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The 11 PlayStation games you absolutely cannot miss in the coming year

From Last Guardian, Uncharted 4 and Dreams to Destiny, Project Morpheus and Call of Duty Black Ops III, here’s everything you need to knowSony showed off a large collection of new games, gave new details on exclusive elements in some big games, and announced that its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset would be available next year.Beyond the Final Fantasy VII remake, and Shenmue III K

Nintendo legends Donkey Kong and Bowser to feature in Skylanders

Publishers collaborate to add classic Super Mario figures that will work with games by both of themDonkey Kong wields a barrel that he lobs at enemies, Bowser spawns koopas to create his own mini army – it sounds like classic Nintendo gameplay, but this new outing for the much-loved characters is very different. In a deal announced today, the duo are to appear as collectible figures in Sky

Doom 4 encourages player creativity with multiplayer design tools

Id Software’s legendary shooter returns with a level editor encouraging players to design and share their own maps and modesBethesda kicked off its inaugural E3 press conference with a bang – and a hell of a lot of blood – revealing in-game footage from Id Software’s Doom, a modern refresh of the classic shooter series.Set on Mars and throughout the depths of Hell, the game looks to be a r

20 best new Android apps and games this week

Adobe Photoshop Mix, Kamcord, Monster Mingle, Dash Radio, Tiki Taka Soccer, You Must Build a Boat, Hitman: Sniper and moreWelcome to this week’s roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, covering smartphones and tablets.All these apps have been released for the first time – ie not updates – since the last roundup. All prices are correct at the time of writing, with “IAP” indi

Metal Gear Solid V – how Kojima Productions is blowing apart the open-world video game

The latest title in the legendary stealth adventure series is set in an intricate, highly explorable Afghanistan, filled with intelligent enemies – and goatsI fell in love with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain the moment I tranquillised a goat and then kidnapped it. The latest title in Konami’s 40m-selling stealth action series is set in a remarkable open world loosely based on 1980s Afgh

Xbox One v PS4: this time it's about hard drives

Microsoft and Sony both set to tweak their consoles as gamers tire of running out of storage spaceBarring big announcements about virtual or augmented reality headsets at this year’s vast E3 games conference in Los Angeles, hardware is unlikely to be the big story. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are now more than a year old and the focus has shifted to games. Meanwhile, Nintendo says it is

Fallout 4: eight things we want to see

Game publisher Bethesda has teased the arrival of a new instalment in its hugely-successful post-apocalyptic role-playing series. Here’s what we’re hoping forOn Tuesday, Bethesda stuck a 24-hour countdown on its website, and Twitter blew up like a nuclear warhead. The ticker was, of course, leading us toward the official announcement of Fallout 4, which is set for release on PC, Xbox One and

Lego Jurassic World review – enjoyable if predictable family fun

The Lego gaming series continues with another blockbuster licence and another child-friendly puzzle adventureEvery year the global strategy consultancy Brand Finance releases a list of the world’s most powerful brands. In 2014, Ferrari topped the chart, but this February, the Italian super car manufacturer was usurped by a toy. It was, of course, Lego. This classic product, conceived over

Microsoft launches site for teachers taking Minecraft into the classroom

Minecraft in Education portal aims to get educators sharing tips on how Mojang’s popular game can be used to teach childrenMillions of children are already playing Minecraft at home, whether on computers, consoles or mobile devices. Now the game’s parent company Microsoft wants to encourage more teachers to use it in the classroom.Microsoft, which bought the game’s developer Mojang for $2.

Minecraft Minecon 2015 schedule reveals Stampy, YouTube and more

Mojang’s London conference will have 10k attendees, plenty of panels, a costume contest for fans and other surprisesMinecraft developer Mojang has published the schedule for this weekend’s Minecon conference in London: its gathering of more than 10,000 fans, partners and YouTube stars.Highlights include panels and live “let’s play” sessions featuring the creators of Minecraft-focused YouTu

CSR2 preview – CSR Racing sequel set to speed onto iOS and Android

NaturalMotion claims it’ll be ‘not just the best-looking racing game on mobile, but the best-looking racing game full stop – including console’The original CSR Racing game was a big hit on mobile. After its release in 2012, it quickly sped to $12m of monthly revenues – a startling amount at the time, although less so now with Candy Crush Saga having made around $3.6m a day in 2014.Still, C

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst – 'I hope this is just the beginning'

EA Dice’s 2008 dystopian parkour adventure Mirror’s Edge was visually stunning but flawed. Now a long-awaited reboot seeks to fulfil its potentialFirst-person shooters are rarely ever about the person. We may view the ceaseless slaughter through the eyes of the lead protagonist but we rarely get a sense of them as a physical presence in the game world. They are a visual consciousness attached

Star Wars Battlefront: EA Dice answers fan fears

Why no character classes and space battles? We put some of the key questions to the gaming company’s general manager, Patrick BachBattlefield is one of the most respected military shooters of the decade, and Star Wars is a reasonably well-known science fiction film. So when the developer of the former set out to make a game based on the latter it was always going to be controversial. Ever

Splatoon is the game every noughties teenager would have loved

Nintendo’s brash, punky shooter would have defined my teen years – if only it hadn’t arrived too lateFor a whole host of reasons, the start of secondary school marked a pause in my love of video games. I’d spent my childhood playing grungy classics like Crazy Taxi and Tony Hawk’s Underground. But on the cusp of puberty and thrust into a group of new personalities - most of which were much

Will Guitar Hero Live bring music games back into the living room?

