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20 hours ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for dog walks. Last time we were out we saw someone with their dog on a lead and their cat loping after them, so I'm looking forward to what wonders we'll be treated to this time. You'll just have to make do with high-quality writing about video games from the past week. I imagine you've seen Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser bragging about the…

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3 days ago

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 review

CODBLOPS: *snarls* Person: I’d... I’d like to shoot some people, please. CODBLOPS: *spits* HOW? HOW would you like to shoot people? Person: Well PUBG: *coughs* Person: Um CSGO: *also coughs* Person: Overwatch: Hi! Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 reminds of an ugly, angry man who’s trying to sell me guns. It’s not that I don’t want to buy those guns, I just wish the…

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Rocket League’s proper cross-platform parties delayed to 2019

Nothing strikes a chill through my heart like delays to long-anticipated cross-platform play systems. Sadly, that fate has befallen Rocket League - a roadmap update has revealed that the "RocketID" system won't arrive until early 2019. You can actually already play with friends who are using smaller, lesser boxes, but only in private matches. Which defeats the whole point, really. There is some good news:…

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4 days ago

What are you up to, Kevin?

Listen up, Molyneux, because Epic Games know how to do a cube. Kevin (I don't know who first named the cube Kevin) is pulsating. Kevin first showed up in season five of Fortnite Battle Royale, when it took to romping about stamping glyphs all over the map. Then it rose up underneath Loot Lake, creating a floating island with a vortex underneath that you can…

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5 days ago

Battlerite Royale’s Halloween event is live, mysteriously isn’t called Battlefrite

The spookening draws near. That hallowed time of year where devs look at each other and go "oh we should do something for Halloween, right?" and people like me battlewrite about the consequences. Battlerite Royale has just finished pulling on its costume, chucking in a couple of creepy consumables as well as trick or treat shrines that may or may not turn you into a…

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6 days ago

Aquamarine is an underwater exploration game inspired by Moebius

I'm glad that weird underwater planets are in vogue. Nothing brims with possibility like a good alien ocean, and if the Aquamarine Kickstarter succeeds then I'll get to explore one more. It's "a small-scale, point-and-click exploration game" about moseying around the seafloor in search of your crashed spaceship, as well as answers to hidden mysteries in the planet's past. Of course there are hidden mysteries…

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7 days ago

Paradox are building tools that let modders tinker with games while they’re running

I'm no history buff, but I know an awful lot of 'em. When I listen to my friends enthuse about what famous generals liked best on their toast, I'm thinking about how my favourite memories of Paradox games have been formed by escaping stuffy old history and pretending to be a Lannister. Luckily for me, Paradox are building tools that will make it much easier…

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1 week ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for promising yourself you'll devote some free time to a project, then inevitably reneging and playing yet more Assassin's Creed. Or reading the best writing about video games from the past week (and beyond). I said 'ooh, that's a good point' aloud when I read this bit in Christian Donlan's Eurogamer piece about the relationship between technology and nature in Zelda: Breath of…

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A wall-destroying quad bike will soon crash into Fortnite

You think you're safe, tucked up in that tower of yours. The tried and tested lattice beneath you stands firm, far too robust for explosives or hammers to rob you of your lofty hideaway. Then you hear it. An ominous purr. A splintering of wood. A quad bike is about to ride up to Fortnite Battle Royale. He's got an angry face, and a functional…

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2 weeks ago

Meet the snake-firing archers and other wonders of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Video games have been simulating battles since 1873, but none of them have the same reverence for historical authenticity as Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. It's an upcoming physicsy fightfest where you pit hordes of samurai, trebuchets and chicken men against mishmashes of rival units - not to be confused with Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, a spinoff battle royale game where you shoot stuff yourself rather than…

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Pay what you want to feel bad about killing a monster in Monstrüous

Maybe I shouldn't judge the 'heroes' of Monstrüous too harshly. Maybe theirs is a world where if a sad, misshapen creature appears in the forest and nobody does anything about it, it usually goes on a slaughterous rampage. I don't know what fantasy logic does to the moral reasoning behind preemptive strikes. I do know that Monstrüous is a cute, short puzzle game about figuring…

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Betrayal, battles and bromance in Total War: Three Kingdoms

Let me tell you about Ed and Peter. Those aren't their real names, because they don't have any. When I spoke to Creative Assembly’s development and communications manager Al Bickham, he didn't give any to the hypothetical heroes he used to explain how relationships work in the upcoming Total War: Three Kingdoms. He did explain that one of them might be trying to kill you.

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Scientists have connected three people’s brains together so they can play Tetris

Three people wearing brain-reading caps have successfully played Tetris using telepathy. That's my favourite sentence I've written from the past six months, and "the first successful demonstration of multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interaction for solving a task", according to the researchers. This went down in an experiment from the university of Washington in Seattle, where two people mentally relayed the state of a Tetris game…

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Mark Of The Ninja: Remastered leaps out of the shadows

I hardly ever revisit singleplayer games, so the fact that I've snuck all the way through Mark Of The Ninja two and a half times should tell you something. One and a half of those times actually involved just as much stabbing and shuriken tossing as sneaking, but shh. I say this because Mark Of The Ninja: Remastered has slunk out of the shadows, boasting…

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The Maestros is an Arena RTS with potential but no players

I really like what The Maestros is going for. It's a 3v3 MOBA/RTS hybrid where you attack neutral minions to turn them into an army of robots, then go attack a team that's doing the same thing. It entered early access last week, does something new in a way that's immediately fun but promisingly deep... and no one is playing it. Wanna help fix that?

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for playing blummin' loads of Ass Creed Odyssey. And for reading the best writing about video games from the past week. I'm a sucker for articles that explore a juicy question, and 'what will people make of today's games in 1,000 years' is an excellent one. Andreas Inderwildi asks just that on Eurogamer, approaching it with the right combination of considered angles and…

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On British wackiness and cooperation in Team Sonic Racing

I'm no Sonichead, but I still got a kick out of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Instead of making you turn into planes and boats, Sumo Digital's new upcoming kart racer makes you turn to your friends. You race as a team of three, passing power-ups between you while boosting behind each other's bottoms. I sat down with Team Sonic Racing design director Derek Littlewood…

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