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  2. Metroid Dread speedrunners have now finished the game in under 90 minutes. The Metroid series has always been popular with the speedrunning community who regularly find sequence breaks to force their way through the game that little bit quicker. Read more View the full article
  3. Nintendo's pricier Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription is now available, including a selection of N64 classics - though not all are working as intended. Subscribers to the £35-a-year catalogue have reported a number of general issues, including lag and low frame rates. But a couple of games also feature more specific problems. Read more View the full article
  4. The Confederate flag has been removed from a recurring GTA character in the series' new remastered trilogy. As spotted by Kotaku, arms dealer Phil Cassidy no longer has the flag on his t-shirt. Instead it's sporting a skull design. Read more View the full article
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  6. For a good chunk of my initial time with Back 4 Blood I had precisely zero opinions about it. It's a strange game, half of it built on a kind of ultra-nostalgia, especially potent for anyone who spent a single day of the late noughties in the same room as an Xbox 360. The other half - all cards, progression, loot - is quite abruptly modern. The two, at least at first, seem to cancel each other out, turning it into a thing that's just too familiar, too recognisable. I'm shooting zombies in co-op, while looting weapons and grinding the progression system for cards that might help on my next run. Imagine, in the most emotionless voice: OK. But, actually, thankfully, it's more than that. Scrabbling around in the game's oddly enticing dark for long enough has allowed me to admit I was very much wrong. Back 4 Blood is interesting. It is unfamiliar, in places. It is good! Really good. Read more View the full article
  7. In the morning, his lawn is covered with poems, which take the form of ribbon and coloured streamers. His neighbor is a poet, so that narrows things down a bit. Inevitably, he goes to complain. I've been reading Vermilion Sands this past week, a collection of short stories by JG Ballard that are all based in a fictitious desert holiday community - Palm Springs or the scorched armpits of Arizona - at some point in the nebulous future. It's a short book but I'm eking it out. I don't want it to end. I knew I was going to love it - there's Ballard, of course, but it's also hard not feel something for a paperback that comes with its own 3D glasses for viewing the fractal depths of the cover art. Read more View the full article
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  9. Supremo scare-'em-up Phasmophobia is pulling a bunch of spooky new treats out of its ghostbustin' bag for Halloween, with today's massive new Nightmare update adding a haunted campsite map, four new ghosts, weather effects, and more. Maple Lodge Campsite is Phasmophobia's first outdoor map and packs in everything you could possibly hope for in a spooky holiday retreat, including picnic areas, tents, a log cabin, and even a haunted lake. Developer Kinetic Games says the new map features "more unique objects, higher object density and more visual detail", and that players can expect other maps to receive a similar boost in detail, plus more unique objects, at a later date. Read more View the full article
  10. Activision - which remains mired in a messy legal battle following the state of California's lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination, harassment and a "frat boy" culture at Blizzard - has shared a handful of new Call of Duty: Vanguard details ahead of the WW2 shooter's launch next week. All the new information comes via the PlayStation Blog, in which Vanguard developer Sledgehammer offers details on the game's PS5 DualSense wireless controller support alongside a look at four Operators, complete with introductory trailers for each. Read more View the full article
  11. DF Direct Weekly returns once again, with myself, John and Alex taking a time-out from our various individual projects to discuss the latest gaming and tech news. Our chat kicks off with the arrival of new Apple Silicon found with the brand new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. M1 Pro and M1 Max look absolutely monstrous and from a GPU perspective alone, we're looking at a doubling then a quadrupling of the already impressive M1. In the new Direct, we share our thoughts on strategy but ask the fundamental question beyond some truly impressive tech: will this extremely capable, super-efficient technology ever really be put through its paces in gaming? Is a profound commitment to gaming beyond the iOS ecosystem even worth considering for Apple, when its mobile ecosystem is likely to be so much more profitable? Beyond that, discussion moves on to last week's announcement of God of War for PC, complete with select new graphical features, unlocked frame-rates, ultrawide support and the pleasantly surprising inclusion of Nvidia DLSS. It's not clear just how much of an improvement the new features add, but it'll be interesting to see if DLSS and other upscaling features are added to other Sony titles, such as the forthcoming Uncharted collection. We also discuss Sony's global vision: in a recent gamesindustry.biz video interview, Jim Ryan talked about addressing addressing millions more users with Sony titles, which inevitably leads to discussions about the cloud and therefore the concept of PC ports happening as a matter of course. Unless, of course, Sony is intent on packing out datacentres with PS5 hardware - which seems unlikely, especially in light of the mooted deal with Microsoft. Read more View the full article
  12. Activision Blizzard's attempt to pause California's ongoing lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and a "frat boy" culture at the company has been rejected by an LA County Court judge. Activision Blizzard moved to pause legal proceedings following a messy tussle between California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which had launched the original lawsuit against the publisher, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - which had previously announced an $18m settlement deal with Activision as part of its own investigation into the company. Read more View the full article
