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Baldur’s Gate 3 sure is going to have some risqué romance scenes

After a long day of questing and slaying, it’s only right for an adventuring party to return to camp for a good wind down. In Baldur’s Gate 3, that’s where things get steamy, Larian Studios say. Camp is where the party can talk about the day’s adventures—whether they agree about the player’s choices or not. They’ll also be open to more intimate activities if that’s where you’ve managed to steer the relationship. Larian tease some of the down and dirty bits of their next big RPG in a new update video on romance and sex. (more…)

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The Game Awards 2020 is scheduled for December 10th

Just as we say “what, already?” every year when the department store shelves turn over for autumn, it’s time to clear out any thoughts of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and start thinking ahead to Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards. Feels like it happens earlier every year, doesn’t it? Yes, this is the first year of Summer Game Fest, do not beat me with my own metaphor. This year’s Oscars-but-games live show has now announced its date for December. (more…)

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Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 might be getting re-released on PC

Good news, Metal Gear fans. It looks like the first two Metal Gear Solid games could be making a return to PC, after new age classification ratings have appeared on the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee website. Gematsu spotted the ratings for Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, and the Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra. If these games truly are on their way, it’ll be the first time the original Metal Gear is playable on PC. (more…)

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The Solitaire Conspiracy is Mike Bithell’s new game about cards and spies

After making Thomas Was Alone and John Wick Hex, intense cyberpunk solitaire wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from Bithell Games. Yesterday, the studio announced The Solitaire Conspiracy, a new game in the developers’ experimental “Shorts” series, which previously brought us the sci-fi adventures Subsurface Circular and Quarantine Circular. This new Short is a step away from those, though, placing you in the shoes of a Spymaster tasked with taking down a supervillain… with playing cards. “So… what if Solitaire, but extra, with powers and a full FMV storied campaign, time attack and skirmish modes!” Bithell tweeted. (more…)

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Have You Played… Gears of War?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Gears Of War is a third-person shooter in which you take control of a giant man wearing a bandana and chainsaw equally giant alien creatures in half. Somehow it manages to make this an emotional, and at times, frightening affair. The game bounces between explosive set pieces, unsettling, almost survival horror exploration, and tear jerking bro moments. (more…)

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Sure, Crysis Remastered is nice, but have you ever played the original Crysis?

Crysis Remastered review Crysis is a first-person stealth playground and a staggering spectacle, but new tech wizardry doesn’t justify the new price. Developer: Crytek Publisher: Crytek Release: Out now On: Windows From: Epic Price: £28/€30/$30 Crysis was always about more than its graphics. Crysis was and is a first-person stealth playground, with destructible buildings, clever enemies, and a set of flexible superpowers with which to make one collide with the other. Crysis Remastered is that game again, with new graphical bells and whistles you probably can’t use, and a substantially higher price than the original game costs now. (more…)

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Halo 3: ODST has arrived on PC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gained another game, except this one isn’t actually about that Master Chief guy. Halo 3: ODST arrived on PC today, giving players the chance to follow the story of some normal human dudes, and not a giant Spartan. It takes place before the events of Halo 3, and you play as some Orbital Drop Shock Troopers who’re trying to figure out why the Covenant invaded New Mombasa. (more…)

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Hades Boons: the best Boons and Gods to choose

Boons in Hades are one of the most common and powerful types of upgrades you’ll come across. Offered by the Olympian Gods themselves, these Boons are the genetic makeup of your build for each run, which means picking the right Boon in the right moment is extremely important if you want to beat the game and escape the Underworld. Our Hades Boons guide will offer an overview on how Boons actually work, before delving into the strongest Boons in the game and finishing off with a full list of every Boon offered by every God. So, let’s jump in! (more…)

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Former Skullgirls and Indivisible developers have started up a new co-op studio

A group of former Skullgirls and Indivisible developers from Lab Zero Games have launched an “employee-owned cooperative game development studio” called Future Club, following resignations and layoffs from Lab Zero last month. In August, a number of Lab Zero devs resigned, saying they could no longer tolerate the inappropriate behaviour of the owner, Mike Zaimont. Then, just a week after, Lab Zero laid off many of their remaining employees. (more…)

