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Alice O'Connor

4 weeks ago

Gears Of War sound less of a loot box chore

It's clear the tide of loot boxes and map packs is turning when expensive big-studio games feel a need to defensively shout "I didn't fuck it up!" before launch. The latest to declare "I might not have royally muffed it!" is Gears Of War 5, which I keep forgetting is coming to PC because I keep forgetting Gears still exists. It came, it was fun,…

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Become a mermaid today in The Sims 4’s Island Living expansion

We can finally return to the seas in The Sims 4 with today's launch of the Island Living expansion, just walk from the beach directly into the water. Given that our virtuapeeps can befriend dolphins and also be mermaids, I'm not sure why EA have spent so much time making new activities on the new tropical island. If we can go in the sea, why…

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Gamedev.world free online conference starts today with 35 talks from developers

If you're interested in the making of your gamesausage, do have a look at Gamedev.world this weekend. Starting today at noon, it's a new free game developer-focused conference with 35 talks over three days in multiple languages, all streamed online. Subjects on the schedule include Pathologic 2's questlog, designing multiplayer games to avoid awfulness, the making of Gris, tools, the faux-2D art of La-Mulana 2,…

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Rebel Galaxy offering spaceship shenanigans for free on the Epic Games Store

If you like spaceships, western music, and combinations thereof, hie thee to the Epic Games Store to grab Rebel Galaxy for free. The 2015 debut from Double Damage Games is the latest giveaway Epic are funding to lure you into the cyberwoods. History has taught me that people on the Internet respond favourably to spaceships with a western twang.

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Destiny 2 will make good fashion easier with Eververse changes

Any damn fool corpse reanimated with superpowers can slay gods, but it takes real effort to look good while do it. Destiny 2 has the same core challenge as any MMO with random loot, to assemble an outfit pleasing in both form and function, but that will get a little easier in September. Bungie already said the big autumn overhaul and free-to-play relaunch will let…

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Pet the VR cats of Kitten’d or they’ll destroy everything

I am not surprised to hear of a virtual reality game where you play with cats. Nor am I surprised to hear of a VR cat game where the furry devils will destroy things when your back's turned. I am both surprised and delighted to hear of a VR cat game where sometimes the cats are kaiju-sized and will destroy a city if you insufficiently…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds enabling new Plunkbants with boatcars and parkour

The world's deadliest stag and hen weekend holiday company are introducing the final three features for a truly unforgettable night of deadly banter: a foolish ride in a novelty vehicle, daft pyrotechnics, and climbing onto the roof of a restaurant. The next Playerunknown's Battlegrounds update will add an amphibious boatcar, make the vehicle-refuelling petrol cans explode when shot, and let us grab onto ledges in…

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1 month ago

Twitch suing spammers who filled fake Artifact streams with porn and murder

Twitch, the livestreaming site owned by Amazon, are trying to sue the digivandals who in May broadcast videos of pornography, copyrighted movies and TV shows, and actual real-world murders. The offenders pretended to be streaming Artifact, dominating Twitch's section for the Valve card game. Twitch don't yet know who they are but have already filed a lawsuit with a California court to get it rolling.…

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Fallout 76 extends Nuclear Winter testing

After launching Fallout 76's new battle royale mode into a short testing phase during the E3 hubbub, Bethesda have now said they're extending that. Originally due to end today, the "pre-beta sneak peek" of Nuclear Winter will now run indefinitely, receiving updates along the way. Which sounds like a soft launch to me. Particularly given that battle royale is an FPS genre rooted in early…

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Paddle through civilisation’s ruins in The Things We Lost In The Flood

After a hectic week of both E3 and moving into a new flat, floating through the ruins of human civilisation in The Things We Lost In The Flood has been just the ticket. Paddling over bridges and through trees and under hanging corpses, listening to the rain, grooving to the melancholy music, reading messages in bottles left by other players, and writing my own missives...…

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Westwood’s wonderful Blade Runner is becoming playable again

One of the great lost adventure game treasures of the 90s, Westwood's Blade Runner, is a little more found now that ScummVM is adding support to play it easily on modern systems. The 1997 adventure game from the Command & Conquer studio, which runs parallel to the movie Blade Runner, has been unplayable-ish for many years. It was the very last CD game I held…

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Feature: WELL?

