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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 free on Epic Games Store, Galactic Civilizations 3 coming next week

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:35 GMT Just a friendly reminder that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is free this week on the Epic Games Store.The Epic Games Store is handing out Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition this week for free.This edition of the game contains the complete collection of customization content acquirable through in-game purchases from launch up to – and including – items inspired by The Rise of Skywalker. This means you will get more than two years’ worth of free content updates along with the complete collection of customization content.Next week, Stardock Entertainment’s Galactic Civilizations…

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Pick up GTA, Fall Guys and League of Legends goodies in Prime Gaming this month

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 8 January 2021 11:55 GMT Amazon is giving away more than 35 games for free in January.Folks subscribed to Prime Gaming can score content for the likes of GTA, Fall Guys as well as both League of Legends and Legends of Runeterra this month.For GTA, Prime Gaming mmebers are receiving access to the Sonar Station from the Kosatka submarine, as well as $1 million of in-game currency every single month. This is apparently to celebrate GTA Online’s recent huge Cayo Perico Heist update.The Fall Guys Winter Warmer costume bundle is still available to Prime Gaming subscribers,…

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be your free game on the Epic Games Store next week

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 7 January 2021 16:52 GMT You read the headline right.Next week on the Epic Games Store, you will be able to claim Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition as your own to keep forever. Free of charge, obviously.This edition of the game contains the complete collection of customization content acquirable through in-game purchases from launch up to – and including – items inspired by The Rise of Skywalker. In other words, you will get more than two years’ worth of free content updates along with the complete collection of customization content.This week, the free game is…

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Best of 2020: Crusader Kings 3, and Lauren’s other GOTY picks

All this next-gen console nonsense is for nerds – The real MVP of 2020 is Crusader Kings 3. Why worry about lockdown boredom, buying a console from a scalper or 4K vs Performance mode when you can play the best grand strategy on the humble PC? Let me tell you why.First off, let’s get one thing straight: Crusader Kings 3 is better than its predecessor. Hundreds of hours of my life were spent playing Crusader Kings 2 but the latest iteration of the grand strategy behemoth is the best version going. Improved gameplay concepts aside, what I enjoyed the most…

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s next patch is going to break your saves

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:21 GMT It sounds like Baldur’s Gate 3 players who racked up dozens of hours may soon be screwed.Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian has outlined plans for the game’s next patch, tentatively titled Patch 3. The update will be the first to actually bring changes to the game’s story.Unfortunately, this means past saves may not be compatible with the game after Patch 3 has been installed. This is going to be the case with other future patches, as Larian sees this evolution to be part of the early access process.For players who would…

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Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop are offering big Black Friday discounts on Switch games

By Henry Stockdale, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 20:12 GMT As we get closer to Black Friday, many sites are continuing to post their hottest deals and if you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you’ve got no end of choices to go on.From Nintendo’s star icon (We of course mean Luigi) searching haunted hotels to the JRPG powerhouse that is Fire Emblem: Three Houses, there’s something for everyone and Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop have been bringing us some outstanding offers. If you’re happy to go pre-owned, GameStop are also knocking an extra couple of dollars off too, though this varies from game…

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Hearthstone players aren’t happy about Tavern Pass gold rewards

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 13:28 GMT Recent changes to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft-themed card game have left some users unhappy.Fans of Blizzard’s free-to-play card battler Hearthstone are unhappy about the rewards doled out by the new premium Tavern Pass system.As reported by PC Gamer, this new battle pass-esque mechanic was introduced on November 12 and promised to not reduced how much gold users received from playing the game. It seems that this is not the case, with people reporting that they aren’t landing as much gold as they were before after buying the $20 Tavern Pass.Taking to…

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League of Legends turn-based RPG Ruined King is coming to PC and consoles early next year

By Sherif Saed, Saturday, 31 October 2020 13:03 GMT Riot Games has narrowed down the release window of the first League of Legends spin-off.Ruined King: A League of Legends Story was one of several series spin-offs announced last year. Like all of the announced projects, Ruined King is being developed by an external partner and published under the company’s Forge label.The game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch in early 2021. It will also arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X a little bit later, and all owners will be able to upgrade their copy for free.Airship…

