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Weird West review - almost, but not quite, a Dishonored CRPG

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 15:00

The Old West has always been weird, hasn't it? A bloody daydream of plunder and desolation, heroism and nihilism, reincarnated in a thousand motley forms across generations of books, films, folk songs and campfire stories. Videogames have certainly taken it in some peculiar directions. Think of Media.Vision's Wild Arms series for PS1, where six-shooters are ancient relics wielded by chosen adventurers, or the pre-patch version of Red Dead Redemption, with its cursed physics and flying centaurs, or the dreamy vestiges of frontier life you encounter while trudging the plains of Where The Water Tastes Like Wine.

WolfEye's Weird West mixes this vast, rancid legacy with outright fantasy elements sourced partly from the likes of Lovecraft and partly from the studio founders' previous Dishonored games. This very much isn't your classic rootin' tootin' cowboy yarn. Head out into the wilds and you'll find raucous villages of pigmen and ghost towns that absent-mindedly manifest from the foundations up. Dip into the caves and you'll encounter ravenous mutants and blue-stone temples where cultists debate visions of the apocalypse.

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Nintendo shows Mii characters in Nintendo Switch Sports

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 14:04

Nintendo has shown its fan-favourite Mii characters back in Nintendo Switch Sports.

When the game was announced back in February, many fans were perturbed by the new-look in-game characters, compared to the Miis used in Wii Sports.

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Guerrilla releases another Horizon Forbidden West patch

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 13:59

Another new patch has been released for Horizon Forbidden West. (Please note some of the following fixes may contain story spoilers for the game.)

As with previous patches, this latest update continues to address bugs and improve the game's graphical performance. However, most excitingly for the completionists among us, it also addresses an issue preventing players from getting the 100 percent completion notice in their notebook. Huzzah!

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Fallout writer Scott Bennie dies

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:41

Scott Bennie, a writer and contributor to the original Fallout, has died aged 61.

Bennie served as a designer, writer and producer of numerous games during his time at Interplay in the 1990s, including The Lord of the Rings, Starfleet Academy, plus Starfleet Command and its sequel.

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Save over £300 on Gaming Laptops in the CCL spring sale

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:30

If you're in the market for a new gaming laptop that offers a balance of price and performance, you'll want to hop on over to CCL right now. The online retailer has a bunch of spring ready deals where you can save over £300 on select gaming laptops with RTX 3060 graphics cards.

We've picked out three of our favourites to help you narrow down your search to suit a range of budgets, including a machine that's now under £900. As an extra treat, we have an exclusive discount code you can use to save an additional £30 off your order when you spend £600 or more. Just use the promo code 'GAMER30' at checkout.

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It's potboy vs lobster in this Elden Ring Tekken mod

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:21

A new Elden Ring-themed mod for Tekken 7 lets you duel as all the greats: namely potboy and lobster.

Modder Ultraboy has created the mod (available on Tekken Mods) that replaces various Tekken characters for new Elden Ring models.

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Curious class-action lawsuit may see kids suing Nintendo

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:15

Parents attempting to sue Nintendo are getting their kids involved in a class-action lawsuit.

The unusual legal situation has arisen as Nintendo and the parents tussle over the latter's ability to get the lawsuit off the ground (thanks, Axios).

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Fallout TV adaptation adds Ella Purnell to its cast

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:09

Ella Purnell, famous for her work in Yellowjackets and Netflix's animated series Arcane, has joined the cast of Amazon's upcoming Fallout adaptation.

As reported by Variety, Purnell will be taking on a currently unspecified lead role in the upcoming series. However, sources close to the show have revealed Purnell's character will be "upbeat and uncannily direct with an all-American can-do spirit.

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Eurogamer will be quiet this weekend, and when it's back there'll be some small changes

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:00

It's going to be a bit quiet on Eurogamer this coming weekend, with some big changes being made behind the scenes that mean from 3pm BST this Friday it won't be possible for us to post new articles or for you to post new comments until the tech team has finished working its magic some time on Monday morning - and when the site's back there'll be some small tweaks you'll notice too.

So what exactly is changing? The boring truth is not very much, as it's mostly confined to behind-the-scenes stuff - this isn't a big redesign, and please don't expect big new features like dark mode. Not yet, anyway.

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Fortnite raises $50m for Ukraine relief

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 11:45

UPDATE 28/3/22: Epic Games has now raised a staggering $100m for Ukraine from this season's Fortnite profits.

The news was shared via Twitter, along with a list of charities which will benefit from Epic's funds.

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City Wars: Tokyo Reign is a wonderfully brutal slice of cyberpunk

Eurogamer - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 11:00

This is cyberpunk right here. The analogue future of analogue yesterday, but with a bit of grit in it. A handicam with a busted viewing screen. A space-taxi dropping off stale pizza.

City Wars: Tokyo Reign gets cyberpunk. Gets it right in its chunky, villainous, brutal heart. This is a collectible card game and a roguelike, but deep down, in its heart? It's cyberpunk - eternal night, eternal scrabbling to get by. Never enough to go around. Never enough to get a real break.

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Microsoft reinstates direct Twitter sharing feature on Xbox consoles in latest Insider beta

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 23:43

Microsoft has reinstated the ability for Xbox users to share game screenshots and videos directly to Twitter in response to feedback it received after removing the feature from console dashboards in an Xbox Insider build earlier this month.

While the direct Twitter sharing feature never got the chop in the live build of the Xbox dashboard - meaning the impact of its removal was limited - there were certainly grumbles from Insider testers after they were forced to grapple with more cumbersome methods of image and video sharing, requiring them to first upload clips to their phones, following the changes made in Microsoft's previous Insider build.

