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Jurassic World Evolution is a theme park sim from Planet Coaster dev Frontier

Frontier, the developer behind the sublime Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster has new sim in the works. Jurassic World Evolution is a theme park sim, but instead of ferris wheels you have Triceratops, and instead of worrying about guests getting sick, you have to worry about guests getting eaten by a freaking T-Rex. Jurassic World…

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Accidental history—remastering the campy teen horror game Congress famously hated

A scene like this doesn’t exactly scream “2017 video game.” And yet… Night Trap might not seem like a game that would be especially cumbersome to port to modern consoles. Among the first in the oft-forgotten early-’90s trend of “FMV (full motion video) games ,” the title was nothing more than a lightly interactive series…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda officially shuts down its single-player updates

Enlarge / Pretend that planet is Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s single-player DLC, then look at it wistfully, turn around, and walk away. (credit: Bioware) Anybody who hoped the troubled Bioware game Mass Effect: Andromeda would get some more single-player content should probably sit down. The game developer chose to deliver bad news to fans on Saturday evening…

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Four book series that are shaping the future of science fiction on television

Enlarge (credit: Who Fears Death ) If recent Hollywood deals are any indication, science fiction on TV is about to get even more interesting and complex. The trend started with the surprising announcement in late 2016 that Lin Manuel-Miranda’s next project—after completing his run on Hamilton and writing the music for Moana—would be to adapt…

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Nidhogg 2 review: Violent, disgusting, and hilariously fun

Enlarge (credit: Messhof) Of all the fighting video games I imagined might ever get sequels, Nidhogg was pretty low on my wishlist. The 2014 sword-duel game was a masterwork of simplicity , and it benefited from looking and playing like something from an early ’80s home console. Two-button controls. Minuscule color palettes. A simple directive to stab…

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In a great year for space music, Quindar’s Hip Mobility most puts us in orbit

Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist It has been a great 12 months for space music, but to our ears much of this burgeoning scene doesn’t quite sound spacey. The Sufjan Stevens-led Planetarium is a modern Holst-ian work, more at home in the concert hall than the Milky Way (and we’d take Gustav’s “Mars” over Sufjan’s). Ennio Morricone’s newly reissued SPACE: 1999 is…

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Agents of Mayhem review: Destroying a really dull open world

Enlarge / Scheherazade is great for taking out large groups. Scratch beneath the surface of Agents of Mayhem—the hero-based shoot-and-loot open-world game from developer Volition—and you’ll only find more shooting, looting, and hero-based action. It lacks the surprisingly heartfelt camaraderie of the studio’s later Saints Row titles. It’s not as beautifully, thematically simple as Red…

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Now you can post videos directly to Reddit, no third-party service required

(credit: Eva Blue ) Reddit announced a big, and likely welcome, change coming to its site: native video uploads. After testing the feature out in about 200 communities, native video hosting will now roll out for all Reddit communities, giving every user the ability to upload and share videos on Reddit without the use of a third-party service….

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Final Defenders trailer gives us the best kind of villain

This is the final trailer for Defenders, which hits Netflix tomorrow. The long-awaited Neflix series Defenders premieres tomorrow, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist—all of whom have already starred in their own series for the streaming network. The final Defenders trailer teases us with our longest look yet at bad guy…

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Without Nathan Drake, Uncharted: Lost Legacy is still just Uncharted

Enlarge / I’m legit proud of this screenshot, even though I didn’t really do much except hit a button. Can Uncharted really be Uncharted without Nathan Drake? For nearly a decade now , the cinematic action-adventure series has been as tightly linked to its main character as the Indiana Jones movies are to, well, Indiana…