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Canon EOS M6 review: Canon's best mirrorless yet, but is that good enough?
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Canon EOS M6 review: Canon's best mirrorless yet, but is that good enough?

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The Canon take on the mirrorless camera market has been interesting: having lackadaisically introduced the M-series system in a bid to avoid undercutting its own DSLR business, it had taken Canon years to establish a more viable M-series camera. That... >>

Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to 2017-2018

Best upcoming Nintendo Switch games to look forward to 2017-2018

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After the flop of the Wii U, Nintendo is looking to be on fine form with its Switch console. The home-meets-portable console was introduced in March 2017, along with Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, which might well be game of the year, and the company... >>

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to 2017-2018

Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to 2017-2018

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You're now the proud owner of a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, or are still considering whether to make the investment in Sony or not. Either way, you'll find our list of tantalising gaming treats enough to have you excited for the months ahead.There... >>

Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to 2017-2018

Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to 2017-2018

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The big news from E3 2017 was that the extra-powerful Xbox One X console - formerly Project Scorpio - will launch worldwide on 7 November 2017. That means true 4K HDR gaming is imminent.But it wasn't just hardware that Microsoft was showing off at its... >>

E3 2017: All the games and announcements that matter

E3 2017: All the games and announcements that matter

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E3 2017 is upon us. With all the major conferences done and dusted, here are all the major announcements and games from the world's largest games show.Microsoft announced that its new 4K super console, the Xbox One X (originally codenamed Project Scorpio),... >>

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... >>

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow

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Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. And that's quite possibly because this fifth-generation model looks suspiciously like its predecessor.It's... >>

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,... >>

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
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Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor

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Microsoft's hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook... >>

Moto E4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Moto E3 (2015): What's the difference?

Moto E4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Moto E3 (2015): What's the difference?

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Given the announcement of the ultra-budget Moto C and refresh of Moto G (in the G5 and G5 Plus models) in 2017, we weren't entirely convinced that Lenovo would continue to produce the Moto E series.But produce it has, and in two guises: the Moto E4... >>

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one
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Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one

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What happens when you take a Japanese roadster and give it an Italian heart? You get the Fiat 124 Spider. Dress that car up in some couture red, black and white body kit and you get the on-so-unsubtle Abarth 124 Spider, as you see above - a tuned-up... >>

All the best EA trailers from E3 2017: Anthem, FIFA 18, A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more

All the best EA trailers from E3 2017: Anthem, FIFA 18, A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more

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EA does things a little differently for the world's largest gaming show: it doesn't present at the official E3 grounds. Instead it hosts an off-site live event to showcase its latest games and get the them in the hands of the gamers.For 2017, with a new... >>

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... >>

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

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The smartphone industry is always seeking the next big thing. For Motorola that's Moto Mods: clip-on accessories that work with its Z-series of phones and transform their functionality or style.Lenovo launched the Moto Z in 2016, followed by big-battery... >>

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons
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Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons

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Modular phones are in a rather interesting spot. At the end of 2016 Google canned Project Ara, its open-source modular mobile project. In 2017, the latest LG G-series unceremoniously ditched the company's lacklustre "Friends" modules. Motorola, on the... >>

Moto Z2 Play vs Z Play: What’s the difference?

Moto Z2 Play vs Z Play: What’s the difference?

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On 1 June Motorola unveiled the Moto Z2 Play, the second-generation Moto Mods compatible smartphone in the mid-level Z-series lineup. There will be no "standard" Z2 this year, so it's all eyes on the Play.With Moto Mods - clip-on magnetic accessories,... >>

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

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Gaming laptops are undergoing change: no longer do they need to be the size of a four-bedroom house to deliver considerable power, as the trimmed-down Acer Predator Triton 700 goes to show.Ok, so it's still about the size of a two-bed semi-detached,... >>

Canon EOS 77D review: DSLR megastar, or one model number too far?
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Canon EOS 77D review: DSLR megastar, or one model number too far?

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You've probably heard it time and again: "cameras are dying". Well, not if Canon has anything to do with it.The Japanese camera maker seems to be investing in a DSLR for every user level, with the latest EOS 77D fitting into the range beneath its 80D... >>