Reverse-engineered GTA code restored after developer files DMCA counterclaim

4 hours 46 minutes ago

Reverse-engineered GTA code was restored after its developer filed a DMCA counterclaim on GitHub.

TorrentFreak reports GitHub restored a fork of the fan-made re3 project after its creator filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown counter-claim.

As Eurogamer reported in February, the Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City reverse-engineering fan project known as re3 was hit by a DMCA filed by Rockstar parent company Take-Two that claimed copyright infringement.

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No, the Gears of War Devs Aren't Working on a Star Wars Game

4 hours 58 minutes ago
After Gears of War developer The Coalition confirmed that it was working on 'multiple new projects', rumors sprung up saying the team was working on a Star Wars game. Sadly, that's not the case. In a Reddit post by senior community manager Shaun Akerman (TC_Kilo on Reddit), he confirmed that the team at The Coalition are not working a Star Wars game, stating: "Just to clarify regarding the Star Wars thing. We are not working on any such title. We have nothing else to announce at this time." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/01/14/how-star-wars-games-can-flourish-now-that-ea-lost-exclusivity"] The original rumour popped up earlier this month, with GamesBeat's Jeff Grubb summarising, “Now, I've heard rumours that [there] could be a Star Wars thing from out of the Coalition. But I haven't been able to confirm that, and these are rumors are kicked around in a few different places [...] Basically I'm not putting any money on that”. Yesterday, The Coalition confirmed it will now make the leap to developing future projects on Unreal Engine 5, and that it did indeed have multiple projects planned. That led to fan speculation that the Star Wars project was among them – but the studio stepped in to deny that early on.
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Liam Wiseman

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I can't get enough of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16's enormous, bezel-free screen

5 hours ago

It's big news in laptop land today, as the launch of Intel's 11th Gen Tiger Lake H-Series CPUs for laptops and Nvidia's RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPUs has prompted a whole new swathe of gaming laptop announcements. I got to see two of them early in an online demo presentation: the 16in mega screen of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (pictured above), and its large desktop replacement sibling, the Asus ROG Zephryus S17 (pictured above, right). Both look like very fine gaming laptops indeed, but it's the super narrow bezels on all four sides of the Zephyrus M16's display that have really caught my eye here. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I don't think I've seen a more impressive-looking display in all my years of tech journaling.

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Katharine Castle

Grab Immortals Fenyx Rising and more for cheap in the Amazon Gaming Week promotion

5 hours 11 minutes ago

Amazon kicked off its Gaming Week promotion with some great offers on HDDs, SSDs, laptops and PC accessories yesterday. To keep the momentum moving, a decent selection of the latest titles including Dirt 5, Watch Dogs Legion, Immortals Fenyx Rising and the not-so-decent Balan Wonderworld have now been added to the sale.

If we put the obvious borrowings from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to one side, Immortals Fenyx Rising is a genuinely enjoyable experience, even if it does suffer from the same repetitive bite of Ubisoft games. Donlan called it a “skilful, lovingly made product,” in his review, and, in our opinion, it's well worth checking out.

If you were fast enough to grab it on the PS5 earlier when it was listed at £22.97, congratulations! But that price has since been updated by Amazon (boo!). It's now available for £25.99 on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and Xbox consoles from the links below.

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Our guides team is evolving, and you could join us

5 hours 18 minutes ago

Our guides team is changing. Ollie Toms is stepping up to become guides editor, after two years of writing some of the best game guides in the industry. He's filling the role left vacant by Jake Green, who hopped onto RPS after USG's closure last year and has now departed for pastures new. And James Law, who similarly joined RPS last year, is likewise leaving for some new adventures.

That means we're now hiring for two new guides writers. Come, congratulate Ollie, sing farewell to James, and find out where you can apply to work for RPS.

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Graham Smith

The 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD is back down to just £67 again

5 hours 26 minutes ago

A couple of weeks ago, the 1TB model of the excellent Crucial MX500 SSD hit a new all-time low price of £67 in the UK. Alas, the deal lasted all of twenty seconds before it shot back up to its usual price of around £84. Thankfully, this cut-price SSD deal has now resurfaced thanks to Amazon UK's big gaming week sale, giving you another chance to pick up this nippy SATA drive for the same low price of £67.

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Katharine Castle

Fortnite's new PVE survival mode Daybreak looks set to launch soon

6 hours 26 minutes ago

Fortnite looks ready to launch its sandbox survival mode, Daybreak, according to files added in today's new 16.40 patch.

