There's a new WipEout game

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WipEout Rush is a new game in PlayStation's legendary racing series - coming to iPhone and Android in early 2022.

Yes, this is an official WipEout game - at least in name, anyway. The debut trailer, below, clearly shows PlayStation's trademark at the end. It will feature "unique card-based racing" and a single-player campaign.

WipEout Rush is developed by Rogue Games, a studio set up by former IGN journalist and co-founder Matt Casamassina. IGN has the exclusive on the game's reveal today:

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Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Goes Gold A Month Ahead Of Release

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Delays can be incredibly beneficial to a dev team, giving the creators more time to release a polished product that they’re proud of. Naturally, the announcements can feel like a letdown for avid fans of a particular game. So, it’s always nice when big-budget titles come through the development process relatively unscathed. One such game – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – is on track to be ready for shipping when it launches worldwide next month. The sci-fi RPG adventure has officially gone gold.

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Jason Guisao

Sea of Thieves Season Four Gets Release Date & New Teaser Trailer

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Today Rare had a tease to share about the upcoming season of its popular adventure game Sea of Thieves.

We learn that the new season (the fourth) of the game will debut on September 23 on PC and Xbox.

On top of that, we get a tease showcasing sunken ruins, which will certainly prove intriguing for fans of the game.

You can check it out below.

Sea of Thieves is currently available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. Just recently, we learned that it’s being played actively by nearly five million eager pirates over its three years of history.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, you can read an official description below.ò

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Gamedec review: a great cyberpunk concept undone by a bloated script

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From the stealth-oriented Foreclosed to the twin-sticky The Ascent, there has been a bumper crop of cyberpunk shooters this year, their endless gun fests typically set amidst a gaudy onslaught of neon-tinged billboards, metallic skyscrapers and indiscriminately-placed Asian motifs.

In spite of its roots, Gamedec initially seems like a reprieve from this recent blitz of cyberpunk games. It sticks steadfastly to its self-imposed, zero-combat rule, instead leaning heavily towards the genre’s crime fiction elements. That’s because in Gamedec, you’re a detective actually carrying out proper investigative work, rather than simply pointing the smokey end of a gun towards your problems. You’ll sleuth around for clues, make deductions based on your discoveries, and draw conclusions that will shape the outcome of your cases.

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Khee Hoon Chan

Valheim development has an end point, developer says, as Hearth and Home arrives

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Smash hit Viking game Valheim will eventually be completed and have a final ending, developer Iron Gate Studio has promised, as today's big Hearth and Home update arrives.

There's no suggestion we are close to that yet, but Iron Gate said it wanted to eventually polish off the project and move on - rather than keep it continually updated as a live service game or an MMO.

"Spoiler alert: this game will eventually have an ending. There will be a definitive ending where you beat the game, just so people understand," artist Robin Eyre explained in a 30 minute fireside chat developer video.

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Tom Phillips

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Melty Blood: Type Lumina Gets New Gameplay Trailer Showing Hisui Vs Kohaku

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Type-moon released a brand new trailer of its upcoming fighting game Melty Blood: Type Lumina, which will soon launch both in Japan and in the west.

The trailer focuses on showing a match between Hisui and Kohaku, showing the fact that they certainly differ in gameplay despite being similar in looks.

You can check it out below.

Here’s how Type-Moon describes Hisui

“A maid for the Tohno family, responsible for household chores (except cooking) and taking care of Shiki.
She is Kohaku’s younger twin. Unlike her sister, she is known for wearing more modern, non-traditional clothing.
Her quiet nature makes her true feelings difficult to read, and her formal way of speaking has led Shiki to see her as being rather mechanical. Her fighting skills are not quite on the same level as her sister, but she holds her own well enough.”

… And Kohaku.

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343 to ditch Halo: The Master Chief Collection seasons after Halo Infinite comes out

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343 plans to ditch Halo: The Master Chief Collection's seasons after Halo Infinite comes out, it's signalled.

Season 8, which launches later this autumn, may prove to be MCC's last season, as 343 moves away from the game's season model to focus on smaller updates "that can land when they're ready based on development status and studio roadmap alignment".

