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So who’s meeting up at this year’s Crows Developer Conference?

Crows Crows Crows, the folks working on The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, have revived their ridiculous browser MMO replacement for the Game Developers Conference and it’s just as surreal as before. Oh, is it your first time at CDC? Don’t worry, it’s just like every other conference. You walk around trying to make small talk with people you probably don’t know and everything that comes out of your mouth sounds like a bad Mad Libs sheet. Read more

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OlliOlli World hits the park this year with a rad new world of tricks

OlliOlli developers Roll7 are back with a lot more Ollis than before. They’ve just announced their next skating game OlliOlli World which takes a huge visual leap over their prior skate ’em ups. Begone Flash game aesthetic and hello to this colorful, cel-shaded adventure. Better yet, it adds tons of new tricks too. You can drop in when Olli Olli World hits the park this winter. For now, Roll7 have chatted up some of the new bits, and their excitement for World, in its announcement trailer. Read more

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Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will bring back more spooks and delightful dialogue

Walkin’ and talkin’ mystery game Oxenfree has just announced an upcoming sequel with a new cast of talkative spook hunters. Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will follow new characters, but include that natural dialogue system of Night School Studios’s original Oxenfree and their more recent Afterparty. You can catch the first spooky trailer right here for the newly-announced sequel that’s coming later in 2021. Read more

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Dragon Age 2 writer says a ‘Snyder Cut’ would make the city bigger and more alive

Since the release of the infamous Justice League ‘Snyder Cut’ last month, it’s been fun having a think about what games should get a big indulgent revamp, and what those hypothetical revamps would look like. Former Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider has been pondering exactly that on Twitter, revealing a load of things he would’ve liked to change in the most polarising game in the series, Dragon Age 2. Unfortunately, none of his ideas involve fewer spiders. Read more

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Cyberpunk 2077 has patched more quest-blocking bugs

Following Cyberpunk 2077‘s huge patch 1.2 at the end of March, CD Projekt Red today followed-up with the hotfix patch 1.21. This is a smaller update, focused on improving stability and fixing crashes as well as addressing some bugs which stopped certain quests from progressing. Every little helps. Read more

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Primordia devs go to a terrible carnival with Strangeland in May

A few years later than planned, Primordia developers Wormwood Studios are returning with a new murky adventure game. Their Strangeland will launch on the 25th of May, publishers Wadjet Eye announced yesterday, inviting players into a surreal and nightmarish carnival with far too many awful clown faces for my liking. Have a peek in the trailer below. Read more

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Subnautica Below Zero’s cinematic trailer shows icy dangers

Subnautica: Below Zero has been in early access for over two years, and the underwater survival sim follow-up is approaching its final release date next month on May 14th. To mark that looming date, developers Unknown Worlds have released a cinematic trailer which gives a brief introduction to some of the creatures that will terrify you in the murky deep. Read more

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Satisfactory update 4 is out, adds hoverpacks and particle accelerators

One of my favourite memories from the past 15 years of doing this daft job was at EVE Online’s fan fest. A developer on stage in a packed auditorium announced a more efficient way to move items between cargo holds, and the crowd around me erupted with “We just won the World Cup”-level cheering. This is what Satisfactory‘s update 4 trailer reminds me of. Today’s update adds hoverpacks, drones and particle accelerators to the factory building game, but it feels like it’s a set of street lights turning on at the end that would get the biggest cheer. Read more

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Mass Effect’s graphical remaster is more than lens flare – but does it look better?

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has the tough job of upgrading the visual appearance of games originally built to run at 720 or 1080p on an Xbox 360. That’s a mammoth task even if it was just one game and not the entire Mass Effect trilogy. A new trailer and blog post on the remaster’s official site breaks down how BioWare went about upscaling 30,000 textures, and shows exactly how the results look. Read more

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Nier: Automata is finally getting a patch on Steam

As much as I adore Nier: Automata (degree: a lot), I cannot deny the PC version is a bit bum and has been since it launched four years ago. It’s daft that we’ve had to use a fan-made fix to run it in the correct resolution or stop cutscenes stuttering. Square Enix did us dirty. But oh my giddy aunt, the stars have aligned and today they finally announced an “upgrade patch” for the post-apocalyptic RPG’s Steam version. Presumably with the fixes from the recent Microsoft Store edition? Read more

