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Final Fantasy VII Remake – Intermission Review

It’s been a 24-year wait, but Final Fantasy VII’s new piece of story DLC – Intermission – shows us exactly what Yuffie was up to before she joined our party. God, 1997 suddenly feels a long, long time ago. Of course, it looks a bit better than it would have done 24 years ago – it’s probably one of the standout titles on PS5 today. It also continues one of my favourite things about Final Fantasy VII Remake – the…

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Summer Game Fest – Live!

Summer Game Fest is unofficially kicking off the E3 season today, and it promises to be an impressive show. With new games to be announced and plenty of updates on other titles, there will be plenty to get excited about. The team at GamesReviews is going to be tweeting news and reaction through the show, so be sure to stay tuned through. Then you can expect our usual analysis afterwards – what worked, what didn’t, what should you be most…

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Microsoft Will Impress at E3 – Just Ignore the Acquisition Hype

There’s a lot of problems with the way Microsoft are seen in by parts of the gaming community – and the acquisition hype is becoming part of that. See how gleefully “Craig” was shared after the Halo reveal as proof of that. I’ve never seen a quarter second image shared so widely, even though it would be easy to do for just about any game you care to name. There’s another issue forming though. It’s become increasingly ...

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Who Is Playing Bingo Online?

Pre-Covid, Bingo was already proving to be a huge success online. But just who was driving that popularity? The answers aren’t entirely surprising. In 2018, YouGov ran a poll on online Bingo to try and find out who was driving its popularity online. Over the years, a certain stereotype had developed about traditional bingo halls, and I guess they wanted to see what had changed. Yes, the demographics of the two were rather different. At least, they were ...

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The Changing View of Bingo

More than ten years ago, the New York Times ran an article about the shrinking popularity of Bingo. What an incredible difference ten years make. The piece, a very interesting look at those who still loved the game, talks about the challenges and subcultures surrounding the American bingo industry at the time. The difference today is staggering. Gone are the bingo halls of the past, with their snack bars and their daily regulars. Replaced by mobile phones and ...

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Apple’s New Age Rating is Good for Gamers

Apple is set to change the way age ratings work on their store, including more clear indicators for gambling and contests. This is great news for gamblers and gamers alike. There will no more confusion among those who want something very specific, because gambling and contests will be separated. Equally, there should be fewer issues with accidentally downloading something that’s inappropriate or unwanted. This means gamblers will find it easier to get ...

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The Health Benefits of Bingo

Yes, you read that right. Bingo might actually be good for you, especially as you’re getting older. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get stuck in, this might be it. People get so hung up about the gambling side of these sorts of games, they forget there are some benefits too. And we’re not just talking about the chance of winning big – not quite a benefit if it’s nowhere near universal. We’re talking about actual ...

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The Big Bingo Comeback in England

When the smoking ban came into effect in 2007, Bingo in the UK all but died. Without gangs of old ladies being able to smoke while blotting off their numbers, they decided they’d rather stay at home. And if that had have been that, the game would have probably all but disappeared. The old style bingo halls were knocked down or converted, and staff were told to start finding other work. It was a game that look condemned to holiday…

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X Is Peak Final Fantasy – When Will The Series Re-find Its Feet?

Final Fantasy X was everything that the old franchise could be. It took every system and dialled it up to 11, taking full advantage of the PS2 to create a game that still stands on its own today. The same can’t be said for any Final Fantasy game since then. After X, XII paved the way for a new Final Fantasy – a franchise that left behind its old ways to be something more modern, more accessible. That’s not a…

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Biomutant Review

There are a dozen open-world RPGs every single year, and enough of them are post-apocalyptic that it’s almost impossible to have your game stand out unless you have a budget running hundreds of millions of dollars. The solution is perhaps obvious in hindsight. Why not let players create their own weird playable hamster thing? Well, Biomutant has that locked down. Yes, the world has fallen apart. Yes, the remains of ancient civilisations litter the ...

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