We've seen glimpses of Daybreak before, in leaked files from previous patches and also, intriguingly, via internal documentation released as part of the ongoing Apple v Epic trial, dated from last year. This suggested it has been in the works for quite some time, and was set to arrive a lot sooner.

"You wake up alone and unarmed along the coast of an island, with no memory of how you arrived," states a leaked description for the mode. "Quickly search for weapons and ammunition before night falls and creatures begin to roam the hillsides, hunting for prey. Keep an eye out for other stranded people they may prove to be invaluable allies in your fight to stay alive on the increasingly hostile island.

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Review: Subnautica: Below Zero

6 hours 30 minutes ago

Subnautica was a survival game for people who thought they were sick of survival games.

Not only did it stand out in the genre with its one-of-a-kind alien water world, it also nailed a sense of genuine chart-your-own-course exploration. I felt like I had to work for every discovery, whether it was some bizarre biome or a new tool that would help me dive deeper, but it never felt like work. The game even had a pretty compelling sci-fi mystery to unravel, complete with an actual ending to reach.

In my 2018 review of the original Subnautica, I suggested that it might be the "best underwater game ever made." I stand by that today. Free-diving, recklessly piloting a submarine, stomping around the seafloor in a Prawn Suit — it felt fantastic to get to know Planet 4546B back then, and it still does now.

Three years later, after another Steam Early Access push, Unknown Worlds has put the finishing touches on Subnautica: Below Zero. Version 1.0 is done, and I'm glad I had enough restraint to hold off.

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Jordan Devore

Stone-cold classics Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol will reanimate this summer

6 hours 30 minutes ago

Dotemu has made a name for itself as of late for being a pretty reliable developer/publisher of sequels to, and remakes of, classic games from the '90s. Last year's Streets of Rage 4 is still one of the best games I've played this generation, and I can't wait to see how Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge turns out. But before that hits, the company is giving players a one-two punch of some classic run'n'gun games from the 16-bit era of consoles.

On June 29, Dotemu and LucasFilm Games are bringing Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC as a combo pack. The last time either of these titles saw the light of day was back on the Nintendo Wii when they released on Virtual Console. This time around, the games will ship with some new features, including a quick save option, gallery of previously unreleased artwork, video interview with the original developers, and achievements.

If you've never tried these games and are looking for more local co-op titles, I highly suggest checking them out. While Ghoul Patrol may not have aged all that well, Zombies Ate My Neighbors is an eternal joy. You can pick up both games digitally for $14.99, but if you'd rather have a hard copy, Limited Run Games is handling the physical release and will announce details on when it'll open for preorders at a later date.

Stone-cold classics Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol will reanimate this summer screenshot

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CJ Andriessen

Nvidia's RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti laptops are official

6 hours 30 minutes ago

Hot on the heels of Intel's 11th Gen Tiger Lake laptop CPU launch, Nvidia are also announcing a new swathe of RTX 30-series gaming laptops today powered by their new RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti mobile GPUs. These new entry-level RTX laptops will start from $799 in the US (UK pricing TBC), bringing Nvidia's ray tracing and DLSS technology to the mainstream.

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Katharine Castle

Everything you need to know about Intel's 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs for laptops

6 hours 30 minutes ago

Intel have finally unveiled their full line-up of 11th Gen Tiger Lake H-series laptop CPUs today, and with it a fresh wave of over 80 new gaming laptops to be released over the coming weeks. These high-performance laptop CPUs will succeed Intel's ubiquitous 10th Gen Comet Lake chips such as the Core i7-10750H and Core i9-10980HK, bringing with them up to 19% gen-on-gen multithreaded performance improvements, PCIe 4.0 support and the latest wireless connectivity standards. Here's everything you need to know.

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Katharine Castle

Baby Chris, Lady X and Dante lead the early days of Resident Evil Village modding

6 hours 30 minutes ago

It's early days in the burgeoning demand for Resident Evil Village mods, but already the community has come up with some... interesting tweaks.

THERE MAY BE RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE SPOILERS AHEAD.

Mini Me Chris is one of the more eye-catching mods, simply because of how nightmarish it is. Modder JTeghius Kittius said: "This was a dumb joke that popped into my head so I had to do this."

