Kotaku Game Diary Daily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing. Though I appreciate the rocky cliffs and craggy hills of Forza Horizon 4's new Northern Isles-inspired Fortune Island, I worry that once I finish all the expansion’s treasure hunts I’ll lose my appetite for brown emptiness. Fortune Island is Forza’s newest DLC. Located somewhere to the north of the main game’s English countryside, it’s a relatively smallish landmass consisting mainly of scrub and rock. Aside from a small town near the gaudy neon festival site and a bit of dense pine forest, most of Fortune Island is large and empty. There aren’t many roads on the island, and many of them are dirt, making it a haven for rally and off-road vehicles. The Dodge Ram concept truck that players take control of during the expansion’s exciting opening sequence is perfect for this place. That opening sequence is a showcase for one of Fortune Island’s major … [Read more...] about ‘s First Expansion Is Dull, At Least Right Now
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Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump dismissed Syrian refugees fleeing horrific violence as a “Trojan horse.” As president, Trump’s administration has been treating political refugees from around the world with the same casual cruelty. As the Daily Beast reported on Thursday, agents at the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services have been working to make it as difficult as possible for people fleeing persecution to find safe harbor here. Part of the new “extreme vetting” policies pushed by Trump includes scheduling interviews first for those who applied for asylum most recently, ensuring that they are the least prepared for their critical interview with USCIS officials. According to the site (emphasis mine): The asylum process was never easy. But lawyers said the Trump administration appears to have made it harder than ever for people to get asylum. Most of the attorneys who spoke with The Daily Beast said they thought the changes were a move … [Read more...] about The Sadistic Process of Applying for Asylum in the U.S.
It was a day seemingly made for happily ever after. On Saturday, Meghan Markle’s fairy tale came true when, at last, she married her Prince Charming Harry. The traditionally drizzly English skies gave way to dazzling sunshine, and as many anticipated, the ceremony was as refreshingly unexpected as the pairing of the biracial American actress and the sixth in line to the British throne, with the bride’s black heritage strongly represented throughout. But one thing we did expect were some major style moments, both from the bride and from the star- and nobility-studded crowd who attended. And for the most part (that Gucci was a miss, Sabrina Dhowre), we were not disappointed. Princess Bridal Chic Of course, beyond the “Will he or won’t he?” drama concerning the attendance of the bride’s father, the bigger mystery was who would design Markle’s wedding gown. While it was expected that she would choose a British designer for her big day, the … [Read more...] about Fashion and Fascinators: The High Style of Britain’s Blackest Royal Wedding (to Date)
Announced for an October 2nd release, Microsoft dropped this Forza Horizon 4 official trailer during the E3 conference today. And like the other entries in this beloved it series, it’s gonna be an awesome car vacation. Where previous titles have been based in the U.S., southern Europe, and Australian outback-style open world locales, the fourth installment is promised to reflect a uniquely United Kingdom look. The cities, countryside, hills and dales of Great Britain are just begging to be explored by an AWD engine-swapped 1000 horsepower rally-tire-equipped Volkswagen Beetle of your making. As the Forza franchise continues to refine the knife-edge dynamics of their Motorsport series, the Horizon games are intended to provide as much laid back fun as you can handle. How you play the game is up to you, as you can simply screw around crashing into things, compete in over-the-road races, search for hidden easter eggs, try to find the prettiest backdrops, or build the wackiest … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 4 Is Here And It’s Taking You To Great Britain
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. I’m no stranger to road trips, and have a habit of doing them in fun cars. Most of the time they go as planned; other times they go very badly. But a trip from London to Le Mans and back in a 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, one of the most hardcore and extreme Porsches you can buy, was thankfully be one of the smoother ones—and surprisingly more comfortable than anticipated. (Full Disclosure: Porsche provided a GT3 to get from London to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and paddock and team access, along with a hotel in France, but Jalopnik paid for travel from America to Europe and other expenses.) Why A GT3? The 911 GT3 is one of the more sporting variants of the current 911 lineup, which is saying something. It’s a lighter, more powerful, nimbler version of an already great sports car. With 500 horsepower on tap from its 4.0 liter flat-6 engine, the GT3 is more than capable of gobbling up miles at a fair rate of … [Read more...] about A 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Is Also A Surprisingly Great Road Trip Car