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Christian Eriksen given hope he'll play again as other footballer has similar heart device

It was announced today that Christian Eriksen will have a heart starter device (ICD) implanted after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020. There is now hope that Eriksen’s new device will allow him to play football again. Expert injury analyst, Ben Dinnery, tweeted today that Dutch player, Daley Blind, has been fitted with a similar heart device and “continues to play at the highest level”.

Mr Dinnery said: “Daley Blind, [who suffers from] myocarditis (heart muscle inflammation), has been fitted with an S-ICD (Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).

“[This is] less intrusive than a traditional ICD – which is prescribed for patients perceived to be at risk of sudden cardiac death.”

Whether Eriksen will be fitted with a S-ICD or traditional ICD has not been confirmed.

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Mr Dinnery went on to say that it is uncertain what effect the device will have on Eriksen’s future career. He said: “Unwise to speculate at the moment. The precise details, and underlying cause, have not been released. But I would add that Blind continues to play at the highest level.”

Blind was diagnosed with myocarditis in 2019 after suffering a dizzy spell when playing in the Champions League.  

Eriksen and Blind were Ajax teammates between 2010 and 2013 and Blind admitted that he considered missing Netherlands’ opening Euro 2020 game against Ukraine after watching his friend have a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

The official Twitter for the Danish Football Union revealed details of Eriksen’s heart device today. The statement said: “National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with cardiac specialists at Rigshospitalet and Christian Eriksen and this is the latest status.

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has been confirmed by specialists who all recommend the same treatment.”

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Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege, Verdun, and PGA Tour 2K21

Squad up and breach your enemy’s location, survive the muddy trenches of WWI, and hit bombs on the golf course. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Verdun, and PGA Tour 2K21 are all available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, June 17 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

Game Details

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Verdun
  • PGA Tour 2K21

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
North Star, Rainbow Six Siege’s latest season, is out now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. North Star introduces Thunderbird – a new defending Operator with a unique healing gadget – as well as a rework to the Favela map, changes to bullet holes and bodies, and updates to gadgets for Mira, Maestro, Melusi, and Smoke. Thunderbird is available now as part of the Year 6 Season 2 Battle Pass, or purchasable with R6 credits in two weeks. All other updates are free and out now. If you’ve yet to try Rainbow Six Siege for yourself, now’s your chance! Any progress you make during the free weekend will carry over if you decide to purchase the game.

Verdun
To celebrate the release on Xbox Series X|S earlier this week, play the authentic First World War shooter Verdun for free this weekend! The game is part of the WWI Game Series – each features a different front of WWI, with Verdun focused on Western Front trench warfare. Combat is intense, brutal and tactical, with four man squads using a wide variety of carefully recreated weapons. From rifles and pistols to trench clubs and flamethrowers, there are many tools of war available – and that’s before you get into artillery support, aerial recon, and the infamous poison gas barrages… better keep your mask close! For those that want to stick around, both Verdun and Tannenberg are part of a 50% off sale! Enlist now and try the games for free this weekend!

PGA Tour 2K21
Play against the pros or play with your crew. With PGA Tour 2K21, you’ll compete against the likes of Justin Thomas and 11 top pros on stunning, real-life courses such as TPC Sawgrass, East Lake Golf Club, and more. Check out the 67% savings on the Digital Deluxe version this weekend and continue to dominate the course and the green.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

Author: Dean Shimabukuro, Sr. Marketing Program Manager, Xbox
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Play as Far Cry’s Most Infamous Villains with Far Cry 6’s Season Pass

The real stars of the Far Cry series aren’t Jason Brody, Ajay Ghale, or the Deputy – they’re Vaas Montenegro, Pagan Min, Joseph Seed, and the other villains whose larger-than-life personas have helped make each game so memorable and kept fans clamoring for more. And if you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to actually play as them, you’re about to find out, because those three aforementioned antagonists are each getting their own DLC episodes, included in the Season Pass for Far Cry 6.

