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Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, SSDs and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 9th November 2018

I hope you all enjoyed burning the effigy of a 412-year-old man who happened to be standing by some gunpowder beneath the Houses of Parliament last weekend. Now that I've finally washed the smell of bonfire out of my clothes, it's time to look ahead to that most joyous of November holidays, the deals-athon the end all deals-athons, Black Friday. Some retailers clearly didn't get the memo about it being just on a Friday this year, as a couple of them have started their Black Friday deal celebrations early, those sillies. That's good news for us, though, as it means low, low prices now that won't change on the day itself (well, it does if you're shopping at Ebuyer at least).

To that end, there are lots of big discounts to be found over in the hardware camp this week, but there are still plenty of game deals going on, too, just in case the recent spate of sales hasn't made your Steam library collapse in on itself yet. Whether it's cheap Paradox games, sneaky Klei savings or a Blendo Games collection special, your deals herald will provide.

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With Armistice Day approaching, marking the end of World War I in 1918, folks including the co-director of Valiant Hearts, English animation studio Aardman, and Elijah Wood out those there films have come together to revisit it in 11-11: Memories Retold. Released last night, the "narrative-driven, WWI experience" follows two fellas with very different reasons to be at war, all wrapped up in a third-person notshooter with a painterly style. Have a look in the launch trailer below.

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The Flare Path: Phase 2

Thanks to money raised by the last Flare Path Funicular Fun Run, our somewhat neglected six-year-old Reading Room has recently gained a third wing. While the addition hasn't brought the climb and turn rate improvements that some wags predicted, Joyce, the Chief Librarian, couldn't be happier with the extra capacity. As she said to me this morning while surveying her new vacant tome tenements “We're finally ready for Phase 2 - that second round of book suggestions we've always talked about.”

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Aliens Versus Predator 2 pitted colonial marines against predators against aliens. It was an asymmetrical first-person shooter that stood out when it was released in 2001. For seven years, the multiplayer servers pulsed with life. No dark corner offered sanctuary, cloaked predators disemboweled marines, and marines surrounded themselves with thickets of spider mines, and, all the while, alien players crawled through the vents.

Then in early 2008, Vivendi Games, parent company to the shooter’s publisher Sierra Entertainment, merged with Activision. Within a few months Sierra announced it would be shutting down the servers for 21 of its games. Aliens Versus Predator 2 was one of them. By the end of the year, Sierra itself was shuttered. The master server browser going down was almost an apocalyptic event for the players. Almost.

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I hope you're feeling lucky, punks, because there are more games with a cyber-aesthetic in development than I can count on the fingers of my digitally-enhanced robo-hand. Rain Of Reflections was announced way back in 2015, but Lionbite Games only gave us our first proper look at their turn-based stealth and conversation 'em up earlier this week. The gameplay trailer for the first chapter, "Set Free", awaits below: you're a scientist who's decided to stop experimenting on the last child ever born, and free him instead.

I'm not sure that's a great idea. He could get hit by a bus or something.

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Just when you thought you'd explored every nook and cranny of Don't Starve's nightmare otherworlds (plural), a new set of porcine problems present themselves. Hamlet, begining a quick spin through early access today, is another expansion for Klei's survival action RPG sandbox. This one takes Wilson and his sketchy pals to a new, far more civilised land. There's a town run by aristocratic pigfolk, trap-laden ruins, the usual bundle of massive new boss monsters to tussle with and the looming threat of a coming Aporkalypse. The launch trailer is hamming it up below.

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Warframe's second open-world expansion, Fortuna, is out, free and available to download, taking Digital Extremes's third-person free-to-play ninja shooter to the icy terraformed surface of Venus. Fortuna adds a slew of new features including stunt-capable hoverboards, a wildlife preservation mini-game, customisable kit-guns, buildable robot buddies and more. It's easily the biggest expansion for the game yet, its new map dwarfing the previous open-world offering Plains Of Eidolon. The update clocks in at a hefty ~4gb in size. Ogle the trailer below while you wait.

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Jason Rohrer's wildly ambitious humanity simulator One Hour One Life has resurfaced on Steam today. Previously available only direct from the developer, it's a real-time survival and crafting sandbox - familiar stuff, but with a twist. Every time you play, you begin as a random, helpless baby, unceremoniously spawned from another player. For your first few minutes, you're dependent, and must be carried and fed by others. From there, you've got under an hour until you croak and begin the cycle anew, so players are constantly rushing to achieve something before they die.

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Like a well-trained operator, End State has somehow escaped my attention until just before it's ready to strike. Inspired heavily by squad strategy classic Jagged Alliance 2, it's a tactical squad combat game with realistic ballistics, a complex stealth system an a morally blurry modern-day black ops setting for its campaign. Oh, and groin-targeting. It's somehow been lurking around for years, but today developers Iron Sight put out a fancy new features trailer in preparation for an early access release in the near future. Sneak a stealthy peek at the game in the video below.

