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Best PC gaming deals of the week

Oh, boy, the Steam Summer Sale has started. Alright, look, I know that time is precious and every moment spent reading this roundup of the best deals of the week is time not spent perusing Steam, so I‘ll just cut to the chase and get to the offers. We‘ve got deals that‘ll work in the []

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Beyond Good and Evil 2‘s in-engine demo of space flight

Ubisoft showed off the sweary monkeys and multicultural vistas of Beyond Good and Evil 2 [official site] at last week‘s E3, but the CGI trailer was light on details. It was a big explodey, gorgeous-looking spectacle with no solid information. Now they‘re showing some ‘in-engine‘ footage to the public, which was already seen by a []

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Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. At least, I am assuming that‘s what happened. The store probably just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! []

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Armarama! Bohemia launch Argo and Arma 3: Jets

Because one launch isn‘t difficult enough, Arma devs Bohemia Interactive are going for two-and-a-half today. The big one is Argo [official site], their free multiplayer FPS spun off from Arma 3 [official site]. The slightly smaller launch is Arma 3‘s Jets expansion, whose contents I‘m sure you can guess. And the half is an update []

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The strange story of the PC‘s not-death

Remember when the PC was dying-going-on-dead? Actually, it‘s still dying with analysts prognosticating a further five per cent slippage in PC shipments this year. And yet the PC gaming hardware industry hit record sales in 2016, busting the 30 billion barrier in the process. Meanwhile, the market for innovative PC technology that‘s at least ostensibly []

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Vive ‘Knuckle‘ controllers promise five-finger gestures

As much as I still have brief giggles with the occasional VR toy, it‘d take something close to a miracle to make me spend more large sums of money on anything goggle-related any time soon. Where once I might have gazed at details about Valve‘s upcoming second generation motion controller for the Vive with covetous []

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew adds voice control

Bossy captains can now command their crew simply by shouting in Star Trek: Bridge Crew [official site. No, I know that‘s how the VR spaceship-commanding game already how it works in multiplayer, but this is in singleplayer. Ubisoft have rolled in IBM Watson‘s voice-recognition technology, which means AI-controlled crewmates can follow orders you holler. Voice []

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Realm Grinder is the new AdVenture Capitalist, and it‘s destroying me

I like to think I am strong. I am not strong. I am weak. I have fallen for another idle, aka clicker game. I thought I had fallen through the black hole that was infinite money generation game AdVenture Capitalist and come out the other side wiser, armoured and immune against such manipulation of my []

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Far Cry 5 has a great dog

Far Cry 5 [official site] is a Far Cry game. It‘s impossible for me to say whether it‘ll be a great Far Cry game, an adequate Far Cry game or a poor Far Cry game, but after playing it at E3, I can definitively state that it is a Far Cry game. Clearing out a []

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Steam‘s summer sale has started

Welcome to the Level-Up Mega Zone. Spin your cap backwards, grab your skateboard, and prepare to gleam the cube as Steam‘s summer sale goes live. Several thousand video games are now on sale, many of them absurdly cheap. If you want to hang with the keyboard cowboys in the 500+ club, now is your chance []

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Daily Death #5: Caveblazers daily, a bit

Every day this week I‘m playing Caveblazers [official site] and recording my time tackling its daily challenge. I call this the Daily Death - and we‘re nearing its demise. [visit site to read more]

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Machinarium rebuilds robo-buddy in new engine

John is our usual Amanita correspondent but he‘s off on hollybobs so I get to poke about in the gorgeous world of Machinarium [official site] this time! The reason the eight-year-old game is back in our newsbox is because it‘s swapping Adobe Flash for a custom engine. So far so technical. What does it actually []

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Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Frostpunk, Destiny 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War

It‘s warm! Luckily the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, have come together to talk cold games, like chilly survivalist city-builder Frostpunk. That‘s because Adam is back from E3 and can tell us all about it. He‘s also played Destiny 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the lucky sod. Spill the beans, Adam! No []

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Team Fortress 2 adds organ harvesting, many nerfs & more open development

Traditionally, Valve have maintained impossibly motionless poker faces about what they have planned in the longer term for Team Fortress 2 [official site] updates - something which helped to build insane degrees of anticipation back in the day, as we prayed and begged for videos and comics and guns and hats. These days, Overwatch seems []

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My PC in mid-2017

Such are the circles I move in these days - wherein conversations relate entirely to which school our kids got into, if we‘re going to playground this weekend and what to do when eight different four-year-olds are all tearfully demanding that they have to win the race to the park gate - that I very []

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Have You Played Heart Of Darkness?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. All the way through? I don‘t believe you for one moment. [visit site to read more]

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Friday the 13th gives out free clobber in apology for launch woes

When Friday the 13th: The Game [official site] hacked through our door in May, our Adam declared the 1v7 multiplayer game a smashing slasher sim. But unexpected horrors lay within. The servers promptly fell over at launch, like that archetypal awful teen who stumbles on a root then lies there screaming for twenty seconds while []

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Endless Space 2 update improves AI, adds new hero

I don‘t wish to sound callous but: if you find someone imprisoned inside a neutron star, leave them there. They‘re probably in there for a very good reason. And apparently they‘re powerful enough to survive being inside a neutron star. Leave well enough alone. But a spacefool like you will charge right in, I know, []

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Subnautica‘s Voice of the Deep adds something monstrous

Subnauticas [official site] Voice of the Deep update might be the thing that tips me over into playing that game for hours again and properly exploring the narrative/lore side of things. I‘d set the game aside to come back to after early access BUT! Tom Jubert (who did narrative work on The Talos Principle and []

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Unknown Pleasures: 10 hidden gems on Steam this week

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, wherein we pick 10 of the best lower-profile new videogames released on Steam over the past seven days. Can‘t decide what to play next? Unknown Pleasures is there for you, through thick and thin, through good times and bad, through weeks when only hidden object games are released and weeks []

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! plating up on August 24th

It‘s time to start a strict training routine of fingertip pushups: Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! [official site] is coming. Developers Vertigo Gaming today announced a release date of August 24th for their follow-up to the fun and unexpectedly really, really intense game about cooking in your own little restaurant. They‘ve also confirmed that cooperative local []

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Daily Death #4: Caveblazers daily and a bit more

Each day this week I am playing the Caveblazers [official site] daily challenge, videoing it, and posting it here in the supporter system. I call this the Daily Death, and today‘s comes swiftly. [visit site to read more]

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State of the Art: Old Man‘s Journey

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How to make your own faction in Endless Space 2

Endless Space 2‘s races are a fascinating bunch who wouldn‘t seem out of place in a Mos Eisley cantina, but maybe you‘ve had enough of them. Or perhaps you want your next galaxy to be full of new aliens to pal around with. Good news, then, because buried in the game setup menu is an []

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