Dante's Inferno and RUSE are now backward-compatible on Xbox One

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Dante's Inferno and RUSE are now backward-compatible on Xbox One

Visceral Games' hellish hack-and-slasher Dante's Inferno, and Ubisoft's real-time strategy game RUSE now feature backward-compatibility support on Xbox One.

Dante's Inferno launched back in 2010, a year of so after Visceral Games' excellent third-person sci-fi horror Dead Space, and it's announcement came as something of a surprise; it was quite the departure for publisher EA, whose back catalogue wasn't exactly bursting with action games inspired by 14th century Italian poetry at the time.

It did, however, provide EA with a suitably moody netherworld explorer to compete with Kratos, the gloomy face of Sony's similarly-styled, and hugely popular, God of War franchise. Unfortunately, Dante's Inferno - which featured solid enough hack-and-slash action, and a ghoulishly engaging take on the nine Circles of Hell - suffered in comparison to Sony Santa Monica's astonishing God of War 3, which released earlier that same year.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole's Bring the Crunch story DLC is out this month

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole's Bring the Crunch story DLC is out this month

South Park: The Fractured But Whole's next DLC is called Bring the Crunch and is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch on July 31st, Ubisoft has announced.

Bring the Crunch is the game's second chunk of post-launch story DLC, following on from March's From Dusk Till Casa Bonita, and introduces a new story campaign, as well as the Final Girl superhero class.

"In Bring the Crunch," says Ubisoft, "your newest buddy, Mint-Berry Crunch, aka Bradley Biggle, aka Gok-zarah, has just arrived from his home planet of Kokujon with the tremendous power of mint and berries. Meanwhile, an idyllic summer at Lake Tardicaca turns into a nightmare when the camp counselors go missing."

Nintendo Switch with Mario Odyssey and Pro Controller discounted to £330 for Amazon Prime Day

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Nintendo Switch with Mario Odyssey and Pro Controller discounted to £330 for Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is headed towards its close, as the 'festivities' (deals) finish up at midnight tonight in the UK and shortly afterwards in the US. It won't be going down without a fight, however, as this latest Nintendo Switch bundle deal proves. While stock lasts, you can grab a Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey and a Switch Pro Controller for £329.99.

You're going to want to be quick about it though, as when this very bundle went live yesterday it sold through its allocation within minutes. Of course, there are even more of the best Prime Day gaming deals over at our dedicated guide page, too, so be sure to stop by there.

If you don't manage to get the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey and Pro Controller bundle for £329.99, you can try your luck with Amazon's other offering that just went live - a Switch with Mario Tennis Aces and a set of Neon Pink and Green Joy-Cons for £339.99.

Sea of Thieves' next major content update Cursed Sails gets a July release date and trailer

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Sea of Thieves' next major content update Cursed Sails gets a July release date and trailer


Rare has announced that Sea of Thieves' second major content update, Cursed Sails, will release for PC and Xbox One on July 31st - and there's a brand-new trailer to accompany the news.

Cursed Sails brings significant additions to Rare's swashbuckling multiplayer pirate adventure, some of which the developer has shared in its latest blog post. Top of the list is a new roaming AI threat in the form of "fortress-like" ghost ships manned by literal skeleton crews - which, judging by the new trailer below, will haunt the Sea of Thieves' by randomly bursting up from the depths of the ocean, ready to unleash hell.

"All that sustains these grinning terrors," says Rare, "is a thirst for battle that leads them to terrorise Outposts and call out defenders to face them on the tides...". That line about Outposts is particularly intriguing; if skeleton crews have the ability to lock-down the game's safe zones until defeated, that's going to make turning in treasure a particularly fraught endeavour.

Hello Games reveals first trailer for No Man's Sky's imminent NEXT update

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Hello Games has unveiled its first trailer for No Man's Sky's major, multiplayer-focussed NEXT update, which comes to PC, PS4 and - for the first time - Xbox One, on July 24th.

NEXT's flagship addition, of course, is multiplayer, which enables a small group to team up for bouts of planetary exploration, building, space combat, racing, questing, and more - all of which will be playable in both first- or third-person perspective. It'll be possible to bump into - or prey on - random players too.

That's a genuinely exciting, and very welcome, addition to what's a sometimes lonely game of exploration and expansion - but, speaking as someone who's been thoroughly ensnared by the strangely hypnotic meanderings of No Man's Sky as it's grown through multiple updates, I'm just as excited about some of the other new features briefly highlighted in the latest trailer.

