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Xuan Yuan Sword 7 Review

Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is one of those games that gets whispered about amongst diehard Action RPG fans. Nobody in the mainstream knows it, but those that do KNOW IT. It has an epic story built around Chinese mythology and history, decent combat and pretty enough graphics as to not be off-putting. It has occasionally hilarious translation and story elements that come from nowhere and disappear as quickly. There are long walks with few saves. And yet it’s still time…

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From Table To Tablet: The Changing Face of Gambling

In the bad old days, you had to travel to gamble. Thankfully those days are long gone and you’re today able to gamble however you want from anywhere in the world on your tablet.  Thanks to the rise of mobile phones and tablets, you can access a casino anywhere in the world. Gone are the days where you had to travel to enjoy your favourite games. This has resulted in a massive boom for the gambling industry. But other than…

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Netflix Joins the Acquisition Party – And the Big Players Need to Watch Out

If your next bet on a video game studio acquisition was Netflix, you must be some kind of wizard. But here we are – that’s exactly what has happened. Media giant Netflix has purchased Night School, the studio behind the Oxenfree and its upcoming sequel. Sean Krankel, of Night School Studio, said: “Night School wants to stretch our narrative and design aspirations across distinctive, original games with heart. “Netflix gives film, TV, and now game makers ...

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Aladdin Vs Aladdin – The Ultimate Multiplat Face-Off

Back in the 90s there was one multiplat face-off that rattled school yards around the world – Aladdin. It’s a shame Digital Foundry wasn’t around… The SNES version and Mega Drive/Genesis versions were completely different games. Forget measuring the difference between 1440p and 1880p – this was two very different but still excellent games. Both versions of the game will be included in a new release on the Disney classics pack, alongside The Jungle ...

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One Year On: Bethesda and Microsoft

It’s probably one of the biggest announcements the gaming industry has ever seen. Microsoft had bought Bethesda, and the full impact of that announcement still hasn’t been felt. One of the biggest PlayStation exclusives of the year is a Microsoft game. That’s pretty funny. Starfield will be exclusive when it’s finally available, and that’s pretty cool too. But as of today the immediate effects have not been felt. With one major ...

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N64 Games We Want from Switch Online

Rumour has it that Switch Online is getting an upgrade. As part of that upgrade you’ll be able to play N64 games. It should’ve been here long before, but now it could happen we won’t quibble… The Nintendo 64 was an incredible console. As someone who has played a lot of retro games lately, I’m constantly stagged by just how much nicer looking the N64 games are today than their PlayStation counterparts. Ocarina of Time feels much ...

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Xbox Acquisition Rumours Return (….again)

It’s been five minutes so, of course, it’s time to start talking about who Microsoft are going to be buying this week. Acquisition season never ends. Despite the fact there’s been a bevy of buzz since the Bethesda purchase last year, Microsoft have stayed tight-lipped about who they’re going to buy next. We know it’s a matter of when, not if. Execs at the company have said as much. But the when bit is just the question. Insiders ...

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Covid is still biting – and game delays are the result

With Horizon pushed back and Dying Light quickly following it, we’re obviously still seeing covid rearing its ugly head. And with hints that more delays are on the way, it could be a difficult few months for gamers everywhere. The reality is that working practices have been torn apart over the last 18 months, and the result is that Christmas is going to be pretty barebones for most. If you’re not into Halo or Forza, you better get into them…

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Grand Theft Auto V – Still Crazy After All These Years

Grand Theft Auto V is about to turn eight. Rather strangely, it’s also about to be released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. This is a game that recently courted tens of thousands of dislikes on a YouTube tutorial, but will sell a billion copies anyway. This is a game that’s massively loved, which everybody has played and which still manages to place in sales charts every single week. It doesn’t make any sense. But has Rockstar ...

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Achievements Coming to PSP Games

Retroachievements is a great little community bringing fresh life to older games by adding achievements. Soon that’ll include PSP Games such as Final Fantasy IV, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Fans of the classic handheld will soon be able to earn achievements while playing games through emulators. The console will join the likes of the original PlayStation, the N64 and dozens of other retro devices in supporting ...

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