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Listen to the screams of the man who voiced the angry chest in Sea Of Thieves

This week, Sea Of Thieves introduced some very angry treasure chests - appropriately named Chests Of Rage. These chests are pretty needy, if you don't pay attention to them they blow up, engulfing everything around them in fire, and letting out a hearty scream as they do so. As it turns out, that scream is the voice of none-other than the game's award-winning composer, Robin…

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Sea Of Thieves’ new flaming chests are live in today’s update

Sea Of Thieves' monthly content update has dropped anchor and it's a hot one. We already got a look at some of the changes from Rare's Crews Of Rage preview and now it's all officially live. There are hot potato chests that explode, sizzling skeletons, and a lot of other stuff that's too hot to handle.

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I defeated both tigers and my enemy to win my first ranked Age Of Empires 2 game

Last week, after a lifetime of timidity, I finally bit the bullet and played my first competitive ranked game of Age Of Empires 2. Needless to say, I got battered. A big medieval boot stomped my fingers from the first rung of the ranked ladder, and I splashed back into the mire where I belonged. But after a week licking my wounds, practising build orders,…

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Sea Of Thieves will add pirate face changes and a flaming treasure chest

It's nearly time for the monthly Sea Of Thieves content update and Rare have shared a few details on what to expect for February. In their commitment to everything being on fire all the time now, a new flaming variety of cursed chest will threaten your deck with flames. They are also finally (finally) letting pirates change their faces.

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I’ve decided to get really good at Age Of Empires 2

I've never particularly been one for competitive multiplayer games. I've played the odd bit of Overwatch in recent years, but mostly as a way to hang out with pals, and I quite enjoy the complete anonymity of ranked hearthstone, even though I'm guff at it. But I've always been massively scared to play strategy games against human opponents, in case it ruins the illusion that…

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Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition beta starts next month

Following up last year's Age Of Empires II: Definitive Edition release, Xbox Game Studios are planning a beta period for the Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition for registered Insiders. If you took part in Age 2's beta sessions, the developers say they are structuring Age 3's beta a bit differently. Sessions will be shorter and more focused, with multiplayer beta times beginning in February.

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Hellblade developers Ninja Theory announce Project: Mara

Ninja Theory are coming out swinging this year. They announced a sequel to their psychological adventure Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at The Game Awards in December and are chasing it up today with yet another project reveal. Project: Mara appears to be another mental thriller of sorts judging by its brief teaser trailer.

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Limited testing for Halo: Combat Evolved begins next month

With Halo: Reach firmly securing John Halo's boots on Steam and the Windows Store, Developers 343 Industries are preparing to bring the rest of the Master Chief Collection to desktops over the coming year. Halo: Combat Evolved is next on the batting stand, with devs announcing that flighting (testing) for the series-starter should kick off next month, letting PC players get their mice and keyboards…

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Sea Of Thieves latest update is celebrating players who’ve committed legendary pirate feats

Sea Of Thieves' latest free update, Legends Of The Sea, arrives today, bringing with it an in-game easter egg hunt. You won't be hunting for actual eggs though, instead you'll be sent to search for some of those video game easter eggs, and in Sea Of Thieves these take the form of references to the game's most legendary players. The references tend to be things…

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Sea Of Thieves will let you tattoo meta game lore on your pirate

A free content update is coming next week to the silly online swashbuckling game Sea Of Thieves. As a precursor, Rare have released a developer update video explaining one community-focused addition. The Legends Of The Sea update will give more prominence to easter eggs already present in the game to immortalize certain players.

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Best pirate games on PC

Ahoy there, you salty sea dog! We 'ear that ye want to be a filthy cutthroat pirate. All right, but you don't become a pirate just by asking. You'll 'ave to play, the best pirate games! In each one, you'll have to master the sword, the art of thievery, and the quest. What? That be treasure hunting, ye sea urchin! So if ye want to prove…

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Age Of Empires 2 Definitive Edition review

Age Of Empires 2 is, as far as I’m concerned, the greatest real-time strategy game of all time. And with the release of Age Of Empires 2 Definitive Edition, it’s… well, it’s still that. But now, there’s a lot more of it. It’s brilliant. Still, virtually every design decision its quality rests on was made twenty years ago, and what few changes have been to…

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Games like Minecraft – 16 best games like Minecraft from the past ten years

There have been a great many games like Minecraft over the past decade. Which is to be expected, because who wouldn't want to capitalise on the runaway mainstream success of the decade, and the best-selling video game of all time? There are many things that are very special about Minecraft, and remain more or less unmatched even ten years later; but we've done our very…

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Gears 5 review

I did not expect Gears 5 to feature an extended Hamilton parody. And yet here we are: escaping a besieged city by hunkering down in a theatre, its walls pasted with the iconic image of Alexander Hamilton pointing to the stars. Only it’s not Hamilton, but Nassar Embry, who ‘Gearspedia’ tells me was the founder of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. And it’s not just…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is going to be a very PC game

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how good Halo looks on a PC gaming website. Look at all those guys, freed from the box of standardised entertainment units and into the uncapped land of KB+M. You can’t tell because they’re not moving, but they’ve all been rendered mid-tippy-tap. And with that little love fest out of the way, let’s take a look at how…

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Forza Horizon 4 lets you be Top Gear’s The Stig for a day

Forza Horizon 4's season pass may have wrapped up with a trip to LEGO land, but Playground Games still have a few free goodies for us. Yesterday they rolled out an official Top Gear crossover story for the Great British driving sandbox. Seven events based on the format of the BBC car show, narrated by host Chris Harris (leaving me suddenly relieved that they've exiled…

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Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions hits the bricks today

Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games's sandbox race-a-thon has always had a shaky grasp on reality, but it's entirely lost it with today's LEGO Speed Champions expansion. The last major part of its expansion pass, it adds a blocky LEGO map to explore, with its own set of challenges and some up-scaled plastic versions of real cars. The driving is a little bit less realistic here, of…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Sea Of Thieves lets friends sail for free this week

After a rough first year, Sea Of Thieves - the piratical MMO-lite - is on the up and up. Interest in the game (and all things piratical) is high, and its latest big update brought a swathe of new PvE activities to its previously competitive-focused seas. Rare reckon that now would be a good time to show the game to your friends, so if you…

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Microsoft Studios rebranded Xbox Game Studios, still making PC games

You can tell spring is coming because snowdrops, crocus, and daffodils are emerging and the corporate rebrandings have begun. Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox Game Studios is the new name for their game-making division formerly known as Microsoft Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Game Studios (fka Microsoft Games)). Xbox Game Studios will still release games on PC as Microsoft say "Xbox is our gaming brand…

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