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"Very experimental" Resident Evil Village third-person mod features a headless Ethan

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 12:28

A modder is working on getting a third-person perspective up and running within the normally first-person Resident Evil Village.

Modder FluffyQuack is working on a third-person mod for Capcom's horror game, and has published footage of it working.

THERE MAY BE RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE SPOILERS AHEAD.

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In Mass Effect Legendary Edition, the trilogy's best ending is still available if you only play ME3

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 12:27

Mass Effect Legendary Edition features BioWare's full trilogy in its most accessible form yet - but it also lets you pick and choose to play individual games.

Perhaps you just want to play Mass Effect 3? Or maybe you want to start with ME2, as the series fleshes out its roster of characters, and skip ME1's Mako?

Well, all of this - as it always did - plays into the trilogy's big finale. Avoiding spoilers, it's worth remembering that whatever Shepard's own individual choices might be, these choices are also affected by how many War Assets you've collected across the trilogy.

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Blizzard lowers price of a cloned World of Warcraft Classic character following backlash

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 12:04

Blizzard has lowered the price of a cloned World of Warcraft Classic character following a backlash from players.

The company was set to charge $35 per character for an optional cloning service, which would let players keep playing the original World of Warcraft Classic content and The Burning Crusade content with the same character.

The $35 (around £25) price was roundly criticised by the World of Warcraft community as being too expensive - and Blizzard came under fire accordingly.

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What we've been playing

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 12:00

Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a little bit about some of the games we've found ourselves playing over the last few days. This time: wine, ancient evil and potions.

If you fancy catching up on some of the older editions of What we've been playing, here's our archive.

Hundred Days was released yesterday and I was surprised to see how much story it now has. Whereas there were only a couple of characters to talk to in the preview version, there are now, gosh, I've lost count - several? New people seem to show up every turn, either offering to help around your vineyard - usually playing the valuable role of advisor for a specific winemaking discipline - or to bring colour and life to the town around you, as owners of wine bars, or journalists, or healthy living experts who talk about lunar cycles and so on. And however superfluous they may appear, none are useless. They all play their own crucial role in aiding your winemaking journey in some way.

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Cyberpunk parkour game Ghostrunner is getting a sequel

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 11:55

Are you ready for some more cyberpunk? No, not that one, I'm talking about cyberpunk action-parkour game Ghostrunner, which is now getting a sequel.

Publisher 505 Games and lead developer One More Level have announced that Ghostrunner 2 is currently in development, and will release on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. As of yet there's no release date for the sequel, so we may be waiting a while to slide around its neon-lit streets.

In the short term there's still plenty to come for the original game, with a launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S later this year, and a lot more DLC content. We're currently mid-way through the roadmap for 2021, which has already seen the release of additional game modes like Hardcore and Kill Run, and there further game modes and a mysterious "Ultimate DLC" on the horizon. You can check out the full roadmap over here.

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Katy Perry debuts Pokémon pop song Electric

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 11:40

Pokémon continues its 25th anniversary celebrations today with the release of Katy Perry's new single Electric.

In the video, Katy Perry and her Pikachu reminisce about growing up - and we see flashbacks to when she was younger and Pikachu was just a Pichu. Pokémon evolve, and so do people too! I think that's the message here.

It's no Pokérap, but you can watch it anyway below:

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Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance launches straight into Xbox Game Pass

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 11:02

Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance launches straight into Xbox Game Pass.

Dark Alliance will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Windows 10 PC, and phones and tablets via Xbox Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass on 22nd June, developer Tuque Games announced.

The game is also available then on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and supports PC and console crossplay at launch.

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Should Sony follow Microsoft's lead and sell PS5s through the PS4? It's the Eurogamer News Cast!

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 11:00

Another week, another Eurogamer News Cast! Join Eurogamer reporter Emma Kent, news editor Tom Phillips and me in the video below as we dig into the headlines that matter.

This week we discuss Microsoft's new plan to beat the console scalpers. It's letting certain people buy an Xbox Series X/S through an Xbox One only. It's a clever plan, but will it work? And should Sony follow suit and sell PlayStation 5 through PlayStation 4s?

Meanwhile, we discuss Ubisoft's latest delay of Skull & Bones, as well as its promise not to abandon paid AAA games while making free-to-play versions of core franchises.

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Plotting a course: how Mass Effect 3 brought the trilogy to a close

Fri, 14/05/2021 - 09:00

Whatever you think of Mass Effect 3's final moments, it's fair to say BioWare's third chapter brought the trilogy to a close in style. Over the course of the game, every squadmate past and present gets their turn in the spotlight, major story arcs get revisited and tied off, and Shepard is prepped for their last big mission.

But how did BioWare begin planning Mass Effect 3? How much was set in stone already? And how did the studio start tackling the headache of (potentially) killing off everyone in Mass Effect 2's extraordinary Suicide Mission? To celebrate the release of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, I sat down for an extended interview with lead writer Mac Walters to discuss how the game's story was set down - and some of the things which changed along the way. Read on for new details of cut ideas and swapped missions, plus an early idea for an Easter egg which would have ended the whole trilogy in the first half hour of Mass Effect 1.

