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Tom Bramwell


Tom worked at Eurogamer from early 2000 to late 2014, including seven years as Editor-in-Chief.

Nintendo brings huge line-up to EGX London

Plus all sorts of tournaments, competitions and discounts.

Gamer Network, which publishes this website, has announced Nintendo's line-up for this year's EGX London, taking place next week from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September at Earls Court.

Only 0.5% of Hearthstone players reach Legend rank

"You're better than you think!"

Blizzard has released a bit of data on people who play Ranked mode in Hearthstone, revealing that only a tiny minority of players ever hit Legend rank and that the vast majority of players sit somewhere between ranks 25 and 15.

Bungie announces next two Destiny public events

Crucible weekend playlist today, PVE Queen's Wrath starts next week.

If you're already getting bored of scratching around the same playlists in Destiny, then Bungie has good news for you, because the game's next two public events are imminent.

A Destiny story summary for people who dozed off

In case you lost (or couldn't be bothered to keep) track of what was going on.

According to its creators, Destiny is the start of a series that is expected to span a decade of games and content. In storytelling terms though, it's off to a slow start, making the poor decision to hide a lot of vital background in unlockable cards on the Destiny website and companion app and only reluctantly telling its story through dull mission descriptions and vestigial cut-scenes that take hours to trickle into view.

EGX developer sessions line-up announced

The Witcher 3, Dragon Age, The Division live on stage and on Twitch.

Gamer Network, which publishes this website, has announced the full developer sessions line-up for this year's EGX event, taking place next Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September at Earls Court, London.

EGX Rezzed heads to London for 2015

Show taking place at Tobacco Dock in March in association with BAFTA.

Gamer Network, which publishes this website, has announced the dates for next year's EGX Rezzed event, which for the first time is taking place in association with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, also known as BAFTA.

According to the Gang Beasts website, developer Boneloaf originally sought to create the spiritual descendant of scrolling beat-'em-ups like Final Fight, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe. Having grown up with those games, they strike me as excellent things from which to spiritually descend. However, playing Gang Beasts in its Early Access form does not remind me of the many happy hours I spent in the company of Cody, Haggar, Axel and that one guy who looked like Conan. Gang Beasts is more like the after-party at a Jeremy Kyle taping, watching 50-year-old alcoholics groping their way through a fight where successful acts of aggression are less important than the basic ability to prop oneself up.

Editor's blog: I'm leaving Eurogamer later this year

Fortunately I found someone else to edit the site. Come say hello.

15 years ago, I joined a small team working on what, to me, was a very exciting project - a website for European gamers! Having grown up hanging on every word printed in Japanophile SNES magazine Super Play, before falling for those tinkerer poets at PC Gamer as my tastes progressed, the idea of building a new games publication, one through which I could explore my passion for games in my own words, was irresistible.

What is the most exciting news in gaming this month? Whatever you just said: incorrect. The most exciting news in gaming this month is of course the release of new player ratings for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team and the multitude of fascinating subplots contained within, scarcely any of which will have a measurable impact on playing the game, but all of which somehow feel worth discussing in these football-starved minutes halfway between the respective evening kick-offs of Monday and Tuesday's international qualifiers.

Sometimes I wish more games were just a vertical slice

Always leave them wanting more, not less.

Sega is cutting cheques for consumers who felt Aliens: Colonial Marines was wildly different to the marketing videos used to promote it, but while that particular battle is over, the war of words between the publisher and Gearbox Software, which developed the game, certainly isn't. This week brings fresh squabbling to light. The respective parties presumably wish they could just dust off and nuke the whole sorry episode from orbit.

Hearthstone: The Curse of Naxxramas review

Things can only get meta.

