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The Elder Scrolls: Blades is for phones, but it’ll come to PC one day

Before announcing The Elder Scrolls VI last night, Bethesda's Todd Howard started the The Elder Scrolls: Blades section of their E3 stream by talking about how many people Fallout Shelter had touched. He mentioned some figure in the millions about how many downloads it got, eliciting inevitable whoops from the crowd. It's probably passé to mock the things people whoop about at E3 at this…

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Realm Royale injects battle royale with tasty new ideas

I’m surprised by how much I like Realm Royale, the free-to-play battle royale spin-off to Hi-Rez's Paladins. This is battle royale by way of wizards, and an even goofier spin on the genre than Fortnite’s. Neither has the same tension as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, but - oddly - this isn’t really a game about tension. This is a game about soaring into the air, whacking down…

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Realm Royale takes Paladins to battle royale

Take the class-based wizard shooter action of Paladins, riff on the battle royale modes whizzing all over games these days, and bish bash bosh you've got Realm Royale. Hi-Rez's Paladins spin-off, which previously bore the remarkably cheeky name Paladins Battlegrounds, has now properly launched onto Steam Early Access, letting all play for free. Are you a bad enough wizard to murder like 99 other wizards?…

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Fallen London redesign spruces up the horror, the horror

Failbetter Games have launched a shiny redesign of Fallen London, the browser-based alt-history Victoriana horror RPG which spawned Sunless Sea then Sunless Skies. Failbetter last updated the site's look in 2009, when I'm not sure computers even had came in colour? Now it looks fancier and it works better on different screen sizes too, so I suppose you can fill your pocket telephone with horrors…

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RTS-inspired deckbuilder Prismata goes free-to-play(ish) for the weekend

Prismata is a bit of a hard sell because I can't think of any other strategy game quite like it. It looks and controls like a Magic: The Gathering inspired card game, but flows like an RTS, and while you do gradually expand your construction options between matches, there's no randomly drawn booster packs or loot boxes. While previously the only way into the game's…

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Midair soars out of early access, becoming F2P

The high-flying first-person shooter action of the Tribes games had returned in a roundabout way with the full launch of Midair, a game oh so very heavily inspired by the classics. Strap on a jetpack, skim across big rolling levels, raid the enemy base while defending your own, shoot baddies, and generally Tribes it right up. Sure, it doesn't have the Tribes name but mate…

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s comet hits, starting season 4

The ominous comet which grew larger in the skies over Fortnite Battle Royale across many weeks has finally struck, reshaping parts of the map and kicking off the start of Season 4. Dusty Depot has borne the brunt of the strikes and become Dusty Divot, a big crater with a little research station. Other comet fragments have struck elsewhere on the map. The comet has…

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Men of War: Modern Warfare – Call to Arms v1.0 out now

A shell ricochets off a tank hull, exploding in mid-air and killing an entire infantry squad. A sniper round finds purchase on a commander's helmet, but leaves his head intact. I've had a soft-spot for Digitalmindsoft's long-running WW2 Men of War series for some time; Chaotic, anarchic things, they're more like simulationist tabletop strategy games, played out in realtime. While it bears a different name,…

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Warframe adds Sanctuary Onslaught mode and shiny new toys

Warframe has implemented a new free update in Beasts of the Sanctuary; a one-two punch of changes for the free-to-play cooperative shooter. First up is Sanctuary Onslaught, a survival mode that pits players, either solo or in squads of up to four, against increasingly difficult waves of opponents in order to pass from portal to portal and recover the missing Khora Blueprints. The other addition…

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Free-for-all: H1Z1 going free-to-play today

H1Z1, the battle royale 'em up that Brendan "Playerunknown" Greene worked on before making his own Battlegrounds, is now going free-to-play. Developers Daybreak Game Company have announced that H1Z1 will switch to free-to-play at 10am PST (6pm UK time) today, which is a surprise coming only eight days after the game left early access. It seems a sensible move, given dwindling playercounts in the face…

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Future of Epic’s Paragon looks gloomy as Fortnite Battle Royale prospers

Epic Games have confirmed that updates for Paragon, their free-to-play MOBA, are slowing down, and that they have drafted people from the team to help on the runaway success that is Fortnite Battle Royale. While over 40 million people have downloaded Fortnite Battle Royale in under four months, according to Epic, Paragon has not found nearly the same success. In a candid public post, Epic…

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Mount & Blade/World Of Tanks hybrid Tiger Knight relaunches on Steam

Somehow, the original release of Tiger Knight flew completely under my radar. I'd have expected the blend of historical Chinese warfare, familiar siege and mounted combat mechanics and massive-scale PvP warfare (7v7 matches, each player leading a regiment of up to 30 AI soldiers) would have caught my eye, but apparently not. I even missed the game shutting down last year. Thankfully, 2018 is set to be a…

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Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies gets Minecrafty

No one believes me when I say Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is fascinating. Nexon's free-to-play spin-off uses good ol' CS 1.6 as the foundation for what feels like a self-contained mod scene, throwing in oddities including a base-building cooperative survival mode, humans vs. zombies modes, football, arena boss battles with giant monsters, races, a mode similar to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and so very many 'sexy' ladies.…

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Warning: there is an official D&D idle game (and it’s giving away free DLC)

Well, there went two hours of my life in a haze of clicking, fountains of gold coin graphics and repeat, fleeting senses of achievement that were immediately eradicated by desire for the next achievement. "I'll just have a quick look at this official, free to play Dungeons & Dragons clicker game", I thought when I saw an announcement that Idle Champions Of The Forgotten Realms…

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Battle right now: Battlerite leaves early access and goes free-to-play

Battlerite, the not-a-MOBA top down champion brawler, has been hazed in the battlefield of early access for long enough. The full version is out today in free-to-play form, though the release has been delayed until 3pm. I checked the game out last year, and it pushed all the right buttons. To celebrate, Stunlock Studios are also launching a new bramble-based hero. You can see him…

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Brawlhalla super smashes out of early access, bros

A 'platform fighter' is not someone who leaves furious comments about Xbox controllers on your lovely little PC games website but rather a sort of fighting game with pugilists whacking each other off platforms - clue's in the name, yeah? Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. game rule the roost but those aren't on PC, so we're making our own. The latest to launch is Brawlhalla [official…

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Video game tourism alert: Warface is off to Pripyat

Crytek's free-to-play face-shooter Warface [official site] is off to the city of Pripyat within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone later this year. Is Warface (WARFACE WARFACE WARFACE etc.) any good? Dunno. Am I keen to see this? Oh yes. I always enjoy video games travelling to that spooky abandoned land, from Call of Duty 4's stealthy visit to the joys of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. Video game tourism is…

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Destroy all monsters! Gigantic released

Gigantic, the free-to-play multiplayer brawl-o-shooter where each team has the support of a honking great monster, has left early access and launched in full. It offers class-based 5v5 fisticuffs, and did I mention the big monsters? Matches climax with the two bigguns scrapping, see, each team trying to help their megafriend out. It's a bit MOBA-y, but what isn't nowadays? Here, have a look in…

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Grrg! Arrrg! Unturned leaves early access

Free-to-play DayZ-o-Minecraft 'em up Unturned [official site] has launched in full, after three years in early access. The biggest part of the update taking it to full release is a new sandbox map set in Germany. Chris Livingstone had a crack at Unturned after it rocketed into Steam's top 10 most-played games within a week, a position it has impressively clung close to ever since…

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