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Apex Legends’ new character Mad Maggie has a giant wrecking ball

Until recently, Mad Maggie’s main claim to fame in Apex Legends was that she had a surprisingly spry 80-year-old mum, and loved to tell people about it. Now we know she’ll be emerging from the backstory and joining the playable Legend roster with Season 12 (Defiance), and a new trailer gives us our first look at her rather destructive set of abilities. Read more

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Improve your doomscrolling with the bot tweeting through Doom

My personal top Twitter tip: add pleasant breaks to the nightmares of your feed by following a few good image accounts or bots which regularly post nice things. I like accounts which post rock formations or bots which generate landscapes. Perhaps you find comfort in violence? If so, you might enjoy interrupting your doomscrolling with the Doomscroll Doom Bot, a Twitter bot which is very slowly posting a complete playthrough of Ultimate Doom, one frame every hour. Read more

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Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is baffling in the best way

“Just tell us about the crystals”, demands Jack, Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin‘s prickly protagonist. He has no time for the posh dark elf who applauds him for something. Whatever it is, Jack doesn’t care. In fact, I don’t think he knows where he is. If he does, he wants nothing to with it. This interaction is contained in a new trailer that I deem to be perfect. It sells me on this Final Fantasy action RPG, because it seems like I’ll get to control someone as impatient as I am. Jack lives for crashing and bashing. The story…

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Crysis 4 announced, start saving for a new graphics card

With powerful graphics cards worldwide still being snapped up by cryptocurrency miners, it feels almost cruel for Crytek to announce another Crysis game. Today they confirmed they’re returning to their supersuit FPS with a new instalment they claim will be “a truly next-gen shooter.” They’re not clear about what next-gen means to them. Will Crysis 4: a) require a £1500 graphics card; b) be a battle royale; or c) sell NFT hats on the metaverse blockchain cryptonet? Answers on a postcard, reader dear. Read more

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Having recovered from success, Final Fantasy 14 is back on sale

After six long weeks, Final Fantasy XIV is back on sale. That’s after Square Enix stopped selling the MMORPG after the critically acclaimed life-hog overwhelmed its servers, causing massive server queues and network errors. Thankfully, those days are behind the game now. So yes, if you’ve been longing to check out its excellent Endwalker expansion or famous smooth grapes, you can! And from a new Oceania server too, because Squeenix now have room for those down under to sample Eorzea’s delicacies. Read more

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Intel Core i5-12400F review: Core i5-12600K performance for £100 less

There was cause for joy and concern alike when Intel revealed the Core i5-12400F, alongside loads of other new 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs. Here was a much more affordable, still gaming focused-alternative to the Core i5-12600K, yet it would lack the signature hybrid of fast Performance cores and flexible Efficiency cores that made that chip one of the best gaming CPUs ever made. Turns out, the concern was for naught: the Core i5-12400F is a cracking slice of silicon, both for the money and for games specifically. Although the sole reliance on Performance cores (or P-cores) puts it behind…

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Steam Deck’s Dynamic Cloud Sync streamlines switching between handheld and PC

With the Steam Deck’s February rollout bearing down, Valve are still unveiling the portable PC’s new tricks. The latest, as per a Steamworks Development blog post, is Dynamic Cloud Sync: a variation of Steam’s existing cloud save feature that ensures save files can sync between a player’s Steam Deck and PC even when the former is only suspended, rather than fully powered down. Read more

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Unity buying skin sim tech company for fancy faces and flappy flesh

Two months after announcing they’re buying Weta Digital, the CGI studio behind King Of The Hoops and that, Unity are now buying virtual skin. Today the makers of the Unity engine announced the acquisition of Ziva Dynamics, a company whose tech specialises in simulating skin and meat to make fancy facial animations and meaty muscle and such. Their tech powered the flappy flesh of the troll in a recent Hellblade 2 trailer, and has been seen on PlayStations in Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Read more

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OPUS: Echo Of Starsong is so much more than a pretty visual novel

There were a lot of games I played last year that could have been on our Best Games You Missed list at the end of 2021. I ended up going with Studio Pixel Punk’s Unsighted in the end, but it was very nearly OPUS: Echo Of Starsong, a stunning visual novel adventure game from Taiwanese studio Sigono Inc. I’d seen a few other games journalists raving about it when it came out on Steam last September, and hey, over 3000 overwhelmingly positive Steam reviews can’t be wrong either, so I took the plunge, and golly, it sure is something special….

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Grid Legends is driving the series to glory with its new story mode

Codemasters’ Grid series continues its resurgence after 2019’s decent-but-slightly-neutered reboot. This time, it’s going right back to Codemasters’ TOCA Race Driver roots and adding in a full-fat story mode, complete with real actors. No Scotty, mind, but we suppose they have to save something for the sequel. It’s this story mode we’ve been given early access to, so let’s jump in. Read more

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Blizzard lead Mike Ybarra says top priority is to “rebuild your trust”

Blizzard Entertainment head Mike Ybarra says their top priority is to “rebuild your trust in Blizzard.” In a new blog post, Ybarra outlines the steps the company is taking, including new senior positions dedicated to improving their culture. These moves come in the wake of several lawsuits alleging a culture of harassment and discrimination within the company. The post announcing the plans also comes days after Microsoft announced their intent to buy Activision Blizzard. Read more

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Raven Software QA workers are unionising, keeping Activision Blizzard’s week lively

What a ridiculous week. Activision Blizzard came in on Monday dragging a trail of lawsuits and scandal with allegations of widespread discrimination and harassment, on Tuesday were being bought by Microsoft for $69 billion (£50 billion), and now on Friday they’ve grown a union. 34 quality assurance testers at the Activision Blizzard studio Raven Software, who currently maintain Call Of Duty: Warzone, are forming a union named the Game Workers Alliance. They’re seeking better working conditions in the wake of Raven QA layoffs. Read more

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Cute dog photography game Pupperazzi is actually kind of haunting

Pupperazzi is a game about taking pictures of dogs. They are, as is traditional, very cute dogs. You go around several areas that increase in complexity and dog saturation, completing photo challenges and unlocking more and more complex areas. An extreme sports dog wants a picture of a dog riding a scooter. The old sea-dog at the beach would like a photo of any dog, as long as the lighthouse is in the background. In return for this you get golden bones as a form of currency to buy different kinds of film, or weird lenses, to kick your photography…

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Xbox boss wants to revive old Activision Blizzard games like Hexen and King’s Quest

Of the many possibilities that Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard might enable, only one seems really clear: that Microsoft will put Actiblizz games on Game Pass. Beyond that, it’s all mights and maybes. Here’s another maybe: Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer says they’re hoping to dig into Actiblizz’s “franchises that I love from my childhood,” the likes of King’s Quest and Hexen. What better use for $69 billion than wallowing in nostalgia? Read more