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‘Plunder the dunj’ with Boyfriend Dungeon, a dungeon crawler crossed with a dating sim

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube When I first heard about Hatoful Boyfriend, a dating game in which you attempt to woo a variety of birds, I thought the novelty dating genre would never go much further. But with the announcement of Boyfriend Dungeon, I’ve realised I was very wrong. Here’s our list of the best sex games on PC, but sadly, there’s not a sword in sight. Scheduled for 2019, Boyfriend Dungeon is a dungeon-crawler …

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This Divinity: Original Sin 2 player proved you can kill bosses with their own portraits

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Our review calls Divinity: Original Sin 2 a best-in-class game in three different genres. Now we can add a fourth genre to that list, because it turns out it’s also a stellar painting murder simulator. As in killing people with paintings. Of themselves. The new Divinity is so good we’re already calling it one of the best RPGs on PC. Original Sin 2 is filled with hubristic characters, and naturally …

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Playing Janna, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the League of Legends meta

I have been playing League of Legends since the end of season one, back in 2011. In that time, I have played a reasonably small pool of recurring champions. For a while, I just played Garen, before a long stint where I mostly only played support champions like Sona. Nowadays, I have around a dozen or so champions that I regularly play, and a few others who I go back to less often. We updated …

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Five new faces at Sumo Digital

Sheffield-based developer Sumo Digital has made five new senior hires Joining as CFO is David Wilton, who is to report directly to CEO Carl Cavers. There’s a new portfolio director in Gary Dunn, Jim Woods comes on board as senior development director, Scott Kirkland joins as development director, while Sumo’s new studio design director is one Martin Connor. Furthermore, co-founder Paul Porter has been promoted to MD. “Adding this level of expertise and experience further …

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Some South Park: The Fractured But Whole pre-orders are getting cancelled

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube There has been a delay in the shipping of PC versions of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and some pre-orders are getting cancelled. The game is “currently unavailable” on Amazon, and may players are saying they haven’t received their copies despite preordering the game as early as December 2016. The game was due to release yesterday. Here’s our South Park: The Fractured But Whole PC review. An email received …

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds overtakes League of Legends at Korean PC bangs

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has reached another milestone. The survival game is now the most played game at Korean PC bangs, having recently overtaken League of Legends, and far ahead of Overwatch. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds makes it onto our list of the best PC games. According to Gametrics (via inven), PUBG accounted for a 24.28% share of time spent at PC bangs last week, overtaking League of Legends at 23.62%. Overwatch accounted for a 13.73% share. This isn’t …

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New releases on Steam are expected to reach 6,000 this year

Last year, it was hard to imagine how Steam’s cadence of new game releases could get even harder to stay on top of, but though we’re only in October, more games have launched on Steam this year than across all of 2016.  Daniel Ahmad, an analyst for Niko Partners, noted the increase yesterday. He expects the number to pass 6,000 games by the end of the year. This is up almost 2,000 from last year, …

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Are indie games too cheap?

Eric Barone spent four years making Stardew Valley, teaching himself to code, to draw and redraw pixel art, to write characters and design a fun farming sim. For most of those four years he worked on it 10 hours a day, while also working part-time as a theater usher. Barone and his girlfriend scraped by on his part-time income and her grad school stipend. And after those four years of work, he released Stardew Valley …

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Shadow of War’s loot boxes are bad because they make the game boring

The growing ubiquity of loot boxes continues to stoke outrage. And while concern over microtransactions is warranted, I think the weeks of anger we saw directed at Middle-earth: Shadow of War was focused on the wrong thing. Yes, it’s uncool that loot boxes have oozed into singleplayer games, and yet another of the major games of 2017. That sucks. As Wes argued in our staff discussion last week, loot boxes threaten to homogenize the reward …

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Only cheat in South Park: The Fractured but Whole if you want to get chewed out

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube If you cheat in South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Cartman will show up to yell at you, like a far fouler version of Nintendo’s Mr. Resetti digging up out of the ground to chastise you for changing the date in Animal Crossing. Check out the best RPGs on PC. Of course, the definition of “cheating” is a bit murky in the context of a single-player RPG. In this case …

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Unreal Engine functionality comes to Improbable’s SpatialOS

Cloud tech firm Improbable has announced Unreal Engine integration with its SpatialOS software. This functionality is now in open beta, and launches alongside the most recent reversion of SpatialOS – 12.0. The firm says that this has stablished and expanded the use of Unreal on SpatialOS. “We’re delighted that our Unreal integration has reached this level of stability, eight months after we first revealed it.” Improbable CTO Rob Whitehead said. “This is a huge step …

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Just over a month after launch, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is closing in on 1m uni

It’s been just over a month since Larian’s RPG title Divinity: Original Sin 2 finally released out of Early Access, and thus far things seem to be going pretty well for the project. The title debuted in second place in the Steam Top Ten – which is effectively the new No.1 given Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds dominance of the top spot – and sold half a million units in its first few days on shelves. For context, …

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Hearthstone hero promotion backfires, leads to dozens of fake events

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube To get the newest Hearthstone hero, a Gnome warlock called Nemsy Necrofizzle (of course), you need to go to Fireside Gathering events – hosted in real-life pubs or at gaming stores, or wherever a few folks with phones and tablets can gather. The idea is to foster casual tournaments that encourage the spirit of Hearthstone away from the hardcore competitive edge-chasing of esports and ladder climbing. So, obviously, the community …

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The Gollop Chamber: XCOM is now a genre

All images courtesy Julian Gollop. The Gollop Chamber Julian Gollop has been in the games industry for more than 30 years. You probably know him best as the designer of games like Chaos and X-COM: UFO Defense. His column, the Gollop Chamber, will touch on games history, design, and, probably, a lot of XCOM. Welcome to my first column for PC Gamer. What’s it all about, you may ask? You can look forward to my …

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Activision wins patent that uses matchmaking to make you want to buy stuff

Activision has successfully filed a patent designed for use in multiplayer matchmaking systems. In short, it’s an idea to engender envy at teammates’ or opponents’ gear through the matchmaking algorithm itself. Here’s the abstract from the patent, granted today after its filing two years ago: “A system and method is provided that drives microtransactions in multiplayer video games. The system may include a microtransaction arrange matches to influence game-related purchases. For instance, the system may …

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