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Halo Infinite multiplayer looks like everything I want – I couldn’t be more excited

The delay of Halo Infinite might have been painful last year, but from the multiplayer showing at E3, it’ll have been worth the extra wait – regardless of how the campaign shakes out.Watch on YouTubeAs always after the madness of E3, I’ve taken some time over the last few days to reflect on what I saw this E3 – and the more I think about the show, the more I’m left absolutely desperate to get my hands on one particular game – the Halo Infinite multiplayer.I, like many, was a Halo multiplayer obsessive in the 2000s. I remember hooking my…

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E3 2021 Wrap-up: The best games and the biggest disappointments

By Tom Orry 16 June 2021 19:05 GMT We gather to discuss the highs and lows of E3 2021, including the re-reveal of Breath of the Wild 2, plus the Xbox Showcase.E3 2021 is over, yet you might be wondering if it even began, what with most publishers barely showing up and Sony not taking part at all. This year’s “event” has felt rather weak when compared to previous years, but we’ve still had a number of great-looking games get announced.Watch on YouTubeIn the video above you can listen to me, Alex, Dorrani, and Sherif pick our best games of…

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s new PS5 Yuffie DLC episode isn’t essential, but it is damn good fun

Yuffie’s new adventure is a fun romp, though only existing fans need apply. Watch on YouTubePeople talk a big game about the cast of the original Final Fantasy 7. As they should; the cast is excellent. But one of the best-developed members of the cast is Yuffie – who quietly builds out a unique and memorable presence despite being an optional party member who as a result has much less to do with the thrust of the main game’s story.In the original FF7, Yuffie is encountered at random on the world map, with the likelihood you’ll run into her increasing…

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Bug montages the first to leak from CD Projekt’s stolen data

By Sherif Saed 7 June 2021 09:39 GMT Leaks from CD Projekt’s data breach have begun, and more is likely on the way.It looks like hackers weren’t bluffing. Everyone had moved on from CD Projekt‘s major ransomware hack from earlier in the year, when it was believed that the nightmare is over after a mysterious buyer obtained all data in a deal worth millions, with the condition that the data won’t be shared afterwards.Watch on YouTubeBut last week, a group of hackers claimed they have access to the same stolen data, and organised a fundraiser whereby buyers could donate $10,000…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has reminded me of the pain of glitched achievements

Is there anything worse than a glitched achievement? As I replay the trilogy in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, I’m doing something I haven’t really done in earnest for a long time: achievement hunting. Watch on YouTubeBack in the Xbox 360 era, I was more serious about this whole activity. I would regularly pick up 1000 Gamerscore in games I only liked a little bit – I was an achievement completionist. Sometimes, I’d seek out totally crap games with the sole aim of picking up their achievements. I’m pretty sure I even have that infamous Avatar game that shamefully lets you…

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Humankind is a delightfully complicated, full-fat 4X strategy – even though its devs want to “kill micromanagement”

The 4X strategy genre thrives on complexity – but the latest challenger in the genre wants to reduce tedious micromanagement.Watch on YouTubeThe last time I played Humankind, the new Civilization-like 4X game from Amplitude Studios and Sega, I described it as “complex, clever, and more unique than you might think”. Back then, in a more limited early-game hands-on, I could only see the teases of true depth at the edges of the playable section. Now, in a new hands-on, I’ve been able to see Humankind’s depth and complexity right into the mid-game. Here’s the headline: it’s impressive, satisfying, and just…

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Necromunda: Hired Gun review – a brilliant shooter whose lack of polish stops it from reaching greatness

Necromunda: Hired Gun is so close to being Warhammer 40,000 Doom.Necromunda: Hired Gun’s reveal in March caught me a little off guard, doubly so when I realised it’s out in June and not some years into the future. Streum On, the small French team behind it, typically takes a while to put out a new game. But years of experience and Focus Home Interactive’s newfound support have clearly helped the team arrive at the perfect size and scope for its games, because Hired Gun is a game that entertains, and sometimes impresses, without falling into the trap of overambition.Watch on…

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Is Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 the best looking game of all time?

