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  • A sprite boy runs with a football in a voxel-ish, Pokémon-like world in Soccer Story.

    I grew up in a town where some people hated the colour green, because they supported Rangers FC and green was associated with their rivals, Celtic FC. They would smash green traffic lights, green street cabinets, green shop signs...

    I wonder what their reaction would be to Soccer Story, an "adventure RPG" about playing football-ish sports in a lush, green, almost Pokémon-like world.

  • FIFA 23 for PC will have performance parity with current-gen consoles thanks to the inclusion of EA's Hypermotion2 motion-capture technology.

    FIFA 23's Ultimate Team mode will follow previous games by including loot boxes, EA have confirmed. In the past few years, several studies have linked loot boxes with gambling, and several European countries have moved to regulate them. In a statement given to Eurogamer, EA said that Ultimate Team packs are "a part of FIFA that players love" and that "Giving players the choice to spend if they want to is fair."

  • aa batteries from amazon basics, stacked in a menacingly large pile.

    Deals: Charge up your game controllers with 100 AA batteries for £13

    These also might come in handy for remotes, VR controllers, clocks, LED flashlights and so on.

    This is a bit different from what we normally cover, but I was going to order this for myself and thought it might be of interest to you, dear reader, as well. Anyway, you can get ten years' worth of AA batteries - 100 in total! - for just £13 at Amazon right now. This normally costs £18, so that's a nice little savings - and of course it's far cheaper per item than buying batteries in smaller packs.

  • Image for Our favourite portable SSD is down to £77 at Amazon

    Deals: Our favourite portable SSD is down to £77 at Amazon

    A historic low price for a USB-connected 1050MB/s SSD.

    The Crucial X8 is our favourite portable SSD, thanks to its compact protective frame, convenient USB-A or USB-C connection and excellent performance. It's capable of transfer speeds up to 1050MB/s, minimising the time it takes to copy files to and from the drive, and offers low enough access times that you can easily run games from it too. It normally costs around £85, but today it's dropped to a historic low price of £77 - a great value for a portable NVMe SSD offering this level of performance.

  • A Rumbleverse player poses in front of a SwoleFoods Market building.

    Free-to-play brawler Rumbleverse launches with two new modes

    The game's first season will begin next week

    Free-to-play battle royale brawler Rumbleverse is now available on the Epic Games Store. It comes with two additional modes not seen in the pre-launch playtests: the chance to pair up with a pal in Duos and a sort of free roam practice mode called Playground.

  • The horrible insides of a rotting mousepad.

    You knew it would happen. First the wound opened and sprayed you with viscera, then the skin peeled back to raw flesh, and this next step was bound to happen one day. Yet even as the lump shifted beneath your wrist, and you knew it was worming its way free, maybe it wouldn't? Maybe it would be fine? Maybe it would stay there. Please, let it stay there. You can't deal with losing it now. Oh god, let it stay there. Not now. Please, not now. But it happened (of course it did!). And you know what? You're okay. It wasn't the end of the world.

  • Image for The 25 best multiplayer games to play on PC in 2022

    There's something about playing with strangers over the internet that adds an extra pizzaz to proceedings. Playing a game on your lonesome's totally fine, but multiplayer offerings can be a much-needed source of hilarity or triumph, as others help you achieve glory, or you watch the enemy succumb to your power. Join me, then, as I steer you through the best multiplayer games out there.

  • Spider-Man crawls up a skyscraper in Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered.

    Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is landing on PC, and it’s pretty good! Co-developers Insomniac Games and Nixxes, who spoke to me this week about the port's development, have also taken the care to festoon this version of the open-world crim-puncher with various Windows-exclusive features. These span enhanced ray traced reflections and ultrawide monitor support to both Nvidia DLSS and (surprisingly, given it wasn’t in the initial PC features trailer) AMD FSR 2.0, adding to a list of visual options that already stretches into the sky like a Manhattan high rise. Let’s take a look, then, at how Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered performs on PC – as well as the best settings to keep it swingin’ real smooth like.

