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  1. You can now save a third off the price of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake at practically anywhere that sells video games. The discount brings the reworked JPRG down to the cheapest price it's been since launch - that's £33 in the UK and $40 in the US. This offer also extends to both the standard and deluxe digital versions on the PSN Store, though they aren't as cheap as a physical copy. One to go for if you don't mind paying the extra and you think your download speeds will beat the postie. Personally, I'm still in awe that this game even came to exist in the first place. Originally announced back at E3 2015, as the years went on it seemed destined to be another piece of vapourware that would never see the light of day. Final Fantasy 7 Remake did eventually launch back in April of this year, though, to some seriously good reviews. Read more View the full article
  2. Animal Crossing has now sold a staggering 22.4m units in less than four months. It's an eye-opening number - nearly double the lifetime sales of the last game in the series - in a stunning set of financial results for Nintendo. 61.4m Nintendo Switch consoles have now been sold, with a further 5.68m shifted during this financial year's first quarter (April until June) - a 166 per cent increase year-on-year. More than 50m Switch games were sold over the same period, a 123 per cent incease on last year. Revenue from digital software and Nintendo Switch Online soared - up 230 per cent year-on-year. Read more View the full article
  3. Capcom has detailed the year ahead of Street Fighter 5 Championship Edition in a new livestream, revealing the identities of four of the five new characters - Dan, Rose, Oro, and Akira - heading to the game as part of its fifth and final season of content. Characters will arrive across four major updates scheduled to release between the winter of 2020 and autumn 2021, with Capcom's initial update ushering in Street Fighter Alpha martial artist Dan Hibiki. He'll have four different costumes, and be accompanied by a new Capcom Pro Tour stage, new costumes for other characters, new battle mechanics, and balance changes. Then, in spring next year, it's the turn of Italian fortune teller Rose, who'll have five accompanying costumes and her own stage, alongside three new Professional Costumes. Read more View the full article
  4. Developer Cold Symmetry's unmistakably Dark-Souls-inspired action-RPG Mortal Shell will be making its way to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on 18th August, and there's an appropriately portentous new trailer to celebrate the news. Mortal Shell unfolds in a striking, if somewhat familiar, shattered world, crammed with all the gorgeously forlorn medieval architecture and gothic fantasy sprawl Souls fans could possibly hope for in their search for a home away from home. In amongst all that atmospheric dilapidation, a legion of festering adversaries await, with Cold Symmetry promising to deliver challenging melee-focussed combat encounters that demand "superior awareness, precision and instincts." Read more View the full article
  5. Another month means another selection of Game Pass additions for PC and Xbox One stampeding over the horizon, and August's newly revealed offerings include Final Fantasy 7 HD, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and Darksiders: Genesis. Starting with August's console-only additions, Darksiders: Genesis and Man of Medan both arrive tomorrow, 6th August. The former offers a top-down, dungeon-crawler-inspired spin on the long-running action-RPG franchise, this time featuring War and Strife as playable characters, and is supposedly pretty entertaining. Eurogamer's Christian Donlan reckoned it offered "the same old pleasures for this entirely pleasurable series," in his review, "albeit with the odd new trick and delivered from a new perspective." The spookily enjoyable Man of Medan, meanwhile, is developer Supermassive Games' first entry in its Dark Pictures horror anthology series - a sort of smaller-scale extension of the team's Until Dawn. Like that game, it's a heavily cinematic narrative yarn, in which players are able to direct the action - and determine who lives or dies - to some degree, based on their choices. Man of Medan's nautical tale of teen horror doesn't quite stick the landing, but it's still a decent couple of hours entertainment, particularly with friends. Read more View the full article
  6. Five years after Nintendo confirmed the development of Pikmin 4, Nintendo has announced Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch. This expanded version of the Wii U original now features an additional set of missions starring Olimar and Louie as an introduction and epilogue to the main campaign. (Hopefully Pikmin 4 still survives somewhere, and didn't just get turned into these?) There's also two-player local campaign co-op, various quality of life improvements and - my personal favourite - the return of the Piklopedia to track all of your creature findings. Read more View the full article
  7. The somewhat bizarre yet unique Mario Lego launched just a few days ago - and Oli has found them to be a fun and fascinating hybrid after mucking about with them for a bit. If his appraisal has intrigued you enough to pick it up, here's a chance to save 10% off a number of the Lego Super Mario sets. It's all thanks to the summer sale over at Hamleys, where you can enter the code 'SUMMER10' at the basket to get 10 per cent off your order. If you're looking for a place to begin, then the Lego Super Mario Starter Course for £45 is where you'll want to go. It's usually priced at £50. Read more View the full article
  8. I'm always a bit embarrassed when people start talking about their favourite bands because they passionately start wheeling out names like The Smiths and how they love that rare b-side they found in a charity shop while dressed in their favourite cardigan, and I'm like, yeah I liked that song by Puff Daddy when I was 14, and they look at me like I've just thrown up. I'm just not that musically cool. When people start talking indie, I shut up, which is why I thought a game celebrating the 80s British indie scene would be lost on me. But I was surprised. Family I do very much like logic puzzles, you see, the ones where you fill in the blanks using a mind-squeezing process of elimination alongside the few clues you have. And that's what you do here, in Family: you fill out the names of band members on a rock family tree using a variety of clues. Read more View the full article
