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Lenovo ideapad Y700 Review: a powerful (and heavy) gaming laptop

Lenovo ideapad Y700 Review: a powerful (and heavy) gaming laptop

Lenovo has a new gaming laptop that obviously follows in the footsteps of its Y50 and other past gaming machines, but with updated features and hardware to tackle the industry’s most demanding games. The Lenovo ideapad Y700 gaming laptop features the same red-on-black design and angular mean-looking design elements as the maker's past gaming PCs, not to mention quite a heavy weight. We recently took the Y700 for a spin to see what all it can take; read our full review to see our results!

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‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’: new mode adds starvation

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’: new mode adds starvation

Ahead of the game’s PC version release, Rise of the Tomb Raider has received a new ‘Endurance’ mode that, as the name suggests, tasks the gamer with enduring the hard landscapes of the game. In particular, Endurance makes it possible for Lara Croft to die of starvation or freeze to death if the player isn't careful, adding a whole new element of difficulty to an already excellent title.

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PlayStation Plus will add half a dozen games next Tuesday

PlayStation Plus will add half a dozen games next Tuesday

PlayStation Plus will get half a dozen games next Tuesday, Sony has announced. Among the titles is Grim Fandango Remastered, which has been updated with graphics and gameplay suitable for Sony’s latest game console. The games will all be available starting the first Tuesday of January (that is, next week).

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Microsoft is looking into Xbox One’s ‘Halo: Reach’ issues

Microsoft is looking into Xbox One’s ‘Halo: Reach’ issues

Xbox One owners hoping to rekindle their fondness for Halo: Reach were disappointed to find the game runs very poorly on Microsoft’s latest console. According to reports from owners, the video game — which takes advantage of backwards compatibility — suffers from a very poor frame rate that leaves the game choppy, makes aiming hard, and in some cases has caused claims the game is entirely ‘unplayable.’

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‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ drops for PC next month

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ drops for PC next month

The PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider will be arriving some time next month, a new listing has revealed. The date is in line with Square Enix’s previously stated “early 2016” PC release plans, but the company hasn’t confirmed whether the January release is accurate. A specific launch date hasn’t been revealed. This isn’t the first time the PC version of the game has made an appearance, however.

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Nintendo 2DS arrives in Japan with limited-edition Pokemon colors

Nintendo 2DS arrives in Japan with limited-edition Pokemon colors

It's been over two years now since Nintendo debuted its 2DS handheld system in the US, dropping the 3DS's clamshell hinge as well as 3D functionality in favor of a slate-like form factor with a budget-friendly price. Now the odd portable is arriving in Japan for the first time, but in the form of special Pokemon-themed editions. The four models come in transparent red, blue, green, and yellow, and coincide with Nintendo's release of updated versions of the original Gameboy Pokemon titles.

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Pokken Tournament controller gets a US release date

Pokken Tournament controller gets a US release date

Last week we brought you the news that Bandai Namco was making a special controller with a single game in mind. Specifically, this controller was designed for Pokken Tournament, a Pokemon arcade fighter. While it was interesting to see a controller specifically designed for a fighting game, there was one disappointing part to the news: It was only to be released in Japan.

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Nintendo Miitomo is chat app disguised as a game with microtransactions

Nintendo Miitomo is chat app disguised as a game with microtransactions

A few more details about Miitomo, Nintendo's first smartphone game developed in partnership with Japan's DeNA, have been revealed in a new Wall Street Journal interview with the latter's CEO, Isao Moriyasu. We've previously heard that the title is expected for release in March 2016, but Moriyasu has now added that Miitomo will have a focus on players communicating with each other, and the first in-app purchases will be for additional clothing items for their characters.

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Tap My Katamari brings the quirky game series to iOS, Android

Tap My Katamari brings the quirky game series to iOS, Android

The Katamari Damacy series' heyday has long since passed, with the sequels of the original PlayStation 2 title taking the game's premise of rolling up anything and everything with a big sticky ball about as far as it could go. However, Bandai Namco has revealed that a new version is in the works, this time as a smartphone game for both iOS and Android called Tap My Katamari.

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No new Call of Duty: Black Ops III maps for PS3, Xbox 360

No new Call of Duty: Black Ops III maps for PS3, Xbox 360

Bad news today for Call of Duty: Black Ops III players on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Activision has officially announced the game's first DLC pack, titled "Awakening," which includes four new multiplayer maps and a new co-op chapter in the zombies mode. Unfortunately none of it is coming to the last-gen consoles, instead seeing release first on PS4, followed by Xbox One and PC.

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Minecraft National Championship dominated by 10-year-old

Minecraft National Championship dominated by 10-year-old

A 10-year-old has won the world’s first Minecraft National Championship, beating out more than a thousand gamers from across the nation. Julien Wiltshire is a 10-year-old hailing from LA, California; in Minecraft, he goes by the name SuperKraft11. The championship was held by Super League Gaming and took place over the course of 6 weeks in the United States.

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Fallout 4 player sues Bethesda for losing self-control (job, wife too)

Fallout 4 player sues Bethesda for losing self-control (job, wife too)

Fallout 4 is easily one of the biggest hit games of the year. With its post-apocalyptic setting and near-endless list of things to do and quests to complete, it's easy to understand how players could get so caught up in the game's world that lose track of time. And their job. And their real-world spouse too. That's exactly what happened to a poor Russian gamer, and now he's suing Fallout 4's totally evil developer, Bethesda, for not providing him with a "warning," which surely would have prevented this from happening.

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