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Dark Souls

1 month ago

These modders are building a “direct sequel” to Dark Souls

There's nothing quite like the first time you play Dark Souls. Sure, you can go back with new builds, try a new weapon or go for a no-hit run, but you'll never quite recapture the feeling of not knowing what's around the next corner. That's why a group of modders have decided to go and make their own Dark Souls "sequel", Nightfall, offering a whole…

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2 months ago

This Quake mod lets you fight Sif from Dark Souls

Quake's a gritty fast-paced shooter where you dance around enemies and splatter them with beefy guns. Modder "Redfield" clearly thought, "But what if I inject some Bloodborne into it?", and so Raven Keep was born. It's a mod which throws players into a gothic castle where "Old Ones" (sound familiar?) have left some spooky chalices behind. To uncover their mystery, we'll have to blast knights,…

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4 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 9 weirdest animals in PC games

As the fuzzy denizens of earth pivot to non-existence, we will soon be left with an unclear memory of the animal kingdom's bizarre court. The elephant, for instance, what even is it? I cannot help with that question, I’m not a marine biologist. But what I can offer is a tour of endangered videogame wildlife. Otherworldly creatures you can’t find beneath the rocks of reality…

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Feature: Prepare to cry

Hundreds of people are competing to finish Dark Souls without being hit

Beating the final boss of a Dark Souls game can be an overwhelming experience. You reflect on your journey, the countless hours and failed attempts that led you to this moment, and a wave of emotion rolls over you.The Twitch channel of Eric “McRaptor” Harper was host to a litany of these moments during the recent “Souls-4-Souls” (SFS) charity tournament that ran in late April.…

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5 months ago

This mod turns Dark Souls into a roguelike

It's easy to overemphasise the importance of difficulty to Dark Souls, but I'd still argue it's integral. From Software's gruelling RPGs do loads else that's cool, but part of the appeal is bound up with the same satisfaction you get from climbing a mountain. You want that tension, and the blessed relief of finally beating a boss after chucking yourself betwixt its jaws for the…

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10 months ago

Feature: Tell your friends

The best co-op games to play in 2020

Every game is better with friends, but some games are at their very best when you've got a group along for the ride. We've selected 25 games that we think are the best co-op games you can play on PC in 2020, whether you want to survive against zombie hordes, fell giant monsters, or fling your physicsy forms across chasms.

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11 months ago

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 raised a whopping £2.3 million for charity

AGDQ is over for another year, leaving us with hundreds of hours of fantastic speedrunning VODs to keep us entertained for weeks. I've had a browse through some of the best (and also sat at home binging them because I love me a good speedrun), and found a few more essential runs that I'd be foolish not to point everyone to. Before we get to…

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Spend your Saturday watching several more PC speedruns on AGDQ

The yearly speedrunning event AGDQ is nearing its end but there are still a lot of PC runs to watch tomorrow, many of them new releases from 2019. The week-long winter edition of Games Done Quick is always fascinating even for older games with established speedrunning strategies. For new PC games, it will be a treat to see the earliest methods and discoveries that speedrunners…

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12 months ago

Feature: The definitive and objective list

The greatest PC games of the 2010s

It's been an eventful decade for PC games, and it would be hard for you to summarise everything that's happened in the medium across the past ten years. Hard for you, but a day's work for us. Below you'll find our picks for the 50 greatest games released on PC across the past decade.

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1 year ago

Modders have created Dark Souls’ first custom map – and it’s from Half-Life

Like the chosen undead they follow, there are few walls in the Dark Souls modding scene that can't be broken without persistence. Since the original PC release was salvaged by stubborn fans, Dark Souls's modding community has spent years breaking a game that defies being broken. For the longest time, though, getting custom level geometry was a boss beyond modders' might. But once more, through…

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Feature: In honour of His Souliness

The 10 best games like Dark Souls

Sorry, definition nerds. “Soulslike” is a word now. Disgusting, I know, but this is how genres are made. Along comes a giant like Dark Souls that everybody won’t stop bleating about and soon it has copycats. Before you know it, a swarm of like-minded games with sparse checkpoints and lethal attacks are scuttling around, leaving slime trails and biting your ankles for surprisingly massive damage.…

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Feature: Dogs go home

These videogame cats are good cats

It’s International Cat Day! You know, one of those days reportedly invented by a charity, spread by the internet without question, and propagated by the scoundrel media because quite simply we are desperate to post pictures of cats, big cats, fluffy cats, kitten cats, any cat, any excuse for any cat, please, just let me have this day, please, I don't care if it's a…

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Feature: Simulations are best when you confuse them

GDQ proves that glitches can be a great part of games

Games Done Quick, the marathon that raises millions of dollars for charity twice per year, and speedrunning more generally, owes its existence to glitches. Though runners show off their skill and dedication, almost all of them rely on the game behaving in unintended ways, doing things that people playing casually would never experience. Despite this, runners often make off-hand comments about the games being “broken,”…

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2 years ago

Feature: Golden tragedy

A guide to loving Berserk, the manga inspiration for the Souls games

You might have heard of Berserk already. A few people have pointed out the similarities between Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Souls series and the manga Berserk. Perhaps you’ve even gotten curious, toyed with the idea of getting into it, but without a clear idea of where to start. Or perhaps you got the impression that Berserk is not for you.You may have heard Berserk is filled with…

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3 years ago

Dark Souls: Remastered is out now – and it’s already got an infamous hacker

Crack open a nice cold soul, fans of permanently holding up a shield while you walk. Dark Souls: Remastered has been released on Steam today, a day earlier than we’d believed. The original Prepare to Die Edition was pulled from sale two weeks ago, so if you didn’t buy it then, this is now your only PC doorway to popular resort town Undead Burg. The…

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Unworthy is a minimalist monochrome Dark Souls

There are only three colours in Unworthy - black, white and blood. It’s an upcoming minimalist monochrome Metroidvania that isn’t so much “inspired” by Dark Souls as it is a pixel demake of it. In one sense, it's very derivative. The health and stamina bars, the slow and deliberate attacks, the “sin” you collect from kills (and drop on death), the depressed ramblings of NPCs.…

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It’s the final day to buy Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

The PC's original 'Prepare To Die' edition of Dark Souls will be removed from sale on STeam tomorrow, ahead of the launch of the mildly fancier Remastered edition, so buy now if you want it for posterity. Folks who own Prepare To Die will get a 50% discount on Remastered, but that'll still work out more expensive, so the reason to buy now would be…

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Dark Souls: Remastered is half-price for original owners

Folks who have the original Dark Souls on Steam will be offered a 50% discount on the upcoming Dark Souls: Remastered, Bandai Namco confirmed today. The revisions and additions in the Remastered edition aren't huge but if you fancy returning to a fancier Lordran, that beats paying full price.Remastered will be the only way to buy Dark Souls on PC, as Bamco also announced that…

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