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"Unbannable" Apex Legends cheater faces potential legal action

6 hours 31 minutes ago

Respawn recently reassured players that it was exploring "every avenue" to take down Apex Legends cheaters - legal action being one of them - and it seems one high-profile cheater is already facing something worse than the ban hammer. Prolific cheater Tufi, who some in the Apex Legends community have described as a "God" and "unbannable" cheater, is apparently facing some form of legal action from Respawn - although details remain light on exactly how far this has progressed.

Earlier this week Apex Legends streamer Tanner "Rogue" Trebb announced during a stream that Tufi was "in jail", later clarifying in a Reddit comment that the jail comment was a joke, but reaffirming that Tufi is facing legal action and "100 percent in the courts no basketball".

Dot Esports contacted Respawn and was told the developer was unable to discuss the matter, citing an inability to comment on legal action.

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PSVR 2 Reportedly Includes 4K Lenses, Eye Tracking, and Haptic Feedback

6 hours 37 minutes ago
PSVR 2 will reportedly include a 4K display, eye tracking, haptic feedback, and more according to a newly published report. UploadVR cites multiple "reliable sources" on the matter, who say that Sony has shared details with its partners about these PSVR 2 features. The report suggests that the new revision of the headset could feature a "4000x2040 pixels (2000x2040 per eye)" resolution, gaze tracking and a lens separation adjustment detail, a feature that can be seen on the Valve Index headset. The 4K resolution would be a big step up from the original PlayStation VR, which featured a 960x1080 pixels per eye – and a small step up on the popular Oculus Quest 2 headset's 1832x1920 per eye. Eye tracking within the headset will allow for foveated rendering, a technique that allows VR experiences to reduce the quality of rendering in players' peripheral vision – essentially allowing for developers to increase the quality of what players actually see. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/01/12/heres-our-wishlist-for-psvr-2-beyond-526-teaser"] Another feature mentioned in the report is haptic feedback, which the report suggests could be implemented via a motor in the headset (and would complement the headset's new controllers, which also feature haptic feedback). An onboard camera would track the position of the controllers, reducing the amount of peripherals needed to make the headset work.
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It looks like Shadow Warrior 3 has a lot of eyeball-based weaponry

6 hours 40 minutes ago

The pair of Shadow Warrior 3 trailers below are intense and ridiculous. Like modern Doom, but instead of Hell’s spawn spewing onto Mars they’ve accidentally invaded a ‘90s children’s quiz show set. There are eyeballs popping out of maws and gleefully killing everything, and each arena has vast killing devices that grinds enemies into a fine paste. If the gore was green slime instead of viscera it would probably be a big hit on Nickelodeon.

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Craig Pearson

Twelve Minutes is easier to understand when you think of it as a theatrical play

6 hours ago

Twelve Minutes begins to make a lot more sense to me when the director, Luis Antonio, talks about it being like a play. It's not that the central time-looping concept is hard to grasp, nor that it's confusing to play - it's absolutely neither of those things. But it's hard to see how such a contained set of ideas can fill eight to 10 hours of the game's duration. Particularly as, after 25 minutes, I've apparently seen 95 percent of all the objects and things I can interact with. But when he says, "We're going for kind of a character piece like a theatre play," I begin to understand.

There are few, if any, distractions. There's one small set - an apartment - three characters, a few props, and that's it. And there are no gamey exaggerations like flashy powers or combat systems, or anything like that. Instead, there's the characters, and a drama that comes through them, through the things they say and the things they do. Like in a play. Except it's a play that rewinds roughly every 12 minutes and then runs again, and when it does, someone makes a change and triggers a chain reaction in which new character discoveries can occur. And that's how the story emerges, in evolving loops of time.

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Sega reminds fans that Sonic fan games are OK, but exceptions may occur

7 hours ago

For years, folks have been making Sonic fan games without reprisal from Sega. It's an institution!

And in some cases, folks are even hired to make official Sonic games off the back of their work. It's a well known entity that Sega is more accepting of these types of projects than other publishers, and here in mid-2021, the company decided to remind people of the vague contract they have with creators.

Speaking on Twitter, social media rep MiniKitty explains: "So long as no profit is involved, there is usually* no issue with y'all using our blue boy to hone your art and dev skills." The "usually" bit is clarfied to not serve as a catch-all, since for "legal reasons, [they] can't promise all content is OK." They follow up that fan game donations are a "grey area," clarifying: "If something Sonic-related is used as a vessel to make a profit (i.e. calling out the donations through the Sonic content), it's normally best to avoid if possible."

