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Sonic the Hedgehog is back and looks far less creepy

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Sonic the Hedgehog is back and looks far less creepy

Paramount Pictures just dropped the updated for Sonic the Hedgehog, now featuring a hero that wasn't spawned from the depths of uncanny valley.

The new trailer comes after director Jeff Fowler promised to redesign the titular hedgehog, responding to fan outcry over a truly distorted version of Sonic that featured human teeth, beady eyes, and strange proportions.

The updated version is far more familiar, with larger eyes and ears, as well as a distinct lack of human teeth.

There's plenty of fun in the new trailer besides a new look for Sonic, with moments that feel like PG outtakes from Deadpool and Jim Carrey chewing the scenery in classic fashion as Dr. Robotnik.

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EA Access won't offer head start for Jedi: Fallen Order

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EA Access won't offer head start for Jedi: Fallen Order

While EA Access members typically get 10 hours of early access to new titles from the publisher, that won't be the case for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

While Access members will still receive a ten percent discount on their purchase of Fallen Order, the Play First Trial will not be available in an attempt to avoid spoilers.

As a consolation prize, members will instead receive in-game cosmetic items, including a ship model and skin for BD-1.

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Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?

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Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?

When it comes to game criticism, the most important thing is being able to spend time playing the game you're reviewing. Which is why there is no Red Dead Redemption 2 review on Gameplanet for you at this time.

My experience with the PC port of Rockstar Games' western epic has been fraught with a litany of recurring stability and performance issues. At this point despite updates to the game, and even upgrading my PC to an 8 Core i7 I am literally unable to play the game. This is despite spending a fair amount of time in the game every day since release. Currently, I am still stuck in the first location, unable to proceed.

The first major hurdle I have had to contend with is that the game would freeze for 2-6 seconds at random intervals, but I was never able to get more than 3 minutes of play before the game locked up. Most often though was that I would experience this issue at least twice a minute. This was reduced with the CPU upgrade, but not eliminated. I am now dealing with crashes happening regularly every five to thirty minutes, which is unpleasant and reason enough alone to not play the game (in its current state), but has the additional frustration of sending me back to a previous checkpoint due to how game saves are handled in the opening section of the game.

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Blizzard to merge Overwatch and its sequel eventually

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Blizzard to merge Overwatch and its sequel eventually

While Overwatch 2 may feel more like an expansion instead of a sequel, that may have been by design – as Blizzard has plans in the future of merging the two clients into a single entity.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explained the idea in an interview with Kotaku.

"We think this is important, especially as a competitive experience," he said. "The whole idea is to avoid fragmenting the player base and giving anybody a competitive advantage."

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Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios

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Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios

Sony has announced that Guerilla Games co-founder and managing director Hermen Hulst is now Head of Worldwide Studios (WWS).

In his new role Hulst will manage and lead game development across the 14 developers that make up WWS.

Guerilla Games is best known for the Killzone franchise that has been on PlayStation consoles since 2004, and more recently the celebrated Horizon Zero Dawn.

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IO Interactive confirm more of the team move on to next Hitman game

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IO Interactive confirm more of the team move on to next Hitman game

IO Interactive is finally putting the brakes on updating Hitman 2, after supporting the game with regular content since release.

In a blog post on the developer's website, the studio confirmed that they are "moving more and more of the Hitman 2 team to join the next Hitman game, which is well underway."

"After 13 months of full-time support and content for HITMAN 2 – at no additional cost (besides what we added through the Expansion Pass), we're now at a place where we are looking increasingly to the future."

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Microsoft: Halo MCC will come to PC "when it's ready"

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Microsoft: Halo MCC will come to PC "when it's ready"

When it comes to bringing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC, Microsoft is eager to avoid the same mistakes as the game's console release.

Addressing an impatient fan on Twitter, 343 community director Brian Jarrard noted that the studio has "never said anything about all the games arriving on PC this year. We’ve been consistently saying they’re ready when they’re ready."

