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How to install an SSD – clone your boot drive without losing a thing

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube If your PC is still languishing in the spinning platter age, using a hard drive as its main storage device, then one of the most important upgrades you can make is to replace it with a solid state drive. Don’t worry, it’s easy… this is how to install a new SSD. After this you’ll know how to do it, but which one to choose? Check out our guide to the …

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This week in games: Destiny “accidentally” pops up on Steam, Civilization goes tabletop, and Animal Farm gets a game adaptation

Licensed games all-but-disappeared for a few years there, swept into the trash alongside a bevy of B-tier studios. But I guess they’re back—and way weirder this time around, too. Adaptations of both Planet of the Apes and Animal Farm were announced this week, and the Pillars of the Earth point-and-click hit Steam. I can only imagine Ken Kesey’s logging classic Sometimes a Great Notion is next. Maybe Call of Duty: Catch-22? That, plus Destiny briefly sort-of …

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Meet Ying, Rainbow Six Siege Blood Orchid’s short-range specialist

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube After multiple leaks and teases, Ubisoft Montreal have finally revealed one of its new operators for Rainbow Six Siege’s Blood Orchid update. Ying is a short-range specialist and a member of the Special Duties Unit, nicknamed the “Flying Tigers”, operating out of Hong Kong. Check her out in the brief trailer above. Here’s everything we know about Rainbow Six Siege Blood Orchid.  “The S.D.U. is known for leading high-risk operations …

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Fortnite’s getting a survival mode on August 29

In less than a month, Fortnite, Epic’s fort-building co-op sandbox, has seduced a million players into its stormy, undead-filled world. And to celebrate this milestone, they’ve announced a new survival mode, coming on August 29. Brush up on your skills with our Fortnite guide. Fortnite’s survival mode will be a “hard, ironman” affair, according to the devs. Expect “amazing” rewards, and the more time you put in – anywhere between 3-14 game days – the …

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Rainbow Six Siege brand director: “We have a problem with team killing”

Ubisoft are well aware of Rainbow Six Siege’s team-killing problem, but solving it without breaking the game is proving a challenge. We think Rainbow Six Siege is one of the best shooters around. Here’s our list of the best operators to use. Speaking to us in a larger interview, Rainbow Six Siege’s brand director Alexandre Remy admits that the development team “have a problem with team killing, and with people who leave before the end …

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Dauntless founder’s alpha is live now, with closed beta coming in September

Dauntless, the multiplayer monster-slaying romp, has completed its technical alpha phase today, kicking off the founder’s alpha in North America, Europe and Oceania. Though it will launch as a free-to-play game, to get into the alpha you’ll need to splash out on a pricey Founder’s Pack.  If you want to team up with your buddies, check out the best co-op games on PC.  Apparently, 20,000 players worked together to murder nearly 250,000 of Dauntless’ Behemoths …

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Assassin’s Creed Origins’ game director breaks down combat changes

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Assassin’s Creed has always had flashy combat, but it’s always been a bit shallow. In the early games, getting into a fight felt like a failure. Since then, the series has increasingly put more of an emphasis on its scraps, but without a great combat system to back them up. In a developer Q&A, Ashraf Ismail, Assassin’s Creed Origins’ game director, details how the team have tried to up their …

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Valve will ‘continue granting free keys to help partners’ but with some provisos [Updated]

Update:  Valve has provided us with the following statement with regards to future free Steam key allocation:  “Steam keys have always been available for free to our partners to help them sell PC games at physical retail and on other digital stores. In return, we’ve asked that partners offer Steam customers a fair deal, similar to what they’re offering on other stores. None of that is changing.  “But over the last few years, new features …

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Why do we care about Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier?

When a bigoted human soldier scrawls the words ‘APE-OCALYPSE NOW’ on a tunnel wall in this year’s War for the Planet of the Apes, it doesn’t feel like a comparison too far. That’s testament to how ambitious these films have become – empathetic war epics which, despite their furry subjects, never abandon humanity in search of bombast. Read more: the best games of 2017 so far. Against that backdrop, the announcement of a Telltale-style spin-off …

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Two new Monster Hunter World trailers show brute wyverns are here to stay

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Capcom have released two new trailers for Monster Hunter: World. One of them shows off a bunch of the game’s upcoming monsters and a new map area. The second has even more monsters, but also dishes out information on some of the game’s mechanics. Check out our list of the best PC games. If you’ve played any of the previous Monster Hunter games then what’s shown off in the trailers …

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After Norsca, expect more minor races in the Total War: Warhammer trilogy

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Total War: Warhammer’s Norsca DLC is interesting. Norsca never got an army book in the tabletop game, so Creative Assembly have had to be more creative in assembling their army than with any other faction. I recently had the chance to ask them about this, and what it means for the future of the trilogy. In the meantime, read all about the main players with our Total War: Warhammer II …

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Valve Doesn’t Want You to Buy Steam Games Outside of Steam

Valve doesn’t want you to buy PC games outside of Steam. A post on the Steam developer forums states that the company won’t be automatically allowing Steam key requests from developers who sell games on the store. “If we are denying keys for normal size batches it’s likely because your Steam sales don’t reflect a need for as many keys as you’re distributing, and you’re probably asking for more keys because you’re offering cheaper options …

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Skull & Bones will weave its single-player and multiplayer narratives together

Skull & Bones will weave its single-player narrative into its multiplayer elements, rather than separating the two elements of the game. In an interview with GameSpot, the game’s creative director Justin Farren says that while it will be possible to play Skull & Bones as a solo experience, he hopes players will choose to engage and collaborate with one another. Check out our list of the best PC games. He goes on to suggest that …

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Hellblade’s first patch squashes bugs and is live now

Grim jaunt through underworld, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which launched last week, has received its first patch from Ninja Theory. It’s mostly just bug fixes, so nothing flashy, but it might be good news if you’ve been having problems.  We embarked on a little experiment to see if Hellblade actually has permadeath.  Patch 1.01 includes fixes to audio, localisation, combat, photomode and progress halting bugs. The main fixes are below.  Fixed a potential progression stopping bug …

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Subsurface Circular is a text adventure from Bithell Games and is out now

Sneaky Mike Bithell, of Thomas Was Alone and Volume fame, announced and simultaneously released Subsurface Circular today. It’s a brief text adventure that puts you in the shoes of a robot detective trying to find out what happened to a bunch of missing robots. It’s also the first in a series of shorts that Bithell Games will be conjuring up.  Looking for more like this? Here’s our list of the best indie games on PC. …

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