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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, Amy Rose, and Chao Join Team Sonic Racing

Big the Cat’s hanging up his fishing rod in favour of four wheels, as three new characters join the roster of Team Sonic Racing. The frog-obsessed feline will be joined by the forever friend-zoned Amy Rose and four different Chao characters – all driving in the, ahem, same car. The newcomers were revealed as part of a Sonic the Hedgehog anniversary event in Tokyo this weekend. As you’d expect, Big the Cat favours more powerful racing, while Amy Rose is a speed demon. Meanwhile, the Chao – who are certainly…

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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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Inazuma Eleven Ares Plays a First-Time Pass to PS4 Next Year

On target by Sammy Barker 4 hours ago Inazuma Eleven Ares, the football-themed role-playing game from Level-5, will make its PlayStation 4 debut in Western territories next year. Buried deep in a press release spotted by ResetEra and shared by Gematsu, the Japanese developer notes that its new game will launch in Europe and North America in 2019, where it aims to “tap into the growing e-sports movement”. No additional details are included, but the title is due out later this year in Japan. As a series, Inazuma Eleven’s been…

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Snatch Sizeable PS4 Savings in New NA Flash Sale

Up to 70 per cent off this weekend only by Sammy Barker 4 hours ago Sony’s gotten very good at emptying players’ wallets, with virtually every week bringing a new round of PlayStation Store savings. This time it’s North America taking the charge, with an all-new Flash Sale cutting the price of copious must-own titles. Alien: Isolation, for example, is just $8.99 – and likeable stealth horror Little Nightmares can be yours for $7.99. The sale will end at 8AM PDT on Monday, 25th June. Other highlights include Sleeping Dogs:…

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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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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? – Issue 225

There’s a full programme of World Cup football to look forward to this weekend, so game time’s likely to be on the short side – unless you’re desperately attempting to avoid watching grown men roll around on the ground. In that case, you may be eager to do a spot of gaming instead – here’s everything that we’re playing this weekend. Sammy Barker, Editor I’d earmarked this summer period as the perfect opportunity to clear my backlog; as it turns out I’ve been watching far too much football to make…

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Talking Point: What Free July 2018 PS Plus Games Do You Want?

What’s the July 2018 PlayStation Plus lineup? And when will the July 2018 PS Plus lineup be revealed? With the madness of E3 2018 all over, Sony’s selection of free PS+ titles for July 2018 are destined to be the biggest story of next week. In this article, we’re going to round up all of the latest PS Plus rumours and speculation, so let’s dive in. For a recap, check out our full list of all free PS Plus games in 2018. When will July 2018’s free PS Plus games be announced? Assuming…

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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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