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Feature: Got your own back

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War shows that revenge is a dish best served re-heated

Nothing does revenge quite like Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War [official site]. But more games really really should. When Shadow Of Mordor came out in 2014, no one was really expecting it to be good. But it was great. And the greatest thing about it was its Nemesis system. Because your character is already dead, and possessed by a grey, grey ghost, getting killed by an…

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Feature: Uruk 'n' roll

The Joy of Shadow Of Mordor’s combat

Shadow of Mordor [official site] has one of the most satisfying combat moves in gaming. It’s a simple double counter, performed by tapping the counter button twice when separate enemies attack you at the same time. You, the ranger Talion, block one attack. To deal with the other you summon an undead elvish Lord called Celebrimbor, who springs out of your body in wraith form…

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War & the Truman Show Effect

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War [official site] expands on its predecessor's innovative Nemesis System and its believable NPCs take us one step further away from the static worlds of most open world games. I've been thinking about how that works, and why so many games make me think of The Truman Show.

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The Joy Of Arkham Asylum’s broken Batman

A few hours into Arkham Asylum [official site], I thought Batman's cape was glitching. It does occasionally catch on railings if you brood-squat at an odd angle, but this was different; an occasional flash of colour in the gloom of the garment* caught my eye and I thought Bats' big old utility belt was glitching through the cape. But, no, the cape had been torn…

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Sweet FA: Lego Star Wars – The Force Awakens Launches Broken

Update 2: And now the game is finally working. I imagine our review code will arrive any month now! Update: It seems that a missing 9.5GB of the game are now appearing on people's hard drives. What a pickle. Original story: Warner/Traveller's Tales have historically treated the PC releases of their Lego games with what can only be described as contempt. Despite the games almost…

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Arkham Knight Officially Abandons Multi-GPU Support

I've long felt that multi-GPU systems are playing with expensive fire, and even worse can, like audiophilia, lead to an anxious, ongoing preoccupation with whether you have the 'best' at the expense of actually enjoying what you're playing/hearing. Even so, I sympathise with people who invested both money and time into their SLI or Crossfire setups, only to now be told that one of the…

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Feature: Knightmare?

Batman – Arkham Knight review

There's been so much talk about Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] but one question has been left unanswered, at least round these parts. Is it any good? While the game was unavailable, there seemed little point in telling you Wot I Think but I did in fact play this latest Batventure in its entirety when it first released. I was mid-way through my introductory review…

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The Arkham Knight Re-Release Isn’t Going Down Well

Last night's re-release of the troubled PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] tries to fix two things: one is the misbehaving technology, and the other is the reputation. The game was pulled off Steam in June after a torrent of complaints, refund requests and negative customer reviews. No doubt its makers had hoped the Steam reviews would turn positive come this much-anticipated update,…

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Warner Suspends Sales Of Batman: Arkham Knight PC

In an absolutely extraordinary move, Warner Bros. have announced they're to stop selling Batman: Arkham Knight on PC until they've fixed the massive technical issues so many are having. Posting to their forum, they stated, "We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality…

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Live Action Lore: Mortal Kombat – Legacy

Mortal Kombat X [official site], a game about punching peoples' guts into paste, will be release on April 14th. You might think that learning how to perform all of the fatalities is the best way to prepare for the launch, and back in the day that might have been the case, but Mortal Kombat isn't just a game about pulling your opponent's spine out through…

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A Roguelike Gallery: Batman – Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] won't be released until June but I already feel like I'm involved in a turbulent relationship with Rocksteady's latest. After the disappointment of Arkham's Oranges, I was relieved to hear the makers of Asylum and City were back on the case. That relief was soon replaced by doubt - much as I liked City, I felt it went too big…

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In The Grump Tank: Arkham Knight

Hardly any time has passed since the previous Arkham Knight trailer but I wanted to share this one for reasons that will become obvious. It's all about the car, that being the big new feature and all, and it has managed to eradicate any enthusiasm I had about getting behind the wheel. The Batmobile looks more like a military fetishist's wargasmic dream (never forget), and…

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Introducing The Brucemobile: Batman – Arkham Knight

Batman's taste in cars has changed over the decades. The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight shows Rocksteady's integration of the Batmobile into their particular brand of urban exploration and fisticuffs. The driving sections aren't relegated to minigames or interludes, the vehicle is right there, in the thick of the action. In the scenes below, Batman uses his car to fight some tanks because, for…

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Wot I Think (So Far): Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

I haven't finished Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor, because for whatever tiresome reasons Warner refused to give us (and seemingly us alone) code before the game’s release. This is after a couple of lengthy days spent plugging away at what is a huge, detailed, and really rather fantastic brawling action game, set betwixt Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings (and importantly, it’s fun even if you…

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For Everything A Reason? F.E.A.R. Online

F.E.A.R. Online's open beta test begins on October 7th, ahead of full launch on the 17th, and signups are now active. Go! Run! Register! It's free! Or perhaps not. The original F.E.A.R. takes place almost entirely in a succession of rather ordinary office buildings but that doesn't matter because the combat is absolutely splendid. Bullets have tremendous impact and slow motion slides across debris-strewn rooms,…

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Gauntlet review

Gauntlet has always been a simple pleasure. Run through a dungeon with up to three pals, killing hundreds of monsters as a team, nicking treasure from one another like arch rivals, and shooting the food a split second before your wounded wizard chum manages to grab it. Arrowhead, of Magicka fame, have taken the reigns for this latest installment of the veteran series. Here's wot…

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes review

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is out in the States, but has then horribly drowned in the oceans, seemingly not released in Europe until the 15th November. Quite why Warner would go to such lengths to screw up the release of such an excellent game we're not sure. We've asked. I've been playing it non-stop for days, and despite being told I'm only 20% of the…

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What’s Going On With Lego Marvel’s Mess Of A Release?

If you're in the futuristic megacities of Americaland, you'll likely know that you can buy and play Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Steam right now. You've been able to for a week or so. If you're in, say, Britain, you may not know that you too can't. Except, until recently, you could buy it! Just not play it. It's been fixed now, but for a…

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Feature: A Knight To Remember?

Batman – Arkham Origins review

Despite its name, Arkham Origins isn’t so much Batman Begins as Batman Continues. A cynic might presume that the handing of the license to a new studio and rapid turn-around of the sequel suggests that Batman is mainly continuing because Pennyworth needs a new pair of shoes. But has the vigilante become a mercenary or is this another solid entry in the series? Here’s wot…

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