343 insisted these updates will continue to be free and will include the unreleased features and content from this year, and it will make a continued effort to improve stability and tackle legacy fixes where possible. "We still have a lot of goodness to deliver in 2022," 343's publishing team lead producer Michael "Farns" Fahrny said in a post on Halo Waypoint.

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Former Bungie Composer Charged With Contempt of Court Over Use of Destiny Music

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Former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell, known for his work on the Halo series and Destiny, has been found in contempt of court over his use of Destiny music assets that broke the terms of a 2015 lawsuit between him and Bungie. O'Donnell now faces tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

As revealed by Eurogamer, Bungie served the Halo-famed composer with contempt of court papers back in April after it surfaced that Destiny videos breaking the terms of a previous 2015 lawsuit between the pair had been published to O'Donnell's YouTube channel and other platforms.

On July 12 this year, after reviewing the evidence presented, Judge Regina Cahan of the Superior Court of Washington King County ruled in the studio's favour. As part of the ruling, O'Donnell has reportedly been made to remove all relevant Destiny material from the internet. To ensure that a similar situation doesn't arise in the future, O'Donnell has also been made to submit a range of his electronic devices for forensic examination in order to ensure that any assets relating to the case in his possession are deleted.

The composer has also been told pay Bungie any money that he has received from the sale of music uploaded to Bandcamp as well as the studio's legal fees. While these fees are apparently still in dispute, they include both Bungie's legal fees and the costs associated with the third-party forensic examination of his devices - a figure that Bungie reportedly argues is close to $100,000.

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GT Creator Kazunori Yamauchi on Bringing 25 Years of History to Gran Turismo 7

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Polyphony Digital’s wonderfully nostalgic new trailer for Gran Turismo 7, which Sony aired during its 2021 PlayStation Showcase last week, communicates a very clear message: this is a series with a long history that players look back upon with firm fondness.

Filled with sequences inspired by the unforgettable intro movies from several classic Gran Turismo games stretching all the way back to the series’ debut on the original PlayStation, this latest look at GT7 knew exactly which buttons to push to get fans ready for the much-anticipated return of the complete Gran Turismo experience.

Gran Turismo creator and Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi confirms the call-backs were something he wanted to do to help tie the history of the series to the next chapter.

“I felt that was the kind of thing the audience was really looking for now,” Yamauchi tells IGN. “When the development of GT Sport ended I had mentioned in interviews that I wanted GT7 to be a title that connects the past to the present and to the future, and that’s exactly what GT7 is about.”

Of course, there are a variety of hurdles that accompany the task of building a game for an audience as broad as that of Gran Turismo, which ranges from fans who loved the original nearly 25 years ago to kids who perhaps weren’t even born when the likes of GT5 and GT6 arrived within the last decade or so.

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Blue Reflection: Second Light Gets Gameplay Trailer & Screenshots, Introduces Uta & Kirara

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Today Koei Tecmo and Gust released a new trailer, screenshots, and details of the upcoming Blue Reflection sequel Blue Reflection: Second Light.

The video showcases gameplay, introducing mechanics and activities available at the academy that serves as the setting for the game.

We also get the introduction of two characters, Uta Komagawa from the anime Blue Reflection Ray and Kirara Kuno.

You can check them out below, alongside the details provided with the press release.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Best Deathloop trinkets: what every trinket does and which are best for your loadout

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What are the best trinkets in Deathloop? Trinkets might sound frivolous, but they are in fact Deathloop's answer to mods: applying them provides potentially very powerful combat buffs, and therefore they're actually very important. Deathloop's Trinkets come in two varieties: Character Trinkets (personal mods applied to your player character) and Weapon Trinkets (mods which can be applied individually to every gun in your possession).

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Rebecca Jones

Lost Judgment Review

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The Yakuza series and its spin-offs are renowned for juxtaposing simmering crime drama plots alongside quirkier complementary diversions, but Lost Judgment is the first time that the side dishes have turned out to be more satisfying than the main course. An intriguing murder case at its center doesn’t quite go the distance thanks to a lack of late-game twists and turns and puddle-deep detective gameplay, but a surprisingly absorbing series of optional investigations that place returning star Takayuki Yagami undercover at a Yokohama high school go a long way towards redeeming the overall adventure.

