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9 months ago

Feature: Can Jedi: Fallen Order join them?

The 10 best Star Wars games on PC

A new hope. After two boring-but-fine Star Wars: Battlefront games, we're now on the verge of EA's third swing of the lightsaber with the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There are reasons to think it might be more interesting than early trailers suggested, after writers such as our own Matt came back from a recent preview event with his pockets filled with (qualified)…

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Feature: The worthiest reticules of all time

The best FPS games on PC

The best shooters endure. While other genres warp beyond recognition, there is something solid about the first-person shooter that makes it as dependable as a nice big AK-47. Maybe it’s the gung-ho simplicity - look down a barrel and pull the trigger. It's as fun to fire a double-barrelled shotgun from an early 90s FPS as the slick shotties of today. For that reason, this…

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10 months ago

Feature: There's only one king...

The 10 best fighting games on PC

Hey you, I heard your breath smells like a fart. What are you gonna do about it? Fight me!? Excellent. I was hoping you’d say that, because I’ve put together a list of the 10 best fighting games on PC, and it would be fantastic if you came and had a look, gave your thoughts, and maybe elbowed me in the teeth while you’re at…

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2 years ago

Feature: For graphics, weapons, the UI and more.

Best Fallout 4 Mods

Now that Fallout 4 is in its third year and the DLC has dried up, is there any point in returning to the Commonwealth Wasteland? Yes! There are loads, largely thanks to the still-growing list of mods, overhauls and user tweaks. Here, I’ve gathered over 50 of my favourites, ranging from weird weapons to wild weather.Before we start, a couple of things to remember: some…

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Feature: The worthiest reticules of all time

The 50 best FPS on PC

The best shooters endure. While the state of the art moves on in other genres and leaves old designs in the dust, it's as fun to fire a well-made shotgun from an early 90s FPS as from one released today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There's bound to be something for you…

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Feature: For graphics, weapons, the UI and more.

Best Fallout 4 Mods

Now that Fallout 4 is in its third year and the DLC has dried up, is there any point in returning to the Commonwealth Wasteland? Yes! There are loads, largely thanks to the still-growing list of mods, overhauls and user tweaks. Here, I’ve gathered over 50 of my favourites, ranging from weird weapons to wild weather. Before we start, a couple of things to remember:…

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Feature: Ranked in the correct order, finally

The Best of Final Fantasy

A group of Final Fantasy fans divided against themselves cannot cast fire. Or so the saying goes. For too long we’ve been at war about which is “the best”. Sliding roman numerals around on a table until one of us gets upset and starts using bad language. Let’s end this, here, today. Let’s look at each other, earnestly, with open minds and opener hearts, and…

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3 years ago

Feature: All trailer, no trash

Our favourite PC game trailers

The game trailer is a sly creature. It wants to entertain you, to excite you, to embolden you with curiousity. But it also wants to sell you a bunch of code wrapped up in some 3D shapes. Some trailers turn out to be more artful than the game they’re hawking, others plant sneaky emotions in your head with music. However, some are better than others.…

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Feature: The Loose Canon

The greatest PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the greatest PC games ever made.

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Feature: Is #1 A Jump Scare?

The 25 Best Horror Games On PC

To compile a list of the 25 best horror games on PC is to look into the void for so long that the void not only starts to look back, but shakes you by the hand and takes you out for coffee. It is to fight with monsters until you become a monster and then go on a European railtrip with the other monsters, and…

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Dota 2 adds two new heroes in Duelling Fates update

Two brand new heroes have arrived in Dota 2 with the launch of version 7.07, the long-awaited Duelling Fates update. Please welcome to the battle arena Dark Willow, a spoOoky nuker, and the zippy swordsman Pangolier. They're the first new heroes added since the Monkey King way back in December 2016. The update is far bigger than just this pair, also adding new items, a…

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Feature: It starts aboard that flight

How a cargo plane sets up Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds for greatness

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds [official site].Somewhere across Erangel’s 64 square kilometres of towns, villages, hills, rivers and sea, 100 players are running, looting, driving and shooting each other. With every one of them having an average of well over half a square kilometre to themselves, it might sound…

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Feature: 43 absolute gems

The Top Best Bestest Games Of 2017 So Far

Update: The year is finished, which means you can now read the final list of our favourite games of 2017.2017 has already been an extraordinary year for PC games, from both big-name AAA successes to no-name surprise indie smashes. Keeping up with so much that's worth playing is a tough job, but we've got your back. Here is a collection of the games that have…

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Feature: Ideas generation

Tim Schafer tells the story of Amnesia Fortnight

"I started feeling a little bogged down by the scope of [Brutal Legend]," says Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine. "It was really huge and I felt like the team had been doing it for a long time and had a long way to go yet. I felt like they needed a break."That break was Amnesia Fortnight, a two week game jam during which anyone…

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4 years ago

Feature: Looking at the data behind bad games

Why do we spend time playing games we don’t like?

We spend a lot of time playing games we don't like. Remember The War Z, renamed to Infestation: Survivor Stories after receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews all around? On Steam, it has nearly 14,000 negative reviews which total 507,837 played hours of absolute garbage. Or what about Duke Nukem Forever, which is somehow sitting at 'Mostly Positive' at the moment? The 1500-odd Steam reviews that rightly…

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Feature: And which games might do it...

Can Videogames Teach You Programming?

if(desire_to_program > 10)     continue; else     return;When I tell people I'm a programmer, I get that look. The glazed eyes, the polite smile, the clear desire to change topic. If I'm lucky, I'll get pitched on an idea for the next killer mobile app that my conversation partner insists will make us rich; if I'm less lucky, I'll get wrangled into providing free tech support for…

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Feature: Coming to PC soon.

The 10 Best PlayStation Now Games

PlayStation Now is coming to PC, allowing you to stream PlayStation 3 games to your computer for a monthly subscription fee. That includes some of the last console generation's best games. It might be a bit overwhelming if you've not been paying attention beyond the borders of PC gaming, but luckily we've been playing console games for the past couple of decades in case of…

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Feature: Parsers Verbed

IF Only: Text Adventures For People Who Hate Guessing The Verb

Emily Short is one of the world's leading gurus on Interactive Fiction. We're delighted to tell you that IF Only will be a regular column about the myriad world of IF gaming.Back in the late 90s, the name "interactive fiction" was applied mostly to parser-based text adventures descended from Zork, where all output was in text and the player had to type commands to proceed.…

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Feature: A bonus bestest best!

Our favourite PC games of 2016 so far

We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we're doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we've loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too! We've listed ours in…

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Feature: How to build an island

The Great Outdoors: The Witness

While attending GDC I was thinking a lot about how "outdoors" works in videogames and speaking to artists and designers about how they had approached those environments. I was relatively early on in my experience of The Witness [official site] but I was intrigued by how many biomes were crammed onto a small island space without it ever feeling overcrowded. With that in mind I…

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