Unfolding within the minds of each character, the three DLC episodes feature locations from Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, and Far Cry 5, and feature the voice talents of Michael Mando (Vaas), Troy Baker (Pagan Min), and Greg Bryk (Joseph Seed), who all reprise their original roles. Each episode challenges you to survive as long as possible; the longer you stay alive, the more perks and weapons you’ll unlock. Dying means starting over from scratch, but the knowledge and skills you’ve developed will help you push further into each villain’s heart of darkness.

The Season Pass on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One also includes access to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – Classic Edition, which will take you back to the grim neon cyber-future of 2007 to play as Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt. He’s an all-American action hero hell-bent on destroying an army of killer cyborgs while dishing out gritty one-liners and tangling with massive lizards that shoot lasers from their eyes. You’ll even be able to bring Colt’s signature cyber-style back to the island of Yara with an array of Blood Dragon-themed items for Far Cry 6, including weapons, a vehicle, and a robo-canine animal companion (known in Far Cry 6 as an Amigo) named K-9000.

Far Cry 6 is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on October 7, when you’ll be able to ignite a revolution as Dani Rojas and take on the vast armies of the ruthless dictator Antón Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Revolutionary or tyrant, pirate lord or cyber-commando – however you want to play, there’s something for everyone in Far Cry 6 and its Season Pass.

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Far Cry® 6 Ultimate Edition

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Far Cry® 6 Season Pass contains three DLCs featuring your favorite Far Cry® villains and the iconic Far Cry® 3 Blood Dragon Classic Edition. – Embark on a new twisted adventure as you play from the perspective of Vaas, Pagan Min, and Joseph Seed. – Each DLC will feature a new open world that is a physical representation of each villain’s mind – Far Cry®3: Blood Dragon brings the retro-futuristic Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter to current-gen consoles.

Author: Mikel Reparaz, Editor, Ubisoft
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

No Xbox Live Gold games to play? Try these new freebies for Xbox Series X

Microsoft’s Games with Gold has a range of new titles to claim, but sometimes you can find yourself left without anything new to play.

The latest titles added by Microsoft might not catch your eye, or you might have simply played them all a little too much.

The good news for anyone looking for something new to try is that three new freebies have arrived.

And as part of Microsoft’s Free Play Days programme, they can be accessed at no extra charge by anyone with an Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold subscription.

The only downside for anyone with an active XGP is that all of this weekend’s new Free Play Days games are already available in the Pass library.

But for those with Xbox Live Gold, it offers the perfect time to try out ARK Survival Evolved, Fallout 76, or Football Manager 2021.

FM21 might be the most enticing game of the bunch as it’s relatively new and offers a different gameplay style.

While ARK Survival Evolved is a survival sim that has been around for years and Fallout 76 proved a massive disappointment to fans, FM21 is a footy-management sim that has only just arrived on Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

While not quite the same as the famous PC experience, Football Manager 2021 on Xbox still provides an interesting blend of matchday and management mechanics.

Building your own manager from scratch, you can choose to helm a number of famous sides from the English Premier League as you try to score as many trophies as possible.

Managers have to balance the budget, build a winning strategy, and sign the top players to have any chance against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

FM21 is available to play for free across Xbox One and Xbox Series X, although the next-gen experience offers a little more.

“If you’re on Xbox One, you’ll be restricted to loading just five of the best footballing nations, so home in on the trophies that matter to you.

“When you’re confident in your managerial abilities, why not compete against your friends for the ultimate bragging rights in one of FM21 Xbox’s online modes?

“You can each select your favourite club and take on the world – and each other – in an online Career Mode game or mix things up in Fantasy Draft where you and your friends can draft squads of the biggest stars in football and face off against each other.”

