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Nintendo is showing off 10 minutes of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay tomorrow

Presumably Link will still be able to swing a sword. Nintendo is hosting a small Direct completely focused on showing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay tomorrow. Kicking off tomorrow, March 28 at 3pm BST/ 4pm CEST/ 10am ET/, Nintendo will show off about 10 minutes of Tears of the Kingdom gameplay on the company’s YouTube channel. It will be hosted by, unsurprisingly, series producer Eiji Aonuma. This marks the first time that Nintendo will actually show off the game in action, rather than through what appears to have been camera angles the final game won’t actually…

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Witchfire gameplay demonstration shows off the power of spellcraft

Fair is foul and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. Witchfire, the gothic roguelite first-person shooter from Polish indie developers The Astronauts, was recently shown off during the Future Games Show Spring Showcase. Featuring commentary from senior game designer Karol Krok, the video displays the different types of spellcraft available to witch hunters. These include spells, hexes, and curses which can be used upon enemies. Witchfire gameplay trailer, with commentary, shows off some powerful arcane magic. The wide variety of spellcraft available to the witch hunters is just as important as their arsenal of guns, and…

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Lords of the Fallen’s technical showcase is pretty impressive

During GDC 2023, CI Games studio Hexworks revealed a technical showcase for its dark-fantasy action-RPG Lords of the Fallen as part of Epic’s State of Unreal keynote. Powered by Unreal Engine 5, the showcase revealed one of the reboot’s early locations, character customization, adaptable armor, and the Lumen Global Illumination lighting. Lords of the Fallen – State of Unreal Technical Showcase Trailer GDC The demonstration also showed how you can travel to and swap between the two worlds: Axiom, the realm of the living, and Umbral, the realm of the dead. Five times larger than the 2014 original, the game…

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After 20 years, Final Fantasy 11 is heading into maintenance mode

Long before Final Fantasy 14 swept over the MMO landscape, there was 2002’s Final Fantasy 11 Online. I wasn’t really away that Final Fantasy 11 was still running, but the MMO has been chugging along quietly for a few years – its last expansion having arrived in 2013. After 20 years of support, however, Square Enix is putting Final Fantasy 11 in maintenance mode, meaning servers will stay up and it’ll remain playable, but with limited support. Read more

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Oblivion: Somehow, 17 years have passed since The Elder Scrolls went mainstream and changed gaming forever

From Fallout to The Witcher, Oblivion paved the way for console-friendly RPGs to become the dominant force they are today. It’s completely absurd that the best part of twenty years have chundered along since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion came out. I barely feel old enough to have fully formed memories of doing things that long ago. But yes, fine, calendars don’t lie, and it really has been seventeen years, three console generations, and an entire global pandemic between the time that Oblivion first graced our monitor screens… and now. It’s difficult to remember just how different the gaming landscape…

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Let Me Solo Her takes on their greatest challenge yet by turning every Elden Ring enemy into Malenia

I am Malenia, blade of Miquella times a thousand. The iconic Let Me Solo Her is back, this time with a new challenge: one that makes every enemy in Elden Ring Malenia. Anyone that’s managed to get to Malenia has probably heard the line, “I am Malenia, Blade of Miquella,” way more times than they can count on several hands. She’s a damn tough boss, and unless you’re the legendary Let Me Solo Her, you’re not gonna beat her without breaking a sweat. Let Me Solo Her decided that they were done with helping out the general public a little…

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One of the greatest, grizzliest roguelikes is on Game Pass, and you need to play it now

Darkest Dungeon is punishing, grim, and upsetting – yet still somehow one of the most compulsively playable games on Game Pass. Often, video games overlook a very simple – and very real – part of the heroic experience. If you’re some decorated soldier that’s ventured out into the wilds on many conquests and expeditions, you’re not always going to come home happy, smiling, with a clean conscience and untroubled mind. There’s an accumulation of guilt, of shame, of trauma. This is something Darkest Dungeon knows, and more than just acknowledging it, the developers at Red Hook Studios make it the…

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Figmet 2: Creed Valley review: a fun musical adventure a beat behind its predecessor

I really enjoyed the first Figment when it released back in 2017. An action-platformer with a musical theatre twist using the human mind as its stage? Very creative! Bedtime Studios’ follow-up Figment 2: Creed Valley keeps very close to the beat of the first one. You don’t need to have played Figment 1 to enjoy this sequel, but I almost feel like you’d be missing you if you didn’t (especially as it’s free on Steam right now, for today only). Figment 2 has all the visual flair and catchy sing-songs of the first, but it feels weirdly smaller. Both games…

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Elden Ring’s open world made it more accessible to new players, so how does Wo Long do the same without one?

