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Elite Dangerous just got invaded by Thargoids

It’s Tuesday, and the entire species is about to go to war with a powerful alien race. At least we are in space sim Elite Dangerous anyway, which sees the Thargoids finally invade human systems with the arrival of Update 14 for the game today. Eight massive space anomalies called Maelstroms are on their way towards human worlds, accompanied by massing Thargoid starships. Read more

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Inventory Space: getting into World Of Warcraft in 2022 reveals a disjointed MMO buckling under the weight of its expansions

I’m extremely excited to announce Inventory Space! A new video series in which Liam and I spend our precious free time with massive live-service games to see how much they demand from our schedules. Are we able to truly experience everything these games have to offer without sacrificing the bits of our daily routines that keep us from withering away at our monitors? How many hours do you really need to invest in order to fully experience a game? And is it even worth it, in the end? Inventory Space will – hopefully – give you a better idea of…

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Best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals 2022

Unlike with most flavours of PC hardware, the list of good Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals is noticeably smaller than the catalogue of quality, discounted notebooks that Black Friday brought. That’s partly stock running out, and partly retailers just being less willing to extend these sales over the weekend. Killjoys. Still, we’re not out of luck yet, nor out of laptops – as you’ll see below, there’s still a variety of deals to choose from, especially in the UK. Read more

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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide’s beta progression will carry over when the game releases

Grim co-op action game Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is out on PC on Wednesday, and devs Fatshark have taken a load off players’ minds by confirming that progression from the pre-order beta will carry over. Although Fatshark had mentioned in previous Steam updates about the game’s beta that player progression might not be fully guaranteed, they tweeted over the weekend to let players know that progression will be maintained once the game’s released. I do like that they address everyone as “rejects” in their announcements, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Read more

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Grab 24% off this JSAUX 6-in-1 Steam Deck dock this Black Friday

While Valve have now released their own dock for the Steam Deck, the third-party alternatives which beat them to market are still worth considering. Chief among them is Jsaux’s line of Steam Deck compatible docks. If you decide you want something with a lower price than Valve’s official hardware, then you can currently find the JSAUX 6-in-1 Steam Deck dock for just $38/£40 as part of this weekend’s Black Friday deals. Read more

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Ace swing ’em up Spiderheck slings out custom trials and maps with portals

What if spiders had lightsabers is an impeccable premise for a game, and Spiderheck delivers on that premise with aplomb. It’s an arena fighting game geared towards couch co-op and couch competition, but there’s online play and single-player modes too. Yesterday’s “THE TRIALS OF JAZEPS” update added new difficulty levels to wave survival, as well as custom trials you can send to your friends. It also chucks in some new maps with portals, because the only thing better than a lightsaber-wielding spider is a lightsaber wielding spider suddenly emerging from a portal. Read more

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Squirm around a tiny bridge in the Tiny Vampire Survivors update

A tiny bridge makes so much sense as a late-game Vampire Survivors challenge stage. The game’s arguably at its most captivating when the hordes start clogging up your death machinery, squeezing you into tighter and tighter corridors as you pray for a power-up or multi-item chest. It’s pleasantly squirmy, but will the bridge added in yesterday’s appropriately titled “The Tiny One” update be too squirmy? The update also added a couple new achievements, and an item that lets you banish a weapon or power-up of your choosing across all of your runs. Come see. Read more

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You can customise Total War: Warhammer 3’s endgame scenarios in multiplayer now

Fantasy strategy game Total War: Warhammer 3 has got its final patch of 2022, update 2.3.0, which brings the single-player customisable endgame scenarios to its multiplayer mode. This change allows whoever is setting up one of the game’s Immortal Empires campaigns in multiplayer to fiddle with the endgame how they please. Devs Creative Assembly have even gone and done one of those video thingies for the update, which you can watch below. Read more

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Star Wars: Squadrons is free on the Epic Games Store for a week from today

It’s that time of the week again, when the Epic Games Store reveal what new games they’ll be giving away for free next Thursday. If you haven’t jumped on it straight away, then you can nab EA Motive’s decent sci-fi dogfighting sim Star Wars: Squadrons for precisely nowt until December 1st. Starting from December 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to claim game creation tool RPG In A Box and fantasy turn-based strategy Fort Triumph. Read more

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Pentiment’s text animations are my new happy place

You’ll have heard by now that Pentiment is bloody good. It’s a medieval murder mystery with monks and manuscripts and other m things – including the protagonist, who is an artist called Andreas Maler. It’s inspired by The Name Of The Rose, a murder mystery similarly focused on a medieval scriptorium in a monastary (and notable for being adapted into a film where Sean Connery is a detective monk aided by a tiny baby Christian Slater). In the ol’ days books, were copied by monks onto parchment made of animal skin. Most people weren’t educated enough to read, in case…

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No Man’s Sky player makes a free base-building app inspired by Townscaper

One No Man’s Sky player has made a standalone app that lets you construct bases by moving, snapping together, and colouring parts ready to slot straight into the game. Technical artist Charlie Banks has popped the base-building app up on NexusMods, and has used it to create a massive robot that looks a little like the Iron Giant squatting down. Banks compares the base-building app’s simplicity to Oskar Stålberg’s procedurally generated hamlet-crafter Townscaper, although it seems a bit more complicated than that game. Read more

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Praise be, landmark improvements are coming to Age Of Empires 4

Age Of Empires 4 is the first RTS I’ve taken seriously. I’ve practised build orders, memorised specific civ counters, watched pro matches and agonised over key bindings. I have gone down into the nitty gritty of sheep micro, just to shear off microseconds from early villager gathering times, but I’ve never seen a good reason to build half of the landmarks in the game. It’s a blessed relief, therefore, to see “landmark improvements” on the roadmap for Season 4, alongside a new mode and a funky purple-looking biome. Read more

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The Witcher 3’s free upcoming next gen update is looking snazzy

We just got our first look at The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s much-delayed free “next gen” update, by which they mean current gen, and which yep, looks like a looker. Vanilla Witcher 3 still looks gorgeous for a nearly seven year old game, but the upcoming update will add ray-tracing options, ultra+ settings and a suite of other visual and quality of life updates. It’s not out ’til December 14th, but you can peek at it below while the devs natter in the background. Read more

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Have You Played… State of Decay 2?

I’m a sucker for a good romcom. As soon as the fateful meet cute happens, you’ll find me curled up with a blanket swooning over the blossoming romance. Bumping into someone while getting on the train or getting in an elevator might be a minor part of your day, but for a romcom protagonist, it ignites the love story they’ve been waiting for. They were ready to fall in love and probably hoped for a meet cute because they wanted a surprising story that they could tell everyone about. Like a good romcom, State of Decay 2 often has ways…

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Call Of Duty Warzone 2 review: a worthy successor

Not long ago I watched my Warzone Legacy, a two-minute-long compilation of my best stats from the first game, which included my K/D ratio and hours played and the like. It was undoubtedly produced by AI to feed the social media machine, yet the cold, hard numbers transported me back to the warm embrace of Verdansk, a battle royale map my mates and escaped to almost every evening as the pandemic raged. The silly 120 second video shot me right in the feelings. My history with the first game means that I enter Warzone 2 with an embarrassing tangle of…

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Get a giant 4TB Crucial MX500 SATA SSD for $269.90 at B&H Photo

Crucial’s MX500 is a classic SATA SSD, with TLC NAND and a DRAM-cache offering excellent sustained performance only supplanted by newfangled NVMe M.2 drives. Today the biggest size of the MX500, the 4TB model, is down to $269.90 in an early Black Friday sale at B&H Photo in the US – an $80 saving from the drive’s usual price. Read more