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Feature: The Battle Royale of Battle Royales

Games like Fortnite – 8 best battle royale games you can play right now

Fortnite: Battle Royale is, so far, the pinnacle of the decade-old battle royale game genre. It's no understatement to say that we haven't seen a game enter the mainstream in this way since Minecraft - but it's not the only battle royale out there, and the genre has never before seen such quantity nor such quality. We'll go over a handful of our favourite battle…

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Microsoft release Windows 1.11 as a Stranger Things 3 doodad

Here’s a fun wee thing: just like the ever-encroaching evil of the Netflix banger's big bad, Stranger Things 3 is insinuating itself into our world. In what's possibly the show at its most evil, it's enacting a corporate strategic placement opportunity to promote brand growth and engagement. If you're brave enough to go on, here's how: Microsoft has released an app called Windows 1.11 that…

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Feature: Iron Man, Herobrine, Einstein, Kratos, and many more

Minecraft skins list – 64 best Minecraft skins of the past 10 years (plus download links)

Minecraft skins have grown into quite the medium for artistic expression over the past 10 years. There's something very enticing about the challenge of trying to create a recognisable face in only 64 pixels - and it's pretty incredible to see some of the things that various Minecraft communities have created. Below we've collated 64 of the best Minecraft skins we've seen, with links to…

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Feature: You can probably learn a lot about me from these seed names

Minecraft seeds 1.14 – the best Minecraft 1.14 seeds we’ve discovered (plus Amidst screenshots)

Minecraft seeds, by default, are just long strings of numbers to use as a basis for the enormous procedural worlds that Mojang's janky masterpiece can create. But that's such a missed opportunity, don't you think? Why leave the game to give you some meaningless string of integers, when you could instead seed your world with something like "WeAreTheKnightsWhoSayNi", or "I love you 3000", or some…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Feature: Ghoastus has his say on EIII

Age of Empires 2’s Definitive Edition shows that resurrection is more fun than remastery

Ave, citizens! It is I - Ghoastus, the famous Roman Ghost. This week, I have been haunting the streets of Los Angeles, in eager anticipation of all the thrilling Roman content soon to spill from the mouth of the games industry, like half-digested dormice from the maw of an overfed senator. And yet, alas: I have found little to stir the patriotic embers that smoulder…

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Feature: Hive been killed

Escape mode in Gears of War 5 is about teamwork and bullet scrounging

I’m frozen to the ground, unable to run, unable to move at all. A big hulking alien is lurching towards me. It was the icy blast of his frosty cannon has immobilised me. I would have shot him to death to avoid this, but I ran out of bullets a while ago, and I tried to make up for this by charging headfirst into the…

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Feature: I think Halo is a pretty cool guy

The Halo Infinite trailer is sparse and dull, and it’s a job well done

My friend Josh loves Halo. For nineteen years now, whenever a new Halo has come out, I’ve gone round to his place, and we’ve spent a night playing through its campaign as a sort of ritual. I’m garbage at shooters, mind, and Josh insists on playing on Heroic mode, so the whole experience boils down to him protecting me from aliens while we chat about…

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There’s a new Xbox Elite controller in town

It's been four years since Microsoft unveiled their first Xbox Elite controller, but now there's a new Series 2 model coming that offers even more customisation options and better battery life. You'll still have to fork out a mildly ludicrous £160 / $180 for it, but pre-orders are open now if you want to be one of the first to get one when it launches…

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Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions adds new world of blocks to last year’s best racing game

Forza Horizon 4 was fun, joyful and generous - one of our favourites of last year (scroll down) - and so this Lego DLC is in some senses the perfect colission. Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions introduces a world of colourful blocks to the racing game, with Lego cars to drive and the same seasonal changes as the base game. It'll be out in…

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Xbox Game Pass For PC has launched with a £1 trial month

The Xbox Game Pass For PC, Microsoft's clumsily-named subscription service which lets you play a library of games without buying 'em as long as you're paying the monthly fee, launched in the middle of tonight's E3 blast. For the curious, it's only £1/$1 to try the Pass for one month right now. The lineup will grow over time and is due to be 100-strong within…

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Another AMD Navi GPU sits at the heart of Microsoft’s Project Scarlett console, with real-time ray tracing a go-go

We already know Sony's PlayStation 5 will support real-time ray tracing courtesy of its new custom [block id="682017" title="AMD Navi"] GPU, and now Microsoft's next-gen Project Scarlett console has hitched itself to the ray tracing bandwagon as well thanks to, yep, you guessed it, another custom AMD Navi GPU. Confirmed this evening by Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer during Microsoft's E3 press conference, Project Scarlett…

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Microsoft buy Psychonauts studio Double Fine Productions

Double Fine Productions, the studio behind cheery games including Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, have been bought up by Microsoft. They say they'll continue to make those Double Fine games in that Double Fine way, which I suppose is what everyone says after their business is acquired.

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Feature: A liveblog, but different

The Cheerer and the Jeerer – Microsoft’s press show at E3 2019 as it happened

Brendan: Our deep thirst for videogame trailers remains unslaked. Yesterday we chatted live as EA delivered force powers and football in their E3 livestream. Today, it's Microsoft's turn to run the hype gauntlet, with the absurd gait only a multinational conglomerate can perform. But that means we must again divide the labour. So Matt, as the conference gets ready to start below, who would you…

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Ninja Theory’s cyberbrawler Bleeding Edge leaked

Hellblade developers Ninja Theory are apparently trying their hand at four-on-four multiplayer next, if a leaked trailer for their next game Bleeding Edge is accurate. Blurrily captured at a Microsoft keynote at the weekend by Xboxer (they're Slovakian, so you may need Google Translate), it shows us a cast of brightly coloured cyborg weirdos gearing up for a rumble. One's part unicycle with buzzsaws for…

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Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription games buffet, is coming to PC

Xbox Game Pass is one of those subscription thingos you can get for your consolebox, which lets you play from a big library of games. It’s not a streaming service, exactly. You can download the games on your Xbox One and play them whenever (as long as they remain in the big library o’ fun). That subscription service is coming to PC, Microsoft have confirmed.…

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Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat among the most recent inductees into the Video Game Hall Of Fame

Mind out if you run into Windows Solitaire or Mortal Kombat down the shops, ‘cos they’re famous now and I bet it’s gone right to their heads. Specifically, they’ve been inducted into the World Video Game Hall Of Fame, a list operated by The Strong, a New York based “museum of play.” I assume it was Alec’s fairly recent Have You Played? about the digital…

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Minecraft’s original developer isn’t invited to its 10th anniversary bash

It's been a big year for Minecraft, that monolithic devourer of children's free time, and Microsoft are gearing up to celebrate its tenth anniversary. They just won't be sending any invitations to original lead developer Markus "Notch" Persson, whose "comments and opinions" online have gotten him kicked off the mega-corporation's christmas card list, according to Variety. This comes shortly after the game's current developers removed…

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DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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Windows 10 fixes its recent game performance bug

Microsoft have blasted out a Windows 10 patch to fix a bug which was causing poor performance in games for many people. Destiny 2 is the only game Microsoft name as an example, though it seems to have hit many more. This problem was introduced in update KB4482887, released on March 1st, and Microsoft had advised affected players to uninstall the update and wait for…

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