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The original NES Fire Emblem is coming to Nintendo Switch in December

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is coming to the West for the first time this December via a Nintendo Switch release.This week, Nintendo announced that a special localization of the original Fire Emblem game is set to arrive on the Nintendo Switch in December – some 30 years after its original release in Japan.Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light arrives on Nintendo eShop from December 4, and will set you back $5.99 or your regional equivalent. Get a lesson in #FireEmblem history with the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition. ✅ Replica NES Game Pak art piece…

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Darkest Dungeon 2 early access kicks off in 2021

Developer Red Hook Studios has announced that Darkest Dungeon 2 will enter early access in 2021 via the Epic Games Store.A teaser trailer that appeared on YouTube called “A Glimmer of Hope” (below) confirmed that the game will be coming to early access next year, complete with a nice new 3D art style.“It’s time to face the failures of the past,” Red Hook Studios explains in a short blurb for the game. “Lash your gear to the stagecoach, fix your eyes on the horizon, and prepare to roll into Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021!”Darkest Dungeon 2…

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Co-op RTS Dwarfheim tunnels its way into Early Access today

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:34 GMT Co-op real-time strategy game Dwarfheim is rolling into Steam Early Access today.This is a multiplayer-centric take on the classic RTS genre that features a number of asymmetric, co-op game modes. Dwarfheim is developed by Norwegian studio Pineleaf, while Merge is handling publishing duties, and was revealed at the PC Gaming Show in June.The title comes to Steam Early Access with a number of different modes. Conquest is a co-op multiplayer game type where players have to work together to destroy their enemies and their Town Hall. Skirmish, meanwhile, can be experienced…

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Evil Genius 2 might be arriving 16 years late, but it looks like the sequel I always wanted

As the saying goes – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 2004 was a long time ago – a whopping fifteen years, plus 2020, the year that has felt like a decade. That’s basically twenty-five years (or sixteen, if you’re a stickler for real linear time). In the fast-evolving world of video games such a period has the potential to feel longer still – a game of that age can feel so cripplingly old as to be unplayable. But not Evil Genius.Evil Genius, the dungeon-building management sim that basically casts you as a Roger Moore era Bond villain, holds…

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo available today for Switch owners

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:33 GMT Switch users can download a demo for Pikmin 3 Deluxe today.Nintendo has announced that later today it will release a demo for Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Switch owners.The demo version features save-data transfer with the full game, and completing it also gives immediate access to the Ultra-Spicy difficulty mode in the full game, and other perks.Along with news of the demo, during today’s Nintendo Treehouse presentation, some of the new features coming with the Deluxe edition were highlighted.You can expect Side Stories, which are a brand-new series of missions in the…

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Crusader Kings 3 players have cannibalized a pope, had 40m+ kids, and instigated 1.4m+ holy wars

Crusader Kings 3 players have been busy in Paradox Interactive’s latest title, and ahead of the massive 1.1 update joining the game, the developer has shared some amazing stats.Paradox Interactive’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Crusader Kings II hasn’t even been out for a month yet and already players are achieving some remarkable things.In a press release sent out by the developer, a list of absurd and impressive feats are listed.They range from genuinely quite impressive (40,591,268 children have been born in-game since its September 1 launch!) to, frankly, quite gruesome (18,212,157 successful murder schemes have been executed).Away from the binary function…

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Strategy game Empire of Sin will be released in December

Empire of Sin, the strategy title from Romero Games, will be released on December 1.Empire of Sin puts you at the heart of the criminal underworld of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago.In it you will “hustle, charm, and intimidate” your way to the top do whatever it takes to stay there.The character-driven, noir-inspired game outs you in the middle of the roaring 20s, where you will work behind the scenes in the underbelly of organized crime.If you are unfamiliar with the game, here’s the synopsis and a list of features:Slip into the shoes of one of the fourteen real and historically inspired…