Hellgate tries its luck with Steam Greenlight

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Remember Hellgate: London? It was a near-future action-RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world shattered by an invasion of demons. The focus was on single-player gameplay but there was a strong multiplayer element to it as well, with PvP action and instanced, team-based quests. It was a cool idea (I thought so, anyway) but the execution faltered, and the servers were taken offline in early 2009. It was resurrected as a free-to-play online game a few years ago, but that didn't gain any traction with North American audiences either. Now it's taking a run at Steam.


Metro 2033 Redux review

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For years Metro 2033 was used as a benchmark test for the latest graphics cards, so it feels strange to already be seeing a remastered version hit the digital shelves. It’s easy to be cynical and assume that Metro 2033 Redux is aimed squarely at the console market, whose under-TV boxes have only just caught up with Metro 2033’s full majesty. It’s finally a way for living-room dwellers to see what the game is like with all its video options switched on. But what’s the value for PC players?


Now Playing Live! Elite: Dangerous livestream from 3PM BST

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As we announced yesterday, we'll shortly be taking to space to blow each other to pieces in the Elite: Dangerous beta. Expect dogfights, chases, and cameo appearances from the game's developers. The stream begins at 3PM BST and will run for a maximum of two hours.

The setup is this. Andy Kelly is flying an Anaconda, the game's most powerful ship. In his cargo hold are five bars of gold. The first person to snatch a piece of that gold and return it to the pirate haven of Freeport is our winner. If you're blown up, you're out, and if all of us die—or if nobody can best him after two hours—Andy wins. The PC Gamer team are all flying our own, mostly low-level ships. To have a chance at taking down the Anaconda, we'll need to work together—but when the dust settles there can only be one winner.


Blizzard on World of Warcraft's subscriber count: "we really don't know if it will grow again"

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While there's no shortage of interest in World of Warcraft's remaining subscriber count, it's important to remember that the game still has a lot of players. Put it this way: if you once had 12 million slices of cake and you now have only 6.8 million, the result is still you in the corner of the room, shivering in a growing pile of vomit. Despite this, Blizzard say they don't necessarily expect their cake player count to grow.


Due Process has been picked up by Indie Fund, is a "very alpha", very tactical shooter

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There's something about drawing on a map that plugs directly into the fantasy of games. It's a bit silly and, at the same time, incredibly serious—a small stretch of role-playing before you get to the execution. Due Process is a tactical multiplayer shooter that seems to understand the joy of planning. Its trailer shows friends methodically guessing and second-guessing; but the actual action appears to be over pretty quickly. It's all about the act of marking that map.


Hotline Miami 2 gameplay footage is 80 minutes of surreal music and ultraviolence

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Unsurprisingly, Hotline Miami 2 doesn't look very different to the original Hotline Miami. As a result, you may not want to watch this 80 minute gameplay video in its completion, unless to enjoy the oddly discomforting ambient synth music (interspersed with chainsaw sounds, but y'know).


Atari is rebooting Alone in the Dark and Haunted House

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Horror games are in the midst of a bit of a renaissance, thanks to titles like Outlast, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, The Evil Within, Alien: Isolation and countless more. So it's no surprise Atari has announced reboots for two horror properties in the form of Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House.


Vagante, a new 2D roguelike platformer, is now on Kickstarter

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My ears prick up whenever there is mention of 'roguelike' and 'platformer' in the same sentence. For anyone who has poured thousands of hours into either Spelunky or Rogue Legacy (wel'll never get those hours back, but who needs them?) Vagante is sure to be of interest.


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth cooperative gameplay video is all tears

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Given the frequency of updates lately, I'd hazzard a guess that The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is approaching completion. Edmund McMillen posted this cooperative gameplay video earlier today, and it's looking good. Watch as Edmund and his sidekick Danielle rain tears of death upon their foes, and watch as Danielle faces off against a large sentient mound of feces named, um, Dingle.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 1

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In early July 2014, Dwarf Fortress received its first major update in two years. We wrote about why now is the time to get into the game with our guide Into the deep. Reading about all the new features in Dwarf Fortress 2014 gave me the bug: I'm determined to learn how to run a fortress and how to navigate Dwarf Fortress' labyrinthine menus. But I'm not embarking alone. I pulled in PC Gamer video producer (and DF veteran) Will Chesney to teach me the ways of Dwarf Fortress' bloody world.