When a body is found decomposing in an abandoned warehouse, the prime suspect has an airtight alibi: getting caught committing an entirely different crime at the exact same time the warehouse murder is believed to have taken place. It’s a provocative jumping off point to be reunited with private investigator Yagami and his likeable crime-solving cohorts, and it kept me enthralled in its opening hours as a series of contradictions were picked apart and modern concepts like deepfake technology were posited that made me feel like I was leading man in an episode of CSI: Shinjuku.

This initial intrigue doesn’t last, though, since all of the major parts and players in Lost Judgment’s main case have been identified and unmasked roughly by the start of the third act, which means any sense of mystery evaporates from there on out as the characters talk in circles and at length while re-examining the same pieces of evidence without revealing any new details. I kept waiting for a rug-pulling plot twist that never arrived, and despite the customary escalating boss fights in Lost Judgment’s closing chapters, I couldn’t help but feel like it was just going through the motions.

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BitCraft, a 'New Kind of MMORPG', Announced

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Startup developer Clockwork Labs has announced BitCraft, a "new kind of MMORPG" that emphasizes player cooperation and allows players to have a large amount of agency over the game world.

The PC MMO, which you can sign up to play the pre-alpha build at on the official BitCraft website, features a mix of crafting, building, hunting, farming, trading, and exploration. It's also got a unique art style, which you can see for yourself in the trailer above and the screenshot gallery below.

“BitCraft is an MMO community sandbox game which takes place in an enormous, fully editable, procedurally generated landscape all hosted in a single unsharded world, providing players with an unparalleled level of creativity and depth,” said Clockwork Labs cofounder Tyler Cloutier.

The developers promise "unparalleled freedom and long-term character progression which enables players to create their own stories and write the new history of this world." Stay tuned for more on BitCraft as development progresses.

Ryan McCaffrey is IGN's executive editor of previews and host of both IGN's weekly Xbox show, Podcast Unlocked, as well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN Unfiltered. He's a North Jersey guy, so it's "Taylor ham," not "pork roll." Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.

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Lost Judgment Review – The Perfect Sequel

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Lost Judgment on PS4

Video game sequels can be pretty tricky to make, even for a successful title. While you’ve got an established IP and audience to work with, the tightrope of not changing things fans loved about the game while also creating enough new features to warrant a sequel can be hard to balance. Thankfully, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio does just that with Lost Judgment, creating a perfect sequel that improves upon existing features while also adding in amazing new ones.

Lost Judgment once again follows the adventures of Takayuki Yagami: a lawyer turned private detective who stops at nothing to find the truth. When another mysterious and seemingly impossible case is dropped into his lap, it is up to the Yagami Detective Agency to figure out what is really happening.

To do that, Yagami must case the streets and find leads, working with returning allies like Kaito, Sugiura, Hoshino, Saori, Higashi, and Tsukumo to help him piece things together. Things are never as simple as tracking down the right suspects, though, leading to plenty of combat, tailing, and investigating.

The most important improvement to note right off the bat is that droning, tailing, and photography missions have been toned down significantly. Lost Judgment still has aspects of them, but they no longer make up an excruciating amount of the game’s missions.

Even when included, majorily in Side Cases, these features don’t muddle down the experience either. A lot of this is because small changes have been implemented in each.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries gets marriage, melee and mech-switching with its next DLC

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Don't you just hate it when you're getting married to secure an alliance with a certain faction, but another faction insists on existing in-between your borders? Don't worry, it's a simple fix: send in an army of mechs to conquer them, then you and your betrothed get even more space to share!

This is pretty much the plot of the next MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries DLC, Legend Of The Kestrel Lancers. It's arriving on September 23rd alongside a free update that will finally let players punch other mechs in the face.

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Imogen Beckhelling

The big Gran Turismo 7 interview

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Gran Turismo is back. Not that it's ever been away, of course - Gran Turismo Sport released towards the end of 2017, providing a foundation for a pleasingly modern take on the series with a new focus on online inspired by the likes of iRacing and some strong post-release support.

Now, though, is the time for the first numbered release in the series since 2013, and with that comes a different set of expectations - a proper campaign, a broader car list and a return to the collectathons of old, all of which Gran Turismo 7 looks set to deliver upon.

