Shovel Knight review

Emanuel Maiberg at

Are you a 20-40 year old who’s desperately clinging to happy childhood memories? Do you think that things used to be better and find yourself saying the phrase “back in my day” a lot? I try to avoid the allure of such nostalgia, but I must admit I loved Shovel Knight, a mostly uncompromising revival of 8-bit platformers.


Heroes of the Storm now has Australian servers

Shaun Prescott at

Playing games online can be difficult in Australia. Not because we're bad at playing games (though some of us no doubt are), but because we live at the bottom of the world. Servers tend to be located in the Northern Hemisphere, or Japan if we're lucky, but if you're currently playing Heroes of the Storm you may have noticed you're getting a much lower ping than before. That's because Blizzard has launched a dedicated Australian server.


Lichdom: Battlemage review (Early Access)

Patrick Carlson at

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.

Lichdom: Battlemage starts with a death—my own. But it’s just the first of many. I can’t avoid death, just accept it. It’s the hammer and chisel I use to carve out my own vision of what a battlemage can be.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer wants us to appreciate Kevin Spacey's face

Shaun Prescott at

If you're a fan of Kevin Spacey, this video will please you. It features Kevin Spacey standing around looking morose in a motion capture studio for the blockbuster action video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Unfortunately the footage is brief, but thankfully it's on the internet so you can rewind.


Doom 4 showing at QuakeCon will be exclusive to attendees

Shaun Prescott at

If you've been champing at the bit to see Doom 4, then you're probably excited for QuakeCon later this month. Last month's Doom 4 teaser trailer promised news out of the id Software event, but now we've learnt that it comes with a caveat: you have to actually be at QuakeCon. According to a new statement by publisher Bethesda, the convention's Doom 4 showing will be exclusive for attendees, meaning they don't intend to distribute any material on the internet.


Warface, Crytek's free-to-play multiplayer FPS, launches on Steam

Andy Chalk at

Warface, Crytek's free-to-play near-future military shooter, is by all reports a decent game, if not a particularly noteworthy one. It's done well in Russia, but has struggled to game traction in other parts of the world. Developer Crytek, which is rumored to be struggling with serious financial troubles, no doubt hopes that today's launch on Steam will turn the game's fortunes around.

Sniper Elite 3 review

Tyler Wilde at

“Save often,” says one of the tips in Sniper Elite 3’s loading screen. I’m perplexed. The phrase used to be in every game, but among today’s auto-saving checkpoints it feels anachronistic—impossible, even. You mean, I can save wherever I want? What is this, 2003?

Sniper Elite 3 is a third-person shooter with emphasis on stealth and long-range sniping, and it remembers the old days fondly—which is great. In the campaign, I expected to sneak between checkpoints in more or less a straight line, but I found big open maps and the freedom to solve problems how I wanted. In multiplayer, I expected to be asked to log in to something or other, but I found custom player-hosted matches and dedicated servers with 23 possible rules modifiers. Can we really have it so good in 2014?


Far Cry 4 is "packed to the gills with women," creative director says

Andy Chalk at

Far Cry 4 doesn't include playable female characters, but Ubisoft, according to Creative Director Alex Hutchinson, has made a point of ensuring that women fill many prominent roles in the game, including among its primary antagonists. "They're everywhere," he said, "just like life."

Riot disables League of Legends public chat rooms

Andy Chalk at

Between RP sellers, scammers and Elo-boost spam, the League of Legends public chat rooms are a serious mess. Too much of a mess to be allowed to live, Riot has decided, and so it's shut them down completely while it tries to figure out how to turn them into something "useful and accessible."


Dreamfall Chapters trailer shows returning characters and upcoming choices

Phil Savage at

As previously announced, Dreamfall Chapters—the crowdfunded sequel to Dreamfall: The Longest Journey—is being split up into five parts. The newly episodic adventure's first episode, Reborn, will arrive this Autumn. In preparation, Red Thread have released a new teaser—one that offers a fresh look at returning characters Zoe and Kian. Of course, if you're a The Longest Journey fan, you'll probably be too busy searching for any hint as to the fate of April Ryan to notice.