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Dead Cells gets new money themed biome in its big free Break the Bank update

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 21:51

Dead Cells' already ridiculously generous bounty of stuff has expanded once more, this time courtesy of its free new Break the Bank update, which brings the likes of new money themed enemies, weapons, and a brand-new biome to PC and consoles today.

Break the Bank is all about the gold, and its centrepiece is an opulent depository for unimaginable riches known as The Bank. Mechanically, this is quite a bit different from other biomes so far added to developer Motion Twin's acclaimed rogue-like action-platformer, given that its entrance - a mysterious giant chest - will appear at random during a run.

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The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe finally gets a release date - and of course it's 427

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 19:40

Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe - the remake of the remake of everybody's favourite comedic rumination on video game agency - finally has a release date and will, after a number of not-insignificant delays, be heading to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC on 27th April.

Stanley Parable's Ultra Deluxe edition was first announced back in 2018, with developers Galactic Cafe and Crows Crows Crows (the respective studios of original Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden and William Pugh, who co-designed the 2013 remake of the 2011 original) aiming to launch the following year. 2020 bought a second delay, and a hat-trick was achieved in 2021 - leaving many to ponder if the whole thing mightn't actually be some sort of mega-meta ruse and that the game didn't, and would never, exist.

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Intel Arc graphics launch in laptops, first performance figures revealed

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 18:41

Today marks the launch of Intel's Arc A-series graphics family, the company's first discrete graphics cards to go head to head against industry titans AMD and Nvidia. To start, Team Blue is building its Arc GPUs for laptops, with entry-level Arc 3 models debuting now in laptops from $899. Higher-powered models called Arc 5 and Arc 7 are set to arrive early this summer, in higher-end machines. The company also teased its first desktop Arc graphics card at the very end of its presentation, showing off a much beefier design than the DG1 card shipped to developers last year. Here's what you need to know from Intel's Arc announcements.

First of all, the Arc series of graphics cards ought to be fully-featured models, with support for the full DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set (ray tracing, VRS, mesh shading, sampler feedback) plus DirectStorage and XeSS AI upscaling. That puts them on an even keel with Nvidia in terms of most features, and ahead of AMD who don't yet have a temporal upscaling solution.

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Persona 5 is being removed from PS5's PlayStation Plus Collection in May

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 18:32

Sony has warned PlayStation 5 owners that Persona 5 is being removed from its PlayStation Plus Collection on 11th May.

The PlayStation Plus Collection launched alongside PS5 back in 2020, giving PlayStation Plus members on Sony's new console access to 20 first- and third-party PlayStation 4 titles for as long as their subscription continued:

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Anno 1800's fourth season of DLC promises airplanes, agricultural revolution, and more

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 17:46

Acclaimed Industrial-Revolution-era city builder Anno 1800 has enjoyed significant success since its release in 2019 - having surpassed more than 2m players at last count - and Ubisoft is capitalising on its continuing popularity with a fourth season of DLC. That much we already knew, but now the publisher has provided early details of Season 4 - which will include the likes of airplanes and agricultural revolution - revealing its first DLC will arrive on 12th April.

As outlined in Ubisoft's new introductory video, Anno 1800's fourth season will introduce a total of three new paid DLCs before 2022 is through, with its first offering being titled Seeds of Change. Arriving on 12th April, this will enable players to "revolutionise" the agricultural sector of the New World, introducing a powerful new building - the Hacienda - that will become the agricultural hub of players' empires.

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Sony exec Jim Ryan believes live service games will dominate over subscriptions

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 17:37

Sony exec Jim Ryan believes the future of gaming is in live service games and that subscription services won't reach the levels seen in other media.

Ryan discussed the June launch of Sony's revised PS Plus subscription with GamesIndustry.biz, but believes live service games are more likely to become the dominant model.

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Norco review - a shifting, mesmerising tale of the future

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 16:52

I was a little worried Norco wouldn't be very much fun. The first from independent studio Geography of Robots, it's a dark game, a story about a region's bleak, collapsing future. And on the surface a serious one, too, with all its staid point-and-click vistas and dense blocks of prose. Serious is fine, of course. The seriousness of Norco's first act is exactly the type of thing that wins you features in the New Yorker and inaugural awards at Tribeca. It's just this type of seriousness can occasionally slip into something a bit self-regarding, a bit dour. But beyond Norco's initial, slightly po-faced outer layer is something odd and adventurous. Peevish. Occasionally quite funny. A playful spirit bouncing off its sharply political straight-edge.

Still, it takes some time to draw that out. Norco begins with you telling your own backstory, or if not telling then unearthing it, sorting through dialogue options to fill in blanks, as you will for much of Norco's six-ish hours of narrative. A brief, clever little late-game reference to one of my off-hand choices in this opening had me wondering how much this impacts - I suspect not much, and hope not much either, if only because I'm unnaturally keen to have Hoovered up every little drop of Norco's story.

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Where to pre-order Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: price, release date and bonuses

Eurogamer - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 16:50

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an upcoming compilation of games featuring the stories of the nine mainline Star Wars movies. The game is being released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One and Series X.

The game promises the same charming action adventure gameplay you can expect from a Lego game. That means slicing through enemies with your lightsabre and destroying different parts of the environment to find all sorts of collectibles. What's also great about this game is, regardless of platform, being able to complete the story through local co-op. So if you have more than one Star Wars fan in your life, this could be a great game to play together.

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