Mojang's Scrolls re-released for free under new name

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Mojang's Scrolls re-released for free under new name

Minecraft maker Mojang has re-released its online collectible card game Scrolls for PC under a new name: Caller's Bane. It's also now completely free to download.

The game was previously mothballed by Mojang - development ceased back in 2015 - so it's a surprise to see it return today.

Scrolls' name change is less of a surprise - back in the day, Mojang and The Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda came to legal blows over Scrolls' title. Ultimately, the pair decided Mojang's Scrolls could exist as long as it did not compete with The Elder Scrolls, and that neither company would squabble over the trademark.

Limbo, Inside launch on Nintendo Switch next week

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Limbo, Inside launch on Nintendo Switch next week

The critically-acclaimed Limbo and Inside will both launch for Nintendo Switch next week on Thursday 28th June.

Danish studio Playdead's pair of acclaimed puzzle adventures are, of course, already available on various other platforms although this is the first time either has launched for a Nintendo console.

If you haven't played either game yet and own a Switch, there now really is no excuse.

Tech Analysis: How The Last of Us 2 pushes realism to the next level

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Tech Analysis: How The Last of Us 2 pushes realism to the next level

To what extent can further technological innovation be delivered on the current generation of console hardware? Sony stood up to be counted at E3 2018 with a series of superb gameplay reveals - and taking centre-stage was Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part 2. On the surface, it looks as great as you might expect. From its detailed characters to its lush environments, it's clear that the game is shaping up well - but if you look closer, there are some remarkable new technologies on display. From our perspective, animation and interaction are two key areas set to separate this game from its rivals.

What's immediately apparent is that there's a fluidity to the animation quite unlike anything on the market, to the point where some don't even believe that the demo is authentic in-game action. Of course, Naughty Dog has a rich history in pushing back the boundaries in this respect, with the expertly crafted blending and transitions seen in both the Uncharted titles and The Last of Us, but clearly, this latest E3 reveal is on a whole new level - and it's all down to a new animation technology known as motion matching.

Captain Toad Nintendo Switch and 3DS demos now available

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Nintendo's adorable Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available to try on its two new platforms: Nintendo Switch and 3DS.

The rotatable 3D puzzle platformer can be sampled via a free demo downloadable from each console's eShop, ahead of its full release on 13th July.

Originally launched for Wii U, these new versions of the game add a fresh set of levels themed around Super Mario Odyssey, plus two-player co-op on Switch.

Mario Tennis Aces review - a fully-featured if mildly frustrating return to form for Camelot

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Mario Tennis Aces review - a fully-featured if mildly frustrating return to form for Camelot

For all the genteel imagery it evokes - crisp summer lawns, fresh strawberries and Cliff Richard singalongs - tennis can be a remarkably angry game. Kudos, then, to Mario Tennis Aces for getting you straight to the pure vitriol that spills forth when a fiercely contested point doesn't quite go your way, your racket breaking as an almost impossible-to-block shot tears through it, granting an instant win to your opponent. You cannot be serious.

Mario Tennis has never been overly serious, of course, but Aces might be its sternest - and deepest - offering yet. When played at full pelt, this is hardcore, an electric flurry of shots informed by systems that have been lifted straight from fighting games. After the flimsy Ultra Smash that was such a disappointment when it limped onto the Wii U back in 2015, this feels like something of an about-face, as well as an apology. Quite an effective one it is, too.

Rocket League details its Fortnite-style Rocket Pass

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Rocket League details its Fortnite-style Rocket Pass

Car football game Rocket League is getting its own version of Fortnite's Battle Pass, named the Rocket Pass.

It works in much the same way - developer Psyonix will sell a pass for each new in-game season of content released throughout the year. If you pay up you'll get extra cosmetic rewards as you play.

There's a free version of the Rocket Pass as well, which everyone gets. It includes customisation options, banners, titles and decryptors.

Rockstar, 2K and Activision PC games discounted by up to 70% today only

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Rockstar, 2K and Activision PC games discounted by up to 70% today only

Perhaps having taken note of every other online retailer offering big batches of discounts on PC games in waves recently, Amazon has decided to get in on the action with a couple of one-day-only sale ranges on digital PC titles from Rockstar, 2K and Activision.

Over at Amazon UK's daily deals section, you'll find a range of 2K and Rockstar Games alongside Activision's own range. These are all PC digital titles, most of which will redeem on Steam, though some of Rockstar's offerings are codes are for Rockstar's own Social Club.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is down to one of its lowest prices ever, £13.20, while you can also find Mafia 3 for £14, Bully for £3.50, and the entire XCOM 2 collection for £40 all-in. Over on the Activision side of things, you'll be able to pick up Call of Duty WW2 for £28.99, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare for £19.49, King's Quest Complete for £15.99, and Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines for £3.49.

Two-and-a-half years later, Street Fighter 5 gets loot boxes

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Two-and-a-half years later, Street Fighter 5 gets loot boxes

On 25th June Street Fighter 5 gets a big new update - and part of that is the addition of loot boxes.

The loot boxes have to do with Survival Mode and a new system called Fighting Chance. Menat, one of the playable characters, has opened up a shop to tell you your fortune. Spend 500 Fight Money, the in-game currency, and you get a Fantasy Fortune Reading, which Menat helps you decipher. These readings are the loot box: they contain multiple items, including some exclusive to Fighting Chance.

Items include Battle Goods, which increase your chance of completing Survival Mode, new colours only available from Fantasy Fortune Readings, classic pieces of Street Fighter art from across the series, and, to the consternation of the Street Fighter community, rare costumes only available via Fantasy Fortune Readings.

Dutch loot box threat forces Valve to pull CS:GO and Dota 2 item trading in the Netherlands

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Dutch loot box threat forces Valve to pull CS:GO and Dota 2 item trading in the Netherlands

It seems the Netherlands' threat to prosecute video game companies over loot boxes has claimed its first victim: Valve.

Players of CS:GO and Dota 2 in the Netherlands were today greeted with a message from Valve saying the company had pulled item trading and Steam Marketplace transfers for both games.

Valve said the move was in response to the Dutch threat to prosecute video game companies who failed to alter their game's design by 20th June after it found some loot boxes were gambling.

Here's how Bomberman looks in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Here's how Bomberman looks in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bomberman is the star of today's Super Smash Bros. blog post, which shows off more of how the explosive Assist Trophy will work.

As an Assist Trophy rather than a playable character, Bomberman has a chance to be called in when players pick up the Assist Trophy item during battle.

The diminutive explosives expert will then dash across the stage, laying down a bomb which then explodes in his familiar cross-shaped style.