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Round two of PUBG’s Savage testing brings big changes to the new tropical map

Developer Bluehole’s second round of testing for Codename Savage, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ new tropical-themed map, is about to get underway, and it brings a number of notable changes to the experience. Savage, of course, is Battlegrounds’ smallest map yet, measuring just 4km by 4km – that’s a quarter of the size of the game’s currently released Erangel and Miramar maps. Savage already offers a faster, more brutal form of Battle Royale compared to its more established counterparts, but Bluehole’s new changes are designed improve things still further. Arguably the most exciting…

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Eurogamer 

Gorgeous Norse myth themed action adventure Jotun comes to Switch next week

Thunder Lotus Games’ absolutely gorgeous Norse mythology themed action adventure Jotun is heading to Switch next week, on April 27th Jotun first launched on PC back in 2015, having raised $64,265 CAD in Kickstarter funding the year before. It places you in the role of Thora, a Viking warrior that “died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla”. There’s exploration and puzzle solving to be done as you traverse Jotun’s beautiful hand-drawn world, but the real highlights are the boss battles against fearsome titans…

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God of War Is Now the Highest Rated PS4 Exclusive of All Time

God of War reviews were published late last week, bringing with them a slew of plaudits for Sony Santa Monica’s latest. The title got off to an outstanding start on aggregate website Metacritic, but rather than suffer from the usual slump, it’s actually been rising up the rankings as new ratings come in. In fact, it’s now the second highest rated PlayStation 4 game of all time – and it’s surpassed The Last of Us Remastered to take the crown as best exclusive. It’s quite extraordinary to see this level…

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PSN Europe 

God of War and Yakuza 6 headline this week’s new PlayStation Store releases

New parental responsibilities weigh heavy on two warriors returning to PlayStation this week. God of War sees Kratos embark on an epic journey with his son Atreus, while Kazuma Kiryu has to look after a newborn child while investigating what happened to its mother in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. 1. God of War Take an epic journey through Norse mythology as PlayStation icon Kratos returns, as the God of War must now teach his son Atreus to fight and survive in a quest that’ll reshape them both. Why…

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Shenmue I & II Will Not Add Time Skip to the First Game

Back when Shenmue was first announced, SEGA leaned heavily into a buzzword: FREE. An acronym, the term stood for “fully reactive eyes entertainment”, and it was essentially used to describe the type of gameplay that we more commonly consider open world today; it meant that the title enabled you the freedom to go anywhere and do anything you wanted at any time. To encourage this, the first game includes multiple moments throughout its story where you needed to wait to meet a character or attend a certain location. Governed by…

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Eurogamer 

EA admits it “got it wrong” over Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes

EA’s chief design officer Patrick Söderlund has addressed Star Wars Battlefront 2’s highly controversial implementation of loot boxes, saying that the publisher “got it wrong”, and “can’t afford to make similar mistakes” in the future. Söderlund’s comments came during a conversation with The Verge, in which he offered some insight into the company’s original thinking behind Battlefront 2’s loot boxes. “We had the intent that was designed for us to have more people play it over a longer period of time,” Söderlund explained, “and like a lot of other games…

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Kingdom Hearts III Has Game & Watch-esque Minigames

Square Enix has provided an update on Kingdom Hearts III, but perhaps not the kind that fans wanted to see. A new trailer entitled ‘Classic Kingdom’ shows off several Game & Watch-esque minigames that you’ll be able to play within the PlayStation 4 title, spanning everything from simple platformers to dexterity-based high score challenges. In other news, the publisher has announced that 300 lucky fans who play mobile title Kingdom Hearts: Union χ [CROSS] will be selected to have their name appear in a secret location within the sequel. You…

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ANTHEM Will Be ‘Distinctly BioWare’, But ‘Unlike Anything You’ve Played’

In a new BioWare blog post penned by general manager Casey Hudson, a little light is perhaps shed on ANTHEM, the studio’s upcoming sci-fi title. In the post, Hudson writes about his return to the company and “refocusing BioWare’s mission” after missteps with the disappointing Mass Effect: Andromeda. “We need to delight players with new experiences and innovation, but we must stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from our games. And our games must be designed to continue delivering new stories and…

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Trailers 

Soft Matter Trailer Wants to Be Shape of Water Meets Get Out

Love The Shape of Water? Absolutely adore Get Out? Well, then, someone has made a movie just for you. And it’s really short, so if it sucks, you don’t have to worry about wasting much of your time. That’s right, we have the first trailer for Soft Matter, and, well, you can check out the trailer for yourself. If you’ve seen Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which walked away with Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, then you’ll notice more than a passing resemblance to that monster drama…

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