Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War patch means you now level up weapons faster, thankfully


Treyarch has tweaked Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War so players level up weapons faster.

The developer released a patch for the shooter this evening just as Black Ops Cold War's double XP and double weapon XP event came to a close.

"Coming out of last week's 2XP + 2WXP event, we've made some additional tuning changes to global Weapon XP earn rates across the board," Treyarch said in the patch notes.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War patch means you now level up weapons faster, thankfully2020-11-30T20:29:00+01:00

The 9 best Cyber Monday gaming deals you don’t want to miss


Some might consider Cyber Monday offers a bit like Black Friday leftovers. But, like a reheated curry, they can sometimes be even more delicious the second time around. That's what I hope to prove here, with a handful of the best Cyber Monday gaming deals that are still good as we come to the end of the yearly sales spree.

So, whether it's a Nintendo Switch, some PS4 or Xbox games, a brand new 4K TV or one of many top gaming accessories - grab them here before they expire.

Relatively light on Switch bundles this year as Nintendo favoured launching this Switch Lite offering. Luckily, it's still a good one, with a Switch Lite console, Animal Crossing New Horizons and 3 Months Switch Online. It's gone back up to full price at most stores, but you've still got a chance to get it for just £209 at Very.

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The 9 best Cyber Monday gaming deals you don’t want to miss2020-11-30T18:56:00+01:00

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC players have already found a way to get Store items for free


Well, that didn't take long. Assassin's Creed Valhalla has been out for less than a month, and PC players have already figured out how to access premium cosmetics for free - including some that haven't even been released yet.

Over on Nexus Mods, users are sharing a table for Cheat Engine (free memory scanning software - download at your own risk) that allows players to gain access to sets such as the Berserker, Valkyrie, Draugr and Huldufolk packs on PC. I tried it out myself, and after a bit of tinkering found I had suddenly acquired pretty much all the premium packs, which would normally cost around 2000 Helix credits each to unlock (a pack of 2300 Helix credits costs £16.99, if you're wondering). Or a lot of grinding for opals and waiting for Reda to sell each item individually, I suppose.

While this is already a little bit naughty, others have taken things a step further, using Cheat Engine to load currently unreleased items. On some forums users are sharing images such as this fiery wolf, along with Ezio's Brotherhood Outfit, which has not yet been made available in Valhalla. Judging by the hash lists being shared online, it's likely we'll see further unreleased cosmetics posted to the internet in the coming days.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC players have already found a way to get Store items for free2020-11-30T18:17:00+01:00

Immortals Fenyx Rising review – enjoyable but over-familiar


The cubes are probably my favourite thing about Immortals Fenyx Rising. The floating cubes. Huge cubes, taller than me, scattered nursery toys of the Gods. You whack them to start them up and then they glow and hover above the ground. In this state you can pull them about and even throw them. You can stack them and use them for all kinds of platforming puzzles. Clever stuff, inevitably. What I love though - and I think I do love the cubes a bit - is their playfulness. Prod them and they drift a little. Lob them at a target and they spin away afterwards with a sort of Space Odyssey laziness. Once I was standing on a cube and I got another one stuck underneath it, which meant the cube I was standing on started to tilt and threatened to throw me off. Immortals is always a lively game, but the cubes seem to really bring it to actual life. You sit up. There's a bit of mischief in them. A sense of surprise that is sometimes missing from the wider experience.

Immortals Fenyx Rising used to be called Gods and Monsters. It's an open-world action-adventure set amongst the Greek myths. You play as Fenyx, a demi-god who has washed up on the Golden Isle just as the monster Typhon has arrived to get revenge on the gods for his banishment. All fine. It's a game about hitting enemies with a sword and an axe, and gadding about from on high with wings made for you by Daedalus himself, before engaging in a little puzzling.

The tone is cartoonishly light-hearted but - these are Greek myths after all - too bawdy for kids, which is a bit of a shame as they seem like the prime audience for this sort of gentle blend of activities. The game's most famous, perhaps, for having pinched The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's art style - the dozy hills, the waving grass, the craggy spires in the distance - along with a bunch of its main ideas. You can climb any surface here, just like Breath of the Wild. There is a stamina meter that works in a familiar way. You can lift giant objects and the visuals for this feat are very similar to the visuals in Breath of the Wild. You can ride wild animals once you've tamed them. You can glide on those wings of yours. There are dozens of little puzzle chambers dotted around the open world. I could probably go on.

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Immortals Fenyx Rising review – enjoyable but over-familiar2020-11-30T18:00:00+01:00

Pokémon Go spent all weekend hyping a mysterious raid egg


Pokémon Go has been teasing a curious raid egg, which is set to hatch later tonight.

The game's social media accounts began trailing the development on Saturday, with the first of four videos (to date) teasing a pink egg with a six-hour countdown. Fans excitedly waited six hours, to be greeted by a new video, now with a 44-hour countdown.

