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Left 4 Dead 2 has added a new official campaign, made by fans

Eight years after its last major content update, Left 4 Dead 2 has mutated all sorts of newness with The Last Stand. Made by fans but released officially by Valve, the huge free update has added a new mini-campaign based on the first game’s lighthouse Survival mode map, dozens of new maps for Survival and Scavenge modes, new weapons, and loads of wee tweaks and touches. With Valve saying as recently as this year that they’re not making L4D3, The Last Stand may be the co-op shooter’s last stand for quite some time. (more…)

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Here’s GTA 3 running on Switch

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 25 September 2020 10:10 GMT The Switch homebrew community managed to get GTA 3 running on Nintendo’s console.GTA 3 has not been officially released on Nintendo Switch, but fans of the classic game essentially ported it over from PC. The port is based on GTA 3 re3, itself a project to reverse-engineer the PC version.Using that version as base, modder Graber managed to make the game playable on Switch’s hardware, though not without some sacrifices. The game runs at 1080p 30fps and 720p 30fps, but the port does have an unlocked framerate option you can use….

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Have you played… Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. “Just one more turn.” For all that the phrase is most commonly attributed to the Civilization franchise, I’ve never really experienced that feeling with the games. Whenever I’ve wanted to pack the game in and continue another day, I’m able to do so. If the phrase were instead “Just one more game,” then that would much more accurately capture the influence Civilization VI in particular exerts over me. I’ve probably played through as many early-games in Civ VI as I’ve played…

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Windows XP Source Code Reportedly Leaked, Posted to 4chan

Reports have emerged today that the Windows XP source code has been leaked to 4chan, with the leaked code then being posted to a torrent and the Mega file sharing service. Reports have also emerged that independent researchers have since begun analyzing the data, with initial indications that the leak is legitimate. However, there hasn’t been an official confirmation.The thread on 4chan has since been archived (it was only open for four hours), and Microsoft hasn’t commented publicly on the matter yet, either.We do not share leaks. However, you’re free to try the method suggested in this attached image. pic.twitter.com/MwQYAvNTpKSeptember…

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A new Yakuza game will be announced on Sunday

Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon finally releases in the west (and on PC) on November 13, and I for one am extremely excited. The latest game in the series has a new protagonist, a new turn-based combat system, and will feature more locations set outside of Kamurocho. But Yakuza 7 will inevitably end, unfortunately, so it’s good to know that a new game is in the works. According to a co-host of this weekend’s Sega Atlas broadcast, which takes place as part of the Tokyo Game Show 2020, the new game announcement will happen during that livestream.The stream will kick off…

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Fortnite item shop: Blade is here to ice-skate uphill

Marvel’s Blade has made his official debut in Fortnite. That’s right, the daywalker vampire-human hybrid who helped spark off a modern era of Marvel films before the MCU was even a thing is now a skin in Fortnite. Take a look.(Image credit: Epic Games)Blade also sports an additional style with his original black trenchcoat, if the goth side of things is more your speed. I really appreciate the attention to detail here, including Blade’s upper arm armor, his shiny belt buckle, and his red sunglasses. he’s also carrying several stakes on his leg holster for some proper vampire murder.(Image credit:…

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RuneScape is coming to Steam

First launched as a browser game in 2001, RuneScape was the first MMO a lot of people tried. It was their first experience of being ganked by high-level players, their first time collecting an armor set, and their first time being scammed out of the armor they’d just collected.It’s changed a lot in that time, gaining raids and dinosaurs and enough alterations that Old School RuneScape was created for those who wanted to preserve the way it used to be. And now, RuneScape is coming to Steam.It’ll have the usual raft of achievements, badges, and trading cards that comes with…

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EA reveals Star Wars: Squadrons 8-week Operations and competitive ranks

Electronic Arts has made much of the fact that Star Wars: Squadrons will have “zero microtransactions,” and that its many cosmetic and customization items will be available solely through gameplay unlocks. Today it explained how that will acutally work with an update detailing the game’s progression systems.There will be two types of timed, rotating Challenges in Star Wars: Squadrons, which will offer separate rewards: Daily Challenges will award Glory points, used to unlock ship and player cosmetics, while longer, more complex Operation Challenges offer unique cosmetics that will be based on Squadrons’ ongoing Operations.(Image credit: Electronic Arts)”Operations are 8-week cycles that…

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Best Deals on Tech and PC Hardware 2020: CPUs, SSDs, PCs and More

With Amazon Prime Day and the holidays approaching, it’s a great time to find the best deals on tech. Whether you’re building a PC , hankering for an upgrade, looking for one of the best gaming PCs or just hoping to find one of the best gaming monitors on a big on a big sale, we’re hear to help.Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on tech, covering both internal components like processors and storage and prebuilt systems. We’re also covering peripherals and accessories.If you’re looking for the best hardware regardless of what’s on sale today, check out our lists…

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Overclocker Pushes GeForce RTX 3090 To Record 2.58 GHz

EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N (Image credit: EVGA)The GeForce RTX 3090, which is officially the fastest gaming graphics card on the planet, has already pulled in a victory. Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido has set a new world on Port Royal with the unreleased EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N.With the help of a bit of liquid nitrogen (LN2), Lucido pushed the EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N to an impressive clock speed of 2,580 MHz. The overclocker also gave the graphics card’s 24GB of GDDR6X the same overclocking treatment. The memory operated at 21.5 Gbps, which is 10.3% faster than the reference specifications….

