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The month in games: into Uncharted territory for the final time

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Everett Enriquez
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Holding up the joy end were two magnificent follies: a man managed to get stupid single-button-pressing game Flappy Bird to play on the screen of an e-cigarette, and someone else installed Windows 95 on an Apple Watch.

But in that same month we also lost seminal British development studio Lionhead.

Electronic Arts, another well-meaning but lethal behemoth, has acquired and inadvertently milked to death nearly a dozen smaller studios in the last two decades, from SimCity developer Maxis to Westwood, maker of the once-great Command & Conquer series.

And so it went with Lionhead, whose focus shifted from enthusiastic creativity to churning out new iterations of Fable, the final version of which has now been canned along with the company that made it.

It uses the touchscreen to excellent effect as you monitor a bank of CCTV cameras to defend your base against hordes of incoming robots.

The other widely maligned multiplayer beta this month was Gears Of War 4, a similarly hoary old beast whose clunky controls, unbalanced weapons and muddy colour scheme left players hoping that its remaining six months of development will trigger a rescue operation.

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