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Heroes of the Storm is fixing stealth and making 1v1s more important in 2018

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube There’s far more to be revealed at Blizzcon 2017, but the opening ceremony gave us a quick look at Heroes of the Storm’s new characters and gameplay improvements. You can see it all in the video above.  Here’s everything we know about the Heroes of the Storm version of Alexstrasza, the game’s next hero. The two most extreme parts of this are laning changes and the stealth rework. On the …

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Hearthstone’s developers are still trying to figure out how to fix ranked mode

Even with its wild success, there’s always room for improvement with Hearthstone. The digital card battler has been struggling with how to managed ranked players for some time, and it remains a priority for the team in the short term, as they explained during a Q&A session at BlizzCon. Don’t miss everything we know about Hearthstone’s newly-announced Dungeon Run. “We’ve got a number of different goals we want to change up with the ranked system,” …

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The Gunsmiths: how MachineGames create the feel of Wolfenstein 2’s weighty guns

This is The Gunsmiths, a PCGamesN series about videogames’ favourite interaction: shooting people directly in the face. There is no shortage of great games where gunplay is the main draw, so we wanted to dig down into these games’ inner workings, breaking them apart at a tool bench and seeing the components spread out across its surface. First up, it’s MachineGames and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.  From the very first day of pre-production, MachineGames …

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Torchlight and Hob developer Runic Games has shut down (Updated)

Update: Amid the somber news, Runic Games co-founder Travis Baldree has launched a fact-filled Twitter thread to celebrate the studio’s nine-year history. Here are some highlights:  [2/?] Runic Games was first registered as ‘Surprise Truck’ and I got many calls asking if ‘Surprise Trucking’ could do a cross-country move.November 3, 2017 [7/?] The first Torchlight prototype involved a test model that looked remarkably like Jesus, dual wielding swords.November 3, 2017 [11/?] Torchlight 1 was made …

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Razer Reveals New Blizzard-Inspired PC Peripherals

When it comes to PC games, few if any companies are bigger than Blizzard. This is the developer that reinvented real-time strategy games, dungeon crawlers, card games, and MMOs with smash-hits like StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft. And even when one of its projects fails to come together, like the cancelled MMO Titan, Blizzard can just casually salvage it as the massively successful multiplayer shooter Overwatch. It makes sense Blizzard is one of …

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PC Gamer Weekender 2018 early bird tickets are now on sale

The PC Gamer Weekender is returning for its third year on 17-18 February 2018 at the Olympia in Kensington, London. Like the last two years, you’ll be able to play great PC games before they’re released, attend developer talks on some of the biggest games around, join workshops on PC hardware and tons more. You can buy early bird tickets here for as little as £9.99. Early bird prices are available until midnight of December …

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For console games, downloads are approaching a tipping point

Any future for used games? View more stories On the PC, games distributed on discs in physical boxes have been a practical market rounding error for years now. Destiny 2‘s sales distribution highlights how the console game market may finally (and inexorably) be heading toward that point as well. In an earnings call this week, Activision revealed that more than 50 percent of Destiny 2‘s sales on consoles came via download rather than on a …

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developers “sincerely apologise” for cheaters

With PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds rapidly heading towards its December release date, one major problem remains: cheaters. Since the game launched and all through its booming success, cheaters have been a constant source of frustration for players. Bluehole, the game’s developers, have posted an apology for the persistent annoyance cheaters have caused and reiterated its plans to solve the problem. “We would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the cheaters and we are sorry …

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Fallout: New Vegas revisited: the most authentic 3D Fallout game

Reinstall Reinstall invites you to join us in revisiting PC gaming days gone by. Today, we revisit Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas, which seemingly every comments thread around calls the best one. Read on to see if Andy agrees. Left for dead, you wake up in the one-horse town of Goodsprings and begin a quest for vengeance in the Mojave Wasteland. That’s the beautifully simple setup for Fallout: New Vegas, which makes the vault sequence in …

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Why Sony Music is getting into video games with indie label Unties

Last month, the announcement that Sony Music was launching an indie games label Unties left many people in the industry a bit confused. The publisher is bringing games to PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but seemingly has nothing to do with PlayStation. We caught up with one of the people behind it, Grasshopper Manufacture, Q Games and Indie Megabooth vet John Davis (pictured, far right) on the Paris Games Week show floor …

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The Xbox One X Is the Perfect Console for Lazy PC Gamers

Here’s a fact rarely discussed outside of super nerdy gaming circles. The guts of your video game console actually matter. Once upon a time games were designed to run the same on every console and, in some cases (like the massive multiplayer first person shooter Destiny 2), games are still designed that way. But most games have what is called a “dynamic resolution” with the resolution shifting on a spectrum from as 720p to 4K …

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This Land Is My Land is an open-world stealth game set in the Wild West

If you regularly spit chewing tobacco into a tin at your local high noon saloon, then you might want to take a look at This Land Is My Land, a newly announced open world western from Game Labs. It looks darn pretty and aims to give a new perspective on the American frontier. While most westerns put you in the saddle of a cowboy, This Land has you play a Native American. According to This …

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Nier: Automata was originally a PC exclusive

2017 has been a ridiculously strong year for videogames, and the fact that Nier: Automata, which was released back in February, still holds up as one of the best is a testament to its quality. And, it turns out, it could have been all ours, PC-playing reader. All ours. In an interview with WowJapan, Nier: Automata’s producer Yosuke Saito reveals that it was originally only coming out on PC. “We had planned to release the …

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Splash Damage are making a third-person survival horror game

Splash Damage are multiplayer specialists, with history that runs from Enemy Territory up through their most current project, Dirty Bomb. But it seems they’re broadening their horizons with their next project, which is set to be a new survival horror title that could release next year. One more to add to the list of upcoming PC games. That’s according to a financial report from parent company Leyou Technologies, which says Splash Damage is developing “several …

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The monstrous ROG G703 Asus laptop could easily chew through your PC games

Why it matters to you If you’re looking for a powerful, new laptop for your big on-the-go PC gaming craving, this monster will take a big bite out of your wallet. Just days before BlizzCon 2017, the Republic of Gamers arm at Asus introduced a new, powerful laptop for the PC gaming crowd: The ROG G703. Not to be confused with the ROG GL703 models launched on October 24, this “beast” packs seventh-generation Intel Core …

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