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Time-bending FPS Superhot is coming this month

Bullet-time is cool, but arguably, it’s been overdone a little bit over the years. Superhot is here to make it cool again.

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Bullet-time is cool, but arguably, it’s been overdone a little bit over the years. What was once a jaw-slackening special effect has devolved into slackening jaws for different reasons. For yawning. Because we’ve seen it all before.

Superhot – which is in fact stylised as SUPERHOT, but that’s frankly pissing me right off to type, so I shan’t do it again – promises to do something a little bit different with bullet-time, and do you know what? They might just have come up with the goods.

Superhot originally began life at a game jam, a caffeine and pizza-powered game development event, that challenges groups of like-minded folk to create games out of nothing under the power of their own collective inspiration. From there, it’s done the usual indie rounds of Kickstarter (earning $250K, that’s $150K over their target) and Steam Greenlight, which has allowed Superhot’s developer and publisher Superhot Team – not stylising it on your name either, sorry – to bring the game to PC this month.

In case you’ve missed the mini hype-bubble, Superhot is a combination of a first-person shooter and a turn-based strategy, forced through a funnel of time-wrangling mechanics to become a scintillating and intriguing gameplay experience, all wrapped up in a stylish white-and-red package.

Essentially, time only moves when you do, leading to the following properties:

  1. You get to combine John Woo-esque gunplay with the time control powers of Hiro Nakamura of brilliant-in-the-beginning TV series Heroes, into something approaching Neo from The Matrix (but without Carrie-Anne Moss in leather).
  2. You will most likely find yourself stuck in several checkmate scenarios, where you’re staring down at an incoming kill-shot and any move you make is already too late.

In both cases, our advice would be to embrace it, because it’s unique and quite special.


Superhot launches on February 25, 2016 and is available to pre-order now. It will be arriving on Xbox One later in the year.

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This week’s Xbox One releases (April 6-10, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

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This week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases includes…some games.

Final Fantasy VII Remake isn’t coming to the Xbox One just yet. Instead, players can look forward to Retro Tanks. Yes, folks, it’s a quiet week on Xbox One.

The highlight of the week is probably Null Drifter, the fun and furious twin-stick shooter from Panda Indie Studio. And if you fancy making your own games, BQM – Block Quest Maker is an engaging RPG dungeon-creation tool.

Other new Xbox One releases include console ports of Indietopia’s ageing tactical combat game Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike, and Behold Studios’ ageing RPG, Galaxy of Pen and Paper.

There’s a more comprehensive range of games coming to PlayStation 4. In addition to FFVII Remake, there’s Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories and, erm, Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Construction Simulator 3: Console Edition

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition
  • Glaive: Brick Breaker
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Beholder 2

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • BQM – Block Quest Maker
  • Braveland Trilogy
  • Obduction
  • Retro Tanks

If none of these games are to your liking, read about April’s Games with Gold lineup.


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Lego Super Mario pre-orders open, new sets revealed

Pre-orders open for the first Lego Super Mario set, and two new expansion sets are revealed.

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Pre-orders open for the first Lego Super Mario set, and two new expansion sets are revealed.

The Lego Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course will be released on August 1, 2020, it has been confirmed.

The set includes an interactive Super Mario figure that collects coins in real-life levels created with Lego bricks. It features LCD screens in its eyes, mouth, and belly that respond to player actions. An embedded speaker also plays music and sounds from Nintendo’s iconic video game franchise.

The Mario figure is also required for use in a range of upcoming expansions. The first two have been announced as the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set.

Speaking about the new sets, Lego design lead Jonathan Bennink said:

“We were thrilled to see the global reaction to news of Lego Super Mario. Fans have been keen to learn more, so I am pleased that today we were able to reveal more details about this exciting new collaboration that has led to a reimagination of the Lego building experience and an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario. We can’t wait to see fans get creative and challenge each other with this highly engaging and social play experience.”

Also excited is Nintendo’s executive officer and game producer, Takashi Tezuka, who adds:

“Super Mario has continued to appear, always in a form adapted to the current hardware of the time. I am thankful that in this project with the Lego Group, Mario is jumping out of the digital world of game consoles and smart devices, and we are able to bring him into the world with a new, physical type of Mario play. It’s very exciting to think of Lego Mario becoming a real friend to children and to picture them playing in their very own Mario world that they imagined themselves.”

According to today’s announcement, the starter course can be combined with the expansion sets to unlock unique challenges and characters. The entire line will also be supported by a free mobile app that tracks player scores and provides interactive assembly instructions.

Take a closer look at Lego Super Mario in the new trailer.

The Lego Super Mario Starter Course is priced at 59.99 EUR/USD, the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set is 29.99 EUR/USD, and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Set comes in at a princely 99.99 EUR/USD. Pre-orders are open now from the Lego Store, Amazon, and other online retailers.


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Save up to 85% in the massive Xbox One Spring Sale

Some of last year’s best video games – including Gears 5, Children of Morta, and Outer Wilds – are among the bargains in three new Xbox One sales.

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Some of last year’s best video games – including Gears 5, Children of Morta, and Outer Wilds – are among the bargains in three new Xbox One sales.

More than 400 titles get discounts in the new Xbox One Spring Savings Sale. Many of 2019’s best games are on offer with Gears 5, Control, The Outer Worlds, and Outer Wilds among the highlights.

Some games you might have overlooked are also in the mix. Our picks include Dead Mage’s acclaimed action RPG Children of Morta, impressive sports-sim AO Tennis 2, and sci-fi comedy, Journey to the Savage Planet.

