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Prepare to be blinded by Philips‘ 1000nit 4K FreeSync 2 monitor

Who knew late April was the time for oodles of monitor announcements, eh? Well, ifyesterday‘s news of the FreeSync 2-equippedAOC AGON AG322QC4 didn‘tmake your eyes pop out of their sockets, then the jumbo Philips 436M6VBPAB almost certainly will thanks to its blindingmaxbrightness of 1000cd/m2. This giant 43in VA panel is the first of a new []

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Warmind, Destiny 2‘s next DLC, involves aggressive debugging

Bungie have finally unveiled the second expansion for their MMO-lite FPS Destiny 2. In Warmind, players are headed to Mars to meet up with a new cutscene-featured heroine named Ana Bray (see her in the fancy trailer within), and help her get an old computer back in working order. With guns. There may also be []

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Songbringer gets tuned up with a new boss and difficulty

It‘s always been a surprise to me that last year‘s Songbringer didn‘t catch on more, especially given John‘s gushing review. Hot on the heels of the likes of Hyper Light Drifter, it presented a similar brand of deliciously pixelly hack n‘ slashery, but paired to a remarkably robust rogue-ish template. Perhaps today‘s free piece of []

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Premature Evaluation: SpyParty

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser‘s pretending to be an NPC, badly, in the asymmetric game of spies and snipers, SpyParty. How do you get blood out of a tux? Nerves already shot, I extract myself from the conversation I‘m using as cover []

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Sci-fi sleuth sim Tacoma adds dev‘s voices to the void

Us PC-using folk are really reaping the rewards of this generation of consoles being so indie-friendly. Not only are more great games being made in general, but developers tend to add extra features to later console ports which frequently find their way back home. The Fullbright Company‘s excellent Tacoma is the latest to walk this []

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Chasing tanks in Close Combat: The Bloody First

The development of Close Combat: The Bloody First has lasted for as long as the war it depicts, but four years after its original intended launch date, Matrix Games‘ World War II RTS is due to storm the beaches soon. As well as being the first 3D game in the series, it‘s the first that‘s []

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Dark Souls: Remastered is half-price for original owners

Folks who have the original Dark Souls on Steam will be offered a 50% discount on the upcoming Dark Souls: Remastered, Bandai Namco confirmed today. The revisions and additions in the Remastered edition aren‘t huge but if you fancy returning to a fancier Lordran, that beats paying full price. Remastered will be the only way []

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Best monitor 2018: Top gaming monitors and buying guide

Yourmonitorisone of the most important parts of your PC, so finding the best monitor to suit your needs and budget is vital. Trying to buy one in a shop, however, can be an absolute nightmare, as you‘ll often find dozens of screens costing anything from70 right up to 1500. The range of models and pricescan []

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Wot I Think: The Swords Of Ditto

The Swords Of Ditto has perhaps 378 good ideas in it. That‘s over 80% more good ideas than most games. My problem on approaching this review is trying to work out whether I think a barrage of good ideas is necessarily a good overall game.

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Pillars Of Eternity 2 details three planned DLC packs

A doomsday cult, a treasure island, and wizards will be the centre of Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfires three DLC add-ons. Yup, though Obsidian‘s fantasy RPG isn‘t out until next month, details on DLC plans arrived today. Arriving across July to November, the three DLCs will explore new areas, quest new quests, fight new fights, []

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Motorstorm meets Overwatch in Onrush‘s latest trailer

The Motorstorm series on the PS3 were spectacular (if straightforward) rough-and-tumble racing games. You drove fast and occasionally knocked out other cars. Codemaster‘s upcoming multiplatform successor, Onrush, bears a lot of superficial resemblance but scratch just under the surface and you‘ll hit something completely unique. I played a few rounds of it at EGX Rezzed, []

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StarCraft 2‘s first paid mods include a turn-based RPG

Almost nine years after first announcing plans to sell some player-made custom maps in StarCraft II, Blizzard are finally following through. SC2‘s first two paid player-made maps will launch in the StarCraft Arcade with the next big update, with a share of sales going to the creators. Ark Star is a new turn-based tactical RPG []

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Strange Brigade breaking out of sarcophagus in August

