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GTA 2 got its own branded wine, and this bottle has never been opened 21 years later

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 23 October 2020 15:18 GMT The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the biggest in video games, but did you know it once had its own wine?We were surprised as you were when we found this out when Billy Thompson, co-studio director at Rockstar Dundee posted a picture of GTA 2-branded wine alongside a still-sealed PC version of that game on Twitter. GTA 2 turned 21 yesterday (Thursday, October 22).A quick Google for Casara Roveri Cabernet tells us that this is a fruity wine, with “good ageing potential” of… up to 10 years. We’re not…

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Xbox One Black Friday deals 2020

November is fast approaching so it’s about that time we start pondering on the Xbox Black Friday deals that we might see in 2020.With the Xbox Series X/S now in the wild, it could be the perfect time to save a good chunk of money on the last generation’s Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. Although Microsoft has stated that production on the One X and All-Digital Edition has ceased, there still may be some remaining stock out there that retailers want to shift.When the Black Friday sales kick off properly you’ll be able to find all the…

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PUBG is finally getting a 60fps mode on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 14:20 GMT PUBG players on consoles may finally get to experience the game at framerates above 30fps.The first PUBG Season 9 patch has arrived on the PS4 and Xbox One test servers. The change log is nearly identical to that of the PC side of things, including, of course, the new map Paramo.But one big addition exclusive to consoles is support for 60fps. The Framerate Priority option, available on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, now supports up to 60fps gameplay.This is achieved by dropping the resolution to 1080p, which isn’t surprising. PUBG…

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Rainbow Six Siege may be coming to Xbox Games Pass

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 18 October 2020 13:46 GMT Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege may be added to Xbox Game Pass subscription service soon, a cryptic tweet has suggested.Over on the official Xbox Game Pass Twitter account, a new image has been posted that appears to suggest Ubisoft’s tactical shooter will be added to the service soon.The tweet – embedded below – presents a teaser featuring six rainbows and what appears to be pictures of a siege. Hmm. pic.twitter.com/oJOf33vdSd — Xbox Game Pass (@XboxGamePass) October 17, 2020Launched way back in 2015, Rainbow Six Siege has maintained steady popularity and is…

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Genshin Impact Ascension Materials – Brilliant Diamond Sliver, Dandelion Seeds, Valberry

Levelling up in Genshin Impact can be confusing. Grinding world mobs only grants you a paltry amount of experience points, so you need to stockpile EXP materials to advance your characters. Then, once you’ve raised your level high enough to reach the first soft cap of Level 20, Ascension Materials come into play. After you reach a certain level in Genshin Impact, you need Ascension Materials to continue your progression. These can be rare drops and pickups from the open world, or specific crystals related to the elemental type of your character. Here’s a little about how levelling up works…

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Xbox Series X loading times massively outperform Xbox One X

A selection of media outlets have had the chance to get their hands on the Xbox Series X, and they all seem to be coming to the same conclusion: it’s a very fast bit of kit.Over on The Verge, a whole section of the Xbox Series X hands-on preview is dedicated to the hardware’s loading times, and it makes for good reading.You will notice load times drop in “pretty much every single game” compared to an Xbox One X, according to the article (though it should be noted reviewers were limited to testing only backward-compatible games for this part of the…

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Xbox Game Pass on phone can give the Switch a run for its money – in the right conditions

Xbox Game Pass works a treat on mobile – and with the Razer Kishi, the experience feels a lot like playing a Nintendo Switch in handheld mode – but a little bit better.Just a month ago, I wrote about how “playing Xbox Game Pass through xCloud feels like a next-generation experience” – and since then, game pass on mobile has become a regular staple of my video game diet. I’ve done a few more play-throughs of Streets of Rage 4, played a shed load of Halo, and rekindled a love for Forza Horizon 4 while finally getting around to digging…

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Vermintide 2, Company of Heroes 2, more coming to Xbox Game Pass this month

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:50 GMT Microsoft has announced more titles are coming to Xbox Game Pass in September and beyond.To make this month’s set of new titles even more attractive, Microsoft has also made some major Cloud Gaming announcements. On Monday, the company revealed that over 150 games will be available via the service from day one.As such, there’s a lot of Games Pass and Cloud Gaming crossover. You can see the full list of games available as part of the service at the link.For now, here’s what you can expect to see on Xbox Games…

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No, the new Xbox console names aren’t confusing – but the Xbox One must die ASAP

Xbox One. Xbox One S. Xbox One X. Xbox Series S. Xbox Series X. That’s the line-up of Xbox consoles that will be ‘active’ by the end of the year. When you type all the names out like that, I have to admit it does look a bit ridiculous. Sure, the original Xbox One is retired but its ecosystem is not, with its smaller, more powerful descendants still trucking on.In the wake of the confirmation of the Xbox Series S complete with pre-order details, a common thread in comments sections, message boards and social media online has been the idea…