This week’s Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales feature savings on Two Point Hospital, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.

You can pick up the latest Xbox One deals until April 13, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store for the full lineup of discounted games. Here are some more recommendations.

Spring Savings Sale Highlights

  • A Way Out – 75% off
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – 67% off
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – 50% off
  • Anthem – 85% off
  • AO Tennis 2 – 33% off
  • Arise: A simple story – 30% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – 75% off
  • Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection – 70% off
  • Batman: Arkham Collection – 60% off
  • Battlefield V Standard Edition – 60% off
  • BioShock: The Collection – 75% off
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons – 80% off
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered – 75% off
  • Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – 70% off
  • Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle – 50% off
  • Children of Morta – 33% off
  • Code Vein – 40% off
  • Control – 35% off
  • Crackdown 3 – 20% off
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – 50% off
  • Dark Souls III – 75% off
  • Darksiders Genesis – 10% off
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – 85% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – 67% off
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection – 75% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition – 50% off
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 60% off
  • FIFA 20 – 60% off
  • Far Cry New Dawn – 60% off
  • Gears 5 – 50% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – 70% off
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 50% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 40% off
  • Jump Force – 67% off
  • Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Complete Season – 80% off
  • Mega Man 11 – 50% off
  • Metro Exodus – 55% off
  • My Friend Pedro – 30% off
  • No Man’s Sky – 50% off
  • Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition – 75% off
  • Outer Wilds – 25% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 25% off
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – 50% off
  • Rage 2 – 70% off
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition – 50% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 35% off
  • Soulcalibur VI – 75% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II – 50% off
  • Sunset Overdrive Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Team Sonic Racing – 50% off
  • UNO – 50% off
  • Unravel Yarny Bundle – 67% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 75% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aces Of The Luftwaffe – Squadron – 50% off
  • Elea – Episode 1 – 90% off
  • Farming Simulator 19 – 40% off
  • Jumanji: The Video Game – 25% off
  • Kingdom Hearts III – 70% off
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered – 50% off
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – 50% off
  • Northgard – 30% off
  • Redeemer – Enhanced Edition – 60% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • The King’s Bird – 75% off
  • Two Point Hospital – 25% off
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – 50% off
  • Xenon Racer – 90% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Aery – Little Bird Adventure – 30% off
  • Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders – 70% off
  • Beatsplosion for Kinect – 75% off
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition – 85% off
  • Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince – 90% off
  • Hero Express – 70% off
  • Regalia: of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition – 70% off
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – 30% off
  • The Golf Club 2 – 80% off
  • Tyd wag vir Niemand – 30% off
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Premium Edition – 60% off
  • Yet Another Zombie Defense HD – 50% off

For more video game bargains, catch up with the latest Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 sales.


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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (April 6-10, 2020)

Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines this week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines this week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS VR.

A classic franchise returns to PlayStation 4 this week. Yup, it’s the long-awaited release of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories. Granzella’s game has a long, storied history, beginning life as a PS3 title in 2011 before real-world events caused its postponement. The game’s western release comes at an equally difficult time, but patient fans of the series should be satisfied.

Speaking of patience, this week’s actual big release, Final Fantasy VII Remake, seems to be everything that fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited game is officially out on Friday, but is shipping early in some regions.

Meanwhile, PS VR owners might not be able to play Half-Life: Alyx, but they do get to experience the rush and thrill of Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm. Other new PS4 releases coming this week include Capybara’s BelowNull Drifter, Troubleshooter, and Rush Rover.

Here is the full lineup of new PlayStation Store games for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita.

New PlayStation 4 releases – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Below
  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Form
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper +1 Edition
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover (and PS Vita)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Arcade Archives THE TIN STARConvoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • A Room Where Art Conceals
  • Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • AFL Evolution 2
  • Dissection
  • Drunkn Bar Fight
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Troubleshooter

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Save on classic Zelda with April’s My Nintendo discounts

The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards includes new 3DS game discounts and a seasonal theme.

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The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards includes new 3DS game discounts and a seasonal theme.

In case you missed it, there’s a new batch of discounts available on the My Nintendo rewards programme. It’s a good month if you want to pick up some older Zelda games. In Europe, the often overlooked Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are both half-price in exchange for 30 Gold Points. You can also revisit a range of revamped Nintendo classics in the excellent Ultimate NES Remix.

In the US, there are discounts on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Monster Hunter Stories, and a couple of new 3DS themes.

Here’s the full rundown of April’s new rewards. Many of last month’s discounts, including Fire Emblem Warriors, are still available, as well as a seven-day free trial for My Nintendo Online.

New My Nintendo rewards – April 2020

EU Gold Point Rewards

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages – 50% discount – 30 points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – 50% discount – 30 points
  • Ultimate NES Remix – 50% discount – 200 points

EU Platinum Point Rewards

  • Cooking Mama: Bon Appétit! – 30% discount – 220 points

US Gold Point Rewards

  • Fossil Fighters: Frontier – 30% discount – 70 points
  • Mario Party Star Rush – 30% discount – 90 points
  • Mighty Mushrooms Theme – 20 points

US Platinum Point Rewards

  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure – 30% discount – 140 points
  • Monster Hunter Stories – 30% discount – 300 points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 30% discount – 100 points
  • Pocket Card Jockey – 30% discount – 100 points
  • Yoshi Springtime Siesta Theme – 100 points

Don’t forget, you can also put gold points toward Nintendo Switch games on the eShop. Here’s our roundup of the latest new Switch releases.


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