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  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer review: Martha’s spirit animals

    Nintendo really loves milking its spin-offs, doesn't it? I don't even need to mention Mario, because that mustachioed Italian plumber has been in more non-Mario titles than anyone can really remember, or bother to care about. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though. Some spin-offs are often more enjoyable than the original games themselves, offering new mechanics and a refreshing take on Mario and Luigi's now very stale gameplay formula. The latest title to get the rebuff treatment is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and thankfully, I can report there are no plumbers present in this title. That is however...

  • Doom multiplayer beta will be bloodying servers from tomorrow

    ID Software's next incarnation of the Doom franchise will be released on 13 May. Until then, those eligible can play its multiplayer component and frag their "friends." Starting from tomorrow, and lasting until 3 April, eligible players will be able to take part in the Doom multiplayer closed beta. It will include the team death match and warpath modes playable with the Heatwave and Sacrilegious maps. If you purchased a copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order and it came with a Doom code, you'll need to redeem it through this website. The last original Doom title was released back in 2004. Yes, it's...

  • Kill some zombies in Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil 6 on Xbox One

    After much anticipation, Valve's phenomenal Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available on Xbox One. It was originally released on the Xbox 360 and is now part of the backwards compatible list of games. The game didn't just come out as another sequel to its predecessor, but tried to be different as well. Even after much fan outcry due to launching sequel soon after the first release, fans quickly took to it. It doesn't look to include all of its previously released DLC. If you're still up for some zombie killing action, Resident Evil 6 is also now available on Xbox...

  • Oculus Rift review roundup: great for gaming but lacking content

    Virtual reality's golden boy, the Oculus Rift, is finally available to the consumer market after years of talk, and boy, the reviews are streaming in thick and fast. The headset itself has been available for eons now, but only in pre-build beta guises for developers and industry henchmen to experience. But this Monday 28 March, the Oculus Rift was made available to the public, with those who pre-ordered taking the first devices home (or having Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey deliver it personally to your door). So, what is the general consensus among the media fraternity? Is the Oculus Rift the real...

  • LEGO Marvel Avengers review: just another brick in the wall

    It's time for another LEGO game from developer Traveller's Tales in the form of Lego Marvel Avengers. This time, the company is releasing a second Marvel Comics-themed title, which is only good for audiences, right? Well, not really. Marvel has taken a different approach to this new game. Instead of an original tale, it recounts both of the Avengers movies as well as some of the titles in between. The game's stages are compact versions of different scenes from the films, such as the farm in Age of Ultron. Yes, that ghastly, lumbering piece of filmography made it into the...

  • You can finally play Halo Wars on Xbox One

    Microsoft has finally released the most under-rated Halo game for Xbox One owners, Halo Wars. This comes in the company's latest wave of backwards compatible titles. Sometimes seen as the black sheep of the Halo franchise (disregarding the Spartan titles), Halo Wars in a real-time strategy (RTS) game that was developed for the Xbox 360. Taking place around 20 years before Halo: Combat Evolved, the game lets players take charge of human marine forces against the Covenant in an all-out war perspective. What's notable about Halo Wars is its genre, which strayed from the usual first-person-kill-all-of-the-things mechanics from previous titles. The...

  • Quantum Break on Xbox One could set you back 121GB

    Upcoming video game Quantum Break will consist of two parts: the game and a live-action episode pack. It has already been stated that the game files will be 45.72GB on Xbox One, but not the episode pack's size. Spotted on NeoGaf this morning and tweeted by NESbot, downloading the episode pack separately will set players back 75GB worth of data. Quantum Break Episode Pack(Live Action Show), 75.61GB download on Xbox One | https://t.co/0uWUI3EA6E — NESbot (@NESbot_feed) March 25, 2016 This, combined with the game's file size, adds up to 121.33GB in total, making it the Xbox One's largest video game installation to date. However, the...

  • The Wolf Among Us, Dead Space included in Xbox Games with Golf April lineup

    It's that time again when Microsoft announces its next batch of Games with Gold titles for Xbox One and Xbox 360. And boy, is April looking to be a great month. First up we have The Wolf Among Us for Xbox One. This is easily one of the best click-and-point titles you'll ever have the pleasure of playing, but for some reason doesn't get a lot of attention. We just wish Telltale Games would create a sequel to this masterpiece. It will be available for the entire month of April. Next up is Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One, a launch title...

  • Quantum Break first impressions: a game, a decision, and a TV show

    Last night, I finally got some hands-on time with Remedy Entertainment's upcoming title Quantum Break. It's made by the same crew that created the Alan Wake titles, and it shows. Of course, there are some things that I cannot talk about just yet, but what I can say is that Quantum Break -- so far -- is a fun title. Bearing in mind my playtime consisted of around an hour or so. After some intro bits, the protagonist Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore) and brother William Joyce (Dominic Monaghan) escape from a lab and have to fight their way through the secret armed...

  • B&O Play H6 DJ Khaled Special Edition review: you love these gold slugs?

    Splashing the cash on Bang & Olufsen's latest product will get you more than just a pair of quality cans; it'll get you DJ Khaled's blessing too. That's right. That chap who quips "We The Best" on almost every track he produces now boasts that very phrase emblazoned on a set of gold-tinged Scandinavian headphones. That's not a bad way to live. "Stunning one-piece music systems that make your music sound and look beautiful" is how Bang & Olufsen describes its B&O Play range, and that's true for the most part. The B&O Play H6 DJ Khaled Editions are no exception. As...