Amazon Prime Day 4K TV deals - Samsung, LG, Bravia and more

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Amazon Prime Day 4K TV deals - Samsung, LG, Bravia and more

Now that 4K TVs are the new normal when it comes to televisions, it stands to reason that Prime Day 2018 would be a good opportunity for Amazon to discount a whole range of them, ready for you to finally upgrade your sets. Once you get your shiny new set, you can take a look at our guide to the best Prime Day gaming deals and upgrade your console, too.

As a matter of fact, in the UK you can view an entire range of 4K TV discounts which includes everything from Sony Bravia sets to some of LG and Philips' pricier models.

The best of the bunch in the UK would be the LG 44-inch 4K HDR for £349, Philips' 50-inch 4K set with Amiblight technology for £440, this TCL 65-inch 4K set for £629.99 (arguably the best value of the bunch), and the stunning Philips 55-inch OLED set which is down to £1199 from £1500.

Hollow Knight's Gods & Glory free DLC set for August release

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Hollow Knight's Gods & Glory free DLC set for August release

Team Cherry, maker of insect-riddled indie Hollow Knight, has today revealed the release date for the fourth and final free content pack for the game.

In a blog post on Team Cherry's website, the developer announced the new DLC will be launched on the 23rd of August. The release will be available for all players, including those on both the Switch and PC. Excitingly, the studio confirmed this DLC will also be "the largest one yet."

So, what can players expect from this content pack? Similar to its predecessors such as Grimm Troupe, Gods & Glory will bring "a whole bunch of new bosses," "a slew of new music," "new NPCs" and "new quests." Back when Gods & Glory was originally announced in January, Team Cherry mentioned one of these new characters would be The Godseeker: a "disturbing yet alluring being" that will expand the player's romance options (ooh la la). The DLC will also introduce a third game mode, one that has apparently been "long requested" by fans.

Microtransactions have been completely removed from Middle-earth: Shadow of War

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Microtransactions have been completely removed from Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Today's the day the patch ripping the market and microtransactions out of Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released. Hooray! Good riddance!

The patch is live on Steam by the looks of things but I'm not sure about PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

After the patch, orcs recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests are stored in your Garrison, and you spend Mirian to train, upgrade and customise them.

The other kind of mobile gaming

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The other kind of mobile gaming

Years ago, I read a description of a game in Edge and it has slowly transformed, with time and a forgetting of almost all of the details, into a perfect game - a dream game. This was a while back, so far back in fact that I think the N-Gage was the platform the game was headed for. It was a game about building up a city or something like that - really, I have forgotten almost all of the details - and then your city might be attacked by another player, in real-time, and in real time you would have to do something about it.

A persistent world with things kicking off all hours! This probably doesn't sound so special these days, but back then? Back then the image from Edge, of being in a boring work meeting and getting a message informing you that your city was under attack? Man, that was just wonderful.

For me, over the years, that game has come to stand for all the interesting ways that games intrude into our lives. The way games bleed in. I love asynchronous games like Words with Friends for just this reason. It's not that I love Scrabble - man, who doesn't love Scrabble? It's that I love a game that interrupts you, that announces itself, that reminds you that beyond the layer of the world that you can see, a game is slowly ticking away.

Get an Xbox One X with PUBG, Forza 7 and an Elite Controller for £500 in Prime Day sale

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Get an Xbox One X with PUBG, Forza 7 and an Elite Controller for £500 in Prime Day sale

One of Amazon's most recent Prime Day Lightning Deals sees the introduction of the sale range's first Xbox One X bundle deal - and it's quite a bundle, too. Not only does the console come packed with two games, but you'll also be getting Microsoft's extra fancy Elite Controller, all for a sum just shy of £500.

If you've been keeping up with the best Prime Day gaming deals over at our dedicated guide page, you may have noticed that there has been a distinct lack of Xbox One bundles this year, save for the Xbox One S 1TB console Sea of Thieves bundle for £199.99, but now you can grab an Xbox One X along with an Elite Controller and copies of PUBG and Forza 7, all for £499.99 while stock lasts.

The Elite Controller currently costs £119 to buy separately, let alone the two games, so to get the whole lot in one bundle is not to be scoffed at - though admittedly it's still going to cost you a fair chunk of change.