All three Free Play Day games are available to download now and will remain playable until around 8am BST on Monday, June 14.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Free Play Days – Fallout 76, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition

Play the new Brotherhood of Steel questline, try to survive in a harsh environment, and make your mark on the footballing world. Ark: Survival Evolved and Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition are available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, June 10 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, June 13 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, and Fallout 76 is available for an extended period from Thursday June 10 at 9:00 a.m. PDT until Wednesday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

Game Details

  • Fallout 76
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition

Fallout 76
Ready to embark on your adventure for the first time? Enjoy the Fallout 76 experience during Xbox’s Free Play Days event! Until June 16, play the game for free and carry over your progress by purchasing the base or deluxe edition of the game!

Ark: Survival Evolved
Stranded on a mysterious island, you must hunt, craft, grow crops, and create shelters to survive. Use your cunning and skill to kill, tame, and ride the dinosaurs and other primeval creatures living on Ark, and even breed and raise dino babies! Endure on your own or team up with hundreds of players online to survive this living ecosystem. Save up to 80% off this title in the Xbox Store.

Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition
Experience the closest thing to doing the job for real in Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition, included in this weekend’s Free Play Days. You can take your favorite club to the top or lead a nation to glory in an international tournament that you’ll no doubt be watching this summer. The choice is in your hands. Keep the fun going with 50% off the game in the Microsoft Store for a limited time.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

Author: Dean Shimabukuro, Sr. Marketing Program Manager, Xbox
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Still on top! City of London won’t play second fiddle to Amsterdam – experts speak out

Brexit: Expert says financial sanctions ‘politically awkward’

And despite the doom-laden predictions of naysayers, barely six months after the UK broke free from EU rules and regulations, the mood in the Square Mile is now “increasingly upbeat”, according to the CityUnited Project. The think tank is committed to promoting and consolidating the City’s position as one of the world’s most important financial centres – a position it continues to occupy, according to Chairman Professor Daniel Hodson.

Regulatory restrictions which came into force at the beginning of 2021 mean shares valued at billions of euros a day previously bought and sold in the City are now traded in the Netherlands.

However, Prof Hodson stressed the long-term impact on the City would be minimal.

He told Express.co.uk: “Not only are the decision-makers and therefore the decisions themselves still made in the City but that’s where the value added is and will continue to be.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has been assured the mood within the City is “increasingly upbeat” (Image: GETTY)

Professor Daniel Hodson

Professor Daniel Hodson, chairman of the CityUnited Project (Image: Bruges Group)

“Trading platforms are purely thin margin methods of processing electrons. And EU financial markets are single currency tricks.”

Prof Hodson added: “In contrast the City’s markets are liquid, deep, diverse, multicurrency affairs which could never be replicated on the Continent, with associated multicurrency multiproduct clearing, particularly as independent Britain adopts safe but increasingly market sensitive regulation, building our massive Common Law advantage.”

Leigh Evans, Vice Chairman of The CityUnited Project think-tank, said: “The City of London remains the financial centre in Europe by a very considerable margin.

READ MORE: EU bullying of Switzerland not to do with trade says Brexiteer

NatWest bank chairman Howard Davies

NatWest bank chairman Howard Davies (Image: GETTY)

“Relatively minor events such as the shifting of equity trading to Amsterdam were not only entirely predicted in advance, they are also small-scale when it comes to the totality of the City of London’s financial muscle.

“Incidentally, the electronic processing of equity transactions themselves still happens in UK datacentres.”

Mr Evans explained: “UK financial services have not had an easy ride from the EU so far, but we are now seeing an increasingly upbeat mood amongst City practitioners.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has vowed to “take back control” after Brexit (Image: GETTY)

Amsterdam

Amsterdam overtook London in January (Image: GETTY)

“The UK continues to be the most popular place to do business, with its language, time zone, cultural pull, and widely respected legal system built on Common Law.”

Speaking last month, NatWest bank chairman Howard Davies said the City of London’s ‘Golden Age’ as Europe’s financial capital was over following Brexit.

