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E3 2017: The culmination of Nintendo's pioneering digital-first approach

<b>James walks us through the history of Nintendo’s E3 presence, since they began moving away from formal press conferences way back in 2013.</b><p>Think back …

Gaming

Get Even review

<b>Get Even is a strange thing, a rough and ready mix of styles and influences, grim and unique; does it all come together to form a cohesive …

Assassin's Creed

The 17 most important video game trailers of E3 2017

<b>Is it time for the obligatory E3 trailer roundup? It is? Right, OK – here’s our obligatory E3 trailer roundup.</b><p>17. Anthem<p><i>Anthem</i> was, well, it was at …

Gaming

Dirt 4 review

<b>Dust off those fireproof coveralls and prepare the pace notes – it’s time to get down and dirty with Dirt 4, the latest in Codemasters’ venerable</b> …

Ford Motor Company

An Xbox One X PC build – is it good value for 4K video gaming?

<b>Yes, the Xbox One X is expensive, but is it good value? How much would a powerful (and small form factor) 4K gaming PC cost in its place?</b><p>First, a …

Xbox One

I went to the the Xbox E3 press conference (and I didn’t even get a lousy t-shirt)

<b>E3 proper began yesterday with Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Or, to use its proper name, Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Briefing.</b><p>It’s not called a press …

What the FLOP? Demystifying the Xbox One X specs

<b>Don’t know your FLOPS from Compute Units? We’re here to demystify the specs of the most powerful video game console ever – the Xbox One X.</b><p>The …

Xbox One

Tokyo 42 Review

<b>Do you dream of electric cats? What do you mean, “no more Blade Runner references”? Fine. Here’s our Tokyo 42 review.</b><p>The extent to which references …

Gaming

The Old Man and the Sea: Searching for reason in Rime

<b>Trying to make sense of Rime, through poetry, art, film, and the psychological texts of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Warning: There will be spoilers.</b><p>This …

Little Red Riding Hood

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days review

<b>With a name that screams effortless cool and a nifty tricky up its sleeve, Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is barking pretty loud… but is it going to</b> …

Smith & Wesson

Rime

<b>Rime is one of the most anticipated video games – indie or otherwise – of the past few years. Does it live up to the hype?</b><p><i>Rime</i> is an unusual thing, …

Does the fox die in Rime? (Spoiler warning)

<b>Fair warning: This post is going to contain some pretty significant spoilers for Rime. Proceed at your own risk.</b><p>Does the fox die in <i>Rime</i>?<p>This may seem …

Parenting

The Grand Theft Auto video games ranked, from worst to best

<b>Who’s better, Tommy or CJ, Nico or Franklin? Here’s our definitive ranking of the Grand Theft Auto video games.</b><p>First up, and let’s get this out of …

How Star Trek: Bridge Crew will engage its players

<b>How Red Storm Entertainment are bringing the Star Trek universe to virtual reality.</b><p>In his GDC talk ‘Punch it up, writing for Star Trek in VR’, Jay …

Star Trek

Fallout 4 tips and tricks

<b>We were originally going to call this article Fallout 4 tips and tricks for beginners, but it’s really a rather useful collection of Fallout 4 tips</b> …

Self Defense

NBA Playgrounds Review

<b>Is NBA Playgrounds a slam dunk, or just a bit of a childish merry-go-round?</b><p>Basketball is not a particularly popular sport in the UK. Even within the …

Space Jam

Why have we never had a great Bond game?

<b>Why have we never had a great Bond game? Maybe the worst car Aston Martin ever made will serve as a good metaphor.</b><p>The Aston Martin Cygnet was an ugly …

Puyo Puyo Tetris review

Originally released in Japan in 2014, <i>Puyo Puyo Tetris</i> comes to the West as part of the Nintendo Switch’s second wave of releases. It’s also available …

The Sexy Brutale review

<b>The Sexy Brutale brings new meaning to the phrase gameplay loop, but is it repetitive? It’s Cluedo meets Groundhog day, but is it repetitive?</b><p>It’s …

Gnog review

<b>Exercise for your gnoggin.</b><p>What is a Gnog? Well, it is an interactive monster head of course. <i>Gnog</i> the game is a collection of different <i>Gnogs</i> that each …

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap review

<b>Is Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap the remake this classic game deserves, or yet another cheap, shoddy cash-in on video game nostalgia?</b><p>There’s a strong …

When are the E3 2017 press conferences?

<b>Here are the times and dates of this year’s E3 press conferences, along with a few game predictions.</b><p>All aboard! E3 is just over a month away and hype …

Little Nightmares review

<b>Who would have known? All these years lurking under the cheery patchwork of LittleBigPlanet, Tarsier Studios has been harbouring a dark, twisted</b> …

Rime preview

<b>Tequila Works stumbled out of the gate when it announced Rime back in 2013.</b><p>After its reveal trailer, it was compared to giants like <i>The Wind Waker</i> and</i> …

How to set up an online Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament

<b>Want to create your own online Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament? Here’s how you do it.</b><p>Nintendo’s decision to bring <i>Mario Kart 8</i> to Nintendo Switch …

The Final Station - The Only Traitor review

<b>The Final Station hit upon something that few games manage: it had a message.</b><p>The train at the game’s heart was a potent symbol for our need to press …

Knights and Bikes preview

<b>“Our earliest thoughts on it were, ‘Let’s make a Goonies RPG!’” says Rex Crowle, of studio Foam Sword Games.</b><p>It’s fair to say that as a jumping off …

The Final Station review

<b>There’s something so perfectly human about a train at the end of the world.</b><p>A beating, stubborn mechanism, surging inexorably to the end of the line – …

The Signal From Tölva review

<b>In case you weren’t aware, Jim Rossignol – games journo, co-founder of Rock, Paper, Shotgun, and now a game developer – really likes robots.</b><p>His …