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Halo is getting PC and Xbox matchmaking this year

First up, I’m going to incept the Halo theme song into your brain: Oohwawawawahwahwawha... There, that should do it. Now we have the scene properly set, I’m excited to tell you that the Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t going to settle on just bringing the Halo series back to the PC. There are plans afoot that will let Xbox One and PC gamers fight…

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The best Halo, ODST, begins closed testing this month

From weary old gorillas to graphical japes, we've all had our fun with Halo Infinite over the last few weeks. But haud on, we've still got the rest of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to get through before finishing that particular fight. This month, 343 will begin closed insider flighting for Halo 3: ODST, Master Chief's moody, jazz-noir cousin that's secretly the best of the…

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Halo Infinite’s deathmatches are going free-to-play

Halo: Infinite's campaign might be torn between nostalgic throwback and open-world reinvention, but we've still got no ruddy clue what's going on with the series' multiplayer come November. Well, whatever form it takes, there is one thing for certain - jumping around with your Spartan-II pals won't cost a penny. Following quiet rumblings earlier this week, 343 Industries have confirmed that yes, Halo's multiplayer murderings…

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I am willing to die for the ants in Grounded

Ants are a strong contender for the most fascinating creature on the planet. Arguably the most successful animal (discounting micro-organisms, those smug jerks), even. I was fascinated by them as a kid. There's an ant with only one pair of chromosomes. There are ants that transform themselves into food storage units. There are kamikaze ants that defend their nest by exploding. Blind ants. Ants that…

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Feature: Kraken open a cold one with the boys

Have You Played… Sea Of Thieves?

I want to like Sea Of Thieves so badly that I've convinced myself I do like it, even though deep inside I find it quite dull to play. I don't understand why I find it dull. The premise is superb, it looks great, and I know lots of folks who routinely have the time of their lives being weird, balloon-bodied pirates. I just can't seem…

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Sea Of Thieves’ Ashen Winds update is here, and so are some very angry fire pirates

Remember the other day when I reported that some skelly-head flamethrowers were coming to Sea Of Thieves? Well, it turns out those heads belong to four particularly deadly Skeleton Captains, who've arrived in today's Ashen Winds update. It doesn't look like it's going to be easy to nab their flaming skulls, either, as each of these Captains will use all sorts of dirty tricks to…

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Shrink down into Obsidian’s survival game Grounded, out in early access today

If you've ever wondered what it's like to become a very tiny child forced to survive in the jungle that is your own back garden, well, today is your day. Obsidian's Honey I Shrunk The Kids-like, Grounded, releases in early access at around 6pm BST, inviting you to make spears out of twigs and create armour from the carcasses of your buggy foes. I mean…

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Fable 4’s developers have “a unique point of view on what’s core to Fable,” Microsoft say

The line "respecting the legacy while adding fresh ideas" is one you hear almost verbatim about any series reboot, so it's no surprise to hear something of a similar shade from Microsoft on the subject of Fable 4.The next game is being developed by Playground Games of Forza Horizon fame, as former Fable makers Lionhead Studios were shut down in 2016. Microsoft are touting Playground's…

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Dontnod don’t want to tell a transgender story “rooted in pain or trauma”

Dontnod Entertainment have popped a spoiler-filled FAQ up for their new narrative-driven game, Tell Me Why, detailing how trans character Tyler's story is going to be handled. They've made the FAQs as sort of content warnings so fans can get an idea of what Tyler's experience is going to be like before playing."So many mainstream narratives about trans people are rooted in pain or trauma,…

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I’m sorry, I’m obsessed with the Halo Infinite crisis gorilla

Escharum has set a fire in my heart. There were plenty of titbits to be gleaned from last night's Halo Infinite campaign footage, but the star of the show for me was the incredibly aggravated gorilla who came out of nowhere to deliver a passionate monologue to camera, right at the end. Admittedly, this sounds exactly like something I would invent in a joke post…

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Sea Of Thieves is getting skelly-head flamethrowers next week

Have you ever wanted to just lop off a skeleton's head and use it as a flamethrower? It's never even been a thought that's crossed my mind, but Sea Of Thieves seem to be letting us do exactly that in next week's update. They're part of the new Ashen Winds update, which is arriving on Wednesday the 29th of July. Be cautious, though, using up…

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Halo Infinite’s reveal ended with a gorilla losing its mind on camera

So, as of this evening's Xbox Games Showcase, we've finally seen footage of Halo Infinite, and it looks good! There was indeed a grappling hook, more mobility in general from the Chief (he can climb on boxes now!), and a couple of new guns. There was also some classic Warthog action, some dependably stirring music, and a couple of genuinely sublime moments of looking-out-across-a-halo-at-sunset beauty.…

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Psychonauts 2 features the dulcet tones of Jack Black

I had looked away from the Xbox Games Showcase for a mere couple of minutes when the new Psychonauts 2 trailer dropped, so you may understand my surprise when I started hearing Jack Black's voice blaring through my headphones. That's right, Double Fine's sequel to the bizarre brain-exploring platformer will feature songs performed by the School Of Rock teacher himself. Here's that trailer with the,…

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Feature: Everything you missed from Microsoft's big games show

Every new trailer from the Xbox Games Showcase 2020

Microsoft announced a slew of new PC games this evening as part of their latest Xbox Games Showcase for the Xbox Series X and PC, and we've rounded up all the new trailers and game announcements right here. From our first look at Halo Infinite's campaign to the long-awaited reveal of a brand new Fable game, here's everything you need to know from the Xbox…

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Life Is Strange creators start Tell Me Why in August

The first chapter of Dontnod Entertainment's Tell Me Why comes out on August 27th. Announced last year, Tell Me Why is another episodic game series in a similar style to their previous game, Life Is Strange. This time, however, the story is all about two twins, Alyson and Tyler Ronan, who reunite over a tragic event, and discover that they both had very different memories…

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Brand new Fable announced for PC and Xbox

Here it is, the one you've been waiting for: Microsoft have announced a brand new Fable at tonight's Xbox Games Showcase. It's being made by Playground Games, known for Forza Horizon, but it doesn't sound like Fable 4 - it sounds like reboot. "Fable returns with a new beginning for the legendary franchise," the trailer description says. Here's the teaser telling us all about how…

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Rare give us another look at the gorgeous Everwild

I absolutely fell in love with Everwild when Rare announced it last year. Back then, it was a bit of a mystery what this gorgeous natural, fantasy-looking game might entail, but thanks to a new trailer shown during Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase, we finally know a bit more. It sounds like this beautiful world is all about caring for the weird and wonderful creatures within…

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State Of Decay 3 has been announced

Undead Labs have just revealed the next instalment of their zombie-fest survival horror, State Of Decay 3. From the reveal trailer it looks like it's set in a snowy wilderness, complete with scary wolves, and even scarier zombified-wildlife. We also see a lonely lady just trying to get by, aptly armed with a crossbow. Take a look for yourself:

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Forza Motorsport will ‘reimagine’ the racing series

Microsoft today announced the next Forza zoomy racing game, which it seems they're calling simply Forza Motorsport. Re-using old game names is very en mode. This mysterious new game is still "in early development" but they call it "a reimagining of the series", without saying what that really means. Very importantly for a next-generation game, it will be all sorts of shiny. But don't worry,…

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Halo Infinite will have you grappling across a wild open ringworld

This'll be the big one, then. Following that debut trailer and a full week of teasing, Xbox kicked off their big not-E3 showcase today with a big proper look at Halo Infinite. John "Halo" Masterchief's back on a colossal hula hoop to shoot some space gorillas in the gob - and this time, he'll do that by swinging across a massive open world with a…

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