Due Process has been picked up by Indie Fund, is a "very alpha", very tactical shooter

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There's something about drawing on a map that plugs directly into the fantasy of games. It's a bit silly and, at the same time, incredibly serious—a small stretch of role-playing before you get to the execution. Due Process is a tactical multiplayer shooter that seems to understand the joy of planning. Its trailer shows friends methodically guessing and second-guessing; but the actual action appears to be over pretty quickly. It's all about the act of marking that map.


Hotline Miami 2 gameplay footage is 80 minutes of surreal music and ultraviolence

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Unsurprisingly, Hotline Miami 2 doesn't look very different to the original Hotline Miami. As a result, you may not want to watch this 80 minute gameplay video in its completion, unless to enjoy the oddly discomforting ambient synth music (interspersed with chainsaw sounds, but y'know).


Atari is rebooting Alone in the Dark and Haunted House

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Horror games are in the midst of a bit of a renaissance, thanks to titles like Outlast, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, The Evil Within, Alien: Isolation and countless more. So it's no surprise Atari has announced reboots for two horror properties in the form of Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House.


Vagante, a new 2D roguelike platformer, is now on Kickstarter

Shaun Prescott at

My ears prick up whenever there is mention of 'roguelike' and 'platformer' in the same sentence. For anyone who has poured thousands of hours into either Spelunky or Rogue Legacy (wel'll never get those hours back, but who needs them?) Vagante is sure to be of interest.


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth cooperative gameplay video is all tears

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Given the frequency of updates lately, I'd hazzard a guess that The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is approaching completion. Edmund McMillen posted this cooperative gameplay video earlier today, and it's looking good. Watch as Edmund and his sidekick Danielle rain tears of death upon their foes, and watch as Danielle faces off against a large sentient mound of feces named, um, Dingle.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 1

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In early July 2014, Dwarf Fortress received its first major update in two years. We wrote about why now is the time to get into the game with our guide Into the deep. Reading about all the new features in Dwarf Fortress 2014 gave me the bug: I'm determined to learn how to run a fortress and how to navigate Dwarf Fortress' labyrinthine menus. But I'm not embarking alone. I pulled in PC Gamer video producer (and DF veteran) Will Chesney to teach me the ways of Dwarf Fortress' bloody world.

This is episode one of our Dwarf Fortress Let's Play. It's aimed at newcomers like me who want to learn the game. As we play, we'll talk through the complex process of beginning a fortress, controlling our dwarves, and learning new mechanics. It may all end in blood and tragedy, but at least we'll learn something along the way. Look for new episodes of our series every Tuesday and Thursday. Now: let's strike the Earth!


Hatoful Boyfriend, the game of pigeon love, delayed until September

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The sad pigeon-wings of destiny have swooped down on Hatoful Boyfriend, the game of love between birds and the one human who dares go to school among them. It was originally supposed to be out this month, but publisher Devolver Digital revealed today that the egg needs a little more time in the nest.


XCOM: The Board Game hands-on: aliens, apps, and anxiety

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Most board/videogame crossovers are terrible, so it was with a healthy amount of skepticism that I sat down at GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis this weekend to play XCOM: The Board Game, a coop strategy game due later this year from Fantasy Flight Games.

Fantasy Flight has a small pocket industry making these crossover attempts: several runs at the World of Warcraft license, A Gears of War game, even a game based on the world of Doom. Most of the time, the theme of the videogame seems like a weird bolt-on to the cardboard version, both watering down what might be good gameplay mechanics and failing to create a meaningful connection to original game. XCOM: The Board Game avoids both of these traps, both delivering a new, fun coop experience and conjuring up the XCOM world in interesting ways.


Wasteland 2 release date is finally revealed

Andy Chalk at

Wasteland 2 is coming! You already knew that, yes. But do you know exactly when it is coming? No, you do not! For that, you must read onward.


Analyst says digital sales made up 92 percent of PC game market in 2013

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It might be time to reconsider the idea that digital distribution is the future. According to analyst firm DFC Intelligence, it actually stopped being the future quite some time ago, as nearly all PC game purchases made in 2013 were done digitally.