What are we all playing this post-E3 weekend?

Games, as the saying goes, happened. The Electronic Entertainment Expo has closed for another year, the convention hall left in ruins with mounds of charred promotional t-shirts still smoking. Come home, Brendan. Come home, Matt. You done good. We turn our gaze from the smouldering future back to the present. What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Steam’s In-Home Streaming now lets you play games out-home

It's been cloud gaming galore at E3, with everyone from Google to Ubisoft wanting you to play fancy games on mundane computers, and now Steam has joined in. Valve already let us stream games from our gaming PCs to other, slower systems in our homes, and now they're tentatively letting us venture outside. Steam In-Home Streaming is now Steam Remote Play, able to let you…

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Romero Games and Paradox recruit Dotty Bacon and Two-Ton Clyde Malone for Empire Of Sin

Spit-shine your spats, dust off the fedora you hid in shame, and prepare to give some goombas the ol' rat-a-tat-tat in Empire Of Sin, a 1920s mobster strategy game announced this week at E3 by Paradox Interative and Romero Games (the studio of those Romeros, Brenda and John). We'll get to do crimes and build a gang of toughs with excellent names including Dotty Bacon,…

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Star Control lawfight settled by bees

Bees have intervened to amicably settle the legal dispute over rights to the Star Control series of sci-fi explore-o-RPGs. After finding common ground in a love of bees, Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III have hashed out a deal with Star Control: Origins developers Stardock that all parties say is nice and good and fine. Stardock will get to name their games…

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Read Only Memories: Neurodiver will continue cyberpunk investigations

We're headed back to that old cyberpunk future next year in Read Only Memories: Neurodiver, a sequel to 2015's mystery game 2064: Read Only Memories. We'll be digging into people's memories as a telepathic detective with the aid of the eponymous weird critter, the neurodiver, searching for traces of a rogue psychic who's been wrecking people's minds in Neo-San Francisco. I'm game. I missed the…

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American Truck Simulator now rolling through forests and mountains of Washington

After several days of thomping basslines and screaming industry professionals in service of games that won't be out until next year, tonight I am very much looking forward to a quiet drive through forested mountains. American Truck Simulator just launched its Washington expansion, adding another state to haul cargo through - a real pretty state at that. Sea! Mountains! Forests! Bridges! Logging roads! The Grand…

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Auto Chess creators bringing their own standalone version to PC

Not only are Valve making a standalone version of mega-hit Dota 2 mod Dota Auto Chess, the mod's creators yesterday announced they're releasing a standalone Auto Chess on PC too. And this came mere hours after Riot Games announced an Auto Chess clone mode for League Of Legends. It's rare to see a mod attempt to bloom into a full genre in real time.

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Raise, train, and dress a bird in Falcon Age, landing on PC soon

If you too have been watching enviously as your PlayStation pals post clips of them playing with an adorable wee raptor, chin up: Falcon Age is now headed towards PC. I've mostly been enthralled by people petting the bird, dressing it in costumes, and teaching it tricks as it grows, so I've honestly been surprised to see more now and discover the aviculture simulator has,…

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Marvel’s Avengers will tell a superstory over several years of free updates

Earth's most lucrative heroes will reassemble in May 2020 with Marvel's Avengers, Square Enix announced today, to kick off a story that'll unfold over several years of updates. Unlike everything else to do with Marvel's marvelous moneymakers, story additions with new places and characters will be free to all players. Most importantly, yes, it will let you play superheroes with your pals and duff up…

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