Immediately, fan speculation went into overdrive, and some lofty suggestions were made. Could it be Zygarde, the Gen 6 Legendary made up of many individual cells? Perhaps Niantic was introducing it cell by cell?!

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Pokémon Go spent all weekend hyping a mysterious raid egg2020-11-30T17:05:00+01:00

Currys goes live with early Cyber Monday deals


Black Friday may be pretty much vanquished, but it's ready to morph into its final boss form: Cyber Monday, armed to the teeth with even more deals for bargain-hungry shoppers.

Traditionally, Black Friday involves larger, big-ticket goods that see the most reductions, with Cyber Monday's discounts featuring smaller products such as games or films.

This year, however, we've seen big savings across the board, and with a year like this one, boy have we needed them.

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Currys goes live with early Cyber Monday deals2020-11-29T22:09:00+01:00

Here’s when the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel is slated to release


We knew a sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was coming, but Paramount Pictures has now shared more information about the upcoming movie, including a tentative release date of 8th April, 2022.

As reported by Comic Book , the sequel - which is reportedly codenamed "Emerald Hill" - will go into production in mid-March 2021, and plans to wrap up by 10th May, 2021.

It's unknown if James Marsden, Jim Carrey, and Sonic voice-actor Ben Schwartz are scheduled to return for the sequel, too, and the source website Comic Book linked to - Creative BC Film Commission - no longer lists the information, so make of that what you will.

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Here’s when the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel is slated to release2020-11-29T17:36:00+01:00

Uri Geller apologises for Pokémon dispute and says it’s “up to Nintendo” to bring Kadabra back


Uri Geller has finally u-turned on his decision to prevent Nintendo from using Pokémon Kadabra, saying he continues to get "tremendous volumes of emails" about it and is "truly sorry" for the dispute that flared up 20 years ago.

The Pokémon - which translates as "Yungerer" or "Yungeller" in Japanese and famously touted a spoon - disappeared in the early 2000s after Geller mounted a legal battle after he alleged the Pokémon used his likeness. He particularly took issue that the Pokémon was an "evil, occult Pokémon character" (thanks, VG24/7) and fought to prevent Nintendo from using it.

Now, however, it seems the illusionist has had a change of heart.

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Uri Geller apologises for Pokémon dispute and says it’s “up to Nintendo” to bring Kadabra back2020-11-29T16:46:00+01:00

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla patch 1.0.4: Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 re-tested


Thursday's 1.0.4 patch for Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the first big update for Ubisoft's latest massive open worlder - and a crucial one, delivering a vast array of gameplay improvements and bug fixes, but of course, the Digital Foundry focus is more on technical validation for what has been the most contentious of the next generation launch line-up. For all of its spec advantages, Xbox Series X ran with a performance penalty against PlayStation 5, while Xbox Series S launched without the signature next-gen 60fps support. The 1.0.4 patch aims to address of all of this - and indeed, it does - and also adds a 4K30 quality mode too.

First of all though, we need to tackle an interesting wrinkle that has emerged from the arrival of the new patch. While there's broad consensus that the performance situation is much improved on Xbox Series X, another narrative has emerged suggesting that the PlayStation 5 version now runs worse than it did. To clear this one up straight away, we could only find one example of this actually being the case - the introductory cutscene takes an occasional, small drop to frame-rate we didn't see in our first test. In every other stress test we have, PlayStation 5 runs at the same frame-rate with the same dynamic resolution result as it did previously.

Where there has been change is with Xbox Series X, where Ubisoft has made great strides in addressing the performance deficit, significantly reducing the intrusive screen-tearing. It's not completely gone, but it's certainly hugely improved and in the most stringent of our stress tests, Xbox Series X can now outperform PlayStation 5. How Ubisoft has achieved such a huge turnaround in so short a time may sound like a technological miracle, or the result of some gigantic optimisation push, but the solution is simpler than you might think.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla patch 1.0.4: Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 re-tested2020-11-29T16:00:00+01:00

Here are Apex Legends’ most popular characters


Apex Legends players have lifted the lid on which are our favourite characters in its battle royale, Apex Legends, and while the top spot is unlikely to shock you, I can't pretend I wasn't surprised by some of the other entries on the list.

Earlier this week, Apex Legends News asked players to select which Legends boasted the highest pick rate, and rank them from 1-5. Though it promised to respond "in 1 hour" it actually took a full day for the team to return to Twitter, where it confirmed that - yep, you guessed it - Wraith continues to be the game's most popular character.

Bloodhound clocked in at second place - which is pretty good given they're not a character that has a particularly impressive win rate - with newbie Horizon taking the bronze (thanks DBLTAP).

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Here are Apex Legends’ most popular characters2020-11-29T14:16:00+01:00

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