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 slightly disingenuous. Soon after, an email proves my point by alerting to Reflex: 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

Andy Kelly at

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

Phil Savage at

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

Phil Savage at

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.

We've got a Steam Curator page; follow us for great game recommendations

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Steam's "Discovery" update did more than just make things a bit blue. It's designed to let you tailor your Store page in a way that means more of the games you'll like, and less of, well, Air Control. Part of that update is Curators: a list of trusted advisers who sift out gaming recommendations from the sluice of new releases. PC Gamer now has a Curator page, and we'd be honoured to be among your trusted advisers.

Triad Wars is an "open world action strategy" game coming exclusively to PC

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As promised, United Front Games has released the first solid details for Triad Wars, the long promised follow-up to Sleeping Dogs. According to the introduction video embedded below, Triad Wars is an "open-world action strategy" game set in Hong Kong. Rather than focus on Sleeping Dogs protagonist Wei Shen, the online game will more closely resemble a traditional MMO, with players responsible for establishing their own turf, finding a niche in the underworld, and hopefully fighting to take other gangs' turf.

Titanfall 'Sand Trap' will dig deadly trenches through IMC Rising pack

Shaun Prescott at

IMC Rising will be the last map pack to release for Titanfall, so there’s a fair bit resting on it. Respawn has detailed the third and final map in the collection and, according to designer Chris Dionne, it’s a marriage of old and new ideas.

Steam has over 100 million active accounts, added 1,300 new games in the past nine months

Tyler Wilde at

Valve casually announced today that there are over 100 million active Steam accounts. That is a lot of active Steam accounts. That's approaching the population of Mexico.

Big changes to Steam: 'Discovery Update' adds curators, recommendations, and hides unpopular new releases

Tyler Wilde at

The Steam homepage finally has a new look! A very slightly different, bluer new look! OK, it looks about the same, but the functional changes in today's 'Discovery Update' are really big.

Ubisoft explains why Watch Dogs is a lot like the first Assassin's Creed

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The original Assassin's Creed was a beautiful world in search of a game to occupy it. (When a large proportion of your mission design involves sitting on benches, you've got a variety problem.) Second time around Ubisoft made good on the premise with the brilliant Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, and the company expects Watch Dogs to follow a similar pattern.

Corsair K70 RGB keyboard debuts with per-key backlighting for $170

Wes Fenlon at

Corsair has been making gaming gear for years: mice and keyboards, headsets and mousepads. Now they’re uniting their various gaming lines under one Corsair Gaming banner, and to mark the occasion they’re updating one of our favorite gaming keyboards, the Corsair Vengance K70. The new Corsair Gaming K70 RGB is still a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, but it replaces the old red LEDs with full-color RGB backlighting under every key. We tested out the K70 RGB with Corsair’s new customization software to see how flashy the lighting can get.

Look below for a video of the RGB backlighting in action.

Devs react to Spacebase DF-9 release: "Early Access is not an 'alternative' development approach"

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Earlier today, we brought you Tim Schafer's explanation for Spacebase DF-9's unexpected transition from early access to v1.0 release, and why planned features have been lost in the process. The short version is that the game stopped selling enough Early Access copies to keep supporting development at the scale Double Fine was hoping for, so it had to adjust its plans. In light of this, several other developers with Early Access games have made public statements regarding their projects, and Early Access in general.

How to win eco rounds in CS:GO

Evan Lahti at

Every Monday in Shooterology, Evan writes about FPSes.

You’re dead, and you’re broke. How are you going to win the next round when the enemy team has body armor and rifles and you don’t?

Tropico 3 is free on Humble Bundle, but only today

Emanuel Maiberg at

The Humble Bundle store is a great place to get games for cheap, and it doesn't get much cheaper than free. The store is currently holding its End of Summer Encore Sale, which is offering lot of great deals as usual, as well as a free copy of the banana republic management sim Tropico 3.

Oculus Crescent Bay interview: Nate Mitchell on prototype tech and VR presence

Wes Fenlon at

After testing out Oculus VR's new headset prototype Crescent Bay, I put the pieces of my brain back together enough to have a coherent chat with Nate Mitchell, VP of product at Oculus. I last talked to Nate at E3, when he walked me through demos of SUPERHOT and Lucky's Tale. This time, at Oculus Connect, we talked about the new Crescent Bay prototype—what Oculus had to improve from DK2 to achieve "presence," what kind of hardware it takes to run games at 90Hz, and whether gamers who ordered a DK2 should be upset that there's already a new prototype on the way.

EA supports White House anti-sexual harassment initiative

Emanuel Maiberg at

It's easy to dismiss Electronic Arts as a big, faceless publisher concerned only with the bottom line. When we're talking about DLC and microtransactions, that cynical point of view probably isn't far off. But it's also important to note when a company of this size gets behind a good cause like the White House's It's On Us campaign.

Rudy Giuliani defends Call of Duty against lawsuit from former Panama dictator

Emanuel Maiberg at

Here's something you probably didn't expect to see today: Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, defending Call of Duty: Black Ops and publisher Activision in a lawsuit filed by Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama.

Metal Gear Solid V TGS gallery

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Dogs with eyepatches! Horses being airlifted! Inappropriate combat wear! Strangeness abounds in this new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gallery.

Kickstarter updates its terms of use to address failed projects

Emanuel Maiberg at

Sometimes, Kickstarter enables the ideal relationship between developers and backers. You back Shovel Knight, the studio gets to work, and when it's released you get a great game that might not have been made otherwise. But when projects crash and burn, as many inevitably do, it can get weird and unpleasant. A recent update to Kickstarter's terms of use aims to clarify where creators, backers, and Kickstarter itself stand during these unfortunate incidents.