Fair warning: if you've not yet played the Mass Effect trilogy, this article discusses plot points from throughout.

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Fall Guys' latest mid-season update out now bringing two new stages and more

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 22:18

Fall Guys' 80s-themed fourth season has reached its mid-point, meaning, as is now tradition, the arrival of a brand-new content update designed to freshen up the second half of the season with a variety of new gameplay twists and additions.

As detailed over on the Fall Guys subreddit, Season 4.5, which is out now on PC and PlayStation 4, introduces two brand-new rounds - Slimescraper and Button Bashers - as well as a total of 55 variations across 12 rounds. Slimescraper is described as spiritual successor to Slime Clime, tasking players with outrunning slime and mastering "multiple floors of mayhem", while Button Bashers is a 1v1 round in which players are split into duelling pairs - the winner being the one with the most points when the timer runs out.

As for those new level variations, a full list isn't available, but developer Mediatonic has confirmed low-gravity versions of Hex-a-gone and Thin Ice.

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PlayStation Play at Home continues next week with free in-game currency and virtual items

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 20:38

Although last month's generous PlayStation Play at Home game giveaway has run its course (with the exception of Horizon Zero Dawn, which remains free until tomorrow, 14th May), Sony isn't quite done yet. Players will soon be able to claim free in-game currency and virtual items for a selection of popular titles, including Call of Duty: Warzone and Rocket League.

Starting next Monday, 17th May, at 4am BST/8pm PDT, nine titles (both free-to-play and full-price) will be offering special currency and item bundles as part of Sony's latest Play at Home initiative: Brawlhalla, Destruction AllStars, MLB The Show 21, NBA 2K21, Rocket League, Rogue Company, World of Tanks, World of Warships, and Warframe.

Additionally, Call of Duty: Warzone will be getting involved, albeit a little later, offering players five Double XP Tokens from 21st May at 6pm BST/20th May at 10am PDT.

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Xbox Party Chat gets text-to-speech and speech-to-text as accessibility push continues

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 19:35

Continuing its welcome push for accessibility and inclusivity on Xbox, Microsoft has introduced a number of new features to its Xbox Party Chat system.

The new accessibility features - which will initially be available to those signed up to the Xbox Insiders programme, starting today, 13th May - specifically bring speech-to-text transcription and text-to-speech synthesis to Microsoft's system-wide Xbox Party Chat.

The former coverts all words spoken by members of a party chat into adjustable text, overlaid on gameplay, while the latter reads out any text chat in a synthetic voice.

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Konami's comeback is a welcome deep cut - and perhaps the start of something

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 19:00

Apologies for getting sentimental about nothing more worthy than a corporate logo but still, there's something warming about seeing the Konami logo on boot-up of a new game once again. For all the understandable frustrations about Konami's approach to traditional games in recent years - and even if the company's flat red modern splash screen can't match the iconic dashes of the 90s iteration - it's wonderful to have them back doing something they used to do so very well in the past: making straight-up, hard-edged action games.

This new roguelike platformer that's just hit Steam Early Access today is a return as surprising as it is inspired, a bonafide deep cut of a thing that reaches into Konami's peerless back catalogue and pulls up not Gradius, Castlevania, or Silent Hill but this: Getsu Fūma Den, a remake of a 1987 side-scrolling action platformer that never made its way out of Japan, and something even a wide-eyed devotee of Konami's 80s output can't pretend to have played before.

Not that there's too much similarity between the two; rather, this remake builds upon the bones of the fairly stark 2D action of the original, its multitude of weapons and crunchy combat providing the perfect backbone for everything you'll know from the modern roguelike: upon every run you're picking a build from items and artefacts you find on your way, subject to RNG and some fairly brutal enemies that might take a half dozen swipes from whatever weapon you might find in hand.

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Hands on with Total War: Warhammer 3's fiery new survival battles

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 19:00

Is there a more ridiculous faction in the world of fantasy Warhammer than Chaos? There probably is actually - this is Warhammer after all, land of sneaky rats and lizard folk. It is nothing if not broad. But none of those other myriad factions and races and creeds has the word "Nurgle" in it, does it? So Chaos wins.

Anyway, Total War: Warhammer 3. This is "the Chaos one", by the looks of things, featuring four different Chaos factions aligned to their respective gods: Khorne (the "blood for the blood god" one); Slaanesh (the naughty excess one); Tzeentch (the magic one); and yes, Nurgle, the god of looking like you'd smell absolutely disgusting.

Alongside these Chaos forces comes a couple of other new factions, Kislev and Grand Cathay, and a new kind of battle. In fact, there are several new types of battle, as we learned from talking to game director Ian Roxburgh ("more detail later" on those) but for now there's one headliner: survival battles, the boss fight-style mode that we've played for a good couple of hours, albeit streamed over an occasionally wobbly Parsec.

