League of Legends' next champion revealed, is partial to sand

Phil Savage at

It's only a few weeks after the release of Gnar, and Riot are again announcing a new Champion for League of Legends. Azir is his name; or, more formally, the King Emperor of the Sands. They've run-down his play style in a detailed new profile.


Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer will be supported "far beyond Mass Effect 3"

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More news about Dragon Age: Inquisition's recently announced co-op multiplayer, and, once again, it comes in direct response to Mass Effect 3's similar mode. Previously, we learned that DA:I won't tie single-player progress to multiplayer performance—a source of relief to any anti-social player still having nightmares about their 'War Score'. Now, it seems, Bioware has plans to support this mode long past the point at which they abandoned space warfare.


Miegakure trailer explains how to walk through walls using the 4th Dimension

Phil Savage at

Yup. This is... well... it's an example of the systems underlying the game Miegakure. I definitely understand it all.

What do you mean explain it? Um... Just watch the video.


Tropes vs Women in Video Games creator driven from her home by online threats and abuse

Phil Savage at

The latest Tropes vs Women in Video Games video continues the analysis of the objectification of non-playable female characters—this time with an eye to exposing common traits of violence against sexualised NPCs. Depressingly, its release prompted a torrent of misogynistic abuse made against creator Anita Sarkeesian, her family and her supporters. In their attempts to prove that sexism in video gaming isn't a problem, Sarkeesian's harassers posted threats that compelled her to alert authorities and leave her home to stay with friends.


Invisible, Inc. review (Early Access)

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Alpha and Early Access reviews offer our preliminary verdicts on in-development games. We may follow up this unscored review with a final, scored review in the future. Read our full review policy for details.

Invisible, Inc. proves that the logic of stealth games fits turn-based strategy conventions very well, even if it's a little too difficult to fully enjoy right now. Its most obvious influence is X-COM, as it put me in charge of a group of spies with 72 hours to prepare for a final mission. In the time I have until then, I choose between procedurally-generated missions from a global map, weighing the time they'll take to complete and level of security against the potential rewards, and deploy my agents.

Electronic Arts hopes to hit $1 billion in DLC revenues this year

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If you've ever wondered by major game publishers seem so hung up on post-release downloadable content, consider this your answer: Electronic Arts hopes that revenues from DLC will reach $1 billion this year. That's right, one billion dollars.


Metro 2033 Redux day-one patch adds volumetric lighting to some scenes

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Metro 2033 Redux hit Steam on Tuesday, and developer 4A Games is still improving how it looks. A 1.2GB day-one patch added volumetric lighting to  a few specific scenes in the game. This isn't a dramatic overhaul of Metro 2033 Redux’s entire lighting engine: we compared the patched version of Redux to footage we’d previously captured, and noted that most scenes in the game and most light sources looked identical pre- and post-patch. The changes 4A Games have made, though, are striking.

We’ve embedded a few webm videos below to show off the differences.

Quake Live makes newbie-friendly changes in latest update, people get mad

Andy Chalk at

In advance of Quake Live's debut on Steam, the game has undergone a major update that changes some fairly fundamental aspects of play. Players may now choose which primary and secondary weapons they spawn with, visual item timers have been added and an automated form of strafe-jumping has been implemented. The changes are all intended to make the game more welcoming to newcomers, and as you might predict, not everyone is happy about them.


Chess 2: The Sequel review

Christopher Livingston at

You've seen specialty chess sets before: maybe a Civil War set, where the pieces are soldiers, or a Star Wars set with Darth Vader as king. But what if the soldiers could fire their cannons and Vader could use Force powers during the game? Chess 2: The Sequel adds five new sets of chess pieces that don't just look a little different, they act a little different. With teleporting ghosts, rampaging elephants, and a few extra kings, it's the same chessboard but a new kind of war.


Gauntlet reboot delayed, but only slightly

Andy Chalk at

Remember Gauntlet? Not the arcade stand-up that made such a splash in the 1980s, but the reboot that was announced earlier this year. It was intended to be out on September 3, but that's not going to happen; fortunately, the delay is only a short one, and in the meantime there's a flashy new trailer to look at.