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Have You Played… Outland?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Outland doesn’t have a unique bone in its red and blue body. You can reach new areas in the world after unlocking abilities, like Metroid; you navigate the environment with the agility of the Prince Of Persia; and you take out baddies by changing the colour of your character, like Ikaruga. Its that last one that makes Outland a great 2D action-platformer, rather than just a good one, though. (more…)

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John Carmack says Microsoft buying Id Software could let him “reengage” with old titles

Microsoft are buying Bethesda , or rather their parent company ZeniMax Media. Like a nesting doll, Bethesda themselves are the parents of yet other game studios that Microsoft will also own. What of, say, Id Software? One of Id’s co-founders John Carmack reckons that the Bethesda buyout is a good thing. He says that the new Microsoft ownership could allow him to “reengage” with his old work. (more…)

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The Fallout Miami mod is looking hot in its environments trailer

These ghouls certainly don’t need any more sun, but perhaps your Vault 111 escapee could use a bit of heat to even out those dweller tan lines. Biggo modding project Fallout Miami recently put out a new trailer for their “DLC-sized” addition to Fallout 4 showing some of the toasty new locales you’ll be able to explore when it launches. (more…)

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BlizzCon Online is scheduled for February 2021

As with most other physical conventions this year, BlizzCon 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Blizzard said that they wanted to take the con online but didn’t think they’d be able to squeeze it into this calendar year. They were right on that front, but you won’t be waiting until next November for the con to return. Honorary BlizzCon 2020 will now officially take place in February 2021, they’ve announced. (more…)

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Nvidia apologise for RTX 3080 launch, saying “we were not prepared”

Nvidia have apologised for last week’s “frustrating” [cms-block] launch, stating that demand for their new flagship GPU was “overwhelming” and that “we were not prepared for this level [of enthusiasm], nor were our partners.” The apology was posted on their GeForce blog earlier today, answering community questions such as what the overall RTX 3080 stock situation is like at the moment, and why their own ‘Notify Me’ emails were so slow to being sent out. Here’s what they have to say about it. (more…)

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Freedom Fighters returns to PC after 17 years

Freedom Fighters first hit the mean streets of PC in the days of ye old CD-ROMs, but IO Interactive have pulled out their old tactical shooter and dusted it off for the brave new world of digital distribution. After being unavailable on PC for years, Freedom Fighters is now available on modern digital storefronts for those of you looking to relive the year 2003. (more…)

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Best Minecraft Bedrock seeds for Xbox, Windows 10, and Mobile

Minecraft Bedrock seeds give players across pretty much every platform the very best Minecraft worlds in which they can start their new adventure. But it can get pretty tedious when you’re looking for a particular kind of start, having to generate world after world until the game finally spits out the exact combination of attributes that you’re after. Our list of best Minecraft Bedrock seeds is fully up to date with the latest version of Pocket Edition (1.16.20) and covers all bases from Mushroom Islands to glorious Mesa biomes, from gentle village spawns to snow-capped mountain ranges. Take a look!…

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Fortnite: Save The World being pulled from Macs while Epic and Apple grapple

The newest casualty in Apple and Epic Games’ legal squabble is Fortnite: Save The World. Nah, not the battle royale everyone plays, just the co-op horde game. If you’re just catching up, Epic kicked off a big stink with Apple last month with a weird, 1984-inspired propaganda video as they circumvented Apple’s cut of App Store sales. It’s been all drama since then. Has this really only been going on for four weeks? This is going to be a long, tiresome ride. (more…)

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The Game Devs of Color Expo presents developer talks and free demos this weekend

The fifth Game Devs of Color Expo kicks off this weekend with presentations by a number of different creators. Although the weekend of talks is a paid event, you can spot some developer interviews and free demos being hosted by the expo over on Steam in an event called Gradient Convergence. You’ve got from now until Monday, to try those out if you’re keen. (more…)