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AMD Radeon RX 6800 vs 6800 XT: benchmarks compared

AMD’s long-awaited Big Navi GPUs, the Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT, are finally here. But how do they compare performance-wise and which one should you consider buying when they finally come back in stock? To help answer that question, I’ve put together some lovely bar graphs of my 1080p, 1440p and 4K benchmark results, showing you exactly how they stack up across all the major resolutions. (more…)

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Hitman 3 all keypad door and safe codes

In Hitman 3, you’ll often be required to find your way through locked doors that can’t be opened with a lockpick or a crowbar. Instead, you’ll need to find the specific combination and unlock it by inputting the right passcode. Thankfully, in the Hitman world, people write lock combinations on post-it notes or whiteboards in plain sight, so there’s usually a way to bypass them by looking around. Here’s a constantly-updated page with all the lock combinations in each Hitman 3 level, including instructions on where to find them. (more…)

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Have You Played… Dishonored 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Occasionally I have these moments where I can’t stop thinking about Dishonored 2. They come in fits and spurts, when I’m playing a game or I’m ordering a takeaway or I’m reading a book. I think to myself, “this just isn’t A Crack In The Slab though, is it?” (more…)

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Hades romance options: who can you romance in Hades, and how?

Hades does many things right, but it really excels when it comes to the characters of the underworld, and the relationships you can strike up with them. The idea that you can pursue a romance in a roguelite sounds ridiculous, but in Hades this is very much an option. If you’re interested in plumbing the depths of particular relationships, then our Hades romance guide will walk you through which characters you can attempt to start a romance with, and how to go about doing so for each one. (more…)

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How hard is it to make your video game dog pettable?

Dogs. We all love to pet them. And in the game. And thanks to the Twitter account Can You Pet The Dog?, we know where to find them. Pettable dogs where they weren’t before can make gaming news. But of course, “can you pet the dog?” is only one question. “Why can you pet the dog?” is quite another. I spoke to some indie developers about their experiences creating the pettable dogs in question, alongside Tristan Cooper, the curator of the Can You Pet The Dog? account, which is now at nearly half million followers. (more…)

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The joy of being a benevolent capitalist in Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Hong Kong has a popular snack chain called Aji Ichiban. Despite the name, it’s not actually Japanese, but I do recall going to these stores a lot whenever my family and I visited, where we’d fill our suitcases with its giant pack range of Chinese pork jerky and dried mangos. Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Ichiban Confections is also a snack shop, albeit one that specialises in Japanese rice crackers. It’s also unfortunately on its last legs – unless someone with the right business acumen can turn it around. (more…)

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Hades Ambrosia & Nectar guide: how to get Nectar and Ambrosia quickly

Having played a fair bit of the godlike roguelite that is Hades, you may have found yourself wondering where you can get your hands on more Nectar, or even Ambrosia, Nectar’s rarer and more valuable cousin. Both these resources play a large part in forming deeper relationships with the various characters of the underworld. So in this guide to Ambrosia and Nectar in Hades, we’ll walk you through the best methods for gaining these resources, and what to do with them once you have them. (more…)

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Have You Played… The Blackwell Epiphany?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The Blackwell series began in 2006, a collection of 5 proper good point and click games featuring a girl and a ghost solving paranomal-ish mysteries. The Blackwell Epiphany is the finale of them, and is actually the first Blackwell game I ever played. (more…)

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The Weekspot podcast: Indiana Jones is coming back to fight nazis, probably

News, reviews, a silly quiz that usually makes two men very cross: The PC Gaming Weekspot is RPS’ weekly podcast that recaps the last seven days in PC gaming. After an extended Christmas break, video games are most definitely back. All it took was for The Mouse to remember that there’s money in these here hills, and for Ian to return and murder some people in a variety of environments, some of which are very hill-like. (more…)

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Samsung 870 Evo review

For the past two years, Samsung’s 860 Evo SSD has been the best SATA drive you can buy for your PC. Its random read and write times have been pretty much unmatched since it first came out in 2018 (indeed, only Samsung’s 870 Qvo has managed to best it on write time), but despite still being best in class, Samsung are retiring it anyway and replacing it with the all-new 870 Evo. (more…)

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Best graphics cards 2021: the best GPUs for gaming

If you’re building a new gaming PC, finding the best graphics card for it is essential. It’s the beating heart of any of new gaming system, and it’s one of the best ways to dramatically improve your PC’s performance. Having a fast CPU and SSD can help, but nothing will turbocharge your games like a brand-new graphics card. To help you get the best graphics card for your PC, I’d put together this list of all my top recommendations. Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful GPU for playing games at 1920×1080 or a 4K powerhouse, we’ve got you…

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How to do finishing moves and unlock the Wakizashi in Warzone and Cold War

Warzone and Cold War have some cool new melee options, including the Wakizashi. They aren’t as easy to unlock as some might like though – you’ll have to be a Combat Knife expert. For the Wakizashi, you’ll need to learn to perform Finishing Moves using your trusty knife. So, with that in mind, here’s how to do Finishing Moves in Call of Duty Cold War and Warzone. (more…)

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Have You Played… Hypnospace Outlaw?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time… Ah, the internet. It might be a cesspool of fibre optic-fuelled hate and anxiety these days, but back in ye olde dial-up times of 1999 it felt like a new frontier of hot information. It was a place where people were just trying to share their art, thoughts, music and other assorted paraphernalia with like-minded folk half way across the globe, and where today’s trolls were but mere gnomes in a forest of cobbled together home pages and horrifically bad graphic…

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All the important PC gaming news from CES 2021

Annual tech bonanza CES is over for another year, so I thought I’d round-up all the important PC gaming announcements right here in one handy location. The big theme this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptops to help more people get stuff done while working from home, and this was aided in no small part by the announcement of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series making the move to laptops, as well as several new mobile processors from Intel and AMD. Laptops weren’t the only big news from CES, though, so read on below to find our filleted highlights…

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How I got findommed by the moon in Mars Horizon

Mars Horizon is a much more cunning creature than it seems at first. When I played its demo last year, I thought it was a splendid little management sim about the space race, albeit with the words “splendid” and “little” arranged like the wheels of a penny farthing. It seemed a bit simple, if I’m honest, with the potential to be a pretty linear walkthrough of the history of space exploration. But I have been proved wrong, as comprehensively as flat earthers were on December 7th, 1972. I still think the game would benefit from a more… lax approach to…