Nex Machina review – a pure, brilliant shoot-’em-up

The developer behind retro-tinged shooters Super Stardust and ResoGun returns with an astonishing twin-stick masterpiece

There is a famous story behind the making of Robotron 2084, the seminal 1982 arcade game which provides the clear inspiration for Nex Machina. Designer Eugene Jarvis, the genius behind hit coin-op Defender, broke his wrist in a car accident and found himself unable to use a fire button. Determined to keep working on a new game project, he and colleague Larry DeMar hacked together their own controller using two joysticks; one to move the onscreen character, one to fire a weapon. The twin-stick shooter was born.

Thirty-five years later, we have the latest title from Housemarque Games, the Finish studio that’s spent two decades rediscovering and perfecting classic arcade game dynamics. Its Super Stardust and Resogun titles are exemplary old school scrolling shooters, catching the speed and style of arcade blasters but enriching them with modern era visual exuberance. Nex Machina continues that legacy – and then some.

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Google fined record €2.4bn by EU over search engine results

Brussels claims tech giant abused market dominance by manipulating its search engine results to favour its own comparison shopping service

Google has been handed a record-breaking fine €2.42bn fine by the European Union for abusing its dominance of the search engine market in building its online shopping service.

European regulators gave the tech giant 90 days to stop its illegal activities or face fines of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of parent company Alphabet.

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Nintendo announces the Mini SNES

Classic 1990s console returns with 21 games including Super Mario Kart, Secret of Mana and an unreleased sequel to Star Fox

For some it was the greatest video game console of all time, a 1990s treasure trove of legendary titles like Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and Yoshi’s Island – and now, not altogether unpredictably, it’s back.

Nintendo has announced that it will launch the Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or Mini SNES), a petit version of its 1990 machine, on 29 September.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth could be vulnerable to WannaCry ransomware attack

Royal Navy £3.5bn carrier appears to be running Windows XP, the operating system targeted in NHS ransomware attack

Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which has left the Rosyth dockyard, could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack as it appears to be using the same outdated system that left the NHS exposed.

But officers aboard the £3.5bn carrier, which is the biggest and most powerful vessel ever built for the Royal Navy, insist that they are well prepared to defend against such attacks and will have a team of cyber specialists on board.

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