You see folks, this is why April Fools' Day is dangerous. Or awesome. Delete depending on your affinity for zombies. Back in the dark ages of seven and a bit months ago, Paradox Interactive released a teaser for a fictional Crusader Kings Z, a game that hypothetically merged zombie invasions with medieval European strategy. Months later, and that joke is now a real thing that you can play in Crusader Kings 2. Thanks mods!
Even before we knew anything official about the next-gen consoles, we knew they would be based on PCs. We knew that their games would be developed on PCs. Why, then, was The Division only announced for next-gen consoles? The NYC-based online shooter is not only being made on PCs, for machines bearing an uncanny resemblance to PCs, but it’s being made by Ubisoft Massive, a studio whose entire back catalogue has been released on PC.
“We’d always been talking about it,” executive producer Fredrik Rundqvist told me at Massive’s Malmo offices. “We have lots of PC fans on the team. But this whole game was conceived and developed before we knew anything about next-gen consoles. Only in the last few months could we really see all the details of where consoles were going. Could we translate the experience onto PC, and give players a just as good or better experience? What would we need to adapt to make a meaningful PC version? That hasn’t really been clear to us until the last couple of months. But we’d always been talking about it, dreaming about it. It’s not an easy decision to make.”
A scenario: somebody builds the biggest prison imaginable, fills it full of the most hardened criminals, then, through careful management, has it turning a regular profit. Are they proud of their achievement? No. All they really wanted was to run a jail full of clowns. By default, Prison Architect doesn't contain clowns, which I think we can all agree is a shame. Luckily for our fictional warden, this latest update for the prison management sim codifies mod support, making it easier for them - or other clown hating players - to reskin the game's prisoners.
In case you hadn't noticed, this site is called PC Gamer. As you might expect from that title, we're pretty keen on PC games and the PCs that play them. So when an employee of Nvidia says something to the effect of "the PC platform is far superior to any console when it comes to gaming," part of me thinks, "well yes, obviously it is." Of course, part of me also thinks, "well yes, you would say that, because your competitor is making graphics chips for both next-gen consoles."
It's 'Black Friday' in the US, which means prices are falling across the internet like drunks playing in a greased up bouncy castle. Given the deals that even Humble's own store currently hosts, the Humble Weekly Sale for this week seems almost pedestrian. Not that that should worry anyone who doesn't own these six indie games, and doesn't object to paying what they want to get them.
Here's an announcement trailer for Warhammer 40K: Space Wolf, the free-to-play tactical card game that was announced back in August. If you follow Warhammer to any extent, you'll have an idea of what to expect. If you don't, I've got some bad news: the Space Wolves are just people, not actual wolves who prowl around and do wolf things in space. I know, I was disappointed too.
All is quiet on the gently rolling news plains. The Americans have yet to rouse from their turkey-fuelled hibernation and, throughout Europe, the PS4 launch stampede has startled the nearby news beasts. Given the lull, it looks like I'll be posting Scraps.
Luckily, Scraps is a physics-based vehicle combat game in which you'll construct your own car from a selection of parts. As the game's excellent pre-alpha trailer shows, your design can have a dramatic effect on that vehicle's ability to drive and fight.
We're in a giving mood at PC Gamer, and so in the style of a certain in-flight catalog (except without dog sofas or skeleton gnomes), we're giving you the gift of a gift guide packed with great ideas for all the gamers in your life (or yourself, of course). So welcome to PC Gamer's 2013 Giftstravaganza, your one stop holiday satisfaction machine with toys, gadgets, tools, and merriment for all as we embark on the next month of family gatherings, overeating, and gaming marathons. Let the binging begin.
A few days ago, Ashes Cricket 2013 was pulled from sale following complaints from buyers. These weren't design complaints about the game being too slow or too boring (this is cricket, after all), but rather what appears to be an absurdly shoddy product: full of bugs, terrible textures, awful AI, a choppy camera, and players that could barely move without glitching. Given how much of a mess the game was in, its publishers today released a statement criticising the game's developers and promising refunds to buyers.
Here's a trick that'll stop opponents stealing sneaky glances at your screen during LAN matches. Instructables have a funky little monitor hack that'll make it show an apparently blank white screen, unless you're wearing polarised glasses, in which case the real image is suddenly revealed. If you want maximum privacy for your desktop screen, you will need a spare LCD monitor, one that you don’t mind never having working normally again, and some sharp tools for some rather invasive screen surgery.
I'm starting to realise it would be easier to list the distributors not currently holding a Black Friday sale. Even so, we'll give Origin the spotlight for a second. After all, their sale does have some good discounts on a selection of EA games, and, let's be honest, people are hardly going to check Origin's store page unprompted. Now you've had that prompt, head over for up to 66% off certain games, including 40% off Battlefield 4.
Pathologic is a weird game. It's an interesting, atmospheric and creepy open-world horror. It's also not very good. The annoying part is that its failings are actually quite mundane: dodgy translation, numerous bugs, generally janky execution. It's impossibly ambitious, but made base and decrepit by the skin that it inhabits. Apt, but disappointing.
Its own developers seem to agree, and are talking about "resurrecting" the game. It's far from certain at this point, but it does sound like they're considering the possibility of a remake.
Well this is disappointing. Not the contents of this Moebius trailer, which, for the first time since the reveal of Jane Jenson's Kickstarted adventure, has me looking forward to the game's release. Instead, it's disappointing because here the actors clearly say "Rector", as opposed to in previous trailers where... well, let's just say that the pronunciation was open to interpretation.
Starcraft fans have it easy. Four official games or expansions, all of which were great. Command & Conquer's supporters may have access to more games, but that hasn't always been a good thing. Between free-to-play cancellations, web browser abominations, and even some lacklustre sequels, the series isn't what it used to be. Arguably C&C's first major misstep was over a decade ago, when Westwood wondered what would happen if they made a first-person spin-off. The answer was "it would make a bad game", and that game was called Renegade.
But where Westwood failed, modders want to triumph. Formerly an Unreal Tournament 3 mod project, Renegade X is a first and third-person standalone shooter that takes the C&C concept in what, from the release date announcement trailer, looks to be an exciting direction.
Move over Luigi, because there's a pretty good case to be made for 2013 being known as the Year of the Video Games Dog. It's not that games are being crammed full of canines, but they are pervading all levels of the industry. At one end of the spectrum is the unwieldy AAA beast Call of Duty: Ghosts, which has a dog. At the other end, there's the thoroughly indie rabbit brawler Overgrowth, which now also has a dog.
DICE dropped an update on the Battlefield 4 forum this morning indicating that it plans to patch the PC version sometime next week, after the Thanksgiving weekend. According to the patch notes, the update will address some of the key technical issues still present in BF4 a month after launch.
We just finished pouring over the Steam Autumn Sale this morning, and already have more deals to share: the recently launched Humble Store has a sale of its own. You smell that? It’s the sweet, sweet smell of competitive pricing.
We've come to expect weird overarching metagames attached to Steam Sales, making use of achievements or trading cards to turn a campaign of cheap games into a obsession creating event. For this, the Steam Autumn Sale, things would appear to back to basics. You know, except for the fact that the bottom of each page is upside down. And that if you click on an upside down button, it will load you into a page that's entirely upside down, because, as we all know, that's how Australians read. Okay, so it's not entirely normal, but it is still cheap.
The island of Khenarthi’s Roost lies off the coast of Elsweyr, homeland of the cat-like khajiit. In previous Elder Scrolls games I’ve read about Elsweyr in dusty tomes and heard about it from the wanderers that frequent the inns of Skyrim, Morrowind and Cyrodiil. I’ve imagined many times what it might look like – but until now I’ve never seen it with my own eyes.
It’s with this sense of discovery that I begin my third extended session with The Elder Scrolls Online. This time I’m a member of the Aldmeri Dominion, one of the game’s three playable factions. The Dominion is made up of the high elves, wood elves and the khajiit. I’ve chosen to remake one of my first Morrowind characters, a hardy dark-haired wood elf archer.
If there's one thing we're learning about Kickstarter, it's that you should probably make your games about space. In fact, even if your game isn't about space, you should probably tell people it's set in space. It wouldn't even be a lie. Everywhere is set in space. The Mandate is definitely set in space, and as a result of that - and possibly also as a result of it being a cool looking Tsarist space opera RPG - it's successfully raised the desired goal of $500,000.