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  1. Look up at night, at the right moment, and you may see it: a jetliner burning silently across the sky, contrails clean and straight, tiny lights rippling across the fuselage and wingtips. The silence is the thing: the sense of human isolation, of urban, modern isolation. The plane burns on and is gone. Another will replace it. Look down and Paris is all around you, Paris at night, sodium lights staining the limestone a sickly amber, those baroque avenues radiating out at diagonals and suggesting the whole thing is either cracked or a congregation of spiders' webs. These streets are where the potential passengers stand on curbs, where the metal of hot engines ticks at fuel pumps, where someone waits and waits and then strikes. Night Call has turned me into a potboiler. It's hard to talk about it without slipping into the rutted poetry of noir novels, without lighting an imaginary Gaulois and staring out across the imaginary river before heading home alone to the studio apartment, the chess board. You're a cab driver and there's a killer loose in the city. You have a murky past and you're an outsider, so you're coerced into catching them, but you also have to make a living: fares, tips, fuel expenses, the endless sweeping hands of different clocks. The game plays out in conversations as you move around a map of the city picking up jobs and checking leads. Maybe you'll get one of your suspects in the back of the cab. Maybe a total random will have something interesting to say. The whole thing's procedural, so the story is always new, yet always familiar, a stream of half-remembered faces and fragments of half-remembered stories. It's probably a bit like being a cab driver for real. Read more View the full article
  2. It's looking a bit grey outside today, but that hasn't stopped the Green Man Gaming Summer Sale from getting underway with a range of savings across over 2000 titles big and small. A quick search through some of the included games shows that there's a pretty good offering from Capcom in the Summer Sale. One of their best deals is on beast-slaying RPG Monster Hunter World for £25 - that's 50 per cent off the usual price. With the Iceborne expansion on the way later this winter (sadly a few months later on PC compared to the console release), now's a good time to get yourself all prepared for any new threats that await. Meanwhile, you can also get both the stellar remake of Resident Evil 2 or the latest demon-slaying antics of Dante and company in Devil May Cry 5 for under £30 each. Seeing this trio of excellent games together just emphasises how Capcom is on such a roll lately, and each is well worth your time. Read more View the full article
  3. If you watched any of the recent stage of Overwatch League, you'll know exactly what the GOATS meta is, and why it's about time that Blizzard did something about it. For those a little shakey on their pro-level Overwatch, GOATS is (or was) a team composition which consisted of players picking three tank heroes and three healers - typically D.Va, Zarya, Reinhardt, Moira, Lúcio and Brigitte - and named for the Overwatch Contenders team that first used it to storm their way to victory. It was a stupidly strong combination, so strong in fact that the best way to counter it was just to play GOATS against it. Unfortunately, this led to match after match after match of watching what was pretty much the same thing every time you tuned into an Overwatch League stream. However, thanks to a leak on the official Overwatch League website, the reign of GOATS and its stale gameplay is no more. Read more View the full article
  4. Microsoft Pokémon Go-alike Minecraft Earth has begun rolling out to its first group of beta testers - those who previously signed up and live in either London or Seattle. Anyone with early access is free to post gameplay videos and impressions - and from these we have a good idea what's in the game currently. The Map screen looks very familiar to Pokémon Go, with things ("Tappables") to click on in a radius around your avatar. It's here you'll find blocks, items and mobs. Read more View the full article
  5. Last week, I wrote about games dressing up their mechanisms to make them seem snazzier than they are, because really, underneath it all, they're often just numbers. I love how they do this. It's like draping a fancy cloth over an engine, obscuring the mucky oiled cogs with colour and character, and it works so well. It was Slay the Spire, a card game, which got me thinking about it, but no sooner had I written about it than another game came along I couldn't ignore. Godhood, it's called, and it has the most appealing sales pitch I've ever come across: create and spread your own religion! What a remit - think of the things you could do... It begins well. You name your god - you, in other words - and you name your religion, then you decide what your worshippers will be called. How cool is that? A few customisation tweaks later and you choose what you'll be about: peace, war, lust or charity - there are a couple more options but they're greyed out. Then, you're in. Read more View the full article