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Pokémon cards pulled from Target and Walmart due to safety concerns

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 17:59

The high demand for Pokémon trading cards seems to be causing all sorts of mischief - again. Two major US stores are pulling their Pokémon cards, citing customer safety concerns as the reason.

After images of shop notices were posted on social media, Target confirmed to Bleeding Cool that it has decided to temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards out of "an abundance of caution". The cards will be pulled from all stores on 14th May, but will continue to be sold online.

As for Walmart, there's no word on whether the company has decided to remove the cards nationwide, but it seems at least some stores have pulled their stock. In March some customers began to report that trading cards were being locked up and limited to one per customer, and an internal memo has now leaked appearing to show that cards are being suspended due to "inappropriate customer behaviour" (via Total Toy Recon).

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The excellent Logitech G502 gaming mouse is at terrific low price

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 17:56

A handful of Logitech peripherals are on sale for Amazon Gaming Week, including one the learned folk of Digital Foundry consider to be one of the best gaming mice.

First up there's the Logitech G502 Hero SE for £36.98. This old favourite remains one of the most popular gaming mice in the world - and it's easy to see why. It's very affordable, comfortable for extended use and packed full of useful features including an infinite scroll wheel and 11 programmable buttons.

Unlike many other gaming mice it isn't an eyeball-assaulting RGB-fest - unless you customise it to light up a room - but a slick and slim design that does exactly what you need it to do. This latest deal is only £2 more than the price it dropped to over Black Friday last year.

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PlayStation 5's DualSense controller gets black and red versions

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 15:54

Rejoice, goths and people who just like their gaming peripherals to look sleek: a black version of the PlayStation 5's DualSense controller has been announced, and will be available for purchase from next month. And for the flamboyant among you, there's also a bold red.

Announced via the PlayStation blog, the two new colours are themed around space and are officially called "midnight black and cosmic red". The black apparently comes in "two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing", and you can sort of see it when looking closely at the pictures and trailer below:

There doesn't appear to be a set date for when these will arrive in the UK, so you'll have to keep an eye out next month to spot these when they hit the stores. [UPDATE: UK retailer GAME now lists the Midnight Black and Cosmic Red for launch on 18th June, priced £59.99. Or, if you're in the US, you can pre-order the Midnight Black and Cosmic Red via Amazon.]

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Here's how E3's virtual event will work

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 15:00

Last month we heard that, rather unsurprisingly, this year's E3 will be an online-only event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We now have an idea of how that's going to work in practice, as the ESA has announced an online portal and app for E3 2021.

In a press release, the ESA described the online portal and app as "a key hub for the duration of the show". It will feature hosted events, virtual booths, online forums, video conferencing, and even profile and avatar creation. The exhibitor booths will have special events along with VOD content and articles, and will act as "hubs within the portal for key announcements and game information tied to each exhibitor". It gets weirder from here - the app will also have lounges, described as "gathering spots for all E3 attendees," along with leaderboards. The leaderboards are apparently "gamified show elements that can be collected and displayed, encouraging fans to interact in as many ways as possible". Learning about games is a game now, I suppose.

The portal and app will also show the E3 live broadcast, complete with interactive overlays featuring viewer polls and tweets. That makes a change from watching thousands of people demand Elden Ring in Twitch chat - although it's worth noting the broadcast will still air on the usual range of platforms, including E3's YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

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The games industry just talked about outsourcing crunch and totally missed the point

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 14:00

A couple of months ago, we published a video for People Make Games that investigated working conditions at two outsourcing studios in Southeast Asia. These companies, Lemon Sky Studios from Malaysia and Brandoville Studios from Indonesia, are both routinely hired by AAA publishers to create huge amounts of art assets for some of the biggest video games in the business, from Gears of War 5 to The Last of Us 2.

And according to that investigation, these studios are also relying heavily on excessive overtime, or crunch, in order to get this work done. Based on the accounts of 19 current and former employees, the video details working environments in which artists have little choice but to volunteer for unpaid overtime in order to meet unrealistic deadlines.

"That's the thing, the company never asked for it," said one anonymous former Lemon Sky employee. "Therefore, they do not have to pay for our OT (overtime). But we weren't given enough time to complete our task."

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Sony working on 25 games for PlayStation 5, half of which are new IP

Thu, 13/05/2021 - 13:01

Well, it sure sounds like PlayStation Studios has been beavering away creating first-party games for the PlayStation 5, as an interview has revealed Sony currently has 25 PS5 titles in the works - half of which are new IP.

Speaking to Wired, Guerilla cofounder Hermen Hulst shared the numbers and said "there's an incredible amount of variety originating from different regions" in the pipeline, with a mixture of "big, small, different games".

There are, of course, several first-party games we already know about - including Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and God of War: Ragnarok. Yet that still leaves plenty of games unaccounted for.

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