Activision impressed us with the brilliant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and with the new Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time, it looks like a pattern is forming. The firm looks intent on mining its exhaustive IP, delivering remakes then moving onto brand new sequels. Based on the quality of this release, it’s a strategy that may well play off – Crash Bandicoot 4 is a solid game and an authentic series entry, with numerous improvements and upgrades that pay off while respecting the original formula. The new release also makes use of Unreal Engine 4, offering numerous technical improvements over the recent remakes including a much higher frame-rate – at least if you’re gaming on the right consoles.

Crash 4 perfectly captures the look and feel of an animated film – expressive character models stretch and squish in a cartoon style in both cinematics and gameplay, while gorgeous … Read the rest

Wired Productions and developer Tomas Sala have released a new trailer detailing factions in open-world air combat game The Falconeer.

In The Falconeer, you will choose between competing factions, all of which are at the mercy of the Great Ursee, a near-infinite body of water.

In the skies, the rich and the powerful have airships defended by mercenary Falconeers, while “revolution and dissent brews among the downtrodden and poor” on the waters below. But it isn’t clear who is the “good guy, or the bad guy.”

In the game, you will support your chosen faction while flying on missions from the back of a warbird.

Factions:

  • The Northern Imperium. The greatest power on The Great Ursee, the Imperial throne commands the Northern Ursee with nobility, subterfuge, and manipulation as tools of power.
  • The Mancer Order. The master scholars of The Order control all access to technology across the
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The Pokémon Trading Card Game rolls on as the latest expansion is out now. The Pokémon Sword & Shield – Champion’s Path expansion gives you just more than 70 new cards, making it one of the smaller expansions in recent memory. However, unlike most other additions, you cannot purchase these cards in standalone booster packs. Instead, you must pick up one of several collections themed after gym leaders in the Galar region.

For this gallery, we were sent three of the gym leader collections, the Dubwool V collection, and the Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box. From my pulls, I noticed an abundance of Gen 1 and, of course, Gen 8 Pokémon. However, the least represented in this expansion is Gen 2, so if you’re a die-hard fan of the Johto region, this probably isn’t the expansion for you.

Check out the coolest cards I pulled in the gallery below!

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Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Beta ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One.

We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to the UI are minimal, so you’re aware when updates are coming to your device. Details can be found below!

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_201019041.4943.201001-0000
  • Available: 6 p.m. PT – October 2, 2020
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – October 3, 2020

Fixes Implemented

Thanks to the hard work of Xbox engineers, we are happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this build:

Profile

  • Fixed an issue with text not displaying correctly when comparing achievements.

Settings

  • The time zone information should now display correctly in the menu.

System

  • Various updates
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With the arrival of Mafia Definitive Edition, the trilogy is finally complete. All three games are brought up-to-date to modern consoles but ironically, it’s the first Mafia title that features the most advanced technology of all – including a fascinating software-based alternative to ray traced reflections.

It’s a feature that’s common to all console versions, where the technological differences are fairly minimal – and almost par for the course. Curiously, both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X operate at a native 1440p resolution, though the Microsoft platform enjoys improved shadow quality, ambient occlusion and a better lock on the target 30 frames per second. It’s business as usual on PS4 and Xbox One with a 1080p/900p divide, and all versions use temporal anti-aliasing – which does present some banding issues. As is often the case, there’s the sense that the vanilla Xbox One has the most visual compromises: I immediately … Read the rest

The promised cross-play for Apex Legends is coming rather soon, and you can participate in a beta for the feature.

You will be able to participate in the Apex Legends cross-play beta October 6 through Origin for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The feature will be enabled by default and will allow you to group up with players on other platforms. You will also be able to use voice-chat. Cross-progression will not be part of this update.

How it will work, is players on PS4 and Xbox One will be auto matches while those on the PC will remain together due to configurations. But if there is a group of both PC and console players, the group will squad up on the PC servers.

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Velan Studios
Release:

October 16, 2020

Rating: Everyone
Platform: Switch

During Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary Direct video, perhaps the biggest surprise was Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. This spinoff of the long-running Mario Kart franchise incorporates a physical remote-controlled kart with a camera, your Nintendo Switch, and mixed-reality technology to provide a racing title that uses your house as the track. The camera mounted on the physical kart transmits the image to your Switch or television screen, with in-game items like boosts and shells affecting the movement of the physical kart. The concept is unique and compelling, but I was curious about how it would fare in execution. After seeing it in action earlier this week, I feel it could be an awesome twist on the familiar franchise.

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It’s time for takeoff in Star Wars: Squadrons! Feel the adrenaline rush of first-person multiplayer dogfights and a thrilling Star Wars story – an immersive, authentic piloting experience that puts you in the cockpits of iconic starfighters.

But before you head out to fight for the galaxy, we wanted to guide you through the different starfighter classes, components, and strategies to punch your piloting career into hyperdrive.


Choose Your Wings

There are eight starfighters in Star Wars: Squadrons – evenly split between the New Republic and Empire – categorized in four classes: fighters, interceptors, bombers, and support. They all have different traits and specializations with plenty of room for customization:

Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The X-wing and TIE fighter are both sorted into the fighter class. Fighters are the all rounders in Squadrons and great for rookies and aces alike. They’re easy to handle and adaptable to multiple situations.
Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Y-wing and TIE
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Today, we can lift the lid on just how powerful Xbox Series X is when it comes to backwards compatibility – and to cut a long story short, it’s hugely impressive. As we write, Microsoft is still validating individual Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles for use on the system, but we’ve still got a vast range of games to get our teeth into: titles that gives us some idea of just how potent the new console’s back-compat capabilities are. However, it’s important to stress one thing: while Series X runs old games with full clocks, every compute unit and the full 12 teraflop of compute, it does so in compatibility mode – you aren’t getting the considerable architectural performance boosts offered by the RDNA 2 architecture.

Our test system arrived last week, and Microsoft describes it as being non-final hardware – indeed, it’s labelled as a prototype on … Read the rest

I used to live on an island. What I loved most about that temporary home was the very particular geography. The Outer Hebrides are flat and relatively barren, save for a few dark hills squatting on the horizon. There’s a real mood to the place, and an uninterrupted horizon – somehow the sky appears bigger than anywhere else in the world. Probably because of the lack of trees. Everytime my grandad arrived at the airport from the mainland, he’d make the same comment on this absence – “It’s quite bleak, isn’t it?” It was hard to argue the point. Also unique to these Scottish isles (and the west coast of Ireland) is the “machair”, which is Gaelic for a type of low lying grassy plains. Because of how exposed the land is there, sand continually blows ashore – swept up by great Atlantic gales – and so you get this … Read the rest