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EA Play to be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting this holiday

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 14:21 GMT Microsoft and Electronic Arts are handing EA Play over to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass PC subscribers for no additional cost. The companies announced EA Play will be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass PC starting this holiday. This means Ultimate members can use EA Play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Windows 10 PCs, and Game Pass for PC members get EA Play on Windows 10. Formerly known as EA Access and Origin Access, EA Play will bring more than 60…

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Here’s a look at Crysis Remastered running on Xbox One X with ray tracing mode enabled

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 19:40 GMT Crysis Remastered looks rather nice on Xbox One X.Crysis Remastered features ray tracing on both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but Digital Foundry shows you how it looks running on the latter.According to the article and analysis from DF, metal surfaces and glass produce accurate reflections, with RT reflections mapped onto the nanosuit, as seen in the game’s cutscenes.The article also states that since ray tracing is so GPU-intensive, it is only available on the enhanced consoles. If you select the ray tracing option, the resolution will be brought down to…

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The Falconeer October closed beta announced, sign-ups live

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 16:33 GMT Lovely open-world air combat game, The Falconeer, will go into closed beta next month and you can sign up today.Wired Productions and independent developer Tomas Sala have announced a closed beta for The Falconeer will be held in early October on PC.Sign-ups are open today and you can register interest on the game’s official Discord.In the beta, you will be treated to an early section from the beginning of the game, featuring a series of locations to explore, enemies to fight, and missions to undertake.The beta is being held for PC only…

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, World War Z, more coming to Xbox Game Pass this month

Microsoft has announced additional titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, and one is available from today.One of the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass is Crusader Kings 3 and it was released today.Developed by Paradox Interactive, Crusader Kings 3 is the follow-up to grand strategy titles Crusader Kings and Crusader Kings 2. If you want to know if it’s worth picking up, check out the VG247 review and have a look at the reviews round-up.Another title that was made available today is Drake Hollow for Xbox One. In the cooperative action village-building game, you will build and defend the villages…

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Three Ubisoft Collector’s Editions will not include a disc on Xbox in the UK

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 22 August 2020 15:41 GMT Collector’s Editions of three Ubisoft games will not include physical copies of the titles in the UK for Xbox.Collector’s Editions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Watch Dogs: Legion will not include a physical copy of the game on Xbox. According to an update on the Ubisoft Support Page for the UK, those who purchase these editions will instead receive a digital key to redeem, instead of a physical disc.Collector’s Editions for PlayStation will still receive physical game discs.A reason for the lack of a physical edition of the…

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Crysis Remastered releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One September 18

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 21 August 2020 15:44 GMT Crysis Remastered has a release date for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.Crytek has announced a release date for Crysis Remastered for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.You’ll be able to pick it up on September 18 digitally through the Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store for $29.99 or the regional equivalent.Co-developed with Saber Interactive, the remastered first-person shooter was initially set to be released on July 23 but was delayed in order to make some improvements. It was not delayed on Switch, however.The game features high-quality textures up to 8K,…

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We chatted with Dave Miotke about The Sims Spark’d (and more)

By Alice Liguori, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 15:00 GMT We sat down (virtually) with Dave Miotke, AKA Sim Guru Ninja to talk about the future of Spark’d, the new game pack leak, the Sims 5, and much much more in this Sims 4 interview. The Sims 4 is six years old, The Sims is over 20 years old, and there’s a new Sims reality TV show out in the wild, so it seems as good a time as any to chat about all things Sims. Of course, Sim Guru Ninja can’t go into too much detail about the new Sims…

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Cyberpunk 2077: “We aren’t 100% happy with melee, we’re working on it,” says CD Projekt RED

Cyberpunk 2077 is still a little way from its November release date, and CD Projekt RED is still grinding out improvements to areas of the game – particularly in melee.It’s fair to say that melee was one of the weaker links of the game back when we played the first four hours of Cyberpunk 2077 back in June. We described it as a “simple but fun”, and reminiscent of the combat in The Elder Scrolls games, which is fine – but when compared to the very legitimately shooter-like blasting in the game, it felt a little on the weak side.The…

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Here’s what the Marvel’s Avengers beta really looks like

By Matt Martin, Friday, 7 August 2020 12:00 GMT The beta for Marvel’s Avengers goes live today for players on PS4, and we’re finally able to bring you captured gameplay from our session with the beta last week. Although Alex has already shared his thoughts on the game, we wanted to be able to show you gameplay that’s really representative of the beta, rather than any the glossy edits you’ll see in trailers. This is what it looks like with four people teaming up to smash a whole load of robots. And believe us when we say, that’s all it’s…