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  • Heading Out - In all black and white a car swerves on a desert highway. Comic book style panels show the car's radio, odometer, pedals, and gear shift around the edges of the screen.

    Heading Out is a vigilante driving adventure inspired by Vanishing Point

    Outrun the cops, the sand storms, and your reputation

    The next game from the folks behind tactical war sim Radio Commander looks like a wild ride. Whereas Serious Sim's last game pointedly kept you out of the action, coordinating from the tactical tent, Heading Out will put you in the driver's seat. Their upcoming cross-country adventure is about driving a muscle car through the American west like the anti-hero of an old movie. Serious Sim have just announced this one to hit the road sometime next year but its announcement trailer makes it look worth watching for.

  • A photo of the Logitech G Pro Wireless mouse and its USB adapter

    My favourite mouse of all time is the Logitech G Pro Wireless. I've owned one since it came out in 2018, I still use it almost every day and I recommend it wherever possible - but normally, I have to say "I know it's expensive, but it's worth it."

    Today, I don't need to say the second part, as this legendary Logitech mouse has dropped from its normal retail price of £110 (!) to something a little more reasonable. It's now £62 at Currys PC World when you use the code FNDDGAMING at the checkout. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this model, and a great deal for anyone looking for a high performance wireless mouse for work or gaming.

  • Image for Crucial's MX500 2TB SSD reaches £140, a historic low price

    Deals: Crucial's MX500 2TB SSD reaches £140, a historic low price

    An excellent deal for a drive that regularly retailed for £175 all spring

    The Crucial MX500 is one of the best SATA SSDs on the market, and today it's been discounted quite heavily over on Amazon. The roomy 2TB model has been dropped to £140, significantly below the £175 mark it's been offered at for the past three months - and nearly £25 less than the last time we highlighted it on sale!

  • Ender Lilies - Lily attacking a boss called Guardian Siegrid with the sword slashing skill of one of her spirits.

    Metroidvania-y action RPG Ender Lilies: Quietus Of The Knights has defeated the early access beast in short order and emerged with a full launch today. Since its original early access state from January, the very pretty spirit combat game has added five new areas, new bosses, and more. You can spot some of the combat and lovely art style here in its launch day trailer.

  • Industries Of Titan - A top-down view of the city on Titan, showing an interface for selecting a power structure to build and another panel tracking migrant ships from other planets such as Earth, Mars, and Jupiter.

    Space-based city-builder Industries Of Titan has has launched itself into early access. Again, that is. The micromanage-y space corp management game has been in early access for a bit over a year with a number of updates an improvements. It's now arrived on Steam, still in early access, with plans to stay there around another year. Today's new trailer highlights some of the flashy new bits that have been added to the game already.

  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game: a character in a Sonic mascot outfit playing beach volleyball

    Here it is folks: the Sonic game you've all been waiting for. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game™ is finally launching today. OGT2020 - TOVG™ has been out in Japan since 2019 and hey, it's having a worldwide launch today. The official Olympic party game has 18 different feats of sporting and athletics for Sonic to crush his human competition in. There are tons of other outfits but honestly, you're going to be Sonic, right? Sega want you to be Sonic and so do I.

  • A photo of two gaming PCs side by side

    Deals: Save £150 on these two RTX 30 gaming desktops

    Best of all, they're not even Prime Day deals

    It's not just Amazon doing mega deals this Prime Day. Ebuyer are also getting in on the action, and right now they have some great RTX 30 desktops on sale that are both £150 off at the moment, with free next day delivery - and they're better than anything you'll currently find on Amazon, too. One is an RTX 3060 build, and the other is a powerful RTX 3080 PC.

  • Image for Raft’s next update lets you redecorate your floating home

    Raft’s next update lets you redecorate your floating home

    The Renovation Update brings cosy furniture to the survival sim

    Raft is one of my favourite ways to spend an evening with my BFF Tom. We float, we scream at seagulls, we complain about the decor of our ocean-going besdsit. There’s only so much you can do with a shark’s head, and we have dozens of them. We need more stuff, which is what the next update brings. The Renovation Update is a complete overhaul of the decoration system, letting you strip away the shonky walls and craft something more akin to a floating Airbnb.

