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Fri, 11 May 2018 09:34:00 +0100

Atomic Heart's most recent trailer has created quite the buzz in Video Game Land. Visually the game looks phenomenal, but the psychedelic scenes that unfold have left viewers with a lot of questions. Suitably intrigued myself, I decided to scour the internet to find out as much about the story and gameplay of Atomic Heart as possible.

Atomic Heart is an adventure first-person shooter (think along the lines of BioShock) set in an alternate universe version of the Soviet Union. It's built in Unreal Engine 4 by a little-known development studio named Mundfish, which is based in a loft office in central Moscow. Only one photo of the development team exists on social media and it shows a couple of young designers planning out the game's story using a paper map and Post-it notes.

Mundfish's first social media post for Atomic Heart was pushed out on 23rd March 2017, showing us the studio has been working on the game for at least 14 months.

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:47:00 +0100

After only three days, the first round of closed beta testing for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' new map has ended. Codenamed "Savage", the tropical-themed map measures 4 kilometres by 4, making it just a quarter of the size of the game's two existing maps, Erangel and Miramar.

This smaller size means the pacing of each match feels radically different to those from the previous maps; it's faster and much more brutal. Savage, you could say. The first few minutes on Savage deliver a ludicrously high body count, and the chances of bumping into a hostile player as soon as you touch down are very high indeed.

These action-packed beginnings feel very reminiscent of the flow of matches in Fortnite, and player numbers will often drop way below the halfway mark even before the second safe zone becomes active.

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Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

In a callback to events from the previous game in the series, it is possible to complete Far Cry 5 in just 10 minutes.

In Far Cry 4, all you needed to do to see the credits roll was ignore an on screen prompt and stay seated at Pagan Min's dinner table. Not a difficult task considering the plate of delicious Crab Rangoon in front of you.

Far Cry 5's shortcut plays out a little differently though and you can watch what happens in the video below. Spoilers, obviously.

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Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

It wasn't until after I began recording this Thrones of Britannia let's play that I realised how difficult the save file I'd just selected was going to be. This late-game campaign features the kingdom of Northymbre, a faction that needs to carefully balance the needs of both the British population it's subjugating and the Viking army under its control. As you can see from the very start of this video, both sides are feeling pretty miffed in this particular playthrough.

Thankfully I don't really have enough time to sort that out in today's preview, so instead, I start a bit of a war.

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will be released on the 19th April for PC.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000

I spent a couple of hours this week playing a preview build of the upcoming Assassin's Creed DLC, Curse of the Pharaohs - which, as the name suggests, is all about the ire of Egypt's rulers. Specifically, the dead ones. With some careless grave robbers helping themselves to powerful artefacts, the Pharaohs have grown restless and put a curse on the game's new region of Thebes.

The curse manifests in the intimidating Shadows of the Pharaohs - spectral representations of the disgruntled nobles that appear at random and murder everyone in the nearby vicinity. You - that is, Bayek - are charged with putting things right, and that's mostly achieved by hitting said things with a sword.

As you can see from the gameplay above, the region of Thebes is really rather nice - it's colourful, vibrant and also varied, as it also includes the world-famous Valley of the Kings. The true star of my time with the game, however (minor spoilers ahead, here) was the afterlife. The land beyond death is a real treat to explore, providing a beautiful and surreal imagining of what Bayek's afterlife might be like. You can see a whole bunch of new gameplay and find out more about the DLC from the video, but to be honest I mostly wrote this article to see what kind of Pharaoh puns you can come up with in the comments below. I'll start - you can't say Pharaoh than that. Sorry.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:54:00 +0000

In October 2015 Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles walked into the Neues Museum of Berlin and together stole one of the world's most priceless artefacts: the bust of Queen Nefertiti. And, incredibly, they claim to have used Kinect to do it. It was the older model too, for the Xbox 360.

Because, yes, although the bust itself remained safely in place behind a tall box of bulletproof glass in the museum, the pair managed to walk out with an incredibly detailed 3D scan with nobody the wiser.

A scan they would later release to the world, for free, without the museum's consent.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:05:00 +0000

Abandon Ship, a seafaring strategy game with more than a smattering of the occult, has dropped anchor in Steam early access and personally, I am very impressed with how it's looking so far. I made a video about it earlier this week. In fact, you can view it below.

If you've not heard of Abandon Ship before, the core message in a bottle is that it's a game about taking flight from a murderous bunch of cultists very much in the same vein as FTL. As the captain of the ship your goal is to explore each new environment, balancing your supplies, money and morale while navigating a series of deadly encounters and preparing to make the journey to new waters.

Ever looming on the horizon are the forces of the cult from which you have so boldly escaped - they hound you constantly as you try to win your freedom with everything at their disposal, from cannon and shot to terrifying fishmen and an honest to goodness kraken. Here be monsters indeed.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:47:00 +0000

Earlier this week, a live action trailer for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was released and it quickly went viral. There were two main reason for this; firstly it was excellently produced and exciting to watch, but the real surprise was that it was advertising PUBG on mobile phones. Yes, you heard right, PUBG, the game Team Eurogamer play way too much of, is now playable on Android and iOS devices. Bonkers!

