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Some people downloaded Forza Horizon 4 files over four months early

Over the weekend, some people found there were able to download the PC version of Forza Horizon 4 – over four months before the game is due out. Redditor daten-shi discovered Forza Horizon 4 began pre-loading from the Windows Store, and, as you’d expect, went fishing in the game files. It wasn’t long before a car list emerged online, although this appears incomplete. daten-shi said that while the game downloaded, it remains unplayable. They said they can’t do much with the files other than look at them, either, due to…

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Big the Cat is in Team Sonic Racing

On Sonic the Hedgehog’s 27th birthday (that big 3-0 is fast approaching!), Sega has detailed Team Rose for Team Sonic Racing. The announcement was made during an event to celebrate Sonic’s birthday (you can watch it in the video below). Team Rose is made up of Amy Rose, Chao and Big the Cat. Yep, Big the Cat, the large, anthropomorphic purple cat who made his name in the Sonic Adventure series, is in Team Sonic Racing. As if there was any doubt. Amy Rose is a speed character. Here’s her…

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It looks like hackers are using balloons to put porn into Super Mario Odyssey

Hackers are reportedly inserting porn into Super Mario Odyssey via balloons. Redditor ewasion took to r/NintendoSwitch to say they’d spotted two pornographic images while playing Super Mario Odyssey. The images were on in-game balloons, which are normally used to display player avatars. It looks like this issue is limited to Super Mario Odyssey’s Luigi’s Balloon World mode, an online only mini-game that involves hunting balloons other players have hidden. The balloons display the online avatar of the player who hid them. Under normal circumstances, avatars are images of Nintendo characters…

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The good, bad and ugly of PUBG’s first Event Pass

This week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds got its first ever Event Pass. The £7.49 DLC is, clearly, inspired by Fortnite’s hugely-successful Battle Pass, and lets players unlock premium loot, including themed cosmetics and items. It also lets you take on exclusive challenges and gain experience points as you play. While PUBG’s Event Pass sounds like a decent addition to the game – and indeed it has freshened up the battle royale experience for many players – it has some problems, which the game’s rabid fanbase has been quick to pick up on.…

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NHS to fund its first internet addiction clinic

The NHS is set to fund an internet addiction centre – with a focus on gaming disorders. According to The Guardian, the Central and North West London NHS foundation trust is behind the Centre for Internet Disorders, which will initially focus on gaming addiction. The idea is it will offer treatment and advice to families as well as conduct research. Gaming addiction was thrust into the headlines earlier in June after it emerged “gaming disorder” could become a proper medical condition – should a draft of the World Health Organisation’s…

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Some people are trying to refund Mario Tennis Aces because it doesn’t let you play a regular game of tennis

Mario Tennis Aces doesn’t let you play a regular game of tennis – and some people are so upset they’re trying to refund the game. The Nintendo Switch game came out yesterday, 22nd June, and while it’s going down well with players (Martin called it “fun – if a little fuzzy and fiddly” in Eurogamer’s Mario Tennis Aces review), it didn’t take long before people noticed there’s something very odd about the game settings. It turns out, outside of the CPU tournaments, Mario Tennis Aces forces you to play a…

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Life is Strange 2’s first episode has a release date

The first episode of Life is Strange 2 arrives on 27th September 2018 – that’s just three months away. It’s actually titled Life is Strange 2, as well – to delineate it from Dontnod’s original series and the excellent prequel spin-off Before the Storm. Life is Strange 2 will comprise of five episodes. The teaser below shows the game’s title being stitched onto a worn backpack. More details, a post on the game’s Twitter says, will be revealed in August (likely Gamescom). And that’s all the clues we’re given. But…

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Report: Bethesda sues Warner Bros., claims Westworld game uses Fallout Shelter code

Bethesda is reportedly suing Warner Bros. over the Westworld mobile game, which it claims uses Fallout Shelter code. According to TMZ, Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive, the developer of the game. In court documents, Bethesda reveal it contracted Behaviour in 2014 to work on Fallout Shelter before Behaviour went on to make the Westworld game for Warner. Fallout Shelter is a building and people management sim with a cute art design where you play the vault overseer. You have to keep your vault dwellers alive, playing Cupid…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has reversible boxart to let choose your cover star

We’ve come a long way from Assassin’s Creed not letting you play as a woman – or from doing so only in short sections of its campaign. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will let you play through the entire game as either female or male mercenaries Kassandra or Alexios – and just like the game itself, its reversible cover will let you pick your favourite. That’s according to creative director Jonathan Dumont, who revealed the detail in a reddit AMA last night. It’s not the first time a video game has offered…

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Epic keeps disabling the Fortnite shopping cart because players keep using it to glitch under the map

Fortnite’s shopping cart is a lot of fun – but it doesn’t look like Epic’s laughing. Fortnite’s first vehicle – if you can call it that – has been added and pulled from the battle royale game multiple times since it went live in May as Epic battled to prevent players from using it to glitch under the map. This week, Epic added the shopping cart back into the game only to pull it again a couple of hours later. The shopping cart lasted just a couple of hours before…

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