Author: Jay Allsopp

Meet Jay, the visionary Founder of GamerBolt, who launched this gaming haven in 2010. A dedicated PS5 enthusiast, Jay thrives on the adrenaline rush of Call of Duty and the competitive spirit of EA Sports FC. His passion for gaming goes beyond play; it's about creating a community for fellow gamers to celebrate the worlds and stories they love; Gamerbolt.

The season for exciting summer gaming shows came to a close this week, with the final show (not counting a couple of extra stragglers, as it were) airing on June 10th in the form of Ubisoft Forward. Generally speaking, gaming news tends to slow down around this time, as most publishers and big gaming companies have already revealed whatever they’re ready to reveal on their slates. That doesn’t mean nothing is happening, though, so without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s been going on this week in the world of gaming news. Ubisoft Forward is solid, but unremarkable…

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Early June is a very important time indeed for the gaming calendar; it’s when the big companies host their presentations, showing off all the things they’ve got on their upcoming slates. Depending on your perspective, this summer gaming season was either a slam dunk or a washout. The big publishers did indeed hold showcases, but whether or not they held anything particularly exciting is another matter. Let’s embark on another look at the week in gaming news and see what’s been happening in our favourite hobby this week! Like a Dragon is coming to TV We’re not sure whether you…

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This past week saw a Bank Holiday landing on Monday, which means the industry (in the UK, at least) collectively breathed a sigh of relief and took a brief break from its onslaught of news. Things quickly returned to normal, however, and it turned out that another eventful week of industry news was in store for us, with big Xbox Game Pass reveals, PlayStation showcases, and much more in store. Here’s our newest rundown of the week in gaming news! Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will hit Xbox Game Pass on day one Microsoft announced some big news this…

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Summer is upon us (according to some definitions, at least), and so the temptation to leave your gaming consoles behind and go outside might be strong. When it comes to the gaming calendar, June is traditionally not a month during which big releases grace our shelves, and that’s certainly the case this year, too. Even still, you’ll find plenty of electronic entertainment to keep you occupied this June if you’re not the sort to seek the sun and warmth of the outdoors. Here are the best games heading your way across all systems in June 2024! Destiny 2: The Final…

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Once again, another week in gaming has gone by, and there’s plenty happening to whet the appetite of even the most curious consumer of news. Some games got release dates, while others got pushed back indefinitely; such is the way of the gaming industry. Nothing’s ever certain, especially not these days. Unfortunately, this week also saw its fair share of layoffs and studio closures, although things do seem to be quieting down just a little after the disastrous year the industry has had. Here’s what’s been happening in the gaming world this week! Life By You has been delayed Early…

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As ever, this week has been a tumultuous and eventful one in the world of gaming, and so it falls to us once again to take a look at the ups, the downs, and everything in between. Whether it’s rumours of an oft-requested PC port, new Game Pass games, or yet more layoffs (unfortunately), this week brings many things to contemplate and chew over if you’re a gaming fanatic. Let’s take a look at what’s been happening this week in gaming news! Red Dead Redemption could finally be heading to PC For years, it’s felt weird that Rockstar’s open-world Western…

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We’re inching ever closer to the E3 period (or what would traditionally have been considered the E3 period, at any rate), and while you might think that could mean a lack of gaming news, that’s not been the case at all. This week has been a rather explosive one in the world of games, with major studio closures and big announcements from huge tentpole companies to chew over. Let’s have a look at what’s been happening in the world of gaming this week, shall we? An announcement for the Switch 2 will be made sometime this year This week, Nintendo…

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It’s been another exciting week in the world of gaming, with major multiplayer games causing controversy, indie strategy sims taking off, and much more happening besides. Since the gaming industry still appears to be grappling with layoffs and closures, this week unfortunately also brought some bad news for the good people working on Kerbal Space Program 2. Without further ado, let’s dive into what’s been happening in the world of gaming this week. Returnal promises something…then arguably doesn’t deliver Returnal developer Housemarque set tongues wagging this week with a mysterious teaser on Twitter (that’s right, we’re still sticking stubbornly to…

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When it comes to the gaming calendar, May isn’t generally the best time for major releases. Sometimes, a big game will launch in May and confound expectations, but for the most part, May can be a bit quiet in the world of gaming, meaning it’s a great month for catching up on backlogs or stepping out of your comfort zone. That doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to play in May if you want something fresh though, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the best of what’s coming to PC and gaming consoles this month! V Rising…

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Well, here we are again, taking another look at a week of gaming industry news. What’s been happening this week? Have the merciless layoffs plaguing the industry continued? Who’s said what to who? There’s only one way to find out (well, there are several, but this is the one we’ve settled on today), so why don’t we open up the doors of time and examine just what’s been going on this week in the world of gaming? Embracer Group splits into three If you don’t keep up with the behind-the-scenes gaming industry drama, then you probably don’t know who or…

