Fifa 15: max settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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Fifa 15 is out on PC today, and the good news is that rather than the half-assed port of the PS3/Xbox 360 version we got last time, this year's game uses the same Ignite Engine that powers the PS4/Xbox One version. That ought to mean improved animation and physics, glossier than ever presentation, and 1080p at 60 fps performance if your rig can run it. Which our in-house supercomputer, the Large Pixel Collider, of course can.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma mouse boasts better optical performance, more colours

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You know the Razer DeathAdder Chroma is serious business, because it’s called the ‘DeathAdder Chroma’. When you hear a name like that you are immediately put in mind of all things serious, and chief among these things are gaming mice. According to Razer the new iteration of this gaming mouse is more serious than ever, especially since it boasts improved optimal technology and lots of pretty colours to choose from.

Sandbox survival sim The Long Dark hits Early Access

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It was this time last year that Hinterland Games launched a Kickstarter campaign for survival sandbox The Long Dark. A year isn't long in game development, but the studio has already managed to release an Early Access edition of the game, and it's available right now. While all the usual work in progress warnings have been sounded, the studio also describes it as "very stable and highly playable".

League of Legends to block toxic players from joining ranked queues

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For as long as League of Legends players are mean, Riot Games will continue to punish them. Following its clamp down on player toxicity back in July, the studio has been testing a new disciplinary system which denies offenders access to ranked play. Dubbed Ranked Restrictions, the new measures are currently being rolled out to North America and European test servers.

Triad Wars will be free-to-play and asynchronous

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Yesterday, Sleeping Dogs developer United Front revealed the first trailer for Triad Wars, which it called an "open world online" game. Not surprisingly, it looks a lot like Sleeping Dogs. It's still set in Hong Kong and features the same driving, shooting, and fighting mechanics, but is somehow, vaguely, a multiplayer game. Today, the United Front team answered questions from fans on a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread, which clarified a few things.

League of Legends Worlds 2014 - Singapore group stage breakdown

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The first week of the League of Legends 2014 World Championship has come and gone, and like Typhoon Fung-wong's visit on the last day of the spectacle, rained its fair share of drama across the international field. Though the concluding results were largely within expectations, there were some close shaves—Taiwan's own ahq e-Sports Club, largely written off in the face of the threat posed by Samsung White and Edward Gaming, rallied in a show of strength and came within a tiebreaker game of advancing to the Busan, South Korean quarterfinals stage.

But the teams of Groups A and B are only half of the contenders for the world championship title—and the remainders are all the premier heavyweights of League of Legends competitive play. These are the names to know as the pan-Asian Worlds circuit reaches the city-state of Singapore.

Rising Storm gets free Armored Assault content update

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Our 2013 multiplayer game of the year just got a little better. Tripwire Interactive has been great about adding content to Rising Storm for free after release, and today it did again with the Armored Assault: Free Content Pack. To celebrate, the game is only $5 until September 26.

Black Hat Oculus takes asymmetrical co-op to virtual reality

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Between Nosgoth, Evolve, and the recently announced "Be the Zombie" mode for Dying Light, it seems like we're about to play quite a few asymmetrical multiplayer games. Instead of seeking perfect balance, they give each team a completely different experience. But what about asymmetrical cooperative? Black Hat Oculus wants to explore that idea, and it wants to do it in virtual reality.

A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 11

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In episode 11 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress series, Wes and Will move past their medical crisis to focus on more important things: a new trade caravan! Also, they eat cupcakes.

Watch System Shock developers play and talk about the seminal game

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Before there was Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite there was System Shock. Released 20 years ago, the original Shock had a huge influence on the games industry and the Bioshock games in particular, of course. If you're curious about System Shock, this video of the developers playing and talking about it is a must watch.

Oculus Connect interview: Lucky's Tale developers on finding the "Mario brick" for VR platformers

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Before I tried on the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype, the best VR experience I'd had was playing platformer Lucky's Tale back at E3. The charming platformer works amazingly well in virtual reality, and I was eager to talk to Playful Studios CEO Paul Bettner about how the game has progressed since E3, and what he thought of the new prototype hardware. I ended up talking to Bettner and Lucky's Tale director Dan Hurd about redefining the 3D platformer in virtual reality, the importance of positional audio, and how much more challenging level design can be in VR.

Also, Bettner gave me a rough window for Lucky's Tale release. He plans to have the game out in the first half of 2015, before the release of the consumer Oculus Rift. Check out the full interview below.

Roundabout is out and this launch trailer is crazy

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This launch trailer for Roundabout doesn't really make sense, but neither does the game's basic premise—something like a combination of Crazy Taxi, Katamari Damacy and 90s FMV games—so they're a perfect match.

Show Us Your Rig: Wasteland 2's Chris Avellone

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When it comes to the rig of Chris Avellone, designer on Wasteland 2 and practically every other RPG ever made, what’s on the inside isn't nearly as important as what’s on the outside. And seeing as every surface within five feet of his chair is covered in action figures, there is a lot to look at on the outside. Chris was kind enough to take some time to show off his computer, tell us about his desk, and flaunt his bunny slippers for us.

Stronghold Crusader 2 review

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Ah, the holy land. That sacred place where people of all faiths have convened to massacre each other in the name of the same god since the year dot. A particularly fine example of said internecine monotheism was the long period of the Crusades, when a load of nobles wearing steel onesies were pressure-cooked in the sun whilst hundreds of servants died killing the distressed locals in spectacular sieges. It's a great period for the Stronghold series to return to.

Blizzard's MMO Titan canceled after seven years in development

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We never knew how exactly Blizzard was going to follow up World of Warcraft, but we knew that they were working on another MMO codenamed Titan. That is no longer the case. After seven years of rumors and speculation, the company revealed that Titan is canceled.

Reflex bunny-hops onto Kickstarter, seeks funding for arena FPS action

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Yesterday I mentioned how Toxikk describing itself as a rare return to the old-school FPS was somewhat disingenuous. Soon after, an email proves my point—alerting me to Reflex. It's another old-school FPS, this time on Kickstarter. Could this be the start of a new FPS-off; the Quake vs UT of post-2010 gaming. Only if the game raises $360,000 AUD (£194,500/$318,230) in the next four weeks.

Sims 4 Diaries: The Odd Couple

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Meet George and Dave. George is ambitious, obsessively tidy, and good-natured. Dave is lazy, messy, and mean-spirited. Together, they are the Odd Couple.

Autocraft enters early access, is filled with physics based construction challenges

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Alientrap Games—of Capsized and Apotheon fame—has, for their new game, moved away from the 2D plane. Autocraft is a physics-based construct-'em-up in which you build up machines for the completion of objectives. It's now available in early access alpha, and its makers have released a couple of trailers highlighting its DIY potential.

Fable Anniversary review

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"You must be able to get rid of him somehow," says the beggar of the bully, "anything'll do. Use your imagination."

I'm a young warrior fresh out of Hero training, and this is my call of duty. I face the assailant, lift a muscled leg, and let one rip.

Big Pharma announced, is a pharmaceutical management sim

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Management sims are a great platform for parody and satire, and few industries are more deserving a target than the pharmaceutical industry. As such, the recently announced Big Pharma could be just what the doctor ordered. It takes a Transport Tycoon influenced look at drug corporations—asking you to research, manufacture and market your miracle cures.