How to permanently ignore someone’s message on Facebook Messenger without blocking

Facebook Messenger might not be the most go-to messaging app today, however, there are tons of people who still rely on that app for a conversation with their friends and family. But, there are times when someone on Facebook Messenger starts bothering you by sending random posts and messages. That’s the moment when you think […]

Uncharted 4 and the grief of finishing a great video game

Although, much less discussed, a similar process happens with narrative video games. I know, because I’m going through it right now with the Uncharted series. These exciting, cinematically beautiful treasure hunting adventures have a wonderful protagonist in Nathan Drake, an Indiana Jones-style hero who is drawn into a series of dangerous escapades. The games have […]

Destiny 2: how a fresh start let Bungie make its biggest game yet

Destiny’s social lead, ME Chung, said that the team’s longstanding opposition to simply enabling matchmaking for those experiences was a result of “knowing how toxic gaming communities can get if you throw people into temporary experiences with complete strangers”. Instead, Guided Games will pair clans short a couple of players with a solo player who […]

Destiny’s creators made the game less addictive – and players rebelled

I asked Steve Cotton, Forsaken’s game director, how Bungie views the balancing act between giving players enough to do and rewarding compulsive play. “We found with Destiny 2 – and this is the case, I think, on any game – that players don’t want to be told when to stop playing,” he said. “Even if […]

Xbox One X review: one for the 4K diehards

Observations The Xbox One interface remains a rather confusing and unwieldy beast even after several re-designs There is detailed information on setting up 4K support on your TV, including a basic calibration walkthrough, which is really useful The console has a super-scaling feature meaning that if you have a 1080p TV it will condense 4K […]

Sea of Thieves: hands-on with the hilarious co-op pirate adventure

A half-hour hands-on demo at Microsoft’s pre-E3 showcase provided a very short glimpse of co-operative pirating, but it was a hugely entertainment ride. While aboard the ship, players can freely wander the deck and below deck areas, but if you want to get anywhere, someone has to raise the sails, someone else must navigate and […]

Tomb Raider: definitive edition – review

Highs and lows The fundamental experience was already great so the “definitive edition” has little to add beyond next-generation flairs such as sounds that come out of the DualShock 4 speaker, and aesthetic improvements. However, the celebrated but unnerving TressFX doesn’t seem to respond properly to gravity and makes other characters look plastic in comparison.

Destiny 2: Forsaken – what to expect from the shooter’s next evolution

For die hard Destiny players, the story missions are always just an appetiser. By the midway point of Forsaken’s campaign it was clear that players would not be wanting for endgame activities. Multiple forms of bounties, a plethora of in-game currencies, and the reintroduction of random rolls for some weapons all give players plenty to […]

Forza Motorsport 7 review: another expertly engineered and polished drive

Still, there’s no denying Turn 10’s commitment to its franchise. You can pick on the AI and you can lament the lack of new circuits at launch: the return of Maple Valley is very welcome and the fast, rhythmic nature of the new Dubai track delivers great online racing but otherwise it’s a selection Forza […]

Gran Turismo Sport: Sony’s plan to blur the lines between real and virtual racing

Then there’s the promised ability to obtain a real-world racing licence by playing the game. It’s a prospect that, announced by almost any other developer, might seem preposterous and attention-seeking but it’s worth remembering Polyphony has dabbled in this real-virtual crossover before. Since 2008, its GT Academy programme – which will continue to operate – […]