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Average two-year mortgage rate falls below 6%

BBC Money News Feed - 56 min 28 sec ago
Mortgage providers have been cutting rates, but many homeowners still face a payment shock.
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Average two-year mortgage rate falls below 6%

BBC Business News - 56 min 28 sec ago
Mortgage providers have been cutting rates, but many homeowners still face a payment shock.
Categories: Business

Average two-year mortgage rate falls below 6%

BBC Business News Feed - 56 min 28 sec ago
Mortgage providers have been cutting rates, but many homeowners still face a payment shock.
Categories: Business

Edinburgh Reforms: City shake-up branded 'damp squib' by MPs

BBC Business News - 2 hours 14 min ago
The Treasury Committee says much of what was promised by the chancellor has not materialised.
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Edinburgh Reforms: City shake-up branded 'damp squib' by MPs

BBC Business News Feed - 2 hours 14 min ago
The Treasury Committee says much of what was promised by the chancellor has not materialised.
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Mobile phones: Firms face £3bn legal claim for overcharging

BBC Money News Feed - 4 hours 27 min ago
Lawsuit alleges Vodafone, EE, Three and O2 overcharged existing customers for their mobiles.
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Merthyr Tydfil: The industrial town that paved the way for Viagra

BBC Health News Feed - 5 hours 20 min ago
Steelworkers in need of cash were among the men of Merthyr Tydfil who became medical guinea pigs.
Categories: Health

ScotRail consults customers on ending alcohol ban

BBC Business News - 5 hours 35 min ago
The online survey comes three years after restrictions were introduced to stop the spread of Covid-19.
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ScotRail consults customers on ending alcohol ban

BBC Business News Feed - 5 hours 35 min ago
The online survey comes three years after restrictions were introduced to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Categories: Business

Disney: Elon Musk calls for boss to be fired over ad spat

BBC Business News - 6 hours 53 min ago
It comes a week after the multi-billionaire launched a profane attack on advertisers that left X.
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Disney: Elon Musk calls for boss to be fired over ad spat

BBC Business News Feed - 6 hours 53 min ago
It comes a week after the multi-billionaire launched a profane attack on advertisers that left X.
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The First Descendant Gets A Full Release Next Summer

Game Informer News Feed - 8 hours 36 min ago

The First Descendant is a free-to-play looter shooter from Nexon. There have been beta sessions before now, but the game is getting a full, proper launch next Summer. The exact date is up in the air still, but according to a blog post from the developers, it will be announced as soon as they can pin it down. Check out the latest trailer below.

In The First Descendant, you play as, you guessed, Descendants – a group of unique characters that each have distinct abilities and movesets. Your goal is to defend the planet from invaders called Colossi using the game's third-person shooting and RPG mechanics. The new trailer gives us a cinematic look at one of those fights, this time showcasing an entirely new Descendant.

There's no gameplay in this trailer, but the team assures fans that they're working to refine said gameplay, based on feedback from the nearly two million players who checked out their last open beta session. The main purpose of that beta was to test crossplay features, which makes sense, since the game is launching on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Check it out for free when it launches simultaneously on all of those platforms in Summer 2024.

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The First Berserker: Khazan Is A Single-Player Action RPG Set In the DNF Universe

Game Informer News Feed - 9 hours 27 min ago

Dave the Diver publisher Nexon and developer Neople have revealed The First Berserker: Khazan, a single-player action RPG that is the next entry in the long-running Dungeon & Fighter universe. The First Berserker: Khazan stands in stark contrast to the most recent entry in this universe, DNF Duel, a multiplayer fighting game released last year

Neople says the DNF series combines the fast-paced, higher-energy action of old-school brawlers with classic RPG elements, all wrapped in an anime-esque art style. However, with The First Berserker: Khazan, players can expect hack 'n' slash combat and plenty of customization. 

Check it out for yourself in The First Berserker: Khazan reveal trailer below

"The Pell Los Empire has been saved – at a cost," a press release reads. "After the Great General Khazan and Archmage Ozma defeat the Berserk Dragon Hismar and the Dragon Legion, players will step into the shoes of Khazan as he is falsely accused of treason and exiled beyond the empire."

Neople says in The First Berserker: Khazan, combat takes center stage in Khazan's quest for vengeance against those who orchestrated his downfall, "marked by intense, aggressive, and ever-changing styles of battle." 

To survive, players must master combat, upgrade character skills, and combine weapons and armor (each with unique perks). The more missions cleared, the tougher the bosses, but defeating them and finishing missions earns players powerful gear and abilities. 

