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Sun, 07 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife is shaping up to be quite an underwhelming trudge through a beige world that's full of beige horrors and beige gameplay mechanics.

Billed as a 'horror exploration game', Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife is light on jump scares and heavy on those most boring of VR moments - the ones where you just have to stand around and twiddle your thumbs while you listen to other people explain the story to you.

I recently played a preview demo that covered the first 20 percent of the game and during that time I encountered the bare minimum in terms of frights or interesting puzzles. I did however do a lot of walking through sparsely decorated and barely interactive locations with my arm outstretched like a half-arsed zombie looking for brains.

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Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Another week, another bucket load of video game news! We heard the Switch Pro, which Nintendo has yet to announce, will reportedly have a 720p OLED screen. Is that good enough? Join Eurogamer reporter Emma Kent, news editor Tom Phillips and me to discuss this and more on Nintendo's next console.

Elsewhere, the Eurogamer News Cast team talk about Sony's bananas video game controller patent, Sony's decision to retire video purchases and rentals from the PlayStation Store, EA's decision to delay the next Need for Speed in order to support the development of the next Battlefield, and Elden Ring's leaked trailer. Phew, that's a lot!

On top of that we have our regular 'what we've been playing' catch-up, and, to end, the traditional Eurogamer News Cast mug check. Spoilers: Emma flops. Again.

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Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:33:00 +0000

Wow, what a week! Prepare yourself for a bumper Eurogamer News Cast because we have a lot to talk about.

We start with Sony's State of Play broadcast, in which the Final Fantasy 7 Remake PlayStation 5 upgrade was announced. But did the show meet our expectations? Join Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, reporter Emma Kent and me as we each deliver a review in the video below.

Also this week, we discuss Sony's apparent plan to open up PS5 for internal storage this summer - and why that can't come soon enough, the winding down of Sony Japan Studio, confirmation Dragon Age 4 is single-player only, the death of Anthem and the apparent confirmation Netflix The Witcher star Henry Cavill is working on a Mass Effect show.

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Mon, 22 Feb 2021 17:00:00 +0000

Watch Dogs: Legion's long awaited (and much delayed) online multiplayer mode comes out 9th March, Ubisoft has announced.

Players will be able to cause maximum mayhem in teams of four across a variety of multiplayer modes, including open-world co-op and more intense multi-mission based challenges called Tactical Ops.

There will also be the chance to indulge in some PvP combat in the Spiderbot Arena, where up to eight players can recreate their own version of Robot Wars in short deathmatch battles.

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Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:44:00 +0000

You may have noticed a change to the title of our news cast this week. We've dropped the "next-gen" part for a few reasons. One, the next-gen consoles aren't next-gen any more. We're firmly in the current-gen now! Two, we always end up talking about all sorts of games - PC games, mobile games, and even Nintendo games. Which brings me on to number three: this week's Nintendo Direct!

Splatoon 3! The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD! No Breath of the Wild 2! No Metroid Prime 4! No Bayonetta 3! Join us in the video as Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, guides writer Lottie Lynn and me discuss the first Nintendo Direct in a year. There was a huge amount of anticipation for the show. Did it meet your expectations? Did it meet ours? Let's find out.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:00:00 +0000

It's that time again! Time for another Eurogamer next-gen news cast! And what a week for video game news. Join Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, reporter Emma Kent and me in the video below to run through this week's top headlines.

Stories we cover include Sony's astonishing financial results and the confirmation the PlayStation 5 is being sold at a loss, the exact height of Resident Evil Village's super tall vampire lady, ongoing drama in the world of Cyberpunk 2077 mods, and of course Google's decision to shut down Stadia's first-party game development operation.

The big story we focus on this week is the revelation that MLB The Show is PlayStation Studios' first ever Xbox game. We ask: is this a one-off, or the start of a beautiful new friendship?

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Fri, 29 Jan 2021 16:55:00 +0000

What a week for video game news! Join Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, reporter Emma Kent and me as we discuss Microsoft's dramatic U-turn on its controversial Xbox Live Gold subscription price-hike, PlayStation 5 scalpers... again, Cyberpunk 2077 Keanu Reeves sex mods, confirmation of Dragon Age 4's location, and rumblings of a new Knights of the Old Republic game.

There's more! This week we saw disgruntled Control fans call on Sony to issue refunds for the game's Ultimate Edition, which launches on PlayStation 5 the same day it's made free on PlayStation Plus. The question is, will Sony listen?

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:00:00 +0000

It's Friday, and that means it's time for another Eurogamer next-gen news cast! In the video below, Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, reporter Emma Kent and me discuss the week's news, including the gameplay reveal of the promising Resident Evil: Village. Is its very tall lady a vampire? This is actually something we have thoughts about.

We're excited for Village, but we're not so pumped for multiplayer spin-off Re:Verse. Capcom's multiplayer Resident Evil offerings have been mixed at best, and we're not sure why Re:Verse, with its off-putting art style, even exists.

Elsewhere in next-gen news, PlayStation 5 scalpers are at it again - although GAME has played down the claims from some on social media who posted screenshots of scores of secured orders alongside a boast about making loads of money from them.

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Sun, 25 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000

While I absolutely adore VR, as a huge fan of the battle royale genre, the lack of a decent last person standing shooter on the platform has always been a bit of a disappointment for me. There have been multiple attempts from a variety of developers in the past, but none have managed to capture the heart of VR enthusiasts for very long and they often have empty lobbies within weeks of release.