  9. Assassin's Creed scribe Derby McDevitt has responded to a claim the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla was originally intended to feature a woman as its sole choice of main character for the first time. The claim, posted on Twitter by Assassin's Creed fan Seiiki Dell'Aria, originates from discussions between the now-disgraced former Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail and an alleged victim of his (Ismail stepped down from the project in June after allegations concerning his private life and alleged contact with women who were fans). "I was approached by one of Ash's victims who showed me bits of conversations and confirmed something that isn't quite out, but that won't surprise anyone," Dell'Aria wrote. "Just like for Syndicate, Origins and Odyssey, it was the devs wish that Valhalla featured a female protagonist. Exclusively. Read more View the full article
  10. Sometimes it's fine to just talk about the weather. The past couple of days a friend has been telling me, over one of the WhatsApp groups that's kept me sane the past few months, about the storm that's been hitting his part of the world. Storm Isaias hit the Carolinas earlier this week before tearing a path up through Virginia, New Jersey and the east coast of America. It's a ferocious thing, leaving millions without power - it left my friend in Connecticut in the dark - and sadly much worse, claiming lives on its way. I was curious to see it up close, from the safety of my own home, via the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Real-time weather - or as close to real-time as you can reasonably get - is a key feature here, with data being pulled in from Meteoblue, where observations are combined with complex predictions to get something approaching accuracy. I'm no meteorologist, so I can't speak precisely to its authenticity - and I'm afraid my own methodology when exploring how accurate it is isn't particularly scientific. All I know is that when I went to check the progress of Isaias on smart weather visualization site Windy and tabbed back into Microsoft Flight Sim, it was close enough to not be bothered by the difference. So I set off at first from Richmond International Airport, heading north into the tail-end of Isaias. And it is, as you expect, absolutely miserable, with next-to-no visibility. I'm still a relative newcomer to this flight sim lark, so while I should be beholden to instrument flight rules and use the intricate array of dials and software to guide me I simply head straight into the murk to get a feel for what it's like flying in such extreme conditions. Read more View the full article
  11. Fortnite's vehicle update is now live, and it weighs in at around 2.3GB on PC. With it, the game's first four proper road vehicles are unlocked. The flat bed Bear truck shown in the video below has a beefy 1000 health and can speed along at 50mph. On the downside, you'll need to stop off at one of the island's petrol stations to keep it topped up with fuel. There, players must grab a nozzle and waggle it at the car to fill up. There are four tanks within the car - so a full squad can refuel simultaneously to save time. Read more View the full article
  12. Activision has announced Call of Duty: Warzone now has over 75 million players - and signalled its intent to reveal this year's title in its battle royale. Overnight, to coincide with its financial results, Activision confirmed both Treyarch and Raven Software are co-developing the next premium Call of Duty game, which Eurogamer has reported to be called Black Ops Cold War. This much about the game - and its troubled development - was known. And while Activision has already teased Black Ops within Warzone with the odd Easter egg, executives last night gave the clearest indication yet that a big reveal of Black Ops Cold War is around the corner. Read more View the full article
  13. Does anyone here remember Muscle Men? Not actual muscle men, they're still a thing, but those little pink rubber figures from the 80s that were about two inches tall. Remember them? I can still smell them, that rubbery waft, and I can still almost feel them, that slight give in an otherwise solid rubber skin. I distinctly remember the moment they turned up in my life. I was in my pyjamas at the top of the stairs, watching people come into the house for a party. I had to go to bed and was throwing a bit of a wobbler about it. I was a child just in case that isn't clear. I might still be in my pyjamas now but I can go to bed when I like! Anyway, one of the people coming into the house doesn't disappear below but comes upstairs bearing gifts. I honestly can't remember who they were but I remember what they brought: a strange tiny dustbin with see-through sides containing a load of little rubber men. Muscle Men, the label says. Read more View the full article
  14. Marcus Grambau and Andy Sum, the developer behind massive mobile hit Crossy Road, have unveiled TombStar - a rootin', tootin' top-down "space Western" shooter, which will be making its way to PC and consoles next year. Unfolding at the outer reaches of the Frontier Galaxy, TombStar pits players against an assortment of gun-toting miscreants - "from pistol-wielding cowpokes to robots with death lasers", according to the official announcement - across four visually distinct planets. What follows is a blend of "tough, bullet hell gunplay and winding procedural exploration" (with roguelike elements) inspired by 80s cartoons, all of which can be tackled using one of three playable renegades, each with their own special powers. Read more View the full article
  15. If you've been struggling to suppress your understandable excitement as Baldur's Gate 3's previously announced August early access release approaches, you might want to take a seat - or, at the very least, prop yourself firmly against a wall; developer Larian Studios has revealed the enormously anticipated RPG won't be launching this month after all. Larian initially announced an August early access launch for Baldur's Gate 3 back in June, noting that while the coronavirus pandemic had impacted development, it still believed August was a realistic release window. Unfortunately, the developer has now revised its schedule, confirming on Twitter that the game will no longer arrive this month as originally planned. The good news is that Larian says Baldur's Gate 3 is still "just around the corner", and that a revised early access release date will be revealed - alongside other "big news" - during its Panel From Hell livestream event, set to be held on 18th August. Read more View the full article
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