While a release date was never confirmed when the PC version was announced in March, the studio has been aiming to ship Halo: Reach to both PC and console before the end of 2019.

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Kojima Productions to make films in the future

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Kojima Productions to make films in the future

Kojima Productions could be known for its feature films as well as its games in the future, if the studio's founder has anything to say about it.

Hideo Kojima spoke about future plans during a BBC Newsbeat documentary, which followed the development of Death Stranding.

"In the future, Kojima Productions will also start making films. If a person can do one thing well, then they should be able to do anything well," said Kojima.

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Overwatch 2 officially announced at BlizzCon

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Overwatch 2 officially announced at BlizzCon

Following weeks of speculation and leaks, Blizzard has officially announced Overwatch 2.

The sequel to the incredibly popular hero-shooter was announced via a lengthy cinematic trailer (as Blizzard loves to do), showing fan favourites Tracer, Mei and Winston joining forces with other heroes as they attempt to save Paris from an Omnic attack. We also get a brief look at Echo, the next hero making their way to the game. Check it out below!

Wednesday 13 November

Tuesday 12 November

Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?
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Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?
We're experiencing major technical difficulties.
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Need for Speed: Heat Review
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Need for Speed: Heat Review
Can Ghost Games steer the series back on track, or is it time for it to be written-off?
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Win a copy of Death Stranding and the digital soundtrack!
Competition
Win a copy of Death Stranding and the digital soundtrack!
La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo have we got a competition for you!
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Monday 11 November

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review
A Hedgehog and a Plumber walk into a bar...
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Friday 8 November

Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios
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Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios
Infiltration of Helghast in full effect.
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Thursday 7 November

IO Interactive confirm more of the team move on to next Hitman game
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IO Interactive confirm more of the team move on to next Hitman game
November marks the "final major patch" for Hitman 2.
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Wednesday 6 November

Tuesday 5 November

Disco Elysium Review
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Disco Elysium Review
Boogie on down for a weird and wonderful adventure!
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Kojima Productions to make films in the future
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Kojima Productions to make films in the future
As if they don't already...
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Monday 4 November

Overwatch 2 officially announced at BlizzCon
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Overwatch 2 officially announced at BlizzCon
Sleight of hand at its best...
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review
Enlist today, meet interesting people all over the world, and then kill them...
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Blizzard confirms Diablo IV for PC and consoles
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Blizzard confirms Diablo IV for PC and consoles
Inspires new line of blood-infused capes.
WoW's next expansion is heading to the afterlife
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WoW's next expansion is heading to the afterlife
This is why Sylvanas can't have nice things.
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Friday 1 November

Death Stranding Review
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Death Stranding Review
Can Kojima Productions deliver on the hype or does this journey fall short?
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Netflix's The Witcher drops new trailer and release date
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Netflix's The Witcher drops new trailer and release date
As well as a steamy scene.

Thursday 31 October

MediEvil HD Remastered Review
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MediEvil HD Remastered Review
Sir Daniel returns just in time for the spookiest night of the year!
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PlayStation 4 has now outsold the Wii and PS One
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PlayStation 4 has now outsold the Wii and PS One
Although console sales are slowing
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NZ government commits $10m for local games industry
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NZ government commits $10m for local games industry
Aims for a billion dollar industry
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Wednesday 30 October

Tuesday 29 October

The Outer Worlds Review
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The Outer Worlds Review
Obsidian provide a masterclass in how to do an RPG the right way!
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Death Stranding is coming to PC in 2020
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Death Stranding is coming to PC in 2020
Stranded no longer.
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Luigi's Mansion 3 Review
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Luigi's Mansion 3 Review
It's Luigi's time to shine. Can he handle the spotlight?

Friday 25 October

Ubisoft delays most of its 2020 release titles
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Ubisoft delays most of its 2020 release titles
Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and more
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