Streets of Rage 4 getting 12 playable pixel art fighters and soundtracks from previous games

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Streets of Rage 4 getting 12 playable pixel art fighters and soundtracks from previous games

Publisher DotEmu has revealed that upcoming arcade revival Streets of Rage 4 will - in addition to its five previously revealed brawlers - feature 12 pixel art fighters from earlier serious outings, as well as the option to swap in classic soundtracks from previous games. It also says an April release date spotted on a Switch eShop listing earlier today is incorrect.

Streets of Rage 4, in case you're in need of a quick recap, is coming to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC, and is the work of Lizardcube - the developer behind 2017's superb Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap remake - and Streets of Fury studio Guard Crush Games.

It aims to deliver a gently modernised take on the classic side-scrolling beat-'em-up action of Sega's original Streets of Rage trilogy, complete with "expanded combat abilities", and features a striking new art style, plus music from the likes of Yūzō Koshiro (Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3, Sonic the Hedgehog) and Motohiro Kawashima (Streets of Rage 2 and 3, Shinobi 2).

Dordogne is a gorgeous narrative adventure about childhood summers with grandma

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Dordogne is a gorgeous narrative adventure about childhood summers with grandma

Developer Un Je Ne Sais Quoi has offered a first look a Dordogne, an absolutely beautiful narrative adventure about long forgotten childhood summers that's due to arrive on Switch and PC some time next year.

As the game begins, 32-year-old Mimi returns to Dordogne, and the home of her recently deceased grandmother, where she begins to reflect on the summers of her youth. "In this colourful region, full of wonderful scents and feelings," says Un Je Ne Sais Quoi, "Mimi will immerse herself back into her childhood memories, and see once again through the eyes of the little girl who marvelled at everything."

What follows is an adventure split across two timelines; in the present, Mimi will explore her grandmother's home, rifling through souvenirs and solving puzzles, while in the past, ten-year-old Mimi will face her own challenges, from forest walks and climbing to kayaking and cave explorations. "We hope that these slices of life, from the most trivial to the most symbolic, can make you remember your own positive childhood memories", says Un Je Ne Sais Quoi.

Stadia Pro is currently free for two months

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Stadia Pro is currently free for two months

Google is making its much-maligned video game streaming service Stadia free for two months, in response to what it calls "some of the most challenging times in recent memory".

"Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating," wrote Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison in a new blog post, "Video games can be a valuable way to socialise with friends and family when you're stuck at home, so we're giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia for two months."

Those interested in putting Stadia through its paces can do so, simply by signing up via the official website, whereupon "instant access" will be provided to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper.

Cyberpunk 2077 has a gang that protects sex workers

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Cyberpunk 2077 has a gang that protects sex workers

It's been a while since we've heard anything significant about Cyberpunk 2077's lore - but today the official Twitter account dropped a snippet of information about a new faction, and it certainly sounds interesting.

According to the tweet, one of the game's new factions is called The Mox: a group that formed in the year 2076 following the death of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Borden. She was a strip club owner and ex-prostitute who "treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients" - and it seems her followers do the same, as the gang claims to "protect working girls and guys" from violence and abuse. Although whether that protection is genuine or just an excuse for pimping is another matter.

Either way, it sounds like an intriguing backstory for a faction, and hopefully the topic will be handled with care in the game. Personally I'm also eager to find out what happened to poor Lizzie.

As Nintendo Switch sells out worldwide, third-party sellers list it for nearly double

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As Nintendo Switch sells out worldwide, third-party sellers list it for nearly double

The Nintendo Switch was already experiencing some stock problems at the beginning of the year, but things have only worsened since the coronavirus outbreak forced millions to stay at home - and now it's practically impossible to find the console online. Well, without paying nearly double the original price.

A quick browse of the official Nintendo UK store, GAME, Currys PC World and Argos shows nearly every version of the console is out of stock - aside from one grey version on Argos and limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The situation appears to be similar on eBay, too, where most official retailers are out of stock, and the only remaining listings are second-hand.

According to a retailer speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, the reason the Lite has not yet sold out is because customers are "after something to play on the TV with their kids". Instead, many are apparently opting for the PS4 or Xbox One, although stock is also in short supply for these consoles.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is getting a fancy art book and poster collection

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake is getting a fancy art book and poster collection

The characters, locations and much more from the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be presented in style thanks to a swish hardcover art book that Square Enix plans to release later this year.

Entitled the Final Fantasy 7 Remake: World Preview, the 128-page compendium includes loads of information on the universe of the long-awaited RPG remaster. The blurb on the official Square Enix store breaks it down even better than I ever could:

“This World Preview volume offers both new players and longtime fans essential information on characters, settings, gameplay, and more, as well as introductory comments from producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura.”

Twitch updates its nudity and attire policy with some very specific new guidelines

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Twitch updates its nudity and attire policy with some very specific new guidelines

Twitch wants to be more transparent in its rules for nudity and clothing, to make sure you do not wear transparent clothing on camera.

The streaming service last night laid out a detailed update to its Nudity and Attire policy to clear up "the variety of situations" where the rules clearly needed further explanation.

In a nutshell, Twitch has got a lot more specific in what is allowed and what is not. Previous guidance largely amounted to 'wear what is appropriate for being in public'.

Apex Legends was "negatively impacted" by solos, Respawn says

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Apex Legends was

From almost the first day Apex Legends burst onto the battle royale scene, fans started calling for a solos option to be included alongside the standard squads of three. Eventually, their prayers were answered in August last year with a limited-time event. But it seems unlikely solos will return as a permanent option anytime soon, as Respawn says the mode was detrimental to the overall game.

The reason for this, as explained in the latest patch notes, is that solos harmed game balance and made Apex Legends less appealing to new players.

"When we introduced solos as a limited-time mode last year we saw it actually negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention," the blog post explained. "We've also purposely designed legends and their abilities to compliment teamplay and squad composition, but when played solo some legend abilities become useless."

The internet reacts to the PlayStation 5 controller

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The internet reacts to the PlayStation 5 controller

Last night, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 5's new controller. It's named DualSense, which sounds like something requiring AA batteries you'd hide under your bed. Naturally, the internet has opinions.

Some people think it looks like a robot, its horizontally aligned thumbsticks peering out like horrible eyes. To others, it looks like a strappy black dress on a coat hanger.

But everyone seems to agree on one thing - it'd look a lot nicer in black, or any other colour. To that end, fans have already begun photoshopping some preferred colour options which Sony might like to take a look at down the line.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season three adds Warzone quads, vehicle skins and the dog from Ghosts

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season three adds Warzone quads, vehicle skins and the dog from Ghosts

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's season three kicks off today, and with it comes a raft of new content.

The highlight for Warzone fans is the addition of quads in both Battle Royale and Plunder. This means you can team up with up to three players for a squad of four.

New modes are coming to Warzone, including Scopes and Scatter Guns - an only sniper rifles and shotguns mode. An overhaul for ground loot is coming. Every weapon type will have a silenced and non-silenced variant. New weapons and blueprints will be added to supply boxes, too.