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To save money on video games Xbox Games Pass is essential for everyone – Reader’s Feature

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Xbox Game Pass is definitely good value for money (pic: Microsoft) A reader predicts that the worldwide energy and financial crisis will change video games forever and Xbox will be the one to benefit. As tempting as it is, I don’t want to get into politics here, as it would get away from my central point, but let’s just say that every normal person is going to have a very difficult winter this year, and those less well off… well, I despair what will happen to them. Given that bleak outlook, worrying about video games seems self-indulgently trivial, but there’s no doubt that working out how to spare some cash for games is going to be a big concern for many in the coming months. Of course, every savvy gamer already has plenty of tricks for getting cheap games, from knowing to wait a few months until after a game’s launch and taking advantage of sales for both digital and physical games. However, the rise of digital has made second-hand games a niche concern. Everyone loves the co

The 10 most disappointing games on the PS4 – Reader’s Feature

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – not everyone likes it (pic: Rockstar Games) A reader lists the games he’s been most disappointed in on Sony’s last generation console, including The Division and The Division. Before I begin, let me first just explain that by ‘disappointing’ I don’t mean these are the worst games on the PlayStation 4. This is simply a list of titles that, for various reasons, I didn’t enjoy anywhere near as much as I expected to. Of course, this is all just opinion, and in some cases the disappointment was simply because of my own high expectations, so feel free to (politely) correct me in the comments! 10. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell After the slightly disappointing Saints Row 4 I had kind of lost interest in the series and so only gave this standalone expansion a go when it appeared for free on PS Plus. Unfortunately, with its outdated controls and repetitive missions, it failed to even meet the relatively low expectations I had and even the opportunity to play co-op co

Weekend Hot Topic: The best sci-fi video games

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Mass Effect – a video game sci-fi classic (pic: EA) Readers discuss their favourite science fiction video games, from Star Wars : Knights Of The Old Republic to Deus Ex. The subject for this week’s Hot Topic follows on from last week’s about fantasy games and while it allowed for licensed games it also encouraged people to also discuss their favourite franchises that are unique to video games. There were surprising omissions – nobody mentioned Halo – but also some games that came up again and again, especially Mass Effect and Star Wars titles. Science fantasy I’m sure it’s a popular suggestion but the Mass Effect games must be my favourite sci-fi games. It’s got spacefaring familiar to fans of Star Trek and Star Wars, but with an interesting spin around the mass relays. But it’s actually the lore that makes it for me – being able to dive into those cultures and their histories (including future humanity’s) through interactions with characters or by reading the codex is jus

Captain America and Black Panther game a purely single-player adventure with multiple characters

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It sounds like you’ll switch characters only when the story says so (pic: Marvel) It still doesn’t have a name yet, but Amy Hennig has explained a few details about her studio’s upcoming Marvel team-up game. Although Skydance New Media unveiled its mystery Marvel project earlier this month, as a Captain America/Black Panther team-up set during the Second World War, there’s still a lot it’s keeping under wraps. The reveal trailer didn’t even give us a title, let alone any gameplay details. However, Skydance New Media president Amy Hennig was willing to divulge a bit more in a recent interview. One key detail she shared was that, despite the game’s four-person cast, it will be single-player only, with no multiplayer or co-op functionality whatsoever. Instead, you will take control of each of the four main characters – Cap, Black Panther, Gabriel Jones, and Nanali – at different points in the story, something Hennig compares to how stories are told in movies and TV shows. This

GTA 6 maker Rockstar switches off social media comments following leak

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GTA Online – Rockstar really doesn’t want you talking about GTA 6 (pic: Rockstar Games) It hasn’t explained why, but Rockstar has started blocking any and all comments across its social media pages. Rockstar Games had already tried stopping people from talking about Grand Theft Auto 6 earlier in the month, by banning the phrase ‘GTA 6’ across both its YouTube and Twitch channels. From the looks of things, however, it appears to not want people commenting on its social media pages at all. Recently, the studio shared an update for GTA Online regarding some new content additions, such as two new race cars. The trailer for the update has been uploaded to Rockstar’s YouTube channel and shared via its official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts as well. However, comments underneath the YouTube video are disabled and Rockstar has restricted replies for the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts, only allowing people to like and share them. The studio hasn’t issued an explan

GTA 6 Vice City already has a fan-made map thanks to the leaks

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Will cartography be a new mission type in GTA 6? (pic: Rockstar Games) Rockstar Games hasn’t even officially confirmed that GTA 6 is set in Vice City, but fans are well on their way to recreating a map anyway. Although it’s debatable how much of substance they really revealed, the Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks are going to go down in history as one of the biggest , and most embarrassing, ever. Arguably the most significant reveal was confirmation that the game is primarily set in Vice City, the GTA analogue to real world Miami, Florida. It’s 16 years since the city has appeared in a new game but the basic layout is assumed to be the same and fans have used the leaks to piece together what they think the map is going to look like in the new game. Although the layout is based on information from the leaks, Rockstar Games owner Take-Two would immediately cease and desist anyone (including us) that would try and rehost them, so the map they’ve created is uses Google Earth images. In

Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope hands-on preview – Mushroom Kingdom reloaded

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope – gaming’s oddest crossover looks better than ever (pic: Ubisoft) GameCentral goes hands-on with the sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, which shoots for the stars with help from Super Mario Galaxy. Back in 2017, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a surprise in every regard. When it was leaked, showing Mario armed with blasters and partnered with Rayman’s screaming bunnies in Peach cosplay, the concept was mocked by many as too bizarre to ever possibly work. The fact a collaboration between Nintendo and Ubisoft was glued together by systems borrowed from XCOM , and that it was actually great, felt like a borderline gaming miracle. Without the element of surprise, sequel Sparks Of Hope has to work double time, in some ways, to strike the same magic. Despite higher expectations, our main takeaway after playing for three hours is how widespread the improvements are. A renewed confidence runs through Sparks Of Hope, from the flashy, charming ci