It's pretty standard stuff, but it's good to be aware of Sega's continued support for fan games. I mean, they kind of need it to keep the goodwill going at times when there's a good Sonic game drought.

The character is kind of in a holding period now, as there hasn't been a real successful game in a while, the films are doing their own thing, and the Sonic Boom TV series has been scrapped in favor of trying something new on Netflix. The fan community is doing a good job of bolstering Sonic's image while we wait for all this new stuff to arrive. 

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Chris Carter

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector now out in July

7 hours 23 minutes ago

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector comes out 15th July on PC, PlayStation and Xbox priced £30.99, publisher Slitherine has announced.

The PC version of the Blood Angels versus Tyranids turn-based strategy game was due out in May, with the console versions to follow in the summer. But Slitherine is now going for a joined-up launch across all platforms in July.

Battlesector is developed by Black Lab Games, maker of the well-received Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. It's described as "battle-scale", and based on gameplay it's a scale bigger than leading turn-based strategy game XCOM, but smaller than the likes of Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon.

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Epic v Apple trial debates appropriateness of Fortnite's naked banana man Peely

7 hours 26 minutes ago

It was inevitable: the appropriateness of Fortnite's bizarre banana man Peely has now been discussed in open court.

Last night, in the ongoing Apple v Epic trial, Peely came under scrutiny for being a naked piece of fruit with arms and legs.

In remarks transcribed from the courtroom by Verge reporter Adi Robertson, a lawyer for Apple brought up Peely in court and made a deal of showing the character wearing clothes (his Chapter 2 Season 2 Bond-esque Agent Peely tuxedo).

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Preview: HighFleet is a massive, smoke-belching slab of air combat which somehow keeps itself in the sky

7 hours 30 minutes ago

There are some game traits which you will know, if you have read a moderate number of my posts, are surefire Nate-bait. Settings which go big on the stark, WW1-evoking side of the “dieselpunk” identifier? Yes please. Bafflingly utilitarian, diegetic UIs covered in clunkers and switcheroos? Like and subscribe. Baroque, crypto-feudal science fiction cultures, where archaic royal houses persist in the middle of mechanised warfare on a chilling scale? Here’s my credit card number.

HighFleet - which is slated to come out in Q2, so sometime in the next few months - plots a course straight through this maelstrom of tropes, and comes out in a blaze of glory. And, admittedly, in a blaze of fire. But in a good way. Mostly.

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Nate Crowley

Yippee Ki Yay: Looks like Die Hard's John McClane is headed to Call of Duty: Warzone

7 hours 30 minutes ago

Just yesterday, we got word that '80s action star John Rambo was readying his bow for war in the battle royale world of Call of Duty: Warzone. And it seems that old Sly won't be coming alone, as Activision has also been dropping hints that kamikaze cop John McClane — protagonist of the Die Hard series — will also be skydiving into Verdansk real soon.

A tweet on the official Call of Duty Twitter features a faux-advert for a company called "Nakatomi Duct Cleaning". As film fans will realize, Nakatomi Plaza is the opulent skyscraper held to siege in John McTiernan's excellent 1988 action flick, with the building's duct system used by put-upon NYPD officer McClane — caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

While there has been no official reveal or date for McClane's arrival, yesterday's teaser implied that John Rambo will be arriving on May 20. It seems unlikely that all of these Hollywood stars will drop on the same day — hell, it takes a month to save up for each of the highly priced prestige skins — but we'll be sure to give you a heads-up when we hear that John is ready to join the party... pal.

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Chris Moyse

PS5 stock: latest updates on where to buy the PlayStation 5

7 hours 43 minutes ago

As we enter May, the good news is the more PS5 stock is finally on the way. After a lengthy delay throughout April, PS5 consoles are expected to arrive at retailers over the next couple of weeks. You can stick with this page for all the latest updates for each individual store. You can also find where the Xbox Series X is available to buy on our dedicated Xbox Series X/S stock page.

Remember, you can always find up-to-the-minute stock up updates on the Jelly Deals Twitter.

Latest: As predicted, we've seen some PS5 stock be made available today. Argos once again led the way with a drop in the early hours of the morning, congrats to anyone who braved staying up and secured one. Now, we're waiting on Game, Very and John Lewis who should have PS5s for sale either today or over the next couple of days. Other key stores to follow are Amazon, Asda and ShopTo. Of course, these dates are little more than rumours and subject to change.

