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Last Stop review impressions – Why isn’t my life living in London this exciting?

By Dorrani Williams 21 July 2021 17:01 GMT I recently got a chance to check out an indie game called Last Stop by developer Variable State. It’s a story-heavy supernatural adventure game set in present-day London.As the only person of the VG247 team who lives in London, I was the most qualified to give it the Londoner stamp of approval. Check out the video below for my first impressions.Watch on YouTubeYou play as three different characters (John, Meena, and Donna) whose stories all weave together one way or another. You can play any of the three characters in any order…

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Fall Guys Season 5 adds six new rounds, Squads mode

By Sherif Saed 19 July 2021 13:29 GMT The next Fall Guys season is bringing a lot of new content to the game.Mediatonic today unveiled Season 5 for Fall Guys, which goes live in the game tomorrow, July 20. As previously revealed, Season 5 has a jungle adventure theme.Watch on YouTubeOne of the bigger news for Fall Guys players is the arrival of Squads mode, which debuts with Season 5. Throughout the season, you’ll also see limited-time Duos and Trios modes. Limited Time Events are the other big addition in the new season. These work as you’d expect, offering a…

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Resident Evil Village PC crack fixes shuttering issue, claims hacker

By Dom Peppiatt 13 July 2021 10:50 GMT It turns out that Resident Evil Village‘s DRM may be causing its stuttering issues on PC, and a hacker believes cracking the software completely fixes the issues.One of the biggest bugs that has been affecting the PC version of Resident Evil Village since its launch on the platform is its traversal stutter, caused by moving through the level or triggering certain events, such as zombie kills. Only by turning off ray-tracing could you mitigate the stutter (which causes huge frame drops fairly often in the game), and even then it wouldn’t eliminate the…

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Summer Games Done Quick raises over $2.9m for charity

By Dom Peppiatt 12 July 2021 20:28 GMT This year’s Summer Games Done Quick has raised a grand total of $2.9m for Doctors Without Borders – or Médecins Sans Frontières – over the course of a week.The annual event has been another massive success, with the final figure coming in at over $2,904,585 from over 40,000 donations over the course of the marathon. The GDQ team dropped a huge $250,000 into the tracker towards the end of the marathon (raised from money from sponsors, Twitch subscriptions and other miscellaneous amounts) pushing the total up to over $2.5 million at the…

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Bloober Team responds to Silent Hill rumours, doesn’t deny them outright

By Dom Peppiatt 12 July 2021 14:12 GMT Bloober Team has responded to speculation that it’s working on a new game in the Silent Hill series as part of its new relationship with publisher Konami.Bloober Team fans discovered three projects in development at the studio – known as H2O, Black, and Dum Spiro – have been cleared for funding by the EU. To date, we only know that H20 was Layers of Fear 2.Bloober CMO Tomasz Gawlikowski has taken part in an interview with IGN in which he clarified the scope of the team’s projects has changed drastically since funding…

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Forget 4K – the real thing that’s missing from the Switch OLED is a performance boost

Finally, there’s a new model of Nintendo Switch. Except… it isn’t quite what fans wanted. Watch on YouTubeIn classic Nintendo fashion, the announcement of an all-new model of its flagship console wasn’t a major event. Dropped unceremoniously and without warning on a random Tuesday, the Nintendo Switch OLED Model will release on October 8, the same day as Metroid Dread, for $350.Despite the internet being ablaze with rumour and speculation, including multiple leaks from factories about a new Switch model with an OLED display, this isn’t the Switch Pro that’d been much discussed, however. In truth, it’s an updated version…

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Pokemon Go has raked in over $5 billion in five years

By Dom Peppiatt 6 July 2021 11:15 GMT Happy birthday, Pokemon Go! Today, on the mobile sensation’s fifth birthday, it’s been revealed that the game has raked in an impressive $5 billion in revenue.As per a new report from Sensor Tower, the iOS and Android game developed by Niantic has recorded a ridiculous amount of revenue during the half-decade since it first launched.Initially hitting handheld devices in 2016, the game has generated – on average – $1 billion per year (though, of course, there are ebbs and flows). That’s what 632 million downloads can do for you!$1.9 billion of the game’s…

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Gears of War dev The Coalition to show Unreal Engine 5 tech demo at GDC later this month

