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Alice O'Connor

2 weeks ago

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What are we all playing this weekend?

And that's it, notE3 is over. Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase on Thursday wrapped up the seven-odd weeks of disparate marketing events, and I have to say: I miss E3. Should this be the end of E3, let's just spread stuff across the whole year, not half-arse it with events spread across the best part of two months. See our E3 tag for eeeverythiiing we posted.…

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GTA Online promises “biggest ever update” with heist in “entirely new location”

Rockstar have opened up a little about future plans for GTA Online, saying that later this year they will launch its "biggest ever update" including "our latest take on Heists in an entirely new location." That's mega-vague but potentially quite exciting. You could read a lot into that, dreaming that they'll be adding Liberty City. Or you could guess it'll be, like, adding a new…

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Destiny 2 has hunted down those pesky Beaver errors

If you've been plagued by 'Beaver' errors gnawing at your connection in Destiny 2, good news: the bug behind the recent Beaver plague has been fixed. Turns out, something was wonky with Valve's network setup, which they've now fixed. Beaver disconnections should now be a lot rarer, especially in the central and eastern USA. I casually say "something was wonky with Valve's network setup" but…

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CrossfireX’s Xbox Showcase trailer has a DMX cover for xtra Xs

It is weird to me that the makers of Control and Max Payne are working on the singleplayer campaign of a generic-looking paramilitary FPS, CrossfireX. It is even weirder that a new trailer showing off this campaign is soundtracked by an 'epic' melancholy cover of DMX's X Gon' Give It To Ya. It is less weird that it's still not been confirmed for PC, though…

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon is out November 13th, Xbox leak says

While Yakuza: Like A Dragon officially doesn't have a release date, only a November launch window, a listing on the Microsoft Store seems to have given it away: November 13th. The Store has been a real helpful source of leaks in recent weeks, with info on games including Call Of Duty: Black Ops CIA, Crysis Remastered, and Star Wars Squadron. Thanks, Microsoft.

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Dragon Quest XI’s Definitive Edition is coming to PC

Two years after Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age hit PC, a new edition is coming round with additions including new quests and the option to play this 3D JRPG as a retro-styled 16-bit 2D game. Pleasingly daft, that. Bearing the triple-barrelled name Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, this new version debuted on Nintendo Switch in…

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s icy new Stasis powers look great fun

While I'm still not convinced that getting pally with the forces of Darkness in Destiny 2 won't cause a second collapse of human civilisation, it does look great fun. A new trailer for the Beyond Light expansion shows some of the 'Stasis' abilities we'll somehow get from those presumed wrong'uns, and I was expecting to freeze enemies but I was not expecting to erect ice…

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Outer Wilds writer has now written for The Outer Worlds, so I’ll never get the names right

For the past two years, I have confused the name Outer Wilds with The Outer Worlds. I will say one space game's name when I mean the other. I will expand one name into 'The Outer Wilds' and trim the other to 'Outer Worlds'. I will trip and combined the two into 'Outer Woilds'. I hate this. AND NOW, Outer Wilds writer Kelsey Beachum has…

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Balan Wonderworld is Square Enix’s new platformer from some of Sonic’s creators

Square Enix today announced Balan Wonderworld, a new 3D platformer from a team including two of Sonic the Hedgehog's creators - who also did Nights Into Dreams together. It'll send us through a weird theatre into the magical Wonderworld, where we'll run, jump, climb, and oh you absolutely better believe we'll collect some glowing gems. You know, platformer stuff. It is very cheery-looking, as you…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s first trailer is here

Will wonders never cease! Microsoft's NotE3 stream has brought the first trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, of all games. It's still hard for me to believe the long-awaited post-apocalyptic FPS-RPG sequel really is real, given that developers GSC Game World basically burst a few years back, but evidently Microsoft are convinced. Come watch the trailer yourself.

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Forza Motorsport will ‘reimagine’ the racing series

Microsoft today announced the next Forza zoomy racing game, which it seems they're calling simply Forza Motorsport. Re-using old game names is very en mode. This mysterious new game is still "in early development" but they call it "a reimagining of the series", without saying what that really means. Very importantly for a next-generation game, it will be all sorts of shiny. But don't worry,…

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Desperados 3 has added four new challenges to vex you

Geralt of Rivia returns to Desperados 3 today with another four Baron's Challenges for you. These are the bonus missions which revisit levels with some weirder objectives at the invitation of The Baron, voiced by yer witchy man Doug Cockle. The game launched with only five such Challenges, so another four in a free patch is a good whack more - and a good excuse…

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Do you want to host a session at PAX Online or EGX Digital?

EGX and PAX will not be physical events this year, replaced by a nine-day joint stream which you could take part in. Submissions for panels, talks, presentations, and other sorts of sessions are currently open for both PAX Online and EGX Digital, which will run concurrently in September as PAX Online x EGX Digital, like some kind of hot collabo or fierce showdown. Making something…

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Watch Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase stream here today

NotE3 wraps up today with Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase stream, starting at 5pm (9am Pacific). Microsoft have said this stream would focus on games made by their own studios, though I suppose some surprises could creep in. And don't be thrown by the name: all the Xbox games are PC games too these days. They've said that the stream will include "the first look at…

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Spirit Blossom event spans League Of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and Runeterra

Riot Games today kick off a new cross-game event starts today in League Of Legends and its two gamebabies, Teamfight Tactics and Legends Of Runeterra. Spirit Blossom is its name, and apparently it's inspired by "anime". Y'know, just anime, broadly anime. The event will bring new themed skins and cosmetic bits for all three games, as well as a new character and the return of…

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Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer shuts down today

After four-and-a-half years, Microsoft's livestreaming platform Mixer will shut down later today. Officially, Mixer streamers (Mixerers?) are invited to swap over to Facebook Gaming's livestreaming service, with treasured Mixer Partners getting partner status over there too. From what I've seen on my stroll through Mixer on this final day, a whole lot of folks are planning to switch to Twitch. The shutdown comes less than…

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Monster Train added a setting to give everyone googly eyes

If a train of monsters riding through hell is too sensible for you, rejoice: you can now stick googly eyes on everyone Monster Train. Presumably inspired by the best Slay The Spire mod, the new option puts rolling googly eyes on all your monsters and enemies in battle (alas, not everyone on all screens, not like the Spire mod). Small. Pointless. Delightful. Pop into the…

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5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel sure is 5D chess with multiverse time travel, yep

I'm sure you, a genius much like myself, have often looked at chess and thought "This is an idiot's game for babies, fools, and foolish baby idiots." I'm sure you, a genius much like myself, will therefore be thrilled to see the launch of 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel. And you, a genius much like myself, will be only too keen to play chess…

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New report details more of Ubisoft’s alleged institutional abuse and discrimination

Ubisoft's problems seem pretty deep-seated and long-running, what with the dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and discrimination, prolific executives resigning, and the CEO vowing to make "profound" changes "at all levels of the organisation". From the outside, it sure looks like a cascade of institutional problems which often ignore or punish victims while perpetrators suffer few consequences. This view is further fed by a…

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Blasphemous adding New Game+ next month

The delightfully Catholic metroidvania Blasphemous will add New Game+ mode in a big free update on August 4th, developers The Game Kitchen have announced. Named 'True Calvary', for extra Catholicism, the NG+ mode will not only do the usual 'start a new game after beating it to continue with your old gear' dealio, but include a new quest line with new bosses and items. That's…

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