Super Mario Run now has an Easy Mode

Stopped playing Super Mario Run? Nintendo has updated the app with a new Easy Mode option and launched a fresh event.

Easy Mode is designed to help players struggling to complete the game’s main World Tour mode, but can also be used as a practice tool for exploring each level and finding its trickier Purple and Black coins. Seriously, some of those feel impossible.

The new mode gives you infinite bubbles (the equivalent of lives) and no timer. Your coins won’t be saved, however – this is just for practice.

Here’s everything that’s new and noteworthy in the leaked Project Cars 2 trailer

Project Cars 2, Slightly Mad Studios’ not-so-secret follow-up to , has broken cover ahead of its proper unveiling with a leaked trailer revealing a tonne of new details. Let’s have a look at the trailer then figure out what it all means, shall we?

First up, as you may well have gathered from the name and the subject matter, Project Cars 2 will have cars. And plenty of them (I promise the analysis will get a bit deeper as we go on). First up there’s a look at the McLaren P1 GTR, of which only 45 were ever made. Project Cars 2 is probably your best bet at actually having a go behind the wheel of this ludicrous bastard of a car.

Next up, we have weather! The headline addition, it seems, is snow, with what looks like an icy lake being pounded around by a brave soul in a Merc. New conditions such as this seem to be a key part of what Project Cars 2 is all about.

FIFA 18 brings back The Journey with Season 2

It turns out FIFA’s story experiment was a success – The Journey will return for FIFA 18.

The Journey was a slightly odd, surprisingly good story mode for FIFA 17 that saw players assume the role of Alex Hunter, a rising star footballer who ends up breaking into the first-team of a Premier League club. I played it and thought it was quite good, for a football game story mode.

Last night, EA boss Andrew Wilson said more than 10 million people had played The Journey. While that phrase doesn’t clarify exactly how many people played it for more than a couple of minutes, it’s clear The Journey was popular enough for EA to stick with it for this year’s game.

For Honor open beta starts next week

With For Honor’s closed beta finished, it’s time for the open beta.

For Honor’s open beta runs from Thursday, 9th February to Sunday, 11th February, and it’s available to all players on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

For Honor is Ubisoft’s third-person melee combat game that pits Knights, Vikings and Samurai against each other. The focus is on multiplayer, but there is a single-player story mode, too.

Blowing the lid off the Ubiverse conspiracy

It all starts with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The game’s sort-of villain, Olivier Garneau, disappears around halfway through a trip to meet with shareholders in Chicago, as you learn from emails. The character is never heard from again. As villain arcs go, it’s disorienting in its mundanity. Olivier is the boss of Abstergo Entertainment, the video game publishing arm of a vast Templar conspiracy designed to crush freedom of thought in the pursuit of order. He’s far too nice to not be sinister. He’s a bad man. And then, he just disappears.

(Shadowy regimes are good at ‘unexplained disappearances’ – see also Agatha Christie, Brendan Fraser.)

Jelly Deals: Final Fantasy 15 is down to £28 at the moment

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Just a few short months after its initial release and with some , Final Fantasy 15 has seen a decent price drop today, meaning you can get your hands on a copy of the game for £28.

The Day One Edition of the game, for those not in the know, means you’ll get a digital bonus along with your shiny new game, in the form of a bonus weapon – the Masamune sword, which features an all-new design specific to Final Fantasy 15.

The many faces of DOOM’s afterlife

The measure of any piece of hardware is whether it can run Doom. And it turns out that pretty much any modern computer can, whether it’s a , the programmable display in a key on the or a .

Doom runs anywhere, and that’s down to the labours of a community of programmers that have been working on DOOM for nearly 20 years, ever since John Carmack released for non-profit use on 23rd December, 1997. “Port it to your favourite operating system,” he wrote in its readme.txt. “Add some rendering features – transparency, look up/down, slopes, etc. Add some game features – weapons, jumping, ducking, flying, etc.” Along with some other suggestions, he went over a few of his code’s shortcomings and his regrets, explained Doom’s fundamental workings, and expressed hope that a community would collaborate on an improved version of the game, signing off with, “Have fun”.

And people really did. That source code is the progenitor of a vast body of mods, games, maps and years-long friendships. And in January, one of its longest-serving members suddenly quit.

CD Projekt Red confirms old forum hack

The old, obsolete CD Projekt Red forum has been hacked and users’ email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords stolen.

Data breach site Have I been Pwned? put the number of compromised accounts at 1.9m.

last night.

Torment: Tides of Numenera dev issues apology for missed stretch goals

Torment: Tides of Numenera developer inXile has issued an apology, following the discovery that certain stretch goals promised in the game’s have not materialised.

The discovery was made using leaked Achievements from the final game, due 28th February on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The most notable omissions include missing companions – I’ll discuss those in detail further down, underneath a statement inXile has sent me, so I can keep any potential spoilers out of the way – and no Italian language support. If you are an Italian backer and this is a deal-breaker you can now claim a refund.

But the most glaring issue is not the missing content – which some inXile staff members have tried to explain on the company’s forum and on Reddit – but that backers, people who funded the game, are only now finding out, off the back of their own detective work no less. Why didn’t inXile say something before?

Watch: Ian plays Conan Exiles live from 3.30pm

Conan Exiles has launched on Steam early access. Pretty much instantaneously, players discovered that the character customisation screen features an endowment slider, allowing you choose the size of your character’s breasts and / or penis. To top things off, you also start the game undergoing a gentle bit of crucifixion.

With a game letting you choose the size of your todger newly released, it seemed cruel not to let Ian Higton get hands on – no pun intended. Ian will be diving into Conan Exiles from 3.30 today until 5pm – or until he runs out of nob gags, whichever happens first.

You can tune in via the video player above as soon as the stream starts – failing that, you can keep refreshing our instead. Feel free to share your best willy puns in the comments while you wait. I’ll start – um, Conan the.. Boner..barian? Surely you can do better.