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Games

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: what are reviews saying?

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a stellar launch year, seeing a steady stream of quality games since the console's release. The stream isn't stopping yet, as Xenoblade Chronicles 2 launches today. Reviews have already gone live, so is it worth getting? We gather some of the more prominent verdicts. Eurogamer The website bestowed a "recommended" badge on the new Switch title, calling it "unrestrained in its ambition". Eurogamer's Simon Parkin does note that the game's smart ideas aren't always fully exploited. He also took issue with the fact that "opportunistic" passing enemies would often join battles, taking advantage of your weakened state. "By far...

  • PSP emulator slow on your phone? New update brings big gains

    Fancy playing your old PSP games but don't want to lug the actual console around? Fortunately, the PPSSPP emulator has been around for a while on Android, being one of the more popular emulators on the platform. PPSSPP doesn't have stringent requirements, as even mid-range smartphones are capable of delivering playable performance in many games. Nevertheless, the team has announced a major update to the emulator this week (as spotted by r/games), bringing support for the Vulkan graphics API. For the uninitiated, the Vulkan API aims to squeeze more performance out of graphics hardware than other APIs, like OpenGL. In other words,...

  • Puzzle Fighter and GRID: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's going to be tough to compare to the previous week's lineup of mobile games, but I think we managed to do a solid job nonetheless! Anyway, our highlights include GRID Autosport, Puzzle Fighter and three more nifty titles. GRID Autosport (paid - iOS) It's great to see recent console and PC titles hit mobile devices, and GRID Autosport is the latest port to mobile. The game obviously has tweaked controls (including tilt control), physical...

  • 7 possible alternatives to lootboxes in gaming

    It seems like you can't visit a gaming news website without hearing about lootboxes and the like. And for good reason, with Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Need for Speed: Payback and several other titles offering this feature. Lootboxes, for the uninitiated, are in-game boxes that contain randomly generated items and perks, for the most part. But the big issue was that these boxes often required a ton of in-game experience/credits or, even worse, real money, to unlock. Then there are the games that allowed you to buy in-game credits with real cash, which in turn can be used to buy...

  • Call of Duty: WW2 campaign review: heartless, headless, tactless

    For some strange reason (perhaps in preparation for the impending nuclear holocaust), the last 12 months have seen the gaming world remember the Great Wars -- two periods in human history that will never be forgotten. For many, they can't ever be forgotten. They've shaped our current maps, nations, boundaries and demilitarised zones. Statues, capital cities, agreements and accords. They've influenced so many of us, that you'll be hard pressed to find someone without an opinion about one of them. The strongest opinions have however come from game developers. Late last year, EA's DICE released Battlefield 1 -- a game that took a look at World...

  • Xbox Live Games with Gold for December is… meh

    Got Xbox Live Gold? Then odds are good that you know about their monthly Games with Gold offerings, delivering up to four games at no extra cost. Now, Microsoft has announced the December selection of games, but don't hold your breath for blockbuster titles here. On Xbox One, we've got Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide and Back to the Future: The Game. The former lasts all month, while the latter offer is from 16 December to 15 January. Got an Xbox 360 or want some backwards compatible fare? Then we've got the critically acclaimed Child of Eden (1-15 December) and arcade title Marlow...

  • Gran Turismo Sport gets ‘career’ mode and more in new update

    Gran Turismo Sport features a heavy online racing emphasis, but it does have a modicum of single-player content on offer. There are your bog-standard time trials, those VR races, license tests and a track acclimitisation mode. But the one big absentee was a legacy-style career mode of any kind -- until now. Fear not, because the December update will bring a cup mode of sorts. "Launching as part of our free December update, we'll be introducing a brand new single player mode called the 'GT League'. Based on the old 'GT mode' of previous titles, players can now look forward to racing through...

  • How well do enhanced 360 titles run on Xbox One X?

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is already delivering on its promise of better looking and/or smoother Xbox One games, but what about Xbox 360 titles? We heard earlier this month that seven last-gen titles would be getting the enhanced treatment for Xbox One X. So Digital Foundry put these to the test. Starting with Halo 3, the publication reports that we get a 1920p native resolution (a nine-fold increase in pixel count over the original), not quite being native 2160p/4K. But we also see better texture detail, improved details in general and HDR effects. Gears of War 3 delivers a big step up...

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp now available worldwide

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the latest Nintendo game to hit mobile devices, has been available in Australia for a few weeks now. But the rest of the world can finally see what all the fuss is about today, as the game gets a worldwide release on Android and iOS. Of course, enterprising gamers have been able to switch regions (for iOS) or side-load the APK (for Android) to get their hands on the new title. In any event, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp brings the experience to smartphones for the first time, as you manage a camp of anthropomorphic villagers. Most of the...

  • Forza Motorsport 7 review: more like Forza 6.5?

    We've gotten to the point where a new Forza game is expected every year, as inevitable as a new Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed title. So does that mean Forza Motorsport 7 is a paint-by-numbers entry that shows signs of franchise fatigue? Let's start with the visual department, being a strong point for Forza Motorsport with each entry (save for FM 2 though). This year's title looks as fantastic as ever, featuring 1080p/60fps visuals on the base model Xbox One -- much like Forza Motorsport 6. I'm hard-pressed to point out any particular visual improvement over the previous FM title on...