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Valheim world generator lets you find the perfect map seed

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 12:02 GMT Players can check out what a map will be like before committing to it.You can now discover the perfect world seed in Valheim thanks to an online map generator.The Valheim World Generator was created by Reddit user wd40bomber7 – as spotted by PCGamesN – and allows players to see what any given world seed will include, such as where bosses and items are.This means that before committing to a particular world, you can learn as much about it as possible. If you’re not feeling it, you can just generate another seed….

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Creature prices – when and where to find every Sea Creature

If you’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons since sea creatures were introduced last July and have been keeping up with each month’s new arrivals, there’s a good chance that by now you’re only a couple of Critterpedia entries away from finishing your collection.March has arrived, and with it the final two sea creatures make their New Horizons debut: the spider crab and the firefly squid. Players who’ve been keeping up with the critters will see their aquarium finally completed upon catching these two.Whatever sea creatures you’re on the look-out for, this guide covers when to find them, how to…

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GTA Online player claims to have figured out why the game loads so slow, offers fix

A GTA Online modder has apparently been able to reduce loading times by up to 70% and has offered the fix to players wanting to cut down their own loading times, too.Modder T0ST has published an article digging into the infamously appalling loading times in GTA Online. After doing some research and writing a unique program to interact with the game files, T0ST managed to reduce loading times by as much as 70%.Turns out that the game doesn’t necessarily struggle to load thanks to its open-world nature, but because there’s a CPU bottleneck that will be most felt on low-…

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Terraria back in development for Google Stadia

After a bit of an issue, Re-Logic’s Terraria is back in development for Google Stadia.Earlier this month it was revealed that Terraria for Stadia has been canceled due to Google having disabled the studio head’s Google account without warning, and being unable to address the problem.Basically what happened was that for some reason, founder Andrew Spinks’ Google account had been disabled without reason. According to Spinks, he did not violate the terms of service or do anything to cause the account to be disabled (thanks, Neowin).“My phone has lost access to thousands of dollars of apps on Google Play, I had just…

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Valheim breaks 500,000 concurrent players, overtakes Dota 2

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 22 February 2021 11:19 GMT Valheim has gone from strength to strength.Shortly after Valheim developer Iron gate announced that the game had sold more than 3 million copies in a little over two weeks, the survival game got another boost in active players.After shooting up to Steam’s top-three most played games at launch, with over 367,443 players at peak concurrent, the game has now smashed that already impressive figure over the course of last week and again on the weekend.Valheim’s record now stands at 502,387 players all online at the same time. It has been growing…

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Valheim has sold over two million copies in under two weeks

Follows the title selling over one million copies in its first seven days.Viking survival game Valheim has shifted more than two million units in less than a fortnight.Developer Iron Gate broke the news overnight, saying that the game had hit this milestone within 13 days of its February 2 launch. In fact, Valheim apparently shifted 275,000 copies on Saturday alone.This comes in the wake of the game selling more than one million copies in its first week.Not only is Valheim selling well; a lot of people are playing it. The title apparently boasted the second-highest concurrent player figure on Steam…

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Rust Streamer Drops | Everything we know about this week’s Twitch Drops

You may know Rust as the MMO survival game where everyone is stark naked the vast majority of the time. You may also have heard by now that the game’s January 2021 update introduced Twitch Drops into the game, including collaborations with a number of major streamers which reward you for watching their channels.Following the success of last month’s event, a second series of Twitch Drops have been made available in Rust. All you’ll need in order to claim some exclusive in-game items are a Twitch account and a Steam account. There’s one catch though: these Twitch Drops are only…

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All Halo Infinite sandbox launch content is done, 343 working on polish

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 29 January 2021 12:14 GMT The developer says it is focusing on getting this part of the game ready to ship.Microsoft’s 343 Industries says that all of the sandbox content shipping with Halo Infinite on launch is in the game and just needs to be polished.In the lengthy Inside Infinite update for January, the studio said that this content was 90% finished, with the team spending the coming months fixing all of its problems so that it is ready to be shipped.“[The Sandbox team] is super busy,” lead sandbox designer Quinn DelHoyo said.“We have everyone fixing…