The City has been largely cut off from the EU since Britain’s full departure on December 31, 2020, with bankers and City officials not expecting any direct access to the bloc anytime soon.

Key Brexit moments

Key Brexit moments (Image: Express)

In a column for Project Syndicate, Mr Davies wrote: “Almost five years after the Brexit referendum, and five months after Britain’s exit from the European Union, the future of London as a global financial center seems secure.

“But although the City will remain Europe’s largest financial marketplace, its Golden Age as Europe’s financial capital is over.”

The debate about the future of the City so far has remained a “dialogue of the deaf” as backers of Brexit say the hit would be minimal, while opponents of leaving the EU forecast “gloom and doom”, said Mr Davies, who is also a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority.

City of London

City of London: One of the world’s foremost financial institutions (Image: GETTY)

COVID-19 has confused the picture, making it harder for staff to relocate from London to the EU, he explained.

Trading in euro shares and swaps shifted from London to the continent, but it will take time for any putative rival in the EU to develop a plausible matching offer, Davies said.

Bankers want Britain to focus on making the City more attractive for global investors and Brussels is scrutinising Britain to see how far it will go in diverging from EU rules.

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Free Play Days – Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr, Warhammer: Chaosbane, and Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus

Celebrate the Warhammer Skulls Festival with amazing titles in this weekend’s Free Play Days. Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr Complete Collection, Warhammer: Chaosbane, and Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus are available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, June 3 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

Game Details

  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr Complete Collection
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr Complete Collection
Enjoy for free the experience of an Inquisitor, the Imperium’s most powerful agent, in the complete collection. In this ARPG, feel free to choose from amongst several character classes and take part in tactical and violent combat, in solo or co-op mode. All editions are on a sale during the Warhammer Skulls Festival.

Warhammer: Chaosbane
Enter into the world of Warhammer: Chaosbane. Playing solo or with up to four players in local or online co-op, choose a hero from four character classes with unique and complementary skills, and prepare for an epic scenario where your skills are the only weapon to survive. All editions are on a sale in the Microsoft Store.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Enjoy the turn-based tactical goodness that is Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus. The Imperium’s elite army, The Adeptus Mechanicus, is yours to command. Through over 50 missions, the fate of these technological advanced troops lie with you. Upgrade your weapons and mechanical augments, customize the team’s disciplines, and optimize your squad from a multitude of character classes. Build your strategy and make combat decisions that frame your future of alternate endings.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

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Days of Play PS Plus and PS Now SALE: Countdown to new deals and PS4 free games

This week will see Sony release its latest PS4 games for PlayStation Plus and PS Now subscription service.

But Days of Play 2021 is also running, meaning that the upcoming PlayStation Store will include even more.

An official announcement made by Sony last week revealed that the company would be kicking off the annual sale with some big video game discounts.

This included a drop in price for titles like The Last of Us Part II Standard Edition, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Standard Edition and NBA 2K21 Standard Edition.

And this week, Sony is expected to add even more discounts, this time focusing on PS Plus and PS Now costs in June.

Gamers are expecting new deals to be made available on the two subscription services from June 1 onward.

These will be limited to around a week but should give gamers enough time to update their PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions.

This is based on a message shared by Sony last week, which explains: “Promotions are available while supplies last. Please also note that product offerings and availability will vary by location and retailer – make sure to check out the official Days of Play site which will be updated with your local deals when the sale begins.

“What’s more, additional deals on PlayStation Store as well as PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions will also be available during Days of Play. Stay tuned for more info here on the PlayStation Blog and over on the Days of Play site.”

These new deals are expected to be released after this week’s PlayStation Store refresh, which is expected to go live on Tuesday, June 1.

This will give the tech giant the perfect opportunity to add the latest PlayStation Plus discounts for gamers to snap up.

And this will be around the same time the new PS Plus free games for June will be available to download.

On June 1, gamers will be able to download Star Wars: Squadrons, which has proven to be a popular pick among fans.

