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Fornite‘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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Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds adds more ugly clothes

Two new crates of clothing items have arrived in Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds, one of them paid and one free. I am told they are inspired by 70s and 80s fashion. The odds are still that the crates will give you hideous clothing, just terrible, real awful looks, but at least there‘s no chance of the game []

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We perhaps need a little bit more education: Assassin‘s Creed Origins‘ Discovery Tour

The announcement of the Discovery Tour was a source of much rejoicing. Ubisoft‘s Assassin‘s Creed games have for many years built these extraordinarily detailed cities, that are swiftly disposed of as the series‘ annual development cycle demands fresh urban grist for the mill. The recreation of Ptolemaic Egypt was by far Ubisoft‘s most remarkable, and []

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Metal Gear Survive is wild, irritating, thrilling, familiar and incomparable

The obvious worry for a Kojima-less Metal Gear, even before it staggered into well-worn zombie survival territory, was that there was no way it could be anything like as off-the-chain ridiculous as a true Hideo joint. I think that‘s true whether you‘re one of those who considers him to be the auteur‘s auteur or one []

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Warcraft 3 gets a major new update for public testing

There‘s been rumors circulating for some time that after the success of their Starcraft remaster, Blizzard were looking at giving a similar treatment to Warcraft 3, their massively popular and immensely modded RTS and birth-place of the MOBA genre as we know it. Whetheror not it‘s part ofremastering plans, we‘ve certainly reason to celebrate: Blizzard []

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Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition: all your PC port questions answered

The royal boyband roadtrip adventure that is Final Fantasy XV is almost here. In just under two weeks, Square Enix‘s ginormous JRPG will finally arrive on PC, a little over a year after it first came out on console. Yes, it gets a little bit bogged down by its wonky story beats, but to dismissit []

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Them‘s Fightin‘ Herds trots into early access tonight

It‘ll take something special to get me interested in another fighting game. I enjoyed my time with Mortal Combat X a few years back, and I had fun romping through Injustices campaign. I‘ve even got Street Fighter V sitting installed but unplayed in my Steam library, where it‘s now likely to languish for eternity. The []

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Total War: Arena rumbles into open beta

Total War‘s free-to-play fighty spin-off Total War: Arena has returned to open beta testing, inviting all and sundry to 10v10 historical throwdowns. After this, the game will roll into a full launch without any wipes. Arena is a curious one, turning Total War into a faster multiplayer game with a different focus. Each of the []

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The rise and rise of .io games

19-year-old Brazilian developer Matheus Valadares announced his game Agar.io on 4chan on April 27th 2015. Within weeks it had been picked up by free online games site Miniclip, as well as popular Twitch streamers and YouTubers. In a May 2015 video with 8.2 million views, PewDiePie called it his ‘new favourite game,‘ and he subsequently []

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Yume Nikki: Dream Diary launches tomorrow

Time flies, eh? It feels like just a month ago that Japanese media conglomerate Kadokawa announced a successor to minimalist indie adventure Yume Nikki, working in close collaboration with Kikiyama, mysterious developer of the original game, and it‘s almost here already. Oh. It was just a month ago. Sneaking up on us like a particularly []

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Podcast: What counts as a JRPG?

You‘d think we could agree on four simple letters. But nothing is ever straightforward on RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week the gang are talking JRPGs, or Japanese role-playing games to use some real words for human people. Does a game have to be made in Japan to be defined as an JRPG? []

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Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength resumes surveillance today

Ignorance is strength, I‘ve always said, though that never did get me out of doing my maths homework. Today it becomes our job to foster ignorance in Orwell: Ignorance In Strength, the follow-up to 2016‘s Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You. Once again we play as an agent of an opressive government, spying on people []

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Have You Played Mr T‘s Alphabet Games?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Sorry to disappoint you, but Mr T‘s Alphabet Games did not feature the gold-encrusted hero of the A-Team, teaching you how to navigate the letters A, B and C between messages of assertiveness and respect. No, []

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Final Fantasy XV getting demo next week, also adding Gordon Freeman cosplay

A proper playable demo of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is coming next week, containing the RPG‘s first chapter, following the recent benchmark tool. A demo! In this day and age! Bless their hearts. Square Enix have talked a lot about wanting to do the PC version right, mods and all, and they do seem []

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Stellaris Apocalypse enslaves and/or destroys the world today

Paradox strategy games tend to be restrained, but seems the publisher-developer has tired of being a wallflower and now fully intends to do big, noisy explosions with the best of ‘em. Apocalypse, out today, is a new expansion for their sci-fi 4X Stellaris, and is all about changing the physical rather than merely socio-political landscape []

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Colour-matching tile puzzler Dissembler flips out

Ian MacLarty is very responsibly tidying all his colours away in his new puzzle game, Dissembler. He has splashed colour about with gay abandon before, sending poor Pip into a tizzy with the shifting colourbomb that is Catacombs Of Solaris and slopping paint all over in Action Painting Pro, but now he wants us to []

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Metal Gear Survive is out now

Wormhole spin-off Metal Gear Survive is out today, flinging off the tactical espionage trousers of its heritage and donning the ‘survive waves of zombies‘ windbreaker. Obviously, this makes the Kojima-free game look very stupid, walking around in its underpants. But don‘t worry, they made a launch trailer to cover up its bottom half. It‘s got []

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AOC‘s new AG352UCG6 monitor brings 120Hz to ultrawide gaming

Just in case you haven‘thad enough of curved, ultrawide monitors recently, you‘ll be pleased to hear that AOC is about to unveil a brand new one at this year‘s Intel Extreme Masters tournament in Katowice, Poland. Dubbed theAG352UCG6 Black Edition (yes, that‘s the AG352UCG I reviewedwith a 6 on the end), this 35in, 34401440 monitor []

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Bizarro strategy-RPG Pit People launches next week

The Behemoth have charted a very strange course through the games industry. A small studio established by Flash-hub Newgrounds‘ founders, they followed up their Metal Slug-esque Alien Hominid with Castle Crashers, a bright and breezy brawler. Next up was co-op platformer Battleblock Theater, a logical enough progression. I‘m still not sure why they opted to []

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Kingdom Come Deliverance: walkthrough, tips and tricks

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an atypical roleplaying game even putting the lack of supernatural creatures aside. There‘s a greater focus on simulation, and a much steeper learning curve getting into it is not easy or overly intuitive, especially compared to the the majority of games that tend to lead you by the hand. Explanations []

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Heroes of The Storm‘s latest patch adds voice comms

It has been said that if you ever want to learn to swear in every language known to man (especially Russian), you merely have to play a few rounds of Dota 2 without disabling voice chat. Knowing this, Blizzard‘s decision to include this as the latest standard feature of their softer, milder take on the []

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The ESA rejects proposed DMCA exceptions to allow the non-profit and unofficial revival of dead online games

It‘s easy to forget sometimes that games are a legal minefield, and so much of what we take for granted - mods cheekily using repurposed art assets, or fan-games bringing joy to the masses - are often technically illegal, at least under current American copyright law. Recently, several groups including the Museum Of Art []

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Rocket League‘s Tournaments beta test kicked off today

Quick! Round up the team! Round up your mate‘s team! Round up everyone you know and lock them inside virtual cars to play football, because you only have a few days to officially prove which lot of you are the best at Rocket League. Psyonix today launched an open beta test of their sports car []

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Has No Man‘s Sky been improved by its updates?

Update Nightis a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they‘ve been changed for better or worse. I died fifty times before I felt the hand of god. Trapped on an unbearably hot world in No Man‘s Sky‘s survival mode, I died to the teeth of a stubby legged Tyrannosaur. []

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