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HyperX clearly have a thing about clouds - no, not that mopey JRPG chap, the real, white fluffy things you find in the sky. I had a good time with their wireless Cloud Flight headset earlier in the year, for instance, but since then the number of Clouds in their audio line-up seems to have grown exponentially. Today, I've got the Cloud Alpha, which is not to be confused with the Cloud Revolver, Cloud Stinger, Cloud Earbuds or, indeed, just the regular Cloud.

What makes this gaming headset different from all the other Clouds out there? According to HyperX, the Alpha has the special distinction of having two chambers inside each audio driver to help separate the bass from the mids and highs, which supposedly produces a cleaner, smoother sound than single-chamber headsets where everything is all jumbled together. Is it enough to break into our [block id="604477" title="Best gaming headset"] list, though? Let's find out.

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Podcast: Of murders and mysteries

Esteemed friends. I have gathered you here today to speak about a most terrible crime, perpetrated in this very room. Late last night, the RPS podcast, affectionately known to some of you as the Electronic Wireless Show, was found dead beside the divan. No, do not get up Mrs Leathershaw. The cushions have been washed, I assure you. But less clean than those soft pillows is the conscience of one person in this room. That's right, listeners. The killer is among you. We have but one clue. The last recorded message of the Electronic Wireless Show, simply labelled: "Episode 62 - Of murders and mysteries."

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We're barely out of October and Killing Floor 2 is jumping the queue to get its next holiday sweater on. In a bit of oddball casting that somehow makes sense, Tripwire's monster-mashing co-op shooter is adding a grizzled, eyepatched Santa to its playable characters, voiced by the eternally boggle-eyed Gary Busey. Players can opt in to the game's beta branch later today to try the upcoming Season's Beatings event featuring a story-based romp through Santa's Workshop, a shopping mall map, three new weapons and Busey himself lurking in a video below.

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As a tourist behind the wheel of American Truck Simulator, I'm interested in anything making the world feel more alive, and the latest DLC seems great for that. Out now, the 'Special Transport' DLC whacks in honking great oversized loads from to industrial machinery to houses, so large that we need to follow police escorts and the TV news might send a camera to watch us. Yes, thank you. Come, Americans, come watch me drive big things through your big country. Don't worry: I'm getting a lot better at remembering which side of the road you drive on.

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Consider your timbers shivered, quivered, spooked, and skeeved, as Total War: Warhammer II has set sail for the Vampire Coast. Crews of undead pirates fielding drowned zombies, giant crabs, seabeasts, shipwreck golems, and other such nautical horrors are the focus of the new expansion released today, Curse Of The Vampire Coast. Accompanying the paid expansion is a free update, revitalising the Vampire Counts faction, kinda sorta adding battles for when armies meet at sea (but not naval battles), and adding a new Dark Elf subfaction led by a salty fella called the 'Krakenlord'.

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Gris looks just so beautiful, but just so empty

I am so torn by the huge stretch of Gris that I've played. Vastly more than we'd usually expect from a preview, given to us peculiarly close to its 13th December release. I've seen an awful lot of this enemy-less platformer, and yet I still can't tell whether it's beautiful enough to forgive all else, or just too dull to excuse.

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With Diablo apparently taking a breather on PC, there's room for one more in the action RPG space - Pagan Online from Mad Head Games is stepping up to bat, paired with World Of Tanks publisher Wargaming. While they're stepping into a tried-and-tested genre here, Mad Head reckon Pagan Online does it a bit different, claiming that it "follows in the footsteps of classic dungeon crawlers while tearing down and reinventing the gameplay into challenging MOBA-style combat experiences"; curious indeed. Below, a teaser trailer introducing a trio of colour-coded heroes.

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The third episode of survive 'em up The Long Dark's story mode Wintermute will not arrive in December as planned, developers Hinterland have announced, though the revamped 'Redux' versions of the first two should hit next month. The reason for the delay is good news, really: they've picked up new team members and a 36-camera motion capture setup from recently-closed studio Capcom Vancouver and want to put them to good use on episode 3. If I got a fancy toy like that, I'd also probably put a lot of things off while I played with it.

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The saga of Final Fantasy XV will cut off abruptly, as Square Enix last night announced they've cancelled three of its four upcoming story DLCs. FFXV director Hajime Tabata has left the company too, planning to start his own company for his own project. So... that's about the end of that. The DLC story episode starring antagonist Ardyn is still coming, as are more of the multiplayer Comrades and some FFXIV crossover gubbins, but the DLCs focused on Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis are in the bin.

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I've had it with these punks. They keep strolling up to different genres and flashing them with their neon lights and messages about rampant consumption. The most recent culprit is Cloudpunk, an upcoming driving/walking/chatting simulator about delivering stuff for a dodgy company in a cyberpunk city, where you go round listening to the woes of "androids, AI and unscrupulous humans at every level of society".

Come and coo at the trailer with me. There are some good synthy 'shwing' noises.

