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Acclaimed deck-building rogue-like Slay the Spire coming to PS4 next month

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UPDATE 23/5/19: Mega Crit Games has announced that Slay the Spire, its superb rogue-like deck-building dungeon-crawler, will finally be heading to Switch on 6th June.

It's taken its time getting here, of course; Slay the Spire was originally announced for Switch last August, well ahead of other platforms, but the PS4 version still managed to pip it to the post this month, thanks to development hitches. However, all's well that ends well, and that 6th June release date, says Mega Crit, is now "locked in".

Slay the Spire will cost $24.99 USD (around £20) on Switch, and is worth every penny.

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Weird, wonderful Eastern Europe roadtrip adventure Jalopy is free on the Humble Store

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Developer Minskworks' Jalopy is a weird, drab, dull, wonderful experience, and if you're in the mood for a bit of an Eastern European adventure in a clapped-out old banger, you'd do well to snap it up right now, while it's free on the Humble Store.

It should be a simple enough task, really; transport your uncle from one side of the former Eastern Bloc to the other, trundling happily and uneventfully through Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Unfortunately, rather complicating the adventure is the fact that your only vehicle of choice is your beloved, but barely functional, Laika 601 Deluxe - inspired by the legendary East German Trabant.

That makes for an interesting dichotomy; on the one hand, there's the endless monotony of Jalopy's wilfully drab (usually damp) landscape, trundling leisurely by outside the window. On the other, there's the constant tension that comes from the knowledge that your trusty Laika 601 is liable to jettison important bits and collapse into a pile of rust at any moment.

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Stealthy animal XCOM-alike Mutant Year Zero unveils Seed of Evil expansion

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 21:04

Developer The Bearded Ladies has unveiled the first expansion for its stealthy XCOM-alike Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. It's called Seed of Evil, and is heading to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch on 30th July.

Mutant Year Zero, which was inspired by the Swedish tabletop RPG of the same name, released last December. It won many a fan on release, thanks to its solidly designed turn-based strategy action - successfully combining stealth and combat - and its wonderfully engaging cast of animal misfits, as they journeyed across the post-human, post-apocalyptic world.

Earlier this year, The Bearded Ladies revealed that it would be bringing the game to Switch this summer, and while that's still the case, there's been a bit of rejigging of dates. Mutant Year Zero will now arrive on Nintendo's console slightly later than first announced, on 30th July.

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Dreamfall dev's beautiful "fjord noir mystery” Draugen is out next week

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 18:41

It's been a long time coming but Dreamfall Chapters developer Red Thread Games' intriguing first-person "fjord noir mystery", Draugen, will finally arrive on Steam and GOG next week, on 29th May.

Draugen, which was first unveiled back in 2013, unfolds against the picturesque rural backdrop of 1920s Norway, and follows the tribulations of American traveller Edward Charles Harden and his "gregarious and enigmatic young ward" Lissie, as they search for Edward's missing sister.

Despite originally being pitched as something closer to a survival horror game back in 2013 (Red Thread called it a "dark and disturbing journey into the pitch black heart of Norwegian national romanticism"), the Draugen of 2019 is more in the realm of psychological thriller. According to its developer, today's Draugen "has moments of darkness and fear, mystery and suspense, but it also has beauty, peace and poetry."

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Is your broadband good enough for Google Stadia?

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 18:15

With Google Stadia and other assorted streaming services set to truly take off this year, many are wondering: is my broadband good enough?

A good internet connection is required to play games on Stadia, although there's no set number for a requirement yet. What we do know is 25Mbps is the required speed (bandwidth) for Stadia's precursor, Project Stream. That's for 1080p, 60fps streaming of gameplay though. 4K60 will be higher, as you'd expect. Basically, think about aiming for at least 25Mbps download speeds as a minimum for now. (For more information, check out Digital Foundry's Google Stadia impressions.)

Based on this, how big a chunk of the population could be excluded from using Stadia? And how do people feel about video game streaming in the first place? Eurogamer is working with Broadband Genie on a survey designed to find out.

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All remaining Telltale Games series will be gone from GOG next week

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 17:27

UPDATE 4.30PM: 2K Games has confirmed to Eurogamer it is working to get Tales from the Borderlands back on sale as soon as possible. As we reported below, it was recently pulled from Steam and will be removed from GOG on Monday, alongside many other titles from the now defunct Telltale Games.

"We are working to get Tales from the Borderlands back up on digital storefronts as soon as possible," a 2K spokesperson told us. "All prior digital purchases of the game will of course still be honoured and supported."

It's good to see one of Telltale's best games secured - especially as its characters tie-in to the upcoming Borderlands 3. Here's hoping other Telltale series get picked up as well.

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Beheady French courtroom drama We. The Revolution gets a console release date

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 16:50

We. The Revolution, the courtroom drama set during the French Revolution, finally has a console release date. It will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch 25th June.

I reviewed We. The Revolution and Recommended it. And actually, to call it a courtroom drama does it a disservice, because while, as a judge in Paris, the courtroom is the base of your operations, quite a lot takes place outside of it - in your home, on the street, by the guillotine...