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Whether you believe that spring truly begins at the start of March or towards its end, one thing’s for certain: spring is well and truly underway when April rolls around. Traditionally speaking, spring can be either an excellent time for game releases or a wasteland, depending on developers’ plans. April usually isn’t the fullest month for new games, but 2024 still has plenty to offer the discerning gamer. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best games heading your way in April 2024 across PC and all major mainstream consoles. Children of the Sun (April 9th – PC)…

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With every week that goes by, things are looking more and more bleak for the gaming industry. Despite many major games making huge amounts of money for their respective publishers, layoffs are endemic, and it’s looking increasingly like the current AAA landscape simply can’t be sustained. This week brought some slight respite from the relentless barrage of bad news we’ve been enduring in the last couple of weeks, so although the ongoing cavalcade of layoffs is unlikely to be over, we can at least breathe easy for now. Here’s what’s been going on this week in the world of gaming.…

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It’s time to take another look at the world of gaming news, and this week has been another eventful one for fans of the industry. Unfortunately, not all of the news coming out of the gaming world has been positive this week, but it’s important to take the rough with the smooth. Let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the gaming industry for the week beginning February 26th! Layoffs, layoffs, layoffs Sadly, we must begin with some less-than-encouraging news for the gaming industry and those who work within it. Once again this week, a number of studios saw…

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The year is drawing to a close, and so it’s the perfect time to take a look back over all of the games that have been released in 2023. It’s difficult to argue that 2023 wasn’t, in some respects, a banner year for the medium; landmark releases in genres like survival horror, single-player RPGs, and open-world gaming meant that you were catered for, no matter what your tastes might be. This, combined with some excellent independent launches and some exciting announcements and reveals, has made 2023 a great year to be a gamer, whatever platform you may be playing on.…

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City builders are a very divisive prospect. For some, they’re an engaging timesink, providing hours of compelling and strategic entertainment. Others, meanwhile, condemn them as boring and stuffy. If you fall on the former side of the fence, then you’ll find you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great city builders to play in 2024. From realistic options through to fantasy-inflected titles, there’s no shortage of city builders to occupy your mayoral mind. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best city builder games you can play in 2024! 1. Cities: Skylines II It’s fair to…

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Zombies are a reliable cultural phenomenon. If you want to sprinkle a little danger and high-stakes drama on your fictional premise, then add zombies. It’s an approach that’s worked for The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later (yes, they’re not technically zombies, but they fulfil the same purpose) and Sony’s upcoming epic Days Gone, among others. Zombies are a universal villain: they’re unstoppable monsters with no recourse to reason, so they’re a natural fit for villainy. They’re also a great bad guy for video games. You can dispatch as many of these shambling horrors as you like without feeling guilty, making…

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Another week, another bumper crop of gaming news. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S still going strong and rumours of a Nintendo Switch 2 reveal persisting, there’s always something happening, so let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the gaming industry this week! Helldivers 2 continues to do numbers Some may say that live-service games are dead, but Arrowhead Game Studios’ PS5 and PC effort Helldivers 2 begs to differ. This week saw the game going from strength to strength, passing the concurrent player record of Grand Theft Auto V on Steam and prompting outcry regarding…

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Spring is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate it than to enjoy some of the most exciting games the year has to offer? While January and February played host to excellent titles such as Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth and Persona 3 Reload, 2024 is just getting started, as March’s upcoming lineup demonstrates. No matter what platform you’re playing on, there are plenty of games to look forward to as spring kicks off, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the best games you can check out in March 2024. Life by You (PC – March…

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Another week has come to a close, and it’s been a rather eventful one in the world of gaming. From Xbox announcements to Baldur’s Gate 3 updates and more, there’s plenty going on in the industry, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories that graced the world of gaming news this week! A GLAAD study highlights LGBTQ gaming issues This week, LGBTQ advocacy organisation GLAAD released a new report that looked at how LGBTQ gamers engage with the medium. The report, which you can read here, found many interesting things, but chief among its findings were…

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Ever since Microsoft released the first Xbox back in 2001 (with a release in non-USA regions in 2002), the console war has largely been fought between Microsoft and Sony, with Nintendo occasionally providing covering fire, to stretch the analogy. This generation has arguably seen Microsoft attempting to pivot away from the ongoing battle between the two console giants, though, with the studio increasingly embracing a more fluid approach that doesn’t emphasise hardware. On February 15th, Microsoft released a new podcast episode in which execs Phil Spencer, Matt Booty, and Sarah Bond discussed the future of the Xbox brand and its…