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Preview: the Elite Dangerous Odyssey FPS expansion is best when you’re not shooting

There’s a Vulture circling overhead. Not a scavenger bird, but the somewhat larger Core Dynamics Vulture. Its engine reverbs across the moon’s surface as it boosts off into orbit, ignoring me. I’m not worth the hassle. My Sidewinder, the trash-tier space banger of Elite Dangerous, is parked quiet and unoccupied on the edge of a huge meteor crater. I’m out for a walk, you see, with the long-awaited space legs of the upcoming Odyssey expansion. Not everything is smooth and picturesque in this ongoing public alpha. Despite that, it’s gratifying to boot up your favourite space-trucking game and find not…

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Have You Played… Don’t Starve Together?

I hadn’t played Don’t Starve before, despite it being a thing I knew about for quite some time. I just never fancied getting into it as I often get frustrated with survival games I’m not immediately good at (read: all of them). When some Stardew Valley bug problems ruined some lockdown date nights though, Don’t Starve Together was recommended to me on some internet list as one to try out, and what a recommendation it was. Read more

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Become a viking wizard with this Valheim mod Skyheim

Valheim already has its own sort of magic with the forsaken powers you get from each boss, but if you’re more into to slinging fireballs around you may want to try out Skyheim. This mod adds runes that you can craft with loot from bosses and dungeons. Summon a light instead of carrying a torch. Scorch a forest full of Greylings with your fire. Oh, and teleport yourself back to your bed at will. It sounds pretty powerful, but chucking fire and ice around sure looks like a good time. Read more

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A Roblox roleplayer scammed their way into White House press briefings

What does it take to get your questions answered during the White House press briefing? Less than I’d have imagined, apparently, thanks in part to Covid-19 protocols. A player in a Roblox political roleplay group managed to invent a journalist persona for themselves that was good enough to fool their supposed colleagues and have their questions asked to White House press secretary Jen Psaki multiple times. They seemed like legitimate press corps questions, too. Power to the players, apprently. Read more

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A Roblox roleplayer scammed their way into real White House press briefings

What does it take to get your questions answered during the White House press briefing? Less than I’d have imagined, apparently, thanks in part to Covid-19 protocols. A player in a Roblox political roleplay group managed to invent a journalist persona for themselves that was good enough to fool their supposed colleagues and have their questions asked to White House press secretary Jen Psaki multiple times. They seemed like legitimate press corps questions, too. Power to the players, apprently. Read more

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Epic spent $444 million to secure exclusive games for their store in 2020

Epic Games have been working to carve out a larger space for themselves in digital distribution of games for multiple years now. They’ve made exclusivity deals with tons of games, which they plan to do a lot more of, and have been offering free games as an incentive to customers, which they’ve yet to stop doing either. That all costs money, naturally, and some new court documents from Epic’s ongoing legal battle with Apple dig into just how much. Epic committed $444 million to securing exclusive games in 2020, meaning they’ll almost certainly be spending even more on this year’s…

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The best Minecraft performance mods

When I first read about the Minecraft java mods that could triple the game’s framerate, I took it in the same spirit as those programs that claim you can download more RAM, or various sites telling me about hot singles in my area. That is, I felt lied to. But as downloader and tester, I did just that and discovered that the claims were true. You can boost Minecraft’s performance significantly, even on low-end or old computers. So I’m also downloading a hot single with 2TB of RAM right now, just in case. Read more

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You can grind with your pals in Skater XL’s multiplayer beta

Having fully failed to learn how to skateboard myself, I’m always a little envious when I see groups of skaters hanging out. Maybe they’re sitting on some steps, watching one person pop tricks. Maybe they’re going down the street together. Ah, they just look like they’re having a good time. So I am curious to see that replicated digitaly inside Skater XL, which is preparing to add ten-player multiplayer. The feature’s not quite ready to launch yet, but if you’re feeling daring you can now try it on the public beta branch. Read more