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The Cyberpunk 2077 stream leak is honestly v. boring and not worth watching

If Cyberpunxsutawney Phil sees the leak, we get six more weeks of delay

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Podcast episode 118: the best JRPGs special

Feat. two people who don't know loads about JRPGs

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Feature: If Cyberpunxsutawney Phil sees the leak, we get six more weeks of delay

The Cyberpunk 2077 stream leak is honestly v. boring and not worth watching

Mmm, delicious leaks, with which we may make leak and potato soup. Physical copies of Cyberpunk 2077 have made it to retailers, which means leaks are now inevitable as disgruntled low-wage employees chance their arm and liberate copies from Bezos's loving grasp. Once such maverick even streamed 20 minutes of it on their PS4. Now, I know that, perversely, the title of this post will…

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4 days ago

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I am obsessed with V’s manicure in the Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox footage

In the most recent Night City Wire (which to my eyes seemed a pretty obvious attempt to reassure everyone that the current gen console builds work totally fine, pls don't cancel your Xbox preorders) showed large chunks of a mission called Automatic Love. It's the most recent peek at the game in action that we've seen, ahead of the delayed launch on December 10th and…

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Feature: Feat. two people who don't know loads about JRPGs

Podcast episode 118: the best JRPGs special

I don't want anyone to be disappointed, but Nate is away this week so you've got an Alice 'n' Matthew special for The Electronic Wireless Show podcast, since I couldn't draft in a third body in time. Nevertheless, this week we had a grand old time, albeit one with less chat about animals. In fact, we manage to talk about games quite a lot! Historically…

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5 days ago

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Why is everyone making terrible trainers for their video games?

Right now, as I'm sure you're aware, none of us are allowed to touch anything with our hands, in case we spread viral loads from yesterday's grubby front door to today's gaping mouth hole. Many of us are adapting to this by instead using our feet to take on many everyday hand tasks; I am typing this with my long and dextrous toes. Feet: they're…

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1 week ago

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The cases for and against the two Eivors in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Every year, as we approach Christmas, I have to hand in my liking indie games badge and gun because I get excited about big releases. But you and I have known each other for a while, reader, and the fact is that I genuinely like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and I am well up for Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Before it came out, I was mostly stoked…

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2 weeks ago

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My favourite thing about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the freedom

A few of us are having a grand old time in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which I am now informed is the 22nd entry in Ubisoft's flagship series about exploring different historical settings, meeting interesting people, and brutally murdering them for your own gain. Valhalla is Viking flavoured, set during the invasion of England known as The Great Heathen Army (great band name). Though you spend…

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Feature: If I made a video game I'd put references to noughties Flash cartoons in it too

Podcast episode 117: the best small details in games special

This week, dear listeners, the Electronic Wireless Show podcast urges you to think small, as we take a look at our favourite little details in games that don't need to be there, and yet are. The strange Easter eggs, the loving little inclusions, the proverbial mint popped on the digipillow of your entertainment. Matthew talks about Red Dead Redemption 2, obviously, the big mass entertainment-liker.…

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Bloodlines 2 bath bombs are exactly what you’d expect

At the risk of this becoming that episode of The Simpsons where they see inside Lenny's house and he says "please don't tell anyone how I live", I'm going to share some pictures of my bath with you. That header picture is not me, or my bath, by the way. I wish I put that much effort in when I have baths. It is the…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Ravensthorpe is my new favourite game town

What is a home? My yardstick is that home is anywhere I don't feel weird opening the fridge and making myself a sandwich from its contents. If you are left alone somewhere and you find yourself thinking, "But what if I make a sarnie with that ham and it turns out it it was special ham being saved for a special occasion??" then you are…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review

Assassin's Creed Valhalla starts in Norway, spends most of its time in 9th century England, and even has some optional detours to the present day or mythical Asgard if you fancy it. But the latest entry in Ubisoft's used-to-be-annual franchise about stabbing your way through history just kept making me think of Texas, for two reasons. The first, and most obvious, is Texas as in…

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3 weeks ago

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Podcast episode 116: the best food in games special

Welcome again, dear listener, to the Electronic Wireless Show, the best and most solidly on-topic PC gaming podcast the world has ever seen. This week, we invite you to be our guest, take a seat at our dinner table, and prepare for a hearty helping of chat. About food. Because this week the topic is all the best food in games, you see. I hope…

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Feature: In fairness, the menu can often be the best bit

Menu New Game+ is a game of fake menus that makes infinite RimWorld patch notes

I recently talked to a group of people who were unfamiliar with games, about what games are. It's always a bit weird doing that, because the answer is often "I mean, IDK. What are 'sports'? Now please don't ask me if they're art." See also: when is a door not a door?As ever, though, weird indie games provide the answer to most questions, if you…

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Little Hope review

Little Hope is the second game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of interactive horror games trying to build on the popularity of 2015's Until Dawn. In it, you play as a college field trip group (three teenage students, one mature, and a professor, and I bet some of you already have that in your search history). After a mysterious bus crash, the group…

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Wot I did on my holidays in The Sims 4 Snowy Escape DLC

This year for my holidays I was going to go on a road trip around a European country before it became too late, but then this summer became a bit of a write off. Enter the latest DLC for EA's blockbuster life sim The Sims 4, a combined winter wonderland and chill hiking holiday. Snowy Escape is set in the "Japanese inspired" Mt. Komorebi, and…

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4 weeks ago

This free pumpkin festival game is the best thing to happen all Halloween

Adamgryu, creator of 'Game That Graham Won't Shut Up About 2019' winner A Short Hike, has released a pay-what-you-can pumpkin carving game on itch. Just in time for the spookiest weekend of the year, Mayor Bones Proudly Presents: Ghost Town's 999th Annual Pumpkin Festival is a genuine Halloween treat, and the best cure for October blues I have yet come across.The premise is simple: you…

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Cyberpunk 2077 is “ready for PC”, per most embarrassing investor call of all time

Let's face it, we've all been in situations where we've done something at work that's resulted in a conversation we know is going to be awkward and embarrassing, but we've still had to do it anyway. On this basis, I sympathise with CD Projekt Red's joint CEO Adam Kiciński and board member Michał Nowakowski, who had a Q&A call with investors yesterday to discuss the…

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Podcast episode 115: the wintery games special

After the rip-roaring success that was last week's episode of The Electronic Wireless Show, where we talked about autumnal games and Matthew and I almost came to blows, this week's podcast is a sequel. Yes, this week we are discussing our favourite wintery games. There is, obviously, a discussion about what constitutes 'wintery', because I think a game being snowy isn't enough. Surprisingly, it is…

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