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The Surprising Complexity of Small-Scale PS VR Fantasy Adventure Moss

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

Can you juggle? I can’t. Tried multiple times, but it never took. Something about introducing that third ball into the equation just made my brain lock. And I’m convinced that inability is cause for the bead of sweat breaking out across my brow so early into my Moss hands-on session.

Let me explain. With L2 I’m holding a triggered Ticker under my sway. This mechanical ƒ is a denizen of the mine I find myself in, just one of an endless spawning, skittering army that explode upon sensing an intruder. That intruder isn’t me, but my mouse companion Quill. She’s wandered into this puzzle room, full of fatal drops, hidden levers and multiple pathways, at my behest. It’s just one of many in this underground labyrinth that we’re exploring.

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How The Inpatient Turns Your Own Senses Against You

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

As a kid, I couldn’t walk past a line of railings without running my fingers along them. It’s a tendency I still lean towards today an adult, grazing my hand along walls, fences; coarse or smooth, touch reinforces my awareness of the world. Sometimes I feel more than any other of the five senses, somatosensation ties me most strongly to my surroundings.

Smell and taste can transport me elsewhere, my vision can trick me into seeing things that don’t exist. Sounds are open to interpretation. Touch, though? That’s my link to here and now. To what’s real.

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First Hands-on: Star Wars Battlefront II Starfighter Assault

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017

Starfighter Assault is Criterion’s contribution to this November’s Star Wars Battlefront II, the multi-studio collaboration that is EA’s return to a galaxy far, far away.

The Guilford-based studio’s heritage is rich in racing franchises (Burnout, Need for Speed), and it is applying that discipline – a fine splice of arcade thrills, missile-like speed and perfect handling – to the saga in the form of starfighter-exclusive clashes.

Battlefront’s been here before obviously: the original’s Fighter Squadron stuck players to the skies above (and in the case of Cloud City, around) iconic locations. But Criterion’s looking beyond the clouds to the stars for its settings and Battlefront’s Walker Assault for its structure. 24 players, split into two teams, battling for victory across three evolving objectives and a host of side missions in one action-packed match.

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First Details on Star Wars Battlefront II’s Epic Starfighter Assault Mode Revealed

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II looks set to deliver on the big setpiece-heavy space battles fans have been crying out for in Starfighter Assault mode. Covering multiple conflicts spanning all three eras of the Star Wars mythos, the mode – created by acclaimed UK developer Criterion – sees two factions clash amongst the stars for victory across three multi-objective phases.

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Matterfall Hits PS4 8/15: New Vid Details Housemarque’s Newest Explode-a-thon

Posted by on Aug 01, 2017

Matterfall, Housemarque’s dazzling new sci-fi shooter, is only a few weeks away from release. But before you plunge into the frantic fast-paced action on August 15, find out the thinking behind the title’s gameplay and story from its creator in this all-new video.

Go behind the scenes at Housemarque as key staff explain the terror that’s gripped a futuristic world and detail your role in saving it from destruction. Find out the inspirations that have forged the team’s creative thinking, and why, for the minds behind Resogun and Nex Machina, art is always in the service of gameplay.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins: How Ubisoft Crafted an Egyptian Landscape

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

There’s a routine that Irish comedian and Go 8 Bit presenter Dara O’Briain performed a few years ago that’s always stuck with me. It touches on the idea that the average person’s worldview becomes rapidly simplistic the further afield any country in question is from them; a rich culture of peoples and lands boiled down to two or three basic concepts.

As technology progresses and access to the globe and its multi-region, multi-cultural histories are a mere touch screen away, it’s a routine the grain of truth in which gets more shameful as the years past. We should know – I should know – more about our neighbours. And I’m not talking about the ones you can wave at from your backyard.

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Detroit: Become Human — David Cage on Creating the Perfect Android

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

The story of Detroit: Become Human, Quantic Dream’s upcoming PS4 neo-noir thriller, centres around three androids, built with the sole purpose to serve out their programmed function in the titular city in the near-future of 2038.

Similar to the studio’s previous works, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Detroit: Become Human will focus on a trio of playable characters, with the player dictating their every move and choice in an ever-expanding, ever- branching narrative.

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How the Iconic Wipeout Series Was Born

Posted by on Jun 07, 2017

Wipeout hit 1995 with the force of an earthquake. Its sci-fi vision of armed anti-grav craft battling it out at 1,2000kph for gold and glory on twisting, vertigo-inducing race tracks couldn’t have been further removed from the quintessentially English pub in which it was conceived. Yet it felt perfectly in sync with the world it roared into like a supercharged sci-fi colossus.

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