Best PC Gaming Deals Of The Week

The time for all-out price massacre is officially over now that Black Friday and the dubiously titled Cyber Monday are over and done. That doesn’t mean that the deals have stopped coming, it just means that retailers are catching their collective breath right now as they prepare for the en-masse Christmas discount rush that will inevitably come in the forthcoming weeks. That’s right, it’s a matter of weeks until Christmas, by the way. Let that sink in for a second, while you dig into today’s cheap advent calendar chocolate.

Regardless, you’re here and I’m here so we may as well take a look at what’s been on offer in the days that came after the dizzying discount period that was last week. As always, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. But first, we need to talk about free stuff.

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Wot I Think: Tyranny

It’s been a long time coming, but finally here’s my final review of Tyranny [official site], having completed the very lengthy game. You can read my thoughts at about the mid-point here, and I’d say I’ve changed my mind about very little, other than to have a greater respect for where the story was heading. Here’s wot I think: Read the rest of this entry »

How to watch Dota 2

Dota 2 [official site] begins its next season of multi-million dollar Major tournaments in earnest on December 3, with the Boston Major set to take over the lavish Wang Theatre. While only a relatively small number of viewers will be able to fit inside to see the ridiculously monied spell-storms up close, potentially millions more will be watching via stream – including you, if you so desire.

Indeed, watching top-tier Dota can be even more entertaining, and significantly less aggravating, than playing it yourself. Yet surely you’d need at least a decent amount of hands-on experience with the game to derive any understanding, let alone enjoyment, from spectating others?

Fret not. It is a remarkably complex (and ever-changing) game, but it’s also surprising easy to pick up the basics when it’s just ten heroes duking it out, while a team of casters and analysts spell the action out over mic. Better yet, read this guide – a primer on both the essentials and the intricacies of a game of Dota 2, beamed through the prism of pro match viewership like Tinker’s Aghs Q! Read the rest of this entry »

The Marvelous & Mysterious RPS Advent Calendar 2016

What’s that, nestling on the wall next to the stockings and the cursed portrait of ageless uncle Ian? Why, it’s the Marvelous & Mysterious RPS Advent Calendar in which the greatest games of 2016 have checked in with the reception and taken up residence in one of the rooms behind the 24 doors on display. Over the coming days, we’ll be unlocking those doors to see who has won a place in our calendar and our hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Killing Floor?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Killing Floor 2 [official site] has left Early Access now, and given that it’ll be looking to bring the playerbase from the original into fresh pastures, there may be little point in revisiting Killing Floor the first. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently for reasons that don’t necessarily involve actually loading it up and shooting a monster in the guts. Killing Floor makes me think about genre.

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Best Football Manager 2017 mods so far

Sports Interactive’s Football Manager series (once known as Championship Manager) is the Chosen One of sports management games. Rarely does its year-on-year instalment fall from Steam’s top ten most played games list and while the latest edition, Football Manager 2017 [official site], isn’t exactly brimming with new features, it has finely tuned almost all of its existing ones – to the point where this season’s outing is one of the best in the series’ illustrious 14-year career. “I have been impressed; greatly impressed at times,” says Adam in his review.

Similar to the waves of players and personnel who switch employers each year, mods come and go with each passing iteration of FM. The following list gathers the best that are available so far for 2016/17’s incarnation – but we’ll be adding to this list as the season unfolds.

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