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Concept art for a version of Resident Evil 7 that would have been more similar to Resident Evil 6 has surfaced online, giving us a glimpse of what the game would have been like before it turned into a first-person survival horror. Although most of us think of the Baker house when we hear the name "Resident Evil 7", the seventh entry in the series was almost a very different game. A few years ago, Resident Evil insider AestheticGamer revealed that the seventh game was originally intended to be closer to Resident Evil 6 and would have followed Leon and…

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No new Legend. This is the first time Respawn hasn’t bolstered the roster of its hit battle royale game since its seasonal content kicked off, but the changes it’s making might be far more significant than any new character. Every Legend is being “touched” by a new Class and Perk system, which the designers describe as intending to better fit the playstyles that the Legends fit into. I’ve already covered the Classes, along with the announcement of Apex Legends’ most-requested mode, Team Deathmatch, the Nemesis Assault Rifle, and every other seasonal change, but if you missed that explainer and can’t…

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You’ve probably already seen that Respawn is switching things up in Apex Legends Season 16. If not, maybe read about that stuff first. Done? Great. Now, you might have some immediate takeaways if you’re a Mirage main (yay) or a hardcore Seer grinder (boo), but the changes hit different for pro players. Professional esports players – like those who took part in the ALGS Playoffs this weekend and will crack on with Split 2 as it kicks off next weekend – not only have to think about their favourite Legends, or those with the best abilities. They also have to…

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I’ve played video games my entire life. My earliest memory is playing on the N64 with my stepdad. Playing them is second nature to me, so much so that last weekend when my mum’s boyfriend Bob asked me, “What the point?” as I played Exo One, I didn’t have an answer. He wasn’t asking in a malicious or judgemental way, he just wanted to know what the point of this weird game where you control a spherical spaceship that can turn into a gliding disc was. It’s a fair question, especially from someone who’s never played a video game before.…

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Hogwarts Legacy has hit the shelves and, unsurprisingly, so has the dilemma of whether or not you should buy it. There are many arguments for and against, but one that keeps popping up is the idea that we should be supporting the developers who made the game, and not letting the material harm one person poses to an entire minority community hurt those workers too. Well, even the workers don't want to support the game, with one developer publicly stating they won't be buying it. Parker Hartzler tweeted a screenshot of their name in the game's credits on February 7,…

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My once whimsical excitement for video games has long been worn away by the relentless cynicism of adulthood. As someone who works in games media, my job is not only about the praise of this medium and its many hallmarks, but also taking it to task for shortcomings and looking at the bigger picture from a nuanced perspective. It’s serious business I tell you. But sometimes a game comes around that turns me into a blubbering fangirl with the critical capacity of a rock, and for over a decade that honour has belonged to Theatrhythm. Square Enix’s humble series of…

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Progress for Pokemon has never been a straight path. While the series' latest installment was riddled with bugs and glitches, it also gave fans new mechanics, new Pokemon, and some much-needed quality-of-life improvements. As welcomed as these changes were, its biggest and most unexpected improvements may be its queer representation. Pokemon has never shied away from using its designs and story to send a powerful underlying message. For example, the Ghost-type regional variant of Corsola introduced in Gen 8 was a stark warning about the impacts of climate change on our environment. Paldea has an equally powerful statement on the…

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Resident Evil is getting another CGI movie, set in the same continuity as the games, and this time it stars Jill Valentine, finally bringing her back into the mainline story. It begins with a prison full of infected before cutting to Leon Kennedy on a mission (as he is one to be) and Chris Redfield on holiday (for real this time, not Code Veronica style). Then we see what looks like Resident Evil 4's Del Lago before a final shot of Jill Valentine at a shooting range, getting some practice in. Just don't shoot the fish early, Jill. RELATED: Resident…

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It's the Super Bowl this weekend and since that has nothing to do with video games, it might seem a little odd to be talking about it here. Well, the reason we're very briefly casting our video game gaze over the NFL finale is because EA Sports has insisted on using Madden to try and predict how the game will unfold, and if recent attempts at that have taught us anything, it's that the football game has probably got it wrong. Anyone with a passing interest in football will have told you who they think is going to win the…

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It's that time of year when certain video games run events centered around Valentine's Day. Pokemon Go is one of those games as raids and research themed around Pokemon you might typically associate with the holiday are available now through February 14, 2023. Most exciting of all for Pokemon Go players, particularly Pokedex completionists who want to keep their collections as up-to-date as possible, are the debuts of a couple of shiny variants. Shiny versions of Tapu Lele and Frillish will be appearing in the wild for a few incredibly lucky trainers, and you'll be able to further expand your…

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