currently in development with the original creative director, Alx Preston, leading the Heart Machine team. “It’s wild to think it’s been six years since we released Hyper Light Drifter. The long journey from the dream project getting Kickstarted back in 2013 to now has been…

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E3 2022 Canceled

Pour one out for the “world reveals” and “world exclusives.” E3 won’t happen at all this summer, the Entertainment Software Association said in a statement to Kotaku.The news, which was first reported by IGN, confirms what some observers anticipated would happen. For 2022, event organizers with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) didn’t plan on hosting an in-person event, citing health concerns from the then-nascent omicron variant back in January, though the org’s statement at the time never explicitly stated a digital event would happen this year.“We previously announced that E3 would not be held in person in 2022 due to…

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Overwatch’s Anniversary Remix brings back old skins, replaces old events

Audio player loading… With the sequel on the horizon, Overwatch has spent the last few years on standby. Cosmetic events that bring new skins, sprays, and voice lines have been the only thing to look forward to in the absence of new heroes and maps. Anniversary Remix, announced today, is Blizzard’s three-part event that will attempt to bridge the gap between the current game and Overwatch 2. Anniversary Remix Vol. 1 begins on April 5 and brings back a bunch of fan-favorite skins, some with a new coat of paint. Witch Mercy, Oni Genji, Black Cat D.Va, Cultist Zenyatta, Nevermore…

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Ryzen 5 5500 Slightly Slower Than Ryzen 5600G in Geekbench

AMD recently expanded its Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer) family with seven new Ryzen chips. The Ryzen 5 5500, which is part of the latest additions, poses to become one of the best CPUs for gaming if some leaked benchmarks are any indication. Hardware sleuth Benchleaks recently unearthed a Ryzen 5 5500 submission in Geekbench 5 that gives us a small taste of the Ryzen chip’s single-threaded and multi-thread performance. The submitter tested the Ryzen 5 5500 on the MSI MEG X570 Godlike, the exact motherboard we used for our testbed. However, we used different memory for our reviews so that the…

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Pokemon Go Fest 2022 will take place both remotely and in-person this year

The two-day festival is back and a grand finale will take place a few months later. Pokemon Go players will want to mark space off on their calendars for June 4 and June 5, because that’s when this year’s Pokemon Go Fest takes place. The two-day global event will take place Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 and a bonus finale event will be held on Saturday, August 27. For those who prefer to do their Pokemoning in person, Pokemon Go Fest will also be a live event during the months of July and August in Germany, the US,…

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The Fertile Crescent review (early access): a bite-sized chunk of phenomenal RTS design

I’m not going to bury the lede here: The Fertile Crescent is, to my delight, a proper little belter of a real-time strategy game. Having just hit early access, this Mesopotamian pomegranate-’em-up is certainly no epic, and you can see pretty much everything it can do within a couple of hours of play. But it’s been under development for five years, and by Hammurabi’s majestic beard does it show. Read more

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Star Trek: Resurgence is the first Trek anything to capture the spirit of the ’90s shows in a long, long time

It took me maybe half of the first season of Star Trek Discovery to accept that it wasn’t my kind of Star Trek. Discovery’s grim, militant war with the Klingons felt tonally off for a series that’s always been about exploration and humanity at heart, and when Discovery did spend time on its crew, the melodrama dial seemed permanently stuck at 11. Good or bad, I knew it wasn’t my Star Trek. I had the opposite experience last week when I played a demo of Star Trek: Resurgence, a story-focused adventure from former Telltale developers at new studio Dramatic Labs….

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Founder of UK organisation Feenix helps org-less esports teams attend events like Insomnia with new sponsorship

The founder of a UK esports organisation is helping to fund esports team rosters that aren’t currently representing an organisation, who might not have the money to attend LAN events. Feenix Esports founder Alastair ‘McNoob’ Whitham has set up a Feenix event sponsorship to help org-less teams from a range of games attend events. The most recent is Insomnia, which kicks off in April 2022 at the Birmingham NEC, but the fund is not exclusive to that. Continue reading Founder of UK organisation Feenix helps org-less esports teams attend events like Insomnia with new sponsorship

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Superfuse is making a violent play to be your next co-op Diablo-like

Diablo meets The Boys is the four-word elevator pitch of Stitch Heads and Raw Fury’s new isometric hack and slasher – and judging from the amount of loot, blood and minced limbs I saw in my hands on demo last week, I’d say they’re pretty bang on the money, albeit with an extra dash of Borderlands thanks to its cel-shaded comic book visuals. Whichever way you slice it, though, Superfuse makes a striking and violent first impression. Perhaps it’s because I’m playing as its Berserker class, a large walking slab of man muscle whose axe and (comically large) fists can…

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MSI’s MAG Meta 5 SE Gaming Desktop Rocks R7 5800X and 6700 XT

MSI has launched its first all-AMD gaming desktop. The new MSI MAG Meta 5 SE combines the red-team charms of an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU and a Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card. These rub shoulders with the best processors and best graphics cards available at this time. Additionally, purchasers can spec up to 64GB of RAM, pick from various storage options, and choose air or liquid cooling. MSI is claiming this full-AMD tower will be a “budget-friendly choice.” One of the appealing aspects of choosing an ‘all-AMD’ system is that it will enable AMD Smart Access Memory Technology….

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Paralysed former firefighter beats Elden Ring by blowing into tubes

Audio player loading… Zhu Mingjun is a Chinese streamer, who came to prominence after beginning regular broadcasts on the video platform BiliBili in which he shares his life story and perspective (as well as playing videogames). Zhu is a former firefighter who was severely injured in a 2013 accident while on duty, which left him paralysed from the neck down: he couldn’t speak for three years following the incident, and still requires a ventilator to breathe. Zhu can now move his head and a limited part of his torso, and has a custom mouth controller which he uses to play…

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Save over £50 on this curved 4K monitor from Samsung at CCL

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. With an exclusive code for a further discount. Samsung have become one of the most reliable tech manufacturers in recent years, making everything from SSDs to phones and laptops. And their monitors are excellent too. Our friends at CCL have this amazing 4K curved Samsung monitor down to just £309.98. That’s at least £50 off the standard RRP. What’s even better is by using our exclusive code GAMER15 at checkout, you’ll get an extra £15 off a £300 spend, making…

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Nightmare Reaper is a retro-FPS roguelike that’s bloody fun

Nightmare Reaper is rad, which is something I didn’t think I’d say. DOOM and its DOOM-like spawn don’t often do it for me. Bouncing around an arena and carving demons into hunks of meat gets a bit repetitive for my tastes. Which is weird! I love FPS games and repetitive things, like dying in Hades over and over again. I’m into Nightmare Reaper because it’s repetitive… but not. It’s a roguelike DOOM-inspired shooter where you blast through procedurally-generated levels and their demonic denizens, earn cash, put points into a skill-tree, and get as far as you can. The quest for…

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“Ridiculously well-made” – Harada comments on Tekken 7 Elden Ring mod

He also wants people to know it’s not official, so people stop contacting him about it. In case you haven’t had enough Elden Ring just yet, we’ve got some good news for you – there’s now a mod that brings the sprawling, intimidating action-RPG to the relatively confined arenas of Tekken 7. In a tweet shared by “game director/chief producer” of the fighting game series himself, Katsuhiro Harada, we see the world of The Lands Between invade the King Of Iron Fist Tournament 7 with a ludicrous mod that even brings Torrent into the melee. Sharing the mod – which…