June 2020

Atomicrops review - a zany farming shooter Roguelike that's intense fun

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Atomicrops is a farming game and a bullet-hell shooter and a Roguelike. There's a lot going on, it is intense, and while it might look silly and cartoony this is a tough nut to crack.

It works like this. You are the farmer of a small plot of land where you need to grow crops to earn money and feed a town. During the day, you plant seeds, fertilise and water them, and at night you defend them, moving and shooting like a twin-stick shooter. If you make it through to morning, a helicopter picks you up to fly you back to town.

Every third day there's a boss fight, after which you meet the mayor of the town and receive prizes depending on how many crops you grew and therefore people you fed. These prizes make you incrementally more powerful. Then it's back to your farm for a new season to see if you can do it all over again.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Reveals Charlotte Cracker as DLC Character

2 years 6 months ago

If you want more characters for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, Bandai Namco just announced a new DLC fighter for the recent Musou-style game.

The new character is Charlotte Cracker. Like the previously-announced Charlotte Smoothie, it’ll take quite a bit for  him to join the crew. He doesn’t have a firm release date yet besides a “summer” launch window.

If you’re unfamiliar with Cracker, he’s one of the main antagonists of the Whole Cake Island arc of the anime and manga.

You can check out what he looks like in the image below. On top of Cracker, we also get the first actual gameplay screenshots for Smoothie as well.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Prey VR for PSVR Listed by Retailer

2 years 6 months ago
A listing for an unannounced 'Prey VR' has been found on the website of UK retailer ShopTo. The page, which was seemingly taken down after being discovered, suggests that the game would be exclusive to PSVR. Following the original link to the listing now results in a 404, but Twitter user Nibellion managed to grab a screenshot prior to its deletion.
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Jordan Oloman

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A Night at the Races is a twitchy, skitterish delight

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Jackie Chan once said that a lot of people could do some of the little flourishes in his films if they wanted to. Not the big dangerous stunts, but the tiny things that make a scene. In one sequence, I think, there's a huge fight and Jackie keeps grabbing this fan that travels back and forth across the action. He makes this tricky thing - grabbing a fan out of the air - look so simple. Not because he's unnaturally graceful - although he is - but because he's willing to film something 200 times until he gets the result he wants. That's dropping a fan 199 times for that glorious 200th try where it all works. Most of us could look a little cooler if we were willing to Kubrick our way through life like Jackie Chan. Or Jackie Chan our way through life like Kubrick. Now I wish they had made a film together.

Anyway: A Night at the Races. We're in Celeste territory here - punishing 2D platforming gauntlets that hinge on understanding the simple controls - left, right, jump, dash - and the way these controls interact with the environment. Reader, I have done astonishing things in this game. Precision wall-jumps between spikes, air-dashes with one pixel between me and disaster. This is not because I'm unnaturally graceful - I am definitely not - but because I am willing to do this stuff 200 times to get to the end of one of the game's short levels.

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League Of Legends Introduces A New Way To Show Advertising In Esports Games

2 years 6 months ago

In a new update for League of Legends esports, Riot has added the equivalent of stadium signage to Summoner's Rift. A feature called SR Arena Banners will allow LoL esports leagues to customize how their viewers see the Rift, with the potential to display major sponsors and league details.

The new feature will roll out for the Summer Split, and will only be visible to those watching on official League of Legends broadcasts. "In the future, you can expect to see leagues begin to experiment with unique approaches that will more deeply integrate our partners to engage local and regional fan bases," the blog post details.

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Notably, the new banners will only be visible to spectators, with players seeing the same standard Rift they are used to practicing on. "This will ensure that a new visual model won’t impact their ability to practice and compete on an identical Rift," the post adds.