Why Metal Gear Solid 5 belongs on PC

Andy Kelly at

I love Hideo Kojima. He understands games, and the way people play them, more than any other developer. He’s often accused of being a frustrated filmmaker using the medium to live out his directing fantasies, but only by people who haven’t played his games. His long, indulgent cutscenes are notorious, yes, but they’re only a small part of the whole, wonderful Kojima experience. He’s a game designer first and foremost, and his unique brand of magic and madness belongs on PC.


Fifa 15 trailer shows new engine's scary ability to steal human faces

Ben Griffin at

Take a look at the image above. That's what Chelsea striker and Belgium international Eden Hazard looks like in real life. Now here's what he looks like in Fifa 15.


Underworld RPG franchise returns with Underworld Ascension

Andy Chalk at

It's hard to overstate just how good Ultima Underworld was. Its connection to the Ultima continuity was perhaps tenuous, but as a story-driven dungeon crawl it was, and is, unparalleled. For years, it's been my go-to answer to the question, "Which old game should be remade for modern systems?" and so you can imagine just how tickled I am about the news of Ultima Ascension, a new project headed by original Underworld designer Paul Neurath.


New AMD GPUs rumoured for next month

Dave James at

AMD’s R9 280 is one of the best-value graphics cards out there, but it’s still running on old Tahitii GPU hardware from the last generation. The rumour mill is grinding away at the moment, and we're hearing suggestions that AMD are working on a replacement for that old chip, code-named Tonga.


ESL One Frankfurt: Loda discusses Alliance's tournament performance, rat Dota, and the impact of winning The International

Chris Thursten at

Jonathan 'Loda' Berg has been part of the competitive Dota scene for as long as there's been a scene to be part of. He was the man holding the Aegis of Champions aloft at the end of The International 2013, and his team—Alliance—are one of the most effective, efficient, and idiosyncratic teams in the world. I first met Loda at TI3, when I interviewed him the night before the grand final. That interview became this article. After Alliance's loss to tournament champions iG in the semi finals of ESL One Frankfurt I spoke to Loda for half an hour about the current metagame, that incredible match against Cloud 9, and the way that winning TI3 has affected Alliance for better and for worse. This is a long interview, but I think most Dota fans would appreciate seeing the whole thing so you'll find it all below.


Dragon Age: Inquisition to include Bioware's first "fully gay" male party member

Phil Savage at

Bioware have spent a lot of time showing off the locales of Dragon Age: Inquisition—likely hoping to reassure us it has more areas than just That Cave from Dragon Age 2. But locations are just one aspect of a Bioware RPG. The other aspect is who you'll be romancing. In a recent profile by Bioware's David Gaider, the studio introduced Dorian, their first "fully gay" male party member and the first gay character the lead writer has written.


The 10 best Starbound mods

Phil Savage at

As happens with all the best sandbox game, a huge and creative community has attached itself to Starbound. While the game's still in Early Access, through the use of mods you can expand it into something more varied, more vibrant, and specifically tailored to what you want it to be. Here are ten of the best mods, chosen from the many now available in Starbound's growing mod directory.


One day left to grab your free copy of SpaceChem, new free game tomorrow

PC Gamer at

Hundreds of thousands have already claimed their Steam key for the excellent puzzle game, SpaceChem. A quick reminder for those who haven't, you have until tomorrow at 5PM UK time to get your free key here. As mentioned, we'll be changing up the giveaway every Wednesday, which means we'll have a million Steam keys for a new game to give away tomorrow. I can't say what it'll be yet, but I can say it has dinosaurs in it.


Planetside 2 to get weather system, new H1Z1 screens show snow effects

Phil Savage at

It's a double-whammy of weather news, courtesy of SOE's John Smedley. The studio's CEO dropped falling facts across Twitter last night, showing a series of snow-covered landscapes from the upcoming H1Z1. In addition, Smedley revealed that weather effects are being planned for Planetside 2.


Mighty No. 9 footage shows boss battles, obligatory ice world

Phil Savage at

A confession: my Mega Man knowledge is somewhat limited. Normally that's not a hindrance to my day-to-day work on PCGamer.com, only now, there's new footage of Mighty No. 9. And, so while there's likely a myriad of subtle differences packed into this minute-and-a-bit teaser, to my untrained eye it all looks extremely similar to Capcom's venerable platforming series. Then again, as a 'spiritual successor', that is entirely the point.