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Fire Emblem remake an echo of an unfamiliar past

Childhood friends are reunited on the battlefield in Shadows of Valentia.

Valentia's old-meets-new approach is an interesting twist on the series, with the juggling between two parties, free exploration sections and simplified combat balancing out the lack of relationship options and the occasional killer difficulty spike.

A first look at Beyond Good and Evil 2

This city beneath a statue of Genesha appears identically in the game's art, trailer and early tech demo.

Comprising an entire galaxy that will have a consistent level of detail and believable physics regardless of whether you're chatting with a character in a downtown noodle shop, roaming the streets of a city, in orbit over a planet or racing through the cosmos, to say this game is ambitious is an understatement.

PlayStation is all games at E3

The upcoming PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man game closed Sony's pre-E3 conference.

Differing greatly from the hardware focus of the Microsoft conference, Sony's PlayStation showcase ahead of this week's E3 expo followed the blueprint it laid out last year: lots of exciting footage, minimal talking, incredible theatrics and very few concrete details about when we might play the new games.

What to expect from E3 2017

E3 2017

Our one-stop guide to all the major events of next week, what you're likely to see and where you can watch it live.

Farpoint is the best VR shooting experience you can get at home

For accurate shooting, raising the rifle to eye height will let you see a reticule on its tiny glass display.

Sony's PlayStation VR has flown mostly under the radar since its release six months ago, with a steady flow of smaller games, optional modes and ports from other systems making up the bulk of its content. So the recently released Farpoint — as a full-sized, full-priced shooter that requires the headset to work — immediately stands out from the crowd.

Street Fighter II is back, yet again

Shooooooryuken!

Bringing the classic fighter to the Nintendo Switch, Ultra Street Fighter II is a Frankenstein's monster of a package that doesn't bring much new of value to the table but is still an excellent way to play the game.

What remains of Edith Finch is a fantastical family plot

Every room tells a story, literally, in What Remains of Edith Finch.

Beautifully strange and gleefully morose, What Remains of Edith Finch is a singularly amazing work of video game magical realism. Though brief and lacking any gameplay challenge, this is an incredibly special game by virtue of its narrative and creativity alone.

Tetris returns to form, with a Japanese twist

Puyo Puyo Tetris

A party-ready puzzle game with heaps of modes and content to keep you busy, Puyo Puyo Tetris introduces Western gamers to an incredibly popular Japanese franchise, while also providing familiarity via its Tetris twist.

New Mario Kart is series' greatest ever

<i>Mario Kart</i> is even bigger and better on the Switch.

When it arrived for Wii U in 2014, Mario Kart 8 was arguably the best, most full-featured entry in the beloved series. With the release of this new Deluxe version, there's no longer room for argument.

The Nintendo Switch is simple, but smart

Moving from portable to home console and back again is as easy as dropping the Switfch into its dock, or lifting it out.

Unlike any other game console on the market, the Switch lets you transition seamlessly between playing at home on your big TV and playing the exact same games on the go, Game Boy style.

For Honor is a bloody clash of cultures

Knights, vikings and samurai take to the battlefield in <i>For Honor</i>.

Offering a realistic and incredibly deep system of melee combat, For Honor has the guts of the most complex of fighting games, but crammed inside the frame of a third-person action experience and skinned with a variety of ancient cultures.