By Sherif Saed 2 July 2021 13:30 GMT The Coalition’s next project may be a couple of years away, but we’ll be seeing something from the team soon.Gears of War studio, The Coalition, has revealed that it’s going to be bringing something special to this year’s GDC. The team has created an Unreal Engine 5 demo called Alpha Point, which it will be showing to attendees at the development conference.Watch on YouTubeThe Unreal Engine 5 demo was created so the developer can “evaluate” the engine, and it will be running on Xbox Series X. In particular, the Alpha Point demo…

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TV-like ads may soon be coming to console games

By Sherif Saed 1 July 2021 13:10 GMT A new marketing company has successfully tested a platform that brings ads to console games.Ads aren’t new to the world of games, but the specific type of TV spot common on cable and free-to-air channels may soon make its way to console games. PlayerWON, a platform that brings TV-style ads to games, has already signed deals with EA, and Hi-Rez.Watch on YouTubeAccording to an Axios report, PlayerWON comes from Simulmedia, and the company has been testing this first-of-its-kind advertising platform for a year, and it’s ready to launch it this week. The…

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PUBG’s new 8x8km map, Taego, arrives alongside self-revives and a Gulag-like arena

PUBG is evolving with its biggest patch in months.Today sees the release of PUBG‘s update 12.2, which is live on PC test servers. The patch brings a number of notable additions to the game, but probably its biggest piece of content is the new map: Taego.Watch on YouTubeAs previously announced, Taego is the game’s first 8x8km map since Miramar. Set in Korea, Taego is similar to Erangel, with varied terrain and a mix of metropolitan and rural areas, including housing compounds and dense towns. The developer is using Taego to introduce a couple of new features to PUBG.First, Taego will…

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Summer Game Fest – Brilliant things to say on social media as you watch

By Tom Orry 10 June 2021 10:52 GMT The hot takes of your dreams. Summer Game Fest, the not-E3, but sort of supermarket own-brand E3 live-streamed video game reveal event kicks off tonight on June 10, 2021. It should be a great way to get excited about some video games, even if it’s unlikely to offer the vein-popping hype of a Sony E3 presser. As we know you’ll all be watching, desperate to share your hot takes on social media, I’ve put together a list of things you can say in reaction to announcements so you don’t have to think…

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Guilty Gear Strive has the most in depth tutorial of any fighting game

By Dorrani Williams 8 June 2021 14:15 GMT There has never been a better time to learn fighting games.I remember playing fighting games with my friends and family when I was younger, and when I say playing I mean spamming buttons as Eddie Gordo in Tekken and praying to God I’d win.I did win a few games back then but 90% of the time I was just a walking punching bag and the same still applies to this day. I suck! But I have a feeling that will all change with Guilty Gear Strive.In the video below I speak about…

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Knockout City is now free to play until level 25

By Sherif Saed 31 May 2021 12:06 GMT Knockout City’s launch trial may have ended, but there’s another way you can try the game out without paying.At launch, Knockout City was fairly easy to play for free. Though this is a premium game, the full version is part of EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on all platforms. EA even made the game free to play for the first ten days of launch.Watch on YouTubeNow that Knockout City’s launch trial is over, EA returned with another promotion to keep the party going. Knockout City is now free for the…

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Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine, The Division Heartland and Prince of Persia all set to arrive before April 2022

By Dom Peppiatt 12 May 2021 10:57 GMT Ubisoft‘s earnings call for the 2020-2021 financial year took place today, and it revealed a lot of information about the status of its in-development roster of games.The report was a more eye-opening one than usual. As well as sharing insight into how the company plans to shift its focus from relying on triple-A games and expand into high-end, free-to-play titles, the publisher also offered some updates on previously announced games set to launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine/Parasite, Riders Republic, The Division Heartland,…

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Epic spent $11.6 million on EGS freebies in its first nine months alone, according to court documents

Part of Epic Games’ strategy to carve out a share in the digital PC market was laid bare thanks to its trial with Apple.Epic Games, through its trial with Apple over anti-trust concerns, has submitted a number of documents detailing several aspects of how it manages the Epic Games Store business on PC, as well as its relations with partners.Watch on YouTubeIt’s how we learned about Sony’s cross-play fees, how much money Epic spent on the Borderlands 3 exclusive and much more.One other reveal Epic made was detailing exactly how much money was given to every developer and publisher whose…