Things could be very different for the newest contender on the block, BigBox VR's Population: One however, because I've been thoroughly enjoying my time with the game so far.

Population: One released on PC VR platforms this week and it's also crossplay compatible with the Oculus Quest so there's definitely potential for a huge player base if it captures the attention of the VR community.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0100

It's hard to believe, but next-gen is mere weeks away - and we just got a fresh look at one of the standout PlayStation 5 launch games, with Aoife seeing some 25 minutes of new Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales gameplay (look, can we just call it Spider-Man Miles Morales from here on out?)

There's plenty to dissect, and a neat introduction to a story that takes place a short while after the events of Insomniac's 2018 Marvel's Spider-Man (or Spider-Man, to you and me) as well as giving us a glimpse of the East Harlem district that Miles calls home. Needless to say, it's some impressive looking stuff.

Aoife also spoke to creative director Brian Horton to find out more, and to see where Insomniac took inspiration from Marvel's long-running comic series - and also where it chose to go its own way with some well-known characters.

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Sun, 20 Sep 2020 15:30:00 +0100

It often falls to racing games to be some of the first over the top when a new console generation comes around - there's something about those gleaming car models that makes for excellent graphics showreels. This time, Codemasters' Dirt 5 is leading the charge. The off-road racing game launches day-and-date with Xbox Series X/S on 10th November, just ahead of PlayStation 5. It will appear on current-gen consoles too, but the next-gen version will be the subject of much interest, especially for its claimed 120 frames per second performance.

How do you go about developing for next-gen when it's still an unknown quantity? How does Microsoft's cut-price, cut-back Xbox Series S change the game? Digital Foundry's Rich Leadbetter talked to Codemasters' technical director David Springate to find out - and they had a very interesting conversation. It has jut finished streaming as part of PAX Online x EGX Digital, and you can watch it in the embed below.

PAX x EGX, which is operated by our parent company ReedPop, is running all week, concludes on Sunday 20th September and is completely free. Check out the full livestream schedule and the virtual show floor for more.

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Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0100

It's an exciting time in racing games; if you're Martin, it's always an exciting time in racing games, but right now that is actually true. We've got cool indies like Hot Shot Racing, Inertial Drift and art of rally bringing back the arcade feel, Codemasters at the height of its powers on Dirt, Dirt Rally and F1, Forza Horizon ruling it all - and as it ever was, most of the best racing games are developed here in the UK.

For PAX Online x EGX Digital, Martin has assembled a panel of experts comprising Hot Shot Racing's Trevor Ley and Joe Binks and Codemasters' Lee Mather and Robert Karp to talk about this resurgence and whether it's here to stay. You can watch the panel, which has just finished streaming, in the embed below.

PAX x EGX, which is operated by our parent company ReedPop, is running all week, concludes on Sunday 20th September and is completely free. Check out the full livestream schedule and the virtual show floor for more.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:45:00 +0100

I love the smell of next-gen in the morning. It's exciting, isn't it? We've had quite a couple of weeks: the long-awaited, leaked reveal of Xbox Series S started a series of dominoes that saw both Sony and Microsoft price and date their new machines, and culminated in yesterday's PS5 preorder chaos.

We're finally in a position to look at the full next-gen offering from both PlayStation and Xbox and weigh them up against each other - the power, the price, the games, the strategy. Of particular interest is the final puzzle piece that, it seems, everyone was waiting for - Xbox Series S, the cut-price, cut-back machine that is quite unlike any previous new-generation console launch.

There's lots to pick over, so yesterday I took the opportunity to record a chat with Digital Foundry's Rich Leadbetter about it all - his impressions of Series S in particular, but also how all the machines are positioned and how he sees this console generation playing out. One thing's for sure - it will be quite unlike any generation that has come before.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0100

After Doom's resounding 2016 comeback - which was also something of a comeback for developed id Software - this year's Doom Eternal didn't get quite the same level of universal acclaim. Some loved it, though, including Digital Foundry's John Linneman, who got a chance to chat with id's Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin about the game, its forthcoming DLC The Ancient Gods Part 1, and all things Doom for PAX Online x EGX Digital.

It's an illuminating chat that has just finished streaming on the EGX Twitch channel, and you can watch it in the embed below.

PAX x EGX, which is operated by our parent company ReedPop, is running all week, concludes on Sunday 20th September and is completely free. Check out the full livestream schedule and the virtual show floor for more.

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Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:30:00 +0100

If you're as old as I am, you probably have fond memories of the Fighting Fantasy choose-your-own adventure books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Now Fighting Fantasy is back and it welcomes a new author into the fold: none other than Rhianna Pratchett, lead writer on the most recent series of Tomb Raider games (and daughter of fantasy legend Terry). Rhianna's Fighting Fantasy volume, called Crystal of Storms, will be out soon.

A little while ago, Bertie Purchese had a chance to interview Rhianna about Fighting Fantasy and writing for games in general. It's a lovely, wide-ranging chat that has just streamed as part of PAX Online x EGX Digital - and you can watch it now in the embed below.

PAX x EGX, which is operated by our parent company ReedPop, is running all week, concludes on Sunday 20th September and is completely free. Check out the full livestream schedule and the virtual show floor for more.

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Valorant Player Sinatraa Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Accusations [Update]
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The Best Mario Levels of All Time
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