The First Berserker: Khazan will launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC sometime in the future. 

What do you think of The First Berserker: Khazan's reveal trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Here's The Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Trailer From The Game Awards

Game Informer News Feed - 9 hours 29 min ago

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been in development for a long time; by the time it comes out next year, it will have been nine years since Rocksteady's last game. But after years of secret development and repeated delays, it's finally around the corner, and The Game Awards just gave us our latest look. See for yourself in the trailer below:

The notion of killing the Justice League, some of the most powerful people in the DC universe, has always felt like an impossible task for the Suicide Squad, and the more we see of these corrupted superheroes, the harder it looks. This trailer gives us a look at Green Lantern's arsenal of hard light weaponry, the Flash's speed and lightning bolts, Wonder Woman's lasso of truth, and a shadowy Batman (which is potentially related to Scarecrow's fear gas, though that's just speculation).

Luckily, the Squad is equipped with a wide array of weapons and traversal techniques, making them way more mobile than they would normally be in the comics or movies. We get a good look at new gameplay of them swinging, soaring, and shooting as well, which you can experience solo with AI companions or online with friends.

But the best part of the new trailer? The release date hasn't changed. We can take on the Justice League next year on February 2.

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Parkinson's Disease: 'You can have a career after diagnosis'

BBC Health News Feed - 9 hours 37 min ago
A hospital nurse tells of her experience after her "overwhelming" Parkinson's Disease diagnosis.
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Black Myth: Wukong Gets August Release Date In New Gameplay Trailer

Game Informer News Feed - 9 hours 48 min ago

Developer Game Science's Soulslike action RPG, Black Myth: Wukong, is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC next August. More specifically, it hits those platforms on August 20, 2024, as revealed in a new gameplay trailer that aired during The Game Awards 2023. 

Alongside the August 20 release date, this new Black Myth: Wukong trailer also gives us our biggest look yet at the game's combat, which continues to look great. 

Check out it in the Black Myth: Wukong release date trailer for yourself below

Black Myth: Wukong pits the player's monkey warrior character, known as the Destined One, against various legends, foes, and creatures from throughout Chinese Mythology. It also features a story based on Journey to the West

Black Myth: Wukong hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on August 20, 2024. 

For more, check out this Black Myth: Wukong gameplay trailer from earlier this year

Are you excited for Black Myth: Wukong? Let us know in the comments below!

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After 15 Years, Visions Of Mana Revives The Seires

Game Informer News Feed - 9 hours 53 min ago

While they may have been tided over by recent remakes and re-releases, fans of the Mana series have gone a whopping 15 years without a taste of a new mainline entry. Luckily for them, the fast is over; Visions Of Mana was just announced at The Game Awards, and it's out next year. Check out the reveal trailer below.

Square Enix has more details on their website. "Once every four years," it reads, "The Faerie visits regions of the world to choose alms - people who are fated to travel to the Tree of Mana, which presides over the world’s vital flow of mana. Val invites his childhood friend to a festival to welcome the visitor, but as the night falls, the sky lights up with sparkling lights and the Faerie chooses her as the alm."

The game will also feature "a vibrant semi-open 3D field," though it's unclear exactly what that will look like in game. We can at least be certain it will have plenty of enemies (including series staple Rabites), and you'll be able to battle them using fast-paced, real-time combat. The wait will be over soon – Visions of Mana is out next year.

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Team Ninja's Rise Of The Ronin Gets March Release Date In New Gameplay Trailer

Game Informer News Feed - 10 hours 11 min ago

Team Ninja revealed Rise of the Ronin, its PlayStation 5-exclusive action game, during a State of Play last year. The game made an appearance at The Game Awards 2023 to showcase more of its fast-paced action alongside the news that it will hit PS5 on March 22, 2024. 

In the trailer, we see a Ronin take the steps to save a late-Edo period japan from chaos, dark magic, and more. While the trailer focuses on the game's combat, with trademark Souls-like Team Ninja action at play, it also highlights some of its traversal. Players will get to explore Japan on foot, on horse, and by way of glider.

Check it out for yourself below in the new Rise of the Ronin trailer

"Japan at the end of the 19th century was characterized by the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, a period of oppression and stagnation," the trailer's description reads. "Explore the vast world of late-Edo period Japan by horse and glider, while battling foes using a wide range of weapons and equipment – melee weapons like swords and spears, as well as ranged weapons like firearms and thrown weapons." 

Rise of the Ronin hits PS5 exclusively on March 22, 2024. 

For more, watch the Rise of the Ronin reveal trailer from last year

Are you excited for Rise of the Ronin? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Casting Of Frank Stone Is Supermassive's Single-Player Horror Game Set In The Dead By Daylight Universe

Game Informer News Feed - 10 hours 16 min ago

Earlier this year, Supermassive Games, the team behind The Quarry, The Dark Pictures Anthology, and Until Dawn, announced it was collaborating with Behaviour Interactive to create a single-player game set in the latter's Dead by Daylight universe. After teasing an appearance at The Game Awards 2023 yesterday online, the teams have officially revealed The Casting of Frank Stone. It hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC sometime in 2024.

"The shadow of Frank Stone looms over Cedar Hills, a town forever altered by his violent past," a press release reads. "As a group of young friends are about to discover, Stone's blood-soaked legacy cuts deep, leaving scars across families, generations, and the very fabric of reality itself." 

Check out The Casting of Frank Stone reveal trailer for yourself below

The Casting of Frank Stone is set in Cedar Hills, Oregon. In the depths of a steel mill, the gruesome crimes of a sadistic killer spawn horrors beyond comprehension, according to a press release. Players will dive into the mysteries of these horrors with an all-new cast of characters in the Dead by Daylight universe. In classic Supermassive Games fashion, every decision players make shapes the story and impacts the fate of its various characters.  

Behaviour Interactive head of partnerships Mathieu Côté says the team knows its players have been interested in single-player narrative experiences for some time, noting that it's "excited to expand the Dead by Daylight universe and explore new territory with Supermassive Games, a studio that is at the forefront of modern video game storytelling." 

 

Supermassive Games studio director Steve Goss said in yesterday's tease that this game is a "brand-new, single-player interactive story game set in the terrifying omniverse of Dead by Daylight." Supermassive Games executive producer Traci Tufte adds, "Our game will be set outside the Entity's Realm and feature the story of a new cast of characters who players will follow for an unprecedented experience beyond the fog." 

The Casting of Frank Stone hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store in 2024. 

Supermassive Games is also working on Little Nightmares III, which we learned about during Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023, also created and hosted by The Game Awards 2023's Geoff Keighley. Check out 18 minutes of unsettling Little Nightmares III co-op gameplay here

Are you excited about The Casting of Frank Stone? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ori Team Moon Studios Reveals Action RPG, No Rest For The Wicked

Game Informer News Feed - 10 hours 28 min ago

Moon Studios, the team behind Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, has revealed No Rest for the Wicked, its first action RPG. It will be released as an Early Access title on Steam sometime during the first quarter of 2024 before it later releases onto PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. 

No Rest for the Wicked features a hand-crafted world with a painterly art style. In it, players explore an island called Isola Sacra, spelunking through cavernous depths, lush forests, treacherous mountain passes, and more, according to publisher Private Division. Each location on Isola Sacra is home to protagonists "with their own problems," a press release reads, as well as hidden treasures, creatures, and secrets. 

Check out the No Rest for the Wicked reveal trailer for yourself below

Moon Studios says fights in the game are animation-driven, direct, and tactile, "allowing skilled players to combine visceral strikes and deadly moves." No Rest for the Wicked prioritizes skill and timing over button-mashing, according to the team. 

"We have been dreaming of being able to contribute to the [action RPG] genre that we all grew up with and love," Moon Studios co-founder and creative director Thomas Mahler writes in a press release. "After the success of Ori, it was clear to us that Moon was now mature enough to finally realize those dreams. We can't wait to see how players will react to this entirely new take on the genre." 

 

Here's more about the game, straight from Moon Studios and Private Division: 

"In the year 841, a pivotal moment dawns upon the kingdom, marked by the passing of King Harol Bolein. A devastating conflict arises when a peaceful transition of power devolves into chaos.  In addition to this political turmoil, a deadly plague has reemerged on the remote island of Sacra, twisting the land and its inhabitants. Players must brandish their arms in an effort to quell both the grotesque beasts and the Kingdom’s invading army throughout a turbulent atmosphere where they are pulled in every direction."

Outside of the single-player experience, No Rest for the Wicked's multiplayer mode allows players to share their world and progress with up to three friends at their side in the campaign's online co-op. Every quest, boss, and hidden secret is shared with those you play with. 

While No Rest for the Wicked's debut at The Game Awards 2023 was nice, Moon Studios fans can watch the Wicked Inside digital showcase airing on March 1, 2024, for additional information about the game. 

What do you think of No Rest for the Wicked's debut? Let us know in the comments below!

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