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Xbox Series X/S SSD Cards Will Cost $220, Only External Way to Play Next-Gen Games

Microsoft’s upcoming $300 Xbox Series S might be the cheapest way to start playing next-gen games, but the company revealed on its blog this afternoon that if you want to increase its SSD storage up from 512GB, you’re going to pay more in total than you would for a $500 Xbox Series X. That’s because its proprietary SSD expansion card, which is 1TB and will be the only way to play next-gen games without using internal storage, will cost $220.  USB 3.1 HDDSSD Expansion CardStore any Xbox gameYesYesPlays Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox gamesYesYesPlay games optimized for Xbox…

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 returns with the Complete Edition, free on the Epic Store

We learned earlier this month that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, which was pulled from Steam and GOG in 2018 in the wake of a lawsuit between Frontier Developments and Atari, would soon return in a new Complete Edition: Not quite a remaster, but with a number of enhancements including widescreen support and “increased compatibility for new PC hardware.” Today is the day, and it’s available now on Steam for $20—or you can snag it free for the week on the Epic Games Store.RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition offers more than 300 rollercoasters and rides, 500 “scenery pieces,” 60 shops and services…

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Marvel’s Avengers patched, players being handed free Polychoron and Uru

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:57 GMT Patch 1.3.1 has been released for Marvel’s Avengers and addresses a handful of large issues.Smaller than last week’s patch, it includes a fix for Marvel Avengers players being unable to accept Faction Missions/Villain Sectors.Because this bug prevented players from being able to earn specific rare rewards, the team at Crystal Dynamics is granting the following to all players:  250 Polychoron and 500 Uru.These rewards can be claimed from today until Thursday, October 1 at 10am PDT. You will need to view one of your Challenge Cards to activate this reward.Other changes include…

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Amazon announces its cloud gaming service, Luna

Today, Amazon revealed Luna, its new cloud gaming service which has been in the works since 2019.Amazon Luna was announced today, and allows you to stream games without “lengthy downloads, updates, or complicated configurations.”Early Access is now open in the US and you can request an invitation through here.Luna allows you to play on one screen and pick up and continue on another. At launch it will be available on Fire TV, PC, and Mac as well as on apps for iPhone and iPad, with Android coming soon.Players can subscribe to the Luna+ game channel, which offers games such  Resident Evil…

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GTA Online players earn double this week in Mobile Operations Missions, plus an extra GTA$100K

Play GTA Online this week and walk away with double rewards when you participate in Mobile Operations Missions, plus, get a GTA$100K bonus.All Mobile Operation Missions are offering double this week in GTA Online, plus, if you complete any mission you will earn an extra GTA$100K. The money will be deposited when you log in next week.To help you out, all Bunkers and a Mobile Operations Centers are currently 40% off.There are additional rewards as well: earn double pay in Gunrunning, and double pay and RP in Survival Series this week as well.Just for logging in anytime between now and…

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Amazon Announces Luna Game Streaming Service

Amazon is getting into game streaming, following in the footsteps of Nvidia, Microsoft and Google. The company today announced Luna, with over 100 games at launch, but no firm start date. The service, which will have a $5.99 introductory price “during the early access period,” to access games through Fire TV, PC, and Mac or iOS through web apps. Android is marked as coming soon. The iOS web app workaround is notable because Google and Microsoft have been unable to get streaming services on the iPhone due to Apple’s App Store rules. Luna will divide games into “channels.” The Luna…

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7 interesting and unusual Crusader Kings 3 characters to try

Crusader Kings 3 is nice enough to offer you some suggested starting characters, but a lot of them are well-known historical figures whose stories have already been told many times before. Sure, trying your hand at making William a Conqueror or reuniting Charlemagne’s empire as one of his grandkids is a fine way to get started. But eventually, you may want to try something a bit weirder. Here are seven suggestions for the 867 start you might never have noticed that provide some unique and entertaining challenges:The Last Zoroastrians: Vandad of Gurgan and Wahsudan of Gilan(Image credit: Paradox Interactive)By 867, most…

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Tactical shooter Squad has finally launched out of early access

After five years in early access, multiplayer tactical shooter Squad finally launched this week. Up to 100 players can romp around big levels on foot and in vehicles, in action which sits somewhere between Battlefield and Arma on the simulated soldier seriousness scale. It was started by some of the folks behind Battlefield 2 mod Project Reality, y’see. Though just because the game’s now out of early access, doesn’t mean the devs are done with it. They’ve laid out plans for new modes, maps, and more that stretch into at least next year. (more…)

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Doom Eternal is coming to Xbox Game Pass next month

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:42 GMT Microsoft has announced Doom Eternal will arrive on Xbox Game Pass in October.Come October 1, Xbox One users with an Xbox Game Pass subscription will be able to download and play Doom Eternal.It will arrive on Game Pass for PC later in 2020.Players of the game have more to look forward to soon, as The Ancient Gods – Part One will also be released on October 20.In it, the legions of Hell have razed the heavens, threatening to expand across dimensions.  The Ancient Gods – Part One is the first major story expansion…