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Boxing is a sport with a long and storied history. It’s not really possible to prove whether prehistoric cultures engaged in sports akin to boxing, although since playfighting for fun is a common sight among many animals, it’s not impossible to imagine. The Ancient Greeks believed that boxing was a sport played by the gods atop Mount Olympus, and the Romans altered the sport with leather hand coverings and more violent rules. Today, boxing is a much less brutal and much more sporting discipline. Most boxing takes place under Queensberry Rules, named after the Marquess of Queensberry, who refined many…

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Playing games together with friends in the same room is one of life’s greatest joys. If you’ve never experienced the pleasure of battling friends in Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros, then you’re missing out on a simple but thrilling way to build friendships. The Switch, in particular, has proven to be a great console when it comes to multiplayer gaming; many of its best games are playable by more than one person. Sometimes, though, you want to accommodate more players than most multiplayer games will allow. When that happens, you need to seek out some great 8-player Switch games,…

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There’s no better way to settle an argument, however small or petty it might be, than a round in your favourite fighting game. Assuming both participants are gamers, of course, grabbing a controller and getting ready to square off against your opponent one-on-one is a great way to let off steam and level the playing field. If you’re lucky enough to own a Nintendo Switch, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to your preferred way to settle those arguments, too. There are lots of great fighting games available for the system, so choosing one can be a little…

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Despite somewhat rocky beginnings, the Nintendo Switch has gone on to become one of the most successful consoles of all time. Thanks to a unique and innovative central gimmick that allows players to choose whether they want to enjoy the console in handheld or docked mode, as well as an extensive software library containing some of the best games of all time, the Switch has cemented its place in gaming history. When you unbox the Switch, you’ll get everything you need to start enjoying your console right away – assuming, that is, you bought a bundle that also contains a…

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The PS5’s voice narration feature can be an incredibly useful one, especially if you’re partially sighted. Having your console narrate what’s happening on screen can make it much easier to know what you’re doing if the menus are giving you a hard time. However, it can just as easily become overwhelming, and it’s also possible that you’ve turned it on by mistake, or that someone else has. Here’s how you can turn off the voice narration feature on your PS5. Turning off PS5 voice narration First, head to your PS5’s settings menu. You can access it at the top of…

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Game sharing is an incredibly handy little feature that you can access on your Xbox. It allows not only you, but also anyone else in your household, to access and play games that you’ve downloaded on your principal console. Of course, you’ll want to know how to enable such a useful feature, and we’ve got some good news on that front. Enabling game sharing on your Xbox is easy, so here’s how you can make sure anyone else in your household can enjoy the games you love! Setting up game sharing on Xbox consoles The process for setting up Xbox…

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Depending on your definition of the word “game”, Roblox is either one of the most popular games or one of the most popular game creation platforms in the world. It’s got millions upon millions of users and rakes in cash at an almost embarrassing rate. With that said, some of the processes surrounding Roblox can be a touch arcane, and updating the game is one of them. The good news is that Roblox’s update process doesn’t quite work the same way as it does for other software, so here’s how to update Roblox on your PC. Updating Roblox is simplicity…

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We’re calling it right now: 2024 has to be the year when we finally hear about the long-awaited and much-rumoured Nintendo Switch successor. After all, Nintendo can’t keep a lid on its new hardware forever, right? The Switch is entering its seventh year in 2024, and most consoles generally last around that long before their successors are announced and subsequently released. This pattern holds for the PlayStation and Xbox, for the most part, so Nintendo will most likely follow suit. Of course, without an official announcement, we can only speculate, but the fact that the Switch is starting to show…

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It’s fair to say that the console war between Microsoft and Sony has taken on a very different shape to how it originally looked back in the 2000s. These days, Microsoft’s ecosystem is spreading over more than just Xbox consoles; the company is taking a hybrid approach, focusing on both PC and Xbox and attempting to achieve a degree of parity between the two. As such, traditional Xbox-only exclusives are generally rare these days; for the most part, Xbox games also launch on PC, and so any analyst still calling for “Xbox exclusives” is lagging behind the times. Of course,…

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It’s easy to feel smug as a PC gamer. Where console gamers bicker and squabble over the exclusives to which they have access, PC gamers can usually sit in their comfortable gaming chairs and smile knowingly at the vast library of games available to them. More and more games are coming along each and every day for PC, too, and many of the “exclusives” that once graced PlayStation and Xbox are also appearing on PC these days, meaning that it’s hard to argue a PC doesn’t represent the best gaming platform out there right now. January 2024 looks to have…

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Did you know that you can emulate the Android smartphone and tablet operating system on your PC?It’s true – a number of enterprising developers have created some pretty incredible Android emulators that work perfectly with PCs, allowing you to access any number of great apps from the comfort of your laptop or desktop. As is the case for many emulators, though, the quality of these apps can be somewhat variable, with some emulators working much better and providing a much smoother user experience than others. It can be hard to know which of these emulators is worth your time, even…

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