There's also the promise of returning features and - most excitingly for sim and endurance fans such as myself - the reinstatement of dynamic time and weather conditions to help bring races alive. I was fortunate enough to get 30 minutes of series creator Kazunori Yamauchi's time earlier this week, where I hoped to find more details of what's to come.

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WipEout Rush Announced

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Following in the footsteps of games like Super Mario Run, wipEout Rush brings a fan-favorite gaming franchise in a way uniquely suited to the mobile platform. It will be released for both iOS and Android devices in early 2022. Check out the announcement trailer above and a gallery of screenshots below.

Publisher Rogue Games is aware that many fans still want to see a return on its original PlayStation platform. “If I want that visceral, immersive, intense racing experience, I’ll find it waiting on PlayStation," said Rogue CEO Matt Casamassina. "But at the same time, we’re delighted that we could rethink wipEout for mobile with some fun new play mechanics and gorgeous visuals.

“We hope fans will come to it with an open mind because—although different—we’re proud to bring the wipEout franchise back into focus with a fresh take on the formula," he continued. "And we’ve poured a lot of love into the presentation, which includes loads of iconic ships and tracks, a new comic book-inspired narrative, a fitting electronica soundtrack, and gorgeous visuals that run at 60 frames per second on modern hardware.”

wipEout Rush includes 60 ships from the original games as well as a single-player campaign featuring 12 championship cup races across five distinct environments. That campaign also includes comic book-influenced storytelling that will give more personality to the racers. And in one more nod to the originals, wipEout Rush features an original electronica soundtrack from veteran Sony musician Alastair Lyndsay.

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Gran Turismo 7's big new campaign will require an internet connection

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Following some uncertainty after Gran Turismo 7's release date reveal last week and a subsequent blog post that stated one of the new campaign modes will require an online connection, Polyphony Digital has confirmed that an internet connection is necessary to play the game's main campaign.

The addition of a fully fleshed out campaign is one of the key new features in Gran Turismo 7, following its absence at the heart of the online-focussed Gran Turismo Sport. Gran Turismo 7's campaign leans heavily on the series' past, allowing full modding and customisation of cars, as well as placing a fresh emphasis on the car collecting side with new and used dealerships and an all-new GT Cafe that lends some structure to the hoarding of cars.

A blog post published in the immediate aftermath of the release date reveal stated that an online connection is required for GT Cafe, something series creator Kazunori Yamauchi was able to expand upon in a recent interview with Eurogamer.

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Deltarune Chapter 2, From Undertale Creator, Drops This Week

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Undertale, a 2D RPG from 2015, remains one of the most definitive and revolutionary indie titles to grace the contemporary scene, rising to similar heights as other popular pixel-art games like Stardew Valley and Terraria. Since Undertale’s release and subsequent victory lap, Developer Toby Fox released the first chapter in his highly anticipated semi-sequel, Deltarune. Deltarune is a top-down RPG with puzzles, bullet hell sequences, and classic Final Fantasy-inspired turn-based combat. Chapter 1 launched in 2018, and in a surprise announcement, Fox unveiled the release date for Chapter 2 last night the game drops this week; tomorrow, in fact. 

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Jason Guisao

Tales of Arise breaks franchise records as it hits 1m sales milestone

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Bandai Namco role-player Tales of Arise has shifted 1m copies worldwide in under a week, breaking sales records for the long-running series.

It means Arise is the fastest-selling Tales game ever, and the first to hit 1m copies in under seven days.

Bandai Namco announced the milestone on Twitter today, and shared a celebratory image of the game's characters Alphen and Shionne.

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Tom Phillips

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Flight of the Navigator Takes to the Skies Once Again In New Reboot for Disney+

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Fans of ’80s nostalgia, rejoice! Yes, Flight of the Navigator is all set for a reboot at Disney+, and Jurassic World star, Bryce Dallas Howard, has officially signed on to helm the project.

The news comes by way of a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to their intel, “Bryce Dallas Howard is attached to direct and produce a female-led reimagining of the 1986 kids sci-fi adventure movie for Walt Disney Studios.”

For those unaware, Flight of the Navigator is a beloved children’s sci-fi classic that stars 12 year-old David (played by Joey Cramer) who is transported back in time after he accidentally falls into a ravine near his home.