  • Claptrap the robot from Borderlands 3, with the electronic wireless show logo in the top right corner

    Welcome once again to The Electronic Wireless Show podcast. As a counterpoint to the episode on the nicest blokes to hang out with in games, we've decided to talk about our most hated NPCs (a bonus prize to anyone who can guess which is the one we all say first). It's an interesting one to discuss, because the line between intentionally annoying and unintentionally annoying can be very thin. Plus everyone tends to find different things annoying. Disclaimer: you are not annoying, any similarities you have to characters we find annoying are coincidental.

  • A small robot comes face to face with a giant fly robot in Axiom Verge 2

    Axiom Verge 2 is now available on Steam and Steam Deck

    It's no longer an Epic Games Store exclusive

    Alien planet exploring Metroidvania Axiom Verge 2 came out a year ago, meaning its time as an Epic Games Store exclusive is up. Protagonist Indra and her drone buddy celebrate their release anniversary by grappling their way over to Steam today.

  • An image showing Cal Kestis and a character from the Knight of Revan The Old Republic expansion against a backdrop of Rey fighting Stormtroopers on Jakku.

    Feature: The 10 best Star Wars games on PC

    You wanna buy some death sticks?

    Most of our Bestest Best lists cover one genre. One nice, tidy genre which makes ranking and comparing games a little more straightforward. That's not so true with our list of the best Star Wars games on PC. There are a lot of Star Wars games which cover a lot of genres, and comparing a Lego platformer with a racing game from over two decades ago is no easy feat. Fortunately, I've whittled them down to a nice, digestible list of the 10 best Star Wars games you should play on PC today. So, grab your glass of blue milk and a healthy serving of roasted Porg, and let's get stuck in.

  • a futuristic spaceship fires lasers on an ultrawide monitor, although the bezels of the monitor appear too small to be realistic.

    Deals: The cheapest ultra-wide on Amazon is this 25-in 2560x1080 model for £110

    The LG 25UM58 is a great value, especially for lower-end PC gaming and content creation.

    How much gaming monitor can you get for £100? Not much, it turns out - but I did spot something unexpected for £10 more: a genuine ultra-wide monitor. Now, it's not a stunner as far as looks go, and it's not got the latest specs either. But what it has got is an expansive 25-inch span, a 2560x1080 resolution and a blistering refresh rate of... 75Hz. OK, so it's far from the best gaming monitor on the planet, but getting an IPS monitor of this size is honestly not bad going - especially as it's been reduced from a UK RRP of £170.

  • an intel ssd 670p series is pictured, with black 3D QLC NAND chips on a green circuit board in the familiar M.2 NVMe form factor.

    Deals: Pick up this 1TB NVMe SSD for £58.84

    Intel's SSD 670p Series uses 3D QLC NAND for high-speed, low-cost storage.

    Intel's SSD 670p Series is one of the cheapest ways to add high-speed NVMe storage to your system, and now a 1TB drive has been reduced to just £59 in the UK. That's a big price drop on a drive that normally sells for £90, and is nearly as cheap as the £54 that this drive cost during the last Amazon Prime Day.

  • Artwork of warriors from The DioField Chronicle

    I was a bit sad when Square Enix announced last month that PC players would be missing out on the first demo for their upcoming strategy game The DioField Chronicle, but happily the RPG giant has reconsidered their tactical options and released it on Steam after all. The move coincides with pre-orders also going live, but the good news is that your save data, progress and character levels from the demo will all transfer over to the final game should you decide to take the plunge in full when the game comes out on September 22nd. Huzzah.

  • Lightning, Squall and Cloud from the Final Fantasy series

    Feature: The best Final Fantasy games on PC

    Ranked in the correct order, finally

    Final Fantasy fans divided cannot cast fire, or so the saying goes. For too long we've been at war over what the best Final Fantasy game is, but today we're putting an end to this eternal shuffle of various Roman numerals and creating a definitive list of the best Final Fantasy games on PC right now.

