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Another year, another EGX done and dusted! Among the many highlights was a live Arcadia Baes panel, a behind-the-scenes look at Destiny's end-game destination and some brand new Sunless Skies announcements, and whether you caught the show in person or online, we hope you had a lovely time.

There were of course many, many games to play from both big publishers or in Leftfield Collection and Rezzed areas, and we wanted to compile a list of our favourites.

As with previous years, this isn't a definitive list, but a personal selection of games from the team at Eurogamer as we roamed the show, and will hopefully serve as something to keep an eye out for in the coming months.

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Batman™: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight's camera isn't supposed to be messed with - but when you do, it reveals some amazing developer tricks.

The latest episode of superb YouTube series Boundary Break takes on Rocksteady's 2015 action adventure and shows how the developers used a raft of camera tricks to make the game look the business.

There are a load of cool revelations in the video, which you absolutely should watch, but highlights include pulling back the camera to show the diner in chaos during the Scarecrow / cop hallucination scene:

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Swiss football fans forced a league match to stop as they protested esports.

Young Boys' "Ultras" threw tennis balls and console controllers onto the Stade de Suisse pitch at the 15 minute mark during their home game against Basel on Sunday, 23rd September, forcing the referee to pause the game.

As reported by the Associated Press, fans also unfurled a giant pause button flag to protest esports - and even the away supporters got stuck in with a flag of their own.

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Dante is back. And so, it seems, is Capcom, the Osaka-based company on a winning streak the likes of which we haven't seen since its 90s and early 00s pomp. Resident Evil 7 successfully brought the series back to its horror roots while delivering a modern twist, and Monster Hunter World finally gave that series the recognition it deserved in the west, while on the horizon there's the exquisite looking Mega Man 11 and next year's sumptuous Resident Evil 2 remake.

And then there's Devil May Cry. Returning home to Capcom after Ninja Theory's somewhat divisive DmC (which, for the record, was brilliant), heroes Dante and Nero appear in more familiar form, while another hero returns in the form of Hideaki Itsuno. A late addition to the troubled Devil May Cry 2 project, he went on to direct the third and fourth instalments, while his career at Capcom is as illustrious as it gets; he can proudly take responsibility for the likes of Power Stone, Rival Schools and Dragon's Dogma amongst many others.

At Tokyo Game Show Capcom revealed a new character, V, while also unveiling Dante in playable form. Familiar yet fresh, he boasts his broadest moveset yet - "we felt that taking stuff away tends to upset people," says Itsuno - and is placed in a ludicrously good-looking game, some of the photo-real elements made possible by the RE Engine mixing well into Devil May Cry's typical bold style. Barring the unexpected - and provided the grim inclusion of microtransactions doesn't overly impede the experience - Devil May Cry 5 should continue Capcom's winning streak when it comes out next March.

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Vampyr

Focus Interactive has confirmed Vampyr's afore-promised patch to "de-emphasise" combat in the vampire action-RPG will release later this week on 26th September 2018.

"Story Mode de-emphasizes combat, placing a greater focus on narrative so players can enjoy Dr. Jonathan Reid's journey with less challenging gameplay," states an update on Steam.

"On the other end of the scale, Hard Mode makes combat much more difficult. Players will receive less experience from killing enemies too, forcing them to rely even more on embracing citizens to grow in power. Upon starting a new game, players will be given the option to choose from these two new modes or a third 'Normal Mode' if they wish to play the original Vampyr experience."

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Destiny 2 Forsaken players believe they've stumbled upon the location where the quest for the Malfeasance hand cannon begins... but cannot yet find a way to trigger the quest line.

As reported by Forbes, players believe they've located Callum's Grave, widely thought - thanks to a little datamining - to be the inaugural step of the quest for Malfeasance, an exotic - and extraordinarily elusive - hand cannon.

Callum's grave has been found in the Dreaming City strike, The Corrupted, which wasn't unlocked until a clan defeated Destiny 2's latest raid, Last Wish, last week.

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The Intel Optane 905P is the Titan of SSDs: incredibly fast, enormously expensive and basically the best SSD on the market, and a piece of PC hardware we just had to test out. It's our contention that a good SSD is essential at this point for your gaming PC - just in terms of the extra user-friendliness you get from Windows, plus the reduced loading times in games - but just how much do you need to invest to get a decent experience? How do mid-range and more value-orientated SSDs compare to the absolute state of the art? And where does this leave the traditional mechanical hard drive? Technology has continued to evolve there so in assessing solid-state performance for gaming, we decided to include a fast modern drive too.

To get a good overall view of the market and the kind of capabilities that solid state storage delivers across a range of price-points, we used five drives for our tests overall. The Optane 905P is staggeringly expensive at around $600 or 550 and its performance is indeed unparalleled, but we've also covered a range of more cost-effective alternatives. The Western Digital Black 500GB SSD uses the PCI Express-based NVMe standard and is about one third of the price of the 905P. Cheaper still are SATA-based drives like Crucial's well-received MX500 at around $90/ 90. Up against that we have a 1TB Western Digital Blue SSD. Again, that's SATA in nature but its extra capacity commands a 150/$160 price-point. Finally, representing the classic mechanical HDD, WD supplied us with the Black 6TB, priced at around 240/$240.

So, why is the 905P so expensive? Well, it's a different kind of product, more intended more for workstations or deep-pocketed enthusiasts than the average gamer. The drive's 480GB of 3D XPoint memory, developed jointly by Micron and Intel, theoretically provides a comprehensive advantage in terms of latency and endurance. For the purposes of our testing here it represents the current state-of-the-art, the standard by which all of our other test drives should be judged.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Voice actor Melissa Hutchinson, who plays Telltale's The Walking Dead's Clementine, has posted a tribute to her TellTale colleagues after the studio confirmed it was closing down.

After stating Friday had been "one of the toughest days ever", she wrote she was "so very deeply moved by the messages of love that [she], and the folks from @telltalegames have been receiving", and confirmed that she too remains unclear on the fate of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

Here's the full message:

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NBA 2K19

2K's customer support service is struggling to deal with the volume of complaints as NBA 2K19 players log a litany of issues, including lost in-game currency (VC), progression problems, and neverending games (thanks, Kotaku).

Others are reporting that the sports series' latest release also has issues with court conquerors and inexplicable MyCareer file deletions. At the time of writing, it appears the problems are widespread across most platforms.

Right now the issues seem mostly confined to MyCareer mode, but given this is usually where players invest their in-game currency, VC - typically accumulated by purchasing the currency with real-life money or offered as part of special edition bonuses - this means many players are losing a significant portion of their virtual funds.

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Which are the best mechanical keyboards on the market? That was the question I tried to answer in our feature on whether mechanical keyboards are good for gaming, and how they became popular in the first place. I ended that piece with three keyboard recommendations, but the response to the article made it clear that you wanted to see more recommendations for different use-cases than we considered - particularly full-fat gaming keyboards with features like macro and media keys, programmable RGB lighting and game-state integration or quieter models that can be used in a busy office.

The range of mechanical keyboard options continues to expand, making this a good time to take stock of the new arrivals. Apart from the quiet switched keyboards we alluded to earlier, we've also seen the arrival of optical-mechanical keyboards that should offer faster response times and even full analogue sensing on certain models. A wide range of other new switches have appeared in the past few years as well, including short-throw Speed switches and boutique options like Zealios which meet the demands of users who know exactly what they want.

Of course, for this article we don't want to go too far into the weeds. Instead, we'll keep our recommendations reasonably broad and merely note these more advanced options where they exist. So sit back, get comfy and take a look at our favourite mechanical keyboards for 2018!

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