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Avengers Is Coming to PlayStation Now – And That’s Perfect

It’s no great surprise, but Avengers is finally making it to a subscription service. The Little Game That Should’ve But Couldn’t is finally going to find the home it deserves. That’s not an insult. We are in a period of transition – the old way of selling games is dying and a new one is upon us. Not only should Avengers have started its life on PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass, but it probably shouldn’t ever have been ...

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It’s Time for a New Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie represents everything great about the golden age of Nintendo. Except for one thing: it’s owned by Microsoft. Everything about the bear and bird’s original 1998 adventure has Nintendo DNA in it. From the graphics to the sound to the gameplay, it is a first-party N64 game through and through. But it’s not 1998 anymore. Just like Banjo pushed on from Mario 64 back in the day, a top-quality Mario clone on Game Pass would need to ...

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Australia and New Zealand Have Real Potential for the Games Industry

There’s an opportunity for games to be big in New Zealand and Australia. They’re not usually countries that we think of when we try to name development locations. Traditionally that was more based in Asia, America or central Europe. But the trade body for developers in New Zealand and Australia says there’s real potential for gaming to make a splash down under. Australia and New Zealand – Potential for Growth The Interactive Games & ...

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Wreckfest (Xbox Series X Update) Review

It’s the hidden gem of the bus smashin’, double-decker car ridin’, lawnmower racin’ genre – and now Wreckfest has got that shiny next-gen glean to go along with it. Why aren’t more people talking about Wreckfest? It’s not only an awesome game, but it’s right there on Game Pass. Play it on PC, play it on Xbox – but play it. With a new 4K/60FPS patch on Xbox Series X, it’s worth taking another spin ...

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Starting Gambling For Fun

Like so many interesting hobbies, the hardest part is often getting started – that’s especially true for gambling. Like with any new interest, there’s so much information out there. Often with differing details of what to try and what the smartest use of your money is. But with gambling there’s the added element of using real money. It’s not like buying something, where you usually have something to show for your expense. ...

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS5/XSX)

Crash Bandicoot 4 finally gets its next-gen port. It’s About Time? Yes, it is. That barmy bandicoot is back on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – but if you’ve waited this long, is it worth taking a plunge? That depends on how nostalgic you feel. Crash 4 is a throwback to a different time, and it pushes that idea often. It’s retro in almost every way that counts, including the difficulty. It’s a great game marred by occasional ...

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Crash Landing: The Long Wait for Crash 4

Crash Bandicoot: Warped came out in 1998. My constant dull back pain and need to grunt every time I sit down shows just how long ago that was. Crash 4 came out last September – a little close to the launch of the new-generation consoles for comfort. Our very own Kevin Austin gave it an 8.5 at the time, but we all knew the real version would come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. That port launched last week…

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Bethesda’s FPS Boost: The Fight Between Framerate and Resolution Comes to a Head

Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, with a doubled FPS boost, without any patching. Almost sounds too good to be true on console, right? Well, that’s because it is. To officially play these games at a desirable framerate on Xbox Series X, you have to choose between 4k resolution and 60fps, because if you choose the latter you’ll find yourself playing at 1080p. Why? There could be many reasons, although we know that a 60FPS mod does the trick with far…

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Bethesda is a Welcome Addition to Xbox’s First Party

After six months of waiting, it’s now official. Fallout, Doom, Elder Scrolls are all officially first-party games and Bethesda is owned by Microsoft. What a time to be alive. The biggest surprise of 2020 was the announcement that Bethesda was being bought out by Microsoft, which is clever because it will immediately start paying off. Games joined Gamepass, fans will buy into the ecosystem – the value of owning an Xbox has increased. There will be a ...

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Forza Horizon 4 is a Huge Success – Proving that Gamepass Works

More than 24 million people have played Forza Horizon 4, making it one of the most successful racing games of all time. And you didn’t have to pay a penny for it. Gamepass allowed you access to the game – day one – without paying a penny extra than your subscription. An overwhelming amount of people decided to do so anyway. Even at £54.99, it’s still in the top ten on Steam a week after launch. This proves without a…

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