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The 25 best video games of 2014: 25-06

Our critics chose their favourite game releases of the year, starting with Respawn Entertainment’s mech blaster, TitanfallHere we go again. From blockbuster mainstream hits to lesser-known indie gems, these are the 25 games that have kept our reviewers glued to their gigantic HD televisions this year. As ever, it’s a highly subjective list, based on the titles we genuinely played and playe

The Crew review: a good road trip that could have been a classic

Ubisoft’s ambitious open-world racer offers you a whole continent to explore, but struggles to make it really liveUbisoft; PC/PS4 (version tested) /Xbox 360/Xbox One; £45; Pegi rating: 12+Watch the gorgeous promotional CGI sequence after loading up The Crew and you’ll witness what could may be the best driving game ever made. Continue reading...

A mood-changing headset, Thync, that uses electrodes to perk you up

If caffeine and alcohol aren’t your thing, a headset that applies electric current to your brain could improve your mood■ See more from the 20 innovations for 2015 seriesAlcohol and coffee are about to get competition from a set of electrodes you wear on your head. Branded the Thync, the calming effect it produces is comparable to how you feel after an alcoholic drink, while the energising

Sony told to refund customers after running 'misleading' Vita adverts

The US Federal Trade Commission has ruled that early adverts for the handheld console were misleading about its featuresThe US Federal Trade Commission has ordered Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) to provide partial refunds to consumers who bought a PlayStation Vita handheld console before 1 June 2012. The ruling found that an early marketing campaign for the device made several

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

Sega can save Sonic the Hedgehog – here's how

Sonic Boom is the latest hedgehog monstrosity to disappoint and infuriate fans, but there’s one way to save this spiky legendWe’ve been here before, of course. So many times. A new title in the Sonic the Hedgehog series is announced, a few screenshots arrive, fans get excited – and then there is huge disappointment when the inevitably compromised title stumbles from the starting blocks. It’s

Marvellous Miss Take review – a stylish approach to stealth

PC, Rising Star Games, cert: n/aCutting a stylish dash as an intriguing little PC romp, _Marvellous Miss Take _follows the story of the conveniently named Sophia Take’s bid to reclaim an art collection inheritance that has been wrongfully sold to private collectors.In a pleasing twist on traditional stealth gameplay, the action is more reminiscent of _Mark of the Ninja_. Patrol-route memoris

Beyond Tetris: a brief history of patriotic video gaming in Russia

Retro favourite Tetris might be Russia’s best known games export, but a closer look at the industry finds a creative powerhouse that has mirrored the country’s politics for decades. The Calvert Journalreports Continue reading...

Gamers and sportsfans share the same strange zealotry

Obsession, tribalism and hours spent in isolation in front of a screen - a trip to the launch of NBA 2k15 reveals two groups with plenty in common Continue reading...

30,000 people bought crap on Black Friday – literally

The makers of humourous card game Cards Against Humanity sold $180,000-worth of actual poo in protest of Black Friday, donating all proceeds to charity Continue reading...

Darius Kazemi: the Oscar Wilde of internet bots – Tech Weekly podcast

How Twitter and Tumblr bots use algorithmic skill to bring wit, warmth and a critical eye to internet culture Continue reading...

Hatred game back on Steam Greenlight

The controversial ‘mass-murder’ game has been restored to the community voting area of the major digital games store Continue reading...

Removing Hatred from Steam leaves awkward questions for Valve

A gatekeeper such as Steam has a responsibilities. But it also must be reliable and predictable, and this is anything but Continue reading...

From hate to fellowship: how games festivals saved my year

2014 won’t go down as a classic year for video games, but there were bright points amid the darkness – and they happened away from the screen Continue reading...

Hatred shooter removed from Steam gaming site

The controversial mass-murder simulator has been taken off the leading games distribution site, despite attracting thousands of positive votes Continue reading...

Elite: Dangerous – why the classic space game still has fans enraptured

First released in 1984, Elite is back offering a vast cosmos filled with pirates, traders and adventure. Here, lifelong fans tell us what it means to fly again Continue reading...

Atari ET game unearthed from garbage heap added to Smithsonian collection

Museum specialist says the cartridge is one of the defining artefacts of the dark days of the early 1980s when the US video game industry crashed Continue reading...

Ramzi’s Rumble: 'Arabs in games are rarely shown as the good guys'

A young boy battles against settlers in this politically charged exploration of the Palestinian conflict. But can games deal with such provocative themes? Continue reading...

Should Apple censor games differently to music and books? Open thread

Have your say on Papers, Please controversy, as well as YouTube music, the visual web, a ‘Spotify for news’ and social media complaining Continue reading...

Why play games alone online when you can join in at a board gaming cafe?

Venues such as Thirsty Meeples in Oxford offer a fun night out that’s social but doesn’t rely on booze for a good time*Read more from the Do Something guide to games*And from the rest of the December issue*Win a bumper bundle of board games, worth £200 Continue reading...

LittleBigPlanet 3 review

PS3, PS4; Sony; £39.99-£47.99 Continue reading...

This week’s games news

Alanah Pearce | Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes | Elite: Dangerous Continue reading...

Hadouken is real: Pyro wristband shoots fireballs

Flash gun device containing four barrels allows users to shoot flame, in the style of Street Fighter hadouken attack and Pokémon Continue reading...

Clip art is dead: long live clippy bird

Blinking through the tears, we decided that we could not let the demise of clipart go unmourned. So we made a clipart game to remember the good times. Because games. And clipart. And the internet. . (For a more practical response, read our clipart guide to what to do without clipart: “My [clip] art will go on”) Continue reading...

20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

Step Buy Step, Workflow, Seabeard, Papers Please, Mickey’s Magical Maths World, Marvel Contest of Champions, PDF Office and more 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: 7Developer Double Fine returns with another sharp helping of trick-or-treat adventure played through the eyes of two children travelling through time with an array of magical costumes to foil the plans of Halloween-hating dentist Dr Orel White. Between exploring history and knocking on doors in hope of sweet rewards, combat is a comb

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

Nvidia Shield review: a portable powerhouse for gamers

Now supporting Nvidia’s Grid streaming service and ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Shield tablet is an attractive proposition to on-the-go gamers Continue reading...

Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender DX review – baffling but delightful Defender remake

PS4, PS Vita, Tikipod, cert:7 Continue reading...


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