Long ago, when I was but a bright-eyed child with a passion for Pokémon, my older brother brought me a Nintendo 64 and one glorious game: Pokémon Snap. I spent many days with my best friend taking pictures of Growlithe and Kangaskhan, and can still remember our minds being blown as we drifted through space to snap a shot of the illusive Mew. Now, over 20 years on, it’s time to relive the game in a way I never imagined.
Much like the original, New Pokémon Snap is an adorable on-rails photography title that tasks you with taking pictures of the titular monsters in luscious jungles, desolate deserts, and many other types of terrain. This graphically gorgeous game allows you to bathe in a warm bath of nostalgia, but is also suitable for fans who are brand new to not only snap but also the Pokémon franchise as a whole.
If you’re a newcomer to the wondrous world of Snap, or have taken a break from the Pokémon franchise in recent years, this game is the best possible entry point. The Pokémon and environments look better than every title in the mainline series. Being able to interact with each creature in unique ways, watch fully voiced cutscenes, and complete a huge range of side quests is an exceptionally fun experience.View the full site RELATED LINKS: New Pokémon Snap review, Pokémon Snap new Pokémon
Back in February, we launched our first work experience programme, open to applicants exclusively from minority backgrounds in the UK. We're now pleased to tell you our first work experiencer has been chosen! They'll be with us sometime later this month, so keep an eye out, and join us in giving them a warm welcome when they arrive.
That's not the end of it though - we have three more work experience slots to offer over the next year. Right now, we're opening applications for another up-and-coming writer to join us for two weeks between July and September.
Buying a new gaming monitor can add quite a bit of extra cost onto a new PC build, but the good news is that there are plenty of great gaming screens out there for less than £300 / $300. In our round-up of the best budget gaming monitors you can buy today, we show you that it's perfectly possible to get a great display with all the modern conveniences you'd expect from a top notch gaming monitor, including high refresh rates and even a 4K resolution in some cases, without breaking the bank. Whether you're upgrading an old screen or buying one for the first time, here are our top gaming monitor picks for those on a budget.
One Escape is a 2D stealth game where three anthropomorphic animal bank robbers attempt to break free from high-security prisons. It's sorta like Ape Out meets Mark of the Ninja, and it's set to launch on mobile tomorrow as a premium release.
You play as three different bank robbers: a duck, gorilla, and a boar. Each of them possesses their own specific abilities, with the gorilla being able to scale walls and the boar using his immense strength to punch through obstacles (and indeed the odd security guard).
At launch, there will be 60 levels to escape, each with different enemy placements and challenges to overcome. It's obviously a stealth game first and foremost, so you'll spend a good deal of your time skulking in the shadows, searching for hidden keycards, and avoiding traps. If things go a little pear-shaped, you can always lure any nearby guards into your own traps or simply trick them into falling face-first from a good height.View the full site
Dragon Age 4 is still a ways off yet, but BioWare are continuing to tease tiny bits of info about next instalment of their excellent fantasy series. So far, we've had a glimpse of the game's moody setting and a peek at a pretty cool magic archer. This time, executive producer Christian Dailey has offered up another new bit of concept art that suggests the Grey Wardens will be making a return.
GOG are holding a Polish Games Festival this week, with savings of up to 90% on loads of games from Polish developers, including Frostpunk, Observer: System Redux, Dying Light and Yes, Your Grace, and even some brand-new games such as Ghostrunner and The Medium. The sale runs until May 10th, but an extra wrinkle in this year's festival is that if you buy a game and sign up to GOG's newsletter, then you'll also receive a 15% off voucher on peripherals from the Razer Store.
Popular "Skyrim grandma" YouTuber Shirley Curry has become a bit of a fixture in The Elder Scrolls fan circles thanks to her super sweet and chill Skyrim playthroughs. So much so that Bethesda are putting her in The Elder Scrolls 6 thanks to a fan petition. Fans also started working on a Skyrim follower mod dedicated to Curry a while back. It's finally arrived, complete with voice acting by Curry herself, so you can bring your favorite warrior grandma along on your next adventure.
