The Russia World Cup comes to 'FIFA 18' on May 29th

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The Russia World Cup comes to 'FIFA 18' on May 29th

As the domestic football season starts to wrap up, all eyes are turning to the World Cup in Russia. EA, unsurprisingly, wants to celebrate the competition with a video game tie-in — this year, however, it will be released as a free update for FIFA 18. That's in stark contrast to 2014, when EA released a dedicated game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and a meagre Ultimate Team expansion for the PS4 and Xbox One. (Euro 2016, meanwhile, was owned by Konami and released as a free PES update.)

Ben Heck's Sega Saturn teardown

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Ben Heck's Sega Saturn teardown

By popular request, Ben is tearing down the retro Sega Saturn games console. Back in the day, the Saturn was Sega's attempt to compete against Sony's PlayStation, even though it already had a CD-based console add-on for the Genesis / Mega Drive in the form of the Sega CD. In this episode we check out the internals of the Sega Saturn and what chips and processors were used, including the ubiquitous Motorola 68000. What hardware have you tore down or made portable? Let the team know over on the element14 Community.

Steam Spy returns with less accurate game stats

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Steam Spy returns with less accurate game stats

Earlier this month, Steam revamped its privacy settings to let users change how much of their game data can be publicly viewed. The company made player libraries, along with time played per title, hidden by default -- which ended up locking out game industry stats site Steam Spy. Unable to access the data it needed, the site essentially shut down...but only temporarily. Now, Steam Spy is back up, but with a different method that produces less accurate statistics.

'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' expansions include a co-op mode

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'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' expansions include a co-op mode

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is all about the Mayan apocalypse, but the end of the narrative isn't the end of the world game. Developer/publisher Square Enix today unveiled what'll be included in Lara's latest season pass. Rather than calling them expansions this time out, the nomenclature is "Paths," and there are seven total as spotted by USGamer. Each will have its own challenge tomb, story, skill, outfit and weapons. They'll be doled out on a monthly basis and the first will add co-op play of some sort. Oddly, there isn't any info regarding how much the season pass will cost.

In ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’, Lara Croft has the skills to survive

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In ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’, Lara Croft has the skills to survive

2013's Tomb Raider redrew the beginnings of Lara Croft. Pretty much a teenager, she learned what she needed to survive. Two years later, in Rise of the Tomb Raider, her skills were refined and she seemed more in control, less hunted.The games did a good job of conveying this through the story and cutscenes and, crucially, the game itself, with skills being unlocked and earned as you progressed. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, then, is where Lara Croft embodies the powerful adventurer of decades past. I played through an early 45-minute preview and while it didn't touch too much on how Lara will grow this time around, she's at least found help in unusual places.