Civilization: Beyond Earth interview - everything you need to know about the new factions, aliens, technology and more

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Civilization: Beyond Earth has been announced. We're the first in the world outside of Firaxis to play it, and you'll be able to read my hands-on impressions in the next issue of PC Gamer UK. While I was at Firaxis, I had the chance to sit down with the two lead designers, Will Miller and David McDonough for a comprehensive hour-long chat about every aspect of Beyond Earth. Read on for details on Beyond Earth's affinities, its dramatic sci-fi tech research web, orbital gun platforms, alien Siege Worms, new high-concept win conditions and loads, loads more.


Civilization: Beyond Earth announced. Civ is going to space

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Firaxis announced the next stage of Civilization's evolution at PAX today. Civilization: Beyond Earth will take Sid Meier's classic turn-based strategy formula to an alien world for the first time since Alpha Centauri.


The Best Free Games of the Week

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This week saw a surprise new Pixel game, a celebration of unsurprisingly good interactive fiction, several smart games that play around with their boundaries, and the sad news that the wonderful Free Indie Games has posted its last after over two dedicated years highlighting excellent and/or interesting free games across the globe. What better way to keep the fire alive than by playing some clever, profound, beautiful or plain fun free games released over the last week or so? Read on for mirror images, multitasking, words arranged in a pleasing manner, and missing presidential documents that can only be retrieved by shooting stuff. Enjoy!


Citizens of Earth picked up by Atlus, coming to a planet near you this September

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We previewed the seemingly pretty cromulant Citizens of Earth way back in January 2013, but the short version is that it's an Earthbound-ish indie RPG that puts you in the role of Vice President of the World, a position currently held by Noel Edmonds I believe. It's obviously not the usual elvey prophecy-laden fantasy affair, so it was sad to see its Kickstarter campaign fall so short of its admittedly rather steep target back in October. Thankfully, Atlus have stepped in and offered to publish the game (they're doing a similar thing with the new Tex Murphy, although that game did reach its KS target). Citizens of Earth is now on track for a September release, and has a new, Atlus-emblazoned video as proof. See it with your own eyes after the break.


Saturday Crapshoot: The Journeyman Project

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Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, they say the next big thing is here, that the revolution's near, but to me it seems quite clear, that's it's all just a little bit of histo(is deleted by temporal wave)

There's something endearing about the way that The Journeyman Project managed to both hang on as both a cult classic and an adventure, and GOG's recent re-release of Pegasus Prime doesn't hurt. What's Pegasus Prime? Well, there's a tale. The original game, The Journeyman Project, was a time-travel based CD based adventure for the Mac from back in 1992; one of many to figure out that these new-fangled CD things could hold lots of pictures, high quality audio and all that other good stuff. It also ran like crap, so was re-released not that long afterwards in 1994 as The Journeyman Project Turbo. Then came a sequel, Buried In Time, as you'd expect... before once again the idea came along, "Hey. We resold this once before. Maybe we can do it again!" And so came Pegasus Prime, a remake of the first game that only came out on Mac in 1997, before the final chapter, Legacy of Time, hit in 1999. And now after all that, it's back once again - a 2014 re-release of a 1997 re-release of a 1994 re-release of a 1992 game.

Even before the story begins, you need a time-machine to pick this series apart. But what is it about it that's kept The Journeyman Project alive in fans' hearts all these years? Let's find out. It's about time.

Last Life is a sci-fi noir adventure 'presented by' Double Fine

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If only it really were this easy. Last Life, a new Kickstarter project from developer Sam Farmer and Rocket Science Amusements, puts players into the soft shoes of a private investigator who only has a few hours to solve one last case—his own murder. Gasp! From there, the noir stylings get a little more sci-fi: Our doomed gumshoe has been brought back to life using advanced 3D-printing technology.


Wasteland 2 dev says "average" playthrough might take 50 hours, Linux build coming

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There's no perfect amount of time to spend in a world that's almost destroyed itself, but Wasteland 2 wants to give you at least a couple of days to savour the terrifying sights. Developer inXile Entertainment thinks an "average new player" should take about 50 hours to complete the upcoming RPG


Source: Steam Controller will be available in "October or November"

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A trusted hardware source with knowledge of Valve’s Steam Machines project told PC Gamer at PAX East that Valve’s Steam Controller will release in October or November of 2014.


Star Citizen dogfighting shown at PAX East, crowd goes wild

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Sometimes, just sometimes, the whooping and hollering you get at conventions feels acceptable. The first in-game footage of the dogfighting element of Star Citizen, which was shown by Chris Roberts at PAX East today, feels like just such an occasion. See the footage below.


