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REVIEW: ‘Sonic Mania’ for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, is the first great Sonic game

When “Sonic the Hedgehog” burst onto the Sega Genesis console in 1991, he was a very impressive little guy. He ran incredibly fast, as did the game he starred in — it was especially impressive compared to pretty much anything else out there. There was only one problem: “Sonic the Hedgehog” isn’t a very good game.  Compared to the original “Super Mario Bros.” trilogy on the NES, Sega’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” was a breath of …

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Free Steam keys: Win a copy of new mecha space-action game War Tech Fighters!

WTF?! Yes, that’s the title of a new mecha action game that came out on Steam Early Access today. Ok, it’s actually called War Tech Fighter, but we’ll call it WTF for short. WTF is all about controlling the titular War Techs – big robots with lots of weapons – as you fight against the forces of the Zatros empire… in space! Essentially, this game is a good reason to enjoy firing bullets and missiles …

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Best (and worst) Total War games for PC

Total War is a series of games that captivates you, consumes you, and takes over your life. Here’s a look at the best (and worst) games to get you started. If you’ve yet to try a Total War game and happen to be a fan of strategy titles, you’re missing out. All such games are built on a similar framework that really can consume each and every second of your life. Constructing an empire from …

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The Trail: Frontier Challenge rambles onto PC

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube 22Cans has an appalling track record thanks to its trilogy of stinkers: Curiosity, Godus, and Godus Wars. But Peter Molyneux’s studio is also responsible for The Trail, a relaxing mobile game where you saunter across the wilderness before settling down and building a new home in a frontier town. Now it’s coming to PC with a few changes for the desktop crowd.  Got the wanderlust bug? Check out the best …

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Swery’s new game is The Good Life, a werecat RPG

Hidetaka “Swery65” Suehiro, Deadly Premonition developer and cat fancier, has announced his latest eccentric project, and it sounds utterly delightful. The Good Life is mystery RPG set in an English town where everyone turns into a cat when the sun sets.  Find more unusual gems in our list of the best indie games on PC.  Rainy Woods is the self-proclaimed “happiest place in the world” and is hosting an American photographer, Naomi. While there, she …

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Tencent’s mobile game revenue tops PC for first time ever

Tencent saw profits and revenue rise during the second quarter of this financial year. That’s thanks, in part, to the performance of its PC and smartphone games.  Overall revenue rose by 59 percent to $8.36 billion during the second quarter, while profit increased by 70 percent to $2.69 billion. Looking specifically at the Chinese juggernaut’s games business, its PC client line-up managed to pull in roughly $2 billion in revenue — a year-over-year increase of 29 …

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The For Honor exploit that won a recent tournament has been fixed

Ubisoft have killed a controversial, wide-ranging bug with the latest For Honor update. The exploit was removed from the game in the For Honor 1.11 update. Check out our list of the best games on PC. The bug in question, nicknamed Unlock Tech by the For Honor community, allowed players to make their attacks unparryable if used at the right time. It was recently used at For Honor’s first major tournament, where player Alernakin repeatedly …

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“Respect” is at the heart of Mike Wilson’s Good Shepherd, the newly rebranded Gambitious Entertainment

Hard West publishers Gambitious Digital Entertainment are getting a rebrand. The core team has completely changed, new talent has been brought in, and the label has big plans for the future. They’re seeing that future in with a new name: Good Shepherd.  If you like small studio stuff, check out our list of the best indie games.  “I kept using the word ‘shepherding’ to describe what we do, even from the projects themselves, helping these developers …

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The uncertain future of games like Deus Ex and Dishonored

Warren Spector is stuck in Prey. The director of Deus Ex, who has worked on many games since labeled “immersive sims”—in fact, he coined the term in —has been playing the modern games inspired by classics like Thief and System Shock. But he hasn’t finished Prey yet. Or, as he puts it: “The crew quarters are kicking my butt.” He’s enjoying it though, just as he enjoyed the other recent immersive sim from Arkane Studios, …

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Being an ethically responsible, free range vegan Slime Rancher is tough

Slime Rancher is a strange and beautiful game about selling poop, more or less. It presents screens full of smiling, gently bobbing globules – which you can bend to your will using an immensely satisfying vacuum gun – and lets you farm them for profit. Put said globules in pens, feed them things and harvest their droppings, then laugh all the way to the bank. As business plans go, it’s right up there. Slime Rancher …

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Last week, people watched 16.9 million hours of PUBG

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube It seems that nothing can stop PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Yesterday it was revealed that the game had overtaken Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to become the secondmost-played Steam game by concurrent players. Now, according to gaming livestream stats site Gamoloco, it’s topped League of Legends in terms of weekly hours watched on Twitch. Check out our PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds guide. Last week, Dota 2 was riding high in the Twitch charts, backed by an …

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Study suggests first-person shooters may be damaging your brain

A study published recently in Molecular Psychiatry has found a possible link between playing first-person action games and the loss of grey matter from your brain’s memory center. The four-year study, which tracked groups of 18-to-30-year-olds, found that those who played first-person games for more than six hours per week showed a reduction of grey matter in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that plays a role in the consolidation of information from short-term …

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You can buy Destiny 1’s in-game currency on Steam, and the game is in the database

Destiny 1 is in the Steam database, and you can even buy its microtransactions currency… but that doesn’t mean it’s coming to PC.  The sequel, on the other hand, is. Here’s everything we know about Destiny 2. It’s in SteamDB as Unknown App 347300. The game itself has no title, but you can tell it’s Destiny because packs of Silver, Destiny’s real-money currency, are associated with it. SteamDB items are listed as ‘unknown’ when they are …

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Korean PC bangs accuse Blizzard of anti-trust breach over StarCraft: Remastered

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube South Korea’s famous Internet cafes – better-known as PC bangs – have accused Blizzard of breaching antitrust (competition) law after the publishers announced plans to charge them an hourly fee for offering StarCraft: Remastered to their customers. Natrually, StarCraft 2 made our list of the best strategy games on PC. According to the Korean Herald, the Korean PC bang association object to Blizzard’s plan to charge between 203 and 233 …

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Nvidia releases Game Ready 385.28 graphics drivers for Agents of Mayhem

The big news in the graphics card world today is that reviews for AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 are in (including our own), but for those of you who are sticking with Nvidia, new drivers are available to download. Nvidia’s latest “Game Ready” 385.28 WHQL drivers are optimized for Agents of Mayhem, the Saints Row spinoff that is due out this Tuesday, August 15 in North America, and Friday, August 18 in Europe. …

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