By Tom Orry 28 May 2021 13:30 GMT We discuss that and more in this video chat about Sony’s gorgeous looking open-world sequel.“The next-gen consoles aren’t going to deliver much of an improvement over what we already have,” the naysayers said. “Incremental at best.” “Diminishing returns, now,” they added. Well, have those people seen the Horizon Forbidden West gameplay demo Sony put out? We’ve got the footage right here, along with me, Dorrani, and Alex talking about what we saw.Watch on YouTubeObviously a video game isn’t just about its visuals, so what did we make of the gameplay on show….

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade: watch new PS5 performance mode gameplay here

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s big PS5 update is mere weeks away – so here’s a look at it running in performance mode.Watch on YouTubeWhile the next full part of the story might be a way off, fans of FF7 at least have a little bit of all-new content this year in the form of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade and its new Intermission chapter – an all-new chunk of story which stars beloved optional original FF7 party member Yuffie Kisaragi. This new footage of the game shows off a bunch of the new features you’ll find in the new chapter…

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Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne HD Remaster is a decent re-release of a stone-cold JRPG classic

While I’d argue it wasn’t quite as good as the PS1 or SNES, it’s fair to say that the PlayStation 2 was a killer console for Japanese RPGs. Watch on YouTubeThere’s endless classics – and undoubtedly many will first think of the console’s two single-player Final Fantasy games, a great Dragon Quest, a pair of killer Persona titles, Kingdom Hearts, and even Sony-published gems like Rogue Galaxy and Dark Cloud. One of the all time greats, however, is Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne.In the West, the Shin Megami Tensei series has always been something of a niche proposition. In the…

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Sylveon arrives in Pokemon Go today

By Alex Donaldson 25 May 2021 12:34 GMT One of the most highly anticipated additions to the Pokemon Go Pokedex has finally arrived.Watch on YouTubePokemon Go trainers have something to be incredibly excited about today: Sylveon, the much anticipated Eevee Evolution, is finally available in the game. Sylveon is a fairy-type Pokemon first introduced in the sixth generation of traditional Pokemon games – and it’s a critter that particularly matters to a lot of players because it’s the eighth (and final) evolution of beloved first-generation Pokemon Eevee.Because Eevee is such an iconic Pokemon – in many ways second only to…

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The Division: Heartland gameplay leaked

Our first look at The Division: Heartland has arrived, through ever-reliable leaks.Over the weekend, the first footage of The Division: Heartland popped up online from some of the players invited to the game’s closed test. All participants in the test should be under NDA, but leakers clearly don’t care.Watch on YouTubeBecause players aren’t yet allowed to share gameplay, all leaks come with a big watermark featuring a unique code, which is how Ubisoft will track down and ban those players. Many of the original mirrors of the footage have been removed, as Ubisoft continues to crack down on leaks.Although the…

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Mass Effect & Dragon Age’s cast members on how BioWare builds dynamics

“Dragon Age was basically one of my favourite video games, even before I got cast,” Allegra Clark, the voice of Josephine in Dragon Age: Inquisition tells me. “It was a big, very fun deal for me. I’ve played the games to death. I still am replaying Inquisition to this day. And I am so stoked to actually get to revisit the Mass Effect trilogy, because I knew the rumours have been floating around, but I didn’t know for sure that they were making it. I’m gonna stream the hell out of it. I’m so excited.”Watch on YouTubeClark’s enthusiasm for BioWare…

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EA’s summer showcase, EA Play Live, set for July

By Sherif Saed 11 May 2021 17:27 GMT EA Play will return this year, but not in June.EA has today announced that EA Play Live, the online version of its summer showcase event, will return this year. Unlike previous iterations, however, this year’s show will take place in July. EA Play Live is coming back July 22nd. Save the date! pic.twitter.com/qh9OOGhPTm — Electronic Arts (@EA) May 11, 2021EA Play Live 2021 takes place July 22, which is a month later than its usual spot. Though EA has not been part of E3 for years, the publisher always held EA Play…

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Gears of War developer The Coalition working on ‘multiple new projects’

By Dom Peppiatt 10 May 2021 17:08 GMT Gears of War developer The Coalition has announced it’s moving to the Unreal Engine 5 begins production on ‘multiple new projects’ in the esteemed action series.In a blog post, the Microsoft developer has announced that it is “shifting [its] resources to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5” and that it’s not just making a direct sequel to Gears 5, but “developing on UE5 for multiple new projects in the coming years.”The downside? It’s probably going to take a while before we hear exactly what the studio has in the oven – it has explicitly…