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What a virtual reality art show could say about the future of games

An artist planning to immerse himself in someone else’s life for a month has worried psychologists, but is virtual embodiment the future?The artist Mark Farid is preparing to become someone else for a month. In a fascinating experiment, currently seeking support on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, he plans to take up residence in a London gallery, don a virtual reality headset and noise-ca

Does eSports put too much pressure on regular gamers?

Professional gaming tournaments are ever more popular, but the ultra-competitive environment doesn’t suit all playersThere’s a lot of pressure to perform these days. In games, I mean. Gaming is a casual hobby to some, but with the rise of professional eSports tournaments, it has become a career to others. This year’s world championships for the PC online battle game Dota 2 offered a prize fun

Grand Theft Auto 5: a quick guide to PS4 and Xbox One versions

Rockstar has finally released its updated version of Grand Theft Auto V for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So what’s new? With sales of more than 30m copies, Grand Theft Auto V was the biggest game release of 2013 by a considerable distance. Set in the vast city of Los Santos, a hyper-sleazy take on Los Angeles, the incendiary action adventure follows three criminals as they attempt a series

Night Zookeeper’s magical zoo offers kids a new way to create and play

UK startup aims to spark young imaginations: ‘You don’t have to make these fruit machine-style massive addiction games’For children, digital and physical play and/or learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts. British startup Night Zookeeper is the latest company exploring the idea of blending the two areas.It started life in 2007 as a project in schools where then-teacher Paul

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review – a great progression, albeit a safe one

PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Activision, cert: 18Simon Parkin reviews Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare_Advanced Warfare_ presents the biggest step forward for _Call of Duty_ since… well, let’s be honest, the last one. As the series strives to reinvent itself annually, it’s become increasingly sci-fi-influenced. This year’s entry is set in the 2050s, a time when soldiers rumble into conf

Games reviews are changing from product assessments to tourist guides

The story of a game comes alive weeks after a release, when players have established themselves in the worldIt used to be simple. A decade ago, a games publisher would send out early copies of its latest release to magazines and websites. It would arrive with some sort of embargo restricting the date of any subsequent review coverage. Then, before the game hit the shelves, there would be rang

Assassin's Creed Unity review – epic but familiar

Ubisoft’s historical assassination adventure shows up in revolutionary France, bringing a familiar army of featuresUbisoft; PC/PS4/Xbox One; £50; Pegi rating: 18+This year has been something of a disappointment for triple-A gaming innovation (admittedly, never a sensible thing to expect). While there have been plenty of blockbuster releases – some new, some a continuation of high profile f

Far Cry 4 review – freedom and ferocity in a strange land

As usual, the latest Far Cry tosses players into a vibrant and chaotic world, then challenges them to survive by any means possibleUbisoft; PC/PS3/PS4 (version tested)/Xbox 360/Xbox One ; £45; Pegi rating: 18+In Far Cry, you are always a stranger. Every game in the series has placed players into the boots of a protagonist who is a foreigner in the wild and untamed land they find themselves

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! review – flimsy but fun

Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, 2K games, cert 18The remit of _Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!_ is simple: why reinvent the wheel when you can blow it up? In space. With lasers. And cryonic beams. And lasers. It takes numerous baddies from 2012’s cartoonishly ultra-violent loot’n’shoot co-op masterpiece, and makes them the heroes of a flimsy but fun episode from the past.Play as Athena the As

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham review – enjoyable run-out for familiar platform format

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection review – impressive compendium of sci-fi shooter classics

Xbox One, Microsoft, cert: 16 Continue reading...

Can Amazon take on Netflix with ad-supported video? Open thread

Have your say on Amazon’s latest TV ambitions, Twine, the ‘poop’ emoji, Minecraft videos and more Continue reading...

Assassin’s Creed Unity review – ambitious adventure crippled by technical flaws

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Ubisoft, cert: 18 Continue reading...

Far Cry 4 review

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This week’s games news

Watch Dogs | Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric | Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal | Minecraft: PS Vita Edition | Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor | Escape Dead Island Continue reading...

PlayStation Network and Windows Live hack could be a hoax, experts say

Hacking group claims to have leaked over 4,500 account details from PSN, Windows Live and 2K Games, but logins appear similar to previous hacks Continue reading...

Game Digital dips after Assassin's Creed delay prompts US rival's warning

But problems at GameStop should not hit UK retailer too hard, says analyst Continue reading...

Tate Worlds will turn real-world artworks into Minecraft maps

Starting with maps based on paintings by André Derain and Christopher Nevinson, with six more to follow Continue reading...

Grand Theft Auto 5: does it really look best on PlayStation 4?

Reviewers have suggested that the refreshed version of GTA V looks as good on both machines, but possible differences are now emerging Continue reading...

Uber clarifies data privacy policy as controversy rumbles – today's Open Thread

Have your say on the debate around Uber’s threats to journalists, as well as Apple Watch, Twitter and more Continue reading...

Sweden explores sexism ratings for games – today's Open Thread

Have your say on the idea of gender equality ratings, Uber’s latest row with journalists, Snapchat Snapcash and more Continue reading...

Richard Bartle: we invented multiplayer games as a political gesture

The world’s first online multiplayer adventure was written because the real world sucked, says its co-creator Continue reading...

Costume Quest 2 review – trick-or-treating is rarely such fun

PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Midnight City, cert: 7 Continue reading...

Dragon Age: Inquisition review – a truly monumental game

The latest title in Bioware’s fantasy series is huge in size, vision and entertainment valueElectronic Arts; PC (version tested)/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One; £45; Pegi rating: 18+A few hours into Inquisition, my party staggers out of a bandit camp on the Storm Coast to the sight of a giant hurling a boulder at a charging dragon. “Can we watch?” asks Sera, my elven archer accomplice, with a g

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare review

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 review – the beautiful game is back

Konami’s Pro Evo series has struggled to match the glitz of Fifa, but the latest instalment has the footwork to beat its rival Continue reading...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection review – 'an absolute monolith'

Microsoft has crammed four classic Halo adventures onto one disc, creating a beautifully curated nostalgia-fest for fans Continue reading...

SingStar/SingStar: Ultimate Party review – classic karaoke fun with updated features

PS3, PS4, Sony, cert: 12 Continue reading...

Minutes review – brilliant action-puzzling against the clock

PS4, Vita, Red Phantom Games, cert: 3 Continue reading...

Donkey Kong Land review – visuals are dated, but gameplay stays fresh

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