Why didn‘t the Mummy go to the party? Because she had no body to oh no I‘ve fudged it. Forever getting my skellingtons and mummies mixed up, me. But here are four Egyptologists less likely to misclassify their cadavers. Strange Brigade was announced last summer - a pulpy 4-player shoot ‘n‘ loot set in a []

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AOC unveil first FreeSync 2 monitor, the AGON AG322QC4

The vast majority of PC gamers may own Nvidia graphics cards, but when it comes to the world of gaming monitors and adaptive frame rate technologies, AMD rule the roost.The reasons for this are unknown. Perhaps it‘s because AMD‘s FreeSync tech (see our best monitor buying guide for more info on the Free vs G []

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Samsung adds 970 Evo and 970 Pro to their NVMe SSD family

Surprise! Just when you thoughtSamsung‘s960 Evo and 960 Pro NVMe SSDs were going to stick around for another year, today brings news of their shiny new replacements: the appropriately-named 970 Evo and 970 Pro. I‘ll be reviewing them both very shortly, but for now here‘s a quick run-down of each SSD‘s specs and the kind []

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Frostpunk ventures out into the cold

Despite society/city builder Frostpunk being on my radar for months, I somehow only just clocked that the name‘s a play on steampunk. The revelations continue: steam is something that can conceivably turn into frost! The This War Of Mine devs sure can name a good game. Anyway, Chillypunk is now out and standing about in []

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Fortnite Battle Royale v3.6 slaps on sticky grenades

Sticky grenades have arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale with today‘s update, latching onto people and giving them 2.5 seconds to panic before exploding. The Clinger‘, as the weapon‘s officially named, is an interesting contrast to Fortnite‘s guided missiles, which removed last week because they felt irritating and unfair to fight against. But if someone is []

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AOC‘s AGON AG322QC4 FreeSync 2 monitor looks to court both AMD and Nvidia HDR camps

The vast majority of PC gamers may own Nvidia graphics cards, but when it comes to the world of gaming monitors and adaptive frame rate technologies, AMD rule the roost.The reasons for this are unknown. Perhaps it‘s because AMD‘s FreeSync tech (see our best monitor buying guide for more info on the Free vs G []

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Podcast: The weird, wild and wonderful of EGX Rezzed

It‘s a podcast special! Astrid Johnson takes us through the halls of London game show EGX Rezzed, on a search for oddities and weirdness. And she finds plenty of both. There‘s Stereopolis, a game projected onto a disc of frosted glass, or Wobble Garden, which is played entirely by twanging a bunch of springy door []

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Wot I Think: BattleTech

I was perplexed to discover that my partner, also a home-worker, was wearing earplugs as she sat at her computer. There was, for once, none of the thunderous din of new kitchens or loft extensions being built in one of the adjacent terraced houses, and nor was my own PC‘s volume set high as I []

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Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds‘ official big-league begins with a 20-team invitational throwdown in Berlin

Plunkbat (Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds for short) may have taken over the world already, but it‘s not quite made the inroads into esports that you‘d expect, leaving the likes of Overwatch and Counter-Strike to fill the vacuum. Well, as we all know, there‘s only one solution to a lack of esports representation: Fat sacks of cash-money, and []

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Earth Defense Force‘s weirdo shmup spinoff is PC-bound

The very fact that the Earth Defense Force games exist is weird enough to begin with (they started life as part of a Japanese super-budget range, and grew into a cult hit phenomenon), but the fact that it has a multitude of spinoffs now (including a PS2-era strategy game) is just baffling. The latest of []

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Stellaris‘ next expansion tells tales of new horizons

One of the best things about Paradox‘s increasingly feature-studded and DLC-expanded 4X strategy sandbox Stellaris is its focus on storytelling. In the vein of Crusader Kings 2, you‘ll find yourself frequently confronted with decisions to make as the ever-living Emperor Of Space, which can often spiral into lengthy story arcs with sometimes spectacular end results. []

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HP Omen X 17 review: A stylish gaming laptop with beefy innards

HP have been making a bit of a comeback of late. Everywhere you look it‘s Omen this and Omen X sponsored that, so I thought it was high time I saw what all the fuss was about. What I‘ve got here is the Omen X 17, or the catchily named HP Omen X 17-ap003na to []

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