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Feature: In a state of flux

Razer Mamba + Firefly Hyperflux review: How much?

It's been quite a while since we've had a wireless mouse in for review at Castle Shotgun, and for that I apologise. To rectify the situation, I've got Razer's Mamba + Firefly Hyperflux combo in today, which is absolutely 100% the name of a mouse and mouse mat and definitely not a binned subtitle for Kingdom Hearts 3. The main attraction here is Razer's aforementioned…

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Feature: Yeah, you heard us

Best gaming headset 2018: Our top PC picks

Deciding on a list of best gaming headsets is always a tricky proposition. What's comfortable for one person might be pure agony for someone else, and not everyone has the same taste in musical preference. Some like an overwhelming amount of bass in their game music, while others prefer a more balanced approach. As such, lists like this are always going to be highly personal.…

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Feature: What new cards are coming?

Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project guide

A new expansion - The Boomsday Project - is about to hit Hearthstone. There'll be the usual mixture of new cards, new card types, and a fresh twist on the single-player content that's become a staple of the game over the last year or so. As for the theme, Mechs are coming back to Hearthstone in a big way. If you cast your mind back…

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Feature: We've got deals, we know how to use 'em

Best PC gaming deals of the week – August 3rd 2018

Back once again like so many renegade masters, it's time to take a quick glance at the best PC gaming deals this week has had to offer so far - as well as one or two not-specifically-PC-gaming-related-but-still-pretty-rad deals for good measure. Plus, I'll quite literally take any opportunity I can to talk about Metal Gear Solid and use some very silly images from that franchise.…

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Feature: The cat's miaow

From panel to screen: cartoon cats and visual subjectivity in Blacksad

In June 2017 Pendulo Studios, creator of the Runaway series, announced its next project: a video game adaptation of Blacksad, a noir comic starring a feline detective. In the world of games, the news was received with a shrug. But in the comics scene, people were screaming incoherently.

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Feature: Dig in for some tasty updates

Monster Hunter: World’s crashing problem is now fixed (& Nvidia drivers give tiny speed boost)

Good news, hunters! The crashing problem that was plaguing Monster Hunter: World's early review build looks as though it's now been completely fixed. There was a small 132MB update waiting for me on Steam this morning, and over the course of the next four hours it didn't crash on me even once. Hooray! We already know MHW puts quite a strain on both your graphics…

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Feature: Playing your cards right

Best graphics card 2018: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

The great graphics card drought is finally over. At long last, prices have returned to normal (all right, semi-normal) levels, and shops - shock horror - have finally wrestled their stock back from those pesky cryptocurrency miners, making now a great time to pick up one of today's best graphics cards and give your PC a long overdue update. To that end, we've rounded up…

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Feature: How to build a world where anything can happen

Hollow Knight and the art of consistency

"One of my favourite things in the whole game is that when you slash your little weapon against the cave wall you actually get an impact, with a little recoil and rocks come out,” says Ari Gibson, animator, artist and co-creator of Hollow Knight. “It’s such a small thing, but it changes you from being just a few animations to being a present actor inside…

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Feature: I fought the law and the law fell into a big custard pie

Video: This Is The Police 2 is like trying to win XCOM with the cast of Police Academy

As a great scientist once said (or maybe it was Jeff Goldblum): “A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.” Meanwhile, in This Is The Police 2 an idiot cop empties pepper spray into their own eyes and a woman burns to death because I don’t have enough law enforcers to answer her distress call.…

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Feature: Model behaviour

Trüberbrook looks like a dream and handles like a nightmare

I have never seen Twin Peaks. That’s alright, though, because a lot of people I know really like it. I’ve been around them going on about cherry pie and the red room for long enough that when I am told “And of course there’s some inspiration from Twin Peaks, too!” I know to read it as “This is going to be weird; will probably feature…

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Feature: Is skill on the field all that matters?

What makes an Overwatch MVP?

When the Overwatch League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award was handed to Jjonak of the New York Excelsior, no one was really surprised. His Zenyatta play has undoubtedly been immensely valuable; a key factor in New York’s impressive 34-6 win-loss ratio. The amount of damage he deals far outstrips every other Zenyatta player in the League, and often that of DPS players, too – all…

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Feature: The least stealthy headset of all time

Turtle Beach Stealth 300 review: Great sound, awkward setup

The new Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is a bit of a weird one. It's a wired headset that comes with a 3.5mm audio connection, but due to its built-in bass amplifier, it also needs to be charged via USB every 40 hours or so - something that, normally, you only need to do if it's wireless. Straight off the bat, then, the Stealth 300 is…

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Feature: Just drive

Road sausages and endless night: Jalopy’s deeply unsettling undercurrent

It is not terror which compels me to write this, though it’s true my world has become little more than a nightmare. Rather it’s that I need to record these facts (or what I believe to be the truth) to prove that some semblance of sanity remains. It may be I have previously attempted to catalogue my experiences, but, if so, the memory eludes me.…

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Feature: It's no one's fault but your own

Steam Charts: There Are Consequences Edition

Words are ill-equipped to describe how dull this week's Steam Charts truly are. Read on to see how I combat that. But also, thank goodness there's at least the interesting feature that Plunkbat has, for the first time since it shot to the top of the charts on its release, dropped to third place. Its year-long grip on the top spot was beginning to waver…

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Feature: Whip it good

La-Mulana 2 review

This might just be the strangest game I've played in years. A peculiar mix that, while frustrating in plenty of areas, managed to charm me with its sheer absurdity. Like any good archaeologist though, let's start at the surface and work our way down (I think that's how it works anyway; everything I know about archaeology I learned from Dr Grant* in Jurassic Park).

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Feature: Free games on the free game freeway

Free games of the week – July 28th 2018

This week, I bring you a jumble of both fun and meaningful experiences. We have a skeleton dance party where you must summon your skeletons and dance your way across the room. We have a space rat looking for their lost lunchbox on alien planets full of funky creatures. Then, on the more serious side of things, we have a man managing a hotel that…

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Feature: "Sorry sir, I lost the suspicious bald man with the barcode on his neck in that crowd of five people"

Hitman 2’s crowd-skulking is quiet but effective

The man who kills bad guitarists is back. Hitman 2 looks mostly to be polishing the first game’s bald head, which makes sense when you think of it as the stand-in for a 2nd season that never happened. As a sequel, it doesn’t appear to be changing much, apart from giving assassins a bunch of new murder playgrounds in which to plot against wealthy charlatans.…

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