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Apex Legends Season 7's vehicles lets us make noxious deathtraps

New map? Delightful. New character? I love her. New vehicle? A recipe for disaster

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Sekiro adds new outfits and boss rush mode in free update

Please don't make me fight Guardian Ape again, I beg of thee

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1 week ago

Slashin’ ‘n dashin’ roguelite ScourgeBringer left early access today

The last month or so has been a delightful time for roguelite fans (hello). We recently had the excellent Noita and Hades leave early access, and now the fast-paced action platformer ScourgeBringer has joined them. Today saw the dashing and blasting and slashing roguelite reach its 1.0 release. As with most games escaping their early access shackles, ScourgeBringer got a big update today, too, adding…

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Fortnite’s Halloween update shrank its scary install size by 60GB

Back when Fortnite first came out in 2018, it had the very polite install size of around 20GB. Having not played it for ages, I had no idea that it'd managed to beef all the way up to 90GB. Thankfully, that's not the case any longer, though, because today's update chopped it all down by 60GB. On top of that, it added a load of…

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Sightless Sea Of Thieves streamer plays by following sounds from his crewmates

How can someone steer a ship in Sea Of Thieves when they're unable to see? Quite well, as it turns out. "Sightless Kombat" is an accessibility consultant and streamer who, as you might guess by the name, is without sight. Last night, he joined the Rare crew on their weekly stream to shoot some skeletons, chat about accessibility and show how he plays the game…

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Fallout 76 is free to play this week

It feels weird to write something like, 'Celebrate the Fallout bombs dropping this week!' Because it's a bit dark and gloomy, and 'celebrate' certainly feels like the wrong word. But hey, that's exactly what Bethesda are doing. October 23rd is the day in Fallout lore where the world went bang and those lucky (or unlucky) enough to have a place in a vault disappeared underground.…

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Feature: "What's scary isn't the monsters or location, it's that you're stranded"

Amnesia: Rebirth’s bright setting is designed to create a different type of fear, Frictional Games tell us

The year is 1937, and you've just woken up in a crashed plane in the middle of a desert. You're not some sort of Indiana Jones-esque film though, I'm afraid, you're in a horror game - Amnesia: Rebirth, to be exact. It's the new survival horror from Frictional Games, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Soma, and it's out today.How can the horror…

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2 weeks ago

Noita blasts its way out of early access today

Come, one and all, to mess with every last lovely little pixel in the excellent action roguelite, Noita, which leaves early access today. Nolla Games' witchy adventure will take you through procedurally-generated levels in which every pixel is part of a simulation. It really is a wonder watching all your spells alter and, let's be honest, destroy the landscape. The full release comes with a…

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Blizzard workers unions called for a strike yesterday protesting plans to shut Versailles office

Three unions that represent Blizzard employees in France called for a strike yesterday, following Activision Blizzard's decision to shut their office near Versailles. It's a move that potentially puts hundreds of jobs at risk. The unions claim the company "repeatedly denied" the closure plans, but suspect they've actually been planning it for a while."In 15 years, many of us left their homes from across Europe…

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Overwatch’s Halloween event is giving me comfort in this hell year

Earlier this year, when the pandemic made us shut ourselves away in our homes, there was a hope (and, well, wishful thinking) that it would all wash over in a few months. Evidently that was too optimistic, and is very much not the case. It sucks for many reasons, but one that's been on my mind over the last few days is that I won't…

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Valorant ushers in Act 3 with an icy new map today

Valorant's third Act drops today, and it's bringing a bounty of lovely new things to Riot's guns and wizards first-person shooter. The first and most notable of these is a cold new map called Icebox. Then there are updates to ranked play and the deathmatch game mode. And to top it all off, later in Act 3 we'll see a new wizard arrive, too. Her…

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Terraria’s actual final update has landed

Update: The patch is live! I've updated this post with the patch notes so you know what to expect from Journey's Actual End.Who says you don't get more than one chance at a happy ending? Not the Terraria developers Re-Logic, that's for sure. Today, they're releasing their, uh, second final update for the 2D mining and crafting game. Named Journey's Actual End, after Journey's [fake]…

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Apex Legends came out two hours late so a developer could finalise his daughter’s adoption

It turns out when Apex Legends came out last year, Respawn released it a couple of hours later than planned. This wasn't down to server issues or last-minute bugs, though. The battle royale's launch was pushed back by two hours because the studio's former lead programmer had a court appointment to finalise his daughter's adoption on the very same morning.

