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Watch Dogs 2

1 year ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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2 years ago

Feature: Doing what developers aren't

The modders making games more gender-diverse

Hannah just wanted to be a farmer. Not a male farmer. Not a female farmer. Just a farmer that didn't have to suffer NPC after NPC lumping them into one gender or the other. Hannah's hopes rose with the release of Stardew Valley, but after jumping into the farming sim they discovered it offered only male and female gender identities, with he/she pronouns to match.…

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Feature: No 2017 games included

Steam Charts: Normal Parameters

Cor blimey, it's only the weekly Steam Charts! As always, these are based on the accumulated sales on Steam over the previous week, not what's doing best for itself at this exact moment in time. A nice number one this week, but a rather old-fashioned top ten otherwise - with one unexpected aberration. N.B. there is NO VENGABUS this week. Repeat NO VENGA BUS. It'll…

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Feature: Mass produced murder

Decoding: open world games and killing by default

Decoding is a regular column about the games we love, and the tricks and traditions that make them tick. “Oh shit, I pressed the wrong button and killed that guy.” It happens to the best of us. You could play Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for days without firing a gun, or causing a fatal traffic accident, or beating someone to death with a billiard…

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Watch Dogs 2 DLC slightly delayed by patches

Ubisoft have delayed the first Watch Dogs 2 [official site] DLC release a touch, as they've been busy focusing on patches instead. That's a good reason. I like Ubi's recent decisions to fix games over rinsing players; remember they delayed The Division's expansions too. But yes, if you want to hack the planet dressed as that ol' hippy T-Bone you'll need to wait a little…

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Feature: Hacks and hexes

Watch Dogs 2 is an antidote to the grimness of GTA

I've been playing Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for most of a day and a night, and I haven't killed anyone yet. The game's recreation of San Francisco and outlaw protagonist make Grand Theft Auto the obvious point of comparison, and while it's certainly possible to take the ultraviolence and careless crime route in your travels around the city, stealth infiltration and surveillance are much…

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Feature: Replacing sad sacks with silliness.

Watch Dogs 2 Is Determined To Be Fun

Playful isn’t high on the list of adjectives I’d use to describe Aiden Pearce’s po-faced misadventures in Watch Dogs, so when I sat down to play four hours of Watch Dogs 2, my face wasn’t prepared for the amount of grinning I’d be doing. There were aches. There was embarrassing, snorting laughter. Mostly, though, there was relief. The first game had a tone problem. It…

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Feature: How they make vehicles fun

Inside Ubisoft’s Dedicated Driving Team

There are strange things going on with the buggy I’m driving. I’m in a field, somewhere in Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ digital Bolivia, and the vehicle is transforming while I drive it. The power, suspension, steering – everything’s changing. It’s not a bug. Next to me, the driving team at Ubisoft Reflections are fiddling with my poor ride using their vehicle editing tool, which lamentably doesn’t…

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