  13. We're happy to announce our Top Releases of September 2021 As with previous lists, we look at every release for the month, highlighting the Top 20 games and Top 5 DLCs based on the first two weeks of revenue. We also highlight the top 5 free-to-play games, ranked by the number of unique players they acquired after launch. The Top Releases of September 2021[store.steampowered.com] A Whole New WorldSeptember culminated with the release of the highly anticipated new MMO from Amazon Games - New World. A staggering number of players visited the supernatural island of Aeternum, making New World the most played release of 2021. We're excited to see what adventures await for the millions of players who helped bring this new world to life. Story TimeAs we build out these lists each month, there is never a shortage of variety in exciting game designs and creative new mechanics. But September brought along another type of variety, with a healthy dose of unique & unforgettable stories, praised by players and critics alike. The way these games integrate their stories directly into gameplay is also quite unique. So whether you are embarking on the latest Life is Strange journey in True Colors, discovering a world full of charm in Eastward, or uncovering the mysteries of Blackreef in DEATHLOOP, you're sure to find an engaging story that's as unique as the way it's told. Welcome New DevsLike previous months, we'd also like to congratulate the teams that are releasing their first Steam game. Some of these teams have been making games for a while on other platforms, while others are making their very first commercial game. A big welcome and congrats go out to these development teams on their successful Steam debuts. -- If you're curious about previous months, here are more Top Release lists: March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021View the full article
  14. A lil somethin somethin: You can find the details for this event on the announcement page [url=https://steamcommunity.com/ogg/593110/announcements/detail/3021345332631551226]here[/url].View the full article
  15. Apex Legends' 11th season gets underway next Tuesday, 2nd November, and ahead of its launch, developer Respawn has released a fresh gameplay trailer revealing, among other things, the free-to-play battle royale shooter's brand-new tropical island map, Storm Point. Storm Point, a beautiful island paradise located on the planet Gaea, stretches from its tropical shoreline up to the peaks of its towering mountains, making for Apex Legends' biggest map yet - said to be around 15% larger than previous record holder World's Edge. Read more View the full article
  16. Tomb Raider is 25 today. The first game in the series released today in 1996 on Sega Saturn, launching the iconic series and the long-running career of Ms Lara Croft. Read more View the full article
  17. PlayStation has released an amusingly-timed deep dive into Horizon Forbidden West's new tools and traversal abilities, such as Aloy's wristmounted Pullcaster (a grapple). Hey, I know another game with one of those! As seen previously in June's gameplay trailer, Aloy's ability set has also been broadened by the addition of free-climbing - Assassin's Creed eat your heart out. Read more View the full article
  18. Microsoft's reveal of Halo Infinite's campaign last year went so badly, it delayed the game to this Christmas. Part of the negative reception had to do with the flat visuals - and Craig became the posterboy for Halo's problems. Read more View the full article
  19. Microsoft has unveiled a fresh look at the Halo Infinite campaign over a year since its last infamous reveal. The video below sets the scene for the campaign, which sees Master Chief fight back against the Banished forces on Zeta Halo. Read more View the full article
  20. I'm not sure what Guardians of the Galaxy wants to be. On one hand, it's a wonderfully accessible adventure wrapped up in family-friendly packaging, with an action-packed storyline that takes you on a delightful voyage through some of the galaxy's most colourful climes. On the other, it boasts an aggressively complex combat system that requires a high degree of digit-dexterity and rarely forgives your mistakes. Read more View the full article
  21. FIFA players have all been there - your opponent rage quits before half-time, or pauses the match all the time, or time-wastes after scoring a goal, or celebrates every goal. Playing FIFA online can be a proper annoying experience. Now, EA has outlined the unwritten rules of FIFA online play - using the world's oldest club to get the message across. Read more View the full article
  22. Intel has warned the ongoing global semiconductor shortage could continue into 2023. The shortage has affected PC graphics cards, as well as supplies for Xbox, PlayStation and Switch consoles. Read more View the full article
  23. Charles Martinet, the one true voice of Mario, has said he wants to continue in the role until he drops dead. Martinet, who is 66, has been the voice of Nintendo's legendary mascot since 1992. After almost 30 years, Martinet has portrayed the plumber in around 100 games. Read more View the full article
  24. A Smash Bros.-style Warner Bros. crossover platform fighter is reportedly in the works. Mention of the game emerged first from a post from a burner account in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit, which was subsequently verified by GamesBeat's Jeff Grubb on Twitter. Read more View the full article
  25. A mini-game featured in Mario Party Superstars, which launches for Nintendo Switch this week, comes with a health warning. Tug o' War, which was originally found in Mario Party N64, has a special notice with advice on how "to avoid irritation to your skin and/or damage to the control stick". Read more View the full article
  26. A Wu-Tang Clan game is reportedly in the works for Xbox. Details come from VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb on the latest episode of his video series, Game Mess, and Windows Central's Jez Corden. Read more View the full article
  27. Sir Trevor McDonald has been confirmed as the new GamesMaster. The classic gaming show will be returning later this year on E4 and there's already been months of speculation as to who would take on the persona once played by Sir Patrick Moore. Read more View the full article
  28. Microsoft will show off the Halo Infinite campaign for the first time in over a year this afternoon. A campaign overview video goes live at 2pm UK time. You can watch it in the video below. Read more View the full article
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