  • Raz rolls through a horrible level of teeth and gums and tongues in a Psychonauts 2 screenshot.

    Feature: What's better: nude mods, or going into guts and meat?

    Vote on this terrible question to help decide the best thing in games

    Last time, you decided that cameras which actually take pictures are better than running into a wall so fast you hurt yourself. Immersive sims shudder in revulsion from this outcome (but sadly don't take damage from their vibration). Cameras won by only eight votes, so you'd better join in if you feel strongly about this week's face-off. And this one might involve taking a face... off. What's better: nude mods, or going into guts and meat?

  • Spider-Man swings into action in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered.

    Feature: Why Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered PC devs want players to “feel like we're honouring the platform”

    We talk Spidey’s PC features and development with Insomniac Games and Nixxes

    Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is the latest ex-PlayStation exclusive to rock up on PC, following a collaborative effort between original developers Insomniac Games and porting specialists Nixxes. It’s also a skyscape-swinging, baddie-decking good time, so says Alice Bee’s review, and one that comes with plenty of special features just for the Windows version. I’ll be posting a more performance-and-hardware-focused guide to it later this week, but in the meantime I called up Jurjen Katsman, founder and senior director of development at Nixxes, and Mike Fitzgerald, core technology director at Insomniac, for a chat about how Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered makes the jump to PC.

  • Spider-Man clings to a reflective window and looks out over New York City in Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

    I've played a lot of Spider-Man games. To this day I nurture the belief that all tutorials should be narrated by Bruce Campbell. I even played Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which had four different web-dudes and later inspired the Spider-Verse storyline in the comics. Point is, I'm standing on pretty solid ground to judge Spider-Man games. Marvel's Spider-Man, originally released onto Sonyboxes in 2018, is finally coming to PC in a Remastered form, and let me tell you: it is a great Spidey game.

    You know Spider-Man. He's a dude named Peter Parker who was bitten by a radioactive spider and can now climb up walls and punch criminals really well. Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered lets you roleplay being Spidey against the backdrop of a big, living New York city. It is, if you'll excuse the pun, amazing. Now, is it the best Spidey game? Nah. I reckon that's its spin-off/sequel Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but that's not on PC yet. This means Marvel's Spider-Man gets to be the best wall-crawler game on PC for another few months, which isn't a bad consolation prize.

  • A Steam Deck displays a picture of Spider-Man standing on top of a skyscraper with New York sprawling out behind them.

    When Sony revealed that Spider-Man Remastered was headed to PC earlier this year, I became fixated with the idea that the game would potentially work on the Steam Deck. I mean, it worked on a base PS4, right? By my understanding the Steam Deck is basically just a PS4 with a screen slapped on it, so surely portable Spider-Manning wasn't an unrealistic thing to expect?

    After spending a few days testing out the game on the Deck I'm thrilled to confirm that Spider-Man Remastered plays great on Valve's handheld with only a few very minor caveats. Hooray! I can finally punch a Vulture in my back garden without getting shouted at by local bird protection services. What a time to be alive.

  • Image for Cult Of The Lamb review: an adorably twisted cult management game

    A bright sun heralds the start of day 37 for CultPaperShotgun. Katharine wakes up and immediately sets to work cleaning up the mountains of poop and vomit puddles left over from the previous night's revelries. As she works, she spies her good friend Alice B harvesting cauliflowers from the cult's garden, trying to keep as far as possible away from the (now slightly rotting) corpse of Graham that lays nearby. A cluster of other followers are busy dancing around a shrine in the centre of the village, but they all stop to witness a fight between the two oldest members of the cult - Alice0 and Liam. Ritual combat of the elderly is a staple of CultPaperShotgun, and as Alice0 delivers the final blow to an ailing Liam, cries of euphoria reverberate about the camp as his spirit (and chunks of flesh) are donated to the cause.