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Take-Two shuts down GTA Online cheat maker

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:07 GMT Company donating proceeds to a charity of the publishing giant’s choosing.Video games giant Take-Two Interactive has killed a website that made and distributed exploits for GTA Online.As spotted by Eurogamer, LunaCheats has been shut down after having had “discussions” with – read: legal threats from – Rockstar’s parent company. This has resulted in the outfit closing down its business, with its website saying that it will be donating proceeds from selling GTA Online cheats to a charity of Take-Two’s choosing.“After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, we are immediately ceasing all maintenance, development,…

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Someone has completed Hitman 3’s Dubai level in 9 seconds

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 15:54 GMT Hitman 3 only came out this week, and already we’re seeing players absolutely smash the completion time of its first level.If you’ve looked at the leaderboards since the game officially came out, you’ll know that some enterprising players are already smashing the six levels in the game, but Dubai in particular seems to be attracting some particularly quick attempts.Currently, the world record completion for the level stands at a frankly baffling nine seconds. Nine! Verified by speedrun.com (via PCGamesN), two speedrunners completed the any% category for On Top of the World…

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Hitman 3 Codes: door and safe code list for every keypad in every level

By Alex Donaldson, Friday, 22 January 2021 16:20 GMT Agent 47 is a skilled assassin… but nothing is worse than a locked door. Hitman 3 has a wonderful, open-ended series of levels which gradually escalate and challenge the player – but one thing every level of the game has in common is that each features at least one locked door or locked safes that will stand between you and valuable intelligence at the very least – and in some situations, these codes will stand between you and major mission objectives.Remember, standard locked doors in Hitman can be tackled a few…

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Rust smashes Twitch and Steam peak users records

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:35 GMT Follows some big-name streamers playing the former Early Access game.Facepunch’s Rust has hit new records for users on both Steam and streaming platform Twitch.As spotted by PCGamesN, SteamCharts shows that the game hit 244,394 concurrent users on Steam. This record was actually hit at 21:00 GMT on Saturday, January 16. At the time of writing, Rust actually boasts the fourth-highest concurrent player figure on Steam, coming in behind Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, as well as battle royale hit Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.This comes in the wake of Twitch streams…

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Check out the Hitman 3 launch trailer here

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 18 January 2021 15:20 GMT IO Interactive has published the launch trailer for Hitman 3, and it’s a stylish whistlestop tour of Agent 47’s brave new World of Assassination.Hitman 3 is due to launch on January 20 for PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox One X/S (as well as on Nintendo Switch, via the cloud) and to mark the arrival of launch week, we’ve got a brand new trailer to wrap our eyes around.The new video shows off some of the locations in which you’ll be conspiring to take down your targets (you can read…

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You have to buy Hitman 3 Access Pass to play Hitman 2 levels on Epic Games Store

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 15 January 2021 17:55 GMT If you own the game on Steam, you won’t be able to carry progress over.If you want to play Hitman 2’s levels in the upcoming Hitman 3, you will have to buy the Hitman 3 Access Pass.That’s according to a post on developer IO Interactive’s website, which says that because Hitman 2 was never released on the Epic Games Store, you have to buy this extra content again. There’s an 80% discount on the Hitman 3 Access Pass that will be running for 14 days after the game is released on…

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Hitman Interview: IO Interactive on lessons learned, the future, and closing out the World of Assassination with a bang

We chat to IO Interactive about the end of Agent 47’s World of Assassination trilogy.Agent 47 has been on a hell of a journey. Five years ago Hitman went through an episodic brand reboot under the stewardship of creator studio IO Interactive and long-time publisher Square Enix. By the second game, IO and 47 had parted ways with Square, landing instead at Warner Bros for a more traditional release. The final entry in the trilogy is self-published by a now completely independent IO. Few trilogies in video games have gone through such a tumultuous journey – leave alone doing so…