Why Animal Crossing may not be good for your mental health – Reader’s Feature

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – is it good for you or not? (pic: Nintendo) A reader reflects on their last few months playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and whether the game is really as wholesome as it seems. Animal Crossing has recently become the poster child for promoting the benefits of video games for our mental health during the current global pandemic. Whilst enduring strict lockdown measures, many gamers escaped the confines of their encroaching four walls by taking a virtual holiday to Tom Nook’s island getaway. But is Animal…

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Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: Classic video games you’ve never played

Surely everyone’s played Grand Theft Auto? (pic: Rockstar Games) GameCentral readers name the most famous games they’ve never played, from Super Mario Bros. to Fortnite. The question for this week’s Hot Topic was suggested by reader Podge, who asked what’s the most famous video game that you’ve somehow avoided? Was it because you didn’t have the right console or PC, because it didn’t appeal at the time, or simply because you didn’t have the money? Almost every famous franchise of recent times got a mention, but as you’d expect it…

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Why the Sega Xbox console makes sense for everyone – Reader’s Feature

Will Sega finally help Xbox make it big in Japan? (pic: Microsoft) A reader examines the rumours that Sega will team up with Xbox in Japan and what it could mean for a new wave of sequels to classic games. I’m not even sure I am a Sega fan anymore. I definitely used to be – the Mega Drive was my most prized possession as a kid – but as many have pointed out the Sega of my youth don’t exist anymore. Once they gave up making consoles they very…

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PS5 exclusives will not be on PS4 confirms Sony, as CEO hints at price

Soon, we can stop milking this picture of the DualSense controller (pic: Sony) We’ll finally be seeing some PS5 games next week, and PlayStation’s CEO is convinced that they and the console will launch on time. It feels like forever since we heard something official about the PlayStation 5, but Sony is finally ready to deliver some next week with an event that will reveal the PS5’s launch games. At the same time, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has also spoken with GamesIndsutry.biz to talk about the challenges Sony is facing…

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Fans think this is the new PS5 startup sound

[embedded content] Sony’s PS5 announcement may have revealed more than just the date of its reveal event but also the noise the console makes when it starts up. Even though it was widely rumoured, the news that Sony is finally going to reveal the games launch line-up for the PlayStation 5 next week has instantly become the biggest gaming news story of the year. But there may have been another titbit of information hidden withing the announcement, as many have wondered whether the musical chime that plays during the above…

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Kojima denies Silent Hill rumours, major project cancelled

Is this simply a misdirection? Probably not. (Pic: Twitter) Hideo Kojima himself has now addressed the rumour that he is working on a Silent Hill game, calling it ‘false.’ Despite Konami’s insistence that it’s not true, it’s still widely believed that a new Silent Hill game is in the works. Early on, it was even suspected that Hideo Kojima was back on board, revitalising hope that Silent Hills would finally see the light of the day. That side of the rumour seems to have been discarded, but in case you…

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PS5 games reveal event announced for Thursday by Sony

Thursday is going to be a very big day for gamers (pic: Sony) Sony has finally broken its silence over the PlayStation 5 and is promising to show off its launch games during an event next week. It turns out the rumours were correct and Sony really is planning to unveil all about the PlayStation 5 in June, although at first just its games. An online event is scheduled for Thursday, 4 June at 9pm BST and will last for just over an hour. The description on the PlayStation Blog…

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All new PS4 games will run on PS5 reveals Sony guidelines

Ghost Of Tsushima technically won’t need to run on PS5 but most likely will anyway (pic: Sony) Starting from July, any new PS4 games will need to run on the PS5, suggesting Sony’s going all in on its backwards compatibility features. All eyes are on next week, with it being rumoured that some kind of PlayStation 5 event is scheduled to happen then. Before that, though, it’s been discovered that Sony is instructing developers that any future PlayStation 4 games will need to be compatible with the PlayStation 5 as…

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Star Wars: Project Maverick reveal happening next week suggest rumours

The biggest Star Wars secret since Rey’s parentage (Pic: Twitter) EA’s mysterious Star Wars: Project Maverick, has been rumoured for a while, and new rumblings suggest it will be announced very soon. There have been rumours of EA working on a smaller Star Wars title for a few months now, with something called Project Maverick being discovered on the PlayStation Network a couple of months ago. Now, there are rumblings across Twitter that, whatever it is, it could be announced very soon. Bloomberg writer Jason Schrier, who previously described the…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s loot drops won’t be random

‘This axe is good for chopping, but this axe is good for hacking’ (pic: Ubisoft) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t force players to grind for the best loot, with loot drops being unique and upgradeable. The more recent Assassin’s Creed titles, like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, were heavily criticised for how they handled loot drops. Since everything was random, it meant players were sometimes forced to grind for hours in order to find the best loot, resulting in games that felt extremely bloated. Ubisoft has already said that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed…

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