Getting to play PUBG on mobile is a bit of a mission, however, as it's currently only available to download in China. Happily, there are a couple of ways to trick the system and play the game in your own region and it's not especially hard to do. I mean, if I can work out how to get it working on my iPhone 6, surely you can.

Be warned though, it turns out there are actually TWO official PUBG mobile games available to download. PUBG: Army Attack puts an arcade style spin on the original concept and includes things like naval battles, whilst PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (or PUBGEB as I've decided to call it) comes much closer to recreating the feel of PUBG on the PC.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000

If you're at all familiar with the Eurogamer video team, you know that there are two things we really enjoy - namely the spirit of competition and constant bickering. When we were given the opportunity to indulge both of these vices in front of a live audience at London's Vault Festival, then, we jumped at the chance.

However, trying to distill hundreds of hours of petty quarrels and let's play videos into just 90 minutes was never going to be easy, so we did the sensible thing - we spray painted a frying pan gold, made up a terrible acronym and gave it our best shot.

So it is, with great pleasure, that we humbly present to you The B.U.T.T.S. Challenge - Let's Play Live. Which team member emerges victorious? Why is there a roll of tin foil involved? And seriously, why did we think it would be a good idea to read pornographic video game fan fiction out loud in front of a live audience? The answers to all of these questions and maybe one or two more lie in the video below.

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:07:00 +0000

As regular viewers of our YouTube channel will know, myself and the rest of the video team are huge fans of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It's not just the game we've fallen in love with though, I've also been spending an unhealthy amount of my time with the Replay Mode.

Using this virtual theatre, players are able to re-watch past matches from whatever perspective they like, providing a great way to learn new tactics and flanking routes.

The Replay system serves another purpose though, that of making movies. I've already made two for our YouTube channel and you can find both embedded throughout this article.

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:41:00 +0000

Civilization 6's first expansion arrives this week and brings with it eight new civilizations and nine new leaders, including the quite excellent Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. If you upset her, she threatens to thwack you with her umbrella. I think that's great.

As the review embargo has now lifted (our full impressions are coming later this week), I thought it'd be worth introducing you to each of the new leaders and everything else you can expect to change if you pick up Rise and Fall.

Join me below.

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Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:05:00 +0000

Hello! We're doing a live show in a few days' time and it'd be lovely if a few of you came along to watch, otherwise people might make fun of us on social media.

The video team (that's me, Aoife, Johnny and Ian) will be competing to determine which of us is better than the others at video games. That sounds a bit frivolous. It almost definitely will be.

The show is taking place at The Vaults in Waterloo, London at 6:10PM on the 10th February. The tickets are £6.50 a pop, with all profits going straight to the wonderful SpecialEffect charity, which helps people with disabilities play video games.

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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:52:00 +0000

Davide Soliani isn't just your typical Nintendo fan. 15 years ago, upon finding out that legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto - the man that had made him want to create video games in the first place - was going to be visiting Italy to promote a new Zelda game, he decided he had to meet him in person.

So determined was he and a group of friends that they rang hotels throughout the city Miyamoto was visiting, claiming to be his Italian translators, until finally they found out where he was staying. They raced over to the hotel and proceeded to wait, for hours, in the cold and rain. It didn't matter one bit that Soliani was suffering from a fever at the time, that wasn't going to stop him from meeting his idol and expressing his gratitude.

For Miyamoto this may have been a quick photo and a few autographs, but for Soliani, it was an incredibly important moment. Even then he dreamt of someday working alongside this man, who in his eyes was quite simply the greatest game developer in the world.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Join me in the video above as I take an early look at the Tomb Kings, the first of the DLC races for Total War: Warhammer 2.

As we've come to expect at this stage, the Tomb Kings play very differently to the other races you'll find on the campaign map. Perhaps the most remarkable difference being that their units cost nothing to recruit and require zero upkeep each turn. Don't worry, that's not as hellishly overpowered as it may sound, but it does inevitably lead to a rather unique playstyle on the campaign map.

The Tomb Kings DLC arrives, alongside a free update, on the 23rd January.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:48:00 +0000

A few weeks ago now, a company called Boss Level Labs contacted Eurogamer, claiming to have created the world's first brain booster supplement for gamers. They called it GodMode. Now I felt that claim was a little generous, given I'd heard of an esports team in the States that were sponsored by a similar kind of product, but a couple of things really caught my eye in this email.

First of all, it quoted one of the best chess players of all time, Judit Polgár, a retired grandmaster, who'd said: "I take GodMode to think better and reach victory." On top of that, the CEO of Boss Level Labs is the very same Scott Miller who once co-founded Apogee Software, later known as 3D Realms, the creators of Duke Nukem.

Speaking of the Duke, his voice actor even voices the main advertisement for this product.

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