Another month has begun and so another batch of games will be joining Xbox Game Pass for PC. Microsoft have revealed a list of games joining their subscription library for May and hey look, more Final Fantasy. Adventures of fantastical sports star Tidus in Final Fantasy X and X-2 are on the way along with Psychonauts, Outlast 2, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and more. As ever, that also means some games are leaving the service too. Here's what's coming to the PC side this month.
Resident Evil Village launches this Friday, but you can explore a bit of the game right now in a limited-time demo that's available until May 9th. You're only supposed to be able to play the demo for a total of 60 minutes, but of course PC players have found a way around that already. Now you can play the demo over and over through this weekend if you really want to. Photo mode is time consuming, right?
Flash is dead but good chunks of former Flash games have survived the end thanks to preservation projects like the Internet Archive or Flashpoint. Here's a whole 28 more games you may remember that have been re-released by their creator. The likes of Sugar Sugar, Factory Balls, Me And The Key and a lot more have been shined up and re-released today as The Bart Bonte Collection.
Sundays are for getting those all-important squash to water ratios just right. Before you turn on the tap, let's read this week's best writing about games.
I played a lot of Valorant in the two weeks after its release and enjoyed myself immensely. Then I got yelled at by a teammate and never played the game again.
Now Riot say they're going to start recording in-game voice comms so they can analyse it and "take action against players who use voice comms to harass others, use hate speech, or otherwise disrupt your experience." They also acknowledge that this will pose a privacy concern for some, but that "if you prefer to not have your voice chat captured, you may turn off voice chat."
Paradox Development Studio has "split into three distinct studios", and none are working on Imperator: Rome
Paradox Development Studio, the internal developer at Paradox Interactive responsible for many of the company's grand strategy hits, has "split into three distinct studios." The change happened earlier this year and was announced yesterday in a post on the Paradox forum.
Each of the three studios is committed to a particular Paradox series, but notably Imperator: Rome isn't among them. Also notable: one of them is making a new game which will be announced next month.
Epic have bought ArtStation, the 2D and 3D artist portfolio website. The site is popular with artists in the games industry, and ArtStation say they will remain accessible to all, "including those that don’t use Unreal Engine."
They've also dropped the cut they take on the site's asset marketplace from 30% to 12%, bringing it in line with the cut Epic take from developers on the Epic Games Store, and made the site's learning resources entirely free until the end of the year.
Half-Life: Alyx is a fabulous VR game, in which gravity gloves allow you to use items in the environment to fight headcrabs and Combine in myriad ways. Now if only you could caress these creatures, then perhaps you could try and make friends with them... Now that would be interesting.
Hand Physics Lab is a game recently released on Oculus Quest which has no monsters to caress, but it does have a cat to pet and several mini-games and other toys to tinker with. It looks to have hand physics and finger manipulation that are already more impressive than Half-Life's, but a recent video of a future update suggests it's going to be even better soon. And utterly obscene.
Double Fine's documentary series on the making of Broken Age is still, to my mind, the best videogame-related documentary. It was revealing in a way few game documentaries are, helping to demystify the development process, while also allowing you to revel in the dream of friendly, creative people doing friendly, creative work.
Consider me excited therefore at the release of The Amnesia Fortnight Movie, a new two-hour documentary which focuses on four games being made in ten days for Double Fine's internal game jam in 2019. It's free and on YouTube and embedded below.
Pinch and a punch for the first of the month - and no returns! This is a special first day too, May Day, which means we'll all be off on Monday thanks to the bank holiday here in the UK. We'll see you again on Tuesday but until then, please do tell me: what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on.
You may know Deconstructeam from their cyberpunk bartending story game The Red Strings Club, but they've made other games. Several other games, actually, which they're pulling into a colleciton called Essays On Empathy. Essays includes a bunch of previously released Deconstructeam story romps along with their new game De Tres Al Cuarto about a couple comedians trying to make it big together. Essays On Empathy is launching on May 18th, and you can snag a peek at what it includes in a new trailer.