Mass Effect: Andromeda is 'totally softcore space porn' following full nudity ESRB shift

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Mass Effect: Andromeda is 'totally softcore space porn' following full nudity ESRB shift

We've had quite the deluge of Mass Effect: Andromeda news tidbits this past week—so much so we decided to create this handy centralised hub to keep on top of it all. Among the juicy stuff is details on the incoming space action role-player's system requirements, our hands-on impressions, and the fact that Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer lends her voice to a central character. 

The best sandbox games on PC

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The best sandbox games on PC

The sandbox game is difficult to nail down, spreading across countless genres with disparate mechanics and settings. But all share a common trait: freedom. Whether it’s creating a whole world or building up a gang of criminals across a city, sandbox games leave most of the agency up to the player. They are universes to be experienced at a pace not dictated by developers.

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There needs to be a bit of clarity when looking at what makes a great sandbox game, though. They have, since the days of Elite and Ultima, referred to open world games filled with choice and diversions. But revisionist history would describe them as “games like Minecraft”. For the purposes of this exploration of the best of the bunch, we're including them all. We support sandbox egalitarianism.

Shenmue 1 and 2 remasters still due this year according to further leaks

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Shenmue 1 and 2 remasters still due this year according to further leaks

Rumours of high-definition remasters of Shenmue and Shenmue II were strengthened over the weekend, as Rice Digital, an online blog and retailer, say “a trusted source” close to the USA branch of developers Atlus has confirmed that they’re in development.

Which classics still hold up? Take a look at our list of the best old games on PC.

Rice Digital’s source says both games “may be released together rather than separately” as episodes one and two, with a targeted release date later this year.

Here's what Stardew Valley looked like five years ago

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Here's what Stardew Valley looked like five years ago

Indie hit Stardew Valley is one year old - and its one-man developer CorncernedApe is celebrating.

In a blog post summarising a whirlwind 12 months, CorncernedApe also shared a look at Stardew Valley from 2012 - when he began the project.

Back then, the game was named Sprout Valley and its art style was a lot more basic:

Middle-earth: Shadow of War leak teases sequel

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War leak teases sequel

It’s been long enough since Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that I’d half-thought Warner Bros. had forgotten it. Seems not! The open-world stabfest will continue with Middle-earth: Shadow of War, according to a listing seemingly mistakenly added to the website of US shop Target – and since pulled. Unless Target have a mischievous work experience lad […]

PlayStation VR nears 1m sold

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PlayStation VR nears 1m sold

PlayStation VR sold 915,000 units worldwide as of 19th February 2017, Sony has announced.

The better than expected sales figure comes despite unit shortages across the UK following the launch of the device in October 2016.

Sony said today it is increasing production to meet demand, and will continue to support developers who make games for PSVR.

Shadow of Mordor sequel details leaked by shop

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Shadow of Mordor sequel details leaked by shop

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is yet to be officially announced, but we now know a lot more about the game thanks to a leak from US shop Target.

The much-rumoured sequel to Shadow of Mordor will once again let you conquer land and take down enemies using the original's acclaimed Nemesis system.

This time, however, you're looking to forge a new ring of power, similar to Sauron's.

Escaping Skyrim's shadow

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Escaping Skyrim's shadow

When I look back on my 90 hours with The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, I think of constellations rearing gossamer heads over the hills near Whiterun. I think of sunken cities grown copper-green with age, of flipping through books for mention of long-extinct civilisations, and snow licking the path to the summit of the Throat of the World. OK, so I also think of dragons that fly backwards and that time I had to Fus Roh Dah a bug-stricken Lydia across a mountain range, but these are stray notes, hiccups in an otherwise blissful aria.

When I look back on my 20-odd hours with The Elder Scrolls Online, meanwhile, I think of crowds. Crowds of potato-faced adventurers clad in scraps of gaudy felt and tinfoil, loitering at stalls and forges, lost in menu screens. Crowds of ostensible Chosen Ones gamely waiting their turn to lay the smackdown on an area boss. These aren't altogether unpleasant memories - say what you like about ESO's world and quest design, but it offers customisation layers aplenty, atypically ferocious real-time combat, and in the shape of poor, embattled Cyrodiil, a distinctive take on the concept of PvP. But where the thought of Skyrim still fills me with yearning, the thought of ZeniMax Online's Tamriel leaves me scratching my head.

Xbox Games With Gold March 2017

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Xbox Games With Gold March 2017

Only a couple of days away from the end of the shortest month of the year and Major Nelson has revealed what Games With Gold Xbox Gold subscribers can expect…