6 portable Windows tools for USB thumb drives

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A USB thumbdrive can be a lot of things—a backup of important photos, a quick transfer device for big files, a cheap way to give out documents. It can also be a Swiss Army knife of portable software, filled with software that runs straight off the USB drive. These tools can be useful for working with computers you can’t install your own software on, or laptops that have dropped the CD drive for a thinner chassis. Our colleagues at TechRadar have covered a variety of portable tools, and we’ve put together six we recommend below. Make your own USB Swiss Army knife.


Steam client beta update enables simultaneous game installs

Andy Chalk at

A recent update to the Steam client beta has made it a whole lot easier to install multiple games at the same time.


Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer reveals fast-paced multiplayer action

Andy Chalk at

We learned about the cooperative multiplayer element of Dragon Age: Inquisition yesterday, a real-time brawl for up to four players acting "behind the scenes" as agents of the Inquisitor. Today, thanks to the release of a new multiplayer gameplay trailer, we can actually see it in action.


de_dust2 duel: Watch a competitive CS:GO match fought entirely with knives

Evan Lahti at

CS:GO’s competitive mode is where serious, hardcore Counter-Strike players congregate to test their aim and strategic smarts in a best-of-30, five-on-five format. There’s a lot on the line: your pride, your matchmaking rank, your kill-death ratio. One does not simply agree to put down their guns and agree to 45 minutes of playful knife-fighting: it’s hard enough to wrangle the tactics of your own team, let alone negotiate a no-guns treaty with five other online strangers who want to kill you.

SOE's John Smedley on the future of EverQuest Next and H1Z1

Cory Banks at

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 from DayZ, and the value of emergent gameplay and player-driven storytelling.


GOG adds DRM-free movies to its lineup, hopes Hollywood will join in

Andy Chalk at

GOG's hook, as we all know, is that the games it offers are all DRM-free. No logging into a service to prove your copy is legit or having to be connected to the internet to play; you just download it and do what you will. By all appearances it's been a pretty big success, and so now the gang from Warsaw is trying the same thing with movies.

Magicmaker trailer shows build-your-own spell system, customisable wizards

Phil Savage at

An email comes in for 2D RPG-platformer Magicmaker. In it appear phrases like "total wizard customization," and "poisonous exploding suns". Also a number: 2,193,360. That, according to developer Tasty Stewdios, is how many spell combinations you can potentially craft in game. Naturally, I am powerless to resist.


SimCity mod extends maximum city size, but not without performance problems

Phil Savage at

Previously, Maxis confirmed that they've no plan to extend SimCity's maximum city size. And so it falls to modders to help those feeling hemmed in by the game's virtual borders. Can it be done? Yes, sort of. Project Orion is such a boundary extending mod, and will let the game's mayors build free of the vanilla base limit. Don't plan a ribbon cutting ceremony for your city's east wing just yet, though, as its use will mean dealing with some pretty significant performance issues and glitches.


Warface review

Chris Thursten at

Do you remember that bit in Call of Duty? You know the one I mean. You were a guy—a war guy—and you ran around a corner to find another war guy running in the opposite direction. Yes! This was your moment. Your raised your RDS and sprayed hot 5.56mm NATO into his exposed back, earning you a hundred points, a kill, and a little shot of dopamine. Then, disaster! Another war guy ran around the corner behind you; the screen turned red; you died. Do you remember that bit? You must do, because it happened to everybody, everywhere, every day for the last seven years.


Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls patch 2.1 out now, new video rounds up its features

Phil Savage at

Diablo III's first major post-2.0 patch releases today. As with other patches, 2.1.0 adds new things. But which new things? It's a question we've already answered, but should reading words be a torment on your very being—to the point where this sentence, in all its selfish continuing, causes tears to run unbidden into your screaming cheeks—then Blizzard have made a video. Watch that instead.