    And what’s that I spy on the horizon? Could it be? Yes! Trailer-ho!

    Everything now looks a lot more solid, perhaps a little bit too solid given how sturdy the stairs are, but that might just feel like a nice reward for all the tree chopping and plank fishing you have to do. And you have a further use for all those seagull feathers you end up with: you can make a paint brush to start decorating your skiff in more interesting colours and patterns. Haha, take that you crop eating sky rats. You are now a utility.

  • E3 2021 logo in front of a silver-coloured, crystallised background

    A couple of months ago, Imogen asked if we need E3 anymore. And I have been thinking about this question a lot. It comes up pretty regularly, and has done basically since E3 started, along with whether E3 is going to last for much longer. It's been nearly 30 years now. But, as Alice0 pointed out to me as we surveyed the smoking wreckage of our desks after E3 2021, this industry is loathe to let things die if it can help it. Even if E3 did eventually end it would be repackaged as a spiritual successor a few years later, possibly called Two Point Expo or similar. So perhaps another question to think about is: will E3 ever be as fun as it used to be?

  • A small human is surrounded by very blue deep sea creatures.

    Oceanarium is a seabound exploration game based on how little we know about the deepest darkest reaches of the sea. You'll swim, you'll relax, you'll discover alien-looking sea creatures, and help the ocean heal. There are lots of wiggly things and eyeballs, bright lights and lovely shades of blue, and it makes the scary bits of the sea look very pleasant indeed. It comes out on Steam later today.

  • Image for This $179 Intel Core i5 CPU is way better than buying an older Core i7

    Deals: This $179 Intel Core i5 CPU is way better than buying an older Core i7

    Don't bother with the i7-9700K when the cheaper Core i5-10600K is just as quick

    Amazon US has some pretty decent CPU deals for Prime Day this year, but not all of them are as good value as they might first appear. Nabbing the Intel Core i7-9700K for $260 might seem like a great discount compared to its usual price of $317, for example, but when the just-as-fast Core i5-10600K can be had for just $179 today, would-be upgraders would be much better off choosing the latter if you're looking for a great CPU on the cheap.

  • Phasmophobia photograph of a ghost: an oni with yellow eyes, a screaming mouth, and torn clothes stands close to the player in a high school classroom.

    Phasmophobia adds two new ghosties that I don't want to meet

    To find them you'll need to be talkative and chilly

    I picked up Phasmophobia again for the first time in a while this weekend, and man, I'm bad at it! I'm not up-to-speed on how to properly identify the current ghosties, and now there are already two more for me to run away from. On Friday, developers Kinetic Games added the Yokai and Hantu spectres, who both sound rather awkward to pin down - but hey, sometimes challenges are fun even if you know you're doomed to fail them. The devs have also hired a couple extra people to help out with production too.

  • Image for You’ll dress up an awful lot in Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

    You’ll dress up an awful lot in Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

    The great detective will change clothes every 10 seconds to crack the case

    After watching this tour of Sherlock Holmes Chapter One, I have deduced the plot already. It’s elementary, really. As a young Sherlock, you’ll be wandering around an open-world full of crimes and clues, dressing up to interrogate and investigate. It makes the reveal painfully obvious to me: the end-game will be to unmask Hitman’s Agent 47 as the killer!

  • Image for Your cool indie game doesn't have to be saying anything important

    Supporters only: Your cool indie game doesn't have to be saying anything important

    Your game about shooting aliens can just be about shooting aliens

    I'm not going to name any names, but while I was trawling through the demos for the Steam Next Fest (countless many of which are excellent) I came across one game that had a genuinely amazing description. Imagine something like "A retro FPS inspired by Doom. Also, a deep story that delves into the Jungian understanding of the psyche." This made me laugh quite a lot - and also not play it.

  • A spooky lady in a hallway in PT.