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Genshin Impact is adding a new region in December

The new free-to-play Breath Of The Wild-like Genshin Impact is getting a new area for you to explore in December. Named Dragonspine, developers Mihoyo estimate it'll arrive in the game on the 23rd, and it'll come with an event linked to the area as well. That's not all, though, because the devs have a bunch more events that they plan on hosting at the same…

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3 weeks ago

Magical troublemakers are on the loose in turn-based RPG Ikenfell

Ikenfell is a turn-based RPG all about a rag-tag group of pals discovering the secrets of their school for witches and wizards, and it's out right now. So often games make us play as the legendary hero or the most popular kid in school, but not Ikenfell. This has you play as her sister, after the most popular kid goes missing.

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Hades weapon Aspects weren’t originally going to be in the game

In Supergiant's new brilliant roguelike Hades, you're able to choose between six weapons (or Infernal Arms) to use to battle your way out of the underworld. Each of these then has four different Aspects, which changes the weapons' movesets and bonuses, allowing for really varied runs. It turns out, though, that Aspects weren't originally going to be in the game. One of the game's developers…

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Star Citizen director says Squadron 42 “will be done when it’s done”

How do you celebrate the eighth birthday of an MMO that technically still hasn't been fully released? Why, you hold a Q&A to let fans know that its singleplayer spin-off is nowhere near coming out either, of course. Over the weekend, the Star Citizen devs, Cloud Imperium, held a Q&A over on their forums as part of its birthday celebrations. Despite rules on the thread…

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Microsoft’s “app store principles” sure are taking a big jab at Apple

Yesterday, Microsoft posted a list of their "10 app store principles", in what reads like one big passive aggressive jab at Apple. They say these principles are designed to "promote choice and ensure fairness" on their Windows Stores (both mobile and desktop), and they include rules about just generally treating app developers fairly.These are nice and good principles to stick to, yes. But the entire…

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Star Citizen’s new alpha does away with loads of safe zones

Cloud Imperium's space-em-up MMO, Star Citizen, has got a new alpha build for players to muck around in, with changes that'll let you do more PvP. The Alpha 3.11 High Impact update is doing away with a load of the game's safe Armistice Zones, and is adding new spaceships, as well as a Halloween event running throughout October. It doesn't end there though, because on…

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Valorant’s new agent is a healer who throws animals at her enemies

It looks like Valorant is getting a new healer that might take some of the pressure off of all you Sage mains this month. Last night, Riot Games gave us our first proper look at the upcoming agent, Skye. Her kit comes with a big old area heal, as well as various animals she can throw at people to blind them, and she's arriving in…

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Sea Of Thieves devs made a pirate shanty tribute to Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, song writer and lead guitarist of iconic rock band Van Halen, passed away this week. Across the internet, tributes have poured out for the legendary rocker, including a rather surprising one from Sea Of Thieves developer, Rare. They've made a pirate shanty cover of the song Jump. It's a bit weird, but you know what? It's really sweet, too.

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Worms Rumble is set to launch this December

Of all the series that I reckon would suit a battle royale-style game, Worms is certainly one of them. Worms Rumble is Team17's new take on the worm murder simulator, moving away from its turn-based roots, and instead plonking players into a... shooter. 32-player deathmatches and last-man standing modes are what Rumble has to offer. You won't be waiting much longer to give it a…

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