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Dungeons & Dragons defined PC gaming – here are five games that show how

The mere mention of Dungeons & Dragons conjures up images of nerds of all ages, excitedly swishing a cupped fist back and forth before unleashing a hail of dice onto a dining room table. From its appearance on Futurama almost 20 years ago to its most recent plot-defining inclusion in Netflix’s horror series, Stranger Things, the seminal tabletop roleplaying game is arguably the most recognizable and important of all pen & paper RPGs. Now, with …

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42% of esports fans don’t play the game they watch, 70% watch only one game

Among fans of the world’s biggest three esports (League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive), 42% are spectators only: they don’t play the game they watch. And we use the singular advisedly: 70% of them watch only one of those games.  Keep up with the latest changes to CS:GO with our update tracker. That’s according to a blog post by esports analysts Newzoo. Their post explores three questions: How do some of the biggest esports franchises …

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The obsessive Steam collectors who own more than 10,000 games

Original image by Deviantart user Hellhounds04. Like all the best origin stories, Hyptronic’s began with Half-Life 2. After receiving a Steam key for Half-Life 2 with his graphics card, Hyptronic found he had to install Valve’s clunky new software to play the most-anticipated PC game of all time. He had no idea what he was getting himself into when he registered his first game on Valve’s nascent platform. Thirteen years and 10,908 games later, Hyptronic …

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The Surge PC graphics, performance and 4K analysis – the PCGamesN tech review

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube The Dark Souls series may be over, but the spirit of the franchise lives on strong not just through other FromSoftware games, but in the many titles influenced by them, too. Among that number is The Surge, Deck 13’s challenging sci-fi RPG. As a lower-budget game, The Surge isn’t quite a graphical powerhouse but could, potentially, be lacking in optimisation due to limited resources. Does it perform as good as …

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Phantom Dust HD is out tomorrow on PC – the cult classic is completely free

Phantom Dust has been through some struggles. It didn’t do all that well commercially when it released on the original Xbox, but it garnered a cult following for being quite unlike anything else: a strange blend of card collecting, strategy, RPG, and third-person shooting.  For more blasts from the past, check our list of the best old games.  There was going to be a remake of the game, but its developers were shut down in …

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The Surge PC review | PCGamesN

I stalk the seemingly endless corridors and exhibits of CREO’s research and development complex for just over three hours, mastering its enemies, opening up crucial shortcuts, and making piecemeal progress with each new attempt. This is my best run yet though, bringing me within a hundred metres of the area’s primary antagonist. Buoyed by a full stock of healing injectables I venture into what looks like a boss arena. While I’m busy scanning the room …

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Tokyo 42’s multiplayer trailer shows off neon-soaked social stealth and fast-paced shootouts

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Tokyo 42 is a stylish sandbox game about assassination. We’ve seen how it blends stealth and action in previous trailers, but this latest video shows how that translates into multiplayer – bloody well, by the looks of it.  For more future titles, check our list of upcoming PC games.  If you’ve ever played an Assassin’s Creed game online, you’ll have the right idea. You spawn in with a random skin …

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Win one of 50 copies of Shock Tactics! Lead your squad and take on aliens, pirates and the Imperial Consortium

You and your team are space pioneers on a newly discovered alien planet. Explore this new world for alien technology, set up outposts, and prepare yourself to stand against the incoming invasion. Shock Tactics is a turn-based sci-fi strategy game with a variety of environments, strategic assaults on time sensitive objectives, and enemies that employ a varied array of tactics.  We’ve got 50 copies to give away, and all you need to do for a …

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 coming November 17, watch a teaser trailer with Baby Groot

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube It’s been almost four years since the original Lego Marvel Super Heroes, so it’s high time for a sequel, if for no other reason than that the Marvel cinematic universe has expanded hugely since then and this needs to be reflected. Today, series devs TT Games and publishers Warner Bros confirmed that the sequel is in development, and even gave us a release date: November 17. What else does the …

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Prey rallies in second week, top of UK charts and nearly 200,000 owners on Steam

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube After a disappointing launch, Prey has become the best-selling game in the UK in its second week, overtaking last week’s best-seller, the Nintendo Switch’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Put bullets inside all the bad people in the best FPS games on PC. Mario dropped from number one to number three, with the number two spot taken by Grand Theft Auto V. That’s according to the UK stats group GfK Chart-Track which, …

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Fix Glaz, then worry about Operation Health, say Rainbow Six Siege community

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Glaz is an operator in Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft’s tactical shooter. Given his previously terrible pick rate, he recently got a buff, which the community say goes way too far. Ubisoft are currently focusing on the health of the game at a technical level, but the view is taking hold on Reddit that fixing Glaz should be a higher priority. What’s due in year two? See our overview to Rainbow …

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League of Legends might get voice chat – Riot are reviewing it “very positively”

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube The absence of voice chat in League of Legends has been a sore point for a while. To some, it presents an unnecessary obstacle to coordinating a team, especially when matched with strangers who aren’t in your party’s Discord channel. To others, it offers sensible relief from vocal abuse by whingeing children. Either way, though, it looks like Riot are reconsidering their position. Decide which MOBA’s community should abuse you …

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Halo 6 won’t be at E3, but 343 promise to “have a little something” for Microsoft’s conference

Put the energy swords and battle rifles down Spartans, Halo 6 is not going to be at E3. While it is confirmed to be in development for Windows 10, Halo fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer for the next chapter in Master Chief’s story. See what is most definitely coming out this year with our list of upcoming PC games. In a post over on the Halo subreddit, 343 community …

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The robotic roguelike Botlike has players toppling a totalitarian regime as a surly warbot

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube While you’re probably tired of hearing the words ‘permadeath’ and ‘procedurally generated’ in the same sentence, hold on for just a second. Developer Binji is hoping to revitalise the roguelike with fast paced shooting, intense platforming and a dash of humour in their new game, Botlike. For more games from the little guys, check out our list of the PC’s best indies. Tasking players as the retired robot S.I.R, you …

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Steam Summer Sale may run from June 22-July 5, according to Steamworks screenshots

Forget planning for the beach, it’s time to get planning for the Steam Summer Sale. Thanks to screenshots from cavalier Steamworks users, we may see Valve running its seasonal sale from June 22 to July 5. Forget sales, here’s a list of great games you can get for free on Steam. First posted by user deliteplays on the Steam subreddit and then corroborated by user Jelman21, Valve have communicated with Steamworks developers to inform them …

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