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‘Skylanders Imaginators’ makes creating your own character feel special

The Skylanders franchise has taken a slightly different route to rival Lego in the toys-to-life genre, with Imaginators’ new character-creation tool allowing children to design their own playable heroes. This adds a fresh incentive to the familiar combat action with new character parts to find and collect.

The starter pack comes with everything needed to complete the game and one “creation crystal” with which to make a Skylander, but of course there is a range of ways to expand the experience further – new toys and digital purchases. More here

In Short: The increased role-playing elements add another interesting angle to an already accomplished franchise, but the cynical attempts to fleece parents’ wallets are hard to defend.

Pros: The family-friendly combat and loot-farming is a lot of fun, with one of the best character creators ever. Well-designed characters and toys, and the Crash Bandicoot stuff is great.

Cons: The inability to delete or overwrite crystals is a shamefully cynically move, and the loot microtransactions aren’t much better. Less inventive level design than SuperChargers. From Metro

Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox One
Price: £39.99
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Release Date: 14th October 2016

 

All you need to know as PS4 Pro out this November

In the end it’s not called the PlayStation Neo, PS4K, or PS4.5, but instead the long-rumoured upgrade of the PlayStation 4 will be named the PS4 Pro. And it’ll be out before Christmas.

What all this power is used for is largely up to the developer making the game, or creating a patch for a title that already exists. However, the three things which Sony emphasised were 4K resolution, HDR gaming, and virtual reality.

One of the most unexpected announcements was that next week Sony will release a free update that will grant HDR compatibly to every PlayStation 4. As they pointed out, HDR is not reliant on processing power – which is why the Xbox One S also supports it, despite not being any more powerful than the standard Xbox One.

Although VR was listed as one of the three main beneficiaries of the console’s new power it was barely mentioned beyond that. Which is odd as before today many assumed that improving the VR experience was one of the main reasons the PS4 Pro had been created.

One of the key points Sony kept making is that the PS4 Pro will be running the same games as on the standard PlayStation 4, using the same discs and downloads, but with added enhancements on top. This ‘forward compatibility’ is dependent on the publisher making the effort to take advantage of PS4 Pro, but it doesn’t have to be just limited to 4K and HDR.

Also announced at the event was the already thoroughly leaked PS4 Slim, although Sony never referred to it as that and stated that it would simply be the standard model moving forward. Apart from being a bit smaller it doesn’t do anything substantially different to the existing model, and is instead aimed at people that just haven’t got round to buying a PlayStation 4 yet.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/07/ps4-pro-costs-349-out-this-november-this-is-everything-you-need-to-know-about-it-6115523/#ixzz4K2FiLGG8

Video games help children at school

Playing online video games can “apply and sharpen” skills learnt in school and help children to achieve higher grades, new research has shown.

The study, which was conducted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia, found that children who play video games perform better in school, as the games require the player to solve a series of puzzles before moving on to the next level.

In contrast, children that regularly use social media or chat sites are much more likely to fall behind in subjects such as maths, reading and science.

Author of the report associate professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, said: “Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science.

“When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level, and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day.

“Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.”

He went on to conclude within his research that the use of the internet for homework tasks can prove to be beneficial, but that social media can often become a distraction.

Instead, he suggested that social platforms such as Facebook could be integrated into classroom learning, so that it is less of a procrastination tool.

Why Canada still celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday

Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, died in 1901 – but Canadians still celebrate her birthday every year.

Actually, we celebrate two birthdays this weekend: Victoria’s, and Queen Elizabeth II’s. Victoria was actually born on May 24, and since 1953, the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday in Canada has fallen on the same day – even though her real birthday is in April.

Celebrating the monarch’s birthday is a long tradition in Canada, according to Garry Toffoli, vice-chairman and executive director of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust, going back to George III’s reign in the 18th and 19th century. Read More