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Microsoft have announced their intention to go toe to toe with the big boys and release a rival to Google's ChromeBook and Apple's range of MacBooks by releasing their very first traditional style laptop complete with new operating system.
The machine will be the Surface Laptop, and the new OS will be Windows 10 S. And as it was announced today in New York, we have the all important details for you right now.
A few minutes ago, on an iPad close, close to hand I found something I've been craving for a couple of years. Something that to me, has been sinful in its non-existence. But tody I found it, it made me happy, and I'm taking a few minutes just to tell you that Star Wars finally has a match three game. It's not a dodgy knock off, it's called Star Wars Puzzle Droids, and it's a fully fledged official game from Disney, and you can play it right now. For free.
It's pretty much the same as other match three games, this time seeing BB8 on a journey through key Star Wars moments, matching coloured circuit boards in order to regain his lost memories.
So, if you have a tablet of any kind, be that iOS, Android, or Amazon, check it out in your app store. But don't blame me if you end up with piles from playing it too much on the toilet....
Playstation 4 owning Marvel fans may well be overjoyed to know that popular action/MMO/RPG Marvel Heroes Omega has gone into closed beta, which will be running from now until May 15th, with details still to be announced for an Xbox One beta.
The game is due to come out in spring of this year, and contains 38 launch characters, and Gazillion Games have also announced that whether or not you buy a founder's pack, which is your way in to that closed beta that you'll have access to the Daredevil character when the game launches.
Also, PS+ members will get perks including a “Man Without Fear” costume for Daredevil, and there will be an early access program for those who have been in the closed beta or bough ingame currency.
Marvel Heroes Omega has been around for a while on PC, available through Steam. And will be coming to both Xbox One and PS4 this spring.
You can find out more about the game, founder's packs and more over at https://marvelheroes.com
And of course, by checking out the launch trailer at the top of this article.
Sometimes in entertainment we get remakes, cover versions, call them what you will, of things. With varying degrees of success. For instance, Johnny Cash recorded that cover of Nine Inch Nails' “Hurt”. There was that remake of Ocean's Eleven, originally a Rat Pack movie, but with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, there's an endless list of them.
And that's exactly what's happened here, in gaming form. And much like that cover version, and that movie, DotEmu and Lizardcube have unleashed a gaming equivalent of a cult Master System classic in Wonderboy and The Dragon's Trap.
Yes, in short that does mean that in terms of quality, style, presentation, and feel the game is as good as that Johnny Cash cover, and that George Clooney movie. So, it needs to be checked out, played with, and loved by all.
The game is quite a simple affair, in that it's a 2D side scrolling adventure from the 8bit era, that sees you as Wonderboy (or Wondergirl if you like) trying to cure a curse put on them by the evil Meka Dragon. This curse sees you starting off as a fire breathing lizard person, battling through a landscape of evil plants, creatures and clouds, finding your way towards that cure via a few transformations into other creatures along the way.
Throughout the game, you'll become a mouse, lion, weird fish thing, and a hawk, and all of those transformations have their own abilities that will help you along the way, and allowing you to access various parts of the game that other creatures cannot reach.
The game was largely unknown outside of Europe where Sega's Master System was the console of choice back in the late 1980s-early 1990s. And for those of us old enough to remember the days of playing it first time around, there's the option to play the game with original sound and graphics at any time, at the touch of a button. The game has also received a modern update in graphics and sound, with beautiful, cartoon-like graphics, and toe tapping music that feels joyful and reminds us all of a happier, easier time.
On top of that the game also goes back to its old school roots by retaining the original password system to mark progression throughout the game, which again is a great reminder of a simpler time. This does mean that if you die in a dungeon you have to do the whole thing over again, which can be a little jarring for those who've never played games like this, but does add to the fun, and that “one more go” feeling which was for me, the cause of many a late night and missed homework assignment, from when I was a kid in the early 90s.
The game has taken an “If it ain't broke” approach to the gameplay mechanics, everything you'd expect from endurance over tactics boss battles, through to fast fingered dodging of projectiles is there, as it should be, and presented in a lush, beautiful, hand painted style.
It's a game you really can't go wrong with. And if you want further proof, check out the first 10 minutes of gameplay below.
You can download it now on PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch. And if you do, you'll be the proud owner of one of the best retro remakes ever made, and the gaming equivalent to the most magical of musical cover versions.
Villan Verdict 9/10
A new update is about to drop later this month for Final Fantasy XV. And what's more is, it'll be free.
It drops on April 27th and on the PS4 will add further support for PS4 Pro, designed to improve framerates and offer “comfortable play”. This comes after criticism from gamers that February's update actually made the game perform worse.
On top of that there'll be a new sticker for the Regalia, and new music for the music player. And there will also be the option to magnify subtitles and the menu screen.
As far as actual gameplay is concerned, there will be the return of timed quests, with a ranking system and a reward of “extravagant weapons” for completing them.
Finally, one other interesting thing from Square Enix was the PC tech demo shown at the Game Developers Conference. This is in no way confirmation of Final Fantasy XV getting a PC release, but rumours concerning awesome games are always fun.