It's a game about making tough decisions - life or death decisions - while juggling the warring wants of Paris' many factions, and any one of them can spell Game Over if you push them too far. Will you listen to your family or the revolutionaries? Will you please the commoners or the aristocracy? In this way We. The Revolution sways you from the morally righteous verdicts you were so sure you wanted to make.

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Total War: Three Kingdoms sets concurrent player record for the series on Steam

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 15:16

Total War: Three Kingdoms has set a concurrent player record for the series on Steam.

At the time of publication, 147,496 people are playing Creative Assembly's latest strategy game on Valve's platform.

Creative Assembly confirmed to Eurogamer that Three Kingdoms has indeed set the series record.

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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey PS4, Xbox One editions launch four months after PC

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 15:09

Prehistoric ape evolution game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey now has a firm release date for PC via the Epic Games Store, and a later launch window for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

On PC, Ancestors will arrive 27th August. It's exclusive to Epic Games Store for a full year. On console, Ancestors will launch digitally sometime this December, around four months later. There's a line in the press release about developer Panache wanting to release the game on each platform only when it's ready, though no specifics on why there's a hold up for consoles.

Ancestors is the first game in a decade from Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators behind Assassin's Creed, now perhaps better known for his subsequent firing from the company. It's primarily a survival game, with roguelike elements that allow you to pass on learned skills to later generations, in levels across thousands of years.

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Valve will make its own, standalone version of Dota Auto Chess mod

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 12:18

Valve has announced it will make its own version of the immensely popular Dota Auto Chess mod.

What will become of the original mod is now unclear. Valve staff invited the mod's creators, Chinese team Drodo Studio, to meet with them in February. There were discussions about working together, a blog post from Valve states: "but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons.

"We ended up agreeing that we'll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest."

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The brilliant weirdness of Morrowind's in-game books

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 09:00

"You can hear the words, so run away

"Come Hortator, unfold into a clear unknown,

"Stay quiet until you've slept in the yesterday,

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Playdate is a quirky new handheld with some great indie designers onboard - and it has a crank!

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 00:56

Developer Panic (which also handled publishing duties for Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game) has unveiled Playdate, an adorable, quirky, and undoubtedly niche, new handheld console designed specifically for unique indie titles. And it has a crank!

Starting with the hardware, Playdate is immediately (if not, perhaps, universally) appealing, sporting a playful yellow sheen and lots of friendly curves. It features a d-pad, two buttons, and a 2.7-inch black and white (but high-resolution) screen. It also manages to pack in wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, a rechargeable battery, a headphone jack, and, yes, that crank - which we'll get to momentarily. The whole thing, incidentally, is tiny, measuring 74x76x9mm.

"Playdate isn't trying to compete with the other devices that we already play and love," Panic explained, "It's designed to be complementary. It's designed to deliver a jolt of fun in-between the times you spend with your phone and your home console; something to fill the moments when you just want a game you can pick-up and play."

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Redout dogfighter spin-off Space Assault has been delayed indefinitely

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 22:44

34BigThings, the studio behind 2016's excellent anti-grav racer Redout, has announced that its upcoming dogfighter spin-off Space Assault has been delayed out of its previously anticipated Q1 2019 release window.

Redout: Space Assault was first revealed during E3 2018, and a promising gameplay trailer emerged toward the end of last year. The intergalactic shooter was clearly a very different beast to its predecessor, but 34BigThings promised that the two shared the same "adrenaline rush, high skill ceiling, frantic pace and popping aesthetics".

At the time, the developer said it was aiming to release Space Assault during Q1 2019, a window that it obviously missed. However, 34BigThings has now broken its silence in a new blog post, officially delaying the game, and even going as far as to say that it's unsure "when [it] will come out, and whether it will come out this year or not."

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GOG's new client aims to integrate all your games and friends across PC and consoles

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 21:52

PC storefront GOG is in the throes of updating its Galaxy client to version 2.0, and its ambitious aim is to integrate all game libraries and friend lists across PC and consoles into one pleasingly convenient place.

GOG Galaxy in its current form offers a smartly featured, and optional, Steam-like client for buying, browsing, and launching GOG games. However, its upcoming 2.0 release is designed to create what GOG calls "the all-in-one solution for the present-day gamer".

It's intended to enable you to import all your game libraries from PC and consoles so that you can organise them into a single master collection. You'll obviously only be able launch your PC games via the client, but GOG says it intends to have integration with all major platforms. There's no confirmed list of what those might be, but it seems reasonable to assume the likes of Steam, Origin, and the Epic Store. Additionally, you'll have access to all your achievements, hours played, and games owned across all platforms, on both PC and consoles.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 patch 1.09 tested: has HDR been fixed?

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 21:21

Red Dead Redemption patch 1.09 arrived last week, delivering a huge update that took the online component out of its beta period and addressed the game's somewhat disappointing HDR support. On top of this, the patch notes discuss improving ambient occlusion, giving weight to stories circulating for months that the effect was somehow downgraded after the game launched. Were there actually reductions in visual quality? Is HDR now 'fixed'? We took a look at the new update and the news is positive: Red Dead Redemption 2 has never looked better with the new patch installed.

