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Archive for July 18th, 2018

Free-to-play card strategy game Faeria goes buy-to-play today

Strategic card-collector Faeria made the jump today from free-to-play to a far less chance-driven model. Gone are booster packs or chests bought with real money - now you just buy the game outright and progressively unlock cards as you gain levels. Our resident wizard Brendan quite liked Faeria when he reviewed it last year, listing pacing issues and its free-to-play progression as its main flaws.…

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Feature: A pinball platformer

How a cup of coffee saved Yoku’s Island Express

It wasn’t as if the tester was having a bad time. He was a pinball fan, after all. It’s just that every time he tried to reach for his coffee, the intensity of the game he was testing kept pulling his hand back to the controller. Half an hour later, he finished playing, picked up his cold coffee, and said he’d enjoyed the game. As…

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Feature: Shoot the real me!

We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: "You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they…

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World Of Warcraft’s base edition is now included free with subs

Though the Battle For Azeroth doesn't begin until August, distant drums can be heard beating for World Of Warcraft's next expansion. Blizzard this week launched the 'Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch', a big update adding many new features in preparation for war. And to draw more recruits, Blizzard have revamped the MMO's pricing by removing the need to buy the base game. Subscriptions now include the…

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Hack the planet in Exapunks from Opus Magnum & Shenzhen I/O studio Zachtronics

Exapunks is the next game from prolific puzzle-meister Zach Barth and his little studio Zachtronics, creators of the likes of Opus Magnum, Infinifactory and Spacechem. Set in an alternate 1997, Exapunks is about cyberpunk hacking, programming viruses called EXAs (EXecution Agents) to carry out your will, whether that's tweaking a game on an alt-history Game Boy or robbing a bank. It's hitting early access on…

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The Culling 2 is dead; long live The Culling?

After its disastrous launch on July 10th, developers Xaviant have announced they intend to pull The Culling 2 from sale, refunding those who purchased it. In a very awkward and apologetic video (which you can see below), Xaviant's director of operations John Van Veld announced the studio's plans to cull their ill-fated sequel, and return to supporting the Hunger Games-inspired The Culling once more.

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Feature: 21 years older, 21 years wiser?

Video: Two Point Hospital isn’t just Theme Hospital 2

After three hours with Two Point Hospital I see similarities with Jurassic World Evolution. Okay, Frontier’s game sees you putting more people in hospital than getting them out the door, but it’s a similarly welcoming management game. You can read that as simplified and slow (as Fraser did in his Jurassic World review), but as an abysmal multitasker I appreciated a campaign that drip-fed ideas…

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Feature: A 24in 1920x1080 gaming monitor that's hard to beat

Acer Predator XB241H review: G-Sync and 180Hz goodness

After testing what seems like 387,001 monitors with AMD FreeSync support, I've finally got another honest-to-goodness Nvidia G-Sync one on my desk today, the Acer Predator XB241H - and boy, it's a good 'un. Part of Acer's XB1 range, this particular incarnation is the 24in, 1920x1080, TN model. It also comes as a 24in, 2560x1440 jobber and several different permutations with 27in, 28in and 32in…

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Retro FPS Ion Maiden slips into 2019, adds multiplayer

Authentically old-school FPS Ion Maiden will feel just that little bit more retro when it arrives, as it's slipped to launching in "early 2019" according to developers Voidpoint and publisher 3D Realms. On the plus side, the game will now include multiplayer at launch. The Build-based spinoff from 3D Realms's ill-fated Bombshell impressed both myself and John when it bombed its way into early access…

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The bestest and most top PC games of 2018 so far

We're just about halfway through 2018 (which has somehow taken both too long and no time at all). As is tradition, we've shaken our our brains around to see which games from the last six months still make our neurons fizzle with delight. Then we wrote about them here, in this big list feature that you're reading right now this second. And what games they…

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Rainbow Six Siege Castle: what he can do and how to use him

As far as defensive operators go in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Castle couldn't be simpler to understand conceptually. However there is a huge difference between being simple to understand conceptually and simple to use. This guide will show you the things you should, and shouldn't do with Castle, as well as go through his weapons and gadgets.

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Feature: Packin' heat

Rainbow Six Siege Buck: what he can do and how to use him

As one of the first DLC operatives for the attackers in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Buck changes the game in some rather significant ways, being able to deal with both long and close range threats with a press of a button. He may not have the fanciest skill out there, but our guide features some important information about how to use him and what other…

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Rainbow Six Siege Blackbeard: what he can do and how to use him

Blackbeard is another DLC operative in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and sadly has seen many changes since he burst onto the scene. There's a lot to learn about his guns and personal shield which will be covered in this guide, as well as how he can best support the team.

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Rainbow Six Siege Jackal: what he can do and how to use him

As one of the few attackers that can track enemies, Jackal can be a particular nuisance to roaming defenders in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Tracking where they have been is one important part of the puzzle of knowing where the enemy currently is. In this guide, you'll find out how to use the ability and what to do with this vital information.

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Feature: Sensors are off the charts

Rainbow Six Siege Hibana: what she can do and how to use her

Sometimes in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, making an explosive entrance isn't as useful as making a smaller explosive hole in your enemies' defences. Hibana's particular method of penetrating fortified walls can be surprisingly effective and one to consider playing, so this guide will take you through the nuances of her ability, and the guns and gadgets she has to offer.

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Feature: Hidden in plain sight

Rainbow Six Siege Kapkan: what he can do and how to use him

The element of surprise is always the best way to take out an enemy in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Kapkan's tripwires can provide with some sneaky ways to kill the attacking team. In this guide, the weapons and gadgets he has to select from will be detailed, as well as the particular things to keep in mind whenever using Kapkan's skill.

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Rainbow Six Siege Jäger: what he can do and how to use him

Pesky grenades keeping you pinned? Jäger is Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege's chief anti-grenade guy who can use his defence systems to neutralise any of your enemies more explosive throwables. He's a rather versatile defender, so this guide will give you the lowdown on exactly how his skill works and the weapons, gadgets, and tactics he has to bring to the team.

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Rainbow Six Siege Bandit: what he can do and how to use him

While very similar to Mute, Bandit uses a more electrifying approach to dealing with the attacking team in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. If a surface has metal nearby, chances are his shock wire will be nearby to zap any oncoming attackers. This guide will take you through his arsenal and some dirty tricks you can pull off with his skill.

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Rainbow Six Siege Valkyrie: what she can do and how to use her

With playing defence in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, keeping an eye on the enemy gives your team a huge advantage. Valkyrie's cameras are perhaps some of the most versatile of the bunch as they're small, can be thrown anywhere, and are hard to spot without properly searching for them. This guide will inform you about the weapons and gadgets she has, as well as some details on…

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Feature: Not that black mirror

Rainbow Six Siege Mira: what she can do and how to use her

Being able to put up fancy walls like Castle's reinforced barricades, is all well and good, but wouldn't it be better to see to the other side? Mira's black mirror ability is honestly one of the more fun ones to play around with in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and in this guide I will explain why setting up your own bulletproof glass mirror is so tactically useful.

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