Squadrons includes a single-player story experience set after the events of Return of the Jedi and seen from alternating perspectives of the two factions.

The New Republic and The Empire battle each other as gamers get the chance to control of iconic craft such as the X-wing and TIE fighter, as well as customize loadouts and divert power between weapons, shields and engines.

Squadrons also comes with PSVR support, making it a unique pick for PlayStation Plus in June.

And with the PlayStation Store refresh scheduled for this week, other titles will also be leaving soon.

PS4 and PS5 owners are being warned to add Battlefield V, Stranded Deep, and Wreckfest: Drive Hard. Die Last to their game library before they disappear.

Other games being added for PS Plus in June have also been confirmed as sticking around longer than usual, with Virtua Fighter 5 sticking around during June and July.

Operation: Tango for PS5 and Star Wars: Squadrons will be downloadable to everyone with a PlayStation Plus subscription until July 2.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Feature: A Perfect Metascore? We Play The Switch Game “Better Than Zelda: Breath Of The Wild”

House In Fata Morgana

This is going to take a little bit of explaining.

There is a game called “The House In Fata Morgana” that first came out in Japan in 2012. It eventually trickled its way onto more platforms, including iOS, PS4, and 3DS, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Western audiences were able to play it. And then, just last month, it finally came to the Nintendo Switch, where it was received extremely well.

So well, in fact, that it’s the first game to ever score a perfect 100 on Metacritic. And that’s precisely why I’m here.

A perfect score?

I spent a lot of time in the first chapter hoping that Nellie would die. Sorry
I spent a lot of time in the first chapter hoping that Nellie would die. Sorry

For the past month and a half, every now and again, I’d notice that people were prodding us about a House In Fata Morgana review. We don’t review every game, because there’s not that many of us, and we have to sleep sometimes, but the combined pitch of “people really like this game” and “ROLL UP, ROLL UP, COME SEE THE GAME THAT’S HIGHER-RATED THAN BREATH OF THE WILD” naturally piqued my interest. I pitched a review to the editors, they said yes, and a code was acquired.

After playing for a few hours, and realising that this game would probably require a bit more explaining than a simple 1000-word review, I asked the editors if I could also write a diary, of sorts, to get all my feelings across. Again, they said yes, for some reason. I think they trust me too much.

It was then, and only then, that I looked up how long the game was. THIRTY TO FIFTY HOURS, the estimates read. Do you people think that I am made of time? I am not made of time! However, The House In Fata Morgana is. What a good segue.

Anyone who’s reading this probably already knows about The House In Fata Morgana, because the fanbase for this game really, really loves The House In Fata Morgana, and you’re probably extremely excited to see someone writing about it. Nevertheless, it is my journalistic duty to tell you about it.

Three gasps, one swear

I'm a beeeeeast!!!!!
I’m a beeeeeast!!!!!

The House In Fata Morgana is a game that I knew nothing about, prior to booting it up. Perhaps that is the best way to play it. My cursory research — because I don’t want spoilers — told me that it was a visual novel, set in a spooky cursed mansion. The key art told me that it starred a pale lady with black hair, a pale lady with white hair, and a… hand. Of some kind. A quick, spoiler-free scroll down the gigantic Wikipedia page told me that whoever made the Wikipedia page had too much time on their hands.

So, I entered the world of The House In Fata Morgana expecting… I don’t know, really. Romance? Spooky stories? Pale women? Hands? I’ve been playing for somewhere between five and ten hours so far, and I’m still not really sure what the game is about — or, to be honest, what makes it a 10/10 game.

But I’m not disappointed. Not even slightly. I don’t think I’ve been this intrigued, excited, and utterly confused in a long time. So far, I’ve had at least three moments that made me gasp out loud, and at least one that made me loudly swear. For those in the know: the gasp was wig-related; the other three moments involved blood, a curse, and a painting. For those not in the know: doesn’t that sound exciting?!

