Gaming

Can virtual reality help get you through lockdown?

From global exploration or robot warfare to virtual family get-togethers, a VR headset could offer an alternative to going outRight now, it feels as if there is no escape. We’re stuck at home for most of the day, our only respite coming from the odd st...

The best games of 2020 so far

Resident Evil was reanimated, Coffee Talk brewed up a mindful treat and Final Fantasy VII made our dreams come trueThe desert-island alternate-life game that’s spawned a thousand memes, Animal Crossing offers a cute, stress-free and eminently controlla...

Cloudpunk review – delivers the goods

As a delivery driver in a Blade Runner-style landscape, the thrill is to dip into client’s lives. Just don’t ask what’s in the packageThe city of Nivalis is, at once, arrestingly beautiful and awkwardly familiar. With its streaking hover cars and pink-...

Beyond Blue review: Blue Planet II, the game

iPad/iPhone (PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions forthcoming); E-Line MediaRealistic marine-diving game shines a light on the deep oceanA mellow and overtly educational game about marine wildlife, Beyond Blue is an opportunity to submerge yourself ...

Xbox Game Pass subscriptions hit 10 million

Pay-monthly service sees huge surge in players and gaming time due to Coronavirus lockdownMicrosoft has announced that its Xbox Game Pass subscription service has passed 10 million members. The initiative, which adopts a similar model to Netflix and ot...

Streets of Rage 4: the return of the beat ’em up

Scrolling beat ’em ups went out of fashion years ago, but this lovingly created sequel offers all the action and fun of a 90s arcade game In the Netflix animated series Hi Score Girl, a romantic comedy set in early-90s Japan, Haruo Yaguchi, a low-achie...

Why Apex Legends has kept me playing for 500 hours

Striking a perfect balance between friction and flow, could this battle royale hit be the perfect shooter game?That’s it. I have now played Apex Legends for over 500 hours. The online multiplayer shooter, developed by Californian studio Respawn Enterta...

PlayStation 5: Sony reveals new DualSense controller

Followup to the DualShock controller adds haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and a built-in micSony has revealed the new controller for its forthcoming PlayStation 5 console. Named DualSense, the pad is a major departure from the DualShock series in de...

Resident Evil 3 review – uniquely apposite reboot

PS4, Xbox One, PC; CapcomDealing with a deadly virus seems highly relevant in this remake, which adds a multiplayer mode, though it’s not as meaty as Res Evil 2 Among the adjectives applied to the Resident Evil games over the franchise’s 20-year histor...