Offering a vast collection of videos to play along to, Activision’s rhythm action reboot looks to be a worthy encore to a once-popular genreIf you’ve been a gamer for at least 10 years, the chances are, your under-stairs cupboard is a shantytown of plastic guitars, dusty half-size drum kits and unsolvable tangles of wire. Once upon a time, Guitar Hero and its many copycats ruled gaming, pl

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition review – pure, visceral action

Capcom is bringing its hack-n-slash classic to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but do improved visuals and new characters add enough to the bill?The arrival of a Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition on Playstation 4 and Xbox One is welcome, though somewhat perplexing. Sure, Capcom’s slick hack-n-slasher was favourably received when it first arrived on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2008. This is a much-lo

Tour De France 2015 review – a captivating road trip

PS3/4, Xbox One; Focus Home Interactive, cert: 3It takes a bold developer to tackle long-distance cycling as a subject matter. Arduous uphill climbs and hours in the peloton simply aren’t obvious elements for enthralling gameplay. But despite the challenges, Cyanide has crafted a surprisingly captivating game with _Tour de France 2015_, by offering a winning blend of strategy and racing.Aski

Payday2: Crimewatch Edition review – fun for the ‘morally flexible’

Xbox One, PS4; 505 Games, cert: 18An anarchic injection of bonus content makes this team-based shooter a fun social experience for the, well, shall we say, morally flexible. As the masked Payday Gang, a group of violent crooks for hire, you blow chunks out of Washington DC for fun and profit. Most missions are riffs on “fend off the cops while getting away with filthy lucre”. This Xbox One an

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley review – simple charms get lost in complexity

3DS; Natsume, cert: 3In the hands of developer Natsume, the labyrinthine history of _Harvest Moon_ takes a fresh turn. After 2013’s _A New Beginning_ reboot, _Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley_ develops things beyond a simple farm simulation to the rather grander story of placating the Harvest Goddess and restoring peace to the village.Nonetheless, planting, watering and tending crops, along w

E3 2015 round-up

Following the latest edition of annual LA electronic entertainment expo E3 last month, Nick Gillett digests the best of what’s coming soon Continue reading...

Her Story review – a new breed of narrative video game

In this fresh take on the interactive movie genre, players must analyse clips to solve a crime – it’s a fascinating new way to tell stories through gamesRaise your hands and scream if you remember “interactive movies”. The games industry has foisted some awful fads upon us over the last 40 years, but the full motion video (FMV) games of the early 1990s are among the worst. From the stodgy tee

Batman Arkham Knight review – a richly empowering comic book fantasy

Rocksteady Studios proves its mastery of the Dark Knight with this third and apparently final gothic adventureNote: this is a review of the PlayStation 4 version of Arkham Knight. The PC version has been withdrawn from sale by Warner Bros owing to technical issues. This review should not be considered a reflection of the PC version of the game.If Arkham Knight really is the end for develop

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition review

PS4, Xbox One; 505 Games; £31.50Cops and robbers have been such an enduring inspiration for Hollywood, it’s curious that games haven’t really bothered with the genre. Battlefield Hardline may have grafted policeman onto its game of war, enabling full scale urban combat, and Grand Theft Auto V does let you perform heists, but neither is as detailed or ambitious as Payday 2. You’re one of a tea

Lego Jurassic World review

PS3/4/Vita, Xbox One/360, Wii U, 3DS, PC; Warner Bros; £24.99-39.99It’s dressed in the trappings of Jurassic World, but this is a Lego game from top to shiny plastic toe, which means you’ll be wandering around smashing everything into its component bricks, before reassembling them into useful machines that eventually lead you to the next area. Arriving on Jurassic Park’s Isla Nublar, you can

Chatterbox: Thursday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt’s Thursday everyone! Continue reading...

Chatterbox: Wednesday

Hurray, there’s still time to talk about games and other things that matterI’m having one of those days... Continue reading...

Chatterbox: Tuesday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt’s Tuesday and Persona 4 Dancing all Night is coming out in Europe this autumn, complete with a special Disco Fever edition that comes with a whole bunch of remixed tracks. Continue reading...

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review

PS4, Xbox One; Bethesda; £49.99The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a game so titanically vast you could lose yourself in it for hundreds of hours and still stumble across new places. The fact that Skyrim is just one region of Tamriel tells you all you need to know about the mind-blowing potential of The Elder Scrolls Online, which splices this scale with a population of thousands of real players.

Chatterbox: Monday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt’s Monday everyone! Continue reading...

Why is Apple so embarrassed by games?

It’s time for the company to stop telling people interested in games to ‘write a book’ if they want to make art For the past five years, one company has dominated the handheld games market. Sure, its major competitor fights a good fight, but there’s no doubting who’s boss.I’m not talking about Sony and Nintendo, by the way. No: the real fight is between Apple and Google. Continue reading.


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