Hearthstone: The Curse of Naxxramas is a fantastic idea for an expansion pack for the collectable card game - and one with interesting origins. You might imagine those lie in World of Warcraft, and you'd be half right: Naxxramas was a raid dungeon in that game, floating above Dragonblight in Northrend. (Or so it says on the internet. In common with a lot of Hearthstone players, I never really got into WOW - you don't need to know any lore in order to enjoy Hearthstone.) But if you ask me, the reason we have something like Naxxramas is more to do with Blizzard's core philosophy about what makes Hearthstone tick.

"It's not historically accurate!"

Why arguing against women appearing in games to preserve historical accuracy is silly.

Recently I wrote about the realisation that I am sexist and how I'm trying to change. The response was fascinating. OK, a few people were so upset that I want to respect other people's humanity that they threatened to leave the site forever, but I also received lots of thoughtful messages, in comments and by email, leaving me with lots more to think about.

VideoVideo: What if Sniper Elite 3 was on HBO?

The following trailer may not be suitable.

In hindsight, "solid" may not have been the ideal word to describe Sniper Elite 3 when I was talking up Ian's last video, despite Dan's reasonably positive Sniper Elite 3 review, because if there's one thing the game often lacks it's the polish associated with AAA releases. Then again, sometimes the bugs bring the charm.

VideoVideo: Surviving Sniper Elite 3 co-op

Ian teams up with Jane from Outside Xbox.

It feels as though a solid Sniper Elite game has been sneaking up on us for a while, dragging itself quietly through the long grass of slightly shonky game design in the direction of something that might not fall apart when you lower the scope. And then, wham! Like a bullet in the testicles, Dan reckons Sniper Elite 3 is pretty good.

First playable games announced for EGX London

Battlefield Hardline, Sunset Overdrive, Alien, Oculus Rift and more.

The organisers of EGX London 2014 have announced the first of many games that will be playable at the UK's biggest gaming in just a few months' time, including titles from Microsoft, EA, Activision and a host of indies.

VideoVideo: Dr Ian Higtonborough presents... The animals of Far Cry 4

Our renowned zoologist journeys to Kyrat in search of wildlife.

In more than 50 years of broadcasting, Dr Ian Higtonborough has circled the globe to document the living world in all its majestic wonder. Now, in the landmark series Kyrat Life, he goes in search of the animals in Far Cry 4. Dr Ian Higtonborough's Kyrat Life is told with stunning photography, state of the art visual effects and the captivating charm of the internet's favourite naturalist.

VideoVideo: Sniper Elite 3 live stream

Scoping out Rebellion's latest from 5pm BST.

A sniper's lot is presumably a lonely one, up on a hillside or deep in brush somewhere covered in camouflage gear and trying to avoid needing the toilet. But thanks to the internet it needn't be. Ian is going to be online at 5pm BST / 6pm CEST sharing the experience as he plays through the first 90 minutes of Sniper Elite V3 live on YouTube. Join him to see how Rebellion's latest squares up ahead of its release next Friday.

VideoVideo: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gameplay

What the press got to play at E3.

Most of our attention at E3 was on next-gen delights, but for those who haven't made the jump yet there's still the odd game heading to existing systems this year, perhaps most notably Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which graces PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in late October.

VideoVideo: The Last of Us PS3 vs PS4 trailer comparison

We haven't seen much in-game yet, but those 1080p cut-scenes look nice.

Sony and Naughty Dog unveiled The Last of Us Remastered some time before E3, but for whatever reason last week's showing in Los Angeles was still rather anaemic. We learned that the game will be out on 29th July, but very little of the trailer shown at Sony's conference was in-game.

Something about the modern E3 vintage of which we very much approve is this trend of releasing stuff during the show so that those of us back home have something to play. It makes sense when you think about it: we're all in a heightened state of gaming readiness, so it stands to reason we'll be very attentive to anything that drops into our laps.

Assassin's Creed Unity is a backward step for progressive games

'They're not avatars' defence sends the wrong message.

So, new comments from Assassin's Creed Unity's creative director Alex Amancio at E3 help us to disentangle the situation around Ubisoft Montreal's removal of female avatars from the game, although whether it's a satisfactory response is another matter.