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Hayley Williams

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The Last of Us Part 2: PlayStation Boss Says Preorders Weren't Hurt By Spoiler Leak

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PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has revealed that demand for The Last of Us Part 2 "remains strong" despite major story spoilers circulating online. Specifically, the spoilers appear to have had a limited effect on preorders for the game. In an interview with CNET, Ryan acknowledged the unfortunate situation, but mentioned that Sony has "tallied more preorders in Europe for The Last of Us Part 2 than it did for Marvel's Spider-Man at the same point before its launch." Ryan went on to say that he hopes The Last of Us Part 2 will be "a defining game for this generation," and added that while there haven't been any plans revealed for bringing the game to the PS5, The Last of Us Part 2 will run on the new console "without issue." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/05/13/the-last-of-us-part-ii-inside-the-story-video"] Back in late April, major spoilers for the game circulated online, ruining some major moments of the game for fans waiting to play the hotly anticipated sequel. They're still doing the rounds, so please, be careful out there! Not long to go now until June 19, when the game launches worldwide on PS4. For more on The Last of Us Part 2, check out our article covering the game's incredible tiny character details. IGN's review of the game will go live on Friday June 12, at 12:01AM Pacific Time. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN.
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Jordan Oloman

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Codemasters has secured the official WRC licence

2 years 6 months ago

Codemasters, creators of the beloved Colin McRae Rally series and the critically acclaimed Dirt Rally games, has secured the official WRC licence from 2023 (as reported by GI.biz), with a deal that currently runs through to 2027.

It does mean there'll be quite some time until we see the fruits of the deal, with a new game from the Dirt Rally team due before the deal commences, and with Dirt 5 also on the slate after its reveal earlier this year. Bigben Interactive continues to hold the licence and will carry on producing games in the meantime, with this year's WRC 9 set to continue developer Kylotonn's impressive run on the series.

The last Codemasters' game to carry the official WRC licence was Colin McRae Rally 3 back in 2002, whereupon it was picked up by Evolution Studios for a run of PS2-exclusive titles before Milestone stepped in.

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Xenoblade Chronicles on Nintendo Switch sells double Wii original

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The new Nintendo Switch version of Xenoblade Chronicles has doubled the game's original launch sales on Wii.

Monolith Soft's Definitive Edition re-release of the game debuted in first place within this week's UK boxed game charts.

This director's cut release offers numerous gameplay tweaks, shinier visuals and remastered music throughout, as well as an all-new epilogue.

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You can already save £10 off Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

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In news that might peeve anyone who bought it last Friday, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition has already been reduced to £39.99.

Both Amazon UK and Argos have dropped the price of the newly-released Switch RPG this morning. Until today, it's been sitting at around the £50 mark at most retailers, with a couple going as low as £43.

In his Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition review, Martin called it a 'gently re-touched, thoughtfully expanded take on a modern classic' and slapped it with a Recommended badge. It's less a remake or remaster, but an expanded re-release with a few hours of additional content, too.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Tops UK Box Sales Charts

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition has enjoyed a fast start over in the UK. The game enters Gfk’s boxed chart tracking in first place, knocking Animal Crossing: New Horizons from its perch in the process.

As noted by Gamesindustry.biz, Definitive Edition, a remaster of a 2011 game, has sold more than double the number of the original. It’s also worth keeping in mind the game only launched on May 29, meaning it’s accumulated sales over only the last two days of the month.

Despite the sharp performance, however, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition’s launch sales fell just behind 2017’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which launched just before Christmas and therefore enjoyed a holiday boom.

Here’s the full top 20 best-selling games in the UK for the week ending May 31. Remember, this does not include digital sales.

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Alex Gibson

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E3 2020's schedule and streams, or Summer Games Fest, or… whatever this is

2 years 6 months ago

June is here but E3 is not, with the games expo’s cancellation leaving the the industry without an anchor for the year’s big announcements and marketing blasts. E3’s organisers are not planning an online replacement of their own, so instead a load of different small expos, festivals, and marketing blasts will be filling in this year. While E3 and the surrounding blast are done inside two weeks, this all will go across two months. It can be a bit confusing so here’s the schedule of events and streams coming in E3’s stead, starting this week.

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Alice O'Connor

I don't think my dad could ever Escape Rosecliff Island

2 years 6 months ago

I have a mystery that will likely never be solved. After my dad died in 2016, one of the more peculiar things I had to do was go through his computer, log him out of everything, and close down various accounts. Which included Steam. Looking in his library on there, there were three games that sat atop his “most played” list, with hundreds of hours clocked up for each. Skyrim, X-COM: UFO Defense, and, er, hidden object game Escape Rosecliff Island. Pardon?

