David Crookes

David Crookes is a journalist, author, exhibition curator and communications manager.

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Assassin's Creed Unity review: you'll marvel at the graphics

Released at the same time as Assassin's Creed: Rogue, darting up ladders and running across rooftops becomes second nature

Minecraft is now officially owned by Microsoft - just as it's named Game of the Year

The game was bought by Microsoft in a $2.5 billion deal

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare review: it's exactly what the series needed

The Exo Suit extends the range of the player while retaining the pace that Call of Duty has always had - even if there are a few clichéd parts

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: 'Almost every aspect has a new feature'

Bret Robbins, creative director at Sledgehammer Games, speaks about the three year development process, the multiplayer changes, and Kevin Spacey

Sunset Overdrive review: bold and brash fun to show off the power of the Xbox One

£49.99; Xbox One; Insomniac Games

Britons buy more than 30 million handsets each year, keeping them for an average of 18 months

How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - 'We are going to make fans of space'

The new release will take place entirely in the future with an emphasis on space travel and the colonisation of extraterrestrial planets

Forza Horizon 2 review: a gorgeous ride for Xbox One

£49.99; Xbox One; Microsoft Studios

Nintendo turns 125: Meet the British developers behind some of Nintendo's greatest games

It has set benchmarks, revitalised genres and broken new ground - but UK developers have played a sizeable part in Nintendo's success over the decades

Heavy Bullets review: gloriously retro

£5.94; Mac, Windows, Linux; Terri Vellmann

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee