The best mechanical keyboards for gaming, including our favorite and budget and high-end options.
After two weeks of use, I think the Astro A38 is a great set of cans, but I'm not sure it belongs at your gaming rig.
Here’s a tip: don’t mess with aliens. I learned this the hard way in my Civilization: Beyond Earth demo, almost immediately after I made planetfall. The insect-like species that nested near my new colony seemed like simple adversaries, and I quickly mistook them for the barbarians of past Civ games. They were far, far worse.
Every year, Sony Online Entertainment brings its fans together in Las Vegas at SOE Live, and this year was its 15th anniversary. PC Gamer sat down with SOE President John Smedley at the event to talk about the future of EverQuest Next, the 15th birthday for the original EverQuest, and H1Z1, its upcoming survival MMO. He also talks about the fate of the MMO subscription model, what separates H1Z1
This is a good weekend for free games. We already told you that Borderlands 2, the Gearbox "looter-shooter," is free on Valve's Steam platform, but you'd rather sneak and assassinate instead, you're in luck. Dishonored is also free to play all weekend long.
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
Mike Bithell, creator of indie darling Thomas Was Alone, showed off a new gameplay trailer for his follow-up, Volume, during Sony's Gamescom press conference. The trailer helps tie Volume's story to the Robin Hood legend it's retelling, and also shows how a futuristic Mr. Hood would hide from robots.
Ubisoft showed some new footage of Far Cry 4 at Gamescom 2014, highlighting the world of Kyrat that players will explore. The new trailer looks at three distinctly different areas from the game, from jungle wildlands to snowy mountaintops and a spiritual retreat.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer mode was revealed at Gamescom today, with developer Sledgehammer showing how the focus on future technology will change traditional CoD multiplayer with increased verticality, dynamic map elements, and intricate soldier customization.
It's been ten years since World of Warcraft opened the gates of Azeroth to all. A lot has changed: You can buy a level 90 character if you want (though we don't recommend it if you're just coming back), the talent system has been simplified, and the world has been expanded and remade multiple times. This year, Blizzard wants you back. If you remember the good old days of 40-man raids, the
World of Warcraft launched ten years ago this November. That’s a long time in video game years, and even longer for an MMORPG. The world of Azeroth was already big when the game launched in November 2004, but ten years and four expansions have made WoW utterly massive—and intimidating for new or returning players. That’s one of the reasons why Blizzard has introduced a new in-game service to
“I know what a high-profile Kickstarter project this is,” Brian Fargo tells me as his Razer Blade laptop loads another scene. He’s about to show me Wasteland 2, the Kickstarted turn-based RPG that’s been his baby for a long, long time, and he feels the need to address the elephant in the room while we watch the loading bar fill. “There’s the pressure from 60,000 people saying, ‘Don’t screw this
Shadowgate was a brutally-hard Mac (and later NES) adventure game, where one failed puzzle could murder you and force you to start all over. The remake that Zojoi Studios has coming updates those visuals for the modern age, but keeps the puzzles difficult and the atmosphere dark. When I spoke to developer Karl Roelofs last month about the game's progress, the team still wasn't sure about its
It's here! Blizzard this morning started pushing out the Curse of Naxxramas expansion to all Hearthstone players. Opening the Battle.net launcher should start the update process. Are you even still reading this? Or are you already playing?
The biggest criticism leveled at Dark Souls 2 was that it was too easy. Players who had spent hundreds of hours in the first game found that many of the same tactics worked in the sequel. Maybe you had to dodge left instead of right to get past the Pursuer’s sweeping arc, but generally speaking, the old tricks still worked.I thought about this as I died—again—while playing Crown of the Sunken
Larian Studios launched the final version of Divinity: Original Sin on June 30, after a successful Kickstarter campaign and a long stint in Steam Early Access. The extended beta time paid off: Original Sin has been the top selling game on Steam since its launch. Speaking to PC Gamer on Tuesday, Larian founder and creative director Swen Vincke says the team is "very happy," and though I can tell
Hearthstone's first expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, is highly anticipated in the PC Gamer offices. We've watched every new card reveal with obsessive interest, planning changes to our decks and anticipating how to defend against them. So today's news on the new adventure content has us frothing at the mouth. Unfortunately, the structure of the expansion's release, and its tiered costs, left us
PC Gamer's classic commentaries are special interviews with the developers of some of our favorite games. Join us for an hour with a classic game and the inside stories of its creation. Ultima Underworld is the first game from the studio that became Looking Glass Studios, and it has all of the legendary developer's trademarks: immersive design, emphasis on cutting-edge technology, and a
Golf is not the sexiest sport in the world. It’s not glitzy or glamorous, and it doesn’t draw the kind of crowd that the World Cup gets. It does, however, often make for an interesting videogame, especially if you’re playing with a group of friends. Like the real sport, videogame golf should be technically interesting, social, and let you wear funny pants. The Golf Club accomplishes some of those
I really wanted to fight wizards as an eight-year-old. I watched my older brother play Dungeons & Dragons with his friends, but I was far too young to join them as they adventured through castles and battled dragons. So when my brother sat me down in front of the NES version of Shadowgate, it felt like I was finally getting an adventure of my own. A terrifying, difficult adventure, where one
E3 2014 is now over. We laughed, we cried, we ran from appointment to appointment, we lost our hotel keys. Most importantly, we played the biggest and best games coming our way in the next year. Now that the show is done, relive the glory of the E3 expo floor in the following photos, taken by FutureUS's Mark Madeo.
It takes chutzpah to port a 24-year-old console game to the PC. You’re crossing the great divide, bringing mechanics and design ideas from one world to another while hoping that they translate. I’m typically all for it, as long as it’s reasoned—we can learn a lot from the past. Square Enix’s port of Final Fantasy 3 teaches us that console RPGs were largely about patience, and often about