H1Z1 hands-on: zombie archery, disease, and monetizing the apocalypse

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The plan was simple: get to the tree, cut it down, and then make it into a bow. Bows are important in H1Z1’s early game, so I booked it as fast as I could to get to this lone Douglas fir in the field. Unfortunately, I had to run past a massive herd of undead to get here, making quite a bit of racket in the process, and they’re getting closer as I bring out my axe.

One swing into the trunk takes a chunk out, and another gets it ready to fall. But I’m making too much noise, and I can hear the shambling hordes behind me. A third whack brings the tree down and the zombies rushing. The bow I never made wouldn’t be much help against so many flesh eaters, anyway.


Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 features Galactic Civilizations II, Age of Empires Legacy Bundle and five more

Andy Chalk at

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2—say it fast ten times, then go check out the latest pay-what-you-want bundle that includes up to seven games with a serious strategy bent and supports two very worthy charities. (And you don't actually have to say "Humble Jumbo Bundle 2" ten times first.)


Deus Ex with New Vision mod video: max settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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Augmentations activated. We took a break from playing today's most graphically demanding games on the Large Pixel Collider to run one of our favorites: the original Deus Ex. This isn't Deus Ex as it looked in 2000, though—this is Deus Ex running at 1440p, running the latest version of the New Vision mod. It's a complete retexturing of Deus Ex, designed for today's high resolutions. If you want to run Deus Ex like this yourself, check out Pixel Boost.


Activision will make Sierra its "indie" label

Andy Chalk at

Activision announced the resurrection of the storied Sierra label last week, bringing it back into action with a new Geometry Wars and a reboot of the old King's Quest series. It was an unexpected move, given the publisher's historic focus on the bottom line and the tiny impact on it that old Sierra adventures are likely to have, but not entirely unpredictable in hindsight. After all, there's gold in them there indie hills.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video offers 35 minutes of methodical witching

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CD Projekt RED has released a video filled with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage. The last time this happened, it lasted for six minutes. This time, it's a full thirty-five. Maybe you want to potentially spoil a whole half-hour of an upcoming RPG; maybe you don't. I'm not here to judge. I'm just here to place down this embed and slowly back away.


Now Playing Live returns! Don't miss our Elite: Dangerous stream event tomorrow

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We've been hunted across Chernarus. We've tangled with a vengeful god of (modern) warfare. Tomorrow, we scramble for glory in the cold reaches of space.

The latest PC Gamer UK team livestream will take place on Wednesday the 20th of August from 3PM BST to 5PM BST—click that link to find out the time in other timezones. We'll be playing Elite Dangerous in a custom scenario that we've come up with ourselves, supported by the devs at Frontier.


Gang Beasts to be published by Double Fine, will release on Steam Early Access next week

Phil Savage at

Previously, we've given the local multiplayer physics-brawler Gang Beasts only a small smattering of mentions. Let's fix that now, with an entire news post about how the game will receive publishing support from Double Fine, through the Broken Age developer's Double Fine Presents scheme. Even better, the game will launch to Steam Early Access on 29 August.


Hearts of Iron 4 preview: playing with logistics, production and politics in World War 2

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Have you ever looked at a map and experienced an almost carnal rush of admiration? Then you've come to the right grand strategy PC videogame preview, for Hearts of Iron 4 has an excellent world map that depicts not only the movement of troops, but the vast logistical networks that support them. Enough games have tackled the close, tactical tit-for-tat of ground combat, this is a game about the industry, business and politics of war.


Skyrim mod Skywind gets length exploration-focused video

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Skywind feels like such a fragile prospect. It's an ambitious idea: recreating Morrowind in Skyrim's newer engine. As with all formidable total conversions, it's hard to shake the fear that it will ultimately never happen.

Maybe this 13 minute stream VOD can help quell that fear. In it, we get to see thirteen minutes of a character just wandering about the world. It makes the whole thing feel more tangible; more real.

Super Time Force Ultra comes to Steam next week, will (probably) feature TF2 characters

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Okay, congratulations indie games, you did it again. For a while I thought Capy's Super Time Force wouldn't make it to PC, which—given the reviews of its Xbone version—would have been a shame. Naturally, I was worrying over nothing. Not only will the 2D action time-travel-'em-up release on Steam on 25 August, but it'll arrive in a special Ultra edition.