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Factorio early game walkthrough: how to ace your first hour

How to get your first full Iron belt up and running within an hour

The 10 best Factorio mods (2020)

The Factorio must grow

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3 days ago

Feature: How to get your first full Iron belt up and running within an hour

Factorio early game walkthrough: how to ace your first hour

Struggling to get started in Factorio? Have your friends told you time and time again about the joys of building factories, but you find yourself completely lost when it comes to starting your own? Or perhaps you just want a few pointers on how you can get set up even quicker in your next world?Whichever of the above, this Factorio early game walkthrough is here…

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6 days ago

Feature: Taking automation to a whole new level

Factorio console commands: world editor, game speed, god mode, and more

Using Factorio's in-game console, players can do just about anything they could ever want to do in this marvellously addictive factory management game. From modifying the world around them to controlling the spread of biters, from instant teleporting to increasing your inventory size, from adjusting the game speed to enabling instant crafting of items, our Factorio console commands guide will show you exactly how to…

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Feature: The Factorio must grow

The 10 best Factorio mods (2020)

Factorio mods have been around almost as long as the game itself - and for good reason. While already an enormous and startlingly polished game, introducing the right mods into the fold will not only expand the game with tonnes of new features to discover and master, but also simultaneously improve the base game experience with dozens of quality of life improvements.Keep reading for our…

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1 week ago

Feature: A guide for prospective addicts

Factorio guide: 15 top tips to help grow your factory

"The factory must grow." It's a mantra that all Factorio players know - or at least they should. But it's one thing knowing it, and quite another to put it into action. The truth is that it can be tricky for new players to know just how to grow their factory from nothing into an energy-guzzling, environment-poisoning behemoth of efficiency and automation.Our Factorio guide hopes to…

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2 months ago

Feature: Coal-hearted

Satisfactory review (early access)

There it is, the trans-planetary pipeline. One long tube of metal scarring a rural alien planet. It brings coal and water to my power stations, and electricity to my factories. It has taken a day of planning, construction and pumping. Now, the pipeline stands before me, a snaking behemoth of energy consumption. Suddenly, a thought comes. Why didn't I just build coal stations next to…

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Factorio brings release date forwards to avoid clashing with Cyberpunk 2077

If anything was going to throw a wrench into Factorio's meticulously manufactured mechanisms, you'd never think it was a punk'd up cyborg in a leather jacket. Yet, even as they powered full-steam towards release, the folks at Wube Software have decided Cyberpunk 2077's launch-day noise risks drowning out their contraptions. This week, the developers announced plans to bring Factorio out of early access five weeks…

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G2A pay Factorio devs over £32,000 after uncovering stolen key sales

Last year, second-hand games marketplace G2A made a bet: If any developers or publishers could prove that stolen keys were being sold on G2A, the storefront would pay back the money lost on chargebacks tenfold. Only one studio offered to take them up on the offer, Factorio developers Wube Software. Turns out, Wube were right to suspect stolen sales - and now G2A's gamble has…

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4 months ago

Feature: A plethora of games to scratch that same Minecraft itch

Games like Minecraft – 16 best games like Minecraft from the past ten years

There have been a great many games like Minecraft over the past decade. Which is to be expected, because who wouldn't want to capitalise on the runaway mainstream success of the decade, and the best-selling video game of all time? There are many things that are very special about Minecraft, but we've compiled our list of the 16 best games like Minecraft out there right…

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6 months ago

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The 20 best management games on PC

Management games have been making a real comeback in recent years, so we've put together this list of the very best management games you can play on PC in 2020. Whether you want to be an aspiring city planner, a wannabe farm herd or just survive against the elements, there's a management game for you below.

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8 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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9 months ago

Feature: I'll be whack

We erased Terminator: Resistance from history and reviewed what got made instead

The nicest thing I can say about Terminator: Resistance is that if a Terminator were sent back in time to wipe out its code, the timeline of gaming in general would almost certainly proceed unchanged. Confused by the apparent failure, Skynet would keep on sending Arnies back to delete it, unaware that the job was already done, and that its agents were just piling up…

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Factorio 1.0 release date confirmed for next year, big updates on the horizon

Factorio is one of those games that are brilliant but have never seemed to make it out of early access. Well now there's an end in sight for the Factorio at least because the devolpers say, and I agree with this, "if we just pushed the button to release 1.0, it wouldn't be a catastrophe." After exactly four and a half years Factorio will officially…

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10 months ago

Factorio’s 0.17 update brings a tutorial and map editor to the mechanical time-sink

Despite being in development for a fifth of my lifetime, Factorio has somehow only reached version 0.17. Crikey, software development terms, eh? Whenever I've developed a game, I just make 'em up. Still, I wager the folk behind the mechanical monstrosity that is Factorio have everything scheduled out nicely, laid out on complex spreadsheets which work themselves out without human input. But still, their assembly…

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12 months ago

Feature: Bottled ants

Game DNA: growing order from chaos

The summer of 1991 was all about ants. I was seven years old, and I spent the entire school holiday camped in the garden, gently catching winged queens and housing them in shitty coke bottle formicariums. There I would watch them lay eggs and create workers, who would dig tunnels, search about the place, and scurry in lines with grains of food in their jaws.…

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1 year ago

Feature: Listen now and be intrigued

Podcast: The shipping forecast

 To experience this #content, you will need to enable targeting cookies. Yes, we know. Sorry. Manage cookie settings This is the shipping forecast; the synopsis at 5pm. Solid Snake just west of cloak room, expected to move towards Sam Fisher on dance floor before midnight. Wrecking Ball from Overwatch, mild at 1am, becoming rabid with lust at 3am. Agent 47 from Hitman: confused, occasional…

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Feature: First-person Factorio

Mega-building game Satisfactory is shaping up to be far, far more than satisfactory

Satisfactory, the Factorio-style automated building game from Coffee Stain, is going to be huge. It's going to be huge because there are going to be so many videos of huge things built within it, and we're all going to look at those and think "now I want to make something huge." The overriding question here was always whether or not Satisfactory could successfully transpose the…

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Factorio-but-first-person building game Satisfactory launches this month

Coffee Stain Studios are probably tired of everyone saying that their Goat Simulator and Sanctum follow-up Satisfactory looks like a first-person Factorio, but I'd say that's a comparison to embrace. A very good thing given a new perspective, plus dune buggies and jetpacks? Yeah, g'wan.It's been a bit quiet on the Satisfactory front for a while now, other than news that the factory-builder would be…

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2 years ago

The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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Satisfactory looks a lot like first-person Factorio

We'll build machines to build machines to build machines to build a mysterious massive machine in Satisfactory, the next game from Sanctum and Goat Simulator developers Coffee Stain Studios. If that sounds a lot like Wube Software's fantastic Factorio, you'll probably think it looks a lot like it too after watching the new trailer. "It's x but y" is always a crude way to describe…

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Factorio updates with heavy artillery and optimizations

The horrifically compelling sci-fi construction sandbox Factorio received another major update over the holidays, bringing much-needed performance improvements to the game along with adding a whole new subset of heavyweight military technologies. This update also marks the start of the final stretch of development, with Wube Software announcing that the price of the game will be increasing to $30 later this month.

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