I played three levels of John Wick Hex at E3 today, and I completed two and died during another. It's not a turn-based game. Instead, the action is continuous, but it pauses while you make decisions. At the top of the screen, a timeline of what's going to happen next allows you to make informed decisions on the fly. Is an enemy going to shoot you in 1.5 seconds? You might want to move to reduce the chances of John being hit. It's faster to perform a melee attack than to shoot your gun, which will factor into your thinking. And if you've got no bullets left, you'll have to think about how you're going to grab a dead enemy's gun without being killed.Collectively, it approximates the feeling of a John Wick set piece, with enemies continually spilling out of doors until you've dealt with all of them however you can. All of this plays out on a hexagonal grid, with a fog of war that obscures enemy positions.The levels in this build are basically extended set pieces of a few minutes … [Read more...] about John Wick Hex plays like XCOM via Superhot
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Another E3, another parade of expensive, flashy conferences filled with pre-rendered trailers of upcoming games. Some publishers eschewed the traditional format this year, namely Electronic Arts. But there were still a few old-fashioned press briefings, all of which I am now going to review. Well, except for the PC Gaming Show. For obvious reasons.Overall it's been a pretty muted E3, and I feel like the organisers of these conferences are actively trying to make them as uncontroversial and straightforward as possible. Which is good for their stress levels I'm sure, but has resulted in the least funny E3 in history. I'd even be happy if Mr. Caffeine returned at this point, just to mix things up.MicrosoftAfter a slew of trailers including Minecraft Dungeons, which is essentially a blocky Diablo, Xbox head Phil Spencer took to the stage to a chorus of cheers and, unbelievably, grown men making an X with their arms. Spencer gave a heartfelt but baffling speech that contained hundreds of … [Read more...] about All the big E3 conferences reviewed
THERE'S never been a better time to invest in a smart speaker, but which one do you need: Amazon Echo or Google Home? We've tested both speakers eventually, and we reckon we can help you pick the perfect AI-powered speaker for your home. Google Home vs Amazon Echo – what are they, and what different versions can you buy? Google Home and Amazon Echo are both smart speakers: they can play music, but also perform a whole range of tasks using voice control. Simply say something out loud to either of them, and they'll do their best to help you out – from checking up on the news or weather, to ordering a pizza from Domino's or turning off your lights at home. Amazon's speakers are powered by Alexa, while Google uses the Google Assistant, but they're basically the same concept – a virtual helper that's linked up to your smart home. Amazon entered the game first, so it has a wider selection of speakers available. These include the Amazon Echo (£89.99), the Echo Dot … [Read more...] about Google Home vs Amazon Echo – which smart speaker should you buy today?