Bound By Flame footage looks mighty familiar

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Tim Clark at

Oh, Bound By Flame! You couldn't make your influence more obvious without sneaking into Dark Souls' bedroom at night and rifling around in its underwear drawer. "What? This chainmail thong? No, no. I've always worn these."


Watch the PC Gamer PAX East panel archived here

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Whoa! We filled a room with PC Gamers at our PAX East 2014 panel this year, “The (Incredible) Future of PC Gaming.” Thanks to the 1,200-plus who paid us a visit in PAX’s Albatross Theatre, and to everyone who tuned in remotely through Twitch. If you missed the panel, don’t fret! We’ve got the full video right here.


Double Fine literally sing the praises of Hack 'n' Slash in new video

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To celebrate/promote the fact its new game Hack 'n' Slash is headed for Steam Early Access and playable at PAX East this weekend, Double Fine has released this trailer. It's a little heavy on the Lonely Island-style skit/song stuff and light on actual gameplay, but still as charming and whimsical as you've probably come to expect from the house that Schafer built.


AMD Radeon R9 295X2 review

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The R9 295X2 is likely the final throw of the dice for AMD’s current spin of Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. It takes a pair of the fastest Radeon graphics chips available and squeezes them into one behemoth of a graphics card.

That’s a familiar refrain, with both AMD and Nvidia traditionally filling out their top-end lineups with dual-GPU cards based on their finest single-GPUs. This time around AMD have done things slightly differently.


Hearthstone singleplayer adventure mode announced, called Curse of Naxxramas

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"New interactive corners!" isn't a phrase you'd normally associate with an exciting announcement, but Blizzard's Hearthstone does have some proddable boards. The game's new corners are attached to a somewhat more significant announcement: a new singleplayer PvE mode. Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure will challenge players to overcome five wings of the Warcraft dungeon—flinging their decks at a series of bosses, in order to earn brand new cards.


The week's highs and lows in PC gaming

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Each week the PC Gamer convenes an emergency committee of transatlantic editors to discuss the best and worst things to happen in the past seven days. The Elder Scrolls Online appears in both…

Orcs Must Die! Unchained announced, is a multiplayer lane-pusher

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Has anyone stopped to consider why orcs must die? No? Well, okay then. As long as we're blindly following that statement, we can at least take advantage of new ways to dispatch the green-skinned irritants. Gameforge and Robot Entertainment have announced Orcs Must Die! Unchained, a multiplayer adaptation of the third-person tower defence game.

Judging from the announcement and its trailer, the game does look a bit MOBA-ish. That said, there is some of the old OMD DNA on show, leading to the hope that this will be an interesting angle on the idea, rather than another me-too grab at the genre's massive audience. For one thing, there's also a card-collecting element.


World of Tanks VR possible if Oculus hits 5-10 million users, Wargaming boss says

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World of Tanks is a game about tanks. As such, it seems safe to assume that its players like tanks. Maybe they even like tanks enough to want to be a tank; or at least experience the virtual reality approximation of being a tank. According to Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi, that could happen, but only if the numbers add up. In an interview with CVG, the World of Tanks boss said that, while he's interested in the tech, the Oculus Rift would need to sell around 5-10 million units to justify native support. It's worth watching the interview, embedded inside, not just for the Oculus discussion, but also to hear Kislyi use the phrase "magicians of experience".


Arma 3's free Zeus multiplayer DLC released

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In ancient Greece, Zeus was a pretty powerful guy: dispensing justice, lightning bolts, and an army of offspring conceived under pretty perverse circumstances. In modern Greece—albeit the fictional modern Greece of Arma 3—Zeus also has some powers. Only in this instance they extend to tanks, soldiers and inconveniently placed bollards. The soldier sim's free Zeus multiplayer DLC is now available, giving would-be gods the chance to GM an Arma operation.


Xbox One indie darling, Below, is also coming to Steam

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What with its controversial launch parity policy, Microsoft hasn't exactly done a bang up job of wooing indie developers onto the Xbox One thus far. That said, one of the more promising projects which it has managed to sign up is Below from Capybara Games. Previously billed as an Xbox One exclusive, the latest trailer for the game reveals it will also be coming to the PC. I mean, of course it is. Capybara seem like bright people. Why the hell wouldn't it be?


Smite review

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Wes Fenlon at

"They have no idea I'm here," says GamesRadar's Lucas Sullivan as he sneaks up behind two enemy gods in my lane. I'm casually killing minions in front of my tower in Conquest mode, Smite's take on the 5v5 Multiplayer Online Battle Arena codified by Dota and League of Legends. On a strategic level, Smite plays almost identically to League, but it tucks the camera in close behind the back of my character—a god pulled from the pages of Greek or Hindu or Egyptian mythology—and feels more like a third-person action game as I cast magical abilities with the keyboard and sling attacks with the left mouse button.