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Ghost Recon Wildlands review: A hugely ambitious open-world epic
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Ghost Recon Wildlands review: A hugely ambitious open-world epic

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You certainly couldn't accuse Ubisoft of playing things safe with Ghost Recon: Wildlands. By opting to give it what may be the biggest play-area ever seen in a mainstream game, and decreeing that it would be playable co-operatively by up to four people... >>

Ghost Recon: Wildlands explored: How Ubisoft is pushing the envelope of online multiplayer

Ghost Recon: Wildlands explored: How Ubisoft is pushing the envelope of online multiplayer

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Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands is not just one of 2017's most-anticipated games. It's also one of the most complex games ever made.This is thanks primarily to a vast, startlingly realistic map depicting a thoroughly believable near-future Bolivia in... >>

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

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The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... >>

Prey gameplay preview: Bethesda reboot looks set to live up to expectations

Prey gameplay preview: Bethesda reboot looks set to live up to expectations

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So-called development hell – into which games can fall when they just, for whatever reason, aren't coming together – can, it seems, sometimes be a good thing. That's certainly true in the case of Prey – originally mooted as the sequel to 2006's... >>

Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league
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Sniper Elite 4 review: Super sharp-shooter enters the big league

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Sniper Elite may not be the most glamorous of games franchises, but since the first game was launched in 2005, Oxford-based developer Rebellion's stealth-and-sniping shooter has quietly amassed a notable following – cumulatively, the franchise has passed... >>

Final Fantasy XV review: An unmitigated treat for RPG lovers
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Final Fantasy XV review: An unmitigated treat for RPG lovers

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Dragging a revered games franchise into a 21st century landscape of open-worlds and instant action must be a thankless, even scary task – particularly when that franchise emerged in the late 1980s, hit its peak in the 1990s and had as its centrepiece... >>

Steep preview: A must for extreme sports fans everywhere?

Steep preview: A must for extreme sports fans everywhere?

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Ubisoft's extreme winter sports game, Steep, finally comes up for air on 2 December, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and it has been widely reported that review copies, like black ice, are thin on the ground.As the game requires many players interacting on hosted... >>

Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made
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Dishonored 2 review: One of the finest stealth games ever made

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Following 2016's cataclysmically misguided protest-votes against the direction of 21st-century politics, many people's thoughts have turned to the prospect of living in an authoritarian dystopia. So Dishonored 2's arrival could not have been more timely.Like... >>

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before
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Call of Duty Infinite Warfare review: Infinitely better than ever before

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In the 21st century, life now has three inevitabilities: death, taxes and an annual instalment of Call of Duty.But Infinite Warfare, 2016's effort, comes with an added layer of controversy: the all-conquering first-person shooter's mighty fan-base took... >>

Titanfall 2 review: A total blast
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Titanfall 2 review: A total blast

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The original Titanfall arrived amid a blaze of hype which was impressive even by games industry standards – and which came about due mainly to the game's provenance. It was the first effort made by Respawn Entertainment, a developer formed by the founders... >>

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR
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Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR

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So PlayStation VR has arrived, offering a cheaper-than-PC means of experiencing the joys of virtual reality on PlayStation 4. But like every new item of gaming hardware, it's in dire need of a so-called killer app: a game which is an abdolute must-play.Battlezone... >>

Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards
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Battlefield 1 review: Military first-person shooter sets new standards

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For a brief moment, it looked as though Battlefield 1 might fall foul of the stormtroopers of political correctness: when developer DICE announced that the latest instalment of the much-loved multiplayer military first-person shooter would be set in World... >>

Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear
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Gears of War 4 review: Stepping up a gear

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Gears of War, the genre-defining third-person cover-shooter, has had a slightly chequered recent history – Cliff Bleszinski, the driving force behind the series, moved on to pastures new after 2011's Gears of War 3, implying he felt the franchise was... >>

Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever
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Forza Horizon 3 review: Bigger, brasher and better-looking than ever

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Spin-off franchises - equivalent, say, to the way in which Cheers spawned Frasier - are very rare in the games industry, and for such a franchise to outshine its parent title is all but unprecedented. Yet that is exactly what Forza Horizon has done, and... >>

F1 2016 review: Licence to thrill
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F1 2016 review: Licence to thrill

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Making Formula One games is a famously thankless task, but in recent years, Leamington Spa-based Codemasters has picked up that particular F1 baton and run with it in an increasingly impressive manner. Once upon a time, thanks to the niceties of satisfying... >>

Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Cyberpunk satisfaction
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Deus Ex Mankind Divided review: Cyberpunk satisfaction

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If you were thinking of getting a nip or a tuck, playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided might just make you think again. That's because it examines what might happen when human narcissism extends beyond the mere administration of trout-pouts and the like, to... >>

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun

No Man's Sky preview: 10 hours in and it's fiercely good fun

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No Man's Sky needs no introduction: it's one of the 2016's most-hyped games, thanks to a scale and ambition which is possibly unmatched in the history of videogames. For this space-age epic boasts a game-world that consists of more than 18 quintillion... >>

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date
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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: The best Lego game to date

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In recent years, it has become fashionable to adopt an air of cynicism about the Lego games. They have continued to come thick and fast and, consequently, have attracted accusations of saminess. Such cynicism generally evaporates once stuck into their... >>

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness
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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst review: On the edge of greatness

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The original Mirror's Edge, released in 2008, was the very epitome of a Marmite game. Despite having an inordinate amount of glaring flaws, and not selling particularly well, it still managed to generate a passionate cult following. It was easy enough... >>

Overwatch review: Accessible, addictive and awfully good fun
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Overwatch review: Accessible, addictive and awfully good fun

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If Overwatch was an animal, it would be a small, cute, friendly dog, intent on meeting everybody and licking their faces.From the off, Overwatch is one of the most accessible and inviting games you will ever encounter – which is some achievement, given... >>

Doom review: Redefining the remake
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Doom review: Redefining the remake

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Crafting a modern version of a classic game is fraught with dangers – never more so than with a game as iconic as Doom. As the game which popularised first-person shooters (developer id Software's previous game, Wolfenstein 3D, invented that most enduring... >>

Final Fantasy XV: Everything you need to know

Final Fantasy XV: Everything you need to know

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Final Fantasy is one of the world's most revered games franchises. Fans of Japanese role-playing games are in a state of considerable ferment over the prospect of Final Fantasy XV, its latest instalment and the first one custom-designed for the current-generation... >>

Star Fox Zero review: Can't outfox its shortcomings
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Star Fox Zero review: Can't outfox its shortcomings

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The Wii U may have been a roaring flop, but the precious few who own one know that it isn't a bad console – just a misunderstood one. Its arcane design indisputably throws up opportunities for new forms of gameplay, but it floundered on the twin rocks... >>

Sherlock Holmes The Devil’s Daughter preview: Sophisticated sleuthing

Sherlock Holmes The Devil’s Daughter preview: Sophisticated sleuthing

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Videogames aren't just about full-on, relentless action requiring total concentration and laser-sharp reactions – although the games that provide those things tend to hog the limelight. Sometimes we crave something a little more sedate, which perhaps... >>

Dark Souls 3 review: As gothic, unforgiving and brilliant as ever
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Dark Souls 3 review: As gothic, unforgiving and brilliant as ever

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Masochists rejoice: From Software's legendarily uncompromising dark gothic RPG is back and its mission, as ever, is to make all other games seem laughably easy. Say hello to frequent profanity spilling from your mouth as a result of playing Dark Souls... >>