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Vive Pro tested: the visual upgrade VR desperately needed, but is it enough?

A short while ago, I got to stick my sweaty face into HTC‘s second generation PC VR headset, the Vive Pro, which was on show in the UK for the first time. The headset boasts a higher resolution and OLED displays, among other upgrades, and so the question is whether or not this can overcome []

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Free games of the week

Ever wonder what happens out in space? Discovering lost recordings left inside alien structures by a previous astronaut might peak your curiosity. This astronaut wanted their final words and thoughts to be documented, but they don‘t seem to have made it back to Earth. While you float across space, listening to the different entries, try []

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What are we all playing this weekend?

I cannot get over 5ive‘s song Battlestar, which I heard for the first time this week. 1) Come on, it‘s a banger. 2) Oh my god they reference Star Wars all the time. Sure, I may have started a post or two with an image of the wrong sci-fi series at some point in my []

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Final Fantasy XV is set to expand into 2018 and beyond

I‘d apologise for the excessive coverage of Final Fantasy XV lately, but that would be wrong, so instead I‘ll just admit to being quite excited for the overhauled PC release of Square‘s quirky and unique mega-budget male-bonding magical realist road trip RPG, and the changes coming to it. Katherine has beenserving as the spirit of []

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Star Control lead devs fire back at Stardock lawsuit

Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, the lead developers of the original Star Control games, have sent their lawyers into the fight Stardock started over the series and filed a counterclaim of their own. Stardock are currently making a reboot-o-prequel to the sci-fi RPG-o-adventure, named Star Control: Origins, after buying Star Control assets from Atari []

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Quirky time-travelling nightclub-crawling tactical RPG All Walls Must Fall busts out of early access today

We‘ve covered All Walls Must Fall quite a bit over the past few months, and it‘s easy to understand why. Starting out veiled in mystery, this bizarre cyberpunk music-synced fusion of tactical gunfights and conversational infiltration does a lot to stand out. It has evolved to a surprising degree during its time in Early Access, []

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Hands on with Final Fantasy XV in bonkers 4K

There‘s a moment about half way through Final Fantasy XV where you have to say goodbye to your stag-do-cum-road-trip adventure and actually start saving the world. It‘s the same point that sees you swap your ridiculously large car and the sweeping fields of Lucis for a boat, and then a train, that carries you, quite []

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Metal Gear Survive‘s scuzzy microtransactions: paid saveslots, cash for emotes and buy-a-boost

I‘m having a significantly better time than I‘d expected with Solid crew spin-off Metal Gear Survive, but something about it does rub me up the wrong way - and I‘m not talking about whether or not it stuck a dagger in Kojima‘s kidney or how heavily it borrows from other survival games. Like Metal Gear []

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet launches on PC today

The latest in a series of tie-in games based on Sword Art Online (a popular novel/anime series about a brooding teen‘s adventures in a VR MMO), Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet has rolled out onto PC today, worldwide and alongside the console version. Based on the second season of the anime, which traded up its []

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet launches on PC

The latest in a series of tie-in games based on Sword Art Online (a popular novel/anime series about a brooding teen‘s adventures in a VR MMO), Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet has rolled out onto PC today, worldwide and alongside the console version. Based on the second season of the anime, which traded up its []

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League of Legends publishes its Hextech loot crate odds

As various governmental forces consider imposing restrictions on the sale of boxes of random goodies in games, it seems that at least one major industry player has decided to demystify the process of earning and buying loot crates, perhaps trying to preempt more popular legal proposals to make publishing such details mandatory. In a fairly []

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How Doki Doki Literature Club‘s subversive satire explores the power of visual novels

What if your favorite game got removed from Steam, but nobody seemed to notice? That‘s what happened to Muv-Luv Alternative, a nigh-hundred-hour visual novel from Japanese developers Age that some have called the magnum opus of the genre. It‘s currently the highest-rated title on the Visual Novel Database, barely eclipsing the better-known Steins;Gate. But in []

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How small game makers found their community with Bitsy

A year ago Bitsy released on itch.io - a humble game making tool described by its creator as a little editor for little games or worlds. Since its release, more than 600 games have been made using the tool by 300 different authors. On the surface Bitsy is an unassuming engine. It lets you create []

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5G PCs and laptops will be here by the end of next year

There have been plenty of 4G-enabled laptops and tablets over recent years, allowing you to get online wherever you go using a mobile SIM card, but now Intel have pledged thatwe‘ll start to see super-fast5G devices go on sale by the end of next year. Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will all have devices with []

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Have You Played Lego Racers 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I was never really into Lego as a kid, but I was sure as hell into Lego Racers 2. It was the first open world game I played, which sent me on a tour across rich, []

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Destiny 2 update roadmap promises Rumble‘s return

Will I go back to Destiny 2? It‘s a question I‘ve been pondering as I wrote the rest of this post, and I reckon Bunge‘s overhaul to the Crucible in March will be enough to tempt me back for a spot of PVP. It‘ll take rave reviews of the next expansion for me to sign []

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The Flare Path: Waives and Waves

All that needs to be said about the tragicomic Flight Sim Labs affair has been said several times over. I could add my tuts to the tut heap or write something confessional about the handful of times I‘ve found myself mingling with pirates and cracksmen, but I think I‘d rather devote today‘s FP to sky []

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Call of Duty: WW2 blasts free multiplayer trial weekend

I don‘t understand how anyone can believe any first-person shooter series is improved by removing wallrunning and jetpacks, but apparently historical accuracy demanded Activision do that with Call of Duty: WW2. What rot! But if you do want to try zippy face-shooting with horrifying screams and no jetpacks, you can play CoD WoWa2‘s multiplayer for []

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Hunt: Showdown sloshes into early access bayou

Spider! Ah! Oh thank heavens it‘s just an early access videogame. Easy mistake. The way they both scuttle out into the open, it‘s very similar. But see, look closely and you‘ll find that this is actually a lesser-spotted Hunt: Showdown - a multiplayer horror shooter set in the swamps and farmland of rural Louisiana, in []

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Best PC gaming deals of the week

This week is a fun one. Not only because I get to briefly mention Tex Murphy again in an article (though, admittedly, that is a fairly big factor) but because the deals have been plentiful. Onto Tex Murphy business though - you can get Tex Murphy cheap right now and you should, if you have []

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4 years later, platformer roguelike Vagante launches

As someone who can barely plan their own life a month ahead, I hold a boundless wellspring of respect for indie developers who can churn away at a passion project for years on end without any firm promise of success at the end of it. The latest slow-cooked project to come out of the oven []

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 scurries into closed beta

Rat season has officially begun. Following directly on from Vermintide 1‘s bombastic finale-as-free-DLC earlier this week, the sequel - due for launch early next month - is letting players in for their first taste of next-gen first-person Skaven-squishingstarting todayand continuing over the course of the weekend. Closed beta access is primarily for those who pre-ordered []

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2‘s scurries into closed beta

Rat season has officially begun. Following directly on from Vermintide 1‘s bombastic finale-as-free-DLC earlier this week, the sequel - due for launch early next month - is letting players in for their first taste of next-gen first-person Skaven-squishingstarting todayand continuing over the course of the weekend. Closed beta access is primarily for those who pre-ordered []

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Fortnite‘s third season launches with a major patch, rocketmen (and women) and Not John Wick

The Kaiju-scale conflict between multiplayer behemoths Plunkbat and Epic‘s Fortnite escalates just that little bit further, as Fortnite (and its free-to-play Battle Royale spinoff) begin their third season of live content, accompanied by a very lengthy patch log and a suite of new costumes and equipment skins to either buy or earn through the latest []

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