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Hitman 2 review

As you sneak through an underground tunnel that you’ve just discovered, taking out cameras and hiding dead bodies that should just be unconscious (but you’re bad at this), it’s easy to forget how clever Hitman 2 is. Discovery begets invention, paving the way for the kill, and although IO’s latest take on their murder-sim doesn’t veer too far from the previous game's reinvention, it spends time re-enforcing what made it so good to begin with. The new locations to explore, and little tweaks to the overall experience, allow for even more murder customisation than before.

What truly makes Hitman 2, mind you, is the sheer amount of ways to take out your target. While this new game ratchets up the number of assassination targets to the point that most missions have two or three people to take out, it’s also ridiculous how different each playthrough of a level can be. You might spend an hour on your first visit to Miami, and to then be greeted by a list of alternate ways in which you could have killed the target is tantalising. The game is egging you on to be better, to do more.

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“It’s the most hyper capitalistic place in the world.”

I’m sitting at the Las Vegas Linq hotel bar with Snorri Árnason, game director of Project Nova, the sci-fi shooter spin-off of Eve Online. We’re here to talk about the tactical shooter he's showing off at Eve Vegas, a yearly gathering of spaceship scoundrels. But first, I have to know. Of all the places in the world to squeeze in over a thousand Eve fans like sneaky space sardines, why Vegas?

“It’s like, an intergalactic space station.” Árnason gestures around us. “Gambling, Liquor. Everything goes.”

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From its towering bodged-together murderous junk-bots to its bizarre saw-wheeled bikes and its alternate dieselpunk 1940s setting, Steel Rats, released today, is an odd beast. An unusual vehicular action game from Tate Multimedia, part shooter, part platformer, part stunt racer. Players control a biker gang, battling robots across a ruined America, free to drive anywhere (including walls and ceilings) 'cos they've got big saw-blades for wheels. I'm still not entirely sure how this works physics-wise, but it's cool so I'll give it a pass. Rev up for the launch trailer below.

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It might have been the spark that lit the battle royale inferno that consumed the industry, but zombie survival sandbox DayZ has been largely forgotten, languishing in early access. The end is finally within sight for the former Arma 2 mod, as its first beta build has officially rolled out today, a major release with the aim of preparing the game for a final launch by the end of 2018. The new beta release brings significant engine changes, base building, a map overhaul and more. Check out the patch notes here and the accompanying dev log video below

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It's November 7th, and according to Bioware that means it's N7 Day, where we salute the (colour-coded) hard choices made by Commander Shepard in defence of Earth. This year, an alliance of Mass Effect 3 modders have gotten together to release a slew of complimentary updates, polishing up old content, adding entirely new missions and expanding the player's impact on its galactic war. Below, an official video celebrating this day in future fictional space-time, and a peek at some of the mods rolling out or being updated today.

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The first Dead Space turned 10 years old last month. It took me a month to get through the first two hours when I first played it. Every time I jumped back in and clumped down one of the USG Ishimura’s dark corridors, a monster would pop out of the vents and I’d jump up, smash the pause button and find an excuse to do anything else but play it. Many fans loved that sense of dread, but for some players it was simply too stressful.

“All our data showed the number one reason people bought Dead Space was that it was scary,” says Ian Milham, who was developer Visceral Games’ art director at the time. “And the number one reason people didn’t buy Dead Space was that it was scary.”

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Mad Catz, the bankrupted-but-recently-resurrected maker of PC peripherals and console controllers for younger brothers and sisters, have announced their return to the world stage of PC hardware with the arrival of not one, but four new gaming mice, and they're all giant, hand-hogging RATs. Sorry, one sec, I just got a whiff of something awful. It smells like... cheesy feet? No, it can't be. Must be the cheese wheel we've got in the fridge. There's a high possibility it's probably gone off. Or maybe our own real-life cats have dragged in some poor rodent through the back door. Back in a mo, better go and take a look.

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A good sleuth has a recognisable face. A great one has dozens according to The Shapeshifting Detective, an FMV murder mystery game released yesterday by D'Avekki Studio. A young woman has been murdered, and there are few faster ways to get to the truth than to be all of the suspects at the same time. As the title suggests, the player has the ability to supernaturally disguise themselves as any of the cast, opening up new dialogue options and clues. Handy, as anyone could be the killer - literally, as it's randomly chosen each time. The launch trailer inconspicuously sits below.

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How a book binds the Return of the Obra Dinn

Towards the end of Return of the Obra Dinn’s four-and-a-half years in development, Lucas Pope had a friend come over to playtest it. He sat him down, explained how it’s a firstperson mystery game in which you discover the fate of the Obra Dinn, a merchant ship lost on its voyage into the Orient. Then he gave him the controls. “He played for a bit and his response was, ‘This game is about the book’.”

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If fighting other humans doesn't challenge you enough in Blackout, or you fancy risking death for loot and funsies, you can now take on the Blightfather in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode. This hulking, goo-spewing boss from the game's Zombies mode is back in Blopout for one week, hanging around the graveyard itching for a fight and offering big prizes if you beat him. Last night's patch also removed the mega-powerful 9-Bang flashbang from Blopout, washing away a little damage. Not sure all this will cushion the blow of incoming microtransactions but hey.

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