One very clever design decision in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty may not get the love it deserves, but its effects are transformative in making the game more accessible to new players. Anyone who played, or is even aware of, Elden Ring will tell you that its open world played a major role in making it more approachable for new players. The linear design of FromSoftware’s previous games meant that your progress was always predetermined by the designers. No matter how long you’d put off a tough boss fight or a trap-laden area, you knew that you needed to be back…

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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty and Naraka Bladepoint crossover for a limited time

Get your Wo Long fix in Naraka and your Naraka fix in Wo Long. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty and Naraka: Bladepoint are getting a little crossover with one another, with things kicking off in the latter game first. Players have already had a few days to dive into the challenging world of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, the latest title from Nioh developer Team Ninja. But if you’re one such player who just can’t get enough, you might want to head over to Naraka: Bladepoint. Running until March 24, you can unlock “exclusive rewards” in Naraka themed around Wo Long: Fallen…

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Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, finally announced

It’s almost time to return to The Lands Between. FromSoftware has announced its Elden Ring DLC, named ‘Shadow of the Erdtree.’ Announced via the Elden Ring Twitter just this morning, FromSoftware exclaims, “Rise, Tarnished, and let us walk a new path together. An upcoming expansion for Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree, is currently in development.” Elden Ring was one of our games of the year for 2022. Find out why here! The FromSoftware account also shared the news, adding that, “The follow-up report is still a little ahead, but I would appreciate it if you could look forward to…

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Wild Hearts review: an impressive monster battler that’s perfect for beast-brawling newcomers

There’s a touch of poetry to the way Wild Hearts carves so liberally from Monster Hunter. After all, Monster Hunter is a series about an unknown newcomer toppling ancient beasts, chopping up their best bits to create weapons and armour. Forget sleeves, Wild Hearts wears its inspirations as a complete set of clothing crafted from the bones, fur, and teeth of Capcom’s increasingly popular series. Inevitably these materials may feel lesser than the whole from which they were harvested, but they are worn proudly and with confidence nevertheless. Besides, as a rare challenger to Monster Hunter, Wild Hearts is clearly…

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Ultimate Audio Bang #30: Steam’s most wishlisted FPS is in our crosshairs

On this week’s episode of the Ultimate Audio Bang, we get an update on Hayden’s knees and the various ways in which he’s attempting to save them. We also take a gander at fantasy FPS Dark And Darker, Steam’s most wishlisted ‘shooter’. I’m less keen on it than Hayden is. In the second part of the pod, we talk about the goals we’ve achieved in theHunter: Call Of The Wild, including a tale about moose and a deer that knocked me out. Read more

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Oblivion’s connection to Discworld is a legacy worth celebrating

From The Elder Scrolls to Tomb Raider, Terry Pratchett had a profound influence on the world of video games. ^Stay tuned for the video version of this article. I’ve been thinking recently, apropos of absolutely nothing, about the word “Legacy”. How it’s a particularly loaded word when it comes to authors, artists, filmmakers… any kind of creative, really. A prolific author, unlike the vast majority of us, leaves behind a body of work full of clues as to their real character: Terry Pratchett, for example, who is Britain’s best and most beloved author after Tolkien, published a bewildering 41 Discworld…

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Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Final Bar Line review: Long-awaited Switch and PS4 ensemble strikes a chord

The latest Switch and PS4 FF rhythm game creates some series high notes – but it’s not a totally flawless performance. By the time your favourite band’s fourth album has come around, you may know what to expect from them – they’ve got all that experimental stuff out their system, they know what their strengths are, they know how to write a crowd-pleaser, and there’s still enough creative fuel left in the tank to surprise you. But maybe, just maybe, your pop-rock favourites have used all their gimmicks up at this point, and what’s left is a sonically pleasing, perfectly…