Last week we gave you our review of Metro 2033 Redux, but today you can judge the graphical differences firsthand. We decided to throw both the original game and the Redux version to our irresponsibly large computer, the Large Pixel Collider, to scrutinize 4A Games' remastered environments, lighting and character models. We cranked all the graphics to max, set the resolution to 2560 x 1440, and started killing monsters. The original is still a good looking game, but Redux has some impressive new lighting effects, and runs much, much better—it stayed at a rock-solid 60 fps even during combat, which would drop Metro 2033 down to about 40 frames per second.
I have good news, and I have bad news. First, the good news: Microsoft has announced that a new Age of Empires game is coming in September! The bad news, however, is that it's probably not the game you were hoping for.
Warning: there are unmarked spoilers for all of Season 2 of The Walking Dead, including episode 5, below. Going forward, PC Gamer will review episodic games like TV episodes: critiquing and discussing the story of each episode as the season progresses, before assigning a score at the end of the season (season 2 review coming soon). Read more about how we review games in the PC Gamer reviews policy.
I cheated in episode five of The Walking Dead Season 2. Not with a code or a hack that lets Clementine and all of her friends live happily ever after. But I did cheat, or do something that feels like cheating, to me: after finishing episode five, I went back to two moments and did things differently. I sacrificed the purity of the story, the agony of making blind decisions, to see if things would play out differently. I didn’t expect the story to change so dramatically, or that replaying those decisions would completely change how I felt about the episode, but it did.
The Sims 4 is coming, as you may have heard, and as we told you last month, you'll probably be able to run it as long as you actually own a PC. But what if you want to run it well? That's a bit of a different matter.
There's a problem with the prevalence of YouTube videos and Twitch streams. Back before we had access to millennia worth of video footage, we could convince ourselves that we were competent at games—maybe even good. Now such pretence is inevitably blown away. I was pretty proud of my Elite: Dangerous docking prowess. Then I saw this: a story of smuggling, silent running, and an amazing flight assist-less docking.
Will you be able to play Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew at 60 frames-per-second on PC? Yes. Will you be able to Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew at an officially supported 60 frames-per-second on PC? Maybe.
That 'maybe' is a slight upgrade from 'no', which is what Ubisoft earlier suggested in a thread on The Crew's forum. Now they've clarified, saying that they're "aiming at" a native 60 FPS option, but didn't want to promise anything before it was confirmed.
I used to be a bartender, so can relate to a lot of what happens in VA-11 HALL-A. Not the cyberpunk stuff, of course—my drink making days were in rural Cumbria. Not really the cocktail-mixing, either. Again: rural Cumbria. But the feeling of being a sponge for people's fears and worries (and, in some cases, the minutia of Cumbrian fishing laws) is one that's distinctly familiar. It's through these brief, unguarded conversations that the cyberpunk bartending sim slowly unfolds its story; not of a dystopian world, but of the people living in it.
Normally when we're stunned into silence by a game engine, it's because its creators have rendered an impossibly complex sci-fi setting. At the very least, it's a really wrinkled old man's face. This, to my memory, is the first time it's happened because of a chair.
Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based exploration game from the developer of Reus
From gods to greed: the newly announced game from creators of 2D god-'em-up Reus combines eccentric explorers, untamed wilderness and turn-based tactics. In Renowned Explorers: International Society, you control a specialised crew of fame-hungry globetrotters as they search out treasure in uncharted regions. Or, as Abbey Games explain on the game's new site, Jules Verne meets X-COM.
When NBA 2k14 released for PC last year it was based on the last-gen (ie PS3 and Xbox 360) versions of the game. Thankfully this year's PC port will switch to the PS4/Xbox One engine, as otherwise the outrage would have caused whole websites to implode, leaving only sadface emoticons and ASCII rubble in their wake.
While formally announced to the wider public earlier this year, Titan Souls actually has its origins as a Ludum Dare 28 entry. PC Gamer's Tom Sykes sang its praises back in December, describing it as Dark Souls meets Shadow of the Colossus. The sales pitch hasn't really changed, but the core game appears to have improved dramatically since its origins as a free-to-download title.
One of the more amusing controversies to emerge after the release of Watch Dogs concerned its drinking mini-game. Dedicated players were outraged that drinking in Watch Dogs was too hard, and they were right: if you wanted to play the mini-game past the point required by the main campaign, it did get very bloody hard. Never mind though, because the newest Watch Dogs update makes the uniquely annoying mini-game much easier, for those among you still determined to master virtual drinking.
The long-awaited Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1 patch will launch tomorrow (August 26 in the Northern Hemisphere, August 27 down below). Blizzard thoroughly detailed the forthcoming changes back in June, but to refresh your memory: you'll now be able to enter the realm of the Treasure Goblins. That's worth the (free) price of admission alone.
BioWare Points are essentially a PC version of the Microsoft Points that used to serve as the virtual currency on Xbox Live. If you want DLC for the PC version of Mass Effect or Dragon Age, you purchase BioWare Points and then use that to buy the content online. That won't be the case for Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, or for any other BioWare game in the future.
Show Us Your Rig is back! We feature the PC gaming industry's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.
Farhang Namdar, lead game designer of Divinity: Original Sin, uses three different computers all designed with a different purpose in mind, and has a great sense for interior design to boot. In fact, his living room PC molds so well into its surroundings that, at first, I thought he was just bragging about his immaculately furnished home. Farhang was gracious enough to take some time and show off the rigs he uses, along with the pets that inevitably crawl around them.
The good folks at Humble Bundle have launched a new "Modern Retro" Flash Bundle, a collection of five modern games with a seriously nostalgic bent. Humble Flash Bundles, for those who haven't run into one before, work the same as regular Humble Bundles, but they don't last nearly as long: You get 24 hours to pull the trigger and after that, it's game over.
Update: As of August 27, Origin has updated its version of SimCity 4. It is now compatible with the Network Addon Mod. Original story below.
SimCity 4 is more than ten years old, but given the relative dearth of SimCity games since it came out, it remains a popular way for fans of the franchise to get their fix. But the maker of the Network Addon Mod says gamers should be careful about where they buy it: The version of the game being offered by Origin is the unpatched retail release, and because of changes to its copy protection it cannot be updated, nor can it take full advantage of custom content and mods.
Update: A post on Twitch's website confirms the rumors: Amazon.com is buying the streaming site.
Remember last month when it came out that Google was buying Twitch for $1 billion? It looks like those reports may have been premature, as the word on the street now is that Amazon is "late-stage talks" to acquire the company.
A group calling itself "Lizard Squad" launched a series of DDoS attacks against gaming services including Battle.net, Sony Online Entertainment and League of Legends over the weekend, and even used a bomb threat to divert an American Airlines flight carrying SOE President John Smedley. It appears that all is now well with Battle.net, but it sounds like the people behind the attacks aren't done just yet.
Are you concerned about forgetting where you parked in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Have no fear: CD Projekt Red Community Managers Marcin Momot and Tadek Zielinski recently took to YouTube to answer 20 questions about the upcoming RPG, including what will happen if you lose your horse.