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Alice O'Connor

19 hours ago

Homeworld 3 studio are also making a game about breaking spaceships down for scrap

Blackbird Interactive, the makers of Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak and the upcoming Homeworld 3, today announced another game they have on the go. Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a first-person salvager that will send us into spaceships to carve them up so we can sell the parts for scrap. I thought it sounded like nice, careful, methodical destruction until I saw hazards like fires, engine cores, and…

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20 hours ago

“FUCK EPIC GAMES STORE,” declares Google’s listing for Steam

Back in the day, you really had to work hard to pull pranks in Google search results by planting Google Bombs and such. These days, now that the Internet is run by deranged robots made of clouds, it seems Google will happily prank itself. Case in point: today, searching for Steam on Google could return a listing describing Valve's digital store with the words "FUCK…

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21 hours ago

Yer Dishonoreds and Wolfenstein reboot are now available DRM-free on GOG

I'm Alice0 and I'm here to say, some great Bethesda games are out in a DRM-free way. GOG this week added the Dishonored games and two of the new Wolfensteins. That's some lovely gaming right there, so I'm just briefly highlighting it for people who prefer their games without DRM. They've got hefty discounts for one week to celebrate the launches too.

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22 hours ago

Grand Theft Auto IV will return to Steam with no Games For Windows Live or multiplayer

After disabling the option to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in January, Rockstar now say 2008's open-world murder simulator will return to sale in March with a few changes. Microsoft's awful Games For Windows Live technogubbins is being removed because it caused the trouble in the first place, and that's great news. It seems some folks will also receive the expansions or base game for…

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1 day ago

Gothic Remake is going ahead, following a positive response to the public prototype

THQ Nordic are going ahead with their Gothic Remake, a do-over of the 2001 fantasy RPG. They released a public playable prototype in December and, having surveyed players, today announced reactions were positive enough for them to think it worthwhile. They did note that they're aware that not all the Gothic Playable Teaser's new design decisions and artistic changes were popular, and say they'll have…

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3 days ago

Mutant Year Zero devs launch new tactics ’em up Corruption 2029 today

Only ten days after announcing Corruption 2029, The Bearded Ladies today launch their new tactical squad game. They're the Swedish gang behind Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden, the splendid 'XCOM meets S.T.A.L.K.E.R.' post-apocalyptic tactics 'em up. Corruption looks similar to MYZ in ways, also built upon real-time stealth that collapses into turn-based tactical violence, and that's a strong foundation so I'm certainly game.

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RimWorld 1.1 will bring new items and animals, including a goose

While splendid spacecolony sim RimWorld may have left early access in October 2018, creator Tynan Sylvester has always insisted that didn't mean it was done. And here we are today, with a public beta build of Update 1.1 for spacemanagers to test. Look forward to new items, UI improvements, performance optimisations, new modding capabilities, and new animals including ducks, goats, yaks, and -- oh no…

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5 days ago

Feature: Round 'em up

Valentine’s Day events, squishing Dota smurfs, and more of the week’s game updates

This week, Valentine's Day events spread love, Dota 2 punished thousands of smurfs, Black Mesa entered final-final-near-final public testing, and Hunt: Showdown added matchmaking for random teams of threes. Read on for more of the week’s PC gaming patches in The Weekly Updates Update.

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6 days ago

After years of driving wacky novelties in GTA Online, I finally bought a good car and realised I’ve been a huge fool

This week in GTA Online, the shiny Dewbauchee Vagner supercar has a tidy 35% discount. I've heard it's a good car and, being flush with cash from the recent giveaways, I thought I'd treat myself to one. Oh! Yes, that's a good car. That's a really good car. That's great. I've never driven a good car before. If I'd known GTA Online's expensive cars were…

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Destiny 2 will stop making you get new armour every season to use new mods

Some much-needed changes are coming to Destiny 2's 'Armour 2.0' gear system next season to reduce grind, most notably (to me) opening up the seasonal mod slots to also accept armour mods from the previous season and the next. This means you won't need to replace your gear every season if you want to use the new mods. As someone who plays too much damn…

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7 days ago

Epic Games CEO says devs and stores should be apolitical – as if that was possible

Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Fortnite and Unreal Engine makers Epic Games, has said a load of daftness about what he imagines are the problems of politics in games. During his keynote speech at the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain summit (DICE) yesterday, Sweeney suggested there's a serious problem of some games becoming political because marketing departments force politics upon the developers. What a daftie. As…

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1 week ago

With BattleTech’s expansions done, Harebrained are focusing on two new projects

After three expansions and almost two years, BattleTech is just about done. The developers, Harebrained Schemes say they have one last free update due later this month February then that's the end of their current plans for the turn-based tactical mech 'em up. After this, they're focusing on making two new projects. Mysterious, non-BattleTech projects. Could it be the Crimson Skies some long for?

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Destiny 2 started the Crimson Days event with yet more downtime and another rollback

For the second time in a fortnight, Destiny 2 was last night taken down for hours of emergency maintenance after accidentally wiping some players' spacewallets of Glimmer, Bright Dust, and other spacecurrencies and crafting materials. Turns out, the fix last time didn't fully hold. Bungie have once again rolled back characters to restore lost valuables, which means anything your spacemen did between 4:30pm and 6:30pm…

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The Bulletstorm gang are showing more of Outriders, their new shooter

Following a terse announcement last E3, People Can Fly and Square Enix have started gabbing more about their new cooperative "RPG shooter", Outriders. Parts look gruff and grim and in a too-familiar way, a bit too mid-noughties, but then someone gets murdered so hard with blue beams that they're left a big ol' dancing skeleton and ah gwan I'll not rush to judge. I'll cut…

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Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory has been secretly pulled from sale

After launching on December 10th, Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory has, at some point in the past few weeks, been pulled from sale without warning or explanation. Based on the tabletop role 'em up Paranoia, the dystopian RPG launched as an Epic Games Store timed exclusive in December then vanished in... late January? Early February? The game is gone, and no one even said that it…

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Dead Cells visits a greenhouse today in its Bad Seed DLC

Splendid 'n' deadly roguelikelike platformer Dead Cells today launches its first paid add-on, Bad Seed. Rather than increasing the length of the game, Bad Seed increases its breadth, adding two new levels as alternatives to two early-game murderzones. The verdant Arboretum and sour Swamp have their own new monsters too. The DLC also adds weapons like a honking great scythe and... is that a lute…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit a new record high playercount this weekend

While Counter-Strike has long seemed one of those games that might just have found its final form and will now be around forever, I am surprised that it's still breaking its own records. Over the weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive set a new record for the number of people in-game online at the same time, beating a record set in April 2016. That was back before…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Read all about it!

GTA’s writer is off, The Wonderful 101 is on, and more of the week’s PC gaming news

This week in the world of PC gaming, GTA's lead writer is leaving Rockstar, Blizzard are trying to recover from Warcraft 3: Reforged's wonky launch, and oh heck yes Platinum's The Wonderful 101 is now headed to PC. Read on for more of the week's PC gaming goings-on in our News Digest, and do also check out the Weekly Updates Update for the week's big…

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