    Where am I in all this, you ask? I, the Lamb, the glorious leader of our cult, the holy vessel of Death itself, and the sworn enemy of the Bishops of the Old Faith that are destined soon to die by my blade? I'm kicking back at a nearby camp, enjoying a spot of fishing and a friendly game of Knucklebones.

    This, friends, is Cult Of The Lamb. And it is excellent.

  • Game developer Swery with a white owl on his arm

    Swery has written a book and its title is peak Swery

    "Dear Ambivalence: The Mustachioed One, The Witches And The Suspended Body" sounds suspiciously like an alternate plot for his game The Good Life

    They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when the book in question has been written by Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro and is entitled "Dear Ambivalence: The Mustachioed One, The Witches, And The Suspended Body", you can be absolutely sure I'll be adding it to my enormous 'to be read' pile as soon as I've finished typing. First published in Japan last year, Swery took to Twitter yesterday to announce its English translation by Dan Luffey is now available digitally. You might want to sit down for the synopsis, though. It sounds wild.

  • Frey, the main character of Forspoken, at the centre of a swirling fire storm

    Some of the early trailers for Forspoken, a Squeenix action-adventure/RPG epic coming in January, suggested portentious world-saving stuff. This is a different vibe to a clip shared on Forspoken's offical Twitter this week, which featured main character Frey Holland doing a "Yup, that's me!" kind of elevator pitch for the game. A lot of people on the birdsite took an instant, vehement dislike to Frey's dialogue, and were just as instantly sure who to blame for the peachy keen quiplashing, even if by proxy. Yes, Joss Whedon strikes again.

  • A boy and girl stand in a boat watching a seagull and walrus play a game in Lost In Play

    You know when a game instantly charms the socks off you the moment you first clap eyes on it? Point and click puzzler Lost In Play is one of those games for me. Its vibrant cartoon visuals immediately caught my attention when I first sampled its Steam Next Fest demo earlier in the year, and I'm happy to report that the full game, out today, is just as captivating as it was back then.

    It tells the tale of Toto and Gal, a pair of rambunctious siblings who end up far from home after getting lost inside a fantasy world of their own imagining. If they don't find a way back before nightfall, though, they'll be stuck there forever. A classic kids adventure story, in other words, but one that really relishes in its own sense of playfulness. Over the course of their four-odd hour adventure, they'll meet monster fighting frogs in a dark forest, board game-playing seagulls on the high seas, orc mechanics in a vast desert and even a heavy-metal loving sheep on a floating island in the sky as they make their way home to their messy childhood bedroom. It all makes for some memorable puzzling backdrops, but be warned: if you're planning to play this with little ones, then you'll definitely need a puzzle savvy adult in the mix, as some of its brainteasers aren't quite as child-friendly as you might expect.

  • An eerie grey pizza delivery man plays two pizzas like records at a DJ booth in Betrayal At Club Low.

    Return to Off-Peak City with Betrayal At Club Low in September

    The next game in Cosmo D's excellent series is an RPG

    We'll soon return to the weird and wonderful world of Cosmo D's Off-Peak City, with the next game in the series today announcing a shiny release date of September 9th. Betrayal At Club Low is the name, and an RPG infiltrating a former coffin factory-turned-nightclub is its game. This time, Cosmo D says he's inspired by one-shot indie RPGs as we roll dice, bake pizzas, and try to help an undercover agent escape.

  • A snowy wee medieval village surrounded by walls in townbuilder Farthest Frontier.

    There are many different kinds of townbuilders these days, but two of the most popular are "it's a bit like Settlers," and "it looks a bit like Settlers as a ruse but really it's about everyone dying of cholera." Farthest Frontier is the latter: a city management game from the makers of Grim Dawn where its picturesque exterior gives way to an interier that's reminiscent of Banished.

    As of today, Farthest Frontier is now in early access.