Someone has recreated Gone Home as a Counter-Strike map

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Not being able to shoot things really annoys some people. There are few better demonstrations of this enduring truth than Fullbright’s first-person exploration game Gone Home. Not only has it spawned an hilarious parody featuring lots of things being killed, but now you too will be able to kill things in the titular home, thanks to this Counter-Strike: GO map.


The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 welcomes you to the Dragonstar Arena

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Do you make a habit of walking blindly into strange and dangerous places? Then I have good news, my adventurous friends, for the fourth update to The Elder Scrolls Online is now live.


Torment: Tides of Numenera gets a new website and stretch goal

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The Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter wrapped up in April 2013 with nearly $4.2 million, but it's still possible to back the project through inXile's in-house crowdfunding campaign. In fact, the studio announced a new stretch goal today that could see the return of the Gullet, one of the areas of the Bloom that was cut earlier in production.


Final Fantasy IV makes a very quiet appearance on Steam

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Final Fantasy IV debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, which means that if it was a human being it likely would have graduated college by now. But it's not a person, it's a videogame, and so instead of going to college, it's gone to Steam.

Assassin's Creed Rogue may be coming to PC, producer says

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You haven't read much about Assassin's Creed Rogue around these parts because it's being developed exclusively for consoles, which puts it a bit outside the purview of a site called PC Gamer. But as Ubisoft revealed last month, that situation may change in the relatively near future.


Show Us Your Rig: Elder Scrolls Online designer Nick Konkle

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Nick Konkle, Lead Gameplay Designer of The Elder Scrolls Online, is similar to many of the other developers we’ve featured on Show Us Your Rig by having three different computers. However, Nick ups the ante by cramming them all onto a single desk. He was kind enough to take the time and show off his set-up, including that one monitor he just can’t bear to part with.


Battleborn preview: a first-person MOBA with a side of Borderlands

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Gearbox doesn't want to call Battleborn a first-person MOBA, but that's exactly what its competitive multiplayer Incursion mode looks like.


Legend of Grimrock 2 preorder trailer reveals October launch date

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You don't get much more "my kind of game" than Legend of Grimrock. I was a big fan of dungeon crawlers back in the day, and being able to return to the genre in a game that managed to be contemporary while remaining wonderfully true to its progenitors was incredibly satisfying. That it was a big success for Almost Human Games made it even better, because that made a sequel possible. And in about a month, it's going to be here.


Microsoft reveal 'wired' Xbox One Controller for PC

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There's a new addition to the "Hardware" section of Microsoft's website. It's the "Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows", a 'wired' Xbox One controller designed specifically for the PC platform. What I mean is, it's exactly the same as any other Xbox One controller, only it comes packaged with a micro-USB cable.


Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault first look - a lengthy new solo campaign starring US forces

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The standalone expansion for Company of Heroes 2 will give players another opportunity to thump the AI in a lengthy single-player RTS campaign set during the Battle of the Bulge. It's significantly bigger than the Eastern front campaign included in CoH2, which makes the addition of unit permadeath especially challenging. If you lose a squad to a stray mortar, or a flanking heavy machine gun, they're not coming back for the next mission. If your veteran Sherman gets pancaked by an airstrike you'll leave its burned out remains on that battlefield forever. Good news, strategy fans, Company of Heroes is about to get harder.


Alien: Isolation's Survivor mode detailed, trailered

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Alien: Isolation is a tense, atmospheric game about being hunted by a deadly and intelligent predator. That makes Survivor mode a weird proposition. It's a series of standalone challenges, pitting you against not just Alien's Xenomorph, but also time, skill and leaderboards. In a new video, Creative Assembly explains their thinking.


Firefall patch 1.1 now live, brings new weapons, elemental damage

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Firefall? More like Biofall. Er, by which I mean the newly released Firefall patch adds elemental weapon modifiers, letting your guns rain down biological as well as thermal destruction. There's electricity, plasma and laser types, too, but Electrofall doesn't really work. It's a massive update, and a new video runs down just some of what it includes.


The Evil Within trailer features classical music, long walks

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"This is nice," I think, as a man limps and stumbles through a corridor. That's the power of Debussy for you. Clair de Lune can make anything seem serene. Don't worry, it doesn't last. By the time the barbed wire and tentacle faces show up, this The Evil Within trailer has all gone a bit industrial.


Quake Live joins Steam this week, watch the launch trailer here

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Quake Live is a seriously beautiful game. The fluidity, the colours, the mindboggling levels of skill it can accommodate... it's easy to forget its appeal until you see the game in action. There's also a certain '90s nostalgia attached to the series as a whole, which is compounded by the Moby-esque music playing over this launch trailer. Take a look below.


Minecraft mod CivCraft goes standalone as Praxis

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There comes a time when successful mods become too big for the games they’re modifications for. This appears to be the case with Minecraft mod CivCraft, with its creators announcing that Praxis, a standalone game based on CivCraft, is in development by a new studio devoted to the project. Florida-based studio [Redacted] Games claims CivCraft is “so far-reaching and ambitious that anything less than a bespoke platform” is insufficient.


Bejeweled 3 is Origin's latest On the House freebie

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Is it just coincidence that "three" rhymes with "free," and Bejeweled 3 is now free through Origin's On the House program? The answer, obviously, is yes, it's a complete coincidence. But so what? It's free!


League of Legends Champion Spotlight shines on Azir, the Emperor of the Sands

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Behold Azir, the ancient Emperor of the Sands, commander of the Shuriman armies, and the latest Champion to fall under the League of Legends Champion Spotlight.


FIFA 15 Ultimate Team loses trade offers as EA continues to combat cheating

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Back in August, with the release of FIFA 15 growing closer, Electronic Arts promised to bring great vengeance and furious anger down upon those who dared to cheat in FIFA Ultimate Team. Now the publisher has gone one step further in its efforts to clamp down on bad behavior by eliminating trade offers from the game entirely.


Game24 promises new game reveals, exclusive interviews, major prizes and more

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Nvidia's Game24 is a 24-hour PC gaming festival featuring special events in Los Angeles, Shanghai, London, Stockholm and more, and all of it broadcast on a "virtual stage" to gamers around the world. It all begins in just a couple of days, and that means it's time to take a closer look at what's in store: Interviews, mods, reveals, and even a couple of world records.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 9

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In this episode of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress LP, Wes panics as his dwarves recover from a violent elf assault. Also, the dwarves hide in trees, for some reason.