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Nintendo Switch owners can play Splatoon 2 for four hours today

Nintendo Switch owners can play Splatoon 2 for four hours today

If you've got a Nintendo Switch and just can't wait for the July 21st release of Splatoon 2, you've got a chance to play a demo ahead of time. But here's the important part: the demo will only run for 4 hours today. Nintendo is using the trial as the world premiere of the game's first Splatfest, an in-game event where players face off as two teams in a turf war.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda free trial launches for all this weekend

Mass Effect: Andromeda free trial launches for all this weekend

If you've been eager to check out Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest in the popular sci-fi RPG series from developer BioWare, but have hesitated due to the mediocre reviews, you now have a chance to take the game for a free test-run. Publisher Electric Arts has brought back the 10-hour free trial that was available exclusively to EA Access and Origin Access subscribers just before the game's launch, only now it's available for all players.

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15 classic retro games you can play on Android right now

15 classic retro games you can play on Android right now

There's no shortage of great modern games, but sometimes you need something to stoke the fires of nostalgia. Unfortunately, many old games have not been recreated for smartphones, the reasons for which are vast and, at times, baffling. You can download an emulator and ROMs, of course, but quality is spotty. While some games aren't (legally) available on your phone, others are, and we've compiled them into this handy list.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be enhanced for the Xbox One X

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be enhanced for the Xbox One X

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Star Wars Battlefront 2, the sequel to 2015's fun-but-disappointing Battlefront game. We learned more about the game in recent months, and it was just last month that we also got details on the 'Xbox One X' console. A natural question, then, is this: will Battlefront 2 be optimized for the newer console? The answer has surfaced on Microsoft's own website.

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Nintendo Switch keyboard accessory docks with Joy-Con controllers

Nintendo Switch keyboard accessory docks with Joy-Con controllers

The idea of using a keyboard with your Nintendo Switch may seem like a silly one, but as the new console gets more titles with in-game chat features, such as the upcoming release of Dragon Quest X, such an accessory can become very useful indeed. Japanese accessory makers are well aware of this and seem to be getting a jump on the situation; third-party peripheral maker Hori recently announced their own Switch-compatible keyboard, and now Cyber Gadget has one too.

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Destiny 2 beta details: story missions, multiplayer, new subclasses

Destiny 2 beta details: story missions, multiplayer, new subclasses

Destiny 2 fans are eagerly counting down the days until the game's September 6th release on consoles, as well as looking forward to the upcoming beta, which kicks off in a little over a week. Now, developer Bungie has finally revealed what players can expect to experience during the beta period, and for those who've been following the game's coverage, it should all be somewhat familiar. The beta will offer a small taste of everything Destiny 2 has to offer: story missions, multiplayer modes, and a trio of brand new subclasses.

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How to play PS4 games on a PC (with a DualShock 4 controller, too!)

How to play PS4 games on a PC (with a DualShock 4 controller, too!)

If you're a PC gamer with your heart set on playing a PlayStation 4 game, Sony has some good news for you. The company's PlayStation Now game service just added PS4 titles, expanding its library to more than 500 game titles. While PS Now was originally only available for the PlayStation console, Sony added support for Windows PCs in the relatively recent past. What is PlayStation Now? Think of it as Netflix for video games.

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10 high-quality mobile games that are actually worth your time

10 high-quality mobile games that are actually worth your time

When you think of mobile games -- that is, games you play on your smartphone or tablet -- there's a reasonable chance you're thinking of Candy Crush, FarmVille, or the hundreds of not-so-subtle clones that plague the various app stores. No judgement if you enjoy those games, but they're not everyone's cup of tea. If you're looking for something that feels more like a high-quality game and less like thinly-veiled gambling, this is the list for you.

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GTA 5 gets new July 4th-themed content, Dawn Raid mode

GTA 5 gets new July 4th-themed content, Dawn Raid mode

With the US's Independence Day holiday only a couple of days away, Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar has announced a bunch of new content for the game's GTA Online mode on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, including some 4th of July-themed items and bonuses. The update is available starting today, with the focus on a new competitive mode called Dawn Raid, as well as a flashy new supercar.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda devs say no plans for single-player DLC

Mass Effect: Andromeda devs say no plans for single-player DLC

Fans of Mass Effect: Andromeda have been on a roller coaster of emotions for the last two days over news about future expansions with single-player content for the game. While it's already been made clear that developer BioWare and publisher EA have put the Mass Effect franchise on indefinite hold following Andromeda's mediocre reviews, it appears any hopes for single-player DLC have also been crushed.

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StarCraft Remastered in 4K arrives August 14: pre-orders are live

StarCraft Remastered in 4K arrives August 14: pre-orders are live

The remastered version of StarCraft first detailed back in March is now available for pre-order and an official availability date has been revealed: August 14. Once it arrives, StarCraft fans will be able to enjoy the classic game in overhauled 4K Ultra HD graphics alongside enhanced audio and more. Those who pre-order will get several exclusive perks, as well, including skins.

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GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

The last week has been a frustrating one for Grand Theft Auto V players, specifically those among the game's PC modding community. Things came to a head earlier this month when Take-Two, GTA 5's publisher, sent a cease and desist letter to the creators of OpenIV, a popular modding tool that enables players to create new items for the single-player mode, as well as access to an enhanced video editor. Following a strong backlash from the community, developer Rockstar has stepped in to get Take-Two to soften their harsh stance against mods.

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