Following the immense success of last year's Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Activision has wasted little time in resurrecting another fondly remembered 90s platforming hero for modern consoles. Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings Insomniac's three Spyro The Dragon games to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a visually lush conversion by industry veteran Toys for Bob - the studio responsible for classic games such as Star Control 2 as well as the Skylanders series.If you grew up with a PlayStation in the late 90s, chances are you have fond memories of Spyro. Developer Insomniac was coming off the back of its first release, a technically impressive and critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful first-person shooter for PlayStation called Disruptor. It couldn't be more different from Spyro, but that's the point - the studio had proven its talent but was looking for a new audience. Meanwhile, Sony was looking for more family-friendly games for PlayStation as well as a counter to the … [Read more...] about Spyro Reignited looks beautiful and plays better than the originals
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APPLE is making a major change to its iPhone camera that will change how your selfies look. The change will be included in the upcoming iOS 12.1 update, which we're expecting to arrive in the next few weeks. It's in response to the "beautygate" issue, which saw owners of Apple's new iPhone XS complain about selfies. Specifically, Apple customers were annoyed that the camera appeared to be smoothing out face skin – making it look airbrushed. This inevitably made users look a little more attractive, but reduced how accurate the photo was. Apple was accused of adding a secret "beauty filter" to selfies – but that wasn't quite true. An investigation by camera firm Halide found that the problem was linked to the Smart HDR function on the camera, which combines several photos to create one super snap. There was no actual filter, but just a weird inconsistency in how surfaces were smoothed. Since then, Apple has confirmed to tech site The Verge that the issue would be fixed in iOS … [Read more...] about Apple is changing iPhone selfies with new iOS 12.1 update – and it might make you look WORSE
MICROSOFT is releasing a demo for Forza Horizon 4 today, almost three weeks before the gorgeous new arcade racer comes out. The fun-focused cousin of the much more serious Forza Motorsport series, Horizon 4 is set in the UK, with events all over a gloriously recreated version of Great Britain. The full game doesn't come out until October 2nd, but you can download the demo from the Microsoft store and check it out today. From what we've seen of the game so far it's got everything that Horizon fans want and a whole lot more besides. Forza Horizon 4, £49.99 from the Microsoft Store - buy it now It's got a whole host of events across Great Britain you can jump between, miles of roads to blaze down, and hundreds of cars rendered in frankly absurd levels of detail. In the first few hours of the game you get to tear up some bucolic side roads in a McLaren Senna, the game's cover car, tearing up the tarmac on your way to the Horizon Festival. There you pick up another car and dive into … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 4 makes Britain look beautiful – and you can play it for free TODAY
Vertex opened pre-orders for its latest figure portraying Selvaria Bles, the super-popular antagonist from Valkyria Chronicles. To celebrate, they posted a batch of brand new pictures of the latest version of the painted sculpt on Twitter. The figure can be pre-ordered on AmiAmi and is priced at 19,440 yen ($178) tax included. The pre-order bonus is a canvas with the original artwork by Character Designer Raita Honjou. The figure is made of PVC and ABS and is in 1/7 scale, measuring about 340 mm in height. It will be released in July. If you’re in Tokyo and want to see her for yourself “in the flesh”, it’s currently being exhibited at the Volks Hobby Paradise store in Akihabara (4th floor), as you can see in the gallery below, alongside the official pictures. Selvaria recently appeared in Valkyria Chronicles 4, as the protagonist of one of the game’s DLC packages. If you want to see more about the game, you can also enjoy our unboxing video of … [Read more...] about New Selvaria Figure from Valkyria Chronicles Looks Beautiful in New Pictures
We've been eagerly awaiting the PC version of Final Fantasy 15 for some time. It's the chance to see Square-Enix's stunning Luminous Studio engine freed from the constraints of console hardware. Enhanced versions of those visuals running at 4K resolution or a locked 60fps? The potential here is mouthwatering, but the question is just what hardware will be required to push beyond the standards set by PS4 Pro and Xbox One X - and how optimal the PC port is. A PC benchmarking tool was released at the beginning of the month, and first impressions based on mainstream hardware are sobering. We always expected the PC 'Windows Edition' to be challenging, but the benchmark is already causing controversy owing to its heavy integration of Nvidia's GameWorks libraries - bespoke 'black box' technology created by the Green Team's engineers, and integrated by Square-Enix. There's enhanced foliage via TurfWorks, beefed up fluid, fire and smoke simulation courtesy of Nvidia Flow, plus more realistic … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition looks beautiful but at what cost?