This is episode one of our Dwarf Fortress Let's Play. It's aimed at newcomers like me who want to learn the game. As we play, we'll talk through the complex process of beginning a fortress, controlling our dwarves, and learning new mechanics. It may all end in blood and tragedy, but at least we'll learn something along the way. Look for new episodes of our series every Tuesday and Thursday. Now: let's strike the Earth!


Hatoful Boyfriend, the game of pigeon love, delayed until September

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The sad pigeon-wings of destiny have swooped down on Hatoful Boyfriend, the game of love between birds and the one human who dares go to school among them. It was originally supposed to be out this month, but publisher Devolver Digital revealed today that the egg needs a little more time in the nest.


Wasteland 2 release date is finally revealed

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Wasteland 2 is coming! You already knew that, yes. But do you know exactly when it is coming? No, you do not! For that, you must read onward.


Analyst says digital sales made up 92 percent of PC game market in 2013

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It might be time to reconsider the idea that digital distribution is the future. According to analyst firm DFC Intelligence, it actually stopped being the future quite some time ago, as nearly all PC game purchases made in 2013 were done digitally.


Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 features Galactic Civilizations II, Age of Empires Legacy Bundle and five more

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Humble Jumbo Bundle 2—say it fast ten times, then go check out the latest pay-what-you-want bundle that includes up to seven games with a serious strategy bent and supports two very worthy charities. (And you don't actually have to say "Humble Jumbo Bundle 2" ten times first.)


Deus Ex with New Vision mod video: max settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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Augmentations activated. We took a break from playing today's most graphically demanding games on the Large Pixel Collider to run one of our favorites: the original Deus Ex. This isn't Deus Ex as it looked in 2000, though—this is Deus Ex running at 1440p, running the latest version of the New Vision mod. It's a complete retexturing of Deus Ex, designed for today's high resolutions. If you want to run Deus Ex like this yourself, check out Pixel Boost.


Activision will make Sierra its "indie" label

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Activision announced the resurrection of the storied Sierra label last week, bringing it back into action with a new Geometry Wars and a reboot of the old King's Quest series. It was an unexpected move, given the publisher's historic focus on the bottom line and the tiny impact on it that old Sierra adventures are likely to have, but not entirely unpredictable in hindsight. After all, there's gold in them there indie hills.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video offers 35 minutes of methodical witching

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CD Projekt RED has released a video filled with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage. The last time this happened, it lasted for six minutes. This time, it's a full thirty-five. Maybe you want to potentially spoil a whole half-hour of an upcoming RPG; maybe you don't. I'm not here to judge. I'm just here to place down this embed and slowly back away.


Now Playing Live returns! Don't miss our Elite: Dangerous stream event tomorrow

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We've been hunted across Chernarus. We've tangled with a vengeful god of (modern) warfare. Tomorrow, we scramble for glory in the cold reaches of space.

The latest PC Gamer UK team livestream will take place on Wednesday the 20th of August from 3PM BST to 5PM BST—click that link to find out the time in other timezones. We'll be playing Elite Dangerous in a custom scenario that we've come up with ourselves, supported by the devs at Frontier.


Gang Beasts to be published by Double Fine, will release on Steam Early Access next week

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Previously, we've given the local multiplayer physics-brawler Gang Beasts only a small smattering of mentions. Let's fix that now, with an entire news post about how the game will receive publishing support from Double Fine, through the Broken Age developer's Double Fine Presents scheme. Even better, the game will launch to Steam Early Access on 29 August.


Skyrim mod Skywind gets length exploration-focused video

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Skywind feels like such a fragile prospect. It's an ambitious idea: recreating Morrowind in Skyrim's newer engine. As with all formidable total conversions, it's hard to shake the fear that it will ultimately never happen.

Maybe this 13 minute stream VOD can help quell that fear. In it, we get to see thirteen minutes of a character just wandering about the world. It makes the whole thing feel more tangible; more real.