Living up to the legend

The art is rather lovely, and there sure is a lot of it
The art is rather lovely, and there sure is a lot of it

I really don’t want to oversell this game, because part of the joy I’m getting from it right now is from the fact that I have no idea where this is going. There’s an element of time travel, which means the plot keeps changing, and my main character is an amnesiac, so I have no idea who I am, where I came from, or what’s happening, even in the game.

part of the joy I’m getting from it right now is from the fact that I have no idea where this is going

I am almost sure that there will be some incredible twist, because there have already been at least four twists in the two different stories that I’ve been playing, but I’m hoping that the twist will be a mechanical one, not just a narrative one.

Here’s the thing, though: I’ve been playing this for hours, and I have made one choice. It was right at the beginning, and I was asked to decide whether or not to say good morning to the Maid. I did say good morning, for the record, but I don’t think it made much of a difference. The rest of the game so far has been on auto-play, like a book that’s reading itself, plus nice pictures.

I want The House In Fata Morgana to live up to the feeling I currently have, that this game will miraculously turn out to be so brilliant that it changes my life. I’ve only ever given out one 10/10, and that was for Kalimba, an Xbox One-exclusive game from a now-defunct studio (and I stand by it, that game is fabulous), so it’s going to take a lot for me to be won over. But I want to be won over, so it’s also going to take a lot to convince me that this isn’t a brilliant game.

Spoiler time…

Oh noooo it's a beeeeeast!!!!
Oh noooo it’s a beeeeeast!!!!

If you’ve read this far down in my first Fata Morgana diary entry, then you perhaps are prepared for spoilers. I’ve steered clear so far — but it’s going to be hard to write further entries (yes, I forced my editors to let me do multiple diary entries AS WELL AS a review) without telling you the story.

Let me tell you what’s happened so far.

I woke up, with no memory of who, or what, I was. I seemingly have no name, and I haven’t seen myself, despite at one point walking past a mirror. A strange, kinda-creepy Maid is my only companion, and she’s currently showing me around my house, a large, dilapidated mansion. But there’s a twist: the mansion’s doors can occasionally also work as glimpses into the past.

The first door took us into a story set in 1603, about Mell, the eldest son of a noble family, and his irritating sister, Nellie. When a mysterious-but-super-hot girl turns up one night, Mell falls in love, and so, you can forgive me for thinking that perhaps the story of Fata Morgana would be about Mell and The White-Haired Girl’s relationship.

NOPE! That story went on for a while with not much happening and then QUICKLY took a detour into straight-up incest. I wish I was joking, or being hyperbolic! I’m not! There’s a lot of incest! I spent a full fifteen minutes yelling “WHAT THE FUNK” except I obviously wasn’t saying “funk”.

I hope you like 'wistful', because this game turns the wist knob up to 11
I hope you like ‘wistful’, because this game turns the wist knob up to 11

Eventually, after around, I would guess, four hours of that story (of which only the last 30 minutes were incest-y), the Maid took me to another room, and another chapter. This one is the one I’m currently halfway through, and so far, there hasn’t been any incest, touch wood.

It’s like talking to an adorable-yet-coy toddler who doesn’t want to reveal where she hid mummy’s passport.

This story is about a “beast” called Bestia, who wants to learn how to love, but also really loves eating people, which is a problem we can all relate to. But guess who turns up in the middle of one of his cannibal banquets? THE WHITE-HAIRED GIRL from earlier!! But how can that be? Is she over 100 years old?

…I don’t know. I spend a lot of this game with my brow furrowed, fielding questions from my confused partner (who’s only seen parts of it, and thus assumes he’s missing some of the context) by patiently explaining that I don’t know the answers, either. The Maid who’s been narrating all of these stories just says things like “teehee, I guess you’ll find out” and “hehehe, maybe you’ll remember.” It’s like talking to an adorable-yet-coy toddler who doesn’t want to reveal where she hid mummy’s passport.

