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Microsoft Flight Simulator Review

It’s incredible to think that a mere week ago I’d have been deadly in the pilot’s seat of a plane. Now, thanks to Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X, I’d be merely very dangerous. Yes, thanks to this masterclass in design, I’ve actually learnt a thing or two. I’m only half-joking. Okay, so very few people who play this game are going to end up capable of taking to the skies. But, man, it does a good job of…

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Online Gambling Guide: How To Choose The Best Online Casino

How do you get to find the best casinos? The answer is easier than you might think. The internet is full of guides that’ll point you in the direction of as many casinos as you want. But the reality is that you must find the casino that works for you. Or even more than one casino. Because what works for one person might not work for another. The key is to know what you want, and to use the tools…

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What’s Next for Super Smash Bros?

We’re nearly there – the final piece of DLC for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is on the horizon and then the biggest celebration of video games will come to an end. But what a legacy it will have. But it also marks a fork in the road for a franchise that has reached its peak. Do the developers continuing doing exactly the same thing, just with less characters? How does that go down after the success of Ultimate? Do they…

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Steam Deck is More Than Just PC Gaming on the Move

Steam Deck could be an instant success – it’s every advantage of the Switch while surpassing it graphically, even offering up many of the best titles from the Series X and PlayStation 5. This thing could revolutionise the entire industry, and especially on the PC side. But only if people know it exists. Because that’s the rub. I was an avid fan of the Steam Controller, despite not being a massive PC gamer. I ranted and raved about how much…

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Final Fantasy X-2 Still Doesn’t Work – And A Sequel Wouldn’t Help

Another game in the Final Fantasy X universe is in the early planning stages, and there’s even a chance it might actually see the light of day. As somebody still trying to get through the slog of Final Fantasy X-2, I’m not convinced this is a good thing. Final Fantasy X-2 is famously divisive. Some praise it for its excellent job system and attention to world development. Everybody else knocks it for… well, just about every other element. The ...

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A Plague Tale: Innocence – Next-Gen Review

An historic Last of Us with rats instead of zombies. There ya go – everything you need to know about A Plague Tale: Innocence. Asobo have almost cracked the Naughty Dog code straight out of the gate with their first game in this style, and that’s incredible. ‘Almost’ is carrying a lot of weight in that sentence though. Intention doesn’t usually mean an awful lot in reviews – something is successful or it’s not – ...

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OLED? Oh Nintendo…

There’s a great quote that I think successfully sums up Nintendo’s OLED Switch announcement. It’s attributed to Henry Ford, although he didn’t actually say it. “If I’d have asked people what they wanted, they’d have said faster horses”. Well, Nintendo, people are unfortunately screaming for faster horses, and you gave them the same horse in a stupid hat. The Switch is a juggernaut, and it isn’t going away ...

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Returning to the original God of War is Tough

God of War is a hallowed series, there’s no doubt about it. Spoken about in hushed tones, remembered fondly and regularly as the definition of a PlayStation classic. And rightly so. But those original games haven’t aged particularly well, and are made worse for how hard they are to play decently. That’s not to say the effort isn’t worth it. If you’re happy to laugh at a few cheesy mini-games or poorly put together cutscenes, ...

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Bloober Team Are Perfect for Silent Hill

Bloober Team have proven themselves up to a point, and the now ridiculously hyped Silent Hill franchise is exactly where they should be heading next. Konami has today announced a “strategic cooperation agreement” – which is enough to fuel the flames of rumours going back to the start of the year. Yes, it seems to be happening. Silent Hill may be coming back. Years of rumours are finally paying off, which is good news for insiders who’ve ...

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Rare Rocks: Forget Conker and Play Sea of Thieves

The Rare of today is still one of the best in the biz, and Sea of Thieves proves they can still push great graphics and great gameplay. Unfortunately, that’s not yet been widely acknowledged. Let me be more specific. Sea of Thieves is hugely successful and becoming even more so. It’s the most played Rare game of all time and, even this last weekend, topped the Steam charts yet again. If that is wide acknowledgment, wide acknowledgment has been ...

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