First impressions from an HDR perspective are impressive. The calibration screen now offers two modes - cinematic and game mode - plus there are user-controlled calibration variables for peak brightness and paper white. Side by side, the cinematic mode looks highly desaturated next to the game mode - which is perhaps not surprising as cinematic is effectively identical to Red Dead 2's original HDR implementation. This still presents like an eight-bit SDR image mapped into 10-bit HDR space, and for many users with HDR screens, the standard SDR mode may present a more impressive, vibrant picture.

It's in the game mode where Red Dead 2 delivers the HDR upgrade we've been waiting for. Contrast is exceptionally impressive, the bright sun's interactions with the atmospheric rendering look sublime, while highlights pop beautifully, especially on specular sheen. Moving into interiors and contrasting the darker corners with the bright light flooding into the windows gives us immense contrast, and the impression overall is that this is almost exactly the kind of HDR presentation we wanted at day one. The naming of the cinematic and game modes is interesting though, hinting at how the artists view RDR2's two HDR implementations.

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Outer Wilds, Void Bastards, Superhot coming to Xbox Game Pass in next few weeks

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 19:08

Xbox Game Pass is set for another strong couple of weeks, with a fine batch of titles now revealed to be heading to the subscription service from now into June - including Superhot and Mobius Digital's intriguing Outer Wilds.

Ticking them off in sequential order, let's begin with tomorrow, 23rd May. First up is the opening instalment of developer Stoic Studio's superb, Norse-myth-inspired blend of turn-based battling and choose-your-own adventuring, The Banner Saga. That's joined by Konami's recent, Kojima-less horror survival spin-off Metal Gear Survive.

Stoic's critically lauded offering is well worth a punt for those that love a good yarn (and the second instalment comes to Xbox Game Pass on 6th June). Metal Gear Survive, meanwhile, is, perhaps unexpectedly, an enjoyable outing too.

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Watch Ian try out a slice of Everybody's Golf VR

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 17:14

Someone famous once said that golf is a good walk spoiled, so it's probably a good job then that Everybody's Golf VR is a completely stationary experience. By cutting out all those boring strolls it means the game and its player can concentrate on pure, unadulterated virtual golfing across three gorgeous, 18 hole courses.

In the video below, you can watch me whack my way around 6 random holes as I try to work out whether or not Everybody's Golf VR is a duff or a hole-in-one. Although, please bear in mind that I knew absolutely nothing about real-life golfing before recording this video so what follows is very much a 'noobs-eye view' of the game.

As you can see, I took to the game like a Duck Hook to water and that's mainly due to how intuitive the in-game user interface is. Being able to your practice shots before taking them and having a host of meters and indicators to help you judge the power and angle of each shot makes everything super simple to pick up. Even if, like me, you've got no idea what each club is called and what they're fore.

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Treyarch makes Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Black Ops Pass a bit better - but only for a week

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 17:12

Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Black Ops Pass has come in for a lot of stick ever since it was announced. Not only does it split the userbase by containing premium maps at a time when most shooters have ditched such a strategy, but most who've forked out the £40 it costs reckon it hasn't offered value for money.

Fast forward to 21st May, and Black Ops developer Treyarch announced a new update for the game - and a part of the update is designed to make the Black Ops Pass better.

Now, those who own the Black Ops Pass grant access to all the Black Ops Pass multiplayer maps to their squadmates while playing in a party. This is welcome for those who don't own the Black Ops Pass, of course, but it's also good for those who do and want to access the maps while playing with friends who don't.

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League of Legends mobile version by Riot and Tencent in development - report

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 16:46

Are we about to witness the birth of one of the biggest money-makers in gaming? Reuters has reported Tencent and Riot are collaborating on a mobile version of League of Legends.

Sources told Reuters the project has been in development for over a year, though it's unlikely to arrive anytime in 2019. Apparently the reason we haven't seen a League of Legends mobile game before is due to tensions between the companies on how to capitalise on the game. One source told Reuters a League of Legends mobile version had initially been proposed by Tencent several years ago, but Riot rejected the idea.

For its own part, Tencent apparently inflamed tensions when it launched a western version of its hugely successful mobile game Honor of Kings (which is known to have peaked at over 200m players in China). Revamped version Arena of Valor was seen as Tencent's attempt to make a play for western console gamers, and was released on both mobile and Switch. Unfortunately, it's so far failed to make much of an impact.

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Pokémon Go's June community day features a fan favourite

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 16:19

Pokémon Go doesn't normally issue a trailer for its monthly Community Day events, but then June's big day stars something of a fan favourite.

Slakoth, the sloth Pokémon, will be available to catch everywhere and its Shiny variant will become available for the first time.

The sleepy creature eventually evolves into Slaking, one of the beefiest Pokémon in the game - even if it's not hugely useful for player battles due to its lethargic nature. It's best left in gyms as a bulky deterrent.

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