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Borderlands is free to play this weekend, ahead of Borderlands 3’s release

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Attention all vault hunters! Borderlands: Game of the Year edition is free to play this weekend for those with Xbox Live Gold, ahead of the release of Borderlands 3 in September.

From July 18 to July 21, those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription can play Borderlands: Game of the Year edition for free on Xbox One. 

This special edition sees the original Xbox 360 game enhanced to Ultra HD and includes all four add-on packs.… Read the full article

Gears 5 is the ‘largest Gears to date’, according to The Coalition

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We've been waiting a long time for Gears 5 to release and, according to developer The Coalition, the wait is going to be worth it.

In an interview with Game Informer, The Coalition's multiplayer design director Ryan Cleven revealed the next installation in the Gears of War franchise is going to be the biggest we've seen yet, primarily due to its wide and diverse range of modes. 

"Gears 5 is the largest Gears of War to date," Cleven said. "It's the largest campaign ever made, the largest PvE ever made, the largest versus ever made."

This isn't particularly surprising considering the vast number of single and multiplayer modes Gears 5 is bringing with it: Campaign, Escape, Horde, Arcade, Tour of Duty, Bootcamp, Escalation, King of the Hill, Arms Race, Dodgeball, Execution, Guardian, Team Deathmatch and Warzone. And, those are just some of the ones we know about at launch.… Read the full article

Another new Switch won’t release this year, says Nintendo

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Nintendo Switch Lite was recently announced, and there are rumors another new Nintendo Switch could be on the way. But according to Nintendo, we won't be seeing the new console this year.

At a press briefing for the announcement of the Switch Lite, Nintendo president Doug Bowser revealed that we won't be seeing another new Switch model in 2019, according to CNET.

"[The Nintendo Switch Lite will] be the only new Nintendo Switch hardware this holiday, as Bowser says the larger Switch won't get an upgrade right now," CNET writes. 

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There’s a new Lord of the Rings MMO coming from ex-Destiny developers

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon Game Studios is teaming up with Athlon Games to co-develop to co-develop and publish a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO for PC and console.

We first heard news of the upcoming MMO last year, however Amazon Game Studios' involvement is new, as is the revelation that the studio brings with it a team that includes veteran developers who've worked on popular MMOs such as World of Warcraft and Destiny.

According to Amazon Game Studios, the MMO will take place in the Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy.… Read the full article

Cyberpunk 2077 will look best on PS5 and Project Scarlett

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When it comes to Cyberpunk 2077, the development team is putting consoles first, according to CD Projekt Red's UI director Alvin Liu.

In an interview with Wccftech, Liu was asked about the challenges of optimizing Cyberpunk 2077 for low-end hardware. 

"Actually no, we have a very custom engine, the RED Engine," Liu responded. "And actually, we’re targeting consoles as first class platforms and it looks amazing there. So obviously, if you spent, you know, $2,000 building your PC rig, it’s going to look better on that.… Read the full article

Horizon Zero Dawn 2: everything we know about the rumored Horizon sequel

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

With a next-generation PlayStation just around the corner, we can't help but think about the games we may see on the upcoming PS5. Will see some new IPs? Maybe the return of some beloved PlayStation classics? 

Sony has had huge success with its PS4 exclusives, particularly post-apocalyptic RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best-selling games on the PS4, selling over 10 million copies and cementing itself as a must-have title. So it would make perfect sense for Guerrilla Games to develop a sequel, right?… Read the full article

Borderlands 3 will have an Apex Legends-style ping system

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

There's only a few more months to wait until you and the squad can jump into Borderlands 3. Online multiplayer is arguably one of the Borderlands series' strongest features but if you are more of a lone-wolf, or don't have a great gaming mic, you may find yourself a little unenthused about playing with others.

Taking this into account, Borderlands 3 developer Gearbox Software is aiming to make Borderlands 3's multiplayer easier to jump into. 

At a panel at Guardian Con last week (via PC Gamer), Gearbox revealed it has added a range of new features to Borderlands 3 to make multiplayer more accessible than its predecessors.… Read the full article

God of War 2 PS4: everything we know about the rumored God Of War sequel

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It's only been a year since the critically acclaimed (and our Game of the Year 2018 winner) God of War reboot launched exclusively on PlayStation 4, but we're already looking to the future.

Despite Sony remaining tight-lipped on the subject, the success of God of War means a sequel is probably on the way (perhaps another God of War 2?). In addition, Sony Santa Monica has posted job listings for a number of roles across its teams – with one listing clearly citing the God of War reboot. 

At this point, it's most likely that God of War 2 will come to PS5 than the PS4 but, in the interest of not getting confused with the other God of War 2, we've opted to refer to it as God of War PS4. 

So, with that out of the way, we've gathered together all the rumors and news surrounding the God of War sequel for your perusal right here.… Read the full article

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Here’s what it’s like to play Final Fantasy 7 Remake if you never played the original

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Final Fantasy is a pretty big deal. Well, that’s what I’ve gathered. As someone who writes about games for a living, my dark secret is that I’ve never actually played a Final Fantasy game to completion. Sure, I’ve dabbled here and there – a few hours of Final Fantasy X here and bit of Final Fantasy XV there – but I’ve never truly immersed myself in any of the games and, worse yet, apparently I’ve been playing the worst titles in the series. 

As ashamed as I feel, there’s no denying that everyone has at least one huge game or franchise that they somehow completely missed the boat with: BioShock, The Witcher, maybe The Sims?… Read the full article

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Leaked trailers suggest big changes are coming to Apex Legends’ map

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It looks like big changes are coming to Apex Legends' Kings Canyon map in Season 2. That's according to two trailers which seem to have leaked on Reddit early ahead of Apex Legends' Season 2 official reveal later today.

Season 2 doesn't kick off until July 2, but we already have an idea what to expect in terms of changes including an updated map, sky diving emotes, beasties on the island and a sneak peek at Wattson, the new Legend.

Ch-ch-changes

Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment

Respawn Entertainment has already been hinting that we would be seeing "animal intrusions" at Kings Canyon's Repuslor Tower, as the tower is suffering from a weak signal that can only be rectified by amplification.… Read the full article

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