When he awakens, eight years have passed and when he arrives back at his house, all is not as it seems: another family lives in his home, his younger brother is now even older than him, and he’s continually receiving strange telepathic messages from a mysterious alien spacecraft.

Throw in some suspicious NASA scientists, a charming AI alien computer called Max (who’s very reminiscent of Knight Rider’s KITT), a handful of extraterrestrial critters and a teenage Sarah Jessica Parker, and you’ve got all the trappings for a successful ’80s sci-fi pic that is super fun for all the family.

Apparently, according to the recent report, “Disney tried reimagining the title in 2009 — at one point, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly worked on the script — but lost the rights to Lionsgate in the 2010s.”

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Steam's Latest Surprise Hit is a Sim Where You Run a Gas Station

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Aside from showcasing the latest triple-A heavyweights to grace the world of video games, the Steam store is also no stranger to the occasional out-of-the-blue indie success story. The store's latest surprise hit comes in the form of Gas Station Simulator, a game that does exactly what the title suggests: run a gas station.

Currently ranked third on Steam's Top Sellers list, DRAGO Entertainment's Gas Station Simulator is topped only by new releases Deathloop and Timberborn.

In Gas Station Simulator, players find themselves at the forefront of a brand new business opportunity. After purchasing their very own abandoned gas station - The Dust Bowl - budding entrepreneurs are then tasked with restoring it to its former glory. Throughout the game, players will need to expand upon their station's services as they attempt to keep up with the pace of its customers' demands.

Gas Station Simulator incorporates all the best elements from your multiple memorable times at gas stations. From refuelling cars at the pump to tending to customers at the checkout, and even changing tires in the workshop, the game looks to draw upon the best tasks of station life.

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Jared Moore

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Brilliant Itch freebie If On a Winter's Night, Four Travellers coming to Steam this month

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If On A Winter's Night, Four Travellers, an Itch.io breakout hit from indie developers Laura Hunt and Thomas Möhring, is coming to Steam later this month, releasing for free - like it is on Itch right now - on September 21st.

I played If On A Winter's Night, Four Travellers back in March and loved it. It's only a few hours long, featuring some mostly gentle point-and-click puzzling and a nicely gripping mystery. There are lots of literary references, lots of gothic horror, and lots - as you might have already noticed - of quite stunning pixel art, too.

It's "a ghastly little gem," apparently, with about 31,000 downloads on Itch. And free! You should check it out (and give that writeup from March a read if you're feeling extra generous, too).

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Chris Tapsell

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The 10 best battle royale games

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Outlast the rest of the competition and emerge the last person standing, that's the motto for the best battle royale games out there. Often there's a big circle of poison gas pushing people closer together, or like, everyone parachutes in for some reason. Some don't feature any of these things, and opt for obstacle courses, or zany community creations instead. You may have thought battle royale games were quite one-note, but they're actually quite varied. So below I've rounded up some of the best ways to prove you're the fittest survivor of them all.

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Ed Thorn

Skatebird review: tiny hawks win the day in this wonky skating game

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Skatebird is simultaneously a homage to the Tony Hawk games of old and a celebration of just how stupid birds can be. It's the arcadey kind of kickflipper, handling more like THUG than a Skate game. But don't expect the truly smooth flow of the Hawkster's outings. There's plenty of wobbly physics on show here, much of it intentional and jokey (as you'd expect from a game that seems to have resulted entirely from a single pun). But some of it perhaps not. Still, it's hard to hate on these feathery ones when they squawk so pure, and when their taste in music is im-peck-able.

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Brendan Caldwell

PS5 Pulse 3D Midnight Black Headset Now Available to Preorder in the UK

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Sony recently announced a brand new entry into the PS5 accessories family, the Midnight Black Pulse 3D Headset, to go alongside the standard white PS5 Headset. It will release on October 29, 2021, and costs £89.99 in the UK. Preorders are now live at Amazon.

Pulse 3D Headset in Midnight Black Now Available to Preorder

The new colour for the Pulse 3D Headset directly follows up from the release of DualSense Controllers in Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. Which now begs the question, what colours will we see next, and will Sony ever release alternate faceplate covers for the console?

Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.

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