    Is Abandoned actually a Silent Hill game?

    Probably not, but Kojima has bamboozled us before

    Abandoned is an upcoming horror game set in a spooky forest that's coming out later this year. It was revealed back in April, and it didn't take long for folks to start comparing it to Silent Hill - it shares a similar brand of eeriness, plus a setting is reminiscent of early PT teasers. Now however, thanks to odd comments from developers Blue Box Studios, some really weird naming coincidences, and a strong desire for more Silent Hills, people actually think Abandoned could be a new Kojima game.

  • A photo of the Asus ROG Strix G513QM gaming laptop

    If you've been struggling to upgrade your PC recently due to the hardware shortage and are thinking about jumping ship to a laptop, then this Asus ROG Strix G513QM is currently £300 off for Amazon Prime Day, taking this normally £1600 laptop down to a much more agreeable £1300. Not bad for a 300Hz display and an RTX 3060 graphics chip, eh?

  • A close up shot of a wingsuited soldier flying through the sky, just in front of a tornado, in Battlefield 2042

    Battlefield 2042's announcement octupled Battlefield 4's player count

    The new game boosted the classic shooter's population, but stuck players in long queues

    Pity the poor Battlefield 4 players of Boring, Oregon. Battlefield 2042's announcement caused an uptick in players in the US West server region, leading to long server queues for the eight-year-old FPS. The influx of players was large enough for EA to spin up more server capacity to help players get back to the game.

  • a photo of the samsung odyssey gaming monitor, specifically the g7

    Deals: Samsung's 240Hz Odyssey G7 is the best gaming monitor deal of Amazon Prime Day

    Save £120 on this 1440p, 240Hz G-Sync Compatible display

    The best monitor deal from last year's Amazon Prime Day is back for another round this year, with Samsung's Odyssey G7 monitor falling back down to its all-time low price of £429 (from £550) for the next 48 hours. The 1440p, 240Hz, G-Sync Compatible monitor has a fantastic set of specs for the money, and is sure to be one of the hot ticket items of this year's big Prime Day deals bonanza.

  • Image for Sea Of Thieves' A Pirate's Life expansion does feature lots of things that aren't Johnny Depp

    Bobbing onto our screens in 2018, Sea Of Thieves was perfectly timed to provide the jovial, ultimately unthreatening ambience of Pirates Of The Caribbean, just as that film series became a lot less fun due to the allegations against leading man Johnny Depp. How unfortunate, then, that 2021 should bring a massive Pirates Of The Caribbean crossover to the game, with Captain Jack Sparrow plastered all over it.

  • Image for The Sunday Papers

    Sundays are for getting vaccinated and feeling the power of Pfizer rush through your veins. Before you stand in line, let's read this week's best writing about games.

  • It's Shrek, from Shrek.

    Back on March 30th, I wrote about the entirety of Shrek being available to download via Steam for Wallpaper Engine. It was removed within twelve hours and I feel no remorse. But while moderators can remove files from the Steam Workshop, they can't remove them from your PC, and I've kept Shrek as my desktop wallpaper for nearly three months.

    Today, I'm removing it. Here is what I've learned.

  • A screenshot of Cruelty Squad and hoo boy it has a lot of clashing textures.

    Cruelty Squad has the aesthetic of early to mid '90s first-person shooters. No, not Doom and Quake. I'm talking about the trash you don't remember. The hyper-violence, the purple lighting, the repeating textures, the art assets rendered at wildly variable resolutions, the faintly cyberpunk themes.

    It's out now on Steam and there's a sensorally aggressive trailer below.

  • A screenshot of a climbing tech demo showing a blue crash test dummy hanging on to a rotating windmill blade in a greybox world.

    The debate between whether it's better to climb by simply pushing forward, Assassin's Creed-style, or through deliberate action, Mirror's Edge-style, misses the point that climbing is always cool. A tech demo by UpRoom Games reminded me just how cool climbing is today. It's a greybox playground for you to climb around with a procedural animation system that shifts your weight and positions your hands and feet. Watch a video of it below.