  6. After something of an extended lull in regular updates, Sea of Thieves has launched a fresh limited-time event, Black Powder Stashes, marking the start of a new, and very welcome, monthly content delivery plan for developer Rare's multiplayer pirate adventure. Black Powder Stashes is available to play now and introduces new limited-time voyages, purchasable from Duke at any tavern using doubloons. There are five variants in total, each plotting a course for different locales, with two tougher challenges forcing multiple ships along the same routes. That could make for some particularly hairy encounters given that the goal of the event is to find, ferry around, and turn in, as many explosive barrels as possible. Gunpowder and Stronghold Kegs can both be handed over to the Trading Companies of your choice to earn rewards in the form of their respective XP boosts - and Pirate Legends can even get Athena's Fortune reputation from the Mysterious Stranger. Read more View the full article
  7. A while back, Xbox fans discovered that it was possible, making use of Microsoft's current £1 promotion, to significantly reduce the cost of the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate all-in-one subscription service. And now, rather than attempting to hobble the venture, Microsoft has embraced it, highlighting the steps required to make some juicy savings on its official blog. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate was announced at this year's E3 and combines an Xbox Game Pass subscription with Microsoft's Xbox One online service, Xbox Live Gold - providing a cheaper option for those that had previously subscribed to both separately. And to get the ball rolling, Microsoft revealed that interested parties could get the first month of Ultimate for a £1, rather than the usual £10.99. Read more View the full article
  8. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is preparing to launch its fourth content season next week on PC, starting on 24th July, and developer PUBG Corp has detailed all incoming new features, including a major overhaul of the game's ageing Erangel map. Erangel is Battlegrounds' oldest map, having been part of the experience since the battle royale game's pre-alpha release in 2016. Since then Erangel has been joined by desert map Miramar, the tropical Sanhok map, and the snowy Vikendi. Compared to those newer efforts, Erangel has started to look a little long in the tooth, and PUBG Corp says the upcoming overhaul aims to "bring our most classic map in line with our more recent offerings, all without losing the magic that made it a fan favourite in the first place". Read more View the full article
  9. Nintendo, clearly in the throes of hardware frenzy at present, has followed up its new Switch announcement with news that a couple more Joy-Con colours are on the way - and one of them has more than whiff of Wario about it. By which I don't mean farts. According to Nintendo of America (so details may differ according to your territory of residence), two new Joy-Con variants are scheduled to arrive on 4th October. Joining the likes of Switch's Grey, Neon Red/Neon Blue, and Neon Green/Neon Pink controllers, are a new Blue/Neon Yellow offering, and the delicious Neon Purple/Neon Orange combo. The latter's rich purple hue immediately, if not necessarily intentionally, calls to mind Wario's preferred shade of dungaree (even if he'd ordinarily pair it with yellow rather than exuberant orange), while the Blue/Neon Yellow bundle has, to my eyes at least, a touch of F-Zero's Captain Falcon about it. Which, at this point, just seems cruel. Oh, and if you're not picturing it, here're some (obviously unofficial) comparison shots I whipped up for the occasion: Read more View the full article
  10. Today's Deal: Save 20% on Edge Of Eternity!* Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are! *Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time View the full article
  11. Today's Deal: Save 67% on SHENZHEN I/O & SHENZHEN SOLITAIRE!* Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are! *Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time View the full article
  12. Microsoft is returning to Gamescom this August to flaunt its Xbox wares once more, and would like you to know what happening this time around - including a first public hands-on of the intriguing Minecraft Dungeons and Gears of War 5's Horde Mode. This year's Gamescom, once again being held in Cologne, will run for four days from 20th August. Microsoft, however, will be kicking things off a day early, holding a special Gamescom-themed episode of its Inside Xbox show, live from Cologne's Gloria Theatre. The latest "news, games, accessories, and features" are promised, with proceedings scheduled to begin at 4pm BST on Monday, 19th August. Should you be interested in tuning in, you're not exactly short of options; it'll be streamed via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Mixer, and the official Xbox website. Read more View the full article
