Here's a first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie

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Here's a first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie

As hard as it is to believe, the long-in-the-works Uncharted movie is, after almost a decade in pre-production and seven directors later, finally go; and with shooting now underway, the internet has been given a first glimpse of Tom Holland in the lead role.

A movie adaptation of Naughty Dog's iconic action series was, you might recall, initially announced all the way back in 2009. Since then, six directors have joined and left the project - Travis Knight, Dan Trachtenberg, Shawn Levy, Seth Gordon, Neil Burger, and David O Russell - but a seventh finally stuck in the form of Zombieland and Venom director Ruben Fleischer.

Fleischer's inherited cast includes Spider-Man's Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg (who was originally set to play Drake in an early, and highly dubious, stab at the project) as his mentor Sully.

Red Dead Redemption 2 players are going on a monster hunt

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Red Dead Redemption 2 players are going on a monster hunt

Red Dead Online's Halloween update finally emerged earlier this week, and despite the addition of some nice new cosmetics, it's fair to say the community was hoping for a slightly spookier experience than what it got. Yet it's always possible to make your own fun - particularly in a game that's already quite creepy at times - and that certainly seems to be the case on the Red Dead Mysteries subreddit, where the community has decided to go on a monster hunt.

The target of this search appears to be some sort of Loch Ness monster - or at least, that's what players are guessing from listening to the sound files. Back in July, YouTube channel Obsidian Sky Studio uploaded some mysterious recordings they'd found in the game files using modding tool Open IV. I had a look myself, and sure enough, the batch of creepy sounds is there. Titled "rivermonster", the files can be found in an audio SFX folder, and feature about a minute's worth of harrowing noises that sound like a dinosaur got frisky with a steam boat.

Speculating that the sounds could actually belong to the legendary bull gator, Obsidian Sky Studio included them at the end of the video for comparison, and I think it's clear this is something else.

There are official Assassin's Creed Valhalla shoes

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There are official Assassin's Creed Valhalla shoes

When I heard there was going to be official Assassin's Creed Valhalla shoes, I began thinking of thick snow boots, something sturdy for climbing through the fjords, or stomping on a Saxon monk trying to defend their home. Like an Ugg boot, perhaps, but with horns and blood.

Not so, Reebok reckons. Instead, the sportswear brand has come up with three different shoe variants with designs "inspired by the Northern Lights". Reader, I was lucky enough to go see the Northern Lights back in February and I do not know what Reebok means.

Two shoes feature main character Eivor's raven Synin, while another variant includes the game's twin battle axe symbol.

The first Fire Emblem game is coming to the west… for four months

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The first Fire Emblem game is coming to the west… for four months

If you hopped on the Fire Emblem train with the release of Three Houses last year, then you may well be wondering: how did this all start out? Where did the blue-haired sword boys all come from? The very first game in the series, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, was initially made by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo as an internal project and was never intended for commercial release. Eventually, of course, it did see an official release (and achieved unexpected commercial success) in 1990, but the title was never released outside Japan.

Until now, that is, as a western release has been announced for this December - but there's a catch.

As detailed by Nintendo, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is set to release digitally on 4th December, and is currently listed at £5.39. It promises classic gameplay and characters from the original NES version "in their 8-bit glory" to mark 30 years since the game's original release.

It's Rambo versus Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11

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It's Rambo versus Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11

NetherRealm has shown off Rambo in Mortal Kombat 11.

The video below shows off the 80s action movie character fighting against a raft of the fighting game's cast, including The Terminator.

Rambo, voiced by Sylvester Stallone, uses many of his iconic weapons from the films, including his survival knife and compound bow. He utilises explosives as well as traps. One of Rambo's moves sees him crawl along the ground, avoiding enemy attacks as he inches his way towards his opponent. He also gets to use his M60 in a special move as well as in his victory cutscene.

Dear Esther, Rime, Gris in $5 mental health bundle

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Dear Esther, Rime, Gris in $5 mental health bundle

Seven great games which all touch on the theme of mental health are now available for just £4.65 or $4.99, as part of the Safe in Our World 1st Anniversary Charity Game Bundle.

The bundle includes rhythm action game Avicii Invector, a project worked on and dedicated to the late DJ, the artful puzzle platformer Gris and The Chinese Room's melancholic Dear Esther: Landmark Edition.

Rime, a game our Bertie described as a "modern classic", is also on the list, alongside psychological thriller The Town of Light, which has already donated some of its sales to mental health charities.

PlayStation 5 media remote has Disney+, Netflix and Spotify buttons

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PlayStation 5 media remote has Disney+, Netflix and Spotify buttons

Sony has unveiled an official PlayStation 5 media remote, which has dedicated buttons for four top streaming services: Disney+, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.

PlayStation 5 will support these four services plus Twitch and Apple TV when the console launches, Sony confirmed today. The news follows previous reports Apple TV was being made available for the first time on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Sony has a separate list of apps coming to PS5 which it does not specifically confirm for the console's launch date. These include Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu and Peacock.

Xbox Series X Auto HDR tested - what works and what doesn't?

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Xbox Series X Auto HDR tested - what works and what doesn't?

One of the greatest strengths of Xbox Series S and X is its backwards compatibility. Revisiting old classics, from the original 2001 Xbox, 360 and the Xbox One - Microsoft has maintained a through line across its console legacy. Not only are legacy titles playable, they're enhanced too with higher resolutions, smoother frame-rates, clearer texture filtering and faster load times. Auto HDR is the latest enhancement, drawing on a machine learning algorithm to add HDR to the majority of its back-compat titles on all Xbox systems. The question is - how good is it? Can it really compare to a native HDR implementation?

Looks like an early build of Pokémon Sword and Shield leaked

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Looks like an early build of Pokémon Sword and Shield leaked

What looks to be an early, work-in-progress version of Pokémon Sword and Shield has appeared online, and fans are excitedly poring over its details.

The pre-release build was streamed last night on Twitch, apparently running on a debug Nintendo Switch unit. Simultaneously, fans began pulling apart and examining its files.

That Twitch stream is no longer available to view and the user's channel is currently inaccessible. But screenshots from the stream, along with sound files and other data pulled from the build and originally posted to 4chan, have been widely shared on Twitter where they still remain.

EA faces class action lawsuit over loot boxes in Canada

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EA faces class action lawsuit over loot boxes in Canada

It seems EA is once again facing legal trouble for its use of loot boxes, as the company is now facing a class action lawsuit in Canada.

As spotted by esports and gaming law blog The Patch Notes, the lawsuit was filed on 30th September by two individuals based in British Columbia and Ontario, Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore. The suit argues that loot boxes constitute gambling, and that EA is operating an unlicensed gambling business in breach of the Canadian Criminal Code. It also argues EA is liable to the plaintiffs under common law (including unjust enrichment) and has breached consumer protection statutes such as the BC Consumer Protection Act by failing to publish the odds of winning prizes and tying loot boxes to gameplay progression.

The Patch Notes explains that because this is a class action, everyone in Canada who has bought loot boxes from EA since 2008 is covered by the suit, and the filing comes with a list of over 60 titles including EA's sports franchises, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Apex Legends and more. The plaintiffs are seeking everything EA made through loot boxes since 2008 in damages, so if the suit was to be successful, it's safe to say EA would have to pay a whole lot of money.