Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

Burnout Paradise Remastered does not feature any in-game microtransactions, EA has reassured - despite the game's official store listing saying the opposite.

Fans noticed the phrase "in-game game purchases optional" in Paradise's new store listing last night and feared the worst.

While the Remastered edition features all major DLC, EA made a point of mentioning the game's Time Saver packs were not part of the offering. It is these which fans suspected would be sold as extras.

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I'm going to kick this review off with a quick word of warning. Do not, whatever you do, play Sprint Vector right after an all you can eat carvery. Because I played Sprint Vector for the first time after an all you can eat carvery, and it made me feel wonky for the rest of the night.

That's why, before I even get into how the game works, it's well worth pointing out that Sprint Vector is one of the most intensely physical PSVR games I've played to date. If you're not a fan of titles that require you to stand up and get sweaty then it's safe to say this is not the game for you.

The same can also be said to those of you out there with limited VR playspace. Although the setup blurb suggests you can play the game seated, Sprint Vector relies on full upper-body movement in order to work properly. That's all well and good in theory but when I tried to play it in a seated position the controls were so unresponsive it made the game unplayable.

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Tim Schafer will receive this year's prestigious BAFTA Fellowship prize, following in the footsteps of John Carmack, Gabe Newell and Shigeru Miyamoto.

The Monkey Island co-creator and Double Fine founder will pick up his gong at 2018's British Academy Games Awards, held this year on Thursday, 12th April.

"I am surprised, humbled, and honored to be receiving the BAFTA Fellowship this year," Schafer said. "BAFTA's long-standing support of video games and championing of creativity and strong storytelling in that medium have had an extremely positive impact and I'm very grateful to be recognised."

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Sonic Mania

Sega's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie now has a release date: 15th November 2019.

It's a year later than expected - a vague "2018" date was whispered when the Paramount project originally got greenlit, back in February 2016.

But work on the film is now underway, Hollywood Reporter writes. There's a director and writer (no one you'll have heard of), while Deadpool director Tim Miller is executive producing.

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Creative Assembly has announced that Total War: Rome 2 will receive a Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack on March 8th, bringing with it four new playable factions. A free Female Leaders update will be made available to all players on the same day.

The Desert Kingdoms expansion follows on from November's Empire Divided DLC - the first major expansion for Total War: Rome 2 since 2014. Desert Kingdoms' headline feature is, of course, it's four new factions: the Kingdoms of Kush, Saba, Nabatea, and Masaesyli - all native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia.

"While culturally similar, each faction boasts unique new unit rosters which offer different military strengths", says Creative Assembly. Each faction features new building chains and technology trees, and comes with its own unique Faction Traits.

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Rocket League®

Rocket League will be getting an official DC Super Heroes DLC pack on March 5th, developer Psyonix has announced. It includes two premium Batman-themed Battle-Cars, and a variety of cosmetics inspired by DC Super Heroes.

It's Batmobile all the way as far as the Battle-Cars goes, with the new DLC pack containing two versions of Batman's iconic ride. There's the Dark Knight Rises Tumbler variant, as well as the classic 1989 Batmobile from the Jack Nicholson-starring movie. You can see them both whizzing about the place in the trailer below.

Additionally, the DC Super Heroes DLC pack features 21 super-hero-themed items, which look a little something like this:

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The planet-conquering PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will get its third in-game map within the first half of this year - AKA, before the end of June.

A roadmap of game updates will be shared in March, developer Bluehole promised via a new Steam update today. Chief among these updates will be details of PUBG's third map, following the Russia-set Erangel and the recent Central American-set Miramar.

Despite PUBG's popularity, new features have been slow to trickle out in recent weeks and months - something especially notable when you compare the game to its big battle royale rival Fortnite, which has made a point of having a new feature or update every few weeks.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance and the history it explores are inseparable. There hasn't been a medieval world this real and substantial since The Witcher 3. The sense of time and place it conjures is astonishing. You feel your feet squelching in muddy, rutted paths, and smell the manure on the fields around you. But what you see isn't a fantasy world reinforced by a culture's past: it is a culture's past - its bones are made out of it. Kingdom Come is the most believable adventure into medieval history I've ever experienced.

That's the hook: realism. This is the dungeons-and-no-dragons role-playing game sprung from Kickstarter into a full-sized multiplatform release. The RPG offering a first-person medieval simulation like an Elder Scrolls game, with a world living around you, but without the fantasy, magic and monsters. Instead, it's developer Warhorse's own Czech history brought to life from the year of 1403, and the detail with which it has been recreated is staggering.

Kingdom Come hasn't tried to condense a whole world into a game, but instead focused in on a 16 square kilometre area of rural Bohemia, and the dozen or so small villages and towns found there at the time. Nothing feels made up. Everything is placed with the certainty of historical reality behind it; shops are where they are because it made sense at the time - bakers here, weaponsmiths and blacksmiths there. Inns emerge naturally as the town's beating heart - the first port of call for a traveller who can buy lodgings for a week at a time, as I suppose you once would. Everywhere there are windows like this into the past.

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

UPDATE 21/2/18: Assassin's Creed fans have raced through Origins' New Game Plus mode to uncover the secret reward unlocked at the end.

(Cover your eyes now if you don't want to see it.)

After ploughing through the New Game Plus mode's story in around six hours - about 10 times faster than I originally plodded through the campaign - reddit user Najoray became one of the first in the world to unlock the new Mythical Warrior legendary outfit.

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Call of Duty: WW2 is my first Call of Duty. This, I'm told, is an odd thing. How could I possibly have managed to avoid playing a Call of Duty game over the last 10 years? Well, Activision's mega shooter series has never sparked an interest in me before. Modern Warfare? I was too busy playing Halo 3. Black Ops? I was into Reach. Ghosts passed me by (I did like Colin the dog, though), and then it was on to Destiny.

But there was something about Call of Duty: WW2 that grabbed me by the scruff of my neck and screamed in my face: play me! I've been thinking about why this happened. The WW2 setting was a big part of it, but in truth the game came out at a good time. After Destiny 2 fever died down so quickly, I craved another shooter. November, as it always does, brought with it a new Call of Duty and I thought, why not?

Three months later, I'm hooked. I play Call of Duty: WW2 most evenings, fussing over my soldier builds and working out which unlock to target next. Along the way I've noticed - well, more observed, really - some of Call of Duty's idiosyncrasies for the first time, and I thought it would be interesting to jot them down. Most of these observations will come as no surprise to Call of Duty fans who I'm sure are used to the series' way of doing things. But to me, a Call of Duty newcomer, there are revelations, confusions and outright surprises buried within this video game behemoth. So, this is the good, bad and ugly of Call of Duty, from the expert eye of someone who's playing Call of Duty for the first time.

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