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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

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In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which our intrepid plumber has ended up in not only familiar lands, such as Sand Kingdom, but also closer-to-reality... >>

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus gameplay preview: The intense first-person shooter is back and in fine form

Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus gameplay preview: The intense first-person shooter is back and in fine form

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Wolfenstein: The New Order was more than a little intense. When the classic shooter was relaunched by Bethesda back in 2014, it set hearts racing for not only its first-person action, but its intense Nazi characters and their casual brutality. Some scenes... >>

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

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Life Is Strange. It really is. And the game of the same name explored that concept in a fascinating life-meets-supernatural way when it was released in 2015.Now there's a prequel: Before The Storm. Set in Arcadia Bay once more, it rewinds the timeline... >>

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

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The Crew was an ambitious game when it launched in 2014: an always online racer that left players to freely roam five regions of America as they pleased. Whether in single player or competing other online players, it was a racer unlike any other. The... >>

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

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Ah, the Brits. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Crumpets with jam. Undead zombie hordes. We have it all.UK studio Rebellion's latest title, Strange Brigade, is a 1930s-style adventure which throws you into an adventure in forgotten civilisations. Track... >>

Super Mario Odyssey gameplay preview: Aces and oddities

Super Mario Odyssey gameplay preview: Aces and oddities

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Everyone loves Mario. The Italian plumber returns to his 3D platformer roots in Super Mario Odyssey, due for release on Nintendo Switch on Octover 27, 2017. And we got to play two levels for 10 minutes a piece at E3 2017. Pre order Super Mario Odyssey... >>

South Park The Fractured But Whole gameplay preview: Rude, crude and sometimes lewd

South Park The Fractured But Whole gameplay preview: Rude, crude and sometimes lewd

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is no ordinary turn-based role-playing game. It's one for the fans. Within 30-seconds of our E3 gaming expo presentation back in 2016, our presenter - playing The New Kid (AKA Douchebag from previous game The Stick... >>

Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay preview: The rethinking of a classic

Assassin's Creed Origins gameplay preview: The rethinking of a classic

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At E3 2017 there seems to be one game on everyone's lips: Assassin's Creed. In its latest iteration, Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt, the game returns after a hiatus from its usual annual cycle.While Origins embodies what is is to be an Assassin's... >>

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

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Far Cry is back with a bang. The fifth game in the main series is a politically charged and unflinchingly brutal first-person game, set in fictional present-day Montana.And it's rather brilliant.That's perhaps no surprise, as when Far Cry is at its best,... >>

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase

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We'd run out of fingers and toes if we tried to count the amount of times Microsoft has said its Xbox One X console (formerly Project Scorpio) is the "most powerful console ever", but it doesn't make those claims lightly.It technically is.As we know though,... >>

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

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Star Wars Battlefront was a well received multiplayer when it arrived in 2015. One of its main criticisms was that it didn't have a solo campaign mode and, therefore, no real story. That's something Battlefront 2 fixes: it touts a story mode said to "help... >>

GoPro Fusion preview: The 360 camera you've been waiting for

GoPro Fusion preview: The 360 camera you've been waiting for

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GoPro has given us a first look at the upcoming Fusion 360-degree action camera. Like the Hero and Session, it's designed to be strapped to virtually any part of you, your bike, shoes, car or any number of accessories. It's just as much an action camera... >>

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) preview: Bright and powerful

Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) preview: Bright and powerful

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The Apple iMac range has received a spec boost for 2017, promising better screen technology, more processing power, Thunderbolt 3 slots and more. But should you be excited by these additions?We've been using the new 27-inch 5K iMac for the last 24 hours... >>

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

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Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of its interactions. However, its availability has been limited to the US.Until today, that is. Anki just... >>

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

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Apple has once again entered the speaker market launching the Apple HomePod, a speaker with Siri built-in that plans to take on not only the Amazon Echo and Google Home but advanced systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected... >>

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar

MSI GT83VR Titan preview: Gaming monster with a roar

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Computex has very much been about the onslaught of super-slim gaming machines due to the launch of Nvidia’s Max-Q architecture.However, we spotted a beauty in the desktop replacement category from MSI. The first thing that grabbed our attention was... >>

HP Spectre x360 (2017) preview: 15-incher with supermodel looks

HP Spectre x360 (2017) preview: 15-incher with supermodel looks

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While perusing the Microsoft stand at this year’s Computex, we spotted and unmarked HP Spectre 360x 15-inch.This is an updated version of 2016’s model, and we suspected that there were going to be some worthwhile improvements. We decided to take a... >>

Toshiba X97 Series OLED TV preview: High-end TV tech, but at what price?

Toshiba X97 Series OLED TV preview: High-end TV tech, but at what price?

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Toshiba recently announced its re-entry into the European TV market with a series of televisions, the pinnacle of which is the 65-inch X97 OLED.Toshiba is pitching the new series of models as being "mid-market" - aimed at price-conscious but ambitious... >>

Eve V preview: What makes the crowd-funded Surface Pro rival so special?

Eve V preview: What makes the crowd-funded Surface Pro rival so special?

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A crowd-funded tablet/laptop hybrid might not usually catch the eye, but clearly Microsoft feels there's something special about the Eve V. It highlighted the relatively unknown product during its Computex keynote.This is especially significant considering... >>

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro preview: Taking gaming laptops to the Max-Q

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro preview: Taking gaming laptops to the Max-Q

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The announcement of Nvidia's Max-Q during Computex 2017 in Taiwan has seen some interesting slimline gaming machines launched this week. Pocket-lint had some time with the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro on the show floor and it's a fantastic piece of work.The... >>

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro preview: Flip screened laptop with built-in S Pen

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro preview: Flip screened laptop with built-in S Pen

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Samsung announced its latest iteration of the Notebook 9 series at Computex this year and it comes with something extra. The Notebook 9 Pro has an embedded S Pen stylus and we got to go hands-on with the device on the show floor.As the device was... >>

Nest Cam IQ preview: 4K sensor brings facial recognition and more precise alerts

Nest Cam IQ preview: 4K sensor brings facial recognition and more precise alerts

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The Nest Cam IQ is the latest indoor security camera from Google-owned smart home company Nest. It joins the Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor in the portfolio of security products, both of which continue to be available.Nest claims the Nest Cam... >>

Asus ROG Zephyrus preview: Ultra-slim gaming laptop with Nvidia's latest architecture

Asus ROG Zephyrus preview: Ultra-slim gaming laptop with Nvidia's latest architecture

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The opening day at this year’s Computex saw some impressive announcements from Nvidia regarding its new Max-Q architecture.It was also the first to show off Republic of Gamers' (ROG) exceptionally impressive-looking gaming Laptop: the Zephyrus. Essentially... >>