August 2020

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This Halo mod allows you to play as a Grunt and fight Master Chief

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 15:49 GMT There’s a legitimate Halo mod that allows you to play as a Grunt instead of Master Chief, in which your sole purpose for playing is to take down John Halo himself. Halo: Covenant Edition is a mod for Halo: Combat Evolved that reimagines the game from the perspective of the baddies. Although we’ve all grown to love the hulking stature of 7-foot-tall army man John Halo over the last 19 years, he is the physical embodiment of Bad Guy when you reverse what the game’s narrative wants you to think.Put it…

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Crusader Kings 3 reviews roundup – all the scores

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 15:11 GMT Medieval grand strategy dynasty sim Crusader Kings 3 launches tomorrow, September 1 – here’s what the critics think of the game so far. Developed by Paradox Interactive, Crusader Kings 3 is the highly-anticipated follow-up to critically-acclaimed strategy titles Crusader Kings and Crusader Kings 2.It takes place between the Viking Age and the Fall of Byzantium, and tasks you with overseeing everything from the legitimization of bastards – like what Jon’s whole story is about in Game of Thrones – to instilling dread in potentially dissident vassals. Essentially, it pays attention to…

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Crusader Kings 3 review

Crusader Kings 3 review Crusader Kings 3 makes a fine execution of a daunting brief. I think I’ll need another year of playing it to work out exactly how good it is, but that’s another way of saying I want to play it for a year, so it must be pretty good. Developer: Paradox Development Studio Publisher: Paradox Interactive Release: September 1st 2020 On: Windows From: Steam Price: £42/€50/$50 The way I’d summarise Crusader Kings 3 depends heavily on where you’re coming at the game from. If you never played Crusader Kings 2, but were always interested, then I heartily…

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Streamer sets Super Mario 64 world record while playing with drums

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 14:44 GMT A Super Mario 64 streamer recently set a brand new world record while playing through the game using nothing but an electronic drum set. The streamer in question – who goes by the handle CZR – regularly publishes a mix of drum covers and gaming videos to his YouTube channel. Occasionally, he combines the two and speedruns iconic games using a pair of drumsticks instead of an ordinary controller.Check out the video below, which shows CZR speed-drumming his way through Super Mario 64 in under 30 minutes.It’s worth noting that this is…

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Control Ultimate Edition and more up to 90% off in The Humble Store End of Summer Sale

When it comes to big game releases, September is right on the edge of the busy season—ideal to get a few games in you’ve been meaning to play for ages, swear to God. The Humble End of Summer Sale is here to help and offers some good deals on perpetual favourites. At 20 percent off, this is the first sale of the Control Ultimate Edition for PC, consisting of Control and its two DLCs, less than a week after release. But there’s a lot more worth checking—if Wasteland 3 looks good but you want to know what the series is…

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Gainward Lists Four Nvidia RTX 30-Series GPUs With Full, Detailed Spec Sheets

The Nvidia GeForce event might be happening tomorrow, but the information pipeline has already busted and leaks about the RTX 30-series have been flooding the internet. The latest is from Gainward, who for a brief moment published the full product pages for four new graphics cards, which we caught just in time. The GPUs in question are the RTX 3080 Phoenix, RTX 3080 Phoenix GS, RTX 3090 Phoenix, and lastly the RTX 3090 Phoenix GS. All four of these GPUs pack huge, triple-slot, triple-fan coolers with a plethora of RGB lighting effects, but of course, the bits that we’re interested in…

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Iron Harvest review

Iron Harvest is a thirty-hour exercise in self one-upmanship. Oh! You think a crack sniper lady with a pet bear is cool, do you? Then how about a walking oil-drum armed with twin heavy-machine-guns? So you think that’s cool eh? Then how about a quadrupedal personnel-carrier that fires mortars out of its roof? OH! You think THAT’S cool, bucko? Then how about a goddamn BATTLE TRAIN? Yeah, you heard me. Battle. Train.The game’s approach to entertainment is an avalanche of awe, burying your cynicism in a scrapheap of increasingly powerful toys that’ll have you grinning like a certain cat from…

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Marvel’s Avengers unlock times, pre-load, pre-order bonuses and everything else you need to know

Marvel’s Avengers is just a few days away, and we know exactly when we can start playing.Marvel’s Avengers developer Crystal Dynamics has revealed pretty much all remaining details about the game’s impending release on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia. You may have already gotten a taste of what Avengers has to offer with the recent beta weekends, and the full game obviously offers much more.You’ll have access to six heroes (Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, and Thor), playable in the campaign and across over 80 War Zones and Drop Zones. Future, post-launch heroes – such…

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Here are three ways to turn Minecraft into a computer inside your computer

The more I see of Minecraft, the more I’m convinced that we all live in a simulation. Possibly one that’s also inside Minecraft, and running some fancy shaders. I don’t make that claim lightly. Like all conspiracy theorists, I have proof that you cannot dispute. Prepare yourself for a reality check. Below are some dazzlingly intricate pieces of computing, but rendered entirely inside Mojang’s blocky world-builder. And if Minecraft is capable of running in-game PCs, then we’re all just Creepers waiting to explode. (more…)

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Have you played… Unavowed?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Wadjet Eye Games have been around for absolutely yonks. First rising to prominence with the Blackwell series, in which you and your ghost pal help lost souls transition to the afterlife, the studio have dabbled in a host of intriguing settings and locations for their puzzle games. Unavowed is the culmination of all the years spent perfecting the craft.  (more…)

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Apple Reportedly Preparing 5nm GPUs For 2H 2021

If you think Apple was going to stop at producing its own CPUs, then you have another thing coming. Chinese publication Commercial Times reported that the U.S. tech giant is presently working on its in-house GPUs as well with a planned launch in the second half of 2021.The upcoming GPUs, reportedly codename Lifuka, is part of the Apple Silicon project and will leverage TSMC’s 5nm process node as well. The report claims that Lifuka’s development is going smoothly. The GPU reportedly promises higher computing performance and improved performance per watt over other GPUs, but a more detailed comparison wasn’t given. Apple…

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New Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning trailer is about silent murder

Finesse was a skill tree in the original Kingdoms of Amalur, so the fact that it exists in the forthcoming re-release is no surprise. The trailer above is all about proving to newcomers that if you don’t want to go face-to-face in combat, you don’t (always) have to. For the rest of us, it’s an opportunity to see how this spit-and-polished 2020 version looks.Honestly: it doesn’t look that much different to the 2012 original. The game still looks a whole lot like World of Warcraft, which probably doesn’t give much room to move when it comes to dramatic improvements. Whatever…

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Madden NFL 21 has one of the lowest user scores on Metacritic

EA’s latest iteration of the Madden NFL series was released on August 28, with the PC version available on Steam as well as Origin as part of EA’s new partnership with Valve. User reviews on Steam are currently sitting on a rating of ‘Mixed’ and on Metacritic they’re even worse. The PC version has a user score of 1.2 at the time of writing, with PS4 enjoying a score of 0.4. That’s even lower than Warcraft 3: Reforged’s record low of 0.5.Common complaints include bugs and glitches, many of them carried over from previous versions of Madden NFL, but also…

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Five new Steam games you probably missed (August 31, 2020)

On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we’ve gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the new games of 2020. StrugglingSteam‌ ‌page‌ ‌ Release:‌ ‌August 28‌ ‌ Developer:‌ ‌Chasing Rats Games ‌ Price:‌ ‌$14.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£11.99‌…

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League of Legends’ next champion has moves like a Capcom spectacle fighter

A new League of Legends champion has been revealed out of the blue. Her name’s Samira, aka the Desert Rose, and she’s apparently “a gifted, ruthless marksman who charges up her style meter as she hunts for the flashiest kill.”Watching Samira in action with her twin pistols and anime sword, her moves seem to include a lot of dashing, blade-swirling, cartwheeling, and unleashing a whirlwind of bullets while she turns into Taz the Tasmanian Devil. It’s like watching Devil May Cry or Bayonetta from the MOBA angle. Samira even has a Style score, a meter that upgrades in rank as…

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Hack things, go mad, in cyberpunk cosmic horror adventure Transient

Announced at Gamescom 2020, lovecraftian horror meets cyberpunk tropes in upcoming adventure game Transient from Stormling Studios and Iceberg Interactive. Transient takes place in an enclosed, domed city called Providence—the last place human beings can survive on a post-apocalyptic Earth. The player is a hacker, Randolph Carter, who in the pursuit of a puzzling mystery does the usual cosmic horror protagonist thing and “stumbles across the terrifying truth, a truth that might tear apart his own sanity and lead him to question his very existence.”Classic Randolph.Blending cyberpunk and cosmic horror isn’t new, but it is generally pretty interesting fare. The…

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Paper Mario: The Origami King devs had “almost complete control” over direction

By Cian Maher, Sunday, 30 August 2020 22:16 GMT The team behind Paper Mario: The Origami King recently confirmed that it was given “almost complete control” over the direction the game went in. The news comes from a report published by Eurogamer Germany, which was later translated by Nintendo Everything. According to said report, producer Kensuke Tanabe and director Masahiko Nagaya were permitted to shape Paper Mario: The Origami King in pretty much whatever way they saw fit – in fact, Nintendo director Shigeru Miyamoto was barely even involved.“Ever since Paper Mario: Color Splash, we have almost complete control over the…

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Skyrim mod accidentally turns it into a game where no one has eyes anymore

By Cian Maher, Sunday, 30 August 2020 21:57 GMT Apparently loading your Skyrim mods incorrectly can potentially change the Dovahkiin simulator into a game where there is no such thing as eyeballs anymore. Loading mods wrong can have a range of effects on how Skyrim actually plays out. Whether said mods conflict with a necessary narrative aspect of the game or simply render certain errors that lead to absolutely ridiculous bugs, modding your game invokes an inherent risk of absolutely breaking it.That’s pretty much exactly what happened to a user called Camjdent on Reddit. Check out the post below. HELP…

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Star Dynasties looks like Crusader Kings in space, which rules

Sci-fi strategy game Star Dynasties has a new trailer out of Gamescom, showing off a boatload of neat features and some inside insight from developer Pawley Games. Star Dynasties is an empire management grand strategy game that focuses on the drama between powerful families of space nobility. Here’s the relevant section of the Iceberg Interactive show: Star Dynasties has clearly learned from the marriage of procedural narrative and grand strategy that made Crusader Kings 2 such a success. The focus is around a galaxy of human colonies divided after the loss of Earth. Feudal structures take root in the power vacuum,…

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New Monster Hunter game could be in development for Nintendo Switch

A brand new Monster Hunter game is purportedly in development for Nintendo Switch, according to recent statements from a Capcom insider. The news comes from a report published by VGC. According to said report, a Twitter user known as Dusk Golem – who has reported on Capcom several times in the past – recently said that the studio is currently working on a new Monster Hunter title for Nintendo Switch.You can check out Dusk Golem’s tweet below. To elaborate on two things, Monster Hunter Switch is running on a Switch compatible version of the RE Engine, which is why I’ve…