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Free new monster Deviljho crosses the sea into Monster Hunter: World today

DEVILJHO! An oddly fun name to say, though you'll probably be exclaiming it with a little more panic than that, as this roaming slab of angry teeth and spikes is now wandering Monster Hunter: World. Deviljho presents a new set of problems for those working their way through upper and high ranked hunts - it largely does as it pleases, and what pleases it is…

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Planet Of The Apes: Last Frontier makes the evolutionary leap to PC today

I almost ended up skipping the semi-recent Planet Of The Apes films, though I'm glad I didn't. The trilogy told a surprisingly solid story of self-destructive, tragic war between a declining human race and rapidly evolving primates. Plus, the second was basically a post-apocalyptic Lion King. Planet Of The Apes: Last Frontier (hitting consoles last year, and making the leap to PC today), is an…

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Warframe’s new trailer bids us prepare for The Sacrifice

While it's primarily known for its space-ninja action, hideously compelling grind and a vast number of suits of space-armour to collect, Warframe's fans speak of its central story arc with hushed reverence, which features a rich Dune-like universe and one of my favourite plot-twists in any game. The story has been dangling on a cliffhanger for a while, but this month it's all wrapping up. Within,…

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Feature: If you like hot beats and doin' it in the streets

Unknown Pleasures: Ten new games you could play

Hello and welcome to the source of all digital joy. It is, of course, Unknown Pleasures, where you can find some good games you may not have heard about. Screeching a colourful stream of profanity this week: memory divers, demonic invasions, and solving a murder by killing hundreds of other people. Oh, games.

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Battlefield V wants you to shut up, or touch its mouth?

With the glitz and glamour of Eurovision fading into memory, it's almost time for That Other E Event, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. E3's marketing blitz seems to begin earlier each year, and I've a sneaking suspicion I'm already in it but haven't fully realised yet, and now here come Electronic Arts teasing the formal announcement of Battlefield V. Coming ahead of a big livestreamed event…

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Review In Progress: Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

Pillars Of Eternity II is seemingly infinity hours long. Despite a week of playing, I'm still going, so here's my in-depth thoughts about the game excluding the impact of its ending. I will update later. What a lot Pillars Of Eternity II feels like it has to do. It needs to be a completely new dozens-of-hours-long RPG, while it also needs to be a sequel…

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A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia out now

Bright and early at 8 o'clock this morning, The Creative Assembly released A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia. Perhaps you started ordering soldiers around while dipping soldiers in your eggie. Swelled your coffers while sipping coffee. Had your forces spread like butter on your crumpet. Ordered a full retreat while gulping tea. Burnt your toast like Alfred and them cakes, then razed Winchester for…

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The Pillars of the Earth’s third and final book is out now

The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel (the real kind, with pages and everything) dense with intrigue, murder and revenge centered around a fictional 12th century English town's plans to erect a cathedral. Adapted to digital, interactive format in a style not entirely unlike Telltale's choose-your-own-adventures by experienced point-and-clicker creators Daedalic, by all accounts, this is something I would have deeply enjoyed, having eagerly consumed…

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Snake Pass adds a juicy new high-pressure arcade mode

Last year's Snake Pass was a truly lovely thing. What happens when you take the platformer genre, and remove jumping, running, or even legs? Good times, that's what. Alec reckoned it was rather brill, too. A year on, and Sumo Digital haven't forgotten their beautiful little experiment, even if it didn't sell quite as much as it should have. Today, all versions of the game have…

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Horror game Bvoid draws out the PlayStation’s demons

While some would dismiss the concept of the 'walking simulator' as a modern development and a sign of the medium losing its edge, the roots of the genre go almost as far back as 3D environments themselves. One of the most memorable of the old trailblazers was LSD: Dream Emulator for the original PlayStation. Years before its time, it used procedural generation to construct strange, unique…

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Parting is such sweet sorrow in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm’s bonus final chapter, Farewell, out now

It's time to say goodbye to Chloe and Max again, at least for a while. They've had their ups and down over the course of episodic adventure Life Is Strange and its prequel, and today they're getting a final send-off in one extra episode, out now for owners of the Deluxe edition of Before The Storm. Expect heartstrings to be tugged on with great gusto.…

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Feature: From the steam of our own clams

Unknown Pleasures: This week’s pick of new Steam releases

Winter has finally arrived in force in London, bringing with it some questions. Whose idea was it to live on the surface? Why would anyone wear a fleece without arms? What kind of monster thinks it's okay to make a coat with fake pockets, and why didn't everyone immediately kill him with spears? Alas, these are not questions that Unknown Pleasures can answer. But if…

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Final Fantasy XIV’s next update gets down with the clown on a ghost train

Final Fantasy XIV's update trailers continue to surprise and impress me. To call these 'patches' sells them short. Every few months in-between major expansions, the revived and highly successful story-driven MMO receives a good slab of episodic content continuing both the main plot arc, as well as expanding outwards into various side-stories and crossover events. The next such episodic adventure, entitled Rise Of a New…

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Hollow Knight’s second free expansion out next week

One of my greatest gaming regrets of this year is getting about halfway through Team Cherry's excellent metroidvania Hollow Knight, then getting sidetracked by a pile of work. In order to get properly back up to speed, I reckon that I'll have to start fresh, although with the rate at which they're pumping out free DLC I might just wait a little while longer. We…

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Valve loses its fourth writer in two years, as Jay Pinkerton leaves the company

We tease Valve for not making games any more, what with their not making games any more, but it's really starting to look most peculiar as the company loses its fourth big-name writer in less than two years. According to a Facebook update on Jay Pinkerton's timeline, he left the company last night.

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Call of Duty: WW2 is real, obvs

Cor blimey, love a duck, and stone the crows: Activision have announced that the next Call of Duty game will be Call of Duty: WWII [official site]. Their official announcement says about as much as the leak which gave this away four weeks ago. Another supposed leak has sprung with unconfirmed babbling about unsurprising things like D-Day and a co-op mode. But what's most important…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Before Mass Effect Andromeda

Since the original trailers, some players have had questions about Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] and some of its details. In the name of answers, we present this snippet from the official prequel novel. Available March 28th from all good bookshelves. From where Director Tann stood, the curves of the Nexus stretched out like the wings of an angel, embracing Andromeda and all its potential.…

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Crusader Kings II Monks and Mystics: The joy of sects

What is Crusader Kings II [official site] missing? I've been playing again recently, drawn back in by The Reaper's Due and its perfect simulation of the general snotty sickness of an English winter. I'd never have thought of disease as such an important addition, which is a bit silly really considering the historical impact of the Black Death, and the fact that entire military campaigns…

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Quantum Break review

Quantum Break [official site] has finally received a proper PC release via Steam (although sadly only Steam so far), rather than the ridiculous Windows Store. (A store that hides where it installs games on your PC, which isn't something you'll want with a 70GB game!) I've played it through for the very first time this week, and can tell you wot I think of this…

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