The verdict so far

I'll be honest, I took this screenshot because the art made me laugh. Why are his eyes so BIG?
I’ll be honest, I took this screenshot because the art made me laugh. Why are his eyes so BIG?

But that’s as far as I’ve got. It feels, up to this point, like someone who’s just read me the entirety of Game of Thrones, and then followed it up with recounting the story of Resident Evil, except one of the characters is Jon Snow. I don’t know what it means. I don’t know anything. And I love it.

Is The House In Fata Morgana better than Breath of the Wild, though? Well, that seems like an apples-to-oranges comparison, and also, again, I don’t know. This is just Part One of the diary, after all, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever have an answer. The game changes what it is, and what it’s about, every couple of hours, and while it’s presumably building up to A Point, I couldn’t even begin to guess what it is. Breath of the Wild is full of delightful, surprising, and unexpected moments; House In Fata Morgana is an ever-shifting, diaphanous blob of WTF. I haven’t felt this thrilled to dive back into a game since… well, since Breath of the Wild.

I guess we’ll find out the answer together. Tune in next week.

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Five Things You Need to Know Before You Play Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Even if you’ve never played Mass Effect before, you’ve probably heard about it – the characters, the incredible sci-fi universe it’s set in, the fact that 14 years after its initial release it remains beloved by fans. If you’re thinking about starting your first playthrough, we’ve got five tips that will help you get the most out of your Mass Effect Legendary Edition experience.


It may be tempting to skip right to the third game to see the conclusion – but this trilogy is very much about the journey from game to game. Tip one is to start at the beginning. The Legendary Edition brings many improvements to the first game, including updates to aiming, squad controls, cameras, and visual enhancements like a full world-building pass (including environmental art, VFX, and relighting). So, Mass Effect has never looked or played better. But the biggest reason to start with the first game? This is where your story – and your Shepard – begins. The decisions you make from the very beginning will chart your course through the entire trilogy.

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Tip two: get to know your squadmates. These are the people who will have your back on every mission, so you’ll need to know their strengths and weaknesses if you want to complete each one successfully. As you get to know the characters, you’ll also discover which combinations will give you the best in-mission banter. That may not seem important to you now but trust me, you won’t want to miss some of these conversations. Finally, many of your squadmates are romanceable, and you may want to explore those relationships, so spend some time working and talking with them to make the most of your playthrough.

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The third tip is a big one, decide who your Shepard is and what they stand for. Yes, you’ll make some big decisions before you even start playing about who you’re going to play – you’ll choose where your Shepard comes from, what they’ve gone through, and of course what they look like. And those choices will affect your story to be sure, but not quite as much as the conversations you have and the actions you take. Your Shepard may generally choose to take the high road making more thoughtful and altruistic choices as a Paragon. Or perhaps yours is more hot-tempered and intimidating choosing the Renegade morality options. Maybe your Shepard is somewhere in between, regardless, try to stay true to who they are and who you want them to be.

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Your next tip is to understand your “playstyle” and focus on the Classes and specializations that will make your Shepard truly formidable in battle. I love nothing better than to run face-first into the thick of any battle, so Vanguard was an obvious choice for me. Biotic Charge quickly became my favorite method of taking out the enemies. Prefer to take careful shots from a safe distance? You might want to start as the more tech-savvy Infiltrator. There are many options to choose from, and specializations will help you get the most out of each one.

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The final tip is to avoid treating the trilogy like a race. Instead, see it as a road trip. Take some time to explore the Milky Way galaxy, its planets, and inhabitants. There are several reasons for this; the most pragmatic is you’ll need to do some resource gathering at different points in the trilogy if you want to acquire XP, funds, and certain upgrades. But understanding how the many worlds and species that inhabit them fit together in the Mass Effect universe will also make your playthrough so much richer.

Hopefully, these tips will make your first playthrough one you’ll never forget!

Author: Ellie Day, Senior Writer, Electronic Arts
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire