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Bannerlord finally lets you celebrate your victories with your army

After an invigorating game of Stab the Enemy, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord’s soldiers love to do a bit of celebrating. They might be exhausted, some of them might be riddled with arrows, but they still let out an enthusiastic cheer. And now, finally, you can join them without downloading a mod. It felt a lot like being the designated driver, sitting on my horse without a flicker of emotion while everyone around me celebrated. But no more! Bannerlord now lets you pick from a few different emotes to show everyone exactly how you’re feeling, as long as how you’re feeling…

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Bring Witcher 3 characters into Skyrim with this mod

The Witcher and Skyrim have been fertile crossover ground for years. The Witcher has great characters. Skyrim has great mods. There are dozens of follower mods for Skyrim—custom characters to join the Dragonborn on their adventures when you tire of Lydia carrying your burdens. A few modders have created a series of Witcher-themed followers based on their looks and lines from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. With The Witcher heavily on the brain since its TV debut, I decided now was a perfect time to take my favourite trio for a monster hunt in Tamriel. When I start out my new…

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If your Windows 10 PC suddenly feels slow, Microsoft wants to hear from you

For over a month, some Windows 10 users have been complaining about degraded performance after applying a specific update, and it has finally caught the attention of Microsoft. That’s the good news. The bad news? Microsoft needs more people to submit bug reports to figure out what exactly is going on.”I have spoken to Missy Quarry, from the Edge team, and they are investigating this problem. However, they really need more details submitted though the Feedback Hub on Windows 10,” a moderator wrote on Microsoft’s community forums (via Windows Latest).The issue is tied to KB4559309, an automatic update that replaces…

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These promising IPS gaming monitors from Asus tick all the right boxes

Asus is launching a couple of 27-inch gaming monitors with IPS screens and reasonably fast refresh rates, and at least one of them carries a price tag that fairly reasonable, for the features it offers. That would be the TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A.It is up for preorder on B&H Photo for $479. While not exactly cheap, it pairs a presumably high quality IPS panel (as IPS screens typically are) with a 2560×1440 resolution and an overclocked 170Hz refresh rate (144Hz native) to keep the action smooth. It also has a 1ms MPRT response time.This is a FreeSync monitor that is also…

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Catch the best of the breed with this Red Dead Online legendary animals guide

So you’re trying to find those elusive Red Dead Online legendary animals? If you’ve already used our Red Dead Online Naturalist guide to reach level 5 in the role and you’re ready to track the more specialized prey, this is the guide you need to take you to the next stage of mastering Mother Nature. There are a couple of different ways to track down legendary animals, one a lot more reliable than the other, but you’ll need to do a bit of both to complete your Animal Guide with a sample of each. So here’s everything you need to know…

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Resident Evil 3 Remake hasn’t been nearly as popular as its predecessor

Back in June, Capcom announced that Resident Evil had become its first series to surpass 100 million sales. Today’s quarterly report has a less celebratory tone, with the publisher calling sales of Resident Evil 3 Remake “solid”—the cruellest compliment anyone can pay anything. 2.7 million sales in three months is still a respectable number, but quite far behind Resident Evil 2 Remake’s sales across the same length of time. It boasted more than 4 million sales by this point and then went on to beat the lifetime sales of the original game. There’s still a chance Resident Evil 3 Remake will…

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The best gaming PC in 2020

Buying the best gaming PC is the fastest, easiest way to get into PC gaming. And, so long as you pick a rig from one of the best gaming PC builders, then their after sales service ought to make it the most stress-free too. Sure, building a gaming PC for yourself can be immensely satisfying—we’ve created entire careers talking about the best ways to do it—but simply buying one as a complete system will take all the hassle out of the process, and give you someone to blame if, heaven forbid, anything goes wrong.While part of the innate beauty of…

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Total War: Three Kingdoms—I’m on a mission to seize the throne as a devout pacifist

I’ve recently written two diary series for PC Gamer, and they both involved an enormous amount of killing. Well, I’ve had enough. No more swords. No more guns. No more leaking bags of skin at my virtual feet. From here on out, I’ll only be offering my enemies cake and presents. I’m going pacifist, and there’s nothing you can do to stop me. To demonstrate my commitment to the non-violent path, I’m going to peacefully play what is by sheer weight of numbers the most violent series ever made, Total War. Specifically, I’m playing Total War: Three Kingdoms, for which Creative…

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Grown-up Pokemon game Monster Crown enters Early Access

Way back in 2018 we told you about the Kickstarter for Monster Crown, a game of mad-science crossbreeding and turn-based battles somewhere between Pokemon and Dragon Quest Monsters that ended up being funded to the tune of $45,415, well over its humble $5,000 goal. Now, it’s finally entered Early Access on Steam and is 10% off this week.Monster Crown has you making pacts with monster, then breeding and fusing them to create new species as you adventure across Crown Island battling and trading (which you can also do online). Unlike Temtem, it’s a bit mature in its storytelling, with a…

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Popular D&D tabletop campaign Curse of Strahd is being re-‘vamped’

(Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)Whenever there’s a discussion about the best adventure for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, gothic fantasy campaign Curse of Strahd usually takes top spot. An update of the classic 1983 adventure called Ravenloft, it introduces the haunted land of Barovia and its vampiric ruler, Count Strahd von Zarovich (also seen in the 1994 videogame Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession).Wizards of the Coast are well aware of Curse of Strahd’s popularity, and will be releasing a re-vamp (get it?) in time for Halloween. This fancy premium edition will come in a coffin-shaped boxed set including a deck of…

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The legendary Frog Fractions is now on Steam in remastered 4k

Perhaps one of the greatest indie games of all time, Frog Fractions is a weird edutainment-ish Indie game that everyone loved back in 2012 and everyone still loves now. You can now get the game in remastered form, for free, as promised, on Steam. Frog Fractions is a surprising, joyous game that celebrates everything good about gaming—no joke. This re-release ahead of Flash’s demise this year is upscaled to 4k and still completely free. You can buy a cosmetic hat DLC for $8, though, if you like.Here’s the description, per the game page: “In Frog Fractions, the player controls a…

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This mod lets you swap Geralt’s other romance partners for Yennefer

In The Witcher 3 and its expansions, Geralt has the option of dancing the horizontal tango with several different ladies. For readers of the original books, however, there’s only one option for Geralt and that’s his canonical love, Yennefer. Previously you could simply avoid getting medieval jiggy with other women by not choosing the flirty dialogue, but now there’s a mod that will let you watch all those sex scenes—yes, even the one where you bang while flying in a cloud—but with Yennefer instead of Triss, Shani, Keira, Syanna, someone named Jutta I don’t think I even met in my…

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Spintires got a major update and new DLC

Good news for mudders, muddin’ folks, and off-road enthusiasts of all stripes: The original Spintires has a brand new update and DLC. Though it’s some six years old, current developer Oovee Games has admirably spent the last year lavishing updates on the game. The 1.6 update has revamped some major parts of the game, deeply reworking water interactions and the mud physics and simulation. Additionally, tires on some vehicles can now be variably inflated, some vehicles now have differential steering, and articulated chassis vehicles are now supported. The new DLC is a sprawling map based on the Ural mountains and is…

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Total War: Troy lays out the Greek and Trojan heroes in detailed videos

Creative Assembly’s next strategy game is A Total War Saga: Troy, and we’ve heard a lot about it to this point, but the consummate strategy enthusiast always hungers for more. To that end, Creative Assembly has released a couple new videos about the game highlighting the unique campaign mechanics for playing as the heroes on both the Greek and Trojan sides. A key part of differentiating the factions in the small theatre of this focused Total War game is the heroes: They give flavor to your army, have unique mechanics, and dictate what units you can recruit.Here are the Greeks:Achilles…

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Here’s a mod that turns MechWarrior 5 into an RTS

I like MechWarrior 5 just fine, you say to yourself, but what if it was an RTS? Well, modders love you. They love you almost as much as they love the long-lost MechCommander series. Mechcommander Mercenaries is a mod for MechWarrior 5 that turns the game into an RTS of sorts. I say of sorts… but it’s pretty much completely functional.Posted over on Nexus Mods by the eponymous Mechcommander Mercenaries Modders, the mod lets you use a movable camera and a top-down view to issue orders to your lance of mechs. You can order them to move, smash through terrain,…

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What did you play last week?

Andy Kelly has been playing Microsoft Flight Simulator in advance of its release, and been properly wowed by its fidelity. The thought of flying over a version of the city where I live that—at least from a height—looks photorealistic? That’s exciting, and so is the idea of being able to return to places I’ve visited. The closest thing to a flight sim I’ve played in the last few years have been games where you’re a bird, but this might just drag me back.Chris Livingston has been playing Blaseball, a simulator of baseball that is apparently being played in Hell (unlike…

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Great moments in PC gaming: Playing on the first mass-market PCs in the 1980s

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.I’m a member of the generation some folks have taken to calling “Xennials”, the tiny but distinct generation sandwiched between Millennials and Generation X. My favorite description of us is that we’re the generation who came of age with the internet, but are just old enough to remember functioning in a world without it. I can even pinpoint when I first had a sense that I’d been born around the cusp of a great shift—the night my parents came home with a brand-new Commodore 64.It seemed…

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Netflix announces Beyond Good & Evil movie

While news about Beyond Good & Evil 2 remains thin on the ground, Netflix has confirmed a Hollywood Reporter story about a movie based on the “epic space pirate adventure” being in the works.Rob Letterman, previously responsible for the actually-quite-decent Detective Pikachu movie, will be directing, with Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin producing.After the success of The Witcher and Castlevania, Netflix seem intent on continuing their adaptations of videogame properties, with even Cuphead about to get its own TV show, as well as Splinter Cell and Dragon’s Dogma. 

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Atlantis, aka Coral Castle, arrives in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Season 3 brought with it a freshly flooded map, with several existing locations like Slurpy Swamp hidden underwater while new areas appeared above the waterline. Our guide to the Season 3 map changes had the info on that, but now things are changing again. The water has receded, and the Atlantis location fans had been expecting since they saw the Aquaman skin has appeared.The whirlpool that formerly dominated the map’s northwest corner, and launched players who swum over it into the air, has gone. Atlantis stands in its place. It’s actually called Coral Castle rather than Atlantis, but you…

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What weather adds the most to a game?

A recent Twitter thread about which game has the most realistic rain got us thinking about weather. From nuclear storms in Mad Max and Metro Exodus, to wind blowing through Velen’s trees in The Witcher 3, to regular old Minecraft rain. Memorable weather can add a lot to the experience of play.Our latest weekend question is this: What weather adds the most to a game?Here are our answers, plus a few from our forum.(Image credit: RockStar)Lauren Morton: I’ve been getting back to Sea Of Thieves and Red Dead Online lately and let me tell you I’m having some feelings about fog. Foggy…