Why Sleeping Dogs is the most interesting open-city game of recent years

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Why Sleeping Dogs is the most interesting open-city game of recent years

With Yakuza back in the spotlight again and Shenmue reappearing after 20 years in the wilderness, I've been thinking a lot about Sleeping Dogs, United Front's open-world crime epic that is often considered a cousin to Yakuza. Yet while Shenmue and Yakuza are quintessentially Japanese games, while Sleeping Dogs is a Canadian production set in Hong Kong. If these games were restaurants and I wandered into Sleeping Dogs expecting to dine on tuna sashimi, I would rightfully be scorned.

Nonetheless, I've been looking for an excuse to write about Sleeping Dogs for ages, and as I wandered around Yakuza 0's Kamurocho district for the first time earlier this year, the aesthetic similarities were enough for me to latch onto like a dog that has just been aroused from slumber by having its tail stood on.

Devil May Cry 5 has microtransactions

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Devil May Cry 5 has microtransactions

Devil May Cry 5 will allow players to spend real money to upgrade their characters.

The news came via a build of the game being shown at Tokyo Game Show, in which orbs could be bought at Divinity Statues in-game to hurry up progression - a system that had previously appeared in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, though given the backlash that similar systems have faced it's still a surprise to see it return.

Gamespot spoke to Devil May Cry 5 director Hideaki Itsuno about the inclusion of microtransactions in the game. "With giving people the ability to purchase Red Orbs, it's something we want to give people as an option," he said. "If they want to save time and just want to get all the stuff at once, those people can do that. But on the other hand I don't feel you have to get all the moves. You should be able to play it the way you want to play it."

Sunless Skies has a release date and a pen-and-paper RPG

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Sunless Skies has a release date and a pen-and-paper RPG

Sunless Sea follow-up Sunless Skies will release on 31st January 2019, Failbetter Games confirmed today.

The developer made the announcement in a panel session this afternoon at EGX 2018, the UK games event run by Eurogamer parent company Gamer Network.

Simultaneously, Failbetter also announced Skyfarer, a pen-and-paper role-playing game tie-in for Sunless Skies. It's freely available to download from the link below:

Bethesda helps 12-year-old boy with rare cancer fulfil his wish of playing Fallout 76

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Bethesda helps 12-year-old boy with rare cancer fulfil his wish of playing Fallout 76

Bethesda has helped a 12-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer fulfil his wish of playing Fallout 76.

Wes, from Hampton Roads, Virginia, has battled stage four neuroblastoma for half his life after being diagnosed at just five years old.

Just days after doctors told Wes' family they thought it best to stop his treatment, he realised he probably wouldn't get to play Fallout 76, due out in November.

Soulcalibur 6 online beta set for next weekend

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Soulcalibur 6 online beta set for next weekend

Soulcalibur 6 hosts an online beta next weekend.

The network test lets people try the online versus mode on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Bandai Namco's upcoming fighting game.

It begins at 4pm UK time on 28th September and ends 4am UK time on 1st October.

Destiny 2 Forsaken's Dreaming City was originally very different

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Destiny 2: Forsaken's big new location, The Dreaming City, was originally planned to be very different to how it ended up. Speaking in a panel session this weekend at EGX, the show run by Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network, developer Bungie spilled the beans on its latest in-game destination.

When work began on The Dreaming City last year, the Awoken's home was originally going to be a standard Destiny location - you would explore it through story missions first, then finally unlock access to the expansion's raid after hours of other content.

It was only around November last year Bungie decided The Dreaming City would operate differently - that you would be able to explore all of it as soon as you could access the area, and the raid would be unlocked from the off, too. The location's ongoing story would then be told organically over time through the Curse plotline which unlocked after the first team of players beat the raid.

New Sekiro gameplay shows off stunning Corrupted Monk boss fight

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New Sekiro gameplay shows off stunning Corrupted Monk boss fight

Sony has published gameplay of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, showing off a new area and a stunning boss fight.

The video begins in the snowy, enemy-littered area we've seen before and shows how you're able to take on different enemies and a mid boss using various weapons and tactics.

Things get really interesting when the player works their their way across a mountain pass while avoiding the attention of a giant, monstrous snake.

This week's best deals: PlayStation Classic, Super Smash Bros, Frozen Synapse 2, and more

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This week's best deals: PlayStation Classic, Super Smash Bros, Frozen Synapse 2, and more

This week's roundup of the week's best gaming deals is coming to you live from EGX 2018 - the show run by Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network - where everything is loud, lights are flashy and Wi-Fi coverage is at maximum load. There's a whole lot of different things to take a look at this week, so before the internet completely dies, let's get to it.

As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.

Perhaps the biggest news of the week - outside of the majesty of EGX 2018 of course - is Sony's announcement of its own tiny nostalgia machine, the PlayStation Classic. With 20 PlayStation 1 games preinstalled, the console is due out on December 3rd and can be pre-ordered below.

How well does Call of Duty's tech handle the battle royale challenge?

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How well does Call of Duty's tech handle the battle royale challenge?

Is battle royale a good fit for Treyarch's iteration of the Call of Duty engine? Black Ops 4's latest beta provides answers. An early demo of the new Blackout mode rolled out last week, revealing that the developer is aiming to deliver a very similar style of game, but targeting a 60fps update in a world where Xbox One has struggled to achieve smooth performance in PUBG. At its core, Blackout follows the same beats of play; up to 100 combatants fly across the map, skydive down, scavenge for weapons and armour, and then duke it out to be the last man standing as the field of play narrows. We're in familiar territory then - but what makes Treyarch's effort stand out?

Well, unlike the Unreal Engine 4 backbone of PUBG and Fortnite, Blackout mode is a fascinating technical experiment for the Call of Duty series. It shows how the studio's renderer and netcode scales beyond Black Ops 4's usual online deathmatch games. Player counts of 5v5 are the focus there, taking place across far smaller maps. But here? By necessity, the engine loads in one gigantic, open sprawl spreading out for acres - showing the engine's efficiency at asset streaming, and rendering shadow or foliage detail.

Devil May Cry 5 has online multiplayer for up to three players

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Devil May Cry 5 has online multiplayer for up to three players

Devil May Cry 5 has multiplayer, it's been revealed.

A listing for the game on the PlayStation Store, spotted by devilmaycry.org, mentions online multiplayer for two or three players. Capcom has yet to announce the feature.

Devil May Cry 5 has three playable characters: Dante, Nero and V. Fans are speculating this online multiplayer portion of the game may be a co-op, horde-style mode where you face off against waves of enemies.