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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…

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Here’s what to do if your Returnal save file has been corrupted

By Sherif Saed 6 May 2021 13:50 GMT You may yet be able to salvage your Returnal save file.Following yesterday’s fiasco with Returnal patch 1.3.3 corrupting players’ saves, developer Housemarque has officially detailed the next steps.Watch on YouTubeFor starters, a new patch has been released – version 1.3.4 – that includes changes in 1.3.3, while fixing the save corruption bug. Everyone should download this patch. Housemarque detailed three scenarios for players who already had their save files corrupted by 1.3.3. If you played the game after installing patch 1.3.3, check your save file size. If it’s larger than 0KB, you…

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Raven hates Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters for “ruining some of the [studio’s] best work”

By Sherif Saed 26 April 2021 09:40 GMT Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven is more frustrated with cheaters than even players realise.Call of Duty: Warzone has had problems with cheating practically since its launch. While developer Raven has ramped up its efforts to counter cheating, creating a dedicated enforcement team and regularly banning players, many feel the studio’s efforts don’t go far enough.Watch on YouTubeBut one thing Warzone players sometimes miss is that Raven hates cheaters just as much, if not more so, than players. Speaking to VGC, Raven creative director Amos Hodge said that “no one hates the…

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Nier Replicant review: it’s not a remake, but it’s one of the best remasters in recent memory

This new release of Nier goes to great lengths to improve the 2010 original – and while it’s no Automata, it’s now a fantastic experience.Watch on YouTubeSquare Enix has pitched this new version of flawed 2010 cult classic Nier as not quite a remake, but also more than a remaster. The argument is that the game defies definition, thus the deliberately-obtuse, largely random title: NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Having seen basically everything the game has to offer, however, I feel pretty confident in properly defining it. It’s a remaster – but a big one.With that said, it’s undoubtedly one of the…

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has departed Blizzard

By Stephany Nunneley 20 April 2021 19:52 GMT Overwatch director Jeff Kalpan has left Blizzard after 19 years with the company. Blizzard announced Kaplan’s departure today. Founding member of the Overwatch team, Aaron Keller, will be stepping in as the game’s new director. Watch on YouTube“Aaron has been a critical part of the Overwatch team and a key driver in creating the vision for the game,” said Blizzard. “He helped create Overwatch as an original member of the team, and as an 18-year veteran at Blizzard, he has worked side-by-side with Jeff for a long time, not only in building…