  13. Out of nowhere, EA has confirmed the existence of Plants vs Zombies 3, playable to a select group of people via a pre-alpha build. A Google Play store listing accessible in the US is currently advertising the game for certain Android users (as spotted by Android Police). The same link gives a 404 error here in the UK. Screenshots show familiar plants and zombies from the series' roots - although one big change seems to be that sunflower energy comes not from actual sunflower plants placed on the game board, but from a meter. Read more View the full article
  14. Introduced F/A-18C Aggressors BFM campaign by Maple Flag DCS World AI Wingmen will no longer call out “Tally Bandit” if bandits are within 4km of each other, this is to cut down on the number of “Tally Bandit” calls. Scripting Engine. Function coalition.getAllCargos and coalition.getStaticObjects corrected. Bug with misaligned yellow boxes in tutorial missions is fixed. Corrected Stinger MANPADS guidance. Fixed bug when aircraft with Search Then Engage task attack Air Defenses when Air Defense checkboxes are unchecked. Corrected Linebacker and Avenger SAMs exceeding elevation of missile trajectory that could cause a miss on low level targets. Redesign of the Mission Editor MAP, SAT, ALT buttons in lower information bar. Time setting fields restored in the AVI recording panel. In the Mission Editor, when LATE ACTIVATION is unchecked - VISIBLE bef. ACTIVATION checkbox will be grayed-out (disabled). Reworked Audio Settings volume sliders sensitivity. ’World’ slider now only affects external views. DCS F/A-18C HUD TD box now shows a hemisphere over it when both ownship and donor classify a contact as friendly. Extending the landing gear after a belly landing will no longer cause an explosion. Fixed loss of Gun use after firing off all Mavericks. Zuni Rockets no longer pause after every 4 rockets. Hydra Rockets no longer stop firing after 4 rockets. PLID & STEP functions have been added to the SA Page - Currently WIP. INTERVAL BOMBING in AUTO & CCIP modes has been fixed. Added wing fold function to auto start sequence. Pilot kneeboard is now functional. Corrected NVG graphics artifacts. DCS Fw 190 A-8 Adjusted gun sight glass tint. Increase/Decrease RPM Mouse Tips in wrong place was removed. Control stick connectors and lamp intensity animation added. Clock connectors and animation corrected. Added animation for the CB covers. Combined Arms Units will no longer fire unless they have a direct line of sight to the commanded target. Adjusted the sound volume of the Igla MANPAD. DCS AV-8B N/A by RAZBAM CTD when entering a new waypoint bug fix. INS Stuck on invalid steerpoint bug fix. EHSD not clearing after un-designating a target bug fix. EHSD does not display range to waypoint bug fix. EHSD Waypoint numbering corrected when using SEQ bug fix. Kneeboard now displays the AWLS channel list. RWR Codes updated to include J-11A and F-14B. DCS M-2000c by RAZBAM PCA/HUD logic modified. Master Arm functionality modified. MAGIC and CAN (AA guns) can only be selected by HOTAS. Special modes switch functionality modified. RWR Codes updated to include J-11A and F-14B. Please see notes in ED Forums to learn about new PCA/HUD logic DCS AJS-37 Viggen by Heatblur Simulations Reduced probability Rb15s fired in random group mode will target the same ship. Removed invalid error-warning in dcs.log output. DCS A-10C Corrected training missions. For mission progress the trigger wait for specified command (gun trigger 2nd position), so if user have re-assigned Space key, training mission will stuck. This action replaced with "Start Wait User Response"/"Stop Wait User Response" pair for all such cases. DCS Yak-52 Some gauges appear to stay dark even in sunlight - fixed.View the full article
  15. A group of seven games highly praised by the Steam community are available for cheap as part of the Humble Very Positive Bundle 3. Featuring a range of diverse and interesting titles worth over £100, you can be sure you'll find something of quality here based on the recommendations of other players. In fairness, if I only got the phenomenal Nex Machina for less than £10 I'd be more than thrilled! Before I get too far ahead of myself, though, let's start at the first tier. The Humble Very Positive Bundle 3 starts at just 80p for psychological horror Distraint 2, tough roguelite Unexplored and atmospheric point-and-click adventure Rusty Lake Paradise. I've not seen much of these three games myself, but for less than a quid I'm willing to give them a go. Read more View the full article
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