Dominic Preston

Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld covering all things tech and gaming, Executive Editor at Outermode, and occasional freelancer on film, TV, videogames, food & drink, lifestyle and travel.

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JULIAN MANSPLAINS THE PS4 TO DOMINIC, NEW OWNER OF A SLIM

To celebrate the release of the Playstation 4 Slim and the fact that our executive editor Dominic is now able to ignore me on PSN, I (Julian) decided to have a conversation with him about his new console. This parlay begins before Dominic owns the PS4, and ends with his preliminary reports after 3 days with the machine in question. It is lengthy and technical in parts, but does provide Insights You Won’t Regret Reading™ and touch on a bunch of exclusive games and upcoming releases.
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PIRATES: TIDES OF FORTUNE IS FREE-TO-PLAY PIRATE HELL

Blackbeard left all mortal men quivering in terror. Captain Hook scared the bejeezus out of kids and fairies alike. The Dread Pirate Roberts was, well, dreaded. But what of that little known predator of the seven seas, Cap’n likeboobsalot? Let’s rewind. One busy day a few weeks ago I awoke to an email from Plarium, the developer behind Pirates: Tides of Fortune, a clickfest free-to-play browser game you’ve never heard of. I’d signed up for an account, apparently. (No I hadn’t). I’d selected the
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KILLER IS DEAD AND THE ALL-OUT ASSAULT ON MY SANITY

I thought I knew exactly what I was getting with Killer Is Dead. I’ve had the game’s PC ‘Nightmare Edition’ sitting in my Steam library for a while, no doubt impulsively purchased during a seasonal sale, driven by nostalgia for early Suda51 title Killer7. I’d read the reviews upon its initial 2013 release, and remembered except near-unanimous horror at the game’s ‘Gigolo Missions’, seedy side tasks that see you seduce (or rather, leer at) a series of ‘sexy’ ladies. So when I turned to it to revi
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WE WATCHED THE STAR FOX ZERO ANIME SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO

There’s a new Star Fox game out. People don’t seem to like it very much. As someone with a frankly unhealthy sense of nostalgia for the N64 game Lylat Wars (a.k.a. Star Fox 64 for you yanks), this is troubling, and I daren’t risk my hard-earned cash reserves in the pursuit of disappointment. Thankfully, Nintendo have also released a 13-minute anime to celebrate/advertise the new game, and at ‘free’ it’s much closer to the sort of price point I can afford. Disappointment, here I come!
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MIITOMO AND THE DAWNING AWARENESS OF MY OWN MORTALITY

After seven days with it, I still don’t really know what Miitomo is. Is it a game? A social media network? A social media experiment? Some whole other category of thing Nintendo’s just gone and made up? As the kind of guy who alphabetizes his Blurays and orders his wardrobe by frequency of use, these are big questions. Nintendo is robbing my life of what feels like vital structure, taunting me as I uncomfortably move the Miitomo icon back and forth between the ‘Social Media’ and ‘Games’ folders
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STARDEW VALLEY AND THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF EXISTENCE

Look, I just… I just didn’t ‘get’ Stardew Valley, OK? I tried guys, I really did. I tried for you. I made my farm, I planted my parsnips, I chatted up my neighbors, and I spent just about every second wishing I was doing literally anything else in the world. Let’s rewind. Stardew Valley is the long-awaited debut game from indie developer Eric Barone, pitched as a spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon franchise, a throwback, retro-inspired farming simulator for the sort of people who start sal
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XCOM 2 AND THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE

It’s a routine op. Drop in under cover of darkness, locate an enemy VIP – some collaborating scumbag, no doubt – and take ‘em with us, dead or alive. Quick in, quick out. Minimal resistance. Cakewalk. There are enemy Interceptors en route, so my evac won’t stick around for long. That means we’ve gotta move fast. I make a beeline for the VIP’s last known position. It’s not long before my Duchess, dashing ahead with her shotgun ready, spots the first ADVENT position and calls it in: one Officer,
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