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The Week in Video Games – 24th September, 2017

<b>This week in video games: the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds team gets grumpy with Fortnite, Phil Spencer gets a promotion, and a wonderful tribute to</b> …

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom preview

<b>The beating breath of a world can live or die in the tiniest of brush-strokes. The difference between loving one pirate city and hating another is a</b> …

Anime

How Nintendo turned a New Leaf with Animal Crossing

<b>At the 2014 Game Developers Conference, Nintendo EAD’s Katsuya Eguchi and Aya Kyogoku revealed how a grassroots rethink of the franchise’s</b> …

Animal Crossing

Pillars of Eternity - PlayStation 4 review

<b>Pillars of Eternity has made the long journey from its native PC to console, to the PlayStation 4, but has it been waylaid?</b><p>It’s an odd proposition, …

RPGs

10 Great Legend of Zelda Characters

<b>The Legend of Zelda series is rightly acclaimed for its design. Whether it’s the dungeons, gadgets or boss encounters, the level of detail rarely</b> …

Legend of Zelda

Unraveling the traumatic interior spaces of Asemblance

In depicting repressed, traumatic memories, fiction media such as David Lynch’s film <i>Mulholland Drive</i> or much of the bibliography of author Haruki …

Solaris

Why Animal Crossing: New Leaf Keeps Making Me Laugh

<b>There have been lots of words written on Animal Crossing: New Leaf (including here on Thumbsticks).</b><p>Released at the perfect time, <i>Animal Crossing: New</i> …

Animal Crossing

Cities: Skylines - PlayStation 4 Review

<b>It’s built on solid foundations, but how does Cities: Skylines PlayStation 4 port shape up?</b><p>It’s a cliché to say that video games are all about wish …

Gaming Consoles

Redout Review – Lightspeed Edition

<b>After launching on PC last year, futuristic anti-gravity racer Redout finally makes its way onto PS4 and Xbox One, with the Lightspeed Edition.</b><p>The …

Speed Of Light

Ironcast Review

<b>A bipedal tank? Yes, a walking tank.</b><p><i>Ironcast</i> takes place in an alternative Victorian England (one with a strong dose of steampunk aesthetics) where …

Nintendo Switch

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 Review

<b>It’s time (geddit?) to go back to Arcadia Bay, and finally meet Rachel Amber, in Life is Strange: Before the Storm.</b><p>Given that her temporal …

TV

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review

<b>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy doesn’t feature Nathan Drake, and is much shorter than the other games in the series. It can’t be as good, right?</b><p>If</i> …

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Review

<b>How familiar are you with Roman history? And what’s this about the moon?</b><p>It is difficult to determine where exactly to start when addressing</i> …

Anime

Yakuza Kiwami Review

<b>Yakuza Kiwami, the full remake of the PS2 original Yakuza, is finally out in the West on PS4. But is it a good place to start?</b><p>There is a place where …

F1 2017 Review

<b>It’s go go go on gaming’s premier grand prix simulator, but can the latest iteration – F1 2017 – hold off the competition?</b><p>At the start of career mode …

Auto Racing

This one setting fixed my Playerunknown's Battlegrounds performance issues

<b>And no, it’s not “buy a better graphics card,” I promise. Here’s how to fix Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds performance issues (with Nvidia GPUs, at</b> …

We need to talk about the 'ending' of No Man's Sky

<b>One year on from the release of one of the most anticipated video games ever, we need to have a serious talk about the ‘ending’ of No Man’s Sky.</b><p>A …

Namco Museum Review - Nintendo Switch

<b>Namco Museum brings a new collection of arcade classics to Nintendo Switch, but is it worth the high price of entry?</b><p>Although Nintendo has yet to …

The 9 best special edition video game controllers of all time… and the worst

<b>A look at the nine of the best (and worst) special edition video game controllers ever released.</b><p>Most gamers make do with the controllers that come …

Vostok Inc. Review

<b>Vostok Inc. is described by its developer as “The Wolf of Wall Street… in space!” That’s a sales pitch we’re finding hard to ignore.</b><p>It was a perfect …

Impact Winter Review

<b>Impact Winter is a survival game with the core mechanic – the timeframe, and the notion of what survival means – inverted.</b><p>The music is primal. …

Little Nightmares – The Depths DLC Review

<b>It’s time to head back down into The Depths, with the first of three DLC for Little Nightmares. Read Josh’s review of the main game.</b><p>With a really …

Death Squared Review - Nintendo Switch

<b>In a crowded market of local multiplayer Nintendo Switch games, how does Death Squared shape up?</b><p>The Switch has only been out for four months, yet it …

How Criterion created one of Star Wars' most iconic moments in VR

<i>Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One X-Wing VR Mission</i> is one of the highlights of the PlayStation VR library. The short expansion to <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i> …

The 10 best tennis video games of all time

<b>It’s Wimbledon finals weekend, which seems like as good a time as any to run down the 10 best tennis video games of all time.</b><p>10. Tennis For Two<p>This …

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas review - Nintendo Switch

<b>Let’s start by tackling the obvious question. Is Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas a Zelda rip-off?</b><p>Listing just a few of the game’s elements will …

Nintendo Switch

Video games and education: The future of engaging, timeless learning

<b>If you bring up the subject of educational video games you’re likely going to get a resounding groan – I’m often the one that does the groaning.</b><p>I …

Life is Strange: Before the Storm preview

<b>At E3 we had the chance to take a closer look at Square Enix’s upcoming narrative-driven game, Life is Strange: Before the Storm.</b><p>The 30-minute demo …

Weather

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 …

E3