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John Walker

Minecraft Dungeons is getting cross-platform multiplayer

2 years 6 months ago

I’m really enjoying Minecraft Dungeons, and my only real criticism of it right now is that there just aren’t enough levels to explore. That won’t be the case as of next month, however, because the game’s first DLC, Jungle Awakens is dropping in July. On top of that, Mojang have announced they’re working on bringing cross-platform multiplayer to Minecraft Dungeons, as well as a bunch of other content in a free future update.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Graphics card deals of the week – 1st June 2020

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Pinch, punch, first of the month, graphics card deal hunters. Unfortunately, the turning of the calendar means we bid farewell to the free games offer that made AMD-flavoured graphics cards such exceptional value. While they still offer more bang for their buck than their Nvidia-branded counterparts, the gap is much closer than it was last week.

Graphics card prices have, on average, ticked up a little this week, and continued coronavirus-related stock shortages means it’s not exactly a great time for epic graphics card deals, either. Still, to help you keep track of all of the top graphics card deals that are going on right now, we’ve put together this list of all the best prices for the today’s [cms-block]s so you can see exactly how they compare against one another, and whether they’re a good buy or not. Regardless of whether you’re upgrading your PC or building a new PC from scratch, here are the cheapest graphics card deals on offer this week.

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Katharine Castle

Warzone players are exploiting a glitch that turns them into cheating snakes

2 years 6 months ago

War is all fun and games, until a bunch of people figure out how to turn into snakes. By exploiting a glitch in Call Of Duty: Warzone, it’s currently possible to appear as if you’re lying prone when you are in fact standing up, letting you hide behind a wall while invisibly shooting people. It is a bit funny, but also frustrating and game-breaking. The snakening commenced over a day ago but the developers haven’t yet acknowledged it.

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Matt Cox

New PC games coming out in 2020

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With E3 2020 now spread out over multiple weeks and months, it can be hard to keep track of all the new PC games coming out this year. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and collected all the new PC game release dates into one handy list so you know exactly when all the biggest and best PC games are coming out over the next six months, as well as which big PC games have since been delayed until 2021.

Ordered by month, I’ve rounded up all of this year’s new PC games so you can see exactly what’s coming out and when. There are still a fair amount of games whose release dates are TBA at the moment, but I’ll be updating this list regularly as and when they get confirmed – which will probably be quite frequently over the next couple of weeks as we start getting more and more big E3-style events on the horizon. In the mean time, though, here’s your complete guide to PC gaming in 2020 as it currently stands.

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Katharine Castle

The Outer Worlds Switch will 'target' 30FPS, 1080p docked

2 years 6 months ago

Stop me if you've seen this before. A big-name game launches simultaneously for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with a Switch edition "coming later."

Given the reputation some games have as a "poor Switch port," some publishers really want to get it right so they don't mess up their chances at extra cash on what is ostensibly a cash cow system at the moment. We've seen it with Outer Worlds and we're also seeing it with the recently released Doom Eternal, which still doesn't have a Switch date.

Speaking of the former, publisher Private Division reached out to Nintendo Everything to provide confirmation of the impending June 5 Switch version, who explained what people can look forward to. In short, it's pretty standard Switch port stuff. The game will "target" 30 frames per second, with the aim to hit 720p in portable mode and 1080p docked. Apparently it'll also have gyro aiming and sticking targeting.

While this is an obvious statement, developer Obsidian says that it's "very happy" with how the game operates on Switch. If it actually hits those targets consistently, I think most people will be happy too.

The Outer Worlds – gyro controls confirmed for Switch [Nintendo Everything]

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Chris Carter

Prey VR listing indicates Bethesda may have revealed the game at E3

2 years 6 months ago

Remember Prey (the 2017 one, not the 2006 one)? Well it's back, in VR form: maybe!

Thanks to another retailer listing — which is becoming an increasingly reliable way to learn about actually real games — Prey VR could be a thing Bethesda is announcing in the future. The timing is very close to when Bethesda would have had its E3 showcase in the coming weeks, before it decided to bow out of that racket and pepper its announcements around in multiple mini showcases. 

The product info is from retailer ShopTo (spotted by Nibel/Nibellion), and simply lists PlayStation VR as the main platform. That listing has since been removed from the site. As a note, Bethesda typically supports multiple VR platforms, including SteamVR and PSVR. They also have been converting their big properties like Doom, Fallout, Wolfenstein and Elder Scrolls into modified VR experiences for the past several years: so all of this checks out.

Prey VR [ShopTo via Nibellion]

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Chris Carter