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This new Panchamp Pokemon short is considerably less wacky than the original Poketoon

8 hours 30 minutes ago

In 2020 The Pokemon Company debuted its first "Poketoon," which managed to draw inspiration from classic cartoons of the Chuck Jones and Fleischer eras. It was a hit, and as expected, it takes time to prep more. Well, here we are!

This Poketoon however is a stark contrast to the aforementioned goofy short, and is done in a more traditional reflective, slice of life anime style. That's not to say it's not as good, per se! It might not turn as many heads (especially since it's more limited with Japanese-only audio at this time, rather than the unspoken universal antics of its predecessor), but it's still a fun little watch.

This one takes us on a journey with a small boy and a dedicated Panchamp, who trains every day in an effort to become something more. Even if you don't understand Japanese, the message is fairly universal.

Whatever the delivery system might be, more Poketoons is a good thing. I love how these branching multimedia opportunities allow for different creatives to put their spin on it, without having to bow to the anime series.

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Chris Carter

Get this top 1TB SSD for just £67.64, £22 off its normal price

8 hours 50 minutes ago

The Crucial MX500 has been our top SATA SSD recommendation for a little while now, so when I saw the 1TB model had been discounted to £67.64 on Amazon UK I had to tell you about it. You see, the MX500 is often the best value SSD available, and so far this year it's sat around the £90 mark - so today's ~25 percent discount on top of that is pretty outstanding.

As someone who used a 240GB SSD for years, it's hard to describe how much better it feels to have a 1TB drive instead of - or in addition to! - a smaller capacity model. It means you don't have to spend time re-downloading games you've deleted to save space, or going through your filesystem with a fine-tooth comb to cut out every unneeded megabyte. Instead, you get plenty of space for your Windows install, and a healthy collection of games, videos and other media.

This holds true whether you're on a desktop or a laptop, although on the latter you will need to check whether your particular model uses SATA drives, M.2 drives or a combination (Crucial's SSD buying guide can be handy here!)

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Resident Evil Village ships over 3m copies

9 hours 10 minutes ago

Capcom has shipped over 3m copies of Resident Evil Village, the company has announced.

The horror game went on sale on Friday, 7th May, and has launched strong. (Digital Foundry's Resident Evil Village tech breakdown is in the video below:)

In the UK, Village is already the second-highest UK boxed debut this year, beaten only by Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, and has set franchise records for concurrent players on Steam.

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The Game Boy Printer lives on in the instax mini Link Special Edition

10 hours 30 minutes ago

I never asked my parents for a Game Boy Printer for Christmas, because I knew, like a skateboard or a Digivice, it fell into the land of items I wasn't allowed to have. Looking back, this is probably because I knew they knew I'd get bored of it far too quickly. Still, I desperately wanted a picture of the backbone of my Pokémon Yellow team, my main shrew, Fred the Sandslash. The original Fred, sadly, would never be immortalised in a black-and-white photograph, but the Game Boy Printer has been reborn as the instax mini Link Special Edition.

Through the use of the dedicated Instax for Nintendo Switch app and the console's ability to connect to smart devices, this printer allows you to turn your favourite screenshots into small photographs. Uploading your chosen screenshots is a quick process and the app remembers any past photos you've printed, which streamlines reprinting. The app also contains a number of editing features - zoom, adding text, changing the brightness or adding a filter - which, while basic, are easy to use, especially for beginners. Best of all, and most importantly, the quality of the printed screenshots is great, with each one retaining all the colour and vitality of the original version. It means I'm now the happy owner of a picture I took of an Alolan Sandslash - I call him Ice Fred - I took in New Pokémon Snap.

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Resident Evil Village Has Shipped Over 3 Million Units Globally

11 hours 3 minutes ago
Since its launch on May 7, Resident Evil Village has shipped over 3 million units globally. Capcom announced the news in a press release, revealing that this newest entry available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC is off to a strong start. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/05/07/13-things-you-need-to-know-before-starting-re-village"] Since 1996, cumulative shipments of Resident Evil games have exceeded 100 million and Village builds upon the success of Resident Evil 7 biohazard, which itself has shipped 8.5 million units as of December 31, 2020. This news also follows Capcom's announcement that it has hit record-high profits for the fourth consecutive year, in big part due to the releases of both Monster Hunter Rise and the remake of Resident Evil 3. In our Resident Evil Village review, we said that playing it "is like visiting a disturbing and deadly Disneyland, where every attraction is a house of horrors.
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Adam Bankhurst

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